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July 2016

Observation of Polarization Vortices in Complex Oxide Superlattices

Scientific Achievement

Identified the existence of non-uniform polarization vortex states in a ferroelectric material

Significance and Impact

Topology of such non-uniform polarization fields, will act as a precursor to the search of topological states (such as skyrmions and merons) in ferroelectrics

Research Details

A.K. Yadav, C.T. Nelson, S.L. Hsu, Z. Hong, J.D. Clarkson, C.M. Schlepüetz, A.R. Damodaran, P. Shafer, E. Arenholz, L.R. Dedon, D. Chen, A. Vishwanath, A.M. Minor, L.Q. Chen, J.F. Scott, L. W. Martin, R. Ramesh, Nature (2016) doi:10.1038/nature16463