Two-Dimensional Spintronic Materials and Systems

Project: Research


Two-dimensional (2D) systems have considerably strengthened their position as one of the premier candidates to become the key material for the proposed spintronics technology, in which computational logic, communications and information storage are all processed by the electron spin. Historically the spin arrangement has long been investigated within the context of conventional FM and their alloys, while the study of spin generation, relaxation, and spin-orbit coupling in non-magnetic materials has taken off rather recently with the advent of spintronics, and it is here that many novel 2D materials and systems can find their greatest potentials in both science and technology.
The rise of spintronics has been strongly linked with the development of instrumentation in advanced nanofabrication and characterization in the past thirty years. The experimental side of the research today has marched to a historical point where the paramount urgency is to use materials of the highest perfection and homogeneity and detection tools with atomic sensitivity. In this project, the selected two-dimensional spintronic materials and systems will be studied using the synchrotron-radiation based nano-characterization technique. The student will benefit from the geographical proximity to National Physics Laboratory (NPL), and the national synchrotron and neutron scattering facilities, where the students are expected to take relevant trainings and perform experiments. The student will determine the chemical structures using x-rays and magnetic ordering using neutron diffraction and reflectivity, which will give the most comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the (spin) ordering phenomena and dimensionality.

This project is supported by the Royal Holloway Science Excellence Award
Effective start/end date1/03/1928/02/23

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