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Hysteresis loop measurements performed both experimentally for Bismuth Sodium Titanate (BNT) and Bismuth Potassium Titanate (BKT) samples using modified Sawyer-Tower Circuit. The experiment showed that the P-E hysteresis had main parameters for BNT, remnant polarization (
*P*
_{r} = 27 μC/cm2), spontaneous polarization (
*P*
_{s} = 35
μC/cm
^{2}) and coercive electric field (
*E*
_{c} = 60 kV/cm) and for BKT the remnant polarization was (
*P*
_{r} = 5.2
μC/cm
^{2}), spontaneous polarization (
*P*
_{s} = 30
μC/cm
^{2}) and coercive electric field (
*E*
_{c} = 4.72 kV/cm). These three parameters (remnant polarization, spontaneous polarization, coercive electric field) were used in a simulated software depending on the mathematical model for the polarization in ferroelectric materials. The simulation software predicted the value of applied electric field required to perform the P-E hysteresis experiment varying with
*P*
_{r},
*P*
_{s},
*E*
_{c}. The results of the simulation exhibited agreement with the experimental data. The last prediction could help the researchers in studying the ferroelectric hysteresis loop, especially for those studying a fatigue behaviour or studying the effect of electric field cycle on the hysteresis loop.

Ferroelectric materials are materials possessing spontaneous polarization, which can be reversed by applying of an external electric field over a certain temperature range [_{3}, the cations (A, B) have a different sizes and the anion (X) is normally Oxygen ion [_{3}, and it was considered a promising material because the spontaneous polarization is greater than in other ferroelectric families [_{0.5}Na_{0.5}TiO_{3} and BKT ceramic like Bi_{0.5}K_{0.5}TiO_{3} were used to study the hysteresis loop and measuring the polarization as a function of electric field by using Sawyer-Tower circuit. The parameters remnant polarization, spontaneous polarization and coercive electric field measured by Sawyer-Tower circuit were used in the simulation program. The simulation program could help researchers to perform the hysteresis loop experiment and polarization fatigue, which help us perform the experimental parameters, especially for the polarization fatigue analysis and measuring polarization fatigue life. A comparison between experiment and theory could help to understand the Polarization behaviour and polarization domain dynamics.

The hysteresis loop measurements during (P-E) loop were studied for ferroelectric ceramic Bismuth Sodium Titanate (BNT) and Bismuth Potassium Titanate (BKT) by using modified Sawyer-Tower circuit, as shown in

1) High voltage AC Power Supply has the specification (0 - 10 kV), 0.5 A, sine wave and frequency 50 Hz [

2) The voltage divider acts as voltage attenuator, and the voltage attenuation calculated according to the equation

3) The capacitor of (0.68 µF) was used.

4) The sample that used in this experiment was sandwiched between two gold electrodes as shown in

5) The digital storage oscilloscope type Tektronix TBS 1000 was used to ac-

quire the signals with some modifications on both value of x-y axes, such that the x-axis is the Electric field (kV/cm) calculated by the following equation;

The y-axis is the polarization (µC/cm^{2}) calculated in the following equation;

where the parameters (r, t) are the radius and the thickness of the ceramic disc sandwiched between two electrodes respectively.

The hysteresis loop measurement had been done by increasing the voltage gradually to get the curve of the hysteresis, then the saturation polarization (P_{s}), Remnant polarization (P_{r}), and coercive electric field (E_{c}) were measured. The simulation of hysteresis loop was performed by designing a program using LabView2016 depending on the mathematical model of (P-E) loop by the following equation [

The parameter (P) is the polarization, the positive sign is referring to positive polarization_{c}) is the coercive electric field. The factor (δ) is a polarization relaxation coefficient and calculating according to the following equation;

The factor (P_{r}) is remnant polarization, and (P_{s}) is the saturation polarization. The study started by changing the values of the electric field from negative to positive by gradual steps. The input data for the simulation is represented by a maximum applied electric field (E_{max}), E_{c}, P_{r}, P_{s}, and number of steps (>100 steps normally). The output data is the P-E loop as a graph and table, which could be saved with different extensions as excel file, Matlab or Origin profile.

