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Spintronics gets a magnetic flute

Magnetic-memory devices of the future could be based on 'spintronics', through switching the directions of electron spins. New work confirms the physics behind a spin-switching mechanism.

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Figure 1: Magnetic excitation and switching through spin transfer.


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