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  1. Unusual Relaxor Ferroelectric Behavior in Stairlike Aurivillius Phases.

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    Steciuk, Gwladys; Boullay, Philippe; Pautrat, Alain; Barrier, Nicolas; Caignaert, Vincent; Palatinus, Lukas

    2016-09-01

    New ferroelectric layered materials were found in the pseudobinary system Bi5Nb3O15-ABi2Nb2O9 (A= Ba, Sr and Pb). Preliminary observations made by transmission electron microscopy indicate that these compounds exhibit a complex incommensurately modulated structure. A (3 + 1)D structural model is obtained using ab initio phasing by charge flipping based on the analysis of precession electron diffraction tomography data. The (3 + 1)D structure is further validated by a refinement against neutron powder diffraction. These materials possess a layered structure with discontinuous [Bi2O2] slabs and perovskite blocks. While these structural units are characteristics of Aurivillius phases, the existence of periodic crystallographic shear planes offers strong similarities with collapsed or stairlike structures known in high-Tc superconductors and related compounds. Using dielectric spectroscopy, we study the phase transitions of these new layered materials. For A = Ba and Sr, a Vögel-Fulcher-like behavior characteristic of the so-called relaxor ferroelectrics is observed and compared to "canonical" relaxors. For A = Sr, the absence of a Burns temperature separated from the freezing temperature appears as a rather unusual behavior. PMID:27525499

  2. Deviation from Curie-Weiss behavior in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Viehland, Dwight; Jang, S. J.; Cross, L. Eric; Wuttig, Manfred

    1992-10-01

    The deviation from Cure-Weiss behavior has been investigated in lead magnesium niobate relaxor ferroelectrics. At high temperatures, the susceptibility was found to follow the Curie-Weiss relationship. A Curie constant and temperature of 1.2×105 and 398 K, respectively, were obtained. With decreasing temperature the deviation was found to increase. It is proposed that this deviation arises due to short-range correlations between polar regions, and that these correlations at high temperatures are the precursor to a freezing of the polarization fluctuations into a glassy state. A local (glassy) order parameter was calculated from the susceptibility by analogy to spin glasses [D. Sherrington and S. Kirkpatrick, Phys. Rev. Lett. 35, 1972 (1975)]. These results are compared to the rms polarization [G. Burns and F. Dacol, Solid State Commun. 48, 853 (1983)] and to the measured remanent polarization. The frequency and field dependence has also been investigated.

  3. Electrocaloric effect in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Pirc, R.; Kutnjak, Z.; Blinc, R.; Zhang, Q. M.

    2011-10-01

    A theoretical model for the electrocaloric effect (ECE) in relaxor ferroelectrics is presented. By solving a self-consistent relation for the ECE temperature change ΔT and minimizing numerically the mean field free energy for relaxors, the field and temperature dependence of ΔT is calculated. The corresponding harmonic Landau coefficient a =a(T), which differs from the ferroelectric case by always being positive, is derived from the spherical random bond-random field model, and the fourth-order coefficient b is treated as a phenomenological parameter, which can be either positive or negative. For b <0, a line of field-induced first-order relaxor-to-ferroelectric phase transitions exists in relaxors, which terminates at a liquid-vapor type critical point ECP,TCP. The critical behavior close to ECP,TCP is analyzed. It is shown that near the first-order phase transition a temperature or field interval or gap formally appears, where ΔT cannot be found. However, domain formation in the coexistence range should restore the continuous behavior of the ECE observed in real systems. Finally, it is shown that the ECE responsivity R1=ΔT /E reaches a maximum near the critical point, in agreement with recent experiments.

  4. Multidimensional dynamic piezoresponse measurements. Unraveling local relaxation behavior in relaxor-ferroelectrics via big data

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    Vasudevan, Rama K.; Zhang, Shujun; Okatan, Mahmut Baris; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2015-08-19

    Compositional and charge disorder in ferroelectric relaxors lies at the heart of the unusual properties of these systems, such as aging and non-ergodicity, polarization rotations, and a host of temperature and field-driven phase transitions. However, much information about the field-dynamics of the polarization in the prototypical ferroelectric relaxor (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) remains unprobed at the mesoscopic level. We use a piezoresponse force microscopy-based dynamic multimodal relaxation spectroscopy technique, enabling the study of ferroelectric switching and polarization relaxation at mesoscopic length scales, and carry out measurements on a PMN-0.28PT sample with minimal polishing. Results indicate that beyond a threshold DC bias themore » average relaxation increases as the system attempts to relax to the previous state. Phenomenological fitting reveals the presence of mesoscale heterogeneity in relaxation amplitudes and clearly suggests the presence of two distinct amplitudes. Independent component analysis reveals the presence of a disorder component of the relaxation, which is found to be strongly anti-correlated with the maximum piezoresponse at that location, suggesting smaller disorder effects where the polarization reversal is large and vice versa. The disorder in the relaxation amplitudes is postulated to arise from rhombohedral and field-induced tetragonal phase in the crystal, with each phase associated with its own relaxation amplitude. As a result, these studies highlight the crucial importance of the mixture of ferroelectric phases in the compositions in proximity of the morphotropic phase boundary in governing the local response and further highlight the ability of PFM voltage and time spectroscopies, in conjunction with big-data multivariate analyses, to locally map disorder and correlate it with parameters governing the dynamic behavior.« less

  5. Multidimensional dynamic piezoresponse measurements: Unraveling local relaxation behavior in relaxor-ferroelectrics via big data

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    Vasudevan, Rama K.; Zhang, Shujun; Baris Okatan, M.; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2015-08-01

    Compositional and charge disorder in ferroelectric relaxors lies at the heart of the unusual properties of these systems, such as aging and non-ergodicity, polarization rotations, and a host of temperature and field-driven phase transitions. However, much information about the field-dynamics of the polarization in the prototypical ferroelectric relaxor (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) remains unprobed at the mesoscopic level. Here, we use a piezoresponse force microscopy-based dynamic multimodal relaxation spectroscopy technique, enabling the study of ferroelectric switching and polarization relaxation at mesoscopic length scales, and carry out measurements on a PMN-0.28PT sample with minimal polishing. Results indicate that beyond a threshold DC bias the average relaxation increases as the system attempts to relax to the previous state. Phenomenological fitting reveals the presence of mesoscale heterogeneity in relaxation amplitudes and clearly suggests the presence of two distinct amplitudes. Independent component analysis reveals the presence of a disorder component of the relaxation, which is found to be strongly anti-correlated with the maximum piezoresponse at that location, suggesting smaller disorder effects where the polarization reversal is large and vice versa. The disorder in the relaxation amplitudes is postulated to arise from rhombohedral and field-induced tetragonal phase in the crystal, with each phase associated with its own relaxation amplitude. These studies highlight the crucial importance of the mixture of ferroelectric phases in the compositions in proximity of the morphotropic phase boundary in governing the local response and further highlight the ability of PFM voltage and time spectroscopies, in conjunction with big-data multivariate analyses, to locally map disorder and correlate it with parameters governing the dynamic behavior.

  6. Multidimensional dynamic piezoresponse measurements. Unraveling local relaxation behavior in relaxor-ferroelectrics via big data

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    Vasudevan, Rama K.; Zhang, Shujun; Okatan, Mahmut Baris; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2015-08-19

    Compositional and charge disorder in ferroelectric relaxors lies at the heart of the unusual properties of these systems, such as aging and non-ergodicity, polarization rotations, and a host of temperature and field-driven phase transitions. However, much information about the field-dynamics of the polarization in the prototypical ferroelectric relaxor (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) remains unprobed at the mesoscopic level. We use a piezoresponse force microscopy-based dynamic multimodal relaxation spectroscopy technique, enabling the study of ferroelectric switching and polarization relaxation at mesoscopic length scales, and carry out measurements on a PMN-0.28PT sample with minimal polishing. Results indicate that beyond a threshold DC bias the average relaxation increases as the system attempts to relax to the previous state. Phenomenological fitting reveals the presence of mesoscale heterogeneity in relaxation amplitudes and clearly suggests the presence of two distinct amplitudes. Independent component analysis reveals the presence of a disorder component of the relaxation, which is found to be strongly anti-correlated with the maximum piezoresponse at that location, suggesting smaller disorder effects where the polarization reversal is large and vice versa. The disorder in the relaxation amplitudes is postulated to arise from rhombohedral and field-induced tetragonal phase in the crystal, with each phase associated with its own relaxation amplitude. As a result, these studies highlight the crucial importance of the mixture of ferroelectric phases in the compositions in proximity of the morphotropic phase boundary in governing the local response and further highlight the ability of PFM voltage and time spectroscopies, in conjunction with big-data multivariate analyses, to locally map disorder and correlate it with parameters governing the dynamic behavior.

  7. Topological Point Defects in Relaxor Ferroelectrics

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    Nahas, Y.; Prokhorenko, S.; Kornev, I.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-03-01

    First-principles-based effective Hamiltonian simulations are used to reveal the hidden connection between topological defects (hedgehogs and antihedgehogs) and relaxor behavior. Such defects are discovered to predominantly lie at the border of polar nanoregions in both Ba (Zr0.5 Ti0.5 )O3 (BZT) and Pb (Sc0.5 Nb0.5 )O3 (PSN) systems, and the temperature dependency of their density allows us to distinguish between noncanonical (PSN) and canonical (BZT) relaxor behaviors (via the presence or absence of a crossing of a percolation threshold). This density also possesses an inflection point at precisely the temperature for which the dielectric response peaks. Moreover, hedgehogs and antihedgehogs are found to be mobile excitations, and the dynamical nature of their annihilation is demonstrated (using simple hydrodynamical arguments) to follows laws, such as those of Vogel-Fulcher and Arrhenius, that are characteristic of dipolar relaxation kinetics of relaxor ferroelectrics.

  8. Topological Point Defects in Relaxor Ferroelectrics.

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    Nahas, Y; Prokhorenko, S; Kornev, I; Bellaiche, L

    2016-03-25

    First-principles-based effective Hamiltonian simulations are used to reveal the hidden connection between topological defects (hedgehogs and antihedgehogs) and relaxor behavior. Such defects are discovered to predominantly lie at the border of polar nanoregions in both Ba(Zr_{0.5}Ti_{0.5})O_{3} (BZT) and Pb(Sc_{0.5}Nb_{0.5})O_{3} (PSN) systems, and the temperature dependency of their density allows us to distinguish between noncanonical (PSN) and canonical (BZT) relaxor behaviors (via the presence or absence of a crossing of a percolation threshold). This density also possesses an inflection point at precisely the temperature for which the dielectric response peaks. Moreover, hedgehogs and antihedgehogs are found to be mobile excitations, and the dynamical nature of their annihilation is demonstrated (using simple hydrodynamical arguments) to follows laws, such as those of Vogel-Fulcher and Arrhenius, that are characteristic of dipolar relaxation kinetics of relaxor ferroelectrics. PMID:27058101

  9. Partially transformed relaxor ferroelectric single crystals with distributed phase transformation behavior

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2015-11-01

    Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals such as PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT undergo field driven phase transformations when electrically or mechanically loaded in crystallographic directions that provide a positive driving force for the transformation. The observed behavior in certain compositions is a phase transformation distributed over a range of fields without a distinct forward or reverse coercive field. This work focuses on the material behavior that is observed when the crystals are loaded sufficiently to drive a partial transformation and then unloaded, as might occur when driving a transducer to achieve high power levels. Distributed transformations have been modeled using a normal distribution of transformation thresholds. A set of experiments was conducted to characterize the hysteresis loops that occur with the partial transformations. In this work the normal distribution model is extended to include the partial transformations that occur when the field is reversed before the transformation is complete. The resulting hysteresis loops produced by the model are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  10. Mechanical flexible and electric fatigue resistant behavior of relaxor ferroelectric terpolymer

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    Fang, Fei; Yang, Wei; Yang, Wen

    2009-08-01

    Uniaxial tension and polarization evolution under cyclic electric field are investigated for poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluorethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) terpolymer films prepared by different annealing conditions. The stress-strain behavior of the terpolymer film exhibits that of polymeric elastomers, with its fracture strain reaching 680%. Structure analysis demonstrates that the polymer chains undergo reorientation, and conformational change from nonpolar to polar phase takes place during uniaxial tension. Under cyclic electric field, the terpolymer film exhibits a narrow polarization loop typical of a ferroelectric relaxor. Conformational change from nonpolar to polar phase also occurs upon the electric field, and it reverses to the nonpolar phase when the field is removed. As the cycle number accumulates, the terpolymer film demonstrates excellent resistance to electric fatigue. Compared to the film annealed at 115 °C, the terpolymer film annealed at 100 °C has a larger volume fraction of crystallite/amorphous interfaces and shows better mechanical flexibility as well as electric fatigue resistance. The mechanical flexible and electric fatigue resistant terpolymer films hold promises for many applications, ranging from embedded sensors and actuators to flexible memory devices.

  11. Multiscale dynamics in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Toulouse, Jean; Cai, L.; Pattnaik, R. K.; Boatner, L. A.

    2014-01-01

    The multiscale dynamics of complex oxides is illustrated by pairs of mechanical resonances that are excited in the relaxor ferroelectric K1-xLixTaO3 (KLT). These macroscopic resonances are shown to originate in the collective dynamics of piezoelectric polar nanodomains (PNDs) interacting with the surrounding lattice. Their characteristic Fano lineshapes and rapid evolution with temperature reveal the coherent interplay between the piezoelectric oscillations and orientational relaxations of the PNDs at higher temperature and the contribution of heterophase oscillations near the phase transition. A theoretical model is presented, that describes the evolution of the resonances over the entire temperature range. Similar resonances are observed in other relaxors and must therefore be a common characteristics of these systems.

  12. Relaxor behavior of (Ba,Bi)(Ti,Al)O3 ferroelectric ceramic

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    Cui, Lei; Hou, Yu-Dong; Wang, Sai; Wang, Chao; Zhu, Man-Kang

    2010-03-01

    Perovskite type (Ba0.9Bi0.1)(Ti0.9Al0.1)O3 (BBTA) ceramics have been prepared through solid state reaction route. The room temperature x-ray diffraction study suggests that BBTA ceramics have single phase tetragonal symmetry with space group P4mm. In contrast to the sharp dielectric transition of pure BaTiO3, a broad dielectric anomaly coupled with the shift in dielectric maxima toward a higher temperature with increasing frequency has been observed in BBTA. The quantitative characterization based on empirical parameters (ΔTm, γ, ΔTrelax, and ΔTdiffuse(1 kHz)) confirms its relaxor nature. The dielectric relaxation which follows the Vogel-Fulcher relationship with Eα=0.011 eV, Tf=356 K, and f0=1.38×1010 Hz, further supports spin-glass-like characteristics. In this system, the relaxor behavior can be attributed to the dynamic response of the polar clusters induced by the combined substitutions of Bi3+ and Al3+ on the Ba2+ and Ti4+ site. Moreover, the curie temperature of BBTA shows the decreasing trend compared to that of pure BaTiO3, which doesn't follow the normal Vegard's law, confirming that no BiAlO3 sublattice formed in BBTA. All these features indicate that BBTA is a promising candidate for lead-free relaxors.

  13. Effects of composition and temperature on the large field behavior of [011]{sub C} relaxor ferroelectric single crystals

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    Gallagher, John A.; Lynch, Christopher S.; Tian, Jian

    2014-08-04

    The large field behavior of [011]{sub C} cut relaxor ferroelectric lead indium niobate–lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate, xPb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-(1-x-y)Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-yPbTiO{sub 3}, single crystals was experimentally characterized in the piezoelectric d{sub 322}-mode configuration under combined mechanical, electrical, and thermal loading. Increasing the concentration of lead indium niobate and decreasing the concentration of lead titanate in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary resulted in a decrease of mechanical compliance, dielectric permittivity, and piezoelectric coefficients as well as a shift from a continuous to a discontinuous transformation.

  14. Phonon localization drives polar nanoregions in a relaxor ferroelectric

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    Manley, Michael E; Lynn, Jeffrey; Specht, Eliot D; Delaire, Olivier A; Bishop, Alan; Sahul, Raffi; Budai, John D

    2014-01-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics1, which are utilized as actuators and sensors2-4, exemplify a class of poorly understood materials where interplay between disorder and phase instability results in inhomogeneous nanoregions. There is no definitive explanation for the onset of relaxor behavior (Burns temperature5, Td) or the origin of polar nanoregions (PNRs). Here we show a vibrational mode that localizes on cooling to Td, remains localized as PNRs form, and then delocalizes as PNRs grow using neutron scattering on relaxor (Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.69-(PbTiO3)0.31 (PMN-31%PT). Although initially appearing like intrinsic local modes (ILMs)6-10, these modes differ below Td as they form a resonance with the ferroelectric phonon. At the resonance, nanoregions of standing ferroelectric phonons develop with a coherence length matching the PNRs. The size, shape, distribution, and temporal fluctuations of PNRs, and our observations, are explained by ferroelectric phonons trapped by disordered resonance modes via Anderson localization11-13. Our results show the size and shape of PNRs are not dictated by complex structural details, as always assumed, but by a phonon resonance wavevector. This simplification could guide the design of next generation relaxors.

  15. Ferroelectricity and Self-Polarization in Ultrathin Relaxor Ferroelectric Films

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    Miao, Peixian; Zhao, Yonggang; Luo, Nengneng; Zhao, Diyang; Chen, Aitian; Sun, Zhong; Guo, Meiqi; Zhu, Meihong; Zhang, Huiyun; Li, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    We report ferroelectricity and self-polarization in the (001) oriented ultrathin relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3, SrRuO3 and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, respectively. Resistance-voltage measurements and AC impedance analysis suggest that at high temperatures Schottky depletion width in a 4 nm thick PMN-PT film deposited on Nb-SrTiO3 is smaller than the film thickness. We propose that Schottky interfacial dipoles make the dipoles of the nanometer-sized polar nanoregions (PNRs) in PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3 point downward at high temperatures and lead to the self-polarization at room temperature with the assistance of in-plane compressive strain. This work sheds light on the understanding of epitaxial strain effects on relaxor ferroelectric films and self-polarization mechanism.

  16. Ferroelectricity and Self-Polarization in Ultrathin Relaxor Ferroelectric Films

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    Miao, Peixian; Zhao, Yonggang; Luo, Nengneng; Zhao, Diyang; Chen, Aitian; Sun, Zhong; Guo, Meiqi; Zhu, Meihong; Zhang, Huiyun; Li, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    We report ferroelectricity and self-polarization in the (001) oriented ultrathin relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3, SrRuO3 and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, respectively. Resistance-voltage measurements and AC impedance analysis suggest that at high temperatures Schottky depletion width in a 4 nm thick PMN-PT film deposited on Nb-SrTiO3 is smaller than the film thickness. We propose that Schottky interfacial dipoles make the dipoles of the nanometer-sized polar nanoregions (PNRs) in PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3 point downward at high temperatures and lead to the self-polarization at room temperature with the assistance of in-plane compressive strain. This work sheds light on the understanding of epitaxial strain effects on relaxor ferroelectric films and self-polarization mechanism. PMID:26817516

  17. Ferroelectricity and Self-Polarization in Ultrathin Relaxor Ferroelectric Films.

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    Miao, Peixian; Zhao, Yonggang; Luo, Nengneng; Zhao, Diyang; Chen, Aitian; Sun, Zhong; Guo, Meiqi; Zhu, Meihong; Zhang, Huiyun; Li, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    We report ferroelectricity and self-polarization in the (001) oriented ultrathin relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3, SrRuO3 and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, respectively. Resistance-voltage measurements and AC impedance analysis suggest that at high temperatures Schottky depletion width in a 4 nm thick PMN-PT film deposited on Nb-SrTiO3 is smaller than the film thickness. We propose that Schottky interfacial dipoles make the dipoles of the nanometer-sized polar nanoregions (PNRs) in PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3 point downward at high temperatures and lead to the self-polarization at room temperature with the assistance of in-plane compressive strain. This work sheds light on the understanding of epitaxial strain effects on relaxor ferroelectric films and self-polarization mechanism. PMID:26817516

  18. Phonon localization drives polar nanoregions in a relaxor ferroelectric.

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    Manley, M E; Lynn, J W; Abernathy, D L; Specht, E D; Delaire, O; Bishop, A R; Sahul, R; Budai, J D

    2014-01-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics exemplify a class of functional materials where interplay between disorder and phase instability results in inhomogeneous nanoregions. Although known for about 30 years, there is no definitive explanation for polar nanoregions (PNRs). Here we show that ferroelectric phonon localization drives PNRs in relaxor ferroelectric PMN-30%PT using neutron scattering. At the frequency of a preexisting resonance mode, nanoregions of standing ferroelectric phonons develop with a coherence length equal to one wavelength and the PNR size. Anderson localization of ferroelectric phonons by resonance modes explains our observations and, with nonlinear slowing, the PNRs and relaxor properties. Phonon localization at additional resonances near the zone edges explains competing antiferroelectric distortions known to occur at the zone edges. Our results indicate the size and shape of PNRs that are not dictated by complex structural details, as commonly assumed, but by phonon resonance wave vectors. This discovery could guide the design of next generation relaxor ferroelectrics. PMID:24718289

  19. Molecular dynamics computational studies of relaxor ferroelectric behavior in Pb(Mg1/4Ti1/4Nb1/2)O3 (PMN-PT)

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    Takenaka, Hiroyuki; Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew

    2009-03-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics are of fundamental scientific interest and are also used in a variety of applications, such as piezoelectric transducers and capacitors. They exhibit permittivity peaks that are broad with respect to both temperature and frequency. We have developed a bond-valence model for Pb(Mg1/4Ti1/4Nb1/2)O3 (PMN-PT) and performed atomistic bond-valence molecular dynamics (BVMD) simulations of PMN-PT. We have studied relaxor behavior at a range of temperatures, in order to analyze polar nanoregion dynamics and relaxation lifetimes. We find that even for a fairly small simulation size of 6x6x6 supercell (1080 atoms), the system exhibits frequency dispersion. We present the results of 6x6 x6, 8x8x8 and 10x10x10 supercell BVMD simulations, analyze the pair distribution function of the PMN-PT and elucidate the local chemical origin of relaxor behavior.

  20. A brief review on relaxor ferroelectrics and selected issues in lead-free relaxors

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    Ahn, Chang Won; Hong, Chang-Hyo; Choi, Byung-Yul; Kim, Hwang-Pill; Han, Hyoung-Su; Hwang, Younghun; Jo, Wook; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng; Lee, Jae-Shin; Kim, Ill Won

    2016-06-01

    Relaxor ferroelectricity is one of the most widely investigated but the least understood material classes in the condensed matter physics. This is largely due to the lack of experimental tools that decisively confirm the existing theoretical models. In spite of the diversity in the models, they share the core idea that the observed features in relaxors are closely related to localized chemical heterogeneity. Given this, this review attempts to overview the existing models of importance chronologically, from the diffuse phase transition model to the random-field model and to show how the core idea has been reflected in them to better shape our insight into the nature of relaxor-related phenomena. Then, the discussion will be directed to how the models of a common consensus, developed with the so-called canonical relaxors such as Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN) and (Pb, La)(Zr, Ti)O3 (PLZT), are compatible with phenomenological explanations for the recently identified relaxors such as (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3 (BNT)-based lead-free ferroelectrics. This review will be finalized with a discussion on the theoretical aspects of recently introduced 0-3 and 2-2 ferroelectric/relaxor composites as a practical tool for strain engineering.

  1. Glassy aging in the relaxor-like ferroelectric Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3

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    Colla, Eugene V.; Sullivan, Kevin; Weissman, M. B.

    2016-01-01

    The dielectric susceptibility of the lead-free relaxor-like perovskite ferroelectric Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 is shown to exhibit the same complicated spinglass-like aging behavior found in several cubic relaxors deep in the glassy state, in contrast to some uniaxial relaxors. The effects include rejuvenation and memory, including the ability to support multiple memories in parallel. Weak dependence of aging memories on changes in the electric field indicates that the aging is associated with relatively non-polar degrees of freedom, not with ferroelectric domains.

  2. Pressure as a probe of the physics of relaxor ferroelectrics

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    SAMARA,GEORGE A.

    2000-01-25

    Pressure studies have provided new insights into the physics of compositionally-disordered ABO{sub 3} oxide relaxors. Specifically, results will be presented and discussed on a pressure-induced ferroelectric-to-relaxer crossover phenomenon, the continuous evolution of the energetic and dynamics of the relaxation process, and the interplay between pressure and electric field in determining the dielectric response.

  3. Relaxor properties of lanthanum-doped bismuth layer-structured ferroelectrics

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    Chen, Xiao-Bing; Hui, Rong; Zhu, Jun; Lu, Wang-Ping; Mao, Xiang-Yu

    2004-11-01

    Several polycrystalline samples of bismuth layer-structured ferroelectrics (BLSF) family doped by lanthanum, Bi4-xLaxTi3O12, SrBi4-xLaxTi4O15, Sr2Bi4-xLaxTi5O18, and (Bi,La)4Ti3O12-Sr(Bi,La)4Ti4O15, were prepared by the traditional solid-state reaction method. Their ferroelectric and dielectric properties were investigated. The dielectric measurement data showed that the content of lanthanum determined the ferroelectric characteristics of the compounds. In each series samples, they behaved as normal ferroelectrics for small x, but all of them tended to become relaxors when x was increased. The critical value of the La content causing relaxor characteristics is different for the different BLSFs due to the difference of the number of strontium atoms in their crystal structures. The appearance of the relaxor behavior was attributed to a ferroelectric microdomain state induced by random fields.

  4. Mesoscopic harmonic mapping of electromechanical response in a relaxor ferroelectric

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    Vasudevan, Rama K.; Zhang, Shujun; Ding, Jilai; Okatan, M. Baris; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2015-06-01

    Relaxor-ferroelectrics are renowned for very large electrostrictive response, enabling applications in transducers, actuators, and energy harvesters. However, insight into the dissimilar contributions (polarization rotation, wall motion) to the electromechanical response from electrostrictive strain, and separation of such contributions from linear piezoelectric response are largely ignored at the mesoscale. Here, we employ a band-excitation piezoresponse force microscopy (BE-PFM) technique to explore the first and second harmonics of the piezoelectric response in prototypical relaxor-ferroelectric 0.72Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.28PbTiO3 (PMN-0.28PT) single crystals. Third order polynomial fitting of the second harmonic reveals considerable correlation between the cubic coefficient map and the first harmonic piezoresponse amplitude. These results are interpreted under a modified Rayleigh framework, as evidence for domain wall contributions to enhanced electromechanical response. These studies highlight the contribution of domain wall motion in the electromechanical response of relaxor ferroelectrics, and further show the utility of harmonic BE-PFM measurements in spatially mapping the mesoscopic variability inherent in disordered systems.

  5. Properties of Epitaxial Films Made of Relaxor Ferroelectrics

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    Prosandeev, S.; Wang, Dawei; Bellaiche, L.

    2013-12-01

    Finite-temperature properties of epitaxial films made of Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics are determined as a function of misfit strain, via the use of a first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian. These films are macroscopically paraelectric at any temperature, for any strain ranging between ≃-3% and ≃+3%. However, original temperature-versus-misfit strain phase diagrams are obtained for the Burns temperature (Tb) and for the critical temperatures (Tm,z and Tm,IP) at which the out-of-plane and in-plane dielectric response peak, respectively, which allow the identification of three different regions. These latter differ from their evolution of Tb, Tm,z, and/or Tm,IP with strain, which are the fingerprints of a remarkable strain-induced microscopic change: each of these regions is associated with its own characteristic behavior of polar nanoregions at low temperature, such as strain-induced rotation or strain-driven elongation of their dipoles or even increase in the average size of the polar nanoregions when the strength of the strain grows.

  6. Phenomenological theory of uniaxial relaxor ferroelectrics.

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    Shirokov, V B; Pavlenko, A V; Yuzyuk, Yu I

    2016-10-01

    A phenomenological thermodynamic theory of uniaxial relaxor strontium barium niobate [Formula: see text] is developed using the Landau-Devonshire approach with two order parameters. The fourth-order thermodynamic potential allowed to explain the shape of the polarization hysteresis loops experimentally observed at different temperatures. We show that the broad maximum of the dielectric permittivity is not related to the phase transition and arise due to the coupling between polarization and true order parameter which has antiferroelectric nature. We found that the phase transition temperature is much higher than the maximum of the dielectric permittivity and very likely corresponds to so-called Burn's temperature. True order parameter has no simple relation with polar modes. PMID:27485244

  7. Relaxor-ferroelectric superlattices: high energy density capacitors.

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    Ortega, N; Kumar, A; Scott, J F; Chrisey, Douglas B; Tomazawa, M; Kumari, Shalini; Diestra, D G B; Katiyar, R S

    2012-11-01

    We report the breakdown electric field and energy density of laser ablated BaTiO(3)/Ba((1-x))Sr(x)TiO(3) (x = 0.7) (BT/BST) relaxor-ferroelectric superlattices (SLs) grown on (100) MgO single crystal substrates. The dielectric constant shows a frequency dispersion below the dielectric maximum temperature (T(m)) with a merger above T(m) behaving similarly to relaxors. It also follows the basic criteria of relaxor ferroelectrics such as low dielectric loss over wide temperature and frequency, and 50 K shift in T(m) with change in probe frequency; the loss peaks follow a similar trend to the dielectric constant except that they increase with increase in frequency (~40 kHz), and satisfy the nonlinear Vogel-Fulcher relation. Well-saturated ferroelectric hysteresis and 50-80% dielectric saturation are observed under high electric field (~1.65 MV cm(-1)). The superlattices demonstrate an 'in-built' field in as grown samples at low probe frequency (<1 kHz), whereas it becomes more symmetric and centered with increase in the probe frequency system (>1 kHz) which rules out the effect of any space charge and interfacial polarization. The P-E loops show around 12.24 J cm(-3) energy density within the experimental limit, but extrapolation of this data suggests that the potential energy density could reach 46 J cm(-3). The current density versus applied electric field indicates an exceptionally high breakdown field (5.8-6.0 MV cm(-1)) and low current density (~10-25 mA cm(-2)) near the breakdown voltage. The current-voltage characteristics reveal that the space charge limited conduction mechanism prevails at very high voltage. PMID:23053172

  8. Giant strain in lead-free relaxor/ferroelectric piezocomposite ceramics

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    Dinh, Thi Hinh; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Nguyen, Hoang Thien Khoi; Duong, Trang An; Lee, Jae-Shin; Tran, Vu Diem Ngoc; Pham, Ky Nam

    2016-06-01

    The crystal structural, ferroelectric, and electric-field-induced-strain (EFIS) properties of leadfree relaxor/ferroelectric piezocomposites were investigated. The relaxor-matrix phases were mixed with the ferroelectric-seed phases by using a conventional ceramic processing route. The addition of the ferroelectric seed phase dramatically enhanced the EFIS of the relaxor matrix phase at low electric fields. Giant strains of 745 pm/V at 4 kV/mm and 466 pm/V at 3 kV/mm were obtained when the seed contents were 30 wt% and 50 wt%, respectively, which are much higher than those of the relaxor matrix phase without ferroelectric seeds (575 pm/V at 4 kV/mm and 327 pm/V at 3 kV/mm).

  9. Dielectric properties of material with random off-center defects: Monte Carlo simulation of relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Su, C.-C.; Vugmeister, B.; Khachaturyan, A. G.

    2001-12-01

    A Ginzburg-Landau type theory of interaction of randomly distributed local dipoles in a paraelectric crystal is developed. The interaction is caused by the polarization of the host lattice generated by these dipoles. The obtained effective Hamiltonian of the dipole-dipole interaction is employed for the Monte Carlo simulation of ferroelectric properties of a system with off-center dopant ions producing local dipoles. The computer simulation shows that at low dopant ion concentration the paraelectric state transforms into a macroscopically paraelectric state consisting of randomly oriented polar clusters. These clusters amplify the effective dipole moment and dramatically increase the dielectric constant. The interaction between the clusters results in a spectrum of relaxation time and transition to the relaxor state. The real and imaginary parts of the susceptibility of this state are calculated. At intermediate dopant concentration, the material undergoes a diffuse phase transition into a ferroelectric state smeared within a temperature range. A further increase in the dopant concentration makes the transition sharper and closer to the conventional ferroelectric transition. The results obtained are compared with the behavior of the K1-xLixTaO3 relaxor ferroelectric.

  10. Development of “fragility” in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Wang, Yi-zhen; Chen, Lan; Xiong, Xiao-min; Zhang, Jin-xiu; Wang, Hai-yan; Frank Zhang, X.; Fu, Jun

    2014-02-07

    Relaxor ferroelectrics (RFs), a special class of the disordered crystals or ceramics, exhibit a pronounced slowdown of their dynamics upon cooling as glass-forming liquids, called the “Super-Arrhenius (SA)” relaxation. Despite great progress in glass-forming liquids, the “fragility” property of the SA relaxation in RFs remains unclear so far. By measuring the temperature-dependent dielectric relaxation in the typical relaxor Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-x%PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN − x%PT) with 0 ≤ x ≤ 20.0, we in-depth study the “fragility” properties of the SA relaxation in PMN − x%PT. Such fascinating issues as the mechanism of the “fragility” at an atomic scale, the roles of the systematic configurational entropy change and interaction among relaxing units (RUs, including polar nanoregions and free dipoles) and the relation between “fragility” and ferroelectric order are investigated. Our results show that both the “fragility” of the temperature-dependent SA relaxation and ferroelectric order in the PMN − x%PT systems investigated arise thermodynamically from the configurational-entropy loss due to the attractive interaction among RUs, and develops as a power law, possibly diverging at the finite critical temperature T{sub c}. A reasonable physical scenario, based on our “configurational-entropy-loss” theory and Nowick's “stress-induced-ordering” theory, was proposed.

  11. Single-crystal relaxor ferroelectric piezoactuators with interdigitated electrodes.

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    Levy, Miguel; Vanga, Raghav; Moon, Kee S; Park, Heung K; Hong, Yong K

    2004-12-01

    We report on the fabrication and performance of (1-x) Pb(Zn(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-xPbTiO3 (PZN-PT) single-crystal relaxor piezoactuators with interdigitated electrodes patterned on a single surface. An electric field gradient across the sample thickness induces a differential contraction between opposite faces, and it is responsible for the actuation. The samples are poled by energizing the electrodes at 100 degrees C and cooling in a field. Calculations of the piezoelectric response based on a periodically modulated dipolar field yield good agreement with experiment. Discrepancies with the model are ascribed to multidomain formation in the ferroelectric sample as a result of field reversals in the applied electric field along the sample length. PMID:15690720

  12. Temperature dependence of flexoelectric response in ferroelectric and relaxor polymer thin films

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    Poddar, Shashi; Ducharme, Stephen

    2014-09-01

    We report the temperature dependence of the flexoelectric response in thin films of both ferroelectric and relaxor forms of vinylidene fluoride polymers. The ferroelectric samples were depoled to minimize piezoelectric response by heating them beyond their Curie temperature and then cooling in zero applied electric field. In both the relaxor ferroelectric polymer and the paraelectric state of the ferroelectric copolymer, the flexoelectric coefficient was proportional to the dielectric constant over a limited range of temperatures, in agreement with general theoretical principles. The enhancements in flexoelectric response were also observed near the Curie transition temperature for the ferroelectric polymer and near the dielectric relaxation temperature for the relaxors. The broad dielectric anomaly in these systems provides greater temperature stability for these enhancements.

