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Effect of oxygen pressure on the grain and domain structure of polycrystalline 0.85PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O(3)-0.15PbTiO(3) thin films studied by scanning probe microscopy

John, Neena S and Saranya, D and Parui, Jayanta and Krupanidhi, SB (2011) Effect of oxygen pressure on the grain and domain structure of polycrystalline 0.85PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O(3)-0.15PbTiO(3) thin films studied by scanning probe microscopy. In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 44 (41).

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Abstract

0.85PbMg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O(3)-0.15PbTiO(3) ferroelectric-relaxor thin films have been deposited on La(0.5)nSr(0.5)CoO(3)/(1 1 1) Pt/TiO(2)/SiO(2)/Si by pulsed laser ablation at various oxygen partial pressures in the range 0.05 to 0.4 Torr. All the films have a rhombohedral perovskite structure. The grain morphology and orientation are drastically affected by the oxygen pressure, studied by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The domain structure investigations by dynamic contact electrostatic force microscopy have revealed that the distribution of polar nanoregions and their dynamics is influenced by the grain morphology, orientation and more importantly, oxygen vacancies. The correlation length extracted from autocorrelation function images has shown that the polarization disorder decreases with oxygen pressure up to 0.3 Torr. The presence of polarized domains and their electric field induced switching is discussed in terms of internal bias field and domain wall pinning. Film deposited at 0.4 Torr presents a curious case with unique triangular grain morphology and large polarization disorder.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2011 07:32
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2011 07:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/41631

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