The hysteresis loop for ferroelectric ceramic was performed using modified Sawyer-Tower circuit at 50 Hz using adjustable AC power supply as mentioned before. The polarization as a function electric field was plotted as a result from the output of the oscilloscope and estimate the remnant polarization (P_{r}), spontaneous polarization (P_{s}), and coercive electric field (E_{c}) for each sample. The Sawyer-Tower circuit was modified by adding the voltage divider to attenuate voltage by a factor of 0.01 V in order to prevent oscilloscope from damage. If the maximum applied voltage is (10 kV) then the voltage appeared on the oscilloscope will be (100 V), attenuated by a factor 0.01. The normal capacitor (0.68 µF) was used, such that it was greater than the sample capacitance by (100) time, which was about (300 pF). The high capacitor connected in series has low voltage comparing with a low capacitor that possess high voltage where

The estimated values of (P_{r}, P_{s} and E_{c}) were used in the computer simulation as inputs, the obtainable results from the simulation is transferred into the hysteresis shape at the same value of P_{r}, P_{s} and E_{c}. The simulation could help us to predict the applied electric field values required for experimental work. The user interface of (P-E) loop that was designed in this research is shown in

The simulated variable was the electric field on the x-axis and the polarization on the y-axis. Therefore, the changing with the electric field value from negative to positive was dependent by N-step divided on the x-axis, normally N > 100 steps using the following equation inside the loop.

The factor (E_{a}) is the applied electric field value, which is actually has the maximum value (E_{max}). The above equation performed as an electric field sweep kit, shown in _{a}, for i = 1 so _{a} (100 steps means i = 0 to 99). The second variable, the polarization was performed as a kit depending on the Equation (1), as shown in

The simulation was important to solve many problem, the first one was the value of the applied electric field, a lot of researches had chosen the applied electric field value by increasing the voltage until the hystersis loop appeared [_{s} = P_{r} only [_{s}/P_{r}, i.e. linearly dependent on (δ). The values of the applied electric field are symmetric that making

been done depending on the Equation (2), to predict the applied electric field and then the polarization, using the stop condition if_{r}) and (P_{s}) is leading to vary the δ-value, which lead to change the value of the applied electric field (E_{a}) as shown in

The experimental data of (P-E) hysteresis loop for BNT-ceramic are shown in _{r} = 27 µC/cm^{2}, P_{s} = 35 µC/cm^{2}, and E_{c} = 60

kV/cm. Whereas the simulated curve had the similar values of P_{r}, P_{s} and E_{c} are shown in _{a} = 257 kV/cm. The BKT sample was exhibited the experimental values of polarization and electric field with P_{r} = 5.2 µC/cm^{2}, P_{s} = 30 µC/cm^{2} and E_{c} = 4.72 kV/cm, as shown in _{r}, P_{s} and E_{c} is shown in _{a} = 81 kV/cm. The predicted values of applied electric field of BNT sample was about

Whereas the predicted value of applied electric field of BKT sample was about

The hysteresis loop experiment is an important analysis to determine the value of polarization and the coercive electric field on the dielectric media. It was a successful technique to simulate the hysteresis loop experiment depending on the required mathematical equations in polarization of ferroelectric materials. The simulation results showed agreement with experimental output. It was considered to predict the applied electric field values those were used in hysteresis experiment and formulating an equation describing the change in the applied electric field. The last prediction could help the researchers to study the ferroelectric hysteresis loop, especially for those who suffering fatigue or studying the effect of electric field cycle on hysteresis loop.

Mahmood, N.B. and Al-Shakarchi, E.K. (2017) Simulation and Experimental Data of P-E Hysteresis Loop in BNT and BKT. Journal of Modern Physics, 8, 844-851. https://doi.org/10.4236/jmp.2017.85053