Suppression of polarization switching in triglycine sulfate crystals

V. D. Kugel*, G. Rosenman

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Polarization switching in triglycine sulfate crystals with one of the polar surfaces covered by a thin dielectric film (1 μm) has been found to be highly diminished in a 50 Hz electric field. We assume that the depolarization field caused by the film significantly moderates the process of the nucleation and (or) sideways motion of 180° domain walls. When crystals with both conductive electrodes were connected to the Sawyer-Tower circuit through the capacitor, which was equivalent to the dielectric film, the polarization reversal did occur. We assume that in the case of the conductive electrode, a nonuniform distribution of the electrical charge at the electrode/ferroelectric interface and an injection current through the interface trigger off polarization reversal. Analysis of the energetic state of the crystals has been performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5256-5259
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1996


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