Electrically controlled non-volatile switching of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures via engineered ferroelastic domain states

Ming Liu, Tianxiang Nan, Jia-Mian Hu, Shi-Shun Zhao, Ziyao Zhou, Chen-Ying Wang, Zhuang-De Jiang, Wei Ren, Zuo-Guang Ye, Long-Qing Chen, Nian X Sun
2016 NPG Asia Materials  
In this work we addressed a key challenge in realizing multiferroics-based reconfigurable magnetic devices, which is the ability to switch between distinct collective magnetic states in a reversible and stable manner with a control voltage. Three possible non-volatile switching mechanisms have been demonstrated, arising from the nature of the domain states in pervoskite PZN-PT crystal that the ferroelectric polarization reversal is partially coupled to the ferroelastic strain. Electric impulse
more » ... on-volatile control of magnetic anisotropy in FeGaB/PZN-PT and domain distribution of FeGaB during the ferroelectric switching have been observed, which agrees very well with simulation results. These approaches provide a platform for realizing electric impulse non-volatile tuning of the order parameters that are coupled to the lattice strain in thin-film heterostructures, showing great potentials in achieving reconfigurable, compact, light-weight and ultra-low-power electronics.
doi:10.1038/am.2016.139 fatcat:qk7pkdjghvavhnesu67bssbrwu