TY - CHAP A1 - Abdel-baset Ibrahim A2 - Mohd Kamil Abd Rahman A3 - Junaidah Osman ED1 - Indrani Coondoo Y1 - 2010-12-14 PY - 2010 T1 - Ferroelectric Optics: Optical Bistability in Nonlinear Kerr Ferroelectric Materials N2 - Ferroelectric materials exhibit a wide spectrum of functional properties, including switchable polarization, piezoelectricity, high non-linear optical activity, pyroelectricity, and non-linear dielectric behaviour. These properties are crucial for application in electronic devices such as sensors, microactuators, infrared detectors, microwave phase filters and, non-volatile memories. This unique combination of properties of ferroelectric materials has attracted researchers and engineers for a long time. This book reviews a wide range of diverse topics related to the phenomenon of ferroelectricity (in the bulk as well as thin film form) and provides a forum for scientists, engineers, and students working in this field. The present book containing 24 chapters is a result of contributions of experts from international scientific community working in different aspects of ferroelectricity related to experimental and theoretical work aimed at the understanding of ferroelectricity and their utilization in devices. It provides an up-to-date insightful coverage to the recent advances in the synthesis, characterization, functional properties and potential device applications in specialized areas. BT - Ferroelectrics SP - Ch. 18 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/13083 DO - 10.5772/13083 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2022-05-28 ER -