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  1. Imaging linear polarimetry using a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator.

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    Gendre, Luc; Foulonneau, Alban; Bigué, Laurent

    2010-09-01

    In the field of polarimetry, ferroelectric liquid crystal cells are mostly used as bistable polarization rotators suitable to analyze crossed polarizations. This paper shows that, provided such a cell is used at its nominal wavelength and correctly driven, its behavior is close to that of a tunable half-wave plate, and it can be used with much benefit in lightweight imaging polarimetric setups. A partial Stokes polarimeter using a single digital video camera and a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator is designed and implemented for linear polarization analysis. Polarization azimuthal angle and degree of linear polarization are available at 150 frames per second with a good accuracy. PMID:20820209

  2. Strain incompatibility and residual strains in ferroelectric single crystals

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    Pramanick, A.; Jones, J. L.; Tutuncu, G.; Ghosh, D.; Stoica, A. D.; An, K.

    2012-01-01

    Residual strains in ferroelectrics are known to adversely affect the material properties by aggravating crack growth and fatigue degradation. The primary cause for residual strains is strain incompatibility between different microstructural entities. For example, it was shown in polycrystalline ferroelectrics that residual strains are caused due to incompatibility between the electric-field-induced strains in grains with different crystallographic orientations. However, similar characterization of cause-effect in multidomain ferroelectric single crystals is lacking. In this article, we report on the development of plastic residual strains in [111]-oriented domain engineered BaTiO3 single crystals. These internal strains are created due to strain incompatibility across 90° domain walls between the differently oriented domains. The average residual strains over a large crystal volume measured by in situ neutron diffraction is comparable to previous X-ray measurements of localized strains near domain boundaries, but are an order of magnitude lower than electric-field-induced residual strains in polycrystalline ferroelectrics. PMID:23226595

  3. Ferroelectric Single-Crystal Gated Graphene/Hexagonal-BN/Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor.

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Lee, Yourack; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-11-24

    The effect of a ferroelectric polarization field on the charge transport in a two-dimensional (2D) material was examined using a graphene monolayer on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) field-effect transistor (FET) fabricated using a ferroelectric single-crystal substrate, (1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT). In this configuration, the intrinsic properties of graphene were preserved with the use of an hBN flake, and the influence of the polarization field from PMN-PT could be distinguished. During a wide-range gate-voltage (VG) sweep, a sharp inversion of the spontaneous polarization affected the graphene channel conductance asymmetrically as well as an antihysteretic behavior. Additionally, a transition from antihysteresis to normal ferroelectric hysteresis occurred, depending on the V(G) sweep range relative to the ferroelectric coercive field. We developed a model to interpret the complex coupling among antihysteresis, current saturation, and sudden conductance variation in relation with the ferroelectric switching and the polarization-assisted charge trapping, which can be generalized to explain the combination of 2D structured materials with ferroelectrics.

  4. Ferroelectric Single-Crystal Gated Graphene/Hexagonal-BN/Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor.

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Lee, Yourack; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-11-24

    The effect of a ferroelectric polarization field on the charge transport in a two-dimensional (2D) material was examined using a graphene monolayer on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) field-effect transistor (FET) fabricated using a ferroelectric single-crystal substrate, (1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT). In this configuration, the intrinsic properties of graphene were preserved with the use of an hBN flake, and the influence of the polarization field from PMN-PT could be distinguished. During a wide-range gate-voltage (VG) sweep, a sharp inversion of the spontaneous polarization affected the graphene channel conductance asymmetrically as well as an antihysteretic behavior. Additionally, a transition from antihysteresis to normal ferroelectric hysteresis occurred, depending on the V(G) sweep range relative to the ferroelectric coercive field. We developed a model to interpret the complex coupling among antihysteresis, current saturation, and sudden conductance variation in relation with the ferroelectric switching and the polarization-assisted charge trapping, which can be generalized to explain the combination of 2D structured materials with ferroelectrics. PMID:26487348

  5. Ferroelectric domain pattern in barium titanate single crystals studied by means of digital holographic microscopy

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    Mokrý, Pavel; Psota, Pavel; Steiger, Kateřina; Václavík, Jan; Doleček, Roman; Vápenka, David; Lédl, Vít

    2016-06-01

    In this article, we report on the observation of a ferroelectric domain pattern in the whole volume of the ferroelectric barium titanate single crystal by means of digital holographic microscopy (DHM). Our particular implementation of DHM is based on the Mach-Zehnder interferometer and the numerical processing of data employs the angular spectrum method. A modification of the DHM technique, which allows a fast and accurate determination of the domain walls, i.e. narrow regions separating the antiparallel domains, is presented. Accuracy and sensitivity of the method are discussed. Using this approach, the determination of important geometric parameters of the ferroelectric domain patterns (such as domain spacing or the volume fraction of the anti-parallel domains) is possible. In addition to the earlier DHM studies of domain patterns in lithium niobate and lithium tantalate, our results indicate that the DHM is a convenient method to study a dynamic evolution of ferroelectric domain patterns in all perovskite single crystals.

  6. Nucleation kinetics of urea succinic acid -ferroelectric single crystal

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    Dhivya, R.; Vizhi, R. Ezhil; Babu, D. Rajan

    2015-06-01

    Single crystals of Urea Succinic Acid (USA) were grown by slow cooling technique. The crystalline system was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. The metastable zonewidth were carried out for various temperatures i.e., 35°, 40°, 45° and 50°C. The induction period is experimentally determined and various nucleation parameters have been estimated.

  7. Visualization of ferroelectric domains in bulk single crystals

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    Soergel, E.

    2005-10-01

    In recent years ferroelectric domain patterning has become a popular topic of physical research because it enables photonic applications as well as data storage. For generation of tailored domain structures and for further understanding of ferroelectricity, a visualization of the domain patterns is required. A large number of imaging techniques have therefore been developed. This review summarizes these techniques and highlights systematically their strengths and weaknesses.

  8. Ferroelectric glycine silver nitrate: a single-crystal neutron diffraction study.

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    Choudhury, R R; Chitra, R; Aliouane, N; Schefer, J

    2013-12-01

    Protonated crystals of glycine silver nitrate (C4H10Ag2N4O10) undergo a displacive kind of structural phase transition to a ferroelectric phase at 218 K. Glycine silver nitrate (GSN) is a light-sensitive crystal. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction investigations are difficult to perform on these crystals due to the problem of crystal deterioration on prolonged exposure to X-rays. To circumvent this problem, single-crystal neutron diffraction investigations were performed. We report here the crystal structure of GSN in a ferroelectric phase. The final R value for the refined structure at 150 K is 0.059. A comparison of the low-temperature structure with the room-temperature structure throws some light on the mechanism of the structural phase change in this crystal. We have attempted to explain the structural transition in GSN within the framework of the vibronic theory of ferroelectricity, suggesting that the second-order Jahn-Teller (pseudo-Jahn-Teller) behavior of the Ag(+) ion in GSN leads to structural distortion at low temperature (218 K). PMID:24253085

  9. Ferroelectric glycine silver nitrate: a single-crystal neutron diffraction study.

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    Choudhury, R R; Chitra, R; Aliouane, N; Schefer, J

    2013-12-01

    Protonated crystals of glycine silver nitrate (C4H10Ag2N4O10) undergo a displacive kind of structural phase transition to a ferroelectric phase at 218 K. Glycine silver nitrate (GSN) is a light-sensitive crystal. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction investigations are difficult to perform on these crystals due to the problem of crystal deterioration on prolonged exposure to X-rays. To circumvent this problem, single-crystal neutron diffraction investigations were performed. We report here the crystal structure of GSN in a ferroelectric phase. The final R value for the refined structure at 150 K is 0.059. A comparison of the low-temperature structure with the room-temperature structure throws some light on the mechanism of the structural phase change in this crystal. We have attempted to explain the structural transition in GSN within the framework of the vibronic theory of ferroelectricity, suggesting that the second-order Jahn-Teller (pseudo-Jahn-Teller) behavior of the Ag(+) ion in GSN leads to structural distortion at low temperature (218 K).

  10. Investigation on crystalline perfection, mechanical, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of L-tartaric acid single crystal

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    Murugan, G. Senthil Ramasamy, P.

    2014-04-24

    Polar organic nonlinear optical material, L-tartaric acid single crystals have been grown from slow evaporation solution growth technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study indicates that the grown crystal crystallized in monoclinic system with space group P2{sub 1}. Crystalline perfection of the crystal has been evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction technique and it reveals that the crystal quality is good and free from structural grain boundaries. Mechanical stability of the crystal has been analyzed by Vickers microhardness measurement and it exhibits reverse indentation size effect. Piezoelectric d{sub 33} co-efficient for the crystal has been examined and its value is 47 pC/N. The ferroelectric behaviour of the crystal was analyzed by polarization-electric field hysteresis loop measurement.

  11. Mechanical confinement for tuning ferroelectric response in PMN-PT single crystal

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    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-02-01

    Ferroelectrics form an important class of materials and are employed for a variety of applications. However, specific applications dictate the need of tailored ferroelectric response. This creates a requirement to obtain ferroelectric materials with tunable properties. Generally, chemical modifications or domain engineering are employed to this effect. This study attempts to shed light on the use of compressive pre-stresses for tuning and enhancing the ferroelectric properties. For the purpose, polarization versus electric field hysteresis data for 68Pb(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3-32PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystals were obtained as a function of uniaxial compressive stresses and operating temperatures. These data were utilized to investigate the effects of mechanical confinement for four individual case studies of electrocaloric effect, electrical energy storage, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric effect. A significant improvement was obtained for all case studies. The adiabatic temperature change was improved by ≈80% (28 MPa, 353 K); energy storage density increased by a factor of five (28 MPa, 353 K); pyroelectric figure of merits improved by an order of magnitude (21 MPa) and the piezoelectric coefficient was tailored (variable stress). The results offer promising insight into the use of directional confinement for improving application specific ferroelectric properties in PMN-PT single crystal.

  12. Effect of amino acid doping on the growth and ferroelectric properties of triglycine sulphate single crystals

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    Raghavan, C.M.; Sankar, R.; Mohan Kumar, R.; Jayavel, R.

    2008-02-05

    Effect of amino acids (L-leucine and isoleucine) doping on the growth aspects and ferroelectric properties of triglycine sulphate crystals has been studied. Pure and doped crystals were grown from aqueous solution by low temperature solution growth technique. The cell parameter values were found to significantly vary for doped crystals. Fourier transform infrared analysis confirmed the presence of functional groups in the grown crystal. Morphology study reveals that amino acid doping induces faster growth rate along b-direction leading to a wide b-plane and hence suitable for pyroelectric detector applications. Ferroelectric domain structure has been studied by atomic force microscopy and hysteresis measurements reveal an increase of coercive field due to the formation of single domain pattern.

  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. Photocurrent Characteristics of Mn-Doped Barium Titanate Ferroelectric Single Crystals

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    Inoue, Ryotaro; Ishikawa, Shotaro; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Oguchi, Takeshi; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru

    2013-09-01

    We investigated the photocurrent characteristics of ferroelectric single crystals of nondoped barium titanate (BT) and Mn-doped barium titanate (Mn-BT). The introduction of 90° domain structures into the BT crystals markedly increased the photocurrent, which suggests that the separation of photoinduced carriers is significantly enhanced around 90° domain walls (DWs). The Mn doping led to a drastic increase in photocurrent, with a photon energy less than the band gap. Density functional theory calculations show that the large photocurrent observed for the Mn-BT crystals originates from the electron excitation from the O 2p valence band to the Mn eg defect level followed by carrier (hole) injection.

  16. Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals

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    Owczarek, Magdalena; Hujsak, Karl A.; Ferris, Daniel P.; Prokofjevs, Aleksandrs; Majerz, Irena; Szklarz, Przemysław; Zhang, Huacheng; Sarjeant, Amy A.; Stern, Charlotte L.; Jakubas, Ryszard; Hong, Seungbum; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2016-10-01

    Flexible organic materials possessing useful electrical properties, such as ferroelectricity, are of crucial importance in the engineering of electronic devices. Up until now, however, only ferroelectric polymers have intrinsically met this flexibility requirement, leaving small-molecule organic ferroelectrics with room for improvement. Since both flexibility and ferroelectricity are rare properties on their own, combining them in one crystalline organic material is challenging. Herein, we report that trisubstituted haloimidazoles not only display ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity--the properties that originate from their non-centrosymmetric crystal lattice--but also lend their crystalline mechanical properties to fine-tuning in a controllable manner by disrupting the weak halogen bonds between the molecules. This element of control makes it possible to deliver another unique and highly desirable property, namely crystal flexibility. Moreover, the electrical properties are maintained in the flexible crystals.

  17. Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals

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    Owczarek, Magdalena; Hujsak, Karl A.; Ferris, Daniel P.; Prokofjevs, Aleksandrs; Majerz, Irena; Szklarz, Przemysław; Zhang, Huacheng; Sarjeant, Amy A.; Stern, Charlotte L.; Jakubas, Ryszard; Hong, Seungbum; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2016-01-01

    Flexible organic materials possessing useful electrical properties, such as ferroelectricity, are of crucial importance in the engineering of electronic devices. Up until now, however, only ferroelectric polymers have intrinsically met this flexibility requirement, leaving small-molecule organic ferroelectrics with room for improvement. Since both flexibility and ferroelectricity are rare properties on their own, combining them in one crystalline organic material is challenging. Herein, we report that trisubstituted haloimidazoles not only display ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity—the properties that originate from their non-centrosymmetric crystal lattice—but also lend their crystalline mechanical properties to fine-tuning in a controllable manner by disrupting the weak halogen bonds between the molecules. This element of control makes it possible to deliver another unique and highly desirable property, namely crystal flexibility. Moreover, the electrical properties are maintained in the flexible crystals. PMID:27734829

  18. Characterizing new compositions of [001]C relaxor ferroelectric single crystals using a work-energy model

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2016-04-01

    The desired operating range of ferroelectric materials with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary is limited by field induced phase transformations. In [001]C cut and poled relaxor ferroelectric single crystals the mechanically driven ferroelectric rhombohedral to ferroelectric orthorhombic phase transformation is hindered by antagonistic electrical loading. Instability around the phase transformation makes the current experimental technique for characterization of the large field behavior very time consuming. Characterization requires specialized equipment and involves an extensive set of measurements under combined electrical, mechanical, and thermal loads. In this work a mechanism-based model is combined with a more limited set of experiments to obtain the same results. The model utilizes a work-energy criterion that calculates the mechanical work required to induce the transformation and the required electrical work that is removed to reverse the transformation. This is done by defining energy barriers to the transformation. The results of the combined experiment and modeling approach are compared to the fully experimental approach and error is discussed. The model shows excellent predictive capability and is used to substantially reduce the total number of experiments required for characterization. This decreases the time and resources required for characterization of new compositions.

  19. 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

  20. Rhombohedral-to-tetragonal phase transformation and thermal depolarization in relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystal

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    Chang, W. S.; Lim, L. C.; Yang, P.; Tu, C.-S.

    2008-08-01

    The rhombohedral-to-tetragonal (R-T) transformation in relaxor single crystals occurs over a temperature range, manifested by the coexistence of rhombohedral (R ) and tetragonal (T) microscopic and nanotwin domains, a string of thermal current signals, and continued degradation of dielectric and electromechanical properties. Thermal current and high-resolution x-ray diffraction results suggest TRT≅100-135 °C for [001]-poled PZN-4.5%PT and 90-115 °C for [001]-poled PZN-7%PT. The "TRT" determined from the dielectric permittivity-temperature plot of poled crystals corresponds to the lower bound of TRT, which is also a good indication of the depolarization temperature (TDP) of relaxor ferroelectric single crystals above which perceptible property degradation begins.

  1. Giant photovoltaic effect of ferroelectric domain walls in perovskite single crystals

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    Inoue, Ryotaro; Ishikawa, Shotaro; Imura, Ryota; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Oguchi, Takeshi; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru

    2015-01-01

    The photovoltaic (PV) effect in polar materials offers great potential for light-energy conversion that generates a voltage beyond the bandgap limit of present semiconductor-based solar cells. Ferroelectrics have received renewed attention because of the ability to deliver a high voltage in the presence of ferroelastic domain walls (DWs). In recent years, there has been considerable debate over the impact of the DWs on the PV effects, owing to lack of information on the bulk PV tensor of host ferroelectrics. In this article, we provide the first direct evidence of an unusually large PV response induced by ferroelastic DWs—termed ‘DW’-PV effect. The precise estimation of the bulk PV tensor in single crystals of barium titanate enables us to quantify the giant PV effect driven by 90° DWs. We show that the DW-PV effect arises from an effective electric field consisting of a potential step and a local PV component in the 90° DW region. This work offers a starting point for further investigation into the DW-PV effect of alternative systems and opens a reliable route for enhancing the PV properties in ferroelectrics based on the engineering of domain structures in either bulk or thin-film form. PMID:26443381

  2. Giant photovoltaic effect of ferroelectric domain walls in perovskite single crystals.

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    Inoue, Ryotaro; Ishikawa, Shotaro; Imura, Ryota; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Oguchi, Takeshi; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru

    2015-10-07

    The photovoltaic (PV) effect in polar materials offers great potential for light-energy conversion that generates a voltage beyond the bandgap limit of present semiconductor-based solar cells. Ferroelectrics have received renewed attention because of the ability to deliver a high voltage in the presence of ferroelastic domain walls (DWs). In recent years, there has been considerable debate over the impact of the DWs on the PV effects, owing to lack of information on the bulk PV tensor of host ferroelectrics. In this article, we provide the first direct evidence of an unusually large PV response induced by ferroelastic DWs-termed 'DW'-PV effect. The precise estimation of the bulk PV tensor in single crystals of barium titanate enables us to quantify the giant PV effect driven by 90° DWs. We show that the DW-PV effect arises from an effective electric field consisting of a potential step and a local PV component in the 90° DW region. This work offers a starting point for further investigation into the DW-PV effect of alternative systems and opens a reliable route for enhancing the PV properties in ferroelectrics based on the engineering of domain structures in either bulk or thin-film form.

  3. Giant photovoltaic effect of ferroelectric domain walls in perovskite single crystals

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    Inoue, Ryotaro; Ishikawa, Shotaro; Imura, Ryota; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Oguchi, Takeshi; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru

    2015-10-01

    The photovoltaic (PV) effect in polar materials offers great potential for light-energy conversion that generates a voltage beyond the bandgap limit of present semiconductor-based solar cells. Ferroelectrics have received renewed attention because of the ability to deliver a high voltage in the presence of ferroelastic domain walls (DWs). In recent years, there has been considerable debate over the impact of the DWs on the PV effects, owing to lack of information on the bulk PV tensor of host ferroelectrics. In this article, we provide the first direct evidence of an unusually large PV response induced by ferroelastic DWs—termed ‘DW’-PV effect. The precise estimation of the bulk PV tensor in single crystals of barium titanate enables us to quantify the giant PV effect driven by 90° DWs. We show that the DW-PV effect arises from an effective electric field consisting of a potential step and a local PV component in the 90° DW region. This work offers a starting point for further investigation into the DW-PV effect of alternative systems and opens a reliable route for enhancing the PV properties in ferroelectrics based on the engineering of domain structures in either bulk or thin-film form.

  4. Size effects on thin film ferroelectrics: Experiments on isolated single crystal sheets

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    Chang, L. W.; McMillen, M.; Morrison, F. D.; Scott, J. F.; Gregg, J. M.

    2008-09-01

    Thin lamellae were cut from bulk single crystal BaTiO3 using a focused ion beam microscope. They were then removed and transferred onto single crystal MgO substrates, so that their functional properties could be measured independent of the original host bulk ferroelectric. The temperature dependence of the capacitance of these isolated single crystal films was found to be strongly bulklike, demonstrating a sharp Curie anomaly, as well as Curie-Weiss behavior. In addition, the sudden change in the remanent polarization as a function of temperature at TC was characteristic of a first order phase change. The work represents a dramatic improvement on that previously published by Saad et al. [J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16, L451 (2004)], as critical shortcomings in the original specimen geometry, involving potential signal contributions from bulk BaTiO3, have now been obviated. That the functional properties of single crystal thin film lamellae are comparable to bulk, and not like those of conventionally deposited heterogeneous thin film systems, has therefore been confirmed.

  5. Millimeter-Wave Dielectric Properties of Single Crystal Ferroelectric and Dielectric Materials

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    McCloy, John S.; Korolev, Konstantin A.; Li, Zijing; Afsar, Mohammed N.; Sundaram, S. K.

    2011-01-03

    Transmittance measurements on various single crystal ferroelectric materials over a broad millimeter-wave frequency range have been performed. Frequency dependence of the complex dielectric permittivity has been determined in the millimeter wave region for the first time. The measurements have been employed using a free-space quasi-optical millimeter-wave spectrometer equipped with a set of high power backward wave oscillators (BWOs) as sources of coherent radiation, tunable in the range from 30 - 120 GHz. The uncertainties and possible sources of instrumentation and measurement errors related to the free-space millimeter-wave technique are discussed. This work has demonstrated that precise MMW permittivities can be obtained even on small thin crystals using the BWO quasi-optical approach.

  6. Ferroelectric InMnO3: Growth of single crystals, structure and high-temperature phase transitions

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    Bekheet, Maged F.; Svoboda, Ingrid; Liu, Na; Bayarjargal, Lkhamsuren; Irran, Elisabeth; Dietz, Christian; Stark, Robert W.; Riedel, Ralf; Gurlo, Aleksander

    2016-09-01

    To understand the origin of the ferroelectricity in InMnO3, single crystals with average size of 1 mm were grown in PbF2 flux at 950 °C. The results of single crystal X-ray diffraction, second harmonic generation and piezoresponse force microscopy studies of high-quality InMnO3 single crystals reveal that the room-temperature state in this material is ferroelectric with P63cm symmetry. The polar InMnO3 specimen undergoes a reversible phase transition from non-centrosymmetric P63cm structure to a centrosymmetric P63/mmc structure at 700 °C as confirmed by the in situ high-temperature Raman spectroscopic and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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 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

  11. Néel-like domain walls in ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 single crystals

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    Wei, Xian-Kui; Jia, Chun-Lin; Sluka, Tomas; Wang, Bi-Xia; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Setter, Nava

    2016-01-01

    In contrast to the flexible rotation of magnetization direction in ferromagnets, the spontaneous polarization in ferroelectric materials is highly confined along the symmetry-allowed directions. Accordingly, chirality at ferroelectric domain walls was treated only at the theoretical level and its real appearance is still a mystery. Here we report a Néel-like domain wall imaged by atom-resolved transmission electron microscopy in Ti-rich ferroelectric Pb(Zr1−xTix)O3 crystals, where nanometre-scale monoclinic order coexists with the tetragonal order. The formation of such domain walls is interpreted in the light of polarization discontinuity and clamping effects at phase boundaries between the nesting domains. Phase-field simulation confirms that the coexistence of both phases as encountered near the morphotropic phase boundary promotes the polarization to rotate in a continuous manner. Our results provide a further insight into the complex domain configuration in ferroelectrics, and establish a foundation towards exploring chiral domain walls in ferroelectrics. PMID:27539075

  12. Néel-like domain walls in ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 single crystals

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    Wei, Xian-Kui; Jia, Chun-Lin; Sluka, Tomas; Wang, Bi-Xia; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Setter, Nava

    2016-08-01

    In contrast to the flexible rotation of magnetization direction in ferromagnets, the spontaneous polarization in ferroelectric materials is highly confined along the symmetry-allowed directions. Accordingly, chirality at ferroelectric domain walls was treated only at the theoretical level and its real appearance is still a mystery. Here we report a Néel-like domain wall imaged by atom-resolved transmission electron microscopy in Ti-rich ferroelectric Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 crystals, where nanometre-scale monoclinic order coexists with the tetragonal order. The formation of such domain walls is interpreted in the light of polarization discontinuity and clamping effects at phase boundaries between the nesting domains. Phase-field simulation confirms that the coexistence of both phases as encountered near the morphotropic phase boundary promotes the polarization to rotate in a continuous manner. Our results provide a further insight into the complex domain configuration in ferroelectrics, and establish a foundation towards exploring chiral domain walls in ferroelectrics.

  13. Néel-like domain walls in ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 single crystals.

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    Wei, Xian-Kui; Jia, Chun-Lin; Sluka, Tomas; Wang, Bi-Xia; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Setter, Nava

    2016-01-01

    In contrast to the flexible rotation of magnetization direction in ferromagnets, the spontaneous polarization in ferroelectric materials is highly confined along the symmetry-allowed directions. Accordingly, chirality at ferroelectric domain walls was treated only at the theoretical level and its real appearance is still a mystery. Here we report a Néel-like domain wall imaged by atom-resolved transmission electron microscopy in Ti-rich ferroelectric Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 crystals, where nanometre-scale monoclinic order coexists with the tetragonal order. The formation of such domain walls is interpreted in the light of polarization discontinuity and clamping effects at phase boundaries between the nesting domains. Phase-field simulation confirms that the coexistence of both phases as encountered near the morphotropic phase boundary promotes the polarization to rotate in a continuous manner. Our results provide a further insight into the complex domain configuration in ferroelectrics, and establish a foundation towards exploring chiral domain walls in ferroelectrics. PMID:27539075

  14. Growth, Optical, Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Non-Linear Optical Single Crystal: Glycine-Phthalic Acid

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    Suresh, Sagadevan

    2016-07-01

    Single crystals of glycine-phthalic acid (GPA) were grown by slow evaporation process using aqueous solution. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to examine its cell structure and it was found that the GPA crystal corresponded to the orthorhombic system. To identify absorption range and cut-off wavelength for the GPA crystal, UV-visible spectrum was recorded. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study the optical constants such as the refractive index, the extinction coefficient, electrical susceptibility, and optical conductivity. As a function of different frequencies and temperatures, the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss were examined. The electrical properties like plasma energy, Penn gap, Fermi energy, and polarizability were determined for the analysis of the second harmonic generation (SHG). Using the Kurtz powder technique, the SHG of the GPA crystal was studied. Investigations relating to hysteresis were carried out to ascertain the ferroelectric nature of the material.

  15. Growth, Optical, Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Non-Linear Optical Single Crystal: Glycine-Phthalic Acid

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    Suresh, Sagadevan

    2016-11-01

    Single crystals of glycine-phthalic acid (GPA) were grown by slow evaporation process using aqueous solution. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to examine its cell structure and it was found that the GPA crystal corresponded to the orthorhombic system. To identify absorption range and cut-off wavelength for the GPA crystal, UV-visible spectrum was recorded. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study the optical constants such as the refractive index, the extinction coefficient, electrical susceptibility, and optical conductivity. As a function of different frequencies and temperatures, the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss were examined. The electrical properties like plasma energy, Penn gap, Fermi energy, and polarizability were determined for the analysis of the second harmonic generation (SHG). Using the Kurtz powder technique, the SHG of the GPA crystal was studied. Investigations relating to hysteresis were carried out to ascertain the ferroelectric nature of the material.

  16. Bulk crystal growth, optical, mechanical and ferroelectric properties of new semiorganic nonlinear optical and piezoelectric Lithium nitrate monohydrate oxalate single crystal

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    Dalal, Jyoti; Kumar, Binay

    2016-01-01

    New semiorganic nonlinear optical single crystals of Lithium nitrate oxalate monohydrate (LNO) were grown by slow evaporation solution technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study indicated that LNO crystal belongs to the triclinic system with space group P1. Various functional groups present in the material were identified by FTIR and Raman analysis. UV-vis study showed the high transparency of crystals with a wide band gap 5.01 eV. Various Optical constants i.e. Urbach energy (Eu), extinction coefficient (K), refractive index, optical conductivity, electric susceptibility with real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant were calculated using the transmittance data which have applications in optoelectronic devices. A sharp emission peak was found at 438 nm in photoluminescence measurement, which revealed suitability of crystal for fabricating violet lasers. In dielectric studies, a peak has been observed at 33 °C which is due to ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition. Piezoelectric charge coefficients (d33 = 9.2 pC/N and g33) have been calculated, which make it a suitable for piezoelectric devices applications. In ferroelectric studies, a saturated loop was found in which the values of coercive field and remnant polarization were found to be 2.18 kV/cm and 0.39 μC/cm2, respectively. Thermal behavior was studied by TGA and DSC studies. The relative SHG efficiency of LNO was found to be 1.2 times that of KDP crystal. In microhardness study, Meyer's index value was found to be 1.78 which revealed its soft nature. These optical, dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, mechanical and non-linear optical properties of grown crystal establish the usefulness of this material for optoelectronics, non-volatile memory and piezoelectric devices applications.

  17. 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.

  18. Nucleation kinetics of urea succinic acid –ferroelectric single crystal

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    Dhivya, R.; Vizhi, R. Ezhil E-mail: revizhi@gmail.com; Babu, D. Rajan

    2015-06-24

    Single crystals of Urea Succinic Acid (USA) were grown by slow cooling technique. The crystalline system was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. The metastable zonewidth were carried out for various temperatures i.e., 35°, 40°, 45° and 50°C. The induction period is experimentally determined and various nucleation parameters have been estimated.

  19. Piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of lead-free niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Li, Jun; Li, Yang; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lead-free K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} single crystals were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. • The piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of as-grown crystals were systematically investigated. • The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N. • The coercive fields of P–E hysteresis loops are quite small, about or less than 1 kV/mm. - Abstract: Lead-free potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals with the composition of K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KLTN, x = 0.51, 0.60, 0.69, 0.78) were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. Their piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties in as-grown crystals have been systematically investigated. The phase transitions and Curie temperatures were determined from dielectric and pyroelectric measurements. Piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical coupling factors in thickness mode, length-extensional mode and longitudinal mode were obtained. The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N are comparable to the lead-based PZT composition. The polarization versus electric field hysteresis loops show saturated shapes. In short, lead-free niobium-rich KLTN system possesses comparable properties to those in important lead-based piezoelectric material nowadays.

  20. Ferroelectric domain structures in <001>-oriented K{sub 0.15}Na{sub 0.85}NbO{sub 3} lead-free single crystal

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    Chen, Yan; Wong, Chi-Man; Yau, Hei-Man; Dai, Jiyan; Deng, Hao; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Danyang; Yan, Zhibo; Chan, Helen L. W.

    2015-03-15

    In this work, ferroelectric domain structures of <001 >-oriented K{sub 0.15}Na{sub 0.85}NbO{sub 3} single crystal are characterized. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation revealed high-density of laminate domain structures in the crystal and the lattices of the neighboring domains are found to be twisted in a small angle. Superlattice diffraction spots of 1/2 (eeo) and 1/2 (ooe) in electron diffraction patterns are observed in the crystal, revealing the a{sup +}a{sup +}c{sup −} tilting of oxygen octahedral in the perovskite structure. The piezoresponse of domains and in-situ poling responses of K{sub 0.15}Na{sub 0.85}NbO{sub 3} crystal are observed by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), and the results assure its good ferroelectric properties.

  1. Switching ferroelectric domain configurations using both electric and magnetic fields in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3–Pb(Fe,Ta)O3 single-crystal lamellae

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    Evans, D. M.; Schilling, A.; Kumar, Ashok; Sanchez, D.; Ortega, N.; Katiyar, R. S.; Scott, J. F.; Gregg, J. M.

    2014-01-01

    Thin single-crystal lamellae cut from Pb(Zr,Ti)O3–Pb(Fe,Ta)O3 ceramic samples have been integrated into simple coplanar capacitor devices. The influence of applied electric and magnetic fields on ferroelectric domain configurations has been mapped, using piezoresponse force microscopy. The extent to which magnetic fields alter the ferroelectric domains was found to be strongly history dependent: after switching had been induced by applying electric fields, the susceptibility of the domains to change under a magnetic field (the effective magnetoelectric coupling parameter) was large. Such large, magnetic field-induced changes resulted in a remanent domain state very similar to the remanent state induced by an electric field. Subsequent magnetic field reversal induced more modest ferroelectric switching. PMID:24421376

  2. High pressure single crystal x-ray and neutron powder diffraction study of the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition in PbTiO3

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    Al-Zein, A.; Bouvier, P.; Kania, A.; Levelut, C.; Hehlen, B.; Nassif, V.; Hansen, T. C.; Fertey, P.; Haines, J.; Rouquette, J.

    2015-12-01

    The results obtained by high pressure neutron powder diffraction and single-crystal x-ray diffraction for the P4mm-Pm \\bar{3} m phase transition in the prototype ferroelectric perovskite lead titanate are shown. Neutron diffraction is found to be strongly sensitive to the dipolar moment in the PbTiO3 unit cell due to the gradual reduction of the displacement of the Ti and O atoms from centrosymmetric positions in the cubic perovskite structure which exhibits anti-phase scattering of Pb, Ti and O atoms. From applying both techniques, the anomalously high Debye-Waller factor for the lead atoms confirms the disordered character of the cubic phase. High pressure single crystal x-ray diffraction also perfectly describes the ferroelectric-paraelectric transition and will be the technique of choice to solve higher pressure structures for PbTiO3.

  3. 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.

  4. Fabrication of graphene field-effect transistor on top of ferroelectric single-crystal substrate

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Lee, Yourack; Kim, Jeong-Gyun; Kim, Joong-Gyu; Yun, Yoojoo; Park, Jeongmin; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Jung Ho; Jin, Youngjo; Shin, Yong Seon; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-03-01

    In the analysis of Graphene field-effect transistor, the substrate material which has the direct contact with Graphene layer plays an important in the device performance. In this presentation, we have tested PMN-PT(i.e.(1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-xPbTiO3) substrate as a gate dielectric of Graphene field-effect transistor. Unlike the case of previously used substrates such as silicon oxide or hexagonal Boron-Nitride(h-BN), the PMN-PT substrate can induce giant amount of surface charge that is directly injected to the attached Graphene layer due to its ferroelectric property. And the hysteresis of polarization versus electric field of PMN-PT can cause the device to show the ferroelectric nonvolatile memory operation. We had successfully fabricated Graphene field-effect transistor using the mechanically exfoliated Graphene layer transferred on the PMN-PT(001) substrate. Unlike the case of mechanical exfoliation on the surface of silicon-oxide or the Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), the weak adhesion properties between graphene and PMNPT required the pretreatment on PMMA before the exfoliation process. The device performance is analyzed in terms of the effect of ferro- and piezo-electric effect of PMNPT substrate.

  5. Anomalous elastic behavior of relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 single crystals

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    Pandey, Chandra Shekhar; Schreuer, Jürgen; Burianek, Manfred; Mühlberg, Manfred

    2011-11-01

    Full sets of elastic constants cij of tetragonal tungsten bronze relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 (CBN-28) single crystals are measured above Curie temperature up to 1503 K employing resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. Thermal expansion measurements on as-grown unpoled CBN-28 reveal the existence of a characteristic temperature T * (˜800 K) for CBN-28 between the Burns temperature Tb (˜1100 K) and the temperature of maximum dielectric permittivity Tm (˜600 K). The influence of polar nanoregions (PNRs) on the elastic properties of CBN-28 is studied in detail. The temperature evolution of cij shows pronounced anomalies. All independent elastic constants evolved differently, with temperature reflecting their coupling to different types of the reorientational motion of PNRs through their interaction with acoustic waves. The anisotropy of longitudinal elastic stiffness coefficients and the deviation from Cauchy relations for CBN-28 are also studied, showing the evolution of material anisotropy and the nature of bonding interactions with temperature, respectively.

  6. Phase transitions and thermal-stress-induced structural changes in a ferroelectric Pb(Zr0.80Ti0.20)O3 single crystal

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    Frantti, J.; Fujioka, Y.; Puretzky, A.; Xie, Y.; Ye, Z.-G.; Parish, C.; Glazer, A. M.

    2015-01-01

    A single crystal of lead-zirconate-titanate, composition Pb(Zr0.80Ti0.20)O3, was studied by polarized-Raman scattering as a function of temperature. Raman spectra reveal that the local structure deviates from the average structure in both ferroelectric and paraelectric phases. We show that the crystal possesses several, inequivalent complex domain boundaries which show no sign of instability even 200 K above the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition temperature TC. Two types of boundaries are addressed. The first boundary was formed between ferroelectric domains below TC. This boundary remained stable up to the highest measurement temperatures, and stabilized the domains so that they had the same orientation after repeated heating and cooling cycles. These domains transformed normally to the cubic paraelectric phase. Another type of boundary was formed at 673 K and exhibited no signs of instability up to 923 K. The boundary formation was reversible: it formed and vanished between 573 and 673 K during heating and cooling, respectively. A model in which the crystal is divided into thin slices with different Zr/Ti ratios is proposed. The physical mechanism behind the thermal-stress-induced structural changes is related to the different thermal expansion of the slices, which forces the domain to grow similarly after each heating and cooling cycle. The results are interesting for non-volatile memory development, as it implies that the original ferroelectric state can be restored after the material has been transformed to the paraelectric phase. It also suggests that a low-symmetry structure, stable up to high temperatures, can be prepared through controlled deposition of layers with desired compositions.

  7. Eutectic mixtures of ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Goodby, J.W. ); Chin, E. ); Patel, J.S. )

    1989-11-30

    Ferroelectric liquid crystals show potential as the optically and electrically active media in a variety of applications. However, it is considered unlikely that a single individual compound will possess all of the desired properties required by device applications, and therefore it is to be expected that it will be necessary to mix compounds together in order to obtain a suitable blend. In this study we have examined how the pitch of the helix and the magnitude of the spontaneous polarization of the ferroelectric smectic C* phase vary as a function of concentration when two materials of opposite twist and with the same (or opposite) polarization directions are mixed together. In some cases the ferroelectric phase(s) was found to disappear in the central region of the phase diagram, only to be replaced by the nonferroelectric smectic B phase. This type of behavior was found to happen even when the two components were of the same generic family. Changes in phase type were detected optically and also from the switching behavior in individual mixtures. This second approach offers a new method of monitoring certain phase changes that occur in a phase diagram.

  8. Non-180° polarization rotation of ferroelectric (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3 single crystals under electric field

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    Kitanaka, Yuuki; Yanai, Ken; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru; Kagawa, Yutaka; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2014-03-01

    The behavior of the polarization switching by applying electric fields (E) along the <100> and <111> directions has been investigated for the single crystals of ferroelectric (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3 (BNT) using high-energy synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction (SR-XRD) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Single-crystal SR-XRD analyses reveal that the E-induced switching of spontaneous polarization (Ps) occurs via the non-180° (71° and/or 109°) Ps rotation. The DFT calculations show that the energy barrier for the 71° Ps rotation is much lower than those for the 109° Ps rotation and for the direct 180° Ps reversal. These experimental and DFT calculation results lead to the conclusion that the 71° Ps rotation is the dominant pathway for the E-induced polarization switching in the BNT crystals.

  9. Photoluminescence and electrical properties of Eu-doped (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zhang, Haiwu; Zhao, Xiangyong; Deng, Hao; Chen, Chao; Lin, Di; Li, Xiaobing; Yan, Jun; Luo, Haosu

    2014-02-01

    Eu3+-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (Eu:NBT) single crystals were grown by a top-seeded solution growth method. Photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra of Eu:NBT were investigated. The two transitions in 7F0 → 5D0 excitation spectra reveal that Eu3+ ions were incorporated into two adjacent crystallographic sites in NBT, i.e., Bi3+ and Na+ sites. The former has a symmetrical surrounding, while the later has a disordered environment, which was confirmed by decay curve measurements. The dielectric dispersion behavior was depressed and the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were improved after Eu doping.

  10. Studies on growth and characterization of a novel nonlinear optical and ferroelectric material - N,N-dimethylurea picrate single crystal

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    Shanthi, A.; Krishnan, C.; Selvarajan, P.

    2014-05-01

    A novel organic nonlinear optical (NLO) material viz. N,N-dimethylurea picrate (NNDMP) was grown by the slow evaporation technique using N,N-dimethyl formamide as a solvent. The solubility of the grown sample has been estimated for various temperatures. The XRD study reveals that the grown crystal crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system and the corresponding lattice parameters were determined. The relative second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the NNDMP was found to be 1.045 times that of KDP by Kurtz-Perry powder technique. FTIR and FT-Raman spectral analyses explain the various functional groups present in the sample. The optical spectral analysis of the grown crystal has been performed by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and the band gap energy was found out. The thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) reveal that the NNDMP crystal is stable at up to 172 °C. A prominent first-order ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition at 323 K has been observed and activation energy was determined for the AC conduction process in the sample.

  11. Electric field induced metastable ferroelectric phase and its behavior in (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O{sub 3} antiferroelectric single crystal near morphotropic phase boundary

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Li, Qiang Yan, Qingfeng; Gao, Jinghan; Zhuo, Fangping; Cao, Wenwu; Xi, Xiaoqing; Zhang, Yiling; Chu, Xiangcheng

    2014-02-03

    Antiferroelectric (AFE) (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O{sub 3} (PLZST) single crystal with composition near morphotropic phase boundary has been grown and studied. X-ray diffraction analysis and electrical properties reveal coexistence of antiferroelectric/ferroelectric (FE) phases, with the AFE phase dominated at room temperature. Temperature-dependent polarization and strain measurements indicate that the AFE phase can be induced into a metastable FE phase by electric field. The FE phase can be maintained in a wide temperature range above room temperature and recovers to AFE phase around a critical temperature of 90 °C, accompanied with remarkable change in field-induced strain. The strain at 90 °C (∼0.50%) is ten times larger than that at room temperature (∼0.04%), which makes the PLZST single crystal a promising candidate for thermal switch and actuator application.

  12. Electric field induced metastable ferroelectric phase and its behavior in (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O3 antiferroelectric single crystal near morphotropic phase boundary

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Cao, Wenwu; Li, Qiang; Yan, Qingfeng; Gao, Jinghan; Zhuo, Fangping; Xi, Xiaoqing; Zhang, Yiling; Chu, Xiangcheng

    2014-02-01

    Antiferroelectric (AFE) (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O3 (PLZST) single crystal with composition near morphotropic phase boundary has been grown and studied. X-ray diffraction analysis and electrical properties reveal coexistence of antiferroelectric/ferroelectric (FE) phases, with the AFE phase dominated at room temperature. Temperature-dependent polarization and strain measurements indicate that the AFE phase can be induced into a metastable FE phase by electric field. The FE phase can be maintained in a wide temperature range above room temperature and recovers to AFE phase around a critical temperature of 90 °C, accompanied with remarkable change in field-induced strain. The strain at 90 °C (˜0.50%) is ten times larger than that at room temperature (˜0.04%), which makes the PLZST single crystal a promising candidate for thermal switch and actuator application.

  13. Microdomain dynamics in single-crystal BaTi O3 during paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition measured with time-of-flight neutron scattering

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    Pramanick, A.; Wang, X. P.; Hoffmann, C.; Diallo, S. O.; Jørgensen, M. R. V.; Wang, X.-L.

    2015-11-01

    Microscopic polar clusters can play an important role in the phase transition of ferroelectric perovskite oxides such as BaTi O3 , which have shown coexistence of both displacive and order-disorder dynamics, although their topological and dynamical characteristics are yet to be clarified. Here, we report sharp increases in the widths and intensities of Bragg peaks from a BaTi O3 single crystal, which are measured in situ during heating and cooling within a few degrees of its phase transition temperature TC, using the neutron time-of-flight Laue technique. Most significantly sharper and stronger increases in peak widths and peak intensities were found to occur during cooling compared to that during heating through TC. A closer examination of the Bragg peaks revealed their elongated shapes in both the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases, the analysis of which indicated the presence of microdomains that have correlated <111 > -type polarization vectors within the {110}-type crystallographic planes. No significant increase in the average size of the microdomains (˜10 nm ) near TC could be observed from diffraction measurements, which is also consistent with small changes in the relaxation times for motion of Ti ions measured with quasielastic neutron scattering. The current observations do not indicate that the paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition in BaTi O3 is primarily caused by an increase in the size of the microscopic polar clusters or critical slowing down of Ti ionic motion. The sharp and strong increases in peak widths and peak intensities during cooling through TC are explained as a result of microstrains that are developed at microdomain interfaces during paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition.

  14. Direct laser-writing of ferroelectric single-crystal waveguide architectures in glass for 3D integrated optics.

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    Stone, Adam; Jain, Himanshu; Dierolf, Volkmar; Sakakura, Masaaki; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki; Lapointe, Jerome; Kashyap, Raman

    2015-01-01

    Direct three-dimensional laser writing of amorphous waveguides inside glass has been studied intensely as an attractive route for fabricating photonic integrated circuits. However, achieving essential nonlinear-optic functionality in such devices will also require the ability to create high-quality single-crystal waveguides. Femtosecond laser irradiation is capable of crystallizing glass in 3D, but producing optical-quality single-crystal structures suitable for waveguiding poses unique challenges that are unprecedented in the field of crystal growth. In this work, we use a high angular-resolution electron diffraction method to obtain the first conclusive confirmation that uniform single crystals can be grown inside glass by femtosecond laser writing under optimized conditions. We confirm waveguiding capability and present the first quantitative measurement of power transmission through a laser-written crystal-in-glass waveguide, yielding loss of 2.64 dB/cm at 1530 nm. We demonstrate uniformity of the crystal cross-section down the length of the waveguide and quantify its birefringence. Finally, as a proof-of-concept for patterning more complex device geometries, we demonstrate the use of dynamic phase modulation to grow symmetric crystal junctions with single-pass writing. PMID:25988599

  15. Direct laser-writing of ferroelectric single-crystal waveguide architectures in glass for 3D integrated optics

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    Stone, Adam; Jain, Himanshu; Dierolf, Volkmar; Sakakura, Masaaki; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki; Lapointe, Jerome; Kashyap, Raman

    2015-01-01

    Direct three-dimensional laser writing of amorphous waveguides inside glass has been studied intensely as an attractive route for fabricating photonic integrated circuits. However, achieving essential nonlinear-optic functionality in such devices will also require the ability to create high-quality single-crystal waveguides. Femtosecond laser irradiation is capable of crystallizing glass in 3D, but producing optical-quality single-crystal structures suitable for waveguiding poses unique challenges that are unprecedented in the field of crystal growth. In this work, we use a high angular-resolution electron diffraction method to obtain the first conclusive confirmation that uniform single crystals can be grown inside glass by femtosecond laser writing under optimized conditions. We confirm waveguiding capability and present the first quantitative measurement of power transmission through a laser-written crystal-in-glass waveguide, yielding loss of 2.64 dB/cm at 1530 nm. We demonstrate uniformity of the crystal cross-section down the length of the waveguide and quantify its birefringence. Finally, as a proof-of-concept for patterning more complex device geometries, we demonstrate the use of dynamic phase modulation to grow symmetric crystal junctions with single-pass writing. PMID:25988599

  16. Phase transitions and thermal-stress-induced structural changes in a ferroelectric Pb (Zr0.80Ti0. 20)O3 single crystal

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    Frantti, Johannes; Fujioka, Y.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Xie, Y; Ye, Z. -G.; Parish, Chad M.; Glazer, A. M.

    2014-12-22

    Zirconium-rich lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) Pb(Zr0.80Ti0.20)O3 single crystal is studied by polarized-Raman scattering experiments as a function of temperature. We show that the crystal possesses complex domain boundaries which show no sign of instability even 200 K above the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition. The boundary stabilized the domains which had the same orientation after cyclic heating and cooling up to 773 K. The domains transformed normally to the cubic paraelectric phase, but returned to their original state after cooling. Physical mechanism behind the reversible behavior is related to the strain between the boundary region and domain, which forces the domain to grow similarlymore » after each heating and cooling cycle. Electron backscattering diffraction measurements show that macroscopic domains, lengths scale in hundreds of microns, are divided into regions whose Pb-displacements are not correlated. The results are notably interesting for non-volatile memory development as it implies that the original ferroelectric state can be restored after the material has been transformed to a paraelectric phase. Incoherent Pbdisplacements play a role for polarization switching.« less

  17. An I-integral method for crack-tip intensity factor variation due to domain switching in ferroelectric single-crystals

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    Yu, Hongjun; Wang, Jie; Shimada, Takahiro; Wu, Huaping; Wu, Linzhi; Kuna, Meinhard; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, an I-integral method is established for solving the crack-tip intensity factors of ferroelectric single-crystals. The I-integral combined with the phase field model is successfully used to investigate crack-tip intensity factor variations due to domain switching in ferroelectricity subjected to electromechanical loadings, which exhibits several advantages over previous methods based on small-scale switching. First, the shape of the switching zone around a crack tip is predicted by the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equation, which does not require preset energy-based switching criterion. Second, the I-integral can directly solve the crack-tip intensity factors and decouple the crack-tip intensity factors of different modes based on superimposing an auxiliary state onto an actual state. Third, the I-integral is area-independent, namely, the I-integral is not affected by the integral area size, the polarization distributions, or domain walls. This makes the I-integral applicable to large-scale domain switching. To this end, the electro-elastic field intensity factors of an impermeable crack in PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals are evaluated under electrical, mechanical, and combined loading. The intensity factors obtained by the I-integral agree well with those obtained by the extrapolation technique. From numerical results, the following conclusions can be drawn with respect to fracture behavior of ferroelectrics under large-scale switching. Under displacement controlled mechanical loading, the stress intensity factors (SIFs) decrease monotonically due to the domain switching process, which means a crack tip shielding or effective switching-induced toughening occurs. If an external electric field is applied, the electric displacement intensity factor (EDIF) increases in all cases, i.e., the formed domain patterns enhance the electric crack tip loading. The energy release rate, expressed by the crack-tip J-integral, is reduced by the domain

  18. Anomalous variations in elastic properties of lead zirconate niobate-lead titanate single crystals in the vicinity of its ferroelectric phase transition

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    Shabbir, G.; Kojima, S.

    2014-03-01

    The acoustic phonon mode anomalies in the paraelectric phase of tetragonal and rhombohedral (1 - x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 single crystals were systematically investigated by Brillouin light scattering measurements. The inverse relaxation time in the paraelectric phase of both crystals showed a stretched-type slowing-down temperature dependence approaching the structural phase transition temperature (T_{\\text{C}}) instead of a normal critical slowing-down. The observed anomalous part of the elastic constant (c_{11}) in the paraelectric phase of the tetragonal crystal in the vicinity of T_{\\text{C}} , exhibited a log(T-T_{0}/T_{0}) -type dependence in the temperature range from T_{\\text{C}} to \\sim T_{\\text{C}}+80\\ ^\\circ \\text{C} . On the other hand, the elastic constant of the rhombohedral ferroelectric crystal exhibited a deviation from such a temperature dependence. This was attributed to the interaction of acoustic phonon modes with strong polarization fluctuations and elastic deformation arising from the complex dynamics of polar nanoregions.

  19. Ferroelectric, Thermal, and Magnetic Characteristics of Praseodymium Malonate Hexahydrate Crystals

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    Ahmad, Nazir; Ahmad, M. M.; Kotru, P. N.

    2016-04-01

    Gel-grown single crystals of [Pr2(C3H2O4)3(H2O)6] exhibit remarkably flat habit faces, the most predominant being {110}. High-resolution x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the crystals are free from structural grain boundaries, which is the key requirement for single crystals for use in the microelectronics industry to serve as low-dielectric-constant ferroelectric material. The dielectric behavior recorded on {110} planes of single crystals shows that the crystal is ferroelectric with transition temperature T c = 135°C, which differs from the Curie-Weiss temperature T 0 by 2°C (T 0 < T c). Material in pellet form is shown to exhibit slightly different dielectric behavior. Polarization versus electric field confirms the ferroelectric behavior of the material. The dielectric behavior is also supported by the results of thermal studies, viz. thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The magnetic susceptibility and magnetic moment are calculated to be 30.045 × 10-6 emu and 3.092 BM, respectively.

  20. Phase-field modeling of ferroelectric to paraelectric phase boundary structures in single-crystal barium titanate

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    Woldman, Alexandra Y.; Landis, Chad M.

    2016-03-01

    Ferroelectric perovskite materials have been shown to exhibit a large electrocaloric effect near phase transitions. We develop a computational model based on a phase-field approach to characterize the structure of ferroelectric to paraelectric phase boundaries for planar configurations under generalized plane strain with temperatures near the Curie temperature. A nonlinear finite element method is used to solve for the phase boundary structure of a representative unit cell with a 180° ferroelectric laminate for a range of domain widths. The temperature at which the phase boundary can be found increases with domain width, approaching the Curie temperature asymptotically. The excess free energy density per unit area of the boundary increases with domain width. As expected, closure domains form between the ferroelectric and paraelectric phase, and the shape of the closure domains evolves from triangular to needle-shaped as the domain width increases. The entropy jump across the phase boundary is quantified and is shown to increase with domain width as well. A planar configuration with a 90° ferroelectric laminate is investigated, but shown to be physically unlikely due to the high stress levels required to achieve strain compatibility between the phases. Possible three-dimensional structures of the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase boundary are also discussed.

  1. Super-crystals in composite ferroelectrics

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    Pierangeli, D.; Ferraro, M.; Di Mei, F.; Di Domenico, G.; de Oliveira, C. E. M.; Agranat, A. J.; DelRe, E.

