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Title: A Monte Carlo simulation of B-site order-disorder transformation in Pb(Sc1/2Ta1/2)O3 triggered by mechanical activation
Authors: Gao, X.S. 
Lim, J.
Xue, J.M. 
Wang, J.-S. 
Liu, J.-M.
Wang, J. 
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2002
Citation: Gao, X.S., Lim, J., Xue, J.M., Wang, J.-S., Liu, J.-M., Wang, J. (2002-09-23). A Monte Carlo simulation of B-site order-disorder transformation in Pb(Sc1/2Ta1/2)O3 triggered by mechanical activation. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 14 (37) : 8639-8653. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Order-disorder transformation triggered by mechanical activation in a perovskite structure was observed in Pb(Sc1/2Ta1/2)O3; it is simulated using a Monte Carlo algorithm, based on the competition between mechanical activation leading to disordering and the thermal diffusion recovering the ordering. The time evolution of the long-range order (LRO) from an initial ordered state shows a steady decrease at the initial stage and then becomes more or less stabilized over a prolonged period; while from the disordered initial state, LRO increases first and then stabilizes at a similar end value. Thermal diffusion is the dominant process at relatively high temperatures, leading to the disorder-to-order transformation. The effect of mechanical activation becomes significant and results in order-to-disorder transformation at relatively low temperatures. Both the mechanical activation intensity and the vacancy migration energy exert an impact on the degree of ordering and the order-disorder transformation temperature at low temperatures. Snapshot images of the simulation demonstrate the competition between thermal diffusion and mechanical activation, which refines the domain size.
Source Title: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter
ISSN: 09538984
DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/14/37/301
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