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EPSRC Reference: GR/T03802/01
Title: SPATIALLY RESOLVED SPIN-POLARISATION SPECTROSCOPY FOR IMPROVED CHARACTERISATION OF SPINTRONIC MATERIALS
Principal Investigator: Cohen, Professor LF
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr Y Bugoslavsky Professor D Caplin
Project Partners:
IFW Dresden IMEC
Department: Dept of Physics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 31 January 2008 Value (£): 257,461
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/T03796/01
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Successful development of novel spin-based electronic devices presents a considerable materials engineering challenge and requires establishing improved experimental methods of creating, measuring and manipulating spin-polarised currents. This project aims at the development of highly resolved experimental techniques for spin polarisation measurements in the extreme sub micron scale. High spatial resolution is essential in order to study the influence of sample homogeneity, microstructure and topography on polarisation and to study the spin diffusion length in non magnetic materials. The project will bring together two groups with a wide range of experimental techniques and facilities. In particular at Imperial College has developed strong expertise in Andreev probe spectroscopy and Cambridge has internationally recognised expertise in planar nanostructure device fabrication. Currently there are no other well defined spatially resolved techniques available elsewhere. The dual approach that we aim for here will allow us to tackle the full range of Spintronic materials spanning metals, oxides and semiconductors. The thin films and heterostructures that we plan to study will originate from Imperial & Cambridge growth programmes and from a range of collaborators in the UK and Europe.
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