Bidomain structures formed in lithium niobate and lithium tantalate single crystals by light annealing
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The bidomain structures produced by light external heating in z-cut lithium niobate and lithium tantalate single crystals are formed and studied. Interdomain regions about 200 and 40 μm wide in, respectively, LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 bidomain crystals are visualized and studied by optical microscopy and piezoresponse force microscopy. Extended chains and lines of domains in the form of thin layers with a width less than 10 μm in volume, which penetrate the interdomain region and spread over distances of up to 1 mm, are found.
KeywordsCrystallography Report Lithium Niobate Ferroelectric Phase Transition Lithium Niobate Crystal Internal Electric Field
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