Advances in the growth and characterization of magnetic, ferroelectric, and multiferroic oxide thin films

L. W. Martin, Ying-hao Chu, R. Ramesh

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Abstract

The growth and characterization of functional oxide thin films that are ferroelectric, magnetic, or both at the same time are reviewed. The evolution of synthesis techniques and how advances in in situ characterization have enabled significant acceleration in improvements to these materials are described. Methods for enhancing the properties of functional materials or creating entirely new functionality at interfaces are covered, including strain engineering and layering control at the atomic-layer level. Emerging applications of these functional oxides such as achieving electrical control of ferromagnetism and the future of these complex functional oxides is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-133
Number of pages45
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering R: Reports
Volume68
Issue number4-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 May 2010

Keywords

  • Complex oxides
  • Ferroelectric
  • Magnetic
  • Multiferroic
  • Thin films

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