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Piezoelectricity in Quartz

  1. Dec 11, 2005 #1
    I'm doing a presentation on the physical properties of quartz for my Physics a-level and mostly on its piezoelectric properties but im having trouble finding out exactly it produces a charge when a force is applied upon it. Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated, also any other useful information about quartz especially any numerrical data would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Dec 11, 2005 #2


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    Try looking in a textbook on mineralogy. It turns out that only crystals that lack certain symmetries are piezoelectric. A reasonable mineralogy textbook will discuss it.

    And your post really belongs over in the homework section.

  4. Dec 11, 2005 #3


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    Endevco has some great research on accelerometers that use of piezoelectric effect. Here is a basic overview paper. I think it can help. Let me know if the link doesn't get you directly to it. Their site requires a registration.
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