First-principles study of epitaxial strain in perovskites

Oswaldo Diéguez, Karin M. Rabe, David Vanderbilt

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Using an extension of a first-principles method developed by King-Smith and Vanderbilt [Phys. Rev. B, 49, 5828 (1994)], we investigate the effects of in-plane epitaxial strain on the ground-state structure and polarization of eight perovskite oxides: BaTiO3, SrTiO3, CaTiO3, KNbO3, NaNbO3, PbTiO3, PbZrO3, and BaZrO3. In addition, we investigate the effects of a nonzero normal stress. The results are shown to be useful in predicting the structure and polarization of perovskite oxide thin films and superlattices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144101
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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