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Changing particle spin

  1. Mar 25, 2013 #1
    Okay, so I was looking at some ideas of storage based on making electrons spin "up" or "down" to store binary data, and I began wondering two things:
    1) How does one change the spin "orientation" (for lack of a better word) of a particle?
    2) How does one detect the spin "orientation" of a particle?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2013 #2

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    With magnetic fields of the right direction and intensity.
    With their interaction with magnetic fields, or maybe other clever ways (like processes possible for one spin orientation only).
     
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