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  1. Influence of UV light and heat on the ferroelectric properties of lithium niobate crystals

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    Steigerwald, Hendrik

    2011-08-15

    One of the most important non-linear-optical materials is lithium niobate, due to its ease of fabrication, robustness, transparency in the visible-to-infrared and excellent nonlinear properties. In this thesis the issue of tailoring ferroelectric domain structures in lithium niobate crystals is approached from two sides: interaction of defect structures inside the crystal with growing ferroelectric domains is investigated and also actual domain patterning on all crystal faces by different methods is performed. Special emphasis is given to the Mg-doped material. The fundamental understanding and the methods of domain patterning developed in this thesis are then used to obtain tailored domain structures that meet the requirements of their intended application in non-linear optics. (orig.)

  2. Direct writing of ferroelectric domains on strontium barium niobate crystals using focused ultraviolet laser light

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    Boes, Andreas; Crasto, Tristan; Steigerwald, Hendrik; Mitchell, Arnan [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and ARC Center for Ultra-High Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); Wade, Scott [Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 (Australia); Frohnhaus, Jakob; Soergel, Elisabeth [Institute of Physics, University of Bonn, Wegelerstr. 8, 53115 Bonn (Germany)

    2013-09-30

    We report ferroelectric domain inversion in strontium barium niobate (SBN) single crystals by irradiating the surface locally with a strongly focused ultraviolet (UV) laser beam. The generated domains are investigated using piezoresponse force microscopy. We propose a simple model that allows predicting the domain width as a function of the irradiation intensity, which indeed applies for both SBN and LiNbO{sub 3}. Evidently, though fundamentally different, the domain structure of both SBN and LiNbO{sub 3} can be engineered through similar UV irradiation.

  3. Piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of lead-free niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Li, Jun, E-mail: lijuna@hit.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Yang [Department of chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhou, Zhongxiang [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S. [Multifunctional Electronic Materials and Device Research Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio 78249 (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lead-free K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} single crystals were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. • The piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of as-grown crystals were systematically investigated. • The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N. • The coercive fields of P–E hysteresis loops are quite small, about or less than 1 kV/mm. - Abstract: Lead-free potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals with the composition of K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KLTN, x = 0.51, 0.60, 0.69, 0.78) were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. Their piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties in as-grown crystals have been systematically investigated. The phase transitions and Curie temperatures were determined from dielectric and pyroelectric measurements. Piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical coupling factors in thickness mode, length-extensional mode and longitudinal mode were obtained. The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N are comparable to the lead-based PZT composition. The polarization versus electric field hysteresis loops show saturated shapes. In short, lead-free niobium-rich KLTN system possesses comparable properties to those in important lead-based piezoelectric material nowadays.

  4. STRUCTURAL AND FERROELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF A NEW NIOBATE : Sr6FeNb9O30

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    2000-01-01

    A new niobate Sr6FeNb9O30 was synthesized in the ternary system SrO-Fe2O3-Nb2O5 for the first time. The crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurement, and it belongs to orthorhombic tungsten bronze structure at room temperature with unit cell parameters a=1.7554(1) nm, b=1.7534(1) nm, c=0.77870(6)nm. Dielectric constants measurement show that Sr6FeNb9O30 has two phase transitions, paraelectric to ferroelectric at 185℃ and ferroelectric to ferroelastic at 70℃.

  5. Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals

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    Owczarek, Magdalena; Hujsak, Karl A.; Ferris, Daniel P.; Prokofjevs, Aleksandrs; Majerz, Irena; Szklarz, Przemysław; Zhang, Huacheng; Sarjeant, Amy A.; Stern, Charlotte L.; Jakubas, Ryszard; Hong, Seungbum; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2016-10-01

    Flexible organic materials possessing useful electrical properties, such as ferroelectricity, are of crucial importance in the engineering of electronic devices. Up until now, however, only ferroelectric polymers have intrinsically met this flexibility requirement, leaving small-molecule organic ferroelectrics with room for improvement. Since both flexibility and ferroelectricity are rare properties on their own, combining them in one crystalline organic material is challenging. Herein, we report that trisubstituted haloimidazoles not only display ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity--the properties that originate from their non-centrosymmetric crystal lattice--but also lend their crystalline mechanical properties to fine-tuning in a controllable manner by disrupting the weak halogen bonds between the molecules. This element of control makes it possible to deliver another unique and highly desirable property, namely crystal flexibility. Moreover, the electrical properties are maintained in the flexible crystals.

  6. Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals

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    Owczarek, Magdalena; Hujsak, Karl A.; Ferris, Daniel P.; Prokofjevs, Aleksandrs; Majerz, Irena; Szklarz, Przemysław; Zhang, Huacheng; Sarjeant, Amy A.; Stern, Charlotte L.; Jakubas, Ryszard; Hong, Seungbum; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2016-01-01

    Flexible organic materials possessing useful electrical properties, such as ferroelectricity, are of crucial importance in the engineering of electronic devices. Up until now, however, only ferroelectric polymers have intrinsically met this flexibility requirement, leaving small-molecule organic ferroelectrics with room for improvement. Since both flexibility and ferroelectricity are rare properties on their own, combining them in one crystalline organic material is challenging. Herein, we report that trisubstituted haloimidazoles not only display ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity—the properties that originate from their non-centrosymmetric crystal lattice—but also lend their crystalline mechanical properties to fine-tuning in a controllable manner by disrupting the weak halogen bonds between the molecules. This element of control makes it possible to deliver another unique and highly desirable property, namely crystal flexibility. Moreover, the electrical properties are maintained in the flexible crystals. PMID:27734829

  7. Systematic hardness studies on lithium niobate crystals

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    K G Subhadra; K Kishan Rao; D B Sirdeshmukh

    2000-04-01

    In view of discrepancies in the available information on the hardness of lithium niobate, a systematic study of the hardness has been carried out. Measurements have been made on two pure lithium niobate crystals with different growth origins, and a Fe-doped sample. The problem of load variation of hardness is examined in detail. The true hardness of LiNbO3 is found to be 630 ± 30 kg/mm2. The Fe-doped crystal has a larger hardness of 750 ± 50 kg/mm2.

  8. Optical cleaning of lithium niobate crystals

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    Koesters, Michael

    2010-01-15

    An all-optical method for the removal of photoexcitable electrons from photorefractive centers to get rid of optical damage in lithium niobate crystals is presented, the so-called ''optical cleaning''. The method combines the photovoltaic drift of electrons with ionic charge compensation at sufficiently high temperatures of about 180 C. Optimum choice of the light pattern plus heat dramatically decreases the concentration of photoexcitable electrons in the exposed region leading to a suppression of optical damage. Experiments with slightly iron-doped lithium niobate crystals have shown an increase of the threshold for optical damage of more than 1000 compared to those of untreated crystals. (orig.)

  9. Control of Intrinsic Defects in Lithium Niobate Single Crystal for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Rajeev Bhatt

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A single crystal of lithium niobate is an important optoelectronic material. It can be grown from direct melt only in a lithium deficient non-stoichiometric form as its stoichiometric composition exhibits incongruent melting. As a result it contains a number of intrinsic point defects such as Li-vacancies, Nb antisites, oxygen vacancies, as well as different types of polarons and bipolarons. All these defects adversely influence its optical and ferroelectric properties and pose a deterrent to the effective use of this material. Hence, controlling the defects in lithium niobate has been an exciting topic of research and development over the years. In this article we discuss the different methods of controlling the intrinsic defects in lithium niobate and a comparison of the effect of these methods on the crystalline quality, stoichiometry, optical absorption in the UV-vis region, electronic band-gap, and refractive index.

  10. Electrocaloric properties of potassium tantalate niobate crystals

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    Maiwa, Hiroshi

    2016-10-01

    The electrocaloric properties of potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) crystals were investigated by indirect estimation and direct measurement of temperature-electric field (T-E) hysteresis loops. The measured T-E loops showed a similar shape to strain-electric field (s-E) loops. The adiabatic temperature change ΔT due to the electrocaloric effect was estimated from the polarization change of this sample to be 0.49 K under a field of 20 kV/cm. The measured temperature change ΔT in these samples upon the release of the electric field from 20 kV/cm to zero was 0.42 K. The temperature dependences of the electromechanical and electrocaloric properties were measured. The maximum performance appeared at approximately the phase transition temperature of KTN crystal and the properties were relatively moderate-temperature-dependent.

  11. A computer study and photoelectric property analysis of potassium-doped lithium niobate single crystals.

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    Wang, Wei; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Wen; Xing, Lili; Xu, Yanling; Wu, Xiaohong

    2013-09-14

    First-principles theory was used to design a potassium-doped lithium niobate single crystal. The structural, electronic, optical and ferroelectric properties of the potassium-doped LiNbO3 single crystal model have been investigated using a generalized gradient approximation within density functional theory. It was found that substitution with potassium drastically changed the optical and electronic nature of the crystal and that the band gap slightly decreases. A series of LiNbO3 single crystals doped with x mol% K (x = 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 mol%) were successfully grown using the Czochralski method. The crystals were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, UV-vis-infrared absorption spectroscopy and a ferroelectric property test. The experimental test results were consistent with the calculated predictions.

  12. Optical planar waveguide in sodium-doped calcium barium niobate crystals by carbon ion implantation

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    Zhao, Jin-Hua, E-mail: zhaojinhuazjh@gmail.com [School of Science, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101 (China); Qin, Xi-Feng; Wang, Feng-Xiang; Fu, Gang; Wang, Hui-Lin [School of Science, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101 (China); Wang, Xue-Lin [School of Physics, Key Laboratory of Particle Physics and Particle Irradiation, Ministry of Education, and State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2013-07-15

    There is great interest in niobate crystals which belong to the tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) families owing to their intriguing properties. As one representative of such crystals, CBN (calcium barium niobate) has attracted rapidly growing attention. Because it has a higher Curie temperature than SBN (strontium barium niobate), possesses outstanding ferroelectric and it possesses optical properties. In addition, doped with sodium, CBN will show a higher Curie temperature than pure CBN. We report on the fabrication and characterization of optical planar waveguide in x-cut sodium-doped calcium barium niobate crystal by using C ion implantation. The guided-mode properties at the wavelength of 633 and 1539 nm are investigated through prism-coupling measurements, respectively. By applying direct end-face coupling arrangement, the near-field optical intensity distribution of waveguide modes is measured at 633 nm. For comparison, the modal profile of the same guided mode is also numerically calculated by the finite difference beam-propagation method via computer software BeamPROP. The transmission spectra of the waveguide before and after ion implantation treatments were investigated also. Our experiment results reveal that the waveguide could propagate light with transverse magnetic polarized direction only and it is assumed that the polarization selectivity of CBN crystal may responsible for this phenomenon.

  13. Crystal growth and characterisation of mixed niobates for non-linear optical applications

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    Jiang, Q

    1999-01-01

    Temperature tuned NCPM has been realised by using both wavelengths. The measured phase matching temperatures increase with increasing spontaneous polarisation. KLN also has large non-linear optical coefficient (d sub 3 sub 1 =2.14 d sub 3 sub 1 sup l sup i sup N sup b sup O sup 3), a reasonably high damage threshold (1.75 times that of LiNbO sub 3), wide temperature acceptance (approx 5 deg C) and angular acceptance (approx 8 deg). Potassium sodium niobate (K sub x Na sub 1 sub - sub x NbO sub 3 , KNN) crystals have been grown and they are confirmed to be ferroelectric. However, they are unstable and break up into small pieces after a short period of time. By employing ferroelectric phenomenological theory, it is revealed that the birefringence of a ferroelectric crystal consists of two parts: one relating to a ferroelectric free of any electrical displacement and the other depending on the spontaneous polarisation. The theoretical outcomes provide a brief explanation of the experimental results in modifying ...

  14. Precise, reproducible nano-domain engineering in lithium niobate crystals

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    Boes, Andreas, E-mail: s3363819@student.rmit.edu.au; Sivan, Vijay; Ren, Guanghui; Yudistira, Didit; Mitchell, Arnan [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); ARC Center for Ultra-High Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); Mailis, Sakellaris [Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Soergel, Elisabeth [Institute of Physics, University of Bonn, Wegelerstr. 8, 53115 Bonn (Germany)

    2015-07-13

    We present a technique for domain engineering the surface of lithium niobate crystals with features as small as 100 nm. A film of chromium (Cr) is deposited on the lithium niobate surface and patterned using electron beam lithography and lift-off and then irradiated with a wide diameter beam of intense visible laser light. The regions patterned with chromium are domain inverted while the uncoated regions are not affected by the irradiation. With the ability to realize nanoscale surface domains, this technique could offer an avenue for fabrication of nano-photonic and phononic devices.

  15. Mg-ion indiffusion of lithium niobate single crystal fiber

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    阙文修; 姚熹; 霍玉晶

    1995-01-01

    A core-cladding waveguide structure of lithium niobate single crystal fiber with different refractive index profiles has been obtained by using an Mg-ion indiffusion process. The propagation loss of the dadded crystal fiber is measured to be 14 times as low as that of the undadded crystal fibers. Mechanisms of Mg-ion indiffusion and reasons of lattice distortion are analyzed and discussed. It is found by X-ray diffraction analysis as well as scanning electron microscopy that MgO-rich layer in the magnesium diffused surface exhibits the crystal structure of a new compound from the Li-Mg-Nb-O ternary system. It is proposed, for the first time, that this new compound in MgO-rich layer is the real source of Mg-ion indiffusion lithium niobate.

  16. Effect of Homogeniety on Microstructure, Dielectric, and FerroelectricProperties of Strontium Barium Niobate

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    P.K. Patro

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Strontium barium niobate (SBN is tetragonal tungsten bronze structured ferroelectric material.It is one of the few lead-free ferroelectrics in the fore-front of environment-friendly electroceramicresearch and development. The unusual sintering behaviour of SBN exhibits abnormal graingrowth, duplex microstructure, and low density that has plagued commercial exploitation of SBN.The formation of duplex microstructure becomes more prominent when synthesised byconventional solid-state approach. Compositional inhomogeneity is believed to be the key playerof such ambiguity. Will homogeneous mixing eliminate this problem? To answer this question,first SBN was synthesised by conventional solid-state technique, then coprecipitation technique,a wet chemical route, was employed for synthesis of SBN. In coprecipitate route, the precursorswere mixed at the molecular level. It is thought that the improved composition uniformity mighthelp in eliminating microstructure-related problems with improved dielectric properties. Thefindings in this connection on microstructure, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of SBNwhen synthesised by conventional solid-state route as well as coprecipitation route have beendiscussed.

  17. Large-area regular nanodomain patterning in He-irradiated lithium niobate crystals

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    Ofan, A; Gaathon, O; Osgood, R M Jr [Center for Integrated Science and Technology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (United States); Lilienblum, M; Hoffmann, A; Soergel, E [Institute of Physics, University of Bonn, Wegelerstrasse 8, 53115 Bonn (Germany); Sehrbrock, A; Irsen, S [Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR), Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, 53175 Bonn (Germany); Bakhru, S; Bakhru, H, E-mail: ao2199@columbia.edu, E-mail: soergel@uni-bonn.de [College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222 (United States)

    2011-07-15

    Large-area ferroelectric nanodomain patterns, which are desirable for nonlinear optical applications, were generated in previously He-implanted lithium niobate crystals by applying voltage pulses to the tip of a scanning force microscope. The individual nanodomains were found to be of uniform size, which depended only on the inter-domain spacing and the pulse amplitude. We explain this behavior by the electrostatic repulsion of poling-induced buried charges between adjacent domains. The domain patterns were imaged by piezoresponse force microscopy and investigated by domain-selective etching in conjunction with focused ion beam etching followed by scanning electron microscopy imaging. In order to optimize the He-irradiation parameters for easy and reliable nanodomain patterning a series of samples subjected to various irradiation fluences and energies was prepared. The different samples were characterized by investigating nanodomains generated with a wide range of pulse parameters (amplitude and duration). In addition, these experiments clarified the physical mechanism behind the facile poling measured in He-irradiated lithium niobate crystals: the damage caused by the energy loss that takes place via electronic excitations appears to act to stabilize the domains, whereas the nuclear-collision damage degrades the crystal quality, and thus impedes reliable nanodomain generation.

  18. Ferroelectric domain inversion and its stability in lithium niobate thin film on insulator with different thicknesses

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    Shao, Guang-hao; Bai, Yu-hang; Cui, Guo-xin; Li, Chen; Qiu, Xiang-biao; Geng, De-qiang; Wu, Di; Lu, Yan-qing

    2016-07-01

    Ferroelectric domain inversion and its effect on the stability of lithium niobate thin films on insulator (LNOI) are experimentally characterized. Two sets of specimens with different thicknesses varying from submicron to microns are selected. For micron thick samples (˜28 μm), domain structures are achieved by pulsed electric field poling with electrodes patterned via photolithography. No domain structure deterioration has been observed for a month as inspected using polarizing optical microscopy and etching. As for submicron (540 nm) films, large-area domain inversion is realized by scanning a biased conductive tip in a piezoelectric force microscope. A graphic processing method is taken to evaluate the domain retention. A domain life time of 25.0 h is obtained and possible mechanisms are discussed. Our study gives a direct reference for domain structure-related applications of LNOI, including guiding wave nonlinear frequency conversion, nonlinear wavefront tailoring, electro-optic modulation, and piezoelectric devices.

  19. Electroholographic neurons implemented on potassium lithium tantalate niobate crystals.

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    Balberg, M; Razvag, M; Vidro, S; Refaeli, E; Agranat, A J

    1996-10-01

    We describe a new approach for constructing large-scale artificial neural networks. The novelty of our approach is based on the concept of electroholography (EH), which permits interconnecting of electronic neurons by minute-volume holograms, using the voltage-controlled photorefractive effect in paraelectric crystals. Crystals of potassium lithium tantalate niobate (KLTN) in the paraelectric phase are shown to be suitable for implementing this concept. A small network composed of two KLTN crystals on which holographic connections are recorded is presented to demonstrate the EH approach.

  20. Ferroelectric and structural characterization of alkali niobate piezoceramics derived from a citrate liquid precursor

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    Kakimoto, Kenichi; Nguyen, Lien Thikim; Hayakawa, Yusuke; Shinkai, Yuya; Kagomiya, Isao [Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya (Japan)

    2011-09-15

    Preparation of alkali-niobate ceramic powders of KNbO{sub 3}, (Na,K)NbO{sub 3}, and (Li,Na,K)NbO{sub 3} has been carried out by using a citrate-based liquid precursor route that was a newly developed innovative wet powder processing technique. The derived powders showed a well-sinterable property, and the sintered ceramics demonstrated excellent ferroelectric property. Orthorhombic KNbO{sub 3} showed a remanent polarization (P{sub r}) of 23.3 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and a coercive field (E{sub c}) of 7.8 kV/cm, and (Na,K)NbO{sub 3} showed a Pr of 31.4 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and a E{sub c} of 17.3 kV/cm. On the other hand, tetragonal (Li,Na,K)NbO{sub 3} demonstrated a Pr of 19.0 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and a E{sub c} of 13.6 kV/cm. The citrate liquid precursor route demonstrated a good potential for the synthesis of fine powders suitable for lead-free alkali-niobate ceramics.

  1. Bonding Energy and Growth Habit of Lithium Niobate Single Crystals

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    2006-01-01

    On the basis of crystallographic structure of lithium niobate (LN), the bonding energy was quantitatively calculated by the bond valence sum model, which was employed to investigate the crystal growth. A possible relationship between the crystal growth habit and chemical bonding energy of LN crystals are found. It is found that the higher the bond energy, the slower the growth rate, and the more important the plane. The analytical results indicate that (012) plane is the most influential face for the LN crystal growth, which consists well with the standard card (JCPDS Card: 20-0631) and our previous experimental observation. The current work shows that the chemical bond analysis of LN crystals allows us to predict its growth habit and thus to obtain the expected morphology during the spontaneous growth.

  2. Fabrication of p-type lithium niobate crystals by molybdenum doping and polarization

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    Tian, Tian; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Hongde; Liu, Shiguo; Li, Wei; Chen, Shaolin; Xu, Jiayue

    2017-06-01

    The lack of p-type lithium niobate limits it serving as an active material. A series of Mo-doped and pure congruent lithium niobate crystals were grown by Czochralski method under different polarization conditions. Their dominant carrier species were characterized by holographic experiment. The results showed dominant charge carrier species may be changed from electrons to holes when lithium niobate crystal was doped with Mo ions and polarized under the current of 70mA for 30 minutes. It indicated that p-type lithium niobate crystal could be fabricated by Mo-doping and suitably controlling the polarization condition. Mo-doped lithium niobate crystals can be a promising candidate for active components.

  3. Comparison of polarization switching in ferroelectric TGS and relaxor SBN crystals

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    K. Matyjasek

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The comparative experimental analysis of polarization reversal kinetics in conventional homogeneous triglycine sulfate (NH2 CH2 COOH3 ˙ H2SO4; TGS and relaxor strontium barium niobate (Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6; SBN crystals have been performed in a broad range of measurement conditions. The experimental data have been collected from microscopic observation of the domain structure, switching current and D-E hysteresis loop registration. The hysteresis loop and dielectric spectra has a strong link to the configuration of ferroelectric microdomains. The domain structure dynamics was examined by the nematic liquid crystal (NLC method.

  4. Integrated RF photonic devices based on crystal ion sliced lithium niobate

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    Stenger, Vincent; Toney, James; Pollick, Andrea; Busch, James; Scholl, Jon; Pontius, Peter; Sriram, Sri

    2013-03-01

    This paper reports on the development of thin film lithium niobate (TFLN™) electro-optic devices at SRICO. TFLN™ is formed on various substrates using a layer transfer process called crystal ion slicing. In the ion slicing process, light ions such as helium and hydrogen are implanted at a depth in a bulk seed wafer as determined by the implant energy. After wafer bonding to a suitable handle substrate, the implanted seed wafer is separated (sliced) at the implant depth using a wet etching or thermal splitting step. After annealing and polishing of the slice surface, the transferred film is bulk quality, retaining all the favorable properties of the bulk seed crystal. Ion slicing technology opens up a vast design space to produce lithium niobate electro-optic devices that were not possible using bulk substrates or physically deposited films. For broadband electro-optic modulation, TFLN™ is formed on RF friendly substrates to achieve impedance matched operation at up to 100 GHz or more. For narrowband RF filtering functions, a quasi-phase matched modulator is presented that incorporates domain engineering to implement periodic inversion of electro-optic phase. The thinness of the ferroelectric films makes it possible to in situ program the domains, and thus the filter response, using only few tens of applied volts. A planar poled prism optical beam steering device is also presented that is suitable for optically switched true time delay architectures. Commercial applications of the TFLN™ device technologies include high bandwidth fiber optic links, cellular antenna remoting, photonic microwave signal processing, optical switching and phased arrayed radar.

  5. Highly-Ordered Ferroelectric Photonic Crystals

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    Naomi Matsuura; Suxia Yang; Ping Sun; Harry E. Ruda

    2003-01-01

    Highly-ordered, ferroelectric, Pb-doped Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3, inverse opal thin films were fabricated using a sol-gel spin coating technique. The excellent crystal quality is evident from the SEM images and the good agreement between the theory and experiments.

  6. Structural characterization and ferroelectric properties of strontium barium niobate (Sr xBa1-xNb2O6 thin films

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    R.G. Mendes

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Strontium barium niobate (SBN thin films of good quality were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate using a polymeric resin containing metallic ions. Films were crystallized at different temperatures and for different duration of time. The structure of these films was studied using X-ray diffraction. The coexistence of SrNb2O6 (SN and SBN was observed in films crystallized at 700 °C. The amount of SN decreases when the crystallization time increases. Ferroelectric properties were determined for films crystallized at 700 °C for 1 and 5 h. For SBN film crystallized at 700 °C for 1 h, the remanent polarization (Pr and the coercive field (Ec were 2.6 muC/cm² and 71.9 kV/cm, respectively. For the film crystallized at 700 °C for 5 h these parameters were Pr = 1.1 muC/cm² and Ec = 50.5 kV/cm.

  7. Giant Birefringence of Lithium Niobate Crystals in the Terahertz Region

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    SUN Yi-Min; MAO Zong-Liang; HOU Bi-Hui; LIU Guo-Qing; WANG Li

    2007-01-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is used to study the spectral response of lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO3) in the far infrared region. The optical constants are derived from the measured complex refractive index.A giant birefringence is observed in this material, and the average refractive-index difference between the ordinary wave and the extraordinary wave, no - ne, can reach up to about 1.6. Such a large birefringence is attributed to the different phonon modes of A1 (z) and E(x, y). This unusual property makes LiNbO3 a promising material to be used as a functional material in the terahertz region, e.g. Employed as wave-plates and polarization separators.

  8. Light-Induced Photorefractive Waveguides in Iron-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    2003-01-01

    Waveguides were fabricated in lithium niobate crystals solely by light irradiation using binary optical masks and SLM-prepared optical masks. Arrayed-waveguides were also obtained by once or twice irradiations of an interferogram of two plane waves.

  9. Generating ultra-short energetic pulses with cascaded soliton compression in lithium niobate crystals

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    Zhou, Binbin; Bache, Morten; Chong, A.;

    2010-01-01

    By launching energetic femtosecond pulses in a lithium niobate crystal, the phase mismatched second-harmonic generation process compresses the 50 fs input pulse at 1250 nm to 30 fs through a soliton effect.......By launching energetic femtosecond pulses in a lithium niobate crystal, the phase mismatched second-harmonic generation process compresses the 50 fs input pulse at 1250 nm to 30 fs through a soliton effect....

  10. Ferroelectric materials and their applications

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    Xu, Y

    2013-01-01

    This book presents the basic physical properties, structure, fabrication methods and applications of ferroelectric materials. These are widely used in various devices, such as piezoelectric/electrostrictive transducers and actuators, pyroelectric infrared detectors, optical integrated circuits, optical data storage, display devices, etc. The ferroelectric materials described in this book include a relatively complete list of practical and promising ferroelectric single crystals, bulk ceramics and thin films. Included are perovskite-type, lithium niobate, tungsten-bronze-type, water-soluable

  11. Recent Advances in the Photorefraction of Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    Yongfa Kong

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The recent advances in the photorefraction of doped lithium niobate crystals are reviewed. Materials have always been the main obstacle for commercial applications of photorefractive holographic storage. Though iron-doped LiNbO3 is the mainstay of holographic data storage efforts, several shortcomings, especially the low response speed, impede it from becoming a commercial recording medium. This paper reviews the photorefractive characteristics of different dopants, especially tetravalent ions, doped and co-doped LiNbO3 crystals, including Hf, Zr and Sn monodoped LiNbO3, Hf and Fe, Zr and Fe doubly doped LiNbO3, Zr, Fe and Mn, Zr, Cu and Ce triply doped LiNbO3, Ru doped LiNbO3, and V and Mo monodoped LiNbO3. Among them, Zr, Fe and Mn triply doped LiNbO3 shows excellent nonvolatile holographic storage properties, and V and Mo monodoped LiNbO3 has fast response and multi-wavelength storage characteristics.

  12. Tunable Bloch surface waves in anisotropic photonic crystals based on lithium niobate thin films.

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    Kovalevich, Tatiana; Ndao, Abdoulaye; Suarez, Miguel; Tumenas, Saulius; Balevicius, Zigmas; Ramanavicius, Arunas; Baleviciute, Ieva; Häyrinen, Markus; Roussey, Matthieu; Kuittinen, Markku; Grosjean, Thierry; Bernal, Maria-Pilar

    2016-12-01

    We present an original type of one-dimensional photonic crystal that includes one anisotropic layer made of a lithium niobate thin film. We demonstrate the versatility of such a device sustaining different Bloch surface waves (BSWs), depending on the orientation of the incident wave. By varying the orientation of the illumination of the multilayer, we measured an angle variation of 7° between the BSWs corresponding to the extraordinary and the ordinary index of the lithium niobate thin film. The potential of such a platform opens the way to novel tunable and active planar optics based on the electro- and thermo-optical properties of lithium niobate.

  13. Interaction of light with impurities in lithium niobate crystals

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    Schwesyg, Judith Renate Marie-Luise

    2011-06-06

    Congruent lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) and 5-mol% MgO-doped LiNbO{sub 3} (MgO:LN) crystals are widely used as nonlinear-optical crystals in frequency-conversion devices due to their large nonlinear-optic coefficients. These devices usually require high optical pump powers, but absorption of photons by impurities limits their usability due to heat accumulation that leads to thermo-optic refractive index changes. These refractive index changes distort the beam shape and disturb the phase-matching condition. Furthermore pyroelectric fields can build up. In this thesis the residual optical absorption in congruent LiNbO{sub 3} (CLN) and MgO:LN crystals is studied. Absorption spectra of CLN and MgO:LN crystals between 400-2000 nm reveal a residual absorption up to 0.04 cm{sup -1}. This absorption is mainly caused by transition metal impurities. Between 2300-2800 nm unknown hydrogen absorption bands in CLN and MgO:LN are revealed on the order of 0.001 cm{sup -1}. High-temperature annealing is applied to the CLN and MgO:LN crystals, which decreases optical absorption by up to one order of magnitude. As an application, the operation of a 1550-nm pumped singly-resonant CW optical parametric oscillator, resonant around 2600 nm, using a low-loss, periodically-poled, annealed CLN crystal is demonstrated. Another issue that affects CLN is photorefractive damage (PRD), i.e. light-induced refractive index changes. In contrast, MgO:LN crystals do not suffer from PRD even at high optical intensities. However, it is shown in this thesis that PRD can occur within seconds in MgO:LN, using green laser light at light intensity levels as low as 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, if the crystal is heated by several degrees Celsius during or before illumination. Photorefractive damage does not occur in CLN crystals under the same conditions. We show that the pyroelectric effect together with an elevated photoconductivity compared to that of CLN causes this beam distortion and that this effect also

  14. Diffuse second harmonic generation under the ferroelectric switching in Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O6 crystals

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    Isakov, D. V.; Belsley, M. S.; Volk, T. R.; Ivleva, L. I.

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we present observations of the polarization process in strontium barium niobate Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O6 (SBN-0.75) crystals by measuring the diffuse generation of the second harmonic converted by the random ferroelectric domains. The ability of a field-controlling intensity of the diffuse second harmonic generation is analyzed and discussed in terms of the specific switching scenario in SBN crystals.

  15. Validity Using Pump-Probe Pulses to Determine the Optical Response of Niobate Crystals

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    Liu, Huimin; Jia, Weiyi

    1997-01-01

    A variety of niobate crystals have found their places in nonlinear optical applications as well as in laser devices. In recent years much attention has been paid to study the ultrafast optical response in a variety of photorefractive crystals such as KTa(1-x)Nb(x)O3 and KNbO3 crystals, glasses, semiconductors and polymers for applications in optical switching, information processing, optical computing, and all-optical device systems. Third-order optical nonlinearity is the most important property for realization of all-optical switching. Therefore experiments have been performed on the third order susceptibility using a variety of techniques such as the third-order harmonic generation, EFISH and degenerate four-wave mixing(DFWM). The latter has been conducted with a variety of pump wavelengths and with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond pulses. Niobate crystals, such as potassium niobate KNbO3, potassium tantalate niobate KTN family (KTa(1-x)Nb(x)O3), strontium barium niobate SBN (Sr(x)Ba(1-x)Nb2O6) and potassium-sodium niobate SBN (KNSBN) are attractive due to their photorefractive properties for application in optical storage and processing. The pulsed probe experiments performed on theses materials have suggested two types of time responses. These responses have been associated with an coherent response due to Chi(sup 3), and a long lived component due to excited state population. Recent study of DFWM on KNbO3 and KTN family reveals that the long lived component of those crystals depends on the crystal orientation. A slowly decaying signal is observable when the grating vector K(sub g) is not perpendicular to the C-axis of those photorefractive crystals', otherwise the optical response signal would be only a narrow coherent peak with FWHM equal to the cross-correlation width of the write beam pulses. Based on this understanding, we study the photodynamical process of a variety of niobate crystals using DFWM in a Kg perpindicular to C geometry with a ps

  16. Thermo-electric oxidization of iron in lithium niobate crystals

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    Falk, Matthias

    2007-07-01

    Lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO{sub 3}) are a promising material for nonlinear-optical applications like frequency conversion to generate visible light, e.g., in laser displays, but their achievable output power is greatly limited by the ''optical damage'', i.e., light-induced refractive-index changes caused by excitation of electrons from iron impurities and the subsequent retrapping in unilluminated areas of the crystal. The resulting space-charge fields modify the refractive indices due to the electro-optic effect. By this ''photorefractive effect'' the phase-matching condition, i.e., the avoidance of destructive interference between light generated at different crystal positions due to the dispersion of the fundamental wave and the converted wave, is disturbed critically above a certain light intensity threshold. The influence of annealing treatments conducted in the presence of an externally applied electric field (''thermo-electric oxidization'') on the valence state of iron impurities and thereby on the optical damage is investigated. It is observed that for highly iron-doped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals this treatment leads to a nearly complete oxidization from Fe{sup 2+} to Fe{sup 3+} indicated by the disappearance of the absorption caused by Fe{sup 2+}. During the treatment an absorption front forms that moves through the crystal. The absorption in the visible as well as the electrical conductivity are decreased by up to five orders of magnitude due to this novel treatment. The ratio of the Fe{sup 2+} concentration to the total iron concentration - a measure for the strength of the oxidization - is in the order of 10{sup -6} for oxidized crystals whereas it is about 10{sup -1} for untreated samples. Birefringence changes are observed at the absorption front that are explained by the removal of hydrogen and lithium ions from the crystal that compensate for the charges of the also removed electrons from

  17. Laser-induced ferroelectric domain engineering in LiNbO3 crystals using an amorphous silicon overlayer

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    Zisis, G.; Martinez-Jimenez, G.; Franz, Y.; Healy, N.; Masaud, T. M.; Chong, H. M. H.; Soergel, E.; Peacock, A. C.; Mailis, S.

    2017-08-01

    We report laser-induced poling inhibition and direct poling in lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO3), covered with an amorphous silicon (a-Si) light-absorbing layer, using a visible (488 nm) continuous wave laser source. Our results show that the use of the a-Si overlayer produces deeper poling inhibited domains with minimum surface damage, as compared to previously reported UV laser writing experiments on uncoated crystals, thus increasing the applicability of this method in the production of ferroelectric domain engineered structures for nonlinear optical applications. The characteristics of the poling inhibited domains were investigated using differential etching and piezoresponse force microscopy.

  18. Pyroelectric generation of 2D spatial soliton sets in a bulk of lithium niobate crystal

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    Ryabchenok, V.; Shandarov, V.; Perin, A.

    2017-06-01

    The generation of two-dimensional bright spatial soliton sets in lithium niobate sample has been experimentally demonstrated at light wavelength of 532 nm, contribution of pyroelectric effect into nonlinear optical response of the crystal, and spatial modulation of one-dimensional beam along direction normal to the crystal optical axis. Diameters of soliton beams and channel waveguides formed within the crystal bulk by these solitons are near to 20 μm at light polarization corresponding to extraordinary wave of the crystal.

  19. Efficient femtosecond mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersivewave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Guo, Hairun; Bache, Morten

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8–2.92 µm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25–1.45 µm.......We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8–2.92 µm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25–1.45 µm....

  20. Crystallization of Reduced Strontium and Barium Niobate Perovskites from Borate Fluxes.

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    Hessen, B.; Sunshine, S.A.; Siegrist, T.; Jimenez, R.

    1991-01-01

    Single crystals of three AxNbO3 (A = Sr, Ba) reduced niobate cubic perovskites have been obtained by recrystallization of reduced ternary ceramic precursors from borate fluxes under high-vacuum. Product formation could be influenced by variation of the alkaline-earth metal oxide content of the flux,

  1. Complex Impedance Studies of Optically Excited Strontium Barium Niobate

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    2007-11-02

    has a tetragonal tungsten - bronze structure. The unit cell for this structure, illustrated below in Fig. 2.1, consists of ten oxygen octahedra joined...4 Kittel, pp. 373-374. 5 P. B. Jamieson, et al, “Ferroelectric Tungsten Bronze -Type Crystal Structures. I. Barium Strontium Niobate...Oxford, 1987). 2. C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, (Wiley, New York, 1986). 3. P. B. Jamieson, et al, “Ferroelectric Tungsten

  2. Visualization of ferroelectric domain structures in lithium niobate by means of confocal nonlinear microscopy; Visualisierung ferroelektrischer Domaenenstrukturen in Lithiumniobat mittels konfokaler nichtlinearer Mikroskopie

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    Berth, Gerhard

    2010-07-01

    In the field of integrated optics nonlinear-optical effects play a central role. A typical example for the commercial use of such phenomena is the frequency conversion. A deciding parameter is here the phase matching, which determines the quantity of the constructive interaction range of contributing optical fields. In view of a high efficiency of such processes the dispersion of a crystal must be balanced for the contributing frequencies. In nonlinear components on the base of optical waveguides the principle of the ''quasi-phase matching'' is applied, which uses the microdomain inversion. Phase jumps occuring at the domain boundaries compensate in the mean the different phase velocities. The application range of such periodical structures depends essentially on sharpness, homogeneity, depth extent, and period of the domain structure. The nonlinear confocal laser scanning microscopy makes a mapping of this transferred ferroelectric domain structure possible. Primary aim of this thesis is the characterization and mapping of the transferred ferroelectric domain structure in lithium niobate. A modularly kept confocal microscope makes here a nonlinear analysis in reflection and transmission geometry possible. In both geometries systematic studies as function of important process parameters were performed. It was shown that because of the larger nonlinear coherence length in the transmission modus the SHG ensues above all in forward direction. By depth-resolved studies at Z-cut PPLN structured between the surface region and the volume crystal a flippling of the SHG contrast could be observed. In samples with circular pole structure additionally in the crystal a transition to a hexagonal structure took place. In the Ti:PPLN strip waveguide a strong and specific increasement of the nonlinear signal of the domain walls was discovered. Here also the usual SHG surface contrast between dhe domains and the boundaries is inverted. Also differently processed

  3. Relaxation Dynamics of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals in Pulsed Electric Field

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    Kudreyko, A. A.; Migranov, N. G.; Migranova, D. N.

    2016-11-01

    In this contribution we report a theoretical study of relaxation processes in surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals with spontaneous polarization. The influence of pulsed electric field on the behavior of ferroelectric liquid crystal in the SmC* phase, which is placed in a thin cell with strong anchoring of SmC* molecules with the boundary substrate, is studied. In the vicinity of the substrate interface, temporal dependence of the azimuthal motion of the director induced by electric field is obtained. The response to the external distortion of ferroelectric liquid crystal confined between two microstructured substrates is the occurrence of periodic temporal formation of solitons connected with the distortion of the director field n in the sample bulk. The interplay between microstructured substrates and director distribution of the ferroelectric SmC* phase is explained by the Frenkel-Kontorova model for a chain of atoms, but adapted for the continuum problem.

  4. Ferroelectric phase transition in relaxor ferroelectric single crystals 0.76PMN-0.24PT

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    2000-01-01

    The features of the single crystals 0.76PMN-0.24PT in dielectric, ferroelectric, pyroelectric properties and domain structures indicate that they are located between typical ferroelectrics and normal ones. The unpoled crystals present a transitional domain configuration between microdomains and typical macrodomains while the crystals on (001) cuts undergo field-induced phase transition under poling, showing two special temperature points Td and Tm during the succedent heating procedure. The dielectric constant starts to decrease drastically at Td during cooling, or the transformation from induced macrodomain to transitional domain takes place at Td during heating. Ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition or depolarization continues within the whole temperature range of Td-Tm, where ferroelectric phase in the form of transitional macrodomains coexists with paraelectric phase. Then the crystals macroscopically transoform into paraelectric phase containing ferroelectric microdomains at a temperature above Tm. However, owing to the influence of crystallite orientation on field-induced phase transition, the temperature Td does not appear in the same temperature-electric field history in multicrystal ceramics with the same composition as the above single crystals.

  5. High-energy Few-cycle Pulses Directly Generated from Strongly Phase-mismatched Lithium Niobate Crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Chong, A.; Wise, F.W.;

    2012-01-01

    We show that effective soliton compression can be realized in strongly phase-mismatched quadratic media. Sub-15 fs pulses are experimentally generated directly from 10-mm-long bulk lithium niobate crystal by 120-fs input pulses at 1300 nm.......We show that effective soliton compression can be realized in strongly phase-mismatched quadratic media. Sub-15 fs pulses are experimentally generated directly from 10-mm-long bulk lithium niobate crystal by 120-fs input pulses at 1300 nm....

  6. Theoretical study of the anisotropic diffraction of light waves by acoustic waves in lithium niobate crystals.

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    Rouvaen, J M; Waxin, G; Gazalet, M G; Bridoux, E

    1990-03-20

    The anisotropic diffraction of light by high frequency longitudinal ultrasonic waves in the tangential phase matching configuration may present some definite advantages over the same interaction using transverse acoustic waves. A systematic search for favorable crystal cuts in lithium niobate was worked out. The main results of this study are reported here; they enable the choice of the best configuration for a given operating center frequency.

  7. Light-Induced Domain Inversion in Mg-Doped near Stoichiometric Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    LIU Hong-De; KONG Yong-Fa; HU Qian; WU Ri-Wen; WANG Wen-Jie; LI Xiao-Chun; CHEN Shao-Lin; LIU Shi-Guo; XU Jing-Jun

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the influence of visible light on domain inversion in Mg-doped near stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals and find that the switching electric field decreases about 70% above a threshold light intensity. This effect helps us optically control domain switching and produce bulk domain structures on the micrometre scale. Finally, we introduce a model of photo-induced carriers to explain the origin of the reduction of switching electric field.

  8. Self-focusing in chromium-doped potassium niobate single ceramic crystal

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    Castillo T, J.; Gonzalez M, S.; Aguirre L, A.; Hernandez, M.B.; Aguilar M, J.A. [Instituto de Fisica y Matematicas, Universidad Tecnologica de la Mixteca, 69000, Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca (Mexico); Hernandez A, J. [lFUNAM, PO Box 20-364, 01000 Mexico, DF (Mexico)]. e-mail: jaimec@mixteco.utm.mx

    2006-07-01

    The self-focusing and nonlinear optical absorption in a chromium-doped potassium niobate single ceramic crystal have been investigated. The third-order electric susceptibility X{sup (3)} at continuous 532 nm radiation is estimated based on a band transport model describing photo refractive properties for this electro-optic material. An anisotropic behavior on its nonlinear optical absorption properties has also been observed due to the presence of chromium ions. (Author)

  9. Thickness, humidity, and polarization dependent ferroelectric switching and conductivity in Mg doped lithium niobate

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    Neumayer, Sabine M.; Rodriguez, Brian J., E-mail: brian.rodriguez@ucd.ie [School of Physics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Strelcov, Evgheni; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Kalinin, Sergei V. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Manzo, Michele; Gallo, Katia [Department of Applied Physics, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Roslagstullbacken 21, 10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Kholkin, Andrei L. [Department of Physics and CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal and Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-28

    Mg doped lithium niobate (Mg:LN) exhibits several advantages over undoped LN such as resistance to photorefraction, lower coercive fields, and p-type conductivity that is particularly pronounced at domain walls and opens up a range of applications, e.g., in domain wall electronics. Engineering of precise domain patterns necessitates well founded knowledge of switching kinetics, which can differ significantly from that of undoped LN. In this work, the role of humidity and sample composition in polarization reversal has been investigated under application of the same voltage waveform. Control over domain sizes has been achieved by varying the sample thickness and initial polarization as well as atmospheric conditions. In addition, local introduction of proton exchanged phases allows for inhibition of domain nucleation or destabilization, which can be utilized to modify domain patterns. Polarization dependent current flow, attributed to charged domain walls and band bending, demonstrates the rectifying ability of Mg:LN in combination with suitable metal electrodes that allow for further tailoring of conductivity.

  10. Ferroelectric Single-Crystal Gated Graphene/Hexagonal-BN/Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor.

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Lee, Yourack; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-11-24

    The effect of a ferroelectric polarization field on the charge transport in a two-dimensional (2D) material was examined using a graphene monolayer on a hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) field-effect transistor (FET) fabricated using a ferroelectric single-crystal substrate, (1-x)[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] (PMN-PT). In this configuration, the intrinsic properties of graphene were preserved with the use of an hBN flake, and the influence of the polarization field from PMN-PT could be distinguished. During a wide-range gate-voltage (VG) sweep, a sharp inversion of the spontaneous polarization affected the graphene channel conductance asymmetrically as well as an antihysteretic behavior. Additionally, a transition from antihysteresis to normal ferroelectric hysteresis occurred, depending on the V(G) sweep range relative to the ferroelectric coercive field. We developed a model to interpret the complex coupling among antihysteresis, current saturation, and sudden conductance variation in relation with the ferroelectric switching and the polarization-assisted charge trapping, which can be generalized to explain the combination of 2D structured materials with ferroelectrics.

  11. Surface charge induced enhanced crystallization on the piezoelectric sodium potassium niobate substrate

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    Dubey, Ashutosh Kumar; Yamada, Hiroaki; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi

    2013-11-01

    The present work demonstrates the influence of negatively charged surface on piezoelectric Li-modified sodium potassium niobate substrate in inducing the crystallization of KCl, NaCl and Na2SO4 ionic crystals from their respective aqueous solutions. The crystallization ability and morphology of the grown crystal were examined on unpoled, poled and poled as well heat-treated substrate surfaces. It has been observed that the crystallization process can be controlled by varying the surface charge density through the heat treatment of polarized substrate at different temperatures. Thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) measurement suggested that the charge affecting the crystal growth and morphology is likely to be generated in the space charge region.

  12. Photo-induced currents in the sandwich metal-ferroelectric-metal structure

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    Ivanov, V.; Karpets, Yu; Perkov, Yu

    2017-01-01

    It was described the photoelectric effect in thin sandwich metal-ferroelectric-metal system. The effect was observed in doped lithium niobate crystals with two electrodes of different metals. The effect is observed only in doped lithium niobate crystals and has a maximum for concentrations of impurities of iron around 0.3 % weight. This paper proposed thermal model of the investigated phenomena resulting from field contact potential difference on the borders of section of metal-ferroelectric material. The results obtained can be used to develop radiation receivers, as well as in the interpretation of experimental results on studying the properties of sandwiched metal-ferroelectric-metal structure.

  13. Micro-buried spiral zone plate in a lithium niobate crystal

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    Tian, Zhen-Nan; Hua, Jian-Guan; Hao, Juan; Yu, Yan-Hao; Chen, Qi-Dai; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2017-01-01

    We present a micro-buried spiral zone plate (MBSZP) in the lithium niobate crystal fabricated with femtosecond laser direct writing technology. The microstructures of the MBSZP are buried under the surface of the crystal, which ensures the stability of the optical performance in various refractive index environments. The optical performances of imaging and focusing capabilities were demonstrated. In addition, the experiment showed good agreement with simulation results based on the optical wave propagation method. This novel optical element will have important applications in multistate information encoding, optical manipulation, quantum communication, and computation, especially in high integration, contact coupling, and variable refractive index environments.

  14. Excitation of Light-Induced Acoustic Waves in Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    2006-01-01

    The phenomena of acoustic emission in doped lithium niobate crystals were observed in the process of light-induced quasi-breakdown. It is found that the ultrasonic waves introduce into the crystal have been modulated by the low frequency acoustic waves. Its frequency increases with the rise of the intensity of incident light and its jump period of breakdown is the same as that of the photovoltaic current Ic, the change of light-induced refractive index Δn and the diffracted light intensity L. This effect was explained with the interaction of the three waves and resonant state theory. The experimental results and the theoretical analysis are in conformity.

  15. New application of terahertz time-domain spectrometry (THz-TDS) to the phonon-polariton observation on ferroelectric crystals

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    Nishizawa, Seizi; Tsumura, Naoki; Kitahara, Hideaki; Wada Takeda, Mitsuo; Kojima, Seiji

    2002-11-01

    A new instrument for terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has been developed. It consists of a composite THz-TDS system and a high throughput (Martin-Puplett) interferometer. The instrument is for use in the qualitative study of optoelectronic constants of materials. The spectral transmission intensity and phase shift related to phonon-polariton dispersion have been measured between 100 cm-1 and 3 cm-1 on ferroelectric crystals of industrial interest. These include bismuth titanate Bi4Ti3O12 (a key material for FeRAM), lithium niobate LiNbO3 (a typical nonlinear crystal for parametric oscillator applications) and lithium heptagermanate Li2Ge7O15 for surface elastic wave filter applications. The complex dielectric constants are well reproduced by the phonon-polariton dispersion relation based on the Kurosawa formula. The instrument details and phonon-polariton dispersion results are described.

  16. Photorefractive lithium niobate crystals for applications in photonics; Photorefraktive Lithiumniobatkristalle fuer Anwendungen in der Photonik

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    Hartwig, U.

    2006-12-15

    Lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO{sub 3}) generally show a photorefractive response, i.e., light-induced refractive index changes. Crystals are investigated at room temperature and at elevated temperatures. As a result 'classical' photorefractive holographic volume-phase gratings, originating from space charge fields and the electro-optic effect, and 'non-classical' photorefractive volume-phase gratings, which can be traced back to strong absorption gratings, emerge. Single domain and periodically poled crystals (PPLN) are investigated. PPLN is typically used in non-linear optics for frequency conversion. The crystals also show non-linear photorefractive response during holographic recording with isotropically polarized light beams of equal intensity and, in the case of PPLN, by mixing of domain and holographic gratings. The results are important for applications combining the photorefractive and non-linear optical properties of LiNbO{sub 3}. (orig.)

  17. Domain-Reversed Lithium Niobate Single-Crystal Fibers are Potentially for Efficient Terahertz Wave Generation

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Nonlinear frequency conversion remains one of the dominant approaches to efficiently generate THz waves. Significant material absorption in the THz range is the main factor impeding the progress towards this direction. In this research, a new multicladding nonlinear fiber design was proposed to solve this problem, and as the major experimental effort, periodic domain structure was introduced into lithium niobate single-crystal fibers by electrical poling. The introduced periodic domain structures were nondestructively revealed using a crossly polarized optical microscope and a confocal scanning optical microscope for quality assurance.

  18. Understanding the optical and electrical properties of a new photorefractive potassium niobate crystal

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    Evans, D.R. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States)]. E-mail: dean.evans@wpafb.af.mil; Cook, G. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Universal Technology Corporation, 1270 N. Fairfield Road, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Carns, J.L. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Anteon Corporation, 5100 Springfield Pike Suite 509, Dayton, OH 45431 (United States); Saleh, M.A. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Basun, S.A. [A. F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Polytechnicheskaya 26, 194021, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Seim, J.M. [VLOC, 7826 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655 (United States); Mizell, G.J. [VLOC, 7826 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655 (United States)

    2006-07-15

    Optical and electrical measurements have been made on a new codoped potassium niobate crystal that yields a significant increase in linear absorption, photocurrent, and photorefractive beam coupling efficiency. The Ag impurity enters the K site, changing the local field in the lattice. The Fe in the Nb site, perturbed by the replacement of the next near-neighbor K with Ag, is responsible for the enhanced linear and nonlinear properties. The modified material parameters result in an increase of the photorefractive counter-propagating two-beam coupling efficiency.

  19. Investigation of thermal evolution of nanodomain structures in nonlinear barium sodium niobate crystals

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    S.V.Ivanova

    2008-01-01

    By the 90°elastic light scattering investigation and far field observation in the range of 20-800℃,the relation between behavior of light scattering anomalies and evolution of nanodomain structures in lattice of barium sodium niobate(Ba2NaNb5O15,BSN)crystal was clarified.The correlation between anomalies on the temperature curves of the elastic light scattering intensity and temperature transformations of nanodomains was studied by X-ray and electron microscope methods.Phase transition near 500℃ and movement in field of scattering light could be explained by appearance of a new incommensurate phase.

  20. Collective and molecular relaxation in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Wrobel, S.; Marzec, M.; Godlewska, Malgorzata; Gestblom, B.; Hiller, Steffen; Haase, Wolfgang

    1995-08-01

    Ferroelectric liquid crystals are molecular ferroelectrics showing up in the tilted liquid crystalline systems (SmC*, SmI*, SmF*) composed of chiral molecules. In this work, we present the dielectric, electro-optic, and calorimetric studies of a single component system: 3-octyloxy-6[2-fluor-4-(2-fluoroctyloxy)phenyl]-pyridine showing interesting ferroelectric properties. The compound exhibits a first order N*- SmC* phase transition which leads to a qualitatively new behavior, for instance the relaxation frequency of the soft mode below TC seems to be temperature independent. The high frequency relaxation process, connected with the reorientation around the long axis, is practically undisturbed at the N*-SmC* transition. Yet, it was found that in the SmC* phase, the best fit was obatined with two Cole-Cole functions yielding two relaxation times to describe a biased reorientation of molecules in the SmC* phase.

  1. Design of ferroelectric organic molecular crystals with ultrahigh polarization.

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    Chen, Shuang; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2014-04-30

    Inspired by recent successful synthesis of room-temperature ferroelectric supramolecular charge-transfer complexes, i.e., tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)- and pyromellitic diimide (PMDI)-based crystals (Tayi et al. Nature 2012, 488, 485-489), three new ferroelectric two-component organic molecular crystals are designed based on the TTF and PMDI motifs and an extensive polymorph search. To achieve energetically favorable packing structures for the crystals, a newly developed computational approach that combines polymorph predictor with density functional theory (DFT) geometry optimization is employed. Tens of thousands of packing structures for the TTF- and PMDI-based crystals are first generated based on the limited number of asymmetric units in a unit cell as well as limited common symmetry groups for organocarbon crystals. Subsequent filtering of these packing structures by comparing with the reference structures yields dozens of promising crystal structures. Further DFT optimizations allow us to identify several highly stable packing structures that possess the space group of P2₁ as well as high to ultrahigh spontaneous polarizations (23-127 μC/cm(2)) along the crystallographic b axis. These values are either comparable to or much higher than the computed value (25 μC/cm(2)) or measured value (55 μC/cm(2)) for the state-of-the-art organic supramolecular systems. The high polarization arises from the ionic displacement. We further construct surface models to derive the electric-field-switched low-symmetry structures of new TTF- and PMDI-based crystals. By comparing the high-symmetry and low-symmetry crystal structures, we find that the ferroelectric polarization of the crystals is very sensitive to atomic positions, and a small molecular displacement may result in relatively high polarizations along the a and c axes, polarity reversal, and/or electronic contribution to polarization. If these newly designed TTF- and PMDI-based crystals with high polarizations are

  2. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Yao, Jiaying [School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Tianjin 300072 (China); Kong, Yongfa, E-mail: kongyf@nankai.edu.cn [School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457 (China); R and D Center, Taishan Sports Industry Group, Leling 253600 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Shiguo [School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhang, Ling; Chen, Shaolin [MOE Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457 (China); Xu, Jingjun [School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi) crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi) reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm{sup 2}). An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals.

  3. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Dahuai Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm2. An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals.

  4. Ferroelectric BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 Nanoparticles Dispersed in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Mixtures: Electrooptic and Dielectric (Postprint)

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    2016-10-14

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2017-0210 FERROELECTRIC BaTiO3 AND LiNbO3 NANOPARTICLES DISPERSED IN FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL MIXTURES: ELECTROOPTIC...COMMAND UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Ferroelectric BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 nanoparticles dispersed in ferroelectric liquid crystal mixtures: Electrooptic and...Accepted 29 June 2016 ABSTRACT Harvested ferroelectric nanoparticles of BaTiO3 and LiNbO3 were dispersed in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLCs) with

  5. Size of Defect Clusters in Lithium Niobate Single Crystals

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    2006-01-01

    On the basis of the Li-site vacancy model, the non-stoichiometric defects in LN crystals, i.e., anti-site defects NbLi and corresponding lithium vacancy defects VLi, were investigated by the bond valence model. According to the valence sum rule, 4 VLi sites must emerge in the nearest lattices of NbLi, and thus form a neutral cluster with the center, NbLi(VLi)4Nb5O15. The bond graph of the defect cluster was given, which reveals the ideal chemical bonding characteristics of defect clusters. Combining the possible configuration of defect clusters and the ideal bond lengths in the bond graph, the size of defect clusters in the LN crystallographic frame is estimated as 0.9~1.2 nm in diameter.

  6. Frederiks transition in ferroelectric liquid-crystal nanosuspensions

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    Shelestiuk, Sergii M.; Reshetnyak, Victor Yu.; Sluckin, Timothy J.

    2011-04-01

    We construct a theoretical model of the dielectric properties of a ferroelectric LC nanosuspension (FLCNS), using a generalized Maxwell-Garnett picture. The theory supposes that an FLCNS may as a first approximation be considered as a complex homogeneous dielectric ceramic, thus neglecting positional correlations of the colloidal particles. The FLCNS then consists of an anisotropic matrix with a very low concentration (<1% by volume) of impurity particles. The impurity particles possess both shape and dielectric anisotropy, as well as a permanent electric polarization and strong liquid-crystal director anchoring on the particle surface. We show that the effective dielectric properties for capacitance properties and for effective liquid-crystal free energies do not coincide. We calculate the effect of doping a liquid crystal with ferroelectric impurities on the Frederiks transition. The theory takes account of inclusion shape, dielectric susceptibility, and local field effects. We neglect the possibility of dielectric particle chaining, which appears experimentally not to occur in general. Our calculations suggest, in qualitative agreement with experiment, that doping a nematic liquid crystal with ferroelectric particles, even at very low particle concentration, can in some cases significantly decrease the electric Frederiks threshold field.

  7. Sub-20 fs energetic near-IR pulses generated with cascaded soliton compression in short lithium niobate crystals

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    Zhou, Binbin; Chong, Andy; Wise, Frank W.;

    2011-01-01

    We show experimentally that sub-20 fs near-infrared pulses can be generated through soliton compression of energetic femtosecond pulses.e compression relies on cascaded type-0 second-harmonic generation in a just 1 mm long lithium niobate crystal....

  8. Losses in Ferroelectric Materials

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    Liu, Gang; Zhang, Shujun; Jiang, Wenhua; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric materials are the best dielectric and piezoelectric materials known today. Since the discovery of barium titanate in the 1940s, lead zirconate titanate ceramics in the 1950s and relaxor-PT single crystals (such as lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate and lead zinc niobate-lead titanate) in the 1980s and 1990s, perovskite ferroelectric materials have been the dominating piezoelectric materials for electromechanical devices, and are widely used in sensors, actuators and ultrasonic transducers. Energy losses (or energy dissipation) in ferroelectrics are one of the most critical issues for high power devices, such as therapeutic ultrasonic transducers, large displacement actuators, SONAR projectors, and high frequency medical imaging transducers. The losses of ferroelectric materials have three distinct types, i.e., elastic, piezoelectric and dielectric losses. People have been investigating the mechanisms of these losses and are trying hard to control and minimize them so as to reduce performance degradation in electromechanical devices. There are impressive progresses made in the past several decades on this topic, but some confusions still exist. Therefore, a systematic review to define related concepts and clear up confusions is urgently in need. With this objective in mind, we provide here a comprehensive review on the energy losses in ferroelectrics, including related mechanisms, characterization techniques and collections of published data on many ferroelectric materials to provide a useful resource for interested scientists and engineers to design electromechanical devices and to gain a global perspective on the complex physical phenomena involved. More importantly, based on the analysis of available information, we proposed a general theoretical model to describe the inherent relationships among elastic, dielectric, piezoelectric and mechanical losses. For multi-domain ferroelectric single crystals and ceramics, intrinsic and extrinsic energy

  9. Losses in Ferroelectric Materials.

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    Liu, Gang; Zhang, Shujun; Jiang, Wenhua; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-03-01

    Ferroelectric materials are the best dielectric and piezoelectric materials known today. Since the discovery of barium titanate in the 1940s, lead zirconate titanate ceramics in the 1950s and relaxor-PT single crystals (such as lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate and lead zinc niobate-lead titanate) in the 1980s and 1990s, perovskite ferroelectric materials have been the dominating piezoelectric materials for electromechanical devices, and are widely used in sensors, actuators and ultrasonic transducers. Energy losses (or energy dissipation) in ferroelectrics are one of the most critical issues for high power devices, such as therapeutic ultrasonic transducers, large displacement actuators, SONAR projectors, and high frequency medical imaging transducers. The losses of ferroelectric materials have three distinct types, i.e., elastic, piezoelectric and dielectric losses. People have been investigating the mechanisms of these losses and are trying hard to control and minimize them so as to reduce performance degradation in electromechanical devices. There are impressive progresses made in the past several decades on this topic, but some confusions still exist. Therefore, a systematic review to define related concepts and clear up confusions is urgently in need. With this objective in mind, we provide here a comprehensive review on the energy losses in ferroelectrics, including related mechanisms, characterization techniques and collections of published data on many ferroelectric materials to provide a useful resource for interested scientists and engineers to design electromechanical devices and to gain a global perspective on the complex physical phenomena involved. More importantly, based on the analysis of available information, we proposed a general theoretical model to describe the inherent relationships among elastic, dielectric, piezoelectric and mechanical losses. For multi-domain ferroelectric single crystals and ceramics, intrinsic and extrinsic energy

  10. Study on Birefringent Color Generation for a Reflective Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Display

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    Valyukh, Sergiy; Valyukh, Iryna; Xu, Peizhi; Chigrinov, Vladimir

    2006-10-01

    We study the possibility of a layer of a surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal coupled with several retardation plates for birefringent color generation. Double and single polarizer reflective bistable dichromatic ferroelectric liquid crystal displays are considered. We demonstrate that one or two retardation plates are sufficient for a display having good color characteristics and high brightness. Optimal parameters for green/red and blue/yellow ferroelectric liquid crystal displays are found.

