Permanent ferroelectric retention of BiFeO3 mesocrystal

Ying Hui Hsieh, Fei Xue, Tiannan Yang, Heng Jui Liu, Yuanmin Zhu, Yi Chun Chen, Qian Zhan, Chun Gang Duan, Long Qing Chen, Qing He, Ying Hao Chu

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Non-volatile electronic devices based on magnetoelectric multiferroics have triggered new possibilities of outperforming conventional devices for applications. However, ferroelectric reliability issues, such as imprint, retention and fatigue, must be solved before the realization of practical devices. In this study, everlasting ferroelectric retention in the heteroepitaxially constrained multiferroic mesocrystal is reported, suggesting a new approach to overcome the failure of ferroelectric retention. Studied by scanning probe microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, and supported via the phase-field simulations, the key to the success of ferroelectric retention is to prevent the crystal from ferroelastic deformation during the relaxation of the spontaneous polarization in a ferroelectric nanocrystal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13199
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 26

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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