Tip-induced domain structures and polarization switching in ferroelectric amino acid glycine

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Title: Tip-induced domain structures and polarization switching in ferroelectric amino acid glycine
Authors: Seyedhosseini, E.
Bdikin, Igor
Ivanov, M.
Rodriguez, Brian J.
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7194
Date: 2015
Abstract: Bioorganic ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics are becoming increasingly important in view of their intrinsic compatibility with biological environment and biofunctionality combined with strong piezoelectric effect and a switchable polarization at room temperature. Here, we study tip-induced domain structures and polarization switching in the smallest amino acid b-glycine, representing a broad class of non-centrosymmetric amino acids. We show that b-glycine is indeed a roomtemperature ferroelectric and polarization can be switched by applying a bias to non-polar cuts via a conducting tip of atomic force microscope (AFM). Dynamics of these in-plane domains is studied as a function of an applied voltage and pulse duration. The domain shape is dictated by polarization screening at the domain boundaries and mediated by growth defects. Thermodynamic theory is applied to explain the domain propagation induced by the AFM tip. Our findings suggest that the properties of b-glycine are controlled by the charged domain walls which in turn can be manipulated by an external bias.
Funding Details: European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Journal: Journal of Applied Physics
Volume: 118
Copyright (published version): 2015 AIP Publishing LLC
Keywords: PolarizationAtomic force microscopyFerroelectric materialsCrystal defects
DOI: 10.1063/1.4927807
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Conway Institute Research Collection
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