A lead-free ferroelectric: The occurrence of ferroelectricity is demonstrated in a silicate-based compound (Bi2SiO5, see picture), by direct observation of polarization switching. The mechanism of ferroelectricity in Bi2SiO5 has been studied by Raman scattering, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and first-principles calculations. The observed ferroelectricity stems from twisting of the one-dimensional SiO4 tetrahedral chain.
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