Molecular-dynamics investigation on polarization retention of barium titanate nanofilm arising from ordered oxygen vacancy

J. Wang, A. K. Soh, P. Xiao, F. J. Ke

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Molecular-dynamics simulations have been carried out to investigate the electric hysteresis of barium titanate nanofilm containing oxygen vacancy ordering array parallel to the {101} crystal plane. The results obtained show a significant weakening of polarization retention from non-zero value to zero as the size of the array was reduced to a critical level, which was attributed to the formation and motion of head-to-head domain wall structure under external field loading process. By comparing with materials containing isolated oxygen vacancies, it was found that the zero retention was due to the oxygen vacancy ordering array rather than to the concentration of oxygen vacancy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17006
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

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