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  1. Counteracting Gravitation In Dielectric Liquids

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    Israelsson, Ulf E.; Jackson, Henry W.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1993-01-01

    Force of gravity in variety of dielectric liquids counteracted by imposing suitably contoured electric fields. Technique makes possible to perform, on Earth, variety of experiments previously performed only in outer space and at great cost. Also used similarly in outer space to generate sort of artificial gravitation.

  2. Miniaturization of dielectric liquid microlens in package

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    Yang, Chih-Cheng; Tsai, C. Gary; Yeh, J. Andrew

    2010-01-01

    This study presents packaged microscale liquid lenses actuated with liquid droplets of 300–700 μm in diameter using the dielectric force manipulation. The liquid microlens demonstrated function focal length tunability in a plastic package. The focal length of the liquid lens with a lens droplet of 500 μm in diameter is shortened from 4.4 to 2.2 mm when voltages applied change from 0 to 79 Vrms. Dynamic responses that are analyzed using 2000 frames∕s high speed motion cameras show that the advancing and receding times are measured to be 90 and 60 ms, respectively. The size effect of dielectric liquid microlens is characterized for a lens droplet of 300–700 μm in diameter in an aspect of focal length. PMID:21267438

  3. Components of Dielectric Constants of Ionic Liquids

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    Izgorodina, Ekaterina I.

    2010-03-01

    In this study ab initio-based methods were used to calculate electronic polarizability and dipole moment of ions comprising ionic liquids [1]. The test set consisted of a number of anions and cations routinely used in the ionic liquid field. As expected, in the first approximation electronic polarizability volume turned out to be proportional to the ion volume, also calculated by means of ab initio theory. For ionic liquid ions this means that their electronic polarizabilities are at least an order of magnitude larger than those of traditional molecular solvents like water and DMSO. On this basis it may seem surprising that most of ionic liquids actually possess modest dielectric constants, falling the narrow range between 10 and 15. The lower than first expected dielectric constants of ionic liquids has been explored in this work via explicit calculations of the electronic and orientation polarization contributions to the dielectric constant using the Clausius-Mossotti equation and the Onsager theory for polar dielectric materials. We determined that the electronic polarization contribution to the dielectric constant was rather small (between 1.9 and 2.2) and comparable to that of traditional molecular solvents. These findings were explained by the interplay between two quantities, increasing electronic polarizability of ions and decreasing number of ions present in the unit volume; although electronic polarizability is usually relatively large for ionic liquid ions, due to their size there are fewer ions present per unit volume (by a factor of 10 compared to traditional molecular solvents). For ionic liquids consisting of ions with zero (e.g. BF4) or negligible (e.g. NTf2) dipole moments the calculated orientation polarization does not contribute enough to account for the whole of the measured values of the dielectric constants. We suggest that in ionic liquids an additional type of polarization, ``ionic polarization'', originating from small movements of the

  4. RF cavity using liquid dielectric for tuning and cooling

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    Popovic, Milorad; Johnson, Rolland P.

    2012-04-17

    A system for accelerating particles includes an RF cavity that contains a ferrite core and a liquid dielectric. Characteristics of the ferrite core and the liquid dielectric, among other factors, determine the resonant frequency of the RF cavity. The liquid dielectric is circulated to cool the ferrite core during the operation of the system.

  5. Pulsed dielectric spectroscopy of supercooled liquids

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

    1995-03-01

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

  6. Transparent Conveyor of Dielectric Liquids or Particles

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    Calle, Carlos I.; Mantovani, James G.

    2009-01-01

    The concept of a transparent conveyor of small loose dielectric parti cles or small amounts of dielectric liquids has emerged as an outgro wth of an effort to develop efficient, reliable means of automated re moval of dust from solar cells and from windows of optical instrumen ts. This concept is based on the previously reported concept of an e lectrodynamic screen, according to which a grid-like electric field is established on and near a surface and is moved along the surface p erpendicularly to the grid lines. The resulting electrodynamic force s on loose dielectric particles or dielectric liquid drops in the vic inity would move the particles or drops along the surface. In the or iginal dust-removal application, dust particles would thus be swept out of the affected window area. Other potential applications may occ ur in nanotechnology -- for example, involving mixing of two or more fluids and/or nanoscale particles under optical illumination and/or optical observation.

  7. Simple liquid models with corrected dielectric constants.

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    Fennell, Christopher J; Li, Libo; Dill, Ken A

    2012-06-14

    Molecular simulations often use explicit-solvent models. Sometimes explicit-solvent models can give inaccurate values for basic liquid properties, such as the density, heat capacity, and permittivity, as well as inaccurate values for molecular transfer free energies. Such errors have motivated the development of more complex solvents, such as polarizable models. We describe an alternative here. We give new fixed-charge models of solvents for molecular simulations--water, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, and dichloromethane. Normally, such solvent models are parametrized to agree with experimental values of the neat liquid density and enthalpy of vaporization. Here, in addition to those properties, our parameters are chosen to give the correct dielectric constant. We find that these new parametrizations also happen to give better values for other properties, such as the self-diffusion coefficient. We believe that parametrizing fixed-charge solvent models to fit experimental dielectric constants may provide better and more efficient ways to treat solvents in computer simulations.

  8. Temperature effects on dielectric liquid lenses.

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Ren, Hongwen; Xu, Su; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2014-01-27

    The thermal stability of dielectric liquid lenses is studied by measuring the focal length at different temperatures. Two types of liquids lenses are investigated: Type-I (SL-5267/glycerol) and Type-II (glycerol/ BK7 matching liquid). A threshold-like behavior is found. Below the threshold temperature, the focal length is temperature insensitive. Above the threshold, the focal length changes exponentially with the temperature. Both refractive index and surface profile are responsible for the focal length change, although the former decreases linearly with the temperature. The threshold temperature of Type-I and Type-II liquid lens are 60°C and 40°C, respectively. Type-I lens shows a good temperature stability in a wide range. Moreover, the lens can recover to its original state even though it is operated at a high temperature.

  9. Interfacing dielectric elastomer actuators with liquids

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    Poulin, Alexandre; Maffli, Luc; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert

    2015-04-01

    Methods and materials for liquid encapsulation in thin (19 μm) silicone membranes are presented in this work. A set of 12 liquids including solvents, oils, silicone pre-polymers and one ionic liquid are experimentally tested. We show that all selected liquids are chemically inert to silicone and that vapor pressure is the key parameter for stable encapsulation. It is demonstrated that encapsulated volume of silicone pre-polymers and ionic liquids can stay stable for more than 1 month. The actuation of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) in conductive liquids is also investigated. An analysis of the equivalent electrical circuits of immersed DEAs shows that non-overlapping regions of the electrodes should be minimized. It also provides guidelines to determine when the electrodes should be passivated. The effects of immersion in a conductive liquid are assessed by measuring the actuation strain and capacitance over periodic actuation. The experimental results show no sign of liquid-induced degradation over more than 45k actuation cycles.

  10. Tunable dielectric liquid lens on flexible substrate

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    Lu, Yen-Sheng; Tu, Hongen; Xu, Yong; Jiang, Hongrui

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of a tunable-focus dielectric liquid lens (DLL) on a flexible substrate made of polydimethylsiloxane, which was wrapped onto a goggle surface to show its functionality. As a positive meniscus converging lens, the DLL has the focal length variable from 14.2 to 6.3 mm in 1.3 s when the driving voltage increases to 125 Vrms. The resolving power of the DLL is 17.95 line pairs per mm. The DLL on a flexible, curvilinear surface is promising for expanded field of view covered as well as in reconfigurable optical systems. PMID:24493877

  11. On the dielectric heating of dual-frequency liquid crystals

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    Wen, Chien-Hui; Wu, Benjamin; Wang, Haiying; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2005-09-01

    We have developed a non-contact birefringence probing method for studying the dielectric heating-induced temperature rise of dual-frequency liquid crystals (DFLCs). The dielectric heating effects of three DFLC mixtures are investigated quantitatively. By properly choosing the molecular structures, the dielectric heating effect can be minimized while keeping other desirable physical properties uncompromised.

  12. Polarity-dependent dielectric torque in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Gu, Mingxia; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2008-06-13

    The dielectric dispersion in the uniaxial nematic liquid crystals affects the switching dynamics of the director, as the dielectric torque is determined by not only the present values of the electric field and director but also by their past values. We demonstrate that this "dielectric memory" leads to an unusual contribution to the dielectric torque that is linear in the present field and thus polarity sensitive. This torque can be used to accelerate the "switch-off" phase of director dynamics.

  13. Streamers in water and other dielectric liquids

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    Kolb, J. F.; Joshi, R. P.; Xiao, S.; Schoenbach, K. H.

    2008-12-01

    Experimental results on the inception and propagation of streamers in water generated under the application of high electric fields are reviewed. Characteristic parameters, such as breakdown voltage, polarity of the applied voltage, propagation velocities and other phenomenological features, are compared with similar phenomena in other dielectric liquids and in gases. Consequently, parameters that are expected to influence the development of streamers in water are discussed with respect to the analogous well-established models and theories for the related mechanisms in gases. Most of the data support the notion that an initial low-density nucleation site or gas-filled bubble assists the initiation of a streamer. Details of this theory are laid out explaining the observed differences in the breakdown originating from the anode versus the cathode locations. The mechanisms can also be applied to streamer propagation, although some observations cannot be satisfactorily explained.

  14. Dielectric heating effects of dual-frequency liquid crystals

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    Wen, Chien-Hui; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2005-06-01

    A noncontact birefringence probing method is developed to monitor the temperature rise of dual-frequency liquid crystals (DFLCs) due to the dielectric heating effect. This method allows us to determine the temperature change accurately without using a thermocouple. The dielectric heating effects of three DFLC mixtures are investigated quantitatively. By properly choosing the molecular structures, the dielectric heating effect can be minimized while keeping other desirable physical properties uncompromised.

  15. Dynamics of a Liquid Dielectric Attracted by a Cylindrical Capacitor

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    Nardi, Rafael; Lemos, Nivaldo A.

    2007-01-01

    The dynamics of a liquid dielectric attracted by a vertical cylindrical capacitor are studied. Contrary to what might be expected from the standard calculation of the force exerted by the capacitor, the motion of the dielectric is different depending on whether the charge or the voltage of the capacitor is held constant. The problem turns out to…

  16. Nonlinear dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kimura; Hara; Hayakawa

    2000-11-01

    The nonlinear dielectric relaxation spectra of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) have been studied in the chiral smectic-C phase. The linear and third-order nonlinear dielectric spectra show the relaxation corresponding to the fluctuation in the azimuthal angle of directors called the Goldstone mode. We calculated the nonlinear dielectric spectra of the Goldstone mode theoretically by the torque balance equation which describes the dynamics of FLCs under the electric field. The calculated spectra make good agreement with the measured ones. We also evaluated the material constants of FLCs from the best-fitted values of the linear and nonlinear dielectric increment and relaxation time.

  17. Dielectric and elastic properties of liquid crystals.

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    Zakharov, A V; Dong, R Y

    2001-09-01

    The structural properties, the static and relaxation dielectric coefficients [epsilon(j) and epsilon(j)(omega) (j= ||, perpendicular)], the rotational diffusion constants D( perpendicular) and D( ||), the orientational correlation times tau(1)(i0) (i=0,1), and the bulk elastic constants K(i) (i=1,2,3) are investigated for polar liquid crystals, such as 4-n-pentyl-4(')-cyanobiphenyl (5CB). epsilon(j) are calculated by a combination of the existing molecular theory and statistical-mechanical approach (SMA) that takes into account translational and orientational correlations as well as their coupling, whereas epsilon(j)(omega) are calculated by combining SMA and nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation theory, both based on a rotational diffusion model in which the reorientation of an individual molecule is assumed as stochastic Brownian motion in a potential of mean torque. Reasonable agreement between the calculated and experimental values of epsilon(j) and epsilon(j)(omega) for 5CB is obtained. The bulk Frank elastic constants K(i) (i=1,2,3), for splay, twist, and bend distortion modes, as well as their ratios K(3)/K(1) and K(2)/K(1) are also obtained.

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

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

    2005-08-19

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

  19. Ionic structure in liquids confined by dielectric interfaces

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    Jing, Yufei; Jadhao, Vikram; Zwanikken, Jos W.; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica

    2015-11-01

    The behavior of ions in liquids confined between macromolecules determines the outcome of many nanoscale assembly processes in synthetic and biological materials such as colloidal dispersions, emulsions, hydrogels, DNA, cell membranes, and proteins. Theoretically, the macromolecule-liquid boundary is often modeled as a dielectric interface and an important quantity of interest is the ionic structure in a liquid confined between two such interfaces. The knowledge gleaned from the study of ionic structure in such models can be useful in several industrial applications, such as in the design of double-layer supercapacitors for energy storage and in the extraction of metal ions from wastewater. In this article, we compute the ionic structure in a model system of electrolyte confined by two planar dielectric interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations and liquid state theory. We explore the effects of high electrolyte concentrations, multivalent ions, dielectric contrasts, and external electric field on the ionic distributions. We observe the presence of non-monotonic ionic density profiles leading to a layered structure in the fluid which is attributed to the competition between electrostatic and steric (entropic) interactions. We find that thermal forces that arise from symmetry breaking at the interfaces can have a profound effect on the ionic structure and can oftentimes overwhelm the influence of the dielectric discontinuity. The combined effect of ionic correlations and inhomogeneous dielectric permittivity significantly changes the character of the effective interaction between the two interfaces.

  20. Ionic structure in liquids confined by dielectric interfaces.

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    Jing, Yufei; Jadhao, Vikram; Zwanikken, Jos W; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica

    2015-11-21

    The behavior of ions in liquids confined between macromolecules determines the outcome of many nanoscale assembly processes in synthetic and biological materials such as colloidal dispersions, emulsions, hydrogels, DNA, cell membranes, and proteins. Theoretically, the macromolecule-liquid boundary is often modeled as a dielectric interface and an important quantity of interest is the ionic structure in a liquid confined between two such interfaces. The knowledge gleaned from the study of ionic structure in such models can be useful in several industrial applications, such as in the design of double-layer supercapacitors for energy storage and in the extraction of metal ions from wastewater. In this article, we compute the ionic structure in a model system of electrolyte confined by two planar dielectric interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations and liquid state theory. We explore the effects of high electrolyte concentrations, multivalent ions, dielectric contrasts, and external electric field on the ionic distributions. We observe the presence of non-monotonic ionic density profiles leading to a layered structure in the fluid which is attributed to the competition between electrostatic and steric (entropic) interactions. We find that thermal forces that arise from symmetry breaking at the interfaces can have a profound effect on the ionic structure and can oftentimes overwhelm the influence of the dielectric discontinuity. The combined effect of ionic correlations and inhomogeneous dielectric permittivity significantly changes the character of the effective interaction between the two interfaces. PMID:26590543

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Heating liquid dielectrics by time dependent fields

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    Khalife, A.; Pathak, U.; Richert, R.

    2011-10-01

    Steady state and time-resolved dielectric relaxation experiments are performed at high fields on viscous glycerol and the effects of energy absorption from the electric field are studied. Time resolution is obtained by a sinusoidal field whose amplitude is switched from a low to a high level and by recording voltage and current traces with an oscilloscope during this transition. Based on their distinct time and frequency dependences, three sources of modifying the dynamics and dielectric loss via an increase in the effective temperature can be distinguished: electrode temperature, real sample temperature, and configurational temperatures of the modes that absorbed the energy. Isothermal conditions that are desired for focusing on the configurational temperature changes (as in dielectric hole burning and related techniques) are maintained only for very thin samples and for moderate power levels. For high frequencies, say ν > 1 MHz, changes of the real temperature will exceed the effects of configurational temperatures in the case of macroscopic samples. Regarding microwave chemistry, heating via cell phone use, and related situations in which materials are subject to fields involving frequencies beyond the MHz regime, we conclude that changes in the configurational (or fictive) temperatures remain negligible compared with the increase of the real temperature. This simplifies the assessment of how time dependent electric fields modify the properties of materials.

  4. Optical control of gas-contained liquid dielectrics

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    Venedictov, S. V.; Mitrofanov, G. A.; Svetlakov, N. E.; Strel'nikov, M. Y.

    1997-09-01

    The comparative analysis of the requirement sensitivity threshold for chromatographic and optical methods of monitoring of gases content of liquid dielectrics was made. There is suggested to use the optical manner for the express- analysis of content of gases in transformer oil. The measurement equipment is mounted immediately on filled by oil electrical apparatus.

  5. Interaction of a plasma bullets with dielectric and liquid surface

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    Dang van Sung Mussard, Marguerite; Rousseau, Antoine; Cold Plasma Team

    2014-10-01

    Recently, the physics of the propagation of a discharge inside a dielectric capillary tube in Helium working in a low frequency sine High Voltage was studied. It was shown that the bullet propagation is controlled by the memory effect of the deposited charges in the inner surface of the capillary. Here, we focus on the physics of the interaction of bullets with liquid and/or dielectric surfaces. A 100--1000 Hz sinusoidal or a pulsed nanosecond high voltage is applied to a pin inside a dielectric tube in order to create a plasma bullet able to propagate in the tube and in the open air, at the end of the tube. We characterize the dynamics of the discharge, its propagation and its interaction with the liquid and dielectric phase, by electrical and optical diagnostics. The energy transfer from the capillary tube to the outer surface is studied as a function of the gap distance, applied voltage and liquid conductivity. A comparison is done between sine voltage and nanosecond pulse working conditions. Authors thank Emeric Foucher for experimental work and Labex Plas@Par for support.

  6. Temperature Dependence of Surface Layering in a Dielectric Liquid

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    Mo,H.; Kewalramani, S.; Evmenenko, G.; Kim, K.; Ehrlich, S.; Dutta, P.

    2007-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the density oscillations (layers) at the free surface of tetrakis(2-ethylhexoxy)silane, a nonmetallic molecular liquid, was investigated using x-ray reflectivity. Below {approx}215K , the layer parameters weakly vary with temperature, if at all. Above this temperature, the layer spacings and intrinsic layer widths increase continuously, until there is no identifiable layering above 230K . This transition occurs at T/{Tc}{approx}0.23 , a temperature region that is usually accessible in metallic liquids but is preempted by freezing in many dielectric liquids.

  7. Arcing resistance of high fire point dielectric liquids

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    Howells, E.; McCormick, G.P.

    1996-12-31

    High Fire Point (HFP) dielectric liquids have been in use since the demise of Askarels (PCB/TCB) in the mid-1970`s. Having fire points of at least 300 C, their main application has been in the role of transformer impregnants particularly in units located in, on, or near buildings. This study was aimed at evaluating the suitability of such liquids for application in arcing environments. At present, most HFP liquids are produced from one of three different chemical bases. These are: (a) Polyol Ester, (b) High Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon (HMWH) and (c) Dimethyl Silicone. Samples of these liquids were evaluated in a typical oil switch primarily utilized in capacitor switching applications. Although not an HFP liquid, Transformer Oil was included in the test matrix to provide a base line to which the other liquids could be compared. Each liquid was exposed to 250 cycles of switching 8,000 Volts at 50 Amps. (a duty well within the capability of the switch). The results show that both Polyol-Ester and High Molecular Weight Hydrocarbons compare favorably to Transformer Oil in this application. However, the dielectric breakdown value of Dimethyl Silicone was so rapidly degraded that its use under such conditions requires considerable caution.

