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Sample records for dielectric constant measurements

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. BOREAS RSS-17 Dielectric Constant Profile Measurements

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Nickeson, Jaime (Editor); McDonald, Kyle C.; Zimmerman, Reiner; Way, JoBea

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS RSS-17 team acquired and analyzed imaging radar data from the ESA's ERS-1 over a complete annual cycle at the BOREAS sites in Canada in 1994 to detect shifts in radar backscatter related to varying environmental conditions. This data set consists of dielectric constant profile measurements from selected trees at various BOREAS flux tower sites. The relative dielectric constant was measured at C-band (frequency = 5 GHz) as a function of depth into the trunk of three trees at each site, Measurements were made during April 1994 with an Applied Microwave Corporation field PDP fitted with a 0.358-cm (0.141-inch) diameter coaxial probe tip. The data are available in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

  4. Dielectric Constant Measurements for Characterizing Lunar Soils

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    Anderson, Robert C.; Buehler, M.; Seshadri, S.; Kuhlman, G.; Schaap, M.

    2005-01-01

    The return to the Moon has ignited the need to characterize the lunar regolith using fast, reliable in-situ methods. Characterizing the physical properties of the rocks and soils can be very difficult because of the many complex parameters that influence the measurements. In particular, soil electrical property measurements are influenced by temperature, mineral type, grain size, porosity, and soil conductivity. Determining the dielectric constant of lunar materials may be very important in providing quick characterization of surface deposits, especially for the Moon. A close examination of the lunar regolith samples collected by the Apollo astronauts indicates that the rocks and soils on the Moon are dominated by silicates and oxides. In this presentation, we will show that determining the dielectric constant measurements can provide a simple, quick detection method for minerals that contain titanium, iron, and water. Their presence is manifest by an unusually large imaginary permittivity.

  5. Laboratory measurement of the complex dielectric constant of soils

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    Wiebe, M. L.

    1971-01-01

    The dielectric constant of a material is an extremely important parameter when considering passive radiometric remote sensing applications. This is because the emitted energy measured by a microwave radiometer is dependent on the dielectric constant of the surface being scanned. Two techniques of measuring dielectric constants are described. The first method involves a dielectric located in air. The second method uses basically the same theoretical approach, but the dielectric under consideration is located inside a section of waveguide.

  6. Measurements of Large Dielectric Constants in Phthalocyanine Tetramers

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    Hamam, Khalil; Burns, C. A.; Mezei, G.; Al-Amer, M.

    2011-04-01

    Understanding the dielectric constant of organic materials is important for applications including organic transistors and photovoltaics. We have measured the dielectric constant and dissipation factor of oligomer metal-phthalocyanine (MePcs) pellets. Zn and Cu based tetramers (MeC30H10N8O8)4 are water soluble materials with high dielectric constant. We investigated these materials in the frequency range 20--10^6 Hz and at temperatures up to 110 C. Both the dielectric constant and dissipation factor were found to increase strongly with temperature and to decrease with frequency.

  7. Let's Measure the Dielectric Constant of a Piece of Paper!

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    Karlow, Edwin A.

    1991-01-01

    Described is a simple circuit with which students can observe the effect of common dielectric materials in a capacitor and measure the dielectric constant of a piece of paper. Discussed are the theory, apparatus construction, and experimental procedures for this activity. (CW)

  8. Let's Measure the Dielectric Constant of a Piece of Paper!

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    Karlow, Edwin A.

    1991-01-01

    Described is a simple circuit with which students can observe the effect of common dielectric materials in a capacitor and measure the dielectric constant of a piece of paper. Discussed are the theory, apparatus construction, and experimental procedures for this activity. (CW)

  9. Measurements of the dielectric constants for planetary volatiles

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    Anicich, Vincent G.; Huntress, Wesley T., Jr.

    1987-05-01

    The model of Titan at present has the surface temperature, pressure, and composition such that there is a possibility of a binary ethane-methane ocean. Proposed experiments for future Titan flybys include microwave mappers. Very little has been measured of the dielectric properties of the small hydrocarbons at these radar frequencies. An experiment was conducted utilizing a slotted line to measure the dielectric properties of the hydrocarbons, methane to heptane, from room temperature to -180 C. Measurements of the real part of the dielectric constants are accurate to + or - 0.006 and the imaginary part (the loss tangent) of the liquids studied is less than or equal to 0.001. In order to verify this low loss tangent, the real part of the dielectric constant of hexane at 25 C was studied as a function of the frequency range of the slotted line system used. The dielectric constant of hexane at room temperature, between 500 MHz and 3 MHz, is constant within experimental error.

  10. Measurements of the dielectric constants for planetary volatiles

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    Anicich, Vincent G.; Huntress, Wesley T., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The model of Titan at present has the surface temperature, pressure, and composition such that there is a possibility of a binary ethane-methane ocean. Proposed experiments for future Titan flybys include microwave mappers. Very little has been measured of the dielectric properties of the small hydrocarbons at these radar frequencies. An experiment was conducted utilizing a slotted line to measure the dielectric properties of the hydrocarbons, methane to heptane, from room temperature to -180 C. Measurements of the real part of the dielectric constants are accurate to + or - 0.006 and the imaginary part (the loss tangent) of the liquids studied is less than or equal to 0.001. In order to verify this low loss tangent, the real part of the dielectric constant of hexane at 25 C was studied as a function of the frequency range of the slotted line system used. The dielectric constant of hexane at room temperature, between 500 MHz and 3 MHz, is constant within experimental error.

  11. Technique for measuring the dielectric constant of thin materials

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    Sarabandi, K.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1988-01-01

    A practical technique for measuring the dielectric constant of vegetation leaves and similarly thin materials is presented. A rectangular section of the leaf is placed in the tranverse plane in a rectangular waveguide and the magnitude and phase of the reflection coefficient are measured over the desired frequency band using a vector network analyzer. By treating the leaf as an infinitesimally thin resistive sheet, an explicit expression for its dielectric constant is obtained in terms of the reflection coefficient. Because of the thin-sheet approximation, however, this approach is valid only at frequencies below 1.5 GHz. To extend the technique to higher frequencies, higher order approximations are derived and their accuracies are compared to the exact dielectric-slab solution. For a material whose thickness is 0.5 mm or less, the proposed technique was found to provide accurate values of its dielectric constant up to frequencies of 12 GHz or higher. The technique was used to measure the 8 to 12 GHz dielectric spectrum for vegetation leaves, teflon and rock samples.

  12. Dielectric Constant Measurements on Lead Azide Single Crystals

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-09-01

    1000 Hz. The dielectric constants of the azides of TI, Na, and K Vere also measured and compared to published values. Calculations takf’ into account ...and W. McCrone , "Lead Azide, Pb(N 3 ) 2 , Aial. Chem. 28, 1791 (1956). 9 5 i:% 8. W.L. Garrett, "The Growth of Large Lead Azide Crystals," Mat. Res...10. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, The Chemical Rubber Publishing Co., 1963. 11. J.N. Appleton, and J. Sharma, "Growth of Single Crystals of

  13. Dielectric Constant Measurements on Lunar Soils and Terrestrial Minerals

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    Anderson, R. C.; Buehler, M. G.; Seshardri, S.; Schaap, M. G.

    2004-01-01

    The return to the Moon has ignited the need to characterize the lunar regolith using in situ methods. An examination of the lunar regolith samples collected by the Apollo astronauts indicates that only a few minerals (silicates and oxides) need be considered for in situ resource utilization (ISRU). This simplifies the measurement requirements and allows a detailed analysis using simple methods. Characterizing the physical properties of the rocks and soils is difficult because of many complex parameters such as soil temperature, mineral type, grain size, porosity, and soil conductivity. In this presentation, we will show that the dielectric constant measurement can provide simple detection for oxides such as TiO2, FeO, and water. Their presence is manifest by an unusually large imaginary permittivity.

  14. Dielectric Constant Measurements on Lunar Soils and Terrestrial Minerals

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    Anderson, R. C.; Buehler, M. G.; Seshardri, S.; Schaap, M. G.

    2004-01-01

    The return to the Moon has ignited the need to characterize the lunar regolith using in situ methods. An examination of the lunar regolith samples collected by the Apollo astronauts indicates that only a few minerals (silicates and oxides) need be considered for in situ resource utilization (ISRU). This simplifies the measurement requirements and allows a detailed analysis using simple methods. Characterizing the physical properties of the rocks and soils is difficult because of many complex parameters such as soil temperature, mineral type, grain size, porosity, and soil conductivity. In this presentation, we will show that the dielectric constant measurement can provide simple detection for oxides such as TiO2, FeO, and water. Their presence is manifest by an unusually large imaginary permittivity.

  15. Dielectric constant measurement probe assembly and apparatus and method

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    Neel, Michael M.; Schiavone, Frank J.

    1992-10-01

    A dielectric constant measurement probe assembly includes a coaxial cable having an outer electrical conductor and a center electrical conductor extending within the outer conductor and terminating at an end portion which projects beyond an end portion of the outer conductor. An adapter member has a central passage receiving the coaxial cable with the outer conductor of the cable extending through the passage of the adapter member and projecting therefrom. An outer tube has a bore composed of first and second axial sections. The second bore section is smaller in diameter than the first bore section. The adapter member is inserted in the first bore section with the end portion of the coaxial cable outer conductor inserted into the second bore section and making electrical contact therewith such that the outer tube thus constitutes an extension of the outer conductor. A resonant rod is coupled with the end portion of the center conductor of the coaxial cable and an annular sleeve supports the resonant rod in the second bore section of the outer tube such that the rod constitutes an extension of the center conductor. The resonant rod and outer tube together define an open end of the coaxial cable such that the rod being capable of acting as a resonant structure upon energizing the coaxial cable produces fringing fields that protrude from the open end and penetrate a test sample disposed adjacent thereto.

  16. Dielectric Constant of Suspensions

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    Mendelson, Kenneth S.; Ackmann, James J.

    1997-03-01

    We have used a finite element method to calculate the dielectric constant of a cubic array of spheres. Extensive calculations support preliminary conclusions reported previously (K. Mendelson and J. Ackmann, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 41), 657 (1996).. At frequencies below 100 kHz the real part of the dielectric constant (ɛ') shows oscillations as a function of the volume fraction of suspension. These oscillations disappear at low conductivities of the suspending fluid. Measurements of the dielectric constant (J. Ackmann, et al., Ann. Biomed. Eng. 24), 58 (1996). (H. Fricke and H. Curtis, J. Phys. Chem. 41), 729 (1937). are not sufficiently sensitive to show oscillations but appear to be consistent with the theoretical results.

  17. On the Dielectric Constant for Acetanilide: Experimental Measurements and Effect on Energy Transport

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    Careri, G.; Compatangelo, E.; Christiansen, P. L.; Halding, J.; Skovgaard, O.

    1987-01-01

    Experimental measurements of the dielectric constant for crystalline acetanilide powder for temperatures ranging from - 140°C to 20°C and for different hydration levels are presented. A Davydov-soliton computer model predicts dramatic changes in the energy transport and storage for typically increased values of the dielectric constant.

  18. Dielectric constant of liquids confined in the extended nanospace measured by a streaming potential method.

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    Morikawa, Kyojiro; Kazoe, Yutaka; Mawatari, Kazuma; Tsukahara, Takehiko; Kitamori, Takehiko

    2015-02-03

    Understanding liquid structure and the electrical properties of liquids confined in extended nanospaces (10-1000 nm) is important for nanofluidics and nanochemistry. To understand these liquid properties requires determination of the dielectric constant of liquids confined in extended nanospaces. A novel dielectric constant measurement method has thus been developed for extended nanospaces using a streaming potential method. We focused on the nonsteady-state streaming potential in extended nanospaces and successfully measured the dielectric constant of liquids within them without the use of probe molecules. The dielectric constant of water was determined to be significantly reduced by about 3 times compared to that of the bulk. This result contributes key information toward further understanding of the chemistry and fluidics in extended nanospaces.

  19. Measurement of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L-Band: Techniques and Measurements

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    Lang, R.; Utku, C.; Tarkocin, Y.; LeVine, D.

    2009-01-01

    Satellite instruments, that will monitor salinity from space in the near future, require an accurate relationship between salinity/temperature and seawater dielectric constant. This paper will review measurements that were made of the dielectric constant of seawater during the past several years. The objective of the measurements is to determine the dependence of the dielectric constant of seawater on salinity and on temperature, more accurately than in the past. by taking advantage of modem instrumentation. The measurements of seawater permittivity have been performed as a function of salinity and temperature using a transmission resonant cavity technique. The measurements have been made in the salinity range of 10 to 38 psu and in the temperature range of IOU C to 35 C. These results will be useful in algorithm development for sensor systems such as SMOS and Aquarius. The measurement system consists of a brass microwave cavity that is resonant at 1.413 GHz. The seawater is introduced into the cavity through a capillary glass tube having an inner diameter of 0.1 mm. The diameter of the tube has been made very small so that the amount of seawater introduced in the cavity is small - thus maintaining the sensitivity of the measurements and allowing the use of perturbation theory predicting the seawater permittivity. The change in resonant frequency and the change in cavity Q can be used to determine the real and imaginary pare of the dielectric constant of seawater introduced into the slender tube. The microwave measurements are made by an HPS722D network analyzer. The cavity has been immersed in a uateriethylene-glycol bath which is connected to a Lauda circulator. The circulator keeps the brass cavity at a temperature constant to within 0.01 degrees. The system is automated using a Visual Basic program to control the analyzer and to collect the data. The results of the dielectric constant measurements of seawater will be presented. The measurement results will be

  20. L-band Dielectric Constant Measurements of Seawater (Oral presentation and SMOS Poster)

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    Lang, Roger H.; Utku, Cuneyt; LeVine, David M.

    2003-01-01

    This paper describes a resonant cavity technique for the measurement of the dielectric constant of seawater as a function of its salinity. Accurate relationships between salinity and dielectric constant (which determines emissivity) are needed for sensor systems such as SMOS and Aquarius that will monitor salinity from space in the near future. The purpose of the new measurements is to establish the dependence of the dielectric constant of seawater on salinity in contemporary units (e.g. psu) and to take advantage of modern instrumentation to increase the accuracy of these measurements. The measurement device is a brass cylindrical cavity 16cm in diameter and 7cm in height. The seawater is introduced into the cavity through a slender glass tube having an inner diameter of 0.1 mm. By assuming that this small amount of seawater slightly perturbs the internal fields in the cavity, perturbation theory can be employed. A simple formula results relating the real part of the dielectric constant to the change in resonant frequency of the cavity. In a similar manner, the imaginary part of the dielectric constant is related to the change in the cavity s Q. The expected accuracy of the cavity technique is better than 1% for the real part and 1 to 2% for the imaginary part. Presently, measurements of methanol have been made and agree with precision measurements in the literature to within 1% in both real and imaginary parts. Measurements have been made of the dielectric constant of seawater samples from Ocean Scientific in the United Kingdom with salinities of 10, 30, 35 and 38 psu. All measurements were made at room temperature. Plans to make measurements at a range of temperatures and salinities will be discussed.

  1. L-band Dielectric Constant Measurements of Seawater (Oral presentation and SMOS Poster)

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    Lang, Roger H.; Utku, Cuneyt; LeVine, David M.

    2003-01-01

    This paper describes a resonant cavity technique for the measurement of the dielectric constant of seawater as a function of its salinity. Accurate relationships between salinity and dielectric constant (which determines emissivity) are needed for sensor systems such as SMOS and Aquarius that will monitor salinity from space in the near future. The purpose of the new measurements is to establish the dependence of the dielectric constant of seawater on salinity in contemporary units (e.g. psu) and to take advantage of modern instrumentation to increase the accuracy of these measurements. The measurement device is a brass cylindrical cavity 16cm in diameter and 7cm in height. The seawater is introduced into the cavity through a slender glass tube having an inner diameter of 0.1 mm. By assuming that this small amount of seawater slightly perturbs the internal fields in the cavity, perturbation theory can be employed. A simple formula results relating the real part of the dielectric constant to the change in resonant frequency of the cavity. In a similar manner, the imaginary part of the dielectric constant is related to the change in the cavity s Q. The expected accuracy of the cavity technique is better than 1% for the real part and 1 to 2% for the imaginary part. Presently, measurements of methanol have been made and agree with precision measurements in the literature to within 1% in both real and imaginary parts. Measurements have been made of the dielectric constant of seawater samples from Ocean Scientific in the United Kingdom with salinities of 10, 30, 35 and 38 psu. All measurements were made at room temperature. Plans to make measurements at a range of temperatures and salinities will be discussed.

  2. Accurate Measurements of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L Band

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    Lang, Roger; Zhou, Yiwen; Utku, Cuneyt; Le Vine, David

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of the dielectric constant of seawater at a frequency of 1.413 GHz, the center of the protected band (i.e., passive use only) used in the measurement of sea surface salinity from space. The objective of the measurements is to accurately determine the complex dielectric constant of seawater as a function of salinity and temperature. A resonant cylindrical microwave cavity in transmission mode has been employed to make the measurements. The measurements are made using standard seawater at salinities of 30, 33, 35, and 38 practical salinity units over a range of temperatures from 0 degree C to 35 degree C in 5 degree C intervals. Repeated measurements have been made at each temperature and salinity. Mean values and standard deviations are then computed. The total error budget indicates that the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant have a combined standard uncertainty of about 0.3 over the range of salinities and temperatures considered. The measurements are compared with the dielectric constants obtained from the model functions of Klein and Swift and those of Meissner and Wentz. The biggest differences occur at low and high temperatures.

  3. Accurate Measurements of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L Band

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    Lang, Roger; Zhou, Yiwen; Utku, Cuneyt; Le Vine, David

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of the dielectric constant of seawater at a frequency of 1.413 GHz, the center of the protected band (i.e., passive use only) used in the measurement of sea surface salinity from space. The objective of the measurements is to accurately determine the complex dielectric constant of seawater as a function of salinity and temperature. A resonant cylindrical microwave cavity in transmission mode has been employed to make the measurements. The measurements are made using standard seawater at salinities of 30, 33, 35, and 38 practical salinity units over a range of temperatures from 0 degree C to 35 degree C in 5 degree C intervals. Repeated measurements have been made at each temperature and salinity. Mean values and standard deviations are then computed. The total error budget indicates that the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant have a combined standard uncertainty of about 0.3 over the range of salinities and temperatures considered. The measurements are compared with the dielectric constants obtained from the model functions of Klein and Swift and those of Meissner and Wentz. The biggest differences occur at low and high temperatures.

  4. Dielectric-constant measurements in a system of NbC grains near the percolation threshold

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    McLachlan, D. S.; Oblakova, I. I.; Pakhomov, A. B.

    1994-06-01

    Measurements of the complex dielectric constant (ε‧ + iε″) on a series on NbC-KCl composites in a wide range of concentrations are performed as a function of φ (the volume fraction of the 1-3 μm NbC grains) at frequencies of 10 2, 10 3, 10 4 and 10 5 Hz. Frequency scaling of ε = ε‧ + iε″ at the metal-insulator transition is different from one which follows from the scaling theory of an ideal percolation system. We observe two different values of the critical volume fraction of metal. The first critical concentration, φ c1, is a cross-over point where the dielectric-constant frequency dependence changes and the loss factor is on the order of unity. The temperature behavior of the complex dielectric constant below the superconducting transition temperature Tc reveals a transformation of a system of isolated NbC grains into a system of weakly coupled tunneling junctions at φ c1. The expected divergence of ε‧ is observed as the second critical volume concentration φ c2 > φ c1 is approached. At this concentration a cross-over from the capacitive tunneling junction medium to a truly metallic state occurs. At φ > φ c2, ε‧ decreases rapidly as a function of φ and becomes negative at φ - φ c2∼0.01, due to the negative effective real dielectric constant of the percolation metallic cluster which spans the system.

  5. Accurate Measurements of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at L Band

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    Lang, Roger H.; Utku, Cuneyt; Tarkocin, Yalcin; LeVine, David M.

    2010-01-01

    This report describes measurements of the dielectric constant of seawater at a frequency of 1.413 GHz that is at the center of the L-Sand radiometric protected frequency spectrum. Aquarius will be sensing the sea surface salinity from space in this band. The objective of the project is to refine the model function for the dielectric constant as a function of salinity and temperature so that remote sensing measurements can be made with the accuracy needed to meet the measurement goals (0.2 psu) of the Aquarius mission. The measurements were made, using a microwave cavity operated in the transmission configuration. The cavity's temperature was accurately regulated to 0.02 C by immersing it in a temperature controlled bath of distilled water and ethanol glycol. Seawater had been purchased from Ocean Scientific International Limited (OS1L) at salinities of 30, 35 and 38 psu. Measurements of these seawater samples were then made over a range of temperatures, from l0 C to 35 C in 5 C intervals. Repeated measurements were made at each temperature and salinity, Mean values and standard deviations were then computed. Total error budgets indicated that the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant had a relative accuracy of about l%.

  6. Increased Accuracy in the Measurement of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at 1.413 GHz

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    Zhou, Y.; Lang R.; Drego, C.; Utku, C.; LeVine, D.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the latest results for the measurements of the dielectric constant at 1.413 GHz by using a resonant cavity technique. The purpose of these measurements is to develop an accurate relationship for the dependence of the dielectric constant of sea water on temperature and salinity which is needed by the Aquarius inversion algorithm to retrieve salinity. Aquarius is the major instrument on the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a NASA/CONAE satellite mission launched in June of20ll with the primary mission of measuring global sea surface salinity to an accuracy of 0.2 psu. Aquarius measures salinity with a 1.413 GHz radiometer and uses a scatterometer to compensate for the effects of surface roughness. The core part of the seawater dielectric constant measurement system is a brass microwave cavity that is resonant at 1.413 GHz. The seawater is introduced into the cavity through a capillary glass tube having an inner diameter of 0.1 mm. The change of resonance frequency and the cavity Q value are used to determine the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of seawater introduced into the thin tube. Measurements are automated with the help of software developed at the George Washington University. In this talk, new results from measurements made since September 2010 will be presented for salinities 30, 35 and 38 psu with a temperature range of O C to 350 C in intervals of 5 C. These measurements are more accurate than earlier measurements made in 2008 because of a new method for measuring the calibration constant using methanol. In addition, the variance of repeated seawater measurements has been reduced by letting the system stabilize overnight between temperature changes. The new results are compared to the Kline Swift and Meissner Wentz model functions. The importance of an accurate model function will be illustrated by using these model functions to invert the Aquarius brightness temperature to get the salinity values. The salinity values

  7. Utility of electronic transitions of doped semiconductors for measuring dielectric constant

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    Pradhan, M. M.; Arora, Manju

    1998-11-01

    At liquid helium temperatures, electronic transitions are observed in doped semiconductors in the far infrared region. High resolution FTIR spectroscopy has been found quite useful to resolve these transitions. At ambient temperature, free charge carriers have high mobility, but near liquid helium temperatures, the electrons or holes are frozen and become loosely bound to the defect centers. Thus the behavior of ionized carriers is explained by pseudo-Bohr or hydrogen like model. In P-doped silicon electronic transitions have been resolved from ground (1s) state of phosphorus impurity to excited state of electronic levels 3p+/- and 2p+/- in the far infrared region. Using Faulkner expressions for binding energies of excited p levels, the dielectric constant of P- doped silicon has been measured at liquid helium temperatures. The precise measurements of FTIR spectroscopy show small variations of frequency of these transitions from 6K to 50K, which results in the corresponding variation in the dielectric constant at these temperatures.

  8. Computer-controlled apparatus for measuring complex elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric constants of polymer films

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    Furukawa, T.; Date, M.; Ishida, K.; Ikeda, Y.

    1986-02-01

    Principles and design details are described for a fully automatic system measuring frequency and temperature spectra of the complex elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric constants of polymer films. A microcomputer is used to control all processes including wave generation, sampling, and calculations. A sinusoidal excitation wave is written onto a RAM, readout by an external clock, and applied to a sample via a D/A converter. The resulting signals related to force, deformation, charge, and voltage are simultaneously sampled using the same clock and are determined as complex quantities through Fourier transformation. Their ratios give corresponding complex response functions. A multifrequency signal consisting of eight sinusoidal waves with frequencies of common ratio 2 is used to obtain frequency spectra over two decades at a time. This system operates over a frequency range from 0.01 to 100 Hz for elastic and piezoelectric measurements and from 0.01 Hz to 10 kHz for dielectric measurements at temperatures from -160 to 250 °C with an accuracy of 0.1% in tan δ.

  9. Dielectric-constant gas thermometry

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    Gaiser, Christof; Zandt, Thorsten; Fellmuth, Bernd

    2015-10-01

    The principles, techniques and results from dielectric-constant gas thermometry (DCGT) are reviewed. Primary DCGT with helium has been used for measuring T-T90 below the triple point of water (TPW), where T is the thermodynamic temperature and T90 is the temperature on the international temperature scale of 1990 (ITS-90), and, in an inverse regime with T as input quantity, for determining the Boltzmann constant at the TPW. Furthermore, DCGT allows the determination of several important material properties including the polarizability of neon and argon as well as the virial coefficients of helium, neon, and argon. With interpolating DCGT (IDCGT), the ITS-90 has been approximated in the temperature range from 4 K to 25 K. An overview and uncertainty budget for each of these applications of DCGT is provided, accompanied by corroborating evidence from the literature or, for IDCGT, a CIPM key comparison.

  10. Quasi-optical measurement of complex dielectric constant at 300 GHz

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    Stöckel, Bernd

    1993-10-01

    A two beam interferometer in the Martin-Puplett configuration is used to determine the complex dielectric constant at 300 GHz of teflon, TPX-plastics, SPECTRALON and paraffin waxes with melting temperatures of 48° C and 72° C, respectively. The design of the quasi-optical system leads to a constant beam diameter at the power detector independent of path delay and frequency. The power detector signal is recorded not only along one period but over about 50 periods. A spectrum estimation routine allows to determine more exactly amplitude and phase angle of the signal. A basic problem is noticed: imperfect detector and source match cause harmonic distortion of the power detector signal. The effects on processing the loss tangent and the invalidation are shown. Finally loss tangent and dielectric constant are determined indirectly by optimizing an equivalent microwave circuit using a commercial available microwave design system to take multiple reflections and losses in consideration.

  11. Dielectric technique to measure the twist elastic constant of liquid crystals: the case of a bent-core material.

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    Salamon, P; Eber, N; Seltmann, J; Lehmann, M; Gleeson, J T; Sprunt, S; Jákli, A

    2012-06-01

    The effect of director pretilt on the twist magnetic Fréedericksz transition of nematics was investigated in a planar cell. The director configuration was calculated as a function of magnetic inductance. The dielectric and optical response of the nematic liquid crystal was numerically modeled. A dielectric measurement method for determining the elastic constant K_{22} is presented. The influence of the conditions for the Mauguin effect is discussed. The theoretical predictions were confirmed by our experiments. Experimental data for all elastic constants of a bent-core nematic material are presented and discussed.

  12. Can tissue dielectric constant measurement aid in differentiating lymphoedema from lipoedema in women with swollen legs?

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    Birkballe, S; Jensen, M R; Noerregaard, S; Gottrup, F; Karlsmark, T

    2014-01-01

    Distinguishing lymphoedema from lipoedema in women with swollen legs can be difficult. Local tissue water content can be quantified using tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements. To examine whether TDC measurements can differentiate untreated lower extremity lymphoedema from lipoedema, and to test interobserver agreement. Thirty-nine women participated in the study; 10 patients with lipoedema (LipP), nine patients with untreated lymphoedema (U-LP), 10 patients with lymphoedema treated with compression bandaging for ≥ 4 weeks (T-LP) and 10 healthy controls. All subjects were measured at three predefined sites (foot, ankle and lower leg). All groups except U-LP were measured by three blinded investigators. Using a handheld device, a 300-MHz electromagnetic wave is transmitted into the skin via a 2.5-mm depth probe. TDC calculated from the reflected wave is directly proportional to tissue water content ranging from 1 (vacuum) to 78.5 (pure water). Mean ± SD TDC values for U-LP were 48.8 ± 5.2. TDC values of T-LP, LipP and controls were 34.0 ± 6.6, 29.5 ± 6.2 and 32.3 ± 5.7, respectively. U-LP had significantly higher TDC values in all measurement sites compared with all other groups (P < 0.001). A cut-off value of 40 for ankle and lower-leg measurements correctly differentiated all U-LP from LipP and controls. Intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.94 for the ankle and the lower leg and 0.63 for the foot. TDC values of U-LP were significantly higher than those of T-LP, LipP and controls and may aid in differentiating lymphoedema from lipoedema. Interobserver agreement was high in ankle and lower-leg measurements but low in foot measurements. © 2013 British Association of Dermatologists.

  13. Dielectric constants of soils at microwave frequencies

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    Geiger, F. E.; Williams, D.

    1972-01-01

    A knowledge of the complex dielectric constant of soils is essential in the interpretation of microwave airborne radiometer data of the earth's surface. Measurements were made at 37 GHz on various soils from the Phoenix, Ariz., area. Extensive data have been obtained for dry soil and soil with water content in the range from 0.6 to 35 percent by dry weight. Measurements were made in a two arm microwave bridge and results were corrected for reflections at the sample interfaces by solution of the parallel dielectric plate problem. The maximum dielectric constants are about a factor of 3 lower than those reported for similar soils at X-band frequencies.

  14. Impedance matching of pillbox-type RF windows and direct measurement of the ceramic relative dielectric constant

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    Ao, Hiroyuki; Asano, Hiroyuki; Naito, Fujio; Ouchi, Nobuo; Tamura, Jun; Takata, Koji

    2014-02-01

    Impedance matching of RF windows that minimizes the RF reflection is necessary to prevent localized standing waves between an RF window and a cavity, which may cause thermal and/or multipactoring issues. It has been observed that the impedance matching condition of the pillbox-type RF window, checked by voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) measurement, depends on the manufacturing lot of the window ceramic disk made of 95% purity Al2O3. The present report proposes new procedures for impedance matching as follows: (i) The relative dielectric constant of the ceramic window is directly measured using the resonant frequency of a cavity made by temporarily combining the pillbox part of the RF window and two short-circuiting plates. (ii) The dimensions of the pillbox section including the ceramic disk are fixed on the basis of the measured relative dielectric constant. To confirm this procedure, three RF windows were fabricated using the same type of ceramic material, and successful impedance matching of these windows was performed (VSWR < 1.05). The measured results also suggest that the relative dielectric constant increases linearly with increasing density and that the impedance matching condition is mainly affected by variations of the relative dielectric constant due to shrinkage of the alumina during sintering.

  15. Novel Characterization Method of Ions in Liquid Crystal Materials by Complex Dielectric Constant Measurements

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    Sawada, Atsushi; Tarumi, Kazuaki; Naemura, Shohei

    1999-03-01

    The frequency dependence of the complex dielectric constant of liquid crystal materials doped with tetra-n-butylammonium iodide (TBAI) is investigated in the low-frequency region, and the experimental results are analyzed in terms of space charge polarization. The contribution from an electric double layer is also taken into consideration in the analysis. By means of curve fitting utilizing theoretical expressions of the space charge polarization, five sets of diffusion coefficient and density values are obtained for mobile ions. It is confirmed by experiments on the temperature dependence that five kinds of ions follow Walden's rule, and verified from the viewpoint of ion radii that two of the five kinds of ions are TBA+ and I-. The frequency-dependent dielectric properties, which are characteristic of the behaviors of ions, can be well explained by this study and the analytical method introduced here is considered to be powerful for the evaluation of the attributes of mobile ions.

  16. Recent Results on the Accurate Measurements of the Dielectric Constant of Seawater at 1.413GHZ

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    Lang, R.H.; Tarkocin, Y.; Utku, C.; Le Vine, D.M.

    2008-01-01

    Measurements of the complex. dielectric constant of seawater at 30.00 psu, 35.00 psu and 38.27 psu over the temperature range from 5 C to 3 5 at 1.413 GHz are given and compared with the Klein-Swift results. A resonant cavity technique is used. The calibration constant used in the cavity perturbation formulas is determined experimentally using methanol and ethanediol (ethylene glycol) as reference liquids. Analysis of the data shows that the measurements are accurate to better than 1.0% in almost all cases studied.

  17. 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.

  18. An Indirect Measure of Below-Ground Electric Field, Conductivity, and Dielectric Constant.

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    1984-09-01

    Telecommunications Policy," is funding a comprehensive program on the effects of nuclear weapons on selected telecom- - munications systems. A portion of...0. 12 4. EFFECTS OF CONSTANT GROUND PARAMETERS--SENSOR CHARACTERIZATION ........ 15 5. EFFECTS OF FREQUENCY-DEPENDENT GROUND PARAETERS--SENSOR...t-, . , .. , ,, 4. EFFECTS OF CONSTANT GROUND PARAMETERS--SENSOR CHARACTERIZATION The E-field data are obtained from the

  19. Thermal conductivity and dielectric constant of silicate materials

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    Simon, I.; Wechsler, A. E.

    1968-01-01

    Report on the thermal conductivity and dielectric constant of nonmetallic materials evaluates the mechanisms of heat transfer in evacuated silicate powders and establishes the complex dielectric constant of these materials. Experimental measurements and results are related to postulated lunar surface materials.

  20. Temperature induced stress phase transition in CdTe quantum dots observed by dielectric constant and thermal diffusivity measurements

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    Moreira, S. G. C.; da Silva, E. C.; Mansanares, A. M.; Barbosa, L. C.; Cesar, C. L.

    2007-07-01

    The authors measured the dielectric constant by capacitance method and the thermal diffusivity by thermal lens technique in the temperature range from 20to300K for CdTe quantum dot doped borosilicate glass samples. Results show a huge difference between the thermal behavior of the pure glass matrix, without quantum dots, and of the doped glass, especially around 90 and 250K. The authors attributed this difference to the phase transition experienced by the CdTe nanocrystals due to the high pressure exerted by the glass matrix over the CdTe quantum dots. The temperature induced stress is caused by the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the quantum dot and the glass matrix.

  1. Suitability of single tissue dielectric constant measurements to assess local tissue water in normal and lymphedematous skin.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Davey, Suzanne; Shapiro, Elizabeth

    2009-04-01

    Previous reports described the use of average tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements to assess local tissue water and its change. Our goal was to determine if a single TDC measurement could be used in place of the average of multiple measurements. The comparison criteria used to test this was the extent to which single and averaged measurements yielded similar TDC values in both normal and lymphedematous tissue. Measurements were made in two groups of women; a control group (n = 20) and a group with unilateral arm lymphedema (n = 10). In the control group, TDC was measured to multiple depths (0.5-5.0 mm) on both ventral forearms and to a depth of 2.5 mm on the lateral thorax on both body sides. In the lymphedematous group, TDC was measured on both ventral forearms to a depth of 2.5 mm. Results showed that the 95% confidence interval for differences between single and averaged TDC values was less than +/-1 TDC unit and that the limits of agreement between methods was less than +/-2.5 TDC units (+/-6.5%) for each condition, site and depth measured. This finding suggests that where this level of agreement is acceptable suitable clinical assessments can be made using a single TDC measurement.

  2. Dielectric constants by multifrequency non-contact atomic force microscopy.

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    Kumar, Bharat; Bonvallet, Joseph C; Crittenden, Scott R

    2012-01-20

    We present a method to obtain capacitive forces and dielectric constants of ultra-thin films on metallic substrates using multifrequency non-contact atomic force microscopy with amplitude feedback in air. Capacitive forces are measured via cantilever oscillations induced at the second bending mode and dielectric constants are calculated by fitting an analytic expression for the capacitance (Casuso et al 2007 Appl. Phys. Lett. 91 063111) to the experimental data. Dielectric constants for self-assembled monolayers of thiol molecules on gold (2.0±0.1) and sputtered SiO2 (3.6±0.07) were obtained under dry conditions, in good agreement with previous measurements. The high Q-factor of the second bending mode of the cantilever increases the accuracy of the capacitive measurements while the low applied potentials minimize the likelihood of variation of the dielectric constants at high field strength and of damage from dielectric breakdown of air.

  3. Wakefields in a Dielectric Tube with Frequency Dependent Dielectric Constant

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    Siemann, R.H.; Chao, A.W.; /SLAC

    2005-05-27

    Laser driven dielectric accelerators could operate at a fundamental mode frequency where consideration must be given to the frequency dependence of the dielectric constant when calculating wakefields. Wakefields are calculated for a frequency dependence that arises from a single atomic resonance. Causality is considered, and the effects on the short range wakefields are calculated.

  4. Low-Dielectric-Constant Polyimide Fibers

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    Dorogy, William E., Jr.; Proctor, K. Mason; St. Clair, Anne K.

    1994-01-01

    In experiments performed at NASA Langley Research Center, low-dielectric-constant polyimide fibers produced by use of resin extrusion. These fibers also have high thermal stability and good tensile properties. Useful in industrial and aerospace applications in which fibers required to have dielectric constants less than 3, high thermal stability, and tensile properties in range of those of standard textile fibers. Potential applications include use in printed circuit-boards and in aircraft composites.

  5. Measurement of the Temperature Dependence of the Dielectric Constant of PMMA for the nEDM Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Ochsendorf, Marcus

    2016-09-01

    The nEDM experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to search for the electric dipole moment of the neutron at the 10-28 level. The experiment is currently in the research and development phase. In the experiment, ultra-cold neutrons stored inside a container made from PolyMethylMethAcrylate (PMMA) will be subjected to a strong electric field. In order to calculate the electric field within the box very precisely, the dielectric constant of PMMA must be known very well. The experiment will take place at 0.4K and it is not known if the dielectric constant of PMMA changes as a function of temperature. In order to test this, a ``Poor Man's Cryostat'' was constructed. PMMA was cooled down to 77K temperature, and the dielectric constant of PMMA was measured as a function temperature. Experimental details and results of the tests will be presented. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

  6. Porous low dielectric constant materials for microelectronics.

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    Baklanov, Mikhail R; Maex, Karen

    2006-01-15

    Materials with a low dielectric constant are required as interlayer dielectrics for the on-chip interconnection of ultra-large-scale integration devices to provide high speed, low dynamic power dissipation and low cross-talk noise. The selection of chemical compounds with low polarizability and the introduction of porosity result in a reduced dielectric constant. Integration of such materials into microelectronic circuits, however, poses a number of challenges, as the materials must meet strict requirements in terms of properties and reliability. These issues are the subject of the present paper.

  7. Validity and interobserver agreement of lower extremity local tissue water measurements in healthy women using tissue dielectric constant.

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    Jensen, Mads R; Birkballe, Susanne; Nørregaard, Susan; Karlsmark, Tonny

    2012-07-01

    Tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurement may become an important tool in the clinical evaluation of chronic lower extremity swelling in women; however, several factors are known to influence TDC measurements, and comparative data on healthy lower extremities are few. Thirty-four healthy women volunteered. Age, BMI, moisturizer use and hair removal were registered. Three blinded investigators performed TDC measurements in a randomized sequence on clearly marked locations on the foot, the ankle and the lower leg. The effective measuring depth was 2.5 mm. The mean TDC was 37.8 ± 5.5 (mean ± SD) on the foot, 29.0 ± 3.1 on the ankle and 30.5 ± 3.9 on the lower leg. TDC was highly dependent on measuring site (P<0.001) but did not vary significantly between investigators (P=0.127). Neither age, BMI, hair removal nor moisturizer use had any significant effect on the lower leg TDC. Intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.77 for the foot, 0.94 for the ankle and 0.94 for the lower leg. The TDC on the foot was significantly higher compared with ankle and lower leg values. Foot measurements should be interpreted cautiously because of questionable interobserver agreement. The interobserver agreement was high on lower leg and ankle measurements. Neither age, BMI, hair removal nor moisturizer use had any significant on effect on the lower leg TDC. TDC values of 35.2 for the ankle and 38.3 for the lower leg are suggested as upper normal reference limits in women. © 2012 The Authors Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging © 2012 Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine.

  8. Ferroelectric metal-organic framework with a high dielectric constant.

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    Ye, Qiong; Song, Yu-Mei; Wang, Guo-Xi; Chen, Kai; Fu, Da-Wei; Chan, Philip Wai Hong; Zhu, Jin-Song; Huang, Songping D; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2006-05-24

    Hydrothermal reaction of (l)-N-(4'-cyanobenzy)-(S)-proline with CdCl2 as a Lewis acid catalyst and NaN3 gives colorless block compound 1, in which 1 displays a complicated 3D framework. Ferroelectric and dielectric property measurements reveal that 1 exhibits physical properties comparable to that of a typical ferroelectric compound with a dipole relaxation process and a dielectric constant of ca. 38.6 that makes it, by definition, a high dielectric material.

  9. Forearm skin tissue dielectric constant measured at 300 MHz: effect of changes in skin vascular volume and blood flow.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Guo, Xiaoran; Salmon, Mark; Uhde, Matt

    2013-01-01

    Skin tissue dielectric constant (TDC) values measured via the open-ended coaxial probe method are useful non-invasive indices of local skin tissue water. However, the effect of skin blood flow (SBF) or skin blood volume (SBV) on TDC values is unknown. To determine the magnitude of such effects, we decreased forearm SBV via vertical arm raising for 5 min (test 1) and increased SBV by bicep cuff compression to 50 mmHg for 5 min (test 2) in 20 healthy supine subjects (10 men). TDC values were measured to a depth of 1·5 mm on anterior forearm, and SBF was measured with laser-Doppler system simultaneously on forearm and finger. Results indicate that decreasing vascular volume (test 1) was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in TDC (3·0 ± 4·3%, P = 0·003) and increasing vascular volume (test 2) was associated with a slight but statistically significant increase in TDC (3·5 ± 3·0%, P<0·001). SBF changes depended on test and measurement site. For forearm, test 1 significantly increased SBF (102·6 ± 156·2%, P<0·001) and test 2 significantly decreased it (39·5 ± 13·1%, P<0·001). In finger, SBF was significantly reduced by both tests: in test 1 by 55·3 ± 32·1%, P<0·001 and in test 2 by 53·3 ± 27·6%, P<0·001. We conclude that the small percentage changes in TDC values (3·0-3·5%) over the wide range of induced SBV and SBF changes suggest a minor effect on clinically determined TDC values because of SBV or SBF changes or differences when comparing TDC longitudinally over time or among individuals of different groups in a research setting.

  10. Dielectric constant extraction of graphene nanostructured on SiC substrates from spectroscopy ellipsometry measurement using Gauss–Newton inversion method

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    Maulina, Hervin; Santoso, Iman Subama, Emmistasega; Nurwantoro, Pekik; Abraha, Kamsul; Rusydi, Andrivo

    2016-04-19

    The extraction of the dielectric constant of nanostructured graphene on SiC substrates from spectroscopy ellipsometry measurement using the Gauss-Newton inversion (GNI) method has been done. This study aims to calculate the dielectric constant and refractive index of graphene by extracting the value of ψ and Δ from the spectroscopy ellipsometry measurement using GNI method and comparing them with previous result which was extracted using Drude-Lorentz (DL) model. The results show that GNI method can be used to calculate the dielectric constant and refractive index of nanostructured graphene on SiC substratesmore faster as compared to DL model. Moreover, the imaginary part of the dielectric constant values and coefficient of extinction drastically increases at 4.5 eV similar to that of extracted using known DL fitting. The increase is known due to the process of interband transition and the interaction between the electrons and electron-hole at M-points in the Brillouin zone of graphene.

  11. Spectral curve fitting of dielectric constants

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    Ruzi, M.; Ennis, C.; Robertson, E. G.

    2017-01-01

    Optical constants are important properties governing the response of a material to incident light. It follows that they are often extracted from spectra measured by absorbance, transmittance or reflectance. One convenient method to obtain optical constants is by curve fitting. Here, model curves should satisfy Kramer-Kronig relations, and preferably can be expressed in closed form or easily calculable. In this study we use dielectric constants of three different molecular ices in the infrared region to evaluate four different model curves that are generally used for fitting optical constants: (1) the classical damped harmonic oscillator, (2) Voigt line shape, (3) Fourier series, and (4) the Triangular basis. Among these, only the classical damped harmonic oscillator model strictly satisfies the Kramer-Kronig relation. If considering the trade-off between accuracy and speed, Fourier series fitting is the best option when spectral bands are broad while for narrow peaks the classical damped harmonic oscillator and the Triangular basis fitting model are the best choice.

  12. High Dielectric Constant Polymer Film Capacitors (PREPRINT)

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    2010-02-01

    film, and the test of our first generation prototype capacitors . High-K Polymeric Dielectrics Commercial polypropylene (PP) capacitor film has a...1994). 2. Maurizio Rabuffi and Guido Picci, “Status Quo and Future Prospects for Metallized Polypropylene Energy Storage Capacitors ”, IEEE Trans...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2126 HIGH DIELECTRIC CONSTANT POLYMER FILM CAPACITORS (PREPRINT) Shihai Zhang, Brian Zellers, Dean Anderson, Paul

  13. Dielectric constant of liquid alkanes and hydrocarbon mixtures

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    Sen, A. D.; Anicich, V. G.; Arakelian, T.

    1992-01-01

    The complex dielectric constants of n-alkanes with two to seven carbon atoms have been measured. The measurements were conducted using a slotted-line technique at 1.2 GHz and at atmospheric pressure. The temperature was varied from the melting point to the boiling point of the respective alkanes. The real part of the dielectric constant was found to decrease with increasing temperature and correlate with the change in the molar volume. An upper limit to all the loss tangents was established at 0.001. The complex dielectric constants of a few mixtures of liquid alkanes were also measured at room temperature. For a pentane-octane mixture the real part of the dielectric constant could be explained by the Clausius-Mosotti theory. For the mixtures of n-hexane-ethylacetate and n-hexane-acetone the real part of the dielectric constants could be explained by the Onsager theory extended to mixtures. The dielectric constant of the n-hexane-acetone mixture displayed deviations from the Onsager theory at the highest fractions of acetone. The dipole moments of ethylacetate and acetone were determined for dilute mixtures using the Onsager theory and were found to be in agreement with their accepted gas-phase values. The loss tangents of the mixtures exhibited a linear relationship with the volume fraction for low concentrations of the polar liquids.

  14. Dielectric constant of liquid alkanes and hydrocarbon mixtures.

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    Sen, A D; Anicich, V G; Arakelian, T

    1992-01-01

    The complex dielectric constants of n-alkanes with two to seven carbon atoms have been measured. The measurements were conducted using a slotted-line technique at 1.2 GHz and at atmospheric pressure. The temperature was varied from the melting point to the boiling point of the respective alkanes. The real part of the dielectric constant was found to decrease with increasing temperature and correlate with the change in the molar volume. An upper limit to all the loss tangents was established at 0.001. The complex dielectric constants of a few mixtures of liquid alkanes were also measured at room temperature. For a pentane-octane mixture the real part of the dielectric constant could be explained by the Clausius-Mosotti theory. For the mixtures of n-hexane-ethylacetate and n-hexane-acetone the real part of the dielectric constants could be explained by the Onsager theory extended to mixtures. The dielectric constant of the n-hexane-acetone mixture displayed deviations from the Onsager theory at the highest fractions of acetone. The dipole moments of ethylacetate and acetone were determined for dilute mixtures using the Onsager theory and were found to be in agreement with their accepted gas-phase values. The loss tangents of the mixtures exhibited a linear relationship with the volume fraction for low concentrations of the polar liquids.

  15. Dielectric constant of liquid alkanes and hydrocarbon mixtures

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    Sen, A. D.; Anicich, V. G.; Arakelian, T.

    1992-01-01

    The complex dielectric constants of n-alkanes with two to seven carbon atoms have been measured. The measurements were conducted using a slotted-line technique at 1.2 GHz and at atmospheric pressure. The temperature was varied from the melting point to the boiling point of the respective alkanes. The real part of the dielectric constant was found to decrease with increasing temperature and correlate with the change in the molar volume. An upper limit to all the loss tangents was established at 0.001. The complex dielectric constants of a few mixtures of liquid alkanes were also measured at room temperature. For a pentane-octane mixture the real part of the dielectric constant could be explained by the Clausius-Mosotti theory. For the mixtures of n-hexane-ethylacetate and n-hexane-acetone the real part of the dielectric constants could be explained by the Onsager theory extended to mixtures. The dielectric constant of the n-hexane-acetone mixture displayed deviations from the Onsager theory at the highest fractions of acetone. The dipole moments of ethylacetate and acetone were determined for dilute mixtures using the Onsager theory and were found to be in agreement with their accepted gas-phase values. The loss tangents of the mixtures exhibited a linear relationship with the volume fraction for low concentrations of the polar liquids.

  16. Measurement of the microwave dielectric constant for low-loss samples with finite thickness using open-ended coaxial-line probes

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    Jiang, G. Q.; Wong, W. H.; Raskovich, E. Y.; Clark, W. G.; Hines, W. A.; Sanny, J.

    1993-06-01

    This work addresses the effect of finite sample thickness on microwave dielectric constant measurements for thin, planar, low-loss samples using the open-ended coaxial-line probe method. Detailed measurements of the dielectric constant were carried out on a wide range of thicknesses of air samples which were backed by infinitely thick teflon and alumina dielectric media. The measurements were made at room temperature for various (50 Ω) coaxial-line dimensions, microwave frequencies 4-8 GHz, and power levels near a fraction of a mW. The results provide strong support for previously published theoretical calculations based on a boundary value problem which uses a spectral domain formulation for the aperture fields. From thin, planar samples, values of 10.4±0.5 and 25.9±1.3 were obtained at 5 GHz and 300 K for the bulk dielectric constant of MgO and LaAl2O3, respectively. The applicability of a simple empirical model based on an exponential fit is discussed.

  17. Investigation of Biodiesel Through Photopyroelectric and Dielectric-Constant Measurements as a Function of Temperature: Freezing/Melting Interval

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    Zanelato, E. B.; Machado, F. A. L.; Rangel, A. B.; Guimarães, A. O.; Vargas, H.; da Silva, E. C.; Mansanares, A. M.

    2015-06-01

    Biodiesel is a promising option for alternative fuels since it derives from natural and renewable materials; it is biodegradable and less polluting than fossil fuels. A gradual replacement of diesel by biodiesel has been adopted by many countries, making necessary the investigation of the physical properties of biodiesel and of its mixture in diesel. Photothermal techniques, specifically the photopyroelectric technique (PPE), have proved to be suitable in the characterization of biodiesel and of its precursor oils, as well as of the biodiesel/diesel mixtures. In this paper, we investigate thermal and electrical properties of animal fat-based biodiesel as a function of temperature, aiming to characterize the freezing/melting interval and the changes in the physical properties from the solid to the liquid phase. The samples were prepared using the transesterification method, by the ethylic route. Optical transmittance experiments were carried out in order to confirm the phase transition interval. Solid and liquid phases present distinct thermal diffusivities and conductivities, as well as dielectric constants. The PPE signal amplitude is governed by the changes in the thermal diffusivity/conductivity. As a consequence, the amplitude of the signal becomes like a step function, which is smoothed and sometimes delayed by the nucleation processes during cooling. A similar behavior is found in the dielectric constant data, which is higher in the liquid phase since the molecules have a higher degree of freedom. Both methods (PPE/dielectric constant) proved to be useful in the characterization of the freezing/melting interval, as well as to establish the distinction in the physical properties of solid and liquid phases. The methodology allowed a discussion of the cloud point and the pour point of the samples in the temperature variation interval.

  18. Statistical Modelling of the Soil Dielectric Constant

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    Usowicz, Boguslaw; Marczewski, Wojciech; Bogdan Usowicz, Jerzy; Lipiec, Jerzy

    2010-05-01

    The dielectric constant of soil is the physical property being very sensitive on water content. It funds several electrical measurement techniques for determining the water content by means of direct (TDR, FDR, and others related to effects of electrical conductance and/or capacitance) and indirect RS (Remote Sensing) methods. The work is devoted to a particular statistical manner of modelling the dielectric constant as the property accounting a wide range of specific soil composition, porosity, and mass density, within the unsaturated water content. Usually, similar models are determined for few particular soil types, and changing the soil type one needs switching the model on another type or to adjust it by parametrization of soil compounds. Therefore, it is difficult comparing and referring results between models. The presented model was developed for a generic representation of soil being a hypothetical mixture of spheres, each representing a soil fraction, in its proper phase state. The model generates a serial-parallel mesh of conductive and capacitive paths, which is analysed for a total conductive or capacitive property. The model was firstly developed to determine the thermal conductivity property, and now it is extended on the dielectric constant by analysing the capacitive mesh. The analysis is provided by statistical means obeying physical laws related to the serial-parallel branching of the representative electrical mesh. Physical relevance of the analysis is established electrically, but the definition of the electrical mesh is controlled statistically by parametrization of compound fractions, by determining the number of representative spheres per unitary volume per fraction, and by determining the number of fractions. That way the model is capable covering properties of nearly all possible soil types, all phase states within recognition of the Lorenz and Knudsen conditions. In effect the model allows on generating a hypothetical representative of

  19. Dielectric constants of soils at microwave frequencies-2

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    Wang, J.; Schmugge, T.; Williams, D.

    1978-01-01

    The dielectric constants of several soil samples were measured at frequencies of 5 and 19 GHz using the infinite transmission line method. The results of these measurements are presented and discussed with respect to soil types and texture structures. A comparison is made with other measurements at 1.4 GHz. At all three frequencies, the dependence of dielectric constant on soil moisture can be approximated by two straight lines. At low moisture, the slope is less than at high moisture level. The intersection of the two lines is believed to be a function of soil texture.

  20. PECVD of low-dielectric constant films for ULSI

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    Shimogaki, Yukihiro

    1998-10-01

    We studied the reduction mechanism of the dielectric constant of F-doped silicon oxide films prepared by PECVD from SiH_4/N_2O/CF4 mixture. From the estimation of the dielectric constant at various frequencies, ranging from 1MHz to 100THz, using CV measurement, Kramers-Kronig relation and the square of the refractive index, we suggest that the dielectric constant due to ionic and electronic polarization is not the dominant factor in decreasing the dielectric constant. It is important to remove -OH in films to obtain very low dielectric constant F-doped silicon oxide films, because Si-OH is the main factor of the orientational polarization in silicon oxide films made by PECVD. To investigate the reaction mechanism which controls the film structure, we changed the residence time of gas in chamber by varying the flow rate. When the residence time in chamber decreases, the film deposition rate increases. We tried to explain flow rate dependency of the deposition rate using a simple CSTR (continuous stirred tank reactor) model. It can be concluded that there are two paths to deposit the films. One route is a deposition by the precursors with poor step coverage profile, and the other route is deposition through intermediates formed by gas phase reactions that contribute to have better step coverage. The overall gas phase reaction rate constant was estimated from these kinetic studies. Same approach was also carried out on the PECVD of C:F film deposition.

  1. Remote Sensing of Salinity: The Dielectric Constant of Sea Water

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    LeVine, David M.; Lang, R.; Utku, C.; Tarkocin, Y.

    2011-01-01

    Global monitoring of sea surface salinity from space requires an accurate model for the dielectric constant of sea water as a function of salinity and temperature to characterize the emissivity of the surface. Measurements are being made at 1.413 GHz, the center frequency of the Aquarius radiometers, using a resonant cavity and the perturbation method. The cavity is operated in a transmission mode and immersed in a liquid bath to control temperature. Multiple measurements are made at each temperature and salinity. Error budgets indicate a relative accuracy for both real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of about 1%.

  2. Modulation of electromagnetic waves in material with high dielectric constant

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    Saxena, Shivani; Dixit, Sanjay; Srivastava, Sanjay

    2015-07-01

    The main objective of the paper is to discuss the amplitude modulation and demodulation of the electromagnetic wave in the material with high dielectric constant. The high dielectric constant in PZT materials is developed by the substitution of suitable doping element either at A+ sites or B sites in ABO3 crystal structure. The high dielectric constant of the material is due to the presence of strain in the existing lattice, known as strain dependent dielectric constant (SDDC).

  3. Role of dielectric constant in electrohydrodynamics of conducting fluids

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    Rhodes, Percy H.; Snyder, Robert S.; Roberts, Glyn O.

    1994-01-01

    Electrohydrodynamic sample distortion during continuous flow electrophoresis is an experiment to be conducted during the second International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2) in July 1994. The specific objective of this experiment is the distortion caused by the difference in dielectric constant between the sample and surrounding buffer. Although the role of sample conductivity in electrohydrodynamic has been the subject of both flight and ground experiments, the separate role of dielectric constant, independent of sample conductivity, has not been measured. This paper describes some of the laboratory research and model development that will support the flight experiment on IML-2.

  4. Low dielectric constant Parylene-F-like films for intermetal dielectric applications

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    Hanyaloglu, Bengi; Aydinli, Atilla; Oye, Michael; Aydi, Eray S.

    1999-01-01

    We report on the dielectric properties and thermal stability of thin polymer films that are suitable candidates for replacing silicon dioxide as the intermetal dielectric material in integrated circuits. Parylene-F-like films, (-CF2-C6H4-CF2-)n, were produced by plasma deposition from a mixture of Ar and 1,4-bis(trifluoromethyl)benzene (CF3-C6H4-CF3) discharges and characterized using infrared absorption spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and capacitance measurements. The dielectric constant and the magnitude of the electronic and ionic contributions to the dielectric constant were determined through capacitance measurements and Kramers-Kronig analysis of the infrared absorption data. The film's dielectric constant ranges between 2 and 2.6 depending on the deposition conditions and the largest contribution to the dielectric constant is electronic. The films deposited at 300 °C are stable above 400 °C and further optimization could push this limit to as high as 500 °C.

  5. Fundamental Insight on Developing Low Dielectric Constant Polyimides

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    Simpson, J. O.; SaintClair, A. K.

    1997-01-01

    Thermally stable, durable, insulative polyimides are in great demand for the fabrication of microelectronic devices. In this investigation dielectric and optical properties have been studied for several series of aromatic polyimides. The effect of polarizability, fluorine content, and free volume on dielectric constant was examined. In general, minimizing polarizability, maximizing free volume and fluorination all lowered dielectric constants in the polyimides studied.

  6. Novel Materials with Effective Super Dielectric Constants for Energy Storage

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    Cortes, Francisco Javier Quintero; Phillips, Jonathan

    2015-05-01

    To test a theory of the recently discovered phenomenon of super dielectric behavior at very low frequency, the dielectric constants of several `pastes', composed of porous alumina powders filled to the point of incipient wetness with water containing dissolved sodium chloride, were measured. The effective dielectric low frequency constants of some of the pastes were greater than 1010, dramatically higher than that of any material ever reported. Moreover, the total energy density reported for one capacitor generated with NaCl-based super dielectric material is marginally higher than found in any prior report. These results are consistent with this recently postulated model of low frequency super dielectric behavior in porous, non-conductive materials saturated with ion-containing liquids: upon the application of an electric field, ions dissolved in the saturating liquid contained in the pores will travel to the ends of pore-filling liquid droplets creating giant dipoles. The fields of these giant dipoles oppose the applied field, reducing the net field created per unit of charge on the capacitor plates, effectively increasing charge/voltage ratio, hence capacitance. This is simply a version of the theory of `polarizable media' found in most classic texts on electromagnetism. Other observations reported here include (1) the impact of ion concentration on dielectric values, (2) a maximum voltage similar to that associated with the electrical breakdown of water, (3) the loss of capacitance upon drying, (4) the recovery of capacitance upon the addition of water to a dry super dielectric material, and (5) the linear relationship between capacitance and inverse thickness. All observations are consistent with the earlier proposed model of the super dielectric phenomenon. An extrapolation of results suggests this technology can lead to energy density greater than the best lithium-ion battery.

  7. Defect density and dielectric constant in perovskite solar cells

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    Samiee, Mehran; Konduri, Siva; Abbas, Hisham A.; Joshi, Pranav; Zhang, Liang; Dalal, Vikram; Ganapathy, Balaji; Kottokkaran, Ranjith; Noack, Max; Kitahara, Andrew

    2014-10-13

    We report on measurement of dielectric constant, mid-gap defect density, Urbach energy of tail states in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x} perovskite solar cells. Midgap defect densities were estimated by measuring capacitance vs. frequency at different temperatures and show two peaks, one at 0.66 eV below the conduction band and one at 0.24 eV below the conduction band. The attempt to escape frequency is in the range of 2 × 10{sup 11}/s. Quantum efficiency data indicate a bandgap of 1.58 eV. Urbach energies of valence and conduction band are estimated to be ∼16 and ∼18 meV. Measurement of saturation capacitance indicates that the relative dielectric constant is ∼18.

  8. Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials

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    Gordon, Keith L. (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Metamaterials or artificial negative index materials (NIMs) have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties. One exemplary negative dielectric constant material, which is an essential key for creating the NIMs, was developed by doping ions into a polymer, a protonated poly(benzimidazole) (PBI). The doped PBI showed a negative dielectric constant at megahertz (MHz) frequencies due to its reduced plasma frequency and an induction effect. The magnitude of the negative dielectric constant and the resonance frequency were tunable by doping concentration. The highly doped PBI showed larger absolute magnitude of negative dielectric constant at just above its resonance frequency than the less doped PBI.

