Dielectric breakdown of single crystal strontium titanate

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This paper describes the results of an experimental study of the electric strength of SrTiO3 single crystals as a function of temperature, geometry, and duration of applied field. The results are somewhat anomalous when compared to simpler dielectrics such as the alkali halides1-3. An unexpected thickness dependence was observed and the temperature dependence was opposite that predicted by the accepted theories of intrinsic breakdown and observed with the alkali halides. In addition the statistical scatter in the results shows a dependence on temperature and geometry. These anomalies can be qualitatively explained by considering the large electrostrictive strains produced at high fields and low temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Report 1963 Conference on Electrical Insulation, CEI 1963
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509031191
StatePublished - May 6 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual Conference on Electrical Insulation, CEI 1963 - White Sulphur Springs, United States
Duration: Nov 3 1963Nov 6 1963


Other32nd Annual Conference on Electrical Insulation, CEI 1963
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWhite Sulphur Springs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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