Lithium niobate (LiNbO3 or LN) crystal integrates piezoelectric, electro-optical, acoustic optical, photoelastic, nonlinear, photorefractive and laser activity effects. In addition to its advantages of stable mechanical properties, good machinability, heat resistance, corrosion resistance, low price, easy to grow into large crystals, Lithium niobate (LiNbO3 or LN) crystal is the best photonic crystal material found so far. LiNbO3 crystal has a very broad market application value, so it is also called the "optical silicon" material of the photonic era, it is widely used in high-performance filters, electro-optical devices, holographic storage, 3D holographic display, nonlinear optical devices, optical quantum communication and many other applications.
OST Photonics offer a variety of sizes and thicknesses of SAW＆Optical grade Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3 or LN) wafers, with diameters ranging from 2 inch to 8 inch, the thickness can be customized according to your requirements (generally above 0.18 mm). The orientations can be X/Y/Z/Y41/Y64/Y128/YZ/YX or customized. Congruent lithium niobate (CLN), near-stoichiometric lithium niobate (SLN), pyroelectric free black LiNbO3 wafers and Tm/Pr/Er/Fe/MgO doped LiNbO3 wafers are also available. If you want to know the lithium niobate (LiNbO3 or LN) wafer price and more information about wafers and substrates, please do not hesitate to contact OST Photonics, we are a professional lithium niobate wafer supplier.
Optical grade lithium niobate is a low-strain, impurity-free crystal material grown from the best raw materials at a relatively slow growth rate and is commonly used in optical applications that require the highest quality. Optical grade lithium niobate wafers are widely used in optical devices with high-performance requirements.
SAW grade lithium niobate is mainly used for surface acoustic wave applications, and its growth raw material is second only to optical grade growth raw material, with a faster growth rate than optical grade lithium niobate, which facilitates mass production and cost-effectiveness.
In general, these grades of lithium niobate differ slightly in terms of material quality and usage, with optical grade lithium niobate considered to be of the highest quality while SAW grade lithium niobate has a relatively lower price.
The main characteristics of lithium niobate wafers are their excellent electrical properties and thermal stability.
Firstly, lithium niobate wafers have a high dielectric constant and low loss factor, which makes them widely used in microwave devices, surface acoustic wave filters, and other fields.
Secondly, lithium niobate wafers also exhibit good piezoelectric effect and transparency, playing an important role in ultrasonic transducers, optical modulators, and other devices.
Additionally, lithium niobate wafers possess excellent thermal stability as they can maintain structural integrity and mechanical strength even in high-temperature environments without being significantly affected by thermal expansion. This widespread usage includes applications such as high-temperature sensors and ceramic heating elements.
Furthermore, apart from the aforementioned characteristics, lithium niobate wafers demonstrate good chemical stability and biocompatibility. They exhibit resistance to various chemicals without causing allergies or toxic side effects when in contact with human tissue.
Therefore, within the medical field specifically, lithium niobate wafers find extensive use in artificial joints and dental repair materials among others. In summary, due to their exceptional electrical properties along with thermal stability as well as chemical stability and biocompatibility features; lithium niobate wafers have become indispensable materials across numerous fields while still holding significant potential for future development.
Lithium niobate wafers are widely used.
Firstly, they play an important role in the field of electronics. Lithium niobate wafers can be utilized to manufacture high-performance capacitors and sensors, which are crucial in industries such as communications, computers, and automobiles.
Secondly, in the field of optics, lithium niobate wafers also hold significant importance as they can be applied to laser technology, optical fiber communication, and optical instruments to provide clearer and more accurate image and data transmission methods.
Additionally, lithium niobate wafers find applications in the medical field for manufacturing artificial heart pacemakers, biosensors, and other medical devices. Apart from these fields mentioned above, lithium niobate wafers have numerous other applications such as energy storage systems including solar panels etc., aerospace industry including satellite communication systems and navigation equipment etc., environmental protection by utilizing their special properties for developing new pollution control technologies.
In conclusion, due to their excellent physical and chemical properties along with wide adaptability across various industries there is a growing demand for lithium niobate wafers; furthermore with continuous scientific progress and innovation it is anticipated that more novel applications will emerge in the future.
We use reduction technique to produce pyroelectric free black LiNbO3 wafers, which has a high ability to neutralize charges even if the electric potential occurs instantaneously. The pyroelectric effect of black LiNbO3 wafers is almost eliminated and the transmittance is significantly reduced. The piezoelectric properties of black lithium niobate wafers are no different from those of standard wafers. Therefore, black reduced lithium niobate wafers are widely used to produce higher frequency surface acoustic wave devices.
LiNbO3 wafers can be used to manufacture Q-switching devices, high-performance gyroscope, accelerators and accelerometer sensors, MEMS devices, surfaced acoustic devices and so on.