  9. Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials

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    Gordon, Keith L. (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Metamaterials or artificial negative index materials (NIMs) have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties. One exemplary negative dielectric constant material, which is an essential key for creating the NIMs, was developed by doping ions into a polymer, a protonated poly (benzimidazole) (PBI). The doped PBI showed a negative dielectric constant at megahertz (MHz) frequencies due to its reduced plasma frequency and an induction effect. The magnitude of the negative dielectric constant and the resonance frequency were tunable by doping concentration. The highly doped PBI showed larger absolute magnitude of negative dielectric constant at just above its resonance frequency than the less doped PBI.

  10. Computing the dielectric constant of liquid water at constant dielectric displacement

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    Zhang, Chao; Sprik, Michiel

    2016-04-01

    The static dielectric constant of liquid water is computed using classical force field based molecular dynamics simulation at fixed electric displacement D . The method to constrain the electric displacement is the finite-temperature classical variant of the constant D method developed by Stengel, Spaldin, and Vanderbilt [Nat. Phys. 5, 304 (2009), 10.1038/nphys1185]. There is also a modification of this scheme imposing fixed values of the macroscopic field E . The method is applied to the popular SPC/E model of liquid water. We compare four different estimates of the dielectric constant, two obtained from fluctuations of the polarization at D =0 and E =0 and two from the variation of polarization with finite D and E . It is found that all four estimates agree when properly converged. The computational effort to achieve convergence varies, however, with constant D calculations being substantially more efficient. We attribute this difference to the much shorter relaxation time of longitudinal polarization compared to transverse polarization accelerating constant D calculations.

  11. Effective dielectric constants and spectral density analysis of plasmonic nanocomposites

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    Lu, Jin You; Raza, Aikifa; Fang, Nicholas X.; Chen, Gang; Zhang, TieJun

    2016-10-01

    Cermet or ceramic-metal composite coatings promise great potentials in light harvesting, but the complicated composite structure at the nanoscale induces a design challenge to predict their optical properties. We find that the effective dielectric constants of nanocomposites predicted by finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) simulation results match those of different classical effective medium theories in their respective validity range. However, a precise prediction of the fabricated nanocomposite properties for different filling factors is very challenging. In this work, we extract the spectral density functions in the Bergman representation from the analytical models, numerical simulations, and experimental data of plasmonic nanocomposites. The spectral density functions, which only depend on geometry of the nanocomposite material, provide a unique measure on the contribution of individual and percolated particles inside the nanocomposite. According to the spectral density analysis of measured dielectric constants, the material properties of nanocomposites fabricated by the co-sputtering approach are dominated by electromagnetic interaction among individual metallic particles. While in the case of the nanocomposites fabricated by the multilayer thin film approach, the material properties are dominated by percolated metallic particles inside the dielectric host, as indicated by our FDTD simulation results. This understanding provides new physical insight into the interaction between light and plasmonic nanocomposites.

  12. 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).

  13. Exploring Strategies for High Dielectric Constant and Low Loss Polymer Dielectrics.

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    Zhu, Lei

    2014-11-06

    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.

  14. Functionalised graphene sheets as effective high dielectric constant fillers

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    2011-01-01

    A new functionalised graphene sheet (FGS) filled poly(dimethyl)siloxane insulator nanocomposite has been developed with high dielectric constant, making it well suited for applications in flexible electronics. The dielectric permittivity increased tenfold at 10 Hz and 2 wt.% FGS, while preserving low dielectric losses and good mechanical properties. The presence of functional groups on the graphene sheet surface improved the compatibility nanofiller/polymer at the interface, reducing the polarisation process. This study demonstrates that functionalised graphene sheets are ideal nanofillers for the development of new polymer composites with high dielectric constant values. PACS: 78.20.Ci, 72.80.Tm, 62.23.Kn PMID:21867505

  15. Role of dielectric constant in electrohydrodynamics of conducting fluids

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    Rhodes, Percy H.; Snyder, Robert S.; Roberts, Glyn O.

    1992-01-01

    Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) flows are driven by the interaction of an electric field with variations in electric conductivity or dielectric constant. In reported EHD experiments on the deformation of drops of immiscible dielectric fluids, the role of conductivity has tended to overshadow the role of dielectric constant. Often, large conductivity contrasts were convenient because the conductivities of the dielectric fluid were relatively uncertain. As a result, the observed effects were always qualitatively the same as if there had been no contrast in dielectric constant. Our early experiments studying the EHC deformations of cylindrical streams readily showed the conductivity effect but the dielectric constant effect was not discernible. We have modified our flow chamber and improved our method of observation and can now see an unequivocal dielectric constant effect which is in agreement with the prior theory. In this paper we first give a brief description of the physics of charge buildup at the interface of an immersed spherical drop or flowing cylindrical sample stream and then show how these charge distributions lead to interface distortions and accompanying viscous flows which constitute EHD. We next review theory and experiment describing the deformation of spherical drops. We show that in the reported drop deformation experiments, the contrast in dielectric constant was never sufficient to reverse the deformation due to the conductivity contrast. We review our work describing the deformation of a cylindrical stream of one fluid flowing in a parallel flow of another, and we compare the deformation equations with those for spherical drops. Finally, we show a definite experimental dielectric constant effect for cylindrical stream of aqueous polystyrene latex suspension. The dielectric constant varies with the frequency of the imposed electric field, and the associated EHD flow change is very apparent.

  16. Measurement of the complex dielectric constant down to helium temperatures. I. Reflection method from 1 MHz to 20 GHz using an open ended coaxial line

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    Martens, H. C. F.; Reedijk, J. A.; Brom, H. B.

    2000-02-01

    The reflection off an open ended coaxial probe pressed against a material under test is used to determine the complex microwave (1 MHz-20 GHz) dielectric response of the material. A full-wave analysis of the aperture admittance of the probe, in terms of the dielectric properties of the backing material and the dimensions of the experimental geometry, is given. We discuss the calibration procedure of the setup and present the complex dielectric response of several materials determined from the measured reflection coefficient. The results obtained with the open ended coax interpolate well between data taken at lower and higher frequency bands using different experimental methods. We demonstrate that this method can be applied to perform dielectric measurements at cryogenic temperatures.

  17. Photoinduced Giant Dielectric Constant in Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Juarez-Perez, Emilio J; Sanchez, Rafael S; Badia, Laura; Garcia-Belmonte, Germá; Kang, Yong Soo; Mora-Sero, Ivan; Bisquert, Juan

    2014-07-03

    Organic-inorganic lead trihalide perovskites have emerged as an outstanding photovoltaic material that demonstrated a high 17.9% conversion efficiency of sunlight to electricity in a short time. We have found a giant dielectric constant (GDC) phenomenon in these materials consisting on a low frequency dielectric constant in the dark of the order of ε0 = 1000. We also found an unprecedented behavior in which ε0 further increases under illumination or by charge injection at applied bias. We observe that ε0 increases nearly linearly with the illumination intensity up to an additional factor 1000 under 1 sun. Measurement of a variety of samples of different morphologies, compositions, and different types of contacts shows that the GDC is an intrinsic property of MAPbX3 (MA = CH3NH3(+)). We hypothesize that the large dielectric response is induced by structural fluctuations. Photoinduced carriers modify the local unit cell equilibrium and change the polarizability, assisted by the freedom of rotation of MA. The study opens a way for the understanding of a key aspect of the photovoltaic operation of high efficiency perovskite solar cells.

  18. Tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements as a means of characterizing localized tissue water in arms of women with and without breast cancer treatment related lymphedema.

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    Mayrovitz, H N; Weingrad, D N; Davey, S

    2014-09-01

    Quantitative measurements to detect lymphedema early in persons at-risk for breast cancer (BC) treatment-related lymphedema (BCRL) can aid clinical evaluations. Since BCRL may be initially manifest in skin and subcutis, the earliest changes might best be detected via local tissue water (LTW) measurements that are specifically sensitive to such changes. Tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements, which are sensitive to skin-to-fat tissue water, may be useful for this purpose. TDC differences between lymphedematous and non-lymphedematous tissue has not been fully characterized. Thus we measured TDC values (2.5 mm depth) in forearms of three groups of women (N = 80/group): 1) healthy with no BC (NOBC), 2) with BC but prior to surgery, and 3) with unilateral lymphedema (LE). TDC values for all arms except LE affected arms were not significantly different ranging between 24.8 ± 3.3 to 26.8 ± 4.9 and were significantly less (p < 0.001) as compared to 42.9 ± 8.2 for LE affected arms. Arm TDC ratios, dominant/non-dominant for NOBC, were 1.001 ± 0.050 and at-risk/ contralateral for BC were 0.998 ± 0.082 with both significantly less (p < 0.001) than LE group affected/control arm ratios (1.663 ± 0.321). These results show that BC per se does not significantly change arm LTW and that the presence of BCRL does not significantly change LTW of non-affected arms. Further, based on 3 standard deviations of measured arm ratios, our data demonstrates that an at-risk arm/contralateral arm TDC ratio of 1.2 and above could be a possible threshold to detect pre-clinical lymphedema. Further prospective measurement trial are needed to confirm this value.

  19. Effective Dielectric Constants of Foliage Media

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    1990-07-01

    APPROVED: JOHN K. SCHINDLER Director of Electromagnetics FOR THE COMMANDER: JAMES W. HYDE III Directorate of Plans & Programs DESTRUCTION NOTICE - For...PARAMETERS FOR A HETEROGENEOUS MEDIUM 3 2.1 Basic Theory of the Transition Matrix 3 2.2 The Transition Operator Nomenclature 5 2.2.1 The Average T...parameter approximation equations and dielectric properties of forest components, respectively. 2.1 Basic Theory of the Transition Matrix In this section

  20. Three dielectric constants and orientation order parameters in nematic mesophases

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    Yoon, Hyung Guen; Jeong, Seung Yeon; Kumar, Satyendra; Park, Min Sang; Park, Jung Ok; Srinivasarao, M.; Shin, Sung Tae

    2011-03-01

    Temperature dependence of the three components ɛ1 , ɛ2 , and ɛ3 of dielectric constant and orientation order parameters in the nematic phase of mesogens with rod, banana, and zero-order dendritic shape were measured using the in-plane and vertical switching geometries, and micro-Raman technique. Results on the well-known uniaxial (Nu) nematogens, E7 and 5CB, revealed two components ɛ1 = ~ɛ| | and ɛ2 = ~ɛ3 = ~ɛ⊥ , as expected. The three dielectric constants were different for two azo substituted (A131 and A103) and an oxadiazole based (ODBP-Ph-C12) bent core mesogens, and a Ge core tetrapode. In some cases, two of the components became the same indicating a loss of biaxiality at temperatures coinciding with the previously reported Nu to biaxial nematic transition. This interpretation is substantiated by micro-Raman measurements of the uniaxial and biaxial nematic order parameters. Supported by the US Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences grant ER46572 and by Samsung Electronics Corporation.

  1. High dielectric constant polymer nanocomposites for embedded capacitor applications

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    Lu, Jiongxin

    Driven by ever growing demands of miniaturization, increased functionality, high performance and low cost for microelectronic products and packaging, embedded passives will be one of the key emerging techniques for realizing the system integration which offer various advantages over traditional discrete components. Novel materials for embedded capacitor applications are in great demand, for which a high dielectric constant ( k), low dielectric loss and process compatibility with printed circuit boards are the most important prerequisites. To date, no available material satisfies all these prerequisites and research is needed to develop materials for embedded capacitor applications. Conductive filler/polymer composites are likely candidate material because they show a dramatic increase in their dielectric constant close to the percolation threshold. One of the major hurdles for this type of high-k composites is the high dielectric loss inherent in these systems. In this research, material and process innovations were explored to design and develop conductive filler/polymer nanocomposites based on nanoparticles with controlled parameters to fulfill the balance between sufficiently high-k and low dielectric loss, which satisfied the requirements for embedded capacitor applications. This work involved the synthesis of the metal nanoparticles with different parameters including size, size distribution, aggregation and surface properties, and an investigation on how these varied parameters impact the dielectric properties of the high-k nanocomposites incorporated with these metal nanoparticles. The dielectric behaviors of the nanocomposites were studied systematically over a range of frequencies to determine the dependence of dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent and dielectric strength on these parameters.

  2. Dielectric constant of skin and subcutaneous fat to assess fluid changes after cardiac surgery.

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    Petäjä, Liisa; Nuutinen, Jouni; Uusaro, Ari; Lahtinen, Tapani; Ruokonen, Esko

    2003-05-01

    The ability to objectively determine the degree of tissue edema and to monitor on-line fluid balance in critically ill patients would be a clinical benefit. In this prospective descriptive trial, we evaluated a new noninvasive method--dielectric constant of skin and subcutaneous fat (SSF)--in assessing fluid balance during cardiac surgery. The dielectric constant at the applied high radiofrequency is a direct measure of tissue water content. Twenty-nine patients with elective cardiac surgery participated in the study. Dielectric constants on forearm, thigh and abdomen were measured before surgery, within 1 h after surgery and in the first, second, third and fourth postoperative morning. At the same time the patients were weighed, except immediately after the operation and the first postoperative day when fluid balances were calculated. A statistically significant correlation (r = 0.60, p < 0.01) was found between the increase of the dielectric constant of SSF and weight gain of the patients from the baseline to the second postoperative morning. From the second to the fourth postoperative day when the patients were losing the weight, a statistical significant correlation between the dielectric constant and weight loss was not found. The results suggest that the measurement of the dielectric constant is a promising new method in assessing the fluid status of operated patients during the time the patients cannot be weighed.

  3. Advanced concepts for transformers pressboard dielectric constant and mechanical strength

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    1982-03-01

    Of the numerous electrical considerations in a material, the value of the dielectric constant serves as an important criterion in designing proper insulation systems. Ways to reduce the dielectric constant of solid (fibrous) insulating materials were investigated. A literature search was made on cellulosic and synthetic fibers and also additives which offered the potential for dielectric constant reduction of the solid insulation. Sample board structures were produced in the laboratory and tested for electrical, mechanical and chemical characteristics. Electrical tests determined the suitability of the material at transformer test and operating conditions. The mechanical tests established the physical characteristics of the modified board structures. Chemical tests checked the conductivity of the aqueous extract, acidity, and ash content. Further, compatibility with transformer oil and some aging tests were performed. An actual computer transformer design was made based on one of the modified board structures and the reduction in core steel and transformer losses were shown.

  4. Measuring sap flow, and other plant physiological conditions across a soil salinity gradient in the lower Colorado River at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge: Vegetation and soil physiology linkages with microwave dielectric constant

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    McDonald, K. C.; Lasne, Y.; Schroeder, R.; Morino, K.; Hultine, K. R.; Nagler, P. L.

    2009-12-01

    We used ground measurements to examine stand structure and evapotranspiration of Tamarix in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) on the Lower Colorado River. Three Tamarix study sites were established at different distances from the Colorado River on a river terrace in the CNWR. The sites were chosen from aerial photographs to represent typical dense stands of Tamarix within the CNWR. The sites were representative of differing saline environments, with each having ground water with distinct salt concentration levels. Wells were established at the site to establish depth to water and the salinity concentration within the ground water. We monitored xylem sap flow within each of the three stands. In addition we measured leaf area index to characterize canopy structure. We compared ET, foliage density, depth to water, and salinity among the Tamarix sites to examine stand-level variability driven by the variations in salinity. We supplemented these collections with measurements to characterize soil and vegetation microwave dielectric properties and their relationship to physiologic parameters. The dielectric properties of a material describe the interaction of an electric field with the material. Previous field experiments have demonstrated that varying degrees of correlation exist between vegetation dielectric properties and tree canopy water status. Temporal variation of the dielectric constant of woody plant tissue may result from changes in water status (e.g., water content) and chemical composition, albeit to varying degrees of sensitivity. The varying amount of ground water salinity at CNWR offers a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between vegetation and soil dielectric constant as related to vegetation ecophysiology. A field portable vector network analyzer is used to measure the microwave dielectric spectrum of the soil and vegetation Combined with measurements of vegetation xylem sap flux and soil chemistry, these measurements allow

  5. Microwave dielectric constants of silicon, gallium arsenide, and quartz

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    Seeger, K.

    1988-06-01

    For a determination of the dielectric constants epsilon of semiconductors, a microwave transmission interference method has been applied. For the first time, a calculation is presented which yields the full interference spectrum, not only the position of the extremal points. A comparison of the theoretical and experimental spectra results in a higher precision than previously obtained. A metal evaporation of the sample faces which are in contact with the waveguide walls turns out to be very important. Relative dielectric constants of 11.6 for silicon, 12.8 for gallium arsenide, and 4.6 for crystalline quartz, all +- 0.05, have been obtained.

  6. High dielectric constant 0-3 ceramic-polymer composites

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    Shan, Xiaobing

    0-3 ceramic-polymer composites using both nano-size and micro-size CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramic particles were studied. The micro-size ceramic particles were prepared from the CaCu3Ti 4O12 pellets by milling. The CaCu3Ti4O 12 ceramics were prepared using conventional solid-state reaction under different conditions, such as molding pressure, milling media and time, and calcination temperature and time. Based on the analysis of the dielectric spectrum, it was found that the dielectric responses of CaCu3Ti 4O12 ceramics are determined by three different processes. The effect of thickness of the ceramics on the dielectric properties was observed and studied. Although the dielectric response at low frequency increases with decreasing thickness, the dielectric behavior for the high frequency relaxation process is weakly dependent on thickness. 0-3 composites with different concentrations (0-50 vo% CaCu3Ti 4O12 ceramics) were prepared using solution casting. However, a clear polymer-rich layer was found in as-cast film due to the poor wettability between ceramic and polymer matrix. The HP was used to modify the morphology of the composites. Different configurations were studied for the HP process. Composites with a dielectric constant of 510 at 1 kHz were obtained in 50vol% CaCu3Ti4O12 composite with CC HP at room temperature. It was found that the relaxation time of the major relaxation process obtained in the composite changes with processing condition, such as annealing, HP and concentration. It indicates that the interfacial layers between ceramic particles and polymer matrix play an important role on the dielectric response of the composite. As for the HP samples, it was interestingly observed that as HP time changes, there is a critical HP time at which the composite exhibits a much higher dielectric constant. Based on the dielectric spectrum of the composites at different temperatures, it was concluded that the loss of the composites at low frequency is controlled by a

  7. Organic solar cells based on high dielectric constant materials: An approach to increase efficiency

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    Hamam, Khalil Jumah Tawfiq

    The efficiency of organic solar cells still lags behind inorganic solar cells due to their low dielectric constant which results in a weakly screened columbic attraction between the photogenerated electron-hole system, therefore the probability of charge separating is low. Having an organic material with a high dielectric constant could be the solution to get separated charges or at least weakly bounded electron-hole pairs. Therefore, high dielectric constant materials have been investigated and studied by measuring modified metal-phthalocyanine (MePc) and polyaniline in pellets and thin films. The dielectric constant was investigated as a function of temperature and frequency in the range of 20Hz to1MHz. For MePc we found that the high dielectric constant was an extrinsic property due to water absorption and the formation of hydronuim ion allowed by the ionization of the functional groups such as sulphonated and carboxylic groups. The dielectric constant was high at low frequencies and decreasing as the frequency increase. Investigated materials were applied in fabricated bilayer heterojunction organic solar cells. The application of these materials in an organic solar cells show a significant stability under room conditions rather than improvement in their efficiency.

  8. Effect of vacuum-ultraviolet irradiation on the dielectric constant of low-k organosilicate dielectrics

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    Zheng, H.; Shohet, J. L.; Ryan, E. T.; Nishi, Y.

    2014-11-17

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation is generated during plasma processing in semiconductor fabrications, while the effect of VUV irradiation on the dielectric constant (k value) of low-k materials is still an open question. To clarify this problem, VUV photons with a range of energies were exposed on low-k organosilicate dielectrics (SiCOH) samples at room temperature. Photon energies equal to or larger than 6.0 eV were found to decrease the k value of SiCOH films. VUV photons with lower energies do not have this effect. This shows the need for thermal heating in traditional ultraviolet (UV) curing since UV light sources do not have sufficient energy to change the dielectric constant of SiCOH and additional energy is required from thermal heating. In addition, 6.2 eV photon irradiation was found to be the most effective in decreasing the dielectric constant of low-k organosilicate films. Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy shows that these 6.2 eV VUV exposures removed organic porogens. This contributes to the decrease of the dielectric constant. This information provides the range of VUV photon energies that could decrease the dielectric constant of low-k materials most effectively.

  9. Low-Dielectric-Constant Polyimide/Glass Composites

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    Stoakley, Diane M.; St. Clair, Anne K.; Baucom, Robert M.; Proctor, K. Mason; Smith, Ricky E.; Smith, Janice Y.

    1994-01-01

    Advance in polymer technology yields composites having relatively low dielectric constants. Reduction achieved by reducing interactions between linear polyimide chains and by incorporation of fluorine into polymer backbones. Further reductions obtained by physically incorporating selected diamic acid additives into polyimides. Strong potential for use in microelectronics industry for fabrication of printed-circuit boards and fabrication of components for military aircraft.

  10. The dielectric constant of water. Computer simulations with the MCY potential

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    Neumann, Martin

    1985-06-01

    Despite the sizable literature on computer simulations of water and aqueous solutions, very little is known about one of the most interesting properties of water, namely its dielectric constant. In this paper it is demonstrated that the methodological as well as technological problems that have hitherto impeded the calculation of dielectric properties of realistic model systems have now been overcome. Using a small dedicated array processor, a series of extensive simulations with the MCY (Matsuoka-Clementi-Yoshimine) potential for water have been performed in reaction field geometry, and it is shown that consistent (i.e., free from boundary effects) and accurate results may be obtained for the full frequency-dependent dielectric constant, from the static up to the submillimeter range. At the same time it is found that the rather popular MCY model is not able to satisfactorily reproduce the dielectric properties of real water: Both the static dielectric constant and the principal dielectric relaxation time are much lower than the experimental values, and the temperature dependence of the Kirkwood g factor has the wrong sign. It is concluded that in the future the calculation of the dielectric constant, being a measure of orientational correlations between molecules, will play an important part in assessing the reliability of model potentials for water.

  11. Effect of Cold Temperature on the Dielectric Constant of Soil

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    2012-04-01

    25.8 mm, d = 17.0 mm, si = 37.0 mm, and so = 37.5 mm. The ring and its feedlines are signal-carrying conductors in microstrip . Beneath the ring...is a printed circuit board (PCB) of uniform thickness and dielectric constant, and beneath the PCB dielectric is a metal ground plane. RF energy...Modeling of Ring Resonators; in Microwave Ring Circuits and Related Structures, 2nd ed., Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2004, h. 2, Sec. 2.2, pp. 6

  12. Enhancement of the dielectric constant near a percolation threshold

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    Wilkinson, David; Langer, J. S.; Sen, Pabitra N.

    1983-07-01

    When one of the components of a mixture of two materials is a conductor, geometrical effects can lead to a dielectric constant for the mixture which is much greater than that of either constituent. Here we illustrate a simple example of this effect in a two-dimensional network consisting of randomly placed conductors and capacitors. The dielectric enhancement is obtained as a function of frequency and the concentration of conductors. The calculational technique used is the position-space renormalization group in which smaller units are combined iteratively to form larger units.

  13. Dielectric constants and electrical conductivities of sodium dodecyl sulfate in aqueous solutions

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    Abe, M.; Ogino, K.

    1981-03-01

    Dielectric properties of sodium dodecyl sulfate in aqueous solution have been studied. The dielectric constant and ac electrical conductivity were measured in the frequency range 30 Hz to 6 MHz. At lower frequencies, with increasing concentrations of sodium dodecyl sulfate, dielectric properties were greatly affected by polarization on the surfaces of the electrode, the so-called space charge polarization. ac electrical conductivities were dependent on the concentration of sodium dodecyl sulfate at all frequencies. The activation energies of dc electrical conduction were much larger in the molecular state than in the aggregation state. The radius of a spherical particle with an electric double layer could be calculated through the measurement of dielectric constant and dc electrical conductivity. 18 references.

  14. Novel negative tone photodefinable low dielectric constant hybrid films

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    Markley, Thomas J.; Weigel, Scott J.; Kretz, Chris P.

    2005-05-01

    Multifunctional films have the potential to reduce the number of processing steps to prepare various complex electronic devices and thereby reduce the cost of manufacturing the device and increase the throughput of the process. By combining low dielectric thin film and photoresist technologies into one material, such an advantage could be provided to electronics device markets. Air Products and Chemicals has discovered negative tone photodefinable films having dielectric constant values less than 3.0 that are developable in water and/or aqueous TMAH solutions. The low dielectric films produced via a novel reaction pathway involving the use of photoacid generators (PAGs) provides a versatile link to various feature sizes depending on the choice of radiation source and PAG used. Specific examples of film properties and processing latitude will be presented for these developmental materials.

  15. Investigation of W-band dielectric constant of coals by free space method

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    Jia, Cheng-yan; Fan, Wei; Hu, Wei; Yang, Chuan-fa; Liu, Ling-yu; Chang, Tian-ying; Cui, Hong-liang

    2015-11-01

    The dielectric constant of Shandong anthracite coals of China was studied in the frequency range of 75~110 GHz (W-band), using the free space method for the first time. The measurement system is based on the Vector Network Analyzer of Agilent Technology and a VDI extension module with frequency range from 75 GHz to 110GHz. The dielectric constants of coals were calculated from the scattering parameters by implementing an algorithm. Correctness of the test results is verified by measuring the dielectric constant of air and timber. The dielectric constant of each selected coal with different moisture contents is investigated. It is found that both the real and imaginary parts of selected coals exhibit an apparent increasing trend with increasing water content of coals. The real part of coals with different water content varies from 2.61 to 4.97, and the imaginary part from 0.06 to 0.41 at the frequency of 110 GHz. We also obtained the diversification of the dielectric constant by increasing the frequency at the W-band. The real part of coals with different frequency varies from 3.85 to 3.91, and the imaginary part from 0.32 to 0.37 at W-band.

  16. Dielectric constant of NiO and LDA+U

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    Ye, Lin-Hui; Luo, Ning; Peng, Lian-Mao; Weinert, M.; Freeman, A. J.

    2013-02-01

    The local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximations (GGA) of density functional theory systematically overestimate the electronic polarizability of materials. We calculate the dielectric constant of NiO by the direct method and find, contrary to previous suggestions, that the LDA+U method reduces the polarization such that ɛ∞ decreases monotonically with increasing U. We illustrate the existence of a linear term in the effective exchange-correlation potential that counteracts the external electric field, thus demonstrating that the decrease of ɛ∞ is intrinsic to the LDA+U correction. The reduction of the polarization is due mostly to reduced orbital mixing between the unoccupied eg states and the occupied 2p states. Our work establishes LDA+U as a viable method for calculating the dielectric constants of correlated materials.

  17. High Dielectric Constant Oxides for Advanced Micro-Electronic Applications

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    2006-11-29

    having an appropriately larger dielectric constant, other physical considerations come into play: a) the material must be thermodynamically stable...substrate bias. 7 The primary activity outside the domain of deposition involved extensive characterization of the physical and electrical properties of...from Si. Interacts with Si when recrystallizing to form silicide and SiO2. LaAlO3 expected ε ~ 29 in crystalline phase but much lower in amorphous

  18. Electronic transport in two-dimensional high dielectric constant nanosystems

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    Ortuño, M.; Somoza, A. M.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baturina, T. I.

    2015-04-10

    There has been remarkable recent progress in engineering high-dielectric constant two dimensional (2D) materials, which are being actively pursued for applications in nanoelectronics in capacitor and memory devices, energy storage, and high-frequency modulation in communication devices. Yet many of the unique properties of these systems are poorly understood and remain unexplored. Here we report a numerical study of hopping conductivity of the lateral network of capacitors, which models two-dimensional insulators, and demonstrate that 2D long-range Coulomb interactions lead to peculiar size effects. We find that the characteristic energy governing electronic transport scales logarithmically with either system size or electrostatic screening length depending on which one is shorter. Our results are relevant well beyond their immediate context, explaining, for example, recent experimental observations of logarithmic size dependence of electric conductivity of thin superconducting films in the critical vicinity of superconductor-insulator transition where a giant dielectric constant develops. Our findings mark a radical departure from the orthodox view of conductivity in 2D systems as a local characteristic of materials and establish its macroscopic global character as a generic property of high-dielectric constant 2D nanomaterials.

  19. Electronic transport in two-dimensional high dielectric constant nanosystems

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    There has been remarkable recent progress in engineering high-dielectric constant two dimensional (2D) materials, which are being actively pursued for applications in nanoelectronics in capacitor and memory devices, energy storage, and high-frequency modulation in communication devices. Yet many of the unique properties of these systems are poorly understood and remain unexplored. Here we report a numerical study of hopping conductivity of the lateral network of capacitors, which models two-dimensional insulators, and demonstrate that 2D long-range Coulomb interactions lead to peculiar size effects. We find that the characteristic energy governing electronic transport scales logarithmically with either system size or electrostatic screeningmore » length depending on which one is shorter. Our results are relevant well beyond their immediate context, explaining, for example, recent experimental observations of logarithmic size dependence of electric conductivity of thin superconducting films in the critical vicinity of superconductor-insulator transition where a giant dielectric constant develops. Our findings mark a radical departure from the orthodox view of conductivity in 2D systems as a local characteristic of materials and establish its macroscopic global character as a generic property of high-dielectric constant 2D nanomaterials.« less

  20. Electronic transport in two-dimensional high dielectric constant nanosystems

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    Ortuño, M.; Somoza, A. M.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baturina, T. I.

    2015-04-01

    There has been remarkable recent progress in engineering high-dielectric constant two dimensional (2D) materials, which are being actively pursued for applications in nanoelectronics in capacitor and memory devices, energy storage, and high-frequency modulation in communication devices. Yet many of the unique properties of these systems are poorly understood and remain unexplored. Here we report a numerical study of hopping conductivity of the lateral network of capacitors, which models two-dimensional insulators, and demonstrate that 2D long-range Coulomb interactions lead to peculiar size effects. We find that the characteristic energy governing electronic transport scales logarithmically with either system size or electrostatic screening length depending on which one is shorter. Our results are relevant well beyond their immediate context, explaining, for example, recent experimental observations of logarithmic size dependence of electric conductivity of thin superconducting films in the critical vicinity of superconductor-insulator transition where a giant dielectric constant develops. Our findings mark a radical departure from the orthodox view of conductivity in 2D systems as a local characteristic of materials and establish its macroscopic global character as a generic property of high-dielectric constant 2D nanomaterials.

  1. Electronic transport in two-dimensional high dielectric constant nanosystems

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    Ortuño, M.; Somoza, A. M.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baturina, T. I.

    2015-01-01

    There has been remarkable recent progress in engineering high-dielectric constant two dimensional (2D) materials, which are being actively pursued for applications in nanoelectronics in capacitor and memory devices, energy storage, and high-frequency modulation in communication devices. Yet many of the unique properties of these systems are poorly understood and remain unexplored. Here we report a numerical study of hopping conductivity of the lateral network of capacitors, which models two-dimensional insulators, and demonstrate that 2D long-range Coulomb interactions lead to peculiar size effects. We find that the characteristic energy governing electronic transport scales logarithmically with either system size or electrostatic screening length depending on which one is shorter. Our results are relevant well beyond their immediate context, explaining, for example, recent experimental observations of logarithmic size dependence of electric conductivity of thin superconducting films in the critical vicinity of superconductor-insulator transition where a giant dielectric constant develops. Our findings mark a radical departure from the orthodox view of conductivity in 2D systems as a local characteristic of materials and establish its macroscopic global character as a generic property of high-dielectric constant 2D nanomaterials. PMID:25860804

  2. Final determination of the Boltzmann constant by dielectric-constant gas thermometry

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    Gaiser, Christof; Fellmuth, Bernd; Haft, Norbert; Kuhn, Axel; Thiele-Krivoi, Bettina; Zandt, Thorsten; Fischer, Joachim; Jusko, Otto; Sabuga, Wladimir

    2017-06-01

    Gaiser et al published in 2013 (Metrologia 50 L7-11) a second, improved value of the Boltzmann constant k determined by dielectric-constant gas thermometry at the triple point of water (k  =  1.380 6509  ×  10-23 J K-1, relative standard uncertainty 4.3 parts per million (4.3 ppm)). Subsequently, the uncertainty was able to be reduced to 4.0 ppm by reanalysing the pressure measurement. Since 2013, further progress regarding this primary-thermometry method has been achieved in terms of the design and the assembly of the measuring capacitors, the determination of their effective compressibility, the sensitivity of the capacitance bridge, and the scattering and the evaluation of the data. Based on a huge amount of data, two new k values have been obtained by applying two different capacitors. The combination of these two values with the 2013 result, fully taking into account the correlations, has yielded a final result of k  =  1.380 6482  ×  10-23 J K-1 with a relative standard uncertainty of 1.9 ppm. This value is about 0.2 ppm smaller than the CODATA 2014 one, which has a relative standard uncertainty of 0.57 ppm.

  3. Cu-Induced Dielectric Breakdown of Porous Low-Dielectric-Constant Film

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    Cheng, Yi-Lung; Lee, Chih-Yen; Huang, Yao-Liang; Sun, Chung-Ren; Lee, Wen-Hsi; Chen, Giin-Shan; Fang, Jau-Shiung; Phan, Bach Thang

    2017-02-01

    Dielectric breakdown induced by Cu ion migration in porous low-k dielectric films has been investigated in alternating-polarity bias conditions using a metal-insulator-metal capacitor with Cu top metal electrode. The experimental results indicated that Cu ions migrated into the dielectric film under stress with positive polarity, leading to weaker dielectric strength and shorter time to failure (TTF). In the alternating-polarity test, the measured TTFs increased with decreasing stressing frequency, implying backward migration of Cu ions during reverse-bias stress. Additionally, compared with a direct-current stress condition, the measured TTFs were higher as the frequency was decreased to 10-2 Hz. The electric-field acceleration factor for porous low-k dielectric film breakdown in the alternating-polarity test was also found to increase. This Cu backward migration effect is effective when the stressing time under negative polarity is longer than 0.1 s.

  4. Cu-Induced Dielectric Breakdown of Porous Low-Dielectric-Constant Film

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    Cheng, Yi-Lung; Lee, Chih-Yen; Huang, Yao-Liang; Sun, Chung-Ren; Lee, Wen-Hsi; Chen, Giin-Shan; Fang, Jau-Shiung; Phan, Bach Thang

    2017-06-01

    Dielectric breakdown induced by Cu ion migration in porous low- k dielectric films has been investigated in alternating-polarity bias conditions using a metal-insulator-metal capacitor with Cu top metal electrode. The experimental results indicated that Cu ions migrated into the dielectric film under stress with positive polarity, leading to weaker dielectric strength and shorter time to failure (TTF). In the alternating-polarity test, the measured TTFs increased with decreasing stressing frequency, implying backward migration of Cu ions during reverse-bias stress. Additionally, compared with a direct-current stress condition, the measured TTFs were higher as the frequency was decreased to 10-2 Hz. The electric-field acceleration factor for porous low- k dielectric film breakdown in the alternating-polarity test was also found to increase. This Cu backward migration effect is effective when the stressing time under negative polarity is longer than 0.1 s.

  5. Assessing localized skin-to-fat water in arms of women with breast cancer via tissue dielectric constant measurements in pre- and post-surgery patients.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Weingrad, Daniel N; Lopez, Lidice

    2015-05-01

    Skin-to-fat tissue dielectric constant (TDC) values at 300 MHz largely depend on tissue water and provide a rapid way to assess skin water by touching skin with a probe for approximately 10 s. This method has been used to investigate lymphedema features accompanying breast cancer (BC), but relationships between TDC and nodes removed or symptoms is unclear. Our goals were: (1) to compare TDC values in BC patients prior to surgery (group A) and in patients who had BC-related surgery (group B) to determine if TDC of group B were related to nodes removed and reported symptoms and (2) to develop tentative lymphedema-detection thresholds. Arm volumes and TDC values of at-risk and contralateral forearms and biceps were determined in 103 women awaiting surgery for BC and 104 women who had BC-related surgery 26.3 ± 17.5 months prior to evaluation. Inter-arm ratios (at-risk/contralateral) were determined and patients answered questions about lymphedema-related symptoms. Inter-arm TDC ratios for group A forearm and biceps were respectively 1.003 ± 0.096 and 1.012 ± 0.143. Group B forearm ratios were significantly greater, and among group B patients who reported at least one symptom there was a significant correlation between TDC ratios and symptom burden and nodes removed. Inter-arm TDC ratios are significantly related to symptoms and nodes removed. Ratios increase with increasing symptom score and might be used to detect pre-clinical unilateral lymphedema using TDC ratio thresholds of 1.30 for forearm and 1.45 for biceps. Threshold confirmation awaits targeted prospective studies but can serve as guideposts to provide quantitative and easily done tracking assessments during follow-up visits.

  6. Chemical and mineral composition of dust and its effect on the dielectric constant

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    Sharif, S.

    1995-03-01

    Chemical analysis is carried out for dust sample collected from central Sudan and the dust chemical constituents are obtained. The mineral composition of dust are identified by the X-ray diffraction techniques. The mineral quantities are obtained by a technique developed based on the chemical analytical methods. Analyses show that Quartz is the dominant mineral while the SiO{sub 2} is the dominant oxide. A simple model is derived for the dust chemical constituents. This model is used with models for predicting the mixture dielectric constant to estimate the dust dielectric constant; the results of which are seen to be in a good agreement with the measured values. The effects of the different constituents on the dust dielectric constant are studied and results are given.

  7. Determination of the Boltzmann constant by dielectric-constant gas thermometry

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    Fellmuth, Bernd; Fischer, Joachim; Gaiser, Christof; Jusko, Otto; Priruenrom, Tasanee; Sabuga, Wladimir; Zandt, Thorsten

    2011-10-01

    Within an international project directed to the new definition of the base unit kelvin, the Boltzmann constant k has been determined by dielectric-constant gas thermometry at PTB. In the pressure range from about 1 MPa to 7 MPa, 11 helium isotherms have been measured at the triple point of water (TPW) by applying a new special experimental setup consisting of a large-volume thermostat, a vacuum-isolated measuring system, stainless-steel 10 pF cylindrical capacitors, an autotransformer ratio capacitance bridge, a high-purity gas-handling system including a mass spectrometer, and traceably calibrated special pressure balances with piston-cylinder assemblies having effective areas of 2 cm2. The value of k has been deduced from the linear, ideal-gas term of an appropriate virial expansion fitted to the combined isotherms. A detailed uncertainty budget has been established by performing Monte Carlo simulations. The main uncertainty components result from the measurement of pressure and capacitance as well as the influence of the effective compressibility of the measuring capacitor and impurities contained in the helium gas. The combination of the results obtained at the TPW (kTPW = 1.380 654 × 10-23 J K-1, relative standard uncertainty 9.2 parts per million) with data measured earlier at low temperatures (21 K to 27 K, kLT = 1.380 657 × 10-23 J K-1, 15.9 parts per million) has yielded a value of k = 1.380 655 × 10-23 J K-1 with uncertainty of 7.9 parts per million.

  8. Preparation of dielectric coating of variable dielectric constant by plasma polymerization

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    Hudis, M.; Wydeven, T. (Inventor)

    1979-01-01

    A plasma polymerization process for the deposition of a dielectric polymer coating on a substrate comprising disposing of the substrate in a closed reactor between two temperature controlled electrodes connected to a power supply is presented. A vacuum is maintained within the closed reactor, causing a monomer gas or gas mixture of a monomer and diluent to flow into the reactor, generating a plasma between the electrodes. The vacuum varies and controls the dielectric constant of the polymer coating being deposited by regulating the gas total and partial pressure, the electric field strength and frequency, and the current density.

  9. Techniques for Microwave Dielectric Measurements.

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    1986-03-01

    the complex dielectric constant. The theory is developed on the premise that the electromagnetic (EM) fields are unchanged in form and only slightly...values of these shifts, the validity of the theory can come into doubt. It is also true that as the sample is made smaller, the tolerances on the accuracy...Complex Permittivity in Re- entrant Cavity: Part A - Theoretical Analysis of the Method," Microwave Theory Tech., Vol. MTT-28 (1980), pp. 225-28

  10. Thickness-Dependent Dielectric Constant of Few-Layer In₂Se₃ Nanoflakes.

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    Wu, Di; Pak, Alexander J; Liu, Yingnan; Zhou, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyu; Zhu, Yihan; Lin, Min; Han, Yu; Ren, Yuan; Peng, Hailin; Tsai, Yu-Hao; Hwang, Gyeong S; Lai, Keji

    2015-12-09

    The dielectric constant or relative permittivity (ε(r)) of a dielectric material, which describes how the net electric field in the medium is reduced with respect to the external field, is a parameter of critical importance for charging and screening in electronic devices. Such a fundamental material property is intimately related to not only the polarizability of individual atoms but also the specific atomic arrangement in the crystal lattice. In this Letter, we present both experimental and theoretical investigations on the dielectric constant of few-layer In2Se3 nanoflakes grown on mica substrates by van der Waals epitaxy. A nondestructive microwave impedance microscope is employed to simultaneously quantify the number of layers and local electrical properties. The measured ε(r) increases monotonically as a function of the thickness and saturates to the bulk value at around 6-8 quintuple layers. The same trend of layer-dependent dielectric constant is also revealed by first-principles calculations. Our results of the dielectric response, being ubiquitously applicable to layered 2D semiconductors, are expected to be significant for this vibrant research field.

  11. Two Layer Magnetodielectric Metamaterial with Enhanced Dielectric Constant as a New Ferrite Like Material

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    Zouganelis, Georgios; Rybin, Oleg

    2006-11-01

    In this study, we present large enhancement of effective dielectric constant of magnetodielectric metamaterials made from two layers of parallel periodic non-magnetized iron wires embedded inside dielectric (wax), in two orientations of them, relative to the incident electromagnetic field. This kind of enhancement is predicted by finite difference time domain (FDTD) method electromagnetic simulations made for infinite size metamaterials of same unit cell and same electromagnetic wave’s geometry of incidence. In this model, the complex internal constants were estimated from the calculated complex S-parameters by using Ross-Nicolson method. The validity of our prediction was tested, from comparison of calculated S-parameters with experimental ones measured on a sample made by rapid prototyping, using a modified strip transmission line method. The dielectric enhancement was found to be about 500%, as it was expected from simulations. Applicability of this family of metamaterials to ferrites like applications is discussed.

  12. Dielectric constant and surface morphology of the elemental diffused polyimide

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    Majeed, Riyadh M. A. Abdul; Datar, A.; Bhoraskar, S. V.; Alegaonkar, P. S.; Bhoraskar, V. N.

    2006-11-01

    Polyimide (C22H10N2O5, PMDA-ODA, Kapton-H) samples were doped with phosphorous or boron and fluorine using the radiation assisted diffusion technique, with Co-60 gamma-rays over the dose range ~64 384 kGy, at room temperature. The diffusion of phosphorus and fluorine was confirmed by the RBS technique and that of boron by the neutron depth profiling technique. The elemental concentration on the surface was studied by the XPS technique. The relative concentration of phosphorus, fluorine and boron increased with increasing dose of gamma-rays. The dielectric constant, ɛ', of the polyimide increased by ~43% after phosphorus doping but decreased by ~33% after boron and fluorine doping. The increase in ɛ' is attributed to the radiation induced chemical coupling of the phosphorus atoms across the intra-molecular polyimide chains. The down shift in ɛ' is attributed to the decrease in the degree of electronic polarization and to the increase in the free volume due to the diffused boron or fluorine atoms. For all the doped samples the dielectric constant, ɛ', decreased very slowly with increasing frequency, over the range 100 Hz 7 MHz. AFM results reveal that the surface morphology and the roughness of the doped polyimide are appreciably different than that of virgin polyimide.

  13. Arm, Leg, and Foot Skin Water in Persons With Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in Relation to HbA1c Assessed by Tissue Dielectric Constant (TDC) Technology Measured at 300 MHz.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Volosko, Irina; Sarkar, Bansari; Pandya, Naushira

    2017-05-01

    DM is associated with structural skin changes. However, few studies have investigated changes in dermal water and specifically its relationship to glucose control as measured by HbA1c. Our goal was to test the hypothesis that skin water, assessed by its tissue dielectric constant (TDC), is inversely related to HbA1c. Water content of 3 skin sites (forearm, lower leg, and foot dorsum) of 50 persons with DM was estimated by measuring TDC at 300 MHz. TDC is the ratio of tissue dielectric constant to vacuum and depends on free and bound water in the measured volume. TDC was measured in triplicate to 4 depths, 0.5. 1.5, 2.5, and 5.0 mm to include different skin components. At each site increased measurement depth showed (1) a significant decrease in absolute TDC values and (2) a significant increase in foot-to-arm TDC ratios. TDC values at forearm were shown to be greater than at either leg or foot. However, testing of these 50 patients at 3 sites and 4 skin depths did not show any significant relationship between TDC and HbA1c or fasting glucose. The data indicate no relationship between TDC values, as indices for skin water, and HbA1c or fasting glucose. This implies that skin TDC values to assess skin property features and changes in persons with DM are not sensitive to recent glucose control. Furthermore, the results introduce a newly applied TDC technology useful to assess skin properties of persons with DM.

  14. Arm, Leg, and Foot Skin Water in Persons With Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in Relation to HbA1c Assessed by Tissue Dielectric Constant (TDC) Technology Measured at 300 MHz

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N.; Volosko, Irina; Sarkar, Bansari; Pandya, Naushira

    2016-01-01

    Background: DM is associated with structural skin changes. However, few studies have investigated changes in dermal water and specifically its relationship to glucose control as measured by HbA1c. Our goal was to test the hypothesis that skin water, assessed by its tissue dielectric constant (TDC), is inversely related to HbA1c. Methods: Water content of 3 skin sites (forearm, lower leg, and foot dorsum) of 50 persons with DM was estimated by measuring TDC at 300 MHz. TDC is the ratio of tissue dielectric constant to vacuum and depends on free and bound water in the measured volume. TDC was measured in triplicate to 4 depths, 0.5. 1.5, 2.5, and 5.0 mm to include different skin components. Results: At each site increased measurement depth showed (1) a significant decrease in absolute TDC values and (2) a significant increase in foot-to-arm TDC ratios. TDC values at forearm were shown to be greater than at either leg or foot. However, testing of these 50 patients at 3 sites and 4 skin depths did not show any significant relationship between TDC and HbA1c or fasting glucose. Conclusions: The data indicate no relationship between TDC values, as indices for skin water, and HbA1c or fasting glucose. This implies that skin TDC values to assess skin property features and changes in persons with DM are not sensitive to recent glucose control. Furthermore, the results introduce a newly applied TDC technology useful to assess skin properties of persons with DM. PMID:27491529

  15. Characterization of the Dielectric Constant in the Trichoderma reesei Cel7B Active Site.

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    Song, Xiangfei; Wang, Yefei; Zhang, Shujun; Yan, Shihai; Li, Tong; Yao, Lishan

    2015-07-27

    An attempt is made to evaluate the dielectric constant of the Trichoderma reesei Cel7B active site. Through kinetic measurements, the pKa value of the catalytic acid E201 is determined. Mutations (away from E201) with net charge changes are introduced to perturb the E201 pKa. It is shown that the mutation with a +1 charge change (including G225R, G230R, and A335R) decreases the pKa of E201, whereas the mutation with a -1 charge change (including Q149E, A222D, G225D, and G230D) increases the pKa. This effect is consistent with the electrostatic interaction between the changed charge and the E201 side chain. The fitting of the experimental data yields an apparent dielectric constant of 25-80. Molecular dynamics simulations with explicit water molecules indicate that the high solvent accessibility of the active site contributes largely to the high dielectric constant. ONIOM calculations show that high dielectric constant benefits the catalysis through decreasing the energy of the transition state relative to that of the enzyme substrate complex.

  16. An Explanation of the Photoinduced Giant Dielectric Constant of Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Almond, Darryl P; Bowen, Chris R

    2015-05-07

    A photoinduced giant dielectric constant of ~10(6) has been found in impedance spectroscopy measurements of lead halide perovskite solar cells. We report similar effects in measurements of a porous lead zirconate titanate (PZT) sample saturated with water. The principal effect of the illumination of the solar cell and of the introduction of water into the pore volume of the PZT sample is a significant increase in conductivity and dielectric loss. This is shown to exhibit low frequency power law dispersion. Application of the Kramers-Kronig relationships show the large measured values of permittivity to be related to the power law changes in conductivity and dielectric loss. The power law dispersions in the electrical responses are consistent with an electrical network model of microstructure. It is concluded that the high apparent values of permittivity are features of the microstructural networks and not fundamental effects in the two perovskite materials.

  17. Nearly constant dielectric loss behavior in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) biodegradable polyester

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    Ke, Shanming; Huang, Haitao; Ren, Li; Wang, Yingjun

    2009-05-01

    The measurement of dielectric spectroscopy over a broad frequency range of 0.01-107 Hz has been conducted to examine the segmental motions in poly[3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate] (PHBV) biopolymers. The ac conductivity at either low temperatures or high frequencies is almost temperature independent, indicating clearly that the nearly constant loss (NCL) phenomenon also takes place in polymers. The respective data were analyzed by adding a NCL term to the Jonscher relation. NCL in PHBV is discussed to be originated from the vibrational motion model. PHBV may have potential application as a biodegradable dielectric material.

  18. Nanocomposites of TiO₂/cyanoethylated cellulose with ultra high dielectric constants.

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    Madusanka, Nadeesh; Shivareddy, Sai G; Hiralal, Pritesh; Eddleston, Mark D; Choi, Youngjin; Oliver, Rachel A; Amaratunga, Gehan A J

    2016-05-13

    A novel dielectric nanocomposite containing a high permittivity polymer, cyanoethylated cellulose (CRS) and TiO2 nanoparticles was successfully prepared with different weight percentages (10%, 20% and 30%) of TiO2. The intermolecular interactions and morphology within the polymer nanocomposites were analysed. TiO2/CRS nanofilms on SiO2/Si wafers were used to form metal-insulator-metal type capacitors. Capacitances and loss factors in the frequency range of 1 kHz-1 MHz were measured. At 1 kHz CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited ultra high dielectric constants of 118, 176 and 207 for nanocomposites with 10%, 20% and 30% weight of TiO2 respectively, significantly higher than reported values of pure CRS (21), TiO2 (41) and other dielectric polymer-TiO2 nanocomposite films. Furthermore, all three CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites show a loss factor <0.3 at 1 kHz and low leakage current densities (10(-6)-10(-7) A cm(-2)). Leakage was studied using conductive atomic force microscopy and it was observed that the leakage is associated with TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in the CRS polymer matrix. A new class of ultra high dielectric constant hybrids using nanoscale inorganic dielectrics dispersed in a high permittivity polymer suitable for energy management applications is reported.

  19. Nanocomposites of TiO2/cyanoethylated cellulose with ultra high dielectric constants

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    Madusanka, Nadeesh; Shivareddy, Sai G.; Hiralal, Pritesh; Eddleston, Mark D.; Choi, Youngjin; Oliver, Rachel A.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.

    2016-05-01

    A novel dielectric nanocomposite containing a high permittivity polymer, cyanoethylated cellulose (CRS) and TiO2 nanoparticles was successfully prepared with different weight percentages (10%, 20% and 30%) of TiO2. The intermolecular interactions and morphology within the polymer nanocomposites were analysed. TiO2/CRS nanofilms on SiO2/Si wafers were used to form metal-insulator-metal type capacitors. Capacitances and loss factors in the frequency range of 1 kHz-1 MHz were measured. At 1 kHz CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited ultra high dielectric constants of 118, 176 and 207 for nanocomposites with 10%, 20% and 30% weight of TiO2 respectively, significantly higher than reported values of pure CRS (21), TiO2 (41) and other dielectric polymer-TiO2 nanocomposite films. Furthermore, all three CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites show a loss factor <0.3 at 1 kHz and low leakage current densities (10-6-10-7 A cm-2). Leakage was studied using conductive atomic force microscopy and it was observed that the leakage is associated with TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in the CRS polymer matrix. A new class of ultra high dielectric constant hybrids using nanoscale inorganic dielectrics dispersed in a high permittivity polymer suitable for energy management applications is reported.

  20. Dielectric constants of chrysoberyl, spinel, phenacite, and forsterite and the oxide additivity rule

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    Shannon, R. D.; Subramanian, M. A.

    1989-11-01

    The dielectric constants and dielectric loss values of BeAl2O4 (chrysoberyl), MgAl2O4 (spinel), Be2SiO4 (phenacite), and Mg2SiO4 (forsterite) were measured at 1 MHz using a two-terminal method and empirically determined edge corrections. The results are: chrysoberyl, κ' a =9.436, κ' b =9.071, κ' c =8.269; spinel, κ' a =8.18; phenacite, κ' a =6.28, κ' c =6.06; and forsterite, κ' a =6.867, κ' b =7.392, κ' c =6.739. The agreement between measured dielectric polarizabilities as determined from the Clausius-Mosotti equation and those calculated from the sum of oxide polarizabilities according to αD(M2M'X4) = 2αD(MX)+αD(M'X2) is ~ 1.0%.

  1. Examination of Effective Dielectric Constants Derived from Non-Spherical Melting Hydrometeor

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    Liao, L.; Meneghini, R.

    2009-04-01

    radar measurements from melting hydrometeors, it is necessary to move away from the restriction that the melting particles are spherical. In this study, our primary focus is on the derivation of the effective dielectric constants of non-spherical particles that are mixtures of ice and water. The computational model for the ice-water particle is described by a collection of 128x128x128 cubic cells of identical size. Because of the use of such a high-resolution model, the particles can be described accurately not only with regard to shape but with respect to structure as well. The Cartesian components of the mean internal electric field of particles, which are used to infer the effective dielectric constants, are calculated at each cell by the use of the Conjugate Gradient-Fast Fourier Transform (CG-FFT) numerical method. In this work we first check the validity of derived effective dielectric constant from a non-spherical mixed phase particle by comparing the polarimetric scattering parameters of an ice-water spheroid obtained from the CGFFT to those computed from the T-matrix for a homogeneous particle with the same geometry as that of the mixed phase particle (such as size, shape and orientation) and with an effective dielectric constant derived from the internal field of the mixed-phase particle. The accuracy of the effective dielectric constant can be judged by whether the scattering parameters of interest can accurately reproduce those of the exact solution, i.e., the T-matrix results. The purpose of defining an effective dielectric constant is to reduce the complexity of the scattering calculations in the sense that the effective dielectric constant, once obtained, may be applicable to a range of particle sizes, shapes and orientations. Conversely, if a different effective dielectric constant is needed for each particle size or shape, then its utility would be marginal. Having verified that the effective dielectric constant defined for a particular particle with a

  2. Low-Dielectric Constant Polyimide Nanoporous Films: Synthesis and Properties

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    Mehdipour-Ataei, S.; Rahimi, A.; Saidi, S.

    2007-08-01

    Synthesis of high temperature polyimide foams with pore sizes in the nanometer range was developed. Foams were prepared by casting graft copolymers comprising a thermally stable block as the matrix and a thermally labile material as the dispersed phase. Polyimides derived from pyromellitic dianhydride with new diamines (4BAP and BAN) were used as the matrix material and functionalized poly(propylene glycol) oligomers were used as a thermally labile constituent. Upon thermal treatment the labile blocks were subsequently removed leaving pores with the size and shape of the original copolymer morphology. The polyimides and foamed polyimides were characterized by some conventional methods including FTIR, H-NMR, DSC, TGA, SEM, TEM, and dielectric constant.

  3. Thermal stability of low dielectric constant porous silica films

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    Esposito, L.; Ottaviani, G.; Carollo, E.; Bacchetta, M.

    2005-12-01

    Thermal stability of porous-silica-based low dielectric constant, k, material deposited by chemical vapor deposition has been investigated in a wide temperature range. The films as-deposited and after heat treatments up to 600°C have Si1O1.6C1.4H2.3 composition, permittivity k ≈2.8, and porosity h ≈0.25. A skeleton of silicon dioxide and empty pores justifies the permittivity and porosity values. Permeation experiments with deuterated water vapor indicate that pores are interconnected. At 700°C, the film has Si1O1.6C1.4H1.4 composition, k ≈2.4, and h ≈0.21. Bonds with lower polarizability could be responsible for the decrease of k. Above 800°C, carbon segregation and nanoclusters formation occur.

  4. Communication: Temperature derivative of the dielectric constant gives access to multipoint correlations in polar liquids

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    Matyushov, Dmitry V.; Richert, Ranko

    2016-01-01

    Fluctuations of the dipole moment of a macroscopic dielectric sample are induced by thermal motions. The variance of the sample dipole moment, characterizing the extent of thermal fluctuations, is a decaying function of temperature for many polar liquids. This result is inconsistent with the Nyquist (fluctuation-dissipation) theorem predicting the variance of a macroscopic property to grow linearly with temperature. The reason for a qualitatively different behavior is in strong multi-particle correlations of dipolar orientations. An equation connecting the temperature slope of the dielectric constant to a static three-point correlation function is derived. When applied to experimental data for polar and hydrogen-bonding liquids at normal conditions, the three-point correlations of different liquids fall on a single master curve as a function of the dielectric constant. Static three-point correlation functions can potentially reflect the growing spatial correlation length on approach to the glass transition. However, the measured temperature slope of the dielectric constant of glycerol does not indicate a change in such a lengthscale.

  5. Flexible and transparent dielectric film with a high dielectric constant using chemical vapor deposition-grown graphene interlayer.

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    Kim, Jin-Young; Lee, Jongho; Lee, Wi Hyoung; Kholmanov, Iskandar N; Suk, Ji Won; Kim, Taeyoung; Hao, Yufeng; Chou, Harry; Akinwande, Deji; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2014-01-28

    We have devised a dielectric film with a chemical vapor deposited graphene interlayer and studied the effect of the graphene interlayer on the dielectric performance. The highly transparent and flexible film was a polymer/graphene/polymer 'sandwich-structure' fabricated by a one-step transfer method that had a dielectric constant of 51, with a dielectric loss of 0.05 at 1 kHz. The graphene interlayer in the film forms a space charge layer, i.e., an accumulation of polarized charge carriers near the graphene, resulting in an induced space charge polarization and enhanced dielectric constant. The characteristic of the space charge layer for the graphene dielectric film, the sheet resistance of the graphene interlayer, was adjusted through thermal annealing that caused partial oxidation. The dielectric film with higher sheet resistance due to the oxidized graphene interlayer had a significantly lower dielectric constant compared to that with the graphene with lower interlayer sheet resistance. Oxidizing the graphene interlayer yields a smaller and thinner space charge density in the dielectric film, ultimately leading to decreased capacitance. Considering the simplicity of the fabrication process and high dielectric performance, as well as the high transparency and flexibility, this film is promising for applications in plastic electronics.

  6. A preliminary study on the dielectric constant of WPC based on some tropical woods

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    Chia, L. H. L.; Chua, P. H.; Hon, Y. S.; Lee, E.

    The use of WPC as an important insulating material is studied by determining its dielectric constant. The variation of dielectric constant with moisture content is also investigated. Preliminary results show that all untreated woods studied have a higher dielectric constant than their polymer composites with the exception of Kapur and Keruing. It is therefore postulated that the presence of polymers has led to a decrease in the number of polarizable units. Such a material may be useful commercially.

  7. The correlation of the complex dielectric constant and blood glucose at low frequency.

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    Park, J-H; Kim, C-S; Choi, B-C; Ham, K-Y

    2003-12-15

    A new needle-type sample cell was designed and produced to investigate the correlation between blood glucose and electrical parameters using an impedance analyzer. The characteristics of the measurement cells were optimized to give high sensitivity. High sensitivity complex dielectric constant measurements were obtained by calibration with several known fluids. It was observed that the values of the real (epsilon') and the imaginary (epsilon") dielectric constant increase with decreasing glucose contents in the water/glucose system, and that the value of epsilon' in hamster tail changes according to the variation in blood glucose. It is likely that there is a correlation between blood glucose and the value of epsilon', the electrical parameter.

  8. Dielectric-Constant Gas Thermometry and the Relation to the Virial Coefficients

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    Gaiser, C.; Fellmuth, B.; Zandt, T.

    2014-04-01

    At PTB new dielectric-constant gas thermometry (DCGT) measurements were performed at the temperature of the triple point of water. As discussed recently in an accompanying paper, the main goal was the determination of the Boltzmann constant as a contribution to the international efforts directed to a new definition of the base unit kelvin via fixing the value of . Besides the linear term in the series expansion used for fitting the results of measurements of DCGT isotherms that reveals , in this paper the higher-order terms are analyzed. For retrieving highly accurate virial coefficients of helium from the data obtained at gas pressures up to 7 MPa, an extended DCGT working equation is developed. Applying this equation, information is deduced on the viral coefficients up to the fourth density virial coefficient. Finally, comparisons with the latest ab initio calculations for the second and third density virial coefficients as well as the second dielectric virial coefficient are performed.

  9. 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.

  10. Controllable giant dielectric constant in AlO{sub x}/TiO{sub y} nanolaminates.

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    Li, W.; Chen, Z.; Premnath, R. N.; Kabius, B.; Auciello, O.