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopy investigation of structurally modified lithium niobate crystals

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    Vitova, Tonya

    2008-02-15

    The type and concentration of impurity centers in different valence states are crucial for tuning the photorefractive properties of doped Lithium Niobate (LN) crystals. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) is an appropriate tool for studying the local structure of impurity centers. XAS combined with absorption in UV/VIS/IR and High Resolution X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (HRXES) provide information about the valence state of the dopant ions in as-grown, reduced or oxidized doped LN crystals. Cu (Cu{sup 1+} and Cu{sup 2+}) and Fe (Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}) atoms are found in two different valence states, whereas there are indications for a third Mn valency, in addition to Mn{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 3+} in manganese-doped LN crystals. One of the charge compensation mechanisms during reduction of copper- doped LN crystals is outgassing of oxygen atoms. Cu ions in the reduced crystals have at least two different site symmetries: twofold (Cu{sup 1+}) and sixfold (Cu{sup 2+}) coordinated by O atoms. Fe and Mn atoms are coordinated by six O atoms. Cu and Fe ions are found to occupy only Li sites, whereas Mn ions are also incorporated into Li and Nb sites. The refractive index change in LN crystals irradiated with {sup 3}He{sup 2+} ions is caused by structurally disordered centers, where Nb atoms are displaced from normal crystallographic sites and Li or/and O vacancies are present. (orig.)

  12. Remarkable Strontium B-Site Occupancy in FerroelectricPb(Zr1-xTix)O3 Solid Solutions Doped with Cryolite-Type StrontiumNiobate

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    Feltz, A.; Schmidt-Winkel, P.; Schossman, M.; Booth, C.H.; Albering, J.

    2007-04-26

    New high-performance ferroelectric materials based on Pb(Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} (PZT) that are doped with cryolite-type strontium niobate (SNO, Sr{sub 4}(Sr{sub 2-2y/3}Nb{sub 2+2y/3})O{sub 11+y}V{sub 0,1-y} with 0 {le} y {le} 1), hence denoted PZT:SNO, and their microscopic structure are described. The combination of exceptional piezoelectric properties, i.e. a piezoelectric strain constant of d{sub 33} {approx} 760 pm/V, with excellent stability and degradation resistance makes ferroelectric PZT:SNO solid solutions very attractive for use in novel and innovative piezoelectric actuator and transducer applications. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) analyses of PZT:SNO samples revealed that {approx}10 % of the Sr cations occupy the nominal B-sites of the perovskite-type PZT host lattice. This result was supported by EXAFS analyses of both a canonical SrTiO{sub 3} perovskite and two SNO model and reference compounds. Fit models that do not account for Sr cations on B-sites were ruled out. A clear Sr-Pb peak in Fourier transformed EXAFS data visually confirmed this structural model. The generation of temporary oxygen vacancies and the intricate defect chemistry induced by SNO-doping of PZT are crucial for the exceptional materials properties exhibited by PZT:SNO materials.

  13. A Review of Polymer-Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals

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    Ingo Dierking

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The polymer stabilized state of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC is reviewed; and the effect of a dispersed polymer network in an FLC outlined and discussed. All fundamental material aspects are demonstrated; such as director tilt angle; spontaneous polarization; response time and viscosity; as well as the dielectric modes. It was found that the data can largely be explained by assuming an elastic interaction between the polymer network strands and the liquid crystal molecules. The elastic interaction parameter was determined; and increases linearly with increasing polymer concentration.

  14. Directionally tunable and mechanically deformable ferroelectric crystals from rotating polar globular ionic molecules

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    Harada, Jun; Shimojo, Takafumi; Oyamaguchi, Hideaki; Hasegawa, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Yukihiro; Satomi, Koichiro; Suzuki, Yasutaka; Kawamata, Jun; Inabe, Tamotsu

    2016-10-01

    Ferroelectrics are used in a wide range of applications, including memory elements, capacitors and sensors. Recently, molecular ferroelectric crystals have attracted interest as viable alternatives to conventional ceramic ferroelectrics because of their solution processability and lack of toxicity. Here we show that a class of molecular compounds—known as plastic crystals—can exhibit ferroelectricity if the constituents are judiciously chosen from polar ionic molecules. The intrinsic features of plastic crystals, for example, the rotational motion of molecules and phase transitions with lattice-symmetry changes, provide the crystals with unique ferroelectric properties relative to those of conventional molecular crystals. This allows a flexible alteration of the polarization axis direction in a grown crystal by applying an electric field. Owing to the tunable nature of the crystal orientation, together with mechanical deformability, this type of molecular crystal represents an attractive functional material that could find use in a diverse range of applications.

  15. Photonic crystals in lithium niobate by combining focussed ion beam writing and ion-beam enhanced etching

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    Geiss, Reinhard; Diziain, Severine; Steinert, Michael; Schrempel, Frank; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Pertsch, Thomas [Institute of Applied Physics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743, Jena (Germany); Tuennermann, Andreas [Institute of Applied Physics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743, Jena (Germany); Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Albert-Einstein-Str. 7, 07745, Jena (Germany)

    2014-10-15

    The realization of photonic crystals in self-suspended lithium niobate membranes by means of focussed ion beam writing and ion-beam enhanced etching is presented. The influence of gallium contamination is discussed and considered in the realization of a L3 photonic crystal resonator that is showing the designed linear optical response in a cross-polarization resonant scattering experiment. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. A SIMPLIFIED MODEL FOR DOMAIN SWITCHING OF FERROELECTRIC CRYSTAL

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    HeYansong; FanJinghong

    2004-01-01

    Domain switching is the main source of nonlinear characteristics in ferroelectrics. According to crystal plasticity theory, the domains and domain switching systems for perovskitetype structure ferroelectrics are defined. Considering the traverse motion performance of domain wall, a rather simplified form of evolution law about incremental of volume fraction during domain switching has been developed. The main factors, which exert an influence on domain switching, such as material parameters, domain wall motion history, kind of domain switching (180° or 90°) and volume fraction, could be addressed. The hysteresis loops of spontaneous electric polarization as a function of electric field, the butterfly shaped strain versus electric field curve and the platform relations between spontaneous polarization and stress, as well as the longitudinal strain and stress, are well simulated and discussed.

  17. Integrated opto-microfluidics platforms in lithium niobate crystals for sensing applications

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    Bettella, G.; Pozza, G.; Zaltron, A.; Ciampolillo, M. V.; Argiolas, N.; Sada, C.; Chauvet, M.; Guichardaz, B.

    2015-02-01

    In micro-analytical chemistry and biology applications, droplet microfluidic technology holds great promise for efficient lab-on-chip systems where higher levels of integration of different stages on the same platform is constantly addressed. The possibility of integration of opto-microfluidic functionalities in lithium niobate (LiNbO3) crystals is presented. Microfluidic channels were directly engraved in a LiNbO3 substrate by precision saw cutting, and illuminated by optical waveguides integrated on the same substrate. The morphological characterization of the microfluidic channel and the optical response of the coupled optical waveguide were tested. In particular, the results indicate that the optical properties of the constituents dispersed in the fluid flowing in the microfluidic channel can be monitored in situ, opening to new compact optical sensor prototypes based on droplets generation and optical analysis of the relative constituents.

  18. Domain-orientation-controlled potassium niobate family piezoelectric materials with hydrothermal powders.

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    Fujiuchi, Yukiko; Morita, Takeshi

    2014-10-01

    Materials of the potassium niobate family, as lead-free piezoelectric materials, are expected to be alternative materials to Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) because of their good piezoelectric properties, high Curie temperature, and so on. In particular, single-crystal potassium niobate is a promising ferroelectric material as a surface acoustic substrate and for functional optical effects. It is, however, well known that single crystals are difficult to fabricate because of the instability caused by temperature, external stress, and other factors.

  19. Fabrication and performance of a single-crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate cylindrical hydrophone.

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    Brown, Jeremy A; Dunphy, Kevin; Leadbetter, Jeff R; Adamson, Robert B A; Beslin, Olivier

    2013-08-01

    The development of a piezoelectric hydrophone based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate [PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT)] single-crystal piezoelectric as the hydrophone substrate is reported. Although PMN-PT can possess much higher piezoelectric sensitivity than traditional lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectrics, it is highly anisotropic and therefore there is a large gain in sensitivity only when the crystal structure is oriented in a specific direction. Because of this, simply replacing the PZT substrate with a PMN-PT cylinder is not an optimal solution because the crystal orientation does not uniformly align with the circumferential axis of the hydrophone. Therefore, a composite hydrophone that maintains the optimal crystal axis around the hydrophone circumference has been developed. An 11.3 mm diameter composite hydrophone cylinder was fabricated from a single cut PMN-PT rectangular plate. Solid end caps were applied to the cylinder and the sensitivity was directly compared with a solid PZT-5A cylindrical hydrophone of equal dimensions in a hydrophone test tank. The charge sensitivity showed a 9.1 dB improvement over the PZT hydrophone and the voltage sensitivity showed a 3.5 dB improvement. This was in good agreement with the expected theoretical improvements of 10.1 and 4.5 dB, respectively.

  20. Structural and electronic properties of Diisopropylammonium bromide molecular ferroelectric crystal

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    Alsaad, A.; Qattan, I. A.; Ahmad, A. A.; Al-Aqtash, N.; Sabirianov, R. F.

    2015-10-01

    We report the results of ab-initio calculations based on Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) and hybrid functional (HSE06) of electronic band structure, density of states and partial density of states to get a deep insight into structural and electronic properties of P21 ferroelectric phase of Diisopropylammonium Bromide molecular crystal (DIPAB). We found that the optical band gap of the polar phase of DIPAB is ∼ 5 eV confirming it as a good dielectric. Examination of the density of states and partial density of states reveal that the valence band maximum is mainly composed of bromine 4p orbitals and the conduction band minimum is dominated by carbon 2p, carbon 2s, and nitrogen 2s orbitals. A unique aspect of P21 ferroelectric phase is the permanent dipole within the material. We found that P21 DIPAB has a spontaneous polarization of 22.64 consistent with recent findings which make it good candidate for the creation of ferroelectric tunneling junctions (FTJs) which have the potential to be used as memory devices.

  1. Microwave Frequency Ferroelectric Domain Imaging of Deuterated Triglycine Sulfate Crystals

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    Steinhauer, David E.; Anlage, Steven M.

    2001-03-01

    We have used a near-field scanning microwave microscope(D. E. Steinhauer, C. P. Vlahacos, F. C. Wellstood, Steven M. Anlage, C. Canedy, R. Ramesh, A. Stanishevsky, and J. Melngailis, "Quantitative Imaging of Dielectric Permittivity and Tunability with a Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscope," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 71), 2751-2758 (2000). to image domain structure and quantitatively measure dielectric permittivity and nonlinearity in ferroelectric crystals at 8.1 GHz with a spatial resolution of 1 μm. We imaged ferroelectric domains in periodically-poled LiNbO_3, BaTiO_3, and deuterated triglycine sulfate (DTGS) with a signal-to-noise ratio of 7. Measurement of the permittivity and nonlinearity of DTGS in the temperature range 300--400 K shows a peak at the Curie temperature, TC ≈ 340 K, as well as reasonable agreement with thermodynamic theory. In addition, the domain growth relaxation time shows a minimum near T_C. We observe coarsening of ferroelectric domains in DTGS after a temperature quench from 360 K to 330 K, and evaluate the structure factor.

  2. Are lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) and lithium tantalate (LiTaO{sub 3}) ferroelectrics bioactive?

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    Vilarinho, Paula Maria, E-mail: paula.vilarinho@ua.pt; Barroca, Nathalie; Zlotnik, Sebastian; Félix, Pedro; Fernandes, Maria Helena

    2014-06-01

    The use of functional materials, such as ferroelectrics, as platforms for tissue growth in situ or ex situ, is new and holds great promise. But the usage of materials in any bioapplication requires information on biocompatibility and desirably on bioactive behavior when bone tissue engineering is envisaged. Both requirements are currently unknown for many ferroelectrics. Herein the bioactivity of LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} is reported. The formation of apatite-like structures on the surface of LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} powders after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different soaking periods indicates their bioactive potential. The mechanism of apatite formation is suggested. In addition, the significant release of lithium ions from the ferroelectric powders in the very first minutes of soaking in SBF is examined and ways to overcome this likely hurdle addressed. - Highlights: • LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3} are bioactive ferroelectrics. • Cauliflower apatite type structures indicative of in-vitro bioactivity of LiNbO{sub 3} and LiTaO{sub 3.} • Negative surface charges anchor Ca{sup 2+} to which PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} attracts forming apatite structure nuclei. • Use of ferroelectrics as platforms for tissue growth in situ or ex situ is new and holds great promise.

  3. Polymer Alignment Behavior with Molecular Switching of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the molecular alignment behavior of polymer networks with switching of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) in a molecularly aligned FLC/polymer composite film. The polymer alignment in the composite film, which was slowly formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation of a heated nematic-phase solution of FLC and monomers, was observed by polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman peak intensities originating from the polymers were changed with those from the FLC, when the applied voltage polarity was changed. The trace patterns of the Raman peak intensity with in-plane rotation of the composite film indicated that the formed flexible polymers can follow FLC molecular switching.

  4. Theory of ion-chirality relation in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.

    2012-04-01

    The presence of impurity ions in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) could produce a significant impact on the chirality of the medium with a possible modification in the polarization profile of the system. We theoretically observed these possibilities by considering an in-plane and bulk free energy density for the sample. Based on a suitable chirality transfer formalism, we explained the role of impurity ions in altering the chiral nature of a FLC medium. A continuous transition from modulated phases to uniform phases is also predicted within the framework of this theory. Then, we investigated the possible modification in the polarization profile driven by ionic impurities.

  5. Investigation of pyroelectric electron emission from monodomain lithium niobate single crystals

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    Bourim, El Mostafa [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, U-Team, P.O. Box 111, Suwon, Kyongki 440-600 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: em.bourim@samsung.com; Moon, Chang-Wook [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, U-Team, P.O. Box 111, Suwon, Kyongki 440-600 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seung-Woon [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, U-Team, P.O. Box 111, Suwon, Kyongki 440-600 (Korea, Republic of); Kyeong Yoo, In [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, U-Team, P.O. Box 111, Suwon, Kyongki 440-600 (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-09-01

    The behaviors of thermally stimulated electron emission from pyroelectric monodomain lithium niobate single crystal (LiNbO{sub 3}) were investigated by utilizing a Si p-n junction photodiode as electron detector and a receptive electron beam resist (E-beam resist) as electron collector. In high vacuum (10{sup -6} Torr), the pyroelectric electron emission (PEE) was found to depend on the exposed emitting polar crystal surface (+Z face or -Z face) and was significantly influenced by the emitter-electron receiver gap distances. Thus, the PEE from +Z face was detected during heating and was activated, in small gaps (<2 mm), by field emission effect on which was superposed an intense field ionization effect that primed intermittent runway ionizations (plasma breakdown into a glow discharge). In large gaps (>2 mm) the emission was simply mastered by field emission effect. Whereas, The PEE from -Z face was detected during cooling and was solely due to the field ionization effect. Therewith, for small gaps (<2 mm) the emission was governed by intermittent runway ionization ignitions resulting from a high ionization degree leading to dense plasma formation, and for large gaps (>2 mm) PEE was governed by field ionization generating a soft and continuous plasma ambient atmosphere. Significant decrease of electron emission current was observed from +Z face after successive thermal cycles. A fast and fully emission recovery was established after a brief exposure of crystal to a poor air vacuum of 10{sup -1} Torr.

  6. Are lithium niobate (LiNbO3) and lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) ferroelectrics bioactive?

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    Vilarinho, Paula Maria; Barroca, Nathalie; Zlotnik, Sebastian; Félix, Pedro; Fernandes, Maria Helena

    2014-06-01

    The use of functional materials, such as ferroelectrics, as platforms for tissue growth in situ or ex situ, is new and holds great promise. But the usage of materials in any bioapplication requires information on biocompatibility and desirably on bioactive behavior when bone tissue engineering is envisaged. Both requirements are currently unknown for many ferroelectrics. Herein the bioactivity of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 is reported. The formation of apatite-like structures on the surface of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 powders after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different soaking periods indicates their bioactive potential. The mechanism of apatite formation is suggested. In addition, the significant release of lithium ions from the ferroelectric powders in the very first minutes of soaking in SBF is examined and ways to overcome this likely hurdle addressed.

  7. Nonvolatile two-color holographic recording in near-stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals gated by incoherent ultraviolet light

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    Shaolin Chen; Xiangming Liu; Bo Fu; Guoquan Zhang

    2009-01-01

    Nonvolatile two-color holographic recording gated by incoherent ultraviolet (UV) light centered at 365 nm is investigated in near-stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals. The influence of thermal treatment on the two-color recording is studied. The results show that thermal reduction tends to improve the two-color recording performance, whereas thermal oxidation degrades the two-color recording. With an incoherent 0.2-W/cm2 UV gating light and a 0.25-W/cm2 semiconductor recording laser at 780 nm, a two-color recording sensitivity of 4 x 10-3 cm/J and a recording dynamic range characterized by M/# of 0.12 are achieved in a 2.2-mm thermally reduced near-stoichiometric lithium niobate crystal. We attribute the improvement to the prolonged lifetime of small polarons and the increased absorption at the gating wavelength due to thermal reduction.

  8. Fabrication of polarization-independent single-mode waveguides in lithium niobate crystal with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Qi, Jia; Liao, Yang; Chu, Wei; Liu, Zhengming; Wang, Zhaohui; Qiao, Lingling; Cheng, Ya

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of depressed cladding optical waveguides buried in lithium niobate crystal with shaped femtosecond laser pulses. Depressed cladding waveguides of variable mode-field sizes are fabricated by forming the four sides of the cladding using a slit-beam shaping technique. We show that the waveguides fabricated by our technique allows single-mode propagation of the light polarized in both vertical and horizontal directions.

  9. Conversion of broadband IR radiation and structural disorder in lithium niobate single crystals with low photorefractive effect

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    Litvinova, Man Nen; Syuy, Alexander V.; Krishtop, Victor V.; Pogodina, Veronika A.; Ponomarchuk, Yulia V.; Sidorov, Nikolay V.; Gabain, Aleksei A.; Palatnikov, Mikhail N.; Litvinov, Vladimir A.

    2016-11-01

    The conversion of broadband IR radiation when the noncritical phase matching condition is fulfilled in lithium niobate (LiNbO3) single crystals with stoichiometric (R = Li/Nb = 1) and congruent (R = 0.946) compositions, as well as in congruent single crystals doped with zinc has been investigated. It is shown that the spectrum parameters of converted radiation, such as the conversion efficiency, spectral width and position of maximum, depend on the ordering degree of structural units of the cation sublattice along the polar axis of crystal.

  10. Photorefractive properties of ion-implanted waveguides in strontium barium niobate crystals

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    Kip, D.; Kemper, B.; Nee, I.; Pankrath, R.; Moretti, P.

    1997-10-01

    Planar optical waveguides were formed in cerium-doped strontium barium niobate single crystals (Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6, SBN61), either by proton or helium ion implantation. Proton-implanted samples show a large increase of dark conductivity that reduces or even prevents the recording of refractive index gratings. For waveguides formed by helium implantation this effect is absent, and they can be used for efficient holographic recording. Photorefractive properties of the waveguides are investigated by two-beam coupling. After implantation with 2.0 MeV He+ and doses of (0.5-5)񺔗 cm-2, the samples have to be polarized again, because heating or charge effects at the crystals surface during the implantation process decreases or even reverses the effective electrooptic coefficients in the waveguiding layer. For repoled samples, we find logarithmic gain coefficients of up to 45 cm-1 with time constants for the build-up of the purely ?/2-shifted refractive index grating of the order of 1 ms for the blue lines of an Ar+ laser. Photoconductivity depends nonlinearly on light intensity with an exponent xƸ.55. With increasing implanted helium dose, both electronic and nuclear damage of the waveguiding layer grows, and the photorefractive properties of the waveguides are considerably degraded.

  11. Theory of nanoparticles doped in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2013-02-01

    We developed a theory for the statistical mechanics of nanoparticles doped in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC). The presence of nanoparticles in FLC medium creates strong local fields that produce large alignment effects over the distribution of the nanosuspensions. Considering these local field effects, we presented a modified Landau free energy to calculate the electro-optic properties of the system. Then, we investigated the response of the nanoparticles doped FLC to an applied electric field. The variations in the polarization and the tilt angle show marked differences with the pure FLC medium. The rotational viscosity of the system is also calculated with its possible variation in temperature and applied field. Then, we conjectured on the possibility of shift in transition temperature, which is supposed to be induced by an electrostatic interaction between the nanoparticles and the liquid crystal molecules. Finally, strong experimental evidence is presented in favor of our results emerged from this theoretical model.

  12. Influence of pressure on the ferroelectric phase transition in a symmetrical polymerizable diacetylene crystal DNP

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    Even, J.; Bertault, M.; Girard, A.; Délugeard, Y.

    1996-12-01

    DNP is a symmetrical disubstituted polymerizable diacetylene RCCCCR where R is CH 2O(NO 2) 2. The monomer crystal of DNP undergoes a ferroelectric phase transition at low temperature; it disappears in fully polymerized DNP crystal because polymerization changes the diacetylene backbone conformation. We show that hydrostatic isotropic pressure also stabilizes the ferroelectric phase in the DNP monomer crystal by enhancing van der Waals interactions between side groups.

  13. Raman spectra of lithium niobate crystals heavily doped with zinc and magnesium

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    Sidorov, N. V.; Palatnikov, M. N.

    2016-12-01

    We have examined the Raman spectra of heavily doped lithium niobate single crystals (at close-to-threshold concentrations of doping cations): LiNbO3:Zn (4.5 mol % ZnO), LiNbO3:Mg (5.01 mol %):Fe (0.005 mol %), LiNbO3:Mg (5.1 mol %), and LiNbO3:Mg (5.3 mol % MgO). Low-intensity lines with frequencies at 209, 230, 298, 694, and 880 cm-1 have been revealed for the first time. Analysis of the data from the literature on lattice dynamics calculations from first principles (ab initio) does not make it possible to unambiguously state that these lines correspond to fundamental vibrations of the A2 symmetry species, which are forbidden for the C3 V 6 ( R3c) space group. At the same time, ab initio calculations unambiguously indicate that the experimentally observed low-intensity "superfluous" lines with the frequencies at 104 and 119 cm-1 cannot correspond to vibrations of the A2 symmetry species. It is most likely that they correspond to two-particle states of acoustic phonons with a total wave vector equal to zero.

  14. Photorefractive Properties of Potassium Lithium Niobate Crystals with CeO2 and Nd2O3

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    KLN and Ce:Nd:KLN crystals were grown by Czochralski method and polarized into single ferroelectrics domain along c-axis. The properties of KLN and Ce:Nd:KLN crystals, such as Curie temperature, Raman spectra, exponential gain coefficient (Г) and thin crystal sheet effect, were measured. The results showed that the two spectra resembling Ce:Nd:KLN crystal were of tetragonal tungsten bronze structure, the exponential gain coefficient of Ce:Nd:KLN crystal was higher than that of KLN crystals and Ce:Nd:KLN crystal had thin crystal sheet effect, for its exponential gain coefficient increasing with crystal sheet thinning. The thin crystal sheet effect of Ce:Nd:KLN crystal was also discussed.

  15. The origin of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution crystals

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Yang, Tiannan; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Jianjun; Wang, Jianli; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.; Chen, Long-Qing

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution single crystals is a breakthrough in ferroelectric materials. A key signature of relaxor-ferroelectric solid solutions is the existence of polar nanoregions, a nanoscale inhomogeneity, that coexist with normal ferroelectric domains. Despite two decades of extensive studies, the contribution of polar nanoregions to the underlying piezoelectric properties of relaxor ferroelectrics has yet to be established. Here we quantitatively characterize the contribution of polar nanoregions to the dielectric/piezoelectric responses of relaxor-ferroelectric crystals using a combination of cryogenic experiments and phase-field simulations. The contribution of polar nanoregions to the room-temperature dielectric and piezoelectric properties is in the range of 50–80%. A mesoscale mechanism is proposed to reveal the origin of the high piezoelectricity in relaxor ferroelectrics, where the polar nanoregions aligned in a ferroelectric matrix can facilitate polarization rotation. This mechanism emphasizes the critical role of local structure on the macroscopic properties of ferroelectric materials. PMID:27991504

  16. The origin of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution crystals

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Yang, Tiannan; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Jianjun; Wang, Jianli; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.; Chen, Long-Qing (Penn); (Xian Jiaotong); (CIW); (Simon); (TRS Techn); (Wollongong)

    2016-12-19

    The discovery of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution single crystals is a breakthrough in ferroelectric materials. A key signature of relaxor-ferroelectric solid solutions is the existence of polar nanoregions, a nanoscale inhomogeneity, that coexist with normal ferroelectric domains. Despite two decades of extensive studies, the contribution of polar nanoregions to the underlying piezoelectric properties of relaxor ferroelectrics has yet to be established. Here we quantitatively characterize the contribution of polar nanoregions to the dielectric/piezoelectric responses of relaxor-ferroelectric crystals using a combination of cryogenic experiments and phase-field simulations. The contribution of polar nanoregions to the room-temperature dielectric and piezoelectric properties is in the range of 50–80%. A mesoscale mechanism is proposed to reveal the origin of the high piezoelectricity in relaxor ferroelectrics, where the polar nanoregions aligned in a ferroelectric matrix can facilitate polarization rotation. This mechanism emphasizes the critical role of local structure on the macroscopic properties of ferroelectric materials.

  17. Soft memory in a ferroelectric nanoparticle-doped liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-02-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNP) was doped in a liquid crystal (LC), and the LC + FNP hybrid was found to exhibit a nonvolatile electromechanical memory effect in the isotropic phase. The permanent dipole moment of the FNPs causes the LC molecule to form short-range pseudonematic domains surrounding the FNPs. The FNP-induced short-range orders become more prominent in the isotropic phase when the global nematic order is absent. These short-range domains, being anisotropic in nature, interact with an external electric field, exhibiting a Fréedericksz-type transition. When the field is turned off, these domains stay oriented, showing a hysteresis effect due to the absence of any long-range order and restoring forces in the isotropic phase. The hysteresis graph for this memory effect shows a significant pretransitional behavior on approaching the nematic phase from the isotropic phase.

  18. A Review of Domain Modelling and Domain Imaging Techniques in Ferroelectric Crystals

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    John E. Huber

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The present paper reviews models of domain structure in ferroelectric crystals, thin films and bulk materials. Common crystal structures in ferroelectric materials are described and the theory of compatible domain patterns is introduced. Applications to multi-rank laminates are presented. Alternative models employing phase-field and related techniques are reviewed. The paper then presents methods of observing ferroelectric domain structure, including optical, polarized light, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray and neutron diffraction, atomic force microscopy and piezo-force microscopy. Use of more than one technique for unambiguous identification of the domain structure is also described.

  19. Study of the domain structure evolution in single crystals of relaxor ferroelectric Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6:Ce1

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Pelegov, D. V.; Shikhova, V. A.; Kuznetsov, D. K.; Nikolaeva, E. V.; Rumyantsev, E. L.; Yakutova, O. V.; Granzow, T.

    2010-02-01

    Optical visualization with simultaneous recording of the switching current was used for studying of domain structure evolution in single crystals relaxor ferroelectric strontium barium niobate (Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6) doped by cerium (0.22 mol %) (SBN61:Ce). It was shown that the maze domain structures can be observed during polarization reversal due to local change of refractive index induced by formation of microscale domains with charged domain walls. It was proposed, that optical inhomogeneities occur in the switching regions, while the optical uniform areas correspond to regions where the switching either has not started yet or has already completed. The original mathematical treatment of the obtained images and switching currents has been used for quantitative characterization of the polarization reversal process.

  20. Microstructure and defects probed by Raman spectroscopy in lithium niobate crystals and devices

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    Fontana, Marc D.; Bourson, Patrice [Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photonique et Systèmes, LMOPS, Université de Lorraine and CentraleSupelec, 2 rue E. Belin, 57070 Metz (France)

    2015-12-15

    Raman microprobe applied on LiNbO{sub 3} (LN) crystals and derived materials or devices is shown to be a tool to detect either local variations or changes of the whole structure. Position, width, or intensity of one Raman line can be used as markers of a structural change. Indeed, each Raman line can be assigned to a peculiar ionic motion and is differently sensitive to application of strain, temperature change, and electric field. Some vibrational modes are especially associated to the site of Li ion, or Nb ion, or still oxygen octahedron, so that they can be affected by the introduction of dopant ion on one or another site. Therefore, Raman Spectroscopy (RS) can be used as a site spectroscopy to describe the mechanism of doping incorporation in the LN lattice, allowing the optimization of some linear and non-linear optical properties according to the dopant concentration and substitution site. The composition or the content of non-stoichiometry related defects could be derived from the width of some lines. Any damage or local disorder can be detected by a line broadening. The quality or preservation of the structure after chemical treatment, or laser pulses, can be thus checked. The structure of ion-implanted or proton-exchanged wave-guides and periodically poled lithium niobate as well can be imaged from frequency shift or intensity change of some lines. RS is thus a useful way to control the structure of LN and/or to optimize the preparation parameters and its properties.

  1. Microstructure and relaxor ferroelectric properties of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped strontium barium niobate ceramics

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    Li, Jinglei, E-mail: lilei19871003@yahoo.com.cn; Pu, Yongping; Wang, Zhuo; Dong, Zijing; Dai, Jie

    2013-11-01

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition could promote the grain growth in Sr{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 0.6}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} ceramics. • Doping Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} could improve the dielectric constant and lower the dielectric loss. • The dielectric characteristics of doping Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples showed relaxation behavior. • The P–E hysteresis loops for doping Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics became slimmer. -- Abstract: (1 − x) Sr{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 0.6}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}–xBi{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0.00 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) ceramics were prepared by conventional solid-state reaction method. The microstructure, dielectric properties and P–E hysteresis loops of ceramics were investigated via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM), Agilent E4980A and modified Sawyer–Tower circuit, respectively. XRD results showed the obtained ceramics were of tungsten bronze structure, and second phase Sr{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 0.6}Bi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} was detected at high doping concentration. SEM results showed suitable Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition could reduce the sintering temperature and assist the grain growth. The dielectric characteristics exhibited diffuse phase transition phenomena, which were verified by linear fitting of the modified Curie–Weiss law. Besides, the relaxor ferroelectric properties of ceramics followed the Vogel–Fulcher relationship well. The P–E hysteresis loops became slimmer with increasing the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition, leading to a gradually decrease in both remnant polarization (P{sub r}) and coercive field (E{sub c})

  2. Efficient conversion from infrared to red light by cascaded nonlinear optical processes using an aperiodically poled lithium niobate crystal

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    Juan Eduardo González

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We present a scheme for conversion of pulsed light from the infrared to the red spectral region, using an aperiodically poled ferroelectric crystal within a resonant cavity in which two cascaded nonlinear optical processes occur when pumped with a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. This device emits 9 ns pulses of over 1 mJ at 710 nm and is a viable source for future biomedical applications.

  3. Frequency doubling of incoherent light from a superluminescent diode in a periodically poled lithium niobate waveguide crystal

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    Kurzke, Henning; Kiethe, Jan; Heuer, Axel; Jechow, Andreas

    2017-05-01

    The amplified spontaneous emission from a superluminescent diode was frequency doubled in a periodically poled lithium niobate waveguide crystal. The temporally incoherent radiation of such a superluminescent diode is characterized by a relatively broad spectral bandwidth and thermal-like photon statistics, as the measured degree of second order coherence, {{g}(2)}(0)=1.9+/- 0.1 , indicates. Despite the non-optimized scenario in the spectral domain, we achieve six orders of magnitude higher conversion efficiency than previously reported with truly incoherent light. This is possible by using single spatial mode radiation and quasi phase matched material with a waveguide architecture. This work is a principle step towards efficient frequency conversion of temporally incoherent radiation in one spatial mode to access wavelengths where no radiation from superluminescent diodes is available, especially with tailored quasi phase matched crystals. The frequency doubled light might find application in imaging, metrology and quantum optics experiments.

  4. Non-Resonant Magnetoelectric Energy Harvesting Utilizing Phase Transformation in Relaxor Ferroelectric Single Crystals

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    Peter Finkel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in phase transition transduction enabled the design of a non-resonant broadband mechanical energy harvester that is capable of delivering an energy density per cycle up to two orders of magnitude larger than resonant cantilever piezoelectric type generators. This was achieved in a [011] oriented and poled domain engineered relaxor ferroelectric single crystal, mechanically biased to a state just below the ferroelectric rhombohedral (FR-ferroelectric orthorhombic (FO phase transformation. Therefore, a small variation in an input parameter, e.g., electrical, mechanical, or thermal will generate a large output due to the significant polarization change associated with the transition. This idea was extended in the present work to design a non-resonant, multi-domain magnetoelectric composite hybrid harvester comprised of highly magnetostrictive alloy, [Fe81.4Ga18.6 (Galfenol or TbxDy1-xFe2 (Terfenol-D], and lead indium niobate–lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate (PIN-PMN-PT domain engineered relaxor ferroelectric single crystal. A small magnetic field applied to the coupled device causes the magnetostrictive element to expand, and the resulting stress forces the phase change in the relaxor ferroelectric single crystal. We have demonstrated high energy conversion in this magnetoelectric device by triggering the FR-FO transition in the single crystal by a small ac magnetic field in a broad frequency range that is important for multi-domain hybrid energy harvesting devices.

  5. A molecular dynamics study of ferroelectric nanoparticles immersed in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Pereira, M S S; Canabarro, A A; de Oliveira, I N; Lyra, M L; Mirantsev, L V

    2010-01-01

    A large number of interesting phenomena related to the insertion of colloidal particles in liquid crystals (LC) have recently been reported. Here, we investigate effects caused by the addition of spherically shaped ferroelectric nanoparticles to a nematic liquid crystal. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the density of LC molecules, the orientational order parameter, and the polar and azimuthal angle profiles are calculated as functions of the distance to the center of the immersed nanoparticle for different temperatures of the system. We observe that the assembly of ferroelectric nanoparticles enhances the nematic order in the LC medium changing many properties of its host above the nematic-isotropic transition temperature T (*) (NI) .

  6. Fabrication and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    WEN Zi; JIANG Qing; T.Kenji; O.Yukihiro

    2005-01-01

    The molecular aggregation, orientation, and structure in Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal were studied by ultraviolet and Fourier transform infrared spectra. The results show that medium strong H-aggregates in the Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal are formed by chromophores where the alkyl chains are nearly perpendicular to the film surface. Compared with the cast films, the CO stretching bands, due to the rotational isomerism around the O-C axis of the chiral part, can be identified clearly in Langmuir-Blodgett films.

  7. Electrically switchable Fresnel lenses in polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Yeh, Hui-Chen; Ke, Ming-Wei; Liu, Yu-Mei

    2017-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the fabrication of an electrically switchable Fresnel lens based on surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals (SSFLCs) with polymer networks. The Fresnel lens was fabricated by injecting a monomer-doped ferroelectric liquid crystal into an extremely thin cell and exposing the cell to ultraviolet light through a Fresnel-zone-plate mask. The fabricated Fresnel lens consisted of the SSFLC and polymer-stabilized SSFLC structures. The focusing effect can be switched on by applying an appropriate voltage, and the characteristics of FLCs enable a rapid response on the order of milliseconds.

  8. Fabrication of polarization-independent waveguides deeply buried in lithium niobate crystal using aberration-corrected femtosecond laser direct writing

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    Wang, Peng; Qi, Jia; Liu, Zhengming; Liao, Yang; Chu, Wei; Cheng, Ya

    2017-01-01

    Writing optical waveguides with femtosecond laser pulses provides the capability of forming three-dimensional photonic circuits for manipulating light fields in both linear and nonlinear manners. To fully explore this potential, large depths of the buried waveguides in transparent substrates are often desirable to facilitate achieving vertical integration of waveguides in a multi-layer configuration, which, however, is hampered by rapidly degraded axial resolution caused by optical aberration. Here, we show that with the correction of the spherical aberration, polarization-independent waveguides can be inscribed in a nonlinear optical crystal lithium niobate (LN) at depths up to 1400 μm, which is more than one order of magnitude deeper than the waveguides written with aberration uncorrected femtosecond laser pulses. Our technique is beneficial for applications ranging from miniaturized nonlinear light sources to quantum information processing. PMID:28112246

  9. Enhanced Cherenkov phase matching terahertz wave generation via a magnesium oxide doped lithium niobate ridged waveguide crystal

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    Takeya, K.; Minami, T.; Okano, H.; Tripathi, S. R.; Kawase, K.

    2017-01-01

    When combined with a nonlinear waveguide crystal, Cherenkov phase matching allows for highly effective generation of high power and broadband terahertz (THz) waves. Using a ridged Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3) waveguide coupled with a specially designed silicon lens, we successfully generated THz waves with intensity of approximately three orders of magnitude stronger than those from conventional photoconductive antenna. The broadband spectrum was from 0.1 THz to 7 THz with a maximum dynamic range of 80 dB. The temporal shape of time domain pulse is a regular single cycle which could be used for high depth resolution time of flight tomography. The generated THz wave can also be easily monitored by compact room-temperature THz camera, enabling us to determine the spatial characteristics of the THz propagation.

  10. Enhanced Cherenkov phase matching terahertz wave generation via a magnesium oxide doped lithium niobate ridged waveguide crystal

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    K. Takeya

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available When combined with a nonlinear waveguide crystal, Cherenkov phase matching allows for highly effective generation of high power and broadband terahertz (THz waves. Using a ridged Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3 waveguide coupled with a specially designed silicon lens, we successfully generated THz waves with intensity of approximately three orders of magnitude stronger than those from conventional photoconductive antenna. The broadband spectrum was from 0.1 THz to 7 THz with a maximum dynamic range of 80 dB. The temporal shape of time domain pulse is a regular single cycle which could be used for high depth resolution time of flight tomography. The generated THz wave can also be easily monitored by compact room-temperature THz camera, enabling us to determine the spatial characteristics of the THz propagation.

  11. Periodic domain inversion in x-cut single-crystal lithium niobate thin film

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    Mackwitz, P.; Rüsing, M.; Berth, G.; Widhalm, A.; Müller, K.; Zrenner, A.

    2016-04-01

    We report the fabrication of periodically poled domain patterns in x-cut lithium niobate thin-film. Here, thin films on insulator have drawn particular attention due to their intrinsic waveguiding properties offering high mode confinement and smaller devices compared to in-diffused waveguides in bulk material. In contrast to z-cut thin film lithium niobate, the x-cut geometry does not require back electrodes for poling. Further, the x-cut geometry grants direct access to the largest nonlinear and electro-optical tensor element, which overall promises smaller devices. The domain inversion was realized via electric field poling utilizing deposited aluminum top electrodes on a stack of LN thin film/SiO2 layer/Bulk LN, which were patterned by optical lithography. The periodic domain inversion was verified by non-invasive confocal second harmonic microscopy. Our results show domain patterns in accordance to the electrode mask layout. The second harmonic signatures can be interpreted in terms of spatially, overlapping domain filaments which start their growth on the +z side.

  12. Mechanical confinement for tuning ferroelectric response in PMN-PT single crystal

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    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-02-01

    Ferroelectrics form an important class of materials and are employed for a variety of applications. However, specific applications dictate the need of tailored ferroelectric response. This creates a requirement to obtain ferroelectric materials with tunable properties. Generally, chemical modifications or domain engineering are employed to this effect. This study attempts to shed light on the use of compressive pre-stresses for tuning and enhancing the ferroelectric properties. For the purpose, polarization versus electric field hysteresis data for 68Pb(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3-32PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystals were obtained as a function of uniaxial compressive stresses and operating temperatures. These data were utilized to investigate the effects of mechanical confinement for four individual case studies of electrocaloric effect, electrical energy storage, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric effect. A significant improvement was obtained for all case studies. The adiabatic temperature change was improved by ≈80% (28 MPa, 353 K); energy storage density increased by a factor of five (28 MPa, 353 K); pyroelectric figure of merits improved by an order of magnitude (21 MPa) and the piezoelectric coefficient was tailored (variable stress). The results offer promising insight into the use of directional confinement for improving application specific ferroelectric properties in PMN-PT single crystal.

  13. Longitudinal and transverse pyroelectric effects in a chiral ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Yablonskii, S. V., E-mail: yablonskii2005@yandex.ru; Bondarchuk, V. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Soto-Bustamante, E. A.; Romero-Hasler, P. N. [Universidad de Chile (Chile); Ozaki, M. [Osaka University, Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering (Japan); Yoshino, K. [Shimane Institute for Industrial Technology (Japan)

    2015-04-15

    In this study, we compare the results of experimental investigations of longitudinal and transverse pyroelectric effects in a chiral ferroelectric crystal. In a transverse geometry, we studied freely suspended liquid-crystal films. In both geometries, samples exhibited bistability, demonstrating stable pyroelectric signals of different polarities at zero voltage. It is shown that a bistable cell based on a freely suspended film requires 40 times less energy expenditures as compared to the conventional sandwich-type cell.

  14. Macro-circuit simulation and optimal design for ferroelectric liquid crystal based on dielectric properties

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    Wang Mengyao; Pan Wei; Luo Bin; Zhang Weili; Zou Xihua; Xiong Yue

    2007-01-01

    A macro-circuit equivalent model for ferroelectric liquid crystal(FLC)is proposed.The model includes both effects of ferroelectric torque and dielectric torque and is utilized to simulate the switching response and memory behavior of a single FLC cell.Simulation results show that the delay time has a minimum while increasing the amplitude of drive voltage and the amplitude of bipolar pulses should be controlled within a certain range to realize the memory behavior.Also the switching angle is successfully enhanced to the reference value of 22.5°by adopting"AC stabilization"addressing method.

  15. Dielectric properties of ferroelectric betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.; Pankova, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    The dielectric properties of deuterated betaine phosphite crystals with a high degree of deuteration in the region of the antiferrodistorsive (at T = T c1) and ferroelectric (at T = T c2) phase transitions have been investigated. The temperature behavior of the dielectric permittivity of betaine phosphite and deuterated betaine phosphite has been described within the framework of the Landau thermodynamic model taking into account the biquadratic coupling between the polar order parameter of the ferroelectric transition and the nonpolar order parameter of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition. It has been shown that an increase in the degree of deuteration leads to a decrease in the coupling between the order parameters. An increase in the temperature of the ferroelectric phase transition due to the deuteration of betaine phosphite is caused by an increase in the dielectric permittivity in the symmetric phase above the temperature of the antiferrodistorsive phase transition.

  16. Enhanced electrocaloric cooling in ferroelectric single crystals by electric field reversal

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    Ma, Yang-Bin; Novak, Nikola; Koruza, Jurij; Yang, Tongqing; Albe, Karsten; Xu, Bai-Xiang

    2016-09-01

    An improved thermodynamic cycle is validated in ferroelectric single crystals, where the cooling effect of an electrocaloric refrigerant is enhanced by applying a reversed electric field. In contrast to the conventional adiabatic heating or cooling by on-off cycles of the external electric field, applying a reversed field is significantly improving the cooling efficiency, since the variation in configurational entropy is increased. By comparing results from computer simulations using Monte Carlo algorithms and experiments using direct electrocaloric measurements, we show that the electrocaloric cooling efficiency can be enhanced by more than 20% in standard ferroelectrics and also relaxor ferroelectrics, like Pb (Mg1 /3 /Nb2 /3)0.71Ti0.29O3 .

  17. Defect study by sub-second relaxation of the internal field after polarization reversal in lithium niobate crystals

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    Ro, Jung Hoon; Kim, Tae Hoon; Ro, Ji Hyun; Cha, Myoung Sik [Pusan National Univ., Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-01

    The difficulty in measuring the fast response of the coercive field in lithium-niobate (LN) crystals after polarization reversal was overcome by using the partial poling method. The measurement revealed two distinct relaxations of the internal field in LN crystals. Their physical origins are discussed using a non-stoichiometric defect model of LN based on the fact that the functional form of the experimental data was found to be a stretched exponential. The magnitude of the internal field was expected to be proportional to the defect concentration, which was verified using samples with reduced defect concentrations which were fabricated using the vapor transport equilibration method. This experimental method may be used as a useful defect characterization technique. The inherent coercive field of stoichiometric LN was expected to be 1.1 {approx} 1.5 kV/mm by subtracting the total contributions of the internal field and the wall-velocity-dependent terms from the measured poling field of congruent LN ({approx} 21 kV/mm)

  18. Self-Restoration by Smectic Layer Structures of Monostable Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal in Flexible Devices

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Isaka, Fumito; Murashige, Takeshi; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    In this paper, we discuss a self-restoration phenomenon affecting smectic layer deformation and molecular alignment in monostable ferroelectric liquid crystals used for flexible displays. First, the mechanical stability of tilted ‘bookshelf’ structures of smectic layers anchored on substrates using alignment layers was examined by precisely shearing two substrates. The microscopic texture of a monostable ferroelectric liquid crystal showed tolerance to shearing and the self-restoration was thought to be due to a smectic layer reconnection phenomenon, whereas a conventional bistable ferroelectric liquid crystal film generated alignment defects due to the tilting of the stable molecular direction. We then fabricated a flexible monostable device containing fine polymer fiber networks, where anchoring of molecularly aligned polymer fibers led to the observation of monostable liquid crystal switching. A uniform liquid crystal alignment was maintained in a 100 mm× 100 mm device even after bending more than 10000 times at a minimum radius of curvature of 20 mm, due to the enhanced shearing tolerance of the smectic layer structure.

  19. Optical characterization of ferroelectric glycinium phosphite single crystals

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    Perumal, R.; Senthil Kumar, K. [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025 (India); Moorthy Babu, S., E-mail: babu@annauniv.ed [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Sardar Patel Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025 (India); Bhagavannarayana, G. [Crystal Growth and Crystallography Section, National Physical Laboratory, CSIR, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2010-02-04

    Single crystals of glycinium phosphite (GPI) were grown by isothermal evaporation and conventional temperature-lowering techniques. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analysis confirm the monoclinic structure of the as grown crystals. The structural perfection of the as grown crystal was determined through HRXRD analysis. FTIR and Raman analysis revealed the functional groups present in the grown crystals. The optical absorption of the grown crystal was analyzed and the refractive index values for different wavelengths were measured by prism coupling technique. Thermal stability, melting temperature and phase transition temperature of the as grown crystals were identified from TGA/DSC analysis. The dielectric impedance analysis indicates the continuous phase transition nature of the grown crystals. The mechanical strength and hardening co-efficient were determined from Vicker's microhardness measurements for different loads with constant dwell time. The growth mechanism and the defects were analyzed through chemical etching analysis from various crystallographic planes and etching periods.

  20. Single-crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN/PT) as a broadband high power transduction material.

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    Moffett, Mark B; Robinson, Harold C; Powers, James M; Baird, P David

    2007-05-01

    Two experimental underwater acoustic projectors, a tonpilz array, and a cylindrical line array, were built with single crystal, lead magnesium niobate/lead titanate, a piezoelectric transduction material possessing a large electromechanical coupling factor (k33 = 0.9). The mechanical quality factor, Q(m), and the effective coupling factor, k(eff), determine the frequency band over which high power can be transmitted; k(eff) cannot be greater than the piezoelectric material value, and so a high material coupling factor is a requisite for broadband operation. Stansfield's bandwidth criteria are used to calculate the optimum Q(m) value, Q(opt) approximately 1.2 (1-k(eff)2 1/2/k(eff). The results for the tonpilz projector exhibited k(eff) = 0.730, Q(m) = 1.17 (very near optimal), and a fractional bandwidth of 0.93. For the cylindrical transducer array, k(eff) = 0.867, Q(m) = 0.91 (larger than the optimum value, 0.7), and the bandwidth was 1.16. Although the measured bandwidths were less than optimal, they were accurately predicted by the theory, despite the highly simplified nature of the Van Dyke equivalent circuit, on which the theory is based.

  1. Synthesis and X-ray Powder Diffraction Characterization of A New Niobate Crystal Ba4Na2VNb9O30

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    2002-01-01

    A new niobate crystal Ba4Na2VNb9O30 was synthesized in BaO-Na2O-V2O5-Nb2O5 system for the first time.Its shape,optical properties,melting point and chemical stability were studied.X-ray powder diffraction study determined that this compound assumes a tetragonal tungsten bronze structure with space group P4bm(100) and lattice parameters a=b=12.4275(2),c=3.970(3).The new compound may be one kind of photorefractive crystals.

  2. Note: Laser beam scanning using a ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulator

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    Das, Abhijit [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039, Assam (India); Department of Physics, Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam (India); Boruah, Bosanta R., E-mail: brboruah@iitg.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039, Assam (India)

    2014-04-15

    In this work we describe laser beam scanning using a ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulator. Commercially available ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulators are capable of displaying 85 colored images in 1 s using a time dithering technique. Each colored image, in fact, comprises 24 single bit (black and white) images displayed sequentially. We have used each single bit image to write a binary phase hologram. For a collimated laser beam incident on the hologram, one of the diffracted beams can be made to travel along a user defined direction. We have constructed a beam scanner employing the above arrangement and demonstrated its use to scan a single laser beam in a laser scanning optical sectioning microscope setup.

  3. Circuit-level simulation of the hysteresis inversion frequency of the ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Wang Mengyao; Pan Wei; Luo Bin; Zhang Weili; Zou Xihua

    2009-01-01

    The V-shaped electro-optical properties control is investigated by an equivalent circuit model. Simulation results show that genuine V-shaped form is only observed at hysteresis inversion frequency, and below and above this frequency an anomalous and normal hysteresis are observed. And the inversion frequency decreases with the resistance of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) layer following logfi=-alogRLC+b. The results are in good accordance with the reported experimental results.

  4. Origin of weak ferroelectricity in semiconductive Sb2S3 crystal

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    Žigas, Leonardas; Audzijonis, Algirdas; Grigas, Jonas

    2017-02-01

    The paper presents the results of the investigations of electronic potential dependencies upon the normal co-ordinates of B1u mode in a large temperature range for the Sb2S3 crystal. The results revealed high anharmonicity of Sb and S atoms in this highly covalent semiconductive compound and B1u - mode polar distortion with temperature leading to appearance of weak ferroelectricity.

  5. Ferroelectric properties of dysprosium-doped Bi4Ti3O12 thin films crystallized in various atmospheres

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    CHENG Chuan-pin; TANG Ming-hua; YE Zhi; ZHOU Yic-hun; ZHENG Xue-jun; ZHONG Xiang-li; HU Zeng-shun

    2006-01-01

    Dysprosium-doped Bi4Ti3O12 (Bi3.4Dy0.6Ti3O12,BDT) ferroelectric thin films were deposited on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(111) substrates by chemical solution deposition (CSD) and crystallized in nitrogen,air and oxygen atmospheres,respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to identify the crystal structure,the surface and cross-section morphology of the deposited ferroelectric films. The results show that the crystallization atmosphere has significant effect on determining the crystallization and ferroelectric properties of the BDT films. The film crystallized in nitrogen at a relatively low temperature of 650 ℃,exhibits excellent crystallinity and ferroelectricity with a remanent polarization of 2Pr = 24.9 μC/cm2 and a coercive field of 144.5 kV/cm. While the films annealed in air and oxygen at 650 ℃ do not show good crystallinity and ferroelectricity until they are annealed at 700 ℃. The structure evolution and ferroelectric properties of BDT thin films annealed under different temperatures (600-750 ℃) were also investigated. The crystallinity of the BDT films is improved and the average grain size increases when the annealing temperature increases from 600 ℃ to 750 ℃ at an interval of 50 ℃. However,the polarization of the films is not monotonous function of the annealing temperature.

  6. Characterizing new compositions of [001]C relaxor ferroelectric single crystals using a work-energy model

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2016-04-01

    The desired operating range of ferroelectric materials with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary is limited by field induced phase transformations. In [001]C cut and poled relaxor ferroelectric single crystals the mechanically driven ferroelectric rhombohedral to ferroelectric orthorhombic phase transformation is hindered by antagonistic electrical loading. Instability around the phase transformation makes the current experimental technique for characterization of the large field behavior very time consuming. Characterization requires specialized equipment and involves an extensive set of measurements under combined electrical, mechanical, and thermal loads. In this work a mechanism-based model is combined with a more limited set of experiments to obtain the same results. The model utilizes a work-energy criterion that calculates the mechanical work required to induce the transformation and the required electrical work that is removed to reverse the transformation. This is done by defining energy barriers to the transformation. The results of the combined experiment and modeling approach are compared to the fully experimental approach and error is discussed. The model shows excellent predictive capability and is used to substantially reduce the total number of experiments required for characterization. This decreases the time and resources required for characterization of new compositions.

  7. High performance relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications.

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    Chen, Yan; Lam, Kwok-Ho; Zhou, Dan; Yue, Qingwen; Yu, Yanxiong; Wu, Jinchuan; Qiu, Weibao; Sun, Lei; Zhang, Chao; Luo, Haosu; Chan, Helen L W; Dai, Jiyan

    2014-07-29

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33~2000 pC/N, kt~60%) near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc) and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed.

  8. High Performance Relaxor-Based Ferroelectric Single Crystals for Ultrasonic Transducer Applications

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT have drawn much attention in the ferroelectric field because of their excellent piezoelectric properties and high electromechanical coupling coefficients (d33~2000 pC/N, kt~60% near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB. Ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT single crystals also possess outstanding performance comparable with PMN-PT single crystals, but have higher phase transition temperatures (rhombohedral to tetragonal Trt, and tetragonal to cubic Tc and larger coercive field Ec. Therefore, these relaxor-based single crystals have been extensively employed for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this paper, an overview of our work and perspectives on using PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is presented. Various types of single-element ultrasonic transducers, including endoscopic transducers, intravascular transducers, high-frequency and high-temperature transducers fabricated using the PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT crystals and their 2-2 and 1-3 composites are reported. Besides, the fabrication and characterization of the array transducers, such as phased array, cylindrical shaped linear array, high-temperature linear array, radial endoscopic array, and annular array, are also addressed.

  9. Polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal for flexible displays using plastic substrates

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Iino, Yoshiki; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kawakita, Masahiro; Tsuchiya, Yuzuru

    2001-12-01

    We have developed a ferroelectric liquid crystal device with a novel structure containing a polymer fiber network for flexible lightweight displays using thin plastic substrates. The aligned polymer fibers of sub-micrometers -diameter were formed under ultraviolet light irradiation in a heated nematic- phase solution consisting of liquid crystal and monofunctional acrylate monomer. The rigid polymer network was found to adhere to the two plastic substrates, and the uniform liquid crystal alignment provided a contrast ratio of 100:1 for a monomer concentration of 20 wt%. This device achieves a continuous grayscale capability as a result of change in the spatial distribution of small liquid crystal domains, and also exhibits a fast response time of 80 microsecond(s) due to high-purity separation of polymer and liquid crystal materials. It therefore has attractive features for flexible moving-image display applications.

  10. Formation Enthalpy Calculation of Oxygen Vacancy Defect in Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    QIANG Liang-sheng; LI Yao; TANG Dong-yan; XU Chong-quan; WEI Yong-de

    2004-01-01

    The relationship between temperature and oxygen vacancy concentration is deduced in this paper. Based on the data of thermal weight-loss experiment, the formation enthalpies of congruent and several doped LN crystals have been calculated. It was found that the formation enthalpy of oxygen vacancies can be decreased evidently by doping valence-changeable ions. The experimental results were discussed and a new reduction process of the photorefractive LN crystal at a relatively low temperature was proposed, and the reduced crystals showed a good effect in practical use.

  11. ARTICLES: Photoinduced light scattering in cerium-doped barium strontium niobate crystals

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    Voronov, Valerii V.; Dorosh, I. R.; Kuz'minov, Yu S.; Tkachenko, N. V.

    1980-11-01

    Photoinduced light scattering was observed in cerium-doped (SrxBa1-x)1-y(Nb2O6)y crystals having the composition x = 0.61, y = 0.4993. It was found that this effect is due to holographic amplification of light scattered by crystal defects. An analysis is made of static and dynamic characteristics of self-amplification of scattered light in the crystals. A theoretical model of the process is constructed assuming that the hologram recording process is of the diffusion type. Theoretical results are compared with the experiment.

  12. Photoinduced light scattering in cerium-doped barium strontium niobate crystals

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    Voronov, V. V.; Dorosh, I. R.; Kuz'minov, Yu. S.; Tkachenko, N. V.

    Photoinduced light scattering was observed in cerium-doped (Srx Ba1-x)1-y(Nb2O6)y crystals having the composition x = 0.61, y = 0.4993. It was found that this effect is due to holographic amplification of light scattered by crystal defects. An analysis is made of static and dynamic characteristics of self-amplification of scattered light in the crystals. A theoretical model of the process is constructed assuming that the hologram recording process is of the diffusion type. Theoretical results are compared with the experiment.

  13. Self-templated synthesis of single-crystal and single-domain ferroelectric nanoplates

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    Chao, Chunying

    2012-08-15

    Free-standing single-crystal PbTiO 3 nanoplates (see picture) were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. A "self-templated" crystal growth is presumed to lead to the formation of the PbTiO 3 nanoplates, which have ferroelectric single-domain structures, whose polarization areas can be manipulated by writing and reading. The nanoplates are also effective catalysts for the oxidation of carbon monoxide. © 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Pump Intensity Dependence of Two-Beam Coupling in Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    Nouel Y.Kamber; XU Jing-Jun; Sonia M. Mikha; SONG Feng; ZHANG Guo-Quan; ZHANG Xin-Zheng; LIU Si-Min; ZHANG Guang-Yin

    2000-01-01

    We demonstrated experimentally the dependence of two-beam coupling on the incident pump intensity in our samples of doped LiNbO3 crystals. Our results show that there is an optimum pump intensity for the signal beam amplification, which can be easily controlled by doping the LiNbO3 crystal with suitable concentrations of Fe and damage-resistant dopants such as Mg, In, and Zn.

  15. Recent Developments on High Curie Temperature PIN-PMN-PT Ferroelectric Crystals.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Li, Fei; Sherlock, Nevin P; Luo, Jun; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Xia, Ru; Meyer, Richard J; Hackenberger, Wesley; Shrout, Thomas R

    2011-03-01

    Pb(In(0.5)Nb(0.5))O(3)-Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PIN-PMN-PT) ferroelectric crystals attracted extensive attentions in last couple years, due to their higher usage temperatures range (> 30°C) and coercive fields (~5kV/cm), meanwhile maintaining similar electromechanical couplings (k(33)> 90%) and piezoelectric coefficients (d(33)~1500pC/N), when compared to their binary counterpart Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-PbTiO(3). In this article, we reviewed recent developments on the PIN-PMN-PT single crystals, including the Bridgman crystal growth, dielectric, electromechanical, piezoelectric and ferroelectric behaviors as function of temperature and dc bias. Mechanical quality factor Q was studied as function of orientation and phase. Of particular interest is the dynamic strain, which related to the Q and d(33), was found to be improved when compared to binary system, exhibiting the potential usage of PIN-PMN-PT in high power application. Furthermore, PIN-PMN-PT crystals exhibit improved thickness dependent properties, due to their small domain size, being on the order of 1μm. Finally, the manganese acceptor dopant in the ternary crystals was investigated and discussed briefly in this paper.

  16. Modelling Ferroelectric Nanoparticles in Nematic Liquid Crystals (FERNANO)

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  17. Electro-optic and dynamic studies of biphenyl benzoate ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Hemine, J., E-mail: hemine1@yahoo.f [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite Hassan II, Mohammedia-Casablanca, BP 146, F.S.T. Mohammedia (Morocco); Daoudi, A. [Universite Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille (France); ULCO, LDSMM, F-59140 Dunkerque (France); CNRS UMR8024, F-59140 Dunkerque (France); Legrand, C. [Universite Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille (France); ULCO, LEMCEL, F-62228 Calais (France); El kaaouachi, A.; Nafidi, A. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Faculte des Sciences Ibnou Zohr, BP 28/S 80000 Agadir (Morocco); Ismaili, M.; Isaert, N. [Universite Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille (France); USTL, LDSMM, F-59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); CNRS UMR8024, F-59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Nguyen, H.T. [Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Universite de Bordeaux 1, 33600 Pessac (France)

    2010-05-01

    We present electro-optic and dynamic properties on three homologous of biphenyl benzoate series of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) exhibiting the chiral smectic C phase (SmC*). The three compounds present high spontaneous polarization and show the SmC*-SmA*-N* phase sequence. Dielectric spectroscopy was used to provide the dynamics and dipolar ordering of the ferroelectric phase. The Goldstone relaxation mode was studied for sample cells on planar geometry without a DC bias voltage. The rotational viscosity corresponding to molecular motions in the SmC* phase was determined from dielectric measurements. The Arrhenius-type behavior of the rotational viscosity was found and the corresponding activation energies were evaluated.

  18. Non-resonant electromechanical energy harvesting using inter-ferroelectric phase transitions

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    Pérez Moyet, Richard; Rossetti, George A., E-mail: george.rossetti-jr@uconn.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (United States); Stace, Joseph; Amin, Ahmed [Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, Newport, Rhode Island 02841 (United States); Finkel, Peter [Materials Science and Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2015-10-26

    Non-resonant electromechanical energy harvesting is demonstrated under low frequency excitation (<50 Hz) using [110]{sub C}-poled lead indium niobate-lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate relaxor ferroelectric single crystals with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary. The efficiency of power generation at the stress-induced phase transition between domain-engineered rhombohedral and orthorhombic ferroelectric states is as much as four times greater than is obtained in the linear piezoelectric regime under identical measurement conditions but during loading below the coercive stress of the phase change. The phase transition mode of electromechanical transduction holds potential for non-resonant energy harvesting from low-frequency vibrations and does not require mechanical frequency up-conversion.

