Intermittency, quasiperiodicity and chaos in probe-induced ferroelectric domain switching

A.V. Ievlev, S. Jesse, A.N. Morozovska, E. Strelcov, E.A. Eliseev, Y.V. Pershin, A. Kumar, V.Ya. Shur, S.V. Kalinin

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Memristive materials and devices, which enable information storage and processing on one and the same physical platform, offer an alternative to conventional von Neumann computation architectures. Their continuous spectra of states with intricate field-history dependence give rise to complex dynamics, the spatial aspect of which has not been studied in detail yet. Here, we demonstrate that ferroelectric domain switching induced by a scanning probe microscopy tip exhibits rich pattern dynamics, including intermittency, quasiperiodicity and chaos. These effects are due to the interplay between tip-induced polarization switching and screening charge dynamics, and can be mapped onto the logistic map. Our findings may have implications for ferroelectric storage, nanostructure fabrication and transistor-less logic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalNature Physics
Early online date17 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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