Campus Units

Materials Science and Engineering

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

107

Issue

072908

First Page

1

Last Page

5

DOI

10.1063/1.4929322

Abstract

The ceramic Pb0.99Nb0.02[(Zr0.57Sn0.43)0.92Ti0.08]0.98O3 can exist in either an antiferroelectric or a ferroelectric phase at room temperature, depending on the thermal and electrical history. The antiferroelectric phase can be partially recovered from the induced ferroelectric phase when the applied field reverses polarity. Therefore, polarization cycling of the ferroelectric phase in the ceramic under bipolar fields at room temperature is accompanied with repeated phase transitions. In this letter, the stability of the recovered antiferroelectric phase upon electrical cycling of the ceramic is investigated. Ex-situ X-ray diffraction reveals that bipolar cycling suppresses the antiferroelectric phase; this is indirectly supported by piezoelectric coefficient d 33 measurements. It is speculated that the accumulated charged point defects during polarization cycling stabilize the polar ferroelectric phase. The findings presented are important to the fundamental studies of electric fatigue and field-induced phase transitions in ferroelectrics.

Comments

The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters 107, 072908 (2015); and may be found at, doi: 10.1063/1.4929322.

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American Institue of Physics

Language

en

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