  19. Enhancement in ferroelectric, pyroelectric and photoluminescence properties in dye doped TGS crystals

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    Sinha, Nidhi [Department of Electronics, SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Goel, Neeti; Singh, B.K.; Gupta, M.K. [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Kumar, Binay, E-mail: bkumar@physics.du.ac.in [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India)

    2012-06-15

    Pure and dye doped (0.1 and 0.2 mol%) Triglycine Sulfate (TGS) single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. A pyramidal coloring pattern, along with XRD and FT-IR studies confirmed the dye doping. Decrease in dielectric constant and increase in Curie temperature (T{sub c}) were observed with increasing doping concentration. Low absorption cut off (231 nm) and high optical transparency (>90%) resulting in large band gap was observed in UV-VIS studies. In addition, strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed in which the relative intensity were found to be reversed as a result of doping. In P-E hysteresis loop studies, a higher curie temperature and an improved and more uniform figure of merit over a large region of the ferroelectric phase were observed. The improved dielectric, optical and ferroelectric/pyroelectric properties make the dye doped TGS crystals better candidate for various opto- and piezo-electronics applications. - Graphical abstract: Dye doping in TGS crystal resulted in hourglass morphology, increased hyper-luminescence intensity, improved T{sub c} and figure of merit. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amaranth dye doping in TGS crystals resulted in hourglass morphology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Doping resulted in enhancement of Curie temperature from 49 to 53 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low cut off (230 nm) and wider transmittance window observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High and uniform figure of merit in ferroelectric phase was obtained.

  20. Optimization of electrooptic and pieozoelectric coupling effects in tetragonal relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals

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    Sun, Enwei; Sang, Shijing; Yuan, Zhongyuan; Qi, Xudong; Zhang, Rui; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    The electrooptic and piezoelectric coupling effects in tetragonal relaxor-based ferroelectric 0.62Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.38PbTiO3 (PMN-0.38PT) and 0.88Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.12PbTiO3 (PZN-0.12PT) single-domain crystals have been analyzed by the coordinate transformation. The orientation dependence of the electrooptic and half-wave voltage was calculated based on the full sets of refractive indices, electrooptic and piezoelectric coefficients. The optimum orientation cuts for achieving the best electrooptic coefficient and half-wave voltage were found. The lowset half-wave voltage is only 76 V for the PMN-0.38PT single-domain crystal. Compared to commonly used electrooptic crystal LiNbO3, tetragonal relaxor-PT ferroelectric single-domain crystals are much superior for optical modulation applications because of their much higher linear electrooptic coefficients and substantially lower half-wave voltages when the piezoelectric strain influence is considered. PMID:25954059

  1. Electro-optic properties of indium/erbium-codoped lithium niobate crystal for integrated optics

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    Du, Wan-Ying; Zhang, Zi-Bo; Ren, Shuai; Wong, Wing-Han; Yu, Dao-Yin; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun; Zhang, De-Long

    2017-02-01

    Clamped and unclamped electro-optic coefficients γ13 and γ33 of In3+/Er3+-codoped LiNbO3 crystals, which were grown by Czochralski method from the melts containing 0.5 mol% Er2O3 while varied In2O3 contents of 0.0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mol%, were measured by Mach-Zehnder interferometry. The results show that In3+/Er3+ codoping does not cause change of γ13 and γ33, and both γ13 and γ33 can be regarded as unchanged in the studied In3+ concentration range of 0-2.6 mol% (in crystal) within the experimental error of 3%. The small doping effect is desired in light of the electro-optic application of the crystal. A qualitative, comprehensible explanation for the small effect is given on the basis of the EO coefficient model of LiNbO3 and doping effect on the defect structure of LiNbO3.

  2. Growth and Holographic Storage Properties of Sc, Fe Co-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    2007-01-01

    The holographic storage properties of Fe (0.03% (mass fraction) Fe2O3):LiNbO3 doped with Sc at different levels (0, 1%, 2%, 3%) were investigated.The Sc threshold concentration in Fe:LiNbO3 was implied to be about 3%(mole fraction) because O-H vibration absorption peak of Sc (3%):Fe:LiNbO3 was at 3508 cm-1, compared with 3484 cm-1 of crystals with lower Sc doping level.Sc(3%):Fe:LiNbO3 exhibited higher optical damage resistance ability.The threshold intensity (wavelength 488 nm) of Sc (3%):Fe:LiNbO3 was 2.2×102 W·cm-2, two orders of magnitude higher than that of Fe:LiNbO3.Holographic storage properties of the crystals were determined in an extraordinary polarized laser of wavelength 632.8 nm by a two-wave coupling method.It was found that in terms of holographic storage properties, the optimal doping concentration of Sc was 2%(mole fraction) among this crystal series.

  3. Caracterização estrutural, propriedades dielétricas e ferroelétricas de filmes finos de Estrôncio-Bário-Nióbio (SBN Structural characterization, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Strontium Barium Niobate (SBN thin films

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    R. G. Mendes

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Filmes finos de niobato de estrôncio e bário (SBN na composição 75/25 (Sr0,75Ba0,25Nb2O 6 foram depositados sobre substratos de Pt/Si usando-se um método químico baseado na obtenção de uma resina polimérica a partir de diferentes soluções de íons. Os filmes foram cristalizados em temperaturas entre 500 °C e 700 °C usando-se tratamentos térmicos convencionais de 1 hora e rápidos de 60 segundos. A presença da fase ferroelétrica do SBN foi confirmada somente em filmes cristalizados em temperaturas superiores a 600 °C, enquanto que para os filmes tratados termicamente a 500 °C verificou-se a presença de outras fases como o SrNb2O6 e BaNb2O6 que não são ferroelétricas. Os parâmetros de rede da estrutura tetragonal do SBN foram calculados com base nos difratogramas de raios X para diferentes condições de cristalização e os valores obtidos concordam bem com aqueles obtidos para filmes de SBN, reportados na literatura, preparados por outros métodos. Os parâmetros ferroelétricos foram obtidos usando-se um circuito Sawyer-Tower à temperatura ambiente na freqüência de 100 Hz. Para os filmes cristalizados a 700 °C os valores de polarização remanescente (Pr e campo coercitivo (Ec foram respectivamente 18 miC/cm² e 180 kV/cm para tratamentos térmicos convencionais e 17 miC/cm² e 235 kV/cm para tratamentos térmicos rápidos.Strontium Barium Niobate (SBN thin films in the composition 75/25 (Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O 6 were deposited on Pt/Si substrates by a chemical method based in a polymeric resin obtained from different ion solutions. The films were crystallized in temperatures between 500 °C and 700 °C using a conventional furnace for 1 hour and using rapid thermal annealing (RTA for 60 seconds. The ferroelectric phase SBN was confirmed for films crystallized in temperatures above 600 ºC, films thermal treated at 500 ºC we noted the presence of other phases such as SrNb2O6 and BaNb2O6, which are not ferroelectrics. The

  4. Phase equilibria and crystal chemistry of rubidium niobates and rubidium tantalates

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    Minor, D. B.; Roth, R. S.; Parker, H. S.; Brower, W. S.

    1977-01-01

    The phase equilibria relations and crystal chemistry of portions of the Rb2O-Nb2O5 and Rb2O-Ta2O5 systems were investigated for structures potentially useful as ionic conductors. A hexagonal tungsten bronze-type (HTB) structure was found in both systems as well as three hexagonal phases with mixed HTB-pyrochlore type structures. Ion exchange experiments between various alkali ions are described for several phases. Unit cell dimensions and X-ray diffraction powder patterns are reported.

  5. Electric field induced domain formation in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal cells

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    Dierking, Ingo; Gießelmann, Frank; Schacht, Jochen; Zugenmaier, Peter

    1994-01-01

    Two types of domains have been observed for S sub(C) ferroelectric liquid crystals in surface stabilized cells (SSFLC) by application of a high electric field with the smectic layers tilted by the amount of the chevron angle with respect to the normal of the rubbing direction in the substrate plane. The layer structure resembles that of a chevron configuration in the plane of the substrate similar to the recently reported stripe-shaped SSFLC structure. The two domain types 'appear' to switch ...

  6. Effects of ferroelectric nanoparticles on ion-transport in a liquid crystal

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    Garvey, Alfred; Basu, Rajratan

    2015-03-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNPs) of 50 nm diameter was doped in a nematic liquid crystal (LC), and the free ion concentration was found to be significantly reduced in the LC +FNP hybrid compared to that of the pure LC. The strong electric fields, due to the permanent dipole moment of the FNPs, trapped some mobile ions, reducing the free ion concentration in the LC media. The reduction of free ions was found to have coherent impacts on the LC's conductivity, rotational viscosity, and electric field-induced nematic switching.

  7. Effects of ferroelectric nanoparticles on ion transport in a liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan; Garvey, Alfred

    2014-10-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNPs) of 50 nm diameter was doped in a nematic liquid crystal (LC), and the free ion concentration was found to be significantly reduced in the LC + FNP hybrid compared to that of the pure LC. The strong electric fields, due to the permanent dipole moment of the FNPs, trapped some mobile ions, reducing the free ion concentration in the LC media. The reduction of free ions was found to have coherent impacts on the LC's conductivity, rotational viscosity, and electric field-induced nematic switching.

  8. Modulation of unpolarized light in planar aligned subwavelength-pitch deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kesaev, Vladimir V; Kiselev, Alexei D

    2016-01-01

    We study the electro-optic properties of subwavelength-pitch deformed-helix ferroelectric liquid crystals (DHFLC) illuminated with unpolarized light. In the experimental setup based on the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, it was observed that the reference and the sample beams being both unpolarized produce the interference pattern which is insensitive to rotation of in-plane optical axes of the DHFLC cell. We find that the field-induced shift of the interference fringes can be described in terms of the electrically dependent Pancharatnam relative phase determined by the averaged phase shift, whereas the visibility of the fringes is solely dictated by the phase retardation.

  9. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Śliwa, I.; JeŻewski, W.; Kuczyński, W.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  10. Electric-field-induced weakly chaotic transients in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Śliwa, I; Jeżewski, W; Kuczyński, W

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamics induced in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals by strong alternating external electric fields is studied both theoretically and experimentally. As has already been shown, molecular reorientations induced by sufficiently strong fields of high-enough frequencies can reveal a long transient behavior that has a weakly chaotic character. The resulting complex dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals can be considered not only as a consequence of irregular motions of particular molecules but also as a repercussion of a surface-enforced partial decorrelation of nonlinear molecular motions within smectic layers. To achieve more insight into the nature of this phenomenon and to show that the underlying complex field-induced behavior of smectic liquid crystals is not exceptional, ranges of system parameters for which the chaotic behavior occurs are determined. It is proved that there exists a large enough set of initial phase trajectory points, for which weakly chaotic long-time transitory phenomena occur, and, thereby, it is demonstrated that such a chaotic behavior can be regarded as being typical for strongly field-driven thin liquid crystal systems. Additionally, the influence of low-amplitude random noise on the duration of the transient processes is numerically studied. The strongly nonlinear contribution to the electro-optic response, experimentally determined for liquid crystal samples at frequencies lower than the actual field frequency, is also analyzed for long-time signal sequences. Using a statistical approach to distinguish numerically response signals of samples from noise generated by measuring devices, it is shown that the distribution of sample signals distinctly differs from the device noise. This evidently corroborates the occurrence of the nonlinear low-frequency effect, found earlier for different surface stabilized liquid crystal samples.

  11. Modelling of switching in ferroelectric liquid crystal devices

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    McCrea, S

    1996-01-01

    phases in two dimensions is adapted to model this, and combined with the continuum equations to give a single dynamic equation relating the domain area to the charge (for an isolated cell) or to the voltage. Empirical relationships are found for the switching times which show two regimes separated by a distinct threshold. A finite difference model is developed to simulate the dynamics of reorientation in one and two dimensions. The model takes into account much of the known structural complexity, for example finite surface and chevron layer interactions, and the alignment layers. It also uses many physical and material parameters. A novel active matrix drive scheme is proposed which is designed as a result of including conductivity in the model. The model in two dimensions is used to simulate, again, growth of switched domains giving a remarkable agreement with experimental results. Smectic C* liquid crystals are now used in many applications such as flat panel displays and laser printer print heads. They are...

  12. Observation of adsorption behavior of biomolecules on ferroelectric crystal surfaces with polarization domain patterns

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    Nakayama, Tomoaki; Isobe, Akiko; Ogino, Toshio

    2016-08-01

    Lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) is one of the ferroelectric crystals that exhibit spontaneous polarization domain patterns on its surface. We observed the polarization-dependent adsorption of avidin molecules, which are positively charged in a buffer solution at pH 7.0, on LiTaO3 surfaces caused by electrostatic interaction at an electrostatic double layer using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Avidin adsorption in the buffer solution was confirmed by scratching the substrate surfaces using the AFM cantilever, and the adsorption patterns were found to depend on the avidin concentration. When KCl was added to the buffer solution to weaken the electrostatic double layer interaction between avidin molecules and LiTaO3 surfaces, adsorption domain patterns disappeared. From the comparison between the adsorption and chemically etched domain patterns, it was found that avidin molecule adsorption is enhanced on negatively polarized domains, indicating that surface polarization should be taken into account in observing biomolecule behaviors on ferroelectric crystals.

  13. Poisson-Boltzmann equation and electro-convective instability in ferroelectric liquid crystals: a mean-field approach

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    Lahiri, T.; Pal Majumder, T.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2014-07-01

    Commercialization of ferroelectric liquid crystal displays (FLCDs) suffers from mechanical and electro-convective instabilities. Impurity ions play a pivotal role in the latter case, and therefore we developed a mean-field type model to understand the complex role of space charges, particularly ions in a ferroelectric liquid crystal. Considering an effective ion-chirality relation, we obtained a modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation for ions dissolved into a chiral solvent like the ferroelectric smectic phase. A nonuniform director profile induced by the mean electrostatic potential of the ions is then calculated by solving an Euler-Lagrange equation for a helically twisted smectic state. A combination of effects resulting from molecular chirality and an electrostatically driven twist created by the ions seems to produce this nonuniform fluctuation in the director orientation. Finally, both theoretical and experimental points of view are presented on the prediction of this mean-field model.

  14. Substitution mechanisms and location of Co2+ ions in congruent and stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals derived from electron paramagnetic resonance data

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    Grachev, V. G.; Hansen, K.; Meyer, M.; Kokanyan, E. P.; Malovichko, G. I.

    2017-03-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra and their angular dependencies were measured for Co2+ trace impurities in stoichiometric samples of lithium niobate doped with rhodium. It was found that Co2+ substitutes for Li+ in the dominant axial center (CoLi) and that the principal substitution mechanism in stoichiometric lithium niobate is 4Co2+ ↔ 3Li+  +  Nb5+. The four Co2+ ions can occupy the nearest possible cation sites by occupying a Nb site and its three nearest-neighbor Li sites, creating a trigonal pyramid with C3 symmetry, as well as non-neighboring sites (e.g. a CoNb-CoLi pair at the nearest sites on the C3 axis with two nearby isolated single Co2+ ions substituted for Li+). In congruent crystals and samples with Li content enriched by vapor transport equilibrium treatment the excess charge of the Co2+ centers is compensated by lithium vacancies located rather far from the Co2+ ions for the dominant axial center or in the nearest neighborhood for low-symmetry satellite centers (the Co2+ ↔ 2Li+ substitution mechanism). The use of exact numerical diagonalization of the spin-Hamiltonian matrices explains all the details of the EPR spectra and gives a value for hyperfine interaction A || that is several times smaller than that obtained using perturbation formulae. The refined values of A and g-tensor components can be used as reliable cornerstones for ab initio and cluster calculations.

  15. Fundamental display properties of flexible devices containing polymer-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal between plastic substrates

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Iino, Yoshiki; Kawakita, Masahiro; Kikuchi, Hiroshi

    2002-09-01

    We describe several fundamental display properties of a flexible ferroelectric liquid crystal device containing polymer fibers between thin plastic substrates. The composite film of liquid crystal and polymer was created from a solution of liquid crystal and monomer materials between the plastic substrates under ultraviolet light irradiation. The dynamic electrooptic response to analog voltage pulses was examined with an incidence of laser beam light, and its light modulation property exhibited good linearity in continuous gray-scale capability. The excellent spatial uniformity of liquid crystal alignment formed between the flexible substrates resulted in high-contrast light modulation, although slight spontaneous bending of liquid crystal alignment in the device plane was recognized. When the laser light beam was obliquely incident on the flexible display device, the measured transmittance revealed that the device has a wide viewing angle of more than 100 deg without contrast reversal. This is considered to be caused by the molecular switching in the device plane and the thin electrooptic layer in the display device.

  16. Effect of poling on dielectric anomalies at phase transitions for lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate crystals in the morphotropic phase boundary region

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp; Payne, David A.; Han, Pengdi

    2006-03-01

    Dielectric measurements are reported as a function of temperature for phase transformations in the lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate system (PMN-PT). Data are given for single crystal specimens in the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region. Transition temperatures were determined from dielectric loss data. The characteristics for both poled and unpoled crystals are compared. Values of dielectric constant were found to increase after poling at room temperature, and an anomaly was induced at the lower-temperature transition. Details are reported for these properties depending upon composition within the MPB region. At room temperature, the poled crystals had high values for dielectric constant (e.g., 5000-15 000), piezoelectric coefficient (e.g., 1000-4000 pC/N), and electromechanical coupling factor (e.g., >0.9). The temperature dependence of dielectric properties is treated in terms of competing phases at transformations, with a change from continuous to discontinuous behavior with increasing PT content towards the MPB. The effect of poling on the induction of the tetragonal (T) phase, with a lowering of the low temperature to tetragonal (LT-->T) phase transformation temperature, is discussed. Piezoelectric crystals with the highest depoling temperature were farthest away from the MPB in the MPB region. This information should be useful for the application of PMN-PT piezoelectric crystals.

  17. Ferroelectric InMnO{sub 3}: Growth of single crystals, structure and high-temperature phase transitions

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    Bekheet, Maged F., E-mail: maged.bekheet@ceramics.tu-berlin.de [Fachbereich Material‐ und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Straße 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Fachgebiet Keramische Werkstoffe / Chair of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften und -technologien, Technische Universität Berlin, Hardenbergstraße 40, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Svoboda, Ingrid; Liu, Na [Fachbereich Material‐ und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Straße 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Bayarjargal, Lkhamsuren [Institut für Geowissenschaften, Goethe-Universität, Altenhöferallee 1, d-60438 Frankfurt a.M. (Germany); Irran, Elisabeth [Institut für Chemie, Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17, Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Dietz, Christian; Stark, Robert W.; Riedel, Ralf [Fachbereich Material‐ und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Straße 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Gurlo, Aleksander [Fachgebiet Keramische Werkstoffe / Chair of Advanced Ceramic Materials, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften und -technologien, Technische Universität Berlin, Hardenbergstraße 40, 10623 Berlin (Germany)

    2016-09-15

    To understand the origin of the ferroelectricity in InMnO{sub 3}, single crystals with average size of 1 mm were grown in PbF{sub 2} flux at 950 °C. The results of single crystal X-ray diffraction, second harmonic generation and piezoresponse force microscopy studies of high-quality InMnO{sub 3} single crystals reveal that the room-temperature state in this material is ferroelectric with P6{sub 3}cm symmetry. The polar InMnO{sub 3} specimen undergoes a reversible phase transition from non-centrosymmetric P6{sub 3}cm structure to a centrosymmetric P6{sub 3}/mmc structure at 700 °C as confirmed by the in situ high-temperature Raman spectroscopic and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments. - Graphical abstract: Piezoresponse fore microscopy (PFM) studies of high quality InMnO{sub 3} single crystal revealed that the room-temperature state of this material is ferroelectric with a clear cloverleaf pattern corresponding to six antiphase ferroelectric domains with alternating polarization ±P{sub z}. Display Omitted - Highlights: • InMnO{sub 3} single crystals with average size of 1 mm were grown in PbF{sub 2} flux at 950 °C. • The room-temperature state of InMnO{sub 3} is ferroelectric with polar P6{sub 3}cm structure. • PolarInMnO{sub 3} reversibly transforms to a centrosymmetric P6{sub 3}/mmc structure above 700 °C.

  18. Bidimensional distortion in ferroelectric liquid crystals with strong anchoring in bookshelf geometry

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    S Ponti; M Becchi; A Strigazzi; S Torgova

    2003-08-01

    In the last decade, it has been experimentally found that in certain conditions a periodic domain pattern arises in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) in bookshelf geometry. Such a periodic texture appears after switching-off an external electric field, even in strong anchoring conditions. It has a static character and is bidimensional, being dependent on directions normal to both the smectic planes and the cell plates. Here a new model explaining this phenomenon is proposed, valid in the case of FLC with strong anchoring. The model is based on the coupling between the spontaneous polarization field in the first semi-period of its modulation along the cell plates and the same field in the second semi-period. This coupling competes with the FLC medium elasticity and is trapped by the anchoring. According to our model, in the ferroelectric state the biperiodic texture is favored by increasing the values of spontaneous polarization. The critical value of the spontaneous polarization for which the undeformed state becomes unstable is found. It is shown to be proportional to the square root of the ratio between the FLC elastic constant and the cell thickness. Moreover, it is inversely proportional to the sinus of the pre-tilt angle with respect to the cell walls.

  19. Nonlinear excitations and charge transport in lithium niobate crystals investigated using femtosecond-light gratings; Nichtlineare Anregungen und Ladungstransport in Lithiumniobatkristallen untersucht mit Femtosekunden-Lichtgittern

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    Maxein, Karl Dominik

    2009-12-15

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) is a widely employed material in nonlinear optics and photonics. Its usage is hampered by the photorefractive effect, which can destroy beam profiles and phase matching conditions. Existing methods to suppress photorefraction fail for the interesting regime of very high intensities and short pulses. Therefore, the photorefractive effect is investigated using femtosecond laser pulses: By utilizing so-called 2K holography, the occupation of energetically shallow traps is observed to occur in less than 100 fs after a two-photon excitation. Writing of photorefractive gratings into oxidized iron-doped LiNbO{sub 3} is much faster with pulses than with cw light. This is explained by the sensitization of the crystal due to charge trapping in photorefractive centers after nonlinear excitations. Finally, light-induced scattering of pulse light is suppressed compared to the scattering of cw light due to the small coherence length of pulses. (orig.)

  20. Performance optimization of optical switches in ferroelectric liquid crystals and polymers operating at 1550 nm

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    Asquini, Rita; Gizzi, Claudio; Beccherelli, Romeo; d'Alessandro, Antonio

    2004-01-01

    A multilayer structure realizing an optical switch with ferroelectric liquid crystal, polymeric buffers and waveguides has been analyzed at the wavelength of 1550 nm, focusing on fabrication and design tolerances. The used liquid crystal FELIX-M4851-025 from Clariant is aligned by Nylon6 and embedded between two polymeric waveguides. ITO is deposited on quartz substrates to apply voltage to the cell and polymeric buffers are employed to reduce ITO absorption losses. The polymers consisted of poly(pentafluorostyrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate). Light is switched between the optical waveguides by reorienting the liquid crystal. Optimization in terms of optical losses and extinction ratios was carried out by varying layer thicknesses, refractive indices of waveguides and buffers, and the angle α between the normal to the smectic layers and the propagation direction. An optimized device with α = 51°, refractive indices of 1.475 and 1.462, thicknesses of 3 and 6 μm for waveguides and buffer, respectively and 4.4 μm for the liquid crystal layer, exhibits an extinction ratio of 59.6 dB with losses as low as 0.8 dB for a length of only 174 μm. A device design using single mode channel waveguides for optical switching matrices has been also carried out.

  1. Effect of electrical field on crystallization and ferroelectric properties of Ge:Sb:Te films

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    Gervacio Arciniega, J.J.; Prokhorov, E.; Espinoza Beltran, F.J.; Trapaga Martinez, L.G. [CINVESTAV, Unidad Queretaro (Mexico); Gonzalez-Hernandez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. and Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    In this work impedance spectroscopy has been used to investigate of the NaCl type-hexagonal transition in stoichiometric Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} and in non-stoichiometric (Ge{sub 24}Sb{sub 15}Te{sub 61}) films. The temperature dependence of capacitance in all films shows an abrupt change (about 4-6 times) at the temperature corresponding to the end of the NaCl type-hexagonal transition. Additional, impedance measurements were carried out in films which have been crystallized with an external DC electric field. Comparing the results in the films crystallized with and without the external electric field, it is observed that in films crystallized with an external electric field, the capacitance increases during the NaCl type-hexagonal transition for about 9-15 times and that the piezoresponse force microscopy measurements have shown ferroelectric domains in the NaCl type phase. External electrical field changes significantly the onset of amorphous-NaCl type crystallization temperature which could be related with an increase in atomic diffusion, promoting the growth of the crystalline phase. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Determination of Metastable Zone Width, Induction Period and Interfacial Energy of a Ferroelectric Crystal - Potassium Ferrocyanide Trihydrate (KFCT

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    R. Kanagadurai

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available An order-disorder type potassium ferrocyanide trihydrate (KFCT is a coordination compound forming lemon- yellow monoclinic ferroelectric crystals with curie temperature 251 K. KFCT crystals have been grown by temperature lowering solution growth technique. Solubility of KFCT has been determined for various temperatures. Metastable zone width, induction period and interfacial energy were determined for the aqueous solution of KFCT. Bulk crystal of potassium ferrocyanide trihydrate was grown with the optimized growth parameters. The grown crystal possesses good optical transmission in the entire UV-Visible region

  3. Nanocomposite Material Based on GaSe and InSe Layered Crystals Intercalated by RbNO3 Ferroelectric

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    Z.R. Kudrynskyi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we established for the first time that single-crystal samples of gallium GaSe and indium InSe selenides can be intercalated by molecules of RbNO3 ferroelectric salt rubidium nitrate. We investigated kinetics of the intercalation process at different temperature-time regimes. Structural properties of the intercalate nanocomposites were studied by X-ray diffraction. The studied structures can be presented as composite superlattices which consist of a lattice of anisotropic layered semiconductor with embedded ferroelectric layers. We established that GaSe nanocomposite material exhibits electric energy storage properties. Energy storage properties are associated with polarization of the intercalated ferroelectric under external electric field. We developed a solid state electric energy storage device on the basis of GaSe nanocomposite material.

  4. Ultraviolet laser-induced poling inhibition produces bulk domains in MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Boes, Andreas, E-mail: s3363819@student.rmit.edu.au; Steigerwald, Hendrik; Sivan, Vijay; Mitchell, Arnan [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); ARC Center for Ultra-high Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); Yudistira, Didit [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 (Australia); Wade, Scott [Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 (Australia); Mailis, Sakellaris [Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Soergel, Elisabeth [Institute of Physics, University of Bonn, Wegelerstr. 8, 53115 Bonn (Germany)

    2014-09-01

    We report the realization of high-resolution bulk domains achieved using a shallow, structured, domain inverted surface template obtained by UV laser-induced poling inhibition in MgO-doped lithium niobate. The quality of the obtained bulk domains is compared to those of the template and their application for second harmonic generation is demonstrated. The present method enables domain structures with a period length as small as 3 μm to be achieved. Furthermore, we propose a potential physical mechanism that leads to the transformation of the surface template into bulk domains.

  5. Smectic Layer Deformation of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Sandwiched between Polymer Walls with Anchoring Effects

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2002-05-01

    We studied smectic layer structures of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) formed in elongated small spaces surrounded by molecule-aligned polymer walls and rubbed polyimide alignment layers. The polymer walls, which are parallel to the rubbing direction and vertical to the alignment layers, were formed by the photopolymerization of an aligned monomer under patterned ultraviolet light irradiation. From the observation of the alignment textures of the FLC between the polymer walls with a polarizing microscope, it was found that the smectic layer structure was changed from vertical plane bending alignment (chevron structure), as observed with a conventional surface-stabilized FLC, into horizontal plane bending, as the interval between the polymer walls decreased. It is thought that the smectic layer structure is governed by the competition between the anchoring effects of the alignment polyimide layers and the molecule-aligned polymer walls.

  6. Light amplification by photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing quarter-thiophene photoconductive chiral dopant

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    Sasaki, T.; Hara, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Naka, Y.; Le, K. V.

    2017-05-01

    The photorefractive effect is a phenomenon that forms a rewritable hologram in a material. This phenomenon can be utilized in devices including 3D displays, optical tomography, novelty filters, phase conjugate wave generators, and optical amplification. Ferroelectric liquid crystal blends composed of a smectic liquid crystalline mixture, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit significant photorefractivity together with rapid responses. As such, they allow the dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. The photoconductive chiral dopants used in the previous study are ter-thiphene derivatives so that the photorefractive effect was examined at 488 nm. In the present work, chiral dopants possessing quarter-thiphene chromophore were synthesized and the photorefractive effect of the FLC blends at longer wavelength was demonstrated.

  7. Flexo- and piezo-electric polarization of smectic layers in ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kuczyński, W.; Hoffmann, J.; Dardas, D.; Nowicka, K.; Bielejewska, N.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we report on how flexoelectric and piezoelectric polarization components can be determined by a method based on simultaneous studies of dielectric and electrooptic properties of the chiral smectic liquid crystal in the regime of weak electric fields. As a rule, the measurements of spontaneous polarization are performed using switching experiments. The polarization measured in this way is not complete—it contains the piezoelectric component only. However, the knowledge of the entire local polarization of a single smectic layer is of great importance—it is necessary for correct determination of some material parameters, for instance elastic constants. Our experiments performed in a helical smectic mixture demonstrated that flexoelectric contribution to the local spontaneous polarization is significant in both ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases. In the antiferroelectric phase, the flexoelectric polarization is less due to higher helical pitch.

  8. Electromechanical memory effect in a ferroelectric nanoparticle-suspended liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan

    2014-03-01

    A small quantity of BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles (FNP) was doped in a liquid crystal (LC), and the LC +FNP hybrid was found to exhibit an electromechanical memory effect in the isotropic phase. The permanent dipole moment of the FNPs causes the LC molecule to form short-range order surrounding the FNPs. This FNP-induced short-range order becomes more prominent in the isotropic phase when the global nematic order is absent. These short-range domains, being anisotropic in nature, interact with the external electric field. When the field goes off, these domains stay oriented due to the absence of the long range order in the isotropic phase, showing a hysteresis effect. The area under the hysteresis graph shows a significant pretransitional behavior on approaching the nematic phase from the isotropic phase.

  9. Structural matching of ferroelectric domains and associated distortion in potassium titanyl phosphate crystals

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    Pernot-Rejmankova, P; Cloetens, P; Lyford, T; Baruchel, J

    2003-01-01

    The surface deformation and atomic-level distortions associated with crystal structural matching at ferroelectric inversion domain walls are investigated in periodically poled potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystals. A deformation, of the order of 10 sup - sup 8 m in scale and having the periodicity of the domains, is observed at the surfaces by optical interferometry. It is discussed in terms of the piezoelectric effect. The matching of the crystal structures at the domain walls is studied by combining the hard x-ray Fresnel phase-imaging technique with Bragg diffraction imaging methods ('Bragg-Fresnel imaging') and using synchrotron radiation. Quantitative analysis of the contrast of the Bragg-Fresnel images recorded as a function of the propagation distance is demonstrated to allow the determination of how the domains are matched at the atomic (unit cell) level, even though the spatial resolution of the images is on the scale of micrometres. The atom P(1) is determined as the linking atom for connecting...

  10. Self-Powered Ultrabroadband Photodetector Monolithically Integrated on a PMN-PT Ferroelectric Single Crystal.

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    Fang, Huajing; Xu, Chao; Ding, Jie; Li, Qiang; Sun, Jia-Lin; Dai, Ji-Yan; Ren, Tian-Ling; Yan, Qingfeng

    2016-12-07

    Photodetectors capable of detecting two or more bands simultaneously with a single system have attracted extensive attentions because of their critical applications in image sensing, communication, and so on. Here, we demonstrate a self-powered ultrabroadband photodetector monolithically integrated on a 0.72Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.28PbTiO3 (PMN-28PT) single crystal. By combining the optothermal and pyroelectric effect, the multifunctional PMN-28PT single crystal can response to a wide wavelength range from UV to terahertz (THz). At room temperature, the photodetector could generate a pyroelectric current under the intermittent illumination of incident light in absence of external bias. A systematic study of the photoresponse was investigated. The pyroelectric current shows an almost linear relationship to illumination intensity. Benefiting from the excellent pyroelectric property of PMN-28PT single crystal and the optimized device architecture, the device exhibited a dramatic improvement in operation frequency up to 3 kHz without any obvious degradation in sensitivity. Such a self-powered photodetector with ultrabroadband response may open a window for the novel application of ferroelectric materials in optoelectronics.

  11. Cathodoluminescence investigation of relaxor-based ferroelectrics Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.3PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-0.3PT) single-crystal

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    Ge Wanyin, E-mail: wanyinge@gmail.co [Ceramic Physics Laboratory and Research Institute for Nanoscience (RIN), Kyoto Institute of Technology, Sakyo-ku, Matsugasaki, 606-8585 Kyoto (Japan); Zhu Wenliang [Ceramic Physics Laboratory and Research Institute for Nanoscience (RIN), Kyoto Institute of Technology, Sakyo-ku, Matsugasaki, 606-8585 Kyoto (Japan); Pezzotti, Giuseppe, E-mail: pezzotti@kit.ac.j [Ceramic Physics Laboratory and Research Institute for Nanoscience (RIN), Kyoto Institute of Technology, Sakyo-ku, Matsugasaki, 606-8585 Kyoto (Japan)

    2010-01-01

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) possesses ultrahigh electromechanical coefficients near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). In this paper, the electro-stimulated emission characteristics of a [0 0 1]-oriented PMN-0.3PTsingle-crystal were studied using high resolution cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy at room temperature. Four luminescence bands were observed in the range of 200-900 nm and they were assigned to polaron, nanometre cluster emission, interband emission and structure-related emission. Besides, it was found that the residual stress field ahead of a crack tip of a Vickers indentation had a considerable influence on these luminescence bands. The relationship between the intensities of CL bands and the residual stress field has been investigated and discussed in this paper.

  12. Fabrication of a Mono-Domain Alignment Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Device Using a Polar Self-Assembled Monolayer

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    ZOU Zhong-Fei; YAO Li-Shuang; TANG Xian-Zhu; JI Xin-Jian; XUAN Li

    2008-01-01

    A mono-domain ferroelectric liquid crystal device (FLCD) is fabricated using a novel method. The cell used in this method is an asymmetric cell, typically the combination of a polar self-assembled monolayer (SAM) for one substrate and a rubbed polyimide for the other substrate. A defect-free alignment of ferroelectric liquid crystal is fabricated without applying a dc voltage to remove degeneracy in the layer structure. The contact angles of self-assembled monolayer and PI-2942 are measured and the polarity of SAM is higher than the PI alignment. It is found that the polarity of self-assembled monolayer is a key factor in the formation of mono-domain alignment of FLC.

  13. A micromechanics-based thermodynamic model for the domain switch in ferroelectric crystals

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    Li, W.F.; Weng, G.J

    2004-05-03

    In this work we take the view that domain switch in ferroelectric crystals is a thermodynamics-driven process. In this light we first consider the micromechanics of domain switch to derive the Gibbs free energy of the heterogeneous system and the corresponding thermodynamic driving force at a given level of switched domain concentration f{sub p}, applied stress {sigma}-bar{sub ij}, and applied electric field E-bar{sub i}. Then in conjunction with Miller and Weinreich's [Phys. Rev. 117 (1960) 1460] resistance force for the sidewise motion of 180 deg. domain walls, a kinetic equation is established to calculate the evolution of new domains under a reversed electric field for a BaTiO{sub 3} crystal. The calculated results show that, as the field increases, the switching process is initially rapid, and then becomes quite slow as it approaches the saturation state. The calculated polarization versus the electric field relation (P-E relation) is found to agree with the measured characteristics. The effect of porosity on the switching processes is also examined. It is found that, due to the lower level of Gibbs free energy in the presence of pores, a higher field is required to overcome the energy resistance of domain switch. On the other hand, due to the lower initial parent domain concentration, the level of electric field to cause a complete reversal of the domains decreases with porosity.

  14. Large field-induced-strain at high temperature in ternary ferroelectric crystals

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    Wang, Yaojin; Chen, Lijun; Yuan, Guoliang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, D.

    2016-10-01

    The new generation of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals have potential applications in high power devices due to their surperior operational stability relative to the binary system. In this work, a reversible, large electric field induced strain of over 0.9% at room temperature, and in particular over 0.6% above 380 K was obtained. The polarization rotation path and the phase transition sequence of different compositions in these ternary systems have been determined with increasing electric field applied along [001] direction based on x-ray diffraction data. Thereafter, composition dependence of field-temperature phase diagrams were constructed, which provide compositional and thermal prospectus for the electromechanical properties. It was found the structural origin of the large stain, especially at higher temperature is the lattice parameters modulated by dual independent variables in composition of these ternary solid solution crystals.

  15. Partially transformed relaxor ferroelectric single crystals with distributed phase transformation behavior

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2015-11-01

    Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals such as PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT undergo field driven phase transformations when electrically or mechanically loaded in crystallographic directions that provide a positive driving force for the transformation. The observed behavior in certain compositions is a phase transformation distributed over a range of fields without a distinct forward or reverse coercive field. This work focuses on the material behavior that is observed when the crystals are loaded sufficiently to drive a partial transformation and then unloaded, as might occur when driving a transducer to achieve high power levels. Distributed transformations have been modeled using a normal distribution of transformation thresholds. A set of experiments was conducted to characterize the hysteresis loops that occur with the partial transformations. In this work the normal distribution model is extended to include the partial transformations that occur when the field is reversed before the transformation is complete. The resulting hysteresis loops produced by the model are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  16. Terahertz generation from Cu ion implantation into lithium niobate

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    Wang, Yuhua, E-mail: wyh61@163.com [Hubei Province Key Laboratory of Systems Science in Metallurgical Process, Wuhan university of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Wang, Ruwu; Yuan, Jie [Hubei Province Key Laboratory of Systems Science in Metallurgical Process, Wuhan university of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Wang, Yumei [Department of Nephrology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430022 (China)

    2014-03-15

    In this letter, the authors present first observation of terahertz generation from Cu implantation of lithium niobate crystal substrate. Lithium niobate single crystal is grown by Czochralski method. Metal nanoparticles synthesized by Cu ion implantation were implanted into lithium niobate single crystal using metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source. 1 kHz, 35 fs laser pulse centred at 800 nm was focused onto the samples. The supercontinuum spectra of the sample are obtained. Terahertz was generated via this kind of sample and investigated using the electro-optical sampling technique. The findings suggest that under the investigated implantation parameter, a strong spectral component in excess of 0.46 THz emission was found from Cu ion implantation of lithium niobate. -- Highlights: • We first observation of terahertz generation from Cu implantation of lithium niobate crystal substrate. • Lithium niobate single crystal is grown by Czochralski method. Cu nanoparticles in lithium niobate have been formed by using MEVVA ion source. • The THz bandwidth and center from this kind of sample were determined.

  17. Numerical Calculation of SAW Propagation Properties at the x-Cut of Ferroelectric PMN-33%PT Single Crystals

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    ZHANG Wei; LI Xiu-Ming; ZHANG Rui; HUANG Nai-Xing; CAO Wen-Wu

    2009-01-01

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) properties at the x-cut of relaxor-based 0.67Pb(Mg1/3 Nb2/3) Oa-O.33Pb TiO3 (PMN-33%PT) ferroelectric single crystals are analyzed theoretically when poled along the[O01]c cubic direction.It can be found that PMN-33%PT single crystal is a kind of material with a low phase velocity and high electromechanical coupling coefficient,and the single crystal possesses some cuts with zero power flow angle.The results are based on the material parameters at room temperature.The conclusions provide device designers with a few ideal cuts of PMN-33%PT single crystals.Moreover,choosing an optimal cut will dramatically improve the performance of SAW devices,and corresponding results for crystal systems working at other temperatures could also be figured out by employing the method.

  18. Sign inversion of the spontaneous polarization in a "de Vries"-type ferroelectric liquid crystal.

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    Nonnenmacher, Dorothee; Lemieux, Robert P; Osipov, Mikhail A; Giesselmann, Frank

    2014-05-19

    In contrast to common ferroelectric smectic C* liquid crystals, the siloxane-terminated smectic mesogen E6 is characterized by an unusual temperature variation of the spontaneous polarization. The polarization starts to grow from nearly zero despite the first-order SmA*-SmC* transition, and increases faster than linearly over a large temperature interval while the tilt angle rapidly saturates. To study this behavior in more detail, binary mixtures of different concentrations of E6 in the achiral SmC material C8Cl, which has a similar chemical structure, were investigated. Surprisingly, all mixtures show a temperature dependent polarization sign inversion, which shifts towards the SmC*-SmA* transition with increasing E6 concentration. For the pure E6 the inversion temperature meets the SmA*-SmC* phase transition temperature. In a second binary mixture with E6 and a conventional material C9-2PhP we found out, that the dependence of the inversion temperature on the concentration of E6 changes qualitatively when the nanosegregation is partially destroyed. A molecular theory of the polarization sign inversion in smectics C* with strong polar intermolecular interactions is developed which enables one to explain the concentration dependence of the inversion temperature in both mixtures.

  19. Binary mixtures of hydrogen-bonded ferroelectric liquid crystals. Thermal span enhancement in smectic X* phase

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    Sangameswari, Gopal; Prabu, Nataraj Pongali Sathya; Madhu Mohan, Mathukumalli Lakshmi Narayana [Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam (India). Liquid Crystal Research Laboratory (LCRL)

    2015-07-01

    Thermotropic hydrogen-bonded ferroelectric binary liquid crystal mixtures comprising of N-carbamyl-l-glutamic acid (CGA) and p-n-alkyloxy benzoic acids (BAO) are investigated. Variation in the molar proportion of X and Y (where X=CGA+5BAO and Y=CGA+9BAO, CGA+10BAO, CGA+11BAO, and CGA+12BAO) comprising of four series yielded 36 binary mixtures. Optical and thermal properties of these mixtures are meticulously studied in the present article. In addition to the traditional phases, a novel smectic ordering namely smectic X* is observed in all the four series. The aim of the investigation is to obtain abundance occurrence of smectic X* with a large thermal span, and hence, the proportions of the binary mixtures are so chosen that the prelude task is accomplished. Optical tilt angle in smectic X* and smectic C* phases is experimentally determined, and a theoretical fit is performed. Phase diagrams of the four series are constructed from the data obtained from the differential scanning calorimetry and correlated with the phases recorded by the polarising optical microscope studies. Thermal stability factor and thermal equilibrium are also premeditated.

  20. Surface viscoelastic properties of spread ferroelectric liquid crystal monolayer on air-water interface

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    Kaur, Ramneek; Bhullar, Gurpreet Kaur; Raina, K. K.

    2013-06-01

    Ferroelectric Liquid crystal having Smectic C* phase at room temperature was capable of forming Langmuir monolayer due to presence of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups in it. Surface viscoelasticity properties of FLC monolayer spread on water surface had been determined by dynamic oscillation method and discussed as a function of surface pressure. Dynamic viscoelastic properties such as G (Elastic modulus), G' (storage (elastic) modulus), G' (Loss (viscous) modulus) and phase change with sinusoidal oscillation had been measured at phase changing surface pressure values. As monolayer was becoming condensed, increasing trend was observed in G' values while G' was decreasing. At higher frequencies, viscous modulus G' had negative values. This relaxation phenomenon was probably caused by conformational rearrangements that acted to fluidize monolayer. Phase change tan θ was positive, response in surface pressure was ahead of the de-formation in area and the monolayer had positive dilatational viscosity. Phase change tan θ was negative, response in surface pressure was hysteretic to the deformation in area, and negative dilatational viscosity had been observed. Studies of monolayer in barrier oscillating mode provided us the surface pressure which was most suitable for Langmuir Blodgett monolayer deposition.

  1. Dielectric relaxation process of a partially unwound helical structure in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Choudhary, Amit; Bawa, Ambika; Rajesh; Singh, Surinder P; Biradar, Ashok M

    2017-06-01

    The fluctuations of unwound helical structure have been observed in deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) and conventional FLC sample cells. The helix is partially unwound by strong anchoring on the substrates. In such sample cells, the helical decarlization lines are not observed in the texture under crossed polarized microscope. The dielectric spectroscopy is employed to observe the behavior of dielectric relaxation processes in these sample cells. A dielectric relaxation process is observed at a lower frequency than the Goldstone mode processes in DHFLC and FLC, which we call partially unwound helical mode (p-UHM). However, the p-UHM process is not observed in the sample cell in which the helical lines appear. The application of various amplitudes of probing ac voltages on this mode has shown the higher frequency shift, i.e., the larger the amplitude of ac voltage, the higher is the relaxation frequency of p-UHM. At sufficient amplitude of applied probing ac voltage, the p-UHM merges with the Goldstone mode process and is difficult to detect. However, the Goldstone mode relaxation frequency is almost independent of the cell geometry and sample configuration. The electro-optical behavior of the p-UHM has also been confirmed by electro-optical technique. The dielectric relaxation of UHM at a frequency lower than the Goldstone mode is interpreted as the fluctuation of partially unwound helix.

  2. Bulk crystal growth, optical, mechanical and ferroelectric properties of new semiorganic nonlinear optical and piezoelectric Lithium nitrate monohydrate oxalate single crystal

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    Dalal, Jyoti; Kumar, Binay

    2016-01-01

    New semiorganic nonlinear optical single crystals of Lithium nitrate oxalate monohydrate (LNO) were grown by slow evaporation solution technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study indicated that LNO crystal belongs to the triclinic system with space group P1. Various functional groups present in the material were identified by FTIR and Raman analysis. UV-vis study showed the high transparency of crystals with a wide band gap 5.01 eV. Various Optical constants i.e. Urbach energy (Eu), extinction coefficient (K), refractive index, optical conductivity, electric susceptibility with real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant were calculated using the transmittance data which have applications in optoelectronic devices. A sharp emission peak was found at 438 nm in photoluminescence measurement, which revealed suitability of crystal for fabricating violet lasers. In dielectric studies, a peak has been observed at 33 °C which is due to ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition. Piezoelectric charge coefficients (d33 = 9.2 pC/N and g33) have been calculated, which make it a suitable for piezoelectric devices applications. In ferroelectric studies, a saturated loop was found in which the values of coercive field and remnant polarization were found to be 2.18 kV/cm and 0.39 μC/cm2, respectively. Thermal behavior was studied by TGA and DSC studies. The relative SHG efficiency of LNO was found to be 1.2 times that of KDP crystal. In microhardness study, Meyer's index value was found to be 1.78 which revealed its soft nature. These optical, dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, mechanical and non-linear optical properties of grown crystal establish the usefulness of this material for optoelectronics, non-volatile memory and piezoelectric devices applications.

  3. Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals: growth, domain engineering, characterization and applications

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    Sun, Enwei; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-01-01

    In the past decade, domain engineered relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals, including (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT), (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PZN-PT) and (1-x-y)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT), with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have triggered a revolution in electromechanical devices owing to their giant piezoelectric properties and ultra-high electromechanical coupling factors. Compared to traditional PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) ceramics, the piezoelectric coefficient d33 is increased by a factor of 5 and the electromechanical coupling factor k33 is increased from 90%. Many emerging rich physical phenomena, such as charged domain walls, multi-phase coexistence, domain pattern symmetries, etc., have posed challenging fundamental questions for scientists. The superior electromechanical properties of these domain engineered single crystals have prompted the design of a new generation electromechanical devices, including sensors, transducers, actuators and other electromechanical devices, with greatly improved performance. It took less than 7 years from the discovery of larger size PMN-PT single crystals to the commercial production of the high-end ultrasonic imaging probe “PureWave”. The speed of development is unprecedented, and the research collaboration between academia and industrial engineers on this topic is truly intriguing. It is also exciting to see that these relaxor-PT single crystals are being used to replace traditional PZT piezoceramics in many new fields outside of medical imaging. The new ternary PIN-PMN-PT single crystals, particularly the ones with Mn-doping, have laid a solid foundation for innovations in high power acoustic projectors and ultrasonic motors, hinting another revolution in underwater SONARs and miniature actuation devices. This article intends to provide a comprehensive review on the development of relaxor-PT single crystals, spanning material discovery, crystal growth

  4. Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals: growth, domain engineering, characterization and applications.

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    Sun, Enwei; Cao, Wenwu

    2014-08-01

    In the past decade, domain engineered relaxor-PT ferroelectric single crystals, including (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT), (1-x)Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PZN-PT) and (1-x-y)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT), with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have triggered a revolution in electromechanical devices owing to their giant piezoelectric properties and ultra-high electromechanical coupling factors. Compared to traditional PbZr1-x Ti x O3 (PZT) ceramics, the piezoelectric coefficient d33 is increased by a factor of 5 and the electromechanical coupling factor k33 is increased from 90%. Many emerging rich physical phenomena, such as charged domain walls, multi-phase coexistence, domain pattern symmetries, etc., have posed challenging fundamental questions for scientists. The superior electromechanical properties of these domain engineered single crystals have prompted the design of a new generation electromechanical devices, including sensors, transducers, actuators and other electromechanical devices, with greatly improved performance. It took less than 7 years from the discovery of larger size PMN-PT single crystals to the commercial production of the high-end ultrasonic imaging probe "PureWave". The speed of development is unprecedented, and the research collaboration between academia and industrial engineers on this topic is truly intriguing. It is also exciting to see that these relaxor-PT single crystals are being used to replace traditional PZT piezoceramics in many new fields outside of medical imaging. The new ternary PIN-PMN-PT single crystals, particularly the ones with Mn-doping, have laid a solid foundation for innovations in high power acoustic projectors and ultrasonic motors, hinting another revolution in underwater SONARs and miniature actuation devices. This article intends to provide a comprehensive review on the development of relaxor-PT single crystals, spanning material discovery, crystal growth

  5. Impact of the concentration in polymer on the dynamic behavior of Polymer Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal using Snap-shot Mueller Matrix Polarimetry.

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    Babilotte, Philippe; Silva, Vinicius N H; Dubreuil, Matthieu; Rivet, Sylvain; Dupont, Laurent; Le Jeune, Bernard

    2013-05-01

    Experimental results are presented related to the dynamic behaviour of Polymer Stabilized Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (PSFLC) samples under external applied electric field, using Snap-shot Mueller Matrix Polarimetry (SMMP) and Mueller Matrix (MM) formalism. Different polarimetric coefficients are simultaneously extracted from each channeled spectrum measured with this full-optical SMMP technique. The impact of the concentration of polymer present into the liquid crystal cell on this dynamic behaviour is studied, permitting a direct and quick characterisation of the material. The results obtained for PSFLC are compared with those already measured for pure Surface Stabilized Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (SSFLC) samples, which correspond to a 0% concentration in polymer.

  6. Photolithography by a tunable electro-optical lithium niobate phase array

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    2007-01-01

    Photolithography experiments are performed by means of an optical phase mask with electrooptically tunable phase step.The phase mask consists of a 2-dimensional hexagonal lattice of inverted ferroelectric domains fabricated on a z-cut lithium niobate substrate. The electro-optically tunable phase step, between inverted domain, is obtained by the application of an external electric field along the z axis of the crystal via transparent electrodes. The collimated beam of an argon laser passes through the phase mask and the near field intensity patterns, at different planes of the Talbot length and for different values of the applied voltage, are used for photolithographic experiments. Preliminary results are shown and further applications are discussed.

  7. Growth of large size lithium niobate single crystals of high quality by tilting-mirror-type floating zone method

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    Sarker, Abdur Razzaque, E-mail: razzaque_ru2000@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh)

    2016-05-15

    Large size high quality LiNbO{sub 3} single crystals were grown successfully by tilting-mirror-type floating zone (TMFZ) technique. The grown crystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, etch pits density measurement, Impedance analysis, Vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and UV-Visible spectrometry. The effect of mirror tilting during growth on the structural, electrical, optical properties and defect density of the LiNbO{sub 3} crystals were investigated. It was found that the defect density in the crystals reduced for tilting the mirror in the TMFZ method. The chemical analysis revealed that the grown crystals were of high quality with uniform composition. The single crystals grown by TMFZ method contains no low-angle grain boundaries, indicating that they can be used for high efficiency optoelectronic devices. (author)

  8. Ferroelectric crystals for photonic applications including nanoscale fabrication and characterization techniques

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    Ferraro, Pietro; De Natale, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    This book details the latest achievements in ferroelectric domain engineering and characterization at micro- and nano-scale dimensions and periods. It combines basic research of magnetic materials with device and production orientation.

  9. Molecular ferroelectrics: where electronics meet biology.

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    Li, Jiangyu; Liu, Yuanming; Zhang, Yanhang; Cai, Hong-Ling; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2013-12-28

    In the last several years, we have witnessed significant advances in molecular ferroelectrics, with the ferroelectric properties of molecular crystals approaching those of barium titanate. In addition, ferroelectricity has been observed in biological systems, filling an important missing link in bioelectric phenomena. In this perspective, we will present short historical notes on ferroelectrics, followed by an overview of the fundamentals of ferroelectricity. The latest developments in molecular ferroelectrics and biological ferroelectricity will then be highlighted, and their implications and potential applications will be discussed. We close by noting molecular ferroelectric as an exciting frontier between electronics and biology, and a number of challenges ahead are also described.

  10. Photoswitching of ferroelectric liquid crystals using chiral thioindigo dopants: The development of a photochemical switch hitter.

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    Lemieux, Robert P

    2004-01-01

    By virtue of its spontaneous polarization (PS), a ferroelectric SmC* liquid crystal can be switched between two states corresponding to opposite molecular tilt orientations using an electric field, thus producing an ON-OFF light shutter between crossed polarizers. Considerable efforts have been made over the past decade to develop photonic FLC light shutters because of their potential uses in dynamic holography and optical data storage. The ON-OFF switching of a FLC light shutter can be triggered by light via a photoinversion of PS using a photochromic dopant. The spontaneous polarization is a chiral bulk property that can be left-handed (negative) or right-handed (positive), depending on the absolute configuration of the chiral component of the SmC* phase. In the approach described herein, the magnitude of PS is modulated via the photoisomerization of a chiral thioindigo dopant that undergoes a large increase in transverse dipole moment upon trans-cis photoisomerization. The sign of PS is photoinverted using an "ambidextrous" thioindigo dopant containing a chiral 2-octyloxy side chain that is coupled to the thioindigo core and induces a positive PS, and a chiral 2,3-difluorooctyloxy side chain that is decoupled from the core and induces a negative PS. In the trans form, the 2,3-difluorooctyloxy side chain predominates and the net PS induced by the dopant is negative. However, upon trans-cis-photoisomerization, the increase in transverse dipole moment of the 2-octyloxy/thioindigo unit raises its induced PS over that of the decoupled 2,3-difluorooctyloxy side chain, and thus inverts the net sign of PS induced by the dopant from negative to positive.

  11. New Potassium Sodium Niobate Single Crystal with Thickness-independent High-performance for Photoacoustic Angiography of Atherosclerotic Lesion

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    Zhu, Benpeng; Zhu, Yuhang; Yang, Jie; Ou-Yang, Jun; Yang, Xiaofei; Li, Yongxiang; Wei, Wei

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of (K0.45Na0.55)0.96Li0.04NbO3 (KNLN) single crystals with a -orientation, using a seed-free solid state crystal growth method, is described here. With the thickness of the crystals decreasing down to the order of tens of micrometers, this new lead-free single crystal exhibits thickness-independent electrical behavior, and maintains superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = 670 pC N−1) and electromechanical coupling factor (kt = 0.55). The successful fabrication of a tiny intravascular photoacoustic probe, with a 1 mm outside diameter, is achieved using a single crystal with a thickness of around 60 μm, in combination with a 200 μm core multimode fiber. Wire phantom photoacoustic images show that the axial resolution and lateral resolution of the single crystal based probe are 60 and 220 μm, respectively. In addition, intravascular photoacoustic imaging of the atherosclerotic lesion of a human artery is presented. In the time-domain and frequency-domain images, calcified regions are clearly distinguishable from surrounding tissue. These interesting results demonstrate that KNN-based lead-free piezoelectric single crystals are a promising candidate to substitute for lead-based piezoelectric materials for photoacoustic imaging in the future. PMID:28000778

  12. Theoretical approach to study the effect of free volumes on the physical behavior of polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal molecules

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    Lahiri, T.; Majumder, T. Pal

    2011-06-01

    It was clearly indicative that the polymer chains make a tremendous interaction with the tilt angle in case of a polymer stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (PSFLC). After suitable consideration of such interaction, we expanded the Landau free energy for a PSFLC system. We theoretically demonstrated the effect of free volumes, which expected to create bulk self-energy, on the physical functionalities of a PSFLC system. Then we obtained spontaneous polarization, tilt angle, rotational viscosity and dielectric constant strongly correlated with the assumed interactions. We also observed a shift of transition temperature highly influenced by this interaction between polymer network and liquid crystal molecules. A microscopical picture of this polymer-liquid crystal interaction is provided in view of the free volume charge density present in the composite system.

  13. Holographic recording in a doubly doped lithium niobate crystal with two wavelengths: a blue laser diode and a green laser

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    Komori, Yuichi; Ishii, Yukihiro

    2010-08-01

    A doubly-doped LiNbO3 (LN) crystal has been well used as a nonvolatile two-wavelength recording material. By using two levels of the crystal, two-kind holograms can be recorded on one crystal; a hologram is recorded with a 405-nm blue laser diode (LD) for a deep Mn level, and another hologram is with a 532-nm green laser for a shallow Fe level. The recording capacity doubles. A 780-nm LD is non-volatile reconstructing source since the LD line is insensitive to both levels. Multiplexed reconstructed images are demonstrated by using a sharp angular selectivity of a volume LN crystal keeping Bragg condition with spherical reconstructions.

  14. Evolution of defect signatures at ferroelectric domain walls in Mg-doped LiNbO{sub 3}

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    Nataf, Guillaume F. [Materials, Research and Technology Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 41 Rue du Brill, 4422, Belvaux (Luxembourg); Service de Physique de l' Etat Condense, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, CEA Saclay, 91191, Gif sur Yvette cedex (France); Guennou, Mael [Materials, Research and Technology Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 41 Rue du Brill, 4422, Belvaux (Luxembourg); Haussmann, Alexander [Institut fuer Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, George-Baehr-Str. 1, 01069, Dresden (Germany); Barrett, Nick [Service de Physique de l' Etat Condense, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, CEA Saclay, 91191, Gif sur Yvette cedex (France); Kreisel, Jens [Materials, Research and Technology Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 41 Rue du Brill, 4422, Belvaux (Luxembourg); Physics and Materials Science Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, 41 Rue du Brill, 4422, Belvaux (Luxembourg)

    2016-03-15

    The domain structure of uniaxial ferroelectric lithium niobate single crystals is investigated using Raman spectroscopy mapping. The influence of doping with magnesium and poling at room temperature is studied by analysing frequency shifts at domain walls and their variations with dopant concentration and annealing conditions. It is shown that defects are stabilized at domain walls and that changes in the defect structures with Mg concentration can be probed by the shift of Raman modes. We show that the signatures of polar defects in the bulk and at the domain walls differ. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Photomagnetism and photoluminescence (PL) of (Pb-Fe-e(-)) complex in lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) crystals containing beta-PbO nanoclusters.

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    Bairavarasu, Sundar R; Edwards, Matthew E; Sastry, Medury D; Kochary, Faris; Kommidi, Praveena; Reddy, B Rami; Lianos, Dimitrios; Aggarwal, Manmohan D

    2008-12-15

    We present electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)--evidence of photomagnetism under the conditions of in situ green laser illumination (photo-EPR) in lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate, Pb(Mg,Nb)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT), containing nanoparticles/wires of orthorhombic beta-PbO as identified by Raman spectroscopy. Photo-EPR studies of the sample containing beta-PbO, brownish red in color, have shown intense line at g=2.00, and its yield increased when produced in the presence of 7.5 kG external magnetic field suggesting the formation of magnetic polaron. This was identified as due to interaction between Fe3+, photoinduced Pb3+ and unpaired electron trapped at oxygen vacancies. The photoinduced growth and decay of magnetic polaron has shown a non-exponential behavior. Photoluminescence (PL) studies were conducted with excitation at 308 nm (XeCl laser) and also at 454.5, 488 and 514.5 nm using Ar+ laser. The excitation with 308 nm gave broad PL centered at 500 and 710 nm the latter being quite prominent in beta-PbO containing crystals, along with cooperative luminescence at 350 nm involving two emitting centers. The excitation with Ar+ laser lines, close to the electronic absorption in samples containing beta-PbO gave richer and sharp PL emission in red region from the constituents of the magnetic polaron and also intense anti-Stokes emission on excitation with 514.5 nm radiation. This appears to be due to phototransfer optically stimulated luminescence (PT-OSL) involving electron-hole recombination at photoinduced magnetic polaron site.

  16. Study of light-induced processes in lithium niobate crystals with femtosecond light pulses; Untersuchung lichtinduzierter Prozesse in Lithiumniobat-Kristallen mit Femtosekunden-Lichtpulsen

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    Beyer, O.

