Diamond Light Source Science Highlight: Spintronics potential at the surface of topological insulators

The tremendous potential of topological insulators (TIs) for applications in the next generation of device technology has been recognised for some years, due to their superior conductivity and spin selectivity, but finding a way to employ their exciting properties has thus far been difficult. With results recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers working at Diamond Light Source have demonstrated that TIs can be used to separate the spin and charge information carried by electrons, opening up the potential for ultra-fast, energy efficient spintronics devices.

Read more.