  13. Advantages and Challenges of Relaxor-PbTiO3 Ferroelectric Crystals for Electroacoustic Transducers- A Review

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    Zhang, Shujun; Li, Fei; Jiang, Xiaoning; Kim, Jinwook; Luo, Jun; Geng, Xuecang

    2014-01-01

    Relaxor-PbTiO3 (PT) based ferroelectric crystals with the perovskite structure have been investigated over the last few decades due to their ultrahigh piezoelectric coefficients (d33 > 1500 pC/N) and electromechanical coupling factors (k33 > 90%), far outperforming state-of-the-art ferroelectric polycrystalline Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics, and are at the forefront of advanced electroacoustic applications. In this review, the performance merits of relaxor-PT crystals in various electroacoustic devices are presented from a piezoelectric material viewpoint. Opportunities come from not only the ultrahigh properties, specifically coupling and piezoelectric coefficients, but through novel vibration modes and crystallographic/domain engineering. Figure of merits (FOMs) of crystals with various compositions and phases were established for various applications, including medical ultrasonic transducers, underwater transducers, acoustic sensors and tweezers. For each device application, recent developments in relaxor-PT ferroelectric crystals were surveyed and compared with state-of-the-art polycrystalline piezoelectrics, with an emphasis on their strong anisotropic features and crystallographic uniqueness, including engineered domain - property relationships. This review starts with an introduction on electroacoustic transducers and the history of piezoelectric materials. The development of the high performance relaxor-PT single crystals, with a focus on their uniqueness in transducer applications, is then discussed. In the third part, various FOMs of piezoelectric materials for a wide range of ultrasound applications, including diagnostic ultrasound, therapeutic ultrasound, underwater acoustic and passive sensors, tactile sensors and acoustic tweezers, are evaluated to provide a thorough understanding of the materials’ behavior under operational conditions. Structure-property-performance relationships are then established. Finally, the impacts and challenges of relaxor

  14. Visualization of dielectric constant-electric field-temperature phase maps for imprinted relaxor ferroelectric thin films

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    Frederick, J. C.; Kim, T. H.; Maeng, W.; Brewer, A. A.; Podkaminer, J. P.; Saenrang, W.; Vaithyanathan, V.; Li, F.; Chen, L.-Q.; Schlom, D. G.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Eom, C. B.

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric phase transition behavior of imprinted lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate relaxor ferroelectric thin films was mapped as a function of temperature and dc bias. To compensate for the presence of internal fields, an external electric bias was applied while measuring dielectric responses. The constructed three-dimensional dielectric maps provide insight into the dielectric behaviors of relaxor ferroelectric films as well as the temperature stability of the imprint. The transition temperature and diffuseness of the dielectric response correlate with crystallographic disorder resulting from strain and defects in the films grown on strontium titanate and silicon substrates; the latter was shown to induce a greater degree of disorder in the film as well as a dielectric response lower in magnitude and more diffuse in nature over the same temperature region. Strong and stable imprint was exhibited in both films and can be utilized to enhance the operational stability of piezoelectric devices through domain self-poling.

  15. Strain induced electric field driven relaxor ferroelectricity in BaZrxTi1-xO3 system

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    Maiti, Tanmoy; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar

    2009-03-01

    A revised complete phase diagram of Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (0.0<=x<=1.0) has been developed based on evaluation of their crystallographic, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties. A new understanding of the relaxor behavior in this system, e.g. associated with the local elastic strains at the nanoscale, has been gained and presented in this paper. Two different kinds of relaxor behaviors are observed in the BZT system; one is dominated by polar Ti-rich regions and another by non-polar Zr-rich regions. BZT relaxor compositions are characterized by measurement of their dielectric (under bias), pyroelectric, and thermal expansion properties in a wide range of temperatures. The structure of the BZT compositions was evaluated by X-ray and neutron diffraction studies. Their local structure has been also probed by micro-Raman spectra. Although the global symmetry of BZT relaxors is cubic from neutron diffraction studies, non-cubic local symmetry is evident based on the micro-Raman spectra of BZT relaxors.

  16. Neutron scattering study of the relaxor ferroelectric K 1-xLi xTaO 3

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    Wakimoto, S.; Samara, G. A.; Grubbs, R. K.; Venturini, E. L.; Boatner, L. A.

    2009-02-01

    Neutron scattering experiments using triple axis spectrometers have been performed for the relaxor ferroelectric materials K 1-xLi xTaO 3 ( x=0.05, 0.10) in order to study the behavior of the zone-center (ZC) transverse-optic (TO) phonon mode (ferroelectric mode). A major contrast between the x=0.05 and 0.10 samples is the ferroelectric transition-observed only for the latter material at T C=115 K on warming and as detected by dielectric measurements and neutron diffraction. The ZC TO mode for x=0.05 shows monotonic softening with decreasing temperature down to 10 K, whereas the x=0.10 sample shows a phonon component below T C which hardens with decreasing temperature in addition to a phonon mode which behaves similarly to that of the x=0.05 sample. This suggests a phase separation of the x=0.10 sample into ferroelectric and relaxor states below T C, possibly originating from a percolative nature of the ferroelectric state.

  17. First-principles-based effective Hamiltonian simulations of bulks and films made of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Akbarzadeh, A. R.; Bellaiche, L.

    2015-06-01

    A review of the recent development and application of a first-principles-derived effective Hamiltonian technique to the study of lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 (BZT) relaxor ferroelectrics is provided. In addition to the computation and analysis of macroscopic properties (such as different types of dielectric responses and electric polarization) and their connections to previous published works, particular emphasis is given to microscopic insights arising from this atomistic technique. These include (i) the numerically-found determination of the physical origin of the relaxor behavior in BZT; and (ii) the prediction of polar nanoregions and the evolution of their morphology as a response to temperature, electric fields and epitaxial misfit strain. Other striking phenomena that were predicted in BZT compounds, such as Fano resonance and field-driven percolation, are also documented and discussed. Finally, a brief perspective of possible remaining computational studies to be conducted in relaxor ferroelectrics, in order to further understand them, is attempted.

  18. Elastic softening and polarization memory in PZN-PT relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Farnsworth, S. M.; Kisi, E. H.; Carpenter, M. A.

    2011-11-01

    Substantial elastic softening in the cubic phase of PZN-PT relaxor ferroelectric crystals is observed as a large hysteresis between the RUS frequencies from poled and depoled crystals. This is due to static switchable polar nanoregions (PNR) at T*, well below the conventional Burns temperature but ˜50 K above the ferroelectric transition. Elastic softening due to polarization of the PNR shows polarization memory through two phase transitions and is greater than the softening associated with polarization of the ferroelectric phases. This emphasizes that PNR dominate the material properties at all temperatures below T*.

  19. Evaluation of field enforced antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transition dielectrics and relaxor ferroelectrics for pulse discharge capacitors

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    Hoover, B.D.; Tuttle, B.A.; Olson, W.R.; Goy, D.M.; Brooks, R.A.; King, C.F.

    1997-09-01

    Discharge capacitors were designed based on materials with antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) field enforced transitions that had 10 times the capacitance of relaxor ferroelectric or state of the art BaTiO{sub 3} materials in the voltage range of interest. Nonlinear RLC circuit analysis was used to show that the AFE to FE materials have potentially more than 2 times the peak discharge current density capability of the BaTiO{sub 3} or lead magnesium niobate (PMN) based relaxor materials. Both lead lanthanum zirconium tin titanate (PLZST) AFE to FE field enforced phase transition materials and PMN based relaxor materials were fabricated and characterized for Sandia`s pulse discharge capacitor applications. An outstanding feature of the PLZST materials is that there are high field regimes where the dielectric constant increases substantially, by a factor of 20 or more, with applied field. Specifically, these materials have a low field dielectric constant of 1,000, but an effective dielectric constant of 23,000 in the electric field range corresponding to the FE to AFE transition during discharge. Lead magnesium niobate (PMN) based relaxor materials were also investigated in this project because of their high dielectric constants. While the PMN based ceramics had a low field dielectric constant of 25,000, at a field corresponding to half the charging voltage, approximately 13 kV/cm, the dielectric constant decreases to approximately 7,500.

  20. Electronic characterization of polar nanoregions in relaxor-type ferroelectric NaNbO3 films

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    Cai, Biya; Schwarzkopf, J.; Hollmann, E.; Braun, D.; Schmidbauer, M.; Grellmann, T.; Wördenweber, R.

    2016-06-01

    Strained NaNbO3 films of different thicknesses are epitaxially grown on (110) NdGaO3 substrates. A detailed analysis of the permittivity of these films demonstrates that strain not only leads to a modification of the permittivity and the ferroelectric transition temperature, it also results in a pronounced relaxor-type behavior and allows a direct estimation of the size and mobility of the polar nanoregions (PNRs). The compressive strain reduces the transition temperature to 125 K and enhances the corresponding permittivity up to ɛ'≈1500 for the thinnest film. Since the strain relaxes with increasing film thickness, both effects, reduction of phase transition temperature and enhancement of ɛ', depend on the thickness of the film. The films show a characteristic frequency and electric field dependence of ɛ', which is discussed in terms of the Vogel-Fulcher equation and Rayleigh law, respectively. Using the electric field dependence of the resulting freezing temperature TVF, allows a direct estimation of the volume of the PNRs at the freezing temperature, i.e. from 70 to 270 n m3 . Assuming an idealized spherical shape of the PNRs, diameters of a few nanometers (5.2-8 nm) are determined that depend on the applied ac electric field. The irreversible part of the polarization seems to be dominated by the presence and mobility of the PNRs. It shows a characteristic peak at low temperature around TVF, vanishes at a temperature where the activation energy of the PRNs extrapolates to zero, and shows a frequency dispersion that is characteristic for relaxor-type behavior.

  1. BaZr0.5Ti0.5O3 : Lead-free relaxor ferroelectric or dipolar glass

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    Filipič, C.; Kutnjak, Z.; Pirc, R.; Canu, G.; Petzelt, J.

    2016-06-01

    Glassy freezing dynamics was investigated in BaZr0.5Ti0.5O3 (BZT50) ceramic samples by means of dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency range 0.001 Hz-1 MHz at temperatures 10 ferroelectric state cannot be induced, in contrast to the case of typical relaxors. This suggests that—at least for the above field amplitudes—BZT50 effectively behaves as a dipolar glass, which can be characterized by a negative value of the static third order nonlinear permittivity. The relaxation spectrum has been analyzed by means of the frequency-temperature plot, which shows that the longest relaxation time obeys the Vogel-Fulcher relation τ =τ0exp [E0/(T -T0) ] with the freezing temperature of 48.1 K, whereas the corresponding value for the shortest relaxation time is ˜0 K, implying an Arrhenius type behavior. By applying a standard expression for the static linear permittivity of dipolar glasses and/or relaxors the value of the Edwards-Anderson order parameter q (T ) has been evaluated. It is further shown that q (T ) can be described by the spherical random bond-random field model of relaxors.

  2. Debye’s temperature and heat capacity for Sr0.15Ba0.85Bi2Nb2O9 relaxor ferroelectric ceramic

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    Peláiz-Barranco, A.; González-Abreu, Y.; Saint-Grégoire, P.; Guerra, J. D. S.; Calderón-Piñar, F.

    2016-02-01

    A lead-free relaxor ferroelectric, Sr0.15Ba0.85Bi2Nb2O9, was synthesized via solid-state reaction and the temperature-dependence of the heat capacity was measured in a wide temperature range. The dielectric permittivity was also measured between 500Hz and 5MHz in the same temperature range. No anomaly has been detected in the heat capacity curve for the whole temperature range covered in the present experiments, while broad peaks have been observed in the dielectric permittivity with high frequency dispersion. A typical relaxor behavior has been observed from the dielectric analysis. The Debye’s temperature has showed a minimum value near the freezing temperature. The results are discussed considering the spin-glass model and the high frequency dispersion, which has been observed for the studied relaxor system.

  3. Nanoscopic Study of the Polarization-Strain Coupling in Relaxor Ferroelectric and the Search for New Relaxor Materials for Transducer and Optical Applications

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    J. Toulouse

    2007-05-31

    SUMMARY Relaxor ferroelectrics exhibit a very unusual polarization behavior from which derive unique electrostrictive, piezoelectric and other properties. This behavior and these properties are due to the presence of nanoscale structural and polar order, the polar nanoregions (PNR), which can easily reorient under very modest external electric field, in stark contrast with conventional ferroelectrics. Moreover, when these nanoregions are aligned, their local distortions add up coherently to a macroscopic strain, hence their remarkable electrostrictive and piezoelectric properties. Initially, we demonstrated this effect in KTa1-xNbxO3 (KTN) and were able to identify the local internal symmetry of the PNR in KTN and explain their behavior under an applied electric field. We then extended the study to the more complicated lead relaxors, PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (PMN), PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3 (PZN) and (1-x)(PbZn1/3Nb2/3)O3-(x)PbTiO3 (PZN-PT). In particular, following the evolution of the diffuse intensity in neutron scattering and X-ray measurements, we were able to determine the evolution of the polar order from the pure PZN system to the mixed system, PZN-PT. This evolution with addition of PT, provides a physical basis for the remarkably easy polarization rotation that gives PZN-PT its unique properties for composition near the so-called morphotropic boundary (MPB). Through quasi-elastic and inelastic neutron and Raman scattering, we also obtained information about the local (nano)dynamics of these PNR’s. We thus identified three ranges in the evolution of the polarization with temperature: a purely dynamic range, a quasi-dynamic range when the PNR’s appear but can still reorient as “giant dipoles”, a quasi-static range when the system undergoes a series of “underlying” or partial transitions (on a mesoscopic scale) and, finally a frozen range below the last one of these transitions”. This work has provided a useful framework to describe the structural and temperature

  4. Critical Slowing Down in the Relaxor Ferroelectric K1-xLixTaO3(KLT)

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    Cai, Ling; Toulouse, Jean

    2012-02-01

    In this report, we illustrate an essential characteristic of mixed crystals such as KLT: the strong dependence of their macroscopic properties on the spatial distribution of the mixed ions in the crystal. As a prototypical relaxor ferroelectric, KLT exhibits a large dielectric constant, low frequency dispersion and a broad relaxation peak. Lithium randomly substitutes for potassium and, because of its smaller size, moves off-center in one of six possible <100> directions thus forming a local dipole. Correlations between these dipoles lead to the appearance of Polar Nanodomains (PNDs), the size and polarization of which depend on local density fluctuations or type of distribution of the Li ions (random homogeneous or locally clustered). The dielectric constant of two KLT crystals with almost identical average Li concentrations displays two radically different behaviors, which can be traced to two very different distributions of the lithium ions in the two crystals. This is particularly striking of the critical behaviors in the two separate crystals. A first order structural transition is observed in one crystal but critical slowing down is observed in the other. The type of spatial distribution present in each crystal can be inferred from the dielectric results.

  5. Thickness Dependent Properties of Relaxor-PbTiO3 Ferroelectrics for Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Lee, Hyeong Jae; Zhang, Shujun; Luo, Jun; Li, Fei; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2011-01-01

    The electrical properties of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) based polycrystalline ceramics and single crystals were investigated as a function of scale ranging from 500 microns to 30 microns. Fine-grained PMN-PT ceramics exhibited comparable dielectric and piezoelectric properties to their coarse-grained counterpart in the low frequency range (<10 MHz), but offered greater mechanical strength and improved property stability with decreasing thickness, corresponding to higher operating frequencies (>40 MHz). For PMN-PT single crystals, however, the dielectric and electromechanical properties degraded with decreasing thickness, while ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) exhibited minimal size dependent behavior. The origin of property degradation of PMN-PT crystals was further studied by investigating the dielectric permittivity at high temperatures, and domain observations using optical polarized light microscopy. The results demonstrated that the thickness dependent properties of relaxor-PT ferroelectrics are closely related to the domain size with respect to the associated macroscopic scale of the samples. PMID:21954374

  6. Energy-storage properties and high-temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ceramics

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    Zhang, T. F.; Tang, X. G.; Liu, Q. X.; Jiang, Y. P.; Huang, X. X.; Zhou, Q. F.

    2016-03-01

    (1  -  x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x  =  0, 5, and 10 mol%) ceramics were prepared using a conventional mixed oxide solid state reaction method. The low-temperature relaxor behavior of (1  -  x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 ceramics were examined in the temperature range from 120 to 523 K. A broad dielectric maximum that shifted to higher temperatures with increasing frequency, signified the relaxor-type behavior of these ceramics. The value of the relaxation parameter γ  =  1.61-1.94 estimated from the linear fit of the modified Curie-Weiss law indicated the relaxor nature. High-temperature dielectric relaxation phenomena were found in the temperature region 600-850 K. Energy-storage properties were also analyzed, and the energy-storage density calculated from hysteresis loops reached about 0.47 J cm-3 at room temperature.

  7. Machining induced defects in Relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT crystals

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    Deng, Cheng

    The superior piezoelectric and dielectric properties of the relaxor based piezoelectric single crystals (PMN-PT) render them as prime candidates for Navy sonar detectors as well as in broad band medical ultrasonic imaging devices. Production of phased array probes utilizing these types of high performance ceramics requires dicing these crystals to arrays with pitches of less than the desired wavelength, ranging from tens to hundreds of micrometers. However, the relaxor based single crystals are very brittle with fracture toughness of about a third to a half that of typical PZT ceramics (0.4-0.8 MPa m ). Excessive chipping and cracking, either during the cutting or poling process, have been reported as major hurdles in processing, leading to spurious resonance and degradation of the distance resolution. In addition, residual stress from the cutting process could be major reliability degradation if it is not well quantified and minimized. In this work, we experimentally analyzed the machining induced damage in a group of Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate solid solution single crystal {(1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT)} under simulated process parameters for cutting speeds and down feeds. The machined surfaces are examined by non-contact optical profilometer for planarity and roughness, scanning electron microscopy for subsurface damage, and by micro-raman spectroscopic analysis and X-ray diffraction analysis to uncover machining induced phase transformations. The analysis reveals the preferred process parameters for minimal machining induced damages.

  8. Pressure as a probe of the physics of ABO{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectrics

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    SAMARA,GEORGE A.

    2000-02-14

    Results on a variety of mixed ABO{sub 3} oxides have revealed a pressure-induced ferroelectric-to-relaxor crossover and the continuous evolution of the energetics and dynamics of the relaxation process with increasing pressure. These common features have suggested a mechanism for the crossover phenomenon in terms of a large decrease in the correlation length for dipolar interactions with pressure--a unique property of soft mode or highly polarizable host lattices. The pressure effects as well as the interplay between pressure and dc biasing fields are illustrated for some recent results on PZN-9.5 PT,PMN and PLZT 6/65/35.

  9. Direct evidence of correlations between relaxor behavior and polar nano-regions in relaxor ferroelectrics: A case study of lead-free piezoelectrics Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}-x%BaTiO{sub 3}

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    Ge, Wenwei Luo, Chengtao; Devreugd, Christopher P.; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.; Zhang, Qinhui; Luo, Haosu; Ren, Yang

    2013-12-09

    Diffuse scattering and relaxor behavior in Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (NBT) and NBT-5.6 at. %BaTiO{sub 3} (NBT-5.6%BT) were investigated. X-ray diffraction revealed two types of diffuse scattering in NBT: (i) broad and (ii) asymmetric L-shaped. After modification with 5.6%BT, the broad diffuse scattering patterns became narrow, and the asymmetric L-shaped ones were replaced by symmetric ones. The symmetric diffuse scattering in NBT-5.6%BT disappeared with increasing dc electric field (E) for E ≥ 9.5 kV/cm where the frequency dispersion in the dielectric constant disappeared. These results demonstrate that the relaxor characteristics are directly correlated with the diffuse scattering and the presence polar nano-regions.

  10. Investigation of a relationship between dielectric peak diffuseness and elastic modulus variations in a ferroelectric relaxor

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    Sarasúa, L. G.; Moreno, A.; Favre, S.; Eiras, J. A.

    2014-03-01

    The dependence with temperature of elastic modulus of relaxor ferroelectric ceramics is modeled with a Landau-Devonshire-type cluster theory. The effective elastic modulus obtained from experimental data of ultrasonic longitudinal velocity in PCT and PLZT ferroelectric ceramics are compared with the proposed model. This comparison shows that the model is able to reproduce the dependence with temperature of elastic modulus c very well. We obtained that as impurity concentration increases in both families, the diffuseness of the transition shows important variations, but the strengths of the couplings between the polarization and the strain remain almost unchanged. In contrast, other models assigned a change in the strengths of the couplings between the polarization and the strain to explain the diffuse transition in these compounds.

  11. A high-k ferroelectric relaxor terpolymer as a gate dielectric for orgnaic thin film transistors

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    Wu, Shan; Shao, Ming; Burlingame, Quinn; Chen, Xiangzhong; Lin, Minren; Xiao, Kai; Zhang, Qiming

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) is a ferroelectric terpolymer relaxor with a static dielectric constant of 50, which was developed using defect modification to eliminate remnant polarization in the normal ferroelectric PVDF. In this work, this solution processable terpolymer was used as the gate insulator in bottom gated organic thin-film transistors with a pentacene semiconductor layer. Due to the high dielectric constant of P(VDF-TrFE- CFE), a large capacitive coupling between the gate and channel can be achieved which causes a high charge concentration at the interface of the semiconductor and dielectric layers. In this device, an on/ off ratio of 104 and a low minimum operation gate voltage (5-10 V) were attained

  12. Phonon anomalies induced by polar nano-regions in a relaxor ferroelectric

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    Xu, Guangyong; Wen, Jinsheng; Stock, Chris; Gehring, Peter

    2007-03-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to measure both acoustic and optic phonons polarized along (110) (T2 mode) in the relaxor ferroelectric compound PZN-4.5PT. In the low temperature rhombohedral phase, a single domain state was achieved by cooling the single crystal sample under an external electric field of 2 kV/cm along the [111] direction. Phonon measurements were performed near the (2,2,0) and (2,-2,0) Bragg peaks. We have found that the TA2 phonon couples closely to the diffuse scattering, which arises from polar nano-regions in the system. With the redistribution of diffuse scattering under the external field (see Ref. 1), a clear hardening of TA2 mode was observed near the (2,2,0) Bragg peak, while the TA2 mode near (2,-2,0) Bragg peak softens significantly and becomes over-damped. Our results indicate local inhomogeneities such as the PNR can have direct and significant effects on the lattice dynamics and stability of the whole system. Ref. 1: ``Electric-field-induced redistribution of polar nano-regions in a relaxor ferroelectric'', Guangyong Xu, Z. Zhong, Y. Bing, Z.-G. Ye, and G. Shirane, Nature Materials 5, 134, (2006).

  13. High performance relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications.

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    Chen, Yan; Lam, Kwok-Ho; Zhou, Dan; Yue, Qingwen; Yu, Yanxiong; Wu, Jinchuan; Qiu, Weibao; Sun, Lei; Zhang, Chao; Luo, Haosu; Chan, Helen L W; Dai, Jiyan

    2014-01-01

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33~2000 pC/N, kt~60%) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc) and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed. PMID:25076222

  14. High Performance Relaxor-Based Ferroelectric Single Crystals for Ultrasonic Transducer Applications

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    Chen, Yan; Lam, Kwok-Ho; Zhou, Dan; Yue, Qingwen; Yu, Yanxiong; Wu, Jinchuan; Qiu, Weibao; Sun, Lei; Zhang, Chao; Luo, Haosu; Chan, Helen L. W.; Dai, Jiyan

    2014-01-01

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33∼2000 pC/N, kt∼60%) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc) and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed. PMID:25076222

  15. Optimization of electrooptic and pieozoelectric coupling effects in tetragonal relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals

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    Sun, Enwei; Sang, Shijing; Yuan, Zhongyuan; Qi, Xudong; Zhang, Rui; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    The electrooptic and piezoelectric coupling effects in tetragonal relaxor-based ferroelectric 0.62Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.38PbTiO3 (PMN-0.38PT) and 0.88Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.12PbTiO3 (PZN-0.12PT) single-domain crystals have been analyzed by the coordinate transformation. The orientation dependence of the electrooptic and half-wave voltage was calculated based on the full sets of refractive indices, electrooptic and piezoelectric coefficients. The optimum orientation cuts for achieving the best electrooptic coefficient and half-wave voltage were found. The lowset half-wave voltage is only 76 V for the PMN-0.38PT single-domain crystal. Compared to commonly used electrooptic crystal LiNbO3, tetragonal relaxor-PT ferroelectric single-domain crystals are much superior for optical modulation applications because of their much higher linear electrooptic coefficients and substantially lower half-wave voltages when the piezoelectric strain influence is considered. PMID:25954059

  16. Simulating the Radio-Frequency Dielectric Response of Relaxor Ferroelectrics: Combination of Coarse-Grained Hamiltonians and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Geneste, Grégory; Bellaiche, L.; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2016-06-01

    The radio-frequency dielectric response of the lead-free Ba (Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3 relaxor ferroelectric is simulated using a coarse-grained Hamiltonian. This concept, taken from real-space renormalization group theories, allows us to depict the collective behavior of correlated local modes gathered in blocks. Free-energy barriers for their thermally activated collective hopping are deduced from this ab initio-based approach, and used as input data for kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The resulting numerical scheme allows us to simulate the dielectric response for external field frequencies ranging from kHz up to a few tens of MHz for the first time and to demonstrate, e.g., that local (electric or elastic) random fields lead to the dielectric relaxation in the radio-frequency range that has been observed in relaxors.

  17. Simulating the Radio-Frequency Dielectric Response of Relaxor Ferroelectrics: Combination of Coarse-Grained Hamiltonians and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations.

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    Geneste, Grégory; Bellaiche, L; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2016-06-17

    The radio-frequency dielectric response of the lead-free Ba(Zr_{0.5}Ti_{0.5})O_{3} relaxor ferroelectric is simulated using a coarse-grained Hamiltonian. This concept, taken from real-space renormalization group theories, allows us to depict the collective behavior of correlated local modes gathered in blocks. Free-energy barriers for their thermally activated collective hopping are deduced from this ab initio-based approach, and used as input data for kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The resulting numerical scheme allows us to simulate the dielectric response for external field frequencies ranging from kHz up to a few tens of MHz for the first time and to demonstrate, e.g., that local (electric or elastic) random fields lead to the dielectric relaxation in the radio-frequency range that has been observed in relaxors. PMID:27367408

  18. Structure and properties of Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–0.2PbTiO{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectric crystal

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    Liu, Ying; Yang, Xiaoming; Lai, Fachun; Huang, Zhigao; Li, Xiuzhi; Wang, Zujian; He, Chao; Lin, Ju; Long, Xifa

    2015-07-15

    Graphical abstract: The relaxor state of the crystal was demonstrated by the dielectric behavior. - Highlights: • PLN–0.2PT ferroelectric crystal was obtained by the TSSG technique. • The super-lattice reflections were identified by XRD and TEM results. • The PLN–0.2PT crystal is a typical relaxor ferroelectric. - Abstract: Ferroelectric crystal Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–0.2PbTiO{sub 3} (PLN–0.2PT) was successfully obtained by a top-seed solution growth technique. At room temperature the symmetry was orthorhomic according to X-ray diffraction (XRD). The super-lattice reflections were identified by XRD and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The micro-domain structure was detected by TEM. The temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (ϵ′) shows a typical relaxor behavior. The temperature dependence of coercive electric field and remnant polarizations were investigated, which also shows the relaxor feature.

  19. EIT-like effect due to hetero-phase oscillations near the phase transition of relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Toulouse, Jean; Pattnaik, Radha K.; Boatner, Lynn A.

    2012-02-01

    We report the observation of a remarkable ``transparency window'' in the dielectric resonant absorption spectrum of the relaxor ferroelectric K1-xLixTaO3 (KLT) in the vicinity of its weakly first order transition. This phenomenon is shown to be conceptually similar to the electro-magnetically induced transparency (EIT) phenomenon observed in certain atomic vapors. In KLT however, it reveals the presence of hetero-phase (cubic-tetragonal) fluctuations and provides unique information on the nature and mechanism of the phase transition in relaxors.

  20. Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals: growth, domain engineering, characterization and applications.

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    Sun, Enwei; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-08-01

    In the past decade, domain engineered relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals, including (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT), (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PZN-PT) and (1-x-y)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT), with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have triggered a revolution in electromechanical devices owing to their giant piezoelectric properties and ultra-high electromechanical coupling factors. Compared to traditional PbZr1-x Ti x O3 (PZT) ceramics, the piezoelectric coefficient d 33 is increased by a factor of 5 and the electromechanical coupling factor k 33 is increased from < 70% to > 90%. Many emerging rich physical phenomena, such as charged domain walls, multi-phase coexistence, domain pattern symmetries, etc., have posed challenging fundamental questions for scientists. The superior electromechanical properties of these domain engineered single crystals have prompted the design of a new generation electromechanical devices, including sensors, transducers, actuators and other electromechanical devices, with greatly improved performance. It took less than 7 years from the discovery of larger size PMN-PT single crystals to the commercial production of the high-end ultrasonic imaging probe "PureWave". The speed of development is unprecedented, and the research collaboration between academia and industrial engineers on this topic is truly intriguing. It is also exciting to see that these relaxor-PT single crystals are being used to replace traditional PZT piezoceramics in many new fields outside of medical imaging. The new ternary PIN-PMN-PT single crystals, particularly the ones with Mn-doping, have laid a solid foundation for innovations in high power acoustic projectors and ultrasonic motors, hinting another revolution in underwater SONARs and miniature actuation devices. This article intends to provide a comprehensive review on the development of relaxor-PT single crystals, spanning material discovery

  1. Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals: growth, domain engineering, characterization and applications

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    Sun, Enwei; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-01-01

    In the past decade, domain engineered relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals, including (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT), (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PZN-PT) and (1-x-y)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT), with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have triggered a revolution in electromechanical devices owing to their giant piezoelectric properties and ultra-high electromechanical coupling factors. Compared to traditional PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) ceramics, the piezoelectric coefficient d33 is increased by a factor of 5 and the electromechanical coupling factor k33 is increased from < 70% to > 90%. Many emerging rich physical phenomena, such as charged domain walls, multi-phase coexistence, domain pattern symmetries, etc., have posed challenging fundamental questions for scientists. The superior electromechanical properties of these domain engineered single crystals have prompted the design of a new generation electromechanical devices, including sensors, transducers, actuators and other electromechanical devices, with greatly improved performance. It took less than 7 years from the discovery of larger size PMN-PT single crystals to the commercial production of the high-end ultrasonic imaging probe “PureWave”. The speed of development is unprecedented, and the research collaboration between academia and industrial engineers on this topic is truly intriguing. It is also exciting to see that these relaxor-PT single crystals are being used to replace traditional PZT piezoceramics in many new fields outside of medical imaging. The new ternary PIN-PMN-PT single crystals, particularly the ones with Mn-doping, have laid a solid foundation for innovations in high power acoustic projectors and ultrasonic motors, hinting another revolution in underwater SONARs and miniature actuation devices. This article intends to provide a comprehensive review on the development of relaxor-PT single crystals, spanning material discovery

  2. Giant electrostrictive effects of NaNbO3-BaTiO3 lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Zuo, Ruzhong; Qi, He; Fu, Jian; Li, Jingfeng; Shi, Min; Xu, Yudong

    2016-06-01

    A giant electrostrictive effect was observed in (1 - x)NaNbO3-xBaTiO3 relaxor ferroelectric ceramics, which exhibit a high electrostrictive coefficient Q33 of ˜0.046 m4/C2 twice as large as those of Pb- and Bi-based perovskite relaxor ferroelectric ceramics. The theoretical analysis suggests that Q33 should be strongly correlated with chemical species of cations in a perovskite structure in which a strong ionic bond is of great benefit compared with a covalent bond. A hysteresis-free large electrostrictive strain of ˜0.148% up to at least 70 Hz was obtained in the x = 0.25 sample, demonstrating significant advantages over piezoelectric effects in high-precision ceramic actuators.

  3. Electric field induced critical points and polarization rotations in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Kutnjak, Zdravko; Blinc, Robert; Ishibashi, Y.

    2007-09-01

    The giant electromechanical response in ferroelectric relaxors such as Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) is of great importance for a number of ultrasonic and medical applications as well as in telecommunications. On the basis of the dielectric, heat capacity, and piezoelectric investigations on PMN-PT crystals of various PT compositions and bias fields, we have recently shown the existence of a line of critical points for the paraelectric to ferroelectric transformations in the composition-temperature-electric field (x-T-E) phase diagram. Here, we show the piezobehavior in more detail and present a theoretical evaluation of the Widom line and the critical line. This line effectively terminates a surface of first order transitions. Above this line, supercritical evolution has been observed. On approaching the critical point, both the enthalpy cost to induce the intermediate monoclinic states and thus the barrier for polarization rotations decrease significantly. The maximum of the piezoelectric response is not at E=0 , but at the critical field values. It is shown that the critical fluctuations in the proximity of the critical points are directly responsible for the observed enhancement of the electromechanical response in the PMN-PT system. In view of the large electric field dependence of the dielectric constant near the critical point, these systems may also be important as electric field tunable elements.

  4. Anomalous negative electrocaloric effect in a relaxor/normal ferroelectric polymer blend with controlled nano- and meso-dipolar couplings

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    Qian, Xiaoshi; Yang, Tiannan; Zhang, Tian; Chen, Long-Qing; Zhang, Q. M.

    2016-04-01

    In general, a dielectric material will eject (or absorb) heat when an electric field is applied and absorb (or eject) heat when the field is removed, under isothermal condition, which is known as the normal (or negative) electrocaloric (EC) effect. For some applications, it is highly desired that an EC material will absorb heat (cooling the surrounding) without subsequent heating under an electric pulse. Here, we show that such an EC material can be realized in a properly designed hybrid normal ferroelectric/relaxor ferroelectric polymer blend in which the normal ferroelectric component induces dipole ordering in the relaxor polymer in the poled state, which can be switched to a de-poled state by an external field. More importantly, the de-poled state can be maintained by the relaxor component when the de-poling field is removed. Consequently, the hybrid blend exhibits a large cooling (an isothermal entropy change ΔS = 11.5 J kg-1 K-1) without the subsequent heating upon the application of an electric pulse.

  5. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Quasi-ferroelectric state in Ba(Ti1-xZrx)O3 relaxor: dielectric spectroscopy evidence

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    Bokov, A. A.; Maglione, M.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2007-03-01

    The dielectric spectroscopy of perovskite Ba(Ti0.675Zr0.325)O3 (BTZ325) relaxor ceramics is performed in a wide frequency range of 10-2-106 Hz. In contrast to other known relaxors, where the dipole dynamics is subject to non-Arrhenius slowing-down and freezing upon cooling so that the cubic ergodic relaxor phase transforms into a cluster dipolar-glass phase or a ferroelectric phase, none of these transformations are observed in BTZ325. In the course of cooling from the ergodic relaxor phase the characteristic time and the spectral width of the main relaxation process first increase rapidly in a Vogel-Fulcher manner, but then become almost temperature independent below the temperature of permittivity maximum, indicating the onset of the state which we call quasi-ferroelectric. The properties and the origin of this state are discussed.

  6. Interface stability of electrode/Bi-containing relaxor ferroelectric oxide for high-temperature operational capacitor

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    Nagata, Takahiro; Kumaragurubaran, Somu; Tsunekawa, Yoshifumi; Yamashita, Yoshiyuki; Ueda, Shigenori; Takahashi, Kenichiro; Ri, Sung-Gi; Suzuki, Setsu; Oh, Seungjun; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2016-06-01

    The interface stability between electrodes (Pt, TaC, TiC, and RuO2) and a Bi-containing relaxor ferroelectric oxide, BaTiO3–Bi(Mg2/3Nb1/3)O3 (BT–BMN), applied to a high-temperature operational capacitor was investigated by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. All the electrodes showed electron filling at the Fermi level after annealing at 400 °C. However, Pt and TaC indicated electrical property degradations due to the thick intermediate layer formation and defect formation of the BT–BMN layer relating to the Bi diffusion into the electrodes. In contrast, TiC inhibited the Bi diffusion and did not show any change in the band alignment after annealing. Furthermore, RuO2 eliminated the defect formation in BT–BMN and showed no change in the band alignment although the Bi diffusion was also observed. These results suggest that the TiC/RuO2/BT–BMN stack structure is a potential candidate for the high-temperature operational capacitor.

  7. Effects of composition and temperature on the large-field behavior of [001]C relaxor single crystals.

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    Gallagher, John; Lynch, Christopher; Tian, Jian

    2014-12-01

    The compositional dependence of the large-field behavior of [001]C-cut relaxor ferroelectric xPb(In1/2Nb1/2) O3-(1-x-y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-yPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals that are on the rhombohedral side of the morphotropic phase boundary was characterized under electrical, mechanical, and thermal loading. The effects of varying the concentrations of PIN and PT are discussed. Composition was found to impact the material constants and the field-induced phase transformation threshold in the piezoelectric d333-mode configuration. PMID:25474790

  8. Origin of the crossover between a freezing and a structural transition at low concentration in the relaxor ferroelectric K1 -xLixTaO3

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    Cai, Ling; Toulouse, Jean; Harriger, Leland; Downing, R. Gregory; Boatner, L. A.