    2005-12-15

    For the realization of many applications with LiNbO{sub 3} a deeper understanding of nonlinear processes for high light intensities and the charge-carrier dynamics on short time scales is necessary. For the study in this thesis femtosecond pulses with a lifetime of {tau}{approx}200 fs are applied. By pump pulses ({lambda}{sub p}=388 nm) absorption changes are caused, which are detected time-resolvedly by probe pulses ({lambda}{sub r}=776 nm) respectively continuous light ({lambda}{sub r}=785 nm). For the absorption centers absorption cross sections of {sigma}{sub YY}{approx}9.2 x 10{sup -22} m{sup 2} for ordinarily {sigma}{sub Z}Z{approx}6.0 x 10{sup -22} m{sup 2} for extraordinarily polarized light of the wavelength {lambda}{sub r}=776 nm result.Polarization and wavelength dependence as well as the comparison with nanosecond pulses suggest that the absorption centers are small polarons, which exist already 400 fs after the excitation of the charge carriers. At holographic pump probe studies, which are sensitive both for absorption and for refractive-index changes, gratings with two pump pulses are generated and read out by one pump pulse. The time dependence of the diffraction efficiency of the transient grating in LiNbO{sub 3} exhibits first a symmetric maximum, the time width of which is compatible with the expectations from model calculations. Thereafter the diffraction efficiency decreases to a constant value in the picosecond range and decreases further on the nanosecond time scale. By illumination of iron-doped lithium niobate crystals with 1.5 {mu}m femtosecond pulses permanent refractive-index changes in the range {delta}n{approx}10{sup -3} ({lambda}=633 nm) are generated.

  17. 铌酸盐 Ba3NaBiNb10O30的结构与介电特性%Structural and Dielectric Properties of a Niobate Ba3NaBiNb10O30

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    方亮; 张辉; 吴伯麟; 袁润章

    2001-01-01

    A niobate was synthesized by doping Bi3+ in the ternary system BaO Na2O Nb2O5. The crystal structure was determined by X ray powder diffraction,and it belongs to tetragonal tungsten bronze structure at room temperature with unit cell parameters a=1.24777 (2) nm,c=0.39266(1) nm,α =β =γ =90° .Measurements of dielectric properties indicate that phase transitions of Ba3NaBiNb10O30 from paraelectric to ferroelectric occurs at 400℃ ,which is lower than that of Ba2NaNb5O30.

  18. High-pressure Raman study of two ferroelectric crystals closely related to PbTiO3

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    Burns, Gerald; Sanjurjo, J. A.; López-Cruz, E.

    1984-12-01

    We report high-pressure Raman measurements of the zone-center phonons in two ferroelectric crystals that closely resemble the ABO3 perovskite crystal PbTiO3. These crystals are (Pb0.22Ba0.78)TiO3, i.e., Ba replacing Pb on the A site, and Pb(Ti0.81Sn0.19)O3, i.e., Sn replacing Ti on the B site. In both cases, at room temperature, we follow the modes and determine Pc, the transition pressure from the ferroelectric tetragonal phase to the cubic phase, to be 4.3 and 9.0 GPa, respectively. By observing the coalescence to the same frequency of the appropriate high-energy A1(TO)+E(TO) pairs of phonons, we determine the second-order character of the phase transitions at Pc. The tendency towards a second-order phase transition seems to be the rule at Pc as long as one makes the measurements at a temperature well below Tc; this is in agreement with theory. Thus, these systems exhibit tricritical points in the (P,T) phase diagram. The soft-E(TO)-phonon frequency (ω0) and damping constant (γ) can be measured to pressures reasonably close to Pc while the mode remains underdamped. These results are discussed in terms of a frequency-independent damping constant for the behavior of ω0 and γ near Pc. In the (Pb,Ba)TiO3 crystal, the hydrostatic pressure increases the intensity of the soft A1(TO) mode making it observable. This seems to happen in general in the perovskites. In the Pb(Ti,Sn)O3 crystal we observe the coupling of the soft E(TO) mode with an extra mode at 59 cm-1; this also has been studied as a function of temperature.

  19. Investigations in the Crystal Growth and Neutron Scattering of Superconductors and a Relaxor Ferroelectric

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    Schneeloch, John A.

    In this dissertation, I present research on four materials with properties that are not well understood, and illustrate the many roles inhomogeneity and disorder may play in material properties. First, we investigated materials synthesis and annealing conditions of the proposed topological superconductor CuxBi2Se3, finding that quenching above a minimum temperature was essential for superconductivity. Due to the inhomogeneity of CuxBi2Se 3, we suggest that a metastable secondary phase may be responsible for the superconductivity. Second, we performed neutron scattering measurements on samples in the Fe1+yTe1-xSex family of iron-based superconductors, focusing on the anomalous phonon mode recently discovered near Bragg peaks forbidden by symmetry and at high-symmetry wavevectors where the mode's neutron scattering intensity is expected to be zero. We characterize this mode and propose that disorder may explain its anomalous visibility. Third, a superconducting crystal of the bilayer cuprate La1.9Ca1.1Cu2O6+delta was synthesized and measured by neutron scattering. Though the magnetic excitations near (0.5,0.5) in reciprocal space resemble those of weakly doped members of the La2-xAexCuO 4 (Ae=Ca, Sr, Ba) cuprate superconductor family, the temperature-dependence of the intensity of the magnetic excitations is much different from those of weakly hole-doped cuprates. Superstructural peaks appear to indicate ordering induced by interstitial oxygen, and a comparison with the similarly oxygen-doped cuprate La2CuO4+delta suggests the possibility of phase separation. Fourth, the relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb 2/3)0.68Ti0.32O3 was measured with neutron scattering while subjected to an electric field. From differences in neutron scattering intensity with and without field, we find a possible coupling between short-range polar correlations and transversely-polarized phonons near certain Brillouin zone centers.

  20. Dynamically tuning the optical properties of Europium-doped sodium niobate nano-crystals through magnetic field

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    Xiao, Quanlan; Zhang, Yuanhao; Zhang, Junpei; Zhang, Han; Dong, Guoping; Han, Junbo; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-11-01

    We have fabricated high quality NaNbO3:Eu3+ nano-crystals based on the Pechini sol-gel method and realized its magneto-optical effect under external pulsed magnetic field. Our results show that magnetic field can induce the suppression of luminescence, the splitting of peaks, and shifting of peak locations due to the expansion of electric dipole emission in Europium ions, and further demonstrate that the magnetic dipole emission plays an insignificant role in effect on the magnetic dipole emission for Eu3+:5 D 0 → 7 F 1, 5 D 0 → 7 F 3 transitions in NaNbO3:Eu3+ nano-crystals. These magnetic-optical interactions are attributed to the results of the Zeeman effect by high magnetic field that could result in the change of the symmetry of Eu3+ ions, and there is different sensitivity to changes of symmetry for Eu3+:5 D 0 → 7 F J (J = 1-4) transitions in NaNbO3 nano-crystals. This work might provide a viable magneto-optical approach in tuning the optical properties (luminescence intensity, peak location, profile, etc) of the rare-earth ions doped nano-particles.

  1. Studies on growth and characterization of a novel nonlinear optical and ferroelectric material - N,N-dimethylurea picrate single crystal

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    Shanthi, A.; Krishnan, C.; Selvarajan, P.

    2014-05-01

    A novel organic nonlinear optical (NLO) material viz. N,N-dimethylurea picrate (NNDMP) was grown by the slow evaporation technique using N,N-dimethyl formamide as a solvent. The solubility of the grown sample has been estimated for various temperatures. The XRD study reveals that the grown crystal crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system and the corresponding lattice parameters were determined. The relative second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the NNDMP was found to be 1.045 times that of KDP by Kurtz-Perry powder technique. FTIR and FT-Raman spectral analyses explain the various functional groups present in the sample. The optical spectral analysis of the grown crystal has been performed by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and the band gap energy was found out. The thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) reveal that the NNDMP crystal is stable at up to 172 °C. A prominent first-order ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition at 323 K has been observed and activation energy was determined for the AC conduction process in the sample.

  2. Propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a strontium barium niobate photorefractive crystal under reverse external electric field.

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    Guo, Q L; Liang, B L; Wang, Y; Deng, G Y; Jiang, Y H; Zhang, S H; Fu, G S; Simmonds, P J

    2014-10-01

    The propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a SBN:75 photorefractive crystal strongly depend on the signal-to-background intensity ratio (R=Is/Ib) under reverse external electric field. In the range 20>R>0.05, the laser beam shows enhanced self-defocusing behavior with increasing external electric field, while it shows self-focusing in the range 0.03>R>0.01. Spatial solitons are observed under a suitable reverse external electric field for R=0.025. A theoretical model is proposed to explain the experimental observations, which suggest a new type of soliton formation due to "enhancement" not "screening" of the external electrical field.

  3. Emergent low-symmetry phases with large property enhancement in ferroelectric KNbO3 bulk crystals

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    Lummen, Tom T. A.; Leung, J; Kumar, Amit; Wu, X; Ren, Y; Vanleeuwen, Brian K; Haislmaier, Ryan C.; Holt, Martin; Lai, Keji; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2017-08-18

    The design of new or enhanced functionality in materials is traditionally viewed as requiring the discovery of new chemical compositions through synthesis. Large property enhancements may however also be hidden within already well-known materials, when their structural symmetry is deviated from equilibrium through a small local strain or field. Here, the discovery of enhanced material properties associated with a new metastable phase of monoclinic symmetry within bulk KNbO3 is reported. This phase is found to coexist with the nominal orthorhombic phase at room temperature, and is both induced by and stabilized with local strains generated by a network of ferroelectric domain walls. While the local microstructural shear strain involved is only approximate to 0.017%, the concurrent symmetry reduction results in an optical second harmonic generation response that is over 550% higher at room temperature. Moreover, the meandering walls of the low-symmetry domains also exhibit enhanced electrical conductivity on the order of 1 S m(-1). This discovery reveals a potential new route to local engineering of significant property enhancements and conductivity through symmetry lowering in ferroelectric crystals.

  4. Modification of Relaxor and Impedance Spectroscopy Properties of Lead Magnesium Niobate by Bismuth Ferrite

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    Das, S. N.; Pradhan, S.; Bhuyan, S.; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Das, P.

    2017-03-01

    The relaxor and impedance characteristics of classic or traditional lead magnesium niobate (PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3; PMN) ferroelectric relaxor material have been modified by chemically synthesizing with multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3; BFO). Detailed studies of structural, morphological and electrical properties of PMN-BFO-prepared solid solutions [((Pb1- x Bi x ) (Mg0.33(1- x)Nb0.66(1- x)Fe x ) O3) with x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4] reveal some interesting findings on structure-properties relationships. The formation of single phase material of each compound in orthorhombic crystal system is identified from x-ray diffraction. The microstructure analyses reveal that the grain size of PMN-BFO increases for increasing BFO weight percent with PMN. The increase of BFO concentration not only improves the dielectric response of PMN-BFO but also modifies the nature of attained phase transition from a typical relaxor to a normal ferroelectric. The impedance spectroscopy studies exhibit the presence of grain and grain boundary effects, and the existence of a positive temperature coefficient of resistance (PTCR) in the material. The ac conductivity increases with the increase in frequency in the low-temperature region for larger content of BFO in the solid solutions. It is observed that the prepared electronic materials obey the non-Debye-type of conductivity relaxation behavior.

  5. Research on the Crystal Growth and Dielectric Properties of High Permittivity Ferroelectric Materials.

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    1983-03-01

    Paraclastic 8a 2 . 14L0 .71 222 NOW 42m 4/amm Nb2.5762.501 Three Antiferroelectric *Ferroelectric *Paraelectric *Paraelectric eroel astic Ferroel astic Paraci ...astic Paraci astic 8 01 Rockwell International Science Center SC5345.3AR (BaSr)5Nbj0O30 as Ba2 _xSrxK.yNayNb505 , yields more stuffed and stable

  6. Ferroelectric crystals for photonic applications including nanoscale fabrication and characterization techniques

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    Grilli, Simonetta

    2008-01-01

    This book deals with the latest achievements in the field of ferroelectric domain engineering and characterization at micron- and nano-scale dimensions and periods. The book collects the results obtained in the last years by world scientific leaders in the field, thus providing a valid and unique overview of the state of the art and also a view to future applications of those engineered materials in the field of photonics.

  7. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high-resolution X-ray diffraction and refractive index analyses of Ti-doped lithium niobate (Ti:LiNbO3) nonlinear optical single crystal

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    P Kumar; S Moorthy Babu; S Perero; Rajamaniccam L Sai; I Bhaumik; S Ganesamoorthy; A K Karnal

    2010-11-01

    Congruent LiNbO3 single crystals with Ti ion dopants (2 and 5 mol%) were successfully grown by Czochralski technique in the automatic diameter control facility. As-grown crystal boules were oriented into (0 0 1) direction cut and optically polished for all measurements. Influence of Ti-ion incorporation into LiNbO3 was studied by core level XPS analysis. Powder X-ray diffraction studies were carried out on doped lithium niobate for phase identification. High-resolution X-ray diffraction technique was used to study the crystalline quality through full-width at half-maximum values. The refractive index values are more for doped samples than for pure sample as determined by prism coupling technique with different laser sources.

  8. Ferroelectric Properties of Bi3.25La0.75Ti3O12 Thin Films Crystallized in Different N2/O2 Ambients

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    LI Zian-Jun; YU Jun; LI Jia; YANG Wei-Ming; ZHOU Sin; GAO Jun-Xiong; WANG Yun-Bo

    2009-01-01

    @@ Bi3.25La0.75Ti3O12 (BLT) ferroelectric thin films are deposited by sol-gel method and annealed for crystedlizaion in total 1 sccm N2/O2 mixed gas with various ratio at 750℃ for 30min. The effect of crystallization ambient on the structural and ferroelectric properties of the BLT films is studied. The growth direction and grain size of BLT film are revealed to affect ferroelectric properties. After the BLT film is annealed in 20% O2, the largest Pτ value is obtained, which is ascribed to an increase of random orientation and large grain size. The fatigue property is improved with the concentration of oxygen in the ambient increasing, which is ascribed to annealing in the ambient with high concentrated oxygen adequately decreasing the defects related to lack of oxygen.

  9. Curved Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Matrix Displays Driven by Field-Sequential-Color and Active-Matrix Techniques

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Murashige, Takeshi; Fujisaki, Yoshihide; Kurita, Taiichiro; Furukawa, Tadahiro; Sato, Fumio

    This paper describes a curved field-sequential-color matrix display using fast-response ferroelectric liquid crystal. Black matrix and transparent electrode patterns were formed on a thin plastic substrate by a transfer method from a glass substrate. While a composite film of liquid crystal and micro-polymers of walls and fibers was formed between the flexible substrates by printing, laminating and curing processes of a solution of monomers and liquid crystal, the mechanical stability was enhanced by use of multi-functional monomers to form large display panels. The image pixels of the matrix panel were driven by an active matrix scheme using an external switch transistor array at a frequency of 180 Hz for intermittent three-primary-color backlight illumination. The flexible A4-paper-sized color display with 24 × 16 pixels and 60 Hz field frequency was demonstrated by illuminating it with sequential three-primary-color lights from light-emitting diodes of the backlight. Our display system is useful in various information displays because of its freedom of setting and location.

  10. Investigations on ferroelectric PMN-PT and PZN-PT single crystals ability for power or resonant actuators.

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    Lebrun, L; Sebald, G; Guiffard, B; Richard, C; Guyomar, D; Pleska, E

    2004-04-01

    Ferroelectric single crystals of PZN-PT and PMN-PT exhibit outstanding properties: high charge coefficient (dij), high coupling factor (kij) and high strain levels under DC fields. Besides, their mechanical quality factor is believed to be low. Their usefulness for non-resonant or large bandwidth transducers has therefore been previously investigated. However, few studies have been devoted to the dielectric and mechanical losses of single crystals and to their stability under high levels of excitations (electric fields, temperature and mechanical stress). A knowledge and understanding of such performances is needed to determine whether single crystals are suitable materials for power or resonant transducers. In this work, losses and non-linearity versus external excitations are investigated. Dielectric losses and mechanical losses are measured versus electric field for different compositions, orientations. The evolution of d33 and epsilonT33 are obtained versus electric field and temperature for the longitudinal mode. Strain and hysteresis versus sweep mode (up and down) are measured near the resonance frequency using a laser Doppler vibrometer.

  11. Laser-induced breakdown and damage generation by nonlinear frequency conversion in ferroelectric crystals: Experiment and theory

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    Louchev, Oleg A.; Saito, Norihito; Wada, Satoshi [Center for Advanced Photonics, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Hatano, Hideki; Kitamura, Kenji [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2013-11-28

    Using our experimental data for ns pulsed second harmonic generation (SHG) by periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO{sub 3} (PPSLT) crystals, we consider in detail the mechanism underlying laser-induced damage in ferroelectric crystals. This mechanism involves generation and heating of free electrons, providing an effective kinetic pathway for electric breakdown and crystal damage in ns pulsed operation via combined two-photon absorption (TPA) and induced pyroelectric field. In particular, a temperature increase in the lattice of ≈1 K induced initially by ns SHG and TPA at the rear of operating PPSLT crystal is found to induce a gradient of spontaneous polarization generating a pyroelectric field of ≈10 kV/cm, accelerating free electrons generated by TPA to an energy of ≈10 eV, followed by impact ionization and crystal damage. Under the damage threshold for ns operation, the impact ionization does not lead to the avalanche-like increase of free electron density, in contrast to the case of shorter ps and fs pulses. However, the total number of collisions by free electrons, ≈10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} (generated during the pulse and accelerated to the energy of ≈10 eV), can produce widespread structural defects, which by entrapping electrons dramatically increase linear absorption for both harmonics in subsequent pulses, creating a positive feedback for crystal lattice heating, pyroelectric field and crystal damage. Under pulse repetition, defect generation starting from the rear of the crystal can propagate towards its center and front side producing damage tracks along the laser beam and stopping SHG. Theoretical analysis leads to numerical estimates and analytical approximation for the threshold laser fluence for onset of this damage mechanism, which agree well with our (i) experiments for the input 1064 nm radiation in 6.8 kHz pulsed SHG by PPSLT crystal, (ii) pulsed low frequency 532 nm radiation transmission experiments, and also (iii) with the data

  12. Determination of 60° polarization nanodomains in a relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystal

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    Kim, Kyou-Hyun; Zuo, Jian-Min, E-mail: jianzuo@illinois.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Payne, David A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    2015-10-19

    Here, we report a determination of monoclinic nanodomains in PMN-xPT with x = 31%PT by using scanning convergent beam electron diffraction (SCBED). We show the presence of 60 ± α degree nanodomains with Cm-like symmetry as well as significant variations (α) in local polarization directions across lengths of ∼10 nm. The principle of our technique is general and can be applied for the determination of polarization domains in other ferroelectric materials of different symmetry.

  13. Fabrication of graphene field-effect transistor on top of ferroelectric single-crystal substrate

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Lee, Yourack; Kim, Jeong-Gyun; Kim, Joong-Gyu; Yun, Yoojoo; Park, Jeongmin; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Jung Ho; Jin, Youngjo; Shin, Yong Seon; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    2015-03-01

    In the analysis of Graphene field-effect transistor, the substrate material which has the direct contact with Graphene layer plays an important in the device performance. In this presentation, we have tested PMN-PT(i.e.(1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-xPbTiO3) substrate as a gate dielectric of Graphene field-effect transistor. Unlike the case of previously used substrates such as silicon oxide or hexagonal Boron-Nitride(h-BN), the PMN-PT substrate can induce giant amount of surface charge that is directly injected to the attached Graphene layer due to its ferroelectric property. And the hysteresis of polarization versus electric field of PMN-PT can cause the device to show the ferroelectric nonvolatile memory operation. We had successfully fabricated Graphene field-effect transistor using the mechanically exfoliated Graphene layer transferred on the PMN-PT(001) substrate. Unlike the case of mechanical exfoliation on the surface of silicon-oxide or the Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), the weak adhesion properties between graphene and PMNPT required the pretreatment on PMMA before the exfoliation process. The device performance is analyzed in terms of the effect of ferro- and piezo-electric effect of PMNPT substrate.

  14. Nanomechanics of Ferroelectric Thin Films and Heterostructures

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    Li, Yulan; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Chen , L.Q.

    2016-08-31

    The focus of this chapter is to provide basic concepts of how external strains/stresses altering ferroelectric property of a material and how to evaluate quantitatively the effect of strains/stresses on phase stability, domain structure, and material ferroelectric properties using the phase-field method. The chapter starts from a brief introduction of ferroelectrics and the Landau-Devinshire description of ferroelectric transitions and ferroelectric phases in a homogeneous ferroelectric single crystal. Due to the fact that ferroelectric transitions involve crystal structure change and domain formation, strains and stresses can be produced inside of the material if a ferroelectric transition occurs and it is confined. These strains and stresses affect in turn the domain structure and material ferroelectric properties. Therefore, ferroelectrics and strains/stresses are coupled to each other. The ferroelectric-mechanical coupling can be used to engineer the material ferroelectric properties by designing the phase and structure. The followed section elucidates calculations of the strains/stresses and elastic energy in a thin film containing a single domain, twinned domains to complicated multidomains constrained by its underlying substrate. Furthermore, a phase field model for predicting ferroelectric stable phases and domain structure in a thin film is presented. Examples of using substrate constraint and temperature to obtain interested ferroelectric domain structures in BaTiO3 films are demonstrated b phase field simulations.

  15. Dielectric properties of KDP-type ferroelectric crystals in the presence of external electric field

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    Trilok Chandra Upadhyay; Ramendra Singh Bhandari; Birendra Singh Semwal

    2006-09-01

    Considering external electric field as well as third- and fourth-order phonon anharmonic interaction terms in the pseudospin-lattice coupled mode (PLCM) model Hamiltonian for KDP-type ferroelectrics, expressions for field-dependent shift, width, renormalized soft mode frequency, Curie temperature, dielectric constant and dielectric loss are evaluated. For the calculation, method of statistical double-time temperature-dependent Green's function has been used. By fitting model values of physical quantities, temperature and electric field dependences of soft mode frequency, dielectric constant and loss have been calculated which compare well with experimental results of Baumgartner [8] and Choi and Lockwood [9]. Both dielectric constant and loss decrease with electric field.

  16. Parametric wave interaction in quadratic crystal with randomized distribution of ferroelectric domains

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    Kalinowski, Ksawery; Łukasiewicz, Tadeusz; Świrkowicz, Marek; Sheng, Yan; Krolikowski, Wieslaw

    2012-01-01

    We study the parametric wave interaction in qua- dratic nonlinear media with randomized distribution of the ferroelectric domains. In particular, we discuss properties of second and cascaded third harmonic generation. We derive analytical formulas describing emission properties of the second and third harmonics in the presence of domain disorder and show that the latter process is governed by the characteristics of the constituent processes, i.e. second harmonic generation and sum frequency mixing. We demonstrate the role of randomness on various second and third harmonic generation regimes such as Raman-Nath and \\v{C}erenkov nonlinear diffraction. We show that the randomness-induced incoherence in the wave interaction leads to deterioration of conversion efficiency and angular spreading of harmonic generated in the processes relying on transverse phase matching such as Raman-Nath. On the other hand forward and \\v{C}erenkov frequency generation are basically insensitive to the domain randomness.

  17. Ferroelectric Pump

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    Jalink, Antony, Jr. (Inventor); Hellbaum, Richard F. (Inventor); Rohrbach, Wayne W. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A ferroelectric pump has one or more variable volume pumping chambers internal to a housing. Each chamber has at least one wall comprising a dome shaped internally prestressed ferroelectric actuator having a curvature and a dome height that varies with an electric voltage applied between an inside and outside surface of the actuator. A pumped medium flows into and out of each pumping chamber in response to displacement of the ferroelectric actuator. The ferroelectric actuator is mounted within each wall and isolates each ferroelectric actuator from the pumped medium, supplies a path for voltage to be applied to each ferroelectric actuator, and provides for positive containment of each ferroelectric actuator while allowing displacement of the entirety of each ferroelectric actuator in response to the applied voltage.

  18. Unified approach for determining tetragonal tungsten bronze crystal structures.

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    Smirnov, M; Saint-Grégoire, P

    2014-05-01

    Tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) oxides are one of the most important classes of ferroelectrics. Many of these framework structures undergo ferroelastic transformations related to octahedron tilting deformations. Such tilting deformations are closely related to the rigid unit modes (RUMs). This paper discusses the whole set of RUMs in an ideal TTB lattice and possible crystal structures which can emerge owing to the condensation of some of them. Analysis of available experimental data for the TTB-like niobates lends credence to the obtained theoretical predictions.

  19. Near-lossless continuous phase modulation using the analog switching mode (V-shaped switching) in ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Engström, David; Rudquist, Per; Bengtsson, Jörgen; D'havé, Koen; Galt, Sheila

    2006-07-20

    The analog switching mode in ferroelectric liquid crystals, sometimes referred to as 'V-shaped switching,' has, thanks to its submillisecond switching capability, attracted much interest for future fast electro-optic displays where it is to be used for amplitude modulation. We have studied this mode for analog phase-only modulation. As V-shaped switching is based on a conical motion of the index ellipsoid this presents a challenging problem since both the orientation of the slow and fast axes, as well as the amount of birefringence varies in the switching process. We show theoretically, partly by means of Poincaré sphere analysis, that it is in fact possible to obtain near-lossless analog phase modulation between zero and pi radians in an ideal V-shaped switching cell through careful tuning of the polarization state of the input light. Furthermore, we were able to demonstrate this experimentally in a fabricated cell. Although this cell deviated slightly from the ideal conditions, e.g., the tilt cone half-angle was 38 degrees instead of the desired 45 degrees , we still obtained a continuous phase modulation between zero and 0.78pi rad with less than 2% modulation of the amplitude; the measured values agree very well with our numerical simulations of the real device.

  20. Pico-ampere current sensitivity and CdSe quantum dots assembly assisted charge transport in ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Pratap Singh, Dharmendra; Boussoualem, Yahia; Duponchel, Benoit; Sahraoui, Abdelhak Hadj; Kumar, Sandeep; Manohar, Rajiv; Daoudi, Abdelylah

    2017-08-01

    Octadecylamine capped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) dispersed 4-(1-methyl-heptyloxy)-benzoic acid 4‧-octyloxy-biphenyl-4-yl ester ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) were deposited over gold coated quartz substrate using dip-coating. The topographical investigation discloses that the homogeneously dispersed QDs adopt face-on to edge-on assembly in FLC matrix owing to their concentration. Current-voltage (I-V) measurement was performed using conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) which yields ohmic to critical diode like I-V curves depending upon the concentration of QDs in FLC. The recorded pico-ampere (pA) current sensitivity in FLC-QDs composites is attributed to micro-second drift time of electron due to weak electronic coupling between the π-electrons on the FLC and s-electrons on the metal surface. The observed pico-ampere sensitivity is the least current sensitivity recorded so far. For FLC-QDs composites, almost 24% faster electro-optic response was observed in comparison to pure FLC. The pico-ampere current sensitivity can be utilized in touch screen displays whereas the change in polarization for low applied electric field ameliorates the increased electrical susceptibility counteracting the internal electric field and its use in electronic data storage and faster electro-optical devices.

  1. Single-crystal-like, c-axis oriented BaTiO3 thin films with high-performance on flexible metal templates for ferroelectric applications

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    Shin, Junsoo; Goyal, Amit; Jesse, Stephen; Kim, Dae Ho

    2009-06-01

    Epitaxial, c-axis oriented BaTiO3 thin films were deposited using pulsed laser ablation on flexible, polycrystalline Ni alloy tape with biaxially textured oxide buffer multilayers. The high quality of epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films with P4mm group symmetry was confirmed by x-ray diffraction. The microscopic ferroelectric domain structure and the piezoelectric domain switching in these films were confirmed via spatially resolved piezoresponse mapping and local hysteresis loops. Macroscopic measurements demonstrate that the films have well-saturated hysteresis loops with a high remanent polarization of ˜11.5 μC/cm2. Such high-quality, single-crystal-like BaTiO3 films on low-cost, polycrystalline, flexible Ni alloy substrates are attractive for applications in flexible lead-free ferroelectric devices.

  2. Chip-scale cavity optomechanics in lithium niobate

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    Jiang, Wei C

    2016-01-01

    We develop a chip-scale cavity optomechanical system in single-crystal lithium niobate that exhibits high optical quality factors and a large frequency-quality product as high as $3.6\\times 10^{12}$ Hz at room temperature and atmosphere. The excellent optical and mechanical properties together with the strong optomechanical coupling allow us to efficiently excite the coherent regenerative optomechanical oscillation operating at 375.8 MHz with a threshold power of 174 ${\\rm \\mu W}$ in the air. The demonstrated lithium niobate optomechanical device enables great potential for achieving electro-optic-mechanical hybrid systems for broad applications in sensing, metrology, and quantum physics.

  3. Synthesis, growth, optical and mechanical studies of ferroelectric urea-oxalic acid single crystals

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    Vizhi, R. Ezhil; Dhivya, R.; Babu, D. Rajan

    2016-10-01

    A single crystal of urea oxalic acid was grown by slow evaporation method. The lattice parameters are a=5.13 Å, b=12.48 Å, c=7.07 Å, β=98.13° with V=448.5 Å3 which belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21/c obtained from single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. UV-visible spectrum was recorded from the wavelength region of 200-800 nm and its cutoff wavelength was found to be 270 nm. Optical energy band gap of 4.57 eV was determined using Tau's plot relation. Fourier transform infrared vibrational spectrum confirmed the presence of N-H asymmetric stretching which occurs at 3444 cm-1 and 1853 cm-1 arising due to the amide C=O symmetric stretching. The emission was observed at 364 nm from the photoluminescence spectrum. The mechanical stability of the grown crystal was estimated by Vickers microhardness studies and it is evident that the grown crystal belongs to soft material category. Hardness related parameters such as elastic stiffness constant, fracture mechanics, brittleness index and yield strength were also evaluated. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the grown crystal were carried out as a function of frequency for different temperatures.

  4. Soft mode and acoustic mode ferroelectric properties of deuterated triglycine sulphate crystal

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    Ashish Nautiyal; Trilok Chandra Upadhyay

    2014-02-01

    A mathematical study about deuterated triglycine sulphate (CD2CD2COOD)3D2SO4 crystal by a theoretical model which is extended with two sublattice pseudospin lattice coupled mode model by adding third, fourth and fifth order phonon anharmonic interaction terms as well as external electric field term in the crystal Hamiltonian. Double-time temperature dependent Green's function is used to derive soft mode frequency, dielectric permittivity, microwave absorption, quality factor, acoustic attenuation, electric conductivity, smooth function, relaxation time, ratio of figure of merits and respective applications in modern technologies. All theoretical results have a good agreement with experimental data.

  5. Nucleation kinetics of urea succinic acid –ferroelectric single crystal

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    Dhivya, R. [Crystal growth and Crystallography Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore-632014, Tamilnadu (India); Voohrees College, Vellore-632014, Tamilnadu (India); Vizhi, R. Ezhil, E-mail: rezhilvizhi@vit.ac.in, E-mail: revizhi@gmail.com; Babu, D. Rajan [Crystal growth and Crystallography Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore-632014, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-06-24

    Single crystals of Urea Succinic Acid (USA) were grown by slow cooling technique. The crystalline system was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. The metastable zonewidth were carried out for various temperatures i.e., 35°, 40°, 45° and 50°C. The induction period is experimentally determined and various nucleation parameters have been estimated.

  6. The development of potassium tantalate niobate thin films for satellite-based pyroelectric detectors

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    Cherry, Hilary B.B. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering

    1997-05-01

    Potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) pyroelectric detectors are expected to provide detectivities, of 3.7 x 1011 cmHz 1/2W-1 for satellite-based infrared detection at 90 K. The background limited detectivity for a room-temperature thermal detector is 1.8 x 1010 cmHz1/2W-1 . KTN is a unique ferroelectric for this application because of the ability to tailor the temperature of its pyroelectric response by adjusting its ratio of tantalum to niobium. The ability to fabricate high quality KTN thin films on Si-based substrates is crucial to the development of KTN pyroelectric detectors. SixNymembranes created on the Si substrate will provide the weak thermal link necessary to reach background limited detectivities. The device dimensions obtainable by thin film processing are expected to increase the ferroelectric response by 20 times over bulk fabricated KTN detectors. In addition, microfabrication techniques allow for easier array development. This is the first reported attempt at growth of KTN films on Si-based substrates. Pure phase perovskite films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrRuO3/Pt/Ti/SixNy/Si and SrRuO3/SixNy/Si structures; room temperature dielectric permittivities for the KTN films were 290 and 2.5, respectively. The dielectric permittivity for bulk grown, single crystal KTN is ~380. In addition to depressed dielectric permittivities, no ferroelectric hysteresis was found between 80 and 300 K for either structure. RBS, AES, TEM and multi-frequency dielectric measurements were used to investigate the origin of this apparent lack of ferroelectricity. Other issues addressed by this dissertation include: the role of oxygen and target density during pulsed laser deposition of KTN thin films; the use of YBCO, LSC and Pt as direct contact bottom electrodes to the KTN films, and the adhesion of the bottom

  7. The development of potassium tantalate niobate thin films for satellite-based pyroelectric detectors

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    Cherry, H B.B. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering

    1997-05-01

    Potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) pyroelectric detectors are expected to provide detectivities, of 3.7 x 10{sup 11} cmHz {sup {1/2}}W{sup {minus}1} for satellite-based infrared detection at 90 K. The background limited detectivity for a room-temperature thermal detector is 1.8 x 10{sup 10} cmHz{sup {1/2}}W{sup {minus}1}. KTN is a unique ferroelectric for this application because of the ability to tailor the temperature of its pyroelectric response by adjusting its ratio of tantalum to niobium. The ability to fabricate high quality KTN thin films on Si-based substrates is crucial to the development of KTN pyroelectric detectors. Si{sub x}N{sub y} membranes created on the Si substrate will provide the weak thermal link necessary to reach background limited detectivities. The device dimensions obtainable by thin film processing are expected to increase the ferroelectric response by 20 times over bulk fabricated KTN detectors. In addition, microfabrication techniques allow for easier array development. This is the first reported attempt at growth of KTN films on Si-based substrates. Pure phase perovskite films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrRuO{sub 3}/Pt/Ti/Si{sub x}N{sub y}/Si and SrRuO{sub 3}/Si{sub x}N{sub y}/Si structures; room temperature dielectric permittivities for the KTN films were 290 and 2.5, respectively. The dielectric permittivity for bulk grown, single crystal KTN is {approximately}380. In addition to depressed dielectric permittivities, no ferroelectric hysteresis was found between 80 and 300 K for either structure. RBS, AES, TEM and multi-frequency dielectric measurements were used to investigate the origin of this apparent lack of ferroelectricity. Other issues addressed by this dissertation include: the role of oxygen and target density during pulsed laser deposition of KTN thin films; the use of YBCO, LSC and Pt as direct contact bottom electrodes to the KTN films, and the adhesion of the bottom electrode layers to Si{sub x}N{sub y}/Si.

  8. Crystal structure of ferroelectric Bi{sub 2}VO{sub 5.5}

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    Sooryanarayana, K.; Guru Row, T.N.; Varma, K.B.R. [Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India)

    1997-12-01

    The structure of the {alpha}-phase of bismuth vanadate Bi{sub 2}VO{sub 5.5} has been determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction data in the space group Aba2. The refinement involves a well defined disorder at the vanadium site, which incorporates the features of the superlattice structure with vanadium tetrahedra and oxygen-deficient octahedra that is displaced about the twofold axis.

  9. Thermodynamic properties of ferroelectric NH3CH2COOH·H2PO3 crystal

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    Zachek, I. R.; Shchur, Ya.; Levitskii, R. R.; Vdovych, A. S.

    2017-09-01

    Using a modified microscopic model of NH3CH2COOH·H2PO3 by taking into account piezoelectric coupling with strains εi, ε4, ε5 and ε6 in two-particle cluster approximation, the temperature dependence of polarization and tensor of static dielectric permittivity of mechanically clamped and free crystal, their piezoelectric characteristics, elastic constants and heat capacity are calculated.

  10. Determination of intrinsic polarization for K{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} single crystal grown by Czochralski technique for ferroelectric applications

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    Kumar, Sonu [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India); Ray, Geeta [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India); Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India); Sinha, Nidhi [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India); Department of Electronics, SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India); Kumar, Binay, E-mail: b3kumar69@yahoo.co.in [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-7 (India)

    2017-04-01

    Large sized single crystal of K{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} (KZC) was grown by Czochralski (Cz) technique. Structural parameters of KZC were determined by Single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD). From DSC analysis and temperature dependent dielectric measurement, KZC crystal was found to show Curie phase transition at 151 °C. TG/DTA confirmed the melting point that was found to be 443 °C. The value of piezoelectric charge coefficient (d{sub 33}) for KZC crystal was found to be 32 pC/N demonstrating their applicability in transducers and piezoelectric devices. Ferroelectric P-E loop for the grown crystal was traced at room temperature and the intrinsic polarization obtained by PUND measurement was found to be 0.1398 μC/cm{sup 2} indicating its applicability in switching devices. The energy band gap for KZC single crystal was found to be 6.13 eV. Vickers micro-hardness test revealed soft nature of KZC single crystals. - Highlights: • Large sized K{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} (KZC) single crystal was grown by Czochralski technique. • It possesses high Curie temperature as 151 °C. • d{sub 33} coefficient was found to be 32 pC/N. • Intrinsic polarization measured by PUND. • Its direct band gap energy was calculated to be 6.13 eV.

  11. Effect of an Eu3+ impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities in an EuTiO3 bulk crystal and thin films

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    Zhandun, V. S.; Zamkova, N. G.; Zinenko, V. I.

    2015-01-01

    The existence of an antiferrodistortion transition in EuTiO3 is disputable, and this question needs to be answered. One of the possible causes is the presence of an Eu3+ impurity in a sample. A nonempirical polarizable ion model is used to study the effect of a trivalent Eu3+ ion impurity on the antiferrodistortion and ferroelectric instabilities of an EuTiO3 crystal in the bulk and the thin-film states. Lattice dynamics calculation shows that a bulk impurity-free EuTiO3 crystal has no unstable modes throughout the entire phase space volume. The addition of an Eu3+ impurity leads to a significant softening of the rotational mode, the distortion in which makes tetragonal phase I4/ mcm (which is experimentally observed) energetically favorable. In going from the bulk crystal to the thin film, the vibration spectrum of the impurity-free film has unstable antiferrodistortion and rotational modes. The addition of an Eu3+ impurity enhances the antiferrodistortion instability, which fully or partly suppresses ferroelectricity.

  12. Snapshot Mueller matrix polarimetry by wavelength polarization coding and application to the study of switching dynamics in a ferroelectric liquid crystal cell.

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    Le Jeune B.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter by wavelength polarization coding. This device is aimed at encoding polarization states in the spectral domain through use of a broadband source and high-order retarders. This allows one to measure a full Mueller matrix from a single spectrum whose acquisition time only depends on the detection system aperture. The theoretical fundamentals of this technique are developed prior to validation by experiments. The setup calibration is described as well as optimization and stabilization procedures. Then, it is used to study, by time-resolved Mueller matrix polarimetry, the switching dynamics in a ferroelectric liquid crystal cell.

  13. Electro-Optic and Photorefractive Response of Liquid Crystals with Inorganic Ferroelectric Nanoparticles

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    2009-05-13

    material  thiohypodiphosphate  Sn2P2S6  (SPS)  and  barium   titanate  (BaTiO3) were produced.   Suspensions of SPS and BaTiO3 were made in liquid crystals in... transparent   ITO  electrodes  and  by  ~100  nm  polyimide  layers.  To  achieve  a  homogeneous  planar  alignment  of  liquid  crystal,  both...properties,  the  impedance  of  the  cell  was  measured  to  estimate  the  dielectric  permittivity  of  the  samples ,    using  standard  auto

  14. Micromechanism of Ferroelectrics

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    XiCHEN; Dai-NingFANG; 等

    1997-01-01

    As one of the most important advanced electronic materials,ferroelectric and its nonlinear behavior have always been an interesting subject of study in the field of physics and materials science.Recently ferroelectrics has been applied more widely with the rapid development of the Smart/Intelligent materials,As the elementary components of sensors and actuators,ferroelectrics may be subjected to high stresses and electric fields and performance failure may rasult due to the complexity of the environment where the Smart/Intelligent materials are used.Therefore,it is very important to describe the constitutive behavior of the feroelectrics,which can serve as important basis for the design and application of the Smart/Intelligent materials.The main attempt here is to establish the explicit form of constitutive laws of ferroelectric single crystal in the framework of the micromechanics internal variable theory[1],After the “soft” approximation.this model can also be used to exhibit the nonlinear properties of ferroelectric ceramics.

  15. Influence of moieties for the phase stability, spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxations in an achiral ferroelectric bent liquid crystal, PBUOB

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    Chalapathi, P.V. [Department of Physics, A.K.R.G. College of Engineering and Technology, Nallajerla 534112 (India); Srinivasulu, M. [Department of Chemistry, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, Manipal 576104 (India); Pisipati, V.G.K.M. [Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, R and D Division, KL-University, Vaddeswaram (India); Satyanarayana, Ch. [Department of Computers Science Engineering, University College of Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University: Kakinada, Kakinada 533003 (India); Potukuchi, D.M., E-mail: potukuchidm@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, University College of Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University: Kakinada, Kakinada 533003 (India)

    2011-05-15

    The occurrence of ferroelectric phases and influence of chemical moieties in the area of supra-molecular achiral Bent core Liquid Crystals (BLCs) are reviewed. Synthesis of an intermediate/higher homolog of PBnOB series (for n=11), PBUOB, viz. 1,3-Phenyline-Bis(4-UndecylOxy Benzoate), is presented. Smectic LC phases exhibited by PBUOB are characterized by Polarized Optical Microscopy (POM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Spontaneous Polarization (P{sub S}) techniques. Observations infer a bi-variant FE LC smectic phase occurrence, viz., isotropic{yields}B{sub 2}(FE){yields}B{sub 5}(FE){yields}solid phases in cooling and solid{yields}B{sub 5{yields}}isotropic phases in heating scans. Occurrence of B{sub 2} phase is monotropic (in cooling), while B{sub 5} phase is enantiotropic. I-B{sub 2} and B{sub 2}-B{sub 5} phase transitions are found to be of first order nature. The FE phases possess a moderate P{sub S} value of {approx}40 nC cm{sup -2}. Transition temperatures from dielectric studies agree with those from TM and DSC. Two modes of relaxations are observed, viz., a slow scissor mode at {approx}1 kHz and a fast mode at {approx}1 MHz. Anisotropic Dipolar Model is proposed to explain the reorientation mechanism. Arrhenius shifts of Relaxation Frequency (f{sub R}) show differing activation energies for two modes, i.e., 0.11 and 0.98 eV; 0.25 and 1.18 eV in B{sub 2} and B{sub 5} phases, respectively. Temperature variation of dielectric increment {Delta}{epsilon} and {alpha}-parameter LC phases reveals the relative fixture of dipole moment in polar smectic layers. An analytical study for the thermal stability, P{sub S} and f{sub R} in the FE phases is presented with respect to the constitution and configuration of moieties in BLCs.

  16. Crystal structure and polarization hysteresis properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 thin-film capacitors on (Ba,Sr)TiO3-buffered substrates

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    Maki, Hisashi; Noguchi, Yuji; Kutsuna, Kazutoshi; Matsuo, Hiroki; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Miyayama, Masaru

    2016-10-01

    Ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) thin-film capacitors with a buffer layer of (Ba1- x Sr x )TiO3 (BST) have been fabricated on (001) SrTiO3 (STO) single-crystal substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method, and the crystal structure and polarization hysteresis properties have been investigated. X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping shows that the BST buffer effectively reduces the misfit strain relaxation of the BT films on SrRuO3 (SRO) electrodes. The BT capacitor with the SRO electrodes on the BST (x = 0.3) buffer exhibits a well-saturated hysteresis loop with a remanent polarization of 29 µC/cm2. The hysteresis loop displays a shift toward a specific field direction, which is suggested to stem from the flexoelectric coupling between the out-of-plane polarization and the strain gradient adjacent to the bottom interface.

  17. An I-integral method for crack-tip intensity factor variation due to domain switching in ferroelectric single-crystals

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    Yu, Hongjun; Wang, Jie; Shimada, Takahiro; Wu, Huaping; Wu, Linzhi; Kuna, Meinhard; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, an I-integral method is established for solving the crack-tip intensity factors of ferroelectric single-crystals. The I-integral combined with the phase field model is successfully used to investigate crack-tip intensity factor variations due to domain switching in ferroelectricity subjected to electromechanical loadings, which exhibits several advantages over previous methods based on small-scale switching. First, the shape of the switching zone around a crack tip is predicted by the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equation, which does not require preset energy-based switching criterion. Second, the I-integral can directly solve the crack-tip intensity factors and decouple the crack-tip intensity factors of different modes based on superimposing an auxiliary state onto an actual state. Third, the I-integral is area-independent, namely, the I-integral is not affected by the integral area size, the polarization distributions, or domain walls. This makes the I-integral applicable to large-scale domain switching. To this end, the electro-elastic field intensity factors of an impermeable crack in PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystals are evaluated under electrical, mechanical, and combined loading. The intensity factors obtained by the I-integral agree well with those obtained by the extrapolation technique. From numerical results, the following conclusions can be drawn with respect to fracture behavior of ferroelectrics under large-scale switching. Under displacement controlled mechanical loading, the stress intensity factors (SIFs) decrease monotonically due to the domain switching process, which means a crack tip shielding or effective switching-induced toughening occurs. If an external electric field is applied, the electric displacement intensity factor (EDIF) increases in all cases, i.e., the formed domain patterns enhance the electric crack tip loading. The energy release rate, expressed by the crack-tip J-integral, is reduced by the domain

  18. Ferroelectric devices

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    Uchino, Kenji

    2009-01-01

    Updating its bestselling predecessor, Ferroelectric Devices, Second Edition assesses the last decade of developments-and setbacks-in the commercialization of ferroelectricity. Field pioneer and esteemed author Uchino provides insight into why this relatively nascent and interdisciplinary process has failed so far without a systematic accumulation of fundamental knowledge regarding materials and device development.Filling the informational void, this collection of information reviews state-of-the-art research and development trends reflecting nano and optical technologies, environmental regulat

  19. Spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxation dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals derived from 2(S)-[2(S)-ethylhexyolxy] propionic acid and its (S, R)-diastereomer

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    Huang, Lei-Ching; Fu, Chao-Ming, E-mail: chaomingfu@phys.ntu.edu.tw

    2015-09-15

    The spontaneous polarization and molecular dynamics of four ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) with two different kinds of core rings and two types of diastereomeric structures were investigated in this study. The FLCs with a biphenyl ring core structure showed higher spontaneous polarization than the FLCs with a naphthalene ring core structure. The complex dielectric spectra exhibited the Goldstone mode in the ferroelectric (SmC*) phase for all FLCs. The complex dielectric spectra of the four FLCs can be optimally fitted by the Debye model and the Cole–Cole model. Moreover, the Goldstone mode was enhanced under low DC bias fields for the FLCs with the (S, R)- diastereomeric structure, whereas the mode was suppressed for the FLCs with the (S, S)- diastereomeric structure. A microscopic molecular dynamic model is proposed to describe the underlying mechanism of the particular enhancement of the Goldstone mode. The experimental results of dielectric spectra and spontaneous polarization are explained in the discussion of the mesomorphic properties related to the FLC molecular structure.

  20. Spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxation dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals derived from 2(S)-[2(S)-ethylhexyolxy] propionic acid and its (S, R)-diastereomer

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    Huang, Lei-Ching; Fu, Chao-Ming

    2015-09-01

    The spontaneous polarization and molecular dynamics of four ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) with two different kinds of core rings and two types of diastereomeric structures were investigated in this study. The FLCs with a biphenyl ring core structure showed higher spontaneous polarization than the FLCs with a naphthalene ring core structure. The complex dielectric spectra exhibited the Goldstone mode in the ferroelectric (SmC*) phase for all FLCs. The complex dielectric spectra of the four FLCs can be optimally fitted by the Debye model and the Cole-Cole model. Moreover, the Goldstone mode was enhanced under low DC bias fields for the FLCs with the (S, R)- diastereomeric structure, whereas the mode was suppressed for the FLCs with the (S, S)- diastereomeric structure. A microscopic molecular dynamic model is proposed to describe the underlying mechanism of the particular enhancement of the Goldstone mode. The experimental results of dielectric spectra and spontaneous polarization are explained in the discussion of the mesomorphic properties related to the FLC molecular structure.

  1. First principles study on the ferroelectricity of the perovskite ABO3 ferroelectrics

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    王渊旭; 钟维烈; 王春雷; 张沛霖; 苏绚涛

    2002-01-01

    In order to understand well the different ferroelectric behaviour of quantum paraelectrics and ferroelectrics andthe origin of the ferroelectricity of the solid solution KTa0.5Nb0.5O3(KTN), we calculated the electronic structure ofCaTiO3, BaTiO3 and KTN by first principles calculation. From total energy analysis, it is shown that, with increasingcell volume, the crystals (CaTiO3, SrTiO3) will have a ferroelectric instability. For BaTiO3, the ferroelectricity willdisappear as the cell volume is decreased. From the density of states analysis, it is shown that the hybridization betweenB d and O p is very important for the ferroelectric stability of ABO3 perovskite ferroelectrics. This is consistent withthe analysis of band structure.

  2. Electromechanical properties of tetragonal Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) ferroelectric crystals.

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Xu, Zhuo; Wei, Xiaoyong; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R

    2010-03-01

    The ferroelectric, dielectric, elastic, piezoelectric, and electromechanical properties of tetragonal Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals were investigated. The single domain piezoelectric coefficients d(33), d(15), and d(31) were found to be 530, 2350, and -200 pCN, respectively, with electromechanical coupling factors k(33), k(15), and k(31) being on the order of 0.84, 0.85, and 0.58. The mechanical quality factor Q for longitudinal mode was found to be >700, with high coercive field (E(c)) being on the order of 10 kVcm. The temperature and dc bias electric-field characteristics of single domain tetragonal PIN-PMN-PT crystals were also investigated. In contrast to [001] oriented domain engineered rhombohedral crystals, tetragonal PIN-PMN-PT crystals exhibited broader temperature usage range and higher thermalelectric field stability, with improved coercive field and mechanical quality factor.

  3. Critical slowing down and elastic anomaly of uniaxial ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 crystals with tungsten bronze structure

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    Suzuki, K.; Matsumoto, K.; Dec, J.; Łukasiewicz, T.; Kleemann, W.; Kojima, S.

    2014-08-01

    The ferroelectric phase transition of uniaxial Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 single crystals with a moderate effective charge disorder was investigated by Brillouin scattering to clarify the dynamic properties. In the tetragonal paraelectric phase a remarkable softening of the sound velocity of the longitudinal acoustic mode and a significant increase in the sound attenuation were observed close to the Curie temperature TC=527K. The intermediate temperature T* ˜640K and the Burns temperature TB ˜790K were determined from the temperature variation in the sound attenuation. The intense broad central peak (CP) caused by polarization and strain fluctuations due to polar nanoregions was clearly observed in the vicinity of TC. The relaxation time determined by the CP width clearly shows critical slowing down towards TC, reflecting a weakly first-order phase transition under weak random fields.

  4. REFINEMENT OF THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF GUANIDINIUM ALUMINUM SULFATE HEXAHYDRATE.

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    FERROELECTRIC CRYSTALS, * CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ), (*GUANIDINES, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ), (*ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ), SULFATES, HYDRATES, X RAY DIFFRACTION, CHROMIUM COMPOUNDS, CRYSTAL LATTICES, CHEMICAL BONDS

  5. Synthesis of transparent aqueous sols of colloidal layered niobate nanocrystals at room temperature.

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    Ban, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Shogo; Ohya, Yutaka

    2011-12-01

    Transparent aqueous sols of colloidal tetramethylammonium niobate nanocrystals were synthesized by mixing tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAOH), niobium ethoxide, and water at TMAOH/Nb≥0.7 at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the thin films prepared by evaporating the colloidal solutions on a glass substrate indicated that the colloidal niobate had a layered crystalline structure. Two types of layered structures are known as a layered niobate, i.e. M(4)Nb(6)O(17)·nH(2)O and MNb(3)O(8) (M=H, H(3)O, or alkaline metal). Raman spectra and electron diffraction suggested that the niobate nanocrystals were similar in crystal structure to M(4)Nb(6)O(17)·nH(2)O compounds. Moreover, when niobium oxide thin films were fabricated from the niobate colloidal solutions by the sol-gel method, oriented T-Nb(2)O(5) thin films, whose c-axis was parallel to the substrate surface, were obtained. The orientation of the thin films was probably attributed to the layered structure of the colloidal niobate nanocrystals. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Giant piezoelectricity in potassium-sodium niobate lead-free ceramics.

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    Wang, Xiaopeng; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Cheng, Xiaojing; Zheng, Ting; Zhang, Binyu; Lou, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiangjian

    2014-02-19

    Environment protection and human health concern is the driving force to eliminate the lead from commercial piezoelectric materials. In 2004, Saito et al. [ Saito et al., Nature , 2004 , 432 , 84 . ] developed an alkali niobate-based perovskite solid solution with a peak piezoelectric constant d33 of 416 pC/N when prepared in the textured polycrystalline form, intriguing the enthusiasm of developing high-performance lead-free piezoceramics. Although much attention has been paid on the alkali niobate-based system in the past ten years, no significant breakthrough in its d33 has yet been attained. Here, we report an alkali niobate-based lead-free piezoceramic with the largest d33 of ∼490 pC/N ever reported so far using conventional solid-state method. In addition, this material system also exhibits excellent integrated performance with d33∼390-490 pC/N and TC∼217-304 °C by optimizing the compositions. This giant d33 of the alkali niobate-based lead-free piezoceramics is ascribed to not only the construction of a new rhombohedral-tetragonal phase boundary but also enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties. Our finding may pave the way for "lead-free at last".

  7. Precise determination of full matrix of piezo-optic coefficients with a four-point bending technique: the example of lithium niobate crystals.

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    Krupych, Oleg; Savaryn, Viktoriya; Vlokh, Rostyslav

    2014-04-01

    A recently proposed technique representing a combination of digital imaging laser interferometry with a classical four-point bending method is applied to a canonical nonlinear optical crystal, LiNbO₃, to precisely determine a full matrix of its piezo-optic coefficients (POCs). The contribution of a secondary piezo-optic effect to the POCs is investigated experimentally and analyzed theoretically. Based on the POCs thus obtained, a full matrix of strain-optic coefficients (SOCs) is calculated and the appropriate errors are estimated. A comparison of our experimental errors for the POCs and SOCs with the known reference data allows us to claim the present technique as the most precise.

  8. Comparison of the properties of tonpilz transducers fabricated with 001 fiber-textured lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate ceramic and single crystals.

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    Brosnan, Kristen H; Messing, Gary L; Markley, Douglas C; Meyer, Richard J

    2009-11-01

    Tonpilz transducers are fabricated from 001 fiber-textured 0.72Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-0.28PbTiO(3) (PMN-28PT) ceramics, obtained by the templated grain growth process, and PMN-28PT ceramic and Bridgman grown single crystals of the same composition. In-water characterization of single element transducers shows higher source levels, higher in-water coupling, and more usable bandwidth for the 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT device than for the ceramic PMN-28PT element. The 81 vol % textured PMN-28PT tonpilz element measured under large signals shows linearity in sound pressure levels up to 0.23 MV/m drive field but undergoes a phase transition due to a lowered transition temperature from the SrTiO(3) template particles. Although the textured ceramic performs well in this application, it could be further improved with compositional tailoring to raise the transition temperature and better processing to improve the texture quality. With these improvements textured piezoelectric ceramics will be viable options for medical ultrasound, actuators, and sonar applications because of their ease of processing, compositional homogeneity, and potentially lower cost than single crystal.

  9. The growth of lithium niobate ribbons using Stepanov's method

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    Redkin, B. S.; Satunkin, G. A.; Tatarchenko, V. A.; Umarov, L. M.; Gubina, L. I.

    1983-02-01

    Lithium niobate crystals were grown by Stepanov's method in induction furnaces using capillary feeding from platinum crucibles 50 mm in diameter and 50 mm high. Ribbons having the dimensions 20x50x2 mm and 12x70x2 mm were obtained at a rate of 0.1-0.5 mm/min, with the pulling axis corresponding to the 0001 direction. It is shown that the shape of the solidification front and the quality of the grown crystals are determined to a large extent by the type of the shaping device used (monocapillary or multicapillary).

  10. 聚合体网络对铁电液晶的影响%The Effects of a Polymer Network on a Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

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    郑文军

    2001-01-01

    通过定点聚合混合在小分子铁电液晶中的可交联单体来制备高聚合体网络稳定铁电液晶(PNSFLCs).试验中所用单体为紫外固化光学粘合剂NOA65,其用量少于5%.铁电液晶中存在很少量的聚合体网络可以引起相变行为的显著变化.聚合体网络的存在可减小分子倾斜角和降低液晶载体的自发极化强度.分子倾斜角和自发极化强度与温度的对应关系可用指数函数来描述.但在聚合体存在的情形下,函数参数的数值不同于在均场近似下由经典朗道理论所得到的数值.对于纯铁电液晶,自发极化强度与分子倾斜角之间存在与温度无关的线性关系;在聚合体网络存在的情形下,这一线性关系的温度独立性被破坏.%Polymer network stabilised ferroelectric liquid crystals (PNSFLCs) have been produced by in situ polymerisation of a small amount of a cross-linkable monomer in a low molar mass ferroelectric liquid crystal. In the present studies,the amount of prepolymer,which is a UV curable optical adhesive NOA65,is less than 5%. The embedded polymer network strongly affects the properties of the liquid crystal host. A significant change in phase transitionbehaviour has been observed even when the amount of the polymer network is very small. Both the tilt angle and the spontaneous polarisation of the liquid crystal host are reduced in the presence of the polymer network. The temperature behaviour of these two parameters can be described by an exponential function. However,the values of the parameters of the function are different from those derived using the classical Landau theory based on the mean field approximation. For the pure ferroelectric liquid crystal, the spontaneous polarisation has a linear relation with the tilt angle, and the linearity of between the two parameters is independent of temperature. However, the temperature independence of the linear relation between the two parameters is broken in the

  11. Domains in Ferroelectric Nanostructures

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    Gregg, Marty

    2010-03-01

    , the need to fully understand how size and morphology affect domain behaviour in small scale ferroelectrics is obvious. In this talk, observations from a programme of study examining domains in meso and nano-scale BaTiO3 shapes, that have been cut directly from bulk single crystal using focused ion beam milling, will be presented. In general, the equilibrium static domain configurations that occur appear to be the result of a simultaneous desire to minimize both the macroscopic strain and depolarizing fields developed on cooling through the Curie Temperature. While such governing factors might be obvious, the specific patterns that result as a function of morphology are often non-intuitive, and a series of images of domains in nanodots, rods and wires will be presented and rationalised. In addition, the nature in which morphological factors influence domain dynamics during switching will be discussed, with particular focus on axial switching in nanowires, and the manner in which local surface perturbations (such as notches and antinotches) affect domain wall propagation. In collaboration with Alina Schilling, Li-Wu Chang, Mark McMillen, Raymond McQuaid, and Leo McGilly, Queen's University Belfast; Gustau Catalan, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; and James Scott, University of Cambridge.

  12. Advanced ferroelectricity

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    Blinc, R

    2011-01-01

    Advances in the field of ferroelectricity have implications both for basic physics and for technological applications such as memory devices, spintronic applications and electro-optic devices, as well as in acoustics, robotics, telecommunications and medicine. This book provides an account of recent developments in the field.

  13. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate and potassium tantalate niobate pyroelectric materials and far-infrared detectors

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    Baumann, H. B. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); [California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering

    1993-10-01

    This thesis discusses characterization of two ferroelectric materials and the fabrication of bolometers. Potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) are chosen because they can be optimized for operation near 100K. Chap. 2 reviews the physics underlying pyroelectric materials and its subclass of ferroelectric materials. Aspects of pyroelectric detection are discussed in Chap. 3 including measurement circuit, noise sources, and effects of materials properties on pyroelectric response. Chap. 4 discusses materials selection and specific characteristics of KTN and KDP; Chap. 5 describes materials preparation; and Chap. 6 presents detector configuration and a thermal analysis of the pyroelectric detector. Electrical techniques used to characterize the materials and devices and results are discussed in Chap. 7 followed by conclusions on feasibility of KDP and KTN pyroelectric detectors in Chap. 8.

  14. Single crystal magnetic, dielectric and thermal studies of the relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3})O{sub 3}

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    Ye, Z.G.; Sato, M. [Niigata University, Niigata (Japan). Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Kita, E. [University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, (Japan). Institute of Applied Physics; Bursill, L.A. [The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics; Schmid, H. [University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland). Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry

    1998-09-01

    The magnetic, dielectric and thermal properties of the complex perovskite Pb(Fe{sub 2/3}W{sub 1/3})O{sub 3} [PFW] have been studied on single crystals by means of a SQUID magnetometer, dielectric measurements and thermal analysis. Anomalies in the temperature dependence of the magnetization have revealed magnetic phase transitions at T{sub N1}=350 K and T{sub N2}=20 K. These two steps of antiferromagnetic ordering are attributed to the microstructural feature of the complex perovskite, characterized by ordered and disordered arrangements on the B-site, giving rise to a strong superexchange interaction of - Fe{sup 3}+ - O - Fe{sup 3+} - type with a higher ordering temperature, and to a weak superexchange interaction of the B-site ordered elpasolite type - Fe{sup 3+}+ - O - W - O - Fe{sup 3+} - with a lower Neel temperature. The low temperature antiferromagnetic phase exhibits a weak ferromagnetism. The dielectric properties of PFW show a relaxor ferroelectric behaviour with a dispersive maximum of permittivity at Tm (170 -190 K). The magnetic phase transition at T{sub N2}=20 K results in anomalies both of the real part of permittivity and the dissipation factor, suggesting a magneto-electric coupling via magneto-structural interactions 26 refs., 9 figs.

