Dielectric characteristics of perovskite-structured high-temperature relaxor ferroelectrics: The BiScO3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb 2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ternary system

Craig J. Stringer, Niall J. Donnelly, Thomas R. Shrout, Clive A. Randall, Edward F. Alberta, Wesley S. Hackenberger

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A new compositional family of relaxor ferroelectrics was investigated based on the high-temperature Bi(Me)O3-PbTiO3 ferroelectric perovskite family. Compositions were fabricated near an estimated morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of the xBiScO3-yPb(Mg1/3Nb 2/3)O3-zPbTiO3 (xBS-yPMN-zPT) ternary system exhibiting high-temperature relaxor properties of Tmax ∼250°-350°C and εmax ∼10 000-24 000 at 1 kHz. Analysis of the low-field a.c. permittivity by a Vogel-Fulcher type dependence enabled key parameters of activation energy, EA, and freezing temperature, Tf, to be determined. The remanent polarization was studied over a broad temperature range and was observed to show classical ferroelectric square loop hysteresis behavior at temperatures T<Tf while slim loop hysteresis behavior was observed at temperatures T f<T<Tmax. Pyroelectric current measurements were made and integrated to determine macroscopic polarization-temperature dependence, and were in excellent agreement with the hysteresis data. The macroscopic polarization was found to drop off rapidly near the freezing temperature, Tf. At temperatures T>Tmax, the deviation temperature, TD, was obtained from Curie-Weiss analysis and found to be ∼600°C. A comparison of characteristic electrical properties was made between the high-temperature perovskite relaxors and the classical complex lead relaxor compound, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1781-1787
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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