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Polarization Switching of and Electron Emission from Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Ceramics
Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • Weiming Zhang
  • Wayne Huebner, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Stephen E. Sampayan
  • Mike L. Krogh
This paper focuses on understanding the influence of ma-terial properties on the complicated ferroelectric (FE) emis-sion process. Three different compositions in the lead lan-thanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) system were chosen for study, based on their widely different dielectric and ferro-electric properties: antiferroelectric (AFE) 2/95/5, “nor-mal” ferroelectric 8/65/35, and nonferroelectric 15/65/35. Repeatable emission was obtained from the 2/95/5 compo-sition, which could also be modulated at high frequency (200 kHz). the fast AFE ⇆ FE phase transition is respon-sible for the FE emission properties of this material, which is supported by the relationship between the switching cur-rent and the emission current. Comparatively, FE emission from the 8/65/35 composition degraded rapidly, which was attributed to decreases in the remanent polarization. No emission signal was detected from the 15/65/35 composi-tion, because no switching activity occurs, which can be interpreted as additional evidence that electron emission from the previously mentioned two compositions was in-deed a FE emission process.
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Weiming Zhang, Wayne Huebner, Stephen E. Sampayan and Mike L. Krogh. "Polarization Switching of and Electron Emission from Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Ceramics" Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2004)
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