This symposium is being held to honor the 20th anniversary of John Slonczewski’s landmark paper on spin-transfer-torque, published in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials in 1996. Entitled, Current-driven excitation of magnetic multilayers, John’s paper presented the breakthrough idea that a current passing through a sandwich of two magnetic metal layers surrounding a non-magnetic metal spacer could excite sufficient spin-transfer-torque to switch one of the magnetic layers back and forth.
The symposium will consist of a full day of half-hour talks from leaders in the field of spin torque science and technology, both from academia and industry. In addition to John’s talk, there will be talks covering topics ranging from the latest breakthroughs in science to the commercialization of Spin Torque MRAM. There will be a poster session for graduate students and post-docs to share their results on spin-torque related work. Lunch for all symposium attendees will be included. The symposium is free and open to the entire community, however registration is required.