Lateral force microscopy investigations of the crystallization of SrBi2Ta2O9 thin films

Kwang Bae Lee, Byeung Kwon Ju

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A lateral force microscope (LFM) was used for studying the surface morphologies of SrBi2Ta2O9 thin films with varying post-annealing temperature. Specimens were prepared onto platinized silicon wafers by the sol-gel method and post-annealed at 600-800°C. Non-ferroelectric matrix phases were found for specimens annealed below 700°C, which were confirmed by the measurement of X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The friction coefficients between the surface of ferroelectric grain and non-ferroelectric matrix, and the silicon nitride tip, were determined from the line profile of the LFM images. The measured coefficients of friction for a tip on grain and matrix are 0.19±0.08 and 0.28±0.08, respectively. In the LFM images, the matrix phases decreased with increasing post-anneal temperature and the surfaces of the specimens annealed above 700°C were filled with SBT grains which were consistent with the XRD results. Ferroelectricities of these specimens were confirmed by the measurement of polarization field hysteresis loops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 4
Externally publishedYes

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  • Crystallization
  • Lateral force microscopy
  • SrBiTaO thin film
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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