Multiferroic Interfaces: New Paradigms for Functional Switching

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The overall objective of this Supplement is to investigate fundamental properties of the interfaces between two distinct ferroic materials which may be used for functional switching of new nanoelectronic devices. Based on first-principles calculations effects of lateral strain, chemical bonding and charge transfer are to be studied to understand the coupling between electronic, magnetic, structural and transport properties at multiferroic interfaces. Three complementary thrust areas address effects of the electric polarization reversal at the ferromagnet/ferroelectric interface on:

  • Magnetization (magnetoelectric effect)
  • Surface magnetic anisotropy (magnetization switching)
  • Transport spin polarization (spin transmission switching)