Jean-philippe ATTANE

       Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie





Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor) at Université Grenoble Alpes


Research activities


The research projects of J. P. Attané focus on new ways to change the orientation of magnetization using currents, which could lead to new generations of spintronic devices. These projects can be divided in two parts. The first part is focused on the interaction of polarized currents with the magnetization, and includes :



The second part consists in generating, detecting and using pure spin currents, which corresponds to the case where up and down spins goes along opposite directions, whereas there is no charge current. Such currents might allow the development of a new spintronics without ferromagnets. This second part involves :


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SEM image of a lateral spin-valve studied in our team.

The ferromagnetic electrodes (in red) and the non magnetic channel (in yellow) are 50 nm wide.


Short CV


J. P. Attané obtained his PhD in Solid State Physics from Grenoble Alpes University (France) in 2003, on the topic of magnetization reversal in thin layers with perpendicular anisotropy. After a post-doc in Burkard Hillebrand’s group at Kaiserslautern University (from 2003 to 2004), he has been recruited in 2004 as Assistant Professor (Maitre de Conférences) at Grenoble Alpes University.


Since his recruitment in 2004, he developped a research team whose activities focus on the study of domain-wall propagation in nanostructures, and of spin-dependent transport phenomena in nanostructures. He is now leading this team, which in the recent years was composed of around 6-8 full-time equivalent people.


His scientific work awarded him to be admitted in 2011 as a member of the "Institut Universitaire de France", and he obtained his "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" in 2012. Beyond physics, his professional center of interests are musicology, law and economics.


Job offers


We are currently looking for PhD students or M2 internships (eventually M1 internships) on the two following subjects :



  • Interplay between spin currents and domain walls in lateral nanostructures


Please feel free to contact us.

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Selected publications


“Domain wall propagation in strongly disordered medium”

J.P. Attané, Y. Samson, A. Marty, J.C. Toussaint, G. Sors, A. Mougin

Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, (2004) 257203


“Thermally Activated Depinning of a Narrow Domain Wall from a Single Defect”

J. P. Attané, D. Ravelosona, A. Marty, Y. Samson, C. Chappert

Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, (2006) 147204


“Non adiabatic spin-torques in narrow magnetic domain walls”

C.Burrowes, A.P. Mihai, D. Ravelosona, J.V. Kim, C. Chappert, L. Vila, A. Marty, Y. Samson, F. Garcia-Sanchez, L.D. Buda-Prejbeanu, I. Tudosa, E.E. Fullerton, J.P. Attané

Nature Physics 6, 17 (2010).


“Invasion percolation universality class and fractal geometry of magnetic domains”

J.P. Attané, M. Tissier, A. Marty, L. Vila

Phys. Rev. B 82, 024408 (2010)


“Detection of magnetization reversal in nanostructures using the magnon contribution to resistivity”

V. D. Nguyen, L. Vila, P. Lascowski, A. Marty, T. Faivre, J.P. Attané

Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 136605 (2011)


“Coercivity enhancement in FePt nanowires due to the suppression of available paths for domain wall propagation”

J. P. Attané, D. Ravelosona, A. Marty, V. D. Nguyen,  L. Vila

Phys. Rev. B 84, 144418 (2011)


“Magnon magnetoresistance of NiFe nanowires: Size dependence and domain wall detection”

V. D. Nguyen, C. Naylor, L. Vila, A. Marty, P. Laczkowski, C. Beigne, L. Notin, Z. Ishaque, J. P. Attané

Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 262504 (2011)


“FePt thin films: magnetic properties and domain wall propagation”

J.P. Attané

“Magnetic Thin Films: Properties, Performance and Applications”, Nova Science Publishers, éd.: John P. Volkerts (2011)


“Dimensionality effects on the magnetization reversal in narrow FePt nanowires”

V. D. Nguyen, L. Vila, A. Marty, J. C. Pillet, L. Notin, C. Beigné, S. Pizzini, J. P. Attané

Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 252403 (2012)


“In-plane and out-of-plane spin precession in lateral spin-valves”

J.-C. Rojas Sánchez, P. Laczkowski, W. F. Savero Torres, M. Cubukcu, V. D. Nguyen, L. Notin, C. Beigné, C. Vergnaud, A. Marty, M. Jamet, L. Vila, J. P. Attané

Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 132408 (2013)


“Spin to charge conversion using Rashba coupling at the interface between non-magnetic materials”

J. C. Rojas Sánchez, L. Vila, G. Desfonds, S. Gambarelli, J. P. Attané, J. M. De Teresa, C. Magén, A. Fert

Nature Communications 4, 2944


“Switchable spin-current source controlled by magnetic Domain walls”

W. Savero-Torres, P. Laczkowski, V. D. Nguyen, J. C. Rojas Sánchez, L. Vila, A. Marty, M. Jamet, J. P. Attané

Nano letters 14(7), 4016 (2014)


"Elementary depinning processes of magnetic domain walls under fields and currents"

V. D. Nguyen, W. Savero Torres, P. Laczkowski, A. Marty, M. Jamet, C. Beigné, L. Notin, L. Vila, J. P. Attané

Scientific Reports 4, 6509 (2014)


"Comparison of the use of NiFe and CoFe as electrodes for metallic lateral spin-valves"

G. Zahnd, L. Vila, V. T. Pham, A. Marty, P. Laczkovski, W. Savero Torres, C. Beigné, C. Vergnaud, M. Jamet, J. P. Attané

Nanotechnology 27, 035201 (2016)  



"Giant magnetoresistance in lateral metallic nanostructures for spintronic applications" 

G. Zahnd, L. Vila, V. T. Pham, A. Marty,  C. Beigné, C. Vergnaud,  J. P. Attané

Scientific Reports 7, 9553 (2017)


"Highly efficient spin-to-charge current conversion at room temperature in strained HgTe surface states"

G. Zahnd, L. Vila, V. T. Pham, A. Marty,  C. Beigné, C. Vergnaud, J. P. Attané

Phys. Rev. Lett., to be published (2018)




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