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Title: Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles

Abstract

Domain structures of ferroelectric polarization in patterned nanostructures depend sensitively on an interplay between their geometry and crystallographic anisotropy. In the recently predicted layered perovskite PbSr2Ti2O7 [S. M. Nakhmanson and I. Naumov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 097601 (2010)], the in-plane anisotropy can be controlled by strain to be along in-plane [110]-directions or to vanish, in which case the polarization is free to rotate in the perovskite-layer. Using a microscopic Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire free energy functional theory, we demonstrate that the domain structure in patterned disks of PbSr2Ti2O7 can be varied between uniform polarization and a vortex structure, analogous to vortices in soft magnetic disks. This opens up the possibility of designing nanostructured layered materials whose dielectric response can be manipulated with small elastic distortions.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
OSTI Identifier:
1396292
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 26; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Lee, Byounghak, Nakhmanson, Serge M., and Heinonen, Olle. Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4887068.
Lee, Byounghak, Nakhmanson, Serge M., & Heinonen, Olle. Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4887068.
Lee, Byounghak, Nakhmanson, Serge M., and Heinonen, Olle. Mon . "Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4887068.
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title = {Strain induced vortex-to-uniform polarization transitions in soft-ferroelectric nanoparticles},
author = {Lee, Byounghak and Nakhmanson, Serge M. and Heinonen, Olle},
abstractNote = {Domain structures of ferroelectric polarization in patterned nanostructures depend sensitively on an interplay between their geometry and crystallographic anisotropy. In the recently predicted layered perovskite PbSr2Ti2O7 [S. M. Nakhmanson and I. Naumov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 097601 (2010)], the in-plane anisotropy can be controlled by strain to be along in-plane [110]-directions or to vanish, in which case the polarization is free to rotate in the perovskite-layer. Using a microscopic Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire free energy functional theory, we demonstrate that the domain structure in patterned disks of PbSr2Ti2O7 can be varied between uniform polarization and a vortex structure, analogous to vortices in soft magnetic disks. This opens up the possibility of designing nanostructured layered materials whose dielectric response can be manipulated with small elastic distortions.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4887068},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
issn = {0003-6951},
number = 26,
volume = 104,
place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {6}
}

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