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  • Save American Journal of Materials Science 2012, 2(4): 110-118 DOI: 10.5923/j.materials.20120204.03 Ferroelectric Relaxor Behavior and Spectroscopic Properties of Ba2+ and Zr4+ Modified Sodium Bismuth Titanate B. Tilak Department of Materials Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Abstract Polycrystalline ceramics (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, (BNBZT) (for x=0.10, 0.12; y=0.04), has been synthe- sized by conventional solid-state sintering. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates the formation of a single phase with tetragonal symmetry with pure perovskite structure. Scanning electron micrograph of the studied materials shows a distribution of grains. A broad dielectric peak with maximum permittivity has been observed near 1200 (for x=0.10, y=0.04) and 1600 (for x=0.12, y=0.04) respectively in the temperature range, RT–600℃. This result indicates that these materials may have great potential for a variety of high temperature applications. These ceramics show diffuse phase transition and the transition temperature shifting toward higher temperature with increasing frequency, which represents the relaxor behvaiour. The relaxor materials obey modified Curie–Weiss law and Vogel–Fulcher relationship. The values of the diffuseness parameter γ=2 for x = 0.10 and 1.67 for x = 0.12, obtained from the fit of a modified Curie-Weiss law established the relaxor type nature. For a more detailed interpretation of the ac data, the complex impedance (Z*) and electric modulus (M*) as a function of frequency f (i.e., 45 Hz–5 MHz) has been simultaneously analysed. Impedance study reveals that there exists a temperature dependent electrical relaxation phenomenon in the materials. Modulus represents hopping of ions and localized motion in studied compositions. Conductivity obey’s Jonscher law Keywords Polycrystalline, lead-Free relaxors, Vogel-Fulcher relation, Impedance, Modulus , Conductivity 1. Introduction Lead-based complex perovskite relaxor ferroelectrics, such as Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN), Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3, and the derived compounds, are widely used in the fabrication of multilayer ceramics capacitors, hysteresis-free actuators, and high performance sensors because of their excellent dielectric and piezoelectric properties.[1–4] However, these lead based relaxor ferroelectrics contain more than 60 wt % lead.[5,6] Lead is a very toxic substance, which can cause damage to the kidney, brain, and nervous system, especially the intelligence of the children.[7] In recent years, therefore, some countries have required all new electronic products to be lead-free for the environmental protection and human health.[8] Hence, many studies are focused on the BaTiO3-based materials such as BaTiO3–BaZrO3,[9] BaTiO3–BaSnO3,[10] BaTiO3–BiAlO3,[11] and BaTiO3– CaTiO3–SrTiO3[12] because these BaTiO3-based lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics show relatively high dielectric and * Corresponding author: (B. Tilak) Published online at Copyright © 2012 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved piezoelectric properties among the lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics. Unfortunately, these BaTiO3-based lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics show low temperature of the maximum dielectric permittivity (Tm). This temperature (<100℃) is not high enough to use these materials in high temperature fields, such as automotive, aerospace, and related industrial applications.[13] Therefore, currently, much effort has been placed on the study of searching and developing the new lead-free or lead-reduced relaxor ferroelectrics for high temperature applications[14–16]. The NBT is an excellent example of lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics in order to develop for high temperature applications. In literature review, the dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of typical lead-free perovskite ferroelectric ceramics such as BaTiO3 (BT)-based, (Na0.5Bi0.5) TiO3 (NBT)-based and KNbO3 (KN)-based systems for actuator and high- power applications and also BLSF ceramics such as Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT)-base, Bi3TiTaO9 (BTT) –based and (Sr Ca)2 Bi4 Ti5 O18(SCBT) systems for ceramic resonator applications are desired as superior candidates for environmental friendly, lead-free piezoelectric materials to reduce some damage to earth. Among the NBT based