Domain boundary engineering

Salje, E. K. H. and Zhang, H. L. (2009) Domain boundary engineering. Phase Transitions: A Multinational Journal, 82 (6). pp. 452-469. ISSN 0141-1594 DOI 10.1080/01411590902936138

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Abstract

We review the idea that domain boundaries, rather than domains, can carry information and act as memory devices. Domains are bulk objects; their large response to changing external fields is related to their change in volume, which implies the movement of domain boundaries. In many cases, the design of 'optimal' domain structures corresponds to 'optimal' domain boundaries with parameters such as the domain boundary mobility, pinning properties and the formation of specific boundaries such as curved boundaries or needle domains. This argument is enhanced further in this review: domain boundaries themselves can host properties which are absent in the bulk, they can be multiferroic, super- or semi-conductors while the matrix shows none of these properties. It is agued that multiferroic walls can be described formally as chiral whereby the chirality relates to state-vectors such as polarisation and magnetic moment and their (non-linear) coupling. Once such walls can be generated reliably, a new generation of devices with much higher storage density than ever produced before can be envisaged.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09AREP; IA58;
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Phase Transitions: A Multinational Journal
Volume: 82
Page Range: pp. 452-469
Identification Number: 10.1080/01411590902936138
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2009 13:23
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:55
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1093

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