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Application of an ultrafast photonic technique to study polarization switching dynamics of thin-film ferroelectric capacitors

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6 Author(s)
Li, J. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA ; Liang, H. ; Nagaraj, B. ; Cao, W.
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We demonstrate the use of jitter-free ultrafast rise-time electrical pulses generated by a semiconductor photoconductive switch with femtosecond laser illumination to study the fast polarization switching process in fully integrated, ferroelectric PNZT thin-film capacitors. The necessary conditions for high-speed polarization switching detection are presented. The switching behavior for various sizes of capacitors and various rise-times of applied voltage pulses are investigated. Circuit influence on the activation field, α, as well as application of the Inshibashi-Merz model, are discussed.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 12 )

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Dec. 2003

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