We show that the state of a flying qubit may be transferred to a chain of identical, (near) ferromagnetically polarised, but non-interacting, static spin-1/2 particles in a passive way. During this process the flying qubit is coherently polarised, emerging in the direction of the majority static spins. We also show that this process is reversible for at least two flying qubits injected sequentially and thus has the potential to be exploited as a passive quantum memory to encode the flying qubits without the necessity of resetting between successive encoding operations. We show that the quantum information may be spread over many static spins in the memory chain, making the mechanism resistent to spin decoherence and other imperfections. Among some potential architectures, we discuss implementing the memory in a photonic waveguide embedded with quantum dots, which is resilient to various possible errors.Comment: 5 pages, 5 figures, plus supplement (7 pages, 5 figures); with blank pages removed from the previous versio
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