We perform redundant x-ray diffraction versus temperature experiments in bulk transparent KTN. We find a violation of the standard perovskite cubic-to-tetragonal symmetry breaking at the Curie point in the form of an orthorhombic cell distortion. The lattice distortion spans coherently macroscopic volumes of the sample and is characterized by a negative-to-zero thermal volume expansion. Dielectric measurements and calorimetry indicate that the anomalous behavior is not associated to a distinct thermodynamic phase. The comparison of linear and nonlinear optical scattering experiments with structural data suggests that the lattice distortion is a consequence of strain relaxation to a 3D superlattice of polarization vortices.

Observation of an exotic lattice structure in the transparent KTa1-xNbx O3 perovskite supercrystal

Parravicini J.;Parravicini G.;Tartara L.;
2020

Abstract

We perform redundant x-ray diffraction versus temperature experiments in bulk transparent KTN. We find a violation of the standard perovskite cubic-to-tetragonal symmetry breaking at the Curie point in the form of an orthorhombic cell distortion. The lattice distortion spans coherently macroscopic volumes of the sample and is characterized by a negative-to-zero thermal volume expansion. Dielectric measurements and calorimetry indicate that the anomalous behavior is not associated to a distinct thermodynamic phase. The comparison of linear and nonlinear optical scattering experiments with structural data suggests that the lattice distortion is a consequence of strain relaxation to a 3D superlattice of polarization vortices.
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