Visions 5: Spintronics

New devices exploiting the spin of the electron are poised to revolutionise the electronics industry

Visions 5: Spintronics

Conventional electronic devices rely on the transport of electrical charge carriers – electrons – in a semiconductor such as silicon. 

Now, however, physicists are trying to exploit the ‘spin’ of the electron rather than its charge to create a remarkable new generation of ‘spintronic’ devices which will be smaller, more versatile and more robust than those currently making up silicon chips and circuit elements. 

The potential market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year.

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