Ferroelectric polarization switching of high aspect ratio (>80:1) PbZr0.52Ti00.48O3 (PZT) microtubes with a wall thickness of ∼200 nm was investigated. A charge-based technique was used to assess the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of individual mechanically-unconstrained PZT microtubes with interdigitated electrodes. An enhancement in the degree of ferroelastic (non-180°) domain wall motion was observed in the tubes relative to films of similar thickness on rigid substrates. The dielectric response of the tubes showed a Rayleigh-like ac field dependence over a wide temperature range; the extent of the extrinsic contribution to the dielectric response dropped as the temperature approached 10K, but remained finite. This work demonstrates a general methodology for directly electrically addressing small, unconstrained ferroelectric devices, extending the range of driving fields and temperatures over which these materials can be probed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control|
|State||Published - Apr 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering