Stabilization of monodomain polarization in ultrathin PbTiO3 films
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- Stabilization of monodomain polarization in ultrathin PbTiO3 films
- Fong, DD; Kolpak, AM; Eastman, JA; Streiffer, SK; Fuoss, PH; Stephenson, GB; Thompson, C; Kim, DM; Choi, Kyoung Jin; Eom, CB; Grinberg, I; Rappe, AM
- Curie temperature; Ionic adsorbates; Monodomains
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- AMER PHYSICAL SOC
- PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, v.96, no.12, pp. -
- Using in situ high-resolution synchrotron x-ray scattering, the Curie temperature T-C has been determined for ultrathin c-axis epitaxial PbTiO3 films on conducting substrates (SrRuO3 on SrTiO3), with surfaces exposed to a controlled vapor environment. The suppression of T-C was relatively small, even for the thinnest film (1.2 nm). We observe that 180 degrees stripe domains do not form, indicating that the depolarizing field is compensated by free charge at both interfaces. This is confirmed by ab initio calculations that find polar ground states in the presence of ionic adsorbates.
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