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Ferroelectric and optical properties in the 180-deg. ferroelectric domain wall of tetragonal BaTiO3
Author(s): H. Chaib; S. Grafstroem; T. Otto; Lukas M. Eng
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Paper Abstract

The microscopic mechanism of spontaneous polarization and refractive indices in 180° ferroelectric domain walls of tetragonal barium titanate (BaTiO3) is discussed by using a microscopic model. This model is based on the orbital approximation in correlation with the dipole-dipole interaction due to the local field acting on all constituent ions within the domain wall. It is found that the behavior of both the spontaneous polarization and refractive indices depends on the thickness of the domain wall which was varied between 5 and 20 Å. Moreover, the spontaneous polarization shows a hyperbolic tangent dependence for domain walls of a larger thickness and vanishes at the center of the domain wall. The refractive indices suggest the domain wall to act like a biaxial crystal resulting in refractive index profiles of a Gaussian shape for domain walls of approximately 20 Å. This dramatically affects optical transmission through the domain wall specifically for light being polarized parallel to the domain wall.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5122, Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials, (8 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515796
Show Author Affiliations
H. Chaib, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
S. Grafstroem, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
T. Otto, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Lukas M. Eng, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5122:
Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials
Andris Krumins; Donats Millers; Inta Muzikante; Andris Sternbergs; Vismants Zauls, Editor(s)

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