Theoretical exploration of weak localization of spin-orbit torques.

Theoretical exploration of weak localization of spin-orbit torques.

Internship Description

In asymmetrically grown magnetic structures, the Rashba spin-orbit coupling enables the generation of so-called spin-orbit torques, a new means to manipulate the magnetization of small devices using charge currents [1,2]. The objective of this project is to explore the impact of strong disorder on the efficiency of the spin-orbit torque in a magnetic thin film. Using a real-space tight binding model, the student will investigate the nature of the torque at the transition between the diffusive and localization regimes. If successful, this project can be continued as a PhD thesis, where Feynman diagrams techniques will be developed to better understand this mechanism and extend it towards novel materials.

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​​Condensed Matter Physics