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Silicon spintronics warms up

Electrical injection and detection of spin-polarized electrons in a silicon chip have now been demonstrated at room temperature, paving the way to the development of low-power semiconductor spintronics circuitry.

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Figure 1: Charge versus spin switching.

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Flatté, M. Silicon spintronics warms up. Nature 462, 419–420 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/462419a

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