  15. High-temperature solution growth and vapour transport equilibration of (1-x)K1-yNaYNbO3-xLiNbO3 lead-free piezo-/ferroelectric single crystals

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    Wong, Jenny Y. Y.; Zhang, Nan; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2016-10-01

    In order to develop lead-free piezo-/ferroelectric materials, single crystals of 0.98K0.8Na0.2NbO3-0.02LiNbO3 (KNN-LN) have been grown in the perovskite structure using the high-temperature solution growth method. Dielectric measurements reveal structural phase transitions at TC (cubic to tetragonal)=411 °C and TO-T (tetragonal to orthorhombic)=189 °C, respectively, and an additional phase transition at a lower temperature of -78 °C which corresponds to the transition from the orthorhombic to a rhombohedral phase. Single crystal structural refinements based on X-ray diffraction data indicate that there are no oxygen octahedral tilts present at room temperature and at -103 °C, which suggests that the crystal is K-rich. Composition analysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy and laser ablation - inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry confirms the K-rich composition. A vapour transport equilibration technique is successfully developed to optimise the composition of the as-grown crystals by enriching the Li-content and it is demonstrated to be a viable approach to increase the Li-concentration of KNN-LN and other piezo-/ferroelectric crystals.

  16. Niobate-based octahedral molecular sieves

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    Nenoff, Tina M.; Nyman, May D.

    2003-07-22

    Niobate-based octahedral molecular sieves having significant activity for multivalent cations and a method for synthesizing such sieves are disclosed. The sieves have a net negatively charged octahedral framework, comprising niobium, oxygen, and octahedrally coordinated lower valence transition metals. The framework can be charge balanced by the occluded alkali cation from the synthesis method. The alkali cation can be exchanged for other contaminant metal ions. The ion-exchanged niobate-based octahedral molecular sieve can be backexchanged in acidic solutions to yield a solution concentrated in the contaminant metal. Alternatively, the ion-exchanged niobate-based octahedral molecular sieve can be thermally converted to a durable perovskite phase waste form.

  17. Inorganic-organic hybrid compounds based on face-sharing octahedral [PbI3]∞ chains: self-assemblies, crystal structures, and ferroelectric, photoluminescence properties.

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    Duan, Hai-Bao; Zhao, Hai-Rong; Ren, Xiao-Ming; Zhou, Hong; Tian, Zheng-Fang; Jin, Wan-Qin

    2011-02-28

    Eight inorganic-organic hybrid compounds with a formula of [R-Bz-1-APy][PbI(3)] (R-Bz-1-APy(+) = mono-substituted benzylidene-1-aminopyridinium Schiff base derivative; R = m-CN (1), m-CH(3) (2), H (3), p-F (4), p-Cl (5), p-Br (6), o-Cl (7), o-Br (8)) have been synthesized and characterized structurally. The common characteristic of the crystal structures of 1-8 is that the inorganic components form straight and face-sharing octahedral [PbI(3)](∞) chains and the Schiff base cations surround the [PbI(3)](∞) chains to form molecular stacks. The substituent (R) on the phenyl ring of the Schiff base cation clearly influences the packing structures of 1-8, and the hybrid compound crystallizes in the space group P6(3) when R = CN (1) in the meta-position of the phenyl ring, and in a central symmetric space group when R is in the ortho- or para-position of the phenyl ring. The conformation of the Schiff base cation is related to the R position, and the dihedral angle between the phenyl and pyridyl rings increases in the order of para- inorganic [PbI(3)](∞) chain in the para-substituted hybrid compounds, and perpendicular to the straight inorganic [PbI(3)](∞) chain in the ortho-substituted hybrid compounds. 1 is second harmonic generation (SHG) active with a comparable response as that of urea and also exhibits ferroelectricity with larger P(s) and P(r) values; 1-8 emit multi-band luminescence in the 300-650 nm regions under the excitation of ultraviolet light.

  18. Ferroelectrics Volume 122 Numbers 1-4 1991. Proceedings of the International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (3rd) Held in Boulder, Colorado on 23-28 June, 1991, Part 2

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    1992-01-01

    another could not be made ready in time for inclusion in these volumes. Such papers will be published in future issues of Ferroelectrics either as...Fot6nica - ETSI Telecomunicaci6n Ciudad Universitaria , 28040 Madrid Spain ABSTRACT An accurate description of spectral and angular optical

  19. Investigation about relationships between the symmetries of ferroelectric crystal Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} and second-harmonic patterns

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    Xu, Tianxiang; Yu, Haohai, E-mail: haohaiyu@sdu.edu.cn; Zhang, Huaijin, E-mail: huaijinzhang@sdu.edu.cn; Wang, Jiyang [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials and Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2015-08-07

    The broadband quasi-phase matching (QPM) process in a uniaxial ferroelectric crystal Ca{sub 0.28}Ba{sub 0.72}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} (CBN-28) was demonstrated with the second-harmonic wavelength range from 450 nm to 650 nm, and the relationship between the symmetries of CBN-28 and the second-harmonic patterns was experimentally and theoretically investigated based on the random anti-parallel domains in the crystal and QPM conditions. The dependences of frequency-doubled patterns on the wavelength and anisotropy of the nonlinear crystal were also studied, and the frequency-doubled photons were found to be trapped on circles. By analyzing the light-matter interacting Hamiltonians, the trapping force for second-harmonic photons was found to be centripetal and tunable by the fundamental lasers, and the variation tendencies of the rotational velocity of second-harmonic generation photons could also be predicated. The results indicate that the CBN-28 ferroelectric crystal is a promising nonlinear optical material for the generation of broadband frequency-doubled waves, and the analysis on centripetal force based on the interaction Hamiltonians may provide a novel recognition for the investigation of QPM process to be further studied.

  20. Topology and temperature dependence of the diffuse X-ray scattering in Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric single crystals.

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    Gorfman, Semën; Keeble, Dean S; Bombardi, Alessandro; Thomas, Pam A

    2015-10-01

    The results of high-resolution measurements of the diffuse X-ray scattering produced by a perovskite-based Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric single crystal between 40 and 620 K are reported. The study was designed as an attempt to resolve numerous controversies regarding the average structure of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3, such as the mechanism of the phase transitions between the tetragonal, P4bm, and rhombohedral | monoclinic, R3c | Cc, space groups and the correlation between structural changes and macroscopic physical properties. The starting point was to search for any transformations of structural disorder in the temperature range of thermal depoling (420-480 K), where the average structure is known to remain unchanged. The intensity distribution around the {032} pseudocubic reflection was collected using a PILATUS 100K detector at the I16 beamline of the Diamond Light Source (UK). The data revealed previously unknown features of the diffuse scattering, including a system of dual asymmetric L-shaped diffuse scattering streaks. The topology, temperature dependence, and relationship between Bragg and diffuse intensities suggest the presence of complex microstructure in the low-temperature R3c | Cc phase. This microstructure may be formed by the persistence of the higher-temperature P4bm phase, built into a lower-temperature R3c | Cc matrix, accompanied by the related long-range strain fields. Finally, it is shown that a correlation between the temperature dependence of the X-ray scattering features and the temperature regime of thermal depoling is present.

  1. The origin of ferroelectricity in magnetoelectric YMnO3

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    Van Aken, BB; Palstra, TTM; Filippetti, A; Spaldin, NA

    2004-01-01

    Understanding the ferroelectrocity in magnetic ferroelectric oxides is of both fundamental and technological importance. Here, we identify the nature of the ferroelectric phase transition in the hexagonal manganite, YMnO3, using a combination of single-crystal X-ray diffraction, thorough structure a

  2. Optical Dispersion Behavior and Band Gap Energy of Relaxor Ferroelectric 0.92Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.08PbTiO3 Single Crystal

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    LIN Yan-Ting; REN Bo; ZHAO Xiang-Yong; WANG Fei-Fei; WANG Yao-Jin; XU Hai-Qing; LIN Di; LUO Hao-Su

    2009-01-01

    Refractive indices and extinction coefficients of 0.92Pb(Mg1/3 Nb2/a )O3-0.08Pb Ti03 (PMN-0.08PT) single crystal are investigated by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) at different wavelengths. The parameters relative to the energy band structure are obtained by fitting to the single-oscillator dispersion equation, and the band gap energy is also deduced from the Tauc equation. Similar to most oxygen-octahedra ferroelectrics,PMN-0.08PT has the same dispersion behavior described by the refractive-index dispersion parameters.

  3. Broadband light scattering of two relaxation processes in relaxor ferroelectric 0.93Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.07PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Tsukada, Shinya; Kojima, Seiji

    2008-01-01

    Dynamical properties of relaxor ferroelectric 0.93Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.07PbTiO3 single crystals have been studied by the broadband inelastic light scattering from gigahertz to terahertz frequency range. The longitudinal- and transverse-acoustic (LA and TA) phonon frequencies deviate below the Burns temperature TB=736 K from a linear temperature dependence above TB, indicating the existence of polarization relaxations induced by the polar nanoregions (PNRs). On further cooling, a central peak (...

  4. Phase transition in triglycine family of hydrogen bonded ferroelectrics: An interpretation based on structural studies

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    R R Choudhury; R Chitra; P U Sastry; Amit Das; M Ramanadham

    2004-07-01

    Using the crystal structure, a comprehensive interpretation of the origin of ferroelectricity in the hydrogen bonded triglycine family of crystals is given. Our detailed analysis showed that the instability of nitrogen double well potential plays a driving role in the mechanism of the ferroelectric transitions in these crystals.

  5. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  6. Study of structural differences between stoichiometric and congruent lithium niobate

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    Kling, A; Correia, J G; Da Silva, M F A; Diéguez, E; Agulló-López, F; Soares, J C

    1996-01-01

    The structural differences between stoichiometric and congruent (lithium deficient) lithium niobate single crystals were studied by RBS- and NRA-channeling as well as perturbed angular correlation (PAC) measurements. The d-PAC111Cd-PAC investigations point out that a second Li site can be detected in congruent material, while only one is present in stoichiometric. Channeling studies of different axes and the comparison of the results with computer simulations corroborated former indications that this additional lattice site can be attributed to the formation of ilmenite type stacking faults. A comparative study of the energy dependence of the dechanneling showed that a remarkable disorder is also present in the Nb sublattice of the congruent crystals and that these defects have a point-like character.

  7. Ionoluminescence of trivalent rare-earth-doped strontium barium niobate

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    Calvo del Castillo, H. [Departamento de Geologia y Geoquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Modulo C-VI, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Universidad Nacional Automoma de Mexico, Instituto de Fisica, 04510 Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Ruvalcaba, J.L. [Universidad Nacional Automoma de Mexico, Instituto de Fisica, 04510 Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Bettinelli, M.; Speghini, A. [Dipartimento Scientifico e Tecnologico, Universita di Verona and INSTM, UdR Verona, Ca Vignal, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona (Italy); Barboza Flores, M. [Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Calderon, T. [Departamento de Geologia y Geoquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Modulo C-VI, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: tomas.calderon@uam.es; Jaque, D.; Garcia Sole, J. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)

    2008-05-15

    Ionoluminescence spectra for different rare-earth ion (Pr{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+})-activated Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6} strontium barium niobate crystals (x=0.33 and 0.60) have been induced with a 3 MeV proton beam for a variety of beam current intensities (45, 40 and 20 nA). The proton-beam induced luminescent spectra have shown features associated with the presence of the rare-earth ion and some spectral features mostly related to the host crystal, which appear only for high beam current intensities. We have compared the ionoluminescence results to those obtained under UV light excitation (photoluminescence technique) where a direct excitation of the band gap would occur.

  8. Synthesis and X-ray Powder Diffraction Characterization of A New Niobate Crystal NaBa2 Li0.6 Nb4.8 Zn0.2 O15

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    2006-01-01

    A new niobate compound was synthesized for the first time in Na2 O-BaO-Li2 O-ZnO-Nb2 O5 system by solid state reaction.The new compound was studied by X- ray diffraction, electron probe, X- ray microanalysis, chemical analysis and SEM.The result of X-ray powder diffraction shows that NaBa2 Li0.6 Nb4.8 Zn0.2 O15 belongs to orthorhombic tungsten bronze structure, with .space group Pba2 ( 32 ) and lattice parameters a =12.6115(2)(A), b = 12.4981 (2)(A), C = 3.9479(3)(A).The X-ray powder diffraction lines of the compound were well indexed.

  9. Reduced Dimensionality Lithium Niobate Microsystems

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    Eichenfield, Matt [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2017-01-01

    The following report describes work performed under the LDRD program at Sandia National Laboratories October 2014 and September 2016. The work presented demonstrates the ability of Sandia Labs to develop state-of-the-art photonic devices based on thin film lithium niobate (LiNbO3 ). Section 1 provides an introduction to integrated LiNbO3 devices and motivation for developing thin film nonlinear optical systems. Section 2 describes the design, fabrication, and photonic performance of thin film optical microdisks fabricated from bulk LiNbO3 using a bulk implantation method developed at Sandia. Sections 3 and 4 describe the development of similar thin film LiNbO3 structures fabricated from LiNbO3 on insulator (LNOI) substrates and our demonstration of optical frequency conversion with state-of-the-art efficiency. Finally, Section 5 describes similar microdisk resonators fabricated from LNOI wafers with a buried metal layer, in which we demonstrate electro-optic modulation.

  10. Growth, defect structure, and THz application of stoichiometric lithium niobate

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    Lengyel, K.; Péter, Á.; Kovács, L.; Corradi, G.; Pálfalvi, L.; Hebling, J.; Unferdorben, M.; Dravecz, G.; Hajdara, I.; Szaller, Zs.; Polgár, K.

    2015-12-01

    Owing to the extraordinary richness of its physical properties, congruent lithium niobate has attracted multidecade-long interest both for fundamental science and applications. The combination of ferro-, pyro-, and piezoelectric properties with large electro-optic, acousto-optic, and photoelastic coefficients as well as the strong photorefractive and photovoltaic effects offers a great potential for applications in modern optics. To provide powerful optical components in high energy laser applications, tailoring of key material parameters, especially stoichiometry, is required. This paper reviews the state of the art of growing large stoichiometric LiNbO3 (sLN) crystals, in particular, the defect engineering of pure and doped sLN with emphasis on optical damage resistant (ODR) dopants (e.g., Mg, Zn, In, Sc, Hf, Zr, Sn). The discussion is focused on crystals grown by the high temperature top seeded solution growth (HTTSSG) technique using alkali oxide fluxing agents. Based on high-temperature phase equilibria studies of the Li2O-Nb2O5-X2O ternary systems (X = Na, K, Rb, Cs), the impact of alkali homologue additives on the stoichiometry of the lithium niobate phase will be analyzed, together with a summary of the ultraviolet, infrared, and far-infrared absorption spectroscopic methods developed to characterize the composition of the crystals. It will be shown that using HTTSSG from K2O containing flux, crystals closest to the stoichiometric composition can be grown characterized by a UV-edge position of at about 302 nm and a single narrow hydroxyl band in the IR with a linewidth of less than 3 cm-1 at 300 K. The threshold concentrations for ODR dopants depend on crystal stoichiometry and the valence of the dopants; Raman spectra, hydroxyl vibration spectra, and Z-scan measurements prove to be useful to distinguish crystals below and above the photorefractive threshold. Crystals just above the threshold are preferred for most nonlinear optical applications apart

  11. Crystallization and mechanical behavior of the ferroelectric polymer nonwoven fiber fabrics for highly durable wearable sensor applications

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    Liu, Z. H.; Pan, C. T.; Yen, C. K.; Lin, L. W.; Huang, J. C.; Ke, C. A.

    2015-08-01

    The mechanical characterization of the electrospinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nonwoven fiber fabrics (NFFs) doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Piezoelectric composite nanofibers of the PVDF/MWCNTs were directly electrospun by the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) without any post-poling treatment. We have made the HCNFES NFFs consisted of high-orderly arranged nanofiber assemblies for further characterizing the effect of MWCNTs filling PVDF nanofibers. An in situ electrical poling and high uniaxial stretching imparted on the polymer jet during the HCNFES process, which naturally align the dipoles in the PVDF crystals and promote the formation of the polar β-crystalline phase within the fibers. Moreover, the reinforcement of the HCNFES PVDF nanofibers indicated the improvement in mechanical properties and the degree of high oriented extended-chain crystallites through adding adequate contents of MWCNTs. In the case of alignment of the all-trans polymer chains in the vicinity of MWCNTs along the fiber axis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed the strongest diffraction peak of the β-crystalline phase. In the comparison of the near-field electrospinning (NFES), the HCNFES nanofibers with smooth surface and smaller diameter can easily form high density structural NFFs. After nano-indentation and tensile strength measurements, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of the HCNFES NFFs are better than the NFES ones. When 16 wt% PVDF solution doped with 0.03 wt% MWCNTs, the results reveal that Young's modulus, hardness, yield stress, yield strain, ultimate tensile strength, and strain at break of the HCNFES composite NFFs are obviously enhanced to 1.39 GPa, 39.6 MPa, 28 MPa, 48.17 MPa, 3.3%, and 32.5%, respectively. Finally, a flexible wearable sensor made of three-dimensional piezoelectric NFFs was actually experimented. Outstanding mechanical properties with highly deformable of PVDF

  12. Structural and luminescent studies on nanosized cerium doped strontium barium niobate

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    John, Nuja; Nandakumar, K.

    2017-06-01

    The nanosized cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate ceramic powder system have been synthesized by sol-gel technique. The X-ray diffraction measurement confirmed the structure of cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate ceramic powder system. The absorption peaks were analysed by FTIR spectroscopy. Particle morphology and size of the powder were examined using SEM and TEM. Crystal quality and structure were also examined by micro raman spectra. The transmission electron microscopy image of cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate nano powder system consist of particles with average size of 20 nm. A band gap of the system was measured by optical absorption spectra. Photoluminescence data were recorded at room temperature. The emission peaks were detected under excitation at 305 nm wavelength. The peaks are assigned to the cerium electron transition from lowest 5d level to 2F5/2 and 2F7/2 of 4f, respectively. The decay time were also measured for cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate powder system.

  13. Crystallization and mechanical behavior of the ferroelectric polymer nonwoven fiber fabrics for highly durable wearable sensor applications

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    Liu, Z.H. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Micro/Meso Mechanical Manufacturing R& D Department, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, Kaohsiung 81160, Taiwan (China); Pan, C.T., E-mail: panct@mail.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Yen, C.K. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China); National Science Council Core Facilities Laboratory for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology in Kaohsiung-Pingtung Area, Taiwan (China); Lin, L.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Huang, J.C. [Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Ke, C.A. [Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Performance of the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES). • Well-aligned self-assembled PVDF nonwoven fiber fabrics. • Highly durable wearable sensors. • The mechanical characterization of HCNFES piezoelectric NFFs. • The formation of β-form extended-chain crystallites in the PVDF nanofibers. - Abstract: The mechanical characterization of the electrospinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nonwoven fiber fabrics (NFFs) doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Piezoelectric composite nanofibers of the PVDF/MWCNTs were directly electrospun by the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) without any post-poling treatment. We have made the HCNFES NFFs consisted of high-orderly arranged nanofiber assemblies for further characterizing the effect of MWCNTs filling PVDF nanofibers. An in situ electrical poling and high uniaxial stretching imparted on the polymer jet during the HCNFES process, which naturally align the dipoles in the PVDF crystals and promote the formation of the polar β-crystalline phase within the fibers. Moreover, the reinforcement of the HCNFES PVDF nanofibers indicated the improvement in mechanical properties and the degree of high oriented extended-chain crystallites through adding adequate contents of MWCNTs. In the case of alignment of the all-trans polymer chains in the vicinity of MWCNTs along the fiber axis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed the strongest diffraction peak of the β-crystalline phase. In the comparison of the near-field electrospinning (NFES), the HCNFES nanofibers with smooth surface and smaller diameter can easily form high density structural NFFs. After nano-indentation and tensile strength measurements, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of the HCNFES NFFs are better than the NFES ones. When 16 wt% PVDF solution doped with 0.03 wt% MWCNTs, the results reveal that Young's modulus, hardness, yield stress, yield strain

  14. Fano resonance-based highly sensitive, compact temperature sensor on thin film lithium niobate.

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    Qiu, Wentao; Ndao, Abdoulaye; Vila, Venancio Calero; Salut, Roland; Courjal, Nadège; Baida, Fadi Issam; Bernal, Maria-Pilar

    2016-03-15

    In this Letter, we report a Fano resonance-based highly sensitive and compact temperature sensor fabricated on thin film lithium niobate (TFLN) Suzuki phase lattice (SPL) photonic crystal. The experimental sensitivity is estimated to be 0.77 nm/°C with a photonic crystal size of only 25  μm × 24  μm. This sensitivity is 38 times larger than the intrinsic one of lithium niobate which is 0.02 nm/°C. The demonstrated sharp and high extinction ratio characteristics of the Fano lineshape resonance could be an excellent candidate in developing a high sensitivity temperature sensor, electric field sensor, etc.

  15. Nano and micro reoriented domains and their relation with the crystal structure in the new ferroelectric boracite Zn{sub 3}B{sub 7}O{sub 13}Br

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    Campa-Molina, J [Centro Universitario de la Cienega, Universidad de Guadalajara, Laboratorio de Materiales, Avenida Universidad No. 1115, Colonia Linda Vista, CP 47840, Ocotlan, Jalisco (Mexico); Ulloa-Godinez, S [Centro Universitario de la Cienega, Universidad de Guadalajara, Laboratorio de Materiales, Avenida Universidad No. 1115, Colonia Linda Vista, CP 47840, Ocotlan, Jalisco (Mexico); Barrera, A [Centro Universitario de la Cienega, Universidad de Guadalajara, Laboratorio de Materiales, Avenida Universidad No. 1115, Colonia Linda Vista, CP 47840, Ocotlan, Jalisco (Mexico); Bucio, L [Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Apartado Postal 20-364, 01000 Mexico, DF (Mexico); Mata, J [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, UNAM, Apartado Postal 2681, E-22800, Ensenada, BC (Mexico)

    2006-05-24

    A new zinc brome boracite Zn{sub 3}B{sub 7}O{sub 13}Br has been grown by a chemical transport reaction in closed quartz ampoules at 920 K. The crystal structure was characterized by Rietveld refinement. Ferroelectric nano and micro reorientable domains were found in this material using polarizing optical microscopy (PLM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Chemical analysis was performed with x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX). In the crystal, a new structure transition at 586 K from orthorhombic (Pca 2{sub 1}) to cubic cell (F4-bar3c) has been found. This transition was corroborated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

  16. Characterization of Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) ferroelectric crystal with enhanced phase transition temperatures.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Luo, Jun; Hackenberger, Wesley; Shrout, Thomas R

    2008-09-15

    The full set of material constants for relaxor-based ternary single crystals Pb(In(12)Nb(12))O(3)-Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PIN-PMN-PT) were determined and compared to binary Pb(Mg(13)Nb(23))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PMNT) crystals. The Curie temperature for rhombohedral compositions of PIN-PMN-PT was found to be in the range of 160-200 degrees C with ferroelectric rhombohedral to tetragonal phase transition on the order of 120-130 degrees C, more than 30 degrees C higher than that found for PMNT. The piezoelectric coefficients (d(33)) were in the range of 1100-1500 pCN, with electromechanical coupling factors (k(33)) about 89%-92% comparable to PMNT crystals. The coercive field of the ternary crystal was found to be 5.5 kVcm, double the value of the binary counterparts. The dielectric behavior under varying dc bias exhibited a similar trend as observed in PMNT with a much broader usage temperature range. Together with its enhanced field induced phase transition level, the ternary PIN-PMN-PT crystals are promising candidates for high temperature and high drive transducer applications.

  17. Lithium Niobate Micromachining for the Fabrication of Microfluidic Droplet Generators

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    Giacomo Bettella

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the first microfluidic junctions for droplet generation directly engraved on lithium niobate crystals by micromachining techniques, preparatory to a fully integrated opto-microfluidics lab-on-chip system. In particular, laser ablation technique and the mechanical micromachining technique are exploited to realise microfluidic channels in T- and cross junction configurations. The quality of both lateral and bottom surfaces of the channels are therefore compared together with a detailed study of their roughness measured by means of atomic force microscopy in order to evaluate the final performance achievable in an optofluidic device. Finally, the microfluidics performances of these water-in-oil droplets generators are investigated depending on these micromachining techniques, with particular focus on a wide range of droplet generation rates.

  18. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P., E-mail: veber@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr; Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Maglione, M. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Université Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Shimamura, K. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2014-04-14

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba{sub 0.850}Ca{sub 0.150})(Ti{sub 0.900}Zr{sub 0.100})O{sub 3} ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO{sub 3}-BaZrO{sub 3}-CaTiO{sub 3} pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba{sub 0.857}Ca{sub 0.143})(Ti{sub 0.928}Zr{sub 0.072})O{sub 3} to (Ba{sub 0.953}Ca{sub 0.047})(Ti{sub 0.427}Zr{sub 0.573})O{sub 3}. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba{sub 0.838}Ca{sub 0.162})(Ti{sub 0.854}Zr{sub 0.146})O{sub 3} composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d{sub 31} and k{sub 31} of 93 pC.N{sup −1} and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K)

  19. Importance of damping on nanoswitching in LiNbO{sub 3}-type ferroelectrics

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    Giri, P; Bandyopadhyay, A K [Dumkal Institute of Engineering and Technology, West Bengal University of Technology, Murshidabad, WB (India); Ghosh, S [Department of Physics, Shibpur Dinobundhu College, Howrah, WB (India); Choudhary, K; Alam, Md [Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, West Bengal University of Technology, 73, A C Banerjee Lane, Calcutta-700010 WB (India); Ray, P C, E-mail: asisbanerjee1000@gmail.co, E-mail: ghoshsukriti@yahoo.co.i, E-mail: raypratap1@yahoo.co.i [Department of Mathematics, Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Calcutta-700098, WB (India)

    2011-01-15

    In a previous dynamic study of some ferroelectric materials showing memory switching behavior, a Hamiltonian was developed that gave rise to a nonlinear Duffing oscillator equation involving the Landau-Ginzburg free energy functional as a potential formulation (Bandyopadhyay et al 2006 J. Appl. Phys. 100 114106). A high level of oscillations was observed in polarization waves against non-dimensional time that was quenched by increasing damping, which is a decay constant related to the loss of polarization due to damping during its motion in a ferroelectric material, such as lithium niobate. From the computer simulation of the damped oscillation curves, a critical time for switching, say, in a nanoswitch, was found that varies with the damping coefficient. This damping was also found to show an increasing behavior with the coercive field or the amount of impurities in a quadratic manner in such ferroelectrics.

  20. Wideband Lithium Niobate FBAR Filters

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    Thomas Baron

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Filters based on film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs are widely used for mobile phone applications, but they can also address wideband aerospace requirements. These devices need high electromechanical coupling coefficients to achieve large band pass filters. The piezoelectric material LiNbO3 complies with such specifications and is compatible with standard fabrication processes. In this work, simple metal—LiNbO3—metal structures have been developed to fabricate single FBAR elements directly connected to each other on a single chip. A fabrication process based on LiNbO3/silicon Au-Au bonding and LiNbO3 lapping/polishing has been developed and is proposed in this paper. Electrical measurements of these FBAR filters are proposed and commented exhibiting filters with 8% of fractional bandwidth and 3.3 dB of insertion losses. Electrical measurements show possibilities to obtain 14% of fractional bandwidth. These devices have been packaged, allowing for power handling, thermal, and ferroelectric tests, corresponding to spatial conditions.

  1. Design considerations for quasi-phase-matching in doubly resonant lithium niobate hexagonal micro-resonators

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    Sono, Tleyane J.; Riziotis, Christos; Mailis, Sakellaris; Eason, Robert W.

    2017-09-01

    Fabrication capabilities of high optical quality hexagonal superstructures by chemical etching of inverted ferroelectric domains in lithium niobate platform suggests a route for efficient implementation of compact hexagonal microcavities. Such nonlinear optical hexagonal micro-resonators are proposed as a platform for second harmonic generation (SHG) by the combined mechanisms of total internal reflection (TIR) and quasi-phase-matching (QPM). The proposed scheme for SHG via TIR-QPM in a hexagonal microcavity can improve the efficiency and also the compactness of SHG devices compared to traditional linear-type based devices. A simple theoretical model based on six-bounce trajectory and phase matching conditions was capable for obtaining the optimal cavity size. Furthermore numerical simulation results based on finite difference time domain beam propagation method analysis confirmed the solutions obtained by demonstrating resonant operation of the microcavity for the second harmonic wave produced by TIR-QPM. Design aspects, optimization issues and characteristics of the proposed nonlinear device are presented.

  2. Temperature and pressure effects on elastic properties of relaxor ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics: A resonant ultrasound spectroscopy study

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    Tennakoon, Sumudu P.

    Relaxor ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) material exhibits exceptional electromechanical properties. The material undergoes a series of structural phase transitions with changes in temperature and the chemical composition. The work covered in this dissertation seek to gain insight into the phase diagram of PMN-PT using temperature and pressure dependence of the elastic properties. Single crystal PMN-PT with a composition near morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) was investigated using a resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) methodologies in the temperature range of 293 K - 800 K and the pressure range from near vacuum to 3.4 MPa. At atmospheric pressure, significantly high acoustic attenuation of PMN-PT is observed at temperatures below 400 K. A strong stiffening is observed in the temperature range of 400 K - 673 K, followed by a gradual softening at higher temperatures. With varying pressure, an increased pressure sensitivity of the elastic properties of PMN-PT is observed at the temperatures in the stiffening phase. Elastic behavior at elevated temperatures and pressures were studied for correlations with the ferroelectric domains at temperatures below the Curie temperature (TC), the locally polarized nano-regions, and an existence of pseudo-cubic crystalline at higher temperatures between (TC and TB). Thermoelectric lanthanum tellurides and skutterudites are being investigated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for advanced thermoelectric generates (TEGs). Effects of nickel (Ni) doping on elastic properties of lanthanum tellurides at elevated temperatures were investigated in the temperature range of 293 K - 800 K. A linear stiffening was observed with increasing the Ni content in the material. Elastic properties of p-type and n-type bismuth-based skutterudites were investigated in the temperature range of 293 K - 723 K. Elastic properties of rare-earth doped strontium titanate were also investigated in the temperature range of 293 K

  3. Ferroelectrics under the Synchrotron Light: A Review

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    Luis E. Fuentes-Cobas

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Currently, an intensive search for high-performance lead-free ferroelectric materials is taking place. ABO3 perovskites (A = Ba, Bi, Ca, K and Na; B = Fe, Nb, Ti, and Zr appear as promising candidates. Understanding the structure–function relationship is mandatory, and, in this field, the roles of long- and short-range crystal orders and interactions are decisive. In this review, recent advances in the global and local characterization of ferroelectric materials by synchrotron light diffraction, scattering and absorption are analyzed. Single- and poly-crystal synchrotron diffraction studies allow high-resolution investigations regarding the long-range average position of ions and subtle global symmetry break-downs. Ferroelectric materials, under the action of electric fields, undergo crystal symmetry, crystallite/domain orientation distribution and strain condition transformations. Methodological aspects of monitoring these processes are discussed. Two-dimensional diffraction clarify larger scale ordering: polycrystal texture is measured from the intensities distribution along the Debye rings. Local order is investigated by diffuse scattering (DS and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS experiments. DS provides information about thermal, chemical and displacive low-dimensional disorders. XAFS investigation of ferroelectrics reveals local B-cation off-centering and oxidation state. This technique has the advantage of being element-selective. Representative reports of the mentioned studies are described.

  4. Generation of broadband and multiple-peak THz radiation in aperiodically poled lithium niobate

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    Fucheng Chen; Xianfeng Chen; Yuping Chen; Yuxing Xia

    2005-01-01

    @@ We theoretically analyze the generation of broadened and multi-peak terahertz (THz) radiation in aperiodically poled lithium niobate (APPLN), whose sequence of opposite domains is optimized by simulated annealing (SA) algorithm. The full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of the broadened THz radiation in our simulation is 0.26 THz. Both of the central wavelength and FWHM can be easily tuned by choosing proper objective functions. THz radiation with wider and flatter FWHM can be achieved by increasing the length of the lithium niobate crystal. The two-peak THz generation is also provided as an example of multi-peak with the central wavelengths at 1.68 and 1.80 THz, respectively.

  5. Generating energetic few-cycle pulses at 800 nm using soliton compression with type 0 cascaded quadratic interaction in lithium niobate

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    Bache, Morten; Zhou, Binbin; Chong, A.

    2010-01-01

    We show that ultra-short few-cycle pulses can be generated through soliton compression of energetic femtosecond pulses from a Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier. The compression relies on cascaded type 0 second-harmonic generation in mm-length lithium niobate crystals.......We show that ultra-short few-cycle pulses can be generated through soliton compression of energetic femtosecond pulses from a Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier. The compression relies on cascaded type 0 second-harmonic generation in mm-length lithium niobate crystals....

  6. Generating energetic few-cycle pulses at 800 nm using soliton compression with type 0 cascaded quadratic interaction in lithium niobate

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    Bache, Morten; Zhou, Binbin; Chong, A.

    2010-01-01

    We show that ultra-short few-cycle pulses can be generated through soliton compression of energetic femtosecond pulses from a Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier. The compression relies on cascaded type 0 second-harmonic generation in mm-length lithium niobate crystals.......We show that ultra-short few-cycle pulses can be generated through soliton compression of energetic femtosecond pulses from a Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier. The compression relies on cascaded type 0 second-harmonic generation in mm-length lithium niobate crystals....

  7. Electric field-induced acoustic emission phenomena in ferroelectric and related ceramics

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    Aburatani, Hideaki

    Field induced AE phenomena in bulk ferroelectric and related ceramics as well as multilayer ceramic actuators were investigated in this work. Concerning the field induced AE measurement technique, it was shown that commonly used voltage application units can excite sample vibrations electromechanically through their voltage stabilization processes and generate extrinsic AE signals. In order to detect intrinsic AE signals from within piezoelectric samples, a modified voltage application unit with a long time constant tau was proposed. For the study of origins of field induced AE, a ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT-5A), an electrostrictive lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (0.9PMN-0.1PT) and a field-enhanced ferroelectric type lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT(9/65/35)) ceramics were selected. Pre-applied maximum field dependence on the AE generation were observed for ferroelectric PZT-5A and electrostrictive 0.9PMN-0.1PT ceramics. The study showed that there are two origins for the field induced AE of the ferroelectric PZT-5A: deformation related to domain reorientation processes and piezoelectric deformation unrelated to domain reorientation processes. The stress induction/relaxation process simply caused by the electrostrictive deformation was found to be the origin of AE in the electrostrictive 0.9PMN-0.1PT ceramics. The electric field induced non-ferroelectric to ferroelectric transition, reorientation process of the induced ferroelectric domains and induced internal stress were found to be the origins of AE in the field-enhanced ferroelectric PLZT (9/65/35). The potential use of the AE method in production was explored using a Multilayer Ceramic Actuator (MCA) fabricated by a tape casting method.

  8. Interaction of Terahertz Radiation with Ferroelectrics

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    Nelson, Keith

    2007-03-01

    Ferroelectric crystals have long been used as acoustic transducers and receivers. An extensive toolset has been developed for MHz-frequency acoustic wave generation, control, guidance, and readout. In recent years, an analogous toolset has been developed for terahertz wave transduction and detection. Femtosecond optical pulses irradiate ferroelectric crystals to generate responses in the 0.1-5 THz frequency range that are admixtures of electromagnetic and polar lattice vibrational excitations called phonon-polaritons. Spatiotemporal femtosecond pulse shaping may be used to generate additional optical pulses that arrive at specified times and sample locations for control and manipulation of the THz waves. Femtosecond laser machining may be used for fabrication of waveguides, resonators, and other structures that are integrated into the ferroelectric host crystal. Finally, real-space imaging of the THz fields can be executed with variably delayed femtosecond probe pulses, permitting direct visualization of THz wave spatial and temporal evolution. This ``polaritonics'' toolset enables multiplexed generation of arbitrary THz waveforms and use of the waveforms within the ferroelectric host crystal or after projection into free space or an adjacent medium. The polaritonics platform will be reviewed and several new developments and applications will be presented. These include spectroscopy of relaxor ferroelectrics, whose temperature-dependent dielectric responses in the GHz-THz regime reveal complex polarization dynamics on well separated fast and slow time scales; direct measurement of phonon-polariton lattice vibrational displacements through femtosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction; generation of high polariton field amplitudes and pulse energies; use of large-amplitude polariton waves to drive nonlinear lattice vibrational responses; and enhancement of optical-to-THz conversion efficiency through a pseudo-phase-matching approach that circumvents the very large

  9. The interface between ferroelectric and 2D material for a Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor

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    Park, Nahee; Kang, Haeyong; Lee, Sang-Goo; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    We have studied electrical property of ferroelectric field-effect transistor which consists of graphene on hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) gated by a ferroelectric, PMN-PT (i.e. (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-xPbTiO3) single-crystal substrate. The PMN-PT was expected to have an effect on polarization field into the graphene channel and to induce a giant amount of surface charge. The hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) flake was directly exfoliated on the PMN-PT substrate for preventing graphene from directly contacting on the PMN-PT substrate. It can make us to observe the effect of the interface between ferroelectric and 2D material on the device operation. Monolayer graphene as 2D channel material, which was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, was transferred on top of the hexagonal Boron-Nitride (h-BN) by using the conventional dry-transfer method. Here, we can demonstrate that the structure of graphene/hexagonal-BN/ferroelectric field-effect transistor makes us to clearly understand the device operation as well as the interface between ferroelectric and 2D materials by inserting h-BN between them. The phenomena such as anti-hysteresis, current saturation behavior, and hump-like increase of channel current, will be discussed by in terms of ferroelectric switching, polarization-assisted charge trapping.

  10. Electric-field-controlled interface strain coupling and non-volatile resistance switching of La1-xBaxMnO3 thin films epitaxially grown on relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zheng, Ming; Zhu, Qiu-Xiang; Li, Xue-Yan; Yang, Ming-Min; Wang, Yu; Li, Xiao-Min; Shi, Xun; Luo, Hao-Su; Zheng, Ren-Kui

    2014-09-01

    We have fabricated magnetoelectric heterostructures by growing ferromagnetic La1-xBaxMnO3 (x = 0.2, 0.4) thin films on (001)-, (110)-, and (111)-oriented 0.31Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-0.35Pb(Mg1/3Nb1/2)O3-0.34PbTiO3 (PINT) ferroelectric single-crystal substrates. Upon poling along the [001], [110], or [111] crystal direction, the electric-field-induced non-180° domain switching gives rise to a decrease in the resistance and an enhancement of the metal-to-insulator transition temperature TC of the films. By taking advantage of the 180° ferroelectric domain switching, we identify that such changes in the resistance and TC are caused by domain switching-induced strain but not domain switching-induced accumulation or depletion of charge carriers at the interface. Further, we found that the domain switching-induced strain effects can be efficiently controlled by a magnetic field, mediated by the electronic phase separation. Moreover, we determined the evolution of the strength of the electronic phase separation against temperature and magnetic field by recording the strain-tunability of the resistance [(ΔR/R)strain] under magnetic fields. Additionally, opposing effects of domain switching-induced strain on ferromagnetism above and below 197 K for the La0.8Ba0.2MnO3 film and 150 K for the La0.6Ba0.4MnO3 film, respectively, were observed and explained by the magnetoelastic effect through adjusting the magnetic anisotropy. Finally, using the reversible ferroelastic domain switching of the PINT, we realized non-volatile resistance switching of the films at room temperature, implying potential applications of the magnetoelectric heterostructure in non-volatile memory devices.

  11. Micro- and nanostructuration of lithium niobate; Mikro- und Nanostrukturierung von Lithiumniobat

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    Hartung, Holger

    2010-04-13

    In the framework of this thesis the application of the ion-beam-enhanced-etching (IBEE) technique for the fabrication of different optical elements, among these photonic crystals, in lithium niobate, was studied. The development of a mask technology fitted to the requirements of the IBEE technique as well as a simulation of the process were performed. Hereby the limitations of the technique in view on minimal structure sizes and structure quality were analyzed. In chapter 1 first the material lithium niobate with its properties and the structuration procedures studied hitherto in the literature is presented. Chapter 2 presents the functionality of the IBEE process and describes the studies on the application of IBEE in lithium niobate performed in the framework of this thesis. In chapter 3 the experimental conditions of all applied processes of the IBEE procedure, the processes used for the mask fabrication, as well all further applied methods and technologies are summarized. Chapter 4 deals with the mask fabrication. The requirements on the masks and the developments necessary for their fulfilment are studied. In chapter 5 the performed simulation of the irradiation, annealing, and etching process is described. This simulation makes the prediciton of the geometry of the components from the process parameters and vice versa the determination of parameters for the reaching of an optimal element geometry possible. In chapter 6 the application of the technique for the fabrication of photonic-crystal membranes and their optical characterization is described. Chapter 7 shows the fabrication of different waveguide and diffractive elements in lithium niobate by means of IBEE.

  12. Wireless ferroelectric resonating sensor.

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    Viikari, Ville; Seppa, Heikki; Mattila, Tomi; Alastalo, Ari

    2010-04-01

    This paper presents a passive wireless resonating sensor that is based on a ferroelectric varactor. The sensor replies with its data at an intermodulation frequency when a reader device illuminates it at 2 closely located frequencies. The paper derives a theoretical equation for the response of such a sensor, verifies the theory by simulations, and demonstrates a temperature sensor based on a ferroelectric varactor.

  13. Ferroelectricity in spiral magnets

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    Mostovoy, M

    2006-01-01

    It was recently observed that the ferroelectrics showing the strongest sensitivity to an applied magnetic field are spiral magnets. We present a phenomenological theory of inhomogeneous ferroelectric magnets, which describes their thermodynamics and magnetic field behavior, e.g., dielectric suscepti

  14. Aperture scaling effects with monolithic periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric oscillators and generators.

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    Missey, M; Dominic, V; Powers, P; Schepler, K L

    2000-02-15

    We used elliptical beams to demonstrate aperture scaling effects in nanosecond single-grating and multigrating periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) monolithic optical parametric oscillators and generators. Increasing the cavity Fresnel number in single-grating crystals broadened both the beam divergence and the spectral bandwidth. Both effects are explained in terms of the phase-matching geometry. These effects are suppressed when a multigrating PPLN crystal is used because the individual gratings provide small effective subapertures. A flood-pumped multigrating optical parametric generator displayed a low output beam divergence and contained 19 pairs of signal and idler frequencies.

  15. Triboelectric Nanogenerator Using Lithium Niobate Thin Film

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    Geng, Juan; Zhang, Xinzheng; Kong, Yongfa; Xu, Jingjun

    2017-06-01

    We present a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) using a lithium niobate thin film, as one of the triboelectric pairs which was grown on a silicon substrate by laser molecule beam epitaxy (LMBE). The designed TENG has the advantages of simple structure, easy fabrication, small size (1.1*1.0*0.15 cm3). An open-circuit voltage of 136 V and a short-circuit current of 8.40 μA have been achieved. The maximum output power is 307.5μW under the load resistance of 10MΩ. This is the first time to use lithium niobate thin film as one of the friction pair, which may make it possible to expand the application of triboelectric nanogenerator to optical field.

  16. Optical electric-field sensor based on angular optical bias using single β-BaB2O4 crystal.

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    Li, Changsheng; Shen, Xiaoli; Zeng, Rong

    2013-11-01

    A novel optical electric-field sensor is proposed and demonstrated in experiment by use of a single beta barium borate (β-BaB2O4, BBO) crystal. The optical sensing unit is only composed of one BBO crystal and two polarizers. An optical phase bias of 0.5π is provided by using natural birefringence in the BBO crystal itself. A small angle (e.g., 0.6°) between the sensing light beam and principal axis of the crystal is required in order to produce the above optical bias. Thus the BBO crystal is used as the electric-field-sensing element and quarter waveplate. The ac electric field in the range of (1.4-703.2) kV/m has been measured with measurement sensitivity of 1.39 mV/(kV/m) and nonlinear error of 0.6%. Compared with lithium niobate crystal used as an electric-field sensor, main advantages of the BBO crystal include higher measurement sensitivity, compact configuration, and no ferroelectric ringing effect.

  17. Study of lead free ferroelectrics using overlay technique on thick film microstrip ring resonator

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    Shridhar N. Mathad

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The lead free ferroelectrics, strontium barium niobates, were synthesized via the low cost solid state reaction method and their fritless thick films were fabricated by screen printing technique on alumina substrate. The X band response (complex permittivity at very high frequencies of Ag thick film microstrip ring resonator perturbed with strontium barium niobates (SrxBa1-xNb2O6 in form of bulk and thick film was measured. A new approach for determination of complex permittivity (ε′ and ε′′ in the frequency range 8–12 GHz, using perturbation of Ag thick film microstrip ring resonator (MSRR, was applied for both bulk and thick film of strontium barium niobates (SrxBa1-xNb2O6. The microwave conductivity of the bulk and thick film lie in the range from 1.779 S/cm to 2.874 S/cm and 1.364 S/cm to 2.296 S/cm, respectively. The penetration depth of microwave in strontium barium niobates is also reported.

  18. Wavelength tuning by means of a temperature gradient in periodically poled lithium niobate

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    Kramb, Jason

    2005-04-01

    Nonlinear frequency conversion in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) is controlled by the periodicity of the poled structure and by the crystal temperature. Crystals with multiple poled regions and crystals with a continuous periodicity change (fan-out design) can achieve rapid tuning. Changing the crystal temperature also results in tuning, however this is relatively slow for large temperature changes. Another approach, which has not yet been demonstrated, is tuning by means of a temperature gradient. This talk will show the results of such a temperature-gradient tuned PPLN device. In particular we will discuss the change in efficiency of the PPLN device and changes in the output beam profile when a temperature gradient is applied to the crystal.

  19. Ferroelectricity at the nanoscale basics and applications

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    Fridkin, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    This book examines a wide range of ferroelectric materials. It explains the theoretical background of ultrathin ferroelectric films,  presents applications of ferroelectric materials, and displays the mechanism of switching of nanosized ferroelectric films.

  20. Growth, defect structure, and THz application of stoichiometric lithium niobate

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    Lengyel, K.; Péter, Á.; Kovács, L.; Corradi, G.; Dravecz, G.; Hajdara, I.; Szaller, Zs.; Polgár, K. [Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege M. út 29-33 (Hungary); Pálfalvi, L.; Unferdorben, M. [Institute of Physics, University of Pécs, 7624 Pécs, Ifjúság útja 6 (Hungary); Hebling, J. [Institute of Physics, University of Pécs, 7624 Pécs, Ifjúság útja 6 (Hungary); MTA-PTE High Field Terahertz Research Group, 7624 Pécs (Hungary)

    2015-12-15

    Owing to the extraordinary richness of its physical properties, congruent lithium niobate has attracted multidecade-long interest both for fundamental science and applications. The combination of ferro-, pyro-, and piezoelectric properties with large electro-optic, acousto-optic, and photoelastic coefficients as well as the strong photorefractive and photovoltaic effects offers a great potential for applications in modern optics. To provide powerful optical components in high energy laser applications, tailoring of key material parameters, especially stoichiometry, is required. This paper reviews the state of the art of growing large stoichiometric LiNbO{sub 3} (sLN) crystals, in particular, the defect engineering of pure and doped sLN with emphasis on optical damage resistant (ODR) dopants (e.g., Mg, Zn, In, Sc, Hf, Zr, Sn). The discussion is focused on crystals grown by the high temperature top seeded solution growth (HTTSSG) technique using alkali oxide fluxing agents. Based on high-temperature phase equilibria studies of the Li{sub 2}O–Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}–X{sub 2}O ternary systems (X = Na, K, Rb, Cs), the impact of alkali homologue additives on the stoichiometry of the lithium niobate phase will be analyzed, together with a summary of the ultraviolet, infrared, and far-infrared absorption spectroscopic methods developed to characterize the composition of the crystals. It will be shown that using HTTSSG from K{sub 2}O containing flux, crystals closest to the stoichiometric composition can be grown characterized by a UV-edge position of at about 302 nm and a single narrow hydroxyl band in the IR with a linewidth of less than 3 cm{sup −1} at 300 K. The threshold concentrations for ODR dopants depend on crystal stoichiometry and the valence of the dopants; Raman spectra, hydroxyl vibration spectra, and Z-scan measurements prove to be useful to distinguish crystals below and above the photorefractive threshold. Crystals just above the threshold are

  1. Effect of crystal structure and cationic order on phonon modes across ferroelectric phase transformation in Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Mallesham, B.; Ranjith, R., E-mail: ranjith@iith.ac.in [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Kandi, Sangareddy - 502285, Telangana (India); Viswanath, B. [School of Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, 175001, Himachal Pradesh (India)

    2016-01-15

    Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} [(PFSN) (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] multiferroic relaxors were synthesized and the temperature dependence of phonon modes across ferroelectric to paraelectric transition was studied. With varying Sc content from x = 0 to 0.25 the structure remains monoclinic and with further addition (x = 0.3 - 0.5) the structure transforms into rhombohedral symmetry. Structural refinement studies showed that the change in crystal structure from monoclinic to rhombohedral symmetry involves a volume increment of 34-36%. Associated changes in the tolerance factor (1.024 ≤ t ≤ 0.976) and bond angles were observed. Structure assisted B′-B″ cation ordering was confirmed through the superlattice reflections in selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern of Pb(Sc{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.5). Cation ordering is also evident from the evolution of Pb-O phonon mode in Raman spectra of compositions with rhombohedral symmetry (x ≥ 0.3). The high temperature Raman scattering studies show that the B-localized mode [F{sub 1u}, ∼250 cm{sup −1}] and BO{sub 6} octahedral rotational mode [F{sub 1g}, ∼200 cm{sup −1}], both originating from polar nano regions (PNRs) behave like coupled phonon modes in rhombohedral symmetry. However, in monoclinic symmetry they behave independently across the transition. Softening of B localized mode across the transition followed by the hardening for all compositions confirms the diffusive nature of the ferroelectric transformation. The presence of correlation between the B localized and BO{sub 6} rotational modes introduces a weak relaxor feature for systems with rhombohedral symmetry in PFSN ceramics, which was confirmed from the macroscopic dielectric studies.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlore nanopowders

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    Sonia Maria Zanetti

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlores Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 (alpha-BZN, and Bi2(Zn1/3Nb2/32O 7 (beta-BZN have been synthesized by chemical method based on the polymeric precursors. The pyrochlore phase was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, and X ray diffraction. Powder and sintered pellets morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The study of alpha-BZN phase formation reveals that, at 500 °C, the pyrochlore phase was already present while a single-phased nanopowder was obtained after calcination at 700 °C. The crystallization mechanism of the beta-BZN is quite different, occurring through the crystallization of alpha-BZN and BiNbO4 intermediary phases. Both compositions yielded soft agglomerated powders. alpha-BZN pellets, sintered at 800 °C for 2 hours, presented a relative density of 97.3% while those of beta-BZN, sintered at 900 °C for 2 hours, reached only 91.8%. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss, measured at 1 MHz, were 150 and 4 x/10-4 for a-BZN, and 97 and 8 x 10-4 for beta-BZN.

  3. Dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an electric field in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary

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    Tian, Hao; Yao, Bo; Wang, Lei; Tan, Peng; Meng, Xiangda; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2015-09-01

    The dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an AC electric field was investigated by measuring the frequency dependence of the quadratic electro-optic (QEO) effect in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary (0 °C < T-Tc < 13 °C). The QEO coefficient R11 - R12 reached values as large as 5.96 × 10-15 m2/V2 at low frequency (500 Hz) and gradually decreased to a nearly stable value as the frequency increased to 300 kHz. Furthermore, a distortion of the QEO effect was observed at low frequency and gradually disappeared as R11 - R12 tended towards stability. The giant QEO effect in the KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 crystal was attributed to the dynamic rearrangement of polar nanoregions and its anomalous distortion can be explained by considering the asymmetric distribution of polar nanoregions.

  4. Dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an electric field in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary.

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    Tian, Hao; Yao, Bo; Wang, Lei; Tan, Peng; Meng, Xiangda; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2015-09-03

    The dynamic response of polar nanoregions under an AC electric field was investigated by measuring the frequency dependence of the quadratic electro-optic (QEO) effect in a paraelectric KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 single crystal near the para-ferroelectric phase boundary (0 °C < T-Tc < 13 °C). The QEO coefficient R11 - R12 reached values as large as 5.96 × 10(-15) m(2)/V(2) at low frequency (500 Hz) and gradually decreased to a nearly stable value as the frequency increased to 300 kHz. Furthermore, a distortion of the QEO effect was observed at low frequency and gradually disappeared as R11 - R12 tended towards stability. The giant QEO effect in the KTa0.61Nb0.39O3 crystal was attributed to the dynamic rearrangement of polar nanoregions and its anomalous distortion can be explained by considering the asymmetric distribution of polar nanoregions.

  5. X-ray linear dichroism dependence on ferroelectric polarization.

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    Polisetty, S; Zhou, J; Karthik, J; Damodaran, A R; Chen, D; Scholl, A; Martin, L W; Holcomb, M

    2012-06-20

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy and photoemission electron microscopy are techniques commonly used to determine the magnetic properties of thin films, crystals, and heterostructures. Recently, these methods have been used in the study of magnetoelectrics and multiferroics. The analysis of such materials has been compromised by the presence of multiple order parameters and the lack of information on how to separate these coupled properties. In this work, we shed light on the manifestation of dichroism from ferroelectric polarization and atomic structure using photoemission electron microscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Linear dichroism arising from the ferroelectric order in the PbZr0:2Ti0:8O3 thin films was studied as a function of incident x-ray polarization and geometry to unambiguously determine the angular dependence of the ferroelectric contribution to the dichroism. These measurements allow us to examine the contribution of surface charges and ferroelectric polarization as potential mechanisms for linear dichroism. The x-ray linear dichroism from ferroelectric order revealed an angular dependence based on the angle between the ferroelectric polarization direction and the x-ray polarization axis, allowing a formula for linear dichroism in ferroelectric samples to be defined.

  6. Half-percent terahertz generation efficiency from cryogenically cooled lithium niobate pumped by Ti:sapphire laser pulses

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    Wu, Xiaojun; Huang, Wenqian Ronny; Zhou, Chun; Zalden, Peter; Rossi, Giulio M; Cirmi, Giovanni; Muecke, Oliver D; Kaertner, Franz X

    2016-01-01

    We obtained an optical-to-terahertz (THz) energy conversion efficiency of 0.5% using the tilted-pulse-front technique in lithium niobate at a cryogenically cooled temperature of 100 K pumped by amplified Ti:sapphire laser pulses with ~150 fs pulse duration at 800 nm wavelength. Compared with the optimized conversion efficiency of 0.18% achieved at room temperature, we achieved more than 2.5 times enhancement in conversion efficiency upon cryogenically cooling the crystal due to reduction of THz absorption. Further improvements to the conversion efficiency can be made by optimizing the out-coupling of the THz radiation, transportation of pump energy and by further decreasing the THz absorption in the lithium niobate crystal.

  7. Mixed electrochemical-ferroelectric states in nanoscale ferroelectrics

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Morozovska, Anna N.; Kumar, Rajeev; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Cao, Ye; Mazet, Lucie; Balke, Nina; Jesse, Stephen; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Dubourdieu, Catherine; Kalinin, Sergei V.

    2017-08-01

    Ferroelectricity on the nanoscale has been the subject of much fascination in condensed-matter physics for over half a century. In recent years, multiple reports claiming ferroelectricity in ultrathin ferroelectric films based on the formation of remnant polarization states, local electromechanical hysteresis loops, and pressure-induced switching were made. However, similar phenomena were reported for traditionally non-ferroelectric materials, creating a significant level of uncertainty in the field. Here we show that in nanoscale systems the ferroelectric state is fundamentally inseparable from the electrochemical state of the surface, leading to the emergence of a mixed electrochemical-ferroelectric state. We explore the nature, thermodynamics, and thickness evolution of such states, and demonstrate the experimental pathway to establish its presence. This analysis reconciles multiple prior studies, provides guidelines for studies of ferroelectric materials on the nanoscale, and establishes the design paradigm for new generations of ferroelectric-based devices.

  8. 1. Innovative Relaxor-Based PiezoCrystals: Phase Diagrams, Crystal Growth, Domain Structures and Electric Properties. 2. Piezo- and Ferroelectric Materials Based on Morphotropic Phase Boundary Synthesis, Characterization and Structure - Property Relations

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    2006-03-31

    polished with diamond pastes down to 3 Wn. The (001) faces were vapor deposited with Cr followed by Au thin films for electrical contacts. The...Characterization and Microstructure of HfO2 Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Solution Deposition", Mater. Sci. Eng. B, 120, 68 - 71 (2005). 75 N00014-99-1...in Complex Perovskites", Piezotechnique󈨧 / 15"’ Russian Conference on Physics of Ferroelectrics, Azov , Russia, Sept. 14 - 18, 1999. [4] A. Bokov and

  9. Erbium ion implantation into different crystallographic cuts of lithium niobate

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    Nekvindova, P.; Svecova, B.; Cajzl, J.; Mackova, A.; Malinsky, P.; Oswald, J.; Kolistsch, A.; Spirkova, J.

    2012-02-01

    Single crystals like lithium niobate are frequently doped with optically active rare-earth or transition-metal ions for a variety of applications in optical devices such as solid-state lasers, amplifiers or sensors. To exploit the potential of the Er:LiNbO 3, one must ensure high intensity of the 1.5 μm luminescence as an inevitable prerequisite. One of the important factors influencing the luminescence properties of a lasing ion is the crystal field of the surrounding, which is inevitably determined by the crystal structure of the pertinent material. From that point it is clear that it cannot be easy to affect the resulting luminescence properties - intensity or position of the luminescence band - without changing the structure of the substrate. However, there is a possibility to utilise a potential of the ion implantation of the lasing ions, optionally accompanied with a sensitising one, that can, besides the doping, also modify the structure of the treated area od the crystal. This effect can be eventually enhanced by a post-implantation annealing that may help to recover the damaged structure and hence to improve the desired luminescence. In this paper we are going to report on our experiments with ion-implantation technique followed with subsequent annealing could be a useful way to influence the crystal field of LN. Optically active Er:LiNbO 3 layers were fabricated by medium energy implantation under various experimental conditions. The Er + ions were implanted at energies of 330 and 500 keV with fluences ranging from 1.0 × 10 15 to 1.0 × 10 16 ion cm -2 into LiNbO 3 single-crystal cuts of both common and special orientations. The as-implanted samples were annealed in air and oxygen at two different temperatures (350 and 600 °C) for 5 h. The depth concentration profiles of the implanted erbium were measured by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) using 2 MeV He + ions. The photoluminescence spectra of the samples were measured to determine the

  10. Towards multicaloric effect with ferroelectrics

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    Liu, Yang; Zhang, Guangzu; Li, Qi; Bellaiche, Laurent; Scott, James F.; Dkhil, Brahim; Wang, Qing

    2016-12-01

    Utilizing thermal changes in solid-state materials strategically offers caloric-based alternatives to replace current vapor-compression technology. To make full use of multiple forms of the entropy and achieve higher efficiency for designs of cooling devices, the multicaloric effect appears as a cutting-edge concept encouraging researchers to search for multicaloric materials with outstanding caloric properties. Here we report the multicaloric effect in BaTi O3 single crystals driven simultaneously by mechanical and electric fields and described via a thermodynamic phenomenological model. It is found that the multicaloric behavior is mainly dominated by the mechanical field rather than the electric field, since the paraelectric-to-ferroelectric transition is more sensitive to mechanical field than to electric field. The use of uniaxial stress competes favorably with pressure due to its much higher caloric strength and negligible elastic thermal change. It is revealed that multicaloric response can be significantly larger than just the sum of mechanocaloric and electrocaloric effects in temperature regions far above the Curie temperature but cannot exceed this limit near the Curie temperature. Our results also show the advantage of the multicaloric effect over the mechanically mediated electrocaloric effect or electrically mediated mechanocaloric effect. Our findings therefore highlight the importance of ferroelectric materials to develop multicaloric cooling.

  11. Formation of domain reversal by direct irradiation with femtosecond laser in lithium niobate

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    Haisheng Zhu; Xianfeng Chen; Hongyun Chen; Xuewei Deng

    2009-01-01

    We propose that domain inversion can be directly induced by femtceecond laser both theoretically and experimentally, which opens a path to achieve three-dimensional (3D) nonlinear crystal with a period in sub-micron-scale. A simulation of domain inversion is modeled by considering the temporal distribution of femtosecond pulses. The calculation results clarify that the domain inversions can happen within or after the interaction with the laser pulse, and the response time of domain inversion is in the picosecond level depending on the intensity and the materials. The domain reversal windows of lithium niobate by femtosecond laser are observed which agrees with theoretical predictions qualitatively.

