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Title: Periodicity-Doubling Cascades: Direct Observation in Ferroelastic Materials

Abstract

Very sensitive responses to external forces are found near phase transitions. However, phase transition dynamics and pre-equilibrium phenomena are difficult to detect and control. We have directly observed that the equilibrium domain structure following a phase transition in BaTiO3, a ferroelectric and ferroelastic material, is attained by halving of the domain periodicity, sequentially and multiple times. The process is reversible, displaying periodicity doubling as temperature is increased. Here, this observation is backed theoretically and can explain the fingerprints of domain period multiplicity observed in other systems, strongly suggesting this as a general model for pattern formation during phase transitions in ferroelastic materials.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [2];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [3]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Univ. of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands)
  3. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
  4. Catalan Inst. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Catalonia (Spain)
  5. Catalan Inst. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Catalonia (Spain); ICREA, Catalonia (Spain)
  6. Univ. of Cambridge, Oxford (United Kingdom)
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Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1564067
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1558700
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231; FG02-07ER46417
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 123; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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Everhardt, Arnoud S., Damerio, Silvia, Zorn, Jacob A., Zhou, Silang, Domingo, Neus, Catalan, Gustau, Salje, Ekhard K. H., Chen, Long -Qing, and Noheda, Beatriz. Periodicity-Doubling Cascades: Direct Observation in Ferroelastic Materials. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.123.087603.
Everhardt, Arnoud S., Damerio, Silvia, Zorn, Jacob A., Zhou, Silang, Domingo, Neus, Catalan, Gustau, Salje, Ekhard K. H., Chen, Long -Qing, & Noheda, Beatriz. Periodicity-Doubling Cascades: Direct Observation in Ferroelastic Materials. United States. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.123.087603.
Everhardt, Arnoud S., Damerio, Silvia, Zorn, Jacob A., Zhou, Silang, Domingo, Neus, Catalan, Gustau, Salje, Ekhard K. H., Chen, Long -Qing, and Noheda, Beatriz. Thu . "Periodicity-Doubling Cascades: Direct Observation in Ferroelastic Materials". United States. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.123.087603. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1564067.
@article{osti_1564067,
title = {Periodicity-Doubling Cascades: Direct Observation in Ferroelastic Materials},
author = {Everhardt, Arnoud S. and Damerio, Silvia and Zorn, Jacob A. and Zhou, Silang and Domingo, Neus and Catalan, Gustau and Salje, Ekhard K. H. and Chen, Long -Qing and Noheda, Beatriz},
abstractNote = {Very sensitive responses to external forces are found near phase transitions. However, phase transition dynamics and pre-equilibrium phenomena are difficult to detect and control. We have directly observed that the equilibrium domain structure following a phase transition in BaTiO3, a ferroelectric and ferroelastic material, is attained by halving of the domain periodicity, sequentially and multiple times. The process is reversible, displaying periodicity doubling as temperature is increased. Here, this observation is backed theoretically and can explain the fingerprints of domain period multiplicity observed in other systems, strongly suggesting this as a general model for pattern formation during phase transitions in ferroelastic materials.},
doi = {10.1103/physrevlett.123.087603},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 8,
volume = 123,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {8}
}

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