Concentration-dependent short-range order in the relaxor ferroelectric (1-x)Pb(Sc,Ta)O3-xPbTiO3

Anatoly I. Frenkel, Douglas M. Pease, Jayne Giniewicz, Edward A. Stern, Dale L. Brewe, Million Daniel, Joseph Budnick

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Using the x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption fine structure techniques, we have probed Ti, Ta, and Sc local environments in the solid solution system (1-x)Pb(Sc,Ta)O3-xPbTiO3. This system is known to display a variety of ferroelectric behaviors ranging from variable order-disorder, to relaxor, to a mixed phase region, and then finally to normal ferroelectric, as the value of x is increased. We find, in agreement with neutron diffraction studies, no detectable displacements of Ta or Sc atoms from their oxygen cage centers in any of these systems. Surprisingly, we find that the Ti atom is displaced along (111) from its inversion symmetry center for x=0.05. However, this average local Ti displacement gradually changes from (111) to (001) as x increases, whereas the global crystal structure abruptly changes from rhombohedral to tetragonal at x=0.45. Our experimental results and theoretical modeling of others together suggest that this system consists of mixed regions, some characterized by a (111) Ti displacement and others characterized by a (001) Ti displacement. The displacement averaged over all regions becomes more weighted toward (001) as x increases. Another significant result is that all our samples (with x ranging from 0 to 0.5) have a high degree of local ordering of the B sites with alternate occupation of Ta and Sc atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014106
Pages (from-to)014106-1-014106-12
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

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We are indebted to Professor L. E. Cross and Professor A. S. Bhalla for fruitful discussions. We appreciate the assistance of Jack Gromek with the x-ray diffraction studies and Poorani Pathmanabaiyer with the collection of -edge data. A.I.F. acknowledges support by the U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-03ER15477, and E.A.S. and D.L.B. acknowledge support by the U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG03-97ER45628. The NSLS is supported by the Divisions of Materials and Chemical Sciences of DOE. PNC-CAT is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG03-97ER45628, the University of Washington, Pacific Nothwest National Laboratory, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Use of the Advanced Photon Source was supported by DOE Contract No. W-31-109-Eng-38.


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