Joint Laboratory for Spintronics Research

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside

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The Joint Laboratory for Spintronics Research (JLSR) is located in the Physics Building of UC Riverside and is dedicated to the investigation of spin and magnetism in novel electronic materials including 2D crystals, semiconductor heterostructures, and magnetic oxides. JLSR is supervised by Prof. Roland Kawakami (Ohio State, UC Riverside) and Prof. Harry Tom (UC Riverside) and brings together their respective expertise in spintronic materials and devices (Kawakami) and advanced linear and non-linear optical techniques (Tom). This combination of techniques provides the opportunity to perform experiments at the forefront of spintronics research.

Dedicated Instrumentation

JLSR is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation including:

Integration with Ohio State Laboratories

The research is highly integrated with Kawakami's Ohio State laboratory and can take advantage of shared facilities for materials growth and characterization. JLSR students are able to work at Ohio State as needed to advance their research.

Student Exchange

JLSR will facilitate a two-way pipeline between UCR and OSU for student advancement at the graduate and undergraduate levels through visiting scholar programs, summer research experience for undergraduates (REU), and graduate school bridge programs. The long term goal is to help develop future leaders in physics and materials science as well as enhancing diversity--UCR has one of the most ethnically diverse undergraduate populations among research universities in the US.

Student Training in Multiple Techniques

Due to the vertical integration of materials synthesis, device fabrication, and optical and electrical characterization, students receive broad training in multiple experimental techniques. This produces competitive advantages within research and in the job market after graduation including opportunities in academia, national laboratories, and industry.