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  1. Static Dielectric Properties of Carbon Nanotubes from First Principles

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    Kozinsky, Boris; Marzari, Nicola N.

    2006-04-24

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We characterize the response of isolated single-wall (SWNT) and multiwall (MWNT) carbon nanotubes and nanotube bundles to static electric fields using first-principles calculations and densityfunctional theory. The longitudinal polarizability of SWNTs scales as the inverse square of the band gap, while in MWNTs and bundles it is given by the sum of the polarizabilities of the constituent tubes. The transverse polarizability of SWNTs is insensitive to band gaps and chiralities and is proportional to the square of the effective radius; in MWNTs, the outer layers dominate the response. The transverse response is intermediate between metallic and insulating, and a simple electrostatic model based on a scale-invariance relation captures accurately the first-principles results. The dielectric response of nonchiral SWNTs in both directions remains linear up to very high values of applied field.

  2. Simulation studies of ionic liquids: orientational correlations and static dielectric properties.

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    Schröder, C; Rudas, T; Steinhauser, O

    2006-12-28

    The ionic liquids BMIM+I-, BMIM+BF4-, and BMIM+PF6- were simulated by means of the molecular dynamics method over a time period of more than 100 ns. Besides the common structural analysis, e.g., radial distribution functions and three dimensional occupancy plots, a more sophisticated orientational analysis was performed. The angular correlation functions g(00)110(r) and g(00)101(r) are the first distance dependent coefficients of the pairwise orientational distribution function g(rij,Omega1,Omega2,Omega12). These functions help to interpret the three dimensional plot and reveal interesting insights into the local structure of the analyzed ionic liquids. Furthermore, the collective network of ionic liquids can be characterized by the Kirkwood factor Gkappa(r) [J. Chem. Phys. 7, 911 (1939)]. The short-range behavior (r<10 A) of this factor may be suitable to predict the water miscibility of the ionic liquid. The long-range limit of Gkinfinity is below 1 which demonstrates the strongly coupled nature of the ionic liquid networks. In addition, this factor relates the orientational structure and the dielectric properties of the ionic liquids. The static dielectric constant epsilon(omega=0) for the simulated system is 8.9-9.5. Since in ionic liquids the very same molecule contributes to the total dipole moment as well as carries a net charge, a small, but significant contribution of the cross term between the total dipole moment and the electric current to epsilon(omega=0) is observed. PMID:17199354

  3. Static and dynamic dielectric properties of 6-OCB and 8-OCB

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    Czerkas, Susan; Burczyk, A.; Czechowski, Grzegorz; Jadzyn, Jan

    1999-12-01

    Static electric permittivity and dielectric relaxation have been measured in isotropic and nematic phase of 6-OCB and 8- OCB. On the basis of the temperature dependence of the principal static permittivities of nematics, (epsilon) (parallel)(T) and (epsilon) (perpendicular)(T), using the Maier-Meier equations, the following quantities have been obtained: i) the angle between the dipole moment vector and the long axis of mesogenic molecules, ii) the molecule apparent dipole moment square (mu) 2app(T) and iii) the nematic order parameter S(T). From the temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation time, the activation energy for the molecular rotation around the short axis has been calculated and, taking into account the viscosity data, the effective dimensions of the nematogen molecules have been evaluated.

  4. Measurement of dielectric properties of pumpable food materials under static and continuous flow conditions

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    Continuous flow microwave sterilization is an emerging technology which has the potential to replace the conventional heating processes for viscous and pumpable food products. Dielectric properties of pumpable food products were measured by a new approach (under continuous flow conditions) at a temp...

  5. Dielectric properties of SPC/E and TIP4P under the static electric field and microwave field

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    Li, Di; Jia, Guo-zhu

    2016-05-01

    Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of the SPC/E and TIP4P models have been performed both in the absence and presence of the static electric field (0-3×109 V/m) and the microwave field (2.45 G, 0-3×109 V/m). The radial distribution function, dielectric constant, polarizability, dielectric relaxation time, hydrogen bonding and diffusion coefficient were investigated. Significant alteration in the static electric field has effect on the tetrahedral structure of water; the interaction between microwave and water depends on the hydrogen bonding. The 3×107 V/m is threshold intensity, as the intensity of the static electric field increases the decline of the dielectric constant becomes more pronounced, and the polarizability obviously increased with the increase of microwave field. And the life of hydrogen bonding is oscillatory under the high static electric field strength.

  6. Negative dielectric constant manifested by static electricity

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    Yan, Han; Zhao, Cindy; Wang, Kevin; Deng, Lucy; Ma, Matthew; Xu, Gu

    2013-02-01

    Negative dielectric constant has long been pursued for a possible revolution in electronics and photonics. It is usually found in systems containing free electrons under high frequency oscillating field, but not involving static charges or insulating materials. Here, we report the observation of the phenomenon in an insulating polymer containing static electricity, which lasts for several weeks, where negative capacitance persists from <1 Hz up to MHz frequency, also presenting an unusual spiral curve in impedance spectrum, producing inductors without bulky magnetic coils.

  7. Negative static dielectric constant in a nano-colloid

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    Shulman, Jason; Tsui, Stephen; Chen, Feng; Xue, Yuyi; Chu, C. W.

    2006-03-01

    We have investigated the dielectric properties of assemblies of urea-coated Ba0.8Rb0.4TiO(C2O4)2 nanoparticles. The effective dielectric constant, ɛ', is negative below a certain bias dependent frequency. ɛ' follows a plasma-like dispersion with an extremely low plasma frequency and damping rate. This dielectric response is linear with bias fields larger than 2.5 kV/mm. Additionally, after a step increase of the electric field, the transient current changes sign and is opposite to the applied field. These two properties rule out electrochemical effects as well as carrier trapping/de-trapping as the source of the negative dielectric constant. More importantly, this latter feature verifies that the static dielectric function, ɛ'(k,φ=0), is negative. Furthermore, measurements on cold pressed (solid) pellets of the nanoparticles demonstrate that the effect is not due to rearrangement or large scale motion of the particles. In fact, the data suggests that the negative static ɛ' is correlated to the interfacial conductivity of the nanoparticles.

  8. Properties of Broezel static probe

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    Gašparovič, Peter; Semrád, Karol; Cúttová, Miroslava

    2016-03-01

    The properties of flat static probe designed by Broezel and used in sailplanes are investigated for its planned use in low speed tunnel. Both the numerical CFD model and experiment in low speed wind tunnel confirm yaw insensitivity of the static pressure measured by the probe. The results indicate that the probe is sufficiently accurate for its planned use in wind tunnel measurements.

  9. Thermally driven sign switch of static dielectric constant of VO2 thin film

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    Kana Kana, J. B.; Vignaud, G.; Gibaud, A.; Maaza, M.

    2016-04-01

    Smart multifunctional materials exhibiting phase transition and tunable optical and/electrical properties provide a new direction towards engineering switchable devices. Specifically, the reversible, tunable and sign switch dielectric constants via external temperature stimuli observed in vanadium dioxide (VO2) make it a candidate of choice for tunable and switchable technologies devices. Here we report new aspect of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) through the sign switch of the static dielectric constant εS of pure VO2. As it is shown, the static dielectric constant showed an abrupt change from positive at T < 70 °C to negative at T > 70 °C. εS > 0 confirms the insulating phase where charges are localized while εS < 0 confirms the metallic phase of VO2 where charges are delocalized. We report for the first time the tunability of the dielectric constant from a negative sign for the static dielectric constant of VO2 thin film rarely found in real physical systems. We also demonstrate the tunability and switchability of the real and imaginary part of the dielectric constant (ε) via external temperature stimuli. More specifically, the real (ε) and Imaginary (ε) showed an abrupt thermal hysteresis which clearly confirms the phase transition.

  10. Static dielectric permittivity of ice from first principles.

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    Bonnet, Nicéphore; Marzari, Nicola

    2014-12-12

    The static permittivity of ice is computed from first principles as a function of the electric field, together with the generalized Kirkwood factor. The molecular dipole in ice is unambiguously obtained by an original method combining a slab approach and Berry phase calculations, and the fluctuations of the polarization are sampled by Monte Carlo runs using first-principles model Hamiltonians for different proton configurations. Common approximations in the exchange-correlation functionals overestimate the dielectric permittivity and enhance ferroelectric configurations and the Kirkwood factor, whereas dielectric saturation effects compare well with experiment. PMID:25541777

  11. Dielectric properties of marsh vegetation

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    Kochetkova, Tatiana D.; Suslyaev, Valentin I.; Shcheglova, Anna S.

    2015-10-01

    The present work is devoted to the measurement of the dielectric properties of mosses and lichens in the frequency range from 500 MHz to 18 GHz. Subjects of this research were three species of march vegetation - moss (Dicranum polysetum Michx), groundcedar (Diphasiastrum complanatum (L.) Holub) and lichen (Cladonia stellaris). Samples of vegetation were collected in Tomsk region, Western Siberia, Russia. Complex dielectric permittivity was measured in coaxial section by Agilent Technologies vector network analyzer E8363B. Green samples was measured for some moisture contents from 100% to 3-5 % during a natural drying. The measurements were performed at room temperature, which remained within 21 ÷ 23 ° C. The frequency dependence of the dielectric constant for the three species of marsh vegetation differ markedly. Different parts of the complex permittivity dependency on moisture were fitted by line for all frequency points. Two break point were observed corresponding to the transition of water in the vegetation in various phase states. The complex permittivity spectra of water in the vegetation allow determining the most likely corresponding dielectric model of water in the vegetation by the method of hypothesis testing. It is the Debye's model. Parameters of Debye's model were obtained by numerical methods for all of three states of water. This enables to calculate the dielectric constant of water at any frequency range from 500 MHz to 18 GHz and to find the parameters of the dielectric model of the vegetation.

  12. Dielectric Properties of Piezoelectric Polyimides

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    Ounaies, Z.; Young, J. A.; Simpson, J. O.; Farmer, B. L.

    1997-01-01

    Molecular modeling and dielectric measurements are being used to identify mechanisms governing piezoelectric behavior in polyimides such as dipole orientation during poling, as well as degree of piezoelectricity achievable. Molecular modeling on polyimides containing pendant, polar nitrile (CN) groups has been completed to determine their remanent polarization. Experimental investigation of their dielectric properties evaluated as a function of temperature and frequency has substantiated numerical predictions. With this information in hand, we are then able to suggest changes in the molecular structures, which will then improve upon the piezoelectric response.

  13. Dielectric properties of agricultural products and applications

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    The use of dielectric properties of agricultural products for sensing moisture in grain and seed and their application in radio-frequency and microwave dielectric heating is discussed briefly. Values for the dielectric properties of a number of products, including grain and seed, fruits and vegetab...

  14. Applications for Dielectric Properties of Agricultural Products

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    The use of dielectric properties of agricultural products for sensing moisture in grain and seed and their application in radio-frequency and microwave dielectric heating are discussed briefly. Values for the dielectric properties of a number of products, including grain, fruit, and poultry products...

  15. CORRELATING HONEYDEW MELON QUALITY WITH DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES

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    Honeydew melons were grown and harvested with a range of maturities for measurement of tissue permittivities (dielectric constant and loss factor) to study possible correlations between the dielectric properties and soluble solids (sweetness) for nondestructive sensing of maturity. Permittivities of...

  16. Dielectric properties of gel collected from shark electrosensors

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    Hughes, Mary E.; Brown, Brandon R.; Hutchison, John C.; Murray, Royce W.

    2003-03-01

    To investigate the physical mechanism of the electric sense, we present an initial characterization of the dielectric properties of the glycoprotein gel that fills the electrosensitive organs of marine elasmobranches (sharks, skates, and rays). To ascertain the properties of the gel, low-frequency impedance spectroscopy is used. The impedance data collected from a dialyzed sample show large values of static permittivity and a loss peak corresponding to a long relaxation time (about 1 ms). Impedance measurements of the native (nondialyzed) gel reliable to 0.1 Hz will be presented and compared to the dialyzed gel. Ramifications of the gel's dielectric properties for the electric sense will be explored.

  17. The Dielectric Properties of Poly

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    Bello, Alfredo

    The dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVF(,2)) are discussed in this work. A review of the literature concerning the five known dielectric relaxations of PVF(,2) is presented and the general theory of dielectric relaxations in polymers is summarized. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of several samples of PVF(,2) were measured as a function of frequency, temperature and pressure. In the temperature experiment covering the range from 5 K to 380 K at five audio frequencies (100 Hz to 10 KHz), four relaxations were found: (alpha), (beta), (delta) and (epsilon). The (alpha) relaxation at temperatures between 345 and 370 K at 1000 Hz, was found to be dependent on the history and preparation method of the sample and also to have a Debye like behavior. The (beta) relaxation around 250 K at 1000 Hz was found to be related to the glass transition of PVF(,2) and its behavior is parametrized by using the Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) model. The (delta) relaxation around 76 K at 1000 Hz was found to be Debye like and associated with the (alpha)-phase of PVF(,2). The (epsilon) relaxation was found in (beta)-phase PVF(,2) at 14.5 K at 1000 Hz. Evidence of the relaxation was found also in (alpha)-phase PVF(,2). In the pressure experiments the (beta) relaxation was studied in the temperature range from 240 to 360 K and at pressures from 0.0001 to 0.6 GPa. The behavior was explained by using the WLF free volume model and comparison between the calculated glass transition temperature parameter in the WLF equation and the experimental peak temperature is made. It was found that even though the WLF equation mathematically describes the (beta) relaxation, the T(,g) parameter does not represent the real transition temperature behavior with pressure. The peak temperature of the (beta) relaxation, was found to be a better guide to the behavior of the real T(,g).

  18. Electronic and dielectric properties of MoS{sub 2}-MoX{sub 2} heterostructures

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    Sharma, Munish Jamdagni, Pooja; Ahluwalia, P. K; Kumar, Ashok

    2015-05-15

    We present a comparative study of electronic and dielectric properties of MoS{sub 2}−MoX{sub 2} heteostructures (where X=S, Se, Te) within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Electronic band structure, real and imaginary part of dielectric function, electron energy loss spectra and static dielectric constant have been calculated for each system and compared with one another. A systematic decrease/increase in band gap/static dielectric constant is observed as the X changes from S to Te. These results provide a physical basis for the potential applications of these heterostructures in optoelectronic devices.

  19. Electronic and dielectric properties of MoS2-MoX2 heterostructures

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    Sharma, Munish; Jamdagni, Pooja; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-05-01

    We present a comparative study of electronic and dielectric properties of MoS2-MoX2 heteostructures (where X=S, Se, Te) within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Electronic band structure, real & imaginary part of dielectric function, electron energy loss spectra and static dielectric constant have been calculated for each system and compared with one another. A systematic decrease/increase in band gap/static dielectric constant is observed as the X changes from S to Te. These results provide a physical basis for the potential applications of these heterostructures in optoelectronic devices.

  20. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Cereal Grains

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    Dielectric properties of five cereal grains (wheat, corn, barley, oats, and grain sorghum) were 19 measured at 23 oC over broad microwave frequency range (5 GHz to 15 GHz) with a free-space-transmission 20 technique. Results of dielectric properties measurement are tabulated for each material for mo...

  1. Electronic, mechanical and dielectric properties of silicane under tensile strain

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    Jamdagni, Pooja Sharma, Munish; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Kumar, Ashok; Thakur, Anil

    2015-05-15

    The electronic, mechanical and dielectric properties of fully hydrogenated silicene i.e. silicane in stable configuration are studied by means of density functional theory based calculations. The band gap of silicane monolayer can be flexibly reduced to zero when subjected to bi-axial tensile strain, leading to semi-conducting to metallic transition, whereas the static dielectric constant for in-plane polarization increases monotonically with increasing strain. Also the EEL function show the red shift in resonance peak with tensile strain. Our results offer useful insight for the application of silicane monolayer in nano-optical and electronics devices.

  2. Coarse grained polystyrene simulations: Static and dynamic properties

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    Kremer, Kurt

    2011-03-01

    By combining input from short simulation runs of rather small systems with all atomistic details together with properly adapted coarse grained models we are able quantitatively predict static and especially dynamical properties of both pure polymer melts of long entangled chains but also of systems with low molecular weight additives. Comparisons to rather different experiments such as diffusion constant measurements, NMR relaxation experiments and dielectric spectroscopy show a remarkable quantitative agreement without any adjustable parameter. The model is also able to distinguish different tacticities and to study the consequences for static and dynamic properties. Reintroduction of chemical details into the coarse grained trajectories allows the study of long time trajectories in all atomistic detail providing the opportunity for rather different means of data analysis. Work done in collaboration with D. Fritz, V. Harmandaris and N. van der Vegt.

  3. Microwave dielectric properties of cereal grains

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    Dielectric properties of five cereal grains (wheat, corn, barley, oats, and grain sorghum) were measured at 23°C over a range of moisture contents and over microwave frequencies from 5 to 15 GHz with a free-space transmission technique. Resulting dielectric constants and loss factors are tabulated f...

  4. Techniques for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Agricultural Products

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    Dielectrics and dielectric properties of materials are defined generally, and methods for measuring dielectric properties of agricultural products are described for several frequency ranges from audio frequencies through microwave frequencies. These include measurement with impedance and admittance...

  5. Microwave dielectric properties of boreal forest trees

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    Xu, G.; Ahern, F.; Brown, J.

    1993-01-01

    The knowledge of vegetation dielectric behavior is important in studying the scattering properties of the vegetation canopy and radar backscatter modelling. Until now, a limited number of studies have been published on the dielectric properties in the boreal forest context. This paper presents the results of the dielectric constant as a function of depth in the trunks of two common boreal forest species: black spruce and trembling aspen, obtained from field measurements. The microwave penetration depth for the two species is estimated at C, L, and P bands and used to derive the equivalent dielectric constant for the trunk as a whole. The backscatter modelling is carried out in the case of black spruce and the results are compared with the JPL AIRSAR data. The sensitivity of the backscatter coefficient to the dielectric constant is also examined.

  6. Volume dependence of the dielectric properties of amorphous SiO2.

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    Malyi, Oleksandr I; Boström, Mathias; Kulish, Vadym V; Thiyam, Priyadarshini; Parsons, Drew F; Persson, Clas

    2016-03-01

    Using first principles calculations, the analysis of the dielectric properties of amorphous SiO2 (am-SiO2) was performed. We found that the am-SiO2 properties are volume dependent, and the dependence is mainly induced by the variation of nanoporosity at the atomic scale. In particular, both ionic and electronic contributions to the static dielectric constants are functions of volume with clear trends. Moreover, using the unique parameterization of the dielectric function provided in this work, we predict dielectric functions at imaginary frequencies of different SiO2 polymorphs having similar band gap energies. PMID:26902661

  7. Vibrational and dielectric properties of magnesium aluminate spinel: A first-principles study

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    Zeng, Qingfeng; Zhang, Litong; Zhang, Xian; Chen, Qichao; Feng, Zhiqiang; Cai, Yongqing; Cheng, Laifei; Weng, Zuohai

    2011-09-01

    The vibrational and dielectric properties of MgAl 2O 4 are investigated within the framework of density functional perturbation theory. Results of phonon frequencies at the Brillouin zone center, static dielectric constant, and electronic dielectric constant are reported. In comparison with experimental results, we find that the generalized gradient approximation potential results in more accurate phonon frequencies than local density approximation potential does. Dielectric, refractive index, extinction coefficient and infrared reflectance spectra of MgAl 2O 4 are given, and the figures suggest that MgAl 2O 4 presents good transmission properties in the spectrum range above 1000 cm and below 300 cm.

  8. Tailoring dielectric properties of ferroelectric-dielectric multilayers

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    Kesim, M. T.; Zhang, J.; Cole, M. W.; Misirlioglu, I. B.

    2014-01-13

    We develop a nonlinear thermodynamic model for multilayer ferroelectric heterostructures that takes into account electrostatic and electromechanical interactions between layers. We concentrate on the effect of relative layer fractions and in-plane thermal stresses on dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3}-, BaTiO{sub 3}-, and PbZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (PZT)-SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) multilayers on Si and c-sapphire. We show that dielectric properties of such multilayers can be significantly enhanced by tailoring the growth/processing temperature and the STO layer fraction. Our computations show that large tunabilities (∼90% at 400 kV/cm) are possible in carefully designed barium strontium titanate-STO and PZT-STO even on Si for which there exist substantially large in-plane strains.

  9. How does static stretching decrease the dielectric constant of VHB 4910 elastomer?

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    Vu-Cong, T.; Nguyen-Thi, N.; Jean-Mistral, C.; Sylvestre, A.

    2014-03-01

    Subject to a voltage, dielectric elastomers deform by the effect of Maxwell stress which is depended directly on the dielectric constant of the material. The combination of large strain, soft elastic response and good dielectric properties has established VHB 4910 elastomer as the most used material for dielectric elastomer actuators. However, the effect of stretch on the dielectric constant for this elastomer is much debated topic while controversy results are demonstrated in the literature. The dielectric constant of this material is studied and demonstrated that it decreases slightly or hugely among the stretch but any pertinent response and any physic explications are validated by the scientific community. In this paper, we presented a detail study about dielectric behavior of VHB 4910 elastomer versus a broadband of stretch and temperature. We found that the dielectric constant of this material depends strongly on the stretch following a polynomial law. Among all the explanations of stretch dependence of the dielectric constant of VHB 4910 in the literature: the crystallization, the change of glass transition temperature, the decrease of dipole orientation, the electrostriction effect under stress; and based on our experimental result, we conclude that the decrease of dipole orientation seems the main reason to the drop of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 elastomer versus the stretch. We proposed also an accurate model describing the dielectric constant of this material for a large range of stretch and temperature.

  10. Static magnetic properties of Maghemite nanoparticles

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    Zulfiqar; Rahman, Muneeb Ur; Usman, M.; Hasanain, Syed Khurshid; Zia-ur-Rahman; Ullah, Amir; Kim, Ill Won

    2014-12-01

    We report the static magnetic properties of Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 14 ± 1.8 nm synthesized via a co-precipitation method. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and the field-cooled (FC) magnetization measurements were performed using a physical properties measurements system (PPMS) at temperatures from 5 K to 300 K. The ZFC/FC measurements showed a typical superparamagnetic behavior with a narrow size distribution.

  11. Electrical properties and dielectric spectroscopy of Ar+ implanted polycarbonate

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    Chawla, Mahak; Shekhawat, Nidhi; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Sharma, Annu; Nair, K. G. M.

    2015-05-01

    The aim of the present paper is to study the effect of argon ion implantation on electrical and dielectric properties of polycarbonate. Specimens were implanted with 130 keV Ar+ ions in the fluence ranging from 1×1014 to 1×1016 ions cm-2. The beam current used was ˜0.40 µA cm-2. The electrical conduction behaviour of virgin and Ar+ implanted polycarbonate specimens have been studied through current-voltage (I-V characteristic) measurements. It has been observed that after implantation conductivity increases with increasing ion fluence. The dielectric spectroscopy of these specimens has been done in the frequency range of 100 kHz-100 MHz. Relaxation processes were studied by Cole-Cole plot of complex permittivity (real part of complex permittivity, ɛ' vs. imaginary part of complex permittivity, ɛ″). The Cole-Cole plots have also been used to determine static dielectric constant (ɛs), optical dielectric constant (ɛ∞), spreading factor (α), average relaxation time (τ0) and molecular relaxation time (τ). The dielectric behaviour has been found to be significantly affected due to Ar+ implantation. The possible correlation between this behaviour and the changes induced by the implantation has been discussed.

  12. An ab-initio computational method to determine dielectric properties of biological materials.

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    Abeyrathne, Chathurika D; Halgamuge, Malka N; Farrell, Peter M; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2013-01-01

    Frequency dependent dielectric properties are important for understanding the structure and dynamics of biological materials. These properties can be used to study underlying biological processes such as changes in the concentration of biological materials, and the formation of chemical species. Computer simulations can be used to determine dielectric properties and atomic details inaccessible via experimental methods. In this paper, a unified theory utilizing molecular dynamics and density functional theory is presented that is able to determine the frequency dependent dielectric properties of biological materials in an aqueous solution from their molecular structure alone. The proposed method, which uses reaction field approximations, does not require a prior knowledge of the static dielectric constant of the material. The dielectric properties obtained from our method agree well with experimental values presented in the literature. PMID:23652459

  13. Spacecraft dielectric material properties and spacecraft charging

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    Frederickson, A.R.; Cotts, D.B.; Wall, J.A.; Bouquet, F.L.

    1986-01-01

    With an eye towards applications in the space radiation environment and in nuclear instrumentation, the contributors to this volume provide a multi-disciplinary review of theory and experimentation with conductivity in dielectrics, especially insulators, to establish guidelines for design of materials which do not electrically discharge or breakdown. The authors' analysis of polymer literature suggests several candidates for the purpose of proposing anti-static polymers for use in the space radiation environment. Experimental data is systematically referenced and suggestions for improving such data are made. The book also contains an extensive reference list.

  14. Microwave dielectric properties of plant materials

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Jedlicka, R. P.

    1984-01-01

    Three waveguide transmission systems covering the 1-2, 3.5-6.5, and 7.5-8.5 GHZ bands were used to measure the dielectric properties of vegetation material as a function of moisture content and microwave frequency. The materials measured included, primarily, the leaves and stalks of corn and wheat. Dielectric measurements also were made of the liquid included in the vegetation material after it was extracted from the vegetation by mechanical means. The extracted liquids were found to have an equivalent NaCl salinity of about 10 per mil, which can have a significant effect on the dielectric loss at frequencies below 5 GHz. The results of attempts to model the dielectric constant of the vegetatioon-water mixture in terms of the dielectric constants and volume fractions of its constituent parts (i.e., bulk vegetation, air, bound water, and free water) are discussed. Additionally, measurements of the temporal variations in the total attenuation at 10.2 GHz are presented for a corn canopy and a soybean canopy.

  15. Dielectric surface properties of Venus

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    Pettengill, G. H.; Wilt, R. J.; Ford, P. G.

    1992-01-01

    It has been known for over a decade that certain high-altitude regions on Venus exhibit bizarre radar-scattering and radiothermal-emission behavior. For example, observed values for normal-incidence power reflection coefficients in these areas can exceed 0.5; enhanced back scatter in some mountainous areas in the Magellan SAR images creates a bright surface with the appearance of snow; and reduced thermal emission in the anomalous areas makes the surface there appear hundreds of degrees cooler than the corresponding physical surface temperatures. The inferred radio emissivity in several of these regions falls to 0.3 for horizontal linear polarization at viewing angles in the range 20 deg - 40 deg. Several explanations have been offered for these linked phenomena. One involves single-surface reflection from a sharp discontinuity separating two media that have extremely disparate values of electromagnetic propagation. The mismatch may occur in either or both the real (associated with propagation velocity) or imaginary (associated with absorption) components of the relevant indices of refraction, and the discontinuity must take place over a distance appreciably shorter than a wavelength. An example of such an interaction of Earth would occur at the surface of a body of water. At radio wavelengths, water has an index of refraction of 9 (dielectric permittivity of about 80), and an associated loss factor that varies strongly with the amount of dissolved salts, but is generally significant. Its single-surface radar reflectivity at normal incidence is about 0.65, and the corresponding emissivity (viewed at the same angle) is therefore 0.35. Both these values are similar to the extremes found on Venus, but in the absence of liquid water, the process on Venus requires a different explanation. Two of the present authors (Pettengill and Ford) have suggested that scattering from a single surface possessing a very high effective dielectric permittivity could explain many of the unusual characteristics displayed by the Venus surface. A second explantion relates to the volume scattering that results from successive interactions with one or more interfaces interior to the planetary surface. If the near-surface material has a moderately low index of refraction (to ensure that a substantial fraction of the radiation incident from outside is not reflected, but rather penetrates into the surface), and a very low internal propagation loss, successive internal reflections can eventually redirect much of the energy back through the surface toward the viewer. The necessary conditions for this process to be effective are a low internal propagation loss coupled with efficient internal reflection. At sufficiently low temperatures, fractured water ice displays both the necessary low loss and near-total internal reflection. The possibility that this mechanism might be acting on Venus has recently been put forward.

  16. Tunable dielectric properties of ferrite-dielectric based metamaterial.

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    Bi, K; Huang, K; Zeng, L Y; Zhou, M H; Wang, Q M; Wang, Y G; Lei, M

    2015-01-01

    A ferrite-dielectric metamaterial composed of dielectric and ferrite cuboids has been investigated by experiments and simulations. By interacting with the electromagnetic wave, the Mie resonance can take place in the dielectric cuboids and the ferromagnetic precession will appear in the ferrite cuboids. The magnetic field distributions show the electric Mie resonance of the dielectric cuboids can be influenced by the ferromagnetic precession of ferrite cuboids when a certain magnetic field is applied. The effective permittivity of the metamaterial can be tuned by modifying the applied magnetic field. A good agreement between experimental and simulated results is demonstrated, which confirms that these metamaterials can be used for tunable microwave devices. PMID:25993433

  17. DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF VARIOUS NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS

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    Tuncer, E.; Polizos, G.; James, D. R.; Sauers, I.; Ellis, A. R.; More, K. L.

    2010-01-01

    Composite materials based on polymers are used in various engineering applications due to their ability to be tailored for a specific application. As a result a composite could be selected or designed for a high performance part such as field grading applications in high voltage technology. Presently, there exists no commercially available material for electric field control. For this reason in this study we characterize a polymeric system composed of a thermoplast polymer filled with nanometer size ceramic particles. Since it is hard to tailor or to predict properties of composites theoretically, an Edisonian approach is employed. Composites with different filler weight concentrations are prepared and their dielectric performance are characterized. Impedance spectroscopy technique at a constant frequency is used to determine the dielectric properties of the composites at low temperatures. Measurement results and potential applications of the composite systems are presented.

  18. Dielectric properties of various nanocomposite materials

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    Tuncer, Enis; Polyzos, Georgios; James, David Randy; Sauers, Isidor; Ellis, Alvin R; More, Karren Leslie

    2010-01-01

    Composite materials based on polymers are used in various engineering applications due to their ability to be tailored for a specific application. As a result a composite could be selected or designed for a high performance part such as field grading applications in high voltage technology. Presently, there exists no commercially available material for electric field control. For this reason in this study we characterize a polymeric system composed of a thermoplast polymer filled with nanometer size ceramic particles. Since it is hard to tailor or to predict properties of composites theoretically, an Edisonian approach is employed. Composites with different filler weight concentrations are prepared and their dielectric performance are characterized. Impedance spectroscopy technique at a constant frequency is used to determine the dielectric properties of the composites at low temperatures. Measurement results and potential applications of the composite systems are presented.

  19. Dielectric properties of Ag/PAN nanocomposites

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    Kudryashov, M. A.; Mashin, A. I.; Logunov, A. A.; Chidichimo, G.; De Filpo, G.

    2014-07-01

    The dependence of electric modulus on the frequency of an ac electric field is studied for the silver/polyacrylonitrile nanocomposite films at several measurement temperatures and AgNO3 contents in the original mixture. It is demonstrated that the frequency dispersion of dielectric properties is well described with the aid of the Cole-Davidson model. The relaxation maxima on the curve of the imaginary part of the electric modulus versus frequency are interpreted using the interfacial polarization.

  20. Spacecraft dielectric material properties and spacecraft charging

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    Frederickson, A. R.; Wall, J. A.; Cotts, D. B.; Bouquet, F. L.

    1986-01-01

    The physics of spacecraft charging is reviewed, and criteria for selecting and testing semiinsulating polymers (SIPs) to avoid charging are discussed and illustrated. Chapters are devoted to the required properties of dielectric materials, the charging process, discharge-pulse phenomena, design for minimum pulse size, design to prevent pulses, conduction in polymers, evaluation of SIPs that might prevent spacecraft charging, and the general response of dielectrics to space radiation. SIPs characterized include polyimides, fluorocarbons, thermoplastic polyesters, poly(alkanes), vinyl polymers and acrylates, polymers containing phthalocyanine, polyacene quinones, coordination polymers containing metal ions, conjugated-backbone polymers, and 'metallic' conducting polymers. Tables summarizing the results of SIP radiation tests (such as those performed for the NASA Galileo Project) are included.

  1. Dielectric Properties and Conductivity of KHCO3

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    Salman, Fathy; Aboelhssan, S.; Sheha, E.; Elmansy, M.

    2004-01-01

    KHCO3 compound was characterized in three principle realms: for its dielectric properties as a function of temperature and frequency in the ranges 300--370 K and 50 Hz to 1 MHz, respectively; bulk conductivity as a function of temperature, via impedance technique; and relaxation time as function of temperature. Variations of the bulk conductivity and relaxation time with temperature have been found to yield two segments, with two different activation energies. The activation energy for the two segments due to bulk conductivity have been found as 1.96 eV and 1.85 eV, while the activation energy due to relaxation have been found to be 1.85 eV and 1.83 eV. The phase transition which was detected by DSC at T = 322 K has been verified by the dielectric and conductivity measurements.

  2. Fundamentals of dielectric properties measurements and agricultural applications.

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    Nelson, Stuart O

    2010-01-01

    Dielectrics and dielectric properties are defined generally and dielectric measurement methods and equipment are described for various frequency ranges from audio frequencies through microwave frequencies. These include impedance and admittance bridges, resonant frequency, transmission-line, and free-space methods in the frequency domain and time-domain and broadband techniques. Many references are cited describing methods in detail and giving sources of dielectric properties data. Finally a few applications for such data are presented and sources of tabulated and dielectric properties data bases are identified. PMID:21721322

  3. Spacecraft dielectric surface charging property determination

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    Williamson, W. S.

    1987-01-01

    The charging properties of 127 micron thick polyimide, (a commonly used spacecraft dielectric material) was measured under conditions of irradiation by a low-current-density electron beam with energy between 2 and 14 keV. The observed charging characteristics were consistent with predictions of the NASCAP computer model. The use of low electron current density results in a nonlinearity in the sample-potential versus beam-energy characteristic which is attributed to conduction leakage through the sample. Microdischarges were present at relatively low beam energies.

  4. Dielectric Properties of PVDF/PZT

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    Zak, A. Khorsand; Chen, Gan Wee; Majid, W. H. Abd.

    2011-03-30

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/ lead zirconate titanate nanocomposite (PVDF/PZT-NPs) were successfully prepared by mixing fine Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}, Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3} nanoparticles (PZT-NPs) into a PVDF solution under ultrasonication. The mixture was spin coated onto glass substrate and then annealed at 80 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained thin-film nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited good dielectric stability over a wide frequency range.

  5. Temperature and Moisture Dependent Dielectric Properties of Legume Flours Associated with Dielectric Heating

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    Dielectric property data are important in developing thermal treatments using radio frequency (RF) and microwave (MW) energy and essential to estimate the heating uniformity in electromagnetic fields. Dielectric properties of flour samples from four legumes (chickpea, green pea, lentil, and soybean)...

  6. How polar are ionic liquids? Determination of the static dielectric constant of an imidazolium-based ionic liquid by microwave dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Wakai, Chihiro; Oleinikova, Alla; Ott, Magnus; Weingärtner, Hermann

    2005-09-15

    In a pilot study of the dielectric constant of room-temperature ionic liquids, we use dielectric spectroscopy in the megahertz/gigahertz regime to determine the complex dielectric function of five 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium salts, from which the static dielectric constant epsilon is obtained by zero-frequency extrapolation. The results classify the salts as moderately polar solvents. The observed epsilon-values at 298.15 K fall between 15.2 and 8.8, and epsilon decreases with increasing chain length of the alkyl residue of the cation. The anion sequence is trifluoromethylsulfonate > tetrafluoroborate approximately tetrafluorophosphate. The results indicate markedly lower polarities than found by spectroscopy with polarity-sensitive solvatochromic dyes. PMID:16853170

  7. Static dielectric function with exact exchange contribution in the electron liquid

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    Qian, Zhixin

    2015-11-01

    The exchange contribution, Π1(k, 0), to the static dielectric function in the electron liquid is evaluated exactly. Expression for it is derived analytically in terms of one quadrature. The expression, as presented in Eq. (3) in the Introduction, turns out to be very simple. A fully explicit expression (with no more integral in it) for Π1(k, 0) is further developed in terms of series. Equation (3) is proved to be equal to the expression obtained before under some mathematical assumption by Engel and Vosko [Phys. Rev. B 42, 4940 (1990)], thus in the meanwhile putting the latter on a rigorous basis. The expansions of Π1(k, 0) at the wavevectors of k = 0, k = 2kF, and at limiting large k are derived. The results all verify those obtained by Engel and Vosko.

  8. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Lossy Dielectric Composite Materials

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    An, Young Joon; Okino, Hirotake; Yamamoto, Takashi; Ueda, Shunkichi; Deguchi, Takeshi

    2006-09-01

    In recent years, because of the rapid progress in wireless technology, microwave absorbers or noise suppressors have become necessary for a safe-electromagnetic-wave-level environment. To design microwave absorbers or noise suppressors, it is necessary to have knowledge of complex permittivity and permeability. To this end, we used the coaxial waveguide method between 500 MHz-18 GHz and the free space method with a dielectric lens in the K-band (18-26.5 GHz). In this report, we show the complex permittivity, \\varepsilonr* and permeability, μr* of lossy dielectric composite materials such as barium titanate oxide (BaTiO3)/rubber and titanium oxide (TiO2)/rubber. The real part of the complex permittivity, \\varepsilon'r is available for changing the trimming weight ratio of rubber and replacing TiO2 or BaTiO3.

  9. Microwave dielectric properties of dry rocks

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    Ulaby, Fawwaz T.; Dobson, Myron C.; East, Jack R.; Bengal, Thomas H.; Garvin, James B.; Evans, Diane L.

    1990-01-01

    A combination of techniques was used to measure the dielectric properties of 80 rock samples in the microwave region. The real part (RP) of the relative dielectric constant was measured in 0.1-GHz steps from 0.5 to 18 GHz, and the imaginary part (IP) was measured at five frequencies between 1.6 and 16 GHz. The bulk density rho(b) was also measured for all the samples, and the bulk chemical composition (BCC) was determined for 56 of the samples. RP is found to be frequency-independent at 0.5-18 GHz for all samples, and rho(b) accounts for about 50 percent of the observed variance. For silicate rocks, as much as 78 percent of the variance is explained by the combination of rho(b) and the fractional contents of oxides when the silicates are subgrouped by genesis. In contrast, IP decreases with increasing frequency for most rock samples, and no statistically significant relationships are found between IP and rho(b). For subgrouped silicate rocks, 60 percent of the variance in IP can be explained by BCC.

  10. Temperature and moisture dependent dielectric properties of legume flours associated with dielectric heating

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    Dielectric properties of flour samples from four legumes (chickpea, green pea, lentil, and soybean) at four different moisture contents were measured using an open-ended coaxial probe and impedance analyzer at frequencies of 10 to 1800 MHz and temperatures of 20 to 90°C. The dielectric constant and ...

  11. Dielectric properties of agricultural materials and their application

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    This book is prepared as a comprehensive source of information on dielectric properties of agricultural materials for scientific researchers and engineers involved in practical application of radio-frequency and microwave energy for potential problem solutions. Dielectric properties of materials det...

  12. Microwave axial dielectric properties of carbon fiber

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    Hong, Wen; Xiao, Peng; Luo, Heng; Li, Zhuan

    2015-01-01

    Randomly distributed carbon fibers (CFs) reinforced epoxy resin composites are prepared by the pouring method, the dielectric properties of CF composites with different fiber content and length have been performed in the frequency range from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz. The complex permittivity of the composite increases with the fiber length, which is attributed to the decrease of depolarization field, and increases with the volume fraction, which is attributed to the increase of polarization. A formula, based on the theory of Reynolds-Hugh, is proposed to calculate the effective permittivity of CF composites, and validated by the experiments. The proposed formula is further applied to derive the axial permittivity of CF and analyze the effect of fiber length on the axial permittivity. PMID:26477579

  13. Microwave axial dielectric properties of carbon fiber

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    Hong, Wen; Xiao, Peng; Luo, Heng; Li, Zhuan

    2015-10-01

    Randomly distributed carbon fibers (CFs) reinforced epoxy resin composites are prepared by the pouring method, the dielectric properties of CF composites with different fiber content and length have been performed in the frequency range from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz. The complex permittivity of the composite increases with the fiber length, which is attributed to the decrease of depolarization field, and increases with the volume fraction, which is attributed to the increase of polarization. A formula, based on the theory of Reynolds-Hugh, is proposed to calculate the effective permittivity of CF composites, and validated by the experiments. The proposed formula is further applied to derive the axial permittivity of CF and analyze the effect of fiber length on the axial permittivity.

  14. Dielectric Properties of Onion-Like Carbon Composites

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    Macutkevic, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Banys, J.; Hens, S.; Borjanovic, V.; Shenderova, O.; Kuznetsov, V.; Moseenkov, S.

    2013-05-01

    Dielectric properties of onion-like carbon and polyurethane composite prepared using different procedures were investigated in the frequency range up to 1 MHz. We show that broadband dielectric spectroscopy is powerful tool to determine technological fingerprints in the studied materials. It is demonstrated that cured samples annealed at temperature close to the melting point (450 K) exhibit substantially higher dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity in comparison with untreated samples.

  15. Collective and static properties of model two-component plasmas

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    Arkhipov, Yu. V.; Askaruly, A.; Davletov, A. E.; Meirkanova, G. M.; Ballester, D.; Tkachenko, I. M.

    2007-08-15

    Classical MD data on the charge-charge dynamic structure factor of two-component plasmas (TCP) modeled in Phys. Rev. A 23, 2041 (1981) are analyzed using the sum rules and other exact relations. The convergent power moments of the imaginary part of the model system dielectric function are expressed in terms of its partial static structure factors, which are computed by the method of hypernetted chains using the Deutsch effective potential. High-frequency asymptotic behavior of the dielectric function is specified to include the effects of inverse bremsstrahlung. The agreement with the MD data is improved, and important statistical characteristics of the model TCP, such as the probability to find both electron and ion at one point, are determined.

  16. Relationship between Dielectric Properties and Microphonics of Mulutilayer Ceramic Capacitors

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    Inoue, Noriyuki; Kawasaki, Kenichi; Sano, Harunobu; Morimoto, Tadashi

    2006-09-01

    As a result of investigating the relationship between the dielectric properties of BaTiO3-based dielectrics and the microphonics of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), it was confirmed that microphonics, electric-induced strain, and polarization have very high correlation, and piezostriction becomes dominant in electric-induced strain when high DC bias is applied to BaTiO3-based dielectrics in spite of their very low spontaneous polarizations. Dielectrics with a large paraelectric phase area in which rare-earth elements have diffused into BaTiO3 are useful for applications of MLCCs, especially under high DC bias.

  17. Models for the Microwave Dielectric Properties of Grain and Seed

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    Based on microwave dielectric properties of wheat, corn, barley, oats, grain sorghum, soybeans, canola, shelled peanuts and pod peanuts measured over ranges of frequency and moisture content, models are developed for predicting the dielectric constant and loss factor of these commodities. Nearly li...

  18. Automated Monitoring Of Dielectric Properties Of Tree Trunks

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    Mcdonald, Kyle C.; Chun, William

    1996-01-01

    Semiautomated instrumentation system called "dielectric monitoring system" (DMS) developed for measuring microwave permittivities of selected components of plants, in particular, of active xylems in tree trunks. System set up with coaxial probes inserted in tree trunks to measure dielectric properties. Can be left to operate unattended to gather data on permittivities as function of time.

  19. Dielectric properties of Ni substituted Li-Zn ferrites

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    Soibam, Ibetombi; Phanjoubam, Sumitra; Radhapiyari, L.

    2010-05-01

    Li 0.4-0.5xZn 0.2Ni x Fe 2.4-0.5xO 4 ferrites with x varying from 0.02 to 0.1 in steps of 0.02 have been synthesized by the citrate precursor method and investigated for their dielectric properties. A decrease in the value of room temperature dielectric constant is observed with the increase in Ni concentration. It has been explained in terms of space charge polarization and Koop's two layer model. The variation in dielectric constant with frequency shows dispersion while a resonance peak could be seen in the variation of dielectric loss with frequency. With increase in temperature the dielectric constant and dielectric loss increased, which have been discussed in terms of polarization and the Debye-type of dispersion. Possible mechanism contributing to the above process is discussed.

  20. Composition-based prediction of dielectric properties of foods.

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    Sun, E; Datta, A; Lobo, S

    1995-01-01

    Prediction of accurate dielectric property data from fundamental principles for systems as complex as foods has not been possible. Simple prediction models based on easily measurable composition data can serve many useful purposes. Literature dielectric data on foods and their composition were statistically correlated. Dielectric data on salt solutions were measured to explain some of the results. When composition data were not available, standard handbook compositions were used. Inclusion of all types of foods (meats, fruits, and vegetables) inhibited any useful correlation with composition. Based on a smaller data set of meats, both dielectric constant and loss increased with water and salt content. Dielectric constant generally decreased with temperature whereas dielectric loss decreased with temperature at lower salt concentrations and increased with temperature at higher salt concentrations. PMID:8600277

  1. Millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric properties of biological materials

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    Khan, Usman Ansar

    Broadband dielectric properties of materials can be employed to identify, detect, and characterize materials through their unique spectral signatures. In this study, millimeter wave, submillimeter wave, and terahertz dielectric properties of biological substances inclusive of liquids, solids, and powders were obtained using Dispersive Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DFTS). Two broadband polarizing interferometers were constructed to test materials from 60 GHz to 1.2 THz. This is an extremely difficult portion of the frequency spectrum to obtain a material's dielectric properties since neither optical nor microwave-based techniques provide accurate data. The dielectric characteristics of liquids such as cyclohexane, chlorobenzene, benzene, ethanol, methanol, 1,4 dioxane, and 10% formalin were obtained using the liquid interferometer. Subsequently the solid interferometer was utilized to determine the dielectric properties of human breast tissues, which are fixed and preserved in 10% formalin. This joint collaboration with the Tufts New England Medical Center demonstrated a significant difference between the dielectric response of tumorous and non-tumorous breast tissues across the spectrum. Powders such as anthrax, flour, talc, corn starch, dry milk, and baking soda have been involved in a number of security threats and false alarms around the globe in the last decade. To be able to differentiate hoax attacks and serious security threats, the dielectric properties of common household powders were also examined using the solid interferometer to identify the powders' unique resonance peaks. A new sample preparation kit was designed to test the powder specimens. It was anticipated that millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric characterization will enable one to clearly distinguish one powder from the other; however most of the powders had relatively close dielectric responses and only Talc had a resonance signature recorded at 1.135 THz. Furthermore, due to polarization and birefringence effects, it was determined that one can not utilize the dielectric properties of powder-containing packages to differentiate hoax attacks and serious security threats.

  2. Characterisation of the dielectric properties of the propellants MON & MMH

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    Delil, A. A. M.

    1998-01-01

    Future (commercial) satellites will require accurate propellant gauging systems, in order to meet the end-of-life reorbiting requirement and the need for replacement planning. A capacitive Gauging Sensor Unit is currently being developed for the Meteosat Second Generation spacecraft. Its measurement principle is based on the difference of the dielectric properties of the propellant liquid and vapour. To optimise the sensor accuracy, the dielectric properties of propellants need to be accurately known as a function of the temperature (and pressure). Therefore the dielectric properties of MON (Mixed Oxides of Nitrides) and MMH (Mono Methyl Hydrazine) were to be measured. The test setup and the test results are described in detail.

  3. Dielectric properties of human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid

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    Peyman, A.; Gabriel, C.; Benedickter, H. R.; Fröhlich, J.

    2011-04-01

    The dielectric properties of freshly delivered human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid have been acquired at 37 °C and in the frequency range of 200 MHz-10 GHz. The experimental data were fitted to a Cole-Cole expression. The results show that dielectric properties of the umbilical cord are significantly higher than placenta due to the presence of high water content Wharton's jelly. The results also demonstrate large differences in the dielectric properties of amniotic and cerebrospinal fluids. The data presented can be used in numerical simulations of the exposure of pregnant women to electromagnetic fields.

  4. Structural and Dielectric Properties of Subnanometric Laminates of Binary Oxides.

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    Kahouli, Abdelkader; Lebedev, Oleg; Ben Elbahri, Marwa; Mercey, Bernard; Prellier, Wilfrid; Riedel, Stefan; Czernohorsky, Malte; Lallemand, Florent; Bunel, Catherine; Lüders, Ulrike

    2015-11-25

    Capacitors with a dielectric material consisting of amorphous laminates of Al2O3 and TiO2 with subnanometer individual layer thicknesses can show strongly enhanced capacitance densities compared to the bulk or laminates with nanometer layer thickness. In this study, the structural and dielectric properties of such subnanometer laminates grown on silicon by state-of-the-art atomic layer deposition are investigated with varying electrode materials. The laminates show a dielectric constant reaching 95 combined with a dielectric loss (tan δ) of about 0.2. The differences of the observed dielectric properties in capacitors with varying electrodes indicate that chemical effects at the interface with the TiN electrode play a major role, while the influence of the local roughness of the individual layers is rather limited. PMID:26523935

  5. Dielectric oxides: How to enhance their beneficial properties

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    Sarma, D. D.

    2010-03-01

    Dielectric materials are essential for a large number of applications. It is extensively used for electrical energy storage in capacitors and also plays a crucial role in miniaturization of MOSFET's. However, further shrinking of the physical size of such devices with same device capabilities will require the discovery of materials with higher dielectric constants and lower losses than available at present. In fact, in most cases, a combination of several dielectric properties is considered to be optimal, for example, minimal temperature and frequency dependencies of dielectric properties being important in many cases in addition to a large value of the dielectric constant and a low loss. In this talk, I shall discuss two separate series of oxides with useful dielectric properties. In the first example, I shall show that a disorder in the B-site of a family of disordered hexagonal transition metal oxides leads to robust and unusually enhanced dielectric properties, suggesting this to be a general route to prepare oxide materials with such advance properties. In the second example, we start with SrTiO3 which is a well-known dielectric material. We shall then discuss various possibilities to enhance dielectric properties of SrTiO3 by suitable doping. This work is based on collaborative studies involving the following people: Debraj Choudhury, S. V. Bhat, K. T. Delaney, J. Gopalakrishnan, C. Kakarla, Olof Karis, P. Lazor, R. Mathieu, P. Mondal, , P. Nordblad, A. Negi, R.Nirmala, B. Sanyal, N. A. Spaldin, P. Sujatha Devi, A. Sundaresan, A. Venimadhav, U. V. Waghmare and D. D. Sarma

  6. The evolution of dielectric properties measurement techniques for agricultural products

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    The important applications for dielectric properties, or electric permittivities, of agricultural products are described and the evolution of techniques used for their measurement over frequencies ranging from audio to microwave ranges are described briefly. References are cited for further informat...

  7. Dielectric and magnetic properties of some gadolinium silica nanoceramics

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    Coroiu, I. Pascuta, P. Bosca, M. Culea, E.

    2013-11-13

    Some nanostructure gadolinium silica glass-ceramics were obtained undergoing a sol gel method and a heat-treatment at 1000°C about two hours. The magnetic and dielectric properties of these samples were studied. The magnetic properties were evidenced performing susceptibility measurements in the 80-300K temperature range. A Curie-Weiss behavior has acquired. The values estimated for paramagnetic Curie temperature being small and positive suggest the presence of weak ferromagnetic interactions between Gd{sup 3+} ions. The dielectric properties were evaluated from dielectric permittivity (ε{sub r}) and dielectric loss (tanδ) measurements at the frequency 1 kHz, 10 kHz and 100 kHz, in the 25-225°C temperature range and dielectric dispersion at room temperature for 79.5 kHz - 1GHz frequency area. The dielectric properties suggest that the main polarization mechanism corresponds to interfacial polarization, characteristic for polycrystalline-structured dielectrics. The polycrystalline structure of the samples is due to the polymorphous transformations of the nanostructure silica crystallites in the presence of gadolinium oxide. They were highlighted by SEM micrographs.

  8. Dielectric properties of human colostrum at microwave frequencies.

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    Lonappan, Anil; Rajasekharan, Chadrasekharan; Thomas, Vinu; Bindu, Gopinathan; Mathew, Kattackal Thomas

    2007-01-01

    This article communicates the study of both the dielectric properties of human colostrums and breast milk at microwave frequencies. The colostrum samples were taken immediately after child birth and breast milk samples were collected at weekly intervals following the delivery. Rectangular cavity perturbation technique is used for the measurements of dielectric properties at the S-band of microwave frequency. The dielectric constants of the colostrums samples and breast milk samples are found to increase as weeks elapse, which is attributed to the reduced fat content and increased lactose concentration. The conductivity of these samples is similarly found to increase due to the increased dilution. PMID:18161420

  9. Optical Transmission Properties of Dielectric Aperture Arrays

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    Yang, Tao

    Optical detection devices such as optical biosensors and optical spectrometers are widely used in many applications for the functions of measurements, inspections and analysis. Due to the large dimension of prisms and gratings, the traditional optical devices normally occupy a large space with complicated components. Since cheaper and smaller optical devices are always in demand, miniaturization has been kept going for years. Thanks to recent fabrication advances, nanophotonic devices such as semiconductor laser chips have been growing in number and diversity. However, the optical biosensor chips and the optical spectrometer chips are seldom reported in the literature. For the reason of improving system integration, the study of ultra-compact, low-cost, high-performance and easy-alignment optical biosensors and optical spectrometers are imperative. This thesis is an endeavor in these two subjects and will present our research work on studying the optical transmission properties of dielectric aperture arrays and developing new optical biosensors and optical spectrometers. The first half of the thesis demonstrates that the optical phase shift associated with the surface plasmon (SP) assisted extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) in nano-hole arrays fabricated in a metal film has a strong dependence on the material refractive index value in close proximity to the holes. A novel refractive index sensor based on detecting the EOT phase shift is proposed by building a model. This device readily provides a 2-D biosensor array platform for non-labeled real-time detection of a variety of organic and biological molecules in a sensor chip format, which leads to a high packing density, minimal analyte volumes, and a large number of parallel channels while facilitating high resolution imaging and supporting a large space-bandwidth product (SBP). Simulation (FDTD Solutions, Lumerical Solutions Inc) results indicate an achievable sensitivity limit of 4.37x10-9 refractive index units (RIU) and a dynamic range as large as 0.17 RIU. Subsequently, optical transmission properties through a self-mixing interferometer array are studied and a novel high-resolution cost-effective optical spectrometer is proposed. The miniature interferometer-based spectrometer is made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with a CCD as the detector. The detected intensity of each CCD pixels contains the spectral information. Since each frequency component in the incoming beam corresponds to a unique phase difference of the two beam portions of each optical interferometer, the total intensity received by each CCD pixel, which is resulted from the addition of the interference signals from all the frequency components in the beam, should also be unique. Therefore, the spectrum calculation is a problem to solve an ill-posed linear system by using Tikhonov regularization method. Simulation results show that the resolution can reach picometer level. Apart from the choice of path difference between the interfering beams, the spectral resolution also depends on the signal-to-noise ratio and analogue-digital conversion resolution (dynamic range) of the CCD chip. In addition, the theory of uniform waveguide scattering is explored to expand the possibility of using such mini-interferometers for performing free-space spectral analysis of waveguide devices. At the same time, the method of least squares is used to correct the pixel non-uniformity of the CCD so as to improve the performance of the spectrometer. The sensor chip and spectrometer chip introduced here are based on the interference of light transmitted through dielectric aperture arrays. Their compact feature renders these devices ideal for miniaturization and integration as the systems in microfluidics architectures and lab-on-chip designs.

  10. Dielectric properties of KDP filled porous alumina nanocomposite thin films.

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    Boni, O; Berger, S

    2001-12-01

    A new concept of a composite dielectric thin film fabrication is presented. The fabrication process consists of two stages. The first stage is anodizing a thin aluminum film to produce a porous alumina film that contains an array of nanometer sized parallel pores. The second stage is filling the pores with a saturated KDP (KH2PO4) liquid solution due to capillary forces. After drying KDP nanocrystals are formed inside the pores. This process results in a formation of a composite dielectric thin film composed of the alumina pores walls as one dielectric material and the KDP nanocrystals inside the pores as another dielectric material. The dielectric permittivity of this composite film is higher than that of the porous alumina film at all applied frequencies. The dielectric enhancement is more pronounced at low frequencies due to an interface polarization mechanism. This fabrication process enables controlling the size, composition, and microstructure of the composite dielectric film constituents and thus changing its dielectric properties over a wide range of values. PMID:12914085

  11. Ab initio investigation of electronic and vibrational contributions to linear and nonlinear dielectric properties of ice

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    Casassa, S.; Baima, J.; Mahmoud, A.; Kirtman, B.

    2014-06-14

    Electronic and vibrational contributions to the static and dynamic (hyper)polarizability tensors of ice XI and model structures of ordinary hexagonal ice have been theoretically investigated. Calculations were carried out by the finite field nuclear relaxation method for periodic systems (FF-NR) recently implemented in the CRYSTAL code, using the coupled-perturbed Kohn-Sham approach (CPKS) for evaluating the required electronic properties. The effect of structure on the static electronic polarizabilities (dielectric constants) and second-hyperpolarizabilities is minimal. On the other hand, the vibrational contributions to the polarizabilities were found to be significant. A reliable evaluation of these (ionic) contributions allows one to discriminate amongst ice phases characterized by different degrees of proton-order, primarily through differences caused by librational motions. Transverse static and dynamic vibrational (hyper)polarizabilities were found by extrapolating calculations for slabs of increasing size, in order to eliminate substantial surface contributions.

  12. Dielectric properties and microstructures for various MLCCs coated with additives

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    Oh, Min Wook; Yeo, Dong Hun; Shin, Hyo Soon; Jeong, Dae Yong

    2013-12-01

    As electronic devices become smaller and have higher capacity, dielectric thin films are being used in the development of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Smaller BaTiO3 dielectric particles should be used to obtain the thickness of low dielectric layers. Further, MLCC properties are achieved through the uniform addition of various additives, but the existing method of adding nano additives has limitations. As such, this study evaluated the dielectric properties of BaTiO3 pellets after using the liquid coating method to add additives such as Dy, Mg, Mn, Cr, and Si to 150 nm BaTiO3 dielectric powder. Mn, Cr, and Si ions were each fixed at 0.1, 0.1, and 0.65 mol-%. Sintering was performed in a reducing atmosphere, and the microstructure and the dielectric properties were evaluated while varying Dy from 0.5 to 1.0 mol-% and Mg from 1.0 to 2.0 mol-%. Grain growth was observed for higher amounts of Dy, but were suppressed for higher amounts of Mg. With regards to changes in particle size, both the permittivity and the temperature coefficient of capacitance (TCC) increased with increasing particle size. The permittivity was highest for Si=0.65, Mn=0.1, Cr=0.1 Dy=0.75, and Mg=2.0 mol-%. These levels also satisfied the TCC properties of X7R. In the microstructure, the core-shell was the most developed.

  13. Radiation induced changes in electronic and dielectric properties of polyoxymethylene

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    Sreepad, H. R.; Ravi, H. R.; Ahmed, Khaleel; Waghmare, Umesh V.

    2012-06-05

    First-principle calculations have been done for the Orthorhombic helical Polyoxymethylene. Electronic density of states calculation gives a value of 6.6 eV as the band gap. Phonon frequencies have been calculated at the Gamma point. Phonon modes show wave numbers ranging from 55 cm{sup -1} to 3020 cm{sup -1}. The value of Dielectric constant has been experimentally determined. The gamma irradiation of the sample causes variations in the electronic and dielectric properties of the material. Electrical conductivity increases with increase in dosage of irradiation. Percentage of crystallinity increases where as the value of dielectric constant decreases with increase in dosage of irradiation.

  14. Effects of dielectric material properties on graphene transistor performance

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    Jang, Sung Kyu; Jeon, Jaeho; Jeon, Su Min; Song, Young Jae; Lee, Sungjoo

    2015-07-01

    Graphene has attracted attention due to its excellent electrical properties; however, the electrical performance of graphene devices, including device hysteresis, mobility, and conductivity, tends to be limited by the supporting dielectric layer properties. In this work, the impact of a dielectric material on a graphene transistor was investigated by fabricating graphene field effect transistors integrated with four different dielectric substrates (SiO2, Al2O3, Si3N4 and hexagonal boron nitride) and by comparing the transistor performances. Results revealed that the carrier transport characteristics of the graphene transistors, including the hysteresis, Dirac point shift, and mobility, were highly correlated with the hydrophobicity-induced charge trapping and surface optical phonon energies of the dielectric materials.

  15. Mass properties measurement system: Dynamics and statics measurements

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    Doty, Keith L.

