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Spintronics is the new science of computers and memory chips that are based on electron spin rather than (or in addition to) the charge (used in electronics). Spintronics is an exciting field that holds promise to build faster and more efficient computers and other devices.

Recent spintronics News

Researchers manage to connect magnetic porphyrin molecules to graphene nanoribbons

Reserachers from Spain's nanoGUNE Cooperative Research Center (CIC) developed a method to connect magnetic porphyrin molecules to graphene nanoribbons. These connections may be an example of how graphene could enable the potential of molecular electronics.

magnetic porphyrin molecule is connected to a GNR image

Magnetic Porphyrin, a molecule that is responsible for making photosynthesis possible in plants and transporting oxygen in the blood, is an interesting spintronics material. The researchers now report that even after injecting electronic currents into the Porphyrin via the graphene wires, the molecule maintains its magnetic property. Small variations in the way the graphene nanoribbons are attached to a molecule can alter its magnetic properties - and the molecule's spin can be manipulated via the injected currents.

A new alloy break the magnetization density record

Researchers from Montana State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed a new thin film from iron, cobalt and manganese that boasts an average atomic moment potentially 50 percent greater than the Slater-Pauling limit -a magnetization density of 3.25 Bohr magnetons per atom.

The Slater-Pauling curve describes magnetization density for alloys. Up until today, the material tthat posted the maximum average atomic moment was an iron-cobalt (FeCo) binary alloy - with a maximum average atomic moment of 2.45 Bohr magnetons per atom.

Spintronics at the interface - video lecture

Zeila Zanolli,a principal investigator at RWTH Aachen University and the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) gave a lecture at the MaX Conference on the Materials Design Ecosystem at the Exascale last month, titled "Spintronics at the interface".

Zeila specifically discusses the interface between Graphene and BaMnO3 materials.

Treated diamond plates show promise for spintronic devices

Researchers from Australia's La Trobe University find that when diamonds are treated in hydrogen plasma they incorporate the hydrogen atoms into the surface, and when exposed to moist air, they become electrically conductive. The researchers measured how strongly a charge carrier's spin interacts with a magnetic field in this diamond-based material and found the material to be promising for spintronic devices.

Diamond plates undergoing hydrogen plasma surface termination treatment

The diamond material features strong spin-orbit coupling, which enables one to control the particle's spin with an electric field. Following previous researchers, it is now found that these material features several interesting properties that could enable manipulation of spins in the conductive surface layer of diamond by either electric or magnetic fields.

Researchers from Mainz University demonstrate the basic principles of ultra-fast and stable memory based on Mn2Au antiferromagnets

Researchers from Mainz University demonstrate the basic principles of ultra-fast and stable memory based on the antiferromagnet Mn2Au. Antiferromagnetic materials are challenging to manipulate and to implement a read-out process (of the Neel vector orientation on).

Crystal structure of Mn2Au with antiferromagnetically ordered magnetic moments.

Up until now, researchers were only able to use a single antiferromagnetic material - copper manganese arsenide (CuMnAs), but this material had several disadvantages. The new compound, manganese and gold (Mn2Au) offers for example ten times larger magnetoresistance and other important advantages including its non-toxic composition and the fact that it can be used even at higher temperatures.

Researchers discover a metallic antiferromagnet with a large magneto-optic Kerr effect

Researchers from the NIST in the US and the University of Tokyo have discovered a metallic antiferromagnet (Mn3Sn) that exhibits a large magneto-optic Kerr (MOKE) effect, despite a vanishingly small net magnetization at room temperature.

MOKE measurements in non-collinear antiferromagnets

Compared to ferromagnetic materials, metallic antiferromagnets allow for faster dynamics and more densely packed spintronic devices due to the weak interactions between antiferromagnetic cells. The researchers believe that such materials hold promise for future antiferromagnetic spintronic devices, where the magnetic state could transduced optically and switched either optically or by applying current.

Researchers discover a way to convert spin information into light signals

Reseaerchers from TU Delft developed a method to convert the spin information into light signals at room temperature. The researchers hope that this method could enable opto-spintronics devices.

The researchers used a device made from a thin silver thread and a 2D tungsten disulfide film on top. Using circularly polarised light, the researchers created excitons with a specific rotational direction (that could be intitialized using the rotational direction of the laser light). The excitons emit photons when they relax. And the emitted light contains the spin information.