Funky ferroelectric properties probed with X-rays

June 10, 2014 3:32 PM

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WASHINGTON D.C., June 10, 2014 – Ferroelectric materials like barium titanate, a ceramic used in capacitors, are essential to many electronic devices. Typical ferroelectric materials develop features called domain walls with unusual properties – such as lines of electrical conduction completely different from the surrounding material. These properties are technologically useful but poorly understood.

Now an international team of scientists has demonstrated the ability of a powerful imaging tool to provide new insight into the mystery of why domain walls behave in their peculiar ways. They report their results in the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing – work that promises to ana...

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