Research give breakthrough images of ferroelectric materials

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven physicists Yimei Zhu (back) and Myung-geun Han examine the breakthrough nanoscale images of ferroelectric polarizations. (Image: © BNL)

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory, have developed a technique called electron holography to capture images of the electric fields created by ferroelectric materials atomic displacement. The new method give picometer precision that is crucial for learning more about these promising nanoparticles. If we can learn how to manipulate these nanoscale materials there is potential to lay a foundation for future more compact, efficient, and innovative electronic devices.

In research published online July 8 in the journal Nature Materials, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and other collaborating institutions, describe one such advance, a technique to store digital information. The scientist have revealed unprecedented details about the atomic structure and the behaviour of exotic ferroelectric materials, and how they are uniquely equipped to store information.

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