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In transition-metal oxides, the ability to control which atomic orbitals are occupied by electrons could be used to develop materials with new functionalities.
A predicted class of materials called hyperferroelectrics could prove more stable against the depolarizing internal electric fields known to impede ferroelectricity in thin films.
Measurements of nonlinear dielectric responses reveal the cooperative nature of the dynamics in fragile glasses.
A new experimental method based on atomic force microscopy allows the investigation of friction at the scale of individual atoms.
Fluidlike folding instabilities of solid surfaces complicate the machining of metals to perfection