    2016-01-01

    As atoms and molecules condense to form solids, a crystalline state can emerge with its highly ordered geometry and subnanometric lattice constant. In some physical systems, such as ferroelectric perovskites, a perfect crystalline structure forms even when the condensing substances are non-stoichiometric. The resulting solids have compositional disorder and complex macroscopic properties, such as giant susceptibilities and non-ergodicity. Here, we observe the spontaneous formation of a cubic structure in composite ferroelectric potassium–lithium–tantalate–niobate with micrometric lattice constant, 104 times larger than that of the underlying perovskite lattice. The 3D effect is observed in specifically designed samples in which the substitutional mixture varies periodically along one specific crystal axis. Laser propagation indicates a coherent polarization super-crystal that produces an optical X-ray diffractometry, an ordered mesoscopic state of matter with important implications for critical phenomena and applications in miniaturized 3D optical technologies. PMID:26907725

  2. Super-crystals in composite ferroelectrics.

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    Pierangeli, D; Ferraro, M; Di Mei, F; Di Domenico, G; de Oliveira, C E M; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2016-01-01

    As atoms and molecules condense to form solids, a crystalline state can emerge with its highly ordered geometry and subnanometric lattice constant. In some physical systems, such as ferroelectric perovskites, a perfect crystalline structure forms even when the condensing substances are non-stoichiometric. The resulting solids have compositional disorder and complex macroscopic properties, such as giant susceptibilities and non-ergodicity. Here, we observe the spontaneous formation of a cubic structure in composite ferroelectric potassium-lithium-tantalate-niobate with micrometric lattice constant, 10(4) times larger than that of the underlying perovskite lattice. The 3D effect is observed in specifically designed samples in which the substitutional mixture varies periodically along one specific crystal axis. Laser propagation indicates a coherent polarization super-crystal that produces an optical X-ray diffractometry, an ordered mesoscopic state of matter with important implications for critical phenomena and applications in miniaturized 3D optical technologies.

  3. Super-crystals in composite ferroelectrics

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    Pierangeli, D.; Ferraro, M.; di Mei, F.; di Domenico, G.; de Oliveira, C. E. M.; Agranat, A. J.; Delre, E.

    2016-02-01

    As atoms and molecules condense to form solids, a crystalline state can emerge with its highly ordered geometry and subnanometric lattice constant. In some physical systems, such as ferroelectric perovskites, a perfect crystalline structure forms even when the condensing substances are non-stoichiometric. The resulting solids have compositional disorder and complex macroscopic properties, such as giant susceptibilities and non-ergodicity. Here, we observe the spontaneous formation of a cubic structure in composite ferroelectric potassium-lithium-tantalate-niobate with micrometric lattice constant, 104 times larger than that of the underlying perovskite lattice. The 3D effect is observed in specifically designed samples in which the substitutional mixture varies periodically along one specific crystal axis. Laser propagation indicates a coherent polarization super-crystal that produces an optical X-ray diffractometry, an ordered mesoscopic state of matter with important implications for critical phenomena and applications in miniaturized 3D optical technologies.

  4. Spontaneous Ferroelectric Order in a Bent-Core Smectic Liquid Crystal of Fluid Orthorhombic Layers

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    R Reddy; C Zhu; R Shao; E Korblova; T Gong; Y Shen; M Glaser; J Maclennan; D Walba; N Clark

    2011-12-31

    Macroscopic polarization density, characteristic of ferroelectric phases, is stabilized by dipolar intermolecular interactions. These are weakened as materials become more fluid and of higher symmetry, limiting ferroelectricity to crystals and to smectic liquid crystal stackings of fluid layers. We report the SmAP{sub F}, the smectic of fluid polar orthorhombic layers that order into a three-dimensional ferroelectric state, the highest-symmetry layered ferroelectric possible and the highest-symmetry ferroelectric material found to date. Its bent-core molecular design employs a single flexible tail that stabilizes layers with untilted molecules and in-plane polar ordering, evident in monolayer-thick freely suspended films. Electro-optic response reveals the three-dimensional orthorhombic ferroelectric structure, stabilized by silane molecular terminations that promote parallel alignment of the molecular dipoles in adjacent layers.

  5. A ferroelectric liquid crystal conglomerate composed of racemic molecules

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    Walba; Korblova; Shao; Maclennan; Link; Glaser; Clark

    2000-06-23

    We describe the design and synthesis of a ferroelectric liquid crystal composed of racemic molecules. The ferroelectric polarization results from spontaneous polar symmetry breaking in a fluid smectic. The ferroelectric phase is also chiral, resulting in the formation of a mixture of macroscopic domains of either handedness at the isotropic-to-liquid crystal phase transition. This smectic liquid crystal is thus a fluid conglomerate. Detailed investigation of the electrooptic and polarization current behavior within individual domains in liquid crystal cells shows the thermodynamically stable structure to be a uniformly tilted smectic bow-phase (banana phase), with all layer pairs homochiral and ferroelectric (SmC(S)P(F)).

  6. 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.

  7. Growth and characterization of piezo-/ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 ternary single crystals

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    Belan, Reagan A.; Tailor, Hamel N.; Long, Xifa; Bokov, Alexei A.; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2011-03-01

    In order to develop new piezo-/ferroelectric materials, single crystals of the Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 [PMN-PT-BZT] ternary complex perovskite system has been grown by a high temperature solution method using the mixture of PbO and H3BO3 as flux (in a molar ratio of 4:2) with an optimum flux:charge molar ratio of 6:1. It is found that the addition of BZT into the relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT system reduces the number of spontaneous nucleations, resulting in large single crystals (5 mm×5 mm×14 mm) of good quality. The grown crystals exhibit a pseudo-cubic morphology and show evidence of two-dimensional growth mechanism. Examination by polarized light microscopy (PLM) reveals the formation of striation, which can be reduced by changing the growth conditions. The domain structure and phase transition of the PMN-PT-BZT crystals are investigated by PLM. The temperature and frequency dependences of the dielectric permittivity of the grown crystals show typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior, with the frequency dependence of the temperature of maximum permittivity (Tmax) following the Vogel-Fulcher law. The ferroelectric property is displayed in the crystals with a remnant polarization, Pr=21 μC/cm2 and a coercive field, EC=3.5 kV/cm. The piezoelectric coefficient, d33, is found to be 825 pC/N, a value much higher than that of the ternary ceramics.

  8. Effect of doping with Nd{sup 3+} ions on the structural and ferroelectric properties of Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} single crystal

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    Gao, W.L.; Zhang, H.J.; Xia, S.Q.; Huang, B.B.; Liu, D.; Wang, J.Y.; Jiang, M.H.; Zheng, L.M.; Wang, J.F.; Lu, C.J.

    2010-09-15

    The crystal structure of Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CBN-28) crystal with Nd-doping has been determined from X-ray single crystal diffraction data, in the tetragonal system with space group P4bm and the following parameters: a = b = 12.458 A, c = 3.954 A, V = 613.688 A{sup 3}, and Z = 5. X-ray diffraction results on a Nd-doped CBN-28 single crystal also have demonstrated that Nd{sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+} occupy the same site in the crystal structure. Dielectric and ferroelectric measurements have been performed. Transition from ferroelectric to paraelectric at around 223 {sup o}C has been observed. The Nd-doped crystal has a lower Curie temperature (T{sub m}) than that of undoped CBN-28 crystal. The spontaneous polarization (P{sub s}) and coercive electric field (E{sub c}) also decrease compared with their values in the undoped CBN-28 crystal.

  9. Influence of KF substitution on the ferroelectric phase transition of lead titanate single crystals studied by Brillouin light scattering

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    Shin, Seonhyeop; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Tsukada, Shinya; Akishige, Yukikuni; Roleder, Krystian; Rytz, Daniel

    2015-05-01

    The elastic properties of KF-substituted perovskite lead titanate (PbTiO3) were investigated by dielectric measurements and Brillouin light scattering. The ferroelectric phase transition occurred at substantially lower temperature due to KF substitution, which was attributed to the modification of the covalency in Pb-O and Ti-O bonds. The longitudinal acoustic (LA) mode of KF-substituted PbTiO3 showed a frequency softening in the paraelectric phase, which was accompanied by increasing acoustic damping. This indicated that polarization fluctuations responsible for the acoustic anomalies were enhanced by KF substitution.

  10. Enhanced ferroelectric properties and thermal stability of nonstoichiometric 0.92(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.08(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 single crystals

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    Zhang, Haiwu; Chen, Chao; Zhao, Xiangyong; Deng, Hao; Li, Long; Lin, Di; Li, Xiaobing; Ren, Bo; Luo, Haosu; Yan, Jun

    2013-11-01

    Bi deficient, Mn doped 0.92(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.08(K0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 single crystals were grown by carefully controlled top-seeded solution growth method. Local structures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The site occupation and valence state of manganese were characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum. The leakage current density in the as-grown single crystals is effectively depressed. The introduced defect complexes suppress the temperature induced phase transformation, increasing the depolarization temperature (165 °C) and thermal stability of ferroelectric properties.

  11. Physical Properties of Ferroelectric Mixed Crystals

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    Kwun, Sook-Il; Noh, Keum Hwan

    2001-04-01

    The recent studies of the KH2PO4 family mixed crystals with long-range ferroelectric (FE) order and short-range glass order have been reviewed. In mixed crystals of KH2PO4 family FE or antiferroelectric (AFE) with intermediate mixing concentration, a competing interaction gives rise to a nonergodic proton glass (PG) similar to magnetic spin glass. To understand the phase diagram, we have investigated the phase near FE boundary and observed a coexistence of FE and PG in Rb1-x(NH4)xH2AsO4 and Rb1-x(NH4)xH2PO4 mixed crystals. The nonergodic behavior of the coexisting PG was investigated by the polarization as well as dielectric constant measurement. The remaining FE polarization and the low freezing temperature were discussed in terms of mean field model of dipole glass systems.

  12. Novel ferroelectric single crystals of Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-PbZrO3-PbTiO3 ternary solid solution

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    Wang, Bixia; Xie, Yujuan; Zhuang, Jian; Wu, Xiaoqing; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2014-02-01

    Ferroelectric single crystals of a new lead-reduced Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-PbZrO3-PbTiO3 (BZT-PZ-PT) ternary solid solution system have been grown for the first time by three different methods, namely high temperature solution growth (HTSG, or flux method), top-cooled solution growth (TCSG), and top-seeded solution growth (TSSG). The chemical and thermodynamic parameters, including the flux concentration, the soaking temperature and the cooling rate, have been optimized, leading to the growth of good quality BZT-PZ-PT crystals of pseudo-cubic morphology. A large size crystal of the dimensions of 2 × 2 × 0.5 cm3 has been obtained by the TSSG technique. The crystal structure is analyzed by means of X-ray powder diffraction. The highest ferroelectric Curie temperature TC of the grown crystals is found to be 320 °C by means of dielectric measurements. A remnant polarization of 32 μC/cm2 is displayed with a coercive field of 15.4 kV/cm. The high TC and large coercive field of the BZT-PZ-PT single crystal make this material a promising candidate for applications in high power electromechanical transducers that can operate in a wider temperature range and at high fields.

  13. Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals In Aerodynamic Testing

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    Parmar, Devendra S.; Holmes, Harlan K.

    1994-01-01

    The process of simultaneous optical visualization and quantitative measurement of aerodynamic boundary layer parameters requires new concepts, materials and utilization methods. Measurement of shear stress in terms of the transmitted or the reflected light intensity from an aligned ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) thin (approx. 1 micron) film deposited on a glass substrate has been the first step in this direction. In this paper, recent progress in utilization of FLC thin films for skin friction measurement and for studying the state of the boundary layer in a wind tunnel environment is reviewed. The switching characteristics of FLCs have been used to measure pressure from the newly devised system of partially exposed polymer dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystals (PEPDFLCs). In this configuration, a PEPDFLC thin film (approx. 10-25 microns) is sandwiched between two transparent conducting electrodes, one a rigid surface and the other a flexible sheet such as polyvinylidene fluoride or mylar. The switching characteristics of the film are a function of the pressure applied to the flexible transparent electrode and a predetermined bias voltage across the two electrodes. The results, considering the dielectrics of composite media, are discussed.

  14. Effects of electron irradiation on the ferroelectric 180 deg. in-plane nanostripe domain structure in a thin film prepared from a bulk single crystal of BaTiO{sub 3} by focused ion beam

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    Matsumoto, Takao; Okamoto, Masakuni

    2011-01-01

    Effects of electron irradiation on the ferroelectric 180 deg. in-plane nanostripe domain structure in a thin film prepared from a bulk single crystal of BaTiO{sub 3} by focused ion beam were studied. The domain structure transformed into a characteristic 90 deg. in-plane nanostripe domain structure under intense electron irradiation. In particular, an unconventional triangular 90 deg. in-plane nanostripe domain structure was observed. Polarization analysis suggests the existence of an incomplete or half tetradomain vortex at the boundary of the triangular domain structure. Together with the help of phase-field simulations using time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations, it is suggested that such a domain structure is created by an anisotropic in-plane electric field, which is plausibly induced by an anisotropic interaction of the incident electron beam with the ferroelectric material.

  15. Structure and properties of Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3- Pb(Zr(1-x)Ti(x))O3 ferroelectric single crystals grown by a top-seeded solution growth technique.

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    Wang, Bixia; Wu, Xiaoqing; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2015-06-01

    Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3 (BZT)-modified Pb(Zr(1-x)Ti(x))O3 (PZT) single crystals have been grown using a top-seeded solution growth technique and characterized by various methods. The crystal structure is found to be rhombohedral by means of X-ray powder diffraction. The composition and homogeneity of the as-grown single crystals are studied by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The domain structure of a (001)(cub) platelet is investigated by polarized light microscopy (PLM), which confirms the rhombohedral symmetry. The paraelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition temperature T(C) is found to be 313°C with the absence of rhombohedral-tetragonal phase transition. The ferroelectric properties of the ternary crystals are enhanced by the BZT substitution with a remanent polarization of 28 μC/cm(2) and a coercive field E(C) of 22.1 kV/cm.

  16. Fork gratings based on ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Ma, Y; Wei, B Y; Shi, L Y; Srivastava, A K; Chigrinov, V G; Kwok, H-S; Hu, W; Lu, Y Q

    2016-03-21

    In this article, we disclose a fork grating (FG) based on the photo-aligned ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC). The Digital Micro-mirror Device based system is used as a dynamic photomask to generated different holograms. Because of controlled anchoring energy, the photo alignment process offers optimal conditions for the multi-domain FLC alignment. Two different electro-optical modes namely DIFF/TRANS and DIFF/OFF switchable modes have been proposed where the diffraction can be switched either to no diffraction or to a completely black state, respectively. The FLC FG shows high diffraction efficiency and fast response time of 50µs that is relatively faster than existing technologies. Thus, the FLC FG may pave a good foundation toward optical vertices generation and manipulation that could find applications in a variety of devices. PMID:27136779

  17. Chiralization and ferroelectric state induction in nanostructured liquid crystals

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    Katranchev, B.; Petrov, M.; Rafailov, P. M.; Todorov, N.

    2016-02-01

    The liquid crystals (LC), due to their naturally high bulk ordering, strong birefringence and easy electrooptical driving, serve as matrix in the nanocomposites doped with non-mesogenic or mesogenic nanoparticles. The nanocomposite's structural units exhibit very complex molecular form indicating the strength and the intermolecular interaction between the matrix and dopant's molecules. Hydrogen bonds are of particular significance for the formation of the nanocomposite structural units, since the symmetry of the LC nanocomposite could be controlled and controllably decreased due to the acceptor-donor interaction between the dimeric matrix and the dopants. As a result, the LC nanocomposite can reach the lowest symmetry, known as triclinic - C1. Using the LC p,n-alkyloxybensoic acids (nOBA) in form of hydrogen-bonded dimers as matrix and non-mesogenics - single walls carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), 4-hydrooxypiridin (HOPY) or mesogen - cholesteryl benzoate (ChB) as dopants and choosing optimal concentrations (where the typical LC state was preserved), we obtained nanocomopsites 7OBA/SWCNT, 7OBA/PFOA, 9OBA/HOPY and 8OBA/ChB. We indicate two forms of ferroelectricity in the studied nanocomposites: developable ferroelectricity, characteristic for the 9OBA/HOPY, 7OBA/PFOA compounds and developed ferroelectricity characteristic for 8OBA/SWCNT, 8OBA/ChB.

  18. Relaxor Ferroelectrics: Back to the Single-Soft-Mode Picture

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    Hehlen, B.; Al-Sabbagh, M.; Al-Zein, A.; Hlinka, J.

    2016-10-01

    The fluctuations of electric polarization in a disordered ferroelectric substance, relaxor crystal PbMg1 /3Nb2 /3O3 (PMN), were studied using a nonlinear inelastic light-scattering technique, hyper-Raman scattering, within a 5 - 100 cm-1 spectral interval and in a broad temperature range from 20 to 900 K. The split ferroelectric mode reveals a local anisotropy of up to about 400 K. Spectral anomalies observed at higher temperatures are explained as due to avoided crossing of the single primary polar soft mode with a temperature-independent, nonpolar spectral feature near 45 cm-1 , known from Raman scattering. The temperature changes of the vibrational modes involved in the measured fluctuation spectra of PMN were captured in a simple model that accounts for the temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity as well. The observed slowing down of the relaxational dynamics directly correlates with the huge increase of the dielectric permittivity.

  19. Wave-mixing solitons in ferroelectric crystals

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    Bugaychuk, S.; Kovacs, L.; Mandula, G.; Polgar, K.; Rupp, R. A.

    Although the sine-Gordon equation was originally obtained for the description of four-wave mixing in transmission geometry, it describes self-diffraction of the wave from shifted gratings as well. The sine-Gordon equation governs soliton propagation. The photoinduced amplitude of the refractive-index grating exhibits also a soliton shape in the crystal volume. The origin of this effect is the change of the contrast of light due to energy transfer between coupled waves during their propagation, which occurs in bulk crystals with strong photorefractive gain. The theoretical description shows the possibility to control the soliton properties by changing the input intensity ratio and/or input phase difference of the wave. The effect can lead to diffraction efficiency management, auto-oscillations and bistability of the output waves due to wave-mixing in ferroelectrics. Results on the first experimental observation of non-uniform distribution of the grating amplitude profile and its changes versus input intensity ratio are presented.

  20. Novel ferroelectric single crystals of Bi(Zn{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-PbZrO{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} ternary solid solution

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    Wang, Bixia; Xie, Yujuan; Zhuang, Jian; Wu, Xiaoqing; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2014-02-28

    Ferroelectric single crystals of a new lead-reduced Bi(Zn{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-PbZrO{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (BZT-PZ-PT) ternary solid solution system have been grown for the first time by three different methods, namely high temperature solution growth (HTSG, or flux method), top-cooled solution growth (TCSG), and top-seeded solution growth (TSSG). The chemical and thermodynamic parameters, including the flux concentration, the soaking temperature and the cooling rate, have been optimized, leading to the growth of good quality BZT-PZ-PT crystals of pseudo-cubic morphology. A large size crystal of the dimensions of 2 × 2 × 0.5 cm{sup 3} has been obtained by the TSSG technique. The crystal structure is analyzed by means of X-ray powder diffraction. The highest ferroelectric Curie temperature T{sub C} of the grown crystals is found to be 320 °C by means of dielectric measurements. A remnant polarization of 32 μC/cm{sup 2} is displayed with a coercive field of 15.4 kV/cm. The high T{sub C} and large coercive field of the BZT-PZ-PT single crystal make this material a promising candidate for applications in high power electromechanical transducers that can operate in a wider temperature range and at high fields.

  1. Nonvolatile polymer memory with nanoconfinement of ferroelectric crystals.

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    Kang, Seok Ju; Bae, Insung; Shin, Yu Jin; Park, Youn Jung; Huh, June; Park, Sang-Min; Kim, Ho-Cheol; Park, Cheolmin

    2011-01-12

    We demonstrate significantly improved performance of a nonvolatile polymeric ferroelectric field effect transistor (FeFET) memory using nanoscopic confinement of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) within self-assembled organosilicate (OS) lamellae. Periodic OS lamellae with 30 nm in width and 50 nm in periodicity were templated using block copolymer self-assembly. Confined crystallization of PVDF-TrFE not only significantly reduces gate leakage current but also facilitates ferroelectric polarization switching. These benefits are due to the elimination of structural defects and the development of an effective PVDF-TrFE crystal orientation through nanoconfinement. A bottom gate FeFET fabricated using a single-crystalline triisopropylsilylethynyl pentacene channel and PVDF-TrFE/OS hybrid gate insulator shows characteristic source-drain current hysteresis that is fully saturated at a programming voltage of ±8 V with an ON/OFF current ratio and a data retention time of approximately 10(2) and 2 h, respectively.

  2. Phononic Crystal Tunable via Ferroelectric Phase Transition

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    Xu, Chaowei; Cai, Feiyan; Xie, Shuhong; Li, Fei; Sun, Rong; Fu, Xianzhu; Xiong, Rengen; Zhang, Yi; Zheng, Hairong; Li, Jiangyu

    2015-09-01

    Phononic crystals (PCs) consisting of periodic materials with different acoustic properties have potential applications in functional devices. To realize more smart functions, it is desirable to actively control the properties of PCs on demand, ideally within the same fabricated system. Here, we report a tunable PC made of Ba0.7Sr0.3Ti O3 (BST) ceramics, wherein a 20-K temperature change near room temperature results in a 20% frequency shift in the transmission spectra induced by a ferroelectric phase transition. The tunability phenomenon is attributed to the structure-induced resonant excitation of A0 and A1 Lamb modes that exist intrinsically in the uniform BST plate, while these Lamb modes are sensitive to the elastic properties of the plate and can be modulated by temperature in a BST plate around the Curie temperature. The study finds opportunities for creating tunable PCs and enables smart temperature-tuned devices such as the Lamb wave filter or sensor.

  3. Lifshitz point in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Rananavare, Shankar B.; Pisipati, V. G.; Wong, E. W.

    1994-04-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) find many applications in display devices, waveguide switching and optical computing. These applications exploit the electrically alignable polarization of FLCs in the Smectic C* (SmC*) phase. In the absence of an electrical field, the SmC* phase exhibits helical modulation of the polarization vector resulting in no net bulk polarization. Pitch length and polarization properties of the phase are associated with the tilted structure and chirality of FLCs. Fundamentally, these physical properties constitute secondary order parameters of the SmA-SmC* (AC*) phase transitions. In this paper, we report a unique and startling ACC* multicritical point in mixtures of chiral DOBAMBC (p-(n- decyloxybenzylidene)-p-amino-(2-methyl-butyl) cinnamate and archiral 10O.8 (4- decyloxybenzylidene-4' octylaniline) where the SmA, C, and C* (ACC* point) phases meet. Studies of the phase diagram, tilt angle ((theta) ), polarization (P) and helix pitch (p) reveal an ACC* Lifshitz point that can be described in terms of the extended Landau theory. Specifically, the TAC* and maximum polarization (Pm) exhibit quadratic composition dependence while the helical pitch length (p equals 2(pi) /q) varies linearly. Both q and Pm vanish discontinuously at the C-C* phase boundary revealing its first order nature. Significantly, the composition dependence (x) of Pm and (theta) can be explained using percolation and thermodynamic scaling theories, respectively.

  4. Novel Polymer Ferroelectric Behavior via Crystal Isomorphism and Nanoconfinement Effect

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    Zhu, Lei

    2014-03-01

    Despite comprehensive understanding of novel ferroelectric [i.e., relaxor ferroelectric (RFE) and antiferroelectric (AFE)] behaviors for ceramics, RFE and double hysteresis loop (DHL) behaviors have just emerged for ferroelectric crystalline polymers since the past 15 years. A number of applications such as electrostriction, electric energy storage, and electrocaloric cooling have been realized by utilizing these novel ferroelectric properties. However, the fundamental understanding is still lacking. In this invited talk, we intend to unravel the basic physics behind these novel ferroelectric behaviors via systematic studies of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE)]-based terpolymers and e-beam irradiated copolymers. It is found that both crystal internal structure and crystal-amorphous interaction are important for achieving the RFE and DHL behaviors. For the crystal internal structure effect, friction-free dipole switching and nanodomain formation by pinning the polymer chains are essential, and they can be achieved via the mechanism of crystal repeating unit isomorphism. Physical pinning [e.g., in P(VDF-TrFE)-based terpolymers] induces a reversible RFE <-->FE phase transition and thus the DHL behavior, whereas chemical pinning [e.g., in e-beam irradiated P(VDF-TrFE)] results in the RFE behavior. Finally, the crystal-amorphous interaction (or the nanoconfinement effect) results in a competition between the polarization and depolarization local fields. When the depolarization field becomes stronger than the polarization field, a DHL behavior can also be observed. Obviously, the physics is different from ceramics and can be largely attributed to the long chain nature of semicrystalline ferroelectric polymers. This understanding will help us design new ferroelectric polymers with improved electroactive properties and/or better applications. This work is supported by NSF DMR-0907580.

  5. Phase transitions and thermal-stress-induced structural changes in a ferroelectric Pb (Zr0.80Ti0. 20)O3 single crystal

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    Frantti, Johannes; Fujioka, Y.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Xie, Y; Ye, Z. -G.; Parish, Chad M.; Glazer, A. M.

    2014-12-22

    Zirconium-rich lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) Pb(Zr0.80Ti0.20)O3 single crystal is studied by polarized-Raman scattering experiments as a function of temperature. We show that the crystal possesses complex domain boundaries which show no sign of instability even 200 K above the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition. The boundary stabilized the domains which had the same orientation after cyclic heating and cooling up to 773 K. The domains transformed normally to the cubic paraelectric phase, but returned to their original state after cooling. Physical mechanism behind the reversible behavior is related to the strain between the boundary region and domain, which forces the domain to grow similarly after each heating and cooling cycle. Electron backscattering diffraction measurements show that macroscopic domains, lengths scale in hundreds of microns, are divided into regions whose Pb-displacements are not correlated. The results are notably interesting for non-volatile memory development as it implies that the original ferroelectric state can be restored after the material has been transformed to a paraelectric phase. Incoherent Pbdisplacements play a role for polarization switching.

  6. Thermally tunable ferroelectric thin film photonic crystals.

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    Lin, P. T.; Wessels, B. W.; Imre, A.; Ocola, L. E.; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Thermally tunable PhCs are fabricated from ferroelectric thin films. Photonic band structure and temperature dependent diffraction are calculated by FDTD. 50% intensity modulation is demonstrated experimentally. This device has potential in active ultra-compact optical circuits.

  7. 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).

  8. 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)

  9. Design of a polarimeter with two ferroelectric liquid crystal panels

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    Peinado, Alba; Lizana, Angel; Campos, Juan

    2013-09-01

    We present a Stokes polarimeter based on two ferroelectric liquid crystal monopixel panels. This architecture presents advantages associated to dynamic polarimeters and also, allows very fast polarization measurements. A ferroelectric liquid crystal panel can be modeled as a waveplate with a constant retardance and, with two possible orientations for its fast axis when a bipolar electrical sign is addressed. We have calibrated the optical features of our ferroelectric liquid crystal panels: retardance and rotation of the optical axis. In addition, we have carried out an optimization of the orientation of these panels in the setup in order to obtain a minimum condition number of our polarimeter and so, minimize the propagation of noise. Afterwards, we have conducted a tolerance analysis of the elements involved in the setup, focusing for a 2% of accuracy in the Stokes vectors measurements. Then, an experimental calibration is carried out and several measurements are taken in order to analyze its performance.

  10. Optical model of transient light scattering in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Loiko, V. A. Konkolovich, A. V.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2009-03-15

    A static optical model is developed for the effect of field-induced transient scattering on coherent light transmission through ferroelectric liquid crystals. Scattering processes are described by introducing an optically anisotropic medium containing scatterers (transient domains). The results presented in the paper are obtained for a plane parallel layer of ferroelectric liquid crystals with a planar helicoidal structure under normal illumination with a linearly polarized plane wave. An analysis is presented of the coherent transmittance of the layer in static applied electric fields.

  11. Domain morphology from k -space spectroscopy of ferroelectric crystals

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    Voelker, Uwe; Betzler, Klaus

    2006-10-01

    A nonlinear-optical investigation technique for the domain structuring in ferroelectric crystals is reported. Noncollinear optical frequency doubling in a quasiphase-matched scheme allows for conclusions on the k -space representation of the domain morphology or—putting it in other terms—on the k -space representation of the correlation lengths (k-space spectroscopy). As an example, the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition of the relaxor ferroelectric strontium-barium niobate (SBN) is studied. One important result is that homogeneously poled crystals of SBN do not uniquely go through the phase transition as commonly assumed. Instead, the correlation length shows a characteristic anisotropic behavior in the phase-transition region.

  12. Liquid-crystal solid interface structure at the antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition

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    Coleman, D.; Bardon, S.; Radzihovsky, L.; Danner, G.; Clark, N. A.

    2002-12-01

    Total internal reflection is used to probe the molecular organization at the surface of a tilted chiral smectic liquid crystal at temperatures in the vicinity of the bulk antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition. Data are interpreted using an exact analytical solution of a real model for ferroelectric order at the surface. In the mixture T3, ferroelectric surface order is expelled with the bulk ferroelectric-antiferroelectric transition. The conditions for ferroelectric order at the surface of an antiferroelectric bulk are presented.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Design of ferroelectric organic molecular crystals with ultrahigh polarization.

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    Chen, Shuang; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2014-04-30

    Inspired by recent successful synthesis of room-temperature ferroelectric supramolecular charge-transfer complexes, i.e., tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)- and pyromellitic diimide (PMDI)-based crystals (Tayi et al. Nature 2012, 488, 485-489), three new ferroelectric two-component organic molecular crystals are designed based on the TTF and PMDI motifs and an extensive polymorph search. To achieve energetically favorable packing structures for the crystals, a newly developed computational approach that combines polymorph predictor with density functional theory (DFT) geometry optimization is employed. Tens of thousands of packing structures for the TTF- and PMDI-based crystals are first generated based on the limited number of asymmetric units in a unit cell as well as limited common symmetry groups for organocarbon crystals. Subsequent filtering of these packing structures by comparing with the reference structures yields dozens of promising crystal structures. Further DFT optimizations allow us to identify several highly stable packing structures that possess the space group of P2₁ as well as high to ultrahigh spontaneous polarizations (23-127 μC/cm(2)) along the crystallographic b axis. These values are either comparable to or much higher than the computed value (25 μC/cm(2)) or measured value (55 μC/cm(2)) for the state-of-the-art organic supramolecular systems. The high polarization arises from the ionic displacement. We further construct surface models to derive the electric-field-switched low-symmetry structures of new TTF- and PMDI-based crystals. By comparing the high-symmetry and low-symmetry crystal structures, we find that the ferroelectric polarization of the crystals is very sensitive to atomic positions, and a small molecular displacement may result in relatively high polarizations along the a and c axes, polarity reversal, and/or electronic contribution to polarization. If these newly designed TTF- and PMDI-based crystals with high polarizations are

  16. Note: Laser beam scanning using a ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulator

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    Das, Abhijit; Boruah, Bosanta R.

    2014-04-15

    In this work we describe laser beam scanning using a ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulator. Commercially available ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulators are capable of displaying 85 colored images in 1 s using a time dithering technique. Each colored image, in fact, comprises 24 single bit (black and white) images displayed sequentially. We have used each single bit image to write a binary phase hologram. For a collimated laser beam incident on the hologram, one of the diffracted beams can be made to travel along a user defined direction. We have constructed a beam scanner employing the above arrangement and demonstrated its use to scan a single laser beam in a laser scanning optical sectioning microscope setup.

  17. Visualization of ferroelectric domains in a hydrogen-bonded molecular crystal using emission of terahertz radiation

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    Sotome, M.; Kida, N. Okamoto, H.; Horiuchi, S.

    2014-07-28

    Using a terahertz-radiation imaging, visualizations of ferroelectric domains were made in a room-temperature organic ferroelectric, croconic acid. In as-grown crystals, observed are ferroelectric domains with sizes larger than 50-μm square, which are separated by both 180° and tail-to-tail domain walls (DWs). By applying an electric field along c axis (the polarization direction), a pair of 180° DWs is generated and an each 180° DW oppositely propagates along a axis, resulting in a single domain. By cyclic applications of electric fields, a pair of 180° DWs repeatedly emerges, while no tail-to-tail DWs appear. We discuss the usefulness of the terahertz-radiation imaging as well as the observed unique DW dynamics.

  18. Frederiks transition in ferroelectric liquid-crystal nanosuspensions

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    Shelestiuk, Sergii M.; Reshetnyak, Victor Yu.; Sluckin, Timothy J.

    2011-04-01

    We construct a theoretical model of the dielectric properties of a ferroelectric LC nanosuspension (FLCNS), using a generalized Maxwell-Garnett picture. The theory supposes that an FLCNS may as a first approximation be considered as a complex homogeneous dielectric ceramic, thus neglecting positional correlations of the colloidal particles. The FLCNS then consists of an anisotropic matrix with a very low concentration (<1% by volume) of impurity particles. The impurity particles possess both shape and dielectric anisotropy, as well as a permanent electric polarization and strong liquid-crystal director anchoring on the particle surface. We show that the effective dielectric properties for capacitance properties and for effective liquid-crystal free energies do not coincide. We calculate the effect of doping a liquid crystal with ferroelectric impurities on the Frederiks transition. The theory takes account of inclusion shape, dielectric susceptibility, and local field effects. We neglect the possibility of dielectric particle chaining, which appears experimentally not to occur in general. Our calculations suggest, in qualitative agreement with experiment, that doping a nematic liquid crystal with ferroelectric particles, even at very low particle concentration, can in some cases significantly decrease the electric Frederiks threshold field.

  19. Photorefractive amplification of dynamic light signals using photoconductive ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Sasaki, Takeo

    2015-05-01

    The photorefractive effect in photoconductive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing photoconductive chiral compounds was investigated. Terthiophene compounds possessing chiral structures were mixed with an achiral smectic C liquid crystal mixture. The blends exhibit the ferroelectric chiral smectic C phase. The photorefractivity of the liquid crystal blends was investigated by two-beam coupling experiments. The photoconductive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends prepared in this study exhibited a large gain coefficient of over 1200 cm-1 and a fast response time shorter than 1 ms. Amplification of an moving optical image signal of over 30 fps using the photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystal was demonstrated.

  20. Electromigration of microspheres in ferroelectric smectic liquid crystals

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    Dierking, I.; Cass, P.; Syres, K.; Cresswell, R.; Morton, S.

    2007-08-01

    When an electric field is applied to microspheres which are dispersed in a ferroelectric smectic liquid crystal, particle translation along the smectic layer plane, i.e., in a direction nearly perpendicular to that of the director, can be observed. Under certain electric field conditions the translation is shown to be linear in time. We have determined the stability regime of linear particle displacement in the parameter space of amplitude and frequency for various applied wave forms. This regime enlarges for increasing electric field amplitude and frequency, with a threshold behavior observed for small parameters. The upper stability boundary is related to the reciprocal ferroelectric switching time. The microspheres translational velocity is independent of the applied electric field amplitude, but increases linearly with applied frequency. The microsphere velocity also increases with increasing temperature, which is indicative of the respective decrease in liquid crystal viscosity. Possible mechanisms of electric-field-induced particle motion are discussed.

  1. Dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an electric field in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary

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    Tian, Hao; Yao, Bo; Wang, Lei; Tan, Peng; Meng, Xiangda; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2015-09-01

    The dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an AC electric field was investigated by measuring the frequency dependence of the quadratic electro-optic (QEO) effect in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary (0 °C < T-Tc < 13 °C). The QEO coefficient R11 - R12 reached values as large as 5.96 × 10-15 m2/V2 at low frequency (500 Hz) and gradually decreased to a nearly stable value as the frequency increased to 300 kHz. Furthermore, a distortion of the QEO effect was observed at low frequency and gradually disappeared as R11 - R12 tended towards stability. The giant QEO effect in the KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 crystal was attributed to the dynamic rearrangement of polar nanoregions and its anomalous distortion can be explained by considering the asymmetric distribution of polar nanoregions.

  2. Dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an electric field in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary.

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    Tian, Hao; Yao, Bo; Wang, Lei; Tan, Peng; Meng, Xiangda; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2015-09-03

    The dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an AC electric field was investigated by measuring the frequency dependence of the quadratic electro-optic (QEO) effect in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary (0 °C < T-Tc < 13 °C). The QEO coefficient R11 - R12 reached values as large as 5.96 × 10(-15) m(2)/V(2) at low frequency (500 Hz) and gradually decreased to a nearly stable value as the frequency increased to 300 kHz. Furthermore, a distortion of the QEO effect was observed at low frequency and gradually disappeared as R11 - R12 tended towards stability. The giant QEO effect in the KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 crystal was attributed to the dynamic rearrangement of polar nanoregions and its anomalous distortion can be explained by considering the asymmetric distribution of polar nanoregions.

  3. Dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an electric field in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary

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    Tian, Hao; Yao, Bo; Wang, Lei; Tan, Peng; Meng, Xiangda; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2015-01-01

    The dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an AC electric field was investigated by measuring the frequency dependence of the quadratic electro-optic (QEO) effect in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary (0 °C < T-Tc < 13 °C). The QEO coefficient R11 − R12 reached values as large as 5.96 × 10−15 m2/V2 at low frequency (500 Hz) and gradually decreased to a nearly stable value as the frequency increased to 300 kHz. Furthermore, a distortion of the QEO effect was observed at low frequency and gradually disappeared as R11 − R12 tended towards stability. The giant QEO effect in the KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 crystal was attributed to the dynamic rearrangement of polar nanoregions and its anomalous distortion can be explained by considering the asymmetric distribution of polar nanoregions. PMID:26334181

  4. Directionally tunable and mechanically deformable ferroelectric crystals from rotating polar globular ionic molecules.

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    Harada, Jun; Shimojo, Takafumi; Oyamaguchi, Hideaki; Hasegawa, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Yukihiro; Satomi, Koichiro; Suzuki, Yasutaka; Kawamata, Jun; Inabe, Tamotsu

    2016-10-01

    Ferroelectrics are used in a wide range of applications, including memory elements, capacitors and sensors. Recently, molecular ferroelectric crystals have attracted interest as viable alternatives to conventional ceramic ferroelectrics because of their solution processability and lack of toxicity. Here we show that a class of molecular compounds-known as plastic crystals-can exhibit ferroelectricity if the constituents are judiciously chosen from polar ionic molecules. The intrinsic features of plastic crystals, for example, the rotational motion of molecules and phase transitions with lattice-symmetry changes, provide the crystals with unique ferroelectric properties relative to those of conventional molecular crystals. This allows a flexible alteration of the polarization axis direction in a grown crystal by applying an electric field. Owing to the tunable nature of the crystal orientation, together with mechanical deformability, this type of molecular crystal represents an attractive functional material that could find use in a diverse range of applications. PMID:27657871

  5. Directionally tunable and mechanically deformable ferroelectric crystals from rotating polar globular ionic molecules

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    Harada, Jun; Shimojo, Takafumi; Oyamaguchi, Hideaki; Hasegawa, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Yukihiro; Satomi, Koichiro; Suzuki, Yasutaka; Kawamata, Jun; Inabe, Tamotsu

    2016-10-01

    Ferroelectrics are used in a wide range of applications, including memory elements, capacitors and sensors. Recently, molecular ferroelectric crystals have attracted interest as viable alternatives to conventional ceramic ferroelectrics because of their solution processability and lack of toxicity. Here we show that a class of molecular compounds—known as plastic crystals—can exhibit ferroelectricity if the constituents are judiciously chosen from polar ionic molecules. The intrinsic features of plastic crystals, for example, the rotational motion of molecules and phase transitions with lattice-symmetry changes, provide the crystals with unique ferroelectric properties relative to those of conventional molecular crystals. This allows a flexible alteration of the polarization axis direction in a grown crystal by applying an electric field. Owing to the tunable nature of the crystal orientation, together with mechanical deformability, this type of molecular crystal represents an attractive functional material that could find use in a diverse range of applications.

  6. Growth and ferroelectric properties of Pb(Zr 0.52Ti 0.48)O 3 thin films crystallized on MgO single-crystal substrates by hot isostatic pressing

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    Kobune, Masafumi; Nishioka, Yusuke; Inoue, Tomoaki; Yazawa, Tetsuo

    2005-02-01

    Pb(Zr 0.52Ti 0.48)O 3 films with highly uniform c-axis orientation were fabricated on PbTiO 3 (PT) /Pt(1 0 0)/MgO(1 0 0) substrates from the amorphous state by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). The seven PZT films HIP-treated by single- and multi-step annealing indicated almost preferential (0 0 1) orientation with the degree of the c-axis orientation, α=0.89-0.99. The PZT films treated according to a one-step (700 °C) annealing program had a good squareness of the hysteresis curves. The PZT capacitors with high initial pulse-derived switchable polarization ( Qsw) and a simple Pt/PZT/PT/Pt/MgO structure fabricated using an HIP technique a one-step (700 °C) annealing program can be expected as high endurance ferroelectric ones for FeRAM applications.

  7. Optical evidences for an intermediate phase in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Zhang, Xiaolong; Zhang, Jinzhong; Xu, Guisheng; Jiang, Kai; Hu, Zhigao; Chu, Junhao

    2016-02-01

    The mechanism of low-temperature structural transformation and evolution of polar nano-structures in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x = 0.33, 0.35, and 0.42) single crystals have been investigated with the aid of temperature dependent low-wavenumber Raman scattering (LWRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The E(TO1) phonon mode reveals the characteristic relaxational polarization fluctuations associated with the reorientation of either polar nano-regions or polar nano-domains. It was found that these mechanisms are not independent and they can be ascribed to the phonon localization. In addition, a short-range monoclinic phase (Mc) can be found below 250 K in the tetragonal phase region by LWRS, which is always associated with the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) and excellent electromechanical properties. It is interesting that PL spectra confirm these results. The present work indicates that external field modulation and change of composition can result in the monoclinic phase and co-existence of multi-phase.

  8. Acceptor-oxygen vacancy defect dipoles and fully coordinated defect centers in a ferroelectric perovskite lattice: Electron paramagnetic resonance analysis of Mn2+ in single crystal BaTiO3

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    Maier, R. A.; Pomorski, T. A.; Lenahan, P. M.; Randall, C. A.

    2015-10-01

    Defect dipoles are significant point defects in perovskite oxides as a result of their impact on oxygen vacancy dynamics. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) was used to investigate the local defect structure of single crystal BaTiO3 doped with manganese. These results, along with a re-analysis of literature data, do not support the conclusion that transition metal-oxygen vacancy nearest neighbor defect dipoles ( M nT i ″ - VO • • ) × in ferroelectric BaTiO3 are majority defect centers as previously reported. Local symmetry analysis of the zero-field splitting term of the spin Hamiltonian supports the assignment of fully coordinated defect centers as opposed to defect dipoles for resonance signals at geff ˜ 2. A newly discovered defect center with g⊥ ˜ 6 is observed in the manganese doped system, and it is argued that this defect center belongs to an associated defect complex or defect dipole. This newly reported strong axial defect center, however, is present in small, minor concentrations compared to the well-known Mn2+ center with zero-field splitting of D ˜ 645 MHz. In regard to relative concentration, it is concluded that the dominant point defect related to the Mn2+ ion doped in BaTiO3 corresponds to B-site substitution with six nearest neighbor anions in octahedral coordination.

  9. Raman scattering study on relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Kim, Tae Hyun; Kojima, Seiji; Ko, Jae-Hyeon

    2014-10-01

    The vibrational property of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals was investigated by using Raman scattering. The angular dependences of two Raman bands, one located at ˜50 cm-1 and the other at ˜560 cm-1, were investigated in the paraelectric phase where no Raman bands are allowed in the average symmetry. The angular variation of the Raman intensity of the strong low-frequency mode at ˜50 cm-1 was compatible with the F 2 g mode of symmetry, indicating that this mode could be attributed to the 1:1 chemical order at the B-site in PIN-PMN-PT. The high-frequency Raman mode at ˜560 cm-1 exhibited an intensity modulation consistent with the rhombohedral R3 m symmetry, suggesting that this mode was related to polar nanoregions. The intensity ratio of the depolarized to the polarized component of this high-frequency mode showed an abrupt change when PIN-PMN-PT underwent a structural phase transition into the rhombohedral phase.

  10. Liquid-crystal-solid interface structure at the antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition.

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    Coleman, D; Bardon, S; Radzihovsky, L; Danner, G; Clark, N A

    2002-12-01

    Total internal reflection is used to probe the molecular organization at the surface of a tilted chiral smectic liquid crystal at temperatures in the vicinity of the bulk antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition. Data are interpreted using an exact analytical solution of a real model for ferroelectric order at the surface. In the mixture T3, ferroelectric surface order is expelled with the bulk ferroelectric-antiferroelectric transition. The conditions for ferroelectric order at the surface of an antiferroelectric bulk are presented. PMID:12513307

  11. Microwave Frequency Ferroelectric Domain Imaging of Deuterated Triglycine Sulfate Crystals

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    Steinhauer, David E.; Anlage, Steven M.

    2001-03-01

    We have used a near-field scanning microwave microscope(D. E. Steinhauer, C. P. Vlahacos, F. C. Wellstood, Steven M. Anlage, C. Canedy, R. Ramesh, A. Stanishevsky, and J. Melngailis, "Quantitative Imaging of Dielectric Permittivity and Tunability with a Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscope," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 71), 2751-2758 (2000). to image domain structure and quantitatively measure dielectric permittivity and nonlinearity in ferroelectric crystals at 8.1 GHz with a spatial resolution of 1 μm. We imaged ferroelectric domains in periodically-poled LiNbO_3, BaTiO_3, and deuterated triglycine sulfate (DTGS) with a signal-to-noise ratio of 7. Measurement of the permittivity and nonlinearity of DTGS in the temperature range 300--400 K shows a peak at the Curie temperature, TC ≈ 340 K, as well as reasonable agreement with thermodynamic theory. In addition, the domain growth relaxation time shows a minimum near T_C. We observe coarsening of ferroelectric domains in DTGS after a temperature quench from 360 K to 330 K, and evaluate the structure factor.

  12. Refractive index, band gap energy, dielectric constant and polarizability calculations of ferroelectric Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate crystal

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    Kalyanaraman, S.; Shajinshinu, P. M.; . Vijayalakshmi, S.

    2015-11-01

    Single crystal of Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate has been grown by slow evaporation method. The single crystal XRD study confirms the orthorhombic structure of the crystal. The presence of functional group vibrations are ascertained through FTIR and Raman studies. In optical studies, the insulating behaviour of the material is established by Tauc plot. The refractive index and the real dielectric constant of the crystal are calculated. The electronic polarizability in the high frequency optical region is also calculated from the dielectric constant values by using the Clausius-Mossotti equation. The large value of dielectric constant is identified through dielectric studies and it points to the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. Further an experimental study confirms the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. The total polarizability of the crystal owing to the space charge, dipole, ionic and electronic polarizability contributions is obtained experimentally, and it matches well with the theoretically obtained value from Penn analysis. Further, Plasmon energy and Fermi energy of the material are also calculated using Penn analysis.

  13. Dielectric studies in gold nanoparticles doped ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Jayoti, Divya; Malik, Praveen; Singh, Arshdeep

    2016-05-01

    Citrate buffer stabilized gold nano particles (GNPs) were doped into a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC). Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was carried out in the range 20Hz-10MHz. The behavior of permittivity was analyzed as a function of frequency and temperature. It was observed that adding a small amount of GNPs, the permittivity changes significantly by almost three times as compared to the pure FLC. Goldstone mode of relaxation was observed both in pristine and GNPs doped FLC. The relaxation frequency of this mode shifted to 80Hz and in case of pristine FLC, the frequency was observed to be 250Hz.

  14. Theory of ion-chirality relation in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.

    2012-04-01

    The presence of impurity ions in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) could produce a significant impact on the chirality of the medium with a possible modification in the polarization profile of the system. We theoretically observed these possibilities by considering an in-plane and bulk free energy density for the sample. Based on a suitable chirality transfer formalism, we explained the role of impurity ions in altering the chiral nature of a FLC medium. A continuous transition from modulated phases to uniform phases is also predicted within the framework of this theory. Then, we investigated the possible modification in the polarization profile driven by ionic impurities.

  15. Nonlinear dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kimura; Hara; Hayakawa

    2000-11-01

    The nonlinear dielectric relaxation spectra of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) have been studied in the chiral smectic-C phase. The linear and third-order nonlinear dielectric spectra show the relaxation corresponding to the fluctuation in the azimuthal angle of directors called the Goldstone mode. We calculated the nonlinear dielectric spectra of the Goldstone mode theoretically by the torque balance equation which describes the dynamics of FLCs under the electric field. The calculated spectra make good agreement with the measured ones. We also evaluated the material constants of FLCs from the best-fitted values of the linear and nonlinear dielectric increment and relaxation time.

  16. Novel ferroelectric liquid crystals consisting glassy liquid crystal as chiral dopants

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    Chen, Huang-Ming Philip; Tsai, Yun-Yen; Lin, Chi-Wen; Shieh, Han-Ping David

    2006-08-01

    A series of ferroelectric liquid crystals consisting new glassy liquid crystals (GLCs) as chiral dopants were prepared and evaluated for their potentials in fast switching ability less than 1 ms. The properties of pure ferroelectric glassy liquid crystals (FGLCs) and mixtures were reported in this paper. In particular, the novel FGLC possessing wide chiral smectic C mesophase over 100 °C is able to suppress smectic A phase of host. The mixture containing 2.0 % GLC-1 performs greater alignment ability and higher contrast ratio than R2301 (Clariant, Japan) in a 2 μm pre-made cell (EHC, Japan). These results indicate that novel FLC mixtures consisting glassy liquid crystals present a promising liquid crystal materials for fast switching field sequential color displays.

  17. Crystal growth and dielectric, mechanical, electrical and ferroelectric characterization of n-bromo succinimide doped triglycine sulphate crystals

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    Rai, Chitharanjan; Byrappa, K.; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2011-09-01

    Single crystals of triglycine sulphate (TGS) doped with n-bromo succinimide (NBS) were grown at ambient temperature by the slow evaporation technique. An aqueous solution containing 1-20 mol% of n-bromo succinimide as dopant was used for the growth of NBSTGS crystals. The incorporation of NBS in TGS crystals has been qualitatively confirmed by FTIR spectral data. The effect of the dopant on morphology and crystal properties was investigated. The cell parameters of the doped crystal were determined by the powder X-ray diffraction technique. The dielectric constant of NBS doped TGS crystal was calculated along the ferroelectric direction over the temperature range of 30-60 °C. The dielectric constant of NBSTGS crystals decrease with the increase in NBS concentration and considerable shift in the phase transition temperature ( TC) towards the higher temperature observed. Pyroelectric studies on doped TGS were carried out to determine the pyroelectric coefficient. The emergence of internal bias field due to doping was studied by collecting P- E hysteresis data. Temperature dependence of DC conductivity of the doped crystals was studied and gradual increase in the conductivity with the increase of dopant concentration was observed. The activation energy (Δ E) calculated was found to be lower in both the ferroelectric and the paraelectric phases for doped crystals compared to that of pure TGS. The micro-hardness studies were carried out at room temperature on thin plates cut perpendicular to the b-axis. Less doped TGS crystals show higher hardness values compared to pure TGS. Piezoelectric measurements were also carried out on 010 plates of doped TGS crystals at room temperature.

  18. Theory of nanoparticles doped in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2013-02-01

    We developed a theory for the statistical mechanics of nanoparticles doped in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC). The presence of nanoparticles in FLC medium creates strong local fields that produce large alignment effects over the distribution of the nanosuspensions. Considering these local field effects, we presented a modified Landau free energy to calculate the electro-optic properties of the system. Then, we investigated the response of the nanoparticles doped FLC to an applied electric field. The variations in the polarization and the tilt angle show marked differences with the pure FLC medium. The rotational viscosity of the system is also calculated with its possible variation in temperature and applied field. Then, we conjectured on the possibility of shift in transition temperature, which is supposed to be induced by an electrostatic interaction between the nanoparticles and the liquid crystal molecules. Finally, strong experimental evidence is presented in favor of our results emerged from this theoretical model.

  19. Spontaneous polarization-vector-reorientation photorefractive effect in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Sasaki, Takeo; Kino, Yuji; Shibata, Minoru; Mizusaki, Naoko; Katsuragi, Atsushi; Ishikawa, Yuichi; Yoshimi, Takeshi

    2001-06-25

    The photorefractive effect of a ferroelectric liquid crystal doped with a photoconductive compound was investigated. The photorefractive effect appeared only at the temperature at which the sample exhibits ferroelectricity. The refractive index grating formation time was measured to be {similar_to}30ms. In the ferroelectric phase, reorientation of the spontaneous polarization vector was found to be induced by the internal space-charge field. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  20. Direct writing of ferroelectric domains on strontium barium niobate crystals using focused ultraviolet laser light

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    Boes, Andreas; Crasto, Tristan; Steigerwald, Hendrik; Mitchell, Arnan; Wade, Scott; Frohnhaus, Jakob; Soergel, Elisabeth

    2013-09-30

    We report ferroelectric domain inversion in strontium barium niobate (SBN) single crystals by irradiating the surface locally with a strongly focused ultraviolet (UV) laser beam. The generated domains are investigated using piezoresponse force microscopy. We propose a simple model that allows predicting the domain width as a function of the irradiation intensity, which indeed applies for both SBN and LiNbO{sub 3}. Evidently, though fundamentally different, the domain structure of both SBN and LiNbO{sub 3} can be engineered through similar UV irradiation.

  1. Stable ferroelectric liquid crystals derived from salicylaldimine-core.

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    Veerabhadraswamy, Bhyranalyar N; Rao, D S Shankar; Yelamaggad, Channabasaveshwar V

    2015-03-26

    Five pairs of enantiomers derived from salicylaldimine-core have been prepared by condensing (R)- or (S)-4-(octan-2-yloxy)anilines with 4-formyl-3-hydroxyphenyl 4-(n-alkoxy)benzoates. They have been designed to probe the correlation between molecular structure and mesomorphism, and especially to provide stable mesogens having potential for applications in ferroelectric liquid crystal devices. Thus, they have been substituted with a chiral tail at one end and by n-alkoxy chains of varying length at the other terminal. A detailed study confirms an indistinguishable behavior of all ten mesogens exhibiting an enantiotropic chiral smectic C (SmC*) phase besides blue phase (BP) and chiral nematic (N*) phase. The SmC* phase occurring over a 50-70 °C thermal width shows ferroelectric switching with spontaneous polarization (Ps) value crossing over 100 nC/cm(2). Circular dichroism spectroscopic study of the mesophases confirms the chromophores of the molecules being in the macroscopic chiral (helical) environment.

