Switching Phenomena and Small-Signal Response

  • Alexander K. Tagantsev
  • L. Eric Cross
  • Jan Fousek


This chapter is devoted to phenomena associated with a change in time of the domain state of a ferroic. Locally, such change corresponds to transitions between domain states at least in a small fraction of the sample volume. When the major part of a sample changes its domain state one speaks about a switching process or simply switching. The most characteristic macroscopic phenomenon representing this process is the hysteresis loop, often used as a logo for ferromagnetics, ferroelectrics, or ferroelastics. Such hysteretic dependence of the order parameter on the conjugate force is an integral effect; it is the macroscopic portrayal of numerous microscopic processes taking place in a ferroic sample. Most of this chapter will be dealing with switching and switching-related phenomena.


Domain Wall Wall Motion Dielectric Response Critical Nucleus Domain Wall Motion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander K. Tagantsev
    • 1
  • L. Eric Cross
    • 2
  • Jan Fousek
    • 3
  1. 1.EPFLLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsTechnical University of LiberecLiberec 1Czech Republic

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