Low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC), being the most advantageous technology related to the multilayer substrates for various applications, demands an extensive study of raw materials. In the present work, a series of CaxMg1−xNb2O6 (x =0, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0) were prepared using sol-gel synthesis route and sintered at a temperature of 900°C to study its applicability for LTCC technology. The phase formation has been confirmed using X-ray diffraction. Thermal properties like thermal conductivity and thermal expansion, which are very important aspects as the former defines the heat flow to avoid thermal instability in the layers and the latter provides the dimensional congruency of the dielectric material and the conductors, are studied here over high temperature range up to the firing temperature. Although the values are quite satisfactory from the application point view, the results have showed an anomaly over temperature. The anomalous thermal behavior was further analyzed using TG-DTA.
Jyotirmayee Satapathy and Reddy, M. V., “Anomaly in thermal characterization of CaxMg1-xNb2O6 (x =0,0.4,0.6,1) towards LTCC applications”, Journal of Research in Physics, vol. 36, 2012.