Model for the Ferroelectric Transition in Nonstoichiometric Lithium Niobate and Lithium Tantalate

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A model is developed for the ferroelectric‐to‐paraelectric phase transition in LiNbO3 and LiTaO3. The model is consistent with literature reports of nonstoichiometry, point defect formation, and phase transformation behavior. The model uses lithium Frenkel‐defect‐based order‐disorder as the phase transformation mechanism. The phase transformation (Curie) temperature is predicted to decrease linearly with deviation from stoichiometry in agreement with experimental observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-993
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1991



  • ferroelectrics
  • lithium niobate
  • models
  • tantalates
  • transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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