Method of Producing Current with Ceramic Ferroelectric Device.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a device which consists of a wafer of polycrystalline perovskite oxide ceramic such as barium titanate, lead titanate - lead zirconate, or lead titanate-lead zirconate with 7.5 or less of the lead substituted for by lanthanum. Electrical terminals are joined to the wafer edges. When the ceramic is exposed to visible radiation such as sunlight a high voltage appears across the terminals and an electrical current flows through a load resistance connected between said terminals. The voltage across the load resistance depends upon the length of the wafer between the two terminals and the magnitude of the load resistance. Voltages of at least 500 volts per inch are produced for high values of load resistance.
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