    2015-04-01

    The origin of the relaxor behavior in K1 -xLixTaO3(KLT ) and other disordered perovskites is now recognized to be due to the reorientation of the polar nanodomains formed by the correlated dipoles of off-center ions. The collective dynamics of these systems evolve through several temperature stages. On decreasing temperature below the so-called Burns temperature TB, individual dipoles become correlated within nanosized regions. On further cooling, the slow dynamics of these polar regions allows local lattice distortions to take place and the formation of polar nanodomains at T*relaxors undergo a phase transition while others do not. In KLT, there is a critical Li concentration xc=0.022 above which the system undergoes a structural transition at Tc, and below which it freezes in a dipole glass state at Tf. To better understand the nature of this critical concentration, the changes that occur upon crossing it and the nature of the dipole glass state, the collective dynamics of KLT have been studied by dielectric spectroscopy and neutron diffraction for two Li concentrations (x =0.026 and 0.018 ) , close to but straddling the critical concentration xc. Two very different transitional behaviors are observed. Just below this critical concentration, KLT displays critical slowing down and the onset of freezing as seen in hydrogen-bonded molecular ferroelectrics, while just above this concentration, KLT undergoes a first-order structural transition.

  9. Effects of lanthanum dopants on the Curie–Weiss and the local order behaviors for Pb{sub 1−x}La{sub x}(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3}){sub 0.7}Ti{sub 0.3}O{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Hong, Cheng-Shong; Chu, Sheng-Yuan; Hsu, Chi-Cheng; Su, Hsiu-Hsien

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: The local order as a function of temperature by using (a) the spin-glass model and (b) the modified-Landau theory for Pb{sub 1−x}La{sub x}(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3}){sub 0.7}Ti{sub 0.3}O{sub 3} ceramics with different amounts of lanthanum dopants. Display Omitted Highlights: ► The effects of La are investigated for Pb{sub 1−x}La{sub x}(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3}){sub 0.7}Ti{sub 0.3}O{sub 3} ceramics. ► La can change their dielectric properties and ordering state. ► The spin glassy behaviors and the freezing process are also affected by La. ► The response mechanisms of La are proposed for the local polarization behavior. -- Abstract: The effects of lanthanum dopants are investigated on the dielectric responses for Pb{sub 1−x}La{sub x}(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3}){sub 0.7}Ti{sub 0.3}O{sub 3} ceramics. According to the experimental data and fitting results, it is concluded that the dielectric characteristics are changed from a long-range-ordered (LRO) ferroelectric state to a short-range-ordered (SRO) relaxor by increasing the amounts of lanthanum dopants. Furthermore, the spin glassy behaviors and the freezing process of local polarizations are not only affected by the ordering degree of B-site cations but also affected by the defect polar pairs. Their response mechanisms are proposed that the growth of the 1:1 ordered domain Pb{sub 1−x}La{sub x}(Fe{sub 1/2}W{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} is impeded since its charge imbalance is enhanced by increasing the amounts of lanthanum dopants, and the defect polar pairs of lead, tungsten and oxygen vacancy are induced by the pyrochlore phase, PbWO{sub 4} or Pb{sub 0.99}La{sub 0.01}WO{sub 4}, when the amount of lanthanum dopants exceed 5 mol.%.

  10. Soft and central mode behaviour in PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O(3) relaxor ferroelectric.

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    Kamba, S; Kempa, M; Bovtun, V; Petzelt, J; Brinkman, K; Setter, N

    2005-06-29

    The relaxor ferroelectric PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O(3) (PMN) is investigated by means of dielectric and Fourier transform far infrared transmission spectroscopy in the frequency range from 10 kHz to 15 THz at temperatures between 20 and 900 K using mostly thin films on infrared transparent sapphire substrates. While the thin film relaxors display reduced dielectric permittivity at low frequencies, their high frequency lattice response is shown to be the same as for single-crystal/ceramic specimens. In contrast to the results of inelastic neutron scattering, the optic soft mode is found to be underdamped at all temperatures. On heating, the TO1 soft phonon follows the Cochran law with an extrapolated critical temperature of 670 K near to the Burns temperature. Above 450 K the soft mode frequency levels off near 50 cm(-1) and above the Burns temperature it slightly hardens. Central-mode-type dispersion assigned to the dynamics of polar nanoclusters appears below the Burns temperature at frequencies near to but below the soft mode and slows down and broadens dramatically on cooling, finally, below the freezing temperature of 200 K, giving rise to frequency independent losses from the microwave range down. A new explanation of the phonon 'waterfall' effect in inelastic neutron scattering spectra is proposed. PMID:21690711

  11. Electro-optical properties in relaxor ferroelectric materials and the device applications

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    Jeong, Daeyong

    The electro-optic (E-O) effects of the relaxor ferroelectric materials, Lead Magnesium Niobate-Lead Titanate Pb(Mg 1/3Nb2/3)O3- PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystals and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P( VDF-TrFE)] based polymers, are investigated here. The tetragonal 0.62PMN-0.38PT single crystals poled along the <001> direction (the spontaneous polarization direction) have a stable single domain and show high transparency from the visible to Near-IR range. Using the Mach-Zender interferometry method, large linear E-O coefficients r 33 = 70 pm/V, r 31 = 25 pm/V, and r 15 = 558 pm/V were characterized. P(VDF-TrFE) based terpolymers shows a large Kerr effect where a refractive index change of -2.6% can be induced under an electric field of 80 V/mu m. When combined with the electrostrictive strain, the terpolymer film exhibits a total -5.6% optical pathlength change under a field of 80 V/mum. Calculations based on density functional theory suggest that such a large E-O effect was caused mainly by the reorientation of the C-F dipoles in the crystalline regions under external field. With the large strain and E-O effect, the tunable graing and Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPIs) were fabricated. By changing the structure of comb-shape electrode for the bottom electrode and the polymer thickness, it was calculated that we could control the electric field distribution leading the different level of strain for grating. This new tunable grating has the advantage of simple fabrication and easy integration. In our first experimental demonstration, 24% of the first order diffraction efficiency was observed with 100 V/mum. For the strain tunable FPI, which for the terpolymer films under mechanically clamped condition is 1.3% under 100 V/mum field, we show that a tunable range of 22.5 nm can be obtained at wavelengths near 1.5 mum. On the other hand, the FPI using a terpolymer film directly as the cavity of the etalon shows a smaller tunability (0.78% under 100 V/mum) due

  12. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-01-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ≃1 GHz to ≃1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel–Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour. PMID:27040174

  13. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-04-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ~=1 GHz to ~=1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel-Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour.

  14. Bi(Ni1/2Zr1/2)O3-PbTiO3 relaxor-ferroelectric films for piezoelectric energy harvesting and electrostatic storage

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    Xie, Zhenkun; Yue, Zhenxing; Ruehl, Griffin; Peng, Bin; Zhang, Jie; Yu, Qi; Zhang, Xiaohua; Li, Longtu

    2014-06-01

    In this Letter, we demonstrated that both a high energy-storage density and a large piezoelectric response can be attained simultaneously in relaxor-ferroelectric 0.4Bi(Ni1/2Zr1/2)O3-0.6PbTiO3 films prepared by chemical solution deposition. The as-prepared films had a pure-phase perovskite structure with an excellent crystalline morphology, featuring a moderate relative permittivity ( ɛ r ˜ 800-1100), a low dissipation factor ( tan δ < 5%) and strong relaxor-like behavior ( γ = 1.81). An ultra-high energy-storage density of 39.8 J/cm3 at 2167 kV/cm was achieved at room temperature. Moreover, the 0.4Bi(Ni1/2Zr1/2)O3-0.6PbTiO3 films exhibited a considerably large effective piezoelectric coefficient of 83.1 pm/V under substrate clamping, which is comparable to the values obtained for lead zirconate titanate films. Good thermal stabilities in both the energy-storage performance and the piezoelectric properties were obtained over a wide range of temperatures, which makes 0.4Bi(Ni1/2Zr1/2)O3-0.6PbTiO3 films a promising candidate for high energy-storage embedded capacitors, piezoelectric micro-devices, and specifically for potential applications in next-generation integrated multifunctional piezoelectric energy harvesting and electrostatic storage systems.

  15. An Ising-like Model to Predict Dielectric Properties of the Relaxor Ferroelectric Solid Solution Barium titanate - Bismuth(Zinc1/2Titanium 1/2)Oxide

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    Jackson, Dennis L.

    We developed a model to investigate the dielectric properties of the BaTiO3 - Bi(Zn 1/2Ti1/2)O3 (BT-BZT) solid solution, which is a relaxor ferroelectric and exhibits long range disorder. The model uses ab initio methods to determine all polarization states for every atomic configuration of 2x2x2 supercells of BT-BZT. Each supercell is placed on a lattice with an Ising-like interaction between neighboring cell polarizations. This method allows us to consider long range disorder, which is not possible with ab initio methods alone, and is required to properly understand relaxor ferroelectric materials. We analyze the Monte Carlo data for a single lattice configuration using the multiple histogram method, and develop a modified histogram technique to combine data from multiple lattice configurations. Our calculated values of dielectric constant, specific heat, and polarization agree reasonably well with experiment.

  16. Stress-modulated relaxor-to-ferroelectric transition in lead-free (N a1 /2B i1 /2 ) Ti O3-BaTi O3 ferroelectrics

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    Schader, Florian H.; Wang, Zhiyang; Hinterstein, Manuel; Daniels, John E.; Webber, Kyle G.

    2016-04-01

    The effect of external mechanical fields on relaxor 0.94 (N a1 /2B i1 /2 ) Ti O3-0.06 BaTi O3 was investigated by means of temperature- and stress-dependent dielectric constant measurements between 223 and 673 K. Analogous to previous investigations that showed an electric-field-induced ferroelectric long-range order in relaxor ferroelectrics, we show that compressive stress can also result in the transition to the long-range ferroelectric order, marked by the formation of an anomaly in the permittivity-temperature curves and a nonlinear, remanent change in permittivity during mechanical loading. In situ stress-dependent high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments were performed at room temperature and reveal an apparent phase transition during mechanical loading, consistent with previous macroscopic electrical measurements. The transition lines between the relaxor states and the stress-induced ferroelectric state were determined at constant temperatures with stress-dependent dielectric constant measurements, providing a stress-temperature phase diagram.

  17. New Dielectric Resonances in Mesoscopic Ferroelectrics

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    Pattnaik, R.; Toulouse, J.

    1997-12-01

    A new type of dielectric resonance has been observed in several mixed ferroelectrics, KTa1-xNbxO3 (KTN), K1-xLixTaO3 (KLT), and PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (PMN), also known as relaxor ferroelectrics. This resonance and its metastability (persistence over long periods of time) in KTN in the paraelectric phase provides clear evidence, in relaxors, for the presence of permanent polar nanoregions and strong polarization-strain coupling. The frequencies calculated from the elastic constant reveal the unexpected clamped nature of the resonance. These results point to the essential role of polar regions in the relaxor behavior.

  18. Grain-size-dependent spontaneous relaxor-to-ferroelectric phase transition in (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 ceramics

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    Hagiwara, Manabu; Fujihara, Shinobu

    2015-07-01

    Dense and phase-pure (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 (BKT) ceramics with various average grain sizes from 0.18 to 1.01 μm were prepared from a hydrothermally synthesized powder and their phase transition behaviors were studied by means of dielectric measurements. A drastic increase of the maximum dielectric permittivity (ɛm) with increasing the grain size was found in the temperature dependence of permittivity. The sample with the largest grain size clearly showed both a frequency dependence of dielectric maximum temperature (Tm) and a dielectric anomaly with a strong thermal hysteresis at a temperature below Tm, demonstrating that the BKT ceramic is intrinsically a material exhibiting a spontaneous relaxor to normal ferroelectric (R-nFE) phase transition. On the other hand, the suppression of the R-nFE transition was observed in the sample with the smallest grain size, which was explained as an effect of avoiding the internal stress development caused by the volume increase occurring with the phase transition.

  19. Anisotropic phonon coupling in the relaxor ferroelectric (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 near its high-temperature phase transition

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    Cai, Ling; Toulouse, Jean; Luo, Haosu; Tian, Wei

    2014-08-01

    The lead free relaxor Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (NBT) undergoes a structural cubic-to-tetragonal transition near 800 K which is caused by the cooperative rotations of O6 octahedra. These rotations are also accompanied by the displacements of the cations and the formation of the polar nanodomains (PNDs) that are responsible for the characteristic dielectric dispersion of relaxor ferroelectrics. Because of their intrinsic properties, spontaneous polarization, and lack of inversion symmetry, these PNDs are also piezoelectric and can mediate an interaction between polarization and strain or couple the optic and acoustic phonons. Because PNDs introduce a local tetragonal symmetry, the phonon coupling they mediate is found to be anisotropic. In this paper we present inelastic neutron scattering results on coupled transverse acoustic (TA) and transverse optic (TO) phonons in the [110] and [001] directions and across the cubic-tetragonal phase transition at TC˜800 K. The phonon spectra are analyzed using a mode coupling model. In the [110] direction, as in other relaxors and some ferroelectric perovskites, a precipitous drop of the TO phonon into the TA branch or "waterfall" is observed at a certain qwf˜0.14 r.l.u. In the [001] direction, the highly overdamped line shape can be fitted with closely positioned bare mode energies which are largely overlapping along the dispersion curves. Two competing lattice coupling mechanism are proposed to explain these observations.

  20. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Schneeloch, John A.; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-01

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1 /3Nb2 /3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E ∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ℏ ω ≤9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropic field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E . Our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.

  1. Pyroelectric waste heat energy harvesting using relaxor ferroelectric 8/65/35 PLZT and the Olsen cycle

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    Lee, Felix Y.; Goljahi, Sam; McKinley, Ian M.; Lynch, Christopher S.; Pilon, Laurent

    2012-02-01

    Waste heat can be directly converted into electrical energy by performing the Olsen cycle on pyroelectric materials. The Olsen cycle consists of two isothermal and two isoelectric field processes in the electric displacement versus electric field diagram. This paper reports on the electrical energy generated by lanthanum-doped lead zirconate titanate (8/65/35 PLZT) subjected to the Olsen cycle. The material was alternately dipped into a cold and a hot silicone oil bath under specified electric fields. A maximum energy density of 888 J l-1/cycle was obtained with a 290 µm thick 8/65/35 PLZT sample for temperatures between 25 and 160 °C and electric fields cycled between 0.2 and 7.5 MV m-1. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest pyroelectric energy density experimentally measured with multiple cycles. It corresponded to a power density of 15.8 W l-1. The electrical breakdown strength and therefore the energy and power densities of the material increased as the sample thickness was reduced from 720 to 290 µm. Furthermore, a physical model for estimating the energy harvested by ferroelectric relaxors was further validated against experimental data for a wide range of electric fields and temperatures.

  2. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    John A. Schneeloch; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-28

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ ℏω ≤ 9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropic field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E. Lastly, our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.

  3. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    John A. Schneeloch; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-28

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ ℏω ≤ 9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropicmore » field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E. Lastly, our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.« less

  4. Nanoscale phase quantification in lead-free (Bi1 /2Na1 /2) TiO3-BaTiO3 relaxor ferroelectrics by means of 23Na NMR

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    Groszewicz, Pedro B.; Breitzke, Hergen; Dittmer, Robert; Sapper, Eva; Jo, Wook; Buntkowsky, Gerd; Rödel, Jürgen

    2014-12-01

    We address the unsolved question on the structure of relaxor ferroelectrics at the atomic level by characterizing lead-free piezoceramic solid solutions (100 -x ) (Bi1 /2Na1 /2) TiO3-x BaTiO3 (BNT -x BT ) (for x =1 ,4 ,6 , and 15). Based on the relative intensity between spectral components in quadrupolar perturbed 23Na nuclear magnetic resonance, we present direct evidence of the coexistence of cubic and polar local symmetries in these relaxor ferroelectrics. In addition, we demonstrate how the cubic phase vanishes whenever a ferroelectric state is induced, either by field cooling or changing the dopant amount, supporting the relation between this cubic phase and the relaxor state.

  5. Octahedral tilt transitions in the relaxor ferroelectric Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3

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    Meyer, Kai-Christian; Gröting, Melanie; Albe, Karsten

    2015-07-01

    The kinetics of octahedral tilt transitions in the lead-free relaxor material sodium bismuth titanate Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (NBT) is investigated by electronic structure calculations within density functional theory. Energy barriers for transitions between tetragonal, rhombohedral and orthorhombic tilts in cation configurations with [001]- and [111]-order on the A-sites are determined by nudged elastic band calculations. By tilting entire layers of octahedra simultaneously we find that the activation energy is lower for structures with 001-order compared to such with 111-order. The energetic coupling between differently tilted layers is, however, negligibly small. By introducing a single octahedral defect we create local tilt disorder and find that the deformation energy of the neighboring octahedra is less in a rhombohedral than in a tetragonal structure. By successively increasing the size of clusters of orthorhombic defects in a rhombohedral matrix with 001-order, we determine a critical cluster size of about 40 Å . Thus groups of about ten octahedra can be considered as nuclei for polar nanoregions, which are the cause of the experimentally observed relaxor behavior of NBT.

  6. Temperature evolution of the local order parameter in relaxor ferroelectrics (1 - x)PMN-xPZT

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    Gridnev, S. A.; Glazunov, A. A.; Tsotsorin, A. N.

    2005-09-01

    The temperature dependence of the local order parameter and relaxation time distribution function have been determined in (1 - x)PMN-xPZT ceramic samples via dielectric permittivity. Above the Burns temperature, the permittivity was found to follow the Currie-Weiss law, and with temperature decreasing the deviation was observed to increase. A local order parameter was calculated from the dielectric data using a modified Landau-Devonshire approach. These results are compared to the distribution function of relaxation times. It was found that a glasslike freezing of reorientable polar clusters occurs in the temperature range of diffuse relaxor transition. The evolution of the studied system to more ordered state arises from the increased PZT content.

  7. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of Ru-doped relaxor ferroelectrics with a perovskite-type structure

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    Vitova, T.; Mangold, S.; Paulmann, C.; Gospodinov, M.; Marinova, V.; Mihailova, B.

    2014-04-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge structure and extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy at the Ru K edge of Ru-doped PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST-Ru), PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN-Ru), and 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 (PZN-0.1PT-Ru) as well as at the Ta L3 edge of PST-Ru and the Nb K edge of PSN-Ru was applied to study the short- and intermediate-range atomic arrangements in perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor ferroelectrics. The compounds were also analyzed by complementary Raman scattering, visible/near-visible absorption spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray single-crystal diffraction. The results show that Ru is octahedrally coordinated in all three relaxor host matrices but the average oxidation state of Ru in PST-Ru and PSN-Ru is ˜4.4, whereas it is ˜3.8 in PZN-0.1PT-Ru. In PbSc0.5B''0.5O3 (B'' = Ta, Nb) Ru substitutes for the B'' cations in the form of isolated point defects, while in PZN-0.1PT-Ru Ru replaces adjacent A and B sites, forming a chainlike structural species of face-sharing elongated octahedra. Chemical 1:1 B-site order as well as dynamic BO6 tilting is observed around both the Ru dopant and the major B'' cation in PST-Ru and PSN-Ru regardless of the fact that according to x-ray diffraction at ambient conditions, the average structure is cubic with weak or no long-range chemical order. Pb cations are off-center displaced from the prototypic cubic A site for all three compounds and in Ru-doped PbSc0.5B''0.5O3 the BO6 tilt angle correlates with the degree of coherent B-Pb distances.

  8. Chemically induced renormalization phenomena in Pb-based relaxor ferroelectrics under high pressure

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    Mihailova, B.; Waeselmann, N.; Maier, B. J.; Angel, R. J.; Prüßmann, T.; Paulmann, C.; Gospodinov, M.; Bismayer, U.

    2013-03-01

    The pressure-induced phase transition sequence in PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN) heavily doped with homo- and heterovalent cations on the A- or B-site of the perovskite-type structure (ABO3) was analysed by in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy up to pressures of 25 GPa. We focused on the structural phenomena occurring above the first pressure-induced phase transition at pc1 from a relaxor state to a non-polar rhombohedral phase with antiphase tilting of the BO6 octahedra. The samples studied were PST doped with Nb5+ and Sn4+ on the B-site, PST doped with Ba2+ and La3+ on the A-site and PSN doped with Sr2+ and La3+ on the A-site. All of them exhibit a second pressure-induced phase transition at pc2, similar to pure PST and PSN. The second transition involves the development of either order of antiparallel Pb2+ displacements and complementary a+b-b- octahedral tilts, or a-b-b- (0 ≤ a < b) tilting alone. As in pure PST and PSN, the second phase transition is preceded by the occurrence of unequal octahedral tilts on the local scale. The substitution of Nb5+ for Ta5+ as well as the coupled substitution of Sn4+ for Sc3+ + Ta5+ on the octahedral B sites increases the second critical pressure. The doping by Nb5+ also reduces the length of coherence of antipolar Pb2+ order developed at pc2. The isovalent substitution of the larger Ba2+ for Pb2+ on the A-site suppresses the antipolar Pb2+ order due to the induced local elastic stresses and thus significantly increases pc2. The substitution of smaller cations for Pb2+ on the A-site generally favours the development of long-range order of antiparallel Pb2+ displacements because of the chemically enhanced a-a-a- octahedral tilts. However, this ordering is less when the dopant is aliovalent, due to the charge imbalance on the A-site. For all of the relaxors studied here, the dynamic compressibility estimated from the pressure derivative of the wavenumber of the soft mode associated with

  9. Enhanced dielectric constant and relaxor behavior realized by dual stage sintering of Sr{sub 0.5}Ba{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Rathore, Satyapal S. Vitta, Satish

    2014-04-24

    The relaxor ferroelectric compound, Sr{sub 0.5}Ba{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (SBN50) was synthesized by solid state reaction followed by sintering under two different conditions: single and dual stage sintering. The impact of sintering process on structural and dielectric properties has been studied in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The crystal structure determined by performing Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffractogram was found to be identical in both cases. SBN50 crystallizes in the ferroelectric tetragonal tungsten bronze, P4bm structure. It was observed that uniform grain growth can be controlled by dual stage sintering and relatively narrow distribution of grains can be achieved with an average grain size of ∼15 μm. The dielectric studies show that SBN50 exhibits a relaxor ferroelectric behavior with the transformation taking place at ∼ 380 K due to formation of polar nano regions. Although both single and dual stage sintered SBN50 exhibits relaxor behaviour, the maximum dielectric constant of dual stage sintered SBN50 is found to be 1550 compare to 1440 for single stage sintering.

  10. Relaxor Behavior and Dielectric Properties of Bi(Zn2/3Nb1/3)O3-Modified BaTiO3 Ceramics

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    Chen, Xiuli; Chen, Jie; Huang, Guisheng; Ma, Dandan; Fang, Lang; Zhou, Huanfu

    2015-12-01

    (1 - x)BaTiO3- xBi(Zn2/3Nb1/3)O3 [(1 - x)BT- xBZN, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2] ceramics were prepared via a conventional solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and Raman spectra analysis show that the ceramics are tetragonal phase when x ≤ 0.02, and transform to pseudocubic phase as x ≥ 0.06. The temperature and frequency dependences of relative permittivity indicate a gradual crossover from a classic ferroelectric to relaxor ferroelectric. The dielectric relaxor behavior follows a modified Curie-Weiss law. The degree of the phase transition diffuseness ( γ) and the deviation from the Curie-Weiss law (Δ T_{{d}} ) increase to the maximum at x = 0.08, and subsequently decrease with further increasing x values, which associated with the appearance of polar nanoregions on account of the formation of random fields included local electric fields and elastic fields. Nevertheless, the random fields may decrease by reason of the interaction between the local electric fields and elastic fields.

  11. Determination of 60° polarization nanodomains in a relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystal

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    Kim, Kyou-Hyun; Zuo, Jian-Min; Payne, David A.

    2015-10-19

    Here, we report a determination of monoclinic nanodomains in PMN-xPT with x = 31%PT by using scanning convergent beam electron diffraction (SCBED). We show the presence of 60 ± α degree nanodomains with Cm-like symmetry as well as significant variations (α) in local polarization directions across lengths of ∼10 nm. The principle of our technique is general and can be applied for the determination of polarization domains in other ferroelectric materials of different symmetry.

  12. Influence of lanthanum doping on the dielectric, ferroelectric and relaxor behaviour of barium bismuth titanate ceramics

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    Kumar, Sunil; Varma, K. B. R.

    2009-04-01

    Barium lanthanum bismuth titanate (Ba1-(3/2)xLaxBi4Ti4O15, x = 0-0.4) ceramics were fabricated using the powders synthesized via the solid-state reaction route. X-ray powder diffraction analysis confirmed the above compositions to be monophasic and belonged to the m = 4 member of the Aurivillius family of oxides. The effect of the partial presence of La3+ on Ba2+ sites on the microstructure, dielectric and relaxor behaviour of BaBi4Ti4O15 (BBT) ceramics was investigated. For the compositions pertaining to x <= 0.1, the dielectric constant at both room temperature and in the vicinity of the temperature of the dielectric maximum (Tm) of the parent phase (BBT) increased significantly with an increase in x while Tm remained almost constant. Tm shifted towards lower temperatures accompanied by a decrease in the magnitude of the dielectric maximum (ɛm) with an increase in the lanthanum content (0.1 < x <= 0.4). The dielectric relaxation was modelled using the Vogel-Fulcher relation and a decrease in the activation energy for frequency dispersion with increasing x was observed. The frequency dispersion of Tm was found to decrease with an increase in lanthanum doping, and for compositions corresponding to x >= 0.3, Tm was frequency independent. Well-developed P(polarization)-E(electric field) hysteresis loops were observed at 150 °C for all the samples and the remanent polarization (2Pr) was improved from 6.3 µC cm-2 for pure BBT to 13.4 µC cm-2 for Ba0.7La0.2Bi4Ti4O15 ceramics. Dc conductivities and associated activation energies were evaluated using impedance spectroscopy.

  13. Resonance Raman scattering of perovskite-type relaxor ferroelectrics under nonambient conditions

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    de la Flor, G.; Wehber, M.; Rohrbeck, A.; Aroyo, M. I.; Bismayer, U.; Mihailova, B.

    2014-08-01

    Resonance Raman scattering (RRS) of two model perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor compounds PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN) excited with a laser wavelength of 325 nm (3.8 eV) is studied at different temperatures and ambient pressure as well as at high pressures and room temperature (for PST). The origin of the observed RRS is reinspected by applying group-theory analysis of phonons compatible with symmetry-allowed electron transitions in cubic and possible polar and nonpolar rhombohedral ferroic structures. It is shown that the simultaneous enhancement of first- and second-order RRS generated by antisymmetric BO6 bending and stretching modes under resonance conditions when the photon energy is slightly above the energy gap Eg˜3.2eV results exclusively from spatial regions with coherent polar structural distortions. Upon cooling RRS appears in the vicinity of the characteristic temperature T*, and its total intensity significantly increases upon further temperature decrease. The predominate type of BO6 polarity changes from related to difference in B-O bonds to related to distorted O-B-O bond angles. At room temperature and high pressures RRS drops in intensity above the critical pressure of development of long-range antiphase octahedral tilting. However it persists up to 8.3 GPa, which is the highest pressure reached in the experiment, indicating that the high-pressure phase is polar due to the slight BO6 distortions accompanying the tilt order.

  14. Effect of dead layer and strain on diffuse phase transition of PLZT relaxor thin films.

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    Tong, S.; Narayanan, M.; Ma, B.; Koritala, R. E.; Liu, S.; Balachandran, U.; Shi, D.

    2011-02-01

    Bulk relaxor ferroelectrics exhibit excellent permittivity compared to their thin film counterpart, although both show diffuse phase transition (DPT) behavior unlike normal ferroelectrics. To better understand the effect of dead layer and strain on the observed anomaly in the dielectric properties, we have developed relaxor PLZT (lead lanthanum zirconate titanate) thin films with different thicknesses and measured their dielectric properties as a function of temperature and frequency. The effect of dead layer on thin film permittivity has been found to be independent of temperature and frequency, and is governed by the Schottky barrier between the platinum electrode and PLZT. The total strain (thermal and intrinsic) in the film majorly determines the broadening, dielectric peak and temperature shift in the relaxor ferroelectric. The Curie-Weiss type law for relaxors has been further modified to incorporate these two effects to accurately predict the DPT behavior of thin film and bulk relaxor ferroelectrics. The dielectric behavior of thin film is predicted by using the bulk dielectric data from literature in the proposed equation, which agree well with the measured dielectric behavior.

  15. Structured diffuse scattering and polar nano-regions in the Ba(Ti{sub 1-} {sub x} Sn {sub x} )O{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectric system

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    Liu Yun; Withers, Ray L. Wei Xiaoyong; Fitz Gerald, John D.

    2007-03-15

    The observation via electron diffraction of relatively sharp G{+-}{l_brace}001{r_brace}* sheets of diffuse intensity arising from the large amplitude excitation of inherently polar, transverse optical modes of distortion in Ba(Ti{sub 1-} {sub x} Sn {sub x} )O{sub 3} (BTS), 0.1{<=}x{<=}0.5, samples, both at room temperature as well as liquid nitrogen temperature, shows that the polar nano-regions (PNRs) in these relaxor ferroelectric materials correspond to the same highly anisotropic <001> chain dipoles as are characteristic of the normal ferroelectric end member BaTiO{sub 3} itself. The correlation length along the chain of these 1-d PNRs can, in principle, be determined from the width of the observed {l_brace}001{r_brace}* diffuse sheets in reciprocal space and is estimated to be at least 5 nm even for the higher x samples. The distribution of the substitutional Sn ions thus appears to have only a minor effect upon the correlation length along the <001> chain dipole directions. It is suggested that the role of the dopant Sn ions is not to directly induce PNRs but rather to set up random local strain fields preventing the condensation of long wavelength homogeneous strain distortions of the unit cell thereby suppressing transverse correlations of the <001> chain dipoles and the development of long-range ordered ferroelectric state/s. - Graphical abstract: The characteristic G{+-}{l_brace}001{r_brace}* sheets of diffuse intensity characteristic of the relaxor ferroelectric Ba(Ti{sub 1-} {sub x} Sn {sub x} )O{sub 3} (BTS), 0.1{<=}x{<=}0.5, system along with the inherently polar, transverse optical modes of distortion responsible.

  16. Interplay between pressure and local symmetry in (Pb1 -3 /2 xLax)(Zr60Ti40)O3: Emergence of a relaxor state

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    Nahas, Y.; Prokhorenko, S.; Kornev, I.

    2014-11-01

    This study aims at inquiring into the role of hydrostatic pressure in driving the relaxor behavior within a local-symmetry-based approach to relaxor ferroelectrics. Results reveal the occurrence of a pressure-induced ferroelectric-to-relaxor crossover, clearly reflected in the experiment-matching temperature-pressure phase diagram of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate. Relaxor behavior is found to occur under pressure and upon cooling due to the nucleation of local order within fractal regions, as an incipient state towards percolating ferroelectric order. Further analysis of the geometrical features of ordering process points to a manifest nontrivial disruption of the balance between competing interactions under the conjugated effects of pressure and local-symmetry constraints.

  17. Variation of Piezoelectric properties and mechanisms across the relaxor-like/Ferroelectric continuum in BiFeO3- (K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-PbTiO3 ceramics.

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    Bennett, James; Shrout, Thomas R; Zhang, Shujun; Owston, Heather E; Stevenson, Tim J; Esat, Faye; Bell, Andrew J; Comyn, T P

    2015-01-01

    1- x - y)BiFeO3-x(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-yPbTiO3 (BFKBT- PT) piezoelectric ceramics were investigated across the compositional space and contrasted against the xBiFeO3- (1-x)(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (BF-KBT) system, whereby a range of relaxor-like/ferroelectric behavior was observed. Structural and piezoelectric properties were closely related to the PbTiO3 concentration; below a critical concentration, relaxor-like behavior was identified. The mechanisms governing the piezoelectric behavior were investigated with structural, electrical, and imaging techniques. X-ray diffraction established that longrange non-centrosymmetric crystallographic order was evident above a critical PbTiO3 concentration, y > 0.1125. Commensurate with the structural analysis, electric-field-induced strain responses showed electrostrictive behavior in the PbTiO3-reduced compositions, with increased piezoelectric switching in PbTiO3-rich compositions. Positive-up-negative-down (PUND) analysis was used to confirm electric-field-induced polarization measurements, elucidating that the addition of PbTiO3 increased the switchable polarization and ferroelectric ordering. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) of the BF-KBT-PT system exhibited typical domain patterns above a critical PbTiO3 threshold, with no ferroelectric domains observed in the BF-KBT system in the pseudocubic region. Doping of BiFeO3-PbTiO3 has been unsuccessful in the search for hightemperature materials that offer satisfactory piezoelectric properties; however, this system demonstrates that the partial substitution of alternative end-members can be an effective method. The partial substitution of PbTiO3 into BF-KBT enables long-range non-centrosymmetric crystallographic order, resulting in increased polar order and TC, compared with the pseudocubic region. The search for novel high-temperature piezoelectric ceramics can therefore exploit the accommodating nature of the perovskite family, which allows significant variance in chemical and physical

  18. Dielectric relaxation and resonance in relaxor ferroelectric K1-xLixTaO3

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    Pattnaik, R. K.; Toulouse, J.

    1999-09-01

    Polar regions are shown to mediate a strong coupling between polarization and strain in the paraelectric phase of the mixed ferroelectric K1-xLixTaO3 (KLT) and KTa1-xNbxO3 resulting in a field-induced piezoelectric response. The coupling is shown to result in a resonance in the dielectric spectrum of the crystals. In KLT, polar nanoregions can reorient via 180° (π relaxation) or 90° (π/2 relaxation) rotations. While the π relaxation is of no consequence, the π/2 relaxation has a strong influence on the overall character of the resonance. In addition to providing a mechanism for loss and degradation of the quality factor, this relaxation alters the character of the resonance as the two cross. Experimental results from dielectric spectroscopy above and below this crossover are presented and discussed. A simple theoretical Debye model involving the electrostrictive polarization-strain coupling is presented and the calculated spectrum is shown to reproduce the experimental spectrum. The parameters derived from the model are discussed. Most significantly, the electrostrictive coefficient of KLT is found to be 100 times larger than that of BaTiO3, and is due to the presence of polar nanoregions.

  19. Piezoelectric response enhancement in the proximity of grain boundaries of relaxor-ferroelectric thin films

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    Brewer, Steven; Deng, Carmen; Callaway, Connor; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2016-06-01

    The influence of surface morphology on the local piezoelectric response of highly (100)-textured 0.70PbMg2/3Nb1/3O3-0.30PbTiO3 thin films is studied using piezoresponse force microscopy in band-excitation mode. The local electromechanical response is mostly suppressed in direct proximity of the grain boundaries. However, within 100-200 nm of the grain boundary, the piezoresponse is substantially enhanced, before decaying again within a region at the center of the grain itself. Nested piezoresponse hysteresis curves confirm the influence of topography descriptors on parameters affecting the hysteresis loop shape. The enhancement of the electromechanical response is rationalized through reduced lateral clamping in the grains with deep trenched boundaries, as well as an expected lower energy for complex domain wall structures, due to curved ferroelectric surfaces. The lower piezoresponse at the center of the grain is assigned to the lateral clamping by the surrounding piezoelectric material.

  20. Processing and Reduced Sintering Temperature of Relaxor Ferroelectric Lead Zinc Niobate - Lead Nickel Niobate/lead Titanate Ceramics for Capacitor Applications

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    Vierheilig, Albert A.

