physica status solidi (b)

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November 2012

Volume 249, Issue 11

Pages 2049–2304

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      Front Cover: Molecular chirality at surfaces (Phys. Status Solidi B 11/2012)

      Karl-Heinz Ernst

      Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201290028

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      Chirality is ubiquitous in our world, but only during the last two decades the role it plays in two-dimensional systems has attracted the interest of surface scientists. The cover image - an adaptation from a scanning tunneling micrograph - shows a handed pinwheel pattern of six helical (M)-heptahelicene molecules on a copper(111) surface. Each “mountain” represents a single left-handed molecule. The right-handed (P)-enantiomer forms the corresponding mirror-image motif. Such transfer of handedness from single molecules into self-assembled supramolecular structures is one example of how molecular structure affects the shape of assemblies, not only on surfaces, but even up to crystal morphology. The Review Article by Karl-Heinz Ernst on pp. 2057–2088 gives a topical overview of different aspects of molecular chirality at surfaces and introduces principles of mirror symmetry breaking upon adsorption and two-dimensional self-assembly. The article gives also a historical view on chirality and different definitions available. Main topics are chiral and prochiral molecules at surfaces, amplification due to small chiral bias, chiral restructuring due to adsorption, intrinsically chiral surfaces and chiral switching.

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      Back Cover: Stability of 71° stripe domains in epitaxial BiFeO3 films upon repeated electrical switching (Phys. Status Solidi B 11/2012)

      Florian Johann, Alessio Morelli and Ionela Vrejoiu

      Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201290029

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      The 71° stripe domain patterns of epitaxial multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films are being explored to achieve new functional properties, dissimilar from the BiFeO3 bulk properties. For example, the employment of BiFeO3 films with 71° domain patterns was reported for electric-field induced reversal of the magnetization in CoFe/BiFeO3 heterostructures. In their article on pp. 2278–2286, Johann et al. address the stability of these ferroelectric domain patterns under repeated electrical switching. This is an essential issue if BiFeO3 is considered to be used in device fabrication. The authors show that in-plane switching and out-of-plane switching of these domains behave very differently. In the in-plane configuration the domains are very stable, whereas in the out-of-plane configuration the domains change their size and patterns, depending on the applied switching voltage frequency.

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      Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201290030

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      Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922–2012) (pages 2055–2056)

      Alexander V. Kolobov

      Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201240940

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      Molecular chirality at surfaces (pages 2057–2088)

      Karl-Heinz Ernst

      Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248188

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      Chirality deals with the handedness of things. It has consequences in many disciplines, including nuclear physics, pharmacology, fragrance chemistry and molecular biology. When molecules adsorb at surfaces, mirror symmetry breaking is a common phenomenon and installs therefore handedness to the adsorbate. This Review Article is a digest of principles of mirror symmetry breaking upon adsorption and gives a topical review of molecular chirality at surfaces. Many different aspects of adsorption and self-assembly of chiral and prochiral molecules in two-dimensional systems at surfaces are discussed.

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    1. Materials preparation, manipulation, and structure

      Alloy solid solution strengthening of Mg alloys: Valence effect (pages 2089–2095)

      Kuiying Chen and Kevin P. Boyle

      Version of Record online: 17 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248195

    2. Lattice properties and dynamics, diffusion

      A neutron reflectometry study on silicon self-diffusion at 900 °C (pages 2108–2112)

      E. Hüger, R. Kube, H. Bracht, J. Stahn, T. Geue and H. Schmidt

      Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248330

    3. Lowering the symmetry group of carbon tetrachloride by high pressure (pages 2113–2117)

      Yuanzheng Chen, Shang Sun, Yongling Wu, Shuqin Gao, Zuowei Li, Shunli Ouyang, Dongfei Li, Zhiwei Men, Mi Zhou and Chenglin Sun

      Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248212

    4. Nanostructures, thin films, surfaces and interfaces

    5. On the stability of elastic nanoparticles (pages 2137–2139)

      M. I. Petrov, V. G. Melehin and A. A. Lipovskii

      Version of Record online: 11 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248173

    6. Density functional study of the TiN/Ge2Sb2Te5 interface (pages 2140–2144)

      D. Mandelli, S. Caravati and M. Bernasconi

      Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248290

    7. Electronic states

    8. Lead-vacancy-related hole centers in lead tungstate crystals (pages 2161–2166)

      Valentin Laguta, Martin Nikl and Svetlana Zazubovich

      Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248214

    9. Electronic structure of the nitrogen donors in 6H SiC as studied by pulsed ENDOR and TRIPLE ENDOR spectroscopy (pages 2167–2178)

      Dariya V. Savchenko, Ekaterina N. Kalabukhova, Andreas Pöppl and Bela D. Shanina

      Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248209

    10. Super-atom properties of 13 atom clusters of group 13 elements (pages 2179–2189)

      Rebecca Varns and Paul Strange

      Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248199

    11. Charge transport phenomena; superconductivity

      Time evolution of resistance in response to magnetic field: Evidence of glassy transport in La0.85Sr0.15CoO3 (pages 2190–2193)

      D. Samal, R. Kundu, M. K. Dalai, B. R. Sekhar and P. S. Anil Kumar

      Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201147551

    12. Optical properties

      Theoretical studies of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of Cu2HgGeS4 (pages 2202–2206)

      Dan Li, Furi Ling, Xinghong Zhang and Zhenye Zhu

      Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201147464

    13. Optical properties of erbium doped antimony based glasses: Promising visible and infrared amplifiers materials (pages 2213–2221)

      M. Hamzaoui, M. T. Soltani, M. Baazouzi, B. Tioua, Z. G. Ivanova, R. Lebullenger, M. Poulain and J. Zavadil

      Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248271

    14. Magnetic properties; magnetic resonances

      Spin polarization in wurtzite Zn1−xCrxS from first principles (pages 2222–2226)

      Abdelaziz Lakdja, Dalila Mesri, Habib Rozale, Abbes Chahed and Pierre Ruterana

      Version of Record online: 11 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248266

    15. Critical behavior of multiferroic hexagonal RMnO3 (pages 2227–2230)

      S. G. Bahoosh and J. M. Wesselinowa

      Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248297

    16. Hubbard-I approach to the Mott transition (pages 2231–2238)

      Przemysław R. Grzybowski and Ravindra W. Chhajlany

      Version of Record online: 6 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248194

    17. Competing localization and quantum interference effects in Fe0.9Co0.1Si (pages 2258–2262)

      S. Shanmukharao Samatham, D. Venkateshwarlu, Mohan Gangrade and V. Ganesan

      Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248237

    18. Magnetic defects in KTaO3 and KTaO3:Fe nanopowders (pages 2263–2271)

      Iryna Golovina, Bela Shanina, Sergiy Kolesnik, Ilia Geifman and Alexander Andriiko

      Version of Record online: 24 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248157

    19. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties

    20. Loss of relaxor properties due to dipolar interactions in ferroelectrics: A 2D Monte Carlo study (pages 2287–2292)

      O. García-Zaldívar, R. Díaz-Méndez, F. Calderón-Piñar and A. Peláiz-Barranco

      Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248003

    21. Device-related phenomena

      Circuit model for hybridization modes in metamaterials and its analogy to the quantum tight-binding model (pages 2293–2302)

      Yosuke Nakata, Takanori Okada, Toshihiro Nakanishi and Masao Kitano

      Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201248154

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      Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201240941

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