Perspectives of antiferromagnetic spintronics

Matthias B. Jungfleisch, Wei Zhang, Axel Hoffmann

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Antiferromagnets are promising for future spintronic applications owing to their advantageous properties: They are magnetically ordered, but neighboring magnetic moments point in opposite directions, which results in zero net magnetization. This means antiferromagnets produce no stray fields and are insensitive to external magnetic field perturbations. Furthermore, they show intrinsic high frequency dynamics, exhibit considerable spin–orbit and magneto-transport effects. Over the past decade, it has been realized that antiferromagnets have more to offer than just being utilized as passive components in exchange bias applications. This development resulted in a paradigm shift, which opens the pathway to novel concepts using antiferromagnets for spin-based technologies and applications. This article gives a broad perspective on antiferromagnetic spintronics. In particular, the manipulation and detection of antiferromagnetic states by spintronics effects, as well as spin transport and dynamics in antiferromagnetic materials will be discussed. We will also outline current challenges and future research directions in this emerging field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-871
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 5 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Antiferromagnets
  • Magnons
  • Spin dynamics
  • Spin Hall effect
  • Spintronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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