Evaluation of domain boundary of piezo/ferroelectric material by ultrasonic atomic force microscopy

Toshihiro Tsuji, Hisato Ogiso, Jun Akedo, Shigeru Saito, Kenji Fukuda, Kazushi Yamanaka

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Ultrasonic atomic force microscopy (UAFM) was used to investigate the elasticity variation on domain boundary (DB) in lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The UAFM imaged the change in contact stiffness not only among grains but also on the DB. According to an analysis, the contact stiffness of the DB was approximately 10% lower than that within the domain. This is the first direct evidence of the variation of the elasticity due to the DB. The implication of this finding is that the low stiffness at the DB may affect the piezoelectricity of PZT and the easy mobility of the DB under a stress and electric field, which are important for not only actuator applications but also high-speed writing memory applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2907-2913
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 B
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May


  • Domain boundary
  • Elasticity
  • Lead zirconate titanate
  • Mechanical property
  • Piezoresponse force microscopy
  • Stiffness
  • Ultrasonic atomic force microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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