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Interferroelectric transition as another manifestation of intrinsic size effect in ferroelectrics

Narayan, Bastola and Sorb, YA and Loukya, B and Samanta, Atanu and Senyshyn, Anatoliy and Datta, Ranjan and Singh, Abhishek Kumar and Narayana, Chandrabhas and Ranjan, Rajeev (2016) Interferroelectric transition as another manifestation of intrinsic size effect in ferroelectrics. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 94 (10).

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Abstract

In general, crystallite size reduction is known to suppress the ferroic order (polarization or magnetization) in ferroelectric and magnetic systems. Using free particles of a giant tetragonality (c/a-1 = 0.18) ferroelectric alloy BiFeO3-PbTiO3 as the model system, here we show that the intrinsic size effect in ferroelectrics can as well manifest in terms of switching the ground state from one ferroelectric phase (tetragonal with polarization along 001]) to another ferroelectric phase (rhombohedral with polarization along 111]). In this particular case, because of the strong coupling of the magnetic and structural degrees of freedom, a magnetic order also sets in below the critical size, making it a size induced magnetoferroelectric transformation. The driving force for this unusual transformation is argued to be the large depolarizing and domain wall energies in the tetragonal phase.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER PHYSICAL SOC, ONE PHYSICS ELLIPSE, COLLEGE PK, MD 20740-3844 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 10:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/55081

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