  2. A theory of triple hysteresis in ferroelectric crystals

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    Weng, George J.

    2009-10-01

    In the vicinity of the transition temperature between two ferroelectric states, a ferroelectric crystal could exhibit a triple hysteresis under an ac field. For a BaTiO3 with the "c-plate" configuration slightly below this temperature, the middle loop is caused by the 0°→180° domain switch in the orthorhombic phase, whereas the upper and lower loops are the result of orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transition, and vice versa. In this article we first develop a micromechanics-based thermodynamic model to determine the thermodynamic driving force for phase transition and for domain switch as a function of electric field and temperature, and in the latter case, further supplement it with a kinetic equation and a homogenization scheme. The dependence of dielectric constant of the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases on temperature and electric field are also established. The developed theory is then applied to calculate the triple hysteresis loops of BaTiO3 at several levels of temperature. The calculated results for the triple loops, and for the variation of dielectric constant, are found to be in full accord with the test data of Huibregtse and Young [Phys. Rev. 103, 1705 (1956)].

  3. Enhancement in ferroelectric, pyroelectric and photoluminescence properties in dye doped TGS crystals

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    Sinha, Nidhi; Goel, Neeti; Singh, B.K.; Gupta, M.K.; Kumar, Binay

    2012-06-15

    Pure and dye doped (0.1 and 0.2 mol%) Triglycine Sulfate (TGS) single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. A pyramidal coloring pattern, along with XRD and FT-IR studies confirmed the dye doping. Decrease in dielectric constant and increase in Curie temperature (T{sub c}) were observed with increasing doping concentration. Low absorption cut off (231 nm) and high optical transparency (>90%) resulting in large band gap was observed in UV-VIS studies. In addition, strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed in which the relative intensity were found to be reversed as a result of doping. In P-E hysteresis loop studies, a higher curie temperature and an improved and more uniform figure of merit over a large region of the ferroelectric phase were observed. The improved dielectric, optical and ferroelectric/pyroelectric properties make the dye doped TGS crystals better candidate for various opto- and piezo-electronics applications. - Graphical abstract: Dye doping in TGS crystal resulted in hourglass morphology, increased hyper-luminescence intensity, improved T{sub c} and figure of merit. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amaranth dye doping in TGS crystals resulted in hourglass morphology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Doping resulted in enhancement of Curie temperature from 49 to 53 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low cut off (230 nm) and wider transmittance window observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High and uniform figure of merit in ferroelectric phase was obtained.

  4. Low voltage polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal reflective display by doping ferroelectric nanoparticles.

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    Xu, X W; Zhang, X W; Luo, D; Dai, H T

    2015-12-14

    Low driving voltage is achieved in full color reflective display based on polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (PS-PBLC), by doping a small amount of ferroelectric nanoparticles. Both reflectance spectra of PS-PBLC with and without BaTiO₃ ferroelectric nanoparticles are studied under different applied external voltages. Superior to PS-PBLC without ferroelectric nanoparticles, the vertical driving electric fields of PS-PBLC with 0.4 wt.% BaTiO₃ ferroelectric nanoparticles are dramatically reduced by more than 70% for red, green and blue cells. The proposed approach would accelerate the practical application of full color PS-BPLC reflective display.

  5. Single Crystal Membranes

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    Stormont, R. W.; Morrison, A.

    1974-01-01

    Single crystal a- and c-axis tubes and ribbons of sodium beta-alumina and sodium magnesium beta-alumina were grown from sodium oxide rich melts. Additional experiments grew ribbon crystals containing sodium magnesium beta, beta double prime, beta triple prime, and beta quadruple prime. A high pressure crystal growth chamber, sodium oxide rich melts, and iridium for all surfaces in contact with the melt were combined with the edge-defined, film-fed growth technique to grow the single crystal beta-alumina tubes and ribbons. The crystals were characterized using metallographic and X-ray diffraction techniques, and wet chemical analysis was used to determine the sodium, magnesium, and aluminum content of the grown crystals.

  6. Anchoring energy and orientational elasticity of a ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Kaznacheev, A. V.; Pozhidaev, E. P.

    2012-06-15

    The dielectric susceptibility of a helix-free ferroelectric liquid crystal layer has been experimentally and theoretically studied as a function of the layer thickness. The investigation has been performed on the inner branch of the polarization hysteresis loop, in the region of a linear dependence of the polarization on the electric field. The experimental results are explained using the notion of effective layer thickness, which involves the characteristic distance {xi} over which the orienting effect of interfaces is operative. Comparison of the experimental data and theoretical results made it possible to estimate this distance as {xi} = 41 {mu}m and evaluate the anchoring energy (W = 2.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3}-1.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2} J/m{sup 2}) and the intralayer elastic constant (K Double-Prime Almost-Equal-To 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8}-3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} N).

  7. Soft memory in a ferroelectric nanoparticle-doped liquid crystal.

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-02-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO(3) ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNP) was doped in a liquid crystal (LC), and the LC + FNP hybrid was found to exhibit a nonvolatile electromechanical memory effect in the isotropic phase. The permanent dipole moment of the FNPs causes the LC molecule to form short-range pseudonematic domains surrounding the FNPs. The FNP-induced short-range orders become more prominent in the isotropic phase when the global nematic order is absent. These short-range domains, being anisotropic in nature, interact with an external electric field, exhibiting a Fréedericksz-type transition. When the field is turned off, these domains stay oriented, showing a hysteresis effect due to the absence of any long-range order and restoring forces in the isotropic phase. The hysteresis graph for this memory effect shows a significant pretransitional behavior on approaching the nematic phase from the isotropic phase.

  8. Soft memory in a ferroelectric nanoparticle-doped liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-02-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNP) was doped in a liquid crystal (LC), and the LC + FNP hybrid was found to exhibit a nonvolatile electromechanical memory effect in the isotropic phase. The permanent dipole moment of the FNPs causes the LC molecule to form short-range pseudonematic domains surrounding the FNPs. The FNP-induced short-range orders become more prominent in the isotropic phase when the global nematic order is absent. These short-range domains, being anisotropic in nature, interact with an external electric field, exhibiting a Fréedericksz-type transition. When the field is turned off, these domains stay oriented, showing a hysteresis effect due to the absence of any long-range order and restoring forces in the isotropic phase. The hysteresis graph for this memory effect shows a significant pretransitional behavior on approaching the nematic phase from the isotropic phase.

  9. 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

  10. Time-Resolved, Electric-Field-Induced Domain Switching and Strain in Ferroelectric Ceramics and Crystals

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    Jones, Jacob L.; Nino, Juan C.; Pramanick, Abhijit; Daniels, John E.

    Ferroelectric materials are used in a variety of applications including diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, sonar, vibration and displacement sensors, and non-volatile random access memory. The electromechanical response in ferroelectric materials is comprised of both intrinsic (piezoelectric lattice strain) and extrinsic (e.g., domain wall motion) components that are expressed as characteristic changes in the diffraction pattern. By applying slow, step-wise changes in the electric field, prior quasi-dynamic diffraction measurements have demonstrated both lattice strains and non-180 ∘ domain switching at fields exceeding the macroscopically defined coercive field. However, the loading conditions which most replicate real device operation involve dynamic actuation with sub-coercive, cyclic electric fields. At these operating conditions, extrinsic irreversibilities lead to hysteresis, frequency dispersion and nonlinearity of macroscopic properties. Observation of strain and domain switching at these cyclic loading conditions is an area in which we have reported recent advances using stroboscopic techniques. This chapter highlights the electric-field-induced lattice strain and kinetics of domain switching in a number of materials including technologically-relevant lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics and relaxor single crystals. An outlook on the continuing use of time-resolved diffraction techniques in the characterization of ferroelectric materials is also discussed.

  11. Understanding single-crystal superalloys

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    Dreshfield, Robert L.

    1986-01-01

    The unique properties of single crystals are considered. The anisotropic properties of single crystals, and the relation between crystal orientation and the fatigue life and slip systems of the crystals are examined. The effect of raft formation on the creep-rupture life of the crystals is studied. Proposed research on the properties of and new applications for single crystals is discussed.

  12. SINGLE CRYSTAL NEUTRON DIFFRACTION.

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    KOETZLE,T.F.

    2001-03-13

    Single-crystal neutron diffraction measures the elastic Bragg reflection intensities from crystals of a material, the structure of which is the subject of investigation. A single crystal is placed in a beam of neutrons produced at a nuclear reactor or at a proton accelerator-based spallation source. Single-crystal diffraction measurements are commonly made at thermal neutron beam energies, which correspond to neutron wavelengths in the neighborhood of 1 Angstrom. For high-resolution studies requiring shorter wavelengths (ca. 0.3-0.8 Angstroms), a pulsed spallation source or a high-temperature moderator (a ''hot source'') at a reactor may be used. When complex structures with large unit-cell repeats are under investigation, as is the case in structural biology, a cryogenic-temperature moderator (a ''cold source'') may be employed to obtain longer neutron wavelengths (ca. 4-10 Angstroms). A single-crystal neutron diffraction analysis will determine the crystal structure of the material, typically including its unit cell and space group, the positions of the atomic nuclei and their mean-square displacements, and relevant site occupancies. Because the neutron possesses a magnetic moment, the magnetic structure of the material can be determined as well, from the magnetic contribution to the Bragg intensities. This latter aspect falls beyond the scope of the present unit; for information on magnetic scattering of neutrons see Unit 14.3. Instruments for single-crystal diffraction (single-crystal diffractometers or SCDs) are generally available at the major neutron scattering center facilities. Beam time on many of these instruments is available through a proposal mechanism. A listing of neutron SCD instruments and their corresponding facility contacts is included in an appendix accompanying this unit.

  13. Monte Carlo simulations of spontaneous ferroelectric order in discotic liquid crystals.

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2013-06-28

    The demonstration of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in liquid phases in the absence of any long-range positional order is considered as an outstanding problem of great fundamental and technological interest. We report here off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations of a system of polar achiral disklike ellipsoids which spontaneously exhibit a novel ferroelectric nematic phase which is a liquid in three dimensions, considering attractive-repulsive pair interaction suitable for the anisotropic particles. At lower temperature, the ferroelectric nematic phase condenses to a ferroelectric hexagonal columnar fluid with an axial macroscopic polarization. A spontaneous ferroelectric order of dipolar origin is established here for the first time in columnar liquid crystals. Our study demonstrates that simple dipolar interactions are indeed sufficient to produce a class of novel ferroelectric fluids of essential interest. The present work reveals the structure-property relationship of achieving long searched ferroelectric liquid crystal phases and transitions between them, and we hope these findings will help in future development of technologically important fluid ferroelectric materials.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Single crystal functional oxides on silicon

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    Bakaul, Saidur Rahman; Serrao, Claudy Rayan; Lee, Michelle; Yeung, Chun Wing; Sarker, Asis; Hsu, Shang-Lin; Yadav, Ajay Kumar; Dedon, Liv; You, Long; Khan, Asif Islam; Clarkson, James David; Hu, Chenming; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2016-01-01

    Single-crystalline thin films of complex oxides show a rich variety of functional properties such as ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, ferro and antiferromagnetism and so on that have the potential for completely new electronic applications. Direct synthesis of such oxides on silicon remains challenging because of the fundamental crystal chemistry and mechanical incompatibility of dissimilar interfaces. Here we report integration of thin (down to one unit cell) single crystalline, complex oxide films onto silicon substrates, by epitaxial transfer at room temperature. In a field-effect transistor using a transferred lead zirconate titanate layer as the gate insulator, we demonstrate direct reversible control of the semiconductor channel charge with polarization state. These results represent the realization of long pursued but yet to be demonstrated single-crystal functional oxides on-demand on silicon. PMID:26853112

  18. Flexo- and piezo-electric polarization of smectic layers in ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kuczyński, W.; Hoffmann, J.; Dardas, D.; Nowicka, K.; Bielejewska, N.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we report on how flexoelectric and piezoelectric polarization components can be determined by a method based on simultaneous studies of dielectric and electrooptic properties of the chiral smectic liquid crystal in the regime of weak electric fields. As a rule, the measurements of spontaneous polarization are performed using switching experiments. The polarization measured in this way is not complete—it contains the piezoelectric component only. However, the knowledge of the entire local polarization of a single smectic layer is of great importance—it is necessary for correct determination of some material parameters, for instance elastic constants. Our experiments performed in a helical smectic mixture demonstrated that flexoelectric contribution to the local spontaneous polarization is significant in both ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases. In the antiferroelectric phase, the flexoelectric polarization is less due to higher helical pitch.

  19. Ferroelectric order in liquid crystal phases of polar disk-shaped ellipsoids.

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2014-05-01

    The demonstration of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in liquid phases in the absence of any long range positional order is considered an outstanding problem of both fundamental and technological interest. Recently, we reported that a system of polar achiral disklike ellipsoids can spontaneously exhibit a long searched ferroelectric nematic phase and a ferroelectric columnar phase with strong axial polarization. The major role is played by the dipolar interactions. The model system of interest consists of attractive-repulsive Gay-Berne oblate ellipsoids embedded with two parallel point dipoles positioned symmetrically on the equatorial plane of the ellipsoids. In the present work, we investigate in detail the profound effects of changing the separation between the two symmetrically placed dipoles and the strength of the dipoles upon the existence of different ferroelectric discotic liquid crystal phases via extensive off-lattice N-P-T Monte Carlo simulations. Ferroelectric biaxial phases are exhibited in addition to the uniaxial ferroelectric fluids where the phase biaxiality results from the dipolar interactions. The structures of all the ferroelectric configurations of interest are presented in detail. Simple phase diagrams are determined which include different polar and apolar discotic fluids generated by the system.

  20. Ferroelectric order in liquid crystal phases of polar disk-shaped ellipsoids

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2014-05-01

    The demonstration of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in liquid phases in the absence of any long range positional order is considered an outstanding problem of both fundamental and technological interest. Recently, we reported that a system of polar achiral disklike ellipsoids can spontaneously exhibit a long searched ferroelectric nematic phase and a ferroelectric columnar phase with strong axial polarization. The major role is played by the dipolar interactions. The model system of interest consists of attractive-repulsive Gay-Berne oblate ellipsoids embedded with two parallel point dipoles positioned symmetrically on the equatorial plane of the ellipsoids. In the present work, we investigate in detail the profound effects of changing the separation between the two symmetrically placed dipoles and the strength of the dipoles upon the existence of different ferroelectric discotic liquid crystal phases via extensive off-lattice N-P-T Monte Carlo simulations. Ferroelectric biaxial phases are exhibited in addition to the uniaxial ferroelectric fluids where the phase biaxiality results from the dipolar interactions. The structures of all the ferroelectric configurations of interest are presented in detail. Simple phase diagrams are determined which include different polar and apolar discotic fluids generated by the system.

  1. 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

  2. Photorefractive effect in ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing terthiophene photoconductive chiral dopants

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    Sasaki, Takeo; Yoshino, Masanori

    2016-04-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystalline mixtures composed of a smectic liquid crystal, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit a large photorefractivity with a rapid response. It is expected that the photorefractive FLC blends can be utilized in dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. In the present study, the photorefractive properties of the ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing different photoconductive chiral dopants were examined. The durability of the photoconductive chiral dopants during laser irradiation was investigated. Tthe effect of the conduction of photogenerated ionic species on the photorefractivity decay was clarified.

  3. Photorefractive amplification of moving light signals by photoconductive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends

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    Sasaki, Takeo; Yoshino, Masanori

    2015-09-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystal blends composed of a smectic liquid crystalline mixture, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit significant photorefractivity together with rapid responses. As such, they allow the dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. In the present work, the durability of a photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystal blend was investigated. A series of photoconductive chiral dopants was prepared and the durability of blends incorporating these dopants during laser irradiation was examined. In addition, the effect of the conduction of photogenerated ionic species on the photorefractivity decay was clarified.

  4. Guided Wave Propagation in a Gold Electrode Film on a Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-33%PbTiO3 Ferroelectric Single Crystal Substrate

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    Huang, Nai-Xing; LÜ, Tian-Quan; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Yu-Ling; Cao, Wen-Wu

    2014-10-01

    Dispersion relations of Love mode acoustic guided waves propagation in Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-33%PbTiO3 (PMN-0.33 PT) single crystal with a gold electrode film are calculated. There is no cross coupling among Love wave modes, which is conducive to eliminating the cross interference between modes. The general formula is derived to precisely measure the thickness of the electrode. More acoustic energy would be concentrated inside the electrode with the increase of film thickness for a given frequency. Compared with the PZT-5 ceramic, [001]c poled PMN-33%PT single crystal has a slower attenuation of the amplitude of the acoustic guided wave. Therefore, single crystal is extremely suitable for making low loss acoustic wave devices with a high operating frequency.

  5. Giant electric-field induced strain in ferroelectric crystals by point-defect mediated reversible domain switching

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    Ren, Xiaobing

    2004-03-01

    Ferroelectric crystals are characterized by their asymmetric or polar structures. In electric field, ions undergo asymmetric displacement and result in a small change in crystal dimension, which is proportional to the applied field. Such electric-field induced strain (or piezoelectricity) has found extensive applications in actuators and sensors. However, the effect is generally very small and thus limits its usefulness. Here I show that with a different mechanism, an aged BaTiO3 single crystal can generate a large recoverable non-linear strain of 0.75% at a low field of 200V/mm. At the same field this value is about 40 times higher than piezoelectric PZT ceramics and more than 10 times higher than the high strain PZN-PT single crystals. This giant electro-strain stems from an unusual reversible domain switching (most importantly the switching of non-180^o domains) in which the restoring force is provided by a general symmetry-conforming property of point defects. This mechanism provides a general method to achieve large electro-strain effect in a wide range of ferroelectric systems and the effect may lead to novel applications in ultra large stroke and non-linear actuators.

  6. Large electric-field-induced strain in ferroelectric crystals by point-defect-mediated reversible domain switching

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    Ren, Xiaobing

    2004-02-01

    Ferroelectric crystals are characterized by their asymmetric or polar structures. In an electric field, ions undergo asymmetric displacement and result in a small change in crystal dimension, which is proportional to the applied field. Such electric-field-induced strain (or piezoelectricity) has found extensive applications in actuators and sensors. However, the effect is generally very small and thus limits its usefulness. Here I show that with a different mechanism, an aged BaTiO3 single crystal can generate a large recoverable nonlinear strain of 0.75% at a low field of 200 V mm-1. At the same field this value is about 40 times higher than piezoelectric Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) ceramics and more than 10 times higher than the high-strain Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PZN-PT) single crystals. This large electro-strain stems from an unusual reversible domain switching (most importantly the switching of non-180° domains) in which the restoring force is provided by a general symmetry-conforming property of point defects. This mechanism provides a general method to achieve large electro-strain effect in a wide range of ferroelectric systems and the effect may lead to novel applications in ultra-large stroke and nonlinear actuators.

  7. Photoreduction of SERS-active metallic nanostructures on chemically patterned ferroelectric crystals.

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    Carville, N Craig; Manzo, Michele; Damm, Signe; Castiella, Marion; Collins, Liam; Denning, Denise; Weber, Stefan A L; Gallo, Katia; Rice, James H; Rodriguez, Brian J

    2012-08-28

    Photodeposition of metallic nanostructures onto ferroelectric surfaces is typically based on patterning local surface reactivity via electric field poling. Here, we demonstrate metal deposition onto substrates which have been chemically patterned via proton exchange (i.e., without polarization reversal). The chemical patterning provides the ability to tailor the electrostatic fields near the surface of lithium niobate crystals, and these engineered fields are used to fabricate metallic nanostructures. The effect of the proton exchange process on the piezoelectric and electrostatic properties of the surface is characterized using voltage-modulated atomic force microscopy techniques, which, combined with modeling of the electric fields at the surface of the crystal, reveal that the deposition occurs preferentially along the boundary between ferroelectric and proton-exchanged regions. The metallic nanostructures have been further functionalized with a target probe molecule, 4-aminothiophenol, from which surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signal is detected, demonstrating the suitability of chemically patterned ferroelectrics as SERS-active templates.

  8. High-optical-quality ferroelectric film wet-processed from a ferroelectric columnar liquid crystal as observed by non-linear-optical microscopy.

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    Araoka, Fumito; Masuko, Shiori; Kogure, Akinori; Miyajima, Daigo; Aida, Takuzo; Takezoe, Hideo

    2013-08-01

    The self-organization of ferroelectric columnar liquid crystals (FCLCs) is demonstrated. Columnar order is spontaneously formed in thin films made by the wet-process due to its liquid crystallinity. Electric-field application results in high optical quality and uniform spontaneous polarization. Such good processability and controllability of the wet-processed FCLC films provide us with potential organic ferroelectric materials for device applications. PMID:23740767

  9. Lithium niobate single-crystal and photo-functional device

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    Gopalan, Venkatraman; Mitchell, Terrence E.; Kitamura, Kenji; Furukawa, Yasunori

    2001-01-01

    Provided are lithium niobate single-crystal that requires a low voltage of not larger than 10 kV/nm for its ferroelectric polarization inversion and of which the polarization can be periodically inverted with accuracy even at such a low voltage, and a photo-functional device comprising the crystal. The crystal has a molar fraction of Li.sub.2 O/(Nb.sub.2 O.sub.5 +Li.sub.2 O) of falling between 0.49 and 0.52. The photo-functional device can convert a laser ray being incident thereon.

  10. Quantum ferroelectricity in charge-transfer complex crystals.

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    Horiuchi, Sachio; Kobayashi, Kensuke; Kumai, Reiji; Minami, Nao; Kagawa, Fumitaka; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    Quantum phase transition achieved by fine tuning the continuous phase transition down to zero kelvin is a challenge for solid state science. Critical phenomena distinct from the effects of thermal fluctuations can materialize when the electronic, structural or magnetic long-range order is perturbed by quantum fluctuations between degenerate ground states. Here we have developed chemically pure tetrahalo-p-benzoquinones of n iodine and 4-n bromine substituents (QBr4-nIn, n=0-4) to search for ferroelectric charge-transfer complexes with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). Among them, TTF-QBr2I2 exhibits a ferroelectric neutral-ionic phase transition, which is continuously controlled over a wide temperature range from near-zero kelvin to room temperature under hydrostatic pressure. Quantum critical behaviour is accompanied by a much larger permittivity than those of other neutral-ionic transition compounds, such as well-known ferroelectric complex of TTF-QCl4 and quantum antiferroelectric of dimethyl-TTF-QBr4. By contrast, TTF-QBr3I complex, another member of this compound family, shows complete suppression of the ferroelectric spin-Peierls-type phase transition. PMID:26076656

  11. Modulation of homochiral Dy(III) complexes: single-molecule magnets with ferroelectric properties.

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    Li, Xi-Li; Chen, Chun-Lai; Gao, Yu-Liang; Liu, Cai-Ming; Feng, Xiang-Li; Gui, Yang-Hai; Fang, Shao-Ming

    2012-11-12

    Homochiral Dy(III) complexes: by changing the ligand-to-metal ratio, enantiomeric pairs of a Dy(III) complex of different nuclearity could be obtained. The mono- and dinuclear complexes exhibit characteristics of single-molecule magnets and different slow magnetic relaxation processes. In addition, the dinuclear complexes exhibit ferroelectric behavior, thus representing the first chiral polynuclear lanthanide-based single-molecule magnets with ferroelectric properties.

  12. X-ray and Dielectric Spectroscopy Studies Of Chiral Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals With Keto Group

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    Stojanovic, Maja; Obadovic, Dusanka Z.; Bubnov, Alexej; Hamplova, Vera; Kaspar, Miroslav

    2007-04-23

    Series of ferroelectric liquid crystals with the keto group attached to the molecule core and one lactate group as the chiral centre have been studied by X-ray and dielectric spectroscopy. The thickness of smectic layers and the average distance between the long axes of neighboring molecules increases with increase of both chains.

  13. Longitudinal and transverse pyroelectric effects in a chiral ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Yablonskii, S. V. Bondarchuk, V. V.; Soto-Bustamante, E. A.; Romero-Hasler, P. N.; Ozaki, M.; Yoshino, K.

    2015-04-15

    In this study, we compare the results of experimental investigations of longitudinal and transverse pyroelectric effects in a chiral ferroelectric crystal. In a transverse geometry, we studied freely suspended liquid-crystal films. In both geometries, samples exhibited bistability, demonstrating stable pyroelectric signals of different polarities at zero voltage. It is shown that a bistable cell based on a freely suspended film requires 40 times less energy expenditures as compared to the conventional sandwich-type cell.

  14. Effects of graphene on electro-optic switching and spontaneous polarization of a ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-09-15

    A small quantity of graphene flakes was doped in a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC), and the field-induced ferroelectric electro-optic switching was found to be significantly faster in the FLC + graphene hybrid than that of the pure FLC. Further studies revealed that the suspended graphene flakes enhanced the FLC's spontaneous polarization by improving smectic-C ordering resulting from the π–π electron stacking, and reduced rotation viscosity by trapping some of the free ions of the FLC media. These effects coherently impacted the FLC-switching phenomenon, enabling the FLC molecules to switch faster on reversing an external electric field.

  15. Dielectric and optical investigations of ferroelectric modes in chiral liquid crystals

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    Kuczynski, Wojciech; Hoffmann, Jerzy; Malecki, J.

    1995-08-01

    Optical methods of detection of ferroelectric modes are described in detail and compared with the dielectric method. The advantages of both methods are discussed. It is concluded that the dielectric method is simple whereas the optical method is more sensitive. The optical response is free of the background steaming from nonferroelectric polarization mechanisms which are always present in the dielectric reponse. The realxation of the Goldstone- and soft modes in a room temperature ferroelectric liquid crystal has been investigated using dielectric and optical methods. Both methods have given concordant results.

  16. Large field-induced-strain at high temperature in ternary ferroelectric crystals

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    Wang, Yaojin; Chen, Lijun; Yuan, Guoliang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.

    2016-10-01

    The new generation of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals have potential applications in high power devices due to their surperior operational stability relative to the binary system. In this work, a reversible, large electric field induced strain of over 0.9% at room temperature, and in particular over 0.6% above 380 K was obtained. The polarization rotation path and the phase transition sequence of different compositions in these ternary systems have been determined with increasing electric field applied along [001] direction based on x-ray diffraction data. Thereafter, composition dependence of field-temperature phase diagrams were constructed, which provide compositional and thermal prospectus for the electromechanical properties. It was found the structural origin of the large stain, especially at higher temperature is the lattice parameters modulated by dual independent variables in composition of these ternary solid solution crystals.

  17. Large field-induced-strain at high temperature in ternary ferroelectric crystals

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    Wang, Yaojin; Chen, Lijun; Yuan, Guoliang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.

    2016-01-01

    The new generation of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals have potential applications in high power devices due to their surperior operational stability relative to the binary system. In this work, a reversible, large electric field induced strain of over 0.9% at room temperature, and in particular over 0.6% above 380 K was obtained. The polarization rotation path and the phase transition sequence of different compositions in these ternary systems have been determined with increasing electric field applied along [001] direction based on x-ray diffraction data. Thereafter, composition dependence of field-temperature phase diagrams were constructed, which provide compositional and thermal prospectus for the electromechanical properties. It was found the structural origin of the large stain, especially at higher temperature is the lattice parameters modulated by dual independent variables in composition of these ternary solid solution crystals. PMID:27734908

  18. Dielectric properties of ferroelectric betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.; Pankova, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    The dielectric properties of deuterated betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration in the region of the antiferrodistorsive (at T = T c1) and ferroelectric (at T = T c2) phase transitions have been investigated. The temperature behavior of the dielectric permittivity of betaine phosphite and deuterated betaine phosphite has been described within the framework of the Landau thermodynamic model taking into account the biquadratic coupling between the polar order parameter of the ferroelectric transition and the nonpolar order parameter of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition. It has been shown that an increase in the degree of deuteration leads to a decrease in the coupling between the order parameters. An increase in the temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition due to the deuteration of betaine phosphite is caused by an increase in the dielectric permittivity in the symmetric phase above the temperature of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition.

  19. Morphotropic domain structures and dielectric relaxation in piezo-/ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Li, Tao; Chen, Chang; Ye, Mao; Qiu, Ximei; Lin, Peng; Xiong, Xinbo; Zeng, Xierong; Huang, Haitao; Ke, Shanming

    2016-05-01

    The domain structures, phase transitions and dielectric relaxation of relaxor-based piezo-/ferroelectric (1-x)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-0.33Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x=0.30, 0.34, 0.37, and 0.42) single crystals, abbreviated as PIN-PZN-PT, grown by flux method, have been analyzed by polarized light microscope and dielectric spectroscopy. The dielectric relaxation was described by the Curie-Weiss law and Lorentz-type quadratic equation. The substitution of Ti4+ ions for the B-site complex (Zn1/3Nb2/3)4+ and (In1/2Nb1/2)4+ ions results in a long-range symmetry breaking, as revealed by the formation of birefringent domains. Single crystal of PIN-PZN-PT with morphotropic compositions exhibit complex domain structures, which are composed of both rhombohedral and tetragonal phases intimately mixed together. The domain structures, the sequence and temperature of phase transitions have been interpreted in relation to the morphotropic phase boundary behavior of the PIN-PZN-PT system. The analysis of morphotropic domain structures and phase transitions provides a better understanding of the microscopic mechanisms of the enhanced piezoelectric properties recently disclosed in the PIN-PZN-PT and other PZN-based piezocrystals.

  20. Effect of rare earth ions on the properties of glycine phosphite single crystals

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    Senthilkumar, K.; Moorthy Babu, S.; Kumar, Binay; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2013-01-01

    Optically transparent glycine phosphite (GPI) single crystals doped with rare earth metal ions (Ce, Nd and La) were grown from aqueous solution by employing the solvent evaporation and slow cooling methods. Co-ordination of dopants with GPI was confirmed by X-ray fluorescence spectroscopic analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out to determine the lattice parameters and to analyze the structural morphology of GPI with dopants, which indicates that cell parameters of doped crystals were significantly varied with pure GPI. Crystalline perfection of doped GPI crystals was determined by high resolution X-ray diffraction analysis by means of full width at half maximum values. Influence of the dopants on the optical properties of the material was determined. Paraelectric to ferroelectric transition temperature (Tc) of doped GPI crystals were identified using differential scanning calorimetric measurements. Piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 was measured for pure and doped GPI crystals. Hysteresis (P-E) loop was traced for ferroelectric b-axis and (100) plane of pure and doped GPI crystals with different biasing field and ferroelectric parameters were calculated. Mechanical stability of crystals was determined by Vickers microhardness measurements; elastic stiffness constant 'C11' and yield strength 'σy' were calculated from hardness values. Mechanical and ferroelectric properties of doped crystals were improved with doping of rare earth metals.

  1. Combined optical and electrical effects in ferroelectric crystal for high laser intensities

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    Kukhtarev, N. V.; Kukhtareva, T. V.; Stargell, G.; Wang, J. C.

    2009-08-01

    In this study, we have derived equations for the pyroelectric and photogalvanic contribution to the electrical charging of the photosensitive ferroelectric crystal. Standard photorefractive equations are supplemented by the equation of state for the polarization density following the Devonshire-Ginsburg-Landau (DGL) approach. The photogalvanic voltage and current is considered for a wide intensity range, which includes the CW and the pulsed photo-excitation with high intensities when the impurity is fully ionized and when the traditional linear-recombination approach is not valid. The crystal electrostatic accelerators, based on charging of ferroelectric crystals by pyroelectric and photogalvanic effects, are discussed in relation to the generation of the self-focused electron beam, X-rays, and neutrons.

  2. Mechanical and thermal transitions in morphotropic PZN-pT and PMN-PT single crystals and their implication for sound projectors.

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    Amin, Ahmed; McLaughlin, Elizabeth; Robinson, Harold; Ewart, Lynn

    2007-06-01

    Isothermal compression experiments on multidomain [001] oriented and poled ferroelectric rhombohedral PZN-0.07PT and PMN-0.30PT single crystals revealed elastic instabilities corresponding to zero field ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition under mechanical compression. The application of an appropriate dc bias field doubled the stability range of the ferroelectric rhombohedral state under uniaxial compression for both crystals and maintained a linear elastic response. Young's modulus as derived from the quasistatic, zero field stress-strain linear response agreed well with that derived from small signal resonance for the ferroelectric rhombohedral FR state of both PZN-PT and PMN-PT. Elastic compliances s(E)33 as determined from high temperature resonance revealed a monotonically decreasing Young's modulus as a function of temperature in the ferroelectric rhombohedral state with a sudden stiffening near the ferroelectric rhombohedral (FR)-ferroelectric tetragonal (FT) transition. The reversible ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition of morphotropic PZN-PT and PMN-PT single crystals as accessed by mechanical compression is discussed in terms of strain calculations from Devonshire's theory, domain unfolding, and morphotropic phase boundary shift with mechanical stress. The mechanically-induced and thermally-induced ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition trajectories are discussed in terms of the Devonshire theory. Implications of these observations for sound projectors are discussed. A single crystal tonpilz projector fabricated into a 16-element array and a segmented cylinder transducer demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of single crystals to achieve compact, broadband, and high-source level projectors when compared to conventional lead zirconate-titanate PZT8 projectors. PMID:17571807

  3. Mechanical and thermal transitions in morphotropic PZN-pT and PMN-PT single crystals and their implication for sound projectors.

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    Amin, Ahmed; McLaughlin, Elizabeth; Robinson, Harold; Ewart, Lynn

    2007-06-01

    Isothermal compression experiments on multidomain [001] oriented and poled ferroelectric rhombohedral PZN-0.07PT and PMN-0.30PT single crystals revealed elastic instabilities corresponding to zero field ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition under mechanical compression. The application of an appropriate dc bias field doubled the stability range of the ferroelectric rhombohedral state under uniaxial compression for both crystals and maintained a linear elastic response. Young's modulus as derived from the quasistatic, zero field stress-strain linear response agreed well with that derived from small signal resonance for the ferroelectric rhombohedral FR state of both PZN-PT and PMN-PT. Elastic compliances s(E)33 as determined from high temperature resonance revealed a monotonically decreasing Young's modulus as a function of temperature in the ferroelectric rhombohedral state with a sudden stiffening near the ferroelectric rhombohedral (FR)-ferroelectric tetragonal (FT) transition. The reversible ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition of morphotropic PZN-PT and PMN-PT single crystals as accessed by mechanical compression is discussed in terms of strain calculations from Devonshire's theory, domain unfolding, and morphotropic phase boundary shift with mechanical stress. The mechanically-induced and thermally-induced ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition trajectories are discussed in terms of the Devonshire theory. Implications of these observations for sound projectors are discussed. A single crystal tonpilz projector fabricated into a 16-element array and a segmented cylinder transducer demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of single crystals to achieve compact, broadband, and high-source level projectors when compared to conventional lead zirconate-titanate PZT8 projectors.

  4. Speckle noise suppression using a helix-free ferroelectric liquid crystal cell

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    Andreev, A L; Andreeva, T B; Kompanets, I N; Zalyapin, N V

    2014-12-31

    We have studied the method for suppressing speckle noise in patterns produced by a laser based on a fast-response electro-optical cell with a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) in which helicoid is absent, i.e., compensated for. The character of smectic layer deformation in an electric field is considered along with the mechanism of spatially inhomogeneous phase modulation of a laser beam passing through the cell which is accompanied by the destruction of phase relations in the beam. Advantages of a helix-free FLC cell are pointed out as compared to helical crystal cells studied previously. (liquid crystal devices)

  5. 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

  6. Reorientation dynamics of ferroelectric liquid-crystal molecules near the smectic-A-smectic-C* transition

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    O'brien, J. P.; Moses, T.; Chen, W.; Freysz, E.; Ouchi, Y.; Shen, Y. R.

    1993-04-01

    A transient optical Kerr measurement is used to study molecular reorientation about the long molecular axis of chiral and nonchiral smectic-A liquid crystals. Two relaxation components were identified, associated with individual and collective molecular motions. In contradiction with a recent report [J. R. Lalanne et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 3046 (1989); Phys. Rev. A 44, 6632 (1991)], no critical behavior of this reorientation was observed as the transition to the ferroelectric smectic-C* phase was approached.

  7. Optical second-harmonic generation enhanced by a twist defect in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Hoshi, Hajime; Ishikawa, Ken; Takezoe, Hideo

    2003-08-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) spectra were numerically calculated in ferroelectric liquid crystals with a twist defect. It is shown that SHG is enhanced when the SHG wavelength is close to the defect mode. The spectral width of the enhanced peak becomes sharper with increasing the sample thickness at the same rate for the width of the defect mode peak. The SHG peak intensity increases with about seventh power of the sample thickness.

  8. A computer study and photoelectric property analysis of potassium-doped lithium niobate single crystals.

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    Wang, Wei; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Wen; Xing, Lili; Xu, Yanling; Wu, Xiaohong

    2013-09-14

    First-principles theory was used to design a potassium-doped lithium niobate single crystal. The structural, electronic, optical and ferroelectric properties of the potassium-doped LiNbO3 single crystal model have been investigated using a generalized gradient approximation within density functional theory. It was found that substitution with potassium drastically changed the optical and electronic nature of the crystal and that the band gap slightly decreases. A series of LiNbO3 single crystals doped with x mol% K (x = 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 mol%) were successfully grown using the Czochralski method. The crystals were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, UV-vis-infrared absorption spectroscopy and a ferroelectric property test. The experimental test results were consistent with the calculated predictions.

  9. Ferroelectric-like response from the surface of SrTiO₃ crystals at high temperatures

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    Jyotsna, Shubhra; Arora, Ashima; Sekhon, Jagmeet S.; Sheet, Goutam

    2014-09-14

    Since SrTiO₃ has a high dielectric constant, it is used as a substrate for a large number of complex physical systems for electrical characterization. Since SrTiO₃ crystals are known to be non-ferroelectric/non-piezoelectric at room temperature and above, SrTiO₃ has been believed to be a good choice as a substrate/base material for PFM (Piezoresponse Force Microscopy) on novel systems at room temperature. In this paper, from PFM-like measurement using an atomic force microscope on bare crystals of (110) SrTiO₃ we show that ferroelectric and piezoelectric-like response may originate from bare SrTiO₃ at remarkably high temperatures up to 420 K. Electrical domain writing and erasing are also possible using a scanning probe tip on the surface of SrTiO₃ crystals. This observation indicates that the role of the electrical response of SrTiO₃ needs to be revisited in the systems where signature of ferroelectricity/piezoelectricity has been previously observed with SrTiO₃ as a substrate/base material.

  10. Room-temperature Ferroelectricity in Uniaxially Strained Single-crystalline SrTiO3 Freestanding Films

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    Lu, Di; Crossley, Sam; Yoon, Hyeok; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Hwang, Harold

    Single crystal pure bulk SrTiO3 (STO) is an incipient ferroelectric whose dielectric permittivity rises to high values as temperature is reduced, but remains paraelectric to the lowest observable temperatures. Ferroelectric phases of STO may be stabilized via doping and strain, whose common effect is to split the spatial free energy well of ionic displacements. With epitaxial strain of the order of a few percent, Curie temperatures TC ~293 K have been observed. By exploiting a highly novel process to exfoliate epitaxial oxide films deposited by pulsed laser deposition, we have isolated sub-100 nm-thick freestanding films of STO which are readily manipulated and mechanically strained to high levels. Measurements of the in-plane dielectric properties for various applied strains reveal a continuously tunable ferroelectric TC. A two-order-of-magnitude enhanced dielectric response is displayed by a 1.2%-strained sample at TC ~290 K, as compared with the same sample unstrained at the same temperature. This is consistent with a phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau model, and previous studies on anchored films. The functional properties of strained STO have generated intense interest and debate, and have been suggested for device applications due to e.g. high voltage-tunable dielectric properties. Our work exhibits strain as a continuously variable experimental degree of freedom, which can induce numerous functional effects.

  11. Switching of ferroelectric liquid crystal doped with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide-assisted CdS nanostructures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Narayan Maiti, Uday; Pal Majumder, Tapas; Debnath, Subhas Chandra; Ghosh, Sharmistha; Roy, Subir Kumar; Otón, José Manuel

    2013-03-01

    Large scale high yield cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanowires with uniform diameter were synthesized using a rapid and simple solvo-chemical and hydrothermal route assisted by the surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Unique CdS nanowires of different morphologies could be selectively produced by only varying the concentration of CTAB in the reaction system with cadmium acetate, sulfur powder and ethylenediamine. We obtained CdS nanowires with diameters of 64-65 nm and lengths of up to several micrometers. A comparative study of the optical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) Felix-017/100 doped with 1% of CdS nanowires was performed. Response times of the order of from 160 to 180 μs, rotational viscosities of the order of from 5000 to 3000 mN s m-2 and polarizations of the order of from 10 to 70 nC cm-2 were measured. We also observed an anti-ferroelectric to ferroelectric transition for CdS doped FLC instead of the ferroelectric to paraelectric transition for pure FLC.

  12. Broadband inelastic light scattering study on relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Hyun Kim, Tae; Kojima, Seiji; Ko, Jae-Hyeon

    2014-06-01

    The broadband inelastic light scattering spectra of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals were investigated as a function of temperature and crystal orientation by combining Raman and Brillouin spectroscopies. The angular dependence of the strong Raman peak located at ˜50 cm-1 was investigated at 300 °C. The intensity variation of this mode with rotation angle was compatible with the F2g mode of Fm3¯m symmetry, suggesting that this mode arises from the 1:1 chemical order at the B-site in this perovskite structure. The temperature evolution of the polar nanoregions was associated with the growth of two central peaks and the change in the intensity of some Raman peaks, which were known to be sensitive to the rhombohedral symmetry. Both relaxation processes exhibited partial slowing-down behaviors with a common critical temperature of ˜160 °C. Poling the crystal along the [001] direction induced abrupt changes in some of the Raman bands at the rhombohedral-tetragonal phase transition. On the other hand, the diffuse tetragonal-cubic phase transition was not affected by the poling process. This high-temperature phase transformation seems to be smeared out by the inherent disorder and strong random fields enhanced by the addition of Pb(In1/2Nb1/2) into Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3.

  13. Single Crystal Silicon Instrument Mirrors

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    Bly, Vince

    2007-01-01

    The goals for the fabrication of single crystal silicon instrument mirrors include the following: 1) Develop a process for fabricating lightweight mirrors from single crystal silicon (SCS); 2) Modest lightweighting: 3X to 4X less than equivalent solid mirror; 3) High surface quality, better than lambda/40 RMS @ 633nm; 4) Significantly less expensive than current technology; and 5) Negligible distortion when cooled to cryogenic temperatures.

  14. Single crystals of inulin.

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    André, I; Putaux, J L; Chanzy, H; Taravel, F R; Timmermans, J W; de Wit, D

    1996-04-01

    Lamellar crystals of inulin were grown by crystallizing sharp fractions of low molecular weight inulin from dilute aqueous ethanol solutions. The crystals were analyzed using three-dimensional electron diffraction and X-ray powder diagrams. Two crystalline polymorphs were observed, depending on the hydration conditions: a hydrated form which indexed on an orthorhombic unit cell, with space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) and with cell dimensions of a = 1.670 nm, b = 0.980 nm and c (chain axis) = 1.47 nm, together with a pseudo-hexagonal semi-hydrated form with unit cell parameters a = 1.670 nm, b = 0.965 nm and c (chain axis) = 1.44 nm. These parameters, together with the density data, indicate that inulin crystallizes along a pseudo-hexagonal six-fold symmetry with an advance per monomer of 0.24 nm. The difference between the hydrated and the semi-hydrated unit cells does not seem to correspond to any change in the conformation of inulin, but rather to a variation in water content.

  15. Kerr effect and Kerr constant enhancement in vertically aligned deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Shi, Liangyu; Srivastava, Abhishek Kumar; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.; Kwok, Hoi-Sing

    2016-09-01

    In this article, we review recently achieved Kerr effect progress in novel liquid crystal (LC) material: vertically aligned deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (VADHFLC). With an increasing applied electric field, the induced inplane birefringence of LCs shows quadratic nonlinearity. The theoretical calculations and experimental details are illustrated. With an enhanced Kerr constant to 130 nm/V2, this VADHFLC cell can achieve a 2π modulation by a small efficient electric field with a fast response around 100 μs and thus can be employed in both display and photonics devices.

  16. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric coefficients for ferroelectric crystals with polarizable molecules

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    Purvis, C. K.; Taylor, P. L.

    1982-01-01

    Expressions for piezoelectric and pyroelectric coefficients for a crystal of polarizable point dipoles are derived. The effect of crystal structure on the local electric field acting to polarize the molecules is included via the Lorentz-factor formalism. The derived expressions for the piezo- and pyroelectric coefficients are found to contain terms dependent on derivatives of the Lorentz factors. These terms reflect the changing of molecular dipole moments in response to the changing local electric field in the strained crystal. Inclusion of this effect results in predictions of coefficients substantially different from those obtained using the Lorentz field approximation.

  17. Boundary layer elasto-optic switching in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Parmar, D. S.

    1992-01-01

    The first experimental observation of a change in the director azimuthal angle due to applied shear stress is reported in a sample configuration involving a liquid-crystal-coated top surface exposed directly to gas flow. The electrooptic response caused by the shear stress is large, fast, and reversible. These findings are relevant to the use of liquid crystals in boundary layer investigations on wind tunnel models.

  18. Electromechanical properties of high coupling single crystals under large electric drive and uniaxial compression.

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    Amin, Ahmed

    2005-10-01

    This work investigates the 33-mode electromechanical response of relaxor-ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystals when driven with large fields approximately 0.4 MV/m under a combined direct current (DC) field and mechanical bias similar to those used in the design of sound projectors. It demonstrates that the remarkable small signal length extensional coupling (k33 > 0.90) and other electromechanical properties of morphotropic PMN-PT single crystals prevail under large drive. The observed k33 roll-off at 42 MPa compressive stress is analyzed in terms of the recent structural data and the high-order Devonshire theory of possible ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition trajectories.

  19. Molecular theory of ferroelectric ordering in enantiomeric mixtures of smectic-C* liquid crystals.

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    Osipov, M A; Guillon, D

    1999-12-01

    A molecular theory of ferroelectric ordering in smectic-C* liquid crystals composed of left and right enantiomers is developed taking into account the effects of chiral discrimination. The recently observed nonlinear dependence of the spontaneous polarization on the enantiomeric excess is explained in the framework of a molecular model that takes into consideration the strong electrostatic interaction between effective atomic charges in the chiral centers of the two enantiomers. This nonlinear dependence is determined by a difference of interaction energies between the pairs of chiral molecules with equal and opposite handedness, respectively. A relation between the molecular structure of different ferroelectric smectics C* and the dependence of the polarization on the enantiomeric excess is discussed in detail.

  20. Temperature-dependent Raman scattering and multiple phase coexistence in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Zhu, J. J.; Jiang, K.; Xu, G. S.; Hu, Z. G.; Li, Y. W.; Zhu, Z. Q.; Chu, J. H.

    2013-10-01

    We report direct observation for the structural transformations of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals with the aid of temperature-dependent polarized Raman scattering and X-ray diffraction. The cubic to tetragonal phase transition is observed at 460 K and tetragonal to rhombohedral structural transformation takes place at 390 K, which are consistent with the results determined by dielectric spectroscopy. In addition to two well-known phase transitions above room temperature, anomalous structure deformations involving octahedral rotations and tilting angle of polarization can be found around 200 K. A comparison of experimental results with the Devonshire expansion of the free energy by Vanderbilt et al. [Phys. Rev. B 63, 094108 (2001)] allows us to elucidate the peculiar characteristic as the variation of volume fractions among coexistence of three phases, including a first-order phase transition between the orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases and a second-order phase transition between the monoclinic and orthorhombic ones at low temperature.

  1. Optical correlator using very-large-scale integrated circuit/ferroelectric-liquid-crystal electrically addressed spatial light modulators

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    Turner, Richard M.; Jared, David A.; Sharp, Gary D.; Johnson, Kristina M.

    1993-01-01

    The use of 2-kHz 64 x 64 very-large-scale integrated circuit/ferroelectric-liquid-crystal electrically addressed spatial light modulators as the input and filter planes of a VanderLugt-type optical correlator is discussed. Liquid-crystal layer thickness variations that are present in the devices are analyzed, and the effects on correlator performance are investigated through computer simulations. Experimental results from the very-large-scale-integrated / ferroelectric-liquid-crystal optical-correlator system are presented and are consistent with the level of performance predicted by the simulations.

  2. High-speed light valve using an amorphous silicon photosensor and ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Takahashi, N. Shin-Ichi; Asada, Hideki; Miyahara, Masaki; Kurita, Shoichi; Kuriyama, Hiroyuki

    1987-10-01

    A novel high-speed response light valve composed of a hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) photosensor and a chiral smectic C phase liquid crystal is presented for the first time. This device is optically addressed. The switching between on and off states is caused by reversing the polarity of the applied voltage across the liquid crystal due to the photocurrent from the a-Si photosensor. The response time measured is about 400 microsec. The switching speed of this device is one to two orders of magnitude faster than that of the nematic liquid-crystal light valve. This device can be applied to optical bistable devices without optical feedback, using an electro-optic memory effect of the ferroelectric liquid crystal.

  3. Single-step colloidal processing of stable aqueous dispersions of ferroelectric nanoparticles for biomedical imaging

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    Zribi, Olena; Garbovskiy, Yuriy; Glushchenko, Anatoliy

    2014-12-01

    The biomedical applications of ferroelectric nanoparticles rely on the production of stable aqueous colloids. We report an implementation of the high energy ball milling method to produce and disperse ultrafine BaTiO3 nanoparticles in an aqueous media in a single step. This technique is low-cost, environmentally friendly and has the capability to control nanoparticle size and functionality with milling parameters. As a result, ultrafine nanoparticles with sizes as small as 6 nm can be produced. These nanoparticles maintain ferroelectricity and can be used as second harmonic generating nanoprobes for biomedical imaging. This technique can be generalized to produce aqueous nanoparticle colloids of other imaging materials.

  4. Ionic field effect and memristive phenomena in single-point ferroelectric domain switching

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    Ievlev, Anton; Morozovska, A. N.; Eliseev, E. A.; Shur, Vladimir Ya.; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2014-01-01

    Electric field induced polarization switching underpins most functional applications of ferroelectric materials in information technology, materials science, and optoelectronics. In the last 20 years, much attention has been focused on the switching of individual domains using scanning probe microscopy, both as model of ferroelectric data storage and approach to explore fundamental physics of ferroelectric switching. The classical picture of tip induced switching includes formation of cylindrical domain oriented along the tip field, with the domain size is largely determined by the tip-induced field distribution and domain wall motion kinetics. The polarization screening is recognized as a necessary precondition to the stability of ferroelectric phase; however, screening processes are generally considered to be uniformly efficient and not leading to changes in switching behavior. Here, we demonstrate that single-point tip-induced polarization switching can give rise to a surprisingly broad range of domain morphologies, including radial and angular instabilities. These behaviors are traced to the surface screening charge dynamics, which in some cases can even give rise to anomalous switching against the electric field (ionic field effect). The implications of these behaviors for ferroelectric materials and devices are discussed.

  5. Unprecedented crystal dynamics: reversible cascades of single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations.

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    Lv, Gao-Chao; Wang, Peng; Liu, Qing; Fan, Jian; Chen, Kai; Sun, Wei-Yin

    2012-10-21

    A series of Cu(II) complexes showed unprecedented reversible cascades of single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformations, and more interestingly, very rapid crystal dynamic processes were observed in this system via the substitution of coordinating components without loss of single crystallinity.

  6. Development of single crystal membranes

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    Stormont, R. W.; Cocks, F. H.

    1972-01-01

    The design and construction of a high pressure crystal growth chamber was accomplished which would allow the growth of crystals under inert gas pressures of 2 MN/sq m (300 psi). A novel crystal growth technique called EFG was used to grow tubes and rods of the hollandite compounds, BaMgTi7O16, K2MgTi7O16, and tubes of sodium beta-alumina, sodium magnesium-alumina, and potassium beta-alumina. Rods and tubes grown are characterized using metallographic and X-ray diffraction techniques. The hollandite compounds are found to be two or three-phase, composed of coarse grained orientated crystallites. Single crystal c-axis tubes of sodium beta-alumina were grown from melts containing excess sodium oxide. Additional experiments demonstrated that crystals of magnesia doped beta-alumina and potassium beta-alumina also can be achieved by this EFG technique.

  7. The phase transitions of ferroelectric Sr2Ta2O7 crystals by MDSC, Brillouin and dielectric spectroscopy

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    Hushur, A.; Shabbir, G.; Ko, J.-H.; Kojima, S.

    2004-04-01

    The structural phase transitions of Sr2Ta2O7 single crystals have been studied by the modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), Brillouin scattering and dielectric spectroscopy. The specific heat (Cp) was measured over a wide temperature range from -150°C to 25°C and from 100°C to 210°C. The Cp curve showed an anomaly at To = 166.7°C, indicating the phase transition Cmcm rarr P21/m. The transition enthalpy DgrH, the transition entropy DgrS and specific heat jump DgrCp at To were estimated to be 0.465 J g-1, 1.01 mJ g-1 K-1 and 9.78 mJ g-1 K-1, respectively. The Cp anomaly associated with the ferroelectric phase transition at Tc = -107°C has not been detected. However, both Brillouin and dielectric data showed the anomalies corresponding to the ferroelectric phase transition from P21/m to P21.

  8. Electrical Freedericksz transitions in nematic liquid crystals containing ferroelectric nanoparticles

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    Cîrtoaje, Cristina; Petrescu, Emil; Stoian, Victor

    2015-03-01

    A new theoretical approach was elaborated to explain the contradictions reported in many papers about the electric threshold for Freedericksz transition in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) with ferroparticles additives. The free energy density of the mixture was estimated and the contributions of the interaction energy of NLC molecules with ferroparticles surface were calculated. Experimental results for 5CB-BaTiO3 mixture are given.