    1993-01-01

    This report presents and interprets experimental data obtained from the Mass Properties Measurement System (MPMS). Statics measurements yield the center-of-gravity of an unknown mass and dynamics measurements yield its inertia matrix. Observations of the MPMS performance has lead us to specific design criteria and an understanding of MPMS limitations.

  16. Electrical properties and dielectric spectroscopy of Ar{sup +} implanted polycarbonate

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    Chawla, Mahak Shekhawat, Nidhi; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Sharma, Annu; Nair, K. G. M.

    2015-05-15

    The aim of the present paper is to study the effect of argon ion implantation on electrical and dielectric properties of polycarbonate. Specimens were implanted with 130 keV Ar{sup +} ions in the fluence ranging from 1×10{sup 14} to 1×10{sup 16} ions cm{sup −2}. The beam current used was ∼0.40 µA cm{sup −2}. The electrical conduction behaviour of virgin and Ar{sup +} implanted polycarbonate specimens have been studied through current-voltage (I-V characteristic) measurements. It has been observed that after implantation conductivity increases with increasing ion fluence. The dielectric spectroscopy of these specimens has been done in the frequency range of 100 kHz-100 MHz. Relaxation processes were studied by Cole-Cole plot of complex permittivity (real part of complex permittivity, ε′ vs. imaginary part of complex permittivity, ε″). The Cole-Cole plots have also been used to determine static dielectric constant (ε{sub s}), optical dielectric constant (ε{sub ∞}), spreading factor (α), average relaxation time (τ{sub 0}) and molecular relaxation time (τ). The dielectric behaviour has been found to be significantly affected due to Ar{sup +} implantation. The possible correlation between this behaviour and the changes induced by the implantation has been discussed.

  17. Three dimensional reflectance properties of superconductor-dielectric photonic crystal

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    Pandey, G. N.; Pandey, J. P.; Pandey, U. K.; Sancheti, Bhagyashree; Ojha, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    In this present communication, we have studied the optical properties of Photonics Crystals with super conducting constituent using the TMM method for a stratified medium. We also studied the three dimensional reflectance property of superconductor-dielectric photonic crystal at different temperature and thickness. From above study we show that the superconductor-dielectric photonic crystal may be used as broad band reflector and omnidirectional reflector at low temperature below to the critical temperature. Such property may be applied to make of the reflector which can be used in low temperature region.

  18. Factors affecting the dielectric properties of agricultural and food products

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    Dielectric properties of materials are defined, and the major factors that influence these properties of agricultural and food materials, namely, frequency of the applied radio-frequency and microwave electric fields, water content, temperature, and density of the materials are discussed on the bas...

  19. Dielectric properties of biomass and biochar mixtures for bioenergy applications

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    Biomass is an abundant and renewable energy resource, which may be converted into energy-dense products through thermochemical processes such as pyrolysis and gasification. Since microwave heating depends on the dielectric properties of the biomass material, these properties were measured at freque...

  20. Factors Influencing the Dielectric Properties of Agricultural and Food Materials

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    Dielectric properties of materials are defined, and the major factors that influence these properties of agricultural and food materials, namely, frequency of the applied radio-frequency or microwave electric fields, and water content, temperature, and density of the materials, are discussed on the ...

  1. Dielectric properties of carbon nanotubes/epoxy composites.

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    Peng, Jin-Ping; Zhang, Hui; Tang, Long-Cheng; Jia, Yu; Zhang, Zhong

    2013-02-01

    Material with high dielectric properties possesses the effect of energy storage and electric field homogenization, which plays an important role in the electrical and electronics domain, especially in the capacitor, electrical machinery and cable realm. In this paper, epoxy-based nanocomposites with high dielectric constant were fabricated by adding pristine and ozone functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). In the process-related aspect, the favorable technological parameter was obtained via reasonable arrangement and consideration of the dispersing methods including high-speed stirring and three-roller mill. As a result, a uniform dispersion status of MWCNTs in matrix has been guaranteed, which was observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the influence of different MWCNTs contents and diverse frequencies on the dielectric properties was compared. It was found that the dielectric constant of nano-composites decreased gradually with the increasing of frequency (10(3)-10(6) Hz). Moreover, as the content of MWCNTs increasing, the dielectric constant reached to a maximum of about 1,328 at 10(3) Hz when the pristine MWCNTs content was 0.5 wt.%. Accordingly, the DC conductivity results could interpret the peak value phenomenon by percolation threshold of MWCNTs. In addition, at the fixed content, the dielectric constant of epoxy-based nano-composites with ozone functionalized MWCNTs was lower than that of pristine ones. PMID:23646551

  2. Diurnal changes in the dielectric properties and water status of eastern hemlock and red spruce from Howland, ME

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    Salas, W. A.; Ranson, K. J.; Rock, B. N.; Moss, D. M.

    1991-01-01

    The diurnal characteristics of microwave dielectric properties and water potential of two conifer species were investigated in July and September, 1990. P-band and C-band radial dielectric profiles of hemlock and red spruce, as well as hemlock diurnal water potential and dielectric profiles, are presented. The resulting radial dielectric profiles matched the regions of the functional sapwood (water transport component of the active xylem) in both species such that the sapwood was characterized by a higher dielectric than the bark and heartwood tissues. This is probably due to characteristic differences in the water content of each tissue. As the hemlocks progressed through their diurnal water potential pattern, the dielectric profile remained static until mid-afternoon. As the tension in the water column relaxed (2 to 3 bars) the dielectric constant decreased by 30 to 40 percent. There are several possible explanations for this phenomenon, and these may relate to the dependency of the dielectric measurements on temperature, salinity, and volumetric water content.

  3. Dielectric properties of soils as a function of moisture content

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    Cihlar, J.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1974-01-01

    Soil dielectric constant measurements are reviewed and the dependence of the dielectric constant on various soil parameters is determined. Moisture content is given special attention because of its practical significance in remote sensing and because it represents the single most influential parameter as far as soil dielectric properties are concerned. Relative complex dielectric constant curves are derived as a function of volumetric soil water content at three frequencies (1.3 GHz, 4.0 GHz, and 10.0 GHz) for each of three soil textures (sand, loam, and clay). These curves, presented in both tabular and graphical form, were chosen as representative of the reported experimental data. Calculations based on these curves showed that the power reflection coefficient and emissivity, unlike skin depth, vary only slightly as a function of frequency and soil texture.

  4. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Effective Anisotropic Dielectric Properties of Crystal Composites

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    Wei, En-Bo; Gu, Guo-Qing; Poon, Ying-Ming; Franklin, G. Shin

    2010-02-01

    Transformation field method (TFM) is developed to estimate the anisotropic dielectric properties of crystal composites having arbitrary shapes and dielectric properties of crystal inclusions, whose principal dielectric axis are different from those of anisotropic crystal matrix. The complicated boundary-value problem caused by inclusion shapes is circumvented by introducing a transformation electric field into the crystal composites regions, and the effective anisotropic dielectric responses are formulated in terms of the transformation field. Furthermore, the numerical results show that the effective anisotropic dielectric responses of crystal composites periodically vary as a function of the rotating angle between the principal dielectric axes of inclusion and matrix crystal materials. It is found that at larger inclusion volume fraction the inclusion shapes induce profound effect on the effective anisotropic dielectric responses.

  5. Microwave measurement and modeling of the dielectric properties of vegetation

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    Shrestha, Bijay Lal

    Some of the important applications of microwaves in the industrial, scientific and medical sectors include processing and treatment of various materials, and determining their physical properties. The dielectric properties of the materials of interest are paramount irrespective of the applications, hence, a wide range of materials covering food products, building materials, ores and fuels, and biological materials have been investigated for their dielectric properties. However, very few studies have been conducted towards the measurement of dielectric properties of green vegetations, including commercially important plant crops such as alfalfa. Because of its high nutritional value, there is a huge demand for this plant and its processed products in national and international markets, and an investigation into the possibility of applying microwaves to improve both the net yield and quality of the crop can be beneficial. Therefore, a dielectric measurement system based upon the probe reflection technique has been set up to measure dielectric properties of green plants over a frequency range from 300 MHz to 18 GHz, moisture contents from 12%, wet basis to 79%, wet basis, and temperatures from -15°C to 30°C. Dielectric properties of chopped alfalfa were measured with this system over frequency range of 300 MHz to 18 GHz, moisture content from 11.5%, wet basis, to 73%, wet basis, and density over the range from 139 kg m-3 to 716 kg m-3 at 23°C. The system accuracy was found to be +/-6% and +/-10% in measuring the dielectric constant and loss factor respectively. Empirical, semi empirical and theoretical models that require only moisture content and operating frequency were determined to represent the dielectric properties of both leaves and stems of alfalfa at 22°C. The empirical models fitted the measured dielectric data extremely well. The root mean square error (RMSE) and the coefficient of determination (r2) for dielectric constant and loss factor of leaves were 0.89 and 0.99, and 0.52 and 0.99 respectively. The RMSE and r2 values for dielectric constant and loss factor of stems were 0.89 and 0.99, and 0.77 and 0.99 respectively. Among semi empirical or theoretical models, Power law model showed better performance (RMSE = 1.78, r2 = 0.96) in modeling dielectric constant of leaves, and Debye-ColeCole model was more appropriate (RMSE = 1.23, r2 = 0.95) for the loss factor. For stems, the Debye-ColeCole models (developed on an assumption that they do not shrink as they dry) were found to be the best models to calculate the dielectric constant with RMSE 0.53 and r2 = 0.99, and dielectric loss factor with RMSE = 065 and r2 = 0.95. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  6. Number of Dielectric Layers Dependence of Dielectric Properties and Residual Stress of Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors with Ni Electrodes

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    Nakano, Yukie; Nomura, Takeshi; Takenaka, Tadashi

    2004-08-01

    The relationship between the residual stress and dielectric properties of multilayer ceramic capacitors with Ni electrodes (Ni-MLCCs) has been studied. Residual stress measurement by X-ray diffraction revealed that tensile stress inside MLCCs in the thickness direction increased with increasing number of dielectric layers. The increase in the ratio of the c-axis to the a-axis of BaTiO3 in the thickness direction of MLCCs was expected from the results of X-ray diffraction with increasing number of dielectric layers. The increase in dielectric constant and its temperature dependence with increasing number of dielectric layers were expectedly related to crystal structures.

  7. Method to characterize dielectric properties of powdery substances

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    Tuhkala, M.; Juuti, J.; Jantunen, H.

    2013-07-01

    An open ended coaxial cavity method for dielectric characterization of powdery substance operating at 4.5 GHz in TEM mode is presented. Classical mixing rules and electromagnetic modeling were utilized with measured effective permittivities and Q factors to determine the relative permittivity and dielectric loss tangent of different powders with ɛr up to 30. The modeling enabled determination of the correction factor for the simplified equation for the relative permittivity of an open ended coaxial resonator and mixing rules having the best correlation with experiments. SiO2, Al2O3, LTCC CT 2000, ZrO2, and La2O3 powders were used in the experiments. Based on the measured properties and Bruggeman symmetric and Looyenga mixing rules, the determined dielectric characteristics of the powders exhibited good correlation with values in the literature. The presented characterization method enabled the determination of dielectric properties of powdery substances within the presented range, and therefore could be applied to various research fields and applications where dielectric properties of powders need to be known and controlled.

  8. Dielectric and Pyroelectric Properties of Epitaxial Multilayer Ferroelectrics with Dielectric Buffer Layers

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    Sun, Fu-Chang; Alpay, S. Pamir

    2015-03-01

    A nonlinear thermodynamic model is employed to compute the dielectric and pyroelectric properties of heteroepitaxial BaTiO3-SrTiO3 multilayers on SrTiO3, LaAlO3, MgO and Si substrates. The methodology takes into account electromechanical and electrostatic coupling and the strain relaxation due to the formation of misfit dislocations. Using different combinations of layer thickness, we show that the dielectric and pyroelectric properties can be enhanced using misfit strain and degree of strain relaxation as design parameters. This methodology can be used to optimize properties of ferroelectric multilayers in functional electronic devices for charge storage, IR sensing, and on-chip heating cooling.

  9. High field dielectric properties of anisotropic polymer-ceramic composites

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    Tomer, V.; Randall, C. A.

    2008-10-01

    Using dielectrophoretic assembly, we create anisotropic composites of BaTiO{sub 3} particles in a silicone elastomer thermoset polymer. We study a variety of electrical properties in these composites, i.e., permittivity, dielectric breakdown, and energy density as function of ceramic volume fraction and connectivity. The recoverable energy density of these electric-field-structured composites is found to be highly dependent on the anisotropy present in the system. Our results indicate that x-y-aligned composites exhibit higher breakdown strengths along with large recoverable energy densities when compared to 0-3 composites. This demonstrates that engineered anisotropy can be employed to control dielectric breakdown strengths and nonlinear conduction at high fields in heterogeneous systems. Consequently, manipulation of anisotropy in high-field dielectric properties can be exploited for the development of high energy density polymer-ceramic systems.

  10. Dielectric properties of epoxy resin fly ash composite

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    Pattanaik, A.; Bhuyan, S. K.; Samal, S. K.; Behera, A.; Mishra, S. C.

    2016-02-01

    Epoxy resin is widely used as an insulating material in high voltage applications. Ceramic fillers are always added to the polymer matrix to enhance its mechanical properties. But at the same time, filler materials decreases the electrical properties. So while making the fly ash epoxy composite, it is obvious to detect the effect of fly ash reinforcement on the dielectric nature of the material. In the present research work, fly ash is added to four different weight percentages compositions and post-curing has been done in the atmospheric condition, normal oven and micro oven. Tests were carried out on the developed polymer composite to measure its dielectric permittivity and tan delta value in a frequency range of 1 Hz - 1 MHz. The space charge behaviours were also observed by using the pulse electroacoustic (PEA) technique. The dielectric strength and losses are compared for different conditions.

  11. Impedance and dielectric properties of mercury cuprate at nonsuperconducting state

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    Özdemir, Z. Güven; Çataltepe, Ö. Aslan; Onbaşlı, Ü.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, impedance and dielectric properties of nonsuperconducting state of the mercury-based cuprate have been investigated by impedance measurements within the frequency interval of 10 Hz-10 MHz for the first time. The dielectric loss factor (tgδ) and ac conductivity (σac) parameters have also been calculated for non-superconducting state. According to impedance spectroscopy analysis, the equivalent circuit of the mercury cuprate system manifests itself as a semicircle in the Nyquist plot that corresponds to parallel connected resistance-capacitance circuit. The oscillation frequency of the circuit has been determined as approximately 45 kHz which coincides with the low frequency radio waves. Moreover, it has been revealed that the mercury-based cuprate investigated has high dielectric constants and hence it may be utilized in microelectronic industry such as capacitors, memory devices etc., at room temperature. In addition, negative capacitance (NC) effect has been observed for the mercury cuprate regardless of the operating temperatures at nonsuperconducting state. Referring to dispersions in dielectric properties, the main contribution to dielectric response of the system has been suggested as dipolar and interfacial polarization mechanisms.

  12. Dielectric Properties of Epoxy Resin Composites Filled with Nanocarbon Inclusions

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    Macutkevic, J.; Kranauskaite, I.; Banys, J.; Paddubskaya, A.; Stefanutti, E.; Cataldo, A.; Micciulla, F.; Celzard, A.; Fierro, V.

    2013-05-01

    The epoxy resin composites with various carbon additives were investigated in the frequency range of 20 Hz - 3 GHz at temperatures from room to 500 K. The dielectric properties were found to be strongly impacted by percolation threshold. The lowest percolation threshold (< 0.25 wt.%), was observed in composites with single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  13. Monitoring Coaxial-Probe Contact Force for Dielectric Properties Measurement

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    A means is described for measuring and monitoring the contact force applied to a material sample with an open-ended coaxial-line probe for purposes of measuring the dielectric properties of semisolid material samples such as fruit, vegetable and animal tissues. The equipment consists of a stainless...

  14. Dielectric Properties of Honeydew Melons and Correlation with Quality

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    Dielectric properties of three honeydew melon cultivars, grown and harvested to provide a range of maturities, were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and impedance analyzer over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz. Probe measurements were made on the external surface of the melo...

  15. MICROWAVE DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF CEREAL GRAIN AND SEED

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    Dielectric properties of wheat, corn and soybeans were measured with a free-space-transmission technique at room temperature between 2.0 and 18.0 GHz over wide ranges of bulk density and moisture content of practical interest. For better accuracy and optimum use of the vector network analyzer (VNA) ...

  16. Dielectric Properties of Watermelons and Correlation with Soluble Solids Content

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    Dielectric properties of four small-sized watermelon cultivars, grown and harvested to provide a range of maturities, were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and impedance analyzer over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz. Probe measurements were made on the external surface of t...

  17. Electrical, optical and dielectric properties of HCl doped polyaniline nanorods

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    Chutia, P.; Kumar, A.

    2014-03-01

    In this report we have investigated the optical, electrical and dielectric properties of HCl doped polyaniline nanorods synthesized by the interfacial polymerization technique. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) micrographs confirm the formation of nanorods. X-ray diffraction pattern shows the semicrystalline nature of polyaniline nanorods with a diameter distribution in the range of 10-22 nm. The chemical and electronic structures of the polyaniline nanorods are investigated by micro-Raman and UV-vis spectroscopy. Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy has been applied to study the dielectric permittivity, modulus formalism and ac conductivity as a function of frequency and temperature. The ac conductivity follows a power law with frequency. The variation of frequency exponent with temperature suggests that the correlated barrier hopping is the dominant charge transport mechanism. The existence of both polaron and bipolaron in the transport mechanism has been confirmed from the binding energy calculations.

  18. Electrical conductivity and dielectric property of fly ash geopolymer pastes

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    Hanjitsuwan, Sakonwan; Chindaprasirt, Prinya; Pimraksa, Kedsarin

    2011-02-01

    The electrical conductivity and dielectric property of fly ash geopolymer pastes in a frequency range of 100 Hz-10 MHz were studied. The effects of the liquid alkali solution to ash ratios (L/A) were analyzed. The mineralogical compositions and microstructures of fly ash geopolymer materials were also investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The 10 mol sodium hydroxide solution and sodium silicate solution at a sodium silicate-to-sodium hydroxide ratio of 1.0 were used in making geopolymer pastes. The pastes were cured at 40°C. It is found that the electrical conductivity and dielectric constant are dependent on the frequency range and L/A ratios. The conductivity increases but the dielectric constant decreases with increasing frequency.

  19. Role of dielectric properties in terahertz field transmission

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    Seo, Minah; Lee, Joong Wook; Kim, Hwi

    2015-06-01

    We compare the field transmission characteristics of a freestanding perforated metal film (as a conductor) and a polymethylmethacrylate-graphite composite film (as an absorber) in the terahertz frequency range. The role of dielectric properties of the materials and the contribution of surface waves toward enhanced transmission with periodic and random hole arrays are discussed. Periodic subwavelength hole arrays in metal films do support enhanced terahertz field transmission whereas random arrays do not. In contrast, neither periodic nor random arrays of subwavelength holes punctured in dielectric absorbers support such transmission. Notably, even a dielectric absorber with large holes, which is sufficiently larger than subwavelength holes, can result in features in transmission due to the shape resonance, but the effect is very small.

  20. Dielectric Properties and Ion Mobility in Erythrocytes

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    Pauly, H.; Schwan, H. P.

    1966-01-01

    The impedance of erythrocytes of man, cattle, sheep, dog, cat, rabbit, and chicken was measured in the range from 0.5 to 250 Mc. The dielectric constant of the red cell interior is 50 at 250 Mc, varies but little with species, and can readily be accounted for by the cells' hemoglobin content. The electrical conductivity of the red cell interior was determined between 70 and 100 Mc. The values differ from species to species within the rather limited range from 4.4 to 5.3 mmho/cm. Removal of the cell membranes does not affect the conductivity. Hence, the cell interior behaves, from an electrical point of view, like a highly concentrated hemoglobin solution. A theoretical value for the electrical conductivity of erythrocyte interiors, which is calculated on the basis of the salt content of the cell, ion mobility, and the volume concentration of the hemoglobin, is roughly twice as large as the measured value. This discrepancy is typical not only of the red blood cell. Pertinent measurements show that it is probably caused by hydrodynamic and possibly by electrostatic effects also, which lower the mobility of the ions. From the lower electrical mobility it appears that a lowered diffusion constant of the electrolytes and nonelectrolytes within the cell is indicated. PMID:5970566

  1. Dielectric Characteristics of Microstructural Changes and Property Evolution in Engineered Materials

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    Clifford, Jallisa Janet

    Heterogeneous materials are increasingly used in a wide range of applications such as aerospace, civil infrastructure, fuel cells and many others. The ability to take properties from two or more materials to create a material with properties engineered to needs is always very attractive. Hence heterogeneous materials are evolving into more complex formulations in multiple disciplines. Design of microstructure at multiple scales control the global functional properties of these materials and their structures. However, local microstructural changes do not directly cause a proportional change to the global properties (such as strength and stiffness). Instead, local changes follow an evolution process including significant interactions. Therefore, in order to understand property evolution of engineered materials, microstructural changes need to be effectively captured. Characterizing these changes and representing them by material variables will enable us to further improve our material level understanding. In this work, we will demonstrate how microstructural features of heterogeneous materials can be described quantitatively using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BbDS). The frequency dependent dielectric properties can capture the change in material microstructure and represent these changes in terms of material variables, such as complex permittivity. These changes in terms of material properties can then be linked to a number of different conditions, such as increasing damage due to impact or fatigue. Two different broadband dielectric spectroscopy scanning modes are presented: bulk measurements and continuous scanning to measure dielectric property change as a function of position across the specimen. In this study, we will focus on ceramic materials and fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites as test bed material systems. In the first part of the thesis, we will present how different micro-structural design of porous ceramic materials can be captured quantitatively using BbDS. These materials are typically used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Results show significant effect of microstructural design on material properties at multiple temperatures (up to 800 °C). In the later part of the thesis, we will focus on microstructural changes of fiber reinforced composite materials due to impact and static loading. The changes in dielectric response can then be linked to the bulk mechanical properties of the material and various damage modes. Observing trends in dielectric response enables us to further determine local mechanisms and distribution of properties throughout the damaged specimens. A 3D X-ray microscope and a digital microscope have been used to visualize these changes in material microstructure and validate experimental observations. The increase in damage observed in the material microstructure can then also be linked to the changes in dielectric response. Results show that BbDS is an extremely useful tool for identifying microstructural changes within a heterogeneous material and particularly useful in relating remaining properties. Dielectric material variables can be used directly in property degradation laws and help develop a framework for future predictive modeling methodologies.

  2. Dielectric and structural properties of ferroelectric betaine arsenate films

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Zaitseva, N. V.; Yurko, E. I.; Svinarev, F. B.

    2014-12-01

    Ferroelectric films of betaine arsenate and partially deuterated betaine arsenate have been grown by evaporation on LiNbO3, ?-Al2O3, and NdGaO3 substrates with a preliminarily deposited structure of interdigitated electrodes, as well as on the Al/glass substrate. This paper presents the results of the examination of the block structure of the films in a polarizing microscope, the X-ray diffraction analysis of their crystal structure, and the investigation of the dielectric properties in a measuring field oriented both parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the film. The transition of the films to the ferroelectric state at T = T c is accompanied by anomalies of the capacitance of the structure, an increase in the dielectric loss, and the appearance of dielectric hysteresis loops. The growth of the films from a solution of betaine arsenate in a heavy water leads to an increase in the ferroelectric transition temperature from T c = 119 K in the films without deuterium to T c = 149 K, which corresponds to the degree of deuteration of approximately 60-70%. The dielectric and structural properties of the films are compared with those of the betaine arsenate single crystals and the previously studied films of betaine phosphite and glycine phosphite.

  3. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ceramic/Semicrystalline Polymer Composites

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    Hyeok Im, Dong; Ju, Han Sae; Kim, Eung Soo

    2012-09-01

    The effects of various ceramics and semicrystalline polymers on the dielectric properties of MgMoO4/polypropylene (PP), MgWO4/PP, NiNb2O6/poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE), and MgNb2O6/PTFE composites were investigated at microwave frequencies. In the frequency range from 1 to 9.4 GHz, the dielectric constant (K) of the composites showed good frequency stability, while their dielectric loss (tan δ) increased with increasing frequency, due to the dipolar relaxation process associated with the matrices. With increasing ceramic content, the K and tan δ values of the composites increased, due to the K values of the individual components and interfacial polarization between the ceramics and polymers. For the composites with the same amounts of ceramics, the K value and temperature coefficient of the resonant frequency (TCF) of the composites were dependent on the type of ceramics. Also, the measured K values of the composites were compared with the effective dielectric properties calculated by different theoretical models.

  4. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Ceramic/Semicrystalline Polymer Composites

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    Im, Dong Hyeok; Ju, Han Sae; Kim, Eung Soo

    2012-09-01

    The effects of various ceramics and semicrystalline polymers on the dielectric properties of MgMoO4/polypropylene (PP), MgWO4/PP, NiNb2O6/poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE), and MgNb2O6/PTFE composites were investigated at microwave frequencies. In the frequency range from 1 to 9.4 GHz, the dielectric constant (K) of the composites showed good frequency stability, while their dielectric loss (\\tan δ) increased with increasing frequency, due to the dipolar relaxation process associated with the matrices. With increasing ceramic content, the K and \\tan δ values of the composites increased, due to the K values of the individual components and interfacial polarization between the ceramics and polymers. For the composites with the same amounts of ceramics, the K value and temperature coefficient of the resonant frequency (TCF) of the composites were dependent on the type of ceramics. Also, the measured K values of the composites were compared with the effective dielectric properties calculated by different theoretical models.

  5. Dielectric properties of Li-aluminates for ceramic breeder materials

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    El-Fattah, W.I.A. ); Osiris, W.G.; El-Sayed, A.A.; Fadel, M.A. )

    1993-03-01

    High-alumina ceramic bodies having Li-[beta]-alumina and lithium aluminate structure with variable alkali and boron contents were prepared. The optimization of the ceramic properties was assessed through measuring their vitrification parameters within firing temperatures ranging from 1100 to 1300C. Accompanying structural changes were followed through x-ray diffraction as well as scanning electron microscopy. Their D.C. resistivity as well as dielectric properties-relative dielectric constant, loss angle, relative dielectric loss constant, and A.C. resistivity at variable frequencies within 2-50kHz and 200-500kHz ranges at 60, 90 and 120C - were measured. The results indicated that optimum vitrification parameters are attained at 1250C. The presence of boron oxide enhanced densification probably through more liquid formation with lower viscosity. The dielectric results are successfully correlated with variable structure and densification. Lithium ceramics show promise as candidate breeder materials, as recognized recently by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), to generate and recover both tritium and heat in the Fusion Reactor Blanket.

  6. Thermal and dielectric properties of sweetpotato puree

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    Pureeing of sweetpotato (SP) is carried out to enhance the conversion of the roots into value-added products. During processing, production and home utilization, the puree is often heated (conventional cooking or microwaved), hence the need to measure these properties of SP puree. Thermal (specific ...

  7. Technique for Performing Dielectric Property Measurements at Microwave Frequencies

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    Barmatz, Martin B.; Jackson, Henry W.

    2010-01-01

    A paper discusses the need to perform accurate dielectric property measurements on larger sized samples, particularly liquids at microwave frequencies. These types of measurements cannot be obtained using conventional cavity perturbation methods, particularly for liquids or powdered or granulated solids that require a surrounding container. To solve this problem, a model has been developed for the resonant frequency and quality factor of a cylindrical microwave cavity containing concentric cylindrical samples. This model can then be inverted to obtain the real and imaginary dielectric constants of the material of interest. This approach is based on using exact solutions to Maxwell s equations for the resonant properties of a cylindrical microwave cavity and also using the effective electrical conductivity of the cavity walls that is estimated from the measured empty cavity quality factor. This new approach calculates the complex resonant frequency and associated electromagnetic fields for a cylindrical microwave cavity with lossy walls that is loaded with concentric, axially aligned, lossy dielectric cylindrical samples. In this approach, the calculated complex resonant frequency, consisting of real and imaginary parts, is related to the experimentally measured quantities. Because this approach uses Maxwell's equations to determine the perturbed electromagnetic fields in the cavity with the material(s) inserted, one can calculate the expected wall losses using the fields for the loaded cavity rather than just depending on the value of the fields obtained from the empty cavity quality factor. These additional calculations provide a more accurate determination of the complex dielectric constant of the material being studied. The improved approach will be particularly important when working with larger samples or samples with larger dielectric constants that will further perturb the cavity electromagnetic fields. Also, this approach enables the ability to have a larger sample of interest, such as a liquid or powdered or granulated solid, inside a cylindrical container.

  8. A novel Graphene Oxide film: Synthesis and Dielectric properties

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    Canimkurbey, Betul; San, Sait Eren; Yasin, Muhammad; Köse, Muhammet Erkan

    In this work, we used Hummers method to synthesize Graphene Oxide (GO) and its parallel plate impedance spectroscopic technique to investigate dielectric properties. Graphene Oxide films were coated using drop casting method on ITO substrate. To analyze film morphology, atomic force microscopy was used. Dielectrics measurements of the samples were performed using impedance analyzer (HP-4194) in frequency range (100 Hz to 10MHz) at different temperatures. It was observed that the films' AC conductivity σac varied with angular frequency, ω as ωS, with S<1. The electrical properties of GO showed changes depending on both frequency and temperature. We observed GO film contains direct current (DC) and Correlated Barrier Hopping (CBH) conductivity mechanisms at low and high frequency ranges, respectively. Using solution processed Graphene Oxide will provide potential for organic electronic applications through its photon absorption and transmittance capability in the visible range and excellent electrical parameters.

  9. Structure and Electronic Properties of Polycrystalline Dielectrics

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    Mckenna, Keith P.; Shluger, AL

    2013-07-07

    We present an overview of the theoretical approaches that can be employed to model polycrystalline oxides along with a discussion of their limitations and associated challenges. We then present results for two metal oxide materials, MgO and HfO2, where theory and experiment have come together to provide insight into the structure and electronic properties of grain boundaries. Finally, we conclude with a discussion and outlook.

  10. Investigating effects of aging on radio-frequency dielectric properties of chicken meat

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    Effects of aging on dielectric properties of chicken meat were tracked through measurement of the dielectric properties with an open-ended coaxial probe between 200 MHz and 20 GHz at 23 oC. The chicken meat was stored in a refrigerator for 13 days at 4 oC. The changes in dielectric constant and loss...

  11. Microwave dielectric properties of wooden cross-arms

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    bin Khalid, Kaida; bin Shari, Mohd H.; Keong, Ng K.; Fuad, Syed A.

    1999-10-01

    When wooden poles and cross-arms are exposed to weather, its surface undergoes changes such warping, loss of some surface fibers and surface roughing. As a result of weathering, its unprotected surface tends to absorb more moisture as compare to the surface of sound wood. After the rain, the moisture will sustain in the weathered wood for some time before it is dried out. There is a possibility to relate the quality of the wooden cross-arms with the amount of its moisture content (MC) at a particular time. This work deals with the effect of weather on the dielectric properties of wooden cross-arms. The samples from sound wood, incipient decay and decay woods were chosen for dielectric study with frequency ranging from 0.2 GHz to 20 GHz. It is found that the decay wood can absorbed more than 70% MC (dry-basis) as compare to sound wood of only about 30% MC. The results of the dielectric measurement are compared with the values predicted by dielectric mixture equations. From the above study, there is a great possibility of using microwave reflection method to determine the moisture content and condition of wooden cross-arms.

  12. Optical properties of silicon oxynitride dielectric waveguides

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    Bossi, Donald E.; Hammer, Jacob M.; Shaw, Joseph M.

    1987-02-01

    The plasma-enhanced CVD process for the deposition of silicon oxynitride films is used to deposit SiON waveguide films on fused quartz substrates. The dependence of SiON refractive index, wavelength dispersion, and optical attenuation on film composition is examined for the guided modes of a slab waveguide. The optical properties of a SiON film deposited on a crystalline quartz substrate are also examined. Both the film's refractive index and wavelength dispersion characteristics are shown to be functions of the molar composition. The reduction of surface scattering losses at the film-substrate interface is noted to result in significantly improved power attenuation characteristics.

  13. Structure-property relationships in polymers for dielectric capacitors

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    Gupta, Sahil

    Effective energy storage is a key challenge of the 21st century that has fueled research in the area of energy storage devices. In this dissertation, structure-property relationships have been evaluated for polymers that might be suitable for storing energy in high-energy density, high-temperature capacitors. Firstly, hydroxyl-modified polypropylenes (PPOH) were synthesized by copolymerization of the propylene and undecenyloxytrimethylsilane monomers. The presence of H-bonding in PPOH copolymers increased their glass-transition temperature. Steric hindrance by the comonomer reduced the PP crystal growth rate and crystal size, resulting in a melting point depression. The comonomer was restricted outside the crystalline domains leaving the alpha-monoclinic crystal structure of PP unaffected, but increasing the fold-surface free energy. Crystallization was slower for PPOH copolymers than PP, but exhibited a skewed bell curve as a function of hydroxyl concentration. H-bonding persisted even at melt temperatures up to 250°C resulting in a higher elasticity and viscosity for PPOH copolymers. Secondly, sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (HSPEEK) was synthesized by sulfonating PEEK with sulfuric acid, and further neutralized with Zn to obtain ZnSPEEK. The thermal and dielectric properties of SPEEK were compared with PEEK. The glass-transition increased and melting point were high enough to enable the use of polymer at 180°C. The incorporation of sulfonic groups in PEEK increased the dielectric constant. HSPEEK had a higher dielectric constant than ZnSPEEK due to higher dipolar mobility, but the dielectric loss was also higher for HSPEEK due to electrode polarization and DC conduction. These results were consistent with our observations from sulfonated polystyrene (HSPS), which was used as a >model&lang' polymer. Lastly, commercial poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) (P4MP) was characterized to check its viability as a high-temperature polymer dielectric. Thermal stability up to 200°C, high melting point (> 225°C) and melting onset at 160 - 190°C indicated that P4MP could be used at 180 - 200°C. Thin free-standing films (~10 mum) with controlled crystal structure and surface morphology were prepared using blade coating and their drying dynamics were measured using a custom-designed solvent-casting platform. These films were further stretched uniaxially or biaxially, and their effect on the dielectric properties of P4MP was studied.

  14. Local Field Factors and Dielectric Properties of Liquid Benzene.

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    Davari, Nazanin; Daub, Christopher D; Åstrand, Per-Olof; Unge, Mikael

    2015-09-01

    Local electric field factors are calculated for liquid benzene by combining molecular dynamic simulations with a subsequent force-field model based on a combined charge-transfer and point-dipole interaction model for the local field factor. The local field factor is obtained as a linear response of the local field to an external electric field, and the response is calculated at frequencies through the first absorption maximum. It is found that the largest static local field factor is around 2.4, while it is around 6.4 at the absorption frequency. The linear susceptibility, the dielectric constant, and the first absorption maximum of liquid benzene are also studied. The electronic contribution to the dielectric constant is around 2.3 at zero frequency, in good agreement with the experimental value around 2.2, while it increases to 6.3 at the absorption frequency. The π → π* excitation energy is around 6.0 eV, as compared to the gas-phase value of around 6.3 eV, while the experimental values are 6.5 and 6.9 eV for the liquid and gas phase, respectively, demonstrating that the gas-to-liquid shift is well-described. PMID:26241379

  15. Influence of Pressure on the Dielectric Properties of Liquid Crystals

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    Urban, S.; Wűrflinger, A.

    Results of dielectric studies under elevated pressure of selected liquid crystalline materials are reviewed. The tensor components of the static permittivity of two nematics, 60CB and 8PCH, measured at p=1 atm as a function of temperature, and at T=constant as a function of external pressure, are compared. They show striking similarities, if the ranges of the nematic phase at the isobaric and isothermal conditions are normalized. The Maier and Meier equations are applied for discussing the observed behaviors. The dielectric relaxation processes in many substances exhibiting the nematic, smectic A, smectic C and smectic (crystalline) E phases were studied in the past in our group. The low frequency relaxation times characterizing the molecular rotations around the short axes were determined at the isothermal, isobaric and isochoric conditions. This allowed us to calculate three activation parameters: activation volume, activation enthalpy and activation energy, which are interrelated. In particular, it was found that the isobaric activation enthalpy is twice as large as the isochoric activation energy, independently of the phase studied. This indicates the role of steric constraints against the molecular rotations around the short axes.

  16. Structure and dielectric properties of La{sub x}Hf{sub (1−x)}O{sub y} thin films: The dependence of components

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    Qi, Zeming; Cheng, Xuerui; Zhang, Guobin; Li, Tingting; Wang, Yuyin; Shao, Tao; Li, Chengxiang; He, Bo

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • La{sub x}Hf{sub (1−x)}O{sub y} thin films were grown by pulse laser deposition method. • The thin film with 10% La/(La + Hf) atom ratio forms a cubic HfO{sub 2} phase. • The amorphous thin films due to more La introduced have almost same local structure. • The main infrared phonon modes move to lower frequency for the amorphous thin films. • The static dielectric constants of the amorphous thin films increase with La content. - Abstract: La{sub x}Hf{sub (1−x)}O{sub y} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, y=2−(1/2)x) thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The component dependence of the structure and vibration properties of these thin films is studied by combining X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and infrared spectroscopy. The thin film with 10% La/(La + Hf) atom ratio forms a cubic HfO{sub 2} phase and it has the largest static dielectric constant. More La atoms introduced cause amorphous phase formed and the static dielectric constants increase with the La content. Although XAFS indicates that these amorphous thin films have almost same local structures, the infrared phonon modes with most contribution to the static dielectric constant move to lower frequency, which results in the component dependence of the dielectric constant.

  17. Dielectric properties of 'diamondlike' carbon prepared by RF plasma deposition

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    Lamb, J. D.; Woollam, J. A.

    1985-01-01

    Metal-carbon-metal structures were fabricated using either gold or aluminum evaporated electrodes and RF plasma (methane) deposited 'diamondlike' carbon films. Alternating-current conductance and capacitance versus voltage and frequency (10 Hz to 13 MHz) data were taken to determine the dielectric properties of these films. Conductance versus frequency data fit a generalized power law, consistent with both dc and hopping conduction components. The capacitance versus frequency data are well matched to the conductance versus frequency data, as predicted by a Kramers-Kronig analysis. The dielectric loss tangent is nearly constant at 0.5 to 1.0 percent over the frequency range from 1 to 100 kHz. The dc resistivity is above 10 to the 13th ohm cm, and the dc breakdown strength is above 8 x 10 to the 6th V/cm is properly prepared samples.

  18. Protein dielectrophoresis and the link to dielectric properties

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    Camacho-Alanis, Fernanda; Ros, Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing interest in protein dielectrophoresis (DEP) for biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications. However, the DEP behavior of proteins is still not well understood which is important for successful protein manipulation. In this paper, we elucidate the information gained in dielectric spectroscopy (DS) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and how these techniques may be of importance for future protein DEP manipulation. EIS and DS can be used to determine the dielectric properties of proteins predicting their DEP behavior. Basic principles of EIS and DS are discussed and related to protein DEP through examples from previous studies. Challenges of performing DS measurements as well as potential designs to incorporate EIS and DS measurements in DEP experiments are also discussed. PMID:25697193

  19. First-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric and elastic properties of tetragonal Ba₂YTaO₆

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    Ganeshraj, C.; Santhosh, P. N.

    2014-10-14

    We report first-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba₂YTaO₆, a pinning material in high temperature superconductors (HTS), by using density functional theory. By using different exchange-correlation potentials, the accuracy of the calculated lattice constants of Ba₂YTaO₆ has been achieved with GGA-RPBE, since many important physical quantities crucially depend on change in volume. We have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total and partial density of states to study the band gap origin and found that Ba₂YTaO₆ is an insulator with a direct band gap of 3.50 eV. From Mulliken population and charge density studies, we conclude that Ba₂YTaO₆ have a mixed ionic-covalent character. Moreover, the vibrational properties, born effective charges, and the dielectric permittivity tensor have been calculated using linear response method. Vibrational spectrum determined through our calculations agrees well with the observed Raman spectrum, and allows assignment of symmetry labels to modes. We perform a detailed analysis of the contribution of the various infrared-active modes to the static dielectric constant to explain its anisotropy, while electronic dielectric tensor of Ba₂YTaO₆ is nearly isotropic, and found that static dielectric constant is in good agreement with experimental value. The six independent elastic constants were calculated and found that tetragonal Ba₂YTaO₆ is mechanically stable. Other elastic properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratios are also investigated and found that Poisson's ratio and Young's modulus of Ba₂YTaO₆ are similar to that of other pinning materials in HTS.

  20. Static properties and moisture content properties of polyester fabrics modified by plasma treatment and chemical finishing

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    Kan, C. W.; Yuen, C. W. M.

    2008-01-01

    Low temperature plasma treatment has been conducted in textile industry and has some success in the dyeing and finishing processes. In this paper, an attempt was made to apply low temperature plasma treatment to improve the anti-static property of polyester fabric. The polyester fabrics were treated under different conditions using low temperature plasma. An Orthogonal Array Testing Strategy was employed to determine the optimum treatment condition. After low temperature plasma treatment, the polyester fabrics were evaluated with different characterisation methods. Under the observation of scanning electron microscope, the surface structure of low temperature plasma-treated polyester fabric was seriously altered. This provided more capacity for polyester to capture moisture and hence increase the dissipation of static charges. The relationship between moisture content and half-life decay time for static charges was studied and the results showed that the increment of moisture content would result in shortening the time for the dissipation of static charges. Moreover, there was a great improvement in the anti-static property of the low temperature plasma-treated polyester fabric after comparing with that of the polyester fabric treated with commercial anti-static finishing agent.

  1. Mechanism Underlying Stacking-Layer Effect of Dielectric Properties of Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors

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    Yokomizo, Satoshi; Hoshina, Takuya; Takeda, Hiroaki; Taniguchi, Katsuya; Mizuno, Youichi; Chazono, Hirokazu; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2010-04-01

    The stacking-layer effect in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is a phenomenon in which the dielectric permittivity of dielectric layers increases with increasing number of layers. To elucidate the mechanism underlying this effect, we performed a simulation of residual stress in MLCCs by the finite element method (FEM) as well as dielectric measurements under uniaxial compressive stress. The FEM analysis revealed that tensile stress along the stacking direction was induced in dielectric layers owing to the difference in thermal expansion coefficient between internal electrodes and dielectric layers. The results of dielectric measurements indicated that the shell part in the dielectrics of MLCCs played an important role in the stress dependence of dielectric properties. The mechanism underlying the stacking-layer effect proposed in this study was based on the enhancement of polarization rotations in polar nanoregions in the relaxor by the tensile stress in dielectric layers.

  2. Rheological and dielectric properties of different gold nanoparticle sizes

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    2011-01-01

    Background Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have found themselves useful for diagnostic, drug delivery and biomedicine applications, but one of the important concerns is about their safety in clinical applications. Nanoparticle size has been shown to be an extremely important parameter affecting the nanoparticle uptake and cellular internalization. The rheological properties assume to be very important as it affects the pressure drop and hence the pumping power when nano-fluids are circulated in a closed loop. The rheological and dielectric properties have not been documented and identified before. The aim of the present study was to investigate the rheology and the dielectric properties of different GNPs sizes in aqueous solution. Methods 10, 20 and 50 nm GNPs (Product MKN-Au, CANADA) was used in this study. The rheological parameters were viscosity, torque, shear stress, shear rate, plastic viscosity, yield stress, consistency index, and activation energy. These rheological parameters were measured using Brookfield LVDV-III Programmable rheometer supplied with temperature bath and controlled by a computer. Results The shear stress and shear rate of GNPs have shown a linear relationship and GNPs exhibited Newtonian behaviour. The GNPs with larger particle size (50 nm) exhibited more viscosity than those with smaller particle sizes (10 and 20 nm). Viscosity decreased with increasing the temperature for all the examined GNP sizes. The flow behaviour index (n) values were nearly ≤ 1 for all examined GNP sizes. Dielectric data indicated that the GNPs have strong dielectric dispersion in the frequency range of 20-100 kHz. The conductivity and relaxation time decreased with increasing the GNP size. Conclusions This study indicates that the GNP size has considerable influence on the viscosity of GNPs. The strong dielectric dispersion was GNP size dependent. The decrease in relaxation time might be attributed to increase in the localized charges distribution within the medium confirmed by the conductivity data. This study suggests that further experiments are required to be done after the administration of GNPs through different routes in rats in vivo. PMID:22078458

  3. Improving the dielectric properties of an electrowetting-on-dielectric microfluidic device with a low-pressure chemical vapor deposited Si3N4 dielectric layer

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    Shen, Hsien-Hua; Chung, Lung-Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric breakdown is a common problem in a digital microfluidic system, which limits its application in chemical or biomedical applications. We propose a new fabrication of an electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) device using Si3N4 deposited by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) as a dielectric layer. This material exhibits a greater relative permittivity, purity, uniformity, and biocompatibility than polymeric films. These properties also increase the breakdown voltage of a dielectric layer and increase the stability of an EWOD system when applied in biomedical research. Medium droplets with mouse embryos were manipulated in this manner. The electrical properties of the Si3N4 dielectric layer—breakdown voltage, refractive index, relative permittivity, and variation of contact angle with input voltage—were investigated and compared with a traditional Si3N4 dielectric layer deposited as a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to confirm the potential of LPCVD Si3N4 applied as the dielectric layer of an EWOD digital microfluidic system. PMID:25825614

  4. Temperature-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Al/Epoxy Nanocomposites

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    Wang, Zijun; Zhou, Wenying; Sui, Xuezhen; Dong, Lina; Cai, Huiwu; Zuo, Jing; Chen, Qingguo

    2016-06-01

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy was carried out to study the transition in electrical properties of Al/epoxy nanocomposites over the frequency range of 1-107 Hz and the temperature range of -20°C to 200°C. The dielectric permittivity, dissipation factor, and electrical conductivity of the nanocomposites increased with temperature and showed an abrupt increase around the glass transition temperature ( T g). The results clearly reveal an interesting transition of the electrical properties with increasing temperature: insulator below 70°C, conductor at about 70°C. The behavior of the transition in electrical properties of the nanocomposites was explored at different temperatures. The presence of relaxation peaks in the loss tangent and electric modulus spectra of the nanocomposites confirms that the chain segmental dynamics of the polymer is accompanied by the absorption of energy given to the system. It is suggested that the temperature-dependent transition of the electric properties in the nanocomposite is closely associated with the α-relaxation. The large increase in the dissipation factor and electric conductivity depends on the direct current conduction of thermally activated charge carriers resulting from the epoxy matrix above T g.

  5. Temperature-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Al/Epoxy Nanocomposites

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    Wang, Zijun; Zhou, Wenying; Sui, Xuezhen; Dong, Lina; Cai, Huiwu; Zuo, Jing; Chen, Qingguo

    2016-01-01

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy was carried out to study the transition in electrical properties of Al/epoxy nanocomposites over the frequency range of 1-107 Hz and the temperature range of -20°C to 200°C. The dielectric permittivity, dissipation factor, and electrical conductivity of the nanocomposites increased with temperature and showed an abrupt increase around the glass transition temperature (T g). The results clearly reveal an interesting transition of the electrical properties with increasing temperature: insulator below 70°C, conductor at about 70°C. The behavior of the transition in electrical properties of the nanocomposites was explored at different temperatures. The presence of relaxation peaks in the loss tangent and electric modulus spectra of the nanocomposites confirms that the chain segmental dynamics of the polymer is accompanied by the absorption of energy given to the system. It is suggested that the temperature-dependent transition of the electric properties in the nanocomposite is closely associated with the α-relaxation. The large increase in the dissipation factor and electric conductivity depends on the direct current conduction of thermally activated charge carriers resulting from the epoxy matrix above T g.

  6. Ferroelectric and dielectric properties of ferrite-ferroelectric ceramic composites

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    Elena Ciomaga, Cristina; Maria Neagu, Alexandra; Valentin Pop, Mihai; Mitoseriu, Liliana; Airimioaei, Mirela; Tascu, Sorin; Schileo, Giorgio; Galassi, Carmen

    2013-02-21

    Particulate composites of ferrite and ferroelectric phases with xNiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NF) and (1 - x)Pb{sub 0.988}(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}){sub 0.976}Nb{sub 0.024}O{sub 3} (where x = 2, 10, 20, 30, 50, 70, and 100 wt. %) were prepared in situ by sol-gel method. The presence of a diphase composition was confirmed by X-ray diffraction while the microstructure of the composites was studied by scanning electron microscopy revealing a good mixing of the two phases and a good densification of the bulk ceramics. The dielectric permittivity shows usual dielectric dispersion behavior with increasing frequency due to Maxwell-Wagner interfacial polarization. AC conductivity measurements made in frequency range 1 Hz-1 MHz suggest that the conduction process is due to mixed polaron hopping. The effect of NF phase concentration on the P-E and M-H hysteresis behavior and dielectric properties of the composites was investigated. At low NF concentration a sharp ferro-paraelectric transition peak can be observed at around 360 Degree-Sign C while for higher NF concentrations a trend to a diffuse phase transition occurs. All the composite samples exhibit typical ferromagnetic hysteresis loops, indicating the presence of ordered magnetic structure.

  7. Dielectric properties of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles in ultrathin nanocomposite films.

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    Alcantara, Gustavo B; Paterno, Leonardo G; Fonseca, Fernando J; Pereira-da-Silva, Marcelo A; Morais, Paulo C; Soler, Maria A G

    2013-12-01

    Multilayered nanocomposite films (thickness 50-90 nm) of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (np-CoFe2O4, 18 nm) were deposited on top of interdigitated microelectrodes by the layer-by-layer technique in order to study their dielectric properties. For that purpose, two different types of nanocomposite films were prepared by assembling np-CoFe2O4 either with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene):poly(styrene sulfonic acid) or with polyaniline and sulfonated lignin. Despite the different film architectures, the morphology of both was dominated by densely-packed layers of nanoparticles surrounded by polyelectrolytes. The dominant effect of np-CoFe2O4 was also observed after impedance spectroscopy measurements, which revealed that dielectric behavior of the nanocomposites was largely influenced by the charge transport across nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte interfaces. For example, nanocomposites containing np-CoFe2O4 exhibited a single low-frequency relaxation process, with time constants exceeding 15 ms. At 1 kHz, the dielectric constant and the dissipation factor (tan δ) of these nanocomposites were 15 and 0.15, respectively. These values are substantially inferior to those reported for pressed pellets made exclusively of similar nanoparticles. Impedance data were further fitted with equivalent circuit models from which individual contributions of particle's bulk and interfaces to the charge transport within the nanocomposites could be evaluated. The present study evidences that such nanocomposites display a dielectric behavior dissimilar from that exhibited by their individual counterparts much likely due to enlarged nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte interfaces. PMID:24145704

  8. Ferroelectric and dielectric properties of electroactive oligomers and nanocomposites

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    Kraemer, Kristin L.

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers have been well established as ferroelectric polymers. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties for vinylidene fluoride (VDF) oligomer thin films were investigated. By synthesizing oligomers instead of long polymer chains, films with higher crystalinity can be formed and the locations of oligomers can be controlled for applications such as molecular electronics. Evidence of ferroelectricity was observed in oligomer thin films evaporated onto room temperature substrates and by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition. Voltage and frequency dependence of the capacitance was measured. Oligomers functionalized with phosphonic acid formed self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on aluminum and mica substrates. Film thickness was measured by ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The time dependence on film growth was measured for SAMs on mica substrates by AFM. The islands had already formed by 1 minute, and by 1 hour film was continuous. Additionally, studies were performed on composite dielectric systems with the goal of fabricating high energy density dielectrics containing nanoparticles with an organic shell. The first two types of samples had barium titante nanoparticles coated with functionalized alkanes or VDF oligomers. The first sample type consisted of coated nanoparticles embedded in a PVDF copolymer or terpolymer spin-coated film. At low particle concentrations, the matrix properties dominated the electrical measurements while at high concentrations, the samples were electrically fragile. The second sample type consisted of alternating layers of LB terpolymer and LB nanoparticles. These samples allowed for high particle concentrations while maintaining the high breakdown strength of the polymer layers. The final type of sample was titanium dioxide nanoparticles formed by cluster deposition and coated with an evaporated paraffin or VDF oligomer. These samples tended to have low breakdown strengths and poor repeatability from sample to sample. The final study was on the effect of humidity in poly(vinylidene fluoride- trifluoroethylene) 70:30. Water vapor could enter the film, reside in the lattice, and affect the dielectric measurements. Based on dielectric measurements, the amount of water in the film at 80% relative humidity was 0.046%. With 50 nm aluminum electrodes, the vapor entered the film quickly, although it took five to six hours to leave at room temperature.

  9. Tunable dielectric properties of lead barium zirconate niobate films

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    Kuo, Ya-Ling; Wu, Jenn-Ming

    2006-09-01

    The effect of substitution of niobium for zirconium on tunable behavior of lead barium zirconate (PBZ) films was investigated. Lead barium zirconate niobate films were grown on Pt /Ti/SiO2/Si substrates using chemical solution deposition method. The substitution of Nb for Zr enhances tunable properties of PBZ films. The dielectric tunabilities are excellent, all higher than 45% with a maximum=60%. The substitution of Nb for Zr raises values of figure of merit (FOM) of films. The maximum FOM takes place at 5mol% Nb with a value of 90, which is about three times that of the corresponding PBZ film.

  10. Effect of nickel oxide nanoparticles on dielectric and optical properties of nematic liquid crystal

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    Jamwal, Gaurav; Prakash, Jai; Chandran, Achu; Gangwar, Jitendra; Srivastava, A. K.; Biradar, A. M.

    2015-08-01

    In the present paper, we have studied the improvement in dielectric and optical properties of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) by doping of nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles. We have observed the dielectric and optical properties of pure and doped cells in order to understand the influence of NiO nanoparticles in the pure NLC. The experimental results have been analyzed through dielectric spectroscopic and optical texural methods.Detailed studies of dielectric parameters such as dielectric permittivity, dielectric loss and dielectric loss factor as a function of frequency with temperature were carried out. It has been observed that on doping the nanoparticles in NLC, the value of dielectric parameters (dielectric permittivity, dielectric loss and dielectric loss factor) decreases. The impedance and resistance of both pure and nanoparticles doped NLC cells were studied and found that for doped NLC, these parameter have low value. In addition to this, optical textures of the pure and doped samples have also been observed with a polarizing optical microscope at room temperature. All the results i.e. related to the investigation of dielectric and electro-optic properties have been explained by using existing theory of NLC.

  11. The study of dielectric properties of the endohedral fullerenes

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    Bhusal, Shusil

    Dielectric response of the metal nitride fullerenes is studied using the density functional theory at the all-electron level using generalized gradient approximation. The dielectric response is studied by computing the static dipole polarizabilities using the finite field method, i.e. by numerically differentiating the dipole moments with respect to electric field. The endohedral fullerenes studied in this work are Sc3N C68(6140), Sc3N C68(6146), Sc3N C70(7854), Sc3N C70(7960), Sc3N C76(17490), Sc3N C78(22010), Sc3N C80(31923), Sc3N C80(31924), Sc3N C82(39663), Sc3N C90(43), Sc3N C90(44), Sc3N C92(85), Sc3N C94(121), Sc3N C96(186), Sc3N C98(166). Using the Voronoi and Hirschfield approaches as implemented in our NRLMOL code, we determine the atomic contributions to the total polarizability. The site-specific contributions to the polarizability of endohedral fullerenes allowed us to determine the polarizability of two subsystems: the fullerene shell and the encapsulated Sc3N unit. Our results showed that the contributions to the total polarizability from the encapsulated Sc3N units are vanishingly small. Thus, the total polarizability of the endohedral fullerene is almost entirely due to the outer fullerene shell. These fullerenes are excellent molecular models of a Faraday cage.

  12. Plasmonic glasses: optical properties of amorphous metal-dielectric composites.

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    Antosiewicz, Tomasz J; Apell, S Peter

    2014-01-27

    Plasmonic glasses composed of metallic inclusions in a host dielectric medium are investigated for their optical properties. Such structures characterized by short-range order can be easily fabricated using bottom-up, self-organization methods and may be utilized in a number of applications, thus, quantification of their properties is important. We show, using T-Matrix calculations of 1D, 2D, and 3D plasmonic glasses, that their plasmon resonance position oscillates as a function of the particle spacing yielding blue- and redshifts up to 0.3 eV in the visible range with respect to the single particle surface plasmon. Their properties are discussed in light of an analytical model of an average particle's polarizability that originates from a coupled dipole methodology. PMID:24515212

  13. Investigation on dielectric properties of atomic layer deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} dielectric films

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    Yıldız, Dilber Esra; Yıldırım, Mert; Gökçen, Muharrem

    2014-05-15

    Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-Si Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) were fabricated using atomic layer deposition technique in order to investigate dielectric properties of SBDs. For this purpose, admittance measurements were conducted at room temperature between −1 V and 3 V in the frequency range of 10 kHz and 1 MHz. In addition to the investigation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} morphology using atomic force microscope, dielectric parameters; such as dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss (ε″), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ), and real and imaginary parts of dielectric modulus (M′ and M″, respectively), were calculated and effect of frequency on these parameters of Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/p-Si SBDs was discussed. Variations in these parameters at low frequencies were associated with the effect of interface states in low frequency region. Besides dielectric parameters, ac electrical conductivity of these SBDs was also investigated.

  14. Structural and dielectric properties of yttrium substituted nickel ferrites

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    Ognjanovic, Stevan M.; Tokic, Ivan; Cvejic, Zeljka; Rakic, Srdjan; Srdic, Vladimir V.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Dense NiFe{sub 2−x}Y{sub x}O{sub 4} ceramics (with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) were prepared. • Pure spinels were obtained for x ≤ 0.07 while for x ≥ 0.15 samples had secondary phases. • With addition of yttrium, ac conductivity slightly increased. • We suggest several effects that can explain the observed changes in ac conduction. • With addition of yttrium, dielectric constant increased while the tg δ decreased. - Abstract: The influence of Y{sup 3+} ions on structural and dielectric properties of nickel ferrites (NiFe{sub 2−x}Y{sub x}O{sub 4}, where 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) has been studied. The as-synthesized samples, prepared by the co-precipitation method, were analyzed by XRD and FTIR which suggested that Y{sup 3+} ions were incorporated into the crystal lattice for all the samples. However, the XRD analysis of the sintered samples showed that secondary phases appear in the samples with x > 0.07. The samples have densities greater than 90% TD and the SEM images showed that the grain size decreases with the addition of yttrium. Dielectric properties measured from 150 to 25 °C in the frequency range of 100 Hz–1 MHz showed that the addition of yttrium slightly increases the ac conductivity and decreases the tg δ therefore making the materials better suited for the use in microwave devices.

  15. Measurement of the dielectric properties of sawdust between 0.5 and 15 GHz

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    Rapid, nondestructive, and subsurface sensing of material properties such as water content can be achieved through dielectric measurements. The interaction between the electromagnetic waves and the material is defined by the dielectric properties, which can be used to determine the physical properti...

  16. Dielectric Properties of Diesel and Gasoline by Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Arik, Enis; Altan, Hakan; Esenturk, Okan

    2014-09-01

    In this study we have investigated the dielectric properties of diesel and gasoline in the Terahertz (THz) spectral region. We present frequency dependent absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dielectric constants calculated from the transient measurements of the fuel oils between 0.1 and 1.1 THz. Observed weak absorption coefficient of fuel oils is explained by transient dipole moments induced by collisions between individual molecules. Fuel oils were modeled successfully with Debye model to investigate the relaxation dynamics after interaction with the electric field. Significant differences in relaxation times of molecules in diesel and gasoline are attributed to the differences in their intermolecular forces. Dispersion forces are much greater in diesel due to the longer hydrocarbon chains (C8-C40) compared to that (C4-C12) of the gasoline. This leads to a comparably faster relaxation right after THz electric field is applied. Clear differences in optical properties offer a simple yet effective way to discriminate fuel oils from each other by using THz spectroscopy without any danger of combustion or decomposition of the samples. Such an approach may also be used for the quality determination of either fuels. The study presents the great potential of THz spectroscopy to study very complex mixtures like fuel oils by the use of instantaneous THz wave/matter interactions and relaxation dynamics of the constituent molecules.

