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Title: Direct observation of charge mediated lattice distortions in complex oxide solid solutions

Using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with advanced imaging methods, we directly observe atom column specific, picometer-scale displacements induced by local chemistry in a complex oxide solid solution. Displacements predicted from density functional theory were found to correlate with the observed experimental trends. Further analysis of bonding and charge distribution was used to clarify the mechanisms responsible for the detected structural behavior. By extending the experimental electron microscopy measurements to previously inaccessible length scales, we identified correlated atomic displacements linked to bond differences within the complex oxide structure.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412607
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ATOMIC DISPLACEMENTS; ATOMS; BONDING; CHARGE DISTRIBUTION; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; OXIDES; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SOLID SOLUTIONS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY