Last updated: 29/03/2017

Atsufumi Hirohata

Professor in Nanoelectronics

Office: P/Z 019
Department of Electronics
University of York
York YO10 5DD
Phone: +44 (0)1904 32 3245
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2335
E-mail: atsufumi.hirohata @


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Professor Atsufumi Hirohata (PI)

Research Interests

Dr Atsufumi Hirohata has just promoted to a Professor in October 2014 after joining the Department of Electronics in September 2007. He has over 10 years of experience in spintronics, ranging from magnetic-domain imaging to spin-current interference. Before coming to York, he was a researcher at RIKEN, a Japanese governmental research institute, for over two years, where he designed a spin-current interference device, which can be used as a spin operation in a spintronic three-terminal transistor. He was before working as a postdoctoral researcher at Tohoku University, and successfully fabricated a perfectly ordered epitaxial full-Heusler alloy films, which was the first report to their knowledge and was acknowledged by several awards. He also worked as a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he demonstrated basic function of a phase-change memory, which has been recently released in a market by Intel. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2001 and then served as a research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory in order to complete his study on spin detection of optically pumped spin-polarised electrons in a semiconductor with using a ferromagnetic overlayers, which attracted great interests, resulting a few invited talks and papers. He was originally graduated from Keio University for his BSc and MSc studies in Physics.

His present research interests include fabrication of a spin operator and growth of a half-metalic film. Further details can be found in research.

Awards and Honours

  1. Wohlfarth Lecture,
    Manchester, April 2014.
  2. WUN-Spin 07 Best Poster Award,
    "Structural and Magnetic Properties of Epitaxial Co-Based Full-Heusler Alloy Films,"
    York, August 2007.
  3. RIKEN President Award,
    "Spin-current interference in a non-magnetic nano-ring,"
    Wako, Japan, January 2007.
  4. Magnetics Society of Japan Outstanding Presentation Award,
    "Spin-current interference in a non-magnetic nano-ring,"
    Matsue, Japan, November 2006.
  5. Magnetics Society of Japan Young Scientist Award,
    "Structural and magnetic properties of L21-structured Co2(Cr,Fe)Al thin films,"
    Nagano, Japan, September 2005.
  6. Finalists of the Best Student Presentation Award in the MMM-Intermag Conference,
    "Observation of ballistic spin-polarized electron transport in spin-valve structures,"
    San Antonio, TX, USA, January 2001.
  7. Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award,
    "Spin dependent electron transport through the ferromagnet/semiconductor interface,"
    San Francisco, CA, USA, April 1999.


  1. Editor of Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials,
    Elsevier, August 2015 - present.
  2. Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Condensed Matter Physics,
    Frontiers, August 2013 - present.
  3. Editorial Board Members of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics,
    Institute of Physics Publishing, November 2011 - present.
  4. Editorial Board Members of SPIN,
    World Scientific Publishing, August 2010 - present.
  5. Editorial Advisory Board Members of Open Condensed Matter Physics Journals,
    Bentham Science Publishers, June 2007 - November 2011.


  • A member of the Magnetics Society of Japan (MSJ).
  • A member of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS).
  • A member of the Institute of Physics (IoP).
  • A fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
  • A member of the Materials Research Society (MRS).
  • A fellow of the Cambridge Overseas Society.
  • A senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).
  • A member of American Physical Society (APS).
  • A member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • A member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP).

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