SK3710 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.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Information for research students about course offerings

Start date: 2015 week 4

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 main content

  • 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.


Modern Physics/Introductory Quantum mechanics is required.

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

Language of instruction:


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

Other handout material including research and review papers.


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).

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Vladislav Korenivski,


Vladislav Korenivski <>

Supplementary information

The course is given in English


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.