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Title: Deterministic optical control of room temperature multiferroicity in BiFeO3 thin films

Abstract

Controlling ferroic orders (ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism and ferroelasticity) by optical methods is a significant challenge due to the large mismatch in energy scales between the order parameter coupling strengths and the incident photons. In this work, we demonstrate an approach to manipulate multiple ferroic orders in an epitaxial mixed-phase BiFeO3 thin film at ambient temperature via laser illumination. Phase-field simulations indicate that a light-driven flexoelectric effect enables the targeted formation of ordered domains. We also achieved precise sequential laser writing and erasure of different domain patterns, which demonstrates a deterministic optical control of multiferroicity at room temperature. As ferroic orders directly influence susceptibility and conductivity in complex materials, our results not only shed light on the optical control of multiple functionalities, but also indicate possible developments for optoelectronics and related applications.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [1]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [7];  [8]; ORCiD logo [9]; ORCiD logo [9];  [2];  [10]; ORCiD logo [11]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. National Cheng Kung Univ., Tainan (Taiwan)
  2. Univ. of Texas, Arlington, TX (United States)
  3. Max Planck Society, Dresden (Germany); National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu (Taiwan)
  4. National Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu (Taiwan)
  5. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  6. National Chung Hsing Univ., Taichung (Taiwan)
  7. Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
  8. National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu (Taiwan)
  9. Max Planck Society, Dresden (Germany)
  10. Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia)
  11. National Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu (Taiwan); Academia Sinica, Taipei (Taiwan)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
OSTI Identifier:
1542403
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1476-1122
Publisher:
Springer Nature - Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Liou, Yi-De, Chiu, Yu-You, Hart, Ryan Thomas, Kuo, Chang-Yang, Huang, Yen-Lin, Wu, Yuan-Chih, Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Liu, Heng-Jui, Tanaka, Arata, Chen, Chien-Te, Chang, Chun-Fu, Tjeng, Liu Hao, Cao, Ye, Nagarajan, Valanoor, Chu, Ying-Hao, Chen, Yi-Chun, and Yang, Jan-Chi. Deterministic optical control of room temperature multiferroicity in BiFeO3 thin films. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1038/s41563-019-0348-x.
Liou, Yi-De, Chiu, Yu-You, Hart, Ryan Thomas, Kuo, Chang-Yang, Huang, Yen-Lin, Wu, Yuan-Chih, Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Liu, Heng-Jui, Tanaka, Arata, Chen, Chien-Te, Chang, Chun-Fu, Tjeng, Liu Hao, Cao, Ye, Nagarajan, Valanoor, Chu, Ying-Hao, Chen, Yi-Chun, & Yang, Jan-Chi. Deterministic optical control of room temperature multiferroicity in BiFeO3 thin films. United States. doi:10.1038/s41563-019-0348-x.
Liou, Yi-De, Chiu, Yu-You, Hart, Ryan Thomas, Kuo, Chang-Yang, Huang, Yen-Lin, Wu, Yuan-Chih, Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Liu, Heng-Jui, Tanaka, Arata, Chen, Chien-Te, Chang, Chun-Fu, Tjeng, Liu Hao, Cao, Ye, Nagarajan, Valanoor, Chu, Ying-Hao, Chen, Yi-Chun, and Yang, Jan-Chi. Mon . "Deterministic optical control of room temperature multiferroicity in BiFeO3 thin films". United States. doi:10.1038/s41563-019-0348-x. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1542403.
@article{osti_1542403,
title = {Deterministic optical control of room temperature multiferroicity in BiFeO3 thin films},
author = {Liou, Yi-De and Chiu, Yu-You and Hart, Ryan Thomas and Kuo, Chang-Yang and Huang, Yen-Lin and Wu, Yuan-Chih and Chopdekar, Rajesh V. and Liu, Heng-Jui and Tanaka, Arata and Chen, Chien-Te and Chang, Chun-Fu and Tjeng, Liu Hao and Cao, Ye and Nagarajan, Valanoor and Chu, Ying-Hao and Chen, Yi-Chun and Yang, Jan-Chi},
abstractNote = {Controlling ferroic orders (ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism and ferroelasticity) by optical methods is a significant challenge due to the large mismatch in energy scales between the order parameter coupling strengths and the incident photons. In this work, we demonstrate an approach to manipulate multiple ferroic orders in an epitaxial mixed-phase BiFeO3 thin film at ambient temperature via laser illumination. Phase-field simulations indicate that a light-driven flexoelectric effect enables the targeted formation of ordered domains. We also achieved precise sequential laser writing and erasure of different domain patterns, which demonstrates a deterministic optical control of multiferroicity at room temperature. As ferroic orders directly influence susceptibility and conductivity in complex materials, our results not only shed light on the optical control of multiple functionalities, but also indicate possible developments for optoelectronics and related applications.},
doi = {10.1038/s41563-019-0348-x},
journal = {Nature Materials},
number = 6,
volume = 18,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}

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