The role of Tb-doping on the structural and functional properties of Bi4-xTbxTi3O12 ferroelectric phases with the Aurivillius type structure
2017 (English)In: Journal of materials science. Materials in electronics, ISSN 0957-4522, E-ISSN 1573-482X, Vol. 28, no 6, 4914-4924 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Synthesis, crystal structure, dielectric, and magnetic properties of the Aurivillius phase Bi4-xTbxTi3O12 (x = 0.0, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) are reported. The samples were synthesized using standard solid state reaction technique. The thermal stability of the obtained solid solutions was investigated. For x ae<currency> 0.8, the samples crystallized in an orthorhombic symmetry. All the samples showed finite second harmonic generation response indicating a non-centrosymmetric structure. The structural data could be refined using the polar orthorhombic space group B2cb. The orthorhombicity decreases with an increase in the Tb3+ concentration. The orthorhombic distortions in these compositions are related to the Bi3+-based perovskite sublattice. Our results indicate that the non-lone pair Tb3+ cations preferentially occupy the perovskite sublattice initially, but with an increase in the doping concentration they can partially substitute the Bi3+ ions in the fluorite block. Temperature dependent dielectric measurements revealed a decrease in the ferroelectric Curie temperature T-C with an increase in x from T-C = 904 K (for x = 0) to 877 K (for x = 0.4). Further increase in x led to a cross-over to a relaxor-type behavior. Magnetic measurements showed that the samples are paramagnetic down to 5 K.
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SPRINGER , 2017. Vol. 28, no 6, 4914-4924 p.
Condensed Matter Physics Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-320357DOI: 10.1007/s10854-016-6140-7ISI: 000395072700052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-320357DiVA: diva2:1089278
FunderSwedish Research CouncilThe Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)