Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films

Y.H. Chu, T. Zhao, M.P. Cruz, Q. Zhan, P.L. Yang, L.W. Martin, M. Huijben, C.H. Yang, F. Zavaliche, H. Zheng, R. Ramesh

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Abstract

Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 have been studied using a host of complementary measurements. The structure of such epitaxial films has been investigated using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The crystal structure of the films has been identified as a monoclinic phase, which suggests that the polarization direction is close to ⟨111⟩. Such behavior has also been confirmed by piezoforce microscopy measurements. That also reveals that the ferroelectricity is down to at least 2 nm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number252906
Number of pages3
JournalApplied physics letters
Volume90
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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