Individual atoms - First images captured of atomic spin

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    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.

    Unlike electronic devices, which give off heat, spintronic-based devices are expected to experience less power dissipation.

    “The combination of atom manipulation and spin sensitivity gives a new perspective of constructing atomic-scale structures and investigating their magnetic properties,” Kubetzka said.

    First images captured of atomic spin | R&D Mag

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