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Another Step Towards Achieving “Spintronics”

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Researchers have successfully transferred spin information from an electron to a more robust atomic nucleus, accessing the information 2,000 times in 100 seconds before it decayed.

It was believed to be the first demonstration of electrically readable nuclear spin memory, and could pave the way for spin-based electronic devices – or ‘spintronics’ – of the future.

While conventional electronics used the flow of electrons to transfer information, spintronics stored information in an electron’s spin and magnetic moment.

Spintronic devices thus generated less heat from electron transport and were expected to require less energy to run.

In a paper published in the journal Science today, the researchers explained that current methods of detecting nuclear spins relied on optical or microwave technology.”

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