Influence of crystal structure on the fatigue properties of Pb 1-x La x (Zr y ,Ti z )O 3 thin films prepared by pulsed-laser deposition technique

Wen Jen Lin, Tseung-Yuen Tseng, Sheuan Perng Lin, Shun Lih Tu, Hong Chang, Sheng Jenn Yang, I. Nan Lin

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Lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (Pb 1-x La x (Zr y ,Ti z )O 3 , PLZT) films containing [00l] preferentially oriented grains were produced successfully on YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x -coated (YBCO-coated) SrTiO 3 (STO) or YBCO/CeO 2 -coated silicon substrates; films containing randomly oriented grains were created on platinum-coated silicon substrates. The latter possessed significantly inferior ferroelectric properties, a fact ascribed to the presence of a paraelectric phase (TiO 2 ) at the PLZT/platinum interface. On the other hand, the PLZT/YBCO/STO films exhibited better electrical properties than did the PLZT/YBCO/CeO 2 /Si films, and this phenomenon was attributed to better alignment of the grains in normal and in-plane orientations. In terms of fatigue properties, the [00l] textured films that were deposited on YBCO/CeO 2 /Si substrates possessed substantially superior polarization-switching-cycle endurance versus the randomly oriented films grown on Pt(Ti)/Si substrates. Moreover, the tetragonal films behaved much more satisfactorily than did the rhombohedral PLZT films. The ferroelectric parameters of tetragonal PLZT films showed no significant degradation up to 10 9 polarization switching cycles, whereas the remnant polarization and coercive force of the rhombohedral PLZT films had already degraded to 80% of their initial values after 10 8 cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1072
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 1997

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