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Title: Emergent Noncentrosymmetry and Piezoelectricity Driven by Oxygen Octahedral Rotations in n = 2 Dion-Jacobson Phase Layer Perovskites

We demonstrate the loss of centrosymmetry via oxygen octahedral rotations in the n = 2 Dion–Jacobson family of layered oxide perovskites, A'LaB2O7 (A' = Rb, Cs; B = Nb, Ta). Ab initio density functional theory calculations predict that all four materials should adopt polar space groups, in contrast to the results of previous experimental studies that have assigned these materials to the centrosymmetric P4/mmm space group. Optical second harmonic generation experiments confirm the presence of a noncentrosymmetric phase at ambient temperature. Piezoresponse force microscopy experiments also show that this phase is piezoelectric. Moreover, to elucidate the symmetry-breaking and assign the appropriate space groups, the crystal structure of CsLaNb2O7is refined as a function of temperature from synchrotron X-ray diffraction data. Above 550 K, CsLaNb2O7 adopts the previously determined centrosymmetric P4/mmm space group. Between 550 and 350 K, the symmetry is lowered to the noncentrosymmetric space group Amm2. Below 350 K, additional symmetry lowering is observed as peak splitting, but the space group cannot be unambiguously identified.
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  1. Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
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Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Advanced Functional Materials; Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: (12) ; 03, 2016
Research Org:
Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States