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric materials exhibiting high dielectric constants play critical roles in a wide range of applications from microchip energy storage embedded capacitors for implantable biomedical devices to energy storage capacitors for a new generation of renewable energy generation/storage systems. Instead of searching for new materials, we demonstrate that giant dielectric constants can be achieved by integrating two simple oxides with low dielectric constants into nanolaminate structures. In addition, the obtained dielectric constant values are highly tunable by manipulating the sub-layer thicknesses of the component oxides to control the number of interfaces and oxygen redistribution. The work reported here opens a new pathway for the design and development of high dielectric constant materials based on the nanolaminate concept.

  11. One-dimensional photonic crystals with an amplitude-modulated dielectric constant in the unit cell.

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    Carretero, Luis; Ulibarrena, Manuel; Blaya, Salvador; Fimia, Antonio

    2004-05-10

    Photonic band structures of one-dimensional photonic crystals with an amplitude-modulated dielectric constant in the unit cell were studied. With this structure two bandgaps in the visible and one in the IR region were predicted. Experimental measurements of the two photonic bandgaps in the visible spectrum were made in a photonic crystal recorded in a holographic emulsion. Good agreement between experimental and theoretical results was obtained.

  12. Determination of the dielectric constant of GaN in the kHz frequency range

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    Kane, M. J.; Uren, M. J.; Wallis, D. J.; Wright, P. J.; Soley, D. E. J.; Simons, A. J.; Martin, T.

    2011-08-01

    Capacitance techniques are used to show that the dielectric constant ɛ|| of GaN in the kHz frequency range is 10.6 ± 0.3. The data allow depth information to be accurately extracted using methods such as mercury probe capacitance profiling. The measurements complement the pre-existing data which are derived from infrared reflectivity and which give a value of 10.4 ± 0.3.

  13. Time and voltage dependences of nanoscale dielectric constant modulation on indium tin oxide films

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    Li, Liang; Hao, Haoyue; Zhao, Hua

    2017-01-01

    The modulation of indium tin oxide (ITO) films through surface charge accumulation plays an important role in many different applications. In order to elaborately study the modulation, we measured the dielectric constant of the modulated layer through examining the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons. Charges were pumped on the surfaces of ITO films through applying high voltage in appropriate directions. Experiments unveiled that the dielectric constant of the modulated layer had large variation along with the nanoscale charge accumulation. Corresponding numerical results were worked out through combining Drude model and Mayadas-Shatzkes model. Based on the above results, we deduced the time and voltage dependences of accumulated charge density, which revealed a long-time charge accumulation process.

  14. Structure and performance of dielectric films based on self-assembled nanocrystals with a high dielectric constant

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    Huang, LM; Liu, SY; Van Tassell, BJ; Liu, XH; Byro, A; Zhang, HN; Leland, ES; Akins, DL; Steingart, DA; Li, J; O'Brien, S

    2013-09-24

    Self-assembled films built from nanoparticles with a high dielectric constant are attractive as a foundation for new dielectric media with increased efficiency and range of operation, due to the ability to exploit nanofabrication techniques and emergent electrical properties originating from the nanoscale. However, because the building block is a discrete one-dimensional unit, it becomes a challenge to capture potential enhancements in dielectric performance in two or three dimensions, frequently due to surface effects or the presence of discontinuities. This is a recurring theme in nanoparticle film technology when applied to the realm of thin film semiconductor and device electronics. We present the use of chemically synthesized. (Ba; Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals, and a novel deposition-polymerization technique, as a means to fabricate the dielectric layer. The effective dielectric constant of the film is tunable according to nanoparticle size, and effective film dielectric constants of up to 34 are enabled. Wide area and multilayer dielectrics of up to 8 cm(2) and 190 nF are reported, for which the building block is an 8 nm nanocrystal. We describe models for assessing dielectric performance, and distinct methods for improving the dielectric constant of a nanocrystal thin film. The approach relies on evaporatively driven assembly of perovskite nanocrystals with uniform size distributions in a tunable 7-30 nm size range, coupled with the use of low molecular weight monomer/polymer precursor chemistry that can infiltrate the porous nanocrystal thin film network post assembly. The intercrystal void space (low k dielectric volume fraction) is minimized, while simultaneously promoting intercrystal connectivity and maximizing volume fraction of the high k dielectric component. Furfuryl alcohol, which has good affinity to the surface of. (Ba; Sr ) TiO3 nanocrystals and miscibility with a range of solvents, is demonstrated

  15. Dielectric constant of fluids and fluid mixtures at criticality.

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    Losada-Pérez, Patricia; Pérez-Sánchez, Germán; Cerdeiriña, Claudio A; Thoen, Jan

    2010-04-01

    The behavior of the dielectric constant epsilon of pure fluids and binary mixtures near liquid-gas and liquid-liquid critical points is studied within the concept of complete scaling of asymmetric fluid-fluid criticality. While mixing of the electric field into the scaling fields plays a role, pressure mixing is crucial as the asymptotic behavior of the coexistence-curve diameter in the epsilon-T plane is concerned. Specifically, it is found that the diameters, characterized by a |T-Tc|1-alpha singularity in the previous scaling formulation [J. V. Sengers, D. Bedeaux, P. Mazur, and S. C. Greer, Physica A 104, 573 (1980)], gain a more dominant |T-Tc|2beta term, whose existence is shown to be supported by literature experimental data. The widely known |T-Tc|1-alpha singularity of epsilon along the critical isopleth in the one-phase region is found to provide information on the effect of electric fields on the liquid-liquid critical temperature: from experimental data it is inferred that Tc usually decreases as the magnitude of the electric field is enhanced. Furthermore, the behavior of mixtures along an isothermal path of approach to criticality is also analyzed: theory explains why the observed anomalies are remarkably higher than those associated to the usual isobaric path.

  16. Dielectric property measurement of zirconia fibers at high temperatures

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

    1995-05-01

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

  17. Millikan's measurement of Planck's constant

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    Franklin, Allan

    2013-12-01

    Robert Millikan is famous for measuring the charge of the electron. His result was better than any previous measurement and his method established that there was a fundamental unit of charge, or charge quantization. He is less well-known for his measurement of Planck's constant, although, as discussed below, he is often mistakenly given credit for providing significant evidence in support of Einstein's photon theory of light.1 His Nobel Prize citation was "for his work on the elementary electric charge of electricity and the photoelectric effect," an indication of the significance of his work on the photoelectric effect.

  18. Use of the finite-element method for a dielectric-constant gas-thermometry experiment

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    Zandt, T.; Gaiser, C.; Fellmuth, B.; Haft, N.; Thiele-Krivoi, B.; Kuhn, A.

    2013-09-01

    The finite-element method is a well-established computational methodology for the numerical treatment of partial differential equations. It is primarily used for solving problems in applied engineering and science. In previous publications, we have shown that the method is suitable to solve problems in temperature metrology, for instance to predict temperature profiles and thermal equilibration processes in complex measurement setups. In this paper, the method is used for a primary thermometry experiment, namely dielectric-constant gas thermometry. Within the framework of an international project directed to the new definition of the base unit kelvin, measurements were performed at the triple point of water in order to determine the Boltzmann constant k. The finite-element method was used for the data evaluation in different ways: calculation of the effective compressibility of the measuring capacitor by describing the deformation of its electrodes under the influence of the pressure of the gas, the dielectric constant of which has to be determined; calculation of resonance frequencies for the determination of the elastic constants of the electrode material by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy; electrostatic simulations for calculating capacitance values; estimation of uncertainty components, which allowed to draw conclusions concerning the future reduction of uncertainty components.

  19. Computing the Kirkwood g-Factor by Combining Constant Maxwell Electric Field and Electric Displacement Simulations: Application to the Dielectric Constant of Liquid Water.

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    Zhang, Chao; Hutter, Jürg; Sprik, Michiel

    2016-07-21

    In his classic 1939 paper, Kirkwood linked the macroscopic dielectric constant of polar liquids to the local orientational order as measured by the g-factor (later named after him) and suggested that the corresponding dielectric constant at short-range is effectively equal to the macroscopic value just after "a distance of molecular magnitude" [ Kirkwood, J. Chem. Phys., 1939, 7, 911 ]. Here, we show a simple approach to extract the short-ranged Kirkwood g-factor from molecular dynamics (MD) simulation by superposing the outcomes of constant electric field E and constant electric displacement D simulations [ Zhang and Sprik, Phys. Rev. B: Condens. Matter Mater. Phys., 2016, 93, 144201 ]. Rather than from the notoriously slow fluctuations of the dipole moment of the full MD cell, the dielectric constant can now be estimated from dipole fluctuations at short-range, accelerating the convergence. Exploiting this feature, we computed the bulk dielectric constant of liquid water modeled in the generalized gradient approximation (PBE) to density functional theory and found it to be at least 40% larger than the experimental value.

  20. Application of FEM to estimate complex permittivity of dielectric material at microwave frequency using waveguide measurements

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    Deshpande, M. D.; Reddy, C. J.

    1995-01-01

    A simple waveguide measurement technique is presented to determine the complex dielectric constant of a dielectric material. The dielectric sample is loaded in a shorted x-band rectangular waveguide. Using a network analyzer; the reflection coefficient of the shorted waveguide (loaded with sample) is measured. Using the Finite Element Method (FEM), the exact reflection coefficient of the shorted waveguide (loaded with sample) is determined as a function of the dielectric constant. Matching the measured value of the reflection coefficient with the reflection coefficient calculated using the FEM utilizing the Newton-Raphson Method, an estimate of the dielectric constant of a dielectric material is obtained. A comparison of estimated values of dielectric constant obtained from simple waveguide modal theory and the present approach is presented.

  1. Dielectric measurements of selected ceramics at microwave frequencies

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    Dahiya, J. N.; Templeton, C. K.

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric measurements of strontium titanate and lead titanate zirconate ceramics are conducted at microwave frequencies using a cylindrical resonant cavity in the TE(sub 011) mode. The perturbations of the electric field are recorded in terms of the frequency shift and Q-changes of the cavity signal. Slater's perturbation equations are used to calculate e' and e" of the dielectric constant as a function of temperature and frequency.

  2. Three-phase percolative silver-BaTiO3-epoxy nanocomposites with high dielectric constants

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    Qi, Lai; Lee, Burtrand I.; Samuels, William D.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Parker, Sam G.

    2006-08-01

    A three-phase epoxy-based composite with randomly distributed Ag nanoparticles and BaTiO3 particles was synthesized in this work. By integrating Ag nanoparticles into the epoxy resin, the dielectric properties of the resin is significantly enhanced, which provides an ideal host for further mixing with BaTiO3 to prepare high-dielectric-constant polymer-based dielectrics. The devices that adopt these composites demonstrate high relative dielectric constants (?r ? 450) at room temperature, which is 110 times higher than that of the epoxy matrix. These nanocomposites were found with potential to be applied in the embedded capacitor applications.

  3. Complex dielectric constant of various biomolecules as a function of wavelength using surface plasmon resonance

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2014-07-01

    Present study focuses on determination of complex dielectric constant of biomolecules as function of frequency by means of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique without losing their biofunctionality. Surface plasmon modes have been excited in Kretschmann configuration at interface of ZnO-Au thin films. Various biomolecules (glucose oxidase, cholesterol oxidase, urease, and uricase) have been immobilized successfully on surface of ZnO thin film by electrostatic interaction. SPR reflectance curves for all biomolecules were recorded separately at different wavelengths (407-635 nm). Complex dielectric constant was determined by fitting the experimental SPR data with Fresnel's equations. Dielectric constant of all biomolecules shows frequency dispersion and attributed to ionic polarization.

  4. General theory of the transverse dielectric constant of III-V semiconducting compounds

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    Kahen, K. B.; Leburton, J. P.

    1985-01-01

    A general model of the transverse dielectric constant of III-V compounds is developed using a hybrid method which combines the kp method with a nonlocal pseudopotential calculation. In this method the Brillouin zone is partitioned into three regions by expanding the energy bands and matrix elements about the F, X, and L symmetry points. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant are calculated as a sum of the individual contributions of each region. By using this partition method, it is possible to get good insight into the dependence of the dielectric constant on the shape of the band structure.

  5. Structure and performance of dielectric films based on self-assembled nanocrystals with a high dielectric constant

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    Huang, Limin; Liu, Shuangyi; Van Tassell, Barry J.; Liu, Xiaohua; Byro, Andrew; Zhang, Henan; Leland, Eli S.; Akins, Daniel L.; Steingart, Daniel A.; Li, Jackie; O'Brien, Stephen

    2013-10-01

    Self-assembled films built from nanoparticles with a high dielectric constant are attractive as a foundation for new dielectric media with increased efficiency and range of operation, due to the ability to exploit nanofabrication techniques and emergent electrical properties originating from the nanoscale. However, because the building block is a discrete one-dimensional unit, it becomes a challenge to capture potential enhancements in dielectric performance in two or three dimensions, frequently due to surface effects or the presence of discontinuities. This is a recurring theme in nanoparticle film technology when applied to the realm of thin film semiconductor and device electronics. We present the use of chemically synthesized (Ba,Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals, and a novel deposition-polymerization technique, as a means to fabricate the dielectric layer. The effective dielectric constant of the film is tunable according to nanoparticle size, and effective film dielectric constants of up to 34 are enabled. Wide area and multilayer dielectrics of up to 8 cm2 and 190 nF are reported, for which the building block is an 8 nm nanocrystal. We describe models for assessing dielectric performance, and distinct methods for improving the dielectric constant of a nanocrystal thin film. The approach relies on evaporatively driven assembly of perovskite nanocrystals with uniform size distributions in a tunable 7-30 nm size range, coupled with the use of low molecular weight monomer/polymer precursor chemistry that can infiltrate the porous nanocrystal thin film network post assembly. The intercrystal void space (low k dielectric volume fraction) is minimized, while simultaneously promoting intercrystal connectivity and maximizing volume fraction of the high k dielectric component. Furfuryl alcohol, which has good affinity to the surface of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals and miscibility with a range of solvents, is demonstrated to be ideal for the production of nanocomposites. The

  6. Structure and performance of dielectric films based on self-assembled nanocrystals with a high dielectric constant.

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    Huang, Limin; Liu, Shuangyi; Van Tassell, Barry J; Liu, Xiaohua; Byro, Andrew; Zhang, Henan; Leland, Eli S; Akins, Daniel L; Steingart, Daniel A; Li, Jackie; O'Brien, Stephen

    2013-10-18

    Self-assembled films built from nanoparticles with a high dielectric constant are attractive as a foundation for new dielectric media with increased efficiency and range of operation, due to the ability to exploit nanofabrication techniques and emergent electrical properties originating from the nanoscale. However, because the building block is a discrete one-dimensional unit, it becomes a challenge to capture potential enhancements in dielectric performance in two or three dimensions, frequently due to surface effects or the presence of discontinuities. This is a recurring theme in nanoparticle film technology when applied to the realm of thin film semiconductor and device electronics. We present the use of chemically synthesized (Ba,Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals, and a novel deposition-polymerization technique, as a means to fabricate the dielectric layer. The effective dielectric constant of the film is tunable according to nanoparticle size, and effective film dielectric constants of up to 34 are enabled. Wide area and multilayer dielectrics of up to 8 cm(2) and 190 nF are reported, for which the building block is an 8 nm nanocrystal. We describe models for assessing dielectric performance, and distinct methods for improving the dielectric constant of a nanocrystal thin film. The approach relies on evaporatively driven assembly of perovskite nanocrystals with uniform size distributions in a tunable 7-30 nm size range, coupled with the use of low molecular weight monomer/polymer precursor chemistry that can infiltrate the porous nanocrystal thin film network post assembly. The intercrystal void space (low k dielectric volume fraction) is minimized, while simultaneously promoting intercrystal connectivity and maximizing volume fraction of the high k dielectric component. Furfuryl alcohol, which has good affinity to the surface of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals and miscibility with a range of solvents, is demonstrated to be ideal for the production of nanocomposites. The

  7. The effect of diamic acid additives on the dielectric constant of polyimides

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    Stoakley, Diane M.; St. Clair, Anne K.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of six selected diamic acids additives (including 2,2-prime bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride-aniline (An); 4,4-prime-oxydiphthalic anhydride-An, 3,3-prime diaminodiphenyl sulfone-phthalic anhydride (PA); 4,4-prime-oxydianiline-PA; 2,2-bis 4(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl hexafluoropropane-PA; and 2,2-bis 4(3-aminophenoxy)phenyl hexafluoropropane-PA) on the dielectric constants of low-dielectric-constant polyimide resins was evaluated. It was found that the effect of the incorporation of the diamic acids on reducing the dielectric constant of polyimides may be limited as the dielectric constant of the base resin itself becomes very low. The additives were found to lower the resin's values of glass transition temperature, with no effect on thermooxidative stability.

  8. The effect of diamic acid additives on the dielectric constant of polyimides

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    Stoakley, Diane M.; St. Clair, Anne K.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of six selected diamic acids additives (including 2,2-prime bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride-aniline (An); 4,4-prime-oxydiphthalic anhydride-An, 3,3-prime diaminodiphenyl sulfone-phthalic anhydride (PA); 4,4-prime-oxydianiline-PA; 2,2-bis 4(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl hexafluoropropane-PA; and 2,2-bis 4(3-aminophenoxy)phenyl hexafluoropropane-PA) on the dielectric constants of low-dielectric-constant polyimide resins was evaluated. It was found that the effect of the incorporation of the diamic acids on reducing the dielectric constant of polyimides may be limited as the dielectric constant of the base resin itself becomes very low. The additives were found to lower the resin's values of glass transition temperature, with no effect on thermooxidative stability.

  9. High dielectric constant nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Yen, Chih-Feng; Fan, Cho-Han

    2014-09-01

    The electrical characteristics of nickel-doped titanium oxide films prepared by liquid-phase deposition on p-type (100) silicon substrate were investigated. The aqueous solutions of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid were used as precursors for the growth of titanium oxide films and the dielectric constant is 29. The dielectric constant can be improved to 94 by nickel doping at the thermal annealing at 700 °C in nitrous oxide.

  10. The dependence of electrostatic solvation energy on dielectric constants in Poisson-Boltzmann calculations.

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    Tjong, Harianto; Zhou, Huang-Xiang

    2006-11-28

    The Poisson-Boltzmann equation gives the electrostatic free energy of a solute molecule (with dielectric constant epsilon(l)) solvated in a continuum solvent (with dielectric constant epsilon(s)). Here a simple formula is presented that accurately predicts the electrostatic free energy for all combinations of epsilon(l) and epsilon(s) from the calculation on a single set of epsilon(l) and epsilon(s) values.

  11. Defects and electronic transport in hydrogenated amorphous SiC films of interest for low dielectric constant back end of the line dielectric systems

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    Pomorski, T. A.; Bittel, B. C.; Cochrane, C. J.; Lenahan, P. M.; Bielefeld, J.; King, S. W.

    2013-08-01

    Back end of line dielectrics with low dielectric constants are needed for current and future integrated circuit technology. However, an understanding of the defects that cause leakage currents and limit reliability in these films is not yet developed. We utilize conventional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR), and leakage current measurements, complimented by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Rutherford back scattering results, to investigate a-SiC:H dielectrics which have great potential use for back end of line dielectrics. We observe a strong correlation between conventional EPR defect density measurements and leakage currents. There is also a very strong correlation between hydrogen content and both leakage current and EPR defect density. The close correspondence between the EPR results and the leakage currents strongly indicates that the defects observed by EPR are largely responsible for the leakage currents and likely limit the dielectric reliability. Important reliability phenomena in these films are time-dependent dielectric breakdown and stress induced leakage current. Additionally, we have utilized EDMR via spin dependent trap assisted tunneling to investigate the direct link between defects observed in EPR and electrical transport.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  13. Development of low dielectric constant alumina-based ceramics for microelectronic substrates

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    Wu, Shun Jackson

    1993-05-01

    The performance of high speed computers depends not only on IC chips, but also on the signal propagation speed between these chips. The signal propagation delay in a computer is determined by the dielectric constant of the substrate material to which the IC chips are attached. In this study, a ceramic substrate with a low dielectric constant (k ≈ 5.0) has been developed. When compared with the traditional alumina substrate (k ≈ 10.0), the new material corresponds to a 37% decrease in the signal propagation delay. Glass hollow spheres are used to introduce porosity (k = 1.0) to the alumina matrix in a controlled manner. A surface coating technique via heterogeneous nucleation in aqueous solution has been used to improve the high temperature stability of these spheres. After sintering at 1,400 C, isolated spherical pores are uniformly distributed in the almost fully dense alumina matrix; negligible amounts of matrix defects can be seen. All pores are isolated from each other. Detailed analyses of the chemical composition find that the sintered sample consists of α-alumina, mullite and residual glass. Mullite is the chemical reaction product of alumina and the glass spheres. Residual glass exists because current firing conditions do not complete the mullitization reaction. The dielectric constant of the sintered sample is measured and then compared with the predicted value using Maxwell`s model. Mechanical strength is evaluated by a four-point bending test. Although the flexural strength decreases exponentially with porosity, samples with 34% porosity (k ≈ 5.0) still maintain adequate mechanical strength for the proper operation of a microelectronic substrate.

  14. Laser-driven interactions and resultant instabilities in materials with high dielectric constant

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    Rajpoot, Moolchandra; Dixit, Sanjay

    2015-07-01

    An analytical investigation of nonlinear interactions resulting in parametric amplification of acoustic wave is made by obtaining the dispersion relation using hydrodynamic model of inhomogeneous plasma by applying large static field at an arbitrary angle with the pump wave. The investigation shows that many early studies have neglected dependence of dielectric constant on deformation of materials but deformation of materials does infect depends on the dielectric constant of medium. Thus we have assumed to high dielectric material like BaTiO3 which resulted in substantially high growth rate of threshold electric field which opens a new dimension to study nonlinear interactions and instabilities.

  15. RESEARCH NOTE Static dielectric constant of the polarizable NCC water model

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    Millot, Jean-Christophe Soetens Marilia T. C. Martins Costa Claude

    The static dielectric constant epsilon0 of the ab initio water model NCC including polarizability (Niesar, U., Corongiu, G., Clementi, E., Kneller, G. R., and Bhattacharya, D. K., 1990, J. phys. Chem., 94, 7949) has been computed by molecular dynamics simulation at 25oC and a density of 1gcm-3. The long range electrostatic interactions are taken into account by the reaction field method. Values of 100 8 and 8ps are found for the static dielectric constant and dielectric relaxation time, respectively.

  16. Microscopic theoretical study of frequency dependent dielectric constant of heavy fermion systems

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    Shadangi, Keshab Chandra; Rout, G. C.

    2017-05-01

    The dielectric polarization and the dielectric constant plays a vital role in the deciding the properties of the Heavy Fermion Systems. In the present communication we consider the periodic Anderson's Model which consists of conduction electron kinetic energy, localized f-electron kinetic energy and the hybridization between the conduction and localized electrons, besides the Coulomb correlation energy. We calculate dielectric polarization which involves two particle Green's functions which are calculated by using Zubarev's Green's function technique. Using the equations of motion of the fermion electron operators. Finally, the temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant is calculated from the dielectric polarization function. The charge susceptibility and dielectric constant are computed numerically for different physical parameters like the position (Ef) of the f-electron level with respect to fermi level, the strength of the hybridization (V) between the conduction and localized f-electrons, Coulomb correlation potential temperature and optical phonon wave vector (q). The results will be discussed in a reference to the experimental observations of the dielectric constants.

  17. Evaluation of the dielectric constant for RF shimming at high field MRI

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    Jayatilake, Mohan; Storrs, Judd; Chu, Wen-Jang; Lee, Jing-Huei

    2010-10-01

    Optimal image quality for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at high fields requires a homogeneous RF (B1) field; however, the dielectric properties of the human brain result in B1 field inhomogeneities and signal loss at the periphery of the head. These result from constructive and destructive RF interactions of complex wave behaviour, which become worse with increasing magnetic field strength. Placement of a shim object with high-dielectric constant adjacent to the body has been proposed as a method for reducing B1 inhomogeneity by altering wave propagation within the volume of interest. Selecting the appropriate permittivity and quantity of material for the shim is essential. Whereas previous work has determined the dielectric properties of the shim empirically, this work introduces an improved theoretical framework for determining the requisite dielectric constant of the passive shim material directly by increasing the axial or minimizing the radial propagation constant.

  18. An investigation of the relationship between tree water potential and dielectric constant

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    Mcdonald, Kyle C.; Zimmermann, Reiner; Way, Jobea; Oren, Ram

    1992-01-01

    An experiment that has been performed to verify the relationship between the dielectric constant of several tree species and their respective water potentials is described. The water potential, xylem flow and dielectric properties of five tree species were continuously monitored while simultaneously manipulating canopy transpiration and water status. An analysis of the data recorded during these manipulations is presented. Results of this analysis demonstrate a clear coincidence of change in dielectric constant and water status. The implication of this relationship for the utilization of remotely sensed data to study canopy water relations is explored. Preliminary backscatter modeling results demonstrate that the changes in dielectric constant that occur as a result of changes in water status are significant enough to be observable with microwave radar.

  19. An investigation of the relationship between tree water potential and dielectric constant

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    Mcdonald, Kyle C.; Zimmermann, Reiner; Way, Jobea; Oren, Ram

    1992-01-01

    An experiment that has been performed to verify the relationship between the dielectric constant of several tree species and their respective water potentials is described. The water potential, xylem flow and dielectric properties of five tree species were continuously monitored while simultaneously manipulating canopy transpiration and water status. An analysis of the data recorded during these manipulations is presented. Results of this analysis demonstrate a clear coincidence of change in dielectric constant and water status. The implication of this relationship for the utilization of remotely sensed data to study canopy water relations is explored. Preliminary backscatter modeling results demonstrate that the changes in dielectric constant that occur as a result of changes in water status are significant enough to be observable with microwave radar.

  20. Rb2Ti2O5 : Superionic conductor with colossal dielectric constant

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    Federicci, Rémi; Holé, Stéphane; Popa, Aurelian Florin; Brohan, Luc; Baptiste, Benoît.; Mercone, Silvana; Leridon, Brigitte

    2017-08-01

    Electrical conductivity and high dielectric constant are in principle self-excluding, which makes the terms insulator and dielectric usually synonymous. This is certainly true when the electrical carriers are electrons, but not necessarily in a material where ions are extremely mobile, electronic conduction is negligible, and the charge transfer at the interface is immaterial. Here we demonstrate in a perovskite-derived structure containing five-coordinated Ti atoms, a colossal dielectric constant (up to 109) together with very high ionic conduction 10-3Scm-1 at room temperature. Coupled investigations of I -V and dielectric constant behavior allow us to demonstrate that, due to ion migration and accumulation, this material behaves like a giant dipole, exhibiting colossal electrical polarization (of the order of 0.1Ccm-2 ). Therefore it may be considered as a "ferro-ionet" and is extremely promising in terms of applications.

  1. Dielectric constant of ices and water: a lesson about water interactions.

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    Aragones, J L; MacDowell, L G; Vega, C

    2011-06-16

    In this paper, the dielectric constant has been evaluated for ices Ih, III, V, VI, and VII for several water models using two different methodologies. Using Monte Carlo simulations, with special moves to sample proton-disordered configurations, the dielectric constant has been rigorously evaluated. We also used an approximate route in which proton-disordered configurations satisfying the Bernal-Fowler rules were generated following the algorithm proposed by Buch et al. (Buch, V.; Sandler, P.; Sadlej, J. J. Phys. Chem. B 1998, 102, 8641), and the dielectric constant was estimated assuming that all configurations have the same statistical weight (as Pauling did when estimating the residual entropy of ice). The predictions of the Pauling model for the dielectric constant differ in general from those obtained rigorously by computer simulations because proton-disordered configurations satisfying the Bernal-Fowler rules can differ in their energies by as much as 0.10-0.30 NkT (at 243 K). These differences in energy significantly affect properties that vary from one configuration to another such as polarization, leading to different values of the dielectric constant. The Pauling predictions differ from the simulation results, especially for SPC/E and TIP5P, but yield reasonable results for TIP4P-like models. We suggest that for three charge models the polarization factor (G) in condensed phases depends on the ratio of the dipole to the quadrupole moment. The SPC/E, TIP5P, TIP4P, TIP4P/2005, TIP4P/ice models of water are unable to describe simultaneously both the experimental dielectric constants of water and ice Ih. Nonpolarizable models cannot describe the dielectric constants of the different condensed phases of water because their dipole moments (about 2.3 D) are much smaller that those estimated from first principles (of the order of 3 D). However, the predictions of TIP4P models provide an overall qualititatively correct description of the dielectric constant of the

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

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    Shrestha, Bijay Lal

    Some of the important applications of microwaves in the industrial, scientific and medical sectors include processing and treatment of various materials, and determining their physical properties. The dielectric properties of the materials of interest are paramount irrespective of the applications, hence, a wide range of materials covering food products, building materials, ores and fuels, and biological materials have been investigated for their dielectric properties. However, very few studies have been conducted towards the measurement of dielectric properties of green vegetations, including commercially important plant crops such as alfalfa. Because of its high nutritional value, there is a huge demand for this plant and its processed products in national and international markets, and an investigation into the possibility of applying microwaves to improve both the net yield and quality of the crop can be beneficial. Therefore, a dielectric measurement system based upon the probe reflection technique has been set up to measure dielectric properties of green plants over a frequency range from 300 MHz to 18 GHz, moisture contents from 12%, wet basis to 79%, wet basis, and temperatures from -15°C to 30°C. Dielectric properties of chopped alfalfa were measured with this system over frequency range of 300 MHz to 18 GHz, moisture content from 11.5%, wet basis, to 73%, wet basis, and density over the range from 139 kg m-3 to 716 kg m-3 at 23°C. The system accuracy was found to be +/-6% and +/-10% in measuring the dielectric constant and loss factor respectively. Empirical, semi empirical and theoretical models that require only moisture content and operating frequency were determined to represent the dielectric properties of both leaves and stems of alfalfa at 22°C. The empirical models fitted the measured dielectric data extremely well. The root mean square error (RMSE) and the coefficient of determination (r2) for dielectric constant and loss factor of leaves

  3. Image brightening in samples of high dielectric constant

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    Tropp, James

    2004-03-01

    An analytic solution is given for the electromagnetic problem of a lossy dielectric cylinder of infinite length, irradiated by a circularly polarized radiofrequency (RF) magnetic field; the NMR-active components of the field inside the cylinder are projected out by transforming the RF Hamiltonian to the rotating frame and retaining only those terms independent of time; it is noted that the resulting cartesian field components are required to be real. The squared magnitude of the NMR-active fields are then used to calculate the gradient-recalled images of the cylinder, for small tip angles of the magnetization; and the result is shown to predict almost quantitatively the intensity patterns of experimental proton images at 3.0 and 4.0 T, in a cylindrical phantom of radius 9.25 cm, filled with 0.05 M aqueous NaCl. In particular, the artifactual brightening at the center of the recorded image is convincingly reproduced in a simulation, whose underlying model excludes wave propagation along the direction of the cylinder axis. Formation of the artifact is explained in terms of the focussing of the RF magnetic field at the center of the cylinder, as illustrated by contour plots showing the time evolution of the rotating flux. An extended electromagnetic model—having the dielectric cylinder enclosed in a long, shielded volume resonator (e.g., of bird cage type)—is then sketched. The mathematical details appear in Appendix A; and the simulated images are shown to be virtually indistinguishable from those of the simpler original model. The theory of the Q, or quality factor, of the dielectric cylinder—considered itself as a resonant object—is developed for the enclosed cylinder model, where flux containment by the shield permits an unambiguous treatment of both the stored energy and the radiative losses. This is extended to treat the Q of a lossy dielectric sphere without shielding. Further plots of flux contours are given for the sphere, excited at 208 MHz with a

  4. Solving constant-coefficient differential equations with dielectric metamaterials

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    Zhang, Weixuan; Qu, Che; Zhang, Xiangdong

    2016-07-01

    Recently, the concept of metamaterial analog computing has been proposed (Silva et al 2014 Science 343 160-3). Some mathematical operations such as spatial differentiation, integration, and convolution, have been performed by using designed metamaterial blocks. Motivated by this work, we propose a practical approach based on dielectric metamaterial to solve differential equations. The ordinary differential equation can be solved accurately by the correctly designed metamaterial system. The numerical simulations using well-established numerical routines have been performed to successfully verify all theoretical analyses.

  5. Microwave dielectric constant of liquid hydrocarbons: Application to the depth estimation of Titan's lakes

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    Paillou, Philippe; Mitchell, Karl; Wall, Stephen; Ruffié, Gilles; Wood, Charles; Lorenz, Ralph; Stofan, Ellen; Lunine, Jonathan; Lopes, Rosaly; Encrenaz, Pierre

    2008-03-01

    Cassini RADAR reveals the surface of Titan since flyby Ta acquired on October 2004. The RADAR instrument discovered volcanic structures, craters, dunes, channels, lakes and seas. In particular, flyby T16 realized in July 2006 imaged tens of radar-dark features close to Titan's north pole. They are interpreted as lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons - mainly methane, a key material in the geologic and climatic history of Titan. In order to perform quantitative analysis and modeling of the radar response of Titan's lakes, the dielectric constant of liquid hydrocarbons is a crucial parameter, in particular to estimate the radar wave attenuation. We present here first measurements of the dielectric constant of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), mainly composed of methane, at Ku-band (10-13 GHz): we obtained a value $\\varepsilon$ = 1.75 - 0.002j. This value is used to model the radar backscattering of lakes observed during T16 flyby. Using a two-layer scattering model, we derive a relationship that is used to estimate a minimum depth for Titan's lakes. The proposed relationship is also coherent with the observation that the larger and then the deeper lakes are also the darker in radar images.

  6. Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of porogens for the preparation of ultralow-dielectric-constant films

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    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-20

    Supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) extraction of a CO{sub 2}-soluble poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) porogen from poly(methylsilsesquioxane) (PMSSQ) cured to temperatures adequate to initiate matrix condensation, but still below the decomposition temperature of the porogen is demonstrated to produce nanoporous, ultralow dielectric constant thin films. Both closed and open cell porous structures were prepared simply by varying the porogen load in the organic/inorganic hybrid films. The porogen loads investigated in the present work ranged from 25-55 wt.%. Structural characterization of the samples conducted using transmission electron microscope (TEM), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirms the successful extraction of the porogen from the PMSSQ matrix at relatively low temperatures ({le} 200 C). The standard thermal decomposition process is performed at much higher temperatures (typically in the range of 400 C-450 C). The values of dielectric constants and refractive indices measured are in good agreement with the structural properties of these samples.

  7. 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...

  8. Increase of dielectric constant in PVDF by incorporating La{sub 1.8}Sr{sub 0.2}NiO{sub 4} into its matrix

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    Kumar, Rajnish Goswami, Ashwin M. Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-05-06

    To obtain the material with high dielectric constant and high dielectric strength for the technological applications, nanocomposite of Lanthanum Strontium Nickelete (La{sub 1.8}Sr{sub 0.2}NiO{sub 4}) as nanofiller and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as polymer matrix has been prepared. The different nanofiler weight concentration varies from 2-8 weight percent. X-ray diffraction technique confirms the phase formation of nanocomposite. Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) has been employed to study the percentage of crystallinity and Impedance measurement has been carried out to study the dielectric constant. DSC analysis shows decreasing trend of crystallinity whereas impedance analysis gives increasing dielectric constant with increasing La{sub 1.8}Sr{sub 0.2}NiO{sub 4} concentration in the nanocomposite. Also, these materials can be used as insulator in the transformer as the strength and dielectric behavior of present composite meets the technological requirements.

  9. Increase of dielectric constant in PVDF by incorporating La1.8Sr0.2NiO4 into its matrix

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    Kumar, Rajnish; Goswami, Ashwin M.; Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-05-01

    To obtain the material with high dielectric constant and high dielectric strength for the technological applications, nanocomposite of Lanthanum Strontium Nickelete (La1.8Sr0.2NiO4) as nanofiller and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as polymer matrix has been prepared. The different nanofiler weight concentration varies from 2-8 weight percent. X-ray diffraction technique confirms the phase formation of nanocomposite. Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) has been employed to study the percentage of crystallinity and Impedance measurement has been carried out to study the dielectric constant. DSC analysis shows decreasing trend of crystallinity whereas impedance analysis gives increasing dielectric constant with increasing La1.8Sr0.2NiO4 concentration in the nanocomposite. Also, these materials can be used as insulator in the transformer as the strength and dielectric behavior of present composite meets the technological requirements.

  10. A chemically triggered and thermally switched dielectric constant transition in a metal cyanide based crystal.

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    Shi, Chao; Zhang, Xi; Cai, Ying; Yao, Ye-Feng; Zhang, Wen

    2015-05-18

    A dielectric constant transition is chemically triggered and thermally switched in (HPy)2[Na(H2O)Co(CN)6] (2, HPy=pyridinium cation) by single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation and structural phase transition, respectively. Upon dehydration, (HPy)2[Na(H2O)2Co(CN)6] (1) transforms to its semi-hydrated form 2, accompanying a transition from a low-dielectric state to a high-dielectric state, and vice versa. This dielectric switch is also realized by a structural phase transition in 2 that occurs between room- and low-temperature phases, and which corresponds to high- and low-dielectric states, respectively. The switching property is due to the variation in the environment surrounding the HPy cation, that is, the hydrogen-bonding interactions and the crystal packing, which exert predominant influences on the dynamics of the cations that transit between the static and motional states.

  11. Processable fluoropolymers with low dielectric constants: Preparation and structure-property relationships of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates

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    Hu, H. S.W.; Griffith, J.R.

    1993-12-31

    The preparation of a series of processable heavily fluorinated acrylic and methacrylic homo- and co-polymers with low dielectric constants is carried out to elucidate the structure-property relationships. The monomers were prepared through the condensation of the respective alcohols with acryloyl and methacryloyl chloride. Unlike tetrafluoroethylene, these monomers are easy to process into transparent polymers under normal conditions due to their liquid or semisolid nature. All polymers exhibit dielectric constants around 2.06-2.41 with variation within 0.03 over a frequency region of 500 MHz to 18.5 GHz. These values are very close to the minimum known dielectric constants of 2.0-2.08 for Teflon and 1.89-1.93 for Teflon AF. The factors which affect the dielectric constant include the fluorine content, the polymer type and molecular features. Lower dielectric constants are obtained as fluorine contents from polymer backbone or sidechain increase, when acrylate is replaced by methacrylate, when ether linkages are present in the fluorocarbon and when aromatic structure is symmetrically meta-substituted.

  12. Behavior of the dielectric constant of Ar near the critical point.

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    Hidalgo, Marcelo; Coutinho, Kaline; Canuto, Sylvio

    2015-03-01

    The fundamental question of the behavior of the dielectric constant near the critical point is addressed using Ar as the probe system. The neighborhood of the liquid-vapor critical point of Ar is accessed by classical Monte Carlo simulation and then explicit quantum mechanics calculations are performed to study the behavior of the dielectric constant. The theoretical critical temperature is determined by calculating the position of the discontinuity of the specific heat and is found to be at T(c)Theor=148.7K, only 2 K below the experimental value. The large fluctuations and the inhomogeneity of the density that characterize the critical point rapidly disappear and are not seen at T=T(c)Theor+2K. The structure of Ar obtained by the radial distribution function is found to be in very good agreement with experiment both in the liquid phase and 2 K above the critical temperature. The behavior of the dielectric constant is then analyzed after calculating the static dipole polarizability and using a many-body Clausius-Mossotti equation. The dielectric constant shows a density-independent behavior around the critical density, 2 K above the critical temperature. At this point, the calculated value of the dielectric constant is 1.173±0.005 in excellent agreement with the experimental value of 1.179.

  13. Dielectric Measurements of Millimeter-Wave Materials

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    Afsar, M. N.

    1984-12-01

    It is no longer necessary to use extrapolated microwave dielectric data when designing millimeter-wave components, devices, and systems. Precision measurements can now be made to generate highly accurate millimeter-wave (5 to 1/2 mm) continuous spectra on complex refractive index, complex dielectric permittivity, and loss tangent for a variety of materials such as common ceramics, semiconductors, crystalline, and glassy materials. The continuous spectra reveal an increase in dielectric loss with increase in frequency in this wavelength range for most materials. Reliable measurements also reveal that the method of preparation of nominally identical specimens can change the dielectric losses by many factors. These broad-band measurements were carried out employing dispersive Fourier transform spectroscopy applied to a modular two-beam polarization interferometer. Data obtained with Fabry-Perot open resonator methods at wavelengths of 5 mm and longer will also be compared.

  14. Introduction of effective dielectric constant to the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model

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    Sawada, Atsushi

    2016-05-01

    The Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) model has been widely used for analyzing impedance or dielectric spectra observed for dilute electrolytic cells. In the analysis, the behavior of mobile ions in the cell under an external electric field has been explained by a conductive nature regardless of ionic concentrations. However, if the cell has parallel-plate blocking electrodes, the mobile ions may also play a role as a dielectric medium in the cell by the effect of space-charge polarization when the ionic concentration is sufficiently low. Thus the mobile ions confined between the blocking electrodes can have conductive and dielectric natures simultaneously, and their intensities are affected by the ionic concentration and the adsorption of solvent molecules on the electrodes. The balance of the conductive and dielectric natures is quantitatively determined by introducing an effective dielectric constant to the PNP model in the data analysis. The generalized PNP model with the effective dielectric constant successfully explains the anomalous frequency-dependent dielectric behaviors brought about by the mobile ions in dilute electrolytic cells, for which the conventional PNP model fails in interpretation.

  15. Introduction of effective dielectric constant to the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model.

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    Sawada, Atsushi

    2016-05-01

    The Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) model has been widely used for analyzing impedance or dielectric spectra observed for dilute electrolytic cells. In the analysis, the behavior of mobile ions in the cell under an external electric field has been explained by a conductive nature regardless of ionic concentrations. However, if the cell has parallel-plate blocking electrodes, the mobile ions may also play a role as a dielectric medium in the cell by the effect of space-charge polarization when the ionic concentration is sufficiently low. Thus the mobile ions confined between the blocking electrodes can have conductive and dielectric natures simultaneously, and their intensities are affected by the ionic concentration and the adsorption of solvent molecules on the electrodes. The balance of the conductive and dielectric natures is quantitatively determined by introducing an effective dielectric constant to the PNP model in the data analysis. The generalized PNP model with the effective dielectric constant successfully explains the anomalous frequency-dependent dielectric behaviors brought about by the mobile ions in dilute electrolytic cells, for which the conventional PNP model fails in interpretation.

  16. Dielectric property measurements in the Electromagnetic Properties Measurement Laboratory

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    Cravey, Robin L.; Tiemsin, Pacita I.; Bussell, Kerri; Dudley, Kenneth L.

    1995-01-01

    The capability to measure the dielectric properties of various materials has been developed in the Electromagnetic Properties Measurement Laboratory (EPML) of the Electromagnetics Research Branch (ERB). Two measurement techniques which have been implemented in the EPML to characterize materials are the dielectric probe and waveguide techniques. Several materials, including some for which the dielectric properties are well known, have been measured in an attempt to establish the capabilities of the EPML in determining dielectric properties. Brief descriptions of the two techniques are presented in this report, along with representative results obtained during these measurements.

  17. Process and Microstructure to Achieve Ultra-high Dielectric Constant in Ceramic-Polymer Composites

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    Zhang, Lin; Shan, Xiaobing; Bass, Patrick; Tong, Yang; Rolin, Terry D.; Hill, Curtis W.; Brewer, Jeffrey C.; Tucker, Dennis S.; Cheng, Z.-Y.

    2016-01-01

    Influences of process conditions on microstructure and dielectric properties of ceramic-polymer composites are systematically studied using CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) as filler and P(VDF-TrFE) 55/45 mol.% copolymer as the matrix by combining solution-cast and hot-pressing processes. It is found that the dielectric constant of the composites can be significantly enhanced–up to about 10 times – by using proper processing conditions. The dielectric constant of the composites can reach more than 1,000 over a wide temperature range with a low loss (tan δ ~ 10−1). It is concluded that besides the dense structure of composites, the uniform distribution of the CCTO particles in the matrix plays a key role on the dielectric enhancement. Due to the influence of the CCTO on the microstructure of the polymer matrix, the composites exhibit a weaker temperature dependence of the dielectric constant than the polymer matrix. Based on the results, it is also found that the loss of the composites at low temperatures, including room temperature, is determined by the real dielectric relaxation processes including the relaxation process induced by the mixing. PMID:27767184

  18. Process and Microstructure to Achieve Ultra-high Dielectric Constant in Ceramic-Polymer Composites.

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    Zhang, Lin; Shan, Xiaobing; Bass, Patrick; Tong, Yang; Rolin, Terry D; Hill, Curtis W; Brewer, Jeffrey C; Tucker, Dennis S; Cheng, Z-Y

    2016-10-21

    Influences of process conditions on microstructure and dielectric properties of ceramic-polymer composites are systematically studied using CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) as filler and P(VDF-TrFE) 55/45 mol.% copolymer as the matrix by combining solution-cast and hot-pressing processes. It is found that the dielectric constant of the composites can be significantly enhanced-up to about 10 times - by using proper processing conditions. The dielectric constant of the composites can reach more than 1,000 over a wide temperature range with a low loss (tan δ ~ 10(-1)). It is concluded that besides the dense structure of composites, the uniform distribution of the CCTO particles in the matrix plays a key role on the dielectric enhancement. Due to the influence of the CCTO on the microstructure of the polymer matrix, the composites exhibit a weaker temperature dependence of the dielectric constant than the polymer matrix. Based on the results, it is also found that the loss of the composites at low temperatures, including room temperature, is determined by the real dielectric relaxation processes including the relaxation process induced by the mixing.

  19. Process and Microstructure to Achieve Ultra-high Dielectric Constant in Ceramic-Polymer Composites

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    Zhang, Lin; Shan, Xiaobing; Bass, Patrick; Tong, Yang; Rolin, Terry D.; Hill, Curtis W.; Brewer, Jeffrey C.; Tucker, Dennis S.; Cheng, Z.-Y.

    2016-10-01

    Influences of process conditions on microstructure and dielectric properties of ceramic-polymer composites are systematically studied using CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) as filler and P(VDF-TrFE) 55/45 mol.% copolymer as the matrix by combining solution-cast and hot-pressing processes. It is found that the dielectric constant of the composites can be significantly enhanced-up to about 10 times - by using proper processing conditions. The dielectric constant of the composites can reach more than 1,000 over a wide temperature range with a low loss (tan δ ~ 10-1). It is concluded that besides the dense structure of composites, the uniform distribution of the CCTO particles in the matrix plays a key role on the dielectric enhancement. Due to the influence of the CCTO on the microstructure of the polymer matrix, the composites exhibit a weaker temperature dependence of the dielectric constant than the polymer matrix. Based on the results, it is also found that the loss of the composites at low temperatures, including room temperature, is determined by the real dielectric relaxation processes including the relaxation process induced by the mixing.

  20. Elastomeric composites with high dielectric constant for use in Maxwell stress actuators

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    Szabo, Jeffrey P.; Hiltz, Johnathan A.; Cameron, Colin G.; Underhill, Royale S.; Massey, Jason; White, Brian; Leidner, Jacob

    2003-07-01

    Electroactive polymer actuators that utilize the Maxwell stress effect have generated considerable interest in recent years for use in applications such as artificial muscles, sensors, and parasitic energy capture. In order to maximize performance, the dielectric layer in Maxwell stress actuators should ideally have a high dielectric constant and high dielectric breakdown strength. In this study, the effect of high dielectric constant fillers on the electrical and mechanical properties of thin elastomeric films was examined. The fillers studied included the inorganic compounds titanium dioxide (TiO2), barium titanate (BaTiO3), and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO). A high dielectric constant filler based on a polymeric conjugated ligand-metal complex, poly(copper phthalocyanine), was also synthesized and studied. Maxwell stress actuators fabricated with BaTiO3 dispersed in a silicone elastomer matrix were evaluated and compared with unfilled systems. A model was presented which relates filler volume fraction to actuation stress, strain, and elastic energy density at fields below dielectric breakdown. The model and experimental results suggest that for the case of strong filler particle-elastomer matrix interaction, actuation strain decreases with increasing filler content.

  1. Accurate measurements of the acoustical physical constants of synthetic alpha-quartz for SAW devices.

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    Kushibiki, Juin-ichi; Takanaga, Izumi; Nishiyama, Shouichi

    2002-01-01

    Accurate measurements of the acoustical physical constants (elastic constants, piezoelectric constants, dielectric constants, and density) of commercially available and widely used surface acoustic wave (SAW)-grade synthetic a-quartz are reported. The propagation directions and modes of bulk waves optimal for accurately determining the constants were selected through numerical calculations, and three principal X-, Y-, and Z-cut specimens and several rotated Y-cut specimens were prepared from a single crystal ingot to determine the constants and to confirm their accuracy. All of the constants were determined through highly accurate measurements of the longitudinal velocities, shear velocities, dielectric constants, and density. The velocity values measured for the specimens that were not used to determine the constants agreed well with those calculated from the determined constants, within a difference of +/- 0.20 m/s (+/- 0.004%).

  2. Experimental study of the complex resistivity and dielectric constant of chrome-contaminated soil

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    Liu, Haorui; Yang, Heli; Yi, Fengyan

    2016-08-01

    Heavy metals such as arsenic and chromium often contaminate soils near industrialized areas. Soil samples, made with different water content and chromate pollutant concentrations, are often needed to test soil quality. Because complex resistivity and complex dielectric characteristics of these samples need to be measured, the relationship between these measurement results and chromium concentration as well as water content was studied. Based on soil sample observations, the amplitude of the sample complex resistivity decreased with an increase of contamination concentration and water content. The phase of complex resistivity takes on a tendency of initially decrease, and then increase with the increasing of contamination concentration and water content. For a soil sample with the same resistivity, the higher the amplitude of complex resistivity, the lower the water content and the higher the contamination concentration. The real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric constant increase with an increase in contamination concentration and water content. Note that resistivity and complex resistivity methods are necessary to adequately evaluate pollution at various sites.

  3. High dielectric constant, low loss and high photocatalytic activity in Gd doped ZnO systems

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    Divya, N. K.; Pradyumnan, P. P.

    2017-01-01

    Enhanced photocatalytic activity and high dielectric constant values are achieved by gadolinium (Gd) doping in ZnO. The changes that happened to the wurtzite structure of ZnO on doping are depicted in detail by using x-ray diffraction spectroscopy. The chemical composition is confirmed using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDAX). The influence of Gd incorporation in the emission spectra of ZnO is analysed from photoluminescence studies. The photocatalytic activity enhancement occurred in ZnO system on Gd doping was explored by kinetic rate analysis. The optimum incorporation of Gd has enhanced the dielectric constant value and decreased the loss of pristine. The high dielectric constant value and low loss make the system suitable for large scale of applications in microelectronics. The work also proposes large scale synthesis of highly efficient fluorescent Gd doped ZnO photocatalysts.

  4. Boron Nitride Nanotube Mat as a Low- k Dielectric Material with Relative Dielectric Constant Ranging from 1.0 to 1.1

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    Hong, Xinghua; Wang, Daojun; Chung, D. D. L.

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports that a boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) mat containing air and 1.4 vol.% BNNTs is a low- k dielectric material for microelectronic packaging, exhibiting relative dielectric constant of 1.0 to 1.1 (50 Hz to 2 MHz) and elastic modulus of 10 MPa. The mat is prepared by compacting BNNTs at 5.8 kPa. This paper also presents measurements of the dielectric properties of BNNTs (mostly multiwalled). The relative dielectric constant of the BNNT solid in the mat decreases with increasing frequency, with attractively low values ranging from 3.0 to 6.2; the alternating-current (AC) electrical conductivity increases with increasing frequency, with attractively low values ranging from 10-10 S/m to 10-6 S/m and an approximately linear relationship between log conductivity and log frequency. The specific contact capacitance of the interface between BNNTs and the electrical contact decreases with increasing frequency, with attractively high values ranging from 1.6 μF/m2 to 2.3 μF/m2. The AC electrical resistivity of the BNNT-contact interface decreases with increasing frequency, with high values ranging from 0.14 MΩ cm2 to 440 MΩ cm2.

  5. Microwave dielectric measurements of erythrocyte suspensions.

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    Bao, J Z; Davis, C C; Swicord, M L

    1994-01-01

    Complex dielectric constants of human erythrocyte suspensions over a frequency range from 45 MHz to 26.5 GHz and a temperature range from 5 to 40 degrees C have been determined with the open-ended coaxial probe technique using an automated vector network analyzer (HP 8510). The spectra show two separate major dispersions (beta and gamma) and a much smaller dispersion between them. The two major dispersions are analyzed with a dispersion equation containing two Cole-Cole functions by means of a complex nonlinear least squares technique. The parameters of the equation at different temperatures have been determined. The low frequency behavior of the spectra suggests that the dielectric constant of the cell membrane increases when the temperature is above 35 degrees C. The real part of the dielectric constant at approximately 3.4 GHz remains almost constant when the temperature changes. The dispersion shifts with temperature in the manner of a thermally activated process, and the thermal activation enthalpies for the beta- and gamma-dispersions are 9.87 +/- 0.42 kcal/mol and 4.80 +/- 0.06 kcal/mol, respectively. PMID:8075351

  6. Microwave dielectric measurements of erythrocyte suspensions.

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    Bao, J Z; Davis, C C; Swicord, M L

    1994-06-01

    Complex dielectric constants of human erythrocyte suspensions over a frequency range from 45 MHz to 26.5 GHz and a temperature range from 5 to 40 degrees C have been determined with the open-ended coaxial probe technique using an automated vector network analyzer (HP 8510). The spectra show two separate major dispersions (beta and gamma) and a much smaller dispersion between them. The two major dispersions are analyzed with a dispersion equation containing two Cole-Cole functions by means of a complex nonlinear least squares technique. The parameters of the equation at different temperatures have been determined. The low frequency behavior of the spectra suggests that the dielectric constant of the cell membrane increases when the temperature is above 35 degrees C. The real part of the dielectric constant at approximately 3.4 GHz remains almost constant when the temperature changes. The dispersion shifts with temperature in the manner of a thermally activated process, and the thermal activation enthalpies for the beta- and gamma-dispersions are 9.87 +/- 0.42 kcal/mol and 4.80 +/- 0.06 kcal/mol, respectively.

  7. Effects of porous carbon additives and induced fluorine on low dielectric constant polyimide synthesized with an e-beam

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    Im, Ji Sun; Bae, Tae-Sung; Lee, Sung Kyu; Lee, Sei-Hyun; Jeong, Euigyung; Kang, Phil Hyun; Lee, Young-Seak

    2010-11-15

    We report the synthesis of a polyimide matrix with a low dielectric constant for application as an intercalation material between metal interconnections in electronic devices. Porous activated carbon was embedded in the polyimide to reduce the dielectric constant, and a thin film of the complex was obtained using the spin-coating and e-beam irradiation methods. The surface of the thin film was modified with fluorine functional groups to impart water resistance and reduce the dielectric constant further. The water resistance was significantly improved by the modification with hydrophobic fluorine groups. The dielectric constant was effectively decreased by porous activated carbon. The fluorine modification also resulted in a low dielectric constant on the polyimide surface by reducing the polar surface free energy. The dielectric constant of polyimide film decreased from 2.98 to 1.9 by effects of porous activated carbon additive and fluorine surface modification.

  8. Solution processable high dielectric constant nanocomposites based on ZrO2 nanoparticles for flexible organic transistors.

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    Beaulieu, Michael R; Baral, Jayanta K; Hendricks, Nicholas R; Tang, Yuying; Briseño, Alejandro L; Watkins, James J

    2013-12-26

    A solution-based strategy for fabrication of high dielectric constant (κ) nanocomposites for flexible organic field effect transistors (OFETs) has been developed. The nanocomposite was composed of a high-κ polymer, cyanoethyl pullulan (CYELP), and a high-κ nanoparticle, zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). Organic field effect transistors (OFETs) based on neat CYELP exhibited anomalous behavior during device operation, such as large hysteresis and variable threshold voltages, which yielded inconsistent devices and poor electrical characteristics. To improve the stability of the OFET, we introduced ZrO2 nanoparticles that bind with residual functional groups on the high-κ polymer, which reduces the number of charge trapping sites. The nanoparticles, which serve as physical cross-links, reduce the hysteresis without decreasing the dielectric constant. The dielectric constant of the nanocomposites was tuned over the range of 15.6-21 by varying the ratio of the two components in the composite dielectrics, resulting in a high areal capacitance between 51 and 74 nF cm(-2) at 100 kHz and good insulating properties of a low leakage current of 1.8 × 10(-6) A cm(-2) at an applied voltage of -3.5 V (0.25 MV cm(-1)). Bottom-gate, top-contact (BGTC) low operating voltage p-channel OFETs using these solution processable high-κ nanocomposites were fabricated by a contact film transfer (CFT) technique with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as the charge transport layer. Field effect mobilities as high as 0.08 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and on/off current ratio of 1.2 × 10(3) for P3HT were measured for devices using the high-κ dielectric ZrO2 nanocomposite. These materials are promising for generating solution coatable dielectrics for low cost, large area, low operating voltage flexible transistors.

  9. Band gaps and dielectric constants of amorphous hafnium silicates: A first-principles investigation

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    Broqvist, Peter; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2007-02-01

    Electronic band gaps and dielectric constants are obtained for amorphous hafnium silicates using first-principles methods. Models of amorphous (HfO2)x(SiO2)1-x for varying x are generated by ab initio molecular dynamics. The calculations show that the presence of Hf gives rise to low-lying conduction states which explain the experimentally observed nonlinear dependence of the band gap on hafnium content. Static dielectric constants are found to depend linearly on x, supporting recent experimental data.

  10. Technique for Performing Dielectric Property Measurements at Microwave Frequencies

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    Barmatz, Martin B.; Jackson, Henry W.

    2010-01-01

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

  11. Primary thermometry from 2.5 K to 140 K applying dielectric-constant gas thermometry

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    Gaiser, Christof; Fellmuth, Bernd; Haft, Norbert

    2017-02-01

    Recent thermodynamic temperature measurements at PTB with dielectric-constant gas thermometry were performed up to 140 K. Particular care was taken to check for possible systematic sources of errors by repeating experiments applying two new measuring capacitors and both helium and neon as working gases. The development of a new method for determining the effective compressibility of the new capacitors as a function of temperature has decreased the uncertainty significantly. The combination of the recently obtained results with former values of thermodynamic temperature, corrected using new thermodynamic input data, has yielded a consistent dataset in the range from 2.5 K to 38 K as well as at 84 K, 120 K, 130 K, and 140 K. This dataset is in good agreement with the newest results of acoustic gas thermometry, which has quite different sources of uncertainty compared with dielectric-constant gas thermometry.

  12. Application of the compensated Arrhenius formalism to explain the dielectric constant dependence of rates for Menschutkin reactions.

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    Petrowsky, Matt; Glatzhofer, Daniel T; Frech, Roger

    2013-11-21

    The dependence of the reaction rate on solvent dielectric constant is examined for the reaction of trihexylamine with 1-bromohexane in a series of 2-ketones over the temperature range 25-80 °C. The rate constant data are analyzed using the compensated Arrhenius formalism (CAF), where the rate constant assumes an Arrhenius-like equation that also contains a dielectric constant dependence in the exponential prefactor. The CAF activation energies are substantially higher than those obtained using the simple Arrhenius equation. A master curve of the data is observed by plotting the prefactors against the solvent dielectric constant. The master curve shows that the reaction rate has a weak dependence on dielectric constant for values approximately less than 10 and increases more rapidly for dielectric constant values greater than 10.

  13. Electromechanical and electro-optical functions of plasticized PVC with colossal dielectric constant

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    Sato, Hiromu; Hirai, Toshihiro

    2013-04-01

    A soft dielectric polymer, plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC gel), has been known as a characteristic actuator with electrotactic creep deformation. The deformation can be applied for bending and contraction. The mechanism of the deformation has been attributed to the colossal dielectric constant of the gel induced by dc field. The dielectric constant at 1 Hz, jumps from less than10 to thousand times larger value. The huge dielectric constant suggests the gel can have electro-optic function. In this paper, we introduce the gel can bend light direction by applying a dc electric field. The PVC gel can bend light direction depending on the electric field. Detailed feature of the light bending will be introduced and discussed. Bending angle can be controlled by dielectric plasticizer and electric field. The components of the gel, PVC and plasticizer themselves, did not show any effect of electro-optical function like the PVC gel. The same feature can be observed in other polymer, like poly(vinyl alcohol)-dimethyl sulphoxide gel, too.

  14. Giant voltage-induced deformation of a dielectric elastomer under a constant pressure

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    Godaba, Hareesh; Foo, Choon Chiang; Zhang, Zhi Qian; Khoo, Boo Cheong; Zhu, Jian

    2014-09-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators coupled with liquid have recently been developed as soft pumps, soft lenses, Braille displays, etc. In this paper, we investigate the performance of a dielectric elastomer actuator, which is coupled with water. The experiments demonstrate that the membrane of a dielectric elastomer can achieve a giant voltage-induced area strain of 1165%, when subject to a constant pressure. Both theory and experiment show that the pressure plays an important role in determining the electromechanical behaviour. The experiments also suggest that the dielectric elastomer actuators, when coupled with liquid, may suffer mechanical instability and collapse after a large amount of liquid is enclosed by the membrane. This failure mode needs to be taken into account in designing soft actuators.

