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20.05.2016 – SPICE Workshop: Quantum Acoustics – Surface Acoustic Waves meets Solid State Qubits

This week, SPICE hosted a Workshop boosting the new field of Quantum Acoustics‐ a phonon analogue of quantum optics on chip – where single phonons in the form of high‐frequency surface acoustic waves (SAWs) propagate in acoustic waveguides coupling remote qubits. The team of organisers consisted of Göran Johansson (Chalmers, Sweden), Christopher Bäuerle (CNRS, France), Paulo Santos (PDI, Germany) and Floris Zwanenburg (Twente, Netherlands). They brought together three scientific communities which have not interacted substantially before, i.e. Surface Acoustic Waves, Solid State Spin Qubits and Superconducting Qubits. In the beautiful location of Schloss Waldthausen, fifty-two international scientists used talks, discussions and a poster session to explore contact points and potential synergies for these three fields. We thank the organizers and all participants for a successful workshop.

For videos of the talks and further information, visit the workshop home page.

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17.03.2016 – Physics Tango in Colombia

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Foto: Daniel Mordzinski

This year, the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla celebrated its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, the 19th Catédra Europa took place from March 14th - 18th. The large scale event provides a platform for scientific and cultural encounters between Colombian and European Academia. Jairo Sinova was invited to introduce his visions for new interdisciplinary approaches to scientific work, which he likes to compare to a scientific tango. Accordingly, his lecture was entitled "El tango de la fisica".

View the video of the lecture.

Read the news article in El Heraldo from March 17th.

Read the news article in El Heraldo from March 18th.

06.03.2016 – "Spin Hall Effect and Spin-Orbit Torques” at the 80th DPG annual conference in Regensburg

Foto_speakers_and_organizerOn March 6th, the first day of this year's DPG spring meeting in Regensburg, Christian Back from the University of Regensburg, Stefania Pizzini from the Institut Néel, CNRS and Yuriy Mokrousov from Forschungszentrum Jülich, gave an introductory session on "Spin Hall Effect and Spin-Orbit Torques." In their respective talks, Christian Back introduced the basic concepts of spin currents and spin Hall effect, Stefania Pizzini gave an experimental introduction to spin-orbit torques and Yuriy Mokrousov explained the basics of berry phase physics and spin Hall conductivity on the example of the curvature of a potato chip. Read the full German article.

The organising team, Karin Everschor-Sitte and Matthias Sitte thank all speakers and participants for a very successful session.

 

 

 

28.01.2016 – Visit from Roberto Raimondi and Cosimo Gorini

This week, the INSPIRE group had the pleasure to welcome Prof. Roberto Raimondi from the University of Rome and Dr. Cosimo Gorini from the University of Regensburg. On January 26th, Raimondi gave a talk on "Spin current swapping and spin Hall effect in a 2DEG" presenting recent results about spin-orbit induced effects in a two-dimensional electron gas. Gorini talked about "Thermoelectric conversion in disordered nanowires" on January 28th. Of course, the group members used the chance to vividly discuss the theories presented.

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Roberto Raimondi on "Spin current swapping and spin Hall effect in a 2DEG" Jairo Sinova, Roberto Raimondi and Jacob Gayles
Roberto Raimondi on "Spin current swapping and spin Hall effect in a 2DEG"
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Jairo Sinova, Roberto Raimondi and Jacob Gayles" Thierry Valet and Cosimo Gorini
Photos: Sabrina Hopp

26.01.2016 – Open Doors Day

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The INSPIRE group took part in the open doors day of Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz by inviting secondary school students to dip a toe in the water of theoretical Spintronics. Karin Everschor and Jacob Gayles gave our guests a presentation entitled "The future technology of Spintronics – the diverse quantum world of condensed matter" introducing spintronics as a scientific discipline and giving the students a lively insight into the life and work of researchers in this field. After the theoretical part, Andreas Kehlberger from the Kläui Lab took the potential junior researchers on a tour of the laboratories of the experimentalists. We were very happy about the interest shown by the students and are looking forward to host the next collaborative open doors day of the Kläui Lab and INSPIRE/SPICE.

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Photos: Sabrina Hopp

 

 

14.12.2015 – SPICE/INSPIRE Christmas Party

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Jairo did a great job as secret Santas's right hand man as he handed out the presents, which bore a little surprise for everyone.

On December 14th, the SPICE team and INSPIRE group had their Christmas party at the cosy tavern "Beichtstuhl" in the Mainz old town. In a cheerful atmosphere, the group members and their plus ones enjoyed the traditional food and wine of the region, looking back at an eventful year 2015 for both the INSPIRE group and the SPICE Center.

03.12.2015 – SPICE/INSPIRE Group Seminar in Bamberg

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On the December 03rd and 4th, the SPICE team and Inspire group had an internal group seminar in the picturesque city of Bamberg in Franconia. Under the title “New Directions in the Spin Phenomena," the participants explored innovative approaches to interdisciplinary in Spintronics Research. After a nice train journey through the Bavarian landscape, SPICE-Director Jairo Sinova opened the seminar in the beautiful Barock Hotel close to the Bamberg cathedral. In the afternoon, the group had a guided tour through the old part of town followed by a visit of the famous Bamberg Christmas Market. After some Glühwein the group enjoyed traditional Bavarian food in the nice atmosphere of a quaint old town restaurant. Friday started with two workshops – one for the administrative staff led by SPICE  project manager Valerie Rung and one for the scientific staff managed by our visiting postdoc Kei Yamamoto. We thank the participants for two beautiful and successful days in Bamberg.

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Photos: Sabrina Hopp