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A new way to get electricity from magnetism
April 18, 2016
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.By showing that a phenomenon dubbed the "inverse spin Hall effect" works in several organic semiconductors -- including carbon-60 buckyballs, University of Utah physicists changed magnetic "spin current" into electric current. The efficiency of this new power conversion method isn't yet known, but it might find use in future electronic devices including batteries, solar cells and computers.Full Story
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