Observation of ferroelectric polarization in KNbO3 thin films and surface acoustic wave properties

Hiroyuki Odagawa, Kenji Kotani, Yasuo Cho, Kazuhiko Yamanouchi

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In this paper, the properties of KNbO3 films, which are deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) substrate using the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method, are investigated for surface acoustic wave (SAW) applications. As-grown KNbO3 films on STO substrates are sufficiently piezoelectric. The experimental results show an electromechanical coupling coefficient (k2) of 0.021 at the center frequency of 960 MHz and λ/h = 0.24 (λSAW wavelength, hKNbO3 film thickness). These values show fairly good agreement with theoretical ones calculated by using the piezoelectric constants of single crystals. The ferroelectric polarization distribution of KNbO3 films is also measured using a scanning nonlinear dielectric microscope. The result shows that the polarizations of the as-grown film are in the same positive direction along the surface normal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3275-3278
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 B
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Ferroelectric polarization
  • KNbO thin film
  • Scanning nonlinear dielectric microscope
  • Superhigh electromechanical coupling
  • Surface acoustic wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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