Figure 1: (a) Atomic structure of Fe/BaTiO3 multilayer for m = 4. (b) Minority-spin charge density at the Fe/BaTiO3 interface for two opposite polarizations in BaTiO3. (From Ref. [3].)
Figure 1: (a) Atomic structure of Fe/BaTiO3 multilayer for m = 4. (b) Minority-spin charge density at the Fe/BaTiO3 interface for two opposite polarizations in BaTiO3. (From Ref. [3].)

Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials are considered as major candidates for next-generation information storage technologies due to their simultaneous presence and interplay of two or more ferroic orders. In this paper, we briefly review our theoretical progress relating to the all-electric spintronics, i.e., spin manipulation via an electric means rather than a magnetic field. 

Special focus is given to interface/surface magnetoelectric effect, electric field control of magnetocrystalline anisotropy, Rashba spin–orbit coupling, spin transport, and other generalized all-electric modulation of magnetism. Our recently developed method, i.e., the orbital selective external potential method, is also expounded. This method might be a powerful tool in finding the mechanisms responsible for the intriguing phenomena occurred in multiferroics or magnetoelectric materials.

This paper was originally published in Computational Materials 112, Part B, (2016) 467–477

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