In-situ domain structure characterization of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 crystals under alternating current electric field poling

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Acta Materialia


Alternating current (AC) electric field poling (AC-poling) has been actively studied for tailoring the domain configuration of relaxor ferroelectric crystals to further improve their piezoelectric and electro-optical properties. Understanding the change and redistribution of ferroelectric domains under AC electric field is essential for exploring the mechanism of the enhanced piezoelectricity in AC-electric-field-poled (AC-poled) crystals. Despite extensive investigations over recent years, no consensus has yet been reached on this topic. Here, we performed a three-dimensional synchrotron X-ray diffraction study on [001] -oriented rhombohedral Pb(Mg Nb )O -PbTiO (PMN-PT) ferroelectric crystals to characterize the domain structure variation during the AC-poling process. Our study clearly reveals that the AC electric field has an ability to efficiently merge the ferroelectric domains on both sides of 71 domain walls, leading to a considerable increase of domain size and thus a significant enhancement of electromechanical properties. In addition, this work indicates that, for the AC-poled [001] -oriented rhombohedral PMN-PT crystal, the most stable state should be the lamellar domain structure with only 109 domain walls and the same volume fractions of the two types of ferroelectric domains on both sides of domain walls, which is expected to benefit the design of high-performance ferroelectric via domain or domain wall engineering. C 1/3 2/3 3 3 C o o

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National Natural Science Foundation of China



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