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Silicon twists

For decades, silicon has been the dominant material for conventional, charge-based electronics. A new twist makes silicon ripe to enter the domain of spintronics, where the new currency is electron spin.

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Figure 1: Spin-valve effect.
Figure 2: Spin precession.

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Žutić, I., Fabian, J. Silicon twists. Nature 447, 269–270 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/447269a

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