High energy Li ion irradiation effects in ferroelectric PZT and SBT thin films

Angadi, Basavaraj ; Victor, P. ; Jali, V. M. ; Lagare, M. T. ; Kumar, Ravi ; Krupanidhi, S. B. (2003) High energy Li ion irradiation effects in ferroelectric PZT and SBT thin films Thin Solid Films, 434 (1-2). pp. 40-48. ISSN 0040-6090

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The ferroelectric Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 (PZT) and SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) thin films were prepared by laser ablation technique. The dielectric analysis, capacitance-voltage, ferroelectric hysteresis and DC leakage current measurements were performed before and after 50 MeV Li3+ ion irradiation. In both thin films, the irradiation produced some amount of amorphisation, considerable degradation in the ferroelectric properties and change in DC conductivity. On irradiation of these thin films, the phase transition temperature [Tc] of PZT decreased considerably from 628 to 508 K, while SBT exhibited a broad and diffuse transition with its Tc decreased from 573 to 548 K. The capacitance-voltage curve at 100 kHz showed a double butterfly loop with a large decrease in the capacitance and switching voltage. There was decrease in the ferroelectric hysteresis loop, remanant polarisation and coercive field. After annealing at a temperature of 673 K for 10 min while PZT partially regained the ferroelectric properties, while SBT did not. The DC conductivity measurements showed a shift in the onset of non-linear conduction region in irradiated SBT. The degradation of ferroelectric properties of the irradiated thin films is attributed to the irradiation-induced partial amorphization and the pinning of the ferroelectric domains by trapped charges. The regaining of properties after annealing is attributed to the thermal annealing of the defects generated during the irradiation.

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Keywords:Ferroelectric Properties; Ion Bombardment; Phase Transitions and Laser Ablation
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