Hybrid heterostructured materials allow the development of new material properties by creative uses of proximity effects. When two dissimilar materials are in close physical proximity the properties of each one may be radically modified and occasionally a completely new material emerges. In the area of magnetism, controlling the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic thin films without magnetic fields is an on-going challenge with multiple technological implications for low-energy memory and logic devices. All these are based on basic discoveries, which provide the scientific foundation for important applications. Of course like with all basic research discoveries it is difficult to predict where and when these will make it into applications.
This is the Distinguished Lecture talk by Ivan K. Schuller: 35 Years of Magnetic Heterostructures