  17. Microstructure and dielectric properties of biocarbon nanofiber composites

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    Dai, Bo; Ren, Yong; Wang, Gaihua; Ma, Yongjun; Zhu, Pei; Li, Shirong

    2013-06-01

    A kind of web-like carbon with interconnected nanoribbons was fabricated using bacterial cellulose pyrolyzed at various temperatures, and the microwave dielectric properties were investigated. Bacterial cellulose was converted into carbonized bacterial cellulose (CBC) with a novel three-dimensional web built of entangled and interconnected cellulose ribbons when the carbonization temperature was below 1,200°C; the web-like structure was destroyed at a temperature of 1,400°C. Composites of CBC impregnated with paraffin wax exhibited high complex permittivity over a frequency range of 2 to 18 GHz, depending on the carbonization temperature. Both real and imaginary parts were the highest for CBC pyrolyzed at 1,200°C. The complex permittivity also strongly depended on CBC loadings. For 7.5 wt.% loading, the real and imaginary permittivities were about 12 and 4.3, respectively, and the minimum reflection loss was -39 dB at 10.9 GHz. For 30 wt.% loading, the real and imaginary permittivities were about 45 and 80, respectively, and the shielding efficiency was more than 24 dB in the measured frequency range and could be up to 39 dB at 18 GHz. The electromagnetic properties were assumed to correlate with both the dielectric relaxation and the novel web-like structure.

  18. Thermal properties of dielectric solids below 4 K. I - Polycarbonate

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    Cieloszyk, G. S.; Cruz, M. T.; Salinger, G. L.

    1973-01-01

    Polymers and other dielectric materials are frequently used for many purposes in the construction of cryogenic apparatus. Yet very few values of the thermal properties of these materials below 4 K have been reported. It is, however, known that one can not use the Debye theory to extrapolate to lower temperatures the measurements of the specific heat capacity above 1 K. The thermal conductivity also follows no theoretically predictable temperature dependence. As a by-product of our studies of the thermal properties of amorphous and partly crystalline materials below 4 K, we wish to report values for the thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, and velocity of sound below 4 K in materials useful for the construction of cryogenic apparatus. In this article we will describe our measurement techniques and report values for polycarbonate (Lexan). In subsequent notes we will give values for other materials of interest.

  19. Consequence of cobalt on structural, optical and dielectric properties in ZnO nanostructures

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    Zia, Amir; Ahmed, S.; Shah, N. A.; Anis-ur-Rehman, M.; Khan, E. U.; Basit, M.

    2015-09-01

    The critical role of cobalt dopant in ZnO nanostructures with different cobalt concentrations has been explored on the basis of structural, optical and dielectric mechanisms. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that the Co+2 ions replace Zn+2 ions in the ZnO matrix, producing lattice strain. Diffused Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) shows a red shift in optical energy band gap with increase in cobalt content, along with the presence of transitions in high spin states due to tetrahedrally coordinated cobalt ions. The dielectric characterization explains the disparity in dynamic dielectric parameters like capacitance, dielectric constant, tangent loss, AC conductivity and impedance as a function of frequency. Capacitance and both static and dynamic dielectric constants found to be decreasing with cobalt addition. The anomaly in these pronounced parameters can address the key problems of the material at higher frequencies device operation.

  20. Excellent dielectric properties of anisotropic polymer composites filled with parallel aligned zinc flakes

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    Zhang, Ye; Wang, Yao; Deng, Yuan; Guo, Yanjingtian; Bi, Wencheng; Li, Mao; Luo, Yu; Bai, Jinbo

    2012-11-01

    Orderly polymer composites based on polyvinylidene fluoride assembled with parallel aligned zinc flakes were fabricated by a simple process. It is interesting to note that the microstructure of parallel arrangement could introduce excellent dielectric properties with obvious anisotropic dielectric behaviors. The dielectric constant in the parallel direction was obviously higher than that of the perpendicular direction. And the anisotropic intensity of interfacial polarization is proposed to interpret the anisotropic dielectric constant. Also, an equivalent circuit model of two parallel RC circuits in series, based on the analysis of impedance data, is employed to further discuss the anisotropic dielectric behavior.

  1. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A.; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-01

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity.

  2. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-28

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity. PMID:26723625

  3. Static properties of polymer chains in porous media

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    Honeycutt, J. D.; Thirumalai, D.

    1989-04-01

    The static properties of a polymer molecule in a porous medium are investigated. The porous medium is simulated using a site percolation model in which the various sites are occupied (or unoccupied) randomly. A freely jointed chain is allowed to move in continuous space between the obstacles. Effects of excluded volume interactions between the links have also been studied. Using a generalized Flory theory, we have shown that, when the strength of disorder is large enough, the mean square end-to-end distance scales as N2?, where N is the number of links in the chain, and ? takes on a value different from that for a free chain. Under these conditions, the polymer assumes a compact, globule-like conformation. For sufficiently large N, the Flory theory gives ?=1/(d+2) for freely jointed chains and ?=1/d for chains with excluded volume. Various correlation functions such as the distribution of the end-to-end distance and density profile of monomers with respect to the center of mass of the chain have been computed using Monte Carlo simulations. These results are interpreted using scaling concepts and an approximate variational theory based on replica methods. The limitations of the replica variational theory are assessed by an application to the directed polymer in a quenched random environment. We have also studied the shape fluctuations that the polymer molecule undergoes in the random environment. It is argued that these shape fluctuations are relevant to the transport mechanism of polymers in random media. The results obtained for the porous media are contrasted with those found for polymers in media where the obstacles are arranged in a regular manner.

  4. Static and dynamic properties of critical fluctuations in lipid bilayers

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    Honerkamp-Smith, Aurelia Rose

    A current popular view in cell biology is that sub-micron, dynamic heterogeneity in lipid and protein composition arises within the plasma membranes of resting cells. Local changes in membrane composition may affect protein activity, which is sensitive to the lipid environment. We have observed dynamic heterogeneity in lipid membranes in the form of composition fluctuations near a miscibility critical point. In this thesis we quantitatively describe the dynamic and static properties of these fluctuations. We evaluate the temperature dependence of line tension between liquid domains and of fluctuation correlation lengths in lipid membranes in order to extract a critical exponent, nu. We obtain nu = 1.2 +/- 0.2, consistent with the Ising model prediction nu = 1. From probability distributions of pixel intensities in fluorescence images of membranes, we also extract an independent critical exponent of beta = 0.124 +/- 0.03, which is consistent with the Ising prediction of beta = 1/8. We have systematically measured the effective dynamic critical exponent z eff in a lipid membrane while cooling the system toward a critical point. We observe that zeff slightly increases from a value of roughly 2.6 as xi → 0, to zeff = 3.0 +/- 0.15 at xi = 13 sm. Our measurements are consistent with the prediction that zeff → 3.00 as T → Tc for a 2-D system with conserved order parameter in contact with a bulk 3-D liquid. To our knowledge, no other systematic measurement of zeff with increasing xi exists for a 2-D system with conserved order parameter. We also report the solubility limit of several biologically relevant sterols in electroformed giant unilamellar vesicle membranes containing phosphatidylcholine (PC) lipids in ratios of 1:1:X DPPC:DOPC:sterol. We find solubility limits of cholesterol, lanosterol, ergosterol, stigmasterol, and beta-sitosterol using nuclear magnetic resonance.

  5. Mechanical and Dielectric Breakdown Properties of Biodegradable Plastics

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    Shinyama, Katsuyoshi; Fujita, Shigetaka

    The mechanical and dielectric breakdown properties of polylactic acid (PLA), which is a biodegradable plastic, were examined, and a physicochemical analysis was performed. At room temperature, the tensile strength of PLA was about 100 MPa, almost the same as for PP, but at 100°C, even the value for LDPE decreased. The Young's modulus of PLA at room temperature was about 3.6 GPa, about 1.7 times the value for PP, and about 11 times the value for LDPE. The Young's modulus of PLA decreased slowly with a rise in temperature, and at high temperatures, 60°C and above, it decreased rapidly. The dielectric breakdown strength (EB) of PLA at room temperature was about 6.2 MV/cm, about 1.4 times the value for LDPE. The EB of PLA increased with an increase in temperature, and was about 6.9 MV/cm at 60°C (∂EB/∂T≥0). In this region, it is thought that a secondary effect due to space charge occurred, as well as an electron avalanche breakdown. However, the EB of PLA decreased at temperatures higher than 60°C in the high temperature region (∂EB/∂T<0). In this domain, it is thought that thermal breakdown occurred, and that electromechanical breakdown also occurred in the high temperature domain of 80°C and above.

  6. Unraveling dielectric and electrical properties of ultralow-loss lead magnesium niobate titanate pyrochlore dielectric thin films for capacitive applications

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    Zhu, X. H.; Defaÿ, E.; Suhm, A.; Fribourg-Blanc, E.; Aïd, M.; Zhu, J. L.; Xiao, D. Q.; Zhu, J. G.

    2010-05-01

    PbO-MgO-Nb2O5-TiO2 (PMNT) pyrochlore thin films were prepared on Pt-coated silicon substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and postdeposition annealing method. Very interestingly, these pyrochlore-structured PMNT thin films exhibited ultralow dielectric losses, with a typical loss tangent as low as 0.001, and relatively high dielectric constants, typically ɛr˜170. It was found that the relative permittivity slightly but continuously increased upon cooling without any signature of a structural phase transition, displaying a quantum paraelectriclike behavior; meanwhile, the PMNT pyrochlore thin films did not show any noticeable dielectric dispersion in the real part of permittivity over a wide temperature range (77-400 K). Their dielectric responses could, however, be efficiently tuned by applying a dc electric field. A maximum applied bias field of 1 MV/cm resulted in a ˜20% tunability of the dielectric permittivity, giving rise to a fairly large coefficient of the dielectric nonlinearity, ˜2.5×109 J C-4 m-5. Moreover, the PMNT pyrochlore films exhibited superior electrical insulation properties with a relatively high breakdown field (Ebreakdown˜1.5 MV/cm) and a very low leakage current density of about 8.2×10-7 A/cm2 obtained at an electric field intensity as high as 500 kV/cm.

  7. Dielectric Properties of Low-Level Liquid Waste

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    L. E. Lagos; M. A. Ebadian

    1998-10-20

    The purpose of this study was to develop a data collection containing values for the dielectric properties of various low-level liquid waste (LLLW) simulants measured as a function of frequency, temperature, and composition. The investigation was motivated by current interest in the use of microwave processing for the treatment of radioactive waste. A large volume of transuranic liquid and sludge produced by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) during the production of nuclear fiel bars is stored at several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites around the United States. Waste storage and disposal space is scarce, expensive, and must be minimized. Thus, several DOE sites are pursuing the use of microwave heating as a means of achieving volume reduction and solidification of low-level liquid wastes. It is important to know which microwave frequencies should be employed tc achieve the most efficient processing at a range of different temperatures. The dielectric properties of the LLLW simulants can be utilized to determine the optimum frequencies for use with a particular LLLW or with other LLLWS of similar composition. Furthermore, nonlinear thermal processes, such as thermal runaway, which occur in the material being treated cannot be modeled without a knowledge of the temperature dependence of the dielectric properties. Often, this data does not exist; however, when it does, only very limited data near room temperature are available. The data collection generated in this study can be used to predict the behavior of a variety of microwave thermal treatment technologies, which have the potential of substantially reducing the volume of the LLLWS that are currently stored at many DOE sites. This information should help the users of the microwave reduction and solidification technology to optimize microwave processes used in the treatment of LLLW. The microwave reduction and solidification technology has clear advantages over other methods of reducing LLLWS. These include the incineration of combustibles, the evaporation of combustibles, the evaporation of liquids, and the compaction of noncombustibles. The handling of radioactive liquid waste is generally carried out within closed systems consisting of highly corrosion-resistant, welded, leak-tight pipes, tanks, and other apparatus. High power microwave processing is a promising technology for reducing risks to the environment and human health, thereby supporting the DOE's decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) objectives.

  8. Grain and Seed Moisture and Density Measurement through Sensing of Dielectric Properties

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    The importance of moisture measurement in grain and seed is discussed, and a brief history of the development of moisture sensing instruments, based on sensing of dielectric properties of these materials, is presented. Data are presented graphically on the permittivities or dielectric properties of...

  9. 10- to 1800-MHz dielectric properties of fresh apples during storage

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    The dielectric properties of fresh apples of three cultivars were measured at 24 degrees C over 10 weeks in storage at 4 degrees C to determine whether these properties might be used to determine quality factors such as soluble solids content (SSC), firmness, moisture content and pH. The dielectric...

  10. Structural, vibrational, and dielectric properties of Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 from first principles

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    Louis, Lydie; Nakhmanson, Serge M.

    2015-04-01

    Using first-principles computational techniques, we have investigated the structural, vibrational, and dielectric properties of a Ruddlesden-Popper-type layered oxide Ba2ZrO4 subjected to a wide range of biaxial strains emulating epitaxial thin-film environment. Under compressive strains, this compound experiences an incommensurate distortion characterized by planar displacements of individual perovskite slabs away from their high symmetry positions. On the other hand, under increasing epitaxial tension, the original centrosymmetric structure becomes unstable—first, with respect to antiferrodistortive oxygen cage rotations and then also with respect to in-plane polar distortions. Both the incommensurate-to-commensurate and the nonpolar-to-polar phase transformations are accompanied by anomalies of the static dielectric response, however, only in the latter case a divergence of the in-plane dielectric constant is observed. Remarkably, even after the transition into the ferroelectric state (with polarization of up to 0.12 C/m 2 at 3.5% tension) dielectric permittivity of Ba2ZrO4 remains unusually high, which is explained by an emergence of a Goldstone-like excitation in the system manifested through an in-plane libration of the polarization vector. Since Ba2ZrO4 displays a yet poorly understood tendency to absorb small molecules, such as water and CO2, acquiring better insights into the physical underpinnings of its behavior can produce more efficient functional materials for applications in advanced technologies for carbon sequestration.

  11. Electrical Conduction and Dielectric Properties of Biodegradable Plastics

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    Shinyama, Katsuyoshi; Fujita, Shigetaka

    We examined the electrical conduction and dielectric properties as well as thermal analysis of polylactic acid (PLA) that is biodegradable plastics. From the results of thermal analyses, it was found that the glass transition temperature (Tg) of PLA was about 60°C and the melting point (Tm) was about 166°C. For the temperature dependence of current density (J), J of PLA became smaller than LDPE, PP and Polyester in the temperature from room temperature to 90°C. However, when sample became 90°C or the higher, J of PLA became larger than other plastics. On the other hand, as a result of measuring J of the same sample again, it became small. For the relative permittivity (εr') indicated intermediate values between that of polyester and those of LDPE and PP.

  12. Dielectric structure design for microwave cloaking considering material properties

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    Heo, Namjoon; Yoo, Jeonghoon

    2016-01-01

    To hide a metallic object from outside observers, we designed cloaking structures to manipulate the propagation path of the microwave at a specific frequency. Dielectric materials are used to realize the cloaking effect and their electromagnetic properties are evaluated to reduce the size of the cloaking structure as well as to take the loss effect into account. We used the structural design method based on the phase field method to control the electric field flow around a target object for cloaking. It is aimed to minimize the scattered electric field measured at the region located behind the target object for a normal incident wave in the X-band frequency range. Numerical examples are given to verify the suggested design process and its results.

  13. Static properties of hydrostatic thrust gas bearings with curved surfaces.

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    Rehsteiner, F. H.; Cannon, R. H., Jr.

    1971-01-01

    The classical treatment of circular, hydrostatic, orifice-regulated thrust gas bearings, in which perfectly plane bearing plates are assumed, is extended to include axisymmetric, but otherwise arbitrary, plate profiles. Plate curvature has a strong influence on bearing load capability, static stiffness, tilting stiffness, and side force per unit misalignment angle. By a suitable combination of gas inlet impedance and concave plate profile, the static stiffness can be made almost constant over a wide load range, and to remain positive at the closure load. Extensive measurements performed with convex and concave plates agree with theory to within the experimental error throughout and demonstrate the practical feasibility of using curved plates.

  14. Characterization of concrete properties from dielectric properties using ground penetrating radar

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    Lai, W.L.; Kou, S.C.; Tsang, W.F.; Poon, C.S.

    2009-08-15

    This paper presents the experimental results of a study of the relationships between light-weight (LWAC) and normal aggregate concrete (NAC) properties, as well as radar wave properties that are derived by using ground penetrating radar (GPR). The former (LWAC) refers to compressive strength, apparent porosity and saturated density, while the latter (NAC) refers to real part of dielectric permittivity ({epsilon}' or real permittivity) and wave energy level (E). Throughout the test period of the newly cast concrete cured for 90 days, the above mentioned material properties gradually changed which can be attributed to the effects of cement hydration, different types of aggregates and initial water to binder ratios. A number of plots describing various properties of concrete such as dielectric, strength and porosity perspectives were established. From these plots, we compare the characteristics of how much and how fast free water was turned to absorbed water in LWAC and NAC. The underlying mechanisms and a mechanistic model are then developed.

  15. Dispersion Studies of La Substitution on Dielectric Properties of Multiferroic BiFeO3 Ceramics

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    Sen, K.; Singh, K.; Gautam, Ashish; Singh, M.

    2011-12-01

    Lanthanum (La)-substituted multiferroic Bi1-xLaxFeO3 ceramics with x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25 have been prepared by solution combustion method. The effect of La substitution for the dispersion studies on dielectric properties of Bi1-xLaxFeO3 samples have been studied by performing x-ray diffraction (XRD) and dielectric measurements. The results of prepared samples are compared with those of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3). In the measuring frequency of 10 KHz-1 MHz, the dielectric constants and dielectric losses for samples x = 0.20, 0.25 are almost stable and exhibited lowest dielectric loss close to 0.1. The results also shows that stabilization of crystal structure and nonuniformity in spincycloid structure by La substitution enhances the dielectric properties.

  16. Characterization of dielectric properties of nanocellulose from wood and algae for electrical insulator applications.

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    Le Bras, David; Strømme, Maria; Mihranyan, Albert

    2015-05-01

    Cellulose is one of the oldest electrically insulating materials used in oil-filled high-power transformers and cables. However, reports on the dielectric properties of nanocellulose for electrical insulator applications are scarce. The aim of this study was to characterize the dielectric properties of two nanocellulose types from wood, viz., nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC), and algae, viz., Cladophora cellulose, for electrical insulator applications. The cellulose materials were characterized with X-ray diffraction, nitrogen gas and moisture sorption isotherms, helium pycnometry, mechanical testing, and dielectric spectroscopy at various relative humidities. The algae nanocellulose sample was more crystalline and had a lower moisture sorption capacity at low and moderate relative humidities, compared to NFC. On the other hand, it was much more porous, which resulted in lower strength and higher dielectric loss than for NFC. It is concluded that the solid-state properties of nanocellulose may have a substantial impact on the dielectric properties of electrical insulator applications. PMID:25885570

  17. Dielectric Properties of Lead Monoxide Filled Unsaturated Polyester Based Polymer Composites

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    Harish, V.; Kumar, H. G. Harish; Nagaiah, N.

    2011-07-01

    Lead monoxide filled isophthalate resin particulate polymer composites were prepared with different filler concentrations and investigated for physical, thermal, mechanical and gamma radiation shielding characteristics. This paper discusses about the dielectric properties of the composites. The present study showed that the dielectric constant (ɛ'), dielectric loss (ɛ″) and ac conductivity (σac) of isopthalate based unsaturated polyester resin increases with the increase in wt% PbO filler in polymer matrix.

  18. Numerical studies on the electromagnetic properties of the nonlinear Lorentz Computational model for the dielectric media

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    Abe, H.; Okuda, H.

    1994-06-01

    We study linear and nonlinear properties of a new computer simulation model developed to study the propagation of electromagnetic waves in a dielectric medium in the linear and nonlinear regimes. The model is constructed by combining a microscopic model used in the semi-classical approximation for the dielectric media and the particle model developed for the plasma simulations. It is shown that the model may be useful for studying linear and nonlinear wave propagation in the dielectric media.

  19. Perturbative no-hair property of form fields for higher dimensional static black holes

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    Shiromizu, Tetsuya; Ohashi, Seiju; Tanabe, Kentaro

    2011-04-15

    In this paper we examine the static perturbation of p-form field strengths around higher dimensional Schwarzschild spacetimes. As a result, we can see that the static perturbations do not exist when p{>=}3. This result supports the no-hair properties of p-form fields. However, this does not exclude the presence of the black objects having nonspherical topology.

  20. Electroactive fluorinate-based polymers: Ferroelectric and dielectric properties

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    Yu Zhi; Chen Ang

    2004-12-15

    The dielectric, ferroelectric, and electroactive strain behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymers and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene) terpolymers is studied in a wide temperature and frequency range. The dielectric response from two dielectric polarization processes, modes A(A{sup '}) and B, and the dielectric-background contribution can be identified for these polymers by using the Cole-Cole plot method. Therefore physically reasonable parameters are obtained by fitting the relaxation time to the Vogel-Fulcher relation. On the other hand, the dielectric relaxation step and high strain decrease simultaneously with decreasing temperature; this indicates that the dielectric relaxation process and high strain behavior are strongly correlated. The electron-irradiation effect in copolymers and the monomer effect in terpolymers are discussed.

  1. Structural and dielectric properties of CTAB modified ZrO2 nanoparticles

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    Sidhu, Gaganpreet Kaur; Tripathi, S. K.; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-05-01

    Zirconia (ZrO2) has been considered as one of the most investigated materials among various metal oxides due its outstanding dielectric properties and ionic conduction properties, which is mainly due to its high oxygen ion conduction. ZrO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using surfactant (CTAB) to study the variation of its dielectric behavior at room temperature. Surfactants form a unique class of chemical compounds, because of their remarkable ability to influence the properties of surfaces and interfaces of nanostructures. The dielectric properties of prepared nanoparticles were studied using LCR meter.

  2. Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces

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    Bonnell, Dawn A.

    2015-02-23

    Final Report to the Department of Energy for period 6/1/2000 to 11/30/2014 for Grant # DE-FG02-00ER45813-A000 to the University of Pennsylvania Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces PI: Dawn Bonnell The behavior of grain boundaries and interfaces has been a focus of fundamental research for decades because variations of structure and composition at interfaces dictate mechanical, electrical, optical and dielectric properties in solids. Similarly, the consequence of atomic and electronic structures of surfaces to chemical and physical interactions are critical due to their implications to catalysis and device fabrication. Increasing fundamental understanding of surfaces and interfaces has materially advanced technologies that directly bear on energy considerations. Currently, exciting developments in materials processing are enabling creative new electrical, optical and chemical device configurations. Controlled synthesis of nanoparticles, semiconducting nanowires and nanorods, optical quantum dots, etc. along with a range of strategies for assembling and patterning nanostructures portend the viability of new devices that have the potential to significantly impact the energy landscape. As devices become smaller the impact of interfaces and surfaces grows geometrically. As with other nanoscale phenomena, small interfaces do not exhibit the same properties as do large interfaces. The size dependence of interface properties had not been explored and understanding at the most fundamental level is necessary to the advancement of nanostructured devices. An equally important factor in the behavior of interfaces in devices is the ability to examine the interfaces under realistic conditions. For example, interfaces and boundaries dictate the behavior of oxide fuel cells which operate at extremely high temperatures in dynamic high pressure chemical environments. These conditions preclude the characterization of local properties during fuel cell operation. The objective of this research was to determine the size and interface atomic structure dependence of the electronic properties of metal/oxide interfaces using model materials systems of noble metals on SrTiO3 surfaces; and to develop experimental techniques to probe spatially localized properties under extreme conditions. The outcomes of this research summarized in more detail below include; Discovery of the presence of multiple size dependent transport mechanisms at nanoscale interfaces and determination of the critical size parameter associated with a transition from one to another; Determination of the effect of interface atomic structure and electronic structure at nanoscale interfaces on electronic transport across the interfaces, in particular the role of states associated with under coordinated cations enabling resonant tunneling and/or band bending; Discovery and characterization of size dependent resistive switching at nanoscale interfaces; These advances required the development of a process to produce nanosized contacts with controlled interface orientation over sizes (diameters) ranging from 20-500nm and the determination of the mechanical and electrical parameters for robust and accurate measurement of frequency dependent properties of nanoscale interfaces; Invention of a chamber that enables in situ scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy at high temperature and reactive gas environments; and First measurement of interface properties in an operating solid oxide fuel cell, quantifying the local electrical potentials and energies associated with two reaction mechanisms.

  3. Excellent dielectric properties of polymer composites based on core-shell structured carbon/silica nanohybrid

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    Lei, Tuo; Xue, Qingzhong; Chu, Liangyong; Han, Zhide; Sun, Jin; Xia, Fujun; Zhang, Zhongyang; Guo, Qikai

    2013-07-01

    Polymer based composites with high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss were fabricated by dispersing core-shell structured carbon/silica nanohybrid (CS) into a poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix. Due to the high conductive carbon core, nonconductive silica shell and the good dispersion of the CS fillers in PVDF, the CS/PVDF composites exhibited better dielectric properties than most nano-carbon materials/polymer composites. These experimental results can be understood by the percolation theory and microcapacitor model. Our strategy provides a pathway to achieve nano-carbon materials/polymer composites with good dielectric performances.

  4. Dielectric Properties of Uncooked Chicken Breast Muscles from 10 to 1800 MHz

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    The dielectric properties, consisting of the dielectric constant and loss factor, were measured (by using an open-ended coaxial-line probe) for uncooked chicken breast muscle Pectoralis major and Pectoralis minor, deboned at 2 and 24 h postmortem, over the frequency range from 10 to 1800 MHz at tem...

  5. Influence of color on dielectric properties of marinated poultry breast meat

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    The dielectric behavior of foods when exposed to radio-frequency and microwave electric fields is highly influenced by moisture content and the degree of water binding with constituents of the food materials. The ability to correlate specific food quality characteristics with the dielectric properti...

  6. Influence of Water Content on RF and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Foods

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    Dielectric properties of several foods with a wide range of water content are presented graphically at frequencies between 10 MHz and 20 GHz. Their frequency- and temperature-dependent dielectric behavior is discussed with respect to differences in water content and explained by responses of ionic c...

  7. Investigating the influence of aging on radiofrequency dielectric properties of chicken meat

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    Changes in quality attributes of aging chicken meat were tracked through measurement of the dielectric properties with an open-ended coaxial probe between 200 MHz and 20 GHz at 23 degree C. The chicken meat was stored in a refrigerator for 8 days at 4 degree C. Changes in dielectric constant and los...

  8. Effect of "Natural" Water and "Added" Water on Dielectric Properties of Shelled Corn at Microwave Frequencies

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    Dielectric properties of samples of shelled corn of “natural” water content and those prepared by adding water were measured in free space at microwave frequencies and room temperature of 23 oC. Results of measurements of attenuation, phase shift and dielectric constant and loss factor at 6 GHz show...

  9. Investigating the influence of aging on radiofreuqncy dielectric properties of chicken meat

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    Changes in quality attributes of aging chicken meat were tracked through measurement of the dielectric properties with an open-ended coaxial probe between 200 MHz and 20 GHz at 23 °C. The chicken meat was stored in a refrigerator for 8 days at 4 °C. Changes in dielectric constant and loss factor wer...

  10. Dielectric properties and heating rate of broccoli powder as related to radio-frequency heating

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    Recently, Salmonella contamination was identified in low-moisture foods including dried vegetable powder. Radio Frequency (RF) dielectric heating is a potential alternative pasteurization method with short heating time. Dielectric properties of broccoli powder with 6.9, 9.1, 12.2, and 14.9%, w. b....

  11. TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENT BEHAVIOR OF MICROWAVE DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF BOUND WATER IN GRAIN AND SEED

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    Dielectric behavior of bound water in grain and seed was investigated through measurement of the dielectric properties at microwave frequencies over a wide temperature range between –70 degrees Celsius and +21 degrees Celsius. Samples of wheat and soybeans were cooled to –70 degrees Celsius and the...

  12. Dielectric properties of almond shells in the development of radio frequency and microwave pasteurization

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    To develop pasteurization treatments based on radio frequency (RF) or microwave energy, dielectric properties of almond shells were determined using an open-ended coaxial-probe with an impedance analyzer over a frequency range of 10 to 1800 MHz. Both the dielectric constant and loss factor of almond...

  13. Measuring and modeling of radiofrequency dielectric properties of chicken breast meat

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    Dielectric properties of chicken breast meat are important for both dielectric heating and quality sensing applications. In heating applications they allow optimization of energy transfer and uniformity of heating. In sensing applications, they can be used to predict quality attributes of the chicke...

  14. Effect of incorporating aromatic and chiral groups on the dielectric properties of poly(dimethyltin esters).

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    Baldwin, Aaron F; Ma, Rui; Huan, Tran Doan; Cao, Yang; Ramprasad, Ramamurthy; Sotzing, Gregory A

    2014-12-01

    High-dielectric constant materials are critical for numerous applications such as photovoltaics, photonics, transistors, and capacitors. There are numerous polymers used as dielectric layers in these applications but can suffer from having a low dielectric constant, small band gap, or ferroelectricity. Here, the structure-property relationship of various poly(dimethyltin esters) is described that look to enhance the dipolar and atomic polarization component of the dielectric constant. These polymers are also modeled using first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) to predict such values as the total, electronic, and ionic dielectric constant as well as structure. A strong correlation is achieved between the theoretical and experimental values with the polymers exhibiting dielectric constants >4.5 with dissipation on the order of 10(-3) -10(-2) . PMID:25381737

  15. Infrared Dielectric Properties of Low-Stress Silicon Oxide

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    Cataldo, Giuseppe; Wollack, Edward J.; Brown, Ari D.; Miller, Kevin H.

    2016-01-01

    Silicon oxide thin films play an important role in the realization of optical coatings and high-performance electrical circuits. Estimates of the dielectric function in the far- and mid-infrared regime are derived from the observed transmittance spectrum for a commonly employed low-stress silicon oxide formulation. The experimental, modeling, and numerical methods used to extract the dielectric function are presented.

  16. Infrared dielectric properties of low-stress silicon oxide

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    Cataldo, Giuseppe; Wollack, Edward J.; Brown, Ari D.; Miller, Kevin H.

    2016-04-01

    Silicon oxide thin films play an important role in the realization of optical coatings and high-performance electrical circuits. Estimates of the dielectric function in the far- and mid-infrared regime are derived from the observed transmittance spectrum for a commonly employed low-stress silicon oxide formulation. The experimental, modeling, and numerical methods used to extract the dielectric function are presented.

  17. Dielectric properties of polymer-particle nanocomposites influenced by electronic nature of filler surfaces.

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    Siddabattuni, Sasidhar; Schuman, Thomas P; Dogan, Fatih

    2013-03-01

    The interface between the polymer and the particle has a critical role in altering the properties of a composite dielectric. Polymer-ceramic nanocomposites are promising dielectric materials for many electronic and power devices, combining the high dielectric constant of ceramic particles with the high dielectric breakdown strength of a polymer. Self-assembled monolayers of electron rich or electron poor organophosphate coupling groups were applied to affect the filler-polymer interface and investigate the role of this interface on composite behavior. The interface has potential to influence dielectric properties, in particular the leakage and breakdown resistance. The composite films synthesized from the modified filler particles dispersed into an epoxy polymer matrix were analyzed by dielectric spectroscopy, breakdown strength, and leakage current measurements. The data indicate that significant reduction in leakage currents and dielectric losses and improvement in dielectric breakdown strengths resulted when electropositive phenyl, electron-withdrawing functional groups were located at the polymer-particle interface. At a 30 vol % particle concentration, dielectric composite films yielded a maximum energy density of ~8 J·cm(-3) for TiO2-epoxy nanocomposites and ~9.5 J·cm(-3) for BaTiO3-epoxy nanocomposites. PMID:23452250

  18. Static properties of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes in the thermodynamic limit

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    Carbajal-Tinoco, M. D.; Williams, C. E.

    2000-11-01

    A series of hydrophobic sodium poly(styrene-co-styrene sulfonate) of different charge fractions has been studied by static light scattering in the thermodynamic limit. In the examined concentration range ( <= 0.1 M/l, in monomers), the solutions show an ideal gas behaviour. A quantitative comparison with previous osmotic pressure measurements reveals the existence of a strong variation of the polarizability, which is related to a change of local chain conformation. This result can be interpreted in terms of the globular instability model for hydrophobic polyelectrolytes (pearl necklace model).

  19. Dielectric properties modelling of cellular structures with PDMS for micro-sensor applications

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    Kachroudi, Achraf; Basrour, Skandar; Rufer, Libor; Sylvestre, Alain; Jomni, Fathi

    2015-12-01

    Electro-active polymers are emerging in the fields of actuators and micro-sensors because their good dielectric and mechanical properties makes them suitable for such applications. In this work, we focus on micro-structured (cellular) polymer materials (referred as piezoelectrets or ferroelectrets) that need prior charging to attain piezoelectric behaviour. The development of such applications requires an in-depth knowledge of the intrinsic dielectric properties of such structures and models to enable the accurate prediction of a given micro-structured material’s dielectric properties. Various polymers including polypropylene, polytetrafluoroethylene, fluoroethylenepropylene, cyclo-olefines and poly(ethylene terephthalate) in a cellular form have been studied by researchers over the last fifteen years. However, there is still a lack of information on the intrinsic dielectric properties of the most recently used dielectric polymer (polydimethylsiloxane, PDMS) over wide frequency and temperature ranges. In this work, we shall propose an exhaustive equivalent electrical circuit model and explain how it can be used to predict the micro-structured PDMS complex permittivity versus frequency and temperature. The results obtained from the model were found to be in good agreement with experimental data for various micro-structured PDMS materials. Typically, for micro-sensor applications, the dielectric constant and dielectric losses are key factors which need to be minimized. We have developed a configuration which enables both to be strongly reduced with a reduction of 16% in the dielectric constant of a micro-structured PDMS compared with the bulk material. In addition, the phenomena responsible for dielectric losses variations with frequency and temperature are discussed and correlated with the theoretical model. Our model is thus proved to be a powerful tool for the control of the dielectric properties of micro-structured PDMS material for micro-sensor applications.

  20. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Elicits a Change in the Static Dielectric Constant of a de Novo Designed Protein.

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    Polizzi, Nicholas F; Eibling, Matthew J; Perez-Aguilar, Jose Manuel; Rawson, Jeff; Lanci, Christopher J; Fry, H Christopher; Beratan, David N; Saven, Jeffery G; Therien, Michael J

    2016-02-24

    We provide a direct measure of the change in effective dielectric constant (εS) within a protein matrix after a photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction. A linked donor-bridge-acceptor molecule, PZn-Ph-NDI, consisting of a (porphinato)Zn donor (PZn), a phenyl bridge (Ph), and a naphthalene diimide acceptor (NDI), is shown to be a "meter" to indicate protein dielectric environment. We calibrated PZn-Ph-NDI ET dynamics as a function of solvent dielectric, and computationally de novo designed a protein SCPZnI3 to bind PZn-Ph-NDI in its interior. Mapping the protein ET dynamics onto the calibrated ET catalogue shows that SCPZnI3 undergoes a switch in the effective dielectric constant following photoinduced ET, from εS ≈ 8 to εS ≈ 3. PMID:26840013

  1. Structural, conductivity and dielectric properties of Li2SO4

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    Rama Rao, Samudrala; Bheema Lingam, Chittari; Rajesh, Desapogu; Pandu Vijayalakshmi, Raguru; Shamanna Sunandana, Channappayya

    2014-06-01

    Li2SO4 have been synthesized from lithium sulphate monohydrate by melting at 880 °C and slow cooling. The XRD results indicates that the melt cooled Li2SO4 is crystallized to monoclinic structure. The AC conductivity (σac) and dielectric relaxation (tan δ) have been measured within the temperature range 170-250 °C and frequency range 100 Hz-120 kHz, respectively. The DC conductivities are conveniently extracted from σac (typical values ˜2 × 10-7 and ˜2 × 10-6 S/cm at 200 and 250 °C, respectively) and are fitted to linear Arrhenius plot. The slope of this linear plot leads to an activation energy of 1.10 eV. It is found that the conduction in Li2SO4 is mainly through Li+. Further, we carried out first principles calculations and obtained the structural and bonding properties of Li2SO4. From band structure, Li2SO4 is found to be a wide band gap insulator with a band gap of 6.1 eV. The partial density of states reveals the finite states of Li+ near to Fermi level, which limits its use of full capacity. This indicates a kinetic barrier for Li ions and electrons ambipolar diffusion.

  2. Protein influence on the plasma membrane dielectric properties: in vivo study utilizing dielectric spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy.

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    Stoneman, M; Chaturvedi, A; Jansma, D B; Kosempa, M; Zeng, C; Raicu, V

    2007-05-01

    We have investigated the origin of the dielectric response of the plasma membrane of living yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) by using radiofrequency dielectric spectroscopy. The cells were genetically engineered to overexpress in the membrane of yeast cells a G protein-coupled receptor--the Sterile2-alpha factor receptor protein (Ste2p)--fused to the green fluorescent protein (GFP). Presence of the Ste2-GFP proteins in the plasma membrane was confirmed by exciting the cells at 476 nm and observing with a confocal microscope the emission characteristic of the GFP from individual cells. The dielectric behavior of cells suspended in KCl solution was analyzed over the frequency range 40 Hz-110 MHz and compared to the behavior of control cells that lacked the ability to express Ste2p. A two-shell electrical cell model was used to fit the data starting from known structural parameters and adjustable electrical phase parameters. The best-fit value for the relative permittivity of the plasma membrane showed no significant difference between cells expressing Ste2p (1.63+/-0.11) and the control cells (1.75+/-0.16). This result confirmed earlier predictions that the dielectric properties of the plasma membrane in the radiofrequency range mostly reflect the properties of the hydrophobic layer of the membrane, which is populated by the hydrocarbon tails of the phospholipids and hydrophobic segments of integral membrane proteins. We discuss ways by which dielectric spectroscopy can be improved to be used for tag-free detection of proteins on the membrane. PMID:17350897

  3. The review of various synthesis methods of barium titanate with the enhanced dielectric properties

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    More, S. P.; Topare, R. J.

    2016-05-01

    The Barium Titanate is a very well known dielectric ceramic belongs to perovskite structure. It has very wide applications in the field of electronic, electro ceramic, electromechanical and electro-optical applications. Barium Titanate has very high dielectric constant as well as low dielectric loss. Substituted dielectrics are one of the most important technological compounds in modern electro ceramics. Its electrical properties can be tuned flexibly by a simple substitution technique. This has encouraged researchers to select a typical cation to be substituted at cationic sites. In the present paper, the review of various synthesis methods of Barium Titanate compound with the effect of different dopants, the grain size on the dielectric properties at various temperatures is discussed.

  4. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Mn2V2O7

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    Sannigrahi, J.; Giri, S.; Majumdar, S.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic and dielectric properties of the manganese di-vanadate compound Mn2V2O7 are reported. The sample shows martensitic type structural transition close to room temperature which is evident both in the magnetic and dielectric data. Mn2V2O7 shows signature of antiferromagnetic type ordering around 17 K with concomitant anomaly in the dielectric properties at the same point, although no spontaneous electric polarization was found below 17 K. This clearly signifies a magnetic order driven electric anomaly and possibly it is antiferroelectric type with no net polarization. The dielectric relaxation behaviours show marked difference across the structural transition close to room temperature. Interestingly, the sample shows reversible switching behaviour across the structural transition close to 300 K between high and low dielectric states which can have important practical applications.

  5. Technique for Performing Dielectric Property Measurements at Microwave Frequencies

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    Barmatz, Martin B. (Inventor); Jackson, Henry W. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A method, system, apparatus, and computer readable medium has been provided with the ability to obtain a complex permittivity dielectric or a complex permeability micron of a sample in a cavity. One or more complex-valued resonance frequencies f(sub m) of the cavity, wherein each f(sub m) is a measurement, are obtained. Maxwell's equations are solved exactly for dielectric, and/or micron, using the f(sub m) as known quantities, thereby obtaining the dielectric and/or micron of the sample.

  6. Dielectric properties measurement of substrate and support materials

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    Wu, Te-Kao

    1990-01-01

    In this paper a fast and straightforward waveguide measurement technique is described for the determination of the dielectric constant and loss tangent of many commercially available materials. These dielectric materials include Cuflon, Teflon, Arlon's polyimides, Lockheed's ceramic foams, and Rogers Duroid materials. The effective dielectric constant and loss tangent of Hexsel's honeycomb material is also measured by this method and is compared to the predicted data obtained using the volume averaging theory. The accuracy and other features of this measurement technique are also discussed.

  7. An overview of laminate materials with enhanced dielectric properties

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    Mumby, Stephen J.

    1989-03-01

    This report focuses on laminate materials (resins and reinforcements) having potential applications in the manufacture of multi-layer printed wiring boards (PWBs) that are required to efficiently transmit high-speed digital pulses. It is intended to be a primer and a reference for selection of candidate materials for such high-performance PWBs. Included are dielectric and physical properties, and where available chemical composition and/or structure, commercial availability, compatibility with typical PWB processing schemes and approximate relative cost. Recommendations are made as to the most viable candidate materials for this type of PWB application, based on a comparison of electrical and physical properties together with processing and cost considerations. The cyanate ester resin system appears promising. Such a resin may be reinforced with regular E-glass, or the more newly available S-glass, to produce a laminate useful for intermediate performance applications. For more demanding applications the E-glass will have to be replaced by a material of much lower relative permittivity. The expanded-PTFE reinforced laminates from W. L. Gore appear to be a good choice for these applications. The processing of the Gore materials can be expected to deviate from that used with FR-4 type materials, but is likely to be less problematic than laminates comprised of a fluorinated resin. Processing is a key obstacle to the implementation of any of the new materials herein. If implementation is to be successful, programs must be established to develop and optimize processing procedures. Cost will remain an important issue. However, the higher cost of the new materials may be justified in high-end products by the performance they deliver.

  8. Influence of particle size on band gap and dielectric properties of TiO2 nanomaterials

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    Avinash B., S.; Chathurmukha V., S.; Naveen C., S.; Rajeeva M., P.; Jayanna H., S.; Lamani, Ashok R.

    2016-05-01

    In this work TiO2 nanomaterial of different particle size were synthesized by varying the pH of the solution by hydrolysis and peptization method. These samples were characterized by XRD, UV and SEM. The XRD reveals the formation of anatase phase form of TiO2 nanoparticles having the particle size in the range 15 nm to 35 nm. The calculated band gap values by Tauc plot for the prepared samples increases with decrease in particle size. These samples are pelletized to study the dielectric properties using Impedence Analyzer Interface in the frequency range from 1 Hz to 1 M Hz. From the dielectric studies it was observed that dielectric constant, tanδ and dielectric loss were maximum in lower frequency range, as the frequency increases these dielectric parameters decreases rapidly at low frequency region and almost constant values were recorded at higher frequencies. At lower frequencies, the dielectric parameters (dielectric constant, loss, and tanδ) increases with increase of pH up to pH 8 due to space charge polarization. The value of dielectric constant recorded at pH 10 is almost same as that of pH 8, for slight decrease in the values were recorded for dielectric loss and tan δ at pH 10 due to space charge polarization with the particle size.

  9. Large dielectric tunability and microwave properties of Mn-doped (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films

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    Yuan, Z.; Lin, Y.; Weaver, J.; Chen, X.; Chen, C. L.; Subramanyam, G.; Jiang, J. C.; Meletis, E. I.

    2005-10-01

    Ferroelectric Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films with 2% Mn additional doping were grown on (001) MgO by pulsed laser deposition. The microstructural studies from x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy indicate that the films are highly epitaxial with c-axis oriented and atomic sharp interface. Dielectric property measurements at 1 MHz and room temperature reveal that the as-grown films have outstanding dielectric properties with large tunability of 80% at 40KV/cm, very large dielectric constant value of 3800, and extra low dielectric loss of only 0.001. The high frequency (10-30 GHz) dielectric measurements demonstrate that the films are excellent in both dielectric property and very low dielectric insertion loss. Compared with the pure BSTO films or traditional doping, the additional doping of Mn in BSTO thin films can significantly improve the dielectric property of the as-grown films.

  10. Dielectric properties and magnetoelectric effects in FeCo-MgF insulating nanogranular films

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    Kobayashi, N.; Iwasa, T.; Ishida, K.; Masumoto, H.

    2015-01-01

    Multifunctional properties of matter, including dielectric and magnetic properties, are of great interest in physics and applications. Here, we investigate the dielectric properties and magnetoelectric effects in FeCo-MgF insulating nanogranular films. These films have a nanogranular structure in which Fe-Co alloy-based magnetic granules are dispersed in an Mg-F insulator-based matrix. Both a large dielectric constant of about 420 at 100 kHz and a large magnetoelectric effect of about 6.2% are obtained at room temperature. Insulating nanogranular films are a new class of multifunctional materials. The dielectric properties and the magnetoelectric effects originate in the nano-structure which consists of a magnetic metal and an insulator, and are explained by the spin-dependent tunneling charge oscillation between a pair of magnetic granules.

  11. Changes in the dielectric properties of rat tissue as a function of age at microwave frequencies

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    Peyman, A.; Rezazadeh, A. A.; Gabriel, C.

    2001-06-01

    The dielectric properties of ten rat tissues at six different ages were measured at 37 °C in the frequency range of 130 MHz to 10 GHz using an open-ended coaxial probe and a computer controlled network analyser. The results show a general decrease of the dielectric properties with age. The trend is more apparent for brain, skull and skin tissues and less noticeable for abdominal tissues. The variation in the dielectric properties with age is due to the changes in the water content and the organic composition of tissues. The percentage decrease in the dielectric properties of certain tissues in the 30 to 70 day old rats at cellular phone frequencies have been tabulated. These data provide an important input in the provision of rigorous dosimetry in lifetime-exposure animal experiments. The results provide some insight into possible differences in the assessment of exposure for children and adults.

  12. Ultrawideband temperature-dependent dielectric properties of animal liver tissue in the microwave frequency range

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    Lazebnik, Mariya; Converse, Mark C.; Booske, John H.; Hagness, Susan C.

    2006-04-01

    The development of ultrawideband (UWB) microwave diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, such as UWB microwave breast cancer detection and hyperthermia treatment, is facilitated by accurate knowledge of the temperature- and frequency-dependent dielectric properties of biological tissues. To this end, we characterize the temperature-dependent dielectric properties of a representative tissue type—animal liver—from 0.5 to 20 GHz. Since discrete-frequency linear temperature coefficients are impractical and inappropriate for applications spanning wide frequency and temperature ranges, we propose a novel and compact data representation technique. A single-pole Cole-Cole model is used to fit the dielectric properties data as a function of frequency, and a second-order polynomial is used to fit the Cole-Cole parameters as a function of temperature. This approach permits rapid estimation of tissue dielectric properties at any temperature and frequency.

  13. MICROWAVE DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF GRAIN IN NONEQUILIBRIUM STATE: EFFECT OF MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE

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    Dielectric-based sensors for nondestructive and instantaneous determination of moisture content and bulk density in cereal grains are calibrated to predict these physical properties from measurement of the relative complex permittivity. At microwave frequencies, a temperature correction is needed, ...

  14. DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS AND RELATED AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS

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    Potential Agricultural applications for RF and microwave energy include selective dielectric heating of insects in grain, treatment of seed to improve germination, and conditioning of products to improve nutritional value and shelf life. Measurement applications include permittivity-density relatio...

  15. Enhanced performance in capacitive force sensors using carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane nanocomposites with high dielectric properties.

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    Jang, Hyeyoung; Yoon, Hyungsuk; Ko, Youngpyo; Choi, Jaeyoo; Lee, Sang-Soo; Jeon, Insu; Kim, Jong-Ho; Kim, Heesuk

    2016-03-01

    Force sensors have attracted tremendous attention owing to their applications in various fields such as touch screens, robots, smart scales, and wearable devices. The force sensors reported so far have been mainly focused on high sensitivity based on delicate microstructured materials, resulting in low reproducibility and high fabrication cost that are limitations for wide applications. As an alternative, we demonstrate a novel capacitive-type force sensor with enhanced performance owing to the increased dielectric properties of elastomers and simple sensor structure. We rationally design dielectric elastomers based on alkylamine modified-multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites, which have a higher dielectric constant than pure PDMS. The alkylamine-MWCNTs show excellent dispersion in a PDMS matrix, thus leading to enhanced and reliable dielectric properties of the composites. A force sensor array fabricated with alkylamine-MWCNT/PDMS composites presents an enhanced response due to the higher dielectric constant of the composites than that of pure PDMS. This study is the first to report enhanced performance of capacitive force sensors by modulating the dielectric properties of elastomers. We believe that the disclosed strategy to improve the sensor performance by increasing the dielectric properties of elastomers has great potential in the development of capacitive force sensor arrays that respond to various input forces. PMID:26899884

  16. Infrared Dielectric Properties of Low-stress Silicon Nitride

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    Cataldo, Giuseppe; Beall, James A.; Cho, Hsiao-Mei; McAndrew, Brendan; Niemack, Michael D.; Wollack, Edward J.

    2012-01-01

    Silicon nitride thin films play an important role in the realization of sensors, filters, and high-performance circuits. Estimates of the dielectric function in the far- and mid-IR regime are derived from the observed transmittance spectra for a commonly employed low-stress silicon nitride formulation. The experimental, modeling, and numerical methods used to extract the dielectric parameters with an accuracy of approximately 4% are presented.

  17. Microstructure Study For Optimization Of Dielectric Property Of Electrical Porcelain

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    Tak, S. K.; Shekhawat, M. S.; Mangal, R.

    2010-06-29

    Five sample mixtures of kaolin, ball clay, feldspar and Quartz were formulated and porcelain samples fabricated. Crystalline phases and mullite morphology were studied using XRD and SEM respectively. A composition of 30% kaolin, 15% ball clay, 30% feldspar and 25% quartz yielded a body with high dielectric strength of 19 kV/mm compare to an ISO graded product having dielectric strength 14.6 KV/mm after firing at 1225 deg. C.

  18. Microstructure Study For Optimization Of Dielectric Property Of Electrical Porcelain

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    Tak, S. K.; Shekhawat, M. S.; Mangal, R.

    2010-06-01

    Five sample mixtures of kaolin, ball clay, feldspar and Quartz were formulated and porcelain samples fabricated. Crystalline phases and mullite morphology were studied using XRD and SEM respectively. A composition of 30% kaolin, 15% ball clay, 30% feldspar and 25% quartz yielded a body with high dielectric strength of 19kV/mm compare to an ISO graded product having dielectric strength 14.6 KV/mm after firing at 1225°C.

  19. Computational study of filler microstructure and effective property relations in dielectric composites

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    Wang, Yu U.; Tan, Daniel Q.

    2011-05-01

    Phase field modeling and computer simulation is employed to study the relations between filler microstructures and effective properties of dielectric composites. The model solves electrostatic equations in terms of polarization vector field in reciprocal space using a fast Fourier transform technique and parallel computing algorithm. Composites composed of linear constituent phases of different dielectric constants are considered. Interphase boundary conditions are automatically taken into account without explicitly tracking interphase interfaces in the composites. Various factors associated with filler microstructures are systematically investigated, including dielectric constant mismatch between fillers and matrix, particle size, shape, orientation, volume fraction, and spatial arrangement as well as directional alignment. Heterogeneous distributions of polarization, charge density, and local electric field are calculated for each composite microstructure, based on which effective dielectric constant and dielectric anisotropy of the composites are determined. It is found that electrostatic interactions among high-dielectric-constant fillers embedded in low-dielectric-constant matrix play critical roles in determining the composite properties, which sensitively depend on filler arrangement and, especially, directional alignment into fibrous microstructures (chains). Such microstructurally engineered composites, whose fillers are not randomly dispersed, exhibit strong dielectric anisotropy despite all constituent components being isotropic.

  20. Variation in dielectric properties due to pathological changes in human liver.

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    Peyman, Azadeh; Kos, Bor; Djokić, Mihajlo; Trotovšek, Blaž; Limbaeck-Stokin, Clara; Serša, Gregor; Miklavčič, Damijan

    2015-12-01

    Dielectric properties of freshly excised human liver tissues (in vitro) with several pathological conditions including cancer were obtained in frequency range 100 MHz-5 GHz. Differences in dielectric behavior of normal and pathological tissues at microwave frequencies are discussed based on histological information for each tissue. Data presented are useful for many medical applications, in particular nanosecond pulsed electroporation techniques. Knowledge of dielectric properties is vital for mathematical calculations of local electric field distribution inside electroporated tissues and can be used to optimize the process of electroporation for treatment planning procedures. PMID:26508012

  1. Effect of sintering on structural and dielectric properties of PLZT ferroelectrics

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    Janrao, Prashant Mathe, V. L.

    2014-04-24

    Here we report synthesis of (Pb{sub 0.93}La{sub 0.07}Zr{sub 0.6}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 3}) PLZT by chemical co-precipitation route. The precipitate obtained was subjected to different processing methods namely furnace sintering and hot press sintering. The product obtained was characterized using X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements techniques. The dielectric properties obtained are correlated with the structural properties of PLZT.

  2. Improved gas sensing and dielectric properties of Fe doped hydroxyapatite thick films: Effect of molar concentrations

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    Mene, Ravindra U.; Mahabole, Megha P.; Mohite, K.C.; Khairnar, Rajendra S.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • We report improved gas sensing and dielectric characteristics of Fe ion exchanged HAp films. • Fe doped HAp film shows maximum gas response at relatively lower temperature. • Response and gas uptake capacity of sensors is improved for appropriate amount of Fe ions in HAp matrix. • Fe-HAp films exhibit remarkable improvement in dielectric properties compared to pure HAp. • Fe doped HAp films show significant improvement in gas sensing as well as in dielectric properties. - Abstract: In the present work Fe doped hydroxyapatite (Fe-HAp) thick films has been successfully utilized to improve the gas sensing as well as its dielectric properties. Initially, HAp nano powder is synthesized by chemical precipitation process and later on Fe ions are doped in HAp by ion exchange process. Structural and morphological modifications are observed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The sensing parameters such as operating temperature, response/recovery time and gas uptake capacity are experimentally determined. The Fe-HAp (0.05 M) film shows improved CO and CO{sub 2} gas sensing capacity at lower operating temperature compared to pure HAp. Moreover, variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss for pure and Fe-HAp thick films are studied as a function of frequency in the range of 10 Hz–1 MHz. The study reveals that Fe doped HAp thick films improve the sensing and dielectric characteristics as compared to pure HAp.

  3. Effects of acidic functional groups on dielectric properties of sodium alginates and carrageenans in water.

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    Tsubaki, Shuntaro; Hiraoka, Masanori; Hadano, Shingo; Okamura, Kei; Ueda, Tadaharu; Nishimura, Hiroshi; Kashimura, Keiichiro; Mitani, Tomohiko

    2015-01-22

    This study investigated the dielectric properties of sodium alginates and carrageenans in water at frequencies between 100 MHz and 20 GHz in regard to water-hydrocolloid interactions via acidic functional groups. Both sodium alginates and carrageenans showed conduction loss at lower frequencies and dielectric loss at higher frequencies. Reduction and desulfation of sodium alginates and carrageenans, which decreased the numbers of acidic functional groups, decreased their conduction loss. In addition, H(+)-form carrageenans showed the highest ionic conduction. Correlational analysis of dielectric properties and related physical parameters showed that the loss tangent (tanδ) of the hydrocolloid solution was determined by the conductivity of the aqueous solution. Especially at pH below 2, strong H(+) conduction was associated with high tanδ probably due to the Grotthuss mechanism. The molecular dynamics of free water and H(+), viscosity conditions were also suggested to be associated with dielectric property of water-hydrocolloid system. PMID:25439871

  4. Dielectric Properties of Live Yeast Cells Expressed with the Motor Protein Prestin

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    Miller, John; Pereira, Fred

    2005-03-01

    We report on the linear and nonlinear dielectric properties of budding yeast (S. cerevisiae) cells, one strain of which has been genetically modified to express prestin. This motor protein plays a crucial role in the large electromotility exhibited by the outer hair cells (OHCs) of mammalian inner ears. Live cell suspensions exhibit enormous dielectric responses, which can be used to probe metabolic activity, membrane potential, and other properties. We observe a broad peak, centered around 20 kHz, in the normalized difference in dielectric responses between the two strains, and also observe substantial differences in nonlinear harmonic responses. Our data appears to correlate with measurements showing piezoelectric resonances in OHCs. These results suggest that dielectric probes can be used to study the electrical properties of prestin and other proteins, either expressed in live cells or (from our other recent studies on tubulin) as pure protein suspensions.

  5. Improvement in electric and dielectric properties of nanoferrite synthesized via reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, M.

    2007-12-01

    Nano nickel zinc ferrite (Ni0.58Zn0.42Fe2O4) with fascinating dielectric properties which reveal a direction for application was synthesized by reverse micelle technique. Dielectric constant and dielectric losses are controlled up to a measurement temperature of around 473K at higher frequency range of 9-19MHz. The dielectric loss of the sample investigated at room temperature is only 0.003 at 19MHz. The presently studied nanoferrite also exhibits a high value of dc resistivity, 108Ωcm. High resistivity and low dielectric constant and loss can be corelated to small grain size and better compositional stoichiometry obtained as a result of processing via reverse micelle technique at low sintering temperature (773K).

  6. Investigating low-frequency dielectric properties of a composite using the distribution of relaxation times technique

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    Tuncer, Enis; Bowler, Nicola; Youngs, I. J.; Lymer, K. P.

    2006-01-01

    The distribution of relaxation times approach, a less frequently employed dielectric data analysis technique, is utilized to better understand the relaxation characteristics of composites consisting of metal-coated, hollow glass spheres dispersed in a paraffin wax matrix. The dielectric properties of the composite samples are measured by means of impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 0.1 mHz to 10 MHz. The application of a mixture law is not appropriate for the analysis of the frequency-dependent properties of the considered system on this broad frequency range. However, utilization of the distribution of relaxation times procedure to study the dielectric behaviour shows clear trends in the mixtures' relaxation spectra. Relaxation processes of the paraffin wax and those specific to the composites are found from the extracted distribution of relaxation times spectra. The influence of the filler concentration, q, on the dielectric properties is examined; a relaxation with a narrow distribution at intermediate frequencies becomes broad with the addition of the filler. This relaxation, in the form of the low-frequency-dispersions (also known as constant phase angle) phenomenon, dominates the dielectric properties of the composites with high bead concentration, q>0.15. The variation in dielectric properties of individual samples whose bead concentrations q are nominally the same is discussed in terms of possible microstructural variations.

  7. Investigating low frequency dielectric properties of a composite using the distribution of relaxation times technique

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    Tuncer, Enis

    2006-01-01

    The distribution of relaxation times approach, a less frequently employed dielectric data analysis technique, is utilized to better understand the relaxation characteristics of composites consisting of metal-coated, hollow glass spheres dispersed in a paraffin wax matrix. The dielectric properties of the composite samples are measured by means of impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 0.1mHz to 10 MHz. The application of a mixture law is not appropriate for the analysis of the frequency-dependent properties of the considered system on this broad frequency range. However, utilization of the distribution of relaxation times procedure to study the dielectric behaviour shows clear trends in the mixtures' relaxation spectra. Relaxation processes of the paraffin wax and those specific to the composites are found from the extracted distribution of relaxation times spectra. The influence of the filler concentration, q, on the dielectric properties is examined; a relaxation with a narrow distribution at intermediate frequencies becomes broad with the addition of the filler. This relaxation, in the form of the low-frequency-dispersions (also known as constant phase angle) phenomenon, dominates the dielectric properties of the composites with high bead concentration, q > 0:15. The variation in dielectric properties of individual samples whose bead concentrations q are nominally the same is discussed in terms of possible microstructural variations.

