Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Physical Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Xiaoguang Zhang, William Butler
      Pages 3-69
    3. Philipp R. Struck, Guido Burkard
      Pages 71-103
  3. Materials: Metallic Thin Films and Recording Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Peter Grünberg, Daniel E. Bürgler
      Pages 107-126
    3. Jack Bass
      Pages 127-175
  4. Materials: Magnetic Tunneling Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. X. J. Yao, W. Zhong, C. T. Au, Y. W. Du
      Pages 227-252
    3. Shiming Zhou, Li Sun, Jun Du
      Pages 253-281
  5. Materials: Hybrid Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Yongbing Xu, Johnny Wong, Wenqing Liu, Daxin Niu, Wen Zhang, Yongxiong Lu et al.
      Pages 285-333
    3. Tanja Graf, Claudia Felser, Stuart S. P. Parkin
      Pages 335-364
    4. Sebastiaan van Dijken
      Pages 365-398
    5. G. Kioseoglou, C. H. Li, B. T. Jonker
      Pages 399-430
    6. Kang L. Wang, Murong Lang, Xufeng Kou
      Pages 431-462
  6. Materials: Magnetic Semiconductors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. T. Jungwirth
      Pages 465-521
    3. John F. DiTusa
      Pages 523-561

About this book


This large reference work addresses a broad range of topics covering various aspects of spintronics science and technology, ranging from fundamental physics through materials properties and processing to established and emerging device technology and applications.  It comprises a collection of chapters from a large international team of leading researchers across academia and industry, providing readers with an up-to-date and comprehensive review of this dynamic field of research.


The opening chapters focus on the fundamental physical principles of spintronics in metals and semiconductors, including the theory of giant magnetoresistance and an introduction to spin quantum computing.  Materials systems are then considered, with sections on metallic thin films and multilayers, magnetic tunnelling structures, hybrid materials including Heusler compounds, magnetic semiconductors, molecular spintronic materials, carbon nanotubes and graphene.  A separate section describes the various methods used in the characterisation of spintronics materials, including spin-polarised photoemission, x-ray diffraction techniques and spin-polarised SEM.


The third and final part of the Handbook contains chapters on spintronic device technology and applications, including spin valves, GMR and MTJ devices, MRAM technology, spin transistors and spin logic devices, spin torque devices, spin pumping and spin dynamics, and thermal effects in spintronics.


Each chapter builds from the fundamentals through to the state-of-the-art, also considering the challenges faced by researchers and containing some indication of the direction that future work in the field is likely to take.  This reference work will be an essential and long-standing resource for the spintronics community, whether in academic or industrial research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Yongbing Xu
    • 1
  • David D. Awschalom
    • 2
  • Junsaku Nitta
    • 3
  1. 1.York-Nanjing International Center of SpintronicsNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Institute for Molecular EngineeringUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Materials ScienceGraduate School of Engineering, Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6891-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6892-5
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