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Welcome to the homepage of the Spintronics and Nanomagnetism Group at the University of California, Irvine.

Our research themes are focused on physical phenomena resulting from the interactions between magnetic, electronic, and lattice degrees of freedom in lithographically defined and self-assembled nanostructures.

Research directions currently pursued in our lab include

  • spin currents and spin angular momentum transfer in ferromagnetic nanostructures
  • spin-orbit torques
  • spin caloritronics
  • topological spintronics
  • nonlinear magnetization dynamics of nanoscale ferromagnets
  • nanoscale magnetic tunnel junctions and spin torque magnetic memory (STT-MRAM)
  • proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor nanostructures
  • dynamics of magnetic textures in ferromagnetic nanostructures
  • non-equilibrium magnetic phase transitions driven by spin current
  • magneto-electric effect in nanostructures

Our research relies on design and development of new nanoscale electronic devices using state-of-the-art nanofabrication techniques, which involves growth of ultrathin films and multilayers using ultra high vacuum deposition tools. Experimental measurements of electronic processes in these nanoscale devices are typically carried out with sub-nanosecond time resolution at cryogenic temperatures.

Graduate students and prospective postdocs motivated to do research in nanomagnetism and spintronics are encouraged to contact Prof. Ilya Krivorotov.