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The Birth of Spinplasmonics 34

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the making-heads-spin dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "You might have heard of spintronics, a technology that uses the magnetic quantum properties of the spin of electrons, or plasmonics, another one which 'involves the transfer of light electromagnetic energy into a tiny volume, thus creating intense electric fields.' Now, researchers at the University of Alberta (U of A) have merged these two nascent research fields to create a new nanotechnology field called spinplasmonics. According to the researchers, this new technology, which was already used to control the quantum state of an electron's spin to switch a beam of terahertz light, could one day be the basis for 'computers with extraordinary capacities.'"
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The Birth of Spinplasmonics

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:11AM (#19362875)
    'computers with extraordinary capacities'

    It'll run Vista.
    • by Eudial (590661)

      'computers with extraordinary capacities'

      It'll run Vista.


      But only if you shut off all the eye-candy.
      • I'm thinking of inventing Quantum Histrionics. That's when everyone goes ga-ga over my latest quantum announcement, so that I can issue an IPO and walk away a millionaire -- over and over again.
    • by gbulmash (688770) *
      "could one day be the basis for"

      Of every 100 new technologies posted to the Slashdot homepage, it seems 99 could one day be the basis for vaporware.

      - Greg
    • It'll run Vista.
      ...without crashing.
    • I have a 4 processor machine with 3gb ram. Vista runs like a pig on it. Save your money.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:15AM (#19362895)
    given lots of spin!
  • by mangu (126918) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:50AM (#19363033)

    'computers with extraordinary capacities.'

    Computers today already have extraordinary capacities, at least compared to those of twenty years ago, which already had extraordinary capacities compared to those of forty years ago, and so on back to the first computer.


    Let's have some numbers here, please. How much is that in Volkswagens or Libraries of Congress?

  • Please tag the article "boycottroland." How do you get a user banned from Slashdot?
    • But i dont have a problem with roland. Everybody if fine to submit as much as he wants.

      What i DO have a problem with is the fact that ./ editors dont give a fuck and continue so put is submission on the frontpage.

      Yeah, we KNOW they are all idiots, corrupt and incompetend, by why not even try to hide it a bit?

      Btw, is cowboyneal back from brokeback mountain yet?
  • "could one day be the basis for 'computers with extraordinary capacities.'"

    The important word here, of course, being "could".
    • could one day be the basis for 'computers with extraordinary capacities'
      Like one of them "Turing Machines" I heard tell about. Can't wait to get my hands on one of them!
  • "According to the researchers, this new technology, which was already used to control the quantum state of an electron's spin to switch a beam of terahertz light, could one day be the basis for 'computers with extraordinary capacities." If you use an electron's spin to switch a beam of light (i.e. the light is in a state of
    • flux
    ), AND the light could equal extraordinary
    • capacity.
    Then wouldn't that make this a "Flux Capacitor?"
  • This press release has a few misleading pieces that should be corrected for the public record:

    "The spintronics field is barely a dozen years-old...The field of plasmonics, which is even younger than spintronics..."

    This is patently untrue. Work on plasmon and surface plasmon physics has been going on for more than 50 years. It is certainly true that the name 'Plasmonics' is rather recent, and fabrication capabilities have advanced dramatically to better exploit these effects, but the field of study is fairly
  • " the transfer of light electromagnetic energy into a tiny volume, thus creating intense electric fields."

    Would anyone care to translate into English, and for bonus points give us an idea of why we should care?
    I mean, I didn't even know that electromagnetic radiation came in light and heavy varieties.
  • by cjb110 (200521)
    lots of interest here!

    either no-one cares, or no-one actually understands a word of the summary...
  • This of course will later evolve into the field known as 'Spasmodics'
  • computers with extraordinary capacities

    I for one welcome our new spinplasmonic overlords.

    (Sorry if someone had said that but it didn't show on search.)

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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