  8. Nanoscale Mapping of Dielectric Properties of Nanomaterials from Kilohertz to Megahertz Using Ultrasmall Cantilevers.

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    Cadena, Maria J; Sung, Seung Hyun; Boudouris, Bryan W; Reifenberger, Ronald; Raman, Arvind

    2016-04-26

    Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) is often used for nanoscale dielectric spectroscopy, the measurement of local dielectric properties of materials as a function of frequency. However, the frequency range of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based dielectric spectroscopy has been limited to a few kilohertz by the resonance frequency and noise of soft microcantilevers used for this purpose. Here, we boost the frequency range of local dielectric spectroscopy by 3 orders of magnitude from a few kilohertz to a few megahertz by developing a technique that exploits the high resonance frequency and low thermal noise of ultrasmall cantilevers (USCs). We map the frequency response of the real and imaginary components of the capacitance gradient (∂C(ω)/∂z) by using second-harmonic EFM and a theoretical model, which relates cantilever dynamics to the complex dielectric constant. We demonstrate the method by mapping the nanoscale dielectric spectrum of polymer-based materials for organic electronic devices. Beyond offering a powerful extension to AFM-based dielectric spectroscopy, the approach also allows the identification of electrostatic excitation frequencies which affords high dielectric contrast on nanomaterials. PMID:26972782

  9. Electronic Properties of Graphene in Strong Static Electric Field

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    Apalkov, Vadym; Koochakikelardeh, Hamed; Stockman, Mark

    2015-03-01

    We study the dynamics of electrons in an ultra-strong static electric field (a few V/Å) and obtain an analytical solution for the Wannier-Stark (WS) states and corresponding energy spectrum of graphene within the two-band tight binding model. Electron states in graphene have a WS ladder structure with energy levels separated by the Bloch frequency, which is proportional to both the electric field and the lattice period of graphene in the direction of electric field. The strength of the band mixing is determined by the magnitude of the interband dipole matrix element, which for graphene has distinct wave vector dependence seen neither in metals nor in insulators. Namely, at the Dirac points, the dipole matrix elements have sharp peaks due to strong interband coupling leading to redistribution of carrier density and very strong mixture of conduction and valence bands whereas, away from the Dirac point, it shows a broad maximum. As a result of such mixing, the energy spectrum of graphene shows anticrossing points, which are characterized by the corresponding anticrossing gaps. It is shown that the anticrossing gaps are proportional to electric field at the corresponding anticrossing points with the calculated values 2.54/l (eV), where l =1,2,...is the order of the anticrossing point. The largest anticrossing gap ~ 2.54 eV corresponds to the anticrossing point l = 1 at the electric field ~ 3.59 V/Å. The achieved results will promisingly draw further attentions toward graphene-based Field Effect Transistors (g-FET). The Grant was provided by Naval Research Office N00014-13-1-0649.

  10. Measuring Static and Dynamic Properties of Frozen Silty Soils

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    Furnish, M.D.

    1998-09-30

    A mechanical characterization of frozen silty soils has been conducted to support computer modeling of penetrators. The soils were obtained from the Eilson AFB (Alaska) vicinity. Quasi-static testing with a multiaxial system in a cold room and intermediate strain rate testing with a split Hopkinson pressure bar were conducted. Maximum stresses achieved were slightly above 1 GPa, apparently limiting the observed behavior primarily to elastic compression and pore crushing phenomena. Lower temperatures seem to increase the strength of the material markedly, although not by a simple factor. Lower temperatures and higher strain rates increase the apparent Young's and bulk moduli as well (an increase of {approximately} a factor of two is observed for strain rate increasing from 0.001 s{sup {minus}1} to 800 s{sup {minus}1}). The strength also depends strongly on strain rate. Increasing the strain rate from 0.001 {sup {minus}1} to 0.07 {sup {minus}1} increases the strength by a factor of five to ten (to values of order 1 GPa). However,only a small increase in strength is seen as strain rate is increased to {approximately} 10{sup 2}--10{sup 3} s{sup {minus}1}. The reliability of the strength measurements at strain rates< 1 s{sup {minus}1} is decreased due to details of the experimental geometry, although general trends are observable. A recipe is provided for a simulant soil based on bentonite, sand, clay-rich soil and water to fit the {approximately} 6% air-filled porosity, density and water content of the Alaska soils, based on benchtop mixing and jacketed compression testing of candidate mixes.

  11. Dielectric properties of the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Niemiec, Przemysław; Adamczyk, Małgorzata; Machnik, Zbigniew; Dercz, Grzegorz

    2015-10-01

    In this paper the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution doped by barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium with composition: Pb0.975Ba0.01Ca0.01Sr0.005(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 + 1.4 wt.% Bi2O3 + 0.3 wt.% GeO obtained by hot uniaxial pressing method is described. The results of structural, dielectric, ferroelectric and electromechanical studies of these ceramics are presented. It has been stated that introduction to the basic composition PZT admixtures of the barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium has a positive effect on the electro-physic parameters of obtained ceramic samples. This material has good microstructure, with high value of the dielectric permittivity (with the high temperature of phase transition) as well as low dielectric losses. It allows considering this material as elements for low frequency and high temperature electromechanical transducers.

  12. Dielectric properties of multiatomic alcohols: 1,4-butanediol

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    Zhuravlev, V. I.

    2015-12-01

    The dielectric spectra of 1,4-butanediol in the temperature range of 298-423 K are analyzed using the theoretical approaches of Debye, Davidson-Cole, and Forsman, based on the Dissado-Hill theory. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of 1,4-butanediol are described by the Davidson-Cole equation, and the βDC parameter has a pronounced strong temperature dependence. In the Debye theory, the spectrum of the dielectric relaxation of 1,4-butanediol is presented as the sum of two region of dispersions. Conclusions are reached as to the possible mechanisms of dispersion responsible for the obtained regions. The relaxation times of 1,4-butanediol calculated using different equations describing the nonlinear behavior of the relaxation time are compared. The dipole moments of clusters are obtained for the first time and a preliminary analysis is performed using the Dissado-Hill cluster model.

  13. Dielectric and conductivity properties of composite polyaniline/polyurethane network

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    Liang, C.; Gest, J.; Leroy, G.; Carru, J.-C.

    2013-09-01

    In this work, we present the dielectric characterization of polyaniline/polyurethane composite. The samples consisting of 0.5%, 1%, and 5% of polyaniline were deposited on glass fiber, and the measurements were performed in a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 GHz. The results showed a dielectric relaxation strongly dependent on the concentration of polyaniline. This phenomenon is explained by a theoretical model. In this model, we assume that the alternative conductivity of the polymer network systems is due to conducting clusters whose lengths followed a Gaussian distribution. Depending on their size and the frequency of the excitation signal, the clusters showed a resistive or capacitive effect.

  14. Dielectric property measurement of zirconia fibers at high temperatures

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    Vogt, G.J.; Tinga, W.R.; Plovnick, R.H.

    1995-05-01

    Using a self-heating, electronically tunable microwave dielectrometer, the complex dielectric constant of zirconia-based filaments was measured at 915 MHz from 350{degrees} to 1100{degrees}C. This fibrous material cools rapidly to near room temperature within several seconds due to a large surface area to volume ratio. Such rapid sample cooling necessitates the use of a self-heating technique to measure the complex dielectric constant at temperatures up to 1100{degrees}C. Sample temperature was measured with optical fiber thermometry. The effect of sample temperature measurement on data accuracy is discussed.

  15. Study of dielectric properties of Ca doped barium titanate ceramics

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Kumar, Amit; Sinha, A. N.; Kour, P.

    2016-05-01

    Ba1-xCax Zr0.52Ti0.48 O3 ceramics was prepared by sol gel method. The crystallite size was in nano scale range. The dielectric constant was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The dielectric loss was decreased with increase in ca concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample was increased with increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample follows Johnscher power law. AC conductivity analysis shows that the interactions between neighbouring dipoles were decreased with the increase in Ca2+ concentration in the sample.

  16. Spatial concentration distribution analysis of cells in electrode-multilayered microchannel by dielectric property measurement.

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    Yao, Jiafeng; Kodera, Tatsuya; Obara, Hiromichi; Sugawara, Michiko; Takei, Masahiro

    2015-07-01

    The spatial concentration distribution of cells in a microchannel is measured by combining the dielectric properties of cells with the specific structure of the electrode-multilayered microchannel. The dielectric properties of cells obtained with the impedance spectroscopy method includes the cell permittivity and dielectric relaxation, which corresponds to the cell concentration and structure. The electrode-multilayered microchannel is constructed by 5 cross-sections, and each cross-section contains 5 electrode-layers embedded with 16 micro electrodes. In the experiment, the dielectric properties of cell suspensions with different volume concentrations are measured with different electrode-combinations corresponding to different electric field distributions. The dielectric relaxations of different cell concentrations are compared and discussed with the Maxwell-Wagner dispersion theory, and the relaxation frequencies are analysed by a cell polarization model established based on the Hanai cell model. Moreover, a significant linear relationship with AC frequency dependency between relative permittivity and cell concentration was found, which provides a promising way to on-line estimate cell concentration in microchannel. Finally, cell distribution in 1 cross-section of the microchannel (X and Y directions) was measured with different electrode-combinations using the dielectric properties of cell suspensions, and cell concentration distribution along the microchannel (Z direction) was visualized at flowing state. The present cell spatial sensing study provides a new approach for 3 dimensional non-invasive online cell sensing for biological industry. PMID:26392831

  17. Diurnal effect of water stress on the dielectric properties of corn

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    van Emmerik, T. H.; Steele-Dunne, S. C.; Judge, J.; Van De Giesen, N.

    2013-12-01

    Microwave emission and backscatter of vegetated surfaces are influenced by the vegetation dielectric constant, a function of vegetation water content. In turn, the vegetation water content varies depending on the availability of moisture in the root zone. Understanding the variation in vegetation dielectric properties in response to root zone water availability could improve soil moisture retrievals using microwaves above vegetated areas. Here we present a unique dataset of leaf dielectric properties collected during a two month field campaign in Citra (Florida, USA). In-vivo dielectric property measurements were conducted on three corn leaves at various heights. Destructive sampling was used to determine vegetation water content. Water stress was quantified by calculating the evaporation deficit of the corn field and by monitoring the soil water tension. We will present results illustrating the influence of the observed increase in water stress on the vegetation water content and leaf dielectric properties. Simulations using the water-cloud model demonstrate the impact of the changes in vegetation water content on radar backscatter at different frequencies and polarizations. The dielectric measurements revealed the complex diurnal response of vegetation to water stress and highlight the potential for vegetation and soil water status monitoring using microwave remote sensing.

  18. Static and yawed-rolling mechanical properties of two type 7 aircraft tires

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    Tanner, J. A.; Stubbs, S. M.; Mccarty, J. L.

    1981-01-01

    Selected mechanical properties of 18 x 5.5 and 49 x 17 size, type 7 aircraft tires were evaluated. The tires were subjected to pure vertical loads and to combined vertical and lateral loads under both static and rolling conditions. Parameters for the static tests consisted of tire load in the vertical and lateral directions, and parameters for the rolling tests included tire vertical load, yaw angle, and ground speed. Effects of each of these parameters on the measured tire characteristics are discussed and, where possible, compared with previous work. Results indicate that dynamic tire properties under investigation were generally insensitive to speed variations and therefore tend to support the conclusion that many tire dynamic characteristics can be obtained from static and low speed rolling tests. Furthermore, many of the tire mechanical properties are in good agreement with empirical predictions based on earlier research.

  19. Analysis of the dielectric properties of trunk wood in dominant conifer species from New England and Siberia

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    Ranson, K. J.; Rock, B. N.; Salas, W. A.; Smith, K.; Williams, D. L.

    1992-01-01

    Data were collected for dominant conifer species. Dielectric properties of trunk wood were measured using a C-band dielectric probe. For certain specimens, electrical resistance was also measured using a shigometer. The water status of the trees studies was determined either by use of a Scholander pressure chamber on branch samples collected simultaneously with dielectric measurements or by fresh-weight/dry-weight assessment of wood core samples extracted and analyzed with the dielectric probe and shigometer. Diurnal delectric properties and xylem water column tension are inversely correlated such that real and imaginary dielectric values drop as tension increases. The dielectric properties were positively correlated with wood core moisture content while electrical resistance was poorly correlated with wood core moisture content in one species studied. Results support the view that dielectric properties are strongly correlated with moisture status in trunk wood, and possibly ion concentrations associated with decay processes in damaged specimens.

  20. Optical and dielectric properties of L-methionine L-methioninium hydrogen maleate single crystal

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    Vasudevan, P.; Sankar, S.; Gokulraj, S.

    2013-02-01

    An organic nonlinear optical single crystal L-methionine L-methioninium hydrogen maleate has been grown by solution growth technique. It is confirmed from XRD data that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with non-centrosymmetric space group P21. Photoluminescence study was carried out for the grown crystal and maximum emission occurs at 395 nm. Dielectric measurements were made for the frequency range from 100 Hz to 5 MHz. The lower value of dielectric constant and dielectric loss at higher frequencies reveal that the material possesses enhanced optical quality with lesser defects. Nonlinear optical property was confirmed by Kurtz and Perry technique.

  1. Structural, optical and dielectric property of Co doped Bi2Fe4O9

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    Swain, Smita; Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahoo, B.; Singh, A. K.

    2014-04-01

    Multiferroic Bi2Fe4O9 and Co doped Bi2Fe4O9 are prepared by solid state route reaction method using bismuth oxide(Bi2O3), iron oxide(Fe2O3) and cobalt oxide (Co3O4). Their structural optical and dielectric properties are studied and compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm that there is no change in crystal structure due to Co doping. From dielectric constant measurement we conclude that dielectric constant increases due to Co doping. UV-Visible plot shows due to Co doping bang gap energy increases.

  2. Enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Ca2+ substituted sodium bismuth titanate

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    Bharti, Chandrahas; Sen, A.; Sinha, T. P.

    2013-02-01

    In order to find the environmental friendly materials for various possible applications in near future, We have synthesized a series of new complex perovskite oxides CaxNa1-x(Bi1/2Ti1/2)O3 (CNBT) (where x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75) by solid state reaction technique and studied the effect of Ca substitution in Na(Bi1/2Ti1/2)O3 through the microstructure, dielectric and ferroelectric properties. The frequency dependence of the dielectric constant at room temperature shows that the value of dielectric constant increases with Ca2+ substitution at room temperature. The analysis of real part of the dielectric permittivity shows Debye like relaxation with frequency at room temperature. The polarization hysteresis loops plotted at room temperature reveal the ferroelectric property for all compositions of the CNBT samples.

  3. First-principles investigation of band offsets and dielectric properties of Silicon-Silicon Nitride interfaces

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Li, Tianshu; Gygi, Francois; Galli, Giulia

    2011-03-01

    Silicon Nitride (Si3N4) is a possible candidate material to replace or be alloyed with SiO2 to form high-K dielectric films on Si substrates, so as to help prevent leakage currents in modern CMOS transistors. Building on our previous work on dielectric properties of crystalline and amorphous Si3N4 slabs, we present an analysis of the band offsets and dielectric properties of crystalline-Si/amorphous Si3N4 interfaces based on first principles calculations. We discuss shortcomings of the conventional bulk-plus line up approach in band offset calculations for systems with an amorphous component, and we present the results of band offsets obtained from calculations of local density of states. Finally, we describe the role of bonding configurations in determining band edges and dielectric constants at the interface. We acknowledge financial support from Intel Corporation.

  4. Reflectance properties of one-dimensional metal-dielectric ternary photonic crystal

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    Pandey, G. N.; Kumar, Narendra; Thapa, Khem B.; Ojha, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    Metallic photonic crystal has a very important application in absorption enhancement in solar cells. It has been found that an ultra-thin metallic layer becomes transparent due to internal scattering of light through the each interface of the dielectric and metal surfaces. The metal has absorption due to their surface plasmon and the plasmon has important parameters for changing optical properties of the metal. We consider ternary metallic-dielectric photonic crystal (MDPC) for having large probabilities to change the optical properties of the MDPC and the photonic crystals may be changed by changing dimensionality, symmetry, lattice parameters, Filling fraction and effective refractive index refractive index contrast. In this present communication, we try to show that the photonic band gap in ternary metal-dielectric photonic crystal can be significantly enlarged when air dielectric constant is considered. All the theoretical analyses are made based on the transfer matrix method together with the Drude model of metal.

  5. Dielectric properties of rat embryo and foetus as a function of gestation

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    Peyman, A.; Gabriel, C.

    2012-04-01

    The dielectric properties of rat embryos/foetuses have been acquired at several stages of gestation at 37 °C and in the frequency range of 40 MHz-20 GHz. Measurements were carried out on homogenized tissues, as trial experiments did not show any systematic difference between the dielectric data of intact and homogenized tissues at microwave frequencies. The results showed that dielectric properties of the foetus are generally higher than adult muscle and brain. The measured data also showed some decline for both permittivity and conductivity as the foetus grew from 18 to 20 days old; however, these changes were not statistically significant. Data were also collected for placenta and amniotic fluid which were in good agreement with those recently obtained from human tissues. Finally, tabulated numerical dielectric data for rat foetal tissues are presented for a wide range of medical and telecommunication frequencies.

  6. Three dimensional reflectance properties of plasma dielectric photonic crystal

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    Pandey, G. N.; Pandey, J. P.; Mishra, A. K.; Ojha, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    In this present communication, we study the three dimentionalomni-directional reflection bands in Plasma Photonic Crystals (PPC), having alternate regions of plasma-dielectric. We have calculated the reflectivity of the proposed structure at the various angles of incidence for both polarizations (TE - & TM) in three dimensions.

  7. Dielectric and rheological properties of polyaniline organic dispersions

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    Bohli, N.; Belhadj Mohamed, A.; Vignras-Lefbvre, V.; Miane, J.-L.

    2009-05-01

    This paper reports the examination of the evolution of polyaniline-organic solvent interactions in the temperature range of 294-353 K. For this purpose, rheological and dielectric investigations have been undertaken for dispersions of plast-doped polyaniline in two different solvents (dichloroacetic acid and formic acid/dichloroacetic acid mixture). Dielectric permittivity has been investigated using the open ended coaxial line method in the frequency range of [100 MHz, 10 GHz]. Dielectric loss spectra of both dispersions showed a relaxation peak which was well fitted by Havriliak-Negami function. The relaxation was attributed to a Maxwell Wagner Sillars relaxation within polyaniline clusters. The difference found between relaxation parameters of the pure solvent and polyaniline dispersions was attributed to the solvent/polyaniline interactions. The relaxation time relative to the PANI/DCAA dispersion followed an Arrhenius law. While a Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann law was found for the relaxation time of PANI/DCAA-FA dispersion. Above a certain temperature, 318 K for PANI/DCAA and 313 K for PANI/DCAA-FA, the rheological parameters of the dispersions changed, thus indicating a morphological change of polyaniline in the dispersion. In the same range of temperature, ? and ? relaxation parameters undergo significant changes. Those changes in dielectric and rheological parameters seem to be related to a structural change occurring in the polyaniline organic dispersion systems while increasing temperature. An interesting correlation between permittivity and viscosity was obtained.

  8. Broadband antireflection properties of thin heterogeneous dielectric films.

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    Shvartsburg, A B; Petite, G; Hecquet, P

    2000-12-01

    New exactly solvable flexible models of inhomogeneous thin film with smooth and deep variations of dielectric susceptibility epsilon(z) are presented. Formation of cutoff frequencies of such films (as well as the broadband antireflection), controlled by the profiles epsilon(z), is shown. The crucial role of gradients of epsilon(z) in the optics of strongly inhomogeneous media is emphasized. PMID:11140487

  9. Temperature effects on soil dielectric properties measured at 50 MHz

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    In recent years a number of soil water monitoring instruments have been developed and made commercially available. These instruments determine soil water content from a sensor signal from which soil dielectric permittivity is resolved, which is a complex number and composed of real and imaginary com...

  10. Investigation of differences in dielectric properties of marinated poultry meat

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    The dielectric behavior of foods when exposed to radio-frequency and microwave electric fields is highly influenced by moisture content and the degree of water binding with constituents of the food materials. If their interaction with the interior of the food materials can be correlated with quality...

  11. Acid Rain Affecting the Electrical Properties of Outdoor Composite Dielectric Materials

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    Wang, Xinsheng; Kumagai, Seiji; Yoshimura, Noboru

    1998-12-01

    Acid rain is precipitation with acidity, i.e., pH, below 5.6. There is an increasing interest in the degradation of the electrical properties of outdoor composite dielectric materials under severe contaminant conditions such as acid rain. In this study, the degradation effects of acid rain on the outdoor composite dielectrics are investigated by accelerated aging due to artificial acid rain. Based on the investigation of acid rain, the composition of artificial acid rain is chosen to agree with the actual composition of precipitation. The surface potential, breakdown voltage, tracking resistance, and surface discharge current of dielectric materials are studied. Furthermore, the degradation mechanisms of electrical properties of composite dielectrics are discussed by investigating the degradation of the chemical and physical microstructures of material surface using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), the X-ray diffraction spectrum (XDS), and the metalloscope. Experimental results show that the outdoor polymeric dielectrics suffer severely and degrade due to acid rain so that their surface electrical properties deteriorate after aging. The erosion, by acid rain, of the energized dielectric materials is larger than that of outdoor materials used for other purposes.

  12. Fluorinated polymides for interlayer dielectric applications: Tailoring of properties via copolymerization

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    Auman, B.C.; McKerrow, A.J.; Ho, P.S.

    1996-10-01

    Over the past several years DuPont has been exploring new, rod-like fluorinated polyimides for interlayer dielectric (ILD) applications. It has been shown that copolymerization is a versatile method for tailoring properties of these rigid polyimides. Initial product offerings from DuPont showed an excellent balance of properties for ILD applications. These materials, however, due to their highly rod-like structure and very low in-plane coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), actually yielded negative thermal stresses on silicon at the 1 {mu}m thicknesses typical of interlayer dielectrics. More flexible materials with higher CTE typically yield positive stress values which can be undesirably quite high. The dielectric constant of these highly rod-like fluorinated polyimides was also somewhat anisotropic, again due to the rod-like nature and resulting high in-plane orientation of these polyimides. Since a thermal stress on silicon near zero and a more isotropic dielectric constant are likely the most desirable states for an ILD, the highly rod-like polyimide was further optimized by incorporation of a more flexible fluorinated comonomer, 6FDA, at various levels to increase CTE and balance dielectric constant. The various properties of this series of fluorinated polyimides were investigated. The results have shown that it is indeed possible to obtain near zero stress on silicon while attaining more isotropic dielectric constant via structure optimization.

  13. Ab Initio Study of the Dielectric and Electronic Properties of Multilayer GaS Films.

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    Li, Yan; Chen, Hui; Huang, Le; Li, Jingbo

    2015-03-19

    The dielectric properties of multilayer GaS films have been investigated using a Berry phase method and a density functional perturbation theory approach. A linear relationship has been observed between the number of GaS layers and slab polarizability, which can be easily converged at a small supercell size and has a weak correlation with different stacking orders. Moreover, the intercoupling effect of the stacking pattern and applied vertical field on the electronic properties of GaS bilayers has been discussed. The band gaps of different stacking orders show various downward trends with the increasing field, which is interpreted as giant Stark effect. Our study demonstrates that the slab polarizability as the substitution of conventional dielectric constant can act as an independent and reliable parameter to elucidate the dielectric properties of low-dimensional systems and that the applied electric field is an effective method to modulate the electric properties of nanostructures. PMID:26262870

  14. Plant Water Stress Detection Using Radar: The Influence Of Water Stress On Leaf Dielectric Properties

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    van Emmerik, Tim; Steele-Dunne, Susan; Judge, Jasmeet; van de Giesen, Nick

    2015-04-01

    Recent research on an agricultural maize canopy has demonstrated that leaf water content can change considerably during the day and in response to water stress. Model simulations suggest that these changes have a significant impact on radar backscatter, particularly in times of water stress. Radar is already used for several vegetation and soil monitoring applications, and might be used for water stress detection in agricultural canopies. Radar observations of the land surface are sensitive because it results in two-way attenuation of the reflected signal from the soil surface, and vegetation contributes to total backscatter from the canopy itself. An important driver that determines the impact of vegetation on backscatter is the dielectric constant of the leaves, which is primarily a function of their moisture content. Understanding the effects of water stress on the dynamics of leaf dielectric properties might shed light on how radar can be used to detect vegetation water stress. Previous studies have investigated the dielectric properties of vegetation. However, this has mainly been done using destructive sampling or in-vivo measurements of tree trunks. Unfortunately, few in-vivo measurements of leaf dielectric properties exist. This study presents datasets of in-vivo dielectric measurements of maize leaves, taken during two field experiments. One experiment was done using was done during a period of water stress, the other during a period without. Field measurements revealed a different vertical profile in dielectric properties for the period with and without water stress. During a period of increased water stress, the diurnal dynamics of leaves at different heights responded differently to a decrease in bulk moisture content. This study provides insight in the effect of water stress on leaf dielectric properties and water content, and highlights the potential use of radar for water stress detection in agricultural canopies.

  15. Dielectric properties of wheat flour mixed with oat meal

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    Łuczycka, D.; Czubaszek, A.; Fujarczuk, M.; Pruski, K.

    2013-03-01

    Possibilities of using electric methods for determining admixtures of oat meal to wheat flour, type 650 are presented. In wheat flour, oat meal and mixtures containing 10, 20 and 30% of the oat meal, moisture, protein, starch and ash content, sedimentation value, yield and softening of wet gluten were determined. In samples containing 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 100% of oat meal, the dielectric loss factor and conductivity were determined using an impedance analyzer for electromagnetic field frequency ranging from 0.1-20 kHz. It was found that the dielectric loss factor varied for tested material. The best distinguishing between tested mixtures was obtained at the measuring electromagnetic field frequency of 20 kHz. The loss factor was significantly correlated with the yield of wet gluten and the sedimentation value, parameters indicating the amount and quality of gluten proteins in flour.

  16. Diabetes mellitus effect on rat corneal dielectric properties.

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    Olszewski, J; Marzec, E; Florek, E; Kulza, M

    2012-03-01

    In the course of the study, we carried out a dielectric examination to determine the effect of diabetes mellitus on the rat corneal function. Measurements were performed over the frequency range of 500 Hz-100 kHz in air and at the temperatures from 25 to 150°C. The frequency dependencies of the loss tangent for the healthy and the diabetic cornea exhibit two peaks at 2 kHz and 16 kHz in the α-dispersion region. The amplitude of these both peaks is smaller for the diabetic cornea than that for the healthy one. The temperature dependencies of the loss tangent for the healthy and the diabetic cornea reveal β-relaxation in the range of 30-70°C and 50-90°C, respectively. The present study exhibits that the dielectric spectroscopy is useful in detection of the effect of diabetes mellitus on the corneal molecular behavior. PMID:22136803

  17. Microwave Dielectric and Magnetic Properties of Co-Zn Ferrites

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    Lamani, A. R.; Jayanna, H. S.; Naveen, C. S.; Rajeeva, M. P.; Prasanna, G. D.

    2015-02-01

    The dielectric permittivity, loss tangent, in the frequency range 1MHz to 1.8 GHz and hysteresis loop parameters at room temperature were studied on a series of Zn substituted cobalt ferrites with general formula Co1-xZnx Fe2O4 where (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0.). The experimental results indicate that the Zn substitution affects all these parameters. The observed dispersion in dielectric permittivity with frequency is in accordance with Maxwell-Wagner model. The high temperature sintering is used to synthesize these materials via solid state reaction route and these samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The saturation magnetizations (MS) Hc and Mr of the Particles were measured at room temperature. Here for the smaller dopent concentration Ms increases with increasing in the Zn content this can explained on the basis of increased number of magnetic ions in the spinel lattice, at some point Ms decrease because of the difference between the magnetic moment of Fe2+ and Zn2+, the magnetic moment of the A sub lattice will increases and the moment of the B sub lattice will decrease. The variation of crystalline shape ellipsoid is correlated with variation of dielectric constant.

  18. ON THE INFLUENCE OF MOISTURE ON DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF POLYETHERETHERKETONE (PEEK) CARBON-FIBER COMPOSITES

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    An analysis of local and global mechanisms of heat generation and distribution in carbon-fiber-based composites subjected to an alternating magnetic field has shown that heating is dependent upon the dielectric properties of the polymer matrix. These properties were investigated ...

  19. Factors Influencing the Dielectric Properties of Agricultural Products and Food Materials

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    Dielectric properties of materials are defined, and the major factors that influence these properties of agricultural and food materials, namely, frequency of the applied radio-frequency and microwave electric fields, water content, temperature, and density of the materials are discussed on the bas...

  20. Enhanced performance in capacitive force sensors using carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane nanocomposites with high dielectric properties

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    Jang, Hyeyoung; Yoon, Hyungsuk; Ko, Youngpyo; Choi, Jaeyoo; Lee, Sang-Soo; Jeon, Insu; Kim, Jong-Ho; Kim, Heesuk

    2016-03-01

    Force sensors have attracted tremendous attention owing to their applications in various fields such as touch screens, robots, smart scales, and wearable devices. The force sensors reported so far have been mainly focused on high sensitivity based on delicate microstructured materials, resulting in low reproducibility and high fabrication cost that are limitations for wide applications. As an alternative, we demonstrate a novel capacitive-type force sensor with enhanced performance owing to the increased dielectric properties of elastomers and simple sensor structure. We rationally design dielectric elastomers based on alkylamine modified-multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites, which have a higher dielectric constant than pure PDMS. The alkylamine-MWCNTs show excellent dispersion in a PDMS matrix, thus leading to enhanced and reliable dielectric properties of the composites. A force sensor array fabricated with alkylamine-MWCNT/PDMS composites presents an enhanced response due to the higher dielectric constant of the composites than that of pure PDMS. This study is the first to report enhanced performance of capacitive force sensors by modulating the dielectric properties of elastomers. We believe that the disclosed strategy to improve the sensor performance by increasing the dielectric properties of elastomers has great potential in the development of capacitive force sensor arrays that respond to various input forces.Force sensors have attracted tremendous attention owing to their applications in various fields such as touch screens, robots, smart scales, and wearable devices. The force sensors reported so far have been mainly focused on high sensitivity based on delicate microstructured materials, resulting in low reproducibility and high fabrication cost that are limitations for wide applications. As an alternative, we demonstrate a novel capacitive-type force sensor with enhanced performance owing to the increased dielectric properties of elastomers and simple sensor structure. We rationally design dielectric elastomers based on alkylamine modified-multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites, which have a higher dielectric constant than pure PDMS. The alkylamine-MWCNTs show excellent dispersion in a PDMS matrix, thus leading to enhanced and reliable dielectric properties of the composites. A force sensor array fabricated with alkylamine-MWCNT/PDMS composites presents an enhanced response due to the higher dielectric constant of the composites than that of pure PDMS. This study is the first to report enhanced performance of capacitive force sensors by modulating the dielectric properties of elastomers. We believe that the disclosed strategy to improve the sensor performance by increasing the dielectric properties of elastomers has great potential in the development of capacitive force sensor arrays that respond to various input forces. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional information on dispersion, spectroscopy, and sensor fabrication. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07958f

  1. NIR emission studies and dielectric properties of Er(3+)-doped multicomponent tellurite glasses.

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    Sajna, M S; Thomas, Sunil; Jayakrishnan, C; Joseph, Cyriac; Biju, P R; Unnikrishnan, N V

    2016-05-15

    Multicomponent tellurite glasses containing altered concentrations of Er2O3 (ranging from 0 to 1mol%) were prepared by the standard melt quenching technique. Investigations through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Raman scattering spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) emission studies and dielectric measurement techniques were done to probe their compositional, structural, spectroscopic and dielectric characteristics. The broad emission together with the high values of the effective linewidth (~63nm), stimulated emission cross-section (9.67×10(-21)cm(2)) and lifetime (2.56ms) of (4)I13/2 level for 0.5mol% of Er(3+) makes these glasses attractive for broadband amplifiers. From the measured capacitance and dissipation factor, the relative permittivity, dielectric loss and the conductivity were computed; which furnish the dielectric nature of the multicomponent tellurite glasses that depend on the applied frequency. Assuming the ideal Debye behavior as substantiated by Cole-Cole plot, an examination of the real and imaginary parts of impedance was performed. The power-law and Cole-Cole parameters were resolved for all the glass samples. From the assessment of the emission analysis and dielectric properties of the glass samples, it was obvious that the Er(3+) ion concentration had played a vital role in tuning the optical and dielectric properties and the 0.5mol% of Er(3+) -doped glass was confirmed as the optimum composition. PMID:26967514

  2. NIR emission studies and dielectric properties of Er3+-doped multicomponent tellurite glasses

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    Sajna, M. S.; Thomas, Sunil; Jayakrishnan, C.; Joseph, Cyriac; Biju, P. R.; Unnikrishnan, N. V.

    2016-05-01

    Multicomponent tellurite glasses containing altered concentrations of Er2O3 (ranging from 0 to 1 mol%) were prepared by the standard melt quenching technique. Investigations through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Raman scattering spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) emission studies and dielectric measurement techniques were done to probe their compositional, structural, spectroscopic and dielectric characteristics. The broad emission together with the high values of the effective linewidth (~ 63 nm), stimulated emission cross-section (9.67 × 10- 21 cm2) and lifetime (2.56 ms) of 4I13/2 level for 0.5 mol% of Er3+ makes these glasses attractive for broadband amplifiers. From the measured capacitance and dissipation factor, the relative permittivity, dielectric loss and the conductivity were computed; which furnish the dielectric nature of the multicomponent tellurite glasses that depend on the applied frequency. Assuming the ideal Debye behavior as substantiated by Cole-Cole plot, an examination of the real and imaginary parts of impedance was performed. The power-law and Cole-Cole parameters were resolved for all the glass samples. From the assessment of the emission analysis and dielectric properties of the glass samples, it was obvious that the Er3+ ion concentration had played a vital role in tuning the optical and dielectric properties and the 0.5 mol% of Er3+ -doped glass was confirmed as the optimum composition.

  3. The effect of side-chain liquid crystalline concentration in liquid crystal on dielectric properties

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    Gökçen, M.; Köysal, O.; Yıldırım, M.; Altındal, Ş.

    2012-08-01

    As liquid crystal (LC), E63 and as doping material, side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SLCP) were used in this study. In order to observe the effect of SLCP concentration in LC on the dielectric properties in a wide range of frequency and bias voltage, SLCP was doped into E63 with 0 (pure E63), 1 and 10 wt%. The bias voltage and frequency dependence of the dielectric properties of pure E63 and doped mixtures (E63/SCLP) have been investigated using the admittance spectroscopy method (C-V and G/ω-V) in the frequency range of 10 kHz-10 MHz at room temperature. The values of dielectric constant (ɛ‧) and real (M‧) and imaginary (M″) parts of electric modulus of the pure E63 and E63/SLCP (1 and 10%) were calculated using the measured admittance values. Moreover, dielectric anisotropy (Δɛ) was also obtained for each sample as a function of frequency. Results show that the values of dielectric parameters are strong functions of frequency and applied bias voltage depending on the concentration amount. Furthermore, dielectric anisotropy has negative values according to p/n type changing for each sample after a critical frequency value.

  4. Dielectric and magnetic properties of (Zn, Co) co-doped SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Khan, Rajwali; Fang, Ming-Hu

    2015-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of (Zn, Co) co-doped SnO2 nanoparticles were prepared using a co-precipitation method. The influence of (Zn, Co) co-doping on electrical, dielectric, and magnetic properties was studied. All of the (Zn, Co) co-doped SnO2 powder samples have the same tetragonal structure of SnO2. A decrease in the dielectric constant was observed with the increase of Co doping concentration. It was found that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss values decrease, while AC electrical conductivity increases with doping concentration and frequency. Magnetization measurements revealed that the Co doping SnO2 samples exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism. Our results illustrate that (Zn, Co) co-doped SnO2 nanoparticles have an excellent dielectric, magnetic properties, and high electrical conductivity than those reported previously, indicating that these (Zn, Co) co-doped SnO2 materials can be used in the field of the ultrahigh dielectric material, high frequency device, and spintronics. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2015CB921004, 2012CB821404, and 2011CBA00103) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374261 and 11204059).

  5. Effects of Cobalt substitution on the dielectric properties of Li Zn ferrites

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    Soibam, Ibetombi; Phanjoubam, Sumitra; Sharma, H. B.; Sarma, H. N. K.; Laishram, Radhapiyari; Prakash, Chandra

    2008-12-01

    The dielectric properties of Li 0.4-0.5 xZn 0.2Co xFe 2.4-0.5 xO 4 ferrites with x varying from 0.0 to 0.1 in steps of 0.02 synthesized by the citrate precursor method have been investigated as a function of composition and temperature. Room temperature dielectric constant studied at 1 kHz showed a decrease with addition of Co 2+ ions. The variation of dielectric constant with temperature was studied at different frequencies, and an increase was observed as the temperature rises. For certain composition, at particular frequency resonance maxima could be observed in the dielectric constant versus temperature curve. The possible mechanisms responsible for the above behaviour are explained.

  6. Dielectric properties of cluster-deposited TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Balamurugan, B.; Kraemer, Kristin; Wei, X.; Ducharme, Stephen; Sellmyer, D. J.

    2009-03-01

    TiO2-polymer nanocomposites are expected to have a high dielectric permittivity of TiO2 and large breakdown strength of the polymer, resulting in high energy density suitable for energy storage devices. Since chemically prepared nanocomposites tend to have poor film quality and inhomogeneities due to agglomeration, cluster deposition technique was used to prepare monodispersed TiO2--paraffin nanocomposite films. TiO2 clusters were coated in-flight with paraffin wax having comparatively better dielectric strength (7.9 -- 11.8 MV/m) using a thermal evaporation source in prior to deposition. Bare TiO2 clusters with average particle size ranging from 8 to 12 nm having a maximum dielectric permittivity of 54 were obtained. The structural and dielectric properties of these nanocomposites with varying volume fractions will be discussed. This research is supported by ONR and NCMN.

  7. Tuning the dielectric properties of thiourea analog crystals for efficient nonlinear optical applications

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    Sabari Girisun, T.C.; School of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu ; Dhanuskodi, S.

    2010-01-15

    Materials with low dielectric constant have attracted a great deal of interest in the field of nonlinear applications and microelectronic industry. Metal complexes of thiourea with group II transition metals (Zn, Cd) as central atom and period III elements (S, Cl) were synthesized by chemical reaction method and single crystals were grown from aqueous solution by slow evaporation method. By parallel plate capacitor technique, the dielectric response, dissipation factor, ac conductivity and impedance of virgin and metal complexes have been studied in the frequency (100 Hz to 5 MHz) and temperature (303-423 K) ranges. Metal complexes of thiourea with cadmium substitute have a low dielectric constant less than 10. Also the presence of chlorine in the metal complex induces noncentro symmetric structure. Hence the role of group II transition metals and period III elements in tuning the dielectric properties for efficient nonlinear applications has been studied.

  8. Sensitivity of Dielectric Properties to Wear Process on Carbon Nanofiber/High-Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Liu, Tian; Wood, Weston; Zhong, Wei-Hong

    2011-12-01

    We examined the correlation of wear effects with dielectric properties of carbon nanofibers (CNFs; untreated and organosilane-treated)-reinforced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) composites. Wear testing for the nanocomposites over up to 120 h was carried out, and then, dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss factor of the polymer composites with the increased wear time were studied. Scanning electron microscope and optical microscope observations were made to analyze the microstructure features of the nanocomposites. The results reveal that there exist approximate linear relationships of permittivity with wear coefficient for the nanocomposites. Composites containing silanized CNFs with the sufficiently thick coating exhibited high wear resistance. The change in permittivity was more sensitive to the increased wear coefficient for the nanocomposites with lower wear resistance. This work provides potential for further research on the application of dielectric signals to detect the effects of wear process on lifetime of polymeric materials.

  9. Tunable dielectric properties and excellent microwave absorbing properties of elliptical Fe3O4 nanorings

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    Tong, Guoxiu; Liu, Yun; Cui, Tingting; Li, Yana; Zhao, Yanting; Guan, Jianguo

    2016-02-01

    Elliptical Fe3O4 nanorings (NRs) with continuously tunable axes that range from 40 nm to 145 nm in length were prepared through a precursor-directed synthetic route to determine the electromagnetic responses generated at 2-18 GHz. The tunability of the dielectric properties of Fe3O4 NRs depends on the long axis rather than on the specific surface area, internal stress, and grain size. Elliptical Fe3O4 NRs exhibit the excellent microwave absorbing properties due to the unique ring-like configuration, which significantly enhances permittivity, multiple scattering, oscillation resonance absorption, microantenna radiation, and interference. These findings indicate that ring-like nanostructures are promising for devising effective microwave absorbers.

  10. Mechanical strain dependent electronic and dielectric properties of two-dimensional honeycomb structures of MoX2 (X=S, Se, Te)

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    Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2013-06-01

    Mechanical strain induced tunability in two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb structures of MoX2 (X=S, Se, Te) with a focus on dielectric properties have been investigated in the framework of density functional theory. Mechanical strains reduce the band gap of considered semiconductors by causing a direct-to-indirect band gap transitions and finally rendering them into metal at critical value depending on the types of applied strain. The ultimate tensile strength estimated for MoS2, MoSe2 and MoTe2 monolayers is ∼7 GPa, ∼6 GPa and ∼5 GPa respectively. Band-gap deformation potentials have been found to posses strong dependence on the types of applied strain. Small tensile strains increases the exciton binding energies which can have importance in the applications of optoelectronics. Dielectric properties too get influenced by the type of applied strain as well as the type of material. Imaginary part of dielectric function (ɛ2) shows redshift in the structure peak energy on the application of strains with significant dependence on the types of applied strain. Static dielectric constant (ɛs) has been found to increase with the increase of tensile strains (both uniaxial and biaxial) and asymmetric biaxial strain. On the other hand, ɛs decreases for smaller magnitude of compression strains and show increase at higher magnitude. The change in the magnitude of ɛs particularly for compression strains remain material specific.

  11. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid metallic–dielectric plasmonic nanoantennas

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    Hentschel, Mario; Metzger, Bernd; Knabe, Bastian

    2016-01-01

    Summary We study the linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid metallic–dielectric plasmonic gap nanoantennas. Using a two-step-aligned electron beam lithography process, we demonstrate the ability to selectively and reproducibly fill the gap region of nanoantennas with dielectric nanoparticles made of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) with high efficiency. The linear optical properties of the antennas are modified due to the large refractive index of the material. This leads to a change in the coupling strength as well as an increase of the effective refractive index of the surrounding. The combination of these two effects causes a red- or blue-shift of the plasmonic modes, respectively. We find that the nonlinear optical properties of the combined system are only modified in the range of one order of magnitude. The observed changes in our experiments in the nonlinear emission can be traced to the changed dielectric environment and thus the modified linear optical properties. The intrinsic nonlinearity of the dielectric used is in fact small when compared to the nonlinearity of the metallic part of the hybrid antennas. Thus, the nonlinear signals generated by the antenna itself are dominant in our experiments. We demonstrate that the well-known nonlinear response of bulk dielectric materials cannot always straightforwardly be used to boost the nonlinear response of nanoscale antenna systems. Our results significantly deepen the understanding of these interesting hybrid systems and offer important guidelines for the design of nanoscale, nonlinear light sources. PMID:26925359

  12. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid metallic-dielectric plasmonic nanoantennas.

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    Hentschel, Mario; Metzger, Bernd; Knabe, Bastian; Buse, Karsten; Giessen, Harald

    2016-01-01

    We study the linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid metallic-dielectric plasmonic gap nanoantennas. Using a two-step-aligned electron beam lithography process, we demonstrate the ability to selectively and reproducibly fill the gap region of nanoantennas with dielectric nanoparticles made of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) with high efficiency. The linear optical properties of the antennas are modified due to the large refractive index of the material. This leads to a change in the coupling strength as well as an increase of the effective refractive index of the surrounding. The combination of these two effects causes a red- or blue-shift of the plasmonic modes, respectively. We find that the nonlinear optical properties of the combined system are only modified in the range of one order of magnitude. The observed changes in our experiments in the nonlinear emission can be traced to the changed dielectric environment and thus the modified linear optical properties. The intrinsic nonlinearity of the dielectric used is in fact small when compared to the nonlinearity of the metallic part of the hybrid antennas. Thus, the nonlinear signals generated by the antenna itself are dominant in our experiments. We demonstrate that the well-known nonlinear response of bulk dielectric materials cannot always straightforwardly be used to boost the nonlinear response of nanoscale antenna systems. Our results significantly deepen the understanding of these interesting hybrid systems and offer important guidelines for the design of nanoscale, nonlinear light sources. PMID:26925359

  13. Dielectric properties and electrical conductivity of flat micronic graphite/polyurethane composites

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    Plyushch, Artyom; Macutkevic, Jan; Kuzhir, Polina P.; Banys, Juras; Fierro, Vanessa; Celzard, Alain

    2016-03-01

    Results of broadband dielectric spectroscopy of flat micronic graphite (FMG)/polyurethane (PU) resin composites are presented in a wide temperature range (25-450 K). The electrical percolation threshold was found to lie between 1 and 2 vol. % of FMG. Above the percolation threshold, the composites demonstrated a huge hysteresis of properties on heating and cooling from room temperature up to 450 K, along with extremely high values of dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity. Annealing proved to be a very simple but powerful tool for significantly improving the electrical properties of FMG-based composites. In order to explain this effect, the distributions of relaxation times were calculated by the complex impedance formalism. Below room temperature, both dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity exhibited a very low temperature dependence, mainly caused by the different thermal properties of FMG and pure PU matrix.

  14. Functional group dependent dielectric properties of sulfated hydrocolloids extracted from green macroalgal biomass.

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    Tsubaki, Shuntaro; Hiraoka, Masanori; Hadano, Shingo; Nishimura, Hiroshi; Kashimura, Keiichiro; Mitani, Tomohiko

    2014-07-17

    Dielectric properties of aqueous solutions of sulfated hydrocolloids (ulvan and rhamnan sulfate) extracted from green macroalgal biomass were studied in a frequency range of 100 MHz-10 GHz. Counterion exchange of native hydrocolloids (mixture of Na(+), Mg(2+) and Ca(2+)) to H(+)-form showed significant increase in loss factor due to ionic conduction. On the other hand, desulfations decreased their loss factors. The results suggested that ionic conduction of H(+) has significant contribution to loss factors. Additionally, H(+)-form hydrocolloids showed significant improvement in hydration, which might also affect the dielectric property of the solution by reducing the amount of free water. The viscosity, however, did not show apparent relevance with the dielectric property. PMID:24702935

  15. Mechanical and dielectric properties of carbon nanotubes/poly (vinyl alcohol) nanocomposites

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    Amrin, Sayed; Deshpande, V. D.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, two series of nanocomposites of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) incorporated with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) and carboxyl functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT-COOH) were fabricated using solution-cast method and their tensile and dielectric properties were studied. Tensile tests were carried out on composite films of MWNT/PVA and MWNT-COOH/PVA for different loading levels. Results show that overall mechanical properties of the MWNT-COOH/PVA composite was greatly improved as compared to the MWNT/PVA film. The dielectric properties of nanocomposites were investigated in a frequency range from 0.1Hz to 10MHz at room temperature respectively. Compared to MWNT/PVA composites, higher dielectric constant and ac conductivity was achieved in MWNT-COOH/PVA nanocomposite, which can be well explained by the interfacial polarization effect.

  16. A method for in vivo detection of abnormal subepidermal tissues based on dielectric properties.

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    Zhang, Liang; Liu, Peiguo; Dong, Xiuzhen; Zhou, Dongming; Shi, Xuetao

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a convenient and noninvasive scanning imaging method using microwave frequency band for abnormal subepidermal tissues detection is proposed in the aim to improve diagnosis and prognosis in clinical environments. This method is based on the reflective detection technology with coaxial probe that is used to measure the dielectric properties of tissues. An improved equivalent circuit and simulated annealing algorithm (SA) were used in this work to analyze the dielectric properties of tissues. Computational simulations incorporating a simplified model of subcutaneous hemorrhage described in this work were used to evaluate this method. The dielectric properties data of tissues in the model of simulation is derived from the literature. The simulation results demonstrated the potential of this method to detect abnormal subepidermal tissues conveniently and expose them in the image accurately. PMID:25227057

  17. Static and dynamic elastic properties of rocks from the Canadian Shield

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    King, M.S.

    1983-01-01

    As part of a number of research studies in the Canadian Shield associated with the stability of underground mine openings, seismic reflection surveys, and the proposed use of a tunnel-boring machine (TBM) for developing mine headings, a long-term laboratory rock mechanics program has been conducted to determine the static and dynamic elastic properties of samples of igneous and metamorphic rocks from the Canadian Shield. This paper reports the results of 174 measurements of static elastic modulus and 152 measurements of uniaxial compressive strength for these rocks as a function of dynamic elastic modulus. 20 references, 5 figures.

  18. Optical phonon modes and infrared dielectric properties of monoclinic CoWO4 microcrystals

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    Moreira, Roberto L.; Almeida, Rafael M.; Siqueira, Kisla P. F.; Abreu, Cintia G.; Dias, Anderson

    2016-02-01

    The phonon characteristics of CoWO4 microcrystals with monoclinic Wolframite structure were investigated by far-infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies. Near-normal spectra were taken for IR light polarization along the principal b-axis (A u modes) and along several angles within the ac-plane (B u modes). The IR spectra were analyzed with a generalized Drude-Lorentz model, and all predicted polar phonon modes were fully determined, including their symmetries, the dielectric Lorentz parameters and the non-orthogonal phonon polarizations for the B u modes. Anomalous dispersion and negative values for the real and imaginary parts of the off-diagonal components of the dielectric tensor functions were identified and discussed under the light of the varying phonon polarization directions (spread out in the ac-plane). The obtained static and background dielectric tensors gave an average permittivity of 16.1 (at microwave region), refractive indices along the principal dielectric axes of 2.22, 2.33 and 2.44 (at 1 μm), the optical axes, and an estimated value for the biaxial angle of the crystal. Polarized Raman spectra on appropriate scattering configurations revealed the 18 non-polar gerade phonons of CoWO4 crystals, with their correct symmetries attributed.

  19. Measurement of dielectric properties and determination of microwave emissivity of polluted waters

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    Blume, H.-J. C.

    1980-01-01

    The dielectric properties of polluted waters are measured with a reflection-type resonant cavity at 1.43 GHz. Very small water samples in quartz tubes of known volume are placed in the center of the maximum electric field. Measurement of the resonance-frequency variation and a change of the cavity's quality factor are used to determine the dielectric properties. The microwave emissivity of the polluted water is then calculated via the Fresnel equation and applied to data reductions of microwave radiometer measurements.

  20. Dielectric properties of rare earth (Sm and La) substituted lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics

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    Dipti, Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Raina, K. K.; Prakash, Chandra

    2013-06-01

    In the present paper, we are reporting the studies on dielectric properties of Lanthanum (La) and Samarium (Sm) substituted Lead Zirconate Titanate with compositional formula Pb(1.02-x)SmxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 and Pb(1.02-x)LaxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 with x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03. The materials were synthesized by solid state reaction route. XRD analysis shows that all the samples be in single phase with tetragonal structure. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of temperature.

  1. Dielectric Properties of BaTiO3-Based Ceramics under High Electric Field

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    Tsurumi, Takaaki; Adachi, Hiroshige; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Wada, Satoshi; Mizuno, Youichi; Chazono, Hirokazu; Kishi, Hiroshi

    2002-11-01

    The dielectric properties under a high electric field (ac-field) of BaTiO3-based ceramics with core grains, shell grains and core-shell grains were compared with those of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with these three kinds of grains. The MLCCs with the X7R specification had a core-shell structure, and the relative dielectric permittivity (\\varepsilonr) of the dielectric layers in the MLCCs increased with increasing ac-field. Similar behavior was observed in the MLCCs consisting of only cores, indicating that the core predominantly determined the dielectric properties of MLCCs under high ac-fields. The dielectric properties of MLCCs and ceramic plates consisting of only shell grains showed that the shell was the relaxor ferroelectrics. A slight change in the shell composition yielded a large shift of the peak temperature of \\varepsilonr. The shell improved the temperature stability of \\varepsilonr at low temperatures under low ac-fields. In a ceramic plate with relatively large BaTiO3 grains (approximately 3 μm), the maximum \\varepsilonr was observed at a moderate ac-field, which was explained from the electric displacement vs electric field hysteresis curves of ferroelectric BaTiO3. The MLCCs and ceramics plates with fine BaTiO3 grains (0.4 to 0.5 μm) showed similar dielectric behavior to the MLCC with the core-shell structure. The size effect of BaTiO3 played an important role in determining the temperature stability of \\varepsilonr. For future MLCCs with very thin dielectric layers, a microstructure with fine BaTiO3 grains and grain boundary layers of the shell was proposed.

  2. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Thin Films for Capacitive Energy Storage

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    Tong, Sheng

    As the increasing requirement of alternative energy with less pollution influence and higher energy efficient, new energy source and related storage methods are hot topic nowadays. Capacitors that supply high instant power are one of the keys in this application for both economic and functional design aspects. To lower the cost and increases the volumetric efficiency and reliability, relaxor thin films are considered as one of the candidates of the next generation capacitors. The research mainly focuses on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate or Pb1-xLax(ZryTi1-y)O3 (PLZT, x/y/1-y) relaxor thin films deposited on silicon (Si) and nickel (Ni) substrates in a range of thickness with different bottom electrodes, e.g. Platinum (Pt) and LaNiO3 (LNO). The final fabricated PLZT film capacitors will show strong potential for the energy storage application. The method adopted is the acetic acid assisted sol-gel deposition for the PLZT thin films. The wet chemical process is cost-effective and easily to scale up for plant/industrial products. We investigated the different bottom electrode/substrate influence in structure, microstructure, phases/defects, and heat-treatment conditions to achieve the optimized PLZT thin films. Issues of basic physical size effects in the PLZT thin films were also investigated, including thickness effects in the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films in a wide range of temperatures, the phase transition of the thin-film relaxors, lanthanum content effect, electrode-dielectric junction, misfit strain effect, etc. Based on the results and analysis, optimum PLZT film capacitors can be determined of proper substrate/electrode/dielectric that achieves the desired dielectric properties required for different applications, especially a more cost-effective method to develop volumetrically efficient capacitors with high charge density, energy density, dielectric breakdown strength, energy storage efficiency, and low dielectric loss, leakage current density.

  3. Tailoring Dielectric Properties and Energy Density of Ferroelectric Polymer Nanocomposites by High-k Nanowires.

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    Wang, Guanyao; Huang, Xingyi; Jiang, Pingkai

    2015-08-19

    High dielectric constant (k) polymer nanocomposites have shown great potential in dielectric and energy storage applications in the past few decades. The introduction of high-k nanomaterials into ferroelectric polymers has proven to be a promising strategy for the fabrication of high-k nanocomposites. One-dimensional large-aspect-ratio nanowires exhibit superiority in enhancing k values and energy density of polymer nanocomposites in comparison to their spherical counterparts. However, the impact of their intrinsic properties on the dielectric properties of polymer nanocomposites has been seldom investigated. Herein, four kinds of nanowires (Na2Ti3O7, TiO2, BaTiO3, and SrTiO3) with different inherent characteristics are elaborately selected to fabricate high-k ferroelectric polymer nanocomposites. Dopamine functionalization facilitates the excellent dispersion of these nanowires in the ferroelectric polymer matrix because of the strong polymer/nanowire interfacial adhesion. A thorough comparative study on the dielectric properties and energy storage capability of the nanowires-based nanocomposites has been presented. The results reveal that, among the four types of nanowires, BaTiO3 NWs show the best potential in improving the energy storage capability of the proposed nanocomposites, resulting from the most signficant increase of k while retaining the rather low dielectric loss and leakage current. PMID:26225887

  4. Dielectric properties of Asteroid Vesta's surface as constrained by Dawn VIR observations

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    Palmer, Elizabeth M.; Heggy, Essam; Capria, Maria T.; Tosi, Federico

    2015-12-01

    Earth and orbital-based radar observations of asteroids provide a unique opportunity to characterize surface roughness and the dielectric properties of their surfaces, as well as potentially explore some of their shallow subsurface physical properties. If the dielectric and topographic properties of asteroid's surfaces are defined, one can constrain their surface textural characteristics as well as potential subsurface volatile enrichment using the observed radar backscatter. To achieve this objective, we establish the first dielectric model of asteroid Vesta for the case of a dry, volatile-poor regolith-employing an analogy to the dielectric properties of lunar soil, and adjusted for the surface densities and temperatures deduced from Dawn's Visible and InfraRed mapping spectrometer (VIR). Our model suggests that the real part of the dielectric constant at the surface of Vesta is relatively constant, ranging from 2.3 to 2.5 from the night- to day-side of Vesta, while the loss tangent shows slight variation as a function of diurnal temperature, ranging from 6 × 10-3 to 8 × 10-3. We estimate the surface porosity to be ∼55% in the upper meter of the regolith, as derived from VIR observations. This is ∼12% higher than previous estimation of porosity derived from previous Earth-based X- and S-band radar observation. We suggest that the radar backscattering properties of asteroid Vesta will be mainly driven by the changes in surface roughness rather than potential dielectric variations in the upper regolith in the X- and S-band.

  5. Dynamic and Static Shell Properties of White and Brown Shell Eggs Exposed to Modified-pressure Microcrack Detection Technology

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    Dynamic and static shell properties of eggs provide important insight to egg quality. Understanding how processing and handling procedures affect both dynamic and static shell properties can enhance the safety and quality of egg reaching consumers. A study was conducted to determine if dynamic she...

  6. Microscopic theory of the dielectric properties of proteins.

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    Simonson, T; Perahia, D; Brnger, A T

    1991-01-01

    This paper investigates the microscopic mechanisms of charge screening in proteins. The screening of an arbitrary perturbing charge density by a protein and its surrounding solution is characterized by a generalized susceptibility, which is approximately given by the mean dipole-dipole correlation matrix of the system. This susceptibility is a microscopic quantity; the sum of its matrix elements gives the macroscopic susceptibility of continuum electrostatics. When screening of a single perturbing point charge is considered, this susceptibility reduces to a scalar quantity, dependent on position within the protein. The contribution of the positional degrees of freedom of the protein atoms can be estimated from molecular dynamics simulations. This contribution gives rise to large spatial variations of the susceptibility, whose significance for protein function is discussed. The model is applied to the small alpha helix deca-alanine, and to the electron-transfer protein cytochrome c. The results agree qualitatively with previous normal mode calculations. The importance, and the large spatial variations, of charge screening by deca-alanine suggest that dielectric screening may play a role in the binding of charged ligands by helices. In cytochrome c, the dielectric susceptibility in response to a point charge is at a minimum in the central heme region, resulting in a lowering of the reorganization free energy for charge transfer to and from the heme. Images FIGURE 15 FIGURE 16 FIGURE 17 PMID:1646659

  7. Dielectric properties of glassy disaccharides for electromagnetic interference shielding application

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    Wlodarczyk, P.; Hawelek, L.; Paluch, M.; Wlodarczyk, A.; Wojnarowska, Z.; Kolano-Burian, A.

    2015-11-01

    Three amorphous disaccharides (sucrose, trehalose, and lactulose) and their mixtures were studied in order to evaluate their ability to absorb a high frequency (>1 MHz) electromagnetic wave. The materials were characterized by a dielectric loss tangent. It was found out that the highest tan(δ) value is observed in pure amorphous sucrose (tan(δ) = 0.17 at f = 1 MHz at T = 293 K). Moreover, the best Tg/tan(δ) ratio is observed in binary mixtures of sucrose and trehalose. A high glass transition temperature is advantageous as it increases operational temperatures of the material. The high tangent delta in microwave frequencies of sugars is connected with the mobility of sugar groups (possibly -CH2OH). The energy of the electromagnetic wave is converted into rotational movements of side groups and in consequence it is dissipated in the form of heat. It was proven that the polar low molecular glasses such as sugars may form dielectric components of composite microwave absorbers.

  8. Optimized growth and dielectric properties of barium titanate thin films on polycrystalline Ni foils

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    Liang, Wei-Zheng; Ji, Yan-Da; Nan, Tian-Xiang; Huang, Jiang; Zeng, Hui-Zhong; Du, Hui; Chen, Chong-Lin; Lin, Yuan

    2012-06-01

    Barium titanate (BTO) thin films were deposited on polycrystalline Ni foils by using the polymer assisted deposition (PAD) technique. The growth conditions including ambient and annealing temperatures were carefully optimized based on thermal dynamic analysis to control the oxidation processing and interdiffusion. Crystal structures, surface morphologies, and dielectric performance were examined and compared for BTO thin films annealed under different temperatures. Correlations between the fabrication conditions, microstructures, and dielectric properties were discussed. BTO thin films fabricated under the optimized conditions show good crystalline structure and promising dielectric properties with inr ~ 400 and tan δ < 0.025 at 100 kHz. The data demonstrate that BTO films grown on polycrystalline Ni substrates by PAD are promising in device applications.

  9. Morphology, Structural and Dielectric Properties of Vacuum Evaporated V2O5 Thin Films

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    Sengodan, R.; Shekar, B. Chandar; Sathish, S.

    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) thin films were deposited on well cleaned glass substrate using evaporation technique under the pressure of 10-5 Torr. The thickness of the films was measured by the multiple beam interferometry technique and cross checked by using capacitance method. Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) structure was fabricated by using suitable masks to study dielectric properties. The dielectric properties were studied by employing LCR meter in the frequency range 12 Hz to 100 kHz for various temperatures. The temperature co- efficient of permittivity (TCP), temperature co-efficient of capacitance (TCC) and dielectric constant (ɛ) were calculated. The activation energy was calculated and found to be very low. The activation energy was found to be increasing with increase in frequency. The obtained low value of activation energy suggested that the hopping conduction may be due to electrons rather than ions.

