Laurent VILA


Service de SPINtronique et TEchnologie des Composants (SPINTEC)

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Experimental physicist. Nanomagnetism and spintronics


Current interest




Experimental skills


Why going to nano ?





The ebeam lithography can combine top/down and bottom/up approaches to further reduce the dimension of our devices. We take advantage of the new dominant physical mechanisms to elaborate novel materials with extended functionalities. Starting either from thin films and heterostructures or from smaller building blocks (nanoparticles, nanowires), we can fabricate different devices and measurements environnements.








Nanowires are model objects in such concern. They are the basic electrical circuitry. Their physical properties are governed by the interplay between their dimension and the typical length scales of magnetism and electronic transport. Magnetization reversal, magneto-transport, action of magnetization on the current but also action of the current on the magnetization are some examples of the novel properties existing at the bottom.






Moreover nanowires offer new opportunities in nanotechnologies. They are not only the subject of basic research but also novel tolls for the characterization of nano-objects. They can also be integrated in systems taking advantages of their reduced dimension and high aspect ratio. For instance they are efficient field gradient sources in magnetic force and magnetic resonance force microscopies, and efficient field emission electronic sources.





Selected Articles (full list can be found here):

Highly efficient and tunable spin-to-charge conversion through Rashba coupling at oxide interfaces

E Lesne, Y Fu, S Oyarzun, JC Rojas-Sánchez, DC Vaz, H Naganuma, ...
Nature Materials (2016)

Spin to Charge Conversion at Room Temperature by Spin Pumping into a New Type of Topological Insulator: α-Sn Films

JC Rojas-Sánchez, S Oyarzún, Y Fu, A Marty, C Vergnaud, S Gambarelli, ...
Physical Review Letters 116 (9), 096602 (2016)

Spin Pumping and Inverse Spin Hall Effect in Platinum: The Essential Role of Spin-Memory Loss at Metallic Interfaces

JC Rojas-Sánchez, N Reyren, P Laczkowski, W Savero, JP Attané, ...
Physical Review Letters 112 (10), 106602 (2014)

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

JCR Sánchez, L Vila, G Desfonds, S Gambarelli, JP Attané, JM De Teresa, ...
Nature Communications 4 (2013)

Non-adiabatic spin-torques in narrow magnetic domain walls

C Burrowes, AP Mihai, D Ravelosona, JV Kim, C Chappert, L Vila, A Marty, ...
Nature Physics 6 (1), 17-21 (2010)

Evolution of the spin Hall effect in Pt nanowires: size and temperature effects

L Vila, T Kimura, YC Otani
Physical Review Letters 99 (22), 226604 (2007)



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