Source:Nanoscience and Technology: A Collection of Reviews from Nature Journals, World Scientific Publishing Co., p.20-28 (2009)
ISBN:9789814287005; 9814282685; 9789814282680
Keywords:Atomic levels, epitaxial strain, Ferroelectric materials, Interfacial couplings, Magnetoelectric couplings, Multiferroic materials, Novel devices, Order parameter, Recent progress
Multiferroic materials, which show simultaneous ferroelectric and magnetic ordering, exhibit unusual physical properties and in turn promise new device applications as a result of the coupling between their dual order parameters. We review recent progress in the growth, characterization and understanding of thin-fi lm multiferroics. The availability of high-quality thin-fi lm multiferroics makes it easier to tailor their properties through epitaxial strain, atomic-level engineering of chemistry and interfacial coupling, and is a prerequisite for their incorporation into practical devices. We discuss novel device paradigms based on magnetoelectric coupling, and outline the key scientifi c challenges in the fi eld. © 2010 Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited and published by World Scientific Publishing Co. under licence. All Rights Reserved.
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