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FSU Research Team Develops Equipment for Spin-Based Information Storage
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 21:45


Using unique equipment developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at The Florida State University, an international team of researchers has used the spin of atomic nuclei in silicon to store information for longer than a minute and a half.

More remarkable still, the team showed that the information can be read out electronically — a key step toward the development of faster conventional computers and superfast "quantum" computers.

The research was published Friday, Dec. 17, in the journal Science. Co-authors on the landmark paper are Johan van Tol, an associate scholar/scientist at the magnet lab; Gavin Morley of the London Centre for Nanotechnology; Dane McCamey of the University of Utah and University of Sydney; and Christoph Boehme of the University of Utah.

As demand for smaller and faster electronics increases, many scientists are focusing their efforts in the emerging field of "spintronics," where the magnetic character, or spin, of electrons and nuclei are used to store information. While other researchers have shown that spin information can be processed in silicon, the material on which modern electronics and computing is based, until now, no effective way to both store and read out the information has been found.

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