Effects of optical illumination on fatigued lead zirconate titanate capacitors

C. R. Peterson, Said Mansour, A. Bement

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PZT thin films with the composition PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3 were deposited via metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) and rapid thermally processed (RTP) at 725°C and 875°C. A technique using “white” light to photostimulate electrons into unassociated oxygen vacancies was employed to study fatigue mechanisms. We propose that free electrons stimulated by light illumination fill doubly charged oxygen vacancies and restore local charge equilibrium within the material near the PZT/Pt interfaces. The restoration of charge was explained based on changes in the energy band diagram of the PZT/Pt interface due to oxygen vacancy build up. It was found that this restoration of charge resulted in nearly a 50% recovery of lost polarization. Therefore, we conclude that oxygen vacancy migration and subsequent build up at the PZT/Pt interfaces is a likely source of fatigue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalIntegrated Ferroelectrics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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