2D Ferroics

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Two-dimensional (2D) systems hold a very special place in the development of condensed matter physics. Without exaggeration, the modern understanding of condensed matter physics has been shaped by three fundamental models: Ising, XY, and Heisenberg models in 2D. These models revolve around a fundamental question: Can a phase transition be stable within the given models at a finite temperature? Although theorists have extensively and intensively studied these models, progress in experimental investigations has been relatively slow. The landscape has drastically evolved with the recent discovery of new 2D van der Waals (vdW) materials with (anti)ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity, and multiferroicity. With several 2D materials reported to exhibit stable orders down to single atomic layers, a door is wide open for entirely new research directions. This collection focuses on the experimental and theoretical exploration of these emerging new 2D materials with stable ferroic behavior in the ultrathin limit.

The topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical description and prediction of ferroic 2D vdW materials
  • Experimental demonstration of ferroic 2D vdW materials
  • Application of ferroic 2D vdW materials that lead to novel properties
  • Investigation of the interplay between magnetism and ferroelectricity
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2D Ferroics


  • Je-Geun Park

    Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Korea

  • Riccardo Comin

    Professor, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

  • Silvia Picozzi

    Director of Research, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, public research institution), Institute for Superconducting and Innovative materials and Devices (SPIN), Italy

  • Di Xiao

    Campbell Chair, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Washington, USA

  • Qikun Xue

    Professor, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, China