'Odds are good for bucky magnets'

(Article Precis, 26/Sep/1998, Issue 2153, p17)
Lila Guterman reports on the successful creation by Israeli chemists of extremely small magnets that have similar structures to buckyballs and nanotubes.

Less than 50 nanometres across, the devices are made from nickel chloride, a substance which is not normally magnetic. However, the researchers have shown that an extremely thin layer of nickel chloride with an odd number of layers does exhibit magnetic properties.

Since the magnetic zones in modern hard disks are much larger than 50 nanometres, this new work could offer a two-order-of-magnitude increase in data density.

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Precised by Ian Mapleson, 04/Oct/1998.