Subatomic deformation driven by vertical piezoelectricity from CdS ultrathin films.

Journal Article

Driven by the development of high-performance piezoelectric materials, actuators become an important tool for positioning objects with high accuracy down to nanometer scale, and have been used for a wide variety of equipment, such as atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy. However, positioning at the subatomic scale is still a great challenge. Ultrathin piezoelectric materials may pave the way to positioning an object with extreme precision. Using ultrathin CdS thin films, we demonstrate vertical piezoelectricity in atomic scale (three to five space lattices). With an in situ scanning Kelvin force microscopy and single and dual ac resonance tracking piezoelectric force microscopy, the vertical piezoelectric coefficient (d 33) up to 33 pm·V(-1) was determined for the CdS ultrathin films. These findings shed light on the design of next-generation sensors and microelectromechanical devices.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, X; He, X; Zhu, H; Sun, L; Fu, W; Wang, X; Hoong, LC; Wang, H; Zeng, Q; Zhao, W; Wei, J; Jin, Z; Shen, Z; Liu, J; Zhang, T; Liu, Z

Published Date

  • July 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 7

Start / End Page

  • e1600209 -

PubMed ID

  • 27419234

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2375-2548

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2375-2548

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/sciadv.1600209

Language

  • eng