Aurelien C. Manchon

Associate Professor, Material Science and Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division

Spintronics Theory Group


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​Ph.D., Joseph Fourier University, 2007
  • M.S., Summa cum Laude, Orsay University, 2004
  • Engineering Diploma, École Polytechnique, 2004

Research Interests

Professor Manchon's interests include the interaction between spin-dependent electronic transport and magnetization in heterogeneous magnetic systems. He developed his research studying the manipulation of magnetization using a spin-polarized current, known as the spin torque effect. This field of investigation is of great importance for technological applications, such as Magnetic Random Access Memories and data storage.

He recently demonstrated that a spin torque effect exists in a single ferromagnetic layer, in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. The description of the magnetization dynamics at high temperature and large excitation regimes, as well as the conversion processes between spin and charge currents, have recently attracted his attention.

Finally, Manchon works on the recently discovered magnetoresistive effects in organic materials, which may provide promising results for sensor applications.

Selected Publications

  • ​A.Manchon and S. Zhang. "Theory of nonequilibrium intrinsic spin torque in a single nanomagnet" , Phys. Rev. B 78, 212405 (2008).
  • S.-C. Oh, S.-Y. Park, A. Manchon, M. Chshiev, J.-H. Han, H.-W. Lee, J.-E. Lee, K.-T. Nam, Y. Jo, Y.-C. Kong, B. Dieny and K.-J. Lee. "Bias-voltage dependence of perpendicular spin-transfer torque in asymmetric MgO-basedmagnetic tunnel junctions", Nature Physics 5, 898 (2009).
  • A.Manchon and S. Zhang. "Theory of spin torque due to spin-orbit coupling", Phys. Rev. B 79, 094422 (2009).
  • A. Banerjee, F. Doğan, J. Heo, A. Manchon, W. Guo,and P. Bhattacharya, "Spin relaxation in InGaN quantum disks in GaN nanowires", Nano Letters 11, 5396 (2011).
  • X. Wang and A. Manchon, "Diffusive spin dynamics in ferromagnetic thin films with a Rashba Interaction", Physical Review Letters 108, 117201 (2012).
  • J. Danon, X. Wang, and A. Manchon, "Pauli Spin Blockade and the Ultrasmall Magnetic Field Effect", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 066802 (2013)