Zutic, a University at Buffalo theoretical physicist and the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, is finding ways to introduce spintronic properties and a phenomenon called spin injection into silicon.

"For information processing and advanced logic operations, it would be particularly desirable to integrate seamlessly magnetic materials with silicon," said Zutic, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics in the UB College of Arts and Sciences. "Rather than displace all that we've learned about silicon through the decades, my work tries to build on it."

Zutic's proposal for spin injection and detection in silicon was published in July in Physical Review Letters with collaborators Jaroslav Fabian of the University of Regensburg and Steven Erwin at the Naval Research Laboratory.

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