|Dielectric and IR spectroscopy||THz science and technology||Light and neutron scattering||
|Solid-state materials science||
Main activities of Department of Dielectrics cover experimental and theoretical investigations of high-permittivity insulators like liquid crystals, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, piezoelectrics, semiconductor nanostructures, and low-loss materials.
- Dielectric and IR spectroscopy
- THz science and technology
- Light and neutron scattering
- Theory and simulations
- Solid-state materials science
- Liquid crystals
The most significant fresh scientific results of our deparment are listed in the section Highlights.
Emergent functional properties of ferroic materials with topological defects
A domain pattern with multiple polar domain walls in non-polar CaTiO3 from a topical review article: “Domain-wall engineering and topological defects in ferroelectric and ferroelastic materials” highlighted the front cover of the November issue of Nature Reviews Physics.
First book on functional ferroelectric domain walls
P. Ondrejkovic, P. Marton, V. Stepkova and J. Hlinka contributed by the chapter: “Fundamental properties of ferroelectric domain walls from Ginzburg-Landau models” to a new book titled “Domain Walls: From Fundamental Properties to Nanotechnology Concepts” published by Oxford University Press.
Popular cartoon video about smart materials
Teťana Ostapčuk contributed as a scientific guarantor to a popular cartoon video about piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys, photo-, thermo-, electro- and magnetochromic materials and their applications (in Czech only).
Organic nanotubes created from mesogenic lactic acid derivatives
We found a facile route how to prepare nanotubes from rod-like mesogens dissolved in typical organic solvents. For selected types of chiral rod-like molecules, both enantiomers as well as the racemic mixtures, the nanotubes are formed by slow evaporation from a solution, regardless the solvent, concentration or deposition type. Obtained supramolecular assemblies were studied using various experimental techniques and nanotubes of 50-60 nm diameter described. We proposed rolling-up mechanism related to the surface tension difference at the opposite layer surfaces.
Mesoscopic polarization dynamics and two ferroelectric sublattices
in the uniaxial tetragonal tungsten bronze (Sr
The high-frequency dielectric behavior of uniaxial tungsten-bronze strontium barium niobate crystals with various Sr/Ba ratios have been studied in order to thoroughly understand the evolution of the relaxation dynamics across the ferroelectric phase transition. We showed that the dielectric response along the polar axis consists of three relaxations corresponding to polarization mechanisms related to several correlation lengths of mesoscopic order and that they are closly associated with two different ferroelectric subsystems.in the structure .
Changes in spin and lattice dynamics induced by magnetic and structural phase transitions in multiferroic SrMn7O12
Upon cooling, SrMn7O12 undergoes a series of structural and magnetic phase transitions from cubic to rhombohedral symmetry, and to an incommensurately modulated crystal structure, which is connected with charge and orbital ordering of the Mn cations. We report IR, THz, and Raman spectra of SrMn7O12 ceramics reflecting corresponding changes in the phonon selection rules, including new phonons appearing in spin-order-induced ferroelectric phases .
Raman scattering yields cubic crystal grain orientation
The anisotropy of Raman scattering was applied to determine the orientation of individual microcrystal grains, as small as a few µm, of GaV4S8 polycrystalline compound. This was possible by measuring polarised Raman spectra as a function of rotation of the sample along the laser direction. On comparing the resulting set of spectra with a computer simulation for particular symmetries, the orientation of the crystal grains could of the determined with good precision.
Soft mode driven local ferroelectric transition in lead-based relaxors
Analysis of IR and THz spectra using Bruggeman effective medium approach revealed that the mesoscopic structure of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 and Pb(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 consists of dynamic randomly oriented uniaxially anisotropic polar nanoregions with harder transverse optical polar modes in the direction along the local dipoles [1,2].
Degenerate (identity) chemical reactions in ferroelastic crystals
The work points to reconsideration of degenerate chemical reactions because of the chemical reactions which take place in a solid phase where the orientation of the substituting molecules is maintained. The work points to the examples of a ferroelastic switching which is accompanied by braking and reestablisment of chemical bonds. The article suggests that the definition of the degenerate chemical reactions might distinguish the reactions where the truly identical molecules are formed from those ones where the resulting molecules are enantiomers or enatiomorphs in case of domains.