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An investigation of the ferroelectric properties of barium titanate Nasmyth, Patrick Walden


The theory of ferroelectricity, and in particular the ferroelectric behavior of barium titanate, are discussed and qualitative agreement is obtained with experimental results. Limitations of the theory are pointed out. Experimental procedure used to manufacture samples of polycrystaline barium titanate ceramic, and to investigate their ferroelectric properties is outlined. The phenomena of permanent polarization and hysteresis are investigated in the ferroelectric temperature range, and are discussed. An electric equivalent of the Barkhausen effect is observed.

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