  10. Dielectric spectroscopy at the nanoscale by atomic force microscopy: A simple model linking materials properties and experimental response

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    Miccio, Luis A. Colmenero, Juan; Kummali, Mohammed M.; Alegría, Ángel; Schwartz, Gustavo A.

    2014-05-14

    The use of an atomic force microscope for studying molecular dynamics through dielectric spectroscopy with spatial resolution in the nanometer scale is a recently developed approach. However, difficulties in the quantitative connection of the obtained data and the material dielectric properties, namely, frequency dependent dielectric permittivity, have limited its application. In this work, we develop a simple electrical model based on physically meaningful parameters to connect the atomic force microscopy (AFM) based dielectric spectroscopy experimental results with the material dielectric properties. We have tested the accuracy of the model and analyzed the relevance of the forces arising from the electrical interaction with the AFM probe cantilever. In this way, by using this model, it is now possible to obtain quantitative information of the local dielectric material properties in a broad frequency range. Furthermore, it is also possible to determine the experimental setup providing the best sensitivity in the detected signal.

  11. Study of Temperature Dependence of Dielectric Properties of Bound Water in Grain and Seed at Microwave Frequencies

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    The influence of temperature on dielectric properties of bound water in grain and seed was investigated through measurement of their dielectric properties at microwave frequencies over a wide temperature range between –80 oC and +24 oC. Free–space measurements were performed between 2 and 18 GHz on...

  12. Rapid and Nondestructive Determination of Moisture Content in Peanut Kernels from Microwave Measurement of Dielectric Properties of Pods

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    A method for moisture determination in peanut kernels from measurement of the dielectric properties of peanut pods at microwave frequencies is presented. The dielectric properties of peanut kernels and pods were measured in free space with a vector network analyzer and a pair of focused beam horn-l...

  13. Tailoring Dielectric and Actuated Properties of Elastomer Composites by Bioinspired Poly(dopamine) Encapsulated Graphene Oxide.

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    Ning, Nanying; Ma, Qin; Liu, Suting; Tian, Ming; Zhang, Liqun; Nishi, Toshio

    2015-05-27

    In this study, we obtained dielectric elastomer composites with controllable dielectric and actuated properties by using a biomimetic method. We used dopamine (DA) to simultaneously coat the graphene oxide (GO) and partially reduce GO by self-polymerization of DA on GO. The poly(dopamine) (PDA) coated GO (GO-PDA) was assembled around rubber latex particles by hydrogen bonding interaction between carboxyl groups of carboxylated nitrile rubber (XNBR) and imino groups or phenolic hydroxyl groups of GO-PDA during latex compounding, forming a segregated GO-PDA network at a low percolation threshold. The results showed that the introduction of PDA on GO prevented the restack of GO in the matrix. The dielectric and actuated properties of the composites depend on the thickness of PDA shell. The dielectric loss and the elastic modulus decrease, and the breakdown strength increases with increasing the thickness of PDA shell. The maximum actuated strain increases from 1.7% for GO/XNBR composite to 4.4% for GO-PDA/XNBR composites with the PDA thickness of about 5.4 nm. The actuated strain at a low electric field (2 kV/mm) obviously increases from 0.2% for pure XNBR to 2.3% for GO-PDA/XNBR composite with the PDA thickness of 1.1 nm, much higher than that of other DEs reported in previous studies. Thus, we successfully obtained dielectric composites with low dielectric loss and improved breakdown strength and actuated strain at a low electric field, facilitating the wide application of dielectric elastomers. PMID:25938262

  14. Dielectric property of MoS_2 crystal in terahertz and visible regions

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    Yan, Xianding; Zhu, Lipeng; Zhou, Yixuan; E, Yiwen; Wang, Li; Xu, Xinlong

    2015-08-01

    Two-dimensional materials such as MoS2 have attracted much attention in recent years due to their fascinating optoelectronic properties. Dielectric property of MoS2 is desired for the optoelectronic application. In this paper, terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy and ellipsometry technology are employed to investigate the dielectric response of MoS2 crystal in THz and visible region. The real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric constant of MoS2 crystal are found to follow a Drude model in THz region, which is due to the intrinsic carrier absorption. In visible region, the general trend of the complex dielectric constant is found to be described with a Lorentz model, while two remarkable peaks are observed at 1.85 and 2.03 eV, which have been attributed to the splitting arising from the combined effect of interlayer coupling and spin-orbit coupling. This work affords the fundamental dielectric data for the future optoelectronic applications with MoS2.

  15. Strain tunable ferroelectric and dielectric properties of BaZrO{sub 3}

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    Zhang, Yajun; Liu, Man; Shimada, Takahiro; Kitamura, Takayuki; Wang, Jie

    2014-06-14

    The crucial role of epitaxial (in-plane) strain on the structural, electronic, energetic, ferroelectric, and dielectric properties of BaZrO{sub 3} (BZO) is investigated using density-functional theory calculations. We demonstrate that the BZO crystal subjected to a critical compressive (or tensile) strain exhibits non-trivial spontaneous polarization that is higher than that of well-known ferroelectrics BaTiO{sub 3}, while the BZO crystal is essentially paraelectric in the absence of strain. The electronic structure and Born-effective-charge analyses elucidate that the strain-induced paraelectric-to-ferroelectric transition is driven by the orbital hybridization of d-p electrons between zirconium and oxygen. Through the strain-induced paraelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition, the dielectric response of BZO is significantly enhanced by the in-plane strain. The tensile strain increases the in-plane dielectric constant by a factor of seven with respect to that without the strain, while the compression tends to enhance the out-of-plane dielectric response. Therefore, strain engineering makes BZO an important electromechanical material due to the diversity in ferroelectric and dielectric properties.

  16. Understanding the Dielectric Properties of Liquid Amides from a Polarizable Force Field

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    Harder, Edward; Anisimov, Victor M.; Whitfield, Troy; MacKerell, Alexander D.; Roux, Benoît

    2016-01-01

    The role played by electronic polarization in the dielectric properties of liquid N-methyl acetamide (NMA) is examined using molecular dynamics simulations with a polarizable force field based on classical Drude oscillators. The model presented is the first force field shown to reproduce the anomalously large dielectric constant of liquid NMA. Details of the molecular polarizability are found to be important. For instance, all elements of the polarizability tensor, rather then just the trace, impact on the condensed phase properties. Two factors related to electronic polarizability are found to contribute to this large dielectric constant. First is the significant enhancement of the mean amide molecular dipole magnitude, which is 50% larger in the liquid than in the gas phase. Second is the consequent strong hydrogen bonding between molecular neighbors that enhances the orientational alignment of the molecular dipoles. Polarizable models of amide compounds that have two (acetamide) and zero (N,N-dimethyl acetamide) polar hydrogen-bond donor atoms are also investigated. Experimentally, the neat liquid dielectric constants at 373 K are 100 for NMA, 66 for acetamide and 26 for N,N-dimethyl acetamide. The polarizable models replicate this trend, predicting a dielectric constant of 92 ± 5 for NMA, 66 ± 3 for acetamide and 23 ± 1 for N,N-dimethyl acetamide. PMID:18302362

  17. A Study on Subsequent Static Aging and Mechanical Properties of Hot-Rolled AA2017

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    Khalili, L.; Serajzadeh, S.

    2014-08-01

    In this work, the effects of rolling parameters, cooling media, and deformation path on mechanical properties and aging behavior of hot-rolled AA2017 were studied. First, hot-rolling experiments were conducted under different working conditions, and the rolled strips were then aged at room temperature for up to 57 days during which hardness and tensile tests were carried out to record the changes in the mechanical properties of the alloy. Furthermore, due to the importance of static recrystallization on subsequent aging behavior, the rate of recrystallization was also computed. To this end, a mathematical model was developed to predict thermomechanical responses during hot rolling using the finite element software, Abaqus/Explicit. Then, a physically-based model was employed for the determination of the kinetics of static recrystallization using the predicted thermomechanical parameters. Finally, the effects of rolling schedule on the mechanical properties and the aging behavior of rolled alloy were evaluated by means of the experimental results and the predictions. The results indicate that natural aging occurs in the hot-rolled alloy, while its influence on the mechanical properties is highly affected by the static recrystallization occurring in the interpass region and/or after rolling on the run-out table.

  18. Dielectric properties of PLZT film-on-foil capacitors.

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    Ma, B.; Kwon, D.-K.; Narayanan, M.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Systems

    2008-07-31

    We have deposited Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08}Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PLZT) films on nickel foils to create film-on-foil capacitor sheets. Measurements with PLZT films on LaNiO{sub 3}-buffered Ni foils yielded the following: relative permittivity {approx} 1300 and dielectric loss (tan {delta}) {approx} 0.05, leakage current density of 6.6 x 10{sup ? }9 A/cm{sup 2} (at 25 C) and 1.4 x 10{sup -8} A/cm{sup 2} (at 150 C), and mean breakdown field strength > 2.4 MV/cm. Based on the hysteresis loop measurement, an energy storage density of {approx} 17 J/cm{sup 3} was obtained for such a capacitor at 50% of the mean breakdown field.

  19. Effects of acid, salt and soaking time on the dielectric properties of acidified vegetables

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    In order to design a continuous microwave process for pasteurization of acidified vegetables, equilibration phenomena in acid and salt solutions must be examined with regards to changes in dielectric properties. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of acid and salt concentration o...

  20. Properties of humidity sensors with porous Al2O3 as a dielectric layer

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    Chachulski, Bogdan; Jasinski, Grzegorz; Zajt, Teresa; Nowakowski, Antoni; Jasinski, Piotr

    2004-07-01

    The effect of humidity influence on characteristics of a ceramic sensor with a porous dielectric Al2O3 layer is presented. Influence of chosen electrolytic process parameters on electrical properties of the sensor is shown. The experimental data of two groups of sensors are interpreted using two, known from literature, electric equivalent circuits.

  1. Influence of Water content of RF and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Foods

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    ABSTRACT The importance of dielectric properties of food materials is discussed with respect to their influence on the heating of materials by radio-frequency and microwave energy and their use for rapid, nondestructive sensing of quality characteristics of such materials. Data are presented graph...

  2. Study made of dielectric properties of promising materials for cryogenic capacitors

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    Mathes, K. N.; Minnich, S. H.

    1967-01-01

    Experimental investigations were conducted to determine dielectric properties of promising materials for cryogenic capacitors to be used in energy storage and pulse applications. The three classes of materials investigated were inorganic bonded ferroelectric materials, anodic coatings on metal foils, and polar low temperature liquids.

  3. Luminescence, structural and dielectric properties of Sm3+ impurities in strontium lithium bismuth borate glasses

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    Rajesh, D.; Balakrishna, A.; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2012-12-01

    In the present work, different concentrations of Sm3+doped strontium lithium bismuth borate glasses (SLBiB) have been prepared by melt quench technique and investigated their optical, structural and dielectric properties. The amorphous nature of the prepared glass samples was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and SEM analysis. The spectroscopic properties of these glasses were investigated by recording optical absorption, photoluminescence and decay curve analysis. Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory has been applied for the f ↔ f transitions of Sm3+ ions to evaluate J-O intensity parameters, Ωλ (λ = 2, 4 and 6). Using the J-O intensity parameters, radiative properties such as transition probabilities (AR), calculated branching ratios (β) and radiative lifetimes (τ) are estimated. From the emission spectra, effective bandwidths (Δλeff) and stimulated emission cross-sections (σp) have been obtained for observed emission levels. From the emission spectra, a strong reddish-orange emission corresponding to the transition, 4G5/2 → 6H7/2 was observed. The nature of decay curves of 4G5/2 level for different Sm3+concentrations in SLBiB glass has been analyzed. FTIR spectra were recorded to analyze the functional groups present in the glass matrix. From the dielectric properties, variation of dielectric constant, dielectric loss and ac conductivity of Sm3+ doped different glass samples with the variation of frequency was studied.

  4. FREE-SPACE MEASUREMENT OF DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF CEREAL GRAIN AND OILSEED AT MICROWAVE FREQUENCIES

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    Principles of dielectric properties measurement by microwave free-space transmission measurements are presented, and the important sources of errors in such measurements are discussed. A system, including a vector network analyzer, horn/lens antennas, holder for grain and oilseed samples, and a rad...

  5. Frequency, temperature, density and moisture dependence of dielectric properties of unshelled and shelled peanuts

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    Dielectric properties of unshelled and shelled peanuts were measured with a free-space-transmission technique between 2 and 18 GHz over wide ranges of bulk density, moisture content, and temperature. For better accuracy a pair of horn/lens antennas providing a focused beam was used; the sample was p...

  6. Coaxial-probe contact-force monitoring for dielectric properties measurements

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    A means is described for measuring and monitoring the contact force applied to a material sample with an open-ended coaxial-line probe for purposes of measuring the dielectric properties of semisolid material samples such as fruit, vegetable and animal tissues. The equipment consists of a stainless...

  7. Dielectric Properties of Birch Wood in the High-Frequency Range

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    Goreshnev, M. A.; Litvishko, E. S.; Lopatin, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    Results of measurement of dielectric properties of birch wood in the radio-frequency range depending on its humidity are presented. The dependences obtained indicate strong influence of wood anisotropy especially at low frequencies. It is shown that it is irrational to use the wood for insulation if its humidity exceeds 15-20%.

  8. A neutral theory with environmental stochasticity explains static and dynamic properties of ecological communities.

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    Kalyuzhny, Michael; Kadmon, Ronen; Shnerb, Nadav M

    2015-06-01

    Understanding the forces shaping ecological communities is crucial to basic science and conservation. Neutral theory has made considerable progress in explaining static properties of communities, like species abundance distributions (SADs), with a simple and generic model, but was criticised for making unrealistic predictions of fundamental dynamic patterns and for being sensitive to interspecific differences in fitness. Here, we show that a generalised neutral theory incorporating environmental stochasticity may resolve these limitations. We apply the theory to real data (the tropical forest of Barro Colorado Island) and demonstrate that it much better explains the properties of short-term population fluctuations and the decay of compositional similarity with time, while retaining the ability to explain SADs. Furthermore, the predictions are considerably more robust to interspecific fitness differences. Our results suggest that this integration of niches and stochasticity may serve as a minimalistic framework explaining fundamental static and dynamic characteristics of ecological communities. PMID:25903067

  9. Analytical Solution for the SU(2) Hedgehog Skyrmion and Static Properties of Nucleons

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    Jia, Duo-Jie; Wang, Xiao-Wei; Liu, Feng

    2010-12-01

    An analytical solution for symmetric Skyrmion is proposed for the SU(2) Skyrme model, which takes the form of the hybrid form of a kink-like solution, given by the instanton method. The static properties of nucleons is then computed within the framework of collective quantization of the Skyrme model, in a good agreement with that given by the exact numeric solution. The comparisons with the previous results as well as the experimental values are also presented.

  10. Investigations of structural, dielectric and optical properties on silicon ion irradiated glycine monophosphate single crystals

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    Kanagasekaran, T.; Mythili, P.; Bhagavannarayana, G.; Kanjilal, D.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2009-08-01

    The 50 MeV silicon ion irradiation induced modifications on structural, optical and dielectric properties of solution grown glycine monophosphate (GMP) crystals were studied. The high-resolution X-ray diffraction study shows the unaltered value of integrated intensity on irradiation. The dielectric constant as a function of frequency and temperature was studied. UV-visible studies reveal the decrease in bandgap values on irradiation and presence of F-centers. The fluorescence spectrum shows the existence of some energy levels, which remains unaffected after irradiation. The scanning electron micrographs reveal the defects formed on irradiation.

  11. Magnetic, structural, and dielectric properties of CuB{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Nenert, G.; Palstra, T. T. M.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Vasiliev, A. N.

    2007-10-01

    We have studied the magnetic, structural, and dielectric properties of a single crystal of CuB{sub 2}O{sub 4}. We show that both reported magnetic transitions are observable in the magnetization, irrespective of the measured direction of the crystal. This is in agreement with recent neutron data. More importantly, our study demonstrates the absence of dielectric anomalies at the various magnetic transitions despite the reported magnetoelectric symmetry. This demonstrates that the polarization remains zero at any temperature. Consequently, we interpret our data as the evidence for a very weak or the absence of linear magnetoelectric coupling in this material.

  12. Microwave tunable dielectric properties of multilayer CNT membranes for smart applications

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    Liu, L.; Yang, Z. H.; Kong, L. B.; Yin, W. Y.; Wang, S.

    2012-09-01

    Multilayer multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) silicone composite membranes with thickness greater than 10 μm were prepared with a spin-coating method. Dielectric permittivity and tunability of the circular membranes were measured from 0.1 to 7 GHz by using a single-port coaxial line method. The frequency and bias voltage dependent dielectric properties were interpreted based on percolation theory. The MWCNT membranes could be potentially used to develop smart components and structures working at radio wave or microwave frequencies.

  13. Influence of gold nanorods size on electro-optical and dielectric properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Podgornov, Fedor V.; Ryzhkova, Anna V.; Haase, Wolfgang

    2010-11-22

    The influence of the gold nanorods (GNRs) diameter on the electro-optic and dielectric properties of the ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) was investigated. It was shown that dispersing of GNRs in FLCs could lead to an increase of the internal electric field inside the liquid crystalline layer. This effect results in a significant decrease of the switching time and the rotational viscosity of the FLC/GNRs nanodispersions independently on the GNRs diameter. Oppositely, the relaxation frequency and the dielectric strength of the Goldstone mode strongly depend on the GNRs diameter, which can be explained by the charge transfer between the GNRs and FLC molecules.

  14. Dielectric properties of doping-free NaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12}: Origin of the observed colossal dielectric constant

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    Cabassi, R.; Bolzoni, F.; Gauzzi, A.; Gilioli, E.; Prodi, A.; Licci, F.

    2006-07-15

    The semiconducting NaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12} is a doping-free compound with several coexistent properties such as orbital ordering, charge ordering, and magnetic orderings of different types. We investigated its dielectric response by means of frequency impedance measurements in the range from 20 Hz to 1 MHz. Standard measurements on metallized samples exhibit an apparent colossal dielectric constant (CDC) with an {epsilon}{sub R} value of several thousands at low frequencies, but a careful equivalent circuit analysis allows one to ascribe the observed CDC to the effect of a depletion layer on the metal-semiconductor junctions. We bypass this effect by means of a nonstandard technique employing mica linings: the resulting dielectric behavior exhibits the presence of the charge ordering transition at T{sub CO}=176 K and shows a net bulk dielectric constant value {epsilon}{sub R}{approx_equal}68 at room temperature.

  15. Dynamic performance of a static or throwing droplet impact onto a solid substrate with different properties

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    Wu, Jie; Li, Ya-Dong

    2016-03-01

    The dynamic performance of a static or throwing droplet impact onto a solid substrate with different properties is numerically studied in this work. After being released or horizontally thrown out, a two-dimensional droplet can fall freely under gravity. The substrate, which is below the droplet, is either hydrophilic/hydrophobic or inhomogeneous. To conduct numerical simulations, a hybrid method is adopted, in which the flow field is solved by using the lattice Boltzmann method and the interface is captured by solving the Cahn-Hilliard equation directly. Given a fixed distance between the droplet and the substrate (H∗), the effects of Bond number (Bo), Weber number (We), and surface property on the performance of droplet impingement are investigated in detail. With the increase of Bond number, the surface coverage area of a static droplet also increases. A hydrophilic surface or an inhomogeneous surface with small advancing/receding angle difference can lead to the breakup of droplet rim due to the bubble entrapment. Moreover, dependent on the Weber number and the surface property, the leading edge rim of a throwing droplet developing on an inhomogeneous surface may break up before or after it contacts the substrate. As a result, compared to the case of static droplet, the surface coverage area will be reduced due to the diffusion of small droplet segment.

  16. Dielectric properties of polymer composites with carbon nanotubes of different diameters.

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    Macutkevic, Jan; Paddubskaya, Alesia; Kuzhir, Polina; Banys, Juras; Maksimenko, Sergey; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Mazov, Ilya N; Krasnikov, Dmitrij V

    2014-07-01

    The dielectric properties of Polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) composites filled with CVD made multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) of different mean outer diameters (d - 9 nm and 12-14 nm) were investigated at temperatures from 300 K to 390 K and in a wide frequency range (20 Hz-1 MHz). The percolation threshold is lower in composites with thick nanotubes. Below percolation threshold the dielectric permittivity was found also to be higher for composites with thicker carbon nanotubes. The temperature dependence of the complex dielectric permittivity of the investigated composites below percolation is mainly caused by beta relaxation in pure PMMA polymer matrix. The potential barrier for PMMA molecules rotation is higher in composites with thicker MWCNT and demonstrates non-monotonous concentration dependence. PMID:24758044

  17. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Polystyrene-Forsterite (Mg2SiO4) Composite

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    Sasikala, T. S.; Sebastian, M. T.

    2016-01-01

    Polystyrene-Mg2SiO4 ceramic composites have been prepared by kneading followed by hot pressing. The dielectric properties of the composites have been investigated at both radio and microwave frequency ranges as a function of filler loading up to 50 vol.%. The dielectric constant and loss tangent increased with the ceramic filler content. The composite with 50 vol.% filler had a dielectric constant of 4.0 and loss tangent of 0.006 at 5 GHz, with Vickers microhardness of 35 HV. The coefficient of thermal expansion of the composite decreased and the thermal conductivity increased with the filler loading. PS-Mg2SiO4 composites are possible candidates for microwave substrate applications.

  18. Studies on the electrical and dielectric properties of chemically synthesized α-PbO nanoparticles

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    Mythili, N.; Arulmozhi, K. T.

    2015-01-01

    Lead(II) oxide nanoparticles have two forms namely the α-PbO with tetragonal structure and β-PbO with orthorhombic structure. The α-PbO nanoparticles were synthesized via simple chemical precipitation method. The morphology of the nanocrystallites was characterized by XRD technique which revealed that the synthesized nanocrystallite belongs to the α-PbO phase. The impedance spectroscopy was used to study the electrical and dielectric properties such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss, impedance, and AC conductivity as a function of frequency of the applied electric field and temperature. The results indicated the effective contributions of the grain boundaries are predominant due to the fact that smaller nanoparticles have larger specific surface area which means increased fraction of grain boundaries.

  19. Studies on the electrical and dielectric properties of chemically synthesized α-PbO nanoparticles

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    Mythili, N.; Arulmozhi, K. T.

    2014-09-01

    Lead(II) oxide nanoparticles have two forms namely the α-PbO with tetragonal structure and β-PbO with orthorhombic structure. The α-PbO nanoparticles were synthesized via simple chemical precipitation method. The morphology of the nanocrystallites was characterized by XRD technique which revealed that the synthesized nanocrystallite belongs to the α-PbO phase. The impedance spectroscopy was used to study the electrical and dielectric properties such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss, impedance, and AC conductivity as a function of frequency of the applied electric field and temperature. The results indicated the effective contributions of the grain boundaries are predominant due to the fact that smaller nanoparticles have larger specific surface area which means increased fraction of grain boundaries.

  20. Structural and dielectric properties of Gd doped bismuth ferrite-lead titanate

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    Mohanty, N. K. Behera, A. K. Satpathy, S. K. Behera, B. Nayak, P.

    2014-04-24

    0.5BiGd{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}O{sub 3}−0.5PbTiO{sub 3} with x=0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 composite was prepared by mixed oxide method. Structural characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction and studied that the materials show tetragonal structure at room temperature for all concentration of Gd. Studies of dielectric properties (ε{sub r} and tanδ) of the above compound at different frequencies in a wide range of temperature (25°-500°C) with an impedance analyser revealed that the dielectric constant increases with increase in Gd concentration as well temperature and the compound do not have any dielectric anomaly in the studied frequency and temperature range.

  1. Effect of high-pressure on calorimetric, rheological and dielectric properties of selected starch dispersions.

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    Ahmed, Jasim; Singh, Ajaypal; Ramaswamy, H S; Pandey, Pramod K; Raghavan, G S V

    2014-03-15

    Effects of high-pressure (HP) treatment on the rheological, thermal and dielectric properties of the four selected starch dispersions (two modified starches, one native and one resistant) were evaluated. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and oscillatory rheometry were employed to assess the extent of starch gelatinization and the developed gel rigidity (G') of starch gels after HP treatment. It was observed that starch dispersions gelatinized completely at 500 MPa with a 30-min holding time. The HP-treated starch samples exhibited predominantly solid-like (G'>G") behavior except for the resistant starch. Pressure-induced gel rigidity differed significantly among starch samples. The G' of starch gels increased with the pressure (400-600 MPa) in the studied frequency range (0.1-10 Hz) except for the native starch where a marginal decrease was recorded at similar condition. The holding time (15-30 min) and concentration (20-25% w/w) significantly attributed towards gel rigidity of starch samples. Measurement of dielectric properties of HP-treated samples over the frequency range 450-4450 MHz indicated differences in the dielectric constant (ɛ'), loss factor (ɛ") and penetration depth among starch gels. Pressure did not show any effect on dielectric property of the resistant starch sample. Power penetration depth decreased significantly with frequency and with the pressure. PMID:24528695

  2. Broadband dielectric/electric properties of epoxy thin films filled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Macutkevic, Jan; Kuzhir, Polina P.; Paddubskaya, Alesia G.; Banys, Juras; Maksimenko, Sergey A.; Stefanutti, Eleonora; Micciulla, Federico; Bellucci, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    Many attempts have been made to fully explore flexibility, resistance to corrosion, and processing advantage of epoxy resin filled with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as conductive filler, although sometimes with a certain degradation of polymers' intrinsic properties. It is important to move the percolation threshold into the region of smaller CNTs' concentration. The results of a broadband dielectric investigation of multiwalled CNT (MWCNT)/epoxy resin composites in wide temperature range from room temperature to 450 K were analyzed for percolation. Far below the percolation threshold (0.25 wt. % MWCNT) the dielectric properties of the composite are mostly determined by alpha relaxation in pure polymer matrix and the freezing temperature decreases due to the extra free volume at the polymer-filler interface. Close to the percolation threshold, the composite shows the negative temperature coefficient effect in the temperature region, where the pure polymer matrix becomes conductive. The activation energy of DC conductivity increases with the MWCNT concentration far below the percolation threshold and decreases close to it (1.5 wt. % MWCNT). The dielectric analysis of the MWCNT/epoxy resin reveals a significant influence of the polymer matrix on the temperature dependence of composite dielectric properties.

  3. Temperature Dependence of Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of BiFeO3 Thin Films

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    Biegalski, Michael D; Jang, J H; Bark, C; Eom, Professor Chang-Beom

    2009-01-01

    Multiferroic materials, with their potential for novel devices and sensors, have spurred an immense amount of research. The most concentrated effort has been on BiFeO3 thin films due to their high N el temperature and high ferroelectric transition temperature. Most studies on BiFeO3 films suffer from electrical leakage, requiring the measurement of dielectric or ferroelectric properties to be conducted at low temperatures. In this work we show that room-temperature leakage is not intrinsic to BiFeO3. Results are shown for highly insulating films, including the temperature dependence (10K to 300K) of the dielectric properties, ferroelectric P-E loops, and leakage current. This data shows very little temperature change in the dielectric constant with a TCC of 0.38 K-1, and dielectric losses below 0.005. The remanent polarization similarly showed no temperature dependence within the error of the measurement with a Pr of 67 1 C/cm2. The leakage current remains below 3x10-4(A/cm2) at 100 kV/cm. This work proves that BiFeO3 does not intrinsically have high leakage, and validates the extrapolation of the properties of BiFeO3 films measured at low temperatures to room temperatures.

  4. Dielectric, thermal and mechanical properties of zirconium silicate reinforced high density polyethylene composites for antenna applications.

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    Varghese, Jobin; Nair, Dinesh Raghavan; Mohanan, Pezholil; Sebastian, Mailadil Thomas

    2015-06-14

    A low cost and low dielectric loss zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4) reinforced HDPE (high-density polyethylene) composite has been developed for antenna applications. The 0-3 type composite is prepared by dispersing ZrSiO4 fillers for various volume fractions (0.1 to 0.5) in the HDPE matrix by the melt mixing process. The composite shows good microwave dielectric properties with a relative permittivity of 5.6 and a dielectric loss of 0.003 at 5 GHz at the maximum filler loading of 0.5 volume fraction. The composite exhibits low water absorption, excellent thermal and mechanical properties. It shows a water absorption of 0.03 wt%, a coefficient of thermal expansion of 70 ppm per °C and a room temperature thermal conductivity of 2.4 W mK(-1). The composite shows a tensile strength of 22 MPa and a microhardness of 13.9 kg mm(-2) for the filler loading of 0.5 volume fraction. The HDPE-ZrSiO4 composites show good dielectric, thermal and mechanical properties suitable for microwave soft substrate applications. A microstrip patch antenna is designed and fabricated using the HDPE-0.5 volume fraction ZrSiO4 substrate and the antenna parameters are investigated. PMID:25981704

  5. Improved dielectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films on copper substrates.

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    Narayanan, M.; Ma, B.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Systems

    2010-01-01

    Thin films of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) were directly deposited on copper substrates by chemical solution deposition and crystallized at temperatures of {approx} 650 C under low oxygen partial pressure (pO{sub 2}) to create film-on-foil capacitor sheets. The dielectric properties of the capacitors formed have much improved dielectric properties compared to those reported previously. The key to the enhanced properties is a reduction in the time that the film is exposed to lower pO{sub 2} by employing a direct insertion strategy to crystallize the films together with the solution chemistry employed. Films exhibited well-saturated hysteresis loops with remanent polarization of {approx} 20 {micro}C/cm{sup 2}, dielectric constant of > 1100, and dielectric loss of < 0.07. Energy densities of {approx} 32 J/cm{sup 3} were obtained at a field of {approx} 1.9 MV/cm on a {approx} 1 {micro}m thick film with 250 {micro}m Pt electrodes.

  6. Temperature and frequency dependent dielectric properties of Ni-Mg-Zn-Co ferrites

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    Patil, S. B.; Patil, R. P.; Ghodake, J. S.; Chougule, B. K.

    2014-01-01

    The ferrites having general formula Ni0.5-xMgx-0.01Zn0.5-yCoy+0.01Fe2O4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and y=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) were prepared by ceramic method. The X-ray diffraction studies of compositions reveal formation of single-phase cubic spinal structure. Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant ɛ', dielectric loss tangent (tan δ), and ac resistivity were measured at room temperature as a function of frequency in the range from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. The plots of dielectric constant ɛ' vs frequency show a normal dielectric behavior of spinel ferrites. The variation of loss tangent (tan δ) as a function of frequency shows a decreasing trend for all the samples except for the composition with x=0.3 and y=0.1, and y=0.2. The variation of ac resistivity with frequency of all the samples shows a decreasing trend with increase in frequency, a normal behavior of ferrites. All the variations are explained on the basis of Fe2+/Fe3+ ion concentration on octahedral sites as well as the electronic hopping between Fe2+↔Fe3+ ions.

  7. The study of dielectric, pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties on hot pressed PZT-PMN systems

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    Srivastava, Geetika; Umarji, A. M.; Maglione, Mario

    2012-12-15

    Hot uniaxial pressing technique has been adopted for the densification of PZT-PMN system with an aim to yield dense ceramics and to lower the sintering temperature and time for achieving better and reproducible electronic properties. The ceramics having >97% theoretical density and micron size grains are investigated for their dielectric, pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties. The effect of Li and Mn addition has also been studied.

  8. Microwave Absorber Properties of Magnetic and Dielectric Composite Materials

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    An, Young Joon; Nishida, Ken; Yamamoto, Takashi; Ueda, Shunkichi; Deguchi, Takeshi

    In recent years, because of the rapid progress in wireless technology, microwave absorbers or noise suppressors have become necessary for a safe-electromagnetic-wave-level environment. To design microwave absorbers or noise suppressors, it is necessary to have knowledge of complex permittivity, εr* and permeability, μr*. In this report, we show the values of complex permeability, μr* and permittivity, εr* for a composite materials of magnetic (Iron, Fe, coated by Fe3O4) and dielectric (Titanium Oxide, TiO2), by changing Fe / TiO2 volume fraction ratio. As changing of these, we can change the values of complex permeability (μr* = μr' - jμr") and complex permittivity (εr* = εr' - jεr"). And the results are applied in the design of a microwave absorber which makes reflection losses and the central frequency to do a purpose, for example, necessary conditions of ETC (5.8GHz) use in Japan.

  9. A molecular dynamics study of the dielectric properties of aqueous solutions of alanine and alanine dipeptide

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    Boresch, Stefan; Willensdorfer, Martin; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2004-02-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were used to compute the frequency-dependent dielectric susceptibility of aqueous solutions of alanine and alanine dipeptide. We studied four alanine solutions, ranging in concentration from 0.13-0.55 mol/liter, and two solutions of alanine dipeptide (0.13 and 0.27 mol/liter). In accord with experiment we find a strong dielectric increment for both solutes, whose molecular origin is shown to be the zwitterionic nature of the solutes. The dynamic properties were analyzed based on a dielectric component analysis into solute, a first hydration shell, and all remaining (bulk) waters. The results of this three component decomposition were interpreted directly, as well as by uniting the solute and hydration shell component to a "suprasolute" component. In both approaches three contributions to the frequency-dependent dielectric properties can be discerned. The quantitatively largest and fastest component arises from bulk water [i.e., water not influenced by the solute(s)]. The interaction between waters surrounding the solute(s) (the hydration shell) and bulk water molecules leads to a relaxation process occurring on an intermediate time scale. The slowest relaxation process originates from the solute(s) and the interaction of the solute(s) with the first hydration shell and bulk water. The primary importance of the hydration shell is the exchange of shell and bulk waters; the self-contribution from bound water molecules is comparatively small. While in the alanine solutions the solute-water cross-terms are more important than the solute self-term, the solute contribution is larger in the dipeptide solutions. In the latter systems a much clearer separation of time scales between water and alanine dipeptide related properties is observed. The similarities and differences of the dielectric properties of the amino acid/peptide solutions studied in this work and of solutions of mono- and disaccharides and of the protein ubiquitin are discussed.

  10. Modeling of dielectric properties of aqueous salt solutions with an equation of state.

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    Maribo-Mogensen, Bjørn; Kontogeorgis, Georgios M; Thomsen, Kaj

    2013-09-12

    The static permittivity is the most important physical property for thermodynamic models that account for the electrostatic interactions between ions. The measured static permittivity in mixtures containing electrolytes is reduced due to kinetic depolarization and reorientation of the dipoles in the electrical field surrounding ions. Kinetic depolarization may explain 25-75% of the observed decrease in the permittivity of solutions containing salts, but since this is a dynamic property, this effect should not be included in the thermodynamic modeling of electrolytes. Kinetic depolarization has, however, been ignored in relation to thermodynamic modeling, and authors have either neglected the effect of salts on permittivity or used empirical correlations fitted to the measured static permittivity, leading to an overestimation of the reduction in the thermodynamic static permittivity. We present a new methodology for obtaining the static permittivity over wide ranges of temperatures, pressures, and compositions for use within an equation of state for mixed solvents containing salts. The static permittivity is calculated from a new extension of the framework developed by Onsager, Kirkwood, and Fröhlich to associating mixtures. Wertheim's association model as formulated in the statistical associating fluid theory is used to account for hydrogen-bonding molecules and ion-solvent association. Finally, we compare the Debye-Hückel Helmholtz energy obtained using an empirical model with the new physical model and show that the empirical models may introduce unphysical behavior in the equation of state. PMID:23924202

  11. Cooperative Investigation of Relationship Between Static and Fatigue Properties of Wrought N-155 Alloy at Elevated Temperatures

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    1956-01-01

    Report presents the correlation of extensive data obtained relating properties of wrought n-155 alloy under static, combined static and dynamic, and complete reversed dynamic stress conditions. Time period for fracture ranged from 50 to 500 hours at room temperature, 1,000 degrees, 1,200 degrees, and 1,500 degrees F.

  12. MAPPING OF RESERVOIR PROPERTIES AND FACIES THROUGH INTEGRATION OF STATIC AND DYNAMIC DATA

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    Albert C. Reynolds; Dean S. Oliver; Yannong Dong; Ning Liu; Guohua Gao; Fengjun Zhang; Ruijian Li

    2004-12-01

    Knowledge of the distribution of permeability and porosity in a reservoir is necessary for the prediction of future oil production, estimation of the location of bypassed oil, and optimization of reservoir management. The volume of data that can potentially provide information on reservoir architecture and fluid distributions has increased enormously in the past decade. The techniques developed in this research will make it easier to use all the available data in an integrated fashion. While it is relatively easy to generate plausible reservoir models that honor static data such as core, log, and seismic data, it is far more difficult to generate plausible reservoir models that honor dynamic data such as transient pressures, saturations, and flow rates. As a result, the uncertainty in reservoir properties is higher than it could be and reservoir management can not be optimized. In this project, we have developed computationally efficient automatic history matching techniques for generating geologically plausible reservoir models which honor both static and dynamic data. Specifically, we have developed methods for adjusting porosity and permeability fields to match both production and time-lapse seismic data and have also developed a procedure to adjust the locations of boundaries between facies to match production data. In all cases, the history matched rock property fields are consistent with a prior model based on static data and geologic information. Our work also indicates that it is possible to adjust relative permeability curves when history matching production data.

  13. Dielectric and insulating properties of an acrylic DEA material at high near-DC electric fields

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    Di Lillo, L.; Schmidt, A.; Bergamini, A.; Ermanni, P.; Mazza, E.

    2011-04-01

    A number of adaptive structure applications call for the generation of intense electric fields (in excess of 70 MV/m). Such intense fields across the thickness of a thin polymer dielectric layer are typically used to exploit the direct electromechanical coupling in the form of a Maxwell stress: (see manuscript) Where V/d is the applied field, ?0 is the permittivity of vacuum and ? is the relative permittivity of the material. The field that can be applied to the dielectric is limited by the dielectric strength of the material. Below the limit set by the breakdown, the material is generally assumed to have a field independent dielectric constant and to be a perfect insulator, i.e. to have an infinite volume resistivity. While extensive investigations about the mechanical properties of the materials used for electronic Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA) are available from literature, the results of the investigation of the insulating and dielectric properties of these materials, especially under conditions (electric field and frequency) similar to the ones encountered during operation are not available. In the present contribution, we present a method and a set-up for the measurement of the electric properties of thin polymer films, such as the ones used for the fabrication of electronic DEAs, under conditions close to operations. The method and setup where developed to investigate the properties of 'stiff' thin polymer films, such as Polyimide or Polyvinylidenefluoride, used for Electro-Bonded Laminates (EBLs). The properties of the well known VHB 4910 acrylic elastomer are presented to illustrate how the permittivity and the leakage current can be measured as a function of the electric field and the deformation state, using the proposed set-up. The material properties were measured on membranes under different fixed pre-stretch conditions (? 1, ?2=3, 4, 5), in order to eliminate effects due to the change in sample geometry, using gold sputtered electrodes, 20nm thick. The values obtained for the permittivity of the material are in good agreement with the work of other authors. The dissipative properties revealed by the measurements performed at high fields, similar to the ones encountered in operation, indicate that this less investigated aspect of VHB needs to be taken in consideration for real world applications.

  14. Study of dielectric and piezoelectric properties of CNT reinforced PZT-PVA 0-3 composite

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    Vyas, Prince; Prajapat, Rampratap; Manmeeta, Saxena, Dhiraj

    2016-05-01

    Ferroelectric ceramic/polymer composites have the compliance of polymers which overcome the problems of brittleness in ceramics. By imbedding piezoelectric ceramic powder into a polymer matrix, 0-3 composites with good mechanical properties and high dielectric breakdown strength can be developed. The obtained composites of 0-3 connectivity exhibit the piezoelectric properties of ceramics and flexibility, strength and lightness of polymer. These composites can be used in vibration sensing and transducer applications specially as piezoelectric sensors. A potential way to improve piezoelectric& dielectric properties of theses composites is by inclusion of another conductive phase in these composites as reported in the literature. In present work, we prepared PZT-PVA 0-3 composites with 60% ceramic volume fraction reinforced with CNTs with volume ranging from 0 to 1.5 vol%. These CNT reinforced composites were obtained using hot press method with thickness of 200 µm having 0-3 conductivity. These composites were poled applying DC voltage. Dielectric properties of these samples were obtained in a wide frequency range (100 Hz to 1 Mhz) at room temperature. The piezoelectric properties of these composites were analyzed by measuring piezoelectric charge constants (d33). The dielectric and piezoelectric properties of these composites were studied as a function of CNT volume content. In these reinforced composites, CNTs act as a conductive filler dispersed in the matrix which in turn facilitates poling and results in an increase of the piezoelectric properties of the composite due to formation of percolation path through the composites. With a CNT content of 0.3 vol.% in PZT/PVA/CNTs, an increase of 61.3 % was observed in piezoelectric strain factors (d33). In these CNT reinforced composites, a substantial increase (approx. 67%) was also observed in dielectric constant and approximately 89% increase was observed in dielectric loss factor. Results so obtained are in the good agreement with other research studies based upon inclusion CNT as third conductive phase in 0-3 ceramic-polymer composites.

  15. Effect of erythrocytes oscillations on dielectric properties of human diabetic-blood

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    Abdalla, S.

    2011-03-01

    It has been demonstrated that the erythrocytes (RBCs) oscillate during their tank-treading motion with high-frequency oscillations. This oscillatory motion drastically affects the dielectric and electrical properties of RBCs. Moreover, the glucose level in blood affects the electrical and dielectric properties of blood. It has been, also, shown that the frequency of these oscillations exponentially decrease from 1.2 MHz down to 0.85 MHz with variation of glucose level from 85 mg/dL up to 346.1 mg/dL. It is expected that these oscillations strongly affect the general physiological properties of blood and would stimulate the curiosity of scientists and bioengineers to present new, more efficient, rapid, safe and viable diagnostic and/or therapeutic methods for blood disorders; in particular diabetes.

  16. Effect of Sm on dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of BPTNZ system

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    Kumar, Parveen; Juneja, J. K.; Prakash, Chandra; Raina, K. K.; Singh, Sangeeta

    2013-10-01

    Study on structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Sm substituted BPTNZ system with compositional formula Ba0.80-xSmxPb0.20Zr0.10Ti0.90O3+0.5% Nb2O5 by weight, (x=0 to 0.01 in the steps of 0.0025) was done. Conventional solid state method was adopted for the synthesis of the samples. The single phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Scanning electron microscopy was done for microstructural analysis. The dielectric properties were measured as a function of temperature and frequency. Ferroelectric P-E loops were recorded for all the samples at room temperature. Piezoelectric parameters such as ‘d33’ and electromechanical coupling coefficient ‘kp’ were also measured at room temperature for all the samples. The relationship between properties and structure of the prepared ceramics was established and results are discussed here.

  17. Reversible dielectric property degradation in moisture-contaminated fiber-reinforced laminates

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    Rodriguez, Luis A.; García, Carla; Fittipaldi, Mauro; Grace, Landon R.

    2016-03-01

    The potential for recovery of dielectric properties of three water-contaminated fiber-reinforced laminates is investigated using a split-post dielectric resonant technique at X-band (10 GHz). The three material systems investigated are bismaleimide (BMI) reinforced with an eight-harness satin weave quartz fabric, an epoxy resin reinforced with an eight- harness satin weave glass fabric (style 7781), and the same epoxy reinforced with a four-harness woven glass fabric (style 4180). A direct correlation between moisture content, dielectric constant, and loss tangent was observed during moisture absorption by immersion in distilled water at 25 °C for five equivalent samples of each material system. This trend is observed through at least 0.72% water content by weight for all three systems. The absorption of water into the BMI, 7781 epoxy, and 4180 epoxy laminates resulted in a 4.66%, 3.35%, and 4.01% increase in dielectric constant for a 0.679%, 0.608%, and 0.719% increase in water content by weight, respectively. Likewise, a significant increase was noticed in loss tangent for each material. The same water content is responsible for a 228%, 71.4%, and 64.1% increase in loss tangent, respectively. Subsequent to full desorption through drying at elevated temperature, the dielectric constant and loss tangent of each laminate exhibited minimal change from the dry, pre-absorption state. The dielectric constant and loss tangent change after the absorption and desorption cycle, relative to the initial state, was 0.144 % and 2.63% in the BMI, 0.084% and 1.71% in the style 7781 epoxy, and 0.003% and 4.51% in the style 4180 epoxy at near-zero moisture content. The similarity of dielectric constant and loss tangent in samples prior to absorption and after desorption suggests that any chemical or morphological changes induced by the presence of water have not caused irreversible changes in the dielectric properties of the laminates.

  18. Electrical Properties of PVP-SiO2-TMSPM Hybrid Thin Films as OFET Gate Dielectric

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    Bahari, A.; Shahbazi, M.

    2016-02-01

    Organic-inorganic polyvinylpyrrolidone-silicon dioxide-3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (PVP-SiO2-TMSPM) hybrid solutions have been synthesized using the sol-gel process with different amounts of TMSPM as coupling agent and equivalent amounts of PVP and SiO2. Hybrid solutions were deposited on p-type Si(111) substrates using the spin coating technique, as a gate dielectric material for use in thin-film transistors. The structural properties of the samples were investigated using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy techniques were applied to study the topography and morphology of the hybrid thin-film samples. Current-voltage ( I- V) curves, capacitance-voltage ( C- V) measurements, and the electrical properties of the organic hybrid thin-film gate dielectrics were also studied in a metal-insulator/polymer-semiconductor structure. According to the results, the J GS curves in terms of V GS showed gate leakage current densities small enough for use as gate dielectric material at interface layers. At V DS = 30 V, in the saturation region, I DS curves in terms of V GS presented higher charge carrier mobility ( μ FET,S = 0.0584 cm2 s-1 V-1) due to lower dielectric constant ( k = 11.43) in the sample with 0.05 weight ratio of TMSPM compared with other samples with different weight ratios of TMSPM.

  19. Thermal, mechanical and dielectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene oxide composites

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    Rathod, Sunil G.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Ravindrachary, V.; Pujari, P. K.; Sheela, T.; Naik, Jagadish

    2014-04-01

    In this work the composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) doped with functionalized Graphene Oxide (GO) were prepared by solution casting method. The films were characterized using FT-IR, DSC, XRD, mechanical properties and dielectric studies at room temperature. FTIR spectra shows the formation of hydrogen bonds between hydroxyl groups of PVA and the hydroxy groups of GO. The DSC thermograms shows the addition of GO to PVA greatly improves the thermal stability of the composites. XRD patterns shows that the GO exfoliated and uniformly dispersed in PVA matrix. Mechanical properties are significantly improved in PVA/GO composites. The tensile strength increased from 8.2 to 13.7 MPa and the Young's modulus increased from 7.5 to 24.8 MPa for 5 wt% GO doped sample. Dielectric spectroscopy showed a highest dielectric constant for the 5 wt% GO doped PVA films. This work provides a potential design strategy on PVA/GO composite, which would lead to higher-performance, flexible dielectric materials, high charge-storage devices.

  20. Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of La-modified PCT ceramics

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    Singh, Sarabjit; Thakur, O. P.; Prakash, Chandra; Raina, K. K.

    2005-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of lanthanum-modified PCT ceramics with composition Pb 0.76-3x/2La xCa 0.24Mn 0.02Ti 0.98O 3 (PLCT); x=0-0.08 (in steps of 0.02) were prepared by using conventional dry ceramic technique. Samples were sintered at 1150 C. X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of single-phase compound with tetragonal crystal structure. Dielectric properties were studied in detail as a function of frequency and temperature. From temperature variation of dielectric constant, Curie temperature ( Tc) was determined. Discussion on hysteresis behaviour for all the samples at room temperature is presented. Dielectric constant at room temperature shows an increasing trend and Curie temperature shows decreasing trend with the increase in lanthanum in PCT ceramics. Curie temperature determined from thermal expansion behaviour of sintered samples was found to be in good agreement with that determined from dielectric studies. Piezoelectric properties show a significant improvement with lanthanum substitution.

  1. Study Of Structural And Dielectric Properties Of Ni-Mg Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Nongjai, Razia; Batoo, Khalid Mujasam; Khan, Shakeel

    2010-12-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni{sub 0.7}Mg{sub 0.3}Fe{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4}(0.0{<=}x{<=}0.5) were prepared through citrate gel method and characterized using XRD, TEM and dielectric spectroscopy techniques. The dielectric properties were studied as a function of frequency (42 Hz-5 MHz) at room temperature. The average particle size has been found between 8-17 nm. The dispersion in dielectric properties and ac conductivity ({sigma}{sub ac}), with frequency reveals that the dispersion is due to Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization in general and the hopping of charge between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} as well as between Ni{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 3+} ions at B-sites. The dielectric loss tangent (tan {delta}) shows abnormal behavior for the compositions 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 which has been explained in the light of Rezlescue model.

  2. Growth, structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of epitaxial multiferroic NaMnF3 thin films

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    Kc, Amit; Borisov, Pavel; Lederman, David

    Epitaxial NaMnF3 thin films were grown on SrTiO3 (100) single crystal substrates via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The orthorhombically distorted perovskite fluoride NaMnF3 (Pnma space group) has been predicted to have a polar instability at low temperatures due to MnF6 octahedral tilts. Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties were studied. Thin film structural quality as a function of the substrate temperature and film thickness was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The best films were smooth and single phase grown with four different twin domains. Magnetic characterization was performed using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry. In-plane magnetization measurements revealed antiferromagnetic ordering with a Neel temperature TN = 66 K. For the dielectric studies, NaMnF3 films were grown on top of SrRuO3 (100) buffer layers grown via pulsed laser deposition that were used as bottom electrodes. Dielectric spectroscopy was performed at different temperatures between 11K and room temperature in a frequency range 100 Hz to 100 kHz. Significant temperature dependent dielectric properties were observed. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation.

  3. Effect of dielectric/organic interface properties on charge transport in organic thin film transistors

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    Rahimi, Ronak; Kuchibhatla, S.; Korakakis, D.

    2013-04-01

    Charge carrier transport within the organic thin films as well as charge carrier injection between organic layers and organic/inorganic materials such as metal or dielectric layers are crucial factors in determining the efficiency of organic electronic devices. These parameters rely largely on the molecular structure, morphology, and ordering of the organic thin films. Therefore, a profound understanding of the structure of organic materials as well as the properties of the interfacial layers is crucial to enhance the performance of the device. To achieve this fact, structure and morphology of PTCDI-C8 and pentacene thin films on Lithium Fluoride (LiF) have been studied using X-ray reflectivity technique. These films have been integrated into organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) to investigate their transport properties. The structural characterization revealed that the PTCDI-C8 films form an ordered structure on the LiF dielectric layer. Devices with LiF/PTCDI-C8 bilayer exhibit about one order of magnitude higher output current (Ids) at a constant drain-source voltage (Vds) compared to the devices with LiF/pentacene bilayer. The observed differences in the electrical characteristics of these devices can be attributed to the effects of the dielectric/organic interface and the molecular structure of the organic layers. The results of this study present the importance of the dielectric/organic interfaces in the performance of OTFTs.

  4. Optimization of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell for sensing applications

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    Shirzaditabar, Farzad; Saliminasab, Maryam

    2013-08-15

    In this paper, resonance light scattering (RLS) properties of a silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell, based on quasi-static approach and plasmon hybridization theory, are investigated. Scattering spectrum of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell has two intense and clearly separated RLS peaks and provides a potential for biosensing based on surface plasmon resonance and surface-enhanced Raman scattering. The two RLS peaks in silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell are optimized by tuning the geometrical dimensions. In addition, the optimal geometry is discussed to obtain the high sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell. As the silver core radius increases, the sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell decreases whereas increasing the middle dielectric thickness increases the sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell.

  5. Large dielectric permittivity and possible correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties in bulk BaFeO{sub 3−δ}

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    Sagdeo, Archna; Gautam, Kamini; Singh, M. N.; Sinha, A. K.; Ghosh, Haranath; Ganguli, Tapas; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Sagdeo, P. R.; Gupta, S. M.; Nigam, A. K.; Rawat, Rajeev

    2014-07-28

    We report structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of oxygen deficient hexagonal BaFeO{sub 3−δ}. A large dielectric permittivity comparable to that of other semiconducting oxides is observed in BaFeO{sub 3−δ}. Magnetization measurements indicate magnetic inhomogeneity and the system shows a paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition at ∼160 K. Remarkably, the temperature, at which paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition occurs, around this temperature, a huge drop in the dissipation factor takes place and resistivity shoots up; this indicates the possible correlation among magnetic and dielectric properties. First principle simulations reveal that some of these behaviors may be explained in terms of many body electron correlation effect in the presence of oxygen vacancy present in BaFeO{sub 3−δ} indicating its importance in both fundamental science as well as in applications.

  6. Disorder driven structural and dielectric properties of silicon substituted strontium titanate

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    Dugu, Sita; Pavunny, Shojan P.; Sharma, Yogesh; Scott, James F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2015-07-01

    A systematic study on structural, microstructural, optical, dielectric, and electrical properties of phase-pure silicon-modified SrTiO3 polycrystalline electroceramics synthesized using high energy solid state reaction techniques is presented. The asymmetry and splitting in the x-ray diffractometer spectra and the observation of first order transverse optical TO2 and longitudinal optical LO4 modes in Raman spectra (nominally forbidden) revealed the distortion in the cubic lattice as a result of breaking of inversion symmetry due to doping. A bandgap Eg of 3.27 eV was determined for the sample by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. A high dielectric constant of ˜400 and very low dielectric loss of ˜0.03 were obtained at 100 kHz near ambient conditions. The temperature dependence of the dielectric data displayed features of high temperature relaxor ferroelectric behavior as evidence of existence of polar nano-regions. The ac conductivity as a function of frequency showed features typical of universal dynamic response and obeyed a power law σ a c = σ d c + A ω n . The temperature dependent dc conductivity followed an Arrhenius relation with activation energy of 123 meV in the 200-500 K temperature range. The linear dielectric response of Pt/SrSi0.03Ti0.97O3/Pt dielectric capacitors was well characterized. The measured leakage current was exceptionally low, 13 nA/cm2 at 8.7 kV/cm, revealing an interface blocked bulk conduction mechanism.

  7. Dielectric property measurement of ocular tissues up to 110 GHz using 1 mm coaxial sensor.

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    Sasaki, K; Isimura, Y; Fujii, K; Wake, K; Watanabe, S; Kojima, M; Suga, R; Hashimoto, O

    2015-08-21

    Measurement of the dielectric properties of ocular tissues up to 110 GHz was performed by the coaxial probe method. A coaxial sensor was fabricated to allow the measurement of small amounts of biological tissues. Four-standard calibration was applied in the dielectric property measurement to obtain more accurate data than that obtained with conventional three-standard calibration, especially at high frequencies. Novel data of the dielectric properties of several ocular tissues are presented and compared with data from the de facto database. PMID:26237580

  8. Dielectric property measurement of ocular tissues up to 110 GHz using 1 mm coaxial sensor

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    Sasaki, K.; Isimura, Y.; Fujii, K.; Wake, K.; Watanabe, S.; Kojima, M.; Suga, R.; Hashimoto, O.

    2015-08-01

    Measurement of the dielectric properties of ocular tissues up to 110 GHz was performed by the coaxial probe method. A coaxial sensor was fabricated to allow the measurement of small amounts of biological tissues. Four-standard calibration was applied in the dielectric property measurement to obtain more accurate data than that obtained with conventional three-standard calibration, especially at high frequencies. Novel data of the dielectric properties of several ocular tissues are presented and compared with data from the de facto database.

  9. Effect of combined external uniaxial stress and dc bias on the dielectric property of BaTiO3-based dielectrics in multilayer ceramic capacitor: thermodynamics and experiments

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    Yang, Gang; Yue, Zhenxing; Sun, Tieyu; Gou, Huanlin; Li, Longtu

    2008-02-01

    The dielectric properties of (Nb, Y)-doped BaTiO3 in a multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) under combined external uniaxial compressive stress and dc bias field were investigated at room temperature by using a modified Ginsburg-Landau-Devonshire thermodynamic theory and the dielectric measurement. It is found that although dc bias decreases the dielectric properties dominantly, the influence of the external uniaixial compressive stress should not be neglected. When applied along a direction perpendicular to the internal electrode layer in the MLCC, the external uniaixal compressive stress will strengthen the negative effect of dc bias. In contrast, the external uniaxial compressive stress along a direction parallel to the internal electrode layer in the MLCC will increase the dielectric permittivity under dc bias field, i.e. improve the ɛ-V response of the MLCC. Furthermore, although there is a difference between the calculated permittivity and the measured permittivity, the effects of the combined external uniaxial compressive stress and dc bias field on the dielectric permittivity described through two approaches are in good agreement.

  10. MICROWAVE DIELECTRIC METHODS FOR SENSING PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF GRANULAR MATERIALS

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    Knowledge of the physical properties of granular materials is important in many industries including food and agriculture, pharmaceutical, chemical, and mining. They are often used in quality control as well as process monitoring and control. Therefore, they need to be determined reliably and in rea...

  11. Dielectric Properties of Peanut-hull Pellets at Microwave Frequencies

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    Peanut-hull pellets are obtained from a waste product, peanut-hulls, which after pelleting can have several uses, namely as a renewable fuel. Rapid and nondestructive characterization of peanut-hull pellets is important for industrial utilization of this resource. Properties such as water content an...

  12. Gauge-Invariant Calculation of Static and Dynamical Magnetic Properties from the Current Density

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    Raimbault, Nathaniel; de Boeij, Paul L.; Romaniello, Pina; Berger, J. A.

    2015-02-01

    In this work we solve two problems related to the calculation of static and dynamical magnetic properties with ab initio theories. First, we show that the dependence of the dynamical magnetic dipole moment on the reference point of the multipole expansion and on the gauge origin of the vector potential have a clear physical significance. They are due to a dynamical electric dipole moment and an electric field, respectively. Both are fully determined by the experimental setup and do not pose any fundamental problem, contrary to what is commonly assumed. Second, in the static case, any dependence on the gauge origin is an artifact of the computational method. We show that the artificial dependence on the gauge origin can be removed in an elegant way by the introduction of a sum rule that puts the diamagnetic and paramagnetic contributions on equal footing. Our approach can be applied to calculate any magnetic observable that can be derived from the current density, and can be used in combination with any ab initio theory from which it can be obtained. To illustrate our method we apply it here to time-dependent current-density-functional theory for the calculation of static and dynamical magnetizabilities of molecules.

  13. Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of Sodium Bismuth Titanate Ceramics with KCe Substitution

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    Xu, Jian-Xiu; Zhao, Liang; Zhang, Cheng-Ju

    2008-12-01

    The piezoelectric properties of the (KCe)-substituted sodium bismuth titanate (Na0.5Bi4.5Ti4O15, NBT) piezoelectric ceramics are investigated. The piezoelectric properties of NBT ceramics are significantly enhanced by (KCe) substitution. The Curie temperature Tc, and piezoelectric coefficient dss for the (KCe)-substituted NBT are found to be 663°C, and 27pC/N, respectively. Dielectric and annealing spectroscopy present that the (KCe) co-substituted NBT piezoelectric ceramics possess stable piezoelectric properties.

  14. DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE), POLYVINYL BUTYRAL RESIN AND POLYIMIDE AT LOW TEMPERATURES

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    Tuncer, Enis; Sauers, Isidor; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R

    2008-01-01

    Performance of materials and their compatibility determine the size of the electrical insulation in power equipment. For this reason dielectric properties of electrical insulation materials are needed for low temperature power applications. In this work we report the dielectric properties of four polymers: polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polyvinyl butyral resin (PVB), and polyimide (PI--Kapton\\textregistered). The dielectric measurements are performed with an electrical impedance analyzer in the frequency domain. The impedances are recorded in a cryocooler in the temperature range from 45K to 350K. The dielectric breakdown characteristics of the polymers are measured in a liquid nitrogen bath at atmospheric pressure. It is observed that PI and \\pmma\\ dissolved in toluene have the lowest dielectric losses for temperatures lower than $100\\ \\kelvin$. \\Blx\\ and PI have the smallest spread in their breakdown strength data.

  15. Influence of Ce doping on optical and dielectric properties of TiO2

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    Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Naqvi, A. H.

