Monoclinic and triclinic phases in higher-order Devonshire theory

Дата и время публикации : 2000-09-21T19:33:00Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
David Vanderbilt (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University)
Morrel H. Cohen (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University)

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Первичная категория: cond-mat.mtrl-sci

Все категории : cond-mat.mtrl-sci

Краткий обзор статьи: Devonshire theory provides a successful phenomenological description of many cubic perovskite ferroelectrics such as BaTiO3 via a sixth-order expansion of the free energy in the polar order parameter. However, the recent discovery of a novel monoclinic ferroelectric phase in the PZT system by Noheda et al. (Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2059 (1999)) poses a challenge to this theory. Here, we confirm that the sixth-order Devonshire theory cannot support a monoclinic phase, and consider extensions of the theory to higher orders. We show that an eighth-order theory allows for three kinds of equilibrium phases in which the polarization is confined not to a symmetry axis but to a symmetry plane. One of these phases provides a natural description of the newly observed monoclinic phase. Moreover, the theory makes testable predictions about the nature of the phase boundaries between monoclinic, tetragonal, and rhombohedral phases. A ferroelectric phase of the lowest (triclinic) symmetry type, in which the polarization is not constrained by symmetry, does not emerge until the Devonshire theory is carried to twelfth order. A topological analysis of the critical points of the free-energy surface facilitates the discussion of the phase transition sequences.

Category: Physics