  9. Effects of ferroelectric nanoparticles on ion-transport in a liquid crystal

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    Garvey, Alfred; Basu, Rajratan

    2015-03-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNPs) of 50 nm diameter was doped in a nematic liquid crystal (LC), and the free ion concentration was found to be significantly reduced in the LC +FNP hybrid compared to that of the pure LC. The strong electric fields, due to the permanent dipole moment of the FNPs, trapped some mobile ions, reducing the free ion concentration in the LC media. The reduction of free ions was found to have coherent impacts on the LC's conductivity, rotational viscosity, and electric field-induced nematic switching.

  10. Effects of ferroelectric nanoparticles on ion transport in a liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan; Garvey, Alfred

    2014-10-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNPs) of 50 nm diameter was doped in a nematic liquid crystal (LC), and the free ion concentration was found to be significantly reduced in the LC + FNP hybrid compared to that of the pure LC. The strong electric fields, due to the permanent dipole moment of the FNPs, trapped some mobile ions, reducing the free ion concentration in the LC media. The reduction of free ions was found to have coherent impacts on the LC's conductivity, rotational viscosity, and electric field-induced nematic switching.

  11. Mechanism of homeotropic alignment of ferroelectric liquid crystals doped with ferro-fluid and applications

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    Joshi, Tilak; Singh, Shri; Choudhary, Amit; Pant, R. P.; Biradar, A. M.

    2013-07-01

    We report homeotropic (HT) alignment of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) doped with various concentrations of ferro-fluid (FF) without using any type of alignment layer. The FF induced HT alignment of FLC was found to be dependent on the doping concentration as revealed by optical micrographs, contact angle, and dielectric spectroscopy studies. Higher water contact angle of FF doped FLC films with respect to pure FLC film suggests higher surface energy of FF doped FLC than the surface energy of substrate. The physico-chemical mechanism together with steric model successfully explains the HT alignment of the studied FLC on the ITO substrate.

  12. Dielectric relaxation of a ferroelectric liquid crystal showing anomalous behaviour due to polarization inversion

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    Misra, Abhishek Kumar; Pandey, Kamal Kr; Tripathi, Pankaj Kr; Manohar, Rajiv

    2013-06-01

    The present study reports the dielectric study of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) material Felix 016/030 showing anomalous dielectric behaviour. This anomalous behaviour is explained on the basis of a model of dynamically fluctuating mixture of two interconvertible conformers, whose relative density changes with temperature. We have observed Goldstone mode of dielectric relaxation in the frequency range covered. The experimental results have been corrected for low and high frequency range and used to determine dielectric permittivity. The anomalous behaviour of dielectric permittivity has also been verified by discussing the temperature dependence behaviour of PS/Sin θ term where Ps is spontaneous polarization of the sample.

  13. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Śliwa, I; Jeżewski, W; Kuczyński, W

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  14. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Śliwa, I.; JeŻewski, W.; Kuczyński, W.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  15. Constant molecular rotation at the smectic-A to smectic-C* transition in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kremer, F.; Vallerien, S. U.; Kapitza, H.; Zentel, R.; Fischer, E. W.

    1990-09-01

    We present dielectric measurements extended over the frequency range from 106 to 109 Hz on a pure ferroelectric liquid crystal. In clear contrast to the generally attributed origin of the ferroelectricity in liquid crystals arising from a slowing down of the molecular rotation around the long molecular axis, we find by direct observation the corresponding dielectric relaxation unchanged at the smectic-A to smectic-C* transition. This result requires a new interpretation of a recently published degenerate four-wave-mixing experiment by Lalanne et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 3046 (1989)].

  16. Pressure dependence of the electro-optic response function in partially exposed polymer dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Parmar, D. S.; Holmes, H. K.

    1993-01-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystals in a new configuration, termed partially exposed polymer dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystal (PEPDFLC), respond to external pressures and demonstrate pressure-induced electro-optic switching response. When the PEPDFLC thin film is sandwiched between two transparent conducting electrodes, one a glass plate and the other a flexible sheet such as polyvenylidene fluoride, the switching characteristics of the thin film are a function of the pressure applied to the flexible transparent electrode and the bias voltage across the electrodes. Response time measurements reveal a linear dependence of the change in electric field with external pressure.

  17. Light modulation in planar aligned short-pitch deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kotova, Svetlana P.; Samagin, Sergey A.; Pozhidaev, Evgeny P.; Kiselev, Alexei D.

    2015-12-01

    We study both experimentally and theoretically modulation of light in a planar aligned deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) cell with subwavelength helix pitch, which is also known as a short-pitch DHFLC. In our experiments, the azimuthal angle of the in-plane optical axis and electrically controlled parts of the principal in-plane refractive indices are measured as a function of voltage applied across the cell. Theoretical results giving the effective optical tensor of a short-pitch DHFLC expressed in terms of the smectic tilt angle and the refractive indices of the ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) are used to fit the experimental data. The optical anisotropy of the FLC material is found to be weakly biaxial. For both the transmissive and reflective modes, the results of fitting are applied to model the phase and amplitude modulation of light in the DHFLC cell. We demonstrate that if the thickness of the DHFLC layer is about 50 μ m , the detrimental effect of field-induced rotation of the in-plane optical axes on the characteristics of an axicon designed using the DHFLC spatial light modulator in the reflective mode is negligible.

  18. 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.

  19. An azo-bridged ferroelectric liquid crystal with highly enhanced second and third harmonic generation.

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    Zhang, Yongqiang; Ortega, Josu; Baumeister, Ute; Folcia, César L; Sanz-Enguita, Gerardo; Walker, Christopher; Rodriguez-Conde, Sofía; Etxebarria, Jesus; O'Callaghan, Michael J; More, Kundalika

    2012-10-01

    A laterally azo-bridged trimer ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) incorporating a strong chromophore along its polar axis was synthesized and characterized by polarized-light optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, two-dimensional X-ray diffraction analysis, electro-optical measurements, and nonlinear optical (NLO) investigations. This mesogen exhibits a thermodynamically stable enantiotropic SmC* phase and a bistable ferroelectric switching in a surface stabilized cell with bookshelf geometry. It gives the resonance-enhanced d(22) coefficient of 28 pm V(-1) (λ = 1.369 μm) for second harmonic generation (SHG), the largest NLO susceptibility reported to date for all FLCs. At the same wavelength, a new type of helicoidal phase matching assisted by the helical SmC* structure was identified. When the second harmonic wavelength of 780 nm is far away from the resonance wavelength (λ(max) = 572 nm), the d(22) coefficient is reduced to 6.8 pm V(-1) (λ = 1.56 μm). In addition to a strong SHG activity, the trimer also shows a strong third harmonic generation (THG) with an estimated third-order nonlinear susceptibility of χ((3)) = ~3 × 10(-11) esu (λ = 1.56 μm), among the largest χ((3)) value reported from THG measurements for liquid crystals. This work enables viable applications of FLCs in nonlinear optics and offers an innovative approach to develop new FLCs with larger NLO strength. PMID:22909407

  20. Light modulation in planar aligned short-pitch deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Kotova, Svetlana P; Samagin, Sergey A; Pozhidaev, Evgeny P; Kiselev, Alexei D

    2015-12-01

    We study both experimentally and theoretically modulation of light in a planar aligned deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) cell with subwavelength helix pitch, which is also known as a short-pitch DHFLC. In our experiments, the azimuthal angle of the in-plane optical axis and electrically controlled parts of the principal in-plane refractive indices are measured as a function of voltage applied across the cell. Theoretical results giving the effective optical tensor of a short-pitch DHFLC expressed in terms of the smectic tilt angle and the refractive indices of the ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) are used to fit the experimental data. The optical anisotropy of the FLC material is found to be weakly biaxial. For both the transmissive and reflective modes, the results of fitting are applied to model the phase and amplitude modulation of light in the DHFLC cell. We demonstrate that if the thickness of the DHFLC layer is about 50μm, the detrimental effect of field-induced rotation of the in-plane optical axes on the characteristics of an axicon designed using the DHFLC spatial light modulator in the reflective mode is negligible. PMID:26764706

  1. Poisson-Boltzmann equation and electro-convective instability in ferroelectric liquid crystals: a mean-field approach

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2014-07-01

    Commercialization of ferroelectric liquid crystal displays (FLCDs) suffers from mechanical and electro-convective instabilities. Impurity ions play a pivotal role in the latter case, and therefore we developed a mean-field type model to understand the complex role of space charges, particularly ions in a ferroelectric liquid crystal. Considering an effective ion-chirality relation, we obtained a modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation for ions dissolved into a chiral solvent like the ferroelectric smectic phase. A nonuniform director profile induced by the mean electrostatic potential of the ions is then calculated by solving an Euler-Lagrange equation for a helically twisted smectic state. A combination of effects resulting from molecular chirality and an electrostatically driven twist created by the ions seems to produce this nonuniform fluctuation in the director orientation. Finally, both theoretical and experimental points of view are presented on the prediction of this mean-field model.

  2. 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

  3. Maxwell Wagner and Goldstone mode relaxations in a oligomethylene spacer based ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Goswami, D.; Mandal, P. K.; Debnath, A.; Dabrowski, R.

    2016-05-01

    One recently synthesized fluorinated ferroelectric liquid crystal ((S)-(+)-4-[(3-tridecafluoroheptanoyloxy)prop-1-oxy]biphenyl-4-yl 4-(1-methylheptyloxy) benzoate (6F3R) has been characterized by frequency dependent dielectric study. The sample exhibits only SmC* phase over a wide temperature range. Two distinct relaxation phenomenon have been observed in its dielectric spectrum and are identified as goldstone mode (GM) relaxation and Maxwell Wagner (MW) relaxation. In most reported works, the MW mode, which is mainly observed for highly conducting liquid crystals, had been reported to be overlapped by the conductivity contribution. But in the present sample we have found distinct and strong MW peaks along with GM mode peaks. However, no soft mode relaxation was observed. Moreover, the sample shows very low response time (μs range) and moderate value of optical tilt angle which are promising criteria for display applications.

  4. A novel boundary layer sensor utilizing domain switching in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Parmar, D. S.

    1991-01-01

    This paper describes the design and the principles of operation of a novel sensor for the optical detection of a shear stress field induced by air or gas flow on a rigid surface. The detection relies on the effects of shear-induced optical switching in ferroelectric liquid crystals. It is shown that the method overcomes many of the limitations of similar measuring techniques including those using cholesteric liquid crystals. The present method offers a preferred alternative for flow visualization and skin friction measurements in wind-tunnel experiments on laminar boundary layer transition investigations. A theoretical model for the optical response to shear stress is presented together with a schematic diagram of the experimental setup.

  5. Ferroelectric properties of vinylidene fluoride/tetrafluoroethylene copolymer thin films consisting of needle-like crystals

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    Nakagawa, Yuuta; Hashizume, Yoichiro; Nakajima, Takashi; Okamura, Soichiro

    2016-05-01

    Unique ferroelectric vinylidene fluoride (VDF)/tetrafluoroethylene (TeFE) copolymer thin films consisting of needle-like crystals were formed using Au-sputtered substrates. The VDF/TeFE films with a mixing ratio of 80:20 mol % were melted at 170 °C for 30 min and then recrystallized at 116 °C for 300 min. The molecules in the resultant needle-like crystals had a β-phase form and showed 200/110 orientation, while the direction of each needle-like crystal was random in-plane. The remanent polarization of the 450-nm-thick VDF/TeFE films consisting of the needle-like crystals were estimated to be 62 mC/m2 from the electric displacement vs electric field (D–E) hysteresis measurement at the applied field of 156 MV/m and the frequency of 10 Hz. The remanent polarization of 62 mC/m2 was approximately 50% larger than that of conventional VDF/TeFE films consisting of plate-like crystals.

  6. Growth, morphology, structure and characterization of L-histidinium dihydrogen arsenate orthoarsenic acid single crystal.

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    Tyagi, Nidhi; Sinha, Nidhi; Yadav, Harsh; Kumar, Binay

    2016-08-01

    L-Histidinium dihydrogen arsenate orthoarsenic acid (LHAS) crystals were grown by the slow evaporation method. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction confirms monoclinic structure. The growth rates of various planes of LHAS crystals were estimated by morphological study. Hirshfeld surface and fingerprint plots were analyzed to investigate the intermolecular interactions at 0.002 a.u. present in the crystal structure. The functional groups and phase behavior of the compound are studied by FTIR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition at 307 K was observed in dielectric studies. The piezoelectric charge coefficients of the grown crystal were found to be 2 pC/N. The values of coercive field (Ec), remnant polarization (Pr) and spontaneous polarization (Ps) in the hysteresis loop are found to be 5.236 kV cm(-1), 0.654 µC cm(-2) and 2.841 µC cm(-2), respectively. Piezoelectricity and ferroelectricity are reported for the first time in LHAS crystals. The mechanical strength was confirmed from microhardness study and void volume. Due to the low value of the dielectric constant, and good piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties, LHAS crystals can be used in microelectronics, sensors and advanced electronic devices.

  7. Growth, morphology, structure and characterization of L-histidinium dihydrogen arsenate orthoarsenic acid single crystal.

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    Tyagi, Nidhi; Sinha, Nidhi; Yadav, Harsh; Kumar, Binay

    2016-08-01

    L-Histidinium dihydrogen arsenate orthoarsenic acid (LHAS) crystals were grown by the slow evaporation method. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction confirms monoclinic structure. The growth rates of various planes of LHAS crystals were estimated by morphological study. Hirshfeld surface and fingerprint plots were analyzed to investigate the intermolecular interactions at 0.002 a.u. present in the crystal structure. The functional groups and phase behavior of the compound are studied by FTIR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition at 307 K was observed in dielectric studies. The piezoelectric charge coefficients of the grown crystal were found to be 2 pC/N. The values of coercive field (Ec), remnant polarization (Pr) and spontaneous polarization (Ps) in the hysteresis loop are found to be 5.236 kV cm(-1), 0.654 µC cm(-2) and 2.841 µC cm(-2), respectively. Piezoelectricity and ferroelectricity are reported for the first time in LHAS crystals. The mechanical strength was confirmed from microhardness study and void volume. Due to the low value of the dielectric constant, and good piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties, LHAS crystals can be used in microelectronics, sensors and advanced electronic devices. PMID:27484380

  8. Testing a new generation 512 x 512, >200 Hz capable, liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) with ferro-electric liquid crystal, IR scene projector

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    Lippert, Jack R.; Bauchert, Kipp

    2006-05-01

    A Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) Spatial Light Modulator device was fabricated into an IR Scene Projector Concept Demonstrator for MWIR Hardware-in-the-loop Testing. Presently on-going in-house efforts are establishing performance benchmarks that rival many of the capabilities of the alternative, and presently the high end performance standard device, the suspended-bridge resistor array. New adaptations, like incorporating Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (FELC) can achieve improved IR performance values breaking through the "slow" settling time limit exhibited by earlier Liquid Crystal based systems. In fact, specific parameters may even exceed some of the resistor array parameter's performance values (such as apparent thermal rise time allowing an overall faster frame rate). In addition, the relatively simple CMOS fabrication for the basic chip and ease of system "customization" allows system fabrication cost to be more on the order of the economical low end performance Digital Mirror Devices for the Infrared waveband; but still keeps the analog controlled thermal gradient in a single switch time to accommodate fast integrating sensors of modern seeker systems. Our research is using a 512x512 array originally intended for visible applications, but tailored for the MWIR operational regime. A new CMOS fabrication run to incorporate additional features and achieve further performance benefits is planned, but the existing product capability is adequate for most HIL simulation requirements. The measured performance of our in-house prototype device using FELC will be discussed.

  9. Pyroelectric field assisted ion migration induced by ultraviolet laser irradiation and its impact on ferroelectric domain inversion in lithium niobate crystals

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    Ying, C. Y. J.; Mailis, S.; Daniell, G. J.; Steigerwald, H.; Soergel, E.

    2013-08-28

    The impact of UV laser irradiation on the distribution of lithium ions in ferroelectric lithium niobate single crystals has been numerically modelled. Strongly absorbed UV radiation at wavelengths of 244–305 nm produces steep temperature gradients which cause lithium ions to migrate and result in a local variation of the lithium concentration. In addition to the diffusion, here the pyroelectric effect is also taken into account which predicts a complex distribution of lithium concentration along the c-axis of the crystal: two separated lithium deficient regions on the surface and in depth. The modelling on the local lithium concentration and the subsequent variation of the coercive field are used to explain experimental results on the domain inversion of such UV treated lithium niobate crystals.

  10. Induction of ferroelectricity in the B2 phase of a liquid crystal composed of achiral bent-core molecules

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    Etxebarria, J.; Folcia, C. L.; Ortega, J.; Ros, M. B.

    2003-04-01

    We report the observation of a transition from the antiferroelectric B2 phase to a ferroelectric phase in a liquid crystal composed of achiral bent-core (banana-shaped) molecules. The transition is induced by an electric field of magnitude larger than the switching threshold and is not reversible, i.e., the original B2 phase does not reappear upon field removal. The transformation is accompanied by a dramatic texture change, resulting in an almost optically isotropic structure in the absence of field. The ferroelectric character assigned to the structure is based on the electro-optic behavior of the material and on previously reported dielectric measurements. A short-pitch smectic-C*-type structure is proposed for the ferroelectric phase.

  11. Optical characterization of the director profile in a ferroelectric liquid crystal cell with homeotropic alignment

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    Hodder, B.; Yang, F.; Sambles, J. R.

    2001-01-01

    The optic tensor configurations (director profiles) in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal cells with homeotropic alignment are considerably simpler than in cells with the more conventional homogeneous alignment and, with the exception of thin surface regions, are essentially that of an unconstrained or "free" FLC sample. Previously the half-leaky guided mode (HLGM) technique, in which angle dependent reflectivity only is measured, has been used to characterize the director profile in such cells. The extended HLGM technique reported in this paper enables detection of both angle dependent reflectivity and transmissivity data. Combined analysis of these features significantly enhances the sensitivity of the original HLGM technique enabling the director profile in cells with homeotropic alignment to be explored in even greater detail.

  12. Performance of ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulators for polarization and color diffractive elements

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    Moreno, Ignacio; García-Martínez, P.; Sánchez-López, M. M.; Martínez-García, A.; Martínez, J. L.

    2009-08-01

    In this work we applied a ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon (FLCoS) display for implementing monochrome and color diffractive optical elements (DOE). We first apply a reverse engineering process specifically adapted to characterize the optical parameters of a commercial FLCoS display, specifically the phase shift and the tilt angle. We then analyze the performance of the device for implementing a binary polarization diffraction grating (PDG), and how it adopts the form of either a binary amplitude grating or a binary phase grating as particular cases when the polarization states emerging from the display are projected to an analyzer. As a final experiment, we have applied the FLCoS display to generate RGB improved dynamic color binary-phase Fourier computer-generated holograms (CGHs). We have electronically synchronized the properly scaled image addressed to the display with a color filter wheel with RGB filters. Experimental results show an excellent chromatic compensation of the color image reconstruction.

  13. A high-sensitivity polarimeter using a ferro-electric liquid crystal modulator

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    Bailey, Jeremy; Kedziora-Chudczer, Lucyna; Cotton, Daniel V.; Bott, Kimberly; Hough, J. H.; Lucas, P. W.

    2015-05-01

    We describe the HIgh Precision Polarimetric Instrument (HIPPI), a polarimeter built at UNSW (The University of New South Wales) Australia and used on the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). HIPPI is an aperture polarimeter using a ferro-electric liquid crystal modulator. HIPPI measures the linear polarization of starlight with a sensitivity in fractional polarization of ˜4 × 10-6 on low-polarization objects and a precision of better than 0.01 per cent on highly polarized stars. The detectors have a high dynamic range allowing observations of the brightest stars in the sky as well as much fainter objects. The telescope polarization of the AAT is found to be 48 ± 5 × 10-6 in the g' band.

  14. Effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots on the dielectric and physical parameters of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Singh, D. P.; Gupta, S. K.; Manohar, R.; Varia, M. C.; Kumar, S.; Kumar, A.

    2014-07-21

    The effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs) on the dielectric relaxation and material constants of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) has been investigated. Along with the characteristic Goldstone mode, a new relaxation mode has been induced in the FLC material due to the presence of CdSe QDs. This new relaxation mode is strongly dependent on the concentration of CdSe QDs but is found to be independent of the external bias voltage and temperature. The material constants have also been modified remarkably due to the presence of CdSe QDs. The appearance of this new relaxation phenomenon has been attributed to the concentration dependent interaction between CdSe QDs and FLC molecules.

  15. Electromechanical memory effect in a ferroelectric nanoparticle-suspended liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-03-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNP) was doped in a liquid crystal (LC), and the LC +FNP hybrid was found to exhibit an electromechanical memory effect in the isotropic phase. The permanent dipole moment of the FNPs causes the LC molecule to form short-range order surrounding the FNPs. This FNP-induced short-range order becomes more prominent in the isotropic phase when the global nematic order is absent. These short-range domains, being anisotropic in nature, interact with the external electric field. When the field goes off, these domains stay oriented due to the absence of the long range order in the isotropic phase, showing a hysteresis effect. The area under the hysteresis graph shows a significant pretransitional behavior on approaching the nematic phase from the isotropic phase.

  16. Sign reversal of dielectric anisotropy of ferroelectric liquid crystals doped with cadmium telluride quantum dots

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    Kumar, A.; Silotia, P.; Biradar, A. M.

    2011-08-01

    A small amount of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) has been doped into various ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) to observe the modifications in the alignment and dielectric anisotropy (Δɛ) of the composites. The CdTe QDs have induced a uniform homeotropic (HMT) alignment in most of the FLC mixtures. We observed an unexpected switching (from HMT to homogeneous configuration) of CdTe QDs doped FLC CS1026 (having positive Δɛ) by the application of high dc bias. This reverse switching has been attributed to the interaction between FLC molecules and CdTe QDs which caused the sign reversal of Δɛ of FLC CS1026.

  17. Optically switchable grating based on dye-doped ferroelectric liquid crystal with high efficiency.

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    Kim, Jiyoon; Suh, Jeng-Hun; Lee, Bo-Yeon; Kim, Se-Um; Lee, Sin-Doo

    2015-05-18

    We demonstrate an all-optically switchable ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) grating constructed in an alternating binary configuration with different optical properties from domain to domain. A dye-doped FLC is uniformly aligned in one type of domains whereas it is infiltrated into the photo-polymerized networks of reactive mesogens in the other. Compared to conventional nematic LC cases, our FLC grating allows more efficient all-optical modulation and faster diffraction switching between the 0th and the 1st orders in subsecond since the optical response associated with the dye molecules in the layered state is less hindered than in the orientationally ordered state. Our dye-doped FLC grating with periodically infiltrated structures will be useful for designing a new class of all-optically switching systems. PMID:26074517

  18. Fast switchable ferroelectric liquid crystal gratings with two electro-optical modes

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    Ma, Ying; Wang, Xiaoqian; Srivastava, A. K.; Chigrinov, V. G.; Kwok, H.-S.

    2016-03-01

    In this article, we reveal a theoretical and experimental illustration of the Ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) grating fabricated by mean of patterned alignment based on photo-alignment. The complexity related to the mismatching of the predefined alignment domains on the top and bottom substrate has been avoided by incorporating only one side photo aligned substrate while the other substrate does not have any alignment layer. Depending on the easy axis in the said alignment domains and the azimuth plane of the impinging polarized light, the diffracting element can be tuned in two modes i.e. DIFF/OFF switchable and DIFF/TRANS switchable modes, which can be applied to different applications. The diffraction profile has been illustrated theoretically that fits well with the experimental finding and thus the proposed diffraction elements with fast response time and high diffraction efficiency could find application in many modern devices.

  19. Manifestation of quantum disordered wave functions with weak localization from conical second harmonic generation in ferroelectric crystal

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    Yu, H. H.; Zhang, H. J.; Wang, Z. P.; Xu, H. H.; Wang, Y. C.; Wang, J. Y.; Petrov, V.

    2012-02-01

    The spatial structure of two-dimensional quantum disordered wave functions with weak localization (WL) is experimentally observed using a calcium barium niobate Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 (CBN-28) ferroelectric crystal illuminated by a pulsed laser beam. Non-collinear phase-matching in CBN-28 produces conical second harmonic pattern in the far-field. The probability density distribution of the experimental near-field pattern agrees very well with the theoretical predictions. The localization degree, within the error limits, is the same at different transverse positions due to the periodicity of the crystal and the eigenfunctions are degenerated. We conclude that a ferroelectric crystal represents an ideal model system for investigation of WL.

  20. Stoichiometry issues in single-crystal lithium tantalate

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    Bordui, P. F.; Norwood, R. G.; Bird, C. D.; Carella, J. T.

    1995-10-01

    Stoichiometry issues in lithium tantalate were studied through Czochralski growth of single crystals and vapor transport equilibration (VTE) of crystalline samples to specified Li/Ta compositions. Crystals were characterized through measurement of the ferroelectric Curie temperature Tc. The VTE experiments indicated a linear variation of Tc with Li/Ta ratio across the investigated range of 47.5-49.5 mol % Li2O. By control of initial melt stoichiometry, crystals representing melt fractions ≳90% were grown having compositional uniformity within ±0.015 mol % Li2O. Growth of the compositionally uniform crystals was determined to take place through incongruent solidification, with lithium rejection from the growth interface compensating for lithium volatilization from the melt surface. With the growth process applied, a melt composition of 48.39 mol % Li2O yielded grown crystals of a uniform 47.85 mol % Li2O solid composition. The lithium tantalate congruent composition was determined to lie at a value less than or equal to 47.70 mol % Li2O.

  1. Physics of Heavily Implanted Single Crystal Complex Oxides

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    Ofan, Avishai

    Ion implantation is known to result in a significant amount of damage in solid single crystals. In this work a battery of material probes is used to study the effect of a very high-dose He implantation in ferroelectric lithium niobate (LiNbO3) and the implantation-induced formation of defects. In addition, the evolution of these defects with post-implantation annealing is examined. After irradiation, a high concentration of defects is found to collect and create a network of thick prismatic planar defects having typical dimensions of ˜1.5 microm and 200 nm parallel and perpendicular to the Z axis, respectively. Optical microscopy shows that there is strong temperature dependence for forming the network; the density of these defects reaches a maximum value for an annealing temperature of 250 °C. However, annealing to temperatures above 380 °C fully eliminates the defects. High-resolution TEM studies indicate that the defects are likely localized twinning and dislocation pileups due to plastic deformation of the lattice to relieve He-implantation-induced stress. During this deformation He accumulates at the twin boundaries. A second type of implantation induced defects is studied using room temperature, high- resolution electron microscopy; this study shows that implanted He in LiNbO3 nucleates and accumulates as bubbles. These He inclusions are at ˜20 GPa pressure and most probably in the solid phase. In addition, the energetically favored shape of the inclusions in their as-implanted form is spherical and not oblate; this spherical shape is due to the fact their diameter is below a critical radius for balancing the surface and elastics energies as predicted by elastic theory. When annealed, the characteristic length scale of the He inclusions increases, forming faceted bubbles. Annealing also causes the He inclusions to migrate and accumulate into strings due to the preferred {1014}-pyramidal-twinning planes. The ion implantation-induced defects are found to be

  2. Experimental Demonstration of Hybrid Improper Ferroelectric in the Layered Ruddlesden-Popper Compounds

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    Oh, Yoon Seok

    2015-03-01

    Geometric ferroelectrics are called as improper ferroelectrics where geometric structural constraints, rather than typical cation-anion paring, induce proper ferroelectric polarization. Hybrid improper ferroelectricity, one kind of geometric ferroelectricity, results from the combination of two or more of non-ferroelectric structural order parameters. In recent, hybrid improper ferroelectricity has been theoretically predicted in ordered perovskites and the Ruddlesden-Popper compounds. However, the ferroelectricity of these compounds has never been experimentally confirmed and even their polar nature has been under debate. In this talk, we report our experimental results of exploring switchable electric polarization and domain structures in the single crystals of the n = 2 layered Ruddlesden-Popper compounds. In collaboration with Xuan Luo, Laboratory for Pohang Emergent Materials, Postech; Fei-Ting Huang, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rutgers University; Yazhong Wang, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rutgers University; and Sang-Wook Cheong, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rutgers University.

  3. Protein single crystal growth under microgravity

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    Littke, Walter; John, Christina

    1986-08-01

    Crystal growth conditions for proteins under microgravity were investigated with two model compounds (β-galactosidase and lysozyme). The single crystals obtained have been found to be significantly larger than those prepared in the same environment on earth.

  4. Peculiarities of electro-optic properties of the ferroelectric particles-liquid crystal colloids

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    Ibragimov, T. D.; Imamaliyev, A. R.; Bayramov, G. M.

    2016-04-01

    Influence of ferroelectric barium titanate particles on electro-optic properties of the liquid crystal (LC) 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) with positive dielectric anisotropy and the LC mixture (H37) consisting of 4-methoxybezylidene-4'-butylaniline and 4-ethoxybezylidene-4'-butylaniline with negative dielectric anisotropy was investigated. It was shown that a presence of particles (1 wt%) in 5CB and H37 decreased the clearing temperature from 35.2 °C to 32.4°C and from 61.2°C to 60.1°C, respectively. The threshold voltage of the Freedericksz effect became 0.3 V for the BaTiO3-5CB colloid while the beginning of this effect for the pure 5CB was observed at 2.1 V. The threshold voltage of the Freedericksz effect increased from 2.8 V to up 3.1 V at additive of particles in H37. A rise time of the BaTiO3-5CB colloid improved while a decay time worsened in comparison with the pure 5CB at all applied voltages. The inverse trends were observed for the H37 matrix, namely, a rise time worsened and a decay time improved. Among other things, the pecularities of Williams' domain formation (WDF) were also investigated in the colloid based on the H37 matrix. It was established that the WDF voltage decreased, a rise time increased and a decay time decreased in comparison with the pure H37. Experimental results are explained by appearance of local electric fields near the polarized ferroelectric particles at application of external electric field and an existence of the additional obstacles (particles) for movement of ions.

  5. Polarized infrared and Raman spectra of diglycine nitrate single crystal

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    Baran, Jan; Barnes, Austin J.; Ratajczak, Henryk

    1995-02-01

    Polarized infrared (4000- ca. 350 cm -1) and Raman (4000-10 cm -1) spectra of diglycine nitrate (DGN) single crystal were measured at room temperature; polarized infrared spectra were also measured at several low temperatures (230, 180, 15 K). In the paraelectric phase, the glycine ion pairs were found to be joined by a symmetrical ( Ci) O···H···O hydrogen bond and the nitrate ions exhibited high symmetry (most likely D36) as a result of effectively free rotation. The ferroelectric phase transition occurs because of inhibition of the rotation of the nitrate ions, with consequent lowering of their symmetry to C1, as a result of increased N-H···O hydrogen bonding interaction with the +NH 3 groups of the neighbouring glycine ions. The symmetry of the glycine ion pair also falls to C1 in the ferroelectric phase, but the proton motion in the O···H···O bond does not play a significant role in the phase transition.

  6. Ferroelectric performances and crystal structures of (Pb, La)(Zr, Ti, Nb)O{sub 3}

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    Kitamura, Naoto; Mizoguchi, Takuma; Itoh, Takanori; Idemoto, Yasushi

    2014-02-15

    In this study, we focused on Nb and La substituted Pb(Zr, Ti)O{sub 3}: i.e., (Pb, La)(Zr, Ti, Nb)O{sub 3}. As for the samples, dependences of ferroelectric properties on La and Nb compositions were examined. In addition, the crystal structures were analyzed by the Rietveld method, and then a relationship between the metal compositions and the crystal structures were discussed. From P–E hysteresis loop measurements, it was found that the remanant polarization of Pb(Zr, Ti)O{sub 3} was increased by both the La and Nb substitutions although the heavy substitution of La had an undesirable effect. It was also indicated that the Curie temperature decreased with increasing La content. The Rietveld analysis using synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated that the structure distortion was relaxed by the La and Nb substitutions. Such a change in the crystals was well consistent with the harmful effects on the Curie temperature and the remanent polarization by the heavy La substitution. - Graphical abstract: Rietveld refinement pattern of 2 mol% PbSiO{sub 3}-added Pb{sub 0.95}La{sub 0.05}Zr{sub 0.50}Ti{sub 0.45}Nb{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} (synchrotron X-ray diffraction). Display Omitted - Highlights: • (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti,Nb)O{sub 3} were successfully synthesized. • Remanant polarization of Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} was improved by substitutions of La and Nb. • Crystal structures of (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti,Nb)O{sub 3} were refined and the distortions were estimated.

  7. Ferroelectric switching of electrically commanded alignment layers for liquid crystal displays

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    Drevenšek-Olenik, I.; Kunstelj, K.; Koncilija, J.; Komitov, L.

    2006-10-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) was used to probe the structural and dynamic properties of electrically commanded alignment layers for liquid crystal displays. The layers were 200nm thick and were made of siloxane-based side chain ferroelectric liquid crystal polymer (FLCP). The effect of an external dc electric field in the range of 0-2V/μm on the SHG signal was probed in an empty sandwich cell and in a cell filled with an isotropic liquid (hexadecane). In both cases the nonlinear induced polarization shows characteristics of the "V-shaped" switching, which is associated with a relatively minor reorientational perturbation of the film. This signifies a presence of domain structure, which is strongly pinned to the substrates. The values of switching times deduced from the SHG response are two orders of magnitude larger from the values obtained by optical birefringence measurements. This observation suggests that in the top surface layer of the FLCP, which is mainly responsible for the birefringence and also for the so-called electrically commanded surface effect, the reorientation of the polymer side chains takes place much faster than in the regions close to the substrate.

  8. V -shaped switching ferroelectric liquid crystal structure stabilized by dielectric surface layers.

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    Hammarquist, A; D'Havé, K; Matuszczyk, M; Clark, N A; Maclennan, J E; Rudquist, P

    2008-03-01

    The " V -shaped switching" mode in high polarization ferroelectric liquid crystals was studied with the aim of stabilizing the monostable bookshelf structure with the spontaneous polarization parallel to the glass plates. The director field in such cells was confirmed to be sensitive to both the liquid crystal properties and the cell parameters. In cells with only polyimide alignment layers, hysteresis free switching was never obtained, with bistable and asymmetric monostable structures compromising the zero-field dark state and preventing an ideal, hysteresis-free analog response. By incorporating a SiO(2) layer between the ITO electrode and the polyimide, the undesired states were suppressed and essentially hysteresis-free switching was obtained for driving frequencies in the range 0.2-200 Hz . Cells rubbed only on one side give more uniform alignment than cells rubbed on both sides but their inherent asymmetry shifts the long-term dark state away from 0 V and causes the response to gray level voltage modulation to be slightly asymmetric. The formation of different types of states as a function of the values of the surface parameters, and the observed stabilization of the V -shaped switching structure by the dielectric surface layers, are in good agreement with an earlier analysis by Copic [Phys. Rev. E 65, 021701 (2002)].

  9. Crystal structure and polarization hysteresis properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 thin-film capacitors on (Ba,Sr)TiO3-buffered substrates

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    Maki, Hisashi; Noguchi, Yuji; Kutsuna, Kazutoshi; Matsuo, Hiroki; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Miyayama, Masaru

    2016-10-01

    Ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) thin-film capacitors with a buffer layer of (Ba1- x Sr x )TiO3 (BST) have been fabricated on (001) SrTiO3 (STO) single-crystal substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method, and the crystal structure and polarization hysteresis properties have been investigated. X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping shows that the BST buffer effectively reduces the misfit strain relaxation of the BT films on SrRuO3 (SRO) electrodes. The BT capacitor with the SRO electrodes on the BST (x = 0.3) buffer exhibits a well-saturated hysteresis loop with a remanent polarization of 29 µC/cm2. The hysteresis loop displays a shift toward a specific field direction, which is suggested to stem from the flexoelectric coupling between the out-of-plane polarization and the strain gradient adjacent to the bottom interface.

  10. Ferroelectric domain wall motion induced by polarized light.

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    Rubio-Marcos, Fernando; Del Campo, Adolfo; Marchet, Pascal; Fernández, Jose F

    2015-03-17

    Ferroelectric materials exhibit spontaneous and stable polarization, which can usually be reoriented by an applied external electric field. The electrically switchable nature of this polarization is at the core of various ferroelectric devices. The motion of the associated domain walls provides the basis for ferroelectric memory, in which the storage of data bits is achieved by driving domain walls that separate regions with different polarization directions. Here we show the surprising ability to move ferroelectric domain walls of a BaTiO₃ single crystal by varying the polarization angle of a coherent light source. This unexpected coupling between polarized light and ferroelectric polarization modifies the stress induced in the BaTiO₃ at the domain wall, which is observed using in situ confocal Raman spectroscopy. This effect potentially leads to the non-contact remote control of ferroelectric domain walls by light.

  11. Ferroelectric domain wall motion induced by polarized light.

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    Rubio-Marcos, Fernando; Del Campo, Adolfo; Marchet, Pascal; Fernández, Jose F

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric materials exhibit spontaneous and stable polarization, which can usually be reoriented by an applied external electric field. The electrically switchable nature of this polarization is at the core of various ferroelectric devices. The motion of the associated domain walls provides the basis for ferroelectric memory, in which the storage of data bits is achieved by driving domain walls that separate regions with different polarization directions. Here we show the surprising ability to move ferroelectric domain walls of a BaTiO₃ single crystal by varying the polarization angle of a coherent light source. This unexpected coupling between polarized light and ferroelectric polarization modifies the stress induced in the BaTiO₃ at the domain wall, which is observed using in situ confocal Raman spectroscopy. This effect potentially leads to the non-contact remote control of ferroelectric domain walls by light. PMID:25779918

  12. Ferroelectric domain wall motion induced by polarized light

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    Rubio-Marcos, Fernando; Del Campo, Adolfo; Marchet, Pascal; Fernández, Jose F.

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric materials exhibit spontaneous and stable polarization, which can usually be reoriented by an applied external electric field. The electrically switchable nature of this polarization is at the core of various ferroelectric devices. The motion of the associated domain walls provides the basis for ferroelectric memory, in which the storage of data bits is achieved by driving domain walls that separate regions with different polarization directions. Here we show the surprising ability to move ferroelectric domain walls of a BaTiO3 single crystal by varying the polarization angle of a coherent light source. This unexpected coupling between polarized light and ferroelectric polarization modifies the stress induced in the BaTiO3 at the domain wall, which is observed using in situ confocal Raman spectroscopy. This effect potentially leads to the non-contact remote control of ferroelectric domain walls by light. PMID:25779918

  13. Photomodulation of the spontaneous polarization of ferroelectric liquid crystals using chiral thioindigo dopants

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    Dinescu, Liviu

    Ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) are chiral smectic C (S C*) phases that exhibit a spontaneous polarization (Ps). This permanent dipole moment is a macroscopic manifestation of molecular chirality. Between crossed polarizers, a FLC becomes a light valve by switching the orientation of Ps using an applied electric field. Due to the bistability exhibited by FLC light valves, any digital information written in such devices is kept for an indefinite period of time in the absence of the electrical field. The switching of the orientation of Ps can also be achieved optically if the FLC media is photoresponsive. Thus, an erasable optical memory device can be developed. Optically addressed FLC light valves have been developed based on the photomodulation of Ps via the so-called photomechanical effect, which works on the principle of destabilizing the FLC phase using azobenzene dopants that absorb in the UV region of the spectrum. In the work described here in, we propose the following approach: to photomodulate the spontaneous polarization of a ferroelectric liquid crystal by modulating the transverse dipole moment of a chiral thioindigo dopant. This dopant undergoes a reversible cis-trans isomerization when irradiated in the visible range of the spectrum, and maintains a rod-like shape in both isomeric forms. In the first part of the project, we synthesized a series of 6,6-dialkoxythioindigo dopants and tested their solubility properties in a variety of S C and nematic liquid crystals. Based on these results, we synthesized the first chiral thioindigo dopant (R,R)-1a with improved solubility in S C hosts. This compound was doped in a phenyl benzoate S C* host to induce a ferroelectric S C* phase and irradiated to cause trans-cis photoisomerization, which resulted in negligible photomodulation of Ps due to the absence of steric coupling between the thioindigo core and the chiral side-chains.(DIAGRAM, TABLE OR GRAPHIC OMITTED...PLEASE SEE DAI) In order to harness the

  14. Local environment of optically active Nd3+ ions in the ultratransparent BaMgF4 ferroelectric crystal

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    Muñoz-Santiuste, J. E.; Loro, H.; Marino, R.; Goldner, Ph.; Vasyliev, V.; Víllora, E. G.; Shimamura, K.; Molina, P.; Ramírez, M. O.; Bausá, L. E.

    2012-05-01

    A comprehensive study of the site location of Nd3+ ions in the BaMgF4 ultratransparent ferroelectric crystal is presented. By combining different low-temperature optical spectroscopies and electron paramagnetic resonance, the crystal field energy levels of Nd3+ ions and the gyromagnetic factors are experimentally determined. These results are employed to perform the crystal field analysis of Nd3+ ions considering a Cs point symmetry. The crystal field calculation yields a small root-mean-square deviation of 18 cm-1 and reveals a large crystal field strength (621 cm-1), verifying the assignment of the Ba2+ cationic site as the location for Nd3+ ions in this fluoride host. The results suggest a slight displacement of Nd3+ from the barium regular site with a rearrangement of the fluorine ions around it. The work gives a deep insight into the properties of the Nd3+-doped BaMgF4 crystal, a ferroelectric widely ultra-transparent material with potential applications as optical device operating in the Vacuum Ultraviolet-Ultraviolet and midinfrared spectral regions.

  15. Growth of semicarbazone of benzophenone single crystals

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    Vijayan, N.; Ramesh Babu, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Dhanuskodi, S.; Ramasamy, P.

    2002-03-01

    Semicarbazone of benzophenone single crystals have been grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique. The grown crystals have been characterized using XRD, melting point, FT-IR and UV-Vis spectra analyses. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the crystal belongs to the triclinic crystal system and space group P1. From FT-IR studies it is found that the compound possesses both free and hydrogen bonded N-H stretching modes. The hydrogen bonded N-H stretching mode is found to be the major driving force for packing of molecules in the crystals. The transparency of the grown crystals has been confirmed using UV-Vis spectra.

  16. Ames Lab 101: Single Crystal Growth

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    Schlagel, Deborah

    2016-07-12

    Ames Laboratory scientist Deborah Schlagel talks about the Lab's research in growing single crystals of various metals and alloys. The single crystal samples are vital to researchers' understanding of the characteristics of a materials and what gives these materials their particular properties.

  17. Ames Lab 101: Single Crystal Growth

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    Schlagel, Deborah

    2013-09-27

    Ames Laboratory scientist Deborah Schlagel talks about the Lab's research in growing single crystals of various metals and alloys. The single crystal samples are vital to researchers' understanding of the characteristics of a materials and what gives these materials their particular properties.

  18. Ultratough single crystal boron-doped diamond

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    Hemley, Russell J; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Yan, Chih-Shiue; Liang, Qi

    2015-05-05

    The invention relates to a single crystal boron doped CVD diamond that has a toughness of at least about 22 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention further relates to a method of manufacturing single crystal boron doped CVD diamond. The growth rate of the diamond can be from about 20-100 .mu.m/h.

  19. Single gate p-n junctions in graphene-ferroelectric devices

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    Hinnefeld, J. Henry; Xu, Ruijuan; Rogers, Steven; Pandya, Shishir; Shim, Moonsub; Martin, Lane W.; Mason, Nadya

    2016-05-01

    Graphene's linear dispersion relation and the attendant implications for bipolar electronics applications have motivated a range of experimental efforts aimed at producing p-n junctions in graphene. Here we report electrical transport measurements of graphene p-n junctions formed via simple modifications to a PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 substrate, combined with a self-assembled layer of ambient environmental dopants. We show that the substrate configuration controls the local doping region, and that the p-n junction behavior can be controlled with a single gate. Finally, we show that the ferroelectric substrate induces a hysteresis in the environmental doping which can be utilized to activate and deactivate the doping, yielding an "on-demand" p-n junction in graphene controlled by a single, universal backgate.

  20. Polarimeter with two ferroelectric liquid-crystal modulators attached to the Yunnan solar tower.

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    Xu, Chenglin; Qu, Zhongquan; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Jin, Chunlan; Yan, Xiaoli

    2006-11-20

    A polarimeter to be mounted on the Yunnan solar tower is described. It features the ability to simultaneously measure the magnetic fields of the solar photosphere and chromosphere by analyzing the Stokes spectra of those magnetosensitive lines forming in the two regions with very high efficiency of polarization measurement. The polarimeter consists of two ferroelectric liquid crystals and one lambda/4 wave plate before a polarizing beam splitter. The achromatism of the design is emphasized to get the maximum combination efficiency over a spectral range from 5000 to 6000 A. For the used solar absorption lines MgI517.27, FeI525.06, FeI630.15, and FeI630.25 nm, the design gives theoretical efficiencies of polarization measurements, which are 0.999, 1.0, 0.943, and 0.943, respectively. A comparison with other reference polarimeters, such as the Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigation of the Sun, the Tenerife infrared polarimeter, and the La Palma Stokes Polarimeter, is carried out. PMID:17086251

  1. Correlation between piezoresponse nonlinearity and hysteresis in ferroelectric crystals at nanoscale

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    Kalinin, Sergei V.; Jesse, Stephen; Yang, Yaodong; Li, Linglong; Liu, Zhengchun; Vasudevan, Rama K.

    2016-04-27

    Here, the nonlinear response of a ferroic to external fields has been studied for decades, garnering interest for both understanding fundamental physics, as well as technological applications such as memory devices. Yet, the behavior of ferroelectrics at mesoscopic regimes remains poorly understood, and the scale limits of theories developed for macroscopic regimes are not well tested experimentally. Here, we test the link between piezo-nonlinearity and local piezoelectric strain hysteresis, via AC-field dependent measurements in conjunction with first order reversal curve (FORC) measurements on (K,Na)NbO3 crystals with band-excitation piezoelectric force microscopy. The correlation coefficient between nonlinearity amplitude and the FORC ofmore » the polarization switching shows a clear decrease in correlation with increasing AC bias, suggesting the impact of domain wall clamping on the DC measurement case. Further, correlation of polynomial fitting terms from the nonlinear measurements with the hysteresis loop area reveals that the largest correlations are reserved for the quadratic terms, which is expected for irreversible domain wall motion contributions that impact both piezoelectric behavior as well as minor loop formation. These confirm the link between local piezoelectric nonlinearity, domain wall motion and minor loop formation, and suggest that existing theories (such as Preisach) are applicable at these length scales, with associated implications for future nanoscale devices.« less

  2. Correlation between piezoresponse nonlinearity and hysteresis in ferroelectric crystals at the nanoscale

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    Li, Linglong; Yang, Yaodong; Liu, Zhengchun; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Vasudevan, Rama K.

    2016-04-01

    The nonlinear response of a ferroic to external fields has been studied for decades, garnering interest for both understanding fundamental physics, as well as technological applications such as memory devices. Yet, the behavior of ferroelectrics at mesoscopic regimes remains poorly understood, and the scale limits of theories developed for macroscopic regimes are not well tested experimentally. Here, we test the link between piezo-nonlinearity and local piezoelectric strain hysteresis, via AC-field dependent measurements in conjunction with hysteresis measurements with varying voltage windows on (K,Na)NbO3 crystals with band-excitation piezoelectric force microscopy. The correlation coefficient between nonlinearity amplitude and the amplitude during hysteresis loop acquisition shows a clear decrease with increasing AC bias. Further, correlation of polynomial fitting terms from the nonlinear measurements with the hysteresis loop area reveals that the largest correlations are reserved for the quadratic terms, which is expected for irreversible domain wall motion contributions that impact both piezoelectric behavior as well as minor loop formation. This study suggests applicability at local length scales of fundamental principles of Rayleigh behavior, with associated implications for future nanoscale ferroic devices.

  3. Sign inversion of the spontaneous polarization in a "de Vries"-type ferroelectric liquid crystal.

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    Nonnenmacher, Dorothee; Lemieux, Robert P; Osipov, Mikhail A; Giesselmann, Frank

    2014-05-19

    In contrast to common ferroelectric smectic C* liquid crystals, the siloxane-terminated smectic mesogen E6 is characterized by an unusual temperature variation of the spontaneous polarization. The polarization starts to grow from nearly zero despite the first-order SmA*-SmC* transition, and increases faster than linearly over a large temperature interval while the tilt angle rapidly saturates. To study this behavior in more detail, binary mixtures of different concentrations of E6 in the achiral SmC material C8Cl, which has a similar chemical structure, were investigated. Surprisingly, all mixtures show a temperature dependent polarization sign inversion, which shifts towards the SmC*-SmA* transition with increasing E6 concentration. For the pure E6 the inversion temperature meets the SmA*-SmC* phase transition temperature. In a second binary mixture with E6 and a conventional material C9-2PhP we found out, that the dependence of the inversion temperature on the concentration of E6 changes qualitatively when the nanosegregation is partially destroyed. A molecular theory of the polarization sign inversion in smectics C* with strong polar intermolecular interactions is developed which enables one to explain the concentration dependence of the inversion temperature in both mixtures.

  4. Synthesis, properties, and structure of potassium titanyl phosphate single crystals doped with chromium

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    Orlova, E. I.; Kharitonova, E. P.; Novikova, N. E.; Sorokina, N. I.; Voronkova, V. I.

    2015-11-01

    Chromium-doped potassium titanyl phosphate single crystals have been synthesized and their physical properties have been studied. Doping with chromium barely affects the temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition but significantly reduces conductivity (by almost two orders of magnitude). A precise Xray diffraction study of K1.00Cr0.02Ti0.98OPO4 and K0.996Cr0.005Ti0.995OPO4 crystals has shown that chromium atoms are located near sites of titanium atoms.

  5. Pyroelectric properties and electrocaloric effect in TGS1‑xPx single crystals

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    Sampathkumar, P.; Srinivasan, K.

    2016-10-01

    Triglycine sulfate (TGS) single crystals modified with phosphoric acid (TGS1‑xPx) have been grown by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. Lattice parameters were identified by using single crystal x-ray diffractometer. The dielectric, pyroelectric, ferroelectric properties and electrocaloric effect have been investigated. Curie temperature of grown crystals was determined from dielectric constant measurements at various temperatures at a frequency of 1 kHz. The Curie temperature is found decreased for the TGS single crystals with the addition of phosphoric acid. Room temperature P-E hysteresis loops of TGS1‑xPx single crystals are presented. The values of coercive field Ec, spontaneous polarization Ps and internal bias field Eb were obtained from the hysteresis loops. Discussion on pyroelectric properties as a function of temperature and applied electric field is presented. Figure of merits (FOMs) were determined to study the pyroelectric performance of the grown crystals. Among all compositions of x, x = 0.2 (i.e., TGS0.8P0.2) single crystals exhibited the largest pyroelectric coefficient and pyroelectric figure of merit at room temperature. From the above investigations the electrocaloric temperature change, ΔT of TGS1‑xPx single crystals at selected applied fields and temperatures are obtained by indirect method and discussed.

  6. Crystal orientation dependent optical transmittance and band gap of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 single crystals

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    He, Chongjun; Deng, Chenguang; Wang, Jiming; Gu, Xiaorong; Wu, Tong; Zhu, Kongjun; Liu, Youwen

    2016-02-01

    Optical transmittance spectra of lead-free ferroelectric (1-x)Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-xBaTiO3 (NBT-xBT) single crystals poled along different directions have been studied comprehensively. After poled along [001] direction, the transmittance of tetragonal NBT-8%BT crystal is about 70%, which is much higher than that of NBT-2%BT crystal with rhombohedral structure and NBT-5%BT crystal with morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) composition. However, after poled [111] direction, the transmittance of tetragonal NBT-8%BT crystal is the smallest among them. These properties are manifest in view of the crystal structure. Both direct and indirect optical energy band gaps, as well phonon energies were obtained from absorption coefficient spectra by Tauc equations. The band gaps of [001]-poled NBT-xBT crystals increase with BT content, yet the [111]-poled crystals have opposite trends.

  7. Mechanical and electromechanical properties of PMNT single crystals for naval sonar transducers.

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    Ewart, Lynn M; McLaughlin, Elizabeth A; Robinson, Harold C; Stace, Joseph J; Amin, Ahmed

    2007-12-01

    PMNT single crystals in the relaxor-ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate (PMN)-lead titanate (PT) system provide significant advantage for underwater sonar transducers. Compared to lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics, the large electromechanical coupling factor provides significant increases in transducer bandwidth. The superior strain energy density generates higher source level across the band, and the lower Young's modulus allows considerably smaller transducers. These payoffs occur even when PMNT crystals are subject to navy operating conditions such as uniaxial mechanical compressive stresses up to 42 MPa, electric fields up to 1.2 MV/m, and a temperature range from 5 to 50 degrees C. The impact of navy-relevant electric fields and mechanical stresses on crack propagation and failure of piezoelectric single crystals is investigated. The compressive, flexural, and tensile strength of PMNT crystals is reported and discussed with respect to conventional PZT ceramics and the operating conditions of a typical naval transducer.

  8. Ferroelectric domain formation in discotic liquid crystals: Monte Carlo study on the influence of boundary conditions.

