Pulsed-Laser Deposited 35 Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2) O3-65 PbTiO3 Thin Films - Part I: Influence of Processing on Composition, Microstructure, and Ferroelectric Hysteresis

Carl Morandi, Jennifer L. Gray, Wes Auker, Susan Trolier-Mckinstry

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35 Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 - 65 PbTiO3 (35 BiMT-65 PT) is a potential candidate material for a high-temperature nonvolatile ferroelectric memory. For pulsed-laser deposited 35 BiMT-65 PT films with the perovskite structure, it was found that as the chamber pressure during deposition decreased, the Mg and Pb contents in as-deposited films drop, while the concentration of Bi increases. Concurrently with the change in composition, the remanent polarization P-r increases 64% to ≈ 21μ C /cm2 and the polarization-electric field loops rotated counterclockwise as the deposition pressure increases. Decreasing the seed layer thickness from 36 to 16 nm led to a decrease in P-r to ≈ 14μ C /cm2. Adjusting the target composition allowed the deposition of films which had near-stoichiometric Bi and Mg concentrations, but in all cases, the grown films were lead deficient. These films had remanent polarizations of 18- 20μC/cm2. If the lead content of the target was increased too far, the remanent polarization decreased, possibly due to the need to evolve more PbO from defective growth layers. Finally, the deposition rate showed no substantial effect on the film composition, but did have a significant impact on the ferroelectric properties. As the deposition rate decreased, the P-r increased to ≈ 22μ C /cm2 due to enhanced crystalline quality. At laser frequencies of 5 Hz, a Mg-rich pyrochlore phase begins to form and films showed a maximum P-r≈ 22μC/cm2. The processing-composition behavior is explained via preferential adsorption of Bi on the A-site, which results in lead vacancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8334249
Pages (from-to)1525-1533
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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