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  1. Origin of colossal permittivity in BaTiO3 via broadband dielectric spectroscopy

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    Han, Hyuksu; Voisin, Christophe; Guillemet-Fritsch, Sophie; Dufour, Pascal; Tenailleau, Christophe; Turner, Christopher; Nino, Juan C.

    2013-01-01

    Barium titanate (BT) ceramics with Ba/Ti ratios of 0.95 and 1.00 were synthesized using spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. Dielectric spectroscopy (frequency range from 40 Hz to 1 MHz and temperature range from 300 K to 30 K) was performed on those ceramics (SPS BT). SPS BT showed extremely high permittivity up to ˜105, which can be referred to as colossal permittivity, with relatively low dielectric loss of ˜0.05. Data analyses following Debye relaxation and universal dielectric response models indicate that the origin of colossal permittivity in BT ceramics is the result of a hopping polaron within semiconducting grains in combination with interfacial polarization at the insulating grain boundary. Furthermore, the contributions of each polarization mechanism to the colossal permittivity in SPS BT, such as a hopping polarization, internal barrier layer capacitance effect, and electrode effect, were estimated.

  2. Origin of colossal dielectric response of CaCu3Ti4O12 studied by using CaTiO3/CaCu3Ti4O12/CaTiO3 multilayer thin films

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    Mitsugi, Masakazu; Asanuma, Shutaro; Uesu, Yoshiaki; Fukunaga, Mamoru; Kobayashi, Wataru; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2007-06-01

    To elucidate the origin of the colossal dielectric response (CDR) of CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO), multilayer thin films of CCTO interposed in insulating CaTiO3 (CTO) were synthesized using a pulsed laser deposition technique. The capacitance C of CTO/CCTO/CTO films with different layer thicknesses is measured. After removing the capacitance of CTO by extrapolating C to zero CTO thickness, the real part of dielectric constant of CCTO is estimated to be 329-435, which is much smaller than the reported value for CCTO thin films. This fact indicates that the CDR of CCTO is extrinsic and originates from an internal barrier layer capacitor.

  3. Extrinsic mechanism for colossal dielectric constant in CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics evidenced by nanodomain

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    Patel, Piyush Kumar; Yadav, K. L.

    2014-03-01

    We studied the effect of various sintering temperature and dwell time on phase formation, microstructure and dielectric properties of CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramic synthesized by sol-gel method. The dielectric property was greatly influenced by sintering temperature and dwell time. We found colossal dielectric constant (˜153 816) with low dielectric loss (˜0.20) for 1100 °C/4 h sintered sample at room temperature and 1 kHz frequency. Impedance spectroscopy results support the grain boundary barrier layer capacitor model. Observation of nanostripe structure domains inside the grains of CaCu3Ti4O12 confirms the extrinsic mechanism for colossal dielectric response of this material.

  4. 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.

  5. Colossal dielectric constant and relaxation behaviors in Pr:SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Liu Cheng; Liu Peng; Zhou Jianping; Su Lina; Cao Lei; He Ying; Zhang Huaiwu

    2010-05-15

    Sr{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} ceramics (0.00{<=}x{<=}0.03) were prepared by a traditional solid-state reaction method. Two relaxation processes (marked as A and B) of the Sr{sub 0.09}Pr{sub 0.01}TiO{sub 3} ceramics were investigated by analyzing the E{sub a} values obtained from the Arrhenius law. Colossal dielectric constant (CDC) was first obtained in Sr{sub 0.09}Pr{sub 0.01}TiO{sub 3} ceramics, whose permittivity was up to 3000 (1 kHz, room temperature), greater than that of pure SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics and samples with more Pr addition (x=0.02 and 0.03). This CDC behavior was related to the internal barrier layer capacitance mechanism.

  6. Tuning of colossal dielectric constant in gold-polypyrrole composite nanotubes using in-situ x-ray diffraction techniques

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    Sarma, Abhisakh; Sanyal, Milan K.

    2014-09-15

    In-situ x-ray diffraction technique has been used to study the growth process of gold incorporated polypyrrole nanotubes that exhibit colossal dielectric constant due to existence of quasi-one-dimensional charge density wave state. These composite nanotubes were formed within nanopores of a polycarbonate membrane by flowing pyrrole monomer from one side and mixture of ferric chloride and chloroauric acid from other side in a sample cell that allows collection of x-ray data during the reaction. The size of the gold nanoparticle embedded in the walls of the nanotubes was found to be dependent on chloroauric acid concentration for nanowires having diameter more than 100 nm. For lower diameter nanotubes the nanoparticle size become independent of chloroauric acid concentration and depends on the diameter of nanotubes only. The result of this study also shows that for 50 nm gold-polypyrrole composite nanotubes obtained with 5.3 mM chloroauric acid gives colossal dielectric constant of about 10{sup 7}. This value remain almost constant over a frequency range from 1Hz to 10{sup 6} Hz even at 80 K temperature.

  7. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti₀.₉In₀.₀₅Nb₀.₀₅O₂: single crystal and polycrystalline.

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-02-12

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 10(4), dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles.

  8. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti0.9In0.05Nb0.05O2: single crystal and polycrystalline

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 104, dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles. PMID:26869187

  9. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti0.9In0.05Nb0.05O2: single crystal and polycrystalline

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 104, dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles.

  10. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti₀.₉In₀.₀₅Nb₀.₀₅O₂: single crystal and polycrystalline.

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 10(4), dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles. PMID:26869187

  11. Colossal dielectric permittivity in (Al + Nb) co-doped rutile SnO2 ceramics with low loss at room temperature

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Zhang, Xingquan; Qi, Xudong; Liu, Zhiguo; Zhang, Lingli; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Yang; Sui, Yu; Song, Bo

    2016-10-01

    The exploration of colossal dielectric permittivity (CP) materials with low dielectric loss in a wide range of frequencies/temperatures continues to attract considerable interest. In this paper, we report CP in (Al + Nb) co-doped rutile SnO2 ceramics with a low dielectric loss at room temperature. Al0.02Nb0.05Sn0.93O2 and Al0.03Nb0.05Sn0.92O2 ceramics exhibit high relative dielectric permittivities (above 103) and low dielectric losses (0.015 < tan δ < 0.1) in a wide range of frequencies and at temperatures from 140 to 400 K. Al doping can effectively modulate the dielectric behavior by increasing the grain and grain boundary resistances. The large differences in the resistance and conductive activation energy of the grains and grain boundaries suggest that the CP in co-doped SnO2 ceramics can be attributed to the internal barrier layer capacitor effect.

  12. Evidences of grain boundary capacitance effect on the colossal dielectric permittivity in (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics

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    Li, Jinglei; Li, Fei; Li, Chao; Yang, Guang; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Shujun

    2015-01-01

    The (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state sintering (CSSS) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) methods. The phases and microstructures were studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, indicating that both samples were in pure rutile phase while showing significant difference in grain size. The dielectric and I–V behaviors of SPS and CSSS samples were investigated. Though both possess colossal permittivity (CP), the SPS samples exhibited much higher dielectric permittivity/loss factor and lower breakdown electric field when compared to their CSSS counterparts. To further explore the origin of CP in co-doped TiO2 ceramics, the I–V behavior was studied on single grain and grain boundary in CSSS sample. The nearly ohmic I–V behavior was observed in single grain, while GBs showed nonlinear behavior and much higher resistance. The higher dielectric permittivity and lower breakdown electric field in SPS samples, thus, were thought to be associated with the feature of SPS, by which reduced space charges and/or impurity segregation can be achieved at grain boundaries. The present results support that the grain boundary capacitance effect plays an important role in the CP and nonlinear I–V behavior of (Nb + In) co-doped TiO2 ceramics. PMID:25656713

  13. Colossal magnetodielectric effect in DyMn2O5: Electromagnons or rare earth?

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    Sushkov, Andrei; Drew, Dennis; Kant, Christian; Shuvaev, Alexey; Pimenov, Andrei; Zvyagin, Sergei; Lorenz, Bernd; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2012-02-01

    We report on the results of spectroscopic studies of the excitations responsible for the colossal magnetodielectric effect in DyMn2O5 [1]. On one hand, many RMn2O5 compounds have electromagnons capable of inducing large steps in the dielectric constant. On the other hand, rare earth ions can posses electric dipole moments and also can produce dielectric anomalies. Both types of excitations are expected in the experimentally difficult low energy range 0.1-1 meV. We use high frequency dielectric, Fourier transform and back-wave oscillator spectroscopies in combination with low temperature and magnetic field up to 9 T to clarify the origin of the dielectric anomaly in DyMn2O5. [1] N. Hur, S. Park, P. A. Sharma, S. Guha, and S-W. Cheong, Colossal Magnetodielectric Effects in DyMn2O5, PRL 93, 107207 (2004).

  14. Effect of organic flux on the colossal dielectric constant of CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO)

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    Razdan, Vishnu; Singh, Abhishek; Arnold, Brad; Choa, Fow-Sen; Kelly, Lisa; Singh, N. B.

    2015-05-01

    We have used low temperature organics to achieve orientation of the grains of Ca2/3Cu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) compound to increase the resistivity. During the past fifteen years CCTO has been studied extensively for its performance as a dielectric capacitor. We have synthesized and grown large grains of pure Ca2/3Cu3Ti4O12 and doped compound, and studied the dielectric constant and resistivity. The grains were aligned by using a naphthalene-camphor eutectic. CCTO was mixed in the organic melt and oriented by the directional solidification method. This material has different characteristics than pure processed CCTO material. The effect of solidification conditions and its effect on the morphology and the dielectric constant, resistivity and loss tan delta of pure and doped CCTO are described in this article.

  15. Colossal thermomagnetic response in chiral d-wave superconductor URu2Si2

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    The heavy-fermion compound URu2Si2 exhibits unconventional superconductivity at Tc = 1.45 K deep inside the so-called hidden order phase. An intriguing aspect is that this system has been suggested to be a candidate of a chiral d-wave superconductor, and possible Weyl-type topological superconducting states have been discussed recently. Here we report on the observation of a highly unusual Nernst signal due to the superconducting fluctuations above Tc. The Nernst coefficient is anomalously enhanced (by a factor of ~106) as compared with the theoretically expected value of the Gaussian fluctuations. This colossal Nernst effect intimately reflects the highly unusual superconducting state of URu2Si2. The results invoke possible chiral or Berry-phase fluctuations associated with the broken time-reversal symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. In collaboration with T. Yamashita, Y. Shimoyama, H. Sumiyoshi (Kyoto), S. Fujimoto (Osaka), T. Shibauchi (Tokyo), Y. Haga (JAEA), T. D. Matsuda (TMU) , Y. Onuki (Ryukyus), A. Levchenko (Wisconsin-Madison).

  16. Optical response of oxide dielectrics

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    Bussmann-Holder, Annette; Bishop, A. R.

    2003-10-01

    The optical response of oxide dielectrics is calculated by using a combination of self-consistent phonon theory together with results obtained from exactly solving a nonlinear electron-phonon interaction model in the continuum limit. The model is based on the unusual oxygen ion polarizability which induces multiphonon density-density interactions. The damping of optic modes together with an increase in oscillator strength and the development of line shape anomalies with decreasing temperature, is obtained in agreement with experimental data. Unusual mass dependences of optic modes are observed, and the origin of the damping of these phonon modes is identified. The results may provide a fundamental understanding of sum rule violations observed in many dielectrics.

  17. Low dielectric response in enzyme active site

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    Mertz, Edward L.; Krishtalik, Lev I.

    2000-01-01

    The kinetics of charge transfer depend crucially on the dielectric reorganization of the medium. In enzymatic reactions that involve charge transfer, atomic dielectric response of the active site and of its surroundings determines the efficiency of the protein as a catalyst. We report direct spectroscopic measurements of the reorganization energy associated with the dielectric response in the active site of α-chymotrypsin. A chromophoric inhibitor of the enzyme is used as a spectroscopic probe. We find that water strongly affects the dielectric reorganization in the active site of the enzyme in solution. The reorganization energy of the protein matrix in the vicinity of the active site is similar to that of low-polarity solvents. Surprisingly, water exhibits an anomalously high dielectric response that cannot be described in terms of the dielectric continuum theory. As a result, sequestering the active site from the aqueous environment inside low-dielectric enzyme body dramatically reduces the dielectric reorganization. This reduction is particularly important for controlling the rate of enzymatic reactions. PMID:10681440

  18. Direct view at colossal permittivity in donor-acceptor (Nb, In) co-doped rutile TiO2

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    Mandal, Suman; Pal, Somnath; Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.; Hazarika, Abhijit; Rioult, Maxime; Belkhou, Rachid

    2016-08-01

    Topical observations of colossal permittivity (CP) with low dielectric loss in donor-acceptor cations co-doped rutile TiO2 have opened up several possibilities in microelectronics and energy-storage devices. Yet, the precise origin of the CP behavior, knowledge of which is essential to empower the device integration suitably, is highly disputed in the literature. From spectromicroscopic approach besides dielectric measurements, we explore that microscopic electronic inhomogeneities along with the nano-scale phase boundaries and the low temperature polaronic relaxation are mostly responsible for such a dielectric behavior, rather than electron-pinned defect-dipoles/grain-boundary effects as usually proposed. Donor-acceptor co-doping results in a controlled carrier-hopping inevitably influencing the dielectric loss while invariably upholding the CP value.

  19. Colossal resistivity with diminished tangent loss in Zn-Ni ferrite nanoparticles

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    Younas, M.; Atif, M.; Nadeem, M.; Siddique, M.; Idrees, M.; Grossinger, R.

    2011-08-01

    We have investigated the electrical and magnetic response of the sol-gel synthesized ZnxNi1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.5 and 1) nanoparticles. The ratio of A-site sextet intensity to that of B-site sextet is featured in terms of divergence in coordination of Fe3+ ions from four-fold (A-site) to six-fold (B-site). Canted spin structure and weakening of Fe3+(A)-Fe3+(B) interactions at the surface of the nanoparticles assign the reduced value of room temperature magnetization in these nanoparticles. Shift of the blocking temperature with Zn content is ascribed to the change in the magnetic anisotropy. Colossal resistivity and reduced dielectric constant are discussed on the basis of dangling bond, superparamagnetic character, canted spin structure and polarizability of the cations. Diminished tangent loss is stipulated in terms of decrease in magnetocrystalline anisotropy and collapse of long-range magnetic order. We report colossal resistivity (i.e. 3.15 × 109 Ω cm), reduced dielectric constant (3.97) and diminished tangent loss (0.07) for Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles.

  20. Computation of Dielectric Response in Molecular Solids for High Capacitance Organic Dielectrics.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2016-09-20

    The dielectric response of a material is central to numerous processes spanning the fields of chemistry, materials science, biology, and physics. Despite this broad importance across these disciplines, describing the dielectric environment of a molecular system at the level of first-principles theory and computation remains a great challenge and is of importance to understand the behavior of existing systems as well as to guide the design and synthetic realization of new ones. Furthermore, with recent advances in molecular electronics, nanotechnology, and molecular biology, it has become necessary to predict the dielectric properties of molecular systems that are often difficult or impossible to measure experimentally. In these scenarios, it is would be highly desirable to be able to determine dielectric response through efficient, accurate, and chemically informative calculations. A good example of where theoretical modeling of dielectric response would be valuable is in the development of high-capacitance organic gate dielectrics for unconventional electronics such as those that could be fabricated by high-throughput printing techniques. Gate dielectrics are fundamental components of all transistor-based logic circuitry, and the combination high dielectric constant and nanoscopic thickness (i.e., high capacitance) is essential to achieving high switching speeds and low power consumption. Molecule-based dielectrics offer the promise of cheap, flexible, and mass producible electronics when used in conjunction with unconventional organic or inorganic semiconducting materials to fabricate organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The molecular dielectrics developed to date typically have limited dielectric response, which results in low capacitances, translating into poor performance of the resulting OFETs. Furthermore, the development of better performing dielectric materials has been hindered by the current highly empirical and labor-intensive pace of synthetic

  1. Computation of Dielectric Response in Molecular Solids for High Capacitance Organic Dielectrics.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2016-09-20

    The dielectric response of a material is central to numerous processes spanning the fields of chemistry, materials science, biology, and physics. Despite this broad importance across these disciplines, describing the dielectric environment of a molecular system at the level of first-principles theory and computation remains a great challenge and is of importance to understand the behavior of existing systems as well as to guide the design and synthetic realization of new ones. Furthermore, with recent advances in molecular electronics, nanotechnology, and molecular biology, it has become necessary to predict the dielectric properties of molecular systems that are often difficult or impossible to measure experimentally. In these scenarios, it is would be highly desirable to be able to determine dielectric response through efficient, accurate, and chemically informative calculations. A good example of where theoretical modeling of dielectric response would be valuable is in the development of high-capacitance organic gate dielectrics for unconventional electronics such as those that could be fabricated by high-throughput printing techniques. Gate dielectrics are fundamental components of all transistor-based logic circuitry, and the combination high dielectric constant and nanoscopic thickness (i.e., high capacitance) is essential to achieving high switching speeds and low power consumption. Molecule-based dielectrics offer the promise of cheap, flexible, and mass producible electronics when used in conjunction with unconventional organic or inorganic semiconducting materials to fabricate organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The molecular dielectrics developed to date typically have limited dielectric response, which results in low capacitances, translating into poor performance of the resulting OFETs. Furthermore, the development of better performing dielectric materials has been hindered by the current highly empirical and labor-intensive pace of synthetic

  2. Dielectric Metamaterials with Toroidal Dipolar Response

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    Basharin, Alexey A.; Kafesaki, Maria; Economou, Eleftherios N.; Soukoulis, Costas M.; Fedotov, Vassili A.; Savinov, Vassili; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2015-01-01

    Toroidal multipoles are the terms missing in the standard multipole expansion; they are usually overlooked due to their relatively weak coupling to the electromagnetic fields. Here, we propose and theoretically study all-dielectric metamaterials of a special class that represent a simple electromagnetic system supporting toroidal dipolar excitations in the THz part of the spectrum. We show that resonant transmission and reflection of such metamaterials is dominated by toroidal dipole scattering, the neglect of which would result in a misunderstanding interpretation of the metamaterials' macroscopic response. Because of the unique field configuration of the toroidal mode, the proposed metamaterials could serve as a platform for sensing or enhancement of light absorption and optical nonlinearities.

  3. Local representation of the electronic dielectric response function

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    Lu, Deyu; Ge, Xiaochuan

    2015-12-11

    We present a local representation of the electronic dielectric response function, based on a spatial partition of the dielectric response into contributions from each occupied Wannier orbital using a generalized density functional perturbation theory. This procedure is fully ab initio, and therefore allows us to rigorously define local metrics, such as “bond polarizability,” on Wannier centers. We show that the locality of the bare response function is determined by the locality of three quantities: Wannier functions of the occupied manifold, the density matrix, and the Hamiltonian matrix. Furthermore, in systems with a gap, the bare dielectric response is exponentially localized, which supports the physical picture of the dielectric response function as a collection of interacting local responses that can be captured by a tight-binding model.

  4. Local representation of the electronic dielectric response function

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    Lu, Deyu; Ge, Xiaochuan

    2015-12-11

    We present a local representation of the electronic dielectric response function, based on a spatial partition of the dielectric response into contributions from each occupied Wannier orbital using a generalized density functional perturbation theory. This procedure is fully ab initio, and therefore allows us to rigorously define local metrics, such as “bond polarizability,” on Wannier centers. We show that the locality of the bare response function is determined by the locality of three quantities: Wannier functions of the occupied manifold, the density matrix, and the Hamiltonian matrix. Furthermore, in systems with a gap, the bare dielectric response is exponentially localized,more » which supports the physical picture of the dielectric response function as a collection of interacting local responses that can be captured by a tight-binding model.« less

  5. Nonlinear dielectric response of glasses at low temperature

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    Rogge, S.; Natelson, D.; Tigner, B.; Osheroff, D.D.

    1997-05-01

    We have measured the dielectric response of amorphous insulators in the audio frequency range at temperatures between 500 {mu}K and 400 mK. We compare the measured superlinear behavior with a model incorporating higher order terms at low frequencies. Temperature independent dielectric response at low fields and low temperatures has also been observed which may indicate a low energy cutoff in the two-level system distribution of order 1 mK in some materials. We also find anomalously high sensitivity of the dielectric response to rf noise. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  6. Frequency-dependent dielectric response model for polyimide-poly(vinilydenefluoride) multilayered dielectrics

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    Di Lillo, Luigi; Bergamini, Andrea; Albino Carnelli, Dario; Ermanni, Paolo

    2012-07-01

    A physical model for the frequency-dependent dielectric response of multilayered structures is reported. Two frequency regimes defined by the relative permittivities and volume resistivities of the layers have been analytically identified and experimentally investigated on a structure consisting of polyimide and poly(vinilydenefluoride) layers. The relative permittivity follows an effective medium model at high frequency while showing a dependence on the volume resistivity at low frequency. In this regime, relative permittivities exceeding those expected from effective medium model are recorded. These findings provide insights into inhomogeneous dielectrics behavior for the development of high energy density dielectric films.

  7. Dielectric Properties of CaCu_3Ti_4O_12: Influence of Temperature, Pressure and Doping

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    Grubbs, Robert; Venturini, Gene; Clem, Paul; Richardson, Jacob; Tuttle, Bruce; Samara, George

    2004-10-01

    It has been recently discovered that CaCu_3Ti_4O_12 (CCTO) has a colossal dielectric constant, and a temperature insensitive plateau region near room temperature. Although complex dipole relaxation models have been suggested to explain this dielectric response, it is now generally agreed that the observed behavior is not intrinsic. Doping CCTO with small concentrations of Fe and Nb affects the overall dielectric response by reducing both the dielectric constant and the dielectric losses. Higher Fe doping is shown to dramatically affect the dielectric response in such a way as to reveal the masked intrinsic dielectric response of CCTO. Using measured kinetic data, the CCTO results are modeled with a barrier layer capacitor model assuming semiconducting grains and insulating grain boundaries. The model reproduces the dielectric response and the dielectric losses confirming the observed colossal dielectric constant is an extrinsic effect. Sandia is operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. DOE under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  8. Mechanisms Responsible for Microwave Properties in High Performance Dielectric Materials

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    Zhang, Shengke

    Microwave properties of low-loss commercial dielectric materials are optimized by adding transition-metal dopants or alloying agents (i.e. Ni, Co, Mn) to tune the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (tau f) to zero. This occurs as a result of the temperature dependence of dielectric constant offsetting the thermal expansion. At cryogenic temperatures, the microwave loss in these dielectric materials is dominated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) loss, which results from the spin-excitations of d-shell electron spins in exchange-coupled clusters. We show that the origin of the observed magnetically-induced shifts in the dielectric resonator frequency originates from the same mechanism, as described by the Kramers-Kronig relations. The temperature coefficient of resonator frequency, tauf, is related to three material parameters according to the equation, tau f = - (½ tauepsilon + ½ taumu + alphaL), where tauepsilon, taumu , and alphaL are the temperature coefficient of dielectric constant, magnetic permeability, and lattice constant, respectively. Each of these parameters for dielectric materials of interest are measured experimentally. These results, in combination with density functional simulations, developed a much improved understanding of the fundamental mechanisms responsible for tau f. The same experimental methods have been used to characterize in-situ the physical nature and concentration of performance-degrading point defects in the dielectrics of superconducting planar microwave resonators.

  9. Inverse dielectric response function for copper oxide superconductors

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    Sharma, A. C.; Kulshrestha, Ina

    1992-09-01

    We use a layered-electron-gas model to calculate the inverse electronic dielectric response functions for the normal state of copper oxide superconductors with one and two copper oxide layers per unit cell. Our calculation demonstrates that the low-energy electronic collective-excitation spectrum consists of both acoustic and optic plasmons. The acoustic plasmon modes are found to be well behaved only for certain restricted values of the wave vector and damping parameter. Our computed optical inverse dielectric response function exhibits one peak in the low-energy region and varies as βω2 for 0<=ω<=ωp. Here β is a material-dependent parameter and ωp is the position of the peak that corresponds to the intraband optic plasmon mode. Our calculated optical dielectric response functions show excellent agreement with the experimental results of Bozovic for 0<=ω<=ωp.

  10. Dielectric response of some biological tissues.

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    El-Lakkani, A

    2001-05-01

    The dielectric properties of two freshly excised mice tissue samples (kidney, skeletal muscle) and also freshly excised Ehrlich solid tumor were measured in the frequency range from 20 Hz to 100 kHz using RLC bridges. The data were fitted to a summation of multiple Cole-Cole dispersion and also to the constant power law which is related formally to the fractal geometries of tissues using a genetic algorithm for optimization developed by the author. The data were in good agreement with the Cole-Cole equation for the three samples.

  11. Electromechanical response of silicone dielectric elastomers

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    Cârlescu, V.; Prisăcaru, G.; Olaru, D.

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents an experimental technique to investigate the electromechanical properties of silicone dielectric elastomers actuated with high DC electric fields. A non-contact measurement technique is used to capture and monitor the thickness strain (contraction) of a circular film placed between two metallic disks electrodes. Two active fillers such as silica (10, 15 and 30 wt%) and barium titanate (5 and 15 wt%) were incorporated in order to increase the actuation performance. Thickness strain was measured at HV stimuli up to 4.5 kV and showed a quadratic dependence against applied electric field indicating that the induced strain is triggered by the Maxwell effect and/or electrostriction phenomenon as reported in literature. The actuation process evidences a rapid contraction upon HV activation and a slowly relaxation when the electrodes are short-circuit due to visco-elastic nature of elastomers. A maximum of 1.22 % thickness strain was obtained at low actuating field intensity (1.5 V/pm) comparable with those reported in literature for similar dielectric elastomer materials.

  12. Colossal Permittivity in Advanced Functional Heterogeneous Materials: The Relevance of the Local Measurements at Submicron Scale

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    Fiorenza, Patrick; Nigro, Raffaella Lo; Raineri, Vito

    Recently, giant dielectric permittivities (ɛ ' ˜ 104) have been found in several nonferroelectric materials such as CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) (Subramanian et al., J. Solid State Chem. 151:323, 2000; Homes et al., Science 293:673, 2001), doped-NiO (Wu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 89:217601, 2002) systems (Li x Ti y Ni1 - x - y O, Li x Si y Ni1 - x - y O, Ki x Ti y Ni1 - x - y O), CuO, (Lin et al., Phys. Rev. B 72:014103, 2005; Sarkar et al., App. Phys. Lett. 92:142901, 2008) etc., and most important, the high ɛ ' values of these materials are almost independent over a wide range of temperature. This is one of the most intriguing features for their implementations in microelectronics devices, and as a consequence, these materials have been subjected to extensive research. Here, an introduction to such materials and to the methods for their dielectric characterization is given. So far, the crucial question is whether the large dielectric response is an intrinsic property of new class of crystals or an extrinsic property originated by a combination of the structural properties and other features such as defects and inhomogeneities. Preliminary, this peculiar dielectric behavior has been explained in powder ceramics by the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) model, that is the presence of semiconducting domains surrounded by thin insulating regions within the crystal microstructure. It has been considered the most appropriate model and it has been generally accepted to explain the giant response of these materials. However, it could not be transferred to single crystals and thin films. In this scenario, scanning probe-based methods (like STM, KPFM, C-AFM, SIM etc) represent the most powerful instrument to understand the colossal permittivity-related physical phenomena, by investigations at nanoscale, clarifying the local effects responsible of the rising of macroscopic giant dielectric responses. Scanning probe microscopy investigations showed the relevance of inhomogeneity

  13. Identification of Structural Relaxation in the Dielectric Response of Water

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    Hansen, Jesper S.; Kisliuk, Alexander; Sokolov, Alexei P.; Gainaru, Catalin

    2016-06-01

    One century ago pioneering dielectric results obtained for water and n -alcohols triggered the advent of molecular rotation diffusion theory considered by Debye to describe the primary dielectric absorption in these liquids. Comparing dielectric, viscoelastic, and light scattering results, we unambiguously demonstrate that the structural relaxation appears only as a high-frequency shoulder in the dielectric spectra of water. In contrast, the main dielectric peak is related to a supramolecular structure, analogous to the Debye-like peak observed in monoalcohols.

  14. Thermoluminescence and dielectric response of gamma irradiated muscovite mica

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    Kaur, Sukhnandan Singh, Surinder Singh, Lakhwant; Lochab, S. P.

    2014-04-24

    The effect of gamma radiation dose on the thermoluminescence (TL) and dielectric properties of muscovite mica was studied. TL glow curves exhibited a single peak around 141 {sup 0}C and its activation energy was estimated to be about 0.89 eV. Different dielectric parameters like dielectric constant, dielectric loss and ac conductivity have been calculated in both pristine and gamma irradiated samples. These dielectric parameters have been studied as a function of irradiation dose.

  15. Direct observation of current-induced conductive path in colossal-electroresistance manganite thin films

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    Wei, Wengang; Zhu, Yinyan; Bai, Yu; Liu, Hao; Du, Kai; Zhang, Kai; Kou, Yunfang; Shao, Jian; Wang, Wenbin; Hou, Denglu; Dong, Shuai; Yin, Lifeng; Shen, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Manganites are known to often show colossal electroresistance (CER) in addition to colossal magnetoresistance. The (La1-yP ry) 1 -xC axMn O3 (LPCMO) system has a peculiar CER behavior in that little change of magnetization occurs. We use a magnetic force microscope to uncover the CER mechanism in the LPCMO system. In contrast to the previous belief that current reshapes the ferromagnetic metallic (FMM) domains, we show that the shape of the FMM domains remain virtually unchanged after passing electric current. Instead, it is the appearance of a tiny fraction of FMM "bridges" that is responsible for the CER behavior.

  16. Intrinsic dielectric properties of magnetodielectric La2CoMnO6

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    Silva, R. X.; Moreira, R. L.; Almeida, R. M.; Paniago, R.; Paschoal, C. W. A.

    2015-06-01

    Manganite with a double perovskite structure is an attractive material because of its interesting magnetoelectric and dielectric responses. In particular, colossal dielectric constant (CDC) behavior has been observed in La2CoMnO6 (LCMO) at radio frequencies and at room temperature. In this paper, we used infrared-reflectivity spectroscopy to study a LCMO ceramic obtained through a modified Pechini's method to determine the phonon contribution to the intrinsic dielectric response of the system and to investigate the CDC origin. The analysis of the main polar modes and of the obtained phonon parameters indicate that the CDC effect of LCMO is of pure extrinsic origin. In addition, we estimated the dielectric constant and the quality factor of the material in the microwave region to be ɛ's ˜ 16 and Qu × f ˜ 124 THz, which verifies that LCMO is appropriate for application in microwave devices and circuitry.

  17. Colossal magnetodielectric effect and spin flop in magnetoelectric Co4Nb2O9 crystal

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    Yin, L. H.; Zou, Y. M.; Yang, J.; Dai, J. M.; Song, W. H.; Zhu, X. B.; Sun, Y. P.

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the detailed magnetic, magnetoelectric (ME), magnetodielectric (MD) and thermal expansion properties in Co4Nb2O9 crystal. A magnetic-field-induced spin flop was observed below antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature TN. Dielectric constant at applied magnetic field nearly diverges around the AFM transition, giving rise to a colossal MD effect as high as ˜138% around TN. Theoretical analysis of the ME and MD data revealed a major contribution of critical spin fluctuation to the colossal MD effect in Co4Nb2O9. These results suggest that linear ME materials with large ME coupling might be potentially used to realize large MD effect for future application.

  18. Maximizing the dielectric response of molecular thin films via quantum chemical design.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2014-12-23

    Developing high-capacitance organic gate dielectrics is critical for advances in electronic circuitry based on unconventional semiconductors. While high-dielectric constant molecular substances are known, the mechanism of dielectric response and the fundamental chemical design principles are not well understood. Using a plane-wave density functional theory formalism, we show that it is possible to map the atomic-scale dielectric profiles of molecule-based materials while capturing important bulk characteristics. For molecular films, this approach reveals how basic materials properties such as surface coverage density, molecular tilt angle, and π-system planarity can dramatically influence dielectric response. Additionally, relatively modest molecular backbone and substituent variations can be employed to substantially enhance film dielectric response. For dense surface coverages and proper molecular alignment, conjugated hydrocarbon chains can achieve dielectric constants of >8.0, more than 3 times that of analogous saturated chains, ∼2.5. However, this conjugation-related dielectric enhancement depends on proper molecular orientation and planarization, with enhancements up to 60% for proper molecular alignment with the applied field and an additional 30% for conformations such as coplanarity in extended π-systems. Conjugation length is not the only determinant of dielectric response, and appended polarizable high-Z substituents can increase molecular film response more than 2-fold, affording estimated capacitances of >9.0 μF/cm2. However, in large π-systems, polar substituent effects are substantially attenuated.

  19. Huge low-frequency dielectric response of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics

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    Wu, Y. Q.; Zhao, X.; Zhang, J. L.; Su, W. B.; Liu, J.

    2015-12-01

    The (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics have drawn considerable attention as a type of promising giant-permittivity dielectric materials in recent years. However, a significant controversy concerning the giant dielectric mechanism currently exists, and clarifying it is vitally important from both scientific and technological viewpoints. This letter reports the results of a systematical comparison study, where two kinds of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics with a substantial difference in dielectric loss are used. Dielectric properties and complex impedance are investigated over a broad frequency band of 3 mHz-110 MHz. A huge low-frequency dielectric response in addition to the giant dielectric relaxation appearing above 1 MHz is observed for both kinds of (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 ceramics in dielectric dispersion. The huge dielectric response observed in the low frequency range can be ascribed to a non-ohmic electrode-contact, and the dielectric relaxation appearing above 1 MHz can be attributed to an internal barrier layer capacitance effect. An electrical equivalent circuit model suggested can well describe the observed dielectric properties and electrical behaviors.

  20. The study of electrical conduction mechanisms. [dielectric response of lunar fines

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    Morrison, H. F.

    1974-01-01

    The dielectric response of lunar fines 74241,2 is presented in the audio-frequency range and under lunarlike conditions. Results suggest that volatiles are released during storage and transport of the lunar sample. Apparently, subsequent absorption of volatiles on the sample surface alter its dielectric response. The assumed volatile influence disappear after evacuation. A comparison of the dielectric properties of lunar and terrestrial materials as a function of density, temperature, and frequency indicates that if the lunar simulator analyzed were completely devoid of atmospheric moisture it would present dielectric losses smaller than those of the lunar sample. It is concluded that density prevails over temperature as the controlling factor of dielectric permittivity in the lunar regolith and that dielectric losses vary slowly with depth.

  1. Unusual dielectric response in cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide

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    Akhtar, Abu Jahid; Gupta, Abhisek; Kumar Shaw, Bikash; Saha, Shyamal K.

    2013-12-09

    Intensive research on cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide (Co-RGO) to investigate the modification in graphene magnetism and spin polarization due to presence of transition metal atom has been carried out, however, its dielectric spectroscopy, particularly, how capacitance changes with impurity levels in graphene is relatively unexplored. In the present work, dielectric spectroscopy along with magneto-dielectric effect are investigated in Co-RGO. Contrary to other materials, here permittivity increases abruptly with frequency in the low frequency region and continues to increase till 10{sup 7} Hz. This unusual behavior is explained on the basis of trap induced capacitance created due to impurity levels.

  2. Tunable Radiation Response in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Gate Dielectrics for Low-Voltage Graphene Electronics.

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    Arnold, Heather N; Cress, Cory D; McMorrow, Julian J; Schmucker, Scott W; Sangwan, Vinod K; Jaber-Ansari, Laila; Kumar, Rajan; Puntambekar, Kanan P; Luck, Kyle A; Marks, Tobin J; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-03-01

    Solution-processed semiconductor and dielectric materials are attractive for future lightweight, low-voltage, flexible electronics, but their response to ionizing radiation environments is not well understood. Here, we investigate the radiation response of graphene field-effect transistors employing multilayer, solution-processed zirconia self-assembled nanodielectrics (Zr-SANDs) with ZrOx as a control. Total ionizing dose (TID) testing is carried out in situ using a vacuum ultraviolet source to a total radiant exposure (RE) of 23.1 μJ/cm(2). The data reveal competing charge density accumulation within and between the individual dielectric layers. Additional measurements of a modified Zr-SAND show that varying individual layer thicknesses within the gate dielectric tuned the TID response. This study thus establishes that the radiation response of graphene electronics can be tailored to achieve a desired radiation sensitivity by incorporating hybrid organic-inorganic gate dielectrics.

  3. Influence of dielectric substrate on the responsivity of microstrip dipole-antenna-coupled infrared microbolometers.

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    Codreanu, Iulian; Boreman, Glenn D

    2002-04-01

    We report on the influence of the dielectric substrate on the performance of microstrip dipole-antenna-coupled microbolometers. The location, the width, and the magnitude of the resonance of a printed dipole are altered when the dielectric substrate is backed by a ground plane. A thicker dielectric substrate shifts the antenna resonance toward shorter dipole lengths and leads to a stronger and slower detector response. The incorporation of an air layer into the antenna substrate further increases thermal impedance, leading to an even stronger response and shifting the antenna resonance toward longer dipole lengths. PMID:11936778

  4. Dielectric response of double layered perovskite Sr3MnTiO7

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    Chowki, S.; Sahu, B.; Singh, A. K.; Mohapatra, N.

    2016-05-01

    The results of dielectric and resistivity measurements on the Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) type compound Sr3MnTiO7 (SMTO) is presented here. The dielectric response of the compound was recorded in the temperature range 10-300 K with the probing frequency from 500 Hz-5 MHz. We observe a broad anomaly at ~ 200 K in the temperature dependence of dissipation factor (tanδ) and corresponding change in slope in the dielectric constant ɛr'(T) which may be attributed to a difference in the conduction mechanism below and above 200 K. The overall dielectric dispersion of SMTO resembles to that of the double perovskites Sr2MnTiO6 and La2NiMnO6 which follows the modified Debye relaxation equation. This indicates a relaxor type dielectric behavior of SMTO may be due to the contribution of grain boundary effects.

  5. Giant dielectric response of Haldane gap compound Y2BaNiO5

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    Chen, J. W.; Narsinga Rao, G.; Li, K. W.

    2012-03-01

    The dielectric properties of the Haldane gap compound Y2BaNiO5 were studied in the frequency range from 20 Hz to 1 MHz between 20 K and room temperature. This compound exhibits a high dielectric permittivity (ɛ' ˜ 104) at room temperature below 100 kHz. Both dielectric relaxation and dc resistivity ρ follow the thermally activated process with similar value of the activation energy. This indicates the close correlation between the electric conduction and the dielectric polarization. The modulus spectra reveal evidence for both grain and grain boundary relaxation times. The grain relaxation time follows thermally activated process, whereas the grain boundary relaxation time exhibits variable range hopping (VRH) behavior. The observed giant dielectric response were explained in terms of internal (grain boundary) barrier layer capacitance (IBLC) effects.

  6. Dielectric response of polystyrene - BaTiO3 nanocomposites

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    Korotkova, Tatyana N.; Sysoev, Oleg I.; Belov, Pavel A.; Emelianov, Nikita A.; Velyaev, Yury O.; Mandalawi, Wissam M. Al; Korotkov, Leonid N.

    2016-07-01

    The series of composite materials based on polystyrene and non-ferroelectric BaTiO3 nanoparticles ((1-x)PS-xBT, where the volume concentration x = 0-1.0) was prepared. Their dielectric properties were studied within the temperature range 20-160 °C at the frequency of 100 kHz. It is found that an increase in the barium titanate concentration leads to increase of the both dielectric permittivity (ɛ) and dielectric losses (tgδ). The concentration dependence of ɛ can be described by the modified Kerner model. It was found that the glass transition in polystyrene matrix is diffused and its temperature is increased with concentration x.

  7. Dielectric response of fully and partially depleted ferroelectric thin films and inversion of the thickness effect

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    Misirlioglu, I. B.; Yildiz, M.

    2013-03-01

    We study the effect of full and partial depletion on the dielectric response characteristics of ferroelectric thin films with impurities via a computational approach. Using a thermodynamic approach along with the fundamental equations for semiconductors, we show that films with partial depletion display unique features and an enhanced dielectric response compared with those fully depleted. We find that the capacitance peak at switching can be significantly suppressed in the case of high impurity densities (>1025 m-3) with relatively low ionization energy, of the order of 0.5 eV. For conserved number of species in films, electromigration of ionized impurities at room temperature is negligible and has nearly no effect on the dielectric response. In films with high impurity density, the dielectric response at zero bias is enhanced with respect to charge-free films or those with relatively low impurity density (<1024 m-3). We demonstrate that partially depleted films should be expected to exhibit peculiar capacitance-voltage characteristics at low and high bias and that the thickness effect probed in experiments in ferroelectric thin films could be entirely inverted in thin films with depletion charges where a higher dielectric response can be measured in thicker films. Therefore, depletion charge densities in ferroelectric thin films should be estimated before size-effect-related studies. Finally, we noted that these findings are in good qualitative agreement with dielectric measurements carried out on PbZrxTi1-xO3.

  8. Extrinsic effects on dielectric response of ultrafine grain BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Zhang, Haitao; Deng, Xiangyun; Li, Ting; Zhang, Wen; Chen, Rike; Tian, Wenwei; Li, Jianbao; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Longtu

    2010-10-01

    The complex dielectric response of ultrafine grain barium titanate ceramics is investigated using broadband dielectric spectrometer. Extrinsic effects like conduction, space charge associating with grain boundaries are discussed. One dielectric relaxation ascribes to the interaction of defects with grain boundaries, for which the activation energy fitted by Arrhenius equation is equivalent to 0.26 eV and the value shifts to 0.41 eV after annealing treatment. Another relaxation phenomenon locating at elevated temperature can be attributed to interfacial polarization due to space charge accumulation effect. The study of complex impedance spectra suggests that grain boundary effects support extrinsic mechanism.

  9. Voltage-induced pinnacle response in the dynamics of dielectric elastomers

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    Li, Bo; Zhang, Junshi; Chen, Hualing; Li, Dichen

    2016-05-01

    A dielectric elastomer is capable of large deformation under alternating electromechanical excitation. In this paper, several dynamic properties of a dielectric elastomer are investigated, in particular the effect of strain stiffening. A theoretical model is established that shows that the bias voltage affects the amplitude and the response waveform during vibration, a curve with the shape of a pinnacle. We also describe the underlying physical mechanism by considering the molecular chain length and cross-linking density of the material. A phase portrait is presented that reveals the transitional behavior of the dielectric elastomer as it switches between soft and stiffened vibration states.

  10. Voltage-induced pinnacle response in the dynamics of dielectric elastomers.

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    Li, Bo; Zhang, Junshi; Chen, Hualing; Li, Dichen

    2016-05-01

    A dielectric elastomer is capable of large deformation under alternating electromechanical excitation. In this paper, several dynamic properties of a dielectric elastomer are investigated, in particular the effect of strain stiffening. A theoretical model is established that shows that the bias voltage affects the amplitude and the response waveform during vibration, a curve with the shape of a pinnacle. We also describe the underlying physical mechanism by considering the molecular chain length and cross-linking density of the material. A phase portrait is presented that reveals the transitional behavior of the dielectric elastomer as it switches between soft and stiffened vibration states. PMID:27300944

  11. Electric field dependent dielectric response of alumina/silicone oil colloids

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    Magallon, Louis; Tsui, Stephen

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the dielectric response of a mixture of alumina nanopowder and silicone oil. Frequency and electric field dependent measurements of another insulating colloid, i.e., urea-coated Ba0.8Rb0.4TiO(C2O4)2 nanoparticles immersed in silicone oil, revealed universal dielectric response (UDR) characteristics and, with the application of high voltage, a negative capacitance. Alumina in silicone oil represents a simpler system in which to perform similar dielectric investigation. This colloid is sandwiched in a parallel plate capacitor cell, and the complex impedance is measured via lock-in amplifier at various frequencies and applied dc biases. Furthermore, we will compare and discuss the dielectric behaviors of different sized suspended alumina particles.

  12. Field-induced dielectric response saturation in o-TaS3

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    Ma, Yongchang; Lu, Cuimin; Wang, Xuewei; Du, Xueli; Li, Lijun; Petrovic, Cedomir

    2016-10-01

    We investigated dependence of the dielectric properties on temperature and electric field below 50 K along the chain direction of o-TaS3. With external electric field increase, two threshold features could be identified. For electric fields somewhat larger than the lower threshold E\\text{T}\\prime , the dielectric constant starts to decrease whereas the conductivity increases due to the tunnelling of solitons. For higher external electric field we observe a saturation of dielectric response and analyze that the possible reasons may be related to the polarization behavior of charged solitons. With a decrease in temperature, the effect of external field on the dielectric response of the system weakens gradually and at 13 K it diminishes due to soliton freezing.

  13. Field-induced dielectric response saturation in o-TaS3.

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    Ma, Yongchang; Lu, Cuimin; Wang, Xuewei; Du, Xueli; Li, Lijun; Petrovic, Cedomir

    2016-10-01

    We investigated dependence of the dielectric properties on temperature and electric field below 50 K along the chain direction of o-TaS3. With external electric field increase, two threshold features could be identified. For electric fields somewhat larger than the lower threshold [Formula: see text], the dielectric constant starts to decrease whereas the conductivity increases due to the tunnelling of solitons. For higher external electric field we observe a saturation of dielectric response and analyze that the possible reasons may be related to the polarization behavior of charged solitons. With a decrease in temperature, the effect of external field on the dielectric response of the system weakens gradually and at 13 K it diminishes due to soliton freezing. PMID:27485146

  14. Giant dielectric and magnetoelectric responses in insulating nanogranular films at room temperature

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    Kobayashi, Nobukiyo; Masumoto, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Saburo; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2014-01-01

    The electric and magnetic properties of matter are of great interest for materials science and their use in electronic applications. Large dielectric and magnetoelectric responses of materials at room temperature are a great advantage for electromagnetic device applications. Here we present a study of FeCo-MgF nanogranular films exhibiting giant dielectric and magnetoelectric responses at room temperature; with dielectric constant ε′=490 and magnetoelectric response Δε′/ε′0=3%. In these films, Fe-Co alloy-based nanometer-sized magnetic granules are dispersed in a Mg-fluoride-based insulator matrix. Insulating nanogranular films are a new class of multifunctional materials. The giant responses are caused by spin-dependent charge oscillation between magnetic granules via quantum-mechanical tunnelling. A possible application of such insulating nanogranular materials with giant response is in the construction of a tunable device, in which impedance components such as capacitance and inductance are tunable at room temperature. PMID:25048805

  15. Dielectric response of triplex DNA in ionic solution from simulations.

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    Yang, L; Weerasinghe, S; Smith, P E; Pettitt, B M

    1995-01-01

    We have analyzed a 1.2-ns molecular dynamics simulation of 51 mM d(CG.G)7 with 21 Na+ counter-ions and 1 M NaCl in water. Via the dipole fluctuations, the dielectric constant for the DNA is found to be around 16, whereas that for the bases and sugars combined is only 3. The dielectric constant for water in this system is 41, which is much smaller than 71 for pure SPC/E water, because of the strong restriction imposed on the motion of water molecules by the DNA and the ions. Also addressed in the present work are several technical issues related to the calculation of the dipole moment of an ionic solution from molecular dynamics simulations using periodic boundary conditions. PMID:8534822

  16. Dielectric response of metal/SrTiO{sub 3}/two-dimensional electron liquid heterostructures

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Raghavan, Santosh; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-08-17

    Maximizing the effective dielectric constant of the gate dielectric stack is important for electrostatically controlling high carrier densities inherent to strongly correlated materials. SrTiO{sub 3} is uniquely suited for this purpose, given its extremely high dielectric constant, which can reach 10{sup 4}. Here, we present a systematic study of the thickness dependence of the dielectric response and leakage of SrTiO{sub 3} that is incorporated into a vertical structure on a high-carrier-density two-dimensional electron liquid (2DEL). A simple model can be used to interpret the data. The results show a need for improved interface control in the design of metal/SrTiO{sub 3}/2DEL devices.

  17. Large oxidation dependence observed in terahertz dielectric response for cytochrome c.

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    Chen, J-Y; Knab, J R; Cerne, J; Markelz, A G

    2005-10-01

    Far infrared dielectric response is used to characterize the collective mode density of states for cytochrome c as a function of oxidation state and hydration using terahertz time domain spectroscopy. A strong absorbance and refractive index increase was observed with the oxidation. A simple phenomenological fitting using a continuous distribution of oscillators reproduces the frequency dependence of the complex dielectric response as well as demonstrates quantitative agreement with a uniform increase in either mode density or polarizability with oxidation in the 5-80 cm(-1) frequency range. Hydration dependence measurements find that a difference in the equilibrium water content for ferri and ferro cytochrome c is not sufficient to account for the large change in terahertz response. The large dielectric increase at terahertz frequencies with oxidation suggests either a significant global softening of the potential and/or a significant increase in polarizability with oxidation.

  18. Dielectric response and novel electromagnetic modes in three-dimensional Dirac semimetal films

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    Kotov, O. V.; Lozovik, Yu. E.

    2016-06-01

    Using the Kubo formalism we have calculated the local dynamic conductivity of a bulk, i.e., three-dimensional (3D), Dirac semimetal (BDS). We obtain that at frequencies lower than Fermi energy the metallic response in a BDS film manifests in the existence of surface-plasmon polaritons, but at higher frequencies the dielectric response is dominated and it occurs that a BDS film behaves as a dielectric waveguide. At this dielectric regime we predict the existence inside a BDS film of novel electromagnetic modes, a 3D analog of the transverse electric waves in graphene. We also find that the dielectric response manifests as the wide-angle passband in the mid-infrared (IR) transmission spectrum of light incident on a BDS film, which can be used for the interferenceless omnidirectional mid-IR filtering. The tuning of the Fermi level of the system allows us to switch between the metallic and the dielectric regimes and to change the frequency range of the predicted modes. This makes BDSs promising materials for photonics and plasmonics.

  19. Molecular motion, dielectric response, and phase transition of charge-transfer crystals: acquired dynamic and dielectric properties of polar molecules in crystals.

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    Harada, Jun; Ohtani, Masaki; Takahashi, Yukihiro; Inabe, Tamotsu

    2015-04-01

    Molecules in crystals often suffer from severe limitations on their dynamic processes, especially on those involving large structural changes. Crystalline compounds, therefore, usually fail to realize their potential as dielectric materials even when they have large dipole moments. To enable polar molecules to undergo dynamic processes and to provide their crystals with dielectric properties, weakly bound charge-transfer (CT) complex crystals have been exploited as a molecular architecture where the constituent polar molecules have some freedom of dynamic processes, which contribute to the dielectric properties of the crystals. Several CT crystals of polar tetrabromophthalic anhydride (TBPA) molecules were prepared using TBPA as an electron acceptor and aromatic hydrocarbons, such as coronene and perylene, as electron donors. The crystal structures and dielectric properties of the CT crystals as well as the single-component crystal of TBPA were investigated at various temperatures. Molecular reorientation of TBPA molecules did not occur in the single-component crystal, and the crystal did not show a dielectric response due to orientational polarization. We have found that the CT crystal formation provides a simple and versatile method to develop molecular dielectrics, revealing that the molecular dynamics of the TBPA molecules and the dielectric property of their crystals were greatly changed in CT crystals. The TBPA molecules underwent rapid in-plane reorientations in their CT crystals, which exhibited marked dielectric responses arising from the molecular motion. An order-disorder phase transition was observed for one of the CT crystals, which resulted in an abrupt change in the dielectric constant at the transition temperature.

  20. Sensing Based on Fano-Type Resonance Response of All-Dielectric Metamaterials

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    Semouchkina, Elena; Duan, Ran; Semouchkin, George; Pandey, Ravindra

    2015-01-01

    A new sensing approach utilizing Mie resonances in metamaterial arrays composed of dielectric resonators is proposed. These arrays were found to exhibit specific, extremely high-Q factor (up to 15,000) resonances at frequencies corresponding to the lower edge of the array second transmission band. The observed resonances possessed with features typical for Fano resonances (FRs), which were initially revealed in atomic processes and recently detected in macro-structures, where they resulted from interference between local resonances and a continuum of background waves. Our studies demonstrate that frequencies and strength of Fano-type resonances in all-dielectric arrays are defined by interaction between local Mie resonances and Fabry-Perot oscillations of Bloch eigenmodes that makes possible controlling the resonance responses by changing array arrangements. The opportunity for obtaining high-Q responses in compact arrays is investigated and promising designs for sensing the dielectric properties of analytes in the ambient are proposed. PMID:25905701

  1. Control of optical response of a supported cluster on different dielectric substrates

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    Iida, Kenji Noda, Masashi; Nobusada, Katsuyuki

    2015-06-07

    We develop a computational method for optical response of a supported cluster on a dielectric substrate. The substrate is approximated by a dielectric continuum with a frequency-dependent dielectric function. The computational approach is based on our recently developed first-principles simulation method for photoinduced electron dynamics in real-time and real-space. The approach allows us to treat optical response of an adsorbate explicitly taking account of interactions at an interface between an adsorbate and a substrate. We calculate optical absorption spectra of supported Ag{sub n} (n = 2, 54) clusters, changing the dielectric function of a substrate. By analyzing electron dynamics in real-time and real-space, we clarify the mechanisms for variations in absorption spectra, such as peak shifts and intensity changes, relating to various experimental results for optical absorption of supported clusters. Attractive and repulsive interactions between an adsorbate and a substrate result in red and blue shifts, respectively, and the intensity decreases by energy dissipation into a substrate. We demonstrate that optical properties can be controlled by varying the dielectric function of a substrate.

  2. Surface hardening of austenitic stainless steels via low-temperature colossal supersaturation

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    Cao, Yan

    The Swagelok Company has recently developed a low-temperature (470°C) carburization technology for austenitic stainless steels, that increases the surface hardness from 200 to 1200 HV25 without sacrificing corrosion resistance. In order to investigate the microstructural changes responsible for these outstanding properties, bulk specimens, thin foils, and powder specimens of several different low-temperature carburized 316 stainless steels have been studied. XRD studies revealed that the low-temperature carburization of 316 austenitic stainless steels lead to a colossal supersaturation of interstitial carbon in the austenite. While the equilibrium solubility of carbon is 0.03 at% at the carburization temperature of 470°C, high-precision XRD determination of the lattice parameter after carburization indicated a carbon concentration of >10at% in solid solution---a colossal supersaturation! This astonishing result was confirmed by a completely independent experimental method, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS). Residual stress measurements indicated that low-temperature carburization caused an enormous compressive residual stress of 2 GPa at the surface. The enormous compressive residual stress and a high density of stacking faults caused broadening and shifting of the austenite peaks in X-ray diffraction scans. Analysis of the underlying thermodynamics and kinetics indicate that the key to colossal supersaturation is to kinetically suppress the formation of M23C6. The colossal supersaturation of carbon in the austenite is the dominant feature responsible for the unusual hardness. Only during the extended (>40h) carburization times, M5C 2 carbide (Hagg carbide), instead of M23C6, was observed to form. In addition, TEM studies indicated the presence of a small amount of a second carbide phase, M7C3. The particles of both carbides have the shape of long needles, containing a high density of planar defects normal to the long axis of the needles. The concept of "low

  3. Nodal Quasiparticle in Pseudogapped Colossal Magnetoresistive Manganites

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    Mannella, N.

    2010-06-02

    A characteristic feature of the copper oxide high-temperature superconductors is the dichotomy between the electronic excitations along the nodal (diagonal) and antinodal (parallel to the Cu-O bonds) directions in momentum space, generally assumed to be linked to the d-wave symmetry of the superconducting state. Angle-resolved photoemission measurements in the superconducting state have revealed a quasiparticle spectrum with a d-wave gap structure that exhibits a maximum along the antinodal direction and vanishes along the nodal direction. Subsequent measurements have shown that, at low doping levels, this gap structure persists even in the high-temperature metallic state, although the nodal points of the superconducting state spread out in finite Fermi arcs. This is the so-called pseudogap phase, and it has been assumed that it is closely linked to the superconducting state, either by assigning it to fluctuating superconductivity or by invoking orders which are natural competitors of d-wave superconductors. Here we report experimental evidence that a very similar pseudogap state with a nodal-antinodal dichotomous character exists in a system that is markedly different from a superconductor: the ferromagnetic metallic groundstate of the colossal magnetoresistive bilayer manganite La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.8}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Our findings therefore cast doubt on the assumption that the pseudogap state in the copper oxides and the nodal-antinodal dichotomy are hallmarks of the superconductivity state.

  4. Nodal quasiparticle in pseudogapped colossal magnetoresistive manganites

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    Mannella, N.; Yang, W. L.; Zhou, X. J.; Tanaka, K.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Zaanen, J.; Devereaux, T. P.; Nagaosa, N.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z. X.

    2006-03-01

    In this talk, the result of a recent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) investigation which allowed elucidating the controversial nature of the ferromagnetic metallic groundstate in the prototypical colossal magnetoresistive manganite bilayer compound La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7 will be discussed [1]. The distribution of spectral weight in momentum space exhibits a nodal--antinodal dichotomous character. Quasiparticle excitations have been detected for the first time along the nodal direction (i.e. diagonal), and they are found to determine the metallic transport properties of this compound. The weight of the quasiparticle peak diminishes rapidly while crossing over to the antinodal (i.e. parallel to the Mn--O bonds) parallel sections of the Fermi surface, with the spectra strongly resembling those found in heavily underdoped cuprates high temperature superconductors (HTSC) such as Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2 [2]. This dichotomy between the electronic excitations along the nodal and antinodal directions in momentum space was so far considered a characteristic unique feature of the copper oxide HTSC. These findings therefore cast doubt on the assumption that the pseudogap state in the cuprate HTSC and the nodal-antinodal dichotomy are hallmarks of the superconductivity state. [1] N. Mannella et al., Nature 438, 474 (2005) [2] K. M Shen et al., Science 307, 901 (2005).

  5. Nodal quasiparticle in pseudogapped colossal magnetoresistivemanganites

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    Mannella, Norman; Yang, Wanli L.; Zhou, Xing Jiang; Zheng, Hong; Mitchell, John F.; Zaanen, Jan; Devereaux, Thomas P.; Nagaosa, Naoto; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2008-01-17

    A characteristic feature of the copper oxidehigh-temperaturesuperconductors is the dichotomy between the electronicexcitations along the nodal (diagonal) and antinodal (parallel to the CuO bonds) directions in momentum space, generally assumed to be linked tothe 'd-wave' symmetry of the superconducting state. Angle-resolvedphotoemission measurements in the superconducting state have revealed aquasiparticle spectrum with a d-wave gap structure that exhibits amaximum along the antinodal direction and vanishes along the nodaldirection1. Subsequent measurements have shown that, at low dopinglevels, this gap structure persists even in the high-temperature metallicstate, although the nodal points of the superconducting state spread outin finite 'Fermi arcs'2. This is the so-called pseudogap phase, and ithas been assumed that it is closely linked to the superconducting state,either by assigning it to fluctuating superconductivity3 or by invokingorders which are natural competitors of d-wave superconductors4, 5. Herewe report experimental evidence that a very similar pseudogap state witha nodal-antinodal dichotomous character exists in a system that ismarkedly different from a superconductor: the ferromagnetic metallicgroundstate of the colossal magnetoresistive bilayer manganiteLa1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7. Our findings therefore cast doubt on the assumption thatthe pseudogap state in the copper oxides and the nodal-antinodaldichotomy are hallmarks of the superconductivity state.

  6. A new method for achieving enhanced dielectric response over a wide temperature range

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    Maurya, Deepam; Sun, Fu -Chang; Pamir Alpay, S.; Priya, Shashank

    2015-10-19

    We report a novel approach for achieving high dielectric response over a wide temperature range. In this approach, multilayer ceramic heterostructures with constituent compositions having strategically tuned Curie points (TC) were designed and integrated with varying electrical connectivity. Interestingly, these multilayer structures exhibited different dielectric behavior in series and parallel configuration due to variations in electrical boundary conditions resulting in the differences in the strength of the electrostatic coupling. The results are explained using nonlinear thermodynamic model taking into account electrostatic interlayer interaction. We believe that present work will have huge significance in design of high performance ceramic capacitors.

  7. Photo-induced change of dielectric response in BaCoSiO4 stuffed tridymite

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    Taniguchi, Hiroki; Moriwake, Hiroki; Kuwabara, Akihide; Okamura, Takuma; Yamamoto, Takafumi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Itoh, Mitsuru; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2014-04-01

    The photodielectric effect is demonstrated in Mott-insulator BaCoSiO4 with a stuffed-tridymite-type structure under irradiation of visible light at 365 nm. The real part of dielectric permittivity is enhanced by ˜300% with little increase of tan δ in a low-frequency region. Results of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, first-principles calculations and dielectric measurements suggest that the photodielectric effect stems from a response of photo-excited electrons in an unoccupied upper-Hubbard band for 3d-orbitals of cobalt, which have significantly small mobility due to the unique configuration of Co ions in the stuffed-tridymite-type structure.

