Researcher's Profile

  • Fellow
  • RCAST Fellow


1996 The University of Regensburg, the Institut d’Électronique Fondamentale and Thomson CSF (Diploma-Thesis)
1998 Max Planck Institute
2001 The Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale and the Max Planck Institute for Mikrostrukturphysik (Ph.D.)
2001 Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory Researcher
2004 Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory Seior Researcher
2017 Fellow, RCAST, The University of Tokyo
2019 Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Regensburg

Research Interests

His research has been to explore spin dynamics in ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials. He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Physics in University of Regensburg. Before that, he had been working at Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory since 2001. He has been collaborating with the University of Cambridge, the Institute of Physics ASCR, the University of Nottingham, the National Physical Laboratory and others. His research activities incorporate fundamental as well as applied research, with an emphasis on spin-orbit coupling related effects. One of his main findings was the first experimental observation of the spin Hall effect in a two-dimensional electron gas. It was announced in Physical Review Letters in February, 2005 and has more than 1500 citations, and was later adapted to Physics Today. In addition, in 2006 we confirmed the “Coulomb Blockade” anisotropic magnetoresistance effect that increases resistance by over 100 times. In 2010, we also successfully controlled and observed a spin-current same as an electrical current. These results will clear the way for the development of novel spintronics devices (devices which take advantage of their magnetic moment as well as their electrical properties).

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