9360-0218/03 – Spintronics (SPI)

Gurantor departmentCNT - Nanotechnology CentreCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Dr. Mgr. Kamil PostavaSubject version guarantordoc. Dr. Mgr. Kamil Postava
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMT, USPIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
FOR068 Ing. Tibor Fördös, Ph.D.
POS40 doc. Dr. Mgr. Kamil Postava
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The main goal of the subject is to understand theory and applications of spin transport and spin electronics.

Teaching methods

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The subject is based on current state of quickly evolving field of spintronics, i.e. electronics employing electron's spin. The subject is covering most directions of today's spintronics. The subject starts with definition of spin-polarized current and spin accumulation. Then, generation of spin-polarized current in non-magnetic materials is discussed, using spin injection and spin-pumping. Furthermore, we discuss the most important magnetoresistive effects (AMR, GMR, TMR), as well as spin transfer. Then, we discuss prototypical examples of using those effects in lateral structures and industrial applications. Finally, a short introduction to spin-calorimetry and to materials used in spintronics is provided.

Compulsory literature:

T. Shinjo (Editor), Nanomagnetism and Spintronics, Elsevier 2009 S. Maekawa, Concepts in spin-electronics, Oxford University Press 2006 C. C. Tanouji, Mechanique quantique (Quantum mechanics), Hermann S. Bandyopadhyay, M. Cahay, Introduction to Spintronics, CRC Press 2015

Recommended literature:

Felser, C., Fecher, G. H. (Eds.), Spintronics, Springer 2013 Schäpers, T., Semiconductor Spintronics, De Gruyter Textbook, 2016 F.J. Jedema, PhD. thesis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands 2002

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester



Other requirements

Understanding of fundamentals of spintronics and spintronic applications.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Quantum description of electron (wave equation, uncertainty principle, tunelling). Orbital and spin moment, Pauli matrices. 2. Electron in solids, Fermi level, Fermi=Dirac distribution, diffuse and balistic transport of electron. 3. Spin accumulation and spin-polarized current, spin injection from ferromagnetic to dia-paramagnetic material 4. Magnetotransport phenomena (AMR, GMR, TMR). 5. Generation of spin current using spin pumping, fundamentals of magnetization dynamics (FMR, Landau-Lifschitz equation) with spin-polarized current. 6. Devices based on spin-polarized current (GMR-TMR head, hard-disk, MRAM, spin oscillators). 7. Spin-Hall effect, inverse spin-Hall effect, spin calorimetry, generation of spin current by temperature gradient. 8. Spin current in metals, semiconductors, and organic materials, materials for spintronics, Rashba effect.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Examination Examination   3
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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2022/2023 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0719D270002) Nanotechnology P Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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