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Title: Blockage of domain growth by nanoscale heterogeneities in a relaxor ferroelectric Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}

The growth of localized subsurface domains in a relaxor ferroelectric Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} is studied using the technique of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). Ferroelectric domains are created by applying moderate voltages of 10–50 V to the conductive tip of a scanning force microscope brought into contact with a nonpolar face of a Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystal. PFM images of written domains are acquired and analyzed quantitatively to determine the domain length along the polar axis and its width in the transverse direction. The dependences of domain sizes on the applied voltage, pulse duration, and the time passed after completion of the voltage pulse are reported and analyzed theoretically. It is shown that the observed kinetics of domain growth can be explained by the creep of domain boundaries occurring in the presence of random electric fields inherent in Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}. The comparison of measured domain sizes with their equilibrium values calculated with the aid of the thermodynamic theory demonstrates that the growth of subsurface domains in Sr{sub 0.61}Ba{sub 0.39}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} is blocked by nanoscale heterogeneities characteristic of this relaxor ferroelectric. These results may have important implications for the development of nonlinear optical devicesmore » based on nanoheterogeneous ferroelectrics.« less
Authors:
 [1] ; ; ;  [2]
  1. St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
  2. Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 119333 Moscow (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412955
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 3; 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; BARIUM COMPOUNDS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CREEP; CRYSTALS; DOMAIN STRUCTURE; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; EQUILIBRIUM; FERROELECTRIC MATERIALS; MICROSCOPY; NANOSTRUCTURES; NIOBATES; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; STRONTIUM COMPOUNDS