Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials

Eerenstein, W. and Mathur, N. D. and Scott, J. F. (2006) Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials. Nature, 442 (7104). pp. 759-765. DOI 10.1038/nature05023

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Abstract

A ferroelectric crystal exhibits a stable and switchable electrical polarization that is manifested in the form of cooperative atomic displacements. A ferromagnetic crystal exhibits a stable and switchable magnetization that arises through the quantum mechanical phenomenon of exchange. There are very few ‘multiferroic’ materials that exhibit both of these properties, but the ‘magnetoelectric’ coupling of magnetic and electrical properties is a more general and widespread phenomenon. Although work in this area can be traced back to pioneering research in the 1950s and 1960s, there has been a recent resurgence of interest driven by long-term technological aspirations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2006 AREP IA52 2006 P
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Volume: 442
Page Range: pp. 759-765
Identification Number: 10.1038/nature05023
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:06
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/263

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