Ferroic materials are important, not only because of the improved understanding of condensed matter, but also because of their present and potential device applications. This book presents a unified description of ferroic materials at an introductory level, with the unifying factor being the occurrence of nondisruptive phase transitions in crystals that alter point-group symmetry. The book also aims to further systemitize the subject of ferroic materials, employing some formal, carefully worded, definitions and classification schemes. The basic physical principles leading to the wide-ranging applications of ferroic materials are also explained, while placing extra emphasis on the utilitarian role of symmetry in materials science.
Table of Contents
Part A: Crystallography 1. Crystal Physics 2. Crystals and the Wavevector Space 3. Phase Transitions in Crystals 4. Classification of Ferroic Materials. Ferrogyrotropy 5. Domains 6. Domain Walls Part B: Classes of Ferroics, Microstructure, Nanostructure, Applications 7. Ferromagnetic Crystals 8. Ferroelectric Crystals 9. Secondary and Higher-Order Ferroics 10. Polycrystal Ferroics and Composite Ferroics 11. Application of Ferroic Materials