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Control of surface potential at polar domain walls in a nonpolar oxide

Abstract : Ferroic domain walls could play an important role in microelectronics, given their nanometric size and often distinct functional properties. Until now, devices and device concepts were mostly based on mobile domain walls in ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. A less explored path is to make use of polar domain walls in nonpolar ferroelastic materials. Indeed, while the polar character of ferroelastic domain walls has been demonstrated, polarization control has been elusive. Here, we report evidence for the electrostatic signature of the domain-wall polarization in nonpolar calcium titanate (CaTiO 3). Macroscopic mechanical resonances excited by an ac electric field are observed as a signature of a piezoelectric response caused by polar walls. On the microscopic scale, the polarization in domain walls modifies the local surface potential of the sample. Through imaging of surface potential variations, we show that the potential at the domain wall can be controlled by electron injection. This could enable devices based on nondestructive information readout of surface potential.
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G. Nataf, M. Guennou, J. Kreisel, P. Hicher, R. Haumont, et al.. Control of surface potential at polar domain walls in a nonpolar oxide. Physical Review Materials, American Physical Society, 2017, 1 (7), pp.74410 - 74410. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.074410⟩. ⟨hal-01679066⟩



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