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Title: Piezoelectric Enhancement of (PbTiO3)m/(BaTiO3)n Ferroelectric Superlattices through Domain Engineering

The phase diagram of (PbTiO3)m/(BaTiO3)n ferroelectric superlattices was computed using the phase-field approach as a function of layer volume fraction and biaxial strain to tune ferroelectric properties through domain engineering. Two interesting domain structures are found: one with mixed Bloch-Néel-Ising domain wall structures and the other with stabilized monoclinic phases. The polarization of the monoclinic phase is able to rotate from out-of-plane to in-plane or vice versa under an electric field, and thus facilitates the domain reversal of rhombohedral domains. This contributes significantly to both reduced coercive fields and enhanced piezoelectric responses.
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Journal Name: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 90(17):Article No. 174111
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Piezoelectricity; Superlattice; Domain Engineering; Phase field method