Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2004

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Applied Physics

Volume

96

Issue

5

First Page

2805

Last Page

2810

DOI

10.1063/1.1775307

Abstract

Domain structures in a tetragonal ferroelectric crystal were examined by transmission electron microscopy(TEM) before and after application of bipolar cyclic electric fields. Prior to the application of the bipolar field, the crystal was poled to an initial domain structure which consisted of a high volume fraction of c domains. Dispersed in the matrix of the c domains were two orthogonal sets of a-domain strips. These two sets of a-domain strips stayed apart to avoid direct contact. Upon application of bipolar cyclic electric fields, intersections of the a domains were observed in the ⟨001⟩-oriented tetragonal ferroelectric crystal. These intersections were formed as one set of the a domains grew under the influence of the in-plane electric field. As a result of the domain wall intersection, segments of the domain wall between two intersecting a domains carried excess electric charges. In the successive TEM examination, domain wall distortion and microcracks were found at these intersections.

Comments

The following article appeared in Journal of Applied Physics 96 (2004): 2805 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1775307.

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American Institute of Physics

Language

en

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