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Du Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology

By ­niversity of Denver News

July 6, 2017

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Researchers at the University of Denver (DU) have demonstrated spin transport through a synthetic material that is amorphous, or non-ordered, both magnetically and structurally.

The researchers say the discovery is a significant breakthrough because manufacturing this amorphous synthetic material, called yttrium iron garnet, is far less difficult than growing the silicon crystals currently used in computer processors.

DU professor Barry Zink says existing materials known to have this kind of spin transport are difficult to produce, but the new material is easy to produce, simple to work with, and potentially more cost-effective.

"This spectacular result from the Zink research group amply illustrates the vibrant research environment in the division, where teacher-scholars create new knowledge working hand-in-hand with students," says DU dean Andrei Kutateladze.

Zink says his team currently is looking to see if they can reproduce the effect in different types of amorphous materials.

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