  8. A new method for achieving enhanced dielectric response over a wide temperature range

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    Maurya, Deepam; Sun, Fu-Chang; Pamir Alpay, S.; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We report a novel approach for achieving high dielectric response over a wide temperature range. In this approach, multilayer ceramic heterostructures with constituent compositions having strategically tuned Curie points (TC) were designed and integrated with varying electrical connectivity. Interestingly, these multilayer structures exhibited different dielectric behavior in series and parallel configuration due to variations in electrical boundary conditions resulting in the differences in the strength of the electrostatic coupling. The results are explained using nonlinear thermodynamic model taking into account electrostatic interlayer interaction. We believe that present work will have huge significance in design of high performance ceramic capacitors. PMID:26477391

  9. Characterization of Dielectric Responses of Human Cancer Cells in the Terahertz Region

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    Shiraga, Keiichiro; Ogawa, Yuichi; Suzuki, Tetsuhito; Kondo, Naoshi; Irisawa, Akiyoshi; Imamura, Motoki

    2014-05-01

    Terahertz time-domain attenuated total reflection spectroscopy, in combination with a two-interface model, is used to determine the complex dielectric constants of cultured human cancer cells (DLD-1, HEK293 and HeLa). Picosecond and sub-picosecond water dynamics are dominant in the measured complex dielectric constants of these cells. We demonstrate that dielectric responses below 1.0 THz best characterize the particular water dynamics of cancer cells when compared with extracellular water. Debye-Lorentz fitting revealed that this is due to a significantly attenuated slow relaxation mode and enhanced fast relaxation mode of the water in these cancer cells. These findings could lead to a new procedure to digitally evaluate cellular activities or functions, in terms of intracellular water dynamics, and remove the veil from the mysterious intracellular milieu.

  10. Quantum transport and dielectric response of nanometer scale transistors using empirical pseudopotentials

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    Fang, Jingtian

    As transistors, the most basic component of central processing units (CPU) in all electronic products, are scaling down to the nanometer scale, quantum mechanical effects must be studied to investigate their performance. A formalism to treat quantum electronic transport at the nanometer scale based on empirical pseudopotentials is presented in this dissertation. We develop the transport equations and show the expressions to calculate the device characteristics, such as device current and charge density. We apply this formalism to study ballistic transport in a gate-all-around (GAA) silicon nanowire field-effect transistor (FET) with a body-size of 0.39 nm, a gate length of 6.52 nm, and an effective oxide thickness of 0.43 nm. Simulation results show that this device exhibits a subthreshold slope (SS) of ˜66 mV/decade and a drain-induced barrier-lowering of ~2.5 mV/V. This formalism is also applied to assess the ballistic performance of FETs with armchair-edge graphene nanoribbon (aGNRs) and silicon nanowire (SiNWs) channels and with gate lengths ranging from 5 nm to 15 nm. The device characteristics of the transistors with a 5 nm gate length are compared. Source-to-drain tunneling effects are investigated for SiNWFETs and GNRFETs by comparing the I-V characteristics of each respective transistor with different channel lengths. While a uniform dielectric constant is assumed in solving Poisson equation for the devices simulated above, the knowledge of the atomistic (i.e., local) dielectric permittivity that considers the atomistic electron distribution and quantum-confinement effect is necessary to treat the electrostatic properties accurately. The local permittivity can also provide information about the dielectric property at the interfaces. We use the random-phase approximation, first-order perturbation theory, and empirical pseudopotentials to calculate the static polarizability, susceptibility, and dielectric response function in graphene and GNRs. While the

  11. Electric and magnetic response in dielectric dark states for low loss subwavelength optical meta atoms

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    Jain, Aditya; Moitra, Parikshit; Koschny, Thomas; Valentine, Jason; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2015-07-14

    Artificially created surfaces or metasurfaces, composed of appropriately shaped subwavelength structures, namely, meta-atoms, control light at subwavelength scales. Historically, metasurfaces have used radiating metallic resonators as subwavelength inclusions. However, while resonant optical metasurfaces made from metal have been sufficiently subwavelength in the propagation direction, they are too lossy for many applications. Metasurfaces made out of radiating dielectric resonators have been proposed to solve the loss problem, but are marginally subwavelength at optical frequencies. We designed subwavelength resonators made out of nonradiating dielectrics. The resonators are decorated with appropriately placed scatterers, resulting in a meta-atom with an engineered electromagnetic response. A metasurface that yields an electric response is fabricated, experimentally characterized, and a method to obtain a magnetic response at optical frequencies is theoretically demonstrated. In conclusion, this design methodology paves the way for metasurfaces that are simultaneously subwavelength and low loss.

  12. A TEM-horn antenna with dielectric lens for fast impulse response

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    Aurand, J.F.

    1995-12-31

    We designed and constructed a pair of TEM-horn antennas specifically for the very fast time-domain boresight response. Two physical topologies were made. A printed-board configuration has much slower transient response, which we think is due to pulse-smearing of the antenna currents in the dielectric substrate of the printed wiring boards. The solid state version has a 20 ps transition duration response in the main beam endfire (boresight) direction, which is the fastest we have seen to date. And since the antenna has a round trip antenna current propagation time of 6 ns, it offers clean radiated electromagnetic field measurement capability with a clear time of several nanoseconds. The printed board version has resistive loading at the aperture end of the conductors, which should offer better low- frequency performance. The dielectric lens certainly does improve the transient performance of the TEM horn, and was simple to design.

  13. Electric and magnetic response in dielectric dark states for low loss subwavelength optical meta atoms

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    Jain, Aditya; Moitra, Parikshit; Koschny, Thomas; Valentine, Jason; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2015-07-14

    Artificially created surfaces or metasurfaces, composed of appropriately shaped subwavelength structures, namely, meta-atoms, control light at subwavelength scales. Historically, metasurfaces have used radiating metallic resonators as subwavelength inclusions. However, while resonant optical metasurfaces made from metal have been sufficiently subwavelength in the propagation direction, they are too lossy for many applications. Metasurfaces made out of radiating dielectric resonators have been proposed to solve the loss problem, but are marginally subwavelength at optical frequencies. We designed subwavelength resonators made out of nonradiating dielectrics. The resonators are decorated with appropriately placed scatterers, resulting in a meta-atom with an engineered electromagnetic response. Amore » metasurface that yields an electric response is fabricated, experimentally characterized, and a method to obtain a magnetic response at optical frequencies is theoretically demonstrated. In conclusion, this design methodology paves the way for metasurfaces that are simultaneously subwavelength and low loss.« less

  14. Interpreting the nonlinear dielectric response of glass-formers in terms of the coupling model.

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    Ngai, K L

    2015-03-21

    Nonlinear dielectric measurements at high electric fields of glass-forming glycerol and propylene carbonate initially were carried out to elucidate the dynamic heterogeneous nature of the structural α-relaxation. Recently, the measurements were extended to sufficiently high frequencies to investigate the nonlinear dielectric response of faster processes including the so-called excess wing (EW), appearing as a second power law at high frequencies in the loss spectra of many glass formers without a resolved secondary relaxation. While a strong increase of dielectric constant and loss is found in the nonlinear dielectric response of the α-relaxation, there is a lack of significant change in the EW. A surprise to the experimentalists finding it, this difference in the nonlinear dielectric properties between the EW and the α-relaxation is explained in the framework of the coupling model by identifying the EW investigated with the nearly constant loss (NCL) of caged molecules, originating from the anharmonicity of the intermolecular potential. The NCL is terminated at longer times (lower frequencies) by the onset of the primitive relaxation, which is followed sequentially by relaxation processes involving increasing number of molecules until the terminal Kohlrausch α-relaxation is reached. These intermediate faster relaxations, combined to form the so-called Johari-Goldstein (JG) β-relaxation, are spatially and dynamically heterogeneous, and hence exhibit nonlinear dielectric effects, as found in glycerol and propylene carbonate, where the JG β-relaxation is not resolved and in D-sorbitol where it is resolved. Like the linear susceptibility, χ1(f), the frequency dispersion of the third-order dielectric susceptibility, χ3(f), was found to depend primarily on the α-relaxation time, and independent of temperature T and pressure P. I show this property of the frequency dispersions of χ1(f) and χ3(f) is the characteristic of the many-body relaxation dynamics of

  15. Interpreting the nonlinear dielectric response of glass-formers in terms of the coupling model

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    Ngai, K. L.

    2015-03-01

    Nonlinear dielectric measurements at high electric fields of glass-forming glycerol and propylene carbonate initially were carried out to elucidate the dynamic heterogeneous nature of the structural α-relaxation. Recently, the measurements were extended to sufficiently high frequencies to investigate the nonlinear dielectric response of faster processes including the so-called excess wing (EW), appearing as a second power law at high frequencies in the loss spectra of many glass formers without a resolved secondary relaxation. While a strong increase of dielectric constant and loss is found in the nonlinear dielectric response of the α-relaxation, there is a lack of significant change in the EW. A surprise to the experimentalists finding it, this difference in the nonlinear dielectric properties between the EW and the α-relaxation is explained in the framework of the coupling model by identifying the EW investigated with the nearly constant loss (NCL) of caged molecules, originating from the anharmonicity of the intermolecular potential. The NCL is terminated at longer times (lower frequencies) by the onset of the primitive relaxation, which is followed sequentially by relaxation processes involving increasing number of molecules until the terminal Kohlrausch α-relaxation is reached. These intermediate faster relaxations, combined to form the so-called Johari-Goldstein (JG) β-relaxation, are spatially and dynamically heterogeneous, and hence exhibit nonlinear dielectric effects, as found in glycerol and propylene carbonate, where the JG β-relaxation is not resolved and in D-sorbitol where it is resolved. Like the linear susceptibility, χ1(f), the frequency dispersion of the third-order dielectric susceptibility, χ3(f), was found to depend primarily on the α-relaxation time, and independent of temperature T and pressure P. I show this property of the frequency dispersions of χ1(f) and χ3(f) is the characteristic of the many-body relaxation dynamics of

  16. Effect of organo-clay on the dielectric relaxation response of silicone rubber

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    Gharavi, N.; Razzaghi-Kashani, M.; Golshan-Ebrahimi, N.

    2010-02-01

    Dielectric elastomers are light weight, low-cost, highly deformable and fast response smart materials capable of converting electrical energy into mechanical work or vice versa. Silicone rubber is a well-known dielectric elastomer which is used as actuator, and in order to enhance the efficiency of this smart material, compounding of silicone rubber with various fillers can be carried out. The effect of organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) nano-clay on improvement of dielectric properties, actuation stress and its relaxation response was considered in this study. OMMT was dispersed in room temperature vulcanized (RTV) silicone rubber, and a composite film was cast. Using an in-house actuation set-up, it was shown that the actuation stress for a given electric field intensity is higher for composites than that for pristine silicone rubber. Also, the time-dependent actuation response of the samples was evaluated, and it was shown that the characteristic relaxation time of the actuation stress for composites is less than for the pristine rubber as a result of OMMT addition.

  17. Simultaneous observation of up/down conversion photoluminescence and colossal permittivity properties in (Er+Nb) co-doped TiO2 materials

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    Tse, Mei-Yan; Tsang, Ming-Kiu; Wong, Yuen-Ting; Chan, Yi-Lok; Hao, Jianhua

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the optical and dielectric properties of rutile TiO2 doped with Nb and Er, i.e., (Er0.5Nb0.5)xTi1-xO2. The up/downconversion photoluminescence was observed in the visible and near-infrared region from the materials under 980 nm laser diode excitation. The upconversion emissions are attributed to the energy transfer between Er ions in the excited states. Moreover, the dielectric measurements indicate that the fabricated materials simultaneously present colossal permittivity properties with relatively low dielectric loss. Our work demonstrates the coexistence of both interesting luminescence and attractive dielectric characteristics in (Er+Nb) co-doped TiO2, showing the potential for multifunctional applications.

  18. Inorganic backbone ionomers: Design and dielectric response of single-ion conducting polymers

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    Bartels, Joshua

    analysis of the static dielectric constant and show excellent agreement with x-ray scattering and DFT calculations, each ionomer strongly favoring the formation of quadrupoles. Finally a polysiloxane ionomer was considered and was mixed with three anion and/or cation solvating additives, tetraglyme, tetraethylene glycol, and branched poly(ethylenimine). The EP model of the dielectric response gives the conducting ion concentration and the mobility of conducting ions and shows an increase in conducting ion concentration with both anion solvating and cation solvating additives. The static dielectric constant indicates an increased preference for ion pairs when anion receptors are present. Most interestingly, the additive that best decreased the glass transition temperature and increased the static dielectric constant did not result in the best dc conductivity. The best dc conductivity resulted from tetraglyme because it solvated cations without interacting with the polymer. High ion conductivities have not been observed in polymer systems that decouple charge transport from polymer motion, and therefore low Tg ionomers are the natural path forward for commercially viable ionomers. Inorganic backbone polymers impart a low Tg without bringing any strong disadvantage to ionomers. These materials are very important for developing superior ion conductors and should be pursued in future ionomer research.

  19. Slow Debye-type peak observed in the dielectric response of polyalcohols

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    Bergman, Rikard; Jansson, Helén; Swenson, Jan

    2010-01-01

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of glass forming liquids normally exhibits a relaxation scenario that seems to be surprisingly general. However, the relaxation dynamics is more complicated for hydrogen bonded liquids. For instance, the dielectric response of monoalcohols is dominated by a mysterious Debye-like process at lower frequencies than the structural α-relaxation that is normally dominating the spectra of glass formers. For polyalcohols this process has been thought to be absent or possibly obscured by a strong contribution from conductivity and polarization effects at low frequencies. We here show that the Debye-like process, although much less prominent, is also present in the response of polyalcohols. It can be observed in the derivative of the real part of the susceptibility or directly in the imaginary part if the conductivity contribution is reduced by covering the upper electrode with a thin Teflon layer. We report on results from broadband dielectric spectroscopy studies of several polyalcohols: glycerol, xylitol, and sorbitol. The findings are discussed in relation to other experimental observations of ultraslow (i.e., slower than the viscosity related α-relaxation) dynamics in glass formers.

  20. Dielectric response and specific heat studies of Cd2Nb2O7 ceramics obtained from mechano-synthesized nanopowders.

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    Połomska, Maria; Hilczer, Bożena; Markiewicz, Ewa; Trybuła, Zbigniew; Andrzejewski, Bartłomiej; Szafraniak-Wiza, Izabela; Pietraszko, Adam

    2013-08-01

    Cd(2)Nb(2)O(7) is still an interesting ferroelectric material because of its high permittivity value at helium temperatures and a variety of dielectric relaxation processes, the origin of which is still puzzling. We prepared hot-pressed ceramics, with grain sizes from 100 to 150 nm, obtained from Cd(2)Nb(2)O(7) nanopowders synthesized by high-energy milling of CdO and Nb(2)O(5) and studied their dielectric response and thermal properties. The nanoceramics were characterized by X-ray diffraction and their dielectric properties were measured at temperatures from 4K to 575K. Dielectric response of the nanoceramics was found to consist of a huge anomaly at ~150K with complex dielectric absorption and three relaxation processes apparent in frequency and temperature dependences of the imaginary part of permittivity in the temperature range from 18K to 145K. The anomaly at ~150K is related to overlapping contributions from the Curie point (shifted downward because of the size effect) and a dielectric relaxation process. The behavior of three relaxation modes observed at temperatures below 145K is discussed, based on the model proposed by Malcherek of polar nanoregions in the orthorhombic phase of Cd(2)Nb(2)O(7) and the theory of dielectric response of ferroelectric relaxors by Bokov and Ye.

  1. Spectral response of dielectric nano-antennas in the far- and near-field regimes

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    Gutiérrez, Y.; Barreda, Á. I.; González, F.; Moreno, F.

    2016-03-01

    Recent studies show that the spectral behaviour of localized surface plasmon resonances (LPSRs) in metallic nanoparticles suffer from both a redshift and a broadening in the transition from the far- to the near-field regimes. An interpretation of this effect was given in terms of the evanescent and propagating components of the angular spectrum representation of the radiated field. Due to the increasing interest awakened by magnetodielectric materials as a both low-loss material option for nanotechnology applications, and also for their particular scattering properties, here we study the spectral response of a magnetodielectric nanoparticle as a basic element of a dielectric nano-antenna. This study is made by analyzing the changes suffered by the scattered electromagnetic field when propagating from the surface of this dielectric nanostructure to the far-zone in terms of propagating and evanescent plane wave components of the radiated fields.

  2. Theory of the dielectric response of CaCu_3Ti_4O_12

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    Vanderbilt, David

    2002-03-01

    I will review our recent work(L. He, J.B. Neaton, M.H. Cohen, D. Vanderbilt, and C. Homes, submitted to Phys. Rev. B.) in which calculations of the structural and electronic properties of CaCu_3Ti_4O_12 were carried out in an attempt to understand the anomalous dielectric and optical properties(M. A. Subramanian, D. Li, N. Duan, B. A. Reisner, and A. W. Sleight, J. Solid State Chem. 151), 323 (2000).^,(A. P. Ramirez, M. A. Subramanian, M. Gardel, G. Blumberg, D. Li, T. Vogt, and S. M. Shapiro, Solid State Commun. 115), 217 (2000).^,(C. C. Homes, T. Vogt, S. M. Shapiro, S. Wakimoto, and A. P. Ramirez, Science 293), 673 (2001). of this unusual material. Among the most difficult features to understand are the origin of the enormous dielectric constant ( ~10^5) observed over a wide temperature range, the nature of the Debye relaxation observed at low frequencies, and the anomalies in the infrared spectra that appear to suggest a violation of an oscillator sum rule. Our calculations use local spin-density theory to compute the ground-state structural and electronic properties, zone-center phonon frequencies, oscillator strengths, and lattice dielectric response of CaCu_3Ti_4O_12. We confirm the experimental identification of the ground-state structure, which is not ferroelectric, and we check that our phonon frequencies are in good agreement with the measured ones. These results lead to an understanding of the lattice dielectric response that is generally consistent with observations at frequencies above the Debye relaxation rate, but do not provide a natural explanation for the enormous dielectric constant observed at lower frequencies. Therefore, in the remainder of the talk I will speculate on three possible types of explanations for these behaviors. First, I consider whether some unusual intrinsic lattice mechanism could nonetheless be responsible. Second, I discuss whether an intrinsic electronic mechanism might possibly play a role. The most obvious picture of the

  3. DIFFERENTIAL DIELECTRIC RESPONSES OF CHONDROCYTE AND JURKAT CELLS IN ELECTROMANIPULATION BUFFERS

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    Sabuncu, Ahmet C.; Asmar, Anthony J.; Stacey, Michael W.; Beskok, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Electromanipulation of cells as a label free cell manipulation and characterization tool has gained particular interest recently. However, the applicability of electromanipulation, particularly dielectrophoresis (DEP), to biological cells is limited to cells suspended in buffers containing lower amounts of salts relative to the physiological buffers. One might question the use of low conductivity buffers (LCB) for DEP separation, as cells are stressed in buffers lacking physiological levels of salt. In LCB, cells leak ions and undergo volume regulation. Therefore, cells exhibit time-dependent DEP response in LCB. In this work, cellular changes in LCB are assessed by dielectric spectroscopy, cell viability assay, and gene expression of chondrocytes and Jurkats. Results indicate leakage of ions from cells, increases in cytoplasmic conductivity, membrane capacitance and conductance. Separability factor, which defines optimum conditions for DEP cell separation, for the two cell types is calculated using the cellular dielectric data. Optimum DEP separation conditions change as cellular dielectric properties evolve in LCB. Genetic analyses indicate no changes in expression of ionic channel proteins for chondrocytes suspended in LCB. Retaining cellular viability might be important during dielectrophoretic separation, especially when cells are to be biologically tested at a downstream microfluidic component. PMID:25958778

  4. Differential dielectric responses of chondrocyte and Jurkat cells in electromanipulation buffers.

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    Sabuncu, Ahmet C; Asmar, Anthony J; Stacey, Michael W; Beskok, Ali

    2015-07-01

    Electromanipulation of cells as a label-free cell manipulation and characterization tool has gained particular interest recently. However, the applicability of electromanipulation, particularly dielectrophoresis (DEP), to biological cells is limited to cells suspended in buffers containing lower amounts of salts relative to the physiological buffers. One might question the use of low conductivity buffers (LCBs) for DEP separation, as cells are stressed in buffers lacking physiological levels of salt. In LCB, cells leak ions and undergo volume regulation. Therefore, cells exhibit time-dependent DEP response in LCB. In this work, cellular changes in LCB are assessed by dielectric spectroscopy, cell viability assay, and gene expression of chondrocytes and Jurkats. Results indicate leakage of ions from cells, increases in cytoplasmic conductivity, membrane capacitance, and conductance. Separability factor, which defines optimum conditions for DEP cell separation, for the two cell types is calculated using the cellular dielectric data. Optimum DEP separation conditions change as cellular dielectric properties evolve in LCB. Genetic analyses indicate no changes in expression of ionic channel proteins for chondrocytes suspended in LCB. Retaining cellular viability might be important during dielectrophoretic separation, especially when cells are to be biologically tested at a downstream microfluidic component.

  5. Critical behavior of three organosiloxane de Vries-type liquid crystals observed via the dielectric response.

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    Krishna Prasad, S; Shankar Rao, D S; Sridevi, S; Naciri, Jawad; Ratna, B R

    2011-03-16

    Dielectric measurements have been made on three organosiloxane liquid crystal compounds exhibiting a smectic A (SmA) to smectic C* (SmC*) transition, the SmA phase being of the de Vries type. The electroclinic response of the molecules in the de Vries phase of these compounds exhibits a double-peak profile, and is thus different from the conventional chiral SmA phase, a feature explained on the basis of an antiferroelectric (AF) block model (Krishna Prasad et al 2009 Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 147802). The differential interactions arising from the different molecular ends of these siloxane-based compounds, which are the basis for the AF block model, can also be expected to enhance the layer translational order. We present x-ray integrated intensity data that show a high (~0.9) translational order in the SmA phase. Dielectric relaxation spectra bring out the fact that the magnitude of the soft mode relaxation parameters is dependent on the number of siloxane groups in the terminal part of the molecule. A range-shrinking analysis of the temperature-dependent dielectric relaxation strength has been carried out, using a power-law expression. The characteristic exponent shows a systematic growth with range shrinking and reaches limiting values comparable to that predicted for the 2D Ising universality class.

  6. Effect of initial stretch ratio on the electromechanical responses of dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Dai, Huliang; Zou, Jiangjiang; Wang, Lin

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the dynamic responses of a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) subjected to an electrical load are investigated. Various dynamical behaviors of the DEA system have been observed. For example, when the DEAs are under a constant electric field, the oscillation is periodic. For DEAs under harmonic electric excitation, however, quasiperiodic and chaotic oscillations may occur. Of particular interest is that the initial stretch ratio has significant influence on the electromechanical behavior of the DEA, showing that chaotic divergent oscillation (i.e., extreme contraction with respect to the height of the DEA) could occur within a certain parameter region of the initial stretch ratios.

  7. Dielectric Response of Glass-Forming Liquids in the Nonlinear Regime

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    Samanta, Subarna

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy is a powerful technique for understanding the dynamics in supercooled liquids. It generates information about the timescale of the orientational motions of molecular dipoles within the liquid. However, dynamics of liquids measured in the non-linear response regime has recently become an area of significant interest, because additional information can be obtained compared with linear response measurements. The first part of this thesis describes nonlinear dielectric relaxation experiments performed on various molecular glass forming-liquids, with an emphasis on the response at high frequencies (excess wing). A significant nonlinear dielectric effect (NDE) was found to persist in these modes, and the magnitude of this NDE traces the temperature dependence of the activation energy. A time resolved measurement technique monitoring the dielectric loss revealed that for the steady state NDE to develop it would take a very large number of high amplitude alternating current (ac) field cycles. High frequency modes were found to be 'slaved' to the average structural relaxation time, contrary to the standard picture of heterogeneity. Nonlinear measurements were also performed on the Johari-Goldstein beta-relaxation process. High ac fields were found to modify the amplitudes of these secondary modes. The nonlinear features of this secondary process are reminiscent of those found for the excess wing regime, suggesting that these two contributions to dynamics have common origins. The second part of this thesis describes the nonlinear effects observed from the application of high direct current (dc) bias fields superposed with a small amplitude sinusoidal ac field. For several molecular glass formers, the application of a dc field was found to slow down the system via reduction in configurational entropy (Adam-Gibbs relation). Time resolved measurements indicated that the rise of the non-linear effect is slower than its decay, as observed in the

  8. Oxygen flux and dielectric response study of Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) heterogeneous functional materials

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    Rabbi, Fazle

    -50%CFO and 80%GDC-20%CFO mixtures. Material characterization suggests the emergence of a third phase contributing to the behavior. Microstructural studies suggested changes in micro-structure of a given volume fraction for different sintering temperature and sintering time. Flux variation was observed for membranes with the same constituent volume fraction but different micro-structure indicating the effects of the micro-structure on the overall oxygen permeation. To correlate the experimental flux measurement with a standard Wagner's flux equation, different microstructural characteristics were studied to incorporate them into a modified Wagner's flux equation. In-situ broadband dielectric spectroscopy measurements over a temperature range of 850°C-1060°C and frequency range of (0.1Hz-1MHz) of the operating 60%GDC-40%CFO mixture oxygen separation membranes were measured using a NOVOCONTROL dielectric spectroscopy test system. Dielectric response of the operating membrane was studied to identify the charge transfer process in the membrane. A computational model to study the dielectric impedance response of different microstructure was developed using a COMSOL(TM) Multiphysics qasi-static electromagnetic module. This model was validated using model materials with regular geometric shapes. To measure impedance of real micro/nano-structures of the membrane material, domains required for the COMSOL calculation were obtained from actual micro/nano structures by using 3D scans from X-ray nano and micro tomography. Simpleware(TM) software was used to generate 3D domains from image slices obtained from the 3D x-ray scans. Initial voltage distributions on the original microstructure were obtained from the computational model. Similarly, development of a primary model for simulating ionic/electronic species flow inside of an MIEC was also begun. The possibility of using broadband dielectric spectroscopy methods to understand and anticipate the flux capabilities of MIECs to

  9. Interpreting the nonlinear dielectric response of glass-formers in terms of the coupling model

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    Ngai, K. L.

    2015-03-21

    Nonlinear dielectric measurements at high electric fields of glass-forming glycerol and propylene carbonate initially were carried out to elucidate the dynamic heterogeneous nature of the structural α-relaxation. Recently, the measurements were extended to sufficiently high frequencies to investigate the nonlinear dielectric response of faster processes including the so-called excess wing (EW), appearing as a second power law at high frequencies in the loss spectra of many glass formers without a resolved secondary relaxation. While a strong increase of dielectric constant and loss is found in the nonlinear dielectric response of the α-relaxation, there is a lack of significant change in the EW. A surprise to the experimentalists finding it, this difference in the nonlinear dielectric properties between the EW and the α-relaxation is explained in the framework of the coupling model by identifying the EW investigated with the nearly constant loss (NCL) of caged molecules, originating from the anharmonicity of the intermolecular potential. The NCL is terminated at longer times (lower frequencies) by the onset of the primitive relaxation, which is followed sequentially by relaxation processes involving increasing number of molecules until the terminal Kohlrausch α-relaxation is reached. These intermediate faster relaxations, combined to form the so-called Johari-Goldstein (JG) β-relaxation, are spatially and dynamically heterogeneous, and hence exhibit nonlinear dielectric effects, as found in glycerol and propylene carbonate, where the JG β-relaxation is not resolved and in D-sorbitol where it is resolved. Like the linear susceptibility, χ{sub 1}(f), the frequency dispersion of the third-order dielectric susceptibility, χ{sub 3}(f), was found to depend primarily on the α-relaxation time, and independent of temperature T and pressure P. I show this property of the frequency dispersions of χ{sub 1}(f) and χ{sub 3}(f) is the characteristic of the many

  10. Colossal enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient in FeSb2 driven by nearly ballistic phonons

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    Takahashi, Hidefumi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    An unusually large S of - 45 mV/K (at 10 K) was discovered in FeSb2 single crystal, which prompted extensive investigations into its physical origin [A. Bentien et al ., EPL 80, 17008 (2007).] This compound has a small energy gap Δ ~ 5 meV, which may be caused by strong correlations of Fe 3d-electrons, as observed with Kondo insulators, and the colossally large S may be attributed to this unique band structure near the Fermi energy. However, the exceptional value of S has not been clearly explained by electron correlations, suggesting an additional contribution such as the non-equilibrium phonon-drag effect [H. Takahashi et al ., JPSJ 80, 054708 (2011)., H. Takahashi et al ., PRB 84, 205215 (2011)., and H. Takahashi et al ., PRB 88, 165205 (2013).]. Here, we report on the direct investigation of this effect by measuring the transport properties of three samples with cross sections ranging from 250 × 245 μm2 to 80 × 160 μm2. S and κ show a significant size effect, indicating that nearly ballistic phonons, which have a long mean free path relative to the sample dimensions, are responsible for the colossal S.

  11. Why the dipolar response in dielectrics and spin-glasses is unavoidably universal.

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    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    Materials response to electric or magnetic fields is often dominated by the dynamics of dipoles in the system. This is for instance the case of polar dielectrics and many transition metal compounds. An essential and not yet well understood fact is that, despite their structural diversity, dielectric solids exhibit a striking universality of frequency and time responses, sharing many aspects with the behaviour of spin-glasses. In this article I propose a stochastic approach to dipole dynamics within which the "universal frequency response" derives naturally with Debye's relaxation mechanism as a special case. This formulation reveals constraints to the form of the relaxation functions, which are essential for a consistent representation of the dynamical slowing-down at the spin-glass transition. Relaxation functions with algebraic-, and exponential-tails, as well as damped oscillations, are shown to have a unified representation in which the stable limit of the distribution of waiting-times between dipole flips determines the present type of dynamics.

  12. Why the dipolar response in dielectrics and spin-glasses is unavoidably universal.

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    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    Materials response to electric or magnetic fields is often dominated by the dynamics of dipoles in the system. This is for instance the case of polar dielectrics and many transition metal compounds. An essential and not yet well understood fact is that, despite their structural diversity, dielectric solids exhibit a striking universality of frequency and time responses, sharing many aspects with the behaviour of spin-glasses. In this article I propose a stochastic approach to dipole dynamics within which the "universal frequency response" derives naturally with Debye's relaxation mechanism as a special case. This formulation reveals constraints to the form of the relaxation functions, which are essential for a consistent representation of the dynamical slowing-down at the spin-glass transition. Relaxation functions with algebraic-, and exponential-tails, as well as damped oscillations, are shown to have a unified representation in which the stable limit of the distribution of waiting-times between dipole flips determines the present type of dynamics. PMID:27366866

  13. Dielectric and electrical studies of Pr{sup 3+} doped nano CaSiO{sub 3} perovskite ceramics

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    Kulkarni, Sandhya; Nagabhushana, B.M.; Parvatikar, Narsimha; Koppalkar, Anilkumar; Shivakumara, C.; Damle, R.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • CaSiO{sub 3}:Pr{sup 3+} was prepared by facile low temperature solution combustion method. • The crystalline phase of the product is obtained by adopting sintering method. • Samples prepared at 500 °C and calcined at 900 °C for 3 h showed β-phase. • The Pr{sup 3+} doped CaSiO{sub 3} shows “unusual results”. • The electrical microstructure has been accepted to be of internal barrier layer capacitor. - Abstract: CaSiO{sub 3} nano-ceramic powder doped with Pr{sup 3+} has been prepared by solution combustion method. The powder Ca{sub 0.95}Pr{sub 0.05}SiO{sub 3} is investigated for its dielectric and electrical properties at room temperature to study the effect of doping. The sample is characterized by X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. The size of either of volume elements of CaSiO{sub 3}:Pr{sup 3+} estimated from transmission electron microscopy is about 180–200 nm. The sample shows colossal dielectric response at room temperature. This colossal dielectric behaviour follows Debye-type relaxation and can be explained by Maxwell–Wagner (MW) polarization. However, analysis of impedance and electric modulus data using Cole–Cole plot shows that it deviates from ideal Debye behaviour resulting from the distribution of relaxation times. The distribution in the relaxation times may be attributed to existence of electrically heterogeneous grains, insulating grain boundary, and electrode contact regions. Doping, thus, results in substantial modifications in the dielectric and electrical properties of the nano-ceramic CaSiO{sub 3}.

  14. Classical density-functional theory of inhomogeneous water including explicit molecular structure and nonlinear dielectric response.

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    Lischner, Johannes; Arias, T A

    2010-02-11

    We present an accurate free-energy functional for liquid water written in terms of a set of effective potential fields in which fictitious noninteracting water molecules move. The functional contains an exact expression of the entropy of noninteracting molecules and thus provides an ideal starting point for the inclusion of complex intermolecular interactions which depend on the orientation of the interacting molecules. We show how an excess free-energy functional can be constructed to reproduce the following properties of water: the dielectric response; the experimental site-site correlation functions; the surface tension; the bulk modulus of the liquid and the variation of this modulus with pressure; the density of the liquid and the vapor phase; and liquid-vapor coexistence. As a demonstration, we present results for the application of this theory to the behavior of liquid water in a parallel plate capacitor. In particular, we make predictions for the dielectric response of water in the nonlinear regime, finding excellent agreement with known data.

  15. Effects of Confinement on the Dielectric Response of Water Extends up to Mesoscale Dimensions.

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    De Luca, Sergio; Kannam, Sridhar Kumar; Todd, B D; Frascoli, Federico; Hansen, J S; Daivis, Peter J

    2016-05-17

    The extent of confinement effects on water is not clear in the literature. While some properties are affected only within a few nanometers from the wall surface, others are affected over long length scales, but the range is not clear. In this work, we have examined the dielectric response of confined water under the influence of external electric fields along with the dipolar fluctuations at equilibrium. The confinement induces a strong anisotropic effect which is evident up to 100 nm channel width, and may extend to macroscopic dimensions. The root-mean-square fluctuations of the total orientational dipole moment in the direction perpendicular to the surfaces is 1 order of magnitude smaller than the value attained in the parallel direction and is independent of the channel width. Consequently, the isotropic condition is unlikely to be recovered until the channel width reaches macroscopic dimensions. Consistent with dipole moment fluctuations, the effect of confinement on the dielectric response also persists up to channel widths considerably beyond 100 nm. When an electric field is applied in the perpendicular direction, the orientational relaxation is 3 orders of magnitude faster than the dipolar relaxation in the parallel direction and independent of temperature.

  16. Why the dipolar response in dielectrics and spin-glasses is unavoidably universal

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    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    Materials response to electric or magnetic fields is often dominated by the dynamics of dipoles in the system. This is for instance the case of polar dielectrics and many transition metal compounds. An essential and not yet well understood fact is that, despite their structural diversity, dielectric solids exhibit a striking universality of frequency and time responses, sharing many aspects with the behaviour of spin-glasses. In this article I propose a stochastic approach to dipole dynamics within which the “universal frequency response” derives naturally with Debye’s relaxation mechanism as a special case. This formulation reveals constraints to the form of the relaxation functions, which are essential for a consistent representation of the dynamical slowing-down at the spin-glass transition. Relaxation functions with algebraic-, and exponential-tails, as well as damped oscillations, are shown to have a unified representation in which the stable limit of the distribution of waiting-times between dipole flips determines the present type of dynamics. PMID:27366866

  17. Why the dipolar response in dielectrics and spin-glasses is unavoidably universal

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    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-07-01

    Materials response to electric or magnetic fields is often dominated by the dynamics of dipoles in the system. This is for instance the case of polar dielectrics and many transition metal compounds. An essential and not yet well understood fact is that, despite their structural diversity, dielectric solids exhibit a striking universality of frequency and time responses, sharing many aspects with the behaviour of spin-glasses. In this article I propose a stochastic approach to dipole dynamics within which the “universal frequency response” derives naturally with Debye’s relaxation mechanism as a special case. This formulation reveals constraints to the form of the relaxation functions, which are essential for a consistent representation of the dynamical slowing-down at the spin-glass transition. Relaxation functions with algebraic-, and exponential-tails, as well as damped oscillations, are shown to have a unified representation in which the stable limit of the distribution of waiting-times between dipole flips determines the present type of dynamics.

  18. Effects of high energy x ray and proton irradiation on lead zirconate titanate thin films' dielectric and piezoelectric response

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    Bastani, Y.; Cortes-Pena, A. Y.; Wilson, A. D.; Gerardin, S.; Bagatin, M.; Paccagnella, A.; Bassiri-Gharb, N.

    2013-05-13

    The effects of irradiation by X rays and protons on the dielectric and piezoelectric response of highly (100)-textured polycrystalline Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films have been studied. Low-field dielectric permittivity, remanent polarization, and piezoelectric d{sub 33,f} response all degraded with exposure to radiation, for doses higher than 300 krad. At first approximation, the degradation increased at higher radiation doses, and was stronger in samples exposed to X rays, compared to the proton-irradiated ones. Nonlinear and high-field dielectric characterization suggest a radiation-induced reduction of the extrinsic contributions to the response, attributed to increased pinning of the domain walls by the radiation-induced point defects.

  19. Thermal analysis and temperature dependent dielectric responses of Co doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Alamgir; Khan, Wasi; Ahammed, Nashiruddin; Naqvi, A. H.; Ahmad, Shabbir

    2015-05-15

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of pure and 5 mol % cobalt doped TiO{sub 2} synthesized through acid modified sol-gel method were characterized to understand their thermal, structural, morphological, and temperature dependent dielectric properties. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) has been used for thermal studies and indicates the weight loss in two steps due to the removal of residual organics. X-ray diffraction study was employed to confirm the formation of single anatase phase with tetragonal symmetry for both pure and 5 mol % Co doped TiO{sub 2} NPs. The average crystallite size of both samples was calculated from the Scherrer’s formula and was found in the range from 9-11 nm. TEM micrographs of these NPs reflect their shape and distribution. The dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss (tanδ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) were also studied as a function of temperature at different frequencies. Electrical responses of the synthesized NPs have been analyzed carefully in the framework of relevant models. It is also noticed that the dielectric constant (ε′) of the samples found to decrease with increasing frequency but increases with increasing temperature up to a particular value and then sharply decreases. Temperature variation of dielectric constant exhibits step like escalation and shows relaxation behavior. Study of dielectric properties shows dominant dependence on the grain size as well as Co ion incorporation in TiO{sub 2}.

  20. Ac-conductivity and dielectric response of new zinc-phosphate glass/metal composites

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    Maaroufi, A.; Oabi, O.; Lucas, B.

    2016-07-01

    The ac-conductivity and dielectric response of new composites based on zinc-phosphate glass with composition 45 mol%ZnO-55 mol%P2O5, filled with metallic powder of nickel (ZP/Ni) were investigated by impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz at room temperature. A high percolating jump of seven times has been observed in the conductivity behavior from low volume fraction of filler to the higher fractions, indicating an insulator - semiconductor phase transition. The measured conductivity at higher filler volume fraction is about 10-1 S/cm and is frequency independent, while, the obtained conductivity for low filler volume fraction is around 10-8 S/cm and is frequency dependent. Moreover, the elaborated composites are characterized by high dielectric constants in the range of 105 for conductive composites at low frequencies (100 Hz). In addition, the distribution of the relaxation processes was also evaluated. The Debye, Cole-Cole, Davidson-Cole and Havriliak-Negami models in electric modulus formalism were used to model the observed relaxation phenomena in ZP/Ni composites. The observed relaxation phenomena are fairly simulated by Davidson-Cole model, and an account of the interpretation of results is given.

  1. Structural implications of anomalous thermal expansion and glass-like dielectric response in pyridinium halogenoaurates.

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    Szafrański, Marek

    2005-11-10

    The crystals of [C(5)NH(6)](+)[AuCl(4)](-), [C(5)NH(6)](+)[AuBr(4)](-), and [C(5)NH(6)](+)[AuI(4)](-) have been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and dielectric spectroscopy. The structures of the chloride and bromide are isosymmetric, with the monoclinic space group C2/m, and both are built of sheets of pyridinium cations and tetrahalogenoaurate anions alternately arranged in the direction [001]. The anomalous thermal expansion and dielectric response characteristic of dipolar glass formation observed in these compounds have been interpreted in terms of the development of the short-range dipolar order and the competition between the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric interactions. The frustration of dipolar interactions, leading to glassy behavior, results from the strongly anisotropic properties of the layered crystal structure. These features have not been observed for [C(5)NH(6)](+)[AuI(4)](-), which crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/c and exhibits a nonlayered structural packing because of the larger size of the anion.

  2. Ferroelectric fluoro-terpolymers with high dielectric constant and large electromechanical response at ambient temperature

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    Chung, T. C.; Petchsuk, Atitsa

    2003-08-01

    This paper discusses a new family of ferroelectric polymorphs fluoro-terpolymers comprising vinylidene difluoride (VDF), trifluoroethylene (TrFE), and a chloro-containing third monomer, including vinyl chloride (VC), 1,1-chlorofluoroethylene (CFE), chlorodifluoroethylene (CDFE), chlorotrifluoroethylene (CTFE), with narrow molecular weight and composition distributions. The slightly bulky chlorine atom serves as a kink in the polymer chain, which spontaneously alters the chain conformation and crystalline structure. Comparing with the corresponding VDF/TrFE copolymer, the slowly increasing chlorine content (< 8 mol% of ter-monomer) gradually changes the all-trans chain conformation to tttg+tttg- conformation, without significant reduction of overall crystallinity. Curie (F-P) phase transition temperature between the mixed ferroelectric phases and paraelectric phase (tg+tg- conformation) also gradually reduced to near ambient temperature, with very small activation energy. Consequently, the terpolymers show high dielectric constant (>80) and large electrostrictive response (>5%) at ambient temperature, and exhibiting common ferroelectric relaxor behaviors with a broad dielectric peak that shifted toward higher temperatures as the frequency increased, and a slim polarization hysteresis loop at ambient temperature.

  3. Enhanced dielectric polarization and electro-responsive characteristic of graphene oxide-wrapped titania microspheres

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    Yin, Jianbo; Shui, Yongjun; Dong, Yuezhen; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2014-01-01

    Electric field-induced particle polarization is essential to the electro-responsive electrorheological (ER) effect of particle suspensions. In this work, we use graphene oxide (GO) as a soft and polar coating shell to prepare GO-wrapped titania dielectric microspheres for use as the dispersal phase of an ER suspension. Under a DC electric field, the ER characteristic of GO-wrapped titania microspheres dispersed in silicone oil is investigated by rheological tests, and then compared with that of a suspension of bare titania microspheres. The results show that the suspension of GO-wrapped titania microspheres possesses an enhanced ER characteristic. Its field-induced shear yield stress and storage modulus are much higher than those of the suspension of bare titania microspheres. The soft and polar GO shell is regarded as the origin of the ER enhancement. Dielectric analysis indicates that wrapping GO can enhance the interfacial polarization and thus improve the ER characteristics of titania microspheres. Wrapping GO onto the surface of titania microspheres can also reduce the particle sedimentation velocity of the suspension.

  4. Dielectric response of epitaxially strained CoFe2O4 spinel thin films

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    Gutiérrez, Diego; Foerster, Michael; Fina, Ignasi; Fontcuberta, Josep; Fritsch, Daniel; Ederer, Claude

    2012-09-01

    Aiming to explore strain effects on the dielectric permittivity of ultrathin films of oxides with spinel structure, we report here on the thickness (4-160 nm) dependence of the dielectric response of CoFe2O4 (CFO) epitaxial films grown on La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 buffered SrTiO3(001) substrates. It is found that films thicker than ˜30 nm display bulklike permittivity values (ɛr≈14); however, a pronounced and gradual ɛr reduction is observed for thinner films when the in-plane compressive strain induced by the substrate increases. First-principle calculations are used to simulate the variation of the permittivity of CFO spinel thin films under epitaxial strain; in agreement with simple bond-length considerations, the out-of-plane permittivity is predicted to increase under in-plane compressive strain due to the resulting out-of-plane lattice expansion, but this enhancement can be overcompensated if this expansion is suppressed, resulting in an effective reduction of permittivity. However, the predicted reduction is substantially smaller than observed experimentally. We discuss possible mechanisms to account for this observation.

  5. Peculiarities of the dielectric response of natural zeolite composites prepared by using zeolite and silicon powders

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    Ozturk Koc, S.; Orbukh, V. I.; Eyvazova, G. M.; Lebedeva, N. N.; Salamov, B. G.

    2016-03-01

    We present the real and imaginary part of the dielectric permittivity of natural zeolite composites prepared by using zeolite and silicon powders. The dielectric response (DR) dependences on the frequency (3-300 GHz) of electric field and different Si concentrations (5-33%) are non-monotonic and a maximum peak is observed. This peak position is practically independent on the frequency and its maximum is observed in zeolite composites which included 9% of the Si-powder. Also the maximum peak is decreased by about an order of magnitude when frequency increases from 500 Hz to 5 kHz. Addition of the conductive Si-particles to zeolite-powder leads to two opposite effects. Firstly, the movement of electrons in the Si-particles provides increase of DR. Secondly, cations which leaving from zeolite pores can be neutralized by the particles of Si in the intercrystalline-space. Such a peculiar mechanism for recombination of Si electrons and cations from pores leads to a reduction of DR for large silicon concentrations. Due to the fact that the contribution of free carriers in the decreasing of the DR as the frequency increases, it is consistent with the suggestion that the maximum peak decreases with increasing frequency.

  6. Stable dielectric response of low-loss aromatic polythiourea thin films on Pt/SiO2 substrate

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    Eršte, A.; Fulanović, L.; Čoga, L.; Lin, M.; Thakur, Y.; Zhang, Q. M.; Bobnar, V.

    2016-03-01

    We have investigated dielectric properties of aromatic polythiourea (ArPTU, a polar polymer containing high dipolar moments with very low defect levels) thin films that were developed on Pt/SiO2 substrate. The detected response is compared to the response of commercially available polymers, such as high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), which are at present used in foil capacitors. Stable values of the dielectric constant ɛ‧≈5 (being twice higher than in HDPE and PP) over broad temperature and frequency ranges and dielectric losses as low as in commercial systems suggest ArPTU as a promising candidate for future use in a variety of applications.

  7. Model for atomic dielectric response in strong, time-dependent laser fields

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    Rensink, T. C.; Antonsen, T. M.; Palastro, J. P.; Gordon, D. F.

    2014-03-01

    A nonlocal quantum-mechanical model is presented for calculating the atomic dielectric response to a strong laser electric field. By replacing the Coulomb potential with a nonlocal potential in the Schrödinger equation, a 3 + 1-dimensional calculation of the time-dependent electric dipole moment can be reformulated as a 0 + 1-dimensional integral equation that retains the three-dimensional dynamics, while offering significant computational savings. The model is benchmarked against an established ionization model and ab initio simulation of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The reduced computational overhead makes the model a promising candidate to incorporate full quantum-mechanical time dynamics in laser pulse propagation simulations.

  8. Actively tunable Fano resonances based on colossal magneto-resistant metamaterials.

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    Tian, Jie-Bing; Yan, Chang-Chun; Wang, Cheng; Han, Ying; Zou, Rong-Yuan; Li, Dong-Dong; Xu, Zheng-Ji; Zhang, Dao-Hua

    2015-04-01

    In this Letter, a periodic structure in which each unit cell consists of one manganese oxide (La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3)) strip and two gold strips is designed. By simulating the electromagnetic responses of the structure, we confirm that Fano resonances can be actively controlled in the infrared region by modulating the intensity of the external magnetic field applied to the structure. This is due to the colossal magneto-resistance of the La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3) material. Furthermore, a transmission phase can also be effectively tuned. The phase has a shift of ΔΦ=1.05  rad at a frequency of 130 THz when the intensity of the external magnetic field varies from 5083 to 5193  kA/m. Such a tunable method has potential applications in controllable photoelectric elements. PMID:25831314

  9. Electrical responses and dielectric relaxations in giant permittivity NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics

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    Sangwong, Nuchjarin; Somphan, Weeraya; Thongbai, Prasit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Meansiri, Santi

    2012-08-01

    Dielectric relaxations and electrical responses in NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics were investigated as a function of temperature. NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics exhibit giant dielectric constants with values of ɛ'˜1.45-2.08×104. Two sets of thermally activated dielectric relaxations were observed in low and high temperature ranges. Sintering conditions have an insignificant influence on the microstructure of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics, and have a slight impact on their ɛ' values. Thermally activated electrical responses of grains and grain boundaries have been studied at different temperatures by using complex admittance and impedance spectroscopy analyses, respectively. The low temperature relaxation mechanism is found to correlate closely with electrical response of semiconducting grains; whereas the apparent high ɛ' values are attributed to electrical response of insulating grain boundaries. These results support the internal barrier layer capacitor model to explain the giant dielectric properties of NaCu3Ti3TaO12 ceramics. Additionally, high temperature relaxation may be attributed to the sample-electrode effect and/or defect ordering.

  10. Electrical conductivity, dielectric response and space charge dynamics of an electroactive polymer with and without nanofiller reinforcement

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    Kochetov, R.; Tsekmes, I. A.; Morshuis, P. H. F.

    2015-07-01

    Electroactive polymers have gained considerable attention over the last 20 years for exhibiting a large displacement in response to electrical stimulation. The promising fields of application include wave energy converters, muscle-like actuators, sensors, robotics, and biomimetics. For an electrical engineer, electroactive polymers can be seen as a dielectric elastomer film or a compliant capacitor with a highly deformable elastomeric medium. If the elastomer is pre-stretched and pre-charged, a reduction of the tensile force lets the elastomer revert to its original form and increases the electrical potential. The light weight of electroactive polymers, low cost, high intrinsic breakdown strength, cyclical way of operation, reliable performance, and high efficiency can be exploited to utilize the elastomeric material as a transducer. The energy storage for a linear dielectric polymer is determined by its relative permittivity and the applied electric field. The latter is limited by the dielectric breakdown strength of the material. Therefore, to generate a high energy density of a flexible capacitor, the film must be used at the voltage level close to the material’s breakdown or inorganic particles with high dielectric permittivity which can be introduced into the polymer matrix. In the present study, silicone-titania elastomer nanocomposites were produced and the influence of nanoparticles on the macroscopic dielectric properties of the neat elastomer including space charge dynamics, complex permittivity, and electrical conductivity, were investigated.

  11. Effects of grain, grain boundary, and dc electric field on giant dielectric response in high purity CuO ceramics

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    Thongbai, Prasit; Maensiri, Santi; Yamwong, Teerapon

    2008-08-01

    Giant dielectric constant ɛ' of ˜(2.8-3.7)×104 was observed in high purity CuO (99.999%) ceramics with grain sizes of 4.57±1.71 and 9.57±3.01 μm. The ɛ' and Ea increase with an increase in grain size due to the different electrical properties in the grains. The high dielectric response observed in the CuO ceramics can be described by the internal barrier layer capacitance model. The resistance of grain boundaries (Rgb) and the dielectric constant of the CuO samples decrease with increasing dc bias due to the decrease in grain boundaries capacitance, whereas the resistance of grains (Rg) remains constant.

  12. The demonstration of colossal magneto-capacitance effect with the promising gate stack characteristics on Ge (100) by the magnetic gate stack design

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    Liao, M.-H.; Huang, S.-C.

    2014-06-01

    The tetragonal-phase BaTiO3 as the high dielectric (HK) layer and the magnetic FePt film as the metal gate (MG) are proposed to be the gate stack scheme on the Ge (100) substrate. The ˜75% dielectric constant (κ-value) improvement, ˜100X gate leakage (Jg) reduction, and the promising Jg-equivalent-oxide-thickness (EOT) gate stack characteristics are achieved in this work with the colossal magneto-capacitance effect. The perpendicular magnetic field from the magnetic FePt MG film couples and triggers the more dipoles in the BaTiO3 HK layer and then results in the super gate capacitance (Cgate) and κ-value. Super Jg-EOT gate stack characteristics with the magnetic gate stack design on the high mobility (Ge) substrate demonstrated in this work provides the useful solution for the future low power mobile device design.

  13. Liquid self-diffusion of H2O and DMF molecules in Co-MOF-74: molecular dynamics simulations and dielectric spectroscopy studies.

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    Bermúdez-García, J M; Vicent-Luna, J M; Yáñez-Vilar, S; Hamad, S; Sánchez-Andújar, M; Castro-García, S; Calero, S; Señarís-Rodríguez, M A

    2016-07-20

    In this work we use molecular dynamics simulations to study the diffusion of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and H2O as a function of temperature within the well-known metal-organic framework Co2(dobdc)·[G] (G = 2DMF·1H2O), also known as Co-MOF-74. The molecular dynamics simulations show that the diffusivity of guest molecules, which is almost negligible at low temperatures (T < 200 K), increases in the range of 200 < T (K) < 400 up to 3 and 4 orders of magnitude for DMF and H2O, respectively. This molecular diffusion can be easily detected by dielectric spectroscopy as it gives rise to extrinsic interfacial polarization effects that result in an apparent "colossal" dielectric constant at room temperature, εr' ∼ 42 000 (T = 300 K, ν = 10 Hz). Furthermore, the measured dielectric constant exhibits a thermal dependence similar to that of the diffusion coefficient, revealing the parallelism of the dielectric response and the molecular diffusion as a function of temperature. These results highlight: (a) the great utility of the fast and non-destructive dielectric and impedance spectroscopy techniques for the study and detection of the molecular transport of small polar molecules within porous metal-organic frameworks and related materials; (b) the peculiarity and uniqueness of MOF materials with "medium" size nanopores containing guest molecules as they are solid materials in which the guest molecules display a liquid state-like behaviour close to room temperature; and PMID:27353249

  14. Theory of tailorable optical response of two-dimensional arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles at dielectric interfaces

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    Sikdar, Debabrata; Kornyshev, Alexei A.

    2016-09-01

    Two-dimensional arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles at interfaces are promising candidates for novel optical metamaterials. Such systems materialise from ‘top–down’ patterning or ‘bottom–up’ self-assembly of nanoparticles at liquid/liquid or liquid/solid interfaces. Here, we present a comprehensive analysis of an extended effective quasi-static four-layer-stack model for the description of plasmon-resonance-enhanced optical responses of such systems. We investigate in detail the effects of the size of nanoparticles, average interparticle separation, dielectric constants of the media constituting the interface, and the nanoparticle position relative to the interface. Interesting interplays of these different factors are explored first for normally incident light. For off-normal incidence, the strong effects of the polarisation of light are found at large incident angles, which allows to dynamically tune the reflectance spectra. All the predictions of the theory are tested against full-wave simulations, proving this simplistic model to be adequate within the quasi-static limit. The model takes seconds to calculate the system’s optical response and makes it easy to unravel the effect of each system parameter. This helps rapid rationalization of experimental data and understanding of the optical signals from these novel ‘metamaterials’, optimised for light reflection or harvesting.

  15. Theory of tailorable optical response of two-dimensional arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles at dielectric interfaces

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    Sikdar, Debabrata; Kornyshev, Alexei A.

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles at interfaces are promising candidates for novel optical metamaterials. Such systems materialise from ‘top–down’ patterning or ‘bottom–up’ self-assembly of nanoparticles at liquid/liquid or liquid/solid interfaces. Here, we present a comprehensive analysis of an extended effective quasi-static four-layer-stack model for the description of plasmon-resonance-enhanced optical responses of such systems. We investigate in detail the effects of the size of nanoparticles, average interparticle separation, dielectric constants of the media constituting the interface, and the nanoparticle position relative to the interface. Interesting interplays of these different factors are explored first for normally incident light. For off-normal incidence, the strong effects of the polarisation of light are found at large incident angles, which allows to dynamically tune the reflectance spectra. All the predictions of the theory are tested against full-wave simulations, proving this simplistic model to be adequate within the quasi-static limit. The model takes seconds to calculate the system’s optical response and makes it easy to unravel the effect of each system parameter. This helps rapid rationalization of experimental data and understanding of the optical signals from these novel ‘metamaterials’, optimised for light reflection or harvesting. PMID:27652788

  16. Small- and strong-signal dielectric response in a single-crystal film of partially deuterated betaine phosphite

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    Balashova, E. V.; Krichevtsov, B. B.; Lemanov, V. V.

    2011-06-01

    Poly- and single-crystal films of betaine phosphite deuterated to ˜20% have been grown by evaporation on NdGaO3 (001) substrates with a preliminarily deposited planar interdigital structure of electrodes. The small-signal dielectric response in the 0.1-100.0-kHz frequency range has revealed a strong anomaly in capacitance upon the transition of the films to the ferroelectric state. Application of a bias field brings about suppression and a slight shift of the dielectric anomaly toward higher temperatures. The strong-signal dielectric response has been studied by the Sawyer-Tower method over the frequency range 0.06-3.00 kHz both in the para- and ferroelectric phases. In contrast to the case of a plane-parallel capacitor, in the planar structure studied, the dielectric hysteresis loops exhibit a very small coercivity at low frequencies, which grows with increasing frequency. This difference should be assigned to different domain structures formed in a planeparallel capacitor and in a planar structure in a saturating field. The growth of hysteresis with increasing frequency in a planar structure is considered to be associated with the domain wall motion.

  17. Depolarized light scattering and dielectric response of a peptide dissolved in water

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    Martin, Daniel R.; Fioretto, Daniele; Matyushov, Dmitry V.

    2014-01-21

    The density and orientational relaxation of bulk water can be separately studied by depolarized light scattering (DLS) and dielectric spectroscopy (DS), respectively. Here, we ask the question of what are the leading collective modes responsible for polarization anisotropy relaxation (DLS) and dipole moment relaxation (DS) of solutions involving mostly hydrophobic solute-water interfaces. We study, by atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, the dynamics and structure of hydration water interfacing N-Acetyl-leucine-methylamide dipeptide. The DLS response of the solution is consistent with three relaxation processes: bulk water, rotations of single solutes, and collective dipole-induced-dipole polarizability of the solutes, with the time-scale of 130–200 ps. No separate DLS response of the hydration shell has been identified by our simulations. Density fluctuations of the hydration layer, which largely contribute to the response, do not produce a dynamical process distinct from bulk water. We find that the structural perturbation of the orientational distribution of hydration waters by the dipeptide solute is quite significant and propagates ∼3−5 hydration layers into the bulk. This perturbation is still below that produced by hydrated globular proteins. Despite this structural perturbation, there is little change in the orientational dynamics of the hydration layers, compared to the bulk, as probed by both single-particle orientational dynamics and collective dynamics of the dipole moment of the shells. There is a clear distinction between the perturbation of the interfacial structure by the solute-solvent interaction potential and the perturbation of the interfacial dynamics by the corresponding forces.

  18. Experimental study on the dynamic response of in-plane deformation of dielectric elastomer under alternating electric load

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    Liu, Lei; Chen, Hualing; Sheng, Junjie; Zhang, Junshi; Wang, Yongquan; Jia, Shuhai

    2014-02-01

    Recently, dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) have garnered remarkable attention mainly due to their ability of large deformation. Previously, the dynamic responses of out-of-plane deformations of inflated and clamped dielectric elastomer (DE) membranes were experimentally investigated, and a quasi-static model of large deformation concerned with the configuration was derived. However, the research work on the time-varying response of in-plane deformation of DE is insufficient. In this paper, we studied the dynamic response of the in-plane deformation of a dielectric elastomer membrane under a pure-shear state. We experimentally analysed how this response was affected by the peak voltage, frequency, pre-stretching, and signal waveform. The deformation equilibrium position of the membrane drifted severely during vibration, which may be attributable to the high viscoelasticity of the membrane and may lead to issues when designing precise instruments. We also studied how the peak voltage, frequency, pre-stretching, and waveform affected this viscoelastic drifting.

  19. Colossal Tooling Design: 3D Simulation for Ergonomic Analysis

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    Hunter, Steve L.; Dischinger, Charles; Thomas, Robert E.; Babai, Majid

    2003-01-01

    The application of high-level 3D simulation software to the design phase of colossal mandrel tooling for composite aerospace fuel tanks was accomplished to discover and resolve safety and human engineering problems. The analyses were conducted to determine safety, ergonomic and human engineering aspects of the disassembly process of the fuel tank composite shell mandrel. Three-dimensional graphics high-level software, incorporating various ergonomic analysis algorithms, was utilized to determine if the process was within safety and health boundaries for the workers carrying out these tasks. In addition, the graphical software was extremely helpful in the identification of material handling equipment and devices for the mandrel tooling assembly/disassembly process.