  12. High-temperature electrical conductivity and electromechanical properties of stoichiometric lithium niobate

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    Ohlendorf, Gerd; Richter, Denny; Sauerwald, Jan; Fritze, Holger

    2016-01-01

    High temperature properties such as electrical conductivity (σ) and resonance behaviour of stoichiometric lithium niobate (LiNbO3) are determined in the temperature range from 20 to 950 °C. The activation energy of the conductivity is found to be 0.9 and 1.7 eV in the temperature range from 500 to 750 °C and from 800 to 950 °C, respectively. During thermal treatments in ambient air up to 950 °C and back, the conductivity remains unchanged at a given temperature, i.e., the crystal is st...

  13. Design of Readout Circuit for Pyroelectric Detector Based on Relaxor Ferroelectric Single Crystals%弛豫铁电单晶热释电探测器读出电路的设计

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    王将; 景为平

    2011-01-01

    Relaxor-based ferroelectric single crystals, such as (1- x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3 )O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT, or PMNT) single crystals, exhibit large pyroelectric response, Iow thermal diffusivity and high temperature stability.To fabricate high performance infrared detectors with relaxor-based single crystals, the related readout circuit is investigated to increase signal-to-noise ratio, and 8 × 1 CMOS readout circuit is fabricated to gain very weak current.%以(1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3(PMN-xPT或PMNT)(PMN-xPT,或PMN-PT)为代表的弛豫铁电单晶具有非常高的热释电系数、比较低的热扩散系数、比较稳定的化学性能,是一种综合性能优异的热释电材料.利用弛豫铁电单晶可以制备出高性能的红外光传感器,针对用这种新型热释电材料制成的红外光传感器,研究了相关的读出电路,探索了抑制读出电路噪声的方法,研制出了8通道的微弱电流读取电路.

  14. Defect Chemistry and Microstructure of Complex Perovskite Barium Zinc Niobate

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    Peng, Ping

    1991-02-01

    This dissertation presents a systematic study of the characterization of the phase transitions, microstructures, defects and transport properties of undoped and doped complex perovskite barium zinc niobate (BZN). Complex perovskite BZN is a paraelectric material while its parent material barium titanate is ferroelectric. With codoping of (Zn + 2Nb) into Ti site, BaTiO_3 shows three distinguished features. First, the Curie temperature is lowered; second, the three phase transitions (cubic-tetragonal-orthorhombic-rhombohedral) coalesce; and lastly, the transition becomes diffuse showing a typical 2nd order phase transition compared with 1st order in undoped BaTiO_3. Complex microchemical ordering is another characteristic of BZN. Stoichiometric BZN shows a mixture of two types of ordering schemes. 1:1, 1:2 ordered microdomains and the disordered matrix co-exist. The 1:1 type ordering involves an internal charge imbalance which inhibits the growth of 1:1 type of ordered microdomains. The 1:2 type ordering is consistent with the chemical composition of BZN. These ordering patterns can be modified by either adjustment of the Zn/Nb ratio or by doping. The defect structure of the stoichiometric BZN is closely related to that of BaTiO_3. Stoichiometric BZN is an insulator with wide band gap (~ 3.70 eV). Undoped BZN has a high oxygen vacancy concentration which comes from three possible sources, such as unavoidable acceptor impurities, due to their natural abundance, Zn/Nb ratio uncertainty due to processing limitations, and high temperature ZnO loss due to sintering process. The oxygen vacancy concentration for undoped BZN lays in the neighborhood of 1500 ppm (atm.). The compensation defects for various dopants have also been identified. Both electrons and holes conduct by a small polaron mechanism. Various thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpies of oxidation and reduction, mass action constants for intrinsic electronic disorder, oxidation and reduction have been

  15. Diamond micro-milling of lithium niobate for sensing applications

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    Huo, Dehong; Jie Choong, Zi; Shi, Yilun; Hedley, John; Zhao, Yan

    2016-09-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is a crystalline material which is widely applied in surface acoustic wave, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and optical devices, owing to its superior physical, optical, and electronic properties. Due to its low toughness and chemical inactivity, LiNbO3 is considered to be a hard-to-machine material and has been traditionally left as as an inert substrate upon which other micro structures are deposited. However, in order to make use of its superior material properties and increase efficiency, the fabrication of microstructures directly on LiNbO3 is in high demand. This paper presents an experimental investigation on the micro machinability of LiNbO3 via micro milling with the aim of obtaining optimal process parameters. Machining of micro slots was performed on Z-cut LiNbO3 wafers using single crystal diamond tools. Surface and edge quality, cutting forces, and the crystallographic effect were examined and characterized. Ductile mode machining of LiNbO3 was found to be feasible at a low feed rate and small depth of cut. A strong crystallographic effect on the machined surface quality was also observed. Finally, some LiNbO3 micro components applicable to sensing applications were fabricated.

  16. Some peculiarities of Ti in-diffusion in lithium niobate

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    Tsirlin, M.; Dariel, M. [CeLight Israel, Rotem Industrial Park, D.N.Arava, 86800 (Israel)

    2007-07-15

    The process of one- and two-dimensional Ti in-diffusion in lithium niobate, LiNbO{sub 3} (LN), single crystals of left angle x right angle and left angle z right angle orientations at 950-1060 C in oxygen/water vapor medium had been studied. In the case of one-dimensional diffusion, a flat diffusion front consisting of Ti solid solution in LN is formed. The process kinetics is described by Fick's equation for the case of a permanent source. In the case of two-dimensional Ti diffusion, the diffusion zone contour acquires the shape close to elliptical. The diffusion rate in the tangential direction is about an order of magnitude higher than in the normal direction. A model qualitatively describing such nontrivial character of the diffusion process is suggested. The model is based on: a) incongruent lithium evaporation out of LN at high temperatures; b) low thermodynamic activity of Li in LiTiO{sub 3} - product of Ti interaction with LN. These factors produce a significant nonlinearity of the process, since a strong chemical bond between Li and Ti in this phase leads to a mutual increase in their diffusive mobility. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  17. Magnetophotorefractive effect and interference filters in lithium niobate

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    Dam-Hansen, C.

    1996-03-01

    This thesis deals with the fundamental photorefractive and photovoltaic properties of iron-doped lithium niobate crystals. Experimental observations of a strong magnetic field effect on the energy coupling and grating formation in a vectorial interaction scheme are presented. To the author`s knowledge these are the first reported results in the field. It is shown that an enhancement of the diffraction efficiency of 60% is possible by applying even a moderate magnetic field of 0.23 T. A new theoretical model of the magnetophotorefractive effect in the vectorial interaction scheme is presented. It describes the space-charge field formation, two-wave mixing and grating formation under the influence of an externally applied magnetic field. Good agreement with the experimental results and the first measurement of nondiagonal components of the magnetophotovoltaic tensor are reported. A theoretical model for the temperature properties of photorefractive interference filters with subangstrom bandwidths are presented and compared favourably with experimental investigations. A novel method for determining the spectral response of these filters from a combined thermal and angular response measurements is described. (au) 9 tabs., 30 ills., 84 refs.

  18. Optical evidences for an intermediate phase in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Xiaolong Zhang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of low-temperature structural transformation and evolution of polar nano-structures in relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-xPbTiO3 (x = 0.33, 0.35, and 0.42 single crystals have been investigated with the aid of temperature dependent low-wavenumber Raman scattering (LWRS and photoluminescence (PL spectra. The E(TO1 phonon mode reveals the characteristic relaxational polarization fluctuations associated with the reorientation of either polar nano-regions or polar nano-domains. It was found that these mechanisms are not independent and they can be ascribed to the phonon localization. In addition, a short-range monoclinic phase (Mc can be found below 250 K in the tetragonal phase region by LWRS, which is always associated with the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB and excellent electromechanical properties. It is interesting that PL spectra confirm these results. The present work indicates that external field modulation and change of composition can result in the monoclinic phase and co-existence of multi-phase.

  19. Temperature evolution of central peaks and effect of electric field in relaxor ferroelectric 0.83Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–0.17PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Helal, Md Al; Aftabuzzaman, Md; Svirskas, Sarunas; Banys, Juras; Kojima, Seiji

    2017-10-01

    Relaxor ferroelectric 0.83Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3–0.17PbTiO3 (PMN–17PT) single crystals were studied by Brillouin scattering to investigate the role of polar nanoregions (PNRs) with intermediate random fields (RFs). Upon cooling, the central peak began to appear at the Burns temperature (T B) of ∼600 K, indicating the existence of polarization relaxations induced by PNRs. The fitting performed using the equation of stretched slowing down at the inverse relaxation time revealed that the slowing down of PNRs was suppressed in PMN–17PT compared with that in PMN–56PT owing to the increase in the strength of RFs. At room temperature, the splitting of the longitudinal acoustic mode at 1.6 kV/cm was observed owing to the coexistence of the macrodomain formed by the external electric field along the [100] axis and the nanodomains formed by RFs. The appearance of the transverse acoustic mode at 3.2 kV/cm indicates the field-induced rhombohedral-to-tetragonal phase.

  20. Ferroelectrics based absorbing layers

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    Hao, Jianping; Sadaune, Véronique; Burgnies, Ludovic; Lippens, Didier

    2014-07-01

    We show that ferroelectrics-based periodic structure made of BaSrTiO3 (BST) cubes, arrayed onto a metal plate with a thin dielectric spacer film exhibit a dramatic enhancement of absorbance with value close to unity. The enhancement is found around the Mie magnetic resonance of the Ferroelectrics cubes with the backside metal layer stopping any transmitted waves. It also involves quasi-perfect impedance matching resulting in reflection suppression via simultaneous magnetic and electrical activities. In addition, it was shown numerically the existence of a periodicity optimum, which is explained from surface waves analysis along with trade-off between the resonance damping and the intrinsic loss of ferroelectrics cubes. An experimental verification in a hollow waveguide configuration with a good comparison with full-wave numerical modelling is at last reported by measuring the scattering parameters of single and dual BST cubes schemes pointing out coupling effects for densely packed structures.

  1. Ferroelectrics principles, structure and applications

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    Merchant, Serena

    2014-01-01

    Ferroelectric physics is a theory on ferroelectric phase transition for explaining various related phenomena, which is different from dielectric physics. Ferroelectric materials are important functional materials for various applications such as NVRAMs, high energy density capacitors, actuators, MEMs, sonar sensors, microphones and scanning electron microscopes (SEM). This book investigates the dielectric, ferroelectric and energy storage properties of barium zirconate-titanate/barium calcium-titanate (BZT-BCT) based ceramic for high energy density capacitors. It also compares the energy storage capabilities of ceramic powders with polymer-ceramic nanocomposites; and discusses dielectric properties of ferroelectricity in composition distributions.

  2. FDTD Method in the Analysis of Lithium Niobate Modulator

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    2003-01-01

    The Mach-Zehnder traveling-wave lithium niobate modulator is simulated by time domain finite difference (FDTD) method for different device geometry. The result is comparable to the reported value by finite element method.

  3. Quantum photonics at telecom wavelengths based on lithium niobate waveguides

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    Alibart, Olivier; D'Auria, Virginia; De Micheli, Marc; Doutre, Florent; Kaiser, Florian; Labonté, Laurent; Lunghi, Tommaso; Picholle, Éric; Tanzilli, Sébastien

    2016-10-01

    Integrated optical components on lithium niobate play a major role in standard high-speed communication systems. Over the last two decades, after the birth and positioning of quantum information science, lithium niobate waveguide architectures have emerged as one of the key platforms for enabling photonics quantum technologies. Due to mature technological processes for waveguide structure integration, as well as inherent and efficient properties for nonlinear optical effects, lithium niobate devices are nowadays at the heart of many photon-pair or triplet sources, single-photon detectors, coherent wavelength-conversion interfaces, and quantum memories. Consequently, they find applications in advanced and complex quantum communication systems, where compactness, stability, efficiency, and interconnectability with other guided-wave technologies are required. In this review paper, we first introduce the material aspects of lithium niobate, and subsequently discuss all of the above mentioned quantum components, ranging from standard photon-pair sources to more complex and advanced circuits.

  4. Ridge Waveguide Structures in Magnesium-Doped Lithium Niobate Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — AdvR, Inc. proposes the development of an efficient process for fabricating ridge waveguides in magnesium-doped lithium niobate (MgO:LN). The effort will include,...

  5. Ridge Waveguide Structures in Magnesium-Doped Lithium Niobate Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this NASA Phase I STTR effort, the feasibility of fabricating isolated ridge waveguides in 5% magnesium-doped lithium niobate (5% MgO:LN) will be established....

  6. Influence of crystallization on the spectral features of nano-sized ferroelectric barium strontium titanate (Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Tio{sub 3}) thin films

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    Bobby Singh, S. [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Imphal 795003, Manipur (India)], E-mail: bsoram@rediffmail.com; Sharma, H.B.; Sarma, H.N.K.; Phanjoubam, Sumitra [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Imphal 795003, Manipur (India)

    2008-08-01

    Ferroelectric barium strontium titanate (Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3})(BST) thin films have been prepared from barium 2-ethylhexanoate [Ba[CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}CH(C{sub 2}H{sub 5})CO{sub 2}]{sub 2}]{sub ,} strontium 2-ethylhexanoate [Sr[CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}CH(C{sub 2}H{sub 5})CO{sub 2}]{sub 2}] and titanium(IV) isopropoxide [TiOCH(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 4} precursors using a modified sol-gel technique. The precursor except [TiOCH(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 4} were synthesized in the laboratory. Transparent and crack-free films were fabricated on pre-cleaned quartz substrates by spin coating. The structural and optical properties of films annealed at different temperatures have been investigated. The as-fired films were found to be amorphous that crystallized to the tetragonal phase after annealing at 550 deg. C for 1 h in air. The lattice constants 'a' and 'c' were found to be 3.974 A and 3.990 A, respectively. The grain sizes of the films annealed at 450, 500 and 550 deg. C were found to be 30.8, 36.0 and 39.8 nm respectively. The amorphous film showed very high transparency ({approx}95%), which decreases slightly after crystallization ({approx}90%). The band gap and refractive index of the amorphous and crystalline films were estimated. The optical dispersion data are also analyzed in the light of the single oscillator model and are discussed.

  7. Study of multiple hologram recording in lithium niobate

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    Gaylord, T. K.; Callen, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    The results of a number of theoretical and experimental studies relating to multiple hologram recording in lithium niobate are reported. The analysis of holographic gratings stored in lithium niobate has been extended to cover a more realistic range of physical situations. A new successful dynamic (feedback) theory for describing recording, nondestructive reading, erasure, enhancement, and angular sensitivity has been developed. In addition, the possible architectures of mass data storage systems have been studied.

  8. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Takao Shimizu; Kiliha Katayama; Takanori Kiguchi; Akihiro Akama; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Osami Sakata; Hiroshi Funakubo

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16...

  9. Ferroelectric Domain Imaging Mechanism in High-Vacuum Scanning Force Microscopy

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    ZENG Hua-Rong; YU Han-Feng; CHU Rui-Qing; LI Guo-Rong; YIN Qing-Rui

    2005-01-01

    @@ High-vacuum scanning force microscopy of the domain structures in PMN-PT single crystals is investigated. It has been shown that under high vacuum conditions, the polarization charges are not effectively compensated for by intrinsic screening charges from the ferroelectrics. This result suggests that the electrostatic tip-sample interaction plays a great contribution to the domain imaging mechanism in PMN-PT ferroelectric single crystals under high vacuum conditions.

  10. Hybrid Lithium Niobate and Silicon Photonic Waveguides

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    Weigel, Peter O; DeRose, Christopher; Pomerene, Andrew T; Starbuck, Andrew L; Lentine, Anthony L; Stenger, Vincent; Mookherjea, Shayan

    2015-01-01

    We describe a hybrid lithium niobate (LN) / silicon (Si) optical waveguiding platform at near infrared wavelengths. Various optical circuit elements, such as waveguides, bends, and couplers are demonstrated in two hybrid cross sections, A and B, with different LN confinement factors (32% and 90%, respectively) of the fundamental quasi TE mode. Such a large LN confinement factor is achieved with adiabatic tapers that preserve the symmetry of the fundamental quasi TE mode and prevent mode rotation. We find the average propagation loss in cross section B to be 4.3 dB/cm with a standard deviation of 2.1 dB/cm, comparable with a 3 um SiO2 clad (in place of LN) Si waveguide whose average propagation loss was 3.1 dB/cm with a standard deviation of 2.1 dB/cm.

  11. ORAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL "USPEKHI FIZICHESKIKH NAUK": Theoretical investigations of the ferroelectric transition

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    Maksimov, Evgenii G.

    2009-06-01

    The paper presents a historical review of theoretical concepts regarding the nature of the ferroelectric transition in crystals with a perovskite structure. We discuss Ginzburg's phenomenological theory, including the idea of the soft phonon mode as a reason for the ferroelectric transition. The role played by the dipole-dipole interaction in softening the optical phonon mode is considered in the framework of the theory of lattice dynamics. The experimental data and theoretical results are presented that prove that the ferroelectric transition in perovskite crystals is due to the soft mode and is a displacement-type transition.

  12. Micro- and nanodomain imaging in uniaxial ferroelectrics: Joint application of optical, confocal Raman, and piezoelectric force microscopy

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    Shur, V. Ya., E-mail: vladimir.shur@urfu.ru; Zelenovskiy, P. S. [Ferroelectric Laboratory, Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2014-08-14

    The application of the most effective methods of the domain visualization in model uniaxial ferroelectrics of lithium niobate (LN) and lithium tantalate (LT) family, and relaxor strontium-barium niobate (SBN) have been reviewed in this paper. We have demonstrated the synergetic effect of joint usage of optical, confocal Raman, and piezoelectric force microscopies which provide extracting of the unique information about formation of the micro- and nanodomain structures. The methods have been applied for investigation of various types of domain structures with increasing complexity: (1) periodical domain structure in LN and LT, (2) nanodomain structures in LN, LT, and SBN, (3) nanodomain structures in LN with modified surface layer, (4) dendrite domain structure in LN. The self-assembled appearance of quasi-regular nanodomain structures in highly non-equilibrium switching conditions has been considered.

  13. Direct evidence of strong local ferroelectric ordering in a thermoelectric semiconductor

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    Aggarwal, Leena; Sekhon, Jagmeet S.; Arora, Ashima; Sheet, Goutam, E-mail: goutam@iisermohali.ac.in [Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali (IISER M), Sector 81, S. A. S. Nagar, Manauli PO-140306 (India); Guin, Satya N.; Negi, Devendra S.; Datta, Ranjan; Biswas, Kanishka, E-mail: kanishka@jncasr.ac.in [New Chemistry Unit and International Centre for Materials Science, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India)

    2014-09-15

    It is thought that the proposed new family of multi-functional materials, namely, the ferroelectric thermoelectrics may exhibit enhanced functionalities due to the coupling of the thermoelectric parameters with ferroelectric polarization in solids. Therefore, the ferroelectric thermoelectrics are expected to be of immense technological and fundamental significance. As a first step towards this direction, it is most important to identify the existing high performance thermoelectric materials exhibiting ferroelectricity. Herein, through the direct measurement of local polarization switching, we show that the recently discovered thermoelectric semiconductor AgSbSe{sub 2} has local ferroelectric ordering. Using piezo-response force microscopy, we demonstrate the existence of nanometer scale ferroelectric domains that can be switched by external electric field. These observations are intriguing as AgSbSe{sub 2} crystalizes in cubic rock-salt structure with centro-symmetric space group (Fm–3m), and therefore, no ferroelectricity is expected. However, from high resolution transmission electron microscopy measurement, we found the evidence of local superstructure formation which, we believe, leads to local distortion of the centro-symmetric arrangement in AgSbSe{sub 2} and gives rise to the observed ferroelectricity. Stereochemically active 5S{sup 2} lone-pair of Sb may also give rise to local structural distortion thereby creating ferroelectricity in AgSbSe{sub 2}.

  14. Second-harmonic imaging of ferroelectric domain walls

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    Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Pedersen, Kjeld;

    1998-01-01

    Domain walls in periodically poled ferroelectric KTiOPO4 and LiNbO3 crystals are observed by making use of second-harmonic (SH) generation enhancement in the transition regions between neighboring domains. SH images of domain walls obtained with various samples for different polarization...

  15. Influence of Domain Size on the Scaling Effects in Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 Ferroelectric Crystals.

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    Lin, Dabin; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Zhang, Shujun; Li, Fei; Li, Zhenrong; Xu, Zhuo; Shrout, Thomas R

    2011-06-01

    The property degradation observed in thin Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O(3)-PbTiO(3) (PMN-PT) crystals is believed to relate to large domains and subsequent clamping induced by surface-boundary. In this work, the properties were investigated as function of domain size, using controlled poling. The degraded piezoelectric and dielectric properties of thin PMN-PT were found to increase significantly, by decreasing domain size. Furthermore, the fine domain structure was found to be stable at 3kV/cm after 7.0×10(5) negative-pulse cycles, hence, enabling PMN-PT crystals for high-frequency (>20 MHz) ultrasound-transducers.

  16. Low voltage electron emission from[Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}]{sub 0.72}[PbTiO{sub 3}]{sub 0.28} single crystals induced by ferroelectric polarization switching

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    Mieth, Oliver; Eng, Lukas M. [Institute of Applied Physics, Technische Universitaet, Dresden (Germany); Vidyarthi, Vinay S.; Gerlach, Gerald [Institute for Solid State Electronics, Technische Universitaet, Dresden (Germany); Doerr, Kathrin [Institute for Metallic Materials, IFW Dresden, D-01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Here we report on electron emission from[Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}]{sub 0.72}[PbTiO{sub 3}]{sub 0.28} (PMN-PT) thin ferroelectric single crystals at ultra-low voltages down to 20 V per 400 {mu}m thickness, and for up to 10{sup 9} switching cycles. PMN-PT samples were prepared with split gold top electrodes exhibiting a 25 {mu}m wide gap region. Applying a sinusoidal voltage between the two top electrodes and the bottom electrode initiated electron emission from the gap region. The emitted electrons were collected under UHV conditions using two single electron counters arranged under an angle of 90 . Two emission regimes have been identified, which are clearly separated by the onset of complete ferroelectric polarization switching. This is also confirmed by recording nanoscale ferroelectric hysteresis loops by means of Piezoresponse Force Microscopy. The emitted electrons are found to have a broad energy distribution with the maximum kinetic energies reaching 110 eV and 50 eV for applied switching voltages of 140 V and 110 V, respectively. Our results confirm that polarization reversal is the governing mechanism behind the electron emission process.

  17. Research on the unwinding process of ferroelectric liquid crystal under the electric field%铁电液晶在电场作用下螺旋结构变化的观察

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    唐金花; 王志恒; 陈偕雄

    2001-01-01

    本文从实验和理论上对电场展开铁电液晶螺旋结构的过程进行了全面的观察和研究。实验发现在不同频率下电场展开螺旋结构的过程有着很大的差异。我们在0~120kHz范围内测量了展开过程的弯曲阈值、畸变阈值和临界场;同时根据电场展开时织构的变化将频率范围分成七个频区分别进行了讨论,其中特别研究了所出现的菱形网格图案和λ图案,并以近晶层弯折和扭曲的模型解释了这些图案的形成。%A systematical and detailed research on the unwinding process of mixed ferroelectric liquid crystal under the electric field were both carried out theoretically and experimentally. Great difference was discovered among the unwinding process under the fields with different frequencies. According to the texture change while unwinding, the frequency range of 0~120kHz was divided into seven frequency zones and the bent threshold, the distorted threshold and the critical field were measured respectively. Especially, the rhomatic lattice pattern and λ pattern were investigated. Meanwhile, two models of both zig-zag distortion and twist distortion of smectic layers were proposed to explain the formation of these patterns.

  18. Structure and Dielectric Properties of a Niobate Ba5YTi3Nb7O30%铌酸盐 Ba5YTi3 Nb7 O30的结构与介电性能

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    张辉; 方亮; 吴伯麟; 袁润章

    2001-01-01

    A niobate Ba5YTi3Nb7O30 was synthesized by doping Y3+ in the ternary system BaO-TiO2-Nb2O5. The crystal structure was determined by X -ray powder diffraction, and it belongs to tetragonal tungsten bronze structure at room temperature with unit cell parameters a=1.243 32(2) nm, c= 0.394 53(1)nm, α =β =γ =90 ° . Further, dielectric properties measurements show that Ba5YTi3Nb7O30 has the only transformation temperature, it changes from paraelectric to ferroelectric at 100 ℃ .%在 BaO- TiO2- Nb2O5体系中通过掺 Y3+合成了铌酸盐 Ba5YTi3Nb7O30,采用粉晶 X射线衍射( XRD)对其结构进行了分析,并测试了其烧结体的介电特性。结果表明,在室温下 Ba5YTi3Nb7O30属于填满型四方钨青铜结构 , 晶胞参数为: a=1.243 32 (2) nm, c=0.394 53 (1) nm,α =β =γ = 90°; Ba5YTi3Nb7O30在 100 ℃从铁电相转变为顺电相。

  19. Electric fatigue process in lead-free alkali niobate ceramics at various pressures and temperatures

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    Martin, Alexander; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi

    2015-10-01

    Electric fatigue tests are important for evaluating the reliability of piezoceramics. However, these tests have not been the focus of studies of lead-free alkali niobate (NKN) ceramics so far. For this purpose, two different materials, Li0.06Na0.47K0.47NbO3 (LNKN6) and Na0.55K0.45NbO3 + 0.25% MnO (Mn-NKN), have been examined at various uniaxial pressures ranging from 0.1 to 100 MPa and various temperatures ranging from room temperature to 150 °C. It was shown that the harder ferroelectric Mn-NKN could maintain its piezoelectric properties at pressures up to 25 MPa. When bipolar fatigue occurred under pressures over the coercive stress of ∼30 MPa, the sample depolarized and formed microcracks. In contrast, the softer LNKN6 did not show fatigue at higher pressures between 25 and 50 MPa. However, in both materials, higher temperatures enhanced domain wall and charge carrier movements and conclusively domain wall pinning.

  20. Modification of both d33 and TC in a potassium-sodium niobate ternary system.

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    Wu, Bo; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2015-12-28

    In this work, we simultaneously achieved a giant d33 and a high TC in a lead-free piezoelectric ternary system of (1-x-y)K0.48Na0.52NbO3-xBiFeO3-yBi0.5Na0.5ZrO3 {(1-x-y)KNN-xBF-yBNZ}. Owing to the rhombohedral-orthorhombic-tetragonal (R-O-T) phase coexistence and the enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties, the ceramics with a composition of (x = 0.006, y = 0.04) show a giant d33 of ∼428 pC N(-1) together with a TC of ∼318 °C, thereby proving that the design of ternary systems is an effective way to achieve both high d33 and high TC in KNN-based materials. In addition, a good thermal stability for piezoelectricity was also observed in these ceramics (e.g., d33 > 390 pC N(-1), T ≤ 300 °C). This is the first time such a good comprehensive performance in potassium-sodium niobate materials has been obtained. As a result, we believe that this type of material system with both giant d33 and high TC is a promising candidate for high-temperature piezoelectric devices.

  1. Low energy electron imaging of domains and domain walls in magnesium-doped lithium niobate

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    Nataf, G. F.; Grysan, P.; Guennou, M.; Kreisel, J.; Martinotti, D.; Rountree, C. L.; Mathieu, C.; Barrett, N.

    2016-09-01

    The understanding of domain structures, specifically domain walls, currently attracts a significant attention in the field of (multi)-ferroic materials. In this article, we analyze contrast formation in full field electron microscopy applied to domains and domain walls in the uniaxial ferroelectric lithium niobate, which presents a large 3.8 eV band gap and for which conductive domain walls have been reported. We show that the transition from Mirror Electron Microscopy (MEM - electrons reflected) to Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM - electrons backscattered) gives rise to a robust contrast between domains with upwards (Pup) and downwards (Pdown) polarization, and provides a measure of the difference in surface potential between the domains. We demonstrate that out-of-focus conditions of imaging produce contrast inversion, due to image distortion induced by charged surfaces, and also carry information on the polarization direction in the domains. Finally, we show that the intensity profile at domain walls provides experimental evidence for a local stray, lateral electric field.

  2. Low energy electron imaging of domains and domain walls in magnesium-doped lithium niobate

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    Nataf, G. F.; Grysan, P.; Guennou, M.; Kreisel, J.; Martinotti, D.; Rountree, C. L.; Mathieu, C.; Barrett, N.

    2016-01-01

    The understanding of domain structures, specifically domain walls, currently attracts a significant attention in the field of (multi)-ferroic materials. In this article, we analyze contrast formation in full field electron microscopy applied to domains and domain walls in the uniaxial ferroelectric lithium niobate, which presents a large 3.8 eV band gap and for which conductive domain walls have been reported. We show that the transition from Mirror Electron Microscopy (MEM – electrons reflected) to Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM – electrons backscattered) gives rise to a robust contrast between domains with upwards (Pup) and downwards (Pdown) polarization, and provides a measure of the difference in surface potential between the domains. We demonstrate that out-of-focus conditions of imaging produce contrast inversion, due to image distortion induced by charged surfaces, and also carry information on the polarization direction in the domains. Finally, we show that the intensity profile at domain walls provides experimental evidence for a local stray, lateral electric field. PMID:27608605

  3. Layered bismuth vanadate ferroelectrics

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    Osipyan, V.G.; Savchenko, L.M.; Elbakyan, V.L.; Avakyan, P.B.

    1987-08-01

    The authors synthesize new layered bismuth vanadate ferroelectrics. The x-ray diffraction characteristics of Bi/sub 2/VO/sub 5.5/ are shown. Thermal expansion of ceramics with various compositions are presented, as are the temperature dependences of the dielectric constant of the ceramic with various compositions. Unit-cell parameters, Curie temperature, electrical conductivity and the dielectric characteristics of the compositions studied are shown.

  4. Ferroelectricity the fundamentals collection

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    Jimenez, Basilio

    2008-01-01

    This indispensable collection of seminal papers on ferroelectricity provides an overview over almost a hundred years of basic and applied research. Containing historic contributions from renowned authors, this book presents developments in an area of science that is still rapidly growing. Although primarily aimed at scientists and academics involved in research, this will also be of use to students as well as newcomers to the field.

  5. Pyroelectric Arrays with Relax-based Ferroelectric Single Crystals%基于弛豫铁电单晶的热释电焦平面研究

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    邵秀梅; 马学亮; 于月华; 方家熊

    2011-01-01

    PMN-PT是一种综合性能优异的新型热释电材料.本文以PMN-PT单晶作为热释电探测器材料,开展了8×1线列探测器的芯片结构设计及器件关键工艺研究,获得了8元热释电探测器芯片,电压响应率约280N/W.同时,实现了8元热释电光敏芯片与8元读出电路的耦合互连,得到了8元热释电焦平面原型器件,并进行了性能测试.由于读出电路对可见光存在响应,影响了焦平面模块的热释电信号提取,电路设计有待改进.本丈的研究为基于新型弛豫铁电单晶的大规模非制冷焦平面的研制奠定了一定的基础.%PMN-PT single crystal is a novel pyroelectric material with superior performances. An 8x I linear array was designed, and research on the key processes of device fabrication was carried out based on PMN-PT crystal. The responsivity of the 8xl chip was about 280 V/W. At the same time, the 8xl pyroelectric chip was coupled with an 8xl read-out circuit. The performance of the 8× 1 FPA was studied. The pyroelectric signal of the FPA device can't be measured because the read-out circuits respond to visible light. The design of read-out circuits needs to be improved. The results of the paper lay a foundation for the development of large-scale uncooled pyroelectric FPA based on novel ferroeleetric single crystals.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Lead-Free (K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiNbO3 and (K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiTaO3 Ferroelectric Single Crystals

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    Tao Chu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Lead-free (K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiNbO3 (KNN-LN and (K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiTaO3 (KNN-LT ferroelectric single crystals, with the dimensions of 11 ´ 11 ´ 5 mm3 and 5 ´ 5 ´ 3 mm3, were grown successfully using the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG method, respectively. The crystal structures were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction, showing orthorhombic symmetry for KNN-LN single crystals and coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal symmetry for KNN-LT single crystals at room temperature. The orthorhombic-tetragonal (TO-T and tetragonal-cubic (TC phase transition temperatures are 195 °C and 420 °C for the KNN-LN single crystals, and 130 °C and 280 °C for KNN-LT single crystals, respectively. The remnant polarization (Pr is 27.8 μC/cm2 with a coercive field (Ec of 17 kV/cm for KNN-LT single crystals. The two single crystals showed 90° domains with layers in (parallel straight lines, while KNN-LT single crystals have a larger domain region. The actual stoichiometry deviates easily from the original composition in the process of crystal growth, thus, an appropriate nominal composition and optimized crystal growth method is desired to get high-quality crystals in the future.

  7. Aging effect evolution during ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition: A mechanism study

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    Zuyong Feng

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Aging can significantly modify the dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric performance of ferroelectrics. However, little attention has been paid to the aging effect during ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transitions that is essentially correlated with real applications. In this letter, the authors report the aging effect evolution between two ferroelectric phases in an acceptor-doped piezoceramics. The results show that aging-induced double hysteresis loops were exhibited in different ferroelectric phases, but disappeared during ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transitions, suggesting the mechanism that the intrinsic restoring force for the reversible switching of domains caused by the alignment of defect dipoles was weakened due to ferroelectric dipole reorientation.

  8. Lithium niobate ultrasonic transducer design for Enhanced Oil Recovery.

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    Wang, Zhenjun; Xu, Yuanming; Gu, Yuting

    2015-11-01

    Due to the strong piezoelectric effect possessed by lithium niobate, a new idea that uses lithium niobate to design high-power ultrasonic transducer for Enhanced Oil Recovery technology is proposed. The purpose of this paper is to lay the foundation for the further research and development of high-power ultrasonic oil production technique. The main contents of this paper are as follows: firstly, structure design technique and application of a new high-power ultrasonic transducer are introduced; secondly, the experiment for reducing the viscosity of super heavy oil by this transducer is done, the optimum ultrasonic parameters for reducing the viscosity of super heavy oil are given. Experimental results show that heavy large molecules in super heavy oil can be cracked into light hydrocarbon substances under strong cavitation effect caused by high-intensity ultrasonic wave. Experiment proves that it is indeed feasible to design high-power ultrasonic transducer for ultrasonic oil production technology using lithium niobate.

  9. A phenomenological model of electronic band structure in ferroelectric Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} single crystals around the morphotropic phase boundary determined by temperature-dependent transmittance spectra

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    Zhu, J.J.; Li, W.W. [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); Xu, G.S. [R and D Center of Synthetic Crystals, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Jiang, K. [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); Hu, Z.G., E-mail: zghu@ee.ecnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); Chu, J.H. [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China)

    2011-10-15

    The optical properties of ferroelectric Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}-Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) have been investigated using ultraviolet-infrared transmittance spectra in the temperature range of 8-300 K. Based on the temperature-dependent spectral measurement of the band gap, we propose a phenomenological model of band structure vs. temperature to explain both the negative and positive band narrowing coefficient dE{sub gd}/dT in ferroelectric PIN-PMN-PT crystals around the MPB where multiple phases coexist. The peculiar positive coefficient only exists in the fragile multiphase region of the MPB, while the negative coefficient, caused by thermal expansion of the lattice and renormalization of the band structure by electron-phonon interaction, exists in the rhombohedral or tetragonal single-phase region as well as in the stationary multiphase region of the MPB. The origin of the positive coefficient is a long-range increasing fraction of coexistence from the monoclinic phase with small band gap to rhombohedral phase with large band gap at elevated temperature. In agreement with optical transmittance results of PMN-PT/PIN-PMN-PT, the model predicts that these unusual positive band narrowing coefficients may exist for all ferroelectrics around the MPB where the coexistence of phases lacks thermodynamic stability.

  10. Pathways towards ferroelectricity in hafnia

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Sharma, Vinit; Rossetti, George A.; Ramprasad, Rampi

    2014-08-01

    The question of whether one can systematically identify (previously unknown) ferroelectric phases of a given material is addressed, taking hafnia (HfO2) as an example. Low free energy phases at various pressures and temperatures are identified using a first-principles based structure search algorithm. Ferroelectric phases are then recognized by exploiting group theoretical principles for the symmetry-allowed displacive transitions between nonpolar and polar phases. Two orthorhombic polar phases occurring in space groups Pca21 and Pmn21 are singled out as the most viable ferroelectric phases of hafnia, as they display low free energies (relative to known nonpolar phases), and substantial switchable spontaneous electric polarization. These results provide an explanation for the recently observed surprising ferroelectric behavior of hafnia, and reveal pathways for stabilizing ferroelectric phases of hafnia as well as other compounds.

  11. XPS Study on Barium Lanthanum Magnesium Niobate

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    Relaxor-type ferroelectric perovskites attract a lot of attentions due to their excellent dielectric and electrostrictive properties. (Ba,La)(Mg,Nb)O3(BLMN) ceramics were synthesized from oxides by sintering in airs using a conventional mixed oxide process. Thermogravimetry-differential analyzer (TG-DTA) analysis shows that the fired temperature of the Ba(Mg1/3, Nb2/3)O3 is above 1627.2 K. From the study of X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, it is founded that the amount of the perovskite phase increases with the increasing amount of La2O3. Furthermore, by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, it is discovered that the amount of Nb4+ is increased as La2O3 dopant increases from 0 to 0.04.

  12. Frontiers of ferroelectricity a special issue of the journal of materials science

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    Lang, Sidney B

    2007-01-01

    The book presents theory, fundamentals and some applications of ferroelectricy. The 24 chapters comprise reviews and research reports covering the spectrum of ferroelectricity. It is intended to describe the current levels of understanding of various aspects of ferroelectricity as presented by authorities in the field. Topics include relaxors, piezoelectrics, microscale and nanoscale studies, polymers and composites, unusual properties, and techniques and devices. The information in this book is intended for physicists, engineers and materials scientists working with ferroelectric materials including ceramics, single crystals, polymers, composites and even some biological materials.

  13. Ferroelectric HfO2 for Emerging Ferroelectric Semiconductor Devices

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    Florent, Karine

    The spontaneous polarization in ferroelectrics (FE) makes them particularly attractive for non-volatile memory and logic applications. Non-volatile FRAM memories using perovskite structure materials, such as Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) and Strontium Bismuth Tantalate (SBT) have been studied for many years. However, because of their scaling limit and incompatibility with CMOS beyond 130 nm node, floating gate Flash memory technology has been preferred for manufacturing. The recent discovery of ferroelectricity in doped HfO2 in 2011 has opened the door for new ferroelectric based devices compatible with CMOS technology, such as Ferroelectric Field Effect Transistor (FeFET) and Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions (FTJ). This work began with developing ferroelectric hysteresis characterization capabilities at RIT. Initially reactively sputtered aluminum doped HfO 2 films were investigated. It was observed that the composition control using co-sputtering was not achievable within the existing capabilities. During the course of this study, collaboration was established with the NaMLab group in Germany to investigate Si doped HfO2 deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Metal Ferroelectric Metal (MFM) devices were fabricated using TiN as the top and bottom electrode with Si:HfO2 thickness ranging from 6.4 nm to 22.9 nm. The devices were electrically tested for P-E, C-V and I-V characteristics. Structural characterizations included TEM, EELS, XRR, XRD and XPS/Auger spectroscopy. Higher remanant polarization (Pr) was observed for films of 9.3 nm and 13.1 nm thickness. Thicker film (22.9 nm) showed smaller Pr. Devices with 6.4 nm thick films exhibit tunneling behavior showing a memristor like I-V characteristics. The tunnel current and ferroelectricity showed decrease with cycling indicating a possible change in either the structure or the domain configurations. Theoretical simulations using the improved FE model were carried out to model the ferroelectric behavior of

  14. Stabilizing the ferroelectric phase in doped hafnium oxide

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    Hoffmann, M.; Schroeder, U.; Schenk, T.; Shimizu, T.; Funakubo, H.; Sakata, O.; Pohl, D.; Drescher, M.; Adelmann, C.; Materlik, R.; Kersch, A.; Mikolajick, T.

    2015-08-01

    The ferroelectric properties and crystal structure of doped HfO2 thin films were investigated for different thicknesses, electrode materials, and annealing conditions. Metal-ferroelectric-metal capacitors containing Gd:HfO2 showed no reduction of the polarization within the studied thickness range, in contrast to hafnia films with other dopants. A qualitative model describing the influence of basic process parameters on the crystal structure of HfO2 was proposed. The influence of different structural parameters on the field cycling behavior was examined. This revealed the wake-up effect in doped HfO2 to be dominated by interface induced effects, rather than a field induced phase transition. TaN electrodes were shown to considerably enhance the stabilization of the ferroelectric phase in HfO2 compared to TiN electrodes, yielding a Pr of up to 35 μC/cm2. This effect was attributed to the interface oxidation of the electrodes during annealing, resulting in a different density of oxygen vacancies in the Gd:HfO2 films. Ab initio simulations confirmed the influence of oxygen vacancies on the phase stability of ferroelectric HfO2.

  15. Generalized Ferroelectricity in the Mesomorphic Phase of Nylon Polymers

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    Zhang, Zhongbo; Zhu, Lei; Litt, Morton

    Novel ferroelectric polymers, featured by narrow electric displacement-electric (D-E) hysteresis loop, are attractive for electric energy storage applications due to their high dielectric constant and low loss property. Currently, only poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-based copolymers (e-beamed) and terpolymers show novel ferroelectric behavior. It is desired to achieve novel ferroelectricity in other polymers such as nylons by carefully modifying the chemical and crystal structures. In this presentation, isomorphic crystals are successfully achieved by copolymerization of nylon 11 and nylon 12 with different compositions. In this way, both chemical and structural defects (i.e., dangling amide groups and kinked bonds) are introduced into the mesomorphic phase. As a consequence, hydrogen bonding interaction is successfully weakened and thus enhanced ferroelectricity with higher maximum polarization and better polarizability is obtained. In addition, for the purpose of further disturbing the mesomorphic phase and pinning effect, partially methylated nylon copolymers are synthesized. With the help of N-methylation of amide groups, the methylated nylon copolymers show relatively narrow hysteresis loops, suggesting the pinning effect from the N-methylated amide moieties.

  16. Stabilizing the ferroelectric phase in doped hafnium oxide

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    Hoffmann, M.; Schroeder, U.; Schenk, T. [NaMLab gGmbH, Noethnitzer Str. 64, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Shimizu, T. [Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Funakubo, H. [Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Department of Innovative and Engineered Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Sakata, O. [Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Synchrotron X-ray Station at SPring-8, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Sayo, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Pohl, D. [Leibniz IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr.20, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Drescher, M. [Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT, Koenigsbruecker Str. 180, D-01099 Dresden (Germany); Adelmann, C. [Imec, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Materlik, R.; Kersch, A. [Munich University of Applied Sciences, Loth Str. 34, D-80335 Munich (Germany); Mikolajick, T. [NaMLab gGmbH, Noethnitzer Str. 64, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Chair of Nanoelectronic Materials, TU Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-08-21

    The ferroelectric properties and crystal structure of doped HfO{sub 2} thin films were investigated for different thicknesses, electrode materials, and annealing conditions. Metal-ferroelectric-metal capacitors containing Gd:HfO{sub 2} showed no reduction of the polarization within the studied thickness range, in contrast to hafnia films with other dopants. A qualitative model describing the influence of basic process parameters on the crystal structure of HfO{sub 2} was proposed. The influence of different structural parameters on the field cycling behavior was examined. This revealed the wake-up effect in doped HfO{sub 2} to be dominated by interface induced effects, rather than a field induced phase transition. TaN electrodes were shown to considerably enhance the stabilization of the ferroelectric phase in HfO{sub 2} compared to TiN electrodes, yielding a P{sub r} of up to 35 μC/cm{sup 2}. This effect was attributed to the interface oxidation of the electrodes during annealing, resulting in a different density of oxygen vacancies in the Gd:HfO{sub 2} films. Ab initio simulations confirmed the influence of oxygen vacancies on the phase stability of ferroelectric HfO{sub 2}.

  17. Note: High-power piezoelectric transformer fabricated with ternary relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-Pb(In(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3-PbTiO3 single crystal.

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    Wang, Qing; Ma, Chuanguo; Wang, Feifei; Liu, Bao; Chen, Jianwei; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Tao; Shi, Wangzhou

    2016-03-01

    A plate-shaped piezoelectric transformer was designed and fabricated using ternary relaxor ferroelectric single crystal Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-Pb(In(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3-PbTiO3. Both the input and output sections utilized the transverse-extensional vibration mode. The frequency and load dependences of the electrical properties for the proposed transformer were systematically studied. Results indicated that under a matching load resistance of 14.9 kΩ, a maximum output power of 2.56 W was obtained with the temperature rise less than 5 °C. The corresponding power density reached up to 50 W/cm(3). This ternary single-crystal transformer had potential applications in compact-size converters requiring high power density.

  18. Note: High-power piezoelectric transformer fabricated with ternary relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3 single crystal

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    Wang, Qing; Ma, Chuanguo; Wang, Feifei; Liu, Bao; Chen, Jianwei; Luo, Haosu; Wang, Tao; Shi, Wangzhou

    2016-03-01

    A plate-shaped piezoelectric transformer was designed and fabricated using ternary relaxor ferroelectric single crystal Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3. Both the input and output sections utilized the transverse-extensional vibration mode. The frequency and load dependences of the electrical properties for the proposed transformer were systematically studied. Results indicated that under a matching load resistance of 14.9 kΩ, a maximum output power of 2.56 W was obtained with the temperature rise less than 5 °C. The corresponding power density reached up to 50 W/cm3. This ternary single-crystal transformer had potential applications in compact-size converters requiring high power density.

  19. Influence of Nd:Zn codoping in near-stoichiometric lithium niobate.

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    Babu Reddy, J N; Ganesh Kamath, K; Vanishri, S; Bhat, H L; Elizabeth, Suja

    2008-06-28

    Near-stoichiometric lithium niobate (SLN) crystals doped with up to 1.6 mol % Zn and codoped with various Nd concentrations in the melt (0.2, 0.5, 0.9, and 1.5 mol %) (Nd:Zn:SLN) are grown from 58.6 mol % Li(2)O using conventional Czochralski technique. Crystals are pulled at the rate of 0.35 mmh with seed rotation at 9 rpm. Concentrations of Zn and Nd in the crystal are varied by adding appropriate amounts of ZnO and Nd(2)O(3) to the starting composition. Unit cell parameters of the grown crystals are calculated by Rietveld refinement method using FULLPROFF software. Domain structure studies are carried out by chemical etching followed by microscopic examination. Dielectric studies reveal the existence of piezoelectric resonance at high frequencies. Enhancement in dielectric constant and tan delta in Nd doped samples has been attributed to the space charge polarization. Nd doped samples exhibit reduction in the relative permittivity after oxygen annealing. Transmission spectra of Nd:Zn:SLN crystals in the UV region exhibit blueshift in the cutoff wavelength. In Mid Infrared (MIR) region crystals doped with 1.6 mol % Zn have shift in the OH absorption peak from 2873 to 2833 nm. Judd-Ofelt analysis carried out on the absorption spectra of codoped crystal yields the lifetime of 104 mus for the metastable state (4)F(32). The branching ratio for the electronic transition from (4)F(32) to (4)I(112) is high compared to that for (4)F(32) to (4)I(132), indicating a higher emission cross section for the former transition. Laser damage threshold evaluated using 532 nm, 5 ns pulsed neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser, shows an increase by two orders of magnitude for crystals doped with 1.6 mol % Zn. Photorefractive damage threshold for these crystals shows an enhancement of four orders of magnitude due to increase in the photoconductivity.

  20. Synthesis, deposition and characterization of ferroelectric films for electrooptic devices

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    Tunaboylu, Bahadir

    The use of integrable ferroelectric electro-optic thin films is a revolutionary approach in the development of high-speed, low-voltage and high-contrast ratio integrated electro-optic spatial light modulators (SLM) for free-space optoelectronic interconnects. Thin films offer improved performance over bulk ferroelectric (FE) materials because of their lower modulator capacitance and operation at high speeds with low switching energies. Integration of ferroelectric thin films with silicon technology will also impact both the uncooled infrared sensor and dynamic and nonvolatile memory technologies. Ferroelectrics such as lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) and patassium tantalate niobate (KTN) present great potential for SLMs due to their large electro-optic (EO) effect in the bulk form. The development of thin-film SLMs require electro-optic films of high optical quality with good dielectric and EO properties. High quality thin films of PLZT and KTN were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering on r-plane sapphire substrates which offer integration capability with semiconductor devices. PLZT films with extremely large peak dielectric constant, 2800 at the Curie temperature of 180sp°C, were achieved with remarkably low dissipation loss factor dielectric frequency dispersion was determined to be very small up to 1 Mhz. Also, the absorption of the light in the films was very low. A giant effective quadratic electrooptic effect was demonstrated in PLZT films. These results represent a huge leap forward for the FE-SLM technology with respect to the goal of fully integrated thin film electrooptic light modulators. Microstructural development and phase transformation kinetics in PLZT films were also analyzed for the first time and are presented here. Energy required for the formation of desirable perovskite phase was determined to be 322 kJ/mol. Single-phase PLZT films with larger average grain size showed higher dielectric constants and better EO properties as

  1. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A NEW NIOBATE: Sr6Ti7Nb9O42

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    2000-01-01

    A new niobate Sr6Ti7Nb9O42 was synthesized for the first time by solid state reaction in SrO-TiO2-Nb2O5 ternary system. The new compound was characterized by EPMA, XRD, SEM and DTA. The X-ray powder diffraction data of Sr6Ti7Nb9O42 were firstly reported in the paper. Sr6Ti7Nb9O42 crystallizes the hexagonal system with unit cell parameters a=8.9991(4), c=11.5118(9), and space group P63/mcm (193), z=1. The calculated and measured densities are 4.783 g/cm3 and 4.764 g/cm3, respectively.

  2. Sub-band-gap laser micromachining of lithium niobate

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    Christensen, F. K.; Müllenborn, Matthias

    1995-01-01

    method is reported which enables us to do laser processing of lithium niobate using sub-band-gap photons. Using high scan speeds, moderate power densities, and sub-band-gap photon energies results in volume removal rates in excess of 106µm3/s. This enables fast micromachining of small piezoelectric...

  3. An approach to the Klein-Gordon equation for a dynamic study in ferroelectric materials

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    Bandyopadhyay, A K [Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology, W B University of Technology, 73, A C Banerjee Lane, Kolkata-700010 (India); Ray, P C [Department of Mathematics, Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology, WBUT, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700098 (India); Gopalan, Venkatraman [Materials Research Institute and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2006-04-26

    Ferroelectric materials such as lithium niobate and lithium tantalate show a non-linear hysteresis behaviour, which may be explained by dynamical system analysis. The behaviour of these ferroelectrics is usually explained by domains and domain wall movements. So, the spatial variation of the domain wall was studied previously in order to see its effect on the domain wall width in the context of the Landau-Ginzburg functional. In the present work, both temporal and spatial variations of polarization are considered, and by using the Euler-Lagrange dynamical equation of motion, a Klein-Gordon equation is derived by taking the ferroelectrics as a Hamiltonian system. An interaction has been considered between the nearest neighbour domains, which are stacked sideways in a parallel array with uniform polarization. This interaction term is associated with the spatial term and when this interaction is assumed to be zero, the spatial term vanishes, giving rise to a Duffing oscillator differential equation, which can be also studied by a dynamic system analysis.

  4. Ferroelectric domain of epitaxial AgNbO3 thin film

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    Ahn, Yoonho; Seo, Jeongdae; Lee, Kwang Jo; Son, Jong Yeog

    2016-03-01

    We investigated ferroelectric properties of silver niobate (AgNbO3) thin film grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The AgNbO3 thin film exhibited room temperature ferroelectricity with a large remanent polarization of about 31 μC/cm2 (2Pr~62 μC/cm2) and fast switching behavior within 120 ns. Triangular grains of AgNbO3 thin film were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) study revealed that the AgNbO3 thin film had mosaic-like ferroelectric domain structure. In comparison with PbTiO3 thin films, domain size of the AgNbO3 thin films was smaller than that of PbTiO3 thin films. Based on Landau, Lifshitz, and Kittel (LLK) scaling law of the domain size versus film thickness curves, it is inferred that AgNbO3 thin films have slightly lower domain wall energy than that of PbTiO3 thin films.

  5. The Growth of KLN Crystals

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    1999-01-01

    The growth temperature curve of the growth system for the potass ium li thium niobate (KLN) has been measured and the temperature decrease program has b een calculated. KLN crystals with a size up to 30mm × 15mm × 5 mm have be en grown by flux method. The primary factors of the cracking of KLN crystal hav e been discussed. A blue laser light output has been obtained by optical parame tric oscillator pumping.

  6. In situ transmission electron microscopy study of the microstructural origins for the electric field-induced phenomena in ferroelectric perovskites

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    Guo, Hanzheng [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Ferroelectrics are important materials due to their extensive technological applications, such as non-volatile memories, field-effect transistors, ferroelectric tunneling junctions, dielectric capacitors, piezoelectric transducers, sensors and actuators. As is well known, the outstanding dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of these functional oxides originate from their ferroelectric domain arrangements and the corresponding evolution under external stimuli (e.g. electric field, stress, and temperature). Electric field has been known as the most efficient stimulus to manipulate the ferroelectric domains through polarization switching and alignment. Therefore, direct observation of the dynamic process of electric field-induced domain evolution and crystal structure transformation is of significant importance to understand the microstructural mechanisms for the functional properties of ferroelectrics. In this dissertation, electric field in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique was employed to monitor the real-time evolution of the domain morphology and crystal structure during various electrical processes: (1) the initial poling process, (2) the electric field reversal process, and (3) the electrical cycling process. Two types of perovskite-structured ceramics, normal ferroelectrics and relaxor ferroelectrics, were used for this investigation. In addition to providing the microscopic insight for some wellaccepted phase transformation rules, discoveries of some new or even unexpected physical phenomena were also demonstrated.

  7. Growth and pyroelectric properties of high Curie temperature relaxor-based ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ternary single crystal

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    Yu, Ping; Wang, Feifei; Zhou, Dan; Ge, Wenwei; Zhao, Xiangyong; Luo, Haosu; Sun, Jinglan; Meng, Xiangjian; Chu, Junhao

    2008-06-01

    To enhance the service temperature of relaxor-PbTiO3 pyroelectric single crystals, high quality ternary perovskite single crystal was grown by a modified Bridgman technique. Analyzed by x-ray fluorescence, the as-grown crystal is 0.41Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-0.17Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.42PbTiO3 [PIMNT(41/17/42)], which appears to be a tetragonal ferroelectric phase with relatively high Curie temperature of 253°C. It exhibits the relative permittivity of 487 and low dielectric loss of 0.3% at 50Hz and room temperature. The pyroelectric properties with a pyroelectric coefficient of 5.7×10-4C /m2K and a detectivity of 6.34×10-5Pa-1/2 would satisfy the needs of operation as a high Curie temperature material. The results show that PIMNT crystal with better temperature stability, compared with the pure PMNT single crystals, is a good candidate as an infrared detector material.

  8. Nanocharacterization of the negative stiffness of ferroelectric materials

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    Alipour Skandani, A.; Ctvrtlik, R.; Al-Haik, M.

    2014-08-01

    Phase changing materials such as ferroelectric materials could exhibit negative stiffness under certain thermomechanical environments. This negative stiffness is embodied by a deflection along the opposite direction of the applied load. So far negative stiffness materials were investigated with the specific morphology of embedded inclusions in stiff matrices then the resulting composite is studied to measure the behavior of each constituent indirectly. In this study, a modified nonisothermal nanoindentation method is developed to measure the negative stiffness of triglycine sulfate single crystal directly. This in-situ method is intended to first demonstrate the feasibility of detecting the negative stiffness via nanoindentation and nanocreep of a ferroelectric material at its Curie point and then to quantify the negative stiffness without the need for embedding the crystal within a stiffer matrix.

  9. Tunnel electroresistance through organic ferroelectrics

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    Tian, B. B.; Wang, J. L.; Fusil, S.; Liu, Y.; Zhao, X. L.; Sun, S.; Shen, H.; Lin, T.; Sun, J. L.; Duan, C. G.; Bibes, M.; Barthélémy, A.; Dkhil, B.; Garcia, V.; Meng, X. J.; Chu, J. H.

    2016-05-01

    Organic electronics is emerging for large-area applications such as photovoltaic cells, rollable displays or electronic paper. Its future development and integration will require a simple, low-power organic memory, that can be written, erased and readout electrically. Here we demonstrate a non-volatile memory in which the ferroelectric polarisation state of an organic tunnel barrier encodes the stored information and sets the readout tunnel current. We use high-sensitivity piezoresponse force microscopy to show that films as thin as one or two layers of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) remain switchable with low voltages. Submicron junctions based on these films display tunnel electroresistance reaching 1,000% at room temperature that is driven by ferroelectric switching and explained by electrostatic effects in a direct tunnelling regime. Our findings provide a path to develop low-cost, large-scale arrays of organic ferroelectric tunnel junctions on silicon or flexible substrates.

  10. Ferroelectric capacitor with reduced imprint

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    Evans, Jr., Joseph T. (13609 Verbena Pl., NE., Albuquerque, NM 87112); Warren, William L. (7716 Wm. Moyers Ave., NE., Albuquerque, NM 87122); Tuttle, Bruce A. (12808 Lillian Pl., NE., Albuquerque, NM 87122); Dimos, Duane B. (6105 Innsbrook Ct., NE., Albuquerque, NM 87111); Pike, Gordon E. (1609 Cedar Ridge, NE., Albuquerque, NM 87112)

    1997-01-01

    An improved ferroelectric capacitor exhibiting reduced imprint effects in comparison to prior art capacitors. A capacitor according to the present invention includes top and bottom electrodes and a ferroelectric layer sandwiched between the top and bottom electrodes, the ferroelectric layer comprising a perovskite structure of the chemical composition ABO.sub.3 wherein the B-site comprises first and second elements and a dopant element that has an oxidation state greater than +4. The concentration of the dopant is sufficient to reduce shifts in the coercive voltage of the capacitor with time. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the ferroelectric element comprises Pb in the A-site, and the first and second elements are Zr and Ti, respectively. The preferred dopant is chosen from the group consisting of Niobium, Tantalum, and Tungsten. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the dopant occupies between 1 and 8% of the B-sites.

  11. Novel two-dimensional ferroelectric PbTe under tension: A first-principles prediction

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    Zhang, Xilin; Yang, Zongxian; Chen, Yue

    2017-08-01

    Enhanced ferroelectricity in two-dimensional (2D) SnTe exhibiting a higher transition temperature (Tc) than its bulk counterpart was recently discovered [Chang et al., Science 353(6296), 274-278 (2016)]. Herein, we report that nonferroelectric PbTe can be transformed into a ferroelectric phase by downsizing to two dimensions with suitable equi-biaxial tension. The crystal structure of the ferroelectric phase of 2D PbTe was determined using evolutionary algorithms and density functional theory. The dynamic stabilities of the predicted new phases were investigated using phonon calculations. To validate our results obtained using PbTe, we have also studied the ferroelectricity in GeTe and SnTe at the 2D level and compared them with the literature. The unequal lattice constants and the relative atomic displacements are found to be responsible for ferroelectricity in 2D GeTe, SnTe, and strained PbTe. This study facilitates the development of new 2D ferroelectrics via strain engineering and promotes the integration of ferroelectric devices.

  12. Pathways Towards Ferroelectricity in Hafnia

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Sharma, Vinit; Rossetti, Jr., George A.; Ramprasad, Rampi

    2014-01-01

    The question of whether one can systematically identify (previously unknown) ferroelectric phases of a given material is addressed, taking hafnia (HfO$_2$) as an example. Low free energy phases at various pressures and temperatures are identified using a first-principles based structure search algorithm. Ferroelectric phases are then recognized by exploiting group theoretical principles for the symmetry-allowed displacive transitions between non-polar and polar phases. Two orthorhombic polar ...

  13. Ferroelectric infrared detector and method

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    Lashley, Jason Charles; Opeil, Cyril P.; Smith, James Lawrence

    2010-03-30

    An apparatus and method are provided for sensing infrared radiation. The apparatus includes a sensor element that is positioned in a magnetic field during operation to ensure a .lamda. shaped relationship between specific heat and temperature adjacent the Curie temperature of the ferroelectric material comprising the sensor element. The apparatus is operated by inducing a magnetic field on the ferroelectric material to reduce surface charge on the element during its operation.

  14. New Techniques in Characterization of Ferroelectric Materials

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    Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2008-01-01

    Two new techniques have been developed to characterize Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) based ferroelectric single crystals: (i) electro-thermal imaging, and (ii) single crystal x-ray diffraction in the transmission mode. (i) Electro-thermal imaging is a remote sensing technique that can detect the polarization direction and poling state of a whole crystal slice. This imaging technique utilizes an IR camera to determine the field induced temperature change and does not require any special or destructive sample preparation. In the resulting images it is possible to distinguish regions of 180 deg domains. This powerful technique can be used remotely during poling to determine the poling state of the crystal to avoid over-poling that can result in inferior properties and/or cracking of the crystals. Electro-thermal imaging produced the first direct observations of polarization rotation. Under bipolar field, the domains near the corners were the first to switch direction. As the field increased above the coercive field, domains at the center part of the crystals switched direction. (ii) X-ray diffraction in the transmission mode has long been used in structure determination of organic crystals and proteins; however, it is not used much to characterize inorganic systems. 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 single crystals were examined by this XRD technique for the first time, and a never-before-seen super-lattice was revealed with a doubling of the unit cell in all three directions, giving a cell volume eight times that of a traditional perovskite unit cell. The significance of the super-lattice peaks increased with poling, indicating a structural contribution to ordering. Lack of such observations by electron diffraction in the transmission electron microscope examinations suggests the presence of a bulk effect.

