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LATTE Lab in New DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)

DOE_imageLATTE Lab is a mem­ber of the new DOE-EFRC cen­ter, Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Elec­tronic Sys­tems (SHINES), led by UC River­side Pro­fes­sor of Physics Jing Shi. The Cen­ter explores the inter­play of spin, charge, and heat to con­trol the trans­port of spin and energy. The four-year research objec­tives include (1) bet­ter under­stand­ing of the effects of spin-orbit cou­pling, includ­ing spin Hall angles and spin-orbit torques (spin Hall torques and Rashba torques); (2) sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in pure spin cur­rent dri­ven effects, such as magnonic switch­ing, spin-torque oscil­la­tions, and spin See­beck effect through new mate­ri­als and het­erostruc­tures; (3) engi­neer­ing of acoustic/optical phonon, magnon trans­port in nano-structured mate­ri­als via con­trol­ling their dis­per­sions and inter­ac­tions; and (4) explo­ration of the highly cor­re­lated spin super­con­duct­ing con­den­sate for dis­si­pa­tion­less spin and energy trans­port. The pro­posed activ­i­ties will address the Grand Chal­lenge: “How do we con­trol mate­r­ial processes at the level of elec­trons?”, goals iden­ti­fied by the “Basic Research Needs” work­shop, New Sci­ence for a Secure and Sus­tain­able Energy Future, includ­ing the recur­ring theme of “con­trol of pho­ton, elec­tron, spin, phonon, and ion trans­port in mate­ri­als”, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for “con­trol­ling mat­ter and energy at the elec­tronic level”.
Fig­ure by Mahesh Neu­pane and Shan­shan Su.