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Graphene spintronics: the European Flagship perspective

Journal article
Authors Stefan Roche
Johan Åkerman
Bernd Beschoten
Jean-Christophe Charlier
Mairbek Chshiev
Saroj Prasad Dash
Bruno Dlubak
Jaroslav Fabian
Albert Fert
Marcos Guimarães
Francisco Guinea
Irina Grigorieva
Christian Schönenberger
Pierre Seneor
Christoph Stampfer
Sergio O. Valenzuela
Xavier Waintal
Bart van Wees
Published in 2D Materials
Volume 2
Issue 3
Pages 030202
ISSN 2053-1583
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Pages 030202
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1088/2053-1583/2/3/03...
Subject categories Physical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering, Nano Technology

Abstract

We review current challenges and perspectives in graphene spintronics, which is one of the most promising directions of innovation, given its room-temperature long-spin lifetimes and the ability of graphene to be easily interfaced with other classes of materials (ferromagnets, magnetic insulators, semiconductors, oxides, etc), allowing proximity effects to be harvested. The general context of spintronics is first discussed together with open issues and recent advances achieved by theGraphene Spintronics Work Package consortiumwithin the Graphene Flagship project. Based on such progress, which establishes the state of the art, several novel opportunities for spin manipulation such as the generation of pure spin current (through spinHall effect) and the control of magnetization through the spin torque phenomena appear on the horizon. Practical applications arewithin reach, but will require the demonstration of wafer-scale graphene device integration, and the realization of functional prototypes employed for determined applications such as magnetic sensors or nano-oscillators. This is a specially commissioned editorial from the Graphene Flagship Work Package on Spintronics. This editorial is part of the 2DMaterials focus collection on ‘Progress on the science and applications of two dimensional materials,’ published in association with the Graphene Flagship. It provides an overview of key recent advances of the spintronics work package aswell as the mid-term objectives of the consortium.

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