Fast Photostriction in Ferroelectrics

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Fast Photostriction in Ferroelectrics
Fast Photostriction in Ferroelectrics
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12 January 2022
Liew, W. H., Chen, Y., Alexe, M., & Yao, K. (2022). Fast Photostriction in Ferroelectrics. Small, 18(7), 2106275. Portico.
Light-induced non-thermal strain, known as the photostrictive effect, offers a potential way to excite mechanical strain and acoustic wave remotely. The anisotropic photostrictive effect induced by the combination of bulk photovoltaic effect (BPVE) and converse piezoelectric effect in ferroelectric materials is known as too small and slow for the applications requiring a high strain rate, such as ultrasound generation and high-speed signal transmission. Here, we report a strategy to achieve high rate dynamic photostrictive strain by utilizing local fast responses under modulating continuous light excitation in resonance condition. A strain rate of 8.06 × 10-3 s-1 was demonstrated under continuous light excitation, which is at least one order magnitude higher than previous studies on bulk samples as known in the literature. The significant photostrictive response existed even in unpoled ferroelectric material without overall polarization. Our theoretical analyses showed that fast ferroelectric photostriction can be obtained through the combinational interaction mechanism of local BPVE and local converse piezoelectric effect existing only in microscopic scale, thus circumventing the slow and low efficient BPVE charging up process across the macroscopic electrical terminals. Our achieved fast photostriction results and the new understandings will open the new opportunities to realize future wireless signal transmission and light-acoustic devices.
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This research / project is supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research - RIE2020 AME Industry Alignment Fund - Pre-positioning Programme (IAF-PP)
Grant Reference no. : A20F5a0043

This research / project is supported by the National Research Foundation, Singapore - Competitive Research Programme
Grant Reference no. : NRF-CRP15-2015-04

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