Probing electrocolored Fe-doped SrTiO3 bulks using optical second harmonic generation

D. Ascienzo, S. Greenbaum, T. J.M. Bayer, C. A. Randall, Y. H. Ren

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We have investigated the spatial distribution of non-centrosymmetric defects in the electrocolored bulks of oxidized and reduced Fe-doped SrTiO3 (Fe:STO) single crystals by optical second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy in the transmission geometry. Transmitted SHG intensities were examined across the anodic, mixed, and cathodic bulk regions of both Fe:STO crystals. The obtained nonlinear susceptibility ratios show that the structural distortions in the anodic and cathodic bulks of the electrocolored crystals are dominated by Fe:Ti[sbnd]O bond bending around Fe4+ defect centers and Fe:Ti[sbnd]O bond stretching around Fe3+ defect centers, respectively. Moreover, we identified a stronger local strain field at the color front of the oxidized crystal over the reduced one. This is attributed to more efficient strain relaxation during oxygen vacancy demixing in the reduced crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-527
Number of pages8
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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