Defect-Enhanced Polarization Switching in the Improper Ferroelectric LuFeO3

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Journal Article


Advanced Materials, Wiley-VCH Verlag (2020)


Results of switching behavior of the improper ferroelectric LuFeO3 are presented. Using a model set of films prepared under controlled chemical and growth-rate conditions, it is shown that defects can reduce the quasi-static switching voltage by up to 40% in qualitative agreement with first-principles calculations. Switching studies show that the coercive field has a stronger frequency dispersion for the improper ferroelectrics compared to a proper ferroelectric such as PbTiO3. It is concluded that the primary structural order parameter controls the switching dynamics of such improper ferroelectrics. © 2020 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


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