August 29, 2012

Magnetic Vortex Reveals Key to Spintronic Speed Limit

Scientists measured a key effect of electron spin essential to engineering the next generation of high-performing digital devices

The evolution of digital electronics is a story of miniaturization – each generation of circuitry requires less space and energy to perform the same tasks. But even as high-speed processors move into handheld smart phones, current data storage technology has a functional limit: magnetically stored digital information becomes unstable when too tightly packed. The answer to maintaining the breath-taking pace of our ongoing computer revolution may be the denser, faster, and smarter technology of spintronics.