  15. Dependence of the dielectric constant of electrolyte solutions on ionic concentration: A microfield approach

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    Gavish, Nir; Promislow, Keith

    2016-07-01

    We present a microfield approach for studying the dependence of the orientational polarization of the water in aqueous electrolyte solutions upon the salt concentration and temperature. The model takes into account the orientation of the solvent dipoles due to the electric field created by ions, and the effect of thermal fluctuations. The model predicts a dielectric functional dependence of the form ɛ (c ) =ɛw-β L (3 α c /β ) ,β =ɛw-ɛms , where L is the Langevin function, c is the salt concentration, ɛw is the dielectric of pure water, ɛms is the dielectric of the electrolyte solution at the molten salt limit, and α is the total excess polarization of the ions. The functional form gives a remarkably accurate description of the dielectric constant for a variety of salts and a wide range of concentrations.

  16. Dielectric Property Measurements to Support Interpretation of Cassini Radar Data

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    Jamieson, Corey; Barmatz, M.

    2012-10-01

    Radar observations are useful for constraining surface and near-surface compositions and illuminating geologic processes on Solar System bodies. The interpretation of Cassini radiometric and radar data at 13.78 GHz (2.2 cm) of Titan and other Saturnian icy satellites is aided by laboratory measurements of the dielectric properties of relevant materials. However, existing dielectric measurements of candidate surface materials at microwave frequencies and low temperatures is sparse. We have set up a microwave cavity and cryogenic system to measure the complex dielectric properties of liquid hydrocarbons relevant to Titan, specifically methane, ethane and their mixtures to support the interpretation of spacecraft instrument and telescope radar observations. To perform these measurements, we excite and detect the TM020 mode in a custom-built cavity with small metal loop antennas powered by a Vector Network Analyzer. The hydrocarbon samples are condensed into a cylindrical quartz tube that is axially oriented in the cavity. Frequency sweeps through a resonance are performed with an empty cavity, an empty quartz tube inserted into the cavity, and with a sample-filled quartz tube in the cavity. These sweeps are fit by a Lorentzian line shape, from which we obtain the resonant frequency, f, and quality factor, Q, for each experimental arrangement. We then derive dielectric constants and loss tangents for our samples near 13.78 GHz using a new technique ideally suited for measuring liquid samples. We will present temperature-dependent, dielectric property measurements for liquid methane and ethane. The full interpretation of the radar and radiometry observations of Saturn’s icy satellites depends critically on understanding the dielectric properties of potential surface materials. By investigating relevant liquids and solids we will improve constrains on lake depths, volumes and compositions, which are important to understand Titan’s carbon/organic cycle and inevitably

  17. Process for lowering the dielectric constant of polyimides using diamic acid additives

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    Stoakley, Diane M. (Inventor); St.clair, Anne K. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    Linear aromatic polyimides with low dielectric constants are produced by adding a diamic acid additive to the polyamic acid resin formed by the condensation of an aromatic dianhydride with an aromatic diamine. The resulting modified polyimide is a better electrical insulator than state-of-the-art commercially available polyimides.

  18. Note: Extraction of hydrogen bond thermodynamic properties of water from dielectric constant and relaxation time data

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    Rastogi, Abhishek; Yadav, Siddharth; Suresh, S. J.

    2011-08-01

    We recently proposed a theory [Suresh, J. Chem. Phys. 113, 9727 (2000)], 10.1063/1.1320822, based on the principles of statistical mechanics, for describing the temperature variation of static dielectric constant of water and the average number of H-bonds per molecule in the liquid phase. The theoretical model contains three parameters; two of them pertain to the energy and entropy changes accompanying bond-formation, and the third (ɛ∞) represents the dielectric constant at a frequency that is sufficiently low for atomic and electronic polarization, but sufficiently high for intermolecular relaxation processes involving the movement of permanent dipole moments to be inoperative. In the absence of a consensus in the literature for the value of ɛ∞ to be used in dielectric constant calculations, it was arbitrarily set to a commonly accepted value of 1.77 (corresponding to refractive index of 1.33). Values for H-bond parameters were then estimated by best fitting model calculations to experimental data for dielectric constant across temperatures ranging from melting to the critical point of water. It is the purpose of the present Note to eliminate the ambiguity on the choice of ɛ∞ and propose refined values for the H-bond parameters.

  19. THE ONSET OF ELECTRICAL BREAKDOWN IN DUST LAYERS: II. EFFECTIVE DIELECTRIC CONSTANT AND LOCAL FIELD ENHANCEMENT

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    Part 1 of the work has shown that electrical breakdown in dust layers obeys Paschen's Law, but occurs at applied field values which appear too small to initiate the breakdown. In this paper the authors show how an effective dielectric constant characterizing the dust layer can be...

  20. The effects of sintering temperature on dielectric constant of Barium Titanate (BaTiO3)

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    Sandi, DianisaKhoirum; Supriyanto, Agus; Anif; Jamaluddin; Iriani, Yofentina

    2016-02-01

    Barium Titanate (BT) has been synthesized using solid-state reaction method. Raw materials are Barium Carbonate (BaCO3) and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). These materials are mixed for 6 h and sintered at a temperature of 1000oC, 1100oC, and 1200oC for 2 h. The sintering temperature was varied to investigate its effects on microstructure and dielectric constant of BT. The XRD patterns showed that BT becomes homogenous, with the large lattice parameter as the increase of sintering temperature. The crystal structure of BT is tetragonal. The crystalline size and crystallinity of BT at a sintering temperature of 1000oC are 37 nm and 97%. Those values for BT at a sintering temperature of 1100oC are 38 nm and 96%. At a sintering temperature of 1200oC, the values are 41 nm and 97%. The dielectric constant of BT at a sintering temperature of 1000oC, 1100oC, and 1200oC are 148, 163, and 185, respectively. It can be concluded that sintering temperature affects microstructure and dielectric constant of BT. High sintering temperature produces a high dielectric constant of BT. It indicates that crystalline size increases.

  1. THE ONSET OF ELECTRICAL BREAKDOWN IN DUST LAYERS: II. EFFECTIVE DIELECTRIC CONSTANT AND LOCAL FIELD ENHANCEMENT

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    Part 1 of the work has shown that electrical breakdown in dust layers obeys Paschen's Law, but occurs at applied field values which appear too small to initiate the breakdown. In this paper the authors show how an effective dielectric constant characterizing the dust layer can be...

  2. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications

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    Vaughan, Alun; Williams, Graham

    2009-07-01

    The conference Dielectrics 2009: Measurements, Analysis and Applications represents a significant milestone in the evolution of dielectrics research in the UK. It is reasonable to state that the academic study of dielectrics has led to many fundamental advances and that dielectric materials underpin the modern world in devices ranging from field effect transistors, which operate at extremely high fields, albeit low voltages, to the high voltage plants that provide the energy that powers our economy. The origins of the Dielectrics Group of the Institute of Physics (IOP), which organized this conference, can be traced directly back to the early 1960s, when Professor Mansel Davies was conducting research into the dielectric relaxation behaviour of polar liquids and solids at The Edward Davies Chemical Laboratories of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was already well-known internationally for his studies of molecular structure and bonding of small molecules, using infra-red-spectroscopy, and of the physical properties of hydrogen-bonded liquids and solids, using thermodynamic methods. Dielectric spectroscopy was a fairly new area for him and he realized that opportunities for scientists in the UK to gather together and discuss their research in this developing area of physical chemistry/chemical physics were very limited. He conceived the idea of forming a Dielectrics Discussion Group (DDG), which would act as a meeting point and provide a platform for dielectrics research in the UK and beyond and, as a result, a two-day Meeting was convened in the spring of 1968 at Gregynog Hall of the University of Wales, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire. It was organized by Mansel Davies, Alun Price and Graham Williams, all physical chemists from the UCW, Aberystwyth. Fifty scientists attended, being a mix of physical chemists, theoretical chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, polymer and materials scientists, all from the UK, except Dr Brendan Scaife of Trinity

  3. Why the measured cosmological constant is small

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    Rostami, T.; Jalalzadeh, S.

    2015-09-01

    In a quest to explain the small value of the today's cosmological constant, following the approach introduced in Jalalzadeh and Rostami (2015), we show that the theoretical value of cosmological constant is consistent with its observational value. In more detail, we study the Friedmann-Lamaître-Robertson-Walker cosmology embedded isometrically in an 11-dimensional ambient space. The field equations determines Λ in terms of other measurable fundamental constants. Specifically, it predicts that the cosmological constant measured today be Λ LPl2 = 2.56 × 10-122, as observed.

  4. Organic/Inorganic Nano-hybrids with High Dielectric Constant for Organic Thin Film Transistor Applications.

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    Yu, Yang-Yen; Jiang, Ai-Hua; Lee, Wen-Ya

    2016-12-01

    The organic material soluble polyimide (PI) and organic-inorganic hybrid PI-barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticle dielectric materials (IBX, where X is the concentration of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in a PI matrix) were successfully synthesized through a sol-gel process. The effects of various BaTiO3 contents on the hybrid film performance and performance optimization were investigated. Furthermore, pentacene-based organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with PI-BaTiO3/polymethylmethacrylate or cyclic olefin copolymer (COC)-modified gate dielectrics were fabricated and examined. The hybrid materials showed effective dispersion of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in the PI matrix and favorable thermal properties. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the BaTiO3 nanoparticles had a perovskite structure. The hybrid films exhibited high formability and planarity. The IBX hybrid dielectric films exhibited tunable insulating properties such as the dielectric constant value and capacitance in ranges of 4.0-8.6 and 9.2-17.5 nF cm(-2), respectively. Adding the modified layer caused the decrease of dielectric constant values and capacitances. The modified dielectric layer without cross-linking displayed a hydrophobic surface. The electrical characteristics of the pentacene-based OTFTs were enhanced after the surface modification. The optimal condition for the dielectric layer was 10 wt% hybrid film with the COC-modified layer; moreover, the device exhibited a threshold voltage of 0.12 V, field-effect mobility of 4.32 × 10(-1) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and on/off current of 8.4 × 10(7).

  5. Organic/Inorganic Nano-hybrids with High Dielectric Constant for Organic Thin Film Transistor Applications

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    Yu, Yang-Yen; Jiang, Ai-Hua; Lee, Wen-Ya

    2016-11-01

    The organic material soluble polyimide (PI) and organic-inorganic hybrid PI-barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticle dielectric materials (IBX, where X is the concentration of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in a PI matrix) were successfully synthesized through a sol-gel process. The effects of various BaTiO3 contents on the hybrid film performance and performance optimization were investigated. Furthermore, pentacene-based organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with PI-BaTiO3/polymethylmethacrylate or cyclic olefin copolymer (COC)-modified gate dielectrics were fabricated and examined. The hybrid materials showed effective dispersion of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in the PI matrix and favorable thermal properties. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the BaTiO3 nanoparticles had a perovskite structure. The hybrid films exhibited high formability and planarity. The IBX hybrid dielectric films exhibited tunable insulating properties such as the dielectric constant value and capacitance in ranges of 4.0-8.6 and 9.2-17.5 nF cm-2, respectively. Adding the modified layer caused the decrease of dielectric constant values and capacitances. The modified dielectric layer without cross-linking displayed a hydrophobic surface. The electrical characteristics of the pentacene-based OTFTs were enhanced after the surface modification. The optimal condition for the dielectric layer was 10 wt% hybrid film with the COC-modified layer; moreover, the device exhibited a threshold voltage of 0.12 V, field-effect mobility of 4.32 × 10-1 cm2 V-1 s-1, and on/off current of 8.4 × 107.

  6. Dielectric constant and loss tangent of Eccofoam PT, at 2.3 GHz, for various packing densities

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    Lane, F. L.

    1973-01-01

    The dielectric constant and loss tangent for Eccofoam PT, at various densities, are determined; the resulting density gradients are provided. The range of densites over which the dielectric constant and loss tangent are determined are from approximately 320 to 1280 kg/cu m (20 to 80 lb/cu ft).

  7. Refractive index, band gap energy, dielectric constant and polarizability calculations of ferroelectric Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate crystal

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    Kalyanaraman, S.; Shajinshinu, P. M.; . Vijayalakshmi, S.

    2015-11-01

    Single crystal of Ethylenediaminium Tetrachlorozincate has been grown by slow evaporation method. The single crystal XRD study confirms the orthorhombic structure of the crystal. The presence of functional group vibrations are ascertained through FTIR and Raman studies. In optical studies, the insulating behaviour of the material is established by Tauc plot. The refractive index and the real dielectric constant of the crystal are calculated. The electronic polarizability in the high frequency optical region is also calculated from the dielectric constant values by using the Clausius-Mossotti equation. The large value of dielectric constant is identified through dielectric studies and it points to the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. Further an experimental study confirms the ferroelectric behaviour of the material. The total polarizability of the crystal owing to the space charge, dipole, ionic and electronic polarizability contributions is obtained experimentally, and it matches well with the theoretically obtained value from Penn analysis. Further, Plasmon energy and Fermi energy of the material are also calculated using Penn analysis.

  8. Role of polymer matrix in large enhancement of dielectric constant in polymer-metal composites

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    Panda, Maheswar; Srinivas, V.; Thakur, A. K.

    2011-07-01

    Dielectric behavior of polymer (polar/nonpolar)-metal nanocomposites (PMCs) prepared under identical processing conditions have been compared. A high effective dielectric constant (ɛeff>2500) with a moderate loss and a lower ɛeff (74) with low loss was observed, respectively, for polar and nonpolar PMC at their respective percolation thresholds (fc). The results have been explained with the help of percolation theory and dipolar polarization. Similar value of fc observed in both the PMC is attributed to the same order of conductivity of polymer matrices. The dipolar polarization present in the polymer plays a major role in the enhancement of ɛeff.

  9. New high dielectric constant materials for tailoring the B1+ distribution at high magnetic fields.

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    Haines, K; Smith, N B; Webb, A G

    2010-04-01

    The spatial distribution of electromagnetic fields within the human body can be tailored using external dielectric materials. Here, we introduce a new material with high dielectric constant, and also low background MRI signal. The material is based upon metal titanates, which can be made into a geometrically-formable suspension in de-ionized water. The material properties of the suspension are characterized from 100 to 400 MHz. Results obtained at 7 T show a significant increase in image intensity in areas such as the temporal lobe and base of the brain with the new material placed around the head, and improved performance compared to purely water-based gels.

  10. Empirical Estimation of Local Dielectric Constants: Toward Atomistic Design of Collagen Mimetic Peptides

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    Pike, Douglas H.; Nanda, Vikas

    2017-01-01

    One of the key challenges in modeling protein energetics is the treatment of solvent interactions. This is particularly important in the case of peptides, where much of the molecule is highly exposed to solvent due to its small size. In this study, we develop an empirical method for estimating the local dielectric constant based on an additive model of atomic polarizabilities. Calculated values match reported apparent dielectric constants for a series of Staphylococcus aureus nuclease mutants. Calculated constants are used to determine screening effects on Coulombic interactions and to determine solvation contributions based on a modified Generalized Born model. These terms are incorporated into the protein modeling platform protCAD, and benchmarked on a data set of collagen mimetic peptides for which experimentally determined stabilities are available. Computing local dielectric constants using atomistic protein models and the assumption of additive atomic polarizabilities is a rapid and potentially useful method for improving electrostatics and solvation calculations that can be applied in the computational design of peptides. PMID:25784456

  11. Utilizing Calibrated GPS Reflected Signals to Estimate Soil Reflectivity and Dielectric Constant: Results from SMEX02

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    Katzberg, Stephen J.; Torres, Omar; Grant, Michael S.; Masters, Dallas

    2006-01-01

    Extensive reflected GPS data was collected using a GPS reflectometer installed on an HC130 aircraft during the Soil Moisture Experiment 2002 (SMEX02) near Ames, Iowa. At the same time, widespread surface truth data was acquired in the form of point soil moisture profiles, areal sampling of near-surface soil moisture, total green biomass and precipitation history, among others. Previously, there have been no reported efforts to calibrate reflected GPS data sets acquired over land. This paper reports the results of two approaches to calibration of the data that yield consistent results. It is shown that estimating the strength of the reflected signals by either (1) assuming an approximately specular surface reflection or (2) inferring the surface slope probability density and associated normalization constants give essentially the same results for the conditions encountered in SMEX02. The corrected data is converted to surface reflectivity and then to dielectric constant as a test of the calibration approaches. Utilizing the extensive in-situ soil moisture related data this paper also presents the results of comparing the GPS-inferred relative dielectric constant with the Wang-Schmugge model frequently used to relate volume moisture content to dielectric constant. It is shown that the calibrated GPS reflectivity estimates follow the expected dependence of permittivity with volume moisture, but with the following qualification: The soil moisture value governing the reflectivity appears to come from only the top 1-2 centimeters of soil, a result consistent with results found for other microwave techniques operating at L-band. Nevertheless, the experimentally derived dielectric constant is generally lower than predicted. Possible explanations are presented to explain this result.

  12. Latest rocket measurements of the solar constant

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    Duncan, C. H.; Willson, R. C.; Kendall, J. M.; Harrison, R. G.; Hickey, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Three rocket flights which carried a payload of absolute radiometers to measure the solar constant with an accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 per cent have been accomplished. Several of the rocket radiometers were duplicates of those aboard the Solar Maximum Mission and Nimbus spacecrafts. The values for the solar constant obtained by the rocket sensors for the three flight dates indicate an increase between the first and latter two flights approximately equivalent to the uncertainty of the measurements. The values for the solar constant for the three flights are 1367, 1372 and 1374 W/sq m.

  13. Core@Double-Shell Structured Nanocomposites: A Route to High Dielectric Constant and Low Loss Material.

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    Huang, Yanhui; Huang, Xingyi; Schadler, Linda S; He, Jinliang; Jiang, Pingkai

    2016-09-28

    This work reports the advances of utilizing a core@double-shell nanostructure to enhance the electrical energy storage capability and suppress the dielectric loss of polymer nanocomposites. Two types of core@double-shell barium titanate (BaTiO3) matrix-free nanocomposites were prepared using a surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method to graft a poly(2-hydroxylethyle methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) and sodium polyacrylate-block-poly(2-hydroxylethyle methacrylate) block copolymer from BaTiO3 nanoparticles. The inner shell polymer is chosen to have either high dielectric constant or high electrical conductivity to provide large polarization, while the encapsulating outer shell polymer is chosen to be more insulating as to maintain a large resistivity and low loss. Finite element modeling was conducted to investigate the dielectric properties of the fabricated nanocomposites and the relaxation behavior of the grafted polymer. It demonstrates that confinement of the more conductive (lossy) phase in this multishell nanostructure is the key to achieving a high dielectric constant and maintaining a low loss. This promising multishell strategy could be generalized to a variety of polymers to develop novel nanocomposites.

  14. Material with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and good mechanical and thermal properties produced using multi-wall carbon nanotubes wrapped with poly(ether sulphone) in a poly(ether ether ketone) matrix

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    Zhang, Shuling; Wang, Hongsong; Wang, Guibin; Jiang, Zhenhua

    2012-07-01

    A material with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and good mechanical and thermal properties was produced using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) wrapped with poly(ether sulphone) (PES) dispersed in a poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) matrix. The material was fabricated using melt-blending, and MWCNT/PEEK composites show different degrees of improvement in the measured dielectric, mechanical, and thermal properties as compared to pure PEEK. This is attributed to the high conductivity of MWCNTs, the effect of wrapping MWCNTs with PES, the good dispersion of the wrapped MWCNTs in PEEK, and the strong interfacial adhesion between the wrapped MWCNTs and the PEEK.

  15. Phase stability and dielectric constant of ABO3 perovskites from first principles

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    Kersch, Alfred; Fischer, Dominik

    2009-07-01

    Using ab initio simulations we determine the stable phases of ABO3 perovskites (A =Ca,Sr,Ba; B=Ti,Zr,Hf) at T =0 K by calculating the free energy. For these structures we calculate the dielectric constant and the bandgap. It turns out that for tolerance factors far from 1, the stable phase is always Pnma. For SrZrO3 and BaZrO3 with tolerance factors close to 1, we predict that the high temperature cubic phase is broken to I4/mcm like in case of SrTiO3 with a very small gain in free energy. The calculated dielectric constants are in agreement with the experimental values for the few cases known.

  16. Improved ground-state electronic structure and optical dielectric constants with a semilocal exchange functional

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    Vlček, Vojtěch; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd; Leppert, Linn; Armiento, Rickard; Kümmel, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    A recently published generalized gradient approximation functional within density functional theory (DFT) has shown, in a few paradigm tests, an improved KS orbital description over standard (semi)local approximations. The characteristic feature of this functional is an enhancement factor that diverges like s ln(s ) for large reduced density gradients s which leads to unusual properties. We explore the improved orbital description of this functional more thoroughly by computing the electronic band structure, band gaps, and the optical dielectric constants in semiconductors, Mott insulators, and ionic crystals. Compared to standard semilocal functionals, we observe improvement in both the band gaps and the optical dielectric constants. In particular, the results are similar to those obtained with orbital functionals or by perturbation theory methods in that it opens band gaps in systems described as metallic by standard (semi)local density functionals, e.g., Ge, α -Sn, and CdO.

  17. Determination of a dielectric waveguide propagation constant using a multifilament-current model.

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    Cory, H; Altman, Z; Leviatan, Y

    1989-09-15

    A moment method using a multifilament-current model is presented to analyze the modes propagating in a cylindrical dielectric waveguide. In this model, analytically derivable fields of filamentary electric and magnetic currents (of yet unknown propagation constant and amplitude) are used to simulate the field of each mode inside and outside the guiding core. A simple point-matching procedure is subsequently used to enforce the boundary conditions at the core periphery and results in a homogeneous matrix equation. The longitudinal propagation constant of each mode and the currents that yield the field distribution of this mode are then found by solving this equation. As an example, a circular dielectric waveguide is analyzed and the results are presented.

  18. Sol-gel composite material characteristics caused by different dielectric constant sol-gel phases

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    Kimoto, Keisuke; Matsumoto, Makoto; Kaneko, Tsukasa; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2016-07-01

    Ultrasonic transducers prepared by a sol-gel composite method have been investigated in the field of nondestructive testing (NDT). Sol-gel composite materials could be ideal piezoelectric materials for ultrasonic transducer applications in the NDT field, and a new sol-gel composite with desirable characteristics has been developed. Three kinds of sol-gel composite materials composed of different dielectric constant sol-gel phases, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT), and BaTiO3 (BT), and the same piezoelectric powder phase, PbTiO3 (PT), were fabricated and their properties were compared quantitatively. As a result, the PT/BT, sol-gel composite with the highest dielectric constant sol-gel phase showed the highest d 33 and signal strength. In addition, only PT/BT was successfully poled by room-temperature corona poling with reasonable signal strength.

  19. Determination of plasma frequency, damping constant, and size distribution from the complex dielectric function of noble metal nanoparticles

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    Mendoza Herrera, Luis J.; Arboleda, David Muñetón; Schinca, Daniel C.; Scaffardi, Lucía B.

    2014-12-21

    This paper develops a novel method for simultaneously determining the plasma frequency ω{sub P}   and the damping constant γ{sub free} in the bulk damped oscillator Drude model, based on experimentally measured real and imaginary parts of the metal refractive index in the IR wavelength range, lifting the usual approximation that restricts frequency values to the UV-deep UV region. Our method was applied to gold, silver, and copper, improving the relative uncertainties in the final values for ω{sub p} (0.5%–1.6%) and for γ{sub free} (3%–8%), which are smaller than those reported in the literature. These small uncertainties in ω{sub p} and γ{sub free} determination yield a much better fit of the experimental complex dielectric function. For the case of nanoparticles (Nps), a series expansion of the Drude expression (which includes ω{sub p} and γ{sub free} determined using our method) enables size-dependent dielectric function to be written as the sum of three terms: the experimental bulk dielectric function plus two size corrective terms, one for free electron, and the other for bound-electron contributions. Finally, size distribution of nanometric and subnanometric gold Nps in colloidal suspension was determined through fitting its experimental optical extinction spectrum using Mie theory based on the previously determined dielectric function. Results are compared with size histogram obtained from Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

  20. Models for ionic contribution to the complex dielectric constant of nematic liquid crystals.

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    Alexe-Ionescu, A L; Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2009-12-01

    We analyze the models that account the ionic contribution to the complex dielectric constant of a nematic liquid crystal. We compare the predictions of the model of [Sawada, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. Sci. Technol., Sect. A 318, 225 (1998)] based on the assumption that the electric field in the liquid coincides with the applied one, with the model of Macdonald where the electric field in the sample is determined in self-consistent manner by solving the equation of Poisson. We show that the model of Sawada , widely used to determine the bulk density of ions and their diffusion coefficient in liquid crystal cells, predicts a thickness dependence of the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant different from that predicted by the model of Macdonald. On the contrary, the predictions of the two models coincide for what concerns the frequency dependencies of the two components of the dielectric constant. By considering a typical case, we show that the numerical values of the ionic properties derived by means of the model of Sawada may differ even more than 1 order of magnitude by those predicted by the model of Macdonald. A rescaling procedure allowing to evaluate the bulk density of ions and the ionic diffusion coefficient determined by means of the model of Sawada in agreement with the one of Macdonald is proposed.

  1. Controllable reduction of graphene oxide and its application during the fabrication of high dielectric constant composites

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    Liu, Hui; Xu, Peng; Yao, Haibo; Chen, Wenhui; Zhao, Jianying; Kang, Chuanqing; Bian, Zheng; Gao, Lianxun; Guo, Haiquan

    2017-10-01

    The synthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) with various reduction extents was carried out in organic solvent using 1,4-diiodobutane as the reducing agent at moderate temperatures. Results showed that the C/O ratio of RGO nanosheet surface could be tailored by adjusting the ratio of graphene oxide (GO) and reducing agent. The controllable reduction strategy was applied to the fabrication of high dielectric constant graphene/polyimide composites via the in situ reduction of GO. The reduction extents of RGO in polymer matrix can be readily manipulated just through altering the addition of the reducing agent. The dielectric constants of gaphene/polyimide composites were significantly enhanced with the increasing of the reduction extent of RGO. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the composites were also affected by the reduction extent of RGO due to the decreases of the oxygen functional groups of RGO surface. Hence, the in situ controllable reduction of GO should be quite an ideal method for the fabrication of high dielectric constant composites with the tunable combination properties.

  2. Improved SPC force field of water based on the dielectric constant: SPC/ ε

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    Fuentes-Azcatl, Raúl; Mendoza, Noé; Alejandre, José

    2015-02-01

    In a recent work, Fuentes and Alejandre (2014) found that for TIP4P models there is a dipole moment of minimum density at 240 K and that the Lennard-Jones parameters can be adjusted to match the experimental dielectric constant at 300 K and the temperature of maximum density, respectively. The same procedure is used in this work to re-parameterize the simple point charge (SPC) model keeping the original geometry. The new model fails to reproduce the experimental self-diffusion coefficient and shear viscosity but improves the results at different temperatures and pressures of dielectric constant, isothermal compressibility, thermal expansion coefficient, surface tension, coexisting densities at the liquid-vapor interface, equation of state of ice Ih and equation of state of liquids at high pressures. A second model that reproduces the dielectric constant, self-diffusion coefficient and shear viscosity is proposed but the temperature of maximum density is 250 K, compared with the experimental value of 277 K. Both models improve the SPC/E results for almost all properties. The TIP3P model was also analyzed but the liquid density at 240 K always increases and a minimum in the dipole moment was not found. It is not possible to adjust for that model the charge distribution and short range interaction parameters to reproduce at the same time the target properties.

  3. Correlations for the Dielectric Constants of H2S, SO2, and SF6

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    Harvey, Allan H.; Mountain, Raymond D.

    2017-10-01

    A new method is developed for correlating the static dielectric constant of polar fluids over wide ranges of conditions where few experimental data exist. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to establish the temperature and density dependence of the Kirkwood g-factor, and also the functional form for the increase of the effective dipole moment with density. Most parameters in the model are obtained entirely from simulation; a single proportionality constant is adjusted to obtain agreement with the limited experimental data. The method is applied to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), both of which are important in geochemistry but have only a few dielectric data available. The resulting correlations agree well with the available liquid data, obey physical boundary conditions at low density and at high temperature, and interpolate in density and temperature in a physically reasonable manner. In addition, we present a more conventional correlation for the dielectric constant of sulfur hexafluoride, SF6, where more data are available.

  4. A new force field of formamide and the effect of the dielectric constant on miscibility.

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    de la Luz, Alexander Pérez; Méndez-Maldonado, G Arlette; Núñez-Rojas, Edgar; Bresme, Fernando; Alejandre, José

    2015-06-09

    Current force fields underestimate significantly the dielectric constant of formamide at standard conditions. We present a derivation of an accurate potential for formamide, with a functional form based on the OPLS/AA force field. Our procedure follows the approach introduced by Salas et al. ( J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2015 , 11 , 683 - 693 ) that relies on ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. We consider several strategies to derive the atomic charges of formamide. We find that the inclusion of polarization effects in the quantum mechanical computations is essential to obtain reliable force fields. By varying the atomic charges and the Lennard-Jones parameters describing the dispersion interactions in the OPLS/AA force field, we derive an optimum set of parameters that provides accurate results for the dielectric constant, surface tension, and bulk density of liquid formamide in a wide range of thermodynamic states. We test the transferability of our parameters to investigate liquid/liquid mixtures. We have chosen as case study an equimolar mixture of formamide and hexan-2-one. This mixture involves two fluids with very different polar characteristics, namely, large differences in their dielectric constants and their performance as solvents. The new potential predicts a liquid/liquid phase separation, in good agreement with experimental data, and highlights the importance of the correct parametrization of the pure liquid phases to investigate liquid mixtures. Finally, we examine the microscopic origin of the observed inmiscibility between formamide and hexa-2-one.

  5. Electrodynamic acceleration of dielectric bodies in a rail gun in the constant current regime

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    Drobyshevskii, E. M.; Zhukov, B. G.; Nazarov, E. V.; Rozov, S. I.; Sokolov, V. M.; Kurakin, R. O.; Savel'Ev, M. A.; Iuferov, S. V.

    1991-04-01

    Rail gun experiments are reported in which dielectric bodies were accelerated magnetohydrodynamically by a plasma piston to velocities at which the kinetic energy per each atom became comparable with or greater than the chemical bond energy. In the constant current approximation, a simple expression is obtained which unambiguously relates the acceleration path length to the amount of electricity passing through the system, irrespective of the acceleration rate and final velocity of the body. Practically constant accelerations of about 3 x 10 exp 6 g were achieved for polycarbonate projectiles with a linear current density close to the limit of explosive electrode evaporation (about 60 kA/mm)

  6. Hematocrit measurement by dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Treo, Ernesto F; Felice, Carmelo J; Tirado, Mónica C; Valentinuzzi, Max E; Cervantes, Daniel O

    2005-01-01

    Based on permittivity changes, a new method to measure hematocrit (HCT) in extracorporeal blood systems is presented. Human blood samples were tested at different HCT levels pairing the values of permittivity change, obtained by means of a commercial impedance analyzer, with traditional centrifugation measurements. Data were correlated using both linear and nonlinear regression. When using the lineal model, the comparison yielded a high correlation coefficient (r = 0.99). Theoretical simplifications suggest that the method is independent of changes in the conductivities of the intracellular and extracellular compartments. The influence of osmolarity and conductivity of the extracellular compartment was analyzed. It is shown that HCT can be predicted within an error lower than 5% when those parameters changed as much as 1 mS/cm and 50 mOsm/kg, respectively. Thus, the method appears as valid and viable showing good possibilities in applications such as renal dialysis.

  7. Contributions of Domain-Related Phenomena on Dielectric Constant of Lead-Based Ferroelectric Ceramics Under Uniaxial Compressive Pre-Stress

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    Yimnirun, Rattikorn

    The dielectric constant of lead-based ferroelectric ceramics in three different systems, i.e. BT-PZT, PMN-PT and PMN-PZT, was measured under uniaxial compressive pre-stress to investigate the contributions of different domain-phenomena. The dielectric constant was observed at room temperature under the compressive pre-stress up to 15 MPa, 22 MPa and 5 MPa for BT-PZT, PMN-PT and PMN-PZT, respectively, using a homebuilt uniaxial compressometer. Dielectric constant of the BT-PZT ceramics increased significantly with increasing applied stress. Larger changes in the dielectric constant with the applied stress were observed in the PZT-rich compositions. However, for PMN-PT and PMN-PZT ceramic systems, changes in the dielectric constant with the stress were found to depend significantly on the ceramic compositions. The experimental results could be explained by both intrinsic and extrinsic domain-related mechanisms involving domain wall motions, as well as the de-aging phenomenon from the application of the compressive pre-stress. Roles of different types of domains, i.e. micro-domains and nano-domains, were also discussed.

  8. Density fluctuations and dielectric constant of water in low and high density liquid states

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    Lascaris, Erik; Zhang, Cui; Galli, Giulia A.; Franzese, Giancarlo; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2012-02-01

    The hypothesis of a liquid-liquid critical point (LLCP) in the phase diagram of water, though first published many years ago, still remains the subject of a heated debate. According to this hypothesis there exists a critical point near T 244 K, and P 215 MPa, located at the end of a coexistence line between a high density liquid (HDL) and a low density liquid state (LDL). The LLCP lies below the homogenous nucleation temperature of water and it has so far remained inaccessible to experiments. We study a model of water exhibiting a liquid-liquid phase transition (that is a liquid interacting through the ST2 potential) and investigate the properties of dipolar fluctuations as a function of density, in the HDL and LDL. We find an interesting correlation between the macroscopic dielectric constants and the densities of the two liquids in the vicinity of the critical point, and we discuss possible implications for measurements close to the region where the LLCP may be located.

  9. Fluorescence (TALIF) measurement of atomic hydrogen concentration in a coplanar surface dielectric barrier discharge

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    Mrkvičková, M.; Ráheľ, J.; Dvořák, P.; Trunec, D.; Morávek, T.

    2016-10-01

    Spatially and temporally resolved measurements of atomic hydrogen concentration above the dielectric of coplanar barrier discharge are presented for atmospheric pressure in 2.2% H2/Ar. The measurements were carried out in the afterglow phase by means of two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF). The difficulties of employing the TALIF technique in close proximity to the dielectric surface wall were successfully addressed by taking measurements on a suitable convexly curved dielectric barrier, and by proper mathematical treatment of parasitic signals from laser-surface interactions. It was found that the maximum atomic hydrogen concentration is situated closest to the dielectric wall from which it gradually decays. The maximum absolute concentration was more than 1022 m-3. In the afterglow phase, the concentration of atomic hydrogen above the dielectric surface stays constant for a considerable time (10 μs-1 ms), with longer times for areas situated farther from the dielectric surface. The existence of such a temporal plateau was explained by the presented 1D model: the recombination losses of atomic hydrogen farther from the dielectric surface are compensated by the diffusion of atomic hydrogen from regions close to the dielectric surface. The fact that a temporal plateau exists even closest to the dielectric surface suggests that the dielectric surface acts as a source of atomic hydrogen in the afterglow phase.

  10. Measurement of dielectric properties of subcutaneous fat with open-ended coaxial sensors

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    Alanen, Esko; Lahtinen, Tapani; Nuutinen, Jouni

    1998-03-01

    A three-layer model of stratum corneum, epidermis/dermis and subcutaneous fat has been developed for the capacitance of an open-ended coaxial line in contact with human skin. Applying the model, the electrical properties of subcutaneous fat can be calculated from skin dielectric measurements with three probes of different sizes. The three-layer model is based on a variational formula for the capacitance of the coaxial probe. An accurate approximation for the dielectric constant of the multilayer cutaneous structure is presented for the inverse problem of solving the dielectric constants of various layers. The method was tested at 300 MHz with breast cancer patients who often have radiotherapy-induced late alterations in the structure of subcutaneous fat due to the development of subcutaneous fibrosis. Measurements from 206 sites yielded a good agreement between the dielectric constant of subcutaneous fat and the clinical score for subcutaneous fibrosis.

  11. Measurement of dielectric properties of subcutaneous fat with open-ended coaxial sensors.

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    Alanen, E; Lahtinen, T; Nuutinen, J

    1998-03-01

    A three-layer model of stratum corneum, epidermis/dermis and subcutaneous fat has been developed for the capacitance of an open-ended coaxial line in contact with human skin. Applying the model, the electrical properties of subcutaneous fat can be calculated from skin dielectric measurements with three probes of different sizes. The three-layer model is based on a variational formula for the capacitance of the coaxial probe. An accurate approximation for the dielectric constant of the multilayer cutaneous structure is presented for the inverse problem of solving the dielectric constants of various layers. The method was tested at 300 MHz with breast cancer patients who often have radiotherapy-induced late alterations in the structure of subcutaneous fat due to the development of subcutaneous fibrosis. Measurements from 206 sites yielded a good agreement between the dielectric constant of subcutaneous fat and the clinical score for subcutaneous fibrosis.

  12. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as an alternative to determine dielectric constant of potatoes at various moisture contents.

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    Chee, Grace; Rungraeng, Natthakan; Han, Jung H; Jun, Soojin

    2014-02-01

    The dielectric (DE) properties, specifically the DE constant (ε') and loss factor (ε''), were measured for vacuum-dried and freeze-dried potato samples at a microwave frequency of 2.45 GHz over a range of different moisture contents (MCs) using a DE probe and also a 2-probe electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Third-order polynomial models (ε' = f₁(MC); and ε'' = f₂(MC)) at room temperature were developed for regression analysis. Additionally, at various temperatures (T), biphasic 3rd-order polynomial models (ε' = f₁(MC, T); and ε'' = f₂(MC, T)) were obtained to determine ε' and ε'' as a function of MC and T using measured data. The vacuum-dried potato sample showed a good fitness of ε' and ε'' (R² = 0.95 and 0.96, respectively) to the regression model with the range of MCs from 18% to 80% (w/w), while the freeze-dried potato sample showed a good fitness of ε' and ε'' to the 1st-phase regression model with MC < 50% w/w (R² = 0.95 and 0.96, respectively) and the 2nd-phase regression model with MC > 50% w/w (R² = 0.94 to 0.96). EIS measurements were also used to obtain correlation impedances for ε' and ε'' determined by the DE probe method. The resulted regression analysis meets the demands for simple, rapid, and accurate assessment for transient values of ε' and ε'' of food products during dehydration/drying processes. The EIS method was verified to be a successful alternative to direct measurements of ε' and ε''. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®

  13. High-dielectric-constant ferroelectric thin film and bulk ceramic capacitors for power electronics.

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    Auciello, O. H.; Baldo, P.; Baumann, P.; Erck, R. A.; Giumarra, J.; Im, J.; Kaufman, D. Y.; Lanagan, M. T.; Pan, M. J.; Streiffer, S. K.; Zebrowski, J.

    1999-08-10

    Significant effort is presently focused on reducing the size and weight of power electronic modules. To achieve these goals in high-power capacitors, alternative materials and fabrication processes are needed. Thin film (<0.5 {micro}m) and bulk capacitors that use perovskite-based ferroelectric dielectrics are promising alternative technologies. Ferroelectrics possess high dielectric constants, thus offering substantial increases in volumetric capacitance. In thin film form, these materials display low loss and high breakdown strength. The unique properties of some of these materials, such as a nonlinear dielectric response or a high energy-storage capacity accompanying a phase change, can be exploited for power electronic capacitors. Prototype capacitors of two such materials, (Ba,Sr)TiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3}, have been fabricated in both thin film and bulk ceramic form. The influence of fabrication conditions on dielectric properties has been studied. Initial studies have demonstrated the viability of perovskite ferroelectrics for next-generation capacitor components.

  14. Stability analysis of dielectric elastomer using the elastic strain energy function with two material constants

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    Liu, Liwu; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Zhen; Yu, Kai; Deng, Gang; Sun, Shouhua; Shi, Liang; Leng, Jinsong

    2009-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DE) are the most promising electroactive polymer materials capable of being applied in smart actuators. When the DE film sandwiched between two compliant electrodes is applied high electric field, due to the electrostatic force between two electrodes, the film expands in-plane and contracts out-of-plane such that its thickness becomes thinner. The thinner thickness results in higher electric field which inversely squeezes the film again. This positive feedback induces a mode of instability, known as electromechanical instability or pull-in instability. When the electric field exceeds certain critical value, the DE film collapses. In this paper, the elastic strain energy function with two material constants is applied to analyze the stability of dielectric elastomers, which facilitates to understand fully Suo's nonlinear theory. The results verify again the truth of this theory and exploit larger application spectrum. The method is capable of analyzing the stability of different dielectric materials with different values of k and the result can be useful on design of the dielectric elastomer actuator.

  15. The microwave properties of the jovian clouds: A new model for the complex dielectric constant of aqueous ammonia

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    Duong, Danny; Steffes, Paul G.; Noorizadeh, Sahand

    2014-02-01

    A new model for the complex dielectric constant of aqueous ammonia (NH4OH) under conditions characteristic of the jovian clouds has been developed. The new model is based on laboratory measurements in the frequency range between 2 and 8.5 GHz for ammonia concentrations of 0-8.5% by volume and temperatures between 274 and 297 K. The new model is based on the Meissner and Wentz (Meissner, T., Wentz, F.J. [2004]. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 42, 1836-1849) model of the complex dielectric constant of pure water but contains corrections for dissolved ammonia. Assuming Raleigh scattering, these measurements are applied to a cloud attenuation model to calculate the range of opacity of the jovian aqueous ammonia clouds. These measurements will improve our understanding of the data collected by the Juno microwave radiometer (MWR) by better characterizing the absorption properties of the aqueous ammonia present in the jovian atmosphere. The new model has been validated for temperatures up to 313 K, and may be consistently used for the expected conditions for aqueous clouds in all of the outer planets. The model fits 60.26% of all laboratory measurements within 2-sigma uncertainty. Descriptions of the experimental setups, uncertainties associated with the laboratory measurements, the model fitting process, the new model, and its application to approximating jovian cloud opacity are provided.

  16. Microclimate, Water Potential, Transpiration, and Bole Dielectric Constant of Coniferous and Deciduous Tree Species in the Continental Boreal Ecotone of Central Alaska

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    Zimmermann, R.; McDonald, K.; Way, J.; Oren, R.

    1994-01-01

    Tree canopy microclimate, xylem water flux and xylem dielectric constant have been monitored in situ since June 1993 in two adjacent natural forest stands in central Alaska. The deciduous stand represents a mature balsam poplar site on the Tanana River floodplain, while the coniferous stand consists of mature white spruce with some black spruce mixed in. During solstice in June and later in summer, diurnal changes of xylem water potential were measured to investigate the occurrence and magnitude of tree transpiration and dielectric constant changes in stems.

  17. Microclimate, Water Potential, Transpiration, and Bole Dielectric Constant of Coniferous and Deciduous Tree Species in the Continental Boreal Ecotone of Central Alaska

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    Zimmermann, R.; McDonald, K.; Way, J.; Oren, R.

    1994-01-01

    Tree canopy microclimate, xylem water flux and xylem dielectric constant have been monitored in situ since June 1993 in two adjacent natural forest stands in central Alaska. The deciduous stand represents a mature balsam poplar site on the Tanana River floodplain, while the coniferous stand consists of mature white spruce with some black spruce mixed in. During solstice in June and later in summer, diurnal changes of xylem water potential were measured to investigate the occurrence and magnitude of tree transpiration and dielectric constant changes in stems.

  18. Liquid Crystalline Epoxies with Lateral Substituents Showing a Low Dielectric Constant and High Thermal Conductivity

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    Guo, Huilong; Lu, Mangeng; Liang, Liyan; Wu, Kun; Ma, Dong; Xue, Wei

    2017-02-01

    In this work, liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents were synthesized and cured with aromatic amines or anhydride. The liquid crystalline phase structure of liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents was determined by polarized optical microscopy. The relationship between thermal conductivity and dielectric properties and liquid crystalline domain structure was discussed in the paper. The samples show high thermal conductivity up to 0.29 W/(m × K), due to the orientation of mesogenic units in epoxies. The sample's low dielectric constant of 2.29 is associated with the oriented mesogenic units and long nonpolar lateral substituents. This indicates a new way to obtain materials with high thermal conductivity and a low dielectric constant by introducing oriented mesogenic units into cross-linked epoxy systems. The water repellency is reflected in the contact angles of 92-98°, which are apparently higher than that of conventional epoxy systems. It was also found that the better toughness of liquid crystalline epoxies with lateral substituents was attributed to the existence of long flexible alkyl lateral substituents.

  19. An all-organic composite actuator material with a high dielectric constant.

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    Zhang, Q M; Li, Hengfeng; Poh, Martin; Xia, Feng; Cheng, Z-Y; Xu, Haisheng; Huang, Cheng

    2002-09-19

    Electroactive polymers (EAPs) can behave as actuators, changing their shape in response to electrical stimulation. EAPs that are controlled by external electric fields--referred to here as field-type EAPs--include ferroelectric polymers, electrostrictive polymers, dielectric elastomers and liquid crystal polymers. Field-type EAPs can exhibit fast response speeds, low hysteresis and strain levels far above those of traditional piezoelectric materials, with elastic energy densities even higher than those of piezoceramics. However, these polymers also require a high field (>70 V micro m(-1)) to generate such high elastic energy densities (>0.1 J cm(-3); refs 4, 5, 9, 10). Here we report a new class of all-organic field-type EAP composites, which can exhibit high elastic energy densities induced by an electric field of only 13 V micro m(-1). The composites are fabricated from an organic filler material possessing very high dielectric constant dispersed in an electrostrictive polymer matrix. The composites can exhibit high net dielectric constants while retaining the flexibility of the matrix. These all-organic actuators could find applications as artificial muscles, 'smart skins' for drag reduction, and in microfluidic systems for drug delivery.

  20. Sulfone-Containing Dipolar Glass Polymers with High Dielectric Constant and Low Loss Property

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    Zhu, Yufeng; Zhang, Zhongbo; Litt, Morton; Zhu, Lei

    Sulfone-containing polyoxetanes are designed and synthesized for high dielectric constant and low loss dipolar glasses. The precursor polymer, poly(3,3-bis(chloromethyl)oxetane) (PBCMO) is synthesized by bulk cationic polymerization with boron trifluoride diethyl etherate as initiator. The number-average molecular weight of PBCMO is 73 kDa, with a polydispersity of 1.53 as obtained from size-exclusion chromatography results. Post-modification of PBCMO yields the dipolar glass polymer, poly(3,3-bis(methylsulfonylmethyl)oxetane) (MST). Nuclear magnetic resonance result shows 100% conversion. Differential scanning calorimetry result indicates that MST has a glass transition temperature of ca. 120 °C. Due to the large dipole moment (4.25 D) and small size of the side-chain sulfone groups, MST exhibits a high dielectric constant of 8.7 and a low dissipation factor of 0.01 at 25 °C and 1 Hz. This study suggests that dipolar glass polymers with large dipole moments and small-sized dipoles in the side chains are promising candidates for high energy density and low loss dielectric applications. This work is supported by NSF Polymers Program (DMR-1402733).

  1. High dielectric constant and low dielectric loss hybrid nanocomposites fabricated with ferroelectric polymer matrix and BaTiO3 nanofibers modified with perfluoroalkylsilane

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    Zhang, Xianhong; Ma, Yuhong; Zhao, Changwen; Yang, Wantai

    2014-06-01

    Interfacial interaction and compatibility between the ceramic dielectric and polymer matrix have strong impact on the dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss of their composites. In this work, we presented a simple strategy to fabricate flexible dielectric composite of high dielectric constant BaTiO3 (BT) nanofiber and ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix. The electrospun BT nanofiber was sintered at about 800 °C to form perovskite crystalline. Fluorosilane 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrimethoxysilane was used to introduce a short perfluoroalkyl chain to the surface of BT nanofiber by silane coupling. The effects of content of modified BT nanofiber on the dielectric performance of the composites were investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The results in comparison with pure PVDF showed that the dielectric constant increased about 2 times (from 10 to 22) and dielectric loss tan δ reduced about 50% (from 0.12 to 0.06) when the loading of modified BT nanofiber was up to 20 v%. In the same loading fraction of BT nanofibers (10 v%), the dielectric loss of fluorosilane modified sample (tan δ = 0.08) was lower than that of unmodified one (tan δ = 0.1). In the range of 20-100 °C, the k showed almost no dependence on the temperature. However, the dielectric loss revealed a trend of decreasing at first and increased later with the increasing of temperature, and reached the lowest value (tanδ = 0.01) at about 60 °C.

  2. Residual stress evolution in multilayer ceramic capacitors corresponding to layer increase and its correlation to the dielectric constant

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    Park, Jong-Sung; Kim, Sujin; Shin, Hyunho; Jung, Hyun Suk; Hong, Kug Sun

    2005-05-01

    The residual thermal stress in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with varying number of layers was analyzed using finite element analysis, in order to find the links among the dielectric constant, the number of layers, and the stress state. In the active region of the MLCC, the in-plane stresses in a ceramic layer, σ11 and σ22, were compressive while the out-of-plane stress, σ33, was mostly tensile. Changes in the dielectric constant were related to the reinforcement of the compressive in-plane stress components for small numbers of layers, while out-of-plane tensile stress was attributed to the increased dielectric constant when the number of layers was large. In the intermediate regime, in-plane stress components and out-of-plane components both affected the dielectric constant.

  3. Imaging the static dielectric constant in vitro and in living cells by a bioconjugable GFP chromophore analog.

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    Signore, Giovanni; Abbandonato, Gerardo; Storti, Barbara; Stöckl, Martin; Subramaniam, Vinod; Bizzarri, Ranieri

    2013-02-28

    A fluorescent probe structurally similar to the GFP chromophore is demonstrated to report the local static dielectric constant. This probe can be chemically functionalized for selective targeting at the intracellular level.

  4. Spectral characterization of dielectric materials using terahertz measurement systems

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    Seligman, Jeffrey M.

    The performance of modern high frequency components and electronic systems are often limited by the properties of the materials from which they are made. Over the past decade, there has been an increased emphasis on the development of new, high performance dielectrics for use in high frequency systems. The development of these materials requires novel broadband characterization, instrumentation, and extraction techniques, from which models can be formulated. For this project several types of dielectric sheets were characterized at terahertz (THz) frequencies using quasi-optical (free-space) techniques. These measurement systems included a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS, scalar), a Time Domain Spectrometer (TDS, vector), a Scalar Network Analyzer (SNA), and a THz Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). Using these instruments the THz spectral characteristics of dielectric samples were obtained. Polarization based anisotropy was observed in many of the materials measured using vector systems. The TDS was the most informative and flexible instrument for dielectric characterization at THz frequencies. To our knowledge, this is the first such comprehensive study to be performed. Anisotropy effects within materials that do not come into play at microwave frequencies (e.g. ~10 GHz) were found, in many cases, to increase measured losses at THz frequencies by up to an order of magnitude. The frequency dependent properties obtained during the course of this study included loss tangent, permittivity (index of refraction), and dielectric constant. The results were largely consistent between all the different systems and correlated closely to manufacturer specifications over a wide frequency range (325 GHz-1.5 THz). Anisotropic behavior was observed for some of the materials. Non-destructive evaluation and testing (NDE/NDT) techniques were used throughout. A precision test fixture was developed to accomplish these measurements. Time delay, insertion loss, and S-parameters were

  5. Dielectric constant dispersion of yttrium-doped (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films in the high-frequency (10 kHz-67 GHz) domain

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    Jeong, Doo Seok; Hwang, Cheol Seong; Baniecki, J. D.; Shioga, T.; Kurihara, K.; Kamehara, N.; Ishii, M.

    2005-12-01

    The frequency dispersion of the dielectric constant of yttrium (Y)-doped (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films (Y-BST) in the high-frequency domain (10kHz-67GHz) was investigated. In order to remove the substantial parasitic capacitances, inductances, and resistances from the measured impedance data, test samples, short-circuit standard, and open-circuit standard structures were fabricated and their frequency response was measured. Before removing parasitic components, the measured dielectric response showed a rolloff at approximately 4GHz. However, after circuit calibration, the dielectric constant was almost constant up to 40GHz where another rolloff was observed. However, this rolloff was due to the uncompensated small parasitic components. Therefore, the dielectric constant of the Y-BST films (170 with a film thickness of 30nm) showed small frequency dispersion corresponding to the Curie-von Schweidler dispersion, of which the exponent is -0.0131, up to 40GHz. Furthermore, the decrease of the capacitance was 17% in the frequency range from 10kHzto40GHz.

  6. High aspect ratio patterning of photosensitive polyimide with low thermal expansion coefficient and low dielectric constant

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    Dick, Andrew R.; Bell, William K.; Luke, Brendan; Maines, Erin; Mueller, Brennen; Rawlings, Brandon; Kohl, Paul A.; Grant Willson, C.

    2016-07-01

    A photosensitive polyimide system based on amine catalyzed imidization of a precursor poly(amic ester) is described. The material is based on the meta ethyl ester of pyromellitic dianhydride and 2,2' bis(trifluoromethyl)benzidine. It acts as a negative tone resist when formulated with a photobase generator. The material exhibits a dielectric constant of 3.0 in the gigahertz range, a coefficient of thermal expansion of 6±2 ppm/K, and can be patterned to aspect ratios of >2 when formulated with a highly quantum efficient cinnamide type photobase generator.

  7. Quantum theory of the dielectric constant of a magnetized plasma and astrophysical applications. I.

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    Canuto, V.; Ventura, J.

    1972-01-01

    A quantum mechanical treatment of an electron plasma in a constant and homogeneous magnetic field is considered, with the aim of (1) defining the range of validity of the magnetoionic theory (2) studying the deviations from this theory, in applications involving high densities, and intense magnetic field. While treating the magnetic field exactly, a perturbation approach in the photon field is used to derive general expressions for the dielectric tensor. Numerical estimates on the range of applicability of the magnetoionic theory are given for the case of the 'one-dimensional' electron gas, where only the lowest Landau level is occupied.

  8. Quantum theory of the dielectric constant of a magnetized plasma and astrophysical applications. I.

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    Canuto, V.; Ventura, J.

    1972-01-01

    A quantum mechanical treatment of an electron plasma in a constant and homogeneous magnetic field is considered, with the aim of (1) defining the range of validity of the magnetoionic theory (2) studying the deviations from this theory, in applications involving high densities, and intense magnetic field. While treating the magnetic field exactly, a perturbation approach in the photon field is used to derive general expressions for the dielectric tensor. Numerical estimates on the range of applicability of the magnetoionic theory are given for the case of the 'one-dimensional' electron gas, where only the lowest Landau level is occupied.

  9. Effect of species structure and dielectric constant on C-band forest backscatter

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    Lang, R. H.; Landry, R.; Kilic, O.; Chauhan, N.; Khadr, N.; Leckie, D.

    1993-01-01

    A joint experiment between Canadian and USA research teams was conducted early in Oct. 1992 to determine the effect of species structure and dielectric variations on forest backscatter. Two stands, one red pine and one jack pine, in the Petawawa National Forestry Institute (PNFI) were utilized for the experiment. Extensive tree architecture measurements had been taken by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) several months earlier by employing a Total Station surveying instrument which provides detailed information on branch structure. A second part of the experiment consisted of cutting down several trees and using dielectric probes to measure branch and needle permittivity values at both sites. The dielectric and the tree geometry data were used in the George Washington University (GWU) Vegetation Model to determine the C band backscattering coefficients of the individual stands for VV polarization. The model results show that backscatter at C band comes mainly from the needles and small branches and the upper portion of the trunks acts only as an attenuator. A discussion of variation of backscatter with specie structure and how dielectric variations in needles for both species may affect the total backscatter returns is provided.

  10. C-V Measurement of HfO2 Dielectric Layer Received by UV Stimulated Plasma Anodizing

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    Bibilashvili, Amiran; Kushitashvili, Zurab

    2016-10-01

    In this report we consider HfO2 dielectric layer received by UV stimulated plasma anodizing. This dielectric is distinguished by good electric parameters. For this purpose, it was used C-V characterization technic and calculate dielectric constant, flatband voltage, thrishold voltage, bulk potential, work function, oxide effective charge, charge concentration. The C-V measurement was carried out on Keithley Instrument - Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer 4200, oxide thickness was measured by reflectometer - MprobeVis System.

  11. Critical role of morphology on the dielectric constant of semicrystalline polyolefins.

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    Misra, Mayank; Mannodi-Kanakkithodi, Arun; Chung, T C; Ramprasad, Rampi; Kumar, Sanat K

    2016-06-21

    A particularly attractive method to predict the dielectric properties of materials is density functional theory (DFT). While this method is very popular, its large computational requirements allow practical treatments of unit cells with just a small number of atoms in an ordered array, i.e., in a crystalline morphology. By comparing DFT and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations on the same ordered arrays of functional polyolefins, we confirm that both methodologies yield identical estimates for the dipole moments and hence the ionic component of the dielectric storage modulus. Additionally, MD simulations of more realistic semi-crystalline morphologies yield estimates for this polar contribution that are in good agreement with the limited experiments in this field. However, these predictions are up to 10 times larger than those for pure crystalline simulations. Here, we show that the constraints provided by the surrounding chains significantly impede dipolar relaxations in the crystalline regions, whereas amorphous chains must sample all configurations to attain their fully isotropic spatial distributions. These results, which suggest that the amorphous phase is the dominant player in the context, argue strongly that the proper polymer morphology needs to be modeled to ensure accurate estimates of the ionic component of the dielectric constant.

  12. Dielectric constant estimation of the uppermost Basal Unit layer in the martian Boreales Scopuli region

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    Lauro, Sebastian E.; Mattei, Elisabetta; Soldovieri, Francesco; Pettinelli, Elena; Orosei, Roberto; Vannaroni, Giuliano

    2012-05-01

    An electromagnetic inversion model has been applied to echoes from the subsurface sounding Shallow Radar (SHARAD) to retrieve the dielectric properties of the uppermost Basal Unit (BU) beneath the North Polar Layered Deposits of Mars. SHARAD data have been carefully selected to satisfy the assumption of the inversion model which requires a stratigraphy consisting of mostly plane parallel layers. The resulting values of the dielectric constant have been interpreted in terms of a variable percentage of dust in an ice-dust mixture through the use of a mixing model for dielectric properties. The resulting dust content exceeds 65%, reaching perhaps 95%, depending on the permittivity values assumed for the dust. Such a concentration is higher than that obtained by Selvans et al. (Selvans, M.M., Plaut, J.J., Aharonson, O. [2010]. J. Geophys. Res, 115, E09003). This discrepancy could be justified considering that our observations refer to the uppermost BU layer, whereas Selvans et al. (Selvans, M.M., Plaut, J.J., Aharonson, O. [2010]. J. Geophys. Res, 115, E09003) probed the BU full thickness. Moreover, if the BU is considered spatially inhomogeneous, with very different dust content and thickness (Tanaka, K.L., Skinner, J.A., Fortezzo, C.M., Herkenhoff, K.E., Rodriguez, J.A.P., Bourke, M.C., Kolb, E.J., Okubo, C.H. [2008]. Icarus, 196, 318-358), the discrepancy could be furtherly reconciled.

  13. Measurement of dielectric and magnetic properties of soil

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    Patitz, W.E.; Brock, B.C.; Powell, E.G.

    1995-11-01

    The possibility of subsurface imaging using SAR technology has generated a considerable amount of interest in recent years. One requirement for the successful development of a subsurface imagin system is an understanding of how the soil affects the signal. In response to a need for an electromagnetic characterization of the soil properties, the Radar/Antenna department has developed a measurement system which determines the soils complex electric permittivity and magnetic permeability at UHF frequencies. The one way loss in dB is also calculated using the measured values. There are many reports of measurements of the electric properties of soil in the literature. However, most of these are primarily concerned with measuring only a real dielectric constant. Because some soils have ferromagnetic constituents it is desirable to measure both the electric and magnetic properties of the soil.

  14. Ultrasonic Measurement Of Elastic Constants Of Composites

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Mal, Ajit K.

    1994-01-01

    Ultrasonic testing system yields data on elastic constants of matrix/fiber laminated composite material. Related to one described in "Ultrasonic System Measures Elastic Properties of Composites" (NPO-18729). Tests performed nondestructive, and involve access by ultrasonic probes to only one side of material specimen. In comparison with other available ultrasonic testing systems, this system relatively inexpensive, and based on testing technique that is simpler and rapidly yields more-accurate results.

  15. 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.

  16. Measurement of transfer factor during constant exhalation.

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    Wilson, A. F.; Hearne, J.; Brenner, M.; Alfonso, R.

    1994-01-01

    BACKGROUND--Transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (TLCO) was measured by a new method based on analysis of the ratio of the concentrations of carbon monoxide to an inert gas (methane) relative to lung volume during a constant exhalation. Since this new technique is based solely upon exhalation, anomalies associated with inspiration and breath holding do not affect results. Additionally, because prolonged breath holding is not required, measurements can readily be made in dyspnoeic patients. METHODS--Exhalation TLCO (TLCO,ex) was compared with the standard (Jones and Meade) 10 second breath holding TLCO (TLCO,bh) in 100 consecutive patients. Patients did not practise the exhalation manoeuvre prior to testing. RESULTS--The comparative results were very close; mean difference (bias) +/- standard deviation (precision) was 0.05 (0.84) mmol/min/kPa. The relation was equally strong in patients with severe pulmonary disease; for patients with FEV1 < 1.51 the mean difference was 0.21 (0.80) mmol/min/kPa. CONCLUSIONS--Since the results were essentially identical between the techniques, it seems that comparable pathophysiological factors affect TLCO during breath holding and constant exhalation. Constant exhalation may therefore be a useful alternative to the breath holding technique for clinical measurement of TLCO. PMID:7831628

  17. Borehole measurement of the Newtonian gravitational constant

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    Hsui, Albert T.

