Introduction to Spintronics

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Marc Cahay

© 2015 - CRC Press
Published September 23, 2015
Textbook - 636 Pages - 148 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482255560 - CAT# K24022

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  • Outlines the development of spintronics from its early history
  • Focuses on electron spin with an emphasis on transport phenomena
  • Elucidates fundamental concepts such as Pauli matrices, eigenspinors, and Bloch spheres
  • Supplies an essential understanding of spin relaxation, spin transport, and the physics of spintronic device operation
  • Describes intriguing spin-based phenomena that lead to unusual functionalities, including spintronics without a magnetic field
  • Examines spin field effect transistors (FETs), Boolean logic paradigms based on single spin bits, and simple spin-based quantum coherent devices
  • Covers active hybrid spintronic devices, monolithic spintronic devices, passive spintronic devices, and devices based on the giant magnetoresistance effect
  • Contains an introduction to the emerging field of nanomagnetic logic devices as well as a quantum mechanics primer for non-experts
  • Prepares new and aspiring engineers, applied physicists, and materials scientists for independent research in spintronics

Solution manual and figure slides available with qualifying course adoption


Introduction to Spintronics provides an accessible, organized, and progressive presentation of the quantum mechanical concept of spin and the technology of using it to store, process, and communicate information. Fully updated and expanded to 18 chapters, this Second Edition:

  • Reflects the explosion of study in spin-related physics, addressing seven important physical phenomena with spintronic device applications
  • Discusses the recently discovered field of spintronics without magnetism, which allows one to manipulate spin currents by purely electrical means
  • Explores lateral spin-orbit interaction and its many nuances, as well as the possibility to implement spin polarizers and analyzers using quantum point contacts
  • Introduces the concept of single-domain-nanomagnet-based computing, an ultra-energy-efficient approach to compute and store information using nanomagnets, offering a practical rendition of single-spin logic architecture ideas and an alternative to transistor-based computing hardware
  • Features many new drill problems, and includes a solution manual and figure slides with qualifying course adoption

Still the only known spintronics textbook written in English, Introduction to Spintronics, Second Edition is a must read for those interested in the science and technology of storing, processing, and communicating information via the spin degree of freedom of electrons.


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