The ferroelastic phase transition and non- 180° domain switching in La-modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics

Wang, Can and Redfern, Simon A. T. and Aguado, Fernando and Daraktchiev, Maren (2011) The ferroelastic phase transition and non- 180° domain switching in La-modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 21 (29). p. 295901. DOI 10.1088/0953-8984/21/29/295901

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Abstract

The ferroelastic phase transition and shape memory effect in La-modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics are demonstrated directly through the temperature-dependent macroscopic recoverable strain measured in a three-point bending configuration. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that non- 180° domain switching occurs in the mechanically poled sample in two different ways at the bottom and top of the sample which have been under tensile and compressive stresses, respectively. The calculated fraction of non- 180° switched domains in the poled sample increases nonlinearly with the applied force and shows a saturation trend, which is consistent with the nonlinear behavior of the remnant strain. This study confirms that the mechanical stress applied upon cooling ferroelectric ceramics from the paraelectric to the ferroelectric phase can easily activate ferroelastic domain switching and give rise to preferred domain orientation and consequent macroscopic remnant strain which results in a history effect and shape memory effect via the ferroelastic phase transition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2011AREP; IA63;
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume: 21
Page Range: p. 295901
Identification Number: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/29/295901
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 16:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:02
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2162

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