Using Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory and phase-field modeling, we explore the complex interplay between a structural order parameter (oxygen octahedron rotation) and polarization in EuxSr1-xTiO 3 thin films. Under a biaxially tensile strain, a low-symmetry monoclinic phase with in-plane ferroelectric polarization is found to be stabilized by antiferrodistortive oxygen octahedra tilts. The monoclinic phase is stable over a wide temperature range. It is characterized by a large number of energetically equivalent polar and structural twin domains. This work demonstrates the development of a spontaneous polarization and piezo- and pyroelectricity in a ferroelastic twin boundary arising from flexoelectric coupling and rotostriction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 10 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics