Magnetic insulators could be the substrate of new spintronics devices
Spintronics, or spin electronics, is a rapidly emerging research area that has the potential to significantly enhance speed and memory, while decreasing power consumption, in the next generation of nanoelectronic devices. It is focused on the intrinsic spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment in addition to its electric charge. The majority of spintronics concepts rely on magnetic conductors, materials that have some sort of magnetic order and are electrically conducting. The latter makes it simpler to induce and measure spintronics effects. The EU-funded MAGNEPIC project plans to demonstrate the potential of magnetic insulators for spintronics devices by developing novel electrical means to control magnetisation.