Suppression of strain coupling in perovskite La0.6Sr0.1TiO3 by cation disorder

Howard, C. J. and Zhang, Z. and Carpenter, M. A. and Knight, K. S. (2007) Suppression of strain coupling in perovskite La0.6Sr0.1TiO3 by cation disorder. Physical Review B, 76 (5). 054108. ISSN 1098-0121 DOI


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An octahedral tilting transition has been investigated in two samples of La0.6Sr0.1TiO3 by powder neutron diffraction. One (slowly cooled) sample had a degree of cation/vacancy ordering on the A sites and was tetragonal, P4/mmm, at high temperatures. The second (quenched) sample had disordered cations and cubic, Pm3¯m, symmetry at high temperatures. On cooling, both underwent the same R-point tilting transition at 560–570 K, to give symmetry changes P4/mmm↔Cmmm and Pm3 ¯m↔I4/mcm, respectively. From the evolution of the tilt angles, the transition appears to be close to tricritical in both cases. As expected from a Landau expansion in the two order parameters, the transition temperature was found to be only weakly dependent on the degree of cation order. In contrast with the expectation of standard patterns of strain to order parameter coupling, however, the tilted (tetragonal) form of the disordered sample remained metrically cubic,implying that coupling of the tetragonal shear strain with the octahedral tilting was suppressed. It is proposed that cation disordering causes the development of local strain heterogeneities in crystals of La0.6Sr0.1TiO3 which prevent a coherent, long-range shear strain from developing. Manipulation of the degree of cation order in perovskites with carefully selected compositions might therefore provide a means by which the magnitudes of ferroelastic strains could be engineered according to the requirement of particular applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2007 AREP IA55 2007 P
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review B
Volume: 76
Page Range: 054108
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:07

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