Phase diagram and domain splitting in thin ferroelectric films with incommensurate phase

A. N. Morozovska, E. A. Eliseev, Jianjun Wang, G. S. Svechnikov, Yu M. Vysochanskii, Venkatraman Gopalan, Long Qing Chen

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We studied the phase diagram of thin ferroelectric films with incommensurate phases and semiconductor properties within the framework of Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory. We performed both analytical calculations and phase-field modeling of the temperature and thickness dependencies of the period of incommensurate 180° -domain structures appeared in thin films covered with perfect electrodes. It is found that the transition temperature from the paraelectric into the incommensurate phase as well as the period of incommensurate domain structure strongly depend on the film thickness, depolarization field contribution, surface and gradient energy. The results may provide insight on the temperature dependence of domain structures in nanosized ferroics with inherent incommensurate phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number195437
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 27 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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