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NOMADS: NOvel MAterials for ADvanced Spintronics

Wednesday, 19th & 20th October 2016

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Organisers: A. Datta, G.Bell, G. Morley, and R.A. Römer (Physics, Warwick)

Background and Purpose

Spin is a fundamental quantum property of matter. Just as electric charge, it can be exploited to induce relaxation and transport processes. The field of spintronics hence deals with the possibility of harnessing spin for studies of fundamental physics as well as technological applications. Indeed, giant-magnetoresistive (GMR) metal-sandwich structures have for years now provided much of the storage requirements of our modern, informationhungry society. While improvements of GMR-based devices are on-going, a more radical approach is seeking to enhance the ways in which we generate and utilize spin-polarized currents. Using semiconductors as a new material class is a particularly promising avenue of research and has the additional advantage that it could readily combine with existing integrated circuit technology. A more long-term goal of spintronics is the harnessing of electron and nuclear spin for quantum information processing and quantum computing - a spin being close to an ideal quantum bit. However, in order to attain such a long-term goal, a new generation of scientists will have to be educated beyond the still largely charge-based solid-state physics and engineering courses currently on offer in most European research universities.
Here at Warwick, with the Midlands Physics Graduate School and the Integrated Magnetic Resonance Centre for Doctoral Training, we already have much of the necessary postgraduate infrastructure in place to facilitate such training. Hence, together with a number of European partners, we are aiming to apply for the January 2017 round of Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) via a European Training Network (ETN) application.



Time Activity/Title Speaker/Room

Tuesday 18th October 2016
19:00-21:00 dinner for those already on campus (Le Gusta, Warwick Arts Centre)

Wednesday 19th October 2016
09:00-09:30 tea, coffee and biscuits (Physics concourse, 3rd floor)
Introductory research talks (room P3.27)
09:30-10:00 Introduction to ITN+ETN
Rudo Römer
Carlos Leon
Animesh Datta
Ron Naaman
11:00-11:20 Tea

Francisco Dominguez-Adame
Enrique Diez + Yahaya Meziani
Rudo Römer
Gavin Bell
12:40-13:00 Summary

13:00-14:00 Lunch (room P5.23) Physics, 5th floor
Breakout sessions (room P5.23)
14:00-15:00 session 1 (research) all participants, in small groups
15:00-16:00 session 2 (training) all participants, in small groups
16:00-16:30 tea, coffee and biscuits  
16:30-18:00 consolidation session all participants
19:00- Dinner (Radcliffe)

Thursday 20th October 2016
09:00-09:30 tea, coffee and biscuits (outside of room MAS2.05) MAS 2nd floor
09:30-12:00 training writing session all participants
12:00-13:00 Lunch (outside of room MAS 2.05)  
13:00-15:00 research writing session all participants
15:00-15:30 tea, coffee and biscuits (PS0.17a) Physical Science building, ground floor
15:30 Farewell  
16:30-18:00 overall writing session Diez, Dominguez-Adame, Römer
19:00- Dinner (off-campus, "Varsity" or Kenilworth's "Virgins and Castle")  



Participation is by invitation only. Please contact if you think this activity looks as if it would be of interest to you. Normally, we would be happy to accept self-invitations, but will not be able to pay for any expenses in this case.

Registration will start at 09:00 on 19th October 2016, at the University of Warwick, with the first talk at 09:30 (see above schedule). Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

Name Affiliation Status
  Rudolf A. Römer University of Warwick  

Animesh Datta University of Warwick  

Gavin Bell University of Warwick  

Gavin Morley University of Warwick  

Francisco Dominguez-Adame Complutense University of Madrid  
  Elena Diaz Garcia Complutense University of Madrid  
  Enrique Diez Universidad de Salamanca  
  Yahya Meziani Universidad de Salamanca  
  Mario Amado University of Cambridge  
  Ron Naaman Weizmann Institute of Science  
  Carlos Leon Complutense University of Madrid  
  Rafael Gutierrez Dresden University of Technology  


Venue and Accommodation

All talks will also be held in the Physics (19 Oct) and Materials and Analytical Sciences (20 Oct) buildings. See here) for a map of Warwick central campus.

If you need to arrange B&B room, please contact with your travel dates and what night you will stay. We will be able to pay for 2 nights from Warwick funds.

The workshop will start with the registration at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps on the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

If you will fly from overseas, please buy flight tickets by yourself and we will reimburse the cost. (Please keep your itinerary, boarding cards and tickets and show them to us during the meeting.)

In case you are self-invited, please call the hotel directly and arrange your stay.



Prof. Rudolf A Römer
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

e-mail: physicsadmin at warwick dot ac dot uk
Phone: +44 (0)24 76574328
Fax: +44 (0)24 76150897

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