  20. Calculation of plasma dielectric response in inhomogeneous magnetic field near electron cyclotron resonance

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    Evstatiev, Evstati; Svidzinski, Vladimir; Spencer, Andy; Galkin, Sergei

    2014-10-01

    Full wave 3-D modeling of RF fields in hot magnetized nonuniform plasma requires calculation of nonlocal conductivity kernel describing the dielectric response of such plasma to the RF field. In many cases, the conductivity kernel is a localized function near the test point which significantly simplifies numerical solution of the full wave 3-D problem. Preliminary results of feasibility analysis of numerical calculation of the conductivity kernel in a 3-D hot nonuniform magnetized plasma in the electron cyclotron frequency range will be reported. This case is relevant to modeling of ECRH in ITER. The kernel is calculated by integrating the linearized Vlasov equation along the unperturbed particle's orbits. Particle's orbits in the nonuniform equilibrium magnetic field are calculated numerically by one of the Runge-Kutta methods. RF electric field is interpolated on a specified grid on which the conductivity kernel is discretized. The resulting integrals in the particle's initial velocity and time are then calculated numerically. Different optimization approaches of the integration are tested in this feasibility analysis. Work is supported by the U.S. DOE SBIR program.

  1. Universal dielectric response of variously doped CeO{sub 2} ionically conducting ceramics

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    Nowick, A.S.; Vaysleyb, A.V.; Kuskovsky, I.

    1998-10-01

    The Jonscher power law, or {open_quotes}universal dielectric response{close_quotes} (UDR) behavior was studied for a range of CeO{sub 2} solid solutions with Y{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} dopants, with particular emphasis on dilute systems which possess relatively simple defect structures. The results show power-law frequency dependence of the ac conductivity, with exponent s=0.61{plus_minus}0.03, independent of temperature and concentration. The conductivity data also show scaling behavior in terms of a time constant {tau}, whose activation energy is very close to that of the dc conductivity. For 1{percent} Y and 1{percent} Gd samples, an additional Debye-type relaxation is observed due to dopant{endash}oxygen-vacancy pairs. Such samples are clearly in the association range (stage III). These results contradict the assumption by Almond and West that {tau}{sup {minus}1} is the hopping frequency of the carrier defects. At very low concentrations ({approximately}0.01{percent}), UDR behavior virtually disappears. The present results are then compared to the principal theories that describe UDR behavior. It is found that, while each theory suffers from some drawbacks, the more phenomenological theories fare better. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. A complete dielectric response model for liquid water: a solution of the Bethe ridge problem.

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    Emfietzoglou, Dimitris; Cucinotta, Francis A; Nikjoo, Hooshang

    2005-08-01

    We present a complete yet computationally simple model for the dielectric response function of liquid water over the energy-momentum plane, which, in contrast to earlier models, is consistent with the recent inelastic X-ray scattering spectroscopy data at both zero and finite momentum transfer values. The model follows Ritchie's extended-Drude algorithm and is particularly effective at the region of the Bethe ridge, substantially improving previous models. The present development allows for a more accurate simulation of the inelastic scattering and energy deposition process of low-energy electrons in liquid water and other biomaterials. As an example, we calculate the stopping power of liquid water for electrons over the 0.1-10 keV range where direct experimental measurements are still impractical and the Bethe stopping formula is inaccurate. The new stopping power values are up to 30-40% lower than previous calculations. Within the range of validity of the first Born approximation, the new values are accurate to within the experimental uncertainties (a few percent). At the low end, the introduction of Born corrections raises the uncertainty to perhaps approximately 10%. Thus the present model helps extend the ICRU electron stopping power database for liquid water down to about two orders of magnitude with a comparable level of uncertainty.

  3. Nanoscale Disorder in CaCu3Ti4O12: A New Route to Enhanced Dielectric Response

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    Zhu,Y.; Zhang, J.; Wu, L.; Frenkel, A.; Hanson, J.; Northrup, P.; Ku, W.

    2007-01-01

    Significant nanoscale disorder of Cu and Ca atomic substitution is observed in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}, based on our integrated study using quantitative electron diffraction and extended x-ray absorption fine structure. Unambiguous identification of this previously omitted disorder is made possible by the unique sensitivity of these probes to valence-electron distribution and short-range order. Furthermore, first-principles-based theoretical analysis indicates that the Ca-site Cu atoms possess partially filled degenerate e{sub g} states, suggesting significant boost of dielectric response from additional low-energy electronic contributions. Our study points to a new route of enhancing dielectric response in transitional metal oxides by exploiting the strong electronic correlation beyond classical static pictures.

  4. Effect of Zn doping on structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of LaFeO{sub 3} synthesized through sol–gel auto-combustion process

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    Bhat, Irshad; Husain, Shahid; Khan, Wasi; Patil, S.I.

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We have synthesized the samples of LaFe{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) using sol–gel auto-combustion process. • The doping of Zn{sup 2+} hugely enhances the dielectric constant (ε′) and it shows a colossal value. • The parent compound LaFeO{sub 3} does not show any relaxation peak, but the substitution of Zn at Fe{sup 3+} site brings the relaxation in the system. • The system shows a peak behavior thereby giving the Debye like dipolar relaxation response. - Abstract: We have studied the structural and dielectric properties of nano-crystalline LaFe{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) pervoskite samples synthesized through sol–gel auto-combustion technique. X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy are used to confirm the single phase characteristics. Microstructural features are investigated using scanning electron microscope and compositional analysis is performed through energy dispersive spectroscopy. The average grain sizes, calculated from the Scherrer formula, lie in the range below 30 nm. The hysteresis (M-H) curves display a weak magnetic order and a shift in the hysteresis loops. Dielectric response has been discussed, in the framework of “universal dielectric response” model. The value of dielectric constant (ε′) increases drastically on Zn doping. The dielectric loss factor (ε″) shows Debye like dipolar relaxation behavior. The observed peaks in loss factor (ε″) are attributed to the fact that a strong correlation between the conduction mechanism and the dielectric behavior exists in ferrites.

  5. Photo-induced change of dielectric response in BaCoSiO{sub 4} stuffed tridymite

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    Taniguchi, Hiroki Okamura, Takuma; Yamamoto, Takafumi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Terasaki, Ichiro; Moriwake, Hiroki; Kuwabara, Akihide; Itoh, Mitsuru

    2014-04-28

    The photodielectric effect is demonstrated in Mott-insulator BaCoSiO{sub 4} with a stuffed-tridymite-type structure under irradiation of visible light at 365 nm. The real part of dielectric permittivity is enhanced by ∼300% with little increase of tan δ in a low-frequency region. Results of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, first-principles calculations and dielectric measurements suggest that the photodielectric effect stems from a response of photo-excited electrons in an unoccupied upper-Hubbard band for 3d-orbitals of cobalt, which have significantly small mobility due to the unique configuration of Co ions in the stuffed-tridymite-type structure.

  6. Fast and non-invasive conductivity determination by the dielectric response of reduced graphene oxide: an electrostatic force microscopy study.

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    Gómez-Navarro, Cristina; Guzmán-Vázquez, Francisco J; Gómez-Herrero, Julio; Saenz, Juan J; Sacha, G M

    2012-11-21

    The high dispersion found in the literature for the conductivity of Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO) layers makes it highly desirable to develop fast and non-invasive methods for their characterization. Here we show that Electrostatic Force Microscopy (EFM) is an in situ, fast, and contactless technique to evaluate the conductivity of chemically derived graphene layers. The dielectric response of RGO flakes is observed to depend on their conductivity in the range of 0-3 S m(-1). Interestingly, we also find that for electrostatic purposes, a graphene layer is equivalent to an extremely thin dielectric layer with an effective permittivity (ε(eff)) that depends on the conductivity of the layers and spans from 5 for the insulating layers, to 2000 for the more conductive ones. We discuss how these high values of ε(eff) are a consequence of the incomplete screening of electric fields through graphene layers.

  7. Dielectric response of Sr2Ce2Ti5O15 ceramics reinforced high density polyethylene

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    Subodh, G.; Deepu, V.; Mohanan, P.; Sebastian, M. T.

    2009-11-01

    Sr2Ce2Ti5O15 ceramics prepared by solid-state route were employed to fabricate high density polyethylene composites using the melt mixing and hot moulding methods. The microstructural studies of the composites indicated agglomeration for more than 30 vol% loading of the ceramics. The dielectric properties of the composites were studied at radio and microwave frequencies. It is observed that relative permittivity and loss tangent increased with volume fraction of the ceramics. For 40 vol% loading of the ceramic, the composite had relative permittivity of 11 and dielectric loss of 0.006 at 8 GHz. The experimentally observed permittivity was compared with different theoretical models.

  8. Experimental investigation of electric and magnetic responses in composites with dielectric resonator inclusions at microwave frequencies

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    Giannakopoulou, T.; Niarchos, D.; Trapalis, C.

    2009-06-01

    Composites with ferroelectric cubic inclusions are experimentally investigated with coaxial line technique in the microwave frequency range 1-18 GHz. The composites exhibit dispersive effective magnetic and dielectric properties. Strengthening of magnetic resonances with the increase in the inclusions' number is observed. Electric resonances are damped out significantly due to material losses. The measurement results agree well with theoretical calculations based on Mie theory and Maxwell-Garnett mixing relation. Even number and symmetric arrangement of the inclusions are needed to receive true measurement image in the whole investigated range. Composites utilizing dielectric resonators are attractive in electromagnetic metamaterials fabrication.

  9. High-performance colossal permittivity materials of (Nb + Er) co-doped TiO2 for large capacitors and high-energy-density storage devices.

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    Tse, Mei-Yan; Wei, Xianhua; Hao, Jianhua

    2016-09-21

    The search for colossal permittivity (CP) materials is imperative because of their potential for promising applications in the areas of device miniaturization and energy storage. High-performance CP materials require high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss and relatively weak dependence of frequency- and temperature. In this work, we first investigate the CP behavior of rutile TiO2 ceramics co-doped with niobium and erbium, i.e., (Er0.5Nb0.5)xTi1-xO2. Excellent dielectric properties were observed in the materials, including a CP of up to 10(4)-10(5) and a low dielectric loss (tan δ) down to 0.03, which are lower than that of the previously reported co-doped TiO2 CP materials when measured at 1 kHz. Stabilities of frequency and temperature were also accomplished via doping Er and Nb. Valence states of the elements in the material were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Er induced secondary phases were observed using elemental mapping and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Consequently, this work may provide comprehensive guidance to develop high-performance CP materials for fully solid-state capacitor and energy storage applications. PMID:27530725

  10. High-performance colossal permittivity materials of (Nb + Er) co-doped TiO2 for large capacitors and high-energy-density storage devices.

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    Tse, Mei-Yan; Wei, Xianhua; Hao, Jianhua

    2016-09-21

    The search for colossal permittivity (CP) materials is imperative because of their potential for promising applications in the areas of device miniaturization and energy storage. High-performance CP materials require high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss and relatively weak dependence of frequency- and temperature. In this work, we first investigate the CP behavior of rutile TiO2 ceramics co-doped with niobium and erbium, i.e., (Er0.5Nb0.5)xTi1-xO2. Excellent dielectric properties were observed in the materials, including a CP of up to 10(4)-10(5) and a low dielectric loss (tan δ) down to 0.03, which are lower than that of the previously reported co-doped TiO2 CP materials when measured at 1 kHz. Stabilities of frequency and temperature were also accomplished via doping Er and Nb. Valence states of the elements in the material were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Er induced secondary phases were observed using elemental mapping and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Consequently, this work may provide comprehensive guidance to develop high-performance CP materials for fully solid-state capacitor and energy storage applications.

  11. Microstructure and Dielectric Response of SrTiO3/NdGaO3 Interdigitated Capacitors

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    Hodak,S.; Rogers, C.

    2008-01-01

    Epitaxial strontium titanate (SrTiO3 or STO) thin films were prepared by an off-axis pulsed laser deposition technique on neodymium gallate (NdGaO3 or NGO) substrates held at temperature of 820 C. This technique allows different film growth rates in a deposition. Coplanar capacitors were fabricated and dielectric responses were measured at 1 MHz and at 2 GHz, and from 300 K to 4 K. The electric field tunability of the dielectric constant and loss tangent were taken with a range of electric field. The structure and morphology of the films were analyzed using high-resolution X-ray diffractometry and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results showed that the films are crystalline with (1 0 0) orientation and the grains are columnar. Increased in-plane grain size and reduced surface to volume ratio were found to play a major role in improved performance of the film coplanar capacitors. The film with the growth rate of approximate 40 Angstroms /min showed the highest change in the dielectric constant with an electric field of 4 V/{mu}m. The film also showed the largest in-plane grain size of about 3000 Angstroms .

  12. Universal Behavior of Dielectric Responses of Glass Formers: Role of Dipole-Dipole Interactions

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    Paluch, M.; Knapik, J.; Wojnarowska, Z.; Grzybowski, A.; Ngai, K. L.

    2016-01-01

    From an exhaustive examination of the molecular dynamics in practically all van der Waals molecular glass formers ever probed by dielectric spectroscopy, we found that the width of the α -loss peak at or near the glass transition temperature Tg is strongly anticorrelated with the polarity of the molecule. The larger the dielectric relaxation strength Δ ɛ (Tg) of the system, the narrower is the α -loss peak. This remarkable property is explained by the contribution from the dipole-dipole interaction potential Vd d(r )=-D r-6 to the attractive part of the intermolecular potential, making the resultant potential more harmonic, and the effect increases rapidly with the dipole moment μ and Δ ɛ (Tg) in view of the relation, D ∝(μ4/k Tg)∝k Tg[Δɛ (Tg)] 2 . Since the novel correlation discovered encompasses practically all van der Waals molecular glass formers studied by dielectric spectroscopy, it impacts the large dielectric research community as well as those engaged in solving the glass transition problem.

  13. Room-temperature magneto-dielectric response in multiferroic ZnFe2O4/PMN-PT bilayer thin films

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    Garg, T.; Kulkarni, A. R.; Venkataramani, N.

    2016-08-01

    The magneto-dielectric response in multiferroic ZnFe2O4/PMN-PT bilayer thin films prepared on a glass substrate using RF magnetron sputtering has been investigated in this work. PMN-PT thin films (i.e. PMN-PT/LCMO/Pt/Ti/glass) deposited on glass were used as a substrate for deposition of ZnFe2O4 thin films. ZnFe2O4 thin films were annealed ex situ at different temperatures. Structural, magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric and magneto-dielectric studies were carried out on these multiferroic bilayer thin films. Structural studies revealed the presence of each layer in its respective single phase. Magnetic and ferroelectric studies revealed the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric behaviors of these bilayers. To quantify the magnetoelectric coupling, the dielectric constant of the bilayer was measured at room temperature as a function of frequency with and without the applied magnetic field. The magneto-dielectric response MD(%) was calculated by finding the relative change in dielectric constant at 1 kHz as a percentage. The observed MD response was correlated with magnetization of the ferrite layer. An MD response of 2.60% was found for a bilayer film annealed at 350 °C. At this particular annealing temperature, the ZnFe2O4 layer also has the highest saturation magnetization of 1900 G.

  14. Superconducting Clusters and Colossal Effects in Underdoped Cuprates

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    Alvarez, Gonzalo; Mayr, Matthias; Moreo, Adriana

    2005-03-01

    Phenomenological models for the antiferromagnetic vs. d-wave superconductivity competition in cuprates are studied[1] using conventional Monte Carlo techniques. The analysis suggests that cuprates may show a variety of different behaviors in the very underdoped regime: local coexistence, stripes, or, if disorder is present, states with nanoscale superconducting clusters. The transition from an antiferromagnetic to a superconducting state does not seem universal. In particular, inhomogeneous states lead to the possibility of colossal effects in some cuprates, analogous of those in manganites. Under suitable conditions, non-superconducting Cu-oxides could rapidly[2] become superconducting by the influence of weak perturbations that align the randomly oriented phases of the superconducting clusters in the mixed state. Consequences of these ideas for angle resolved photoemission and scanning tunneling microscopy experiments[3] will also discussed. [1] Alvarez et al., cond-mat/0401474, to appear in PRB. [2] I. Bozovic et al., PRL 93, 157002, (2004) [3] A. Ino et al., PRB 62, 4127 (2000); K. Lang et al, Nature 415, 412 (2002). Research performed in part at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  15. Colossal Ultraviolet Photoresponsivity of Few-Layer Black Phosphorus.

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    Wu, Jing; Koon, Gavin Kok Wai; Xiang, Du; Han, Cheng; Toh, Chee Tat; Kulkarni, Eeshan S; Verzhbitskiy, Ivan; Carvalho, Alexandra; Rodin, Aleksandr S; Koenig, Steven P; Eda, Goki; Chen, Wei; Neto, A H Castro; Özyilmaz, Barbaros

    2015-08-25

    Black phosphorus has an orthorhombic layered structure with a layer-dependent direct band gap from monolayer to bulk, making this material an emerging material for photodetection. Inspired by this and the recent excitement over this material, we studied the optoelectronics characteristics of high-quality, few-layer black phosphorus-based photodetectors over a wide spectrum ranging from near-ultraviolet (UV) to near-infrared (NIR). It is demonstrated for the first time that black phosphorus can be configured as an excellent UV photodetector with a specific detectivity ∼3 × 10(13) Jones. More critically, we found that the UV photoresponsivity can be significantly enhanced to ∼9 × 10(4) A W(-1) by applying a source-drain bias (VSD) of 3 V, which is the highest ever measured in any 2D material and 10(7) times higher than the previously reported value for black phosphorus. We attribute such a colossal UV photoresponsivity to the resonant-interband transition between two specially nested valence and conduction bands. These nested bands provide an unusually high density of states for highly efficient UV absorption due to the singularity of their nature.

  16. Colossal magnetocaloric effect in magneto-auxetic systems

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    Dudek, M. R.; Wojciechowski, K. W.; Grima, J. N.; Caruana-Gauci, R.; Dudek, K. K.

    2015-08-01

    We show that a mechanically driven magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in magneto-auxetic systems (MASs) in the vicinity of room temperature is possible and the effect can be colossal. Even at zero external magnetic field, the magnetic entropy change in this reversible process can be a few times larger in magnitude than in the case of the giant MCE discovered by Pecharsky and Gschneidner in Gd5(Si2Ge2). MAS represent a novel class of metamaterials having magnetic insertions embedded within a non-magnetic matrix which exhibits a negative Poisson’s ratio. The auxetic behaviour of the non-magnetic matrix may either enhance the magnetic ordering process or it may result in a transition to the disordered phase. In the MAS under consideration, a spin 1/2 system is chosen for the magnetic component and the well-known Onsager solution for the two-dimensional square lattice Ising model at zero external magnetic field is used to show that the isothermal change in magnetic entropy accompanying the auxetic behaviour can take a large value at room temperature. The practical importance of our findings is that MCE materials used in present engineering applications may be further enhanced by changing their geometry such that they exhibit auxetic behaviour.

  17. Role of structurally and magnetically modified nanoclusters in colossal magnetoresistance

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    Tao, Jing; Niebieskikwiat, Dario; Jie, Qing; Schofield, Marvin A.; Wu, Lijun; Li, Qiang; Zhu, Yimei

    2011-01-01

    It is generally accepted that electronic and magnetic phase separation is the origin of many of exotic properties of strongly correlated electron materials, such as colossal magnetoresistance (CMR), an unusually large variation in the electrical resistivity under applied magnetic field. In the simplest picture, the two competing phases are those associated with the material state on either side of the phase transition. Those phases would be paramagnetic insulator and ferromagnetic metal for the CMR effect in doped manganites. It has been speculated that a critical component of the CMR phenomenon is nanoclusters with quite different properties than either of the terminal phases during the transition. However, the role of these nanoclusters in the CMR effect remains elusive because the physical properties of the nanoclusters are hard to measure when embedded in bulk materials. Here we show the unexpected behavior of the nanoclusters in the CMR compound La1-xCaxMnO3 (0.4 ≤ x < 0.5) by directly correlating transmission electron microscopy observations with bulk measurements. The structurally modified nanoclusters at the CMR temperature were found to be ferromagnetic and exhibit much higher electrical conductivity than previously proposed. Only at temperatures much below the CMR transition, the nanoclusters are antiferromagnetic and insulating. These findings substantially alter the current understanding of these nanoclusters on the material’s functionality and would shed light on the microscopic study on the competing spin-lattice-charge orders in strongly correlated systems. PMID:22160678

  18. Joining Chemical Pressure and Epitaxial Strain to Yield Y-doped BiFeO3 Thin Films with High Dielectric Response.

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    Scarisoreanu, N D; Craciun, F; Birjega, R; Ion, V; Teodorescu, V S; Ghica, C; Negrea, R; Dinescu, M

    2016-01-01

    BiFeO3 is one of the most promising multiferroic materials but undergoes two major drawbacks: low dielectric susceptibility and high dielectric loss. Here we report high in-plane dielectric permittivity (ε' ∼2500) and low dielectric loss (tan δ < 0.01) obtained on Bi0.95Y0.05FeO3 films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (001) by pulsed laser deposition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analysis evidenced nanostripe domains with alternating compressive/tensile strain and slight lattice rotations. Nanoscale mixed phase/domain ensembles are commonly found in different complex materials with giant dielectric/electromechanical (ferroelectric/ relaxors) or magnetoresistance (manganites) response. Our work brings insight into the joined role of chemical pressure and epitaxial strain on the appearance of nanoscale stripe structure which creates conditions for easy reorientation and high dielectric response, and could be of more general relevance for the field of materials science where engineered materials with huge response to external stimuli are a highly priced target. PMID:27157090

  19. Joining Chemical Pressure and Epitaxial Strain to Yield Y-doped BiFeO3 Thin Films with High Dielectric Response.

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    Scarisoreanu, N D; Craciun, F; Birjega, R; Ion, V; Teodorescu, V S; Ghica, C; Negrea, R; Dinescu, M

    2016-05-09

    BiFeO3 is one of the most promising multiferroic materials but undergoes two major drawbacks: low dielectric susceptibility and high dielectric loss. Here we report high in-plane dielectric permittivity (ε' ∼2500) and low dielectric loss (tan δ < 0.01) obtained on Bi0.95Y0.05FeO3 films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (001) by pulsed laser deposition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analysis evidenced nanostripe domains with alternating compressive/tensile strain and slight lattice rotations. Nanoscale mixed phase/domain ensembles are commonly found in different complex materials with giant dielectric/electromechanical (ferroelectric/ relaxors) or magnetoresistance (manganites) response. Our work brings insight into the joined role of chemical pressure and epitaxial strain on the appearance of nanoscale stripe structure which creates conditions for easy reorientation and high dielectric response, and could be of more general relevance for the field of materials science where engineered materials with huge response to external stimuli are a highly priced target.

  20. Joining Chemical Pressure and Epitaxial Strain to Yield Y-doped BiFeO3 Thin Films with High Dielectric Response

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    Scarisoreanu, N. D.; Craciun, F.; Birjega, R.; Ion, V.; Teodorescu, V. S.; Ghica, C.; Negrea, R.; Dinescu, M.

    2016-05-01

    BiFeO3 is one of the most promising multiferroic materials but undergoes two major drawbacks: low dielectric susceptibility and high dielectric loss. Here we report high in-plane dielectric permittivity (ε’ ∼2500) and low dielectric loss (tan δ < 0.01) obtained on Bi0.95Y0.05FeO3 films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (001) by pulsed laser deposition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analysis evidenced nanostripe domains with alternating compressive/tensile strain and slight lattice rotations. Nanoscale mixed phase/domain ensembles are commonly found in different complex materials with giant dielectric/electromechanical (ferroelectric/ relaxors) or magnetoresistance (manganites) response. Our work brings insight into the joined role of chemical pressure and epitaxial strain on the appearance of nanoscale stripe structure which creates conditions for easy reorientation and high dielectric response, and could be of more general relevance for the field of materials science where engineered materials with huge response to external stimuli are a highly priced target.

  1. Joining Chemical Pressure and Epitaxial Strain to Yield Y-doped BiFeO3 Thin Films with High Dielectric Response

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    Scarisoreanu, N. D.; Craciun, F.; Birjega, R.; Ion, V.; Teodorescu, V. S.; Ghica, C.; Negrea, R.; Dinescu, M.

    2016-01-01

    BiFeO3 is one of the most promising multiferroic materials but undergoes two major drawbacks: low dielectric susceptibility and high dielectric loss. Here we report high in-plane dielectric permittivity (ε’ ∼2500) and low dielectric loss (tan δ < 0.01) obtained on Bi0.95Y0.05FeO3 films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (001) by pulsed laser deposition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analysis evidenced nanostripe domains with alternating compressive/tensile strain and slight lattice rotations. Nanoscale mixed phase/domain ensembles are commonly found in different complex materials with giant dielectric/electromechanical (ferroelectric/ relaxors) or magnetoresistance (manganites) response. Our work brings insight into the joined role of chemical pressure and epitaxial strain on the appearance of nanoscale stripe structure which creates conditions for easy reorientation and high dielectric response, and could be of more general relevance for the field of materials science where engineered materials with huge response to external stimuli are a highly priced target. PMID:27157090

  2. Kinetics of 90° domain wall motions and high frequency mesoscopic dielectric response in strained ferroelectrics: A phase-field simulation

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    Chu, P.; Chen, D. P.; Wang, Y. L.; Xie, Y. L.; Yan, Z. B.; Wan, J. G.; Liu, J.-M.; Li, J. Y.

    2014-01-01

    The dielectric and ferroelectric behaviors of a ferroelectric are substantially determined by its domain structure and domain wall dynamics at mesoscopic level. A relationship between the domain walls and high frequency mesoscopic dielectric response is highly appreciated for high frequency applications of ferroelectrics. In this work we investigate the low electric field driven motion of 90°-domain walls and the frequency-domain spectrum of dielectric permittivity in normally strained ferroelectric lattice using the phase-field simulations. It is revealed that, the high-frequency dielectric permittivity is spatially inhomogeneous and reaches the highest value on the 90°-domain walls. A tensile strain favors the parallel domains but suppresses the kinetics of the 90° domain wall motion driven by electric field, while the compressive strain results in the opposite behaviors. The physics underlying the wall motions and thus the dielectric response is associated with the long-range elastic energy. The major contribution to the dielectric response is from the polarization fluctuations on the 90°-domain walls, which are more mobile than those inside the domains. The relevance of the simulated results wth recent experiments is discussed. PMID:24845806

  3. Colossal magnetoelectric effect in Co3TeO6 family of compounds

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    Artyukhin, Sergey; Oh, Yoon Seok; Yang, Jun Jie; Zapf, Vivien; Kim, Jae Wook; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Vanderbilt, David

    2014-03-01

    Multiferroic Co3TeO6 and related materials attracted much attention recently due to their rich phase diagrams, magnetic field - driven electric polarization and incommensurate spin structures. We model the interacting magnetic and ferroelectric degrees of freedom in these compounds with Landau-type theory and calculate the phase diagram. Comparison of our results with experiment reveals that a particular magnetic anisotropy in some of the compounds results in a second-order spin-flop transition, associated with a large change of polarization. In the vicinity of the transition the spin-flopped phase can be stabilized by a small external magnetic field, which gives rise to a colossal magnetoelectric effect, recently demostrated experimentally. Furthermore, we analyze the types of domain walls that can occur in these materials, and study their interactions. The clamping of domain walls of different types enables the cross-control of ferroic orderings, although they may not be coupled in the bulk. We corraborate our results with ab-initio computations of the polarization, piezoelectric response and optical properties. Our results could pave the way to the design of a new generation of magnetoelectric devices. The work at Rutgers University was supported by the NSF under Grant NSF-DMREF-1233349.

  4. Dielectric response of transformer oil based ferrofluid in low frequency range

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    Rajnak, M.; Kurimsky, J.; Dolnik, B.; Marton, K.; Tomco, L.; Taculescu, A.; Vekas, L.; Kovac, J.; Vavra, I.; Tothova, J.; Kopcansky, P.; Timko, M.

    2013-07-01

    In this article, our experimental study of the dynamic dielectric behaviour of transformer oil-based ferrofluid with magnetite nanoparticles is presented. Frequency-dependent dielectric permittivity and dissipation factor were measured within the frequency range from 20 Hz to 2 MHz by a capacitance method. The ferrofluid samples were placed in a liquid crystal cell, and experiments were carried out in an electromagnetically anechoic chamber. Two polarization processes and corresponding relaxations were revealed within the applied frequency range. Schwarz theory of electric double layer polarization is used to explain the low frequency relaxation maximum. Moreover, the shift of the maximum position towards higher frequencies is observed as the magnetic volume fraction in the ferrofluid increases. The related decrease in relaxation time due to higher counterion mobility is analysed. Reduced electric field intensity due to depolarization field, which is dependent on the particle concentration, is proposed as the reason for the maxima shift. This assumption is wholly supported by a complementary experiment.

  5. Nanostructure and free volume effects in enhancing the dielectric response of strongly dipolar polymers

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    Dong, Rui; Thakur, Yash; Ranjan, Vivek; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco; Zhang, Qiming; Bernholc, Jerry

    Materials for capacitive energy storage with high energy density and low loss are desired in many fields. We perform multiscale simulations to investigate several members of the aromatic polyurea family. We find that the disordered structures with misaligned chains have considerably larger dielectric constants, due to significant increase in the free volume, which leads to easier reorientation of dipolar groups in the presence of an electric field. Large segment motion is still not allowed below the glass transition temperature, upholding the very low loss at high field and elevated temperature that we observe experimentally. Optimization of the nanostructure and free volume effects thus provides a new, very promising pathway for the design of high-performance dielectrics for capacitive energy storage.

  6. Peculiarities of the dielectric response of the silver-modified-zeolite porous microstructure

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    Bunyatova, U.; Ozturk Koc, S.; Orbukh, V. I.; Eyvazova, G. M.; Agamaliev, Z. A.; Lebedeva, N. N.; Koçum, İ. C.; Salamov, B. G.; Ozer, M.

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize electrical conductivity and dielectrical properties of the silver-exchanged zeolite - natural clinoptilolite from Western part of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the range of frequencies from 200 Hz to 1 MHz and at room temperature. For a better understanding the effect of concentration and content of silver in the nanoporous zeolite volume on the conductivity, a study of the dielectric properties of an un-modified and silver-modified zeolite plates with different amounts of Ag ions and Ag nanoparticles is performed. Un-modified and three different types of the silver ion-exchanged modified clinoptilolite plates were prepared. It was found, that with increasing silver concentration, resistance of zeolite plate monotonically decreases at the same time a capacitance is increases. It is suggested an explanation of the observed frequency dependence of the capacitance and resistance of zeolite plates on the silver concentrations may be explain on the basis of an electrode-dielectric interface gap model. At the same time, the observed phenomenon can be explained by considering the fact that with increasing content of silver the conductivity increases. These results show that Ag nanoparticles play significant role for performance improvement in plasma electronic devices with zeolite cathode.

  7. Time-dependent non-equilibrium dielectric response in QM/continuum approaches.

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    Ding, Feizhi; Lingerfelt, David B; Mennucci, Benedetta; Li, Xiaosong

    2015-01-21

    The Polarizable Continuum Models (PCMs) are some of the most inexpensive yet successful methods for including the effects of solvation in quantum-mechanical calculations of molecular systems. However, when applied to the electronic excitation process, these methods are restricted to dichotomously assuming either that the solvent has completely equilibrated with the excited solute charge density (infinite-time limit), or that it retains the configuration that was in equilibrium with the solute prior to excitation (zero-time limit). This renders the traditional PCMs inappropriate for resolving time-dependent solvent effects on non-equilibrium solute electron dynamics like those implicated in the instants following photoexcitation of a solvated molecular species. To extend the existing methods to this non-equilibrium regime, we herein derive and apply a new formalism for a general time-dependent continuum embedding method designed to be propagated alongside the solute's electronic degrees of freedom in the time domain. Given the frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the solvent, an equation of motion for the dielectric polarization is derived within the PCM framework and numerically integrated simultaneously with the time-dependent Hartree fock/density functional theory equations. Results for small molecular systems show the anticipated dipole quenching and electronic state dephasing/relaxation resulting from out-of-phase charge fluctuations in the dielectric and embedded quantum system.

  8. Time-dependent non-equilibrium dielectric response in QM/continuum approaches

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    Ding, Feizhi; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong E-mail: li@chem.washington.edu; Mennucci, Benedetta E-mail: li@chem.washington.edu

    2015-01-21

    The Polarizable Continuum Models (PCMs) are some of the most inexpensive yet successful methods for including the effects of solvation in quantum-mechanical calculations of molecular systems. However, when applied to the electronic excitation process, these methods are restricted to dichotomously assuming either that the solvent has completely equilibrated with the excited solute charge density (infinite-time limit), or that it retains the configuration that was in equilibrium with the solute prior to excitation (zero-time limit). This renders the traditional PCMs inappropriate for resolving time-dependent solvent effects on non-equilibrium solute electron dynamics like those implicated in the instants following photoexcitation of a solvated molecular species. To extend the existing methods to this non-equilibrium regime, we herein derive and apply a new formalism for a general time-dependent continuum embedding method designed to be propagated alongside the solute’s electronic degrees of freedom in the time domain. Given the frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the solvent, an equation of motion for the dielectric polarization is derived within the PCM framework and numerically integrated simultaneously with the time-dependent Hartree fock/density functional theory equations. Results for small molecular systems show the anticipated dipole quenching and electronic state dephasing/relaxation resulting from out-of-phase charge fluctuations in the dielectric and embedded quantum system.

  9. The origin of giant dielectric relaxation and electrical responses of grains and grain boundaries of W-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics

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    Thongbai, Prasit; Jumpatam, Jutapol; Putasaeng, Bundit; Yamwong, Teerapon; Maensiri, Santi

    2012-12-01

    The origin of giant dielectric relaxation behavior and related electrical properties of grains and grain boundaries (GBs) of W6+-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics were studied using admittance and impedance spectroscopy analyses based on the brick-work layer model. Substitution of 1.0 at. % W6+ caused a slight decrease in GB capacitance, leading to a small decrease in the low-frequency dielectric constant. Surprisingly, W6+ doping ions have remarkable effects on the macroscopic dielectric relaxation and electrical properties of grains. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis suggested that the large enhancements of grain resistance and conduction activation energy of grains for the W6+-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramic are caused by reductions in concentrations of Cu3+ and Ti3+ ions. Considering variation of dielectric properties together with changes in electrical properties of the W6+-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramic, correlation between giant dielectric properties and electrical responses of grains and GBs can be described well by the internal barrier layer capacitor model. This model can ascribe mechanisms related to giant dielectric response and relaxation behavior in CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics.

  10. Identification of defect distribution at ferroelectric domain walls from evolution of nonlinear dielectric response during the aging process

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    Mokrý, Pavel; Sluka, Tomáš

    2016-02-01

    The motion of ferroelectric domain walls greatly contributes to the macroscopic dielectric and piezoelectric response of ferroelectric materials. The domain-wall motion through the ferroelectric material is, however, hindered by pinning on crystal defects, which substantially reduces these contributions. Here, using thermodynamic models based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, we find a relation between the microscopic reversible motion of nonferroelastic 180∘ domain walls interacting with a periodic array of pinning centers and the nonlinear macroscopic permittivity. We show that the reversible motion of domain walls can be split into two basic modes: first, the bending of a domain wall between pinning centers, and, second, the uniform movement of the domain-wall plane. We show that their respective contributions may change when the distribution of pinning centers is rearranged during the material aging. We demonstrate that it is possible to indicate which mechanism of the domain-wall motion is affected during material aging. This allows one to judge whether the defects only homogeneously accumulate at domain walls or prefer to align in certain directions inside the domain-wall plane. We suggest that this information can be obtained using simple macroscopic dielectric measurements and a proper analysis of the nonlinear response. Our results may therefore serve as a simple and useful tool to obtain details on domain-wall pinning in an aging process.

  11. Terahertz dielectric response of photoexcited carriers in Si revealed via single-shot optical-pump and terahertz-probe spectroscopy

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    Minami, Yasuo; Horiuchi, Kohei; Masuda, Kaisei; Takeda, Jun; Katayama, Ikufumi

    2015-10-26

    We have demonstrated accurate observations of terahertz (THz) dielectric response due to photoexcited carriers in a Si plate via single-shot optical-pump and THz-probe spectroscopy. In contrast to conventional THz time-domain spectroscopy, this spectroscopic technique allows single-shot detection of the THz response of materials at a given delay time between the pump and THz pulses, thereby sufficiently extending the time interval between the pump pulses. As a result, we can accurately measure the dielectric properties of materials, while avoiding artifacts in the response caused by the accumulation of long-lived photoexcited carriers. Using our single-shot scheme, the transmittance of a Si plate was measured in the range of 0.5–2.5 THz with different pump fluences. Based on a Drude model analysis, the optically induced complex dielectric constant, plasma frequency, and damping rate in the THz region were quantitatively evaluated.

  12. Broadband effective magnetic response of inorganic dielectric resonator-based metamaterial for microwave applications

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    Yahiaoui, R.; Chung, U.-C.; Burokur, S. N.; de Lustrac, A.; Elissalde, C.; Maglione, M.; Vigneras, V.; Mounaix, P.

    2014-03-01

    A single-sized dielectric cylinder-based metamaterial is fabricated from TiO2 nanoparticles, using a bottom-up approach. The sub-elements constituting the metalayer are embedded in a nonmagnetic transparent host matrix in the microwave regime and arranged in a square lattice. We demonstrate numerically and experimentally a broadband magnetic activity. The key feature to achieve this performance remains in the high aspect ratio of the metamaterial building blocks. This is a very promising step towards complex electromagnetic functions, involving low-cost metamaterials with simple fabrication.

  13. Defect Complex Effect in Nb Doped TiO2 Ceramics with Colossal Permittivity

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    Li, Fuchao; Shang, Baoqiang; Liang, Pengfei; Wei, Lingling; Yang, Zupei

    2016-10-01

    Donor-doped Nb x Ti1- x O2 ( x = 1%, 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8%) ceramics with giant permittivity (>104) and a very low dielectric loss (˜0.05) were sintered under flowing N2 at 1400°C for 10 h. By increasing Nb doping concentration, two different dielectric responses were evidenced in the frequency dependence of dielectric properties of Nb doped TiO2 ceramics, which corresponded to the space charge polarization and the electron-pinned defect-dipoles effect, respectively. Especially, combined with the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, the electron-pinned defect-dipoles induced by the 2({Nb}^{5 + } )_{{Ti}}^{ bullet } to 4({Ti}^{3 + } )^'_{{Ti}} leftarrow {V}_{{o}}^{ bullet bullet } defect complex were further confirmed to give rise to both their high ɛr and low tan δ in the high frequency range for the Nb x Ti1- x O2 ceramics with x > 4%.

  14. Evaluation of area strain response of dielectric elastomer actuator using image processing technique

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    Sahu, Raj K.; Sudarshan, Koyya; Patra, Karali; Bhaumik, Shovan

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) is a kind of soft actuators that can produce significantly large electric-field induced actuation strain and may be a basic unit of artificial muscles and robotic elements. Understanding strain development on a pre-stretched sample at different regimes of electrical field is essential for potential applications. In this paper, we report about ongoing work on determination of area strain using digital camera and image processing technique. The setup, developed in house consists of low cost digital camera, data acquisition and image processing algorithm. Samples have been prepared by biaxially stretched acrylic tape and supported between two cardboard frames. Carbon-grease has been pasted on the both sides of the sample, which will be compliant with electric field induced large deformation. Images have been grabbed before and after the application of high voltage. From incremental image area, strain has been calculated as a function of applied voltage on a pre-stretched dielectric elastomer (DE) sample. Area strain has been plotted with the applied voltage for different pre-stretched samples. Our study shows that the area strain exhibits nonlinear relationship with applied voltage. For same voltage higher area strain has been generated on a sample having higher pre-stretched value. Also our characterization matches well with previously published results which have been done with costly video extensometer. The study may be helpful for the designers to fabricate the biaxial pre-stretched planar actuator from similar kind of materials.

  15. Elbow- and hinge-bending motions of IgG: Dielectric response and dynamic feature.

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    Hayashi, Yoshihito; Yagihara, Shin

    2016-09-01

    Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is a Y-shaped globular protein consisting of two Fab segments connecting to an Fc segment with a flexible hinge region, in which the Fab segments show secondary flexibility at an "elbow" region. In the present work, the hinge-bending and elbow-bending motions of aqueous solutions of IgG by microwave dielectric measurements below the freezing point of bulk water was observed. The presence of unfreezable water around the macromolecules reduced the effects of steric hindrance normally generated by ice and enabled the intramolecular motions of IgG. At the same time, the overall IgG molecule rotation was restricted by ice. Papain digestion and reduction of the disulfide linkage at the hinge region was used to generate Fab and Fc fragments. In solutions of these fragments, the dielectric relaxation process of the hinge-bending motion was absent, although the elbow-bending motion remained. Three relaxation processes were observed for papain-digested IgG. The high, middle, and low frequency processes were attributed to unfrozen water, local peptide motions cooperating with bound water, and the elbow-bending motion, respectively. In the case of the intact IgG, an additional relaxation process due to the hinge-bending motion was observed at frequencies lower than that of the elbow-bending motion. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 105: 626-632, 2016. PMID:27018805

  16. Dielectric response of polyethersulphone (PES) polymer irradiated with 145 MeV Ne{sup 6+} ions

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    Ali, S. Asad; Khan, Wasi; Naqvi, A. H.; Kumar, Rajesh; Prasad, R.

    2013-02-05

    Heavy ion irradiation produces modifications in polymers and adapts their electrical, chemical and optical properties in the form of rearrangement of bonding, cross-linking, chain scission and formation of carbon rich clusters. Modification depends on the ion, its energy and fluence and the polymeric material. In the present work, a study of the dielectric response of pristine and heavy ion irradiated Polyethersulphone (PES) polymer film is carried out. 250 {mu}m thick PES films were irradiated to the fluences of 10{sup 12} and 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} with Ne{sup 6+} ions of 145 MeV energy from Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata On irradiation with heavy ions dielectric constant ({epsilon} Prime ) decreases at higher frequencies and increases with fluences. Variation of loss factor (tan {delta}) with frequency for pristine and irradiated with Si ions reveals that tan {delta} increases as the frequency increases. The tan{delta} also increases with fluence. Tan {delta} has positive values indicating the dominance of inductive behavior.

  17. Extraordinary colossal magnetoresistance in La 0.67Ca 0.33Mn 1- xCr xO 3 ( x⩽0.3)

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    Sun, Young; Tong, Wei; Xu, Xiaojun; Zhang, Yuheng

    2001-06-01

    The magnetic and magnetotransport properties of La 0.67Ca 0.33Mn 1- xCr xO 3 ( x⩽0.3) perovskites have been studied. It was found that Cr doping is impotent in driving Curie temperature Tc but brings about cluster glass behaviors. Moreover, the substitution with Cr on Mn sites introduces extraordinary electrical transport and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) behavior, characterized by double peaks. As a result, the temperature range of CMR response is greatly broadened. These results suggest that Cr doping could be a potent way in tuning CMR.

  18. Simulating the Radio-Frequency Dielectric Response of Relaxor Ferroelectrics: Combination of Coarse-Grained Hamiltonians and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Geneste, Grégory; Bellaiche, L.; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2016-06-01

    The radio-frequency dielectric response of the lead-free Ba (Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3 relaxor ferroelectric is simulated using a coarse-grained Hamiltonian. This concept, taken from real-space renormalization group theories, allows us to depict the collective behavior of correlated local modes gathered in blocks. Free-energy barriers for their thermally activated collective hopping are deduced from this ab initio-based approach, and used as input data for kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The resulting numerical scheme allows us to simulate the dielectric response for external field frequencies ranging from kHz up to a few tens of MHz for the first time and to demonstrate, e.g., that local (electric or elastic) random fields lead to the dielectric relaxation in the radio-frequency range that has been observed in relaxors.

  19. Simulating the Radio-Frequency Dielectric Response of Relaxor Ferroelectrics: Combination of Coarse-Grained Hamiltonians and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations.

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    Geneste, Grégory; Bellaiche, L; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2016-06-17

    The radio-frequency dielectric response of the lead-free Ba(Zr_{0.5}Ti_{0.5})O_{3} relaxor ferroelectric is simulated using a coarse-grained Hamiltonian. This concept, taken from real-space renormalization group theories, allows us to depict the collective behavior of correlated local modes gathered in blocks. Free-energy barriers for their thermally activated collective hopping are deduced from this ab initio-based approach, and used as input data for kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The resulting numerical scheme allows us to simulate the dielectric response for external field frequencies ranging from kHz up to a few tens of MHz for the first time and to demonstrate, e.g., that local (electric or elastic) random fields lead to the dielectric relaxation in the radio-frequency range that has been observed in relaxors.

  20. Griffiths phase and colossal magnetoresistance in Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 oxygen-deficient thin films

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    Solin, N. I.; Korolyov, A. V.; Medvedev, Yu. V.; Nikolaenko, Yu. M.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Prokhorov, A. Yu.; Levchenko, G. G.

    2013-05-01

    This work is devoted to study the influence of the Griffiths phase in colossal magnetoresistance manganites. Griffiths-phase-like behavior of the paramagnetic susceptibility χ0 is observed in Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 oxygen-deficient thin films fabricated by magnetron sputtering deposition. In Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3-δ films with oxygen deficiency for ТG≈260-280 K>T>TC=138 K (ТG and ТС—Griffiths and Curie temperatures, respectively), paramagnetic matrix consists of a magnetic phase with short-range order (˜1-1.5 nm) (which is responsible for the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) above ТС), and is embedded in this matrix region with long-range ferromagnetic order (≫10 nm), responsible for the Griffiths phase-like behavior of the paramagnetic susceptibility. Electrical resistivity is caused by carrier tunneling between the localized states and obeys the Efros-Shklovskii law. Magnetic resistivity is caused by change of the localized state sizes under the magnetic field. The temperature and magnetic field dependencies of size of the phase inhomogeneity inclusions, found from measurements of magneto-transport properties, can be satisfactorily described by the model of thermodynamic phase separation into metallic droplets of small radius in a paramagnetic matrix. Intrinsic nanoscale inhomogeneities caused by thermodynamic phase separation, rather than the Griffiths phase, determine the electrical resistivity and colossal magnetoresistance of the films. In half-doped manganites, the nature of long-range ordered magnetic phases may be related, besides the chemical heterogeneity, to proximity to a ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic boundary at the phase diagram as well. The results are in good agreement with the model of existence of an analog of Griffiths phase temperature in half-doped manganites.

  1. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in stratified media with nonlinearity in both dielectric and magnetic responses.

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    Kim, Kihong; Phung, D K; Rotermund, F; Lim, H

    2008-01-21

    We develop a generalized version of the invariant imbedding method, which allows us to solve the electromagnetic wave equations in arbitrarily inhomogeneous stratified media where both the dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability depend on the strengths of the electric and magnetic fields, in a numerically accurate and efficient manner. We apply our method to a uniform nonlinear slab and find that in the presence of strong external radiation, an initially uniform medium of positive refractive index can spontaneously change into a highly inhomogeneous medium where regions of positive or negative refractive index as well as metallic regions appear. We also study the wave transmission properties of periodic nonlinear media and the influence of nonlinearity on the mode conversion phenomena in inhomogeneous plasmas. We argue that our theory is very useful in the study of the optical properties of a variety of nonlinear media including nonlinear negative index media fabricated using wires and split-ring resonators.

  2. Slow dielectric response of Debye-type in water and other hydrogen bonded liquids

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    Jansson, Helén; Bergman, Rikard; Swenson, Jan

    2010-05-01

    The slow dynamics of some hydrogen bonded glass-forming liquids has been investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. We show that the polyalcohols glycerol, xylitol, and sorbitol, and mixtures of glycerol and water, and in fact, even pure water exhibit a process of Debye character at longer time-scales than the glass transition and viscosity related α-relaxation. Even if it is less pronounced, this process displays many similarities to the well-studied Debye-like process in monoalcohols. It can be observed in both the negative derivative of the real part of the permittivity or in the imaginary part of the permittivity, if the conductivity contribution is reduced. In the present study the conductivity contribution has been suppressed by use of a thin Teflon film placed between the sample and one of the electrodes. The new findings might have important implications for the structure and dynamics of hydrogen bonded liquids in general, and for water in particular.

  3. Dielectric Response and Born Dynamic Charge of BN Nanotubes from Ab Initio Finite Electric Field Calculations

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    Guo, Guang-Yu; Ishibashi, Shoji; Tamura, Tomoyuki; Terakura, Kiyoyuki

    2007-03-01

    Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in 1991 by Iijima, carbon and other nanotubes have attracted considerable interest worldwide because of their unusual properties and also great potentials for technological applications. Though CNTs continue to attract great interest, other nanotubes such as BN nanotubes (BN-NTs) may offer different opportunities that CNTs cannot provide. In this contribution, we present the results of our recent systematic ab initio calculations of the static dielectric constant, electric polarizability, Born dynamical charge, electrostriction coefficient and piezoelectric constant of BN-NTs using the latest crystalline finite electric field theory [1]. [1] I. Souza, J. Iniguez, and D. Vanderbilt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 117602 (2002); P. Umari and A. Pasquarello, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 157602 (2002).

  4. Strong domain configuration dependence of the nonlinear dielectric response in (K,Na)NbO{sub 3}-based ceramics

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    Huan, Yu; Wang, Xiaohui Li, Longtu; Koruza, Jurij

    2015-11-16

    The nonlinear dielectric response in (Na{sub 0.52}K{sub 0.4425}Li{sub 0.0375})(Nb{sub 0.92−x}Ta{sub x}Sb{sub 0.08})O{sub 3} ceramics with different amounts of Ta was measured using subcoercive electric fields and quantified by the Rayleigh model. The irreversible extrinsic contribution, mainly caused by the irreversible domain wall translation, was strongly dependent on the domain configuration. The irreversible extrinsic contributions remained approximately the same within the single-phase regions, either orthorhombic or tetragonal, due to the similar domain morphology. However, in the polymorphic phase transition region, the domain wall density was increased by minimized domain size, as observed by transmission electron microscopy. This resulted in constrained domain wall motion due to self-clamping and reduced the irreversible extrinsic contribution.

  5. Dielectric response of pure and doped-GaSe crystals studied by an indigenously developed broadband THz-TDS system

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    Das, Amit C.; Bhattacharya, S.; Mandal, K. C.; Mondal, S.; Jewariya, M.; Ozaki, T.; Bhaktha, S. N. B.; Datta, P. K.

    2016-04-01

    Publisher's Note: This paper, originally published on 12 July 2016, was replaced with a corrected/revised version on 26 July 2016. If you downloaded the original PDF but are unable to access the revision, please contact SPIE Digital Library Customer Service for assistance. We have developed a terahertz time domain spectroscopy system (THz TDS). For THz generation, optical rectification process and for detection, electro-optic sampling processes are used. Identical < 110 > cut ZnTe crystals are used for both generation and detection of THz radiation.This spectroscopy system can be used for the noninvasive and contactless electrical and optical characterizations of various samples. In this work spectroscopic measurements of pure, Chromium and Indium doped GaSe crystals within 0.4 THz to 3 THz range are taken by the developed set-up to study the dielectric response of the samples.

  6. Spectroscopic and dielectric response of zinc bismuth phosphate glasses as a function of chromium content

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    Rao, P. Srinivasa; Babu, P. Ramesh; Vijay, R.; Narendrudu, T.; Veeraiah, N.; Rao, D. Krishna

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: 20ZnF{sub 2}–(20 − x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–60P{sub 2}O{sub 5}:xCr{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤2 mol%) glasses are prepared by melt quenching technique. The optical absorption spectra of present glasses are analyzed as a function of chromium content. The absorption bands are assigned to {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 4}T{sub 1g}(F), {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 4}T{sub 2g}(F), {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 2}T{sub 1g}(G) and {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 2}E{sub g}(G) transitions of Cr{sup 3+} ions. - Highlights: • ZnF{sub 2}–Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–P{sub 2}O{sub 5}:Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses were prepared by melt quenching and annealing. • Spectroscopic and dielectric properties of chromium ions were investigated. • ESR and optical absorption spectra indicate the co-existence of Cr{sup 6+} ions with Cr{sup 5+} ions and Cr{sup 3+} ions. • Cr{sup 3+} ions act as modifiers and influence the semiconducting nature of the glass system. - Abstract: 20ZnF{sub 2}–(20 − x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–60P{sub 2}O{sub 5}:xCr{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤2 mol%) glasses are prepared by melt quenching technique. Amorphous nature of these samples is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. FTIR study reveals bands due to CrO{sub 6}(o{sub d}) and CrO{sub 4}{sup 2−}(T{sub d}) units along with conventional phosphate groups. The optical absorption and ESR studies of present glasses are analyzed as a function of chromium content. The absorption bands are assigned to {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 4}T{sub 1g}(F), {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 4}T{sub 2g}(F), {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 2}T{sub 1g}(G) and {sup 4}A{sub 2g}(F) ⟶ {sup 2}E{sub g}(G) transitions of Cr{sup 3+} ions. The highest concentration of Cr{sup 3+} ions (in octahedral sites, with network modifying positions) is found in the sample with 2.0 mol% of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The analysis of dielectric properties indicates a gradual increase in semiconducting character with increase in the concentration of

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Enhanced non-linear optical response in hybrid GSPN crystals: Structural, optical and dielectric analysis

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    Khandpekar, M. M.; Dongare, S. S.; Patil, S. B.; Pati, S. P.

    2011-03-01

    Transparent and well defined crystals of GSPN series have been grown with alpha-glycine in simultaneous presence of two nitrates (NaNO 3 and KNO 3). Transparent and well defined crystals (22 mm × 13 mm × 5 mm) have been obtained in 3-4 weeks time by slow cooling. Addition of a strong acid (0.5% HCl) during growth is seen to enhance solubility, SHG efficiency by 2.78 times, Meyer's hardness index by 1.7 times and M.P by 42 °C of that of GSPN crystals. The SHG efficiency of acid added-GSPN has been found to be more than that of KDP crystal. GSPN is found to crystallize in orthorhombic symmetry and the presence of chemical components/groups has been identified by CHNS, EDAX and NMR analysis. Comparative FTIR and Laser Raman analysis shows the presence of active peaks indicating the molecule with a lack of center of symmetry. The UV spectrum shows existence of wide transparency window suitable for optoelectronic applications with band gap energy of about 5.72 eV. The crystals exhibit linear I-V characteristic followed by switching at 41 V/cm. The dielectric loss was seen to decrease exponentially with applied frequency from 100 Hz to 1 MHz.

  10. Fano resonance and tunability of optical response in double-sided dielectric gratings

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    Zheng, Gaige; Zhao, Lilong; Qian, Liming; Xian, Fenglin; Xu, Linhua

    2016-01-01

    A tunable resonant doubled-sided dielectric grating (DSDG) structure has been designed for operating in the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength range under transverse electric (TE) polarization. The rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) is applied to determine the optical characteristics, and the reflection resonance of the grating structure is analyzed by varying their geometrical parameters. The excited sharp Fano resonance (FR) is demonstrated numerically that does not occur in single layer grating. The maximal magnitude of electric field in the spacing layer sandwiched by the gratings is 35 times enhanced compared with incident filed, that dues to the waveguide resonance, which can be excited by a normally incident plane wave in the proposed design. The relationship between structure parameters of DSG and the reflectance spectrum in order to guarantee the appearance of FR in the designed structure is fully investigated. An optical refractive index (RI) sensor with a potential sensitivity of 602.15 nm/RIU is designed based on the proposed structure. The method demonstrated may lead to potential applications for the design of tunable filter or modulator with narrow-band with a wide range of potential applications including telecommunications, optical information processing, and optical sensors.

  11. Theoretical study of optical dielectric response of ZnO nanostructure film deposited on silica substrate using Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory

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    Bissa, Shivangi; Naruka, Preeti; Bishnoi, Nidhi

    2016-05-01

    In the present study the dielectric optical response of various nanostructures of ZnO deposited on silica substrate has been studied using Maxwell-Garnett Effective Medium Theory. Using the volume filling factors for different nanostructures of ZnO the effective dielectric constant has been evaluated. The variation of this effective dielectric constant with the frequency of applied signal has been investigated. Moreover, the reflectance of the film, power absorption and variation of refractive index with frequency has been studied. The results obtained show that the quantum confinement effects in ZnO nano-structural films deposited on silica substrate give rise to distinct optical properties making it an ideal choice for high power THz generation.

  12. Control-focused, nonlinear and time-varying modelling of dielectric elastomer actuators with frequency response analysis

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    Jacobs, William R.; Wilson, Emma D.; Assaf, Tareq; Rossiter, Jonathan; Dodd, Tony J.; Porrill, John; Anderson, Sean R.

    2015-05-01

    Current models of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are mostly constrained to first principal descriptions that are not well suited to the application of control design due to their computational complexity. In this work we describe an integrated framework for the identification of control focused, data driven and time-varying DEA models that allow advanced analysis of nonlinear system dynamics in the frequency-domain. Experimentally generated input-output data (voltage-displacement) was used to identify control-focused, nonlinear and time-varying dynamic models of a set of film-type DEAs. The model description used was the nonlinear autoregressive with exogenous input structure. Frequency response analysis of the DEA dynamics was performed using generalized frequency response functions, providing insight and a comparison into the time-varying dynamics across a set of DEA actuators. The results demonstrated that models identified within the presented framework provide a compact and accurate description of the system dynamics. The frequency response analysis revealed variation in the time-varying dynamic behaviour of DEAs fabricated to the same specifications. These results suggest that the modelling and analysis framework presented here is a potentially useful tool for future work in guiding DEA actuator design and fabrication for application domains such as soft robotics.

  13. Dielectric siphons.

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    Jones, T. B.; Perry, M. P.; Melcher, J. R.

    1971-01-01

    The normally weak polarization force density, exerted on insulating dielectric liquids by a nonuniform electric field, is enhanced if high pressures are used. The nonuniform electric field acts as an elastic ?wall' to contain and guide the dielectric fluid. A general theory for these electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduits has been developed. An illustrative example of the EHD conduits is the dielectric siphon consisting of two U-shaped electrodes held adjacent to each other by insulating nylon screws.

  14. Mapping the local dielectric response at the nanoscale by means of plasmonic force spectroscopy.

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    De Angelis, Francesco; Zaccaria, Remo Proietti; Di Fabrizio, Enzo

    2012-12-31

    At the present, the local optical properties of nanostructured materials are difficult to be measured by available instrumentation. We investigated the capability of plasmonic force spectroscopy of measuring the optical response at the nanoscale. The proposed technique is based on force measurements performed by combining Atomic Force Microscopy, or optical tweezers, and adiabatic compression of surface plasmon polaritons. We show that the optical forces, caused by the plasmonic field, depend on the local response of the substrates and, in principle, allow probing both the real and the imaginary part of the local permittivity with a spatial resolution of few nanometers.

  15. Atomic-scale control of TiO6 octahedra through solution chemistry towards giant dielectric response

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    Hu, Wanbiao; Li, Liping; Li, Guangshe; Liu, Yun; Withers, Ray L.

    2014-10-01

    The structures of many important functional oxides contain networks of metal-oxygen polyhedral units i.e. MOn. The correlation between the configurations and connectivities of these MOn to properties is essentially important to be well established to conduct the design, synthesis and application of new MOn-based functional materials. In this paper, we report on an atomic-scale solution-chemistry approach that for the first time enables TiO6 octahedral network control starting from metastable brookite TiO2 through simultaneously tuning pH values and interfering ions (Fe3+, Sc3+, and Sm3+). The relationship between solution chemistry and the resultant configuration/connectivity of TiO6 octahedra in TiO2 and lepidocrocite titanate is mapped out. Apart from differing crystalline phases and morphologies, atomic-scale TiO6 octahedral control also endows numerous defect dipoles for giant dielectric responses. The structural and property evolutions are well interpreted by the associated H+/OH- species in solution and/or defect states associated with Fe3+ occupation within TiO6 octahedra. This work therefore provides fundamental new insights into controlling TiO6 octahedral arrangement essential for atomic-scale structure-property design.

  16. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal a dielectric-responsive coronal structure in protein-polymer surfactant hybrid nanoconstructs.

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    Brogan, Alex P S; Sessions, Richard B; Perriman, Adam W; Mann, Stephen

    2014-12-01

    Solvent-free liquid proteins are a new class of thermally stable hybrid bionanomaterials that are produced by extensive lyophilization of aqueous solutions of protein-polymer surfactant nanoconjugates followed by thermal annealing. The hybrid constructs, which consist of a globular protein core surrounded by a monolayer of electrostatically coupled polymer surfactant molecules, exhibit nativelike structure, function, and backbone dynamics over a large temperature range. Despite the key importance of the polymer surfactant shell, very little is known about the atomistic structure of the corona and how it influences the phase behavior and properties of these novel nanoscale objects. Here we present molecular dynamics simulations of protein-polymer surfactant nanoconjugates consisting of globular cores of myoglobin or lysozyme and demonstrate that the derived structural parameters are highly consistent with experimental values. We show that the coronal layer structure is responsive to the dielectric constant of the medium and that the mobility of the polymer surfactant molecules is significantly hindered in the solvent-free state, providing a basis for the origins of retained protein dynamics in these novel biofluids. Taken together, our results suggest that the extension of molecular dynamics simulations to hybrid nanoscale objects could be of generic value in diverse areas of soft matter chemistry, bioinspired engineering, and biomolecular nanotechnology.

