Piezoelectricity and Crystal Symmetry

  • A. L. Kholkin
  • N. A. Pertsev
  • A. V. Goltsev

In this chapter, the symmetry aspects of the piezoelectric effect in various materials (single crystals, ceramics, and thin films) are briefly overviewed. First, the third-rank tensor of piezoelectric coefficients defined in the crystallographic reference frame is discussed. On this basis, the orientation dependence of the longitudinal piezoelectric response in ferroelectric single crystals is described. This dependence is especially important for relaxor single crystals, where a giant piezoelectric effect is observed. Then, the effective piezoelectric constants of polydomain crystals, ceramics, and thin films and their dependence on crystal symmetry are discussed. The domain-wall contribution to the piezoelectric properties of ferroelectric ceramics and thin films is also described. Finally, the crystallographic principles of piezomagnetic, magnetoelectric, and multiferroic materials are presented.


Domain Wall Piezoelectric Property Spontaneous Polarization Piezoelectric Effect Ferroelectric Ceramic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Kholkin
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. A. Pertsev
    • 3
  • A. V. Goltsev
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO) & Department of Ceramics and Glass EngineeringUniversity of AveiroPortugal
  2. 2.A. F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of SciencesRussia
  3. 3.A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences,Russia
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AveiroPortugal

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