402-0536-00L  Ferromagnetism: From Thin Films to Spintronics

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersR. Allenspach
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentSpecial Students UZH must book the module PHY434 directly at UZH.


402-0536-00 GFerromagnetism: From Thin Films to Spintronics
**together with University of Zurich**

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3 hrs
Mon15:45-18:30HIT J 51 »
R. Allenspach

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AbstractThis course extends the introductory course "Introduction to Magnetism" to the latest, modern topics in research in magnetism and spintronics.
After a short revisit of the basic magnetism concepts, emphasis is put on novel phenomena in (ultra)thin films and small magnetic structures, displaying effects not encountered in bulk magnetism.
ObjectiveKnowing the most important concepts and applications of ferromagnetism, in particular on the nanoscale (thin films, small structures). Being able to read and understand scientific articles at the front of research in this area. Learn to know how and why magnetic storage, sensors, memories and logic concepts function. Learn to condense and present the results of a research articles so that colleagues understand.
ContentMagnetization curves, magnetic domains, magnetic anisotropy; novel effects in ultrathin magnetic films and multilayers: interlayer exchange, spin transport; magnetization dynamics, spin precession.
Applications: Magnetic data storage, magnetic memories, spin-based electronics, also called spintronics.
Lecture notesLecture notes will be handed out (in English).
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course can be easily followed also without having attended the "Introduction to Magnetism" course.
Language: English.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersR. Allenspach
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Prüfung kann wahlweise in Englisch oder Deutsch abgelegt werden.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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