    1987-08-01

    Gravimetric measurements in a borehole within the Michigan Basin, obtained in September 1983, were utilized to estimate the Newtonian gravitational constant. Gravitational constants are computed using gravity measurements from two stations along the same vertical and by knowing the total rock mass sandwiched between these two stations. The calculation of rock formation density using a gamma-gamma density log is described. The gravity values are analyzed in terms of reference surface values, and it is observed that the gravity increases with depth. Borehole measurement determined gravity constant values ranged from 6.6901 + or - 0.0668 x 10 to the -11th cu m/kg sec sq (at station separation 264.5 + or - 0.5 m) to 6.7000 + or - 0.0650 x 10 to the -11th cu m/kg sec sq (at 1163.5 + or - 0.5 m), which are higher than the laboratory value of Luther and Towler (1982) of 6.672 + or - 0.0004 x 10 to the -11th cu m/kg sec sq. It is noted that the data correlate well with the values of Stacey (1981).

  18. Statistical mechanics approach to the electric polarization and dielectric constant of band insulators

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    Combes, Frédéric; Trescher, Maximilian; Piéchon, Frédéric; Fuchs, Jean-Noël

    2016-10-01

    We develop a theory for the analytic computation of the free energy of band insulators in the presence of a uniform and constant electric field. The two key ingredients are a perturbation-like expression of the Wannier-Stark energy spectrum of electrons and a modified statistical mechanics approach involving a local chemical potential in order to deal with the unbounded spectrum and impose the physically relevant electronic filling. At first order in the field, we recover the result of King-Smith, Vanderbilt, and Resta for the electric polarization in terms of a Zak phase—albeit at finite temperature—and, at second order, deduce a general formula for the electric susceptibility, or equivalently for the dielectric constant. Advantages of our method are the validity of the formalism both at zero and finite temperature and the easy computation of higher order derivatives of the free energy. We verify our findings on two different one-dimensional tight-binding models.

  19. A theory of electrical conductivity, dielectric constant, and electromagnetic interference shielding for lightweight graphene composite foams

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    Xia, Xiaodong; Wang, Yang; Zhong, Zheng; Weng, George J.

    2016-08-01

    This work was driven by the need to understand the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of light weight, flexible, and high performance graphene composite foams, but as EMI SE of a material depends on its electrical conductivity, dielectric permittivity, and magnetic permeability, the investigation of these three properties also became a priority. In this paper, we first present a continuum theory to determine these three electromagnetic properties, and then use the obtained properties to evaluate the EMI SE of the foam. A two-scale composite model is conceived to evaluate these three properties, with the large one being the skeleton-void composite and the small one being the graphene-polymer composite that serves as the skeleton of the foam. To evaluate the properties of the skeleton, the effective-medium approach is taken as the starting point. Subsequently, the effect of an imperfect interface and the contributions of electron tunneling to the interfacial conductivity and Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars polarization mechanism to the dielectric constant are also implemented. The derived skeleton properties are then utilized on the large scale to determine the three properties of the composite foam at a given porosity. Then a uniform plane electromagnetic wave is considered to evaluate the EMI SE of the foam. It is demonstrated that the electrical conductivity, dielectric constant, and EMI SE of the foam calculated from the developed theory are in general agreement with the reported experimental data of graphene/PDMS composite foams. The theory is further proven to be valid for the EMI SE of solid graphene/epoxy and solid carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposites. It is also shown that, among the three electromagnetic properties, electrical conductivity has the strongest influence on the EMI shielding effectiveness.

  20. A theory of electrical conductivity, dielectric constant, and electromagnetic interference shielding for lightweight graphene composite foams

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    Xia, Xiaodong; Wang, Yang; Weng, George J.; Zhong, Zheng

    2016-08-28

    This work was driven by the need to understand the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of light weight, flexible, and high performance graphene composite foams, but as EMI SE of a material depends on its electrical conductivity, dielectric permittivity, and magnetic permeability, the investigation of these three properties also became a priority. In this paper, we first present a continuum theory to determine these three electromagnetic properties, and then use the obtained properties to evaluate the EMI SE of the foam. A two-scale composite model is conceived to evaluate these three properties, with the large one being the skeleton-void composite and the small one being the graphene-polymer composite that serves as the skeleton of the foam. To evaluate the properties of the skeleton, the effective-medium approach is taken as the starting point. Subsequently, the effect of an imperfect interface and the contributions of electron tunneling to the interfacial conductivity and Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars polarization mechanism to the dielectric constant are also implemented. The derived skeleton properties are then utilized on the large scale to determine the three properties of the composite foam at a given porosity. Then a uniform plane electromagnetic wave is considered to evaluate the EMI SE of the foam. It is demonstrated that the electrical conductivity, dielectric constant, and EMI SE of the foam calculated from the developed theory are in general agreement with the reported experimental data of graphene/PDMS composite foams. The theory is further proven to be valid for the EMI SE of solid graphene/epoxy and solid carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposites. It is also shown that, among the three electromagnetic properties, electrical conductivity has the strongest influence on the EMI shielding effectiveness.

  1. Effective approach for calculations of absolute stability of proteins using focused dielectric constants.

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    Vicatos, Spyridon; Roca, Maite; Warshel, Arieh

    2009-11-15

    The ability to predict the absolute stability of proteins based on their corresponding sequence and structure is a problem of great fundamental and practical importance. In this work, we report an extensive, refinement and validation of our recent approach (Roca et al., FEBS Lett 2007;581:2065-2071) for predicting absolute values of protein stability DeltaG(fold). This approach employs the semimacroscopic protein dipole Langevin dipole method in its linear response approximation version (PDLD/S-LRA) while using the best fitted values of the dielectric constants epsilon'(p) and epsilon'(eff) for the self energy and charge-charge interactions, respectively. The method is validated on a diverse set of 45 proteins. It is found that the best fitted values of both dielectric constants are around 40. However, the self energy of internal residues and the charge-charge interactions of Lys have to be treated with care, using a somewhat lower values of epsilon'(p) and epsilon'(eff). The predictions of DeltaG(fold) reported here, have an average error of only 1.8 kcal/mole compared to the observed values, making our method very promising for estimating protein stability. It also provides valuable insight into the complex electrostatic phenomena taking place in folded proteins.

  2. Theoretical Study of the Transverse Dielectric Constant of Superlattices and Their Alloys. Ph.D Thesis

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    Kahen, K. B.

    1986-01-01

    The optical properties of III to V binary and ternary compounds and GaAs-Al(x)Ga(1-x)As superlattices are determined by calculating the real and imaginary parts of the transverse dielectric constant. Emphasis is given to determining the influence of different material and superlattice parameters on the values of the index of refraction and absorption coefficient. In order to calculate the optical properties of a material, it is necessary to compute its electronic band structure. This was accomplished by introducing a partition band structure approach based on a combination of the vector k x vector p and nonlocal pseudopotential techniques. The advantages of this approach are that it is accurate, computationally fast, analytical, and flexible. These last two properties enable incorporation of additional effects into the model, such as disorder scattering, which occurs for alloy materials and excitons. Furthermore, the model is easily extended to more complex structures, for example multiple quantum wells and superlattices. The results for the transverse dielectric constant and absorption coefficient of bulk III to V compounds compare well with other one-electron band structure models and the calculations show that for small frequencies, the index of refraction is determined mainly by the contibution of the outer regions of the Brillouin zone.

  3. Fundamentals of dielectric properties measurements and agricultural applications.

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    Nelson, Stuart O

    2010-01-01

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

  4. Porous AlN with a Low Dielectric Constant Synthesized Based on the Physical Vapor Transport Principle

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Liu, Xue-Chao; Kong, Hai-Kuan; Xin, Jun; Gao, Pan; Shi, Er-Wei

    2016-07-01

    Porous AlN with low dielectric constant has been synthesized by the sacrificial template method based on the physical vapor transport principle. It is quite different from the traditional method that mixes the matrix with a pore-forming agent and utilizes liquid-phase sintering. The method consists of two parts. Firstly, AlN powder is placed in a graphite crucible. C/AlN composite can be formed by mixing decomposed AlN vapor and volatile carbon originated from a crucible at high temperature. Secondly, pores are formed after removing carbon from the C/AlN composite by an annealing process. The structure, morphology, porosity and properties of porous AlN are characterized. It is shown the obtained porous AlN has a thermal conductivity of 37.3 W/(m K) and a reduced dielectric constant of 5.5-6.1 (at 1 MHz). The porosity measured by a mercury porosimeter is 24.09%. It has been experimentally proved that porous AlN with a sufficiently porous structure and properties can be synthesized based on the vapor-phase principle.

  5. Integration of high-dielectric constant Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} oxides on diamond for power devices

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    Cheng Shaoheng; Sang Liwen; Liao Meiyong; Imura, Masataka; Liu Jiangwei; Li Hongdong; Koide, Yasuo

    2012-12-03

    The authors report on the direct integration of high-dielectric constant (high-k) Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films on p-type single crystal diamond for high-power electronic devices. Crystallized hexagonal phase {delta}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film is achieved on diamond by annealing the amorphous Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film deposited by a sputter-deposition technique. The electrical properties of the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films are investigated by fabricating metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) diodes. The leakage current of the MIS diode is as low as 10{sup -8} A/cm{sup 2} for the as-deposited amorphous Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} film and 10{sup -2} A/cm{sup 2} for the crystallized film, which is 10{sup 8} and 10{sup 2} times lower than that of the Schottky diode at a forward bias of -3 V, respectively. The dielectric constant of the amorphous Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films is measured to be 16 and increases to 29 after annealing at 800 Degree-Sign C. Different current leakage mechanisms and charge trapping behaviors are proposed for the amorphous and crystallized Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films.

  6. Study of Fluorine Addition Influence in the Dielectric Constant of Diamond-Like Carbon Thin Film Deposited by Reactive Sputtering

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    Trippe, S. C.; Mansano, R. D.

    The hydrogenated amorphous carbon films (a-C:H) or DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) films are well known for exhibiting high electrical resistivity, low dielectric constant, high mechanical hardness, low friction coefficient, low superficial roughness and also for being inert. In this paper, we produced fluorinated DLC films (a-C:F), and studied the effect of adding CF4 on the above-mentioned properties of DLC films. These films were produced by a reactive RF magnetron sputtering system using a target of pure carbon in stable graphite allotrope. We performed measurements of electrical characteristic curves of capacitance as a function of applied tension (C-V) and current as a function of the applied tension (I-V). We showed the dielectric constant (k) and the resistivity (ρ) as functions of the CF4 concentration. On films with 65% CF4, we found that k = 2.7, and on films with 70% CF4, ρ = 12.3 × 1011 Ω cm. The value of the electrical breakdown field to films with 70% CF4 is 5.3 × 106 V/cm.

  7. How bead size and dielectric constant affect the plasma behaviour in a packed bed plasma reactor: a modelling study

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    Van Laer, Koen; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2017-08-01

    Packed bed plasma reactors (PBPRs) are gaining increasing interest for use in environmental applications, such as greenhouse gas conversion into value-added chemicals or renewable fuels and volatile pollutant removal (e.g. NOx, VOC, …), as they enhance the conversion and energy efficiency of the process compared to a non-packed reactor. However, the plasma behaviour in a PBPR is not well understood. In this paper we demonstrate, by means of a fluid model, that the discharge behaviour changes considerably when changing the size of the packing beads and their dielectric constant, while keeping the interelectrode spacing constant. At low dielectric constant, the plasma is spread out over the full discharge gap, showing significant density in the voids as well as in the connecting void channels. The electric current profile shows a strong peak during each half cycle. When the dielectric constant increases, the plasma becomes localised in the voids, with a current profile consisting of many smaller peaks during each half cycle. For large bead sizes, the shift from full gap discharge to localised discharges takes place at a higher dielectric constant than for smaller beads. Furthermore, smaller beads or beads with a lower dielectric constant require a higher breakdown voltage to cause plasma formation.

  8. Dielectric and hardness measurements of planetary analog rocks in support of in-situ subsurface sampling

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    ElShafie, Ahmed; Heggy, Essam

    2013-09-01

    Accurate assessment of the subsurface mechanical characteristics and how they correlate with dielectric properties is crucial to optimize future drilling and sampling investigations on planetary bodies. For 12 different types of basaltic rocks with different hardnesses, we use capacitive cells to measure the real part of the dielectric constant over the frequency range 100-1000 MHz, and a Schmidt hammer hardness tester to measure the hardness using a scale of 10-100. Our measurements suggest that the real part of the dielectric constant and rock hardness are linearly correlated. Additionally, sample hardness was linearly correlated to density. For a density ranging from 0.82 to 3.05 g/cm3, the real part of the dielectric constant ɛ‧ and rebound hardness values R ranged from ɛ‧=1.8-7.6 and R=14.16-68 for the different basalt samples. Hence, high dielectric constants imply a high rock hardness value and vice versa. We concluded that for volcanic surfaces that are analogous to the Martian surface as well as other planetary surfaces, there is an inverse correlation between drilling penetration rate based on the rotary-percussive drill method and the dielectric constant. Dielectric inversion from planetary radar probing experiments proposed herein is a crucial method to locate regions with lowest hardness and hence highest drilling penetration rate in desiccated volcanic planetary subsurfaces. The use of these cross-correlation measurements can optimize future drilling experiments and ensure that they reach their targets of opportunities, minimize losses in drilling performance, or the unnecessary use of power that will be needed for the continuity of the investigation.

  9. Towards Automated Benchmarking of Atomistic Forcefields: Neat Liquid Densities and Static Dielectric Constants from the ThermoML Data Archive

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    Beauchamp, Kyle A.; Behr, Julie M.; Rustenburg, Ariën S.; Bayly, Christopher I.; Kroenlein, Kenneth; Chodera, John D.

    2015-01-01

    Atomistic molecular simulations are a powerful way to make quantitative predictions, but the accuracy of these predictions depends entirely on the quality of the forcefield employed. While experimental measurements of fundamental physical properties offer a straightforward approach for evaluating forcefield quality, the bulk of this information has been tied up in formats that are not machine-readable. Compiling benchmark datasets of physical properties from non-machine-readable sources requires substantial human effort and is prone to the accumulation of human errors, hindering the development of reproducible benchmarks of forcefield accuracy. Here, we examine the feasibility of benchmarking atomistic forcefields against the NIST ThermoML data archive of physicochemical measurements, which aggregates thousands of experimental measurements in a portable, machine-readable, self-annotating IUPAC-standard format. As a proof of concept, we present a detailed benchmark of the generalized Amber small molecule forcefield (GAFF) using the AM1-BCC charge model against experimental measurements (specifically bulk liquid densities and static dielectric constants at ambient pressure) automatically extracted from the archive, and discuss the extent of data available for use in larger scale (or continuously performed) benchmarks. The results of even this limited initial benchmark highlight a general problem with fixed-charge forcefields in the representation low dielectric environments such as those seen in binding cavities or biological membranes. PMID:26339862

  10. Stiff, strong, yet tough free-standing dielectric films of graphene nanosheets-polyurethane nanocomposites with very high dielectric constant and loss

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    Jan, Rahim; Habib, Amir; Gul, Iftikhar Hussain

    2016-01-01

    In this study, graphene nanosheets (GNS) prepared through a liquid exfoliation technique are dispersed in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) at a volume fraction (Vf) of up to 0.19. Then, the electrical and mechanical properties of the obtained composites are characterized. The dielectric spectroscopy shows an excessive variation in dielectric constant (1.1 to 3.53 × 107) and dielectric tangent loss (0.03 to 2515) with varying Vf over the frequency range of 25 kHz to 5 MHz. A considerable enhancement in electrical conductivity (DC) is found, from 3.87 × 10-10 S/m (base polymer) to 53.5 S/m for the 0.19 Vf GNS-TPU nanocomposite. The GNS-TPU composites are mechanically robust, with a considerable increase in stiffness (˜4-fold) and strength (almost twice), maintaining its ductility up to 0.09 Vf GNS. The high dielectric constant at lower frequencies is attributed to the well-established Maxwell-Wagner polarization effect, whereas the high dielectric tangent loss is due to leakage currents as a physical conducting network is formed at high filler loadings. The layered structure, high aspect ratio, and improved dispersion of GNS are the main reasons for the improvement in both the dielectric characteristics and the mechanical properties of the host polymer. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Method of stress and measurement modes for research of thin dielectric films of MIS structures

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    Andreev, Vladimir V.; Maslovsky, Vladimir M.; Andreev, Dmitrii V.; Stolyarov, Alexander A.

    2016-12-01

    The paper proposes a new method of stress and measurement modes for research of thin dielectric films of MIS structures. The method realizes injection of the most part of charge into gate dielectric in one of stress modes: either current owing through dielectric is constant or voltage applied to gate is constant. In order to acquire an additional information about changing of charge state of MIS structure, the stress condition is interrupted in certain time ranges and during these time ranges the mode, in which structure is, is the mode of measurement. In measurement mode, changing of electric fields at interfaces between dielectric and semiconductor is monitored. By using these data, density of charge, which is accumulated in gate dielectric, and its centroid are calculated. Besides, by using these data, one studies processes of generation and relaxation of charge in dielectric. In order to raise precision of the method and reduce an influence of switching effects in measurement mode, density of measurement current should be much lower than density of stress current.

  12. Molecular theory on dielectric constant at interfaces: a molecular dynamics study of the water/vapor interface.

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    Shiratori, Kazuya; Morita, Akihiro

    2011-06-21

    Though the local dielectric constant at interfaces is an important phenomenological parameter in the analysis of surface spectroscopy, its microscopic definition has been uncertain. Here, we present a full molecular theory on the local field at interfaces with the help of molecular dynamics simulation, and thereby provide microscopic basis for the local dielectric constant so as to be consistent to the phenomenological three-layer model of interface systems. To demonstrate its performance, we applied the theory to the water/vapor interface, and obtained the local field properties near the interface where the simple dielectric model breaks down. Some computational issues pertinent to Ewald calculations of the dielectric properties are also discussed. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  13. Spatially resolved dielectric constant of confined water and its connection to the non-local nature of bulk water

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    Schaaf, Christian; Gekle, Stephan

    2016-08-01

    We use molecular dynamics simulations to compute the spatially resolved static dielectric constant of water in cylindrical and spherical nanopores as occurring, e.g., in protein water pockets or carbon nanotubes. For this, we derive a linear-response formalism which correctly takes into account the dielectric boundary conditions in the considered geometries. We find that in cylindrical confinement, the axial component behaves similar as the local density akin to what is known near planar interfaces. The radial dielectric constant shows some oscillatory features when approaching the surface if their radius is larger than about 2 nm. Most importantly, however, the radial component exhibits pronounced oscillations at the center of the cavity. These surprising features are traced back quantitatively to the non-local dielectric nature of bulk water.

  14. The change in dielectric constant, AC conductivity and optical band gaps of polymer electrolyte film: Gamma irradiation

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    Raghu, S. Subramanya, K. Sharanappa, C. Mini, V. Archana, K. Sanjeev, Ganesh Devendrappa, H.

    2014-04-24

    The effects of gamma (γ) irradiation on dielectric and optical properties of polymer electrolyte film were investigated. The dielectric constant and ac conductivity increases with γ dose. Also optical band gap decreased from 4.23 to 3.78ev after irradiation. A large dependence of the polymer properties on the irradiation dose was noticed. This suggests that there is a possibility of improving polymer electrolyte properties on gamma irradiation.

  15. Measuring the RC time constant with Arduino

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    Pereira, N. S. A.

    2016-11-01

    In this work we use the Arduino UNO R3 open source hardware platform to assemble an experimental apparatus for the measurement of the time constant of an RC circuit. With adequate programming, the Arduino is used as a signal generator, a data acquisition system and a basic signal visualisation tool. Theoretical calculations are compared with direct observations from an analogue oscilloscope. Data processing and curve fitting is performed on a spreadsheet. The results obtained for the six RC test circuits are within the expected interval of values defined by the tolerance of the components. The hardware and software prove to be adequate to the proposed measurements and therefore adaptable to a laboratorial teaching and learning context.

  16. Segmental Dynamics and Dielectric Constant of Polysiloxane Polar Copolymers as Plasticizers for Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Choi, U Hyeok; Liang, Siwei; Chen, Quan; Runt, James; Colby, Ralph H

    2016-02-10

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was used to investigate the segmental dynamics of a series of siloxane-based polar copolymers combining pendant cyclic carbonates and short poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains. The homopolymer with cyclic carbonate as the only side chain exhibits higher glass transition temperature T(g) and dielectric constant ε(s) than the one with only PEO side chains. For their copolymers the observed T(g) (agreeing well with the predicted values from the Fox equation) and ε(s) decrease with increasing PEO side chain content. These polar polymers exhibit a glassy β relaxation with Arrhenius character, attributed to local chain motions of side groups attached to the main chain, and a segmental α relaxation, associated with the glass transition with a Vogel temperature dependence. As PEO side chain content increases, narrowing of the local glassy β relaxation was observed in the copolymers. The segmental α dynamics were observed to be faster, with an increase in breadth and decrease in strength with increasing PEO side chain content. Owing to the trade-off between T(g) and ε(s), copolymers of intermediate composition result in the highest ionic conductivity when these copolymers are used to plasticize Li single-ion conducting ionomers.

  17. Susceptibility constants of airborne bacteria to dielectric barrier discharge for antibacterial performance evaluation.

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    Park, Chul Woo; Hwang, Jungho

    2013-01-15

    Dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) is a promising method to remove contaminant bioaerosols. The collection efficiency of a DBD reactor is an important factor for determining a reactor's removal efficiency. Without considering collection, simply defining the inactivation efficiency based on colony counting numbers for DBD as on and off may lead to overestimation of the inactivation efficiency of the DBD reactor. One-pass removal tests of bioaerosols were carried out to deduce the inactivation efficiency of the DBD reactor using both aerosol- and colony-counting methods. Our DBD reactor showed good performance for removing test bioaerosols for an applied voltage of 7.5 kV and a residence time of 0.24s, with η(CFU), η(Number), and η(Inactivation) values of 94%, 64%, and 83%, respectively. Additionally, we introduce the susceptibility constant of bioaerosols to DBD as a quantitative parameter for the performance evaluation of a DBD reactor. The modified susceptibility constant, which is the ratio of the susceptibility constant to the volume of the plasma reactor, has been successfully demonstrated for the performance evaluation of different sized DBD reactors under different DBD operating conditions. Our methodology will be used for design optimization, performance evaluation, and prediction of power consumption of DBD for industrial applications.

  18. An electrodeless system for measurement of liquid sample dielectric properties in radio frequency band.

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    Hartwig, V; Giovannetti, G; Vanello, N; Costantino, M; Landini, L; Benassi, A

    2006-01-01

    An electrodeless measurement system based on a resonant circuit is proposed for the measurement of dielectric properties of liquid samples at RF (radio frequency). Generally, properties as dielectric constant, loss factor and conductivity are measured by parallel plate capacitor cells: this method has several limitations in the case of particular liquid samples and in the range of radiofrequencies. Our method is based on the measurements of resonance frequency and quality factor of a LC resonant circuit in different measuring conditions, without and with the liquid sample placed inside a test tube around which the home made coil is wrapped. The measurement is performed using a network analyzer and a dual loop probe, inductively coupled with the resonant circuit. One of the advantages of this method is the contactless between the liquid sample and the measurement electrodes. In this paper the measurement system is described and test measurements of conventional liquids dielectric properties are reported.

  19. 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.

  20. Parametric interactions of acoustic waves in semiconductor quantum plasmas with strain dependent dielectric constants

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    Yadav, N.; Ghosh, S.; Agrawal, A.

    2017-05-01

    Using quantum hydrodynamic model (QHD) of semiconductor plasma for a one-component we present an analytical investigation on parametric interaction of a laser radiation in an unmagnetised material with a strain-dependent dielectric constant. The nonlinear current density and third order susceptibility are analyzed in different wave number regions in presence and absence of quantum effect. We present the qualitative behavior of threshold pump intensity with respect to wave number in presence and absence of quantum effect. The numeric estimates are made for n-BaTiO3 crystals at 77k duly irradiated by pulsed 10.6μm CO2 laser. It is found that the quantum correction through Fermi temperature and Bohm potential terms modifies the threshold characteristics.

  1. A Simple Method for Estimation of Dielectric Constants and Polarizabilities of Nonpolar and Slightly Polar Hydrocarbons

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    Panuganti, Sai R.; Wang, Fei; Chapman, Walter G.; Vargas, Francisco M.

    2016-07-01

    Many of the liquids that are used as electrical insulators are nonpolar or slightly polar petroleum-derived hydrocarbons, such as the ones used for cable and/or transformer oils. In this work, semi-empirical expressions with no adjustable parameters for the dielectric constant and the polarizability of nonpolar and slightly polar hydrocarbons and their mixtures are proposed and validated. The expressions that were derived using the Vargas-Chapman One-Third rule require the mass density and the molecular weight of the substance of interest. The equations were successfully tested for various hydrocarbons and polymers with dipole moments <0.23 and densities from 500 to 1200 kg\\cdot hbox {m}^{-3}. The predictions are in good agreement with the experimental data in a wide range of temperatures and pressures. The proposed expressions eliminate the need of extensive experimental data and require less input parameters compared to existing correlations.

  2. The effect of PECVD plasma decomposition on the wettability and dielectric constant changes in silicon modified DLC films for potential MEMS and low stiction applications

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    Ogwu, A. A.; Okpalugo, T. I. T.; McLaughlin, J. A. D.

    2012-09-15

    We have carried out investigations aimed at understanding the mechanism responsible for a water contact angle increase of up to ten degrees and a decrease in dielectric constant in silicon modified hydrogenated amorphous carbon films compared to unmodified hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. Our investigations based on surface chemical constituent analysis using Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), SIMS, FTIR, contact angle / surface energy measurements and spectroscopic ellipsometry suggests the presence of hydrophobic chemical entities on the surface of the films. This observation is consistent with earlier theoretical plasma chemistry predictions and observed Raman peak shifts in the films. These surface hydrophobic entities also have a lower polarizability than the bonds in the un-modified films thereby reducing the dielectric constant of the silicon modified films measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Ellipsometric dielectric constant measurement is directly related to the surface energy through Hamaker's constant. Our current finding is expected to be of benefit to understanding stiction, friction and lubrication in areas that range from nano-tribology to microfluidics.

  3. Dielectric Loss Measurements on Raw Materials.

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    Mwanje, J.

    1980-01-01

    Describes an experiment used to study dielectric properties of materials. Values of the dielectric loss tangent can be determined at low frequencies from Lissajous figures formed on an oscilloscope. Some mineral rock specimens show Debye-type relaxation peaks at frequencies in the region of 1 to 500 Hz. (Author/DS)

  4. Dielectric Loss Measurements on Raw Materials.

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    Mwanje, J.

    1980-01-01

    Describes an experiment used to study dielectric properties of materials. Values of the dielectric loss tangent can be determined at low frequencies from Lissajous figures formed on an oscilloscope. Some mineral rock specimens show Debye-type relaxation peaks at frequencies in the region of 1 to 500 Hz. (Author/DS)

  5. Impact of electric-field dependent dielectric constants on two-dimensional electron gases in complex oxides

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    Peelaers, H.; Gordon, L.; Steiauf, D.; Janotti, A.; Van de Walle, C. G.; Krishnaswamy, K.; Sarwe, A.

    2015-11-02

    High-density two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) can be formed at complex oxide interfaces such as SrTiO{sub 3}/GdTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}/LaAlO{sub 3}. The electric field in the vicinity of the interface depends on the dielectric properties of the material as well as on the electron distribution. However, it is known that electric fields can strongly modify the dielectric constant of SrTiO{sub 3} as well as other complex oxides. Solving the electrostatic problem thus requires a self-consistent approach in which the dielectric constant varies according to the local magnitude of the field. We have implemented the field dependence of the dielectric constant in a Schrödinger-Poisson solver in order to study its effect on the electron distribution in a 2DEG. Using the SrTiO{sub 3}/GdTiO{sub 3} interface as an example, we demonstrate that including the field dependence results in the 2DEG being confined closer to the interface compared to assuming a single field-independent value for the dielectric constant. Our conclusions also apply to SrTiO{sub 3}/LaAlO{sub 3} as well as other similar interfaces.

  6. 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.; Schlom, D. G.; Li, F.; Chen, L.-Q.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Eom, C. B.

    2016-03-28

    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.

  7. Enhanced Dielectric Constant for Efficient Electromagnetic Shielding Based on Carbon-Nanotube-Added Styrene Acrylic Emulsion Based Composite

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    2010-01-01

    An efficient electromagnetic shielding composite based on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-filled styrene acrylic emulsion-based polymer has been prepared in a water-based system. The MWCNTs were demonstrated to have an effect on the dielectric constants, which effectively enhance electromagnetic shielding efficiency (SE) of the composites. A low conductivity threshold of 0.23 wt% can be obtained. An EMI SE of ~28 dB was achieved for 20 wt% MWCNTs. The AC conductivity (σac) of the composites, deduced from imaginary permittivity, was used to estimate the SE of the composites in X band (8.2–12.4 GHz), showing a good agreement with the measured results. PMID:20596498

  8. Interactions of carbon nanotubes and gold nanoparticles: the effects of solvent dielectric constant and temperature on controlled assembly of superstructures.

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    Rance, G A; Khlobystov, A N

    2014-05-28

    The effects of solvent dielectric constant and temperature on the non-covalent interactions between gold nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes have been explored. Our experiments have shown that fewer nanoparticles are adsorbed onto nanotubes in high dielectric assembly environments. This has been correlated with an increase in the differential capacitance of nanoparticles relative to the bulk solvent resulting in more local charge on nanoparticles and thus heightened repulsive electrostatic interactions in higher polarity organic solvents. Furthermore, our temperature-dependent measurements have demonstrated for the first time that (i) the apparent activation barrier to adsorption of nanoparticles on nanotubes of Ea = 9.6 kJ mol(-1) lies clearly within the range expected for non-covalent interactions and (ii) the adsorption of nanoparticles onto nanotubes is reversible and may represent an equilibrium process sensitive to temperature according to Le Chatelier's principle. Thus, we further demonstrate that modulation of non-covalent interactions can be harnessed for the precision derivatisation of nanocarbons with noble metals.

  9. Stress measurements of planar dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Osmani, Bekim; Aeby, Elise A.; Müller, Bert

    2016-05-15

    Dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) micro- and nano-structures are referred to artificial muscles because of their specific continuous power and adequate time response. The bending measurement of an asymmetric, planar DEA is described. The asymmetric cantilevers consist of 1 or 5 μm-thin DEAs deposited on polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrates 16, 25, 38, or 50 μm thick. The application of a voltage to the DEA electrodes generates an electrostatic pressure in the sandwiched silicone elastomer layer, which causes the underlying PEN substrate to bend. Optical beam deflection enables the detection of the bending angle vs. applied voltage. Bending radii as large as 850 m were reproducibly detected. DEA tests with electric fields of up to 80 V/μm showed limitations in electrode’s conductivity and structure failures. The actuation measurement is essential for the quantitative characterization of nanometer-thin, low-voltage, single- and multi-layer DEAs, as foreseen for artificial sphincters to efficiently treat severe urinary and fecal incontinence.

  10. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements for moisture prediction in vidalia onions

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    Microwave sensing offers an opportunity to determine nondestructively the amount of moisture in materials by sensing the dielectric properties of the material. Dielectric properties of Vidalia onions grown in southeastern Georgia were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and network analyz...

  11. Non-polarizable force field of water based on the dielectric constant: TIP4P/ε.

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    Fuentes-Azcatl, Raúl; Alejandre, José

    2014-02-06

    The static dielectric constant at room temperature and the temperature of maximum density are used as target properties to develop, by molecular dynamics simulations, the TIP4P/ε force field of water. The TIP4P parameters are used as a starting point. The key step, to determine simultaneously both properties, is to perform simulations at 240 K where a molecular dipole moment of minimum density is found. The minimum is shifted to larger values of μ as the distance between the oxygen atom and site M, lOM, decreases. First, the parameters that define the dipole moment are adjusted to reproduce the experimental dielectric constant and then the Lennard-Jones parameters are varied to match the temperature of maximum density. The minimum on density at 240 K allows understanding why reported TIP4P models fail to reproduce the temperature of maximum density, the dielectric constant, or both properties. The new model reproduces some of the thermodynamic and transport anomalies of water. Additionally, the dielectric constant, thermodynamics, and dynamical and structural properties at different temperatures and pressures are in excellent agreement with experimental data. The computational cost of the new model is the same as that of the TIP4P.

  12. Measurement of dielectric-film thickness at low density plasma

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    Jeon, Sang-Bum; Kim, Dong-Hwan; Kim, Jin-Yong; Paek, Se-Yeol; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2016-09-01

    The measurement system of dielectric-film thickness was improved to measure thin-film at low density plasma. There are three improvements than previous method, which is electrical measurement of dielectric-film thickness using R-C sheath model. First, the frequency of input voltage was decreased to reduce the ratio of the dielectric-film impedance to sheath impedance. Second, three different frequencies were used to overcome the inaccuracy of measured phase; only amplitudes of measured current were used to obtain a film thickness. Third, the notch filter was used for sensing current instead of the resistor to improve the signal to noise ratio. Using this method, dielectric-film thickness was well measured at low density plasma (thickness: 300, sheath impedance: 100 200 k Ω) .

  13. Short-length carbon nanotubes as building blocks for high dielectric constant materials in the terahertz range

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    Shuba, M. V.; Paddubskaya, A. G.; Kuzhir, P. P.; Maksimenko, S. A.; Flahaut, E.; Fierro, V.; Celzard, A.; Valusis, G.

    2017-03-01

    Due to the high polarizability of finite-length carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in the quasi-static regime, they can be considered as building blocks for the fabrication of high dielectric constant material. Our theoretical estimations, based on an effective medium approach and solutions of a boundary value problem for individual CNT, predict that composite materials comprising short-length CNTs can have very high dielectric constants (up to 300) and low dielectric loss tangents (below 0.03) in the terahertz range. In order to prove this, 500–1000 nm thick films comprising single- and multi-walled CNTs of both long (0.5–2 μm) and short (0.1–0.4 μm) lengths have been fabricated. The analysis, based on the time-domain terahertz spectroscopy in the range 0.2–1.0 THz, demonstrated a decrease in the dielectric loss tangents of the CNT-based materials with a reduction in CNT length. In the terahertz range, the films comprising short-length CNTs had a relative effective permittivity with a large real part (25–136) and dielectric loss tangent (0.35–0.60).

  14. Extraordinary high dielectric constant, electrical and magnetic properties of ferrite nanoparticles at room temperature

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    Batoo, Khalid Mujasam; Mir, Feroz Ahmed; Abd El-sadek, M.-S.; Shahabuddin, Md.; Ahmed, Niyaz

    2013-11-01

    Nanoparticles of spinel ferrites of basic composition Ni1- x Co x Fe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05) were synthesized through modified co-precipitation method, and were characterized for structural, transport electrical and magnetic properties using XRD, HRTEM, FTIR, LCR meter and VSM techniques, respectively. XRD analysis showed that all the samples are single-phase cubic spinel in structure. The average crystallite sizes of the nanoparticles were found between 30 nm to 45 nm. Real and imaginary parts of the impedance ( Z' and Z″) suggested coexistence of two relaxation regimes: one was introduced by electrode polarization, while the other was attributed to the coeffect of grain and grain boundary effects. The dielectric constant of the samples was found very high, which showed non-Debye relaxation phenomena, while conductivity of the samples exhibited a two-segment behavior with frequency. The room temperature M-H curves suggested that the samples exhibit supermagnetism, and the saturation magnetization increases with increasing Co2+ ion substitution.

  15. A novel transparent dielectric elastomer sensor for compressive force measurements

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    Liang, Yiming; Wan, Bile; Li, Guorui; Xie, Yuhan; Li, Tiefeng

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer sensors show great potential for wearable electronics and mechatronic applications. However, these sensors have some deficiencies in their appearance and low sensitivity to compressive force measurements. We demonstrate a novel dielectric elastomer sensor enabled by ionic liquid that has fully transparent appearance, low resistivity and the capacity of actuation at large-scale frequencies. We investigate the basic mechanical behaviors of the sensor experimentally. It is noted that the sensor has a remarkable sensitivity to measure compressive force, which is higher than the existing stacked dielectric elastomer sensors.

  16. Giant dielectric constant and resistance-pressure sensitivity in carbon nanotubes/rubber nanocomposites with low percolation threshold

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    Jiang, Mei-Juan; Dang, Zhi-Min; Xu, Hai-Ping

    2007-01-01

    Nanocomposites consisting of methylvinyl silicone rubber (VMQ) with excellent elasticity as polymer matrix and multiwall carbon nanotube (MWNT) with large slenderness ratio and high conductivity as filler were fabricated by a solution method and subsequently hot pressing technology. Studies on dielectric property and resistance-pressure sensitivity of the MWNT/VMQ composites showed that there was a giant dielectric constant and significant resistance-pressure sensitivity as the concentration of MWNT was near a low percolation threshold, fc≈0.012. After the composite applied an enough pressure for long time, the resistance-pressure sensitivity still shows an excellent reproducibility due to the good dispersion and low loading of MWNT.

  17. Optical constants, dispersion energy parameters and dielectric properties of ultra-smooth nanocrystalline BiVO4 thin films prepared by rf-magnetron sputtering

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    Sarkar, S.; Das, N. S.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2014-07-01

    BiVO4 thin films have been prepared through radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering of a pre-fabricated BiVO4 target on ITO coated glass (ITO-glass) substrate and bare glass substrates. BiVO4 target material was prepared through solid-state reaction method by heating Bi2O3 and V2O5 mixture at 800 °C for 8 h. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, LCR meter, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. BiVO4 thin films deposited on the ITO-glass substrate are much smoother compared to the thin films prepared on bare glass substrate. The rms surface roughness calculated from the AFM images comes out to be 0.74 nm and 4.2 nm for the films deposited on the ITO-glass substrate and bare glass substrate for the deposition time 150 min respectively. Optical constants and energy dispersion parameters of these extra-smooth BiVO4 thin films have been investigated in detail. Dielectric properties of the BiVO4 thin films on ITO-glass substrate were also investigated. The frequency dependence of dielectric constant of the BiVO4 thin films has been measured in the frequency range from 20 Hz to 2 MHz. It was found that the dielectric constant increased from 145 to 343 at 20 Hz as the film thickness increased from 90 nm to 145 nm (deposition time increased from 60 min to 150 min). It shows higher dielectric constant compared to the literature value of BiVO4.

  18. The effect of dielectric constant on binding energy and impurity self-polarization in a GaAs-Ga1- x Al x As spherical quantum dot

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    Mese, A. I.; Cicek, E.; Erdogan, I.; Akankan, O.; Akbas, H.

    2017-03-01

    The ground state, 1s, and the excited state, 2p, energies of a hydrogenic impurity in a GaAs-Ga1- x Al x As spherical quantum dot, are computed as a function of the donor positions. We study how the impurity self-polarization depends on the location of the impurity and the dielectric constant. The excited state anomalous impurity self-polarization in the quantum dot is found to be present in the absence of any external influence and strongly depends on the impurity position and the radius of the dot. Therefore, the excited state anomalous impurity self-polarization can give information about the impurity position in the system. Also, the variation of E_{b1s} and E_{b2p} with the dielectric constant can be utilized as a tool for finding out the correct dielectric constant of the dot material by measuring the 1s or 2p state binding energy for a fixed dot radius and a fixed impurity position.

  19. Measuring the dielectric properties of soil-organic mixtures using coaxial impedance dielectric reflectometry

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    Francisca, Franco M.; Montoro, Marcos A.

    2012-05-01

    Contamination of soils with non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) is frequently produced by accidental spills and storage tanks or pipes leakage. The main goals dealing with soil and groundwater contamination include determining the extension of the affected zone, monitoring the contaminant plume and quantifying the pollution degree. The objective of this work is to evaluate the potential of dielectric permittivity measurements to detect the presence of NAPLs in sands. Tested samples were fine, medium, coarse and silty sand with different volumetric contents of water and paraffin oil. The dielectric permittivity was measured by means of a Coaxial Impedance Dielectric Reflectometry method in specimens with either known fluid content or at different stages during immiscible displacement tests. A simplified method was developed to quantify the amount of oil from dielectric permittivity measurements and effective mixture media models. Obtained results showed that groundwater contamination with NAPL and the monitoring of immiscible fluid displacement in saturated porous media can be clearly identified from dielectric measurements. Finally, very accurate results can be obtained when computing the contamination degree with the proposed method in comparison with the real volumetric content of NAPL (r2 > 90%).

  20. Measuring and Modeling of the Dielectric Properties and Attenuation of Vegetation

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    Ulaby, F. T.

    1984-01-01

    The dielectric properties of vegetation material--primarily agricultural plants--as a function of moisture content and microwave frequency was measured and used to develop dielectric mixing models for the vegetation-water mixture. A model for the loss factor of a vegetation canopy was also developed. During the first phase of this investigation, three waveguide transmission systems covering from 1 to 2-GHz, from 3.5 to 6.5-GHz, and from 7.5 to 8.5-GHz bands were constructed and calibrated. By measuring the magnitude and phase of the field transmission coefficient of a given sample, it was possible to calculate the real and imaginary parts of the complex dielectric constant of the sample. Measurements were made for numerous samples of leaves and stalks of wheat and corn, and for wheat heads. Also, dielectric measurements were made of the liquid included in the vegetation material after extraction by mechanical means. The propagation loss is more than an order of magnitude greater than had previously been assumed. Various types of dielectric mixing models were investigated in terms of the available data, and a propagation model was developed and evaluated against direct canopy attenuation measurements. The canopy measurements were made by transmitting a signal from a radar antenna mounted atop a truck-mounted boom, and using a small antenna mounted on a rail beneath the canopy to receive it.

  1. Analysis of the Dielectric Constant of Saline-Alkali Soils and the Effect on Radar Backscattering Coefficient: A Case Study of Soda Alkaline Saline Soils in Western Jilin Province Using RADARSAT-2 Data

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    Li, Yang-yang; Zhao, Kai; Ren, Jian-hua; Ding, Yan-ling; Wu, Li-li

    2014-01-01

    Soil salinity is a global problem, especially in developing countries, which affects the environment and productivity of agriculture areas. Salt has a significant effect on the complex dielectric constant of wet soil. However, there is no suitable model to describe the variation in the backscattering coefficient due to changes in soil salinity content. The purpose of this paper is to use backscattering models to understand behaviors of the backscattering coefficient in saline soils based on the analysis of its dielectric constant. The effects of moisture and salinity on the dielectric constant by combined Dobson mixing model and seawater dielectric constant model are analyzed, and the backscattering coefficient is then simulated using the AIEM. Simultaneously, laboratory measurements were performed on ground samples. The frequency effect of the laboratory results was not the same as the simulated results. The frequency dependence of the ionic conductivity of an electrolyte solution is influenced by the ion's components. Finally, the simulated backscattering coefficients measured from the dielectric constant with the AIEM were analyzed using the extracted backscattering coefficient from the RADARSAT-2 image. The results show that RADARSAT-2 is potentially able to measure soil salinity; however, the mixed pixel problem needs to be more thoroughly considered. PMID:25101317

  2. Analysis of the Dielectric constant of saline-alkali soils and the effect on radar backscattering coefficient: a case study of soda alkaline saline soils in Western Jilin Province using RADARSAT-2 data.

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    Li, Yang-yang; Zhao, Kai; Ren, Jian-hua; Ding, Yan-ling; Wu, Li-li

    2014-01-01

    Soil salinity is a global problem, especially in developing countries, which affects the environment and productivity of agriculture areas. Salt has a significant effect on the complex dielectric constant of wet soil. However, there is no suitable model to describe the variation in the backscattering coefficient due to changes in soil salinity content. The purpose of this paper is to use backscattering models to understand behaviors of the backscattering coefficient in saline soils based on the analysis of its dielectric constant. The effects of moisture and salinity on the dielectric constant by combined Dobson mixing model and seawater dielectric constant model are analyzed, and the backscattering coefficient is then simulated using the AIEM. Simultaneously, laboratory measurements were performed on ground samples. The frequency effect of the laboratory results was not the same as the simulated results. The frequency dependence of the ionic conductivity of an electrolyte solution is influenced by the ion's components. Finally, the simulated backscattering coefficients measured from the dielectric constant with the AIEM were analyzed using the extracted backscattering coefficient from the RADARSAT-2 image. The results show that RADARSAT-2 is potentially able to measure soil salinity; however, the mixed pixel problem needs to be more thoroughly considered.

  3. Technique for Performing Dielectric Property Measurements at Microwave Frequencies

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

    2014-01-01

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

  4. Dielectric and Hardness Measurements of Martian Analog Rocks in Support of the WISDOM Radar on ExoMars

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    ElShafie, A.; Heggy, E.; Ciarletti, V.; Clifford, S. M.

    2011-12-01

    The success of the WISDOM (Water Ice and Subsurface Deposit Observation On Mars) radar in supporting the ExoMars drill to targets of opportunities and for maintaining optimal drilling capabilities is based on the complementarily of the two experiments in assessing the shallow subsurface physical properties. The dielectric properties as inverted from WISDOM wide-band ground penetrating radar radargrams, will be used to assess the ground mechanical properties as rock hardness, density and porosity which are crucial inputs for optimizing drilling operations. The main purpose of this research is to perform dielectric permittivity and hardness measurements for Martian analog rocks as a function of the Martian surface environmental parameters in an attempt to correlate between the physical and mechanical properties (i.e. dielectric constant and rock hardness) for volcanic rocks and permafrost simulating the case of the most upper layers of the Martian regolith. The implication for optimizing ExoMars drilling and sampling activities based on this correlation between the physical and mechanical properties will be discussed. We considered eight different types of volcanic rocks, for which we measured both the permittivity at the frequency band 200 to 1500 MHz and hardness over the range R= 10 to 100 using Schmidt hammer hardness tester. Based on our experimental results, the dielectric constant and hardness values ranged from (ɛ = 1.91 to 8.09) and (R = 12.8 to 68) at the density of (ρ = 0.78 to 3 gm cm-3) for pumice and flood basalt respectively. Dielectric constant and rock hardness are found to increase with increasing sample density which implied a direct linear correlation between dielectric constant and rock hardness. The drill penetration rate of the previously described samples is predicted and correlated to the dielectric constant. An inverse relation between dielectric constant and drill penetration rate is concluded.

  5. Corrosion in low dielectric constant Si-O based thin films: Buffer concentration effects

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    Zeng, F. W.; Lane, M. W.; Gates, S. M.

    2014-05-15

    Organosilicate glass (OSG) is often used as an interlayer dielectric (ILD) in high performance integrated circuits. OSG is a brittle material and prone to stress-corrosion cracking reminiscent of that observed in bulk glasses. Of particular concern are chemical-mechanical planarization techniques and wet cleans involving solvents commonly encountered in microelectronics fabrication where the organosilicate film is exposed to aqueous environments. Previous work has focused on the effect of pH, surfactant, and peroxide concentration on the subcritical crack growth of these films. However, little or no attention has focused on the effect of the conjugate acid/base concentration in a buffer. Accordingly, this work examines the “strength” of the buffer solution in both acidic and basic environments. The concentration of the buffer components is varied keeping the ratio of acid/base and therefore pH constant. In addition, the pH was varied by altering the acid/base ratio to ascertain any additional effect of pH. Corrosion tests were conducted with double-cantilever beam fracture mechanics specimens and fracture paths were verified with ATR-FTIR. Shifts in the threshold fracture energy, the lowest energy required for bond rupture in the given environment, G{sub TH}, were found to shift to lower values as the concentration of the base in the buffer increased. This effect was found to be much larger than the effect of the hydroxide ion concentration in unbuffered solutions. The results are rationalized in terms of the salient chemical bond breaking process occurring at the crack tip and modeled in terms of the chemical potential of the reactive species.

  6. Corrosion in low dielectric constant Si-O based thin films: Buffer concentration effects

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    Zeng, F. W.; Gates, S. M.; Lane, M. W.

    2014-05-01

    Organosilicate glass (OSG) is often used as an interlayer dielectric (ILD) in high performance integrated circuits. OSG is a brittle material and prone to stress-corrosion cracking reminiscent of that observed in bulk glasses. Of particular concern are chemical-mechanical planarization techniques and wet cleans involving solvents commonly encountered in microelectronics fabrication where the organosilicate film is exposed to aqueous environments. Previous work has focused on the effect of pH, surfactant, and peroxide concentration on the subcritical crack growth of these films. However, little or no attention has focused on the effect of the conjugate acid/base concentration in a buffer. Accordingly, this work examines the "strength" of the buffer solution in both acidic and basic environments. The concentration of the buffer components is varied keeping the ratio of acid/base and therefore pH constant. In addition, the pH was varied by altering the acid/base ratio to ascertain any additional effect of pH. Corrosion tests were conducted with double-cantilever beam fracture mechanics specimens and fracture paths were verified with ATR-FTIR. Shifts in the threshold fracture energy, the lowest energy required for bond rupture in the given environment, GTH, were found to shift to lower values as the concentration of the base in the buffer increased. This effect was found to be much larger than the effect of the hydroxide ion concentration in unbuffered solutions. The results are rationalized in terms of the salient chemical bond breaking process occurring at the crack tip and modeled in terms of the chemical potential of the reactive species.

  7. The effective dielectric constant of plasmas - A mean field theory built from the electromagnetic ionic T-matrix

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    Niez, Jean-Jacques

    2010-08-15

    This work aims to obtain the effective dielectric constant tensor of a warm plasma in the spirit of the derivation of a mixing law. The medium is made of non point-like ions immersed in an electron gas with usual conditions relating the various lengths which define the problem. In this paper the ion dielectric constants are taken from their RPA responses as developed in a previous paper [1]. Furthermore the treatment of the screening effects is made through a mathematical redefinition of the initial problem as proposed in Ref. [1]. Here the complete calculation of the T-matrix describing the scattering of an electromagnetic wave on an isolated ion immersed in an 'effective medium' is given. It is used for building , in the spirit of a mixing law, a self-consistent effective medium theory for the plasma dielectric tensor. We then extend the results obtained in Ref. [1] to higher orders in ion or dielectric inclusion densities. The techniques presented are generic and can be used in areas such as elasticity, thermoelasticity, and piezoelectricity.

  8. New Dielectric Measurement Data to Determine the Permittivity of Seawater at 1.4313 Hz

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    Lang, R.; Zhou, Y.; Utku, C.; Levine, D.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the new measurements - made in 2010-2011 - of the dielectric constant of seawater at 1.413 GHz using a resonant cavity technique. The purpose of these measurements is to develop an accurate relationship concerning the dependence of the dielectric constant of seawater on temperature and salinity for use by the Aquarius inversion algorithm. Aquarius is a NASA/CONAE satellite mission launched in June of 2011 with the primary mission of measuring global sea surface salinity with a 1.413 GHz radiometer to an accuracy of 0.2 psu. A brass microwave cavity resonant at 1.413 GHz has been used to measure the dielectric constant of seawater. The seawater is introduced into the cavity through a capillary glass tube having an inner diameter of 0.1 mm. The change of resonant frequency and the cavity Q value are used to determine the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of seawater. Measurements are automated with Visual Basic software developed at the George Washington University. In this paper, new results from measurements made since September 2010 will be presented for salinities of 30, 35 and 38 psu with a temperature range of 0 C to 35 C in intervals of 5 C. These measurements are more accurate than earlier measurements made in 2008. The new results will be compared to the Klein-Swift (KS) and Meissner-Wentz (MW) model functions. The importance of an accurate model function will be illustrated by using these model functions to invert the Aquarius brightness temperature to retrieve the salinity values. The salinity values will be compared to co-located in situ data collected by Argo buoys.

  9. Concentration dependence of molal conductivity and dielectric constant of 1-alcohol electrolytes using the compensated arrhenius formalism.

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    Fleshman, Allison M; Petrowsky, Matt; Frech, Roger

    2013-05-02

    The molal conductivity of liquid electrolytes with low static dielectric constants (ε(s) < 10) decreases to a minimum at low concentrations (region I) and increases to a maximum at higher concentrations (region II) when plotted against the square root of the concentration. This behavior is investigated by applying the compensated Arrhenius formalism (CAF) to the molal conductivity, Λ, of a family of 1-alcohol electrolytes over a broad concentration range. A scaling procedure is applied that results in an energy of activation (E(a)) and an exponential prefactor (Λ0) that are both concentration dependent. It is shown that the increasing molal conductivity in region II results from the combined effect of (1) a decrease in the energy of activation calculated from the CAF, and (2) an inherent concentration dependence in the exponential prefactor that is partly due to the dielectric constant.

  10. An extremely high dielectric constant in bismuth-based pyrochlore multilayer film capacitors combined with percolative structure

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    Cuong, Nguyen Duy; Ahn, Jun-Ku; Park, Kyung-Woo; Seong, Nak-Jin; Yoon, Soon-Gil

    2008-11-24

    The percolative film capacitor structure of Pt/Bi{sub 2}Mg{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7}[BMN(Ar) films deposited at pure argon atmosphere]/Pt was addressed for achievement of a high dielectric constant in the films deposited at room temperature by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The deterioration of the leakage current characteristics in the percolative capacitor was mitigated using the multilayer films of BMN(O)/BMN(Ar)/BMN(O), where ultrathin BMN(O) films were deposited at a mixed atmosphere of argon and oxygen. An extremely high dielectric constant of 120 and a low leakage current density of 6x10{sup -6} A/cm{sup 2} at 3 V were observed in percolative BMN multilayer films as-deposited at room temperature.

  11. Lattice theta constants vs Riemann theta constants and NSR superstring measures

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    Dunin-Barkowski, P.; Morozov, A.; Sleptsov, A.

    2009-10-01

    We discuss relations between two different representations of hypothetical holomorphic NSR measures, based on two different ways of constructing the semi-modular forms of weight 8. One of these ways is to build forms from the ordinary Riemann theta constants and another — from the lattice theta constants. We discuss unexpectedly elegant relations between lattice theta constants, corresponding to 16-dimensional self-dual lattices, and Riemann theta constants and present explicit formulae expressing the former ones through the latter. Starting from genus 5 the modular-form approach to construction of NSR measures is clearly sick and it seems to fail completely already at genus 6.

  12. A novel TDR signal processing technique for measuring apparent dielectric spectrum

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    Lin, Chih-Ping; Jeh Ngui, Yin; Lin, Chun-Hung

    2017-01-01

    Conventional time-domain reflectometry (TDR) signal interpretation generated single-valued apparent dielectric constant, while sophisticated, inconvenient measurement system and analysis is needed for measuring spectral complex dielectric permittivity (CDP). Niching between these approaches, a novel phase velocity analysis (PVA) method is developed to efficiently measure apparent dielectric spectrum (ADS) directly from TDR signals in a simple, quick, model-free, and inversion-free manner. The proposed PVA method extracts the two reflections from the top and end of the sensing probe by proper window selection and calculates their phase shift at each frequency, from which the phase velocity and corresponding apparent dielectric constant can be determined. Numerical and experimental results demonstrated that PVA is capable of measuring ADS in a frequency band, typically from 100 MHz-1 GHz. The effect of signal truncation was identified as the main cause of poor results outside the effective frequency band. Factors that affect the frequency band of effective ADS were numerically investigated. For highly dispersive materials, the end reflection pulse does not fully develop before the arrival of subsequent multiple reflections, resulting in severe truncation error and decreasing the upper frequency of effective ADS. Methods to estimate and extend the frequency band of effective ADS were further proposed. The simple procedures behind PVA, and its computationally efficient nature, make this method suitable for field monitoring. The resultant ADS is a potential improvement to current applications utilizing a travel time approach.

  13. Anomalous change in dielectric constant of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} under violet-to-ultraviolet irradiation

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    Masingboon, C.; Eknapakul, T.; Suwanwong, S.; Buaphet, P.; Nakajima, H.; Mo, S.-K.; Thongbai, P.; King, P. D. C.; Maensiri, S.; Meevasana, W.

    2013-05-20

    The influence of light illumination on the dielectric constant of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) polycrystals is studied in this work. When exposed to 405-nm laser light, a reversible enhancement in the room temperature capacitance as high as 22% was observed, suggesting application of light-sensitive capacitance devices. To uncover the microscopic mechanisms mediating this change, we performed electronic structure measurements, using photoemission spectroscopy, and measured the electrical conductivity of the CCTO samples under different conditions of light exposure and oxygen partial pressure. Together, these results suggest that the large capacitance enhancement is driven by oxygen vacancies induced by the irradiation.

  14. Ionization States of Residues in OmpF and Mutants: Effects of Dielectric Constant and Interactions between Residues

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    Varma, Sameer; Jakobsson, Eric

    2004-01-01

    To understand ion permeation, one must assign correct ionization states to titratable amino acid residues in protein channels. We report on the effects of physical and methodological assumptions in calculating the protonation states at neutral bulk pH of titratable residues lining the lumen of the native Escherichia coli OmpF channel, and five mutants. We systematically considered a wide range of assumed protein dielectric constants and all plausible combinations of protonation states for electrostatically interacting side chains, and three different levels of accounting for solute shielding: 1), full nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann; 2), linearized Poisson-Boltzmann; and 3), neglect of solute shielding. For this system we found it acceptable to neglect solute shielding, a result we postulate to be generalizable to narrow lumens of other protein channels. For the large majority of residues, the protonation state at neutral bulk pH was found to be independent of the assumed dielectric constant of the protein, and unambiguously determined by the calculation; for native OmpF only Asp-127 has a protonation state that is sensitive to the assumed protein dielectric constant. Our results are significant for understanding two published experimental observations: the structure of the narrow part of the channel, and the ionic selectivity of OmpF mutants. PMID:14747308

  15. Dielectric constant and low-frequency infrared spectra for liquid water and ice Ih within the E3B model

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    Shi, L.; Ni, Y.; Drews, S. E. P.; Skinner, J. L.

    2014-08-28

    Two intrinsic difficulties in modeling condensed-phase water with conventional rigid non-polarizable water models are: reproducing the static dielectric constants for liquid water and ice Ih, and generating the peak at about 200 cm{sup −1} in the low-frequency infrared spectrum for liquid water. The primary physical reason for these failures is believed to be the missing polarization effect in these models, and consequently various sophisticated polarizable water models have been developed. However, in this work we pursue a different strategy and propose a simple empirical scheme to include the polarization effect only on the dipole surface (without modifying a model's intermolecular interaction potential). We implement this strategy for our explicit three-body (E3B) model. Our calculated static dielectric constants and low-frequency infrared spectra are in good agreement with experiment for both liquid water and ice Ih over wide temperature ranges, albeit with one fitting parameter for each phase. The success of our modeling also suggests that thermal fluctuations about local minima and the energy differences between different proton-disordered configurations play minor roles in the static dielectric constant of ice Ih. Our analysis shows that the polarization effect is important in resolving the two difficulties mentioned above and sheds some light on the origin of several features in the low-frequency infrared spectra for liquid water and ice Ih.

  16. Ionization states of residues in OmpF and mutants: effects of dielectric constant and interactions between residues.

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    Varma, Sameer; Jakobsson, Eric

    2004-02-01

    To understand ion permeation, one must assign correct ionization states to titratable amino acid residues in protein channels. We report on the effects of physical and methodological assumptions in calculating the protonation states at neutral bulk pH of titratable residues lining the lumen of the native Escherichia coli OmpF channel, and five mutants. We systematically considered a wide range of assumed protein dielectric constants and all plausible combinations of protonation states for electrostatically interacting side chains, and three different levels of accounting for solute shielding: 1), full nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann; 2), linearized Poisson-Boltzmann; and 3), neglect of solute shielding. For this system we found it acceptable to neglect solute shielding, a result we postulate to be generalizable to narrow lumens of other protein channels. For the large majority of residues, the protonation state at neutral bulk pH was found to be independent of the assumed dielectric constant of the protein, and unambiguously determined by the calculation; for native OmpF only Asp-127 has a protonation state that is sensitive to the assumed protein dielectric constant. Our results are significant for understanding two published experimental observations: the structure of the narrow part of the channel, and the ionic selectivity of OmpF mutants.

  17. A layered microchip conductance detector with through-layer access to detection fields and high sensitivity to dielectric constant

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    Suganuma, Y.; Dhirani, A.-A.

