The Ignored Effects of Vibrational Entropy and Electrocaloric Effect in PbTiO 3 and PbZr 0.5Ti 0.5O 3 as Studied Through First-Principles Calculation
28 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2019 Publication Status: Accepted
In an isothermal process, applying an electric field E to a ferroelectric material can change its entropy S through two distinct mechanisms: namely, through changing the dipole alignment or configurational entropy (ΔSconf), and the vibrational entropy due to the intrinsic structure response (ΔSvib). Previous numerical investigations yield only the total entropy change ΔS but cannot separate these two contributions. Here we develop a full first-principles method to extract ΔSvib and the corresponding induced adiabatic temperature change ΔTvib under E, i.e. the electrocaloric effect (ECE), and compare them to the total ΔS and ΔT from molecular dynamics simulation based on a first-principles effective Hamiltonian model. For both single crystal PbTiO3 (PTO) and PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3 (50/50 PZT), the calculation results show that for T far from the phase transition temperature Tpt, ΔSvib plays an important and even dominant role in the ECE. On the other hand, for T close to Tpt, ΔSconf dominates the ECE. Moreover, for PTO, we find that positive E can cause positive ECE, while negative E cause negative ECE. Therefore, by combining both positive and negative ECE in a "bipolar" Ericsson cycle, the cooling energy density can significantly increase as compared to that of a unipolar cycle.
Keywords: first-principles calculation, ferroelectric materials, electrocaloric cooling, entropy change
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