Pyroelectricity: A 2300-Year History

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Abstract

The first description of the pyroelectric effect, probably as observed in tourmaline, was published by Theophrastus in about 300 B.C. Pyroelectricity was “rediscovered” by Dutch gem cutters in 1703 and the first scientific investigation was published by Aepinus about 50 years later. A number of qualitative investigations were made in the latter half of the 18th century, to be followed by many sophisticated quantitative studies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The highlights of the history of pyroelectricity prior to 1960 are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
JournalFerroelectrics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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