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Nanostructure Ferroelectric Perovskites: Domain Wall Collective Motion Modeling and Classical Molecular Dynamics Simulation

Grant number: 13/18874-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 04, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:José Pedro Rino
Grantee:Rolando Placeres Jiménez
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/04025-0 - Nanostructured multifunctional multiferroic materials: synthesis, properties, phenomenology and applications, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):15/07897-1 - Modelling of Domain Wall Motion, Nonlinear Dielectric Response and Defect Effects, BE.EP.PD


Ferroelectric and ferroelastic properties are strongly determined by the motion of domain walls. At nanometric scales new properties emerge and it is necessary a deep understanding of the domain walls dynamics. The goal of this project is to study elastic, dielectric and ferroelectric response of perovskite materials using classical molecular dynamic simulation and collective motion models. The atomistic simulation allows one to establish the relation between microscopic structure and macroscopic response. Atomistic simulations will be used to understand how different factors such as shape, size, substrates, defects, dopants, stress, external electric field and pressure affect the response of these materials. Collective models provide a simplified description of domain walls motion. These models can be treated analytically, providing useful relationships to analyze the microscopic structure and its dynamics from macroscopic observables. The aim of both theoretical approaches is to provide a correct understanding of the physics of domain walls which can be used in domain engineering to enhance the performance of existing devices and to find new applications.

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PLACERES-JIMENEZ, R.; RINO, J. P.; GONCALVES, A. M.; EIRAS, J. A.. Domain wall contribution to the nonlinear dielectric response: effective potential model. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, v. 48, n. 46, . (13/18874-7, 08/04025-0)
PLACERES-JIMENEZ, R.; RINO, J. P.; EIRAS, J. A.. Modeling ferroelectric permittivity dependence on electric field and estimation of the intrinsic and extrinsic contributions. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, v. 48, n. 3, . (08/04025-0, 13/18874-7)

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