Department of Physics & Astronomy


Rainer Schad
Professor
Experimental condensed-matter physics

Dr. Schad investigates the interplay between structure and magnetic/electric properties of multilayers. In particular the understanding and exploitation of spin-dependent transport phenomena observed in magnetic multilayers (Giant Magnetoresistance or Tunneling Magnetoresistance) or semiconductor/magnet structures require an excellent control of the structural parameters. His research project includes preparation of spin-dependent transport structures (preferentially epitaxial) by various methods and their full analytical characterization. This leads to both a fundamental understanding of the physical interdependencies and, in cooperation with industrial partners, an improvement of devices based on such structures.

Dr. Schad received his doctoral degree from The University of Hannover (Germany) in 1991 and performed postdoctoral research in 1992-4 at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and in 1995-8 at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He joined the UA faculty in 1998.

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