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Unveiling the Power of Magnetic Whirls in Membrane Innovation

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  • Oxford University researchers have developed magnetic whirls in membranes for efficient silicon chips.
  • The whirls can be used as information carriers for rapid computing applications.

Researchers from the Department of Physics at Oxford University have made a significant advancement in the creation and design of magnetic whirls in membranes that can be seamlessly integrated with silicon. These hurricane-shaped magnetic vortices, believed to travel at astonishing rates of up to km per second, may be employed as information carriers in an upcoming generation of extremely rapid and environmentally friendly computing platforms. The new findings could help develop more efficient silicon chips for super-fast computing and overcome the energy-inefficiency of current silicon-based technology.

Historically, creating these magnetic whirls was limited to materials incompatible with silicon, making them impractical for everyday use. The research team led by Dr. Hariom Jani and Professor Paolo Radaelli developed a method to transfer the magnetic layers onto silicon wafers, opening up new possibilities for ultra-fast computing applications. The team also discovered the extreme flexibility of these membranes, allowing for the design of magnetic whirls in three dimensions, a feat not previously possible.

The team’s next steps involve creating prototype devices that harness the rich dynamics of these quick whirls using electrical currents. This breakthrough could lead to the development of new types of computers that mimic the human brain’s functionality, paving the way for exciting advancements in computing technology.


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