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth ion (Ce) doped TiO2 and pure TiO2 nanostructured were prepared by sol gel acid modified technique and calcinated at 450°C. Microstructural studies and thermal analysis were carried by XRD and TGA respectively. The results of structural characterization show the formation of all samples in single phase without any impurity. Optical properties were studied by UV- visible spectroscopy and band gap energy was estimated 3.04 eV and 3.14 eV for pure and Ce doped TiO2 respectively. Room temperature dielectric constant (ɛ') decreases abruptly at lower frequencies owing to the charge transport relaxation. The observed behavior of the dielectric properties can be attributed on the basis of Koop's theory based on Maxwell-Wagner's two layer model in studied nanoparticles.

  16. Synthesis and dielectric properties of zinc oxide nanoparticles using a biotemplate

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    P, Sharmila P; Tharayil, Nisha J.

    2014-10-15

    Zinc Oxide nanoparticles are synthesized using DNA as capping agent. Zinc oxide nanoparticles are synthesized using DNA as a capping agent. Structural and morphological characterizations are done using SEM, FTIR and XRD. The particle size and lattice parameters are calculated from the diffraction data. The optical properties are studied using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and bandgap variation with temperature is determined. The dielectric property of nanoparticles is studied by varying temperature and frequency. The dielectric constant and dispersion parameters are found out. Method of Cole-Cole analysis is used to study the high temperature dispersion of relaxation time. The variation of both AC and DC conductivity are studied and activation energy calculated.

  17. On the Dielectric Properties of the Martian-like Surface Sediments

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    Heggy, E.; Clifford, S. M.; Morris, R. V.; Paillou, P.; Ruffie, G.

    2004-01-01

    We have undertaken laboratory electromagnetic characterization of the total set of minerals identified by TES on the Martian surface in order to investigate experimentally the dielectric properties of the sediments covering it in the frequency range from 1 to 30 MHz. Volcanic Rocks with a well defined mineralogy and petrology from potential terrestrial analogues sites have also been included in the study. Our primary objective is to evaluate the range of electrical and magnetic losses that may be encountered by the various Radar sounding and imaging experiments dedicated to map the Martian subsurface searching for underground water. The electromagnetic properties of these Mars-like materials will be presented as a function of various geophysical parameters, such as porosity, bulk density and temperature. The secondary objective, is to locate regions were surface dielectric conditions are suitable for subsurface sounding.

  18. Effects of γ-radiation on dielectric properties of LDPE-Al2O3 nanocomposites

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    Ciuprina, Florin; Zaharescu, Traian; Pleşa, Ilona

    2013-03-01

    Until now several methods for processing and characterization have been tested, and some theories and models have been proposed for these materials having a huge nanofiller-polymer interface area which seems to be the main responsible for their unique properties. The accelerated testing by irradiation of LDPE has been extensively studied in order to assess optimized formulation. The present paper characterizes LDPE modified with Al2O3 nanoparticles. The dispersed nanofiller was added in various concentrations (2, 5 and 10 wt%). The accelerated aging under γ-irradiation was accomplished for evaluation of material behavior to hard stressing environment. Dielectric properties (real part of the permittivity and tan delta) and oxidation resistance were discussed. An improvement of the dielectric losses is noticed for the tested nanocomposites at a radiation dose up to 20 kGy. The radiochemical stability studied by chemiluminescence provides satisfactory stability in the correlation with slight modification of basis polymer due to the inert feature of filler.

  19. Room temperature optical and dielectric properties of Sr and Ni doped lanthanum ferrite nanoparticles

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    Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Singh, B. R.; Naqvi, A. H.

    2015-06-01

    Strontium and nickel doped lanthanum ferrite (LaFeO3) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared reverse micelle (RM) and calcinated at 700°C. Microstructural studies were carried by XRD and SEM/EDS techniques. The results of structural characterization show the formation of all samples in single phase without any impurity. Optical properties were studied by UV- visible spectroscopy and band gap energy was estimated 3.89 eV. Room temperature dielectric constant (ɛ') decreases abruptly at lower frequencies owing to the charge transport relaxation time. The observed behavior of the dielectric properties can be attributed on the basis of Koop's theory based on Maxwell-Wagner's two layer model in studied nanoparticles.

  20. Structural, dielectric and AC conductivity properties of Co2+ doped mixed alkali zinc borate glasses

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    Madhu, B. J.; Banu, Syed Asma; Harshitha, G. A.; Shilpa, T. M.; Shruthi, B.

    2013-02-01

    The Co2+ doped 19.9ZnO+5Li2CO3+25Na2CO3+50B2O3 (ZLNB) mixed alkali zinc borate glasses have been prepared by a conventional melt quenching method. The structural (XRD & FT-IR), dielectric and a.c. conductivity (σac) properties have been investigated. Amorphous nature of these glasses has been confirmed from their XRD pattern. The dielectric properties and electrical conductivity (σac) of these glasses have been studied from 100Hz to 5MHz at the room temperature. Based on the observed trends in the a.c. conductivities, the present glass samples are found to exhibit a non-Debye behavior.

  1. Structural, electronic, vibrational and dielectric properties of selected high-shape K semiconductor oxides

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    Scolfaro, L. M. R.; Leite Alves, H. W.; Borges, P. D.; Garcia, J. C.; da Silva, E. F., Jr.

    2014-10-01

    The semiconductor oxides SnO2, HfO2, ZrO2, TiO2 and SrTiO3 are interesting materials for applications as high-K dielectric gate materials in silicon-based devices and spintronics, among others. Here we review our theoretical work about the structural, electronic and vibrational properties of these oxides in their most stable structural phases, including dielectric properties as derived from the electronic structure taking into account the lattice contribution. Finally, we address the recent role played by the presence of transition metal atoms in semiconductor oxides, considering in particular SnO2 as an example in forming diluted magnetic alloys.

  2. Dielectric properties of halloysite and halloysite-formamide intercalate

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    Adamczyk, M.; Rok, M.; Wolny, A.; Orzechowski, K.

    2014-01-01

    Due to a high increase in electromagnetic pollution, the protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) represents an important problem of contemporary environmental science. We are searching for natural materials with the potential for EMR screening. We have discovered that hydro-halloysite has interesting properties as an EMR absorber. Unfortunately, it is a very unstable material. Drying it for even a short period of time leads to the loss of desired properties. In the paper, we have demonstrated that the intercalation of halloysite (the process of introducing guest molecules into the mineral structure) makes it possible to recover the ability to absorb an electromagnetic wave and obtain a promising material for electromagnetic field shielding applications.

  3. Dielectric properties of halloysite and halloysite-formamide intercalate

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    Adamczyk, M. Rok, M.; Wolny, A.; Orzechowski, K.

    2014-01-14

    Due to a high increase in electromagnetic pollution, the protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) represents an important problem of contemporary environmental science. We are searching for natural materials with the potential for EMR screening. We have discovered that hydro-halloysite has interesting properties as an EMR absorber. Unfortunately, it is a very unstable material. Drying it for even a short period of time leads to the loss of desired properties. In the paper, we have demonstrated that the intercalation of halloysite (the process of introducing guest molecules into the mineral structure) makes it possible to recover the ability to absorb an electromagnetic wave and obtain a promising material for electromagnetic field shielding applications.

  4. Hydrogen-Bonded Crystals of Exceptional Dielectric Properties

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    Katrusiak, Andrzej

    Hydrogen bonds are well known for governing the molecular association and crystal packing, as well as for their contribution to the chemical and physical properties of substances. They affect the properties of materials as versatile as amphibole minerals, KDP-type (—OH⋯O= bonded) ferroelectrics or biopolymers (e.g. cellulose). While the classical examples of such materials usually concentrate on the —OH⋯O= bonds, recently analogical and completely new features were observed in —NH⋯N= bonded substances. The key factor for understanding these new properties is the structural coupling between molecular arrangements and H-atom position in the NH⋯N hydrogen bonds. In this paper the very weak NH⋯N involving Nsp3 nitrogen atoms in secondary and tertiary amines has been compared. Clear preferences for the molecular orientation depending on the H-atomposition have been revealed for the small, weakly interacting molecules for the molecular crystals of aziridine, C2H5N, and difluoroamine, HNF2. This coupling explains the microscopic mechanisms accompanying reorientations or inversions of the ammonium groups and molecular rearrangements, which are essential for understanding dynamics of protons in H-bonds, or spontaneous polarization and phase transitions in NH⋯N hydrogen-bonded materials. The directional preferences of NH⋯N hydrogen bonds can be employed for engineering transformable crystal structures, for predicting physical properties of crystals built of small molecules, for analyzing the molecular associations and conformations of larger molecules and biopolymers, or validating structural determinations. On the other hand, specific features of molecular structure, conformation or molecular arrangement in aggregates and crystal structure can compete with the subtle orientational preferences induced by NH⋯N bonds. Such systematic conformational preferences in molecular aggregates exist in the structures of piperazine, piperidine and morpholine.

  5. Electrical and dielectric properties of foam injection-molded polypropylene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Hossieny, N.; Park, C. B.; Pötschke, P.

    2015-05-22

    A combination of high dielectric permittivity (ε′) and low dielectric loss (tan δ) is required for charge storage applications. In percolative systems such as conductive polymer composites, however, obtaining high ε′ and low tan δ is very challenging due to the sharp insulation-conduction transition near the threshold region. Due to the particular arrangement of conductive fillers induced by both foaming and injection molding processes, they may address this issue. Therefore, this work evaluates the application of foam injection molding process in fabricating polymer nanocomposites for energy storage. Polypropylene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PP-MWCNT) composites were prepared by melt mixing and foamed in an injection molding process. Electrical conductivity (σ), ε′ and tan δ were then characterized. Also, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) was used to investigate the carbon nanotube’s arrangement as well as cellular morphology. The results showed that foam injection-molded composites exhibited highly superior dielectric properties to those of solid counterparts. For instance, foamed samples had ε′=68.3 and tan δ =0.05 (at 1.25 vol.% MWCNT), as opposed to ε′=17.8 and tan δ=0.04 in solid samples (at 2.56 vol.% MWCNT). The results of this work reveal that high performance dielectric nanocomposites can be developed using foam injection molding technologies for charge storage applications.

  6. Effects of Nitrogen Doping on X-band Dielectric Properties of Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Nanocomposites.

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    Arjmand, Mohammad; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman

    2015-08-19

    Nitrogen-doped and undoped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were synthesized by selective passing of source and carrier gases (ethane, ammonia, hydrogen, and argon) over an alumina-supported iron catalyst in a quartz tubular reactor at 650 °C. Synthesized CNTs were mixed with polyvinylidene fluoride with an Alberta polymer asymmetric minimixer (APAM) mixer at 240 °C and 235 rpm, and the resulting nanocomposites were compression molded. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) techniques revealed that introducing nitrogen into the crystalline structure of CNTs resulted in higher crystalline defects. Dielectric measurements showed that nitrogen doping significantly increased dielectric permittivity for a known dielectric loss. This was ascribed to the role of the crystalline defects and nitrogen atoms, which acted as polarizing centers, blocked the nomadic charges, polarized them, and prevented them from moving along CNTs. The obtained results introduce nitrogen doping as a regulative tool to control the dielectric properties of CNT/polymer nanocomposites. PMID:26218098

  7. Electrical and dielectric properties of foam injection-molded polypropylene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Hossieny, N.; Park, C. B.; Pötschke, P.

    2015-05-01

    A combination of high dielectric permittivity (ɛ') and low dielectric loss (tan δ) is required for charge storage applications. In percolative systems such as conductive polymer composites, however, obtaining high ɛ' and low tan δ is very challenging due to the sharp insulation-conduction transition near the threshold region. Due to the particular arrangement of conductive fillers induced by both foaming and injection molding processes, they may address this issue. Therefore, this work evaluates the application of foam injection molding process in fabricating polymer nanocomposites for energy storage. Polypropylene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PP-MWCNT) composites were prepared by melt mixing and foamed in an injection molding process. Electrical conductivity (σ), ɛ' and tan δ were then characterized. Also, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) was used to investigate the carbon nanotube's arrangement as well as cellular morphology. The results showed that foam injection-molded composites exhibited highly superior dielectric properties to those of solid counterparts. For instance, foamed samples had ɛ'=68.3 and tan δ =0.05 (at 1.25 vol.% MWCNT), as opposed to ɛ'=17.8 and tan δ=0.04 in solid samples (at 2.56 vol.% MWCNT). The results of this work reveal that high performance dielectric nanocomposites can be developed using foam injection molding technologies for charge storage applications.

  8. Low-temperature dielectric properties of SrTiO3 glass-ceramics

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    Swartz, S. L.; Bhalla, A. S.; Cross, L. E.; Clark, C. F.; Lawless, W. N.

    1986-09-01

    The low-temperature dielectric properties of strontium titanate aluminosilicate glass-ceramics, in which perovskite SrTiO3 is the primary crystalline phase, have been investigated. These glass-ceramics exhibited dielectric constant peaks at temperatures below 100 K; the magnitude of these peaks, along with their frequency and temperature dependencies, were strongly dependent on the crystallization conditions. In heavily crystallized glass-ceramics, two low-temperature, relaxation-type loss mechanisms were identified, at temperature ranges near 50 and 100 K. The magnitude of the dielectric loss peak increased with increasing frequency for the lower temperature (50 K) mechanism and the magnitude of the loss peak decreased with increasing frequency for the higher temperature (100 K) mechanism. Arrhenius activation energies were calculated to be 0.054 and 0.17 eV for the lower and higher temperature loss mechanisms, respectively. The higher temperature loss mechanism was further analyzed by the Cole-Cole method, and a relaxation strength of 41 was calculated. It was proposed that the dielectric constant and loss peaks were related to ferroic phenomena occurring in the SrTiO3 phase, caused by interactions of the SrTiO3 with the glass-ceramic matrix.

  9. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Alfalfa Leaves From 0.3 to 18 GHz

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    Sokhansanj, Shahabaddine; Shrestha, Bijay; Wood, H.C.

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric properties (i.e., permittivity) are essential in designing, simulating, and modeling microwave applications. The permittivity of stacked leaves of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were measured with a network analyzer and a coaxial probe, and the effect of moisture content (MC: 12% 73% wet basis), frequency (300 MHz to 18 GHz), bound water (Cole Cole dispersion equation), temperature ( 15 C and 30 C), leaf-orientation, and pressure (0 11 kPa) were investigated. The measured permittivity increased with MC. A critical moisture level (CML) of 23% was reported, below which the permittivity decreased with increasing frequency at 22 C. Above CML and up to 5 GHz, the dielectric constants followed the Cole Cole dispersion, and the dielectric loss factors consisted of ionic and bound water losses. Above 5 GHz, the behavior of the dielectric constant was similar to that of free water, and the polar losses became dominant. Above 0 C, the measured permittivity followed a trend similar to that of free saline water and was characterized by the Debye equation. Below 0 C, it was dominated by nonfreezing bound and unfrozen supercooled moistures. The relaxation parameters and the optimum pressure (9 kPa) for the leaf measurements were determined. The effects of variations among the samples, and their orientations had negligible effects on the measured permittivity.

  10. Influence of the Static Dynamic Ergodic Divertor on Edge Turbulence Properties in TEXTOR

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    Xu, Y.; Weynants, R. R.; Jachmich, S.; Van Schoor, M.; Vergote, M.; Peleman, P.; Jakubowski, M. W.; Mitri, M.; Reiser, D.; Unterberg, B.; Finken, K. H.

    2006-10-20

    Systematic measurements on the edge turbulence and turbulent transport have been made by Langmuir probe arrays on TEXTOR under various static Dynamic Ergodic Divertor (DED) configurations. Common features are observed. With the DED, in the ergodic zone the local turbulent flux reverses sign from radially outwards to inwards. The turbulence properties are profoundly modified by energy redistribution in frequency spectra and suppression of large scale eddies. The fluctuation poloidal phase velocity changes direction from electron to ion diamagnetic drift, consistent with the observed reversal of the E{sub r}xB flow. In the laminar region, the turbulence is found to react to an observed reduced flow shear.

  11. Static and dynamic properties of three-dimensional dot-type magnonic crystals

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    Maksymov, Artur; Spinu, Leonard

    2016-04-01

    The static and dynamic magnetization of three-dimensional magnonic metamaterials has been investigated. By numerical means it was analyzed the impact of space dimensionality on the properties of magnonic crystal with unit cell consisting of four dots. It is find out the possibility of multi-vortex core formation which is related to the increasing of the crystal height by three-dimensional periodicity of single crystal layer. Additionally is provided the analysis of ferromagnetic resonance phenomenon for two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures. For the unsaturated magnetization of three-dimensional crystal the several pronounced resonance frequencies were detected.

  12. Effective electromagnetic properties of honeycomb substrate coated with dielectric or magnetic layer

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    Liu, L.; Fan, C. Z.; Zhu, N. B.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Liu, R. P.

    2014-09-01

    Effective electromagnetic properties of aramid honeycomb board coated with a layer of multi-wall carbon nanotube or iron flakes composites were measured with waveguide method from 4 to 12 GHz. It was proved that homogenization theory could predict the effective permittivity or permeability of the honeycomb composites with good accuracy. The coated honeycomb composites of relatively high permittivity and permeability could potentially be used to develop dielectric or magnetic substrate for shielding layer or absorbing structures working at microwave frequencies.

  13. Nondestructive Evaluation of Aircraft Composites Using Dielectric Properties and Imaging in the Terahertz Spectrum

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    Stoik, C. D.; Bohn, M. J.; Blackshire, J. L.

    2009-03-01

    Terahertz imaging and dielectric property measurements were assessed as nondestructive evaluation techniques for damage to aircraft glass fiber composites. Samples with localized heat damage showed a minimal change in refractive index or absorption coefficient; however, material blistering was detected. Voids were located by terahertz imaging using amplitude and phase techniques. Delamination depths were approximated by measuring the timing of Fabry-Perot reflections. Evidence of bending stress damage and simulated hidden cracks was also detected with terahertz imaging.

  14. MAPPING OF RESERVOIR PROPERTIES AND FACIES THROUGH INTEGRATION OF STATIC AND DYNAMIC DATA

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    Albert C. Reynolds; Dean S. Oliver; Fengjun Zhang; Yannong Dong; Jan Arild Skjervheim; Ning Liu

    2003-01-01

    Knowledge of the distribution of permeability and porosity in a reservoir is necessary for the prediction of future oil production, estimation of the location of bypassed oil, and optimization of reservoir management. But while the volume of data that can potentially provide information on reservoir architecture and fluid distributions has increased enormously in the past decade, it is not yet possible to make use of all the available data in an integrated fashion. While it is relatively easy to generate plausible reservoir models that honor static data such as core, log, and seismic data, it is far more difficult to generate plausible reservoir models that honor dynamic data such as transient pressures, saturations, and flow rates. As a result, the uncertainty in reservoir properties is higher than it could be and reservoir management can not be optimized. The goal of this project is to develop computationally efficient automatic history matching techniques for generating geologically plausible reservoir models which honor both static and dynamic data. Solution of this problem is necessary for the quantification of uncertainty in future reservoir performance predictions and for the optimization of reservoir management. Facies (defined here as regions of relatively uniform petrophysical properties) are common features of all reservoirs. Because the flow properties of the various facies can vary greatly, knowledge of the location of facies boundaries is of utmost importance for the prediction of reservoir performance and for the optimization of reservoir management. When the boundaries between facies are fairly well known, but flow properties are poorly known, the average properties for all facies can be determined using traditional techniques. Traditional history matching honors dynamic data by adjusting petrophysical properties in large areas, but in the process of adjusting the reservoir model ignores the static data and often results in implausible reservoir models. In general, boundary locations, average permeability and porosity, relative permeability curves, and local flow properties may all need to be adjusted to achieve a plausible reservoir model that honors all data. In this project, we will characterize the distribution of geologic facies as an indicator random field, making use of the tools of geostatistics as well as the tools of inverse and probability theory for data integration.

  15. Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of Polymer-Ceramic Composites Synthesized Using a Melt Compound Technique

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    Jotania, Rajshree; Chanmal, Chetan; Jog, Jyoti

    Polymer composites have emerged as a new class of materials, which have attracted technologist as they display novel properties compared to traditional materials and dramatically improves the performance properties of polymer system. We have synthesized hexaferrite-polymer composites of Polyvinylidene Fluride (PVDF) with BaCa2Fe16O27 (2.0, 5.0 % wt/vol.) using a melt compounding technique. BaCa2Fe16O27 hexaferrite powder was prepared using a microemulsion technique and directly mixed in melted PVDF, following by a low temperature hot pressing. The composites of PVDF with various weight percent of BaCa2Fe16O27 (2.0 & 5.0% wt/vol.) were processed via melt mixing at 200°C, with 60 rpm for 5 minutes. The films of uniform thickness are about 0.5 mm is obtained by a compression molded instrument at 200°C under 5-ton pressure. The influence of BaCa2Fe16O27 hexaferrite contents on magnetic and dielectric properties of composite was investigated. The prepared PVDF- BaCa2Fe16O27 composite thick films were characterized for their magnetic; dielectric and thermal behavior employing magnetic, dielectric and thermal analysis (TGA/DTA). Maximum saturation magnetization was obtained for 5 % wt/vol. of barium calcium hexaferrite composite.

  16. Magnetic and Dielectric Property Studies in Fe- and NiFe-Based Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Sharma, Himani; Jain, Shubham; Raj, Pulugurtha Markondeya; Murali, K. P.; Tummala, Rao

    2015-10-01

    Metal-polymer composites were investigated for their microwave properties in the frequency range of 30-1000 MHz to assess their application as inductor cores and electromagnetic isolation shield structures. NiFe and Fe nanoparticles were dispersed in epoxy as nanocomposites, in different volume fractions. The permittivity, permeability, and loss tangents of the composites were measured with an impedance analyzer and correlated with the magnetic properties of the particle such as saturation magnetization and field anisotropy. Fe-epoxy showed lower magnetic permeability but improved frequency stability, compared to the NiFe-epoxy composites of the same volume loading. This is attributed to the differences in nanoparticle's structure such as effective metal core size and particle-porosity distribution in the polymer matrix. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposites were also characterized from 30 MHz to 1000 MHz. The instabilities in the dielectric constant and loss tangent were related to the interfacial polarization relaxation of the particles and the dielectric relaxation of the surface oxides.

  17. Optical, dielectric and electrical properties of PVA doped with Sn nanoparticles

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    Amin, G. A. M.; Abd-El Salam, M. H.

    2014-04-01

    Films of pure and doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) with different concentrations of Sn nanoparticles (≦̸100 nm) were prepared using casting technique. The effect of Sn addition on micro-structural, optical, electrical and dielectric properties of PVA was investigated. Microstructure of Sn/PVA nanocomposite films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dielectric properties and ac conductivity measurements were carried out at room temperature over a wide range of frequencies ranging from 50 Hz to 5 MHz. AC conductivity was found to increase with frequency. Besides, addition of Sn nanoparticles to PVA leads to a change in conductivities of the films. Coulomb blockade effect was found to dominate at certain concentrations of Sn which may be used to explain the obtained results. The dielectric properties of the Sn/PVA films were also investigated and results were discussed in correlation with the relevant models. The frequency dependence of the imaginary part of complex electric modulus for the Sn/PVA composites shows a loss peak attributed to interfacial polarization at a certain frequency. Optical energy gap of Sn/PVA films was determined and found to decrease for Sn concentrations up to 20% due to the interaction between the Sn nanoparticles and the host polymeric network leading to the creation of new molecular dipoles. For higher Sn concentrations, the optical energy gap starts to increase which may be resulting from structural changes leading to passivation of localized states near the band edges and hence widening of the energy gap.

  18. Dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of lanthanum-modified PZTFN ceramics

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    Kumar, Arvind; Mishra, S. K.

    2014-10-01

    Specimens of Pb1-1.5 x La x (Zr0.53Ti0.47)1- y- z Fe y Nb z O3 ( x = 0, 0.004, 0.008, 0.012, and 0.016, y = z = 0.01) (PZTFN) ceramics were synthesized by a semi-wet route. In the present study, the effect of La doping was investigated on the structural, microstructural, dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of the ceramics. The results show that, the tetragonal (space group P4 mm) and rhombohedral (space group R3 c) phases are observed to coexist in the sample at x = 0.012. Microstructural investigations of all the samples reveal that La doping inhibits grain growth. Doping of La into PZTFN improves the dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of the ceramics. The hysteresis loops of all specimens exhibit nonlinear behavior. The dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties show a maximum response at x ≥ 0.012, which corresponds to the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB).

  19. Effect of sintering temperature on the structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of tungsten substituted SBT ceramics

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    Coondoo, Indrani; Panwar, Neeraj; Jha, A. K.

    2011-02-01

    Structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of tungsten (W) substituted SrBi 2(Ta 1- xW x) 2O 9 (SBTW) [ x=0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.2] have been studied as a function of sintering temperature (1100-1250 °C). X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the single-phase layered perovskite structure formation up to x=0.05 at all sintering temperatures. The present study reveals an optimum sintering temperature of 1200 °C for the best properties of SBTW samples. Maximum Tc of ∼390 °C is observed for x=0.20 sample sintered at 1200 °C. Peak-dielectric constant ( εr) increases from ∼270 to ∼700 on increasing x from 0.0 to 0.20 at 1200 °C sintering temperature. DC conductivity of the SBTW samples is nearly two to three orders lower than that of the pristine sample. Remnant polarization ( Pr) increases with the W content up to x≤0.075. A maximum 2 Pr (∼25 μC/cm 2) is obtained with x=0.075 sample sintered at 1200 °C. The observed behavior is explained in terms of improved microstructural features, contribution from the oxygen and cationic vacancies in SBTW. Such tungsten substituted samples sintered at 1200 °C exhibiting enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties should be useful for memory applications.

  20. Dielectric properties of water under extreme conditions and transport of carbonates in the deep Earth

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    Pan, Ding; Spanu, Leonardo; Harrison, Brandon; Sverjensky, Dimitri A.; Galli, Giulia

    2013-01-01

    Water is a major component of fluids in the Earth’s mantle, where its properties are substantially different from those at ambient conditions. At the pressures and temperatures of the mantle, experiments on aqueous fluids are challenging, and several fundamental properties of water are poorly known; e.g., its dielectric constant has not been measured. This lack of knowledge of water dielectric properties greatly limits our ability to model water–rock interactions and, in general, our understanding of aqueous fluids below the Earth’s crust. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we computed the dielectric constant of water under the conditions of the Earth’s upper mantle, and we predicted the solubility products of carbonate minerals. We found that MgCO3 (magnesite)—insoluble in water under ambient conditions—becomes at least slightly soluble at the bottom of the upper mantle, suggesting that water may transport significant quantities of oxidized carbon. Our results suggest that aqueous carbonates could leave the subducting lithosphere during dehydration reactions and could be injected into the overlying lithosphere. The Earth’s deep carbon could possibly be recycled through aqueous transport on a large scale through subduction zones. PMID:23513225

  1. Correlation of electrical conductivity, dielectric properties, microwave absorption, and matrix properties of composites filled with graphene nanoplatelets and carbon nanotubes

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    Khurram, A. A.; Rakha, Sobia A.; Zhou, Peiheng; Shafi, M.; Munir, Arshad

    2015-07-01

    The DC electrical conductivity, percolation threshold, and dielectric properties of Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs) filled epoxy composites are studied and correlated with microwave absorption. The properties of GNPs filled composites are also compared with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composites, and GNPs are observed to have superior conductivity than MWCNTs. In all batches, the nanofillers have 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 wt. %. All composites irrespective of the type of nanofiller and viscosity of the matrix have shown electrical percolation threshold at 3.0 wt. %. The dielectric properties, i.e., complex permittivity, tan loss, and AC conductivity, are studied in 100 Hz-5.5 MHz. The DC and AC electrical conductivities (at and below the percolation) measured in 100 Hz-5.5 MHz are correlated to the GNPs and MWCNTs epoxy composites in the microwave frequency range (11-17 GHz). The maximum return loss of -12 dB and -6 dB was determined for MWCNTs and GNPs, respectively. The effects of nanofiller shape and the viscosity of the matrix on the dispersion and interparticle spacing of the conductive fillers within the polymer matrix have been discussed based on the results of conductivity, dielectric, and absorption properties.

  2. Material simulation of charge carrier transport properties of polymer dielectrics

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    Unge, Mikael; Christen, Thomas; Törnkvist, Christer; ABB Corporate Research Team

    To understand electron and hole transport in solid material requires to know its electronic properties, i.e. the density of states (DOS) and whether the states are spatially localized or delocalized. The states closest to the band edges may be localized, states further away can be delocalized. This transition from localized to delocalized states determines the mobility edge, above the mobility edge the mobility is expected to be high. A real polymer is never perfect; it contains a number of oxidative states, bonding defects and molecular impurities. These imperfections yield electronic states that can appear in the band gap of the polymer, traps. Traps can be shallow, i.e. close to the band edges, from these states the charge carrier easily can jump to a state in the band edge or another shallow state. Other traps can be deep, in these states it is likely that the charge carrier remains and become immobile. All these properties related to the electronic structure of the polymer, including its defects, affects the conductivity of the polymer. Linear scaling Density Functional Theory has been applied to calculate electronic structure of amorphous polyethylene. In particular DOS, trap levels and mobility edges are studied.

  3. Recent Progress on Ferroelectric Polymer-Based Nanocomposites for High Energy Density Capacitors: Synthesis, Dielectric Properties, and Future Aspects.

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    Prateek; Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Gupta, Raju Kumar

    2016-04-13

    Dielectric polymer nanocomposites are rapidly emerging as novel materials for a number of advanced engineering applications. In this Review, we present a comprehensive review of the use of ferroelectric polymers, especially PVDF and PVDF-based copolymers/blends as potential components in dielectric nanocomposite materials for high energy density capacitor applications. Various parameters like dielectric constant, dielectric loss, breakdown strength, energy density, and flexibility of the polymer nanocomposites have been thoroughly investigated. Fillers with different shapes have been found to cause significant variation in the physical and electrical properties. Generally, one-dimensional and two-dimensional nanofillers with large aspect ratios provide enhanced flexibility versus zero-dimensional fillers. Surface modification of nanomaterials as well as polymers adds flavor to the dielectric properties of the resulting nanocomposites. Nowadays, three-phase nanocomposites with either combination of fillers or polymer matrix help in further improving the dielectric properties as compared to two-phase nanocomposites. Recent research has been focused on altering the dielectric properties of different materials while also maintaining their superior flexibility. Flexible polymer nanocomposites are the best candidates for application in various fields. However, certain challenges still present, which can be solved only by extensive research in this field. PMID:27040315

  4. Magnetic, dielectric, and magneto-dielectric properties of rare-earth-substituted Aurivillius phase Bi6Fe1.4Co0.6Ti3O18

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    Zuo, X. Z.; Yang, J.; Song, D. P.; Yuan, B.; Tang, X. W.; Zhang, K. J.; Zhu, X. B.; Song, W. H.; Dai, J. M.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-10-01

    We investigate the magnetic, dielectric, and magnetodielectric properties of rare-earth-substituted Aurivillius phase Bi6Fe1.4Co0.6Ti3O18. The room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior is observed in all samples, and the rare-earth-substituted samples exhibit an enhanced magnetization. The weak ferromagnetism can be ascribed to the spin canting of the antiferromagnetic coupling of the Fe-based and Co-based sublattices via Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction. The dielectric loss of all samples exhibits two dielectric relaxation peaks corresponding to two different relaxation mechanisms. One relaxation process with Ea = 0.5 eV is related to the hoping process of oxygen vacancies and the other one with Ea = 1.6 eV can be ascribed to the intrinsic conduction. The Gd-doped sample exhibits a remarkable magnetodielectric effect (9.4%) at RT implying this Aurivillius phase may be the potential candidate for magnetodielectric applications.

  5. Tailoring the dipole properties in dielectric polymers to realize high energy density with high breakdown strength and low dielectric loss

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    Thakur, Yash; Lin, Minren; Wu, Shan; Cheng, Zhaoxi; Jeong, D.-Y.; Zhang, Q. M.

    2015-03-01

    High energy density polymer materials are desirable for a broad range of modern power electronic systems. Here, we report the development of a new class of polymer dielectrics based on polyurea and polythiourea, which possess high thermal stability. By increasing the dipole density, the dielectric constant of meta-phenylene polyurea and methylene polythiourea can be increased to 5.7, compared with aromatic polyurea and aromatic polythiourea, which have a dielectric constant in the range of 4.1-4.3. The random dipoles with high dipolar moment and amorphous structure of these polyurea and polythiourea based polymers provide strong scattering to the charge carriers, resulting in low losses even at high electric fields. Consequently, this new class of polymers exhibit a linear dielectric response to the highest field measured (>700 MV/m) with a high breakdown strength, achieving high energy density (>13 J/cm3) with high efficiency (>90%).

  6. Tailoring the dipole properties in dielectric polymers to realize high energy density with high breakdown strength and low dielectric loss

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    Thakur, Yash; Lin, Minren; Wu, Shan; Zhang, Q. M. E-mail: qxz1@psu.edu; Cheng, Zhaoxi; Jeong, D.-Y. E-mail: qxz1@psu.edu

    2015-03-21

    High energy density polymer materials are desirable for a broad range of modern power electronic systems. Here, we report the development of a new class of polymer dielectrics based on polyurea and polythiourea, which possess high thermal stability. By increasing the dipole density, the dielectric constant of meta-phenylene polyurea and methylene polythiourea can be increased to 5.7, compared with aromatic polyurea and aromatic polythiourea, which have a dielectric constant in the range of 4.1–4.3. The random dipoles with high dipolar moment and amorphous structure of these polyurea and polythiourea based polymers provide strong scattering to the charge carriers, resulting in low losses even at high electric fields. Consequently, this new class of polymers exhibit a linear dielectric response to the highest field measured (>700 MV/m) with a high breakdown strength, achieving high energy density (>13 J/cm{sup 3}) with high efficiency (>90%)

  7. Controllable low dielectric porous polyimide films templated by silica microspheres: microstructure, formation mechanism, and properties.

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    Wang, Qihua; Wang, Chao; Wang, Tingmei

    2013-01-01

    In the paper, controllable low dielectric macroporous polyimide (PI) films were prepared using silica microspheres as template, based on the solvent-evaporation-assisted in situ self-assembly of polyamic acid (PAA, precursor of PI) and silica microspheres in N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF) solution. The interior microstructure of the macroporous PI films and its relationship with mechanical and dielectric properties were investigated. It was found that the macroporous PI films had triple-layer porous structures: ordered porous surface, dense layer in the middle, and interconnected porous structure at the bottom. The thickness of the dense layer in the middle changed with increasing weight content of silica. When SiO(2) wt% was above 40%, the dense layer nearly disappeared. The interconnected porous structure at the bottom was quite homogenous, and the pore size could be controlled by the diameter of silica microspheres. Based on the experimental results, possible formation mechanism of the macroporous PI films was addressed. The mechanical properties of the macroporous PI films were degraded due to the introduction of air void. It was found that the degradation of mechanical properties of macroporous PI films with porosity of 37% is more obvious than that of PI films with porosity below 31%, which could be attributed to the triple-layer microstructure of the films. The air void introduction could effectively reduce the dielectric constant from 4.11 of PI dense films to 2.57 of porous PI films with porosity of 37%. The dielectric constant was only closely related to porosity and had no obvious connection with pore size. PMID:23058979

  8. Complex dielectric properties of anhydrous polycrystalline glucose in the terahertz region

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    Sun, P.; Liu, W.; Zou, Y.; Jia, Qiong Z.; Li, Jia Y.

    2015-03-01

    We utilized terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to investigate the complex dielectric properties of solid polycrystalline material of anhydrous glucose (D-(+)-glucose with purity >99.9%). THz transmission spectra of samples were measured from 0.2 to 2.2 THz. The samples were prepared into tablets with thicknesses of 0.362, 0.447, 0.504, 0.522 and 0.626 mm, respectively. The imaginary part of the complex dielectric function of polycrystalline glucose showed that there were multiple characteristic absorption peaks at 1.232, 1.445, 1.522, 1.608, 1.811 and 1.987 THz, respectively. Moreover, for a given characteristic absorption peak, the real part of the complex dielectric function showed anomalous dispersion within the full width half maximum (FWHM) of the absorption peak. Both finite difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical simulations and experimental results showed that the complex dielectric function of anhydrous polycrystalline glucose fits well with the Lorentz dielectric mode. The plasma oscillation frequency was below the frequency of the light waves suggesting that the light waves passed through the polycrystalline glucose tablets. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) showed that the characteristic absorption peaks of polycrystalline glucose originated mainly from collective intermolecular vibrations such as hydrogen bonds and crystal phonon modes. The THz radiation can excite the vibrational or rotational energy levels of the biological macromolecules. This leads to changes in their spatial configuration or interactions. This study showed that THz-TDS has potential applications in biological and pharmaceutical research and food industry.

  9. Effect of biphase on dielectric properties of Bi-doped lead strontium titanate thin films

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    Li, X.T.; Du, P.Y.; Zhao, Y.L.; Tu, Y.; Dai, J.L.; Weng, W.J.; Han, G.R.; Song, C.L.

    2010-11-15

    Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.6}TiO{sub 3} (PST) thin films doped with various concentration of Bi were prepared by a sol-gel method. The phase status, surface morphology and dielectric properties of these thin films were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and impedance analyzer, respectively. Results showed that the thin films with the maximum dielectric constant and minimum dielectric loss were obtained for x=0.15. For x<0.15, only pure PST perovskite phase were in the thin films. For 0.2dielectric capacitance and dielectric loss. Display Omitted

  10. Changes in the dielectric properties of medaka fish embryos during development, studied by electrorotation

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    Shirakashi, Ryo; Mischke, Miriam; Fischer, Peter; Memmel, Simon; Krohne, Georg; Fuhr, Guenter R.; Zimmermann, Heiko; Sukhorukov, Vladimir L.

    2012-11-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrorotation offers a non-invasive tool for dielectric analysis of fish embryos. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The three-shell dielectric model matches the rotation spectra of medaka eggs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The capacitance value suggests a double-membrane structure of yolk envelope. -- Abstract: The Japanese medaka fish, Oryzias latipes, has become a powerful vertebrate model organism in developmental biology and genetics. The present study explores the dielectric properties of medaka embryos during pre-hatching development by means of the electrorotation (ROT) technique. Due to their layered structure, medaka eggs exhibited up to three ROT peaks in the kHz-MHz frequency range. During development from blastula to early somite stage, ROT spectra varied only slightly. But as the embryo progressed to the late-somite stage, the ROT peaks underwent significant changes in frequency and amplitude. Using morphological data obtained by light and electron microscopy, we analyzed the ROT spectra with a three-shell dielectric model that accounted for the major embryonic compartments. The analysis yielded a very high value for the ionic conductivity of the egg shell (chorion), which was confirmed by independent osmotic experiments. A relatively low capacitance of the yolk envelope was consistent with its double-membrane structure revealed by transmission electron microscopy. Yolk-free dead eggs exhibited only one co-field ROT peak, shifted markedly to lower frequencies with respect to the corresponding peak of live embryos. The dielectric data may be useful for monitoring the development and changes in fish embryos' viability/conditions in basic research and industrial aquaculture.

  11. Cation ordering and dielectric properties of PMN-PSN relaxors

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    Davies, P. K.; Farber, L.; Valant, M.; Akbas, M. A.

    2000-09-01

    Extended thermal annealing treatments were used to modify the B-site cation order in the (1-x)PMN-(x)PSN perovskite system. Extensive 1:1 ordering could be induced in compositions with x⩾0.1. The substitution of PSN into PMN produces a large increase in the thermal stability of the 1:1 ordered phase, with the maximum disordering temperature of ˜1360 °C being observed for x=0.5. The order-disorder transition temperature for pure PMN was calculated to be 913 °C. The changes in stability could be rationalized using the random site model for the cation order. The well ordered, large chemical domain ceramics exhibited relaxor behavior up to x˜0.6, for higher values normal ferroelectric behavior was observed. Alterations in the size of the chemical domain size had no significant effect on the properties of the lower x compositions, but induced a transition to relaxor behavior for x>˜0.6.

  12. Dielectric properties of lava flows west of Ascraeus Mons, Mars

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    Carter, L.M.; Campbell, B.A.; Holt, J.W.; Phillips, R.J.; Putzig, N.E.; Mattei, S.; Seu, R.; Okubo, C.H.; Egan, A.F.

    2009-01-01

    The SHARAD instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detects subsurface interfaces beneath lava flow fields northwest of Ascraeus Mons. The interfaces occur in two locations; a northern flow that originates south of Alba Patera, and a southern flow that originates at the rift zone between Ascraeus and Pavonis Montes. The northern flow has permittivity values, estimated from the time delay of echoes from the basal interface, between 6.2 and 17.3, with an average of 12.2. The southern flow has permittivity values of 7.0 to 14.0, with an average of 9.8. The average permittivity values for the northern and southern flows imply densities of 3.7 and 3.4 g cm-3, respectively. Loss tangent values for both flows range from 0.01 to 0.03. The measured bulk permittivity and loss tangent values are consistent with those of terrestrial and lunar basalts, and represent the first measurement of these properties for dense rock on Mars. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  13. Mechanical properties of anhydrite and polyhalite in quasi-static triaxial compression

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    Teufel, L.W.

    1981-10-01

    Bedded salt of the Salado Formation at the WIPP site in southeastern New Mexico is being considered as a nuclear waste containment media. The Salado Formation is composed of 85 to 90 percent rock salt and the remaining 10 to 15 percent of the formation consists primarily of polycrystalline anhydrite, smaller amounts of polycrystalline polyhalite, and minor amounts of clay. In order to provide a more complete evaluation of the thermomechanical behavior of rock in the Salado Formation adjacent to the proposed repository, a rock mechanics testing program has been initiated to determine the mechanical properties of the two most abundant nonsalt rock, anhydrite and polyhalite. This report summarizes the mechanical properties of these two rock types in dry, room temperature, quasi-static triaxial compression experiments to 20 MPa confining pressure. In addition, Coulomb-Mohr and Mises-Drucker criteria have been fit successfully to both yield and failure stress data.

  14. Evolving Density and Static Mechanical Properties in Plutonium from Self-Irradiation

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    Chung, B W; Thompson, S R; Lema, K E; Hiromoto, D S; Ebbinghaus, B B

    2008-07-31

    Plutonium, because of its self-irradiation by alpha decay, ages by means of lattice damage and helium in-growth. These integrated aging effects result in microstructural and physical property changes. Because these effects would normally require decades to measure, studies are underway to assess the effects of extended aging on the physical properties of plutonium alloys by incorporating roughly 7.5 weight % of highly specific activity isotope {sup 238}Pu into the {sup 239}Pu metal to accelerate the aging process. This paper presents updated results of self-irradiation effects on {sup 238}Pu-enriched alloys measured by immersion density, dilatometry, and tensile tests. After nearly 90 equivalent years of aging, both the immersion density and dilatometry show that the enriched alloys continue to decreased in density by {approx}0.002% per year, without void swelling. Quasi-static tensile measurements show that the aging process increases the strength of plutonium alloys.

  15. Dielectric properties of yeast cells as determined by electrorotation.

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    Hölzel, R; Lamprecht, I

    1992-02-17

    Electrorotational spectra of yeast cells, Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain R XII, were measured over a frequency range of nearly 7 decades. The physical properties of distinct cell parts were simultaneously determined for individual cells by comparison with an electrical two-shell model: The conductivity of the cytoplasm, cell wall and cytoplasmic membrane of living cells were found to be 5.5 mS/cm, 0.1 to more than 0.5 mS/cm and less than 0.25 nS/cm to 4.5 microS/cm, respectively. The conductivity of the cytoplasmic membrane was dependent on the conductivity of the medium. Membrane behaviour is interpreted as an opening of membrane channels when the environment becomes more physiological. The specific membrane capacitance was determined to be 1.1 microF/cm2 and the thickness of the cell wall was calculated as 0.11 micron. Heat treated cells showed an increased membrane conductivity of more than 0.1 microS/cm (at 25 microS/cm medium conductivity) and a drop in cytoplasmic conductivity to between 0.1 and 0.8 mS/cm, depending on the length of time the cells were suspended in low conductivity water (25 microS/cm), indicating a perforation of the membrane. A slightly decreased spinning speed scaling factor for dead cells suggests a modification to the cellular surface, while the principal structure of the cell wall appears to be uneffected. It can be demonstrated by these observations, that cellular electrorotation permits the simultaneous investigation of the different cellular compartments of individual cells in vivo under various environmental conditions. PMID:1550847

  16. Investigation of structural, optical, electrical and dielectric properties of catalytic sprayed hausmannite thin film

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    Larbi, T.; Ouni, B.; Boukhachem, A.; Boubaker, K. Amlouk, M.

    2014-12-15

    Hausmannite Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin film have been synthesized using spray pyrolysis method. These films are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope AFM, UV–vis–NIR spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy. XRD study confirms the tetragonal structure of the as-deposited films with lattice parameters, a = 5.1822 Å and c = 9.4563 Å and a grain size of about 56 nm. UV–vis–NIR spectroscopy was further used to estimate optical constants such as extinction coefficient, refractive index, band gap and Urbach energy. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy analysis was employed to estimate electrical and dielectrical properties of the sprayed thin films. The activation energy values deduced from DC conductivity and relaxation frequency were almost the same, revealing that the transport phenomena is thermally activated by hopping between localized states. The AC conductivity is found to be proportional to ω{sup s}. The temperature dependence of the AC conductivity and the frequency exponent, s was reasonably well interpreted in terms of the correlated barrier-hopping CBH model. The dielectric properties were sensitive to temperature and frequency. The study of the electrical modulus indicated that the charge carrier was localized. Experimental results concerning optical constants as Urbach energy, dielectric constant, electric modulus and AC and DC conductivity were discussed in terms of the hopping model as suggested by Elliott.

  17. Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of PZT Composite Thick Films with Variable Solution to Powder Ratios

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    Wu, Dawei; Zhou, Qifa; Shung, Koping Kirk.; Bharadwaja, Srowthi N.; Zhang, Dongshe; Zheng, Haixing

    2010-01-01

    The use of PZT films in sliver-mode high-frequency ultrasonic transducers applications requires thick, dense, and crack-free films with excellent piezoelectric and dielectric properties. In this work, PZT composite solutions were used to deposit PZT films >10 μm in thickness. It was found that the functional properties depend strongly on the mass ratio of PZT sol–gel solution to PZT powder in the composite solution. Both the remanent polarization, Pr, and transverse piezoelectric coefficient, e31,f, increase with increasing proportion of the sol–gel solution in the precursor. Films prepared using a solution-to-powder mass ratio of 0.5 have a remanent polarization of 8 μC/cm2, a dielectric constant of 450 (at 1 kHz), and e31,f = −2.8 C/m2. Increasing the solution-to-powder mass ratio to 6, the films were found to have remanent polarizations as large as 37 μC/cm2, a dielectric constant of 1250 (at 1 kHz) and e31,f = −5.8 C/m2. PMID:20376196

  18. Mechanical and dielectric properties of SEBS modified by graphite inclusion and composite interface

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    Grigorescu, Ramona Marina; Ciuprina, Florin; Ghioca, Paul; Ghiurea, Marius; Iancu, Lorena; Spurcaciu, Bogdan; Panaitescu, Denis Mihaela

    2016-02-01

    Tough and flexible dielectrics were prepared using graphite (G), a natural and low-cost resource, as filler in polystyrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-polystyrene (SEBS) and maleinized SEBS (SEBS-MA) matrices. The disintegration of graphite in submicron particles was accomplished by the shear forces during the melt processing step and it was highlighted by atomic force microscopy. Simultaneous increase of tensile strain, strength and Young's modulus was noticed for SEBS/G and SEBS-MA/G composites compared to unfilled matrices, this remarkable feature being previously reported only for some nanocomposites. Moreover, an exponential variation of the dielectric permittivity with the volume fraction of G was obtained. Higher reinforcing efficiency and better dielectric properties were observed in SEBS-MA/G composites, compared to the corresponding SEBS/G composites, due to the stronger polymer-filler interface and better dispersion of graphite. This study brings new insights into nanolevel properties of SEBS composites and it opens new perspectives on high performance composites by using graphite instead of expensive graphene and efficient melt mixing process.

  19. Dielectric, electric and thermal properties of carboxylic functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes impregnated polydimethylsiloxane nanocomposite

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    Sagar, Sadia; Iqbal, Nadeem; Maqsood, Asghari

    2013-06-01

    The dielectric, electric and thermal properties of carboxylic functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (F-MWCNT) incorporated into the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) were evaluated to determine their potential in the field of electronic materials. Carboxylic functionalization of the pristine multi walled carbon tubes (Ps-MWCNT) was confirmed through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns for both Ps-MWCNTs and F-MWCNTs elaborated that crystalline behavior did not change with carboxylic moieties. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses were performed to elucidate the thermal stability with increasing weight % addition of F-MWCNTs in the polymer matrix. Crystallization/glass transition / melting temperatures were evaluated using differential scanning calorimeter and it was observed that glass transition and crystallization temperatures were diminished while temperatures of first and second melting transitions were progressed with increasing F-MWCNT concentration in the PDMS matrix. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were carried out to confirm the morphology, functionalization, and uniform dispersion of F-MWCNTs in the polymer matrix. Electrical resistivity at temperature range (100-300°C), dielectric loss (tanδ) and dielectric parameters (epsilon/ epsilon//) were measured in the frequency range (1MHz-3GHz). The measured data simulate that the aforementioned properties were influenced by increasing filler contents in the polymer matrix because of the high polarization of conductive F-MWCNTs at the reinforcement/polymer interface.

  20. Relative influence upon microwave emissivity of fine-scale stratigraphy, internal scattering, and dielectric properties

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    England, A.W.

    1976-01-01

    The microwave emissivity of relatively low-loss media such as snow, ice, frozen ground, and lunar soil is strongly influenced by fine-scale layering and by internal scattering. Radiometric data, however, are commonly interpreted using a model of emission from a homogeneous, dielectric halfspace whose emissivity derives exclusively from dielectric properties. Conclusions based upon these simple interpretations can be erroneous. Examples are presented showing that the emission from fresh or hardpacked snow over either frozen or moist soil is governed dominantly by the size distribution of ice grains in the snowpack. Similarly, the thickness of seasonally frozen soil and the concentration of rock clasts in lunar soil noticeably affect, respectively, the emissivities of northern latitude soils in winter and of the lunar regolith. Petrophysical data accumulated in support of the geophysical interpretation of microwave data must include measurements of not only dielectric properties, but also of geometric factors such as finescale layering and size distributions of grains, inclusions, and voids. ?? 1976 Birkha??user Verlag.

  1. Influence of the dielectric property on microwave oven heating patterns: application to food materials.

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    Peyre, F; Datta, A; Seyler, C

    1997-01-01

    Patterns of power absorption in a microwave oven for a range of dielectric properties of relevance to food processing were investigated. The governing Maxwell's equations with boundary conditions and a TE10 excitation were solved using a finite element method. Food properties were varied from values at their frozen state to values at high temperatures, as would be typical in a thawing process. For low-loss materials such as frozen foods, the high quality factor makes the heating significantly higher only when the size and shape of the load permit a dielectric cavity resonance in the load. Otherwise, the heating pattern will follow the modal electric field pattern of the oven. For moderate loss materials, the patterns will come from the modes of the dielectric cavity. The bandwidths of these modes are larger than the low-loss situation and their overlap results in a heating pattern that is somewhat more uniform. For high-loss materials, the concept of modes is no longer useful as the very large number of modes strongly overlap. The rapidly decaying field and power loss in the high-loss material can probably be characterized as an exponential decay. PMID:9177015

  2. Structure-dielectric properties relationships in copper-substituted magnesium ferrites

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    Druc, A.C.; Borhan, A.I.; Nedelcu, G.G.; Leontie, L.; Iordan, A.R.; Palamaru, M.N.

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Synthesis of copper substituted magnesium ferrites materials is reported. • A shift from cubic to tetragonal structure starting with x = 0.84 was observed. • The dielectric properties are influenced by Cu-substitution. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline powders of copper-substituted magnesium ferrites with general formula Mg{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.00, 0.17, 0.34, 0.50, 0.67, 0.84, 1.00) were prepared for the first time by sol–gel auto-combustion method, using glycine as fuel agent. Solid phase chemical reactions and the occurrence of spinel structure were monitored by using infrared spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the spinel single-phase formation. A shift from cubic structure to tetragonal structure starting with x = 0.84 was also observed. Microstructure of the samples was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and particle size was estimated from the micrographs. Analysis of dielectric properties revealed very low values of dielectric loss at frequencies over 10 MHz.

  3. A comparative approach to predicting effective dielectric, piezoelectric and elastic properties of PZT/PVDF composites

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    Ahmad, Zeeshan; Prasad, Ashutosh; Prasad, K.

    2009-11-01

    The present study addresses the problem of quantitative prediction of effective relative permittivity, dielectric loss factor, piezoelectric charge coefficient, and Young's modulus of PZT/PVDF diphasic ceramic-polymer composite as a function of volume fraction of PZT in the different compositions. Theoretical results for effective relative permittivity derived from several dielectric mixture equations like those of Knott, Rother-Lichtenecker, Bruggeman, Maxwell-Wagner-Webmann-Skipetrov or Dias-Dasgupta, Furukawa, Lewin, Wiener, Jayasundere-Smith, Modified Cule-Torquato, Taylor, Poon-Shin and Rao et al. were fitted to the experimental data taken from previous works of Yamada et al. Similarly, the results for effective piezoelectric coefficient and Young's modulus, derived from different appropriate equations were fitted to the corresponding experimental data taken from the literature. The study revealed that only a few equations like modified Rother-Lichtenecker equation, Dias-Dasgupta equation and Rao equation for dielectric and piezoelectric properties while the four new equations developed in the present study of elastic property (Young's modulus) well fitted the corresponding experimental results. Further, the acceptable data put to various regression analyses showed that in most of the cases the third order polynomial regression analysis provided more acceptable fits.

  4. Theoretical study of the structural, vibrational and dielectric properties of PbSnTe alloys

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    Leite Alves, Horacio W.; Neto, Antonio R. R.; Petersen, John E.; Borges, Pablo D.; Scolfaro, Luisa M. R.

    2015-03-01

    Thermoelectric devices have promise in dealing with the challenges of the growing demand for alternative clean energy and Te-based materials well-known candidates for them. Recently, we have shown that the high values for the dielectric constant, together with anharmonic LA-TO coupling, reduces the lattice thermal conductivity and enhances the electronic conductivity in PbTe. Also, it was shown that by alloying this material with Se, the electronic conductivity of the alloys is also enhanced. But, it is not clear if the same occurs when alloying with Sn. We show, in this work, our ab initio results for the structural, vibrational and dielectric properties of Pb1-xSnxTe alloys. The calculations were carried out by using the Density Functional Theory, and the alloys were described by the Virtual Crystal Approximation. Our results show that their structural properties do not obey the Vegard rule. However, we have detected that the anharmonic LA-TO coupling still exists and the obtained values for the dielectric constant show higher values than that obtained for PbTe.

  5. Approximation of the dielectric properties of Maxwellian plasmas - Dispersion functions and physical constraints

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    Robinson, P. A.; Newman, D. L.

    1988-01-01

    The dielectric properties of Maxwellian plasmas are approximated using high Pade approximants to the dispersion function and direct approximation of the distribution. Physical constraints on permissible approximations are discussed, and it is found that some previously published results can lead to predictions of qualitatively incorrect wave properties, including unphysical negative damping. Approximate dispersion functions for Maxwellian distributions are given explicitly, and some of the effects of these approximations on the resulting dispersion are discussed. The approximations discussed here are of use both in analytical work and in accelerating large-scale numerical computations.

  6. Dielectric properties of dates at 2.45 GHz determined with a tunable single-mode resonant cavity.

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    Ali, I A; al-Amri, A M; Dawoud, M M

    2000-01-01

    A tunable TM012-mode resonant cavity with an additional tuning mechanism and working at 2.45 GHz has been designed, fabricated and tested for determination of dielectric properties of dates. The cavity has a Q-factor > 5000, and a tuning mechanism which gives it more flexibility and controllability. The cavity has been used for determining the dielectric properties of Rezaiz, the most common type of dates used in the production of data juice in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The dielectric constant for this type of dates was 4.6 +/- 0.16, and the loss factor was 0.21 +/- 0.03, at 8.75% moisture. These results are comparable with the dielectric properties of some other fruits, of similar composition, at the same moisture level. PMID:11257826

  7. Unusual dielectric loss properties of carbon nanotube - polyvinylidene fluoride composites in low frequency region (100 Hz

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    Zhao, Guang-Lin; Zhen, Yi; Arredondo, Juan

    2015-03-01

    Systematic investigations on the dielectric properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composites with a wide MWCNT concentration range (2-9wt%) have been carried out. It was revealed that the dielectric constant are increased by the addition of an appropriate amount of MWCNTs at room temperature. However, when the concentration of MWCNTs in the composites reaches above 5wt%, negative dielectric constants and large dielectric loss in the composites are observed in the low frequency range. The ferroelectric CNT-PVDF polymer composites containing more than 5 wt% MWCNTs have a strong dielectric absorption, which has the potential for acoustic applications. The work was funded in part by AFOSR (Award No. FA9550-09-1-0367) and by NSF LASIGMA Project (Award No. EPS-1003897, NSF92010-15-RII-SUBR).

  8. Dielectric and electro-optical properties of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal system

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    Pande, Mukti; Tripathi, Pankaj Kumar; Misra, Abhishek Kumar; Manohar, Shashwati; Manohar, Rajiv; Singh, Shri

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report the results of dielectric and electro-optical properties as a function of temperature for both pure liquid crystal matrix and polymer-stabilized liquid crystal (PSLC). The threshold and saturation voltages have been determined from transmission-voltage curves. We have studied the polymer domains formation in PSLC with variation of concentration of polymer in liquid crystal matrix. It is observed that the dielectric anisotropy of PSLC is significantly influenced by the polar order present in the polymer domains environment. A delicate interplay between the orientational order of liquid crystal and polymeric domains determines the molecular orientations of PSLC with respect to the director of the LC system.

  9. An Investigation on the Dielectric Properties of Polyaniline-Based Nanocomposite

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    Jiang, J.; Ai, L. H.

    Polyaniline/LiNi0.5Gd0.08Fe1.92O4 nanocomposite was synthesized by an in-situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of LiNi0.5Gd0.08Fe1.92O4 particles. The dielectric properties of the as-prepared polyaniline-based nanocomposite were investigated using an Agilent E4991A RF Impedance/Material Analyzer at room temperature in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 1 GHz. The real (?') and imaginary part (??) of complex permittivity, and dissipation factor (tan ?) were found to be frequency-dependent, which decreased with increasing of frequency. It was shown that ?', ?? and tan ? of the nanocomposite were lower than those of pristine polyaniline. In order to investigate the dielectric process in detail, the complex electric modulii derived from the complex permittivity were analyzed as a function of the frequency.

  10. Electrical conductivity enhanced dielectric and piezoelectric properties of ferroelectric 0-3 composites

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    Wong, C. K.; Shin, F. G.

    2005-03-01

    We have investigated the effects of electrical conductivity of the constituents on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of ferroelectric 0-3 composites. The time-dependent internal electric fields are first derived, which can be induced by an applied ac field in dielectric measurement or stress in piezoelectric measurement. Our previously developed model [C. K. Wong, Y. M. Poon, and F. G. Shin, J. Appl. Phys. 90, 4690 (2001)] has been extended to include the additional contribution from the electrical conductivities and the frequency of measurement, which can be significant for ceramic/polymer composites possessing high conductivity in the matrix phase. The model provides an explanation to the surprisingly high piezoelectric d33 values reported by, e.g., Chen et al. [Sens. Actuators, A 65, 194 (1998)]. Explicit expressions for the transient and steady-state responses are given and the effective permittivity, d33, d31, and dh coefficients have been derived.

  11. Vanadium oxide nanotubes VOx-NTs: Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, electrical study and dielectric properties

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    Nefzi, H.; Sediri, F.

    2013-05-01

    Vanadium oxide nanotubes (VOx-NTs) have been synthesized via one-step hydrothermal treatment. The compounds were analyzed through X-ray powder diffraction; scanning electron microscope, UV-Visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and complex impedance spectroscopy. The electrical and dielectric properties dependence on temperature (302-523 K) and on frequency (5 Hz to 13 MHz) of VOx-NTs have been reported. The complex impedance plots exhibits the presence of grain and grain boundaries. Dielectric data were analyzed using complex permittivity and complex electrical modulus for the sample at various temperatures. The presence of non-Debye type of relaxation has been confirmed by the complex modulus analysis. AC conductivity exhibits two conduction mechanisms: at high temperature, a translational motion with a sudden hopping and at low temperature, a localized hopping with a small hopping or reorientational motion. DC conductivity indicated, negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) type behavior.

