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Domains beyond the grain boundary

Ivry, Y and Chu, D and Scott, JF and Durkan, C (2011) Domains beyond the grain boundary. Advanced Functional Materials, 21. pp. 1827-1832. ISSN 1616-301X

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Thin films of inorganic materials are used in diverse applications, typically in polycrystalline form due to their relatively simple production. We have used enhanced piezoresponse force microscopy to investigate the domain distribution within neighbouring grains in thin polycrystalline films of the ferroelectric-ferroelastic system lead zirconate titanate (PZT). We demonstrate that domains are organized into areas with a correlated alignment of the ferroelastic and ferroelectric domains, spanning multiple grain boundaries. We present five typical arrangements of such structures: azimuthal, radial, gradient, and short- and long- range linear domain organizations. Moreover, we discuss the mechanical and electrical constraints that dictate these structures. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div B > Photonics
Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:26
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 07:30
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201002142