  17. Atomic-scale control of TiO6 octahedra through solution chemistry towards giant dielectric response

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    Hu, Wanbiao; Li, Liping; Li, Guangshe; Liu, Yun; Withers, Ray L.

    2014-01-01

    The structures of many important functional oxides contain networks of metal-oxygen polyhedral units i.e. MOn. The correlation between the configurations and connectivities of these MOn to properties is essentially important to be well established to conduct the design, synthesis and application of new MOn-based functional materials. In this paper, we report on an atomic-scale solution-chemistry approach that for the first time enables TiO6 octahedral network control starting from metastable brookite TiO2 through simultaneously tuning pH values and interfering ions (Fe3+, Sc3+, and Sm3+). The relationship between solution chemistry and the resultant configuration/connectivity of TiO6 octahedra in TiO2 and lepidocrocite titanate is mapped out. Apart from differing crystalline phases and morphologies, atomic-scale TiO6 octahedral control also endows numerous defect dipoles for giant dielectric responses. The structural and property evolutions are well interpreted by the associated H+/OH− species in solution and/or defect states associated with Fe3+ occupation within TiO6 octahedra. This work therefore provides fundamental new insights into controlling TiO6 octahedral arrangement essential for atomic-scale structure-property design. PMID:25301286

  18. Nanoscale Disorder in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}: A New Route to the Enhanced Dielectric Response

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    Zhu, Y.; Zheng, J. C.; Wu, L.; Hanson, J.; Northrup, P.; Ku, W.; Frenkel, A. I.

    2007-07-20

    Significant nanoscale disorder of Cu and Ca atomic substitution is observed in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}, based on our integrated study using quantitative electron diffraction and extended x-ray absorption fine structure. Unambiguous identification of this previously omitted disorder is made possible by the unique sensitivity of these probes to valence-electron distribution and short-range order. Furthermore, first-principles-based theoretical analysis indicates that the Ca-site Cu atoms possess partially filled degenerate e{sub g} states, suggesting significant boost of dielectric response from additional low-energy electronic contributions. Our study points to a new route of enhancing dielectric response in transitional metal oxides by exploiting the strong electronic correlation beyond classical static pictures.

  19. Visible-Light Modulation on Lattice Dielectric Responses of a Piezo-Phototronic Soft Material.

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    Huang, E-Wen; Hsu, Yu-Hsiang; Chuang, Wei-Tsung; Ko, Wen-Ching; Chang, Chung-Kai; Lee, Chih-Kung; Chang, Wen-Chi; Liao, Tzu-Kang; Thong, Hao Cheng

    2015-12-16

    In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction is used to investigate a three-way piezo-phototronic soft material. This new system is composed of a semi-crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) piezoelectric polymer and titanium oxide nanoparticles. Under light illumination, photon-induced piezoelectric responses are nearly two times higher at both the lattice-structure and the macroscopic level than under conditions without light illumination. A mechanistic model is proposed.

  20. Visible-Light Modulation on Lattice Dielectric Responses of a Piezo-Phototronic Soft Material.

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    Huang, E-Wen; Hsu, Yu-Hsiang; Chuang, Wei-Tsung; Ko, Wen-Ching; Chang, Chung-Kai; Lee, Chih-Kung; Chang, Wen-Chi; Liao, Tzu-Kang; Thong, Hao Cheng

    2015-12-16

    In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction is used to investigate a three-way piezo-phototronic soft material. This new system is composed of a semi-crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) piezoelectric polymer and titanium oxide nanoparticles. Under light illumination, photon-induced piezoelectric responses are nearly two times higher at both the lattice-structure and the macroscopic level than under conditions without light illumination. A mechanistic model is proposed. PMID:26480289

  1. Bias activated dielectric response of excitons and excitonic Mott transition in quantum confined lasers structures.

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    Bhunia, Amit; Bansal, Kanika; Datta, Shouvik; Alshammari, Marzook S.; Henini, Mohamed

    In contrast to the widely reported optical techniques, there are hardly any investigations on corresponding electrical signatures of condensed matter physics of excitonic phenomena. We studied small signal steady state capacitance response in III-V materials based multi quantum well (AlGaInP) and MBE grown quantum dot (InGaAs) laser diodes to identify signatures of excitonic presence. Conductance activation by forward bias was probed using frequency dependent differential capacitance response (fdC/df), which changes characteristically with the onset of light emission indicating the occurrence of negative activation energy. Our analysis shows that it is connected with a steady state population of exciton like bound states. Calculated average energy of this bound state matches well with the binding energy of weakly confined excitons in this type of structures. Further increase in charge injection decreases the differential capacitive response in AlGaInP based diodes, indicating a gradual Mott transition of excitonic states into electron hole plasma. This electrical description of excitonic Mott transition is fully supplemented by standard optical spectroscopic signatures of band gap renormalization and phase space filling effects.

  2. Dielectric response of doped Bi12TiO20: Ru crystals in an alternating electric field

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    Avanesyan, V. T.; Paima, K. I.

    2016-08-01

    The results of examination of AC dependences of capacitance and dielectric loss tangent of sillenite Bi12TiO20 crystals doped with ruthenium on frequency are presented. Non-Debye dispersion of dielectric coefficients is found in the frequency interval of 5 × 102-105 Hz, and a resonance phenomenon is observed. Polarization processes in the studied samples are attributed to relaxators associated with metal-oxygen vacancies and structural elements incorporating 6 s 2 lone-pair electrons.

  3. Resonances in the optical response of a slab with time-periodic dielectric function {epsilon}(t)

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    Zurita-Sanchez, Jorge R.; Halevi, P.

    2010-05-15

    We demonstrate that the optical response of a periodically modulated dynamic slab exhibits infinite resonances for frequencies {omega}=({Omega}/2)(2l+1), namely, odd multiples of one-half of the modulating frequency {Omega} of the dielectric function {epsilon}(t). These frequencies coincide partially with the usual condition of parametric amplification. However, the resonances occur only for certain normalized slab thicknesses L{sub R}. These resonances follow from detailed numerical studies based on our recent paper [Zurita-Sanchez, Halevi, and Cervantes-Gonzalez, Phys. Rev. A 79, 053821 (2009)]. As the thickness L nearly matches a resonance thickness L{sub R}, the amplitudes of counterpropagating modes in the slab obey a condition implying that both have the same modulus and their phases match a condition related to L{sub R} and the bulk wave vectors. When this condition is met, the electric field profile inside the slab is a superposition of standing waves with odd and even symmetries, and the reflection and transmission coefficients can reach great values and become infinite at exact resonance. Numerical simulations of the optical response are shown for a sinusoidal {epsilon}(t) with either moderate or strong modulation. As expected, as the modulation strength increases, higher-order harmonics {omega}-n{Omega} (n=0,{+-}1,{+-}2,...) become more noticeable, and short-wavelength bulk modes contribute significantly. However, we found that, regardless of the excitation frequency {omega}=({Omega}/2)(2l+1), the dominant spectral component of the generated fields is {Omega}/2. Also, as the excitation frequency increases, the parity of the standing waves is conserved.

  4. New silicone dielectric elastomers with a high dielectric constant

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    Zhang, Zhen; Liu, Liwu; Fan, Jiumin; Yu, Kai; Liu, Yanju; Shi, Liang; Leng, Jinsong

    2008-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers (Des) are a type of EAPs with unique electrical properties and mechanical properties: high actuation strains and stresses, fast response times, high efficiency, stability, reliability and durability. The excellent figures of merit possessed by dielectric elastomers make them the most performing materials which can be applied in many domains: biomimetics, aerospace, mechanics, medicals, etc. In this paper, we present a kind of electroactive polymer composites based on silicone Dielectric elastomers with a high dielectric constant. Novel high DEs could be realized by means of a composite approach. By filling an ordinary elastomer (e.g. silicone) with a component of functional ceramic filler having a greater dielectric permittivity, it is possible to obtain a resulting composite showing the fruitful combination of the matrix's advantageous elasticity and the filler's high permittivity. Here we add the ferroelectric relaxor ceramics (mainly BaTiO3) which has high dielectric constant (>3000) to the conventional silicone Dielectric elastomers, to get the dielectric elastomer which can exhibit high elastic energy densities induced by an electric field of about 15 MV/m. Tests of the physical and chemical properties of the dielectric elastomers are conducted, which verify our supposes and offer the experimental data supporting further researches.

  5. Theory of excitations and dielectric response at a spin-orbital quantum critical point

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    Ish, Daniel; Balents, Leon

    2015-09-01

    Despite possessing a local spin-2 moment on the iron site and a Curie-Weiss temperature of 45 K, the A-site spinel FeSc2S4 does not magnetically order down to 50 mK. Previous theoretical work advanced an explanation for this observation in the form of the "J2-λ " model, which places FeSc2S4 close to a quantum critical point on the disordered side of a quantum phase transition between a Néel ordered phase and a "spin-orbital liquid" in which spins and orbitals are entangled, quenching the magnetization. We present new theoretical studies of the optical properties of the J2-λ model, including a computation of the dispersion relation for the quasiparticle excitations and the form of the collective response to electric field. We argue that the latter directly probes a low energy excitation continuum characteristic of quantum criticality, and that our results reinforce the consistency of this model with experiment.

  6. Dielectric behaviors of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3Fe0.5Cr0.5O15 multiferroic polycrystals: Determining the intrinsic magnetoelectric responses by impedance spectroscopy

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    Bai, Wei; Chen, Chao; Yang, Jing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Qi, Ruijuan; Huang, Rong; Tang, Xiaodong; Duan, Chun-Gang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-12-01

    Bismuth layer ferroelectrics (BLFs) pioneered by Aurivillius about sixty years ago have been revived recently because of the fatigue- and lead-free behaviors and high Curie temperature, and especially the robust magnetoelectric (ME) effect. However, discerning the intrinsic ME nature, and the inherence between charged defect dipole induced relaxation and spin-related behaviors are still an arduous task. Here, we report a quantitative analysis to reveal the intrinsic spin-lattice coupling in Aurivillius Cr-doped Bi5Ti3FeO15 (BTFCO) multiferroic polycrystals. Dielectric responses are systemically investigated by the temperature-dependent dielectric, module, impedance spectroscopy and equivalent circuit model, and two different dielectric relaxation processes occurred in grain interior of Aurivillius BTFCO polycrystals are clarified. One relaxation is proposed to associate with localized transfer of electrons between Fe3+ and Fe2+ while another one arises from the competition interaction of localized hopping of electrons between Fe3+ and Fe2+ and short-range migration of holes between Cr3+ and Cr6+. The variation of the intrinsic permittivity unambiguously confirms the coupling between spin and dipolar orderings in BTFCO polycrystals. These results offer a vital avenue for identifying the intrinsic and extrinsic signals of the electric and ME responses, and will give significant impetus to exploring the ME electronic devices of Aurivillius materials.

  7. Dielectric behaviors of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3Fe0.5Cr0.5O15 multiferroic polycrystals: Determining the intrinsic magnetoelectric responses by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Bai, Wei; Chen, Chao; Yang, Jing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Qi, Ruijuan; Huang, Rong; Tang, Xiaodong; Duan, Chun-Gang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-01-01

    Bismuth layer ferroelectrics (BLFs) pioneered by Aurivillius about sixty years ago have been revived recently because of the fatigue- and lead-free behaviors and high Curie temperature, and especially the robust magnetoelectric (ME) effect. However, discerning the intrinsic ME nature, and the inherence between charged defect dipole induced relaxation and spin-related behaviors are still an arduous task. Here, we report a quantitative analysis to reveal the intrinsic spin-lattice coupling in Aurivillius Cr-doped Bi(5)Ti(3)FeO(15) (BTFCO) multiferroic polycrystals. Dielectric responses are systemically investigated by the temperature-dependent dielectric, module, impedance spectroscopy and equivalent circuit model, and two different dielectric relaxation processes occurred in grain interior of Aurivillius BTFCO polycrystals are clarified. One relaxation is proposed to associate with localized transfer of electrons between Fe(3+) and Fe(2+) while another one arises from the competition interaction of localized hopping of electrons between Fe(3+) and Fe(2+) and short-range migration of holes between Cr(3+) and Cr(6+). The variation of the intrinsic permittivity unambiguously confirms the coupling between spin and dipolar orderings in BTFCO polycrystals. These results offer a vital avenue for identifying the intrinsic and extrinsic signals of the electric and ME responses, and will give significant impetus to exploring the ME electronic devices of Aurivillius materials.

  8. A dielectric response study of the electronic stopping power of liquid water for energetic protons and a new I-value for water.

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    Emfietzoglou, D; Garcia-Molina, R; Kyriakou, I; Abril, I; Nikjoo, H

    2009-06-01

    The electronic stopping power of liquid water for protons over the 50 keV to 10 MeV energy range is studied using an improved dielectric response model which is in good agreement with the best available experimental data. The mean excitation energy (I) of stopping power theory is calculated to be 77.8 eV. Shell corrections are accounted for in a self-consistent manner through analytic dispersion relations for the momentum dependence of the dielectric function. It is shown that widely used dispersion schemes based on the random-phase approximation (RPA) can result in sizeable errors due to the neglect of damping and local field effects that lead to a momentum broadening and shifting of the energy-loss function. Low-energy Born corrections for the Barkas, Bloch and charge-state effects practically cancel out down to 100 keV proton energies. Differences with ICRU Report 49 stopping power values and earlier calculations are found to be at the approximately 20% level in the region of the stopping maximum. The present work overcomes the limitations of the Bethe formula below 1 MeV and improves the accuracy of previous calculations through a more consistent account of the dielectric response properties of liquid water.

  9. Dielectric behaviors of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3Fe0.5Cr0.5O15 multiferroic polycrystals: Determining the intrinsic magnetoelectric responses by impedance spectroscopy

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    Bai, Wei; Chen, Chao; Yang, Jing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Qi, Ruijuan; Huang, Rong; Tang, Xiaodong; Duan, Chun-Gang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-01-01

    Bismuth layer ferroelectrics (BLFs) pioneered by Aurivillius about sixty years ago have been revived recently because of the fatigue- and lead-free behaviors and high Curie temperature, and especially the robust magnetoelectric (ME) effect. However, discerning the intrinsic ME nature, and the inherence between charged defect dipole induced relaxation and spin-related behaviors are still an arduous task. Here, we report a quantitative analysis to reveal the intrinsic spin-lattice coupling in Aurivillius Cr-doped Bi5Ti3FeO15 (BTFCO) multiferroic polycrystals. Dielectric responses are systemically investigated by the temperature-dependent dielectric, module, impedance spectroscopy and equivalent circuit model, and two different dielectric relaxation processes occurred in grain interior of Aurivillius BTFCO polycrystals are clarified. One relaxation is proposed to associate with localized transfer of electrons between Fe3+ and Fe2+ while another one arises from the competition interaction of localized hopping of electrons between Fe3+ and Fe2+ and short-range migration of holes between Cr3+ and Cr6+. The variation of the intrinsic permittivity unambiguously confirms the coupling between spin and dipolar orderings in BTFCO polycrystals. These results offer a vital avenue for identifying the intrinsic and extrinsic signals of the electric and ME responses, and will give significant impetus to exploring the ME electronic devices of Aurivillius materials. PMID:26639998

  10. Terahertz dielectric response of ferroelectric Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 thin films.

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    Kang, Seung Beom; Kwak, Min Hwan; Choi, Muhan; Kim, Sungil; Kim, Taeyong; Cha, Eun Jong; Kang, Kwang Yong

    2011-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy has been used to investigate the dielectric and optical properties of ferroelectric Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO(3) thin films for nominal x-values of 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 in the frequency range of 0.3 to 2.5 THz. The ferroelectric thin films were deposited at approximately 700 nm thickness on [001] MgO substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The measured complex dielectric and optical constants were compared with the Cole-Cole relaxation model. The results show that the Cole-Cole relaxation model fits well with the data throughout the frequency range and the dielectric relaxation behavior of ferroelectric Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO(3) thin films varies with the films compositions. Among the compositions of Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO(3) films with different Ba/Sr ratios, Ba(0.6)Sr(0.4)TiO(3) has the highest dielectric constants and the shortest dielectric relaxation time.

  11. Toward Carbon-Nanotube-Based Theranostic Agents for Microwave Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer: Enhanced Dielectric and Heating Response of Tissue-Mimicking Materials

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    Mashal, Alireza; Sitharaman, Balaji; Li, Xu; Avti, Pramod; Sahakian, Alan V.; Booske, John H.; Hagness, Susan C.

    2010-01-01

    The experimental results reported in this letter suggest that single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have the potential to enhance dielectric contrast between malignant and normal tissue for microwave detection of breast cancer and facilitate selective heating of malignant tissue for microwave hyperthermia treatment of breast cancer. In this study, we constructed tissue-mimicking materials with varying concentrations of SWCNTs and characterized their dielectric properties and heating response. At SWCNT concentrations of less than 0.5% by weight, we observed significant increases in the relative permittivity and effective conductivity. In microwave heating experiments, we observed significantly greater temperature increases in mixtures containing SWCNTs. These temperature increases scaled linearly with the effective conductivity of the mixtures. This work is a first step towards the development of functionalized, tumor-targeting SWCNTs as theranostic (integrated therapeutic and diagnostic) agents for microwave breast cancer detection and treatment. PMID:20176534

  12. Colossal permittivity induced by lattice mirror reflection symmetry breaking in Ba7Ir3O13+x(0 <= x <= 1.5) epitaxial thin films

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    Miao, Ludi; Xin, Yan; Zhu, Huiwen; Xu, Hong; Luo, Sijun; Talbayev, Diyar; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Mao, Zhiqiang

    2014-03-01

    Materials with colossal permittivity (CP) at room temperature hold tremendous promise in modern microelectronics as well as high-energy-density storage applications. Despite several proposed mechanisms that lead torecent discoveries of a series of new CP materials such as Nb, In co-doped TiO2 and CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics, it is imperative to find other approaches which can further guide the search for new CP materials. In this talk, we will demonstrate a new mechanism for CP: the breaking of mirror reflection symmetry of lattice can cause CP. This mechanism was revealed in a new layered iridate Ba7Ir3O13+x (BIO) thin film we recently discovered. Structural characterization of BIO films show that its mirror reflection symmetry is broken along b-axis, but preserved along a- and c-axes. Dielectric property measurements of BIO films at room temperature show a CP (103-10<4) along the in-plane direction, but a much smaller permittivity (10- 20) along the c-axis, in the 102- 106 Hz frequency range. Such unusually large anisotropy in permittivity testifies to the significant role of the structural in-plane mirror reflection symmetry breaking in inducing CP. This work is supported by DOD-ARO under Grant No. W911NF0910530.

  13. Spectral origin of the colossal magnetodielectric effect in multiferroic DyMn2O5

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    Sushkov, A. B.; Kant, Ch.; Schiebl, M.; Shuvaev, A. M.; Pimenov, Anna; Pimenov, Andrei; Lorenz, Bernd; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.; Mostovoy, Maxim; Drew, H. D.

    2014-08-01

    The origin of the colossal magnetodielectric (CMD) effect in DyMn2O5 [N. Hur et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 107207 (2004), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.107207] has been an outstanding question in multiferroics. Here, we report the activation of the electric dipole mode at 4-5 cm-1 in an applied magnetic field, which fully accounts for the CMD effect. We examine two alternative explanations of this mode: an electromagnon and transitions between f-electron levels of Dy3+ ions. The experimental and theoretical evidence supports an electromagnon origin of the CMD effect.

  14. Coexistence of orbital and CE-AFM orders in colossal magnetoresistance manganites: A symmetry perspective

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    Ribeiro, J. L.

    2016-07-01

    The complex interplay between order parameters of different nature that dominates the physics of colossal magnetoresistance manganites is analysed from a symmetry based perspective. Phenomenological energies are given for the different competing phases. It is shown that the general trends observed in different systems, such as the mutual exclusion of orbital order and A-AFM order and the related stabilization of the CE-AFM order, stem to large extend from the symmetry of the parameters involved. The possible stabilization of complex phases where charge and orbital order coexist with magnetic and ferroelectric states is also anticipated.

  15. Origin of Colossal Ionic Conductivity in Oxide Multilayers: Interface Induced Sublattice Disorder

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    Pennycook, Timothy J; Beck, Matthew; Varga, Kalman; Varela del Arco, Maria; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T

    2010-01-01

    Oxide ionic conductors typically operate at high temperatures, which limits their usefulness. Colossal room-temperature ionic conductivity was recently discovered in multilayers of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and SrTiO3. Here we report density-functional calculations that trace the origin of the effect to a combination of lattice-mismatch strain and O-sublattice incompatibility. Strain alone in bulk YSZ enhances O mobility at high temperatures by inducing extreme O disorder. In multilayer structures, O-sublattice incompatibility causes the same extreme disorder at room temperature.

  16. Fast response and low power consumption 1×2 thermo-optic switch based on dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides

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    Qi, Zhipeng; Hu, Guohua; Yun, Binfeng; Zhang, Xiong; Cui, Yiping

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we present a 1 × 2 thermo-optic (TO) switch based on the integration of the dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waveguides with the silicon nanowires. Liquid-curable fluorinated resin (LFR) made of perfluorinated polymer was adopted as the ridge, which has a TO coefficient twice more than that of polymethyl methacrylate, leading to a significant decrease in the power consumption. It was shown that the response time of the dielectric-loaded SPP waveguide could be improved through optimizing the dimensions of the LFR polymer ridge without loss of relative high figure of merit and large confinement factor. Performance characteristics of such a 1 × 2 TO switch operating at a telecom wavelength of 1550 nm was investigated theoretically from the analysis of both heat and optical fields. The results reveal that a switching power as low as 7 mW and an extremely short switching time (with rise time of 3 μs and fall time of 6.7 μs) could be achieved with the proposed dielectric-loaded SPP-based 1 × 2 TO switch. In addition, the crosstalk could be enhanced to at least 40 dB with the applied power of 7 mW at the wavelength of 1550 nm, and it could be retained to be above 20 dB in the wavelength spectrum of 1500-1600 nm during the on/off state.

  17. Computationally efficient dielectric calculations of molecular crystals

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    Schwarz, Kathleen A.; Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Arias, T. A.

    2015-06-07

    The microscopic dielectric response is a key quantity for electronic materials such as organic semiconductors. Calculations of this response for molecular crystals are currently either expensive or rely on extreme simplifications such as multipole expansions which lack microscopic detail. We present an alternate approach using a microscopic analogue of the Clausius-Mossotti equation, which constructs the dielectric response of a crystal from an eigenvalue decomposition of the dielectric response of individual molecules. This method can potentially be used to examine the effects of defects, disorder, and surfaces on the dielectric properties of molecular solids.

  18. Ferroelectric-dielectric tunable composites

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    Sherman, Vladimir O.; Tagantsev, Alexander K.; Setter, Nava; Iddles, David; Price, Tim

    2006-04-01

    The dielectric response of ferroelectric-dielectric composites is theoretically addressed. Dielectric permittivity, tunability (relative change of the permittivity driven by dc electric field), and loss tangent are evaluated for various composite models. The analytical results for small dielectric concentration and relative tunability are obtained in terms of the traditional electrostatic consideration. The results for large tunability are obtained numerically. A method is proposed for the evaluation of the tunability and loss at large concentrations of the dielectric. The basic idea of the method is to reformulate the effective medium approach in terms of electrical energies stored and dissipated in the composite. The important practical conclusion of the paper is that, for random ferroelectric-dielectric composite, the addition of small amounts of a linear dielectric into the tunable ferroelectric results in an increase of the tunability of the mixture. The loss tangent of such composites is shown to be virtually unaffected by the addition of moderate amounts of the low-loss dielectric. The experimental data for (Ba,Sr)TiO3 based composites are analyzed in terms of the theory developed and shown to be in a reasonable agreement with the theoretical results.

  19. DisClose: Discovering Colossal Closed Itemsets via a Memory Efficient Compact Row-Tree

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    Zulkurnain, Nurul F.; Keane, John A.; Haglin, David J.

    2013-02-01

    Itemset mining has recently focused on discovery of frequent itemsets from high-dimensional datasets with relatively few rows and a larger number of items. With exponentially in-creasing running time as average row length increases, mining such datasets renders most conventional algorithms impracti-cal. Unfortunately, large cardinality closed itemsets are likely to be more informative than small cardinality closed itemsets in this type of dataset. This paper proposes an approach, called DisClose, to extract large cardinality (colossal) closed itemsets from high-dimensional datasets. The approach relies on a memory-efficient Compact Row-Tree data structure to represent itemsets during the search process. The search strategy explores the transposed representation of the dataset. Large cardinality itemsets are enumerated first followed by smaller ones. In addition, we utilize a minimum cardinality threshold to further reduce the search space. Experimental result shows that DisClose can complete the extraction of colossal closed itemsets in the considered dataset, even for low support thresholds. The algorithm immediately discovers closed itemsets without needing to check if each new closed itemset has previously been found.

  20. Topological end states in two-orbital double-exchange model for colossal magnetoresistive manganites

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    Li, Yang; Dong, Shuai; Kou, Su-Peng

    2016-02-01

    Manganites are famous mostly for the colossal magnetoresistive effect, which involves the phase separation between ferromagnetic phase and charge-ordered C E -type antiferromagnetic phases. Furthermore, manganites contain some typical magnetic ferroelectrics, e.g., E -type antiferromagnetic o -HoMnO3 . Here we re-examined these zigzag-winding antiferromagnetic phases (C E -type and E -type antiferromagnets) from the topological perspective. Our theoretical analysis proved that the E -type phase is a weak topological insulator belonging to the Z class. In momentum space, we classify the symmetries of this phase, and find the three symmetry operators for the chiral, particle-hole, and time-reversal symmetry. The C E -type phase can be described by the Duffin-Kemmer-Petiau algebra, implying that it is a different class of topological insulator and hence extends the existing classification. The corresponding topological end states are demonstrated via numerical calculations, which may implicate the experimental observed ferromagnetic edge states in manganite strips [Nat. Commun. 6, 6179 (2015), 10.1038/ncomms7179] and may play a crucial role in the colossal magnetoresistive effect.

  1. Dielectric elastomer memory

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    O'Brien, Benjamin M.; McKay, Thomas G.; Xie, Sheng Q.; Calius, Emilio P.; Anderson, Iain A.

    2011-04-01

    Life shows us that the distribution of intelligence throughout flexible muscular networks is a highly successful solution to a wide range of challenges, for example: human hearts, octopi, or even starfish. Recreating this success in engineered systems requires soft actuator technologies with embedded sensing and intelligence. Dielectric Elastomer Actuator(s) (DEA) are promising due to their large stresses and strains, as well as quiet flexible multimodal operation. Recently dielectric elastomer devices were presented with built in sensor, driver, and logic capability enabled by a new concept called the Dielectric Elastomer Switch(es) (DES). DES use electrode piezoresistivity to control the charge on DEA and enable the distribution of intelligence throughout a DEA device. In this paper we advance the capabilities of DES further to form volatile memory elements. A set reset flip-flop with inverted reset line was developed based on DES and DEA. With a 3200V supply the flip-flop behaved appropriately and demonstrated the creation of dielectric elastomer memory capable of changing state in response to 1 second long set and reset pulses. This memory opens up applications such as oscillator, de-bounce, timing, and sequential logic circuits; all of which could be distributed throughout biomimetic actuator arrays. Future work will include miniaturisation to improve response speed, implementation into more complex circuits, and investigation of longer lasting and more sensitive switching materials.

  2. Broadband dielectric response of Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics: From incipient via relaxor and diffuse up to classical ferroelectric behavior

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    Nuzhnyy, D.; Petzelt, J.; Savinov, M.; Ostapchuk, T.; Bovtun, V.; Kempa, M.; Hlinka, J.; Buscaglia, V.; Buscaglia, M. T.; Nanni, P.

    2012-07-01

    Dielectric responses of ceramics from the lead-free isovalent BaZrO3-BaTiO3 (BZT) system were investigated from Hz frequencies up to the infrared in a broad temperature range, 10-700 K. Pure BaZrO3 is a displacive weak-incipient ferroelectric with a simple cubic perovskite structure down to low temperatures, whose dielectric response is fully determined by polar phonons, the lowest-frequency one being of the Last type, unlike BaTiO3, where it is of the Slater type. BaZr0.4Ti0.6O3 is a relaxor ferroelectric whose dielectric anomaly is caused by a strong, overdamped excitation, which softens from the THz down to MHz range according to the Arrhenius law and merges into a constant-loss background at low temperatures. Such a reponse is similar to lead-containing and heterovalent relaxors, but unlike them, the lowest-frequency TO1 polar phonon does not soften appreciably. In the case of BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3 we have investigated the dynamic response connected with a diffuse ferroelectric phase transition. The main dielectric anomaly is again due to similar overdamped THz-microwave excitation, which, however, softens only to the GHz range near the transition temperature and below it merges with a near-constant-loss background. The picture of polar nanoregions in BZT differs from that in heterovalent relaxors, because they are pinned to the regions of the off-centered Ti4+ ions, which are frozen in our temperature range. Therefore we assign the soft relaxations to hopping of the off-centered Ti4+ ions. This is compared with the behavior of pure BaTiO3 ceramics, in which the hopping of the off-centered Ti4+ ions also substantially contributes to the phase transition dynamics. Unlike BaTiO3, the dynamic instability, which is responsible for the diffuse ferroelectric and relaxor behavior in BZT, is fully due to the hopping dynamics of the off-centered Ti4+ ions rather than due to soft phonons, and therefore the diffuse transition is of the order-disorder type.

  3. Lattice dynamics and dielectric response of Mg-doped SrTiO3 ceramics in a wide frequency range

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    Tkach, A.; Vilarinho, P. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Pashkin, A.; Samoukhina, P.; Pokorny, J.; Veljko, S.; Petzelt, J.

    2005-02-01

    Atomic substitutions in the SrTiO3 (ST) perovskite lattice are foreseen to modify the lattice vibration modes, which are apparently sensitive to the site at which the substitution occurs. In order to understand the effect of Mg substitution in the ST lattice, the dielectric properties of Sr1-xMgxTiO3 and SrTi1-yMgyO3-δ ceramics were investigated in radio frequency (rf), microwave, terahertz (THz), and infrared (IR) ranges. Micro-Raman spectroscopy and rf tunability measurements were also conducted on these samples. The micro-Raman spectra and the high-frequency dielectric properties of Sr1-xMgxTiO3, including rf tunability, do not differ considerably from the properties of undoped SrTiO3, confirming only slight (if any) incorporation of Mg into the Sr site of ST perovskite lattice. At the same time, Ti-site Mg doping results in significant stiffening of the soft lattice mode observed in IR reflectivity spectra. Dielectric permittivity and dielectric losses decrease in both rf and THz ranges accompanied by the decrease of the tunability, in accordance with the stiffened ferroelectric soft mode. The appearance in the Raman spectra of the forbidden polar modes TO4 at 545cm-1 and TO2 at 174cm-1 at room temperature and their strengthening on cooling, demonstrate the local loss of the inversion center and the breaking of the cubic symmetry by the substitution of Ti4+ by Mg2+ ions. These results confirm more favorable occupation of Mg at the Ti site of the ST lattice and show the possibility of using Ti-site Mg-doped ST as an active material for low-loss microwave waveguides and resonators.

  4. Glassy dielectric response in Tb2NiMnO6 double perovskite with similarities to a Griffiths phase

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    Nhalil, Hariharan; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2013-12-01

    Results of frequency-dependent and temperature-dependent dielectric measurements performed on the double-perovskite Tb2NiMnO6 are presented. The real (\\epsilon_1 (f,T)) and imaginary (\\epsilon_2 (f,T)) parts of dielectric permittivity show three plateaus suggesting dielectric relaxation originating from the bulk, grain boundaries and the sample-electrode interfaces, respectively. The \\epsilon_1 (f,T) and \\epsilon_2 (f,T) are successfully simulated by a RC circuit model. The complex plane of impedance, Z'\\text{-}Z'' , is simulated using a series network with a resistor R and a constant phase element. Through the analysis of \\epsilon (f,T) using the modified Debye model, two different relaxation time regimes separated by a characteristic temperature, T^* , are identified. The temperature variation of R and C corresponding to the bulk and the parameter α from modified Debye fit lend support to this hypothesis. Interestingly, the T^* compares with the Griffiths temperature for this compound observed in magnetic measurements. Though these results cannot be interpreted as magnetoelectric coupling, the relationship between lattice and magnetism is markedly clear. We assume that the observed features have their origin in the polar nanoregions which originate from the inherent cationic defect structure of double perovskites.

  5. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2013

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    Hadjiloucas, Sillas; Blackburn, John

    2013-11-01

    pleased to express our thanks to the Conference Department of the Institute of Physics for their invaluable support in organizing this event. We are especially grateful to Dawn Stewart for her responsive and day-to-day handling of this conference, as well as Claire Garland for help in planning and managing this international event. We would also like to thank Dr Steve Welch, Director at ESP Central Ltd, representing the interest of the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network, as well as Paul Naylor and Susan Matos for their contribution towards the KTN session of the Conference. Finally, we would like to thank Solartron Analytical, Ametek and Princeton Applied Research for demonstrating precision electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement techniques at the conference. We hope that the wider Dielectrics community will find these proceedings of interest and will use them as reference text in their future work. Programme committee R Pethig, University of Edinburgh J Blackburn, National Physical Laboratory J Swingler, Heriot Watt University S Hadjiloucas, University of Reading A West, University of Sheffiled M Hughes, University of Surrey S Dodd, University of Leicester D Almond, University of Bath M Cain, National Physical Laboratory D J Swaffield, University of Southampton N Green, University of Southampton A Vaughan, University of Southampton Sillas Hadjiloucas and John Blackburn (Summer 2013)

  6. Impedance response and dielectric relaxation in co-precipitation derived ferrite (Ni,Zn)Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramics

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    Chen, D. G.; Tang, X. G.; Liu, Q. X.; Jiang, Y. P.; Ma, C. B.; Li, R.

    2013-06-07

    Dielectric spectra and magnetization hysteresis loops were used to investigate the grain size effect with temperature on the electrical and magnetic response of co-precipitation derived spinel (Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NZFO) ceramics. Remarkable dielectric relaxation phenomena of non-Debye type have been observed in each NZFO ceramics as confirmed by two kinds of Cole-Cole plots of the 1100 Degree-Sign C sintered samples, mainly due to the electron-hopping mechanism between n-type and p-type carriers and interfacial ion effect when applied an increase of temperature. The high and low response of grain and grain-boundary regions were determined by modeling the impedance experimental results on two equivalent RC circuits taking into account grain deep trap states. By employing the modified Arrhenius equation, activation energy values of different sintering temperatures were calculated and analyzed in combination with oxygen vacancy. In addition, the magnetization of various sintering temperature samples is dominated by cation distribution and surface effect in different particle ranges.

  7. Room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties of cobalt doped CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics

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    Mu, Chunhong; Song, Yuanqiang; Wang, Haibin; Wang, Xiaoning

    2015-05-01

    CaCu3Ti4-xCoxO12 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) ceramics were prepared by a conventional solid state reaction, and the effects of cobalt doping on the room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties were investigated. Both X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Cu and Co rich phase at grain boundaries of Co-doped ceramics. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of Co-doped samples showed a striking change from regular polyhedral particle type in pure CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) to sheet-like grains with certain growth orientation. Undoped CaCu3Ti4O12 is well known for its colossal dielectric constant in a broad temperature and frequency range. The dielectric constant value was slightly changed by 5 at. % and 10 at. % Co doping, whereas the second relaxation process was clearly separated in low frequency region at room temperature. A multirelaxation mechanism was proposed to be the origin of the colossal dielectric constant. In addition, the permeability spectra measurements indicated Co-doped CCTO with good magnetic properties, showing the initial permeability (μ') as high as 5.5 and low magnetic loss (μ″ < 0.2) below 3 MHz. And the interesting ferromagnetic superexchange coupling in Co-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 was discussed.

  8. Interfaces: nanometric dielectrics

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    Lewis, T. J.

    2005-01-01

    The incorporation of nanometric size particles in a matrix to form dielectric composites shows promise of materials (nanodielectrics) with new and improved properties. It is argued that the properties of the interfaces between the particles and the matrix, which will themselves be of nanometric dimensions, will have an increasingly dominant role in determining dielectric performance as the particle size decreases. The forces that determine the electrical and dielectric properties of interfaces are considered, with emphasis on the way in which they might influence composite behaviour. A number of examples are given in which interfaces at the nanometric level exercise both passive and active control over dielectric, optical and conductive properties. Electromechanical properties are also considered, and it is shown that interfaces have important electrostrictive and piezoelectric characteristics. It is demonstrated that the process of poling, namely subjecting macroscopic composite materials to electrical stress and raised temperatures to create piezoelectric materials, can be explained in terms of optimizing the collective response of the nanometric interfaces involved. If the electrical and electromechanical features are coupled to the long-established electrochemical properties, interfaces represent highly versatile active elements with considerable potential in nanotechnology.

  9. Double freezing of dielectric response in relaxor Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 crystals

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    Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2006-10-01

    The slowing down of dipole dynamics upon cooling into nonergodic relaxor phase in classical relaxor Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 crystal is studied using dielectric spectroscopy in the range of 10-4 105Hz . We discover that two overlapping relaxation processes obeying the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts law, exp[-(t/τ)β] , and the Curie-von Schweidler law, t-n , respectively, tend to freeze out at the same temperature Tf(=213K) . The values of τ-1 , β , and n obey the Vogel-Fulcher law tending to zero at Tf .

  10. Coexistence of colossal stress and texture gradients in sputter deposited nanocrystalline ultra-thin metal films

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    Kuru, Yener; Welzel, Udo; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    2014-12-01

    This paper demonstrates experimentally that ultra-thin, nanocrystalline films can exhibit coexisting colossal stress and texture depth gradients. Their quantitative determination is possible by X-ray diffraction experiments. Whereas a uniform texture by itself is known to generally cause curvature in so-called sin{sup 2}ψ plots, it is shown that the combined action of texture and stress gradients provides a separate source of curvature in sin{sup 2}ψ plots (i.e., even in cases where a uniform texture does not induce such curvature). On this basis, the texture and stress depth profiles of a nanocrystalline, ultra-thin (50 nm) tungsten film could be determined.

  11. Spin Seebeck Effect and Thermal Colossal Magnetoresistance in Graphene Nanoribbon Heterojunction

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    Ni, Yun; Yao, Kailun; Fu, Huahua; Gao, Guoying; Zhu, Sicong; Wang, Shuling

    2013-01-01

    Spin caloritronics devices are very important for future development of low-power-consumption technology. We propose a new spin caloritronics device based on zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR), which is a heterojunction consisting of single-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H) and double-hydrogen-terminated ZGNR (ZGNR-H2). We predict that spin-up and spin-down currents flowing in opposite directions can be induced by temperature difference instead of external electrical bias. The thermal spin-up current is considerably large and greatly improved compared with previous work in graphene. Moreover, the thermal colossal magnetoresistance is obtained in our research, which could be used to fabricate highly-efficient spin caloritronics MR devices. PMID:23459307

  12. First Order Colossal Magnetoresistance Transitions in the Two-Orbital Model for Manganites

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    Sen, Cengiz; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2010-01-01

    Large-scale Monte Carlo simulation results for the two-orbital model for manganites, including Jahn- Teller lattice distortions, are presented here. At hole density x 1=4 and in the vicinity of the region of competition between the ferromagnetic metallic and spin-charge-orbital ordered insulating phases, the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) phenomenon is observed with a magnetoresistance ratio 10 000%. Our main result is that this CMR transition is found to be of first order in some portions of the phase diagram, in agreement with early results from neutron scattering, specific heat, and magnetization, thus solving a notorious discrepancy between experiments and previous theoretical studies. The first order characteristics of the transition survive, and are actually enhanced, when weak quenched disorder is introduced.

  13. Origin of colossal magnetoresistance in LaMnO3 manganite

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    Baldini, Maria; Muramatsu, Takaki; Sherafati, Mohammad; Mao, Ho-kwang; Malavasi, Lorenzo; Postorino, Paolo; Satpathy, Sashi; Struzhkin, Viktor V.

    2015-01-01

    Phase separation is a crucial ingredient of the physics of manganites; however, the role of mixed phases in the development of the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) phenomenon still needs to be clarified. We report the realization of CMR in a single-valent LaMnO3 manganite. We found that the insulator-to-metal transition at 32 GPa is well described using the percolation theory. Pressure induces phase separation, and the CMR takes place at the percolation threshold. A large memory effect is observed together with the CMR, suggesting the presence of magnetic clusters. The phase separation scenario is well reproduced, solving a model Hamiltonian. Our results demonstrate in a clean way that phase separation is at the origin of CMR in LaMnO3. PMID:26272923

  14. Efficient evaluation of dielectric response functions and calculations of ground and excited state properties beyond local Density Functional approaches

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    Lu, Deyu; Li, Yan; Rocca, Dario; Viet Nguyen, H.; Gygi, Francois; Galli, Giulia

    2010-03-01

    A recently developed technique to diagonalize iteratively dielectric matrices [1], is used to carry out efficient, ab-initio calculations of dispersion interactions, and excited state properties of nanostructures. In particular, we present results for the binding energies of weakly bonded molecular crystals [2], obtained at the EXX/RPA level of theory, and for absorption spectra of semiconducting clusters, obtained by an iterative solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equations [3]. We show that the ability to obtain the eigenmodes of dielectric matrices from Density Functional perturbation theory, without computing single particle excited states, greatly improves the efficiency of both EXX/RPA and many body perturbation theory [3,4] calculations and opens the way to large scale computations. [1] H. Wilson, F. Gygi and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. B , 78, 113303, 2008; and H. Wilson, D. Lu, F. Gygi and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. B, 79, 245106, 2009. [2] D. Lu, Y. Li, D. Rocca and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett, 102, 206411, 2009; and Y. Li, D. Lu, V. Nguyen and G. Galli, J. Phys. Chem. C (submitted) [3] D. Rocca, D. Lu and G. Galli, submitted. [4] D. Lu, F. Gygi and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 147601, 2008. Work was funded by DOE/Scidac DE-FC02-06ER25794 and DOE/BES DE-FG02-06ER46262.

  15. Effect of thermal treatment on magnetic and dielectric response of SrM hexaferrites obtained by hydrothermal synthesis

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    Hilczer, Andrzej; Andrzejewski, Bartłomiej; Markiewicz, Ewa; Kowalska, Katarzyna; Pietraszko, Adam

    2014-11-01

    Electric, dielectric and magnetic properties of SrFe12O19 hexaferrite ceramics obtained from hydrothermally synthesized single-phase nanopowders were studied in wide temperature range. The effect of space charge polarization, related to highly conducting grains with poor conducting grain boundaries, was found to be apparent at high temperatures and at low frequencies. The activation energy of relaxation of the (Fe3+-Fe2+) dipoles in low conducting grain boundary regions was found to amount to 0.20 eV for non-annealed ceramics and to increase to 0.32 eV after thermal treatment. The temperature and frequency dependences of the dielectric permittivity for non-annealed and annealed SrFe12O19 ceramics were found to be correlated with respective dependences of the electric conductivity. We relate the observed increase in the saturation magnetization after annealing to an increase in coherent spin rotation in greater grains, which are however still below the critical single-domain size.

  16. Giant dielectric response and low dielectric loss in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grafted CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Rajabtabar-Darvishi, A.; Bayati, R. E-mail: mbayati@ncsu.edu; Sheikhnejad-Bishe, O.; Wang, L. D.; Li, W. L.; Sheng, J.; Fei, W. D. E-mail: mbayati@ncsu.edu

    2015-03-07

    This study sheds light on the effect of alumina on dielectric constant and dielectric loss of novel CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} composite ceramics. Alumina, at several concentrations, was deposited on the surface of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} particles via sol-gel technique. The dielectric constant significantly increased for all frequencies and the dielectric loss substantially decreased for low and intermediate frequencies. These observations were attributed to the change in characteristics of grains and grain boundaries. It was found that the insulating properties of the grain boundaries are improved following the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The relative density of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite ceramics decreased compared to the pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} and the grain size was greatly changed with the alumina content affecting the dielectric properties. With the addition of alumina into CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}, tighter interfaces formed. The 6%- and 10%-alumina ceramics showed the minimum dielectric loss and the maximum dielectric constant, respectively. Both the dielectric constant and loss tangent decreased in the 20%-alumina ceramic due to the formation of CuO secondary phase. It was revealed that Al serves as an electron acceptor decreasing the electron concentration, if Al{sup 3+} ions substitute for Ti{sup 4+} ions, and as an electron donor increasing the electron concentration, if Al{sup 3+} ions substitute for Ca{sup 2+} ions. We established a processing-microstructure-properties paradigm which opens new avenues for novel applications of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite ceramics.

  17. Effects of 2 nm size added heterogeneity on non-exponential dielectric response, and the dynamic heterogeneity view of molecular liquids.

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    Johari, G P; Khouri, J

    2012-09-14

    To investigate how non-exponential response could vary under different conditions, we studied the effects of adding 2 nm size polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) to diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A, whose molecules have the same terminal (epoxide) dipoles as the tentacle-like side chains attached to the silsesquioxane core of the POSS molecule. Dielectric relaxation spectra show that, on initial addition, the POSS nano-heterogeneity decreases the non-exponential response parameter β, which is consistent with the dynamic heterogeneity view, but it also decreases the relaxation time τ(m), which is inconsistent with that view. The variations in β and τ(m) with the composition have a thermal equivalence. Despite the lack of translational diffusion required for dynamic heterogeneity, plastic crystals show non-exponential response and non-Arrhenius dynamics. Measurements of β and τ(m) seem more appropriate than using probe molecules or modeling nonlinear response data as a sum of linear responses for testing the dynamic heterogeneity view. Data on molecular liquid mixtures is not generally consistent with this view, and adding a solute does not always decrease β. Studies of mixtures of different size rigid molecules with identical dipolar groups, including polymers, may be useful for comparing the relative effects of temperature and molecular size on β and τ(m).

  18. Effects of 2 nm size added heterogeneity on non-exponential dielectric response, and the dynamic heterogeneity view of molecular liquids

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    Johari, G. P.; Khouri, J.

    2012-09-01

    To investigate how non-exponential response could vary under different conditions, we studied the effects of adding 2 nm size polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) to diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A, whose molecules have the same terminal (epoxide) dipoles as the tentacle-like side chains attached to the silsesquioxane core of the POSS molecule. Dielectric relaxation spectra show that, on initial addition, the POSS nano-heterogeneity decreases the non-exponential response parameter β, which is consistent with the dynamic heterogeneity view, but it also decreases the relaxation time τm, which is inconsistent with that view. The variations in β and τm with the composition have a thermal equivalence. Despite the lack of translational diffusion required for dynamic heterogeneity, plastic crystals show non-exponential response and non-Arrhenius dynamics. Measurements of β and τm seem more appropriate than using probe molecules or modeling nonlinear response data as a sum of linear responses for testing the dynamic heterogeneity view. Data on molecular liquid mixtures is not generally consistent with this view, and adding a solute does not always decrease β. Studies of mixtures of different size rigid molecules with identical dipolar groups, including polymers, may be useful for comparing the relative effects of temperature and molecular size on β and τm.

  19. Dielectric constant of water in the interface.

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    Dinpajooh, Mohammadhasan; Matyushov, Dmitry V

    2016-07-01

    We define the dielectric constant (susceptibility) that should enter the Maxwell boundary value problem when applied to microscopic dielectric interfaces polarized by external fields. The dielectric constant (susceptibility) of the interface is defined by exact linear-response equations involving correlations of statistically fluctuating interface polarization and the Coulomb interaction energy of external charges with the dielectric. The theory is applied to the interface between water and spherical solutes of altering size studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The effective dielectric constant of interfacial water is found to be significantly lower than its bulk value, and it also depends on the solute size. For TIP3P water used in MD simulations, the interface dielectric constant changes from 9 to 4 when the solute radius is increased from ∼5 to 18 Å.

  20. Dielectric metasurfaces

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    Valentine, Jason

    While plasmonics metasurfaces have seen much development over the past several years, they still face throughput limitations due to ohmic losses. On the other hand, dielectric resonators and associated metasurfaces can eliminate the issue of ohmic loss while still providing the freedom to engineer the optical properties of the composite. In this talk, I will present our recent efforts to harness this freedom using metasurfaces formed from silicon and fabricated using CMOS-compatible techniques. Operating in the telecommunications band, I will discuss how we have used this platform to realize a number of novel functionalities including wavefront control, near-perfect reflection, and high quality factor resonances. In many cases the optical performance of these silicon-based metasurfaces can surpass their plasmonic counterparts. Furthermore, for some cases the surfaces are more amenable to large-area fabrication techniques.

  1. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces.

  2. All-dielectric metamaterials

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces.

  3. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces. PMID:26740041

  4. Transient, polarity-dependent dielectric response in a twisted nematic liquid crystal under very low frequency excitation.

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    Krishnamurthy, K S

    2015-09-01

    The electric Freedericksz transition is a second-order quadratic effect, which, in a planarly aligned nematic liquid crystal layer, manifests above a threshold field as a homogeneous symmetric distortion with maximum director-tilt in the midplane. We find that, upon excitation by a low frequency (<0.2Hz) square-wave field, the instability becomes spatially and temporally varying. This is demonstrated using calamitic liquid crystals, initially in the 90°-twisted planar configuration. The distortion occurs close to the negative electrode following each polarity switch and, for low-voltage amplitudes, decays completely in time. We use the elastically favorable geometry of Brochard-Leger walls to establish the location of maximum distortion. Thus, at successive polarity changes, the direction of extension of both annular and open walls switches between the alignment directions at the two substrates. For high voltages, this direction is largely along the midplane director, while remaining marginally oscillatory. These results are broadly understood by taking into account the time-varying and inhomogeneous field conditions that prevail soon after the polarity reverses. Polarity dependence of the instability is traced to the formation of intrinsic double layers that lead to an asymmetry in field distribution in the presence of an external bias. Momentary field elevation near the negative electrode following a voltage sign reversal leads to locally enhanced dielectric and gradient flexoelectric torques, which accounts for the surface-like phenomenon observed at low voltages. These spatiotemporal effects, also found earlier for other instabilities, are generic in nature.

  5. Magnon Raman spectroscopy and in-plane dielectric response in BiFeO3: Relation to the Polomska transition

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    Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2012-06-01

    We report strong dielectric loss anomalies near 450 K in bismuth ferrite, together with anomalous magnon damping, and suggest that since this temperature is coincident with the mysterious “Polomska transition” [M. Polomska , Phys. Status Solidi APSSABA0031-896510.1002/pssa.2210230228 23, 567 (1974)] at 458 ± 5 K, this may indicate a surface phase transition. In bismuth ferrite thin films the cycloidal spiral spin structure is suppressed, and as a result the spin-wave magnon branches of long wavelength are reduced from a dozen to one, at ω = 19.2 cm-1 (T = 4 K). This spin wave has not been measured previously in thin-film bismuth ferrite above room temperature, but in the present work we show via Raman spectroscopy that it is an underdamped propagating wave until 455 K. The data show that ω(T) follows an S = 5/2 Brillouin function, and hence its Fe+3 ions are in the high-spin 5/2 state and not the low-spin S = 1/2 state. The surface spin wave cannot be measured as a propagating wave above the Polomska transition at 458 K.

  6. Response of an emulsion of leaky dielectric drops immersed in a simple shear flow: Drops less conductive than the suspending fluid

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    Fernández, Arturo

    2008-04-01

    Direct numerical simulations of the effects of an electric field on an emulsion of drops are presented. A simple shear flow configuration is adopted where the electric field is applied perpendicular to the sliding plates. Both the drops and the suspending fluid are assumed to behave as leaky dielectric fluids. Here, drops less conductive than the suspending fluid with an electrical conductivity ratio smaller than the dielectric permittivity ratio are considered. This combination of electrical properties leads to a viscous fluid motion from the poles to the equator. The response of an emulsion is governed by the competition between the electrical forces, the fluid shear, and the capillary forces. The Mason number [Mn=(3λ+2)μγ˙/6(λ+1)ɛ0β2E∞2] and the electric capillary number [Ce=ɛ0β2E∞2a/γ] are used to describe the response of the systems. As previously observed in experiments at low shear rates, Mn <0.2, the drops aggregate in chains that tilt under a shear. The competition between the electrical forces and the fluid shear results in shorter chains at intermediate shear rates, 0.22.0, the chains of drops break up. The rheological properties mainly depend on the emulsion microstructure. The effective viscosity exhibits a strong shear-thinning response because the chains of drops, which appear at low shear rates, increase the resistance of the system to shear. As the chains shorten and break up, the effective viscosity decreases. The elastic properties of the emulsion are also affected by the presence of the electric field. Normal stress differences arise as a consequence of the deformation of the drops and the surface tension acting on the interface between the fluids. The shape of the drops is determined by the deformation caused by the viscous forces and the deformation due to the electric stresses. At low shear rates, the electric effects are predominant and the

  7. Transient, polarity-dependent dielectric response in a twisted nematic liquid crystal under very low frequency excitation.

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    Krishnamurthy, K S

    2015-09-01

    The electric Freedericksz transition is a second-order quadratic effect, which, in a planarly aligned nematic liquid crystal layer, manifests above a threshold field as a homogeneous symmetric distortion with maximum director-tilt in the midplane. We find that, upon excitation by a low frequency (<0.2Hz) square-wave field, the instability becomes spatially and temporally varying. This is demonstrated using calamitic liquid crystals, initially in the 90°-twisted planar configuration. The distortion occurs close to the negative electrode following each polarity switch and, for low-voltage amplitudes, decays completely in time. We use the elastically favorable geometry of Brochard-Leger walls to establish the location of maximum distortion. Thus, at successive polarity changes, the direction of extension of both annular and open walls switches between the alignment directions at the two substrates. For high voltages, this direction is largely along the midplane director, while remaining marginally oscillatory. These results are broadly understood by taking into account the time-varying and inhomogeneous field conditions that prevail soon after the polarity reverses. Polarity dependence of the instability is traced to the formation of intrinsic double layers that lead to an asymmetry in field distribution in the presence of an external bias. Momentary field elevation near the negative electrode following a voltage sign reversal leads to locally enhanced dielectric and gradient flexoelectric torques, which accounts for the surface-like phenomenon observed at low voltages. These spatiotemporal effects, also found earlier for other instabilities, are generic in nature. PMID:26465487

  8. Highly dispersive electron relaxation and colossal thermoelectricity in the correlated semiconductor FeSb2

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    Sun, Peijie; Xu, Wenhu; Tomczak, Jan M.; Kotliar, Gabriel; Søndergaard, Martin; Iversen, Bo B.; Steglich, Frank

    2013-12-01

    We show that the colossal thermoelectric power S (T) observed in the correlated semiconductor FeSb2 below 30 K is accompanied by a huge Nernst coefficient ν (T) and magnetoresistance MR(T). Markedly, the latter two quantities are enhanced in a strikingly similar manner. While in the same temperature range, S (T) of the reference compound FeAs2, which has a seven-times-larger energy gap, amounts to nearly half of that of FeSb2, its ν (T) and MR(T) are intrinsically different to FeSb2: They are smaller by two orders of magnitude and have no common features. Underlying the essentially different thermoelectric properties between FeSb2 and FeAs2, a large mismatch between the electrical and thermal Hall mobilities is found only in the former compound. With the charge transport of FeAs2 successfully captured by the density functional theory, we emphasize a significantly dispersive electron-relaxation time τ (ɛk) related to electron-electron correlations to be at the heart of the peculiar thermoelectricity and magnetoresistance of FeSb2.

  9. Colossal Spincaloritronic Cooling by Adiabatic Spin-Entropy Expansion in Nanospintronics

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    Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Dinh, Van An; Sato, Kazunori

    2009-03-01

    The exchange interactions in DMS are short ranged and can not play an important role for realizing high-TC because the solubility of magnetic impurity is too low to achieve magnetic percolation [1]. We show that spinodal nano-decomposition under layer-by-layer crystal growth condition (2D) leads to characteristic quasi-one dimensional nano-structures (Konbu- Phase) with highly anisotropic shape and high TC (> 1000K) even for low concentrations in DMS [2]. We design a spin-currents- controlled 100 Tera bits/icnh^2, Tera Hz switching, and non- volatile MRAM without Si-CMOS based on Konbu-Phase [3]. In addition to the conventional Peltier effect, we propose a colossal spincaloritronic cooling based on the adiabatic spin- entropy expansion in a Konbu-Phase (Zn,Cr)Te with very high blocking temperature (TB > 1000 K) by spinodal nano- decomposition and by nano-column of Half-Heusler NiMnSi (TC = 1050 K) [4]. [1] K. Sato et al., Phys. Rev. B70, 201202 (2004). [2] H. Katayama-Yoshida et al., Phys. stat. sol. (a) 204 (2007) 15. [3] Japanese Patent: JP3571034, US Patent: US 7,164,180 B2, EU Patent: EP 1548832A1, Taiwan Patent:1262593, Korean Patent: 0557387. [4] H. Katayama-Yoshida et al., Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 46 (2007) L777.

  10. Chemical Ordering Modulated Electronic Phase Separation and Macroscopic Properties in Colossal Magnetoresistance Manganites

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    Zhu, Yinyan; Du, Kai; Yin, Lifeng; Shen, Jian; Low-dimensional material physics Team

    Using unit cell by unit cell superlattice growth technique, we determine the role of chemical ordering of the Pr dopant in a colossal magnetoresistance (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 (LPCMO) system, which has been well known for its large length scale electronic phase separation (EPS) phenomena. Our experimental results show that the chemical ordering of Pr leads to dramatic reduction of the length scale of EPS. Moreover, compared to the conventional Pr-disordered LPCMO system, the Pr-ordered LPCMO system has ~100 K higher metal-insulator transition temperature. We have further investigated the n-dependence of the physical properties of the (LCMO)2n/(PCMO)n superlattices. Magnetic and transport measurements indicate that the physical properties change nonmonotonically with increasing n, reaching a minimum for both the Curie temperature and the meta-insulator transition temperature. The crossover thickness thus reflects the characteristic correlation length scale along the vertical direction of the superlattice. For superlattices with n smaller than the correlation length, we combine MFM studies and model calculations to explain the weakened ferromagnetism and metallicity with increasing n.

  11. Colossal positive magnetoresistance in surface-passivated oxygen-deficient strontium titanite

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    David, Adrian; Tian, Yufeng; Yang, Ping; Gao, Xingyu; Lin, Weinan; Shah, Amish B.; Zuo, Jian-Min; Prellier, Wilfrid; Wu, Tom

    2015-01-01

    Modulation of resistance by an external magnetic field, i.e. magnetoresistance effect, has been a long-lived theme of research due to both fundamental science and device applications. Here we report colossal positive magnetoresistance (CPMR) (>30,000% at a temperature of 2 K and a magnetic field of 9 T) discovered in degenerate semiconducting strontium titanite (SrTiO3) single crystals capped with ultrathin SrTiO3/LaAlO3 bilayers. The low-pressure high-temperature homoepitaxial growth of several unit cells of SrTiO3 introduces oxygen vacancies and high-mobility carriers in the bulk SrTiO3, and the three-unit-cell LaAlO3 capping layer passivates the surface and improves carrier mobility by suppressing surface-defect-related scattering. The coexistence of multiple types of carriers and inhomogeneous transport lead to the emergence of CPMR. This unit-cell-level surface engineering approach is promising to be generalized to others oxides, and to realize devices with high-mobility carriers and interesting magnetoelectronic properties. PMID:25975606

  12. Wigner Crystal and Colossal Magnetoresistance in InSb Doped with Mn

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    Obukhov, S. A.; Tozer, S. W.; Coniglio, W. A.

    2015-01-01

    We report magnetotransport investigation of nonmagnetic InSb single crystal doped with manganese at Mn concentration NMn ~ 1,5 × 1017 cm−3 in the temperature range T = 300 K–40 mK, magnetic field B = 0–25T and hydrostatic pressure P = 0–17 kbar. Resistivity saturation was observed in the absence of magnetic field at temperatures below 200 mK while applied increasing external magnetic field induced colossal drop of resistivity (by factor 104) at B ~ 4T with further gigantic resistivity increase (by factor 104) at 15T. Under pressure, P = 17 kbar, resistivity saturation temperature increased up to 1,2 K. Existing models are discussed in attempt to explain resistivity saturation, dramatic influence of magnetic field and pressure on resistivity with the focus on possible manifestation of three dimensional Wigner crystal formed in InSb by light electrons and heavy holes. PMID:26307952

  13. Wigner Crystal and Colossal Magnetoresistance in InSb Doped with Mn

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    Obukhov, S. A.; Tozer, S. W.; Coniglio, W. A.

