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On the temperature-dependent local atomic geometry and Ti 1s near-edge spectrum in PbTiO3

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Author(s)

Eric J. Cockayne, Eric L. Shirley, Bruce D. Ravel, Joseph C. Woicik

Abstract

We revisit Ti 1s near-edge spectroscopy in PbTiO3 vs temperature. We use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to determine the average internal coordinates and their fluctuations at various temperatures above and below the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition. By sampling and averaging over atomic coordinates' statistics using representation snapshots, we use core-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) calculations to predict the associated Ti 1s near-edge spectra. The proper accounting of atomic fluctuations greatly improves the agreement between theoretical and experimental spectra. The dominant contribution to changes in spectral features comes from the mean-square displacements of the Ti ion with respect to its surrounding O6 cage, which enhances the cross section for transitions to E_g-derived core-hole exciton levels. This captures the evolution of relative strengths of spectral features vs temperature and x-ray wave vector and electric field polarization vector in considerable detail.
Citation
Physical Review B

Keywords

Lead titanate, PbTiO3, ab initio molecular dynamics, near-edge spectroscopy, ferroelectric phase transitions

Citation

Cockayne, E. , Shirley, E. , Ravel, B. and Woicik, J. (2018), On the temperature-dependent local atomic geometry and Ti 1s near-edge spectrum in PbTiO3, Physical Review B, [online], https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.014111 (Accessed October 26, 2021)
Created July 31, 2018, Updated June 2, 2021