In-depth understanding of {110}-type domain walls in bismuth titanate ceramics

Shaoxiong Xie, Jikai Shi, Qian Xu, Qingyuan Wang, Jianguo Zhu, Yukio Sato, Qiang Chen

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Bismuth titanate(BIT) ceramics have been widely studied for high temperature applications thanks to their high Curie temperature and large spontaneous polarization. The underlying domain structures play significant roles in regulating the macroscopic properties of ferroelectric materials, while there is only limited knowledge of the domain structures for BIT ceramics until now, substantially bad for the development of BIT-based new materials. In this study, the intriguing domain walls(DWs) in BIT ceramics were investigated in detail. The atomic-scale observation reveals that there primarily exist energetically favorable {110}-type 90° DWs in BIT ceramics. Combined with the theoretical analysis, these DWs are not only elaborated under multiple piezoelectric response modes, but also further corroborated by the quantitative reconstruction of spatial polarization distributions of twin-related ferroelectric variants. This work sheds insight into domain structure and piezoelectric response mechanism in BIT ceramics, and contributes to promoting their more applications in advanced electron devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114793
JournalScripta Materialia
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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