Royal Society Publishing

Recent advances in generating, manipulating and detecting spin-polarized electrons promise entirely new classes of spin-based sensor, memory and logical devices, generally referred to as the field of spintronics.

These advances are based on recent fundamental discoveries involving spin-polarized current in novel nano-materials, including giant tunnelling magnetoresistance, the spin Hall effect and the excitation of magnetization via the transfer of spin angular momentum from spin-polarized current.

The papers in this volume are based on a Discussion Meeting held at the Royal Society, London on 28 and 29 September 2009 and aim to provide an overview of the major advances in the field.