Spintec invites application for a PhD thesis position in spintronics with 2D materials.
Transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, WSe2, etc.) and topological insulators (Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3) are graphene siblings holding great promise for semiconductor spintronics. They possess an intense spin-orbit interaction that couples the electron momentum and spin. This coupling can be used to manipulate spins with electric fields, to convert charge currents into spin currents, and gives rise to novel magnetoresistive effects. Beyond the emerging new physics of « spin-orbitronics », these phenomena are expected to find technological applications in novel magnetic memories.
The « 2D and Semiconductor Spintronics » team at Spintec is one of the first European groups able to fabricate and combine these materials in multilayers by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The thesis aims at investigating and optimizing the electrical manifestations of the strong spin-orbit coupling in these epitaxial multilayers, which will include newly discovered 2D magnets. The project spans the growth of 2D materials by MBE, material characterization, device nanofabrication in cleanroom and complementary dc/rf magnetotransport measurements (Hall and ferromagnetic resonance-based techniques).
Applicants must hold a Master in condensed matter physics. They should send CV, motivation and recommandation letters to Frederic Bonell and Matthieu Jamet.
For more information: 2D SPINTRONCS team website.
Deadline for applications : November 5th, 2021