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Semiconductor Spintronics
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State of Research

The progress in the development of semiconductor devices has been based on the reduction of feature sizes for over 40 years. In about two decades this will no longer be possible without radical changes in the working principle as quantum effects dominate below a certain feature size even at room temperature. For the first time since the discovery of the transistor a revolution will take place and spintronics may have an important role.

Spintronics is a multidisciplinary field of research, aimed at the active manipulation of spin orientation of charge carriers in semiconductors [1]. The fundamental questions are:

  1. How can a spin system be polarized efficiently?
  2. How long is the spin orientation maintained?
  3. How to control the spin orientation?
  4. How to perform the readout of a spin orientation?

Generation of spin polarized carriers

Spin relaxation

Spin control and spintronic devices

Important Dates:


15. Sept. 2013:
Deadline for the special volume semiconductor spintronics (DFG final report) in physica status solidi b
(further information is sent via email)


30. Sept. - 2. Oct. 2013:
final meeting of the priority program "International workshop on semiconductor spintronics" located in the Residenz Würzburg
(further information)

Recent publication(s):

C. Drexler, S.A. Tarasenko, P. Olbrich, J. Karch, M. Hirmer, F. Müller, M. Gmitra, J. Fabian, R. Yakimova, S. Lara-Avila, S. Kubatkin, M. Wang, R. Vajtai, P. M. Ajayan, J. Kono, and S.D. Ganichev :  "Magnetic quantum ratchet effect in graphene" Nature Nanotechnology 8, 104 (2013)

J.H. Buß, J. Rudolph, S. Shvarkov, H. Hardtdegen, A.D. Wieck, and D. Hägele:  "Long electron spin coherence in ion‐implanted GaN: The role of localization" Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 192102 (2013)

D.J. English, J. Hübner, P.S. Eldridge, D. Taylor, M. Henini, R.T. Harley, and M. Oestreich:  "Effect of symmetry reduction on the spin dynamics of (001)-oriented GaAs quantum wells" Phys. Rev. B 87, 075304 (2013)

V.L. Korenev, I.A. Akimov, S.V. Zaitsev, V.F. Sapega, L. Langer, D.R. Yakovlev, Yu. A. Danilov, and M. Bayer:  "Dynamic spin polarization by orientation-dependent separation in a ferromagnet–semiconductor hybrid" Nature Communications 3, 959 (2012)

M. Althammer, E.-M. Karrer-Müller, S.T.B. Goennenwein, M. Opel, R. Gross:  "Spin transport and spin dephasing in zinc oxide" Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 082404 (2012)