Fatigue effect in bulk ferroelectrics

Vladimir Y. Shur, Evgenii Rumyantsev, Ekaterina Nikolaeva, Eugene Shishkin, Ivan Baturin, Alevtina Shur, Doru C. Lupascu, Clive A. Randall, Metin Ozgul

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We have used a kinetic approach to the fatigue phenomenon in ferroelectric for the analysis of the evolution of switching current and strain hysteresis loops in bulk PZT ceramics and the switching current in PZN-PT single crystals during cyclic switching. It is proposed that fatigue is due to a redistribution of the local internal bias field during cycling (spatially non-uniform imprint effect). The model considered is based on the fact that during cycling the ratio of the states with opposite direction of polarization ranges over the sample area. The local value of this ratio defines the change of the internal bias field at the given point during the switching cycle considered. Thus the spatial distribution of the internal bias field depends on the domain evolution prehistory. We have investigated by computer simulation the self-consistent change of the internal bias field distribution function with cycling, which leads to fatigue. The mathematical treatment of the switching current data allows us to extract the information about the evolution of the field distribution function. The fatigue-induced change of the strain loops is explained by a strong unipolarity of the growing frozen domain area, which has been predicted by our simulations. The analysis of experimental data confirms the validity of our model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-50
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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