BiFeO3 Thin Films: A Playground for Exploring Electric-Field Control of Multifunctionalities

Jan Chi Yang, Qing He, Pu Yu, Ying Hao Chu

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A promising approach to the next generation of low-power, functional, and green nanoelectronics relies on advances in the electric-field control of lattice, charge, orbital, and spin degrees of freedom in novel materials. The possibility of electric-field control of these multiple materials functionalities offers interesting options across a range of modern technologies, including information communication, computing processes, data storage, active components, and functional electronics. This article reviews electric-field control and modulation of various degrees of freedom through the medium of multiferroic BiFeO3. Coexisting order parameters and inherent couplings in this materials system form a potent playground, enabling direct and indirect manipulation to obtain intriguing properties and functionalities with an electric stimulus. An in-depth understanding of those electrically controlled phenomena and breakthroughs is highlighted, paving a new route toward multifunctional nanoelectronics. This article concludes with a brief discussion on foreseeable challenges as well as future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-275
Number of pages27
JournalAnnual Review of Materials Research
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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