"Emergent phenomena at oxide interfaces"

H. Y. Hwang: Y. Iwasa, M. Kawasaki, B. Keimer, N. Nagaosa & Y. Tokura; Nature Materials, 01/24/12.

Additional Authors: Y. Iwasa, M. Kawasaki, B. Keimer, N. Nagaosa & Y. Tokura


Recent technical advances in the atomic-scale synthesis of oxide heterostructures have provided a fertile new ground for creating novel states at their interfaces. Different symmetry constraints can be used to design structures exhibiting phenomena not found in the bulk constituents. A characteristic feature is the reconstruction of the charge, spin and orbital states at interfaces on the nanometre scale. Examples such as interface superconductivity, magneto-electric coupling, and the quantum Hall effect in oxide heterostructures are representative of the scientific and technological opportunities in this rapidly emerging field.