Stochastic model of dispersive multi-step polarization switching in ferroelectrics due to spatial electric field distribution

R. Khachaturyan, J. Schultheiß, J. Koruza, Y. A. Genenko

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Abstract

A stochastic model for polarization switching in tetragonal ferroelectric ceramics is introduced, which includes sequential 90°- and parallel 180°-switching processes and accounts for the dispersion of characteristic switching times due to a nonuniform spatial distribution of the applied field. It presents merging of the recent multistep stochastic mechanism with the earlier nucleation limited switching and inhomogeneous field mechanism models. The model provides a much better description of simultaneous polarization and strain responses over a wide time window and a deeper insight into the microscopic switching mechanisms, as is exemplarily shown by comparison with measurements on lead zirconate titanate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number222902
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume114
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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