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Kjetil Magne Dørheim Hals


C5100 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )

Kjetil M. D. Hals received his Ph.D. in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2011. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Niels Bohr International Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Germany. Since 2018, he has been a professor at the University of Agder. He works within the theoretical field of spintronics.   



  • 2023-2028: The Research Council of Norway, The FriPro program, 12 000 000 NOK, Grant No. 334202 ”Ultra-Efficient Energy Harvesting with Antiferromagnetic Thermoelectrics”. Role: Principal Investigator. See the Project Webpage for details.
  • 2019-2023: The Research Council of Norway, Young Research Talents Grant, 8 000 000 NOK, Grant No. 286889 ”Antiferromagnetic Spinmechatronics”. Role: Principal Investigator.


Research group:

Former members: Akshaykumar Salimath (Post. Doc.). Jonas Nothhelfer (Ph.D., co-supervisor), TWIST group, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany.



  • 2011: NTNU, Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arne Brataas.
  • 2007: NTNU, Master of Science in physics (Siv.ing Teknisk Fysikk).


Awards & Fellowships:

  • 2019-2023: Young Research Talent Grant, The Research Council of Norway.
  • 2014-2016: Niels Bohr Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship, Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark.
  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Material Science, Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.
  • 2012: ExxonMobil Researcher Prize for the best Ph. D. at NTNU within basic research.
  • 2012: Prize for Best Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Natural Science and Technology, NTNU.


Prof. Dr. Hals works within the fields of spintronics and spinmechatronics, where the spin of the electron (and not just the charge) is used to develop novel spin-based devices. Important examples of such devices include magnetic random-access memories, which have revolutionized modern memory technology, as well as quantum computing architectures, high frequency oscillators, spin & charge pumps, nanoscale engines, and reprogrammable magnetic logics that are electrically manipulated by currents. The anticipated application potential of this research is in replacing charge-based electronics with ultra-fast, spin-based, low-power, low-noise devices, which have novel forms of signal transmission.


FYS 121-G  Physics – Renewable Energy

FYS 118-G  Physics – Civil Engineering

FYS 008-G Preliminary Physics Course for Engineers



  • 2018 – present: Professor at University of Agder, Norway.
  • 2017 – 2018: Associate Professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.
  • 2017: Postdoctoral researcher at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany.
  • 2014 – 2016: Niels Bohr Postdoctoral Fellow at the Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark.
  • 2013 – 2013: Postdoctoral Fellow at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
  • 2011 – 2012: Researcher at Christian Michelsen Research, Bergen, Norway.

Faglige interesser

  • Spintronics
  • Superconductor-ferromagnet heterostructures
  • Spinmechatronics
  • Spin transport and dynamics in antiferromagnets, ferromagnets, and superconducting systems
  • Topological spin phenomena


  • The Research Council of Norway, Grant No. 334202 ”Ultra-Efficient Energy Harvesting with Antiferromagnetic Thermoelectrics”.
  • The Research Council of Norway, Young Research Talents Grant, Grant No. 286889 ”Antiferromagnetic Spinmechatronics”.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

  • Chiara Ciccarelli, Kjetil M. D. Hals, Andrew Irvine, Vit Novak, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak,Hidekazu Kurebayashi, Arne Brataas, and Andrew Ferguson, ”Magnonic charge pumping via spin-orbit coupling”, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 50 (2015).
  • Arne Brataas and Kjetil M. D. Hals, “Spin-orbit torques in action”, Nature Nanotechnology 9, 86 (2014).
  • Kjetil M. D. Hals, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak and Arne Brataas, ”Phenomenology of current-induced dynamics in antiferromagnets”, Physical Review Letters 106, 107206 (2011).
  • Kjetil M. D. Hals, Michael Schecter and Mark S. Rudner, “Composite topological excitations in ferromagnet-superconductor heterostructures”, Physical  Review Letters 117, 017001 (2016).
  • Kjetil M. D. Hals and Karin Everschor-Sitte, ”New Boundary-Driven Twist States in Systems with Broken Spatial Inversion Symmetry ”, Physical Review Letters 119, 127203 (2017).
  • Davi R. Rodrigues, Akshaykumar Salimath, Karin Everschor-Sitte, and Kjetil M. D. Hals, "Spin-Wave Driven Bidirectional Domain Wall Motion in Kagome Antiferromagnets", Physical Review Letters 127, 157203 (2021).
  • Mike A. Lund, Akshaykumar Salimath, and Kjetil M. D. Hals, Spin pumping in noncollinear antiferromagnets, Physical Review B 104, 174424 (2021).

Granted patent in the field of topological quantum computation (2020): “Method and device for providing anyons, use of the device”, J. Nothhelfer, K. M. D. Hals, K. Everschor-Sitte, and M. Rizzi – European Patent Application EP3751472A1/ International Patent Application WO2020EP66120 / JP2022536714A / US20220261678A1 / CN114008639A.


For a complete overview of the research, please visit the Google Scholar page:


Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim; Lund, Mike Alexander; Everschor-Sitte, Karin; Rodrigues, Davi R. (2023). Voltage-Controlled High-Bandwidth Terahertz Oscillators Based On Antiferromagnets.
  • Lund, Mike Alexander; Salimath, Akshaykumar; Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim (2023). Spin pumping in noncollinear antiferromagnets.
  • Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim; Schecter, Michael; Rudner, Mark (2022). Composite topological excitations.
  • Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim; Salimath, Akshaykumar; Rodrigues, Davi R.; Everschor-Sitte, Karin (2022). Spin-wave driven bidirectional domain wall motion in kagome antiferromagnets.
  • Lund, Mike Alexander; Salimath, Akshaykumar; Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim (2022). Spin pumping in noncollinear antiferromagnets.
  • Diaz, Sebastian A; Hals, Kjetil Magne Dørheim; Meng, Tobias; Rizzi, Matteo; Nothhelfer, Jonas; Everschor-Sitte, Karin; Kessler, Stephan (2022). Steering Majorana braiding via skyrmion-vortex pairs: a scalable platform.

Sist endret: 14.11.2023 09:11