    2011-04-01

    The present study explores a novel apertured microchip conductance detector (AMCD) that is sensitive to dielectric constant. Fashioned on silicon oxide/silicon using optical microlithography, the detector has novel parallel-plate geometry with a top mesh electrode, a middle apertured insulator, and a bottom conducting electrode. This monolithic apertured architecture is planar and may be provided with a thin insulator layer enabling large capacitances, while the top mesh electrode and middle apertured-insulator enable access to regions of the capacitor where electric fields are strong. Hence, the detector is sensitive yet mechanically robust. To test its response, the AMCD was immersed in various solvents, namely water, methanol, acetonitrile, and hexanes. Its response was found to vary in proportion to the solvents' respective dielectric constants. The AMCD was also able to distinguish quantitatively the presence of various molecules in solution, including molecules with chromophores [such as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)] in methanol and those without chrompohores [such as polyethylene glycol 200 Daltons (PEG200)] in methanol or water. The universal nature of dielectric constant and the microchip detector's sensitivity point to a wide range of potential applications.

  18. Low-dielectric-constant fluorinated diamond-like carbon thin films by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Yi, Jeong Woo

    Fluorinated amorphous carbon (a-C:F) thin films are developed for a low dielectric constant interlayer dielectric material from hexafluorobenze (C 6F6) or 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (FCH2CF 4) as the source gas and argon as the diluent gas in an asymmetric capacitively coupled rf (radio frequency) plasma reactor and an inductively coupled plasma reactor. Effects of input rf power, fluorination, applied bias voltage and post annealing on the properties of a-C:F films are investigated. For depositing a-C:F films from highly diluted C6F6 (3%) and argon (97%) in the capacitively rf plasma reactor at 150 mTorr, the dielectric constant of the film increases from 2.0 to 2.8 as the rf power is increased from 10 W to 70 W, while the optical energy gap decreases from 2.6 eV to 1.9 eV and the transparency in a ultra-violet range is degraded. At input power of 100 W, the deposited film exhibits high residual stress of 40 MPa and easily peeled off by a Scotch tape test. This is due to high self-bias voltage (-230 V) developed at the substrate holder during deposition. When depositing amorphous carbon films from tetrafluoroethane (TFE) and methane in the capacitively coupled plasma reactor, the incorporation of fluorine in the film is increased with increasing TFE fraction in the feed gas mixture. The dielectric constant of the a-C:F film deposited from pure TFE is as low as 2.3, but the film exhibits poor thermal stability while a-C:H (diamond-like carbon) film deposited from pure methane has a dielectric constant of 3.8 and shows good thermal stability up to 400°C. As the TFE content in the feed is increased, the dielectric constant and the refractive index decrease while the transparency of the film is enhanced significantly. When depositing a-C:F films from C6F6 (4 sccm) and Ar (5 sccm) in the inductively coupled rf plasma reactor, the bias voltage (from a separate 100 KHz source) applied to the substrate holder affects the film properties significantly. As the negative bias

  19. Measurement of complex terahertz dielectric properties of polymers using an improved free-space technique

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    Chang, Tianying; Zhang, Xiansheng; Yang, Chuanfa; Sun, Zhonglin; Cui, Hong-Liang

    2017-04-01

    The complex dielectric properties of non-polar solid polymer materials were measured in the terahertz (THz) band by a free-space technique employing a frequency-extended vector network analyzer (VNA), and by THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS). Mindful of THz wave’s unique characteristics, the free-space method for measurement of material dielectric properties in the microwave band was expanded and improved for application in the THz frequency region. To ascertain the soundness and utility of the proposed method, measurements of the complex dielectric properties of a variety of polymers were carried out, including polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, known also by the brand name Teflon), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and glass fiber resin (Composite Stone). The free-space method relies on the determination of electromagnetic scattering parameters (S-parameters) of the sample, with the gated-reflect-line (GRL) calibration technique commonly employed using a VNA. Subsequently, based on the S-parameters, the dielectric constant and loss characteristic of the sample were calculated by using a Newtonian iterative algorithm. To verify the calculated results, THz TDS technique, which produced Fresnel parameters such as reflection and transmission coefficients, was also used to independently determine the dielectric properties of these polymer samples, with results satisfactorily corroborating those obtained by the free-space extended microwave technique.

  20. Cavity resonator for dielectric measurements of high-ɛ, low loss materials, demonstrated with barium strontium zirconium titanate ceramics

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    Marksteiner, Quinn R.; Treiman, Michael B.; Chen, Ching-Fong; Haynes, William B.; Reiten, M. T.; Dalmas, Dale; Pulliam, Elias

    2017-06-01

    A resonant cavity method is presented which can measure loss tangents and dielectric constants for materials with dielectric constant from 150 to 10 000 and above. This practical and accurate technique is demonstrated by measuring barium strontium zirconium titanate bulk ferroelectric ceramic blocks. Above the Curie temperature, in the paraelectric state, barium strontium zirconium titanate has a sufficiently low loss that a series of resonant modes are supported in the cavity. At each mode frequency, the dielectric constant and loss tangent are obtained. The results are consistent with low frequency measurements and computer simulations. A quick method of analyzing the raw data using the 2D static electromagnetic modeling code SuperFish and an estimate of uncertainties are presented.

  1. Effect of Solvent Dielectric Properties on the Spontaneous-Emission Rate Constant of Molecular Singlet Oxygen

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    Jarnikova, E. S.; Parkhats, M. V.; Stasheuski, A. S.; Dzhagarov, B. M.

    2017-01-01

    Quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes of singlet oxygen in 18 different solvents and binary mixtures were measured using laser fluorometry. The results allowed a direct effect of the refractive index on the radiative rate constant kr of the singlet-oxygen a 1 Δ g → X 3 Σ g - transition caused by a change of photon state density in addition to an indirect effect through a local-field factor to be determined. The experimentally observed rise of kr with increasing medium refractive index could not be explained by the influence of only these two factors. The discrepancy was overcome by taking into account changes of the singlet-oxygen transition dipole moment. Consideration of all three factors explained the influence of the medium on rate constant kr

  2. Plasma deposition of low dielectric constant (k=2.2{approx}2.4) Boron Nitride on methylsilsesquioxane-based nanoporous films

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    Liu Jun; Loh, K.P.; Lin Ming; Foo, Y.L.; Wang, W.D.; Chi, D.Z.

    2004-12-01

    The growth of low dielectric constant (k) Boron Nitride (BN) film on silicon as well as methylsilsesquioxane-based nanoporous films (LKD-5109) using plasma-discharged borazine was investigated. BN films were grown using microwave plasma (2.45 GHz) or radio-frequency (rf) atom beam deposition (13.56 MHz) on LKD-5109 in order to evaluate the compatibility of the two plasma processes with the physical integrity of the nanoporous films. Capacitance-voltage measurements were used to characterize the dielectric constants of the films on silicon and BN-integrated LKD (k{sub eff}{approx_equal}2.4). The composition and phases of the films were studied using cross-section transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy. Although the microwave plasma process could produce BC{sub x}N films with a k value of 2.2, the process was not compatible with the nanoporous LKD substrate due to the ion-induced damage of the films. We found that only the rf atom beam deposition process, which was characterized by low-energy neutral fluxes, maintained the dielectric property of the BN-integrated LKD stack at an overall value of 2.4. In addition, the deposited BN films can act as an effective copper diffusion barrier on the LKD and can be lithographically processed to form trench patterns.

  3. Design of biosolvents through hydroxyl functionalization of compounds with high dielectric constant.

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    Ou, Guangnan; He, Biyan; Yuan, Youzhu

    2012-03-01

    We proposed basic principles for biosolvent design on the viewpoint of ionization. Two classes of biosolvents, based on cyclic carbonate moiety and amide moiety, were designed through hydroxyl functionalization of highly dielectric compound. The newly designed compounds, glycerol carbonate (GC) and N-hydroxymethyl formamide (HOF), were synthesized for the development of soluble enzymatic systems and characterized by (13)C NMR and (1)H NMR. All the characterization data were consistent with the expected structures. Using conductance measurements, the pK (a) values of trichloroacetic acid in GC and HOF were determined as 0.80 and 0.85 at 25.0 °C, which was very close to that in water (pK (a) = 0.70), suggesting that the ionizing and dissociating abilities of GC and HOF are similar to those of water. The effects of various reaction parameters on activity and stability of Candida antarctica lipase B and lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia were investigated using the transesterification of ethyl butyrate with n-butanol as a model reaction. The activities of lipases in GC and HOF were comparable to those in water, indicating that the newly designed compounds were biocompactible. Biosolvent design is a promising and versatile method for developing new biosolvents.

  4. Dielectric measurement in experimental burns: a new tool for burn depth determination?

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    Papp, Anthony; Lahtinen, Tapani; Härmä, Markku; Nuutinen, Jouni; Uusaro, Ari; Alhava, Esko

    2006-03-01

    There has been a lack of methods to provide quantitative information of local tissue edema after burn injury. Noninvasive dielectric measurements provide this information. The measured value, the dielectric constant, is directly related to the amount of water in tissue. Using probes of different sizes, the measurements give information from different tissue depths. The aim of this study was to characterize edema formation at different tissue depths and to examine whether the dielectric measurements could be used to distinguish partial- and full-thickness burns in pigs. An experimental animal study with pigs (n = 6) was performed in which dielectric measurements were taken of superficial, partial-thickness, and full-thickness burns for 72 hours. There was an increase in tissue water content in the superficial dermis in the partial-thickness burns at 48 hours. In whole dermis, the superficial burns resulted in increased tissue water content at 8 hours, and the partial-thickness burns resulted in increased tissue water content at 8, 24, and 72 hours. In deep burns, the water content was significantly decreased in the superficial dermis at 24 hours. All burns resulted in a considerable increase in fat water content. The dielectric probes could be used to differentiate partial- and full-thickness burns as early as 8 hours after burn. Receiver operating curve analysis of the measurements indicated 70 to 90 percent sensitivity and 80 to 100 percent specificity after 8 hours. The dielectric measurements provide a sensitive and noninvasive method for examining tissue edema and differentiate partial- and full-thickness burns in experimental burns. Thus, they are of clinical interest for early burn depth determination.

  5. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for elastic constant measurements

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    Dixon, R.D.; Migliori, A.; Roe, L.H.

    1993-12-31

    All objects exhibit vibrational resonances when mechanically excited. These resonant frequencies are determined by density, geometry, and elastic moduli. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) takes advantage of the known relationship between the parameters. In particular, for a freely suspended object, with three of the four parameters (vibrational spectra, density, geometry, or elastic moduli) known the remaining one can be calculated. From a materials characterization standpoint it is straight-forward to measure density and geometry but less so to measure all the elastic moduli. It has recently become possible to quickly and accurately measure vibrational spectra, and using code written at Los Alamos, calculate all the elastic moduli simultaneously. This is done to an accuracy of better than one percent for compression and 0.1 percent for shear. RUS provides rapid acquisition of materials information here-to-fore obtainable only with difficulty. It will greatly facilitate the use of real materials properties in models and thus make possible more realistic modeling results. The technique is sensitive to phase changes and microstructure. This offers a change to input real data into microstructure and phase change models. It will also enable measurement of moduli at locations in and about a weld thus providing information for a validating coupled thermomechanical calculations.

  6. The electro-mechanical phase transition of Gent model dielectric elastomer tube with two material constants

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    Liu, Liwu; Luo, Xiaojian; Fei, Fan; Wang, Yixing; Leng, Jinsong; Liu, Yanju

    2013-04-01

    Applied to voltage, a dielectric elastomer membrane may deform into a mixture of two states under certain conditions. One of which is the flat state and the other is the wrinkled state. In the flat state, the membrane is relatively thick with a small area, while on the contrary, in the wrinkled state, the membrane is relatively thin with a large area. The coexistence of these two states may cause the electromechanical phase transition of dielectric elastomer. The phase diagram of idea dielectric elastomer membrane under unidirectional stress and voltage inspired us to think about the liquid-to-vapor phase transition of pure substance. The practical working cycle of a steam engine includes the thermodynamical process of liquid-to-vapor phase transition, the fact is that the steam engine will do the maximum work if undergoing the phase transition process. In this paper, in order to consider the influence of coexistent state of dielectric elastomer, we investigate the homogeneous deformation of the dielectric elastomer tube. The theoretical model is built and the relationship between external loads and stretch are got, we can see that the elastomer tube experiences the coexistent state before reaching the stretching limit from the diagram. We think these results can guide the design and manufacture of energy harvesting equipments.

  7. Ellipsometric method for the measurement of temperature and optical constants of incandescent transition metals

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    Hansen, George P.; Krishnan, Shankar; Hauge, Robert H.; Margrave, John L.

    1989-01-01

    The development of a unique noncontact temperature measurement device utilizing rotating analyzer ellipsometry is described. The technique circumvents the necessity of spectral emissivity estimation by direct measurement concomitant with radiance brightness. Simultaneous determinations of dielectric constants and refractive indices allow changes in the physical and chemical state of a heated surface to be monitored. The results of optical property measurements at 633 nm as functions of temperature between 1000 and 2500 K for eight transition metals including Hf, Ir, Mo, Nb, Pd, Pt, Ta, and V are presented together with preliminary results of oxidation studies on iridium.

  8. Ellipsometric method for the measurement of temperature and optical constants of incandescent transition metals

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    Hansen, George P.; Krishnan, Shankar; Hauge, Robert H.; Margrave, John L.

    1989-01-01

    The development of a unique noncontact temperature measurement device utilizing rotating analyzer ellipsometry is described. The technique circumvents the necessity of spectral emissivity estimation by direct measurement concomitant with radiance brightness. Simultaneous determinations of dielectric constants and refractive indices allow changes in the physical and chemical state of a heated surface to be monitored. The results of optical property measurements at 633 nm as functions of temperature between 1000 and 2500 K for eight transition metals including Hf, Ir, Mo, Nb, Pd, Pt, Ta, and V are presented together with preliminary results of oxidation studies on iridium.

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

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

  10. Dielectric constant of graphene-on-polarized substrate: A tight-binding model study

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    Sahu, Sivabrata; Parashar, S. K. S.; Rout, G. C.

    2017-07-01

    We report here a microscopic tight-binding theoretical study of the dynamic dielectric response of graphene-on-polarizable substrate with impurity. The Hamiltonian consists of first, second and third nearest-neighbour electron hopping interactions besides doping and substrate-induced effects on graphene. We have introduced electron-electron correlation effect at A and B sublattices of graphene which is considered within Hartree-Fock mean-field approximation. The electron occupancies at both sublattices are calculated and solved self-consistently and numerically for both up- and down-spin orientations. The polarization function appearing in the dielectric function is a two-particle Green's function which is calculated by using Zubarev's Green's function technique. The temperature and optical frequency-dependent dielectric function is evaluated and compared with experimental data by varying Coulomb correlation energy, substrate-induced gap and impurity concentrations.

  11. Measurement of the dielectric properties of high-purity sapphire at 1.865 GHZ from 2-10 Kelvin

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    N. Pogue, P. McIntyre, Akhdiyor Sattarov, Charles Reece

    2012-06-01

    A dielectric test cavity was designed and tested to measure the microwave dielectric properties of ultrapure sapphire at cryogenic temperatures. Measurements were performed by placing a large cylindrical crystal of sapphire in a Nb superconducting cavity operating in the TE01 mode at 1.865 GHz. The dielectric constant, heat capacity, and loss tangent were all calculated using experimental data and RF modeling software. The motivation for these measurements was to determine if such a sapphire could be used as a dielectric lens to focus the magnetic field onto a sample wafer in a high field wafer test cavity. The measured properties have been used to finalize the design of the wafer test cavity.

  12. Determination of the Water Content of Snow by Dielectric Measurements

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    1992-07-01

    AD- A256 299 R*UIIUIUIIII• 0P Determination of the Water Content of Snow by Dielectric Measurements Paul R. Camp and David R. LaBrecque July 1992 a...kHz to deterrnlne wfether measurements made In this frequency range might prove useful in evaluating the water content of snow. Dielectric heating at...20 kHz proved a very useful means of modifying the water content from 0 to 30% by weight. Six different natural snows were used in these experiments

  13. Cathode fall measurement in a dielectric barrier discharge in helium

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    Hao, Yanpeng; Zheng, Bin; Liu, Yaoge

    2013-11-15

    A method based on the “zero-length voltage” extrapolation is proposed to measure cathode fall in a dielectric barrier discharge. Starting, stable, and discharge-maintaining voltages were measured to obtain the extrapolation zero-length voltage. Under our experimental conditions, the “zero-length voltage” gave a cathode fall of about 185 V. Based on the known thickness of the cathode fall region, the spatial distribution of the electric field strength in dielectric barrier discharge in atmospheric helium is determined. The strong cathode fall with a maximum field value of approximately 9.25 kV/cm was typical for the glow mode of the discharge.

  14. Investigation of temperature dependent dielectric constant of a sputtered TiN thin film by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Tripura Sundari, S. Ramaseshan, R.; Jose, Feby; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2014-01-21

    The temperature dependence of optical constants of titanium nitride thin film is investigated using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) between 1.4 and 5 eV in the temperature range of 300 K to 650 K in steps of 50 K. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric functions ε{sub 1}(E) and ε{sub 2}(E) marginally increase with increase in temperature. A Drude Lorentz dielectric analysis based on free electron and oscillator model are carried out to describe the temperature behavior. With increase in temperature, the unscreened plasma frequency and broadening marginally decreased and increased, respectively. The parameters of the Lorentz oscillator model also showed that the relaxation time decreased with temperature while the oscillator energies increased. This study shows that owing to the marginal change in the refractive index with temperature, titanium nitride can be employed for surface plasmon sensor applications even in environments where rise in temperature is imminent.

  15. Plasma-catalyst interaction studied in a single pellet DBD reactor: dielectric constant effect on plasma dynamics

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    Butterworth, T.; Allen, R. W. K.

    2017-06-01

    A novel single dielectric pellet DBD that is designed to facilitate studying the interaction between plasmas and catalysts is presented. The influence of material dielectric constant on plasma dynamics across a range of applied voltages is determined through the use of electrical characterisation combined with videos of the discharge. Different discharge modes in nitrogen are observed and their behaviour is characterised. A particular focus is given to the phenomenon known as ‘partial discharging’. This is where incomplete plasma formation occurs between the electrodes of the reactor, which may have implications for the fair testing of catalysts in packed bed reactors. Additionally, the occurrence of an ‘almond shaped’ QV plot in the event of point-to-point discharging in PBRs is explained. This work provides easily implemented analytical techniques that can be applied to understand the behaviour of plasmas within packed bed DBD reactors.

  16. Far-infrared dispersion of the complex dielectric constant in ferroelectric near-stoichiometric LiNbO3:Ce

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    Wu, Liang; Ling, Furi; Zuo, Zhigao; Liu, Jinsong; Yao, Jianquan

    2011-10-01

    The dielectric properties of near-stoichiometric LiNbO3:Ce (near-SLN:Ce) single crystal have been investigated by using terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in a frequency range of 0.7-1.6 THz at room temperature. When coupled with an applied external optical field, a photorefractive effect was observed, resulting in the modulation of the complex dielectric constant for near-SLN:Ce. The variation of the refractive index |Δn| has a linear relationship in scale with the applied light intensity accompanied with an abrupt decrease. These findings were attributed to the internal space charge field of photorefraction and the light-induced domain reversal in the crystal.

  17. Far-infrared dispersion of complex dielectric constant in the ferroelectric near-stoichiometric LiNbO 3 :Fe

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    Wu, Liang; Ling, Furi; Tian, Xiaoguang; Zhao, Haitao; Liu, Jinsong; Yao, Jianquan

    2011-09-01

    The dielectric properties of near-stoichiometric LiNbO 3:Fe single crystal have been investigated by using a terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in a frequency range of 0.7-1.6 THz at room temperature. When coupled with an applied external optical field, an obvious photorefractive effect was observed, resulting in the modulation of the complex dielectric constant for near-SLN:Fe. The variation of refractive index |Δ n| has a linear relationship on scale with the applied light intensity accompanied with a steplike decrease. These findings were attributed to the internal space charge field of photorefraction and the light-induced domain reversal in the crystal.

  18. Investigation of temperature dependent dielectric constant of a sputtered TiN thin film by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Tripura Sundari, S.; Ramaseshan, R.; Jose, Feby; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2014-01-01

    The temperature dependence of optical constants of titanium nitride thin film is investigated using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) between 1.4 and 5 eV in the temperature range of 300 K to 650 K in steps of 50 K. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric functions ɛ1(E) and ɛ2(E) marginally increase with increase in temperature. A Drude Lorentz dielectric analysis based on free electron and oscillator model are carried out to describe the temperature behavior. With increase in temperature, the unscreened plasma frequency and broadening marginally decreased and increased, respectively. The parameters of the Lorentz oscillator model also showed that the relaxation time decreased with temperature while the oscillator energies increased. This study shows that owing to the marginal change in the refractive index with temperature, titanium nitride can be employed for surface plasmon sensor applications even in environments where rise in temperature is imminent.

  19. Numerical Estimation of the Dependence of Dielectric Constant of BaTiO3 Thick Films on Grain-Size Distribution

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    Yamashita, Kimihiro; Yamazaki, Shozo; Koumoto, Kunihito; Yanagida, Hiroaki

    1981-10-01

    An exponential function of the grain size was assumed in calculating the apparent (total) dielectric constant of BaTiO3 thick films with the average grain diameter known. The function was tested and estimated experimentally, for cases where the grain sizes were calculated using the following methods; the two-dimensional diameter analysis, the Schwartz-Saltykov method and Oel’s method for converting a two-dimensional grain distribution to a spacial grain sizedistribution. Using the present assumed function and the extended logarithmic mixing rule to combine the dielectric constants of individual grains, the grain-size distribution-dependence of the dielectric constant was successfully simulated. From the simulated results it was concluded that the dielectric constants of coarse grains of thick films increase with increase of grain size in the range from room temperature up to 135°C.

  20. Planck’s constant as a natural unit of measurement

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    Quincey, Paul

    2013-09-01

    The proposed revision of SI units would embed Planck’s constant into the definition of the kilogram, as a fixed constant of nature. Traditionally, Planck’s constant is not readily interpreted as the size of something physical, and it is generally only encountered by students in the mathematics of quantum physics. Richard Feynman’s path integral formulation of quantum mechanics allows a neat visualization of the constant as the circumference of a surveyor’s wheel for measuring action along each path, making Planck’s constant a natural yardstick, almost literally. This approach is shown to have other benefits in the presentation of other basic quantum phenomena.

  1. Pulsed picosecond and nanosecond discharge development in liquids with various dielectric permittivity constants

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    Starikovskiy, Andrey

    2016-09-01

    The dynamics of pulsed picosecond and nanosecond discharge development in liquid water, ethanol and hexane were investigated experimentally. It is shown that the dynamics of discharge formation fundamentally differ between liquids with low and high dielectric permittivity coefficients. The difference in the nanosecond discharge development in liquid dielectrics may be explained by the formation of micro-discontinuities in the media during the electrostriction compression/rarefaction stage in liquids with high dielectric permittivity. Three possible mechanisms for the propagation of discharge in liquids play a different role depending on the pulse duration. The first is the formation of low density channels in liquid. In the second case the electrostatic forces support the expansion of nanoscale voids behind the front of the ionization wave; in the wave front the extreme electric field provides a strong negative pressure in the dielectric fluid due to the presence of electrostriction forces, forming the initial micro-voids in the continuous medium. Finally, in the third case, when a picosecond electric pulse is utilized, the ionization in the liquid phase occurs as a result of direct electron impact without undergoing a phase transition.

  2. Verdet constant dispersion measurement using polarization-stepping techniques.

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    Flores, Jorge L; Ferrari, José A

    2008-08-20

    We present a novel method for measuring the Verdet constant dispersion. The proposed method involves spectral polarimetric measurements using three (or more) polarization steps. The procedure has formal similarity with the phase-shifting interferometry (PSI). Thus the Verdet constant in the desired spectral range can be retrieved using well-known PSI algorithms. Validation experiments are presented.

  3. Experimental study on the dielectric properties of polyacrylate dielectric elastomer

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    Qiang, Junhua; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo

    2012-02-01

    The dielectric constant of elastomeric dielectric material is an essential physical parameter, whose value may affect the electromechanical deformation of a dielectric elastomer actuator. Since the dielectric constant is influenced by several external factors as reported before, and no certain value has been confirmed to our knowledge, in the present paper, on the basis of systematical comparison of recent past literature, we conducted extensive works on the measurement of dielectric properties of VHB films, involving five influencing factors: prestretch (both equal and unequal biaxial), electrical frequency, electrode material, stress relaxation time and temperature. Experimental results directly show that the dielectric response changes according to these factors, based on which we investigate the significance of each factor, especially the interaction of two external conditions on the dielectric constant of deformable dielectric, by presenting a physical picture of the mechanism of polarization.

  4. Dielectric measurement using an open ended coaxial line with an extended center conductor

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    Wegmueller, Urs; Guerra, Abel G.

    Permittivity may be determined by measuring the complex reflection coefficient of an open-ended coaxial line placed in contact with a test sample. This method works best for liquid samples. For the measurement of non-liquid materials problems can arise. A perfect preparation is needed to provide a good contact between the tip and the dielectric medium. At times, the dimension of the sensor cannot be freely chosen, as is the case for the measurement of the dielectric constant of the xylem layer of a living tree. The influence of the installation of the sensor on a tree's water status must be minimized by using a small sensor. In such cases the capacitance cannot be optimized. By extending the center conductor of the open-ended coaxial line, some of these problems can be avoided. This provides an additional tool to tune the capacitance of the sensor by adjusting the length of the extension. Therefore the measurement accuracy can be optimized. The sensor also becomes sensitive to a larger volume. A comparative study of a flush and extended tipped probes shows that the ability to measure the dielectric constant of trees has been notably increased due to the extension of the center conductor.

  5. Dielectric measurement using an open ended coaxial line with an extended center conductor

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    Wegmueller, Urs; Guerra, Abel G.

    1992-01-01

    Permittivity may be determined by measuring the complex reflection coefficient of an open-ended coaxial line placed in contact with a test sample. This method works best for liquid samples. For the measurement of non-liquid materials problems can arise. A perfect preparation is needed to provide a good contact between the tip and the dielectric medium. At times, the dimension of the sensor cannot be freely chosen, as is the case for the measurement of the dielectric constant of the xylem layer of a living tree. The influence of the installation of the sensor on a tree's water status must be minimized by using a small sensor. In such cases the capacitance cannot be optimized. By extending the center conductor of the open-ended coaxial line, some of these problems can be avoided. This provides an additional tool to tune the capacitance of the sensor by adjusting the length of the extension. Therefore the measurement accuracy can be optimized. The sensor also becomes sensitive to a larger volume. A comparative study of a flush and extended tipped probes shows that the ability to measure the dielectric constant of trees has been notably increased due to the extension of the center conductor.

  6. Dielectric measurement using an open ended coaxial line with an extended center conductor

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    Wegmueller, Urs; Guerra, Abel G.

    1992-01-01

    Permittivity may be determined by measuring the complex reflection coefficient of an open-ended coaxial line placed in contact with a test sample. This method works best for liquid samples. For the measurement of non-liquid materials problems can arise. A perfect preparation is needed to provide a good contact between the tip and the dielectric medium. At times, the dimension of the sensor cannot be freely chosen, as is the case for the measurement of the dielectric constant of the xylem layer of a living tree. The influence of the installation of the sensor on a tree's water status must be minimized by using a small sensor. In such cases the capacitance cannot be optimized. By extending the center conductor of the open-ended coaxial line, some of these problems can be avoided. This provides an additional tool to tune the capacitance of the sensor by adjusting the length of the extension. Therefore the measurement accuracy can be optimized. The sensor also becomes sensitive to a larger volume. A comparative study of a flush and extended tipped probes shows that the ability to measure the dielectric constant of trees has been notably increased due to the extension of the center conductor.

  7. Measurements of Dielectric Discontinuities in Planetary Subsurfaces with a Passive Instrument

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    Elliott, H. M.; Renno, N. O.

    2015-12-01

    Global Navigation Satellite Systems Reflectometry (GNSS-R) has shown that passive sensing that takes advantage of separate active sources can be used to infer the soil moisture, snow pack depth and other quantities of scientific interest. Here we take that concept one step further and propose a passive measurement of the sub-surface dielectric profile of Mars by taking advantage of the multipath interference between reflections off the surface and subsurface dielectric discontinuities. Previous studies have shown that this technique is capable of detecting changes in the sub-surface dielectric constant, but here we present the first experimental data showing that it can detect multilayer subsurface profiles. We have measured layered beds of sand and concrete and compared these experimental results to a numerical model of the signal reflections; showing that dielectric discontinuities in the subsurface can be measured using this passive sensing technique. The exciting thing about this technique is the ability to conduct ground penetrating radar measurements in the shallow subsurface of planetary bodies without active radar transmitters.

  8. 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.

  9. The effect of concentration- and temperature-dependent dielectric constant on the activity coefficient of NaCl electrolyte solutions

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    Valiskó, Mónika; Boda, Dezső

    2014-06-21

    Our implicit-solvent model for the estimation of the excess chemical potential (or, equivalently, the activity coefficient) of electrolytes is based on using a dielectric constant that depends on the thermodynamic state, namely, the temperature and concentration of the electrolyte, ε(c, T). As a consequence, the excess chemical potential is split into two terms corresponding to ion-ion (II) and ion-water (IW) interactions. The II term is obtained from computer simulation using the Primitive Model of electrolytes, while the IW term is estimated from the Born treatment. In our previous work [J. Vincze, M. Valiskó, and D. Boda, “The nonmonotonic concentration dependence of the mean activity coefficient of electrolytes is a result of a balance between solvation and ion-ion correlations,” J. Chem. Phys. 133, 154507 (2010)], we showed that the nonmonotonic concentration dependence of the activity coefficient can be reproduced qualitatively with this II+IW model without using any adjustable parameter. The Pauling radii were used in the calculation of the II term, while experimental solvation free energies were used in the calculation of the IW term. In this work, we analyze the effect of the parameters (dielectric constant, ionic radii, solvation free energy) on the concentration and temperature dependence of the mean activity coefficient of NaCl. We conclude that the II+IW model can explain the experimental behavior using a concentration-dependent dielectric constant and that we do not need the artificial concept of “solvated ionic radius” assumed by earlier studies.

  10. Surface gradient dependence of bandgap energy and dielectric constant of ZnO tapered nanowires

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    Yu, Wangbing; He, Yan; Ouyang, Gang

    2017-09-01

    In order to gain a better understanding of the surface gradient effect on the electronic properties of ZnO tapered nanowires (TNWs), we establish an analytical relationship to elucidate the band offset and dielectric change by considering the joint effect from the nanowire size and surface gradient based on the atomic-bond-relaxation correlation mechanism and the Kramers-Kronig relation. It is found that a pronounced blue shift of the bandgap and dielectric suppression of ZnO TNWs are shown compared to those of NWs with a cylindrical shape. Our results are validated by comparing them with the available evidence, suggesting that the developed method is helpful for shape design on tunable electronic properties of nanostructures.

  11. Bilayered dielectric measurement with an open-ended coaxial probe

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    Chen, Gangwu; Li, Kang; Ji, Zhong

    1994-06-01

    An equivalent circuit of an open-ended coaxial line used as a probe for bilayered dielectric measurement which consists of three parallel capacitances is presented. The measurements method, based on both the analytical expression of the probe's equivalent circuit and the bilinear transformation relationships between the equivalent admittance of the probe and the reflection coefficient and between the real reflection coefficient and the measured reflection coefficient, is described.

  12. Age-related changes in male forearm skin-to-fat tissue dielectric constant at 300 MHz.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Grammenos, Alexandra; Corbitt, Kelly; Bartos, Simona

    2017-03-01

    Prior research suggests that tissue dielectric constant (TDC) values are useful to assess localized skin water in females for early diagnosing breast cancer treatment-related lymphoedema and TDC values in young adults have shown gender differences. However, no TDC data are available for older males nor have ageing effects been studied despite known shifts in water state and other skin age-related changes. Thus our goals were to (i) characterize TDC values at various skin depths in young and older males, (ii) determine the dependence of these values on body composition parameters and (iii) establish inter-arm TDC ratios for use as normal male reference values. TDC measurements were made to depths of 0·5, 1·5, 2·5 and 5·0 mm bilaterally on volar forearm skin in 60 males in three groups of 20 that had mean ages ± SD of 24·0 ± 0·9, 40·0 ± 12·9 and 71·0 ± 8·0 years. Total body fat and water percentages were determined via bioimpedance at 50 KHz. Results showed that (i) for all age groups TDC values decreased with increasing depth, (ii) TDC values were not statistically different among age groups except at a depth of 0·5 mm, (iii) TDC values were highly negatively correlated with total body fat and (iv) inter-arm ratios varied little among age groups and depths. It is concluded that (i) age-related larger TDC values at only the shallowest depth is consistent with skin water shifting state from bound to more mobile in the oldest group and (ii) inter-arm ratios at any depth provide a basis to test for unilateral oedema. © 2015 Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Layered CU-based electrode for high-dielectric constant oxide thin film-based devices

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    Auciello, Orlando

    2010-05-11

    A layered device including a substrate; an adhering layer thereon. An electrical conducting layer such as copper is deposited on the adhering layer and then a barrier layer of an amorphous oxide of TiAl followed by a high dielectric layer are deposited to form one or more of an electrical device such as a capacitor or a transistor or MEMS and/or a magnetic device.

  14. Optical and electrical properties of titanium dioxide films with a high magnitude dielectric constant grown on p-Si by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition at low temperature

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    Kim, T. W.; Jung, M.; Kim, H. J.; Park, T. H.; Yoon, Y. S.; Kang, W. N.; Yom, S. S.; Na, H. K.

    1994-03-01

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of titanium dioxide (TiO2) on p-Si(100) using titanium isopropoxide and nitrous oxide via pyrolysis at relatively low (˜500 °C) temperature was performed to produce high quality TiO2/p-Si interfaces and to fabricate TiO2 insulator gates with a dielectric constant of high magnitude. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the surfaces of the TiO2 films have very smooth morphologies. From the x-ray diffraction analysis, the grown layer was found to be a polycrystalline film. Raman spectroscopy showed the optical phonon modes of a TiO2 thin film. The stoichiometry of the TiO2 film was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy. Room-temperature current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements clearly revealed metal-insulator-semiconductor behavior for the samples of the Ag/TiO2/p-Si. The interface state density at the TiO2/p-Si interface was approximately high 1011 eV-1 cm-2 at the middle of the Si energy gap, and the dielectric constant determined from the capacitance-voltage measurements was as large as 73. These results indicate the TiO2 layers grown at relatively low temperature can be used for high density dynamic memory.

  15. Strain-induced phase variation and dielectric constant enhancement of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Shekhter, P. Amouyal, Y.; Eizenberg, M.; Schwendt, D.; Wietler, T. F.; Osten, H. J.

    2016-07-07

    One of the approaches for realizing advanced high k insulators for metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors based devices is the use of rare earth oxides. When these oxides are deposited as epitaxial thin films, they demonstrate dielectric properties that differ greatly from those that are known for bulk oxides. Using structural and spectroscopic techniques, as well as first-principles calculations, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} films deposited on Si (111) and Ge (111) were characterized. It was seen that the same 4 nm thick film, grown simultaneously on Ge and Si, presents an unstrained lattice on Ge while showing a metastable phase on Si. This change from the cubic lattice to the distorted metastable phase is characterized by an increase in the dielectric constant of more than 30% and a change in band gap. The case in study shows that extreme structural changes can occur in ultra-thin epitaxial rare earth oxide films and modify their dielectric properties when the underlying substrate is altered.

  16. Effect of Solvent Dielectric Constant on the Formation of Large Flat Bilayer Stacks in a Lecithin/Hexadecanol Hydrogel.

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    Nakagawa, Yasuharu; Nakazawa, Hiromitsu; Kato, Satoru

    2016-07-12

    We investigated the effect of dielectric properties of the aqueous medium on the novel type of hydrogel composed of a crude lecithin mixture (PC70) and hexadecanol (HD), in which charged sheet-like bilayers are kept far apart due to interbilayer repulsive interaction. We used dipropylene glycol (DPG) as a modifier of the dielectric properties and examined its effect on the hydrogel by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized optical microscopy, and freeze-fracture electron microscopy. We found that at a DPG weight fraction in the aqueous medium WDPG ≈ 0.4, the bilayer organization is transformed into unusually large flat bilayer stacks with a regular lamellar spacing of 6.25 nm and consequently disintegration of the hydrogel takes place. Semiquantitative calculation of the interbilayer interaction energy based on the Deyaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory suggested that the reduction of the aqueous medium dielectric constant ε by DPG may lower the energy barrier preventing flat bilayers from coming closer together. We inferred that the size of the bilayer sheet increases because the reduction of ε promotes protonation of acidic lipids that work as edge-capping molecules.

  17. Influence of the gap size and dielectric constant of the packing on the plasma discharge in a packed bed dielectric barrier discharge reactor: a fluid modeling study

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    van Laer, Koen; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2016-09-01

    Packed bed dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactors have proven to be very useful sources of non-thermal plasma for a wide range of applications, of which the environmental applications have received most attention in recent years. Compared to an empty DBD reactor, a packing was introduced to either enhance the energy efficiency of the process, or, if the packing is catalytically active, steer the process towards a preferred end product. A wide range of geometries, bead sizes and bead materials have been tested experimentally in the past. However, since experimental diagnostics become more difficult with a packing present, a computational study is proposed to gain more insight. Using COMSOL's built in plasma module, a 2D axisymmetric fluid model is developed to study the influence of the gap size and the dielectric constant (ɛ) of the packing. Helium is used as discharge gas, at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. By decreasing the gas gap, the electric field strength is enhanced, resulting in a higher number of current peaks per half cycle of applied rf potential. Increasing ɛ also enhances the electric field strength. However, after a certain ɛ, its influence saturates. The electric field strength will no longer increase, leaving the discharge behavior unchanged.

  18. Measuring Boltzmann's Constant with Carbon Dioxide

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    Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present two experiments to measure Boltzmann's constant--one of the fundamental constants of modern-day physics, which lies at the base of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The experiments use very basic theory, simple equipment and cheap and safe materials yet provide very precise results. They are very easy and…

  19. Measuring Boltzmann's Constant with Carbon Dioxide

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    Ivanov, Dragia; Nikolov, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present two experiments to measure Boltzmann's constant--one of the fundamental constants of modern-day physics, which lies at the base of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The experiments use very basic theory, simple equipment and cheap and safe materials yet provide very precise results. They are very easy and…

  20. Effect of NiO and Light Intensity on Dielectric Constant of SiO2-B2O3-Bi2O3-Na2CO3 Glass Based on Silica Gel of Natural Sands

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    Diantoro, M.; Muniroh, Z.; Zaini, B.; Mustikasari, A. A.; Nasikhudin; Hidayat, A.; Taufiq, A.; Sunaryono; Mufti, N.

    2017-05-01

    The use of silica in various fields is significantly increasing. One common application is silica based functional glass which has naturally show specific dielectric, optical, and magnetic properties. Many studies have been performing to explore the influence of dopant, composition, and other processing parameters as well as employing various characterization. In the previous work, we report the use of silica from silica sands. To reduce the melting temperature, we used silica sol-gel beside the utilization of some oxides such as B2O3, Na2CO3, and Bi3O3. We also used NiO as dopant explore the glass properties. We have prepared a series of sample with the composition of 50SiO2-25B2O3-(6.5-x) Bi3O3-18.5 Na2CO3-xNiO (x = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 wt%). After weighting process, the composition was blended, then heated to 450 °C for 120 minutes and then raised at 950 °C for 60 minutes in the crucible. Then samples of glass separated from the crucible and in the characterization of the structure using the DTA, XRD, SEM-EDAX and FTIR and measuring dielectric constant using a capacitance meter. The increase of NiO dopant resulted in increasing the dielectric constant of glass. On the other hand, the dielectric constant gradually decreases with the increase of light intensity. One can be noted that the applied intensity give rise to the step-like decrease of the dielectric constant. Whereas, the increasing magnetic field indicate the increase of dielectric constant.

  1. The Hubble constant and dark energy from cosmological distance measures

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    Ichikawa, Kazuhide; Takahashi, Tomo E-mail: tomot@cc.saga-u.ac.jp

    2008-04-15

    We study how the determination of the Hubble constant from cosmological distance measures is affected by models of dark energy and vice versa. For this purpose, constraints on the Hubble constant and dark energy are investigated using the cosmological observations of cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations and type Ia supernovae. When one investigates dark energy, the Hubble constant is often a nuisance parameter; thus it is usually marginalized over. On the other hand, when one focuses on the Hubble constant, simple dark energy models such as a cosmological constant and a constant equation of state are usually assumed. Since we do not know the nature of dark energy yet, it is interesting to investigate the Hubble constant assuming some types of dark energy and see to what extent the constraint on the Hubble constant is affected by the assumption concerning dark energy. We show that the constraint on the Hubble constant is not affected much by the assumption for dark energy. We furthermore show that this holds true even if we remove the assumption that the universe is flat. We also discuss how the prior on the Hubble constant affects the constraints on dark energy and/or the curvature of the universe.

  2. Characterizing dielectric tensors of anisotropic materials from a single measurement

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    Smith, Paula Kay

    Ellipsometry techniques look at changes in polarization states to measure optical properties of thin film materials. A beam reflected from a substrate measures the real and imaginary parts of the index of the material represented as n and k, respectively. Measuring the substrate at several angles gives additional information that can be used to measure multilayer thin film stacks. However, the outstanding problem in standard ellipsometry is that it uses a limited number of incident polarization states (s and p). This limits the technique to isotropic materials. The technique discussed in this paper extends the standard process to measure anisotropic materials by using a larger set of incident polarization states. By using a polarimeter to generate several incident polarization states and measure the polarization properties of the sample, ellipsometry can be performed on biaxial materials. Use of an optimization algorithm in conjunction with biaxial ellipsometry can more accurately determine the dielectric tensor of individual layers in multilayer structures. Biaxial ellipsometry is a technique that measures the dielectric tensors of a biaxial substrate, single-layer thin film, or multi-layer structure. The dielectric tensor of a biaxial material consists of the real and imaginary parts of the three orthogonal principal indices (n x + ikx, ny +iky and nz + i kz) as well as three Euler angles (alpha, beta and gamma) to describe its orientation. The method utilized in this work measures an angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix from a Mueller matrix imaging polarimeter equipped with a pair of microscope objectives that have low polarization properties. To accurately determine the dielectric tensors for multilayer samples, the angle-of-incidence Mueller matrix images are collected for multiple wavelengths. This is done in either a transmission mode or a reflection mode, each incorporates an appropriate dispersion model. Given approximate a priori knowledge of the dielectric

  3. Investigation of the feasibility of in-situ dielectric property measurements on neutron-irradiated ceramic insulators

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    Goulding, R.H.; Zinkle, S.J.

    1996-04-01

    Computer modeling and experimental benchtop tests have demonstrated that a capacitively loaded resonant coaxial cavity can produce accurate in-situ measurements of the loss tangent and dielectric constant of ceramic insulators at a frequency of {approx}80 MHZ during fission reactor irradiation. The start of the reactor irradiations has been postponed indefinitely due to budgetary constraints.

  4. Combining RAFT polymerization and thiol-ene click reaction for core-shell structured polymer@BaTiO3 nanodielectrics with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and high energy storage capability.

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    Yang, Ke; Huang, Xingyi; Zhu, Ming; Xie, Liyuan; Tanaka, Toshikatsu; Jiang, Pingkai

    2014-02-12

    Nanodielectric materials with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and high energy storage capability are highly desirable in modern electric and electronics industries. It has been proved that the preparation of core-shell structured dielectric polymer nanocomposites via "grafting from" method is an effective approach to these materials. However, by using this approach, the deep understanding of the structure-dielectric property relationship of the core-shell structured nanodielectrics has been limited because of the lack of detailed information (e.g., molecular weight, grafting density) about the macromolecules grafted onto the nanoparticle surfaces. In this work, by the combination of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and thiol-ene click reaction, two types of core-shell structured polymer@BaTiO3 (polymer@BT) nanocomposites with high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss were successfully prepared via a "grafting to" method. Compared with the "grafting from" method, this "grafting to" method has two merits: the molecular weight of the polymer chains in the shell layer can be easily controlled and the grafting density can be tailored by changing the molecular weight of the grafting polymer. Moreover, a clear insight into the relationship among the dielectric properties and energy storage capability of the core-shell structured polymer@BT nanocomposites, the molecular weight of the polymer chains, and the grafting density of the core-shell structured nanoparticles was achieved. The study provides new insights into the design and preparation of nanodielectric materials with desirable dielectric properties.

  5. a One Millikelvin Top-Loading Dilution Refrigerator and Demagnetization Cryostat, and, the Electric Field Dependence of the Dielectric Constant in Amorphous Materials at Ultra - Temperatures.

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    Tigner, Benjamin

    1994-01-01

    A novel top-loading cryostat has been constructed which allows experimental samples to be cooled from room temperature to under 100 mK in 6 hours without warming the cryostat's sample plate above 200 mK. The cryostat uses dilution refrigeration and adiabatic demagnetization to reach an ultimate base temperature of 1 mK, achievable after precooling the demagnetization stage for 42 hours. Unusual cryostat design features include a hydraulic thermal clamp mechanism, a multi-segment top-load rod, and beryllium -copper fingers used for contact precooling of the sample carrier. Non-linear behavior is observed in the AC dielectric response of amorphous SiO_2 and SiO_{rm x} (x ~ 2.2) at temperatures below 320 mK and frequencies between 100 Hz and 10 kHz. The present observations are immune to the suspected measurement imperfections which plagued qualitatively similar results reported by Frossati, Maynard, Rammal, and Thoulouze [1977 ]. Above a temperature-dependent field threshold, the dielectric constant is seen to increase approximately logarithmically with increasing AC electric field amplitude. Typical threshold fields at 100 mK and 1 kHz are 5 times 10^4 V/m for bulk SiO_2 and 5 times 10^3 V/m for SiO_{rm x}. Typical field dependencies above the threshold at these same temperatures and frequencies are.018%/field-decade in bulk SiO _2 and.35%/field-decade in SiO_ {rm x}. At high AC field amplitudes, the observed non-linearity weakens the usual power law frequency dependence of the temperature of the dielectric constant minimum, such that T_{rm min} ~ f ^alpha, where alpha varies from 1/3 for low fields to.16 for fields of 1.2 times 10^5 V/m in SiO_2, and.20 for fields of 1.5 times 10^5 V/m in SiO_{rm x} . The non-linear dielectric properties cannot be explained in terms of the calculations of Anthony and Anderson [1979]. A modified calculation is proposed, involving an ensemble of degenerate two-level systems, which predicts non-linear dielectric behavior whose

  6. Impact of reductive N2/H2 plasma on porous low-dielectric constant SiCOH thin films

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    Cui, Hao; Carter, Richard J.; Moore, Darren L.; Peng, Hua-Gen; Gidley, David W.; Burke, Peter A.

    2005-06-01

    Porous low-dielectric constant (low-κ) SiCOH thin films deposited using a plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition have been comprehensively characterized before and after exposure to a reactive-ion-etch-type plasma of N2 and H2 chemistry. The low-κ film studied in this work is a carbon-doped silicon oxide film with a dielectric constant (κ) of 2.5. Studies show that a top dense layer is formed as a result of significant surface film densification after exposure to N2/H2 plasma while the underlying bulk layer remains largely unchanged. The top dense layer is found to seal the porous bulk SiCOH film. SiCOH films experienced significant thickness reduction, κ increase, and leakage current degradation after plasma exposure, accompanied by density increase, pore collapse, carbon depletion, and moisture content increase in the top dense layer. Both film densification and removal processes during N2/H2 plasma treatment were found to play important roles in the thickness reduction and κ increase of this porous low-κ SiCOH film. A model based upon mutually limiting film densification and removal processes is proposed for the continuous thickness reduction during plasma exposure. A combination of surface film densification, thickness ratio increase of top dense layer to bulk layer, and moisture content increase results in the increase in κ value of this SiCOH film.

  7. Inter-Comparison of SMOS and Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity: Effects of the Dielectric Constant and Vicarious Calibration

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    Dinnat, Emmanuel P.; Boutin, Jacqueline; Yin, Xiaobin; Le Vine, David M.

    2014-01-01

    Two spaceborne instruments share the scientific objective of mapping the global Sea Surface Salinity (SSS). ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and NASA's Aquarius use L-band (1.4 GHz) radiometry to retrieve SSS. We find that SSS retrieved by SMOS is generally lower than SSS retrieved by Aquarius, except for very cold waters where SMOS SSS is higher overall. The spatial distribution of the differences in SSS is similar to the distribution of sea surface temperature. There are several differences in the retrieval algorithm that could explain the observed SSS differences. We assess the impact of the dielectric constant model and the ancillary sea surface salinity used by both missions for calibrating the radiometers and retrieving SSS. The differences in dielectric constant model produce differences in SSS of the order of 0.3 psu and exhibit a dependence on latitude and temperature. We use comparisons with the Argo in situ data to assess the performances of the model in various regions of the globe. Finally, the differences in the ancillary sea surface salinity products used to perform the vicarious calibration of both instruments are relatively small (0.1 psu), but not negligible considering the requirements for spaceborne remote sensing of SSS.

  8. Noncontact conductivity and dielectric measurement for high throughput roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing

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    Orloff, Nathan D.; Long, Christian J.; Obrzut, Jan; Maillaud, Laurent; Mirri, Francesca; Kole, Thomas P.; McMichael, Robert D.; Pasquali, Matteo; Stranick, Stephan J.; Alexander Liddle, J.

    2015-11-01

    Advances in roll-to-roll processing of graphene and carbon nanotubes have at last led to the continuous production of high-quality coatings and filaments, ushering in a wave of applications for flexible and wearable electronics, woven fabrics, and wires. These applications often require specific electrical properties, and hence precise control over material micro- and nanostructure. While such control can be achieved, in principle, by closed-loop processing methods, there are relatively few noncontact and nondestructive options for quantifying the electrical properties of materials on a moving web at the speed required in modern nanomanufacturing. Here, we demonstrate a noncontact microwave method for measuring the dielectric constant and conductivity (or geometry for samples of known dielectric properties) of materials in a millisecond. Such measurement times are compatible with current and future industrial needs, enabling real-time materials characterization and in-line control of processing variables without disrupting production.

  9. Noncontact conductivity and dielectric measurement for high throughput roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing.

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    Orloff, Nathan D; Long, Christian J; Obrzut, Jan; Maillaud, Laurent; Mirri, Francesca; Kole, Thomas P; McMichael, Robert D; Pasquali, Matteo; Stranick, Stephan J; Liddle, J Alexander

    2015-11-23

    Advances in roll-to-roll processing of graphene and carbon nanotubes have at last led to the continuous production of high-quality coatings and filaments, ushering in a wave of applications for flexible and wearable electronics, woven fabrics, and wires. These applications often require specific electrical properties, and hence precise control over material micro- and nanostructure. While such control can be achieved, in principle, by closed-loop processing methods, there are relatively few noncontact and nondestructive options for quantifying the electrical properties of materials on a moving web at the speed required in modern nanomanufacturing. Here, we demonstrate a noncontact microwave method for measuring the dielectric constant and conductivity (or geometry for samples of known dielectric properties) of materials in a millisecond. Such measurement times are compatible with current and future industrial needs, enabling real-time materials characterization and in-line control of processing variables without disrupting production.

  10. Noncontact conductivity and dielectric measurement for high throughput roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing

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    Orloff, Nathan D.; Long, Christian J.; Obrzut, Jan; Maillaud, Laurent; Mirri, Francesca; Kole, Thomas P.; McMichael, Robert D.; Pasquali, Matteo; Stranick, Stephan J.; Alexander Liddle, J.

    2015-01-01

    Advances in roll-to-roll processing of graphene and carbon nanotubes have at last led to the continuous production of high-quality coatings and filaments, ushering in a wave of applications for flexible and wearable electronics, woven fabrics, and wires. These applications often require specific electrical properties, and hence precise control over material micro- and nanostructure. While such control can be achieved, in principle, by closed-loop processing methods, there are relatively few noncontact and nondestructive options for quantifying the electrical properties of materials on a moving web at the speed required in modern nanomanufacturing. Here, we demonstrate a noncontact microwave method for measuring the dielectric constant and conductivity (or geometry for samples of known dielectric properties) of materials in a millisecond. Such measurement times are compatible with current and future industrial needs, enabling real-time materials characterization and in-line control of processing variables without disrupting production. PMID:26592441

  11. Temperature dependences of piezoelectric, elastic and dielectric constants of L-alanine crystal

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    Tylczyński, Z.; Sterczyńska, A.; Wiesner, M.

    2011-09-01

    Temperature changes in the components of piezoelectric, elastic and dielectric tensors were studied in L-alanine crystals in the range 100-300 K. A jumpwise increase in the c55 component of the elastic stiffness accompanied by maxima in damping of all face-shear modes observed at 199 K in L-alanine crystal were interpreted as a result of changes in the NH3+ vibrations occurring through electron-phonon coupling. All components of the piezoelectric tensor show small anomalies in this temperature range. The components of the electromechanical coupling coefficient determined indicate that L-alanine is a weak piezoelectric.

  12. Temperature dependences of piezoelectric, elastic and dielectric constants of L-alanine crystal.

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    Tylczyński, Z; Sterczyńska, A; Wiesner, M

    2011-09-07

    Temperature changes in the components of piezoelectric, elastic and dielectric tensors were studied in L-alanine crystals in the range 100-300 K. A jumpwise increase in the c(55) component of the elastic stiffness accompanied by maxima in damping of all face-shear modes observed at 199 K in L-alanine crystal were interpreted as a result of changes in the NH(3)(+) vibrations occurring through electron-phonon coupling. All components of the piezoelectric tensor show small anomalies in this temperature range. The components of the electromechanical coupling coefficient determined indicate that L-alanine is a weak piezoelectric.

  13. Precision Measurement of the Newtonian Gravitational Constant by Atom Interferometry

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    Rosi, G.; D'Amico, G.; Tino, G. M.; Cacciapuoti, L.; Prevedelli, M.; Sorrentino, F.

    We report on the latest determination of the Newtonian gravitational constant G using our atom interferometry gravity gradiometer. After a short introduction on the G measurement issue we will provide a description of the experimental method employed, followed by a discussion of the experimental results in terms of sensitivity and systematic effects. Finally, prospects for future cold atom-based experiments devoted to the measurement of this fundamental constant are reported.

  14. Force Field Benchmark of Organic Liquids: Density, Enthalpy of Vaporization, Heat Capacities, Surface Tension, Isothermal Compressibility, Volumetric Expansion Coefficient, and Dielectric Constant.

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    Caleman, Carl; van Maaren, Paul J; Hong, Minyan; Hub, Jochen S; Costa, Luciano T; van der Spoel, David

    2012-01-10

    The chemical composition of small organic molecules is often very similar to amino acid side chains or the bases in nucleic acids, and hence there is no a priori reason why a molecular mechanics force field could not describe both organic liquids and biomolecules with a single parameter set. Here, we devise a benchmark for force fields in order to test the ability of existing force fields to reproduce some key properties of organic liquids, namely, the density, enthalpy of vaporization, the surface tension, the heat capacity at constant volume and pressure, the isothermal compressibility, the volumetric expansion coefficient, and the static dielectric constant. Well over 1200 experimental measurements were used for comparison to the simulations of 146 organic liquids. Novel polynomial interpolations of the dielectric constant (32 molecules), heat capacity at constant pressure (three molecules), and the isothermal compressibility (53 molecules) as a function of the temperature have been made, based on experimental data, in order to be able to compare simulation results to them. To compute the heat capacities, we applied the two phase thermodynamics method (Lin et al. J. Chem. Phys.2003, 119, 11792), which allows one to compute thermodynamic properties on the basis of the density of states as derived from the velocity autocorrelation function. The method is implemented in a new utility within the GROMACS molecular simulation package, named g_dos, and a detailed exposé of the underlying equations is presented. The purpose of this work is to establish the state of the art of two popular force fields, OPLS/AA (all-atom optimized potential for liquid simulation) and GAFF (generalized Amber force field), to find common bottlenecks, i.e., particularly difficult molecules, and to serve as a reference point for future force field development. To make for a fair playing field, all molecules were evaluated with the same parameter settings, such as thermostats and barostats

  15. Force Field Benchmark of Organic Liquids: Density, Enthalpy of Vaporization, Heat Capacities, Surface Tension, Isothermal Compressibility, Volumetric Expansion Coefficient, and Dielectric Constant

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    2011-01-01

    The chemical composition of small organic molecules is often very similar to amino acid side chains or the bases in nucleic acids, and hence there is no a priori reason why a molecular mechanics force field could not describe both organic liquids and biomolecules with a single parameter set. Here, we devise a benchmark for force fields in order to test the ability of existing force fields to reproduce some key properties of organic liquids, namely, the density, enthalpy of vaporization, the surface tension, the heat capacity at constant volume and pressure, the isothermal compressibility, the volumetric expansion coefficient, and the static dielectric constant. Well over 1200 experimental measurements were used for comparison to the simulations of 146 organic liquids. Novel polynomial interpolations of the dielectric constant (32 molecules), heat capacity at constant pressure (three molecules), and the isothermal compressibility (53 molecules) as a function of the temperature have been made, based on experimental data, in order to be able to compare simulation results to them. To compute the heat capacities, we applied the two phase thermodynamics method (Lin et al. J. Chem. Phys.2003, 119, 11792), which allows one to compute thermodynamic properties on the basis of the density of states as derived from the velocity autocorrelation function. The method is implemented in a new utility within the GROMACS molecular simulation package, named g_dos, and a detailed exposé of the underlying equations is presented. The purpose of this work is to establish the state of the art of two popular force fields, OPLS/AA (all-atom optimized potential for liquid simulation) and GAFF (generalized Amber force field), to find common bottlenecks, i.e., particularly difficult molecules, and to serve as a reference point for future force field development. To make for a fair playing field, all molecules were evaluated with the same parameter settings, such as thermostats and barostats

  16. Direct measurement of the dielectric polarization properties of DNA

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    Cuervo, Ana; Dans, Pablo D.; Carrascosa, José L.; Orozco, Modesto; Gomila, Gabriel; Fumagalli, Laura

    2014-01-01

    The electric polarizability of DNA, represented by the dielectric constant, is a key intrinsic property that modulates DNA interaction with effector proteins. Surprisingly, it has so far remained unknown owing to the lack of experimental tools able to access it. Here, we experimentally resolved it by detecting the ultraweak polarization forces of DNA inside single T7 bacteriophages particles using electrostatic force microscopy. In contrast to the common assumption of low-polarizable behavior like proteins (εr ∼ 2–4), we found that the DNA dielectric constant is ∼8, considerably higher than the value of ∼3 found for capsid proteins. State-of-the-art molecular dynamic simulations confirm the experimental findings, which result in sensibly decreased DNA interaction free energy than normally predicted by Poisson–Boltzmann methods. Our findings reveal a property at the basis of DNA structure and functions that is needed for realistic theoretical descriptions, and illustrate the synergetic power of scanning probe microscopy and theoretical computation techniques. PMID:25136104

  17. Toward Automated Benchmarking of Atomistic Force Fields: Neat Liquid Densities and Static Dielectric Constants from the ThermoML Data Archive.

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    Beauchamp, Kyle A; Behr, Julie M; Rustenburg, Ariën S; Bayly, Christopher I; Kroenlein, Kenneth; Chodera, John D

    2015-10-08

    Atomistic molecular simulations are a powerful way to make quantitative predictions, but the accuracy of these predictions depends entirely on the quality of the force field employed. Although experimental measurements of fundamental physical properties offer a straightforward approach for evaluating force field quality, the bulk of this information has been tied up in formats that are not machine-readable. Compiling benchmark data sets of physical properties from non-machine-readable sources requires substantial human effort and is prone to the accumulation of human errors, hindering the development of reproducible benchmarks of force-field accuracy. Here, we examine the feasibility of benchmarking atomistic force fields against the NIST ThermoML data archive of physicochemical measurements, which aggregates thousands of experimental measurements in a portable, machine-readable, self-annotating IUPAC-standard format. As a proof of concept, we present a detailed benchmark of the generalized Amber small-molecule force field (GAFF) using the AM1-BCC charge model against experimental measurements (specifically, bulk liquid densities and static dielectric constants at ambient pressure) automatically extracted from the archive and discuss the extent of data available for use in larger scale (or continuously performed) benchmarks. The results of even this limited initial benchmark highlight a general problem with fixed-charge force fields in the representation low-dielectric environments, such as those seen in binding cavities or biological membranes.

  18. Dielectric permitivity measurement of cotton lint

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    A technique was developed for making broad band measurements of cotton lint electrical permitivity. The fundamental electrical permitivity value of cotton lint at various densities and moisture contents; is beneficial for the future development of cotton moisture sensors as it provides a...

