High-temperature piezoelectric single crystal ReCa4O(BO 3)3 for sensor applications

Shujun Zhang, Yiting Fei, Eric Frantz, David W. Snyder, Bruce H.T. Chai, Thomas R. Shrout

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Large-size and high-quality ReCa4O(BO3)3 (Re-COB, Re = rare earth) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski pulling method. In this work, the electrical properties were investigated at room temperature and elevated temperature for YCa4O(BO3) 3 (YCOB). The dielectric permittivity, piezoelectric strain coefficient, and electromechanical coupling were found to be on the order of 11, 6.5 pC/N, and 12.5%, respectively, with a high piezoelectric voltage coefficient around 0.067 Vm/N. The electrical resistivity of YCOB was found to be 2 × 108 Ohm·cm at 800°C, with Q values of ≤ 4,500 at 950°C. The frequency/temperature coefficient of YCOB was found to be-75 to-85ppm/K in the temperature range of 30 to 950°C, depending on the crystal orientations. Together with their temperature-independent properties, ReCOB crystals are promising candidates for sensing applications at elevated temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2703-2708
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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