Characterization of 90° domain structure and polarization switching in Pb(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O3 film by piezoresponse force microscope

X. Zhao, Jiyan Dai, X. G. Tang, J. Wang, H. L.W. Chan, C. L. Choy

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A lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O 3 (PZT40/60) film was deposited on a Pt(111)/Ti/SiO 2/Si(100) substrate by a sol-gel process followed by thermal annealing at 650 °C for 5 min. Piezoresponse force microscope observation revealed a lamellar domain structure in the PZT40/60 grains and we attribute the lamellar domains as 90° ferroelectric domains. The polarization-switching mechanism of the 90° domains in the PZT40/60 film under external electric fields has also been studied and it was revealed that a large-area polarization switching is usually accompanied by the appearance of a new direction of 90° domains in order to reduce the stress in the grains. By contrast, a nanometer-sized polarization switching is believed to be accomplished by generating 180° domains within a single lamellar domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1000
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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