Spintronics: A Portmanteau for Our Time
presented by Dr. Nicholas Harmon
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 - 8:30pm, Woods Labs 216
Current demands and trends in computer technology are forcing scientists to consider new types of devices that supplement the present workhorse, electron charge, with the electron's intrinsic magnetism or spin. This new focus has developed into a field of its own named 'spintronics' that crosses the disciplines of pure/applied physics, engineering, and chemistry. In this seminar I will introduce the field by demonstrating why it is necessitated, what progress has been made, and two directions of research that I have been exploring: spin relaxation in disordered systems and a novel means of spin separation in semiconductors.
Nicholas Harmon grew up near Cleveland, OH and received bachelors' degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the College of Wooster. He went on to Ohio State for graduate school in physics where he first started studying semiconductor spintronics. After his PhD, he has spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher for the University of Iowa where a lot of his research has shifted to spintronics in organic materials. In his spare time he enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, playing games, traveling the region, and reading/listening to history.