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Nanoscale ; 12(9): 5652-5657, 2020 Mar 07.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32101212


Using photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) to image ferromagnetism in polycrystalline Ni disks, and ferroelectricity in their single-crystal BaTiO3 substrates, we find that voltage-driven 90° ferroelectric domain switching serves to reversibly annihilate each magnetic vortex via uniaxial compressive strain, and that the orientation of the resulting bi-domain reveals the chirality of the annihilated vortex. Micromagnetic simulations reveal that only 60% of this strain is required for annihilation. Voltage control of magnetic vortices is novel, and should be energetically favourable with respect to the use of a magnetic field or an electrical current. In future, stray field from bi-domains could be exploited to read vortex chirality. Given that core polarity can already be read via stray field, our work represents a step towards four-state low-power memory applications.

Rev Sci Instrum ; 84(7): 073907, 2013 Jul.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23902084


An experimental setup for the direct measurement of the magnetocaloric effect capable of simulating high frequency magnetothermal cycles on laboratory-scale samples is described. The study of the magnetocaloric properties of working materials under operative conditions is fundamental for the development of innovative devices. Frequency and time dependent characterization can provide essential information on intrinsic features such as magnetic field induced fatigue in materials undergoing first order magnetic phase transitions. A full characterization of the adiabatic temperature change performed for a sample of Gadolinium across its Curie transition shows the good agreement between our results and literature data and in-field differential scanning calorimetry.

Nat Commun ; 4: 1453, 2013.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23385597


Repeatable magnetization reversal under purely electrical control remains the outstanding goal in magnetoelectrics. Here we use magnetic force microscopy to study a commercially manufactured multilayer capacitor that displays strain-mediated coupling between magnetostrictive Ni electrodes and piezoelectric BaTiO(3)-based dielectric layers. In an electrode exposed by polishing approximately normal to the layers, we find a perpendicularly magnetized feature that exhibits non-volatile electrically driven repeatable magnetization reversal with no applied magnetic field. Using micromagnetic modelling, we interpret this nominally full magnetization reversal in terms of a dynamic precession that is triggered by strain from voltage-driven ferroelectric switching that is fast and reversible. The anisotropy field responsible for the perpendicular magnetization is reversed by the electrically driven magnetic switching, which is, therefore, repeatable. Our demonstration of non-volatile magnetic switching via volatile ferroelectric switching may inspire the design of fatigue-free devices for electric-write magnetic-read data storage.