Aims and purposes of the seminar
The central topic of the seminar "Spin Torque in Magnetic Nanostructures"
is devoted to the question of how domain walls in magnetic nanostructures can
be manipulated and controlled by electric currents. The idea, to be
discussed in detail, is that a spin-polarized current exerts a "spin torque"
on a domain wall and hence induces its motion. In addition to
phenomenological consid-erations: what are the relevant microscopic
mechanisms determining the critical current and the velocity of the domain
walls? The experimental realisation is not easy, lateral structures
("rings") as well as vertical structures ("pillars") are under discussion,
since the geometrical conditions to achieve high current densities are
difficult to meet. Nevertheless, these topics are studied most actively
in several universities and industrial laboratories worldwide, because of
their enormous prospects for technological applications. A selected
collection of recent related papers, demonstrating the liveliness of
the field, is given separately
(PDF, 3 pp.).
The topics mentioned above will be discussed in 25 invited lectures, by
experts who contributed significantly to the recent developments in the
field. Thus the seminar will give the participants, mostly younger
scientists, an excellent introduction and overview over this rapidly
developing topic. There will be ample time for discussions, which are
particularly encouraged. In addition, the participants will have the chance
to present their own research results in the form of posters; micro-seminars,
at the beginning of the poster session, will serve as "appetizers": these
micro-seminars have been suggested by the participants of the
287th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus seminar,
organized by us in 2002, and we have gladly followed up this idea.
October 2005 / G. Dumpich, U. Eckern, P. Schwab