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Title: Multiscale dynamics in relaxor ferroelectrics

The multiscale dynamics of complex oxides is illustrated by pairs of mechanical resonances that are excited in the relaxor ferroelectric K1 xLixTaO3 (KLT). These macroscopic resonances are shown to originate in the collective dynamics of piezoelectric polar nanodomains (PND) interacting with the surrounding lattice. Their characteristic Fano lineshapes and rapid evolution with temperature reveal the coherent interplay between the piezoelectric oscillations and orientational relaxations of the PNDs at higher temperature and the contribution of heterophase oscillations near the phase transition. A theoretical model is presented, that describes the evolution of the resonances over the entire temperature range. Similar resonances are observed in other relaxors and must therefore be a common characteristics of these systems.
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  1. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  2. ORNL
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Europhysics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 1
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States