    This dissertation investigates processing and property issues between relaxor ferroelectric Lead Zinc Niobate(PZN) and Lead Nickel Niobate(PNN), and the normal ferroelectric, Lead Titanate(PT). These materials were studied with regard to dielectric properties for potential usage in capacitor applications. Compositions in the xPZN-(1-x)PNN binary system were prepared over a range of x = 0 to x = 0.94. The use of the mixed oxide processing technique resulted in substantial pyrochlore phase formation while use of the B-site precursor technique significantly reduced the pyrochlore phase. Peak dielectric constant was a maximum at x = 0.70, with a value of 8,800 at a T_ c of 46 ^circC, following firing at 1125^circC/2 hours. The addition of PT to the PZN-PNN system was performed to optimize dielectric properties. A composition was identified which possessed a room temperature dielectric constant of 12,000 (0.46PZN-0.46PNN-0.08PT). To further optimize dielectric properties, several processing variables were studied, including excess PbO additions to starting batches, firing configuration, powder purity and post-fire thermal annealing. Thermal annealing was found to improve dielectric constant by 50% in the x = 0.65, x = 0.75 and 0.46PZN-0.46PNN -0.08PT systems. The x = 0.75 composition showed an increase in dielectric constant, despite the increased amount of pyrochlore phase present with increased annealing time. The other compositions showed negligible pyrochlore phase for all firing temperatures studied. The increase in K was due to increased grain development and decreased grain boundary phase. A reduction in processing temperature from 1075 to 950^circC using lithium -based fluxing sintering aids was demonstrated in the 0.46PZN -0.46PNN-0.08PT composition, with an improvement in density to 96% with only a 1% Li^+ concentration. Despite this large improvement, dielectric constant improved minimally. A systematic study comparing the effects of LiNO _3, Li_2CO_3 and Li

  1. Novel optically active lead-free relaxor ferroelectric (Ba0.6Bi0.2Li0.2)TiO3

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    Borkar, Hitesh; Rao, Vaibhav; Dutta, Soma; Barvat, Arun; Pal, Prabir; Tomar, M.; Gupta, Vinay; Scott, J. F.; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-07-01

    We discovered a near-room-temperature lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric (Ba0.6Bi0.2Li0.2)TiO3 (BBLT) having A-site compositionally disordered ABO3 perovskite structure. Microstructure-property relations revealed that the chemical inhomogeneities and development of local polar nano-regions (PNRs) are responsible for dielectric dispersion as a function of probe frequencies and temperatures. Rietveld analysis indicates mixed crystal structure with 80% tetragonal structure (space group P4mm) and 20% orthorhombic structure (space group Amm2), which is confirmed by the high resolution transmission electron diffraction (HRTEM). Dielectric constant and tangent loss dispersion with and without illumination of light obey nonlinear Vogel–Fulcher (VF) relations. The material shows slim polarization–hysteresis (P–E) loops and excellent displacement coefficients (d 33 ~ 233 pm V‑1) near room temperature, which gradually diminish near the maximum dielectric dispersion temperature (T m ). The underlying physics for light-sensitive dielectric dispersion was probed by x-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), which strongly suggests that mixed valence of bismuth ions, especially Bi5+ ions, comprise most of the optically active centers. Ultraviolet photoemission measurements showed most of the Ti ions are in 4 +  states and sit at the centers of the TiO6 octahedra; along with asymmetric hybridization between O 2p and Bi 6s orbitals, this appears to be the main driving force for net polarization. This BBLT material may open a new path for environmental friendly lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric research.

  2. Novel optically active lead-free relaxor ferroelectric (Ba0.6Bi0.2Li0.2)TiO3.

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    Borkar, Hitesh; Rao, Vaibhav; Dutta, Soma; Barvat, Arun; Pal, Prabir; Tomar, M; Gupta, Vinay; Scott, J F; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-07-01

    We discovered a near-room-temperature lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric (Ba0.6Bi0.2Li0.2)TiO3 (BBLT) having A-site compositionally disordered ABO3 perovskite structure. Microstructure-property relations revealed that the chemical inhomogeneities and development of local polar nano-regions (PNRs) are responsible for dielectric dispersion as a function of probe frequencies and temperatures. Rietveld analysis indicates mixed crystal structure with 80% tetragonal structure (space group P4mm) and 20% orthorhombic structure (space group Amm2), which is confirmed by the high resolution transmission electron diffraction (HRTEM). Dielectric constant and tangent loss dispersion with and without illumination of light obey nonlinear Vogel-Fulcher (VF) relations. The material shows slim polarization-hysteresis (P-E) loops and excellent displacement coefficients (d 33 ~ 233 pm V(-1)) near room temperature, which gradually diminish near the maximum dielectric dispersion temperature (T m ). The underlying physics for light-sensitive dielectric dispersion was probed by x-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), which strongly suggests that mixed valence of bismuth ions, especially Bi(5+) ions, comprise most of the optically active centers. Ultraviolet photoemission measurements showed most of the Ti ions are in 4 +  states and sit at the centers of the TiO6 octahedra; along with asymmetric hybridization between O 2p and Bi 6s orbitals, this appears to be the main driving force for net polarization. This BBLT material may open a new path for environmental friendly lead-free relaxor-ferroelectric research. PMID:27165848

  3. Chemical order and local structure of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectric Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}

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    Groeting, Melanie; Hayn, Silke; Albe, Karsten

    2011-08-15

    The A-site mixed perovskite sodium bismuth titanate (Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} (NBT) is investigated by means of first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. By studying different geometries with varying occupations of the A-site, the influence of chemical order on the thermodynamic stability and local structure is explored. We find that the hybridization of Bi 6sp with O 2p-states leads to stereochemically active Bi{sup 3+} lone pairs and increases the stability of structures with high Bi concentrations in {l_brace}001{r_brace}-planes. This goes along with displacive disorder on the oxygen sublattice, which up to now has been neglected in experimental studies. The calculated ordering energies are, however, small as compared to the thermal energy and therefore only short-range chemical order can be expected in experiments. Thus, it is conceivable that chemically ordered local areas can act as nucleation sites for polar nano-regions, which would explain the experimentally observed relaxor behavior of NBT. - Graphical abstract: First-principles calculations give relative stabilities of different chemically ordered structures. The results suggest a new model for the local structure of Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} with 001-ordered nano-regions embedded in a chemically disordered matrix. Chemical order/disorder additionally induces displacive disorder within the oxygen sublattice. Highlights: > Lead-free relaxor ferroelectric Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} is studied by ab initio-calculations. > Structural relaxations in the oxygen sublattice are decisive for relative stabilities. > Chemical environment of oxygen determines relaxation ability. > Bi 6s{sup 2} lone pair formation is the driving force for relaxation. > New structure model: Chemically 001-ordered nano-regions embedded in disordered matrix.

  4. The effect of in-situ high-temperature high-pressure on the structural changes of single-crystal relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc1/2Ta1/2O3 (PST) and PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3 (PSN)

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    Waeselmann, Naemi; Mihailova, Boriana; Gospodinov, Marin; Bismayer, Ullrich

    2013-06-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics (relaxor) of the perovskite structure (ABO3) have remarkably high dielectric permittivity dependent on temperature and frequency as well as remarkable piezoelectric and electro-optic coefficients. These structurally heterogeneous materials undergo a sequence of structural changes on the mesoscopic scale associated with characteristic temperatures resulting from the development of polar order on temperature decrease. Pressure increase on the other hand favors antiferrodistortive order at room temperature. To explore the importance of the antiferrodistortive coupling on the development of polar order simultaneous high-temperature high-pressure Raman studies were undertaken on single crystals of PST and PSN from 400-600 K over pressures extending to 9 GPa. We find that the first pressure-induced transition pc1 decreases with temperature while the second transition pc2 is relatively temperature independent. The behavior of pc1 is interpreted as a weakening of the polar coupling, which in turn facilitates the evolution of the preexisting medium-range antiferodistortive order into a long-range order. The near constant value of pc2 suggests that it is independent of the state of polar coupling and is mainly related to the initial correlation length of antiferrodistortive order. Thus the coexistence of both polar order and antiferrodistortive order is required for the occurrence of the relaxor state. Now at: University of Washington.

  5. Development of nanoscale polarization fluctuations in relaxor-based (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 ferroelectrics studied by Brillouin scattering

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    Tsukada, Shinya; Hidaka, Yuki; Kojima, Seiji; Bokov, Alexei A.; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2013-01-01

    The precursor dynamics of ferroelectric phase transitions in relaxor-based ferroelectric (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 single crystals, with x=0.07, 0.10, and 0.12, were investigated using inelastic light scattering from a longitudinal acoustic phonon. An acoustic anomaly in a broad temperature range, which is characteristic of relaxor ferroelectrics, was observed. We describe the anomalies in the paraelectric phase by assuming local piezoelectric coupling inside polar nanoregions, which are surrounded by a nonpolar matrix. On the basis of local piezoelectric coupling, a relaxation time τ and a dynamic characteristic length L of the order-parameter (polarization) fluctuations were determined to be in the order of 10-13 s and 10-9 m, respectively. The τ and L values increase sharply upon cooling from high temperatures but more gradually below the intermediate temperature T* (=493-510K). This result implies that the local polarization fluctuations grow rapidly upon cooling down to above T* and the growth rate decreases below T*. The inflexion point of this growth process in the paraelectric phase is related to the characteristic properties of relaxor-based solid solutions.

  6. Visualization of polar nanoregions in lead-free relaxors via piezoresponse force microscopy in torsional dual AC resonance tracking mode

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    Liu, Na; Dittmer, Robert; Stark, Robert W.; Dietz, Christian

    2015-07-01

    Polar nanoregions (PNRs) play a key role in the functionality of relaxor ferroelectrics; however, visualizing them in lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics with high lateral resolution is still challenging. Thus, we studied herein the local ferroelectric domain distribution of the lead-free bismuth-based (1 - x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-Bi1/2K1/2TiO3) - x(Bi1/2Mg1/2TiO3) piezoceramics which show a relaxor behavior using dual AC resonance tracking (DART) piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). By using excitation frequencies at either side of the contact resonance peak of the torsional cantilever vibration, an enhanced contrast in the amplitude and phase images of the piezoresponse can be achieved. Additionally, this tracking technique reduces the topographical crosstalk while mapping the local electromechanical properties. The true drive amplitude, drive phase, contact resonant frequency and quality factor can be estimated from DART-PFM data obtained with vertically or torsionally vibrating cantilevers. This procedure yields a three-dimensional quantitative map of the local piezoelectric properties of the relaxor ferroelectric samples. With this approach, torsional DART allowed for the visualization of fine substructures within the monodomains, suggesting the existence of PNRs in relaxor ferroelectrics. The domain structures of the PNRs were visualized with high precision, and the local electromechanical characteristics of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics were quantitatively mapped.Polar nanoregions (PNRs) play a key role in the functionality of relaxor ferroelectrics; however, visualizing them in lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics with high lateral resolution is still challenging. Thus, we studied herein the local ferroelectric domain distribution of the lead-free bismuth-based (1 - x)(Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-Bi1/2K1/2TiO3) - x(Bi1/2Mg1/2TiO3) piezoceramics which show a relaxor behavior using dual AC resonance tracking (DART) piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). By using excitation

  7. Stress dependence of thermally driven pyroelectric charge release during FER-FEO phase transformations in [011] cut relaxor ferroelectric crystals

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    Dong, Wen D.; Finkel, Peter; Amin, Ahmed; Lynch, Christopher S.

    2012-06-01

    The stress dependence of thermally driven polarization change is reported for a ferroelectric rhombohedral to ferroelectric orthorhombic phase transformation in [011] cut and poled Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT). A jump in polarization and strain is associated with a phase transformation of the ferroelectric material. The phase transformation temperature can be tuned, over a broad temperature range, through the application of bias stress. This phenomenon has applications in the field of energy harvesting and thermal sensing.

  8. Polarization-Strain Coupling in Mesoscopic Mixed Ferroelectrics

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    Pattnaik, Radha; Toulouse, Jean

    1998-03-01

    A new type of dielectric resonance has been observed in several mixed ferroelectrics, KTa(_1-x)Nb(_x)O(_3) (KTN), K(_1-x)Li(_x)TaO(_3) (KLT) and PbMg(_1/3)Nb(_2/3)O(_3) (PMN), also known as Relaxor Ferroelectrics. This resonance and its metastability (persistance over long periods of time) in the paraelectric phase of KTN provides clear evidence for the presence, in relaxors, of permenent polar nanoregions and of a strong polarization-strain coupling. The frequencies calculated from the elastic constant or modulus reveal the unexpected nature of the resonance. A comparative study of the polarization-strain coupling and dielectric relaxation in KTN and KLT is presented. These results provide the necessary elements for a microscopic description of the Relaxor behavior in disordered ferroelectrics.

  9. Re-entrant relaxor behavior of Ba{sub 5}RTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} (R = La, Nd, Sm) tungsten bronze ceramics

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    Li, Kun; Li Zhu, Xiao; Qiang Liu, Xiao; Ming Chen, Xiang

    2013-03-18

    Ba{sub 5}RTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} (R = La, Nd, Sm) tungsten bronze ceramics were prepared, and the dielectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated over a broad temperature range. The relaxor nature was determined for all compositions in their permittivity curves, and a second anomaly of the dielectric loss (tan {delta}) was observed around 250 K in Ba{sub 5}NdTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} and around 275 K in Ba{sub 5}SmTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30}. Both the maximum and remanent polarization tended to decrease and vanish at low temperatures in the ferroelectric phase for all compositions, which was referred to as the low temperature re-entrant relaxor behavior. The remanent polarization increased with decreasing temperature first and then reached the maximum value at the re-entrant temperature (T{sub r}). For Ba{sub 5}RTi{sub 3}Nb{sub 7}O{sub 30} (R = La, Nd, Sm), T{sub r} decreased with the radius of R{sup 3+} cations and the applied field amplitude.

  10. Octahedral tilt transitions in the relaxor ferroelectric Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}

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    Meyer, Kai-Christian Gröting, Melanie; Albe, Karsten

    2015-07-15

    The kinetics of octahedral tilt transitions in the lead-free relaxor material sodium bismuth titanate Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} (NBT) is investigated by electronic structure calculations within density functional theory. Energy barriers for transitions between tetragonal, rhombohedral and orthorhombic tilts in cation configurations with [001]- and [111]-order on the A-sites are determined by nudged elastic band calculations. By tilting entire layers of octahedra simultaneously we find that the activation energy is lower for structures with 001-order compared to such with 111-order. The energetic coupling between differently tilted layers is, however, negligibly small. By introducing a single octahedral defect we create local tilt disorder and find that the deformation energy of the neighboring octahedra is less in a rhombohedral than in a tetragonal structure. By successively increasing the size of clusters of orthorhombic defects in a rhombohedral matrix with 001-order, we determine a critical cluster size of about 40 Å . Thus groups of about ten octahedra can be considered as nuclei for polar nanoregions, which are the cause of the experimentally observed relaxor behavior of NBT. - Graphical abstract: Nine orthorhombic oxygen octahedral tilt defects in a rhombohedral tilt configuration. - Highlights: • Chemical order influences energy barriers of octahedral tilt transitions. • The octahedral deformation energy is lower in rhombohedral phases. • Tilt defect clusters are more likely in rhombohedral structures. • Tilt defect clusters can act as nuclei for polar nanoregions.

  11. Critical Property in Relaxor-PbTiO3 Single Crystals --- Shear Piezoelectric Response

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    Xu, Zhuo; Wei, Xiaoyong; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2011-01-01

    The shear piezoelectric behavior in relaxor-PbTiO3 (PT) single crystals is investigated in regard to crystal phase. High levels of shear piezoelectric activity, d15 or d24 >2000 pC N−1, has been observed for single domain rhombohedral (R), orthorhombic (O) and tetragonal (T) relaxor-PT crystals. The high piezoelectric response is attributed to a flattening of the Gibbs free energy at compositions proximate to the morphotropic phase boundaries, where the polarization rotation is easy with applying perpendicular electric field. The shear piezoelectric behavior of pervoskite ferroelectric crystals was discussed with respect to ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transitions and dc bias field using phenomenological approach. The relationship between single domain shear piezoelectric response and piezoelectric activities in domain engineered configurations were given in this paper. From an application viewpoint, the temperature and ac field drive stability for shear piezoelectric responses are investigated. A temperature independent shear piezoelectric response (d24, in the range of −50°C to O-T phase transition temperature) is thermodynamically expected and experimentally confirmed in orthorhombic relaxor-PT crystals; relatively high ac field drive stability (5 kV cm−1) is obtained in manganese modified relaxor-PT crystals. For all thickness shear vibration modes, the mechanical quality factor Qs are less than 50, corresponding to the facilitated polarization rotation. PMID:21960942

  12. Role of random electric fields in relaxors

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    Phelan, Daniel; Stock, Christopher; Rodriguez-Rivera, Jose A.; Chi, Songxue; Leão, Juscelino; Long, Xifa; Xie, Yujuan; Bokov, Alexei A.; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Gehring, Peter M.

    2014-01-01

    PbZr1–xTixO3 (PZT) and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)1–xTixO3 (PMN-xPT) are complex lead-oxide perovskites that display exceptional piezoelectric properties for pseudorhombohedral compositions near a tetragonal phase boundary. In PZT these compositions are ferroelectrics, but in PMN-xPT they are relaxors because the dielectric permittivity is frequency dependent and exhibits non-Arrhenius behavior. We show that the nanoscale structure unique to PMN-xPT and other lead-oxide perovskite relaxors is absent in PZT and correlates with a greater than 100% enhancement of the longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient in PMN-xPT relative to that in PZT. By comparing dielectric, structural, lattice dynamical, and piezoelectric measurements on PZT and PMN-xPT, two nearly identical compounds that represent weak and strong random electric field limits, we show that quenched (static) random fields establish the relaxor phase and identify the order parameter. PMID:24449912

  13. 2-2 composites based on [011]-poled relaxor-ferroelectric single crystals: from the piezoelectric anisotropy to the hydrostatic response

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    Bowen, C. R.; Topolov, V. Y.; Betts, D. N.; Kim, H. A.

    2013-05-01

    In this paper effect of the orientation of the main crystallographic axes on the piezoelectric anisotropy and hydrostatic parameters of 2-2 parallel-connected single crystal (SC) / auxetic polymer composites is analysed. SCs are chosen among the perovskite-type relaxor-ferroelectric solid solutions of (1 - x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 and xPb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-(1 - x - y)PbTiO3. The SC layers in a composite sample are poled along the perovskite unit-cell [011] direction and characterised by mm2 symmetry. The orientation of the main crystallographic axes in the SC layer is observed to strongly influence the effective piezoelectric coefficients d*3j, g*3j, squared figured of merit d*3j g*3j, electromechanical coupling factors k*3j (j = 1, 2 and 3), and hydrostatic analogs of these parameters of the 2-2 composite. A comparison of values of d*3j g*3j was first carried out at d*31 ≠ d*32 in a wide range of orientations and volume-fraction. Large values of the effective parameters and inequalities | d*33 / d*3f | > 5 and | k*33 / k*3f | > 5 (f = 1 and 2) are achieved at specific orientations of the main crystallographic axes due to the anisotropy of elastic and piezoelectric properties of the SC component. The use of an auxetic polyethylene with a negative Poisson's ratio leads to a significant increase in the hydrostatic parameters of the 2-2 composite. Particular advantages of the studied composites over the conventional ceramic / polymer composites are taken into account for transducer, hydroacoustic and energyharvesting applications.

  14. Blockage of domain growth by nanoscale heterogeneities in a relaxor ferroelectric Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Pertsev, N. A.; Gainutdinov, R. V.; Bodnarchuk, Ya. V.; Volk, T. R.

    2015-01-21

    The growth of localized subsurface domains in a relaxor ferroelectric Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} is studied using the technique of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). Ferroelectric domains are created by applying moderate voltages of 10–50 V to the conductive tip of a scanning force microscope brought into contact with a nonpolar face of a Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystal. PFM images of written domains are acquired and analyzed quantitatively to determine the domain length along the polar axis and its width in the transverse direction. The dependences of domain sizes on the applied voltage, pulse duration, and the time passed after completion of the voltage pulse are reported and analyzed theoretically. It is shown that the observed kinetics of domain growth can be explained by the creep of domain boundaries occurring in the presence of random electric fields inherent in Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}. The comparison of measured domain sizes with their equilibrium values calculated with the aid of the thermodynamic theory demonstrates that the growth of subsurface domains in Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} is blocked by nanoscale heterogeneities characteristic of this relaxor ferroelectric. These results may have important implications for the development of nonlinear optical devices based on nanoheterogeneous ferroelectrics.

  15. Relaxor-like ferroelectric behaviour favoured by short-range B-site ordering in 10% Ba{sup 2+} substituted MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Chithra Lekha, P.; Ramesh, G.; Revathi, V.; Subramanian, V.

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Mechanism driving polarization in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is the Maxwell–Wagner polarization. • But Raman studies confirm the existence of local P4{sub 1}22/P4{sub 3}22 symmetry in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • Ba{sup 2+} substitution increases ferroelectric ordering, ΔT{sub m} span, and masks electronic contribution. - Abstract: Using the molten salt method, pristine and Ba{sup 2+} substituted MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are prepared. The relaxor-like behaviour observed in the dielectric dispersion indicates the existence of B-site short-range ordering with the local P4{sub 1}22/P4{sub 3}22 symmetry which is confirmed by the Raman spectroscopy. The paper further analyses the origin of polarization using Maxwell–Wagner fit and Nyquist plot. This work suggests a possible way to increase the relaxor-like ferroelectric ordering, larger span of relaxation temperature (ΔT{sub m}) and the effective masking of electronic contribution by the substitution of Ba{sup 2+} ion.

  16. Controlling dielectric and relaxor-ferroelectric properties for energy storage by tuning Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 film thickness.

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    Brown, Emery; Ma, Chunrui; Acharya, Jagaran; Ma, Beihai; Wu, Judy; Li, Jun

    2014-12-24

    The energy storage properties of Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) films grown via pulsed laser deposition were evaluated at variable film thickness of 125, 250, 500, and 1000 nm. These films show high dielectric permittivity up to ∼1200. Cyclic I-V measurements were used to evaluate the dielectric properties of these thin films, which not only provide the total electric displacement, but also separate contributions from each of the relevant components including electric conductivity (D1), dielectric capacitance (D2), and relaxor-ferroelectric domain switching polarization (P). The results show that, as the film thickness increases, the material transits from a linear dielectric to nonlinear relaxor-ferroelectric. While the energy storage per volume increases with the film thickness, the energy storage efficiency drops from ∼80% to ∼30%. The PLZT films can be optimized for different energy storage applications by tuning the film thickness to optimize between the linear and nonlinear dielectric properties and energy storage efficiency. PMID:25405727

  17. Temperature dependent polarization reversal mechanism in 0.94(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-0.06Ba(Zr0.02Ti0.98)O3 relaxor ceramics

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    Glaum, Julia; Simons, Hugh; Hudspeth, Jessica; Acosta, Matias; Daniels, John E.

    2015-12-01

    The temperature at which the electric field induced long-range ordered ferroelectric state undergoes transition into the short-range ordered relaxor state, TF-R, is commonly defined by the onset of strong dispersion of the dielectric permittivity. However, this combined macroscopic property and structural investigation of the polarization reversal process in the prototypical lead-free relaxor 0.94(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-0.06Ba(Zr0.02Ti0.98)O3 reveals that an applied electric field can trigger depolarization and onset of relaxor-like behavior well below TF-R. The polarization reversal process can as such be described as a combination of (1) ferroelectric domain switching and (2) a reversible phase transition between two polar ferroelectric states mediated by a non-polar relaxor state. Furthermore, the threshold fields of the second, mediated polarization reversal mechanism depend strongly on temperature. These results are concomitant with a continuous ferroelectric to relaxor transition occurring over a broad temperature range, during which mixed behavior is observed. The nature of polarization reversal can be illustrated in electric-field-temperature (E-T) diagrams showing the electric field amplitudes associated with different polarization reversal processes. Such diagrams are useful tools for identifying the best operational temperature regimes for a given composition in actuator applications.

  18. Local Polarization Dynamics and Bias-Induced Phase Transitions in Ferroelectric Relaxors: Time-resolved Spectroscopy and Ergodic Gap Mapping

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    Kalinin, S. V.; Rodriguez, B.; Nikiforov, M. P.; Balke, N.; Jesse, S.; Ovchinnikov, O. S.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2009-03-01

    Mesoscopic domain structure and dynamics in PMN-PT solis solutions is studied using spatially resolved time- and voltage spectroscopic imaging modes. For compositions close to the MPB, we observe the formation of classical ferroelectric domains with rough self-affine boundaries. In the ergodic phase (PMN and PMN-10PT), the formation of non-classical labyrinthine domain patterns characterized by a single characteristic length scale is observed. The (a) persistence of these patterns well above Tc and (b) the fact that cannot be switched by tip bias suggest that they can be attributed to the frozen polarization component. Spatial variability of polarization relaxation dynamics in PMN-10PT is studied. Local relaxation attributed to the reorientation of polar nanoregions was found to follow stretched exponential dependence, with β 0.4, much larger than the macroscopic value determined from dielectric spectra (β 0.09). The spatial inhomogeneity of relaxation time distribution with the presence of 100-200 nm ``fast'' and ``slow'' regions is observed. The results are analyzed to map the Vogel-Fulcher temperatures on the nanoscale. The applicability of this technique to map ``ergodic gap'' distribution on the surface is discussed. Research supported by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.

  19. Ferroelectric switching behavior in morphology controlled ferroelectric-semiconductor polymer blends for organic memory

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    Lim, Eunhee; Su, Gregory; Kramer, Edward; Chabinyc, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Memory is a fundamental component of all modern electronic systems. Organic ferroelectric memories are advantageous because they are thin and lightweight devices that can be made printable, foldable, and stretchable. Organic ferroelectric memories comprise a physical blend of an organic semiconducting polymer and an insulating ferroelectric polymer as the active layer in a thin film diode. Controlling the thin film morphology in these blends is important for electrical properties of the resulting device. We have found that when a semiconducting thiophene polymer with polar alkanoate side chains (P3EPT) is blended with well-studied ferroelectric polymer poly [(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene] P (VDF-TrFE), the resulting film has low surface roughness and more controllable domain sizes compared to the widely used poly (3-hexylthiophene). This difference allows more reliable study of the ferroelectric switching behavior in devices with domain size of about 100nm. The influence of the 3D composition measured by a combination of methods, including soft x-ray microscopy, on the electrical characteristics will be presented.

  20. Auxetic behavior under electrical loads in an induced ferroelectric phase

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    Tan, X.; Jo, W.; Granzow, T.; Frederick, J.; Aulbach, E.; Rödel, J.

    2009-01-01

    The longitudinal and transverse strains were measured as a function of applied electric fields in a bulk ceramic sample of Pb0.99Nb0.02[(Zr0.57Sn0.43)0.94Ti0.06]0.98O3 at room temperature. Instead of a transverse contraction, a transverse expansion was observed in the electric-field-induced ferroelectric phase after the antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition. Therefore, an auxetic behavior was established in monolithic ferroelectric polycrystalline ceramics under electrical loads. The behavior is characterized by a negative strain ratio that is analogous to the Poisson's ratio. The transverse expansion leads to a large hydrostatic piezoelectric coefficient dh, which suggests new applications of antiferroelectric ceramics in piezoelectric devices.

  1. Anomalous thermal hysteresis of two first order phase transitions in relaxor ferroelectric 0.945 Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.055PbTiO3 crystals studied by Brillouin scattering

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    Islam, Md. Saidul; Tsukada, Shinya; Kojima, Seiji

    2016-03-01

    The thermal hysteresis has been studied by Brillouin scattering in the relaxor ferroelectric (1 - x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 with x = 0.055 (i.e., below the morphotropic phase boundary composition x ˜ 0.08). On heating from room temperature, the first order rhombohedral to tetragonal phase transition occurs at TR-T = 397 K, then the first order tetragonal to cubic transition occurs at TT-C = 425 K. However, on cooling from high temperature, only the diffusive phase transition was observed around TC-R = 401 K. Such anomalous thermal hysteresis is attributed to the metastable non-equilibrium states induced by supercooling due to quenching of nano-domains by the random electric fields of the B-site charge disorder.

  2. Cathodoluminescence investigation of relaxor-based ferroelectrics Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3-0.3PbTiO 3 (PMN-0.3PT) single-crystal

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    Ge, Wanyin; Zhu, Wenliang; Pezzotti, Giuseppe

    2010-01-01

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3-PbTiO 3 (PMN-PT) possesses ultrahigh electromechanical coefficients near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). In this paper, the electro-stimulated emission characteristics of a [0 0 1]-oriented PMN-0.3PTsingle-crystal were studied using high resolution cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy at room temperature. Four luminescence bands were observed in the range of 200-900 nm and they were assigned to polaron, nanometre cluster emission, interband emission and structure-related emission. Besides, it was found that the residual stress field ahead of a crack tip of a Vickers indentation had a considerable influence on these luminescence bands. The relationship between the intensities of CL bands and the residual stress field has been investigated and discussed in this paper.

  3. Optical interband transitions in relaxor-based ferroelectric 0.93Pb(Zn1∕3Nb2∕3)O3–0.07PbTiO3 single crystal

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    Sun, Enwei; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Zhu; Xu, Dapeng; Li, Liang; Cao, Wenwu

    2010-01-01

    The optical transmission spectrum of [111]c poled relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystal 0.93Pb(Zn1∕3Nb2∕3)O3–0.07PbTiO3 (PZN–0.07PT) was measured in the range of ultraviolet to near infrared. The optical absorption edge has been determined and the wavelength dependence of the absorption coefficient was calculated. The direct energy gap Egd=3.144 eV, indirect energy gap Egi=2.915 eV, and phonon energy Ep=0.097 eV (or 782 cm−1) were determined based on the theory of band to band transitions. It was also confirmed by Raman spectra that the indirect transition for the [111]c poled PZN–0.07PT single crystal is mainly due to the contribution of 780 cm−1 phonon corresponding to the Nb–O–Zn bond stretching mode. PMID:20634967

  4. Aging in the relaxor and ferroelectric state of Fe-doped (1-x)(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO₃-xBaTiO₃ piezoelectric ceramics

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    Sapper, Eva; Dittmer, Robert; Rödel, Jürgen; Damjanovic, Dragan; Erdem, Emre; Keeble, David J.; Jo, Wook; Granzow, Torsten

    2014-09-14

    Aging of piezoelectric properties was investigated in lead-free (1–x)(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO₃-xBaTiO₃ doped with 1at.% Fe. The relaxor character of the un-poled material prevents macroscopic aging effects, while in the field-induced ferroelectric phase aging phenomena are similar to those found in lead zirconate titanate or barium titanate. Most prominent aging effects are the development of an internal bias field and the decrease of switchable polarization. These effects are temperature activated, and can be explained in the framework of defect complex reorientation. This picture is further supported by electron paramagnetic resonance spectra indicating the existence of (Fe{sub Ti}´-V{sub O}{sup ••}){sup •} defect complexes in the Fe-doped material.

  5. Collective dynamics underpins Rayleigh behavior in disordered polycrystalline ferroelectrics.

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    Bintachitt, P; Jesse, S; Damjanovic, D; Han, Y; Reaney, I M; Trolier-McKinstry, S; Kalinin, S V

    2010-04-20

    Nanoscale and mesoscopic disorder and associated local hysteretic responses underpin the unique properties of spin and cluster glasses, phase-separated oxides, polycrystalline ferroelectrics, and ferromagnets alike. Despite the rich history of the field, the relationship between the statistical descriptors of hysteresis behavior such as Preisach density, and micro and nanostructure has remained elusive. By using polycrystalline ferroelectric capacitors as a model system, we now report quantitative nonlinearity measurements in 0.025-1 microm(3) volumes, approximately 10(6) times smaller than previously possible. We discover that the onset of nonlinear behavior with thickness proceeds through formation and increase of areal density of micron-scale regions with large nonlinear response embedded in a more weakly nonlinear matrix. This observation indicates that large-scale collective domain wall dynamics, as opposed to motion of noninteracting walls, underpins Rayleigh behavior in disordered ferroelectrics. The measurements provide evidence for the existence and extent of the domain avalanches in ferroelectric materials, forcing us to rethink 100-year old paradigms. PMID:20368462

  6. Collective dynamics underpins Rayleigh behavior in disordered polycrystalline ferroelectrics

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    Bintachitt, P.; Jesse, S.; Damjanovic, D.; Han, Y.; Reaney, I. M.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2010-01-01

    Nanoscale and mesoscopic disorder and associated local hysteretic responses underpin the unique properties of spin and cluster glasses, phase-separated oxides, polycrystalline ferroelectrics, and ferromagnets alike. Despite the rich history of the field, the relationship between the statistical descriptors of hysteresis behavior such as Preisach density, and micro and nanostructure has remained elusive. By using polycrystalline ferroelectric capacitors as a model system, we now report quantitative nonlinearity measurements in 0.025–1 μm3 volumes, approximately 106 times smaller than previously possible. We discover that the onset of nonlinear behavior with thickness proceeds through formation and increase of areal density of micron-scale regions with large nonlinear response embedded in a more weakly nonlinear matrix. This observation indicates that large-scale collective domain wall dynamics, as opposed to motion of noninteracting walls, underpins Rayleigh behavior in disordered ferroelectrics. The measurements provide evidence for the existence and extent of the domain avalanches in ferroelectric materials, forcing us to rethink 100-year old paradigms. PMID:20368462

  7. Structural and dielectric relaxor behavior of Ba1-xNdxBi4Ti4O15 ceramics

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    Fang, Pinyang; Xi, Zengzhe; Long, Wei; Li, Xiaojuan; Chen, Shanchuan

    2016-04-01

    Ba1-xNdxBi4Ti4O14 (BNBT) ceramics were prepared by the convention solid state reaction method. Effect of neodymium substitution on the structural and dielectric properties of the BBT ceramic was investigated. Phase structure was characterized by using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). A broaden dielectric peak in frequency dependent dielectric spectrum is observed during the phase transition of the BNBT ceramics. The modified Curie-Weiss and Lorentz-type relationship were used to describe the phase transition behavior. The relaxor behavior could be described well by the Lorentz-type relationship. Effect of neodymium substitution on the Curie temperatures and degree of the diffuseness in the BNBT ceramics was discussed.

  8. Effect of doping by Bi and Ca on ferroelectric properties and relaxor character in the (Ba1-xCax)1-3y/2BiyTiO3 solid solution

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    Zaghouene, H.; Bahri, F.; Boujelbene, M.; Khemakhem, H.; Simon, A.

    2012-10-01

    The temperature dependence of the real and imaginary parts of dielectric permittivity for (Ba1-xCax)1-3y/2BiyTiO3 solid solution prepared using the solid-state reaction technique, suggests that the relaxor character in this solid solution depends strongly on the Bi than on the Ca doping percent.X-ray diffraction analysis show that Bi doping can be fully incorporated into the perovskite lattice of (Ba1-xCax)TiO3. Doping with Bi causes remarkable shift of the maximum of dielectric permittivity (Tm) at low temperatures and the evolution of ɛ‧r exhibiting strong frequency dispersion. For some compositions, we have observed a typical behavior of a well-known relaxors. On the other hand, we pointed out that the relaxor character is linked principally to the nature of the substituting element and not to the heterogeneity in general. So the Ca element does not have the same effect as the Bi one.

  9. Influence of electric field on local phase transformations in relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 and Pb0.78Ba0.22Sc0.5Ta0.5O3

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    Maier, B. J.; Steilmann, T.; Gospodinov, M.; Bismayer, U.; Mihailova, B.

    2012-12-01

    In situ temperature-dependent Raman-scattering experiments under an external dc electric field E have been performed on PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) and Pb0.78Ba0.22Sc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST-Ba) in order to give further insights into the atomistic mechanism of polar coupling in perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor ferroelectrics near the intermediate characteristic temperature T⋆. The polarized Raman spectra collected under an electric field E applied along the cubic [100], [110], or [111] crystallographic direction were analyzed in terms of hard-mode spectroscopy. The T⋆(E) dependence was derived from the behavior of the phonon mode near 230 cm-1 localized in off-centered B-site cations. In the case of stoichiometric PST, the increase of T⋆ with E is much stronger when the field is applied along [111] than when E is along [100] or [110]. This indicates that the actual polar B-cation shifts are along the cubic body diagonals, implying a rhombohedral structure of the polar nanoregions. The T⋆(E)-dependence reveals that the local structural distortions associated with locally coupled polar displacements of B-site cations reach saturation near 0.5 kV/cm. When Pb2+ is partially replaced by Ba2+, the strong increase of T⋆ with E occurs if the electric field is applied along the [110] direction. This indicates that the substitution disorder on the A-site lowers the symmetry of the polar nanoregions to orthorhombic or monoclinic. The T⋆(E) dependence determined from the B-cation localized mode shows saturation near 2.0 kV/cm, indicating that the zero-field structural state of PST-Ba exhibits less coupled polar shifts of B-site cations as compared to that of PST. According to the E-dependence of the Raman scattering near 55 cm-1, for both compounds the overall response of the Pb system to the external electric field in the vicinity of T⋆(E) resembles antiferroelectric behavior, which along with the fact that the coupling between the B-site cations is ferroelectric, suggests that

  10. Electric field effect of relaxor ferroelectric (1 ‑ x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–xPbTiO3 crystals near morphotropic phase boundary composition probed by Brillouin scattering

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    Aftabuzzaman, Md; Kojima, Seiji

    2016-07-01

    The relaxor ferroelectric (1 ‑ x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–xPbTiO3 (x = 0.30, PMN–30PT) single crystal was studied under the zero field and the externally applied dc electric field by using micro-Brillouin scattering and dielectric spectroscopies over a wide temperature range of 303–773 K. The noticeable thermal hysteresis of longitudinal acoustic (LA) shift (νB) was observed between zero field heating and zero field cooling processes. Under the electric field of 0.5 kV/cm along the [001] axis, the LA mode splitting was observed in νB due to the coexistence of ferroelectric macrodomain and nanodomain states caused by the random field, and in dielectric measurements the monoclinic (M) and tetragonal phases were appeared between rhombohedral and cubic phases. The LA mode splitting and M phase disappeared under the field of 1.0 kV/cm. The electric field dependence of LA velocity was studied at 304 K. The critical end point of the PMN–30PT single crystal was investigated.

  11. Ferroelastic aspects of relaxor ferroelectric behaviour in Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 perovskite

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    Nataf, Guillaume F.; Li, Qian; Liu, Yun; Withers, Ray L.; Driver, Sarah L.; Carpenter, Michael A.

    2013-03-01

    Elastic and anelastic properties of poled and depoled single crystals of Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 with compositions close to the morphotropic boundary have been investigated over the temperature range 5-700 K by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) at frequencies of 0.1-1.2 MHz. Steep elastic softening occurs in a temperature interval of at least 250 K as the Vogel-Fulcher freezing interval and cubic → tetragonal transition point, Tc, are approached from above. This is understood in terms of coupling between acoustic modes and central peak mode(s) associated with dynamic polar nano regions (PNR's) below the Burns temperature. Acoustic losses occur in a temperature interval of ˜50 K above Tc, associated with slowing down of the PNR dynamics. The cubic ↔ tetragonal and tetragonal ↔ rhombohedral transitions are accompanied by steep minima in elastic properties, closely analogous to the pattern of softening and stiffening observed in sequences of improper ferroelastic transitions in other perovskites. Variations in the magnitudes of acoustic losses at T < Tc correlate with the density of ferroelastic twin walls, from lowest for [001]c-poled and [111]c-poled crystals in the stability fields of the tetragonal and rhombohedral phases, respectively, to highest for unpoled crystals. A simple model of Debye-like peaks in acoustic loss near 100 K has yielded activation energies and attempt frequencies in the same range as those observed from dielectric data in the Vogel-Fulcher freezing interval. These highlight the fact that, in addition to conventional ferroelectric/ferroelastic twin walls, relaxor ferroelectrics contain local structural heterogeneities coupled to strain, which are probably related to the presence of static PNR's preserved even in poled crystals. RUS also provides a convenient and effective means of determining the mechanical quality factor of relaxor ferroelectrics, as functions of both poling history and temperature.

  12. Cooperative behavior during ferroelectric transitions in KNO3 powder

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    Westphal, M. J.

    1993-09-01

    Experimental evidence of cooperative behavior during the ferroelectric phase transitions in granular and powder KNO3 at atmospheric pressure is presented. Three different experimental studies were performed in which phase transitions were detected and characterized by heat flow calorimetry: (1) the distribution of SiC powder in granular KNO3 was varied; (2) the volume fraction of SiC in powdered KNO3 was varied; and (3) pure KNO3 powder was thermally cycled. All three studies provided evidence of cooperative behavior between the KNO3 particles during the III-II phase transition. The cooperative behavior reduced the temperature range of phase III stability from ˜97-124 °C to that characteristic of bulk material (˜110-124 °C). Separate KNO3 particles behaved as individual ferroelectric domains, with each particle making the phase transition independently near the expected Curie temperature. Particles of KNO3 in intimate physical contact tended to behave cooperatively as a single large ferroelectric domain leading to sharper phase transitions more characteristic of single crystals. The degree of cooperative behavior was dependent upon the extent to which the individual particles were in physical contact. The absence of the III-II phase transition in KNO3 powder that has been reported in the literature can be understood from the results obtained using SiC powder to separate KNO3 particles during heat flow calorimetry measurements.

  13. Unconventional resistive switching behavior in ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

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    Mao, H J; Song, C; Xiao, L R; Gao, S; Cui, B; Peng, J J; Li, F; Pan, F

    2015-04-21

    We investigate an unconventional resistive switching (RS) behavior in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/BaTiO3/metal (LSMO/BTO) ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs), which is dominated by the variation of the barrier potential profile modulated by the migration of oxygen vacancies in the p-LSMO/n-BTO junction. The LSMO/BTO/Co junction exhibits a remarkable self-rectifying effect ascribed to the high-density interface state at the BTO/Co interface, in contrast to the symmetric conductivity when the top metal electrode is inert Pt. The effects of ferroelectric polarization on the RS behavior are also emphasized. Our work builds a bridge between FTJs and resistive random access memory devices. PMID:25789877

  14. Composition dependence of the diffuse scattering in the relaxor ferroelectric compound (1-x)Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} (0{<=}x{<=}0.40)

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    Matsuura, M.; Hirota, K.; Gehring, P. M.; Ye, Z.-G.; Chen, W.; Shirane, G.

    2006-10-01

    We have used neutron diffraction to characterize the diffuse scattering in five single crystals of the relaxor ferroelectric (1-x)Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-xPbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-xPT) with x=0, 10, 20, 30, and 40%. The addition of ferroelectric PbTiO{sub 3} modifies the well-known 'butterfly' and 'ellipsoidal' diffuse scattering patterns observed in pure PMN (x=0), which are believed to be associated with the presence of randomly oriented polar nanoregions. In particular, the anisotropy of the diffuse scattering diminishes as the PT content increases. The spatial correlation length {xi} along the [110] direction derived from the width of the diffuse scattering at room temperature increases from 12.6 A for PMN to 350 A for PMN-20%PT. In addition, the diffuse scattering intensity at q=0 grows and reaches a maximum value around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), which suggests that it is proportional to the dielectric susceptibility. Beyond x=30%, a concentration very close to the MPB, no diffuse scattering is observed below T{sub C}, and well-defined critical behavior appears near T{sub C}. By contrast, the diffuse scattering for x{<=}20% persists down to low temperatures, where the system retains an average cubic structure (T{sub C}=0). Finally, the anisotropic soft transverse optic (TO) modes observed in PMN are found to be isotropic for PMN-30%PT, which strongly suggests a connection between the anisotropic diffuse scattering and the TO modes.

  15. Losses in Ferroelectric Materials

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    Liu, Gang; Zhang, Shujun; Jiang, Wenhua; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric materials are the best dielectric and piezoelectric materials known today. Since the discovery of barium titanate in the 1940s, lead zirconate titanate ceramics in the 1950s and relaxor-PT single crystals (such as lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate and lead zinc niobate-lead titanate) in the 1980s and 1990s, perovskite ferroelectric materials have been the dominating piezoelectric materials for electromechanical devices, and are widely used in sensors, actuators and ultrasonic transducers. Energy losses (or energy dissipation) in ferroelectrics are one of the most critical issues for high power devices, such as therapeutic ultrasonic transducers, large displacement actuators, SONAR projectors, and high frequency medical imaging transducers. The losses of ferroelectric materials have three distinct types, i.e., elastic, piezoelectric and dielectric losses. People have been investigating the mechanisms of these losses and are trying hard to control and minimize them so as to reduce performance degradation in electromechanical devices. There are impressive progresses made in the past several decades on this topic, but some confusions still exist. Therefore, a systematic review to define related concepts and clear up confusions is urgently in need. With this objective in mind, we provide here a comprehensive review on the energy losses in ferroelectrics, including related mechanisms, characterization techniques and collections of published data on many ferroelectric materials to provide a useful resource for interested scientists and engineers to design electromechanical devices and to gain a global perspective on the complex physical phenomena involved. More importantly, based on the analysis of available information, we proposed a general theoretical model to describe the inherent relationships among elastic, dielectric, piezoelectric and mechanical losses. For multi-domain ferroelectric single crystals and ceramics, intrinsic and extrinsic energy

  16. Second Harmonic Generation and Polarization Microscope Observations of Quantum Relaxor Lithium Doped Potasium Tantalate

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    Yokota, Hiroko; Uesu, Yoshiaki

    2008-04-01

    Polar state in a quantum relaxor K(1-x)LixTaO3 (KLT) is investigated using second harmonic generation (SHG) and polarization microscopes. Temperature dependences of SHG image and interference color image related to birefringence are observed on three different processes (zero field heating after zero field cooling, field heating after zero field cooling, and field heating after field cooling processes). A remarkable history dependence in the T-E space which is one of the characteristic behaviors of relaxor is observed in SHG and polarization microscope observations. Ferroelectric phase transition occurs below the transition temperature Tp with tiny domain structures which is beyond the optical microscope diffraction limit. Under an electric field, these micro domain structures change to macroscopic structures. Based on these experiments, we propose a polar state model of KLT below Tp.

  17. Domain switching mechanisms in polycrystalline ferroelectrics with asymmetric hysteretic behavior

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    Anton, Eva-Maria; García, R. Edwin; Key, Thomas S.; Blendell, John E.; Bowman, Keith J.

    2009-01-01

    A numerical method is presented to predict the effect of microstructure on the local polarization switching of bulk ferroelectric ceramics. The model shows that a built-in electromechanical field develops in a ferroelectric material as a result of the spatial coupling of the grains and the direct physical coupling between the thermomechanical and electromechanical properties of a bulk ceramic material. The built-in fields that result from the thermomechanically induced grain-grain electromechanical interactions result in the appearance of four microstructural switching mechanisms: (1) simple switching, where the c-axes of ferroelectric domains will align with the direction of the applied macroscopic electric field by starting from the core of each grain; (2) grain boundary induced switching, where the domain's switching response will initiate at grain corners and boundaries as a result of the polarization and stress that is locally generated from the strong anisotropy of the dielectric permittivity and the local piezoelectric contributions to polarization from the surrounding material; (3) negative poling, where abutting ferroelectric domains of opposite polarity actively oppose domain switching by increasing their degree of tetragonality by interacting with the surrounding domains that have already switched to align with the applied electrostatic field. Finally, (4) domain reswitching mechanism is observed at very large applied electric fields, and is characterized by the appearance of polarization domain reversals events in the direction of their originally unswitched state. This mechanism is a consequence of the competition between the macroscopic applied electric field, and the induced electric field that results from the neighboring domains (or grains) interactions. The model shows that these built-in electromechanical fields and mesoscale mechanisms contribute to the asymmetry of the macroscopic hysteretic behavior in poled samples. Furthermore, below a

  18. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P.; Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Shimamura, K.; Maglione, M.

    2014-04-01

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba0.850Ca0.150)(Ti0.900Zr0.100)O3 ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO2-ZrO2 solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba0.857Ca0.143)(Ti0.928Zr0.072)O3 to (Ba0.953Ca0.047)(Ti0.427Zr0.573)O3. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba0.838Ca0.162)(Ti0.854Zr0.146)O3 composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d31 and k31 of 93 pC.N-1 and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K).

  19. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P. Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Maglione, M.; Shimamura, K.

    2014-04-14

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba{sub 0.850}Ca{sub 0.150})(Ti{sub 0.900}Zr{sub 0.100})O{sub 3} ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba{sub 0.857}Ca{sub 0.143})(Ti{sub 0.928}Zr{sub 0.072})O{sub 3} to (Ba{sub 0.953}Ca{sub 0.047})(Ti{sub 0.427}Zr{sub 0.573})O{sub 3}. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba{sub 0.838}Ca{sub 0.162})(Ti{sub 0.854}Zr{sub 0.146})O{sub 3} composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d{sub 31} and k{sub 31} of 93 pC.N{sup −1} and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K)

  20. Freezing of the local dynamics in the relaxor ferroelectric [Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.955[PbTiO3]0.045

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    Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Mamontov, E.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Xu, Guangyong

    2012-10-01

    We report measurements of the neutron diffuse scattering in a single crystal of the relaxor ferroelectric material 95.5%Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-4.5%PbTiO3 (PZN-4.5%PT). We show that the diffuse scattering at high temperatures has a quasielastic component with energy width ≳0.1 meV. On cooling the total diffuse scattering intensity increases, but the intensity and the energy width of the quasielastic component gradually diminish. At 50 K the diffuse scattering is completely static (i.e., the energy width lies within the limits of our instrumental resolution). This suggests that the dynamics of the short-range correlated atomic displacements associated with the diffuse scattering freeze at low temperature. We find that this depends on the wave vector q as the quasielastic diffuse scattering intensities associated with <001> (T1-type) and <110> (T2-type) atomic displacements vary differently with temperature and electric field.

  1. Raman spectroscopic studies of disordered ferroelectric oxides

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    Savvinov, Alexey A.

    Relaxational properties of compositionally disordered AB03 perovskite oxides were studied. These oxides are the prototypical soft ferroelectric (FE) mode systems, and their interesting dipolar relaxational properties are determined by their long, strongly temperature-dependent correlation lengths for the dipolar interactions. The simple cases involve dilute chemical substitutions in the incipient ferroelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3, which exhibit relatively weak, low-temperature Debye-type relaxations. More complicated dipolar interactions are seen in B-site disordered Nb-doped KTaO3, which exhibits glass-like relaxor and relaxor-to-ferroelectric crossover behaviors at low temperatures. Finally, there is a class of more complex perovskites represented by PMN, PZN-PT and the PLT that exhibit strong, high-temperature relaxor and/or ferroelectric properties. The renewed interest in the KTa1-xNbxO (KTN) mixed perovskite materials, especially in high quality thin films, is connected with their remarkable dielectric properties in the dilute compositions. Off-center Nb ions in the highly polarizable KTaO3 lattice provide a drastic increase in the dielectric peak, up to 20 times in comparison with the pure KTaO3 and KNbO3. The effects of the substrate and the symmetry-breaking defects on their vibration spectra were studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy. An anomalous residual intensity of the forbidden first-order scattering modes in the cubic paraelectric phase of the KTN films was connected with the formation of polar microregions even far above the bulk Tc. On the whole, the KTN film behavior shows the existence of specific defects enhancing the perovskite unit cell in the film so that the activity of off-center Nb ions increases in producing larger electric dipoles and extending the precursor phase above Tc. In diluted compositions with low Nb concentrations KTN materials exhibit formation of polar nano regions and relaxor like behavior. This behavior is analogous with

  2. Rescaled temperature dependence of dielectric behavior of ferroelectric polymer composites

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    Dang, Zhi-Min; Wang, Lan; Wang, Hai-Yan; Nan, Ce-Wen; Xie, Dan; Yin, Yi; Tjong, S. C.

    2005-04-01

    Rescaled temperature dependence of dielectric behavior of ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) filled with electroactive ceramic particles of rocksalt-type Li and Ti codoped NiO (LTNO) was studied at wide frequency ranges. Dielectric behavior of the flexible PVDF-LTNO composites with LTNO filler at the volumetric function of 0.3 exhibits a dielectric constant value, ɛ ≈50 at broad temperature range (290-360 K), and the value is frequency independent from 103 to 106Hz. The dielectric response of the composite is almost in accordance to that of pure PVDF matrix polymer. It was found that though the dielectric constant value of the composites is high due to an introduction of the rock salt-type LTNO ceramic particles with high dielectric constant, the glass transition of the polymer and dielectric relaxation related to the wide-angle oscillation of polar groups attached to the main polymer chain determine the dielectric behavior of the composite.

  3. Relaxor fluorinated polymers: novel applications and recent developments

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    Bauer, François; Dos Santos, Domingues; Zhang, Qiming

    2011-04-01

    It has been found that by introducing defects into the P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers, it is possible to convert the polymer from a normal ferroelectric to a relaxor ferroelectric. A new class of ferroelectric polymers, i.e., the terpolymers of P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) or of P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE), was developed from the normal ferroelectric PVDF-TrFE polymer by employing proper defect modifications which eliminate detrimental effects associated with a normal first order F-P transition while maintaining high material responses. Relevant studies show that this class of electroactive polymers offers unique properties in comparison with other ferroelectric polymers. The syntheses of these relaxor ferroelectric polymers have been done by a combination of the suspension polymerization process and an oxygen-activated initiator at a temperature of 40 °C. Films from cast solution can be made in different length and thicknesses. Stretching of these films increases the performance as well as the mechanical properties. These relaxor-ferroelectric terpolymers P(VDF-TrFE-CFE), P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) are multifunctional i.e. electrostrictive material, dielectric for electric energy storage. The terpolymer exhibits high electrostrictive strain (>7%) with relatively high modulus (>0.4GPa). Examples of devices applications using unimorphe systems are presented. Micropump and Optical device concerning a liquid-filled varifocal lens on a chip are described.

  4. Growth and characterization of ferroelectric Pb(Sc1/2Nb1/2)O3 single crystals

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    Huo, Siqi; Bokov, Alexei A.; Paterson, Alisa; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2015-10-01

    Single crystals of Pb(Sc1/2Nb1/2)O3 were grown by the high-temperature solution method using PbO + B2O3 as flux. The size of the as-grown crystals varies from 1 to 2 mm. X-ray diffraction indicates a pure perovskite phase without B-site ordering. Polarized light microscopy shows that the crystals are of rhombohedral symmetry at room temperature and become cubic at TC = 112 °C on heating. A ferroelectric-to-relaxor phase transition is verified at TC by dielectric spectroscopy. Frequency-dependent permittivity is observed in dielectric measurements, revealing relaxor behavior above TC. Poling the crystal at room temperature does not change TC, but suppresses the permittivity. Typical ferroelectric hysteresis loop is displayed at room temperature, indicating the ferroelectric nature of the rhombohedral phase.

  5. In situ high-temperature high-pressure Raman spectroscopy on single-crystal relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc1/2Ta1/2O3 and PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3

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    Waeselmann, N.; Mihailova, B.; Gospodinov, M.; Bismayer, U.

    2013-04-01

    The effect of temperature on the pressure-induced structural changes in perovskite-type (ABO3) relaxor ferroelectrics is studied by in situ high-temperature high-pressure Raman spectroscopy on single crystals of PbSc1/2Ta1/2O3 (PST) and PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3 (PSN), which allowed us to elucidate the interplay between the polar and antiferrodistortive order coexisting on the mesoscopic scale at ambient conditions. High-pressure experiments were carried out at elevated temperatures below and above the characteristic intermediate temperature T*. The results were compared with those obtained at room temperature, which for PST is just above the paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition TC, whereas for PSN is below TC. It is shown that the first critical pressure pc1, at which a transition from a relaxor to a non-polar rhombohedral state with antiphase octahedral tilt ordering occurs, decreases at elevated temperatures due to the weakening of the polar coupling, which in turn facilitates the evolution of the preexisting medium-range antiferrodistortive order into a long-range order. The critical pressure pc2 of the second phase transition, involving a change in the type of the antiferrodistortive order, is not affected by temperature, i.e. it is independent of the state of polar coupling and is mainly related to the initial correlation length of antiferrodistortive order. The strong influence of temperature on pc1, which occurs only when the mesoscopic polar order is suppressed, emphasizes the importance of coexisting ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive coupling for the occurrence of the relaxor states.

  6. Reversible phase transition and relaxor behavior in Te2V2O9 single crystals grown by Czochralski technique

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    Shet, Tukaram; Varma, K. B. R.

    2016-09-01

    Te2V2O9 single crystals were grown along the polar c-axis via the Czochralski crystal growth technique. Dielectric studies carried out along the polar axis in a wide temperature range at different frequencies confirmed the relaxor nature of the Te2V2O9 single crystals. Temperature dependent polarized light optical microscopy along a-axis established a reversible phase transition around 614 K. Relaxor nature of Te2V2O9 was attributed to the compositional heterogeneity at micro/nano scale within the grown crystal as vanadium was observed to be present in different oxidation states by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies.

  7. Temperature independent shear piezoelectric response in relaxor-PbTiO3 based crystals

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Xu, Zhuo; Wei, Xiaoyong; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2010-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the shear piezoelectric responses in relaxor-PbTiO3 based perovskite crystals with rhombohedral, orthorhombic, and tetragonal phases were investigated. Based on thermodynamic analysis, high shear piezoelectric coefficients (d24) and good thermal stability were predicted in orthorhombic crystals, owing to the “vertical” orthorhombic-rhombohedral phase boundary. By resonance measurements, shear piezoelectric coefficient d24 was found to be on the order of ∼2100 pC∕N at room temperature, maintaining same value over the temperature range of −50–100 °C. In contrast, the shear piezoelectric coefficients d15, with values of 3300, 3600, and 2000 pC∕N at room temperature for rhombohedral, orthorhombic, and tetragonal crystals, respectively, exhibited strong temperature dependent behavior due to their respective ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transitions. PMID:21245942

  8. Ferroelectric and photocatalytic behavior of bismuth ferrite nano wire

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    William, R. V.; Marikani, A.; Madhavan, D.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanowires are prepared through polyol method with an average diameter of 35 nm with a narrow size distribution. The band gap was determined to be 2.10 eV, indicating their potential application as visible-light-response photo catalyst. The magnificent photocatalytic behaviors of BiFeO3 nanowires are understood from the methyl violet degradation under visible light irradiation. Moreover, the nano-wire takes only a lesser time for the diffusion of electron-hole pair from the surface of the sample. Further the BiFeO3 nano-wire was characterized using XRD, SEM, and U-V. The ferroelectric studies of BiFeO3 nano-wire show a frequency dependent property and maximum coercivity of 2.7 V/cm were achieved with a remanent polarization at 0.5 µC/cm2 at the frequency 4 kHz. The coercivity of BiFeO3 nano wire changes with variation of frequency from 1 kHz to 4 kHz.

  9. Targeted basic studies of ferroelectric and ferroelastic materials for piezoelectric transducer applications

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    Cross, L. E.; Newnham, R. E.; Barsch, G. R.; Biggers, J. V.

    1983-03-01

    The work reported covers the fifth and final year of the program of targeted basic studies of ferroelectric and ferroelastic materials for piezoelectric transducer applications. Major achievements include: the development of a physical approach to understanding active composites, leading to the development of several new families of PZT, polymer piezoelectric composites for hydrophone application. These are new advances in the phenomenology and microscopic theory of electrostriction, and the evolution of a new family of high strain ferroelectric relaxor materials for practical application. New basic understanding of the polarization mechanisms in ferroelectric relaxors has been aided by the study of order disorder of the cation arrangement in lead scandium tantalate, and the results correlate well with studies of relaxor behavior, and of shape memory effects in PLZT ceramics. Low temperature studies on pure and doped PZTs have given the first clear indication of the intrinsic (averaged) single domain in response and correlate exceedingly well with earlier phenomenological theory. Crystal growth and ceramic processing studies have developed hand in hand with program needs providing new forms of conventional materials, new grain oriented structures and single crystals.

  10. Ferroelectric precursor behavior in PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 detected by field-induced resonant piezoelectric spectroscopy

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    Aktas, Oktay; Salje, Ekhard K. H.; Crossley, Sam; Lampronti, Giulio I.; Whatmore, Roger W.; Mathur, Neil D.; Carpenter, Michael A.

    2013-11-01

    A novel experimental technique, resonant piezoelectric spectroscopy (RPS), has been applied to investigate polar precursor effects in highly (65%) B-site ordered PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST), which undergoes a ferroelectric phase transition near 300 K. The cubic-rhombohedral transition is weakly first order, with a coexistence interval of ˜4 K, and is accompanied by a significant elastic anomaly over a wide temperature interval. Precursor polarity in the cubic phase was detected as elastic vibrations generated by local piezoelectric excitations in the frequency range 250-710 kHz. The RPS resonance frequencies follow exactly the frequencies of elastic resonances generated by conventional resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) but RPS signals disappear on heating beyond an onset temperature, Tonset, of 425 K. Differences between the RPS and RUS responses can be understood if the PST structure in the precursor regime between Tonset and the transition point, Ttrans=300 K, has locally polar symmetry even while it remains macroscopically cubic. It is proposed that this precursor behavior could involve the development of a tweed microstructure arising by coupling between strain and multiple order parameters, which can be understood from the perspective of Landau theory. As a function of temperature the transition is driven by the polar displacement P and the order parameter for cation ordering on the crystallographic B site Qod. Results in the literature show that, as a function of pressure, there is a separate instability driven by octahedral tilting for which the assigned order parameter is Q. The two mainly displacive order parameters, P and Q, are unfavorably coupled via a biquadratic term Q2P2, and complex tweedlike fluctuations in the precursor regime would be expected to combine aspects of all the order parameters. This would be different from the development of polar nanoregions, which are more usually evoked to explain relaxor ferroelectric behavior, such as occurs in

  11. High energy-storage performance of 0.9Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.1PbTiO{sub 3} relaxor ferroelectric thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Xiaolin; Zhang, Le; Hao, Xihong An, Shengli

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • High-quality PMN-PT 90/10 RFE thin films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering. • The maximum discharged density of 31.3 J/cm{sup 3} was obtained in the 750-nm-thick film. • PMN-PT RFE films might be a promising material for energy-storage application. - Abstract: 0.9Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.1PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT 90/10) relaxor ferroelectric thin films with different thicknesses were deposited on the LaNiO{sub 3}/Si (100) by the radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique. The effects of thickness and deposition temperature on the microstructure, dielectric properties and the energy-storage performance of the thin films were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction spectra indicated that the thin films had crystallized into a pure perovskite phase with a (100)-preferred orientation after annealed at 700 °C. Moreover, all the PMN-PT 90/10 thin films showed the uniform and crack-free surface microstructure. As a result, a larger recoverable energy density of 31.3 J/cm{sup 3} was achieved in the 750-nm-thick film under 2640 kV/cm at room temperature. Thus, PMN-PT 90/10 relaxor thin films are the promising candidate for energy-storage capacitor application.

  12. Note: High-power piezoelectric transformer fabricated with ternary relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-Pb(In(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3-PbTiO3 single crystal.

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    Wang, Qing; Ma, Chuanguo; Wang, Feifei; Liu, Bao; Chen, Jianwei; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Tao; Shi, Wangzhou

    2016-03-01

    A plate-shaped piezoelectric transformer was designed and fabricated using ternary relaxor ferroelectric single crystal Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-Pb(In(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3-PbTiO3. Both the input and output sections utilized the transverse-extensional vibration mode. The frequency and load dependences of the electrical properties for the proposed transformer were systematically studied. Results indicated that under a matching load resistance of 14.9 kΩ, a maximum output power of 2.56 W was obtained with the temperature rise less than 5 °C. The corresponding power density reached up to 50 W/cm(3). This ternary single-crystal transformer had potential applications in compact-size converters requiring high power density. PMID:27036838

  13. Note: High-power piezoelectric transformer fabricated with ternary relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3 single crystal

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    Wang, Qing; Ma, Chuanguo; Wang, Feifei; Liu, Bao; Chen, Jianwei; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Tao; Shi, Wangzhou

    2016-03-01

    A plate-shaped piezoelectric transformer was designed and fabricated using ternary relaxor ferroelectric single crystal Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3. Both the input and output sections utilized the transverse-extensional vibration mode. The frequency and load dependences of the electrical properties for the proposed transformer were systematically studied. Results indicated that under a matching load resistance of 14.9 kΩ, a maximum output power of 2.56 W was obtained with the temperature rise less than 5 °C. The corresponding power density reached up to 50 W/cm3. This ternary single-crystal transformer had potential applications in compact-size converters requiring high power density.

  14. Room-temperature ferromagnetic and ferroelectric behavior in polycrystalline ZnO-based thin films

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    Lin, Yuan-Hua; Ying, Minghao; Li, Ming; Wang, Xiaohui; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2007-05-01

    Polycrystalline ZnO-based thin films with Li and/or Co doping have been prepared by a sol-gel spin-coating method on silicon substrates. Magnetization measurements reveal that Li-doped ZnO film shows paramagnetic behavior. However, the Co-doped ZnO thin films show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetic properties, and ferromagnetic properties can be enhanced by the Li codoping, which may be ascribed to indirect exchange via Li-related defects. All ZnO-based films exhibit ferroelectric behavior, and ferroelectric properties can be tuned by the dopants.

  15. Role of point defects in bipolar fatigue behavior of Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 modified (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3 relaxor ceramics

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    Kumar, Nitish; Ansell, Troy Y.; Cann, David P.

    2014-04-01

    Lead-free Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3-(Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3-(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3 (BMT-BKT-BNT) ceramics have been shown to exhibit large electromechanical strains under high electric fields along with negligible fatigue under strong electric fields. To investigate the role of point defects on the fatigue characteristics, the composition 5BMT-40BKT-55BNT was doped to incorporate acceptor and donor defects on the A and B sites by adjusting the Bi/Na and Ti/Mg stoichiometries. All samples had pseudo-cubic symmetries based on x-ray diffraction, typical of relaxors. Dielectric measurements showed that the high and low temperature phase transitions were largely unaffected by doping. Acceptor doping resulted in the observation of a typical ferroelectric-like polarization with a remnant polarization and strain hysteresis loops with significant negative strain. Donor-doped compositions exhibited characteristics that were indicative of an ergodic relaxor phase. Fatigue measurements were carried out on all of the compositions. While the A-site acceptor-doped composition showed a small degradation in maximum strain after 106 cycles, the other compositions were essentially fatigue free. Impedance measurements were used to identify the important conduction mechanisms in these compositions. As expected, the presence of defects did not strongly influence the fatigue behavior in donor-doped compositions owing to the nature of their reversible field-induced phase transformation. Even for the acceptor-doped compositions, which had stable domains in the absence of an electric field at room temperature, there was negligible degradation in the maximum strain due to fatigue. This suggests that either the defects introduced through stoichiometric variations do not play a prominent role in fatigue in these systems or it is compensated by factors like decrease in coercive field, an increase in ergodicity, symmetry change, or other factors.

  16. Study of glassy behavior in 60(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-40SrTiO3 lead-free relaxor

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    Praharaj, S.; Rout, D.; Kar, B. B.; Subramanian, V.

    2016-05-01

    In this report, the glassy behavior of 60(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-40SrTiO3 (NBT-40ST) lead-free perovskite relaxor was studied. The single phase ceramic sample was prepared with cubic symmetry by solid state reaction method. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric data were analyzed in view point of relaxor and glassy behavior by employing various empirical models such as modified Curie-Weiss law, V-F law, Power law and Cheng's exponential relation. The diffuseness coefficient (γ~1.97) and the frequency dispersion of Tm (temperature corresponding to maximum dielectric constant) manifested strong relaxor behavior of NBT-40ST. The frequency dependent Tm analysis revealed greater interactions between the polar nano islands. Further, the study of dielectric behavior at much higher and lower temperature than Tm provided an idea about the production rate and concentration of these polar islands and distribution of freezing temperatures respectively.

  17. Study of the structure, dielectric and ferroelectric behavior of BaBi4+δTi4O15 ceramics

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    Khokhar, Anita; Goyal, Parveen K.; Thakur, O. P.; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    The structure and ferroelectric properties of excess bismuth doped barium bismuth titanate BaBi4+δTi4O15 (δ = 2 - 10 wt.%)) ceramics prepared by solid-state reaction method have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of a single phase material with a change in the orthorhombic distortion with varying excess of bismuth content. There is no change in the phase transition temperature (Tm) while the relaxor behaviour has been modified significantly with excess of bismuth doping. Saturated hysteresis loops with high remnant polarization (Pr ~ 12.5 µC/cm2), low coercive fields (Ec ~ 26 kV/cm) are measured and a high piezoelectric coefficient (d33 ~ 29 pC/N) is achieved in poled BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics prepared with up to 8 wt.% of excess bismuth oxide. The improvement in the ferroelectric properties with increase in the excess bismuth content in BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics has been explained in terms of changing oxygen vacancy concentration and structural relaxation. Tunable ferroelectric materials can be obtained by manipulating the doping amount of excess bismuth.

  18. Targeted basic studies of ferroelectric and ferroelastic materials for piezoelectric transducer applications

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    Cross, L. E.; Newnham, R. E.; Barsch, G. R.; Biggers, J. V.

    1983-03-01

    The report delineates the new progress made in the fifth and final year and discusses the major accomplishments of the full five year program both in the basic science and in the spin off to practical transducer applications. Possible new areas of study which are suggested by the present studies are briefly reported. Major achievements include the development of a physical approach to understanding active composites, leading to the development of several new families of PZT:polymer piezoelectric composites for hydrophone application. New advances in the phenomenology and microscopic theory of electrostriction, and the evolution of a new family of high strain ferroelectric relaxor materials for practical application. New basic understanding of the polarization mechanisms in ferroelectric relaxors has been aided by the study of order-disorder of the cation arrangement in lead scandium tantalate, and the results correlate well with studies of relaxor behavior, and of shape memory effects in PLZT ceramics. Low temperature studies on pure and doped PZTs have given the first clear indication of the intrinsic (averaged) single domain response and correlate exceedingly well with earlier phenomenological theory. Crystal growth and ceramic processing studies have developed hand-in-hand with program needs providing new forms of conventional materials, new grain oriented structures and single crystals.

  19. Piezo-/dielectric properties of perovskite-structure high-temperature relaxor ferroelectrics: The Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}–PbTiO{sub 3} ternary ceramics

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    Li, Tao; Long, Xifa

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-based ternary ferroelectric ceramics were prepared by solid-state synthesis method. • Morphotropic phase boundary region has been determined by XRD, di-/piezoelectric properties. • The compositions near MPB region exhibit excellent piezoelectric properties. - Abstract: A new compositional system of relaxor ferroelectrics was investigated based on the high piezoelectricity Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}–PbTiO{sub 3} ferroelectric perovskite family. Compositions were fabricated near an estimated morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of the Pb(Lu{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}–Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}–PbTiO{sub 3} (PLZNT) ternary system by a two-step synthetic process. Their structures have been analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction technique. On the basis of X-ray powder diffraction, the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region for the ternary system was obtained. The Curie temperature T{sub C} of ternary system varied from 240 °C to 330 °C and the coercive fields E{sub c}s > 10 kV/cm. The values of piezoelectric coefficients d{sub 33} vary in the range of 260–450 pC/N with different PZN contents. It is worth noting that the optimum compositions were located at MPB region but near the tetragonal phase. The new PLZNT ceramics exhibit wider range of T{sub C}s and E{sub c}s, making it a promising material for high-powder ultrasound transducers using in a large temperature range.

