Researchers Develop Technique to Control and Measure Electron Spin Voltage

New tool may provide insight into spintronic devices and exotic physics

Researchers used atomic-size defects in diamonds to detect and measure magnetic fields generated by spin waves.

October 9, 2017 | Source: Harvard University,, 13 July 2017, Leah Burrows

Information technologies of the future will likely use electron spin — rather than electron charge — to carry information. But first, scientists need to better understand how to control spin and learn to build the spin equivalent of electronic components, from spin transistors, to spin gates and circuits.

Now, researchers from Harvard University have developed a technique to control and measure spin voltage, known as spin chemical potential.  The technique, which uses atomic-sized defects in diamonds to measure chemical potential, is essentially a nanoscale spin multimeter that allows measurements in chip-scale devices.