system, (1-x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3–xBaTiO3 posses rhombohedral (FR) – tetragonal (FT) morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) at x=0.06-0.07[17]. Gao et al reported the American Journal of Materials Science 2012, 2(4): 110-118 111 composition (1-x)BaTiO3 -xBi0.5Na0.5TiO3 with x >0.3mol start to exhibit the relaxor ferroelectric properties[18]. (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, BNBZT is another most promising NBT based material posses rhombohedral – tetragonal phase with morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) at x=0.07-0.08. The aim of this paper is to investigate the phase structure, microstructure, dielectric, complex impedance, electric modulus and conductivity behavior of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 ( abbreviated as BNBZT) ceramics. NBT modified with barium at A-site and zirconium at B-site, i.e., (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, (x=0.10, 0.12; y=0.04), (abbreviated as 0.10 BNBZT, 0.12 BNBZT). These are the promising candidates for device applications. We expect to provide an alternative direction for searching and developing high temperature lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics through this study. In addition, the mechanisms of the relaxor behavior in the BNBZT ceramics are discussed in detail. 45o[6]. According to Figure 1(a), the phase structure of 0.10BNBZT, 0.12BNBZT ceramic is pure perovskite phase with tetragonal symmetry. (a) 2. Experimental The BNBZT Ceramic samples were prepared by a conventional solid state sintering. AR grade powders of oxides or carbonates with 99% purity were used as the starting materials. These materials were grounded for 10 h and calcined at 850℃/2h. After calcination, the grounded powders were pressed into disks with 12mm diameter and about 2mm in thickness. The disks were sintered at 1180℃/3hrs in air. The phase structure was examined using x-ray powder diffraction analysis using a Phillips diffractometer using CuKα radiation wavelength, λ =1.5406Ao for wide range of bragg’s angle, 2θ (100≤2θ ≤700C) with a scanning rate of 20/min. Lattice parameters have been calculated through POWD software. For the observation of the microstructure samples were polished and thermally etched. Finally, the microstructures were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM: JEOL_JY: Model 5800F).The permittivity (ε*), impedance (Z*), electrical modulus (M*), and conductivity (σ*) as a function of temperature (35-600℃) and frequency (45Hz to 5MHz) were performed with computer interfaced LCR Hi-Tester (HIOKI 3532-50, japan). 3. Results and Discussion 3.1. The Phase Structure of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, (x=0.10, 0.12; y=0.04), (Abbreviated as 0.10 BNBZT, 0.12 BNBZT) Ceramics Figure 1(a) shows that X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, (x=0.10, 0.12; y=0.04) ceramics at room temperature. It is observed from the patterns; that all samples show pure perovskite phase and there is no traces of secondary phase. This indicates that both Barium and zirconium have completely diffused into NBT lattice to form new solid solution. The orthorhombic phase is characterized by (202)/(020) peak splitting by about 45 o[6].The tetragonal phase is characterized by (002)/(200) peak splitting by about 0.10BNBZT (b) 0.12BNBZT (c) Figure 1. XRD patterns and SEM micrographs (bars on the micrograph resembles the size of individual grain, the scale to measure the average grain size of the sample is 2 µm for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT Composition 0.10BNBZT 0.12BNBZT Table 1. Lattice parameters Lattice pa- rameters (Å) a c 3.818 3.915 3.841 3.942 c/a 1.025 1.026 V(Å3) 57.68 58.19 Density (gm/Cm3) ρExp ρcal 6.23 6.27 5.76 6.16 It is also observed that as Ba concentration increases, lattice parameters and cell volume increases. In the perovskite structure of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3, the substitution of Ba2+ for Na+ and Bi3+ on the A-site increases the crystal plane spaces and causes the increase of lattice constant and lattice distortion and ultimately causes the appearance of tetragonal ferroelectric phase at room temperature as shown in Table.1. The increase in lattice parameters and cell volume are also reported in PZT system[19]. The density of the sintered materials has been measured by Archimedes method. The 112 B. Tilak: Ferroelectric Relaxor Behavior and Spectroscopic Properties of Ba2+ and Zr4+ Modified Sodium Bismuth Titanate Experimental density achieved above 90% to that of theoretical density, which is tabulated in table.1. Figure 1 (b), (c) shows the microstructures on sintered BNBZT ceramics with different x content and at constant zirconium concentration. Grain shapes are clearly visible, indicating the existence of polycrystalline microstructure. Grains of unequal size appear to be distributed in the studied materials. The average grain size of the studied materials is estimated by line intercept method. Grain size for 0.10BNBZT is found to be 1.15 μm and for 0.12BNBZT is found to be 1.29μm. The average grain size is found to be increased with increase in Ba content. 