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2015-10-01

    The realization of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in fluids of anisotropic mesogens is a topic of both fundamental and technological interest. Recently we demonstrated that a system of dipolar achiral disklike ellipsoids can exhibit long-searched ferroelectric liquid crystalline phases of dipolar origin. In the present work, extensive off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations are used to investigate the phase behavior of the system under the influences of the electrostatic boundary conditions that restrict any global polarization. We find that the system develops strongly ferroelectric slablike domains periodically arranged in an antiferroelectric fashion. Exploring the phase behavior at different dipole strengths, we find existence of the ferroelectric nematic and ferroelectric columnar order inside the domains. For higher dipole strengths, a biaxial phase is also obtained with a similar periodic array of ferroelectric slabs of antiparallel polarizations. We have studied the depolarizing effects by using both the Ewald summation and the spherical cutoff techniques. We present and compare the results of the two different approaches of considering the depolarizing effects in this anisotropic system. It is explicitly shown that the domain size increases with the system size as a result of considering a longer range of dipolar interactions. The system exhibits pronounced system size effects for stronger dipolar interactions. The results provide strong evidence to the novel understanding that the dipolar interactions are indeed sufficient to produce long-range ferroelectric order in anisotropic fluids.

  9. Phase polymorphism and electro-optical properties of a ferroelectric liquid crystal containing the biphenyl system

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    Zalewski, Sławomir; Ossowska-Chruściel, Mirosława D.

    2016-04-01

    In this article we present results concerning phase transitions and physical properties of the ferroelectric phase of the compound (S)-4-(1-methylheptyloxy)biphenyl-4'-(heptyloxy phenyl)-4-carboxylate (MHOBOPO7). The compound has the following phases: smectic ferroelectric C (SmC*), chiral nematic N*, and two defected phases, TGBC and blue phase. The mesomorphic properties were investigated by means of three complementary methods: differential scanning calorimetry, polarizing light optical microscopy, and transmitted light intensity. The electro-optical measurements were carried out on an ordered sample in a middle electric field during very slow cooling from the nematic phase to the ferroelectric phase.

  10. Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Anbo Wang; Russell May; Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-10-28

    The goal of this 30 month program is to develop reliable accurate temperature sensors based on single crystal sapphire materials that can withstand the temperatures and corrosive agents present within the gasifier environment. The research for this reporting period has been segregated into two parallel paths--corrosion resistance measurements for single crystal sapphire fibers and investigation of single crystal sapphire sensor configurations. The ultimate goal of this phase one segment is to design, develop and demonstrate on a laboratory scale a suitable temperature measurement device that can be field tested in phase two of the program.

  11. High-Tc/high-coupling relaxed PZT-based single crystal thin films

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    Wasa, K.; Matsushima, T.; Adachi, H.; Matsunaga, T.; Yanagitani, T.; Yamamoto, T.

    2015-03-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)-based ferroelectric ceramics exhibit high piezoelectricity, however, their Curie temperature (Tc) values are not so high, i.e., Tc < 400 °C. PZT-based piezoelectric thin films with higher Tc would be beneficial for improved micro actuators, sensors, memories, and piezoelectric micro-electro mechanical systems. In-plane biaxial strained PZT thin films in a laminated composite structure are known to exhibit enhanced Tc; however, the thickness of PZT-based thin films is limited to below a critical thickness typically <50 nm. The Tc of relaxed PZT-based thin films with thicknesses greater than the critical thickness is the same as bulk Tc. However, a sort of relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films exhibit extraordinary high Tc, Tc = ˜600 °C. In addition, the films show extremely low dielectric constant, ɛ/ɛo ˜ 100 with high coupling factor, kt ˜ 0.7, and large remnant polarization, Pr ˜ 100 μC/cm2. These exotic properties would result from the single-domain/single-crystal structure. The enhanced Tc is possibly caused by the highly stable interface between the PZT-based thin films and substrates. Their ferroelectric performances are beyond those of conventional PZT. The high-Tc/high-coupling performances are demonstrated, and the possible mechanisms of the high Tc behavior in relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films are discussed.

  12. Molecular ferroelectrics: where electronics meet biology

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    Li, Jiangyu; Liu, Yuanming; Zhang, Yanhang; Cai, Hong-Ling; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2013-01-01

    In the last several years, we have witnessed significant advances in molecular ferroelectrics, with ferroelectric properties of molecular crystals approaching those of barium titanate. In addition, ferroelectricity has been observed in biological systems, filling an important missing link in bioelectric phenomena. In this perspective, we will present short historical notes on ferroelectrics, followed by overview on the fundamentals of ferroelectricity. Latest development in molecular ferroelectrics and biological ferroelectricity will then be highlighted, and their implications and potential applications will be discussed. We close by noting molecular ferroelectric as an exciting frontier between electronics and biology, and a number of challenges ahead are also noted. PMID:24018952

  13. Molecular ferroelectrics: where electronics meet biology.

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    Li, Jiangyu; Liu, Yuanming; Zhang, Yanhang; Cai, Hong-Ling; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2013-12-28

    In the last several years, we have witnessed significant advances in molecular ferroelectrics, with the ferroelectric properties of molecular crystals approaching those of barium titanate. In addition, ferroelectricity has been observed in biological systems, filling an important missing link in bioelectric phenomena. In this perspective, we will present short historical notes on ferroelectrics, followed by an overview of the fundamentals of ferroelectricity. The latest developments in molecular ferroelectrics and biological ferroelectricity will then be highlighted, and their implications and potential applications will be discussed. We close by noting molecular ferroelectric as an exciting frontier between electronics and biology, and a number of challenges ahead are also described.

  14. Inductive crystallization effect of atomic-layer-deposited Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films for ferroelectric application.

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    Zhang, Xun; Chen, Lin; Sun, Qing-Qing; Wang, Lu-Hao; Zhou, Peng; Lu, Hong-Liang; Wang, Peng-Fei; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhang, David Wei

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric Hf x Zr1-x O2 thin films are considered promising candidates for future lead-free CMOS-compatible ferroelectric memory application. The inductive crystallization behaviors and the ferroelectric performance of Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition were investigated. Inductive crystallization can be induced by the film growth condition and appropriate top electrode selection. In this work, a Ni/Hf0.5Zr0.5O2/Ru/Si stack annealed at 550°C for 30 s in N2 ambient after the Ni top electrode has been deposited was manufactured, and it shows the best ferroelectric hysteresis loop in the dielectric thickness of 25 nm, with a remanent polarization value of 6 μC/cm(2) and a coercive field strength of 2.4 MV/cm measured at 10 kHz. Endurance, retention, and domain switching current characteristics were evaluated well for potential application in the field of ferroelectric field effect transistor (FeFET) and nonvolatile ferroelectric memories (FeRAM).

  15. Magnetic field tuning of polaron losses in Fe doped BaTiO3 single crystals

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    Anand Theerthan, R.; Artemenko, Alla; Maglione, Mario

    2012-10-01

    Artificial tuning of dielectric parameters can result from interface conductivity in polycrystalline materials. In ferroelectric single crystals, it has already been shown that ferroelectric domain walls can be the source of such artificial coupling. We show here that low-temperature dielectric losses can be tuned by a dc magnetic field. Since such losses were previously ascribed to polaron relaxation we suggest this results from the interaction of hopping polarons with the magnetic field. The fact that this loss alteration has no counterpart in the real part of the dielectric permittivity confirms that no interface is involved in this purely dynamical effect. The contribution of mobile charges hopping among Fe-related centers was confirmed by ESR spectroscopy, showing a maximum intensity at ca T ˜ 40 K.

  16. Quantitative lateral and vertical piezoresponse force microscopy on a PbTiO3 single crystal

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    Lei, Shiming; Koo, Tae-Yeong; Cao, Wenwu; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Morozovska, Anna N.; Cheong, S.-W.; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2016-09-01

    Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) has emerged as a powerful tool for research in ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials. While the vertical PFM (VPFM) mode is well understood and applied at a quantitative level, the lateral PFM (LPFM) mode is rarely quantified, mainly due to the lack of a practical calibration methodology. Here by PFM imaging on a LiNbO3 180° domain wall, we demonstrate a convenient way to achieve simultaneous VPFM and LPFM calibrations. Using these calibrations, we perform a full quantitative VPFM and LPFM measurement on a (001)-cut PbTiO3 single crystal. The measured effective piezoelectric coefficients d33 e f f and d35 e f f together naturally provide more information on a material's local tensorial electromechanical properties. The proposed approach can be applied to a wide variety of ferroelectric and piezoelectric systems.

  17. Theoretical approach to study the effect of free volumes on the physical behavior of polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal molecules

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    Lahiri, T.; Majumder, T. Pal

    2011-06-01

    It was clearly indicative that the polymer chains make a tremendous interaction with the tilt angle in case of a polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (PSFLC). After suitable consideration of such interaction, we expanded the Landau free energy for a PSFLC system. We theoretically demonstrated the effect of free volumes, which expected to create bulk self-energy, on the physical functionalities of a PSFLC system. Then we obtained spontaneous polarization, tilt angle, rotational viscosity and dielectric constant strongly correlated with the assumed interactions. We also observed a shift of transition temperature highly influenced by this interaction between polymer network and liquid crystal molecules. A microscopical picture of this polymer-liquid crystal interaction is provided in view of the free volume charge density present in the composite system.

  18. Synthetic strategy of porous ZnO and CdS nanostructures doped ferroelectric liquid crystal and its optical behavior

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    Pal, Kaushik; Maiti, Uday Narayan; Majumder, Tapas Pal; Debnath, Subhas Chandra; Bennis, Noureddine; Otón, Jose Manuel

    2013-03-01

    A simple and scalable chemical approach has been proposed for the generation of 1-dimensional nanostructures of two most important inorganic materials such as zinc oxide and cadmium sulfide. By controlling the growth habit of the nanostructures with manipulated reaction conditions, the diameter and uniformity of the nanowires/nanorods were tailored. We studied extensively optical behavior and structural growth of CdS NWs and ZnO NRs doped ferroelectric liquid crystal Felix-017/100. Due to doping band gap has been changed and several blue shifts occurred in photoluminescence spectra because of nanoconfinement effect and mobility of charges.

  19. Latching operation in a tunable wavelength filter using Si sampled grating waveguide with ferroelectric liquid crystal cladding.

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    Nakatsuhara, Katsumi; Kato, Akifumi; Hayama, Yoshiki

    2014-04-21

    A tunable wavelength filter fabricated with a latching function is proposed. The proposed tunable wavelength filter consists of a silicon sampled grating waveguide and ferro-electric liquid crystal (FLC) cladding. The sampled grating waveguide in a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer achieved narrower stop bands than that with the conventional uniform grating structure. Enhanced wavelength shift was also obtained due to the increased effect in FLC by using a thinner silicon core. Bistable switching operation with the fabricated device, which was latching without state-sustaining power, was successfully demonstrated. Its switching and latching characteristics are also reported. PMID:24787847

  20. 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.

  1. Growth of shaped single crystals of proteins

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    Moreno, Abel; Rondón, Deyanira; García-Ruiz, Juan Ma.

    1996-09-01

    We present a procedure for obtaining protein single crystals that fill the capillary tubes in which they grow. The implementation was typical of the gel acupuncture method and the four different proteins are used as examples: lysozyme (HEW), thaumatin I, ferritin and insulin. Rod- and prismatic-shaped protein single crystals of these four proteins were grown inside capillary tubes of 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 mm in diameter and, for the case of lysozyme, up to 1.2 mm in diameter. The maximum length measured along the long axes of the rod crystals was 1.6 mm again for lysozyme crystals. It was observed that, once the capillary tube was filled, the crystal continues to grow by diffusion of the precipitating agent throughout the porous network formed by the protein crystal structure. We also discuss the possibility of growing these cylinders of crystalline proteins by the addition of protein solution to the mother liquor through the upper end of the glass capillary while the precipitating agent diffuses through the protein crystal itself. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the single crystal character of the protein rods.

  2. Single Crystals Grown Under Unconstrained Conditions

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    Sunagawa, Ichiro

    Based on detailed investigations on morphology (evolution and variation in external forms), surface microtopography of crystal faces (spirals and etch figures), internal morphology (growth sectors, growth banding and associated impurity partitioning) and perfection (dislocations and other lattice defects) in single crystals, we can deduce how and by what mechanism the crystal grew and experienced fluctuation in growth parameters through its growth and post-growth history under unconstrained condition. The information is useful not only in finding appropriate way to growing highly perfect and homogeneous single crystals, but also in deciphering letters sent from the depth of the Earth and the Space. It is also useful in discriminating synthetic from natural gemstones. In this chapter, available methods to obtain molecular information are briefly summarized, and actual examples to demonstrate the importance of this type of investigations are selected from both natural minerals (diamond, quartz, hematite, corundum, beryl, phlogopite) and synthetic crystals (SiC, diamond, corundum, beryl).

  3. Fatigue hardening in niobium single crystals.

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    Doner, M.; Diprimio, J. C.; Salkovitz, E. I.

    1973-01-01

    Nb single crystals of various orientations were cyclically deformed in tension-compression under strain control. At low strain amplitudes all crystals oriented for single slip and some oriented for multiple slip showed a two stage hardening. When present, the first stage was characterized with almost no cyclic work hardening. The rate of hardening in the second stage increased with strain amplitude and the amount of secondary slip. In crystals oriented for single slip kink bands developed on their side faces during rapid hardening stage which resulted in considerable amount of asterism in Laue spots. A cyclic stress-strain curve independent of prior history was found to exist which was also independent of crystal orientation. Furthermore, this curve differed only slightly from that of polycrystalline Nb obtained from data in literature.

  4. Self-polarized terahertz magnon absorption in a single crystal of BiFeO3

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    Matsubara, Eiichi; Mochizuki, Takeshi; Nagai, Masaya; Ashida, Masaaki

    2016-08-01

    We report the polarization dependence of terahertz magnon absorption in single crystals of BiFeO3 grown by a modified floating zone method. In a (111)pc-oriented crystal, two major magnon absorption signals were observed for all terahertz polarizations, which indicates that magnetic domains were not aligned in one of the three allowed directions. In contrast, the absorption modes in a (001)pc-oriented crystal showed significant polarization dependence, which was unchanged even after annealing the crystal at temperatures far above the Néel point to demagnetize it. This polarization dependence coincides with that of E mode phonons. Thus, we conclude that magnon and phonon in BiFeO3 are strongly coupled and the selection rules for magnon absorption are governed by the activity of E mode phonons, namely, the crystalline anisotropy originating from ferroelectric polarization.

  5. Domains in Ferroelectric Nanostructures

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    Gregg, Marty

    2010-03-01

    , the need to fully understand how size and morphology affect domain behaviour in small scale ferroelectrics is obvious. In this talk, observations from a programme of study examining domains in meso and nano-scale BaTiO3 shapes, that have been cut directly from bulk single crystal using focused ion beam milling, will be presented. In general, the equilibrium static domain configurations that occur appear to be the result of a simultaneous desire to minimize both the macroscopic strain and depolarizing fields developed on cooling through the Curie Temperature. While such governing factors might be obvious, the specific patterns that result as a function of morphology are often non-intuitive, and a series of images of domains in nanodots, rods and wires will be presented and rationalised. In addition, the nature in which morphological factors influence domain dynamics during switching will be discussed, with particular focus on axial switching in nanowires, and the manner in which local surface perturbations (such as notches and antinotches) affect domain wall propagation. In collaboration with Alina Schilling, Li-Wu Chang, Mark McMillen, Raymond McQuaid, and Leo McGilly, Queen's University Belfast; Gustau Catalan, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; and James Scott, University of Cambridge.

  6. System Grows Single-Crystal Fibers

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    Westfall, Leonard; Sayir, Ali; Penn, Wayne

    1994-01-01

    Award-winning Melt Modulation(TM) system produces single or multiple fibers of any variety of single-crystal materials in continuous or discrete lengths. Developed specifically to produce research quantities of fibers for strong, lightweight composite materials that withstand high temperatures in aerospace applications. Also used to grow such single-crystal materials as high-temperature superconductors and fiber-optic materials. Modifications enable system to apply conformal coats to fibers as they are being grown, producing fibers for greater number of composites in which coatings provide thermal and chemical compatibility between fiber and matrix materials.

  7. Characterization of zinc selenide single crystals

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    Gerhardt, Rosario A.

    1996-01-01

    ZnSe single crystals of high quality and low impurity levels are desired for use as substrates in optoelectronic devices. This is especially true when the device requires the formation of homoepitaxial layers. While ZnSe is commercially available, it is at present extremely expensive due to the difficulty of growing single crystal boules with low impurity content and the resultant low yields. Many researchers have found it necessary to heat treat the crystals in liquid Zn in order to remove the impurities, lower the resistivity and activate the photoluminescence at room temperature. The physical vapor transport method (PVT) has been successfully used at MSFC to grow many single crystals of II-VI semiconducting materials including ZnSe. The main goal at NASA has been to try to establish the effect of gravity on the growth parameters. To this effect, crystals have been grown vertically upwards or horizontally. Both (111) and (110) oriented ZnSe crystals have been obtained via unseeded PVT growth. Preliminary characterization of the horizontally grown crystals has revealed that Cu is a major impurity and that the low temperature photoluminescence spectra is dominated by the copper peak. The ratio of the copper peak to the free exciton peak is being used to determine variations in composition throughout the crystal. It was the intent of this project to map the copper composition of various crystals via photoluminescence first, then measure their electrical resistivity and capacitance as a function of frequency before proceeding with a heat treatment designed to remove the copper impurities. However, equipment difficulties with the photoluminescence set up, having to establish a procedure for measuring the electrical properties of the as-grown crystals and time limitations made us re-evaluate the project goals. Vertically grown samples designated as ZnSe-25 were chosen to be measured electrically since they were not expected to show as much variation in their

  8. Temperature Dependence of Soft Mode Frequency and Dielectric Constant in Ferroelectric PbHPO4 Crystal

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    Upadhayay, Trilok Chandra; Joshi, Mayank

    2011-11-01

    By using double-time temperature dependent Green's function method, expressions for soft mode frequency and dielectric constant are derived. Model Hamiltonian used by earlier workers is modified and used in the derivation. Model values are fitted and compared with experimental data of others. The high dielectric constant of ferroelectrics-thousand and tens of thousands in a number of cases makes them commercially important in the manufacture of small size capacitors of high capacitance. The property of hysteresis suggests their use as memory devices for electronic computers. Piezoelectric acoustic and pyroelectric infrared detectors are the devices based on ferroelectrics.

  9. Neutron detection with single crystal organic scintillators

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    Zaitseva, N; Newby, J; Hamel, S; Carman, L; Faust, M; Lordi, V; Cherepy, N; Stoeffl, W; Payne, S

    2009-07-15

    Detection of high-energy neutrons in the presence of gamma radiation background utilizes pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) phenomena in organics studied previously only with limited number of materials, mostly liquid scintillators and single crystal stilbene. The current paper presents the results obtained with broader varieties of luminescent organic single crystals. The studies involve experimental tools of crystal growth and material characterization in combination with the advanced computer modeling, with the final goal of better understanding the relevance between the nature of the organic materials and their PSD properties. Special consideration is given to the factors that may diminish or even completely obscure the PSD properties in scintillating crystals. Among such factors are molecular and crystallographic structures that determine exchange coupling and exciton mobility in organic materials and the impurity effect discussed on the examples of trans-stilbene, bibenzyl, 9,10-diphenylanthracene and diphenylacetylene.

  10. Oxygen Incorporation in Rubrene Single Crystals

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    Mastrogiovanni, Daniel D. T.; Mayer, Jeff; Wan, Alan S.; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V.; Podzorov, Vitaly; Feldman, Leonard C.; Garfunkel, Eric

    2014-05-01

    Single crystal rubrene is a model organic electronic material showing high carrier mobility and long exciton lifetime. These properties are detrimentally affected when rubrene is exposed to intense light under ambient conditions for prolonged periods of time, possibly due to oxygen up-take. Using photoelectron, scanning probe and ion-based methods, combined with an isotopic oxygen exposure, we present direct evidence of the light-induced reaction of molecular oxygen with single crystal rubrene. Without a significant exposure to light, there is no reaction of oxygen with rubrene for periods of greater than a year; the crystal's surface (and bulk) morphology and chemical composition remain essentially oxygen-free. Grand canonical Monte Carlo computations show no sorbtion of gases into the bulk of rubrene crystal. A mechanism for photo-induced oxygen inclusion is proposed.

  11. Oxygen Incorporation in Rubrene Single Crystals

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    Mastrogiovanni, Daniel D. T.; Mayer, Jeff; Wan, Alan S.; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V.; Podzorov, Vitaly; Feldman, Leonard C.; Garfunkel, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Single crystal rubrene is a model organic electronic material showing high carrier mobility and long exciton lifetime. These properties are detrimentally affected when rubrene is exposed to intense light under ambient conditions for prolonged periods of time, possibly due to oxygen up-take. Using photoelectron, scanning probe and ion-based methods, combined with an isotopic oxygen exposure, we present direct evidence of the light-induced reaction of molecular oxygen with single crystal rubrene. Without a significant exposure to light, there is no reaction of oxygen with rubrene for periods of greater than a year; the crystal's surface (and bulk) morphology and chemical composition remain essentially oxygen-free. Grand canonical Monte Carlo computations show no sorbtion of gases into the bulk of rubrene crystal. A mechanism for photo-induced oxygen inclusion is proposed. PMID:24786311

  12. Oxygen incorporation in rubrene single crystals.

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    Mastrogiovanni, Daniel D T; Mayer, Jeff; Wan, Alan S; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V; Podzorov, Vitaly; Feldman, Leonard C; Garfunkel, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Single crystal rubrene is a model organic electronic material showing high carrier mobility and long exciton lifetime. These properties are detrimentally affected when rubrene is exposed to intense light under ambient conditions for prolonged periods of time, possibly due to oxygen up-take. Using photoelectron, scanning probe and ion-based methods, combined with an isotopic oxygen exposure, we present direct evidence of the light-induced reaction of molecular oxygen with single crystal rubrene. Without a significant exposure to light, there is no reaction of oxygen with rubrene for periods of greater than a year; the crystal's surface (and bulk) morphology and chemical composition remain essentially oxygen-free. Grand canonical Monte Carlo computations show no sorbtion of gases into the bulk of rubrene crystal. A mechanism for photo-induced oxygen inclusion is proposed. PMID:24786311

  13. Effects of nanoparticle doping on the phase transitional behaviour of ferroelectric liquid crystal Langmuir-Blodgett composite films

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    Kaur, Ramneek; Raina, K. K.

    2015-12-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) doped with a low concentration of functionalized Al: ZnO (AZO) nanoparticles were prepared and characterized. Pressure-area isotherms show that the nanoparticles as well as FLC composite systems have the capability to form stable monolayers at the air-water interface. The molecular interaction between nanoparticles and FLC molecules increased during barrier compression, which resulted in increased surface pressure. We observed various phases in isotherms with increasing concentration of nanoparticles in the FLC matrix. An X-ray diffraction profile at a low angle confirmed that FLCs retain their layer structure at a low concentration doping of AZO nanoparticles in the FLC matrix. Atomic force microscopy images indicate that low wt% composites are uniformly deposited without disturbing the translation behaviour of SmC* liquid crystals.

  14. Effect of boundary surfaces on the effective dielectric susceptibility of the helical structure of a ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Kaznacheev, A. V.; Pozhidaev, E. P.

    2015-08-15

    We present the results of a theoretical investigation of the effect of boundary surfaces of a liquidcrystal cell on the effective dielectric susceptibility of the helical structure of a ferroelectric smectic C* liquid crystal (FLC). We consider for this purpose the deformation and untwisting of the helix by solid surfaces bounding the FLC layer. An analytic expression is obtained for critical thickness d{sub c} of the liquid-crystal layer, for which untwisting of the helix by surfaces takes place. In calculating the effective dielectric susceptibility, it is shown that the deformation of the FLC helix by the boundaries leads to the occurrence of anisotropy in the effective dielectric susceptibility in the plane perpendicular to the helix axis.

  15. Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Transformations in One Dimensional Ag-Eu Helical System

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    Cai, Yue-Peng; Zhout, Xiu-Xia; Zhout, Zheng-Yuan; Zhu, Shi-Zheng; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Liu, Jun

    2009-07-06

    Single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation of 1-D 4d-4f coordination polymers have been investigated for the first time. It displays high selectivity for Mg2+ and can be used as magnesium ion-selective luminescent probe. More importantly, we observed the transformation of meso-helical chain to rac-helical chain as a function of temperature.

  16. Single crystals of metal solid solutions

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    Miller, J. F.; Austin, A. E.; Richard, N.; Griesenauer, N. M.; Moak, D. P.; Mehrabian, M. R.; Gelles, S. H.

    1974-01-01

    The following definitions were sought in the research on single crystals of metal solid solutions: (1) the influence of convection and/or gravity present during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; (2) the influence of a magnetic field applied during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; and (3) requirements for a space flight experiment to verify the results. Growth conditions for the selected silver-zinc alloy system are described, along with pertinent technical and experimental details of the project.

  17. Graphene single crystals: size and morphology engineering.

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    Geng, Dechao; Wang, Huaping; Yu, Gui

    2015-05-13

    Recently developed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is considered as an effective way to large-area and high-quality graphene preparation due to its ultra-low cost, high controllability, and high scalability. However, CVD-grown graphene film is polycrystalline, and composed of numerous grains separated by grain boundaries, which are detrimental to graphene-based electronics. Intensive investigations have been inspired on the controlled growth of graphene single crystals with the absence of intrinsic defects. As the two most concerned parameters, the size and morphology serve critical roles in affecting properties and understanding the growth mechanism of graphene crystals. Therefore, a precise tuning of the size and morphology will be of great significance in scale-up graphene production and wide applications. Here, recent advances in the synthesis of graphene single crystals on both metals and dielectric substrates by the CVD method are discussed. The review mainly covers the size and morphology engineering of graphene single crystals. Furthermore, recent progress in the growth mechanism and device applications of graphene single crystals are presented. Finally, the opportunities and challenges are discussed.

  18. First Single-Crystal Mullite Fibers

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    1997-01-01

    Ceramic-matrix composites strengthened by suitable fiber additions are being developed for high-temperature use, particularly for aerospace applications. New oxide-based fibers, such as mullite, are particularly desirable because of their resistance to high-temperature oxidative environments. Mullite is a candidate material in both fiber and matrix form. The primary objective of this work was to determine the growth characteristics of single-crystal mullite fibers produced by the laser-heated floating zone method. Directionally solidified fibers with nominal mullite compositions of 3Al2O3 2SiO2 were grown by the laser-heated floating zone method at the NASA Lewis Research Center. SEM analysis revealed that the single-crystal fibers grown in this study were strongly faceted and that the facets act as critical flaws, limiting fiber strength. The average fiber tensile strength is 1.15 GPa at room temperature. The mullite fibers exhibit superior strength retention (80 percent of their room temperature tensile strength at 1450 C). Examined by transmission electron microscopy, these mullite single crystals are free of dislocations, low-angle boundaries, and voids. In addition, they show a high degree of oxygen vacancy ordering. High-resolution digital images from an optical microscope furnish evidence of the formation of a liquid-liquid miscibility gap during crystal growth. These images represent the first experimental evidence of liquid immiscibility for these compositions and temperatures. Continuing investigation with controlled seeding of mullite single crystals is planned.

  19. Molecular theory of proper ferroelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals.

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    Osipov, M A; Pajak, G

    2014-09-01

    Antiferro- and ferro-electric ordering has been discovered in orthogonal smectic phases composed of nonchiral bent-core molecules. These systems are the only proper fluid ferroelectrics confirmed experimentally so far. We consider a molecular theory of proper ferroelectric ordering in isotropic, nematic and smectic A phases and conclude that the delicate balance between the tendencies for local parallel and antiparallel ordering of molecular electric and steric dipoles is strongly shifted in restricted geometries. This is a reason why dipolar ordering is more likely to occur within a smectic layer. We derive model interaction potentials for polar bent-core molecules and present the results of the mean-field theory of ferroelectric ordering in the orthogonal smectic phase taking into account also the molecular biaxiality. Order parameter profiles have been calculated numerically and phase diagrams are presented which enable one to analyze the relative importance of dipole-dipole interaction and intermolecular attraction modulated by polar bent-core molecular shape. PMID:25209336

  20. Growth mode of polyethylene single crystals

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    Toda, A.; Tanzawa, Y.; Nakagawa, Y.

    1995-12-01

    The growth kinetics and morphology of polyethylene single crystals of narrow molecular weight fractions is reviewed. Single crystals grown from the melt show two types of morphology in the lateral habits; a lenticular shape elongated in the direction of the b-axis (type A) and a truncated lozenge with curved edges of the (100) growth faces (type B). The change in the lateral habits occurs in the vicinity of a transition in the supercooling dependence of growth rate along the b-axis direction. This talk will discuss the mechanism of the change in morphology and growth mode.

  1. Single-Crystal Springs For Accelerometers

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    Vanzandt, Thomas R.; Kaiser, William J.; Kenny, Thomas W.

    1995-01-01

    Thermal noise reduced, enabling use of smaller proof masses. Spring-and-mass accelerometers in which springs made of single-crystal material being developed. In spring-and-mass accelerometer, proof mass attached to one end of spring, and acceleration of object at other end of spring measured in terms of deflection of spring, provided frequency spectrum of acceleration lies well below resonant frequency of spring-and-proof-mass system. Use of single-crystal spring materials instead of such polycrystalline spring materials as ordinary metals makes possible to construct highly sensitive accelerometers (including seismometers) with small proof masses.

  2. Laser-induced nondestructive patterning of a thin ferroelectric polymer film with controlled crystals using Ge8Sb2Te11 alloy layer for nonvolatile memory.

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    Bae, Insung; Kim, Richard Hahnkee; Hwang, Sun Kak; Kang, Seok Ju; Park, Cheolmin

    2014-09-10

    We present a simple but robust nondestructive process for fabricating micropatterns of thin ferroelectric polymer films with controlled crystals. Our method is based on utilization of localized heat arising from thin Ge(8)Sb(2)Te(11) (GST) alloy layer upon exposure of 650 nm laser. The heat was generated on GST layer within a few hundred of nanosecond exposure and subsequently transferred to a thin poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) film deposited on GST layer. By controlling exposure time and power of the scanned laser, ferroelectric patterns of one or two microns in size are fabricated with various shape. In the micropatterned regions, ferroelectric polymer crystals were efficiently controlled in both degree of the crystallinity and the molecular orientations. Nonvolatile memory devices with laser scanned ferroelectric polymer layers exhibited excellent device performance of large remnant polarization, ON/OFF current ratio and data retention. The results are comparable with devices containing ferroelectric films thermally annealed at least for 2 h, making our process extremely efficient for saving time. Furthermore, our approach can be conveniently combined with a number of other functional organic materials for the future electronic applications.

  3. Laser-induced nondestructive patterning of a thin ferroelectric polymer film with controlled crystals using Ge8Sb2Te11 alloy layer for nonvolatile memory.

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    Bae, Insung; Kim, Richard Hahnkee; Hwang, Sun Kak; Kang, Seok Ju; Park, Cheolmin

    2014-09-10

    We present a simple but robust nondestructive process for fabricating micropatterns of thin ferroelectric polymer films with controlled crystals. Our method is based on utilization of localized heat arising from thin Ge(8)Sb(2)Te(11) (GST) alloy layer upon exposure of 650 nm laser. The heat was generated on GST layer within a few hundred of nanosecond exposure and subsequently transferred to a thin poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) film deposited on GST layer. By controlling exposure time and power of the scanned laser, ferroelectric patterns of one or two microns in size are fabricated with various shape. In the micropatterned regions, ferroelectric polymer crystals were efficiently controlled in both degree of the crystallinity and the molecular orientations. Nonvolatile memory devices with laser scanned ferroelectric polymer layers exhibited excellent device performance of large remnant polarization, ON/OFF current ratio and data retention. The results are comparable with devices containing ferroelectric films thermally annealed at least for 2 h, making our process extremely efficient for saving time. Furthermore, our approach can be conveniently combined with a number of other functional organic materials for the future electronic applications. PMID:25127181

  4. Giant pyroelectric coefficient determined from the frequency dependence of the pyroelectric signal generated by epitaxial Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 layers grown on single crystal SrTiO3 substrates

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    Botea, M.; Iuga, A.; Pintilie, L.

    2013-12-01

    Epitaxial Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 layers of good structural quality were grown on single crystal SrTiO3 substrates. The pyroelectric coefficient was estimated from the signal generated by the ferroelectric film working as a pyroelectric detector in the voltage mode, without pre-poling procedure. The obtained value is as high as 1.9 × 10-3 C/m2 K. The large value is attributed to the presence of 90° ferroelectric domains and to the compressive misfit strain, leading to an enhanced ferroelectric polarization.

  5. Polarized Raman scattering study of PSN single crystals and epitaxial thin films

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    Pokorný, J.; Rafalovskyi, I.; Gregora, I.; Borodavka, F.; Savinov, M.; Drahokoupil, J.; Tyunina, M.; Kocourek, T.; Jelinek, M.; Bing, Y.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes a detailed analysis of the dependence of Raman scattering intensity on the polarization of the incident and inelastically scattered light in PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSN) single crystals and epitaxially compressed thin films grown on (100)-oriented MgO substrates. It is found that there are significant differences between the properties of the crystals and films, and that these differences can be attributed to the anticipated structural differences between these two forms of the same material. In particular, the scattering characteristics of the oxygen octahedra breathing mode near 810 cm-1 indicate a ferroelectric state for the crystals and a relaxor state for the films, which is consistent with the dielectric behaviors of these materials.

  6. Catching the intermediate phase in PZT 99/1 single crystals

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    Buixaderas, Elena; Ostapchuk, Tetyana; Kroupa, Jan; Savinov, Maxim; Gregora, Ivan; Hlinka, Jiří

    2014-11-01

    We have investigated single crystals of PbZrO3 substituted with 1% of Ti (PZT 99/1) by means of optical microscopy, micro-Raman scattering, second harmonic generation and dielectric spectroscopy, on heating to and cooling from its cubic phase. Our measurements confirm that these crystals undergo two phase transitions within the approximate temperature range 488-503 K, in agreement with previous findings. The lower temperature phase, TAFE, shows much stronger thermal hysteresis - about 10 K, which undoubtedly indicates its strong first-order character. Second harmonic generation showed a marked signal between the two anomalies, implying that the intermediate phase is non-centrosymmetric. In situ Raman spectroscopy and the presence of second harmonic signal, excluded the antiferroelectric state of this phase. The intermediate phase of PZT 99/1 crystal is similar to the rhombohedral ferroelectric with the R3m (Z = 1) space group.

  7. Microhardness studies of sulfamic acid single crystal

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    Santhosh Kumar, A.; Joseph, Cyriac; Paulose, Reshmi; R, Rajesh; Joseph, Georgekutty; Louis, Godfrey

    2015-02-01

    Vicker's microhardness study of (100), (010) and (001) faces of a non-linear optical crystal sulfamic acid have been reported. Single crystals of sulfamic acid have been grown by slow evaporation method. The load dependence of the Vickers microhardness of sulfamic acid crystal were investigated and analyzed from the stand point of various theoretical models. Crystal samples in a, b and c-axes exhibit reverse indentation effect which is best described by Meyer's law, Hays-Kendall's approach and proportional specimen resistance (PSR) models. The negative values of load dependent quantities in Hays-Kendall's approach and PSR model suggest that the origin of indentation size effect is associated with the process of relaxation of indentation stresses.

  8. Domain Structures in Nano-Toroids and Ultra-Thin Single Crystals

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    Gregg, Marty

    2006-03-01

    Rationalisation of the formation of domain structures, in ferroics of limited dimensions, has been a topic of interest since the 1940's [1], with early work, specifically in ferroelectrics, in the 1950's [2]. Experimental studies at that time primarily involved domain investigations using optical microscopy, on samples down to the order of hundreds of microns. More modern studies, extending domain research into the thin and ultrathin film regime [3], suggest that our understanding of certain aspects of domain behaviour remain relatively unchanged, despite the intervening decades. This might imply that reduction of scales into the nanometre range will not reveal anything new or interesting in ferroelectric domain research. In this talk, we hope to illustrate that this is not the case. We describe results from two recent research programmes on the characterisation of ferroelectric domain structures in single crystal BaTiO3 (BTO) using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. In both studies sample preparation was performed using a Focused Ion Beam Microscope (FIB). In the first study, the domain periodicity has been measured as a function of thickness of parallel-walled BTO slabs from several hundred nanometres down to ˜50nm. Early work [2] suggested that the domain width should vary as the square root of slab thickness, and this is consistent with our data. However, we find, in plotting data from several works on different ferroelectric materials, with differing surface boundary conditions, across six decades in thickness, that all data lie on the same parent function, with the same constants of proportionality. This is totally unexpected, as the proportionality constants should be material and surface boundary state dependent. We suspect that this reveals fundamental aspects in the physics of ferroelectric domain formation that will be discussed. The second study was motivated by modelling done in 1994 by Gorbatsevich and Kopaev [4] and more recently by Fu and

  9. Single crystal tungsten kinetic energy penetrators

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    Cline, C.F.; Gogolewski, R.P.

    1992-05-01

    We have explored the terminal ballistic performance of single crystal tungsten as a kinetic energy penetrator. Scientific speculation as to the anticipated penetration performance and nature of the interaction between such a kinetic energy penetrator and semi-infinite and spaced metallic targets has led us to perform laboratory scale experiments and metallographic examinations of post-impact penetrator materials. The single tungsten crystals were ground into kinetic energy penetrators with the [l angle]111[r angle] and [l angle]100[r angle] crystal direction being coincident with the axis of symmetry of the penetrators. The crystals were electro-polished to their final diameter. We, compared the terminal performance at current ordnance speeds of [l angle]111[r angle] single crystal tungsten to 90W-10 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against a spaced steel (triple) target at sixty-five degrees obliquity. We also compared the terminal performance of [l angle]100[r angle] and [l angle]111[r angle] single crystal tungsten with 90W-10 and 98W02 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against monolithic 4340 alloy steel (HRC = 36) at normal impact. We radiographed the penetrators during the interactions with the targets, we recovered portions of the penetrators after the ballistic experiments, and we conducted metallographic examinations of penetrator remnants. From the radiographic records and the metallographic examinations, we drew conclusions pertaining to insights into the terminal interactions of the penetrators with the targets and suggestions as to improved compositions of the cemented tungsten penetrators.

  10. Temperature change effect on BaTiO3 single crystal surface potential around domain walls

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    He, D. Y.; Xing, X. R.; Qiao, L. J.; Volinsky, Alex A.

    2014-08-01

    Temperature dependence of the surface potential distribution on the BaTiO3 (0 0 1) single crystal ferroelectric domain walls was investigated by the scanning Kelvin probe microscopy. After decreasing the single crystal temperature below the Curie point (TC), high potential (∼600 mV) stripes were immediately observed near the 90° a-c domain wall surface. The potential stripes were not stable and decayed with time. The adjacent c domain surface screening charges and their mobility play a dominant role in this experiment. The corrugation topography at the 90° a-c domain wall acts as a natural charge trap and should not be neglected. Besides, the polarization and the strain variations across the wall induce large physical changes of the material.

  11. X-ray diffraction study of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystal mixtures exhibiting de Vries SmA∗-SmC∗ transitions.

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    Manna, U; Richardson, R M; Fukuda, Atsuo; Vij, J K

    2010-05-01

    In this Rapid Communication, results on smectic layer thickness, using synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction, for different mixtures of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals are given. We find that with an increased ferroelectric component in the mixtures, the layer shrinkage at the de Vries SmA∗-SmC∗ transition increases. This observation can be used to explain our previously observed behaviors [U. Manna, J.-K. Song, Yu. P. Panarin, A. Fukuda, and J. K. Vij, Phys. Rev. E 77, 041707 (2008)] that the soft-mode dielectric strength decreases, the Landau coefficient increases, and the Curie-Weiss temperature range decreases with increased ferroelectric component in the mixture exhibiting de Vries SmA∗-SmC∗ transition.

  12. Exfoliation of graphene oxide and its application in improving the electro-optical response of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Kumar, Veeresh; Kumar, Ajay; Bhandari, Shruti; Biradar, A. M.; Pasricha, Renu E-mail: renu1505@gmail.com; Reddy, G. B.

    2015-09-21

    Near complete exfoliation and reduction of lyophilized graphene oxide (GO) has been carried out at temperature as low as 400 °C. The structural characterizations of the reduced GO have been performed using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The morphological studies were carried out using scanning electron microscopy. The synthesized GO finds an application in improving the switching performance of a liquid crystal (LC) mixture by remarkably modifying the physical properties, such as spontaneous polarization and rotational viscosity of the ferroelectric LC (FLC) material which in turn resulted into faster response of the FLC. The present study explores the possibility of low temperature thermal reduction of GO along with its application in improving the properties of LC based display systems.

  13. Effect of cadmium telluride quantum dots on the dielectric and electro-optical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Kumar, A; Biradar, A M

    2011-04-01

    We present here the dielectric and electro-optical studies of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) doped ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs). It has been observed that the doping of CdTe QDs not only induced a pronounced memory effect but also affected the physical parameters of FLC material (LAHS19). The modifications in the physical parameters and memory effect of LAHS19 are found to depend on the concentration ratio of CdTe QDs. The lower concentration of CdTe QDs (1-3 wt%) enhanced the values of spontaneous polarization and rotational viscosity of LAHS19 material but did not favor the memory effect, whereas a higher concentration of CdTe QDs (>5 wt%) degraded the alignment of LAHS19 material. The doping of ∼5 wt% of CdTe QDs is found to be the most suitable for achieving good memory effect without significantly affecting the material parameters.

  14. Lightweight optical mirrors formed in single crystal substrate

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    Bly, Vincent T. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    This invention is directed to a process for manufacturing a lightweight mirror from a single crystal material, such as single crystal silicon. As a near perfect single crystal material, single crystal silicon has much lower internal stress than a conventional material. This means much less distortion of the optical surface during the light weighting process. After being ground and polished, a single crystal silicon mirror is light weighted by removing material from the back side using ultrasonic machining. After the light weighting process, the single crystal silicon mirror may be used as-is or further figured by conventional polishing or ion milling, depending on the application and the operating wavelength.

  15. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, Frank R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, Dale A.

    1999-01-01

    The objective of the study is to establish the effects of processing semiconducting, solid solution, single crystals in a microgravity environment on the metallurgical, compositional, electrical, and optical characteristics of the crystals. The alloy system being investigated is the solid solution semiconductor Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te, with x-values appropriate for infrared detector applications in the 8 to 14 mm wavelength region. Both melt and Te-solvent growth are being performed. The study consists of an extensive ground-based experimental and theoretical research effort followed by flight experimentation where appropriate. The ground-based portion of the investigation also includes the evaluation of the relative effectiveness of stabilizing techniques, such as applied magnetic fields, for suppressing convective flow during the melt growth of the crystals.

  16. The interface between ferroelectric and 2D material for a Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    We have studied electrical property of ferroelectric field-effect transistor which consists of graphene on hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) gated by a ferroelectric, PMN-PT (i.e. (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-xPbTiO3) single-crystal substrate. The PMN-PT was expected to have an effect on polarization field into the graphene channel and to induce a giant amount of surface charge. The hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) flake was directly exfoliated on the PMN-PT substrate for preventing graphene from directly contacting on the PMN-PT substrate. It can make us to observe the effect of the interface between ferroelectric and 2D material on the device operation. Monolayer graphene as 2D channel material, which was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, was transferred on top of the hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) by using the conventional dry-transfer method. Here, we can demonstrate that the structure of graphene/hexagonal-BN/ferroelectric field-effect transistor makes us to clearly understand the device operation as well as the interface between ferroelectric and 2D materials by inserting h-BN between them. The phenomena such as anti-hysteresis, current saturation behavior, and hump-like increase of channel current, will be discussed by in terms of ferroelectric switching, polarization-assisted charge trapping.

  17. Optimizing Scale Adhesion on Single Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Pint, Bruce A.

    2000-01-01

    To improve scale adhesion, single crystal superalloys have been desulfurized to levels below 1 ppmw by hydrogen annealing. A transition to fully adherent behavior has been shown to occur at a sulfur level of about 0.2 ppmw, as demonstrated for PWA 1480, PWA 1484, and Rene N5 single crystal superalloys in 1100-1150 C cyclic oxidation tests up to 2000 h. Small additions of yttrium (15 ppmw) also have been effective in producing adhesion for sulfur contents of about 5 ppmw. Thus the critical Y/S ratio required for adhesion was on the order of 3-to-1 by weight (1-to-1 atomic), in agreement with values estimated from solubility products for yttrium sulfides. While hydrogen annealing greatly improved an undoped alloy, yielding <= 0.01 ppmw S, it also produced benefits for Y-doped alloys without measurably reducing the sulfur content.

  18. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite.

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    Omokanwaye, Tiffany; Wilson, Otto C; Gugssa, Ayelle; Anderson, Winston

    2015-11-01

    The chemical and physical characteristics of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles which formed during the subcutaneous implantation of crab shell in Sprague-Dawley rats were studied using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The initial SAED characterization evidence indicated the presence of an amorphous calcium phosphate phase. The electron dense nanophase particles which formed in the wound healing zone displayed broad diffuse rings which usually indicate a low crystalline order or amorphous phase. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that these mineralized regions contained discrete single crystal particles less than 5nm in size. Micrographs taken at successively higher magnifications revealed very small nanoparticles with a hexagonal arrangement of ion channels with characteristic spacing of 0.54nm and 0.23nm. This study revealed that single crystal hydroxyapatite nanoparticles consisting of only a few unit cells formed via a biomineralization directed process. PMID:26249568

  19. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum.

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    Zhao, F; Wang, L; Fan, D; Bie, B X; Zhou, X M; Suo, T; Li, Y L; Chen, M W; Liu, C L; Qi, M L; Zhu, M H; Luo, S N

    2016-02-19

    Deformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼10^{6}  s^{-1}) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. PMID:26943543

  20. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite.

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    Omokanwaye, Tiffany; Wilson, Otto C; Gugssa, Ayelle; Anderson, Winston

    2015-11-01

    The chemical and physical characteristics of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles which formed during the subcutaneous implantation of crab shell in Sprague-Dawley rats were studied using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The initial SAED characterization evidence indicated the presence of an amorphous calcium phosphate phase. The electron dense nanophase particles which formed in the wound healing zone displayed broad diffuse rings which usually indicate a low crystalline order or amorphous phase. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that these mineralized regions contained discrete single crystal particles less than 5nm in size. Micrographs taken at successively higher magnifications revealed very small nanoparticles with a hexagonal arrangement of ion channels with characteristic spacing of 0.54nm and 0.23nm. This study revealed that single crystal hydroxyapatite nanoparticles consisting of only a few unit cells formed via a biomineralization directed process.

  1. Porosity evolution in a creeping single crystal

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    Srivastava, A.; Needleman, A.

    2012-04-01

    Experimental observations on tensile specimens in Srivastava et al (2012 in preparation) indicated that the growth of initially present processing induced voids in a nickel-based single crystal superalloy played a significant role in limiting creep life. Also, creep tests on single crystal superalloy specimens typically show greater creep strain rates and/or reduced creep life for thinner specimens than predicted by current theories. In order to quantify the role of void growth in single crystals in creep loading, we have carried out three-dimensional finite deformation finite element analyses of unit cells containing a single initially spherical void. The materials are characterized by a rate-dependent crystal plasticity constitutive relation accounting for primary and secondary creep. Two types of imposed loading are considered: an applied true stress (force/unit current area) that is time independent; and an applied nominal stress (force/unit initial area) that is time independent. Isothermal conditions are assumed. The evolution of porosity is calculated for various values of stress triaxiality and of the Lode parameter. The evolution of porosity with time is sensitive to whether constant true stress or constant nominal stress loading is applied. However, the evolution of porosity with the overall unit cell strain is insensitive to the mode of loading. At high values of stress triaxiality, the response is essentially independent of the value of the Lode parameter. At sufficiently low values of the stress triaxiality, the porosity evolution depends on the value of the Lode parameter and void collapse can occur. Also, rather large stress concentrations can develop which could play a role in the observed thickness dependence.

  2. Flexible single-crystal silicon nanomembrane photonic crystal cavity.

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    Xu, Xiaochuan; Subbaraman, Harish; Chakravarty, Swapnajit; Hosseini, Amir; Covey, John; Yu, Yalin; Kwong, David; Zhang, Yang; Lai, Wei-Cheng; Zou, Yi; Lu, Nanshu; Chen, Ray T

    2014-12-23

    Flexible inorganic electronic devices promise numerous applications, especially in fields that could not be covered satisfactorily by conventional rigid devices. Benefits on a similar scale are also foreseeable for silicon photonic components. However, the difficulty in transferring intricate silicon photonic devices has deterred widespread development. In this paper, we demonstrate a flexible single-crystal silicon nanomembrane photonic crystal microcavity through a bonding and substrate removal approach. The transferred cavity shows a quality factor of 2.2×10(4) and could be bent to a curvature of 5 mm radius without deteriorating the performance compared to its counterparts on rigid substrates. A thorough characterization of the device reveals that the resonant wavelength is a linear function of the bending-induced strain. The device also shows a curvature-independent sensitivity to the ambient index variation.

  3. Anisotropy of sapphire single crystal sputtering

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    Minnebaev, K. F.; Tolpin, K. A.; Yurasova, V. E.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the spatial distribution of particles sputtered from the base (0001) plane of a sapphire single crystal with trigonal crystalline lattice (α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) that can be considered a superposition of two hexagonal close packed (hcp) structures–the ideal sublattice of oxygen and a somewhat deformed sublattice of aluminum. It is established that the particles sputtered from the base plane of sapphire are predominantly deposited along the sides of an irregular hexagon with spots at its vertices. The patterns of spots have been also studied for sputtering of particles from the (0001) face of a zinc single crystal with the hcp lattice. The spots of sputtered Zn atoms are arranged at the vertices of concentric equilateral hexagons. In both cases, the observed anisotropy of sputtering is related to focused collisions (direct and assisted focusing) and the channeling process. The chemical composition of spots has been determined in various regions of sputtered sapphire deposition. The results are discussed in comparison to analogous earlier data for secondary ion emission from an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal.

  4. 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.

  5. Charge transport in single crystal organic semiconductors

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    Xie, Wei

    Organic electronics have engendered substantial interest in printable, flexible and large-area applications thanks to their low fabrication cost per unit area, chemical versatility and solution processability. Nevertheless, fundamental understanding of device physics and charge transport in organic semiconductors lag somewhat behind, partially due to ubiquitous defects and impurities in technologically useful organic thin films, formed either by vacuum deposition or solution process. In this context, single-crystalline organic semiconductors, or organic single crystals, have therefore provided the ideal system for transport studies. Organic single crystals are characterized by their high chemical purity and outstanding structural perfection, leading to significantly improved electrical properties compared with their thin-film counterparts. Importantly, the surfaces of the crystals are molecularly flat, an ideal condition for building field-effect transistors (FETs). Progress in organic single crystal FETs (SC-FETs) is tremendous during the past decade. Large mobilities ~ 1 - 10 cm2V-1s-1 have been achieved in several crystals, allowing a wide range of electrical, optical, mechanical, structural, and theoretical studies. Several challenges still remain, however, which are the motivation of this thesis. The first challenge is to delineate the crystal structure/electrical property relationship for development of high-performance organic semiconductors. This thesis demonstrates a full spectrum of studies spanning from chemical synthesis, single crystal structure determination, quantum-chemical calculation, SC-OFET fabrication, electrical measurement, photoelectron spectroscopy characterization and extensive device optimization in a series of new rubrene derivatives, motivated by the fact that rubrene is a benchmark semiconductor with record hole mobility ~ 20 cm2V-1s-1. With successful preservation of beneficial pi-stacking structures, these rubrene derivatives form

  6. Polarity tuning of single-walled carbon nanotube by dipole field of ferroelectric polymer for thermoelectric conversion

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    Horike, Shohei; Misaki, Masahiro; Koshiba, Yasuko; Morimoto, Masahiro; Saito, Takeshi; Ishida, Kenji

    2016-08-01

    The tuning of the Seebeck coefficient of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film was achieved by using the dipole field of a ferroelectric polymer. The Seebeck coefficient was positive under an up-poling dipole field, but negative under a down-poling dipole field, whereas the control remained positive. This tunable behavior can be explained by selective carrier injection and accumulation, which was confirmed by the temperature dependence of electrical conductivity. Connecting p- and n-type SWCNT films tuned by dipole fields to create a π module resulted in a significant improvement in output voltage owing to the temperature difference between the two.

  7. Stabilization of metastable ferroelectric Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 by breaking Ca-site selectivity via crystallization from glass

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    Masuno, Atsunobu; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Okajima, Toshihiro; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Arai, Yasutomo; Yu, Jianding; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Yasuhiro

    2013-01-01

    The thermal stability and dielectric and structural properties of ferroelectric Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) prepared by crystallization from glass are investigated. The Ba1−xCaxTi2O5 compounds with x < 0.10 are thermally stable phases, while those with x ≥ 0.10 are metastable phases. The ferroelectric transition temperature drastically decreases from 470 to 220°C with increasing x. Crystal structure analyses reveal that one of two possible Ba sites is occupied by Ca in the stable phase region, while Ca-site selectivity is broken in the metastable phase region. The Ca-site selectivity introduces local distortion and makes the crystal lattice unstable. However, the local distortion is suppressed by the occupancy of Ca into both Ba sites. Accordingly, the metastable ferroelectric phase can be obtained beyond the substitution limit of Ca by crystallization from the glassy state. The stabilization mechanism provides possible wide control of the functionality of materials by expanding the composition range. PMID:24145958

  8. Single crystal x-ray diffraction: optical and micro hardness studies on chalcone derivative single crystal

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    Crasta, Vincent; Ravindrachary, V.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Naveen, S.; Shridar, M. A.; Shashidhara Prasad, J.

