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Effect of acceptor and donor dopants on polarization components of lead zirconate titanate thin films

Majumder, SB and Roy, B and Katiyar, RS and Krupanidhi, SB (2001) Effect of acceptor and donor dopants on polarization components of lead zirconate titanate thin films. In: Applied Physics Letters, 79 (2). pp. 239-241.


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We have compared the magnitudes of reversible and irreversible polarization components of sol-gel-derived $Nd^3^+$- and $Fe^3^+$-doped PZT (53/47) thin films on platinized silicon substrates. Beyond the switching field, it was found that the reversible component of the polarization remains almost constant both for donor- (Nd3+) and acceptor- (Fe3+) doped PZT films. The irreversible polarization component reduces with the increase in Nd3+ content, whereas it increases until 3 at. % Fe3+-doped PZT thin films. The dielectric behavior of these films at subswitching fields was analyzed in terms of Rayleigh law. The inverse of the Raleigh coefficient (\upsilon ) was considered as a measure of the obstacle for the domain-wall motion. In the case of Fe-doped PZT, the inverse of the Raleigh coefficient (\upsilon ) shows a declining linearity with Fe content, which may be found exactly opposite to that observed for Nd-doped PZT. The observed results are explained in terms of the nature of the defect-domain-wall interaction of acceptor-and-donor-doped PZT thin films. Studies indicated that in the case of Fe-doped PZT films, the possible defect interaction initiates only above 2 at. % and it was found to be much lower in magnitude in comparison with the Nd doping.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Physics Letters
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Institute of Physics (AIP).
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:18
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2978

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