Physicists Discover Strange New Magnetoelectric Effect == Faster, smaller, less energy, less expensive.

‘”If you change the direction of the magnetic field a little bit, the polarization can completely tip over. This is a new form of the magnetoelectric effect, which was not known before.” So a small rotation may decide whether the magnetic field can change the electrical polarization of the crystal or not.’

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‘“In a next step, we will try to change magnetic properties with an electric field instead of changing electrical properties with a magnetic field. In principle, this should be possible in exactly the same way.”‘

‘”If there were a direct way to switch the magnetic properties of a solid-state memory with an electric field, this would be a breakthrough.”’