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Frontiers of Electronic Materials: Correlation Effects, Spintronics, and Memristive Phenomena - Fundamentals and Application

Jorg Heber (Editor), Darrell Schlom (Editor), Yoshinori Tokura (Editor), Rainer Waser (Editor), Matthias Wuttig (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-41191-7
692 pages
October 2012
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This collection of extended abstracts summarizes the latest research as presented at "Frontiers in Electronic Materials", a Nature conference on correlation effects and memristive phenomena, which took place in 2012.

The contributions from leading authors from the US, Japan, Korea, and Europe discuss breakthroughs and challenges in fundamental research as well as the potential for future applications.

Hot topics covered include:

  • Electron correlation and unusual quantum effects
  • Oxide heterostructures and interfaces
  • Multiferrroics, spintronics, ferroelectrics and flexoelectrics
  • Processing in nanotechnology
  • Advanced characterization techniques
  • Superionic conductors, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics
  • Chip architectures and computational concepts

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Table of Contents

Invited Talks 29

Nanosessions 69

Nanosession: 2D electron systems - Atomic configurations 71

Nanosession: 2D electron systems - Correlation effects and transport 81

Nanosession: 2D electron systems - Electronic structure and field effects 89

Nanosession: Calorics 99

Nanosession: Topological effects 109

Nanosession: Mott insulators and transitions 115

Nanosession: Advanced spectroscopy and scattering 123

Nanosession: High-resolution transmission electron microscopy 133

Nanosession: New technologies for scanning probes 143

Nanosession: Phase change materials 155

Nanosession: Phase change memories 163

Nanosession: Scanning probe microscopy on oxides 177

Nanosession: Logic devices and circuit design 185

Nanosession: Neuromorphic concepts 197

Nanosession: Electrochemical metallization memories 207

Nanosession: Valence Change Memories - redox mechanism and modelling 219

Nanosession: Valence Change Memories - a look inside 233

Nanosession: Variants of resistive switching 247

Nanosession: Magnetic interfaces and surfaces 259

Nanosession: Ionics - lattice disorder and grain boundaries 269

Nanosession: Ionics - redox kinetics, ion transport, and interfaces 281

Nanosession: Spin dynamics 291

Nanosession: Spin injection and transport 301

Nanosession: Spin tunneling systems 311

Nanosession: Multiferroic thin films and heterostructures 323

Nanosession: Multiferroics - ordering phenomena 335

Nanosession: Multiferroics - high transition temperatures 347

Nanosession: Superconductivity 367

Nanosession: Interplay between strain and electronic structure in metal oxides 377

Nanosession: Photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and optical effects 389

Nanosession: Ferroelectric interfaces 399

Nanosession: Ferroelectrics - new and unusal material systems 409

Nanosession: Atomic layer deposition 419

Nanosession: Nanotechnological fabrication strategies 429

Nanosession: Low-dimensional transport and ballistic effects 441

Nanosession: Molecular and polymer electronics 453

Nanosession: Carbon-based molecular systems 461

Poster Sessions 471

Poster: Electronic structure, lattice dynamics, and transport 473

Poster: Memristive systems 523

Poster: Spin-related phenomena 589

Poster: Polar dielectrics, optics, and ionics 633

Poster: Advances in technology and characterization 665

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Author Information

Joerg Heber is senior editor of Nature Materials. He graduated in physics from the University of Erlangen (Germany), followed by a PhD in solid-state physics from Imperial College in 2000 and post-doc postions at Bell Labs (Murray Hill, NJ) and the University of Marburg (Germany), where he worked on semiconductor materials and optoelectronics. Having joined Nature Materials in March 2005, he handles manuscripts in fields such as condensed matter physics, photonics as well as metallurgy and related areas.

Darrell Schlom is the Hebert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He is currently the chair of the Division of Materials Physics of the American Physical Society (APS). The focus of his research is the heteroepitaxial growth of oxide films by molecular-beam epitaxy. Darrell Schlom has published over 400 papers. He was elected Fellow of both APS and the Materials Research Society (MRS) and received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and the MRS Medal.

Yoshinori Tokura is Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Tokyo since 1994. Since 2007, he is also Group Director of RIKEN Advanced Science Institute. He has been investigating transition-metal oxide materials that exhibit strong electron correlation. With his research on giant magnetoelectric responses from multiferroics he extraordinarily contributed to the present knowledge on this topic. Professor Tokura was multiply awarded for his research achievements, among others with the Nishina Memorial Prize, Matthias Prize, Asahi Prize, MacGroddy Prize, and Fujihara Prize for correlated electron research.

Rainer Waser is Professor at the faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the RWTH Aachen University and director at the Peter Grünberg Institute at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany. His research group is focused on fundamental aspects of electronic materials and on such integrated devices as nonvolatile memories, logic devices, sensors and actuators. Rainer Waser has published about 500 technical papers. Since 2003, he has been the coordinator of the research program on nanoelectronic systems within the Germany national research centres in the Helmholtz Association. In 2007, he has been co-founder of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, section Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (JARA-FIT).

Matthias Wuttig is Professor for Physics of New Materials at the University of Aachen since 1997, and holds a JARA Professorship at Research Centre Jülich & RWTH Aachen since 2011. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, and is Speaker of the strategy board of RWTH Aachen. He has been visiting professor in China, Kenya, USA, and Singapure. His research on phase change memories and organic thin films has been awarded several times, among others with the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the Ministry for Education and Science, the Gaede-Prize of the German Vacuum Society, and the Stanford R. Ovshinsky Prize. Since 2009, Matthias Wuttig is Einstein Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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“Material researchers working in these areas would be able to use this book to quickly review the current state of the art in the respective areas of interest.”  (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 1 July 2013)

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