Researchers document a quantum spin wave for light

phys.org | 3/29/2016 | Staff
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Researchers at Purdue University have created a quantum spin wave for light. This can be a carrier of information for future nanotechnologies but with a unique twist: they only flow in one direction.

The article "Unidirectional Maxwellian spin waves," by Todd Van Mechelen and Zubin Jacob has been published in the open access journal Nanophotonics on degruyter.com.

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Information technologies at the nanoscale rely on manipulating particles such as electrons and photons. The electron, which is the carrier of charge (electricity), is a fermion while the photon, which is the long-distance transmitter of information, is a boson.

The most important difference between a fermion and a boson is literally how they "spin." Even though electron spin is widely utilized in commercial nanotechnologies such as magnetic memories, optical spin has only recently become a fundamental degree of freedom in nanophotonics with possible...
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