A model for the structural hysteresis in poling and thermal depoling of PZT ceramics

H. H. Law, P. L. Rossiter, G. P. Simon, J. Unsworth

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Abstract

A structural hysteresis associated with domain orientation during poling and thermal depoling of lead titanate zirconate (PZT) ceramics has been observed. The poled materials appear to lose their piezoelectric properties at a temperature somewhat below the Curie temperature and yet the domain configurations remain unchanged. The above phenomenon is successfully explained by a model which predicts that upon thermal depolarization, poled ceramics undergo transformation from the poled state into the antiferroelectric state before returning back to their original unpoled state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4901-4905
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume30
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1995

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