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From the artist’s palette to the next generation of computers

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August 02, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists are reporting in Physical Review Letters that a souped up form of zinc oxide and cobalt -- originally invented more than 200 years ago as the artist’s pigment "cobalt green" – can confer “spintronic” properties at room temperature. Spintronics, the manipulating of electrons’ magnetism while controlling their charge flow, may usher in broad new capabilities such as instantly-booting computers and other advanced electronic devices.

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