A Preview of Concepts and Phenomena.- Fundamentals of Ferroic Domain Structures.- Ferroic Materials.- Methods for Observation of Domains.- Static Domain Patterns.- Domain Walls at Rest.- Switching Properties: Basic Methods and Characteristics.- Switching Phenomena and Small-Signal Response.- Ferroelectric Thin Films.
At present, the marketplace for professionals, researchers, and graduate students in solid-state physics and materials science lacks a book that presents a comprehensive discussion of ferroelectrics and related materials in a form that is suitable for experimentalists and engineers. This book proposes to present a wide coverage of domain-related issues concerning these materials. This coverage includes selected theoretical topics (which are covered in the existing literature) in addition to a plethora of experimental data which occupies over half of the book.
The book presents experimental findings and theoretical understanding of ferroic (non-magnetic) domains developed during the past 60 years. It addresses the situation by looking specifically at bulk crystals and thin films, with a particular focus on recently-developed microelectronic applications and methods for observations of domains with techniques such as scanning force microscopy, polarized light microscopy, scanning optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and surface decorating techniques.
"Domains in Ferroic Crystals and Thin Films" covers a large area of material properties and effects connected with static and dynamic properties of domains, which are extremely relevant to materials referred to as ferroics. In other textbooks on solid state physics, one large group of ferroics is customarily covered: those in which magnetic properties play a dominant role. Numerous books are specifically devoted to magnetic ferroics and cover a wide spectrum of magnetic domain phenomena. In contrast, "Domains in Ferroic Crystals and Thin Films" concentrates on domain-related phenomena in nonmagnetic ferroics. These materials are still inadequately represented in solid state physics textbooks and monographs.
Offers readers a plethora of visual examples of the material, including hundreds of pages of tables, illustrations and graphs
Focuses on domain-related phenomena in non-magnetic ferroics, which are not the focus of existing texts in solid-state physics
Presents extensive research in thin films through the specific focus of microelectronic applications