University of Oulu

Ferroelectric performance for nanometer scaled devices

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Author: Plekh, Maxim1,2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
2University of Oulu, Infotech Oulu
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : University of Oulu, 2010
Publish Date: 2010-12-11
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Technology of the University of Oulu for public defence in OP-sali (Auditorium L10), Linnanmaa, on 21 December 2010, at 12 noon
Tutor: Docent Marina Tyunina
Reviewer: Associate Professor Alexei Gruverman
Associate Professor Paula Maria Vilarinho


The work deals with the experimental study of ferroelectric (FE) performance scaling for nanometer-sized devices. In the emerging and advanced devices, it is desirable to couple FE performance with other functions. This requires integration of nanoscale FEs with other materials, which is especially promising in epitaxial heterostructures. Such heterostructures inevitably possess a large lattice mismatch, the effect of which on FE properties is unknown and is in the focus of the present work.

In the study, heteroepitaxial thin and ultrathin films and superlattices of ABO3-type perovskite structure FEs were used, with A = Pb, Ba, Sr, K, and N, and B = Ti, Zr, Nb, and Ta.

FE domains and local polarization switching were explored on the nanometer scale using piezoresponse force microscopy. The experiment was modified that allowed achieving images with high contrast and lateral resolution, and also allowed analysis of nanodomains in lateral capacitor configuration. Local properties were related to a macroscopic response. For this, the method of simultaneous on-wafer low-frequency impedance measurements was optimized allowing studies of thin and ultrathin (to 5 nm) films in a broad range of conditions and regimes.

Experimental studies have reveled phenomena which cannot be explained in the frame of the existing theories. The observed new effects are important for applications such as multistate memory devices, storage capacitors, and FE tunnel junction devices.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. C, Technica
ISSN: 0355-3213
ISSN-E: 1796-2226
ISSN-L: 0355-3213
ISBN: 978-951-42-6393-4
ISBN Print: 978-951-42-6392-7
Issue: 372
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