  20. Anisotropic behavior of water in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Singh, G; Choudhary, A; Prakash, G Vijaya; Biradar, A M

    2010-05-01

    The outcome of water addition in ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) has been investigated in uniform and defect-free homogeneous and homeotropically aligned monodomain sample cells from electro-optical and dielectric spectroscopic measurements. The lagging in optical response between nonconducting (spatially variable switching) and conducting (conventional switching) portions of water added FLC sample cell has been observed by frequency-dependent electro-optical studies. The bias-dependent water related new relaxation peak near the conventional Goldstone mode relaxation process has been observed only in the homogeneous alignment and not in the homeotropic one. Further, the significant increment in dielectric anisotropy as well as faster diffusion of water along long molecular axis than short molecular axis has also been monitored. These studies strongly suggest that the distribution of water is anisotropic in FLC medium and could be the reason for new relaxation peak in the water added FLC sample. PMID:20866247

  1. Relationship between ferroelectric properties and local structure of Pb1-xBaxZr0.40Ti0.60O3 ceramic materials studied by X-ray absorption and Raman spectroscopies

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    Mesquita, Alexandre; Michalowicz, Alain; Moscovici, Jacques; Pizani, Paulo Sergio; Mastelaro, Valmor Roberto

    2016-08-01

    This paper reports on the structural characterization of Pb1-xBaxZr0.40Ti0.60O3 (PBZT) ferroelectric ceramic compositions prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and Raman spectroscopy were used in the probing of the local structure of PBZT samples that exhibit a normal or relaxor ferroelectric behavior. They showed a considerable local disorder around Zr and Pb atoms in the samples of tetragonal or cubic long-range order symmetry. The intensity of the E(TO3) mode in the Raman spectra of PBZT relaxor samples remains constant at temperatures lower than Tm, which has proven the stabilization of the correlation process between nanodomains.

  2. Structure-property-performance relationships of new high temperature relaxors for capacitor applications

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    Stringer, Craig J.

    This thesis extends the investigations on perovskite solid solutions based on PbTiO3-Bi(Me',Me")O3 (Me' = Sc3+, Zn2+, Mg2+, Ni2+, In3+ , Fe3+, etc. and Me" = Ti4+, Nb 5+, W6+) systems. The ferroelectric transition temperature (TC) behavior was considered in the tetragonal phase region of the PbTiO 3-Bi(Me',Me")O3 systems. Trends in the TC compositional dependence exhibited three main cases: case 1, a continued increase in transition temperature above the end-member PbTiO3 (495°C); case 2, an increase and then decrease of the transition temperature; and case 3, a continuous decrease in the transition temperature with Bi(Me',Me")O 3 additions. New relaxor materials were developed from the PbTiO3-Bi(Me',Me")O 3 solid solutions; specifically, the Bi(Mg3/4W1/4)O 3-PbTiO3 (BMW-PT) binary solid solution and BiScO3-Pb(Mg 1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (BS-PMN-PT) ternary solid solution were investigated. Permittivity, polarization and pyroelectric measurements were performed on BMW-PT and BS-PMN-PT compositions with respect to temperature with characteristic relaxor behavior observed. The complex solid solution BMW-PT exhibited a morphotropic phase boundary at ˜48 mol% PbTiO3 with a corresponding TC of 205°C. On further structural analysis with diffraction contrast transmission electron microscopy along with x-ray diffraction, evidence of B-site ordering was observed. The BS-PMN-PT proved to be a model system with high temperature relaxor properties of Tmax ˜ 250°C to 300°C and εmax ˜ 14,000 to 17,000 at 1 kHz. The deviation temperature, TD, or temperature of the onset of local spontaneous polarization, was determined by thermal strain measurement and high temperature dielectric measurement to be approximately 600°C; up to 250°C higher than any reported value for relaxor ferroelectrics. The frequency dependence of the temperature of the permittivity maximum was found to follow the Vogel-Fulcher relationship, with an activation energy (EA) of ˜0.1 eV, and a freezing

  3. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Re-entrant-like relaxor behaviour in the new 0.99BaTiO3 0.01AgNbO3 solid solution

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    Lei, Chao; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2008-06-01

    A new solid solution of 0.99BaTiO3-0.01AgNbO3 was prepared by a solid state reaction. Its structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated. Besides the three phase transitions associated with pure BaTiO3, the dielectric permittivity shows an additional peak around 100 °C. This peak exhibits a dielectric relaxation satisfying the Vogel-Fulcher law, indicating typical relaxor behaviour. The relaxor state occurs after the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition upon cooling, i.e., inside the ferroelectric phase, indicating a re-entrant-like phenomenon. This unusual phase transition sequence has never been reported in canonical lead-based ferroelectrics. Moreover, the relaxor state arises from a tetragonal phase rather than from a cubic phase as observed in conventional complex perovskite relaxors.

  4. Role of point defects in bipolar fatigue behavior of Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} modified (Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} relaxor ceramics

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    Kumar, Nitish Ansell, Troy Y.; Cann, David P.

    2014-04-21

    Lead-free Bi(Mg{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}K{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} (BMT-BKT-BNT) ceramics have been shown to exhibit large electromechanical strains under high electric fields along with negligible fatigue under strong electric fields. To investigate the role of point defects on the fatigue characteristics, the composition 5BMT-40BKT-55BNT was doped to incorporate acceptor and donor defects on the A and B sites by adjusting the Bi/Na and Ti/Mg stoichiometries. All samples had pseudo-cubic symmetries based on x-ray diffraction, typical of relaxors. Dielectric measurements showed that the high and low temperature phase transitions were largely unaffected by doping. Acceptor doping resulted in the observation of a typical ferroelectric-like polarization with a remnant polarization and strain hysteresis loops with significant negative strain. Donor-doped compositions exhibited characteristics that were indicative of an ergodic relaxor phase. Fatigue measurements were carried out on all of the compositions. While the A-site acceptor-doped composition showed a small degradation in maximum strain after 10{sup 6} cycles, the other compositions were essentially fatigue free. Impedance measurements were used to identify the important conduction mechanisms in these compositions. As expected, the presence of defects did not strongly influence the fatigue behavior in donor-doped compositions owing to the nature of their reversible field-induced phase transformation. Even for the acceptor-doped compositions, which had stable domains in the absence of an electric field at room temperature, there was negligible degradation in the maximum strain due to fatigue. This suggests that either the defects introduced through stoichiometric variations do not play a prominent role in fatigue in these systems or it is compensated by factors like decrease in coercive field, an increase in ergodicity, symmetry change, or other factors.

  5. Memristive behaviors in Pt/BaTiO{sub 3}/Nb:SrTiO{sub 3} ferroelectric tunnel junctions

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    Wen, Zheng; Wu, Di Li, Aidong

    2014-08-04

    We demonstrate memristive behaviors in Pt/BaTiO{sub 3}/Nb:SrTiO{sub 3} metal/ferroelectric/semiconductor ferroelectric tunnel junctions, in which the semiconductor electrode can be switched between the accumulated and the depleted states by polarization reversal in the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier via the ferroelectric field effect. An extra barrier, against electron tunneling, forms in the depleted region of the Nb:SrTiO{sub 3} electrode surface, which together with the ferroelectric barrier itself modulate the tunneling resistance with the change of effective polarization. Continuous resistance modulation over four orders of magnitude is hence achieved by application of programmed voltage pulses with different polarity, amplitude, and repetition numbers, as a result of the development of the extra barrier.

  6. Magnetoelectric relaxor and reentrant behaviours in multiferroic Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 crystal

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    Chen, Ling; Bokov, Alexei A.; Zhu, Weimin; Wu, Hua; Zhuang, Jian; Zhang, Nan; Tailor, Hamel N.; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-01-01

    Significant quenched disorder in crystal structure can break ferroic (magnetic or electric) long-range order, resulting in the development of ferroic glassy states at low temperatures such as magnetic spin glasses, electric dipolar glasses, relaxor ferroelectrics, etc. These states have been widely studied due to novel physical phenomena they reveal. Much less known are the effects of quenched disorder in multiferroics, i.e. the materials where magnetic and electric correlations coexist. Here we report an unusual behaviour in complex perovskite Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 (PFW) crystals: the coexistence of electric relaxor, magnetic relaxor and antiferromagnetic (AFM) states. The most striking finding is the transformation of the AFM phase into a new reentrant-type magnetic glassy phase below Tg ≅ 10 K. We show that the behaviour at this transformation contrasts the typical behaviour of canonical spin glasses and is similar to the behaviour of relaxor ferroelectrics. Magnetoelectric effect is also observed in the AFM phase in the temperature range of the transition into electric relaxor phase at Tf ≅ 200. The mechanism of magnetic relaxor behaviour is supposed to arise from the frustrated interactions among the spins located at the AFM domain walls. Our results should inspire further studies of multirelaxor behaviour in other multiferroic systems. PMID:26936414

  7. Magnetoelectric relaxor and reentrant behaviours in multiferroic Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 crystal.

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    Chen, Ling; Bokov, Alexei A; Zhu, Weimin; Wu, Hua; Zhuang, Jian; Zhang, Nan; Tailor, Hamel N; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-01-01

    Significant quenched disorder in crystal structure can break ferroic (magnetic or electric) long-range order, resulting in the development of ferroic glassy states at low temperatures such as magnetic spin glasses, electric dipolar glasses, relaxor ferroelectrics, etc. These states have been widely studied due to novel physical phenomena they reveal. Much less known are the effects of quenched disorder in multiferroics, i.e. the materials where magnetic and electric correlations coexist. Here we report an unusual behaviour in complex perovskite Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 (PFW) crystals: the coexistence of electric relaxor, magnetic relaxor and antiferromagnetic (AFM) states. The most striking finding is the transformation of the AFM phase into a new reentrant-type magnetic glassy phase below Tg ≅ 10 K. We show that the behaviour at this transformation contrasts the typical behaviour of canonical spin glasses and is similar to the behaviour of relaxor ferroelectrics. Magnetoelectric effect is also observed in the AFM phase in the temperature range of the transition into electric relaxor phase at Tf ≅ 200. The mechanism of magnetic relaxor behaviour is supposed to arise from the frustrated interactions among the spins located at the AFM domain walls. Our results should inspire further studies of multirelaxor behaviour in other multiferroic systems. PMID:26936414

  8. Magnetoelectric relaxor and reentrant behaviours in multiferroic Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 crystal

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    Chen, Ling; Bokov, Alexei A.; Zhu, Weimin; Wu, Hua; Zhuang, Jian; Zhang, Nan; Tailor, Hamel N.; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-03-01

    Significant quenched disorder in crystal structure can break ferroic (magnetic or electric) long-range order, resulting in the development of ferroic glassy states at low temperatures such as magnetic spin glasses, electric dipolar glasses, relaxor ferroelectrics, etc. These states have been widely studied due to novel physical phenomena they reveal. Much less known are the effects of quenched disorder in multiferroics, i.e. the materials where magnetic and electric correlations coexist. Here we report an unusual behaviour in complex perovskite Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 (PFW) crystals: the coexistence of electric relaxor, magnetic relaxor and antiferromagnetic (AFM) states. The most striking finding is the transformation of the AFM phase into a new reentrant-type magnetic glassy phase below Tg ≅ 10 K. We show that the behaviour at this transformation contrasts the typical behaviour of canonical spin glasses and is similar to the behaviour of relaxor ferroelectrics. Magnetoelectric effect is also observed in the AFM phase in the temperature range of the transition into electric relaxor phase at Tf ≅ 200. The mechanism of magnetic relaxor behaviour is supposed to arise from the frustrated interactions among the spins located at the AFM domain walls. Our results should inspire further studies of multirelaxor behaviour in other multiferroic systems.

  9. Debye Relaxations, Fano Resonances and Heterophase Oscillations in the Relaxor K1-xLixTaO3

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    Toulouse, Jean; Cai, Ling; Pattnaik, Radha; Boatner, Lynn

    2013-03-01

    Besides characteristic dielectric relaxations, relaxor ferroelectrics have also been shown to exhibit strong resonances. These resonances are related to the ubiquitous presence of polar nanodomains in relaxors in their ``paraelectric'' phase below a certain temperature T*. In the relaxor K1-xLixTaO3 (KLT), the dielectric spectrum reveals pairs of coupled resonances with a Fano-type line shape that evolves dramatically with temperature. At higher temperature, the line shape reflects the close interplay between relaxations and resonances. Near the phase transition, it reveals the existence of coherent heterophase fluctuations. KLT provides a good example of the multiscale dynamics (from nano to macro) that is intrinsic to relaxors. This work was partially supported by grant DE-FG02-06ER46318 from the US Department of Energy.

  10. Dielectric properties of PbNb{sub 2}O{sub 6} ferroelectric ceramics at cryogenic temperatures

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    Guerra, J. de los S; Venet, M.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Guerrero, F.

    2007-08-06

    Complex dielectric permittivity measurements in PbNb{sub 2}O{sub 6} ceramics were performed in a frequency and temperature range of 1 kHz-1 MHz and from 15 to 900 K, respectively. The results revealed two dielectric anomalies showing typical characteristics of relaxor ferroelectric materials at cryogenic temperatures. Comparison with other tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) structure-type materials suggests the existence of successive phase transitions, which until now were not reported. The observed low temperature dielectric behaviors seem to be due to intrinsic physical characteristics related to the TTB structure.

  11. Oxygen-vacancy-related dielectric relaxation in SrBi2Ta1.8V0.2O9 ferroelectrics

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    Wu, Yun; Forbess, Mike J.; Seraji, Seana; Limmer, Steven J.; Chou, Tammy P.; Cao, Guozhong

    2001-05-01

    The strontium bismuth tantalate vanadate, SrBi2Ta1.8V0.2O9, (SBTV) layered perovskite ferroelectrics were made by solid state powder sintering. It was found that the SBTV ferroelectrics had the same crystal structure as that of strontium bismuth tantalate, SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT), but an increased paraferroelectric transition temperature at ˜360 °C as compared to 305 °C for SBT. In addition, SBTV ferroelectrics showed a frequency dispersion at low frequencies and broadened dielectric peaks at the paraferroelectric transition temperature that shifted to a higher temperature with a reduced frequency. However, after a postsintering annealing at 850 °C in air for 60 h, SBTV ferroelectrics showed reduced dielectric constants and tangent loss, particularly at high temperatures. In addition, no frequency dependence of paraferroelectric transition was found in the annealed SBTV ferroelectrics. Furthermore, there was a significant reduction in dc conductivity with annealing. The prior results implied that the dielectric relaxation in the as-sintered SBTV ferroelectrics was most likely due to the oxygen-vacancy-related dielectric relaxation instead of relaxor ferroelectric behavior.

  12. Stress effects in ferroelectric perovskite thin-films

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    Zednik, Ricardo Johann

    The exciting class of ferroelectric materials presents the engineer with an array of unique properties that offer promise in a variety of applications; these applications include infra-red detectors ("night-vision imaging", pyroelectricity), micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS, piezoelectricity), and non-volatile memory (NVM, ferroelectricity). Realizing these modern devices often requires perovskite-based ferroelectric films thinner than 100 nm. Two such technologically important material systems are (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST), for tunable dielectric devices employed in wireless communications, and Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), for ferroelectric non-volatile memory (FeRAM). In general, the material behavior is strongly influenced by the mechanical boundary conditions imposed by the substrate and surrounding layers and may vary considerably from the known bulk behavior. A better mechanistic understanding of these effects is essential for harnessing the full potential of ferroelectric thin-films and further optimizing existing devices. Both materials share a common crystal structure and similar properties, but face unique challenges due to the design parameters of these different applications. Tunable devices often require very low dielectric loss as well as large dielectric tunability. Present results show that the dielectric response of BST thin-films can either resemble a dipole-relaxor or follow the accepted empirical Universal Relaxation Law (Curie-von Schweidler), depending on temperature. These behaviors in a single ferroelectric thin-film system are often thought to be mutually exclusive. In state-of-the-art high density FeRAM, the ferroelectric polarization is at least as important as the dielectric response. It was found that these properties are significantly affected by moderate biaxial tensile and compressive stresses which reversibly alter the ferroelastic domain populations of PZT at room temperature. The 90-degree domain wall motion observed by high resolution

  13. Experimental studies on physical deterioration and electrical fatigue behavior in ferroelectric polymers

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    He, Xiangtong

    Ferroelectric materials are widely used in various electronic applications based upon their excellent electrical bi-stabilities and dielectric performance in response to the applied electric field. They have been utilized to make nonvolatile electronic memories by exploiting the hysteretic behavior and high energy density capacitors in regard to the high capability of electrical energy storage. One critical issue is that the ferroelectrics are required to endure a large number of electrical cycles. A large body of scientific efforts has been devoted to high fatigue failure resistance of ferroelectric-based electronic devices. Fatigue failure of ferroelectric materials still needs to be solved. It is the objective of this work to explore the intrinsic origin of fatigue failure mechanisms. In this study, it was found that electric-field-induced stress relaxation in α-phase poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films can be well described by using the Kohlraush function groups, also known as the stretched exponential relaxation function. The electric strength of the dielectric is strongly dependent on its elastic properties due to the electromechanical coupling effect. Our fitting result of the stretched exponent is in accordance with a Weibull cumulative distribution function. This indicates that the elastic properties of insulating polymers are crucial to the capability of electrical energy storage. In ferroelectric materials, the electromechanical coupling may be indicative of the microscopic origin of polarization fatigue. Further experiments were focused on the polarization fatigue in semi-crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE)] copolymers films, whose ferroelectric response is superior to PVDF homopolymer films. Fatigue resistance of normal virgin P(VDF-TrFE) films was compared to that of P(VDF-TrFE) films modulated by using magnetic field. It was shown that normal P(VDF-TrFE) films exhibit a higher fatigue resistance. The artificially

  14. Grain size dependent phase transition and superparaelectric behavior of ferroelectric BST

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    Mondal, R. A.; Murty, B. S.; Murthy, V. R. K.

    2015-03-01

    In this article, we investigate the grain size dependent phase transition and polarization behavior of ferroelectric Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 (BST). Starting with nanocrystalline powders (crystalline size≈22 nm), various grain sizes were obtained in nano-submicron domain (202-745 nm) by regulating the sintering temperatures (Tsin) in the range of 1050-1300 °C. All samples were found to possess diffuse phase transition characteristics with frequency independent broad dielectric maxima near transition temperature due to the lattice strain contribution. Dielectric stiffness showed tarnished step-like anomalous behavior in the paraelectric state for Tsin≥1200 °C due to the existence of polar (superparaelectric) nano-regions generated by local polarization by off-centered Ti4+ ions exhibiting an exceptionally rare delicate polarization hysteresis loop.

  15. Observation of adsorption behavior of biomolecules on ferroelectric crystal surfaces with polarization domain patterns

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    Nakayama, Tomoaki; Isobe, Akiko; Ogino, Toshio

    2016-08-01

    Lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) is one of the ferroelectric crystals that exhibit spontaneous polarization domain patterns on its surface. We observed the polarization-dependent adsorption of avidin molecules, which are positively charged in a buffer solution at pH 7.0, on LiTaO3 surfaces caused by electrostatic interaction at an electrostatic double layer using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Avidin adsorption in the buffer solution was confirmed by scratching the substrate surfaces using the AFM cantilever, and the adsorption patterns were found to depend on the avidin concentration. When KCl was added to the buffer solution to weaken the electrostatic double layer interaction between avidin molecules and LiTaO3 surfaces, adsorption domain patterns disappeared. From the comparison between the adsorption and chemically etched domain patterns, it was found that avidin molecule adsorption is enhanced on negatively polarized domains, indicating that surface polarization should be taken into account in observing biomolecule behaviors on ferroelectric crystals.

  16. Polarization and resistive switching behavior of ferroelectric tunnel junctions with transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Li, Tao; Lipatov, Alexey; Sharma, Pankaj; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Sinitskii, Alexander; Gruverman, Alexei; Alexei Gruverman Team; Alexander Sinitskii Team; Chang-Beom Eom Team

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are emerging 2-dimensional (2D) materials of the MX2 type, where M is a transition metal atom (Mo, W, Ti, Sn, Zr, etc.) and X is a chalcogen atom (S, Se, or Te.). Comparing to graphene, TMDs have a sizable band gap and can be metal, half-metal, semiconductor or superconductor. Their band structures can be tuned by external bias voltage, mechanical force, or light illumination. Their rich physical properties make TMDs potential candidates for a variety of applications in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) are actively studied as a next-generation of non-volatile memory elements. An FTJ comprises a ferroelectric tunnel barrier sandwiched between two electrodes. In this work, we investigate the resistive switching behavior of MoS2/BaTiO3-based FTJs. The ON/OFF ratio can be modulated via electric or mechanical control of the switched polarization fraction opening a possibility of tunable electroresistance effect. Effect of optical illumination on the polarization reversal dynamics has been observed and analyzed based on the polarization-induced modulation of the MoS2 layered electronic properties.

  17. Structural, optical and ferroelectric behavior of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanostructures

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    Chand, Prakash; Gaur, Anurag; Kumar, Ashavani

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been synthesized at 100 °C for different aging periods, 1, 24, 48 and 96 h by hydrothermal method. Structural, optical and ferroelectric properties were investigated using X-ray diffractometer, field emission scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscope, photoluminescence, UV-visible, Raman spectroscopy and P-E loop tracer. The X-ray diffractometer pattern indicates the pure phase formation of ZnO without any impurity for the samples synthesized from 1 to 96 h aging periods, respectively. Field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis also shows that the average diameter and length of these nanorods increases with increasing the aging periods. Moreover Raman and Photoluminescence spectrum also confirm the wurtzite phase formation of ZnO. The optical band gaps calculated through UV-visible spectroscopy are found to decrease from 3.81 to 3.45 eV with increase in aging periods, 1-96 h, respectively. Further, improved ferroelectric behavior has been observed for 48 and 96 h aged samples.

  18. Ferroelectric behavior of Li-doped ZnO thin films on Si(100) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Joseph, M.; Tabata, H.; Kawai, T.

    1999-04-01

    Thin films of Li-doped ZnO of different compositions (Zn1-xLix)O, x=0.1, 0.17, and 0.3 have been prepared on Si(100) substrates, with no buffer layer, by the pulsed laser deposition method. Ferroelectric behavior with a memory window of 1.2 V has been observed in capacitance-voltage measurements. The peak maximum in the capacitance-temperature curve suggests that the ferroelectric phase transition occurs around 340 K.

  19. Structure and Relaxor Behaviour of Ba2+ Substituted NBT Ceramics

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    Rao, K. Sambasiva; Tilak, B.; Rajulu, K. Ch. Varada; Swathi, A.; Workineh, Haileeyesus; Ganagadharudu, D.

    2011-11-01

    In the course of search for environmental-friendly lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics, (Bi,Na)TiO3-(NBT) based ceramics show very good physical properties among several lead-free compositions. The NBT composition exhibits a strong ferroelectricity and high Curie temperature, and considered to be a good candidate for lead-free ceramics as a substitute for lead-based materials (e.g., PZT). In the present communication barium substituted NBT, (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.912Ba0.088TiO3-0.088BNBT composition has been prepared by conventional solid-state reaction process. The tolerance factor has been estimated and found to be 0.819, indicating the stability of the perovskite structure. The XRD analysis of the material revealed a pure perovskite with tetragonal structure. The average grain size as observed from SEM, was found to be 1.04μm. Detailed studies exhibit a relaxor behaviour with diffuse phase transition. The diffuseness parameter has been established to be 1.97. The dielectric relaxation obeyed the Vogel-Fulcher (V-F) relation. From the V-F plot, the obtained values are Tf = 305°C, Ea = 0.0131eV and νo = 2.95×105Hz, which provide the evidence of relaxor behaviour. The electrical behaviour has been probed through complex impedance spectroscopy. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra obey the power law in the frequency range of 45Hz-5MHz and temperature range of 35 °C-60 °C.

  20. Electric-field-controlled interface strain coupling and non-volatile resistance switching of La1-xBaxMnO3 thin films epitaxially grown on relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zheng, Ming; Zhu, Qiu-Xiang; Li, Xue-Yan; Yang, Ming-Min; Wang, Yu; Li, Xiao-Min; Shi, Xun; Luo, Hao-Su; Zheng, Ren-Kui

    2014-09-01

    We have fabricated magnetoelectric heterostructures by growing ferromagnetic La1-xBaxMnO3 (x = 0.2, 0.4) thin films on (001)-, (110)-, and (111)-oriented 0.31Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-0.35Pb(Mg1/3Nb1/2)O3-0.34PbTiO3 (PINT) ferroelectric single-crystal substrates. Upon poling along the [001], [110], or [111] crystal direction, the electric-field-induced non-180° domain switching gives rise to a decrease in the resistance and an enhancement of the metal-to-insulator transition temperature TC of the films. By taking advantage of the 180° ferroelectric domain switching, we identify that such changes in the resistance and TC are caused by domain switching-induced strain but not domain switching-induced accumulation or depletion of charge carriers at the interface. Further, we found that the domain switching-induced strain effects can be efficiently controlled by a magnetic field, mediated by the electronic phase separation. Moreover, we determined the evolution of the strength of the electronic phase separation against temperature and magnetic field by recording the strain-tunability of the resistance [(ΔR/R)strain] under magnetic fields. Additionally, opposing effects of domain switching-induced strain on ferromagnetism above and below 197 K for the La0.8Ba0.2MnO3 film and 150 K for the La0.6Ba0.4MnO3 film, respectively, were observed and explained by the magnetoelastic effect through adjusting the magnetic anisotropy. Finally, using the reversible ferroelastic domain switching of the PINT, we realized non-volatile resistance switching of the films at room temperature, implying potential applications of the magnetoelectric heterostructure in non-volatile memory devices.

  1. Electric-field-controlled interface strain coupling and non-volatile resistance switching of La{sub 1-x}Ba{sub x}MnO₃ thin films epitaxially grown on relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zheng, Ming; Zhu, Qiu-Xiang; Li, Xue-Yan; Yang, Ming-Min; Li, Xiao-Min; Shi, Xun; Luo, Hao-Su; Zheng, Ren-Kui; Wang, Yu

    2014-09-21

    We have fabricated magnetoelectric heterostructures by growing ferromagnetic La{sub 1-x}Ba{sub x}MnO₃ (x=0.2, 0.4) thin films on (001)-, (110)-, and (111)-oriented 0.31Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O₃-0.35Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 1/2})O₃-0.34PbTiO₃ (PINT) ferroelectric single-crystal substrates. Upon poling along the [001], [110], or [111] crystal direction, the electric-field-induced non-180° domain switching gives rise to a decrease in the resistance and an enhancement of the metal-to-insulator transition temperature TC of the films. By taking advantage of the 180° ferroelectric domain switching, we identify that such changes in the resistance and TC are caused by domain switching-induced strain but not domain switching-induced accumulation or depletion of charge carriers at the interface. Further, we found that the domain switching-induced strain effects can be efficiently controlled by a magnetic field, mediated by the electronic phase separation. Moreover, we determined the evolution of the strength of the electronic phase separation against temperature and magnetic field by recording the strain-tunability of the resistance [(ΔR/R){sub strain}] under magnetic fields. Additionally, opposing effects of domain switching-induced strain on ferromagnetism above and below 197 K for the La₀.₈Ba₀.₂MnO₃ film and 150 K for the La₀.₆Ba₀.₄MnO₃ film, respectively, were observed and explained by the magnetoelastic effect through adjusting the magnetic anisotropy. Finally, using the reversible ferroelastic domain switching of the PINT, we realized non-volatile resistance switching of the films at room temperature, implying potential applications of the magnetoelectric heterostructure in non-volatile memory devices.

  2. Relaxor Behavior and Dielectric Relaxation in Lead-Free Solid Solutions of (1 - x)(Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)- x(SrNb2O6)

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    Bajpai, P. K.; Singh, K. N.; Tamrakar, Preeti

    2016-02-01

    Lead-free compositions (1 - x) (Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)- x(SrNb2O6) (BNT-SN) are synthesized by a simple solid state reaction route. SN diffuse in distorted perovskite BNT for low concentrations of SN ( x ≤ 0.03) and are stabilized in rhombohedral perovskite phase with experimentally observed relative density of the ceramics >92%. A temperature-dependent dielectric response exhibits a broad dielectric peak that shows frequency-dependent shifts towards higher temperatures reflecting typical relaxor behavior. Modified Curie-Weiss law and Lorentz-type empirical relationships are used to fit the dielectric data that exhibit almost complete diffuse phase transition characteristics. In addition, significant dielectric dispersion is observed in a low-frequency regime in both components of the dielectric response and a small dielectric relaxation peak is observed. Cole-Cole plots indicate the poly-dispersive nature of the dielectric relaxation.

  3. Fluctuating defects in the incipient relaxor K1-xLixTaO3 (x = 0 . 02)

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    Gehring, Peter; Stock, Chris; Xu, Guangyong; Lamago, Daniel; Reznik, Dmitry; Russina, Margarita; Wen, Jinsheng; Boatner, Lynn

    2015-03-01

    We have measured the structural correlations associated with the apparent relaxor transition near 70 K in K0.98Li0.02TaO3 (KLT(0.02)) with neutrons. No elastic diffuse scattering or soft mode anomaly is observed, a situation that diverges from that in other relaxors like PMN. The structural correlations in KLT(0.02) are dynamic at all temperatures with timescales of ~ THz. The fluctuations are overdamped, non-propagating, spatially uncorrelated, and absent in the parent material KTaO3. The temperature dependence correlates with the dielectric response, implying that the fluctuations are associated with local, ferroelectric regions induced by the Li-doping. The ferroelectric transition induced by the introduction of sufficient Li cations is thus characterized by quasistatic fluctuations, which is a stark contrast to the soft-harmonic-mode-driven transition observed in perovskite ferroelectrics like PbTiO3. The glass-like structural correlations in KLT(0.02) are much faster than those in random-field, lead-based relaxors, which occur on the ~ GHz timescale, and they are better correlated spatially. Our results support the view that random fields give rise to the relaxor phenomena, and that the glassy dynamics observed here represent a nascent response.

  4. Pressure as a probe of the glassy state of ferroelectrics with random site disorder

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    Samara, G.A.; Hansen, L.V.

    1998-03-10

    Results on lanthanum-modified lead zirconate-titanates (PLZTs) have revealed a pressure-induced crossover from a normal ferroelectric to a relaxor state and the continuous evolution of the dynamics and energetics of the relaxation process. This crossover appears to be a general feature of soft mode ferroelectrics with random site dipolar impurities or polar nanodomains and results from a large decrease in the correlation radius among polar nanodomains -- a unique property of soft mode ferroelectrics.

  5. Frequency-dependent ferroelectric behavior of BaMn3Ti4O14.25 at room temperature

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    Hossain, Muhammad E.; Liu, Shuangyi; O'Brien, Stephen; Li, Jackie

    2015-07-01

    We report the activation field and selective frequency-dependent ferroelectric behavior of BaMn3Ti4O14.25 (BMT-134) at room temperature. BMT-134, a recently discovered multiferroic complex oxide, exhibits antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric behavior and belongs to the hollandite crystal class. The microstructure can be manipulated through processing conditions to prepare a nanocrystalline textured tablet. We measured polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loops and strain-electric field butterfly loops as a function of frequency in order to investigate the AC dynamics of domain switching and strain behavior. Under an electric field loading condition, a clear hysteresis loop of the electric field-displacement curve is obtained at 50 Hz, indicating that room temperature ferroelectricity is attainable under the right processing conditions. When the frequency is increased to 500 Hz, the coercive field also increases, until the frequency reaches 5 kHz, at which point the electric field versus electric displacement becomes linear indicating the limit of domain switching at high frequency.

  6. Relaxor-PT Single crystals: Observations and Developments

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    Zhang, Shujun; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2011-01-01

    Relaxor-PT based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3–PbTiO3 (PZNT) and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–PbTiO3 (PMNT) attracted lot of attentions in last decade due to their ultra high electromechanical coupling factors and piezoelectric coefficients. However, owing to a strongly curved morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), the usage temperature of these perovskite single crystals is limited by TRT - the rhombohedral to tetragonal phase transition temperature, which occurs at significantly lower temperatures than the Curie temperature TC. Furthermore, the low mechanical quality factors and coercive fields of these crystals, usually being on the order of ~70 and 2–3kV/cm, respectively, restrict their usage in high power applications. Thus, it is desirable to have high performance crystals with high temperature usage range and high power characteristics. In this survey, different binary and ternary crystal systems were explored, with respect to their temperature usage range, general trends of dielectric and piezoelectric properties of relaxor-PT crystal systems were discussed related to their TC/TRT. In addition, two approaches were proposed to improve mechanical Q values, including acceptor dopant strategy, analogous to “hard” polycrystalline ceramics, and anisotropic domain engineering configurations. PMID:20889397

  7. Fluctuating defects in the incipient relaxor K1 -xLixTaO3 (x =0.02 )

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    Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Xu, G.; Lamago, D.; Reznik, D.; Russina, M.; Wen, J.; Boatner, L. A.

    2014-12-01

    We report neutron scattering measurements of the structural correlations associated with the apparent relaxor transition in K1 -xLixTaO3 for x =0.02 [KLT(0.02)]. This compound displays a broad and frequency-dependent peak in the dielectric permittivity, which is the accepted hallmark of all relaxors. However, no evidence of elastic diffuse scattering or any soft-mode anomaly is observed in KLT(0.02) [J. Wen et al., Phys. Rev. B 78, 144202 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevB.78.144202], a situation that diverges from that in other relaxors such as PbMg1 /3Nb2 /3O3 . We resolve this dichotomy by showing that the structural correlations associated with the transition in KLT(0.02) are purely dynamic at all temperatures, having a time scale on the order of ˜ THz. These fluctuations are overdamped, nonpropagating, and spatially uncorrelated. Identical measurements made on pure KTaO3 show that they are absent (within experimental error) in the undoped parent material. They exhibit a temperature dependence that correlates well with the dielectric response, which suggests that they are associated with local ferroelectric regions induced by the Li+ doping. The ferroelectric transition that is induced by the introduction of Li+ cations is therefore characterized by quasistatic fluctuations, which represents a stark contrast to the soft-harmonic-mode-driven transition observed in conventional perovskite ferroelectrics such as PbTiO3. The dynamic, glasslike structural correlations in KLT(0.02) are much faster than those measured in random-field-based lead-based relaxors, which exhibit a frequency scale of order ˜ GHz and are comparatively better correlated spatially. Our results support the view that static random fields give rise to the relaxor phenomena, and that the glasslike dynamics observed here characterize a nascent response.

  8. Dynamics of nanoscale polarization fluctuations in a uniaxial relaxor.

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    Ondrejkovic, P; Kempa, M; Kulda, J; Frick, B; Appel, M; Combet, J; Dec, J; Lukasiewicz, T; Hlinka, J

    2014-10-17

    We have studied neutron diffuse scattering in a Sr(0.61)Ba(0.39)Nb(2)O(6) single crystal by neutron backscattering at sub-μeV energy resolution. We can identify two response components with transverse polarization: an elastic (resolution limited) central peak, which monotonically increases with decreasing temperature, and a quasielastic central peak, having a maximum intensity around the ferroelectric phase transition close to 350 K. In contrast to previous neutron experiments on this and other relaxor materials, we were able to observe a temperature dependence of the characteristic frequency of these fluctuations, obeying the same Vogel-Fulcher law as the dynamic part of the dielectric permittivity of this material. In this way our findings provide a first direct link between the Vogel-Fulcher-type frequency dependence of dielectric permittivity and dynamic nanoscale lattice modulations with a transverse correlation length of about 5-10 unit cells. PMID:25361280

  9. Lattice dynamics and dielectric spectroscopy of BZT and NBT lead-free perovskite relaxors - comparison with lead-based relaxors

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    Petzelt, Jan; Nuzhnyy, Dmitry; Bovtun, Viktor; Kempa, Martin; Savinov, Maxim; Kamba, Stanislav; Hlinka, Jiri

    2015-03-01

    Appearance of the polar nanoregions (PNR) and their manifestation in the dielectric spectra is discussed for lead-free Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (BZT-x) and (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 (NBT) ceramics. Phonon softening is not as pronounced as in the lead-based relaxors, but the relaxation contribution is dominating in all cases, caused by the dynamics of the off-centred ions (Ti4+, Bi3+, Pb2+). In the lead-based relaxors, where there is no relation between the quenched chemical clusters at the B-sites and PNR, which concern the A-site Pb-ion correlations, the relaxation dynamics follows the Vogel-Fulcher behaviour with a clear freezing. However, in BZT and NBT, the PNR are smaller, since they are localised within the small quenched chemical clusters of BaTiO3 and BiTiO3, respectively. Their dynamics is Arrhenius-like, which indicates hopping of the off-centred Ti4+ and Bi3+ ions, respectively, without their complete freezing. BZT can be classified as a dipolar glass and NBT as a nanoscopic ferroelectric with peculiar Bi-ion dynamics.

