Spin-Orbit Technologies: From Magnetic Memory to Terahertz Generation

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今回は、2019年のIEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished LecturerであるHyunsoo Yang先生(National University of Singapore)にご講演をお願いしました。 特に、研究室の学生の皆様・研究所の若手研究員の方にご出席いただけますよう機関・組 織内で周知いただければ幸いです。多くの方のご出席を賜りますようご案内申し上げます。

We will have a talk by one of this year's IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers, Professor Hyunsoo Yang. The talk is free to attend and no pre-registration is necessary.


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  • Date: 08 Mar 2019
  • Time: 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC+09:00) Osaka
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  • 電気通信研究所 / RIEC
  • 片平2−1−1 / Katahira 2-1-1
  • 仙台 / Sendai, Miyagi
  • Japan 980-8577
  • Building: 本館 / Main Building
  • Room Number: M331

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Hyunsoo Yang of National University of Singapore


Spin-Orbit Technologies: From Magnetic Memory to Terahertz Generation

Spintronic devices utilize an electric current to alter the state of a magnetic material and thus find great application in magnetic memory. Over the last decade, spintronic research has focused largely on techniques based on spin-orbit coupling, such as spin-orbit torques (SOTs), to alter the magnetic state. The phenomenon of spin-orbit coupling in magnetic heterostructures was also recently used to generate terahertz emission and thus bridge the gap between spintronics and optoelectronics research.

I will introduce the basic concepts of SOTs, such as their physical origin, the effect of SOTs on a magnetic material, and how to quantitatively measure this effect. Next, I will discuss the latest trends in SOT research, such as the exploration of novel material systems like topological insulators and two-dimensional materials to improve operation efficiency. Following this, some of the technical challenges in SOT-based magnetic memory will be highlighted. Moving forward, I will introduce the process of terahertz generation in magnetic heterostructures, where the spin-orbit coupling phenomenon plays a dominant role. I will discuss the details of how this terahertz emission process can be extended to novel material systems such as ferrimagnets and two-dimensional materials. The final section will focus on how the terahertz generation process can be used to measure SOTs in magnetic heterostructures, thus highlighting the interrelation between terahertz generation and the SOTs, which are linked by the underlying spin-orbit coupling. 


Hyunsoo Yang obtained the bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University. He worked at C&S Technology, Seoul, Korea; LG Electronics, San Jose, Calif.; and Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif. In 2006, he received the doctorate from Stanford University, where he worked on optoelectronic devices. From 2004 to 2007, he was at the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center. He is currently a GlobalFoundries chaired associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, working on various magnetic materials and devices for spintronics applications. He has authored 170 journal articles, given 100 invited presentations, and holds 15 patents. He won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2006 from the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on Magnetism and Its Applications.