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Physicists Capture First Images of Atomic Spin

April 26, 2010

individual cobalt atoms 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. Full Story

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