Topological Spintronic Devices and Beyond

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Room temperature non-volatile spintronic devices possess unique advantages as key building blocks for future computing, memory and analog electronic systems. Key materials of contemporary interest in this context are heterostructures that interface ferromagnets with materials with strong spin-orbit coupling. Recent developments show that topological insulators hold significant promise as an alternative materials platform for such spintronic devices. While these materials have attracted much attention for developing fundamentally new concepts in condensed matter physics, the integration of magnetic materials with topological insulators has also led to the genesis of “topological spintronics.” Hybrid structures that interface topological surface states with magnetism show promising spintronic device-related phenomena such as extremely efficient charge-to-spin conversion at room temperature. However, many roadblocks remain for developing topological spintronics into a viable technology. This workshop will candidly discuss the promises and challenges presented by this burgeoning field by bringing together leading experts working in this area.

While so many notable scientists were gathered in one place, we made a short video about the promise of topological insulators.

We also we able to conduct an interview Nobel Laurete, Albert Fert. We posted the video of the interview here.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Allan H. MacDonald, University of Texas at Austin
  • Albert Fert, Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales
  • Andre Mkhoyan, University of Minnesota
  • Branislav K. Nikolic, University of Delaware
  • Chia-Ling Chien, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ching-tzu Chen, IBM
  • Dan Ralph, Cornell University
  • Hyunsoo Yang, National University of Singapore
  • Ian Young, Intel Corporation
  • Jagadeesh Moodera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jian-Ping Wang, University of Minnesota
  • Jing Shi, University of California, Riverside
  • Kang Wang, University of California Los Angeles
  • Michael Flatté, University of Iowa
  • Nitin Samarth, Penn State University
  • Qi-Kun Xue, Tsinghua University
  • Roland Kawakami, The Ohio State University
  • Saroj Prasad Dash, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Supriyo Datta, Purdue University
  • Thorsten Hesjedal, University of Oxford
  • Yoichi Ando (presented by Dr. F. Yang), University of Cologne and Osaka University
  • Yong Chen, Purdue University
  • Yuki Shiomi, Tohoku University
  • Valeria Lauter, Oakridge National Laboratory
  • Vlad Pribiag, University of Minnesota

Scientific Organizers

Jian-Ping Wang, University of Minnesota
Nitin Samarth, Penn State University

Workshop Coordinators

Marie L. Rahne and Sylvia Hill

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to the workshop coordinators at TIDevice (AT)