Electronic Properties

At the PGI "Electronic Properties" Institute, we explore the interrelations between electronic structure and physical properties such as magnetism and magnetic phenomena by applying, for example, synchrotron radiation techniques. Systems of interest range from thin film systems, quantum wires and dots to molecules. Keywords here are nanosciences, spintronics, quantum computing, and giant magnetoresistance.

Head: Prof. Dr. Claus Michael Schneider

News and Events

Model porphyrin-based multifunctional interface for spin-switching and tuning.

Molecular interfaces for innovative sensors and data storage devices

Molecular interfaces formed between metals and molecular compounds have enormous potential as building blocks for future opto-electronics and spin-electronics devices. Transition metal phthalocyanine and porphyrin complexes are promising components for such interfaces. Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have been working to develop a model system for designing such devices with unique functions and enhanced performance.

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PGI Colloquium: Prof. Dr. Adam Kaminski, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, USA

Topological materials are characterized by the presence of nontrivial quantum electronic states, where often the electron spin is locked to its momentum. This opens up the possibility for developing new devices in which information is processed or stored by means of spin rather than charge.

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Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "Oxide Spintronics Laboratory"

Our group attempts to unlock the rich potential of functional oxide hybrids for spintronic applications.