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Mechanisms of Anelastic Loss in Langasite at Temperatures from 113 K to 1324 K



Ward L. Johnson, Yuriy Suhak, Holger Fritze


Synthetic piezoelectric crystals with the structure of langasite (LGS) are being pursued for resonant acoustic sensors that can operate at temperatures exceeding the range of conventional piezoelectric materials. The optimization of these crystals is currently focused primarily on minimization of acoustic loss, which degrades signal strength and resolution of sensors. This paper presents analysis and discussion of two sets of measurements of loss of LGS with a combined temperature range of 113 K to 1324 K. Physical mechanisms for the loss include intrinsic phonon-phonon interactions, multiple point-defect relaxations, piezoelectric/carrier loss, contact loss, and, perhaps, dislocation relaxations.
Proceedings Title
Sensor and Measurement Science International 2021
Conference Dates
May 3-6, 2021
Conference Location
Nuremberg, DE


acoustic loss, piezoelectric sensors, high temperatures, langasite, LGS, langatate, LGT catangasite, CTGS, quartz


Johnson, W. , Suhak, Y. and Fritze, H. (2021), Mechanisms of Anelastic Loss in Langasite at Temperatures from 113 K to 1324 K, Sensor and Measurement Science International 2021, Nuremberg, DE, [online],, (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created May 4, 2021, Updated October 14, 2021