Interpretation of Polar Orders Based on Electric Characterizations: Example of Pb(Yb1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3 Solid Solution

Charlotte Cochard (Lead / Corresponding author), Xavier Bril, Orland Guedes, Pierre-Eymeric Janolin

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Characterizing the polar order is a fundamental step in the understanding of a material and a necessity for application purposes since each polar order is associated with specific functionalities. Here, using the Pb(Yb1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3 (PYN-PT) solid solution as an example, we propose to differentiate the polar order based on two simple electrical characterization methods: measurement of the dielectric constant and hysteresis loops. Comparing the dielectric constant measured in high and low electric field conditions, we show that the polarization-electric field measurements may induce out-of-equilibrium phases. The better understanding of the effect of the measuring conditions on the polar order has led us to propose a new sequence of equilibrium polar orders in the PYN-PT solid solution at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6005-6011
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number11
Early online date14 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


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