Computer simulation of 90° ferroelectric domain formation in two-dimensions

Hong Liang Hu, Long Qing Chen

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The dynamics of 90° domain formation during a ferroelectric phase transition is studied using a computer simulation model based on time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) equations. This model does not make a priori assumptions on the domain morphologies and their evolution path, and takes into account simultaneously the non-local elastic and electric dipole-dipole interactions, and the local interactions resulting in the domain-wall energy. A two-dimensional system is considered. The domain structure is described by a vector polarization field whose temporal and spatial equation is obtained by numerically solving the TDGL equations in Fourier space. It is shown that both the non-local elastic and electric dipole-dipole interactions are critical in order to explain the experimental observation which demonstrated that tail-to-head or head-to-tail arrangement of dipoles at twin boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-191
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 30 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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