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RELAXOR FERROELECTRICS

Seeing the forest and the trees

A paradigm relating ultrahigh piezoelectricity and multiscale inhomogeneous structure in relaxor ferroelectrics emerges from state-of-the-art neutron and X-ray diffuse scattering measurements.

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Fig. 1: A variety of competing ion motions on different length scales, as obtained from diffuse scattering data, rationalize the piezoelectric and dielectric response of (1 – x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3xPbTiO3.

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Takenaka, H., Grinberg, I. & Rappe, A.M. Seeing the forest and the trees. Nature Mater 17, 657–658 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-018-0117-2

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