Tohoku-York-Kaiserslautern Core-to-Core project on "New-Concept Spintronics Devices"


Project details

Tohoku University in Japan, the University of York in the UK, and Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany are collaborating in a Core-to-Core Programme organised by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Our four key aims are to investigate a spin transistor with an optical gate, an all Heusler alloy MRAM cell, spin-transfer torque induced by the spin See-beck effect, and design a prototype logic circuit.

Based on our expertise, we anticipate to achieve three major milestones for next-generation integrated logic circuits:

  1. instant power-on,
  2. low power consumption, and
  3. less Joule heating.

Each of these device concepts has the potential to be a component of an integrated spintronic logic and storage device.

This project involves 17 principal investigators (PIs) from Japan, 5 PIs from the UK and 2 PIs from Germany. We also plan to collaborate with our affiliate institutions, which include the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), University of Electro-Communications and University of Tsukuba.

In addition to the technical activities, this project will support an ambitious programme of exchange. We are committed to 30 exchanges per year among our partners, focusing on those for early-stage researchers. We will organise two symposia every year, one in Europe and another in Japan, to disseminate our achievements and to discuss them with the wider community.

This project will be carried out under the close collaboration with Profs. Hideo Ohno at the Laboratory for Electronic Intelligent Systems, Research Institute of Electrical Communications, Tohoku University, Kevin O'Grady at the Department of Physics, the University of York and Burkard Hillebrands Magnetism Group, Department of Physics, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Project period

From 01/04/2015 to 31/03/2020 (for 5 years).


This project is funded through the JSPS Core-to-Core Program on "International Research Center for New-Concept Spintronics Devices" jointly with the EPSRC research grant on "Spintronic Devices for Integrated Logic Circuits" (EP/M02458X/1) and OPTIMAS.


Prof. Hideo Ohno (Japanese Coordinator)

Research Institute of Electrical Communications, Tohoku University

Prof. Kevin O'Grady (UK Coordinator)

Department of Physics, University of York

Prof. Burkard Hillebrands (German Coordinator)

Department of Physics, Technical University of Kaiserslautern

Recent Updates

09/11/2015 2nd workshop programme uploaded.

22/08/2015 This page launched.