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CMMP Seminar

Defect-Property Relations at Interfaces in Complex Oxides

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Jorgensen Hall Room: 149
875 N 16th St
Lincoln Ne 68508
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Physics Department, (402) 472-2770,
Dr. Dennis Meier of Norwegian University of Science and Technology will present his seminar topic, “Defect-Property Relations at Interfaces in Complex Oxides”.

Abstract: Oxide materials exhibit a broad range of tunable phenomena, including magnetism, multiferroicity, and superconductivity. Oxide interfaces are particularly intriguing, giving a new dimension to property engineering of functional materials. The low local symmetry at the interfaces, combined with their sensitivity to electrostatics and strain, leads to unusual physical effects, offering amazing opportunities for fundamental and applied research.

In my talk, I will discuss the unique electronic properties that arise at natural and artificially designed charged interfaces in ferroelectric and multiferroic oxides. To give an overview and demonstrate how structural, electric, and compositional degrees of freedom at such interfaces control the material’s behavior, I will present three examples: (i) ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3, (ii) grain boundaries in ferroelectric ErMnO3 polycrystals, and (iii) epitaxial heterointerfaces in multiferroic (LuFeO3)9/(LuFe2O4)1 superlattices. To characterize the different types of interfaces, we perform correlated microscopy measurements, combining scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography. The imaging experiments provide new insight into the atomic-scale structure and chemical composition at charged oxide interfaces, clarifying the key role polar discontinuities and point defects play for their emergent physical properties.

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