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Polarization switching studies in ferroelectric glycine phosphite single crystals

Deepthy, A and Bhat, HL (2002) Polarization switching studies in ferroelectric glycine phosphite single crystals. In: Ferroelectrics, 269 . pp. 99-104.

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Glycine Phosphite [NH3CH2COOH3PO3], abbreviated as GPI, undergoes a para-ferroelectric phase transition from the monoclinic symmetry P2(1)/a to P2(1) at 224.7 K. We report here a systematic study of the polarization switching process in this crystal. Growth of these crystals from aqueous solution has been undertaken employing both solvent evaporation and slow cooling methods. Hysteresis loop measurements along the polar b-axis yielded a spontaneous polarization value of 0.5 muC/cm(2) and a coercive field of 2.5 kV/cm. Conventional Merz technique was employed for polarization switching studies, wherein bipolar square pulses were applied to the sample to induce domain reversal. The transient switching pulse that flows through the sample on application of the field was recorded. The maximum switching time required for domain switching was measured both as a function of electric field and temperature. The experimentally observed switching curves were fitted with the model based on the Pulvari-Kuebler theory of nucleation and growth of domains. From the experimental data, the values of mobility and activation field were obtained. It was observed that switching process in this crystal is predominantly governed by the forward growth of domain walls in the high field region. However, switching process in GPI crystal was found to be slower than that found in other glycine based ferroelectric crystals.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Ferroelectrics
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor and Francis Group.
Keywords: Ferroelectricity;Hysteresis Loop;Domains;Polarization Switching
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2011 09:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39357

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