  8. Dielectric properties of antiferroelectric liquid-crystalline mixtures

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    Goc, F.; Kuczynski, Wojciech; Malecki, J.; Dabrowski, Roman S.; Hoffmann, Jerzy

    1999-12-01

    Antiferroelectric liquid crystalline mixtures having smectic CA* phase in very broad temperature range have been investigated. Measurements of dielectric relaxation and spontaneous polarization were performed. Two absorption peaks in the existence range of the antiferroelectric CA* phase in the kHz-MHz range of frequency were observed. Both peaks are quite weak and of Debye type. Their characteristic dielectric strengths are almost temperature independent. The peaks are probably related to the motions of molecules on the side of a cone, defined by the molecule tilt angle, the slower process is related to the motions of molecules, tilted in opposite directions in subsequent layers and moving in the same direction. The process with shorter relaxation time is attributed to the movement of molecules in opposite directions. Both modes are active in dielectric measurements due to small residual polarization being a consequence of the helical superstructure.

  9. Microsparks Generated by Charged Particles in Dielectric Liquids

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    Geiger, Robert

    2012-10-01

    The electrodynamics of charged particles in dielectric liquids have been described by several authors [1,2]. As a charged particle approaches an electrode of opposite charge the local electric field eventually exceeds the dielectric strength of the liquid and a microspark is generated. These plasmas can be very small, about < 5 μm, and may exhibit non-thermal behavior. Such non-thermal behavior can provide interesting and efficient chemical reactions [3]. An understanding of the plasma properties for this type of discharge can provide a simple means of generating non-thermal plasmas in dielectric liquids, such as oils or other hydrocarbons, which can be used to chemically process the liquids. Such a technology may lead to a highly efficient method of heavy oil upgrading which can be easily scaled. In order to understand the plasma properties optical emission spectroscopy is carried out for various hydrocarbons and voltage-current characteristics are used to determine the energy cost for this process. [4pt] [1] Melcher, James R. Continuum Electromechanics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1981.[0pt] [2] Jones, Thomas B. Electromechanics of Particles. Cambridge University Press 1995.[0pt] [3] Staack, D., Fridman, A., Gutsol, A., Gogotsi, Y. and Friedman, G. 2008, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 47, 8020.

  10. Effect of dielectric and liquid on plasma sterilization using dielectric barrier discharge plasma.

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    Mastanaiah, Navya; Johnson, Judith A; Roy, Subrata

    2013-01-01

    Plasma sterilization offers a faster, less toxic and versatile alternative to conventional sterilization methods. Using a relatively small, low temperature, atmospheric, dielectric barrier discharge surface plasma generator, we achieved ≥ 6 log reduction in concentration of vegetative bacterial and yeast cells within 4 minutes and ≥ 6 log reduction of Geobacillus stearothermophilus spores within 20 minutes. Plasma sterilization is influenced by a wide variety of factors. Two factors studied in this particular paper are the effect of using different dielectric substrates and the significance of the amount of liquid on the dielectric surface. Of the two dielectric substrates tested (FR4 and semi-ceramic (SC)), it is noted that the FR4 is more efficient in terms of time taken for complete inactivation. FR4 is more efficient at generating plasma as shown by the intensity of spectral peaks, amount of ozone generated, the power used and the speed of killing vegetative cells. The surface temperature during plasma generation is also higher in the case of FR4. An inoculated FR4 or SC device produces less ozone than the respective clean devices. Temperature studies show that the surface temperatures reached during plasma generation are in the range of 30°C-66 °C (for FR4) and 20 °C-49 °C (for SC). Surface temperatures during plasma generation of inoculated devices are lower than the corresponding temperatures of clean devices. pH studies indicate a slight reduction in pH value due to plasma generation, which implies that while temperature and acidification may play a minor role in DBD plasma sterilization, the presence of the liquid on the dielectric surface hampers sterilization and as the liquid evaporates, sterilization improves. PMID:23951023

  11. Effect of Dielectric and Liquid on Plasma Sterilization Using Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma

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    Mastanaiah, Navya; Johnson, Judith A.; Roy, Subrata

    2013-01-01

    Plasma sterilization offers a faster, less toxic and versatile alternative to conventional sterilization methods. Using a relatively small, low temperature, atmospheric, dielectric barrier discharge surface plasma generator, we achieved ≥6 log reduction in concentration of vegetative bacterial and yeast cells within 4 minutes and ≥6 log reduction of Geobacillus stearothermophilus spores within 20 minutes. Plasma sterilization is influenced by a wide variety of factors. Two factors studied in this particular paper are the effect of using different dielectric substrates and the significance of the amount of liquid on the dielectric surface. Of the two dielectric substrates tested (FR4 and semi-ceramic (SC)), it is noted that the FR4 is more efficient in terms of time taken for complete inactivation. FR4 is more efficient at generating plasma as shown by the intensity of spectral peaks, amount of ozone generated, the power used and the speed of killing vegetative cells. The surface temperature during plasma generation is also higher in the case of FR4. An inoculated FR4 or SC device produces less ozone than the respective clean devices. Temperature studies show that the surface temperatures reached during plasma generation are in the range of 30°C–66°C (for FR4) and 20°C–49°C (for SC). Surface temperatures during plasma generation of inoculated devices are lower than the corresponding temperatures of clean devices. pH studies indicate a slight reduction in pH value due to plasma generation, which implies that while temperature and acidification may play a minor role in DBD plasma sterilization, the presence of the liquid on the dielectric surface hampers sterilization and as the liquid evaporates, sterilization improves. PMID:23951023

  12. Stochastic and deterministic causes of streamer branching in liquid dielectrics

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    Jadidian, Jouya; Zahn, Markus; Lavesson, Nils; Widlund, Ola; Borg, Karl

    2013-08-14

    Streamer branching in liquid dielectrics is driven by stochastic and deterministic factors. The presence of stochastic causes of streamer branching such as inhomogeneities inherited from noisy initial states, impurities, or charge carrier density fluctuations is inevitable in any dielectric. A fully three-dimensional streamer model presented in this paper indicates that deterministic origins of branching are intrinsic attributes of streamers, which in some cases make the branching inevitable depending on shape and velocity of the volume charge at the streamer frontier. Specifically, any given inhomogeneous perturbation can result in streamer branching if the volume charge layer at the original streamer head is relatively thin and slow enough. Furthermore, discrete nature of electrons at the leading edge of an ionization front always guarantees the existence of a non-zero inhomogeneous perturbation ahead of the streamer head propagating even in perfectly homogeneous dielectric. Based on the modeling results for streamers propagating in a liquid dielectric, a gauge on the streamer head geometry is introduced that determines whether the branching occurs under particular inhomogeneous circumstances. Estimated number, diameter, and velocity of the born branches agree qualitatively with experimental images of the streamer branching.

  13. Using liquid dielectrics to obtain spatial thermal distributions.

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    Kopecky, W J

    1980-01-01

    A liquid dielectric has been used to determine thermal distributions for several clinically useful waveguide applicators as used in microwave hyperthermia. The system uses a saline/ethanol filled compartment placed within a temperature controlled water bath set to 37.5 degrees C. Thermal distributions are taken with a thermistor probe placed perpendicular to the electric field. In this way longitudinal and transverse cross sections of the heat deposition due to microwave interaction with the liquid dielectric can be elicited. A similar arrangement was carried out using phantom material and an infrared camera as described by Guy. Comparison of the central axis data and cross-sectional thermal distribution of these two systems shows good agreement.

  14. A dielectric liquid contact thermal switch with electrowetting actuation

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    McLanahan, A. R.; Richards, C. D.; Richards, R. F.

    2011-10-01

    We present the design, fabrication and characterization of a new kind of MEMS thermal switch based on electrowetting actuation of a dielectric liquid contact. The thermal switch consists of a thin layer (30-120 µm thick) of a dielectric liquid, such as glycerin or water, squeezed between two silicon dies. The gas pressure in the gap can be varied from ambient down to 0.6 T. The switch operates by changing the conductive path between the two silicon dies by moving the thin layer of dielectric liquid using electrowetting. The result is a bi-stable thermal switch that can change between a low thermal resistance state and a high thermal resistance state. Electrowetting measurements indicate switching time on the order of 2-40 s with switching time increasing as gap width decreases. The power required to switch states is less than 2 mW. Heat transfer measurements indicate thermal resistance ratios of up to ROFF/RON = 14, with the highest thermal resistance ratios found for the smallest gap (30 µm) and the lowest pressure (0.6 T).

  15. Dielectric studies of molecular motions in glassy and liquid nicotine

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    Kaminski, K.; Paluch, M.; Ziolo, J.; Ngai, K. L.

    2006-06-01

    The dielectric permittivity and loss spectra of glassy and liquid states of nicotine have been measured over the frequency range 10-2-109 Hz. The relaxation spectra are similar to common small molecular glass-forming substances, showing the structural α-relaxation and its precursor, the Johari-Goldstein β-relaxation. The α-relaxation is well described by the Fourier transform of the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts stretched exponential function with an approximately constant stretch exponent that is equal to 0.70 as the glass transition temperature is approached. The dielectric α-relaxation time measured over 11 orders of magnitude cannot be described by a single Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman-Hesse equation. The most probable Johari-Goldstein β-relaxation time determined from the dielectric spectra is in good agreement with the primitive relaxation time of the coupling model calculated from parameters of the structural α-relaxation. The shape of the dielectric spectra of nicotine is compared with that of other glass-formers having about the same stretch exponent, and they are shown to be nearly isomorphic. The results indicate that the molecular dynamics of nicotine conform to the general pattern found in other glass-formers, and the presence of the universal Johari-Goldstein secondary relaxation, which plays a role in the crystallization of amorphous pharmaceuticals.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  17. Dielectric studies in gold nanoparticles doped ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Jayoti, Divya; Malik, Praveen; Singh, Arshdeep

    2016-05-01

    Citrate buffer stabilized gold nano particles (GNPs) were doped into a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC). Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was carried out in the range 20Hz-10MHz. The behavior of permittivity was analyzed as a function of frequency and temperature. It was observed that adding a small amount of GNPs, the permittivity changes significantly by almost three times as compared to the pure FLC. Goldstone mode of relaxation was observed both in pristine and GNPs doped FLC. The relaxation frequency of this mode shifted to 80Hz and in case of pristine FLC, the frequency was observed to be 250Hz.

  18. 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.

  19. The preparation of electrohydrodynamic bridges from polar dielectric liquids.

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    Wexler, Adam D; López Sáenz, Mónica; Schreer, Oliver; Woisetschläger, Jakob; Fuchs, Elmar C

    2014-09-30

    Horizontal and vertical liquid bridges are simple and powerful tools for exploring the interaction of high intensity electric fields (8-20 kV/cm) and polar dielectric liquids. These bridges are unique from capillary bridges in that they exhibit extensibility beyond a few millimeters, have complex bi-directional mass transfer patterns, and emit non-Planck infrared radiation. A number of common solvents can form such bridges as well as low conductivity solutions and colloidal suspensions. The macroscopic behavior is governed by electrohydrodynamics and provides a means of studying fluid flow phenomena without the presence of rigid walls. Prior to the onset of a liquid bridge several important phenomena can be observed including advancing meniscus height (electrowetting), bulk fluid circulation (the Sumoto effect), and the ejection of charged droplets (electrospray). The interaction between surface, polarization, and displacement forces can be directly examined by varying applied voltage and bridge length. The electric field, assisted by gravity, stabilizes the liquid bridge against Rayleigh-Plateau instabilities. Construction of basic apparatus for both vertical and horizontal orientation along with operational examples, including thermographic images, for three liquids (e.g., water, DMSO, and glycerol) is presented.

  20. The preparation of electrohydrodynamic bridges from polar dielectric liquids.

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    Wexler, Adam D; López Sáenz, Mónica; Schreer, Oliver; Woisetschläger, Jakob; Fuchs, Elmar C

    2014-01-01

    Horizontal and vertical liquid bridges are simple and powerful tools for exploring the interaction of high intensity electric fields (8-20 kV/cm) and polar dielectric liquids. These bridges are unique from capillary bridges in that they exhibit extensibility beyond a few millimeters, have complex bi-directional mass transfer patterns, and emit non-Planck infrared radiation. A number of common solvents can form such bridges as well as low conductivity solutions and colloidal suspensions. The macroscopic behavior is governed by electrohydrodynamics and provides a means of studying fluid flow phenomena without the presence of rigid walls. Prior to the onset of a liquid bridge several important phenomena can be observed including advancing meniscus height (electrowetting), bulk fluid circulation (the Sumoto effect), and the ejection of charged droplets (electrospray). The interaction between surface, polarization, and displacement forces can be directly examined by varying applied voltage and bridge length. The electric field, assisted by gravity, stabilizes the liquid bridge against Rayleigh-Plateau instabilities. Construction of basic apparatus for both vertical and horizontal orientation along with operational examples, including thermographic images, for three liquids (e.g., water, DMSO, and glycerol) is presented. PMID:25350319

  1. The Preparation of Electrohydrodynamic Bridges from Polar Dielectric Liquids

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    Wexler, Adam D.; López Sáenz, Mónica; Schreer, Oliver; Woisetschläger, Jakob; Fuchs, Elmar C.

    2014-01-01

    Horizontal and vertical liquid bridges are simple and powerful tools for exploring the interaction of high intensity electric fields (8-20 kV/cm) and polar dielectric liquids. These bridges are unique from capillary bridges in that they exhibit extensibility beyond a few millimeters, have complex bi-directional mass transfer patterns, and emit non-Planck infrared radiation. A number of common solvents can form such bridges as well as low conductivity solutions and colloidal suspensions. The macroscopic behavior is governed by electrohydrodynamics and provides a means of studying fluid flow phenomena without the presence of rigid walls. Prior to the onset of a liquid bridge several important phenomena can be observed including advancing meniscus height (electrowetting), bulk fluid circulation (the Sumoto effect), and the ejection of charged droplets (electrospray). The interaction between surface, polarization, and displacement forces can be directly examined by varying applied voltage and bridge length. The electric field, assisted by gravity, stabilizes the liquid bridge against Rayleigh-Plateau instabilities. Construction of basic apparatus for both vertical and horizontal orientation along with operational examples, including thermographic images, for three liquids (e.g., water, DMSO, and glycerol) is presented. PMID:25350319

  2. Dielectric Properties of Low-Level Liquid Waste

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    L. E. Lagos; M. A. Ebadian

    1998-10-20

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

  3. Dielectric constants of solid-liquid and liquid-liquid systems as a function of composition.

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    Cavé, G; Puisieux, F; Carstensen, J T

    1979-04-01

    The dielectric constant of a solid substance in the dissolved state may be found by using a solvent with a dielectric constant that remains invariable when the solid substance is dissolved. The slope values obtained from dielectric constant versus concentration plots of the solid substance in two solvents with different dielectric constants are extrapolated or interpolated. The dielectric constant of a solid substance in the dissolved state also can be found directly from the dielectric constants of solutions of the solid in one solvent at two concentrations. The dielectric constants are converted to polarizations, and the two values allow calculations of the polarizations of the solvent and solute separately. From the polarization of the solute, one can calculate its dielectric constant (in dissolved state). Such a procedure is correct only if the dielectric constant is concentration independent.

  4. Challenges of using dielectric elastomer actuators to tune liquid lens

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    Keong, Gih-Keong; La, Thanh-Giang; Shiau, Li-Lynn; Tan, Adrian W. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Recently, dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) have been adopted to tune liquid membrane lens, just like ciliary muscles do to the lens in human eye. However, it faces some challenges, such as high stress, membrane puncture, high driving voltage requirement, and limited focus distance (not more than 707cm), that limit its practical use. The design problem gets more complex as the liquid lens shares the same elastomeric membrane as the DEA. To address these challenges, we separate DEA from the lens membrane. Instead, a liquid-immersed DEA, which is safe from terminal failure, is used as a diaphragm pump to inflate or deflate the liquid lens by hydraulic pressure. This opens up the possibility that the DEA can be thinned down and stacked up to reduce the driving voltage, independent of the lens membrane thickness. Preliminary study showed that our 8-mm-diameter tunable lens can focus objects in the range of 15cm to 50cm with a small driving voltage of 1.8kV. Further miniaturization of DEA could achieve a driving voltage less than 1kV.

  5. Complaint liquid metal electrodes for dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Finkenauer, Lauren R.; Majidi, Carmel

    2014-03-01

    This work presents a liquid-phase metal electrode to be used with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) for a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA). DEAs are favorable for soft-matter applications where high efficiency and response times are desirable. A consistent challenge faced during the fabrication of these devices is the selection and deposition of electrode material. While numerous designs have been demonstrated with a variety of conductive elastomers and greases, these materials have significant and often intrinsic shortcomings, e.g. low conductivity, hysteresis, incapability of large deformations, and complex fabrication requirements. The liquid metal alloy eutectic Gallium-Indium (EGaIn) is a promising alternative to existing compliant electrodes, having both high conductivity and complete soft-matter functionality. The liquid electrode shares almost the same electrical conductivity as conventional metal wiring and provides no mechanical resistance to bending or stretching of the DEA. This research establishes a straightforward and effective method for quickly depositing EGaIn electrodes, which can be adapted for batch fabrication, and demonstrates the successful actuation of sample curved cantilever elastomer actuators using these electrodes. As with the vast majority of electrostatically actuated elastomer devices, the voltage requirements for these curved DEAs are still quite significant, though modifications to the fabrication process show some improved electrical properties. The ease and speed with which this method can be implemented suggests that the development of a more electronically efficient device is realistic and worthwhile.

  6. Dielectric Anisotropy of Gold Nanoparticle Colloids in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Visco, Angelo; Foust, Jon; Mahmood, Rizwan

    We present electrical and optical studies of hexanethiol-treated gold nanoparticle (GNPs) colloids in 4-cyano-4 '-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB) liquid crystals. Preliminary data analysis suggests an unusual behavior of sudden drop and then rise in the dielectric anisotropy at a critical concentration of 0.0862% by wt. GNPs and a sudden rise and then drop in the nematic to isotropic transition temperature. Above the critical concentration the data level off to within the uncertainty of the experimental errors. This colloidal system will help us to understand the interaction and the effects of nanoparticles on the self-assembly of LC molecules and the manner in which these particles organize in LC. This study is important for further developments in nanotechnology, sharp and fast display panels, and within the medical field.

  7. Dielectric relaxation of a ferroelectric liquid crystal showing anomalous behaviour due to polarization inversion

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    Misra, Abhishek Kumar; Pandey, Kamal Kr; Tripathi, Pankaj Kr; Manohar, Rajiv

    2013-06-01

    The present study reports the dielectric study of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) material Felix 016/030 showing anomalous dielectric behaviour. This anomalous behaviour is explained on the basis of a model of dynamically fluctuating mixture of two interconvertible conformers, whose relative density changes with temperature. We have observed Goldstone mode of dielectric relaxation in the frequency range covered. The experimental results have been corrected for low and high frequency range and used to determine dielectric permittivity. The anomalous behaviour of dielectric permittivity has also been verified by discussing the temperature dependence behaviour of PS/Sin θ term where Ps is spontaneous polarization of the sample.

  8. Mechanisms of dielectric polarization in thermotropic liquid-crystalline complexes based on lanthanides

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    Dobrun, L. A.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2016-06-01

    The components of the dielectric constant of a terbium-based liquid-crystalline complex have been measured in the frequency range of 350-5 × 106 Hz. The magnitude and sign of the dielectric anisotropy of the complex have been determined. Dispersion of the dielectric constants in the liquid-crystalline and isotropic phases has been found. The mechanisms responsible for the relaxation phenomena that appear in the studied sample have been determined. The time of dielectric relaxation, the activation energy, and the dipole moment of the complex have been obtained.

