On the December 03rd and 4th, the SPICE team and Inspire group had an internal group seminar in the picturesque city of Bamberg in Franconia. Under the title “New Directions in the Spin Phenomena," the participants explored innovative approaches to interdisciplinary in Spintronics Research. After a nice train journey through the Bavarian landscape, SPICE-Director Jairo Sinova opened the seminar in the beautiful Barock Hotel close to the Bamberg cathedral. In the afternoon, the group had a guided tour through the old part of town followed by a visit of the famous Bamberg Christmas Market. After some Glühwein the group enjoyed traditional Bavarian food in the nice atmosphere of a quaint old town restaurant. Friday started with two workshops – one for the administrative staff led by SPICE project manager Valerie Rung and one for the scientific staff managed by our visiting postdoc Kei Yamamoto. We thank the participants for two beautiful and successful days in Bamberg.
Thanks to an initiative of Denise and the help of our universally talented student assistant and Bavaria enthusiast Alex, SPICE and the INSPIRE group hosted their own Oktoberfest and likely the first Oktoberfest in the history of Spintronics. From the traditional Oktoberfest-Bier, an especially tasty brew that is only available during the Oktoberfest season to the appropriate Bavarian music and Weißwurst (white sausage), all the essentials had been organised. Thus it is not surprising that, even if neither binge drinking nor any dancing on the tables were observed (as customary at the original event), the ambiance was great. In the midst of a public which was just as international as the one in Munich, our guest Barry Zink had the opportunity to experience some German local colour.
We are very happy to have Dr. Kei Yamamoto from Kobe University as a visiting Postdoc. Kei has a cosmology and general relativity background and is currently working on his first project in the area of the spin Hall Effect. At the INSPIRE Group, Kei wants to intensify his research about condensed matter physics and antiferromagnets in particular. He is looking forward to making use of his mathematical skills in this new field at the interface between physics and mathematics.
Dr. Artem Abanov from Texas A&M University will be supporting our group with his research on Spintronics and strongly correlated systems. Following a number of collaborations with Jairo Sinova and other current and former members of the Sinova Group like Shayan Hemmatiyan, Yi Liu and Oleg Tretiakov as well as a shorter visit last summer, Artem will now come for a longer visit and work with us on site in Mainz.
From February 26-28, Jairo Sinova took part in the Humboldt-Kolloquium Research Excellence in a Globalised World - Experiences and Challenges from a Brasilian-German Perspective in Sao Paulo. He delivered the keynote lecture Spintronics Research à la Humboldt: globally connecting nature, cultures, and people. In his lecture he outlined the interdisciplinarity of Spintronics research, its connection to the Humboldt spirit of doing research, and its connection to the new center SPICE, that he is starting here in Mainz with the help of his Humboldt Foundation Professorship award and the support of JGU.
The Humboldt-Kolloquium gathered many former and future Humboldtians, dignitaries from many other German agencies present in Latin America, such as the DAAD (Dr. Martina Schulze), DFG (Der. Dietrich Halm), and the Max Planck Society (Dr. Andreas Trepte), as well as the German ambassador in Brazil (Dirk Brengelmann), the president of CAPES (Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimaraes), the president of the Universität of Bayreuth (Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibe), the director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin (Dr. Barbara Göbel), and a member of the German Bundestag (Dr. Gesine Lötzsch).
06.02.2015 – Bachelor Colloquium: Sebastian Müller on Spin accumulation and diffusion in magnetic Multilayers
In his talk, Sebastian Müller will discuss the effect of the spin memory loss on interfaces of ferromagnetic (F) and non-magnetic (N) materials in the stackings N|F and N|F|N. In particular he will present results on the size of spin flip and spin accumulation gaps at the interfaces. The theoretical description is based on a limit of the theory of perpendicular magneto-resistance in magnetic multilayers by Valet and Fert.”
Vivek Amin defends successfully his PhD.