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See detailCritical field anisotropy in the antiferroelectric switching of PbZrO3 films
Milesi-Brault, Cosme; Godard, Nicolas; Girod, Stephanie et al

in APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS (2021), 118(4),

Antiferroelectrics have been recently sparking interest due to their potential use in energy storage and electrocaloric cooling. Their main distinctive feature is antiferroelectric switching, i.e., the ... [more ▼]

Antiferroelectrics have been recently sparking interest due to their potential use in energy storage and electrocaloric cooling. Their main distinctive feature is antiferroelectric switching, i.e., the possibility to induce a phase transition to a polar phase by an electric field. Here, we investigate the switching behavior of the model antiferroelectric perovskite PbZrO3 using thin films processed by chemical solution deposition in different geometries and orientations. Both out-of-plane and in-plane switching configurations are investigated. The critical field is observed to be highly dependent on the direction of the electric field with respect to the film texture. We show that this behavior is qualitatively consistent with a phase transition to a rhombohedral polar phase. We finally estimate the importance of crystallite orientation and film texturation in the variations observed in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailThe other model antiferroelectric: PbHfO3 thin films from ALD precursors
Hanrahan, Brendan; Milesi-Brault, Cosme; Leff, Asher et al

in APL MATERIALS (2021), 9(2),

Antiferroelectric PbHfO3 is grown from atomic layer deposition precursors lead bis(dimethylaminomethylpropanolate) and tetrakis dimethylamino hafnium with H2O and O-3 oxidizers in thicknesses from 20 nm ... [more ▼]

Antiferroelectric PbHfO3 is grown from atomic layer deposition precursors lead bis(dimethylaminomethylpropanolate) and tetrakis dimethylamino hafnium with H2O and O-3 oxidizers in thicknesses from 20 nm to 200 nm at a substrate temperature of 250 degrees C. X-ray analysis shows an as-grown crystalline PbO phase that diffuses into an amorphous HfO2 matrix upon annealing to form a randomly oriented, orthorhombic PbHfO3 thin film. Electrical characterization reveals characteristic double hysteresis loops with maximum polarizations of around 30 mu C/cm(2) and transition fields of 350 kV/cm-500 kV/cm depending on the thickness. Temperature-dependent permittivity and polarization testing show a phase transition at 185 degrees C, most probably to the paraelectric phase, but give no clear evidence for the intermediate phase known from bulk PbHfO3. The energy storage density for the films reaches 16 J/cm(3) at 2 MV/cm. A dielectric tunability of 221 is available within 1 V for the thinnest film. These results highlight the unique spectrum of properties available for thin film perovskite antiferroelectrics. [less ▲]

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See detailArchetypal Soft-Mode-Driven Antipolar Transition in Francisite Cu3Bi(SeO3)(2)O2Cl
Milesi-Brault, Cosme; Toulouse, Constance UL; Constable, Evan et al

in PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (2020), 124(9), 097603-6

Model materials are precious test cases for elementary theories and provide building blocks for the understanding of more complex cases. Here, we describe the lattice dynamics of the structural phase ... [more ▼]

Model materials are precious test cases for elementary theories and provide building blocks for the understanding of more complex cases. Here, we describe the lattice dynamics of the structural phase transition in francisite Cu3Bi(SeO3)(2)O2Cl at 115 K and show that it provides a rare archetype of a transition driven by a soft antipolar phonon mode. In the high-symmetry phase at high temperatures, the soft mode is found at (0,0,0.5) at the Brillouin zone boundary and is measured by inelastic x-ray scattering and thermal diffuse scattering. In the low-symmetry phase, this soft-mode is folded back onto the center of the Brillouin zone as a result of the doubling of the unit cell, and appears as a fully symmetric mode that can be tracked by Raman spectroscopy. On both sides of the transition, the mode energy squared follows a linear behavior over a large temperature range. First-principles calculations reveal that, surprisingly, the flat phonon band calculated for the high-symmetry phase seems incompatible with the displacive character found experimentally. We discuss this unusual behavior in the context of an ideal Kittel model of an antiferroelectric transition. [less ▲]

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See detailArchetypal Soft-Mode-Driven Antipolar Transition in Francisite Cu3BiðSeO3Þ2O2Cl
Milesi-Brault, Cosme; Toulouse, Constance UL; Constable, Evan et al

in Physical Review Letters (2020)

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