Spintronics: Playing with the electron spin in the solid state

Prof.dr. Bart van Wees, University Groningen

Besides their electronic charge, electrons also carry magnetic "charge", due to
their spin. Spintronics is a new research field where one investigates the
possiblity to study and use the electron spin as the carrier of information.
New phenomena such as spin accumulation and spin currents are investigated. I
will give an introduction of the basic concepts of spin injection, spin
transport and spin manipulation. This will be illustrated by recent experiments
of our group, where we have demonstated an electronic device, where the output
voltage is determined by the spin degree of freedom only, and could be
controlled by induced spin precession around an applied magnetic field.