Complex Ordering Phenomena in Multifunctional Oxides
Prof. Dr. Manuel Angst
The interplay of different functionalities in oxide materials has a big potential for applications in information technology, for example non-volatile memory elements based on magnetoelectric multiferroics with improved performance.
Our group studies the electronic (charge, spin, orbital) ordering phenomena that often underlay the functionalities. We mainly use scattering methods, such as neutron and x-ray diffraction on single crystals, to investigate these orderings and correlations. We combine this with synthesis and in-house basic characterization of physical properties. Principal objective is the better understanding of the relationship between structure, ordering phenomena, and functionalities, and based on this the design of new materials with optimized functionality.