Introduction to Spintronics provides an accessible, organized, and progressive presentation of the quantum mechanical concept of spin and the technology of using it to store, process, and communicate information. Fully updated and expanded to 18 chapters, this Second Edition:
- Reflects the explosion of study in spin-related physics, addressing seven important physical phenomena with spintronic device applications
- Discusses the recently discovered field of spintronics without magnetism, which allows one to manipulate spin currents by purely electrical means
- Explores lateral spin-orbit interaction and its many nuances, as well as the possibility to implement spin polarizers and analyzers using quantum point contacts
- Introduces the concept of single-domain-nanomagnet-based computing, an ultra-energy-efficient approach to compute and store information using nanomagnets, offering a practical rendition of single-spin logic architecture ideas and an alternative to transistor-based computing hardware
- Features many new drill problems, and includes a solution manual and figure slides with qualifying course adoption
Still the only known spintronics textbook written in English, Introduction to Spintronics, Second Edition is a must read for those interested in the science and technology of storing, processing, and communicating information via the spin degree of freedom of electrons.
Table of Contents
The Early History of Spin. The Quantum Mechanics of Spin. The Bloch Sphere. Evolution of a Spinor on the Bloch Sphere. The Density Matrix. Spin-Orbit Interaction. Magneto-Electric Subbands in Quantum Confined Structures in the Presence of Spin-Orbit Interaction. Spin Relaxation. Some Spin Phenomena. Exchange Interaction. Spin Transport in Solids. Passive Spintronic Devices and Related Concepts. Active Devices Based on Spin and Charge. All-Electric Spintronics with Quantum Point Contacts. Single Spin Processors. Quantum Computing with Spins. Nanomagnetic Logic: Computing with Giant Classical Spins. A Brief Quantum Mechanics Primer.
Supriyo Bandyopadhyay is Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directs the Quantum Device Laboratory. A Fellow of several scientific societies, Dr. Bandyopadhyay serves on the editorial boards of six international journals, and as the chair of the Technical Committee on Spintronics within the Nanotechnology Council of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He previously served as the chair of the Technical Committee on Compound Semiconductor Devices within the Electron Device Society of IEEE, as an IEEE distinguished lecturer, and as a vice president of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. Widely published, he has given more than 100 invited/keynote talks at conferences, workshops, and colloquia across four continents, and received the Distinguished Scholarship Award (the highest award for scholarship awarded to one faculty member each year) from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marc Cahay is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati. Widely published and highly decorated, Professor Cahay is a Fellow of the Academy of Teaching and Learning at the University of Cincinnati, a Fellow of several scientific societies, a member of numerous editorial boards, the education chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nanotechnology Council, and a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Spintronics, Nanomagnetism and Quantum Computing. He has served on the organizing committee of more than 30 international conferences, as an IEEE Nanotechnology Council and IEEE Electron Device Society distinguished lecturer, as a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Simulation and Modeling, and as the IEEE Nanotechnology Council vice-president of conference.
"… a perfect, quantitative introduction to the field, with coverage of all important contemporary topics. Besides scientists and engineers working in the fields of spintronics, nanoelectronics, and quantum computing, this book will especially benefit undergraduate and beginning graduate students who have not been exposed to more rigorous training in quantum mechanics. For beginning students, the first five chapters cover the quantum mechanics of spin angular momentum, Dirac and Pauli equations, Bloch sphere, and density matrix. The rest of the book logically builds on this foundation—the authors take the reader by the hand and lead her/him through the detailed derivations from the basic expressions to the equations describing the physics of contemporary spintronic devices."
—Boris M. Vulovic, Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and Senior Research Engineer, APIC Corporation, Culver City, California, USA
"… provides a useful introduction to spintronics and nanomagnetism for beginning graduate students. The authors are well established in their field and naturally bring a technical perspective from being active in research."
—Avik Ghosh, University of Virginia
"The book gives a generous broad overview of spintronics. It sets off from the basic quantum mechanics needed and subsequently moves systematically to higher experts levels to make the reader comfortable with current ideas and relevant research literature in this dynamic field."
—Karl-Fredrik Berggren, Linköping University, Sweden
"… provides sufficient knowledge and understanding in the field of spintronic devices for researchers and students in academics and industry. … I am sure this book will provide a very good platform for further development of spintronics research and education.
—Saroj Prasad Dash, Chalmers University of Technology
"… amazingly comprehensive coverage … most welcome to not only those planni