Inaugural Balazs Gyorffy Memorial Colloquium: Spintronic and Ionitronic Computing Technologies

15 February 2016, 4.00 PM - 15 February 2016, 5.00 PM

Professor Stuart Parkin (Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle and IBM Research – Almaden, California)

Mott Lecture Theatre

Recent advances in manipulating spin-polarized electron currents in atomically engineered magnetic heterostructures make possible entirely new classes of sensor, memory and logic devices - a research field generally referred to as spintronics. A magnetic recording read head, initially formed from a spin-valve, and more recently by a magnetic tunnel junction, has enabled a 1,000-fold increase in the storage capacity of hard disk drives since 1997.  The enormous storage capacity of arrays of hard disk drives in the “cloud” has made possible the digital storage and access to all of humankind’s knowledge since the beginning of mankind, thereby ushering in the age of  “Big Data” and data analytics.   The creation of unforeseen data-driven businesses and the transformation of entire industries is impacting society in manifold ways.

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All Colloquia take place on Monday at 4 pm in The Mott Lecture Theatre, H H Wills Physics Laboratory. Refreshments will be served beforehand at 3:30 pm in the Phys Bar on the ground floor.

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