In this paper we suggest an approach to making new metastable ferroelectric materials and piezoelectric transducers which should be efficient in generating coherent phonons with wavelengths approaching interatomic distances. This involves the fabrication of composition-modulated (layered) structures consisting of piezoelectric components. The coherency strain accompanying short wavelength composition modulation leads to ferroelectricity; the periodic modulation of the piezoelectric parameters leads to an anomalously strong coupling to far infrared light when the composition wavelength is an odd half-multiple of the wavelength of a phonon at the driving frequency. Such transducers can open a new dimension in the study of phonons in dielectrics at low temperatures.
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