The tensor distinction of ferroic crystals by physical property tensors is reviewed. We consider whether or not a physical property can simultaneously distinguish among all the domains which arise in a ferroic phase transition and between pairs of domains. Because of their central role in determining switching of domains, we also consider which components of a tensor distinguish between the pairs of domains. We also include the fourth primary ferroic physical property, the toroidal moment, in addition to magnetization, polarization, and strain.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)