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Title: Quantum paraelectricity in copper-titanates: Magnetic-order driven vitrification

Quantum-paraelectric (QP) family character is emergent from shared low-temperature characteristics of SrCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (SCTO), CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO), and Ca{sub 0.9}Li{sub 0.1}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CLCTO) A{sub 1/4}A′{sub 3/4}BO{sub 3} structures featuring antiferro-tilted Ti-O{sub 6} octahedra. Above their magnetic ordering temperatures T{sub N}, permittivity of SCTO and CLCTO follow typical Barrett form, whereas in CCTO, quantum paraelectricity is masked by the huge ε′-step. Hidden QP in CCTO gets revealed by Li-doping at the Ca-site, which considerably up-shifts the temperature scale (from ∼100 K to ∼250 K) of the dielectric step-anomaly in CLCTO. Competing magneto-electricity and quantum fluctuations result in glassy-arrest of the QP degrees of freedom near T{sub N}; manifest as dispersive-deviation of the permittivity (in SCTO and CLCTO) from the low-temperature Barrett saturation. However, quantum criticality (QC) regime being well above T{sub N} registers its presence nevertheless, as the ∼T{sup 2} behaviour of their inverse dielectric susceptibility. Non-compliance to the usual behaviours of dispersive-response vs. bias-field and temperature unambiguously rule out a relaxor origin of the glassy state. We determine a dimensionless thermal window (0.3 ≤ T/T{sub 1} ≤ 0.6) of QC signature, covering typical quantum-paraelectrics.
Authors:
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  1. Thermodynamics Laboratory, UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22490793
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; 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:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; COPPER; DEGREES OF FREEDOM; MAGNETIZATION; PERMITTIVITY; TITANATES; VITRIFICATION; WINDOWS