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Laboratory for Quantum Nanospintronics Research

About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.:

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

Fields of scientific research:
Physical Sciences

Project goal:

To investigate the passage of microwave signals generated by spin waves through magnetic micro- and nanostructures while injecting them with spin currents. The key idea is to obtain a profound understanding of the process of propagation of waves within nano-scale magnetic structures, and to design techniques for application of dynamic magnetic phenomena at the nano-scale with the view to create a new generation of highly integrated components and devices for data transmission and processing within the microwave frequency range.

Project objectives:

- To create a new generation of highly integrated components and devices for data transmission and processing operating within the microwave frequency range with previously unachieved parameters that are based on magnetic nanostructures with controllable losses and noises.
- To design hybrid structures containing magnetic and nonmagnetic layers and demonstrating insignificant losses.

Anticipated results: 

The project has helped design magnon-based micro-scale devices of a new generation. The researchers have obtained a profound understanding of the interaction between spin waves and spin currents at the micro- and nano-scale. The project team has designed and manufactured analogue microscopic magnon-based devices used to process microwave signals, such as time-delay lines whose delay coefficient significantly exceeds that of spin waves, as well as microwave generators with an ultralow noise level and rapid narrowband filters. The project team has designed and manufactured digital integral magnon-based devices. The project team believes the scope of research of the newly created laboratory may expand in the future and the laboratory will be able to successfully engage in technology transfer by supplying production industry with new functional materials.

Leading Scientist


Full Name: Demokritov Sergej Olegovich

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Academic degree and title:
Doctoral degree in Physics and Mathematics, Professor

Job title:

Head of the "Nonlinear Magnetic Dynamics" group at the Munster University Institute of Applied Physics (Germany), Head of the Laboratory for Quantum Nanospintronics Research at the Institute of the Physics of Metals of the Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia).

Fields of scientific interests:

Physics of magnetism. Propagation of waves within ferromagnetic films and nanostructures. Spin-dependent phenomena. Spin-wave nano-optics, i.e. linear and nonlinear propagation of spin waves. Magnon effects and devices based on the spin-torque and spin-Hall effects.

Scientific recognition: 

The leading scientist's group is the world's leading research collective specialising in the dynamics of magnetic nanosystems.
The leading scientist has achieved significant new results in dynamics of magnetic nanosystems, quantum magnetic thermodynamics, magnetic memory devices, and high frequency signal processing and sensors.
The leading scientist has designed unique research instruments based on the Brillouin light scattering techniques to investigate magnetic dynamics of nanoelements with ultimate temporal (<200 ps) and spatial (<250 nm) resolution.
He discovered spin-wave packets.
He discovered Mobius magnetic soliton.
He observed chaotic solitons within rings.
He opened up new opportunities for investigation of magnetic dynamics having discovered the Bose-Einstein magnon condensate at room temperature.
He discovered and investigated spin-wave tunnelling. This work also entailed observing resonant and soliton tunnelling.
He observed amplification of spin current accounted for by three-magnon splitting, and created a magnetic nano-generator controlled using the spin-Hall effect.

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