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Quantum tricks drive magnetic switching into the fast lane

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies. Magnetic switching is used to encode information in hard drives, magnetic random access memory and other computing devices. The discovery, reported in the April 4 issue of Nature, potentially opens the door to terahertz (1012 hertz) and faster memory speeds.

CMI mentioned in U.S. News and World Report article

U.S. News and World Report writer Jeff Nesbitt mentions the Critical Materials Institute in an article about China's ongoing monopoly of rare earth metals. In the second to last paragraph, Nesbitt writes, "This new DOE-financed organization (the Critical Minerals Institute) will work with dozens of research partners in an effort to find creative ways and methods of inexpensively mining the rare metals. For instance, a mine in California (Mountain Pass) actually has one of the largest rare metal deposits in the world."


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