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Fine Ceramics, sometimes referred to as "advanced ceramics," are engineered materials that support the development of cutting-edge technology.

Electricity and Magnetism (1)

Electrical Insulation to Inhibit Electricity from Passing Through

Generally, Fine Ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics") are insulating materials that do not conduct electricity. A few examples of products that utilize the insulation property of Fine Ceramics include packages for surface-mounted electronic components, such as quartz crystal oscillators and surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters. These products are widely used in mobile phones, automotive navigation systems and portable music players. Ceramic packages provide advanced hermetic sealing and electrical insulation between electric circuit lines to maintain the high reliability of these electronic components.

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Applications: Wiring board materials, ceramic packages and electronic components.

Description

Electrical Insulation

A material that is unable to conduct electricity due to its high level of electrical resistance is an insulator. In contrast, a conductor is a material that offers low resistance to electric conductivity. An atom, the smallest unit of matter, is composed of a nucleus and electrons which orbit that nucleus. Whether a substance is an insulator or a conductor generally depends on the number of free electrons it possesses, which can be used to carry electric current. A substance with higher insulation properties is less conductive because it possesses fewer free electrons.
In addition to Fine Ceramics, other insulators include paraffin, rubber, plastic, paper and marble. Because ceramics are fired in a kiln, they can be fashioned into a wide variety of shapes with excellent heat resistance and durability. For these reasons, ceramics have long been used as insulators.

The term "Fine Ceramics" is interchangeable with "advanced ceramics," "technical ceramics" and "engineered ceramics." Use varies by region and industry.

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Electricity and Magnetism (2)

Conductivity to Allow Electricity to Pass Through

Conductivity to Allow Electricity to Pass Through

Characteristics of Fine Ceramics

Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Dielectricity to Accumulate Electricity

Dielectricity to Accumulate Electricity

Characteristics of Fine Ceramics

Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Piezoelectricity to Convert Electricity into Power/Power into Electricity

Piezoelectricity to Convert Electricity into Power/Power into Electricity

Characteristics of Fine Ceramics

Electricity and Magnetism (5)

Electricity and Magnetism (5)

Electricity and Magnetism (5)

Magnetism to Hold Magnetic Force

Magnetism to Hold Magnetic Force

Characteristics of Fine Ceramics

Different Types of Fine Ceramics

Different Types of Fine Ceramics

Different Types of Fine Ceramics

Wide Variety of Products to Support both Industry and Society

Wide Variety of Products to Support both Industry and Society

Introduction to Fine Ceramics

Fine Ceramics at Work in the K Computer

Fine Ceramics at Work in the K Computer

Fine Ceramics at Work in the K Computer

Contributing to 10.51 Petaflops (Quadrillion Floating-Point Operations per Second)

Contributing to 10.51 Petaflops (Quadrillion Floating-Point Operations per Second)

Learning about Fine Ceramics

Fine Ceramics at Work in the Large Hadron Collider

Fine Ceramics at Work in the Large Hadron Collider

Fine Ceramics at Work in the Large Hadron Collider

Providing Support 100-m Underground to Control Protons and Observe Experimental Results

Providing Support 100-m Underground to Control Protons and Observe Experimental Results

Learning about Fine Ceramics

Fine Ceramics at Work in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

Fine Ceramics at Work in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

Fine Ceramics at Work in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

Developed Technology for Large-Diameter Insulated Fine Ceramic Ring

Developed Technology for Large-Diameter Insulated Fine Ceramic Ring

Learning about Fine Ceramics

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