Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Spin filter

A group at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle have presented interesting work on using ferroelectric tunnel junctions as spin filters. Based on a ferromagnetic lanthanum strontium manganate / ferroelectric lead zirconate titanite / ferromagnetic cobalt sandwich structure the group found that the tunnel magnetoresistance acts as both a variable resistance and an electron spin filter. The group see applications for the spin filter in magnetic storage devices including magnetic random access memories.

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