Zeitschrift für Physik A Hadrons and nuclei

, Volume 133, Issue 1–2, pp 158–173 | Cite as

Piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity, and crystal structure

  • A. von Hippel


By visualizing polar crystals as a network of permanent dipole moments, the piezo- and ferroelectric properties of dielectrics may be derived from the standpoint of molecular symmetry. This approach is used to clarify the relation between the sphalerite and wurtzite structures, the ferroelectric feedback effect in barium titanate, aspects of domain formation, and the interrelationship between ferro and piezoelectricity.


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© Springer-Verlag 1952

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. von Hippel
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  1. 1.Laboratory for Insulation ResearchMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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