Mechanically controlled reversible photoluminescence response in all-inorganic flexible transparent ferroelectric/mica heterostructures

Ming Zheng, Hailing Sun, K. W. Kwok

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The ability to reversibly control the luminescent properties of functional materials with diverse external stimuli, such as an electric field, strain, and temperature, is crucial for designing high-performance optical devices. Here, we demonstrate that a purely mechanical strain in a flexible mica substrate triggered by bending can be used to dramatically modify the photoluminescence response of a Pr-doped Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.9Zr0.1O3 epitaxial thin film in a stable and repeatable manner with a large gauge factor of up to 6853. The strong dependence of the photoluminescence performance on the mechanical bending arises from strain-induced variations in the lattice symmetry of the host film and the local crystal field around the Pr3+. In particular, because of the nature of mica, the film structure exhibits excellent antifatigue characteristics after 104 bending cycles as well as high optical transparency in the range of 450–780 nm. This study provides a viable route for exploring the correlation between structural symmetry and photoluminescence in ferroelectric thin-film systems and offers new possibilities for developing all-inorganic, reconfigurable, transparent and flexible light sources, photodetectors, and wearable sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number52
JournalNPG Asia Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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