Kinetics of the field induced commensurate to ferro-electric phase transition in thiourea

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Autor(en): Hock R
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2003
Band: 36
Heftnummer: 10A
Seitenbereich: A172-A176
ISSN: 0022-3727


The paper examines the kinetics of the electric field induced, first-order transition from the commensurate to the ferro-electric phase in thiourea (SC(NH2)(2)) at 170 K. The satellite reflection from the modulated phase, locked in with a wave vector q = 1/9b* disappears when the phase transition is induced by a static electric field E-c along the a-axis. In order to study the kinetics of the phase transition, an oscillating electric voltage of rectangular shape was applied to the sample and photon events were acquired separately for ON- and OFF-field half-periods. Results received in a series of measurements at different amplitudes between 0 and 500 V and frequencies between 0.125 and 512 Hz lead to the conclusion that a slow and a fast relaxation time play a role for the OFF --> ON and the ON --> OFF transitions, respectively. Further, the highest frequency at which the phase transformation still follows the switching of the electric field depends linearly on the applied field amplitude. A qualitative explanation of the experimental results is given in terms of nucleation and growth of specific ferro-electric domains.

FAU-Autoren / FAU-Herausgeber

Hock, Rainer Prof. Dr.
Professur für Kristallographie und Strukturphysik

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