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    • Dielectric properties of cobalt doped cadmium oxalate crystals

      N V Prasad G Prasad T Bhimasankaram S V Suryanarayana G S Kumar

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      CoxCd1−xC2O44H2O crystals grown by gel technique are characterized for dielectric properties by optical absorption measurements. Loss curve shows a relaxation peak at 500 KHz corresponding to a relaxation time of 0·3 µs. Cole-Cole diagrams give exponent of universal power law to be equal to 0·22. Optical absorption shows peaks due to Co+2 ion and water of hydration. An attempt is made to understand the results.

    • Pyroelectricity in calcium substituted sodium bismuth titanate layer structured ferroelectric ceramics

      P S Rama Sastry G S Kumar T Bhimasankaram G Prasad

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      Pyroelectric properties of bismuth layer structured calcium substituted sodium bismuth titanate (Na0·5Bi0·5)1−xCaxBi4Ti4O15 withx=0 (NBT) andx=0·1 (0·1 NCBT) were studied by measuring the current under short circuit condition. Spontaneous polarization and figures of merit were evaluated from the measured values of pyroelectric coefficients, dielectric constant and loss tangent. The pyroelectric properties were studied in poled and short circuit condition from 30°C to 700°C. The results obtained were discussed in the light of dielectric and conductivity properties of the samples.

    • Electrical properties of SiO2-doped sodium metavanadate sintered discs

      B V Bahuguna Saradhi G Prasad G S Kumar T Bhimasankaram

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      Impedance of sintered discs of 0·1, 0·25, 0·4 mol% of sodium metavanadate was measured in the frequency range 10 kHz-1 MHz and in the temperature region from room temperature (=30°C) to 450°C. AC conductivity was calculated from the data. DC conductivity was measured in the temperature range 150–450°C. Debye type of relaxation effects were observed in the dielectric loss. The activation energy of the dipoles involved in relaxation was estimated. The activation energy for AC conduction in the temperature above 380°C was calculated. These values are larger than the activation energy of pure sodium metavanadate sample. The relaxation phenomenon observed is explained.

    • Enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric properties in microwave sintered (Ba$_{0.997}$Nd$_{0.003}$)TiO$_3$ ceramic when compared to conventional sintered ceramics


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      Dielectric, conductivity and piezoelectric properties have been studied on (Ba$_{0.997}$Nd$_{0.003}$)TiO$_3$ ceramic samples prepared through microwave sintered (MWS) and conventional sintered (CS) routes and the results are presented in this paper. The room temperature dielectric constant at 10 kHz for CS and MWS samples are 1245 and 5250 respectively. Roomtemperature dielectric constant in MWS sample was almost four times higher than that of the CS sample. The value of $K_t$ is found to be 0.998 and 0.997; whereas the value of $d_{33}$ is 7.72 nm V$^{−1}$ (573 K) and 444.66 nm V$^{−1}$ (573 K) for CS and MWS samples, respectively. In the present study almost 57 times enhancement in piezoelectric charge constant ($d_{33}$) isobserved for the MWS Ba$_{0.997}$Nd$_{0.003}$TiO$_3$ ceramic when compared to the CS ceramic.

    • Simulation of dielectric and resonance and anti-resonance data using modified Lorentz equation ($T$ and $\omega$ simultaneously) of relaxor ferroelectric and piezoelectric ceramics


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      Dielectric data of new [Ba(Nd$_x$ Ti$1−2xNbx )O$_3$]$_{0.30}$[Na$_{0.5}$Bi$_{0.5}$TiO$_3$]$_{0.70} ($x = 0.075$) relaxor ceramic was modelled using a new modified Lorentz equation ($T$ and $\omega$ simultaneously) as proposed by us. The activation energy forthermally activated orientation of dipoles and relaxation times were estimated. Dielectric resonance and anti-resonance data as a function of temperature and angular frequency of other piezoelectric compound [Ba(Nd$_{0.1}$Ti$_{0.8}$Nb$_{0.1}$)O$_3$]$_{0.35}$ [(Na$_{0.5}$Bi$_{0.5}$)TiO$_{3}$]$_{0.65}$ was also modelled using the modified Lorentz equation as proposed by us. It is shown that using thisequation, it is possible to obtain the polarizability, piezoelectric charge constant, piezoelectric voltage constant and activationenergy for resonance and anti-resonance.

    • Dielectric studies on Sm-modified two-layered BLSF ceramics


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      Sm$_x$Bi$_{3−x}$TiNbO$_9$ (SBTN) with $x = 0$, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0, a novel type of ceramic was prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of a single-phase, and lattice parameters were calculated based on the parent compound Bi$_3$TiNbO$_9$ (BTN). Well-defined grains were seen in the scanningelectron microscopy pictures. A kink observed near 400$^{\circ}$C for all the samples in the dielectric plot as well as in the stretched exponential parameter ($\beta$) vs. temperature plot reveals the dielectric relaxation of the samples. The tolerance factor ($t$) was found to increase with increase in the size of the A-site (Bi-site) modified ion (Sm). Impedance and modulus spectroscopicstudies were conducted to understand the plausible reason for the dielectric relaxation. The relaxation was found to be well-fit with Arrhenius equation. SBTN samples showed lower dielectric loss compared to BTN. The remnant polarization, obtained from experimental, was found to be less than that of theoretically calculated polarization, using Shimakawa’s formula. The proposed defect mechanism was interpreted using FTIR and Raman spectroscopic studies.

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