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Growth and Characterization on PMN-PT-Based Single Crystals
AbstractLead magnesium niobate—lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystals have been successfully commercialized in medical ultrasound imaging. The superior properties of PMN-PT crystals over the legacy piezoelectric ceramics lead zirconate titanate (PZT) enabled ultrasound transducers with enhanced imaging (broad bandwidth and improved sensitivity). To obtain high quality and relatively low cost single crystals for commercial production, PMN-PT single crystals were grown with modified Bridgman method, by which crystals were grown directly from stoichiometric melt without flux. For ultrasound imaging application,  crystal growth is essential to provide uniform composition and property within a crystal plate, which is critical for transducer performance. In addition, improvement in crystal growth technique is under development with the goals of improving the composition homogeneity along crystal growth direction and reducing unit cost of crystals. In recent years, PIN-PMN-PT single crystals have been developed with higher de-poling temperature and coercive field to provide improved thermal and electrical stability for transducer application.
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Tian, J.; Han, P. Growth and Characterization on PMN-PT-Based Single Crystals. Crystals 2014, 4, 331-341.View more citation formats
Tian J, Han P. Growth and Characterization on PMN-PT-Based Single Crystals. Crystals. 2014; 4(3):331-341.Chicago/Turabian Style
Tian, Jian; Han, Pengdi. 2014. "Growth and Characterization on PMN-PT-Based Single Crystals." Crystals 4, no. 3: 331-341.