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In this review, the state of the art in understanding the structural phase relations in perovskite-structured BiFeO3-based polycrystalline solid solutions is presented and discussed. Issues about the close relation between the structural phase and overall physical properties of the reviewed systems are pointed out and discussed. It is shown that, by adjusting the structural symmetric arrangement, the ferroelectric and magnetic properties of BiFeO3-based polycrystalline solid solutions can be tuned to find specific multifunctional applications. However, an intrinsic mechanism linking structural arrangement and physical properties cannot be identified, revealing that this subject still deserves further discussion and investigation.


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Structural phase relations in perovskite-structured BiFeO3based multiferroic compounds

Show Author's information Valdirlei Fernandes FREITAS*( )Gustavo Sanguino DIASOtávio Algusto PROTZEKDiogo Zampieri MONTANHERIgor Barbosa CATELLANIDaniel Matos SILVALuiz Fernando CÓTICAIvair Aparecido dos SANTOS
UEM—Universidade Estadual de Maringá, GDDM—Grupo de Desenvolvimento de Dispositivos Multifuncionais, Departamento de Física, Maringá, Brazil

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In this review, the state of the art in understanding the structural phase relations in perovskite-structured BiFeO3-based polycrystalline solid solutions is presented and discussed. Issues about the close relation between the structural phase and overall physical properties of the reviewed systems are pointed out and discussed. It is shown that, by adjusting the structural symmetric arrangement, the ferroelectric and magnetic properties of BiFeO3-based polycrystalline solid solutions can be tuned to find specific multifunctional applications. However, an intrinsic mechanism linking structural arrangement and physical properties cannot be identified, revealing that this subject still deserves further discussion and investigation.

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bismuth ferrite, ferroelectrics, multiferroics
Received: 16 January 2013 Revised: 01 March 2013 Accepted: 02 March 2013 Published: 04 June 2013 Issue date: June 2013
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Received: 16 January 2013
Revised: 01 March 2013
Accepted: 02 March 2013
Published: 04 June 2013
Issue date: June 2013

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The authors would like to thank the Brazilian Agency Funding CNPq (Proc. 476964/2009-1 and 552900/2009-5), CAPES (Procad 082/2007), and Fundação Araucária de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Científico do Paraná (Prots. 22825 and 22870) for financial support.

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