Broadband spectroscopy of the complex conductivity of polycrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia

Takashi Teranishi, Hidetaka Hayashi, Akira Kishimoto, Takaaki Tsurumi

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Broadband conductivity spectra from 100 to 1014 Hz (100 THz) were acquired for yttria-stabilized zirconia (10 mol% Y2O 3-doped ZrO2, 10YSZ) to quantify contributions from conduction due to the electrolyte-electrode interface, grain boundaries, universal dielectric response (UDR), and optical phonons. The UDR contribution governed the intrinsic conductivity at all frequencies except specific frequencies in the terahertz range, where phonon contributions governed conductivity for both ceramics and single crystals. UDR parameters σ0 and σdc increased with increasing temperature, resulting in increased microwave conductivity. The complex conductivity converged at frequencies of hundreds of gigahertz due to a decrease in the power-law constant, s, with increasing temperature. The optical phonon contribution to the total conductivity, due to an increase in the damping factor γ1TO with increasing temperature, was small, while the phonon-mode frequency ω1TO affected the microwave conductivity of 10YSZ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 25 2012


  • Ion conductors
  • Phonon conductivity
  • Universal dielectric response
  • Yttria-stabilized zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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