    2005-08-01

    1-(4-methylphenyl)-3-(4- N, N dimethyl amino phenyl)-2-propen-1-one, a chalcone derivative nonlinear optical material has been synthesized by standard method. FT-IR and NMR spectral studies have been performed to confirm the molecular structure of the synthesized compound. The single crystals up to a dimension of 13 x 9 x 3 mm3 were grown by slow evaporation method. The grown crystals were transparent in the entire visible region and absorbs in the UV-region. The refractive index has been measured using a He-Ne laser. The grown crystals have been subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction studies to determine the crystal structure and hence the cell parameters of the crystal. From this study it is found that this compound crystallizes in orthorhombic system with a space group P212121 and corresponding lattice parameters are, a = 7.3610(13) Å, b = 11.651(2) Å, c = 17.6490(17) Å. The Kurtz powder second harmonic generation test shows that the compound is a potential candidate for Photonic application. The micro hardness test on these crystals were carried out and the load dependence hardness was observed

  9. Sponge-like nanoporous single crystals of gold

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    Khristosov, Maria Koifman; Bloch, Leonid; Burghammer, Manfred; Kauffmann, Yaron; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2015-11-01

    Single crystals in nature often demonstrate fascinating intricate porous morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. We attempt to grow such crystals, drawing inspiration from biogenic porous single crystals. Here we show that nanoporous single crystals of gold can be grown with no need for any elaborate fabrication steps. These crystals are found to grow following solidification of a eutectic composition melt that forms as a result of the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We also present a kinetic model that shows how this nano-porous single-crystalline structure can be obtained, and which allows the potential size of the porous single crystal to be predicted. Retaining their single-crystalline nature is due to the fact that the full crystallization process is faster than the average period between two subsequent nucleation events. Our findings clearly demonstrate that it is possible to form single-crystalline nano porous metal crystals in a controlled manner.

  10. Sponge-like nanoporous single crystals of gold.

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    Khristosov, Maria Koifman; Bloch, Leonid; Burghammer, Manfred; Kauffmann, Yaron; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals in nature often demonstrate fascinating intricate porous morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. We attempt to grow such crystals, drawing inspiration from biogenic porous single crystals. Here we show that nanoporous single crystals of gold can be grown with no need for any elaborate fabrication steps. These crystals are found to grow following solidification of a eutectic composition melt that forms as a result of the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We also present a kinetic model that shows how this nano-porous single-crystalline structure can be obtained, and which allows the potential size of the porous single crystal to be predicted. Retaining their single-crystalline nature is due to the fact that the full crystallization process is faster than the average period between two subsequent nucleation events. Our findings clearly demonstrate that it is possible to form single-crystalline nano porous metal crystals in a controlled manner. PMID:26554856

  11. Sponge-like nanoporous single crystals of gold.

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    Khristosov, Maria Koifman; Bloch, Leonid; Burghammer, Manfred; Kauffmann, Yaron; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2015-11-10

    Single crystals in nature often demonstrate fascinating intricate porous morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. We attempt to grow such crystals, drawing inspiration from biogenic porous single crystals. Here we show that nanoporous single crystals of gold can be grown with no need for any elaborate fabrication steps. These crystals are found to grow following solidification of a eutectic composition melt that forms as a result of the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We also present a kinetic model that shows how this nano-porous single-crystalline structure can be obtained, and which allows the potential size of the porous single crystal to be predicted. Retaining their single-crystalline nature is due to the fact that the full crystallization process is faster than the average period between two subsequent nucleation events. Our findings clearly demonstrate that it is possible to form single-crystalline nano porous metal crystals in a controlled manner.

  12. Oriented single-crystal-to-single-crystal phase transition with dramatic changes in the dimensions of crystals.

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    Liu, Guangfeng; Liu, Jie; Liu, Yang; Tao, Xutang

    2014-01-15

    We report here a new polymorph of cocrystal CuQ2-TCNQ that shows an oriented single-crystal-to-single-crystal phase transition along its a-axis at ambient conditions. Upon mechanical stimulation, it converts into another polymorph accompanied by almost doubling its length and halving its thickness. Our crystallographic studies indicate the dramatic changes in crystal dimensions resulted from the prominent changes of molecular stacking patterns. A reasonable mechanism for the phenomenon was proposed on the basis of the structural, microscopic, and thermal analysis.

  13. Numerical Evaluation of Strain Rate Effect on Mechanical and Electromechanical Coupling Responses in BaTiO3 Single-Crystal Nanofilm

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    Tian, Xiao Bao; Yang, Xin Hua; Cao, Wei Zhong

    2014-02-01

    The mechanical and electromechanical coupling responses of a ferroelectric single-crystal nanofilm under displacement loading at different strain rates have been simulated using the molecular dynamics method based on the shell model. While the linear stress-strain relation is independent of the strain rate, strong strain rate dependence is exhibited in the electromechanical coupling response for strain rates between 0 ns-1 and 0.5 ns-1. There is an approximate semilogarithmic linear relationship between the polarization stability strain and the strain rate. With increasing strain rate, local 180° domain switches take place sequentially from inside to outside in the stable domain structure evolution, and the number of domain walls increases. However, after the strain rate exceeds 0.5 ns-1, it has almost no effect on the␣domain structure. This work is helpful for improving ferroelectric device design and expanding ferroelectric application fields.

  14. Direct Shear of Olivine Single Crystals

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    Tielke, Jacob; Zimmerman, Mark; Kohlstedt, David

    2016-04-01

    Knowledge of the strength of individual dislocation slip systems in olivine is fundamental to understanding the flow behavior and the development of lattice-preferred orientation in olivine-rich rocks. The most direct measurements of the strengths of individual slip systems are from triaxial compression experiments on olivine single crystals. However, such experiments only allow for determination of flow laws for two of the four dominate slip systems in olivine. In order to measure the strengths of the (001)[100] and (100)[001] slip systems independently, we performed deformation experiments on single crystals of San Carlos olivine in a direct shear geometry. Experiments were carried out at temperatures of 1000° to 1300°C, a confining pressure of 300 MPa, shear stresses of 60 to 334 MPa, and resultant shear strain rates of 7.4 x 10‑6 to 6.7 x 10‑4 s‑1. At high-temperature (≥1200°C) and low-stress (≤200 MPa) conditions, the strain rate of crystals oriented for direct shear on either the (001)[100] or the (100)[001] slip system follows a power law relationship with stress, whereas at lower temperatures and higher stresses, strain rate depends exponentially on stress. The flow laws derived from the mechanical data in this study are consistent with a transition from the operation of a climb-controlled dislocation mechanism during power-law creep to the operation of a glide-controlled dislocation mechanism during exponential creep. In the climb-controlled regime, crystals oriented for shear on the (001)[100] slip system are weaker than crystals orientated for shear on the (100)[001] slip system. In contrast, in the glide-controlled regime the opposite is observed. Extrapolation of flow laws determined for crystals sheared in orientations favorable for slip on these two slip systems to upper mantle conditions reveals that the (001)[100] slip system is weaker at temperatures and stresses that are typical of the asthenospheric mantle, whereas the (100

  15. Chemical vapor deposition of graphene single crystals.

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    Yan, Zheng; Peng, Zhiwei; Tour, James M

    2014-04-15

    As a two-dimensional (2D) sp(2)-bonded carbon allotrope, graphene has attracted enormous interest over the past decade due to its unique properties, such as ultrahigh electron mobility, uniform broadband optical absorption and high tensile strength. In the initial research, graphene was isolated from natural graphite, and limited to small sizes and low yields. Recently developed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques have emerged as an important method for the scalable production of large-size and high-quality graphene for various applications. However, CVD-derived graphene is polycrystalline and demonstrates degraded properties induced by grain boundaries. Thus, the next critical step of graphene growth relies on the synthesis of large graphene single crystals. In this Account, we first discuss graphene grain boundaries and their influence on graphene's properties. Mechanical and electrical behaviors of CVD-derived polycrystalline graphene are greatly reduced when compared to that of exfoliated graphene. We then review four representative pathways of pretreating Cu substrates to make millimeter-sized monolayer graphene grains: electrochemical polishing and high-pressure annealing of Cu substrate, adding of additional Cu enclosures, melting and resolidfying Cu substrates, and oxygen-rich Cu substrates. Due to these pretreatments, the nucleation site density on Cu substrates is greatly reduced, resulting in hexagonal-shaped graphene grains that show increased grain domain size and comparable electrical properties as to exfoliated graphene. Also, the properties of graphene can be engineered by its shape, thickness and spatial structure. Thus, we further discuss recently developed methods of making graphene grains with special spatial structures, including snowflakes, six-lobed flowers, pyramids and hexagonal graphene onion rings. The fundamental growth mechanism and practical applications of these well-shaped graphene structures should be interesting topics and

  16. Conduction mechanism of single-crystal alumina

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    Will, Fritz G.; Delorenzi, Horst G.; Janora, Kevin H.

    1992-01-01

    The fully guarded three-terminal technique was used to perform conductivity measurements on single-crystal alumina at temperatures of 400-1300 C. The conductivity was also determined as a function of time at various temperatures and applied fields. Further, the fractions of the current carried by Al and O ions (ionic transference numbers) were determined from long-term transference experiments in the temperature range 1100-1300 C. A mathematical model of the conduction mechanism is proposed, and model predictions are compared with experimental results.

  17. Orientation dependence of electrocaloric effects in Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Chukka, Rami; Vandrangi, Suresh; Chen, Zuhuang; You, Lu; Wang, Junling; Yang, Ping; Chen, Lang

    2013-07-01

    Electrocaloric effects of (001), (011) and (111) oriented single crystals have been thoroughly investigated to study the ferroelectric-ferroelectric (FE-FE) phase transition induced isothermal entropy changes in 0.94Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.06PbTiO3 (PZN-PT) material. The results showed that the PZN-PT crystals oriented in (111) direction exhibit ˜ 38% higher electrocaloric cooling values near lower critical phase transitions from rhombohedral (R) to tetragonal (T) phases in PZN-PT crystals, compared to those oriented in (011) direction. Though (111) samples display higher cooling values, (011) samples showed broader cooling curves due to their easily switchable characteristics between R and T phases.

  18. Thermodynamic forces in single crystals with dislocations

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    Van Goethem, Nicolas

    2014-06-01

    A simple model for the evolution of macroscopic dislocation regions in a single crystal is presented. This model relies on maximal dissipation principle within Kröner's geometric description of the dislocated crystal. Mathematical methods and tools from shape optimization theory provide equilibrium relations at the dislocation front, similarly to previous work achieved on damage modelling (J Comput Phys 33(16):5010-5044, 2011). The deformation state variable is the incompatible strain as related to the dislocation density tensor by a relation involving the Ricci curvature of the crystal underlying elastic metric. The time evolution of the model variables follows from a novel interpretation of the Einstein-Hilbert flow in terms of dislocation microstructure energy. This flow is interpreted as the dissipation of non-conservative dislocations, due to the climb mechanism, modelled by an average effect of mesoscopic dislocations moving normal to their glide planes by adding or removing points defects. The model equations are a fourth-order tensor parabolic equation involving the operator "incompatibility," here appearing as a tensorial counterpart of the scalar Laplacian. This work encompasses and generalizes results previously announced (C R Acad Sci Paris Ser I 349:923-927, 2011), with in addition a series of physical interpretations to give a meaning to the newly introduced concepts.

  19. Fabrication of crystals from single metal atoms

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    Barry, Nicolas P. E.; Pitto-Barry, Anaïs; Sanchez, Ana M.; Dove, Andrew P.; Procter, Richard J.; Soldevila-Barreda, Joan J.; Kirby, Nigel; Hands-Portman, Ian; Smith, Corinne J.; O’Reilly, Rachel K.; Beanland, Richard; Sadler, Peter J.

    2014-01-01

    Metal nanocrystals offer new concepts for the design of nanodevices with a range of potential applications. Currently the formation of metal nanocrystals cannot be controlled at the level of individual atoms. Here we describe a new general method for the fabrication of multi-heteroatom-doped graphitic matrices decorated with very small, ångström-sized, three-dimensional (3D)-metal crystals of defined size. We irradiate boron-rich precious-metal-encapsulated self-spreading polymer micelles with electrons and produce, in real time, a doped graphitic support on which individual osmium atoms hop and migrate to form 3D-nanocrystals, as small as 15 Å in diameter, within 1 h. Crystal growth can be observed, quantified and controlled in real time. We also synthesize the first examples of mixed ruthenium–osmium 3D-nanocrystals. This technology not only allows the production of ångström-sized homo- and hetero-crystals, but also provides new experimental insight into the dynamics of nanocrystals and pathways for their assembly from single atoms. PMID:24861089

  20. Fabrication of crystals from single metal atoms.

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    Barry, Nicolas P E; Pitto-Barry, Anaïs; Sanchez, Ana M; Dove, Andrew P; Procter, Richard J; Soldevila-Barreda, Joan J; Kirby, Nigel; Hands-Portman, Ian; Smith, Corinne J; O'Reilly, Rachel K; Beanland, Richard; Sadler, Peter J

    2014-01-01

    Metal nanocrystals offer new concepts for the design of nanodevices with a range of potential applications. Currently the formation of metal nanocrystals cannot be controlled at the level of individual atoms. Here we describe a new general method for the fabrication of multi-heteroatom-doped graphitic matrices decorated with very small, ångström-sized, three-dimensional (3D)-metal crystals of defined size. We irradiate boron-rich precious-metal-encapsulated self-spreading polymer micelles with electrons and produce, in real time, a doped graphitic support on which individual osmium atoms hop and migrate to form 3D-nanocrystals, as small as 15 Å in diameter, within 1 h. Crystal growth can be observed, quantified and controlled in real time. We also synthesize the first examples of mixed ruthenium-osmium 3D-nanocrystals. This technology not only allows the production of ångström-sized homo- and hetero-crystals, but also provides new experimental insight into the dynamics of nanocrystals and pathways for their assembly from single atoms.

  1. Biaxial constitutive equation development for single crystals

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    Jordan, E. H.

    1984-01-01

    Current gas turbine engines utilize large single crystal superalloy components in the hot section. Structural analysis of these components requires a valid stress strain temperature constitutive equation. The goal of the program described is to create one or more models and verify these models. A constitutive equation based on an assumed slip behavior of a single slip system was formulated, programmed, and debugged. Specifically, the basic theory for a model based on aggravating slip behavior on individual slip systems was formulated and programmed and some simulations were run using assumed values of constants. In addition, a formulation allowing strain controlled simulations was completed. An approach to structural analysis of the specimen was developed. This approach uses long tube consistancy conditions and finite elements specially formulated to take advantage of the symmetry of 100 oriented specimens.

  2. Cutting fluid study for single crystal silicon

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    Chargin, D.

    1998-05-05

    An empirical study was conducted to evaluate cutting fluids for Single Point Diamond Turning (SPDT) of single crystal silicon. The pH of distilled waster was adjusted with various additives the examine the effect of pH on cutting operations. Fluids which seemed to promote ductile cutting appeared to increase tool wear as well, an undesirable tradeoff. High Ph sodium hydroxide solutions showed promise for further research, as they yielded the best combination of reduced tool wear and good surface finish in the ductile regime. Negative rake tools were verified to improve the surface finish, but the negative rake tools used in the experiments also showed much higher wear than conventional 0{degree} rake tools. Effects of crystallographic orientation on SPDT, such as star patterns of fracture damage forming near the center of the samples, were observed to decrease with lower feedrates. Silicon chips were observed and photographed, indicative of a ductile materials removal process.

  3. High-Energy Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction for In Situ Diffuse Scattering Studies of Bulk Single Crystals

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    Daniels, John E.; Jo, Wook; Donner, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    High-energy synchrotron x-ray scattering offers a powerful technique for investigation of single-crystal material structures. Large, mm-sized crystals can be used, allowing complex in situ sample environments to be employed. Here, we demonstrate how this technique can be applied for the collection of single-crystal diffuse scattering volumes from the electro-active material 96%Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-4%BaTiO3 while electric fields are applied in situ. The data obtained allow correlation of the atomic and nanoscale structures with the observed macroscopic electro-active properties of interest. This article presents a recent study relating the nanoscale stacking fault structure in BNT-BT to the relaxor-ferroelectric nature of the material [Daniels et al. in Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 252904 (2011)], and extends this study with further experimental description and analysis.

  4. Growth and surface topography of WSe2 single crystal

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    Dixit, Vijay; Vyas, Chirag; Pataniya, Pratik; Jani, Mihir; Pathak, Vishal; Patel, Abhishek; Pathak, V. M.; Patel, K. D.; Solanki, G. K.

    2016-05-01

    Tungsten Di-Selenide belongs to the family of TMDCs showing their potential applications in the fields of Optoelectronics and PEC solar cells. Here in the present investigation single crystals of WSe2 were grown by Direct Vapour Transport Technique in a dual zone furnace having temperature difference of 50 K between the two zones. These single crystals were characterized by EDAX which confirms the stiochiometry of the grown crystals. Surface topography of the crystal was studied by optical micrograph showing the left handed spirals on the surface of WSe2 crystals. Single crystalline nature of the crystals was confirmed by SAED.

  5. Magnetic anisotropy in pyroxene single crystals

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    Biedermann, Andrea Regina; Hirt, Ann Marie; Pettke, Thomas; Bender Koch, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) is often used as a proxy for the mineral fabric in a rock. This requires understanding the intrinsic magnetic anisotropy of the minerals that define the rock fabric. With their prismatic habit, pyroxenes describe the texture in mafic and ultramafic rocks. Magnetic anisotropy in pyroxene crystals often arises from both paramagnetic and ferromagnetic components that can be separated from high-field magnetic data. The paramagnetic component is related to the silicate lattice, whereas the ferromagnetic part arises from the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic inclusions that were further characterized by isothermal remanent magnetization measurements. These inclusions often have needle-like habit and are located on the well-defined cleavage planes within the pyroxenes. We characterize low-field and high-field AMS in pyroxene single crystals of diverse orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene minerals. In addition to the magnetic measurements, we analyzed their chemical composition and Fe2+/Fe3+ distribution. The anisotropy arising from inclusions in some augite crystals displays consistent principal susceptibility directions, whereas no preferred orientation is found in other crystals. The principal susceptibilities of the paramagnetic component can be related to the crystal lattice, with the intermediate susceptibility parallel to the b-axis, and minimum and maximum in the a-c-plane for diopside, augite and spodumene. The degree of anisotropy increases with iron concentration. Aegirine shows a different behavior; not only is its maximum susceptibility parallel to the c-axis, but the anisotropy degree is also lower in relation to its iron concentration. This possibly relates to a predominance of Fe3+ in aegirine, whereas Fe2+ is dominant in the other minerals. In orthopyroxene, the maximum susceptibility is parallel to the c-axis and the minimum is parallel to b. The degree of anisotropy increases linearly with iron concentration. The

  6. Quantum criticality in a uniaxial organic ferroelectric

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    Rowley, S. E.; Hadjimichael, M.; Ali, M. N.; Durmaz, Y. C.; Lashley, J. C.; Cava, R. J.; Scott, J. F.

    2015-10-01

    Tris-sarcosine calcium chloride (TSCC) is a highly uniaxial ferroelectric with a Curie temperature of approximately 130 K. By suppressing ferroelectricity with bromine substitution on the chlorine sites, pure single crystals were tuned through a ferroelectric quantum phase transition. The resulting quantum critical regime was investigated in detail and was found to persist up to temperatures of at least 30-40 K. The nature of long-range dipole interactions in uniaxial materials, which lead to non-analytical terms in the free-energy expansion in the polarization, predict a dielectric susceptibility varying as 1/T 3close to the quantum critical point. Rather than this, we find that the dielectric susceptibility varies as 1/T 2 as expected and observed in better known multi-axial systems. We explain this result by identifying the ultra-weak nature of the dipole moments in the TSCC family of crystals. Interestingly, we observe a shallow minimum in the inverse dielectric function at low temperatures close to the quantum critical point in paraelectric samples that may be attributed to the coupling of quantum polarization and strain fields. Finally, we present results of the heat capacity and electro-caloric effect and explain how the time dependence of the polarization in ferroelectrics and paraelectrics should be considered when making quantitative estimates of temperature changes induced by applied electric fields.

  7. Oscillatory reactions on single crystal surfaces

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    Imbihl, R.

    1993-12-01

    Heterogeneous catalytic reactions exhibit under certain conditions kinetic oscillations which have been investigated both with polycrystalline materials and with single crystal surfaces as catalysts. The present paper reviews single-crystal experiments conducted under isothermal, low pressure conditions ( p < 10 -3 mbar). Two different reaction systems have been investigated: catalytic CO oxidation on various Pt and Pd orientations and catalytic NO reduction on Pt(100) using CO, H 2, or NH 3 as the reducing agent. The different reaction systems exhibit a wide variety of interesting phenomena which are well-known in nonlinear dynamics, for example, such as spatiotemporal pattern formation, the existence of Turing structures and the appearance of deterministic chaos, and chemical turbulence. The mechanistic steps leading to the observed phenomena have been investigated and appropriate mathematical models have been formulated and analyzed using bifurcation theory. The driving force for the rate oscillations has been shown to result from structural changes of the substrate in the case of catalytic CO oxidation on Pt surfaces, subsurface oxygen formation in the case of catalytic CO oxidation on Pd surfaces, and in the chemical reaction network described by a vacancy model in the case of the NO reduction reactions.

  8. 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.

  9. Synthesis, properties, and structure of potassium titanyl phosphate single crystals doped with hafnium

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    Orlova, E. I.; Kharitonova, E. P.; Novikova, N. E. Verin, I. A.; Alekseeva, O. A.; Sorokina, N. I.; Voronkova, V. I.

    2010-05-15

    Single crystals of potassium titanyl phosphate doped with hafnium are grown by spontaneous flux crystallization. Their physical properties are studied, and the structure of three KTi{sub 1-x}Hf{sub x}OPO{sub 4} crystals (x = 0.01, 0.03, and 0.12) is determined. In the crystals studied, hafnium mostly occupies the second titanium position. The doping of KTP crystals with hafnium results in an elongation of K-O bonds in the potassium polyhedra and, as a consequence, in a considerable (by approximately 180 deg. C) decrease in the temperature of ferroelectric phase transition. The magnitude of anomalous permittivity substantially decreases. The electrical conduction in the specimens studied decreases by approximately half an order of magnitude in the low-temperature region but remains almost unchanged in the high-temperature region. Even at minor concentrations, the presence of a hafnium additive in the specimens considerably (by 35%) enhances the intensity of the second harmonic generation of laser radiation.

  10. Growing single crystals in silica gel

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    Rubin, B.

    1970-01-01

    Two types of chemical reactions for crystal growing are discussed. The first is a metathetical reaction to produce calcium tartrate tetrahydrate crystals, the second is a decomplexation reaction to produce cuprous chloride crystals.

  11. Wavelength dependence of refractive index in lead-free Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 single crystals

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    He, Chongjun; Yi, Xiujie; Wu, Tong; Wang, Jiming; Zhu, Kongjun; Liu, Youwen

    2014-10-01

    Refractive indices of (1-x)Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-xBaTiO3 (NBT-xBT, x = 0, 0.06 and 0.08) single crystals were measured at room temperature after poled along pseudo-cubic crystallographic direction [0 0 1]. The refractive indices decrease dramatically when the wavelength increases for all crystals. At the same wavelength, refractive indices of NBT-xBT single crystals decrease with increasing BT content. Sellmeier dispersion equations were obtained by least square fitting, which can be used to calculate the refractive indices in low absorption wavelength range. Parameters connected to the energy band structure were determined by fitting single-oscillator dispersion equation. Similar to most oxygen-octahedral ferroelectrics, NBT-xBT crystals have the same dispersion behavior described by the refractive-index dispersion parameter. Dispersion energies take on covalent crystal values.

  12. Accelerated domain switching speed in single-crystal LiNbO{sub 3} thin films

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    Jiang, J.; Jiang, A. Q.; Meng, X. J.; Geng, D. Q.

    2015-03-14

    By using ionic implantation and wafer bonding technologies, we peeled off a single-crystal LiNbO{sub 3} thin film in the atomic-layer smoothness from the surface of a bulk Z-cut LiNbO{sub 3} single crystal. X-ray diffraction patterns showed only (00l) orientation of the film. From positive-up-negative–down pulse characterization, we measured domain switching current transients under various short-pulse voltages, where we observed domain switching currents to occur separately at time after initial capacitor charging currents. This is similar to early observations in bulk ferroelectric single crystals, where apparent positive/negative coercive fields of domain switching determined from polarization-electric field hysteresis loops always equal maximum/minimum applied fields. However, after pulse stressing of the film for more than 1000 cycles, the domain switching speed is accelerated, where domain switching current overlaps with the initial capacitor charging current with a well-defined coercive field independent of the applied-field strength. Finally, we simulated the whole domain switching current transients with the assumption of the resistance degradation across interfacial passive layers between the film and electrodes.

  13. Growth of single crystals of BaFe12O19 by solid state crystal growth

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    Fisher, John G.; Sun, Hengyang; Kook, Young-Geun; Kim, Joon-Seong; Le, Phan Gia

    2016-10-01

    Single crystals of BaFe12O19 are grown for the first time by solid state crystal growth. Seed crystals of BaFe12O19 are buried in BaFe12O19+1 wt% BaCO3 powder, which are then pressed into pellets containing the seed crystals. During sintering, single crystals of BaFe12O19 up to ∼130 μm thick in the c-axis direction grow on the seed crystals by consuming grains from the surrounding polycrystalline matrix. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis shows that the single crystal and the surrounding polycrystalline matrix have the same chemical composition. Micro-Raman scattering shows the single crystal to have the BaFe12O19 structure. The optimum growth temperature is found to be 1200 °C. The single crystal growth behavior is explained using the mixed control theory of grain growth.

  14. Polarization switching detection method using a ferroelectric liquid crystal for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock frequency stabilization techniques.

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    Dudzik, Grzegorz; Rzepka, Janusz; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2015-04-01

    We present a concept of the polarization switching detection method implemented for frequency-stabilized lasers, called the polarization switching dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (PSDAVLL) technique. It is a combination of the well-known dichroic atomic vapor laser lock method for laser frequency stabilization with a synchronous detection system based on the surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (SSFLC).The SSFLC is a polarization switch and quarter wave-plate component. This technique provides a 9.6 dB better dynamic range ratio (DNR) than the well-known two-photodiode detection configuration known as the balanced polarimeter. This paper describes the proposed method used practically in the VCSEL laser frequency stabilization system. The applied PSDAVLL method has allowed us to obtain a frequency stability of 2.7×10⁻⁹ and a reproducibility of 1.2×10⁻⁸, with a DNR of detected signals of around 81 dB. It has been shown that PSDAVLL might be successfully used as a method for spectra-stable laser sources.

  15. Study and characterization of the smectic X* phase in binary mixtures of thermotropic double hydrogen bonded ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Sangameswari, G.; Pongali Sathya Prabu, N.; Madhu Mohan, M. L. N.

    2015-09-01

    Thermotropic double hydrogen bonded ferroelectric liquid crystals (DHBFLCs) composed of N-carbamyl-L-glutamic acid (CGA) and p-n-alkyloxy benzoic acids (BAO) have been investigated. Variation in the molar proportion of X and Y (where X = CGA + 5BAO and Y = CGA + 6BAO, CGA + 7BAO, and CGA + 8BAO) composed of three series yielded 27 binary mixtures. Optical and thermal properties of these mixtures are meticulously studied in the present article. A novel smectic ordering, namely smectic X*, is observed in all the three series. The aim of the investigation is to obtain an abundance occurrence of smectic X* and hence the proportions of the binary mixtures are so chosen that the preamble task is accomplished. Phase diagrams of three series are constructed from the data obtained from polarizing optical microscope (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies. Odd-even effect, order of the phase transition, thermal stability factor, thermal equilibrium, and optical tilt angle are also premeditated.

  16. Piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications.

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    Zhou, Qifa; Lam, Kwok Ho; Zheng, Hairong; Qiu, Weibao; Shung, K Kirk

    2014-10-01

    Piezoelectric single crystals, which have excellent piezoelectric properties, have extensively been employed for various sensors and actuators applications. In this paper, the state-of-art in piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is reviewed. Firstly, the basic principles and design considerations of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers will be addressed. Then, the popular piezoelectric single crystals used for ultrasonic transducer applications, including LiNbO3 (LN), PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT, will be introduced. After describing the preparation and performance of the single crystals, the recent development of both the single-element and array transducers fabricated using the single crystals will be presented. Finally, various biomedical applications including eye imaging, intravascular imaging, blood flow measurement, photoacoustic imaging, and microbeam applications of the single crystal transducers will be discussed. PMID:25386032

  17. Piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications.

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    Zhou, Qifa; Lam, Kwok Ho; Zheng, Hairong; Qiu, Weibao; Shung, K Kirk

    2014-10-01

    Piezoelectric single crystals, which have excellent piezoelectric properties, have extensively been employed for various sensors and actuators applications. In this paper, the state-of-art in piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is reviewed. Firstly, the basic principles and design considerations of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers will be addressed. Then, the popular piezoelectric single crystals used for ultrasonic transducer applications, including LiNbO3 (LN), PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT, will be introduced. After describing the preparation and performance of the single crystals, the recent development of both the single-element and array transducers fabricated using the single crystals will be presented. Finally, various biomedical applications including eye imaging, intravascular imaging, blood flow measurement, photoacoustic imaging, and microbeam applications of the single crystal transducers will be discussed.

  18. Experimental dynamic metamorphism of mineral single crystals

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    Kirby, S.H.; Stern, L.A.

    1993-01-01

    This paper is a review of some of the rich and varied interactions between non-hydrostatic stress and phase transformations or mineral reactions, drawn mainly from results of experiments done on mineral single crystals in our laboratory or our co-authors. The state of stress and inelastic deformation can enter explicitly into the equilibrium phase relations and kinetics of mineral reactions. Alternatively, phase transformations can have prominent effects on theology and on the nature of inelastic deformation. Our examples represent five types of structural phase changes, each of which is distinguished by particular mechanical effects. In increasing structural complexity, these include: (1) displacive phase transformations involving no bond-breaking, which may produce anomalous brittle behavior. A primary example is the a-?? quartz transition which shows anomalously low fracture strength and tertiary creep behavior near the transition temperature; (2) martensitic-like transformations involving transformation strains dominated by shear deformation. Examples include the orthoenstatite ??? clinoenstatite and w u ??rtzite ??? sphalerite transformations; (3) coherent exsolution or precipitation of a mineral solute from a supersaturated solid-solution, with anisotropy of precipitation and creep rates produced under nonhydrostatic stress. Examples include exsolution of corundum from MgO ?? nAl2O3 spinels and Ca-clinopyroxene from orthopyroxene; (4) order-disorder transformations that are believed to cause anomalous plastic yield strengthening, such as MgO - nAl2O3 spinels; and (5) near-surface devolatilization of hydrous silicate single-crystals that produces a fundamental brittleness thought to be connected with dehydration at microcracks at temperatures well below nominal macroscopic dehydration temperatures. As none of these interactions between single-crystal phase transformations and non-hydrostatic stress is understood in detail, this paper serves as a challenge to

  19. Solar cell structure incorporating a novel single crystal silicon material

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    Pankove, Jacques I.; Wu, Chung P.

    1983-01-01

    A novel hydrogen rich single crystal silicon material having a band gap energy greater than 1.1 eV can be fabricated by forming an amorphous region of graded crystallinity in a body of single crystalline silicon and thereafter contacting the region with atomic hydrogen followed by pulsed laser annealing at a sufficient power and for a sufficient duration to recrystallize the region into single crystal silicon without out-gassing the hydrogen. The new material can be used to fabricate semiconductor devices such as single crystal silicon solar cells with surface window regions having a greater band gap energy than that of single crystal silicon without hydrogen.

  20. 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

  1. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers is the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.

  2. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers ismore » the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.« less

  3. Halide electroadsorption on single crystal surfaces

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    Ocko, B.M.; Wandlowski, T.

    1997-07-01

    The structure and phase behavior of halides have been investigated on single crystals of Ag and Au using synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques. The adlayer coverages are potential dependent. For all halides studied the authors found that with increasing potential, at a critical potential, a disordered adlayer transforms into an ordered structure. Often these ordered phases are incommensurate and exhibit potential-dependent lateral separations (electrocompression). The authors have analyzed the electrocompression in terms of a model which includes lateral interactions and partial charge. A continuous compression is not observed for Br on Ag(100). Rather, they find that the adsorption is site-specific (lattice gas) in both the ordered and disordered phases. The coverage increases with increasing potential and at a critical potential the disordered phase transforms to a well-ordered commensurate structure.

  4. Method of Making Lightweight, Single Crystal Mirror

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    Bly, Vincent T. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A method of making a mirror from a single crystal blank may include fine grinding top and bottom surfaces of the blank to be parallel. The blank may then be heat treated to near its melting temperature. An optical surface may be created on an optical side of the blank. A protector may be bonded to the optical surface. With the protector in place, the blank may be light weighted by grinding a non-optical surface of the blank using computer controlled grinding. The light weighting may include creating a structure having a substantially minimum mass necessary to maintain distortion of the mirror within a preset limit. A damaged layer of the non-optical surface caused by light weighting may be removed with an isotropic etch and/or repaired by heat treatment. If an oxide layer is present, the entire blank may then be etched using, for example, hydrofluoric acid. A reflecting coating may be deposited on the optical surface.

  5. Electrical switching in cadmium boracite single crystals

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    Takahashi, T.; Yamada, O.

    1981-01-01

    Cadmium boracite single crystals at high temperatures ( 300 C) were found to exhibit a reversible electric field-induced transition between a highly insulative and a conductive state. The switching threshold is smaller than a few volts for an electrode spacing of a few tenth of a millimeter corresponding to an electric field of 100 to 1000 V/cm. This is much smaller than the dielectric break-down field for an insulator such as boracite. The insulative state reappears after voltage removal. A pulse technique revealed two different types of switching. Unstable switching occurs when the pulse voltage slightly exceeds the switching threshold and is characterized by a pre-switching delay and also a residual current after voltage pulse removal. A stable type of switching occurs when the voltage becomes sufficiently high. Possible device applications of this switching phenomenon are discussed.

  6. Single-crystal superalloy drives turbine advances

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    Harris, K.

    1995-04-01

    In searching for ways to improve power-to-weight ratios and fuel efficiency, gas turbine engine manufacturers invest heavily in the development and testing of new alloys. Their goal is to find turbine airfoil materials that can handle the higher operating temperatures, increased component stresses, and faster rotational speeds that are needed to increase turbine performance. Major turbine engine manufacturers find they can achieve these objectives through ultra-high performance, single-crystal superalloys -- a group of nickel-base materials that exhibit outstanding strength and surface stability at temperatures up to 85{percent} of their melting points. One such superalloy is CMSX-4, co-engineered by ingot maker Cannon-Muskegon and turbine engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Allison Engine Company. It is currently being used in such applications as Allison`s advanced airfoil programs.

  7. Thermal debracketing of single crystal sapphire brackets.

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    Rueggeberg, F A; Lockwood, P E

    1992-01-01

    Because of their optical clarity, single crystal sapphire brackets provide an esthetic advantage over many other types of orthodontic brackets. However, debonding of these brackets has caused iatrogenic damage to enamel. Thermal debonding has been proposed for use in removing sapphire brackets without causing damage to teeth. This study determined the temperature required at the enamel/resin interface to thermally debond sapphire brackets from etched bovine enamel using 23 different commercially available orthodontic resins and one experimental product. The results indicate a wide range of debonding temperatures for the various resins. As a group, the powder-liquid materials had a statistically lower debonding temperature than the two-paste, the no-mix products, or the light-cured materials, for which the temperatures were all similar. This paper presents relative information a clinician can use in selecting an orthodontic bonding resin to minimize thermal damage to the teeth while debonding sapphire brackets.

  8. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Schaeffer, John C.; Murphy, Wendy

    1995-01-01

    Annealing at temperature equal to or greater than 2,200 degrees F in atmosphere of hydrogen found to increase ability of single-crystal superalloys to resist oxidation when subsequently exposed to oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures almost as high. Supperalloys in question are principal constituents of hot-stage airfoils (blades) in aircraft and ground-based turbine engines; also used in other high-temperature applications like chemical-processing plants, coal-gasification plants, petrochemical refineries, and boilers. Hydrogen anneal provides resistance to oxidation without decreasing fatigue strength and without need for coating or reactive sulfur-gettering constituents. In comparison with coating, hydrogen annealing costs less. Benefits extend to stainless steels, nickel/chromium, and nickel-base alloys, subject to same scale-adhesion and oxidation-resistance considerations, except that scale is chromia instead of alumina.

  9. Low-cobalt single crystal Rene 150

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    Scheuermann, C. M.

    1982-01-01

    The effects of cobalt content on a single crystal version of the advanced, high gamma prime content turbine airfoil alloy Rene 150 were investigated. Cobalt contents under investigation include 12 wt.% (composition level of Rene 150), 6 wt.%, and 0 wt.%. Preliminary test results are presented and compared with the properties of standard DS Rene 150. DTA results indicate that the liquidus goes through a maximum of about 1435 C near 6 wt.% Co. The solidus remains essentially constant at 1390 C with decreasing Co content. The gamma prime solvus appears to go through a minimum of about 1235 C near 6 wt.% Co content. Preliminary as-cast tensile and stress rupture results are presented along with heat treat schedules and future test plans.

  10. A simple low-cost single-crystal NMR setup.

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    Vinding, Mads S; Kessler, Tommy O; Vosegaard, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    A low-cost single-crystal NMR kit is presented along with a web-based post-processing software. The kit consists of a piezo-crystal motor and a goniometer for the crystal, both embedded in a standard wide-bore NMR probe with a 3D printed scaffold. The NMR pulse program controls the angle setting automatically, and the post-processing software incorporates a range of orientation-angle discrepancies present in the kit and other single-crystal setups. Results with a NaNO3 single-crystal show a high degree of reproducibility and excellent agreement with previous findings for the anisotropic quadrupolar interaction.

  11. A simple low-cost single-crystal NMR setup

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    Vinding, Mads S.; Kessler, Tommy O.; Vosegaard, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    A low-cost single-crystal NMR kit is presented along with a web-based post-processing software. The kit consists of a piezo-crystal motor and a goniometer for the crystal, both embedded in a standard wide-bore NMR probe with a 3D printed scaffold. The NMR pulse program controls the angle setting automatically, and the post-processing software incorporates a range of orientation-angle discrepancies present in the kit and other single-crystal setups. Results with a NaNO3 single-crystal show a high degree of reproducibility and excellent agreement with previous findings for the anisotropic quadrupolar interaction.

  12. Coexistence of multiple positive and negative electrocaloric responses in (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O3 single crystal

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    Zhuo, Fangping; Li, Qiang; Gao, Jinghan; Wang, Yujie; Yan, Qingfeng; Zhang, Yiling; Xi, Xiaoqing; Chu, Xiangcheng; Cao, Wenwu

    2016-02-01

    The electrocaloric effect has been investigated in antiferroelectric (Pb, La)(Zr, Sn, Ti)O3 (PLZST) single crystals grown by the flux method. The measurements of polarization versus electric field loops on unpoled crystals revealed that at room temperature, a critical electric field of 1.8 kV/mm is needed to induce a ferroelectric phase from an antiferroelectric phase. The dielectric properties demonstrated that the induced ferroelectric phase recovers to antiferroelectric phase when temperature is above the depolarization temperature (70 °C-100 °C). Coexistence of the negative and positive electrocaloric effect has been achieved in ⟨001⟩-oriented PLZST single crystals. Multiple electrocaloric response values of -0.054 °C at room temperature, 0.17 °C near the depolarization temperature, -0.14 °C at 125 °C, and 0.75 °C around Curie temperature have been observed under an electric field of 3 kV/mm. The coexistence of multiple negative and positive electrocaloric effects in one material provides a possibility to design solid-state refrigerator technologies to enhance the electrocaloric efficiency.

  13. Piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications

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    Zhou, Qifa; Lam, Kwok Ho; Zheng, Hairong; Qiu, Weibao; Shung, K. Kirk

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric single crystals, which have excellent piezoelectric properties, have extensively been employed for various sensors and actuators applications. In this paper, the state–of–art in piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is reviewed. Firstly, the basic principles and design considerations of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers will be addressed. Then, the popular piezoelectric single crystals used for ultrasonic transducer applications, including LiNbO3 (LN), PMN–PT and PIN–PMN–PT, will be introduced. After describing the preparation and performance of the single crystals, the recent development of both the single–element and array transducers fabricated using the single crystals will be presented. Finally, various biomedical applications including eye imaging, intravascular imaging, blood flow measurement, photoacoustic imaging, and microbeam applications of the single crystal transducers will be discussed. PMID:25386032

  14. Functionalizing single crystals: incorporation of nanoparticles inside gel-grown calcite crystals.

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    Liu, Yujing; Yuan, Wentao; Shi, Ye; Chen, Xiaoqiang; Wang, Yong; Chen, Hongzheng; Li, Hanying

    2014-04-14

    Synthetic single crystals are usually homogeneous solids. Biogenic single crystals, however, can incorporate biomacromolecules and become inhomogeneous solids so that their properties are also extrinsically regulated by the incorporated materials. The discrepancy between the properties of synthetic and biogenic single crystals leads to the idea to modify the internal structure of synthetic crystals to achieve nonintrinsic properties by incorporation of foreign material. Intrinsically colorless and diamagnetic calcite single crystals are turned into colored and paramagnetic solids, through incorporation of Au and Fe3O4 nanoparticles without significantly disrupting the crystalline lattice of calcite. The crystals incorporate the nanoparticles and gel fibers when grown in agarose gel media containing the nanoparticles, whereas the solution-grown crystals do not. As such, our work extends the long-history gel method for crystallization into a platform to functionalize single-crystalline materials.

  15. Formation of curved micrometer-sized single crystals.

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    Koifman Khristosov, Maria; Kabalah-Amitai, Lee; Burghammer, Manfred; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2014-05-27

    Crystals in nature often demonstrate curved morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. Inspired by biogenic curved single crystals, we demonstrate that gold single crystals exhibiting curved surfaces can be grown with no need of any fabrication steps. These single crystals grow from the confined volume of a droplet of a eutectic composition melt that forms via the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We can control their curvature by controlling the environment in which the process is carried out, including several parameters, such as the contact angle and the curvature of the drops, by changing the surface tension of the liquid drop during crystal growth. Here we present an energetic model that explains this phenomenon and predicts why and under what conditions crystals will be forced to grow with the curvature of the microdroplet even though the energetic state of a curved single crystal is very high.

  16. Near Surface Structure of Organic Semiconductor Tetracene Single Crystal

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    Wakabayashi, Yusuke; Morisaki, Hazuki; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Miwa, Kazumoto; Koretsune, Takashi; Takeya, Jun

    2014-03-01

    Electric conduction in organic crystals is highly anisotropic because of the anisotropic molecular orbitals. Crystal structure governs the transfer through the overlap integral among the highest occupied (or lowest unoccupied) molecular orbitals. In case of organic devices, the place where electrons conduct is the interface. Therefore, the surface structure of organic single crystals is relevant. Surface relaxation of the structure of rubrene single crystal was firstly observed by means of surface x-ray diffraction a few years ago. This time we performed similar measurement on tetracene single crystal, whose molecular shape has large similarity with rubrene while the crystal structure is very different. Tetracene single crystal was grown by the physical vapor transport method, and the surface x-ray diffraction experiments were performed at BL-3A and 4C of the Photon Factory, KEK, Japan. Obtained electron density profile shows a large structural deformation at the surface layer of tetracene.

  17. Investigation about relationships between the symmetries of ferroelectric crystal Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 and second-harmonic patterns

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    Xu, Tianxiang; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-08-01

    The broadband quasi-phase matching (QPM) process in a uniaxial ferroelectric crystal Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 (CBN-28) was demonstrated with the second-harmonic wavelength range from 450 nm to 650 nm, and the relationship between the symmetries of CBN-28 and the second-harmonic patterns was experimentally and theoretically investigated based on the random anti-parallel domains in the crystal and QPM conditions. The dependences of frequency-doubled patterns on the wavelength and anisotropy of the nonlinear crystal were also studied, and the frequency-doubled photons were found to be trapped on circles. By analyzing the light-matter interacting Hamiltonians, the trapping force for second-harmonic photons was found to be centripetal and tunable by the fundamental lasers, and the variation tendencies of the rotational velocity of second-harmonic generation photons could also be predicated. The results indicate that the CBN-28 ferroelectric crystal is a promising nonlinear optical material for the generation of broadband frequency-doubled waves, and the analysis on centripetal force based on the interaction Hamiltonians may provide a novel recognition for the investigation of QPM process to be further studied.

  18. Ultratough CVD single crystal diamond and three dimensional growth thereof

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    Hemley, Russell J.; Mao, Ho-kwang; Yan, Chih-shiue

    2009-09-29

    The invention relates to a single-crystal diamond grown by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition that has a toughness of at least about 30 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention also relates to a method of producing a single-crystal diamond with a toughness of at least about 30 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention further relates to a process for producing a single crystal CVD diamond in three dimensions on a single crystal diamond substrate.

  19. Full field electron spectromicroscopy applied to ferroelectric materials

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    Barrett, N.; Rault, J. E.; Wang, J. L.; Mathieu, C.; Locatelli, A.; Mentes, T. O.; Niño, M. A.; Fusil, S.; Bibes, M.; Barthélémy, A.; Sando, D.; Ren, W.; Prosandeev, S.; Bellaiche, L.; Vilquin, B.; Petraru, A.; Krug, I. P.; Schneider, C. M.

    2013-05-01

    The application of PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) and Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM) techniques to the study of the electronic and chemical structures of ferroelectric materials is reviewed. Electron optics in both techniques gives spatial resolution of a few tens of nanometres. PEEM images photoelectrons, whereas LEEM images reflected and elastically backscattered electrons. Both PEEM and LEEM can be used in direct and reciprocal space imaging. Together, they provide access to surface charge, work function, topography, chemical mapping, surface crystallinity, and band structure. Examples of applications for the study of ferroelectric thin films and single crystals are presented.

  20. Thermally triggered solid-state single-crystal-to-single-crystal structural transformation accompanies property changes.

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    Li, Quan-Quan; Ren, Chun-Yan; Huang, Yang-Yang; Li, Jian-Li; Liu, Ping; Liu, Bin; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-03-16

    The 1D complex [(CuL0.5H2O)⋅H2O]n (1) (H4L = 2,2'-bipyridine-3,3',6,6'-tetracarboxylic acid) undergoes an irreversible thermally triggered single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformation to produce the 3D anhydrous complex [CuL0.5]n (2). This SCSC structural transformation was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns, variable-temperature powder X-ray diffraction (VT-PXRD) patterns, and IR spectroscopy. Structural analyses reveal that in complex 2, though the initial 1D chain is still retained as in complex 1, accompanied with the Cu-bound H2O removed and new O(carboxyl)-Cu bond forming, the coordination geometries around the Cu(II) ions vary from a distorted trigonal bipyramid to a distorted square pyramid. With the drastic structural transition, significant property changes are observed. Magnetic analyses show prominent changes from antiferromagnetism to weak ferromagnetism due to the new formed Cu1-O-C-O-Cu4 bridge. The catalytic results demonstrate that, even though both solid-state materials present high catalytic activity for the synthesis of 2-imidazolines derivatives and can be reused, the activation temperature of complex 1 is higher than that of complex 2. In addition, a possible pathway for the SCSC structural transformations is proposed.

  1. Electrooptical properties of the uniform chevron state of a ferroelectric smectic liquid crystal

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    Vorflusev, V.P.; Kosygina, M.A.; Shoshin, V.M.; Bobylev, Y.P.

    1995-12-31

    The influence of additives when introduced into the orienting agent on the orientation quality of the SmF phase of a liquid crystal (FLC) was studied. The conditions which allow bistable switching of the FLC with low spontaneous polarization P{sub s}(P{sub s} = 5 nCoul/cm{sup 2}) were determined. A model of smectic layers structure was suggested and the peculiarities of the optical transmission of thin chevron FLC cells were investigated. 8 figs., 5 refs.

  2. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, Volker; Miller, Dean J.; Shi, Donglu; Sengupta, Suvankar

    1998-01-01

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x are heated in the presence of a Nd.sub.1+x Ba.sub.2-x Cu.sub.3 O.sub.y seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material.

  3. Giant room-temperature barocaloric effect and pressure-mediated electrocaloric effect in BaTiO3 single crystal

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    Liu, Yang; Wei, Jie; Janolin, Pierre-Eymeric; Infante, Ingrid C.; Lou, Xiaojie; Dkhil, Brahim

    2014-04-01

    Barocaloric effect in BaTiO3 single crystal is studied by a thermodynamic phenomenological model. It is demonstrated that a giant barocaloric effect can be achieved near room temperature with an adiabatic temperature change of more than 3 K and a temperature span about 50 K. As expected, the electrocaloric peak can be shifted towards room temperature by pressure. However, a slight reduction of the electrocaloric peak is found in contrast to relaxor ferroelectrics and LiNbO3. We believe that our findings could open a potential route by combining the barocaloric effect and pressure-mediated electrocaloric effect in BaTiO3 single crystal for cooling devices.

  4. Growth of AlN single crystals by modified PVT

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    Wu, Honglei; Zheng, Ruisheng; Meng, Shu; Guo, Yuan

    2008-11-01

    Growth of AlN single crystals is achieved by physical vapor transport (PVT) in the reverse cone tungsten crucible, which is induction-heated, for obtaining proper sublimation rate and ensuring effective heat and mass transport. In the experiment, there is a little hole at the center of crucible lid where the temperature is lower than the periphery, and there is a tungsten cover on the lid. A self-seeded AlN single crystal is grown due to the anisotropic growth property of AlN crystals and limitation of the hole. During the following growth, the crystal as a seed becomes a large size and high quality single crystal. By modified PVT, separate AlN single crystals with diameters of larger than 2mm on the crucible lid have been obtained successfully for the first time.

  5. Polymer single crystal membranes from curved liquid/liquid interface

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    Wang, Wenda; Li, Christopher; Soft Matter Research Group Team

    2014-03-01

    The weak mechanical properties of the current available vesicles such as liposomes, polymersomes, colloidosomes limit their applications for targeting delivery of drugs/genes. Recently, we developed an emulsion-crystallization method to grow polymer curved single crystals. Using polyethylene and poly(l-lactic acid)as the model systems, enclosed or partially open polymer single crystals have been obtained. Electron diffraction and XRD results confirmed their crystalline structure. The single crystal hollow sphere is structurally close to polymersomes, but with thinner wall and higher modulus.

  6. Advanced single crystal for SSME turbopumps

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    Fritzemeier, L. G.

    1989-01-01

    The objective of this program was to evaluate the influence of high thermal gradient casting, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and alternate heat treatments on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a single crystal nickel base superalloy. The alloy chosen for the study was PWA 1480, a well characterized, commercial alloy which had previously been chosen as a candidate for the Space Shuttle Main Engine high pressure turbopump turbine blades. Microstructural characterization evaluated the influence of casting thermal gradient on dendrite arm spacing, casting porosity distribution and alloy homogeneity. Hot isostatic pressing was evaluated as a means of eliminating porosity as a preferred fatigue crack initiation site. The alternate heat treatment was chosen to improve hydrogen environment embrittlement resistance and for potential fatigue life improvement. Mechanical property evaluation was aimed primarily at determining improvements in low cycle and high cycle fatigue life due to the advanced processing methods. Statistically significant numbers of tests were conducted to quantitatively demonstrate life differences. High thermal gradient casting improves as-cast homogeneity, which facilitates solution heat treatment of PWA 1480 and provides a decrease in internal pore size, leading to increases in low cycle and high cycle fatigue lives.

  7. Effect of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities in an EuTiO{sub 3} bulk crystal and thin films

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    Zhandun, V. S. Zamkova, N. G.; Zinenko, V. I.

    2015-01-15

    The existence of an antiferrodistortion transition in EuTiO{sub 3} is disputable, and this question needs to be answered. One of the possible causes is the presence of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity in a sample. A nonempirical polarizable ion model is used to study the effect of a trivalent Eu{sup 3+} ion impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities of an EuTiO{sub 3} crystal in the bulk and the thin-film states. Lattice dynamics calculation shows that a bulk impurity-free EuTiO{sub 3} crystal has no unstable modes throughout the entire phase space volume. The addition of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity leads to a significant softening of the rotational mode, the distortion in which makes tetragonal phase I4/mcm (which is experimentally observed) energetically favorable. In going from the bulk crystal to the thin film, the vibration spectrum of the impurity-free film has unstable antiferrodistortion and rotational modes. The addition of an Eu{sup 3+} impurity enhances the antiferrodistortion instability, which fully or partly suppresses ferroelectricity.

  8. Kinetics of ion transport through supramolecular channels in single crystals.

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    Assouma, Cyrille D; Crochet, Aurélien; Chérémond, Yvens; Giese, Bernd; Fromm, Katharina M

    2013-04-22

    Single-crystal to single-crystal transformations are possible by ion-exchange and transport reactions through supramolecular channels that are composed of crown ether molecules and use trihalide ions as scaffolds. Kinetic measurements of ion transport at different temperatures provide activation energy data and show that a very fast exchange of K(+) ions with Na(+) ions occurs.

  9. A Quick Method for Determining the Density of Single Crystals.

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    Roman, Pascual; Gutierrez-Zorrilla, Juan M.

    1985-01-01

    Shows how the Archimedes method is used to determine the density of a single crystal of ammonium oxalate monohydrate. Also shows how to calculate the density of other chemicals when they are available as single crystals. Experimental procedures and materials needed are included. (JN)

  10. Transitions between paraelectric and ferroelectric phases of bent-core smectic liquid crystals in the bulk and in thin freely suspended films.

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    Eremin, Alexey; Floegel, Martin; Kornek, Ulrike; Stern, Stephan; Stannarius, Ralf; Nádasi, Hajnalka; Weissflog, Wolfgang; Zhu, Chenhui; Shen, Yongqiang; Park, Cheol Soo; Maclennan, Joseph; Clark, Noel

    2012-11-01

    We report on the contrasting phase behavior of a bent-core liquid crystal with a large opening angle between the mesogenic units in the bulk and in freely suspended films. Second-harmonic generation experiments and direct observation of director inversion walls in films in an applied electric field reveal that the nonpolar smectic C phase observed in bulk samples becomes a ferroelectric "banana" phase in films, showing that a mesogen with a small steric moment can give a phase with polar order in freely suspended films even when the corresponding bulk phase is paraelectric.

