Nanomagnetism and spintronics

Spintronics or magnetoelectronics is an emerging technology that exploits the intrinsic spin of electrons and nuclei in electronic devices. The spin of each electron gives rise to a microscopic magnetic moment, and coupling between these moments gives rise to macroscopic magnetism. Spintronics can potentially lead to devices that dissipate much less energy, since the entity carrying logical information may be realized by a spin excitation that does not have an electric current associated to it. It may also lead to devices with much higher memory storage capacity, as well as devices that integrate logical operations with non-volatile memory in the same chip. Research at UVic focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of magnetism and spin transport.