B02 Spin+Current: Pure spin currents to manipulate magnetization
Project B02 will explore pure spin currents, generated by selected methods and investigate their potential to efficiently manipulate magnetization. To this end the (i) generation, (ii) transport and (iii) absorption of the spin currents will be studied and optimized. Given different sources of spin current, the focus is then to optimize the spin current transport by using tailored spin conduits with optimized interfaces, geometries and materials and achieve strong spin current absorption by tailoring devices with low spin resistances and special spin structures. Ultimately the spin current will be functionalized and the spin-spin coupling employed to exert a spin transfer torque on magnetization. A comparison of numerical spin current drift and diffusion calculations with measured spin accumulations will be used to understand the underlying mechanisms.
Aim 1: Achieve efficient pure spin current injection into a non-magnetic conduit and compare with spin-currents from other sources;
Aim 2: Understand the processes which govern spin current transport, drift and relaxation in nanoscale conduits;
Aim 3: Achieve efficient manipulation of magnetization.