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Title: Intrinsic structural instabilities of domain walls driven by gradient coupling: Meandering antiferrodistortive-ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3

Abstract

Using the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire approach, we predict the intrinsic instability of the ferroelectric-ferroelastic domain walls in the multiferroic BiFeO3 emerging from the interplay between the gradient terms of the antiferrodistortive and ferroelectric order parameters at the walls. These instabilities are the interface analog of the structural instabilities in the vicinity of phase coexistence in the bulk, and so they do not stem from incomplete polarization screening in thin films or its spatial confinement, electrostrictive or flexoelectric coupling. The effect of BiFeO3 material parameters on the 71°, 109°, and 180° walls is explored, and it is shown that the meandering instability appears at 109° and 180° walls for small gradient energies, and the walls become straight and broaden for higher gradients. In contrast to the 180° and 109° domain walls, uncharged 71° walls are always straight, and their width increases with increasing the tilt gradient coefficient. As a result, the wall instability and associated intrinsic meandering provide insight into the behavior of morphotropic and relaxor materials, wall pinning, and mechanisms of interactions between order parameter fields and local microstructure.

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  1. National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), Kiev (Ukraine)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1530095
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1492110
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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Eliseev, E. A., Morozovska, A. N., Nelson, Christopher T., and Kalinin, Sergei V. Intrinsic structural instabilities of domain walls driven by gradient coupling: Meandering antiferrodistortive-ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.014112.
Eliseev, E. A., Morozovska, A. N., Nelson, Christopher T., & Kalinin, Sergei V. Intrinsic structural instabilities of domain walls driven by gradient coupling: Meandering antiferrodistortive-ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.014112.
Eliseev, E. A., Morozovska, A. N., Nelson, Christopher T., and Kalinin, Sergei V. Fri . "Intrinsic structural instabilities of domain walls driven by gradient coupling: Meandering antiferrodistortive-ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.014112. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1530095.
@article{osti_1530095,
title = {Intrinsic structural instabilities of domain walls driven by gradient coupling: Meandering antiferrodistortive-ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3},
author = {Eliseev, E. A. and Morozovska, A. N. and Nelson, Christopher T. and Kalinin, Sergei V.},
abstractNote = {Using the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire approach, we predict the intrinsic instability of the ferroelectric-ferroelastic domain walls in the multiferroic BiFeO3 emerging from the interplay between the gradient terms of the antiferrodistortive and ferroelectric order parameters at the walls. These instabilities are the interface analog of the structural instabilities in the vicinity of phase coexistence in the bulk, and so they do not stem from incomplete polarization screening in thin films or its spatial confinement, electrostrictive or flexoelectric coupling. The effect of BiFeO3 material parameters on the 71°, 109°, and 180° walls is explored, and it is shown that the meandering instability appears at 109° and 180° walls for small gradient energies, and the walls become straight and broaden for higher gradients. In contrast to the 180° and 109° domain walls, uncharged 71° walls are always straight, and their width increases with increasing the tilt gradient coefficient. As a result, the wall instability and associated intrinsic meandering provide insight into the behavior of morphotropic and relaxor materials, wall pinning, and mechanisms of interactions between order parameter fields and local microstructure.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.99.014112},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 1,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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