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Semiconductor Nanospintronics

Objective

NANOSPIN aims at the development of novel multifunctional spintronic nanoscale devices whose mode of operation is designed to take optimum advantage of the specific magneto electric properties of ferromagnetic semiconductors. The devices combine non-volatility, low current consumption, high switching speed and excellent scalability.

The project addresses a number of interlinked novel device concepts for the magnetic writing of information, including current induced switching and current induced domain wall motion, combined with novel readout concepts based on tunnelling anisotropic magneto resistance and double barrier structures. In addition the performance of the devices will be investigated in the frequency range beyond 1GHz. Since the project is strongly device oriented, we will use the well established and well understood ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn) as a vehicle material.

This will enable us to focus on device action, rather than on materials issues. While this implies that the devices studied will necessarily operate at low temperatures only, the concepts developed by us should directly apply to any p-type ferromagnetic semiconductor. In this manner, the project complements ongoing materials research on room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductors.

The work is carried out by leading European groups in the fields of spin transport in semiconductors, nanolithography, ferromagnetic semiconductor growth and characterization. Several industrial and semi-industrial partners will monitor the potential of the developed devices for industrial applicability and commercialisation for post CMOS applications.

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Coordinator

BAYERISCHE JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG

Address

Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg

Germany

Participants (8)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

FYZIKALNI USTAV AV CR

Czechia

HITACHI EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

INSTYTUT FIZYKI PAN

Poland

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW

Belgium

THALES

France

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 015728

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 533 194

  • EU contribution

    € 1 740 000

Coordinated by:

BAYERISCHE JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG

Germany