Spin Dynamics in Nanostructures - Science and Applications of Spin Textures and Spin Currents

Gordon Research Conference

  • Start: Jul 16, 2017
  • End: Jul 21, 2017
  • Location: Les Diablerets Conference Center, Les Diablerets, CH-1865 Switzerland
  • Host: Gordon Research Conference
  • Contact: icns@mpi-halle.mpg.de
Spin Dynamics in Nanostructures - Science and Applications of Spin Textures and Spin Currents

Program Overview

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders).

  1. Non Collinear Spin Textures
    (Joseph Barker | Hua Chen | Burkard Hillebrands | Axel Hoffmann )
  2. Charge to Spin Conversion
    (Xiaofeng Jin | Wei Han | Tom Seifert | Jairo Sinova | Yoshichika Otani)
  3. Topological Matter
    (Stuart Parkin | Hyunsoo Yang | Laurens Molenkamp | Yulin Chen)
  4. Spintronic Science and Technology
    (Sadamichi Maekawa | Andrei Bernevig | Claudia Felser | Sasikanth Manipatruni | See-Hun Yang)
  5. Magnetization Switching
    (Theo Rasing | Chiara Ciccarelli | Stefano Bonetti | Aleksei Kimel | Stephane Mangin)
  6. Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
    (Thomas Jungwirth | Olena Gomonay | Oleg Tretiakov | Jakub Zelezny | Eiji Saitoh )
  7. Magnetic Imaging
    (Christian Back | Alexander Khajetoorians | Roland Wiesendanger | Ali Yazdani)
  8. Orbitronics
    (Vincent Cros | Masamitsu Hayashi | Yurij Mokrousov | Teruo Ono | Kai Chang)
  9. Future and Prospects for Devices
    (Luke Fleet | Gerrit Bauer | Behtash Behin-Aein | Igor Zutic)

Meeting Description

The field of spintronics is dynamic and evolving at a tremendous pace. This field is centered on the creation and manipulation of spin currents and their use in manipulating magnetic moments via the transfer of spin and orbital angular momenta. Just in the past 3 years the conversion of pure charge currents to pure spin currents has made major advances with unforeseen efficiencies in simple metals of up to 50% and perhaps even greater efficiencies in unconventional topological matter. Indeed, Weyl semi-metals were experimentally realized in the same time period with the observation of titanic magnetoresistance, chiral anomalies, Fermi arcs and more. Weyl and Dirac semi-metals and topological insulators form a broad class of topological matter that appears to encompass ever more materials. These materials hold much promise including: dissipationless spin transport; the locking of the electron's momentum and its spin; and valleytronics. Tiny spin currents can be used to switch magnetic nano-elements or move magnetic domain walls at great speeds. Major advances in the current induced motion of chiral domain walls and non-collinear spin textures, including skyrmions and antiferromagnetic skyrmions, have been made recently. Similarly, the manipulation of magnetization using both linear and circularly polarized photons is a subject of much current debate with the recent demonstration of the all-optical switching of simple ferromagnets. These and other subjects relating especially to non collinear spin textures and spin currents will be the focus of this GRC. We invite both new and experienced researchers to join us in discussing these exciting developments and in presenting their latest research on these topics.

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