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Published in Journal of Materials Science 44 (2009), pp. 5182–5188; doi: 10.1007/s10853-009-3623-4 Copyright © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Used by permission.


In this study, we review recent advances in PFM studies of micrometer scale ferroelectric capacitors, summarize the experimental PFM-based approach to investigation of fast switching processes, illustrate what information can be obtained from PFM experiments on domains kinetics, and delineate the scaling effect on polarization reversal mechanism. Particular attention is given to PFM studies of mechanical stress effect on polarization stability.

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