In their recent CrystEngComm Hot Article, Xutang Tao and colleagues report the successful growth of bulk α-BaTe-Mo2O9 polar single crystals using a top-seeded solution growth method. The search for new polar materials is of current interest owing to their potentially important functional properties including piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, ferroelectricity and secondharmonic generation activity.Indeed these large crystals offer a promising candidate for optical devices such as light modulators, colour filters, wave plates and
optical axis gratings. Find out more about this polar polymorph by reading the article – free to access until 24 November 2011.
Bulk crystal growth and characterization of a new polar polymorph of BaTeMo2O9: α-BaTeMo2O9
Junjie Zhang, Zhonghan Zhang, Youxuan Sun, Chengqian Zhang and Xutang Tao
CrystEngComm, 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05922J