3.2. Dielectric Properties of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 Ceramics observed that BNBZT ceramics show a broad dielectric peak with maximum permittivity maximum and low dielectric loss. This result may be used for high temperature applications. A strong frequency dispersion of the dielectric permittivity is clearly seen for the samples for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT(Figure 2(a)). It is believed that the diffuse phase transition and the frequency dispersion of dielectric permittivity are the two typical characteristics for the relaxor ferroelectrics. Therefore, it can be concluded that BNBZT ceramics are indeed lead-free relaxor ferroelectric. In addition to this Figure 2(b) show low dielectric loss in the temperature range 35℃ to 400℃. Table 2. Dielectric Data (at 1 KHz) Composition Tm (oC) εRT εm Tan δ at RT 0.10 BNBZT 343 559 1198 0.044 0.12 BNBZT 360 751 1481 0.049 Tan δ at Tm 0.028 0.084 (a) Figure 3. ln[(εm/ εr-1)] Vs ln (T-Tm) at 1kHz (b) Figure 2. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant and Tan δ for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT Figure.2 (a) shows the temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 ceramics at a temperature range of 35℃ -600℃. For 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT, the transition temperatures are shown in Table.2. It is observed that from Figure 2(a) that the Tm increases from 343℃ (0.10BNBZT) to 360℃ (0.12BNBZT) ceramics with increase of Barium content; this result is consistent with the above XRD analysis, and the phase transition temperature range around Tm become more and more broader with increasing addition of Barium, which can be called the diffuse phase transition. In addition, it can be Figure 4. Verifying Vogel-Fulcher Relation 3.3. Relaxor Behavior of (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 Ceramics It is well known that the dielectric permittivity of a normal ferroelectric should obey the Curie-Weiss law when the temperature exceeds the Curie temperature, ε= C (1) T − TCW Where C is the Curie-Weiss Constant and TCW is the Curie Weiss temperature. The Curie Weiss Constant C reflects the American Journal of Materials Science 2012, 2(4): 110-118 113 nature of the ferroelectric transition. For the relaxor ferroelectrics, the reciprocal of the dielec- tric constant and temperature obeys modified Curie-Wiess law 1 − 1 = (T − Tm )γ (2) ε εm C Where C is the Curie constant, γ is called a diffusion co- efficient ranging from 1(a normal ferroelectric) to 2 (an ideal relaxor ferroelectric). In order to further confirm the effect Barium and Zirconium content on the diffuse phase transi- tion behavior of BNBZT ceramics, the plot of ln[(εm /εr-1)] Vs ln (T-Tm) at 1kHz for 0.10 and 0.12 BNBZT ceramics are shown in Figure 3. A Linear relationship is observed for both specimens. The slope of the fitting curves is used to determine the γ value. The value of γ at 1 kHz are found to be 2 for 0.10BNBZT and 1.67 for 0.12BNBZT indicating transitions are of diffusive in nature. The values of the γ indicate that the compositions are highly disordered. The relaxation behavior in relaxor ferroelectrics can be explained by many theory model such as composition fluc- tuation theory, super paraelectricity theory, the merging of micropolar regions into macropolar regions and random field model.