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Title: Pressure dependence of the monoclinic phase in (1–x)Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3-xPbTiO₃ solid solutions

We combine high-pressure x-ray diffraction, high-pressure Raman scattering, and optical microscopy to investigate a series of (1–x)Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3)O 3-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-xPT) solid solutions (x=0.2, 0.3, 0.33, 0.35, 0.37, 0.4) in diamond anvil cells up to 20 GPa at 300 K. The Raman spectra show a peak centered at 380 cm⁻¹ starting above 6 GPa for all samples, in agreement with previous observations. X-ray diffraction measurements are consistent with this spectral change indicating a structural phase transition; we find that the triplet at the pseudocubic (220) Bragg peak merges into a doublet above 6 GPa. Our results indicate that the morphotropic phase boundary region (x=0.33–0.37) with the presence of monoclinic symmetry persists up to 7 GPa. The pressure dependence of ferroelectric domains in PMN-0.32PT single crystals was observed using a polarizing optical microscope. The domain wall density decreases with pressure and the domains disappear at a modest pressure of 3 GPa. We propose a pressure-composition phase diagram for PMN-xPT solid solutions.
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Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
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Journal Volume: 86; Journal Issue: 22; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-04-06 12:05:00; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society
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United States
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