About this Research Topic
New emerging technologies depend on the design of new materials and several new materials are synthesized and grown in desired crystalline phases. For this, the mechanism of crystal growth needs to be understood and controlled for the growth of a defect-free system and the crystallographic and related characterizations are needed to explore the basic properties of the materials. New crystalline materials generally focus on:
· Optical materials (linear and non linear optical applications)
· Piezoelectric and ferroelectric crystals for sensors, data storage, etc.
· Semiconductor materials
The electronic properties of the materials are strongly related with its structure. As such, understanding and synthesizing these crystal structures has the potential to lead to scientific breakthroughs in these fields.
Nowadays all the consumer electronics demand light weight and flexible devices with high performance. The design of new optical, piezoelectric, ferroelectric materials is emphasized to fulfill recent electronics demands. The novel non centrosymmetric crystals are grown for piezoelectric (high piezoelectric coefficient) and ferroelectric (high Tc and spontaneous polarization) device applications using molecular engineering techniques and chemical techniques. Optical crystals are need for non linear optical, terahertz radiation, and luminescence applications. The new crystal structures with improved physical and chemical properties are needed for adverse environmental conditions. In addition, the single crystals with multipurpose functionalities are promoted to reduce the size and weight of the device.
Crystal growth and crystallography deal with the new phase of crystalline solids. These solids provide a new vision for various properties. The structure and electronic properties are correlated for these crystalline solids.
This Research Topic will cover areas including, but not limited to:
· Single Crystal Growth
· Defect studies
· Piezoelectric properties
· Ferroelectric properties
· Optical properties
· Dielectric properties
Keywords: Single crystal growth, Crystallography, Non linear optical, Piezoelectricity, Ferroelectrics, Dielectric
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