[1, 4, 20] The common point of these models is based on the local distortion of the crystal structure, giving rise to polar nano regions (PNRs). In BNBZT system Ba2+ and Zr4+occupies A-site and B-site of ABO3 perovskite structure because of their large ionic radius. In BNBZT in A-site Na , Bi and Ba have different valences and ionic radii, which results in the formation of the local electric fields owing to the local charge imbalance and the local elastic fields due to local structure distortions. This similar phenomenon also occurs at the B-site of the ABO3 perovskite structure. The presence of the random field, including the local electric fields and elastic field hinders the long range dipole align- ment, i.e., giving rise to PNRs. These PNRs are isolated and frustrated in BNBZT system and are embedded in the dis- ordered matrix, which results in the relaxor behviour. Con- sequenstly, the relaxor behavior of BNBZT ceramics is be- lieved to result from the complex response of all the PNRs and matrices. In relaxor materials, an empirical Vogel–Fulcher (VF) relationship can be used to account for the dielectric relaxa- tion nature[21]. The dielectric relaxation appears as a result from thermally activated polarization between two equiva- lent variants. Based on this model, the polarization flipping frequency ν0 is related to the activation energy Ea (the barrier between two equivalent polarization states) as follows ν =ν0  exp  − Ea  KB (Tm − Tf   )  (3) Where ν, νo, KB and Ea are respectively the operating frequency, pre-exponential factor, Boltzmann constant and the activation energy. Tf is the freezing frequency. Tf is regarded as the temperature where the dynamic reorientation of the dipolar cluster polarization can no longer be thermally activated. Figure 4 shows the temperature dependence of the relaxation frequency for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT, analysis based on the VF model yielded Tf = 273℃, Ea = 0.0346 eV, and ν0 = 4.60 x109 Hz for 0.10BNBZT; Tf = 258℃, Ea = 0.007 eV, and ν0 =5.03 x108 Hz for 0.12BNBZT, which provides the evidence of the relaxor behavior in BNBZT ceramics. The relaxor behavior as observed in studied materials can be induced by many reasons such as microscopic compositions fluctuation, the merging of micropolar regions into macropolar regions, or a coupling of ordered parameter and local disorder mode through the local strain. Vugmeister and Glinichuk reported[22] that the randomly distributed electrical field of strain field in a mixed oxide system is the main reason leading to the relaxor behaviour. In the present compositions (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 , Na, Ba and Bi ions occupy the A-site of the ABO3 perovskite type structure and Zr and Ti ions occupy the B-site. As known Ti and Zr are ferroelectrically active and these cations are off-centered in the octahedral site gives rise to a local dipolar moment. In perovskite type compounds the relaxor behavior appears when at least two cations occupy the same crystallographic site A or B. The ionic radius of Zr4+ (0.79Å) is larger than that of Ti4+ (0.68Å). Therefore, an inhomogeneous distribution results at the B-site of the structure. A cationic disorder induced by B-site substitution is always regarded as the main derivation of relaxor behavior. However, the occurrence of relaxation in the compositions attributed to the existence of a nano-polar region[23]. 3.4. Impedance and electrical Modulus analysis The electrical behaviour of the compound has been studied over a range of temperature and frequency using the ac technique of complex impedance spectroscopy (CIS). This technique enables us to separate the real and imaginary components of the electrical parameters and hence provides a true picture of the material properties. Each representation can be used to high light a particular aspect of the response of a sample. Figure 5(a) shows the variation of the real part of the impedance (Z1) as a function of frequency at various temperatures for 0.10BNBZT. It is observed that the magnitude of Z1 decreases with the increase of frequency and temperature, indicating an increase in ac conductivity. The merging of Z1 curves at all temperatures above 10 kHz is ascribed to be the release of space charges as a result of reduction in the barrier properties. This may be due to the enhancement of ac conductivity of material with temperature at higher frequencies. Similar behaviour has been observed in the composition for 0.12BNBZT. Figure 5(b) shows the variation of imaginary part of impedance Z11 as a function of frequency at different temperatures for 0.10BNBZT. At low temperatures (below 3000C), Z11 decreased monotonically, suggesting that relaxation is absent in the measured frequencies. This means 114 B. Tilak: Ferroelectric Relaxor Behavior and Spectroscopic Properties of Ba2+ and Zr4+ Modified Sodium Bismuth Titanate that the relaxation species in the material are immobile species/ electrons and orientation effects may be involved in the sample. Above 3000C, the nature of the Z11 starts attains a maximum value at a particular frequency and the peak position varies with temperature which indicated the