The magnetoelectric effect in transition metal oxides: Insights and the rational design of new materials from first principles

Turan Birol, Nicole A. Benedek, Hena Das, Aleksander L. Wysocki, Andrew T. Mulder, Brian M. Abbett, Eva H. Smith, Saurabh Ghosh, Craig J. Fennie

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Abstract

The search for materials displaying a large magnetoelectric effect has occupied researchers for many decades. The rewards could include not only advanced electronics technologies, but also fundamental insights concerning the dielectric and magnetic properties of condensed matter. In this article, we focus on the magnetoelectric effect in transition metal oxides and review the manner in which first-principles calculations have helped guide the search for (and increasingly, predicted) new materials and shed light on the microscopic mechanisms responsible for magnetoelectric phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-242
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Jorge Íñiguez and Sinisa Coh for there valuable comments. T.B., N.A.B, S.G. and C.J.F. were supported by DOE-BES under Award Number DE-SCOO02334. E.H.S was supported by DOE-BES under Award Number DE-SC0005032. A.T.M. was supported by NSERC of Canada and by the NSF (No. DMR-1056441). H.D. was supported by Penn State NSF-MRSEC Grant No. DMR 0820404 . A.L.W. was supported by the Cornell Center for Materials Research with funding from the NSF MRSEC program, cooperative agreement DMR 1120296.

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Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Complex oxides
  • First principles
  • Magnetoelectric effect
  • Multiferroics

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