Martin and Minor Groups Make Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

A new ferroelectric material developed at Berkeley Lab could help pave the way for wireless communications in extreme environments, such as space. (Credit: iStockphoto)

by Sarah Yang

May 12, 2017

A collaborative effort between MSE at Berkeley, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Pennsylvania has applied advanced growth and state-of-the-art characterization techniques to, for the first time, produce polarization gradients in materials which enable unprecedented operation of ferroelectrics across large temperature windows. The work, led by Dr. Anoop Damodaran and Shishir Pandya in the group of Professor Lane Martin together with Professor Andrew Minor and staff at NCEM and the University Pennsylvania paves the way for developing devices capable of supporting wireless communications in extreme environments, from inside nuclear reactors to Earth’s polar regions. The article on this work can be found here.

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