defects or the vacancies appearance at a high temperature. laxation process. At the peak, the relaxation is defined by the condition ωmτm=1, where, τm is relaxation time at the peak. This same trend has also been observed in 0.12BNBZT. The relaxation frequency obeys the Arrhenius relation given by ωm= ωoexp[-Er/KBT] (4) where, ωo is pre exponential factor, and the activation ener- gies (Figure 7a) for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT(results for the 0.12BNBZT ceramic show similar and omitted for briefness) are evaluated and are found to be Ea=0.67eV and for 0.12BNBZT ,Ea=0.63eV. (a) Figure 6. Variation of normalized imaginary part of the impedance (Z11/Z11max) as a function of frequency at different temperatures for 0.10BNBZT (b) Figure 5. Variation of the Z1 and Z11 with frequency at different temper- atures for 0.10BNBZT The asymmetric variation in the broadness of the Z11 peak suggested an electrical process with a spread of the relaxa- tion time. This variation shows considerable decrement in the magnitude of Z11 with a shift towards the higher side as temperature increases. The shifting of Z11 maximum towards a higher frequency side explains the presence of temperature dependent on the relaxation phenomenon. The decrement in the magnitude of Z11 with temperature indicates more con- ductivity due to the space charge in the material. Therefore, the temperature dependent electrical relaxation phenomenon exists in the studied materials[24]. Also, it is obvious from the Figure 5(b) that the merging of Z11 values at high fre- quency region is an indication of the accumulation of space charge in the material. The same trend of Z11 has been ob- served in 0.12BNBZT. The normalized imaginary part (Z11/ Z11max) of impedance as a function of frequency at several temperatures for 0.10BNBZT has been shown in Figure 6. The Z11/ Z11max parameter exhibited a peak of slightly asymmetric degree at each temperature indicating the triggering of another re- (a) (b) Figure 7. a: Arrhenius plot of Z11 peak frequencies for 0.10BNBZT; b: Frequency dependence of Z1 and Z11, corresponding Argand diagram(insert) for 0.10BNBZT Figure 7 (b) shows the frequency dependence of Z1 and Z11 at different temperatures and Argand diagram typically American Journal of Materials Science 2012, 2(4): 110-118 115 drawn at 520℃, 560℃ for 0.10BNBZT, this type of plot indicating the existence of impedance relaxation phenomena. In Figure 8, the impedance data of 0.10BNBZT (results for the 0.12BNBZT ceramic show similar and omitted for briefness), are represented in Nyquist diagrams (the imaginary part Z11 Vs real part Z1 of complex impedance for several representative temperature). At lower temperatures, from RT to temperature near above the ferroparaelectric transition temperature at around 350℃, the shape of the plots tends to a straight line with a large slope indicating insulating behaviour of the samples. This effect is more pronounced for the BNBZT ceramics where the morphological features make the grain boundary contributions almost negligible. As the temperature increase above the 350℃, the slope of the curves decreases, bowing down towards the real axis. At temperature above 450℃ a tendency to a semicircular behaviour is observed, indicative of the presence of both localized and non localized conduction processes. imaginary part of impedance Z11 spectra. The complex electrical modulus can be expressed in terms of permittivity as ε*=ε1- iε11 (5) M*(ω) = 1/ ε*= M1 (ω)+i M11 (ω) (6) =( ε1+iε11)/ (ε1 2+iε112) (7) Figure 9(a, b) shows the frequency dependence of real (M1) and imaginary (M11) part of modulus at different tempera- tures. From Figure 9a, M1 increases with increase in fre- quency and almost takes nearly a constant value beyond 10 kHz. At low frequency and high temperature region, M1 approaches zero confirming an appreciable electrode and /or ionic polarization[29]. (a) Figure 8. Complex impedance plots (z11VsZ1) at several temperature of 0.10BNBZT (a similar behaviour was found for 0.12BNBZT) It is also observed that, the reduction of grain (Rg), grain boundary (Rgb) resistance and negative temperatures coefficient of resistance (NTCR) behaviour like semi conducting materials[25,26]. At higher temperatures, the Cole-Cole plots are resolved into two overlapping arcs suggests the contribution of two relaxation mechanisms due to grain and grain boundary. The observed behaviour in the studied compositions (0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT) indicates the conduction is predominant through grain boundary and giving