Centers & Labs

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Emergent Spintronics Research Unit

Unit Leader: Shinichiro Seki (Ph.D.)
Shinichiro  Seki(Ph.D.)

While electron is a particle with charge and spin degrees of freedom, only electronic charge is employed in the traditional semiconductor electronics. The electronics utilizing spin degree of freedom is called spintronics, and considered as a key to realize novel device with unique function and low energy consumption. By bringing the knowledge of solid state chemistry and material science to the spintronics field where only simplest ferromagnetic materials have been investigated, we newly create appropriate environment for electrons to show up various emergent spin functionality. We try to build up the new fundamental science and technology for extremely energy efficient magnetic storage/computing device, especially by combining the state-of-art concepts such as (1) nanometric spin vortex with particle nature (magnetic skyrmion), (2) electric control of magnetism, and (3) spin current as dissipationless information carrier.

Main Research Field

Mathematical and physical sciences

Related Research Fields



  • Spintronics
  • Strongly correlated electron systems
  • Oxide Electronics

Selected Publications

  1. R. Takagi, D. Morikawa, K. Karube, N. Kanazawa, K. Shibata, G. Tatara, Y. Tokunaga, T. Arima, Y. Taguchi, Y. Tokura, S. Seki
    "Spin-wave spectroscopy of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in room-temperature chiral magnets hosting skyrmions"
    Phys. Rev. B 95, 220406(R) (2017).
  2. Y. Okamura, F. Kagawa, S. Seki, and Y. Tokura
    "Transition to and from the skyrmion lattice phase by electric fields in a magnetoelectric compound"
    Nature Communications 7, 12669 (2016).
  3. S. Seki, Y. Okamura, K. Kondou, K. Shibata, M. Kubota, R. Takagi, F. Kagawa, M. Kawasaki, G. Tatara, Y. Otani, and Y. Tokura
    "Magnetochiral nonreciprocity of volume spin wave propagation in chiral-lattice ferromagnets"
    Phys. Rev. B 93, 235131 (2016).
  4. R. Takagi, Y. Tokunaga, T. Ideue, Y. Taguchi, Y. Tokura and S. Seki
    "Thermal generation of spin current in a multiferroic helimagnet"
    APL Mater. 4, 032502 (2016).
  5. S. Seki, T. Ideue, M. Kubota, Y. Kozuka, R. Takagi, M. Nakamura, Y. Kaneko, M. Kawasaki, and Y. Tokura
    "Thermal generation of spin current in an antiferromagnet"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 266601 (2015).
  6. S. Seki, X. Z. Yu, S. Ishiwata, Y. Tokura:
    "Observation of Skyrmions in a Multiferroic Material"
    Science 336, 198 (2012).
  7. S. Seki, N. Kida, S. Kumakura, R. Shimano, Y. Tokura:
    "Electromagnons in the spin collinear state of a triangular lattice antiferromagnet"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 097207 (2010).
  8. S. Seki, H. Murakawa, Y.Onose, Y. Tokura:
    "Magnetic digital flop of ferroelectric domain with fixed spin chirality in a triangular lattice helimagnet"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 237601 (2009).
  9. S. Seki, Y.Onose, Y. Tokura:
    "Spin-driven ferroelectricity in triangular lattice antiferromagnets ACrO2 (A = Cu, Ag, Li, or Na)"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 067204 (2008).
  10. S. Seki, Y. Yamasaki, M. Soda, M. Matsuura, K. Hirota, Y. Tokura:
    "Correlation between spin helicity and electric polarization vector in quantum-spin chain magnet LiCu2O2"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 127201 (2008).

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Shinichiro Seki
Unit Leader

Core Members

Rina Takagi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Khanh Nguyen
Postdoctoral Researcher
Masataka Kinoshita
Student Trainee