Pure spin currents and heat


Contact Professor B J Hickey to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Heat is the bane of modern electronics reaching limits where it future development is threatened.  Much of the energy that it takes to run computers and other digital devices is wasted as heat and an important part of the sustainability effort is directed towards reducing the consumption of energy.  Spintronics offers one possible route to achieving this aim by reducing the overheads of transferring information around a circuit.  Pure spin currents transfer angular momentum without transferring charge and hence no Joule heating.  This project aims to better understand the physics of pure spin currents and to measure heating effects in nanocircuits.  In a collaboration with IBM we are developing methods of measuring heat transfer in lateral spin valves used to generate spin currents.  IBM have a scanning nano-scale thermometer on the end of an AFM head that we use to measure temperature in a spin valve while a spin current is flowing.  This project will involve working with IBM Zurich. 

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

Additional staff contact

G Burnell

How to apply

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Pure spin currents and heat' as well as Professor B J Hickey as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: physics.pg.admissions@leeds.ac.uk