  10. Dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of grain-orientated Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Liu Jing; Shen Zhijian; Yan Haixue; Reece, Michael J.; Kan Yanmei; Wang Peiling

    2007-11-15

    By dynamic forging during Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), grain-orientated ferroelectric Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} (BLT) ceramics were prepared. Their ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and dielectric properties are anisotropic. The textured ceramics parallel and perpendicular to the shear flow directions have similar thermal depoling behaviors. The d{sub 33} piezoelectric coefficient of BLT ceramics gradually reduces up to 350 deg. C; it then drops rapidly. The broadness of the dielectric constant and loss peaks and the existence of d{sub 33} above the permittivity peak, T{sub m}, show that the BLT ceramic has relaxor-like behavior.

  11. Temperature dependences of ferroelectricity and resistive switching behavior of epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films

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    Lu, Zeng-Xing; Song, Xiao; Zhao, Li-Na; Li, Zhong-Wen; Lin, Yuan-Bin; Zeng, Min; Zhang, Zhang; Lu, Xu-Bing; Wu, Su-Juan; Gao, Xing-Sen; Yan, Zhi-Bo; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the resistive switching and ferroelectric polarization properties of high-quality epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films in various temperature ranges. The room temperature current-voltage (I-V) curve exhibits a well-established polarization-modulated memristor behavior. At low temperatures (< 253 K), the I-V curve shows an open circuit voltage (OCV), which possibly originates from the dielectric relaxation effects, accompanied with a current hump due to the polarization reversal displacement current. While at relative higher temperatures (> 253 K), the I-V behaviors are governed by both space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) and Ohmic behavior. The polarization reversal is able to trigger the conduction switching from Ohmic to SCLC behavior, leading to the observed ferroelectric resistive switching. At a temperature of > 298 K, there occurs a new resistive switching hysteresis at high bias voltages, which may be related to defect-mediated effects. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51272078 and 51332007), the State Key Program for Basic Research of China (Grant No 2015CB921202), the Guangdong Provincial Universities and Colleges Pearl River Scholar Funded Scheme, China (2014), the International Science & Technology Cooperation Platform Program of Guangzhou, China (Grant No. 2014J4500016), and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University of China (Grant No. IRT1243).

  12. Polar octahedral rotations, cation displacement and ferroelectricity in multiferroic SmCrO3

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    Ghosh, A.; Dey, K.; Chakraborty, M.; Majumdar, S.; Giri, S.

    2014-08-01

    Our thorough synchrotron diffraction studies provide a clue on the origin of ferroelectricity in SmCrO3. Careful observation demonstrates that polar order develops in the paramagnetic state. Rietveld refinement of the diffraction data confirms that emergence of polar order is correlated with the structural transformation from centrosymmetric Pbnm to non-centrosymmetric Pna21 space group of the distorted orthorhombic structure. Rotations of polar CrO6 octahedra and Sm displacement are proposed to be correlated with the emergence of polar order, which is extended over a wide temperature range and increases gradually with decreasing temperature. This is consistent with the relaxor behavior as evident from the frequency-dependent dielectric response satisfying the Vogel-Fulcher law. A non-collinear to collinear spin transformation is suggested well below the spin reorientation transition. Appearance of ferroelectricity without any correlation to the antiferromagnetic order in SmCrO3 suggests a new class of ferroelectricity. All-electron full-potential first-principles calculation demonstrates significant Sm-Cr hybridization near the Fermi level, which substantiates the experimental findings.

  13. Reconciling Local Structure Disorder and the Relaxor State in (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3

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    Groszewicz, Pedro B.; Gröting, Melanie; Breitzke, Hergen; Jo, Wook; Albe, Karsten; Buntkowsky, Gerd; Rödel, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    Lead-based relaxor ferroelectrics are key functional materials indispensable for the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric transducers. Currently there are strong efforts to develop novel environmentally benign lead-free relaxor materials. The structural origins of the relaxor state and the role of composition modifications in these lead-free materials are still not well understood. In the present contribution, the solid-solution (100-x)(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3 (BNT-xBT), a prototypic lead-free relaxor is studied by the combination of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, dielectric measurements and ab-initio density functional theory (DFT). For the first time it is shown that the peculiar composition dependence of the EFG distribution width (ΔQISwidth) correlates strongly to the dispersion in dielectric permittivity, a fingerprint of the relaxor state. Significant disorder is found in the local structure of BNT-xBT, as indicated by the analysis of the electric field gradient (EFG) in 23Na 3QMAS NMR spectra. Aided by DFT calculations, this disorder is attributed to a continuous unimodal distribution of octahedral tilting. These results contrast strongly to the previously proposed coexistence of two octahedral tilt systems in BNT-xBT. Based on these results, we propose that considerable octahedral tilt disorder may be a general feature of these oxides and essential for their relaxor properties. PMID:27545094

  14. Reconciling Local Structure Disorder and the Relaxor State in (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3.

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    Groszewicz, Pedro B; Gröting, Melanie; Breitzke, Hergen; Jo, Wook; Albe, Karsten; Buntkowsky, Gerd; Rödel, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    Lead-based relaxor ferroelectrics are key functional materials indispensable for the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric transducers. Currently there are strong efforts to develop novel environmentally benign lead-free relaxor materials. The structural origins of the relaxor state and the role of composition modifications in these lead-free materials are still not well understood. In the present contribution, the solid-solution (100-x)(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-xBaTiO3 (BNT-xBT), a prototypic lead-free relaxor is studied by the combination of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, dielectric measurements and ab-initio density functional theory (DFT). For the first time it is shown that the peculiar composition dependence of the EFG distribution width (ΔQISwidth) correlates strongly to the dispersion in dielectric permittivity, a fingerprint of the relaxor state. Significant disorder is found in the local structure of BNT-xBT, as indicated by the analysis of the electric field gradient (EFG) in (23)Na 3QMAS NMR spectra. Aided by DFT calculations, this disorder is attributed to a continuous unimodal distribution of octahedral tilting. These results contrast strongly to the previously proposed coexistence of two octahedral tilt systems in BNT-xBT. Based on these results, we propose that considerable octahedral tilt disorder may be a general feature of these oxides and essential for their relaxor properties. PMID:27545094

  15. Investigaction of Switching Behavior in a Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Aligned on Obliquely Deposited SiO Films

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    Yamada, Yuichiro; Yamamoto, Norio; Inoue, Tetsuya; Orihara, Hiroshi; Ishibashi, Yoshihiro

    1989-01-01

    The effect of oblique evaporation of SiO on the chevron structure and the switching behavior in a ferroelectric liquid crystal have been investigated by means of the X-ray diffraction and the stroboscopic micrographs. It is found experimentally that the chevron direction and the domain structure appearing during the switching are determined by the direction of incidence of evaporated SiO. On the basis of the experimental results, it is clarified that the bow and the stern of the boat-shaped domain correspond to {+}2π and {-}2π internal disclinations, respectively. The structure of the zig-zag defect is determined.

  16. Ferroelectric Pump

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    Jalink, Antony, Jr. (Inventor); Hellbaum, Richard F. (Inventor); Rohrbach, Wayne W. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A ferroelectric pump has one or more variable volume pumping chambers internal to a housing. Each chamber has at least one wall comprising a dome shaped internally prestressed ferroelectric actuator having a curvature and a dome height that varies with an electric voltage applied between an inside and outside surface of the actuator. A pumped medium flows into and out of each pumping chamber in response to displacement of the ferroelectric actuator. The ferroelectric actuator is mounted within each wall and isolates each ferroelectric actuator from the pumped medium, supplies a path for voltage to be applied to each ferroelectric actuator, and provides for positive containment of each ferroelectric actuator while allowing displacement of the entirety of each ferroelectric actuator in response to the applied voltage.

  17. Hysteresis loop behaviors of ferroelectric thin films: A Monte Carlo simulation study

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    M. Bedoya-Hincapié, C.; H. Ortiz-Álvarez, H.; Restrepo-Parra, E.; J. Olaya-Flórez, J.; E. Alfonso, J.

    2015-11-01

    The ferroelectric response of bismuth titanate Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT) thin film is studied through a Monte Carlo simulation of hysteresis loops. The ferroelectric system is described by using a Diffour Hamiltonian with three terms: the electric field applied in the z direction, the nearest dipole-dipole interaction in the transversal (x-y) direction, and the nearest dipole-dipole interaction in the direction perpendicular to the thin film (the z axis). In the sample construction, we take into consideration the dipole orientations of the monoclinic and orthorhombic structures that can appear in BIT at low temperature in the ferroelectric state. The effects of temperature, stress, and the concentration of pinned dipole defects are assessed by using the hysteresis loops. The results indicate the changes in the hysteresis area with temperature and stress, and the asymmetric hysteresis loops exhibit evidence of the imprint failure mechanism with the emergence of pinned dipolar defects. The simulated shift in the hysteresis loops conforms to the experimental ferroelectric response. Project sponsored by the research departments of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia DIMA and DIB under Project 201010018227-“Crecimiento y caracterización eléctrica y estructural de películas delgadas de BixTiyOz producidas mediante Magnetrón Sputtering” and Project 12920-“Desarrollo teóricoexperimental de nanoestructuras basadas en Bismuto y materiales similares” and “Bisnano Project.”

  18. Ferroelectricity in spiral magnets.

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    Mostovoy, Maxim

    2006-02-17

    It was recently observed that the ferroelectrics showing the strongest sensitivity to an applied magnetic field are spiral magnets. We present a phenomenological theory of inhomogeneous ferroelectric magnets, which describes their thermodynamics and magnetic field behavior, e.g., dielectric susceptibility anomalies at magnetic transitions and sudden flops of electric polarization in an applied magnetic field. We show that electric polarization can also be induced at domain walls and that magnetic vortices carry electric charge. PMID:16606047

  19. Piezoelectric activity in Perovskite ferroelectric crystals.

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    Li, Fei; Wang, Linghang; Jin, Li; Lin, Dabin; Li, Jinglei; Li, Zhenrong; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite ferroelectrics (PFs) have been the dominant piezoelectric materials for various electromechanical applications, such as ultrasonic transducers, sensors, and actuators, to name a few. In this review article, the development of PF crystals is introduced, focusing on the crystal growth and piezoelectric activity. The critical factors responsible for the high piezoelectric activity of PFs (i.e., phase transition, monoclinic phase, domain size, relaxor component, dopants, and piezoelectric anisotropy) are surveyed and discussed. A general picture of the present understanding on the high piezoelectricity of PFs is described. At the end of this review, potential approaches to further improve the piezoelectricity of PFs are proposed. PMID:25585387

  20. Enhanced piezoelectric response in the artificial ferroelectric polymer multilayers

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    Zhao, X. L.; Wang, J. L. E-mail: lin-tie@mail.sitp.ac.cn; Tian, B. B.; Liu, B. L.; Wang, X. D.; Sun, S.; Zou, Y. H.; Lin, T. E-mail: lin-tie@mail.sitp.ac.cn; Sun, J. L.; Meng, X. J.; Chu, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    An actuator with a high piezoelectric response, the ferroelectric polymer multilayer actuator, is described. The ferroelectric polymer multilayers consisting of alternative ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) copolymer and relaxor poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofloroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) terpolymer with different periodicities and fixed total thickness are prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic measurements indicate that the structure of the multilayer with thin alternating layer is similar to that of the ferroelectric copolymer. Compared with that of the copolymer, it is found that the piezoelectric coefficient of the multilayer could be improved by 57%. We attributed the enhanced piezoelectric response of the multilayers to the internal electric fields that arises from the electrostatic couplings between different layers.

  1. Enhanced tunable characteristics of the Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-NaTaO3 relaxor-type system.

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    Spreitzer, Matjaz; König, Jakob; Jancar, Bostjan; Suvorov, Danilo

    2007-12-01

    We have investigated the voltage-tunable characteristics of the Na(0.5)Bi(0.5)TiO(3)-NaTaO(3) homogeneity region, for which samples were prepared using a conventional solid-state reaction. The highest value of the relative tunability (n(r)) was obtained for the sample with 5 mol% of NaTaO(3), i.e., 47% at 1 MHz and a 70 kV/cm dc bias field. This sample also showed the highest value of the dielectric losses (tan delta) and temperature coefficient of the dielectric constant (tau(epsilon)), i.e., 0.05 and 4478 ppm/K, respectively. As the concentration of NaTaO(3) increased up to 90 mol% n(r), tan delta, and tau(epsilon) gradually decreased toward 22%, 0.0002 and -899 ppm/K, respectively. The dielectric constant of the samples varied in a similar manner between 662 and 130. At microwave frequencies, the dielectric losses of the samples substantially increased due to their relaxor-type nature. The lowest value was obtained for the samples with 90 mol% of NaTaO(3), i.e., 0.002. The tunable characteristics of the samples are related to the ferroelectric and dielectric properties, and it appears that the dielectric tunability of the Na(0.5)Bi(0.5)TiO(3)-NaTaO(3) system originates from its relaxor-type behavior. PMID:18276566

  2. SISGR -- Domain Microstructures and Mechanisms for Large, Reversible and Anhysteretic Strain Behaviors in Phase Transforming Ferroelectric Materials

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    Wang, Yu U.

    2013-12-06

    This four-year project (including one-year no-cost extension) aimed to advance fundamental understanding of field-induced strain behaviors of phase transforming ferroelectrics. We performed meso-scale phase field modeling and computer simulation to study domain evolutions, mechanisms and engineering techniques, and developed computational techniques for nanodomain diffraction analysis; to further support above originally planned tasks, we also carried out preliminary first-principles density functional theory calculations of point defects and domain walls to complement meso-scale computations as well as performed in-situ high-energy synchrotron X-ray single crystal diffraction experiments to guide theoretical development (both without extra cost to the project thanks to XSEDE supercomputers and DOE user facility Advanced Photon Source).

  3. Relaxor-based solid solutions for piezoelectric and electrostrictive applications

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    Alberta, Edward F.

    This thesis explores the dielectric, piezoelectric, and electrostrictive properties of a number of relaxor ferroelectric-based solid solution systems. The components of these solid solution systems have a variety of characteristics ranging from normal- to relaxor- to anti-ferroelectric. Some of the relaxor end-members investigated were Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3 [PIN], Pb(In1/2Ta1/2)O3 [PIT], Pb(Sc 1/2Nb1/2)O3 [PSN], Pb(Ni1/3Nb 2/3)O3 [PNN], Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O 3 [PMN], and Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3 [PZN]. Several of these systems have Curie temperatures [Tc] that are among the highest known for MPB compositions. Some examples are PIN-0.38PT with a Tc of 319°C, PIT-0.38PT with a Tc of 248°C, and PSN 0.42PT with a Tc of 254°C. While these are slightly lower that those of typically found in PZT, the temperature dependence of the piezoelectric properties was found to be minimal. The electromechanical coupling coefficients were largely unchanged upon heating to as high as 150°C. This is approximately equal to the Tc of PMN-PT and PZN-PT and significantly exceeds the generally accepted maximum operating temperature for these materials. Many of the materials studied were found to have very large electromechanical coupling factors and produce extraordinarily high field-induced strains. Both PSN-0.42PT and PNN-0.15PZ-0.34PT were found to produce strain levels of ˜0.30% under unipolar drive with limited hysteresis. Peak-to-peak strain levels of as much as 0.60% were possible under bipolar drive conditions. Both of these MPB compositions had very large piezoelectric properties, with the slightly larger values of d33 = 810pC/N, kp = 0.69, kt = 0.56, and k33 = 0.80 occurring in PNN-PZ-PT. Each of the MPB compositions studied has features that can be exploited for specific applications. The combination of high Tc and coercive field found in both PIN-PT and Bi(Ni1/2T1/2)O3 -PT should allow these materials to be used at high drive levels and/or at high temperatures. The high strain, low hysteresis

  4. Supramolecular ferroelectrics

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    Tayi, Alok S.; Kaeser, Adrien; Matsumoto, Michio; Aida, Takuzo; Stupp, Samuel I.

    2015-04-01

    Supramolecular chemistry uses non-covalent interactions to coax molecules into forming ordered assemblies. The construction of ordered materials with these reversible bonds has led to dramatic innovations in organic electronics, polymer science and biomaterials. Here, we review how supramolecular strategies can advance the burgeoning field of organic ferroelectricity. Ferroelectrics -- materials with a spontaneous and electrically reversible polarization -- are touted for use in non-volatile computer memories, sensors and optics. Historically, this physical phenomenon has been studied in inorganic materials, although some organic examples are known and strong interest exists to extend the search for ferroelectric molecular systems. Other undiscovered applications outside this regime could also emerge. We describe the key features necessary for molecular and supramolecular dipoles in organic ferroelectrics and their incorporation into ordered systems, such as porous frameworks and liquid crystals. The goal of this Review is to motivate the development of innovative supramolecular ferroelectrics that exceed the performance and usefulness of known systems.

  5. Origin of ferroelectric polarization in tetragonal tungsten-bronze-type oxides

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    Olsen, Gerhard Henning; Aschauer, Ulrich; Spaldin, Nicola A.; Selbach, Sverre Magnus; Grande, Tor

    2016-05-01

    The origin of ferroelectric polarization in tetragonal tungsten-bronze- (TTB-) type oxide strontium barium niobate (SBN) is investigated using first-principles density functional calculations. We study in particular the relationship between the polarization and the cation and vacancy ordering on alkali-earth metal lattice sites. Lattice dynamical calculations for paraelectric structures demonstrate that all cation configurations that can be accommodated in a 1 ×1 ×2 supercell result in a single unstable polar phonon, composed primarily of relative Nb-O displacements along the polar axis, as their dominant instability. The majority of the configurations also have a second octahedral tilt-mode instability which couples weakly to the polar mode. The existence of the tilt mode is strongly dependent on the local cation ordering, consistent with the fact that it is not found experimentally. Our results suggest that ferroelectricity in the SBN system is driven by a conventional second-order Jahn-Teller mechanism caused by the d0 Nb5 + cations, and demonstrate the strong influence of the size of Sr and Ba on the lattice distortions associated with polarization and octahedral tilting. Finally, we suggest a mechanism for the relaxor behavior in Sr-rich SBN based on Sr displacement inside pentagonal channels in the TTB structure.

  6. Unusual Strong Incommensurate Modulation in a Tungsten-Bronze-Type Relaxor PbBiNb5O15.

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    Lin, Kun; Zhou, Zhengyang; Liu, Laijun; Ma, Hongqiang; Chen, Jun; Deng, Jinxia; Sun, Junliang; You, Li; Kasai, Hidetaka; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki; Xing, Xianran

    2015-10-28

    Pb- or Bi-based perovskite oxides have been widely studied and used because of their large ferroelectric polarization features induced by stereochemically active 6s(2) lone pair electrons. It is intriguing whether this effect could exist in other related systems. Herein, we designed and synthesized a mixed Pb and Bi A site polar compound, PbBiNb5O15, with the TTB framework. The as-synthesized material turns out to be a relaxor with weak macroscopic ferroelectricity but adopts strong local polarizations. What's more, unusual five orders of incommensurate satellite reflections with strong intensities were observed under the electron diffraction, suggesting that the modulation is highly developed with large amplitudes. The structural modulation was solved with a (3 + 1)D superspace group using high-resolution synchrotron radiation combined with anomalous dispersion X-ray diffraction technique to distinguish Pb from Bi. We show that the strong modulation mainly originates from lone-pair driven Pb(2+)-Bi(3+) ordering in the large pentagonal caves, which can suppress the local polarization in x-y plane in long ranges. Moreover, the as-synthesized ceramics display strong relaxor ferroelectric feature with transition temperature near room temperature and moderate dielectric properties, which could be functionalized to be electromechanical device materials. PMID:26474121

  7. Second-harmonic generation and x-ray diffraction studies of the pretransitional region and polar phase in relaxor K(1-x)LixTaO3

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    Yokota, Hiroko; Uesu, Yoshiaki; Malibert, Charlotte; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2007-05-01

    Optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) observations and precise x-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on quantum paraelectrics KTaO3 (KTO) and relaxors K(1-x)LixTaO3 with x=3% (KLT-3) and 7% (KLT-7). It is found in KLT-3 and KLT-7 that a pretransitional region exists between two characteristic temperatures TB and Tp(behavior of dielectric constant. These facts strongly suggest that polar nanoregions (PNRs) nucleate around TB and grow toward Tp . Below Tp , a larger deformation and a field-induced SH intensity start to develop, while no significant SHG appears in the zero-field-cooling (ZFC) process because of macroscopic inversion symmetry of the polydomain structure. The field-cooling (FC) process breaks the macroscopic inversion symmetry and the temperature dependence of SH intensity in field heating after FC coincides well with that of the tetragonality determined by x-ray diffraction experiments. The Landau-Devonshire phenomenological approach suggests that the ferroelectric phase transition at Tp is of first order and that it approaches the second-order transition with a decrease in the Li concentration. A marked increase of neutron-diffraction intensities below Tp , together with the disappearance of SHG intensity in a ZFC run, indicates that PNRs are transformed to ferroelectric microdomains at Tp . The microdomains become macroscopic below Tp in the FC process. In the lower-temperature region, nonergodic behavior was observed: The ZFC state cannot approach the thermodynamically equilibrium state under the electric field within finite time.

  8. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Behavior of Bismuth-Doped Barium Titanate Ceramic Prepared by Microwave Sintering

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    Mahapatra, A.; Parida, S.; Sarangi, S.; Badapanda, T.

    2015-08-01

    Bismuth-doped barium titanate ceramics with the general formula Ba1- x Bi2 x/3TiO3 ( x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.025, 0.05) have been prepared by the solid state reaction technique. The phase formation and structural property of all compositions have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and Rietveld refinement. XRD pattern reports the single phase tetragonal crystal system with space group of P4mm. All compositions have been sintered at 1100°C in a microwave furnace for 30 min. The variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature and frequency was studied and it was found that the dielectric constant decreases whereas transition temperature increased with the increase in Bi content. The diffusivity parameter was calculated by the modified Curie-Weiss law and the diffusivity increased with the increase in Bi content. The ferroelectric property was studied by the P-E hysteresis loop and it was observed that the saturation polarization decreased, but the coercive field increased with Bi content. The optical band gap was calculated from UV-Visible spectroscopy and found to decrease with Bi content.

  9. Observation of nonequilibrium behavior near the Lifshitz point in ferroelectrics with incommensurate phase

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    Rushchanskii, K. Z.; Molnar, A.; Bilanych, R.; Yevych, R.; Kohutych, A.; Vysochanskii, Yu. M.; Samulionis, V.; Banys, J.

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated nonequilibrium properties of proper uniaxial Sn2P2(SexS1-x) 6 ferroelectrics with the type II incommensurate phase above Lifshitz point xLP˜0.28 . We performed measurements of dielectric susceptibility in cooling and heating regimes with the rate ranging 0.002-0.1 K/min, as well as high-resolution ultrasound investigation and hypersound Brillouin scattering experiments. For samples with x ≥0.28 clear anomalies are observed at incommensurate second-order transition (Ti) and at first-order lock-in transition (Tc) in the regime of very slow cooling rate, whereas the intermediate incommensurate phase is not observed when the rate is faster than 0.1 K/min. In general, increasing the cooling rate leads to smearing of the anomaly at Tc. We relate this effect to cooling rate dependence of domain-wall concentration and their size: domain width decreases when cooling rate increases. At certain conditions, the size of domain is comparable to the incommensurate phase modulation period, which is in the micrometer range in the vicinity of Lifshitz point and leads to pinning of the modulation period by domain walls.

  10. Compressed H-bonds in solids. Pressure-dependent ferroelectric behavior of KDP/DKDP

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    Dolin, S. P.; Levin, A. A.; Mikhailova, T. Yu.

    2010-05-01

    Hydrostatic pressure effect on ferroelectric structural phase transition (SPT) in KDP (KH 2PO 4) and DKDP (KD 2PO 4) as typical examples of H-bonded solids is considered in the frames of pseudospin Hamiltonian, its parameters Ω(H/D) and J ij(H/D) describe the quantum motion of proton/deuteron along the H/D-bond and pair interaction between these nuclei at different bonds, respectively. These parameters are determined by means of the cluster non-empirical calculations (SCF, MP2-MP4, B3LYP) for the characteristic structural fragments of the compounds of interest. The clusters geometry was taken from the neutron-diffraction data, obtained for pressure values P = 0 and P = 16.5 kbar. The molecular field approximation (MFA) together with more refined Bethe cluster approach (BCA) were applied to study the T c of SPT on the base of the calculated values of Ω(H/D) and J ij(H/D). In agreement with the experiments for both techniques T c decreases with the growth of P due to the proton/deuteron transfer barrier width and height reduction as well as owing to the diminution of the protons/deuterons effective interaction. The related BCA results for KDP and DKDP are discussed in more details.

  11. Behavior of inclusions with different value and orientation of topological dipoles in ferroelectric smectic films

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    Dolganov, P. V. Dolganov, V. K.; Cluzeau, P.

    2009-07-15

    Cholesteric droplets in ferroelectric free-standing films with tunable anchoring on the droplet boundary are investigated. A droplet and satellite topological defect(s) form a topological dipole. We obtained droplets with different angles {alpha} between two radial lines from the droplet center to -1/2 topological defects. Droplets with parallel dipoles form linear chains in which the interparticle distances decrease with increasing the defect angle {alpha}. For the first time, the dependence of the interparticle distance on the angle between topological defects was measured. We can adjust the magnitude and orientation of topological dipoles formed by the droplets. For the first time, the droplets with antiparallel topological dipoles were prepared in a smectic film. Interaction of the droplets with parallel and antiparallel dipoles differs drastically. Formation of antiparallel dipoles leads to a decomposition of the droplet pairs and chains of droplets. Our observations may be used to change the magnitude, anisotropy of the interparticle interaction, and structures of inclusions in liquid crystal media.

  12. Anisotropic Optical Behavior of Ferroelectric Bismuth Titanate: A Comparison of Experiment and Theory

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    Roy, Amritendu; Prasad, Rajendra; Auluck, Sushil; Garg, Ashish

    2010-03-01

    Optical properties of bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12 or BiT) are of technological interest as its band gap lies in the visible region. Here we compare the results of theoretical and experimental studies conducted on pure bismuth titanate single crystals. Highly oriented BiT single crystals were synthesized using flux growth method. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were made between 300 to 800 nm for different sample orientations. To obtain the absorption coefficient near the band edge, optical transmission measurements were also made. The refractive index data was fitted to a two-term Sellmeier formula. We also calculated the optical constants for both ferroelectric and paraelectric phases of bismuth titanate using density functional theory as implemented in the Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP) in conjunction with projector augmented wave method (PAW). Our calculations show the anisotropy of the optical properties for the electric field parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis of the crystal. Our calculations are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  13. Ferroelectric HfO2 for Emerging Ferroelectric Semiconductor Devices

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    Florent, Karine

    The spontaneous polarization in ferroelectrics (FE) makes them particularly attractive for non-volatile memory and logic applications. Non-volatile FRAM memories using perovskite structure materials, such as Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) and Strontium Bismuth Tantalate (SBT) have been studied for many years. However, because of their scaling limit and incompatibility with CMOS beyond 130 nm node, floating gate Flash memory technology has been preferred for manufacturing. The recent discovery of ferroelectricity in doped HfO2 in 2011 has opened the door for new ferroelectric based devices compatible with CMOS technology, such as Ferroelectric Field Effect Transistor (FeFET) and Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions (FTJ). This work began with developing ferroelectric hysteresis characterization capabilities at RIT. Initially reactively sputtered aluminum doped HfO 2 films were investigated. It was observed that the composition control using co-sputtering was not achievable within the existing capabilities. During the course of this study, collaboration was established with the NaMLab group in Germany to investigate Si doped HfO2 deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Metal Ferroelectric Metal (MFM) devices were fabricated using TiN as the top and bottom electrode with Si:HfO2 thickness ranging from 6.4 nm to 22.9 nm. The devices were electrically tested for P-E, C-V and I-V characteristics. Structural characterizations included TEM, EELS, XRR, XRD and XPS/Auger spectroscopy. Higher remanant polarization (Pr) was observed for films of 9.3 nm and 13.1 nm thickness. Thicker film (22.9 nm) showed smaller Pr. Devices with 6.4 nm thick films exhibit tunneling behavior showing a memristor like I-V characteristics. The tunnel current and ferroelectricity showed decrease with cycling indicating a possible change in either the structure or the domain configurations. Theoretical simulations using the improved FE model were carried out to model the ferroelectric behavior of

  14. Nonlinear-optic and ferroelectric behavior of lithium borate{endash}strontium bismuth tantalate glass{endash}ceramic composite

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    Senthil Murugan, G.; Varma, K. B. R.; Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2001-06-18

    Transparent glasses in the system (100{endash}x) Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}{endash}xSrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (0{le}x{le}20) were fabricated via a splat-quenching technique. The glassy nature of the as-quenched samples was established by differential thermal analyses. X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopic studies confirmed the amorphous nature of the as-quenched and crystallinity (40 nm) in the heat-treated (glass{endash}ceramic) samples. The dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub r}) of the glass{endash}ceramic composite (x=20, heat treated at 773 K/8 h) was in between that of the parent host glass (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}) and strontium bismuth tantalate ceramics in the frequency range 100 Hz{endash}40 MHz at 300 K. These exhibited intense second-harmonic generation and a ferroelectric hysteritic behavior (P vs E loops) at 300 K. The coercive field (E{sub c}) and the remnant polarization (P{sub r}) were 1053 V/cm and 0.483 {mu}C/cm2, respectively. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  15. Measuring and Altering Ferroelectric Domain Structures in Lead Perovskite Single-Crystals

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    Harker, John Chamberlain

    Relaxor ferroelectric single-crystal materials PMN-PT and PZN-PT are currently of interest to the scientific community due to their enhanced properties and possible role as next-generation piezoelectric transducers in applications such as sonar and medical ultrasound. One key phenomenon affecting both the properties and the mechanical integrity of these materials is the ferroelectric domain structure within the material. In this work we examine the morphology and behavior of domain structures in PMN-29%PT. In order to do this we first present details of the construction and testing of a working piezo-response force microscope (PFM), and then use the PFM to verify a new domain observation technique called "relief polishing". Relief polishing is shown to reveal surface domains in the same manner as acid etching, preserving domain details as small as 0.5mum. Using these two techniques, we then determine that cutting and polishing strongly affect the surface and subsurface ferroelectric domain structures in PMN-29%PT. Specifically, we show that saw cutting can create characteristic striated domain structures as deep as 130mum within a sample, while straight polishing creates a characteristic domain structure known as the "fingerprint" pattern to a depth proportional to the size of the polishing grit, on the order of 0--12mum for grits as large as 15mum. We hypothesize that most samples contain these "skin effect" domain structures. In consequence, it is suggested that researchers presenting experimental results on domain structures should report the physical treatment history of the samples along with the experimental data.

  16. Collective dipole behavior and unusual morphotropic phase boundary in ferroelectric Pb(Zr(0.5)Ti(0.5))O3 nanowires.

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    Fu, Xiujun; Naumov, Ivan I; Fu, Huaxiang

    2013-02-13

    Dipole collective behavior and phase transition in ferroelectric (FE) Pb(Zr(0.5)Ti(0.5))O(3) nanowires, caused by modulated electric fields, are reported. Our result also leads to the finding of a rather outstanding electromechanical d(31) response in a 8.4 nm diameter PZT wire, which may potentially outperform bulk PMN-PT and PZN-PT. Moreover, we further demonstrate the existence of a new type of morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) that bridges two dissimilar structure phases of different order parameters. Microscopic insights for understanding the collective behavior and the structural phase within the new MPB are provided. PMID:23256599

  17. High-temperature memory in (Pb/La)(Zr/Ti)O3 as intrinsic of the relaxor state rather than due to defect relaxation

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    Cordero, F.; Craciun, F.; Franco, A.; Galassi, C.

    2006-07-01

    It has been recently shown that the memory of multiple aging stages, a phenomenon considered possible only below the glass transition of some glassy systems, appears also above that temperature range in the relaxor ferroelectric (Pb/La)(Zr/Ti)O3 (PLZT). Doubts exist whether memory at such high temperature is intrinsic of the glassy relaxor state or is rather due to migration of mobile defects. It is shown that the memory in the electric susceptibility and elastic compliance of PLZT 9/65/35 is not enhanced but depressed by mobile defects like O vacancies, H defects, and mobile charges resulting from their ionization. In addition, memory is drastically reduced at La contents slightly below the relaxor region of the phase diagram, unless aging is protracted for long times (months at room temperature). This is considered as evidence that in the nonrelaxor case memory is indeed due to slow migration of defects, while in the La rich case it is intrinsic of the relaxor state, even above the temperature of the susceptibility maximum.

  18. Ferroelectric memory

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    Vorotilov, K. A.; Sigov, A. S.

    2012-05-01

    The current status of developments in the field of ferroelectric memory devices has been considered. The rapidly growing market of non-volatile memory devices has been analyzed, and the current state of the art and prospects for the scaling of parameters of non-volatile memory devices of different types have been considered. The basic constructive and technological solutions in the field of the design of ferroelectric memory devices, as well as the "roadmaps" of the development of this technology, have been discussed.

  19. Pressure-induced changes in the dielectric response of polymer relaxors

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    Hilczer, B.; Szafranski, M.; Hilczer, A.

    2012-01-30

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the dielectric response of P(VDF/TrFE)(50/50) irradiated with fast electrons has been studied. A non-linear upward shift of the glass transition temperature T{sub g} and the Curie temperature T{sub C} of the polymer relaxors was observed under pressure with the initial slope dT{sub g}/dp being considerably smaller than dT{sub C}/dp. Moreover, pressure was found to reduce the contribution to the low-frequency dielectric absorption originating from segmental motions in the amorphous phase whereas the contribution related to ferroelectric-paraelectric transition and that of polar nanoclusters in the crystalline phase were found to be enhanced.

  20. In situ transmission electron microscopy study of the microstructural origins for the electric field-induced phenomena in ferroelectric perovskites

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    Guo, Hanzheng

    an unusual behavior is attributed to the electric field-induced irreversible P4bm nanodomains coalescence into thin lamellar domains prior to the phase transition. In the (K0.5 Na0.5)NbO3-based ceramics, as demonstrated by an archetypical polymorphic phase boundary (PPB) composition of 0.948(K 0.5Na0.5)NbO3-0.052LiSbO3, the origin of the excellent piezoelectric performance is due to a tilted monoclinic phase that emerges from the tetragonal and orthorhombic PPB at the poling fields beyond 14 kV/cm. This monoclinic phase, as manifested by the appearance of blotchy domains and 1/2{oeo} superlattice diffraction spots, was determined to possess a Pm symmetry with a 0b+c0 oxygen octahedra tilting and antiparallel cation displacements. For the PPB composition of x = 0.5 in the (1-x)Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8 )O3-x(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO 3 solid solution system, the original multi-domain state was found to transform into a unique single-domain state with orthorhombic symmetry at very moderate poling fields of 3 6 kV/cm. This single-domain state is suggested to be primarily responsible for the observed large piezoelectricity due to its significant elastic softening. In the electrical reversal process, a highly unusual phenomenon of electric field-induced ferroelectric-to-relaxor phase transition was directly observed in a lead-free composition of [(Bi1/2Na1/2)0.95 Ba0.05]0.98La0.02TiO3. It is manifested by the disruption of large ferroelectric domains with long range polar order into polar nanodomains with short range orders when the polarity of electric field is reversed. This observation was further rationalized by a phenomenological model that takes the large difference in kinetics between the phase transition and the polarization reversal processes into account. During the electrical cycling process, the microstructural mechanisms for electric fatigue behaviors of two ceramics were investigated. In 0.7Pb(Mg 1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3, the frozen domain configuration after 103 cycles is

  1. Investigation of the ferroelectric switching behavior of P(VDF-TrFE)-PMMA blended films for synaptic device applications

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    Kim, E. J.; Kim, K. A.; Yoon, S. M.

