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Handbook of Spin Transport and Magnetism

1st Edition

Edited by Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, Igor Zutic

Chapman and Hall/CRC

808 pages | 537 B/W Illus.

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In the past several decades, the research on spin transport and magnetism has led to remarkable scientific and technological breakthroughs, including Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in magnetic metallic multilayers. Handbook of Spin Transport and Magnetism provides a comprehensive, balanced account of the state of the art in the field known as spin electronics or spintronics. It reveals how key phenomena first discovered in one class of materials, such as spin injection in metals, have been revisited decades later in other materials systems, including silicon, organic semiconductors, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and carefully engineered nanostructures.

The first section of the book offers a historical and personal perspective of the field written by Nobel Prize laureate Albert Fert. The second section addresses physical phenomena, such as GMR, in hybrid structures of ferromagnetic and normal metals. The third section discusses recent developments in spin-dependent tunneling, including magnetic tunnel junctions with ferroelectric barriers. In the fourth section, the contributors look at how to control spin and magnetism in semiconductors. In the fifth section, they examine phenomena typically found in nanostructures made from metals, superconductors, molecular magnets, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, and graphene. The final section covers novel spin-based applications, including advanced magnetic sensors, nonvolatile magnetoresistive random access memory, and semiconductor spin-lasers.

The techniques and materials of spintronics have rapidly evolved in recent years, leading to vast improvements in hard drive storage and magnetic sensing. With extensive cross-references between chapters, this seminal handbook provides a complete guide to spin transport and magnetism across various classes of materials and structures.


This handbook is a timely, up-to-date review of the intricate relationship between both carrier and spin transport and magnetism in semiconductors and metals. The chapters are written by leading experts and will undoubtedly serve as a valuable reference for all workers in the field of spintronics.

—Professor Stephan von Molnár, Florida State University

[It] provides a wide perspective on spin-polarized electron transport in the bulk of solids, at interfaces, and in microstructures … a highly useful source for researchers, engineers, and students working in this fascinating and technologically important field.

—Emmanuel Rashba, Harvard University

Table of Contents


Historical Overview: From Electron Transport in Magnetic Materials to Spintronics

Albert Fert

Spin Transport and Magnetism in Magnetic Metallic Multilayers

Basics of Nano-Thin Film Magnetism

Bretislav Heinrich

Micromagnetism as a Prototype for Complexity.

Anthony S. Arrott

Giant Magnetoresistance: Experiment

Jack Bass

Giant Magnetoresistance: Theory

Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, D.G. Pettifor, and Sadamichi Maekawa

Spin Injection, Accumulation, and Relaxation in Metals

Mark Johnson

Spin Torque Effects: Experiment

Maxim Tsoi

Spin Torque in Magnetic Systems: Theory

A. Manchon and Shufeng Zhang

Hot Carrier Spin Transport

Ron Jansen

Spin Transport and Magnetism in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

Tunneling Magnetoresistance: Experiment (Non-MgO)

Patrick R. LeClair and Jagadeesh S. Moodera

Tunnel Magnetoresistance in MgO-Based Magnetic Tunnel JunctionsExperiment

Shinji Yuasa

Tunneling Magnetoresistance: Theory

Kirill D. Belashchenko and Evgeny Y. Tsymbal

Spin-Filter Tunneling

Tiffany S. Santos and Jagadeesh S. Moodera

Spin Torques in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions.

Yoshishige Suzuki and Hitoshi Kubota

Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions

Manuel Bibes and Agnes Barthelemy

Spin Transport and Magnetism in Semiconductors

Spin Relaxation and Spin Dynamics in Semiconductors

Jaroslav Fabian and M.W. Wu

Electrical Spin Injection and Transport in Semiconductors

Berend T. Jonker

Spin-Polarized Ballistic Hot-Electron Injection and Detection in Hybrid Metal Semiconductor Devices

Ian Appelbaum

Magnetic Semiconductors: IIIV Semiconductors

Carsten Timm

Magnetism of Dilute Oxides

J.M.D. Coey

Tunneling Magnetoresistance and Spin Transfer with (Ga,Mn)As

H. Jaffres and Jean Marie George

Spin Transport in Organic Semiconductors

Valentin Dediu, Luis E. Hueso, and Ilaria Bergenti

Spin Transport in Ferromagnet/IIIV Semiconductor Heterostructures

Paul A. Crowell and Scott A. Crooker

Spin Polarization by Current

Sergey D. Ganichev, Maxim Trushin, and John Schliemann

Anomalous and Spin-Injection Hall Effects

Jairo Sinova, Jorg Wunderlich, and Tomas Jungwirth

Spin Transport and Magnetism at the Nanoscale

Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Matthias Bode

Point Contact Andreev Ref lection Spectroscopy

Boris E. Nadgorny

Ballistic Spin Transport.

Bernard Doudin and N.T. Kemp

Graphene Spintronics

Csaba Jozsa and Bart J. van Wees

Magnetism and Transport in Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor Quantum Dots

Joaquin Fernandez Rossier and R. Aguado

Spin Transport in Hybrid Nanostructures

Saburo Takahashi and Sadamichi Maekawa

Nonlocal Spin Valves in Metallic Nanostructures

Yoshichika Otani and Takashi Kimura

Molecular Spintronics

Stefano Sanvito


Magnetoresistive Sensors Based on Magnetic Tunneling Junctions

Gang Xiao

Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory.

Johan Akerman

Emerging Spintronics Memories.

Stuart Parkin, Masamitsu Hayashi, Luc Thomas, Xin Jiang, Rai Moriya, and William Gallagher

GMR Spin-Valve Biosensors

Drew A. Hall, Richard S. Gaster, and Shan X. Wang

Semiconductor Spin-Lasers

Rafał Oszwałdowski, Christian Gothgen, Jeongsu Lee, and Igor Žutic

Spin Logic Devices

Hanan Dery

About the Author/Editors

Evgeny Y. Tsymbal is a Charles Bessey Professor of Physics and the director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). Dr. Tsymbal is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and a recipient of UNL’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. His research in computational materials science focuses on the understanding of fundamental properties of advanced ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures and materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics.

Igor Žutic is an associate professor of physics at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). Dr. Žutic has been a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the National Research Council/American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Research Award, and the National Research Council Fellowship. His research encompasses spin transport, magnetism, spintronics, and superconductivity.

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