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[[Materials have played a revolutionary role in the development of the modern technological age, and theirvarious applications have made our lives increasingly comfortable here on our home, the beautiful blueplanet Earth. With the application of heat, pyroelectric materials produce electric current, qualifying themfor use in uncooled infrared detectors. Infrared detectors are encountered in a vast number of applicationsin both war and peaceâ€”many of their uses are routine to us in everyday life.]][[With the advent of new technologies, thermal sensing and imaging have become useful diagnostictools for medical, industrial, and military applications. In medicine, infrared thermal imaging is applied todetect vascular disorders and arthritic rheumatisms as well as to monitor muscular performances andmake preclinical diagnoses of breast cancer. Recently, these materials have been used in nuclear particlegeneration, and their usefulness in energy harvesting is currently under exploration.]][[This monograph contains comprehensive cutting-edge information on pyroelectric materials and theirpreparation, properties, and applications, such as uncooled wideband infrared detectors, particlegenerators, and ambient energy harvesters. The complete lifecycle of a pyroelectric material is presentedhere for readersâ€”from the theory of operation, to structure, and processing and applicationsâ€”providing acohesive overview of all of the necessary concepts, including theoretical background and currentdevelopments in the field of pyroelectric devices. It describes the preparation, structure, properties andfigures of merit for practical pyroelectric materials such as triglycine sulfate, lead zirconate titanate,lithium tantalate, lithium niobate, barium strontium titanate, lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate,polyvinylidene fluoride, zinc oxide, and others, including the merits and demerits of their use in devices.]]
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