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Spin Currents

Objective

SPINICUR (from spin currents) is a training network of European experts dedicated to providing state-of-the-art education and training for early stage and experienced researchers. We have concentrated on an aspect of spintronics – pure spin currents – and specific technical goals in order to secure a very high level of industrial involvement and strong network connectivity through a sharp focus. The overarching objective of this network is to significantly enhance the employment prospects of 11 ESRs and 4 ERs by: (a) choosing a scientific subject that has high impact and is close to exploitation, (b) ensuring that all researchers receive complementary skills training that is relevant to industry and academia, (c) providing projects in world-leading laboratories, with world-class personnel and collaborating with industrial giants (IBM, Hitachi and Siemens), and (d) ensuring that all the researchers spend a secondment with our industrial partners. At the present time only about 10% of the active researchers in this field thoroughout Europe are newly trained each year – that is barely enough to cover natural losses let alone increase our efforts.
Spintronics offers the potential for logic operations that are faster and consume much lower power when compared to conventional semiconductors. Passive spintronic devices are already the basis for a multi-billion dollar industry producing read heads for hard discs and storage cells in MRAM. Alternatives to semiconductor RAM and logic are being actively sought with spintronics offering exciting possibilities such as: the Spin Hall Effect, spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effect to name a few. These pure spin currents and their fundamental understanding is the scientific objective of SPINICUR. As the culmination of this network we aim to explore the fundamentals of spin amplification in designs such as the spin-torque transistor. Thus our technical objective is to apply the knowledge gained to real devices.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 777 910,40
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)

Participants (8)

INESC MICROSISTEMAS E NANOTECNOLOGIAS - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES PARA OS MICROSISTEMAS E AS NANOTECNOLOGIAS
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 451 771,34
Address
Rua Alves Redol 9
1000 029 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilda Ribeiro (Mrs.)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 498 519,14
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Trachsel (Ms.)
LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA LIN
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 421 279,34
Address
Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga
4715-330 Braga
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paula Galvao (Mrs.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 399,04
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
HITACHI EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 282 066,40
Address
Sefton Park , Bells Hill
SL2 4HD Stoke Poges
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Williams (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET REGENSBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 482 947,10
Address
Universitatsstrasse 31
93053 Regensburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Kronberger
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 240 366,09
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jose Van Vugt (Ms.)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 314 680,76
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan De Graaf (Mr.)