Magnetic materials

Magnetic materials are materials studied and used mainly for their magnetic properties. The magnetic response of a materials is largely determined by the magnetic dipole moment associated with the intrinsic angular momentum, or spin, of its electrons. A material’s response to an applied magnetic field can be characterized as diamagnetic, paramagnetic, ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic.

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    Lorentz electron ptychography, a coherent diffractive imaging method, unveils magnetization singularities in a skyrmion lattice in FeGe and captures subtle internal structures near the skyrmion cores, boundaries, and dislocations.

    • Jianwei Miao
    •  & Margaret M. Murnane
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    Electron spin relaxation, important in quantum information science, can be slowed down at clock transitions — which are insensitive to magnetic noise. It has now been shown that such transitions can be tuned, to high frequency, in rare-earth coordination complexes through control of s- and d-orbital mixing.

    • Eric J. L. McInnes
    Nature Chemistry 14, 361-362
  • Research Highlights |

    By understanding the magnetic properties of purely organic thin films, opportunities are presented to employ new characteristics in myriad applications.

    • Colette Whitfield
  • News & Views |

    Solid-state hydrogen gating of a ferrimagnetic metal enables independent reversal of Néel and magnetization vectors by an electric field.

    • Morgan Trassin
    •  & John T. Heron
    Nature Nanotechnology 16, 953-954
  • Comments & Opinion
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    Permanent magnets constructed from metal ions and organic linkers using molecular design principles could bring transformative advances in areas such as energy conversion, transportation, and information storage. This comment highlights the recent discovery of a metal–organic magnet ordering at 242 °C, and discusses future research directions and possible applications involving such materials.

    • Ryan A. Murphy
    • , Jeffrey R. Long
    •  & T. David Harris