Antiferromagnetic spintronics

Published : 24 April 2017

Antiferromagnetic materials (antiparallel alignment of the atomic magnetic moments) could represent the future of spintronic applications thanks to the numerous interesting features they combine: they are robust against perturbation due to magnetic fields, produce no stray fields, display ultrafast dynamics and are capable of generating large magneto-transport effects. Intense research efforts are being invested in unraveling spin-dependent transport properties in antiferromagnetic materials. Whether spin-dependent transport can be used to drive the antiferromagnetic order and how subsequent variations can be detected are some of the thrilling challenges to address.

The nature of the elements constituting the antiferromagnetic material and the quality of the interfaces will be the adjustable parameters. We will consider mainly the efficiency of spin injection and the interfacial filtering, the absorption of spins in the core of the material and the absorption characteristics lengths, the order temperatures and the magnetic susceptibility, and the efficiency of the spin-orbit coupling via the spin Hall effect.

This PhD thesis work is experimental. It will build on the many techniques of fabrication (sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, clean room nanofabrication) and characterization (magnetometry, ferromagnetic resonance, transport) at SPINTEC and benefit from the collaboration with our partner laboratories for experiments with a resonant cavity and for access to complementary materials.

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