Researchers make a surprising discovery: Magnetism in a common material for microelectronics

Researchers discovered unexpected magnetism in nickel monosilicide (NiSi), a common microelectronics material. Previously thought non-magnetic, NiSi exhibits antiferromagnetic order with a slight uncompensated magnetization detectable through neutron scattering. This magnetism, stable at high temperatures, can be manipulated with small magnetic fields, enabling potential applications in magnetic memory and spintronics. The study also indicates that current theoretical models need refinement for better accuracy in predicting material properties.

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