Springer Theses

Ferroelectric Domain Walls

Statics, Dynamics, and Functionalities Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy

Authors: Guyonnet, Jill

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  • Includes a beginner-friendly introduction to disordered elastic systems
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Using the nano metric resolution of atomic force microscopy techniques, this work explores the rich fundamental physics and novel functionalities of domain walls in ferroelectric materials, the nano scale interfaces separating regions of differently oriented spontaneous polarization. Due to the local symmetry-breaking caused by the change in polarization, domain walls are found to possess an unexpected lateral piezoelectric response, even when this is symmetry-forbidden in the parent material. This has interesting potential applications in electromechanical devices based on ferroelectric domain patterning. Moreover, electrical conduction is shown to arise at domain walls in otherwise insulating lead zirconate titanate, the first such observation outside of multiferroic bismuth ferrite, due to the tendency of the walls to localize defects. The role of defects is then explored in the theoretical framework of disordered elastic interfaces possessing a characteristic roughness scaling and complex dynamic response. It is shown that the heterogeneous disorder landscape in ferroelectric thin films leads to a breakdown of the usual self-affine roughness, possibly related to strong pinning at individual defects. Finally, the roles of varying environmental conditions and defect densities in domain switching are explored and shown to be adequately modelled as a competition between screening effects and pinning.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Guyonnet, Jill

    Pages 1-6

  • Domain Walls in Ferroelectric Materials

    Guyonnet, Jill

    Pages 7-24

  • Experimental Setup

    Guyonnet, Jill

    Pages 25-40

  • Lateral Piezoelectric Response Across Ferroelectric Domain Walls

    Guyonnet, Jill

    Pages 41-62

  • Electrical Conduction at 180 $$^{\circ }$$ Ferroelectric Domain Walls

    Guyonnet, Jill

    Pages 63-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ferroelectric Domain Walls
Book Subtitle
Statics, Dynamics, and Functionalities Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05750-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05750-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05749-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38277-7
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 159
Number of Illustrations and Tables
79 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
Topics