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Gordon Research Conference — Spin Dynamics in Nanostructures

7th July 2019   -   12th July 2019
Les Diablerets Conference Center, Les Diablerets, Switzerland


In recent years the fields of spintronics has greatly expanded towards new materials, new functionalities, and new device concepts. In the new materials front, antiferromagnetic metallic and insulating systems have been shown to be effective transport media of spins, allowing for very high frequency applications and efficient electric control of the magnetic order parameter. There has also been a tremendous progress in the realization of magnetism in two dimensional materials, where new functionalities, such as spin valves, have been also demonstrated recently. Due to their spin-valley coupling these material systems also connect spins with photons. In addition, new forms of spin-orbit coupling have been discovered in magnetic and non-magnetic systems, connecting new materials with topological insulator and Weyl materials that promise new functionalities based on the control of these type of high-energy-like quasiparticles. A remaining materials frontier in spintronics is organic systems, which seems to be very different from solid state spintronics, exhibiting new chiral phenomena which remains to be fully understood. Finally, as an emergent new device concept, the conference will cover the area of neuromorphic computing in spintronics, where Skyrmions, and other spin systems, are being touted as future platforms for such type of brain-inspired devices. This GRC will provide an open platform for the outstanding new questions and challenges in these emerging areas of spintronics. Each session will begin with an introduction of the state-of-the-art and most recent developments, focusing in particular on the open challenges in the field, followed by talks on each field on the latest developments in that area. Junior and senior researchers are invited to join our discussions on these new developments, paying attention to the new science and technology as well as future applications.