Self-supported films of nanocrystalline BaTi O3 exhibit a two orders of magnitude enhancement of the pyroelectric coefficient (≈1 μC cm2 K) with respect to the value measured for a single BaTi O3 crystal. The enhancement strongly depends on film geometry and appears only in buckled films where ferroelectric grains undergo self-organization into polycrystalline macrodomains. The authors posit that the enhancement of the pyroelectric effect is related to 90° polarization switching and is, therefore, similar in nature to an "extrinsic" piezoelectric effect.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)