Strain control of domain-wall stability in epitaxial BiFeO3 (110) films

M. P. Cruz, Y. H. Chu, J. X. Zhang, P. L. Yang, F. Zavaliche, Q. He, P. Shafer, L. Q. Chen, R. Ramesh

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We have studied the stability of domains and domain walls in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films using a combination of piezoelectric force microscopy and phase-field simulations. We have discovered that a film-substrate misfit strain may result in a drastically different thermodynamic stability of two parallel domain walls with the same orientation. A fundamental understanding of the underlying physics, the stress distribution in a domain structure, leads to a novel approach to control the ferroelastic domain stability in the multiferroic BiFeO3 system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number217601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 20 2007

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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