Research Advisor: Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh
BETR Research Thrust: Spin-Based Logic
Isaac Harris grew up in the Chicago suburbs dreaming of becoming an inventor and making things to help the world in some way. In his efforts to accomplish this goal, he graduated from the University of Chicago in 2019 with degrees in math and physics, and immediately afterwards he came to Berkeley for his Physics Ph.D. Currently, he is doing research on physical phenomena and materials that might find their place in low-power, energy efficient computers. When he is not in lab, you can find Isaac cooking, playing music, or running/biking all over the hills of the East Bay.
I am using pulsed laser deposition to grow all-oxide heterostructures for studying the spin-Hall effect. The heterostructures include a conductive oxide with high spin-orbit coupling, and an oxide ferromagnet. The spin-Hall effect in the conductive layer will convert a charge current in that layer into a transverse spin current that is injected into the magnetic layer and exerts a torque on the magnetization. I use X-ray diffraction to structurally characterize the bilayers, and Spin-Torque Ferromagnetic Resonance to measure the strength of the spin Hall effect.
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