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Nature. 2006 Aug 17;442(7104):759-65.

Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials.

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  • 1Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ, UK.

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.

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