  9. 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

    2015-02-01

    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.

  10. Combined aerodynamic and electrostatic atomization of dielectric liquid jets

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    Kourmatzis, Agissilaos; Ergene, Egemen L.; Shrimpton, John S.; Kyritsis, Dimitrios C.; Mashayek, Farzad; Huo, Ming

    2012-07-01

    The electrical and atomization performance of a plane-plane charge injection atomizer using a dielectric liquid, and operating at pump pressures ranging from 15 to 35 bar corresponding to injection velocities of up to 50 m/s, is explored via low current electrical measurements, spray imaging and phase Doppler anemometry. The work is aimed at understanding the contribution of electrostatic charging relevant to typical higher pressure fuel injection systems such as those employed in the aeronautical, automotive and marine sectors. Results show that mean-specific charge increases with injection velocity significantly. The effect of electrostatic charge is advantageous at the 15-35 bar range, and an arithmetic mean diameter D 10 as low as 0.2 d is achievable in the spray core and lower still in the periphery where d is the orifice diameter. Using the data available from this higher pressure system and from previous high Reynolds number systems (Shrimpton and Yule Exp Fluids 26:460-469, 1999), the promotion of primary atomization has been analysed by examining the effect that charge has on liquid jet surface and liquid jet bulk instability. The results suggest that for the low charge density Q v ~ 2 C/m3 cases under consideration here, a significant increase in primary atomization is observed due to a combination of electrical and aerodynamic forces acting on the jet surface, attributed to the significantly higher jet Weber number ( We j) when compared to low injection pressure cases. Analysis of Sauter mean diameter results shows that for jets with elevated specific charge density of the order Q v ~ 6 C/m3, the jet creates droplets that a conventional turbulent jet would, but with a significantly lower power requirement. This suggests that `turbulent' primary atomization, the turbulence being induced by electrical forces, may be achieved under injection pressures that would produce laminar jets.

  11. Effects of dielectric relaxation on the director dynamics of uniaxial nematic liquid crystals.

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    Gu, Mingxia; Yin, Ye; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2007-12-01

    The dielectric anisotropy of liquid crystals causes director reorientation in an applied electric field and is thus at the heart of electro-optic applications of these materials. The components of the dielectric tensor are frequency dependent. Until recently, this frequency dependence was not accounted for in a description of director dynamics in an electric field. We theoretically derive the reorienting dielectric torque acting on the director, taking into account the entire frequency spectrum of the dielectric tensor. The model allows one to include the effects of multiple relaxations in both parallel and perpendicular components of the dielectric tensor, thus generalizing a recent model [Y. Yin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 087801 (2005)] limited by the single-relaxation approach. The model predicts the "dielectric memory effect" (DME)--i.e., dependence of the dielectric torque on both the "present" and "past" values of the electric field and the director. The model describes the experimentally observed director reorientation in the case when the rise time of the applied voltage is smaller than the dielectric relaxation time. In typical materials such as pentylcyanobiphenyl (5CB), in which the dielectric anisotropy is positive at low frequencies, the DME slows down the director reorientation in a sharply rising electric field, as the sharp front is perceived as a high-frequency excitation for which the dielectric anisotropy is small or even of a negative sign. In materials that are dielectrically negative, the DME speeds up the response when a sharp pulse is applied.

  12. Dielectric and optical investigations of ferroelectric modes in chiral liquid crystals

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    Kuczynski, Wojciech; Hoffmann, Jerzy; Malecki, J.

    1995-08-01

    Optical methods of detection of ferroelectric modes are described in detail and compared with the dielectric method. The advantages of both methods are discussed. It is concluded that the dielectric method is simple whereas the optical method is more sensitive. The optical response is free of the background steaming from nonferroelectric polarization mechanisms which are always present in the dielectric reponse. The realxation of the Goldstone- and soft modes in a room temperature ferroelectric liquid crystal has been investigated using dielectric and optical methods. Both methods have given concordant results.

  13. Gated Seebeck Using Polymerized Ionic Liquid Gate Dielectrics

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    Thomas, Elayne; Popere, Bhooshan; Fang, Haiyu; Chabinyc, Michael; Segalman, Rachel

    Thermoelectric materials have the ability to convert a temperature gradient into usable electrical power via the Seebeck effect. This phenomenon is directly related to the material's Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, which are in turn linked to its electron (or hole) mobility and carrier concentration. Organic semiconductors show promise for thermoelectric applications due to their flexibility and low-temperature manufacturing techniques; however, the role of ionized dopants on charge transport in these materials remains poorly understood. In this work, we use polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) as a gate dielectric in organic field-effect transistors to directly control the concentration of charges in the conducting channel. We report a method to tune the carrier concentration in the transistor channel via electrostatic gate modulation. We observe carrier concentration levels that are comparable to traditional doping methods with the added ability to precisely tune the concentration of charges induced. With this process, we aim to gather new information on the effect of ions on the performance of organic semiconductors in hopes of better understanding charge transport in conducting polymers on a molecular level.

  14. Dielectric Relaxation and Rheological Behavior of Supramolecular Polymeric Liquid

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    Lou, Nan; Wang, Yangyang; Li, Xiaopeng; Li, Haixia; Wang, Ping

    2013-01-01

    A model self-complementary supramolecular polymer based on thymine and diamidopyridine triple hydrogen-bonding motifs has been synthesized, and its dielectric and rheological behavior has been investigated. The formation of supramolecular polymers has been unequivocally demonstrated by nuclear magnetic resonance, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry with traveling wave ion mobility separation, dielectric spectroscopy, and rheology. The dynamical behaviors of this associating polymer generally conform to those of type-A polymers, with a low-frequency chain relaxation and a high-frequency relaxation visible in both rheological and dielectric measurements. The dielectric chain relaxation shows the ideal symmetric Debye-like shape, resembling the peculiar features of hydrogen-bonding monoalcohols. Detailed analysis shows that there exists a weak decoupling between the mechanical terminal relaxation and dielectric Debye-like relaxation. The origin of the Debye-like dielectric relaxation is further discussed in the light of monoalcohols.

  15. Alignment of cholesteric liquid crystals using the macroscopic flexoelectric polarization contribution to dielectric properties

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    Outram, B. I.; Elston, S. J.

    2013-09-01

    By considering the contribution of flexoelectricity to a cholesteric liquid crystal's dielectric permittivity, we show that both flexoelectric and dielectric effects allow the alignment of the Uniform Lying Helix (ULH) in devices with in-plane-switching (IPS) electrodes. The non-uniformity of fields produced by IPS electrodes is found to be crucial to allow ULH formation. The ULH is stabilised using homeotropic alignment conditions without polymer networks. Thus, a framework has been developed and tested for aligning and making stable cholesteric liquid crystals that incorporates both flexoelectric and dielectric field effects. Applications include bistable and ultra-fast display technology.

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25–60 oC) and frequency range (100 Hz–2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB. PMID:27555475

  17. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-08-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25–60 oC) and frequency range (100 Hz–2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB.

  18. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide.

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25-60 (o)C) and frequency range (100 Hz-2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB. PMID:27555475

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

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

    2005-09-15

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

  20. 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.

  1. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  2. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals

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    Outram, B. I.; Elston, S. J.

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δɛ<0 and (e1-e3)2/(K1+K3)>-Δɛɛ0. Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays.

  3. Frequency-dependent dielectric contribution of flexoelectricity allowing control of state switching in helicoidal liquid crystals.

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    Outram, B I; Elston, S J

    2013-07-01

    The contribution of flexoelectric polarization to the dielectric susceptibility in helicoidal liquid crystals is formulated for the static equilibrium case, and further in the case of a time-varying field. A dispersion of the dielectric permittivity due to the frequency response of flexoelectric switching is described. The special case of a negative dielectric-anisotropy nematic material is considered and experimentally shown to agree with the analytical theory. It is further demonstrated how relaxation of the flexoelectric contribution to the dielectric tensor in this special case can be exploited to switch between states in cholesteric liquid crystal structures by altering the applied time-dependent field amplitude, if Δε<0 and (e(1)-e(3))(2)/(K(1)+K(3))>-Δεε(0). Consequentially, a versatile mechanism for driving between states in liquid crystal systems has been demonstrated and its implications for technology are suggested, and include dual-mode, bistable, and transflective displays. PMID:23944473

  4. Controlled thermal expansion printed wiring boards based on liquid crystal polymer dielectrics

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    Knoll, Thomas E.; Blizard, Kent; Jayaraj, K.; Rubin, Leslie S.

    1994-01-01

    Dielectric materials based on innovative Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP's) have been used to fabricate surface mount printed wiring boards (PWB's) with a coefficient of thermal expansion matched to leadless ceramic chip carriers. Proprietary and patented polymer processing technology has resulted in self reinforcing material with balanced in-plane mechanical properties. In addition, LCP's possess excellent electrical properties, including a low dielectric constant (less than 2.9) and very low moisture absorption (less than 0.02%). LCP-based multilayer boards processed with conventional drilling and plating processes show improved performance over other materials because they eliminate the surface flatness problems of glass or aramid reinforcements. Laser drilling of blind vias in the LCP dielectric provides a very high density for use in direct chip attach and area array packages. The material is ideally suited for MCM-L and PCMCIA applications fabricated with very thin dielectric layers of the liquid crystal polymer.

  5. Dielectric relaxation and solvation dynamics in a room-temperature ionic liquid: temperature dependence.

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    Shim, Youngseon; Kim, Hyung J

    2013-10-01

    Dielectric relaxation, related polarization and conductivity, and solvation dynamics of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMI(+)PF6(-)) are studied via molecular dynamics computer simulations in the temperature range 300 K ≤ T ≤ 500 K. Two main bands of its dielectric loss spectrum show differing temperature behaviors. As T increases, the absorption band in the microwave region shifts to higher frequencies rapidly, whereas the location of the bimodal far-IR band remains nearly unchanged. Their respective intensities tend to decrease and increase. The static dielectric constant of BMI(+)PF6(-) is found to decrease weakly with T. The ultrafast inertial component of solvation dynamics remains largely unchanged, while their dissipative relaxation component becomes faster. Roles played by ion reorientations and translations in governing dynamic and static dielectric properties of the ionic liquid are examined. A brief comparison with available experimental results is also made.

  6. 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.

  7. Pretransitional behavior of the nonlinear dielectric effect for the liquid-solid transition in nitrobenzene

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    Drozd-Rzoska, Aleksandra; Rzoska, Sylwester J.; Rzoska, Agata Angelika

    2016-06-01

    The nonlinear dielectric effect describes changes of dielectric permittivity induced by the strong electric field. This report shows the evidence for the critical-like pretransitional behavior for the liquid-solid transition in the supercooled nitrobenzene. Hallmarks of such behavior extend even above the melting temperature. A method for the analysis of pretransitional effects, avoiding the biasing impact of the noncritical background contribution, is proposed.

  8. Dielectric Behavior of Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals in Presence of Flexoelectric Effect

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    Das, Deblal; Mandal, Pravash; Pal Majumder, Tapas

    2015-06-01

    We studied theoretically the effect of flexoelectricity on the behavior of dielectric fluctuations of antiferroelectric liquid crystals (AFLCs) influenced by the mechanical distortion associated with flexoelectric effect. By using the appropriate free energy and the Landau-Ginzburg equation, we found an approximate expression of dielectric permittivity, which was strongly influenced by the existence of flexoelectric polarization for both in-phase and anti-phase motions. Consequently, the corresponding dielectric strength for both in-phase and anti-phase motions were varied due to the existence of flexoelectric polarization.

  9. Effect of polarization on dielectric behaviour of PET/0.8PHB polymer liquid crystals

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    Yarramaneni, Sridharbabu; Sharma, Anu; Quamara, J. K.

    2014-04-01

    Dielectric constant and loss behaviour of pristine and polarized samples of Poly (p-hydroxybenzoic acid-co-ethylene terephthalate) polymer liquid crystals were studied at continuous temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 250 °C, polarized at potentials 500V and 2000V with high precision d.c. power supply. Dielectric constant appears to be almost linearly dependent in the lower temperature region and is independent in the higher temperature region. Dielectric loss becomes approximately ten times lower at higher temperatures.

  10. Effect of polarization on dielectric behaviour of PET/0.8PHB polymer liquid crystals

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    Yarramaneni, Sridharbabu; Sharma, Anu; Quamara, J. K.

    2014-04-24

    Dielectric constant and loss behaviour of pristine and polarized samples of Poly (p-hydroxybenzoic acid-co-ethylene terephthalate) polymer liquid crystals were studied at continuous temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 250 °C, polarized at potentials 500V and 2000V with high precision d.c. power supply. Dielectric constant appears to be almost linearly dependent in the lower temperature region and is independent in the higher temperature region. Dielectric loss becomes approximately ten times lower at higher temperatures.

  11. Dielectric relaxation and birefringence study of 7.O5O.7 dimeric liquid crystal compound

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    Bhattacharjee, Debanjan; Paul-Choudhury, Sandip; Alapati, Parameswara Rao; Bhattacharjee, Ayon

    2016-05-01

    Measurement of dielectric relaxation and birefringence phenomenon of dimeric liquid crystal compound with the dependence of temperature was reported in this paper. Homogeneous (HG) and homeotropic (HT) alignment of the cell are introduced to investigate the dielectric relaxation, activation energy and birefringence. Cole-Cole plots analyzed the dielectric relaxation of the dimeric compound. The observed Cole-Cole plots were semi-circular, and the relaxation mechanism obeys the non-Debye type of relaxation behaviour. Slater's perturbation equations have been used to analysis the activation energy of the compound. The birefringence of the compound has positively anisotropy and thin prism mechanism was used to study the anisotropy of the compound.

  12. Quantitative assessment of radiation force effect at the dielectric air-liquid interface

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    Capeloto, Otávio Augusto; Zanuto, Vitor Santaella; Malacarne, Luis Carlos; Baesso, Mauro Luciano; Lukasievicz, Gustavo Vinicius Bassi; Bialkowski, Stephen Edward; Astrath, Nelson Guilherme Castelli

    2016-01-01

    We induce nanometer-scale surface deformation by exploiting momentum conservation of the interaction between laser light and dielectric liquids. The effect of radiation force at the air-liquid interface is quantitatively assessed for fluids with different density, viscosity and surface tension. The imparted pressure on the liquids by continuous or pulsed laser light excitation is fully described by the Helmholtz electromagnetic force density. PMID:26856622

  13. Mechanism of Phase Transition from Liquid to Gas Under Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma

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    Wang, Qiuying; Li, Sen; Gu, Fan

    2010-10-01

    Liquid gasification phenomenon was observable in liquid-solid dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) experiments. Starting from classical thermodynamics, this study aimed at finding the reason of liquid gasification in the DBD experiments. Fluid statics and electrohydrodynamics were adopted to analyze the mechanism of phase transition from liquid to gas. The Sumoto effect was also employed to visually explain the change in the pressure of fluid due to the electric field. It was concluded from both theoretical analysis and experiment that the change in liquid pressure was a key factor causing liquid to gasify in DBD conditions. Furthermore, it was stressed that the liquid pressure was affected by many parameters including liquid permittivity, voltage, electric intensity, size of the discharge space and uniformity of the electric field distribution, etc. All of them affected DBD liquid gasification. The related results would provide useful theoretical evidence for multi-phase DBD applications.

  14. Nonlinear waves on the free surface of a dielectric liquid in an oblique electric field

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    Gashkov, M. A.; Zubarev, N. M. Kochurin, E. A.

    2015-09-15

    The nonlinear dynamics of the free surface of an ideal dielectric liquid that is exposed to an external oblique electric field has been studied theoretically. In the framework of the Hamiltonian formalism, a system of nonlinear integro-differential equations has been derived that describes the dynamics of nonlinear waves in the small-angle approximation. It is established that for a liquid with high dielectric permittivity, these equations have a solution in the form of plane waves of arbitrary shape that propagate without distortion in the direction of the horizontal component of the external field.

  15. On the components of the dielectric constants of ionic liquids: ionic polarization?

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    Izgorodina, Ekaterina I; Forsyth, Maria; Macfarlane, Douglas R

    2009-04-14

    According to dielectric spectroscopy measurements, ionic liquids (ILs) have rather modest dielectric constants that reflect contributions from distortion and electronic polarization caused by the molecular polarizability as well as the orientation polarization caused by the permanent dipole moment of the ions. To understand the relative importance of these various contributions, the electronic polarizabilities of 27 routinely used ionic liquid ions of different symmetry and size were calculated using ab initio-based methods such as HF and MP2. Using the Clausius-Mossotti equation, these polarizabilities were then used to obtain the electronic polarization contribution (epsilon(op)) to the dielectric constants of six ionic liquids, [C(2)mim][BF(4)], [C(2)mpyr][N(CN)(2)], [C(2)mim][CF(3)SO(3)], [EtNH(3)][NO(3)], [C(2)mim][NTf(2)] and [C(2)mim][EtSO(4)]. Theoretical epsilon(op) values were compared to experimental refractive indices of these ionic liquids as well as to those of traditional molecular solvents such as water, tetrahydrofuran (THF), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and formamide. The dipole moments of the ions were also calculated, and from these it is shown that the molecular reorientation component of the dielectric constants of the ionic liquids consisting of ions with small or negligible dipole moments is quite small. Thus it is concluded that a contribution from a form of "ionic polarization" must be present.

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

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Raghavan, Santosh; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-08-17

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

  17. Nano-electromechanical rotation of graphene and giant enhancement in dielectric anisotropy in a liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan Kinnamon, Daniel; Garvey, Alfred

    2015-05-18

    A nematic liquid crystal (LC) is doped with dilute concentrations of pristine monolayer graphene (GP) flakes, and the LC + GP hybrids are found to exhibit a dramatic increase in the dielectric anisotropy. Electric field-dependent conductance studies reveal that the graphene flakes follow the nematic director that mechanically rotates on increasing an applied electric field. Further studies show that the π–π electron stacking, between the graphene's honeycomb structure and the LC's benzene rings, stabilizes pseudo-nematic domains that collectively amplify the dielectric anisotropy by improving the orientational order parameter in the nematic phase. These anisotropic domains interact with the external electric field, resulting in a nonzero dielectric anisotropy in the isotropic phase as well. The enhancement in dielectric anisotropy, due to the LC–graphene coupling, is found to have subsequent positive impacts on the LC's orientational threshold field and elasticity that allows the nematic director to respond quicker on switching the electric field off.

  18. Electrorheological Source of Nonlinear Dielectric Effects in Molecular Glass-Forming Liquids.

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    Samanta, Subarna; Richert, Ranko

    2016-08-11

    We have measured the dielectric relaxation spectra of eight glass-forming liquids in the presence of electric direct current (dc)-bias fields ranging from 100 to 500 kV/cm. For every sample, we observe two distinct field-induced effects: a reduction in the relaxation amplitude and an increase in the primary structural relaxation time that is associated with viscous flow. Whereas amplitude change is typical of the well-known dielectric saturation, the field-induced increase in viscosity is a source of nonlinear behavior that has been recognized only recently. We find that this electrorheological behavior occurs in all polar liquids of this study, and its magnitude is correlated with the field-induced change in thermodynamic entropy. It constitutes a significant source of nonlinear dielectric behavior, which occurs for both dc and alternating current fields. PMID:27404019

  19. Dielectric properties of liquid phase molecular clusters using the external field method: molecular dynamics study.

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

    2014-07-21

    We analyzed the dielectric properties of molecular liquids using the external field method with reaction field approximations. The applicability of this method to determine the dielectric properties of molecules with zero (1,4-dioxane) and non-zero (water and bio-molecular aqueous solutions) permanent dipole moment was studied. The relative static dielectric constant obtained using the external field method for polar and non-polar molecular liquids, including molecules with zero permanent dipole moment, agreed well with the experimental values presented in the literature. Our results indicate that the Debye relaxation time constants estimated from the non-equilibrium simulations using the external field method were accurate for molecules whose permanent dipole moments were less than 12 D.

