October 22, 2009
Spintronics made easy
David Awschalom & Albert Fert were interviewed at the Royal Society's recent discussion meeting The Spin on Electronics, where PhysicsWorld.com also recorded a selection of video "vox pops" with speakers and attendees.
The first interview is with David Awschalom of the University of California, Santa Barbara. If you are new to spintronics – or if you are wondering what all the excitement is about – Awschalom provides a fantastic introduction to the field and explains how electron spin could be harnessed to create very dense computer memories and even quantum computers.
Awschalom also outlines the challenges that must be overcome before we see the next generation of spintronics devices and explains how he is addressing some of these in his lab.