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Piezoelectrics by design: A route through short-period Perovskite superlattices
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FIG. 1.

(Color online) Equilibrium structures of (from left to right) LAO/PTO, KTO/PTO, and the composite superlattice KAO/PTO/LAO/PTO. The arrows mark various off-centric movements of the cations measured from the centers of their respective oxygen cages. For clarity, only off-centric movements larger than 0.05 are shown. Polar discontinuities arising in each superlattice are shown in terms of formal charges ().

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FIG. 2.

(Color online) () for LAO/PTO (circles) and KSO/PTO (squares) plotted as a function of applied strain along the z direction. The inset shows the same plot for KAO/PTO/LAO/PTO. The slope of each curve gives the measure of the piezoelectric coefficient. Note the change in y-scale between the inset and the main plot.


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Table I.

Internal displacement gradients as a function of strain (/) and Born effective charges () for different ions in LAO/PTO and KSO/PTO superlattices. The numbers in parentheses indicate the corresponding numbers for the composite superlattice KSO/PTO/LAO/PTO. Clamped ion contribution to total piezoelectric coefficient (), contribution due to internal microscopic strain (), the total contribution  +  () and the piezoelectric coefficient obtained from the slopes in Fig. 2 () are also listed.

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Table II.

The phonon modes that contribute significantly to the piezoelectric response (the percentage contribution is denoted by C). Frequencies are listed for the equilibrium geometry and for that under +1% and −1% strain.


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Scitation: Piezoelectrics by design: A route through short-period Perovskite superlattices