    2016-02-01

    Synaptic plasticity can be mimicked by electronic synaptic devices. By using ferroelectric thin films as gate insulator for thin-film transistors (TFT), channel conductance can be defined as the synaptic plasticity, and gradually modulated by the variations in amounts of aligned ferroelectric dipoles. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE)]-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blended films are chosen and their switching kinetics are investigated by using the Kolmogorov-Avrami-Ishibashi model. The switching time for ferroelectric polarization is sensitively influenced by the amplitude of applied electric field and volumetric ratio of ferroelectric beta-phases in the P(VDF-TrFE)-PMMA films. The switching time of the P(VDF-TrFE) increases with decreasing the pulse amplitude and/or the ratio of ferroelectric beta-phases by incorporation of PMMA. The activation electric field is also found to increase as the increase in blended amount of PMMA. Synapse TFTs are fabricated using the P(VDF-TrFE)-PMMA as gate insulator and In-Ga-Zn-O active channels. The drain currents of the synapse TFTs gradually increased when the voltage pulse signals with given duration are repeatedly applied. This suggests that the synaptic weights can be modulated by the number of external pulse signals, and that the proposed synapse TFT can be applied for mimicking the operations of bio-synapses.

  2. Domains in Ferroelectric Nanostructures

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    Gregg, Marty

    2010-03-01

    Ferroelectric materials have great potential in influencing the future of small scale electronics. At a basic level, this is because ferroelectric surfaces are charged, and so interact strongly with charge-carrying metals and semiconductors - the building blocks for all electronic systems. Since the electrical polarity of the ferroelectric can be reversed, surfaces can both attract and repel charges in nearby materials, and can thereby exert complete control over both charge distribution and movement. It should be no surprise, therefore, that microelectronics industries have already looked very seriously at harnessing ferroelectric materials in a variety of applications, from solid state memory chips (FeRAMs) to field effect transistors (FeFETs). In all such applications, switching the direction of the polarity of the ferroelectric is a key aspect of functional behavior. The mechanism for switching involves the field-induced nucleation and growth of domains. Domain coarsening, through domain wall propagation, eventually causes the entire ferroelectric to switch its polar direction. It is thus the existence and behavior of domains that determine the switching response, and ultimately the performance of the ferroelectric device. A major issue, associated with the integration of ferroelectrics into microelectronic devices, has been that the fundamental properties associated with ferroelectrics, when in bulk form, appear to change quite dramatically and unpredictably when at the nanoscale: new modes of behaviour, and different functional characteristics from those seen in bulk appear. For domains, in particular, the proximity of surfaces and boundaries have a dramatic effect: surface tension and depolarizing fields both serve to increase the equilibrium density of domains, such that minor changes in scale or morphology can have major ramifications for domain redistribution. Given the importance of domains in dictating the overall switching characteristics of a device

  3. Interaction of Terahertz Radiation with Ferroelectrics

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    Nelson, Keith

    2007-03-01

    Ferroelectric crystals have long been used as acoustic transducers and receivers. An extensive toolset has been developed for MHz-frequency acoustic wave generation, control, guidance, and readout. In recent years, an analogous toolset has been developed for terahertz wave transduction and detection. Femtosecond optical pulses irradiate ferroelectric crystals to generate responses in the 0.1-5 THz frequency range that are admixtures of electromagnetic and polar lattice vibrational excitations called phonon-polaritons. Spatiotemporal femtosecond pulse shaping may be used to generate additional optical pulses that arrive at specified times and sample locations for control and manipulation of the THz waves. Femtosecond laser machining may be used for fabrication of waveguides, resonators, and other structures that are integrated into the ferroelectric host crystal. Finally, real-space imaging of the THz fields can be executed with variably delayed femtosecond probe pulses, permitting direct visualization of THz wave spatial and temporal evolution. This ``polaritonics'' toolset enables multiplexed generation of arbitrary THz waveforms and use of the waveforms within the ferroelectric host crystal or after projection into free space or an adjacent medium. The polaritonics platform will be reviewed and several new developments and applications will be presented. These include spectroscopy of relaxor ferroelectrics, whose temperature-dependent dielectric responses in the GHz-THz regime reveal complex polarization dynamics on well separated fast and slow time scales; direct measurement of phonon-polariton lattice vibrational displacements through femtosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction; generation of high polariton field amplitudes and pulse energies; use of large-amplitude polariton waves to drive nonlinear lattice vibrational responses; and enhancement of optical-to-THz conversion efficiency through a pseudo-phase-matching approach that circumvents the very large

  4. A flexible tactile-feedback touch screen using transparent ferroelectric polymer film vibrators

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    Ju, Woo-Eon; Moon, Yong-Ju; Park, Cheon-Ho; Choi, Seung Tae

    2014-07-01

    To provide tactile feedback on flexible touch screens, transparent relaxor ferroelectric polymer film vibrators were designed and fabricated in this study. The film vibrator can be integrated underneath a transparent cover film or glass, and can also produce acoustic waves that cause a tactile sensation on human fingertips. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)] polymer was used as the relaxor ferroelectric polymer because it produces a large strain under applied electric fields, shows a fast response, and has excellent optical transparency. The natural frequency of this tactile-feedback touch screen was designed to be around 200-240 Hz, at which the haptic perception of human fingertips is the most sensitive; therefore, the resonance of the touch screen at its natural frequency provides maximum haptic sensation. A multilayered relaxor ferroelectric polymer film vibrator was also demonstrated to provide the same vibration power at reduced voltage. The flexible P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) film vibrators developed in this study are expected to provide tactile sensation not only in large-area flat panel displays, but also in flexible displays and touch screens.

  5. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic films utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions

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    Finkel, Peter; Staruch, Margo

    There has recently been much interest to multiferroic magnetoelectric composites based on relaxor ferroelectric single crystals as potential candidates for devices such as magnetic field sensors, energy harvesters, or transducers. Large magnetoelectric coupling coefficient is prerequisite for superior device performance in a broad range of frequencies and functioning conditions. In magnetoelectric heterostructures based on ternary relaxors Pb(In1/2Nb1/2) O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystal better operational range and temperature stability as compared to binary relaxors can be achieved. Giant linear converse magnetoelectric coupling up to 2 x 10-6 s m-1 were observed in heterostructural composites with multilayered FeCo/Ag deposited on (011) PIN-PMN-PT crystals. Further enhancement of magnetoelectric coupling is demonstrated by utilizing inter-ferroelctric rhombohedral - orthorhombic phase transitions in PIN-PMN-PT Mechanical clamping was a precondition to utilize this inter-ferroelectric transition mode to bring the crystal to a point just below its transformation threshold when very small perturbations at the input will cause large swings at the output generating a sharp uniaxial increase in strain (~0.5 %) and polarization change, giving rise to nonlinear effects. Details of these results and their implications will be presented. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic fillms utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions.

  6. Structural, dielectric, ferroelectric, and electrocaloric properties of 2% Gd2O3 doping (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.94Ba0.06TiO3 ceramics

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    Turki, O.; Slimani, A.; Seveyrat, L.; Sebald, G.; Perrin, V.; Sassi, Z.; Khemakhem, H.; Lebrun, L.

    2016-08-01

    Structural, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties, and electrocaloric effects of pure and Gd doped ( Na0.5 Bi 0.5 ) 0.94 Ba 0.06 TiO 3 ceramics prepared by the conventional solid-solid method have been carried out. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms a pure perovskite structure with the coexistence of tetragonal and rhombohedra structures in both powders. The thermal and frequency dependences of the dielectric constants of both ceramics revealed relaxor behavior. The two compounds exhibited two phase transitions: ferroelectric/antiferroelectric (FE/AFE) transition followed by an antiferroelectric/paraelectric (AFE/PE) transition at higher temperatures. Remarkably, we noticed that the small amount of Gd doping (2%) highly enhanced the dielectric properties of the parent compound by about 71%. The phase diagram was as well influenced by the Gd doping, where the FE/AFE transition temperature rose from 90 in the parent compound to 115 °C in the doped one whereas the AFE/PE transition temperature was decreased from 320 to 270 °C, respectively. The direct electrocaloric measurements performed on both compounds showed that the ferroelectric/antiferroelectric phase transition was accompanied by a significant electrocaloric effect. The Gd3+ doping improved the electrocaloric properties of the parent compound, where a remarkable temperature variation of 1.4 K was obtained in the doped ceramic. The results of the direct electrocaloric measurements will be compared and discussed with those derived from the indirect method.

  7. A theoretical study of soft mode behavior and ferroelectric phase transition in 18O-isotope exchanged SrTiO3: evidence of phase coexistence at the quantum critical point

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    Mkam Tchouobiap, S. E.

    2014-02-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, the dynamics of the ferroelectric soft mode and the ferroelectric phase transition mechanism in 18O isotope exchanged systems SrTi(16O1-x18Ox)3 (abbreviated as STO18-x) are reinvestigated as a function of the 18O isotope exchange rate x, within a quasiharmonic model (QHM) for quantum ferroelectric modes in double-Morse local potential with mean-field approximation interactions between modes. The approach was realized within the framework of the variational principle method at finite temperature through the quantum mean-field approximation and by taking into account the effect of isotope replacement through the predominant mass effect, the cell volume effect, homogeneity of the composition throughout the material and the concentration-dependent ferroelectric mode distortion effect. The dynamics of the lowest-frequency soft phonon mode clearly presents an increased softening phenomenon with increasing x and a complete one at the corresponding phase transition temperature Tc, demonstrating the perfect soft-mode-type quantum ferroelectric phase transition for x ⩾ xc. Also, a ferroelectric-paraelectric phase coexistence state has been found near the quantum critical point xc and its origin is discussed. The ferroelectric phase transition mechanism is analyzed and its nature discussed, where a second-order phase transition close to the tricritical point is predicted. In addition, the effect of quantum fluctuations on the soft mode dynamics is discussed which reveals its reduction with increasing x and the crossover of the soft mode dynamics from the quantum to the classic one at the full 18O exchange limit x = 1, for which the origin seems to lie in the new homogeneity associated with the direct reduction of quantum fluctuations effects on the soft mode behavior. Within the QHM, consistent agreement with some of the previous experimental results and theoretical predictions of quantum ferroelectricity throughout the full range of x are

  8. Why is the electrocaloric effect so small in ferroelectrics?

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    Guzmán-Verri, G. G.; Littlewood, P. B.

    2016-06-01

    Ferroelectrics are attractive candidate materials for environmentally friendly solid state refrigeration free of greenhouse gases. Their thermal response upon variations of external electric fields is largest in the vicinity of their phase transitions, which may occur near room temperature. The magnitude of the effect, however, is too small for useful cooling applications even when they are driven close to dielectric breakdown. Insight from microscopic theory is therefore needed to characterize materials and provide guiding principles to search for new ones with enhanced electrocaloric performance. Here, we derive from well-known microscopic models of ferroelectricity meaningful figures of merit for a wide class of ferroelectric materials. Such figures of merit provide insight into the relation between the strength of the effect and the characteristic interactions of ferroelectrics such as dipolar forces. We find that the long range nature of these interactions results in a small effect. A strategy is proposed to make it larger by shortening the correlation lengths of fluctuations of polarization. In addition, we bring into question other widely used but empirical figures of merit and facilitate understanding of the recently observed secondary broad peak in the electrocalorics of relaxor ferroelectrics.

  9. Photoinduced cooperative phenomena in ferroelectric layered perovskites Pb2Bi4Ti5O18 studied by high resolution Raman scattering

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    Takesada, Masaki; Ueki, Ayaka; Onodera, Akira

    2009-02-01

    The UV photo induced effect in bismuth layered perovskite Pb2Bi4Ti5O18 has been investigated by a low frequency Raman scattering. The temperature dependences of Raman spectra both under and without a UV irradiation were observed around the ferroelectric to relaxor phase transition temperature. The central peak in the Raman spectrum shows narrowing under a UV irradiation below Tc. The correlation length of the ferroelectric fluctuation should be enhanced as a UV photo induced effect in the ferroelectric state.

  10. Electrical Properties of Barium and Zirconium Modified NBT Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Rao, K. Sambasiva; Tilak, B.; Rajulu, K. Ch. Varada; Swathi, A.; Workineh, Haileeyesus

    2011-11-01

    Recently a new wave of interest has risen on relaxor ferroelectrics with complex perovskite structure due to their wide use in fabrication of multilayer ceramic capacitors, electrostrictive actuators, and electromechanical transducers. The polycrystalline 0.93(Bi0.5Na0.5)Ba0.07Z0.04T0.96O3 (0.07BNBZT) ceramic material, which is in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) has been prepared by using high temperature solid state reaction method. The tolerance factor has been estimated and found to be 0.815. XRD analysis revealed a rhombohedral perovskite type structure. SEM micrographs showed highly dense grains with rectangular shape. The average grain size is found to be 1.51μm. Dielectric studies in the material ha indicated relaxor behaviour with diffuse phase transition. High value of ɛm>1958 is found at 1kHz, Tm (phase transition temperature) 335 °C, The diffuseness parameter was established to be 1.60 revealing the relaxor behaviour. Further, to confirm the relaxor behaviour in the material, Vogel-Fulcher (V-F) relation has been used. Estimated V-F parameters are found to be Tf = 138 °C, Ea = 0.080 eV and νo = 2.32×108 Hz. Cole-Cole analysis has shown a non-Debye type relaxation in the system. Conductivity studies in the material obeyed the Jonscher's power law in frequency range of (45Hz-5MHz) and temperature range of (35 °C-600 °C). The electric conduction in the system may be due to hopping/mobility/ transportation of charge carriers.

  11. Coherent coupling in ferroelectric superlattices

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    Li, S.; Eastman, J.A.; Vetrone, J.; Newnham, R.E.; Cross, L.E.

    1996-07-01

    The phase transition and dielectric behavior of ferroelectric multilayers have been discussed. The coherent interaction between ultra-thin layers can be significantly strong, resulting in a broad diffuse phase transition. The thicknesses of layers and their spatial distributions hold the keys of enhancing dielectric properties in a broad temperature range.

  12. Size effects in a relaxor: further insights into PMN.

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    Grigalaitis, R; Ivanov, M; Macutkevic, J; Banys, J; Carreaud, J; Kiat, J M; Laguta, V V; Zalar, B

    2014-07-01

    Dielectric measurements of PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (PMN) powder and dense ceramics with grain sizes between 15 nm and two microns were carried out in a broad frequency range (20 Hz-1 GHz). Clear grain size dependence of relaxor behavior was evidenced. A progressive transformation from Vogel-Fulcher behavior towards the Arrhenius process in the PMN with reduction of grain size in both ceramics and powder was observed. In the case of ceramics we were able to extract deeper information from the distributions of relaxation times and an analysis using the Vogel-Fulcher law, revealing two main contributions: a fast part of distribution of relaxation times with a maximum close to 10(-11) s, which is almost grain-size independent and has a non-polar origin; whereas, a process with long relaxation times (in the time range of 10(-8) to 10(-5) s) is associated with the dynamics of the polar nanoregions and is strongly suppressed with reduction of grain size. The results of dielectric investigations are confirmed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiments. PMID:24925462

  13. Size effects in a relaxor: further insights into PMN

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    Grigalaitis, R.; Ivanov, M.; Macutkevic, J.; Banys, J.; Carreaud, J.; Kiat, J. M.; Laguta, V. V.; Zalar, B.

    2014-07-01

    Dielectric measurements of PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (PMN) powder and dense ceramics with grain sizes between 15 nm and two microns were carried out in a broad frequency range (20 Hz-1 GHz). Clear grain size dependence of relaxor behavior was evidenced. A progressive transformation from Vogel-Fulcher behavior towards the Arrhenius process in the PMN with reduction of grain size in both ceramics and powder was observed. In the case of ceramics we were able to extract deeper information from the distributions of relaxation times and an analysis using the Vogel-Fulcher law, revealing two main contributions: a fast part of distribution of relaxation times with a maximum close to 10-11 s, which is almost grain-size independent and has a non-polar origin; whereas, a process with long relaxation times (in the time range of 10-8 to 10-5 s) is associated with the dynamics of the polar nanoregions and is strongly suppressed with reduction of grain size. The results of dielectric investigations are confirmed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiments.

  14. Heterophase fluctuations near Tc in the relaxor ferroelectrics (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x =0.09) studied by x-ray diffuse scattering and coherent x-ray scattering

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    Ohwada, Kenji; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro; Matsushita, Mitsuyoshi; Namikawa, Kazumichi

    2014-09-01

    The paraelectric (PE) to ferroelectric (FE) first-order phase transition of (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x =0.09) (Tcc=455 K on cooling) has been studied by the complementary use of x-ray diffuse scattering (XDS) and coherent x-ray scattering (CXS). XDS was mainly used to investigate the FE regions, while CXS was mainly used to investigate the PE regions above Tcc on cooling. The diffuse scattering intensity due to the appearance of FE regions shows a maximum at Tmax=460 K. The diffuse scattering is dynamic in nature and the softening trend changes to a hardening trend at Tmax. This means that the FE instability is maximum at Tmax and therefore the FE regions are well stabilized below Tmax. The spatial autocorrelation function obtained by CXS, corresponding to the texture of PE regions, starts to rapidly change at about Tmax and is most unstable at Tcc. We conclude that a heterophase fluctuation occurs between Tcc and Tmax near the phase transition. The heterophase fluctuation can be expected to correlate to the low-frequency dielectric dispersion and contribute to the phase transition as a precursor phenomenon of the first-order phase transition.

  15. A comparative study of the phase transitions near the critical concentration in the relaxor K1 - xLixTaO3

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    Cai, Ling; Toulouse, Jean; Harriger, Leland; Downing, Greg; Boatner, Lynn

    2014-03-01

    Many characteristics of mixed relaxor ferroelectric systems are determined by the relative fractions and spatial distribution of the mixed ions. In this report, we illustrate this point with dielectric results that are shown to be remarkably different in crystals of the prototypical relaxor system K1 - x Lix TaO3 (KLT) with only slightly different Li concentrations. The two KLT crystals studied both contain Li concentrations that are just above the critical value for which a structural phase transition can take place. We have used dielectric spectroscopy and neutron diffraction techniques to study the relaxational (dynamic) and structural (static) properties of these two crystals. We present frequency dependent dielectric constant results as a function of temperature across TC and TB, below which the characteristic polar nanodomains(PND) are formed. We also present Neutron diffraction measurements at the [100] Bragg reflection and elastic diffuse scattering near [110]. This comparative study sheds light on the the universality of the recently popularized random field theory. We conclude by showing that the random field theory, which has been used for heterovalent-substituted relaxor systems, can also satisfactorily describe the isovalently ones.

  16. Differentiating Ferroelectric and Nonferroelectric Electromechanical Effects with Scanning Probe Microscopy.

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    Balke, Nina; Maksymovych, Petro; Jesse, Stephen; Herklotz, Andreas; Tselev, Alexander; Eom, Chang-Beom; Kravchenko, Ivan I; Yu, Pu; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2015-06-23

    Ferroelectricity in functional materials remains one of the most fascinating areas of modern science in the past several decades. In the last several years, the rapid development of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and spectroscopy revealed the presence of electromechanical hysteresis loops and bias-induced remnant polar states in a broad variety of materials including many inorganic oxides, polymers, and biosystems. In many cases, this behavior was interpreted as the ample evidence for ferroelectric nature of the system. Here, we systematically analyze PFM responses on ferroelectric and nonferroelectric materials and demonstrate that mechanisms unrelated to ferroelectricity can induce ferroelectric-like characteristics through charge injection and electrostatic forces on the tip. We will focus on similarities and differences in various PFM measurement characteristics to provide an experimental guideline to differentiate between ferroelectric material properties and charge injection. In the end, we apply the developed measurement protocols to an unknown ferroelectric material. PMID:26035634

  17. Observation of bi-relaxor characteristic in multiferroic 0.70Bi0.90Ca0.10FeO3-0.30PbTiO3 ceramics

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    Tirupathi, Patri; Chandra, Amreesh

    2013-09-01

    The coexistence of bi-relaxor property, i.e. ferroelectric relaxor as well as spin glass type behaviour, is observed in disordered multiferroic ceramic 0.70Bi0.90Ca0.10FeO3-0.30PbTiO3. The real parts of dielectric permittivity and magnetic susceptibility show pronounced frequency dispersion near the corresponding phase transition temperatures, namely, Tc ≈ 550 K and TN ≈ 110 K, respectively. The relaxor behaviour observed in temperature-dependent dielectric constant measurement is confirmed by fitting of the Vogel-Fulcher equation. Similarly, magnetic spin glass behaviour is proven by power law fitting. The origin of such bi-relaxor in the present system can be attributed to the disorder and frustration among the uncompensated spins of the Fe-ion. This has been confirmed by analysing the x-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectrum of the sample under investigation. Using FESEM micrographs, the coexistence of nano-sized and bulk grains is shown. The importance of such coexistence is discussed and also presented in the paper.

  18. Ferroelectricity in Strain-Free SrTiO3 Thin Films

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    Jang, J H; Kumar, Amit; Denev, Sava; Biegalski, Michael D; Maksymovych, Petro; Bark, C; Nelson, Craig T; Folkman, C H; Baek, Seung Hyub; Balke, Nina; Brooks, Charles M.; Tenne, Demetri A.; Schlom, Darrell; Chen, Long-Qing; Pan, X Q; Kalinin, Sergei V; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Eom, Professor Chang-Beom

    2010-01-01

    Biaxial strain is known to induce ferroelectricity in thin films of nominally nonferroelectric materials such as SrTiO3. However, even strain-free SrTiO3 films and the paraelectric phase of strained films exhibit bulk frequency-dependent polarization hysteresis loops on the nanoscale at room temperature, and stable switchable domains at 50 K. By a direct comparison of the strained and strain-free SrTiO3 films using dielectric, ferroelectric, Raman, nonlinear optical and nanoscale piezoelectric property measurements, we conclude that SrTiO3 films and bulk crystals are relaxor ferroelectrics, and the role of strain is to stabilize longer-range correlation of preexisting nanopolar regions, likely originating from minute amounts of unintentional Sr-deficiency in nominally stoichiometric samples. These findings highlight the sensitive role of stoichiometry when exploring strain and epitaxy-induced electronic phenomena in oxidefilms, heterostructures and interfaces.

  19. Relaxor in KF-doped BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramics by spark plasma sintering

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    Xu Jun; Akishige, Yukikuni

    2008-02-04

    Dense BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramics with KF doping up to 5 at. % were synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The SPS method enabled us to overcome the densifying difficulty in conventional sintering which is caused by the limit of the decomposing temperature of this metastable phase. We observed drastic KF-doping effect on the ferroelectric (FE) properties of BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Although there is only very small change in lattice parameters upon KF doping, the peak temperature in dielectric constant strongly decreases in an exponential way. The diffuseness of phase transition increases and FE relaxor state sets in for KF content as low as 1 at. %. Possible structural reasons for the effect and the implication for the nature of FE phase transition in BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 5} are discussed.

  20. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  1. 180 deg. domain structure and its evolution in Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} ferroelectric single crystals of tungsten bronzes structure

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    Lu, C.J.; Nie, C.J.; Duan, X.F.; Li, J.Q.; Zhang, H.J.; Wang, J.Y.

    2006-05-15

    Ferroelectric domain structure and its evolution in uniaxial relaxor Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} single crystals were investigated using transmission electron microscopy. It was found that there exists a high density of 180 deg. domain walls in the crystals. The domains appear predominantly spike shaped along the polar axis and have a typical diameter of 50-500 nm. Domain wall motion was occasionally induced by electron beam irradiation. Macrodomains-to-microdomains switching has been observed corresponding to the normal-to-relaxor ferroelectrics transition during an in situ heating experiments. At temperature just below ferroelectric phase transition temperature T{sub C}, zero-field-cooled needlelike nanodomains were also observed.

  2. Ferroelectric properties and fatigue behavior of heteroepitaxial PbZr1-xTixO3 thin film fabricated by hydrothermal epitaxy below Curie temperature

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    Ahn, W. S.; Jung, W. W.; Choi, S. K.

    2006-01-01

    A heteroepitaxial PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) thin film was fabricated by means of hydrothermal epitaxy at 210 °C below Curie temperature without undergoing the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition. From transmission electron microscope and piezoresponse force microscope observations, it was confirmed that the fabricated PZT thin films had only a -c monodomain without an a domain in the as-synthesized state. The polarization-electric-field hysteresis curve and the fatigue behavior of the heteroepitaxial PZT capacitor with a Pt top and n-type semiconductor bottom electrode was observed. The remanent polarization 2Pr of the PZT capacitor was about 63 μC/cm2. This value was much lower compared to that of the PbTiO3 capacitor, which was also fabricated by means of hydrothermal epitaxy at 160 °C below Curie temperature. It was suggested that a lower polarization of the PZT capacitor was due to the nonswitchable interfacial layer grown in the initial growth stage. However, this layer did not exert an influence on the fatigue behavior of the PZT capacitor: the PZT capacitor with an ordinary Pt top electrode and a Nb-doped SrTiO3 semiconductor bottom electrode revealed fatigue-free behavior in up to 1011 switching cycles.

  3. Weak ferromagnetism and magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic xBa0.95Sr0.05TiO3-(1-x)BiFe0.9Gd0.1O3 relaxors

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    Miah, M. J.; Khan, M. N. I.; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2016-03-01

    Multiferroic xBa0.95Sr0.05TiO3-(1-x)BiFe0.9Gd0.1O3 [xBST-(1-x)BFGO], where x=0.00-0.40, have been synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The crystalline phase, microstructure, relaxor behavior, ac conductivity, impedance spectroscopy, dc magnetic properties, complex initial permeability and magnetoelectric coefficient of these solid solutions have been investigated. The crystal structure is found to change from rhombohedral in BFGO rich compositions to cubic when x≥0.30. Room temperature dielectric properties are investigated within the frequency range from 1 kHz to 1 MHz and found to increase with BST content. The frequency dependence of high temperature dielectric measurements indicated that the composites with x≥0.20, exhibit relaxor ferroelectric behavior. The ac conductivity obeys the Jonscher's universal power law and BST helps to enhance the electrical conductivity of the composites. Studies of impedance spectroscopy suggest that only grains have the contribution to the conductivity mechanism in this material. Magnetizations as a function of applied magnetic field measurements show weak ferromagnetism for 0.10≤x≤0.30 composites. The maximum value of remnant magnetization is found to be 0.565×103 A/m (=0.08 emu/g) for x=0.25 which is better than previously reported BaTiO3-BiFeO3 systems. The complex initial permeability is found to improve with the increase in BST concentration due to the reduction of oxygen vacancies. In addition, an enhanced magnetoelectric (ME) coupling is also observed and determined by the ME coefficient. The maximum value of ME coefficient is found to be 21.71×10-4 V/A (=1.67 mV/cm Oe) for the x=0.25 composition. The BST-BFGO solid solutions show high-performance multiferroic properties and can be selected for further investigation.

  4. Ferroelectricity in corundum derivatives

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    Ye, Meng; Vanderbilt, David

    The search for new ferroelectric (FE) materials holds promise for broadening our understanding of FE mechanisms and extending the range of application of FE materials. The known FE materials LiNbO3 can be regarded as derived from the A2O3 corundum structure with cation ordering. Here we consider more general binary (AB O3) and ternary (A2 BB' O6) corundum derivatives as an extended class of potential FE materials, motivated by the fact that some members of this class have recently been synthesized. There are four structure types for these corundum derivatives, and the number of cation combinations is enormous, but in many cases the energy barriers for polarization reversal may be too large to allow FE behavior. Here we present a first-principles study of the polar structure, coherent FE barrier, and domain-wall switching barrier for a representative set of polar corundum derivatives, allowing us to identify several potentially new FE materials. We also discuss the conditions under which ferroelectricity is compatible with magnetic ordering. Finally, we identify several empirical measures that can provide a rule of thumb for estimating the barrier energies. Our results should assist in the experimental search for new FE materials in the corundum derivative family. This work is supported by ONR Grant No. N-00014-12-1-1035.

  5. Structural and relaxor-like dielectric properties of unfilled tungsten bronzes Ba5-5xSm5xTi5xNb10-5xO30

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    Wei, T.; Dong, Z.; Zhao, C. Z.; Guo, Y. Y.; Zhou, Q. J.; Li, Z. P.

    2016-03-01

    New unfilled tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) oxides, Ba5-5xSm5xTi5xNb10-5xO30 (BSTN-x), where 0.10 ≤ x ≤ 0.35, have been synthesized in this work. Their crystal structure was determined and analyzed based on Rietveld structural refinement. It is found that single TTB phase can be formed in a particular x range (i.e., 0.15 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) due to the competition interaction between tolerance factor and electronegativity difference. Furthermore, dielectric and ferroelectric results indicate that phase transitions and ferroelectric states are sensitive to x. Referring to the local chemistry, we suggest that the raise of vacancies at the A2-site compared with that of A1-site will intensely depress the normal ferroelectric phase and is in favor of relaxor ferroelectric state. Macroscopically, previous A-site size difference standpoint on fill TTB compounds cannot give a reasonable explanation about the variation of dielectric maximum temperature (Tm) for present BSTN-x compounds. Alternatively, tetragonality (c/a) is adopted which can well describe the variation of Tm in whole x range. In addition, one by one correspondence between tetragonality and electrical features can be found, and the compositions involving high c/a are usually stabilized in normal ferroelectric phase. It is believed that c/a is a more appropriate parameter to illustrate the variation of ferroelectric properties for unfilled TTB system.

  6. High Piezoelectric Response in (Li0.5Sm0.5)2+-Modified 0.93Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 Near the Nonergodic-Ergodic Relaxor Transition

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    Xu, Jiwen; Li, Qinglin; Zhou, Changrong; Zeng, Weidong; Xiao, Jianrong; Ma, Jiafeng; Yuan, Changlai; Chen, Guohua; Rao, Guanghui; Li, Xuqiong

    2016-06-01

    The (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 system is a promising Pb-free piezoelectric material to substitute for environmentally undesirable Pb-based ferroelectrics. However, understanding the origin of its high piezoelectric response is a fundamental issue that has remained unclear for decades. Here, complex ions (Li0.5Sm0.5)2+ were introduced to dictate the stability of the electrically-induced ferroelectric state in 0.93(Bi0.5Na0.5)1- x (Li0.5Sm0.5) x TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 relaxor ceramics. The applied electric field induces a phase transition from a non-ergodic state to a ferroelectric state as well as the realignment of ferroelectric domains. The non-ergodic relaxor state with x = 0-0.02 is accompanied by relatively high piezoelectric activity and the strongest piezoelectricity is observed near the crossover from the nonergodic to the ergodic state. The stable␣ferroelectric state cannot survive after the removal of the application electric field for the high doping level due to the enhancement of the random field, which is responsible for the rapid decrease of piezoelectric properties for x > 0.02 compositions.

  7. Spontaneous vortex nanodomain arrays at ferroelectric heterointerfaces.

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    Nelson, Christopher T; Winchester, Benjamin; Zhang, Yi; Kim, Sung-Joo; Melville, Alexander; Adamo, Carolina; Folkman, Chad M; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Eom, Chang-Beom; Schlom, Darrell G; Chen, Long-Qing; Pan, Xiaoqing

    2011-02-01

    The polarization of the ferroelectric BiFeO(3) sub-jected to different electrical boundary conditions by heterointerfaces is imaged with atomic resolution using a spherical aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope. Unusual triangular-shaped nanodomains are seen, and their role in providing polarization closure is understood through phase-field simulations. Heterointerfaces are key to the performance of ferroelectric devices, and this first observation of spontaneous vortex nanodomain arrays at ferroelectric heterointerfaces reveals properties unlike the surrounding film including mixed Ising-Néel domain walls, which will affect switching behavior, and a drastic increase of in-plane polarization. The importance of magnetization closure has long been appreciated in multidomain ferromagnetic systems; imaging this analogous effect with atomic resolution at ferroelectric heterointerfaces provides the ability to see device-relevant interface issues. Extension of this technique to visualize domain dynamics is envisioned. PMID:21247184

  8. Organic ferroelectric/semiconducting nanowire hybrid layer for memory storage.

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    Cai, Ronggang; Kassa, Hailu G; Haouari, Rachid; Marrani, Alessio; Geerts, Yves H; Ruzié, Christian; van Breemen, Albert J J M; Gelinck, Gerwin H; Nysten, Bernard; Hu, Zhijun; Jonas, Alain M

    2016-03-21

    Ferroelectric materials are important components of sensors, actuators and non-volatile memories. However, possible device configurations are limited due to the need to provide screening charges to ferroelectric interfaces to avoid depolarization. Here we show that, by alternating ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires over an insulating substrate, the ferroelectric dipole moment can be stabilized by injected free charge carriers accumulating laterally in the neighboring semiconducting nanowires. This lateral electrostatic coupling between ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires offers new opportunities to design new device architectures. As an example, we demonstrate the fabrication of an elementary non-volatile memory device in a transistor-like configuration, of which the source-drain current exhibits a typical hysteretic behavior with respect to the poling voltage. The potential for size reduction intrinsic to the nanostructured hybrid layer offers opportunities for the development of strongly miniaturized ferroelectric and piezoelectric devices. PMID:26927694

  9. Organic ferroelectric/semiconducting nanowire hybrid layer for memory storage

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    Cai, Ronggang; Kassa, Hailu G.; Haouari, Rachid; Marrani, Alessio; Geerts, Yves H.; Ruzié, Christian; van Breemen, Albert J. J. M.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Nysten, Bernard; Hu, Zhijun; Jonas, Alain M.

    2016-03-01

    Ferroelectric materials are important components of sensors, actuators and non-volatile memories. However, possible device configurations are limited due to the need to provide screening charges to ferroelectric interfaces to avoid depolarization. Here we show that, by alternating ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires over an insulating substrate, the ferroelectric dipole moment can be stabilized by injected free charge carriers accumulating laterally in the neighboring semiconducting nanowires. This lateral electrostatic coupling between ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires offers new opportunities to design new device architectures. As an example, we demonstrate the fabrication of an elementary non-volatile memory device in a transistor-like configuration, of which the source-drain current exhibits a typical hysteretic behavior with respect to the poling voltage. The potential for size reduction intrinsic to the nanostructured hybrid layer offers opportunities for the development of strongly miniaturized ferroelectric and piezoelectric devices.Ferroelectric materials are important components of sensors, actuators and non-volatile memories. However, possible device configurations are limited due to the need to provide screening charges to ferroelectric interfaces to avoid depolarization. Here we show that, by alternating ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires over an insulating substrate, the ferroelectric dipole moment can be stabilized by injected free charge carriers accumulating laterally in the neighboring semiconducting nanowires. This lateral electrostatic coupling between ferroelectric and semiconducting nanowires offers new opportunities to design new device architectures. As an example, we demonstrate the fabrication of an elementary non-volatile memory device in a transistor-like configuration, of which the source-drain current exhibits a typical hysteretic behavior with respect to the poling voltage. The potential for size reduction

  10. A quaternary lead based perovskite structured materials with diffuse phase transition behavior

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    Puli, Venkata Sreenivas; Martinez, R.; Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J.F.; Cavendish Laboratory, Dept. Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB0 3HE ; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) Curie-Weiss plot for the inverse of the relative dielectric permittivity and (b) log (1/{epsilon} - 1/{epsilon}{sub m}) as function of log (T - T{sub m}) for ceramics at 1 kHz. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Retaining phase pure structure with quaternary complex stoichiometric compositions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P-E loops with good saturation polarization (P{sub s} {approx} 30.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Diffused relaxor phase transition behavior with {gamma} estimated is {approx}1.65. -- Abstract: A lead based quaternary compound composed of 0.25(PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) + 0.25 (PbF{sub 0.67}W{sub 0.33}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) - (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) was synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction techniques. It showed moderate high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and two diffuse phase transitions, one below the room temperature {approx}261 K and other above {approx}410 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed a tetragonal crystal structure at room temperature where as scanning electron micrograph (SEM) indicates inhomogeneous surface with an average grain size of 500 nm-3 {mu}m. Well saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops with good saturation polarization (spontaneous polarization, P{sub s} {approx} 30.68 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}) were observed. Temperature-dependent ac conductivity displayed low conductivity with kink in spectra near the phase transition. In continuing search for developing new ferroelectric materials, in the present study we report stoichiometric compositions of complex perovskite ceramic materials: (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) with diffuse phase transition behavior. The crystal structure, dielectric properties, and ferroelectric properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, dielectric spectroscopy, and polarization. 1/{epsilon} versus (T) plots revealed diffuse relaxor phase transition (DPT) behavior. The