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Dielectric relaxation in antiferroelectric multigrain $PbZrO_3$ thin films

Bharadwaja, SSN and Krupanidhi, SB (2000) Dielectric relaxation in antiferroelectric multigrain $PbZrO_3$ thin films. In: Materials Science & Engineering B, 78 (2-3). pp. 75-83.

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Antiferroelectric materials are found to be good alternative material compositions for high charge storage devices and transducer applications. Lead zirconate (PZ) is a room temperature antiferroelectric material. Thin films of PZ with various thicknesses were deposited by excimer laser ablation technique on Pt coated Si-substrates at a substrate temperature of 300°C and,subsequently, post annealed at 650°C. The antiferroelectric nature of PZ thin films was studied over a temperature range 30–250°C. Effect of thickness on the net dielectric constant was studied in detail and the calculated interfacial dielectric layer thickness is 0.1 nm approximately, with a bulk dielectric constant of 222 at 100 kHz. Impedance and electric modulus formalisms were employed in order to gain an insight of the microstructural details of multigrain thin films. A comprehensive study on relaxation mechanism revealed that the Maxwell–Wagner type polarization is the basic relaxation phenomenon in the multigrain PZ thin films, due to the presence of multiple grain and grain boundaries across the film thickness. The activation energies from the interior grain relaxation and ac conductivity studies were 0.631 and 0.563 eV, respectively. These activation energies were attributed to the excitation of the charge carriers from a set of shallow traps and:or oxygen vacancies present at an average depth of 0.5–0.6 eV from the bottom of the conduction band.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Materials Science & Engineering B
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Antiferroelectric lead zirconate thin films;Impedance spectroscopy;Dielectric relaxation;Shallow trapped carriers
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/7983

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