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Discoveries in spintronics continue to challenge our understanding of solid-state physics. As experimental and theoretical horizons in magnetism and electronic materials expand, ample opportunities exist for continued innovation of spin-dependent electronics - spintronics. This book focuses on materials physics involved in magnetoelectronic devices, as well as on their integration with semiconductor technology. Both materials scientists and device and integrated-circuit engineers come together here to help identify areas of significant potential for scientific exploration and technological development. The concepts presented may enable future technologies beyond simple scaling and miniaturization. Topics include: spin lifetime determination; spin-dependent transport across interfaces; magnetic semiconductors; half-metallic ferromagnets; magnetic nanostructures; silicon integration of magnetic devices; imaging of magnetic structures and thermal stability of magnetic states.
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