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|Title:||Critical role of the coupling between the octahedral rotation and a-site ionic displacements in PbZrO3-based antiferroelectric materials investigated by in situ neutron diffraction|
|Publisher:||American Physical Society|
|Citation:||Lu. T., Studer, A. J., Yu, D., Withers, R. L., Feng, Y., Chen, H., Islam, S. S., Xu, Z., Liu, Y. (2017). Critical role of the coupling between the octahedral rotation and a-site ionic displacements in PbZrO3-based antiferroelectric materials investigated by in situ neutron diffraction. Physics Review B, 96(21), 214108. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.96.214108|
|Abstract:||This in situ neutron-diffraction study on antiferroelectric (AFE) Pb0.99(Nb0.02Zr0.65Sn0.28Ti0.05)O3 polycrystalline materials describes systematic structural and associated preferred orientation changes as a function of applied electric field and temperature. It is found that the pristine AFE phase can be poled into the metastable ferroelectric (FE) phase at room temperature. At this stage, both AFE and FE phases consist of modes associated with octahedral rotation and A-site ionic displacements. The temperature-induced phase transition indicates that the octahedral rotation and ionic displacements are weakly coupled in the room-temperature FE phase and decoupled in the high-temperature FE phase. However, both temperature and E-field-induced phase transitions between the AFE and high-temperature FE phase demonstrate the critical role of coupling between octahedral rotation and A-site ionic displacements in stabilizing the AFE structure, which provides not only experimental evidence to support previous theoretical calculations, but also an insight into the design and development of AFE materials. Moreover, the associated preferred orientation evolution in both AFE and FE phases is studied during the phase transitions. It is found that the formation of the preferred orientation can be controlled to tune the samples’ FE and AFE properties. ©2017 American Physical Society - Open access|
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