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Fundamental research for future information technology and beyond

The Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) is dedicated to fundamental research on novel physical concepts and emerging materials in information technology and related fields.

Information is one of the basic needs of modern society. It affects many aspects of our everyday life. In order to cope with the grand challenges humankind will face in the future, information and communication technologies must continue to evolve at a rapid pace.

Miniaturization in semiconductor technology is still the order of the day, but it does have its physical limits. Completely new concepts are needed in order to come to terms with the burgeoning volume of information, thereby keeping the innovation engine in motion.

Our activities go far beyond conventional CMOS micro-electronics and envisage the development of entirely new technology avenues on a time horizon of 15 to 20 years. In this “beyond Moore” strategy, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamental properties of today’s and tomorrow’s electronic materials as well as the novel phenomena observed in these materials.

Our research focuses on electronic phenomena in condensed matter systems, which not only promise applications in future information technology, but may also become relevant in other technology fields. In following this course, we are pursuing diverse concepts, such as exploiting the electron spin as a unit of information, developing innovative device architectures by expanding proven semiconductor technologies, and linking electronic and biological systems.

The research topics dealt with at PGI are defined by the Helmholtz Programme Fundamentals of Future Information Technology and encompass the following: