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Institute Colloquia

Tuesday, 23.04.2019 15:00

Hubert Ebert (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Spin-orbit coupling gives rise in magnetic solids to a large number of effects that are at the same time of great scientific as well as technological interest. In fact they often play a central role in modern spintronics concepts and devices. As examples for this, results of investigations based on a fully relativistic Dirac formalism on the magneto-crystalline anisotropy, transport properties and the Gilbert damping parameter will be presented. As it will be demonstrated, a coherent treatment of the magnetic anisotropy can be achieved by including the Breit interaction that gives rise...

Tuesday, 14.05.2019 14:00

Roland Wiesendanger (Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center Hamburg, University of Hamburg, Germany)

Majorana states in atomic-scale magnet-superconductor hybrid systems have recently become of great interest because they can encode topological qubits and ultimately provide a new direction in topological quantum computation [1,2]. First, it will be demonstrated how well defined 1D atomic chains of magnetic adatoms on superconducting substrates with high spin-orbit coupling can be artificially fabricated using STM-based atom-manipulation techniques. Spin-polarized STM measurements [3] allow to reveal the presence of non-collinear spin textures, i.e. spin spiral ground states, stabilized by...