Thermal conductivity of ferroelectric oxides through non-equilibrium molecular dynamics

2017 edition

Juan Antonio Seijas Bellido

The properties of ferroelectric materials have become an intensively studied topic, both theoretically [1] and experimentally [2], attracting the interest of many researchers. In this work, we study the thermal conductivity of the PbTiO3, and also the thermal resistance of its domain walls, by means of non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. For these simulations we have modeled the atomic interactions with a potential obtained from first principles [3], accurate but computationally efficient. Our result of the thermal conductivity is in good agreement with previous reports obtained from first-principles [4] and allowed estimating for the first time the interface thermal resistance of a domain wall.


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