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Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Materials
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24 Months

Conference Description

The coexistence and mutual interaction of different orders (e.g. magnetic and ferroelectric orders) in multiferroic compounds has attracted increasing attention because of its fundamental physical interest and the potential for future applications in form of new types of memory elements or magneto-electric sensors. Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials are rare since in most systems more than one fundamental symmetry has to be broken, for example the time reversal symmetry (magnetic order) and the spatial inversion symmetry (ferroelectric order) in multiferroic magneto-electric compounds. However, the recent intensive search for new compounds exhibiting magneto-electric coupling and multiferroicity has revealed the existence of very different materials showing the coexistence of different types of orders. The intimate correlation and cross-coupling between the magnetic/electric fields and the corresponding polarizations resulted already in the discovery of novel physical phenomena, for example, extremely complex magnetic phase diagrams of multiferroic compounds, ferroelectricity induced by magnetic order, the rotation or complete reversal of the ferroelectric polarization induced by magnetic fields, pressure, or chemical substitutions, and the discovery of a new elementary excitations and giant magnetoelectric effects in some materials. The subject has developed into a “hot” topic in the field of condensed matter physics and solid state chemistry. In order to extend and accelerate research in this emerging field, a mechanism to promote extensive community discussion and collaboration along with the education of a new generation of students and young researchers is both timely and badly needed. A Gordon Research Conference in the area of multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials is ideal for this purpose because it will bring together academic faculty, national laboratory scientists, and industry representatives, thus catalyzing new science efforts and collaborations. In addition, it will provide an economical domestic conference that will enable significant student and postdoctoral participation, building this research community through the development of a diverse group of students and young researchers.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Materials" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Materials Aug 5-10 Bates College Manfred Fiebig
Nicola Spaldin
2016 Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Materials
Multiferroics: From Fundamentals to Novel Functionalities and Applications
Aug 7-12 Bates College Bernd Lorenz
2014 Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Materials
Designing for Multifunctionality
Aug 10-15 University of New England Janice L. Musfeldt
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