This research area covers the study of the property of electrons known as ‘spin’ and its potential exploitation in specially designed devices.
This research area covers the study of the property of electrons known as ‘spin’ and its potential exploitation in specially designed devices. It specifically focuses on phenomena called spin polarisation and spin polarisation transfer. It also includes organic spintronics.
We are working with the spintronics research community to enable closer links to research in fields that can promote translation of spintronics research outputs. We are also working with the spintronics research community to ensure appropriate use of large facility investments that maximise their full potential.
As well as producing high-quality research across the research area, the community has an early-lead opportunity in the emerging field of skyrmions. This is due to earlier large investments and the availability of high-quality facilities. Our aim is for these facilities to be fully used for high-quality research and to establish a world-leading position for the UK in this field.
Our strategy also aims to:
- strengthen this area’s links with research areas that can, over the long term, translate the research into new technologies. Examples include the Condensed matter: electronic structure and Superconductivity areas, which present opportunities through links between spintronics and materials exhibiting exotic topological phases
- encourage continued close working with researchers investigating fundamental aspects of magnetism, while also forging close links with researchers interested in device design and manufacture, to enable fast transition of new scientific discoveries into new technologies.
We also expect research on single-spin systems (for example phosphorus in silicon) to become more closely linked to the activities of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP).
The UK has world-leading characterisation facilities at the Diamond Light Source synchrotron and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. The spintronics community derives great benefit from these and should ensure that these investments are exploited to their maximum potential.