Structural and dielectric properties of pulsed laser deposited Pb[Yb1/2Nb1/2]O3-PbTiO3 thin films

Véronique Bornand, Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry

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Heterostructures consisting of (001) LaAlO3 or (111) SrTiO3 substrates, SrRuO3 metallic oxide bottom electrodes and Pb[Yb1/2Nb1/2]O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. The combination of oxidic perovskite-type materials results in highly 〈001〉- or 〈111〉-heteroepitaxial capacitors with well-defined and homogeneous columnar microstructures. Most of the films show room temperature dielectric constant greater than 1500 associated with low dielectric loss (tgδ < 4%) and exhibit saturated hysteresis loops with remanent polarizations up to Pr ∼ 50μ It was found that the ferroelectric characteristics and, in particular, the fatigue phenomena greatly depend on the orientation and crystalline quality of the as-grown films. The stabilization of the 〈001〉-orientation enhances the fatigue resistance and a good endurance up to 1011 cycles has been determined for highly 〈001〉-textured samples. In contrast, fatigue tests performed on strongly 〈111〉-oriented capacitors have revealed poor fatigue performances, with a progressive decrease in the switchable polarization by ac voltage cycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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