    2015-08-01

    We report magnetotransport investigation of nonmagnetic InSb single crystal doped with manganese at Mn concentration NMn ~ 1,5 × 1017 cm-3 in the temperature range T = 300 K-40 mK, magnetic field B = 0-25T and hydrostatic pressure P = 0-17 kbar. Resistivity saturation was observed in the absence of magnetic field at temperatures below 200 mK while applied increasing external magnetic field induced colossal drop of resistivity (by factor 104) at B ~ 4T with further gigantic resistivity increase (by factor 104) at 15T. Under pressure, P = 17 kbar, resistivity saturation temperature increased up to 1,2 K. Existing models are discussed in attempt to explain resistivity saturation, dramatic influence of magnetic field and pressure on resistivity with the focus on possible manifestation of three dimensional Wigner crystal formed in InSb by light electrons and heavy holes.

  14. An investigation of the nature of the radio-frequency dielectric response in cereal grains and oilseeds with engineering implications for grain moisture meters

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    Funk, David Bruce

    2001-09-01

    The goals for this research were: (1)improving the understanding of the dielectric relaxation processes that influence radio-frequency measurements of the dielectric characteristics of cereal grains and oilseeds, and (2)creating a more effective grain moisture measurement algorithm based on deeper understanding of those physical processes. The significance of moisture content in cereal grains and oilseeds, the methods used for grain moisture measurement, and the need for improvements in the radio- frequency dielectric moisture method are reviewed. Background information is presented on dielectric characteristics, with emphasis on dielectric relaxation effects and grain moisture measurement. The grain samples used in this study were obtained in the course of the Annual Moisture Calibration Survey conducted by the USDA-Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration during 1998, 1999, and 2000. These grain samples represented all growing regions for the fifteen most economically significant cereal grain and oilseed crops in the United States and constituted the most extensive set of such samples ever subjected to dielectric characterization. Dielectric characteristics were measured with three separate instrumentation systems to acquire data covering the frequency range from 100 Hz to 501 MHz. All three instrumentation systems were designed to measure the complex dielectric constant of grain samples and yielded results that were comparable in the overlapping frequency ranges. Mathematical simulations of dielectric characteristics comparing measured dielectric results with theoretical dielectric relaxation behavior are described. The relative contributions of free and bound water and conductivity effects in the audio-frequency and radio- frequency ranges are quantified. An alternative explanation for the physical mechanism of conductivity in grains is proposed and its plausibility is justified. The effectiveness of a particular dielectric mixture equation for

  15. Non-Debye relaxation in the dielectric response of nematic liquid crystals: Surface and memory effects in the adsorption-desorption process of ionic impurities

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    de Paula, J. L.; Santoro, P. A.; Zola, R. S.; Lenzi, E. K.; Evangelista, L. R.; Ciuchi, F.; Mazzulla, A.; Scaramuzza, N.

    2012-11-01

    We demonstrate theoretically that the presence of ions in insulating materials such as nematic liquid crystals may be responsible for the dielectric spectroscopy behavior observed experimentally. It is shown that, at low frequencies, an essentially non-Debye relaxation process takes place due to surface effects. This is accomplished by investigating the effects of the adsorption-desorption process on the electrical response of an electrolytic cell when the generation and recombination of ions is present. The adsorption-desorption is governed by a non-usual kinetic equation in order to incorporate memory effects related to a non-Debye relaxation and the roughness of the surface. The analysis is carried out by searching for solutions to the drift-diffusion equation that satisfy the Poisson equation relating the effective electric field to the net charge density. We also discuss the effect of the mobility of the ions, i.e., situations with equal and different diffusion coefficients for positive and negative ions, on the impedance and obtain an exact expression for the admittance. The model is compared with experimental results measured for the impedance of a nematic liquid crystal sample and a very good agreement is obtained.

  16. 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.

  17. Colossal thermoelectric power in charge-ordered Li-doped La0.75Li0.25MnO3 manganite system

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    Taran, Subhrangsu; Sun, C. P.; Yang, H. D.; Chatterjee, S.

    2016-05-01

    A detail study of transport and magnetic properties of La1-xLixMnO3+δ (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) system synthesized by wet-chemical mixing route has been done. The room temperature x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) data show single phase behavior of all samples except x = 0.3. Rietveld refinement of XRD data shows structural transition from rhombohedral (R3-C) to orthorhombic (Pnma) symmetry occurs at the Li-doping level x > 0.2 with both the lattice parameter and unit-cell volume decrease with increase of `x'. All the samples show ferromagnetic (FM) behavior while metallic behavior are shown by the samples up to Li-concentration x = 0.2. With further Li doping i.e. for x = 0.25, the sample shows insulating behavior accompanied by charge-order transition around T ~ 225K. Metallic part of the resistivity data of the samples is best fitted with an expression ρ(T) = ρ0 + ρ4.5T4.5 + C/ sinh2(hvs/2kBT) containing small-polaron contribution (last term). Most interesting finding in the present study is the observation of large anomalous decrease in thermoelectric power (S) below 100K shown by the sample with x = 0.25. Probable mechanisms responsible for the observed colossal thermoelectric power have been discussed.

  18. Colossal internal barrier layer capacitance effect in polycrystalline copper (II) oxide

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    Sarkar, Sudipta; Jana, Pradip Kumar; Chaudhuri, B. K.

    2008-01-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy analysis of the high permittivity (κ˜104) copper (II) oxide (CuO) ceramic shows that the grain contribution plays a major role for the giant-κ value at low temperature, whereas grain boundary (GB) contribution dominates around room temperature and above. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy analysis reveals electrically heterogeneous microstructure in CuO consisting of semiconducting grains and insulating GBs. Finally, the giant dielectric phenomenon exhibited by CuO is attributed to the internal barrier layer (due to GB) capacitance mechanism.

  19. Complex state found in the colossal magnetoresistance regime of models for manganites

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    Sen, Cengiz; Liang, Shuhua; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2012-01-01

    The colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) effect of manganites is widely believed to be caused by the competition between a ferromagnetic (FM) metallic state induced by the double-exchange mechanism and an insulator with complex spin, charge, and orbital order. Recent computational studies in small clusters have indeed reported a CMR precisely near the frontier between those two states at a realistic hole density x = 1/4. However, the detailed characteristics of the competing insulator were not fully understood in those previous investigations. This insulator is expected to display special properties that lead to the CMR; otherwise any competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic states would induce such an effect, which is not the case experimentally. In this report, the competing insulator at electronic density x = 1/4 and in the CMR regime is studied in detail using the double-exchange two-orbital model with Jahn-Teller lattice distortions on two-dimensional clusters, employing a careful large-scale cooling down process in the Monte Carlo simulations to avoid being trapped in metastable states. Our investigations show that this competing insulator has an unexpected complex structure, involving diagonal stripes with alternating regions displaying FM and CE-like order. The level of complexity of this new state even surpasses that of the recently unveiled spin-orthogonal-stripe states and their associated high degeneracy. This new state complements the long-standing scenario of phase separation, since the alternating FM-CE pattern appears even in the clean limit. The present and recent investigations are also in agreement with the many glassy characteristics of the CMR state found experimentally, due to the high degeneracy of the insulating states involved in the process. Results for the spin-structure factor of the new states are also here provided to facilitate the analysis of neutron scattering experiments for these materials.

  20. Response to ``Comment on `Slow Debye-type peak observed in the dielectric response of polyalcohols' '' [J. Chem. Phys. 134, 037101 (2011)

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    Bergman, R.; Jansson, H.; Swenson, J.

    2011-01-01

    In our recent article [R. Bergman et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 044504 (2010)] we investigated some polyalcohols, i.e., glycerol, xylitol, and sorbitol by dielectric spectroscopy. In the study, a low-frequency peak of Debye character that normally is hidden by the large low-frequency dispersion due to conductivity was revealed by analyzing the real part of the permittivity and by using a thin Teflon film to suppress the low-frequency dispersion. We agree with the comment by Paluch et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 134, 037101 (2011)] that the Teflon film setup will indeed create a peak due to the dc conductivity. However, due to the fact that the location of the peak was almost identical in measurement with and without Teflon, we unfortunately mainly showed the data measured with Teflon, despite that it could also be observed in the real part of the permittivity without using the Teflon setup, as shown in our original article [R. Bergman et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 044504 (2010)]. Here, we show that the low-frequency peak of Debye character can also be observed by subtracting the dc conductivity. Furthermore, we show that the modulus representation used in Paluch et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 134, 037101 (2011).] is also not suitable for detecting processes hidden by the conductivity.

  1. Engineering the nanostructure of a polymer-nanocomposite film containing Ti-based core-shell particles to enhance dielectric response

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    Mahadevegowda, Amoghavarsha; Young, Neil P.; Grant, Patrick S.

    2015-09-01

    Nylon-6 based polymer-nanocomposite (PNC) dielectrics containing nano-regions of Ti-only and Ag + Ti have been manufactured by layer-by-layer deposition. By varying the thickness and deposition rate of individual layers, the PNC structure was manipulated at the nano-scale and then studied using various types of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Enhanced PNC dielectric properties, with a dielectric constant k as high as ~73, were shown to relate critically to in situ reactions and the detailed nano-arrangement of the resulting Ti (core)-TiOx (shell) and Ag nanoparticles.Nylon-6 based polymer-nanocomposite (PNC) dielectrics containing nano-regions of Ti-only and Ag + Ti have been manufactured by layer-by-layer deposition. By varying the thickness and deposition rate of individual layers, the PNC structure was manipulated at the nano-scale and then studied using various types of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Enhanced PNC dielectric properties, with a dielectric constant k as high as ~73, were shown to relate critically to in situ reactions and the detailed nano-arrangement of the resulting Ti (core)-TiOx (shell) and Ag nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03824c

  2. Conformational preferences of DNA in reduced dielectric environments.

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    Yildirim, Asli; Sharma, Monika; Varner, Bradley Michael; Fang, Liang; Feig, Michael

    2014-09-18

    The effect of reduced dielectric environments on the conformational sampling of DNA was examined through molecular dynamics simulations. Different dielectric environments were used to model one aspect of cellular environments. Implicit solvent based on the Generalized Born methodology was used to reflect different dielectric environments in the simulations. The simulation results show a tendency of DNA structures to favor noncanonical A-like conformations rather than canonical A- and B-forms as a result of the reduced dielectric environments. The results suggest that the reduced dielectric response in cellular environments may be sufficient to enhance the sampling of A-like DNA structures compared to dilute solvent conditions.

  3. Experimental evidence for the formation of CoFe2C phase with colossal magnetocrystalline-anisotropy

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    El-Gendy, AA; Bertino, M; Clifford, D; Qian, MC; Khanna, SN; Carpenter, EE

    2015-05-25

    Attainment of magnetic order in nanoparticles at room temperature is an issue of critical importance for many different technologies. For ordinary ferromagnetic materials, a reduction in size leads to decreased magnetic anisotropy and results in superparamagnetic relaxations. If, instead, anisotropy could be enhanced at reduced particle sizes, then it would be possible to attain stable magnetic order at room temperature. Herein, we provide experimental evidence substantiating the synthesis of a cobalt iron carbide phase (CoFe2C) of nanoparticles. Structural characterization of the CoFe2C carbide phase was performed by transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and energy electron spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction was also performed as a complimentary analysis. Magnetic characterization of the carbide phase revealed a blocking temperature, TB, of 790K for particles with a domain size as small as 5 +/- 1 nm. The particles have magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 4.662 +/- 10 6 J/m(3), which is ten times larger than that of Co nanoparticles. Such colossal anisotropy leads to thermally stable long range magnetic order. Moreover, the thermal stability constant is much larger than that of the commonly used FePt nanoparticles. With thermal stability and colossal anisotropy, the CoFe2C nanoparticles have huge potential for enhanced magnetic data storage devices. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  4. Experimental evidence for the formation of CoFe{sub 2}C phase with colossal magnetocrystalline-anisotropy

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    El-Gendy, Ahmed A. E-mail: ecarpenter2@vcu.edu; Bertino, Massimo; Qian, Meichun; Khanna, Shiv N. E-mail: ecarpenter2@vcu.edu; Clifford, Dustin; Carpenter, Everett E. E-mail: ecarpenter2@vcu.edu

    2015-05-25

    Attainment of magnetic order in nanoparticles at room temperature is an issue of critical importance for many different technologies. For ordinary ferromagnetic materials, a reduction in size leads to decreased magnetic anisotropy and results in superparamagnetic relaxations. If, instead, anisotropy could be enhanced at reduced particle sizes, then it would be possible to attain stable magnetic order at room temperature. Herein, we provide experimental evidence substantiating the synthesis of a cobalt iron carbide phase (CoFe{sub 2}C) of nanoparticles. Structural characterization of the CoFe{sub 2}C carbide phase was performed by transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and energy electron spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction was also performed as a complimentary analysis. Magnetic characterization of the carbide phase revealed a blocking temperature, T{sub B}, of 790 K for particles with a domain size as small as 5 ± 1 nm. The particles have magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 4.6 ± 2 × 10{sup 6 }J/m{sup 3}, which is ten times larger than that of Co nanoparticles. Such colossal anisotropy leads to thermally stable long range magnetic order. Moreover, the thermal stability constant is much larger than that of the commonly used FePt nanoparticles. With thermal stability and colossal anisotropy, the CoFe{sub 2}C nanoparticles have huge potential for enhanced magnetic data storage devices.

  5. Investigation on the dielectric response of NdMnO3/LSAT thin films: Effect of 200 MeV Ag+15 ion irradiation

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    Udeshi, Malay; Vyas, Brinda; Trivedi, Priyanka; Katba, Savan; Ravalia, Ashish; Solanki, P. S.; Shah, N. A.; Asokan, K.; Ojha, S.; Kuberkar, D. G.

    2015-12-01

    We report the results of the modifications in structural and dielectric behaviour of pulsed laser deposited NdMnO3 manganite thin films grown on (1 0 0) single crystalline (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 substrate irradiated with the 200 MeV Ag+15 ion irradiation having different fluences, ∼5 × 1010, ∼5 × 1011, ∼5 × 1012 ions/cm2. Structural strain was quantified using analysis of X-ray Diffraction data while Rutherford Backscattering measurements were performed on pristine NdMnO3 film to confirm the elemental composition, thickness and oxygen content. Dielectric measurements performed on all the irradiated films show that, the dielectric constant decreases with increase in ion fluence which has been correlated with the irradiation induced increase in strain at the film-substrate interface. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of pristine and irradiated NdMnO3 films have been understood by fitting the dielectric data using the Cole-Cole plots.

  6. Dielectric Actuation of Polymers

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    Niu, Xiaofan

    Dielectric polymers are widely used in a plurality of applications, such as electrical insulation, dielectric capacitors, and electromechanical actuators. Dielectric polymers with large strain deformations under an electric field are named dielectric elastomers (DE), because of their relative low modulus, high elongation at break, and outstanding resilience. Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) are superior to traditional transducers as a muscle-like technology: large strains, high energy densities, high coupling efficiency, quiet operation, and light weight. One focus of this dissertation is on the design of DE materials with high performance and easy processing. UV radiation curing of reactive species is studied as a generic synthesis methodology to provide a platform for material scientists to customize their own DE materials. Oligomers/monomers, crosslinkers, and other additives are mixed and cured at appropriate ratios to control the stress-strain response, suppress electromechanical instability of the resulting polymers, and provide stable actuation strains larger than 100% and energy densities higher than 1 J/g. The processing is largely simplified in the new material system by removal of the prestretching step. Multilayer stack actuators with 11% linear strain are demonstrated in a procedure fully compatible with industrial production. A multifunctional DE derivative material, bistable electroactive polymer (BSEP), is invented enabling repeatable rigid-to-rigid deformation without bulky external structures. Bistable actuation allows the polymer actuator to have two distinct states that can support external load without device failure. Plasticizers are used to lower the glass transition temperature to 45 °C. Interpenetrating polymer network structure is established inside the BSEP to suppress electromechanical instability, providing a breakdown field of 194 MV/m and a stable bistable strain as large as 228% with a 97% strain fixity. The application of BSEP

  7. Unravelling the anomalous dielectric permittivity of nanoconfined electrolyte solutions.

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    Renou, Richard; Szymczyk, Anthony; Ghoufi, Aziz

    2015-04-21

    The dielectric properties of sodium chloride solutions confined in a hydrophilic nanocavity were investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations. Unlike what is observed in the bulk phase, three dielectric regimes were evidenced, namely an anomalous increase in the dielectric permittivity at low concentrations (with respect to confined pure water), a dielectric plateau at intermediate concentrations and finally a bulk-like behavior for salt concentrations higher than a critical value. It was shown that this peculiar behavior results from the competition between dielectric saturation due to the electric field generated by ions (which tends to lower the dielectric permittivity) and the ion-induced perturbation of pre-oriented water molecules inside the nanocavity which gain some rotational degrees of freedom (entropic contribution) leading to an increase in dipolar fluctuations responsible for the increase in the dielectric permittivity.

  8. Applications of dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Pelrine, Ron; Sommer-Larsen, Peter; Kornbluh, Roy D.; Heydt, Richard; Kofod, Guggi; Pei, Qibing; Gravesen, Peter

    2001-07-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators, based on the field-induced deformation of elastomeric polymers with compliant electrodes, can produce a large strain response, combined with a fast response time and high electromechanical efficiency. This unique performance, combined with other factors such as low cost, suggests many potential applications, a wide range of which are under investigation. Applications that effectively exploit the properties of dielectric elastomers include artificial muscle actuators for robots; low-cost, lightweight linear actuators; solid- state optical devices; diaphragm actuators for pumps and smart skins; acoustic actuators; and rotary motors. Issues that may ultimately determine the success or failure of the actuation technology for specific applications include the durability of the actuator, the performance of the actuator under load, operating voltage and power requirements, and electronic driving circuitry, to name a few.

  9. Microscopic dielectric permittivities of graphene nanoribbons and graphene

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    Fang, Jingtian; Vandenberghe, William G.; Fischetti, Massimo V.

    2016-07-01

    We derive a microscopic Poisson equation using the density-density response function. This equation is valid for any realistic potential perturbation and permits the study of dielectric response in nanostructures, especially in one-dimensional nanostructures and quantum dots. We apply this equation to simulate a nanoscale parallel-plate capacitor (nanocapacitor) with graphene as dielectric and two nanocapacitors with a graphene nanoribbon (GNR) as dielectric. The density-density response function is calculated using first-order perturbation theory and empirical pseudopotentials. From the microscopic electric field of the graphene nanocapacitor, we calculate the out-of-plane microscopic dielectric constant of graphene and from the electric field of GNR nanocapacitors, we calculate the full microscopic dielectric tensor of several GNRs with different widths. We find that the out-of-plane microscopic dielectric constants of GNRs and graphene do not depend on their energy band gap. We also study the effect of a surrounding dielectric on the dielectric permittivity of graphene and we conclude that the surrounding dielectric barely affects the dielectric permittivity of graphene.

  10. Electrical conduction in polymer dielectrics

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    Cotts, D. B.

    1985-01-01

    The use of polymer dielectrics with moderate resistivities could reduce or eliminate problems associated with spacecraft charging. The processes responsible for conduction and the properties of electroactive polymers are reviewed, and correlations drawn between molecular structure and electrical conductivity. These structure-property relationships led to the development of several new electroactive polymer compositions and the identification of several systems that have the requisite thermal, mechanical, environmental and electrical properties for use in spacecraft.

  11. Extending applications of dielectric elastomer artificial muscle

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    Chiba, Seiki; Waki, Mikio; Kornbluh, Roy; Pelrine, Ron

    2007-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers have demonstrated high energy density and high strains as well as high electromechanical efficiency and fast speeds of response. These properties, combined with their projected low cost make them attractive for a variety of actuator applications including linear actuators, diaphragm pumps, rotary motors, and haptic displays. Dielectric elastomers have also been shown to offer high energy density, high efficiency, and large strains when operated as generators. Dielectric elastomers have reached a stage of development where standardized products can be applied to new applications. In some cases, dielectric elastomer devices are improvements over existing devices. In other cases, however, dielectric elastomers can enable new types of devices that cannot be made with existing technologies, such as new types of loudspeakers and power generating devices. A new dipole loudspeaker system was developed using a commercially available push-pull diaphragm configuration. This same transducer configuration was used to develop a new power generating system. This generator system enables a power generation of 0.06 to 0.12 W by manually displacing the device by 5 to 6 mm once a second. By introducing a voltage step-down conversion circuit, the device was able to power wireless communications, allowing the control of devices separated by a distance of a few meters. These two devices are examples of the new applications that are enabled as the dielectric elastomer technology commercially emerges. Future improvements to dielectric elastomers could enable new capabilities in clean electrical power generation from ocean waves, for example.

  12. Resonant dielectric metamaterials

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    Loui, Hung; Carroll, James; Clem, Paul G; Sinclair, Michael B

    2014-12-02

    A resonant dielectric metamaterial comprises a first and a second set of dielectric scattering particles (e.g., spheres) having different permittivities arranged in a cubic array. The array can be an ordered or randomized array of particles. The resonant dielectric metamaterials are low-loss 3D isotropic materials with negative permittivity and permeability. Such isotropic double negative materials offer polarization and direction independent electromagnetic wave propagation.

  13. Achieving all-dielectric left-handed metamaterials via single-sized dielectric resonators

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    Wang, Jun; Xu, Zhuo; Du, Bai; Xia, Song; Wang, Jiafu; Ma, Hua; Qu, Shaobo

    2012-02-01

    We demonstrate that using single-sized dielectric resonators, all-dielectric left-handed metamaterial (LHM) can be achieved in the C-band microwave regime. The single-sized rectangular resonator, operating under higher-order resonant modes, possesses electric and magnetic responses simultaneously, leading to the double-negative resonance behavior. We find that the electric/magnetic resonance can be enhanced by elongating the size of the rectangular resonators along the electric field direction. It is shown that polarization currents in dielectric resonators are the same as conduction currents in cut-wire pairs. Experiments were carried out to verify the designed all-dielectric LHM. The proposed method provides a convenient route to all-dielectric LHMs.

  14. Phase transition and enhanced magneto-dielectric response in BiFeO{sub 3}-DyMnO{sub 3} multiferroics

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    Tripathy, Satya N. Pradhan, Dillip K.; Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Palai, Ratnakar; Katiyar, Ram S.; Mishra, Karuna K.; Sen, Shrabanee; Paulch, Marian; Scott, James F.

    2015-04-14

    We report systematic studies on crystal structure and magneto-dielectric properties of (1 − x) BiFeO{sub 3}-x DyMnO{sub 3} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) nanoceramics synthesized by auto-combustion method. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data indicates a structural transition from R3c to R3c + Pn2{sub 1}a at x = 0.1. Field emission scanning electron micrographs display a decrease in grain size with increase in x. The presence of dielectric anomalies around antiferromagnetic transition temperature implies the magnetoelectric coupling. Dielectric measurements showed decrease in magnetic ordering temperature with increasing x in agreement with differential scanning calorimetry results. A significant increase in magnetization has been found with increasing DyMnO{sub 3} substitution. Magneto-impedance spectroscopy reveals a significant change (∼18%) in dielectric permittivity at H = 2 T for x = 0.2.

  15. Role of the magnetic ordering on the dielectric response of M2V2O7 (M = Co and Cu) divanadates

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    Sánchez-Andújar, M.; Yáñez-Vilar, S.; Mira, J.; Biskup, N.; Rivas, J.; Castro-García, S.; Señarís-Rodríguez, M. A.

    2011-03-01

    We have synthesized two divanadates M2V2O7 (M2+ = Co2+ and Cu2+), that are known to show different and complex magnetic arrangements at low temperatures and have studied their dielectric behavior. We have observed a change in the slope of the dielectric constant at the magnetic transition temperature, result which confirms the existence of magnetodielectric coupling in these two divanadates. The origin of the magnetodielectric coupling seems to be different in the Cu- and Co-compounds, although in both cases it is related to their frustrated magnetic arrangement. In Cu2V2O7, the dielectric anomaly arises from a spin canting due to the antisymmetric exchange which is allowed by structural symmetry. In the Co-divanadate, the structural symmetry does not allow antisymmetric exchange but the compound shows correlation between the behavior of the dielectric constant and inverse magnetization, which points to a dependence of its electrical polarization with the pair correlation function of neighboring magnetic spins.

  16. Pulsed dielectric spectroscopy of supercooled liquids

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    Böhmer, R.; Schiener, B.; Hemberger, J.; Chamberlin, R. V.

    1995-03-01

    Pulsed dielectric spectroscopy is introduced as a technique for selectively emphasizing specific components of the non-exponential dielectric response of matter. Samples studied include supercooled liquid propanol, propylene carbonate, and poly(lauryl-methacrylate). It is shown that particular sequences of pulses can be used to emphasize the fast response regime, to produce a cross-over or memory effect, or to eliminate the response of selected components. Furthermore, for materials characterized by broad distributions of relaxation times, the technique facilitates the investigation of a relatively narrow band from that distribution. It is also shown that the time domain spectroscopy can be combined with conventional frequency domain techniques to provide the characterization of dielectric response over an extraordinarily broad spectral range.

  17. Dielectric Characterization of Costal Cartilage Chondrocytes

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    Stacey, Michael W.; Sabuncu, Ahmet Can; Beskok, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Background Chondrocytes respond to biomechanical and bioelectrochemical stimuli by secreting appropriate extracellular matrix proteins that enables the tissue to withstand the large forces it experiences. Although biomechanical aspects of cartilage are well described, little is known of the bioelectrochemical responses. The focus of this study is to identify bioelectrical characteristics of human costal cartilage cells using dielectric spectroscopy. Methods Dielectric spectroscopy allows non-invasive probing of biological cells. An in house computer program is developed to extract dielectric properties of human costal cartilage cells from raw cell suspension impedance data measured by a microfluidic device. The dielectric properties of chondrocytes are compared with other cell types in order to comparatively assess the electrical nature of chondrocytes. Results The results suggest that electrical cell membrane characteristics of chondrocyte cells are close to cardiomyoblast cells, cells known to possess an array of active ion channels. The blocking effect of the non-specific ion channel blocker gadolinium is tested on chondrocytes with a significant reduction in both membrane capacitance and conductance. Conclusions We have utilized a microfluidic chamber to mimic biomechanical events through changes in bioelectrochemistry and described the dielectric properties of chondrocytes to be closer to cells derived from electrically excitably tissues General significance and interest The studydescribes dielectric characterization of human costal chondrocyte cells using physical tools, where results and methodology can be used to identify potential anomalies in bioelectrochemical responses that may lead to cartilage disorders. PMID:24016606

  18. All-Dielectric Multilayer Cylindrical Structures for Invisibility Cloaking

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    Mirzaei, Ali; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2015-01-01

    We study optical response of all-dielectric multilayer structures and demonstrate that the total scattering of such structures can be suppressed leading to optimal invisibility cloaking. We use experimental material data and a genetic algorithm to reduce the total scattering by adjusting the material and thickness of various layers for several types of dielectric cores at telecommunication wavelengths. Our approach demonstrates 80-fold suppression of the total scattering cross-section by employing just a few dielectric layers. PMID:25858295

  19. All-Dielectric Multilayer Cylindrical Structures for Invisibility Cloaking

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    Mirzaei, Ali; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2015-04-01

    We study optical response of all-dielectric multilayer structures and demonstrate that the total scattering of such structures can be suppressed leading to optimal invisibility cloaking. We use experimental material data and a genetic algorithm to reduce the total scattering by adjusting the material and thickness of various layers for several types of dielectric cores at telecommunication wavelengths. Our approach demonstrates 80-fold suppression of the total scattering cross-section by employing just a few dielectric layers.

  20. Paramagnetic spin correlations in colossal magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3

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    Helton, Joel S; Stone, Matthew B; Shulyatev, Dmitry A; Mukovskii, Yakov M; Lynn, J. W.

    2012-01-01

    Neutron spectroscopy measurements reveal dynamic spin correlations throughout the Brillouin zone in the colossal magnetoresistive system La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 at 265 K (1.03 TC). The longwavelength behavior is consistent with spin diffusion, yet an additional and unexpected component of the scattering is also observed in low-energy constant-E measurements which takes the form of ridges of strong scattering running along (H 0 0) and equivalent directions. Well defined Q-space correlations are observed in constant-E scans at energies up to at least 28 meV, suggesting robust short-range spin correlations in the paramagnetic phase.

  1. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2016-03-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices.

  2. Dielectric properties of aerogels

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    Hrubesh, L.W.; Keene, L.E.; Latorre, V.R. )

    1993-07-01

    We have measured the real (dielectric constant) and imaginary (loss factor) components of the complex relative permittivity at 298 [degree]K using microwave frequencies (2, 10, and 18--40 GHz), for bulk SiO[sub 2]-aerogels and for two types of organic aerogels, resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) and melamine-formaldehyde (MF). Measured dielectric constants are found to vary linearly between values of 1.0 and 2.0 for aerogel densities from 10 to 500 kg/m[sup 3]. For the same range of densities, the measured loss tangents vary linearly between values of 2[times]10[sup [minus]4] and 7[times]10[sup [minus]2]. The observed linearity of the dielectric properties with density in aerogels at microwave frequencies shows that their dielectric behavior is more gas-like than solid-like. The dielectric properties of aerogels are shown to be significantly affected by the adsorbed water internal to the bulk material. For example, water accounts for 7% of the dielectric constant and 70% of the loss at microwave frequencies for silica aerogels. Because of their very high porosity, even with the water content, the aerogels are among the few materials exhibiting such low dielectric properties. Our measurements show that aerogels with greater than 99% porosity have dielectric constants less than 1.03; these are the lowest values ever reported for a bulk solid material.

  3. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices. PMID:26973294

  4. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

    PubMed

    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M

    2016-03-14

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices.

  5. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

    PubMed Central

    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices. PMID:26973294

  6. Dielectric torque and orientation dynamics of liquid crystals with dielectric dispersion.

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    Yin, Y; Shiyanovskii, S V; Golovin, A B; Lavrentovich, O D

    2005-08-19

    We demonstrate that the finite rate of dielectric relaxation in liquid crystals which has been ignored previously causes profound effects in the fast dielectric reorientation of the director. We propose a theory of dielectric response in which the electric displacement depends not only on the present (as in the standard theory) but also on the past values of electric field and director. We design an experiment with a dual-frequency nematic in which the standard "instantaneous" model and our model predict effects of opposite signs; the experimental data support the latter model.

  7. A new dielectric metamaterial building block with a strong magnetic response in the sub-1.5-micrometer region: silicon colloid nanocavities.

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    Shi, Lei; Tuzer, T Umut; Fenollosa, Roberto; Meseguer, Francisco

    2012-11-20

    A new dielectric metamaterial building block based on high refractive index silicon spherical nanocavities with Mie resonances appearing in the near infrared optical region is prepared and characterized. It is demonstrated both experimentally and theoretically that a single silicon nanocavity supports well-defined and robust magnetic resonances, even in a liquid medium environment, at wavelength values up to six times larger than the cavity radius.

  8. Effect of Gd3+ doping on structural, optical and frequency-dependent dielectric response properties of pseudo-cubic BaTiO3 nanostructures

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    Borah, Manjit; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-06-01

    We report on the structural, optical and dielectric characterization of solid state derived, pseudo-cubic nanoscale barium titanates (BTs) with gadolinium (Gd3+) as substitutional dopant. Referring to X-ray diffractograms, apart from the BT peaks related to perovskite structure, the non-existence of any additional peaks due to byproducts has revealed that Gd3+ has undergone substitutional doping into the BT host lattice. The well-separated BT nanoparticles of typical size ˜10-15 nm were observed through electron microscopy studies. Following a direct, allowed type carrier transition ( n=1/2), a reduction in the optical band gap value (from 3.28 to 3.255 eV) was observed when the Gd-doping level was varied within 0-7 %. Conversely, the Urbach energy followed an increasing trend, from a value of 0.741 to 1.879 eV. Furthermore, the dielectric constant showed a decreasing tendency with doping content and with increasing frequency. However, in the low-frequency region, the loss tangent (tan δ), which is the combined result of orientational polarization and electrical conduction, was found to be quite high in the doped samples as compared to their un-doped counterpart. The frequency-dependent electrical data were also analyzed in the framework of conductivity and impedance formalisms. In particular, the ac conductivity which varies as ˜ ω s approaches ideal Debye behavior ( s→1) for a low Gd level and a higher doping concentration did not show improved dielectric feature of the host. The incorporation of rare-earth (Gd3+) ions into the BT host system could greatly manifest dielectric relaxation and carrier conduction mechanisms, in a given frequency range, and thus can find immense scope in miniaturized nanoelectronic elements including ceramic capacitors and transducers.

  9. Diffractive coherence in multilayer dielectric gratings

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    Shore, B.W.; Feit, M.D.; Perry, M.D.; Boyd, R.D.; Britten, J.A.; Li, Lifeng

    1995-05-26

    Successful operation of large-scale high-power lasers, such as those in use and planned at LLNL and elsewhere, require optical elements that can withstand extremely high fluences without suffering damage. Of particular concern are dielectric diffraction gratings used for beam sampling and pulse compression. Laser induced damage to bulk dielectric material originates with coupling of the electric field of the radiation to bound electrons, proceeding through a succession of mechanisms that couple the electron kinetic energy to lattice energy and ultimately to macroscopic structural changes (e.g. melting). The constructive interference that is responsible for the diffractive behavior of a grating or the reflective properties of a multilayer dielectric stack can enhance the electric field above values that would occur in unstructured homogeneous material. Much work has been done to model damage to bulk matter. The presence of nonuniform electric fields, resulting from diffractive coherence, has the potential to affect damage thresholds and requires more elaborate theory. We shall discuss aspects of work directed towards understanding the influence of dielectric structures upon damage, with particular emphasis on computations and interpretation of electric fields within dielectric gratings and multilayer dielectric stacks, noting particularly the interference effects that occur in these structures.

  10. Interfacial aqueous solutions dielectric constant measurements using atomic force microscopy

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    Teschke, O.; Ceotto, G.; de Souza, E. F.

    2000-08-01

    The exchange of the volume of a region of the electric double layer of a mica surface immersed in aqueous solutions, with a dielectric constant ɛDL, by a nanosized radius tip, with a dielectric constant ɛTip, is responsible for the repulsion at large distances from the surface (starting at ˜100 nm, diffuse layer) and followed by an attraction when the tip is immersed in the inner layer (˜10 nm). The calculated dielectric constant as a function of the distance to the charged interface obtained by fitting the force versus distance curves, allows the mapping of the inner layer dielectric constant profiles with a nanometer resolution.

  11. Mechanically Tunable Dielectric Resonator Metasurfaces at Visible Frequencies.

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    Gutruf, Philipp; Zou, Chengjun; Withayachumnankul, Withawat; Bhaskaran, Madhu; Sriram, Sharath; Fumeaux, Christophe

    2016-01-26

    Devices that manipulate light represent the future of information processing. Flat optics and structures with subwavelength periodic features (metasurfaces) provide compact and efficient solutions. The key bottleneck is efficiency, and replacing metallic resonators with dielectric resonators has been shown to significantly enhance performance. To extend the functionalities of dielectric metasurfaces to real-world optical applications, the ability to tune their properties becomes important. In this article, we present a mechanically tunable all-dielectric metasurface. This is composed of an array of dielectric resonators embedded in an elastomeric matrix. The optical response of the structure under a uniaxial strain is analyzed by mechanical-electromagnetic co-simulations. It is experimentally demonstrated that the metasurface exhibits remarkable resonance shifts. Analysis using a Lagrangian model reveals that strain modulates the near-field mutual interaction between resonant dielectric elements. The ability to control and alter inter-resonator coupling will position dielectric metasurfaces as functional elements of reconfigurable optical devices.

  12. Dielectric breakdown studies of Teflon perfluoroalkoxy at high temperature

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    Suthar, J. L.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    Teflon perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) was evaluated for use as a dielectric material in high-temperature high-voltage capacitors for space applications. The properties that were characterized included the dc dielectric strength at temperatures up to 250 C and the permittivity and dielectric loss as a function of frequency, temperature and voltage. To understand the breakdown mechanism taking place at high temperatures, the pre-breakdown discharge and conduction currents, and the dependence of dielectric strength on thickness of the film were determined. Confocal laser microscopy was performed to diagnose for microimperfections within the film structure. The results obtained show a significant decrease in the dielectric strength and an increase in dielectric loss with an increase in temperature, suggesting that impulse thermal breakdown could be a responsible mechanism in PFA film at temperatures above 150 C.

  13. Multi-susceptibile Single-Phased Ceramics with Both Considerable Magnetic and Dielectric Properties by Selectively Doping

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    Liu, Chuyang; Zhang, Yujing; Jia, Jingguo; Sui, Qiang; Ma, Ning; Du, Piyi

    2015-04-01

    Multiferroic ceramics with extraordinary susceptibilities coexisting are vitally important for the multi-functionality and integration of electronic devices. However, multiferroic composites, as the most potential candidates, will introduce inevitable interface deficiencies and thus dielectric loss from dissimilar phases. In this study, single-phased ferrite ceramics with considerable magnetic and dielectric performances appearing simultaneously were fabricated by doping target ions in higher valence than that of Fe3+, such as Ti4+, Nb5+ and Zr4+, into BaFe12O19. In terms of charge balance, Fe3+/Fe2+ pair dipoles are produced through the substitution of Fe3+ by high-valenced ions. The electron hopping between Fe3+ and Fe2+ ions results in colossal permittivity. Whilst the single-phased ceramics doped by target ions exhibit low dielectric loss naturally due to the diminishment of interfacial polarization and still maintain typical magnetic properties. This study provides a convenient method to attain practicable materials with both outstanding magnetic and dielectric properties, which may be of interest to integration and multi-functionality of electronic devices.

  14. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator

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    Sanders, David M.; Sampayan, Stephen; Slenes, Kirk; Stoller, H. M.

    2009-11-10

    A linear accelerator having cast dielectric composite layers integrally formed with conductor electrodes in a solventless fabrication process, with the cast dielectric composite preferably having a nanoparticle filler in an organic polymer such as a thermosetting resin. By incorporating this cast dielectric composite the dielectric constant of critical insulating layers of the transmission lines of the accelerator are increased while simultaneously maintaining high dielectric strengths for the accelerator.

  15. Room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties of cobalt doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Mu, Chunhong; Song, Yuanqiang Wang, Xiaoning; Wang, Haibin

    2015-05-07

    CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 12} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) ceramics were prepared by a conventional solid state reaction, and the effects of cobalt doping on the room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties were investigated. Both X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Cu and Co rich phase at grain boundaries of Co-doped ceramics. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of Co-doped samples showed a striking change from regular polyhedral particle type in pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) to sheet-like grains with certain growth orientation. Undoped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} is well known for its colossal dielectric constant in a broad temperature and frequency range. The dielectric constant value was slightly changed by 5 at. % and 10 at. % Co doping, whereas the second relaxation process was clearly separated in low frequency region at room temperature. A multirelaxation mechanism was proposed to be the origin of the colossal dielectric constant. In addition, the permeability spectra measurements indicated Co-doped CCTO with good magnetic properties, showing the initial permeability (μ′) as high as 5.5 and low magnetic loss (μ″ < 0.2) below 3 MHz. And the interesting ferromagnetic superexchange coupling in Co-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} was discussed.

  16. Alternate film dielectric materials

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    Foster, J.C. . Neutron Devices Dept.); Harris, J.O.; Martinez, J.I. )

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents data on polymeric dielectric films evaluated to support the design of high-energy-density capacitors. Evaluated materials include polycarbonate (two sources), polyphenylene sulfide, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyethermide (three sources), polyimide (four sources), polyethersulfone, and polyetherether ketone. A polyester was evaluated as the control material since many of our prior designs utilized this dielectric. The film evaluations were based on dielectric constant and dissipation factor variation as a function of temperature from {minus}55{degree}C to 300{degree}C, as well as dielectric breakdown strength. Additionally, film/foil capacitors in a dry, wrap-and-fill configuration were fabricated and tested to determine insulation resistance, breakdown voltage, and radiation hardness. Results will be presented for all the evaluations based on the several criteria. 7 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. Large magnetic entropy change in the colossal magnetoresistance material La 2/3Ca 1/3MnO 3

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    Sun, Young; Xu, Xiaojun; Zhang, Yuheng

    2000-09-01

    In this paper, we present a study of magnetocaloric effect in the colossal magnetoresistance material La 2/3Ca 1/3MnO 3. From the measurements of temperature dependence of magnetization under various magnetic fields, we have discovered a large magnetic entropy change associated with the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition. This result suggests that perovskite manganites are suitable candidates as working substances in magnetic refrigeration technology.

  18. Dielectric cavity relativistic magnetron

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    Hashemi, S. M. A.

    2010-02-01

    An alteration in the structure of the A6 relativistic magnetron is proposed, which introduces an extra degree of freedom to its design and enhances many of its quality factors. This modification involves the partial filling of the cavities of the device with a low-loss dielectric material. The operation of a dielectric-filled A6 is simulated; the results indicate single-mode operation at the desired π mode and a substantially cleaner rf spectrum.

  19. Dielectric response to the low-temperature magnetic defect structure and spin state transition in polycrystalline LaCoO3

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    Schmidt, Rainer; Wu, J.; Leighton, C.; Terry, I.

    2009-03-01

    The dielectric and magnetic properties and their correlations were investigated in polycrystalline perovskite LaCoO3-δ . The intrinsic bulk and grain-boundary (GB) dielectric relaxation processes were deconvoluted using impedance spectroscopy between 20 and 120 K, and resistivity and capacitance were analyzed separately. A thermally induced magnetic transition from a Co3+ low-spin (LS) (S=0;t2g6eg0) to a higher spin state occurs at Ts1≈80K , which is controversial in nature and has been suggested to be an intermediate-spin (IS) state (S=1;t2g5eg1) or a high-spin (HS) state (S=2;t2g4eg2) transition. This spin state transition was confirmed by magnetic-susceptibility measurements and was reflected in the impedance by a split of the single GB relaxation process into two coexisting contributions. This apparent electronic phase coexistence at T>80K was interpreted as a reflection of the coexistence of magnetic LS and IS/HS states. At lower temperatures (T≤40K) perceptible variation in bulk dielectric permittivity with temperature appeared to be correlated with the magnetic susceptibility associated with a magnetic defect structure. At 40K

  20. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics

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    Skierucha, W.; Wilczek, A.; Szypłowska, A.

    2012-04-01

    The paper presents scientific foundation and some examples of agrophysical applications of dielectric spectroscopy techniques. The aim of agrophysics is to apply physical methods and techniques for studies of materials and processes which occur in agriculture. Dielectric spectroscopy, which describes the dielectric properties of a sample as a function of frequency, may be successfully used for examinations of properties of various materials. Possible test materials may include agrophysical objects such as soil, fruit, vegetables, intermediate and final products of the food industry, grain, oils, etc. Dielectric spectroscopy techniques enable non-destructive and non-invasive measurements of the agricultural materials, therefore providing tools for rapid evaluation of their water content and quality. There is a limited number of research in the field of dielectric spectroscopy of agricultural objects, which is caused by the relatively high cost of the respective measurement equipment. With the fast development of modern technology, especially in high frequency applications, dielectric spectroscopy has great potential of expansion in agrophysics, both in cognitive and utilitarian aspects.

  1. Aperture excited dielectric antennas

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    Crosswell, W. F.; Chatterjee, J. S.; Mason, V. B.; Tai, C. T.

    1974-01-01

    The results of a comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the effect of placing dielectric objects over the aperture of waveguide antennas are presented. Experimental measurements of the radiation patterns, gain, impedance, near-field amplitude, and pattern and impedance coupling between pairs of antennas are given for various Plexiglas shapes, including the sphere and the cube, excited by rectangular, circular, and square waveguide feed apertures. The waveguide excitation of a dielectric sphere is modeled using the Huygens' source, and expressions for the resulting electric fields, directivity, and efficiency are derived. Calculations using this model show good overall agreement with experimental patterns and directivity measurements. The waveguide under an infinite dielectric slab is used as an impedance model. Calculations using this model agree qualitatively with the measured impedance data. It is concluded that dielectric loaded antennas such as the waveguide excited sphere, cube, or sphere-cylinder can produce directivities in excess of that obtained by a uniformly illuminated aperture of the same cross section, particularly for dielectric objects with dimensions of 2 wavelengths or less. It is also shown that for certain configurations coupling between two antennas of this type is less than that for the same antennas without dielectric loading.

  2. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications

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    Vaughan, Alun; Williams, Graham

    2009-07-01

    2001 the Annual Meetings focused on numerous topics, including relaxation and conduction processes in liquids, solids, liquid crystals, synthetic polymers and biopolymers, piezoelectric materials, electrets and ferroelectrets, interfacial phenomena, high field conduction and breakdown phenomena in solids, liquids and gases and, importantly, the remarkable developments in dielectric instrumentation during this period. These activities reflected the need, and willingness, to move dielectrics researches with the times. As examples of the variety and diversity of these meetings we may refer briefly to the 1981, 1989 and 1996 Meetings. The 1981 Oxford Meeting on High Field Phenomena in Dielectrics included strong themes on fundamental and practical effects of high E-fields on the dielectric and conduction behaviour of liquids and solids, electrical treeing and dielectric breakdown, non-linear dielectric effects, electrets, thin-film devices and electro-rheology. The late 1980's had seen large initiatives in the UK and globally in the general area of Molecular Electronics so, in timely fashion, this was the subject of the 1989 Meeting in Bangor. The 1996 Smart Dielectrics Meeting at Canterbury reported subsequent advances in designer materials having electro-responsive and electro-optical properties. The programme concerned electro- and photo-active materials, mainly organic, in the form of polar dielectrics, polyelectrolytes, organic semi- and photo-conductors, photo-refractive polymer films, organic ferroelectric films, liquid crystalline polymer films, piezo- and pyro-electric polymer films, electroluminescent polymers, electro-rheological fluids and non-linear optical polymer films as described by leading international scientists. The physico-chemical functions of the materials were demonstrated and interpreted in terms of fundamental molecular properties. An Archive, containing full details of all the Meetings of the DDG and the Dielectrics Society, has been placed on

  3. Correlation between dielectric properties and chemical composition of the tourmaline single crystals

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    Shekhar Pandey, Chandra; Jodlauk, Sven; Schreuer, Jürgen

    2011-10-01

    Dielectric responses were studied on piezoelectric tourmaline single crystals of widely varying chemical composition from different geological origins. The dielectric constants at constants stress, and dissipation factor were measured as a function of frequency (100-1000 kHz) using method of substitution. A correlation between two independent dielectric constants (along and perpendicular to crystallographic c-axis) is observed, and dependence of dielectric constants on chemical composition is presented.

  4. Colossal Room-Temperature Electrocaloric Effect in Ferroelectric Polymer Nanocomposites Using Nanostructured Barium Strontium Titanates.

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    Zhang, Guangzu; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Yang, Tiannan; Li, Qi; Chen, Long-Qing; Jiang, Shenglin; Wang, Qing

    2015-07-28

    The electrocaloric effect (ECE) refers to conversion of thermal to electrical energy of polarizable materials and could form the basis for the next-generation refrigeration and power technologies that are highly efficient and environmentally friendly. Ferroelectric materials such as ceramic and polymer films exhibit large ECEs, but each of these monolithic materials has its own limitations for practical cooling applications. In this work, nanosized barium strontium titanates with systematically varied morphologies have been prepared to form polymer nanocomposites with the ferroelectric polymer matrix. The solution-processed polymer nanocomposites exhibit an extraordinary room-temperature ECE via the synergistic combination of the high breakdown strength of a ferroelectric polymer matrix and the large change of polarization with temperature of ceramic nanofillers. It is found that a sizable ECE can be generated under both modest and high electric fields, and further enhanced greatly by tailoring the morphology of the ferroelectric nanofillers such as increasing the aspect ratio of the nanoinclusions. The effect of the geometry of the nanofillers on the dielectric permittivity, polarization, breakdown strength, ECE and crystallinity of the ferroelectric polymer has been systematically investigated. Simulations based on the phase-field model have been carried out to substantiate the experimental results. With the remarkable cooling energy density and refrigerant capacity, the polymer nanocomposites are promising for solid-state cooling applications.

  5. Thermal response of Ru electrodes in contact with SiO2 and Hf-based high-k gate dielectrics

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    Wen, H.-C.; Lysaght, P.; Alshareef, H. N.; Huffman, C.; Harris, H. R.; Choi, K.; Senzaki, Y.; Luan, H.; Majhi, P.; Lee, B. H.; Campin, M. J.; Foran, B.; Lian, G. D.; Kwong, D.-L.

    2005-08-01

    A systematic experimental evaluation of the thermal stability of Ru metal gate electrodes in direct contact with SiO2 and Hf-based dielectric layers was performed and correlated with electrical device measurements. The distinctly different interfacial reactions in the Ru /SiO2, Ru /HfO2, and Ru /HfSiOx film systems were observed through cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy with electron-energy-loss spectra, and energy dispersive x-ray spectra analysis. Ru interacted with SiO2, but remained stable on HfO2 at 1000°C. The onset of Ru /SiO2 interfacial interactions is identified via silicon substrate pitting possibly from Ru diffusion into the dielectric in samples exposed to a 900°C/10-s anneal. The dependence of capacitor device degradation with decreasing SiO2 thickness suggests Ru diffuses through SiO2, followed by an abrupt, rapid, nonuniform interaction of ruthenium silicide as Ru contacts the Si substrate. Local interdiffusion detected on Ru /HfSiOx samples may be due to phase separation of HfSiOx into HfO2 grains within a SiO2 matrix, suggesting that SiO2 provides a diffusion pathway for Ru. Detailed evidence consistent with a dual reaction mechanism for the Ru /SiO2 system at 1000°C is presented.

  6. Dielectric relaxation and magnetodielectric response in DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Yuan, B.; Yang, J. Zuo, X. Z.; Zhu, X. B.; Dai, J. M.; Song, W. H.; Kan, X. C.; Zu, L.; Sun, Y. P.

    2015-09-28

    We investigate the structural, magnetic, and magnetodielectric properties of DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}. The sample can be indexed with an orthorhombic phase with B site disordered space group Pbnm. The valence state of both Mn and Cr ions are suggested to be +3 based on the results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Two thermally excited dielectric relaxation at temperatures T{sub N2} < T< 300 K and large magnetodielectric effect (MDC = 20%–30%) due to the disordered arrangement of Mn{sup 3+}/Cr{sup 3+} ions associated with electron hopping between them are observed. The absence of any noticeable magnetoresistance effect (MR < 0.5%) demonstrates that the observed magnetodielectric effect is an intrinsic behavior. These results suggest that DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is a magnetodielectric compound, whose dielectric properties are dependence of the applied magnetic field, which exhibits such effects near room temperature and holds great promise for future device applications.

  7. Effect of temperature, high pressure and freezing/thawing of dry-cured ham slices on dielectric time domain reflectometry response.

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    Rubio-Celorio, Marc; Garcia-Gil, Núria; Gou, Pere; Arnau, Jacint; Fulladosa, Elena

    2015-02-01

    Dielectric Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) is a useful technique for the characterization and classification of dry-cured ham according to its composition. However, changes in the behavior of dielectric properties may occur depending on environmental factors and processing. The effect of temperature, high pressure (HP) and freezing/thawing of dry-cured ham slices on the obtained TDR curves and on the predictions of salt and water contents when using previously developed predictive models, was evaluated in three independent experiments. The results showed that at temperatures below 20 °C there is an increase of the predicted salt content error, being more important in samples with higher water content. HP treatment caused a decrease of the reflected signal intensity due to the major mobility of available ions promoting an increase of the predicted salt content. Freezing/thawing treatment caused an increase of the reflected signal intensity due to the microstructural damages and the loss of water and ions, promoting a decrease of the predicted salt content.

  8. Active tuning of all-dielectric metasurfaces.

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    Sautter, Jürgen; Staude, Isabelle; Decker, Manuel; Rusak, Evgenia; Neshev, Dragomir N; Brener, Igal; Kivshar, Yuri S

    2015-04-28

    All-dielectric metasurfaces provide a powerful platform for highly efficient flat optical devices, owing to their strong electric and magnetic dipolar response accompanied by negligible losses at near-infrared frequencies. Here we experimentally demonstrate dynamic tuning of electric and magnetic resonances in all-dielectric silicon nanodisk metasurfaces in the telecom spectral range based on the temperature-dependent refractive-index change of a nematic liquid crystal. We achieve a maximum resonance tuning range of 40 nm and a pronounced change in the transmittance intensity up to a factor of 5. Strongly different tuning rates are observed for the electric and the magnetic response, which allows for dynamically adjusting the spectral mode separation. Furthermore, we experimentally investigate the influence of the anisotropic (temperature-dependent) dielectric environment provided by the liquid crystal on both the electric and magnetic resonances. We demonstrate that the phase transition of the liquid crystal from its nematic to its isotropic phase can be used to break the symmetry of the optical metasurface response. As such, our approach allows for spectral tuning of electric and magnetic resonances of all-dielectric metasurfaces as well as switching of the anisotropy of the optical response of the device.

  9. Composition-dependent structural, dielectric and ferroelectric responses of lead-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-SrZrO3 ceramics

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    Maqbool, Adnan; Hussain, Ali; Rahman, Jamil Ur; Malik, Rizwan Ahmed; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Myong-Ho; Kim, Won-Jeong

    2016-06-01

    The influence of SrZrO3 (SZ) addition on the crystal structure, piezoelectric and the dielectric properties of lead-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT-SZ100 x, with x = 0 - 0.10) ceramics was systematically investigated. A significant reduction in the grain size was observed with SZ substitution. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the sintered BNT-SZ ceramics revealed a single perovskite phase with a pseudocubic symmetry; however, electric poling indicated a non-cubic distortion in the poled BNT-SZ ceramics. With increase in the SZ content, the temperature of maximum dielectric constant ( T m ) shifted towards lower temperatures, and the curves became more diffuse. Enhanced piezoelectric constant ( d 33 = 102 pC/N) and polarization response were observed for the BNT-SZ5 ceramics. The results indicated that SZ substitution induced a transition from a ferroelectric to relaxor state with a field-induced strain of 0.24% for BNT-SZ9 corresponding to a normalized strain of 340 pm/V.

  10. Design of nonradiative dielectric waveguide filters

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    Yoneyama, T.; Kuroki, F.; Nishida, S.

    1984-12-01

    An efficient design technique of nonradiative dielectric waveguide filters for use at millimeter wavelengths is developed. Filter structures considered here are a gap-coupled type and an alternating-width type. According to present theory, 3-pole, 0.1-dB Chebyshev ripple bandpass filters with a 2-percent bandwidth at a center frequency of 49.5 GHz were designed and fabricated with Teflon dielectric. Calculated and measured filter responses agree quite well, and excess insertion losses are found to be as small as 0.3 dB for both types of the fabricated filter circuits.

  11. Dielectric detection by an electromagnetic cavity method

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    Weatherall, James C.; Beckley, Howard F.; Gatto, Joseph A.

    2004-09-01

    A method to screen for flammable and explosive materials in bottles by electromagnetic measurement is described. The technique makes use of an aluminum cavity having strong electromagnetic resonances in the radio wave band. An object inserted into the cavity changes the internal field configuration, and causes small, but measurable shifts in the resonant frequencies. The response depends on the electrical permittivity, or dielectric constant, of the material. By measuring the frequency change of many different cavity modes, the dielectric constant of the perturbing object can be inferred independently of the object's size and shape. We demonstrate the detection of materials in bottles using an experimental device.

  12. Harnessing Quantum Interference in Molecular Dielectric Materials.

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    Bergfield, Justin P; Heitzer, Henry M; Van Dyck, Colin; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2015-06-23

    We investigate the relationship between dielectric response and charge transport in molecule-based materials operating in the quantum coherent regime. We find that quantum interference affects these observables differently, for instance, allowing current passing through certain materials to be reduced by orders of magnitude without affecting dielectric behavior (or band gap). As an example, we utilize ab initio electronic structure theory to calculate conductance and dielectric constants of cross-conjugated anthraquinone (AQ)-based and linearly conjugated anthracene (AC)-based materials. In spite of having nearly equal fundamental gaps, electrode bonding configurations, and molecular dimensions, we find a ∼1.7 order of magnitude (∼50-fold) reduction in the conductance of the AQ-based material relative to the AC-based material, a value in close agreement with recent measurements, while the calculated dielectric constants of both materials are nearly identical. From these findings, we propose two molecular materials in which quantum interference is used to reduce leakage currents across a ∼25 Å monolayer gap with dielectric constants larger than 4.5.

  13. Dielectric elastomer actuators for facial expression

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    Wang, Yuzhe; Zhu, Jian

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators have the advantage of mimicking the salient feature of life: movements in response to stimuli. In this paper we explore application of dielectric elastomer actuators to artificial muscles. These artificial muscles can mimic natural masseter to control jaw movements, which are key components in facial expressions especially during talking and singing activities. This paper investigates optimal design of the dielectric elastomer actuator. It is found that the actuator with embedded plastic fibers can avert electromechanical instability and can greatly improve its actuation. Two actuators are then installed in a robotic skull to drive jaw movements, mimicking the masseters in a human jaw. Experiments show that the maximum vertical displacement of the robotic jaw, driven by artificial muscles, is comparable to that of the natural human jaw during speech activities. Theoretical simulations are conducted to analyze the performance of the actuator, which is quantitatively consistent with the experimental observations.

  14. Electric field induced metal-insulator transition and colossal magnetoresistance in CdCr2S4

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    Sun, C. P.; Lin, C. C.; Her, J. L.; Taran, S.; Chou, C. C.; Chan, C. L.; Huang, C. L.; Berger, H.; Yang, H. D.

    2008-03-01

    Multiferroic ordering existing in a single material is a recent hot topic in the field of condensed matter physics due to its potential application in device control. The chromium chalcogenide spinel CdCr2S4 is one of the attractive materials investigated by Hemberger et al. recently.[1] Based on the electrical measurement, there is no discontinuity through the ferromagnetic ordering at TC ˜ 85K.[2] We measure the temperature dependent resistance under various electric fields to investigate the electrical properties of the present material. To our knowledge, we first observe the electric field induced metal-insulator transition in this material around TC. Moreover, a colossal magnetoresistance (CMR), which is comparable to that of manganese-based CMR material, is also observed near TC. The origin for these properties is discussed. [1] J. Hemberger, P. Lunkenheimer, R. Fichtl, H.-A. Krug von Nidda, V. Tsurkan, A. Loidl, Nature 434, 364 (2006). [2] P. K. Baltzer, H. W. Lehmann, and M. Robbins, Phys. Rev. Lett. 15, 493 (1965).

  15. Absence of colossal magnetoresistance in the oxypnictide PrMnAsO0.95F0.05.

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    Wildman, Eve J; Sher, Falak; Mclaughlin, Abbie C

    2015-03-16

    We have recently reported a new mechanism of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in electron doped manganese oxypnictides NdMnAsO1-xFx. Magnetoresistances of up to -95% at 3 K have been observed. Here we show that upon replacing Nd for Pr, the CMR is surprisingly no longer present. Instead a sizable negative magnetoresistance is observed for PrMnAsO0.95F0.05 below 35 K (MR7T (12 K) = -13.4% for PrMnAsO0.95F0.05). A detailed neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of PrMnAsO0.95F0.05 has been performed, which shows that a structural transition, Ts, occurs at 35 K from tetragonal P4/nmm to orthorhombic Pmmn symmetry. The structural transition is driven by the Pr 4f electrons degrees of freedom. The sizable -MR observed below the transition most likely arises due to a reduction in magnetic and/or multipolar scattering upon application of a magnetic field. PMID:25713929

  16. Colossal elastoresistance, electroresistance and magnetoresistance in Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3 thin films

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    Chen, Liping; Guo, Xuexiang; Gao, J.

    2016-05-01

    Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3 thin films on substrates of (001)-oriented LaAlO3 were epitaxially grown by pulsed laser deposition. It was found that a substrate-induced strain of ~1.3% brings a great resistivity change of ~98% at 25 K. We studied the dependence of resistivity on the applied electric current and magnetic field. In the greatly strained films of 60 nm thickness the electroresistance ER=[ρ(I1 μA)-ρ(I1000 μA)]/ρ(I1 μA) reaches ~70% at T=25 K, much higher than ER~7% in the strain-relaxed films of 400 nm thickness, implying the strain effect on ER. Also the magnetoresistance of the film falls with strain-relaxation. Therefore the electric properties of the film could be efficiently modified by strain, electric current and magnetic field. All of them may be explained by the effect on the percolative phase separation and competition in the half-doped manganite material. The manganite films located at phase boundary are expected to be an ideal compound for providing practical colossal effects of elastoresistance, electroresistance and magnetoresistance due to the multiphase coexistence.

