Switching current measurements have been carried out on relaxor ferroelectric single crystal-PZN, and the solid solution 0.86PZN-0.04PT and 0.91PZN-0.09PT for crystallographic directions  and . The experiments showed the presence of two maximum points in the switching current for 0.86PZN-0.04PT and 0.91PZN-0.09PT that can be attributed to the co-existence of two phases. The switching time inverse shows a two-fold linear dependence on applied field for both  and . This suggests that the polarization reversal in the relaxor systems is related to the mobility of the domains. The switching time in relaxor ferroelectric is long (millisecs) compared to the reported data on normal ferroelectric Barium titanate (microsecs). The switching time is dependent on the composition of the crystal along both  and . Along , the switching time decreases as the PT component increases in the crystal while along , the switching time increases as the PT increases.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Materials Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering