Interface-based reduced coercivity and leakage currents of BiFeO3 thin films: A comparative study
authors Tomczyk, M; Mahajan, A; Tkach, A; Vilarinho, PM
nationality International
journal MATERIALS & DESIGN
author keywords BiFeO3; Thin-films; Metallic and oxide electrodes; Texturization; Polarization; Leakage current
keywords FERROELECTRIC PROPERTIES; ELECTRICAL-PROPERTIES; ENHANCED POLARIZATION; DOPED BIFEO3; TEMPERATURE; BEHAVIOR; PHYSICS; GROWTH
abstract Obtaining high quality BiFeO3 thin-films by low-cost scalable chemical solution deposition (CSD) is still challenging and currently relevant. Here we provide a comprehensive set of experimental evidences on the role of metallic (Pt) and oxide (IrO2 and LaNiO3) electrode interfaces on the texture development and functional properties improvement of CSD-derived BiFeO3 films. All BiFeO3 films are composed of columnar grains, which lateral size is dependent on the bottom electrode/interface. Whereas no texture was observed for 320 nm thick films fabricated on (111) oriented Pt, films on oxide electrodes, particularly on non-textured LaNiO3, are highly (012) oriented. Moreover, 400 nm thick BiFeO3 films on LaNiO3 possess a large remanent polarization 50 mu C/cm(2), a small coercive field 150 kV/cm and a low leakage current density similar to 4 x 10(-6) A/cm(2) at room temperature. In contrast, BiFeO3 films on the other electrodes reveal polarization hysteresis with high leakage current that increases with film thickness decrease. We demonstrate that LaNiO3 interfaces enhance crystallinity and orientation of BiFeO3 thin-films reflected in optimization of their functional properties. We advocate that besides the need of monophasic films, oxide electrodes and their interfaces have a relevant role on the development of high-quality BiFeO3 thin-films fabricated by CSD and derived devices. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
publisher ELSEVIER SCI LTD
issn 0264-1275
year published 2018
volume 160
beginning page 1322
ending page 1334
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.10.044
web of science category Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
subject category Materials Science
unique article identifier WOS:000453008100122
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