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"Fraternal-twin” ferroelectricity: competing polar states in hydrogen-doped samarium nickelate from first principles

Michele Kotiuga1*, Karin M. Rabe2*

1 Theory and Simulation of Materials (THEOS), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers, The State University of NewJersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA

* Corresponding authors emails: michele.kotiuga@epfl.ch, rabe@physics.rutgers.edu
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:tg-8p [version v1]

Publication date: Apr 23, 2024

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Michele Kotiuga, Karin M. Rabe, "Fraternal-twin” ferroelectricity: competing polar states in hydrogen-doped samarium nickelate from first principles, Materials Cloud Archive 2024.62 (2024), https://doi.org/10.24435/materialscloud:tg-8p

Description

This work explores hydrogen-doped samarium nickelate from first-principles calculations. At a concentration of 1/4 hydrogen per formula unit we find a number of polar states due to the presence of the interstitial hydrogen. Physically, the polarization of the material arises from the localization of the hydrogen's valence electron on a nearby nickel-oxygen octahedron leading to a local dipole. Due to the inherent tilt pattern present in samarium nickelate, a perovskite with an a-a-c+ tilt pattern, there is an insurmountable energy barrier to switch a given polar state the structure related by inversion symmetry. Instead, we use an in-plane epitaxial constraint to tune the total energy of two structures to be equal. These two structures, unrelated by a cell-symmetry operation, have similar a similar position of the interstitial hydrogen atom, but the valence electron localizes on a different nickel-oxygen octahedron leading to different polarizations. We find that there is a surmountable energy barrier to switch between these two structures.

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Keywords

Ferroelectricty Rare-earth nickelates Charge localization

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2024.62 (version v1) [This version] Apr 23, 2024 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:tg-8p