New publication; Spintronics principles explored in research textbook

April 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
“Rare Earth and Transition Metal Doping of Semiconductor Material” explores traditional semiconductor devices that are based on control of the electron’s electric charge; it examines materials which are of commercial interest for producing smaller, faster, and more power-efficient computers and other devices.

The textbook analyses the theory behind magnetism in semiconductors and the growth of semiconductors for spintronics, and details the properties of semiconductors for spintronics. It looks at the semiconductor materials used for spintronics applications, in particular focusing on wide band-gap semiconductors doped with transition metals and rare earths. These materials are of particular commercial interest because their spin can be controlled at room temperature, a clear contrast to the most previous research on Gallium Arsenide, which allowed for control of spins at supercold temperatures.


Part One of the book explains the theory of magnetism in semiconductors, while Part Two covers the growth of semiconductors for spintronics. Finally, Part Three looks at the characterization and properties of semiconductors for spintronics, with Part Four exploring the devices and the future direction of spintronics.


The text is intended for postgraduate students, scientists, applied researchers and production engineers working in the fabrication, design, testing, characterization and analysis of new semiconductor materials for spintronics applications.


The authors are;

Volkmar Dierolf, Chair of the Physics Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehelm, PA, USA. Prof Dierolf came to Lehigh in 2000 with a Ph.D in Physics from the University of Utah, and a Habilitation from the University of Paderborn, Germany.


Ian Ferguson, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA. Ian Ferguson holds a Ph.D. in compound semiconductors from University of St. Andrews in Scotland (1989). He also holds a master of science in optoelectronics and laser devices from St. Andrews (1986) and a bachelor of science degree in physics from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (1984).


John Zavada is Program Director for the NSF (National Science Foundation) in the area of Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices. Dr. Zavada received a BA degree in physics from Catholic University and MS and PhD degrees, also in physics, from New York University. He has held previous academic appointments at North Carolina State