Materialwiss. Master Wintersemester 2004/2005
06354 Grenzflächenphysik und Spintronics (A) [WV]
Dozent Mannhart J., Schneider C.
Dauer 3 SWS
Studiensemester 1
Schein Ja (Klausur; unbenotet)
Termin Di, 14:15-15:45 u. Fr, 10:15-11:00, 288/Süd
Beginn 19.11.2004
Inhalt The lecture is devoted to two hot fields in electronic applications of solids: interface physics and spintronics.

The electronic and magnetic properties of many solids and most electronic devices are controlled by interfaces. This refers to a wide spectrum of materials, including superconductors, where interfaces limit the currents of superconducting cables, and also to semiconductors, where interfaces control the efficiency of solar cells or are basic building blocks of transistors. In the course, the fundamental principles of the physics of interfaces in solids will be presented and their impact on electronic and magnetic applications discussed.

The second half of the course is devoted to spintronics. Whereas electronics is based on the manipulation of the charge of electrons, spintronics uses the electrons’ spins. Spintronic devices are useful for magnetic field sensors, for example in hard-disks of computers. In future, high-performance transistors may be built which are based on spintronics principles. The lecture will discuss the physics behind spintronics and present the state-of-the-art of device applications.

Vorkenntnisse Basic knowledge of solid state physics and of quantum mechanics
Literatur Articles and lecture notes will be distributed during the course.
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