Domain Structure of Ferroelectrics and Antiferroelectrics

  • I. S. Zheludev


Assemblies of spontaneously polarized unit cells form regions known as domains. All the unit cells within a domain in a ferroelectric are oriented identically. Consequently, each domain has a macroscopic spontaneous electric polarization. The directions of the spontaneous polarizations of neighboring domains in a ferroelectric make definite angles with one another. Domain walls (boundaries) in ferroelectrics should be considered not only as having geometrical form but also as being electrically neutral and corresponding to a minimum of the energy of a crystal. Consequently, the dipoles in neighboring domains should be oriented in such a way that, at a wall, the projection of the polarization vector of one domain should be equal in magnitude and opposite in sign to the projection of the polarization vector of another (neighboring) domain.


Domain Wall Domain Structure Curie Point Spontaneous Polarization Triglycine Sulfate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. S. Zheludev
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  1. 1.Institute of CrystallographyThe Academy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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