Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM)

Category: Research or metrology institute

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Workforce: 3with: 3 permanents, 0 non-permanent


Our research group masters the technique of hydrothermal crystal growth of piezoelectric single crystals of ?-quartz-type structure on an extended P-T range: (P= room-300MPa, T= room-550°C). Over the past thirty years, scientists have been trying to replace quartz with materials that have 'better' piezoelectric properties.
Now, our group uses theoretical methods combined to experiments to develop a catalog of acoustic and piezoelectric characteristics allowing the identification of potential candidates for any targeted application, BAW or SAW resonator, filter, sensor. We currently work on an implementation to include the temperature into our calculations. This implementation will allow the prediction of piezoelectric properties of Bulk acoustic waves and Surface acoustic waves in these materials (MXO4, LGS family such as Ca3TaGa3Si2O14 variants and others...) and will allow the prediction of their frequency thermal behavior (such as the AT cut in quartz or GaPO4).

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