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New spin on the Hall effect

The spin Hall effect occurs when electrons with opposite spins go their separate ways in an electric field. The phenomenon is crucial to spin-based electronics, and its electrical signal has just been spotted.

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Figure 1: Seeking the spin Hall effect.

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Kent, A. New spin on the Hall effect. Nature 442, 143–145 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/442143a

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