  15. Spectral evolution of Eu{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} niobate induced by temperature

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    Kim, K-Y.; Durand, A. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Heintz, J-M.; Veillere, A. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Bordeaux INP, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Jubera, V., E-mail: veronique.jubera@u-bordeaux.fr [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France)

    2016-03-15

    A Eu{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} niobate powder was synthetized using a polymerizable complex route. It gave rise to nanometric particles that crystallized in the fluorine structure, corresponding to the Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} phase. The thermal evolution of this powder was followed up to 1600 °C, using X-ray diffraction and optical characterizations. The fluorine structure was maintained in the whole temperature range. However, spectral evolution of the samples calcined above 900 °C showed a more complex situation. Emission spectra of powders heat treated at different temperatures showed an evolution of the emission lines that can be attributed first to a better crystallization of the niobate phase and second to its partial decomposition in favor of the formation of YNbO{sub 4} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Although the Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} phase appeared stable up to 1650 °C, from X-ray diffraction analysis, spectral analysis showed that the local environment of the doping element is modified from 1100 °C. - Graphical abstract: Spectral evolution of Eu{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} niobate induced by temperature.

  16. Programmable ferroelectric tunnel memristor

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    Andy eQuindeau

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available We report an analogously programmable memristor based on genuine electronic resistive switching combining ferroelectric switching and electron tunneling. The tunnel current through an 8 unit cell thick epitaxial Pb(Zr[0.2]Ti[0.8]O[3] film sandwiched between La[0.7]Sr[0.3]MnO[3] and cobalt electrodes obeys the Kolmogorov-Avrami-Ishibashi model for bidimensional growth with a characteristic switching time in the order of 10^-7 seconds. The analytical description of switching kinetics allows us to develop a characteristic transfer function that has only one parameter viz. the characteristic switching time and fully predicts the resistive states of this type of memristor.

  17. Stress effects in ferroelectric perovskite thin-films

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    Zednik, Ricardo Johann

    The exciting class of ferroelectric materials presents the engineer with an array of unique properties that offer promise in a variety of applications; these applications include infra-red detectors ("night-vision imaging", pyroelectricity), micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS, piezoelectricity), and non-volatile memory (NVM, ferroelectricity). Realizing these modern devices often requires perovskite-based ferroelectric films thinner than 100 nm. Two such technologically important material systems are (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST), for tunable dielectric devices employed in wireless communications, and Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), for ferroelectric non-volatile memory (FeRAM). In general, the material behavior is strongly influenced by the mechanical boundary conditions imposed by the substrate and surrounding layers and may vary considerably from the known bulk behavior. A better mechanistic understanding of these effects is essential for harnessing the full potential of ferroelectric thin-films and further optimizing existing devices. Both materials share a common crystal structure and similar properties, but face unique challenges due to the design parameters of these different applications. Tunable devices often require very low dielectric loss as well as large dielectric tunability. Present results show that the dielectric response of BST thin-films can either resemble a dipole-relaxor or follow the accepted empirical Universal Relaxation Law (Curie-von Schweidler), depending on temperature. These behaviors in a single ferroelectric thin-film system are often thought to be mutually exclusive. In state-of-the-art high density FeRAM, the ferroelectric polarization is at least as important as the dielectric response. It was found that these properties are significantly affected by moderate biaxial tensile and compressive stresses which reversibly alter the ferroelastic domain populations of PZT at room temperature. The 90-degree domain wall motion observed by high resolution

  18. First-principles theory, coarse-grained models, and simulations of ferroelectrics.

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    Waghmare, Umesh V

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: A ferroelectric crystal exhibits macroscopic electric dipole or polarization arising from spontaneous ordering of its atomic-scale dipoles that breaks inversion symmetry. Changes in applied pressure or electric field generate changes in electric polarization in a ferroelectric, defining its piezoelectric and dielectric properties, respectively, which make it useful as an electromechanical sensor and actuator in a number of applications. In addition, a characteristic of a ferroelectric is the presence of domains or states with different symmetry equivalent orientations of spontaneous polarization that are switchable with large enough applied electric field, a nonlinear property that makes it useful for applications in nonvolatile memory devices. Central to these properties of a ferroelectric are the phase transitions it undergoes as a function of temperature that involve lowering of the symmetry of its high temperature centrosymmetric paraelectric phase. Ferroelectricity arises from a delicate balance between short and long-range interatomic interactions, and hence the resulting properties are quite sensitive to chemistry, strains, and electric charges associated with its interface with substrate and electrodes. First-principles density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations have been very effective in capturing this and predicting material and environment specific properties of ferroelectrics, leading to fundamental insights into origins of ferroelectricity in oxides and chalcogenides uncovering a precise picture of electronic hybridization, topology, and mechanisms. However, use of DFT in molecular dynamics for detailed prediction of ferroelectric phase transitions and associated temperature dependent properties has been limited due to large length and time scales of the processes involved. To this end, it is quite appealing to start with input from DFT calculations and construct material-specific models that are realistic yet simple for use in

  19. Formation of charged ferroelectric domain walls with controlled periodicity.

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    Bednyakov, Petr S; Sluka, Tomas; Tagantsev, Alexander K; Damjanovic, Dragan; Setter, Nava

    2015-10-30

    Charged domain walls in proper ferroelectrics were shown recently to possess metallic-like conductivity. Unlike conventional heterointerfaces, these walls can be displaced inside a dielectric by an electric field, which is of interest for future electronic circuitry. In addition, theory predicts that charged domain walls may influence the electromechanical response of ferroelectrics, with strong enhancement upon increased charged domain wall density. The existence of charged domain walls in proper ferroelectrics is disfavoured by their high formation energy and methods of their preparation in predefined patterns are unknown. Here we develop the theoretical background for the formation of charged domain walls in proper ferroelectrics using energy considerations and outline favourable conditions for their engineering. We experimentally demonstrate, in BaTiO3 single crystals the controlled build-up of high density charged domain wall patterns, down to a spacing of 7 μm with a predominant mixed electronic and ionic screening scenario, hinting to a possible exploitation of charged domain walls in agile electronics and sensing devices.

  20. Phase transitions and electrical characterizations of (K 0.5Na 0.5) 2x(Sr 0.6Ba 0.4) 5-xNb 10O 30 (KNSBN) ceramics with 'unfilled' and 'filled' tetragonal tungsten-bronze (TTB) crystal structure

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    Yao, Yingbang

    2012-12-01

    Alkali-doped strontium barium niobate (K 0.5Na 0.5) 2x(Sr 0.6Ba 0.4) 5-xNb 10O 30 (KNSBN) ceramics has been prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The alkali-dopant concentration x has been varied from 0.24 to 1.15 so that the crystal structure was transformed from \\'unfilled\\' to \\'filled\\' tetragonal tungsten-bronze (TTB) structure. Apart from the change in the structural properties, the effects of the alkali-dopants on the phase transition as well as ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties have also been investigated. Phase transitions have been studied in the temperature range of -200°C to 350°C. The origins of these phase transitions are discussed. The addition of the alkali-dopants enhances the ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties of the KNSBN ceramics. Alkali-doping also favors abnormal grain growth and thus results in a porous microstructure, which might contribute to the enhancement of the pyroelectric performance. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  1. Incipient ferroelectricity of water molecules confined to nano-channels of beryl

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    Gorshunov, B. P.; Torgashev, V. I.; Zhukova, E. S.; Thomas, V. G.; Belyanchikov, M. A.; Kadlec, C.; Kadlec, F.; Savinov, M.; Ostapchuk, T.; Petzelt, J.; Prokleška, J.; Tomas, P. V.; Pestrjakov, E. V.; Fursenko, D. A.; Shakurov, G. S.; Prokhorov, A. S.; Gorelik, V. S.; Kadyrov, L. S.; Uskov, V. V.; Kremer, R. K.; Dressel, M.

    2016-09-01

    Water is characterized by large molecular electric dipole moments and strong interactions between molecules; however, hydrogen bonds screen the dipole-dipole coupling and suppress the ferroelectric order. The situation changes drastically when water is confined: in this case ordering of the molecular dipoles has been predicted, but never unambiguously detected experimentally. In the present study we place separate H2O molecules in the structural channels of a beryl single crystal so that they are located far enough to prevent hydrogen bonding, but close enough to keep the dipole-dipole interaction, resulting in incipient ferroelectricity in the water molecular subsystem. We observe a ferroelectric soft mode that causes Curie-Weiss behaviour of the static permittivity, which saturates below 10 K due to quantum fluctuations. The ferroelectricity of water molecules may play a key role in the functioning of biological systems and find applications in fuel and memory cells, light emitters and other nanoscale electronic devices.

  2. Guest–host interaction in ferroelectric liquid crystal–nanoparticle composite system

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    Dharmendra Pratap Singh; Swadesh Kumar Gupta; Satya Prakash Yadav; P K Sharma; A C Pandey; Rajiv Manohar

    2014-05-01

    The present paper deals with the characterization of a ferroelectric liquid crystal–nanoparticle (FLC–NP) composite system. The dielectric, electrical and polarization property of the FLC–NP composite system have been studied as a function of temperature and frequency. Ferroelectric Cu-doped ZnO (Cu–ZnO) nanoparticles have been added to the pure ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) Felix 17/100. The nanoparticles are bigger in size as compared to FLC molecules; therefore, they distort the existing geometry of FLC matrix and set up an antiparallel correlation with the dipole moments of the host FLC molecules. This antiparallel correlation of guest–host geometry reduces the net ferroelectricity of the composite system and modifies all the physical properties of the pure FLC. The change in properties has been analysed and explained in the light of guest–host interaction.

  3. Incipient ferroelectricity of water molecules confined to nano-channels of beryl.

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    Gorshunov, B P; Torgashev, V I; Zhukova, E S; Thomas, V G; Belyanchikov, M A; Kadlec, C; Kadlec, F; Savinov, M; Ostapchuk, T; Petzelt, J; Prokleška, J; Tomas, P V; Pestrjakov, E V; Fursenko, D A; Shakurov, G S; Prokhorov, A S; Gorelik, V S; Kadyrov, L S; Uskov, V V; Kremer, R K; Dressel, M

    2016-09-30

    Water is characterized by large molecular electric dipole moments and strong interactions between molecules; however, hydrogen bonds screen the dipole-dipole coupling and suppress the ferroelectric order. The situation changes drastically when water is confined: in this case ordering of the molecular dipoles has been predicted, but never unambiguously detected experimentally. In the present study we place separate H2O molecules in the structural channels of a beryl single crystal so that they are located far enough to prevent hydrogen bonding, but close enough to keep the dipole-dipole interaction, resulting in incipient ferroelectricity in the water molecular subsystem. We observe a ferroelectric soft mode that causes Curie-Weiss behaviour of the static permittivity, which saturates below 10 K due to quantum fluctuations. The ferroelectricity of water molecules may play a key role in the functioning of biological systems and find applications in fuel and memory cells, light emitters and other nanoscale electronic devices.

  4. Single crystal micromechanical resonator and fabrication methods thereof

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    Olsson, Roy H.; Friedmann, Thomas A.; Homeijer, Sara Jensen; Wiwi, Michael; Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel; Clark, Blythe; Bauer, Todd; Van Deusen, Stuart B.

    2016-12-20

    The present invention relates to a single crystal micromechanical resonator. In particular, the resonator includes a lithium niobate or lithium tantalate suspended plate. Also provided are improved microfabrication methods of making resonators, which does not rely on complicated wafer bonding, layer fracturing, and mechanical polishing steps. Rather, the methods allow the resonator and its components to be formed from a single crystal.

  5. Single crystal micromechanical resonator and fabrication methods thereof

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    Olsson, Roy H.; Friedmann, Thomas A.; Homeijer, Sara Jensen; Wiwi, Michael; Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel; Clark, Blythe; Bauer, Todd; Van Deusen, Stuart B.

    2016-12-20

    The present invention relates to a single crystal micromechanical resonator. In particular, the resonator includes a lithium niobate or lithium tantalate suspended plate. Also provided are improved microfabrication methods of making resonators, which does not rely on complicated wafer bonding, layer fracturing, and mechanical polishing steps. Rather, the methods allow the resonator and its components to be formed from a single crystal.

  6. Optical waveguides in lithium niobate: Recent developments and applications

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    Bazzan, Marco, E-mail: marco.bazzan@unipd.it; Sada, Cinzia, E-mail: cinzia.sada@unipd.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “G. Galilei,” Università di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy)

    2015-12-15

    The state of the art of optical waveguide fabrication in lithium niobate is reviewed, with particular emphasis on new technologies and recent applications. The attention is mainly devoted to recently developed fabrication methods, such as femtosecond laser writing, ion implantation, and smart cut waveguides as well as to the realization of waveguides with tailored functionalities, such as photorefractive or domain engineered structures. More exotic systems, such as reconfigurable and photorefractive soliton waveguides, are also considered. Classical techniques, such as Ti in-diffusion and proton exchange, are cited and briefly reviewed as a reference standpoint to highlight the recent developments. In all cases, the application-oriented point of view is preferred, in order to provide the reader with an up-to date panorama of the vast possibilities offered by lithium niobate to integrated photonics.

  7. Synthesis of ferroelectric nanostructures

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    Roervik, Per Martin

    2008-12-15

    The increasing miniaturization of electric and mechanical components makes the synthesis and assembly of nanoscale structures an important step in modern technology. Functional materials, such as the ferroelectric perovskites, are vital to the integration and utility value of nanotechnology in the future. In the present work, chemical methods to synthesize one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures of ferroelectric perovskites have been studied. To successfully and controllably make 1D nanostructures by chemical methods it is very important to understand the growth mechanism of these nanostructures, in order to design the structures for use in various applications. For the integration of 1D nanostructures into devices it is also very important to be able to make arrays and large-area designed structures from the building blocks that single nanostructures constitute. As functional materials, it is of course also vital to study the properties of the nanostructures. The characterization of properties of single nanostructures is challenging, but essential to the use of such structures. The aim of this work has been to synthesize high quality single-crystalline 1D nanostructures of ferroelectric perovskites with emphasis on PbTiO3 , to make arrays or hierarchical nanostructures of 1D nanostructures on substrates, to understand the growth mechanisms of the 1D nanostructures, and to investigate the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the 1D nanostructures. In Paper I, a molten salt synthesis route, previously reported to yield BaTiO3 , PbTiO3 and Na2Ti6O13 nanorods, was re-examined in order to elucidate the role of volatile chlorides. A precursor mixture containing barium (or lead) and titanium was annealed in the presence of NaCl at 760 degrees Celsius or 820 degrees Celsius. The main products were respectively isometric nanocrystalline BaTiO3 and PbTiO3. Nanorods were also detected, but electron diffraction revealed that the composition of the nanorods was

  8. Integrated high quality factor lithium niobate microdisk resonators

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    Wang, Cheng; Lin, Zin; Atikian, Haig A; Venkataraman, Vivek; Huang, I-Chun; Stark, Peter; Lončar, Marko

    2014-01-01

    Lithium Niobate (LN) is an important nonlinear optical material. Here we demonstrate LN microdisk resonators that feature optical quality factor ~ 100,000, realized using robust and scalable fabrication techniques, that operate over a wide wavelength range spanning visible and near infrared. Using our resonators, and leveraging LN's large second order optical nonlinearity, we demonstrate on-chip second harmonic generation with a conversion efficiency of 0.109 W-1.

  9. First Synthesis of Zirconia-pillared Layered Lanthanum Niobate

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    2000-01-01

    A zirconia-pillared layered lanthanum niobate was prepared by first preswelling layered HLaNb2O7 with n-hexadecylamine(n-C16H33NH2), then further reacting with zirconyl chloride aqueous solution, and finally calcining the resultant solid product in air. The obtained new material has an interlayer spacing of 1.36nm, and a high thermal stability above 700°C.

  10. Ferroelectricity and Self-Polarization in Ultrathin Relaxor Ferroelectric Films

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    Miao, Peixian; Zhao, Yonggang; Luo, Nengneng; Zhao, Diyang; Chen, Aitian; Sun, Zhong; Guo, Meiqi; Zhu, Meihong; Zhang, Huiyun; Li, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    We report ferroelectricity and self-polarization in the (001) oriented ultrathin relaxor ferroelectric PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3, SrRuO3 and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, respectively. Resistance-voltage measurements and AC impedance analysis suggest that at high temperatures Schottky depletion width in a 4 nm thick PMN-PT film deposited on Nb-SrTiO3 is smaller than the film thickness. We propose that Schottky interfacial dipoles make the dipoles of the nanometer-sized polar nanoregions (PNRs) in PMN-PT films grown on Nb-SrTiO3 point downward at high temperatures and lead to the self-polarization at room temperature with the assistance of in-plane compressive strain. This work sheds light on the understanding of epitaxial strain effects on relaxor ferroelectric films and self-polarization mechanism.

  11. Ferroelectric or non-ferroelectric: Why so many materials exhibit "ferroelectricity" on the nanoscale

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    Vasudevan, Rama K.; Balke, Nina; Maksymovych, Peter; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V.

    2017-06-01

    Ferroelectric materials have remained one of the major focal points of condensed matter physics and materials science for over 50 years. In the last 20 years, the development of voltage-modulated scanning probe microscopy techniques, exemplified by Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and associated time- and voltage spectroscopies, opened a pathway to explore these materials on a single-digit nanometer level. Consequently, domain structures and walls and polarization dynamics can now be imaged in real space. More generally, PFM has allowed studying electromechanical coupling in a broad variety of materials ranging from ionics to biological systems. It can also be anticipated that the recent Nobel prize ["The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016," http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2016/ (Nobel Media, 2016)] in molecular electromechanical machines will result in rapid growth in interest in PFM as a method to probe their behavior on single device and device assembly levels. However, the broad introduction of PFM also resulted in a growing number of reports on the nearly ubiquitous presence of ferroelectric-like phenomena including remnant polar states and electromechanical hysteresis loops in materials which are non-ferroelectric in the bulk or in cases where size effects are expected to suppress ferroelectricity. While in certain cases plausible physical mechanisms can be suggested, there is remarkable similarity in observed behaviors, irrespective of the materials system. In this review, we summarize the basic principles of PFM, briefly discuss the features of ferroelectric surfaces salient to PFM imaging and spectroscopy, and summarize existing reports on ferroelectric-like responses in non-classical ferroelectric materials. We further discuss possible mechanisms behind observed behaviors and possible experimental strategies for their identification.

  12. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm2. Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm2. This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes.

  13. Design and fabrication of PIN-PMN-PT single-crystal high-frequency ultrasound transducers.

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    Sun, Ping; Zhou, Qifa; Zhu, Benpeng; Wu, Dawei; Hu, Changhong; Cannata, Jonathan M; Tian, Jin; Han, Pengdi; Wang, Gaofeng; Shung, K Kirk

    2009-12-01

    High-frequency PIN-PMN-PT single crystal ultrasound transducers at center frequencies of 35 MHz and 60 MHz were successfully fabricated using lead indium niobate-lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (0.23PIN- 0.5PMN-0.27PT) single crystal. The new PIN-PMN-PT single crystal has higher coercivity (6.0 kV/cm) and higher Curie temperature (160 degrees C) than PMN-PT crystal. Experimental results showed that the PIN-PMN-PT transducers have similar performance but better thermal stability compared with the PMN-PT transducers.

  14. Design and Fabrication of PIN-PMN-PT Single-Crystal High-Frequency Ultrasound Transducers

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    Sun, Ping; Zhou, Qifa; Zhu, Benpeng; WU, DAWEI; Hu, Changhong; Cannata, Jonathan M.; Tian, Jin; Han, Pengdi; Wang, Gaofeng; Shung, K. Kirk

    2009-01-01

    High-frequency PIN-PMN-PT single crystal ultrasound transducers at center frequencies of 35 MHz and 60 MHz were successfully fabricated using lead indium niobate-lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (0.23PIN-0.5PMN-0.27PT) single crystal. The new PIN-PMN-PT single crystal has higher coercivity (6.0 kV/cm) and higher Curie temperature (160°C) than PMN-PT crystal. Experimental results showed that the PIN-PMN-PT transducers have similar performance but better thermal stability compared with the ...

  15. Local ferroelectricity in thermoelectric SnTe above room temperature driven by competing phonon instabilities and soft resonant bonding

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    Leena Aggarwal

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report direct observation of local ferroelectric ordering above room temperature in rocksalt SnTe, which is a topological crystalline insulator and a good thermoelectric material. Although SnTe is known to stabilize in a ferroelectric ground state (rhombohedral phase below ∼100 K, at high temperatures it was not expected to show any ferroelectric ordering forbidden by its globally centro-symmetric crystal structure (Fm-3m. Here, we show that SnTe exhibits local ferroelectric ordering that is robust above room temperature through direct imaging of ferroelectric domains by piezoresponse force microscopy and measurement of local polarization switching using switching spectroscopy. Using first-principles theoretical analysis, we show how the local ferroelectricity arises from soft bonding and competing phonon instabilities at intermediate wavelengths, which induce local Sn-off centering in the otherwise cetrosymmetric SnTe crystal structure. The results make SnTe an important member of the family of new multi-functional materials namely the ferroelectric-thermoelectrics.

  16. The Soft Mode Driven Dynamics in Ferroelectric Perovskites at the Nanoscale: An Atomistic Study

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    McCash, Kevin

    The discovery of ferroelectricity at the nanoscale has incited a lot of interest in perovskite ferroelectrics not only for their potential in device application but also for their potential to expand fundamental understanding of complex phenomena at very small size scales. Unfortunately, not much is known about the dynamics of ferroelectrics at this scale. Many of the widely held theories for ferroelectric materials are based on bulk dynamics which break down when applied to smaller scales. In an effort to increase understanding of nanoscale ferroelectric materials we use atomistic resolution computational simulations to investigate the dynamics of polar perovskites. Within the framework of a well validated effective Hamiltonian model we are able to accurately predict many of the properties of ferroelectric materials at the nanoscale including the response of the soft mode to mechanical boundary conditions and the polarization reversal dynamics of ferroelectric nanowires. Given that the focus of our study is the dynamics of ferroelectric perovskites we begin by developing an effective Hamiltonian based model that could simultaneously describe both static and dynamic properties of such materials. Our study reveals that for ferroelectric perovskites that undergo a sequence of phase transitions, such as BaTiO3. for example, the minimal parameter effective Hamiltonian model is unable to reproduce both static and dynamical properties simultaneously. Nevertheless we developed two sets of parameters that accurately describes the static properties and dynamic properties of BaTiO3 independently. By creating a tool that accurately models the dynamical properties of perovskite ferroelectrics we are able to investigate the frequencies of the soft modes in the perovskite crystal. The lowest energy transverse optical soft modes in perovskite ferroelectrics are known to be cause of the ferroelectric phase transition in these materials and affect a number of electrical properties

  17. Ferroelectric thin-film active sensors for structural health monitoring

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    Lin, Bin; Giurgiutiu, Victor; Yuan, Zheng; Liu, Jian; Chen, Chonglin; Jiang, Jiechao; Bhalla, Amar S.; Guo, Ruyan

    2007-04-01

    Piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) have been proven a valuable tool in structural health monitoring. Piezoelectric wafer active sensors are able to send and receive guided Lamb/Rayleigh waves that scan the structure and detect the presence of incipient cracks and structural damage. In-situ thin-film active sensor deposition can eliminate the bonding layer to improve the durability issue and reduce the acoustic impedance mismatch. Ferroelectric thin films have been shown to have piezoelectric properties that are close to those of single-crystal ferroelectrics but the fabrication of ferroelectric thin films on structural materials (steel, aluminum, titanium, etc.) has not been yet attempted. In this work, in-situ fabrication method of piezoelectric thin-film active sensors arrays was developed using the nano technology approach. Specification for the piezoelectric thin-film active sensors arrays was based on electro-mechanical-acoustical model. Ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO) thin films were successfully deposited on Ni tapes by pulsed laser deposition under the optimal synthesis conditions. Microstructural studies by X-ray diffractometer and transmission electron microscopy reveal that the as-grown BTO thin films have the nanopillar structures with an average size of approximately 80 nm in diameter and the good interface structures with no inter-diffusion or reaction. The dielectric and ferroelectric property measurements exhibit that the BTO films have a relatively large dielectric constant, a small dielectric loss, and an extremely large piezoelectric response with a symmetric hysteresis loop. The research objective is to develop the fabrication and optimum design of thin-film active sensor arrays for structural health monitoring applications. The short wavelengths of the micro phased arrays will permit the phased-array imaging of smaller parts and smaller damage than is currently not possible with existing technology.

  18. Synthesis of ferroelectric nanostructures

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    Roervik, Per Martin

    2008-12-15

    The increasing miniaturization of electric and mechanical components makes the synthesis and assembly of nanoscale structures an important step in modern technology. Functional materials, such as the ferroelectric perovskites, are vital to the integration and utility value of nanotechnology in the future. In the present work, chemical methods to synthesize one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures of ferroelectric perovskites have been studied. To successfully and controllably make 1D nanostructures by chemical methods it is very important to understand the growth mechanism of these nanostructures, in order to design the structures for use in various applications. For the integration of 1D nanostructures into devices it is also very important to be able to make arrays and large-area designed structures from the building blocks that single nanostructures constitute. As functional materials, it is of course also vital to study the properties of the nanostructures. The characterization of properties of single nanostructures is challenging, but essential to the use of such structures. The aim of this work has been to synthesize high quality single-crystalline 1D nanostructures of ferroelectric perovskites with emphasis on PbTiO3 , to make arrays or hierarchical nanostructures of 1D nanostructures on substrates, to understand the growth mechanisms of the 1D nanostructures, and to investigate the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the 1D nanostructures. In Paper I, a molten salt synthesis route, previously reported to yield BaTiO3 , PbTiO3 and Na2Ti6O13 nanorods, was re-examined in order to elucidate the role of volatile chlorides. A precursor mixture containing barium (or lead) and titanium was annealed in the presence of NaCl at 760 degrees Celsius or 820 degrees Celsius. The main products were respectively isometric nanocrystalline BaTiO3 and PbTiO3. Nanorods were also detected, but electron diffraction revealed that the composition of the nanorods was

  19. Room temperature ferroelectricity in one-dimensional single chain molecular magnets [{M(Δ)M(Λ)}(ox)2(phen)2]n (M = Fe and Mn)

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    Bhatt, Pramod; Mukadam, M. D.; Meena, S. S.; Mishra, S. K.; Mittal, R.; Sastry, P. U.; Mandal, B. P.; Yusuf, S. M.

    2017-03-01

    The ferroelectric materials are mainly focused on pure inorganic oxides; however, the organic molecule based materials have recently attracted great attention because of their multifunctional properties. The mixing of oxalate and phenanthroline ligands with metal ions (Fe or Mn) at room temperature followed by hydrothermal treatment results in the formation of one-dimensional single chain molecular magnets which exhibit room temperature dielectric and ferroelectric behavior. The compounds are chiral in nature, and exhibit a ferroelectric behavior, attributed to the polar point group C2, in which they crystallized. The compounds are also associated with a dielectric loss and thus a relaxation process. The observed electric dipole moment, essential for a ferroelectricity, has been understood quantitatively in terms of lattice distortions at two different lattice sites within the crystal structure. The studied single chain molecular magnetic materials with room temperature ferroelectric and dielectric properties could be of great technological importance in non-volatile memory elements, and high-performance insulators.

  20. Dielectric and structural properties of ferroelectric betaine arsenate films

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Zaitseva, N. V.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.

    2014-12-01

    Ferroelectric films of betaine arsenate and partially deuterated betaine arsenate have been grown by evaporation on LiNbO3, α-Al2O3, and NdGaO3 substrates with a preliminarily deposited structure of interdigitated electrodes, as well as on the Al/glass substrate. This paper presents the results of the examination of the block structure of the films in a polarizing microscope, the X-ray diffraction analysis of their crystal structure, and the investigation of the dielectric properties in a measuring field oriented both parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the film. The transition of the films to the ferroelectric state at T = T c is accompanied by anomalies of the capacitance of the structure, an increase in the dielectric loss, and the appearance of dielectric hysteresis loops. The growth of the films from a solution of betaine arsenate in a heavy water leads to an increase in the ferroelectric transition temperature from T c = 119 K in the films without deuterium to T c = 149 K, which corresponds to the degree of deuteration of approximately 60-70%. The dielectric and structural properties of the films are compared with those of the betaine arsenate single crystals and the previously studied films of betaine phosphite and glycine phosphite.

  1. Discrete spatial solitons formed in periodically poled lithium niobate by electro-optical effect

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    Xi Gu (顾希); Xianfeng Chen (陈险峰); Yuping Chen (陈玉萍); Yuxing Xia (夏宇兴); Yingli Chen (陈英礼)

    2003-01-01

    We report the numerical observation of discrete spatial solitons in a periodically poled lithium niobate waveguide array by applying an electrical field through electro-optical effect. We show that discrete spatial soliton can be controlled by applied voltage in the periodically poled lithium niobate.

  2. Integrated Charge Transfer in Organic Ferroelectrics for Flexible Multisensing Materials.

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    Xu, Beibei; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-09-01

    The ultimate or end point of functional materials development is the realization of strong coupling between all energy regimes (optical, electronic, magnetic, and elastic), enabling the same material to be utilized for multifunctionalities. However, the integration of multifunctionalities in soft materials with the existence of various coupling is still in its early stage. Here, the coupling between ferroelectricity and charge transfer by combining bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene-C60 charge-transfer crystals with ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride polymer matrix is reported, which enables external stimuli-controlled polarization, optoelectronic and magnetic field sensing properties. Such flexible composite films also display a superior strain-dependent capacitance and resistance change with a giant piezoresistance coefficient of 7.89 × 10(-6) Pa(-1) . This mutual coupled material with the realization of enhanced couplings across these energy domains opens up the potential for multisensing applications.

  3. Tunable multiband ferroelectric devices for reconfigurable RF-frontends

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    Zheng, Yuliang

    2013-01-01

    Reconfigurable RF-frontends aim to cope with the continuous pursuit of wider frequency coverage, higher efficiency, further compactness and lower cost of ownership. They are expected to lay the foundations of future software defined or cognitive radios. As a potential enabling technology for the frontends, the tunable ferroelectric devices have shown not only enhanced performance but also new functionalities. This book explores the recent developments in the field. It provides a cross-sectional perspective on the interdisciplinary research. With attention to the devices based on ceramic thick-films and crystal thin-films, the book reviews the adapted technologies of material synthesis, film deposition and multilayer circuitry. Next, it highlights the original classes of thin-film ferroelectric devices, including stratified metal-insulator-metal varactors with suppression of acoustic resonance and programmable bi-stable high frequency capacitors. At the end the book analyzes how the frontends can be reformed b...

  4. Thermodynamics and dynamical properties of the KH2PO4 type ferroelectric compounds. A unified model

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    R.R. Levitskii

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of the proposed unified proton ordering model for the ferroelectric compounds of the KH2PO4 family, in the four-particle cluster approximation for the short-range interactions and mean field approximation for the long-range interactions, we calculate thermodynamic and longitudinal dynamic characteristics of the KD2PO4 type ferroelectrics and ND4D2PO4 type antiferroelectrics. Calculations for partially deuterated K(H1-xDx2PO4 type ferroelectrics and N(H1-xDx4(H1-xDx2PO4 type antiferroelectrics are performed within the mean crystal approximation. It is shown that at the proper choice of the theory parameters, a good quantitative description of experimental data for the KH2PO4 family crystals is obtained.

  5. Non-Ising and chiral ferroelectric domain walls revealed by nonlinear optical microscopy

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    Cherifi-Hertel, Salia; Bulou, Hervé; Hertel, Riccardo; Taupier, Grégory; Dorkenoo, Kokou Dodzi (Honorat); Andreas, Christian; Guyonnet, Jill; Gaponenko, Iaroslav; Gallo, Katia; Paruch, Patrycja

    2017-06-01

    The properties of ferroelectric domain walls can significantly differ from those of their parent material. Elucidating their internal structure is essential for the design of advanced devices exploiting nanoscale ferroicity and such localized functional properties. Here, we probe the internal structure of 180° ferroelectric domain walls in lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films and lithium tantalate bulk crystals by means of second-harmonic generation microscopy. In both systems, we detect a pronounced second-harmonic signal at the walls. Local polarimetry analysis of this signal combined with numerical modelling reveals the existence of a planar polarization within the walls, with Néel and Bloch-like configurations in PZT and lithium tantalate, respectively. Moreover, we find domain wall chirality reversal at line defects crossing lithium tantalate crystals. Our results demonstrate a clear deviation from the ideal Ising configuration that is traditionally expected in uniaxial ferroelectrics, corroborating recent theoretical predictions of a more complex, often chiral structure.

  6. Easy and versatile functionalization of lithium niobate wafers by hydrophobic trichlorosilanes

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    Bennes, Jonathan; Ballandras, Sylvain [Institut FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Universite de Franche-Comte, 32 Avenue de l' Observatoire, F-24044 Besancon Cedex (France); Cherioux, Frederic [Institut FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Universite de Franche-Comte, 32 Avenue de l' Observatoire, F-24044 Besancon Cedex (France)], E-mail: frederic.cherioux@femto-st.fr

    2008-12-30

    The functionalization of lithium niobate surface has been successfully obtained by the grafting of trichloro-organosilane derivatives thanks to liquid phase silanization or micro-contact printing. This functionalization has been proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The data show that the stability of the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) film on the trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl)silane-modified lithium niobate surface is largely due to the formation of a siloxy-niobate (-Si-O-Nb-) bond via a condensation reaction between -Si-Cl and niobate hydroxide (-NbOH). The extremely hydrophobic and stable SAM on lithium niobate could have useful applications in acoustic droplet handling and more generally surface acoustic waves (SAW) device preparation for lab-on-chip devices.

  7. Easy and versatile functionalization of lithium niobate wafers by hydrophobic trichlorosilanes

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    Bennès, Jonathan; Ballandras, Sylvain; Chérioux, Frédéric

    2008-12-01

    The functionalization of lithium niobate surface has been successfully obtained by the grafting of trichloro-organosilane derivatives thanks to liquid phase silanization or micro-contact printing. This functionalization has been proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The data show that the stability of the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) film on the trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl)silane-modified lithium niobate surface is largely due to the formation of a siloxy-niobate (-Si-O-Nb-) bond via a condensation reaction between -Si-Cl and niobate hydroxide (-NbOH). The extremely hydrophobic and stable SAM on lithium niobate could have useful applications in acoustic droplet handling and more generally surface acoustic waves (SAW) device preparation for lab-on-chip devices.

  8. A Novel Inter Core-Cladding Lithium Niobate Thin Film Coated Fiber Modulator/Sensor

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    Jamison, Tracee L.; Komriech, Phillip; Yu, Chung

    2004-01-01

    A fiber modulator/sensor has been fabricated by depositing a lithium niobate sol-gel thin film between the core and cladding of a fiber preform. The preform is then drawn into 125 micron fiber. The proposed design of lithium niobate cylinder fibers can enhance the existing methodology for detecting sound waves under water utilizing the acoustooptic properties of lithium niobate. Upon application of a stress or strain, light propagating inside the core, according to the principle of total internal reflection, escapes, into the cladding because of the photoelastic boundary layer of lithium niobate. Test results of the lithium niobate fiber reveal a reduction in the 1550 nm, 4mW source with applied tension. The source power from an ordinary quartz fiber under the same stress condition remained invariant to applied tension.

  9. Higher Order Elastic Constants, Gruneisen Parameters and Lattice Thermal Expansion of Lithium Niobate

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    Thresiamma Philip

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The second and third-order elastic constants and pressure derivatives of second- order elastic constants of trigonal LiNbO3 (lithium niobate have been obtained using the deformation theory. The strain energy density estimated using finite strain elasticity is compared with the strain dependent lattice energy density obtained from the elastic continuum model approximation. The second-order elastic constants and the non-vanishing third-order elastic constants along with the pressure derivatives of trigonal LiNbO3 are obtained in the present work. The second and third-order elastic constants are compared with available experimental values. The second-order elastic constant C11 which corresponds to the elastic stiffness along the basal plane of the crystal is less than C33 which corresponds to the elastic stiffness tensor component along the c-axis of the crystal. The pressure derivatives, dC'ij/dp obtained in the present work, indicate that trigonal LiNbO3 is compressible. The higher order elastic constants are used to find the generalized Gruneisen parameters of the elastic waves propagating in different directions in LiNbO3. The Brugger gammas are evaluated and the low temperature limit of the Gruneisen gamma is obtained. The results are compared with available reported values.

  10. Quantitatively measured photorefractive sensitivity of proton-exchanged lithium niobate, proton-exchanged magnesium oxide-doped lithium niobate, and ion-exchanged potassium titanyl phosphate waveguides.

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    Kondo, Y; Miyaguchi, S; Onoe, A; Fujii, Y

    1994-06-01

    The photorefractive sensitivities of proton-exchanged lithium niobate waveguides and Rb-ion-exchanged potassium titanyl phosphate waveguides are quantitatively measured, and their influence on waveguide applications is estimated.

  11. Structure and Dynamics of Domains in Ferroelectric Nanostructures. In-situ TEM Studies

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    Pan, Xiaoqing [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2015-06-30

    The goal of this project was to explore the structure and dynamic behaviors of ferroelectric domains in ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures by advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques in close collaboration with phase field modeling. The experimental techniques used include aberration-corrected sub-Å resolution TEM and in-situ TEM using a novel scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) - TEM holder that allows the direct observation of nucleation and dynamic evolution of ferroelectric domains under applied electric field. Specifically, this project was aimed to (1) to study the roles of static electrical boundary conditions and electrical charge in controlling the equilibrium domain structures of BiFeO3 thin films with controlled substrate constraints, (2) to explore the fundamental mechanisms of ferroelectric domain nucleation, growth, and switching under an applied electric field in both uniform thin films and nanostructures, and to understand the roles of crystal defects such as dislocations and interfaces in these processes, (3) to understand the physics of ferroelectric domain walls and the influence of defects on the electrical switching of ferroelectric domains.

  12. Contribution of oxygen vacancies to the ferroelectric behavior of Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films

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    Shimizu, Takao; Yokouchi, Tatsuhiko; Oikawa, Takahiro; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Gruverman, Alexei; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2015-03-01

    The ferroelectric properties of the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 films on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate are investigated. It is found that the films crystallized by annealing in O2 and N2 atmospheres have similar crystal structures as well as remanent polarization and coercive fields. Weak temperature and frequency dependences of the ferroelectric properties indicate that the hysteretic behavior in HfO2-based films originates not from the mobile defects but rather from the lattice ionic displacement, as is the case of the typical ferroelectric materials.

  13. Origin of ferroelectric polarization in tetragonal tungsten-bronze-type oxides

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    Olsen, Gerhard Henning; Aschauer, Ulrich; Spaldin, Nicola A.; Selbach, Sverre Magnus; Grande, Tor

    2016-05-01

    The origin of ferroelectric polarization in tetragonal tungsten-bronze- (TTB-) type oxide strontium barium niobate (SBN) is investigated using first-principles density functional calculations. We study in particular the relationship between the polarization and the cation and vacancy ordering on alkali-earth metal lattice sites. Lattice dynamical calculations for paraelectric structures demonstrate that all cation configurations that can be accommodated in a 1 ×1 ×2 supercell result in a single unstable polar phonon, composed primarily of relative Nb-O displacements along the polar axis, as their dominant instability. The majority of the configurations also have a second octahedral tilt-mode instability which couples weakly to the polar mode. The existence of the tilt mode is strongly dependent on the local cation ordering, consistent with the fact that it is not found experimentally. Our results suggest that ferroelectricity in the SBN system is driven by a conventional second-order Jahn-Teller mechanism caused by the d0 Nb5 + cations, and demonstrate the strong influence of the size of Sr and Ba on the lattice distortions associated with polarization and octahedral tilting. Finally, we suggest a mechanism for the relaxor behavior in Sr-rich SBN based on Sr displacement inside pentagonal channels in the TTB structure.

  14. Ferroelectric KNbO3 nanofibers: synthesis, characterization and their application as a humidity nanosensor

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    Ganeshkumar, Rajasekaran; Sopiha, Kostiantyn V.; Wu, Ping; Cheah, Chin Wei; Zhao, Rong

    2016-09-01

    By virtue of its non-toxicity, high T c, and non-linear optical and ferroelectric properties, one-dimensional (1D) potassium niobate (KNbO3) may enable the development of numerous nanoscale devices. Despite the progress in 1D perovskite materials, preparing high aspect ratio KNbO3 nanostructures is still a concern. This report presents the successful synthesis of ultra-long KNbO3 nanofibers using a simple sol-gel assisted far-field electrospinning process. At optimized conditions, centimeters long, orthorhombic KNbO3 nanofibers with an average diameter of 100 nm have been obtained. The nanofibers are composed of uniform grains densely stacked along the direction of the nanofiber axis. Due to large surface-volume ratio, a high sensitive humidity nanosensor based on KNbO3 nanofibers displaying a logarithmic-linear dependence behavior of the conductance with the relative humidity (RH) was demonstrated. The conductance increases dramatically from 10-10 ℧ to 10-6 ℧ while RH varies from 15% to 95% at room temperature. In addition, the nanosensor exhibits excellent sensing performance, including ultrafast response (≤2 s) and recovery times (≤10 s), good linearity and reproducibility. Furthermore, the change in ferroelectric coercivity with respect to the RH and its effect in the sensing behavior were unveiled. This work could enable broad applications in the fields of environmental sensing and nano-electrical-mechanical systems.

  15. 14N NQR and proton NMR study of ferroelectric phase transition and proton exchange in organic ferroelectric (H2-TPPZ)(Hca)2.

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    Seliger, Janez; Zagar, Veselko; Asaji, Tetsuo; Hasegawa, Yumi

    2010-04-07

    The complete (14)N nuclear quadrupole resonance spectrum has been measured in ferroelectric (H(2)-TPPZ)(Hca)(2) using nuclear quadrupole double resonance. The quadrupole coupling tensors are assigned to various nitrogen positions in the crystal structure. Two types of asymmetric N-H(+)...N hydrogen bonds are observed in the ferroelectric phase. A slow dynamics influencing the (14)N NQR spectrum and relaxation has been observed in the paraelectric phase. The analysis of the (14)N NQR spectra in the paraelectric phase shows that above T(c) each hydrogen bond exchanges between the two types observed in the ferroelectric phase. The change of the type of hydrogen bond is associated with the transfer of protons within the bond.

  16. Nonlinear Evolution of Ferroelectric Domains

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    WeiLU; Dai-NingFANG; 等

    1997-01-01

    The nonlinear evolution of ferroelectric domains is investigated in the paper and amodel is proposed which can be applied to numerical computation.Numerical results show that the model can accurately predict some nonlinear behavior and consist with those experimental results.

  17. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Sr4CaSmTi3Nb7O30 with tetragonal tungsten bronze structure

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    Gong, Gao-Shang; Fang, Yu-Jiao; Huang, Shuai; Yin, Chong-Yang; Yuan, Song-Liu; Wang, Li-Guang

    2014-09-01

    Sr4CaSmTi3Nb7O30 ceramics are synthesized and indexed as tetragonal tungsten bronze structure. The dielectric behavior and ferroelectric nature are investigated. Three dielectric anomalies are observed. The phase transition is a displacive phase transition with some diffusive characteristics, which indicates possible compositional variations within the materials on the microscopic scale. The weak distortion disappears in cooling process for differential scanning calorimetry measurement, and the large depression of Curie—Weiss temperature T0 indicates the difficulty in forming macroferroelectric domain. The ferroelectric nature in these filled tungsten bronze niobates originates from the off-center displacement of B-site cations, but they are primarily dominated by A-site cation occupation. Both the radius and the valence of A1-site cations play an important role on ferroelectric properties of the filled tungsten bronze compounds. Existence of spontaneous polarization with a remanent polarization of 0.16 μC/cm2 a coercive field of Ec = 11.74 kV/cm confirms the room-temperature ferroelectric nature of Sr4CaSmTi3Nb7O30 ceramics.

  18. Double sodium REE niobates with the fersmite structure

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    Fedorov, N.F.; Mel' nikova, O.V.; Pivovarova, A.P.; Starkova, N.V.; Bazhenova, O.A.

    1987-09-01

    The authors study double sodium REE niobates with the fersmite structure. The diffraction-pattern indexing for the compounds CaNb/sub 2/O/sub 6/ and Na/sub 0.5/Ln/sub 0.5/Nb/sub 2/O/sub 6/ is presented, as well as the crystallochemical features of those compounds. For some of the compounds in the series studied, the authors determined the unit-cell parameters on the assumption that they are orthorhombic, by analogy to CaNb/sub 2/O/sub 6/.

  19. Polarization retention loss in PbTiO3 ferroelectric films due to leakage currents

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    Morelli, A.; Venkatesan, Sriram; Palasantzas, G.; Kooi, B. J.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2007-01-01

    The relationship between retention loss in single crystal PbTiO3 ferroelectric thin films and leakage currents is demonstrated by piezoresponse and conductive atomic force microscopy measurements. It was found that the polarization reversal in the absence of an electric field followed a stretched ex

  20. Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films

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    Chu, Y.-H.; Zhao, T.; Cruz, M.P.; Zhan, Q.; Yang, P.L.; Martin, L.W.; Huijben, M.; Yang, C.H.; Zavaliche, F.; Zheng, H.; Ramesh, R.

    2007-01-01

    Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 have been studied using a host of complementary measurements. The structure of such epitaxial films has been investigated using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The crystal structure of the films has b

  1. Photorefractive effects in ferroelectrics as manifestation of structural violations on mesoscales

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    Kanaev, I F

    1998-01-01

    The nature of violations in ferroelectric structures that lead to the emergence of direct photocurrents without application of external fields is discussed. We suppose that the main role in transfer processes and photovoltaic effect $9 emergence belongs to macro- and meso-scopic inhomogeneities of the crystal. The boundaries between fairly perfect crystallites have the size of several constants of the crystal lattice and strongly changes the group (pyro-, piezo-, $9 and ferroelectric) properties of the crystal. The presence of inhomogeneities and local electric fields in them determines the charge transfer mechanism: affected by light, the electrons are generated in discretely distributed defect $9 regions and transported from one inhomogeneity to another taking into account the magnitude and sign of the held. In the framework of new concepts, experimental data on recording of the shifted and nonshifted holograms in LiNbO /sub $9 3/ crystals are analyzed. (8 refs).

  2. Ferroelectricity in Si-doped HfO2 revealed: a binary lead-free ferroelectric.

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    Martin, Dominik; Müller, Johannes; Schenk, Tony; Arruda, Thomas M; Kumar, Amit; Strelcov, Evgheni; Yurchuk, Ekaterina; Müller, Stefan; Pohl, Darius; Schröder, Uwe; Kalinin, Sergei V; Mikolajick, Thomas

    2014-12-23

    Static domain structures and polarization dynamics of silicon doped HfO2 are explored. The evolution of ferroelectricity as a function of Si-doping level driving the transition from paraelectricity via ferroelectricity to antiferroelectricity is investigated. Ferroelectric and antiferroelectric properties can be observed locally on the pristine, poled and electroded surfaces, providing conclusive evidence to intrinsic ferroic behavior.

  3. Periodically poled lithium niobate structures grown by the off-center Czochralski technique for backward and forward second harmonic generation

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    Argiolas, N.; Bazzan, M.; Cattaruzza, E.; Gasparini, A.; Mazzoldi, P.; Sada, C.; Capobianco, A. D.; Autizi, E.; Pigozzo, F. M.; Locatelli, A.; Guarneri, L. C.

    2007-03-01

    We report on the characterization of periodically poled lithium niobate structures grown by the off-center Czochralski technique with periods ranging between 2 and 10 μm. The domains distribution along the crystal was inspected by a profilometer scan after etching the structures and carrying a suitable data processing. The second harmonic generation efficiency was predicted by numerically integrating the governing equations through to a recently proposed nonlinear bidirectional beam propagation method. The numerical analysis pointed out the feasibility of the backward second harmonic generation in the sample with the shortest domain period. The predicted second harmonic generation efficiency was finally corrected considering the phase shifts induced in the second harmonic wave by the presence of different sized domains.

  4. Periodic disruptions induced by high repetition rate femtosecond pulses on magnesium-oxide-doped lithium niobate surfaces

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    Zhang, Shuanggen; Kan, Hongli; Zhai, Kaili; Ma, Xiurong; Luo, Yiming; Hu, Minglie; Wang, Qingyue

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the periodic disruption formation on magnesium-oxide-doped lithium niobate surfaces by a femtosecond fiber laser system with wavelength and repetition rate of 1040 nm and 52 MHz, respectively. Three main experimental conditions, laser average power, scanning speed, and orientation of sample were systematically studied. In particular, the ablation morphologies of periodic disruptions under different crystal orientations were specifically researched. The result shows that such disruptions consisting of a bamboo-like inner structure appears periodically for focusing on the surface of X-, Y- and Z-cut wafers, which are formed by a rapid quenching of the material. Meanwhile, due to the anisotropic property, the bamboo-like inner structures consist of a cavity only arise from X- and Z-cut orientation.

  5. Metal-Organic Coordination Complexes Serve the Electronic Industry as Low-Value Dielectric Constant Ferroelectric Material

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    Ahmad, Nazir; Kotru, P. N.

    2017-10-01

    Single crystals of praseodymium tartrate dihydrate possessing excellent ferroelectric, non-linear optical (NLO) properties and exhibiting remarkably flat habit faces are successfully grown by gel technique. The most predominant habit face is identified to be {101}. The dielectric behaviour recorded on {101} planes of single crystals exhibit a dielectric anomaly at 245°C, revealing a ferroelectric transition which is supported by thermal and polarisation versus electric field studies. The optical measurement leads to a band gap of 5.13 eV which is shown to be in good agreement with the studies of high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD), transport properties and NLO behaviour of the material. Absence of grain boundaries, thermal stability, ferroelectric and NLO behaviour supports the grown single crystal to find its place in microelectronic industry as a multifunctional material.

  6. On the structural origins of ferroelectricity in HfO2 thin films

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    Sang, Xiahan; Grimley, Everett D.; Schenk, Tony; Schroeder, Uwe; LeBeau, James M.

    2015-04-01

    Here, we present a structural study on the origin of ferroelectricity in Gd doped HfO2 thin films. We apply aberration corrected high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy to directly determine the underlying lattice type using projected atom positions and measured lattice parameters. Furthermore, we apply nanoscale electron diffraction methods to visualize the crystal symmetry elements. Combined, the experimental results provide unambiguous evidence for the existence of a non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic phase that can support spontaneous polarization, resolving the origin of ferroelectricity in HfO2 thin films.

  7. Ferroelectricity of multiferroic hexagonal TmMnO3 ceramics synthesized under high pressure

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    Wang, L. J.; Feng, S. M.; Zhu, J. L.; Yu, R. C.; Jin, C. Q.; Yu, W.; Wang, X. H.; Li, L. T.

    2007-10-01

    Dense hexagonal TmMnO3 ceramics were synthesized by solid-state reaction technique combined with high-pressure treatment which significantly increased the density of ceramic samples. The crystal structure of the hexagonal TmMnO3 oxide was refined by using Rietveld analysis based on powder x-ray diffraction experiment. We observed obvious dielectric peaks through dielectric measurement on the specimen subjected to postannealing in oxygen atmosphere. A ferroelectric-paraelectric transition around 348°C is identified. Polarization-electric field hysteresis (P-E ) loop measurement proved the ferroelectricity of the sample at room temperature.

  8. A high performance triboelectric nanogenerator for self-powered non-volatile ferroelectric transistor memory

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    Fang, Huajing; Li, Qiang; He, Wenhui; Li, Jing; Xue, Qingtang; Xu, Chao; Zhang, Lijing; Ren, Tianling; Dong, Guifang; Chan, H. L. W.; Dai, Jiyan; Yan, Qingfeng

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate an integrated module of self-powered ferroelectric transistor memory based on the combination of a ferroelectric FET and a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). The novel TENG was made of a self-assembled polystyrene nanosphere array and a poly(vinylidene fluoride) porous film. Owing to this unique structure, it exhibits an outstanding performance with an output voltage as high as 220 V per cycle. Meanwhile, the arch-shaped TENG is shown to be able to pole a bulk ferroelectric 0.65Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.35PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystal directly. Based on this effect, a bottom gate ferroelectric FET was fabricated using pentacene as the channel material and a PMN-PT single crystal as the gate insulator. Systematic tests illustrate that the ON/OFF current ratio of this transistor memory element is approximately 103. More importantly, we demonstrate the feasibility to switch the polarization state of this FET gate insulator, namely the stored information, by finger tapping the TENG with a designed circuit. These results may open up a novel application of TENGs in the field of self-powered memory systems.We demonstrate an integrated module of self-powered ferroelectric transistor memory based on the combination of a ferroelectric FET and a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). The novel TENG was made of a self-assembled polystyrene nanosphere array and a poly(vinylidene fluoride) porous film. Owing to this unique structure, it exhibits an outstanding performance with an output voltage as high as 220 V per cycle. Meanwhile, the arch-shaped TENG is shown to be able to pole a bulk ferroelectric 0.65Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.35PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystal directly. Based on this effect, a bottom gate ferroelectric FET was fabricated using pentacene as the channel material and a PMN-PT single crystal as the gate insulator. Systematic tests illustrate that the ON/OFF current ratio of this transistor memory element is approximately 103. More importantly, we demonstrate the

  9. Ferroelectric control of magnetism in BaTiO3/Fe heterostructures via interface strain coupling

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    Sahoo, Sarbeswar; Polisetty, Srinivas; Duan, Chun-Gang; Jaswal, Sitaram S.; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.; Binek, Christian

    2007-09-01

    Reversible control of magnetism is reported for a Fe thin film in proximity of a BaTiO3 single crystal. Large magnetization changes emerge in response to ferroelectric switching and structural transitions of BaTiO3 controlled by applied electric fields and temperature, respectively. Interface strain coupling is the primary mechanism altering the induced magnetic anisotropy. As a result, coercivity changes up to 120% occur between the various structural states of BaTiO3 . Up to 20% coercivity change is achieved via electrical control at room temperature. Our all solid state ferroelectric-ferromagnetic heterostructures open viable possibilities for technological applications.

  10. Single Crystal Substrates for Surface Acoustic Wave Devices.

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    1981-01-01

    The crystal growth of PbBi 2Nb 209 (PBN) by means of the Czochralski pulling method was initiated durinq this contract. No previous report of the...writing the software for a computer controlled constant-diameter attachment for our Czochralski crystal pullers, (bf a majorexperimental effort on the...controlled constant-diameter attachment for our Czochralski crystal pullers, (b) a major experimental effort on the qrowth of lead potassium niobate

  11. Nanoscale pillar hypersonic surface phononic crystals

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    Yudistira, D.; Boes, A.; Graczykowski, B.; Alzina, F.; Yeo, L. Y.; Sotomayor Torres, C. M.; Mitchell, A.

    2016-09-01

    We report on nanoscale pillar-based hypersonic phononic crystals in single crystal Z-cut lithium niobate. The phononic crystal is formed by a two-dimensional periodic array of nearly cylindrical nanopillars 240 nm in diameter and 225 nm in height, arranged in a triangular lattice with a 300-nm lattice constant. The nanopillars are fabricated by the recently introduced nanodomain engineering via laser irradiation of patterned chrome followed by wet etching. Numerical simulations and direct measurements using Brillouin light scattering confirm the simultaneous existence of nonradiative complete surface phononic band gaps. The band gaps are found below the sound line at hypersonic frequencies in the range 2-7 GHz, formed from local resonances and Bragg scattering. These hypersonic structures are realized directly in the piezoelectric material lithium niobate enabling phonon manipulation at significantly higher frequencies than previously possible with this platform, opening new opportunities for many applications in plasmonic, optomechanic, microfluidic, and thermal engineering.

  12. Systematic prediction of new ferroelectrics in space group P3.

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    Abrahams, S C

    2000-10-01

    The current release of the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database contains a total of 57 entries under space group P3 that correspond to 50 different materials. There are 21 structures reported with this space group that satisfy the criteria for ferroelectricity, at a confidence level that depends on the reliability of the underlying structural determination. One ferroelectric discovered earlier is also listed. In addition, the database contains 19 entries that probably should be assigned to a centrosymmetric space group, seven that are polar but probably not ferroelectric and two that are without atomic coordinates. Seven entries are either duplicates or present additional structural studies of the same material. Structures in space group P3 identified as potentially new ferroelectrics include LiAsCu(0.93), Na(2)UF(6), BiTeI, BaGe(4)O(9), alpha-UMo(2)O(8), Cu(2)SiS(3), Co(IO(3))(2), Sr(7)Al(12)O(25), KSn(2)F(5), YbIn(2)S(4), Na(5)CrF(2)(PO(4))(2), Sn(ClO(2))(2)(ClO(4))(6), Eu(3)BWO(9), Li(H(2)O)(4)B(OH)(4).2H(2)O, Mn(3)V(1/2)(SiO(4))O(OH)(2), Ca(6)(Si(2)O(7))(OH)(6), Na(6. 9(2))[Al(5.6(1))Si(6.4(1))O(24)](S(2)O(3))(1.0(1)).2H(2)O, BaCa(2)In(6)O(12), Ni(H(2)O)(6)[Sb(OH)(6)](2), Sr(4)Cr(3)O(9) and Cu(5)O(2)(VO(4))(2).CuCl(2).

  13. Variation of the viscosity of molten potassium niobate with annealing time

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    Hong, Xinguo; Chen, Yufeng

    1996-07-01

    Using the double-wire torsion pendulum method, we have measured the viscosity of a potassium niobate molten system with excess K 2O from 50 to 56 mol% at temperatures up to 1190°C in air. Both the viscosity and its activation energy show strong time dependence. While the values for viscosity increase for melts with 50 and 51 mol% K 2O, which are annealed at 1150°C in air, the viscosity, however, of the melt with more than 2 mol% excess K 2O shows a completely different time dependence, i.e. drastic decrease with annealing time. A similar striking reversed variation of temperature-dependent viscosity with annealing time is observed when the K 2O content in the melt is up to 52 mol%. These anomalous variations in viscosity give clear evidence why the KNbO 3 single crystal should be grown from mother melts with excess K 2O above 51 mol%, and after being annealed for a long time. This result also confirms that the double-wire torsion pendulum method is a useful tool to study the time-dependent viscosity of melts at high temperature in air.

  14. Domain patterning by electron beam of MgO doped lithium niobate covered by resist

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Chezganov, D. S.; Akhmatkhanov, A. R.; Kuznetsov, D. K.

    2015-06-01

    Periodical domain structuring by focused electron beam irradiation of MgO-doped lithium niobate (MgOCLN) single crystalline plate covered by resist layer was studied both experimentally and by computer simulation. The dependences of domain size on the charge dose and distance between isolated domains were measured. It has been shown that the quality of periodical domain pattern depends on the thickness of resist layer and electron energy. The experimentally obtained periodic domain structures have been divided into four types. The irradiation parameters for the most uniform patterning were obtained experimentally. It was shown by computer simulation that the space charge slightly touching the crystal surface produced the maximum value of electric field at the resist/LN interface thus resulting in the best pattern quality. The obtained knowledge allowed us to optimize the poling process and to make the periodical domain patterns in 1-mm-thick wafers with an area up to 1 × 5 mm2 and a period of 6.89 μm for green light second harmonic generation. Spatial distribution of the efficiency of light frequency conversion confirmed the high homogeneity of the tailored domain patterns.

  15. Ferroelectric fluoride compositions and methods of making and using same

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    Halasyamani, P Shiv; Chang, Hong-Young

    2015-04-07

    A method for synthesis of a ferroelectric material characterized by the general formula A.sub.xB.sub.yF.sub.z where A is an alkaline earth metal, B is transition metal or a main group metal, x and y each range from about 1 to about 5, and z ranges from about 1 to about 20 comprising contacting an alkaline earth metal fluoride, a difluorometal compound and a fluoroorganic acid in a medium to form a reaction mixture; and subjecting the reaction mixture to conditions suitable for hydrothermal crystal growth.

  16. Ferroelectric nanofibers with an embedded optically nonlinear benzothiazole derivative

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    Baptista, Rosa M. F.; Isakov, Dmitry; Raposo, M. Manuela M.; Belsley, Michael; Bdikin, Igor; Kholkin, Andrei L.; Costa, Susana P. G.; de Matos Gomes, Etelvina

    2014-07-01

    We report measurements of the molecular first hyperpolarizability, thermal stability, photophysical, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of a benzothiazole derivative bearing an arylthiophene π-conjugated bridge both in solution and when embedded into a poly ( l-lactic acid) matrix in the form of electrospun fibers with an average diameter of roughly 500 nm. The embedded nanocrystalline phenylthienyl-benzothiazole with crystal sizes of about 1.4 nm resulted in a good piezoelectric response from these functionalized electrospun fibers, indicative of a polar crystalline structure.

