13M061S - Spintronics

Course specification
Course title Spintronics
Acronym 13M061S
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Type of study master academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ESPB 6.0 Status elective
      The goal Introduction to the concept of electron spin. Presenting the basic principles of spintronic devices. Introducing the concept of magnetic semiconductors. Introduction to the existing applications of spintronics in fabrication of MRAM and logic circuits.
      The outcome By studying this course, students become familiarized with the basic concepts of a new scientific discipline in which the electron spin is information carrier. The course prepares students for understanding and accepting the new technologies that are based on spintronics.
      Contents of lectures Quantum-mechanical treatment of spin. Spin in semiconductors. Rashba and Dresselhaus effect. Ferromagnetic III-V semiconductors and their heterostructures. Spin injection and transport. Spin coherence and precession. Optical manipulation and preserving the spin coherence. Qubit. Giant magnetoresistance.
      Contents of exercises none
      1. Dejan Gvozdić:"Introduction to spintronics",
      2. J. Fabian, A. Matos-Abiague, C. Ertler, P. Stano, I. Zutic, "Semiconductor Spintronics," Acta Physica Slovaca 57, 565 (2007)
      3. U.Ekenberg and D.M. Gvozdić, Chapter 11: „Spin Splitting in Modulation-Doped Semiconductor Quantum Wells,“ in "Quantum Wells: Theory, Fabrication and Applications," Nova Science Publishers, 2009;
      4. D.D.Awschalom, D.Loss, N.Samarth: "Semiconductor Spintronics and Quantum Computation", Springer, 2002.
      5. Supriyo Bawdyopadhyay, Marc Gahay, "Introduction to spintronics," CRC Press, 2008.
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
      4 0
      Methods of teaching Lectures and practical assessments including preparing project with presentation or scientific paper.
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
      Activites during lectures 0 Test paper 30
      Practical lessons 0 Oral examination 0
      Colloquia 0
      Seminars 70