Workshops » SFB 491
International Workshop on
"Spin-torque related phenomena in magnetic nanostructures"

Organization Committee:

Lindner, J. (Universitat Duisburg-Essen)
e-mail: juergen.lindner(at)

Wende, H. (Universitat Duisburg-Essen)
e-mail: heiko.wende(at)

Farle, M. (Universitat Duisburg-Essen)
e-mail: michael.farle(at)

Wednesday 13.10. – Friday 15.10.2010
Venue: Wolfsburg, Falkenweg 6, 45478 Mulheim, Germany
(near Campus Duisburg, Universitat Duisburg-Essen)

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‚Spin-torque transfer’ describing the angular momentum transfer between a spin-polarized electric current and local magnetic moments has been theoretically predicted in 1996 by Berger and independently by Slonczewski. Since the experimental verification of current-induced magnetization precession by Tsoi et al. in 1998 and of current-induced magnetization switching by Katine et al. in 2000, spin-torque mediated magnetization dynamics have moved into the focus in the framework of current-driven magnetic storage devices. In this context the effect was suggested to be of great use in improving the performance of magnetic random access memory (MRAM) or even to provide an approach to fabricate completely new storage technologies like the so-called ‘Racetrack Memory’. Despite the promising results obtained so far, the final step towards application still is out of sight. An example of the difficulties which hinder device fabrication at present is the large current density needed to switch magnetizations or move domain walls. It is the goal of the workshop to show recent progress and new approaches on how spin-torque driven magnetization dynamics (magnetization reversal, magnetization precession (microwave oscillators), domain-wall movement) can be studied, influenced and microscopically be understood.
Katholische Akademie "Die Wolfsburg";
Falkenweg 6, 45478 Mulheim an der Ruhr, Tel.: 0208/99919-0 ,

The workshop will be held in the Wolfsburg. The building is located near to the river Ruhr – in the middle of one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas of Europe – within a large forest located between the cities of Duisburg and Mulheim an der Ruhr and near to Dusseldorf, Essen and Oberhausen. The area is host to the European
Capital of Culture RUHR 2010
offering almost daily cultural events and highlights during the year.
In 1906 constructed, the building served as an exclusive hotel. The name („wolfs castle“ ) reflects the existence of wolfs in the surrounding forests till the beginning of the 19th century. Since 1960 it serves as a modern venue for workshops and seminars within walking distance of the campus of the university of Duisburg-Essen.

Arrival by train: Main Railway station “Duisburg Hauptbahnhof” (, Tram 901 direction “Mulheim an der Ruhr”.

Arrival by Plane: Airport Dusseldorf (DUS) and taxi (about 30 €) or Airport Frankfurt and high speed train (ICE) to “Duisburg Hauptbahnhof”
Programm Programm
Wednesday, 13.10.2010
13.10 08:00 - 12:00                       Check In                          
  12:00 - 13:30 Lunch, welcome drinks
1 14:00 - 14:45 André Thiaville,
Université Paris-Sud, France
Micromagnetic effects in current-induced domain wall motion
2 14:45 - 15:30 Ilja Krivorotov,
University of California, USA
Domain wall dynamics excited by spin torque in the current-perpendicular-to-plane geometry
  15:30 - 16:15 Coffee break
3 16:15 - 17:00 Daniel Bürgler,
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Spin-Transfer Torque in Epitaxial Fe/Ag/Fe(001) Nanopillars
4 17:00 - 18:00 Stephané Mangin,
Nancy-Université, Institut Jean Lamour, France
Spin transfer torque effects in nanopillar devices with perpendicular anisotropy
  18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  19:00 - 21:00 Poster session
Thursday, 14.10.2010
  8:00 -
5 9:15 - 10:00 Mathias Kläui,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Current-induced magnetization dynamics
6 10:00 - 10:45 Dirk Grundler, Universität München, Germany Magnonics - Controlling spin waves on the nanoscale
  10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 Józef Barnaś,
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Spin torque and current-induced magnetic dynamics in spin valves
  12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
8 14:00 - 14:45  Johan Åkerman,
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Modulation, Injection Locking and Mutual Synchronization of Nano-Contact Spin Torque Oscillators
9 14:45 - 15:30 Nathalie Reckers, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany Microwave assisted spin-torque driven magnetization precession in nanopillars with perpendicular anisotropy
  15:30 - 16:15 Coffee break
10 16:15 - 17:00 Matthew Pufall, NIST, USA Studies of Spin Transfer Nanocontact Oscillators with Patterned Free Layers
  17:00 - 18:00 Discussion
  18:00 -
Friday, 15.10.2010
  8:00 -
11 09:15 - 10:00 Kilian Lenz,
Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
Spin-Torque-Enhanced Magnetic Damping and Coupling Effects in Ultrathin Films
12 10:00 - 10:45 Oliver Posth,
Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Spin-transfer torque investigated by ferromagnetic resonance
  10:45 - 12:00 Podium Discussion
  12:00 - 13:00 Checkout Departure