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Spin Dynamics in Nanostructures
Gordon Research Conference

Science and Applications of Spin Textures and Spin Currents


July 16-21, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Stuart Parkin

Vice Chair:
Bart J. Van Wees

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 18, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The field of spintronics is dynamic and evolving at a tremendous pace. This field is centered on the creation and manipulation of spin currents and their use in manipulating magnetic moments via the transfer of spin and orbital angular momenta. Just in the past 3 years the conversion of pure charge currents to pure spin currents has made major advances with unforeseen efficiencies in simple metals of up to 50% and perhaps even greater efficiencies in unconventional topological matter. Indeed, Weyl semi-metals were experimentally realized in the same time period with the observation of titanic magnetoresistance, chiral anomalies, Fermi arcs and more. Weyl and Dirac semi-metals and topological insulators form a broad class of topological matter that appears to encompass ever more materials. These materials hold much promise including: dissipationless spin transport; the locking of the electron's momentum and its spin; and valleytronics. Tiny spin currents can be used to switch magnetic nano-elements or move magnetic domain walls at great speeds. Major advances in the current induced motion of chiral domain walls and non-collinear spin textures, including skyrmions and antiferromagnetic skyrmions, have been made recently. Similarly, the manipulation of magnetization using both linear and circularly polarized photons is a subject of much current debate with the recent demonstration of the all-optical switching of simple ferromagnets. These and other subjects relating especially to non collinear spin textures and spin currents will be the focus of this GRC. We invite both new and experienced researchers to join us in discussing these exciting developments and in presenting their latest research on these topics.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Spin Dynamics in Nanostructures" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 16, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Non Collinear Spin Textures
    (Joseph Barker / Hua Chen / Burkard Hillebrands / Axel Hoffmann / Naoto Nagaosa)
  • Charge to Spin Conversion
    (Xiaofeng Jin / Wei Han / Tom Seifert / Jairo Sinova)
  • Topological Matter
    (Rembertus Duine / Yulin Chen / Laurens Molenkamp / Ali Yazdani)
  • Weyl and Dirac Semi-Metals
    (Sadamichi Maekawa / Andrei Bernevig / Kai Chang / Claudia Felser)
  • Magnetization Switching
    (Theo Rasing / Chiara Ciccarelli / Stefano Bonetti / Aleksei Kimel / Stephane Mangin)
  • Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
    (Thomas Jungwirth / Olena Gomonay / Oleg Tretiakov / Jakub Zelezny)
  • Magnetic Imaging
    (Christian Back / Alexander Khajetoorians)
  • Orbitronics
    (Vincent Cros / Masamitsu Hayashi / Yurij Mokrousov / Teruo Ono)
  • Future and Prospects for Devices
    (Hideo Ohno / Gerrit Bauer / Behtash Behin-Aein / Yoshichika Otani / Eiji Saitoh / Igor Zutic)
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