Spintronics and magnetic data storage review

Related to 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics that was awarded last month for discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) effect, there is an excellent review in a recent Nature Materials on Spintronics and its use in magnetic data storage devices, by a group that includes a new Nobel Laureate, Albert Fert (Chappert et al., Nature Materials 6, 813 – 823 (2007)).

The review covers fundamentals of GMR, spin-valve heads, magnetic tunnel junctions, magnetic random access memory (MRAM), and nanomagnetism.

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