Departmental Papers (MSE)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2006


The surface potential of a multidomain BaTiO3 (001) surface was imaged in the presence and absence of ultraviolet (UV) illumination. The UV radiation induces a decrease in the surface potential contrast between c+ and c− domains with a time constant of a few seconds due to redistribution of photocarriers and screening. A slower process of recovery was observed after illumination. In addition, scanning a conducting atomic force microscopy tip in contact under UV illumination destabilizes some ferroelectric domains.


Postprint version. Published in Applied Physics Letters, Volume 89, Issue 11, 2006, 112904-1-3.
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Date Posted: 09 November 2006

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