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The birth of topological spintronics


July 23, 2014

Nitin Samarth works with the machine in his lab Researchers discovered a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic. The research, led by Penn State University and Cornell University physicists, studies "spintorque" in devices that combine a standard magnetic material with a novel material known as a "topological insulator." Full Story

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