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A magnetic field for each electron

The arrangement of magnetic ions between layers of NbS2 affects it as though a giant magnetic field is applied in different directions for electrons moving with opposite velocities. This discovery goes beyond the reach of conventional magnets, and opens up the way to custom-made effective fields engineered to guide materials into new territory.

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Fig. 1: Spin splitting in NbS2 mimicking the effect of a giant, valley-dependent magnetic field.


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van Wezel, J. A magnetic field for each electron. Nat. Mater. 22, 410–411 (2023).

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