lithium niobate


lithium ni·​o·​bate -ˈnī-ə-ˌbāt How to pronounce lithium niobate (audio)
: a crystalline material LiNbO3 whose physical properties change in response to pressure or the presence of an electric field and which is used in fiber optics and as a synthetic gemstone

Examples of lithium niobate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Okan Atalar and Amin Arbabian in Stanford’s electrical engineering department started with thin-film lithium niobate, a material often used for waveguides and optical switches in cellphones and communications systems. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 Using that approach, Cleland and Kevin Satzinger, a UCSB graduate student, fashioned a resonator on a lithium niobate chip that rang for up to 150 nanoseconds. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithium niobate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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