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The Dice - Stone Der Würfelstein: Some Personal Souvenirs Around the Discovery of the First Ferromagnetic Ferroelectric

ContributorsSchmid, Hans
Published inFerroelectrics, vol. 427, no. 1, p. 1-33
Publication date2012
Abstract

Historical flashlights are presented on the real life background of the discovery in 1964 of the first ferromagnetic/ferroelec. single cryst. material, Nickel Iodine Boracite. The subsequent stony trail until support for scientific follow-up, finally obtained in 1978, is summarised. Leaving out intermediate research milestones, the present day state-of-the-art is succinctly resumed, culminating in the insight that a variety of boracite phases are ferroelastic, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic and ferrotoroidic in the same phase, representing herewith useful model substances for studying a high degree of multiferroic complexity.

Keywords
  • Crystals
  • Ferroelectric materials
  • Ferromagnetic materials
  • History (discovery of first ferromagnetic ferroelec.)
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SCHMID, Hans. The Dice - Stone Der Würfelstein: Some Personal Souvenirs Around the Discovery of the First Ferromagnetic Ferroelectric. In: Ferroelectrics, 2012, vol. 427, n° 1, p. 1–33. doi: 10.1080/00150193.2012.673896
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