  17. Successive Magnetic-Field-Induced Transitions and Colossal Magnetoelectric Effect in Ni3TeO6

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    Kim, Jae Wook; Artyukhin, Sergei; Mun, Eun Deok; Jaime, Marcelo; Harrison, Neil; Hansen, Anders; Yang, J. J.; Oh, Yoon Seok; Vanderbilt, David; Zapf, Vivien S.; et al

    2015-09-24

    In this paper, we report the discovery of a metamagnetic phase transition in a polar antiferromagnet Ni3TeO6 that occurs at 52 T. The new phase transition accompanies a colossal magnetoelectric effect, with a magnetic-field-induced polarization change of 0.3 μC/cm2, a value that is 4 times larger than for the spin-flop transition at 9 T in the same material, and also comparable to the largest magnetically induced polarization changes observed to date. Via density-functional calculations we construct a full microscopic model that describes the data. We model the spin structures in all fields and clarify the physics behind the 52 Tmore » transition. The high-field transition involves a competition between multiple different exchange interactions which drives the polarization change through the exchange-striction mechanism. Finally, the resultant spin structure is rather counterintuitive and complex, thus providing new insights on design principles for materials with strong magnetoelectric coupling.« less

  18. Colossal Piezoresistance in strained La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films

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    Viitaniemi, Maria; Kwak, In Hae; Biswas, Amlan

    2015-03-01

    Piezoresistance is the change in electrical resistance as a function of strain. A known mechanism leading to piezoresistance is thermodynamic phase separation. It has been shown that the compound (La1-yPry)1-xCaxMnO3 (LPCMO) exhibits colossal piezoresistance (CPR) at low temperatures due to electronic phase separation. For use in many applications, such as sensors, materials must exhibit CPR near room temperature. A possible candidate compound is La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) which has a Curie temperature of approximately 350 K. However, bulk LSMO single crystals do not show CPR since such samples are uniformly ferromagnetic and metallic with no phase separation. In this study, we examine the piezoresistance of ultrathin LSMO films grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates using a three-point beam bending method to control the compressive and tensile strain. It has been suggested that the lattice mismatch strain due to the substrate induces phase separation in these thin films. We have observed CPR in such strained LSMO thin films even at room temperature. NSF DMR-1410237.

  19. Fermi surfaces, spin-mixing parameter, and colossal anisotropy of spin relaxation in transition metals from ab initio theory

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    Zimmermann, Bernd; Mavropoulos, Phivos; Long, Nguyen H.; Gerhorst, Christian-Roman; Blügel, Stefan; Mokrousov, Yuriy

    2016-04-01

    The Fermi surfaces and Elliott-Yafet spin-mixing parameter (EYP) of several elemental metals are studied by ab initio calculations. We focus first on the anisotropy of the EYP as a function of the direction of the spin-quantization axis [B. Zimmermann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 236603 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.236603]. We analyze in detail the origin of the gigantic anisotropy in 5 d hcp metals as compared to 5 d cubic metals by band structure calculations and discuss the stability of our results against an applied magnetic field. We further present calculations of light (4 d and 3 d ) hcp crystals, where we find a huge increase of the EYP anisotropy, reaching colossal values as large as 6000 % in hcp Ti. We attribute these findings to the reduced strength of spin-orbit coupling, which promotes the anisotropic spin-flip hot loops at the Fermi surface. In order to conduct these investigations, we developed an adapted tetrahedron-based method for the precise calculation of Fermi surfaces of complicated shape and accurate Fermi-surface integrals within the full-potential relativistic Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green function method.

  20. Superdirective dielectric nanoantennas

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    Krasnok, Alexander E.; Simovski, Constantin R.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2014-06-01

    We introduce the novel concept of superdirective nanoantennas based on the excitation of higher-order magnetic multipole moments in subwavelength dielectric nanoparticles. Our superdirective nanoantenna is a small Si nanosphere containing a notch, and is excited by a dipole located within the notch. In addition to extraordinary directivity, this nanoantenna demonstrates efficient radiation steering at the nanoscale, resulting from the subwavelength sensitivity of the beam radiation direction to variation of the source position inside the notch. We compare our dielectric nanoantenna with a plasmonic nanoantenna of similar geometry, and reveal that the nanoantenna's high directivity in the regime of transmission is not associated with strong localization of near fields in the regime of reception. Likewise, the absence of hot spots inside the nanoantenna leads to low dissipation in the radiation regime, so that our dielectric nanoantenna has significantly smaller losses and high radiation efficiency of up to 70%.

  1. Dielectric assist accelerating structure

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    Satoh, D.; Yoshida, M.; Hayashizaki, N.

    2016-01-01

    A higher-order TM02 n mode accelerating structure is proposed based on a novel concept of dielectric loaded rf cavities. This accelerating structure consists of ultralow-loss dielectric cylinders and disks with irises which are periodically arranged in a metallic enclosure. Unlike conventional dielectric loaded accelerating structures, most of the rf power is stored in the vacuum space near the beam axis, leading to a significant reduction of the wall loss, much lower than that of conventional normal-conducting linac structures. This allows us to realize an extremely high quality factor and a very high shunt impedance at room temperature. A simulation of a 5 cell prototype design with an existing alumina ceramic indicates an unloaded quality factor of the accelerating mode over 120 000 and a shunt impedance exceeding 650 M Ω /m at room temperature.

  2. Dielectric Monitoring of Curing Composites

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    Goldberg, Benjamin E.; Semmel, Marie L.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes preliminary attempts at dielectric monitoring of curing of graphite/epoxy and carbon/phenolic composites. Objective is to develop dielectric monitoring for optimizing curing process and reduce incidence of failures of produced composite structures.

  3. Thermally switchable dielectrics

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    Dirk, Shawn M.; Johnson, Ross S.

    2013-04-30

    Precursor polymers to conjugated polymers, such as poly(phenylene vinylene), poly(poly(thiophene vinylene), poly(aniline vinylene), and poly(pyrrole vinylene), can be used as thermally switchable capacitor dielectrics that fail at a specific temperature due to the non-conjugated precursor polymer irreversibly switching from an insulator to the conjugated polymer, which serves as a bleed resistor. The precursor polymer is a good dielectric until it reaches a specific temperature determined by the stability of the leaving groups. Conjugation of the polymer backbone at high temperature effectively disables the capacitor, providing a `built-in` safety mechanism for electronic devices.

  4. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, Michael D.; Britten, Jerald A.; Nguyen, Hoang T.; Boyd, Robert; Shore, Bruce W.

    1999-01-01

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described.

  5. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, M.D.; Britten, J.A.; Nguyen, H.T.; Boyd, R.; Shore, B.W.

    1999-05-25

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described. 7 figs.

  6. Dielectric spectroscopy of monatomic alcohols

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    Baida, A. A.; Rudakov, A. V.; Agaev, S. G.

    2013-04-01

    The frequency dependences of permittivity ɛ( f) and dielectric loss tanδ( f) of monatomic alcohols are measured in range of frequencies f from 0.025 to 1000 kHz. Dielectric relaxation is observed in the investigated frequency range. Empirical correlation equations describing the relationships between the dielectric characteristics and physicochemical properties of monatomic alcohols are obtained.

  7. 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

  8. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, L.D.

    1996-12-10

    Molds for use in making end moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of a cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made. 5 figs.

  9. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, Lars D.

    1996-01-01

    Molds for use in making end moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of a cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made.

  10. Dielectric response of Ba0.05Sr0.95TiO3(110) films to variations in temperature and electric field

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    Boikov, Yu. A.; Claeson, T.

    2015-05-01

    Three-layer epitaxial heterostructures, in which a 1000-nm-thick intermediate layer of Ba0.05Sr0.95TiO3 is integrated with strontium ruthenate conducting electrodes, have been grown by laser evaporation. Using photolithography and ion etching, film parallel-plate capacitors SrRuO3/Ba0.05Sr0.95TiO3/SrRuO3 are formed based on the grown heterostructures. A sharp maximum in the temperature dependence of the capacitor capacitance is observed at T ≈ 75 K. At T < 100 K, the capacitance decreases by 50-60% upon applying a bias voltage V b = ±2.5 V to the oxide electrodes. The estimate of the specific capacitance (~2.1 μF/cm2) of the Ba0.05Sr0.95TiO3(110)/SrRuO3(110) interface is obtained. For T > 250 K and the measuring signal frequency of 1 kHz, the dielectric loss tangent of the film capacitors increases exponentially with increasing temperature.

  11. Correlation between upconversion photoluminescence and dielectric response in Ba-substituted (Sr{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}){sub 4}(La{sub 0.85}Ho{sub 0.025}Yb{sub 0.125}){sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 30}

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    Wei, T.; Wang, X. D.; Zhao, C. Z.; Liu, M. F.; Liu, J. M.

    2014-06-30

    The filled tetragonal tungsten bronze (Sr{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}){sub 4}(La{sub 0.85}Ho{sub 0.025}Yb{sub 0.125}){sub 2}Ti{sub 4}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 30} (SBLTNx: Ho-Yb) ceramics with different Ba substitution levels (x) are prepared. The upconversion photoluminescence (UC-PL) and dielectric permittivity are investigated. The substitution of Sr{sup 2+} ions at the A{sub 2}-sites by larger Ba{sup 2+} ions results in substantial variation of the UC-PL intensity as a function of substitution level x. Furthermore, the dielectric response to the substitution of Sr{sup 2+} by Ba{sup 2+} suggests a close correlation between the UC-PL intensity and dielectric permittivity. The origin for this correlation is discussed based on the random stress field (RSF) model.

  12. The effects of vacuum ultraviolet radiation on low-k dielectric films

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    Sinha, H.; Ren, H.; Nichols, M. T.; Lauer, J. L.; Tomoyasu, M.; Russell, N. M.; Jiang, G.; Antonelli, G. A.; Fuller, N. C.; Engelmann, S. U.; Lin, Q.; Ryan, V.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    Plasmas, known to emit high levels of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation, are used in the semiconductor industry for processing of low-k organosilicate glass (SiCOH) dielectric device structures. VUV irradiation induces photoconduction, photoemission, and photoinjection. These effects generate trapped charges within the dielectric film, which can degrade electrical properties of the dielectric. The amount of charge accumulation in low-k dielectrics depends on factors that affect photoconduction, photoemission, and photoinjection. Changes in the photo and intrinsic conductivities of SiCOH are also ascribed to the changes in the numbers of charged traps generated during VUV irradiation. The dielectric-substrate interface controls charge trapping by affecting photoinjection of charged carriers into the dielectric from the substrate. The number of trapped charges increases with increasing porosity of SiCOH because of charge trapping sites in the nanopores. Modifications to these three parameters, i.e., (1) VUV induced charge generation, (2) dielectric-substrate interface, and (3) porosity of dielectrics, can be used to reduce trapped-charge accumulation during processing of low-κ SiCOH dielectrics. Photons from the plasma are responsible for trapped-charge accumulation within the dielectric, while ions stick primarily to the surface of the dielectrics. In addition, as the dielectric constant was decreased by adding porosity, the defect concentrations increased.

  13. Multipactor experiment on a dielectric surface

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    Anderson, Rex Beach, III

    2001-12-01

    Multipactor is an electron multiplication process, or electron avalanche, that occurs on metallic and dielectric surfaces in the presence of rf microwave fields. Just as a rock avalanche only needs one rock to cause a larger slide of destruction, one electron under multipactor conditions can cause a tremendous amount of damage to electrical components. Multipactor is a nuisance that can cause excessive noise in communication satellites and radar, and damage to vacuum windows in particle accelerators. Single-surface multipactor on dielectrics is responsible for poor transmission properties of vacuum windows and can eventually lead to vacuum window failure. The repercussions of multipactor affect a wide range of people. For example, a civilian placing a call on a cell phone, or a captain dependent on radar for his ship's safety could both be affected by multipactor. In order to combat this expensive annoyance, a unique experiment to investigate single-surface multipactor on a dielectric surface was developed and tested. The motivation of this thesis is to introduce a novel experiment for multipactor that is designed to verify theoretical calculations and explore the physics behind the phenomenon. The compact apparatus consists of a small brass microwave cavity in a high vacuum system. Most single-surface multipactor experiments consist of a large resonant ring wave guide with a MW power supply. This experiment is the first to utilize a high Q resonant cavity and kW-level power supply to create multipactor on a dielectric surface. The small brass resonant cavity has an inner length of 9.154 cm with an inner diameter of 9.045 cm. A pulsed, variable frequency microwave source at ˜2.4 GHz, 2 kW peak excites the TE111 mode with a strong electric field parallel to a dielectric plate (˜0.2 cm thickness) that is inserted at the mid-plane of the cavity. The microwave pulses from the power supply are monitored by calibrated microwave diodes. These calibrated diodes along

  14. Magneto-Optical Activity in High Index Dielectric Nanoantennas

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    de Sousa, N.; Froufe-Pérez, L. S.; Sáenz, J. J.; García-Martín, A.

    2016-01-01

    The magneto-optical activity, namely the polarization conversion capabilities of high-index, non-absorbing, core-shell dielectric nanospheres is theoretically analyzed. We show that, in analogy with their plasmonic counterparts, the polarization conversion in resonant dielectric particles is linked to the amount of electromagnetic field probing the magneto-optical material in the system. However, in strong contrast with plasmon nanoparticles, due to the peculiar distribution of the internal fields in resonant dielectric spheres, the magneto-optical response is fully governed by the magnetic (dipolar and quadrupolar) resonances with little effect of the electric ones. PMID:27488903

  15. Magneto-Optical Activity in High Index Dielectric Nanoantennas.

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    de Sousa, N; Froufe-Pérez, L S; Sáenz, J J; García-Martín, A

    2016-01-01

    The magneto-optical activity, namely the polarization conversion capabilities of high-index, non-absorbing, core-shell dielectric nanospheres is theoretically analyzed. We show that, in analogy with their plasmonic counterparts, the polarization conversion in resonant dielectric particles is linked to the amount of electromagnetic field probing the magneto-optical material in the system. However, in strong contrast with plasmon nanoparticles, due to the peculiar distribution of the internal fields in resonant dielectric spheres, the magneto-optical response is fully governed by the magnetic (dipolar and quadrupolar) resonances with little effect of the electric ones.

  16. Magneto-Optical Activity in High Index Dielectric Nanoantennas

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    de Sousa, N.; Froufe-Pérez, L. S.; Sáenz, J. J.; García-Martín, A.

    2016-08-01

    The magneto-optical activity, namely the polarization conversion capabilities of high-index, non-absorbing, core-shell dielectric nanospheres is theoretically analyzed. We show that, in analogy with their plasmonic counterparts, the polarization conversion in resonant dielectric particles is linked to the amount of electromagnetic field probing the magneto-optical material in the system. However, in strong contrast with plasmon nanoparticles, due to the peculiar distribution of the internal fields in resonant dielectric spheres, the magneto-optical response is fully governed by the magnetic (dipolar and quadrupolar) resonances with little effect of the electric ones.

  17. Magneto-Optical Activity in High Index Dielectric Nanoantennas.

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    de Sousa, N; Froufe-Pérez, L S; Sáenz, J J; García-Martín, A

    2016-01-01

    The magneto-optical activity, namely the polarization conversion capabilities of high-index, non-absorbing, core-shell dielectric nanospheres is theoretically analyzed. We show that, in analogy with their plasmonic counterparts, the polarization conversion in resonant dielectric particles is linked to the amount of electromagnetic field probing the magneto-optical material in the system. However, in strong contrast with plasmon nanoparticles, due to the peculiar distribution of the internal fields in resonant dielectric spheres, the magneto-optical response is fully governed by the magnetic (dipolar and quadrupolar) resonances with little effect of the electric ones. PMID:27488903

  18. 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.

  19. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns

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    Dudley, Kenneth L. (Inventor); Elliott, Holly A. (Inventor); Cravey, Robin L. (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Joseph G. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An antenna includes a ground plane, a dielectric disposed on the ground plane, and an electrically-conductive radiator disposed on the dielectric. The dielectric includes at least one layer of a first dielectric material and a second dielectric material that collectively define a dielectric geometric pattern, which may comprise a fractal geometry. The radiator defines a radiator geometric pattern, and the dielectric geometric pattern is geometrically identical, or substantially geometrically identical, to the radiator geometric pattern.

  20. Unified Picture for the Colossal Thermopower Compound FeSb2

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    Battiato, M.; Tomczak, J. M.; Zhong, Z.; Held, K.

    2015-06-01

    We identify the driving mechanism of the gigantic Seebeck coefficient in FeSb2 as the phonon-drag effect associated with an in-gap density of states that we demonstrate to derive from excess iron. We accurately model electronic and thermoelectric transport coefficients and explain the so far ill-understood correlation of maxima and inflection points in different response functions. Our scenario has far-reaching consequences for attempts to harvest the spectacular power factor of FeSb2 .

  1. Colossal photoconductivity in transparent perovskite semiconductor BaSnO3

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    Park, Jisung; Kim, Useong; Char, Kookrin

    2015-03-01

    We compare photoconductivities of BaSnO3 (BSO) and SrTiO3 (STO). Photoconductivity of STO has been intensively studied for its high potential for UV detector and optical devices. On the other hand, BSO has recently started to draw a large attention for its high electron mobility and thermal stability. BSO and STO have the same perovskite structure and similar band gap. Epitaxial thin films of BSO and STO were grown by pulsed laser ablation. The spectral responses measured by the monochromatic light showed peaks around the band gap of each film, an evidence that the electron-hole pair generation is the main mechanism for the photoconductivity in both materials. We have found the photoconductivity of BSO to be several orders of magnitude higher than that of STO. In addition, there exists a larger ``persistent'' photoconductivity in BSO. The high mobility of BSO, which is two orders of magnitude larger than that of STO at room temperature, should be partially responsible for the higher photoconductivity. The small difference between the direct gap and indirect gap of BSO may make band to band transition easier. We are also investigating the effect of dislocations on the ``persistent'' photoconductivity.

  2. Magnetorefractive effect in manganites with a colossal magnetoresistance in the visible spectral region

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    Sukhorukov, Yu. P. Telegin, A. V.; Granovsky, A. B. Gan'shina, E. A.; Zhukov, A.; Gonzalez, J.; Caicedo, J. M.; Bessonov, V. D.; Kaul', A. R.; Gorbenko, O. Yu.; Korsakov, I. E.

    2012-01-15

    The magnetotransmission, magnetoreflection, and magnetoresistance of the La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.9}Ag{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} epitaxial films have been investigated. It has been found that the films exhibit a significant magnetorefractive effect in the case of reflection and transmission of light in the fundamental absorption region both in the vicinity of the Curie temperature and at low temperatures. It has been shown that the magnetorefractive effect in the infrared spectral region of the manganites is determined by a high-frequency response to magnetoresistance, whereas the magnetorefractive effect in the visible spectral region of these materials is associated with a change in the electronic structure in response to a magnetic field, which, in turn, leads to a change in the electron density of states, the probability of interband optical transitions, and the shift of light absorption bands. The obtained values of the magnetotransmittance and magnetoreflectance in the visible spectral region are less than those observed in the infrared region of the spectrum, but they are several times greater than the linear magneto-optical effects. As a result, the magnetorefractive effect, which is a nongyrotropic phenomenon, makes it possible to avoid the use of light analyzers and polarizers in optical circuits.

  3. Dielectric Signatures of Annealing in Glacier Ice

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    Grimm, R. E.; Stillman, D. E.; MacGregor, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    We analyzed the dielectric spectra of 49 firn and ice samples from ice sheets and glaciers to better understand how differing ice formation and evolution affect electrical properties. The dielectric relaxation of ice is well known and its characteristic frequency increases with the concentration of soluble impurities in the ice lattice. We found that meteoric ice and firn generally possess two such relaxations, indicating distinct crystal populations or zonation. Typically, one population is consistent with that of relatively pure ice, and the other is significantly more impure. However, high temperatures (e.g., temperate ice), long residence times (e.g., ancient ice from Mullins Glacier, Antarctica), or anomalously high impurity concentrations favor the development of a single relaxation. These relationships suggest that annealing causes two dielectrically distinct populations to merge into one population. The dielectric response of temperate ice samples indicates increasing purity with increasing depth, suggesting final rejection of impurities from the lattice. Separately, subglacially frozen samples from the Vostok 5G ice core possess a single relaxation whose variable characteristic frequency likely reflects the composition of the source water. Multi-frequency electrical measurements on cores and in the field can track annealing of glacier ice.

  4. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Johnson, Ross Stefan

    2010-08-01

    Materials with switchable states are desirable in many areas of science and technology. The ability to thermally transform a dielectric material to a conductive state should allow for the creation of electronics with built-in safety features. Specifically, the non-desirable build-up and discharge of electricity in the event of a fire or over-heating would be averted by utilizing thermo-switchable dielectrics in the capacitors of electrical devices (preventing the capacitors from charging at elevated temperatures). We have designed a series of polymers that effectively switch from a non-conductive to a conductive state. The thermal transition is governed by the stability of the leaving group after it leaves as a free entity. Here, we present the synthesis and characterization of a series of precursor polymers that eliminate to form poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV's).

  5. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Kholwadwala, Fenil Manish; Johnson, Ross Stefan; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2010-06-01

    Materials with switchable states are desirable in many areas of science and technology. The ability to thermally transform a dielectric material to a conductive state should allow for the creation of electronics with built-in safety features. Specifically, the non-desirable build-up and discharge of electricity in the event of a fire or over-heating would be averted by utilizing thermo-switchable dielectrics in the capacitors of electrical devices (preventing the capacitors from charging at elevated temperatures). We have designed a series of polymers that effectively switch from a non-conductive to a conductive state. The thermal transition is governed by the stability of the leaving group after it leaves as a free entity. Here, we present the synthesis and characterization of a series of precursor polymers that eliminate to form poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV's).

  6. Development of a Low Loss, High Dielectric Strength Microwave Substrate

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    Sanders, D; Sampayan, S; Caporaso, G; Rhodes, M; Watson, J; Slenes, K; Jacquina, J; De La Fuenta, R; Thurmond, L

    2006-06-05

    This work describes a comparison of two candidate materials for pulse forming line fabrication with respect to bulk dielectric breakdown, frequency response of relative permittivity and dielectric loss. One material is a commercially available microwave substrate material that can be procured in sheet form without a high voltage specification while the other is a newly developed material that also comes in sheet form that can also be cast between the electrodes.

  7. Low-k Dielectrics

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    Hayashi, Yoshihiro

    As CMOS transistors were scaled, interconnects to link them are also shrunk to reduce the line pitches [1-10]. As shown in Fig. 22.1, the interconnect pitches have been shrunk from 180 nm, 140 nm, and 100 nm for 65 [4], 45 [32], and 32 nm nodes [10] LSIs, respectively. To eliminate the interconnect parasitic capacitance, low-k dielectric films which have lower permittivity than the conventional silica (SiO2) dielectrics have been introduced. Figure 22.2 shows the technology trend of the k-value and the deposition process, in which the low-k films are deposited by spin-on-dielectric (SOD) method or plasma-enhanced CVD. In the case of SOD, precursor solution is poured on a rotated wafer, and the precursor film is heated to vaporize the solvent followed by reaction and densification to make a low-k film. In the case of PECVD [36, 42], on the other hand, precursor solution is vaporized with inert carrier gas such as He, and the precursor gas is introduced into PECVD chamber with RF power. The vaporized precursor gas is exited from plasma, depositing a low-k film on a wafer heated in high vacuum. The SOD method is advantageous to decrease the k-value, while PECVD method is superior in the adhesion strength due to the possibility of in-suite plasma surface treatment in vacuum just before the low-k deposition.

  8. 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

  9. Nonparaxial solitary waves in anisotropic dielectrics

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    Alberucci, Alessandro; Assanto, Gaetano

    2011-03-15

    We account for the vectorial character of electromagnetic waves in the study of nonlinear self-action and transverse localization in dielectric anisotropic media. With reference to uniaxials, we address spatial solitons propagating in the nonparaxial regime in the presence of an arbitrary degree of nonlocality, going from the standard Kerr response to the highly nonlocal case, unveiling various effects, including transverse profile asymmetry and bending of the trajectory, as well as a weak effective nonlocality even in local media.

  10. Principles of dielectric blood coagulometry as a comprehensive coagulation test.

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    Hayashi, Yoshihito; Brun, Marc-Aurèle; Machida, Kenzo; Nagasawa, Masayuki

    2015-10-01

    Dielectric blood coagulometry (DBCM) is intended to support hemostasis management by providing comprehensive information on blood coagulation from automated, time-dependent measurements of whole blood dielectric spectra. We discuss the relationship between the series of blood coagulation reactions, especially the aggregation and deformation of erythrocytes, and the dielectric response with the help of clot structure electron microscope observations. Dielectric response to the spontaneous coagulation after recalcification presented three distinct phases that correspond to (P1) rouleau formation before the onset of clotting, (P2) erythrocyte aggregation and reconstitution of aggregates accompanying early fibrin formation, and (P3) erythrocyte shape transformation and/or structure changes within aggregates after the stable fibrin network is formed and platelet contraction occurs. Disappearance of the second phase was observed upon addition of tissue factor and ellagic acid for activation of extrinsic and intrinsic pathways, respectively, which is attributable to accelerated thrombin generation. A series of control experiments revealed that the amplitude and/or quickness of dielectric response reflect platelet function, fibrin polymerization, fibrinolysis activity, and heparin activity. Therefore, DBCM sensitively measures blood coagulation via erythrocytes aggregation and shape changes and their impact on the dielectric permittivity, making possible the development of the battery of assays needed for comprehensive coagulation testing.

  11. Principles of dielectric blood coagulometry as a comprehensive coagulation test.

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    Hayashi, Yoshihito; Brun, Marc-Aurèle; Machida, Kenzo; Nagasawa, Masayuki

    2015-10-01

    Dielectric blood coagulometry (DBCM) is intended to support hemostasis management by providing comprehensive information on blood coagulation from automated, time-dependent measurements of whole blood dielectric spectra. We discuss the relationship between the series of blood coagulation reactions, especially the aggregation and deformation of erythrocytes, and the dielectric response with the help of clot structure electron microscope observations. Dielectric response to the spontaneous coagulation after recalcification presented three distinct phases that correspond to (P1) rouleau formation before the onset of clotting, (P2) erythrocyte aggregation and reconstitution of aggregates accompanying early fibrin formation, and (P3) erythrocyte shape transformation and/or structure changes within aggregates after the stable fibrin network is formed and platelet contraction occurs. Disappearance of the second phase was observed upon addition of tissue factor and ellagic acid for activation of extrinsic and intrinsic pathways, respectively, which is attributable to accelerated thrombin generation. A series of control experiments revealed that the amplitude and/or quickness of dielectric response reflect platelet function, fibrin polymerization, fibrinolysis activity, and heparin activity. Therefore, DBCM sensitively measures blood coagulation via erythrocytes aggregation and shape changes and their impact on the dielectric permittivity, making possible the development of the battery of assays needed for comprehensive coagulation testing. PMID:26368847

  12. Dielectric Spectroscopy of Grape Juice at Microwave Frequencies

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    Vijay, Ravika; Jain, Ritu; Sharma, Krishna S.

    2015-04-01

    The complex permittivity of fresh juice of two cultivars of grapes, Sultania (green grapes) and Black Monukka (black grapes) was measured in terms of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor over the frequency range from 1 to 50 GHz and at temperatures ranging from 30 to 60°C, by using the PNA network analyzer model E8364C and open ended coaxial probe 85070E. The Cole-Cole plots and dielectric constant vs. (angular frequency) dielectric loss factor and dielectric constant vs. dielectric loss factor/(angular frequency) regression lines at different temperatures were used in Debye approximation to predict relaxation frequency of molecules for the two cultivars of grapes in the low frequency and high frequency limits, respectively. It was observed that the acidic character of green grapes is responsible for the large amplitude vibrational peaks in dielectric loss factor - frequency curves, in the high frequency region at higher temperatures. On the other hand, excess of sugar in black grapes suppresses the activity of water molecules, thereby suppressing the vibrational peaks at higher frequencies. Different relaxation frequencies found for the two cultivars of grapes suggest that they have different molecular structure.

  13. Colossal negative thermal expansion induced by magnetic phase competition on frustrated lattices in Laves phase compound (Hf,Ta)Fe2

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    Li, B.; Luo, X. H.; Wang, H.; Ren, W. J.; Yano, S.; Wang, C.-W.; Gardner, J. S.; Liss, K.-D.; Miao, P.; Lee, S.-H.; Kamiyama, T.; Wu, R. Q.; Kawakita, Y.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2016-06-01

    Competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases on frustrated lattices in hexagonal Laves phase compound Hf0.86Ta0.14Fe2 is investigated by using neutron diffraction as a function of temperature and magnetic fields and density-functional-theory calculations. At 325 K, the compound orders into the 120° frustrated antiferromagnetic state with a well-reduced magnetic moment, and an in-plane lattice contraction simultaneously sets in. With further cooling down, however, the accumulated distortion in turn destabilizes this susceptible frustrated structure. The frustration is completely relieved at 255 K when the first-order transition to the ferromagnetic state takes place, where a colossal negative volumetric thermal expansion, -123 ×10-6 /K, is obtained. Meanwhile, the antiferromagnetic state can be suppressed by few-tesla magnetic fields, which results in a colossal positive magnetostriction. Such delicate competition is attributed to the giant magnetic fluctuation inherent in the frustrated antiferromagnetic state. Therefore, the magnetoelastic instability is approached even under a small perturbation.

  14. Immunohistochemistry Successfully Uncovers Intratumoral Heterogeneity and Widespread Co-Losses of Chromatin Regulators in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Devarajan, Karthik; Parsons, Theodore; Wang, Qiong; Liao, Lili; Cho, Eun-Ah; O'Neill, Raymond; Solomides, Charalambos; Peiper, Stephen C.; Testa, Joseph R.; Uzzo, Robert; Yang, Haifeng

    2016-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) is prevalent in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), based on DNA sequencing and chromosome aberration analysis of multiple regions from the same tumor. VHL mutations were found to be universal throughout individual tumors when it occurred (ubiquitous), while the mutations in other tumor suppressor genes tended to be detected only in parts of the tumors (subclonal). ITH has been studied mostly by DNA sequencing in limited numbers of samples, either by whole genome sequencing or by targeted sequencing. It is not known whether immunohistochemistry (IHC) can be used as a tool to study ITH. To address this question, we examined the protein expression of PBRM1, and PBRM1-related proteins such as ARID1A, SETD2, BRG1, and BRM. Altogether, 160 ccRCC (40 per stage) were used to generate a tissue microarray (TMA), with four foci from each tumor included. Loss of expression was defined as 0–5% of tumor cells with positive nuclear staining in an individual focus. We found that 49/160 (31%), 81/160 (51%), 23/160 (14%), 24/160 (15%), and 61/160 (38%) of ccRCC showed loss of expression of PBRM1, ARID1A, SETD2, BRG1, and BRM, respectively, and that IHC could successfully detect a high prevalence of ITH. Phylogenetic trees were constructed that reflected the ITH. Striking co-losses among proteins were also observed. For instance, ARID1A loss almost always accompanied PBRM1 loss, whereas BRM loss accompanied loss of BRG1, PBRM1 or ARID1A. SETD2 loss frequently occurred with loss of one or more of the other four proteins. Finally, in order to learn the impact of combined losses, we compared the tumor growth after cells acquired losses of ARID1A, PBRM1, or both in a xenograft model. The results suggest that ARID1A loss has a greater tumor-promoting effect than PBRM1 loss, indicating that xenograft analysis is a useful tool to investigate how these losses impact on tumor behavior, either alone or in combination. PMID

  15. Effects of dielectric relaxation on the director dynamics of uniaxial nematic liquid crystals.

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    Gu, Mingxia; Yin, Ye; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2007-12-01

    The dielectric anisotropy of liquid crystals causes director reorientation in an applied electric field and is thus at the heart of electro-optic applications of these materials. The components of the dielectric tensor are frequency dependent. Until recently, this frequency dependence was not accounted for in a description of director dynamics in an electric field. We theoretically derive the reorienting dielectric torque acting on the director, taking into account the entire frequency spectrum of the dielectric tensor. The model allows one to include the effects of multiple relaxations in both parallel and perpendicular components of the dielectric tensor, thus generalizing a recent model [Y. Yin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 087801 (2005)] limited by the single-relaxation approach. The model predicts the "dielectric memory effect" (DME)--i.e., dependence of the dielectric torque on both the "present" and "past" values of the electric field and the director. The model describes the experimentally observed director reorientation in the case when the rise time of the applied voltage is smaller than the dielectric relaxation time. In typical materials such as pentylcyanobiphenyl (5CB), in which the dielectric anisotropy is positive at low frequencies, the DME slows down the director reorientation in a sharply rising electric field, as the sharp front is perceived as a high-frequency excitation for which the dielectric anisotropy is small or even of a negative sign. In materials that are dielectrically negative, the DME speeds up the response when a sharp pulse is applied.

  16. Numerical Analysis of Electromagnetic Scattering from 3-D Dielectric Objects Using the Yasuura Method

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    Koba, Koichi; Ikuno, Hiroyoshi; Kawano, Mitsunori

    In order to calculate 3-D electromagnetic scattering problems by dielectric objects which we need to solve a big size simultaneous linear equation, we present a rapid algorithm on the Yasuura method where we accelerate the convergence rate of solution by using an array of multipoles as well as a conventional multipole. As a result, we can obtain the radar cross sections of dielectric objects in the optical wave region over a relative wide frequency range and a TDG pulse response. Furthermore, we analyze the scattering data about dielectric objects by using the pulse responses cut by an appropriate window function in the time domain and clarify the scattering processes on dielectric objects.

  17. Molecular Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Strategies for High-Capacitance Organic Dielectric Materials.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2015-06-10

    Donor-bridge-acceptor (DBA) systems occupy a rich history in molecular electronics and photonics. A key property of DBA materials is their typically large and tunable (hyper)polarizabilities. While traditionally, classical descriptions such as the Clausius-Mossotti formalism have been used to relate molecular polarizabilities to bulk dielectric response, recent work has shown that these classical equations are inadequate for numerous materials classes. Creating high-dielectric organic materials is critically important for utilizing unconventional semiconductors in electronic circuitry. Employing a plane-wave density functional theory formalism, we investigate the dielectric response of highly polarizable DBA molecule-based thin films. Such films are found to have large dielectric response arising from cooperative effects between donor and acceptor units when mediated by a conjugated bridge. Moreover, the dielectric response can be systematically tuned by altering the building block donor, acceptor, or bridge structures and is found to be nonlinearly dependent on electric field strength. The computed dielectric constants are largely independent of the density functional employed, and qualitative trends are readily evident. Remarkably large computed dielectric constants >15.0 and capacitances >6.0 μF/cm(2) are achieved for squaraine monolayers, significantly higher than in traditional organic dielectrics. Such calculations should provide a guide for designing high-capacitance organic dielectrics that should greatly enhance transistor performance.

  18. Influence of the crystal microstructure on the dielectric response of the La0.67Li0.2Ti0.8Al0.2O3

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    García-Martín, Susana; Morata-Orrantia, Ainhoa; Alario-Franco, Miguel Á.

    2006-09-01

    Polycrystalline samples of La0.67Li0.2Ti0.8Al0.2 with different crystal microstructures have similar general dielectric behavior. The materials show very high dielectric permittivity (ɛ'≈300000) over relatively wide frequency and temperature ranges with no apparent dependence on the microstructure. The impedance spectroscopy study indicates that the origin of the high dielectric constant is a barrier layer capacitor effect due to depletion of Li ions at the grain boundaries of these Li-conducting materials. However, influence of the three dimensional microstructure domains on bulk properties such as electrical resistance and capacitance is observed.

  19. Residual ferroelectricity in barium strontium titanate thin film tunable dielectrics

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    Garten, L. M. Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Lam, P.; Harris, D.; Maria, J.-P.

    2014-07-28

    Loss reduction is critical to develop Ba{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} thin film tunable microwave dielectric components and dielectric energy storage devices. The presence of ferroelectricity, and hence the domain wall contributions to dielectric loss, will degrade the tunable performance in the microwave region. In this work, residual ferroelectricity—a persistent ferroelectric response above the global phase transition temperature—was characterized in tunable dielectrics using Rayleigh analysis. Chemical solution deposited Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} films, with relative tunabilities of 86% over 250 kV/cm at 100 kHz, demonstrated residual ferroelectricity 65 °C above the ostensible paraelectric transition temperature. Frequency dispersion observed in the dielectric temperature response was consistent with the presence of nanopolar regions as one source of residual ferroelectricity. The application of AC electric field for the Rayleigh analysis of these samples led to a doubling of the dielectric loss for fields over 10 kV/cm at room temperature.

  20. Square dielectric THz waveguides.

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    Aflakian, N; Yang, N; LaFave, T; Henderson, R M; O, K K; MacFarlane, D L

    2016-06-27

    A holey cladding dielectric waveguide with square cross section is designed, simulated, fabricated and characterized. The TOPAS waveguide is designed to be single mode across the broad frequency range of 180 GHz to 360 GHz as shown by finite-difference time domain simulation and to robustly support simultaneous TE and TM mode propagation. The square fiber geometry is realized by pulling through a heat distribution made square by appropriate furnace design. The transmitted mode profile is imaged using a vector network analyzer with a pinhole at the receiver module. Good agreement between the measured mode distribution and the calculated mode distribution is demonstrated. PMID:27410645

  1. Low Dielectric Polymers

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    Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2002-01-01

    This report summarizes results obtained through our current research effort entitled 'Low Dielectric Polymers'. Results are reported in four areas: (1) Development of an alkyne containing a crosslinking agent for 12F-PEK and its analogues; (2) Preparation and evaluation of new silicon- and/or fluorine-containing polymers for low temperature applications; (3) Polymers derived from a new highly fluorinated monomer; and (4) Continued evaluation of the scale-up of the preparation of 6FC11- and 6FC17-PEKs.

  2. Low Dielectric Polymers

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    Venumbaka, Sreenivasulu R.; Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2002-01-01

    This report summarizes results obtained from research funded through Research Cooperative Agreement No. NCC-1-01033-"Low Dielectric Polymers" (from 5/10/01 through 5/09/02). Results are reported in three of the proposed research areas (Tasks 1-3 in the original proposal): (1) Repeat and confirm the preparation and properties of the new alkyl-substituted PEK, 6HC17-PEK, (2) Prepare and evaluate polymers derived from a highly fluorinated monomer, and (3) Prepare and evaluate new silicon and/or fluorine-containing polymers expected to retain useful properties at low temperature.

  3. Dielectric Properties Of Nanoferrites

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    Jankov, Stevan B.; Cvejic, Zeljka N.; Rakic, Srdjan; Srdic, Vladimir

    2007-04-23

    Dielectric properties: permittivity, loss factor, tan delta and ionic conductivity of nanostructured ferrites have been measured. Samples used were nickel, zinc and yttrium doped ferrites mixed in various ratios. The synthesis has been performed using precipitation method and obtained powders were pressed in pellets under varying pressure. X-ray diffractography approach for the refinement of structure and microstructural analysis has been performed. All parameters have been measured in 1 Hz to 100 kHz frequency range and 30 deg. C to 80 deg. C temperature range. Significant improvements in permittivity, loss factor and ionic conductivity comparing to bulk samples have been observed.

  4. Effect of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} addition on the dielectric and piezoelectric responses in the low-temperature sintered 0.5PZN-0.5PZT systems

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    Hou Yudong; Chang Limin; Zhu Mankang; Song Xuemei; Yan Hui

    2007-10-15

    Low-temperature sintering of 0.5Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.5Pb(Zr{sub 0.47}Ti{sub 0.53})O{sub 3} ceramics (0.5PZN-0.5PZT) was investigated using Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} as sintering aids. The addition of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} significantly improved the sinterability of 0.5PZN-0.5PZT ceramics, resulting in a reduction of sintering temperature from 1100 to 950 deg. C. Moreover, the effect of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} addition on the dielectric and piezoelectric responses in 0.5PZN-0.5PZT systems was systematically studied in this work. The analysis of x-ray diffraction patterns and scanning electron microscopy indicated that the solubility limit of Li ions in perovskite structures was near 0.5 wt % in Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} form. Below the solubility limit, Li{sup +} ions entered the six-fold coordinated B sites of oxygenic octahedral center and enhanced the compositional fluctuation in nanoscale, resulting in the increase of the degree of diffuseness {gamma}. While at high doping level above the solubility limit, {gamma} decreased subsequently, which was attributed to the formation of pyrochlore phase. Raman analysis on the B-site cation order correlates well with the dielectric measurement results. The large improvements in the piezoelectric properties such as the coupling factor and piezoelectric constant were also observed for doped specimens. Optimized parameters, such as d{sub 33}=278 pC/N, k{sub p}=0.50, and {epsilon}{sub max}=8800, were achieved by doping 0.5 wt % Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in low-temperature sintered 0.5PZN-0.5PZT systems, which shows great promise as practical materials for multilayered piezoelectric device applications. The observed improvement in the electric properties can be attributed to the grain size effect. After doping, the clamping effect caused by oxygen vacancies and grain boundary phases on domain wall motion was largely reduced due to the increase of grain size; therefore, a significant reduced coercive field and an increased remanent

  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; 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%)

  6. Miniaturization of dielectric liquid microlens in package

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    Yang, Chih-Cheng; Tsai, C. Gary; Yeh, J. Andrew

    2010-01-01

    This study presents packaged microscale liquid lenses actuated with liquid droplets of 300–700 μm in diameter using the dielectric force manipulation. The liquid microlens demonstrated function focal length tunability in a plastic package. The focal length of the liquid lens with a lens droplet of 500 μm in diameter is shortened from 4.4 to 2.2 mm when voltages applied change from 0 to 79 Vrms. Dynamic responses that are analyzed using 2000 frames∕s high speed motion cameras show that the advancing and receding times are measured to be 90 and 60 ms, respectively. The size effect of dielectric liquid microlens is characterized for a lens droplet of 300–700 μm in diameter in an aspect of focal length. PMID:21267438

  7. Low frequency dielectric relaxation in boracites

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    Kim, Q.; Somoano, R.

    1983-01-01

    In order to elucidate the nature of the imperfections which adversely affect pyroelectric processes in boracites, the thermal and dispersive characteristics of the low frequency dielectric response in iron-iodide boracite (Fe3B7O13I) and copper-chloride boracite (Cu3B7O13Cl) have been investigated. These characteristics were measured as a function of crystallographic orientation and applied field in both the ferroelectric and paraelectric states. The low frequency dielectric relaxation of 100 line oriented multi-domain copper-chloride boracite clearly indicates the dipole nature of the lattice imperfections. The activation energies calculated from a noninteracting Debye model, are 0.53 eV in the ferroelectric phase and 0.10 eV in the paraelectric phase.

  8. 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.

  9. Microfabrication of stacked dielectric elastomer actuator fibers

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    Corbaci, Mert; Walter, Wayne; Lamkin-Kennard, Kathleen

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) are one of the best candidate materials for next generation of robotic actuators, soft sensors and artificial muscles due to their fast response, mechanical robustness and compliance. However, high voltage requirements of DEAs have impeded their potential to become widely used in such applications. In this study, we propose a method for fabrication of silicon based multilayer DEA fibers composed of microlevel dielectric layers to improve the actuation ratios of DEAs at lower voltages. A multi-walled carbon nanotube - polydimethylsiloxane (MWCNT/PDMS) composite was used to fabricate mechanically compliant, conductive parallel plates and electrode connections for the DEA actuators. Active surface area and layer thickness were varied to study the effects of these parameters on actuation ratio as a function of applied voltage. Different structures were fabricated to assess the flexibility of the fabrication method for specific user-end applications.

  10. Voltage sensor and dielectric material

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    Yakymyshyn, Christopher Paul; Yakymyshyn, Pamela Jane; Brubaker, Michael Allen

    2006-10-17

    A voltage sensor is described that consists of an arrangement of impedance elements. The sensor is optimized to provide an output ratio that is substantially immune to changes in voltage, temperature variations or aging. Also disclosed is a material with a large and stable dielectric constant. The dielectric constant can be tailored to vary with position or direction in the material.

  11. Microwave Propagation in Dielectric Fluids.

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    Lonc, W. P.

    1980-01-01

    Describes an undergraduate experiment designed to verify quantitatively the effect of a dielectric fluid's dielectric constant on the observed wavelength of microwave radiation propagating through the fluid. The fluid used is castor oil, and results agree with the expected behavior within 5 percent. (Author/CS)

  12. Low dielectric polyimide fibers

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    Dorogy, William E., Jr. (Inventor); St.clair, Anne K. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A high temperature resistant polyimide fiber that has a dielectric constant of less than 3 is presented. The fiber was prepared by first reacting 2,2-bis (4-(4aminophenoxy)phenyl) hexafluoropropane with 2,2-bis (3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride in an aprotic solvent to form a polyamic acid resin solution. The polyamic acid resin solution is then extruded into a coagulation medium to form polyamic acid fibers. The fibers are thermally cured to their polyimide form. Alternatively, 2,2-bis(4-(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl) hexafluoropropane is reacted with 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride to form a polyamic acid, and the polyamic acid is chemically converted to its polyimide form. The polyimide is then dissolved in a solvent to form a polyimide resin solution, and the polyimide resin is extruded into a coagulation medium to form a polyimide wet gel filament. In order to obtain polyimide fibers of increased tensile properties, the polyimide wet gel filaments are stretched at elevated temperatures. The tensile properties of the fibers were measured and found to be in the range of standard textile fibers. Polyimide fibers obtained by either method will have a dielectric constant similar to that of the corresponding polymer, viz., less than 3 at 10 GHz.

  13. Plasmonics without negative dielectrics

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    Della Giovampaola, Cristian; Engheta, Nader

    2016-05-01

    Plasmonic phenomena are exhibited in light-matter interaction involving materials whose real parts of permittivity functions attain negative values at operating wavelengths. However, such materials usually suffer from dissipative losses, thus limiting the performance of plasmon-based optical devices. Here, we utilize an alternative methodology that mimics a variety of plasmonic phenomena by exploiting the well-known structural dispersion of electromagnetic modes in bounded guided-wave structures filled with only materials with positive permittivity. A key issue in the design of such structures is prevention of mode coupling, which can be achieved by implementing thin metallic wires at proper interfaces. This method, which is more suitable for lower frequencies, allows designers to employ conventional dielectrics and highly conductive metals for which the loss is low at these frequencies, while achieving plasmonic features. We demonstrate, numerically and analytically, that this platform can provide surface plasmon polaritons, local plasmonic resonance, plasmonic cloaking, and epsilon-near-zero-based tunneling using conventional positive-dielectric materials.

  14. Colossal piezoresistance in manganites.

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    Tosado, Jacob; Lopez, Josymir; Dhakal, Tara; Biswas, Amlan

    2007-03-01

    We have studied the effect of the application of direct mechanical stress on thin films of the hole-doped manganese oxide (manganite) (La1-yPry)1-xCaxMnO3 (LPCMO). The two competing phases in manganites are the pseudocubic ferromagnetic metallic (FMM) phase and the orthorhombic charge-ordered insulating (COI) phase. Due to the different structures of the FMM and COI phases, manganites are susceptible to mechanical stresses. The traditional methods of applying stress on oxide thin films result in different growth modes which makes it difficult to quantify the strain in the thin film. Using a calibrated screw we applied direct mechanical stress on the substrate and measured the change in the phase diagram of the manganite as a function of strain. Our results show that the effect of strain is the largest in the fluid phase separated region of the phase diagram^2, where we observe a strain-induced change in resistance of about 5 orders of magnitude. [2] Tara Dhakal, et. al, Cond-mat/0607502.

  15. The Colossal Cosmic Eye

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    2005-09-01

    Eighty-five million years ago on small planet Earth, dinosaurs ruled, ignorant of their soon-to-come demise in the great Jurassic extinction, while mammals were still small and shy creatures. The southern Andes of Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina were not yet formed and South America was still an island continent. Eighty-five million years ago, our Sun and its solar system was 60,000 light years away from where it now stands [1]. Eighty-five million years ago, in another corner of the Universe, light left the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1350, for a journey across the universe. Part of this light was recorded at the beginning of the year 2000 AD by ESO's Very Large Telescope, located on the 2,600m high Cerro Paranal in the Chilean Andes on planet Earth. Astronomers classify NGC 1350 as an Sa(r) type galaxy, meaning it is a spiral with large central regions. In fact, NGC 1350 lies at the border between the broken-ring spiral type and a grand design spiral with two major outer arms. It is about 130,000 light-years across and, hence, is slightly larger than our Milky Way. The rather faint and graceful outer arms originate at the inner main ring and can be traced for almost half a circle when they each meet the opposite arm, giving the impression of completing a second outer ring, the "eye". The arms are given a blue tint as a result of the presence of very young and massive stars. The amount of dust, seen as small fragmented dust spirals in the central part of the galaxy and producing a fine tapestry that bear resemblance with blood vessels in the eye, is also a signature of the formation of stars.

  16. Influence of Conductivity and Dielectric Constant of Water–Dioxane Mixtures on the Electrical Response of SiNW-Based FETs

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    Mescher, Marleen; Brinkman, Aldo G.M.; Bosma, Duco; Klootwijk, Johan H.; Sudhölter, Ernst J.R.; de Smet, Louis C.P.M.

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we report on the electrical response of top-down, p-type silicon nanowire field-effect transistors exposed to water and mixtures of water and dioxane. First, the capacitive coupling of the back gate and the liquid gate via an Ag/AgCl electrode were compared in water. It was found that for liquid gating smaller potentials are needed to obtain similar responses of the nanowire compared to back gating. In the case of back gating, the applied potential couples through the buried oxide layer, indicating that the associated capacitance dominates all other capacitances involved during this mode of operation. Next, the devices were exposed to mixtures of water and dioxane to study the effect of these mixtures on the device characteristics, including the threshold voltage (VT). The VT dependency on the mixture composition was found to be related to the decreased dissociation of the surface silanol groups and the conductivity of the mixture used. This latter was confirmed by experiments with constant conductivity and varying water–dioxane mixtures. PMID:24481233

  17. Influence of conductivity and dielectric constant of water-dioxane mixtures on the electrical response of SiNW-based FETs.

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    Mescher, Marleen; Brinkman, Aldo G M; Bosma, Duco; Klootwijk, Johan H; Sudhölter, Ernst J R; de Smet, Louis C P M

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we report on the electrical response of top-down, p-type silicon nanowire field-effect transistors exposed to water and mixtures of water and dioxane. First, the capacitive coupling of the back gate and the liquid gate via an Ag/AgCl electrode were compared in water. It was found that for liquid gating smaller potentials are needed to obtain similar responses of the nanowire compared to back gating. In the case of back gating, the applied potential couples through the buried oxide layer, indicating that the associated capacitance dominates all other capacitances involved during this mode of operation. Next, the devices were exposed to mixtures of water and dioxane to study the effect of these mixtures on the device characteristics, including the threshold voltage (V(T)). The V(T) dependency on the mixture composition was found to be related to the decreased dissociation of the surface silanol groups and the conductivity of the mixture used. This latter was confirmed by experiments with constant conductivity and varying water-dioxane mixtures.

  18. Temperature Dependence of the Microwave Dielectric Behavior of Selected Materials

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    Dahiya, Jai N.

    1996-01-01

    A very sensitive thermal bath is designed to study the effect of temperature on the microwave dielectric response of a sample of nickel oxide and cobalt oxide. The sample under study is placed in a microwave resonant cavity in the TE(sub 011) mode. The perturbations of the electric field are recorded in terms of the frequency shifts and the width changes of the microwave resonant signal as seen on the oscilloscope. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant are calculated by using the values of the frequency shifts and width changes in the Slater's perturbation equations. The dielectric behavior of nickel oxide and cobalt oxide and also their mixture is studied at a microwave frequency of 9.2 GHz as a function of temperature. A computer program is written to analyze the dielectric constant values at different temperatures. The resonant cavity seems to be very sensitive in studying the dielectric relaxation mechanism in these materials. The dielectric behavior is also analyzed using Debye's equations, and relaxation times for these materials are calculated at microwave frequencies.

  19. Pressure-induced symmetry-lowering transition in dense nitrogen to layered polymeric nitrogen (LP-N) with colossal Raman intensity.

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    Tomasino, Dane; Kim, Minseob; Smith, Jesse; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2014-11-14

    We present the discovery of a novel nitrogen phase synthesized using laser-heated diamond anvil cells at pressures between 120-180 GPa well above the stability field of cubic gauche (cg)-N. This new phase is characterized by its singly bonded, layered polymeric (LP) structure similar to the predicted Pba2 and two colossal Raman bands (at ∼1000 and 1300  cm^{-1} at 150 GPa), arising from two groups of highly polarized nitrogen atoms in the bulk and surface of the layer, respectively. The present result also provides a new constraint for the nitrogen phase diagram, highlighting an unusual symmetry-lowering 3D cg-N to 2D LP-N transition and thereby the enhanced electrostatic contribution to the stabilization of this densely packed LP-N (ρ=4.85  g/cm^{3} at 120 GPa).

  20. Current dependence of colossal anisotropic magnetoresistance in La 0.3 Pr 0.4 Ca 0.3 MnO 3 microbridges

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    Jeon, J.; Jung, J.; Chow, K. H.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of the bias current on the in-plane colossal anisotropic magnetoresistance (C-AMR) is investigated in spatially confined La 0.3 Pr 0.4 Ca 0.3 MnO 3 microbridges. Dramatic increases of the C-AMR are found when the bias current is reduced. For example, in one of the samples, the C-AMR changed from ˜900% to over ˜24 000% as the current is decreased from 1 μA to 10 nA. The results indicate that the bias current can be used to manipulate the C-AMR in spatially confined manganite thin films via changes to the nature of the anisotropic percolation within the samples.

  1. Colossal ionic conductivity at interfaces of epitaxial ZrO2:Y2O3/SrTiO3 heterostructures.

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    Garcia-Barriocanal, J; Rivera-Calzada, A; Varela, M; Sefrioui, Z; Iborra, E; Leon, C; Pennycook, S J; Santamaria, J

    2008-08-01

    The search for electrolyte materials with high oxygen conductivities is a key step toward reducing the operation temperature of fuel cells, which is currently above 700 degrees C. We report a high lateral ionic conductivity, showing up to eight orders of magnitude enhancement near room temperature, in yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/strontium titanate epitaxial heterostructures. The enhancement of the conductivity is observed, along with a YSZ layer thickness-independent conductance, showing that it is an interface process. We propose that the atomic reconstruction at the interface between highly dissimilar structures (such as fluorite and perovskite) provides both a large number of carriers and a high-mobility plane, yielding colossal values of the ionic conductivity. PMID:18669859

  2. Colossal Ionic Conductivity at Interfaces of Epitaxial ZrO2:Y2O3/SrTiO3 Heterostructures

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    Garcia-Barriocanal, J.; Rivera-Calzada, A.; Varela, M.; Sefrioui, Z.; Iborra, E.; Leon, C.; Pennycook, S. J.; Santamaria, J.

    2008-08-01

    The search for electrolyte materials with high oxygen conductivities is a key step toward reducing the operation temperature of fuel cells, which is currently above 700°C. We report a high lateral ionic conductivity, showing up to eight orders of magnitude enhancement near room temperature, in yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/strontium titanate epitaxial heterostructures. The enhancement of the conductivity is observed, along with a YSZ layer thickness independent conductance, showing that it is an interface process. We propose that the atomic reconstruction at the interface between highly dissimilar structures (such as fluorite and perovskite) provides both a large number of carriers and a high-mobility plane, yielding colossal values of the ionic conductivity.

  3. Colossal magnetoresistance in amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots at room temperature: manifestation of weak anti-localization and doorway to spintronics.

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    Roy, Rajarshi; Thapa, Ranjit; Kumar, Gundam Sandeep; Mazumder, Nilesh; Sen, Dipayan; Sinthika, S; Das, Nirmalya S; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan K

    2016-04-21

    In this work, we have demonstrated the signatures of localized surface distortions and disorders in functionalized graphene quantum dots (fGQD) and consequences in magneto-transport under weak field regime (∼1 Tesla) at room temperature. Observed positive colossal magnetoresistance (MR) and its suppression is primarily explained by weak anti-localization phenomenon where competitive valley (inter and intra) dependent scattering takes place at room temperature under low magnetic field; analogous to low mobility disordered graphene samples. Furthermore, using ab-initio analysis we show that sub-lattice sensitive spin-polarized ground state exists in the GQD as a result of pz orbital asymmetry in GQD carbon atoms with amino functional groups. This spin polarized ground state is believed to help the weak anti-localization dependent magneto transport by generating more disorder and strain in a GQD lattice under applied magnetic field and lays the premise for future graphene quantum dot based spintronic applications.

  4. A New Concept for Non-Volatile Memory: The Electric-Pulse Induced Resistive Change Effect in Colossal Magnetoresistive Thin Films

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    Liu, S. Q.; Wu, N. J.; Ignatiev, A.

    2001-01-01

    A novel electric pulse-induced resistive change (EPIR) effect has been found in thin film colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) materials, and has shown promise for the development of resistive, nonvolatile memory. The EPIR effect is induced by the application of low voltage (< 4 V) and short duration (< 20 ns) electrical pulses across a thin film sample of a CMR material at room temperature and under no applied magnetic field. The pulse can directly either increase or decrease the resistance of the thin film sample depending on pulse polarity. The sample resistance change has been shown to be over two orders of magnitude, and is nonvolatile after pulsing. The sample resistance can also be changed through multiple levels - as many as 50 have been shown. Such a device can provide a way for the development of a new kind of nonvolatile multiple-valued memory with high density, fast write/read speed, low power-consumption, and potential high radiation-hardness.

  5. Colossal Electroresistive Properties Of CSD Grown Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} Films For Nonvolatile Memory Applications

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    Bhavsar, K. H.; Joshi, U. S.

    2010-12-01

    Colossal electroresistance effects upon application of electric field in perovskite oxide Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}(PCMO) thin films, which is a promising candidate for resistance random access memory (RRAM) device have been investigated. Nanocrystalline PCMO films were grown on SiO{sub 2} substrates by chemical solution deposition and crystallized at 700 deg. C under different gas atmospheres. Four terminal current voltage characteristics of Ag/PCMO/Ag planar geometry exhibited a sharp transition from a low resistance state (LRS) to a high resistance state (HRS) with a resistance switching ratio of as high as 1100% at room temperature. Nonvolatility and high retention was confirmed by electric pulse induced resistive switching measurements. The resistance switching ratios were found to depend on the annealing conditions, suggesting an interaction between the nonlattice oxygen and oxygen vacancies and/or the cationic vacancy.

  6. Mechanisms of dielectric polarization in thermotropic liquid-crystalline complexes based on lanthanides

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    Dobrun, L. A.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2016-06-01

    The components of the dielectric constant of a terbium-based liquid-crystalline complex have been measured in the frequency range of 350-5 × 106 Hz. The magnitude and sign of the dielectric anisotropy of the complex have been determined. Dispersion of the dielectric constants in the liquid-crystalline and isotropic phases has been found. The mechanisms responsible for the relaxation phenomena that appear in the studied sample have been determined. The time of dielectric relaxation, the activation energy, and the dipole moment of the complex have been obtained.

  7. Dielectric and optical investigations of ferroelectric modes in chiral liquid crystals

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    Kuczynski, Wojciech; Hoffmann, Jerzy; Malecki, J.

    1995-08-01

    Optical methods of detection of ferroelectric modes are described in detail and compared with the dielectric method. The advantages of both methods are discussed. It is concluded that the dielectric method is simple whereas the optical method is more sensitive. The optical response is free of the background steaming from nonferroelectric polarization mechanisms which are always present in the dielectric reponse. The realxation of the Goldstone- and soft modes in a room temperature ferroelectric liquid crystal has been investigated using dielectric and optical methods. Both methods have given concordant results.

  8. The Dielectric Wall Accelerator

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    Caporaso, George J.; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Sampayan, Stephen E.

    2009-01-01

    The Dielectric Wall Accelerator (DWA), a class of induction accelerators, employs a novel insulating beam tube to impress a longitudinal electric field on a bunch of charged particles. The surface flashover characteristics of this tube may permit the attainment of accelerating gradients on the order of 100 MV/m for accelerating pulses on the order of a nanosecond in duration. A virtual traveling wave of excitation along the tube is produced at any desired speed by controlling the timing of pulse generating modules that supply a tangential electric field to the tube wall. Because of the ability to control the speed of this virtual wave, the accelerator is capable of handling any charge to mass ratio particle; hence it can be used for electrons, protons and any ion. The accelerator architectures, key technologies and development challenges will be described.

