This research project will explore spin and charge flow in nanostructures. We propose to improve theoretical methods for describing transport phenomena, and other physical effects, and plan to use these methods to increase our understanding of experiments . We will study the properties of novel systems, pure or hybrid, containing ferromagnets, normal metals, semiconductors and superconductors.
The future of nano-electronics will require a combination of expertise in different fields by integrating semicon ductors and normal metals with magnetic and superconducting materials. Our research project will explore spin-based electronic devices. Specifically, we will explore spin-injection, manipulation, and detection in systems where ferromagnetic metals are in contact with semiconductors, normal metals or superconductors. Spin-injection into nanostructures combines a diversity of sub-fields and provides a gateway to new and interesting physics. Applications of this knowledge may lead to new developments in data storage capacity, non-volatile random access memories, versatile logic gates, faster processors, and perhaps even quantum information processing.