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Direct and indirect determination of electrocaloric effect in Na₀.₅Bi₀.₅TiO₃

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Author: Birks, E.1; Dunce, M.1; Peräntie, J.2;
Organizations: 1Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Kengaraga 8, Riga LV-1063, La
2Microelectronics and Materials Physics Laboratories, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, FIN-90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: American Institute of Physics, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-06-15


Direct and indirect studies of the electrocaloric effect were carried out in poled and depoled Na₀.₅Bi₀.₅TiO₃. For this purpose, polarization and electrocaloric effect temperature change measurements were made at different electric field pulses as a function of temperature. The applicability of the widely used indirect electrocaloric effect determination method, using the Maxwell relation, was critically analyzed with respect to the reliable direct measurements. Quantitative differences were observed between the results obtained by both approaches in the case of the poled Na₀.₅Bi₀.₅TiO₃ sample. These differences can be explained by the temperature-dependent concentration of domains oriented in the direction of the applied electric field. Whereas in depoled Na₀.₅Bi₀.₅TiO₃, which is characterized by the electric field dependence of polar nanoregions embedded in a nonpolar matrix, the Maxwell relation is not applicable at all, as it is indicated by the obtained results. Possible mechanisms which could be responsible for the electrocaloric effect in the relaxor state were considered. The results of this study are used to evaluate the numerous results obtained and published by other authors, using the Maxwell relation to indirectly determine the electrocaloric effect. The reason for the negative values of the electrocaloric effect, obtained in such a way and widely discussed in the literature in the case of Na₀.₅Bi₀.₅TiO₃, has been explained in this study.

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Series: Journal of applied physics
ISSN: 0021-8979
ISSN-E: 1089-7550
ISSN-L: 0021-8979
Volume: 121
Issue: 22
Pages: 224102-1 - 224102-7
Article number: 224102
DOI: 10.1063/1.4985067
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 114 Physical sciences
216 Materials engineering
Funding: This work has been supported by the National Research Program in the framework of the project “Multifunctional Materials and composites, photonics and nanotechnology (IMIS 2).”
Copyright information: Published by AIP Publishing.