Effects of rare earth metal substituents on the piezoelectric and polarization properties of Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3-Pb(Sb,Mn)O 3 ceramics

Yongkang Gao, Kenji Uchino, Dwight Viehland

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The piezoelectric properties of Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3-Pb(Sb,Mn)O 3 modified with the rare earth (RE) metal species Ce (1.03 Å), Eu (0.95 Å) and Yb (0.85 Å) have been investigated. For all rare earth substituents investigated in this system, regardless of the species ionic radii, the piezoelectric properties were observed to have combinatory hard and soft characteristics. Under high drive levels, the mechanical quality factor and the vibrational velocity were both significantly improved by RE substitution, resulting in a significant increase in ultrasonic power. Systematic polarization-electric field measurements revealed significant relaxational polarization similar to a soft piezoelectric, in addition to an internal field similar to a hard piezoelectric. A possible explanation for the combinatory "hardening" and "softening" effects is the coexistence of randomly quenched and mobile defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2094-2099
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2002


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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