Photoinduced Domain Pattern Transformation in Ferroelectric-Dielectric Superlattices
AbstractThe nanodomain pattern in ferroelectric-dielectric superlattices transforms to a uniform polarization state under above-band-gap optical excitation. X-ray scattering reveals a disappearance of domain diffuse scattering and an expansion of the lattice. The reappearance of the domain pattern occurs over a period of seconds at room temperature, suggesting a transformation mechanism in which charge carriers in long-lived trap states screen the depolarization field. A Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire model predicts changes in lattice parameter and a critical carrier concentration for the transformation.