Department of Physics and Astronomy: Publications and Other Research


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Published in PHYSICAL REVIEW B 80, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The American Physical Society. Used by permission.


The control of magnetization via the application of an electric field, known as magnetoelectric coupling, is among the most fascinating and active research areas today. In addition to fundamental scientific interest, magnetoelectric effects may lead to new device concepts for data storage and processing. There are several known mechanisms for magnetoelectric coupling that include intrinsic effects in single-phase materials, strain-induced coupling in two-phase composites, and electronically driven effects at interfaces. Here we explore a different type of magnetoelectric effect at a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric interface: magnetic reconstruction induced by switching of electric polarization.