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Domain structure and polarization reversal in ferroelectric lanthanum-modified lead titanate ceramics investigated by piezoresponse force microscopy

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Goncalves, Andre Marino [1] ; Londono, Fernando Andres [1, 2] ; Garcia, Ducinei [1] ; Eiras, Jose Antonio [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Phys Brazil, Ferro Mat Grp, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Antioquia, Inst Phys, Medellin - Colombia
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Materials Science; v. 51, n. 8, p. 4061-4069, APR 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 3

In this work, the ferroelectric domain structure of (Pb0.79La0.21)TiO3 transparent ceramics and its response to an applied electric field were investigated by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). A qualitative three-dimensional reconstruction of the domains by PFM measurements revealed that the domain structure consists in stripes in two size scales (micro and nanometer) separated by 90A degrees domain walls coexisting with 180A degrees domains. While the nanoscale 90A degrees domains were found arranged in organized structures, (e.g., lamellas, herringbones, and other unusual configurations), the 180A degrees domains form a ``labyrinth{''} structure, typical of ferroelectrics with a degree of disorder. Local application of an electric field reveals different coercive voltages to reorient 180A degrees and the two types of 90A degrees domains and the appearance of a different nanoscale 90A degrees domain structure after poling. While the labyrinth structure is destroyed with relative low voltages, the created 90A degrees domains structure persists, avoiding the formation of a single-domain structure. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/03118-2 - Visulization, Characterization and Manipulation of Ferroelectric and Magnetic Domains in Multiferroics
Grantee:André Marino Gonçalves
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 08/04025-0 - Nanostructured multifunctional multiferroic materials: synthesis, properties, phenomenology and applications
Grantee:José Antonio Eiras
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants