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2010-12-10 09:32:07

Physicists at Ohio State University have discovered that tiny defects inside a computer chip can be used to tune the properties of key atoms in the chip. The technique, which they describe in the journal Science, involves rearranging the holes left by missing atoms to tune the properties of dopants "“ the chemical impurities that give the semiconductors in computer chips their special properties. Though the technique is currently limited to the laboratory, it could prove valuable to...

2010-12-08 22:05:26

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) have shown that a magnetically polarised current can be manipulated by electric fields. Published this week in the journal Nature Materials, this important discovery opens up the prospect of simultaneously processing and storing data on electrons held in the molecular structure of computer chips - combining computer memory and processing power on the same chip. "This is especially exciting, as...

2010-12-01 22:25:29

Tracking down Cooper pairs: RUB researchers confirm theoretical hypothesis The results achieved by this research team headed by Prof. Kurt Westerholt and Prof. Hartmut Zabel (Department of Physics and Astronomy at RUB) could contribute to new, power saving components in the future. The researchers reported on their findings in the American Physical Society's noted journal "The Physical Review". Electron pairs in singlet state If it were possible to eliminate electrical resistance we could...

2010-11-18 12:44:00

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Grandis, Inc., the leader in spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM), today announced that it has been awarded a new contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop non-volatile spin logic. Under the contract, the company will expand its cutting-edge development of spintronics and advanced magnetic materials beyond non-volatile STT-RAM memory into non-volatile logic applications. Non-volatile spin...

2010-11-03 16:56:34

A new material with a split personality -- part superconductor, part metal -- has been observed by a Princeton University-led research team. The discovery may have implications for the development of next-generation electronics that could transform the way information is stored and processed. The new material -- a crystal called a topological superconductor -- has two electronic identities at once. At very low temperatures, the interior of the crystal behaves like a normal superconductor,...

2010-10-20 00:51:07

In the world of the very small, researchers at Shanxi University in China have announced progress in understanding the single-molecule magnet, which combines the classical macroscale properties of a magnet with the quantum properties of a nanoscale entity. In the Journal of Applied Physics, Hai-Bin Xue and colleagues studied the statistics of how electrons move through a single-molecule magnet to better understand the magnet's inner level structure. Understanding the single-molecule magnet...

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2010-10-13 08:57:40

Air Force Office of Scientific Research-supported physicists at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, became the first researchers to observe the motion of an atom's valence or outermost electrons in real-time by investigating the ejection of an electron from an atom by an intense laser pulse. In the experiments, an electron in a krypton...

2010-09-30 14:50:34

Atoms are proxies for electrons in ultracold optical emulator A Rice University-led team of physicists is reporting the first success in a three-year effort to build a precision simulator for superconductors using a grid of intersecting laser beams and ultracold atomic gas. The research appears this week in the journal Nature. Using lithium atoms cooled to within a few billionths of a degree of absolute zero and loaded into optical tubes, the researchers created a precise analog of a...

2010-09-16 15:45:00

TORONTO, NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Micromem Technologies Inc. (the "Company") (CNSX: MRM, OTCBB: MMTIF) announces the issuance of 192,307 common shares of the Company in settlement of a debt, to an arm's length party, in the amount of US$50,000. The price of the shares issued is US$0.26 per share. The shares issued are subject to resale restrictions under applicable securities laws. About Micromem Technologies Inc. and MASTInc:...

2010-09-09 01:14:14

Using a one-of-a-kind instrument designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an international team of researchers have "unveiled" a quartet of graphene's electron states and discovered that electrons in graphene can split up into an unexpected and tantalizing set of energy levels when exposed to extremely low temperatures and extremely high magnetic fields. Published in this week's issue of Nature,* the new research raises several intriguing questions...


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