  11. Semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity laser and gyroscope

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    Spitzer, M.P.

    1993-08-31

    A ring laser is described comprising: a semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity having a plurality of reflecting surfaces defined by the planes of the crystal and establishing a closed optical path; and a discrete laser medium disposed in said semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity for generating coherent light in said cavity, wherein said resonator cavity is decoupled from the laser medium.

  12. Fabrication of polypyrrole nano-arrays in lysozyme single crystals.

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    England, Matt W; Lambert, Elizabeth M; Li, Mei; Turyanska, Lyudmila; Patil, Avinash J; Mann, Stephen

    2012-11-01

    A template-directed method for the synthesis and organization of partially oxidized polypyrrole (PPy) nanoscale arrays within the solvent channels of glutaraldehyde-cross-linked lysozyme single crystals is presented. Macroscopic single crystals of the periodically arranged protein-polymer superstructure are electrically conductive, insoluble in water and organic solvents, and display increased levels of mechanical plasticity compared with native cross-linked lysozyme crystals.

  13. Cleavage oriented iron single crystal fracture toughness

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    Hribernik, Michael Louis

    Fundamental understanding of atomic level mechanisms controlling cleavage fracture in bcc metals, and the corresponding brittle to ductile transition (BDT) has been a long sought, 'grand challenge' of science. This is particularly true for the BDT in Fe, which is among vital elements that underpin our technological civilization. A key obstacle to developing an understanding of the BDT in Fe is the absence of a reliable database on the temperature dependence of toughness in Fe. In ferritic alloys, the micro-arrest toughness of ferrite, Kmu(T), is hypothesized to control macroscopic cleavage. As a surrogate for Kmu(T), special techniques were developed to measure the arrest toughness, Ka(T), for cleavage oriented, Fe single crystals. Further, the mechanisms controlling cleavage and the BDT should be reflected in the loading rate dependence of static-dynamic initiation toughness, K Ic and KId. Thus KIc/d(T) were also measured for K-rate from 10-1 to 104 MPa√m/s. These studies led to the following conclusions: (1) Ka is semi-brittle, increasing from an average of ≈ 3.5 MPa√m at -196°C to ≈ 9 MPa√m at 0°C. (2) The (100) Ka are similar in the [010] and [011] and orientations, but cleavage does not occur on (110) planes. (3) The Ka for unalloyed Fe is about 150°C lower than that for Fe-3wt%Si, suggesting that equivalent Ka may occur at equivalent lattice sigmay. (4) Higher K-rate shift K Ic/d(T) curves to higher T. (5) The shifts of the KIc/d(T) and Ka(T) curves can be understood and modeled based on dislocation dynamics concepts for the glide of screw dislocations with a stress (and T) controlled activation energy, Ea, with a maximum value of about ≈ 0.5 eV. (6) This Ea is consistent with a double kink nucleation mechanism. Etch pit, slip trace and ledge patterns on side, fracture and sectioned surfaces of the crystals were characterized to study dislocation activity associated with cleavage and the BDT. The results showed extensive dislocation activity on

  14. The Optical Dielectric Tensor Configuration in Aligned Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Cells

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    Lavers, Christopher Ralph

    1990-01-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Entirely new observations are presented using prism-coupling of radiation to probe the director configuration of thin FLC cells. For the first time detailed results are obtained on 'real' structures composed of polyimide aligning layers and ITO conductive surfaces using the powerful optical mode excitation technique. Results show the presence of a chevron in the layering and that a uniaxial model for the optic tensor is adequate to fit the data in the nematic and both the smectic A and smectic C* phases. Comparison of theoretical reflectivity curves, generated from a formalism of Fresnel's optical equations, to experimental data taken as a function of wavelength across the visible part of the spectrum show that a uniaxial model is sufficient to fit all of the data. DC voltages were applied to several different FLC cells in the forward biased condition and theoretical modelling has shown that the liquid crystal optic tensor configuration distorts in such a manner as to cause small distortion of the layering with a pinned point or 'chevron interface' in the middle of the cell. In-plane and out -of-plane tilt profiles for the liquid crystal optic tensor distort in a consistent manner from initial zero voltage boundary conditions. Further the form of the in-plane tilt angels obtained as a function of temperature of the FLC containing system agrees well with theoretical predictions based on Landau second order phases transitions. Some conventional optical polarised microscopy work conducted on ordinary flat cells and a half pyramid/high -refractive-index backplate cell is briefly discussed and current voltage (I/V) characteristics are investigated.

  15. Magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of Ba2-xSrxNi2Fe12O22 single crystals with Y-type hexaferrite structure

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    Hiraoka, Yuji; Nakamura, Hiroyuki; Soda, Minoru; Wakabayashi, Yusuke; Kimura, Tsuyoshi

    2011-08-01

    We studied the magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of Ba2-xSrxNi2Fe12O22 single crystals over a wide composition range (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5). All the crystals show a ferrimagnetic order at around 660 K. While a Sr-free crystal is simply ferrimagnetic down to the lowest temperature, a transition from the ferrimagnetic into a screw magnetic ordered state was observed at temperatures below 300 K in Sr-substituted crystals. The transition temperature monotonically increases with increasing Sr content, meaning that the screw ordered state is stabilized by the Sr-substitution. By applying a magnetic field perpendicular to the hexagonal c axis, the samples showing the ground-state screw order undergo successive metamagnetic transitions and exhibit magnetically induced ferroelectricity in some of the intermediate magnetic phases. In an intermediate magnetic phase, the largest electric polarization emerges (2 × 102 μC/m2 for x = 1.5 crystal), i.e., magnetoelectric effect. The evolution of the magnetic structures related to the magnetoelectric effect in x = 1.5 crystal was clarified by means of in-field neutron diffraction measurements. Though the magnetoelectric effect in the as-grown crystal was measurable only below ˜100 K due to its low resistivity, a post-annealing drastically enhances the resistivity and allows us to observe the magnetically induced ferroelectricity up to ˜175 K.

  16. Solvent-Induced Single Crystal-Single Crystal Transformation of an Interpenetrated Three-Dimensional Copper Triazole Catalytic Framework.

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    Wang, Ying; Meng, Shan-Shan; Lin, Peng-Xiang; Xiao, Yi-Wei; Ma, Qing-Qing; Xie, Qiong; Chen, Yuan-Yuan; Zhao, Xiao-Jun; Chen, Jun

    2016-05-01

    The 2-fold interpenetrated 3D framework 1 can be solvent-induced to noninterpenetrated framework 1' in a reversible single crystal-single crystal transformation fashion. In addition, 1' represents the first catalyst based on triazole to catalyze the aerobic homocoupling of various substituted arylboronic acids.

  17. Metal-center exchange of tetrahedral cages: single crystal to single crystal and spin-crossover properties.

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    Zhang, Feng-Li; Chen, Jia-Qian; Qin, Long-Fang; Tian, Lei; Li, Zaijun; Ren, Xuehong; Gu, Zhi-Guo

    2016-04-01

    An effective single crystal to single crystal transformation from a tetrahedral Ni cage to an FeNi cage was demonstrated. The iron(ii) centers of the FeNi cage can be induced to display spin crossover behaviors with an increasing amount of Fe(II) ions. The SCSC metal-center exchange provides a powerful approach to modify solid magnetic properties.

  18. Segmentation Effect on Inhomogeneity of [110]-Single Crystal Deformation

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    Lychagin, D. V.; Nesterenko, E. A. Alfyorova V. P.

    2016-08-01

    This work presents a detailed analysis of segmentation process in FCC single crystals with compression axis [110] and side faces( ̅110) and (001) considering effect of octahedral shear crystal-geometry and basic stress concentrators. Sequence of meso-band systems formation on side faces is determined. Macro-segmentation patterns are specified, that are common to the FCC single crystals under investigation. It is proved that rectangular shape of highly compressed crystals, elongated in direction of operating planes, is conditioned by orientation symmetry of compression axis, single crystal side faces and shears directions, which are characteristic for the given orientation. The specified patterns are characteristic only for the samples with initial height-to-width ratio equal to 2. When varying sample height relative to the initial one, segmentation patterns will also vary due to crystal geometry variations.

  19. Multibit ferroelectric field-effect transistor with epitaxial-like Pb(Zr,Ti)O3

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    Park, Jae Hyo; Kim, Hyung Yoon; Seok, Ki Hwan; Kiaee, Zohreh; Lee, Sol Kyu; Joo, Seung Ki

    2016-03-01

    Being able to control grain boundaries during the phase transformation when processing a ferroelectric thin-film is crucial for the successful development of practical multibit ferroelectric memory. A novel development of ferroelectric thin-film crystallization processing for realizing epitaxial-like single crystals via artificial nucleation by Pt-seeding is reported here. Dividing the nucleation and growth mechanism by Pt-seeding, it is possible to obtain large and uniform rectangular-shaped ferroelectric grains, large enough to fabricate a field-effect transistor (FET) in the inside of the crystal grain. The fabricated ferroelectric FET, Pt/Pb(Zr,Ti)O3/ZrTiO4/Si, showed a large memory window (˜2.2 V), a low operation voltage (˜6 V), and an ultra-fast program/erase speed (˜10-6 s). Moreover, there was no degradation after 1015 cycles of bipolar fatigue testing and the sample even showed a long retention time after 1 yr. All of these characteristics correspond to the best performance among all types of ferroelectric field-effect transistors reported thus far.

  20. Growth and characterization of undoped and Mn doped lead-free piezoelectric NBT–KBT single crystals

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    Babu, G. Anandha; Subramaniyan, Raja R.; Bhaumik, Indranil; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Ramasamy, P.; Gupta, P.K.

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Single crystals of undoped and Mn doped NKBT crystals are grown by spontaneous nucleation. • Temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant and loss are measured. • Dielectric constant has increased and the loss has reduced on Mn doped NKBT. • Concentration of oxygen vacancies has been reduced in Mn doped NKBT. • The activation energy for undoped and Mn doped NKBT are calculated. - Abstract: Lead-free piezoelectric single crystals of undoped and 1 wt% Mn doped 0.80 Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}–0.20 K{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (NKBT) was grown using self-flux. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the grown crystals belong to tetragonal system at room temperature. The lattice strain was calculated from Williamson Hall relation for undoped and Mn doped NKBT crystals. A significant change is observed in dielectric behavior of Mn doped NKBT when compared to undoped sample. The diffuseness increased substantially on Mn doped NKBT which masked the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric transition in the dielectric constant plot. The AC impedance study revealed that the conduction is governed by the singly ionized oxygen vacancy. Further, the decrease in the conductivity on Mn doping suggests that Mn replaces the Bi vacancy, which reduces the oxygen vacancy.

  1. Optical electric-field sensor based on angular optical bias using single β-BaB2O4 crystal.

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    Li, Changsheng; Shen, Xiaoli; Zeng, Rong

    2013-11-01

    A novel optical electric-field sensor is proposed and demonstrated in experiment by use of a single beta barium borate (β-BaB2O4, BBO) crystal. The optical sensing unit is only composed of one BBO crystal and two polarizers. An optical phase bias of 0.5π is provided by using natural birefringence in the BBO crystal itself. A small angle (e.g., 0.6°) between the sensing light beam and principal axis of the crystal is required in order to produce the above optical bias. Thus the BBO crystal is used as the electric-field-sensing element and quarter waveplate. The ac electric field in the range of (1.4-703.2) kV/m has been measured with measurement sensitivity of 1.39 mV/(kV/m) and nonlinear error of 0.6%. Compared with lithium niobate crystal used as an electric-field sensor, main advantages of the BBO crystal include higher measurement sensitivity, compact configuration, and no ferroelectric ringing effect.

  2. Physical properties of superconducting single crystal iron sulfide

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    Rodriguez, Efrain E.; Borg, Christopher K. H.; Zhou, Xiuquan; Paglione, Johnpierre; University of Maryland Collaboration

    Recently, the simple binary tetragonal iron sulfide, FeS, was found to be a superconductor with a Tc = 5 K. We have prepared single crystals of tetragonal iron sulfide through hydrothermal de-intercalation of KxFe2-yS2. The KxFe2-yS2 single crystal precursors were grown by slow cooling of stoichiometric melts of K, Fe and S. The silver, plate-like FeS single crystals were highly crystalline with a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of 4 K. The high quality of the FeS crystals revealed highly anisotropic nature of the magnetic and electronic properties intrinsic to FeS. The physical properties and thermal stability of single crystal FeS will be discussed in detail.

  3. Optical properties of doped potassium gadolinium tungstate single crystals

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    Michalski, E.; Zmija, Jozef; Mierczyk, Zygmunt; Majchrowski, Andrzej; Kopczynski, Krzysztof; Cichowski, S.; Wojtanowski, J.

    2001-08-01

    Single crystals of double tungstates find applications as laser materials having very good parameters. One of the intensively investigated material sis KGD(WO4)2 doped with rare earth elements. Single crystal of KGd(WO4)2 were grown with the use of Top Seeded Solution Growth technique from K2W2O7 solvent. The crystals have low absorption loses and show high lasing efficiency. Optical investigations of as grown KGW:Nd single crystal confirmed their good optical quality and high absorption coefficient near 810 nm, what in connection with strong luminescence near 1067 nm allows fabrication of diode pumped microchip lasers working both in CW and giant pulse regime. Absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd3+ doped KGW single crystals are presented. Laser action was obtained in form of 128.5 kHz train of 100 ns giant pluses due to YAG:Cr4+ passive Q-switch.

  4. Cloning polymer single crystals through self-seeding

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    Xu, Jianjun; Ma, Yu; Hu, Wenbing; Rehahn, Matthias; Reiter, Günter

    2009-04-01

    In general, when a crystal is molten, all molecules forget about their mutual correlations and long-range order is lost. Thus, a regrown crystal does not inherit any features from an initially present crystal. Such is true for materials exhibiting a well-defined melting point. However, polymer crystallites have a wide range of melting temperatures, enabling paradoxical phenomena such as the coexistence of melting and crystallization. Here, we report a self-seeding technique that enables the generation of arrays of orientation-correlated polymer crystals of uniform size and shape (`clones') with their orientation inherited from an initial single crystal. Moreover, the number density and locations of these cloned crystals can to some extent be predetermined through the thermal history of the starting crystal. We attribute this unique behaviour of polymers to the coexistence of variable fold lengths in metastable crystalline lamellae, typical for ordering of complex chain-like molecules.

  5. Hg-1212 and Hg-1223 single crystals: Synthesis and characterisation

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    Gatt, R.; Olsson, E.; Morawski, A.; Lada, T.; Paszewin, A.; Bryntse, I.; Grishin, A. M.; Eeltsev, Yu.; Berastegui, P.; Johansson, L.-G.

    1997-02-01

    Single crystals of HgBa 2CaCu 2O 6+δ (Hg-1212) and HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ (Hg-1223) were grown from the melt at an argon pressure of 10 kbar. Electron microscopy, as well as single crystal X-ray diffraction studies show that the crystals are well ordered. The EDS analysis indicates the presence of a minor amount of other cations replacing Hg, Ba and Ca in the structure. Refined fractional coordinates and thermal parameters are given for a crystal of Hg-1223 type. Magnetic and resistive measurements show a Tc of 133 K for the Hg-1223 phase.

  6. Cryogenic Actuators and Motors Using Single Crystal Piezoelectrics

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    Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2006-04-01

    Novel piezoelectric actuators (stack actuator and flextensional actuator) and ultrasonic motors are presented for cryogenic actuations utilizing the excellent cryogenic properties of recently invented single crystal piezoelectrics (PMN-PT and PZN-PT crystals). Single crystal piezoelectrics exhibit large increases in strain over conventional piezoelectric ceramics. Furthermore, the crystals have been found to retain appreciable piezoactivity down to temperatures as low as 20K. These cryogenic actuators are very promising for shape control, precision positioning and force control in various NASA, military and civilian applications such as cryogenic adaptive optics for space telescopes, interferometers in terrestrial planet finder missions, interferometers and spectrometers for remote sensing applications.

  7. Method for harvesting single crystals from a peritectic melt

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    Todt, Volker R.; Sengupta, Suvankar; Shi, Donglu

    1996-01-01

    A method of preparing single crystals. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals unmelted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid.

  8. Method for harvesting single crystals from a peritectic melt

    DOEpatents

    Todt, V.R.; Sengupta, S.; Shi, D.

    1996-08-27

    A method of preparing single crystals is disclosed. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals unmelted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid. 2 figs.

  9. Method for harvesting rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, Volker R.; Sengupta, Suvankar; Shi, Donglu

    1996-01-01

    A method of preparing high temperature superconductor single crystals. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals of the high temperature superconductor, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals of the high temperature superconductor on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals melted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid.

  10. Stability of Detached Grown Germanium Single Crystals

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    Schweizer, M.; Volz, M. P.; Cobb, S. D.; Vujisic, L.; Szofran, F. R.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Detachment of the melt meniscus from the crucible during semiconductor Bridgman growth experiments has been observed in recent years, especially under microgravity experiments. Under earth conditions, the hydrostatic pressure counteracts the mechanism, whereby it is more difficult to achieve detached Bridgman growth. Attempts to get stable detached growth under terrestrial conditions have been discussed in the literature and have been the subject of recent experiments in our own group. The advantage of crystals grown without wall contact is obvious: In general, they possess a higher crystal quality than conventional Bridgman grown crystals with wall contact. However, due to the interaction of different parameters such as the wetting behavior of the melt with the crucible, and the dependence of the growth angle with the shape of the melt meniscus, the mechanism leading to detachment is very complicated and not completely understood. We have grown several doped and undoped Germanium crystals with the detached Bridgman and the normal Bridgman growth technique. Pyrolytic boron nitride containers were used for all growth experiments. In the detached grown crystals the typical gap thickness between the pBN crucible and the crystal is in the range of 10 to 100 micrometers, which was determined by performing profilometer measurements. Etch pit density measurements were also performed and a comparison between detached and attached grown crystals will be given. An interesting feature was detected on the surface of a detached grown crystal. Strong surface striations with an average axial distance of 0.5 mm were observed around the whole circumference. The maximum fluctuation of the gap thickness is in the range of 5-10 micrometers. These variations of the detached gap along the crystal axis can be explained by a kind of stiction of the melt/crucible interface and thus by a variation of the meniscus shape. This phenomenon leading to the fluctuation of the gap thickness will be

  11. Stability of Detached Grown Germanium Single Crystals

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    Schweizer, M.; Volz, M. P.; Cobb, S. D.; Motakef, S.; Szofran, F. R.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Detachment of the melt meniscus from the crucible during semiconductor Bridgman growth experiments has been observed in recent years especially, under microgravity experiments. Under earth conditions, the hydrostatic pressure counteracts the mechanism, whereby it is more difficult to achieve detached Bridgman growth. Attempts to get stable detached growth under terrestrial conditions have been discussed in the literature and have been the subject of recent experiments in our own group. The advantage of crystals grown without wall contact is obvious: In general, they possess a higher crystal quality than conventional Bridgman grown crystals with wall contact. However, due to the interaction of different parameters such as the wetting behavior of the melt with the crucible, and the dependence of the growth angle with the shape of the melt meniscus, the mechanism leading to detachment is very complicated and not completely understood. We have grown several doped and undoped Germanium crystals with the detached Bridgman and the normal Bridgman growth technique. Pyrolytic boron nitride containers were used for all growth experiments. In the detached grown crystals the typical gap thickness between the pBN crucible and the crystal is in the range of 10 to 100 microns, which was determined by performing profilometer measurements. Etch pit density measurements were also performed and a comparison between detached and attached grown crystals will be given. An interesting feature was detected on the surface of a detached grown crystal. Strong surface striations with an average axial distance of 0.5mm were observed around the whole circumference. The maximum fluctuation of the gap thickness is in the range of 5-10 microns. These variations of the detached gap along the crystal axis can be explained by a kind of stiction of the melt/crucible interface and thus by a variation of the meniscus shape. This phenomenon leading to the fluctuation of the gap thickness will be

  12. Modified triglycine sulphate (TGS) single crystals for pyroelectric infrared detector applications

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    Banan, M.; Lal, R. B.; Batra, Ashok

    1992-01-01

    Effects of caesium and cerium, L-alanine, and caesium plus L-alanine impurities on ferroelectric and pyroelectric properties of TGS crystals are investigated. Dielectric constant and loss, pyroelectric coefficient, spontaneous polarization, and coercive field measurements of these modified crystals, as a function of temperature, are reported. Caesium and cerium did not affect the electrical properties of TGS crystals significantly, whereas L-alanine- and, especially, Cs + L-alanine-doped TGS crystals exhibited promising improvements in pyroelectric properties, up to 48 C, as compared to pure TGS crystals.

  13. High-quality bulk hybrid perovskite single crystals within minutes by inverse temperature crystallization

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    Saidaminov, Makhsud I.; Abdelhady, Ahmed L.; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Burlakov, Victor M.; Peng, Wei; Dursun, Ibrahim; Wang, Lingfei; He, Yao; Maculan, Giacomo; Goriely, Alain; Wu, Tom; Mohammed, Omar F.; Bakr, Osman M.

    2015-07-01

    Single crystals of methylammonium lead trihalide perovskites (MAPbX3; MA=CH3NH3+, X=Br- or I-) have shown remarkably low trap density and charge transport properties; however, growth of such high-quality semiconductors is a time-consuming process. Here we present a rapid crystal growth process to obtain MAPbX3 single crystals, an order of magnitude faster than previous reports. The process is based on our observation of the substantial decrease of MAPbX3 solubility, in certain solvents, at elevated temperatures. The crystals can be both size- and shape-controlled by manipulating the different crystallization parameters. Despite the rapidity of the method, the grown crystals exhibit transport properties and trap densities comparable to the highest quality MAPbX3 reported to date. The phenomenon of inverse or retrograde solubility and its correlated inverse temperature crystallization strategy present a major step forward for advancing the field on perovskite crystallization.

  14. The Growth of Large Single Crystals.

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    Baer, Carl D.

    1990-01-01

    Presented is an experiment which demonstrates principles of experimental design, solubility, and crystal growth and structure. Materials, procedures and results are discussed. Suggestions for adapting this activity to the high school laboratory are provided. (CW)

  15. A study of crystal growth by solution technique. [triglycine sulfate single crystals

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    Lal, R. B.

    1979-01-01

    The advantages and mechanisms of crystal growth from solution are discussed as well as the effects of impurity adsorption on the kinetics of crystal growth. Uncertainities regarding crystal growth in a low gravity environment are examined. Single crystals of triglycine sulfate were grown using a low temperature solution technique. Small components were assembled and fabricated for future space flights. A space processing experiment proposal accepted by NASA for the Spacelab-3 mission is included.

  16. Single-drop optimization of protein crystallization.

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    Meyer, Arne; Dierks, Karsten; Hilterhaus, Dierk; Klupsch, Thomas; Mühlig, Peter; Kleesiek, Jens; Schöpflin, Robert; Einspahr, Howard; Hilgenfeld, Rolf; Betzel, Christian

    2012-08-01

    A completely new crystal-growth device has been developed that permits charting a course across the phase diagram to produce crystalline samples optimized for diffraction experiments. The utility of the device is demonstrated for the production of crystals for the traditional X-ray diffraction data-collection experiment, of microcrystals optimal for data-collection experiments at a modern microbeam insertion-device synchrotron beamline and of nanocrystals required for data collection on an X-ray laser beamline. PMID:22869140

  17. Single-drop optimization of protein crystallization

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    Meyer, Arne; Dierks, Karsten; Hilterhaus, Dierk; Klupsch, Thomas; Mühlig, Peter; Kleesiek, Jens; Schöpflin, Robert; Einspahr, Howard; Hilgenfeld, Rolf; Betzel, Christian

    2012-01-01

    A completely new crystal-growth device has been developed that permits charting a course across the phase diagram to produce crystalline samples optimized for diffraction experiments. The utility of the device is demonstrated for the production of crystals for the traditional X-ray diffraction data-collection experiment, of microcrystals optimal for data-collection experiments at a modern microbeam insertion-device synchrotron beamline and of nanocrystals required for data collection on an X-ray laser beamline. PMID:22869140

  18. Growing Single Crystals of Compound Semiconductors

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    Naumann, Robert J.; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Frazier, Donald O.

    1987-01-01

    Defect reduced by preventing melt/furnace contact and suppressing convention. Large crystals of compound semiconductors with few defects grown by proposed new method. Such materials as gallium arsenide and cadmium telluride produced, with quality suitable for very-large-scale integrated circuits or for large focal-plane arrays of photodetectors. Method used on small scale in Earth gravity, but needs microgravity to provide crystals large enough for industrial use.

  19. Single-drop optimization of protein crystallization.

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    Meyer, Arne; Dierks, Karsten; Hilterhaus, Dierk; Klupsch, Thomas; Mühlig, Peter; Kleesiek, Jens; Schöpflin, Robert; Einspahr, Howard; Hilgenfeld, Rolf; Betzel, Christian

    2012-08-01

    A completely new crystal-growth device has been developed that permits charting a course across the phase diagram to produce crystalline samples optimized for diffraction experiments. The utility of the device is demonstrated for the production of crystals for the traditional X-ray diffraction data-collection experiment, of microcrystals optimal for data-collection experiments at a modern microbeam insertion-device synchrotron beamline and of nanocrystals required for data collection on an X-ray laser beamline.

  20. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    W. Singer; X. Singer; P. Kneisel

    2007-09-01

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was built. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 mu-m of Buffered Chanical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120°C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  1. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Kneisel, P.

    2007-08-09

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was build. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 {mu}m of Buffered Chemical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120 deg. C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  2. Ion crystal transducer for strong coupling between single ions and single photons.

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    Lamata, L; Leibrandt, D R; Chuang, I L; Cirac, J I; Lukin, M D; Vuletić, V; Yelin, S F

    2011-07-15

    A new approach for the realization of a quantum interface between single photons and single ions in an ion crystal is proposed and analyzed. In our approach the coupling between a single photon and a single ion is enhanced via the collective degrees of freedom of the ion crystal. Applications including single-photon generation, a memory for a quantum repeater, and a deterministic photon-photon, photon-phonon, or photon-ion entangler are discussed.

  3. UCN Production With a Single Crystal of Ortho-Deuterium.

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    Utsuro, M; Tanaka, M; Mishima, K; Nagai, Y; Shima, T; Fukuda, Y; Kohmoto, T; Momose, T; Moriai, A; Okumura, K; Yoshino, H

    2005-01-01

    The present paper reports on the preliminary experimental results concerning a new concept of ultracold neutron production with a single crystal converter of ortho-deuterium lying in the ground rotational state at the low temperature of about 10 K, which should make it possible to utilize a guided cold neutron beam instead of irradiating the converter material in the inside of high radiation fields. The successful observation of the clear Bragg scattering pattern from the single crystal converter and the reasonable results from the first experimental trial of the ultracold neutron production with the single crystal are shown.

  4. Transport in organic single-crystal microbelt for conformal electronics

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    Cui, Nan; Tong, Yanhong; Tang, Qingxin; Liu, Yichun

    2016-03-01

    We showed the advantages of flexible rubrene organic single-crystal microbelts in high-performance devices and circuits towards conformal electronics. The anisotropic transport based on the only one organic microbelt was studied by a "cross-channel" method, and the rubrene microbelt showed the highest mobility up to 26 cm2/V s in the length direction. Based on an individual rubrene microbelt, the organic single-crystal circuit with good adherence on a pearl ball and the gain as high as 18 was realized. These results present great potential for applications of organic single-crystal belts in the next-generation conformal electronics.

  5. Growth and characterization of diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate single crystal

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    Siva Sankari, R.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate (DACS) is one of the most promising inorganic dielectric crystals with exceptional mechanical properties. Good quality crystals of DACS were grown by using solution method in a period of 30 days. The grown crystals were subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis in order to establish their crystalline nature. Thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis were performed for the crystal. Several solid state physical parameters have been determined for the grown crystals. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss and AC conductivity of the grown crystal were studied as a function of frequency and temperature has been calculated and plotted. - Highlights: • Diammonium copper disulphate is grown for the first time and CCDC number obtained. • Thermal analysis is done to see the stability range of the crystals. • Band gap and UV cut off wavelength of the crystal are determined to be 2.4 eV and 472.86 nm, respectively. • Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity are plotted as a function of applied field. - Abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate is one of the most promising inorganic crystals with exceptional dielectric properties. A good quality crystal was harvested in a 30-day period using solution growth method. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterization techniques like single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis. Unit cell dimensions of the grown crystal have been identified from XRD studies. Functional groups of the title compounds have been identified from FTIR studies. Thermal stability of the samples was checked by TG/DTA studies. Band gap of the crystal was calculated. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of frequency of the applied field. AC conductivity was plotted as a function

  6. Growth and characterization of organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystal.

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    Jebin, R P; Suthan, T; Rajesh, N P; Vinitha, G; Madhusoodhanan, U

    2015-01-25

    The organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. The grown crystal was confirmed by the single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. The functional groups of the crystal have been identified from the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and FT-Raman studies. The optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis-NIR and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements. The thermal behavior of the grown crystal was analyzed by thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA). Dielectric measurements were carried out with different frequencies by using parallel plate capacitor method. The third order nonlinear optical properties of 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde was measured by the Z-scan technique using 532 nm diode pumped continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser.

  7. Growth and characterization of organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystal

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    Jebin, R. P.; Suthan, T.; Rajesh, N. P.; Vinitha, G.; Madhusoodhanan, U.

    2015-01-01

    The organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. The grown crystal was confirmed by the single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. The functional groups of the crystal have been identified from the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and FT-Raman studies. The optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis-NIR and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements. The thermal behavior of the grown crystal was analyzed by thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA). Dielectric measurements were carried out with different frequencies by using parallel plate capacitor method. The third order nonlinear optical properties of 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde was measured by the Z-scan technique using 532 nm diode pumped continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser.

  8. Single crystal Processing and magnetic properties of gadolinium nickel

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    Shreve, Andrew John

    2012-01-01

    GdNi is a rare earth intermetallic material that exhibits very interesting magnetic properties. Spontaneous magnetostriction occurs in GdNi at T{sub C}, on the order of 8000ppm strain along the c-axis and only until very recently the mechanism causing this giant magnetostriction was not understood. In order to learn more about the electronic and magnetic structure of GdNi, single crystals are required for anisotropic magnetic property measurements. Single crystal processing is quite challenging for GdNi though since the rare-earth transition-metal composition yields a very reactive intermetallic compound. Many crystal growth methods are pursued in this study including crucible free methods, precipitation growths, and specially developed Bridgman crucibles. A plasma-sprayed Gd2O3 W-backed Bridgman crucible was found to be the best means of GdNi single crystal processing. With a source of high-quality single crystals, many magnetization measurements were collected to reveal the magnetic structure of GdNi. Heat capacity and the magnetocaloric effect are also measured on a single crystal sample. The result is a thorough report on high quality single crystal processing and the magnetic properties of GdNi.

  9. A simple low-cost single-crystal NMR setup.

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    Vinding, Mads S; Kessler, Tommy O; Vosegaard, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    A low-cost single-crystal NMR kit is presented along with a web-based post-processing software. The kit consists of a piezo-crystal motor and a goniometer for the crystal, both embedded in a standard wide-bore NMR probe with a 3D printed scaffold. The NMR pulse program controls the angle setting automatically, and the post-processing software incorporates a range of orientation-angle discrepancies present in the kit and other single-crystal setups. Results with a NaNO3 single-crystal show a high degree of reproducibility and excellent agreement with previous findings for the anisotropic quadrupolar interaction. PMID:27295612

  10. Growing intermetallic single crystals using in situ decanting

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    Petrovic, Cedomir; Canfield, Paul; Mellen, Jonathan

    2012-05-16

    High temperature metallic solution growth is one of the most successful and versatile methods for single crystal growth, and is particularly suited for exploratory synthesis. The method commonly utilizes a centrifuge at room temperature and is very successful for the synthesis of single crystal phases that can be decanted from the liquid below the melting point of the silica ampoule. In this paper, we demonstrate the extension of this method that enables single crystal growth and flux decanting inside the furnace at temperatures above 1200°C. This not only extends the number of available metallic solvents that can be used in exploratory crystal growth but also can be particularly well suited for crystals that have a rather narrow exposed solidification surface in the equilibrium alloy phase diagram.

  11. Three-Dimensional Conformation of Folded Polymers in Single Crystals

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    Hong, You-lee; Yuan, Shichen; Li, Zhen; Ke, Yutian; Nozaki, Koji; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    2015-10-01

    The chain-folding mechanism and structure of semicrystalline polymers have long been controversial. Solid-state NMR was applied to determine the chain trajectory of 13C CH3 -labeled isotactic poly(1-butene) (i PB 1 ) in form III chiral single crystals blended with nonlabeled i PB 1 crystallized in dilute solutions under low supercooling. An advanced 13C - 13C double-quantum NMR technique probing the spatial proximity pattern of labeled 13C nuclei revealed that the chains adopt a three-dimensional (3D) conformation in single crystals. The determined results indicate a two-step crystallization process of (i) cluster formation via self-folding in the precrystallization stage and (ii) deposition of the nanoclusters as a building block at the growth front in single crystals.

  12. Twisted Single Crystals of Meta-Aromatic Polyamides

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    Lawrence, D. P.; Martin, D. C.

    1996-03-01

    The morphology of single crystals of the aromatic polyamide poly(metaphenylene isophthalamide) (MPDI or Nomex) was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The single crystals of MPDI were slowly grown from 0.1 weight percent solution. MPDI forms elongated crystals which aggregate together to form highly regular twisted helical bundles. The repeat periods of the helices typically range from 240 nm to 1000 nm and the bundle diameters vary from 36 nm to 120 nm. The angle between the edge of the crystal and the bundle axis varies from 40 to 65 degrees. The regular twisting evidently arises from a bending moment induced by the triclinic symmetry of the MPDI unit cell and the lamellar geometry of the chain-folded single crystal.

  13. High-Temperature Electromechanical Characterization of AlN Single Crystals.

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    Kim, Taeyang; Kim, Jinwook; Dalmau, Rafael; Schlesser, Raoul; Preble, Edward; Jiang, Xiaoning

    2015-10-01

    Hexagonal AlN is a non-ferroelectric material and does not have any phase transition up to its melting point (>2000°C), which indicates the potential use of AlN for high-temperature sensing. In this work, the elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric constants of AlN single crystals were investigated at elevated temperatures up to 1000°C by the resonance method. We used resonators of five different modes to obtain a complete set of material constants of AlN single crystals. The electrical resistivity of AlN at elevated temperature (1000°C) was found to be greater than 5 × 10(10) Ω · cm. The resonance frequency of the resonators, which was mainly determined by the elastic compliances, decreased linearly with increasing temperature, and was characterized by a relatively low temperature coefficient of frequency, in the range of -20 to -36 ppm/°C. For all the investigated resonator modes, the elastic constants and the electromechanical coupling factors exhibited excellent temperature stability, with small variations over the full temperature range, <11.2% and <17%, respectively. Of particular significance is that due to the pyroelectricity of AlN, both the dielectric and the piezoelectric constants had high thermal resistivity even at extreme high temperature (1000°C). Therefore, high electrical resistivity, temperature independence of electromechanical properties, as well as high thermal resistivity of the elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties, suggest that AlN single crystals are a promising candidate for high-temperature piezoelectric sensing applications. PMID:26759848

  14. Incipient ferroelectricity of water molecules confined to nano-channels of beryl

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    Gorshunov, B. P.; Torgashev, V. I.; Zhukova, E. S.; Thomas, V. G.; Belyanchikov, M. A.; Kadlec, C.; Kadlec, F.; Savinov, M.; Ostapchuk, T.; Petzelt, J.; Prokleška, J.; Tomas, P. V.; Pestrjakov, E. V.; Fursenko, D. A.; Shakurov, G. S.; Prokhorov, A. S.; Gorelik, V. S.; Kadyrov, L. S.; Uskov, V. V.; Kremer, R. K.; Dressel, M.

    2016-01-01

    Water is characterized by large molecular electric dipole moments and strong interactions between molecules; however, hydrogen bonds screen the dipole–dipole coupling and suppress the ferroelectric order. The situation changes drastically when water is confined: in this case ordering of the molecular dipoles has been predicted, but never unambiguously detected experimentally. In the present study we place separate H2O molecules in the structural channels of a beryl single crystal so that they are located far enough to prevent hydrogen bonding, but close enough to keep the dipole–dipole interaction, resulting in incipient ferroelectricity in the water molecular subsystem. We observe a ferroelectric soft mode that causes Curie–Weiss behaviour of the static permittivity, which saturates below 10 K due to quantum fluctuations. The ferroelectricity of water molecules may play a key role in the functioning of biological systems and find applications in fuel and memory cells, light emitters and other nanoscale electronic devices. PMID:27687693

  15. Incipient ferroelectricity of water molecules confined to nano-channels of beryl

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    Gorshunov, B. P.; Torgashev, V. I.; Zhukova, E. S.; Thomas, V. G.; Belyanchikov, M. A.; Kadlec, C.; Kadlec, F.; Savinov, M.; Ostapchuk, T.; Petzelt, J.; Prokleška, J.; Tomas, P. V.; Pestrjakov, E. V.; Fursenko, D. A.; Shakurov, G. S.; Prokhorov, A. S.; Gorelik, V. S.; Kadyrov, L. S.; Uskov, V. V.; Kremer, R. K.; Dressel, M.

    2016-09-01

    Water is characterized by large molecular electric dipole moments and strong interactions between molecules; however, hydrogen bonds screen the dipole-dipole coupling and suppress the ferroelectric order. The situation changes drastically when water is confined: in this case ordering of the molecular dipoles has been predicted, but never unambiguously detected experimentally. In the present study we place separate H2O molecules in the structural channels of a beryl single crystal so that they are located far enough to prevent hydrogen bonding, but close enough to keep the dipole-dipole interaction, resulting in incipient ferroelectricity in the water molecular subsystem. We observe a ferroelectric soft mode that causes Curie-Weiss behaviour of the static permittivity, which saturates below 10 K due to quantum fluctuations. The ferroelectricity of water molecules may play a key role in the functioning of biological systems and find applications in fuel and memory cells, light emitters and other nanoscale electronic devices.

  16. Tip-induced domain growth on the non-polar cuts of lithium niobate single-crystals

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    Alikin, D. O.; Turygin, A. P.; Lobov, A. I.; Shur, V. Ya.; Ievlev, A. V.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2015-05-04

    Currently, ferroelectric materials with designed domain structures are considered as a perspective material for new generation of photonic, data storage, and data processing devices. Application of external electric field is the most convenient way of the domain structure formation. Lots of papers are devoted to the investigation of domain kinetics on polar surface of crystals while the forward growth remains one of the most mysterious stages due to lack of experimental methods allowing to study it. Here, we performed tip-induced polarization reversal on X- and Y-non-polar cuts in single-crystal of congruent lithium niobate which allows us to study the forward growth with high spatial resolution. The revealed difference in the shape and length of domains induced on X- and Y-cuts is beyond previously developed theoretical approaches used for the theoretical consideration of the domains growth at non-polar ferroelectric surfaces. To explain experimental results, we used kinetic approach with anisotropy of screening efficiency along different crystallographic directions.

  17. Effect of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate single crystals

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    Kalidasan, M.; Asokan, K.; Baskar, K.; Dhanasekaran, R.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the effects of 5 kGy, 10 kGy and 20 kGy doses of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate, Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·(H2O)8 single crystals have been studied. Initially these crystals were grown by solution growth technique and identified as monoclinic using X-ray diffraction analysis. X-ray rocking curves confirm the formation of crystalline defects due to gamma rays in sodium borate single crystals. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra have been recorded to identify the radicals created due to gamma ray irradiation in sodium borate single crystals. The thermoluminescence glow curves due to the defects created by gamma rays in this crystal have been observed and their kinetic parameters were calculated using Chen's peak shape method. The optical absorption increases and photoluminescence spectral intensity decreases for 5 kGy and 20 kGy doses gamma ray irradiated crystals compared to pristine and 10 kGy dose irradiated one. The effect of various doses of gamma rays on vibrational modes of the sodium borate single crystals was studied using FT-Raman and ATR-FTIR spectral analysis. The dielectric permittivity, conductance and dielectric loss versus frequency graphs of these crystals have been analyzed to know the effect of gamma ray irradiation on these parameters.

  18. Study of single crystals of metal solid solutions

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    Doty, J. P.; Reising, J. A.

    1973-01-01

    The parameters and requirements for growing single crystals of relatively high melting point metals in a zero gravity environment are studied. The crystal growth of metals such as silver, copper, gold, and alloys with a melting point between 900-1100 C is examined.

  19. Growth and characterisation of benzaldehyde semicarbazone (BSC) single crystals

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    Ramesh Babu, R.; Vijayan, N.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Ramasamy, P.

    2002-05-01

    Single crystals of potential organic nonlinear optical materials of Benzaldehyde Semicarbazone (BSC) were grown by slow evaporation technique. The grown crystals were identified by X-ray diffraction method. The functional groups were identified from FT-IR spectrum. UV-visible and thermal gravimetric analyses were made.

  20. Growth of single crystals by vapor transport

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    Wiedemeier, H.

    1978-01-01

    The primary objectives of the program were to establish basic vapor transport and crystal growth properties and to determine thermodynamic, kinetic and structural parameters relevant to chemical vapor transport systems for different classes of materials. An important aspect of these studies was the observation of the effects of gravity-caused convection on the mass transport rate and crystal morphology. These objectives were accomplished through extensive vapor transport, thermochemical and structural studies on selected Mn-chalcogenides, II-VI and IV-VI compounds.

  1. Measurement of single crystal surface parameters

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    Swanson, L. W.; Bell, A. E.; Strayer, R. W.

    1972-01-01

    The sticking coefficient and thermal desorption spectra of Cs from the (110) plane of W was investigated. A sticking coefficient of unity for the monolayer region was measured for T 250 K. Several distinct binding states were observed in the thermal desorption spectrum. Work function and electron reflection measurements were made on the (110) and (100) crystal faces of Mo. Both LEED and Auger were used to determine the orientation and cleanliness of the crystal surfaces. The work function values obtained for the (110) and (100) planes of Mo were 4.92 and 4.18 eV respectively.

  2. Deformation mechanisms in tungsten single crystals in ballistic impact experiments

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    Bruchey, W. J., Jr.; Herring, R. N.; Kingman, P. W.; Horwath, E. J.

    1993-05-01

    The performance of tungsten single crystals in ballistic impact varies strongly as a function of crystallographic orientation. The deformation structure of recovered single crystal rods fired in ballistic environments has been characterized by optical microscopy, SEM and TEM, and x-ray diffraction. The observed microstructures are varied and provide substantial insights into the factors governing the penetration and flow behavior under ballistic conditions. Crystallographic orientation influences the potential for developing shear which enhances material flow, and this enhancement ultimately maximizes the energy available for target penetration. Microstructural analysis elucidates the various mechanisms occuring during the flow process for single crystals of high-symmetry orientations, and suggests possible analogies between the penetration behavior of the tungsten single crystals and other materials.

  3. On the deformation mechanisms in single crystal Hadfield manganese steels

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    Karaman, I.; Sehitoglu, H.; Gall, K.; Chumlyakov, Y.I.

    1998-02-13

    Austenitic manganese steel, so called Hadfield manganese steel, is frequently used in mining and railroad frog applications requiring excessive deformation and wear resistance. Its work hardening ability is still not completely understood. Previous studies attributed the work-hardening characteristics of this material to dynamic strain aging or an imperfect deformation twin, a so-called pseudotwin. Unfortunately, these previous studies have all focused on polycrystalline Hadfield steels. To properly study the mechanisms of deformation in the absence of grain boundary or texture effects, single crystal specimens are required. The purpose of this work is the following: (1) observe the inelastic stress-strain behavior of Hadfield single crystals in orientations where twinning and slip are individually dominating or when they are competing deformation mechanisms; and (2) determine the microyield points of Hadfield single crystals and use micro-mechanical modeling to predict the stress-strain response of a single crystal undergoing micro-twinning.

  4. High-temperature alloys: Single-crystal performance boost

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    Schütze, Michael

    2016-08-01

    Titanium aluminide alloys are lightweight and have attractive properties for high-temperature applications. A new growth method that enables single-crystal production now boosts their mechanical performance.

  5. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, V.; Miller, D.J.; Shi, D.; Sengupta, S.

    1998-07-07

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are heated in the presence of a Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material. 7 figs.

  6. Inhomogeneities in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors

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    Moorjani, K.; Bohandy, J.; Kim, B. F.; Adrian, F. J.

    1991-01-01

    The next stage in the evolution of experimental research on the high temperature superconductors will require high quality single crystals and epitaxially grown crystalline films. However, inhomogeneities and other defects are not uncommon in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors, so a corollary requirement will be a reliable method for judging the quality of these materials. The application of magnetically modulated resistance methods in this task is briefly described and illustrated.

  7. Synthesis and Single-Crystal Growth of Ca

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    Nakatsuji, Satoru; Maeno, Yoshiteru

    2001-01-01

    For the study of the quasi-two-dimensional Mott transition system Ca{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}RuO{sub 4}, we have succeeded in synthesizing polycrystalline samples and also growing single crystals by a floating-zone method. Details of the preparations for the entire solution range are described. The structural, transport, and magnetic properties of both polycrystalline and single-crystal samples are fully in agreement.

  8. Formation of gallium microinclusions in GaAs single crystals

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    Vasilenko, N.D.; Gorbatyuk, A.Ya.; Maronchuk, I.E.

    1988-08-01

    In this report we analyze the causes of gallium microinclusion formation in gallium arsenide single crystals. We present a model in which microinclusions result from the decomposition of a supersaturated solid solution. From experimental data available in the literature and calculated kinetic parameters of the model we demonstrate that microinclusion formation in bulk single crystals follows the mechanism of homogeneous nucleation and Brownian coalescence of precipitated liquid gallium metal.

  9. Electronic transitions and dielectric functions of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals: Temperature dependent spectroscopic study

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    Zhu, J. J.; Zhang, J. Z.; Xu, G. S.; Zhang, X. L.; Hu, Z. G.; Chu, J. H.

    2014-03-01

    Optical properties and phase transitions of Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals near morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have been investigated by temperature dependent transmittance and reflectance spectra. Three critical point energies Eg = 3.17-3.18 eV, Ea = 3.41-3.61 eV, and Eb = 4.74-4.81 eV can be assigned to the transitions from oxygen 2p to titanium d, niobium d, and lead 6p states, respectively. They show narrowing trends with increasing temperature, which can be caused by thermal expansion of the lattice and electron-phonon interaction. Deviation from the linear behaviors can be observed from Ea and Eb versus PT concentration, indicating a complex multiphase structure near MPB region.

  10. Fatigue damage modeling for coated single crystal superalloys

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    Nissley, David M.

    1988-01-01

    A high temperature, low-cycle fatigue life prediction method for coated single crystal nickel-base superalloys is being developed. The method is being developed for use in predicting crack initiation life of coated single crystal turbine airfoils. Although the models are being developed using coated single crystal PWA 1480, they should be readily adaptable to other coated nickel-base single crystal materials. The coatings choosen for this effort were of two generic types: a low pressure plasma sprayed NiCoCrAlY overlay, designated PWA 286, and an aluminide diffusion, designated PWA 273. In order to predict the useful crack initiation life of airfoils, the constitutive and failure behavior of the coating/substrate combination must be taken into account. Coatings alter the airfoil surface microstructure and are a primary source from which cracks originate. The adopted life prediction approach addresses this complexity by separating the coating and single crystal crack initiation regimes. This provides a flexible means for using different life model formulations for the coating and single crystal materials. At the completion of this program, all constitutive and life model formulations will be available in equation form and as software. The software will use the MARC general purpose finite element code to drive the constitutive models and calculate life parameters.

  11. Direct observation of interlocked domain walls and topological four-state vortex-like domain patterns in multiferroic YMnO{sub 3} single crystal

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    Tian, Lei; Wang, Yumei Ge, Binghui; Zhang, Xiangqun; Zhang, Zhihua

    2015-03-16

    Using the advanced spherical aberration-corrected high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscope imaging techniques, we investigated atomic-scale structural features of domain walls and domain patterns in YMnO{sub 3} single crystal. Three different types of interlocked ferroelectric-antiphase domain walls and two abnormal topological four-state vortex-like domain patterns are identified. Each ferroelectric domain wall is accompanied by a translation vector, i.e., 1/6[210] or −1/6[210], demonstrating its interlocked nature. Different from the four-state vortex domain patterns caused by a partial edge dislocation, two four-state vortex-like domain configurations have been obtained at atomic level. These observed phenomena can further extend our understanding of the fascinating vortex domain patterns in multiferroic hexagonal rare-earth manganites.

  12. Single crystals of single-walled carbon nanotubes formed by self-assembly.

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    Schlittler, R R; Seo, J W; Gimzewski, J K; Durkan, C; Saifullah, M S; Welland, M E

    2001-05-11

    We report the self-assembly of single crystals of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) using thermolysis of nano-patterned precursors. The synthesis of these perfectly ordered, single crystals of SWCNTs results in extended structures with dimension on the micrometer scale. Each crystal is composed of an ordered array of tubes with identical diameters and chirality, although these properties vary between crystals. The results show that SWCNTs can be produced as a perfect bulk material on the micrometer scale and point toward the synthesis of bulk macroscopic crystalline material.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of Mo 3Si single crystal

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    Rosales, I.

    2008-08-01

    Mo 3Si single crystals were successfully produced using an optical floating zone furnace. Reoriented specimens were obtained from the original crystal with <1 1 1>, <1 1 0> and <1 0 0> orientations. Cracking behavior of the crystals shows an interesting relation regarding their crystal orientation. Fracture toughness values show small orientation dependence. The hardness test shows that the hard plane is the (1 0 0), and the softest plane was the (1 1 0) and not the (1 1 1) as it was expected.

  14. Single crystal niobium tubes for particle colliders accelerator cavities

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    Murphy, James E

    2013-02-28

    The objective of this research project is to produce single crystal niobium (Nb) tubes for use as particle accelerator cavities for the Fermi laboratory’s International Linear Collider project. Single crystal Nb tubes may have superior performance compared to a polycrystalline tubes because the absence of grain boundaries may permit the use of higher accelerating voltages. In addition, Nb tubes that are subjected to the high temperature, high vacuum crystallization process are very pure and well annealed. Any impurity with a significantly higher vapor pressure than Nb should be decreased by the relatively long exposure at high temperature to the high vacuum environment. After application of the single crystal process, the surfaces of the Nb tubes are bright and shiny, and the tube resembles an electro polished Nb tube. For these reasons, there is interest in single crystal Nb tubes and in a process that will produce single crystal tubes. To convert a polycrystalline niobium tube into a single crystal, the tube is heated to within a few hundred °C of the melting temperature of niobium, which is 2477 °C. RF heating is used to rapidly heat the tube in a narrow zone and after reaching the operating temperature, the hot zone is slowly passed along the length of the tube. For crystallization tests with Nb tubes, the traverse rate was in the range of 1-10 cm per hour. All the crystallization tests in this study were performed in a water-cooled, stainless steel chamber under a vacuum of 5 x10-6 torr or better. In earliest tests of the single crystal growth process, the Nb tubes had an OD of 1.9 cm and a wall thickness of 0.15 mm. With these relatively small Nb tubes, the single crystal process was always successful in producing single crystal tubes. In these early tests, the operating temperature was normally maintained at 2200 °C, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In the next test series, the Nb tube size was increased to 3.8 cm OD and the wall thickness was

  15. Growth and properties of benzil doped benzimidazole (BMZ) single crystals

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    Babu, R. Ramesh; Sukumar, M.; Vasudevan, V.; Shakir, Mohd.; Ramamurthi, K.; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2010-09-15

    In the present work, we have made an attempt to study the effect of benzil doping on the properties of benzimidazole single crystals. For this purpose we have grown pure and benzil doped benzimidazole single crystals by vertical Bridgman technique. The grown crystals were characterized by various characterization techniques. The presence of dopants confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Crystalline perfection of the grown crystals has been analysed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). The transmittance, electrical property and mechanical strength have been analysed using UV-vis-NIR spectroscopic, dielectric and Vicker's hardness studies. The relative second harmonic generation efficiency of pure and doped benzimidazole crystals measured using Kurtz powder test.

  16. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Maier, R. D.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of crystal orientation on the mechanical properties of single crystals of the nickel-based superalloy Mar-M247 are investigated. Tensile tests at temperatures from 23 to 1093 C and stress rupture tests at temperatures from 760 to 1038 C were performed for 52 single crystals at various orientations. During tensile testing between 23 and 760 C, single crystals with high Schmid factors were found to be favorably oriented for slip and to exhibit lower strength and higher ductility than those with low Schmid factors. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for cross slip were observed to have the shortest stress rupture lives at 760 C, while those which required little or no rotation had the longest lives. In addition, stereographic triangles obtained for Mar-M247 and Mar-M200 single crystals reveal that crystals with orientations near the -111 had the highest lives, those near the 001 had high lives, and those near the 011 had low lives.

  17. An analytical model for porous single crystals with ellipsoidal voids

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    Mbiakop, A.; Constantinescu, A.; Danas, K.

