Selma Amara

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at the Integrated Circuits and Systems Group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Research Interests

Her's project will extend the understanding of the spin dependent thermal and electrical transport in MTJs, and demonstrate that thermoelectric power can be used as a characterization of the heating/cooling dynamics in MTJs.

Selected Publications

1. Strelkov, N., A. Vedyaev, D. Gusakova, L.D. Buda-Prejbeanu, S. Amara, M. Chshiev and B. Dieny. Finite element modelling of charge and spin currents in magnetoresistive pillars with current crowding effects. IEEE Magnetics Letters 1 (2010) 3500204. 

2. Strelkov, N., A. Vedyaev, N. Ryzhanova, D. Gusakova, L.D. Buda-Prejbeanu, M. Chshiev, S. Amara, N. de Mestier, C. Baraduc and B. Dieny, Spin current vortices in current-perpendicular to-plane nanoconstricted spin valves. Physical Review B 84 (2011) 024416. 

3. S. Amara-Dababi, R.C. Sousa, M. Chshiev, H. Béa, J. Alvarez-Hérault, I.L. Prejbeanu, K. Mackay and B. Dieny , Charge trapping-detrapping mechanism of barrier breakdown in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions, Applied Physics Letters 99 (2011) 083501.

4. S. Amara-Dababi, H.Béa, R.C.Sousa and B.Dieny, Modelling of time-dependent dielectric barrier breakdown mechanisms in MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 295002 (2012). 

5. S. Amara-Dababi, H.Béa, R.C. Sousa, C.Baraduc and B.Dieny, Correlation between write endurance and electrical 1/f noise in MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions for MRAM cells. Applied Physics Letters 102, 052404 (2013). 

6. S. Amara-Dababi, H.Béa, R.C. Sousa, C.Baraduc and B.Dieny, Barrier Breakdown mechanisms in MgObased Magnetic Tunnel Junctions under pulsed conditions and correlation with low-frequency Noise. Journal of Nanophotonics JNP 12076SSP (2013). 7. Amara-Dababi S et al, Breakdown mechanisms in MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions and correlation with low frequency noise. Microelectron Reliab (2013).​


  • 2010-2013 Ph.D. Thesis in Micro and Nano Electronics at Joseph Fourrier University in Grenoble within the SPINTEC laboratory (INAC, CEA Grenoble center) obtained with the Highest distinction (mention Très bien).

  • 2008-2009 Master degree in Nanoelectronics devices Research obtained from the MINELEC (Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence) Institute with the Highest distinction (mention Bien), Marseille, France.

  • 2005-2007 B.S. Physics, Specialty: Nano-sciences and microtechnologies as part of my training of Physics superior teacher certification (Agrégation Physique) obtained from TEMPUS-MEDA Franco-Tunisian Project cooperation between ENS Cachan (Ècole Normale Supèrieure, Paris) and IPEST (Institut Préparatoire aux Études Scientifiques et Techniques), La Marsa, Tunisi