Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems

SHINES is a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded in 2014 by the US Department of Energy. SHINES consists of 14 PIs from 7 institutions (UC Riverside, UCLA, UC Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, and University of Texas at Austin) plus two UCR PIs on two seed projects.




The SHINES publications include papers published since 2014.





Featured Publications


Dr. Jing Shi 
Spin current from sub-terahertz-generated antiferromagnetic magnons
Published in Nature 578, Article number: 70 (2020)
Dr. Chia Ling Chien
Observation of half-quantum flux in the unconventional superconductor b-Bi2Pd
Published in Science 366, Article number: 238 (2019)
Dr. Kang L. Wang
Chiral Majorana fermion modes in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator–superconductor structure
Published in Science 357, Article number: 294 (2017)

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Ongoing Research

SHINES research in the extended period focuses on the understanding of the fundamental physics and materials science related to antiferromagnetic spintronics. The research activities include the following areas: 

  1. Growth and experimental study of structural and magnetic properties of high-quality antiferromagnetic insulator thin films and heterostructures;
  2. Spin current generation, transport, and detection in antiferromaganetic insulator thin film and heterostructure devices;
  3. Enhanced spin current transmission through antiferromagnetic thin films and spin-orbit torques in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic heterostructures;
  4. High-frequency spin dynamics and antiferromagnetic resonances in antiferromagnetic insulator crystals and thin films;
  5. Control of non-trivial spin textures and spin dynamics via interfacial exchange coupling in antiferromagnetic heterostructures;
  6. Spin-lattice and magnon-phonon interactions in antiferromagnetic insulators.
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