Ferroics and multiferroics.- Principles of complexity in materials physics.- Understanding glassy phenomena in materials.- Soft electronic matter.- Hysteresis and avalanches.- High resolution visualization techniques: Structural aspects.- High resolution visualization techniques: Magnetic aspects.- Strain glasses and martensites.- Defects in ferroelectrics.- First principle calculations.- Nanoscale strain textures and interfaces: Magnetic Martensites.- Neutron scattering and shuffle based transitions: Precursor phenomena in magnetic materials.- Magnetostructural coupling and magnetocaloric properties in Heusler shape-memory alloys.- Ni-Mn-X Heusler materials.- Precusor nanoscale textures in martensites and magnetic materials.- Conclusion and future directions.
About the Author
Prof. Kakeshita is a leading researcher in the discipline of physical properties under extreme conditions. He also is the leader of a Global COE program, which is competitive educational program for PhD course student supported by the Japanese government. Dr. Fukuda is a distinguished researcher in the field of martensitic transformation. Prof. Planes and Dr. Saxena have previously been co-editors of a Springer book on "Magnetism and Structure in Functional Materials".