Dependence of dielectric behavior in BiFeO 3 ceramics on intrinsic defects

Hua Ke, Wen Wang, Yuanbin Wang, Hongjun Zhang, Dechang Jia, Yu Zhou, Xuekun Lu, Philip Withers

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    Multiferroic BiFeO 3 (bismuth ferrite, BFO) ceramics were sintered using a rapid heating and quenching technique in an atmosphere of argon or oxygen. The resulting ceramics were phase pure with the space group R3c. BFO ceramics sintered under an argon atmosphere contained more oxygen vacancies and Fe 2+ ions compared with those sintered under an oxygen atmosphere, which resulted in high dielectric loss and large dielectric dispersion. It confirms that the unavoidable Fe 2+ ions may play a fundamental role in these special materials, such as in the evaporation of the Bi component and valence change of the Fe component. This work also discusses the dielectric response mechanism in BFO ceramics. © 2012 Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)94-98
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2012


    • Ceramics
    • Dielectric response
    • Ferroelectrics


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