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Manipulating the coupling in multi-ferroic thin Films

Objective

R&D and investment in electronics overwhelmingly focus on multi-functionality, which should meet the market demands for radically new components that are more compact, cheaper, and consume less power. Particular attention is being devoted to MagnetoElectric (ME) multi-ferroics exhibiting simultaneous FerroMagnetic and FerroElectric properties, both being coupled. Such materials allow reversing the magnetization by an electric field and vice-versa. ME materials can thusly provide optimum solutions to many device-design problems, with a high potential impact on important segments of the electronics market: high-density electric field controlled MRAM, HF wireless telecoms, spintronics? However the physics of ME coupling is far from being understood. This limits knowledge-based research for materials with optimised properties, and ultimately prohibits industrial use of ME thin films.

The objective of the present STREP proposal MaCoMuFi is to "MAnipulate the COupling in MUltiferroic thin Films" (made of single phase, multi-layers and nanocomposite materials) to ultimately accelerate the development of novel devices for the European Industry. It will set up the first systematic knowledge-based approach in the domain, involving the tight collaboration between oxide synthesis, complex oxides modelling and device design experts.

The main expected outputs of the project are:
(i) novel oxide thin films (5nm thick) with significant ME coupling (higher than 1V/cm.Oe) at room temperature,
(ii) performance validation in new electronic devices (spin filter, magnetic memory, agile filter),
(iii) understanding the relationship between process, structure and composition of the multi-ferroic oxide thin films,
(iv) optimised production processes and tailoring methods,
(v) new techniques for ME coupling measurement and nano-structural characterisation and
(vi) a software tool for the design of ceramic thin films with optimum ME properties.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-NMP-TI-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
Address
Rue Michel-ange, 3
75794 Paris
France

Participants (10)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano, 117
Madrid
CRYSTEC GMBH KRISTALLTECHNOLOGIE
Germany
Address
Koepenicker Strasse 325
Berlin
NANOTEC ELECTRONICA S.L.
Spain
Address
Centro Empresarial Euronova 3, Ronda De Poniente 2
Tres Cantos - Madrid
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT BONN
Germany
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
Bonn
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
Address
Broerstraat 5
Groningen
SAFC HITECH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Power Road, Bromborough
Wirral
TECHNOORG LINDA CO. LTD
Hungary
Address
Rozsa U. 24
Budapest
THALES SA
France
Address
Rue De Villiers 45
Neuilly Sur Seine
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Address
24 Rue Du Général Dufour
Geneve 4
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Août 7
Liege