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Physicists Capture First Images of Atomic Spin
April 26, 2010
Though scientists argue that the emerging technology of spintronics may trump conventional electronics for building the next generation of faster, smaller, more efficient computers and high-tech devices, no one has actually seen the spin--a quantum mechanical property of electrons--in individual atoms until now.
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