  20. Dielectric Permittivity of Polymer Composites with Encapsulated Liquid Crystals in Strong Electric Fields

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    Zhdanov, K. R.; Romanenko, A. I.; Zharkova, G. M.; Suslyaev, V. I.; Zhuravlev, V. A.

    2013-12-01

    It is demonstrated that the threshold value of the electric Fredericks transition in the composite based on polyvinyl acetate with 35% weight content of nematic liquid crystal 5СВ (4-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl) is observed at a voltage of 60 V. A cell and a circuit for measuring the dielectric permittivity of polymer composites with encapsulated liquid crystals in strong electric fields are described.

  1. Method for imaging liquid and dielectric materials with scanning polarization force microscopy

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    Hu, Jun; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miguel; Xiao, Xudong

    1999-01-01

    The invention images dielectric polarization forces on surfaces induced by a charged scanning force microscope (SFM) probe tip. On insulators, the major contribution to the surface polarizability at low frequencies is from surface ions. The mobility of these ions depends strongly on the humidity. Using the inventive SFM, liquid films, droplets, and other weakly adsorbed materials have been imaged.

  2. Apparatus for imaging liquid and dielectric materials with scanning polarization force microscopy

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    Hu, Jun; Ogletree, D. Frank; Salmeron, Miguel; Xiao, Xudong

    1998-01-01

    The invention images dielectric polarization forces on surfaces induced by a charged scanning force microscope (SFM) probe tip. On insulators, the major contribution to the surface polarizability at low frequencies is from surface ions. The mobility of these ions depends strongly on the humidity. Using the inventive SFM, liquid films, droplets, and other weakly adsorbed materials have been imaged.

  3. Method for imaging liquid and dielectric materials with scanning polarization force microscopy

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    Hu, J.; Ogletree, D.F.; Salmeron, M.; Xiao, X.

    1999-03-09

    The invention images dielectric polarization forces on surfaces induced by a charged scanning force microscope (SFM) probe tip. On insulators, the major contribution to the surface polarizability at low frequencies is from surface ions. The mobility of these ions depends strongly on the humidity. Using the inventive SFM, liquid films, droplets, and other weakly adsorbed materials have been imaged. 9 figs.

  4. Apparatus for imaging liquid and dielectric materials with scanning polarization force microscopy

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    Hu, J.; Ogletree, D.F.; Salmeron, M.; Xiao, X.

    1998-04-28

    The invention images dielectric polarization forces on surfaces induced by a charged scanning force microscope (SFM) probe tip. On insulators, the major contribution to the surface polarizability at low frequencies is from surface ions. The mobility of these ions depends strongly on the humidity. Using the inventive SFM, liquid films, droplets, and other weakly adsorbed materials have been imaged. 9 figs.

  5. Dielectric relaxations of small carbohydrate molecules in the liquid and glassy states

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    Noel, T.R.; Ring, S.G.; Whittam, M.A.

    1992-06-25

    Dielectric relaxations of several vitreous and liquid monosaccharides were measured at 100 - 10{sup 5} Hz and -100 to 150 {degrees}C. Depending upon the molecule, one or two relaxations were observed. Primary alcohol moieties on the monosaccharide conferred higher activation energies than those without, such as xylitol and glucitol. 19 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. X-ray and Dielectric Spectroscopy Studies Of Chiral Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals With Keto Group

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    Stojanovic, Maja; Obadovic, Dusanka Z.; Bubnov, Alexej; Hamplova, Vera; Kaspar, Miroslav

    2007-04-23

    Series of ferroelectric liquid crystals with the keto group attached to the molecule core and one lactate group as the chiral centre have been studied by X-ray and dielectric spectroscopy. The thickness of smectic layers and the average distance between the long axes of neighboring molecules increases with increase of both chains.

  7. Relaxation phenomena in supercooled liquid and glassy acetaminophen studied by dielectric, photon correlation and Brillouin light scattering spectroscopies

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    Kwon, Hyun-Joung; Kim, Tae Hyun; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2013-01-01

    Relaxation phenomena and acoustic properties of acetaminophen in the glassy and supercooled liquid phase were studied by dielectric, photon correlation and Brillouin spectroscopies. Dielectric and photon correlation studies revealed the structural relaxation process while a new relaxation process was found by dielectric measurement in a much lower frequency range. The acoustic anomalies clearly indicated a glass transition at 293 K and some remnant localized motions in the glassy phase that contributed to the acoustic damping. Partial crystallization in the supercooled liquid phase was signified at temperatures above 318 K by drastic changes in the Brillouin spectrum and decrease in the dielectric strength.

  8. Influence of dielectric properties on van der Waals/Casimir forces in solid-liquid systems

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    Zwol, P. J. van; Palasantzas, G.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2009-05-15

    In this paper, we present calculations of van der Waals/Casimir forces, described by Lifshitz theory, for the solid-liquid-solid system using measured dielectric functions of all involved materials for the wavelength range from millimeters down to subnanometers. It is shown that even if the dielectric function is known over all relevant frequency ranges, the scatter in the dielectric data can lead to very large scatter in the calculated van der Waals/Casimir forces. Especially when the liquid dielectric function becomes comparable in magnitude to the dielectric function of one of the interacting solids, the associated variation in the force can be up to a factor of 2 for plate-plate separations 5-500 nm. This corresponds to an uncertainty up to 100% in the theory prediction for a specific system. As a result accuracy testing of the Lifshitz theory under these circumstances is rather questionable. Finally we discuss predictions of Lifshitz theory regarding multiple repulsive-attractive transitions with separation distance, as well as nontrivial scaling of the van der Waals/Casimir force with distance.

  9. Measurement of optical characteristics in dielectric liquid lens by Shack-Hartmann wave front sensors

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    Tung, Y. T.; Hsu, C. Y.; Yeh, J. A.; Wang, P. J.

    2012-10-01

    Liquid lenses based on the principle of driving two dielectric fluids via controlled electric field were investigated with an experimental apparatus designed for analysis of wave front read from a Shack-Hartmann sensor. Due to small available aperture and requirements in dynamic responses, wave front measurement was selected for study of optical characteristics in dielectric lenses. With the advent of commercial electro-optics sensors in wave front measurement, the experimental apparatus was first designed and simulated with the help of ASAP program. The simulated results proved the conceptual design with handful of engineering insights so that less trial and error efforts could be relieved from building the optics system on the bench. In-house built liquid lens modules with driving circuits were then set on the apparatus for initial calibration and functional tests. Since the electric field generated for the control of liquid profile must be alternating current, various frequency and modulation schemes were put through the liquid lens module to further study the influences on dynamic responses in terms of optical characteristics. Furthermore, effects due to material impurity and ambient effects were also carefully studied for established the fundamental phenomena of liquid lenses made of dielectric fluids. More detailed observations were possible with the measured wave-front data. In conclusion, the wave-front measurement proved to be more reliable and less expensive compared to measurement based on interferometer.

  10. Nanoliter liquid characterization by open whispering-gallery mode dielectric resonators at millimeter wave frequencies

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    Shaforost, E. N.; Klein, N.; Vitusevich, S. A.; Offenhäusser, A.; Barannik, A. A.

    2008-10-01

    We present an approach for identification and concentration determination of liquids of pico to nanoliter volumes at a frequency of 35 GHz based on a whispering-gallery mode (WGM) dielectric resonator technique. A quasioptical coupling scheme based on dielectric image waveguides was employed to excite high-Q running wave WGMs with uniform azimuthal field distribution in cylindrical sapphire disks with quality factors up to 4×105 at room temperature. Measurement of the liquid induced changes in the resonator quality factor and resonance frequency has been performed for droplets down to 90 pl volume spotted at different positions on the surface of the sapphire disk. We have employed our method for concentration determination of ethanol, glucose, and albumin dissolved in water. Solutions with concentration values well below 10% could be clearly separated from pure water. Our method is promising for the characterization of biological liquids.

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

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    Matyushov, Dmitry V; Richert, Ranko

    2016-01-28

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Vaporization heat transfer of dielectric liquids on a wick-covered surface

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    Gu, C. B.; Chow, L. C.; Baker, K.

    1993-01-01

    Vaporization heat transfer characteristics were measured for the dielectric liquid FC-72 on a horizontal heated surface covered with wire screen wicks with the mesh number for the screens varying from 24 to 100. In such a situation the liquid level can be either higher or lower than the heated surface. When the liquid level was above the heated surface (shallow pool boiling), the height of the liquid level above the surface, h, was varied from 0 to 10 mm. When the liquid level was below the heated surface (evaporation through capillary pumping), the distance from the liquid level to the edge of the surface, L, was adjusted from 0 to 15 mm. Experimental data revealed that the critical heat flux (CHF) decreases as the mesh number is increased from 24 to 100 for both vaporation and shallow pool boiling, showing that the vapor-escaping limit is more important than the capillary limit in flat plate heat pipe application.

  14. Liquid Metals: Stretchable, High-k Dielectric Elastomers through Liquid-Metal Inclusions (Adv. Mater. 19/2016).

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    Bartlett, Michael D; Fassler, Andrew; Kazem, Navid; Markvicka, Eric J; Mandal, Pratiti; Majidi, Carmel

    2016-05-01

    An all-soft-matter composite consisting of liquid metal microdroplets embedded in a soft elastomer matrix is presented by C. Majidi and co-workers on page 3726. This composite exhibits a high dielectric constant while maintaining exceptional elasticity and compliance. The image shows the composite's microstructure captured by 3D X-ray imaging using a nano-computed tomographic scanner. PMID:27167031

  15. Scaling parallels in the non-Debye dielectric relaxation of ionic glasses and dipolar supercooled liquids

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    Sidebottom, D.L.; Green, P.F.; Brow, R.K.

    1997-07-01

    We compare the dielectric response of ionic glasses and dipolar liquids near the glass transition. Our work is divided into two parts. In the first section we examine ionic glasses and the two prominent approaches to analyzing the dielectric response. The conductivity of ion-conducting glasses displays a power law dispersion {sigma}({omega}){proportional_to}{omega}{sup n}, where n{approx}0.67, but frequently the dielectric response is analyzed using the electrical modulus M{sup {asterisk}}({omega})=1/{var_epsilon}{sup {asterisk}}({omega}), where {var_epsilon}{sup {asterisk}}({omega})={var_epsilon}({omega}){minus}i{sigma}({omega})/{omega} is the complex permittivity. We reexamine two specific examples where the shape of M{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) changes in response to changes in (a) temperature and (b) ion concentration, to suggest fundamental changes in ion dynamics are occurring. We show, however, that these changes in the shape of M{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) occur in the absence of changes in the scaling properties of {sigma}({omega}), for which n remains constant. In the second part, we examine the dielectric relaxation found in dipolar liquids, for which {var_epsilon}{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) likewise exhibits changes in shape on approach to the glass transition. Guided by similarities of M{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) in ionic glasses and {var_epsilon}{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) in dipolar liquids, we demonstrate that a recent scaling approach proposed by Dixon and co-workers for {var_epsilon}{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) of dipolar relaxation also appears valid for M{sup {asterisk}}({omega}) in the ionic case. While this suggests that the Dixon scaling approach is more universal than previously recognized, we demonstrate how the dielectric response can be scaled in a linear manner using an alternative data representation. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  16. Electrowetting-on-Dielectric Device Controlled by Embedded Undulating Electrode for Liquid Transport.

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    Lee, Sin-Hyung; Lee, In-Ho; Kim, Jiyoon; Keum, Chang-Min; Yu, Eui-Sang; Lee, Sin-Doo

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrated a new architecture of an electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) device to transport a liquid droplet by the spatial modulation of an electric field produced using an embedded undulating electrode. The undulating electrode was constructed on an array of dielectric microstructures with different periods in region by region to generate a gradually varying lateral electric field. The contact angle of a droplet of water on the EWOD surface was found to decrease monotonically from 120 degrees to about 50 degrees with increasing the strength of the electric field. The transport of the water droplet was driven by the surface wettability gradient produced by means of the amplitude modulation of the electric field in space but not in time. Our EWOD configuration allows the flexibility in design, the simplicity in driving scheme, and the high accuracy in position for the liquid transport. PMID:27427735

  17. Temperature-stable parallel-plate dielectric cell for broadband liquid impedance measurements

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    Mazzeo, Brian A.; Chandra, Satyan; Mellor, Brett L.; Arellano, Jesus

    2010-12-01

    A liquid impedance cell for broadband impedance measurements up to 110 MHz is presented. The design incorporates temperature control and minimizes parasitic capacitance and inductance. The cell is simple to fabricate and uses chemically resistant materials, stainless steel, and Teflon. This dielectric cell can be used in a variety of liquid measurements, particularly those related to impedance measurements of biological objects in solution. Temperature control is illustrated in measurements of the permittivity of deionized water from 5 to 55 °C. Numerical fitting procedures employed on the relaxation curves indicate good agreement with previous studies on beta-lactoglobulin and hen lysozyme. Titration capability is demonstrated through dielectric titration of hen lysozyme and beta-lactoglobulin.

  18. Electro-aerodynamic instability of a thin dielectric liquid sheet sprayed with an air stream.

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    El-Sayed, M F

    1999-12-01

    The instability of a thin sheet of dielectric liquid moving in the same direction as an air stream in the presence of a uniform horizontal electric field is studied theoretically. It is found that aerodynamic-enhanced instability occurs if the Weber number is much less than a critical value related to the ratio of the air and liquid stream velocities, the electric field, and the dielectric constant values. The electric field is found to have a stabilizing effect, and there exists a critical Weber number above which instability is suppressed by the surface tension effect. The condition for disintegrating the sheet is obtained in terms of the electric field values, and some limiting cases are recovered.

  19. Conductive and dielectric defects, and anisotropic and isotropic turbulence in liquid crystals: Electric power fluctuation measurements

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    Tóth-Katona, Tibor; Gleeson, James T.

    2004-01-01

    Fluctuations of the injected electric power during electroconvection (EHC) of liquid crystals are reported in both the conductive and the dielectric regime of convection. The amplitude and the frequency of the fluctuations, as well as the probability density functions have been compared in these two regimes and substantial differences have been found both in defect turbulence of EHC and at the DSM1→DSM2 transition.

  20. Stretchable, High-k Dielectric Elastomers through Liquid-Metal Inclusions.

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    Bartlett, Michael D; Fassler, Andrew; Kazem, Navid; Markvicka, Eric J; Mandal, Pratiti; Majidi, Carmel

    2016-05-01

    An all-soft-matter composite with exceptional electro-elasto properties is demonstrated by embedding liquid-metal inclusions in an elastomer matrix. This material exhibits a unique combination of high dielectric constant, low stiffness, and large strain limit (ca. 600% strain). The elasticity, electrostatics, and electromechanical coupling of the composite are investigated, and strong agreement with predictions from effective medium theory is found. PMID:27007888

  1. 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.

  2. Switchable diffraction gratings based on inversion of the dielectric anisotropy in nematic liquid crystals

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    Kang, S. W.; Sprunt, S.; Chien, L. C.

    2001-06-11

    A switchable liquid crystal diffraction grating, responsive to both the frequency and magnitude of an applied voltage, is demonstrated. The grating is based on polymer stabilization of modulated states of the liquid crystal optic axis induced at frequencies near a sign inversion of the dielectric anisotropy. In a particular case of frequency-based switching, 70% of the transmitted intensity of a 633 nm laser beam can be shifted into or out of a {+-}12{degree} forward arc by changing the frequency of an applied voltage between 10 and 16 kHz at a fixed amplitude of 27 V. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  3. Dependence of image flicker on dielectric anisotropy of liquid crystal in a fringe field switching liquid crystal cell

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    Oh, Seung-Won; Baek, Jong-Min; Kim, Jung-Wook; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2016-09-01

    Two types of image flicker, which are caused by the flexoelectric effect of liquid crystals (LCs), are observed when a fringe-field switching (FFS) LC cell is driven by a low frequency electric field. Static image flicker, observed because of the transmittance difference between neighboring frames, has been reported previously. On the other hand, research on dynamic image flicker has been minimal until now. Dynamic image flicker is noticeable because of the brief transmittance drop when the sign of the applied voltage is reversed. We investigated the dependence of the image flicker in an FFS LC cell on dielectric anisotropy of the LCs in terms of both the static and dynamic flicker. Experimental results show that small dielectric anisotropy of the LC can help suppress not only the static but also dynamic flicker for positive LCs. We found that both the static and dynamic flicker in negative LCs is less evident than in positive LCs.

  4. Spreading of Thin Droplets of Perfect and Leaky Dielectric Liquids on Inclined Surfaces.

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    Corbett, Andrew; Kumar, Satish

    2016-07-01

    The spreading of droplets may be influenced by electric fields, a situation that is relevant to applications such as coating, printing, and microfluidics. In this work we study the effects of an electric field on the gravity-driven spreading of two-dimensional droplets down an inclined plane. We consider both perfect and leaky dielectric liquids, as well as perfectly and partially wetting systems. In addition to the effects of electric fields, we examine the use of thermocapillary forces to suppress the growth of the capillary ridge near the droplet front. Lubrication theory is applied to generate a set of coupled partial differential equations for interfacial height and charge, which are then solved numerically with a finite-difference method. Electric fields increase the height of the capillary ridge in both perfect and leaky dielectric droplets due to electrostatic pressure gradients that drive liquid into the ridge. In leaky dielectrics, large interfacial charge gradients in the contact-line region create shear stresses that also enhance ridge growth and the formation of trailing minor ridges. The coalescence of these ridges can significantly affect the long-time thinning rate of leaky dielectric droplets. In partially wetting liquids, electric fields promote the splitting of smaller droplets from the primary droplet near the receding contact line due to the interplay between electrostatic forces and disjoining pressure. Cooling from below and heating from above generates thermocapillary forces that counteract the effects of electric fields and suppress the growth of the capillary ridge. The results of this work have important implications for manipulating the spreading of droplets down inclined surfaces. PMID:27247998

  5. Spreading of Thin Droplets of Perfect and Leaky Dielectric Liquids on Inclined Surfaces.

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    Corbett, Andrew; Kumar, Satish

    2016-07-01

    The spreading of droplets may be influenced by electric fields, a situation that is relevant to applications such as coating, printing, and microfluidics. In this work we study the effects of an electric field on the gravity-driven spreading of two-dimensional droplets down an inclined plane. We consider both perfect and leaky dielectric liquids, as well as perfectly and partially wetting systems. In addition to the effects of electric fields, we examine the use of thermocapillary forces to suppress the growth of the capillary ridge near the droplet front. Lubrication theory is applied to generate a set of coupled partial differential equations for interfacial height and charge, which are then solved numerically with a finite-difference method. Electric fields increase the height of the capillary ridge in both perfect and leaky dielectric droplets due to electrostatic pressure gradients that drive liquid into the ridge. In leaky dielectrics, large interfacial charge gradients in the contact-line region create shear stresses that also enhance ridge growth and the formation of trailing minor ridges. The coalescence of these ridges can significantly affect the long-time thinning rate of leaky dielectric droplets. In partially wetting liquids, electric fields promote the splitting of smaller droplets from the primary droplet near the receding contact line due to the interplay between electrostatic forces and disjoining pressure. Cooling from below and heating from above generates thermocapillary forces that counteract the effects of electric fields and suppress the growth of the capillary ridge. The results of this work have important implications for manipulating the spreading of droplets down inclined surfaces.

