The University of Konstanz to establish a superconducting spintronics research hub

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany's most highly-endowned research award for early-research scientists, went this year to Dr Angelo Di Bernardo from Cambridge University. Dr. Angelo was awarded with 1.65 million Euros and will move to the University of Konstant in which he will establish a research hub in the field of superconducting spintronics.

Dr. Angelo's project that won the award is dealing with superconducting spintronics with oxides and 2D materials.

Superconductivity may be key to more efficient spintronic devices

Researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University together with British scientists discovered that superconductivity is able to promote magnetization in certain conditions. Using this effect may lead to faster spintronic devices.

Directed electron spin photo

The researchers say that superconducting spintronic devices will demand far less energy and emit less heat compared to current devices. The superconductors may be useful in the process of spin transportation while ferromagnetics may be used to control spins.

Superconductive spintronics devices may enable zero power computing

Researchers from Cambridge showed that superconductors could be used as an energy-efficient source for spintronics devices - this was not believed to be possible by most researchers. Superconducting spintronics devices may enable powerful circuits that consumer very little power (in fact superconductors offer 100% energy efficiency).

The researchers showed that electrons spin can be detected and manipulated in the current flowing from a superconductor. They achieved that feat by adding an intervening magnetic layer (made from Holmium) to the superconductor. This layer allowed them to manipulate the electrons spin.