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A Physics First: Researchers Detect the Curving Flight of a Spinning Electron

Friday, March 11, 2011

For years, physicists have predicted that electrons would curve through solid materials because every electron spins either clockwise or counterclockwise. The problem has been that because they are so small and fast, the curving electrons have been impossible to observe. Hui Zhao, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, has confirmed that spinning electrons curve as they pass through a semiconductor. His paper, co-authored by KU graduate students Lalani Werake and Brian Ruzicka, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Physical Review Letters and an accompanying Physical Review Focus story.

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