The central goal of the flagship NanoSpintronics is the development of novel concepts for manipulation, transport and storage of "spins" (the tiny magnetic movements by electrons), and their implementation in nanoscale electronic devices and systems.
Research themes represent main application areas, covering magnetic memories (MRAM), magnetic sensors, hybrid semiconductor devices based on spin-injection into semiconductors, as well as devices based on novel (quantum) spin effects in nanowires and nanodots. These issues, although specifically selected on the basis of their relevance for the information society, involve a number of highly challenging scientific quests.
The program aims at the realization of an intense network combining complementary expertise available within the Netherlands. Such a collaboration will be a requisite to maintain the forefront position of the Dutch scientific community in this field, and for its transfer to a competitive infrastructure for the Dutch industry.