Broadband characterization of congruent lithium niobate from mHz to optical frequencies

Charlotte Cochard (Lead / Corresponding author), Thiemo Spielmann, Naoufal Bahlawane, Alexei Halpin, Torsten Granzow

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is a well known uniaxial ferroelectric material. Using impedance measurement, quasi-optical free-space characterization, THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and ellipsometry, its dielectric permittivity/refractive index was characterized depending on the crystal orientation over a broad frequency range: 1 mHz to 1 PHz ( nm). Three different frequency ranges, separated by well identified resonances, are observed: low frequency 'free-piezoelectric' response, intermediate frequency 'clamped-ionic' response and high frequency 'electronic' response. These features are discussed with an emphasis on the role of the crystallographic structure and piezoelectric response.

Original languageEnglish
Article number36LT01
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number36
Early online date25 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2017


  • birefringence
  • dielectric dispersion
  • lithium niobate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


Dive into the research topics of 'Broadband characterization of congruent lithium niobate from mHz to optical frequencies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this