The Advanced Training Course “Spintronics Radar Detectors” took place from Monday 14th to Friday 18th of October 2019 at Amalia Hotel, downtown Athens, Greece. The event was co-organized by the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) of NCSR Demokritos (Greece) and the Metal Physics department of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI, Ukraine). The event co-directors – Prof. Sergii Sidorenko (KPI) and Dr Andreas Kaidatzis (INN) – hosted an audience of 35 participants coming from Greece, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, and France. The audience was composed of university faculty members, tenured researchers, postdocs, doctoral candidates, and Science and Engineering graduate and undergraduate students.
The event aimed at training young researchers and technologists on the Physics and Materials Science of state-of-the art microwave detectors, based on spin-torque nano-oscillators. Such spintronic devices provide large sensitivity making them promising candidates as frequency-tunable resonant microwave detectors, for a wide range of applications in telecommunications, radars, and smart networks. The event comprised lectures, as well as visits to the research facilities of NCSR “Demokritos”; its duration was 5 days. The social programme included a cocktail evening reception at the rooftop garden of Amalia Hotel – providing a panoramic view of downtown Athens – and an afternoon visit to the Acropolis of Athens.
The training program allowed a diverse audience – composed of Physicists, Materials Scientists, and RF Engineers – to interact, focus on the particular technology, and discuss about current challenges. Trainees had the chance to be exposed to a variety of topics, including fundamental knowledge of magnetic and superconducting materials, magnetization dynamics, the materials science of spintronic multilayers and nanostructures, magnetic materials processing methods – particularly the ones related to nanotechnology – and the generation, propagation, and detection of RF and microwave signals. All the participants committed themselves to the further advancement of the topic.