Project TitleSurface Plasmon Magnetization Switching
Track Code2017-MARI-67878
Short Description

Ernesto Marinero

Purdue Materials Engineering

Purdue Electrical and Computer Engineering

TagsComputer Technology, magnetics, memory, Micro & Nanotechnologies, optimization, spintronics
Posted DateAug 8, 2017 2:39 PM


Vladimir Shalaev
Alexandra Boltasseva
Esteban E Marinero-Caceres
Aveek Dutta

Surface Plasmon Magnetization Switching


The demand for faster magnetization switching speeds and lower energy consumption has driven the field of spintronics in recent years. The magnetic tunnel junction is the most developed spintronic memory device in which the magnetization of the storage layer is switched by spin-transfer-torque or spin-orbit torque interactions. Whereas these novel spin-torque interactions exemplify the potential of electron-spin-based devices and memory, the switching speed is limited to the ns regime by the precessional motion of the magnetization. All-optical magnetization switching based on the inverse Faraday effect, has been shown to be an attractive method for achieving magnetization switching at ps speeds. Successful magnetization reversal in thin films has been demonstrated by using circularly polarized light. However, a method for all-optical switching of on-chip nanomagnets in high density memory modules has not been described.

Technology Summary

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a method for all-optical switching of the magnetization spintronic devices integrated in on-chip memory and logic as well as photonic devices and utilizes CMOS-compatible plasmonic materials. This technology overcomes the precision-limited switching times (ns) of the magnetization in spintronic devices through the utilization of surface plasmons in nanomagnet structures.


  • Produces higher opto-magnetic field
  • High switching speeds

Potential Applications

  • Spintronics
  • Memory devices

Stage of Development

Proof of concept

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Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
None None Provisional United States