  17. Electromagnetic properties in ferroelectric materials; Proprietes electromagnetiques des materiaux ferroelectriques

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    Ravez, J.; Elissalde, C. [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee, 33 - Pessac (France); Miane, J.L. [ENSCPB, 33 - Talence (France)

    1996-12-31

    The recent development of network analyzers has allowed electromagnetic property studies in perovskite-type ferroelectric materials in a large frequency range ({approx} 10{sup 2}-10{sup 10} Hz). A high frequency ({approx} 10{sup 7}-10{sup 10} Hz) relaxation has been evidenced. The origin of the relaxation process has been determined: it is an intrinsic mechanism directly related to the crystal lattice. In the light of the obtained results, physical-chemistry laws can be used to modulate the relaxation frequency using appropriate ionic substitutions. (authors). 13 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Ferroelectric Stirling-Cycle Refrigerator

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    Jalink, Antony, Jr. (Inventor); Hellbaum, Richard F. (Inventor); Rohrbach, Wayne W. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A Stirling-cycle refrigerator has a three-pump configuration and pumping sequence, in which one pump serves as a compressor. one pump serves as an expander, and one pump serves as a displacer. The pumps are ferroelectrically actuated diaphragm pumps which are coordinated by synchronizing the ferroelectric-actuator voltages in such a way that the net effect of the displacer is to reduce the deleterious effect of dead space; that is, to circulate a greater fraction of the working fluid through the heat exchangers than would be possible by use of the compressor and expander alone. In addition. the displacer can be controlled separately to make the flow of working fluid in the heat exchangers turbulent (to increase the rate of transfer of heat at the cost of greater resistance to flow) or laminar (to decrease the resistance to flow at the cost of a lower heat-transfer rate).

  19. Guest Editoria, Ferroelectrics, 323, 1

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    Krupanidhi, SB

    2005-01-01

    The Fourth Asian Meeting on Ferroelectricity (AMF-4)was organized at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA during December 12–15, 2003. The organization of the conferencewas cosponsored by various agencies which included the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Defense R&D Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), Indian Institute of Science (IISC), IEEE UFFC (USA), Taylor and Francis Scientific P...

  20. Ferroelectric Graphene-Perovskite Interfaces.

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    Volonakis, George; Giustino, Feliciano

    2015-07-02

    Owing to their record-breaking energy conversion efficiencies, hybrid organometallic perovskites have emerged as the most promising light absorbers and ambipolar carrier transporters for solution-processable solar cells. Simultaneously, due to its exceptional electron mobility, graphene represents a prominent candidate for replacing transparent conducting oxides. Thus, it is possible that combining these wonder materials may propel the efficiency toward the Schokley-Queisser limit. Here, using first-principles calculations on graphene-CH3NH3PbI3 interfaces, we find that graphene suppresses the octahedral tilt in the very first perovskite monolayer, leading to a nanoscale ferroelectric distortion with a permanent polarization of 3 mC/m(2). This interfacial ferroelectricity drives electron extraction from the perovskite and hinders electron-hole recombination by keeping the electrons and holes separated. The interfacial ferroelectricity identified here simply results from the interplay between graphene's planar structure and CH3NH3PbI3's octahedral connectivity; therefore, this mechanism may be effective in a much broader class of perovskites, with potential applications in photovoltaics and photocatalysis.

  1. Lattice dynamics and ferroelectric properties of the nitride perovskite LaWN3

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    Fang, Yue-Wen; Fisher, Craig A. J.; Kuwabara, Akihide; Shen, Xin-Wei; Ogawa, Takafumi; Moriwake, Hiroki; Huang, Rong; Duan, Chun-Gang

    2017-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations we examine the crystal structures and phase transitions of nitride perovskite LaWN3. Lattice dynamics calculations indicate that the ground-state structure belongs to space group R 3 c . Two competitive phase transition pathways are identified which are characterized by symmetry-adapted distortion modes. The results suggest that R 3 c LaWN3 should be an excellent ferroelectric semiconductor, as its large spontaneous polarization of around 61 μ C /cm2 is comparable to that of PbTiO3, and its band gap is about 1.72 eV. Ferroelectricity is found to result from the B -site instability driven by hybridization between W -5 d and N -2 p orbitals. These properties make LaWN3 an attractive candidate material for use in ferroelectric memory devices and photovoltaic cells.

  2. Observation of Ferroelectricity in a Confined Crystallite Using Electron Backscattered Diffraction and Piezoresponse Force Microscopy

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    Gupta, P. [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Jain, H. [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Williams, D. B. [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL; Shin, Junsoo [ORNL; Jesse, Stephen [ORNL; Baddorf, Arthur P [ORNL

    2005-01-01

    LaBGeO{sub 5} is a model transparent ferroelectric glass-ceramic (TFGC) material, developed as an inexpensive alternative to single-crystal nonlinear optical materials. The optical activity of the TFGC originates from the ferroelectric phase which remains under a hydrostatic pressure exerted by the surrounding glass matrix. A combination of two techniques, electron-backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), is employed to monitor the development of the ferroelectric phase. A method is proposed to theoretically construct PFM amplitude maps from EBSD orientation maps. The theoretical vertical piezoresponse map is compared with the experimental piezoresponse map from PFM. A good correlation between the theoretical and experimental maps is observed.

  3. Optically controlled electroresistance and electrically controlled photovoltage in ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

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    Jin Hu, Wei; Wang, Zhihong; Yu, Weili; Wu, Tom

    2016-02-29

    Ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) have recently attracted considerable interest as a promising candidate for applications in the next-generation non-volatile memory technology. In this work, using an ultrathin (3 nm) ferroelectric Sm0.1Bi0.9FeO3 layer as the tunnelling barrier and a semiconducting Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal as the bottom electrode, we achieve a tunnelling electroresistance as large as 10(5). Furthermore, the FTJ memory states could be modulated by light illumination, which is accompanied by a hysteretic photovoltaic effect. These complimentary effects are attributed to the bias- and light-induced modulation of the tunnel barrier, both in height and width, at the semiconductor/ferroelectric interface. Overall, the highly tunable tunnelling electroresistance and the correlated photovoltaic functionalities provide a new route for producing and non-destructively sensing multiple non-volatile electronic states in such FTJs.

  4. Optically controlled electroresistance and electrically controlled photovoltage in ferroelectric tunnel junctions

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    Jin Hu, Wei

    2016-02-29

    Ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) have recently attracted considerable interest as a promising candidate for applications in the next-generation non-volatile memory technology. In this work, using an ultrathin (3 nm) ferroelectric Sm0.1Bi0.9FeO3 layer as the tunnelling barrier and a semiconducting Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal as the bottom electrode, we achieve a tunnelling electroresistance as large as 105. Furthermore, the FTJ memory states could be modulated by light illumination, which is accompanied by a hysteretic photovoltaic effect. These complimentary effects are attributed to the bias- and light-induced modulation of the tunnel barrier, both in height and width, at the semiconductor/ferroelectric interface. Overall, the highly tunable tunnelling electroresistance and the correlated photovoltaic functionalities provide a new route for producing and non-destructively sensing multiple non-volatile electronic states in such FTJs.

  5. Polymer Ferroelectric Memory for Flexible Electronics

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    Khan, Mohd Adnan

    2013-11-01

    With the projected growth of the flexible and plastic electronics industry, there is renewed interest in the research community to develop high performance all-polymeric memory which will be an essential component of any electronic circuit. Some of the efforts in polymer memories are based on different mechanisms such as filamentary conduction, charge trapping effects, dipole alignment, and reduction-oxidation to name a few. Among these the leading candidate are those based on the mechanism of ferroelectricity. Polymer ferroelectric memory can be used in niche applications like smart cards, RFID tags, sensors etc. This dissertation will focus on novel material and device engineering to fabricate high performance low temperature polymeric ferroelectric memory for flexible electronics. We address and find solutions to some fundamental problems affecting all polymer ferroelectric memory like high coercive fields, fatigue and thermal stability issues, poor breakdown strength and poor p-type hole mobilities. Some of the strategies adopted in this dissertation are: Use of different flexible substrates, electrode engineering to improve charge injection and fatigue properties of ferroelectric polymers, large area ink jet printing of ferroelectric memory devices, use of polymer blends to improve insulating properties of ferroelectric polymers and use of oxide semiconductors to fabricate high mobility p-type ferroelectric memory. During the course of this dissertation we have fabricated: the first all-polymer ferroelectric capacitors with solvent modified highly conducting polymeric poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) [PEDOT:PSS] electrodes on plastic substrates with performance as good as devices with metallic Platinum-Gold electrodes on silicon substrates; the first all-polymer high performance ferroelectric memory on banknotes for security applications; novel ferroelectric capacitors based on blends of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride

  6. Novel intercore-cladding lithium niobate thin film coated MOEMS fiber sensor/modulator

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    Jamlson, Tracee L.; Konreich, Phillip; Yu, Chung

    2005-01-01

    A MOEMS fiber modulator/sensor is fabricated by depositing a lithium niobate sol-gel thin film between the core and cladding of a fiber preform. The preform is then drawn into 125-micron fibers. Such a MOEMS modulator design is expected to enhance existing lithium niobate undersea acousto-optic sound wave detectors. In our proposed version, the lithium niobate thin film alters the ordinary silica core/cladding boundary conditions such that, when a stress or strain is applied to the fiber, the core light confinement factor changes, leading to modulation of fiber light transmission. Test results of the lithium niobate embedded fiber with a 1550-nm, 4-mW laser source revealed a reduction in light transmission with applied tension. As a comparison, using the same laser source, an ordinary silica core/cladding fiber did not exhibit any reduction in transmitted light when the same strain was applied. Further experimental work and theoretical analysis is ongoing.

  7. Free-standing high quality factor thin-film lithium niobate micro-photonic disk resonators

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    Wang, Renyuan

    2014-01-01

    Lithium Niobate (LN or just niobate) thin-film micro-photonic resonators have promising prospects in many applications including high efficiency electro-optic modulators, optomechanics and nonlinear optics. This paper presents free-standing thin-film lithium niobate photonic resonators on a silicon platform using MEMS fabrication technology. We fabricated a 35um radius niobate disk resonator that exhibits high intrinsic optical quality factor (Q) of 484,000. Exploiting the optomechanical interaction from the released free-standing structure and high optical Q, we were able to demonstrate acousto-optic modulation from these devices by exciting a 56MHz radial breathing mechanical mode (mechanical Q of 2700) using a probe.

  8. Novel intercore-cladding lithium niobate thin film coated MOEMS fiber sensor/modulator

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    Jamlson, Tracee L.; Konreich, Phillip; Yu, Chung

    2005-01-01

    A MOEMS fiber modulator/sensor is fabricated by depositing a lithium niobate sol-gel thin film between the core and cladding of a fiber preform. The preform is then drawn into 125-micron fibers. Such a MOEMS modulator design is expected to enhance existing lithium niobate undersea acousto-optic sound wave detectors. In our proposed version, the lithium niobate thin film alters the ordinary silica core/cladding boundary conditions such that, when a stress or strain is applied to the fiber, the core light confinement factor changes, leading to modulation of fiber light transmission. Test results of the lithium niobate embedded fiber with a 1550-nm, 4-mW laser source revealed a reduction in light transmission with applied tension. As a comparison, using the same laser source, an ordinary silica core/cladding fiber did not exhibit any reduction in transmitted light when the same strain was applied. Further experimental work and theoretical analysis is ongoing.

  9. 利用压电力显微镜研究PMN-30%PT单晶体中铁电畴的结构及其演变%STUDY OF FERROELECTRIC DOMAIN STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION IN PMN-30% PT SINGLE CRYSTALS BY MEANS OF PIEZORESPONSE FORCE MICROSCOPY

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    戴吉岩; 王健新

    2009-01-01

    本文总结了我们近年米利用压电力显微镜(PFM)研究PMN-30%PT单晶体中铁电畴的结构及其演变的结果.选择PMN-30%PT品体是因为该组分在超声传感器等应用方面具有最大的潜力.铁电畴的观察是基于反压电现象;具体来讲就是当交变电场通过原子力显微镜探针加到晶体表面时,会引起品体表面的起伏振荡,而锁相放大器可以解出该振荡信号的振幅和相位角;其中振幅衬度反映了压电系数d33的大小,而相位衬度则反映了铁电畴的极化方向.文中介绍了平面内以及垂直平面的PFM成像技术,并演示了影响畴的图像的一些因素,其中包括静电倚效应,表层效应和机械抛光的影响.本文还利用有限无模型对PFM成像原理进行了模拟分析.着重研究了晶体中铁电畴的尺寸分布,畴与晶体取向,时间和温度的相关性,以及畴的演变过程.%In this paper we review our recent research in the study of domain configuration and evolu-tion in PMN-xPT single crystal by means of piezoresponse-force-microscopy (PFM). In particular, we focus on the PMN-30%PT single crystal since this PT content possesses the highest application potential in ultrasound transducers etc. The method to observe the ferroelectric domain structure is based on the reversed piezoelectric effect; while the electric field is applied through a conductive atomic force microscope (AFM) tip and the crystal surface oscillation is measured by AFM using a lock-in amplifier technique where the resolved amplitude reflects the magnitude of d33 and the phase contrast represents the ferroelec-tric domain orientation. The techniques of in-plane polarization and out-of-plane polarization PFM are in-troduced, and some effects to the domain imaging, such as static charge effect, skin effect and mechanical polishing effect, are illustrated. Domain-size distribution, crystal-orientation-dependent, time-dependent and temperature-dependent domain

  10. Retention of intermediate polarization states in ferroelectric materials enabling memories for multi-bit data storage

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    Zhao, Dong; Asadi, Kamal; Blom, Paul W. M.; Leeuw, Dago M. de, E-mail: deleeuw@mpip-mainz.mpg.de [Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Katsouras, Ilias [Holst Centre, High Tech Campus 31, 5656AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Groen, Wilhelm A. [Holst Centre, High Tech Campus 31, 5656AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1 2629 HS, Delft (Netherlands)

    2016-06-06

    A homogeneous ferroelectric single crystal exhibits only two remanent polarization states that are stable over time, whereas intermediate, or unsaturated, polarization states are thermodynamically instable. Commonly used ferroelectric materials however, are inhomogeneous polycrystalline thin films or ceramics. To investigate the stability of intermediate polarization states, formed upon incomplete, or partial, switching, we have systematically studied their retention in capacitors comprising two classic ferroelectric materials, viz. random copolymer of vinylidene fluoride with trifluoroethylene, P(VDF-TrFE), and Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3}. Each experiment started from a discharged and electrically depolarized ferroelectric capacitor. Voltage pulses were applied to set the given polarization states. The retention was measured as a function of time at various temperatures. The intermediate polarization states are stable over time, up to the Curie temperature. We argue that the remarkable stability originates from the coexistence of effectively independent domains, with different values of polarization and coercive field. A domain growth model is derived quantitatively describing deterministic switching between the intermediate polarization states. We show that by using well-defined voltage pulses, the polarization can be set to any arbitrary value, allowing arithmetic programming. The feasibility of arithmetic programming along with the inherent stability of intermediate polarization states makes ferroelectric materials ideal candidates for multibit data storage.

  11. Simultaneous Stress and Field Control of Sustainable Switching of Ferroelectric Phases

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    Finkel, P.; Staruch, M.; Amin, A.; Ahart, M.; Lofland, S.E.

    2015-01-01

    In ferroelectrics, manifestation of a strong electromechanical coupling is attributed to both engineered domain morphology and phase transformations. However, realization of large sustainable and reversible strains and polarization rotation has been limited by fatigue, nonlinearity and hysteresis losses. Here, we demonstrate that large strain and polarization rotation can be generated for over 40 × 106 cycles with little fatigue by realization of a reversible ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition in [011] cut Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) relaxor ferroelectric single crystal. Direct tuning of this effect through combination of stress and applied electric field, confirmed both macroscopically and microscopically with x-ray and Raman scattering, reveals the local symmetry while sweeping through the transition with a low applied electric field (<0.2 MV/m) under mechanical stress. The observed change in local symmetry as determined by x-ray scattering confirms a proposed polarization rotation mechanism corresponding to a transition between rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases. These results shed more light onto the nature of this reversible transformation between two ferroelectric phases and advance towards the development of a wide range of ferroic and multiferroic devices. PMID:26345729

  12. Evaluation of a ferroelectric tunnel junction by ultraviolet-visible absorption using a removable liquid electrode.

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Kang, Kyung-Mun; Yeom, Geun Young; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2016-05-27

    Ferroelectric memristors offer a significant alternative to their redox-based analogs in resistive random access memory because a ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) exhibits a memristive effect that induces resistive switching (RS) regardless of the operating current level. This RS results from a change in the ferroelectric polarization direction, allowing the FTJ to overcome the restriction encountered in redox-based memristors. Herein, the memristive effect of an FTJ was investigated by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy using a removable mercury (Hg) top electrode (TE), BaTiO3 (BTO) ferroelectric tunnel layer, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) semiconductor bottom electrode, and wide-bandgap quartz (100) single-crystal substrate to determine the low-resistance state (LRS) and high-resistance state (HRS) of the FTJ. A BTO (110)/LSMO (110) polycrystal memristor involving a Hg TE showed a small memristive effect (switching ratio). This effect decreased with increasing read voltage because of a small potential barrier height. The LRS and HRS of the FTJ showed quasi-similar UV-Vis absorption spectra, consistent with the small energy difference between the valence-band maximum of BTO and Fermi level of LSMO near the interface between the LRS and HRS. This energy difference stemmed from the ferroelectric polarization and charge-screening effect of LSMO based on an electrostatic model of the FTJ.

  13. Evaluation of a ferroelectric tunnel junction by ultraviolet-visible absorption using a removable liquid electrode

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Kang, Kyung-Mun; Yeom, Geun Young; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2016-05-01

    Ferroelectric memristors offer a significant alternative to their redox-based analogs in resistive random access memory because a ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) exhibits a memristive effect that induces resistive switching (RS) regardless of the operating current level. This RS results from a change in the ferroelectric polarization direction, allowing the FTJ to overcome the restriction encountered in redox-based memristors. Herein, the memristive effect of an FTJ was investigated by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy using a removable mercury (Hg) top electrode (TE), BaTiO3 (BTO) ferroelectric tunnel layer, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) semiconductor bottom electrode, and wide-bandgap quartz (100) single-crystal substrate to determine the low-resistance state (LRS) and high-resistance state (HRS) of the FTJ. A BTO (110)/LSMO (110) polycrystal memristor involving a Hg TE showed a small memristive effect (switching ratio). This effect decreased with increasing read voltage because of a small potential barrier height. The LRS and HRS of the FTJ showed quasi-similar UV-Vis absorption spectra, consistent with the small energy difference between the valence-band maximum of BTO and Fermi level of LSMO near the interface between the LRS and HRS. This energy difference stemmed from the ferroelectric polarization and charge-screening effect of LSMO based on an electrostatic model of the FTJ.

  14. Fabrication of periodically poled lithium niobate chips for optical parametric oscillators

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    Ashok Kaul; Ajay Mishra

    2010-11-01

    An electric-field poling process was established that yielded uniform periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) in 0.5 mm thick lithium niobate substrate. We have fabricated 50 mm long fanned as well as multigrating PPLNs having period variations from 25 m to 32 m. These PPLNs are required for quasi-phase-matched (QPM) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) applications. We have also configured a bench-top OPO set-up based on these PPLNs.

  15. Ferroelectric phase diagram of PVDF:PMMA

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    Li, M.; Stingelin, N.; Michels, J.J.; Spijkman, M.-J.; Asadi, K.; Feldman, K.; Blom, P.W.M.; Leeuw, D.M. de

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the ferroelectric phase diagram of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The binary nonequilibrium temperature composition diagram was determined and melting of α- and β-phase PVDF was identified. Ferroelectric β-PVDF:PMMA blend films were made b

  16. Ferroelectric Phase Diagram of PVDF : PMMA

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    Li, Mengyuan; Stingelin, Natalie; Michels, Jasper J.; Spijkman, Mark-Jan; Asadi, Kamal; Feldman, Kirill; Blom, Paul W. M.; de Leeuw, Dago M.

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the ferroelectric phase diagram of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The binary nonequilibrium temperature composition diagram was determined and melting of alpha- and beta-phase PVDF was identified. Ferroelectric beta-PVDF:PMMA blend films w

  17. Predictive modelling of ferroelectric tunnel junctions

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    Velev, Julian P.; Burton, John D.; Zhuravlev, Mikhail Ye; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.

    2016-05-01

    Ferroelectric tunnel junctions combine the phenomena of quantum-mechanical tunnelling and switchable spontaneous polarisation of a nanometre-thick ferroelectric film into novel device functionality. Switching the ferroelectric barrier polarisation direction produces a sizable change in resistance of the junction—a phenomenon known as the tunnelling electroresistance effect. From a fundamental perspective, ferroelectric tunnel junctions and their version with ferromagnetic electrodes, i.e., multiferroic tunnel junctions, are testbeds for studying the underlying mechanisms of tunnelling electroresistance as well as the interplay between electric and magnetic degrees of freedom and their effect on transport. From a practical perspective, ferroelectric tunnel junctions hold promise for disruptive device applications. In a very short time, they have traversed the path from basic model predictions to prototypes for novel non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories with non-destructive readout. This remarkable progress is to a large extent driven by a productive cycle of predictive modelling and innovative experimental effort. In this review article, we outline the development of the ferroelectric tunnel junction concept and the role of theoretical modelling in guiding experimental work. We discuss a wide range of physical phenomena that control the functional properties of ferroelectric tunnel junctions and summarise the state-of-the-art achievements in the field.

  18. Polarization entangled cluster state generation in a lithium niobate chip

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    Szep, Attila; Kim, Richard; Shin, Eunsung; Fanto, Michael L.; Osman, Joseph; Alsing, Paul M.

    2016-10-01

    We present a design of a quantum information processing C-phase (Controlled-phase) gate applicable for generating cluster states that has a form of integrated photonic circuits assembled with cascaded directional couplers on a Ti in-diffused Lithium Niobate (Ti-LN) platform where directional couplers as the integrated optical analogue of bulk beam splitters are used as fundamental building blocks. Based on experimentally optimized fabrication parameters of Ti-LN optical waveguides operating at an 810nm wavelength, an integrated Ti-LN quantum C-phase gate is designed and simulated. Our proposed C-phase gate consists of three tunable directional couplers cascaded together with having different weighted switching ratios for providing a tool of routing vertically- and horizontally-polarized photons independently. Its operation mechanism relies on selectively controlling the optical coupling of orthogonally polarized modes via the change in the index of refraction, and its operation is confirmed by the BPM simulation.

  19. Ferroelectric relaxor as a critical state

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    2009-01-01

    After revisiting models for the ferroelectric relaxors, we notice that the models can be classified into two categories. One group models are directly based upon the compositional fluctuations, such as Smolenskii’s theory and SRBRF model. The other models are experimental phenomenon oriented, such as macro-micro domain crossover and superparaelectric state. The later explanations imply that the ferroelectric relaxor is in a critical state. The unusual field induced phase transition in ferroelectric relaxor also suggests that this is a critical phenomenon with first order phase transition feature. Therefore within the framework of effective field approach and with introducing the concept of quantum temperature scale, we reproduce the diffused phase transition of the dielectric constant and the field induced phase transition. It seems that the larger quantum fluctuation at low temperature depresses the ferroelectricity in ferroelectric relaxors, and results in their unusual physical properties.

  20. Li Storage of Calcium Niobates for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Yim, Haena; Yu, Seung-Ho; Yoo, So Yeon; Sung, Yung-Eun; Choi, Ji-Won

    2015-10-01

    New types of niobates negative electrode were studied for using in lithium-ion batteries in order to alternate metallic lithium anodes. The potassium intercalated compound KCa2Nb3O10 and proton intercalated compound HCa2Nb3O10 were studied, and the electrochemical results showed a reversible cyclic voltammetry profile with acceptable discharge capacity. The as-prepared KCa2Nb3O10 negative electrode had a low discharge capacity caused by high overpotential, but the reversible intercalation and deintercalation reaction of lithium ions was activated after exchanging H+ ions for intercalated K+ ions. The initial discharge capacity of HCa2Nb3O10 was 54.2 mAh/g with 92.1% of coulombic efficiency, compared with 10.4 mAh/g with 70.2% of coulombic efficiency for KCa2Nb3O10 at 1 C rate. The improved electrochemical performance of the HCa2Nb3O10 was related to the lower bonding energy between proton cation and perovskite layer, which facilitate Li+ ions intercalating into the cation site, unlike potassium cation and perovskite layer. Also, this negative material can be easily exfoliated to Ca2Nb3O10 layer by using cation exchange process. Then, obtained two-dimensional nanosheets layer, which recently expected to be an advanced electrode material because of its flexibility, chemical stable, and thin film fabricable, can allow Li+ ions to diffuse between the each perovskite layer. Therefore, this new type layered perovskite niobates can be used not only bulk-type lithium ion batteries but also thin film batteries as a negative material.

  1. Raman scattering study on relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})-Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} single crystals

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    Kim, Taehyun; Kojima, Seiji [University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Ko, Jaehyeon [Hallym University, Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The vibrational property of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2})-Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals was investigated by using Raman scattering. The angular dependences of two Raman bands, one located at ∼50 cm{sup -1} and the other at ∼560 cm{sup -1}, were investigated in the paraelectric phase where no Raman bands are allowed in the average Pm3m symmetry. The angular variation of the Raman intensity of the strong low-frequency mode at ∼50 cm{sup -1} was compatible with the F{sub 2g} mode of Fm3m symmetry, indicating that this mode could be attributed to the 1:1 chemical order at the B-site in PIN-PMN-PT. The high-frequency Raman mode at ∼560 cm{sup -1} exhibited an intensity modulation consistent with the rhombohedral R3m symmetry, suggesting that this mode was related to polar nanoregions. The intensity ratio of the depolarized to the polarized component of this high-frequency mode showed an abrupt change when PIN-PMN-PT underwent a structural phase transition into the rhombohedral phase.

  2. Towards the limit of ferroelectric nanosized grains

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    Roelofs, A.; Schneller, T.; Szot, K.; Waser, R.

    2003-02-01

    Ferroelectric random access memories are non-volatile, low voltage, high read/write speed devices which have been introduced into the market in recent years and which show the clear potential of future gigabit scale universal non-volatile memories. The ultimate limit of this concept will depend on the ferroelectric limit (synonymous superparaelectric limit), i.e. the size limit below which the ferroelectricity is quenched. While there are clear indications that 2D ferroelectric oxide films may sustain their ferroelectric polarization below 4 nm in thickness (Tybell T, Ahn C H and Triscone J M 1999 Appl. Phys. Lett. 75 856), the limit will be quite different for isolated 3D nanostructures (nanograins, nanoclusters). To investigate scaling effects of ferroelectric nanograins on Si wafers, we studied PbTiO3 (PTO) and Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 grown by a self-assembly chemical solution deposition method. Preparing highly diluted precursor solutions we achieved single separated ferroelectric grains with grain sizes ranging from 200 nm down to less than 20 nm. For grains smaller than 20 nm, no piezoresponse was observed and we suppose this could be due to the transition from the ferroelectric to the paraelectric phase which has no spontaneous polarization. Recent calculations (Zhong W L, Wang Y G, Zhang P L and Qu B D 1994 Phys. Rev. B 50 698) and experiments (Jiang B, Peng J L, Zhong W L and Bursill L A 2000 J. Appl. Phys. 87 3462) showed that the ferroelectricity of fine ferroelectric particles decrease with decreasing particle size. From these experiments the extrapolated critical size of PTO particles was found to be around 4.2-20 nm.

  3. Photoelectrochemistry, Electronic Structure, and Bandgap Sizes of Semiconducting Cu(I)-Niobates and Cu(I)-Tantalates

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    Maggard, Paul A.

    2013-11-14

    Semiconducting metal-oxides have remained of intense research interest owing to their potential for achieving efficient solar-driven photocatalytic reactions in aqueous solutions that occur as a result of their bandgap excitation. The photocatalytic reduction of water or carbon dioxide to generate hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels, respectively, can be driven on p-type (photocathodic) electrodes with suitable band energies. However, metal-oxide semiconductors are typically difficult to dope as p-type with a high mobility of carriers. The supported research led to the discovery of new p-type Cu(I)-niobate and Cu(I)-tantalate film electrodes that can be prepared on FTO glass. New high-purity flux syntheses and the full structural determination of several Cu(I)-containing niobates and tantalates have been completed, as well as new investigations of their optical and photoelectrochemical properties and electronic structures via density-functional theory calculations. For example, CuNbO3, Cu5Ta11O30 and CuNb3O8 were prepared in high purity and their structures were characterized by both single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. These two classes of Cu(I)-containing compounds exhibit optical bandgap sizes ranging from ~1.3 eV to ~2.6 eV. Photoelectrochemical measurements of these compounds show strong photon-driven cathodic currents that confirm the p-type semiconductor behavior of CuNbO3, CuNb3O8, and Cu5Ta11O30. Incident-photon-to-current efficiencies are measured that approach greater than ~1%. Electronic-structure calculations based on density functional theory reveal the visible-light absorption stems from a nearly-direct bandgap transition involving a copper-to-niobium or tantalum (d10 to d0) charge-transfer excitations.

  4. Calligraphic Poling of Ferroelectric Material

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    Mohageg, Makan; Strekalov, Dmitry; Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Matsko, Adrey; Maleki, Lute; Iltchenko, Vladimir

    2007-01-01

    Calligraphic poling is a technique for generating an arbitrary, possibly complex pattern of localized reversal in the direction of permanent polarization in a wafer of LiNbO3 or other ferroelectric material. The technique is so named because it involves a writing process in which a sharp electrode tip is moved across a surface of the wafer to expose the wafer to a polarizing electric field in the desired pattern. The technique is implemented by use of an apparatus, denoted a calligraphic poling machine (CPM), that includes the electrode and other components as described in more detail below.

  5. Negative capacitance in multidomain ferroelectric superlattices

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    Zubko, Pavlo; Wojdeł, Jacek C.; Hadjimichael, Marios; Fernandez-Pena, Stéphanie; Sené, Anaïs; Luk'Yanchuk, Igor; Triscone, Jean-Marc; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2016-06-01

    The stability of spontaneous electrical polarization in ferroelectrics is fundamental to many of their current applications, which range from the simple electric cigarette lighter to non-volatile random access memories. Research on nanoscale ferroelectrics reveals that their behaviour is profoundly different from that in bulk ferroelectrics, which could lead to new phenomena with potential for future devices. As ferroelectrics become thinner, maintaining a stable polarization becomes increasingly challenging. On the other hand, intentionally destabilizing this polarization can cause the effective electric permittivity of a ferroelectric to become negative, enabling it to behave as a negative capacitance when integrated in a heterostructure. Negative capacitance has been proposed as a way of overcoming fundamental limitations on the power consumption of field-effect transistors. However, experimental demonstrations of this phenomenon remain contentious. The prevalent interpretations based on homogeneous polarization models are difficult to reconcile with the expected strong tendency for domain formation, but the effect of domains on negative capacitance has received little attention. Here we report negative capacitance in a model system of multidomain ferroelectric-dielectric superlattices across a wide range of temperatures, in both the ferroelectric and paraelectric phases. Using a phenomenological model, we show that domain-wall motion not only gives rise to negative permittivity, but can also enhance, rather than limit, its temperature range. Our first-principles-based atomistic simulations provide detailed microscopic insight into the origin of this phenomenon, identifying the dominant contribution of near-interface layers and paving the way for its future exploitation.

  6. Orthoconic liquid crystals--a case study.

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    Lagerwall, Sven T

    2014-06-01

    Since the early investigations on liquid crystals it was realized how the confining surfaces often determine the textures and even properties of the material. This influence is particularly complex and important for chiral materials. When we come to chiral smectics the surfaces may have dramatic effects. These are illustrated on the ferroelectric liquid crystals; they then again increase in importance for the antiferroelectric liquid crystals where the most recent example is given by the orthoconic liquid crystals.

  7. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic films utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions

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    Finkel, Peter; Staruch, Margo

    There has recently been much interest to multiferroic magnetoelectric composites based on relaxor ferroelectric single crystals as potential candidates for devices such as magnetic field sensors, energy harvesters, or transducers. Large magnetoelectric coupling coefficient is prerequisite for superior device performance in a broad range of frequencies and functioning conditions. In magnetoelectric heterostructures based on ternary relaxors Pb(In1/2Nb1/2) O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystal better operational range and temperature stability as compared to binary relaxors can be achieved. Giant linear converse magnetoelectric coupling up to 2 x 10-6 s m-1 were observed in heterostructural composites with multilayered FeCo/Ag deposited on (011) PIN-PMN-PT crystals. Further enhancement of magnetoelectric coupling is demonstrated by utilizing inter-ferroelctric rhombohedral - orthorhombic phase transitions in PIN-PMN-PT Mechanical clamping was a precondition to utilize this inter-ferroelectric transition mode to bring the crystal to a point just below its transformation threshold when very small perturbations at the input will cause large swings at the output generating a sharp uniaxial increase in strain (~0.5 %) and polarization change, giving rise to nonlinear effects. Details of these results and their implications will be presented. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic fillms utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions.

  8. Violet to Infrared Multiwavelength Generation in Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate Pumped by a Q-Switched Nd:YVO4 Laser

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    许祖彦; 梁晓燕; 李健; 姚爱云; 林学春; 崔大复; 吴令安

    2002-01-01

    Six output wavelengths from violet to infrared have been observed simultaneously from an all-solid-state laser pumped optical parametric oscillator in a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The output wavelengths can be tuned by varying the quasi-phase matched period and/or temperature. The pump laser is a diode-pumped passive Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser operated at 1064nm. Using a crystal with a 29.9μm grating period, we measured six wavelengths at 448, 515, 532, 630, 773 and 1546nm and obtained efficient output. We explain the multiwavelength generation by multiwave coupling theory. This phenomenon may have novel applications in photonic devices.

  9. Chemical segregation and self polarisation in ferroelectrics

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    Bernard E. Watts

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Chemical partitioning or segregation is commonly encountered in solid-state syntheses. It is driven by compositional, thermal and electric field gradients. These phenomena can be quite extreme in thin films and lead to notable effects on the electrical properties of ferroelectrics. The segregation in ferroelectric thin films will be illustrated and the mechanisms explained in terms of diffusion processes driven by a potential gradient of the oxygen. The hypothesis can also explain self polarisation and imprint in ferroelectric hysteresis.

  10. Ferroelectric ceramics in a pyroelectric accelerator

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    Shchagin, A. V., E-mail: shchagin@kipt.kharkov.ua [Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Kharkov 61108 (Ukraine); Belgorod State University, Belgorod 308015 (Russian Federation); Miroshnik, V. S.; Volkov, V. I. [Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Kharkov 61108 (Ukraine); Oleinik, A. N. [Belgorod State University, Belgorod 308015 (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-07

    The applicability of polarized ferroelectric ceramics as a pyroelectric in a pyroelectric accelerator is shown by experiments. The spectra of X-ray radiation of energy up to tens of keV, generated by accelerated electrons, have been measured on heating and cooling of the ceramics in vacuum. It is suggested that curved layers of polarized ferroelectric ceramics be used as elements of ceramic pyroelectric accelerators. Besides, nanotubes and nanowires manufactured from ferroelectric ceramics are proposed for the use in nanometer-scale ceramic pyroelectric nanoaccelerators for future applications in nanotechnologies.

  11. Ultrafast Photovoltaic Response in Ferroelectric Nanolayers

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    Daranciang, Dan

    2012-02-15

    We show that light drives large-amplitude structural changes in thin films of the prototypical ferroelectric PbTiO3 via direct coupling to its intrinsic photovoltaic response. Using time-resolved x-ray scattering to visualize atomic displacements on femtosecond timescales, photoinduced changes in the unit-cell tetragonality are observed. These are driven by the motion of photogenerated free charges within the ferroelectric and can be simply explained by a model including both shift and screening currents, associated with the displacement of electrons first antiparallel to and then parallel to the ferroelectric polarization direction.

  12. Static Characteristics of the Ferroelectric Transistor Inverter

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    Mitchell, Cody; Laws, crystal; MacLeond, Todd C.; Ho, Fat D.

    2010-01-01

    The inverter is one of the most fundamental building blocks of digital logic, and it can be used as the foundation for understanding more complex logic gates and circuits. This paper presents the characteristics of an inverter circuit using a ferroelectric field-effect transistor. The voltage transfer characteristics are analyzed with respect to varying parameters such as supply voltage, input voltage, and load resistance. The effects of the ferroelectric layer between the gate and semiconductor are examined, and comparisons are made between the inverters using ferroelectric transistors and those using traditional MOSFETs.

  13. Double phase conjugation in tungsten bronze crystals.

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    Sharp, E J; Clark Iii, W W; Miller, M J; Wood, G L; Monson, B; Salamo, G J; Neurgaonkar, R R

    1990-02-20

    In this paper we report a new method for double phase conjugation particularly suited to the tungsten bronze crystal strontium barium niobate. It has also been observed to produce conjugate waves in BaTiO(3) and BSKNN. This new arrangement is called the bridge conjugator because the two beams enter opposing [100] crystal faces and fan together to form a bridge without reflection off a crystal face. Our measurements indicate that the bridge conjugator is competitive with previously reported double phase conjugate mirrors in reflectivity, response time, ease of alignment, and fidelity.

  14. Unleashing the Full Sustainable Potential of Thick Films of Lead-Free Potassium Sodium Niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3) by Aqueous Electrophoretic Deposition.

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    Mahajan, Amit; Pinho, Rui; Dolhen, Morgane; Costa, M Elisabete; Vilarinho, Paula M

    2016-05-31

    A current challenge for the fabrication of functional oxide-based devices is related with the need of environmental and sustainable materials and processes. By considering both lead-free ferroelectrics of potassium sodium niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3, KNN) and aqueous-based electrophoretic deposition here we demonstrate that an eco-friendly aqueous solution-based process can be used to produce KNN thick coatings with improved electromechanical performance. KNN thick films on platinum substrates with thickness varying between 10 and 15 μm have a dielectric permittivity of 495, dielectric losses of 0.08 at 1 MHz, and a piezoelectric coefficient d33 of ∼70 pC/N. At TC these films display a relative permittivity of 2166 and loss tangent of 0.11 at 1 MHz. A comparison of the physical properties between these films and their bulk ceramics counterparts demonstrates the impact of the aqueous-based electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique for the preparation of lead-free ferroelectric thick films. This opens the door to the possible development of high-performance, lead-free piezoelectric thick films by a sustainable low-cost process, expanding the applicability of lead-free piezoelectrics.

  15. Synthesis of spherical mesoporous titania modified iron-niobate nanoclusters for photocatalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Tanmay K. Ghorai

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Spherical mesoporous titania modified iron-niobate nanoclusters FNT1 [FexNbxTi1−2xO2−x/2 (x = 0.01], with relatively small particle size 10 ± 2 nm and SBET 145 m2 g−1 were prepared using a sol–gel method, from the reaction of titanium and niobium tartrate with triethanol amine and ferric nitrate solution. HRTEM of FNT1 shows coexistence of porous mesostructure and high symmetric order of crystallinity in the nanoparticles. The mesopore size is in the range of 4–5 nm and the lattice fringes of 0.37 nm is observed in the mesopore walls which correspond to the d-spacing between adjacent (101 crystallographic planes of FNT1 phase. This is supported by XRD studies. In the presence of UV light, FNT1 (0.1 g/50 mL reduces the 4-nitrophenol (4-NP (0.0139 g L−1 to 4-aminophenol by using NaBH4 (0.054 g L−1 in contrast to pure TiO2 and other composites of FexNbxTi1−2xO2−x/2 photocatalysts. The 4-NP is reduced to 4-aminophenol within 10 min in the presence of FNT1 and UV light, but in the absence of the catalysts, it takes approximately 82 min. The catalytic activity of FNT1 is enhanced significantly in the presence of UV light compared to the absence of UV light. We observed that the catalytic activity of the prepared catalyst also depends on crystal size, particle morphology and particle porosity, and dopant concentrations.

  16. Ferroelectricity in yttrium-doped hafnium oxide

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    Müller, J.; Schröder, U.; Böscke, T. S.; Müller, I.; Böttger, U.; Wilde, L.; Sundqvist, J.; Lemberger, M.; Kücher, P.; Mikolajick, T.; Frey, L.

    2011-12-01

    Structural and electrical evidence for a ferroelectric phase in yttrium doped hafnium oxide thin films is presented. A doping series ranging from 2.3 to 12.3 mol% YO1.5 in HfO2 was deposited by a thermal atomic layer deposition process. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction of the 10 nm thick films revealed an orthorhombic phase close to the stability region of the cubic phase. The potential ferroelectricity of this orthorhombic phase was confirmed by polarization hysteresis measurements on titanium nitride based metal-insulator-metal capacitors. For 5.2 mol% YO1.5 admixture the remanent polarization peaked at 24 μC/cm2 with a coercive field of about 1.2 MV/cm. Considering the availability of conformal deposition processes and CMOS-compatibility, ferroelectric Y:HfO2 implies high scaling potential for future, ferroelectric memories.

  17. Ferroelectric symmetry-protected multibit memory cell

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    Baudry, Laurent; Lukyanchuk, Igor; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2017-02-01

    The tunability of electrical polarization in ferroelectrics is instrumental to their applications in information-storage devices. The existing ferroelectric memory cells are based on the two-level storage capacity with the standard binary logics. However, the latter have reached its fundamental limitations. Here we propose ferroelectric multibit cells (FMBC) utilizing the ability of multiaxial ferroelectric materials to pin the polarization at a sequence of the multistable states. Employing the catastrophe theory principles we show that these states are symmetry-protected against the information loss and thus realize novel topologically-controlled access memory (TAM). Our findings enable developing a platform for the emergent many-valued non-Boolean information technology and target challenges posed by needs of quantum and neuromorphic computing.

  18. Local polarization switching in stressed ferroelectric polymers

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    Cai, Ronggang; Nysten, Bernard; Hu, Zhijun; Jonas, Alain M.

    2017-05-01

    Ferroelectric polymers are used in flexible organic ferroelectric memories, ferroelectric polarization enhanced organic solar cells, and organic multiferroics. Therefore, understanding their polarization switching mechanism under bending is important for the operation of such devices. Here, we study locally by piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) polarization switching in bent thin films of the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-ran-trifluoroethylene). In bent samples, higher probability of domain nucleation, faster domain wall propagation, and lower coercive field are consistently observed by PFM. We ascribe these observations to a decrease of the domain wall pinning energy, resulting from the mechanical energy stored in the sample due to bending in the presence of the compression gradient generated below the PFM tip.

  19. Spontaneous vortex nanodomain arrays at ferroelectric heterointerfaces.

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    Nelson, Christopher T; Winchester, Benjamin; Zhang, Yi; Kim, Sung-Joo; Melville, Alexander; Adamo, Carolina; Folkman, Chad M; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Eom, Chang-Beom; Schlom, Darrell G; Chen, Long-Qing; Pan, Xiaoqing

    2011-02-09

    The polarization of the ferroelectric BiFeO(3) sub-jected to different electrical boundary conditions by heterointerfaces is imaged with atomic resolution using a spherical aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope. Unusual triangular-shaped nanodomains are seen, and their role in providing polarization closure is understood through phase-field simulations. Heterointerfaces are key to the performance of ferroelectric devices, and this first observation of spontaneous vortex nanodomain arrays at ferroelectric heterointerfaces reveals properties unlike the surrounding film including mixed Ising-Néel domain walls, which will affect switching behavior, and a drastic increase of in-plane polarization. The importance of magnetization closure has long been appreciated in multidomain ferromagnetic systems; imaging this analogous effect with atomic resolution at ferroelectric heterointerfaces provides the ability to see device-relevant interface issues. Extension of this technique to visualize domain dynamics is envisioned.

  20. Multifunctional Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Materials Processing and Properties

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    Pardo, Lorena

    2011-01-01

    This book presents selected topics on processing and properties of ferroelectric materials that are currently the focus of attention in scientific and technical research. Ferro-piezoelectric ceramics are key materials in devices for many applications, such as automotive, healthcare and non-destructive testing. As they are polycrystalline, non-centrosymmetric materials, their piezoelectricity is induced by the so-called poling process. This is based on the principle of polarization reversal by the action of an electric field that characterizes the ferroelectric materials. This book was born with the aim of increasing the awareness of the multifunctionality of ferroelectric materials among different communities, such as researchers, electronic engineers, end-users and manufacturers, working on and with ferro-piezoelectric ceramic materials and devices which are based on them. The initiative to write this book comes from a well-established group of researchers at the Laboratories of Ferroelectric Materials, Mate...

  1. Ferroelectric symmetry-protected multibit memory cell

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    Baudry, Laurent; Lukyanchuk, Igor; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2017-01-01

    The tunability of electrical polarization in ferroelectrics is instrumental to their applications in information-storage devices. The existing ferroelectric memory cells are based on the two-level storage capacity with the standard binary logics. However, the latter have reached its fundamental limitations. Here we propose ferroelectric multibit cells (FMBC) utilizing the ability of multiaxial ferroelectric materials to pin the polarization at a sequence of the multistable states. Employing the catastrophe theory principles we show that these states are symmetry-protected against the information loss and thus realize novel topologically-controlled access memory (TAM). Our findings enable developing a platform for the emergent many-valued non-Boolean information technology and target challenges posed by needs of quantum and neuromorphic computing. PMID:28176866

  2. 基于弛豫铁电单晶的红外热释电探测器研究%Pyroelectric infrared detector with relax-based ferroelectric single crystals

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    马学亮; 邵秀梅; 于月华; 李言谨

    2012-01-01

    研究了新型热释电材料驰豫铁电单晶(1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nbz/a)O3-xPbTiO3(PMNT)的低损伤减薄工艺、电极成型和耦合封装等关键技术,研制了基于PMNT的单元热释电探测器。对减薄后约30um晶片材料性能的测试分析表明,部分样品的热释电系数约为9.0×10^-4C/m^2K,无明显衰减。采用低噪声电路提取单元探测器的微弱热释电电流,对所研制的单元探测器性能进行了测试分析。%PMNT single crystal is a novel pyroelectric material with superior pyroelectric performance. The fabrication of pyroelectirc infrared detectors based on PMNT single crystal, including lapping and polishing of the crystal, metallization and assembly,is carried out. The pyroelectric coefficient of PMNT chip with thickness of 30 um is measured and the results indicate that the pyroelectric coefficients of some chips are 9.0 × 10^-4 C/m2K, similar to that of the PMNT single crystal with thickness of 500 um. Weak pyroelectric current is extracted by a low-noise circuit, and the performance of the fabricated detector is tested and analyzed.

  3. Intelligent Processing of Ferroelectric Thin Films

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    1993-09-03

    Gnadinger, "Ferroelectrics for [10] H. Higashino , T. Kawaguchi, H. Adachi, T. Makino Nonvolatile RAMs," IE Sm , July 1989, p.3 0 and 0. Yamazaki, "High...be determined by the compensator. I With the PLZT phase modulator, the above [3] H. Higashino , T. Kawaguchi, H. Adachi, T. Makino Withe the Phasprovena...Review," Ferroelectrics, 75, 25(1987) be determined by the compensator. [3] H. Higashino , T. Kawaguchi, H. Adachi, T. Makino With the PLZT phase

  4. Physics of ferroelectrics : a modern perspective

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    Rabe, Karin M.; Ahn, Charles; Triscone, Jean-Marc

    2007-01-01

    During the past two decades, revolutionary breakthroughs have occurred in the understanding of ferroelectric materials, both from the perspective of theory and experiment. First principles approaches, including the Berry phase formulation of ferroelectricity, now allow accurate, quantitative predictions of material properties, and single crystalline thin films are now available for fundamental studies of these materials. In addition, the need for high dielectric constant insulators and nonvol...

  5. Sintering of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Sodium Potassium Niobate Ceramics

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    Barbara Malič

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The potassium sodium niobate, K0.5Na0.5NbO3, solid solution (KNN is considered as one of the most promising, environment-friendly, lead-free candidates to replace highly efficient, lead-based piezoelectrics. Since the first reports of KNN, it has been recognized that obtaining phase-pure materials with a high density and a uniform, fine-grained microstructure is a major challenge. For this reason the present paper reviews the different methods for consolidating KNN ceramics. The difficulties involved in the solid-state synthesis of KNN powder, i.e., obtaining phase purity, the stoichiometry of the perovskite phase, and the chemical homogeneity, are discussed. The solid-state sintering of stoichiometric KNN is characterized by poor densification and an extremely narrow sintering-temperature range, which is close to the solidus temperature. A study of the initial sintering stage revealed that coarsening of the microstructure without densification contributes to a reduction of the driving force for sintering. The influences of the (K + Na/Nb molar ratio, the presence of a liquid phase, chemical modifications (doping, complex solid solutions and different atmospheres (i.e., defect chemistry on the sintering are discussed. Special sintering techniques, such as pressure-assisted sintering and spark-plasma sintering, can be effective methods for enhancing the density of KNN ceramics. The sintering behavior of KNN is compared to that of a representative piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT.

  6. Irradiation-induced modification of the material parameters in magnesium-doped lithium niobate; Bestrahlungsinduzierte Modifikation der Materialparameter in Magnesiumdotiertem Lithiumniobat

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    Jentjens, Lena

    2010-07-01

    In the framework of this thesis the material properties of lithium niobate are directedly influenced by the irradiation with {sup 3}He ions with an energy of 40 MeV. In the first part the irradiation-induced material changes are intensively studied. Long-time stable changes of the refractive index are measured in the range of up to 6.10{sup -3}, which depend on the radiation dose and exhibit until now no saturation behaviour. Accompanied is this change by an also dose-dependent deformation as well as a brownish change of color of the crystals. Furthermore a by several orders of magnitude increased electrical dark- and photoconductivity, which depends on the ion dose and exhibits until now also no saturation behaviour. An effect independent on the ion dose is the reduction of the coercive field strength by about 10%. Furthermore it was stated the quantity of the effects not only depends on the absolute dose, but also on the irradiation direction in view of the crystallographic c-axis. The second part of this thesis deals with the generation of microscopic structures in lithium niobate. By an ion microbeam respectively a shiftable slit aperture the fabrication of refractive-index gratings is pursued. Grating with periodicity lengths in the range of 12-160 {mu}m could until now be detected and promise in comparison with photorefractive gratings the advance of larger stability.

  7. Multiscale dynamics in relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Toulouse, J. [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Cai, L [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Pattnaik, R. K. [Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The multiscale dynamics of complex oxides is illustrated by pairs of mechanical resonances that are excited in the relaxor ferroelectric K1 xLixTaO3 (KLT). These macroscopic resonances are shown to originate in the collective dynamics of piezoelectric polar nanodomains (PND) interacting with the surrounding lattice. Their characteristic Fano lineshapes and rapid evolution with temperature reveal the coherent interplay between the piezoelectric oscillations and orientational relaxations of the PNDs at higher temperature and the contribution of heterophase oscillations near the phase transition. A theoretical model is presented, that describes the evolution of the resonances over the entire temperature range. Similar resonances are observed in other relaxors and must therefore be a common characteristics of these systems.

  8. Second harmonic generation in nano-structured thin-film lithium niobate waveguides

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    Wang, Cheng; Andrade, Nicolas; Venkataraman, Vivek; Ren, Xi-Feng; Guo, Guang-Can; Lončar, Marko

    2016-01-01

    Lithium niobate is the most well-known optical material with a second-order \\c{hi}(2) nonlinearity that is widely employed in modern optical technology. Integrated lithium niobate platform has recently emerged as a promising candidate for next-generation, high-efficiency wavelength conversion systems that allow dense packaging and mass-production. Here we demonstrate efficient, phase-matched second harmonic generation in lithographically-defined thin-film lithium niobate waveguides with sub-micron dimensions. Both natural phase matching in fixed-width waveguides and quasi-phase matching in periodically-grooved waveguides are theoretically proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Our low-loss (~2.52 dB/cm) nanowaveguides possess normalized conversion efficiencies as high as 41% W-1cm-2, promising for future on-chip quantum wavelength conversion.

  9. Structure and Properties of Reduced Barium Niobium Oxide Single Crystals Obtained from Borate Fluxes

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    Hessen, B.; Sunshine, S.A.; Siegrist, T.; Fiory, A.T.; Waszczak, J.V.

    1991-01-01

    Single crystals of the reduced niobate Ba2Nb15O32 are produced by heating NbO2 in BaO·3B2O3 under high-vacuum conditions. The borate acts both as a source of BaO and as a flux for crystallization. The compound Ba2Nb15O32 crystallizes in space group R3 (a = 7.777 (1) Å, c = 35.518 (6) Å) and contains

  10. Anisotropic domain structure of KTiOPO4 crystals

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    Urenski, P.; Lesnykh, M.; Rosenwaks, Y.; Rosenman, G.; Molotskii, M.

    2001-08-01

    Highly anisotropic ferroelectric domain structure is observed in KTiOPO4 (KTP) crystals reversed by low electric field. The applied Miller-Weinreich model for sidewise motion of domain walls indicates that this anisotropy results from the peculiarities of KTP crystal lattice. The domain nuclei of dozen nanometer size, imaged by atomic force microscopy method, demonstrate regular hexagonal forms. The orientation of domain walls of the elementary nuclei coincides with the orientation of the facets of macroscopic KTP crystals. The observed strong domain elongation along one principal crystal axis allows us to improve tailoring of ferroelectric domain engineered structures for nonlinear optical converters.

  11. Broadband inelastic light scattering study on relaxor ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

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    Hyun Kim, Tae; Kojima, Seiji; Ko, Jae-Hyeon

    2014-06-01

    The broadband inelastic light scattering spectra of ternary Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals were investigated as a function of temperature and crystal orientation by combining Raman and Brillouin spectroscopies. The angular dependence of the strong Raman peak located at ˜50 cm-1 was investigated at 300 °C. The intensity variation of this mode with rotation angle was compatible with the F2g mode of Fm3¯m symmetry, suggesting that this mode arises from the 1:1 chemical order at the B-site in this perovskite structure. The temperature evolution of the polar nanoregions was associated with the growth of two central peaks and the change in the intensity of some Raman peaks, which were known to be sensitive to the rhombohedral symmetry. Both relaxation processes exhibited partial slowing-down behaviors with a common critical temperature of ˜160 °C. Poling the crystal along the [001] direction induced abrupt changes in some of the Raman bands at the rhombohedral-tetragonal phase transition. On the other hand, the diffuse tetragonal-cubic phase transition was not affected by the poling process. This high-temperature phase transformation seems to be smeared out by the inherent disorder and strong random fields enhanced by the addition of Pb(In1/2Nb1/2) into Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3.

  12. Electron Emission from Ferroelectric/Antiferroelectric Cathodes Excited by Short High-Voltage Pulses

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    Benedek, G; Handerek, J; Riege, H

    1997-01-01

    Un-prepoled Lead Zirconate Titanate Lanthanum doped-PLZT ferroelectric cathodes have emitted intense current pulses under the action of a high voltage pulse of typically 8 kV/cm for PLZT of 8/65/35 composition and 25 kV/cm for PLZT of 4/95/5 composition. In the experiments described in this paper, the exciting electric field applied to the sample is directed from the rear surface towards the emitting surface. The resulting emission is due to an initial field emission from the metal of the grid deposited over the emitting surface with the consequent plasma formation and the switching of ferroelectric domains. These electrons may be emitted directly form the crystal or from the plasma. This emission requires the material in ferroelectric phase. In fact, PLZT cathodes of the 8/65/35 type, that is with high Titanium content, showing ferroelectric-paraelectric phase sequence, emit at room temperature, while PLZT cathodes of the 4/95/5 type, that is with low Titanium content, having antiferro-ferro-paraelectric pha...

  13. ZnSnS3: Structure Prediction, Ferroelectricity, and Solar Cell Applications

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    Radi A. Jishi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The rapid growth of the solar energy industry is driving a strong demand for high performance, efficient photoelectric materials. In particular, ferroelectrics composed of earth-abundant elements may be useful in solar cell applications due to their large internal polarization. Unfortunately, wide band gaps prevent many such materials from absorbing light in the visible to mid-infrared range. Here, we address the band gap issue by investigating the effects of substituting sulfur for oxygen in the perovskite structure ZnSnO3. Using evolutionary methods, we identify the stable and metastable structures of ZnSnS3 and compare them to those previously characterized for ZnSnO3. Our results suggest that the most stable structure of ZnSnS3 is the monoclinic structure, followed by the metastable ilmenite and lithium niobate structures. The latter structure is highly polarized, possessing a significantly reduced band gap of 1.28 eV. These desirable characteristics make it a prime candidate for solar cell applications.

  14. Tunable dual-wavelength filter and its group delay dispersion in domain-engineered lithium niobate

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    Guang-hao Shao

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A tunable dual-wavelength filter is experimentally demonstrated in domain-engineered lithium niobate. Application of an electric field on the y-surfaces of the sample results in the optical axes rotating clockwise and anticlockwise, which makes selective polarization rotation. The quasi phase-matching wavelengths could be adjusted through suitable domain design. A unique dual valley spectrum is obtained in a periodically poled lithium niobate structure with a central defect if the sample is placed between two parallel polarizers. The expected bandwidth could be varied from ∼1 nm to ∼40 nm. Moreover, both the spectral response and group delay dispersion could be engineered.

  15. Optimal design of DC-based polarization beam splitter in lithium niobate on insulator

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    Gong, Zisu; Yin, Rui; Ji, Wei; Wang, Junbao; Wu, Chonghao; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Shicheng

    2017-08-01

    We propose a DC-based polarization beam splitter (PBS) in lithium niobate on insulator (LNOI). Utilizing the high birefringence property of Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3, LN), the device is achieved by simple structure in a short length. With the use of beam propagation method (BPM), the simulation results show that the device has a good performance for the separation of TE and TM polarizations with a high extinction ratio (about 35 dB). The simulated fabrication tolerance for the variation of the waveguide width is about 100 nm and the bandwidth is about 65 nm when the extinction ratio is higher than 10 dB.

  16. Tailoring the dispersion behavior of optical nanowires with intercore-cladding lithium niobate thin film.

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    He, Hairong; Miao, Lili; Jiang, Guobao; Zhao, Chujun; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-10-19

    The dispersion properties of silica and silicon subwavelength-diameter wires with intercore-cladding uniaxial dielectric lithium niobate thin film has been studied numerically in detail. The waveguide dispersion shifts centered around 1550-nm wavelength have been investigated. It shows that the dispersion of optical nanowires with intercore-cladding lithium niobate thin film is highly sensitive to fiber geometry. Moreover, with applied electric field, considerable dispersion shifts without changing its geometric structure can be obtained. Our work may provide an inroad for developing miniaturized functional optoelectronic devices.

  17. Tunable dual-wavelength filter and its group delay dispersion in domain-engineered lithium niobate

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    Shao, Guang-hao; Song, Jing; Ruan, Ya-ping; Cui, Guo-xin; Lu, Yan-qing

    2016-12-01

    A tunable dual-wavelength filter is experimentally demonstrated in domain-engineered lithium niobate. Application of an electric field on the y-surfaces of the sample results in the optical axes rotating clockwise and anticlockwise, which makes selective polarization rotation. The quasi phase-matching wavelengths could be adjusted through suitable domain design. A unique dual valley spectrum is obtained in a periodically poled lithium niobate structure with a central defect if the sample is placed between two parallel polarizers. The expected bandwidth could be varied from ˜1 nm to ˜40 nm. Moreover, both the spectral response and group delay dispersion could be engineered.

  18. Efficient second harmonic generation in χ(2) profile reconfigured lithium niobate thin film

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    Cai, Lutong; Wang, Yiwen; Hu, Hui

    2017-03-01

    Second harmonic wave was efficiently generated in proton exchanged lithium niobate thin film channel waveguides. Modal dispersion phase matching was achieved between two guided modes at pump and second-harmonic wavelengths with the same polarization, enabling using the largest second-order nonlinear component d33. The χ(2) profile in the lithium niobate thin film was reconfigured by proton exchange, leading to significantly enhanced modal overlap integral between the interacting modes. Normalized conversion efficiency up to 48% W-1 cm-2 was achieved in experiments.

  19. A Diagram of the Structure Evolution of Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3 O3-9%PbTiO3 Relaxor Ferroelectric Crystals with Excellent Piezoelectric Properties

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    Hua Zhou

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Piezoelectric properties are of significant importance to medical ultrasound, actuators, sensors, and countless other device applications. The mechanism of piezoelectric properties can be deeply understood in light of structure evolutions. In this paper, we report a diagram of the structure evolutions of Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/30.91Ti0.09O3 (PZN-9PT crystals with excellent piezoelectric properties among orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic phases, with a temperature increasing from room temperature to 220 °C. Through fitting the temperature-dependent XRD curves with Gauss and Lorenz functions, we obtained the evolutions of the content ratio of three kinds of phases (orthorhombic, tetragonal and cubic and the lattice parameters of the PZN-9PT system with the changes of temperature. The XRD fitting results together with Raman and dielectric spectra show that the phase transitions of PZN-9PT are a typical continuous evolution process. Additionally, resonance and anti-resonance spectra show the excellent piezoelectric properties of these crystals, which probably originate from the nano twin domains, as demonstrated by TEM images. Of particular attention is that the thickness electromechanical coupling factor kt is up to 72%.

  20. Effects of Bi doping on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PLBZT ferroelectric thin films synthesized by sol–gel processing

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    Hua Wang; Li Liu; Ji-Wen Xu; Chang-Lai Yuan; Ling Yang

    2013-06-01

    [Pb0.95(La1−Bi)0.05][Zr0.53Ti0.47]O3 (PLBZT) ferroelectric thin films have been synthesized on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass by sol–gel processing. PLBZT thin films were annealed at a relatively low temperature of 550 °C in oxygen ambient. Effects of Bi doping on structure, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PLBZT were investigated. Bi doping is useful in crystallization of PLBZT films and promoting grain growth. When the Bi-doping content is not more than 0.4, an obvious improvement in dielectric properties and leakage current of PLBZT was confirmed. However, when the Bi-doping content is more than 0.6, the pyrochlore phase appears and the remnant polarization r of PLBZT thin films is smaller than that of (Pb1−La)(Zr1− Ti)O3 (PLZT) thin films without Bi doping. PLBZT thin films with excessive Bi-doping content are easier to fatigue than PLZT thin films.