Arne Brataas received his Ph.D. in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1997. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at TU Delft and Harvard University and, since 2002, professor at his alma mater. He is the chairman of the Kavli Prize Committee in Nanoscience. His main interests are the theory of spin transport and dynamics in insulating and conducting magnets, normal metals, semiconductors, and superconductors.
A newly discovered type of magnetoresistance, resulting from spin-dependent scattering at a metal-magnet interface, may potentially be used to study the magnetization in insulating magnets or to develop new spintronic devices.