  19. Apparatus and method to measure dielectric properties (epsilon(') and epsilon(")) of ionic liquids.

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    Göllei, Attila; Vass, András; Pallai, Elisabeth; Gerzson, Miklós; Ludányi, Lajos; Mink, János

    2009-04-01

    Conventional techniques for measurement of dielectric properties of ionic liquids or electrolyte solutions fail because the samples are largely short circuited by the high electrical conductance. The object of the author's research activity was to elaborate an apparatus (microwave dielectrometer) and method suitable to measure the dielectric constant (epsilon(')) and loss factor (epsilon(")) of well conducting ionic liquids and other solvents. This process is based on a revised waveguide method completed with an automatic calibration possibility. Contrary to conventional measuring methods this technique uses about 20 W/g power density. The measurements were carried out at 2.45 GHz frequency in the temperature range from 10 up to 100 degrees C. The obtained (epsilon(')) and (epsilon(")) values of different solvents were compared with several published (calculated and measured) data. Statistical analysis was used to determine the error of measurements and distilled water was chosen as a standard for study of data dispersion. To accomplish statistical analysis, namely, the dielectric characteristics have to be determined at the same temperature. The values of variances were less or equal 1 in case of epsilon(') and decrease with increasing temperature. In case of epsilon(") the variance data were much smaller.

  20. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials

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    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths. PMID:26861318

  1. Lattice constant measurement from electron backscatter diffraction patterns.

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    Saowadee, N; Agersted, K; Bowen, J R

    2017-02-20

    Kikuchi bands in election backscattered diffraction patterns (EBSP) contain information about lattice constants of crystallographic samples that can be extracted via the Bragg equation. An advantage of lattice constant measurement from EBSPs over diffraction (XRD) is the ability to perform local analysis. In this study, lattice constants of cubic STN and cubic YSZ in the pure materials and in co-sintered composites were measured from their EBSPs acquired at 10 kV using a silicon single crystal as a calibration reference. The EBSP distortion was corrected by spherical back projection and Kikuchi band analysis was made using in-house software. The error of the lattice constant measurement was determined to be in the range of 0.09-1.12% compared to values determined by XRD and from literature. The confidence level of the method is indicated by the standard deviation of the measurement, which is approximately 0.04 Å. Studying Kikuchi band size dependence of the measurement precision shows that the measurement error decays with increasing band size (i.e. decreasing lattice constant). However, in practice, the sharpness of wide bands tends to be low due to their low intensity, thus limiting the measurement precision. Possible methods to improve measurement precision are suggested.

  2. Measurement of valence band structure in arbitrary dielectric films

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    Uhm, Han S.; Choi, Eun H.

    2012-10-15

    A new way of measuring the band structure of various dielectric materials using the secondary electron emission from Auger neutralization of ions is introduced. The first example of this measurement scheme is the magnesium oxide (MgO) films with respect to the application of the films in the display industries. The density of state in the valence bands of MgO film and MgO film with a functional layer (FL) deposited over a dielectric surface reveals that the density peak of film with a FL is considerably less than that of film, thereby indicating a better performance of MgO film with functional layer in display devices. The second example of the measurement is the boron-zinc oxide (BZO) films with respect to the application of the films to the development of solar cells. The measurement of density of state in BZO film suggests that a high concentration of boron impurity in BZO films may enhance the transition of electrons and holes through the band gap from the valence to the conduction band in zinc oxide crystals; thereby improving the conductivity of the film. Secondary electron emission by the Auger neutralization of ions is highly instrumental for the determination of the density of states in the valence band of dielectric materials.

  3. A Free-Space Measurement Technique of Terahertz Dielectric Properties

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    Zhang, Xiansheng; Chang, Tianying; Cui, Hong-Liang; Sun, Zhonglin; Yang, Chuanfa; Yang, Xiuwei; Liu, Lingyu; Fan, Wei

    2016-11-01

    The free-space method for material dielectric characterization in the microwave band is extended to terahertz frequencies. By analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the relative permittivity of the transmission/reflection method for non-magnetic materials, a fast calculation method using a transmission-only method is proposed. Based on the convergence analysis of the algorithm, a method to estimate the initial value is also proposed. Finally, through measurements of the permittivity of high-density polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polymethyl methacrylate in the 325-500 GHz band, we verify the rationality of the algorithm and demonstrate its applicability. Through the combination of the two methods, the terahertz dielectric properties of a majority of flat non-conducting solid materials and non-polar liquid materials can be measured.

  4. A Free-Space Measurement Technique of Terahertz Dielectric Properties

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    Zhang, Xiansheng; Chang, Tianying; Cui, Hong-Liang; Sun, Zhonglin; Yang, Chuanfa; Yang, Xiuwei; Liu, Lingyu; Fan, Wei

    2017-03-01

    The free-space method for material dielectric characterization in the microwave band is extended to terahertz frequencies. By analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the relative permittivity of the transmission/reflection method for non-magnetic materials, a fast calculation method using a transmission-only method is proposed. Based on the convergence analysis of the algorithm, a method to estimate the initial value is also proposed. Finally, through measurements of the permittivity of high-density polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polymethyl methacrylate in the 325-500 GHz band, we verify the rationality of the algorithm and demonstrate its applicability. Through the combination of the two methods, the terahertz dielectric properties of a majority of flat non-conducting solid materials and non-polar liquid materials can be measured.

  5. The principles of dielectric measurements for in situ monitoring of composite processing

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    Mijovic, Jovan; Kenny, Jose M.; Maffezzoli, Alfonso; Trivisano, Antonio; Bellucci, Francesco; Nicolais, Luigi

    The fundamental concepts of dielectric behavior of polymers and the utilization of dielectric measurements for in situ monitoring of cure of polymers and composites are discussed. Information is presented on currently used dielectric sensors and the procedure for calculation of dielectric parameters from the monitored signal. The review is written to accommodate both the fundamental and the pragmatic aspects of dielectric monitoring of cure. In the final part of the review, a critical assessment is offered of the advantages and disadvantages of dielectric measurements for the in situ monitoring of processing of polymers and composites.

  6. Ab initio study of high dielectric constant oxide-perovskites: perspective for miniaturization technology

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    Erum, Nazia; Azhar Iqbal, Muhammad

    2017-02-01

    A new potential approximation known as modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) based on density functional theory method is applied to compute electronic and optical properties of BaPaO3 and BaUO3 compounds. Type of chemical bonding is analyzed with the help of variations in electron density difference distribution that is induced due to changes of second cation. Results reveal (Γ–Γ) direct bandgap semi-conductive nature. The band gap dependent optical properties such as complex dielectric function ε(ω), optical conductivity σ(ω), refractive index n(ω), reflectivity R(ω), and effective number of electrons (n eff) via sum rules are reported for the first time. Prominent variation of optical responses suggests that BaPaO3 and BaUO3 are applicant materials for micro as well as nano-electronic devices.

  7. Coupled simulation of soil energy and water content to compare dielectric behaviour with TDR measurements in frozen soil

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    Muerth, Markus; Schlenz, Florian; Loew, Alexander; Mauser, Wolfram

    2010-05-01

    In the field of soil moisture monitoring both, on-site time domain reflectometry (TDR) methods and microwave remote sensing, measure the actual soil water content via the dielectric behavior of the soil-water-air mixture. Basically, the dielectric behavior is not only influenced by soil water content, but also by temperature, soil ice content, soil texture and porosity. However, many TDR and microwave techniques relate soil water content directly to soil dielectric behavior, because they lack the ability to determine the other relevant soil properties directly. The advantage of the combination of modeling and monitoring techniques for soil moisture monitoring is the ability to understand and compare spatial and temporal patterns, especially if other land surface properties influence the retrieved soil moisture signal. In this case, the hydrological land surface model PROMET (Processes of Mass, Energy and Radiation Transfer) is combined with TDR probe measurements taken at multiple sites and multiple depths during the winter 2008/2009 in south-eastern Germany. The harsh conditions, especially during January and February 2009 led to low measured liquid water contents in the upper 20 cm of the investigated soils, although the total water content remained nearly constant over time. Additionally, soil temperature and meteorological drivers were measured at nearby agrometeorological stations. Because PROMET has shown to simulate moisture content of non-frozen soils well, compared to TDR probe and remote sensing data, we investigate its ability to simulate frozen soil water content, when enhanced with an energy balance driven soil temperature module. Furthermore, a semi-empirical dielectric mixing model is implemented to directly compare the simulated soil dielectric behavior with the available TDR probe time series. It is shown that the explicit computation of the soil surface energy balance coupled with a physically based soil temperature model is able to simulate the

  8. Metal-Organic Coordination Complexes Serve the Electronic Industry as Low-Value Dielectric Constant Ferroelectric Material

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    Ahmad, Nazir; Kotru, P. N.

    2017-10-01

    Single crystals of praseodymium tartrate dihydrate possessing excellent ferroelectric, non-linear optical (NLO) properties and exhibiting remarkably flat habit faces are successfully grown by gel technique. The most predominant habit face is identified to be {101}. The dielectric behaviour recorded on {101} planes of single crystals exhibit a dielectric anomaly at 245°C, revealing a ferroelectric transition which is supported by thermal and polarisation versus electric field studies. The optical measurement leads to a band gap of 5.13 eV which is shown to be in good agreement with the studies of high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD), transport properties and NLO behaviour of the material. Absence of grain boundaries, thermal stability, ferroelectric and NLO behaviour supports the grown single crystal to find its place in microelectronic industry as a multifunctional material.

  9. Direct measurement of equilibrium constants for high-affinity hemoglobins.

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    Kundu, Suman; Premer, Scott A; Hoy, Julie A; Trent, James T; Hargrove, Mark S

    2003-06-01

    The biological functions of heme proteins are linked to their rate and affinity constants for ligand binding. Kinetic experiments are commonly used to measure equilibrium constants for traditional hemoglobins comprised of pentacoordinate ligand binding sites and simple bimolecular reaction schemes. However, kinetic methods do not always yield reliable equilibrium constants with more complex hemoglobins for which reaction mechanisms are not clearly understood. Furthermore, even where reaction mechanisms are clearly understood, it is very difficult to directly measure equilibrium constants for oxygen and carbon monoxide binding to high-affinity (K(D) < 1 micro M) hemoglobins. This work presents a method for direct measurement of equilibrium constants for high-affinity hemoglobins that utilizes a competition for ligands between the "target" protein and an array of "scavenger" hemoglobins with known affinities. This method is described for oxygen and carbon monoxide binding to two hexacoordinate hemoglobins: rice nonsymbiotic hemoglobin and Synechocystis hemoglobin. Our results demonstrate that although these proteins have different mechanisms for ligand binding, their affinities for oxygen and carbon monoxide are similar. Their large affinity constants for oxygen, 285 and approximately 100 micro M(-1) respectively, indicate that they are not capable of facilitating oxygen transport.

  10. Water in the deep Earth: The dielectric constant and the solubilities of quartz and corundum to 60 kb and 1200 °C

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    Sverjensky, Dimitri A.; Harrison, Brandon; Azzolini, David

    2014-03-01

    Comprehensive quantitative theoretical evaluation of water-rock interactions in the Earth has long been restricted to a pressure of 5.0 kb - too low to address processes involving deep aqueous fluids. Yet such fluids are thought to play an important role in the long-term geologic cycling of many chemical elements. A reason for this restriction is the lack of information on the dielectric constant of water (εO) needed for the revised Helgeson-Kirkham-Flowers (HKF) equations of state for aqueous species. Equation of state coefficients are available for hundreds of aqueous species in SUPCRT92, but calculations using these species can only be made to 5.0 kb (Shock et al., 1992). In the present study, the applicability of the revised HKF equations of state for aqueous species was extended to 60 kb by developing estimates of (εO). We used a statistical mechanically-based equation for the dielectric constant of a hard-sphere fluid applicable to water (Franck et al., 1990). The equation was calibrated with experimental data, and data from a comprehensive analysis of the literature (Fernández et al., 1997), and then used to calculate (εO) to a density of 1.1 g cm-3. The values of ln(εO) were found to be linear with ln(ρO) which enabled empirical extrapolation of (εO) to 60 kb. Values of ρO were computed with a recent comprehensive evaluation consistent with experimental data and a molecular dynamics model for water (Zhang and Duan, 2005). The resulting dielectric constants were tested at 727 °C and 58 kb by comparison with the results of ab initio molecular dynamics calculations (Pan et al., 2013). Additional testing was carried out by computing standard Gibbs free energies of aqueous species using the new values of (εO) and ρO in the revised HKF equations to predict equilibrium constants which in turn enabled calculation of the solubilities of quartz and corundum for comparison with experimental measurements to 20 kb and 1100 °C. Our results strongly suggest

  11. Measurement of Local Peltier Constant at a Microcontact

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    Koyano, Mikio; Akashi, Naoya

    2009-07-01

    Our novel apparatus measures the local Peltier constant at a thermoelectric material microregion. A narrow metal needle probe contacts a sample mounted into a small adiabatic vacuum chamber with a pressure of about 10-4 Pa. A␣stepping-motor-type nano-actuator controls the probe’s contact pressure. We measured DC and AC I- V characteristics at the microcontact to determine thermoelectric properties. We measured I- V characteristics between the probe and a commercial (Bi,Sb)2Te3 surface. Measured values of local Peltier constants are of the same order as the bulk Peltier constant π: ca. 55 mV. They increase with increased contact resistance, suggesting that contact size affects thermoelectricity.

  12. Effect of UV curing time on physical and electrical properties and reliability of low dielectric constant materials

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    Kao, Kai-Chieh; Cheng, Yi-Lung; Chang, Wei-Yuan; Chang, Yu-Min; Leu, Jihperng

    2014-11-01

    This study comprehensively investigates the effect of ultraviolet (UV) curing time on the physical, electrical, and reliability characteristics of porous low-k materials. Following UV irradiation for various periods, the depth profiles of the chemical composition in the low-k dielectrics were homogeneous. Initially, the UV curing process preferentially removed porogen-related CH{sub x} groups and then modified Si-CH{sub 3} and cage Si-O bonds to form network Si-O bonds. The lowest dielectric constant (k value) was thus obtained at a UV curing time of 300 s. Additionally, UV irradiation made porogen-based low-k materials hydrophobic and to an extent that increased with UV curing time. With a short curing time (<300 s), porogen was not completely removed and the residues degraded reliability performance. A long curing time (>300 s) was associated with improved mechanical strength, electrical performance, and reliability of the low-k materials, but none of these increased linearly with UV curing time. Therefore, UV curing is necessary, but the process time must be optimized for porous low-k materials on back-end of line integration in 45 nm or below technology nodes.

  13. Constant-Current Source For Measuring Low Resistances

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    Toomath, Robert L.

    1996-01-01

    Constant-current source constructed for measuring electrical resistances up to few ohms in power-supply equipment. By setting current at 1 A and measuring resulting voltage drop across item under test, one obtains voltage reading numerically equal to resistance in ohms.

  14. Free-Space Time-Domain Method for Measuring Thin Film Dielectric Properties

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    Li, Ming; Zhang, Xi-Cheng; Cho, Gyu Cheon

    2000-05-02

    A non-contact method for determining the index of refraction or dielectric constant of a thin film on a substrate at a desired frequency in the GHz to THz range having a corresponding wavelength larger than the thickness of the thin film (which may be only a few microns). The method comprises impinging the desired-frequency beam in free space upon the thin film on the substrate and measuring the measured phase change and the measured field reflectance from the reflected beam for a plurality of incident angles over a range of angles that includes the Brewster's angle for the thin film. The index of refraction for the thin film is determined by applying Fresnel equations to iteratively calculate a calculated phase change and a calculated field reflectance at each of the plurality of incident angles, and selecting the index of refraction that provides the best mathematical curve fit with both the dataset of measured phase changes and the dataset of measured field reflectances for each incident angle. The dielectric constant for the thin film can be calculated as the index of refraction squared.

  15. Vapor-phase molar Kerr constant values from solution measurements

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    Prezhdo, Victor; Olan, Karol; Prezhdo, Oleg; Zubkova, Valentina

    2015-01-01

    A method is proposed for determination of molar Kerr constants (mK) by extrapolation of the values measured in a series of selected solvents. The mK values of 19 organic compounds were calculated. Most of the compounds cannot be studied in the vapor phase. The discrete-continuum solvation model was applied to investigate the influence of solvent nature on solubility of the compounds under investigation. It is shown that universal interactions between the solvent and solute molecules, including the dispersive, inductive, and dipole-dipole interactions, dominate the solvation process. The optimum model of internal field was chosen to determine the Kerr constant. The values of mKgas measured experimentally coincide with the values of mK_φα = 0 ‧ that were obtained by extrapolation of mK‧. Hence, this method can be applied to calculate the values of molar Kerr constants on the basis of measurements in solutions.

  16. An assessment of comparaqtive methods for approaching electrode polarization in dielectric permittivity measurements

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    Ben Ishai, Paul; Sobol, Z; Nickels, Jonathan D; Agapov, Alexander L; Sokolov, Alexei P

    2012-01-01

    We examine the validity of three common methods for analysis and correction of the electrode polarization (EP) effect in dielectric spectroscopy measurements of conductive liquid samples. The methods considered are (i) algorithmic treatment by modeling the EP behavior at constant phase angle, (ii) varying the size of the electrode gap, and (iii) polypyrrole (PPyPss) layered electrodes. The latter is a relatively recent innovation suggested to be an efficient solution. We demonstrate that PPyPss coated electrodes do not diminish the effect of EP, and even add relaxation processes of its own. Our conclusion is that these polymer coated electrodes are not suitable for the correction of electrode polarization.

  17. Constant-Frequency Pulsed Phase-Locked-Loop Measuring Device

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Kushnick, Peter W.

    1992-01-01

    Constant-frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop measuring device is sensitive to small changes in phase velocity and easily automated. Based on use of fixed-frequency oscillator in measuring small changes in ultrasonic phase velocity when sample exposed to such changes in environment as changes in pressure and temperature. Automatically balances electrical phase shifts against acoustical phase shifts to obtain accurate measurements of acoustical phase shifts.

  18. Modelling laser interferometers for the measurement of the Avogadro constant

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    Andreas, Birk; Mana, Giovanni; Massa, Enrico; Palmisano, Carlo

    2013-05-01

    In dimensional measurements by laser interferometry, when the accuracy approaches 10-9 λ, wavefront aberra­ tions cause systematic variations of the fringe period. This paper illustrates how these effects are modeled and experimentally studied in the measurements of the lattice parameter and the topographical survey of 1 kg Si spheres, which measurements are necessary to "count" atoms and to make it possible to realize the kilogram from the Planck constant value.

  19. Constant-Frequency Pulsed Phase-Locked-Loop Measuring Device

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Kushnick, Peter W.

    1992-01-01

    Constant-frequency pulsed phase-locked-loop measuring device is sensitive to small changes in phase velocity and easily automated. Based on use of fixed-frequency oscillator in measuring small changes in ultrasonic phase velocity when sample exposed to such changes in environment as changes in pressure and temperature. Automatically balances electrical phase shifts against acoustical phase shifts to obtain accurate measurements of acoustical phase shifts.

  20. Hydrogen bond network in the hydration layer of the water confined in nanotubes increasing the dielectric constant parallel along the nanotube axis.

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    Qi, Wenpeng; Zhao, Hongwei

    2015-09-21

    The water confined in nanotubes has been extensively studied, because of the potential usages in drug delivery and desalination. The radial distribution of the dielectric constant parallel along the nanotube axis was obtained by molecular dynamics simulations in a carbon nanotube and a nanotube with a very small van der Waals potential. The confined water was divided into two parts, the middle part water and the hydration water. In both cases, the hydrogen bond orientation of the middle water is isotropic, while the hydrogen bonds in hydration layers are apt to parallel along the nanotube axis. Therefore, the hydration water has higher dipole correlations increasing the dielectric constant along the nanotube axis.

  1. Hydrogen bond network in the hydration layer of the water confined in nanotubes increasing the dielectric constant parallel along the nanotube axis

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    Qi, Wenpeng; Zhao, Hongwei

    2015-09-01

    The water confined in nanotubes has been extensively studied, because of the potential usages in drug delivery and desalination. The radial distribution of the dielectric constant parallel along the nanotube axis was obtained by molecular dynamics simulations in a carbon nanotube and a nanotube with a very small van der Waals potential. The confined water was divided into two parts, the middle part water and the hydration water. In both cases, the hydrogen bond orientation of the middle water is isotropic, while the hydrogen bonds in hydration layers are apt to parallel along the nanotube axis. Therefore, the hydration water has higher dipole correlations increasing the dielectric constant along the nanotube axis.

  2. Tissue dielectric measurement using an interstitial dipole antenna.

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    Wang, Peng; Brace, Christopher L

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a technique to measure the dielectric properties of biological tissues with an interstitial dipole antenna based upon previous efforts for open-ended coaxial probes. The primary motivation for this technique is to facilitate treatment monitoring during microwave tumor ablation by utilizing the heating antenna without additional intervention or interruption of the treatment. The complex permittivity of a tissue volume surrounding the antenna was calculated from reflection coefficients measured after high-temperature microwave heating by using a rational function model of the antenna's input admittance. Three referencing liquids were needed for measurement calibration. The dielectric measurement technique was validated ex vivo in normal and ablated bovine livers. Relative permittivity and effective conductivity were lower in the ablation zone when compared to normal tissue, consistent with previous results. The dipole technique demonstrated a mean 10% difference of permittivity values when compared to open-ended coaxial cable measurements in the frequency range of 0.5-20 GHz. Variability in measured permittivities could be smoothed by fitting to a Cole-Cole dispersion model. Further development of this technique may facilitate real-time monitoring of microwave ablation treatments through the treatment applicator.

  3. Tissue Dielectric Measurement Using an Interstitial Dipole Antenna

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    Wang, Peng; Brace, Christopher L.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a technique to measure the dielectric properties of biological tissues with an interstitial dipole antenna based upon previous efforts for open-ended coaxial probes. The primary motivation for this technique is to facilitate treatment monitoring during microwave tumor ablation by utilizing the heating antenna without additional intervention or interruption of the treatment. The complex permittivity of a tissue volume surrounding the antenna was calculated from reflection coefficients measured after high-temperature microwave heating by using a rational function model of the antenna’s input admittance. Three referencing liquids were needed for measurement calibration. The dielectric measurement technique was validated ex vivo in normal and ablated bovine livers. Relative permittivity and effective conductivity were lower in the ablation zone when compared to normal tissue, consistent with previous results. The dipole technique demonstrated a mean 10% difference of permittivity values when compared to open-ended coaxial cable measurements in the frequency range of 0.5–20 GHz. Variability in measured permittivities could be smoothed by fitting to a Cole–Cole dispersion model. Further development of this technique may facilitate real-time monitoring of microwave ablation treatments through the treatment applicator. PMID:21914566

  4. Direct and converse measurements of electrostriction in low permittivity dielectrics

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    Yimnirun, Rattikorn

    Electrostriction is the basic electromechanical coupling mechanism in all insulators. For most low permittivity dielectrics, the electrostrictive effects are extremely small, and are often obscured by other phenomena, making them difficult to measure. This study presents electrostriction measurements on low permittivity single crystals, ceramics, glasses, glass- ceramics, and polymers by two independent techniques. A single-beam interferometer with the capability of resolving 10-4 Å in the field- induced displacement was used for the direct coefficient measurements. For the converse technique, a dynamic compressometer was constructed to measure stress-induced changes in capacitance as small as 10-17 F. Problems associated with the measurements, along with procedures designed to eliminate or minimize these problems were discussed. To obtain the true electrostrictive coefficients, Maxwell stress and thermal stress corrections are required for the direct method, while a stress-induced geometric correction must be accounted for in the converse measurement. These corrections are found to be very significant in low permittivity dielectrics. Nevertheless, the results from the two methods are, with a few exceptions, in fairly good agreement. This study presents for the first time the electrostrictive coefficients of several important electronic packaging materials including Al2O 3, BeO, MgO, silica glass, and other engineering glass-ceramics and polymers. Most of the low permittivity dielectrics studied have electrostrictive M coefficients between 10-23 to 10-21 m2/V2, far smaller than the M coefficients of 10-16 m2/V2 in relaxor ferroelectrics and 10-18 m2/V2 in very compliant polymers such as polyurethane. All the materials studied exhibit positive longitudinal coefficients, while the transverse coefficients can be either positive or negative. In units of 10-21 m2/V2, the M11 coefficients of common engineering polymers ranged from +0.4 in polystyrene to +12.7 in

  5. Localized tissue water changes accompanying one manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) therapy session assessed by changes in tissue dielectric constant inpatients with lower extremity lymphedema.

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    Mayrovitz, H N; Davey, S; Shapiro, E

    2008-06-01

    Previous reports described the utility of assessing local tissue water via tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements. Our goal was to determine the suitability of this method to evaluate lymphedema changes. For this purpose, we measured changes in TDC produced by one MLD treatment in 27 legs of 18 patients with lower extremity lymphedema. TDC values were measured to a depth of 2.5 mm at the greatest leg swelling site before and after one MLD treatment. Girth at the target site was measured with a calibrated tape measure. TDC values, which range from 1 for zero water to 78.5 for all water within the sampled volume, were measured four times and the average used to estimate local changes. Results showed that in every case the posttreatment TDC was reduced from its pretreatment value with percentage reductions (mean SD) of -9.8 +/- 5.64% (p < 0.0001). Girth changes were smaller being -1.5 +/- 1.93% (p < 0.01). We conclude that since TDC measurements reflect changes to a depth of about 2.5 mm whereas girth measurements reflect conditions of the entire cross-section, TDC assessment may be more sensitive to localized lymphedema changes. This finding suggests that TDC measurements are useful as complementary and perhaps as independent assessment methods of edema/lymphedema and treatment-related changes.

  6. Measuring the Gas Constant "R": Propagation of Uncertainty and Statistics

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    Olsen, Robert J.; Sattar, Simeen

    2013-01-01

    Determining the gas constant "R" by measuring the properties of hydrogen gas collected in a gas buret is well suited for comparing two approaches to uncertainty analysis using a single data set. The brevity of the experiment permits multiple determinations, allowing for statistical evaluation of the standard uncertainty u[subscript…

  7. Measuring the Gas Constant "R": Propagation of Uncertainty and Statistics

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    Olsen, Robert J.; Sattar, Simeen

    2013-01-01

    Determining the gas constant "R" by measuring the properties of hydrogen gas collected in a gas buret is well suited for comparing two approaches to uncertainty analysis using a single data set. The brevity of the experiment permits multiple determinations, allowing for statistical evaluation of the standard uncertainty u[subscript…

  8. Giant dielectric constant in TiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanolaminates grown on doped silicon substrate by pulsed laser deposition

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    Walke, P.; Bouregba, R.; Mercey, B.; Lüders, U.; Lefevre, A.; Parat, G.; Lallemand, F.; Voiron, F.

    2014-03-07

    High quality amorphous nanolaminates by means of alternate Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} oxide sublayers were grown with atomic scale thickness control by pulsed laser deposition. A giant dielectric constant (>10 000), strongly enhanced compared to the value of either Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} or TiO{sub 2} or their solid solution, was observed. The dependence of the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss on the individual layer thickness of each of the constituting materials was investigated between 0.3 nm and 1 nm, in order to understand the prevailing mechanisms and allow for an optimization of the performances. An impedance study confirmed as the key source of the giant dielectric constant a Maxwell–Wagner type dielectric relaxation, caused by space charge polarization in the nanolaminate structure. The current work provides better insight of nanolaminates and their sublayer thickness engineering for potential applications.

  9. Dielectric tensor measurement from a single Mueller matrix image

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    Beaudry, Neil A.; Zhao, Yanming; Chipman, Russell

    2007-03-01

    A technique for measuring dielectric tensors in anisotropic layered structures, such as thin films of biaxial materials, is demonstrated. The ellipsometric data are collected in a quasi-monochromatic Mueller matrix image acquired over a large range of incident and azimuthal angles by illuminating a very small area on the sample with a focused beam from a modulating polarization state generator. After the beam interacts with the sample, the reflected and/or transmitted light is collected using an imaging polarization state analyzer. An image of the exit pupil of a collection objective lens is formed across a CCD such that each pixel collects light from a different angle incident on the sample, thus acquiring ellipsometric data at numerous incident angles simultaneously. The large range of angles and orientations is necessary to accurately determine dielectric tensors. The small but significant polarization aberrations of the low-polarization objective lenses used to create and collect the focused beams provide a significant challenge to accurate measurement. Measurements are presented of a thin-film E-type polarizer and a stretched plastic biaxial film.

  10. History and progress on accurate measurements of the Planck constant

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    Steiner, Richard

    2013-01-01

    The measurement of the Planck constant, h, is entering a new phase. The CODATA 2010 recommended value is 6.626 069 57 × 10-34 J s, but it has been a long road, and the trip is not over yet. Since its discovery as a fundamental physical constant to explain various effects in quantum theory, h has become especially important in defining standards for electrical measurements and soon, for mass determination. Measuring h in the International System of Units (SI) started as experimental attempts merely to prove its existence. Many decades passed while newer experiments measured physical effects that were the influence of h combined with other physical constants: elementary charge, e, and the Avogadro constant, NA. As experimental techniques improved, the precision of the value of h expanded. When the Josephson and quantum Hall theories led to new electronic devices, and a hundred year old experiment, the absolute ampere, was altered into a watt balance, h not only became vital in definitions for the volt and ohm units, but suddenly it could be measured directly and even more accurately. Finally, as measurement uncertainties now approach a few parts in 108 from the watt balance experiments and Avogadro determinations, its importance has been linked to a proposed redefinition of a kilogram unit of mass. The path to higher accuracy in measuring the value of h was not always an example of continuous progress. Since new measurements periodically led to changes in its accepted value and the corresponding SI units, it is helpful to see why there were bumps in the road and where the different branch lines of research joined in the effort. Recalling the bumps along this road will hopefully avoid their repetition in the upcoming SI redefinition debates. This paper begins with a brief history of the methods to measure a combination of fundamental constants, thus indirectly obtaining the Planck constant. The historical path is followed in the section describing how the improved

  11. History and progress on accurate measurements of the Planck constant.

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    Steiner, Richard

    2013-01-01

    The measurement of the Planck constant, h, is entering a new phase. The CODATA 2010 recommended value is 6.626 069 57 × 10(-34) J s, but it has been a long road, and the trip is not over yet. Since its discovery as a fundamental physical constant to explain various effects in quantum theory, h has become especially important in defining standards for electrical measurements and soon, for mass determination. Measuring h in the International System of Units (SI) started as experimental attempts merely to prove its existence. Many decades passed while newer experiments measured physical effects that were the influence of h combined with other physical constants: elementary charge, e, and the Avogadro constant, N(A). As experimental techniques improved, the precision of the value of h expanded. When the Josephson and quantum Hall theories led to new electronic devices, and a hundred year old experiment, the absolute ampere, was altered into a watt balance, h not only became vital in definitions for the volt and ohm units, but suddenly it could be measured directly and even more accurately. Finally, as measurement uncertainties now approach a few parts in 10(8) from the watt balance experiments and Avogadro determinations, its importance has been linked to a proposed redefinition of a kilogram unit of mass. The path to higher accuracy in measuring the value of h was not always an example of continuous progress. Since new measurements periodically led to changes in its accepted value and the corresponding SI units, it is helpful to see why there were bumps in the road and where the different branch lines of research joined in the effort. Recalling the bumps along this road will hopefully avoid their repetition in the upcoming SI redefinition debates. This paper begins with a brief history of the methods to measure a combination of fundamental constants, thus indirectly obtaining the Planck constant. The historical path is followed in the section describing how the

  12. Evolving Planck Constant Measurements into the SI Kilogram Standard

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    Steiner, Richard

    2012-02-01

    This is a very brief 100 year history of measuring 2e/h (pre-and post-Josephson), with a little on e^2/h (quantum Hall Effect, QHE), and then on to a direct measure of Planck constant h, where the watt balance technique combines four basic standards, i.e., physical constants of time, length, voltage, and resistance into a mass redefinition. There are parallels between old and new controversies. In the 1970's and 80's the controversy was in the changeover from standard cells to the Josephson effect as voltage reference. A slightly similar and briefer one concerned the ohm and QHE. Today's discussion is about changing definitions from an artifact mass standard to the Planck constant (or Avogadro constant) using the different methods as realization. The mass redefinition concerns are two orders of magnitude down from those of voltage, and the discrepancies between h are probably more systemic rather than artifact related (or not) as compared to the Josephson effect testing. This shows how far electronic metrology has progressed but also that is it not completed research. The conclusion summarizes the latest efforts on the watt balances.

  13. Binary metal and semiconductor quantum dot metamaterials with negative optical dielectric constant and compensated loss for small volume waveguides, modulators and switches

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    Ponizovskaya, Ekaterina; Thylen, Lars; Bratkovsky, Alexander; Fu, Ying

    2009-06-01

    We study numerically and analytically a binary mixture of quantum dots exhibiting gain and loss. For a mixture of gain quantum dots and silver nanoparticles, we find conditions when the composite shows negative dielectric constant operation and lossless operation. The composites of this kind may be used for dense integration of photonic components as well as modulation and switching in optical interconnect systems

  14. Measurement of Cantilever's Spring Constant with Cms Electrostatic Force Standard

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    Chen, Sheng-Jui; Pan, Sheau-Shi; Yeh, Yu-Shan; Lin, Yi-Ching

    The mechanical property is one of the important parameters for evaluating micro/nano-scale materials. The measurement of micro/nano-mechanical property usually involves measurements of small displacement and force. To provide a traceable force standard in micro/nano-newton level, we have developed a force measurement system based on electrostatic sensing and actuation techniques. The system mainly consists of a monolithic flexure stage, a three-electrode capacitor and a digital controller. The three-electrode capacitor is utilized as a position sensor, and at the same time an electrostatic force actuator. The force under measurement is balanced by a compensation electrostatic force which is traceable to electrical and length standards. A commercial cantilever-type micro-force probe was used in this calibration experiment. The force probe was brought to contact with and press into the load button (a ruby sphere) of the force measurement system by a closed-loop controlled z-scanner. The spring constant was obtained from the average slope determined from measured force-displacement curves and was found to be (2.26 ± 0.01) N/m where the given uncertainty is one standard deviation. We have successfully demonstrated the calibration of the microforce probe using our self-developed electrostatic sensing and actuating force measurement system. The measured spring constant is consistent with the manufacturer's specification, and the relative standard deviation is less than 0.5%. Note from Publisher: This article contains the abstract only.

  15. A nuclear data approach for the Hubble constant measurements

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    Pritychenko, Boris

    2017-09-01

    An extraordinary number of Hubble constant measurements challenges physicists with selection of the best numerical value. The standard U.S. Nuclear Data Program (USNDP) codes and procedures have been applied to resolve this issue. The nuclear data approach has produced the most probable or recommended Hubble constant value of 67.2(69) (km/sec)/Mpc. This recommended value is based on the last 20 years of experimental research and includes contributions from different types of measurements. The present result implies (14.55 ± 1.51) × 109 years as a rough estimate for the age of the Universe. The complete list of recommended results is given and possible implications are discussed.

  16. A nuclear data approach for the Hubble constant measurements

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    Pritychenko, B.

    2015-06-09

    An extraordinary number of Hubble constant measurements challenges physicists with selection of the best numerical value. The standard U.S. Nuclear Data Program (USNDP) codes and procedures have been applied to resolve this issue. The nuclear data approach has produced the most probable or recommended Hubble constant value of 67.00(770) (km/sec)/Mpc. This recommended value is based on the last 25 years of experimental research and includes contributions from different types of measurements. The present result implies (14.6±1.7) x 109 years as a rough estimate for the age of the Universe. The complete list of recommended results is given and possible implications are discussed.

  17. Grain size effect on the giant dielectric constant of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} nanoceramics prepared by mechanosynthesis and spark plasma sintering

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    Ahmad, Mohamad M.; Yamada, Koji

    2014-04-21

    In the present work, CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) nanoceramics with different grain sizes were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) at different temperatures (SPS-800, SPS-900, SPS-975, and SPS-1050) of the mechanosynthesized nano-powder. Structural and microstructural properties were studied by XRD and field-emission scanning electron microscope measurements. The grain size of CCTO nanoceramics increases from 80 nm to ∼200 nm for the ceramics sintered at 800 °C and 975 °C, respectively. Further increase of SPS temperature to 1050 °C leads to micro-sized ceramics of 2–3 μm. The electrical and dielectric properties of the investigated ceramics were studied by impedance spectroscopy. Giant dielectric constant was observed in CCTO nanoceramics. The dielectric constant increases with increasing the grain size of the nanoceramics with values of 8.3 × 10{sup 3}, 2.4 × 10{sup 4}, and 3.2 × 10{sup 4} for SPS-800, SPS-900, and SPS-975, respectively. For the micro-sized SPS-1050 ceramics, the dielectric constant dropped to 2.14 × 10{sup 4}. The dielectric behavior is interpreted within the internal barrier layer capacitance picture due to the electrical inhomogeneity of the ceramics. Besides the resistive grain boundaries that are usually observed in CCTO ceramics, domain boundaries appear as a second source of internal layers in the current nanoceramics.

  18. Measuring and Modeling of the Dielectric Properties and Attenuation of Vegetation

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    Ulaby, F. T.

    1984-01-01

    The dielectric properties and attenuation of vegetation was measured and modeled. The purpose was to: (1) measure the microwave dielectric properties of vegetation material as a function of moisture content and microwave frequency; (2) develop dielectric mixing models for the vegetation-water mixture; (3) develop a model for the loss factor of a vegetation canopy; (4) relate the results of (1) and (2) to (3); and (5) test the model in (3) against direct canopy transmission measurements.

  19. Laboratory measurements of dielectric properties of compact and granular materials, in relation with Rosetta mission.

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    Brouet, Y.; Levasseur-Regourd, A. C.; Encrenaz, P.; Gheudin, M.; Ciarletti, V.; Gulkis, S.; Jambon, A.; Ruffié, G.; Prigent, C.

    2012-04-01

    The European Rosetta spacecraft (s/c), launched in 2004, will be the first s/c to orbit a comet and place a lander module on its surface. In 2014, the s/c will rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and place the lander on its surface thereby allowing in situ and remote sensing of the comet nucleus. Two radio experiments, one passive (MIRO [1]) and one active (CONSERT [2]), are aboard the Rosetta s/c. MIRO, composed of two radiometers, with center band frequencies at 190 GHz and at 563 GHz to determine the brightness temperatures of the target surfaces and sub-surfaces, has already observed asteroids (2867) Steins [3] and (21) Lutetia [4]. CONSERT will investigate the deep interior of the nucleus using 90 MHz radio-waves transmitted from the orbiter through the nucleus and returned to the orbiter from the lander. To support interpretations of MIRO and CONSERT observations, a program of dielectric properties measurements is under development on a large range of frequencies encompassing those of the above-mentioned experiments. Several instruments for dielectric constant determination are available at IMS laboratory (Bordeaux, France): impedance analyzer, coaxial sensor, resonant cavities (measuring respectively at 100 MHz, 0.5-6 GHz, 1.2-13.4 GHz). Millimeter benches are available at both IMS and LERMA laboratories (measuring respectively at 30-110 GHz and 70-230 GHz). Taking into account the possible presence of regolith layers on the surface of asteroids or nuclei and the very low density of cometary nuclei [5], the dependence of the dielectric constant on the structure and porosity of given granular materials needs also to be investigated (while the thermal and hygrometric conditions are carefully monitored). We have already reported measurements obtained on various meteorites, possibly representative of some asteroid surfaces [6, 7]. We will also report systematic measurements obtained on a large sample of pyroclastic deposits from Etna, providing

  20. Differential measurement of the coupling constant between laser eigenstates

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    Brunel, M.; Vallet, M.; Le Floch, A.; Bretenaker, F.

    1997-04-01

    The possibility to measure the coupling constant C between eigenstates in a laser is demonstrated. Spatial separation of orthogonally polarized modes is shown to provide a simple differential tool to measure their coupling. The difference in the behaviors of linear and helicoidal eigenstates enlightens the influence of the nature of the eigenstates on their interaction in the active medium. The obtained experimental values are C=0.16 for linear and C=0.4 for helicoidal eigenstates in a longitudinally monomode Nd:YAG laser. The method is applicable to most kinds of laser. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  1. Atom interferometer measurement of the newtonian constant of gravity.

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    Fixler, J B; Foster, G T; McGuirk, J M; Kasevich, M A

    2007-01-05

    We measured the Newtonian constant of gravity, G, using a gravity gradiometer based on atom interferometry. The gradiometer measures the differential acceleration of two samples of laser-cooled Cs atoms. The change in gravitational field along one dimension is measured when a well-characterized Pb mass is displaced. Here, we report a value of G = 6.693 x 10(-11) cubic meters per kilogram second squared, with a standard error of the mean of +/-0.027 x 10(-11) and a systematic error of +/-0.021 x 10(-11) cubic meters per kilogram second squared. The possibility that unknown systematic errors still exist in traditional measurements makes it important to measure G with independent methods.

  2. Rocket calibration of the Nimbus 6 solar constant measurements.

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    Duncan, C H; Harrison, R G; Hickey, J R; Kendall, J M; Thekaekara, M P; Willson, R C

    1977-10-01

    Total solar irradiance was observed simultaneously outside the earth's atmosphere by three types of absolute cavity radiometers and duplicates of four of the Nimbus 6 Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) solar channels in a June 1976 Sounding Rocket Experiment. The preliminary average solar constant result from the cavity radiometers is 1367 W m(-2) with an uncertainty of less than +/-0.5% in SI units. The duplicate ERB channel 3 on the rocket gave a value of 1389 W mm(-2) which agreed exactly with the Nimbus 6 ERB channel 3 measurement made simultaneously with the rocket flight. Therefore, Nimbus 6 ERB solar constant values should be reduced approximately 1.6% in order to convert the values to SI units.

  3. Laser-induced damage threshold measurements of high reflecting dielectric layers

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    Melninkaitis, Andrius; Mikšys, Darius; Sirutkaitis, Valdas; Abromavičius, Giedrius; Buzelis, Rytis; Drazdys, Ramutis

    2007-02-01

    A quest for higher laser powers is one of the main driving forces in development of laser technology. Unfortunately all laser components have some limit to the intensity of optical radiation that can be applied on them - the so-called laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT). To enable further power scaling of laser devices, novel highly resistant optical components have to be developed. Such components are laser crystals, mirrors, fibers and other components typically coated with periodic dielectric layers made using e-beam, sputtering or sol-gel technologies. The production materials and methods of all the mentioned optics are under constant development, which requires a reliable quality test to provide the feedback to the manufacturing process; one of such tests are the measurements of LIDT. LIDT measurement procedure using repetitive laser pulses, as described in ISO 11254-2 standard, is time- and human resource consuming, if performed without automation. We developed an automated station for the measurements of LIDT that greatly reduces the required human resources and allows fast data collection. In this presentation, we briefly describe the main components of this automated LIDT test station. Furthermore we present the comparison of the latest results obtained on LIDT measurements of ZrO II/SiO II, Nb IIO 5/SiO II, Ta IIO 5/SiO II and TiO II/SiO II periodic high reflecting dielectric layers performed using repetitive nanosecond laser pulses.

  4. Inexpensive Home-Made Single Wavelength Ellipsometer (λ = 633 nm) for Measuring the Optical Constant of Nanostructured Materials

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    Maulana, L. Z.; Megasari, K.; Suharyadi, E.; Anugraha, R.; Abraha, K.; Santoso, I.

    2017-05-01

    Inexpensive home-made Single wavelength Ellipsometry with RAE (Rotating Analyser Ellipsometer) configuration has been developed. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) is an optical measurement technique which is based on the measurement of the change of the phase difference (Δ) and the amplitude ratio (ψ) between p and s linear polarized of reflected (or transmitted) light. Our RAE configuration system composed of polarizer, sample, analyzer, detector, and He-Ne laser (λ = 633 nm) that acted as the monochromatic light source. To test the reliability of our SE system, we measure the optical constant of Au bulk and Cr (30 nm thick) film. The optical constant and the thickness were extracted by employing the pseudo-dielectric function and numerical inversion which is based on the secant method, the ψ and Δ of our SE data which is modelled by Fresnel equation. From the extraction using the secant method we obtain the optical constant of the Au bulk sample with n = 0.11 to 0.22 and k = 3.26 to 3.37 which is close to that of using pseudo-dielectric method. We obtain the same result for Cr film with n = 3.66 to 3.81 and k = 5.32 to 5.38 which is close to the result from reference. These results show that our inexpensive home-made Single wavelength Ellipsometry instrument and the extraction method are reliable for determining the optical constant of nanostructured materials.

  5. Dielectric Measurements on Sol-Gel Derived Titania Films

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    Capan, Rifat; Ray, Asim K.

    2017-07-01

    Alternating current (AC) impedance measurements were performed on 37 nm thick nanostructured sol-gel derived anatase titania films on ultrasonically cleaned (100) p-silicon substrates at temperatures T ranging from 100 K to 300 K over a frequency range between 20 Hz and 1 MHz. The frequency-dependent behavior of the AC conductivity σ ac(f, T) obeys the universal power law, and the values of the effective hopping barrier and hopping distance were found to be 0.79 eV and 6.7 × 10-11 m from an analysis due to the correlated barrier-hopping model. The dielectric relaxation was identified as a thermally activated non-Debye process involving an activation energy of 41.5 meV.

  6. Noncontact charge measurement of moving microparticles contacting dielectric surfaces

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    Nesterov, Alexander; Löffler, Felix; König, Kai; Trunk, Ulrich; Leibe, Klaus; Felgenhauer, Thomas; Stadler, Volker; Bischoff, Ralf; Breitling, Frank; Lindenstruth, Volker; Hausmann, Michael

    2007-07-01

    In this study examples for a noncontact procedure that allow the description of instant electric charging of moving microparticles that contact dielectric surfaces, for instance, of a flow hose are presented. The described principle is based on the measurement of induced currents in grounded metal wire probes, as moving particles pass close to the probe. The feasibility of the approach was tested with laser printer toner particles of a given size for different basic particle flow and charging conditions. An analytic description for the induced currents was developed and compared to observed effects in order to interpret the results qualitatively. The implementation of the presented procedure can be applied to transparent and nontransparent particle containers and flow lines of complex geometry which can be composed from the presented basic flow stream configurations.

  7. Pulsewidth-dependent damage measurements of dielectric materials

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    Stuart, B.C.; Herman, S.; Shore, B.W.; Perry, M.D.

    1994-06-01

    The application of chirped pulse amplification to short-pulse lasers has led to a dramatic increase in the number of high-power, sub-picosecond laser systems. Accordingly, knowledge of the short-pulse damage thresholds of optical components and the scaling of the damage thresholds with pulsewidth has become increasingly important. The development of high energy, (e.g, kilojoule class) short-pulse lasers is contingent on the ability to produce optical components capable of withstanding high fluence nanosecond and femtosecond pulses. In this paper, the authors report on their measurements of the front-surface damage threshold of many different dielectric materials including widows, multilayer mirrors, and diffraction gratings over the pulsewidth range of 0.1 to 3,000 ps.

  8. Chemical nature of colossal dielectric constant of CaCu3Ti4O12 thin film by pulsed laser deposition

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    Deng, Guochu; Xanthopoulos, Nicolas; Muralt, Paul

    2008-04-01

    Epitaxial CaCu3Ti4O12 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition were studied in the as-deposited and oxygen annealed state. The first one exhibited the usual transition from dielectric to colossal dielectric behavior upon increasing the temperature to above 100K. This transition disappeared after annealing at 900°C in air. The two states significantly differ in their x-ray photoelectron spectra. The state of colossal dielectric constant corresponds to a bulk material with considerable amounts of Cu + and Ti3+, combined with Cu species enrichment at the surface. The annealed state exhibited a nearly stoichiometric composition with no Cu+ and Ti3+. The previously observed p-type conduction in the as-deposited state is thus related to oxygen vacancies compensated by the point defects of Cu+ and Ti3+.

  9. Rocket calibration of the Nimbus 6 solar constant measurements

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    Duncan, C. H.; Harrison, R. G.; Hickey, J. R.; Kendall, J. M., Jr.; Thekaekara, M. P.; Willson, R. C.

    1977-01-01

    Total solar irradiance was observed simultaneously outside the earth's atmosphere by three types of absolute cavity radiometers and duplicates of four of the Nimbus 6 Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) solar channels in a June 1976 sounding rocket experiment. The preliminary average solar constant result from the cavity radiometers is 1367 Wm (-2) with an uncertainty of less than + or - 0.5% in S.I. units. The duplicate ERB channel 3 on the rocket gave a value of 1389 Wm (-2) which agreed exactly with the Nimbus 6 ERB channel 3 measurement made simultaneously with the rocket flight.

  10. Determination fo the Rydberg constant by direct frequency measurement

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    Nez, F.; Plimmer, M.D.; Bourzeix, S.

    1994-12-31

    We have performed a pure frequency measurement of the 2S-8S/D two photon transition in atomic hydrogen, without any interferometry. The hydrogen frequencies are compared with the difference of two optical standards, the methane stabilized He-Ne laser and the iodine stabilized He-Ne laser. In this way, an optical frequency of atomic hydrogen is directly linked for the first time to the cesium clock. We deduce a new value for the Rydberg constant with an uncertainty of 2.2 parts in 10{sup 11}. This value is currently the most precise available.

  11. SFG analysis of the molecular structures at the surfaces and buried interfaces of PECVD ultralow-dielectric constant pSiCOH: Reactive ion etching and dielectric recovery

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    Myers, John N.; Zhang, Xiaoxian; Huang, Huai; Shobha, Hosadurga; Grill, Alfred; Chen, Zhan

    2017-05-01

    Molecular structures at the surface and buried interface of an amorphous ultralow-k pSiCOH dielectric film were quantitatively characterized before and after reactive ion etching (RIE) and subsequent dielectric repair using sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy. SFG results indicated that RIE treatment of the pSiCOH film resulted in a depletion of ˜66% of the surface methyl groups and changed the orientation of surface methyl groups from ˜47° to ˜40°. After a dielectric recovery process that followed the RIE treatment, the surface molecular structure was dominated by methyl groups with an orientation of ˜55° and the methyl surface coverage at the repaired surface was 271% relative to the pristine surface. Auger depth profiling indicated that the RIE treatment altered the top ˜25 nm of the film and that the dielectric recovery treatment repaired the top ˜9 nm of the film. Both SFG and Auger profiling results indicated that the buried SiCNH/pSiCOH interface was not affected by the RIE or the dielectric recovery process. Beyond characterizing low-k materials, the developed methodology is general and can be used to distinguish and characterize different molecular structures and elemental compositions at the surface, in the bulk, and at the buried interface of many different polymer or organic thin films.

  12. Theoretical study on the dimerization of Si(OH) 4 in aqueous solution and its dependence on temperature and dielectric constant

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    Tossell, J. A.

    2005-01-01

    Energetics for the condensation dimerization reaction of monosilicic acid: 2Si(⇒SiOH+HO have been calculated quantum mechanically, in gas-phase and aqueous solution, over a range of temperatures and dielectric constants. The calculated gas phase energy, E g, for this reaction is -6.6 kcal/mol at the very accurate composite G2 level, but the vibrational, rotational and translational contributions to the free energy in the gas-phase, ΔG VRT, sum to + 2.5 kcal/mol and the hydration free energy contribution calculated with a polarizable continuum model, ΔΔG COSMO, for a dielectric constant of 78.5, is about + 6.2 kcal/mol. Thus, the free energy change for the reaction in aqueous solution at ambient conditions is about + 2.1 kcal/mol and the equilibrium constant is ˜10 -1.5, in reasonable agreement with experiment. As T increases, ΔG VRT increases slowly. As the dielectric constant decreases (for example, under high T and P conditions in the supercritical region), ΔΔG COSMO decreases substantially. Thus, at elevated T and P, if the effective dielectric constant of the aqueous fluid is 10 or less, the reaction becomes much more favorable, consistent with recent experimental observations. The PΔV contribution to the enthalpy is also considered, but cannot be accurately determined. We have also calculated 29Si-NMR shieldings and Raman frequencies for Si(OH) 4, Si 2O 7H 6 and some other oligomeric silicates. We correctly reproduce the separation of monomer and dimer peaks observed in the 29Si-NMR spectrra at ambient T and P. The Raman spectral data are somewhat ambiguous, and the new peaks seen at high T and P could arise either from the dimer or from a 3-ring trimer, which is calculated to be highly stabilized entropically at high T.

  13. Measuring the Hubble Constant with the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Freedman, Wendy

    1996-05-01

    In a uniform and isotropic Universe, the relative expansion velocity v is proportional to the relative distance r such that v = H × r. Thus a determination of the present-day value of the Hubble constant H0 determines both the expansion timescale and the size scale of the Universe. The Hubble constant also provides constraints on the density of baryons produced in the Big Bang, the amount of dark matter, and how structure formed in the early Universe. The most accurate means of measuring the distances to nearby galaxies has proved to be the application of a relationship between the period and the luminosity for a class of supergiant variable stars known as classical Cepheids. Unfortunately the Cepheid variables are not intrinsically luminous enough to be measured out to distances where the velocities of recession of galaxies are a few thousand km/sec and thus dominate the peculiar velocities due to the gravitational interactions between galaxies (typically a few hundred km/sec). The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance has been designed to measure a value of the Hubble constant accurate to ±10% [random + systematic]. The program has been designed to use Cepheid variables to determine the distances to a representative sample of about 20 galaxies both inside and out of small groups and in major clusters. These galaxies are being used to tie into methods with high internal precision ( ~ ±5%) that operate at greater distances, thereby allowing an accurate absolute calibration and an intercomparison of several independent techniques. Our preliminary result is that the value of the Hubble constant is 80 ± 17 km/sec/Mpc footnote Freedman, W. L. et al., Nature, 371, 757, (1994) New results will be presented based on observations of several new galaxies, including NGC 1365 in the nearby Fornax cluster. My collaborators on the HST Key Project team are R. Kennicutt, J. Mould, F. Bresolin, L. Ferrarese, H. Ford, J. Graham, M. Han, P. Harding, J

  14. Skin indentation firmness and tissue dielectric constant assessed in face, neck, and arm skin of young healthy women.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Corbitt, Kelly; Grammenos, Alexandra; Abello, Allen; Mammino, Jason

    2017-02-01

    Our goal was to test the hypothesis that skin firmness correlates with skin hydration. Dermal water was assessed by tissue dielectric constant (TDC) at 0.5 mm (TDC0.5 ) and 2.5 mm (TDC2.5 ) depths on four face sites and two arm sites of 35 women (25.0 ± 1.6 years). Firmness was determined by force (mN) to indent skin to 0.3 mm (F0.3 ) and 1.3 mm (F1.3 ). F0.3 was similar among face sites (avg = 16.2 ± 7.2 mN) but F1.3 varied (avg = 32.5 ± 4.1 mN). TDC2.5 was similar among face sites (avg = 37.7 ± 4.2) but TDC0.5 varied (avg = 36.2 ± 4.8). F1.3 of arm sites was similar (avg = 60.2 ± 18.6 mN) and both greater than F1.3 of neck (28.3 ± 7.1 mN) and face. Regression analysis showed a near-zero correlation between forces and TDC at all sites. The near-zero correlation may be due to low skin interstitial hydraulic resistance to mobile water movement in healthy young skin. If true, then conditions in which dermal hydraulic conductance is reduced as in lymphedematous, diabetic, or aged skin are more likely show the hypothesized relationship. Our findings provide normalized reference values and suggest that such persons are an important population to study to test for a possible skin water-indentation force relationship and its utilization for early diagnosis. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Electrostatic measurement system. [for contact-electrifying a dielectric

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    Johnston, J. E. (Inventor)

    1975-01-01

    A system for and method of contact-electrifying a dielectric to determine its electrostatic properties is described. The dielectric is placed in contact with a contact plate means, and connected to a voltage source means to charge the contact plate and to contact-electrify the dielectric. The contact plate means is disconnected from the voltage source and a charge sensor means monitors the rate of decay of the charge on the dielectric. If a conductive path from the contact plate to ground is desired, a lead may be connected between the conductor and ground. Automatic timing and charge monitoring are preferred for maximum accuracy, especially where dielectrics treated with antistatic agents are tested.

  16. Coaxial probe and apparatus for measuring the dielectric spectra of high pressure liquids and supercritical fluid mixtures

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    Lee, Sung B.; Smith, Richard L.; Inomata, Hiroshi; Arai, Kunio

    2000-11-01

    A probe and apparatus were developed for measuring the dielectric spectra (complex permittivity) of high pressure liquids and supercritical fluid mixtures. The probe consisted a 2.2 mm semirigid coaxial cable that was cut off flat and mounted into a high pressure tube. The apparatus for measuring complex permittivity consisted of the dielectric probe, cell, densimeter, piston for varying the system density at constant composition, and magnetic pump for agitation and recirculation, all of which were housed in a constant temperature air bath. The probe is simple, robust, inexpensive, and further, its design allows for quick connection to high pressure systems. Probe accuracy is estimated to be ±0.5 in ɛ' and ±0.5 in ɛ″ from 200 MHz to 18 GHz based on replicate measurements of calibration and 2σ deviations over the interval. Dielectric spectra were measured over the 200 MHz-20 GHz range for methanol+carbon dioxide mixture at 323.2 K and a pressures up to 18 MPa.

  17. High Precision Measurement of the Avogadro Constant Based on Silicon

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    Becker, Peter

    2005-06-01

    This paper describes an attempt to replace the present definition of the kilogram with the mass of a certain number of carbon atoms. This requires determination of the Avogadro constant, NA, with a relative uncertainty of 1 × 10-8. Silicon crystals are used in this determination. At present, a limiting factor is the measurement of the average molar mass of natural Si. Consequently, a worldwide collaboration has been set up, to produce, approximately, 5 kg of 28Si single-crystal with an enrichment greater than 99.985% and of sufficient chemical purity to be used for the determination of NA with a target relative measurement uncertainty better than 2 × 10-8.

  18. The BIPM measurements of the Newtonian constant of gravitation, G.

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    Quinn, Terry; Speake, Clive; Parks, Harold; Davis, Richard

    2014-10-13

    This paper is a complement to the two short papers published in 2001 and 2013 in which we presented the results of the two BIPM determinations of the Newtonian constant of gravitation G. While this review contains no new results, it includes more detailed descriptions of certain key parameters that enter into the determination of G. Following a description of the overall method and the two versions of the experiment, we discuss the properties of the torsion strip, including the effects of anelasticity, then the electrostatic torque transducer, the source and test masses, dimensional metrology, angle measurement, the calculation and measurement of the moment of inertia, calculation of the torque, possible magnetic interactions and finally we discuss uncertainties and correlations in the derivation of a value for G.

  19. Damage by radicals and photons during plasma cleaning of porous low-k SiOCH. II. Water uptake and change in dielectric constant

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    Shoeb, Juline; Kushner, Mark J.

    2012-07-15

    Porous dielectric materials provide lower capacitances that reduce RC time delays in integrated circuits. Typical low-k materials include porous SiOCH-silicon dioxide with carbon groups, principally CH{sub 3}, lining the pores. With a high porosity, internally connected pores provide pathways for reactive species to enter into the material. Fluorocarbon plasmas are often used to etch SiOCH, a process that leaves a fluorocarbon polymer on the surface that must later be removed. During cleaning using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas, reactions of radicals that diffuse into the SiOCH and photons that penetrate into the SiOCH can remove -CH{sub 3} groups. Due to its higher reactivity, cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas removes more -CH{sub 3} groups than He/H{sub 2} plasmas, and so produce more free radical sites, such as -SiO{sub 2} Bullet (a -SiO{sub 2}-CH{sub 3} site with the -CH{sub 3} group removed).Upon exposure to humid air, these free radical sites can chemisorb H{sub 2}O to form hydrophilic Si-OH which can further physisorb H{sub 2}O through hydrogen bonding to form Si-OH(H{sub 2}O). With the high dielectric constant of water, even a small percentage of water uptake can significantly increase the effective dielectric constant of SiOCH. In this paper, we report on results from a computational investigation of the cleaning of SiOCH using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas and subsequent exposure to humid air. The authors found that plasma cleaning with He/H{sub 2} mixtures produce less demethylation than cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas, as so results in less water uptake, and a smaller increase in dielectric constant. The water that produces the increase in dielectric constant is roughly half chemisorbed and half physisorbed, the latter of which can be removed with mild heating. Sealing the pores with NH{sub 3} plasma treatment reduces water uptake and helps prevent the increase in dielectric constant.

  20. Measurements along the growth direction of PMN-PT crystals: dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic properties.

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    Tian, Jian; Han, Pengdi; Payne, David A

    2007-09-01

    Property measurements are reported for Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)03-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single crystals grown along (001) by a seeded-melt method. Chemical segregation occurs during crystal growth, leading to property changes along the growth direction. Variations in dielectric, piezoelectric, and elastic properties were evaluated for specimens selected from the crystals. Room-temperature data are correlated with Tc and composition that ranged from 27 to 32% PT, i.e., in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). While there was little change in the high electromechanical coupling factor k33 (0.87-0.92), both the piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 (1100-1800 pC/N) and the free dielectric constant K3 (4400-7000) were found to vary significantly with position. Increases in d33 and KT33 were relatively offsetting in that the ratio yielded a relatively stable piezoelectric voltage coefficient g33 (27-31 x 10(-3) Vm/N). Values are also reported for the elastic compliance (3.3-6.3 x 10(-11) m2/N) determined from resonance measurements. Enhancements in d33 and K(T)33 were associated with lattice softening (increasing sE33) as the composition approached the MPB. Details are reported for the piezoelectric, dielectric, and elastic properties as a function of growth direction, Tc, and composition. The results are useful for an understanding of properties in PMN-PT crystals and for the design of piezoelectric devices.