  9. Multilayer optical dielectric coating

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    Emmett, John L.

    1990-01-01

    A highly damage resistant, multilayer, optical reflective coating includes alternating layers of doped and undoped dielectric material. The doping levels are low enough that there are no distinct interfaces between the doped and undoped layers so that the coating has properties nearly identical to the undoped material. The coating is fabricated at high temperature with plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition techniques to eliminate defects, reduce energy-absorption sites, and maintain proper chemical stoichiometry. A number of differently-doped layer pairs, each layer having a thickness equal to one-quarter of a predetermined wavelength in the material are combined to form a narrowband reflective coating for a predetermined wavelength. Broadband reflectors are made by using a number of narrowband reflectors, each covering a portion of the broadband.

  10. Frequency dispersions of human skin dielectrics.

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    Poon, C S; Choy, T T

    1981-04-01

    The electrical properties of many biological materials are known to exhibit frequency dispersions. In the human skin, the impedance measured at various frequencies closely describes a circular locus of the Cole-Cole type in the complex impedance plane. In this report, the formative mechanisms responsible for the anomalous circular-arc behavior of skin impedance were investigated, using data from impedance measurements taken after successive strippings of the skin. The data were analyzed with respect to changes in the parameters of the equivalent Cole-Cole model after each stripping. For an exponential resistivity profile (Tregear, 1966, Physical Functions of Skin; Yamamoto and Yamamoto, 1976, Med. Biol. Eng., 14:151--158), the profile of the dielectric constant was shown to be uniform across the epidermis. Based on these results, a structural model has been formulated in terms of the relaxation theory of Maxwell and Wagner for inhomogeneous dielectric materials. The impedance locus obtained from the model approximates a circular are with phase constant alpha = 0.82, which compares favorably with experimental data. At higher frequencies a constant-phase, frequency-dependent component having the same phase constant alpha is also demonstrated. It is suggested that an approximately rectangular distribution of the relaxation time over the epidermal dielectric sheath is adequate to account for the anomalous frequency characteristics of human skin impedance.

  11. Maxwell stress on a small dielectric sphere in a dielectric

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    Datsyuk, Vitaly V.; Pavlyniuk, Oleg R.

    2015-02-01

    Electrically induced normal pressure and tangential stress at the surface of a small dielectric sphere (or cavity) in a dielectric are calculated using the Minkowski, Einstein-Laub, Abraham, and Lorentz forms of the Maxwell stress tensor. Only the Lorentz tensor is in agreement with the following observations: (1) A spherical cavity in a dielectric transforms into a sharp-edge plate perpendicular to the electric field; (2) a liquid drop placed in a medium with a slightly lower refractive index is stretched along the electric field; and (3) there is a torque on a small birefringent sphere. These phenomena cannot be explained by the conventional theory using the Minkowski stress tensor. For example, the Minkowski stress tensor predicts lateral compression of a spherical cavity in a dielectric.

  12. Environmentally benign semiconductor processing for dielectric etch

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    Liao, Marci Yi-Ting

    Semiconductor processing requires intensive usage of chemicals, electricity, and water. Such intensive resource usage leaves a large impact on the environment. For instance, in Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry is responsible for 80% of the hazardous waste sites contaminated enough to require government assistance. Research on environmentally benign semiconductor processing is needed to reduce the environmental impact of the semiconductor industry. The focus of this dissertation is on the environmental impact of one aspect of semiconductor processing: patterning of dielectric materials. Plasma etching of silicon dioxide emits perfluorocarbons (PFCs) gases, like C2F6 and CF4, into the atmosphere. These gases are super global warming/greenhouse gases because of their extremely long atmospheric lifetimes and excellent infrared absorption properties. We developed the first inductively coupled plasma (ICP) abatement device for destroying PFCs downstream of a plasma etcher. Destruction efficiencies of 99% and 94% can be obtained for the above mentioned PFCs, by using O 2 as an additive gas. Our results have lead to extensive modeling in academia as well as commercialization of the ICP abatement system. Dielectric patterning of hi-k materials for future device technology brings different environment challenges. The uncertainty of the hi-k material selection and the patterning method need to be addressed. We have evaluated the environmental impact of three different dielectric patterning methods (plasma etch, wet etch and chemical-mechanical polishing), as well as, the transistor device performances associated with the patterning methods. Plasma etching was found to be the most environmentally benign patterning method, which also gives the best device performance. However, the environmental concern for plasma etching is the possibility of cross-contamination from low volatility etch by-products. Therefore, mass transfer in a plasma etcher for a promising hi

  13. Attosecond clocking of scattering dynamics in dielectrics

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    Kling, Matthias

    2016-05-01

    In the past few years electronic-device scaling has progressed rapidly and miniaturization has reached physical gate lengths below 100 nm, heralding the age of nanoelectronics. Besides the effort in size scaling of integrated circuits, tremendous progress has recently been made in increasing the switching speed where strong-field-based ``dielectric-electronics'' may push it towards the petahertz frontier. In this contest, the investigation of the electronic collisional dynamics occurring in a dielectric material is of primary importance to fully understand the transport properties of such future devices. Here, we demonstrate attosecond chronoscopy of electron collisions in SiO2. In our experiment, a stream of isolated aerodynamically focused SiO2 nanoparticles of 50 nm diameter was delivered into the laser interaction region. Photoemission is initiated by an isolated 250 as pulse at 35 eV and the electron dynamics is traced by attosecond streaking using a delayed few-cycle laser pulse at 700 nm. Electrons were detected by a kilohertz, single-shot velocity-map imaging spectrometer, permitting to separate frames containing nanoparticle signals from frames containing the response of the reference gas only. We find that the nanoparticle photoemission exhibits a positive temporal shift with respect to the reference. In order to understand the physical origin of the shift we performed semi-classical Monte-Carlo trajectory simulations taking into account the near-field distributions in- and outside the nanoparticles as obtained from Mie theory. The simulations indicate a pronounced dependence of the streaking time shift near the highest measured electron energies on the inelastic scattering time, while elastic scattering only shows a small influence on the streaking time shift for typical dielectric materials. We envision our approach to provide direct time-domain access to inelastic scattering for a wide range of dielectrics.

  14. A comparative study of nano-SiO2 and nano-TiO2 fillers on proton conductivity and dielectric response of a silicotungstic acid-H3PO4-poly(vinyl alcohol) polymer electrolyte.

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    Gao, Han; Lian, Keryn

    2014-01-01

    The effects of nano-SiO2 and nano-TiO2 fillers on a thin film silicotungstic acid (SiWA)-H3PO4-poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) proton conducting polymer electrolyte were studied and compared with respect to their proton conductivity, environmental stability, and dielectric properties, across a temperature range from 243 to 323 K. Three major effects of these fillers have been identified: (a) barrier effect; (b) intrinsic dielectric constant effect; and (c) water retention effect. Dielectric analyses were used to differentiate these effects on polymer electrolyte-enabled capacitors. Capacitor performance was correlated to electrolyte properties through dielectric constant and dielectric loss spectra. Using a single-ion approach, proton density and proton mobility of each polymer electrolyte were derived as a function of temperature. The results allow us to deconvolute the different contributions to proton conductivity in SiWA-H3PO4-PVA-based electrolytes, especially in terms of the effects of fillers on the dynamic equilibrium of free protons and protonated water in the electrolytes.

  15. Electrolytes near structured dielectric interfaces

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    Wu, Huanxin; Jing, Yufei; Solis, Francisco; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Luijten, Erik

    2015-03-01

    The ion distribution in an electrolyte near a dielectric interface has important consequences for numerous applications. To date, most studies have focused on planar interfaces, where, e.g., simulations can take advantage of the image-charge method. However, for surfaces that display structure on the nanoscale, dielectric effects may be significantly different. Here, we investigate such interfaces via a combination of computer simulations and Poisson-Boltzmann theory. We demonstrate how, even for systems with piecewise uniform dielectric constant, surface structure affects the induced polarization charge as well as the ion distribution near the interface, in particular for asymmetric salts. We explore the role of ion concentration, dielectric mismatch and characteristic length scale of the surface structure.

  16. Infrared cubic dielectric resonator metamaterial.

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    Sinclair, Michael B.; Brener, Igal; Peters, David William; Ginn, James Cleveland, III; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.

    2010-06-01

    Dielectric resonators are an effective means to realize isotropic, low-loss optical metamaterials. As proof of this concept, a cubic resonator is analytically designed and then tested in the long-wave infrared.

  17. Thermo-switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Kholwadwala, Fenil Manish; Johnson, Ross Stefan; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2010-11-01

    We are interested in utilizing the thermo-switchable properties of precursor poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) polymers to develop capacitor dielectrics that will fail at specific temperatures due to the material irreversibly switching from an insulator to a conducting polymer. By utilizing different leaving groups on the polymer main chain, the temperature at which the polymer transforms into a conductor can be varied over a range of temperatures. Electrical characterization of thin-film capacitors prepared from several precursor PPV polymers indicates that these materials have good dielectric properties until they reach elevated temperatures, at which point conjugation of the polymer backbone effectively disables the device. Here, we present the synthesis, dielectric processing, and electrical characterization of a new thermo-switchable polymer dielectric.

  18. Extrinsic mechanism for giant dielectric response in Ba{sub 0.70}Sr{sub 0.30}(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} ceramic

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    Patel, Piyush Kumar Yadav, K. L. Durgesh

    2014-04-24

    To obtain the high dielectric constant, the effect of sintering process on the electrical properties of Ba{sub 0.70}Sr{sub 0.30}(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} ceramics were investigated. X-ray diffraction pattern of the samples at room temperature shows a monoclinic structure. Microstructure analysis shows well-grown and dense microstructure in all the samples. We found giant dielectric constant (∼3.59 × 10{sup 5}) with low dielectric loss (∼0.49) at room temperature for 2 hr sintered sample at 1250 °C. The extrinsic phenomena like interfacial polarization due to space charge accumulation at grain boundaries are discussed.

  19. Interconnect Between a Waveguide and a Dielectric Waveguide Comprising an Impedance Matched Dielectric Lens

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    Decrossas, Emmanuel (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Chahat, Nacer (Inventor); Tang, Adrian J. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A lens for interconnecting a metallic waveguide with a dielectric waveguide is provided. The lens may be coupled a metallic waveguide and a dielectric waveguide, and minimize a signal loss between the metallic waveguide and the dielectric waveguide.

  20. Visualization of dielectric constant-electric field-temperature phase maps for imprinted relaxor ferroelectric thin films

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    Frederick, J. C.; Kim, T. H.; Maeng, W.; Brewer, A. A.; Podkaminer, J. P.; Saenrang, W.; Vaithyanathan, V.; Li, F.; Chen, L.-Q.; Schlom, D. G.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Eom, C. B.

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric phase transition behavior of imprinted lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate relaxor ferroelectric thin films was mapped as a function of temperature and dc bias. To compensate for the presence of internal fields, an external electric bias was applied while measuring dielectric responses. The constructed three-dimensional dielectric maps provide insight into the dielectric behaviors of relaxor ferroelectric films as well as the temperature stability of the imprint. The transition temperature and diffuseness of the dielectric response correlate with crystallographic disorder resulting from strain and defects in the films grown on strontium titanate and silicon substrates; the latter was shown to induce a greater degree of disorder in the film as well as a dielectric response lower in magnitude and more diffuse in nature over the same temperature region. Strong and stable imprint was exhibited in both films and can be utilized to enhance the operational stability of piezoelectric devices through domain self-poling.

  1. 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.

  2. Preisach modeling of dielectric elastomer EAP actuator

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    Hwang, HyunWoo; Kim, Chul-Jin; Kim, Sung Joo; Yang, Hyunseok; Park, No Cheol; Park, Young-Pil

    2008-03-01

    DE EAP(Dielectric Elastomer ElectroActive Polymer) has advantages in its weight, ease of fabrication and low power consumption. There are many efforts applied to various field in recent ten years. But the present modeling is not enough to appear its characteristics because of its hysteresis. In this paper, we propose modeling of DE EAP with Preisach Model that is used in order to model the hysteretic response arising in PZT and SMA. The modeling of DE EAP with Presach model is verified by experiment with various DE EAP actuators.

  3. Dielectric and permeability

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    Cole, K. D.

    1982-01-01

    Using the unabridged Maxwell equations (including vectors D, E and H) new effects in collisionless plasmas are uncovered. In a steady state, it is found that spatially varying energy density of the electric field (E perpendicular) orthogonal to B produces electric current leading, under certain conditions, to the relationship P perpendicular+B(2)/8 pi-epsilon E perpendicular(2)/8 pi = constant, where epsilon is the dielectric constant of the plasma for fields orthogonal to B. In steady state quasi-two-dimensional flows in plasmas, a general relationship between the components of electric field parallel and perpendicular to B is found. These effects are significant in goephysical and astrophysical plasmas. The general conditions for a steady state in collisionless plasma are deduced. With time variations in a plasma, slow compared to ion-gyroperiod, there is a general current, (j*), which includes the well-known polarisation current, given by J*=d/dt (ExM)+(PxB)xB B(-2) where M and P are the magnetization and polarization vectors respectively.

  4. Metal-dielectric interactions

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1979-01-01

    Metal direlectric surface interactions and dielectric films on metal substrates were investigated. Since interfacial interaction depends so heavily on the nature of the surfaces, analytical surface tools such as Auger emission spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and field ion microscopy were used to assist in surface and interfacial characterization. The results indicate that with metals contacting certain glasses in the clean state interfacial, bonding produces fractures in the glasses while when a film such as water is present, fractures occur in the metal near the interface. Friction forces were used to measure the interfacial bond strengths. Studies with metals contacting polymers using field ion microscopy revealed that strong bonding forces could develop being between a metal and polymer surface with polymer transferring to the metal surface in various ways depending upon the forces applied to the surface in contact. With the deposition of refractory carbides, silicides and borides onto metal and alloy substrates the presence of oxides at the interface or active gases in the deposition plasma were shown to alter interfacial properties and chemistry. Auger ion depth profile analysis indicated the chemical composition at the interface and this could be related to the mechanical, friction, and wear behavior of the coating.

  5. Dielectric optical invisibility cloaks

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    Blair, J.; Tamma, V. A.; Park, W.; Summers, C. J.

    2010-08-01

    Recently, metamaterial cloaks for the microwave frequency range have been designed using transformative optics design techniques and experimentally demonstrated. The design of these structures requires extreme values of permittivity and permeability within the device, which has been accomplished by the use of resonating metal elements. However, these elements severely limit the operating frequency range of the cloak due to their non-ideal dispersion properties at optical frequencies. In this paper we present designs to implement a simpler demonstration of cloaking, the carpet cloak, in which a curved reflective surface is compressed into a flat reflective surface, effectively shielding objects behind the curve from view with respect to the incoming radiation source. This approach eliminates the need for metallic resonant elements. These structures can now be fabricated using only high index dielectric materials by the use of electron beam lithography and standard cleanroom technologies. The design method, simulation analysis, device fabrication, and near field optical microscopy (NSOM) characterization results are presented for devices designed to operate in the 1400-1600nm wavelength range. Improvements to device performance by the deposition/infiltration of linear, and potentially non-linear optical materials, were investigated.

  6. Dielectric Properties of Strontium Titanate Filled Mullite Composites in Microwave Region

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    See, Alex; Hassan, Jumiah; Hashim, Mansor; Yusoff, W. Mohd. Daud Wan

    2008-05-01

    This research was designed to form better dielectric composite material using one steady state dielectric with a good dielectric material. Distinct dielectric composite was successfully produced using locally sourced kaolinite clay. The samples were made using kaolinite as the base matrix and Strontium Titanate (ST) added in varying ratios. Strontium Titanate were synthesized via solid-state reaction using Strontium Carbonate and rutile Titanium (IV) Oxide with sintering at 1300 °C. Local white kaolinite was used to fuse the barium titanate material in varying weight ratios. The powders were dry-mixed and made into pellets for calcination at 1000 °C. The dielectric measurements were carried out using the HP 4291B Impedance Analyzer dielectric setup. Three samples were prepared, namely 10%ST, 20%ST and 30%ST. The dielectric measurements were carried out at room temperature. Microwave region measurements showed steady state and linear dielectric relaxation ranging from 7 in the control sample and dropping down to 5 in 30%ST. The responses indicate linear relation between ST addition and microwave region dielectric permittivity

  7. Colossal anisotropic resistivity and oriented magnetic domains in strained La{sub 0.325}Pr{sub 0.3}Ca{sub 0.375}MnO{sub 3} films

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    Jiang, Tao; Yang, Shengwei; Liu, Yukuai; Zhao, Wenbo; Feng, Lei; Li, Xiaoguang; Zhou, Haibiao; Lu, Qingyou; Hou, Yubin

    2014-05-19

    Magnetic and resistive anisotropies have been studied for the La{sub 0.325}Pr{sub 0.3}Ca{sub 0.375}MnO{sub 3} films with different thicknesses grown on low symmetric (011)-oriented (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(SrAl{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}){sub 0.7} substrates. In the magnetic and electronic phase separation region, a colossal anisotropic resistivity (AR) of ∼10{sup 5}% and an anomalous large anisotropic magnetoresistance can be observed for 30 nm film. However, for 120 nm film, the maximum AR decreases significantly (∼2 × 10{sup 3}%) due to strain relaxation. The colossal AR is strongly associated with the oriented formation of magnetic domains, and the features of the strain effects are believed to be useful for the design of artificial materials and devices.

  8. Terahertz Magnetic Mirror Realized with Dielectric Resonator Antennas.

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    Headland, Daniel; Nirantar, Shruti; Withayachumnankul, Withawat; Gutruf, Philipp; Abbott, Derek; Bhaskaran, Madhu; Fumeaux, Christophe; Sriram, Sharath

    2015-11-25

    Single-crystal silicon is bonded to a metal-coated substrate and etched in order to form an array of microcylinder passive terahertz dielectric resonator antennas (DRAs). The DRAs exhibit a magnetic response, and hence the array behaves as an efficient artificial magnetic conductor (AMC), with potential for terahertz antenna and sensing applications.

  9. Terahertz Magnetic Mirror Realized with Dielectric Resonator Antennas.

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    Headland, Daniel; Nirantar, Shruti; Withayachumnankul, Withawat; Gutruf, Philipp; Abbott, Derek; Bhaskaran, Madhu; Fumeaux, Christophe; Sriram, Sharath

    2015-11-25

    Single-crystal silicon is bonded to a metal-coated substrate and etched in order to form an array of microcylinder passive terahertz dielectric resonator antennas (DRAs). The DRAs exhibit a magnetic response, and hence the array behaves as an efficient artificial magnetic conductor (AMC), with potential for terahertz antenna and sensing applications. PMID:26450363

  10. Resonant dielectric nanostructures: a low-loss platform for functional nanophotonics

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    Decker, Manuel; Staude, Isabelle

    2016-10-01

    This review overviews the state of the art of research into high-index dielectric nanoresonators and their use in functional photonic nanostructures at optical frequencies. We start by providing the motivations for this research area and by putting it into context with the more well-established subfields of nanophotonics, in particular nanoplasmonics. Following the introduction, fundamental concepts regarding the optical properties of subwavelength dielectric nanoresonators are established. To this end, we provide a brief summary of the Mie theory, before focussing on optically induced magnetic response in Mie-resonant dielectric nanoparticles. We discuss the influence of the nanoparticle’s shape on its optical response, and provide an overview of directional effects that can occur when light is scattered by a Mie-resonant nanoparticle. We then dedicate a few words to technology-related aspects, including an overview of fabrication methods for Mie-resonant dielectric nanoparticles. Next, recent progress on all-dielectric nanoantennas is presented, focussing on strategies to locally enhance optical near-fields and to achieve directional emission patterns. We then turn to all-dielectric metasurfaces and their potential applications. We touch on dielectric metamaterial reflectors and Fano-resonant dielectric metasurfaces, before discussing graded Mie-resonant dielectric metasurfaces for wavefront control applications in more detail. Following this, an overview of the recent progress in active, tunable and nonlinear dielectric nanostructures is provided. Finally, prospects and challenges are discussed, particularly the realization of highly efficient Mie-resonant nanostructures at visible frequencies, the integration of Mie-resonant nanostructures with active and functional materials, and the construction of three-dimensional high-index dielectric nanostructures.

  11. 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.

  12. Temperature-dependent dielectric properties of a thermoplastic gelatin

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    Landi, Giovanni; Neitzert, Heinz C.; Sorrentino, Andrea

    2016-05-01

    The frequency and the temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of a thermoplastic gelatin based bio-material have been investigated. At lower frequencies the dielectric response is strongly affected by charge carrier accumulation at the electrodes which modifies the dominating hopping conduction mechanism. The variation of the ac conductivity with frequency obeys a Jonscher type power law except for a small deviation in the low frequency range due to the electrode polarization effect. The master curve of the ac conductivity data shows that the conductivity relaxation of the gelatin is temperature independent.

  13. Spatial variability of dielectric properties in field soils

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    Hendrickx, Jan M. H.; Borchers, Brian; Woolslayer, J.; Dekker, Louis W.; Ritsema, Coen; Paton, S.

    2001-10-01

    Most mine detection sensors are affected by soil properties such as water content, temperature, electrical conductivity, and dielectric constant. The most important of these is water content since it directly influences the three other properties. The variability of these properties may be such that either potential landmine signatures are overshadowed or false alarms result. In this paper we present the results of field measurements in the Netherlands, Panama, and New Mexico on spatial variability of soil water content. We also discuss how the variability of soil water content affects the soils electrical conductivity and dielectric constant and the resulting response of a ground penetrating radar system.

  14. Abnormal percolative transport and colossal electroresistance induced by anisotropic strain in (011)-Pr0.7(Ca0.6Sr0.4)0.3MnO3/PMN-PT heterostructure

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    Zhao, Ying-Ying; Wang, Jing; Kuang, Hao; Hu, Feng-Xia; Zhang, Hong-Rui; Liu, Yao; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Shuan-Hu; Wu, Rong-Rong; Zhang, Ming; Bao, Li-Fu; Sun, Ji-Rong; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2014-11-01

    Abnormal percolative transport in inhomogeneous systems has drawn increasing interests due to its deviation from the conventional percolation picture. However, its nature is still ambiguous partly due to the difficulty in obtaining controllable abnormal percolative transport behaviors. Here, we report the first observation of electric-field-controlled abnormal percolative transport in (011)-Pr0.7(Ca0.6Sr0.4)0.3MnO3/0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 heterostructure. By introducing an electric-field-induced in-plane anisotropic strain-field in a phase separated PCSMO film, we stimulate a significant inverse thermal hysteresis (~ -17.5 K) and positive colossal electroresistance (~11460%), which is found to be crucially orientation-dependent and completely inconsistent with the well accepted conventional percolation picture. Further investigations reveal that such abnormal inverse hysteresis is strongly related to the preferential formation of ferromagnetic metallic domains caused by in-plane anisotropic strain-field. Meanwhile, it is found that the positive colossal electroresistance should be ascribed to the coactions between the anisotropic strain and the polarization effect from the poling of the substrate which leads to orientation and bias-polarity dependencies for the colossal electroresistance. This work unambiguously evidences the indispensable role of the anisotropic strain-field in driving the abnormal percolative transport and provides a new perspective for well understanding the percolation mechanism in inhomogeneous systems.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. A Wireless Multi-Sensor Dielectric Impedance Spectroscopy Platform

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    Ghaffari, Seyed Alireza; Caron, William-O.; Loubier, Mathilde; Rioux, Maxime; Viens, Jeff; Gosselin, Benoit; Messaddeq, Younes

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a low-cost, miniaturized, multiplexed, and connected platform for dielectric impedance spectroscopy (DIS), designed for in situ measurements and adapted to wireless network architectures. The platform has been tested and used as a DIS sensor node on ZigBee mesh and was able to interface up to three DIS sensors at the same time and relay the information through the network for data analysis and storage. The system is built from low-cost commercial microelectronics components, performs dielectric spectroscopy ranging from 5 kHz to 100 kHz, and benefits from an on-the-fly calibration system that makes sensor calibration easy. The paper describes the microelectronics design, the Nyquist impedance response, the measurement sensitivity and accuracy, and the testing of the platform for in situ dielectric impedance spectroscopy applications pertaining to fertilizer sensing, water quality sensing, and touch sensing. PMID:26393587

  18. Dielectric properties of polyfunctional alcohols: 2,3-butanediol

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    Zhuravlev, V. I.

    2016-08-01

    Using a variety theoretical approaches within the Debye, Davidson-Cole, and Forsman models, and an approach based on the Dissado-Hill theory, dielectric spectra of 2,3-butanediol in the temperature range of 298 to 423 K are analyzed. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of 2,3-butanediole are described by the Davidson-Cole equation, and the βDC parameter depends strongly on temperature. The spectrum of dielectric relaxation of 2,3-butanediol within the Debye theory is presented as the sum of two areas of dispersion, and conclusions are drawn regarding possible mechanisms of dispersion responsible for the obtained fields. The relaxation times of 2,3-butanediol, calculated using different equations describing the nonlinear behavior of relaxation times, are compared. The dipole moments of clusters are obtained for the first time using the Dissado-Hill cluster model, and a preliminary analysis of them is performed.

  19. A Wireless Multi-Sensor Dielectric Impedance Spectroscopy Platform.

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    Ghaffari, Seyed Alireza; Caron, William-O; Loubier, Mathilde; Rioux, Maxime; Viens, Jeff; Gosselin, Benoit; Messaddeq, Younes

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a low-cost, miniaturized, multiplexed, and connected platform for dielectric impedance spectroscopy (DIS), designed for in situ measurements and adapted to wireless network architectures. The platform has been tested and used as a DIS sensor node on ZigBee mesh and was able to interface up to three DIS sensors at the same time and relay the information through the network for data analysis and storage. The system is built from low-cost commercial microelectronics components, performs dielectric spectroscopy ranging from 5 kHz to 100 kHz, and benefits from an on-the-fly calibration system that makes sensor calibration easy. The paper describes the microelectronics design, the Nyquist impedance response, the measurement sensitivity and accuracy, and the testing of the platform for in situ dielectric impedance spectroscopy applications pertaining to fertilizer sensing, water quality sensing, and touch sensing. PMID:26393587

  20. Alternate capacitor dielectric film materials

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    Foster, J.C.

    1990-08-01

    New high-temperature, high-energy density, and high-radiation tolerant capacitor applications require the evaluation of alternate dielectric materials. Evaluation work was performed at GE Neutron Devices (GEND) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque. US Department of Energy (DOE) requirements for capacitor function and environments are unique, and the representations included in this report do not constitute an endorsement of any material or manufacturer. This report presents data on polymeric dielectric films evaluated to support the design of new high-energy density capacitors. Materials which were evaluated include polycarbonate (two sources), polyphenylene sulfide, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyetherimide (three sources), polyimide (four sources), polyethersulfone, and polyetherether ketone. A polyester was evaluated as the control material since many prior designs utilized this dielectric. The film evaluations were based on dielectric constant and dissipation factor variation as a function of temperature ({minus}55{degree}C to 300{degree}C) as well as dielectric breakdown strength. Additionally, film/foil capacitors in a dry wrap-and-fill configuration were fabricated and tested to determine insulation resistance, breakdown voltage, and radiation hardness. Results are given for all evaluations. 7 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. Hydration dependence of conformational dielectric relaxation of lysozyme.

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    Knab, Joseph; Chen, Jing-Yin; Markelz, Andrea

    2006-04-01

    Dielectric response of hen egg white lysozyme is measured in the far infrared (5-65 cm-1, 0.15-1.95 THz, 0.6-8.1 meV) as a function of hydration. The frequency range is associated with collective vibrational modes of protein tertiary structure. The observed frequency dependence of the absorbance is broad and glass-like. For the entire frequency range, there is a slight increase in both the absorbance and index of refraction with increasing hydration for <0.27 h (mass of H2O per unit mass protein). At 0.27 h, the absorbance and index begin to increase more rapidly. This transition corresponds to the point where the first hydration shell is filled. The abrupt increase in dielectric response cannot be fully accounted for by the additional contribution to the dielectric response due to bulk water, suggesting that the protein has not yet achieved its fully hydrated state. The broad, glass-like response suggests that at low hydrations, the low frequency conformational hen egg white lysozyme dynamics can be described by a dielectric relaxation model where the protein relaxes to different local minima in the conformational energy landscape. However, the low frequency complex permittivity does not allow for a pure relaxational mechanism. The data can best be modeled with a single low frequency resonance (nu approximately 120 GHz=4 cm-1) and a single Debye relaxation process (tau approximately .03-.04 ps). Terahertz dielectric response is currently being considered as a possible biosensing technique and the results demonstrate the required hydration control necessary for reliable biosensor applications.

  2. A physically based model for dielectric charging in an integrated optical MEMS wavelength selective switch.

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    Nielson, Gregory N.; Barbastathis, George

    2005-07-01

    A physical parameter based model for dielectric charge accumulation is proposed and used to predict the displacement versus applied voltage and pull-in response of an electrostatic MEMS wavelength selective integrated optical switch.

  3. Capacitive Cells for Dielectric Constant Measurement

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    Aguilar, Horacio Munguía; Maldonado, Rigoberto Franco

    2015-01-01

    A simple capacitive cell for dielectric constant measurement in liquids is presented. As an illustrative application, the cell is used for measuring the degradation of overheated edible oil through the evaluation of their dielectric constant.

  4. USDA/ARS and dielectric properties research

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    An overview of the research is presented, including RF dielectric heating for seed treatment, insect control, product conditioning, and moisture and quality sensing applications, equipment used, dielectric properties measurement techniques, broad- frequency- range data obtained, and research results...

  5. CVD Diamond Dielectric Accelerating Structures

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    Schoessow, P.; Kanareykin, A.; Gat, R.

    2009-01-22

    The electrical and mechanical properties of diamond make it an ideal candidate material for use in dielectric accelerating structures: high RF breakdown field, extremely low dielectric losses and the highest available thermoconductive coefficient. Using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) cylindrical diamond structures have been manufactured with dimensions corresponding to fundamental TM{sub 01} mode frequencies in the GHz to THz range. Surface treatments are being developed to reduce the secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficient below unity to reduce the possibility of multipactor. The diamond CVD cylindrical waveguide technology developed here can be applied to a variety of other high frequency, large-signal applications.

  6. Analysis of rib dielectric waveguides

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    Dagli, N.; Fonstad, C. G.

    1985-04-01

    It is noted in the present analysis of rib dielectric waveguides on the basis of a mode-matching technique that, when the constituent slab guides support only one guided mode, the cutoff condition for the higher-order modes is the same as the result yielded by the effective dielectric constant method. When the rib region is thick enough to support two guided slab modes, however, the cutoff conditions are significantly different. Universal design curves are obtained for this case, and the results obtained are compared with the Marcatili (1974) theory for such structures.

  7. Microwave dielectric properties of biopolymers

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    Bartsch, Carrie M.; Subramanyam, Guru; Grote, James G.; Hopkins, F. Kenneth; Brott, Lawrence L.; Naik, Rajesh R.

    2006-09-01

    A new capacitive test structure is used to characterize biopolymers at microwave frequencies. The new test structure is comprised of a parallel plate capacitor, combined with coplanar waveguide-based input and output feed lines. This allows microwave measurements to be taken easily under an applied DC electric field. The microwave dielectric properties are characterized for two biopolymer thin films: a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based film and a bovine serum albumin (BSA)-based film. These bio-dielectric thin-films are compared with a standard commercial polymer thin film, poly[Bisphenol A carbonate-co-4,4'(3,3,5-trimethyl cyclohexylidene) diphenol], or amorphous polycarbonate (APC).

  8. Low-κ' dielectric properties of UV-treated bi-axially oriented polypropylene films

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    Dervos, C. T.; Tarantili, P. A.; Athanassopoulou, M. D.

    2009-07-01

    A 40 µm multilayer bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, was fabricated by the tenter process and its dielectric response was investigated after applying combined action of UV, humidity and heat. Dissipation factor (tan δ) and relative dielectric constant measurements were performed via the capacitance method for frequencies 20Hz-1 GHz. These results show that the relative dielectric constant (κ') reduces towards ultra low values (1.8) with an increasing number of applied UV-condensation cycles without any subsequent increase in the dielectric loss. Having no added physical porosity and absence of fluorine atoms, the irradiated BOPP structures offer significant advantages over poly(tetrafluoroethylene) PTFE due to reduced polarization effects, lower dielectric constant values and chemical stability to the adjacent copper or aluminium conductors. Possible application fields are dry type high-voltage capacitors and insulation within electronic components.

  9. The behavior of dielectric elastomer actuators connected in series and parallel

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    Li, Guorui; Liang, Yiming; Yang, Xuxu; Cheng, Tingyu; Huang, Zhilong; Li, Tiefeng

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer membrane has the ability of shrinking the thickness and expanding surface area when a voltage is applied through its thickness. Dielectric elastomer has been widely studied and used as dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA), dielectric elastomer generator (DEG) and dielectric elastomer sensor (DES). We study the behavior of several DEAs connected in series and parallel, and find that the different connecting models can achieve different responses of the DEAs. DEAs connected in series can enhance the actuation, while DEA connected in parallel can enhance the actuation force. In our experiment, DEAs connected in series and parallel are loaded in actuation direction under a dead load providing pre-stretch. We discuss the results of the experiments and give the conclusions.

  10. Problems in the theory of the thermal Casimir force between dielectrics and semiconductors

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    Klimchitskaya, G. L.; Geyer, B.

    2008-04-01

    The application of the Lifshitz theory to describe the thermal Casimir force between dielectrics and semiconductors is considered. It is shown that for all true dielectrics (i.e., for all materials having zero conductivity at zero temperature) the inclusion of a nonzero conductivity arising at nonzero temperature into the model of dielectric response leads to the violation of the Nernst heat theorem. This result refers equally to simple insulators, intrinsic semiconductors, Mott-Hubbard dielectrics and doped semiconductors with doping concentration below a critical value. We demonstrate that in the insulator-metal transition the Casimir free energy changes abruptly irrespective of whether the conductivity changes continuously or discontinuously. The application of the Lifshitz formula to polar dielectrics results in a large thermal correction that is linear in temperature. A rule is formulated on how to apply the Lifshitz theory to real materials in agreement with thermodynamics and experiment.

  11. Dielectric barrier discharges applied for optical spectrometry

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    Brandt, S.; Schütz, A.; Klute, F. D.; Kratzer, J.; Franzke, J.

    2016-09-01

    The present review reflects the importance of dielectric barrier discharges for optical spectrometric detection in analytical chemistry. In contrast to usual discharges with a direct current the electrodes are separated by at least one dielectric barrier. There are two main features of the dielectric barrier discharges: they can serve as dissociation and excitation devices as well as ionization sources, respectively. This article portrays various application fields of dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry used for elemental and molecular detection with optical spectrometry.

  12. Dielectric material degradation monitoring of dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators

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    Hanson, Ronald E.; Houser, Nicole M.; Lavoie, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    It is a known phenomenon that some dielectric materials used to construct plasma actuators degrade during operation. However, the rate at which this process occurs, to what extent, as well as a method to monitor is yet to be established. In this experimental study, it is shown that electrical measurements can be used to monitor changes in the material of the plasma actuators. The procedure we introduce for monitoring the actuators follows from the work of Kriegseis, Grundmann, and Tropea [Kriegseis et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 013305 (2011)], who used Lissajous figures to measure actuator power consumption and capacitance. In the present study, we quantify changes in both the power consumption and capacitance of the actuators over long operating durations. It is shown that the increase in the effective capacitance of the actuator is related to degradation (thinning) of the dielectric layer, which is accompanied by an increase in actuator power consumption. For actuators constructed from layers of Kapton® polyimide tape, these changes are self-limiting. Although the polyimide film degrades relatively quickly, the underlying adhesive layer appears to remain intact. Over time, the effective capacitance was found to increase by up to 36%, 25%, and 11% for actuators constructed with 2, 3, and 4 layers of Kapton tape, respectively. A method is presented to prevent erosion of the Kapton dielectric layer using a coating of Polydimethylsiloxane oil. It is shown the application of this treatment can delay the onset of degradation of the Kapton dielectric material.

  13. 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.

  14. Cellulose Triacetate Dielectric Films For Capacitors

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S.; Jow, T. Richard

    1994-01-01

    Cellulose triacetate investigated for use as dielectric material in high-energy-density capacitors for pulsed-electrical-power systems. Films of cellulose triacetate metalized on one or both sides for use as substrates for electrodes and/or as dielectrics between electrodes in capacitors. Used without metalization as simple dielectric films. Advantages include high breakdown strength and self-healing capability.

  15. A Variable Temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Study of Colossal Magnetoresistant NdMnAsO0.95F0.05

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    Wildman, E. J.; Mclaughlin, A. C.

    2016-01-01

    The recent discovery of high temperature superconductivity in Fe arsenides has invigorated research into transition metal pnictides. Colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) has recently been reported for NdMnAsO1-xFx for x = 0.05–0.08, with a maximum magnetoresistance achieved at low temperature (MR9T(3 K)) = −95%). This appears to be a novel mechanism of CMR, which is as a result of a second order phase transition in field from an insulating antiferromagnet to a semiconducting paramagnet. Here we report a variable temperature synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of the CMR oxypnictide NdMnAsO0.95F0.05 between 4 K–290 K. An excellent fit to the tetragonal unit cell with space group P4/nmm is obtained over the entire temperature range, with no change in crystal structure detected down to 4 K. A coupling of the lattice and magnetic order is observed, where subtle discontinuities in the temperature variation of a and the c/a ratio are apparent as the Nd spins order antiferromagnetically and the Mn moments reorient into the basal plane at TSR. The results suggest that very small changes in lattice parameters effect the coupling between lattice, electronic and magnetic degrees of freedom. PMID:26875693

  16. A Variable Temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Study of Colossal Magnetoresistant NdMnAsO0.95F0.05.

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    Wildman, E J; Mclaughlin, A C

    2016-01-01

    The recent discovery of high temperature superconductivity in Fe arsenides has invigorated research into transition metal pnictides. Colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) has recently been reported for NdMnAsO1-xFx for x = 0.05-0.08, with a maximum magnetoresistance achieved at low temperature (MR9T(3 K)) = -95%). This appears to be a novel mechanism of CMR, which is as a result of a second order phase transition in field from an insulating antiferromagnet to a semiconducting paramagnet. Here we report a variable temperature synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of the CMR oxypnictide NdMnAsO0.95F0.05 between 4 K-290 K. An excellent fit to the tetragonal unit cell with space group P4/nmm is obtained over the entire temperature range, with no change in crystal structure detected down to 4 K. A coupling of the lattice and magnetic order is observed, where subtle discontinuities in the temperature variation of a and the c/a ratio are apparent as the Nd spins order antiferromagnetically and the Mn moments reorient into the basal plane at TSR. The results suggest that very small changes in lattice parameters effect the coupling between lattice, electronic and magnetic degrees of freedom. PMID:26875693

  17. A Variable Temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Study of Colossal Magnetoresistant NdMnAsO0.95F0.05

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    Wildman, E. J.; McLaughlin, A. C.

    2016-02-01

    The recent discovery of high temperature superconductivity in Fe arsenides has invigorated research into transition metal pnictides. Colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) has recently been reported for NdMnAsO1-xFx for x = 0.05-0.08, with a maximum magnetoresistance achieved at low temperature (MR9T(3 K)) = -95%). This appears to be a novel mechanism of CMR, which is as a result of a second order phase transition in field from an insulating antiferromagnet to a semiconducting paramagnet. Here we report a variable temperature synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study of the CMR oxypnictide NdMnAsO0.95F0.05 between 4 K-290 K. An excellent fit to the tetragonal unit cell with space group P4/nmm is obtained over the entire temperature range, with no change in crystal structure detected down to 4 K. A coupling of the lattice and magnetic order is observed, where subtle discontinuities in the temperature variation of a and the c/a ratio are apparent as the Nd spins order antiferromagnetically and the Mn moments reorient into the basal plane at TSR. The results suggest that very small changes in lattice parameters effect the coupling between lattice, electronic and magnetic degrees of freedom.

  18. Changes of the local distortions and colossal magnetoresistive properties of La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3) induced by Ti or Ga defects

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    Bridges, F.; Cao, D.; Anderson, M.; Ramirez, A.P.; Olapinski, M.; Subramanian, M.A.; Booth, C.H.; Kwei, G.

    2002-07-12

    The magnetoresistive properties of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 change rapidly when Ti or Ga are substituted on the Mn site for concentrations, x, from 1 to 10 percent. The samples exhibit colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and the resistivity increases dramatically with dopant concentration. The temperature of the resistivity peak, TR, shifts rapidly to lower temperatures with increasing x and the ferromagnetic transition broadens. However, the transition temperature, Tc, is only slightly suppressed. Consequently, TR occurs well below Tc for x above 2 percent. Investigations of these materials using Mn XAFS show that changes in the local structure, parametrized by the pair-distribution width, sigma, correlate well with Tc and the sample magnetization. For a given dopant, the resistivity peak occurs when sigma{sup 2} decreases below a critical value. Both dopants produce extended defects which increases the resistivity of the nearby materials considerably. The data suggest that even at x {approx}4 percent, most of the sites are slightly distorted at low T.

  19. Thermally stable dielectric responses in uniaxially (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 nanofilms grown on a Ca2Nb3O10- nanosheet seed layer.

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    Kimura, Junichi; Takuwa, Itaru; Matsushima, Masaaki; Shimizu, Takao; Uchida, Hiroshi; Kiguchi, Takanori; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Konno, Toyohiko J; Shibata, Tatsuo; Osada, Minoru; Sasaki, Takayoshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    To realize a high-temperature capacitor, uniaxially (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 films with various film thicknesses were prepared on (100)cSrRuO3/Ca2Nb3O10(-) nanosheet/glass substrates. As the film thickness decreases to 50 nm, the out-of-plane lattice parameters decrease while the in-plane lattice ones increase due to the in-plane tensile strain. However, the relative dielectric constant (εr) at room temperature exhibits a negligible degradation as the film thickness decreases to 50 nm, suggesting that εr of (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 is less sensitive to the residual strain. The capacitance density increases monotonously with decreasing film thickness, reaching a value of 4.5 μF/cm(2) for a 50-nm-thick nanofilm, and is stable against temperature changes from room temperature to 400 °C irrespective of film thickness. This behaviour differs from that of the widely investigated perovskite-structured dielectrics. These results show that (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 films derived using Ca2Nb3O10(-) nanosheets as seed layers can be made candidates for high-temperature capacitor applications by a small change in the dielectric properties against film thickness and temperature variations.

  20. Thermally stable dielectric responses in uniaxially (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 nanofilms grown on a Ca2Nb3O10− nanosheet seed layer

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    Kimura, Junichi; Takuwa, Itaru; Matsushima, Masaaki; Shimizu, Takao; Uchida, Hiroshi; Kiguchi, Takanori; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Shibata, Tatsuo; Osada, Minoru; Sasaki, Takayoshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    To realize a high-temperature capacitor, uniaxially (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 films with various film thicknesses were prepared on (100)cSrRuO3/Ca2Nb3O10− nanosheet/glass substrates. As the film thickness decreases to 50 nm, the out-of-plane lattice parameters decrease while the in-plane lattice ones increase due to the in-plane tensile strain. However, the relative dielectric constant (εr) at room temperature exhibits a negligible degradation as the film thickness decreases to 50 nm, suggesting that εr of (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 is less sensitive to the residual strain. The capacitance density increases monotonously with decreasing film thickness, reaching a value of 4.5 μF/cm2 for a 50-nm-thick nanofilm, and is stable against temperature changes from room temperature to 400 °C irrespective of film thickness. This behaviour differs from that of the widely investigated perovskite-structured dielectrics. These results show that (001)-oriented CaBi4Ti4O15 films derived using Ca2Nb3O10− nanosheets as seed layers can be made candidates for high-temperature capacitor applications by a small change in the dielectric properties against film thickness and temperature variations. PMID:26875929

  1. 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.

  2. Dielectric relaxation dynamics of high-temperature piezoelectric polyimide copolymers

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    Maceiras, A.; Costa, C. M.; Lopes, A. C.; San Sebastián, M.; Laza, J. M.; Vilas, J. L.; Ribelles, J. L. Gómez; Sabater i Serra, R.; Andrio Balado, A.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; León, L. M.

    2015-08-01

    Polyimide copolymers have been prepared based on different diamines as comonomers: a diamine without CN groups and a novel synthesized diamine with two CN groups prepared by polycondensation reaction followed by thermal cyclodehydration. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements were performed, and the dielectric complex function, ac conductivity and electric modulus of the copolymers were investigated as a function of CN group content in the frequency range from 0.1 to 107 Hz at temperatures from 25 to 260 °C. For all samples and temperatures above 150 °C, the dielectric constant increases with increasing temperature due to increasing conductivity. The α-relaxation is just detected for the sample without CN groups, being this relaxation overlapped by the electrical conductivity contributions in the remaining samples. For the copolymer samples and the polymer with CN groups, an important Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars contribution is detected. The mechanisms responsible for the dielectric relaxation, conduction process and electric modulus response have been discussed as a function of the CN group content present in the samples.

  3. Modeling of dielectric viscoelastomers with application to electromechanical instabilities

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    Wang, Shuolun; Decker, Martina; Henann, David L.; Chester, Shawn A.

    2016-10-01

    Soft dielectrics are electrically-insulating elastomeric materials, which are capable of large deformation and electrical polarization, and are used as smart transducers for converting between mechanical and electrical energy. While much theoretical and computational modeling effort has gone into describing the ideal, time-independent behavior of these materials, viscoelasticity is a crucial component of the observed mechanical response and hence has a significant effect on electromechanical actuation. In this paper, we report on a constitutive theory and numerical modeling capability for dielectric viscoelastomers, able to describe electromechanical coupling, large-deformations, large-stretch chain-locking, and a time-dependent mechanical response. Our approach is calibrated to the widely-used soft dielectric VHB 4910, and the finite-element implementation of the model is used to study the role of viscoelasticity in instabilities in soft dielectrics, namely (1) the pull-in instability, (2) electrocreasing, (3) electrocavitation, and (4) wrinkling of a pretensioned three-dimensional diaphragm actuator. Our results show that viscoelastic effects delay the onset of instability under monotonic electrical loading and can even suppress instabilities under cyclic loading. Furthermore, quantitative agreement is obtained between experimentally measured and numerically simulated instability thresholds. Our finite-element implementation will be useful as a modeling platform for further study of electromechanical instabilities and for harnessing them in design and is provided as online supplemental material to aid other researchers in the field.

  4. Scattering from Thin Dielectric Disks

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    Levine, D. M.; Schneider, A.; Lang, R. H.; Carter, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    A solution was obtained for scattering from thin dielectric disks by approximating the currents induced inside the disk with the currents which would exist inside a dielectric slab of the same thickness, orientation and dielectric properties. This approximation reduces to an electrostatic approximation when the disk thickness, T, is small compared to the wavelength of the incident radiation and the approximation yields a conventional physical optics solution when the dimension, A, characteristic of the geometrical cross section of the disk (e.g., the diameter of a circular disk) is large compared to wavelength. When the ratio A/T is sufficiently large the disk will always be in one or the other of these regimes (T lambda or kA1. Consequently, when A/T is large this solution provides a conventional approximation for the scattered fields which can be applied at all frequencies. As a check on this conclusion, a comparison was made between the theoretical and measured radar cross section of thin dielectric disks. Agreement was found for thin disks with both large and small values of kA.

  5. Counteracting Gravitation In Dielectric Liquids

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    Israelsson, Ulf E.; Jackson, Henry W.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1993-01-01

    Force of gravity in variety of dielectric liquids counteracted by imposing suitably contoured electric fields. Technique makes possible to perform, on Earth, variety of experiments previously performed only in outer space and at great cost. Also used similarly in outer space to generate sort of artificial gravitation.

  6. Dielectric breakdown model for composite materials.

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    Peruani, F; Solovey, G; Irurzun, I M; Mola, E E; Marzocca, A; Vicente, J L

    2003-06-01

    This paper addresses the problem of dielectric breakdown in composite materials. The dielectric breakdown model was generalized to describe dielectric breakdown patterns in conductor-loaded composites. Conducting particles are distributed at random in the insulating matrix, and the dielectric breakdown propagates according to new rules to take into account electrical properties and particle size. Dielectric breakdown patterns are characterized by their fractal dimension D and the parameters of the Weibull distribution. Studies are carried out as a function of the fraction of conducting inhomogeneities, p. The fractal dimension D of electrical trees approaches the fractal dimension of a percolation cluster when the fraction of conducting particles approximates the percolation limit. PMID:16241318

  7. Fluorescence Spectroscopy with Metal-Dielectric Waveguides

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    Badugu, Ramachandram; Szmacinski, Henryk; Ray, Krishanu; Descrovi, Emiliano; Ricciardi, Serena; Zhang, Douguo; Chen, Junxue; Huo, Yiping; Lakowicz, Joseph R.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a hybrid metal-dielectric waveguide structures (MDWs) with numerous potential applications in the biosciences. These structures consist of a thin metal film coated with a dielectric layer. Depending on the thickness of the dielectric layer, the modes can be localized near the metal, within the dielectric, or at the top surface of the dielectric. The optical modes in a metal-dielectric waveguide can have either S (TE) or P (TM) polarization. The dielectric spacer avoids the quenching, which usually occurs for fluorophores within about 5 nm from the metal. Additionally, the resonances display a sharp angular dependence and can exhibit several hundred-fold increases in intensity (E2) at the silica-air interface relative to the incident intensity. Fluorophores placed on top of the silica layer couple efficiently with the metal, resulting in a sharp angular distribution of emission through the metal and down from the bottom of the structure. This coupling occurs over large distances to several hundred nm away from the metal and was found to be consistent with simulations of the reflectivity of the metal-dielectric waveguides. Remarkably, for some silica thicknesses, the emission is almost completely coupled through the structure with little free-space emission away from the metal-dielectric waveguide. The efficiency of fluorophore coupling is related to the quality of the resonant modes sustained by the metal-dielectric waveguide, resulting in coupling of most of the emission through the metal into the underlying glass substrates. Metal-dielectric waveguides also provide a method to resolve the emission from surface-bound fluorophores from the bulk-phase fluorophores. Metal-dielectric waveguides are simple to fabricate for large surface areas, the resonance wavelength can be adjusted by the dielectric thickness, and the silica surface is suitable for coupling to biomolecules. Metal-dielectric waveguides can have numerous applications in diagnostics and high

  8. Two-phase mixed media dielectric with macro dielectric beads for enhancing resistivity and breakdown strength

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    Falabella, Steven; Meyer, Glenn A; Tang, Vincent; Guethlein, Gary

    2014-06-10

    A two-phase mixed media insulator having a dielectric fluid filling the interstices between macro-sized dielectric beads packed into a confined volume, so that the packed dielectric beads inhibit electro-hydrodynamically driven current flows of the dielectric liquid and thereby increase the resistivity and breakdown strength of the two-phase insulator over the dielectric liquid alone. In addition, an electrical apparatus incorporates the two-phase mixed media insulator to insulate between electrical components of different electrical potentials. And a method of electrically insulating between electrical components of different electrical potentials fills a confined volume between the electrical components with the two-phase dielectric composite, so that the macro dielectric beads are packed in the confined volume and interstices formed between the macro dielectric beads are filled with the dielectric liquid.

  9. 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.

  10. Scattering by dielectric circular cylinders in a dielectric slab.

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    Frezza, Fabrizio; Pajewski, Lara; Ponti, Cristina; Schettini, Giuseppe

    2010-04-01

    An analytical-numerical technique for the solution of the plane-wave scattering problem by a set of dielectric cylinders embedded in a dielectric slab is presented. Scattered fields are expressed by means of expansions into cylindrical functions, and the concept of plane-wave spectrum of a cylindrical function is employed to define reflection and transmission through the planar interfaces. Multiple reflection phenomena due to the presence of a layered geometry are taken into account. Solutions can be obtained for both TM and TE polarizations and for near- and far-field regions. The numerical approach is described and the method is validated by comparison with examples given in the literature, with very good agreement. Results are presented for the scattering by a finite grid of three cylinders embedded in a slab.

  11. Low-loss and high-symmetry negative refractive index media by hybrid dielectric resonators.

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    Lai, Yueh-Chun; Chen, Cheng-Kuang; Yang, Yu-Hang; Yen, Ta-Jen

    2012-01-30

    Based on Maxwell's equations and Mie theory, strong sub-wavelength artificial magnetic and electric dipole resonances can be excited within dielectric resonators, and their resonant frequencies can be tailored simply by scaling the size of the dielectric resonators. Therefore, in this work we hybridize commercially available zirconia and alumina structures to harvest their individual artificial magnetic and electric response simultaneously, presenting a negative refractive index medium (NRIM). Comparing with the conventional NRIM constructed by metallic structures, the demonstrated all-dielectric NRIM possesses low-loss and high-symmetry advantages, thus benefiting practical applications in communication components, perfect lenses, invisible cloaking and other novel electromagnetic devices. PMID:22330524

  12. 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.

  13. Dielectric breakdown of cell membranes.

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    Zimmermann, U; Pilwat, G; Riemann, F

    1974-11-01

    With human and bovine red blood cells and Escherichia coli B, dielectric breakdown of cell membranes could be demonstrated using a Coulter Counter (AEG-Telefunken, Ulm, West Germany) with a hydrodynamic focusing orifice. In making measurements of the size distributions of red blood cells and bacteria versus increasing electric field strength and plotting the pulse heights versus the electric field strength, a sharp bend in the otherwise linear curve is observed due to the dielectric breakdown of the membranes. Solution of Laplace's equation for the electric field generated yields a value of about 1.6 V for the membrane potential at which dielectric breakdown occurs with modal volumes of red blood cells and bacteria. The same value is also calculated for red blood cells by applying the capacitor spring model of Crowley (1973. Biophys. J. 13:711). The corresponding electric field strength generated in the membrane at breakdown is of the order of 4 . 10(6) V/cm and, therefore, comparable with the breakdown voltages for bilayers of most oils. The critical detector voltage for breakdown depends on the volume of the cells. The volume-dependence predicted by Laplace theory with the assumption that the potential generated across the membrane is independent of volume, could be verified experimentally. Due to dielectric breakdown the red blood cells lose hemoglobin completely. This phenomenon was used to study dielectric breakdown of red blood cells in a homogeneous electric field between two flat platinum electrodes. The electric field was applied by discharging a high voltage storage capacitor via a spark gap. The calculated value of the membrane potential generated to produce dielectric breakdown in the homogeneous field is of the same order as found by means of the Coulter Counter. This indicates that mechanical rupture of the red blood cells by the hydrodynamic forces in the orifice of the Coulter Counter could also be excluded as a hemolysing mechanism. The detector

  14. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

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    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin

    2014-10-01

    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  15. Microwave dielectric properties of inorganic fullerene-like tungsten disulfide nanoparticles

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    Chang, Hong; Dimitrakis, Georgios; Xu, Fang; Yi, Chenbo; Kingman, Samuel; Zhu, Yanqiu

    2013-01-01

    The dielectric response of inorganic fullerene-like (IF) tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanoparticles prepared by a sulfidization reaction of WO3 nanoparticles has been investigated, against commercial platelet 2H-WS2 particles, using a cavity perturbation technique at microwave frequencies at temperatures ranging from 20 to 750 °C. The IF-WS2 nanoparticles showed both temperature and frequency dependent dielectric properties. The different dielectric behaviour between the IF-WS2 and 2H-WS2 can be attributed to the different conductivity and structure peculiar to the materials. The microstructure and thermal stability of the IF-WS2 and 2H-WS2 were thoroughly examined, to correlate with the resulting dielectric responses.

  16. Vibron and phonon hybridization in dielectric nanostructures.

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    Preston, Thomas C; Signorell, Ruth

    2011-04-01

    Plasmon hybridization theory has been an invaluable tool in advancing our understanding of the optical properties of metallic nanostructures. Through the prism of molecular orbital theory, it allows one to interpret complex structures as "plasmonic molecules" and easily predict and engineer their electromagnetic response. However, this formalism is limited to conducting particles. Here, we present a hybridization scheme for the external and internal vibrations of dielectric nanostructures that provides a straightforward understanding of the infrared signatures of these particles through analogy to existing hybridization models of both molecular orbitals and plasmons extending the range of applications far beyond metallic nanostructures. This method not only provides a qualitative understanding, but also allows for the quantitative prediction of vibrational spectra of complex nanoobjects from well-known spectra of their primitive building blocks. The examples of nanoshells illustrate how spectral features can be understood in terms of symmetry, number of nodal planes, and scale parameters. PMID:21422288

  17. Tunable electromechanical actuation in silicone dielectric film

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    Lamberti, Andrea; Di Donato, Marco; Chiappone, Annalisa; Giorgis, Fabrizio; Canavese, Giancarlo

    2014-10-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuator films were fabricated on transparent conductive electrode using bi-component poly(dimethyl)siloxane (PDMS). PDMS is a well-known material in microfluidics and soft lithography for biomedical applications, being easy to process, low cost, biocompatible and transparent. Moreover its mechanical properties can be easily tuned by varying the mixing ratio between the oligomer base and the crosslinking agent. In this work we investigate the chemical composition and the electromechanical properties of PDMS thin film verifying for the first time the tuneable actuation response by simply modifying the amount of the curing agent. We demonstrate that, for a 20:1 ratio of base:crosslinker mixture, a striking 150% enhancement of Maxwell strain occurs at 1 Hz actuating frequency.

  18. Temperature effects on dielectric liquid lenses.

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Ren, Hongwen; Xu, Su; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2014-01-27

    The thermal stability of dielectric liquid lenses is studied by measuring the focal length at different temperatures. Two types of liquids lenses are investigated: Type-I (SL-5267/glycerol) and Type-II (glycerol/ BK7 matching liquid). A threshold-like behavior is found. Below the threshold temperature, the focal length is temperature insensitive. Above the threshold, the focal length changes exponentially with the temperature. Both refractive index and surface profile are responsible for the focal length change, although the former decreases linearly with the temperature. The threshold temperature of Type-I and Type-II liquid lens are 60°C and 40°C, respectively. Type-I lens shows a good temperature stability in a wide range. Moreover, the lens can recover to its original state even though it is operated at a high temperature.

  19. Colossal magnetoresistance in amino-functionalized graphene quantum dots at room temperature: manifestation of weak anti-localization and doorway to spintronics

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    Roy, Rajarshi; Thapa, Ranjit; Kumar, Gundam Sandeep; Mazumder, Nilesh; Sen, Dipayan; Sinthika, S.; Das, Nirmalya S.; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan K.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we have demonstrated the signatures of localized surface distortions and disorders in functionalized graphene quantum dots (fGQD) and consequences in magneto-transport under weak field regime (~1 Tesla) at room temperature. Observed positive colossal magnetoresistance (MR) and its suppression is primarily explained by weak anti-localization phenomenon where competitive valley (inter and intra) dependent scattering takes place at room temperature under low magnetic field; analogous to low mobility disordered graphene samples. Furthermore, using ab-initio analysis we show that sub-lattice sensitive spin-polarized ground state exists in the GQD as a result of pz orbital asymmetry in GQD carbon atoms with amino functional groups. This spin polarized ground state is believed to help the weak anti-localization dependent magneto transport by generating more disorder and strain in a GQD lattice under applied magnetic field and lays the premise for future graphene quantum dot based spintronic applications.In this work, we have demonstrated the signatures of localized surface distortions and disorders in functionalized graphene quantum dots (fGQD) and consequences in magneto-transport under weak field regime (~1 Tesla) at room temperature. Observed positive colossal magnetoresistance (MR) and its suppression is primarily explained by weak anti-localization phenomenon where competitive valley (inter and intra) dependent scattering takes place at room temperature under low magnetic field; analogous to low mobility disordered graphene samples. Furthermore, using ab-initio analysis we show that sub-lattice sensitive spin-polarized ground state exists in the GQD as a result of pz orbital asymmetry in GQD carbon atoms with amino functional groups. This spin polarized ground state is believed to help the weak anti-localization dependent magneto transport by generating more disorder and strain in a GQD lattice under applied magnetic field and lays the premise for

  20. Ionic mobility in DNA films studied by dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Kahouli, Abdelkader; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Garden, Jean-Luc; Peyrard, Michel

    2014-09-01

    Double-helix DNA molecules can be found under different conformational structures driven by ionic and hydration surroundings. Usually, only the B-form of DNA, which is the only form stable in aqueous solution, can be studied by dielectric measurements. Here, the dielectric responses of DNA molecules in the A- and B-form, oriented co-linearly within fibres assembled in a film have been analyzed. The dielectric dispersion, permittivity and dissipation factor, have been measured as a function of frequency, strength voltage, time, temperature and nature of the counter-ions. Besides a high electrode polarization component, two relaxation peaks have been observed and fitted by two Cole-Cole relaxation terms. In the frequency range that we investigated (0.1 Hz to 5 ·10(6) Hz) the dielectric properties are dominated by the mobility and diffusivity of the counter-ions and their interactions with the DNA molecules, which can therefore be characterized for the A- and B-forms of DNA.

