Researchers at UC Riverside have determined the strength of the electron spin interactions with the optical phonons in antiferromagnetic nickel oxide (NiO) crystals. The researchers say that Nio is a promising spintronics materials and the the strength of the electron spin interaction with phonons is important for future device development.

Nickel oxide electron spin research (UC riverside)

The researcher say that NiO has been studied for many years, but not fully understood. The new research used novel techniques to finally shed light on some of the long-standing puzzles surrounding this material.