Below is the final version of the program. Slides of the lectures are being made available on a regular basis during the School. See also the timetable.


Introduction to the School (1h)

  • Opening
  • Motivation for the School: Laurent Vila, Grenoble, France ― Chair [ Slides ]

I. Basic concepts (4h30)

  • Basic magnetostatic and field properties, units: Michael Coey, Dublin, Ireland [ Abstract | Part1 | Part2 | Units ]
  • Magnetism of single atoms: Michael Coey, Dublin, Ireland [ Abstract | Slides ]

II. Magnetism in matter (4h30)

  • Exchange and ordering, magnetostriction, localized and band magnetism: Steve Blundell, Oxford, UK
  • Interaction with the lattice. Magnetic anisotropy and crystal electric field: Steve Blundell, Oxford, UK
  • [ Abstract | Part1 | Part2 | Part3 ]

III. Thermal effects and magnetization processes (4h30)

  • Mean field, magnons, phase transitions: Claudine Lacroix, Grenoble, France [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Magnetization processes and dynamics: Ulrich Rössler, Dresden, Germany [ Abstract ]

IV. Transport (6h)

  • Transport of heat, charge and spin: Gerrit Bauer, Sendai, Japan [ Abstract | Part1 | Part2 ]
  • Common magnetoresistance measurements: AMR, AHE, GMR, TMR: Coriolan Tiusan, Cluj-Napoca, Romania [ Abstract | Part1 | Part2 (TMR) ]

V. General tools (4h30)

VI. Spin-orbit-related effects (3h)

  • Spin-orbit effects in transport and magnetism: relativistic spintronics with ferro, antiferro, and paramagnets: Tomas Jungwirth, Nottingham, UK; Praha, Czech Republic [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Damping: Andrei Kirilyuk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands [ Abstract | Slides ]

VII. Spin currents (4h30)

  • Theory of spin transport phenomena in magnetic tunnel junctions: Mair Chshiev, Grenoble, France [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Sources of spin currents: Sergio Valenzuela, Barcelona, Spain [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Spin caloritronics: Gerrit Bauer, Sendai, Japan [ Abstract | Slides ]

VIII. Interaction with various stimuli (4h30)

  • Direct effects of electric field: Agnes Barthelemy, Orsay, France [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Control magnetism with light - Various time and length scales: Andrei Kirilyuk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Magnonics: Dirk Gründler, Lausanne, Switzerland [ Abstract | Slides | Video (spinning wheel) ]

IX. Industry perspectives (3h)

A few contributions are scheduled from industrials. They will cover science and technology, market and applications, and daily life in a company.

  • Magnetoresistive sensors: Johannes Paul, Sensitec GmbH [ Abstract ]
  • Production of magnetic materials for spintronics: Lavinia Nistor, Applied Materials [ Abstract ]

Other activities

Practical (4-6h each)

Practicals are organized to practice the use of numerical or analytical techniques, related to topics covered by the lectures. Computers will be provided on-site and readily setup for the practicals. Each practical is typically 2-4h. Attendees will be asked on-site for their wishes to attend such or such practicals, however it is not possible to attend all tutorials. On the average, two to three practicals may be attended by each participant. The list of practicals will be updated on a regular basis. Below is a tentative and starting list.

  • Magnetic Force Microscopy: Olivier Fruchart + expert students, Grenoble, France. Attendees may bring their own samples. [ Abstract | Supporting notes ]
  • Units in Magnetism: Olivier Fruchart, Grenoble, France [ Abstract | Answers ]
  • Spin and domain models, based on the free software Simulations for Solid State Physics: Dirk Gründler, Lausanne, Switzerland [ Slides ]
  • Ab initio calculations: Manuel Richter, Dresden, Germany [ Abstract ]
  • Spin accumulation: Laurent Vila, Grenoble, France [ Abstract ]
  • Quantum basis of the spin manipulation by electric fields, Coriolan Tiusan, Cluj-Napoca [ Abstract | Slides ]
  • Connecting experimental data with theory (a case study), Gerrit Bauer, Sendai, Japan
  • Modelling ferrimagnetism, Olivier Isnard, Grenoble, France [ Slides ]


A library consisting of a large set of books dedicated to various aspects of Magnetism is on display during the entire School. Its purpose is first to get students aware of the existing books, get acquainted with their use, and also serve as a support for activities during the School. See the list of books on display at ESM2015.

Question-Answer sessions (5-10h)

The purpose of a research School is to provide young scientists with the basics in a working field. With this respect interactivity between students and lecturers should be promoted. Like in the previous editions, a key aspect of this interactivity is the possibility to raise questions at the end as well as during the course of the lectures. Besides, several sessions of questions take place, during which the lecturers or voluntary students present in more detail issues raised by the students during the lectures or anonymously through a question-box. See the questions raised in 2015.


We encourage participants to bring posters to present their work. Students are asked to present their poster in a one-slide-two-minutes presentation as an exercice to summarize their work.