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High Strain of Na- and K-Deficient Bi$_{0.5}$(Na$_{0.78}$K$_{0.22}$)$_{0.5-x}$TiO$_3$ Piezoelectric Ceramics
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2017; 67: 1419~1425
Published online December 29, 2017;
© 2017 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Jin Ho CHOI, Hae Jin SEOG, Chang Won AHN, Shinuk CHO, Ill Won KIM*

Department of Physics and Energy Harvest-Storage Research Center, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 44610, Korea 
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Received August 23, 2017; Revised October 18, 2017; Accepted October 20, 2017.
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That the Bi$_{0.5}$(Na$_{0.78}$K$_{0.22}$)$_{0.5-x}$TiO$_3$ (BNKT) ceramics exhibit a tetragonal structure without any secondary phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicate that the shape of grains change from round to stick-like with increasing Na- and K-deficiency ratio. The dielectric constants of the BNKT ceramics are 1030~1500, and their Curie temperature ($T_c$) exists in the range 280 $^\circ$C ~ 320 $^\circ$C. The $P-E$ hysteresis loop of the BNKT ceramics changes from a normal ferroelectric to a pinched shape with increasing Na- and K-deficiency ratio. As a result, the BNKT ceramics shows a high strain ($S$ = 0.4%) state corresponding to a large normalized strain ($d_{33}^\ast$ = $S_{max}/E_{max}$ = 680 pm/V) at $x$ = 0.015. The observed large $d_{33}^\ast$ value suggests that Na- and K-deficient BNKT ceramics can be considered as potential candidates for use in lead-free actuator applications. 
PACS numbers: 77.80.-e, 77.65.Ly, 77.65.Bn
Keywords: Piezoelectricity, Ceramics, Ferroelectrics, Lead-free, Perovskite structure

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