Spintronic Materials and Technology

Yongbing Xu, Sarah Thompson

October 25, 2006 by CRC Press
Reference - 423 Pages - 218 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849392993 - CAT# IP9299
Series: Series in Materials Science and Engineering


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  • Presents the current state and future directions in spintronics
  • Covers a wide range of topics in materials science, physics, device fabrication, characterization, and operation
  • Discusses underlying theory, experimental results, characterization techniques, and device applications
  • Details the search for new spintronic materials, including ferromagnetic metals and alloys, Heusler alloys and half-metallic oxides, and diluted magnetic semiconductors
  • Characterizes the magnetic, structural, and spin-dependent transport properties of spintronic materials using different conventional laboratory-based techniques and more novel synchrotron radiation-based measurements
  • Summary

    Few books exist that cover the hot field of second-generation spintronic devices, despite their potential to revolutionize the IT industry.Compiling the obstacles and progress of spin-controlled devices into one source, Spintronic Materials and Technology presents an in-depth examination of the most recent technological spintronic developments.

    Featuring contributions from active researchers and leading experts, the book chronicles the main research challenges in spintronics. It first depicts the different classes of materials systems currently under investigation for use in spintronic devices. The contributors also address issues concerning the operation of spintronic devices, such as the new principle for future devices that use spin-polarized current. This promises to enable switching of individual spin components of the device while avoiding crosstalk at the nanoscale. The book concludes with descriptions of both Si and III-V semiconductor-based spin transistors and the integration of spin technology with photonics.

    The second-generation spintronic devices discussed in Spintronic Materials and Technology will not only improve the existing capabilities of electronic transistors, but will enable future computers to run faster and consume less power.