  1. Electric field enhancement in metallic and multilayer dielectric gratings

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    Shore, B.W.; Feit, M.D.; Perry, M.D.; Boyd, R.D.; Britten, J.A.; Li, Lifeng

    1995-05-26

    Successful operation of large-scale high-power lasers, such as those in use and planned at LLNL and elsewhere, require optical elements that can withstand extremely high fluences without suffering damage. Of particular concern are gratings used for pulse compression. Laser induced damage to bulk dielectric material originates with coupling of the electric field of the radiation to bound electrons, proceeding through a succession of mechanisms that couple the electron kinetic energy to lattice energy and ultimately to macroscopic structural changes (e.g. fracture, melting, ablation, etc.). The constructive interference that is responsible for the diffractive behavior of a grating or the reflective properties of a multilayer dielectric stack can enhance the electric field above values that would occur in unstructured homogeneous material. The presence of nonuniform electric fields, resulting from diffractive coherence, has the potential to affect damage thresholds We describe aspects of LLNL work directed towards understanding the influence of dielectric structures upon damage, with particular emphasis on electric fields within multilayer dielectric stacks.

  2. Controlling Environmental Effects on Optical Measurements of Gate Dielectric Thickness

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    Elisa, U.; Van Buskirk, Jonathan; Pois, Heath; Zhukov, Vladimir; Morris, Stephen; Kelso, Sue; Collings, Chris; McWhirter, Jim; Nguyen, Thierry; Ramamurthi, Saroja

    2005-09-09

    As the gate dielectric has scaled to the sub 3 nanometer regime, demands on gate dielectric thickness control have translated into the need for sub-monolayer precision on thickness measurements. While current ellipsometry techniques are capable of meeting these requirements, environmental film growth on the gate dielectric induces changes in the optical thickness of the film, yielding artificially thick results when measured. This growth is not constant, and we will discuss how both large scale and localized fluctuations of ambient parameters affect growth rates and can destabilize existing growth.In response to AMC (Airborne Molecular Contamination) layer formation, optical thickness metrology suppliers have developed a variety of techniques to remove the AMC layer from the film prior to measurement. As AMC growth rates are affected by humidity, air pressure, and air composition, each AMC desorption method must be customized for the individual properties of the gate dielectric and process environment to optimize AMC removal. Two AMC layer desorption techniques have been investigated and will be covered along with their respective strengths and complications in a production environment.

  3. Dielectric behavior of Cu—Zn ferrites with Si additive

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    Uzma, G.

    2014-05-01

    Since ferrites are highly sensitive to the additives present in or added to them, extensive work, to improve the properties of basic ferrites, has been carried out on these aspects. The present paper reports the effects of composition, frequency, and temperature on the dielectric behavior of a series of CuxZn1—xFe2O4 ferrite samples prepared by the usual ceramic technique. In order to improve the properties of the samples, low cost Fe2O3 having 0.5 wt.% Si as an additive is selected to introduce into the system. The dielectric constant increases by increasing the Cu content, as the electron exchange of Cu2+ <=> Cu+ is responsible for the conduction and the polarization. However, the addition of Si could decrease the dielectric constant as it suppresses the ceramic grain growth and promotes the quality factor at higher frequencies. Dielectric constant ɛ' and loss tangent tan δ of the mixed Cu—Zn ferrite decrease with increasing frequency, attributed to the Maxwell—Wagner polarization, which increases as the temperature increases.

  4. Dielectric covered microstrip patch antennas

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    Sharpe, Lisa M.

    1988-11-01

    Microstrip antennas have many properties that make them suitable for airborne and satellite communications systems. These antennas are low in cost and lightweight. For these reasons, Rome Air Development Center is interested in verifying and augmenting existing design models for these antennas. The theory and results are presented for modeling microstrip antennas that are covered with a sheet of dielectric material. There are several reasons for designing a microstrip antenna covered with a dielectric material. This configuration would allow the modeling of antennas with an integrated radome. A cover layer could possibly be used to support a polarizer; to mount additional antenna elements on top of the cover layer to provide bandwidth enhancements; or to be used as a dual frequency antenna.

  5. Dielectric and ferroelectric response of compositionally graded bilayer and trilayer composites of BaTiO{sub 3} and 0.975BaTiO{sub 3}-0.025Ba(Cu{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}

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    Maurya, Deepam; Priya, Shashank; Wongdamnern, Natthapong; Yimnirun, Rattikorn

    2010-12-15

    In this paper, we report the dielectric and ferroelectric response of compositionally graded bilayer and trilayer composites consisting of BaTiO{sub 3} (BT) and 0.975BaTiO{sub 3}-0.025Ba(Cu{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} (BTBCN). Two types of graded bilayer samples were synthesized, one with same thickness of BT and BTBCN while other with different layer thicknesses. The graded trilayer sample consisted of BT layer sandwiched between two BTBCN layers of equal thickness. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed a sharp interface with needle-shape domains across the interface. The domain size on BT side was found to be larger than that on BTBCN side. The temperature dependence of dielectric response for all composite systems was found to exhibit shifting in characteristic Curie peak compared to constituent material which was associated to coupling between layers. Moreover, the differences in grain size, tetragonality, domain mobility of each layer was found to perturb the electrical response of composite. The polarization mismatch between uncoupled BT and BTBCN established internal electric field in composite specimen and defined new polarization states in each layer by perturbing free energy functional of the composite specimen. Dynamic hysteresis behaviors and power-law scaling relations of all specimens were determined from polarization-electric field hysteresis loop measurements as a function of frequency. All systems were found to exhibit similar dynamic scaling relationships. Hysteresis area , P{sub r}, and E{sub C} decreased with increasing frequency due to delayed response but increased with increasing applied electric field due to enhancement of driving force. Trilayer system was found to exhibit strong internal-bias field and double hysteresis behavior. The coupling effect resulting due to polarization mismatch between layers had substantial influence on the dynamic hysteresis behavior and power-law scaling relations.

  6. Colossal thermoelectric power in charge ordered lanthanum calcium manganites (La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3})

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    Joy, Lija K.; Anantharaman, M. R.; Shanmukharao Samatham, S.; Ganesan, V.; Thomas, Senoy; Al-Harthi, Salim; Liebig, A.; Albrecht, M.

    2014-12-07

    Lanthanum calcium manganites (La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}) with a composition close to charge ordering, synthesized by high energy ball milling, was found to exhibit colossal thermoelectric power. Thermoelectric power (TEP) data was systematically analyzed by dividing the entire temperature range (5 K–300 K) into three different regimes to explore different scattering mechanisms involved. Mandal's model has been applied to explain TEP data in the region below the Curie temperature (T{sub C}). It has been found that the variation of thermoelectric power with temperature is pronounced when the system enters the charge ordered region at T < 200 K. For temperatures lower than 120 K, due to the co-existence of charge ordered state with a spin-glass state, the variation of thermoelectric power is maximum and exhibited a peak value of −80 mV/K at 58 K. This has been explained by incorporating Kondo properties of the spin-glass along with magnon scattering. FC-ZFC magnetization measurements indicate the existence of a glassy state in the region corresponding to a maximum value of thermoelectric power. Phonon drag contribution instead of spin-glass contribution is taken into account to explain TEP in the region 120 K < T < T{sub C}. Mott's polaronic contribution of charge carriers are considered to interpret TEP in the high temperature region (T > T{sub C}). The optimal Mn{sup 4+}-Mn{sup 3+} concentration in charge ordered La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} was examined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy analysis which confirms the charge ordered nature of this compound.

  7. Temperature dependent evolution of the electronic and local atomic structure in the cubic colossal magnetoresistive manganite La1-xSrxMnO3

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    Arenholz, Elke; Mannella, N.; Booth, C.H.; Rosenhahn, A.; Sell, B.C.; Nambu, A.; Marchesini, S.; Mun, B. S.; Yang, S.-H.; Watanabe, M.; Ibrahim, K.; Arenholz, E.; Young, A.; Guo, J.; Tomioka, Y.; Fadley, C.S.

    2007-12-06

    We have studied the temperature-dependent evolution of the electronic and local atomic structure in the cubic colossal magnetoresistive manganite La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x= 0.3-0.4) with core and valence level photoemission (PE), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and magnetometry. As the temperature is varied across the Curie temperature T{sub c}, our PE experiments reveal a dramatic change of the electronic structure involving an increase in the Mn spin moment from {approx} 3 {micro}B to {approx} 4 {micro}B, and a modification of the local chemical environment of the other constituent atoms indicative of electron localization on the Mn atom. These effects are reversible and exhibit a slow-timescale {approx}200 K-wide hysteresis centered at T{sub c}. Based upon the probing depths accessed in our PE measurements, these effects seem to survive for at least 35-50 {angstrom} inward from the surface, while other consistent signatures for this modification of the electronic structure are revealed by more bulk sensitive spectroscopies like XAS and XES/RIXS. We interpret these effects as spectroscopic fingerprints for polaron formation, consistent with the presence of local Jahn-Teller distortions of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra around the Mn atom, as revealed by the EXAFS data. Magnetic susceptibility measurements in addition show typical signatures of ferro-magnetic clusters formation well above the Curie temperature.

  8. End moldings for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, Lars D.

    2000-01-01

    End moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of the cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made. Disclosed is a method for making the cable connectors either in the field or in a factory, molds suitable for use with the method, and the molded cable connectors, themselves.

  9. Asymmetric Dielectric Elastomer Composite Material

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    Stewart, Brian K. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Embodiments of the invention provide a dielectric elastomer composite material comprising a plurality of elastomer-coated electrodes arranged in an assembly. Embodiments of the invention provide improved force output over prior DEs by producing thinner spacing between electrode surfaces. This is accomplished by coating electrodes directly with uncured elastomer in liquid form and then assembling a finished component (which may be termed an actuator) from coated electrode components.

  10. Dielectric and Electromechanical Properties of Polyurethane and Polydimethylsiloxane Blends and their Nanocomposites

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    Cakmak, Enes

    Conventional means of converting electrical energy to mechanical work are generally considered too noisy and bulky for many contemporary technologies such as microrobotic, microfluidic, and haptic devices. Dielectric electroactive polymers (D-EAPs) constitude a growing class of electroactive polymers (EAP) that are capable of producing mechanica work induced by an applied electric field. D-EAPs are considered remarkably efficient and well suited for a wide range of applications, including ocean-wave energy harvesters and prosthetic devices. However, the real-world application of D-EAPs is very limited due to a number of factors, one of which is the difficulty of producing high actuation strains at acceptably low electric fields. D-EAPs are elastomeric polymers and produce large strain response induced by external electric field. The electromechanical properties of D-EAPs depend on the dielectric properties and mechanical properties of the D-EAP. In terms of dielectric behavior, these actuators require a high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and high dielectric strength to produce an improved actuation response. In addition to their dielectric properties, the mechanical properties of D-EAPs, such as elastic moduli and hysteresis, are also of importance. Therefore, material properties are a key feature of D-EAP technology. DE actuator materials reported in the literature cover many types of elastomers and their composites formed with dielectric fillers. Along with polymeric matrix materials, various ceramic, metal, and organic fillers have been employed in enhancing dielectric behavior of DEs. This work describes an effort to characterize elastomer blends and composites of different matrix and dielectric polymer fillers according to their dielectric, mechanical, and electromechanical responses. This dissertation focuses on the development and characterization of polymer-polymer blends and composites from a high-k polyurethane (PU) and polydimethylsiloxane

  11. Complex Amorphous Dielectrics

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    van Dover, Robert Bruce

    2014-11-22

    This work focused on synthesizing a wide range of oxides containing two or more metals, and measuring their properties. Many simple metal oxides such as zirconium oxide, have been extensively studied in the past. We developed a technique in which we create a large number of compositions simultaneously and examine their behavior to understand trends and identify high performance materials. Superior performance generally comes in the form of increased responsiveness; in the materials we have studied this may mean more electrical charge for a given voltage in a capacitor, faster switching for a given drive in a transistor, more current for a given voltage in an ionic conductor, or more current for a given illumination in a solar cell. Some of the materials we have identified may find use in decreasing the power needed to operate integrated circuits, other materials could be useful for solar power or other forms of energy conversion.

  12. Abnormal percolative transport and colossal electroresistance induced by anisotropic strain in (011)-Pr(0.7)(Ca(0.6)Sr(0.4))(0.3)MnO₃/PMN-PT heterostructure.

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    Zhao, Ying-Ying; Wang, Jing; Kuang, Hao; Hu, Feng-Xia; Zhang, Hong-Rui; Liu, Yao; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Shuan-Hu; Wu, Rong-Rong; Zhang, Ming; Bao, Li-Fu; Sun, Ji-Rong; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2014-01-01

    Abnormal percolative transport in inhomogeneous systems has drawn increasing interests due to its deviation from the conventional percolation picture. However, its nature is still ambiguous partly due to the difficulty in obtaining controllable abnormal percolative transport behaviors. Here, we report the first observation of electric-field-controlled abnormal percolative transport in (011)-Pr(0.7)(Ca(0.6)Sr(0.4))(0.3)MnO3/0.7Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3))O3-0.3PbTiO3 heterostructure. By introducing an electric-field-induced in-plane anisotropic strain-field in a phase separated PCSMO film, we stimulate a significant inverse thermal hysteresis (~ -17.5 K) and positive colossal electroresistance (~11460%), which is found to be crucially orientation-dependent and completely inconsistent with the well accepted conventional percolation picture. Further investigations reveal that such abnormal inverse hysteresis is strongly related to the preferential formation of ferromagnetic metallic domains caused by in-plane anisotropic strain-field. Meanwhile, it is found that the positive colossal electroresistance should be ascribed to the coactions between the anisotropic strain and the polarization effect from the poling of the substrate which leads to orientation and bias-polarity dependencies for the colossal electroresistance. This work unambiguously evidences the indispensable role of the anisotropic strain-field in driving the abnormal percolative transport and provides a new perspective for well understanding the percolation mechanism in inhomogeneous systems. PMID:25399635

  13. Abnormal percolative transport and colossal electroresistance induced by anisotropic strain in (011)-Pr0.7(Ca0.6Sr0.4)0.3MnO3/PMN-PT heterostructure

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    Zhao, Ying-Ying; Wang, Jing; Kuang, Hao; Hu, Feng-Xia; Zhang, Hong-Rui; Liu, Yao; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Shuan-Hu; Wu, Rong-Rong; Zhang, Ming; Bao, Li-Fu; Sun, Ji-Rong; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2014-01-01

    Abnormal percolative transport in inhomogeneous systems has drawn increasing interests due to its deviation from the conventional percolation picture. However, its nature is still ambiguous partly due to the difficulty in obtaining controllable abnormal percolative transport behaviors. Here, we report the first observation of electric-field-controlled abnormal percolative transport in (011)-Pr0.7(Ca0.6Sr0.4)0.3MnO3/0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 heterostructure. By introducing an electric-field-induced in-plane anisotropic strain-field in a phase separated PCSMO film, we stimulate a significant inverse thermal hysteresis (~ -17.5 K) and positive colossal electroresistance (~11460%), which is found to be crucially orientation-dependent and completely inconsistent with the well accepted conventional percolation picture. Further investigations reveal that such abnormal inverse hysteresis is strongly related to the preferential formation of ferromagnetic metallic domains caused by in-plane anisotropic strain-field. Meanwhile, it is found that the positive colossal electroresistance should be ascribed to the coactions between the anisotropic strain and the polarization effect from the poling of the substrate which leads to orientation and bias-polarity dependencies for the colossal electroresistance. This work unambiguously evidences the indispensable role of the anisotropic strain-field in driving the abnormal percolative transport and provides a new perspective for well understanding the percolation mechanism in inhomogeneous systems. PMID:25399635

  14. Frequency response of microwave dielectric Bi2(Zn1/3Nb2/3)2O7 thin films laser deposited on indium-tin oxide coated glass

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    Cheng, Hsiu-Fung; Chen, Yi-Chun; Lin, I.-Nan

    2000-01-01

    Bi2(Zn1/3Nb2/3)2O7 (BZN) thin films were prepared by using a pulsed laser deposition technique. For films in situ deposited on indium-tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates, the crystalline phase can be obtained by growing at a substrate temperature (Ts) higher than 475 °C. Too low a substrate temperature (Ts<400 °C) results in the amorphous phase, whereas too high a temperature (Ts>600 °C) leads to substantial interaction between the BZN film and the ITO layer. For the films deposited at a 500 °C substrate temperature, the texture characteristics change with their thickness. The films are (222) preferentially oriented when they are thin, and (400) preferentially oriented when they are thick. The optical properties, measured using optical spectroscopy, reveal that the index of refraction (n) and absorption coefficient (κ) vary between n=2.08-2.51 and κ=1.22×10-5-1.88×10-4 nm-1, respectively. These optical parameters do not change significantly with the preferred orientation and thickness of the films. However, the low frequency dielectric properties are closely correlated with the material's characteristics. The crystalline BZN films have a markedly larger dielectric constant than the amorphous films.

  15. Multipolar Coupling in Hybrid Metal–Dielectric Metasurfaces

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    Guo, Rui; Rusak, Evgenia; Staude, Isabelle; Dominguez, Jason; Decker, Manuel; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Brener, Igal; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2016-03-02

    In this paper, we study functional hybrid metasurfaces consisting of metal–dielectric nanoantennas that direct light from an incident plane wave or from localized light sources into a preferential direction. The directionality is obtained by carefully balancing the multipolar contributions to the scattering response from the constituents of the metasurface. The hybrid nanoantennas are composed of a plasmonic gold nanorod acting as a feed element and a silicon nanodisk acting as a director element. In order to experimentally realize this design, we have developed a two-step electron-beam lithography process in combination with a precision alignment step. Finally, the optical response ofmore » the fabricated sample is measured and reveals distinct signatures of coupling between the plasmonic and the dielectric nanoantenna elements that ultimately leads to unidirectional radiation of light.« less

  16. Microwave dielectric spectrum of rocks

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Bengal, T.; East, J.; Dobson, M. C.; Garvin, J.; Evans, D.

    1988-01-01

    A combination of several measurement techniques was used to investigate the dielectric properties of 80 rock samples in the microwave region. The real part of the dielectric constant, epsilon', was measured in 0.1 GHz steps from 0.5 to 18 GHz, and the imaginary part, epsilon'', was measured at five frequencies extending between 1.6 and 16 GHz. In addition to the dielectric measurements, the bulk density was measured for all the samples and the bulk chemical composition was determined for 56 of the samples. The study shows that epsilon' is frequency-dependent over the 0.5 to 18 GHz range for all rock samples, and that the bulk density rho accounts for about 50 percent of the observed variance of epsilon'. For individual rock types (by genesis), about 90 percent of the observed variance may be explained by the combination of density and the fractional contents of SiO2, Fe2O3, MgO, and TiO2. For the loss factor epsilon'', it was not possible to establish statistically significant relationships between it and the measured properties of the rock samples (density and chemical composition).

  17. Dielectric decrement effects in electrokinetics

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    Figliuzzi, Bruno; Chan, Wai Hong Ronald; Buie, Cullen; Moran, Jeffrey

    2015-11-01

    Understanding the nonlinear phenomena that occur in the electric double layer (EDL) that forms at charged surfaces is a key issue in electrokinetics. In recent studies, Nakayama and Andelman [J. Chem. Physics 2015] Hatlo et al. [EPL 2012], and Zhao and Zhai [JFM 2013] demonstrated that dielectric decrement significantly influences the ionic concentration in the electric double layer (EDL) at high zeta potential, leading to the formation of a condensed layer near the particle's surface. In this presentation, we apply the dielectric decrement model to study two archetypal problems in electrokinetics, namely the electrophoresis of particles with fixed surface charges and the electrophoresis of ideally polarizable particles. Our aim is to rely on numerical simulations to incorporate nonlinear effects including crowding effects due to the finite size of ions, dielectric decrement in the EDL, surface conduction, concentration polarization and advection in the bulk solution. In parallel, we derive a simplified composite layer model that enables us to obtain analytical estimates of the physical quantities involved in the physical description of the problem.

  18. Electrical conductivity and dielectric studies of MnO2 doped V2O5

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    Tan, Foo Khoon; Hassan, Jumiah; Wahab, Zaidan Abd.; Azis, Raba'ah Syahidah

    The investigation on electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of mixed oxide of manganese (Mn) and vanadium (V) was carried out to study the mixed oxides response to different frequencies and different measuring temperatures. The frequency and temperature dependence of AC conductivity, dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor of mixed oxides were studied in the frequency range of 40 Hz-1 MHz and a temperature range of 30-250 °C. Since the mixed oxides are multi phase materials, hence the properties of the pure oxides are also presented in this study to discuss the multi phase behaviour of the mixed oxides. The XRD pattern shows the Mn-V oxide is multiphase and quantitative phase analysis was performed to determine the relative phases. The overall results indicate that with increasing temperature, the AC conductivity, dielectric constant, dielectric loss factor and loss tangent of the Mn-V mixed oxide increases. However, it shows an overlap in the dielectric constant at 225 °C and 250 °C due to the V2O5 phase in the mixed oxide. From the AC activation energy, the mixed oxides underwent conduction mechanism transition from band to hopping in the investigated frequency range. The MnV2O6 has relatively good resistivity, therefore the mixed oxide sintered at 550 °C with the highest composition of MnV2O6 gives the highest dielectric constant of 9845 at 1 kHz, and at 250 °C.

  19. Decomposition of the total momentum in a linear dielectric into field and matter components

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    Crenshaw, Michael E.

    2013-11-15

    The long-standing resolution of the Abraham–Minkowski electromagnetic momentum controversy is predicated on a decomposition of the total momentum of a closed continuum electrodynamic system into separate field and matter components. Using a microscopic model of a simple linear dielectric, we derive Lagrangian equations of motion for the electric dipoles and show that the dielectric can be treated as a collection of stationary simple harmonic oscillators that are driven by the electric field and produce a polarization field in response. The macroscopic energy and momentum are defined in terms of the electric, magnetic, and polarization fields that travel through the dielectric together as a pulse of electromagnetic radiation. We conclude that both the macroscopic total energy and the macroscopic total momentum are entirely electromagnetic in nature for a simple linear dielectric in the absence of significant reflections. -- Highlights: •The total momentum in a dielectric is identified by conservation principles. •The total momentum in a dielectric cannot be decomposed into field and matter parts. •A component of momentum in a dielectric is due to motion of the polarization field.

  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

    2016-03-14

    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.

  1. Dielectric relaxation, resonance and scaling behaviors in Sr3Co2Fe24O41 hexaferrite.

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    Tang, Rujun; Jiang, Chen; Qian, Wenhu; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Xin; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-08-28

    The dielectric properties of Z-type hexaferrite Sr3Co2Fe24O41 (SCFO) have been investigated as a function of temperature from 153 to 503 K between 1 and 2 GHz. The dielectric responses of SCFO are found to be frequency dependent and thermally activated. The relaxation-type dielectric behavior is observed to be dominating in the low frequency region and resonance-type dielectric behavior is found to be dominating above 10(8) Hz. This frequency dependence of dielectric behavior is explained by the damped harmonic oscillator model with temperature dependent coefficients. The imaginary part of impedance (Z″) and modulus (M″) spectra show that there is a distribution of relaxation times. The scaling behaviors of Z″ and M″ spectra further suggest that the distribution of relaxation times is temperature independent at low frequencies. The dielectric loss spectra at different temperatures have not shown a scaling behavior above 10(8) Hz. A comparison between the Z″ and the M″ spectra indicates that the short-range charges motion dominates at low temperatures and the long-range charges motion dominates at high temperatures. The above results indicate that the dielectric dispersion mechanism in SCFO is temperature independent at low frequencies and temperature dependent at high frequencies due to the domination of resonance behavior.

  2. Electromechanical performance analysis of inflated dielectric elastomer membrane for micro pump applications

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    Saini, Abhishek; Ahmad, Dilshad; Patra, Karali

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers have received a great deal of attention recently as potential materials for many new types of sensors, actuators and future energy generators. When subjected to high electric field, dielectric elastomer membrane sandwiched between compliant electrodes undergoes large deformation with a fast response speed. Moreover, dielectric elastomers have high specific energy density, toughness, flexibility and shape processability. Therefore, dielectric elastomer membranes have gained importance to be applied as micro pumps for microfluidics and biomedical applications. This work intends to extend the electromechanical performance analysis of inflated dielectric elastomer membranes to be applied as micro pumps. Mechanical burst test and cyclic tests were performed to investigate the mechanical breakdown and hysteresis loss of the dielectric membrane, respectively. Varying high electric field was applied on the inflated membrane under different static pressure to determine the electromechanical behavior and nonplanar actuation of the membrane. These tests were repeated for membranes with different pre-stretch values. Results show that pre-stretching improves the electromechanical performance of the inflated membrane. The present work will help to select suitable parameters for designing micro pumps using dielectric elastomer membrane. However this material lacks durability in operation.This issue also needs to be investigated further for realizing practical micro pumps.

  3. Synthesis, dielectric behavior and impedance measurement studies of Cr-substituted Zn-Mn ferrites

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    Hankare, P.P.; Patil, R.P.; Garadkar, K.M.; Sasikala, R.; Chougule, B.K.

    2011-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Variation of dielectric constant with frequency. Research highlights: {yields} Sol-gel route synthesized spherical crystalline nanoparticles of ZnMn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}FeO{sub 4}. {yields} XRD, DTA, FTIR, SEM, dielectric and impedance study. {yields} The ferrites show concentration dependence of ac electrical conductivity. {yields} Impedance response is dominated by grain boundary behavior. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline ZnMn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}FeO{sub 4} (1.0 {>=} x {>=} 0) ferrites were synthesized by sol-gel technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the formation of single phasic cubic spinel lattice for all the compositions studied. Lattice parameter shows a decreasing trend with an increase in Cr content in the compositions. Formation of spherical nanoparticles was revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. Infrared spectroscopic studies revealed two main absorption bands in the range 400-800 cm{sup -1} arising due to tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) site vibrations. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent, ac conductivity and complex impedance were measured as a function of frequency in the range 20 Hz to 1 MHz. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant shows dielectric dispersion due to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization. The role of chromium in modifying structural and dielectric properties of these ferrites has been explained.

  4. Dielectric relaxation of high-k oxides

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    2013-01-01

    Frequency dispersion of high-k dielectrics was observed and classified into two parts: extrinsic cause and intrinsic cause. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (dielectric relaxation), that is the intrinsic frequency dispersion, could not be characterized before considering the effects of extrinsic frequency dispersion. Several mathematical models were discussed to describe the dielectric relaxation of high-k dielectrics. For the physical mechanism, dielectric relaxation was found to be related to the degree of polarization, which depended on the structure of the high-k material. It was attributed to the enhancement of the correlations among polar nanodomain. The effect of grain size for the high-k materials' structure mainly originated from higher surface stress in smaller grain due to its higher concentration of grain boundary. PMID:24180696

  5. Exploring Strategies for High Dielectric Constant and Low Loss Polymer Dielectrics

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    Zhu, Lei

    Polymer dielectrics having high dielectric constant, high temperature capability, and low loss are attractive for a broad range of applications such as film capacitors, gate dielectrics, artificial muscles, and electrocaloric cooling. Unfortunately, it is generally observed that higher polarization or dielectric constant tends to cause significantly enhanced dielectric loss. It is therefore highly desired that the fundamental physics of all types of polarization and loss mechanisms be thoroughly understood for dielectric polymers. In this presentation, we intend to explore advantages and disadvantages for different types of polarization. Among a number of approaches, dipolar polarization is promising for high dielectric constant and low loss polymer dielectrics, if the dipolar relaxation peak can be pushed to above the gigahertz range. In particular, dipolar glass, paraelectric, and relaxor ferroelectric polymers are discussed for the dipolar polarization approach. This work is supported by NSF Polymers Program (DMR-1402733).

  6. Exploring Strategies for High Dielectric Constant and Low Loss Polymer Dielectrics.

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    Zhu, Lei

    2014-11-01

    Polymer dielectrics having high dielectric constant, high temperature capability, and low loss are attractive for a broad range of applications such as film capacitors, gate dielectrics, artificial muscles, and electrocaloric cooling. Unfortunately, it is generally observed that higher polarization or dielectric constant tends to cause significantly enhanced dielectric loss. It is therefore highly desired that the fundamental physics of all types of polarization and loss mechanisms be thoroughly understood for dielectric polymers. In this Perspective, we intend to explore advantages and disadvantages for different types of polarization. Among a number of approaches, dipolar polarization is promising for high dielectric constant and low loss polymer dielectrics, if the dipolar relaxation peak can be pushed to above the gigahertz range. In particular, dipolar glass, paraelectric, and relaxor ferroelectric polymers are discussed for the dipolar polarization approach.

  7. Dielectric behavior of semiconductors at microwave frequencies

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    Dahiya, Jai N.

    1992-01-01

    A cylindrical microwave resonant cavity in TE(011) (Transverse Electric) mode is used to study the dielectric relaxation in germanium and silicon. The samples of these semiconductors are used to perturb the electric field in the cavity, and Slater's perturbation equations are used to calculate the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant. The dielectric loss of germanium and silicon is studied at different temperatures, and Debye's equations are used to calculate the relaxation time at these temperatures.

  8. A microwave dielectric resonant oscillatory circuit

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    Sigov, A. S.; Shvartsburg, A. B.

    2016-07-01

    Bias currents in a thin dielectric nonconducting torus are investigated, and the resonant mode of excitation of these currents is established. The similarity of the frequency spectrum of such a dielectric element to the spectra of a classical Thomson oscillatory circuit and a metamaterial with negative permittivity is demonstrated. The resonant frequency of electromagnetic oscillations of the ring dielectric circuit and magnetic and electric fields of such a circuit under resonant excitation are determined.

  9. Dielectric boundary force and its crucial role in gramicidin

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    Nadler, Boaz; Hollerbach, Uwe; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2003-08-01

    In an electrostatic problem with nonuniform geometry, a charge Q in one region induces surface charges [called dielectric boundary charges (DBC)] at boundaries between different dielectrics. These induced surface charges, in return, exert a force [called dielectric boundary force (DBF)] on the charge Q that induced them. The DBF is often overlooked. It is not present in standard continuum theories of (point) ions in or near membranes and proteins, such as Gouy-Chapman, Debye-Huckel, Poisson-Boltzmann or Poisson-Nernst- Planck. The DBF is important when a charge Q is near dielectric interfaces, for example, when ions permeate through protein channels embedded in biological membranes. In this paper, we define the DBF and calculate it explicitly for a planar dielectric wall and for a tunnel geometry resembling the ionic channel gramicidin. In general, we formulate the DBF in a form useful for continuum theories, namely, as a solution of a partial differential equation with boundary conditions. The DBF plays a crucial role in the permeation of ions through the gramicidin channel. A positive ion in the channel produces a DBF of opposite sign to that of the fixed charge force (FCF) produced by the permanent charge of the gramicidin polypeptide, and so the net force on the positive ion is reduced. A negative ion creates a DBF of the same sign as the FCF and so the net (repulsive) force on the negative ion is increased. Thus, a positive ion can permeate the channel, while a negative ion is excluded from it. In gramicidin, it is this balance between the FCF and DBF that allows only singly charged positive ions to move into and through the channel. The DBF is not directly responsible, however, for selectivity between the alkali metal ions (e.g., Li+, Na+, K+): we prove that the DBF on a mobile spherical ion is independent of the ion’s radius.

  10. Solar cell with silicon oxynitride dielectric layer

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    Shepherd, Michael; Smith, David D

    2015-04-28

    Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiO.sub.xN.sub.y, 0dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.

  11. Dielectric particle injector for material processing

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    Leung, Philip L. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A device for use as an electrostatic particle or droplet injector is disclosed which is capable of injecting dielectric particles or droplets. The device operates by first charging the dielectric particles or droplets using ultraviolet light induced photoelectrons from a low work function material plate supporting the dielectric particles or droplets, and then ejecting the charged particles or droplets from the plate by utilizing an electrostatic force. The ejected particles or droplets are mostly negatively charged in the preferred embodiment; however, in an alternate embodiment, an ion source is used instead of ultraviolet light to eject positively charged dielectric particles or droplets.

  12. Dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene and benzonitrile.

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    Shikata, Toshiyuki; Sugimoto, Natsuki; Sakai, Yuji; Watanabe, Junji

    2012-10-18

    The dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene (Br-Bz) and benzonitrile (NC-Bz), were investigated up to 3 THz in the pure liquid state over a temperature range from 10 to 60 °C to understand differences in molecular motions of these simple, planar molecules bearing rather different electric dipole moments: 1.72 and 4.48 D for Br-Bz and NC-Bz in gaseous state, respectively. Temperature dependence of spin-lattice relaxation time (T(1)) for (13)C NMR and viscosities for these liquids were also determined to obtain information for molecular motions. Moreover, depolarized Rayleigh scattering (DRS) experiments were carried out for both liquids at 20 °C to determine frequency dependencies of optical susceptibilities up to 8 THz directly relating to rotational motions of their molecular planes. Most Br-Bz molecules rotate freely over a temperature range examined, showing a Kirkwood correlation factor close to g(K) ∼ 1.0 at dielectric Debye-type relaxation times (ca. 18 ps at 20 °C) essentially identical to microscopic (dielectric) relaxation times evaluated from T(1)(13)C NMR data. A small amount of Br-Bz molecules forms dimeric intermolecular associations in an antiparallel configuration of dipole moments. On the other hand, NC-Bz molecules form stable dimers in the antiparallel dipole configuration at a population much higher than that of Br-Bz because of a markedly greater dipole moment than that of Br-Bz. A major dielectric relaxation mechanism for NC-Bz found at ca. 70 ps at 20 °C results from the dissociation process of dimers with a lifetime longer than a rotational relaxation time, observable as a minor dielectric relaxation mechanism at ca. 12 ps at 20 °C, of individual monomeric NC-Bz molecules without the formation of dimers. The formation of stable dimers in an antiparallel configuration is responsible for the observed small g(K) values, ca. 0.5, and disagreement between major (or minor) dielectric relaxation times and

  13. Printing low-voltage dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Poulin, Alexandre; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert R.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of fully printed thin dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs), reducing the operation voltage below 300 V while keeping good actuation strain. DEAs are soft actuators capable of strains greater than 100% and response times below 1 ms, but they require driving voltage in the kV range, limiting the possible applications. One way to reduce the driving voltage of DEAs is to decrease the dielectric membrane thickness, which is typically in the 20-100 μm range, as reliable fabrication becomes challenging below this thickness. We report here the use of pad-printing to produce μm thick silicone membranes, on which we pad-print μm thick compliant electrodes to create DEAs. We achieve a lateral actuation strain of 7.5% at only 245 V on a 3 μm thick pad-printed membrane. This corresponds to a ratio of 125%/kV2, by far the highest reported value for DEAs. To quantify the increasing stiffening impact of the electrodes on DEA performance as the membrane thickness decreases, we compare two circular actuators, one with 3 μm- and one with 30 μm-thick membranes. Our experimental measurements show that the strain uniformity of the 3 μm-DEA is indeed affected by the mechanical impact of the electrodes. We developed a simple DEA model that includes realistic electrodes of finite stiffness, rather than assuming zero stiffness electrodes as is commonly done. The simulation results confirm that the stiffening impact of the electrodes is an important parameter that should not be neglected in the design of thin-DEAs. This work presents a practical approach towards low-voltage DEAs, a critical step for the development of real world applications.

  14. Preferential Solvation of a Highly Medium Responsive Pentacyanoferrate(II) Complex in Binary Solvent Mixtures: Understanding the Role of Dielectric Enrichment and the Specificity of Solute-Solvent Interactions.

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    Papadakis, Raffaello

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the preferential solvation of an intensely solvatochromic ferrocyanide(II) dye involving a 4,4'-bipyridine-based ligand was examined in various binary solvent mixtures. Its solvatochromic behavior was rationalized in terms of specific and nonspecific solute-solvent interactions. An exceptional case of solvatochromic inversion was observed when going from alcohol/water to amide/water mixtures. These effects were quantified using Onsager's solvent polarity function. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the solvatochromism of the dye was determined using various solvatochromic parameters such as π* expressing the dipolarity/polarizability of solvents and α expressing the hydrogen-bond-donor acidity of solvents. This analysis was useful for the rationalization of the selective solvation phenomena occurring in the three types of alcohol/water and amide/water mixtures studied. Furthermore, two preferential solvation models were employed for the interpretation of the experimental spectral results in binary solvent mixtures, namely, the model of Suppan on dielectric enrichment [J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans. 1 1987, 83, 495-509] and the model of Bosch, Rosés, and co-workers [J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 1995, 8, 1607-1615]. The first model successfully predicted the charge transfer energies of the dye in formamide/water and N-methylformamide/water mixtures, but in the case of MeOH/water mixtures, the prediction was less accurate because of the significant contribution of specific solute-solvent interactions in that case. The second model gave more insights for both specific solute-solvent as well as solvent-solvent interactions in the cybotactic region. The role of dielectric enrichment and specific interactions was discussed based on the findings. PMID:27525362

  15. Preferential Solvation of a Highly Medium Responsive Pentacyanoferrate(II) Complex in Binary Solvent Mixtures: Understanding the Role of Dielectric Enrichment and the Specificity of Solute-Solvent Interactions.

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    Papadakis, Raffaello

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the preferential solvation of an intensely solvatochromic ferrocyanide(II) dye involving a 4,4'-bipyridine-based ligand was examined in various binary solvent mixtures. Its solvatochromic behavior was rationalized in terms of specific and nonspecific solute-solvent interactions. An exceptional case of solvatochromic inversion was observed when going from alcohol/water to amide/water mixtures. These effects were quantified using Onsager's solvent polarity function. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the solvatochromism of the dye was determined using various solvatochromic parameters such as π* expressing the dipolarity/polarizability of solvents and α expressing the hydrogen-bond-donor acidity of solvents. This analysis was useful for the rationalization of the selective solvation phenomena occurring in the three types of alcohol/water and amide/water mixtures studied. Furthermore, two preferential solvation models were employed for the interpretation of the experimental spectral results in binary solvent mixtures, namely, the model of Suppan on dielectric enrichment [J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans. 1 1987, 83, 495-509] and the model of Bosch, Rosés, and co-workers [J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 1995, 8, 1607-1615]. The first model successfully predicted the charge transfer energies of the dye in formamide/water and N-methylformamide/water mixtures, but in the case of MeOH/water mixtures, the prediction was less accurate because of the significant contribution of specific solute-solvent interactions in that case. The second model gave more insights for both specific solute-solvent as well as solvent-solvent interactions in the cybotactic region. The role of dielectric enrichment and specific interactions was discussed based on the findings.

  16. Dielectric properties of uncooked chicken breast muscles from ten to one thousand eight hundred megahertz.

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    Zhuang, H; Nelson, S O; Trabelsi, S; Savage, E M

    2007-11-01

    The dielectric properties, consisting of the dielectric constant (epsilon') and loss factor (epsilon''), were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and impedance analyzer for uncooked broiler breast muscle pectoralis major and pectoralis minor, deboned at 2- and 24-h postmortem, over the frequency range from 10 to 1,800 MHz at temperatures ranging from 5 to 85 degrees C. The dielectric property profiles of chicken breast muscle are dependent upon the radio-wave and microwave frequencies and temperature. Increasing frequency from 10 to 1,800 MHz results in decreasing values of the dielectric constant and loss factor regardless of temperature in this range, chicken breast muscle type, or deboning time. However, the response to temperature varies with the frequency, muscle type, and deboning time. There are no differences in the dielectric constant and loss factor values at frequencies of 26 or 1,800 MHz between samples deboned at 2- and at 24-h postmortem. However, the muscle type significantly affects the average values of the dielectric constant and loss factor, with pectoralis minor having significantly higher average values. Both the deboning time and muscle type significantly affect the average values of the loss tangent (tan delta = dielectric loss factor/dielectric constant) at 26 and 1,800 MHz, with pectoralis minor having higher values than pectoralis major and 2-h samples having higher values than 24-h samples. Our quality measurements also show there are significant differences in chicken meat quality characteristics, including color, pH, drip loss, water holding capacity, and texture (Warner-Bratzler shear force value) between the different muscle types and between different deboning times in the same test. These results suggest that there is a probable potential for using dielectric property measurements to assess the quality of chicken meat.

  17. Correlation of the Dielectric Properties of Dispersed Particles with the Electrorheological Effect

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    Hao; Xu; Xu

    1997-06-15

    The dc field rheological properties and frequency dependent dielectric properties of a set of electrorheological (ER) fluids composed of oxidized polyacrylonitrile or aluminosilicate materials dispersed in silicone oil were examined in this paper. Our experimental investigations show that there is a complicated relationship between the dielectric properties of dispersed particles and the ER effect. The dielectric loss of dispersed particles, which has not attracted much attention in previous work, was found to play a considerable role in ER response. The large dielectric loss tangent, experimentally around 0.10 at 1000 Hz, is found to be needed for a strong ER effect. A good ER solid material should first have large dielectric loss, and then the higher the dielectric constant, the stronger the ER effect. The large dielectric loss would facilitate the turning of dispersed particles, and the high dielectric constant would maintain the fibrillation structure stable and strong. Two processes, the particle turning process and the particle polarization process, are thought to be involved in ER activity. Our findings, in connection with the Wagner model, can better explain why the strongest ER effect occurs at particle conductivity of 10(-7) S/m; why the shear stress of some ER fluids decreases with frequency while with others the shear stress increases with frequency; and why trace water can enhance the ER effect considerably, which would help in understanding the mechanism of the ER effect. Too large a dielectric loss is thought to be unfavorable for the ER effect, and its suitable range is worth further study. The results also present a method of designing high performance ER fluids, which would significantly promote development of electrorheology and its application in industrial areas.

  18. 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...

  19. Characterisation of water behaviour in cellulose ether polymers using low frequency dielectric spectroscopy.

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    McCrystal, C B; Ford, J L; He, R; Craig, D Q M; Rajabi-Siahboomi, A R

    2002-08-28

    The behaviour of water in hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) K100LV, K4M, K15M, K100M, E4M, F4M and HPC polymers was characterised using low frequency dielectric spectroscopy (LFDS). Dielectric responses of 25% (w/w) HPMC K15M gels and deionised water were found to be similar at +22 and 0 degrees C. However, at -30 degrees C, a dielectric response typical of a solid was apparent. The melting of frozen water within gels was detected as increases in the magnitude of the dielectric response with increase in temperature. More than one phase transition was visible in the majority of gels studied which may be related to the presence of different states of water melting at different temperatures. In addition to polymer concentration, both polymer molecular weight and substitution level influenced the nature of the transitions. The magnitude of the dielectric response was increased in all HPMC gel systems in comparison to the response seen in deionised water. Drug addition affected the transitions occurring during the melting of ice in the gels. This may be related to the presence of ionic species in the systems. LFDS studies on cellulose ether gels have provided some interesting evidence for the existence of more than one state of water within such gel systems. The results are in good agreement with thermal analysis findings in similar gel systems.

  20. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  1. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals

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    Outram, B. I.; Elston, S. J.

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δɛ<0 and (e1-e3)2/(K1+K3)>-Δɛɛ0. Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  2. Decomposition of the total momentum in a linear dielectric into field and matter components

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    Crenshaw, Michael E.

    2013-11-01

    The long-standing resolution of the Abraham-Minkowski electromagnetic momentum controversy is predicated on a decomposition of the total momentum of a closed continuum electrodynamic system into separate field and matter components. Using a microscopic model of a simple linear dielectric, we derive Lagrangian equations of motion for the electric dipoles and show that the dielectric can be treated as a collection of stationary simple harmonic oscillators that are driven by the electric field and produce a polarization field in response. The macroscopic energy and momentum are defined in terms of the electric, magnetic, and polarization fields that travel through the dielectric together as a pulse of electromagnetic radiation. We conclude that both the macroscopic total energy and the macroscopic total momentum are entirely electromagnetic in nature for a simple linear dielectric in the absence of significant reflections.

  3. Partially hollowed ultra-thin dielectric meta-surface for transmission manipulation.

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    Liu, Guiqiang; Fu, Guolan; Liu, Zhengqi; Huang, Zhenping; Chen, Jian

    2016-09-01

    Impressive optical properties are numerically demonstrated in the partially hollowed dielectric meta-surface (p-HDMS), which consists of an air cavity array intercalated in an ultra-thin (~λ/6) high-index dielectric film. Multispectral transmission band-stop response with near-perfect spectral modulation depth is achieved. The spectral slop is up to 80%/nm, indicating the sharp and narrowband transmission behavior. Classical Malus law is confirmed by this sub-wavelength platform. Moreover, the multispectral light propagation manipulation can be perfectly reproduced by using the actual dielectric with absorption loss. In this all-dielectric meta-surface, conduction loss is avoided compared to its metallic plasmonic counterpart. Such configurations can therefore serve as excellent alternatives for plasmonic meta-surfaces and constitute an important step in nanophotonics. PMID:27607661

  4. Synthesis and dielectric studies of poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) / titanium dioxide nanocomposites

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    Vasudevan, Prathibha; Thomas, Sunil; V, Arunkumar K.; S, Karthika; V, Unnikrishnan N.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we present the synthesis of poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) / titanium dioxide nanocomposites via sol- gel technique. The structural and dielectric properties of the samples were also analysed in this work. PVP doped with varying concentrations of TiO2 are prepared by the sol-gel route. The prepared composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and impedance spectroscopy. XRD and TEM confirm the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles in the composites. The dielectric response and the AC electrical conductivity of the samples are investigated for the frequency range 1 kHz-2MHz at room temperature. The dielectric studies show low values for dielectric constant and loss at high frequencies.

  5. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays. PMID:23944473

  6. Dielectric strength of parylene HT

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    Diaham, S. Bechara, M.; Locatelli, M.-L.; Khazaka, R.; Tenailleau, C.

    2014-02-07

    The dielectric strength of parylene HT (PA-HT) films was studied at room temperature in a wide thickness range from 500 nm to 50 μm and was correlated with nano- and microstructure analyses. X-ray diffraction and polarized optical microscopy have revealed an enhancement of crystallization and spherulites development, respectively, with increasing the material thickness (d). Moreover, a critical thickness d{sub C} (between 5 and 10 μm) is identified corresponding to the beginning of spherulite developments in the films. Two distinct behaviors of the dielectric strength (F{sub B}) appear in the thickness range. For d ≥ d{sub C}, PA-HT films exhibit a decrease in the breakdown field following a negative slope (F{sub B} ∼ d{sup −0.4}), while for d < d{sub C}, it increases with increasing the thickness (F{sub B} ∼ d{sup 0.3}). An optimal thickness d{sub optim} ∼ 5 μm corresponding to a maximum dielectric strength (F{sub B} ∼ 10 MV/cm) is obtained. A model of spherulite development in PA-HT films with increasing the thickness is proposed. The decrease in F{sub B} above d{sub C} is explained by the spherulites development, whereas its increase below d{sub C} is induced by the crystallites growth. An annealing of the material shows both an enhancement of F{sub B} and an increase of the crystallites and spherulites dimensions, whatever the thickness. The breakdown field becomes thickness-independent below d{sub C} showing a strong influence of the nano-scale structural parameters. On the contrary, both nano- and micro-scale structural parameters appear as influent on F{sub B} for d ≥ d{sub C}.

  7. Dielectric cure monitoring: Preliminary studies

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    Goldberg, B. E.; Semmel, M. L.

    1984-01-01

    Preliminary studies have been conducted on two types of dielectric cure monitoring systems employing both epoxy resins and phenolic composites. An Audrey System was used for 23 cure monitoring runs with very limited success. Nine complete cure monitoring runs have been investigated using a Micromet System. Two additional measurements were performed to investigate the Micromet's sensitivity to water absorption in a post-cure carbon-phenolic material. While further work is needed to determine data significance, the Micromet system appears to show promise as a feedback control device during processing.

  8. Inhibiting electro-thermal breakdown of acrylic dielectric elastomer actuators by dielectric gel coating

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong

    2016-01-01

    Electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) is very localized; a spark and a pinhole (puncture) in dielectric ends up with short-circuit. This letter shows that prevention of electrothermal breakdown helps defer failure of DEAs even with conductive-grease electrodes. Dielectric gel encapsulation or coating (Dow Corning 3-4170) helps protect acrylic elastomer (VHB 4905), making it thermally more stable and delaying its thermal oxidation (burn) from 218 °C to 300 °C. Dielectric-gel-coated acrylic DEAs can withstand higher local leak-induced heating and thus achieve higher dielectric strengths than non-coated DEAs do.

  9. Preparation, Characterization and Dielectric Properties of Epoxy and Polyethylene Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Chao; Mason, Ralf; Stevens, Gary

    Two very different kinds of polymer nanocomposites have been prepared, characterized and investigated by dielectric spectroscopy to investigate the effects of polymer-nanofiller matrix difference on the dielectric response of nanodielectric composites. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is a non-polar thermoplastic which has a high viscosity even in the melt phase and bisphenol-A epoxy resin with an anhydride hardener is a polar low viscosity thermosetting resin. Nanometric sized aluminium oxide filler was chosen as the common inorganic phase for both nanodielectrics. Generally, nanoparticles aggregate easily and are difficult to separate due to strong surface interactions. In this study various mixing methods were employed from ultrasonic liquid processing to controlled shear flow mixing to investigate the dispersion of the nanofillers. The resultant epoxy and polyethylene nanocomposites were characterized with SEM, TEM, and DSC. The dielectric properties and frequency response of the nanocomposites were measured in the frequency domain from 10-2 Hz to 106 Hz at different temperatures. In polyethylene nanocomposites, significant interfacial polarization is clearly seen. However, in epoxy nanocomposites, no obvious interfacial polarization is found. The results are discussed in terms of the difference in the electrical characteristics of the interfacial region between the polymers and the nano-alumina.

  10. Crosslinked polymeric dielectric materials and electronic devices incorporating same

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    Marks, Tobin J. (Inventor); Facchetti, Antonio (Inventor); Wang, Zhiming (Inventor); Choi, Hyuk-Jin (Inventor); Suh, legal representative, Nae-Jeong (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Solution-processable dielectric materials are provided, along with precursor compositions and processes for preparing the same. Composites and electronic devices including the dielectric materials also are provided.

  11. High thermal conductivity lossy dielectric using a multi layer configuration

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    Tiegs, Terry N.; Kiggans, Jr., James O.

    2003-01-01

    Systems and methods are described for loss dielectrics. A loss dielectric includes at least one high dielectric loss layer and at least one high thermal conductivity-electrically insulating layer adjacent the at least one high dielectric loss layer. A method of manufacturing a loss dielectric includes providing at least one high dielectric loss layer and providing at least one high thermal conductivity-electrically insulating layer adjacent the at least one high dielectric loss layer. The systems and methods provide advantages because the loss dielectrics are less costly and more environmentally friendly than the available alternatives.

  12. Graphene Nanoplatelet-Polystyrene Nanocomposite: Dielectric and Charge Storage Behaviors

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    Al-Saleh, Mohammed H.; Abdul Jawad, Saadi

    2016-07-01

    Graphene nanoplatelet (GNP)-polystyrene nanocomposites filled with up to 20 wt.% GNPs were prepared by melt mixing. The microstructure, direct-current (dc) electrical percolation behavior, and dielectric characteristics were investigated as functions of frequency. In addition, the effects of dc bias on the complex impedance and charge transport mechanisms were explored. The dc electrical percolation curve showed a gradually transition from the insulating to conducting state. At 15 wt.% GNP loading and frequency greater than 104 Hz, the nanocomposite exhibited dielectric constant and loss factor of 180 and 0.11, respectively, revealing remarkable storage capabilities at high frequencies. For nanocomposites filled with 12 wt.% to 20 wt.% GNPs, the alternating-current conductivity was found to follow the universal dynamic response behavior, implying electron conduction due to tunneling in addition to direct contact between GNPs.

  13. Parametrized dielectric functions of amorphous GeSn alloys

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    D'Costa, Vijay Richard; Wang, Wei; Schmidt, Daniel; Yeo, Yee-Chia

    2015-09-01

    We obtained the complex dielectric function of amorphous Ge1-xSnx (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.07) alloys using spectroscopic ellipsometry from 0.4 to 4.5 eV. Amorphous GeSn films were formed by room-temperature implantation of phosphorus into crystalline GeSn alloys grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The optical response of amorphous GeSn alloys is similar to amorphous Ge and can be parametrized using a Kramers-Kronig consistent Cody-Lorentz dispersion model. The parametric model was extended to account for the dielectric functions of amorphous Ge0.75Sn0.25 and Ge0.50Sn0.50 alloys from literature. The compositional dependence of band gap energy Eg and parameters associated with the Lorentzian oscillator have been determined. The behavior of these parameters with varying x can be understood in terms of the alloying effect of Sn on Ge.

  14. Optical bistability in photonic crystal microrings with nonlinear dielectric materials.

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    Ogusu, Kazuhiko; Takayama, Kosuke

    2008-05-12

    We study the linear resonance properties of several types of microrings in a two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) consisting of a square lattice with air holes in dielectric using the plane-wave expansion method and the FDTD method. Moreover we investigate the nonlinear responses, especially optical bistability when an intense optical pulse is incident into the microrings. In this paper, Ag-As-Se chalcogenide glass is assumed as nonlinear dielectric, which has a high third-order nonlinearity. Although line-defect waveguides in an air-hole-type PC are usually multimoded, we can obtain interesting unique properties such as counter rotation of intracavity fields, transmission to all output ports, and unstable nonlinear oscillations in the multimoded PC microring. We can improve the resonance characteristics by partly introducing single-mode waveguides into microrings and can obtain stable optical bistability.

  15. The Current State of Silicone-Based Dielectric Elastomer Transducers.

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    Madsen, Frederikke B; Daugaard, Anders E; Hvilsted, Søren; Skov, Anne L

    2016-03-01

    Silicone elastomers are promising materials for dielectric elastomer transducers (DETs) due to their superior properties such as high efficiency, reliability and fast response times. DETs consist of thin elastomer films sandwiched between compliant electrodes, and they constitute an interesting class of transducer due to their inherent lightweight and potentially large strains. For the field to progress towards industrial implementation, a leap in material development is required, specifically targeting longer lifetime and higher energy densities to provide more efficient transduction at lower driving voltages. In this review, the current state of silicone elastomers for DETs is summarised and critically discussed, including commercial elastomers, composites, polymer blends, grafted elastomers and complex network structures. For future developments in the field it is essential that all aspects of the elastomer are taken into account, namely dielectric losses, lifetime and the very often ignored polymer network integrity and stability. PMID:26773231

  16. Casimir effect for two lossy dispersive dielectric slabs

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    Matloob, R.; Keshavarz, A.; Sedighi, D.

    1999-11-01

    The electromagnetic field is quantized using the Green's-function method for the geometry of a Fabry-Perot cavity, made up of two identical lossy dispersive slabs of finite thickness. The dielectric functions of the slabs are assumed to be an arbitrary complex function of frequency obeying causality requirements. The attractive Casimir force between the two slabs is calculated by the help of the latter field operators, via evaluating the difference between the vacuum pressures on both sides of each slab. Special attention is paid to the limiting case of the Casimir effect for two conducting plates. The Lorentz model of the dielectric function is used to demonstrate the variation of the force in terms of plasma frequency. The Casimir force expression is also related to the imaginary part of the response function. The latter expression is used to introduce the repulsive Casimir force between two conducting plates located inside a Fabry-Perot cavity.

  17. A simple method for reducing inevitable dielectric loss in high-permittivity dielectric elastomers

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    Madsen, F. B.; Yu, L.; Mazurek, P.; Skov, A. L.

    2016-07-01

    Commercial viability of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is currently limited by a few obstacles, including high driving voltages (in the kV range). Driving voltage can be lowered by either decreasing the Young’s modulus or increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elastomers, or a combination thereof. A decrease in the Young’s modulus, however, is often accompanied by a loss in mechanical stability, whereas increases in dielectric permittivity are usually followed by a large increase in dielectric loss followed by a decrease in breakdown strength and thereby the lifetime of the DE. A new soft elastomer matrix, with high dielectric permittivity and a low Young’s modulus, aligned with no loss of mechanical stability, was prepared through the use of commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil mixed into a tough commercial liquid silicone rubber silicone elastomer. The addition of chloropropyl-functional silicone oil in concentrations up to 30 phr was found to improve the properties of the silicone elastomer significantly, as dielectric permittivity increased to 4.4, dielectric breakdown increased up to 25% and dielectric losses were reduced. The chloropropyl-functional silicone oil also decreased the dielectric losses of an elastomer containing dielectric permittivity-enhancing TiO2 fillers. Commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil thus constitutes a facile method for improved silicone DEs, with very low dielectric losses.

  18. Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics for Superconducting Qubit Circuits

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    Hover, David; Peng, Weina; Sendelbach, Steven; Eriksson, Mark; McDermott, Robert

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting qubit energy relaxation times are limited by microwave loss induced by a continuum of two-level state (TLS) defects in the dielectric materials of the circuit. State-of-the-art phase qubit circuits employ a micron-scale Josephson junction shunted by an external capacitor. In this case, the qubit T1 time is directly proportional to the quality factor (Q) of the capacitor dielectric. The amorphous capacitor dielectrics that have been used to date display intrinsic Q of order 10^3 to 10^4. Shunt capacitors with a Q of 10^6 are required to extend qubit T1 times well into the microsecond range. Crystalline dielectric materials are an attractive candidate for qubit capacitor dielectrics, due to the extremely low density of TLS defects. However, the robust integration of crystalline dielectrics with superconducting qubit circuits remains a challenge. Here we describe a novel approach to the realization of high-Q crystalline capacitor dielectrics for superconducting qubit circuits. The capacitor dielectric is a crystalline silicon nanomembrane. We discuss characterization of crystalline silicon capacitors with low-power microwave transport measurements at millikelvin temperatures. In addition, we report progress on integrating the crystalline capacitor process with Josephson qubit fabrication.

  19. Polycarbonate based three-phase nanocomposite dielectrics

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    Sain, P. K.; Goyal, R. K.; Prasad, Y. V. S. S.; Bhargava, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    Three-phase polycarbonate (PC) matrix nanocomposites are prepared using the solution method. One of the nanocomposite fillers is dielectric and the other is conducting. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is used as the dielectric filler. The conducting fillers, nano-Cu and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), are used to make two different nanocomposites, MWCNT–PZT–PC and Cu–PZT–PC. The prepared nanocomposites are characterized using density measurement, x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Percolation is absent in both three-phase nanocomposites within the study’s concentration window of conducting fillers. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposites are evaluated using a precision impedance analyser. The dielectric constant of the Cu–PZT–PC nanocomposite increases to 14 (a dissipation factor of 0.17), whereas in the case of the MWCNT–PZT–PC nanocomposite it increases to 8.5 (a dissipation factor of 0.002). The melting point of both nanocomposites decreases with respect to the control PC. The frequency (1 kHz to 1 MHz) and temperature (room temperature to 200 °C) dependence of the dielectric constant and dissipation factor are examined. For the Cu–PZT–PC nanocomposites, the dielectric constant decreases with increasing frequency, whereas in the case of the MWCNT–PZT–PC nanocomposites the dielectric constant is almost constant. The dielectric constant and dissipation factor exhibit a slight temperature dependence.

  20. Motion of a Cylindrical Dielectric Boundary.

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    Cheng, Li-Tien; Li, Bo; White, Michael; Zhou, Shenggao

    2013-01-01

    The interplay between geometry and electrostatics contributes significantly to hydrophobic interactions of biomolecules in an aqueous solution. With an implicit solvent, such a system can be described macroscopically by the dielectric boundary that separates the high-dielectric solvent from low-dielectric solutes. This work concerns the motion of a model cylindrical dielectric boundary as the steepest descent of a free-energy functional that consists of both the surface and electrostatic energies. The effective dielectric boundary force is defined and an explicit formula of the force is obtained. It is found that such a force always points from the solvent region to solute region. In the case that the interior of a cylinder is of a lower dielectric, the motion of the dielectric boundary is initially driven dominantly by the surface force but is then driven inward quickly to the cylindrical axis by both the surface and electrostatic forces. In the case that the interior of a cylinder is of a higher dielectric, the competition between the geometrical and electrostatic contributions leads to the existence of equilibrium boundaries that are circular cylinders. Linear stability analysis is presented to show that such an equilibrium is only stable for a perturbation with a wavenumber larger than a critical value. Numerical simulations are reported for both of the cases, confirming the analysis on the role of each component of the driving force. Implications of the mathematical findings to the understanding of charged molecular systems are discussed.