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Title: Ferroelectric Switching by the Grounded Scanning Probe Microscopy Tip

The process of polarization reversal by the tip of scanning probe microscope was intensively studied for last two decades. Number of the abnormal switching phenomena was reported by the scientific groups worldwide. In particularly it was experimentally and theoretically shown that slow dynamics of the surface screening controls kinetics of the ferroelectric switching, backswitching and relaxation and presence of the charges carriers on the sample surface and in the sample bulk significantly change polarization reversal dynamics. Here we experimentally demonstrated practical possibility of the history dependent polarization reversal by the grounded SPM tip. This phenomenon was attributed to induction of the slowly dissipating charges into the surface of the grounded tip that enables polarization reversal under the action of the produced electric field. Analytical and numerical electrostatic calculations allow additional insight into nontrivial abnormal switching phenomena reported earlier.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Inst. for Functional Imaging of Materials; Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS)
  2. National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), Kiev (Ukraine). Inst. of Physics (ISP)
  3. Ural Federal Univ., Ekaterinburg (Russia). Inst. of Natural Sciences, Ferroelectric Lab.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; 35-02-15; 14-02-90447 Ukr-а; 13-02-01391-а; UID RFMEFI59414X0011),; AC0500OR22725
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States