Variations of differential capacitance in SrBi2Ta2O9 ferroelectric films induced by photoperturbation

Ching-Chich Leu; Chao-Hsin Chien; Chih-Yuan Chen; Mao-Nan Chang; Fan-Yi Hsu; Chen-Ti Hu; Yung-Fu Chen
February 2005
Applied Physics Letters;2/28/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 9, p092906
Academic Journal
In this letter, we demonstrated the impact of illumination on the differential capacitance variation of a strontium bismuth tantalite (SBT) capacitor during scanning capacitance microscopy measurements. It was found that illumination with a stray light of laser in an atomic force microscope could perturb the dC/dV signals of the samples. We attribute this phenomenon to the generation of free carriers by the photon absorptions via defect traps in the SBT thin film. Therefore, this present work suggests that the effect of laser illumination must be carefully taken into consideration whenever a field-sensitive technique is employed to analyze the properties of a ferroelectric material.


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