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Alternative Computing Group

The Alternative Computing Group develops and provides innovative measurement instrumentation supporting nanotechnology development with an emphasis on applications for future electronics.

The Alternative Computing Group conducts wide ranging, cross-disciplinary research focusing on innovative measurement science in nanotechnology with an emphasis on applications in future electronics and information processing.  The Group’s current expertise includes measurements and theory for emerging neuromorphic devices and architectures, theory of magnetism and electronic structure, laser-based atom manipulation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and quantum topological devices.  These capabilities are put to use in research programs that support development of new paradigms in nanoelectronics and computing, examining such areas as resistive switching-based neuromorphic processing, spintronic and other nanomagnetic devices, focused ion beam imaging and fabrication, and device metrology including atomic scale defect detection.

News and Updates

Obituary: CNST Remembers Alan Band

Alan Band, an electrical engineer at NIST for more than 25 years who won the Institute’s Colleagues’ Choice award and was celebrated for his ability to mentor

Projects and Programs

Temporal Computing

The human brain does some types of information processing, like speech recognition, image recognition, or video processing, much more efficiently than can be

Theory of Spin-Orbit Torque

The working of countless electronic devices involves electric and magnetic effects interacting within nanostructured materials. In the phenomenon known as spin

Spintronics for Neuromorphic Computing

One of the most promising new approaches to next generation information processing is spintronics, where information is carried with electronic spin rather than

Publications

Interface-generated spin currents

Author(s)
Vivek P. Amin, Jan Zemen, Mark D. Stiles
Transport calculations based on ab-initio band structures reveal large interface-generated spin currents at Co/Pt, Co/Cu, and Pt/Cu interfaces. These spin

Awards

Contacts

Group Leader

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