Prof. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb
G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Prof. Alexei Gruverman
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA.
Assoc. Prof. Shelly Conroy
Department of Materials, Henry Royce Institute, London Centre of Nanotechnology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Mojca Otoničar
Electronic Ceramics Department, Jožef Stefan Institute and Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Domains and domain walls are the defining characteristic of ferroic materials and play a key role in their functional response. The presence of domains of different polarity, switching of electric dipoles, and the resulting motion of the domain walls are considered the hallmarks of ferroic phenomena. Over the last decade substantial progress has been made in techniques to probe ferroic phenomena at multiple length-scales, increasing insight into the understanding of the chemical and physical effects that contribute to the creation of various domain configurations, domain wall mobility and conductivity, and correlation with the underlying structural and/or chemical variations within the material. This Special Issue addresses some of the most recent advances in the field and reviews emergent techniques used in probing ferroic domains and domain walls.