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dc.contributor.authorLong Bai, Zi
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Xiao
dc.contributor.authorChen, Dong Fang
dc.contributor.authorZhang, David Wei
dc.contributor.authorChen, Long-Qing
dc.contributor.authorScott, James Floyd
dc.contributor.authorHwang, Cheol Seong
dc.contributor.authorJiang, An Quan
dc.identifier.citationLong Bai , Z , Cheng , X , Chen , D F , Zhang , D W , Chen , L-Q , Scott , J F , Hwang , C S & Jiang , A Q 2018 , ' Hierarchical domain structure and extremely large wall current in epitaxial BiFeO 3 thin films ' , Advanced Functional Materials , vol. Early View .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 253059349
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85051076798
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000440283900017
dc.descriptionFunding: J.F.S. acknowledges the financial support of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (grant number XDB07030200).en
dc.description.abstractErasable electrical conductive domain walls in an insulating ferroelectric matrix provide novel functionalities for applications in logic and memory devices. The crux of such success requires sufficiently high wall currents to drive high‐speed and high‐power nanodevices. This work provides an appealing strategy to increase the current by two orders of magnitude through the careful selection of current flowing paths along the charged walls. The dense walls come into form through the hierarchical evolution of the 71°, 109°, and 180° domains of epitaxial BiFeO3 films in a planar‐geometry ferroelectric resistance‐switching memory cell. The engineered films grown on SrTiO3 and GdScO3 substrates allow the observation of detailed local configurations and the evolution of the different domain types using vector piezo‐force microscopy. The higher local electrical conductivity near the charged domain walls is identified by conductive atomic‐force microscopy. It is shown that 180° domain reversal proceeds by three‐step 71° rotations of the pristine domains. Surprisingly, a maximum current of ≈300 nA is observed for current paths along charge‐uncompensated head‐to‐head hierarchical domain walls connecting the two electrodes on the film surface. Furthermore, the achievable current level can be conveniently controlled by varying the relative directions of the initial polarization and the applied field.
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dc.subjectHierarchical domainsen
dc.subjectDomain wallen
dc.subjectMultiple rotationsen
dc.subjectWall currenten
dc.subjectFerroelectric domain-wall memoryen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.subjectTK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineeringen
dc.titleHierarchical domain structure and extremely large wall current in epitaxial BiFeO3 thin filmsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Chemistryen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Physics and Astronomyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Condensed Matter Physicsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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