  12. Dielectric and pyroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate/polyurethane composites

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    Lam, K.S.; Wong, Y.W.; Tai, L.S.; Poon, Y.M.; Shin, F.G.

    2004-10-01

    0-3 composite ranging between 0 and 3, of ferroelectric ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and thermoplastic elastomer polyurethane (PU) were fabricated. The pyroelectric and dielectric properties of the hot-pressed thin film samples of various PZT volume fractions were measured. The experimental dielectric permittivities and losses agreed reasonably well with the Bruggeman model. The room temperature pyroelectric coefficients of the composites were found to increase linearly with PZT volume fraction and substantially larger than expected. For example, for a composite with 30% PZT, its pyroelectric coefficient is about 90 {mu}C/m{sup 2}K at room temperature, which is more than tenfold of a PZT/PVDF composite of the same ceramic volume fraction. We propose a model in which the electrical conductivity of the composite system is taken into consideration to explain the linear relationship and the extraordinarily large pyroelectric coefficients obtained.

  13. Tweaking Electrical and Dielectric Properties of Nickel Oxide Nanocrystals by Varying the Surfactant.

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    Maheswari, A Uma; Mohan, Sreedevi R; Sivakumar, M; Kumar, S Saravana

    2015-12-01

    The influence of cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and neutral polymeric polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) surfactants on electrical and dielectric properties of NiO nanocrystals is investigated. It is demonstrated that, compressive strain of nanocrystals is higher with PVP than that of CTAB. Consequently surfactant type has significant influence on intrinsic defects of nanocrystals. This is attributed to the difference in stabilization of metallic ions against agglomeration that leads to variation in rate of hydrolysis. Particularly, in the case of PVP assisted synthesis, higher stabilization leads to slow nucleation rate with lower defect density. As a result the hopping time of charge carriers decreases which in turn enhances the conductivity of nanocrystals as evidenced from the shifting of dielectric loss peak to higher frequency. PMID:26682362

  14. Dielectric properties induced by hindered molecular motion in crystals and liquids

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    Bashirov, F. I.

    1999-09-01

    A united theoretical description of dielectric properties of molecular solids and liquids is developed. The numbering data are tabulated and some results are pictured. The theory expands the fundamental dispersion expressions of complex dielectric permeability, initiated by Debye for molecular liquids, to any condensed molecular medium. Une approche théorique unifiant les propriétés diélectriques des cristaux moléculaires et celles des liquides est développée. Les données numériques sont disposées et les résultats principaux sont imaginés. La théorie élargie les expressions fondamentales de dispersion de la permittivité complexe du diélectrique liquide moléculaire, initié par Debye, à tout milieu condensé moléculaire.

  15. Dielectric and Magnetic Properties in Relaxor Magnet LuFeCoO4

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    Soda, Minoru; Masuda, Takatsugu

    2016-03-01

    Dielectric and magnetic properties in the relaxor magnet LuFeCoO4 having a triangular lattice are studied by permittivity, magnetization, and neutron diffraction measurements. We found that LuFeCoO4 has the nuclear diffuse scattering induced by Polar Nanoregions (PNRs) where local polarizations in nanoregions are randomly oriented. Synchronized changes in PNRs and magnetic short-range order with decreasing temperature are observed, which reveal the existence of the strong coupling between dielectricity and magnetism. The coincidence of the correlation lengths of the nuclear atoms and spins in the crystallographic a–b plane at the onset temperature of two-dimensional magnetic order is confirmed, suggesting that the magnetic order develops inside the PNRs. With further decreasing temperature, the magnetic correlation extends beyond the domain wall of the crystal cluster in contrast with another relaxor magnet BiFeO3–1/3BaTiO3.

  16. Temperature dependent dielectric properties and ion transportation in solid polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

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    Sengwa, R. J.; Dhatarwal, Priyanka; Choudhary, Shobhna

    2016-05-01

    Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) film consisted of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend matrix with lithium tetrafluroborate (LiBF4) as dopant ionic salt and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as plasticizer has been prepared by solution casting method followed by melt pressing. Dielectric properties and ionic conductivity of the SPE film at different temperatures have been determined by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. It has been observed that the dc ionic conductivity of the SPE film increases with increase of temperature and also the decrease of relaxation time. The temperature dependent relaxation time and ionic conductivity values of the electrolyte are governed by the Arrhenius relation. Correlation observed between dc conductivity and relaxation time confirms that ion transportation occurs with polymer chain segmental dynamics through hopping mechanism. The room temperature ionic conductivity is found to be 4 × 10-6 S cm-1 which suggests the suitability of the SPE film for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  17. Transport and dielectric properties of water and the influence of coarse-graining: comparing BMW, SPC/E, and TIP3P models.

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    Braun, Daniel; Boresch, Stefan; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2014-02-14

    Long-term molecular dynamics simulations are used to compare the single particle dipole reorientation time, the diffusion constant, the viscosity, and the frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the coarse-grained big multipole water (BMW) model to two common atomistic three-point water models, SPC/E and TIP3P. In particular, the agreement between the calculated viscosity of BMW and the experimental viscosity of water is satisfactory. We also discuss contradictory values for the static dielectric properties reported in the literature. Employing molecular hydrodynamics, we show that the viscosity can be computed from single particle dynamics, circumventing the slow convergence of the standard approaches. Furthermore, our data indicate that the Kivelson relation connecting single particle and collective reorientation time holds true for all systems investigated. Since simulations with coarse-grained force fields often employ extremely large time steps, we also investigate the influence of time step on dynamical properties. We observe a systematic acceleration of system dynamics when increasing the time step. Carefully monitoring energy/temperature conservation is found to be a sufficient criterion for the reliable calculation of dynamical properties. By contrast, recommended criteria based on the ratio of fluctuations of total vs. kinetic energy are not sensitive enough. PMID:24527900

  18. Transport and dielectric properties of water and the influence of coarse-graining: Comparing BMW, SPC/E, and TIP3P models

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    Braun, Daniel; Boresch, Stefan; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2014-02-01

    Long-term molecular dynamics simulations are used to compare the single particle dipole reorientation time, the diffusion constant, the viscosity, and the frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the coarse-grained big multipole water (BMW) model to two common atomistic three-point water models, SPC/E and TIP3P. In particular, the agreement between the calculated viscosity of BMW and the experimental viscosity of water is satisfactory. We also discuss contradictory values for the static dielectric properties reported in the literature. Employing molecular hydrodynamics, we show that the viscosity can be computed from single particle dynamics, circumventing the slow convergence of the standard approaches. Furthermore, our data indicate that the Kivelson relation connecting single particle and collective reorientation time holds true for all systems investigated. Since simulations with coarse-grained force fields often employ extremely large time steps, we also investigate the influence of time step on dynamical properties. We observe a systematic acceleration of system dynamics when increasing the time step. Carefully monitoring energy/temperature conservation is found to be a sufficient criterion for the reliable calculation of dynamical properties. By contrast, recommended criteria based on the ratio of fluctuations of total vs. kinetic energy are not sensitive enough.

  19. Transport and dielectric properties of water and the influence of coarse-graining: Comparing BMW, SPC/E, and TIP3P models

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    Braun, Daniel; Boresch, Stefan; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2014-02-14

    Long-term molecular dynamics simulations are used to compare the single particle dipole reorientation time, the diffusion constant, the viscosity, and the frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the coarse-grained big multipole water (BMW) model to two common atomistic three-point water models, SPC/E and TIP3P. In particular, the agreement between the calculated viscosity of BMW and the experimental viscosity of water is satisfactory. We also discuss contradictory values for the static dielectric properties reported in the literature. Employing molecular hydrodynamics, we show that the viscosity can be computed from single particle dynamics, circumventing the slow convergence of the standard approaches. Furthermore, our data indicate that the Kivelson relation connecting single particle and collective reorientation time holds true for all systems investigated. Since simulations with coarse-grained force fields often employ extremely large time steps, we also investigate the influence of time step on dynamical properties. We observe a systematic acceleration of system dynamics when increasing the time step. Carefully monitoring energy/temperature conservation is found to be a sufficient criterion for the reliable calculation of dynamical properties. By contrast, recommended criteria based on the ratio of fluctuations of total vs. kinetic energy are not sensitive enough.

  20. The effect of dielectric properties of sintering additives on microwave sintered silicon nitride ceramics.

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    Chockalingam, Sreekumar; George, Jacob; Earl, David; Amarakoon, Vasantha R W

    2008-01-01

    Silicon nitride requires the use of susceptive additives for microwave liquid phase sintering due to the material's low dielectric loss. In this article, we report the effect of complex dielectric properties of two compositions of sintering aids on 2.45 GHz microwave sintered Si3N4 with respect to power absorption, temperature distribution and densification behavior. The temperature dependent dielectric properties were measured from 25 degrees C to 1400 degrees C using a conventional cavity perturbation technique. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) electromagnetic simulations coupled with a thermal solver was used to predict the microwave power absorption and the corresponding temperature evolution inside the samples. The additive with higher dielectric loss (4 wt% MgO, 6 wt% Y2O3 and 2.5 wt% ZrO2) produces a greater sintered density than the lower loss additive (4 wt% MgO and 6 wt% Y2O3) or pure Si3N4. Although microwave loss at temperatures below 600 degrees C is insignificant with or without the additives, the loss begins to increase at higher temperatures when the additives are present and has a strong upward trend above 1000 degrees C. Above 1200 degrees C the sample containing ZrO2 exhibited the greatest loss. Numerical simulations at the peak sintering temperature show greater microwave power absorption and higher temperature in the sample with the highest loss additive. The simulation results correlate to the difference in densification behavior observed. The simulation was also useful because the material temperature was not accurately provided by optical pyrometer measurements of the crucible sample holder. PMID:19227072

  1. Influence of O2 on the dielectric properties of CO2 at the elevated temperatures

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    Rong, Mingzhe; Sun, Hao; Yang, Fei; Wu, Yi; Chen, Zhexin; Wang, Xiaohua; Wu, Mingliang

    2014-11-01

    SF6 gas is widely used in the high voltage circuit breakers but considering its high global warming potential other substitutes are being sought. Among them CO2 was investigated and even has been used in some practical products. However, at room temperature, the dielectric properties of CO2 are relatively lower than SF6 and air. The goal of this work is to investigate a CO2-based gas to improve the performance of the pure CO2. In this paper, the dielectric properties of hot CO2/O2 mixtures related to the dielectric recovery phase of the circuit breaker were investigated in the temperature range from 300 K to 4000 K and in the pressure range from 0.01 MPa to 1.0 MPa. The species compositions of hot CO2/O2 were obtained based on Gibbs free energy minimization under the assumptions of local thermodynamic equilibrium and local chemical equilibrium. The reduced critical electric field strength of CO2/O2 was determined by balancing electron generation and loss. These were calculated using the electron energy distribution function by solving the Boltzmann transport equation. The validity of the calculation method and the cross sections data was confirmed by comparing the measurements and calculations of the electron swarm data in previous work. The results indicate that in pure CO2 the critical electric field strength is higher only in higher temperature range. By adding the O2 into the CO2, the critical electric field strength at lower temperature is effectively enhanced. CO2/O2 mixtures have a much better dielectric strength than both the pure CO2 and air and thus have the potential to improve the CO2-based gas circuit breakers. Similar conclusions can also be found in others' work, which further confirm the validity of these results.

  2. Research Update: Polyimide/CaCu3Ti4O12 nanofiber functional hybrid films with improved dielectric properties

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    Yang, Yang; Wang, Ziyu; Ding, Yi; Lu, Zhihong; Sun, Haoliang; Li, Ya; Wei, Jianhong; Xiong, Rui; Shi, Jing; Liu, Zhengyou; Lei, Qingquan

    2013-11-01

    This work reports the excellent dielectric properties of polyimide (PI) embedded with CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) nanofibers. The dielectric behaviors were investigated over a frequency of 100 Hz-1 MHz. It is shown that embedding CCTO nanofibers with high aspect ratio (67) is an effective means to enhance the dielectric permittivity and reduce the percolation threshold. The dielectric permittivity of PI/CCTO nanofiber composites is 85 with 1.5 vol.% loading of filler, also the dielectric loss is only 0.015 at 100 Hz. Monte Carlo simulation was used to investigate the percolation threshold of CCTO nanofibers reinforced polyimide matrix by using excluded volume theory and soft, hard-core models. The results are in good agreement with the percolation theory and the hard-core model can well explain the percolation phenomena in PI/CCTO nanofiber composites. The dielectric properties of the composites will meet the practical requirements for the application in high dielectric constant capacitors and high energy density materials.

  3. Investigation of optical and interfacial properties of Ag/Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} metal dielectric multilayer structure

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    Sarkar, P. Jena, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Thakur, S.; Sahoo, N. K.; Rao, K. D.; Misal, J. S.; Prathap, C.

    2015-06-24

    One-dimensional periodic metal-dielectric multilayer thin film structures consisting of Ag and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} alternating layers are deposited on glass substrate using RF magnetron sputtering technique. The spectral property of the multilayers has been investigated using spectrophotometry technique. The optical parameters such as refractive index, extinction coefficient, band gap etc., along with film thickness as well as the interfacial layer properties which influence these properties have been probed with spectroscopic ellipsometry technique. Atomic force microscopy has been employed to characterize morphological properties of this metal-dielectric multilayer.

  4. An automatic approach for calibrating dielectric bone properties by combining finite-element and optimization software tools.

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    Su, Yukun; Kluess, Daniel; Mittelmeier, Wolfram; van Rienen, Ursula; Bader, Rainer

    2016-09-01

    The dielectric properties of human bone are one of the most essential inputs required by electromagnetic stimulation for improved bone regeneration. Measuring the electric properties of bone is a difficult task because of the complexity of the bone structure. Therefore, an automatic approach is presented to calibrate the electric properties of bone. The numerical method consists of three steps: generating input from experimental data, performing the numerical simulation, and calibrating the bone dielectric properties. As an example, the dielectric properties at 20 Hz of a rabbit distal femur were calibrated. The calibration process was considered as an optimization process with the aim of finding the optimum dielectric bone properties that match most of the numerically calculated simulation and experimentally measured data sets. The optimization was carried out automatically by the optimization software tool iSIGHT in combination with the finite-element solver COMSOL Multiphysics. As a result, the optimum conductivity and relative permittivity of the rabbit distal femur at 20 Hz were found to be 0.09615 S/m and 19522 for cortical bone and 0.14913 S/m and 1561507 for cancellous bone, respectively. The proposed method is a potential tool for the identification of realistic dielectric properties of the entire bone volume. The presented approach combining iSIGHT with COMSOL is applicable to, amongst others, designing implantable electro-stimulative devices or the optimization of electrical stimulation parameters for improved bone regeneration. PMID:26777343

  5. Correlation between dynamic nonlinearity and static mechanical properties of corroded E-glass reinforced polyester composites

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    Van Den Abeele, K.; Van de Velde, K.

    2000-05-01

    Glass-fiber reinforced plastics degrade in different manners when exposed to chemical environments. Migration of chemicals into the matrix results in absorption, chemical reaction, plastization, and dissolution of the matrix. Furthermore, the chemicals cause degradation of the glass fiber itself and debonding between the glass fibers and the matrix material takes place. In this work, we investigate the chemical resistance of pultruded polyester composites as a function of exposure time, and compare the observations from static mechanical tests with the results from nonlinear dynamic vibration experiments for various exposure fluids. The mechanical properties were measured according to ASTM standards, both in flexural and tensile tests. The nonlinear properties were measured using a new nondestructive testing technique called Single Mode Nonlinear Resonance Acoustic Spectroscopy (SIMONRAS). This method focuses on the strain dependence of the resonance frequency while driving a sample at relatively low amplitudes. The obtained relative frequency shift is a measure of the internal microstructural properties of the material. The correlation between this nonlinearity parameter and the mechanical properties as a function of exposure time is extremely good, which implies that the SIMONRAS technique can be used to predict the mechanical degradation of composites due to corrosion in a nondestructive manner.

  6. Modeling of material properties of piezoelectric ceramics taking into account damage development under static compression

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    Mizuno, M.; Nishikata, T.; Okayasu, M.

    2013-10-01

    We have carried out static compression tests in the poling direction for PZT ceramics and evaluated the material properties by measuring the resonance and anti-resonance frequencies and electrostatic capacity at regular intervals. Then the variation in the material properties up to fracture was clarified. Also, the development of internal damage was also clarified quantitatively by evaluating a damage variable on the basis of the continuum damage mechanics. The damage variable was calculated from the ratio of the elastic coefficient to its initial value. In the present paper, the development of internal damage was formulated as an evolution equation of the damage variable. In the formulation, a threshold stress leading to the onset of damage was considered. Moreover, the variation in material properties was related to the damage variable and formulated as material functions of the damage variable. The development of internal damage and the variation in material properties were simulated by the equations proposed in the present paper and the validity of the equations was verified by comparing the predictions with experimental results.

  7. Effect of Sintering Temperature on Dielectric Properties of Iron Deficient Nickel-Ferrite

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    Rani, Renu; Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Prakash, Chandra; Raina, K. K.

    2011-11-22

    Nickel Ferrite among all the magneto ceramic materials have been studied very much due to its large number of applications. But there is a large scope of modification of its properties. Thus people still working on it for improvisation of its properties via compositional and structural modifications. Present paper reporting the preparation and characterization of iron deficient Nickel ferrite for different sintering temperature. Ferrite samples having the general formula NiFe1.98O{sub 4} were prepared using the standard ceramic method. The phase formation was confirmed by X-ray diffraction technique. The effect of sintering temperature on the electrical properties and resistivity was studied. The data shows that dielectric properties are highly dependent on the sintering temperature.

  8. Effect of Sintering Temperature on Dielectric Properties of Iron Deficient Nickel-Ferrite

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    Rani, Renu; Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Prakash, Chandra; Raina, K. K.

    2011-11-01

    Nickel Ferrite among all the magneto ceramic materials have been studied very much due to its large number of applications. But there is a large scope of modification of its properties. Thus people still working on it for improvisation of its properties via compositional and structural modifications. Present paper reporting the preparation and characterization of iron deficient Nickel ferrite for different sintering temperature. Ferrite samples having the general formula NiFe1.98O4 were prepared using the standard ceramic method. The phase formation was confirmed by X-ray diffraction technique. The effect of sintering temperature on the electrical properties and resistivity was studied. The data shows that dielectric properties are highly dependent on the sintering temperature.

  9. Changes in the dielectric properties of medaka fish embryos during development, studied by electrorotation.

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    Shirakashi, Ryo; Mischke, Miriam; Fischer, Peter; Memmel, Simon; Krohne, Georg; Fuhr, Günter R; Zimmermann, Heiko; Sukhorukov, Vladimir L

    2012-11-01

    The Japanese medaka fish, Oryzias latipes, has become a powerful vertebrate model organism in developmental biology and genetics. The present study explores the dielectric properties of medaka embryos during pre-hatching development by means of the electrorotation (ROT) technique. Due to their layered structure, medaka eggs exhibited up to three ROT peaks in the kHz-MHz frequency range. During development from blastula to early somite stage, ROT spectra varied only slightly. But as the embryo progressed to the late-somite stage, the ROT peaks underwent significant changes in frequency and amplitude. Using morphological data obtained by light and electron microscopy, we analyzed the ROT spectra with a three-shell dielectric model that accounted for the major embryonic compartments. The analysis yielded a very high value for the ionic conductivity of the egg shell (chorion), which was confirmed by independent osmotic experiments. A relatively low capacitance of the yolk envelope was consistent with its double-membrane structure revealed by transmission electron microscopy. Yolk-free dead eggs exhibited only one co-field ROT peak, shifted markedly to lower frequencies with respect to the corresponding peak of live embryos. The dielectric data may be useful for monitoring the development and changes in fish embryos' viability/conditions in basic research and industrial aquaculture. PMID:23063978

  10. High temperature dielectric properties of Apical, Kapton, Peek, Teflon AF, and Upilex polymers

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    Hammoud, A. N.; Baumann, E. D.; Overton, E.; Myers, I. T.; Suthar, J. L.; Khachen, W.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    Reliable lightweight systems capable of providing electrical power at the magawatt level are a requirement for future manned space exploration missions. This can be achieved by the development of high temperature insulating materials which are not only capable of surviving the hostile space environment but can contribute to reducing the mass and weight of the heat rejection system. In this work, Apical, Upilex, Kapton, Teflon AF, and Peek polymers are characterized for AC and DC dielectric breakdown in air and in silicone oil at temperatures up to 250 C. The materials are also tested in terms of their dielectric constant and dissipation factor at high temperatures with an electrical stress of 60 Hz, 200 V/mil present. The effects of thermal aging on the properties of the films are determined after 15 hours of exposure to 200 and 250 C, each. The results obtained are discussed and conclusions are made concerning the suitability of these dielectrics for use in capacitors and cable insulations in high temperature environments.

  11. Vanadium oxide nanotubes VOx-NTs: Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, electrical study and dielectric properties

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    Nefzi, H.; Sediri, F.

    2013-05-01

    Vanadium oxide nanotubes (VOx-NTs) have been synthesized via one-step hydrothermal treatment. The compounds were analyzed through X-ray powder diffraction; scanning electron microscope, UV–Visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and complex impedance spectroscopy. The electrical and dielectric properties dependence on temperature (302–523 K) and on frequency (5 Hz to 13 MHz) of VOx-NTs have been reported. The complex impedance plots exhibits the presence of grain and grain boundaries. Dielectric data were analyzed using complex permittivity and complex electrical modulus for the sample at various temperatures. The presence of non-Debye type of relaxation has been confirmed by the complex modulus analysis. AC conductivity exhibits two conduction mechanisms: at high temperature, a translational motion with a sudden hopping and at low temperature, a localized hopping with a small hopping or reorientational motion. DC conductivity indicated, negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) type behavior. - Graphical abstract: The imaginary part of dielectric constant decreases with the increase in frequency at all temperatures and the values of ε´´ exhibit considerable frequency dispersion in the lower frequency range . Highlights: •Vanadium oxide nanotubes (VOx-NTs) were synthesized. •Non-debye type of relaxation has been confirmed. •AC conductivity exhibits two conduction mechanisms. •DC conductivity indicated negative temperature coefficient of resistance type behavior.

  12. Effect of biphase on dielectric properties of Bi-doped lead strontium titanate thin films

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    Li, X. T.; Du, P. Y.; Zhao, Y. L.; Tu, Y.; Dai, J. L.; Weng, W. J.; Han, G. R.; Song, C. L.

    2010-11-01

    Pb 0.4Sr 0.6TiO 3 (PST) thin films doped with various concentration of Bi were prepared by a sol-gel method. The phase status, surface morphology and dielectric properties of these thin films were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and impedance analyzer, respectively. Results showed that the thin films with the maximum dielectric constant and minimum dielectric loss were obtained for x=0.15. For x<0.15, only pure PST perovskite phase were in the thin films. For 0.2< x<0.4, the PST/Bi 2Ti 2O 7 biphase were obtained. The thin films with pure Bi 2Ti 2O 7 pyrochlore phase were obtained for x=0.67. The biphase thin films had high tunability and high figure of merit (FOM). The FOM of PST/Bi 2Ti 2O 7 biphase thin film was about 6 times higher than that thin films formed with pure perovskite phase or pure pyrochlore phase.

  13. The effect of dielectric properties on the electrorheology of suspensions of silica particles coated with polyaniline

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    Lenglov, Aneka; Pavlnek, Vladimr.; Sha, Petr; Stejskal, Jaroslav; Kitano, Takeshi; Quadrat, Otakar

    2003-04-01

    The flow behaviour of silicone-oil suspensions of five types of silica particles coated with a polyaniline base in a DC electric field has been linked to their dielectric properties. The relaxation frequencies corresponding to the position of the dielectric-loss maxima in the frequency spectra identify the interfacial polarization of suspension particles as a controlling factor for a strong electrorheological effect. The yield stresses of suspensions under the influence of electric field and critical shear rates, at which the chains of polarized particles were broken by shear forces, is correlated with the difference between the limit values of dielectric constants above and below the relaxation frequency. The analysis of particle dipole coefficient ? showed that particle polarizability is the main factor affecting rigidity of the electrorheological structure. In contrast with this, particle shape and size, controlling the field-off suspension viscosity, become unimportant after the electric field has been applied. The plots of the relative viscosity of studied suspensions vs. Mason number characterizing the relation between shear and polarization forces have been discussed. While the results obtained at different shear rates and field strengths were reduced to a single dependence, for various particle suspensions these dependences differed.

  14. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Cd/Pb doped W-type hexaferrites

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    Hooda, Ashima; Sanghi, Sujata; Agarwal, Ashish; Dahiya, Reetu

    2014-01-01

    W-type hexaferrites having compositions Ba(Zn0.5Cd0.5)2Fe16O27 (BZCFO) and Ba(Zn0.5Pb0.5)2Fe16O27 (BZPFO) were synthesized by solid state reaction method at high annealing temperature. Their dielectric and magnetic properties as a function of temperature and frequency have been studied. X-ray analysis confirms the presence of W-type hexaferrite phase structure. SEM analysis presented heterogeneous hexagonal shape and sizes of grains. Analysis of Nyquist plots of prepared samples revealed the contribution of electrically active regions corresponding to grains and grain boundaries. The reciprocal temperature dependence of dc electrical resistivity (ρ) satisfies the Arrhenius relation which depicted the semi-conducting behavior of the samples. The variation of dielectric constant (ɛ') and dielectric loss (tan δ) with temperature (323 K-573 K) and frequency (1 kHz-5 MHz) are studied. Analysis of the experimental conductivity data and 's' parameter shows that correlated barrier hopping (CBH) mechanism is the most probable mechanism of conduction for BZCFO sample; whereas for BZPFO hexaferrite, both correlated barrier hopping (CBH) and quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) model are applicable for conduction. The BZCFO sample has higher value of saturation magnetization and lower coercivity than BZPFO sample due to the preference of Cd2+ for tetrahedral sites and decrease in number of spin-down magnetic ions.

  15. Dielectric Properties of Layered ZnTa2O6/Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Composites

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    Jeon, Chang Jun; Kim, Eung Soo

    2012-11-01

    The effects of ZnTa2O6 content and layered structure on the dielectric properties of ZnTa2O6/poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) composites were investigated at microwave frequency. With increasing ZnTa2O6 content, the dielectric constant (K) and dielectric loss (tan δ) of the composites increased due to the K values of the individual components and the microstructure. For the composites with layered structures, tan δ was dependent on the internal strain of the composites. Several types of theoretical models were employed to predict the effective K of the composites and the predicted values were compared with experimental data. The temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (TCF) was also discussed as it characterises the thermal stability of the composites. Typically, K of 4.24, tan δ of 1.36 ×10-3 and, TCF of 4.75 ppm/°C were obtained for the single layered PTFE composites with 0.2 volume fraction (Vf) of ZnTa2O6.

  16. Dielectric and Electrical Properties of BiFeO3-PbZrO3 Composites

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    Satpathy, S. K.; Mohanty, N. K.; Behera, A. K.; Sen, S.; Behera, Banarji; Nayak, P.

    2015-11-01

    The dielectric and electrical properties of composites prepared by addition of two different amounts of PbZrO3 (PZO) to BiFeO3 (BFO) are discussed. The composites (1 - x)(BiFeO3)- x(PbZrO3) ( x = 0.5, 0.7; i.e., 0.5BF-0.5PZ and 0.3BF-0.7PZ) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed formation of composites with a rhombohedral structure at room temperature. Scanning electron microscopy revealed homogeneously distributed grains. Dielectric constants and dielectric loss increased with decreasing PZO content whereas the transition temperature shifted to higher temperature with decreasing PZO content. Hysteresis loops confirmed the ferroelectric nature of the materials. The Nyquist plot was indicative of the contribution of the bulk effect and a small contribution from the grain boundary effect. Temperature-dependent relaxation occurred for both materials. Non-Debye type electrical impedance was confirmed by asymmetric peak broadening and a spread of relaxation times. Activation energies were calculated from plots of ac conductivity as a function of temperature by linear fitting. Dc and ac conductivity increased with increasing temperature. Activation energies calculated from the complex impedance plot and from the fitted Jonscher power law were very similar, implying conduction by a similar type of charge carrier in both composites.

  17. Anomalies in electrical and dielectric properties of nanocrystalline Ni-Co spinel ferrite

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    Mathe, V.L. Kamble, R.B.

    2008-08-04

    Nanocrystalline Ni-substituted cobalt ferrite sample is prepared by chemical co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques are used to obtain structural and morphological characterizations. Nanocrystalline nature is clearly seen in SEM picture. Variation of electrical resistivity as a function of temperature in the range 300-900 K is investigated. ln {rho} versus 1/T plot shows four break resulting into five regions in 300-900 K temperature range of measurements. The magnetic transition temperature of the sample is determined from resistivity behavior with temperature. The activation energy in different regions is calculated and discussed. Variation of dielectric constant ({epsilon}') with increasing temperature show more than one peak; one at around 773 K and other around 833 K, which is unusual behavior of ferrites. The observed peaks in {epsilon}' variation with temperature show frequency dependence. Electrical and dielectric properties of Ni{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample show unusual behavior in the temperature range 723-833 K. To our knowledge, nobody has discussed anomalous behavior in the temperature range 723-833 K for Ni{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The possible mechanism responsible for the unusual electrical and dielectric behavior of the sample is discussed.

  18. Dielectric Properties of (PbCa)(MeNb)O3 at Microwave Frequencies

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    Kato, Junichi; Kagata, Hiroshi; Nishimoto, Keiji

    1992-09-01

    We have investigated the dielectric properties up to microwave frequencies of ceramics represented as (Pb1-xCax)-(MemNb1-m)O3 where Me is selected from Li, Na, Mg, Zn, Ni, Co, Fe, Y, Yb, Al and Cr. High Q values and small temperature coefficients of resonant frequency were obtained in (PbCa)(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3, (PbCa)(Ni1/3Nb2/3)O3 and (PbCa)-(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 with perovskite structure. These dielectric constants and the Q values for a near-zero temperature coefficient are \\varepsilonr{=}73 with Q{=}1330, \\varepsilonr{=}59 with Q{=}1700 and \\varepsilonr{=}91 with Q{=}1650, respectively. The other ceramics with smaller amounts of perovskite phase had degraded characteristics, i.e., low Q values or large temperature coefficients. In lead- and calcium-based perovskite, it seems that the high dielectric constant occurs due to Pb content in A-sites and smaller average ion radius in B-sites.

  19. Dielectric Properties of Ca-Based Complex Perovskite at Microwave Frequencies

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    Kagata, Hiroshi; Kato, Junichi

    1994-09-01

    We have investigated microwave dielectric properties and crystal structures of Ca(B3+1/2B1/2‧5+)O3 (B: Al, Cr, Mn, Fe; B‧: Nb, Ta) and Ca(B2+1/3B2/3‧5+)O3 (B: Mg, Ca, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn; B‧: Nb, Ta) perovskite ceramics. Compared with well-known Ba-based perovskite dielectrics, the Ca-based complex perovskite dielectrics had lower relative permittivities (ɛr), lower Q values, and larger negative temperature coefficients of resonant frequencies (τf). Ca(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 had the highest Q value (Qf=78000 GHz) in this investigation. All Ca(B1/2B1/2‧)O3 had perovskite structures similar to CaTiO3 with a unit cell including four simple perovskite cells. Ca(B1/3B2/3‧)O3 with a small B ion such as Ni had the same structure Ca(B1/2B1/2‧)O3. Ca(B1/3B2/3‧)O3, however, had perovskite structures with larger unit cells than CaTiO3 when B ions had larger ionic radii.

  20. Magnetic, dielectric, and microwave absorbing properties of iron particles dispersed in rubber matrix in gigahertz frequencies

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    Kim, Sung-Soo; Kim, Sun-Tae; Yoon, Yeo-Choon; Lee, Kyung-Sub

    2005-05-01

    This study investigates high-frequency magnetic, dielectric, and microwave absorbing properties of iron particles dispersed in rubber matrix for the aim of thin microwave absorbers in gigahertz frequencies. High value of magnetic permeability and dielectric constant can be obtained in the composites containing thin flake iron particles which were prepared by mechanical forging of spherical iron powders using an attrition mill. The results are attributed to the reduction of eddy current loss (increase of permeability) and enhancement of space-charge polarization (increase of permittivity). However, if the initial particle size is too small (approaching to skin depth), milling effect for the increase of permeability is not observed and a low dielectric constant is predicted. If the particle size is too large, the permeability value is too small due to strong eddy current loss. With the iron particles controlled in size and shape (flakes) as the absorbent fillers, the thickness can be reduced as low as 1mm with respect to -5dB reflection loss in 1-2GHz.

  1. Dielectric Properties of Cryogenic Gas Mixtures Containing Helium, Neon, and Hydrogen

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    Graber, L.; Kim, W. J.; Cheetham, P.; Kim, C. H.; Rodrigo, H.; Pamidi, S. V.

    2015-12-01

    Past efforts of cooling high temperature superconducting (HTS) power cables by gaseous cryogens focused exclusively on helium. The limited dielectric strength of helium gas necessitated alternatives that could be used in the temperature range suitable for HTS power applications. This paper presents the benefits of gas mixtures containing helium with small concentrations of hydrogen or neon to mitigate the limited dielectric strength of pure helium gas. The expectation was that such gas mixtures could improve dielectric characteristics while maintaining the thermal, non-flammable and non-corrosive properties of pure helium gas. The AC breakdown voltage of helium gas mixtures containing 4 mol% neon or 4 mol% hydrogen respectively have been measured and compared to those of pure helium and pure neon. All measurements were performed at 77 K at gas pressure levels between 0.5 and 2.0 MPa. While the 4 mol% neon mixture did not result in any improvement over pure helium, the 4 mol% hydrogen mixture resulted in 80% higher breakdown strength. This is expected to enable higher operating voltages for gas cooled HTS power devices.

  2. Investigation of structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Gd-doped lead magnesium niobate ceramics

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    Pandey, Adityanarayan H.; Srivastava, Arvind K.; Sinha, Anil K.; Gupta, Surya M.

    2015-09-01

    The structural, microstructural, local ordering of B-site cations, dielectric and ferroelectric properties have been investigated for Pb1-xGdx(Mg1/3Nb2/3)1-x/4O3 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1. Charge imbalance due to Gd3+ ion substitution at Pb2+ is compensated by creating B-site vacancies. The Gd-ion doping at Pb sites in PMN results in the formation of a secondary GdNbO4 phase, which is explained by considering the ionic radii of the Gd ion and its solubility limit at Pb-ion sites. A reaction mechanism for the formation of GdNbO4 has been proposed. Selected area electron diffraction along the <110> axis reveals enhancement in size of the non-stoichiometric chemical ordered regions leading to a decrease in the size of polar nano regions and their correlations, which manifests in a decrease of Tm, a more diffused ɛmax peak and enhancement of the dielectric relaxation strength calculated from fitting of the frequency and temperature dependence of the dielectric behavior. Linear dependence between polarization and electric field also signifies reduction in the correlation between the PNRs resulting in the decrease of the value of Pmax (at ˜ 30 kV cm-1).

  3. Improved dielectric and magnetic properties of Ti modified BiCaFeO3 multiferroic ceramics

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    Reetu; Agarwal, Ashish; Sanghi, Sujata; Ashima; Ahlawat, Neetu

    2013-01-01

    Ti substituted BiCaFeO3 ceramics having compositions Bi0.8Ca0.2Fe1-xTixO3 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2) were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method. Powder X-ray diffraction investigations performed at room temperature show that all samples possess a rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure described by the space group R3c. Rietveld refinement presented a good agreement between the observed and calculated patterns. Dielectric response of these samples was analyzed in the frequency range 1 kHz-5 MHz at different temperatures. Dispersion in dielectric constant (έ) and dielectric loss factor (tanδ) values decreases with Ti substitution. έ increases and tanδ decreases significantly by Ti substitution. Magnetic measurements were carried out at room temperature up to a field of 20 kOe. Magnetic properties of Bi0.8Ca0.2FeO3 ceramic are greatly improved on Ti substitution along with a significant opening in the room temperature M-H hysteresis loop. The values of remnant magnetization (Mr) 0.08 and 0.13 emu/g; coercivity (Hc) 4.25 and 5.50 kOe are observed for samples with x = 0.1 and 0.2, respectively.

  4. Electrical and dielectric properties of silver iodide doped selenium molybdate glassy conductors

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    Palui, A.; Deb, B.; Ghosh, A.

    2013-08-01

    Electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of silver iodide doped silver ion mixed-former conducting glasses have been studied in this paper. The frequency dependence of conductivity has been analyzed following the random free-energy barrier model. The charge carrier relaxation time and the activation energy for relaxation have been determined for the present glasses. The applicability of Barton-Nakajima-Namikawa relation has been tested for the present glasses using the results obtained from random free-energy barrier model. The scaling of the conductivity spectra has been performed to understand the effect of temperature as well as composition on the relaxation dynamics. The dielectric data have been analyzed employing the Cole-Cole function, and parameters such as dielectric strength and Cole-Cole exponent have been obtained. The electrode polarization phenomenon for the present glass samples has been studied depending on temperature as well as composition. The different characteristic transitions concerning electrode polarization related to the charge transport at the interface have been obtained and are correlated to the bulk behavior. An estimation of the dc conductivity has been obtained using the result obtained from electrode polarization study and is observed to be very close to the experimental values.

  5. Electrorheology of miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer: A dielectric property approach

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    Kawai, A.; Ide, Y.; Inoue, A.; Ikazaki, F.

    1998-09-01

    A miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer prepared by Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. was used to study the effect of temperature on electrorheology. The electrorheological (ER) effect was measured using a rotational viscometer at temperatures between 20 and 60 °C. The polymer showed no yield shear stress under an external electric field, and its ER effect increased with decreasing temperature. We explain the electrorheology of the miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer using our ER mechanism, based on Block's model. In our mechanism, for an ER fluid to have an appreciable ER effect, its relaxation frequency must be between 100 and 105 Hz and the difference in the dielectric constant must be large below and above the relaxation frequency. The relaxation frequency of the miscible blended liquid crystalline polymer increased with increasing temperature, and the difference in its dielectric constant below and above the relaxation frequency increased with decreasing temperature. These dielectric properties are explained by the Debye theory and account for the electrorheology of the polymer.

  6. Thickness dependence of the dielectric properties of thermally evaporated Sb2Te3 thin films

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    Ulutas, K.; Deger, D.; Yakut, S.

    2013-03-01

    Sb2Te3 thin films of different thickness (23 - 350 nm) were prepared by thermal evaporation technique. The thickness dependence of the ac conductivity and dielectric properties of the Sb2Te3 films have been investigated in the frequency range 10 Hz- 100 kHz and within the temperature range 293-373K. Both the dielectric constant epsilon1 and dielectric loss factor epsilon2 were found to depend on frequency, temperature and film thickness. The frequency and temperature dependence of ac conductivity (σac(ω)) has also been determined. The ac conductivity of our samples satisfies the well known ac power law; i.e., σac(ω) propto ωs where s<1 and independent of the film thickness. The temperature dependence of ac conductivity and parameter s is reasonably well interpreted by the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. The activation energies were evaluated for various thicknesses. The temperature coefficient of the capacitance (TCC) and permitivity (TCP) were determined as a function of the film thickness. The microstructure of the samples were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). This results are discussed on the base of the differences in their morphologies and thicknesses. The tendency for amorphization of the crystalline phases becomes evident as the film thickness increases.

  7. Anomalous dielectric and thermal properties of Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics.

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    Pirc, R; Rožič, B; Koruza, J; Cordoyiannis, G; Malič, B; Kutnjak, Z

    2015-11-18

    The dielectric and thermal properties of an antiferroelectric (AFE) material characterised by an intermediate ferroelectric (FE) phase between the AFE and paraelectric phase in zero field are studied by means of a generalised Landau-Kittel model of AFEs. A temperature-dependent coupling of the two sublattices is introduced in accordance with the Rae-Dove (RD) model of re-entrant phase transitions. The sublattice polarisation components are calculated as functions of temperature and the applied electric field by minimising numerically the free energy. The calculated dielectric susceptibility shows anomalies at the boundaries of the intermediate FE phase, characteristic for first-order phase transitions. It is shown that this behaviour is in qualitative agreement with the measured dielectric constant in Ba-doped PbZrO3 ceramics. The model also predicts a negative adiabatic electrocaloric temperature change ΔT in a broad temperature range in the AFE phase, in qualitative agreement with experiments. The dipolar heat capacity is also predicted to be negative in the intermediate phase in zero field, in analogy with the results of the RD model. PMID:26490797

  8. Dielectric properties of yeast cells as simulated by the two-shell model.

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    Raicu, V; Raicu, G; Turcu, G

    1996-06-13

    The paper reports a re-evaluation of the previous studies on yeast by considering the influence of vacuole upon the dielectric properties of the cell. In this respect, relative permittivity and conductivity of yeast cells dispersed in KCI solutions of various concentrations were measured in the frequency range from 0.1 to 100 MHz. The analysis of data revealed that the beta-dielectric dispersion of yeast cell suspensions is a composite of three (or probably four) distinct sub-dispersions. Since the dielectric response of the cell wall was experimentally avoided (according to Asami et al. (1976) J. Membr. Biol. 28, 169-180), the two-shell model, related to the plasma membrane and the vacuolar membrane, respectively, appeared to be the best approximation for yeast cells. The most relevant parameters obtained with the aid of the two-shell model were as follows. Specific capacitance of the plasma membrane and the vacuolar membrane were 0.703 +/- 0.011 microF/cm2 and 0.483 +/- 0.029 microF/cm2, respectively; electrical conductivity of the cytoplasm and the vacuole interior were 0.515 +/- 0.028 S/m and 3.22 +/- 0.48 S/m; finally, the permittivity of the cytoplasm was 50.6 +/- 2. PMID:8664306

  9. The correlation between dielectric properties and microstructure of femoral bone in rats with different bone qualities.

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    Tao, Feng; Fu, Feng; You, Fusheng; Ji, Zhenyu; Wen, Jun; Shi, Xuetao; Dong, Xiuzhen; Yang, Min

    2014-06-01

    Bone dielectric properties (DP) have been extensively studied. However, little literature has reported DP of bone from identical anatomical site under different status and its correlation with microstructure. Therefore, interrelationship between DP and microstructure of rat femurs with varying bone qualities (normal, osteoporotic and partially osteoporotic) was investigated. Diabetic osteoporosis was induced by streptozotocin (STZ) injection. 8 normal rats as control group together with 16 diabetic rats equally assigned to diabetes mellitus (DM) and DM treated by pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) (DM + PEMF) group were used. DM + PEMF group was daily exposed to PEMF of 15 Hz, 1 mT for 8 weeks. After sacrifice, the femurs were harvested for microCT analysis and dielectric measurements (from 10 Hz to 1 MHz). It was found that DP (conductivity and permittivity) altered after PEMF stimulation improved femoral microstructures (p < 0.01). Significant correlations were found between microstructure indices (MI) and conductivity in the full frequency range (|r| ≥ 0.64, n = 24) as well as permittivity in middle and low frequencies (|r| ≥ 0.52, n = 24, from 1 Hz to 1 kHz). The findings demonstrated the good correlation between DP and MI of femoral bone in rats, which makes it possible to distinguish bone under different status and predict MI variation through dielectric measurements. PMID:24710797

  10. Review of temperature dependence of thermal properties, dielectric properties, and perfusion of biological tissues at hyperthermic and ablation temperatures

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    Rossmann, Christian; Haemmerich, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    The application of supraphysiological temperatures (>40°C) to biological tissues causes changes at the molecular, cellular, and structural level, with corresponding changes in tissue function and in thermal, mechanical and dielectric tissue properties. This is particularly relevant for image-guided thermal treatments (e.g. hyperthermia and thermal ablation) delivering heat via focused ultrasound (FUS), radiofrequency (RF), microwave (MW), or laser energy; temperature induced changes in tissue properties are of relevance in relation to predicting tissue temperature profile, monitoring during treatment, and evaluation of treatment results. This paper presents a literature survey of temperature dependence of electrical (electrical conductivity, resistivity, permittivity) and thermal tissue properties (thermal conductivity, specific heat, diffusivity). Data of soft tissues (liver, prostate, muscle, kidney, uterus, collagen, myocardium and spleen) for temperatures between 5 to 90°C, and dielectric properties in the frequency range between 460 kHz and 3 GHz are reported. Furthermore, perfusion changes in tumors including carcinomas, sarcomas, rhabdomyosarcoma, adenocarcinoma and ependymoblastoma in response to hyperthmic temperatures up to 46°C are presented. Where appropriate, mathematical models to describe temperature dependence of properties are presented. The presented data is valuable for mathematical models that predict tissue temperature during thermal therapies (e.g. hyperthermia or thermal ablation), as well as for applications related to prediction and monitoring of temperature induced tissue changes. PMID:25955712

  11. Influence of nanogold additives on phase formation, microstructure and dielectric properties of perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Nonkumwong, Jeeranan; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan

    2015-06-01

    The formation of perovskite phase, microstructure and dielectric properties of nanogold-modified barium titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics was examined as a function of gold nanoparticle contents by employing a combination of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, Archimedes principle and dielectric measurement techniques. These ceramics were fabricated from a simple mixed-oxide method. The amount of gold nanoparticles was found to be one of the key factors controlling densification, grain growth and dielectric response in BaTiO3 ceramics. It was found that under suitable amount of nanogold addition (4 mol%), highly dense perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics with homogeneous microstructures of refined grains (~0.5-3.1 μm) and excellence dielectric properties can be produced.

  12. Measurement of the dielectric properties of high-purity sapphire at 1.865 GHZ from 2-10 Kelvin

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    N. Pogue, P. McIntyre, Akhdiyor Sattarov, Charles Reece

    2012-06-01

    A dielectric test cavity was designed and tested to measure the microwave dielectric properties of ultrapure sapphire at cryogenic temperatures. Measurements were performed by placing a large cylindrical crystal of sapphire in a Nb superconducting cavity operating in the TE01 mode at 1.865 GHz. The dielectric constant, heat capacity, and loss tangent were all calculated using experimental data and RF modeling software. The motivation for these measurements was to determine if such a sapphire could be used as a dielectric lens to focus the magnetic field onto a sample wafer in a high field wafer test cavity. The measured properties have been used to finalize the design of the wafer test cavity.

  13. Dielectric Properties and Microstructure of MgO-TiO2-ZnO-CaO Ceramics

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    Zhang, Yonggang; Wu, Shunhua; Liu, Jinxu; Gao, Shunqi

    2011-03-01

    The effects of CaTiO3 addition on the microstructure, phase formation, and dielectric properties of MgO-TiO2-ZnO ceramics were investigated. The sintering temperature of CaTiO3-doped (Mg0.63Zn0.37)TiO3 ceramics can be lowered to 1290°C when the additive is used. The dielectric properties are found to be strongly correlated with the amount of CaTiO3 addition. At 1290°C, (Mg0.63Zn0.37)TiO3 ceramic with 1.0 mol% CaTiO3 exhibited a dielectric constant ɛ r of 23.3, dielectric loss tan δ of 1 × 10-5, and temperature coefficient of capacitance (TCC) of 10 ppm/°C.

  14. Investigation into the electromechanical properties of dielectric elastomers subjected to pre-stressing.

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    Jiang, Liang; Betts, Anthony; Kennedy, David; Jerrams, Stephen

    2015-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are being exploited for biological applications such as artificial blood pumps, biomimetic grippers and biomimetic robots. Generally, polyacrylate and silicone rubber (SR) are the most widely used materials for fabricating DEs in terms of mixing with other polymers or compounding them with highly dielectric particles. Furthermore, pre-stretch offers an effective approach to increasing actuated strain and dielectric strength and eliminating 'pull-in' instability. In the work described here, a comparison in electromechanical properties was made between SR/10% barium titanate (BaTiO3) and commercial VHB 4910. Trends in these dielectric parameters are shown graphically for variation in pre-stretch ratio (λpre). It was found that permittivity of SR/10% BaTiO3 was independent of frequency, whereas permittivity was frequency-independent due to the polarization of polymer chains. The maximum deformation and the coupling efficiency for SR/10% BaTiO3 can be achieved at a pre-stretch ratio between 1.6 and 1.9. For VHB 4910, they can be obtained in the pre-stretch ratio range from 2.6 to 3.0. A maximum energy density of 0.05MJ/m(3) was achieved by SR/10% BaTiO3 (λpre=1.6) and VHB 4910 (λpre=3.4). The findings provide an insight into critical pre-stretch ratios required for a range of applications of DEs based on silicone and the commercially available polyacrylate VHB 4910. PMID:25687005

  15. Influence of the bias current distribution on the static and dynamic properties of long Josephson junctions

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    Samuelsen, M. R.; Vasenko, S. A.

    1985-01-01

    The maximum supercurrent through a long and narrow Josephson junction has been calculated numerically as a function of an applied magnetic field for various feed current distributions. The results have been shown to depend drastically on the mode of the current feed. In particular, the real nonuniform distribution ηov (x) of the current corresponding to the overlap geometry of the junction is nearly equivalent to the mixture yηun+(1-y)ηin with the factor y approaching unity as the junction length increases: (1-y)=Cy(L/λj)-0.5, Cy≂1.7. In contrast with the static properties, the shape of the zero-field step in the long junction I-V curve appears to be almost independent of the mode of the current feed, because of averaging of the Lorentz force by the travelling Josephson vortices.

  16. Flux Trapping Properties of Bulk HIGH-TC Superconductors in Static Field-Cooling Magnetization

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    Deng, Z.; Tsuzuki, K.; Miki, M.; Felder, B.; Hara, S.; Izumi, M.

    2013-06-01

    The trapping process and saturation effect of trapped magnetic flux of bulk high-temperature superconductors by static field-cooling magnetization (FCM) are reported in the paper. With a cryogenic Bell Hall sensor attached on the center of the bulk surface, the synchronous magnetic signals were recorded during the whole magnetization process. It enables us to know the flux trapping behavior since the removal of the excitation field, as well as the subsequent flux relaxation phenomenon and the flux dissipation in the quench process of the bulk sample. With the help of flux mapping techniques, the relationship between the trapped flux and the applied field was further investigated; the saturation effect of trapped flux was discussed by comparing the peak trapped field and total magnetic flux of the bulk sample. These studies are useful to understand the basic flux trapping properties of bulk superconductors.

  17. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7

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    Senyshyn, A.; Schwarz, B.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Vasylechko, L.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2010-11-01

    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li2B4O7 enriched with B11 isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  18. Prediction of moisture content of alfalfa using density-independent functions of microwave dielectric properties

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    Shrestha, Bijay L.; Wood, Hugh C.; Sokhansanj, Shahab

    2005-05-01

    The use of density-independent functions of the dielectric properties of chopped alfalfa, calculated from microwave reflection coefficients from 300 MHz to 18 GHz, was studied for determining moisture content in the range from 12% to 73%, wet basis, at bulk densities from 0.139 to 0.716 g cm-3 at 20 °C. Prediction of moisture content with worst-case relative errors of about 3% or less over the range from 20% to 73% confirmed promising prospects for use of such density-independent functions for reliable moisture measurement for important plant materials.

  19. Dielectric Properties of KNO3-NH4NO3 Crystalline Binary Mixtures

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    Milinskii, A. Yu.

    2016-01-01

    The temperature dependences of linear and nonlinear dielectric properties of potassium nitrate (KNO3) and crystalline binary mixtures (KNO3)1-x(NH4NO3)x (x = 0.025, 0.035, 0.05, 0.1) in the temperature interval 300-460 K have been investigated. An influence of the NH4NO3 impurity on the existence interval of the ferroelectric phase with increase of the impurity content has been detected. For x = 0.05 the ferroelectric phase is maintained down to room temperature.

  20. A radio frequency device for measurement of minute dielectric property changes in microfluidic channels

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    Song, Chunrong; Wang, Pingshan

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate a sensitive radio frequency (rf) device to detect small dielectric property changes in microfluidic channel. The device consists of an on-chip Wilkinson power divider and a rat-race hybrid, which are built with planar microstrip lines and thin film chip resistors. Interference is used to cancel parasitic background signals. As a result, the measurement sensitivity is improved by more than 20 dB compared with conventional transmission lines. Compared with an ultrasensitive slot antenna/cuvette assembly [K. M. Taylor and D. W. van der Weide, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 53, 1576 (2005)], the proposed rf device is two times more sensitive.

  1. Modification Properties of the Dielectric Membrane Films using High Temperature Annealing

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    Veselov, D. S.; Voronov, Yu. A.

    This paper is aimed at studying the influence of high temperature annealing on the films of silicon oxynitride, obtained by reactive magnetron sputtering of silicon in the environment of argon, nitrogen and oxygen. Annealing of the films was performed in nitrogen atmosphere within temperature range of 800 - 1200 C. The chemical composition of obtained films and their properties were studied and their dependence on annealing temperature was shown. The recommendations on application of high temperature annealing in formation process of dielectric membrane structures for sensitive elements of semiconductor gas sensors were developed.

  2. Investigation of the dielectric properties of composites based on silicon dioxide with carbon nanotubes

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    Goshev, A. A.; Eseev, M. K.; Kapustin, S. N.; Malkov, A. V.; Osokin, C. S.

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this work is an experimental study of the dielectric properties of nanocomposites with a matrix of silica reinforced with multi-walled CNTs at different concentrations and to determine the role of the CNT in the scattering and absorption of electromagnetic radiation in the range of extra-long and medium radio waves (25 Hz-1 MHz). The study found that in addition to the standard behavior of the electrical characteristics of nanocomposites with increasing concentration there was an optimum concentration of carbon nanotubes at which conductivity and absorption of electromagnetic radiation in the material greatly increased. This can be used to enhance the functionality of nanocomposites.

  3. Structural and optical characterization of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures: Evaluation of its dielectric properties

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    Abdullah, M. M.; Rajab, Fahd M.; Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran, 11001 ; Al-Abbas, Saleh M.

    2014-02-15

    The structural, optical and dielectric properties of as-grown Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures are demonstrated in this paper. Powder X-ray diffractometry analysis confirmed the rhombohedral structure of the material with lattice parameter, a = b = 4.953 Å; c = 13.578 Å, and average crystallize size (62.40 ± 21.3) nm. FE-SEM image illustrated the mixture of different shapes (disk, particle and rod) of as-grown nanostructures whereas; EDS spectrum confirmed the elemental purity of the material. FTIR spectroscopy, revealed the characteristic peaks of Cr–O bond stretching vibrations. Energy band gap (3.2 eV) of the nanostructures has been determined using the results of UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. The dielectric properties of the material were checked in the wide frequency region (100Hz-30 MHz). In the low frequency region, the matrix of the dielectric behaves like source as well as sink of electrical energy within the relaxation time. Low value of dielectric loss exhibits that the materials posses good optical quality with lesser defects. The ac conductivity of the material in the high frequency region was found according to frequency power law. The physical-mechanism and the theoretical-interpretation of dielectric-properties of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures attest the potential candidature of the material as an efficient dielectric medium.

  4. Determination of Relationship between Dielectric Properties, Compressive Strength, and Age of Concrete with Rice Husk Ash Using Planar Coaxial Probe

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    Piladaeng, Nawarat; Angkawisittpan, Niwat; Homwuttiwong, Sahalaph

    2016-02-01

    This paper deals with an investigation of the dielectric properties of concretes that includes rice husk ash using a planar coaxial probe. The planar coaxial probe has a planar structure with a microstrip and coaxial features. The measurement was performed over the frequency range of 0.5-3.5 GHz, and concrete specimens with different percentages of rice husk ash were tested. The results indicated that the dielectric constant of the concretes was inversely proportional to the frequency, while the conductivity was proportional to the frequency. The dielectric constant decreased with the increasing age of the concrete at the frequency of 1 GHz. The conductivity of the concrete decreased with the increasing age of the concrete at the frequency of 3.2 GHz. In addition, the dielectric constant and the conductivity decreased when the compressive strength increased. It was also shown that the obtained dielectric properties of the concrete could be used to investigate the relationship between the compressive strength and age of the concrete. Moreover, there is an opportunity to apply the proposed probe to determine the dielectric properties of other materials.

  5. Effect of various glass and aramid reinforcements on static and fatigue properties of composites

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    Echtermeyer, A.T.; McGeorge, D.; Buene, L.

    1993-12-31

    Composites are widely used as structural materials today. Their full potential can only be achieved by optimizing material selections and laminate layups to the specific application. Such optimizations do not only require a good understanding of the material properties and behavior, but also require a careful assessment of the safety of such an optimized structure. Basic static properties of laminates reinforced by glass and aramid-glass hybrid fabrics were measured. These properties can be used as input to FE-analysis or optimization procedures to find the best laminate for an application. However, marine applications have to withstand slamming from waves and also accidental local impact from various objects floating in the water. These events can cause damage in the structure and have to be considered in order to assess the safety of a structure. Simple tests to evaluate the effects of slamming and impact are required in the marine industry. Fatigue and impact tests were performed and methods were developed to relate test results to slamming and impact on marine structures. All of these factors have to be considered simultaneously to ensure the safety of a marine structure made from composite materials.

  6. Gaussian basis sets for use in correlated molecular calculations. IV. Calculation of static electrical response properties

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    Woon, D.E.; Dunning, T.H. Jr. )

    1994-02-15

    An accurate description of the electrical properties of atoms and molecules is critical for quantitative predictions of the nonlinear properties of molecules and of long-range atomic and molecular interactions between both neutral and charged species. We report a systematic study of the basis sets required to obtain accurate correlated values for the static dipole ([alpha][sub 1]), quadrupole ([alpha][sub 2]), and octopole ([alpha][sub 3]) polarizabilities and the hyperpolarizability ([gamma]) of the rare gas atoms He, Ne, and Ar. Several methods of correlation treatment were examined, including various orders of Moller--Plesset perturbation theory (MP2, MP3, MP4), coupled-cluster theory with and without perturbative treatment of triple excitations [CCSD, CCSD(T)], and singles and doubles configuration interaction (CISD). All of the basis sets considered here were constructed by adding even-tempered sets of diffuse functions to the correlation consistent basis sets of Dunning and co-workers. With multiply-augmented sets we find that the electrical properties of the rare gas atoms converge smoothly to values that are in excellent agreement with the available experimental data and/or previously computed results. As a further test of the basis sets presented here, the dipole polarizabilities of the F[sup [minus

  7. High Temperature Microwave Dielectric Properties of JSC-1AC Lunar Simulant

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    Allan, Shawn M.; Merritt, Brandon J.; Griffin, Brittany F.; Hintze, Paul E.; Shulman, Holly S.

    2011-01-01

    Microwave heating has many potential lunar applications including sintering regolith for lunar surface stabilization and heating regolith for various oxygen production reactors. The microwave properties of lunar simulants must be understood so this technology can be applied to lunar operations. Dielectric properties at microwave frequencies for a common lunar simulant, JSC-1AC, were measured up to 1100 C, which is approximately the melting point. The experimentally determined dielectric properties included real and imaginary permittivity (epsilon', epsilon"), loss tangent (tan delta), and half-power depth, the di stance at which a material absorbs 50% of incident microwave energy. Measurements at 2.45 GHz revealed tan delta of JSC-1A increases from 0.02 at 25 C to 0.31 at 110 C. The corresponding half-power depth decreases from a peak of 286 mm at 110 C, to 13 mm at 1100 C. These data indicate that JSC-1AC becomes more absorbing, and thus a better microwave heater as temperature increases. A half-power depth maximum at 100-200 C presents a barrier to direct microwave heating at low temperatures. Microwave heating experiments confirm the sluggish heating effect of weak absorption below 200 C, and increasingly strong absorption above 200 C, leading to rapid heating and melting of JSC-1AC.

  8. Microwave sintering of nanopowder ZnNb2O6: Densification, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties

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    Bafrooei, H. Barzegar; Nassaj, E. Taheri; Hu, C. F.; Huang, Q.; Ebadzadeh, T.

    2014-12-01

    High density ZnNb2O6 ceramics were successfully fabricated by microwave sintering of ZnO-Nb2O5 and ZnNb2O6 nanopowders. Phase formation, microstructure and microwave electrical properties of the microwave sintered (MS) and microwave reaction sintered (MRS) specimens were examined using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and microwave dielectric properties measurement. Specimens were sintered in a temperature range from 950 to 1075 °C for 30 min at an interval of 25 °C using a microwave furnace operated at 2.45 GHz frequency, 3 kW power. XRD pattern revealed the formation of pure columbite phase of ZnNb2O6. The SEM micrographs show grain growth and reduction in porosity of specimens with the increase in sintering temperature. Good combination of microwave dielectric properties (εr~23.6, Qf~64,300 GHz and τf~-66 ppm/°C and εr~24, Qf~75,800 GHz and τf~-64 ppm/°C) was obtained for MS- and MRS-prepared samples at 1000 °C and 1050 °C for 30 min, respectively.