a scope for variety of device applications. Electrical Modulus The electrical modulus (M) response corresponds to the relaxation of the electrical field in the material when the electrical displacement remains constant. Therefore, the modulus represents the real dielectric relaxation process[27]. The usefulness of the modulus representation in the analysis of relaxation properties was demonstrated both for ionic conductors[28] and polycrystalline ceramics[29]. In practice, regions of low capacitance, such as grain interiors, are characterized using imaginary part of electrical modulus, M11 data, where as more resistive regions, such as grain boundaries and pellet surface layers, which are often have higher associated capacitances, are characterized using (b) Figure 9. Variation of M1 and M11 with frequency for 0.10BNBZT It is observed form the Figure 9b that a peak at certain frequency (i.e.,10kHz) regime at high temperature (400℃-580℃) for 0.10BNBZT (results for the 0.12BNBZT ceramic show similar and omitted for briefness). It is also evident that the magnitude of M11 in the high frequency region increase with increase in temperature. The appearance of M11 peaks at a characteristic frequency (ωmax) is dependent on temperature and can be related to the type and strength of the electrical relaxation phenomenon in the materials. The observed peaks appear to be shifting towards higher frequency side with rise in temperature, possibly due to decreasing relaxation time in the materials. All the curves at different temperatures in the higher frequency regime appeared to be merged with one another. Merging of all M11 Vs log F curves at high frequencies indicates disappearance of 116 B. Tilak: Ferroelectric Relaxor Behavior and Spectroscopic Properties of Ba2+ and Zr4+ Modified Sodium Bismuth Titanate space charge polarization. The width of peaks increases with decrease of temperature is observed. This type of temperature and frequency dependence of M11 arises due to the distribution of relaxation times in the material because of cationic disorder at both A-and B-sites in this composition. Similar behaviour has been noticed in both M1, M11 Vs log F in the composition for 0.12BNBZT It is well known that thermal fluctuations are dominant over the dipolar/polar cluster interaction at temperatures of several orders of magnitude greater than Tm. At such very high temperatures the interaction among the dipoles /polar clusters can be treated a negligible and hence, the temperature dependence of angular frequency can be well described by Arrhenius relation. function of frequency at different temperatures for 0.10BNBZT (results for the 0.12BNBZT ceramic show similar and omitted for briefness). In the present materials, the ac conductivity is found to increase with increase in frequency suggesting the bound carriers trapped in the sam- ple. Conductivity varying at lower frequencies corresponds to space charge polarization[30]. Also, a change in slope has been observed at a particular frequency is related to ion hopping frequency[31-33]. This trend represents the con- ductivity in the present materials for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT obeys Jonscher law[34], σ (ω)= σdc+ Aωn (9) where σdc is frequency independent conductivity, the coef- ficient A and the frequency exponent n are thermally activated material dependent quantities. The term Aωn contains ac dependence and characterizes all dispersion phenome- nons. (a) (a) (b) Figure 10. M″-Peak frequency showing Arrhenius behavior for 0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT The characteristic relaxation time, ωmax-1=(2πfmax)-1 estimated from the M11 peak frequency represent the time scale of transition from long range mobility of charge carriers, and it is clearly a thermally activated process. From M11 peak frequencies, the relaxational activation energies are esti- mated, and are found to obey Arrhenius relation. ωp= ωo exp[-Eμ/KT] (8) Figure 10(a),(b) shows the Arrhenius behaviour in the materials, the activation energy values are computed and are found to be 0.83eV for x=0.10 and 1.03 eV for x=0.12 re- spectively. 