Ferroelectric Materials and Their Applications


  • Y. Xu, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou (Canton), China and Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

This book presents the basic physical properties, structure, fabrication methods and applications of ferroelectric materials. These are widely used in various devices, such as piezoelectric/electrostrictive transducers and actuators, pyroelectric infrared detectors, optical integrated circuits, optical data storage, display devices, etc. The ferroelectric materials described in this book include a relatively complete list of practical and promising ferroelectric single crystals, bulk ceramics and thin films. Included are perovskite-type, lithium niobate, tungsten-bronze-type, water-soluable crystals and other inorganic materials, as well as organic ferroelectrics (polymers, liquid crystals, and composites). Basic concepts, principles and methods for the physical property characteristics of ferroelectric materials are introduced in the first two chapters for those readers new to the subject of ferroelectricity. Not only professional researchers and engineers but also students and other readers who have limited physical knowledge and an interest in ferroelectrics, will welcome this book.
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Book information

  • Published: November 1991
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-88354-4


This book by Yuhuan Xu answers a pressing need... (it) reviews all the important ferroelectric groups. The references are extensive and recent literature is often cited... the book is very welcome.
Physics World

The author is to be congratulated on his book which will be extremely useful to any group involved in modern materials research.
Journal of Modern Optics
... this monograph contains much useful information on ferroelectric materials that cannot readily be found in other books-in-print and it is therefore recommended for all who work in the field of ferroelectricity.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Characteristics of ferroelectrics. 2. Methods for measuring physical properties of ferroelectric materials. 3. Perovskite-type ferroelectrics (Part I). 4. Perovskite-type ferroelectrics (Part II). 5. Lithium niobate and lithium tantalate. 6. Ferroelectric tungsten - bronze type niobate crystals. 7. KDP family, TGS family and other water-soluble ferroelectric crystals. 8. Other ferroelectric crystal materials. 9. Organic ferroelectric materials and piezoelectric composites.