Self-organized regular array microstructure of LiNbO3-based crystal composites

Yo Yamamoto, Jun Ki Chung, Tohru Sekino, Takafumi Kusunose, Tadachika Nakayama, Cheol Jin Kim, Koichi Niihara

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An ordered microstructure was discovered in the TiO2 doped LiNbO3 system prepared by using conventional floating zone melting crystal growth method. The microstructure of the obtained material was identified as a combination of Li1+xNb1-xTi xO3 (called as phase M) solid solution crystal, which had superstructure in nanometer scale and self-organized regular array of micrometer-sized Li2TiO3 rod precipitates within phase M single crystal domain. This kind of unique material rates as a "crystal composite". Detailed electron microscopic investigation revealed that there was certain crystallographic relations between phase M and Li 2TiO3 rods. The trigger for this formation mechanism is considered to be interfacial energetic anisotropy of the phase M solid solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 28


  • Anisotropy
  • Crystal growth
  • Crystal structure and symmetry, Scanning and transmission electron microscopy
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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