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Tyunina, M. Oxygen Vacancies in Perovskite Oxide Piezoelectrics. Materials 2020, 13, 5596.

Oxygen vacancies in perovskite oxide piezoelectrics

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Author: Tyunina, Marina1,2
Organizations: 1Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 2, 18221 Prague, Czech Republic
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-12


The excellent electro-mechanical properties of perovskite oxide ferroelectrics make these materials major piezoelectrics. Oxygen vacancies are believed to easily form, migrate, and strongly affect ferroelectric behavior and, consequently, the piezoelectric performance of these materials and devices based thereon. Mobile oxygen vacancies were proposed to explain high-temperature chemical reactions half a century ago. Today the chemistry-enabled concept of mobile oxygen vacancies has been extrapolated to arbitrary physical conditions and numerous effects and is widely accepted. Here, this popular concept is questioned. The concept is shown to conflict with our modern physical understanding of ferroelectrics. Basic electronic processes known from mature semiconductor physics are demonstrated to explain the key observations that are groundlessly ascribed to mobile oxygen vacancies. The concept of mobile oxygen vacancies is concluded to be misleading.

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Series: Materials
ISSN: 1996-1944
ISSN-E: 1996-1944
ISSN-L: 1996-1944
Volume: 13
Issue: 24
Article number: 5596
DOI: 10.3390/ma13245596
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 114 Physical sciences
216 Materials engineering
Funding: Thisworkwas supported in part by the Czech Science Foundation (Grant No. 19-09671S) and the European Structural and Investment Funds and theMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic through Program “Research, Development and Education” (Project No. SOLID21CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000760).
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