3.5. Conductivity Figure 11(a) shows the electrical conductivity σ(ω) as a (b) Figure 11. a: Frequency dependence of conductivity; b: Arrhenius plot of conductivity for x=0.10 Figure 11b shows the variation of conductivity (σdc and σac) with inverse of temperature at different frequencies for 0.10BNBZT. In low temperature region (300℃ -400℃), the conductivity showed dispersion, while, curves are merged at high temperatures region, revealing predominance of an onset of intrinsic conductivity mechanism. Similar behaviour in σ Vs 1000/T has been noticed in the composition for 0.12BNBZT. The activation energies of ac and dc conductivity in the materials have been evaluated on the studied American Journal of Materials Science 2012, 2(4): 110-118 117 materials is given in Table.3. The ac conductivity activation energies are found to in- crease with increase in temperature. The low values of activation energies may be due to the carrier transport through hopping between localized states in disordered manner. The conduction at higher temperatures might be due to oxygen vacancies and the conductivity in present materials is thermally activated. Table 3. Activation energies of dc and ac conductivity Composition Temperature Range (OC) 310-370 400-490 520-596 Composition Temperature Range (℃) 100-200 240-380 440-580 0.10BNBZT Conductivity Activation Energy (eV) ac dc 1kHz 10kHz 20kHz 0.19 0.21 0.17 0.18 0.33 0.25 0.28 0.29 0.73 0.51 0.69 0.37 0.12BNBZT Conductivity Activation Energy (eV) ac dc 1kHz 10kHz 20kHz 0.54 0.01 0.02 0.05 0.59 0.08 0.07 0.10 0.64 0.32 0.10 0.15 Figure 12. Arrhenius dependence of dc conductivity (σdc) and the hopping frequency (ωHz) for 0.10BNBZT The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity and the hopping frequency follows the Arrhenius behaviour expressed by the following equations σ dc = σ0  exp   −U dc K BT    (10) ωH = ω0 exp    −U H K BT    (11) where, Udc and UH are the activation energies of the dc conductivity and the hopping frequencies of the carriers respectively, σo ,ωo are pre-exponential factors. The activation energies (Figure.12) of Udc and UH are es- timated to be 0.47 eV, 0.23eV for 0.10BNBZT and 0.51 eV, 0.25eV for 0.12BNBZT respectively. The value of activation energies again allowed us to con- firm that the oxygen vacancies are dominant charge carriers in the present materials. Further, it is expected that sponta- neous polarization originating from the off center displacement of Ti4+ ions from the anionic charge center of the oxygen octahedron for the ceramic phase[35,36] which dominates the dielectric response of the material[37]. The presence of oxygen vacancies would distort the actual ionic dipoles due to the Ti4+ ions. The decay of polarizations due to distorted ionic dipoles could be the cause for the dielectric relaxation process. Thus, the relaxation process for the studied materials (0.10BNBZT and 0.12BNBZT) is attributed to the decay of polarization in the oxygen defect-related dipoles due to their hopping conduction. 4. Conclusions Perovskite type (Na0.5 Bi0.5)1-xBax ZryTi1-yO3 (BNBZT) (with x= 0.10, 0.12 and y=0.04) ceramics have been prepared through conventional solid-state sintering. At room temperature, XRD studies suggest that the studied compositions have single phase with tetragonal structure. As Ba concentration increases keeping Zr concentration constant lattice parameters and cell volume are found to increase. Microstructure studies reveal that the studied compositions are highly dense with a polycrystalline nature. Dielectric studies (ε1 Vs temperature) at various frequencies exhibit a peak broadening with diffused phase transition. It is observed that transition temperature(Tm) shifted towards higher temperatures accompanied by a decrease in the magnitude of the dielectric maximum (εm) reveals a relaxor type nature. The values of the diffuseness parameter γ=2 for x = 0.10 and 1.67 for x = 0.12, obtained from the fit of a modified Curie-Weiss law established the relaxor type nature. Frequency dependence of maximum permittivity of the studied compositions has been modelled by using Vogel-Fulcher relation., the observed values are activation energy (Ea), freezing temperature (Tf) and operating frequency (νo), Where Tf = 2730C, Ea = 0.0346 eV, and ν0 = 4.60 x109 Hz for x = 0.10; Tf = 258℃, Ea = 0.007 eV, and ν0 =5.03 x108 Hz for x = 0.12, which provides the evidence of the relaxor behavior in BNBZT ceramics. Variations of Z1/ Z11 with frequency at different temperature are found to merge above 10 kHz in both materials revealing the reduction in space charge polarization. In electrical modulus, real part of electrical modulus (M1) with frequency at high temperature, it is observed that M1 tends to zero, confirms the electrode and/or ionic polarization. The low and high frequency side of imaginary Part of electrical Modulus i.e., M11 curves, (M11 Vs F) represents hopping of ions and localized motion respectively in studied BNBZT compositions. 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