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Determining fundamental properties from diffraction: Electric field induced strain and piezoelectric coefficient

: Hinterstein, Manuel; Lee, Kai-Yang; Eßlinger, Sophia; Glaum, Julia; Studer, Andrew; Hoffman, Mark; Hoffmann, Michael Johannes


Physical Review. B 99 (2019), No.17, Art. 174107
ISSN: 0163-1829
ISSN: 1098-0121
ISSN: 0556-2805
ISSN: 2469-9950
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
neutron powder diffraction; soft PZT; poling behavior

Neutron powder diffraction was used in operando to determine the macroscopic strain and piezoelectric coefficient as a function of applied electric field in a technically relevant actuator material. We were able to individually investigate the two coexisting phases in the material and reveal the origin of maximized strain at phase boundaries. Insight into the strain mechanisms gives evidence that, on average, the classic inverse piezoelectric effect does not apply for polycrystalline materials.