Giant dielectric permittivity in ferroelectric thin films : domain wall ping pong
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The dielectric permittivity in ferroelectric thin films is generally orders of magnitude smaller than in their bulk. Here, we discover a way of increasing dielectric constants in ferroelectric thin films by ca. 500% by synchronizing the pulsed switching fields with the intrinsic switching time (nucleation of domain plus forward growth from cathode to anode). In a 170-nm lead zirconate titanate thin film with an average grain size of 850' this produces a dielectric constant of 8200 with the maximum nucleus density of 3.8 μ1-2, which is one to three orders of magnitude higher than in other dielectric thin films. This permits smaller capacitors in memory devices and is a step forward in making ferroelectric domain-engineered nano-electronics.
Quan Jiang , A , Jian Meng , X , Wei Zhang , D , Hyuk Park , M , Yoo , S , Jin Kim , Y , Scott , J F & Seong Hwang , C 2015 , ' Giant dielectric permittivity in ferroelectric thin films : domain wall ping pong ' Scientific Reports , vol 5 , 14618 . DOI: 10.1038/srep14618
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This study was supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (No. 2014CB921004), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61225020 and 61176121), and the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) in Shanghai. C.S.H. acknowledges the support of the Global Research Laboratory Program (2012040157) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea. Date of Acceptance: 02/09/2015
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