TITLE

Direct observation of local ferroelectric phase transitions in Ba[sub x]Sr[sub 1-x]TiO[sub 3] thin films

AUTHOR(S)
Tikhomirov, Oleg; Jiang, Hua; Hua Jiang; Levy, Jeremy
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;9/25/2000, Vol. 77 Issue 13
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The temperature dependence of the local ferroelectric polarization of Ba[sub x]Sr[sub 1-x]TiO[sub 3] thin films is measured with submicrometer resolution using confocal scanning optical microscopy. The local ferroelectric hysteresis loop changes shape and disappears as the temperature is increased over a narrow range of temperatures (ΔT∼10 K). The local Curie temperature T[sub C](x,y) varies significantly with position, and the distribution of T[sub C] is consistent with the broad temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity measured through conventional methods. These results directly confirm the hypothesis that the ferroelectric phase transition in these materials is inhomogeneously broadened. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4414895

 

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