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Electric Fatigue in Antiferroelectric Lead Zirconate Stannate Titanate Ceramics Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering

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The fatigue behavior of lead zirconate stannate titanate (PZST) ceramics prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) was investigated. Polarization and strain hysteresis loops were monitored. The material shows a high resistance to fatigue because of bipolar electric cycling. Both maximum strain and switchable polarization first show a fatigue stage 0 to 105 cycles and then a fatigue-free period up to 108 cycles. The maximum losses of maximum strain and switchable polarization are 18% and 10% of their initial values, respectively. The dominant fatigue mechanism is assigned to the pinning of domain walls by charged defects.
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Affiliations: 1: Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung and Institut für Nichtmetallische Anorganische Materialien, Universität Stuttgart, Pulvermetallurgisches Laboratorium, Heisenbergstrasse 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany 2: Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden

Publication date: 2005-10-01

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