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Title: Mechanical-force-induced non-local collective ferroelastic switching in epitaxial lead-titanate thin films

Abstract

Ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides plays a crucial role in determining their dielectric, piezoelectric, and magnetoelectric properties. In thin films of these materials, however, substrate clamping is generally thought to limit the electric-field- or mechanical-force-driven responses to the local scale. Here, we report mechanical-force-induced large-area, non-local, collective ferroelastic domain switching in PbTiO 3 epitaxial thin films by tuning the misfit-strain to be near a phase boundary wherein c/a and a 1/ a 2 nanodomains coexist. Phenomenological models suggest that the collective, c-a-c-a ferroelastic switching arises from the small potential barrier between the degenerate domain structures, and the large anisotropy of a and c domains, which collectively generates much larger response and large-area domain propagation. Large-area, non-local response under small stimuli, unlike traditional local response to external field, provides an opportunity of unique response to local stimuli, which has potential for use in high-sensitivity pressure sensors and switches.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC); National Key Research and Development Program of China; University of Texas System; Harbin Institute of Technology; US Army Research Office (ARO); University of Texas – Arlington; National Science Foundation (NSF); Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
OSTI Identifier:
1580922
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1598596
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231; AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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Lu, Xiaoyan, Chen, Zuhuang, Cao, Ye, Tang, Yunlong, Xu, Ruijuan, Saremi, Sahar, Zhang, Zhan, You, Lu, Dong, Yongqi, Das, Sujit, Zhang, Hangbo, Zheng, Limei, Wu, Huaping, Lv, Weiming, Xie, Guoqiang, Liu, Xingjun, Li, Jiangyu, Chen, Lang, Chen, Long-Qing, Cao, Wenwu, and Martin, Lane W. Mechanical-force-induced non-local collective ferroelastic switching in epitaxial lead-titanate thin films. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11825-2.
Lu, Xiaoyan, Chen, Zuhuang, Cao, Ye, Tang, Yunlong, Xu, Ruijuan, Saremi, Sahar, Zhang, Zhan, You, Lu, Dong, Yongqi, Das, Sujit, Zhang, Hangbo, Zheng, Limei, Wu, Huaping, Lv, Weiming, Xie, Guoqiang, Liu, Xingjun, Li, Jiangyu, Chen, Lang, Chen, Long-Qing, Cao, Wenwu, & Martin, Lane W. Mechanical-force-induced non-local collective ferroelastic switching in epitaxial lead-titanate thin films. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11825-2.
Lu, Xiaoyan, Chen, Zuhuang, Cao, Ye, Tang, Yunlong, Xu, Ruijuan, Saremi, Sahar, Zhang, Zhan, You, Lu, Dong, Yongqi, Das, Sujit, Zhang, Hangbo, Zheng, Limei, Wu, Huaping, Lv, Weiming, Xie, Guoqiang, Liu, Xingjun, Li, Jiangyu, Chen, Lang, Chen, Long-Qing, Cao, Wenwu, and Martin, Lane W. Mon . "Mechanical-force-induced non-local collective ferroelastic switching in epitaxial lead-titanate thin films". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11825-2. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1580922.
@article{osti_1580922,
title = {Mechanical-force-induced non-local collective ferroelastic switching in epitaxial lead-titanate thin films},
author = {Lu, Xiaoyan and Chen, Zuhuang and Cao, Ye and Tang, Yunlong and Xu, Ruijuan and Saremi, Sahar and Zhang, Zhan and You, Lu and Dong, Yongqi and Das, Sujit and Zhang, Hangbo and Zheng, Limei and Wu, Huaping and Lv, Weiming and Xie, Guoqiang and Liu, Xingjun and Li, Jiangyu and Chen, Lang and Chen, Long-Qing and Cao, Wenwu and Martin, Lane W.},
abstractNote = {Ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides plays a crucial role in determining their dielectric, piezoelectric, and magnetoelectric properties. In thin films of these materials, however, substrate clamping is generally thought to limit the electric-field- or mechanical-force-driven responses to the local scale. Here, we report mechanical-force-induced large-area, non-local, collective ferroelastic domain switching in PbTiO3 epitaxial thin films by tuning the misfit-strain to be near a phase boundary wherein c/a and a1/a2 nanodomains coexist. Phenomenological models suggest that the collective, c-a-c-a ferroelastic switching arises from the small potential barrier between the degenerate domain structures, and the large anisotropy of a and c domains, which collectively generates much larger response and large-area domain propagation. Large-area, non-local response under small stimuli, unlike traditional local response to external field, provides an opportunity of unique response to local stimuli, which has potential for use in high-sensitivity pressure sensors and switches.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-019-11825-2},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = 1,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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