How Do Quartz Crystals Work?


Devices such as oscillators use quartz crystals to great effect as a major part of their mechanisms. But how exactly does this system work? What are the properties of crystal quartz that help these devices to function?

Here, the experts at EuroQuartz explain how quartz crystals work in the context of electronic devices.

What are the Functions of Quartz Crystals in Electronic Systems?

Crystal quartz is formed of materials that resonate piezoelectricity. The crystal is distorted or vibrated using an electromagnetic field, and then that field is removed, causing the quartz to generate its own electronic field. It does this by oscillating in a precise frequency, and, as a result, produces a voltage that can then power other pieces of equipment, such as a watch.

Is There More Than One Type of Crystal Quartz?

Various types of quartz crystals can be used for different applications depending on their frequencies. They can be selected to oscillate from as little as double-figured kilohertz to hundreds of megahertz.

How Do Quartz Crystals Tend to Be Used?

It’s possible to use quartz crystals as a way of independently powering watches and other timepieces without a battery, as previously mentioned. However, they can also be employed in even more sophisticated mechanisms such as signal generators within radio and communication devices. For this reason, quartz crystals are often used to great effect within the aerospace, telecommunications, electrical engineering, medical and defence industries.

How Can I Locate the Right Crystal Quartz Products for My Projects?

The experts at EuroQuartz are able to custom create crystal products specially for our clients. You can also choose from a variety of specialist quartz oscillators and other items in order to find a product that is perfect for your purposes. In order to explore your options, simply browse our product range today. You can search by product name, type, application and package size – or you can simply contact us to see whether we have a suitable model available.

You can rest assured that any product you receive from EuroQuartz will meet the highest of industry standards. We operate a full ISO9001 quality system and the company is certified to ISO9001 (2000). Furthermore, we adhere to all customised testing criteria for bespoke items.

EuroQuartz offers a quick turnaround service for crystal production, as well as the provision of oscillators, VCXO’s, programmable oscillators, TO5 (HC35) crystals and slimline UM-1 crystals. If you request this service, we will prioritise your request in order to reduce our manufacturing time from the standard 15 days to 3 working days, ensuring you receive your products on time.

Remember, if we don’t seem to stock the exact product you require, it is highly likely that we will be able to make a bespoke item for you that will fit your specifications perfectly. In order to ask for this service, simply get in touch with us today using our handy online contact form. Our dedicated engineers will be happy to respond to you and discuss your requirements in full.