A Message from the Director, Jian-Ping Wang
Welcome everyone, to the C-SPIN Quarterly Newsletter.
C-SPIN is in its fifth and final year. I am very pleased with the many exciting results, outstanding publications, and crucial patent applications in the past 4+ years. Many of the “unexpected” outcomes arose from team efforts across multiple universities, which shows that the cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional vision of C-SPIN really does make the whole greater than the sum of its parts – and, based on SCI citations and the number of invited talks at major conferences, something that is essential for future spintronics research.
I am also very pleased with the connections that PIs, post-docs, and graduate students have made with our sponsors. We won’t know final numbers for a few months, but I think we’ll all be pleased with the number of C-SPIN graduates who have been employed by our sponsors. Some of our students and postdoctoral fellows have become professors, which means that C-SPIN ideas will continue to be developed in academia.
Finally, I am highly pleased that original C-SPIN research has developed into many other research programs that involve our PIs, including some recent DARPA and DoD MURI programs. Congratulations to those PIs, and thanks to our sponsors for their ongoing support, vision, and patience.
For this issue, I asked Mike Lotti to chronicle Theme 2, the spin channel and interfaces theme. Roland Kawakami and Paul Crowell have done an excellent job to coordinating a world-leading unique research theme that resulted in many new and exciting discoveries in the past four years.
We are really happy to see Marie Rahne back in the office after the birth of her daughter in January.
Thanks to Mike and Marie again for preparing this issue of the newsletter.