First-Order Reversal Curve Probing of Spatially Resolved Polarization Switching Dynamics in Ferroelectric Nanocapacitors

Yunseok Kim, Amit Kumar, Oleg Ovchinnikov, Stephen Jesse, Hee Han, Daniel Pantel, Ionela Vrejoiu, Woo Lee, Dietrich Hesse, Marin Alexe, Sergei V. Kalinin

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Spatially resolved polarization switching In ferroelectric nanocapacitors was studied on the sub-25 nm scale using the first-order reversal curve (FORC) method. The chosen capacitor geometry allows both high-veracity observation of the domain structure and mapping of polarization switching in a uniform field, synergistically combining microstructural observations and probing of uniform-field polarization responses as relevant to device operation. A classical Kolmogorov-Avrami-Ishibashi model has been adapted to the voltage domain, and the individual switching dynamics of the FORC response curves are well approximated by the adapted model. The comparison with microstructures suggests a strong spatial variability of the switching dynamics inside the nanocapacitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-500
Number of pages10
JournalACS Nano
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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