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FSK3710 Spin Electronics 8.0 credits

Spin electronics (also called magneto electronics or spintronics) is a new field of research combining two traditional branches of physics: magnetism and electronics. Electrons are tiny magnets as well as elementary charged particles, yet for 50 years conventional electronics has ignored the spin of the electron. Distinguishing and manipulating the spin-up and spin-down currents through nano-scale structuring of magnetic materials is expected to add a new dimension to the practice of electronics. The aim of this course is to give an introduction to magnetism and transport in magnetic nano-structures. A special emphasis will be made on applications in future spin-based memory and logic.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3710 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Normal and ferromagnetic metals
  • Basic electron transport
  • Giant Magnetoresistance
  • Spin dependent tunneling
  • Micromagnetic spin structure
  • Electronic noise in magnetic materials and devices
  • Materials for spin electronics: thin film and nano-fabrication techniques
  • Spin-transfer torques, current induced switching
  • Spin transport in semiconductors
  • Spin-valve and spin-tunnel devices in data storage, Magnetic RAM, sensors.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim in this course is to understand the physical principles of magnetism and transport in nanostructures with a special emphasis on applications in spin-based memory and logic. A progressively better understanding means that after the course you are able to:

  • identify different kinds of magnetism in solids, calculate the basic microscopic electronic parameters of materials given the necessary macroscopic characteristics, describe and calculate the main characteristics of the spin transport effects;
  • compare/contrast materials with regards to their magnetic and transport properties, explain the causes of the main spin transport effects, analyze their relevance in relation to technological applications;
  • theorize about the origins of magnetism and transport in solids aiming hypothetically at the ideal material(s) for spintronics, generalize device concepts as relates to spin transport, using the knowledge acquired in the course speculate about new transport devices based on spin.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Modern Physics/Introductory Quantum mechanics is required.

Recommended previous knowledge:
Solid State Physics (Kittel level) and Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths level) are advantageous.

Recommended prerequisites

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V. Korenivski and J. C. Slonczewski, ”Introduction to Spintronics”.

Other handout material including research and review papers.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale



  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: G
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: G

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

One lab exercise in charge transport measurements is required (LAB1, 2p, grading scale P/F).

The examination will be through home project assignments, presentation of a research paper in a journal club setting, participation in a brain-storming workshop on a topic relevant for the course, as well as an oral summative test of the course material (6p, P/F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Vladislav Korenivski

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FSK3710

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Vladislav Korenivski,

Supplementary information

The course is given in English

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics