An illustration of a titanium-europium oxide cage lattice studied in the experiment.
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New Classes of Magnetoelectric Materials Promise Advances in Computing Technology

Feb. 7, 2013 — Although scientists have been aware that magnetism and electricity are two sides of the same proverbial coin for almost 150 years, researchers are still trying to find new ways to use a material’s electric behavior to influence its magnetic behavior, or vice versa.

Thanks to new research by an international team of researchers led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, physicists have developed new methods for controlling magnetic order in a particular class of materials known as “magnetoelectrics.”

Magnetoelectrics get their name from the fact that their magnetic and electric properties are coupled to each other. Because this physical link potentially allows control of their magnetic behavior with an electrical signal or vice versa, scientists have taken a special interest in magnetoelectric materials.

Read more: New classes of magnetoelectric materials promise advances in computing technology — Science Daily.

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