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Single-Atom Magnets Store Bits Of Data
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21 Mar 2017 01:42 AM EST

Although the team of researchers have only managed to store two bits of data in a new storage device, their developments may lead to the tiniest electronics yet.According to a recently published study, a team of physicists and engineers have successfully stored digital data in the magnetic field of a single atom.By encoding each bit into the magnetic field, the team has managed to develop the most compact data storage device ever.The team used atoms of holmium deposited on a surface of magnesium oxide to store the bits.By directing each atom's magnetic field using a scanning tunneling microscope, the team could flip the magnetic field, and read the data by measuring the current running through the field.

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