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Investigation of twin-wall structure at the nanometre scale using atomic force microscopy

Shilo, Doron and Ravichandran, Guruswami and Bhattacharya, Kaushik (2004) Investigation of twin-wall structure at the nanometre scale using atomic force microscopy. Nature Materials, 3 (7). pp. 453-457. ISSN 1476-1122. doi:10.1038/nmat1151.

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The structure of twin walls and their interaction with defects has important implications for the behaviour of a variety of materials including ferroelectric, ferroelastic, co-elastic and superconducting crystals. Here, we present a method for investigating the structure of twin walls with nanometre-scale resolution. In this method, the surface topography measured using atomic force microscopy is compared with candidate displacement fields, and this allows for the determination of the twin-wall thickness and other structural features. Moreover, analysis of both complete area images and individual line-scan profiles provides essential information about local mechanisms of twin-wall broadening, which cannot be obtained by existing experimental methods. The method is demonstrated in the ferroelectric material PbTiO3, and it is shown that the accumulation of point defects is responsible for significant broadening of the twin walls. Such defects are of interest because they contribute to the twin-wall kinetics and hysteresis.

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Additional Information:© 2004 Nature Publishing Group. Received 23 March 2004; accepted 3 May 2004; published 20 June 2004. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Army Research Office (DAAD-19-99-1-0319) through a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. We thank W. G. Knauss for his generous help with the AFM. Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to D.S.
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