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Tuesday, 25 October 2011
(at 17:30 in room Duelfersaal, Mensa building)
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Spintronics: electrons, spins, computers and telephones

Albert Fert

University of Paris (South) & CNRS/Thales

Spintronics exploits the influence of the electron spin orientation on the electronic transport. Although one knows mainly the "giant magnetoresistance" (GMR) of the magnetic multilayers and the large increase of the hard disc capacity obtained with read heads based on the GMR, the research on spintronics has also revealed many other interesting effects and is developing today along novel directions with promising prospects as well for short term applications as for the "beyond CMOS" perspective. After an introduction on the fundamentals of spintronics, I will review some of the most interesting emerging directions of today: spin transfer and its applications to STT-RAMs or to microwave generation, spintronics with semiconductors, graphene and carbon nanotubes, Spin Hall Effects, neuromorphic devices etc.

Brief Bio:

Education: Albert Fert graduated from the \C9cole Normale Sup\E9rieure in Paris. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Paris in 1970. He has been Professor of Physics at the University of Paris-Sud since 1976. Fert is the scientific director of a joint laboratory of the French National Center for Scientific Research and the company Thales.
Research: Fert's experimental (and theoretical) research is in condensed matter physics (metals, magnetism, spintronics). Fert was one of the co-discovers of Giant Magnetoresistance in 1988. This discovery has led to multiple applications, in particular to hard discs of very large capacity, and has triggered the development of the research field which is now called spintronics. Fert has made important contributions to the development of this field. He has published more than 300 scientific articles. One of the publications currently has over 4000 citations and, in 2003, was in the "Top Ten" of the ten most cited articles published by Physical Review Letters (PRL)during the first 50 years of the letter journal.
Nobel Prize: Albert Fert and Peter Gr\FCnberg were awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for their independent co-discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR).
Other Awards and Honors: Fert has received a number of other awards including the American Physics Society International Prize for New Materials (1994), the Grand Prix de Physique Jean Ricard of the French Physical Society (1994), the Europhysics Prize (1997), the CNRS Gold Medal (2003), the Wolf Prize (2006) and the Japan Prize (2007). He was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 2004.

Invited by G. Cuniberti

Within the CfAED Distinguished Lecture Series

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