Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

June 2006


Published in Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 262907 2006. Copyright © 2006 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


We demonstrate that (Pb0.9La0.1)(Zr0.65Ti0.35)0.975O3 (PLZT) (10/65/35) thin films that have a nominally relaxor composition and that are deposited by chemical solution deposition onto copper foil show polarization hysteresis. Ferroelectric domain switching and a shift in Curie temperature are also observed. This is in contrast to the non-hysteretic behavior of films with identical composition prepared on Pt/SiO2 / Si substrates. This suggests that the mismatch in coefficient of thermal expansion between PLZT and copper induces a compressive strain in the PLZT during cooling after high temperature crystallization under low pO2, and causes an out-of-plane polarization.

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