Effect of disorder potential on domain switching behavior in polymer ferroelectric films

Pankaj Sharma, Takashi Nakajima, Soichiro Okamura, Alexei Gruverman

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Nanoscale switching dynamics in spin-coated ferroelectric copolymer films of polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE 75/25) has been investigated via high-resolution real-space imaging of electrically induced domain structure evolution using resonance-enhanced piezoresponse force microscopy. It has been shown that in strongly imprinted films application of switching pulses of opposite polarity results in qualitatively different domain switching dynamics. A distinct feature of domain dynamics is roughening of the domains walls during switching to the preferred polarization state as opposed to smooth domain boundaries during switching to the opposite direction. The observed switching behavior is explained by a combined effect of the spatially uniform built-in electric field and local disorder potential. Application of the external potential changes the balance between the two and creates conditions under which domain growth is dominated either by the average built-in electric field or local random-bond disorder potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015706
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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