Title: Superspintronics – Towards Ultra-low Dissipation Spin-electronics.
When: Thursday, December 12, (2019), 12:00.
Place: Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Module 3, Seminar Room (5th Floor).
Speaker: Niladri Banerjee, Department of Physics, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
The fundamental antagonism between superconductivity and ferromagnetism arises from the nature of electron pairing in these materials – parallel for ferromagnetism and antiparallel (singlet) for superconductivity. However, recent theoretical and experimental evidences  suggest a unique form of odd-frequency equal-spin (triplet) superconductivity that arises at carefully engineered interfaces between ferromagnets and superconductors. These equal-spin Cooper pairs are immune to the pair breaking exchange field in a ferromagnet and can propagate over length scales which are significantly longer than the singlet pair coherence lengths. These dissipationless triplet currents carry a net spin which raises the intriguing possibility of ultra-low-dissipation superconducting spin-electronics (superspintronics) .
In this talk, following a brief introduction, I will discuss recent progress in this area [2-7], specifically focussing on two recent results: spin-orbit coupling-driven superspintronics [5,6] and magnetisation reorientation due to superconducting transition .
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