By Carla Reiter -
An electronics technology that uses the "spin" - or magnetization - of atomic nuclei to store and process information promises huge gains in performance over today's electron-based devices. But getting there is proving challenging.
Now researchers at the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) have made a crucial step toward nuclear spintronic technologies. They have gotten nuclear spins to line themselves up in a consistent, controllable way, and they have done it using a high-performance material that is practical, convenient, and inexpensive.
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Ref: Optical Polarization of Nuclear Spins in Silicon Carbine. Physical Review Letters (2015) | http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247603