SINFONIA project kick-off
This technology will be realized through the optical manipulation of hybrid molecular/antiferromagnetic interfaces, enabling selective activation of information emitters and detectors. Such selectivity will be ensured by the local nature of the hybrid electronic states that develop at the interface between an antiferromagnet (AF) and an organic molecule. By exploiting these states, it will be possible to couple an external optical stimulus (light) to the propagation of magnetic perturbations (spin waves) in the AF layer.
SINFONIA therefore proposes a completely new approach to information technology, based on low-dimensional hybrid organic-inorganic systems.
Among the opportunities offered by this approach, we highlight: low energy consumption (absence of electric currents), high frequency responses (ensured by AF materials), tunability (ensured by molecular materials), scaling and miniaturization.
The SINFONIA project will last four years and envisages, in a longer-term perspective, the realization of fully organic devices through the development of organic AF films. The proof-of-concept of the proposed technological approach will be developed through prototypical magnonic devices.
Politecnico di Milano is coordinator of the international consortium, which includes 9 partners including the CNR-IOM, coordinator of NFFA-Trieste project.