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Materials scientists play atomic 'Jenga' and make a surprising discovery

Materials scientists play atomic 'Jenga' and make a surprising discovery

Researchers got a surprise when they built a highly ordered lattice by layering thin films containing lanthanum, strontium, oxygen and iron. Although each layer had an intrinsically nonpolar (symmetric) distribution of electrical charges, the lattice had an asymmetric distribution of charges. The charge asymmetry creates an extra 'switch' that brings functionalities to materials when 'flipped' by external stimuli. The material defects induced polar behavior and can provide a new mechanism for manipulating electricity and magnetism in energy and information technologies.

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Neutron science workshops seek to define field's grand challenges

Scientists are hoping to push the limits of neutron science and associated analytical techniques in order to address challenges.

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Neutron science workshops seek to define field's grand challenges

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