  1. High dielectric constant associated with the strain-induced phase transition of an ordered assembly of BaTiO3 nanocubes under three-dimensional clamping

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    Yasui, Kyuichi; Mimura, Ken-ichi; Izu, Noriya; Kato, Kazumi

    2017-02-01

    Numerical calculations of the Gibbs function for an ordered assembly of BaTiO3 nanocubes (nanocrystals) under three-dimensional clamping have revealed that the phase transition from a tetragonal to cubic crystal structure can take place at room temperature at some misfit strain associated with a tilt angle of the attached nanocubes. The phase transition is second-order due to the three-dimensional clamping. Near and at the phase transition, the dielectric constant becomes extremely high owing to the second-order transition. This is considered to be the reason for the high dielectric constant of an assembly at room temperature, which has been experimentally observed. An ordered assembly of BaTiO3 nanocubes under rigid three-dimensional clamping is a completely different system from the normal nanocrystalline (polycrystalline) BaTiO3 ceramics under elastic clamping and from a BaTiO3 epitaxial thin film under two-dimensional clamping.

  2. Time-dependent dielectric breakdown measurements of porous organosilicate glass using mercury and solid metal probes

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    Pei, Dongfei; Nichols, Michael T.; Shohet, J. Leon; King, Sean W.; Clarke, James S.; Nishi, Yoshio

    2014-09-01

    Time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) is one of the major concerns for low-k dielectric materials. During plasma processing, low-k dielectrics are subjected to vacuum ultraviolet photon radiation and charged-particle bombardment. To examine the change of TDDB properties, time-to-breakdown measurements are made to porous SiCOH before and after plasma exposure. Significant discrepancies between mercury and solid-metal probes are observed and have been shown to be attributed to mercury diffusion into the dielectric porosities.

  3. The stabilization effect of dielectric constant and acidic amino acids on arginine-arginine (Arg-Arg) pairings: database survey and computational studies.

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    Zhang, Zhengyan; Xu, Zhijian; Yang, Zhuo; Liu, Yingtao; Wang, Jin'an; Shao, Qiang; Li, Shujin; Lu, Yunxiang; Zhu, Weiliang

    2013-05-02

    Database survey in this study revealed that about one-third of the protein structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) contain arginine-arginine (Arg-Arg) pairing with a carbon···carbon (CZ···CZ) interaction distance less than 5 Å. All the Arg-Arg pairings were found to bury in a polar environment composed of acidic residues, water molecules, and strong polarizable or negatively charged moieties from binding site or bound ligand. Most of the Arg-Arg pairings are solvent exposed and 68.3% Arg-Arg pairings are stabilized by acidic residues, forming Arg-Arg-Asp/Glu clusters. Density functional theory (DFT) was then employed to study the effect of environment on the pairing structures. It was revealed that Arg-Arg pairings become thermodynamically stable (about -1 kcal/mol) as the dielectric constant increases to 46.8 (DMSO), in good agreement with the results of the PDB survey. DFT calculations also demonstrated that perpendicular Arg-Arg pairing structures are favorable in low dielectric constant environment, while in high dielectric constant environment parallel structures are favorable. Additionally, the acidic residues can stabilize the Arg-Arg pairing structures to a large degree. Energy decomposition analysis of Arg-Arg pairings and Arg-Arg-Asp/Glu clusters showed that both solvation and electrostatic energies contribute significantly to their stability. The results reported herein should be very helpful for understanding Arg-Arg pairing and its application in drug design.

  4. Independence of the effective dielectric constant of an electrolytic solution on the ionic distribution in the linear Poisson-Nernst-Planck model.

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    Alexe-Ionescu, A L; Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2014-08-28

    We consider the influence of the spatial dependence of the ions distribution on the effective dielectric constant of an electrolytic solution. We show that in the linear version of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model, the effective dielectric constant of the solution has to be considered independent of any ionic distribution induced by the external field. This result follows from the fact that, in the linear approximation of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model, the redistribution of the ions in the solvent due to the external field gives rise to a variation of the dielectric constant that is of the first order in the effective potential, and therefore it has to be neglected in the Poisson's equation that relates the actual electric potential across the electrolytic cell to the bulk density of ions. The analysis is performed in the case where the electrodes are perfectly blocking and the adsorption at the electrodes is negligible, and in the absence of any ion dissociation-recombination effect.

  5. Role of anisotropy, spatially-varying effective mass, and dielectric constant on self-polarization effect of doped quantum dots in presence of noise

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    Ghosh, Anuja; Ghosh, Manas

    2017-04-01

    The profiles of self-polarization effect (SPE) of impurity doped GaAs quantum dot (QD) have been investigated under the governance of variable effective mass, variable dielectric constant and anisotropy of the system. Presence of noise has also been considered to inspect how it interplays with above parameters in modulating SPE. Noise term possesses a Gaussian white character and it has been introduced to the system via two different pathways; additive and multiplicative. The spatially-varying effective mass and spatially-varying dielectric constant mainly affect SPE quantitatively in comparison with the fixed ones. A changing anisotropy of the system also affects SPE. However, the extent to which SPE is being affected evidently depends on presence/absence of noise and also on the pathway through which noise has been applied. The findings of the study reveal authentic routes to tailor the SPE of doped QD system through the interplay between noise, anisotropy and spatially-varying effective mass and dielectric constant of the system.

  6. On the use of different dielectric constants for computing individual and pairwise terms in poisson-boltzmann studies of protein ionization equilibrium.

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    Teixeira, Vitor H; Cunha, Carlos A; Machuqueiro, Miguel; Oliveira, A Sofia F; Victor, Bruno L; Soares, Cláudio M; Baptista, António M

    2005-08-04

    Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) models are a fast and common tool for studying electrostatic processes in proteins, particularly their ionization equilibrium (protonation and/or reduction), often yielding quite good results when compared with more detailed models. Yet, they are conceptually very simple and necessarily approximate, their empirical character being most evident when it comes to the choice of the dielectric constant assigned to the protein region. The present study analyzes several factors affecting the ability of PB-based methods to model protein ionization equilibrium. We give particular attention to a suggestion made by Warshel and co-workers (e.g., Sham et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 1997, 101, 4458) of using different protein dielectric constants for computing the individual (site) and the pairwise (site-site) terms of the ionization free energies. Our prediction of pK(a) values for several proteins indicates that no advantage is obtained by such a procedure, even for sites that are buried and/or display large pK(a) shifts relative to the solution values. In particular, the present methodology gives the best predictions using a dielectric constant around 20, for shifted/buried and nonshifted/exposed sites alike. The similarities and differences between the PB model and Warshel's PDLD/S model are discussed, as well as the reasons behind their apparently discrepant results. The present PB model is shown to predict also good reduction potentials in redox proteins.

  7. Biopolymer-based dielectric materials for space environments

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    Ouchen, Fahima; Joyce, Donna M.; Venkat, Narayanan; Smith, Steven R.; Subramanyam, Guru; Taylor, Edward; Grote, James G.

    2012-10-01

    The potential of bio-dielectrics for space applications was explored using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based biopolymers. Un-doped DNA, as well as titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticle (rutile form)-doped DNA were processed and evaluated. Characterized parameters were temperature stability, resistivity, dielectric constant, dielectric loss and radiation tolerance. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of un-doped DNA and TiO2-doped DNA were measured for both pre- and post- exposure to approximately100 krad Gamma-ray radiation. There was little change in the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the un-doped DNA sample with exposure to radiation. However, there was a significant reduction in the dielectric constant of the TiO2-doped DNA sample.

  8. Dielectric properties of Mars' surface: Proposed measurement on a Mars lander

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    Ulamec, S.; Grard, R.

    1993-01-01

    Recent studies of missions to Mars (MESUR by NASA and Marsnet by ESA) have suggested the development of semihard landers. One type was to be extremely basic, consisting mainly of a meteorological package, but with the possibility of other small, low-mass, low-power instruments. In particular, this type of lander was also considered for the exploration of the polar regions. Two methods to investigate the surface material at the landing site are discussed. Both measure the dielectric constant epsilon of the ground material. This information can then be used to elucidate the surface composition and structure. The determination of the permittivity would be of high scientific value, especially in the case of a landing on the polar ice.

  9. Machine learning aided diagnosis of hepatic malignancies through in vivo dielectric measurements with microwaves

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    Yilmaz, Tuba; Alp Kılıç, Mahmut; Erdoğan, Melike; Çayören, Mehmet; Tunaoğlu, Doruk; Kurtoğlu, İsmail; Yaslan, Yusuf; Çayören, Hüseyin; Enes Arıkan, Akif; Teksöz, Serkan; Cancan, Gülden; Kepil, Nuray; Erdamar, Sibel; Özcan, Murat; Akduman, İbrahim; Kalkan, Tunaya

    2016-07-01

    In the past decade, extensive research on dielectric properties of biological tissues led to characterization of dielectric property discrepancy between the malignant and healthy tissues. Such discrepancy enabled the development of microwave therapeutic and diagnostic technologies. Traditionally, dielectric property measurements of biological tissues is performed with the well-known contact probe (open-ended coaxial probe) technique. However, the technique suffers from limited accuracy and low loss resolution for permittivity and conductivity measurements, respectively. Therefore, despite the inherent dielectric property discrepancy, a rigorous measurement routine with open-ended coaxial probes is required for accurate differentiation of malignant and healthy tissues. In this paper, we propose to eliminate the need for multiple measurements with open-ended coaxial probe for malignant and healthy tissue differentiation by applying support vector machine (SVM) classification algorithm to the dielectric measurement data. To do so, first, in vivo malignant and healthy rat liver tissue dielectric property measurements are collected with open-ended coaxial probe technique between 500 MHz to 6 GHz. Cole-Cole functions are fitted to the measured dielectric properties and measurement data is verified with the literature. Malign tissue classification is realized by applying SVM to the open-ended coaxial probe measurements where as high as 99.2% accuracy (F1 Score) is obtained.

  10. Machine learning aided diagnosis of hepatic malignancies through in vivo dielectric measurements with microwaves.

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    Yilmaz, Tuba; Kılıç, Mahmut Alp; Erdoğan, Melike; Çayören, Mehmet; Tunaoğlu, Doruk; Kurtoğlu, İsmail; Yaslan, Yusuf; Çayören, Hüseyin; Arkan, Akif Enes; Teksöz, Serkan; Cancan, Gülden; Kepil, Nuray; Erdamar, Sibel; Özcan, Murat; Akduman, İbrahim; Kalkan, Tunaya

    2016-06-20

    In the past decade, extensive research on dielectric properties of biological tissues led to characterization of dielectric property discrepancy between the malignant and healthy tissues. Such discrepancy enabled the development of microwave therapeutic and diagnostic technologies. Traditionally, dielectric property measurements of biological tissues is performed with the well-known contact probe (open-ended coaxial probe) technique. However, the technique suffers from limited accuracy and low loss resolution for permittivity and conductivity measurements, respectively. Therefore, despite the inherent dielectric property discrepancy, a rigorous measurement routine with open-ended coaxial probes is required for accurate differentiation of malignant and healthy tissues. In this paper, we propose to eliminate the need for multiple measurements with open-ended coaxial probe for malignant and healthy tissue differentiation by applying support vector machine (SVM) classification algorithm to the dielectric measurement data. To do so, first, in vivo malignant and healthy rat liver tissue dielectric property measurements are collected with open-ended coaxial probe technique between 500 MHz to 6 GHz. Cole-Cole functions are fitted to the measured dielectric properties and measurement data is verified with the literature. Malign tissue classification is realized by applying SVM to the open-ended coaxial probe measurements where as high as 99.2% accuracy (F1 Score) is obtained.

  11. Effects of pressure and temperature on the dielectric constant of GaS, GaSe, and InSe: Role of the electronic contribution

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    Errandonea, D.; Segura, A.; Muñoz, V.; Chevy, A.

    1999-12-01

    In this work we report on direct measurements of the temperature and pressure dependences of the low-frequency dielectric constant along c axis (ɛ∥) of GaS, GaSe, and InSe. The temperature dependence of both the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indexes is also presented. A large increase of ɛ∥ under pressure has been observed. In the framework of a rigid ion model, the lattice contribution to ɛ∥ is shown to increase slightly under pressure, due to the change of the angle between the anion-cation bond and the layer plane. Consequently, the pressure behavior of ɛ∥ is proposed to arise from a large increase of the electronic contribution to ɛ∥. This fact is explained through a decrease of the Penn gap for polarization parallel to the c axis, whose energy and pressure coefficient are shown to scale with those of the indirect band gap in these compounds. A supplementary and reversible step increase of ɛ∥ is observed at 1.6 GPa in GaS, which is associated with a phase transition that has been already observed by other authors.

  12. Static dielectric constants and molecular dipole distributions of liquid water and ice-Ih investigated by the PAW-PBE exchange-correlation functional.

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    Rusnak, Andrew J; Pinnick, Eric R; Calderon, Camilo E; Wang, Feng

    2012-07-21

    The static dielectric constants, ε(s), of ice-Ih and liquid water were calculated using density functional theory with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional and the projector-augmented-wave (PAW) approach. Proton disordered ice configurations and uncorrelated liquid configurations were sampled with the electrostatic switching method using force fields specially designed to facilitate the ab initio free energy perturbation calculations. Our results indicate that PAW-PBE underestimates the ε(s) of both ice-Ih and liquid water but predicts the ratio of ice and water ε(s) in good agreement with experimental measurements. PAW-PBE gives average water dipole moments of 2.50 D in ice-Ih and 2.48 D in the liquid. Our results show that the fixed-charge water models developed by adaptive force matching can reproduce the PAW-PBE dipole moments with an error of approximately 5%. The ice and liquid models created in this work have polarizabilities of 1.32 Å(3) and 1.30 Å(3), respectively, along the HOH bisector direction.

  13. Modulation of the adsorption properties at air-water interfaces of complexes of egg white ovalbumin with pectin by the dielectric constant.

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    Kudryashova, Elena V; de Jongh, Harmen H J

    2008-02-15

    The possibility of modulating the mesoscopic properties of food colloidal systems by the dielectric constant is studied by determining the impact of small amounts of ethanol (10%) on the adsorption of egg white ovalbumin onto the air-water interface in the absence and presence of pectin. The adsorption kinetics was monitored using tensiometry. The addition of ethanol resulted in considerably slower adsorption of the protein onto the interface, and this effect was enhanced when the protein was in complex with the pectin. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements demonstrated that in the case of noncomplexed ovalbumin the addition of ethanol resulted in a more condensed protein surface layer where ovalbumin adopted a preferred orientation at the interface. In contrast, the effect of ethanol on the ovalbumin-pectin complex suggested a pronounced multipoint electrostatic interaction between protein and polyelectrolyte and the formation of a more rigid spatial arrangement within the complex, thereby leading to suppressed protein-protein interactions. From this work it is concluded that by the enhanced binding affinity between ovalbumin and pectin a strong effect on the adsorption properties of the protein can be accomplished. This work does therefore illustrate how solvent quality can be exploited effectively to enhance or suppress protein functional behavior in complex applications containing air-water interfaces.

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

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

  15. Assessing Chicken Meat Freshness through Measurement of Radio-Frequency Dielectric Properties

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    Change in freshness of chicken meat was assessed through measurement of the dielectric properties with a vector network analyzer and an open-ended coaxial-line probe between 200 MHz and 20 GHz at 23 oC. Chicken meat samples were stored in a refrigerator for 8 days at 4 oC. Changes in dielectric cons...

  16. Electrical conductivity of highly concentrated electrolytes near the critical consolute point: A study of tetra-n-butylammonium picrate in alcohols of moderate dielectric constant

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    Oleinikova, A.; Bonetti, M.

    2001-12-01

    The electrical conductivity of highly concentrated solutions of tetra-n-butylammonium picrate (TBAP) in 1-dodecanol (dielectric constant ɛ=4.6) and 1,4-butanediol (ɛ=25.9), and in mixtures of both alcohols, is measured in an extended temperature range ≈10-5<τ<≈10-1, where τ=(T-Tc)/Tc is the reduced temperature with Tc, the critical temperature. The electrical conductivity Λ(T) obeys the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann (VFT) law for the temperatures far from the critical one. In the temperature range τ<10-2 a systematic deviation of the electrical conductivity from the regular VFT behavior is observed. This deviation is attributed to a critical anomaly. At the critical point the amplitude of the critical anomaly is finite with a value which varies between ≈0.4 and ≈2.7% of Λ(Tc), depending on the solvent. The (1-α) critical exponent describes well the conductivity anomaly, α being the exponent of the specific heat anomaly at constant pressure. The value of the Walden product (Λeqvη), with Λeqv, the equivalent conductivity and η, the shear viscosity, allows the degree of dissociation αdiss of TBAP to be determined at the critical point. αdiss becomes larger for increasing values of ɛ: for TBAP in 1-dodecanol αdiss≈0.25 and in 1,4-butanediol αdiss≈0.73. When the degree of dissociation of the salt is accounted for the Debye screening length is found almost independent on ɛ.

  17. Precision measurement of the Newtonian gravitational constant using cold atoms.

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    Rosi, G; Sorrentino, F; Cacciapuoti, L; Prevedelli, M; Tino, G M

    2014-06-26

    About 300 experiments have tried to determine the value of the Newtonian gravitational constant, G, so far, but large discrepancies in the results have made it impossible to know its value precisely. The weakness of the gravitational interaction and the impossibility of shielding the effects of gravity make it very difficult to measure G while keeping systematic effects under control. Most previous experiments performed were based on the torsion pendulum or torsion balance scheme as in the experiment by Cavendish in 1798, and in all cases macroscopic masses were used. Here we report the precise determination of G using laser-cooled atoms and quantum interferometry. We obtain the value G = 6.67191(99) × 10(-11) m(3) kg(-1) s(-2) with a relative uncertainty of 150 parts per million (the combined standard uncertainty is given in parentheses). Our value differs by 1.5 combined standard deviations from the current recommended value of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology. A conceptually different experiment such as ours helps to identify the systematic errors that have proved elusive in previous experiments, thus improving the confidence in the value of G. There is no definitive relationship between G and the other fundamental constants, and there is no theoretical prediction for its value, against which to test experimental results. Improving the precision with which we know G has not only a pure metrological interest, but is also important because of the key role that G has in theories of gravitation, cosmology, particle physics and astrophysics and in geophysical models.

  18. Experimental and Analytical Comparisons of Tissue Dielectric Constant (TDC) and Bioimpedance Spectroscopy (BIS) in Assessment of Early Arm Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Patients after Axillary Surgery and Radiotherapy.

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    Lahtinen, Tapani; Seppälä, Jan; Viren, Tuomas; Johansson, Karin

    2015-09-01

    Early diagnosis of breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema (BCRL) is of great importance for longstanding treatment results. Tissue dielectric constant (TDC) and bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) both have a potential for early diagnosis, but have not been compared. One hundred women, treated for breast cancer with breast surgery, axillary dissection, and radiotherapy, were examined within one year after breast cancer treatment, as part of the follow-up procedure. Affected/at-risk and contralateral arms were measured with the TDC technique specific to localized skin water content and the BIS technique assessing arm extracellular fluid (ECF). Thirty-eight patients were clinically diagnosed for lymphedema (38.0%). The sensitivity and specificity for the TDC method were 65.8% and 83.9%, and for BIS method 42.1% and 93.5%, (p < 0.001 and NS), respectively. Of all lymphedema, 18.4% were detected only by TDC and 2.6% by BIS. Affected arm to contralateral arm TDC ratios for upper arm and forearm, 1.56 ± 0.49 and 1.28 ± 0.33, demonstrating the localized feature of the TDC measurements were significantly greater than the BIS arm ratio 1.12 ± 0.12 (both p < 0.001). Discrepancies between TDC and BIS techniques in assessing lymphedema are related to different measurement techniques and assessed tissue water components. Independently of selected technique-specific threshold limit, the TDC technique was more sensitive than the BIS technique in the early assessment of BCRL and demonstrated that nearly 20% of early lymphedema are only superficially localized. The results further supported the complementary role of TDC and arm volume measurements as a highly diagnostic method for early lymphedema.

  19. Patterns of temporal changes in tissue dielectric constant as indices of localized skin water changes in women treated for breast cancer: a pilot study.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Weingrad, Daniel N; Lopez, Lidice

    2015-03-01

    Our goal was to characterize temporal patterns of skin Tissue Dielectric Constant (TDC) as a foundation for possible TDC use to detect and quantify lymphedema. Although limb volumes and bioimpedance analysis (BIA) are used for this purpose, potential TDC-method advantages are that it can be done in about 10 seconds at any body site to depths from 0.5 to 5.0 mm below the epidermis. TDC at forearm, biceps, axilla, and lateral thorax, and BIA values and arm volumes were measured in 80 women with breast cancer prior to surgery and in decreasing numbers at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months post-surgery. Results show that TDC values, reflecting water content in the measurement volume, vary by site and depth but that at-risk/contralateral side ratio (A/C) is relatively independent of site and depth and is the preferred TDC parameter to detect tissue water changes over time in unilateral conditions. Among sites measured, lateral thorax, followed by forearm, appears most useful for TDC measurements with axilla least useful. Pre-surgery TDC inter-side values and A/C ratios showed no significant inter-side differences, suggesting that breast cancer presence per se did not alter tissue water status in this patient population. Sequential changes in TDC A/C ratios detected a greater number of patients who had inter-arm ratio increases exceeding 10% than were detected using BIA ratios. This may indicate a greater sensitivity to localized tissue water changes with the TDC-method. TDC is a technically viable and potentially useful method to track skin water changes in persons treated for breast cancer.

  20. Measurement of both the equilibrium constant and rate constant for electronic energy transfer by control of the limiting kinetic regimes.

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    Vagnini, Michael T; Rutledge, W Caleb; Wagenknecht, Paul S

    2010-02-01

    Electronic energy transfer can fall into two limiting cases. When the rate of the energy transfer back reaction is much faster than relaxation of the acceptor excited state, equilibrium between the donor and acceptor excited states is achieved and only the equilibrium constant for the energy transfer can be measured. When the rate of the back reaction is much slower than relaxation of the acceptor, the energy transfer is irreversible and only the forward rate constant can be measured. Herein, we demonstrate that with trans-[Cr(d(4)-cyclam)(CN)(2)](+) as the donor and either trans-[Cr([15]ane-ane-N(4))(CN)(2)](+) or trans-[Cr(cyclam)(CN)(2)](+) as the acceptor, both limits can be obtained by control of the donor concentration. The equilibrium constant and rate constant for the case in which trans-[Cr([15]ane-ane-N(4))(CN)(2)](+) is the acceptor are 0.66 and 1.7 x 10(7) M(-1) s(-1), respectively. The equilibrium constant is in good agreement with the value of 0.60 determined using the excited state energy gap between the donor and acceptor species. For the thermoneutral case in which trans-[Cr(cyclam)(CN)(2)](+) is the acceptor, an experimental equilibrium constant of 0.99 was reported previously, and the rate constant has now been measured as 4.0 x 10(7) M(-1) s(-1).

  1. Constant-pressure measurement of steam-water relative permeability

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    O'Connor, Peter A.

    2001-06-01

    A series of steady-state experiments have established relative permeability curves for two-phase flow of water in a porous medium. These experiments have minimized uncertainty in pressure, heat loss, and saturation. By attempting to maintain a constant pressure gradient, the experiments have provided a baseline from which to determine the effect of temperature on relative permeability. The use of a flexible heater with an automatic control system made it possible to assume negligible phase change for the mobile fluid. X-ray computer tomography (CT) aided by measuring in-situ steam saturation more directly. Mobile steam mass fraction was established by separate steam and water inlets or by correlating with previous results. The measured steam-water relative permeability curves assume a shape similar to those obtained by Corey (1954) for the simultaneous flow of nitrogen and water. Close agreement between the curves by Satik (1998), Mahiya (1999), and this study establishes the reliability of the experimental method and instrumentation adopted in these experiments, though some differences may bear further investigation. In particular, the steam phase relative permeability appears to vary much more linearly with saturation than does the water phase relative permeability.

  2. [111]-oriented PIN-PMN-PT crystals with ultrahigh dielectric permittivity and high frequency constant for high-frequency transducer applications

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Luo, Jun; Geng, Xuecang; Xu, Zhuo; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2016-08-01

    The electromechanical properties of [111]-oriented tetragonal Pb(In1/2Nb1/2O3)-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3)-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals were investigated for potential high frequency ultrasonic transducers. The domain-engineered tetragonal crystals exhibit an ultrahigh free dielectric permittivity ɛ33T > 10 000 with a moderate electromechanical coupling factor k33 ˜ 0.79, leading to a high clamped dielectric permittivity ɛ33S of 2800, significantly higher than those of the rhombohedral relaxor-PT crystals and high-K (dielectric permittivity) piezoelectric ceramics. Of particular significance is that the [111]-oriented tetragonal crystals were found to possess high elastic stiffness, with frequency constant N33 of ˜2400 Hz m, allowing relatively easy fabrication of high-frequency transducers. In addition, no scaling effect of piezoelectric and dielectric properties was observed down to thickness of 0.1 mm, corresponding to an operational frequency of ˜24 MHz. These advantages of [111]-oriented tetragonal PIN-PMN-PT crystals will benefit high-frequency ultrasonic array transducers, allowing for high sensitivity, broad bandwidth, and reduced noise/crosstalk.

  3. Enhanced dielectric constant and relaxor behavior realized by dual stage sintering of Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6

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    Rathore, Satyapal S.; Vitta, Satish

    2014-04-01

    The relaxor ferroelectric compound, Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6 (SBN50) was synthesized by solid state reaction followed by sintering under two different conditions: single and dual stage sintering. The impact of sintering process on structural and dielectric properties has been studied in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The crystal structure determined by performing Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffractogram was found to be identical in both cases. SBN50 crystallizes in the ferroelectric tetragonal tungsten bronze, P4bm structure. It was observed that uniform grain growth can be controlled by dual stage sintering and relatively narrow distribution of grains can be achieved with an average grain size of ˜15 μm. The dielectric studies show that SBN50 exhibits a relaxor ferroelectric behavior with the transformation taking place at ˜ 380 K due to formation of polar nano regions. Although both single and dual stage sintered SBN50 exhibits relaxor behaviour, the maximum dielectric constant of dual stage sintered SBN50 is found to be 1550 compare to 1440 for single stage sintering.

  4. A new method for the precise multiband microwave dielectric measurement using stepped impedance stub

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    Sandhu, M. Y.; Ali, A.; Hunter, I. C.; Roberts, N. S.

    2016-11-01

    This article presents a new method of wideband dielectric measurement at microwave frequencies. This method can be used to determine the complex dielectric properties of solid and semisolid materials from 0.9 GHz to 4.5 GHz, including the ISM bands of 915 MHz and 2450 MHz. The new method is based on the scattering parameter measurement of a stepped impedance open circuited micro-strip stub, partly loaded with dielectric test material. Current microwave wideband spectroscopy techniques generally measure dielectric materials over a wide range of frequencies but their accuracy is limited. In contrast, narrowband techniques generally measure dielectric properties to a high accuracy but only at a single frequency. This new technique is capable of measuring dielectric properties over a wide range of frequencies to a high accuracy. The technique has been verified by the empirical characterisation of the dielectric properties of Teflon and Duroid 5880 materials. Empirical results were in good agreement with values in the manufacturer’s Data Sheets. The complex permittivity data will be useful for further microwave processing of the materials.

  5. Effect of Solvent Dielectric Constant and Acidity on the OH Vibration Frequency in Hydrogen-Bonded Complexes of Fluorinated Ethanols.

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    Pines, Dina; Keinan, Sharon; Kiefer, Philip M; Hynes, James T; Pines, Ehud

    2015-07-23

    Infrared spectroscopy measurements were used to characterize the OH stretching vibrations in a series of similarly structured fluoroethanols, RCH2OH (R = CH3, CH2F, CHF2, CF3), a series which exhibits a systematic increase in the molecule acidity with increasing number of F atoms. This study, which expands our earlier efforts, was carried out in non-hydrogen-bonding solvents comprising molecules with and without a permanent dipole moment, with the former solvents being classified as polar solvents and the latter designated as nonpolar. The hydrogen bond interaction in donor-acceptor complexes formed in solution between the fluorinated ethanol H-donors and the H-acceptor base DMSO was investigated in relation to the solvent dielectric and to the differences ΔPA of the gas phase proton affinities (PAs) of the conjugate base of the fluorinated alcohols and DMSO. We have observed that νOH decreases as the acidity of the alcohol increases (ΔPA decreases) and that νOH varies inversely with ε, exhibiting different slopes for nonpolar and polar solvents. These 1/ε slopes tend to vary linearly with ΔPA, increasing with increasing acidity. These experimental findings, including the ΔPA trends, are described with our recently published two-state Valence Bond-based theory for acid-base H-bonded complexes. Lastly, the correlation of the alcohol's conjugate base PAs with Taft σ* values of the fluorinated ethyl groups CH(n)F(3-n)CH2- provides a connection of the inductive effects for these groups with the acidity parameter ΔPA associated with the H-bonded complexes.

  6. Derivation of extracellular fluid volume fraction and equivalent dielectric constant of the cell membrane from dielectric properties of the human body. Part 2: A preliminary study for tracking the progression of surgical tissue injury.

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    Tatara, T; Tsuzaki, K

    2000-07-01

    A study is conducted to determine whether the extracellular fluid (ECF) volume fraction and equivalent dielectric constant of the cell membrane epsilon m, derived from the dielectric properties of the human body can track the progression of surgical tissue injury. Frequency-dependent dielectric constants and electrical conductivities of body segments are obtained at surgical (trunk) and non-surgical sites (arm and leg) from five patients who have undergone oesophageal resections, before and at the end of surgery and on the day after the operation. The ECF volume fraction and the equivalent epsilon m of body segments are estimated by fitting the dielectric data for body segments to the cell suspension model incorporating fat tissue, and their time-course changes are compared between body segments. By the day after the operation, the estimated ECF volume fraction has increased in all body segments compared with that before surgery, by 0.13 in the arm, 0.16 in the trunk and 0.14 in the leg (p < 0.05), indicating postoperative fluid accumulation in the extracellular space. In contrast, the estimated equivalent epsilon m shows a different time course between body segments on the day after the operation, characterised by a higher change ratio of epsilon m of the trunk (1.34 +/- 0.66, p < 0.05), from that of the arm (0.66 +/- 0.34) and leg (0.61 +/- 0.11). The results suggest that the equivalent epsilon m of a body segment at a surgical site can track pathophysiological cell changes following surgical tissue injury.

  7. Local tissue water assessed by tissue dielectric constant: anatomical site and depth dependence in women prior to breast cancer treatment-related surgery.

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    Mayrovitz, Harvey N; Davey, Suzanne; Shapiro, Elizabeth

    2008-09-01

    Assessing local tissue water using tissue dielectric constant (TDC) values is useful to evaluate oedema/lymphoedema features and their change. Knowledge of anatomical site and tissue depth dependence of TDC values could extend this method's utility. Our goal was to compare TDC values obtained at anatomically paired sites and to investigate their depth dependence. In 22 women (12 awaiting surgery for breast cancer and 10 cancer-free control subjects), four sites (mid-forearm, mid-biceps, axilla and lateral thorax) on both body sides were measured with a 2.5-mm sampling depth probe. Also, at forearm, four different probes with sampling depths of 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 and 5 mm were used. TDC values range between 1 for zero water to 78.5 for 100% water. Site comparisons showed TDC values (mean+/-SD) to be largest at axilla (36.4+/-8.9), least at biceps (21.6+/-3.5) and not different between forearm and thorax (24.3+/-4.0 versus 24.8+/-5.0). Group comparisons showed slightly greater values in patients at forearm and biceps (P<0.05) but no group difference at other sites. Dominant-non-dominant side comparisons showed no significant difference in paired-TDC values in either group at any site. Forearm TDC values decreased with increasing depth from 36.4+/-4.8 at 0.5 mm to a minimum of 21.4+/-3.9 at 5.0 mm, with a sharp decline between 1.5 and 2.5 mm. The composite findings suggest that TDC measurements have the necessary features for usefully assessing oedema/lymphoedema and its change on limbs and at body sites not routinely amenable to assessment by other techniques. The depth dependence feature provides additional flexibility to investigate oedematous or lymphoedematous conditions.

  8. Highly Scaled High Dielectric Constant Oxides on III-V CMOS with Low Interface Trap and Low Leakage Densities

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    Chobpattana, Varistha

    Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) transistors are being aggressively scaled, reaching the fundamental limits of silicon. Due to their much higher electron mobilities, III-V semiconductors are being considered as alternative channel materials to potentially replace Si. This requires the integration of high dielectric constant (high-k) oxides with III-V semiconductor layers, which is the most significant challenge to achieve high performance of III-V metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Large interface trap densities, inherent to these interfaces, degrade the transistor performance. In this dissertation, we utilize in-situ atomic layer deposition (ALD) combined with surface passivation techniques to reduce the interface traps densities between high-k oxides and III-V semiconductors to obtain highly scaled, low defect density interfaces. Cycles of hydrogen and/or nitrogen plasmas and metal-organic precursors were applied directly onto n- and p type In0.53 Ga0.47As surfaces before high-k oxide ALD. The high-k oxides investigated include Al2O 3, HfO2, ZrO2, and TiO2. We examined the electrical characteristics of MOS capacitors (MOSCAPs), surface morphology of the surface, and chemical components of the interface. High quality interfaces of high-k oxide and n-type In0.53Ga0.47As with low interface trap densities (Dit) of 1012 eV-1 cm-2, low leakage current density, and high capacitance densities gate stacks (>5 muF/cm 2) were achieved by the optimized cycles of nitrogen plasma+tetrakis(dimethylamido)titanium (TDMAT) ALD surface cleaning. Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the interface region indicates that the removing As-oxides, sub-oxides, and As-As bonding are responsible for decreasing frequency dispersion in the midgap region of the n-type In0:53Ga0:47As, reducing midgap Dit, and unpinning Fermi level. The modified interface chemistry from Al2O3 to TiO2 leads to lower frequency dispersion in accumulation. The highly

  9. Spectral Sensitivity Measured with Electroretinogram Using a Constant Response Method

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    Rocha, Fernando Allan de Farias; Gomes, Bruno Duarte; Silveira, Luiz Carlos de Lima; Martins, Sonia Limara; Aguiar, Renata Genaro; de Souza, John Manuel; Ventura, Dora Fix

    2016-01-01

    A new method is presented to determine the retinal spectral sensitivity function S(λ) using the electroretinogram (ERG). S(λ)s were assessed in three different species of myomorph rodents, Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus), Wistar rats (Ratus norvegicus), and mice (Mus musculus). The method, called AC Constant Method, is based on a computerized automatic feedback system that adjusts light intensity to maintain a constant-response amplitude to a flickering stimulus throughout the spectrum, as it is scanned from 300 to 700 nm, and back. The results are presented as the reciprocal of the intensity at each wavelength required to maintain a constant peak to peak response amplitude. The resulting S(λ) had two peaks in all three rodent species, corresponding to ultraviolet and M cones, respectively: 359 nm and 511 nm for mice, 362 nm and 493 nm for gerbils, and 362 nm and 502 nm for rats. Results for mouse and gerbil were similar to literature reports of S(λ) functions obtained with other methods, confirming that the ERG associated to the AC Constant-Response Method was effective to obtain reliable S(λ) functions. In addition, due to its fast data collection time, the AC Constant Response Method has the advantage of keeping the eye in a constant light adapted state. PMID:26800521

  10. The effect of Cr2O3 doping on structures and dielectric constants of SiO2-Bi2O3-B2O3-Na2CO3 glass based on silica gel of natural sand

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    Diantoro, M.; Zaini, M. B.; Muniroh, Z.; Nasikhudin; Hidayat, A.

    2017-05-01

    One of the abundant natural resources along the coastal lines of Indonesia is silica sand. One of the beaches which has a lot of silica content is Bancar-Tuban beach. Silica can be used as a raw material of glass that has multiple properties in optic, dielectric, and other physical properties by introducing specific dopants. Some oxides have been used as dopant e.g. Al2O3, Fe3O4, and NiO. However, there has not been any comprehensive study discussing the multiple properties of natural silica-sand-based glass with Cr2O3 dopant so far. A series of samples have been prepared, which mean two solid steps to state melting technique. Cr2O3 was selected as a dopant due to its potential to control its color and to increase the dielectric constant of the glass. The synthesis of silica (SiO2) sand from BancarTuban beach was conducted through the sol-gel process. The composition varied as the addition of Cr2O3on 50SiO2-25B2O3-(6.5-x) Bi2O3-18.5Na2CO3-xCr2O3 (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08mol), later called SBBN glass. The samples’ characterizations of the structure and morphology were conducted through the use of XRD, and SEM-EDX. The measurements were done by using a DC capacitance meter in order to investigate the dielectric properties of the sample, under the influence of light. It is shown that addition of Cr2O3 did not alter the crystal structure but changed the structure of the functional bond formation. It is also revealed that the dielectric constant increased along with the increasing of Cr2O3. An interesting result was that the dielectric constant of the glass was quantized decreasingly as the increase of light.

  11. Study of Some Dielectric Properties of Suspensions of Magnesium Particles in Mineral Oil

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    Altshuller, Aubrey P

    1954-01-01

    The variation of dielectric constant has been measured as a function of the concentration of magnesium particles; the shape, size, and degree of oxidation of the particles; the temperature; and the frequency of oscillation. The variation of dielectric constant and settling rate was investigated as a function of time. Also investigated were the effects of particle concentration, shape and time on dielectric losses.

  12. Environmental effects on electron transfer from chlorophyll triplet to quinone: role of dielectric constant, viscosity and quinone structure in cellulose acetate films

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    Cheddar, G.; Tollin, G.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of environmental parameters on chlorophyll triplet quenching and electron transfer to quinones have been investigated in a system consisting of donor and acceptor incorporated into a cellulose acetate film which was subsequently exposed to solvent. Triplet quenching by a diffusional mechanism was found to occur in the dry film, with steric effects being a major determinant of quencher effectiveness. No formation of separated radicals was found under these conditions, probably because the high viscosity prevented separation of the initially formed radical-ion pair. When the film was subsequently exposed to water, triplet quenching became more effective and separated radical production occurred. This is attributed to effects of decreased microviscosity and increased dielectric constant. Both steric effects and quinone redox potential were found to influence radical yields. Rate constants for reverse electron transfer were independent of quinone redox potential. When solvents other than pure water were used, radical yields were observed to increase with the dielectric constant. This is ascribed to an increase in the ease of separation of the radical-ion pair.

  13. Core-shell structured polystyrene/BaTiO3 hybrid nanodielectrics prepared by in situ RAFT polymerization: a route to high dielectric constant and low loss materials with weak frequency dependence.

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    Yang, Ke; Huang, Xingyi; Xie, Liyuan; Wu, Chao; Jiang, Pingkai; Tanaka, Toshikatsu

    2012-11-23

    A novel route to prepare core-shell structured nanocomposites with excellent dielectric performance is reported. This approach involves the grafting of polystyrene (PS) from the surface of BaTiO(3) by an in situ RAFT polymerization. The core-shell structured PS/BaTiO(3) nanocomposites not only show significantly increased dielectric constant and very low dielectric loss, but also have a weak frequency dependence of dielectric properties over a wide range of frequencies. In addition, the dielectric constant of the nanocomposites can also be easily tuned by varying the thickness of the PS shell. Our method is very promising for preparing high-performance nanocomposites used in energy-storage devices.

  14. Electrical Behavior of Probertite by Dielectric Spectroscopy

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    Okutan, M.; Yalçın, Z.; İçelli, O.; Ay, F.; Boncukçuoğlu, R.; Artun, O.; Delipınar, D.

    2014-12-01

    In this work of the material investigation, electrical parameters, which are real part and imaginary part of modulus, dielectric constant, dissipation factor, and conductivity, in the bulk pellet of probertite sample is presented. Electrical properties were investigated via temperature and frequency dependent dielectric spectroscopy. Real and imaginary part of dielectric parameter properties of the probertite were measured at frequencies from 100 to 15M Hz in the temperature range of 25 to 150 °C. Temperature dependence of the real part of the dielectric constant suggests that these compounds exhibit strong electromagnetic absorption and broadband electrical behavior.

  15. A pseudoreceptor docking study of 4,5-α-epoxymorphinans with a range of dielectric constants

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    Gussio, Rick; Pou, Sovitj; Chen, Jih-Hsiang; Smythers, Gary W.

    1992-04-01

    Thirteen 4,5-epoxymorphinan μ agonists with established analgesic action were docked into an Asp-Lys-His-Phe pseudoreceptor complex under a range of distance-dependent dielectric conditions. The number of compounds with potential energies of the docked complexes that agreed in rank order with corresponding analgesic potencies was determined for each condition. Two dielectric conditions, n-decane (1.991) and ethanol (24.3), enabled the greatest number of compounds to relate to their pseudoreceptors with each having 9 and 8 successes respectively. Both of these conditions demonstrated unique influences on the types of structures that were successfully docked. For example, the morphine stereoisomer α-isomorphine, the geometric isomer B/C trans-morphine, and the 8-position-substituted γ-isomorphine were successes in the n-decane condition, whereas the ethanol condition produced the substituted codeine derivatives dihydroco-deinone and dihydroxycodeinone. These findings emphasize the importance of dielectric influence when developing force-field modeled quantitative structure-activity relationships for a closely related homologous series.

  16. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of High Dielectric Constant CaCu3Ti4O12 from Sol-Gel Precursor

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    Ouyang, Xin; Cao, Peng; Huang, Saifang; Zhang, Weijun; Huang, Zhaohui; Gao, Wei

    2015-07-01

    CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) powders derived from sol-gel precursors were calcined and sintered via microwave radiation. The obtained CCTO powders were compared with that obtained via a conventional heating method. For microwave heating, 89.1 wt.% CCTO was achieved from the sol-gel precursor, after only 17 min at 950°C. In contrast, the conventional calcination method required 3 h to generate 87.6 wt.% CCTO content at 1100°C. In addition, the CCTO powders prepared through 17 min of microwave calcination exhibited a small particle size distribution of D50 = 3.826 μm. It was found that a lengthy hold time of 1 h by microwave sintering is required to obtain a high dielectric constant (3.14 × 103 at 102 Hz) and a reasonably low dielectric loss (0.161) in the sintered CCTO ceramic. Based upon the distinct microstructures, the dielectric responses of the CCTO samples sintered by different methods are attributed to space charge polarization and internal barrier layer capacitor mechanism.

  17. A New Application for Radioimmunoassay: Measurement of Thermodynamic Constants.

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    Angstadt, Carol N.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Describes a laboratory experiment in which an equilibrium radioimmunoassay (RIA) is used to estimate thermodynamic parameters such as equilibrium constants. The experiment is simple and inexpensive, and it introduces a technique that is important in the clinical chemistry and research laboratory. Background information, procedures, and results are…

  18. Dielectric Properties of Porous Si3N4-SiO2-BN Composites

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    Sun, Yinbao; Zhang, Yumin; Li, Dihong; Han, Jiecai

    Porous Si3N4-SiO2-BN composites were prepared by adding starch as both pore former and consolidator. Bruggeman effective-medium model, Maxwell-Garnett model and logarithmic model were used to describe and predict the dielectric constant of porous Si3N4-SiO2-BN ceramics. Relative dielectric constant of porous Si3N4-SiO2-BN composites decreases with the increase of apparent porosity within limits, and these models can forecast the change of the dielectric constant of the porous ceramics quite well. The minimum relative dielectric constant is 2.5 at the apparent porosity of 0.555 at room-temperature. The relationship between dielectric constant and temperature were investigated. It was found dielectric constant varied a lot with the increase of temperature, and Debye relaxation theory was employed to explain the variation of the dielectric constant with temperature increment. But the Debye relaxation theory can not explain the reason of variation of dielectric constant at the temperature range from 300°C to 900°C. To ascertain the cause of changes of dielectric constant at this temperature region, differential scanning calorimentry (DSC) measurement was performed. In this temperature region, phase transition behavior occurs at nearly 300°C in the porous composites. The new phase probably has a tidy large dielectric constant, and the dielectric constant increases sharply.

  19. W-Band Transmission MeasurementS and X-Band Dielectric Properties Measurements for a Radome Material Sample

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    Cravey, Robin L.; Tiemsin, Pacita I.

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes measurements which were performed on a sample of radome material in the Electromagnetic Properties Measurements Laboratory (EPML). The purpose of the measurements described in this paper was to determine the one-way transmission loss through the flat panel of radome material for a frequency range of 84 to 94 GHz, for varying incidence angles. The panel, which was manufactured by Norton Performance Plastics Corporation, was provided to the EPML by TRW. The size of the panel is 40 in x 36 in x 0.422 in and consists of a foam material with one side coated with a smooth white coating (this side will be referred to as the front side). The dielectric properties of the foam material from the inside of the panel were also determined at X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz). The W-band free space measurements are presented first, followed by the X-band dielectric properties measurements.

  20. Correlation between band gap, dielectric constant, Young’s modulus and melting temperature of GaN nanocrystals and their size and shape dependences

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    Lu, Haiming; Meng, Xiangkang

    2015-01-01

    With structural miniaturization down to the nanoscale, the detectable parameters of materials no longer remain constant but become tunable. For GaN nanocrystals example, the band gap increases while the dielectric constant, Young’s modulus and melting temperature decrease with decreasing the solid size. Herein, we developed the models to describe the size and shape dependences of these seemingly uncorrelated parameters for GaN nanocrystals, based on our established thermodynamic model for cohesive energy of metallic nanocrystals. Consistency between our theoretical predictions and the corresponding experimental or simulated results confirms the accuracy of the developed models and indicates the essentiality of cohesive energy in describing the effects of size and shape on the physicochemical properties of different low-dimensional systems. PMID:26582533

  1. Improved Dielectric Films For Capacitors

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S.; Lewis, Carol R.; Cygan, Peter J.; Jow, T. Richard

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric films made from blends of some commercially available high-dielectric-constant cyanoresins with each other and with cellulose triacetate (CTA) have both high dielectric constants and high breakdown strengths. Dielectric constants as high as 16.2. Films used to produce high-energy-density capacitors.

  2. Displacement power spectrum measurement by CPMG in constant gradient

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    Lasič, Samo; Stepišnik, Janez; Mohorič, Aleš

    2006-10-01

    The modulation of spin phase produced by Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) sequence in combination with constant magnetic field gradient is appropriate to probe the displacement power spectrum (DPS). The spin-echo attenuation is directly proportional to the DPS value at the applied modulation frequency. Relaxation and selective excitation effects can be factored out while probing the DPS. The modulation frequency is adjusted by varying the pulse separation time while the gradient strength and the time of acquisition are kept constant. In designing the experiment gradient strength limitations, imposed by off-resonance effects, as well as limitations arising from using Gaussian phase approximation must be considered. An effective experimental strategy is presented, supported by experimental results for free and restricted diffusion.

  3. (abstract) Characterization of Tree Water Status and Dielectric Constant Changes of North American Boreal Forests in Combination with Synthetic Aperture Radar Remote Sensing

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    McDonald, K. C.; Zimmerman, R.; Way, J. B.

    1994-01-01

    The occurrence and magnitude of temporal and spatial tree water status changes in the boreal environment were studied in a floodplain forest in Alaska and in four forest types of Central Canada. Under limited water supply conditions from the rooted soil zone in early spring (freeze/thaw transition) and during summer, trees show declining water potentials. Coincidental change in tree water potential, tree transpiration and tree dielectric constant had been observed in previous studies performed in Mediterranean ecotones. If radar is sensitive to chances in tree water status as reflected through changes in dielectric constant, then radar remote sensing could be used to monitor the water status of forests. The SAR imagery is examined to determine the response of the radar backscatter to the ground based observations of the water status of forest canopies. Comparisons are made between stands and also along the large North-South gradient between sites. Data from SAR are used to examine the radar response to canopy physiological state as related to vegetation freeze/thaw and growing season length.

  4. (abstract) Characterization of Tree Water Status and Dielectric Constant Changes of North American Boreal Forests in Combination with Synthetic Aperture Radar Remote Sensing

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    McDonald, K. C.; Zimmerman, R.; Way, J. B.

    1994-01-01

    The occurrence and magnitude of temporal and spatial tree water status changes in the boreal environment were studied in a floodplain forest in Alaska and in four forest types of Central Canada. Under limited water supply conditions from the rooted soil zone in early spring (freeze/thaw transition) and during summer, trees show declining water potentials. Coincidental change in tree water potential, tree transpiration and tree dielectric constant had been observed in previous studies performed in Mediterranean ecotones. If radar is sensitive to chances in tree water status as reflected through changes in dielectric constant, then radar remote sensing could be used to monitor the water status of forests. The SAR imagery is examined to determine the response of the radar backscatter to the ground based observations of the water status of forest canopies. Comparisons are made between stands and also along the large North-South gradient between sites. Data from SAR are used to examine the radar response to canopy physiological state as related to vegetation freeze/thaw and growing season length.

  5. The magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and dielectric constant of hexagonal YMnO3, LuMnO3 and ScMnO3

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    Tomuta, D. G.; Ramakrishnan, S.; Nieuwenhuys, G. J.; Mydosh, J. A.

    2001-05-01

    We report the magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and dielectric constant for high-purity polycrystalline samples of three hexagonal manganites: YMnO3, LuMnO3 and ScMnO3. These materials can exhibit a ferroelectric transition at very high temperatures (TFE>700 K). At lower temperatures there is magnetic ordering of the frustrated Mn3+ spins (S = 2) on a triangular Mn lattice (YMnO3: TN = 71 K LuMnO3: TN = 90 K and ScMnO3: TN = 130 K). The transition is characterized by a sharp kink in the magnetic susceptibility at TN below which it continues to increase due to the frustration on the triangular lattice. The specific heat shows one clear continuous phase transition at TN, which is independent of external magnetic field up to 9 T with an entropy content as expected for Mn3+ ions. The temperature-dependent dielectric constant displays a distinct anomaly at TN.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  8. The effects of water content and water resistivity on the dispersion of resistivity and dielectric constant in quartz sand in the frequency range 10^2 to 10^8 Hz

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    Eberle, W.R.

    1983-01-01

    Using modifications of previously developed methods, measurements were made of the resistivity and the dielectric constant of two similar quartz sands of different porosity over the frequency range 102-108 Hertz for various water contents and water resistivities. Dispersion is pronounced in all the resistivity data above 106 Hz. As water content decreases, resistivity dispersion becomes noticeable at lower frequencies. The resistivity data at all frequencies, however, fit an empirical prediction formula relating observed resistivity to water saturation and resistivity of the saturated sample. The data suggest that the dispersion of resistivity of some earth materials with frequency may be predicted on the basis of curve matching of the data obtained in this investigation with the resistivity of the material at a frequency of 100 Hz or lower. The dispersion of dielectric constant with frequency is pronounced at all frequencies, being more pronounced with increasing water content. The shape of the dispersion curve is dependent on the resistivity of the water in the sample.

  9. In situ dielectric measurements of Zn?Al layered double hydroxide with anionic nitrate ions

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    Ahmed, Abdullah Ahmed Ali; Talib, Zainal Abidin; Hussein, Mohd Zobir bin; Zakaria, Azmi

    2012-08-01

    Zn-Al-NO3-layered double hydroxide (Zn-Al-NO3-LDH) was prepared by the co-precipitation method with a ratio of Zn/Al = 4 and at a constant pH of 7. Powder XRD patterns showed the characteristic peaks of layered structure of the LDH sample. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and infrared spectra of the sample were investigated. Because of the existence of water molecules and anionic NO3- in the interlayer of the LDH, the in situ dielectric spectroscopy of the LDH can be described by an anomalous low frequency dispersion using the second type of Universal Power Law. Novel measurements of activation energy of LDH have been obtained at five different frequencies. The energy value increased from 0.05 eV at 1 MHz to 0.37 eV at 134 Hz. The conductivity spectra of sample were studied as a function in temperature of the in situ measurements. The ionic conductivity (dc) of LDH increased as the in situ temperature increased.

  10. Measured current drainage through holes in various dielectrics up to 2 kilovolts in a dilute plasma

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    Grier, N. T.; Mckinzie, D. J., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    The electron current drained from a plasma through approximately 0.05 cm diameter holes in eight possible space applicable dielectrics placed on a probe biased at voltages up to 2000 V dc have been determined both theoretically and experimentally. The dielectrics tested were Parylene C and N, Teflon FEP type C, Teflon TFE, Nomex, quartz 7940 Corning Glass, Mylar A, and Kapton H polymide film. A Laplace field was used to predict an upper limit for the drainage current. The measured current was less than the computed current for quartz, Teflon FEP, and the 0.0123 cm thick sample of Parylene N for all voltages tested. The drainage current through the other dielectrics became equal to or greater than the computed current at a voltage below 2000 V. The magnitudes of the currents were between 0.1 and 10 microamperes for most of the dielectrics.

  11. Interconversion of mechanical and dielectrical relaxation measurements for dicyclohexylmethyl-2-methyl succinate.

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    Díaz-Calleja, R; Garcia-Bernabé, A; Sanchis, M J; del Castillo, L F

    2005-11-01

    A comparison between results of dielectrical relaxation and dynamic mechanical spectroscopies is carried out for the alpha-relaxation of the ester dicyclohexyl methyl-2-methyl succinate (DCMMS). The results for the dielectric permittivity and the shear modulus measurements are presented according to the empirical Havriliak-Negami (HN) equation. By using the time-temperature principle a master curve in each case was obtained for several temperatures. The comparative analysis presented here is based on the assumption of a relationship between rotational and shear viscosities. The former one is associated to the dielectrical relaxation, whereas the latter is associated to mechanical relaxation. Both viscosities are not necessarily equal in general, and we assume that the difference between them is an important factor to appropriately compare the dielectrical and mechanical results.

  12. Indirect measure of the dielectric permittivity via GPR measurements on a cooperative target with unknown location.

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    Soldovieri, F.; Pettinelli, E.; Persico, R.

    2009-04-01

    An accurate measure of the dielectric permittivity of the soil is of interest for several hydrological applications, as optimal irrigation and pollution monitoring, only to quote few examples [1, 2]. In addition, an accurate knowledge of the dielectric properties of the soil is of interest in the framework of inverse scattering approaches applied to GPR data in order to detect and image properly the buried targets of interest [3]. This work deals with an indirect measure of the dielectric permittivity of the soil starting from GPR surface data collected on a buried "cooperative" target, meant as an object buried on purpose whose extent is known a-priori and small in terms of the probing wavelength [4]. This target is exploited in order to achieve, from its image obtained from a suitable GPR data processing, an indirect measure of the dielectric permittivity of the embedding soil. GPR data processing is based on a linear microwave tomographic approach funded on the Born Approximation. Using this Born approach on two-dimensional inversion tests, we investigate the effect of the soil's electrical conductivity and permittivity on this indirect measure and demonstrate that the electrical field scattered by a spot-like buried object permits a good estimation of the soil permittivity even when no accurate information of the soil conductivity is available [5]. The feasibility of the approach will be tested by a deep numerical analysis that will point out also the effect of the extent and of the location of the cooperative target. Experimental results will be also presented in the case of data collected in controlled conditions [6]. [1] Lambot, S., Slob, E.C., van den Bosch, I., Stockbroeckx, B., Vanclooster,M., 2004b. Modeling of ground-penetrating radar for accurate characterization of subsurface electric properties. IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 42, 2555-2568. [2] Huisman, J., Hubbard, S., Redman, J., Annan, A., 2003. Measuring soil water content with

  13. Constant frequency pulsed phase-locked loop measuring device

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    Yost, William T.; Kushnick, Peter W.; Cantrell, John H.

    1993-06-01

    A measuring apparatus is presented that uses a fixed frequency oscillator to measure small changes in the phase velocity ultrasonic sound when a sample is exposed to environmental changes such as changes in pressure, temperature, etc. The invention automatically balances electrical phase shifts against the acoustical phase shifts in order to obtain an accurate measurement of electrical phase shifts.

  14. Constant frequency pulsed phase-locked loop measuring device

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    Yost, William T.; Kushnick, Peter W.; Cantrell, John H.

    1991-08-01

    A measuring apparatus is presented that uses a fixed frequency oscillator to measure small changes in the phase velocity ultrasonic sound when a sample is exposed to environmental changes such as changes in pressure, temperature, etc. The invention automatically balances electrical phase shifts against the acoustical phase shifts in order to obtain an accurate measurement of electrical phase shifts.

  15. Constant frequency pulsed phase-locked loop measuring device

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    Yost, William T. (Inventor); Kushnick, Peter W. (Inventor); Cantrell, John H. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A measuring apparatus is presented that uses a fixed frequency oscillator to measure small changes in the phase velocity ultrasonic sound when a sample is exposed to environmental changes such as changes in pressure, temperature, etc. The invention automatically balances electrical phase shifts against the acoustical phase shifts in order to obtain an accurate measurement of electrical phase shifts.

  16. Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) Plasma Actuators Thrust-Measurement Methodology Incorporating New Anti-Thrust Hypothesis

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    Ashpis, David E.; Laun, Matthew C.

    2014-01-01

    We discuss thrust measurements of Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) plasma actuators devices used for aerodynamic active flow control. After a review of our experience with conventional thrust measurement and significant non-repeatability of the results, we devised a suspended actuator test setup, and now present a methodology of thrust measurements with decreased uncertainty. The methodology consists of frequency scans at constant voltages. The procedure consists of increasing the frequency in a step-wise fashion from several Hz to the maximum frequency of several kHz, followed by frequency decrease back down to the start frequency of several Hz. This sequence is performed first at the highest voltage of interest, then repeated at lower voltages. The data in the descending frequency direction is more consistent and selected for reporting. Sample results show strong dependence of thrust on humidity which also affects the consistency and fluctuations of the measurements. We also observed negative values of thrust or "anti-thrust", at low frequencies between 4 Hz and up to 64 Hz. The anti-thrust is proportional to the mean-squared voltage and is frequency independent. Departures from the parabolic anti-thrust curve are correlated with appearance of visible plasma discharges. We propose the anti-thrust hypothesis. It states that the measured thrust is a sum of plasma thrust and anti-thrust, and assumes that the anti-thrust exists at all frequencies and voltages. The anti-thrust depends on actuator geometry and materials and on the test installation. It enables the separation of the plasma thrust from the measured total thrust. This approach enables more meaningful comparisons between actuators at different installations and laboratories. The dependence on test installation was validated by surrounding the actuator with a large diameter, grounded, metal sleeve.

  17. In-Vivo Time Domain Measurement of Dielectric Properties of Human Body Tissue

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    Koyama, Kazunori; Hirata, Akimasa; Wang, Jianquing; Fujiwara, Osamu

    It is essential to measure dielectric properties of human tissues for the safety evaluation of electromagnetic field exposures. In this paper, towards developing an in-vivo measurement method for living human tissues, we employed an open-ended coaxial probe together with a time domain reflectometry (TDR) technique, which probably enables us to extract a reflected waveform from some specified tissues in the time domain. We compared the TDR-measured dielectric properties for human surface tissues with those derived from a conventional frequency-domain technique. As a result, we found a fair agreement between them in the frequency range from 300 MHz to 6 GHz. This result suggests the possibility of in-vivo dielectric property measurement for superficial human tissues by using the proposed TDR technique.

  18. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements on very low loss cross-linked polyethylene power cables

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    Liu, Tong; Fothergill, John; Dodd, Steve; Nilsson, Ulf

    2009-08-01

    The principles of dielectric spectroscopy are reviewed and the techniques in both time and frequency domains are explored in search of appropriate methods for measurement on low loss XLPE cables. By combining the techniques of frequency response analyzer, transformer ratio bridge and discharging current measurements, some preliminary tests results on homopolymer XLPE model cables have been presented and analyzed, in a wide frequency range of 10-4Hz~2×104Hz. Dielectric loss mechanisms of XLPE cables are discussed based on the measurement results.

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

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    Blume, H.-J. C.

    1980-01-01

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

  20. Percolation phenomenon of calcium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate water-in-oil microemulsions by conductivity and dielectric spectroscopy measurements.

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    Capuzzi, G; Baglioni, P; Gambi, C M; Sheu, E Y

    1999-07-01

    The sodium counterion (Na+) of the sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) surfactant was exchanged with calcium Ca2+ to investigate the counterion charge effect on the structure of water in normal decane microemulsions. Ohmic conductivity and dielectric permittivity measurements were performed on samples at constant water to surfactant mole ratio [water]/[Ca(AOT)(2)]=26.6. Increasing the volume fraction of the dispersed phase phi, a percolation phenomenon was observed at the constant temperature of 25 degrees C. The percolation threshold was found at phi approximately 15% by Ohmic conductivity and static dielectric permittivity studied as a function of phi, and by the frequency dependence of the complex permittivity. Critical exponents typical of the static percolation mechanism (formation of bicontinuous microemulsions) were found below and above threshold. The comparison of these results obtained for the two different counterions, Ca2+ and Na+, in AOT surfactant water in normal decane microemulsions allows detection of an important difference. The percolation below threshold is dynamic for the sodium-based microemulsions, accounting for the formation of clusters of droplets, whereas calcium-based microemulsions show a static percolation. For this system, the coalescence of droplets begins to occur below threshold at phi approximately 12%.