Semiconductor spintronics

Hiro Akinaga, Hideo Ohno

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We review recent progress made in the field of semiconductor spintronics, a branch of semiconductor electronics where both charge and spin degrees of freedom play an important role in realizing unique functionalities. We first describe the new spin-dependent phenomena found in semiconductors including carrier-induced ferromagnetism in III-V compounds, followed by an account of our current understanding of such spin-dependent phenomena. Then we summarize the challenges the semiconductor spintronics has to meet in order for it to be a success as "electronics."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Ferromagnetic semiconductors
  • Magnetooptic (MO) devices
  • Magnetoresistive devices
  • Quantum information
  • Spin coherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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