    2015-11-01

    A rate-(in)dependent constitutive model for porous single crystals with arbitrary crystal anisotropy (e.g., FCC, BCC, HCP, etc.) containing general ellipsoidal voids is developed. The proposed model, denoted as modified variational model (MVAR), is based on the nonlinear variational homogenization method, which makes use of a linear comparison porous material to estimate the response of the nonlinear porous single crystal. Periodic multi-void finite element simulations are used in order to validate the MVAR for a large number of parameters including cubic (FCC, BCC) and hexagonal (HCP) crystal anisotropy, various creep exponents (i.e., nonlinearity), several stress triaxiality ratios, general void shapes and orientations and various porosity levels. The MVAR model, which involves a priori no calibration parameters, is found to be in good agreement with the finite element results for all cases considered in the rate-dependent context. The model is then used in a predictive manner to investigate the complex response of porous single crystals in several cases with strong coupling between the anisotropy of the crystal and the (morphological) anisotropy induced by the shape and orientation of the voids. Finally, a simple way of calibrating the MVAR with just two adjustable parameters is depicted in the rate-independent context so that an excellent agreement with the FE simulation results is obtained. In this last case, this proposed model can be thought as a generalization of the Gurson model in the context of porous single crystals and general ellipsoidal void shapes and orientations.

  18. Fatigue Failure Criteria for Single Crystal Nickel Superalloys

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.

    1999-01-01

    High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas-turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single crystal turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines throughout industry and NASA because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Single-crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the pan geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. The failure modes of single crystal turbine blades is complicated to predict due to the material orthotropy and variations in crystal orientations. A fatigue failure criteria based on the maximum shear stress amplitude [delta t max] on the 30 slip systems, is presented for single crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criteria reduces the scatter in uniaxial LCF test data, for four different specimen orientations, for PWA 1484 at 1200 F in air, quite well. A power law curve fit of the failure parameter, delta t max, vs. cycles to failure is presented.

  19. Electronic transitions and dielectric functions of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In{sub 1∕2}Nb{sub 1∕2})O{sub 3}-Pb(Mg{sub 1∕3}Nb{sub 2∕3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} single crystals: Temperature dependent spectroscopic study

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    Zhu, J. J.; Zhang, J. Z.; Chu, J. H.; Xu, G. S.; Zhang, X. L.; Hu, Z. G.

    2014-03-31

    Optical properties and phase transitions of Pb(In{sub 1∕2}Nb{sub 1∕2})O{sub 3}-Pb(Mg{sub 1∕3}Nb{sub 2∕3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals near morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have been investigated by temperature dependent transmittance and reflectance spectra. Three critical point energies E{sub g} = 3.17–3.18 eV, E{sub a} = 3.41–3.61 eV, and E{sub b} = 4.74–4.81 eV can be assigned to the transitions from oxygen 2p to titanium d, niobium d, and lead 6p states, respectively. They show narrowing trends with increasing temperature, which can be caused by thermal expansion of the lattice and electron-phonon interaction. Deviation from the linear behaviors can be observed from E{sub a} and E{sub b} versus PT concentration, indicating a complex multiphase structure near MPB region.

  20. Raman spectra of deuteriated taurine single crystals

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    Souza, J. M. de; Lima, R. J. C.; Freire, P. T. C.; Sasaki, J. M.; Melo, F. E. A.; Filho, J. Mendes; Jones, Derry W.

    2005-05-01

    The polarized Raman spectra of partially deuteriated taurine [(ND 3+) 0.65(NH 3+) 0.35(CH 2) 2SO 3-] crystals from x( zz) x and x( zy) x scattering geometries of the A g and B g irreducible representations of the factor group C 2h are reported. The temperature-dependent Raman spectra of partially deuteriated taurine do not reveal any evidence of the structural phase transition undergone by normal taurine at about 250 K, but an anomaly observed in the 180 cm -1 band at ˜120 K implies a different dynamic for this band (which is involved in a pressure-induced phase transition) in the deuteriated crystal.

  1. Shock Driven Twinning in Tantalum Single Crystals

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    McNaney, J M; HSUING, L M; Barton, N R; Kumar, M

    2009-07-20

    Recovery based observations of high pressure material behavior generated under high explosively driven flyer based loading conditions are reported. Two shock pressures, 25, and 55 GPa and four orientations {l_brace}(100), (110), (111), (123){r_brace} were considered. Recovered material was characterized using electron backscatter diffraction along with a limited amount of transmission electron microscopy to assess the occurrence of twinning under each test condition. Material recovered from 25 GPa had a very small fraction of twinning for the (100), (110), and (111) oriented crystals while a more noticeable fraction of the (123) oriented crystal was twinned. Material recovered from 55 GPa showed little twinning for (100) orientation slightly more for the (111) orientation and a large area fraction for the (123) orientation. The EBSD and TEM observations of the underlying deformation substructure are rationalized by comparing with previous static and dynamic results.

  2. Preparation of bead metal single crystals by electron beam heating

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    Voigtlaender, Bert; Linke, Udo; Stollwerk, H.; Brona, J.

    2005-11-15

    For the fabrication of small metal bead crystals a gas flame is used to melt a wire forming a liquid droplet which solidifies upon cooling into a single crystal metal bead. Due to oxidation under ambient conditions bead crystals can be formed only from noble metals using this method. Here we describe a method how to fabricate bead crystals from a wide variety of metals and metal alloys (Cu, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Ta, W, Re, Ir, Pt, Au, PtPd, Pd{sub 80}Pt{sub 20}, PtRh, AuAg, and PtIr) by electron beam heating under vacuum conditions. Narrow x-ray diffraction peaks confirm a high crystal quality of the bead crystals.

  3. Spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxation dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals derived from 2(S)-[2(S)-ethylhexyolxy] propionic acid and its (S, R)-diastereomer

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    Huang, Lei-Ching; Fu, Chao-Ming

    2015-09-01

    The spontaneous polarization and molecular dynamics of four ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) with two different kinds of core rings and two types of diastereomeric structures were investigated in this study. The FLCs with a biphenyl ring core structure showed higher spontaneous polarization than the FLCs with a naphthalene ring core structure. The complex dielectric spectra exhibited the Goldstone mode in the ferroelectric (SmC*) phase for all FLCs. The complex dielectric spectra of the four FLCs can be optimally fitted by the Debye model and the Cole-Cole model. Moreover, the Goldstone mode was enhanced under low DC bias fields for the FLCs with the (S, R)- diastereomeric structure, whereas the mode was suppressed for the FLCs with the (S, S)- diastereomeric structure. A microscopic molecular dynamic model is proposed to describe the underlying mechanism of the particular enhancement of the Goldstone mode. The experimental results of dielectric spectra and spontaneous polarization are explained in the discussion of the mesomorphic properties related to the FLC molecular structure.

  4. Photon Cascade from a Single Crystal Phase Nanowire Quantum Dot.

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    Bouwes Bavinck, Maaike; Jöns, Klaus D; Zieliński, Michal; Patriarche, Gilles; Harmand, Jean-Christophe; Akopian, Nika; Zwiller, Val

    2016-02-10

    We report the first comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the optical properties of single crystal phase quantum dots in InP nanowires. Crystal phase quantum dots are defined by a transition in the crystallographic lattice between zinc blende and wurtzite segments and therefore offer unprecedented potential to be controlled with atomic layer accuracy without random alloying. We show for the first time that crystal phase quantum dots are a source of pure single-photons and cascaded photon-pairs from type II transitions with excellent optical properties in terms of intensity and line width. We notice that the emission spectra consist often of two peaks close in energy, which we explain with a comprehensive theory showing that the symmetry of the system plays a crucial role for the hole levels forming hybridized orbitals. Our results state that crystal phase quantum dots have promising quantum optical properties for single photon application and quantum optics. PMID:26806321

  5. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Fatigue Failure of Single Crystal Nickel Base Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Arakere, N. K.; Swanson, G.

    2002-01-01

    High cycle fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single crystal nickel turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines throughout industry because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493, PWA 1484, RENE' N-5 and CMSX-4. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. The failure modes of single crystal turbine blades are complicated to predict due to the material orthotropy and variations in crystal orientations. Fatigue life estimation of single crystal turbine blades represents an important aspect of durability assessment. It is therefore of practical interest to develop effective fatigue failure criteria for single crystal nickel alloys and to investigate the effects of variation of primary and secondary crystal orientation on fatigue life. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude /Delta(sub tau)(sub max))] on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems, is presented for single crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion reduces the scatter in uniaxial LCF test data considerably for PWA 1493 at 1200 F in air. Additionally, single crystal turbine blades used in the alternate advanced high-pressure fuel turbopump (AHPFTP/AT) are modeled using a large-scale three-dimensional finite element model. This finite element model is capable of accounting for material orthotrophy and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Effects of variation in crystal orientation on blade stress response are studied based on 297

  6. Phase diagram of ( 1 -x )PbMg1/3Nb2/3 O3-x P b TiO3 single crystals

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    Qiu, J. H.; Ding, J. N.; Yuan, N. Y.; Wang, X. Q.

    2015-02-01

    Experimental results indicated that the Rhombohedral (R) phase, Tetragonal (T) phase, Cubic (C) phase, and the Monoclinic (MC) phase are the stable phases in ferroelectric (1 -x )P b M g1 /3N b2 /3O3-x P b TiO3 single crystals. The Monoclinic MC phase, around the morphotropic phase boundary, was observed in a composition region (0.31 < x < 0.37) between the rhombohedral and tetragonal phase. However, the recent theory poses a challenge in explaining the "temperature-composition" phase diagram completely. Here, an eighth-order expansion of Landau-Dovenshire theory is constructed to investigate the phase transition properties of (1 -x )P b M g1 /3N b2 /3O3-x P b TiO3 single crystals. A full phase diagram is obtained in phenomenological parameter space which is in good accordance with experimental observation. The ferroelectric, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties are calculated in (1 -x )P b M g1 /3N b2 /3O3-x P b TiO3 single crystals with different compositions.

  7. CuInP₂S₆ Room Temperature Layered Ferroelectric.

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    Belianinov, A; He, Q; Dziaugys, A; Maksymovych, P; Eliseev, E; Borisevich, A; Morozovska, A; Banys, J; Vysochanskii, Y; Kalinin, S V

    2015-06-10

    We explore ferroelectric properties of cleaved 2-D flakes of copper indium thiophosphate, CuInP2S6 (CITP), and probe size effects along with limits of ferroelectric phase stability, by ambient and ultra high vacuum scanning probe microscopy. CITP belongs to the only material family known to display ferroelectric polarization in a van der Waals, layered crystal at room temperature and above. Our measurements directly reveal stable, ferroelectric polarization as evidenced by domain structures, switchable polarization, and hysteresis loops. We found that at room temperature the domain structure of flakes thicker than 100 nm is similar to the cleaved bulk surfaces, whereas below 50 nm polarization disappears. We ascribe this behavior to a well-known instability of polarization due to depolarization field. Furthermore, polarization switching at high bias is also associated with ionic mobility, as evidenced both by macroscopic measurements and by formation of surface damage under the tip at a bias of 4 V-likely due to copper reduction. Mobile Cu ions may therefore also contribute to internal screening mechanisms. The existence of stable polarization in a van-der-Waals crystal naturally points toward new strategies for ultimate scaling of polar materials, quasi-2D, and single-layer materials with advanced and nonlinear dielectric properties that are presently not found in any members of the growing "graphene family".

  8. Swimming photochromic azobenzene single crystals in triacrylate solution.

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    Milam, Kenneth; O'Malley, Garrett; Kim, Namil; Golovaty, Dmitry; Kyu, Thein

    2010-06-17

    Self-motion of a growing single crystal of azobenzene chromophore in triacrylate solution (TA) is investigated in relation to the solid-liquid phase diagram bound by the solidus and liquidus lines. Upon thermal quenching from the isotropic melt to the crystal + liquid gap, various single crystals develop in a manner dependent on concentration and supercooling depth. During the crystal growth, TA solvent is rejected from the growing faceted fronts, enriching with TA in close proximity to the crystal-solution interface. The concentration gradient that formed as the result of TA expulsion induces convective flows in the solution and generates spatial variability of surface tension usually responsible for Marangoni effect. Either or both of these phenomena may have contributed to the observed self-motion including swimming, sinking, and floating of the azobenzene rhomboidal crystal in TA solution. A stationary rhomboidal crystal is also shown to swim upon irradiation with the UV light because of a mechanical torque generated by the trans-cis isomerization. Judging from the sinking or floating behavior of the azobenzene crystal, it may be inferred that the nucleation occurs at the solution-air interface.

  9. Optical and structural properties of chalcone NLO single crystals

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    Rajesh Kumar, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Manjunath, H. R.; Karegouda, Prakash; Crasta, Vincent; Sridhar, M. A.

    2011-11-01

    Organic compound (E)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(2,3,5-trichlorophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one [MPTCPP] with molecular formula C 16H 11Cl 3O 2 was synthesized using Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction method. 1H NMR spectra was recorded to identify the various functional groups present in the compound and confirm the chemical structure. The single crystals were grown using slow evaporation solution growth technique. The UV-Visible spectrum study reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region and the absorption is observed at 364 nm. The Kurtz powder second harmonic generation (SHG) test shows that the MPTCPP is NLO active and its SHG efficiency is three times that of urea. Single crystal XRD study shows that the compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with a space group Cc. The corresponding lattice parameters of the crystal are a = 28.215(5) Å, b = 3.9740(4) Å, c = 16.178(3) Å and V = 1503.0(4) Å 3. The micro hardness test was carried out and the work hardening coefficient value ( n) of the crystal was found to be 1.48. This indicates that the crystal is hard and is suitable for device application. The thermal study reveals that the thermal stability of the crystal is good.

  10. Method of making macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductor material

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    Shlichta, P. J. (Inventor); Holliday, R. J. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductive material is formed from a primary substrate including a single crystal or several very large crystals of a relatively low melting material. This primary substrate is deposited on a base such as steel or ceramic, and it may be formed from such metals as zinc, cadmium, germanium, aluminum, tin, lead, copper, brass, magnesium silicide, or magnesium stannide. These materials generally have a melting point below about 1000 C and form on the base crystals the size of fingernails or greater. The primary substrate has an epitaxial relationship with a subsequently applied layer of material, and because of this epitaxial relationship, the material deposited on the primary substrate will have essentially the same crystal size as the crystals in the primary substrate. If required, successive layers are formed, each of a material which has an epitaxial relationship with the previously deposited layer, until a layer is formed which has an epitaxial relationship with the semiconductive material. This layer is referred to as the epitaxial substrate, and its crystals serve as sites for the growth of large crystals of semiconductive material. The primary substrate is passivated to remove or otherwise convert it into a stable or nonreactive state prior to deposition of the seconductive material.

  11. Low-cost single-crystal turbine blades, volume 2

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    Strangman, T. E.; Dennis, R. E.; Heath, B. R.

    1984-01-01

    The overall objectives of Project 3 were to develop the exothermic casting process to produce uncooled single-crystal (SC) HP turbine blades in MAR-M 247 and higher strength derivative alloys and to validate the materials process and components through extensive mechanical property testing, rig testing, and 200 hours of endurance engine testing. These Program objectives were achieved. The exothermic casting process was successfully developed into a low-cost nonproperietary method for producing single-crystal castings. Single-crystal MAR-M 247 and two derivatives DS alloys developed during this project, NASAIR 100 and SC Alloy 3, were fully characterized through mechanical property testing. SC MAR-M 247 shows no significant improvement in strength over directionally solidified (DS) MAR-M 247, but the derivative alloys, NASAIR 100 and Alloy 3, show significant tensile and fatigue improvements. Firtree testing, holography, and strain-gauge rig testing were used to determine the effects of the anisotropic characteristics of single-crystal materials. No undesirable characteristics were found. In general, the single-crystal material behaved similarly to DS MAR-M 247. Two complete engine sets of SC HP turbine blades were cast using the exothermic casting process and fully machined. These blades were successfully engine-tested.

  12. Single-Crystal Structure of a Covalent Organic Framework

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    Zhang, YB; Su, J; Furukawa, H; Yun, YF; Gandara, F; Duong, A; Zou, XD; Yaghi, OM

    2013-11-06

    The crystal structure of a new covalent organic framework, termed COF-320, is determined by single-crystal 3D electron diffraction using the rotation electron diffraction (RED) method for data collection. The COF crystals are prepared by an imine condensation of tetra-(4-anilyl)methane and 4,4'-biphenyldialdehyde in 1,4-dioxane at 120 degrees C to produce a highly porous 9-fold interwoven diamond net. COF-320 exhibits permanent porosity with a Langmuir surface area of 2400 m(2)/g and a methane total uptake of 15.0 wt % (176 cm(3)/cm(3)) at 25 degrees C and 80 bar. The successful determination of the structure of COF-320 directly from single-crystal samples is an important advance in the development of COF chemistry.

  13. Limits to Fourier theory in high thermal conductivity single crystals

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    Wilson, R. B.; Cahill, David G.

    2015-11-01

    We report the results of time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) experiments that examine the ability of Fourier theory to predict the thermal response in single crystals when heater dimensions are small. We performed TDTR measurements on Al-coated diamond, 6H-SiC, GaP, Ge, MgO, GaAs, and GaSb single crystals with a wide range of laser spot size radii, 0.7 μm < w 0 < 12 μm. When the laser spot-size is large, w 0 ≈ 12 μm, TDTR data for all crystals are in agreement with predictions of Fourier theory with bulk thermal conductivity values. When the laser spot-size is small, w 0 < 2 μm, there are significant differences between the predictions of Fourier theory and TDTR data for all crystals except MgO.

  14. Method for harvesting rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, V.R.; Sengupta, S.; Shi, D.

    1996-04-02

    A method of preparing high temperature superconductor single crystals is disclosed. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals of the high temperature superconductor, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals of the high temperature superconductor on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals melted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid. 2 figs.

  15. Nanocharacterization of the negative stiffness of ferroelectric materials

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    Alipour Skandani, A.; Ctvrtlik, R.; Al-Haik, M.

    2014-08-01

    Phase changing materials such as ferroelectric materials could exhibit negative stiffness under certain thermomechanical environments. This negative stiffness is embodied by a deflection along the opposite direction of the applied load. So far negative stiffness materials were investigated with the specific morphology of embedded inclusions in stiff matrices then the resulting composite is studied to measure the behavior of each constituent indirectly. In this study, a modified nonisothermal nanoindentation method is developed to measure the negative stiffness of triglycine sulfate single crystal directly. This in-situ method is intended to first demonstrate the feasibility of detecting the negative stiffness via nanoindentation and nanocreep of a ferroelectric material at its Curie point and then to quantify the negative stiffness without the need for embedding the crystal within a stiffer matrix.

  16. Dispersion of optical activity of magnesium sulfite hexahydrate single crystals

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    Dimov, T.; Bunzarov, Zh; Iliev, I.; Petkova, P.; Tzoukrovski, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The magnesium sulfite hexahydrate (MgSO3.6H2O) crystals are unique because they are the only representative (with sodium periodate) of the crystallographic class C3 (without a center of symmetry). The crystal symmetry suggests presence of nonlinearity, piezo- and pyro-electric properties and gyrotropy as well. Single crystals of MgSO3.6H2O (pure and doped with Ni, Co and Zn) for the time being are grown only by the original method developed in the Laboratory for Crystal growth at the Faculty of Physics in Sofia University. The first results of optical activity of pure MgSO3.6H2O and Zn doped MgSO3.6H2O crystals are described and analyzed in a wide spectral range. The optical activity manifests itself in the direction (0001) as a rotation of the polarization plane.

  17. Near-field resonance shifts of ferroelectric barium titanate domains upon low-temperature phase transition

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    Döring, Jonathan; Ribbeck, Hans-Georg von; Kehr, Susanne C.; Eng, Lukas M.; Fehrenbacher, Markus

    2014-08-04

    Scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) has been established as an excellent tool to probe domains in ferroelectric crystals at room temperature. Here, we apply the s-SNOM possibilities to quantify low-temperature phase transitions in barium titanate single crystals by both temperature-dependent resonance spectroscopy and domain distribution imaging. The orthorhombic-to-tetragonal structural phase transition at 263 K manifests in a change of the spatial arrangement of ferroelectric domains as probed with a tunable free-electron laser. More intriguingly, the domain distribution unravels non-favored domain configurations upon sample recovery to room temperature as explainable by increased sample disorder. Ferroelectric domains and topographic influences are clearly deconvolved even at low temperatures, since complementing our s-SNOM nano-spectroscopy with piezoresponse force microscopy and topographic imaging using one and the same atomic force microscope and tip.

  18. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film.

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed - electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm(2). Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm(2). This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes. PMID:27608815

  19. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm2. Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm2. This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes. PMID:27608815

  20. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm2. Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm2. This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes.

  1. Growth and characterization of lithium yttrium borate single crystals

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    Singh, A. K.; Singh, S. G.; Tyagi, M.; Desai, D. G.; Sen, Shashwati

    2014-04-24

    Single crystals of 0.1% Ce doped Li{sub 6}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} have been grown using the Czochralski technique. The photoluminescence study of these crystals shows a broad emission at ∼ 420 nm corresponding to Ce{sub 3+} emission from 5d→4f energy levels. The decay profile of this emission shows a fast response of ∼ 28 ns which is highly desirable for detector applications.

  2. Isotropic behavior of an anisotropic material: single crystal silicon

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    McCarter, Douglas R.; Paquin, Roger A.

    2013-09-01

    Zero defect single crystal silicon (Single-Crystal Si), with its diamond cubic crystal structure, is completely isotropic in most properties important for advanced aerospace systems. This paper will identify behavior of the three most dominant planes of the Single-Crystal Si cube (110), (100) and (111). For example, thermal and optical properties are completely isotropic for any given plane. The elastic and mechanical properties however are direction dependent. But we show through finite element analysis that in spite of this, near-isotropic behavior can be achieved with component designs that utilize the optimum elastic modulus in directions with the highest loads. Using glass frit bonding to assemble these planes is the only bonding agent that doesn't degrade the performance of Single-Crystal Si. The most significant anisotropic property of Single-Crystal Si is the Young's modulus of elasticity. Literature values vary substantially around a value of 145 GPa. The truth is that while the maximum modulus is 185 GPa, the most useful <110< crystallographic direction has a high 169 GPa, still higher than that of many materials such as aluminum and invar. And since Poisson's ratio in this direction is an extremely low 0.064, distortion in the plane normal to the load is insignificant. While the minimum modulus is 130 GPa, a calculated average value is close to the optimum at approximately 160 GPa. The minimum modulus is therefore almost irrelevant. The (111) plane, referred to as the natural cleave plane survives impact that would overload the (110) and/or (100) plane due to its superior density. While mechanical properties vary from plane to plane each plane is uniform and response is predictable. Understanding the Single-Crystal Si diamond cube provides a design and manufacture path for building lightweight Single-Crystal Si systems with near-isotropic response to loads. It is clear then that near-isotropic elastic behavior is achievable in Single-Crystal Si

  3. Skylab experiments on semiconductors and alkali halides. [single crystal growth

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    Lundquist, C. A.

    1974-01-01

    The space processing experiments performed during the Skylab missions included one on single crystal growth of germanium selenide and telluride, one on pure and doped germanium crystals, two on pure and doped indium antimonide, one on gallium-indium-antimony systems, and one on a sodium chloride-sodium fluoride eutectic. In each experiment, three ampoules of sample were processed in the multipurpose electric furnace within the Skylab Materials Processing Facility. All were successful in varying degrees and gave important information about crystal growth removed from the effects of earth surface gravity.

  4. Large Silver Halide Single Crystals as Charged Particle Track Detectors

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    Kusmiss, J. H.

    1972-01-01

    The trajectory of the particle is made visible under a microscope by the accumulation of metallic silver at regions of the lattice damaged by the particle. This decoration of the particle track is accomplished by exposure of the crystal to light. The decoration of normally present lattice imperfections such as dislocations can be suppressed by the addition to the crystal of less than ten parts per million of a suitable polyvalent metal impurity. An account of some preliminary attempts to grow thin single crystals of AgCl is given also, and suggestions for a more refined technique are offered.

  5. Low dimensional magnetic solids and single crystal elpasolites: Need for improved crystal growing techniques

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    Good, M. L.; Watkins, S.; Schwartz, R. W.

    1979-01-01

    The need for extensive crystal growing experiments to develop techniques for preparing crystals suitable for magnetic anisotropy measurements and detailed X-ray and neutron diffraction studies is rationalized on the basis of the unique magnetic properties of the materials and their hydrogen bonded structures which have many features in common with metalloenzyme and metalloprotein active sites. Single crystals of the single and mixed lanthanide species are prepared by the Bridgeman technique of gradient solidification of molten samples. The effects of crystal imperfections on the optical properties of these materials are an important part of the projected research. A series of a-amido acid complexes of first row transition metals were prepared which crystallize as infinite linear chains and exhibit low dimensional magnetic ordering (one or two) at temperature below 40 K.

  6. Single-Crystal Elasticity of Earth Materials: An Appraisal

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    Duffy, T. S.

    2015-12-01

    The elastic properties of minerals are of central importance for interpreting seismic data for the Earth's crust, mantle, and core. Mineral elasticity data also have more general applications towards understanding equations of state, phase equilibria, interatomic forces, material strength, and phase transitions. The singe-crystal elastic properties are the most generally useful as they provide complete information on the anisotropy of elastic moduli (e.g. Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus), sound velocities, and compressibility. Measurement of the full set of single-crystal elastic properties remains challenging especially for lower symmetry crystals. In this talk, I present an overview of our current understanding of single-crystal elasticity based on a newly constructed database of single-crystal elastic properties. At ambient conditions the full elastic tensor of about 150 minerals have now been measured, along with about another 60 related compounds that are not formally minerals. About two-thirds of the measured minerals are oxides or silicates. A limitation of the existing database is that only about 10% of the measurements are on crystals of monoclinic or triclinic symmetry, while these two systems account for about 40% of known minerals. Additionally, only a smaller subset of minerals have been examined at high pressure or temperature conditions. Several applications of the database will be presented emphasizing trends in elastic anisotropy. The pyroxenes will be used as an illustrative example.

  7. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, D. A.

    1999-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and serious has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; mercury cadmium telluride with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent respectively. These alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed of residual acceleration effects. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system by a previously processed sample, the sample was not received until May 1998, and the preliminary analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. Early results are indicating that the sample may not accomplish the desired objectives. As with the USMP-2 mission, the results of the ground based experiments were compared with the crystal grown in orbit under microgravity conditions. On the earth, it has been demonstrated that the

  8. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Analysis of Single-Crystal, Nickel-Based Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Swanson, G. R.; Arakere, N. K.

    2000-01-01

    High-cycle fatigue-induced failures in turbine and turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single-crystal nickel turbine blades are used because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities. Single-crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant and complicating factor. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems is presented for single-crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion greatly reduces the scatter in uniaxial fatigue data for PWA 1493 at 1,200 F in air. Additionally, single-crystal turbine blades used in the Space Shuttle main engine high pressure fuel turbopump/alternate turbopump are modeled using a three-dimensional finite element (FE) model. This model accounts for material orthotrophy and crystal orientation. Fatigue life of the blade tip is computed using FE stress results and the failure criterion that was developed. Stress analysis results in the blade attachment region are also presented. Results demonstrate that control of crystallographic orientation has the potential to significantly increase a component's resistance to fatigue crack growth without adding additional weight or cost.

  9. Constitutive modelling of single crystal and directionally solidified superalloys

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    Jordan, E. H.; Walker, K. P.

    1986-01-01

    The trend towards improved engine efficiency and durability places increasing demands on materials that operate in the hot section of the gas turbine engine. These demands are being met by new coatings and materials such as single crystal and directionally solidified nickel-base superalloys which have greater creep/fatigue resistance at elevated temperatures and reduced susceptibility to grain boundary creep, corrosion and oxidation than conventionally cast alloys. Work carried out as part of a research program aimed at the development of constitutive equations to describe the elevated temperature stress-strain-time behavior of single crystal and directionally solidified turbine blade superalloys is discussed. The program involves both development of suitable constitutive models and their verification through elevated temperature tension-torsion testing of single crystals of PWA 1480.

  10. Synthesis and properties of erbium oxide single crystals

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    Petrovic, J.J.; Romero, R.S.; Mendoza, D.; Kukla, A.M.; Hoover, R.C.; McClellan, K.J.

    1999-04-01

    Erbium oxide (Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, erbia) is a highly stable cubic rare earth oxide with a high melting point of 2,430 C. Because of this, it may have potential applications where high temperature stability and corrosion resistance are required. However, relatively little is known about the properties of this oxide ceramic. The authors have employed a xenon optical floating zone unit with a temperature capability of 3,000 C to grow high quality single crystals of erbia. The conditions for single crystal growth of erbia have been established. The mechanical properties of erbia single crystals have been initially examined using microhardness indentation as a function of temperature.

  11. Ballistic penetration phenomenology of high symmetry single crystals

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    Kingman, Pat W.; Herring, Rodney A.

    1995-02-01

    The ballistic performance of tungsten single crystal penetrators is known to be a function of crystallographic symmetry. The macroscopic deformation geometry of both single crystal and polycrystal tungsten penetrators is a continuous eversion of the rod into a hollow tube. The differences in energy partitioning leading to these variations in ballistic performance must therefore be accounted for by detailed material deformation processes governed by crystallographic orientation. Inferences about these processes have been drawn from microstructural characterization of recovered penetrators. Residual penetrators of both 011 and 111 orientations were found to have repeatedly deformed and recrystalized, but the actual operative processes led to quite different macrostructures, microstructures, and penetration depths. The 001 orientation deformed by a unique process which allowed very efficient deformation, resulting in maximum penetration depth. These single crystal experiments demonstrate the critical role of detailed deformation processes in determining the final penetration depths even when similar macroscopic material flow geometry occurs.

  12. Preparation and characterization of single-crystal aluminum nitride substrates

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    Schowalter, L.J.; Rojo, J.C.; Yakolev, N.; Shusterman, Y.; Dovidenko, K.; Wang, R.; Bhat, I.; Slack, G.A.

    2000-07-01

    Large (up to 10mm diameter) aluminum nitride (AlN) boules have been grown by the sublimation-recondensation method to study the preparation of high-quality single crystal substrates. The growth mechanism of the boules has been studied using AFM. It has been determined that large single crystal grains in those boules grow with a density of screw dislocations below 5 x 10{sup 4} cm{sup {minus}3} while edge dislocations are at lower density (none were observed). High-quality AlN single crystal substrates for epitaxial growth have been prepared and characterized using Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) and AFM imaging, respectively. Also, the differential etching effect of KOH solutions on the N and Al-terminated faces of AlN on vicinal c-faces has been investigated. In order to identify the N or Al-terminated face, convergent beam electron diffraction has been used.

  13. Single Crystal Synthesis and STM Studies of High Temperature Superconductors

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    Barrientos, Alfonso

    1997-01-01

    This is a final report for the work initiated in September of 1994 under the grant NAG8-1085 - NASA/OMU, on the fabrication of bulk and single crystal synthesis, specific heat measuring and STM studies of high temperature superconductors. Efforts were made to fabricate bulk and single crystals of mercury based superconducting material. A systematic thermal analysis on the precursors for the corresponding oxides and carbonates were carried out to synthesized bulk samples. Bulk material was used as seed in an attempt to grow single crystals by a two-step self flux process. On the other hand bulk samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, We studied the specific heat behavior in the range from 80 to 300 K. Some preliminary attempts were made to study the atomic morphology of our samples. As part of our efforts we built an ac susceptibility apparatus for measuring the transition temperature of our sintered samples.

  14. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2006-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  15. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2007-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  16. Magnetically recyclable polymer single crystal supported silver nanocatalyst.

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    Shi, Lili; Liu, Mei; Liu, Limei; Gao, Wenlong; Su, Miaoda; Ge, Ya; Zhang, Hui; Dong, Bin

    2014-11-11

    We report the immobilization of unprotected silver nanoparticle on the carboxylic acid abundant polymer single crystal surface with controllable size through photogenerated chemical reduction reaction. The resulting silver nanoparticle decorated polymer single crystal not only shows higher catalytic activity as compared to its counterpart bearing surface ligand but also exhibits size-dependent catalytic activity with the smallest size (∼1.5 nm) being the most active. By further introducing iron oxide nanoparticles onto its surface, the resulting catalyst system can be magnetically recycled for up to five times with little loss in catalytic activity. These, together with the high loading originated from the high surface area to volume ratio for a polymer single crystal, make current catalyst system attractive for many industrial important catalytic applications.

  17. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Dreshfield, R. L.; Maier, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    The influence of orientation on the tensile and stress rupture behavior of 52 Mar-M247 single crystals was studied. Tensile tests were performed at temperatures between 23 and 1093 C; stress rupture behavior was examined between 760 and 1038 C. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factor contours for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The tensile properties correlated well with the appropriate Schmid factor contours. The stress rupture lives at lower testing temperatures were greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce cross slip. A unified analysis was attained for the stress rupture life data generated for the Mar-M247 single crystals at 760 and 774 C under a stress of 724 MPa and the data reported for Mar-M200 single crystals tested at 760 C under a stress of 689 MPa. Based on this analysis, the stereographic triangle was divided into several regions which were rank ordered according to stress rupture life for this temperature regime.

  18. Small- and strong-signal dielectric response in a single-crystal film of partially deuterated betaine phosphite

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Lemanov, V. V.

    2011-06-01

    Poly- and single-crystal films of betaine phosphite deuterated to ˜20% have been grown by evaporation on NdGaO3 (001) substrates with a preliminarily deposited planar interdigital structure of electrodes. The small-signal dielectric response in the 0.1-100.0-kHz frequency range has revealed a strong anomaly in capacitance upon the transition of the films to the ferroelectric state. Application of a bias field brings about suppression and a slight shift of the dielectric anomaly toward higher temperatures. The strong-signal dielectric response has been studied by the Sawyer-Tower method over the frequency range 0.06-3.00 kHz both in the para- and ferroelectric phases. In contrast to the case of a plane-parallel capacitor, in the planar structure studied, the dielectric hysteresis loops exhibit a very small coercivity at low frequencies, which grows with increasing frequency. This difference should be assigned to different domain structures formed in a planeparallel capacitor and in a planar structure in a saturating field. The growth of hysteresis with increasing frequency in a planar structure is considered to be associated with the domain wall motion.

  19. Commensurate magnetic structures of RMn2O5 (R=Y,Ho,Bi) determined by single-crystal neutron diffraction

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    Vecchini, C.; Chapon, L. C.; Brown, P. J.; Chatterji, T.; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.; Radaelli, P. G.

    2008-04-01

    Precise magnetic structures of RMn2O5 , with R=Y,Ho,Bi in the commensurate and/or ferroelectric regime, have been determined by single-crystal neutron diffraction. For each system, the integrated intensities of a large number of independent magnetic Bragg reflections have been measured, allowing unconstrained least-squares refinement of the structures. The analysis confirms the previously reported magnetic configuration in the ab plane, in particular, the existence of zigzag antiferromagnetic chains. For the Y and Ho compounds, additional weak magnetic components parallel to the c axis were detected, which are modulated in phase quadrature with the a-b components. This component is extremely small in the BiMn2O5 sample, therefore supporting symmetric exchange as the principal mechanism inducing ferroelectricity. For HoMn2O5 , a magnetic ordering of the Ho moments was observed, which is consistent with a superexchange interaction through the oxygens. For all three compounds, the point symmetry in the magnetically ordered state is m2m , allowing the polar b axis found experimentally.

  20. Low-temperature dielectric behavior of disordered and ordered langasite family single crystals LGS, LGT, SNGS and STGS

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    Smirnova, E.; Sotnikov, A.; Schmidt, H.; Weihnacht, M.; Sakharov, S.

    2015-10-01

    Dielectric measurements of disordered La3Ga5SiO14 (LGS), La3Ga5,5Ta0,5O14 (LGT) and ordered Sr3NbGa3Si2O14 (SNGS), Sr3TaGa3Si2O14 (STGS) single crystals of the langasite family performed at frequencies from 10 Hz to 1 MHz at temperatures between 4.2 and 300 K are reported. Temperature dependences of dielectric permittivity ε33 and ε11 are obtained. It is shown that ε33 in LGS and LGT exhibits incipient ferroelectric-like behavior. SNGS and STGS demonstrate ordinary dielectric temperature dependences as dielectric permittivity decreases down to helium temperatures.

  1. Origin of the enhanced piezoelectric thermal stability in BiScO3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Kong, Lingping; Liu, Gang; Zhang, Shujun; Yang, Wenge

    2015-06-01

    BiScO3-PbTiO3 single crystals were reported to possess high piezoelectric coefficient of 1200 pC/N and Curie temperature of >400 °C, exhibiting excellent thermal stability of properties up to 350 °C. However, the origin of the thermal stability is yet unclear. In this research, high resolution synchrotron-based technique was used to study the temperature driven structural evolution in BiScO3-PbTiO3 system, where two competing symmetries and local distortion were observed, accounting for the high piezoelectric activity. A strong correlation between thermal stability of structure and temperature-dependent properties was established, which will benefit the design of ferroelectric materials with broad temperature usage range.

  2. Crystal growth and characterization of new semiorganic nonlinear optical single crystals

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    Kulshrestha, Shobha; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    An organic material of a L-histidine monohydrochloride single crystal was grown in a distilled water solution using the slow evaporation method at 40-45°C. The grown crystal was transparent and colourless, with a size of about 20 × 9 × 5 mm3, obtained within a period of 21 days. The solubility of grown crystals have found out at various temperatures. The UV-visible transmittance studies show that the grown crystals have wide optical transparency in the entire visible region It is observed that the crystal has transparency window from 255nm to 700nm and its energy gap (Eg) found to be is 3.1eV. The grown crystal was subjected to powder X-ray diffraction analysis, confirming that the orthorhombic crystalline nature of the crystal. To identify the surface morphology, the as grown crystal was subjected to FE-SEM technique. The chemical composition of the grown crystal was estimated by Energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The optical behaviour of the grown crystal was analyzed by PL study.

  3. Apparatus And Method For Producing Single Crystal Metallic Objects

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    Huang, Shyh-Chin; Gigliotti, Jr., Michael Francis X.; Rutkowski, Stephen Francis; Petterson, Roger John; Svec, Paul Steven

    2006-03-14

    A mold is provided for enabling casting of single crystal metallic articles including a part-defining cavity, a sorter passage positioned vertically beneath and in fluid communication with the part-defining cavity, and a seed cavity positioned vertically beneath and in fluid communication with the sorter passage. The sorter passage includes a shape suitable for encouraging a single crystal structure in solidifying molten metal. Additionally, a portion of the mold between the sorter passage and the part-defining cavity includes a notch for facilitating breakage of a cast article proximate the notch during thermal stress build-up, so as to prevent mold breakage or the inclusion of part defects.

  4. How a silver dendritic mesocrystal converts to a single crystal

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    Fang, J.; Ding, B.; Song, X.; Han, Y.

    2008-05-02

    In this paper, we demonstrate how a silver dendrite transforms from mesocrystal into single crystal and the stability for a dendritic silver mesocrystal within a Sn/AgNO3 galvanic replacement reaction. Our findings provide the direct evidence and visible picture of the transformation from mesocrystal to single crystalline structure and further confirm the particle-mediated crystallization mechanism. At the initial stage of the transformation, there is a crystallographic fusion process, dominated by oriented attachment mechanism. Ostwald ripening also plays an important role in forming smooth surface and regular shape of the final nanocrystal.

  5. Lead pyrovanadate single crystal as a new SRS material

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    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Voronko, Yu K; Maslov, Vladislav A; Sobol, A A; Shukshin, V E

    2011-02-28

    Lead pyrovanadate Pb{sub 2}V{sub 2}O{sub 7} single crystals of optical quality suitable for laser experiments are obtained. Vibrational modes are identified based on the analysis of the polarised Raman spectra of the single crystals. The main parameters (width at half maximum, peak and integral intensities) of the spectral lines most promising for SRS conversion in this material are estimated. These parameters are compared with the corresponding parameters of the most frequently used lines of known Raman materials: yttrium and gadolinium vanadates, potassium and lead tungstates, and lead molybdate. (active media)

  6. Two-photon-induced singlet fission in rubrene single crystal.

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    Ma, Lin; Galstyan, Gegham; Zhang, Keke; Kloc, Christian; Sun, Handong; Soci, Cesare; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E; Gurzadyan, Gagik G

    2013-05-14

    The two-photon-induced singlet fission was observed in rubrene single crystal and studied by use of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The location of two-photon excited states was obtained from the nondegenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum. Time evolution of the two-photon-induced transient absorption spectra reveals the direct singlet fission from the two-photon excited states. The TPA absorption coefficient of rubrene single crystal is 52 cm∕GW at 740 nm, as obtained from Z-scan measurements. Quantum chemical calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory support our experimental data. PMID:23676057

  7. Structural and optical properties of a new chalcone single crystal

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    Rajesh Kumar, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Poojary, Boja

    2012-09-01

    A new nonlinear optical material 1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-3-(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one with molecular formula C17H16O2S was synthesized by using the Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction method. The Various functional groups present in the compound were identified using recorded FT-IR spectrum. The crystal growth parameters have been studied using solubility test and acetone is found to be a very good solvent for the crystal growth at an ambient temperature. The transparent high quality single crystals up to a size of 26×2×2 mm3 were grown using the slow evaporation solution growth technique. UV-visible study was carried out and the spectrum reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region and absorptive in the UV region. The refractive index is determined using Brewster's angle method. The optical energy band gap of the material is measured using Tauc's plot and the direct method. The single crystal XRD of MMPP crystal shows the following cell parameters: a=5.9626(2) Å, b=15.3022(6) Å, c=16.0385(7) Å, α=β=γ=90°, volume=1463.37(10) Å3 with a space group of Pna21. The compound MMPP exhibits optical nonlinearity (NLO) and its second order NLO efficiency is 3.15 times to that of urea. The effect of functional groups OCH3 and SCH3 on the non-linearity as well as the structural property of the compound has been discussed. The crystal is thermally stable. High NLO efficiency, good thermal stability, good transparency and ability to grow as a high quality single crystal make this material very attractive for opto-electronic applications.

  8. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.

    2001-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and solidus has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent of HgTe respectively, the remainder being cadmium telluride. Such alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed correlating composition variations to measured residual acceleration. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system, analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. The results indicate that the sample did accomplish the desired objectives.

  9. Deformation of ⊥m single quartz crystals

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    Krasner, P.; Holyoke, C. W., III; Kronenberg, A. K.

    2015-12-01

    The rheology of quartz deformed by dislocation creep is essential to understanding the strength of the mid to lower continental crust. Our current understanding of quartz rheology is derived primarily from studies of polycrystalline quartz and little is known about the temperature, strain rate, or water dependence of the individual quartz slip systems. In order to better understand the rheology of quartz slip systems, we have deformed synthetic quartz single crystals with the prism oriented at 45° to the compression direction (⊥m orientation). We converted the gel-type water found in synthetic quartz crystals to free water fluid inclusions, similar to water observed in milky quartz crystals, by annealing the crystals at 900°C/0.1 MPa for 24 hours. The single crystals were deformed at a confining pressure of 1.5 GPa with temperatures of 850 to 1000°C and strain rates of 10-6 to 10-4/s. FTIR measurements of water concentrations in the starting material, annealed synthetic crystals and deformed synthetic quartz crystals indicate that the water concentrations (125-300 H/106Si) are not affected by the annealing process or deformation. However, the spectra in the annealed and deformed samples are similar to those of natural milky quartz rather than those of synthetic quartz. Results of temperature and strain rate stepping experiments indicate that the strength of the crystals decreases with increasing temperature and/or decreasing strain rate. Undulatory extinction is the predominant microstructure observed in deformed samples, which is consistent with deformation by dislocation creep. The strength of the ⊥m oriented quartz crystals deformed in this study with free water is greater than those of the studies of synthetic quartz with gel type water (Linker and Kirby, 1981 and Muto et al., 2011).

  10. The ferroelectric phase transition of calcium barium niobate: experimental evidence of Smolenskii's model for diffuse phase transitions?

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    Heine, Urs; Voelker, Uwe; Betzler, Klaus; Burianek, Manfred; Muehlberg, Manfred

    2009-08-01

    We present investigations on temperature-dependent changes in the size distribution of ferroelectric domains in single crystals of the novel tungsten bronze type calcium barium niobate (CBN). Since its congruently melting composition has a relatively high ferroelectric phase transition temperature of about 265 °C, CBN can be considered as an interesting material for various future applications. Using k-space spectroscopy, both unpoled polydomain crystals and crystals poled at room temperature have been investigated in the vicinity of the ferroelectric phase transition. In unpoled CBN, an intermixture of domain-size dependent phase transitions has been observed, which can be described with the model for diffuse phase transitions established by Smolenskii.

  11. Role of crystal orientation on chemical mechanical polishing of single crystal copper

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    Zhu, Aibin; He, Dayong; Luo, Wencheng; Liu, Yangyang

    2016-11-01

    The material removal mechanism of single crystal copper in chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) has not been intensively investigated. And the role of crystal orientation in CMP of single crystal cooper is not quite clear yet. Quasi-continuum method was adopted in this paper to simulate the process of nano-particles grinding on single crystal copper in CMP process. Three different crystal orientations, i.e. x[100]y[001], x[001]y[110] and x[-211]y[111], were chosen for analysis. The atom displacement diagrams, stress distribution diagrams and load-displacement curves were obtained. After analyzing the deformation mechanism, residual stress of the work piece material and cutting force, results showed that, the crystal orientation of work piece has great influence on the deformation characteristics and surface quality of work piece during polishing. In the A(001)[100] orientation, the residual stress distribution after polishing is deeper, and the stress is larger than that in the B(110)[001] and C(111)[-211] orientations. And the average tangential cutting force in the A(001)[100] orientation is much larger than those in the other two crystal orientation. This research is helpful to revealing the material removal mechanism of CMP process.

  12. Ultrasonic characterization of single crystal langatate

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    Sturtevant, Blake T.

    Langatate (LGT), a synthetic piezoelectric crystal with chemical composition La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14, has recently received significant interest in the sensor and frequency control communities as a possible alternative to quartz owing to its higher piezoelectric coupling, structural stability up to 1400°C and presence of temperature compensated acoustic wave (AW) orientations. With these exciting properties, LGT is expected to find applications in AW sensor, timing, and frequency control. This thesis focuses on the characterization of the acoustic wave material properties of LGT up to 120°C. Such a characterization is critical for the design and fabrication of LGT acoustic wave devices. The elastic and piezoelectric constants were determined through measurements of bulk acoustic wave phase velocities by two independent methods, the pulse echo overlap technique and a combined resonance technique. The extracted constants and temperature coefficients enabled the identification of a range of particularly interesting LGT surface acoustic wave (SAW) orientations with Euler angles (90°, 23°, 118-124°) that exhibits predicted electromechanical coupling up to 0.7% and reduced or zero temperature coefficient of delay (TCD). The consistency of the determined constants and temperature coefficients was established using SAW measurements of seven crystallographic orientations at temperatures ranging up to 120°C. Measured SAW phase velocities and TCDs were found to be in agreement with predictions based on the determined constants. Two of the seven SAW orientations exhibited temperature compensation within 40°C of room temperature, agreeing with predictions. Deposition of SiAlON films on top of LGT SAW devices for surface protection in chemically and mechanically harsh environments was also investigated. SiAlON films deposited by reactive RF magnetron co-sputtering of Al and Si targets were controlled to within a few percent for film thickness and composition. SiAlON thin film

  13. Roflumilast - A reversible single-crystal to single-crystal phase transition at 50 °C

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    Viertelhaus, Martin; Holst, Hans Christof; Volz, Jürgen; Hummel, Rolf-Peter

    2013-01-01

    Roflumilast is a selective phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor and is marketed under the brand names Daxas®, Daliresp® and Libertec®. A phase transition of the drug substance roflumilast was observed at 50 °C. The low temperature form, the high temperature form and the phase transition were characterised by differential scanning calorimetry, variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction and single crystal X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and solid state NMR spectroscopy. The phase transition of roflumilast at 50 °C is completely reversible, the high temperature form cannot be stabilised by quench cooling and the phase transition does not influence the quality of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the drug product. It was observed to be a single crystal to single crystal phase transition.

  14. High-quality bulk hybrid perovskite single crystals within minutes by inverse temperature crystallization

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    Saidaminov, Makhsud I.; Abdelhady, Ahmed L.; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Burlakov, Victor M.; Peng, Wei; Dursun, Ibrahim; Wang, Lingfei; He, Yao; Maculan, Giacomo; Goriely, Alain; Wu, Tom; Mohammed, Omar F.; Bakr, Osman M.

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of methylammonium lead trihalide perovskites (MAPbX3; MA=CH3NH3+, X=Br− or I−) have shown remarkably low trap density and charge transport properties; however, growth of such high-quality semiconductors is a time-consuming process. Here we present a rapid crystal growth process to obtain MAPbX3 single crystals, an order of magnitude faster than previous reports. The process is based on our observation of the substantial decrease of MAPbX3 solubility, in certain solvents, at elevated temperatures. The crystals can be both size- and shape-controlled by manipulating the different crystallization parameters. Despite the rapidity of the method, the grown crystals exhibit transport properties and trap densities comparable to the highest quality MAPbX3 reported to date. The phenomenon of inverse or retrograde solubility and its correlated inverse temperature crystallization strategy present a major step forward for advancing the field on perovskite crystallization. PMID:26145157

  15. Water molecule-driven reversible single-crystal to single-crystal transformation of a multi-metallic coordination polymer with controllable metal ion movement.

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    Niu, Zheng; Ma, Jian-Gong; Shi, Wei; Cheng, Peng

    2014-02-21

    A single-crystal to single-crystal (SC-SC) transformation process driven by water molecules has been exhibited by a multi-metallic coordination polymer. The in situ heating single crystal X-ray diffraction technique was applied to study the control of metal ion movement in the reversible SC-SC transformation process.

  16. 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.

  17. Linear and NLO properties of an organic single crystal

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    Rajesh Kumara, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Poojary, Boja; Manjunath, K. B.; Umesh, G.

    2012-06-01

    Organic compound of 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(2-methoxy 5-bromophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one [MMBPP] with molecular formula C16H11BrO3 was synthesized using Schmidt condensation method. A FT-IR spectrum was recorded to identify the various functional groups present in the compound. The single crystals were grown using slow evaporation solution growth technique. The high quality transparent crystals up to a size 10×7×5 mm3 are obtained with in fifteen days. UV-Visible spectrum reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region. The single crystal XRD study shows that the compound crystallizes in orthorhombic crystal system with a space group P212121 and the observed cell parameters are a =7.6095(13) Å, b =13.049(2) Å, c = 15.525(3) Å, Volume 1541.6(5) Å3. The third order Nonlinearity was confirmed by Z-scan technique and non-linear parameters were determined.

  18. Growth and spectroscopic properties of samarium oxalate single crystals

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    Vimal, G.; Mani, Kamal P.; Jose, Gijo; Biju, P. R.; Joseph, Cyriac; Unnikrishnan, N. V.; Ittyachen, M. A.

    2014-10-01

    Single crystals of samarium oxalate decahydrate were synthesized using single diffusion gel technique and the conditions influencing the size, shape and quality were optimized. Highly transparent crystals of size 3×2×1 mm3 with a well defined hexagonal morphology were grown during a time period of two weeks. X ray powder diffraction analysis revealed that the grown crystals crystallize in the monoclinic system with space group P21/c and the proposed chemical formula and linkage of water molecules were confirmed using thermogravimetric analysis. The various functional groups of the oxalate ligand and the water of crystallization were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Spectroscopic investigations such as electric dipole transition probability, magnetic dipole transition probability and branching ratios of all possible transitions from 4G5/2 level of Sm3+ ions were estimated from the absorption spectra using JO theory. The spectroscopic analysis suggested that the crystal has a strong and efficient orange red emission. This is confirmed from the photoluminescence spectrum with a wavelength peak at 595 nm and hence this promising emission can be effectively used for optical amplification.

  19. New perspectives for ferroelectric LC-polymers

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    Brehmer, M.; Gebhard, E.; Wittig, T.

    1996-10-01

    LC-Elastomers prepared from ferroelectric LC-polymers are interesting materials for two reasons. From a materials point of view they are interesting because of their ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyrroelectric properties. From a scientific point of view they are fascinating because they allow us to study the interplay of electric and mechanical forces in a rubbery material The coupling between the director reorientation and the network can be modified by crosslinking at the end of the mesogens or in the range of the polymer chains . In the last case the coupling is minimal. Besides the planar orientation in SSFLC-cells, free standing films offer the possibility of a homeotropic alignment of smectic liquid crystals ferroelectric LC elastomers of a different topology can be obtained by mixing a low molar mass or an oligomeric ferroelectric LC with a bifunctional crosslinkable: liquid crystal and performing photochemically a crosslinking reaction in one switching state of the smectic C* phase. As a result non crosslinkable ferroelectric LC will form micro-droplets surrounded by a densely crosslinked network, which is formed by the crosslinked non-ferroelectric liquid crystals. This gives a two phasic Volume or Network Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal.

  20. Fretting Stresses in Single Crystal Superalloy Turbine Blade Attachments

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Swanson, Gregory

    2000-01-01

    Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and turbine engines because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal nickel base turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493 and PWA 1484. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Blade attachment regions are prone to fretting fatigue failures. Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are especially prone to fretting damage because the subsurface shear stresses induced by fretting action at the attachment regions can result in crystallographic initiation and crack growth along octahedral planes. Furthermore, crystallographic crack growth on octahedral planes under fretting induced mixed mode loading can be an order of magnitude faster than under pure mode I loading. This paper presents contact stress evaluation in the attachment region for single crystal turbine blades used in the NASA alternate Advanced High Pressure Fuel Turbo Pump (HPFTP/AT) for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. Blades and the attachment region are modeled using a large-scale 3D finite element (FE) model capable of accounting for contact friction, material orthotrophy, and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Contact stress analysis in the blade attachment regions is presented as a function of coefficient of friction and primary and secondary crystal orientation, Stress results are used to discuss fretting fatigue failure analysis of SSME blades. Attachment stresses are seen to reach