  9. Nonlinear Dielectric Properties of Yeast Cells Cultured in Different Environmental Conditions

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    Kawanishi, Gomon; Fukuda, Naoki; Muraji, Masafumi

    The harmonics of the electric current through yeast suspensions, the nonlinear dielectric properties of yeast cells, have particular patterns according to the biological activity of the cells and the measurement of these patterns is a technique for determining the activity of living cells. The concentration of glucose and oxygen in yeast culture medium influences the manifestation of fermentation or respiration of yeast cells. Measurements were made with yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cultured aerobically and anaerobically in sufficient glucose concentration, aerobic fermentation and anaerobic fermentation, and aerobically in limited glucose concentration, respiration. The results showed that the harmonics were barely apparent for yeast cells in aerobic fermentation and respiratory; however, cells in the anaerobic fermentation displayed substantial third and fifth harmonics. We can say that environmental condition affects the yeast cells' nonlinear properties, from another viewpoint, the measurements of the nonlinear properties are available to determine the activity of yeast cells adjusted to the conditions of their cultivation.

  10. Structural, optical, dielectric and magnetic properties of Mn1-xCoxO2 nanowires

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    Stella, C.; Soundararajan, N.; Ramachandran, K.

    2014-07-01

    Undoped and Co-doped α-MnO2 nanowires were prepared by hydrothermal method at 140 °C. XRD revealed the tetragonal structure of α-MnO2 and Co doping did not affect the structure of α-MnO2. The morphology is found to be one dimensional nanowire, which is confirmed by SEM. The optical properties were studied by PL and FTIR. The PL emission spectra showed strong UV emission peak at 392 nm along with some weak emissions. The characteristic vibrational modes were analyzed by FTIR. The dielectric properties of undoped and doped samples were studied in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 1 MHz at different temperatures. Enhanced relative permittivity was observed for Co-doped MnO2 nanowire. The magnetic properties were analyzed by VSM, where ferromagnetic behavior along with antiferromagnetic component at room temperature was observed.

  11. Local Viscoelastic Properties of Live Cells Investigated Using Dynamic and Quasi-Static Atomic Force Microscopy Methods

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    Cartagena, Alexander; Raman, Arvind

    2014-01-01

    The measurement of viscoelasticity of cells in physiological environments with high spatio-temporal resolution is a key goal in cell mechanobiology. Traditionally only the elastic properties have been measured from quasi-static force-distance curves using the atomic force microscope (AFM). Recently, dynamic AFM-based methods have been proposed to map the local in vitro viscoelastic properties of living cells with nanoscale resolution. However, the differences in viscoelastic properties estimated from such dynamic and traditional quasi-static techniques are poorly understood. In this work we quantitatively reconstruct the local force and dissipation gradients (viscoelasticity) on live fibroblast cells in buffer solutions using Lorentz force excited cantilevers and present a careful comparison between mechanical properties (local stiffness and damping) extracted using dynamic and quasi-static force spectroscopy methods. The results highlight the dependence of measured viscoelastic properties on both the frequency at which the chosen technique operates as well as the interactions with subcellular components beyond certain indentation depth, both of which are responsible for differences between the viscoelasticity property maps acquired using the dynamic AFM method against the quasi-static measurements. PMID:24606928

  12. Dielectric properties of magnetic grains in CoFe1.95Ho0.05O4 spinel ferrite

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    Bhowmik, R. N.; Panneer Muthuselvam, I.

    2013-06-01

    CoFe1.95Ho0.05O4 spinel ferrite has been prepared by mechanical alloying and subsequent annealing at temperatures (TAN) in the range 800-1200° C. As an effect of annealing temperature, the average grain size of the material has increased from 40 to 90 nm and magnetically transformed from single domain/pseudo-single domain (40-64 nm) to multi-domain state (67-90 nm) for TAN>1050 °C. Dielectric properties of the nano-grained CoFe1.95Ho0.05O4 ferrite have suggested a correlation with magnetic domain transformation. The dielectric constant of the material is the lowest for the grains in pseudo-single domain state (59 nm). The material showed non-Debye type dielectric relaxation with activation energy 0.47-0.58 eV, along with lowest value of activation energy due to electrical conduction inside grains. The dielectric contributions of grains and grain boundaries have been precisely separated using complex modulus formalism and various scaling plots. Results of the dielectric parameters of the samples (dielectric constant: 20-100 and dielectric loss: 0.11-0.4) seems to be interesting for microelectronic applications of ferrite materials.

  13. Understanding Nonlinear Dielectric Properties in a Biaxially Oriented Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Film at Both Low and High Electric Fields.

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    Li, Yue; Ho, Janet; Wang, Jianchuan; Li, Zhong-Ming; Zhong, Gan-Ji; Zhu, Lei

    2016-01-13

    Understanding nonlinear dielectric behavior in polar polymers is crucial to their potential application as next generation high energy density and low loss dielectrics. In this work, we studied nonlinear dielectric properties of a biaxially oriented poly(vinylidene fluoride) (BOPVDF) film under both low and high electric fields. For fundamental nonlinear dielectric constants at low fields (<30 MV/m), Novocontrol high-voltage broadband dielectric spectroscopy (HVBDS) was accurate enough to measure up to the third harmonics. It was observed that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity for the BOPVDF disappeared above 10 Hz at room temperature, suggesting that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity originated from ionic migration of impurity ions rather than dipolar relaxation of the amorphous segments. Above the coercive field (EC ≈ 70 MV/m), bipolar electric displacement-electric field (D-E) loop tests were used to extract the nonlinear behavior for pure PVDF crystals, which had a clear origin of ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains and nonpolar-to-polar (α → δ → β) phase transformations. By using HVBDS, it was observed that the ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains in BOPVDF above the EC always took place between 20 and 500 Hz regardless of a broad range of temperature from -30 to 100 °C. This behavior was drastically different from that of the amorphous PVDF dipoles, which had a strong dependence on frequency over orders of magnitude. PMID:26698912

  14. Measurement of the dielectric properties of the epidermis and dermis at frequencies from 0.5 GHz to 110 GHz

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    Sasaki, K.; Wake, K.; Watanabe, S.

    2014-08-01

    Numerous studies have reported the measurements of the dielectric properties of the skin. Clarifying the manner in which the human body interacts with electromagnetic waves is essential for medical research and development, as well as for the safety assessment of electromagnetic wave exposure. The skin comprises several layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous fat. Each of these skin layers has a different constitution; however, the previous measurements of their dielectric properties were typically conducted on tissue which included all three layers of the skin. This study presents novel dielectric property data for the epidermis and dermis with in vitro measurement at frequencies ranging from 0.5 GHz to 110 GHz. Measured data was compared with literature values; in particular, the findings were compared with Gabriel’s widely used data on skin dielectric properties. The experimental results agreed with the data reported by Gabriel for the dermis of up to 20 GHz, which is the upper limit of the range of frequencies at which Gabriel reported measurements. For frequencies of 20-100 GHz, the experimental results indicated larger values than those extrapolated from Gabriel’s data using parametric expansion. For frequencies over 20 GHz, the dielectric properties provided by the parametric model tend toward the experimental results for the epidermis with increasing frequency.

  15. Dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Nb{sup 5+} doped BCZT ceramics

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    Parjansri, Piewpan; Intatha, Uraiwan; Eitssayeam, Sukum

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Average grain size of BCZT ceramic decreased with the increasing Nb{sup 5+} doping. • Dielectric constant value is enhanced with Nb{sup 5+} doping. • Dielectric loss of BCZT − x Nb{sup 5+} ceramics was less than 0.03 at room temperature (1 kHz). • Piezoelectric coefficient decreased with the increasing Nb{sup 5+} doping. • The relaxation behavior is enhanced with the doping of Nb{sup 5+}. - Abstract: This work investigated the electrical properties of Nb{sup 5+} (0.0–1.0 mol%) doped with Ba{sub 0.90}Ca{sub 0.10}Zr{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub 3} while adding 1 mol% of Ba{sub 0.90}Ca{sub 0.10}Zr{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub 3} seeds. The mixed powder was ball milled for 24 h, calcined and sintered at 1200 °C for 2 h and 1450 °C for 4 h, respectively. The XRD patterns of the ceramic samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction. The electrical properties of ceramics were measured and the results indicated that all samples show a pure perovskite phase with no secondary phase. Density and average grain size values were in the range of 5.60–5.71 g/cm{sup 3} and 12.62–1.86 μm, respectively. The highest dielectric constant, ϵ{sub r} at room temperature (1 kHz) was 4636 found at 1.0 mol% Nb. The dielectric loss, tan δ was less than 0.03 for all samples at room temperature (1 kHz). Other electrical properties, P{sub r}, d{sub 33} and k{sub p} values were decreased with Nb doped relates to the decreasing grain size in BCZT ceramics. Moreover, the degrees of phase transition diffuseness and relaxation behavior were observed in the higher Nb doping.

  16. Dielectric and transport properties of thin films precipitated from sols with silicon nanoparticles

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    Kononov, N. N.; Dorofeev, S. G.; Ishchenko, A. A.; Mironov, R. A.; Plotnichenko, V. G.; Dianov, E. M.

    2011-08-15

    Dielectric properties of thin films precipitated on solid substrates from colloidal solutions containing silicon nanoparticles (average diameter is 10 nm) are studied by optical ellipsometry and impedance-spectroscopy. In the optical region, the values of real {epsilon} Prime and imaginary {epsilon} Double-Prime components of the complex permittivity {epsilon} vary within 2.1-1.1 and 0.25-0.75, respectively. These values are significantly lower than those of crystalline silicon. Using numerical simulation within the Bruggeman effective medium approximation, we show that the experimental {epsilon} Prime and {epsilon} Double-Prime spectra can be explained with good accuracy, assuming that the silicon film is a porous medium consisting of silicon monoxide (SiO) and air voids at a void ratio of 0.5. Such behavior of films is mainly caused by the effect of outer shells of silicon nanoparticles interacting with atmospheric oxygen on their dielectric properties. In the frequency range of 10-10{sup 6} Hz, the experimentally measured {epsilon} Prime and {epsilon} Double-Prime spectra of thin nanoscale silicon films are well approximated by the semi-empirical Cole-Cole dielectric dispersion law with the term related to free electric charges. The experimentally determined power-law frequency dependence of the ac conductivity means that the electrical transport in films is controlled by electric charge hopping through localized states in the unordered medium of outer shells of silicon nanoparticles composing films. It is found that the film conductivity at frequencies of {<=}2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} Hz is controlled by proton transport through Si-OH groups on the silicon nanoparticle surface.

  17. Acceptor dependent structural, microstructural and dielectric properties of PbTiO3 nano-particles

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    Katna, A. K.; Kotnala, R. K.; Negi, N. S.

    2013-09-01

    Substituted lead titanate PbTi1-xNixO3 nano-particles (1 and 4 mol% Ni content) were synthesized by simple metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) method annealed at 700 °C for 3 h. Such type of doping will generally generate oxygen vacancies in the ceramic material and have application in microwave and solar cell devices. Structural properties were studied from XRD pattern and it confirms the formation of single tetragonal phase. Increased tetragonal distortion in crystal structure with the doping of Ni ions is depicted from XRD pattern and was the consequence of ionic radii mismatching between substituting atoms. Calculated average crystallite size values were 28 nm and 37 nm for PNT1 and PNT4 respectively. This pattern was supported by TEM images having a particle size 33 nm and 42 nm for PNT1 and PNT4 respectively. Absence of organic functional groups and formation of M-O bonds was illustrated from FTIR spectrum. Frequency dependent dielectric properties were studied in the range≈0.075-10 MHz at 300 K. Its results revealed the improvement in dispersion less behavior up to high frequency range∼6 MHz. The slight increase in dielectric loss value (tan δ≈0.0011) for PNT4 attributed to occurrence of oxygen vacancies in ceramic material due to Ni doping. The temperature dependent dielectric response was measured maximum at 100 KHz. Values of DC resistivity (ρ) for PNT1 and PNT4 were measured 258.5 and 181.6 Ω-cm×109 respectively.

  18. Dielectric properties of Al2O3 coatings deposited via atmospheric plasma spraying and dry-ice blasting correlated with microstructural characteristics

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    Dong, Shujuan; Song, Bo; Liao, Hanlin; Coddet, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In this work, atmospheric plasma spraying combined with dry-ice blasting have been used to prepare alumina (Al2O3) coatings designed for insulating applications. The microstructural characteristics and dielectric properties of Al2O3 coatings were presented. The electrical insulating properties, i.e., dielectric strength and breakdown voltage, were investigated by dielectric breakdown test using direct current and alternating current. Relationships between dielectric properties and coating characteristics were discussed. The results showed that dry-ice blasting used during atmospheric plasma spray process allowed the production of coatings with better dielectric properties than those prepared without dry-ice blasting. The dielectric properties were correlated with the microstructural characteristics, not with phase composition.

  19. Dipolar correlations and the dielectric permittivity of water.

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    Sharma, Manu; Resta, Raffaele; Car, Roberto

    2007-06-15

    The static dielectric properties of liquid and solid water are investigated within linear response theory in the context of ab initio molecular dynamics. Using maximally localized Wannier functions to treat the macroscopic polarization we formulate a first-principles, parameter-free, generalization of Kirkwood's phenomenological theory. Our calculated static permittivity is in good agreement with experiment. Two effects of the hydrogen bonds, i.e., a significant increase of the average local moment and a local alignment of the molecular dipoles, contribute in almost equal measure to the unusually large dielectric constant of water. PMID:17677991

  20. Fumed silica concentration effect on structure and dielectric properties of a styrene-cross-linked unsaturated polyester resin

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    Gorelov, B. M.; Polovina, O. I.; Gorb, A. M.; Dacko, S.; Kostrzewa, M.; Ingram, A.

    2012-11-01

    Concentration effects of a high-reactive-surface nanosized SiO2 filler on structure and dielectrical properties of a styrene-cross-linked polyester resin have been experimentally studied. Thermal desorption mass-spectroscopy, IR-spectroscopy, dielectric spectroscopy, and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy were used to determine an atomic content of thermal destruction products, IR-reflection spectra, complex dielectric permittivity, and a nature of positron traps as function of filler content in the polymer matrix. Interaction between active surface centers of SiO2-nanoparticles and atoms of polyester chains and styrene molecules gives the non-monotonous influence on the structure of polyester chains, macromolecule polarity, dielectric parameters and the number of positronium nanotraps.

  1. Dielectric properties of organic solvents from non-polarizable molecular dynamics simulation with electronic continuum model and density functional theory.

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    Lee, Sanghun; Park, Sung Soo

    2011-11-01

    Dielectric constants of electrolytic organic solvents are calculated employing nonpolarizable Molecular Dynamics simulation with Electronic Continuum (MDEC) model and Density Functional Theory. The molecular polarizabilities are obtained by the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory to estimate high-frequency refractive indices while the densities and dipole moment fluctuations are computed using nonpolarizable MD simulations. The dielectric constants reproduced from these procedures are evaluated to provide a reliable approach for estimating the experimental data. An additional feature, two representative solvents which have similar molecular weights but are different dielectric properties, i.e., ethyl methyl carbonate and propylene carbonate, are compared using MD simulations and the distinctly different dielectric behaviors are observed at short times as well as at long times. PMID:21967704

  2. Static axial stretching enhances the mechanical properties and cellular responses of fibrin microthreads.

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    Grasman, Jonathan M; Pumphrey, Laura M; Dunphy, Melissa; Perez-Rogers, James; Pins, George D

    2014-10-01

    Fibrin microthreads are a platform technology that can be used for a variety of applications, and therefore the mechanical requirements of these microthreads differ for each tissue or device application. To develop biopolymer microthreads with tunable mechanical properties, we analyzed fibrin microthread processing conditions to strengthen the scaffold materials without the use of exogenous crosslinking agents. Fibrin microthreads were extruded, dried, rehydrated and static axially stretched 0-200% of their original lengths; then the mechanical and structural properties of the microthreads were assessed. Stretching significantly increased the tensile strength of microthreads 3-fold, yielding scaffolds with tensile strengths and stiffnesses that equaled or exceeded values reported previously for carbodiimide crosslinked threads without affecting intrinsic material properties such as strain hardening or Poisson's ratio. Interestingly, these stretching conditions did not affect the rate of proteolytic degradation of the threads. The swelling ratios of stretched microthreads decreased, and scanning electron micrographs showed increases in grooved topography with increased stretch, suggesting that stretching may increase the fibrillar alignment of fibrin fibrils. The average cell alignment with respect to the longitudinal axis of the microthreads increased 2-fold with increased stretch, further supporting the hypothesis that stretching microthreads increases the alignment of fibrin fibrils on the surfaces of the scaffolds. Together, these data suggest that stretching fibrin microthreads generates stronger materials without affecting their proteolytic stability, making stretched microthreads ideal for implantable scaffolds that require short degradation times and large initial loading properties. Further modifications to stretched microthreads, such as carbodiimide crosslinking, could generate microthreads to direct cell orientation and align tissue deposition, with additional resistance to degradation for use as a long-term scaffold for tissue regeneration. PMID:24954911

  3. Dynamic and quasi-static mechanical properties of iron-nickel alloy honeycomb

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    Clark, Justin L.

    Several metal honeycombs, termed Linear Cellular Alloys (LCAs), were fabricated via a paste extrusion process and thermal treatment. Two Fe-Ni based alloy compositions were evaluated. Maraging steel and Super Invar were chosen for their compatibility with the process and the wide range of properties they afforded. Cell wall material was characterized and compared to wrought alloy specifications. The bulk alloy was found to compare well with the more conventionally produced wrought product when porosity was taken into account. The presence of extrusion defects and raw material impurities were shown to degrade properties with respect to wrought alloys. The performance of LCAs was investigated for several alloys and cell morphologies. The results showed that out-of-plane properties exceeded model predictions and in-plane properties fell short due to missing cell walls and similar defects. Strength was shown to outperform several existing cellular metals by as much as an order of magnitude in some instances. Energy absorption of these materials was shown to exceed 150 J/cc at strains of 50% for high strength alloys. Finally, the suitability of LCAs as an energetic capsule was investigated. The investigation found that the LCAs added significant static strength and as much as three to five times improvement in the dynamic strength of the system. More importantly, it was shown that the pressures achieved with the LCA capsule were significantly higher than the energetic material could achieve alone. High pressures, approaching 3 GPa, coupled with the fragmentation of the capsule during impact increased the likelihood of initiation and propagation of the energetic reaction. This multi-functional aspect of the LCA makes it a suitable capsule material.

  4. Theoretical study of static magnetic properties for the chiral and reconstructed graphene nanoribbons

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    Park, Suk-Young; Rhim, Jun-Won; Moon, Kyungsun

    2013-03-01

    Recent theoretical study of the chiral graphene nanoribbons(CGNR) has demonstrated the magnetic ordering of the edge states below a certain chiral angle1. Based on the Hubbard model for the CGNR, we study the static properties of the magnetic edge states such as the intra-edge and inter-edge spin stiffness, which are the two crucial parameters to control the thermodynamics of the effective magnetic hamiltonian. For the systematic study of the anti-ferromagnetic inter-edge spin correlations, we calculate the inter-edge spin stiffness as a function of ribbon width and transverse electric field. We also attempt to calculate the electronic and magnetic properties for the other edge geometries such as a reconstructed edge geometry, which has been experimentally confirmed as an edge shape other than zigzag or armchair nanoribbon2 1. Oleg V. Yazyev, Rodrigo B. Capaz, and Steven G. Louie, Phys. Rev. B 84, 115406 (2011). 2. Pekka Koskinen, Sami Malola, and Hannu Hakkinen, Phys. Rev. B 80, 073401 (2009). This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology(2012R1A1A2006927).

  5. Effects of static magnetic field on cell biomechanical property and membrane ultrastructure.

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    Wang, Zhe; Hao, Fengtao; Ding, Chong; Yang, Zhouqi; Shang, Peng

    2014-05-01

    The bioeffects of magnetic fields on organism have become an attractive area of study in recent decades, but the influence of static magnetic fields (SMFs) on biomechanical property, is rarely reported. This work investigated the effect of SMF (magnetic flux density ranging from 0.26 to 0.33 T, with a gradient of 2.09 T/m) on biomechanical property and ultrastructure of the membrane, and their relationship with F-actin distribution and cell adhesion of human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7) and human cervical carcinoma cells (HeLa). The two kinds of cells showed different responses to SMF exposure. For MCF-7 cells exposed to SMF for 72 h, the Young's modulus calculated from atomic force microscopy (AFM) indentation curve decreased significantly compared to that in the control group. This reduction was also associated with different actin distribution, revealed by phalloidin fluorescence analysis. Moreover, exposed MCF-7 cells had a smaller adhesion capacity to substrate with a rougher surface as observed by AFM scanning, which was also confirmed by quantitative analysis of the scanning pictures. Nevertheless, no significant changes were observed in the HeLa cell. These findings, from a biomechanical point of view, provide new insights for the mechanism of bioeffects of SMF on cell behaviors. PMID:24619812

  6. A numerical investigation on mechanical property improvement of styrene butadine rubber by static straight blade indentation

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    Setiyana, B.; Ismail, R.; Jamari, J.; Schipper, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    Mechanical property improvement of rubber is widely carried out by adding carbon black or silica as a filler in rubber. In general, this improvement aims on the increase of stiffness and abrasion resistance. By means of the static straight blade indentation technique, this paper studies the mechanical properties of Unfilled Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR-0) and Filled Styrene Butadiene Rubber that is compounded with carbon black (SBR-25). The numerical method applied was Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in which the rubber was modeled as a hyper-elastic material and indented by a blade indenter with various wedge angles i.e. 30, 45 and 60 degrees. At the same depth of indentation, the results showed that there was an increase in both rubber stiffness and maximum stress if the rubber was compounded. However, it is found that the rubber stiffness showed a regular slight increase, while the maximum stress experienced an irregularly significant increase. Especially for the 30 degree wedge angle, the maximum stress extremely increased at a certain depth of indentation.

  7. Three-Dimensional Microwave Breast Imaging: Dispersive Dielectric Properties Estimation using Patient-Specific Basis Functions

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    Winters, David W.; Shea, Jacob D.; Kosmas, Panagiotis; Van Veen, Barry D.; Hagness, Susan C.

    2009-01-01

    Breast imaging via microwave tomography involves estimating the distribution of dielectric properties within the patient's breast on a discrete mesh. The number of unknowns in the discrete mesh can be very large for three-dimensional imaging, and this results in computational challenges. We propose a new approach where the discrete mesh is replaced with a relatively small number of smooth basis functions. The dimension of the tomography problem is reduced by estimating the coefficients of the basis functions instead of the dielectric properties at each element in the discrete mesh. The basis functions are constructed using knowledge of the location of the breast surface. The number of functions used in the basis can be varied to balance resolution and computational complexity. The reduced dimension of the inverse problem enables application of a computationally efficient, multiple-frequency inverse scattering algorithm in 3-D. The efficacy of the proposed approach is verified using two 3-D anatomically realistic numerical breast phantoms. It is shown for the case of single-frequency microwave tomography that the imaging accuracy is comparable to that obtained when the original discrete mesh is used, despite the reduction of the dimension of the inverse problem. Results are also shown for a multiple-frequency algorithm where it is computationally challenging to use the original discrete mesh. PMID:19211350

  8. 160 MeV Ni12+ ion irradiation effects on the dielectric properties of polyaniline nanotubes

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    Hazarika, J.; Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, A.

    2012-10-01

    We report on the dielectric properties and a.c. conductivity studies of CSA doped polyaniline nanotubes. Nanotubes of 47-100 nm diameter, were synthesized by the self-assembly method and irradiated using Ni12+ ions of 160 MeV energy with fluences of 1 1010, 5 1010, 1 1011 and 3 1011 ions/cm2. X-ray diffraction studies reveal an increase in the degree of crystallinity and consequently, the extent of order of the nanotubes with increasing fluence, but show a lower degree of crystallinity at higher fluence. The decrease in d-spacing for the (100) reflections with fluence is ascribed to the decrease in the tilt angle of the aligned polymer chains. A significant change was seen after irradiation in dielectric and electrical properties which may be correlated with the increased carrier concentration and structural modifications in the polymer films. The surface conductivity of films increases with increasing fluence, which also decreases at higher fluence. The a.c. conduction mechanism for the nanotubes could be explained in terms of correlated barrier hopping model. The existence of polarons as the major charge carriers in the present nanotube system was confirmed by the low values of polaron binding energy, found to decrease with fluence. The hopping distance increases with fluence indicating that the hopping probability increases with fluence.

  9. Bone Dielectric Property Variation as a Function of Mineralization at Microwave Frequencies

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    Meaney, Paul M.; Zhou, Tian; Goodwin, Douglas; Golnabi, Amir; Attardo, Elia A.; Paulsen, Keith D.

    2012-01-01

    A critical need exists for new imaging tools to more accurately characterize bone quality beyond the conventional modalities of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), ultrasound speed of sound, and broadband attenuation measurements. In this paper we investigate the microwave dielectric properties of ex vivo trabecular bone with respect to bulk density measures. We exploit a variation in our tomographic imaging system in conjunction with a new soft prior regularization scheme that allows us to accurately recover the dielectric properties of small, regularly shaped and previously spatially defined volumes. We studied six excised porcine bone samples from which we extracted cylindrically shaped trabecular specimens from the femoral heads and carefully demarrowed each preparation. The samples were subsequently treated in an acid bath to incrementally remove volumes of hydroxyapatite, and we tested them with both the microwave measurement system and a micro-CT scanner. The measurements were performed at five density levels for each sample. The results show a strong correlation between both the permittivity and conductivity and bone volume fraction and suggest that microwave imaging may be a good candidate for evaluating overall bone health. PMID:22577365

  10. A genetic algorithm for optimizing multi-pole Debye models of tissue dielectric properties

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    Clegg, J.; Robinson, M. P.

    2012-10-01

    Models of tissue dielectric properties (permittivity and conductivity) enable the interactions of tissues and electromagnetic fields to be simulated, which has many useful applications in microwave imaging, radio propagation, and non-ionizing radiation dosimetry. Parametric formulae are available, based on a multi-pole model of tissue dispersions, but although they give the dielectric properties over a wide frequency range, they do not convert easily to the time domain. An alternative is the multi-pole Debye model which works well in both time and frequency domains. Genetic algorithms are an evolutionary approach to optimization, and we found that this technique was effective at finding the best values of the multi-Debye parameters. Our genetic algorithm optimized these parameters to fit to either a Cole-Cole model or to measured data, and worked well over wide or narrow frequency ranges. Over 10 Hz-10 GHz the best fits for muscle, fat or bone were each found for ten dispersions or poles in the multi-Debye model. The genetic algorithm is a fast and effective method of developing tissue models that compares favourably with alternatives such as the rational polynomial fit.

  11. Trapping-charging ability and electrical properties study of amorphous insulator by dielectric spectroscopy

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    Mekni, Omar Arifa, Hakim; Askri, Besma; Yangui, Béchir; Raouadi, Khaled; Damamme, Gilles

    2014-09-14

    Usually, the trapping phenomenon in insulating materials is studied by injecting charges using a Scanning Electron Microscope. In this work, we use the dielectric spectroscopy technique for showing a correlation between the dielectric properties and the trapping-charging ability of insulating materials. The evolution of the complex permittivity (real and imaginary parts) as a function of frequency and temperature reveals different types of relaxation according to the trapping ability of the material. We found that the space charge relaxation at low frequencies affects the real part of the complex permittivity ε{sup ´} and the dissipation factor Tan(δ). We prove that the evolution of the imaginary part of the complex permittivity against temperature ε{sup ′′}=f(T) reflects the phenomenon of charge trapping and detrapping as well as trapped charge evolution Q{sub p}(T). We also use the electric modulus formalism to better identify the space charge relaxation. The investigation of trapping or conductive nature of insulating materials was mainly made by studying the activation energy and conductivity. The conduction and trapping parameters are determined using the Correlated Barrier Hopping (CBH) model in order to confirm the relation between electrical properties and charge trapping ability.

  12. Structural and Interfacial Effects on the Dielectric Properties of PVDF and its Composites for Energy Storage

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    Jones, Jennifer; Mayo, Anthony; Zhu, Lei; Tolk, Norman; Mu, Richard

    2014-03-01

    High energy density capacitors based on dielectric polymers are a focus of increasing research effort motivated by the possibility to realize compact and flexible energy storage devices. Multilayered ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) systems are fabricated using enabling technology in co-extrusion for increased energy storage efficiency. These micro- and nano-layered polymeric systems result in much improved device performance and a three-time enhancement of capacitive electrical energy density has been demonstrated. PVDF thin film nanocomposites with ZnO nanofillers have also been fabricated and evaluated for further enhancement of energy density storage. To understand the physics of why these multilayered and nanocomposite systems perform better than single layer PVDF we are developing characterization techniques using confocal second harmonic generation (SHG), electric field induced second harmonic (EFISH) and Raman laser spectroscopy. Our results have shown that the combination of Raman and SHG is a very sensitive, non-destructive and versatile technique that can be used to study the ferroelectric and structural properties of these systems. The addition of the EFISH technique allows the interrogation of structural and dielectric properties within individual layers and at the interfaces.

  13. Extraction of Water from Polar Lunar Permafrost with Microwaves - Dielectric Property Measurements

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Kaukler, William

    2009-01-01

    Remote sensing indicates the presence of hydrogen rich regions associated with the lunar poles. The logical hypothesis is that there is cryogenically trapped water ice located in craters at the lunar poles. Some of the craters have been in permanent darkness for a billion years. The presence of water at the poles as well as other scientific advantages of a polar base, have influenced NASA plans for the lunar outpost. The lunar outpost has water and oxygen requirements on the order of 1 ton per year scaling up to as much as 10 tons per year. Microwave heating of the frozen permafrost has unique advantages for water extraction. Proof of principle experiments have successfully demonstrated that microwaves will couple to the cryogenic soil in a vacuum and the sublimed water vapor can be successfully captured on a cold trap. The dielectric properties of lunar soil will determine the hardware requirements for extraction processes. Microwave frequency dielectric property measurements of lunar soil simulant have been measured.

  14. Investigation of low field dielectric properties of anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics: Experiment and modeling

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    Olariu, C. S.; Padurariu, L.; Stanculescu, R.; Baldisserri, C.; Galassi, C.; Mitoseriu, L.

    2013-12-01

    Anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics with various porosity degrees have been studied in order to determine the role of the pore shape and orientation on the low-field dielectric properties. Ceramic samples with formula Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)0.976Nb0.024O3 with different porosity degrees (dense, 10%, 20%, 40% vol.) have been prepared by solid state reaction. Taking into consideration the shape and orientation of the pore inclusions, the dielectric properties of porous ceramics have been described by using adapted mixing rules models. Rigorous bounds, derived on the basis on Variational Principle, were used to frame dielectric properties of porous composites. The finite element method (FEM) was additionally used to simulate the dielectric response of the porous composites under various applied fields. Among the few effective medium approximation models adapted for anisotropic oriented inclusions, the best results were obtained in case of needle-like shape inclusions (which do not correspond to the real shape of microstructure inclusions). The general case of Wiener bounds limited well the dielectric properties of anisotropic porous composites in case of parallel orientation. Among the theoretical approaches, FEM technique allowed to simulate the distribution of potential and electric field inside composites and provided a very good agreement between the computed permittivity values and experimental ones.

  15. Influence of frequency, grade, moisture and temperature on Green River oil shale dielectric properties and electromagnetic heating processes

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    Hakala, J. Alexandra; Stanchina, William; Soong, Yee; Hedges, Sheila

    2011-01-01

    Development of in situ electromagnetic (EM) retorting technologies and design of specific EM well logging tools requires an understanding of various process parameters (applied frequency, mineral phases present, water content, organic content and temperature) on oil shale dielectric properties. In this literature review on oil shale dielectric properties, we found that at low temperatures (<200° C) and constant oil shale grade, both the relative dielectric constant (ε') and imaginary permittivity (ε'') decrease with increased frequency and remain constant at higher frequencies. At low temperature and constant frequency, ε' decreases or remains constant with oil shale grade, while ε'' increases or shows no trend with oil shale grade. At higher temperatures (>200º C) and constant frequency, epsilon' generally increases with temperature regardless of grade while ε'' fluctuates. At these temperatures, maximum values for both ε' and ε'' differ based upon oil shale grade. Formation fluids, mineral-bound water, and oil shale varve geometry also affect measured dielectric properties. This review presents and synthesizes prior work on the influence of applied frequency, oil shale grade, water, and temperature on the dielectric properties of oil shales that can aid in the future development of frequency- and temperature-specific in situ retorting technologies and oil shale grade assay tools.

  16. Tunable dielectric properties of KTaO3 single crystals in the terahertz range

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    Skoromets, V.; Kadlec, C.; Němec, H.; Fattakhova-Rohlfing, D.; Kužel, P.

    2016-02-01

    Electric-field tunability of the dielectric properties of potassium tantalate single crystal was studied by terahertz spectroscopy in a broad temperature range (40-250 K). Complex-valued terahertz transmission spectra of samples were measured with an external electric field perpendicular to the sample surface and parallel to the terahertz wave-vector. We found that the ferroelectric soft mode hardening is fully responsible for the observed electric-field-induced changes in the spectra and no signature of a central mode was detected. We determined the anharmonic properties of the soft-mode potential in the mean field approximation. The observed behavior was compared with that previously reported for SrTiO3 single crystals.

  17. Dielectric properties of cereals at frequencies useful for processes with microwave heating.

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    Torrealba-Meléndez, Richard; Sosa-Morales, María Elena; Olvera-Cervantes, José Luis; Corona-Chávez, Alonso

    2015-12-01

    Dielectric properties of barley, corn (white and yellow), sorghum, and wheat at microwave frequencies for heating purpose were analyzed. Properties were determined at 915, 2450 and 5800 MHz with the free space transmission method in the cereals at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 °C. ε´ and ε"of all the cereals decreased with increasing frequency. ε´ slightly increased with temperature, while ε "remained practically constant for all the cereals in the temperature range from 20 to 60 °C. Penetration depth decreased with increasing frequency for all the samples, and increased with increasing temperature at 915 MHz, except for barley. These results are useful for further microwave heating applications for the studies on cereals. PMID:26604422

  18. Synthesis and dielectric properties of modified potassium sodium niobate solid solutions

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    Smeltere, I.; Antonova, M.; Kalvane, A.; Bormanis, K.; Livinsh, M.

    2012-05-01

    In the present work processing microstructure and dielectric properties of lead free KNN based ceramics have been studied. Compositions with a stoichiometric formula (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)Nb1 - y Sb y O3- xBaTiO3 ( x = 0.01, 0.02, 0.04; y = 0.04, 0.07) were produced by solid state sintering method. The addition of manganese oxide MnO2 after synthesis promoted the sintering and densification of ceramic samples. The influence of BaTiO3 on the microstructure, density and electrical properties was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that obtained samples had a pure perovskite structure with no traces of secondary phase. Phase transition peak at T c is broad indicating the diffuse phase transition.

  19. Microstructure and dielectric properties of (Nb + In) co-doped rutile TiO2 ceramics

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    Li, Jinglei; Li, Fei; Zhuang, Yongyong; Jin, Li; Wang, Linghang; Wei, Xiaoyong; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2014-08-01

    The (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics recently attracted considerable attention due to their colossal dielectric permittivity (CP) (˜100,000) and low dielectric loss (˜0.05). In this research, the 0.5 mol. % In-only, 0.5 mol. % Nb-only, and 0.5-7 mol. % (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics were synthesized by standard conventional solid-state reaction method. Microstructure studies showed that all samples were in pure rutile phase. The Nb and In ions were homogeneously distributed in the grain and grain boundary. Impedance spectroscopy and I-V behavior analysis demonstrated that the ceramics may compose of semiconducting grains and insulating grain boundaries. The high conductivity of grain was associated with the reduction of Ti4+ ions to Ti3+ ions, while the migration of oxygen vacancy may account for the conductivity of grain boundary. The effects of annealing treatment and bias filed on electrical properties were investigated for co-doped TiO2 ceramics, where the electric behaviors of samples were found to be susceptible to the annealing treatment and bias field. The internal-barrier-layer-capacitance mechanism was used to explain the CP phenomenon, the effect of annealing treatment and nonlinear I-V behavior for co-doped rutile TiO2 ceramics. Compared with CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics, the high activation energy of co-doped rutile TiO2 (3.05 eV for grain boundary) was thought to be responsible for the low dielectric loss.

  20. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Gd substituted manganese ferrite nanoparticles

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    Murugesan, C.; Sathyamoorthy, B.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2015-08-01

    Gd3+ ion-substituted manganese ferrite nanoparticles with the chemical formula MnGdxFe2-xO4 (x = 0.0, 0.05, and 0.1) were synthesized by sol-gel auto combustion method. Thermal stability of the as-prepared sample was analyzed using thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and the result reveals that the prepared sample is thermally stable above 300 °C. Structural and morphology studies were performed using powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Indexed PXRD patterns confirm the formation of pure cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite sizes calculated using Sherrer’s formula decreased from 47 nm to 32 nm and lattice constant was enhanced from 8.407 Å to 8.432 Å. The FTIR spectrum of manganese ferrite shows a high frequency vibrational band at 564 cm-1 assigned to tetrahedral site and a low frequency vibrational band at 450 cm-1 assigned to octahedral site which are shifted to 556 cm-1 and 439 cm-1 for Gd3+ substitution and confirm the incorporation of Gd3+ into manganese ferrite. SEM analysis shows the presence of agglomerated spherical shaped particles at the surface. Room temperature dielectric and magnetic properties were studied using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). Frequency dependent dielectric constant, ac conductivity and tan delta were found to increase with Gd3+ ion substitution. The measured values of saturation magnetization decrease from 46.6 emu g-1 to 41 emu g-1 with increase in Gd3+ concentration and coercivity decreases from 179.5 Oe to 143 Oe.

  1. Room temperature structure vibrational and dielectric properties of Ho modified YMnO3

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Sharma, Poorva; Kumar, Ashwini

    2015-07-01

    The structural, vibrational, and dielectric properties of bulk Ho-doped Y1-xHoxMnO3 (x = 0, 0.03, 0.05) solids prepared by standard solid-state reaction route were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the hexagonal P63cm structure of Y1-xHoxMnO3 (x = 0.0, 0.03, 0.05) ceramics. Rietveld refinements of XRD data revealed that the doping ions led to unit cell contraction in three directions due to nearly equal ionic radii of Ho3+ ion (0.901 Å) substituted at the Y-site ion. The grain size of Ho-doped solids varied from 5 to 10 μm. For pristine h-YMnO3, the experimentally observed Raman scattering lines at around 151, 305, 460, and 682 cm-1 are of A1 symmetry, those at 410 cm-1 are of E1 symmetry, and the lines at 139 and 219 cm-1 are of E2 symmetry. Another interesting observation is the existence of an A1 line at 682 cm-1 and an E1 line at about 410 cm-1 which are much stronger than the remaining lines of A1 and E1 symmetries, respectively. The high value of dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent at low frequency is explained by space charge polarization and the saturation in the high-frequency region is due to the electric dipoles not being in pace with the frequency of the applied electric field.

  2. Dielectric breakdown properties of hot SF6 gas contaminated by copper at temperatures of 300-3500 K

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    Wang, Xiaohua; Zhong, Linlin; Rong, Mingzhe; Yang, Aijun; Liu, Dingxin; Wu, Yi; Miao, Song

    2015-04-01

    The dielectric breakdown properties of hot SF6 gas during the dielectric recovery phase play an important role in understanding gas breakdown occurring in high-voltage circuit breakers. This paper is devoted to the theoretical investigation of dielectric breakdown properties of hot SF6 gas contaminated by copper at temperatures of 300-3500 K and pressures of 0.01-1.6 MPa. The equilibrium compositions of SF6-Cu mixtures are obtained with the consideration of condensed species. The unknown ionization cross sections for CuS, CuF and CuF2 are calculated using a Deutsch-Märk (DM) formalism based on quantum chemistry. The two-term Boltzmann equation is adopted to numerically calculate the electron energy distribution function, collision ionization coefficient and electron attachment coefficient. Then the reduced critical electric field strength is determined when the effective ionization coefficient equals to zero. The influences of the Cu proportion and gas pressure on the dielectric breakdown properties are investigated. It is shown that the existence of copper compounds increases the concentration of high-energy electrons significantly, even for the case with a very low percentage (e.g. 1% Cu). With the increase of copper content, the value of (E/N)cr is reduced remarkably at temperatures below 3000 K, but enhanced slightly above 3000 K. It is also found that the increase of pressure can improve the dielectric breakdown performance of hot SF6-Cu mixtures.

  3. Dielectric properties of (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/CuTl-1223 composites

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    Mumtaz, M.; Kamran, M.; Nadeem, K.; Jabbar, Abdul; Khan, Nawazish A.; Saleem, Abida; Tajammul Hussain, S.; Kamran, M.

    2013-07-01

    We synthesized (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? (y = 0, 5%, 10%, 15%) composites by solid-state reaction and characterized them by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dc-resistivity, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Frequency and temperature dependent dielectric properties, such as real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and ac-conductivity of these composites were studied by capacitance and conductance measurements as a function of frequency (10 kHz to 10 MHz) and temperature (78 to 300 K). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic behavior of the superconductor phase and the structure of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? are nearly undisturbed by doping with nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy images show the improvement in the intergranular linking between the superconducting grains occurring with increasing nanoparticle concentration. Microcracks are healed up with these nanoparticles, and superconducting volume fraction is also increased. Dielectric properties of these composites strongly depend on the frequency and temperature. Zero resistivity critical temperature and dielectric properties show opposite trends with the addition of nanoparticles to the Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? superconductor matrix.

  4. Changes in the dielectric properties of ex vivo bovine liver during microwave thermal ablation at 2.45 GHz

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    Lopresto, Vanni; Pinto, Rosanna; Lovisolo, Giorgio A.; Cavagnaro, Marta

    2012-04-01

    In microwave thermal ablation (MTA) therapy, the dielectric properties of the target tissue play an important role in determining the radiation properties of the microwave ablation antenna. In this work, the ex vivo dielectric properties of bovine liver were experimentally characterized as a function of the temperature during MTA at the frequency of 2.45 GHz. The obtained data were compared with measurements performed at the end of the MTA treatment, and considering the heating achieved with a temperature-controlled water bath. Finally, measured data were used to perform a numerical study evaluating the effects of changes in tissue's dielectric properties during the MTA treatment on the radiation properties of a microwave interstitial ablation antenna, as well as on the obtained thermal lesion. Results evidenced a significant decrease of both relative permittivity (about 38%) and electric conductivity (about 33%) in the tissue during treatment as the temperature increased to over 60 °C, with a dramatic drop when the temperature approached 100 °C. Moreover, the numerical study evidenced that changes in tissue's dielectric properties during the MTA treatment affect the distribution of the power absorbed by the tissue (specific absorption rate—SAR, W kg-1) surrounding the microwave interstitial ablation antenna, leading to a peak SAR up to 20% lower, as well as to a thermal lesion up to 8% longer. This work may represent a preliminary step towards the future development of a procedure for MTA treatment planning.

  5. Magnetic, dielectric, and magneto-dielectric properties of rare-earth-substituted Aurivillius phase Bi₆Fe₁.₄Co₀.₆Ti₃O₁₈

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    Zuo, X. Z.; Yang, J. Yuan, B.; Tang, X. W.; Zhang, K. J.; Zhu, X. B.; Song, W. H.; Dai, J. M.; Song, D. P.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-10-21

    We investigate the magnetic, dielectric, and magnetodielectric properties of rare-earth-substituted Aurivillius phase Bi₆Fe₁.₄Co₀.₆Ti₃O₁₈. The room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior is observed in all samples, and the rare-earth-substituted samples exhibit an enhanced magnetization. The weak ferromagnetism can be ascribed to the spin canting of the antiferromagnetic coupling of the Fe-based and Co-based sublattices via Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction. The dielectric loss of all samples exhibits two dielectric relaxation peaks corresponding to two different relaxation mechanisms. One relaxation process with E{sub a}=0.5 eV is related to the hoping process of oxygen vacancies and the other one with E{sub a}=1.6 eV can be ascribed to the intrinsic conduction. The Gd-doped sample exhibits a remarkable magnetodielectric effect (9.4%) at RT implying this Aurivillius phase may be the potential candidate for magnetodielectric applications.

  6. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials

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    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths. PMID:26861318

  7. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials.

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    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths. PMID:26861318

  8. Electroactive Phase Induced Bi4Ti3O12-Poly(Vinylidene Difluoride) Composites with Improved Dielectric Properties

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    Bhardwaj, Sumit; Paul, Joginder; Chand, Subhash; Raina, K. K.; Kumar, Ravi

    2015-10-01

    Lead-free ceramic-polymer composite films containing Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT) nanocrystals as the active phase and poly(vinylidene difluoride) as the passive matrix were synthesized by spin coating. The films' structural, morphological, and dielectric properties were systemically investigated by varying the weight fraction of BIT. Formation of electroactive β and γ phases were strongly affected by the presence of BIT nanocrystals. Analysis was performed by Fourier-transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Morphological studies confirmed the homogeneous dispersion of BIT particles within the polymer matrix. The composite films had dielectric constants as high as 52.8 and low dielectric loss of 0.1 at 100 Hz when the BIT content was 10 wt.%. We suggest that the enhanced electroactive phase content of the polymer matrix and interfacial polarization may contribute to the improved dielectric performance of these composite films. Dielectric modulus analysis was performed to enable understanding of the dielectric relaxation process. Non-Debye-type relaxation behavior was observed for the composite films at high temperature.

  9. Dielectric properties of Jovian satellite ice analogs for subsurface radar exploration: A review

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    Pettinelli, Elena; Cosciotti, Barbara; Di Paolo, Federico; Lauro, Sebastian Emanuel; Mattei, Elisabetta; Orosei, Roberto; Vannaroni, Giuliano

    2015-09-01

    The first European mission dedicated to the exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer—JUICE) will be launched in 2022 and will reach its final destination in 2030. The main goals of this mission are to understand the internal structure of the icy crusts of three Galilean satellites (Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) and, ultimately, to detect Europa's subsurface ocean, which is believed to be the closest to the surface among those hypothesized to exist on these moons. JUICE will be equipped with the 9 MHz subsurface-penetrating radar RIME (Radar for Icy Moon Exploration), which is designed to image the ice down to a depth of 9 km. Moreover, a parallel mission to Europa, which will host onboard REASON (Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface) equipped with 9MHz and 60MHz antennas, has been recently approved by NASA. The success of these experiments strongly relies on the accurate prediction of the radar performance and on the optimal processing and interpretation of radar echoes that, in turn, depend on the dielectric properties of the materials composing the icy satellite crusts. In the present review we report a complete range of potential ice types that may occur on these icy satellites to understand how they may affect the results of the proposed missions. First, we discuss the experimental results on pure and doped water ice in the framework of the Jaccard theory, highlighting the critical aspects in terms of a lack of standard laboratory procedures and inconsistency in data interpretation. We then describe the dielectric behavior of extraterrestrial ice analogs like hydrates and icy mixtures, carbon dioxide ice and ammonia ice. Building on this review, we have selected the most suitable data to compute dielectric attenuation, velocity, vertical resolution, and reflection coefficients for such icy moon environments, with the final goal being to estimate the potential capabilities of the radar missions as a function of the frequency and temperature ranges of interest for the subsurface sounders. We present the different subsurface scenarios and associated radar signal attenuation models that have been proposed so far to simulate the structure of the crust of Europa and discuss the physical and geological nature of various dielectric targets potentially detectable with RIME. Finally, we briefly highlight several unresolved issues that should be addressed, in near future, to improve our capability to produce realistic electromagnetic models of icy moon crusts. The present review is of interest for the geophysical exploration of all solar system bodies, including the Earth, where ice can be present at the surface or at relatively shallow depths.

  10. Reflectivity (visible and near IR), Moessbauer, static magnetic, and X ray diffraction properties of aluminum-substituted hematites

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    Morris, Richard V.; Schulze, Darrell G.; Lauer, Howard V., Jr.; Agresti, David G.; Shelfer, Tad D.

    1992-01-01

    The effect of substituting iron by aluminum in polymorphs of Fe2O3 and FeOOH on their reflectivity characteristics was investigated by comparing data on visible and NIR reflectivities and on static magnetic, XRD, and Moessbauer properties for a family of aluminum-substituted hematites alpha-(Fe,Al)2O3, with compositions where the values of the Al/(Al+Fe) ratio were up to 0.61. Samples were prepared by oxidation of magnetite, dehydroxylation of goethite, and direct precipitation. The analytical methods used for obtaining diffuse reflectivity spectra (350-2200 nm), Moessbauer spectra, and static magnetic data are those described by Morris et al. (1989).

  11. Static and Dynamic Properties of Magnetic Antivortices in Asteroid-Shaped Permalloy Nanomagnets

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    Habiboglu, Ali Taha; Karakas, Vedat; Mete, Mustafa; Coskuner, Ahmet; Kalyoncu, Yemliha Bilal; Gokce, Aisha; Ozatay, Ozhan; Giordano, Anna; Carpentieri, Mario; Finocchio, Giovanni; Celegato, Federica; Tiberto, Paola

    2015-03-01

    Patterned nanomagnets display unconventional spin configurations like vortex, anti-vortex, bubble, which have unique static and dynamic properties. Such micro-magnetic structures are potentially applicable to ultrafast memory, rf oscillators and detectors. Studies on magnetic thin films containing vortex structures exhibit interesting behavior under external field and/or current bias like polarity switching, core displacement and core gyration with high frequencies inside the nanomagnet. In this study, we report on our investigation of stable anti-vortex formation conditions and the subsequent magnetic field/dc current driven excitations in 2x2 μm2 Permalloy based asteroid geometry devices which exhibit an anti-vortex pair nucleation at the center. The Magnetic Force Microscopy images show that the antivortex pair can be rotated around the center by an external magnetic field. We obtain a high frequency (GHz) signal measured via anisotropic magneto-resistance effect (AMR) under constant dc current-bias which triggers antivortex pair gyration around the center of the device through spin transfer torque. We study the dynamic response of the structure as a function of current and field to assess utilization of the device as a practical on-chip microwave oscillator.

  12. Static Properties and Stark Effect of the Ground State of the HD Molecular Ion

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    Bhatia, A. K.; Drachman, Richard J.

    1999-01-01

    We have calculated static properties of the ground state of the HD(+) ion and its lowest-lying P-state without making use of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, as was done in the case of H2(+) and D2(+) [Phys. Rev. A 58, 2787 (1998)]. The ion is treated as a three-body system whose ground state is spherically symmetric. The wavefunction is of generalized Hylleraas type, but it is necessary to include high powers of the internuclear distance to localize the nuclear motion. We obtain good values of the energies of the ground S-state and lowest P-state and compare them with earlier calculations. Expectation values are obtained for various operators, the Fermi contact parameters, and the permanent quadrupole moment. The cusp conditions are also calculated. The polarizability was then calculated using second-order perturbation theory with intermediate P pseudostates. Since the nuclei in HD(+) are not of equal mass there is dipole coupling between the lowest two rotational states, which are almost degenerate. This situation is carefully analyzed, and the Stark shift is calculated variationally as a function of the applied electric field.

  13. Vectran Fiber Time-Dependent Behavior and Additional Static Loading Properties

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    Fette, Russell B.; Sovinski, Marjorie F.

    2004-01-01

    Vectran HS appears from literature and testing to date to be an ideal upgrade from Kevlar braided cords for many long-term, static-loading applications such as tie-downs on solar arrays. Vectran is a liquid crystalline polymer and exhibits excellent tensile properties. The material has been touted as a zero creep product. Testing discussed in this report does not support this statement, though the creep is on the order of four times slower than with similar Kevlar 49 products. Previous work with Kevlar and new analysis of Vectran testing has led to a simple predictive model for Vectran at ambient conditions. The mean coefficient of thermal expansion (negative in this case) is similar to Kevlar 49, but is not linear. A positive transition in the curve occurs near 100 C. Out-gassing tests show that the material performs well within parameters for most space flight applications. Vectran also offers increased abrasion resistance, minimal moisture regain, and similar UV degradation. The effects of material construction appear to have a dramatic effect in stress relaxation for braided Vectran. To achieve the improved relaxation rate, upgrades must also examine alternate construction or preconditioning methods. This report recommends Vectran HS as a greatly improved replacement material for applications where time-dependent relaxation is a major factor.

  14. Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of polyaniline/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites

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    Chitra, Palanisamy; Muthusamy, Athianna; Jayaprakash, Rajan

    2015-12-01

    Ferromagnetic PANI containing MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were synthesized by in-situ chemical polymerization of aniline incorporated MnCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (20%, 10% w/w of fine powders) with and without ultrasonic treatment. The MnCoFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by auto combustion method. The PANI/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The average particle size of the resulting PANI/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites was confirmed from the TEM and XRD analysis. The structure and morphology of the composites were confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy, XRD and SEM. In addition, the electrical and magnetic properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. The PANI/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites under applied magnetic field exhibited the hysteresis loops of ferromagnetic nature at room temperature. The variation of Dielectric constant, Dielectric loss, and AC conductivity of PANI/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites at room temperature as a function of frequency in the range 50 Hz-5 MHz has been studied. Effect of ultrasonication on the PANI/MnCoFe2O4 nanocomposites was also investigated.

  15. Low temperature dielectric properties of YMn0.95Ru0.05O3

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    Thakur, Rajesh K.; Thakur, Rasna; Okram, G. S.; Kaurav, N.; Gaur, N. K.

    2013-02-01

    The single phase hexagonal YMn0.95Ru0.05O3 compound has been synthesized via solid state reaction method at sintering temperature 1280°C with space group P63cm (25-1079). The detailed dielectric properties were evaluated over broad temperature and frequency ranges. An obvious dielectric relaxation was observed near the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature. The temperature dependence of the ac resistivity at low frequency infers the semiconducting behavior and favored the variable range hopping conduction model. The obtained experimental data in the temperature range of our study can be described by the equation ρ(T) = ρ0exp[(T*/T)1/4]. The fitting results are used for the calculation of the temperature scale T* ˜ 0.8 × 104 K and finally the density of state at Fermi level N(EF). The activation energy Ea ˜ 0.0314 eV is calculated from the plot, peak temperature of the loss tangent near the magnetic transition region versus frequency using Arrhenius law.

  16. Dielectric and Electrical Properties of BiFeO3-LiTaO3 Systems

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    Mohanty, Suchismita; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2015-07-01

    Materials of general formula (Bi1- x Li x )(Fe1- x Ta x )O3 ( x = 0.0, 0.5) were prepared from polycrystalline BiFeO3 and LiTaO3 by solid-state reaction. Analysis of the basic structural properties of the materials by room-temperature x-ray diffraction revealed the formation of single-phase tetragonal crystals for (Bi0.5Li0.5)(Fe0.5Ta0.5)O3. Scanning electron micrographs confirmed the polycrystalline nature of the materials. The microstructure of the materials comprised uniformly distributed grains of unequal size. Studies of the temperature-frequency dependence of dielectric did not reveal any dielectric anomaly or phase transition in the temperature range studied. The presence of hysteresis loops at room temperature confirmed the known ferroelectricity of BiFeO3 and (Bi0.5Li0.5)(Fe0.5Ta0.5)O3. Complex impedance spectroscopic analysis revealed the materials had negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR)-type behavior. The electrical conductivity and relaxation characteristics of the materials suggested the presence of a thermally activated process, and their values suggested the materials had similar types of conductivity and relaxation species. The frequency dependence of the ac conductivity obeyed Jonscher's universal power law.

  17. Radio to microwave dielectric characterisation of constitutive electromagnetic soil properties using vector network analyses

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    Schwing, M.; Wagner, N.; Karlovsek, J.; Chen, Z.; Williams, D. J.; Scheuermann, A.

    2016-04-01

    The knowledge of constitutive broadband electromagnetic (EM) properties of porous media such as soils and rocks is essential in the theoretical and numerical modeling of EM wave propagation in the subsurface. This paper presents an experimental and numerical study on the performance EM measuring instruments for broadband EM wave in the radio-microwave frequency range. 3-D numerical calculations of a specific sensor were carried out using the Ansys HFSS (high frequency structural simulator) to further evaluate the probe performance. In addition, six different sensors of varying design, application purpose, and operational frequency range, were tested on different calibration liquids and a sample of fine-grained soil over a frequency range of 1 MHz-40 GHz using four vector network analysers. The resulting dielectric spectrum of the soil was analysed and interpreted using a 3-term Cole-Cole model under consideration of a direct current conductivity contribution. Comparison of sensor performances on calibration materials and fine-grained soils showed consistency in the measured dielectric spectra at a frequency range from 100 MHz-2 GHz. By combining open-ended coaxial line and coaxial transmission line measurements, the observable frequency window could be extended to a truly broad frequency range of 1 MHz-40 GHz.

  18. Dielectric property of NiTiO{sub 3} doped substituted ortho-chloropolyaniline composites

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    Lakshmi, Mohana; Faisal, Muhammad; Roy, Aashish S.; Khasim, Syed; Department of Physics, University of Tabuk-71491 ; Sajjan, K. C.; Revanasiddappa, M.

    2013-11-15

    Ortho-chloropolyaniline (OCP)-NiTiO{sub 3} composites have been synthesized via in-situ polymerization of ortho-chloroaniline with various weight percentages of NiTiO{sub 3.} Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopic studies of Ortho-chloropolyaniline and its composites indicated the formation of composites as a result of Vander Waal's interaction between OCP and NiTiO{sub 3} particles. Surface morphology of OCP and OCP-NiTiO{sub 3} composites were studied using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The SEM micrographs indicated a modified morphology after the composite formation. Dielectric properties and electric modulus of OCP and OCP-NiTiO{sub 3} composites have been investigated in the frequency range of 50 Hz 5 MHz. It has been noticed that electrical resistance decreases with increase in weight percentage of NiTiO{sub 3} particles in polymer matrix as well as with applied frequency. The display of semicircular arcs in Cole-Cole plots indicates the formation of series resistor and capacitor in network causing a decrease in the relaxation time and as a result conductivity enhances in these composites. The facile and cost effective synthesis process and excellent dielectric and conductivity response of these materials makes them promising materials for practical applications.

  19. Microstructural evolution and dielectric properties of 1D AlN powders synthesized by microwave technique

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    VasanthiPillay, V.; Vijayalakshmi, K.

    2012-06-01

    Low temperature synthesis of Aluminum nitride (AlN) powders through NH4Cl assisted nitridation have been studied by microwave technique. The effect of processing time on the synthesis of AlN powders has been investigated. The optimum processing time was determined to be 120 min at 630 W, 200 °C. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction method (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) and Impedance analyzer. XRD results revealed that the product has wurtzite phase of AlN. SEM micrographs show a 1D nanorod of AlN with a granular morphology. FTIR spectra exhibit A1 (TO) and E1 (LO) modes of wurtzite AlN. Dielectric properties of the powders were investigated by means of C-V and C-f and ɛ'-f characteristics. The reported results indicate a reasonable quality of the obtained AlN powders with high dielectric constant, suitable for application in the fabrication of specific electronic devices.

  20. Structural, electronic, vibrational, and dielectric properties of LaBGeO{sub 5} from first principles

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    Shaltaf, R. Juwhari, H. K.; Hamad, B.; Khalifeh, J.; Rignanese, G.-M.; Gonze, X.

    2014-02-21

    Structural, electronic, vibrational, and dielectric properties of LaBGeO{sub 5} with the stillwellite structure are determined based on ab initio density functional theory. The theoretically relaxed structure is found to agree well with the existing experimental data with a deviation of less than 0.2%. Both the density of states and the electronic band structure are calculated, showing five distinct groups of valence bands. Furthermore, the Born effective charge, the dielectric permittivity tensors, and the vibrational frequencies at the center of the Brillouin zone are all obtained. Compared to existing model calculations, the vibrational frequencies are found in much better agreement with the published experimental infrared and Raman data, with absolute and relative rms values of 6.04 cm{sup −1}, and 1.81%, respectively. Consequently, numerical values for both the parallel and perpendicular components of the permittivity tensor are established as 3.55 and 3.71 (10.34 and 12.28), respectively, for the high-(low-)frequency limit.