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Ferroelectric Domain Characterization of Orthorhombic Sodium–Potassium Niobate Piezoelectric Crystals
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
© 2010 The American Ceramic Society
Journal of the American Ceramic Society
Volume 93, Issue 12, pages 4061–4065, December 2010
How to Cite
Inagaki, Y., Kakimoto, K.-i. and Kagomiya, I. (2010), Ferroelectric Domain Characterization of Orthorhombic Sodium–Potassium Niobate Piezoelectric Crystals. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 93: 4061–4065. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2010.03919.x
D. Damjanovic—contributing editor
This work was financially supported by the Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists and by Industrial Technology Research Grant Program in 2007 from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
- Manuscript No. 26952. Received October 12, 2009; approved May 13, 2010.
Lead-free Mn-doped Na0.5K0.5NbO3 (NKN) piezoelectric crystals were grown by a slow-cooling flux method where the cooling rates during crystal growth were fixed at 0.25°C/min or at a fivefold increase of 1.25°C/min, and the effects of the cooling rate on the domain structure were investigated. The domain observation using a polarizing microscope showed that the numbers of the 60° domain walls in the crystals grown at 0.25°C/min were larger than that in the crystals grown at 1.25°C/min. The Raman spectroscopy measurement confirmed that the stretching mode of ν2 (Eg) and separated bending mode of ν5 (F2g), which is the vibrational mode of NbO6 units in the NKN perovskite-type structure, were detected in the crystals grown at 0.25°C/min even though these modes were not detected in the crystals grown at 1.25°C/min. Therefore, the ν2 and separated ν5 modes in Raman spectra appears to be attributed to the presence of the 60° domain structure. In addition, the internal stress, which is caused by the phase transitions during crystal growth, was affected by the presence of 60° domains because the vibrational modes were changed. The crystals grown at 0.25°C/min exhibited a rectangular P–E hysteresis loop compared with that of the crystals grown at 1.25°C/min. From these results, it was found that the ferroelectric domain structures in the NKN crystals depended on the cooling rates during crystal growth, and the polarization property was affected by the domain structure, which was determined by the cooling rates.