The « 2D spintronics » team deals with spin dependent phenomena in two important classes of materials: Si and Ge which are the materials of today’s microelectronics and transition metal dichalcogenides which are emerging 2D materials with exceptional optical and spin-orbit properties. We are studying model systems grown by molecular beam epitaxy and their spin properties.
Magnetism induced by manganese doping in germanium
(2005-present). Manganese doped germanium films grown by molecular beam epitaxy undergo a nanospinodal decomposition: the system spontaneously decompose into Mn-rich areas like nanocolumns. Our research focuses on the atomic, electronic structure and magnetic properties of these nanosized Mn-rich areas. We also investigate their coupling with charge carriers to induce novel magneto-transport properties.
Spin injection in silicon and germanium
(2011-present). The original goal of this topic is to build the spin field-effect-transistor (FET) made of silicon and germanium. For this purpose, we study the microscopic mechanism of electrical spin injection in Si and Ge using three-terminal devices and lateral spin valves. In particular, we have investigated the influence of interface states in the mechanism of spin injection from a magnetic tunnel junction into Si and Ge. However the missing ingredient to build the spin-FET is a sizeable spin-orbit coupling to manipulate the spin state by electric fields.
Spin-orbit effects in silicon and germanium
(2013-present). Si and Ge exhibit low bulk spin-orbit coupling and we take advantage of metal/Si and metal/Ge interfaces to create a large Rashba spin-orbit coupling to manipulate the electron spin state. Moreover, the same Rashba spin-orbit interaction can be used to generate and detect spin currents in silicon or germanium by spin-to-charge interconversion. Another class of materials we use for spin-to-charge interconversion are topological insulators like the alpha phase of tin. In these materials, spin-to-charge conversion occurs at the surface or interface: by growing these materials onto Si or Ge we aim at transferring the spin-to-charge interconversion into the semiconductor.
Van der Waals epitaxy of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) for spintronics
(2015-present). The goal of this topic is the growth of single crystalline TMDs over large areas (typically cm2) for both the study of spin dependent phenomena like spin valleytronics and for the development of new 2D spintronic devices. For this purpose, we use single crystalline substrates and the van der Waals epitaxy in a molecular beam epitaxy machine. Our efforts then focus on electrical and magnetic doping as well as on the growth of heterostructures.
- Minh-Tuan DAU (2016-2017)
- Fabien RORTAIS (2013-2016)
- Takeo KOIKE (Sept.-Nov. 2017)
- INAC/PHELIQS, MEM, SYMMES, Grenoble, France
- CEA LETI, LITEN, Grenoble, France
- Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-THALES, Palaiseau, France
- Institut NEEL, Grenoble, France
- Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
- Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
- INSA, Toulouse, France
- IJL, Nancy, France
- LNCMI, Toulouse, France
- PhD defense : Study of injection and detection in silicon and germanium: From local measure of accumulation to non-local detection of pure spin current (October 12th, 2016)
Who : Fabien RORTAIS from DRF/INAC/SPINTEC When : On the 18th of October 2016 Time : From 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm At : Amphithéâtre de GreEn-ER- 21 rue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble Title : Study of injection and ...
- 24 months postdoc position available at the CEA Grenoble, from December 2016 (October 04th, 2016)
Van der Waals epitaxy of III-Nitrides semiconductors ((Ga, In, Al)N) on 2D crystals ((Mo,W)Se2) for optoelectronics applications Van der Waals (VdW) epitaxy is a particularly attractive method to grow crystalline materials without any requirement of lattice ...
- Master students to visit SPINTEC and discuss our topics for internships (September 18th, 2016)
On 25th October 2016 our host Institut INAC welcomes students for a presentation of internship topics proposed to host Master-2 students during Spring 2017. Details will be provided later.
- Comparison of the use of NiFe and CoFe as electrodes for metallic lateral spin valves (May 17th, 2016)
A CoFe based ferromagnetic alloy has been used in lateral spin valves to replace NiFe alloys, which are overwhelmingly exploited as ferromagnets electrodes in lateral spintronic devices. By using this second material, emitted signals are ...
For the full list of publications See the personal webpage of Matthieu JAMET, Alain MARTY and Céline VERGNAUD.