Month: July 2023

24.07.2023 New Joint Publication in Antiferromagnetic Spintronics

A joint publication with Tobias Wagner and Helen Gomonay about coupling of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic spin dynamics in Mn2Au/NiFe thin film bilayers has been published in Physical Review Letters.

They investigate magnetization dynamics of Mn2Au/Py (Ni80Fe20) thin film bilayers using broadband ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy. Their model reveals the dependence of the hybrid modes on the AFMR frequencies and interfacial coupling as well as the evanescent character of the spin waves that extend across the Mn2Au/Py interface.

You can find the publication under Phys.Rev.Lett.131,046701.

23.07.2023 Upcoming SPICE Workshop on Hybrid Correlated States and Dynamics in Quantum Materials

The SPICE workshop "Hybrid Correlated States and Dynamics in Quantum Materials" will be held from May 14th to 16th, 2024 at the historic WASEM winery, Ingelheim.

The workshop focusses on correlated states of electrons, that give rise to quantum matter, such as ordered magnets, spin liquids, superconductors, and topological materials. The exciting phenomena hosted and technological applications promised by these states of matter have further inspired the scientific community to engineer hybrids where different ingredients for correlations are provided by separate materials coupled together. Thus, such low-dimensional hybrid nanostructures have enabled engineering novel states of matter with intriguing physics, often not admitted by any single platform.

With the recent developments, theoretical and experimental, time reversal symmetry breaking via magnetism has emerged as a powerful tool to engineer novel unconventional superconducting states and phenomena such as nonreciprocity. At the same time, engineering of the superconducting condensate to bear a net spin employing magnet/superconductor hybrids has been demonstrated. This has opened prospects for superconducting spintronics devices enabling dissipationless spin torques and logic. Further, spin fluctuations appear to play a fundamental role in a large fraction of unconventional and two-dimensional superconductors including the recently discovered states in moiré materials. Therefore, these three seemingly disjoint fields are intricately relying on knowledge from each other and can best be tackled with an overview of all three. Providing this overview and a common discussion platform is the main goal of this workshop.

The workshop shall bring together experts and young researchers from three different communities: (i) Magnetism and Spintronics, (ii) Superconductivity and Strongly Correlated Electrons, and (iii) Low-dimensional nanostructures. The purview includes coherent and incoherent magnetization dynamics in conjunction with the various spintronics effects that allow its manipulation and detection. A key topic will be the recently discovered nonreciprocal effects in magnets e.g., chiral magnons, as well as superconductors, e.g., the superconducting diode effect. Recent discoveries regarding two-dimensional materials, multi-orbital superconductivity, Ising superconductors, topological superconductivity and quantum sensors coupled to magnets will also be central to the workshop portfolio. Employing fluctuations of currents (e.g, flow of spin or vortices) to probe the quantum nature of transport will form an exciting topic of discussion across communities. Finally, the case of spin fluctuations mediated superconductivity, that is believed to underlie a wide range of unconventional superconductors can best be discussed with the three communities present at the workshop.

05.07.2023 New Joint Publication in Antiferromagnetic Spintronics

A joint publication with Olena Gomonay about photocurrents, the Inverse faraday effect, and photospin Hall effect in Mn2Au has been published in APL Materials.

They reveal the emergence of large photocurrents of spin in collinear Mn2Au, whose properties can be understood as a result of a non-linear optical version of the spin Hall effect, which they refer to as the photospin Hall effect, encoded into the relation between the driving charge and resulting spin photocurrents. Moreover, they suggest that even a very small canting in Mn2Au can give rise to colossal spin photocurrents that are chiral in flavor. They conclude that the combination of staggered magnetization with the structural and electronic properties of this material results in a unique blend of prominent
photocurrents, which makes Mn2Au a unique platform for advanced optospintronics applications.

You can find the publication under APL Mater 11, 071106.

01.07.2023 Upcoming SPICE Workshop on Terahertz Spintronics: toward Terahertz Spin-based Devices

The SPICE workshop "Terahertz Spintronics: toward Terahertz Spin-based Devices" will be held from October 10th to 12th, 2023 at the historic WASEM winery, Ingelheim.

The workshop focusses on THz spintronics, which is a novel research field that combines magnetism and spintronic with ultrafast optics. Although ultrafast demagnetization of ferromagnetic materials at picosecond timescale has been first observed already three decades ago, recent years have seen the rapid development of THz spintronic devices stemming from ground breaking studies. In the last years, the numerous improvements made in material research (such as on topological insulators and antiferromagnetic materials), interface quality and device engineering have been central to both explore spin-based physics at THz frequencies and investigate to new concepts of spin based THz devices. These cover the full THz block chain (broad and narrowband THz generation and detection, together with control of radiation properties such as polarization and ellipticity) as well as new approaches for THz imaging and encoding THz information. This workshop will bring together world-leading scientists from a broad range of communities, generating further collaborations and developmentsin this emerging field.

You can apply online for the workshop until August 14th, 2023.