Piezoelectric and dielectric properties of Pb(Zr,Ti) O3 ferroelectric bilayers

Alexei Grigoriev, Chun Yang, Mandana Meisami Azad, Oliver Causey, Donald A. Walko, Daniel S. Tinberg, Susan Trolier-Mckinstry

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The dielectric and piezoelectric properties of an epitaxial PbZr0.8Ti0.2O3/PbZr0.6Ti0.4O3 ferroelectric bilayer film were studied. Time-resolved synchrotron x-ray microdiffraction provided access to layer-specific structural information during electric-field-induced changes. The observed dielectric and electromechanical responses are consistent with a weak electrostatic polarization coupling and can be described using a thermodynamic model of epitaxial ferroelectric bilayers. The weak electrostatic coupling between ferroelectric layers can enable unusual tail-to-tail and head-to-head polarization configurations. X-ray measurements of the piezoelectric response of the ferroelectric bilayer at a microsecond time scale confirmed a possible tail-to-tail polarization domain configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104106
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 9 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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