  6. Dielectric analysis of micelles and microemulsions formed in a hydrophilic ionic liquid. I. Interaction and percolation.

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    Lian, Yiwei; Zhao, Kongshuang

    2011-10-01

    Dielectric measurements were carried out on binary mixtures of Triton X-100 (TX-100, a nonionic surfactant with a polyoxyethylene chain) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF(4)], a hydrophilic ionic liquid), and [bmim][BF(4)]/TX-100/cyclohexane microemulsions in a wide frequency range to study the molecular interaction and percolation in these systems. Striking dielectric relaxations were observed, and the dc conductivity data were obtained from the measured total dielectric loss spectra. The interaction between TX-100 and [bmim][BF(4)] is estimated by analyzing the dc conductivity of TX-100/[bmim][BF(4)] solutions in light of the Bruggeman's effective medium approximation, which indicates that spherical micelles are formed when the TX-100 volume fraction is below 48% and the number of cations associated with every TX-100 molecule is eight. For IL-oil microemulsions, both the dependence of dc conductivity and the permittivity (for fixed frequency) on cyclohexane concentration were used to identify the oil-in-IL, bicontinuous, and IL-in-oil microregions. Both the conduction and dielectric relaxation behavior suggest that a static percolation occurs in this hydrophilic IL microemulsion. PMID:21859133

  7. Asymptotic and numerical analysis of electrohydrodynamic flows of dielectric liquid

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    Suh, Y. K.; Baek, K. H.; Cho, D. S.

    2013-08-01

    We perform an asymptotic analysis of electrohydrodynamic (EHD) flow of nonpolar liquid subjected to an external, nonuniform electric field. The domain of interest covers the bulk as well as the thin dissociation layers (DSLs) near the electrodes. Outer (i.e., bulk) equations for the ion transport in hierarchical order of perturbation parameters can be expressed in linear form, whereas the inner (i.e., DSL) equations take a nonlinear form. We derive a simple formula in terms of various parameters which can be used to estimate the relative importance of the DSL-driven flow compared with the bulk-driven flow. EHD flow over a pair of cylindrical electrodes is then solved asymptotically and numerically. It is found that in large geometric scale and high ion concentration the EHD flow is dominated by the bulk-charge-induced flow. As the scale and concentration are decreased, the DSL-driven slip velocity increases and the resultant flow tends to dominate the domain and finally leads to flow reversal. We also conduct a flow-visualization experiment to verify the analysis and attain good agreement between the two results with parameter tuning. We finally show, based on the comparison of experimental and numerical solutions, that the rate of free-ion generation (dissociation) should be less than the one predicted from the existing formula.

  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. Apparatus and method to measure dielectric properties (ɛ' and ɛ″) 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 (ɛ') and loss factor (ɛ″) 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 °C. The obtained (ɛ') and (ɛ″) 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 ɛ' and decrease with increasing temperature. In case of ɛ″ the variance data were much smaller.

  10. 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. PMID:19405682

  11. Dielectric spectra of ionic liquids and their conversion to solvation dynamics: a detailed computational analysis of polarizable systems.

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    Schmollngruber, Michael; Schröder, Christian; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2014-06-14

    For the three molecular ionic liquids 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, dielectric spectra were calculated from molecular dynamics simulations based on polarizable force fields. Using the reaction field continuum model the dielectric spectra were converted to the solvation dynamics of coumarin 153. It is shown in detail that the inclusion of the static conductivity in this model is essential. When simplifying the dielectric spectrum to the static conductivity hyperbola, the solvation response function becomes mono-exponential. Taking into account the frequency dependence of the conductivity, the typical two time-regimes of the solvation response function in ionic liquids are already obtained. However, the mean relaxation time remains the same. When converting the complete dielectric spectrum, i.e. also including frequency-dependent dielectric permittivity, quantitative changes are observed, but the qualitative shape is conserved. In accordance with previous experimental studies, solvation dynamics in ionic liquids predicted by the reaction field continuum model is too fast for longer times. This correlates with the suppression of the fine structure of the dielectric spectrum at low frequencies by the static conductivity hyperbola. By scaling down the static conductivity this effect can be partially amended. In addition to the impact of the solvent dielectric spectrum on solvation dynamics, solute-specific effects, i.e. anisotropy in shape and charge distribution as well as polarizability, were also studied.

  12. Cholesteric liquid crystal laser in a dielectric mirror cavity upon band-edge excitation

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    Matsuhisa, Yuko; Huang, Yuhua; Zhou, Ying; Wu, Shin-Tson; Takao, Yuuki; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2007-01-01

    Low threshold laser action of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) is demonstrated using an input circularly polarized light whose handedness is the same as the cholesteric helix of the sample at the high-energy band edge of the reflection band. The mechanism originates from the dramatic increase of the photon density of state at the band edges. We also demonstrate an enhanced laser action of a CLC in a dielectric multilayer cavity. In such a device configuration, the band-edge excitation at high-energy band edge improves the lasing performance not only for the same handedness circularly polarized pump beam as the cholesteric helix but also for the opposite one. It stems from the polarization independence of the dielectric multilayers.

  13. Dielectric insulation characteristics of liquid-nitrogen-impregnated laminated paper-insulated cable

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    Suzuki, H.; Ishihara, K.; Akita, S. )

    1992-10-01

    This paper reports that the electric characteristics and insulation design strength of a liquid-nitrogen-impregnated synthetic insulation was considered. It found to detect the impregnation of liquid nitrogen by measuring the electrostatic capacitance of the cable [epsilon] [center dot] tan [delta] an index of the dielectric loss, was 0.31% for cellulose paper and 0.18% for semisynthetic paper, PPLP and OPPL. It is found that the decline of the thickness dependence of the breakdown strength of the liquid-nitrogen-impregnated insulating cable is steeper than that of the OF cables. It is possible to design the insulation strength of the 66 kV cable to 10 kV/mm.

  14. Universal scaling of dielectric response of various liquid crystals and glass-forming liquids

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    Gałązka, M.; Juszyńska-Gałązka, E.; Osiecka, N.; Bąk, A.

    2016-04-01

    We present a new generalized scaling relationship accounting both for the real and imaginary parts of the complex permittivity data. The generalized scaling procedure has been successfully used for various relaxation processes in liquid crystals (4-bromobenzylidene-4‧-pentyloxyaniline, 4-bromobenzylidene-4‧-hexyloxyaniline, 4‧-butyl-4-(2-methylbutoxy)-azoxybenzene, 4-ethyl-4‧-octylazoxybenzene), and in glass-forming liquids (glycerol, propylene carbonate, salol, cresolphthalein-dimethylether). As it is shown, one obtains common master-curve for liquid-like phases (isotropic liquid, cholesteric, nematic, smectic A), solid-like phases (smectic B, conformationally disorder crystal) and supercooled liquid phase.

  15. Retreating behavior of a charged ionic liquid droplet in a dielectric liquid under electric field

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    Ahn, Myung Mo; Im, Do Jin; Kang, In Seok

    2013-11-01

    Ionic liquids show great promise as excellent solvents or catalysts in energy and biological fields due to their unique chemical and physical properties. The ionic liquid droplets in microfluidic systems can also be used as a potential platform for chemical biological reactions. In order to control electrically the ionic liquid droplets in a microfluidic device, the charging characteristics of ionic liquid droplets need to be understood. In this work, the charging characteristics of various ionic liquids are investigated by using the parallel plate electrodes system. Under normal situation, a charged droplet shows bouncing motion between electrodes continuously. However, for some special ionic liquids, interesting retreating behavior of charged ionic liquid droplet has been observed. This retreating behavior of ionic liquid droplet has been analyzed experimentally by the image analysis and the electrometer signal analysis. Based on the hypothesis of charge leakage of the retreating ionic liquid droplets, FT-IR spectroscopy analysis has also been performed. The retreating behavior of ionic liquid droplet is discussed from the intermolecular point of view according to the species of ionic liquids. This research was supported by grant No. 2013R1A1A2011956 funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) and by grant No. 2013R1A1A2010483 funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) through the NRF.

  16. Electro-Thermal Tuning in a Negative Dielectric Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Material

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    Natarajan,L.; Wofford, J.; Tondiglia, V.; Sutherland, R.; Koerner, H.; Vaia, R.; Bunning, T.

    2008-01-01

    The thermal and electrical tunability of a cholesteric liquid crystal containing a negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal in a planar alignment was studied. The physical, optical, and electro-optical characteristics of mixtures containing different ratios of chiral dopant S811 and the negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal ZLI-2806 were examined. A smectic A phase was seen at room temperature for S811 loadings >20 wt%. Below 20%, a room temperature cholesteric phase was observed. Upon heating mixtures with composition S811 >20%, the selective reflection notch of the cholesteric phase appeared and blueshifted with temperature. Thermal tuning from 2300?to?500?nm was observed over the temperature range of 23-55? C. Polarized optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and x-ray studies were utilized to confirm the temperature-dependent phase behavior. Tuning of ? 50?nm by the application of a direct current electric field was also observed with no onset of electrohydrodynamic instabilities for voltages up to {approx} 300 V. Bandwidth broadening but not tuning was obtained with the application of alternating current fields. Electrical tuning is likely due to pitch contraction brought about through the annealing of defects.

  17. Lattice Boltzmann model for Coulomb-driven flows in dielectric liquids.

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    Luo, Kang; Wu, Jian; Yi, Hong-Liang; Tan, He-Ping

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we developed a unified lattice Boltzmann model (LBM) to simulate electroconvection in a dielectric liquid induced by unipolar charge injection. Instead of solving the complex set of coupled Navier-Stokes equations, the charge conservation equation, and the Poisson equation of electric potential, three consistent lattice Boltzmann equations are formulated. Numerical results are presented for both strong and weak injection regimes, and different scenarios for the onset and evolution of instability, bifurcation, and chaos are tracked. All LBM results are found to be highly consistent with the analytical solutions and other numerical work.

  18. Enhanced optoelastic interaction range in liquid crystals with negative dielectric anisotropy

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    Simoni, F.; Lalli, S.; Lucchetti, L.; Criante, L.

    2014-01-06

    We demonstrate that the long-range interaction between surface-functionalized microparticles immersed a nematic liquid crystal—a “nematic colloid”—and a laser-induced “ghost colloid” can be enhanced by a low-voltage quasistatic electric field when the nematic mesophase has a negative dielectric anisotropy. The optoelastic trapping distance is shown to be enhanced by a factor up to 2.5 in presence of an electric field. Experimental data are quantitatively described with a theoretical model accounting for the spatial overlap between the orientational distortions around the microparticle and those induced by the trapping light beam itself.

  19. Lattice Boltzmann model for Coulomb-driven flows in dielectric liquids.

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    Luo, Kang; Wu, Jian; Yi, Hong-Liang; Tan, He-Ping

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we developed a unified lattice Boltzmann model (LBM) to simulate electroconvection in a dielectric liquid induced by unipolar charge injection. Instead of solving the complex set of coupled Navier-Stokes equations, the charge conservation equation, and the Poisson equation of electric potential, three consistent lattice Boltzmann equations are formulated. Numerical results are presented for both strong and weak injection regimes, and different scenarios for the onset and evolution of instability, bifurcation, and chaos are tracked. All LBM results are found to be highly consistent with the analytical solutions and other numerical work. PMID:26986441

  20. Highly sensitive terahertz dielectric sensor for small-volume liquid samples

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    Soltani, A.; Neshasteh, H.; Mataji-Kojouri, A.; Born, N.; Castro-Camus, E.; Shahabadi, M.; Koch, M.

    2016-05-01

    We present a resonator-based sensor for the measurement of the refractive index of dielectric liquid samples. The proposed sensor operates on the basis of an electromagnetic resonance between a thin metallic grating and a reflecting ground plane. The fluid whose refractive index is to be measured fills the region between the metallic grating and the ground plane and causes a considerable shift in the resonance frequency (>500 GHz/RIU). The sensor has a relatively simple structure; therefore, it can be manufactured economically on industrial scales.

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

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    Samanta, Subarna

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

  2. Molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water confined inside graphite channels: dielectric and dynamical properties.

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    Martí, J; Nagy, G; Guàrdia, E; Gordillo, M C

    2006-11-30

    Electric and dielectric properties and microscopic dynamics of liquid water confined between graphite slabs are analyzed by means of molecular dynamics simulations for several graphite-graphite separations at ambient conditions. The electric potential across the interface shows oscillations due to water layering, and the overall potential drop is about -0.28 V. The total dielectric constant is larger than the corresponding value for the bulklike internal region of the system. This is mainly due to the preferential orientations of water nearest the graphite walls. Estimation of the capacitance of the system is reported, indicating large variations for the different adsorption layers. The main trend observed concerning water diffusion is 2-fold: on one hand, the overall diffusion of water is markedly smaller for the closest graphite-graphite separations, and on the other hand, water molecules diffuse in interfaces slightly slower than those in the bulklike internal areas. Molecular reorientational times are generally larger than those corresponding to those of unconstrained bulk water. The analysis of spectral densities revealed significant spectral shifts, compared to the bands in unconstrained water, in different frequency regions, and associated to confinement effects. These findings are important because of the scarce information available from experimental, theoretical, and computer simulation research into the dielectric and dynamical properties of confined water.

  3. Electric field gating near the metal-insulator transition using ionic liquid dielectrics

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    Hebard, Arthur; Misra, Rajiv; McCarthy, Mitchell

    2007-03-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are highly polar low-melting-temperature binary salts typically comprising nitrogen-containing organic cations and inorganic anions. Since there is no solvent, ILs are distinctly different from aqueous, organic, gel or polymer electrolytes. Using either coplanar or overlay gate configurations in which the IL is the gate dielectric, we demonstrate room temperature field-induced resistance changes on the order of a factor of 10^4 for thin conducting InOx films. There is a large asymmetry manifested by the significantly larger changes in impedance for negative gate voltage Vg (electron depletion) compared to positive Vg (electron enhancement). The pronounced frequency dependence over the range 10-2--10^6 Hz, due to the low ionic mobilities in the dielectric fluid, is modeled well by a simple RC circuit from which an effective areal gate capacitance can be derived. The induced surface charge densities and field-effect mobilities noticeably exceed those that can be achieved on similar films using AlOx dielectrics. In addition, the charge state can be frozen in by reducing the temperature below the glass transition (˜250K) of the IL, thus providing an opportunity for electric field tuning of metal-insulator transitions in a variety of novel thin-film systems.

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

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

    2011-03-16

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

  5. Vaporization heat transfer of dielectric liquids on enhanced surfaces covered with screen wicks

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    Gu, C. B.; Chow, L. C.; Pais, M. R.; Baker, K.

    1993-01-01

    Experiments were conducted to investigate the vaporization heat transfer characteristics for the dielectric liquid FC-72 on several wicking surfaces which may be used in flat-plate heat pipes. The wicking materials studied included microstructure enhanced surfaces and coarse surfaces covered with screen meshes. Experimental data for q versus deltaT curves and critical heat fluxes were obtained for the two different operating conditions of a heat pipe, evaporation, and shallow pool boiling. When the liquid level was above the heated surface, the height of the liquid level above the surface was varied from 0 to 10 mm. When the liquid level was below the heated surface, the distance from the liquid level to the edge of the surface was adjusted from 0 to 15 mm. Experimental results revealed that for shallow pool boiling when the heated surface was covered with a wire screen mesh, the heat transfer coefficient increased at lower heat fluxes but the critical heat flux (CHF) decreased for all the surfaces tested. In the case of evaporation, both CHF and the heat transfer coefficient increased as the microstructure surfaces were covered with screen meshes.

  6. On two optomechanical effects of laser-induced electrostriction in dielectric liquids

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    Gojani, Ardian B.; Bejtullahu, Rasim; Obayashi, Shigeru

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents electrostriction from the phenomenological perspective, and gives details on two mechanical effects arising from laser-matter interaction. Electrostriction is the tendency of materials to compress in the presence of a varying electric field. In this paper, the investigated materials are polar and nonpolar dielectric liquids. It is stressed that the dominant factor is the time evolution of the laser pulse, which causes tensile stresses and acoustic waves. The study is supported by experimental realization of electrostriction, which can be detected only at favorable conditions (observed in water, but not in castor oil). This study will shed light in developing measurement techniques (e.g., laser-induced grating spectroscopy) and in explaining the onset of cavities and laser-induced liquid breakdown.

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

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    Jansson, Helén; Bergman, Rikard; Swenson, Jan

    2010-05-01

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

  8. The inactivation of Chlorella spp. with dielectric barrier discharge in gas-liquid mixture

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    Song, Dan; Sun, Bing; Zhu, Xiaomei; Yan, Zhiyu; Liu, Hui; Liu, Yongjun

    2013-03-01

    The inactivation of Chlorella spp. with high voltage and frequency pulsed dielectric barrier discharge in hybrid gas-liquid reactor with a suspension electrode was studied experimentally. In the hybrid gas-liquid reactor, a steel plate was used as high voltage electrode while a quartz plate as a dielectric layer, another steel plate placing in the aqueous solution worked as a whole ground electrode. A suspension electrode is installed near the surface of solution between high voltage and ground electrode to make the dielectric barrier discharge uniform and stable, the discharge gap was between the quartz plate and the surface of the water. The effect of peak voltage, treatment time, the initial concentration of Chlorella spp. and conductivity of solution on the inactivation rate of Chlorella spp. was investigated, and the inactivation mechanism of Chlorella spp. preliminarily was studied. Utilizing this system inactivation of Chlorella spp., the inactivation rate increased with increasing of peak voltage, treatment time and electric conductivity. It was found that the inactivation rate of Chlorella spp. arrived at 100% when the initial concentration was 4 × 106 cells mL-1, and the optimum operation condition required a peak voltage of 20 kV, a treatment time of 10 min and a frequency of 7 kHz. Though the increasing of initial concentration of the Chlorella spp. contributed to the addition of interaction probability between the Chlorella spp. and O3, H2O2, high-energy electrons, UV radiation and other active substances, the total inactivation number raise, but the inactivation rate of the Chlorella spp. decreased.

  9. Liquid 1-propanol studied by neutron scattering, near-infrared, and dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Sillrén, P; Matic, A; Karlsson, M; Koza, M; Maccarini, M; Fouquet, P; Götz, M; Bauer, Th; Gulich, R; Lunkenheimer, P; Loidl, A; Mattsson, J; Gainaru, C; Vynokur, E; Schildmann, S; Bauer, S; Böhmer, R

    2014-03-28

    Liquid monohydroxy alcohols exhibit unusual dynamics related to their hydrogen bonding induced structures. The connection between structure and dynamics is studied for liquid 1-propanol using quasi-elastic neutron scattering, combining time-of-flight and neutron spin-echo techniques, with a focus on the dynamics at length scales corresponding to the main peak and the pre-peak of the structure factor. At the main peak, the structural relaxation times are probed. These correspond well to mechanical relaxation times calculated from literature data. At the pre-peak, corresponding to length scales related to H-bonded structures, the relaxation times are almost an order of magnitude longer. According to previous work [C. Gainaru, R. Meier, S. Schildmann, C. Lederle, W. Hiller, E. Rössler, and R. Böhmer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 258303 (2010)] this time scale difference is connected to the average size of H-bonded clusters. The relation between the relaxation times from neutron scattering and those determined from dielectric spectroscopy is discussed on the basis of broad-band permittivity data of 1-propanol. Moreover, in 1-propanol the dielectric relaxation strength as well as the near-infrared absorbance reveal anomalous behavior below ambient temperature. A corresponding feature could not be found in the polyalcohols propylene glycol and glycerol.

  10. 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.

  11. Liquid Argon Dielectric Breakdown Studies with the MicroBooNE Purification System

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    Acciarri, R.; Carls, B.; James, C.; Johnson, B.; Jostlein, H.; Lockwitz, S.; Lundberg, B.; Raaf, J. L.; Rameika, R.; Rebel, B.; Zeller, G. P.; Zuckerbrot, M.

    2014-11-04

    The proliferation of liquid argon time projection chamber detectors makes the characterization of the dielectric properties of liquid argon a critical task. To improve understanding of these properties, a systematic study of the breakdown electric field in liquid argon was conducted using a dedicated cryostat connected to the MicroBooNE cryogenic system at Fermilab. An electrode sphere-plate geometry was implemented using spheres with diameters of 1.3 mm, 5.0 mm, and 76 mm. The MicroBooNE cryogenic system allowed measurements to be taken at a variety of electronegative contamination levels ranging from a few parts-per-million to tens of parts-per-trillion. The cathode-anode distance was varied from 0.1 mm to 2.5 cm. The results demonstrate a geometric dependence of the electric field strength at breakdown. This study is the first time that the dependence of the breakdown field on stressed cathode area has been shown for liquid argon.

  12. Electrowetting-on-dielectric assisted bubble detachment in a liquid film

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    Wang, S.; Chen, H. H.; Chen, C. L.

    2016-05-01

    Drawing inspiration from electrowetting-controlled droplets, the potential advantages of electrowetting for bubble dynamics are investigated experimentally. In this study, we present and characterize an open electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) system for studying the bubble behavior. Both detachment and non-detachment processes of a small single bubble in a thick liquid film under EWOD were experimentally observed. The measurement of contact angle changes of the small air bubble shows relatively good agreement with Young-Lippmann's equation within the majority of the test voltage range, except for the saturation region. Meanwhile, we have experimentally demonstrated both the characteristics of single- and double-bubble detachment within a thin liquid film. Direct bubble detachment may occur when it touches the gas-liquid interface during the process of contact angle change, while indirect bubble detachment is highly possible due to the dramatic oscillation resulting from the detachment of adjacent bubbles. The experimental results demonstrate that EWOD can effectively facilitate the detachment of small air bubble in a thin liquid film.

  13. The dielectric behaviour of snow: A study versus liquid water content

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    Ambach, W.; Denoth, A.

    1980-01-01

    Snow is treated as a heterogeneous dielectric material consisting of ice, air, and water. The greater difference in the high frequency relative permittivity of dry snow and water allows to determine the liquid water content by measurements of the relative permittivity of snow. A plate condenser with a volume of about 1000 cv cm was used to measure the average liquid water content in a snow volume. Calibration was carried out using a freezing calorimeter. In order to measure the liquid water content in thin snow layers, a comb-shaped condenser was developed, which is the two dimensional analogon of the plate condenser. With this moisture meter the liquid water content was measured in layers of a few millimeters in thickness, whereby the effective depth of measurement is given by the penetration depth of electric field lines which is controlled by the spacing of the strip lines. Results of field measurements with both moisture meters, the plate condenser and the comb-shaped condenser, are given.

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

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

    2005-08-01

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

  15. Molecular dynamics of a binary mixture of twist-bend nematic liquid crystal dimers studied by dielectric spectroscopy

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    Robles-Hernández, Beatriz; Sebastián, Nerea; Salud, Josep; Diez-Berart, Sergio; Dunmur, David A.; Luckhurst, Geoffrey R.; López, David O.; de la Fuente, M. Rosario

    2016-06-01

    We report a comprehensive dielectric characterization of a liquid crystalline binary mixture composed of the symmetric mesogenic dimer CB7CB and the nonsymmetric mesogenic dimer FFO9OCB. In addition to the high-temperature nematic phase, such a binary mixture shows a twist-bend nematic phase at room temperature which readily vitrifies on slow cooling. Changes in the conformational distribution of the dimers are reflected in the dielectric permittivity and successfully analyzed by means of an appropriate theoretical model. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of the mixture reflect the different molecular dipole properties of the components, resembling in the present case the characteristic dielectric spectra of nonsymmetric dimers. Comparison of the nematic and twist-bend nematic phases reveals that molecular dynamics are similar despite the difference in the molecular environment.

  16. Dielectric and electro-optical properties of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal. II. Polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA

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    Tripathi, Pankaj Kumar; Pande, Mukti; Singh, Shri

    2016-09-01

    In continuation of our earlier work (Pande et al. in Appl Phys A 122:217-226, 2016), we report the results of dielectric and electro-optical properties of pure MBBA and PSLC (polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA) systems. The polymer networks domains formed are found to be anisotropic and are oriented in the direction of electric field for both the planar and homeotropic alignment cells. The dielectric anisotropy, optical anisotropy, response time, threshold voltage, splay elastic constant and rotational viscosity were observed for both the LC and PSLC systems with electric field. The liquid crystal properties are affected significantly with increasing concentration of polymer in pure LC material. It has been observed that the polymer networks interaction plays a major role in changing the properties of PSLC system. The effect of dielectric loss and dielectric permittivity on both pure LC and PSLC systems is also discussed.

  17. Structure and dynamics in protic ionic liquids: a combined optical Kerr-effect and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy study.

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    Turton, David A; Sonnleitner, Thomas; Ortner, Alex; Walther, Markus; Hefter, Glenn; Seddon, Kenneth R; Stana, Simona; Plechkova, Natalia V; Buchner, Richard; Wynne, Klaas

    2012-01-01

    The structure and dynamics of ionic liquids (ILs) are unusual due to the strong interactions between the ions and counter ions. These microscopic properties determine the bulk transport properties critical to applications of ILs such as advanced fuel cells. The terahertz dynamics and slower relaxations of simple alkylammonium nitrate protic ionic liquids (PILs) are here studied using femtosecond optical Kerr-effect spectroscopy, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The observed dynamics give insight into more general liquid behaviour while comparison with glass-forming liquids reveals an underlying power-law decay and relaxation rates suggest supramolecular structure and nanoscale segregation.

  18. Analysis of dielectric and conductive dispersion above Tg in glass-forming molecular liquids.

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    Macdonald, J Ross

    2008-11-01

    Dynamics of the nonassociated supercooled liquids N-methyl-epsilon-caprolactam (NMEC) and glycerol in the frequency domain are investigated using full complex-nonlinear-least-squares fitting of immittance spectroscopy data for appreciable temperature ranges above the glass transition. Such fitting, not previously used for these materials, helps to identify physical processes responsible for the data and elements of their common behavior. Several different fitting models were applied to find a physically plausible best-fitting one to distinguish quantitatively between the dielectric effects of dipoles and the conductive effects of mobile ions. The utility of many composite fitting models was investigated, and although a pure conductive-system dispersive (CSD) fitting model led to good but physically unrealistic fits of all data sets, the dielectric-system dispersive (DSD) Davidson-Cole model best fitted the alpha-dispersion part of the responses. Nevertheless, the series combination of such a DSD model and a separate CSD model (one not associated with electrode effects) was found to yield much better fitting of the data for both materials. Although the CSD model plays somewhat the role of the conventional parallel DSD Johari-Goldstein beta-response, it is here in series and arises from mobile impurity-ion effects rather than from dipolar ones. Previous analyses of data of the present and other molecular materials have often involved two DSD models in parallel, but fitting with such a composite model led here to less physically plausible parameter values and ones with appreciably more uncertainties. Surprisingly, the series DSD and CSD composite-model fits led to comparable estimated values of the NMEC and glycerol dielectric strength parameters, as well as to the nearly equal small thermal activation energies of these parameters.

  19. Effect of boundary surfaces on the effective dielectric susceptibility of the helical structure of a ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Kaznacheev, A. V.; Pozhidaev, E. P.

    2015-08-15

    We present the results of a theoretical investigation of the effect of boundary surfaces of a liquidcrystal cell on the effective dielectric susceptibility of the helical structure of a ferroelectric smectic C* liquid crystal (FLC). We consider for this purpose the deformation and untwisting of the helix by solid surfaces bounding the FLC layer. An analytic expression is obtained for critical thickness d{sub c} of the liquid-crystal layer, for which untwisting of the helix by surfaces takes place. In calculating the effective dielectric susceptibility, it is shown that the deformation of the FLC helix by the boundaries leads to the occurrence of anisotropy in the effective dielectric susceptibility in the plane perpendicular to the helix axis.

  20. Dielectric and electro-optic measurements of nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Peterson, Matthew; Georgiev, Georgi; Atherton, Timothy; Cebe, Peggy

    We studied the effects of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the dielectric and electro-optic properties of nematic 5CB liquid crystals (LCs). Samples containing 0.01%, 0.10% and 1.00% CNTs by weight were prepared. Anti- parallel rubbed cells with a nominal thickness of 10 μm were prepared using indium tin oxide coated glass cells and a polyimide alignment layer. The capacitance and dissipation factor were measured using an Agilent 4284A precision LCR meter. From these measurements, the complex dielectric permittivity was determined as a function of frequency. Analysis of the low frequency regime (f <1000 Hz) indicates that 5CB samples containing CNTs have a higher conductance than neat samples. The Fréedericksz transition critical voltage was noted by a sharp increase in capacitance after an initial plateau. Numerical simulations of CNT-facilitated switching show that polarization induced on the nanotubes from capacitive effects can significantly reduce the critical voltage in DC electric fields, in agreement with experimental results. Measurements of the critical voltage over a range of frequencies will also be presented. Research was supported by the National Science Foundation, DMR1206010.

  1. Unsaturated and Saturated Flow Front Tracking in Liquid Composite Molding Processes using Dielectric Sensors

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    Carlone, P.; Palazzo, G. S.

    2015-10-01

    Liquid composite molding processes are manufacturing techniques involving the impregnation and saturation of dry fibrous preforms by means of injection or infusion of catalyzed resin systems. Complete wetting of the reinforcement and reduction of voids are key issues to enhance mechanical properties of the final product, as a consequence on line monitoring and control of resin flow is highly desirable to detect and avoid potentialbet macro- as well as micro-voids. In this paper, parallel-plate dielectric sensors were investigated to track the position of unsaturated as well as saturated flow fronts through dual scale porous media. Sensors configuration was analyzed and improved via electromagnetic (EM) finite element simulations. The effectiveness of the proposed system was assessed in one-dimensional impregnation tests. Good agreement was found between unsaturated front positions provided by the considered system and acquired through conventional visual techniques. An indirect verification strategy, based on CFD and EM simulations of the process, was applied to investigate the reliability of dielectric sensors with respect to saturation phenomena. Obtained outcomes highlighted the intriguing capabilities of the proposed method.

  2. Effect of polymer additives on characteristics of direct-current motor with liquid dielectric filler

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    Ivanov, V. I.; Bashkatova, S. T.; Lubsanova, A. A.; Tokarev, S. B.; Zadaroshnaya, G. N.; Pastukhova, I. N.

    1984-11-01

    In d.c. motors filled with dielectric of the hydrocarbon kind hydrodynamic losses can constitute up to 40% of the total losses. Consequently, a study was made to determine the proper additive and amount to reduce the hydraulic drag without dehomogenizing the liquid filler over long operating periods. Two polymethacrylates, never before used for this application were selected. Two motors of different size, a 0.8 kW DPK and a 6 kW DPK, were tested in kerosene with 0.005-1.0 wt% of these additives. An evaluation of the data, including the hydraulic drag coefficient as a function of the Reynolds number and the temperature rise at critical motor components (armature winding in slots, armature endturns on drive side, armature teeth, liquid in interpolar space, field winding, pole pieces) with or without additive, has yielded the optimum range of additive concentration for each motor size. An evaluation of the heat transfer at critical surfaces, with the aid of dimensional analysis, has yielded the semiempirical relation Nu=CRe0.65Pr0.4Km (C- constant factor different for each surface, Km- constant factor with exponent different for each additive polymer materials). The results can be extended to transformer oil and diesel oil as liquid motor-filling medium.

  3. Pulsed Picosecond and Nanosecond Discharge Development in Liquids with Various Dielectric Permittivity Constants

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    Starikovskiy, Andrey; Shneider, Michael

    2015-09-01

    The dynamics of pulsed picosecond and nanosecond discharge development in liquid water, ethanol and hexane were investigated experimentally. Three possible mechanisms for the propagation of discharge in liquids play a different role depending on the pulse duration. The first case takes place when a ``long'' (microsecond) electric pulse applied in a non-conducting fluid: as a result of electrostatic repulsion, the formation of low density channels occurs. Consequently, the discharge propagates through the low-density regions. In the second case, under an ``intermediate'' (nanosecond) electric pulse conditions, 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 ``short'' (picosecond) electric pulse is utilized, the regions of reduced density cannot form because of the extremely short duration of the applied electric pulse. Ionization in the liquid phase occurs as a result of direct electron impact without undergoing a phase transition, occurring due to the acceleration of electrons by an external electric field comparable to the intra-molecular fields. The discharge propagates with a velocity comparable to the local speed of light.

  4. Dielectric relaxation processes in solid and supercooled liquid solutions of acetaminophen and nifedipine

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    El Goresy, Tarek; Böhmer, Roland

    2007-05-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy was used to study supercooled liquid and glassy mixtures of acetaminophen and nifedipine. The glass transition temperature Tg was found to vary continuously as a function of the acetaminophen concentration x, indicating complete miscibility of these drugs. The steepness index m characterizing the α-relaxation as well as the dispersion width of this process were almost independent of x. A weak Johari Goldstein β-relaxation was identified by its typical decoupling from the α-process. A well-resolved low-temperature γ-relaxation was found and ascribed to a side group motion, predominantly of the nifedipine molecule. The energy barriers hindering this motion exhibit a wide distribution, with a mean value of typically about 3500 K.

  5. Effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots on the dielectric and physical parameters of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    Singh, D. P.; Gupta, S. K.; Manohar, R.; Varia, M. C.; Kumar, S.; Kumar, A.

    2014-07-21

    The effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs) on the dielectric relaxation and material constants of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) has been investigated. Along with the characteristic Goldstone mode, a new relaxation mode has been induced in the FLC material due to the presence of CdSe QDs. This new relaxation mode is strongly dependent on the concentration of CdSe QDs but is found to be independent of the external bias voltage and temperature. The material constants have also been modified remarkably due to the presence of CdSe QDs. The appearance of this new relaxation phenomenon has been attributed to the concentration dependent interaction between CdSe QDs and FLC molecules.

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

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    Qian, Zhixin

    2015-11-15

    The exchange contribution, Π{sub 1}(k, 0), to the static dielectric function in the electron liquid is evaluated exactly. Expression for it is derived analytically in terms of one quadrature. The expression, as presented in Eq. (3) in the Introduction, turns out to be very simple. A fully explicit expression (with no more integral in it) for Π{sub 1}(k, 0) is further developed in terms of series. Equation (3) is proved to be equal to the expression obtained before under some mathematical assumption by Engel and Vosko [Phys. Rev. B 42, 4940 (1990)], thus in the meanwhile putting the latter on a rigorous basis. The expansions of Π{sub 1}(k, 0) at the wavevectors of k = 0, k = 2k{sub F}, and at limiting large k are derived. The results all verify those obtained by Engel and Vosko.

  7. Sign reversal of dielectric anisotropy of ferroelectric liquid crystals doped with cadmium telluride quantum dots

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    Kumar, A.; Silotia, P.; Biradar, A. M.

    2011-08-01

    A small amount of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) has been doped into various ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) to observe the modifications in the alignment and dielectric anisotropy (Δɛ) of the composites. The CdTe QDs have induced a uniform homeotropic (HMT) alignment in most of the FLC mixtures. We observed an unexpected switching (from HMT to homogeneous configuration) of CdTe QDs doped FLC CS1026 (having positive Δɛ) by the application of high dc bias. This reverse switching has been attributed to the interaction between FLC molecules and CdTe QDs which caused the sign reversal of Δɛ of FLC CS1026.

  8. Comparison of the dielectric and NMR results for liquid crystals: dynamic aspects.

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    Urban, Stanislaw; Geppi, Marco

    2014-10-01

    Critical analysis of the results of studies of molecular rotational dynamics in liquid crystalline substances with the aid of the dielectric spectroscopy (DS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is given. Both methods are known to be sensitive to different aspects of molecular rotations: the polarization vector and the relaxation time τ(DS) in the case of DS, a tensor describing a nuclear interaction and the correlation time τ(NMR) for NMR method. Furthermore, both methods provide correlation functions with different rank values. A common basis for the comparison between τ(DS) and τ(NMR) is postulated. Several examples of the temperature dependence of the correlation times coming from the two spectroscopic methods are presented. Qualitative agreements of the correlation times were achieved in most cases.

  9. The role of temperature on dielectric relaxation and conductivity mechanism of dark conglomerate liquid crystal phase

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    Yildiz, Alptekin; Canli, Nimet Yilmaz; Özdemir, Zeynep Güven; Ocak, Hale; Eran, Belkız Bilgin; Okutan, Mustafa

    2016-03-01

    In this study, dielectric properties and ac conductivity mechanism of the bent-core liquid crystal 3‧-{4-[4-(3,7-Dimethyloctyloxy)benzoyloxy]benzoyloxy}-4-{4-[4-[6-(1,1,3,3,5,5,5-heptamethyltrisiloxan-1yl)hex-1-yloxy]benzoyloxy]benzoyloxy}biphenyl (DBB) have been analyzed by impedance spectroscopy measurements at different temperatures. According to the polarizing microscopy results, DBB liquid crystal compound exhibits a dark conglomerate mesophase (DC[*] phase) which can be identified by the occurrence of a conglomerate of domains with opposite chirality. The chiral domains of this low-birefringent mesophase become more visible by rotating the polarizer. The variation of the real (ε‧) and imaginary (ε″) parts of dielectric constant with angular frequency and Cole-Cole curves of DBB have been analyzed. The fitting results for dispersion curves at different temperatures revealed that DBB system exhibits nearly Debye-type relaxation except for 125 °C. Moreover, it has been determined that while the relaxation frequencies shift to higher frequencies as the temperature increases from 25 °C to 125 °C, the peak intensities remarkably decrease with increasing temperature. According to Cole-Cole plot and phase angle versus frequency curve, it has been determined that DBB LC may have a possibility of utilizing as a super-capacitor at room temperature. Furthermore, it has been found that the conductivity mechanism of the DBB alters from Correlated Barrier Hoping (CBH) model to Quantum Tunneling Model (QMT) with in increasing temperature at high frequency region. In terms of CBH model, optical band gaps at 25 °C and 75 °C temperatures have also been calculated. Finally, activation energies for some selected angular frequencies have also been calculated.

  10. Nanosecond electro-optics of a nematic liquid crystal with negative dielectric anisotropy.

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    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Li, Bing-Xiang; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2014-12-01

    We study a nanosecond electro-optic response of a nematic liquid crystal in a geometry where an applied electric field E modifies the tensor order parameter but does not change the orientation of the optic axis (director N ̂). We use a nematic with negative dielectric anisotropy with the electric field applied perpendicularly to N ̂. The field changes the dielectric tensor at optical frequencies (optic tensor) due to the following mechanisms: (a) nanosecond creation of the biaxial orientational order, (b) uniaxial modification of the orientational order that occurs over time scales of tens of nanoseconds, and (c) the quenching of director fluctuations with a wide range of characteristic times up to milliseconds. We develop a model to describe the dynamics of all three mechanisms. We design the experimental conditions to selectively suppress the contributions from the quenching of director fluctuations (c) and from the biaxial order effect (a) and thus, separate the contributions of the three mechanisms in the electro-optic response. As a result, the experimental data can be well fitted with the model parameters. The analysis provides a rather detailed physical picture of how the liquid crystal responds to a strong electric field on a time scale of nanoseconds. The paper provides a useful guidance in the current search for the biaxial nematic phase. Namely, the temperature dependence of the biaxial susceptibility allows one to estimate the temperature of the potential uniaxial-to-biaxial phase transition. An analysis of the quenching of director fluctuations indicates that on a time scale of nanoseconds, the classic model with constant viscoelastic material parameters might reach its limit of validity. The effect of nanosecond electric modification of the order parameter can be used in applications in which one needs to achieve ultrafast (nanosecond) changes in optical characteristics, such as birefringence. PMID:25615116

  11. Elemental determination of microsamples by liquid film dielectric barrier discharge atomic emission spectrometry.

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    He, Qian; Zhu, Zhenli; Hu, Shenghong; Zheng, Hongtao; Jin, Lanlan

    2012-05-01

    In this study, a new liquid-film dielectric barrier discharge (LFDBD) atomic emission source was developed for microsample elemental determination. It consists of a copper electrode, a tungsten wire electrode, and a piece of glass slide between them, which serves as the dielectric barrier as well as the sample plate. The sample solution with 1 mol L(-1) nitric acid, when deposited onto the surface of the glass slide, forms a thin liquid film. The plasma is generated between the tip of the tungsten wire electrode and the liquid film surface when alternating-current (ac) high voltage (peak voltage ~3.7 kV, frequency ~30 kHz) is applied on the electrodes. Qualitative and quantitative determinations of metal ions in the sample solution were achieved by atomic emission measurements in the plasma and were demonstrated in this study with elements Na, K, Cu, Zn, and Cd. Detection limits were in the range from 0.6 ng (7 μg L(-1)) for Na to 6 ng (79 μg L(-1)) for Zn. Repeatability, expressed as relative standard deviation from seven repetitive analyses of samples with analyte concentrations at 1 mg L(-1), varied from 2.1% to 4.4%. Compared with other liquid discharge systems that operate at atmospheric pressure, the current system offers several advantages: First, it eliminates the use of a sample flow system (e.g., syringe or peristaltic pump); instead, a small aliquot of sample is directly pipetted onto the glass slide for analysis. Second, it is a microanalysis system and requires sample volume ≤80 μL, a benefit when a limited amount of sample is available. Third, because the sample is applied in aliquot, there is no washout time, and the analysis can be easily extended to sample array for high-throughput analysis. The proposed LFDBD is promising for in-field elemental determination because of its simplicity, cost effectiveness, low power supply, and no inert gas requirement. PMID:22486234

  12. Dielectric siphons.

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

    1971-01-01

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

  13. Dielectric spectroscopy of a polymerizing liquid and the evolution of molecular dynamics with increase in the number of covalent bonds

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    Parthun, M. G.; Johari, G. P.

    1995-07-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy and calorimetry studies of a low viscosity, initially monomeric liquid undergoing spontaneous chemical reaction, to form a linear chain polymer while maintaining isothermal conditions, have been used to determine how the number of covalent bonds formed during the growth of a linear chain affects the dielectric permittivity, relaxation time, and the spectral shape. During this reaction, the static permittivity decreased and the relaxation time increased towards limiting values. As the number of covalent bonds increased towards the Avogadro number, the change in the complex permittivity as measured for a fixed frequency was phenomenologically similar to that observed on varying the frequency, although the exact formalisms in both cases differed. In both cases the relaxation function could be well described by a stretched exponential or sum of exponentials, with a width that decreased as the liquid's state changed from monomeric liquid to a fully reacted chain polymer. The observed increase in the relaxation time with the number of bonds formed seems consistent with the decrease in the configurational entropy or the number of accessible configurations available to the structure, under isothermal conditions. It decreases progressively more slowly as the number of covalent bonds in the structure increases. As this occurs, a second relaxation process at higher frequencies is revealed. The dielectric manifestation of the irreversible process of covalent bond formation is remarkably similar to that observed on supercooling a molecular or polymeric liquid. The study demonstrates how negative feedback between molecular diffusion and chemical reaction vitrifies a liquid isothermally.

  14. Pool boiling of dielectric liquids on porous graphite and extended copper surfaces

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    Parker, Jack L.

    This work investigated pool boiling of the dielectric liquids HFE-7100 and FC-72 on plane copper and porous graphite and on copper surfaces with corner pins. The work investigated the effects of surface orientation and liquid subcooling and, for the copper surfaces with corner pins, the effect of surface roughness. In addition, investigations were made studying the heat transfer by natural convection and nucleate boiling, as well as the effects of liquid subcooling (up to 30 K) and surface inclination (0°--upward facing, to 180°--downward facing) on nucleate boiling heat transfer and Critical Heat Flux (CHF). The results are applicable to direct immersion cooling by nucleate boiling of high power computer chips dissipating 50 - 100 W/cm2 while maintaining the junction temperature for the chips below the recommended values (˜85 °C). Pool boiling experiments are performed with degassed HFE-7100 and FC-72 liquids using uniformly heated 10 x 10 mm porous graphite and copper surfaces with corner pins. The measured footprint temperatures and thermal power removed from the surfaces are used to construct the pool boiling curves and determine the critical heat flux and corresponding surface superheat. Results are compared with those obtained on plane copper of same heated footprint area. The obtained CHF values are also compared with those reported in the open literature for plane, micro-porous, and macro-structured surfaces. Digital photographs and video are obtained to help explain and interpret the results. For the first time, natural convection correlations for dielectric liquids on plane, porous, and copper with corner pins developed. These correlations are important to electronic cooling in the stand-by mode when the heat dissipation by the chips is only a few watts. Results show that the power removed by natural convection from surfaces with corner pins is 67% more than from plane Si and Cu surfaces at the same surface superheat. Using porous graphite and copper

  15. Electro-optical and dielectric properties of CdSe quantum dots and 6CHBT liquid crystals composites

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    Singh, U. B.; Pandey, M. B.; Dhar, R; Pandey, A. S.; Kumar, S.; Dabrowski, R.

    2014-11-15

    We have prepared the composites of a room temperature nematic liquid crystal namely 4-(trans-4-n-hexylcyclohexyl) isothiocyanatobenzoate (6CHBT) and Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots (CdSe-QDs) and investigated their electro-optical and dielectric properties. Effect of dispersion of CdSe-QDs on various electro-optical and display parameters of host liquid crystalline material have been studied. Physical parameters, such as switching threshold voltage and splay elastic constant have been altered drastically for composites. Dispersion of QDs in a liquid crystals medium destabilizes nematic ordering of the host and decreases the nematic-to-isotropic transition temperature.

  16. V -shaped switching ferroelectric liquid crystal structure stabilized by dielectric surface layers.

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    Hammarquist, A; D'Havé, K; Matuszczyk, M; Clark, N A; Maclennan, J E; Rudquist, P

    2008-03-01

    The " V -shaped switching" mode in high polarization ferroelectric liquid crystals was studied with the aim of stabilizing the monostable bookshelf structure with the spontaneous polarization parallel to the glass plates. The director field in such cells was confirmed to be sensitive to both the liquid crystal properties and the cell parameters. In cells with only polyimide alignment layers, hysteresis free switching was never obtained, with bistable and asymmetric monostable structures compromising the zero-field dark state and preventing an ideal, hysteresis-free analog response. By incorporating a SiO(2) layer between the ITO electrode and the polyimide, the undesired states were suppressed and essentially hysteresis-free switching was obtained for driving frequencies in the range 0.2-200 Hz . Cells rubbed only on one side give more uniform alignment than cells rubbed on both sides but their inherent asymmetry shifts the long-term dark state away from 0 V and causes the response to gray level voltage modulation to be slightly asymmetric. The formation of different types of states as a function of the values of the surface parameters, and the observed stabilization of the V -shaped switching structure by the dielectric surface layers, are in good agreement with an earlier analysis by Copic [Phys. Rev. E 65, 021701 (2002)].

  17. Charge and energy transferred from a plasma jet to liquid and dielectric surfaces

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    Mussard, M. Dang Van Sung; Foucher, E.; Rousseau, A.

    2015-10-01

    A key parameter in using plasma jets for biomedical applications is the transferred energy to the living tissues. The objective of this paper is to understand which parameters control the energy transfer from the plasma jet to a liquid or a dielectric surface. The plasma jet is flown with helium and ignited by a 600 Hz ac high voltage (up to 15 kV). Capacitors are connected to two measurement electrodes placed in the plasma source region, and under the sample. Charge and energy transferred are estimated by plotting Lissajous cycles; the number of bullets and the charge probability density function are also calculated. It is shown that the applied voltage and the gap (distance between the end of the tube and the sample) have a dramatic influence on the energy deposition on the sample as well as on the charge probability density function. Surprisingly, both gap distance and voltage have very little influence on the number of bullets reaching the sample per cycle. It is also shown that the conductivity of the liquid sample has almost no influence on the energy deposition and charge probability density function.

  18. Dielectric properties of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side alkyl-substituted chain, doped with fullerene C60

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    Kovalev, D. S.; Kostromin, S. V.; Musteaţa, V.; Cozan, V.; Bronnikov, S. V.

    2016-04-01

    We studied the actual and imaginary components of the dielectric constant of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side chain, doped with 0.5 wt % of fullerene C60, over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies; measurements were made by means of dielectric spectroscopy. By analyzing the frequency dependence of the dielectric constant, we detected the relaxation processes (α, β1, and β2) in the nanocomposite, corresponding to certain modes of molecular motion and described them by the Arrhenius equations (β1- and β2-processes) and the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation (α-process). An antiplasticization effect is discovered after doping the polymer with fullerene C60, which manifests itself in increasing the glass transition temperature of the nanocomposite compared to this parameter typical of pure polymer.

  19. 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.

  20. Tunable and ultra-elongated photonic nanojet generated by a liquid-immersed core-shell dielectric microsphere

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    Wu, Pinghui; Li, Jia; Wei, Kaihua; Yue, Wenjie

    2015-11-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) photonic nanojet (PNJ) emerging from a liquid-immersed core-shell dielectric microsphere is numerically investigated by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. An ultra-elongated PNJ with an effective length larger than 57 wavelengths while retaining a high intensity and a large working distance is obtained from the simulation. In particular, PNJ properties, including intensity enhancement, working distance, effective length, and full width at half maximum (FWHM), can be well tuned and controlled by varying the refractive index of the immersed liquid. We believe that this design is applicable to many fields, such as material science, nanophotonics, and biomedicine.

  1. Dielectric spectroscopy of aerosil-dispersed liquid crystal embedded in Anopore membranes.

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    Sinha, G; Leys, J; Glorieux, C; Thoen, J

    2005-11-01

    The complex dielectric permittivity epsilon* values are presented for aerosil-dispersed 4-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) confined in Anopore membranes. The dielectric permittivities are measured in the frequency range from 10(-2) Hz to 1 GHz at temperatures ranging from 50 degrees C down to -20 degrees C. In bulk 5CB, which has only a nematic phase, there exist two main relaxation processes: one due to the rotation of molecules around their short axes for parallel orientation of the director to the probing field and another fast relaxation process due to the librational motion of molecules for perpendicular orientation. Inside Anopore membranes both these main relaxation processes can be observed, but with subtle differences. The relaxation process due to the rotation of molecules around the short axis is faster in Anopores at all temperatures in comparison with the bulk process. Hydrophilic aerosil particles, when dispersed in the liquid-crystal (LC) phase, attach to each other via hydrogen bonds and form a three-dimensional interconnecting aerosil network, thus dividing the LC phase into small domains. Dispersing 5CB with different concentrations of hydrophilic aerosils leads to a decrease in relaxation time with aerosil concentration. In these dispersed systems a slow additional relaxation process emerges. This slow process becomes stronger with higher concentrations of aerosil. From our experiments we conclude that this process is the relaxation of 5CB molecules homeotropically aligned to the surface of the aerosil particles. In the case of 5CB-aerosil dispersions enclosed in Anopore membranes this slow process still exists and increases also with aerosil concentration. The relaxation time of the rotation of the 5CB molecules around their short axis systematically increases in these 5CB-aerosil samples in Anopore membranes with aerosil concentration from the 5CB-Anopore behavior towards the behavior observed for 5CB-aerosil dispersions. We explain the evolution

  2. Studies of nanocomposites of carbon nanotubes and a negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal.

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    Kalakonda, P; Basu, R; Nemitz, I R; Rosenblatt, C; Iannacchione, G S

    2014-03-14

    It has been widely recognized that the combination of carbon nanotube (CNT) and liquid crystals (LCs) not only provides a useful way to align CNTs, but also dramatically enhances the order in the LC phases, which is especially useful in liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. As the measure of this phase behavior, the complex specific heat is presented over a wide temperature range for a negative dielectric anisotropy alkoxyphenylbenzoate liquid crystal (9OO4) and CNT composites as a function of CNT concentration. The calorimetric scans were performed under near-equilibrium conditions between 25 and 95 °C, first cooling and then followed by heating for CNT weight percent ranging from ϕ(w) = 0 to 0.2. All 9OO4/CNT mesophases have transition temperatures ~1 K higher and a crystallization temperature 4 K higher than that of the pure 9OO4. The crystal phase superheats until a strongly first-order specific heat feature is observed, 0.5 K higher than in the pure 9OO4. The transition enthalpy for the nanocomposite mesophases is 10% lower than that observed in the pure 9OO4. The strongly first-order crystallization and melting transition enthalpies are essentially constant over this range of ϕ(w). Complementary electroclinic measurement on a 0.05 wt. % sample, cooling towards the smectic-C phase from the smectic-A, indicates that the SmA-SmC transition remains mean-field-like in the presence of the CNTs. Given the homogeneous and random distribution of CNTs in these nanocomposites, we interpret these results as arising from the LC-CNT surface interaction pinning the orientational order uniformly along the CNT, without pinning the position of the 9OO4 molecule, leading to a net ordering effect for all phases. These effects of incorporating CNTs into LCs are likely due to "anisotropic orientational" coupling between CNT and LC, the change in the elastic properties of composites and thermal anisotropic properties of the CNTs. PMID:24628206

  3. Studies of nanocomposites of carbon nanotubes and a negative dielectric anisotropy liquid crystal

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    Kalakonda, P.; Basu, R.; Nemitz, I. R.; Rosenblatt, C.; Iannacchione, G. S.

    2014-03-01

    It has been widely recognized that the combination of carbon nanotube (CNT) and liquid crystals (LCs) not only provides a useful way to align CNTs, but also dramatically enhances the order in the LC phases, which is especially useful in liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. As the measure of this phase behavior, the complex specific heat is presented over a wide temperature range for a negative dielectric anisotropy alkoxyphenylbenzoate liquid crystal (9OO4) and CNT composites as a function of CNT concentration. The calorimetric scans were performed under near-equilibrium conditions between 25 and 95 °C, first cooling and then followed by heating for CNT weight percent ranging from ϕw = 0 to 0.2. All 9OO4/CNT mesophases have transition temperatures ˜1 K higher and a crystallization temperature 4 K higher than that of the pure 9OO4. The crystal phase superheats until a strongly first-order specific heat feature is observed, 0.5 K higher than in the pure 9OO4. The transition enthalpy for the nanocomposite mesophases is 10% lower than that observed in the pure 9OO4. The strongly first-order crystallization and melting transition enthalpies are essentially constant over this range of ϕw. Complementary electroclinic measurement on a 0.05 wt. % sample, cooling towards the smectic-C phase from the smectic-A, indicates that the SmA-SmC transition remains mean-field-like in the presence of the CNTs. Given the homogeneous and random distribution of CNTs in these nanocomposites, we interpret these results as arising from the LC-CNT surface interaction pinning the orientational order uniformly along the CNT, without pinning the position of the 9OO4 molecule, leading to a net ordering effect for all phases. These effects of incorporating CNTs into LCs are likely due to "anisotropic orientational" coupling between CNT and LC, the change in the elastic properties of composites and thermal anisotropic properties of the CNTs.

  4. Possible influence of layer deformation and chiral segregation on dielectric modes in the dark conglomerate liquid crystal.

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    Bhat, Deepa G; Selvaraj, Radhika; Kapanipathaiya, Sadashiva B; Ramarao, Pratibha

    2015-03-16

    Dielectric spectroscopy is used to investigate the structure, molecular dynamics, and relaxation phenomena in electric-field-induced switchable dark conglomerate (DC) phases in a bent-core liquid crystal. The DC phases are obtained by applying a high-frequency ac electric field in the B1rev phase or by cooling under a dc or an ac field from the isotropic phase. Although the DC phases exhibit good electro-optic switching properties, the dielectric parameters are different from those observed in typical lamellar SmCP phases and similar to those obtained in a non-switchable DC phase. We therefore propose that the dielectric response and reduced intensity of the relaxation modes may be a general feature in DC phases and may owe its origin to the deformed layer structure in which certain molecular motions are impeded. Further, we find that in the field-induced DC phases derived from the isotropic phase, the dielectric modes are affected by chiral segregation promoted by the applied field.

  5. Dynamics of glass-forming liquids. XX. Third harmonic experiments of non-linear dielectric effects versus a phenomenological model

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    Kim, Pyeongeun; Young-Gonzales, Amanda R.; Richert, Ranko

    2016-08-01

    We have re-measured the third harmonic non-linear dielectric response of supercooled glycerol using zero-bias sinusoidal electric fields, with the aim of comparing the resulting susceptibilities with a phenomenological model of non-linear dielectric responses. In the absence of known chemical effects in this liquid, the present model accounts for three sources of non-linear behavior: dielectric saturation, field induced entropy reduction, and energy absorption from the time dependent field. Using parameters obtained from static high field results, the present model reproduces the characteristic features observed in the third harmonic susceptibility spectra: a low frequency plateau originating from dielectric saturation and a peak positioned below the loss peak frequency whose amplitude increases with decreasing temperature. Semi-quantitative agreement is achieved between experiment and the present model, which does not involve spatial scales or dynamical correlations explicitly. By calculating the three contributions separately, the model reveals that the entropy effect is the main source of the "hump" feature of this third harmonic response.

  6. Dielectric spectroscopy study on ionic liquid microemulsion composed of water, TX-100, and BmimPF6

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    Chen, Zhen; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2012-06-01

    We report here a broadband dielectric spectroscopy study on an ionic liquid microemulsion (ILM) composed of water, Triton X-100 (TX-100), and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (bmimPF6). It is found that the phase behavior of this ILM can be easily identified by its dielectric response. The dielectric behavior of the ILM in the GHz range is consistent with that of TX-100/water mixtures with comparable water-to-TX-100 weight ratio. It consists of the relaxations due to ethylene oxide (EO) unit relaxation, hydration water dynamics, and/or free water dynamics. The water content dependence of the EO unit relaxation suggests that this relaxation involves dynamics of hydration water molecules. In the IL-in-water microemulsion phase, it is found that bmimPF6 molecules are preferentially dissolved in water when their concentration in water is lower than the solubility. An additional dielectric relaxation that is absent in the TX-100/water mixtures is observed in the frequency range of 107-108 Hz for this ILM. This low-frequency relaxation is found closely related to the bmimPF6 molecule and could be attributed to the hopping of its cations/anions between the anionic/cationic sites.

  7. Dielectric spectroscopy study on ionic liquid microemulsion composed of water, TX-100, and BmimPF6.

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    Chen, Zhen; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2012-06-28

    We report here a broadband dielectric spectroscopy study on an ionic liquid microemulsion (ILM) composed of water, Triton X-100 (TX-100), and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (bmimPF(6)). It is found that the phase behavior of this ILM can be easily identified by its dielectric response. The dielectric behavior of the ILM in the GHz range is consistent with that of TX-100∕water mixtures with comparable water-to-TX-100 weight ratio. It consists of the relaxations due to ethylene oxide (EO) unit relaxation, hydration water dynamics, and∕or free water dynamics. The water content dependence of the EO unit relaxation suggests that this relaxation involves dynamics of hydration water molecules. In the IL-in-water microemulsion phase, it is found that bmimPF(6) molecules are preferentially dissolved in water when their concentration in water is lower than the solubility. An additional dielectric relaxation that is absent in the TX-100∕water mixtures is observed in the frequency range of 10(7)-10(8) Hz for this ILM. This low-frequency relaxation is found closely related to the bmimPF(6) molecule and could be attributed to the hopping of its cations∕anions between the anionic∕cationic sites. PMID:22755585

  8. Dielectric relaxation and the conformer equilibrium in the liquid and glassy states of β- D-fructose

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    Tombari, E.; Cardelli, C.; Salvetti, G.; Johari, G. P.

    2001-01-01

    To investigate the ionic and molecular dynamics in the liquid and glassy states of β- D-fructose, its dielectric relaxation spectra (12 Hz-500 kHz) and dynamic heat capacity (3.33 mHz) have been measured from 5 K above its melting point through the vitrification range, by allowing sufficient time for attainment of the conformer (or chemical) equilibria. Effects of the change in the conformer population on thermal cycling has been further studied. The dielectric behavior of liquid β- D-fructose is characteristically different from that of other molecular liquids in three ways: (i) the contribution to orientation polarization associated with the fast relaxation process, which persists in the glassy state, is relatively high in the liquid state of β- D-fructose; (ii) this contribution decreases with temperature exceptionally rapidly on cooling; and (iii) the difference in the rates of the two process is exceptionally large. The dynamic heat capacity change through the vitrification region is ˜160 J/(mol K), and is spread over ˜20 K range, and the enthalpy relaxation time is ˜50 s at 383 K. Transformation of β-pyranose to other conformers and other conformer transformation equilibria change on thermal cycling with the result that the overall relaxation rate increases at T>315 K and decreases at T<315 K. The relaxation spectrum becomes broader, the dc conductivity increases and the rate of the Johari-Goldstein relaxation whose Arrhenius energy is 42.1 kJ/mol increases.

  9. Three-dimensional electrohydrodynamic temporal instability of a moving dielectric liquid sheet emanated into a gas medium.

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    El-Sayed, M F

    2004-12-01

    A linear electrohydrodynamic instability analysis is presented for an inviscid dielectric liquid sheet emanated into an inviscid dielectric gas medium in the presence of a horizontal electric field. The influence of Weber number, gas-to-liquid density ratio, and the applied electric field on the evolution of two-, and three-dimensional disturbances of symmetrical and antisymmetrical types is studied. It is found, for antisymmetrical waves, that two-dimensional disturbances always prevail over three-dimensional disturbances, regardless of Weber number or gas-to-liquid density ratio values, especially for long waves; while for short waves, both two- and three-dimensional disturbances grow at approximately the same rate. It is also found, for symmetrical waves, that two-dimensional disturbances always dominate the instability process at low Weber number, and when the Weber number is large, symmetrical three-dimensional disturbances become more unstable than two-dimensional ones for long waves. The effect of increasing the gas-to-liquid density ratio is to promote the dominance of long three-dimensional symmetrical waves over their two-dimensional counterpart. Finally, the equilibrium Weber number at which the growth rates of two- and three-dimensional modes are equal is discussed for both symmetrical- and antisymmetrical-disturbances cases.

  10. Saddle-like deformation in a dielectric elastomer actuator embedded with liquid-phase gallium-indium electrodes

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    Wissman, J.; Finkenauer, L.; Deseri, L.; Majidi, C.

    2014-10-01

    We introduce a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) composed of liquid-phase Gallium-Indium (GaIn) alloy electrodes embedded between layers of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and examine its mechanics using a specialized elastic shell theory. Residual stresses in the dielectric and sealing layers of PDMS cause the DEA to deform into a saddle-like geometry (Gaussian curvature K <0). Applying voltage Φ to the liquid metal electrodes induces electrostatic pressure (Maxwell stress) on the dielectric and relieves some of the residual stress. This reduces the longitudinal bending curvature and corresponding angle of deflection ϑ. Treating the elastomer as an incompressible, isotropic, NeoHookean solid, we develop a theory based on the principle of minimum potential energy to predict the principal curvatures as a function of Φ. Based on this theory, we predict a dependency of ϑ on Φ that is in strong agreement with experimental measurements performed on a GaIn-PDMS composite. By accurately modeling electromechanical coupling in a soft-matter DEA, this theory can inform improvements in design and fabrication.

  11. Saddle-like deformation in a dielectric elastomer actuator embedded with liquid-phase gallium-indium electrodes

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    Wissman, J.; Finkenauer, L.; Deseri, L.; Majidi, C.

    2014-10-14

    We introduce a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) composed of liquid-phase Gallium-Indium (GaIn) alloy electrodes embedded between layers of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and examine its mechanics using a specialized elastic shell theory. Residual stresses in the dielectric and sealing layers of PDMS cause the DEA to deform into a saddle-like geometry (Gaussian curvature K<0). Applying voltage Φ to the liquid metal electrodes induces electrostatic pressure (Maxwell stress) on the dielectric and relieves some of the residual stress. This reduces the longitudinal bending curvature and corresponding angle of deflection ϑ. Treating the elastomer as an incompressible, isotropic, NeoHookean solid, we develop a theory based on the principle of minimum potential energy to predict the principal curvatures as a function of Φ. Based on this theory, we predict a dependency of ϑ on Φ that is in strong agreement with experimental measurements performed on a GaIn-PDMS composite. By accurately modeling electromechanical coupling in a soft-matter DEA, this theory can inform improvements in design and fabrication.

  12. Structure of salts solution in polar dielectric liquids and electrically induced separation of solvated ions

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    Shamanin, Igor V.; Kazaryan, Mishik A.; Sachkov, Victor I.

    2015-12-01

    The aim of study is to demonstrate that separation of solvated ions in solution of mix of salts under the action of external periodic electric field happens because of around ions there are formed clusters consisting of molecules of solvent and the sizes of such clusters have dimensions ~ 0.1 μm. In investigations the sizes of clusters theoretically were defined and experimentally value of frequency of external electric field which action excites the effect of separation of the solvated ions was defined. Experiments were done in the Technical Physics Chair of the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. At theoretical determination of the dimensions of clusters Poisson's equation was solved and was considered that polar molecules of solvent are oriented under the action of electric field of an ion. The chemical composition of samples of solutions was determined by means of the spectrophotometry and he X-ray excited fluorescent radiation analysis method. Theoretical estimates and results of experiments confirmed the assumption that clusters which are formed around ions in solutions have the dimensions ~ 0.1 μm. Results of investigation testify that placing of volume distributed electric charge of ion in dielectric liquid is accompanied by formation of the supramolecular particles, which we called "clusters", linear sizes of which is significantly more than first and second radiuses of solvation (~ 1 Angstrom) and reach size ~ 0.1 μm. At such sizes inertial properties of clusters and their natural frequencies give the chance to operate their movement by means of action of external electric field on solution.

  13. Effects of dielectric relaxations and dual-frequency addressing on the electro-optics of guest-host liquid crystal displays

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    Schadt, M.

    1982-10-01

    Nematic as well as phase-change guest-host liquid crystal displays are shown to be dual-frequency addressable by using liquid crystalline hosts with suitable static and dynamic dielectric properties, thus rendering them multiplexable. Positive as well as negative optical contrasts and fast turn-off times can be achieved.

  14. Electrical double layer at dielectric liquid/solid interface. Space charge measurements using the thermal step methods

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    Toureille, A.; Touchard, G.; Richardson, T.

    1996-12-31

    The experimental evidence of the Electrical Double Layer (EDL) at the Dielectric Liquid-Solid Interface is an important question: first, it is a fundamental problem which has given several physical models and then numerous industrial applications concerns electrical engineering (transformers, wet cables and capacitors). The Thermal Step Technique, recently, has shown its great sensitivity to measure space charge in several geometries in particular in cables. So this method has been tried here to verify the assumptions made in models established few years ago.

  15. Ultra-compliant liquid metal electrodes with in-plane self-healing capability for dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Liu, Yang; Gao, Meng; Mei, Shengfu; Han, Yanting; Liu, Jing

    2013-08-01

    The method of directly printing liquid metal films as highly conductive and super compliant electrodes for dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) was proposed and experimentally demonstrated with working mechanisms interpreted. Such soft electrodes enable DE film to approach its maximum strain and stress at relatively low voltages. Further, its unique capability of achieving two-dimensional in-plane self-healing by merely actuating the DEA was disclosed, which would allow actuators more tolerant to fault and resilient to abusive environments. This high performance actuator has important value in a wide spectrum of situations ranging from artificial muscle, flexible electronics to smart clothing etc.

  16. Dielectric relaxation in ionic liquid/dipolar solvent binary mixtures: A semi-molecular theory.

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    Daschakraborty, Snehasis; Biswas, Ranjit

    2016-03-14

    A semi-molecular theory is developed here for studying dielectric relaxation (DR) in binary mixtures of ionic liquids (ILs) with common dipolar solvents. Effects of ion translation on DR time scale, and those of ion rotation on conductivity relaxation time scale are explored. Two different models for the theoretical calculations have been considered: (i) separate medium approach, where molecularities of both the IL and dipolar solvent molecules are retained, and (ii) effective medium approach, where the added dipolar solvent molecules are assumed to combine with the dipolar ions of the IL, producing a fictitious effective medium characterized via effective dipole moment, density, and diameter. Semi-molecular expressions for the diffusive DR times have been derived which incorporates the effects of wavenumber dependent orientational static correlations, ion dynamic structure factors, and ion translation. Subsequently, the theory has been applied to the binary mixtures of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim][BF4]) with water (H2O), and acetonitrile (CH3CN) for which experimental DR data are available. On comparison, predicted DR time scales show close agreement with the measured DR times at low IL mole fractions (x(IL)). At higher IL concentrations (x(IL) > 0.05), the theory over-estimates the relaxation times and increasingly deviates from the measurements with x(IL), deviation being the maximum for the neat IL by almost two orders of magnitude. The theory predicts negligible contributions to this deviation from the x(IL) dependent collective orientational static correlations. The drastic difference between DR time scales for IL/solvent mixtures from theory and experiments arises primarily due to the use of the actual molecular volume (V(mol)(dip)) for the rotating dipolar moiety in the present theory and suggests that only a fraction of V(mol)(dip) is involved at high x(IL). Expectedly, nice agreement between theory and experiments appears when

  17. Dielectric relaxation in ionic liquid/dipolar solvent binary mixtures: A semi-molecular theory

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    Daschakraborty, Snehasis; Biswas, Ranjit

    2016-03-01

    A semi-molecular theory is developed here for studying dielectric relaxation (DR) in binary mixtures of ionic liquids (ILs) with common dipolar solvents. Effects of ion translation on DR time scale, and those of ion rotation on conductivity relaxation time scale are explored. Two different models for the theoretical calculations have been considered: (i) separate medium approach, where molecularities of both the IL and dipolar solvent molecules are retained, and (ii) effective medium approach, where the added dipolar solvent molecules are assumed to combine with the dipolar ions of the IL, producing a fictitious effective medium characterized via effective dipole moment, density, and diameter. Semi-molecular expressions for the diffusive DR times have been derived which incorporates the effects of wavenumber dependent orientational static correlations, ion dynamic structure factors, and ion translation. Subsequently, the theory has been applied to the binary mixtures of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim][BF4]) with water (H2O), and acetonitrile (CH3CN) for which experimental DR data are available. On comparison, predicted DR time scales show close agreement with the measured DR times at low IL mole fractions (xIL). At higher IL concentrations (xIL > 0.05), the theory over-estimates the relaxation times and increasingly deviates from the measurements with xIL, deviation being the maximum for the neat IL by almost two orders of magnitude. The theory predicts negligible contributions to this deviation from the xIL dependent collective orientational static correlations. The drastic difference between DR time scales for IL/solvent mixtures from theory and experiments arises primarily due to the use of the actual molecular volume ( Vmol dip ) for the rotating dipolar moiety in the present theory and suggests that only a fraction of Vmol dip is involved at high xIL. Expectedly, nice agreement between theory and experiments appears when experimental

  18. Dielectric and electro-optic studies of a bimesogenic liquid crystal composed of bent-core and calamitic units.

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    Balachandran, R; Panov, V P; Vij, J K; Shanker, G; Tschierske, C; Merkel, K; Kocot, A

    2014-09-01

    A bimesogen, BR1, composed of a bent-core and calamitic unit, linked laterally via a flexible spacer is investigated by dielectric and electro-optic techniques. X-ray results show the presence of clusters in the nematic phase, and the cluster size is of the order of the thickness of a single layer. The splitting of the small-angle scattering Δχ/2 is about 50°, which indicates SmC like clusters with a significant tilt of the molecules in the quasilayers. The sign reversal of the dielectric anisotropy Δε' is observed as a function of frequency; the behavior is rather similar to that exhibited by the conventional dual frequency nematics, composed of a calamitic mesogen, with the exception that it occurs at much lower frequencies in this material. Interestingly, as the bimesogen enters its nematic phase, the average permittivity decreases as the temperature is lowered. This indicates the onset of antiparallel association of some of the dipoles in the system, and this type of association is much more prominent in BR1 in comparison to other bent-core liquid crystalline systems composed of the same bisbenzoate core unit. The analysis of the dielectric spectra using the Maier-Meier model confirms the onset of an antiparallel correlation of dipoles occurring at the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. Additionally these results support a model of the cluster where the transverse dipole moments in the neighboring layers are antiparalleled to each other.

  19. Dielectric and electro-optic studies of a bimesogenic liquid crystal composed of bent-core and calamitic units

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    Balachandran, R.; Panov, V. P.; Vij, J. K.; Shanker, G.; Tschierske, C.; Merkel, K.; Kocot, A.

    2014-09-01

    A bimesogen, BR1, composed of a bent-core and calamitic unit, linked laterally via a flexible spacer is investigated by dielectric and electro-optic techniques. X-ray results show the presence of clusters in the nematic phase, and the cluster size is of the order of the thickness of a single layer. The splitting of the small-angle scattering Δχ/2/ is about 50°, which indicates SmC like clusters with a significant tilt of the molecules in the quasilayers. The sign reversal of the dielectric anisotropy Δɛ' is observed as a function of frequency; the behavior is rather similar to that exhibited by the conventional dual frequency nematics, composed of a calamitic mesogen, with the exception that it occurs at much lower frequencies in this material. Interestingly, as the bimesogen enters its nematic phase, the average permittivity decreases as the temperature is lowered. This indicates the onset of antiparallel association of some of the dipoles in the system, and this type of association is much more prominent in BR1 in comparison to other bent-core liquid crystalline systems composed of the same bisbenzoate core unit. The analysis of the dielectric spectra using the Maier-Meier model confirms the onset of an antiparallel correlation of dipoles occurring at the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. Additionally these results support a model of the cluster where the transverse dipole moments in the neighboring layers are antiparalleled to each other.

  20. Dielectric and electro-optic studies of a bimesogenic liquid crystal composed of bent-core and calamitic units.

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    Balachandran, R; Panov, V P; Vij, J K; Shanker, G; Tschierske, C; Merkel, K; Kocot, A

    2014-09-01

    A bimesogen, BR1, composed of a bent-core and calamitic unit, linked laterally via a flexible spacer is investigated by dielectric and electro-optic techniques. X-ray results show the presence of clusters in the nematic phase, and the cluster size is of the order of the thickness of a single layer. The splitting of the small-angle scattering Δχ/2 is about 50°, which indicates SmC like clusters with a significant tilt of the molecules in the quasilayers. The sign reversal of the dielectric anisotropy Δε' is observed as a function of frequency; the behavior is rather similar to that exhibited by the conventional dual frequency nematics, composed of a calamitic mesogen, with the exception that it occurs at much lower frequencies in this material. Interestingly, as the bimesogen enters its nematic phase, the average permittivity decreases as the temperature is lowered. This indicates the onset of antiparallel association of some of the dipoles in the system, and this type of association is much more prominent in BR1 in comparison to other bent-core liquid crystalline systems composed of the same bisbenzoate core unit. The analysis of the dielectric spectra using the Maier-Meier model confirms the onset of an antiparallel correlation of dipoles occurring at the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. Additionally these results support a model of the cluster where the transverse dipole moments in the neighboring layers are antiparalleled to each other. PMID:25314464

  1. 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.

  2. Dielectric properties measurement method in the microwave frequencies range for non-polar/polar liquid mixtures characterization

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    Surducan, E.; Neamtu, C.; Ienciu, M.; Surducan, V.; Limare, A.; Fourel, L.

    2015-12-01

    We present a method based on dielectric properties measurements over a large spectrum of frequencies, in the microwave (MW) domain, in order to characterize a liquid mixture. The liquid mixtures consist of non-polar fluids (silicone oil, diesel fuel) and polar additives, in order to increase the specific MW absorption of the mixture for further MW power processing. We have measured the MW specific absorptions for mixtures of silicone oil with 20% and 30% (w/w) isopropanol. In both cases, the mixtures are sufficiently stable over time to allow further studies of thermal convection dynamics initiated by MW heating. For a mixture of diesel fuel with 10% (w/w) alkyl polyglycoside, the main observation was that its MW specific absorption varies over time after the mechanical mixing process.

  3. Dynamics of imidazolium ionic liquids from a combined dielectric relaxation and optical Kerr effect study: evidence for mesoscopic aggregation.

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    Turton, David A; Hunger, Johannes; Stoppa, Alexander; Hefter, Glenn; Thoman, Andreas; Walther, Markus; Buchner, Richard; Wynne, Klaas

    2009-08-12

    We have measured the intermolecular dynamics of the 1,3-dialkylimidazolium-based room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) [emim][BF(4)], [emim][DCA], and [bmim][DCA] at 25 degrees C from below 1 GHz to 10 THz by ultrafast optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS) augmented by time-domain terahertz and far-infrared FTIR spectroscopy. This concerted approach allows a more detailed analysis to be made of the relatively featureless terahertz region, where the higher frequency diffusional modes are strongly overlapped with librations and intermolecular vibrations. Of greatest interest though, is an intense low frequency (sub-alpha) relaxation that we show is in accordance with recent simulations that have reported mesoscopic structure arising from aggregates or clusters--structure that explains the anomalous and inconveniently high viscosities of these liquids.

  4. Effect of flip-flop motion on dielectric spectra of highly ordered liquid crystals

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    Osiecka, N.; Massalska-Arodź, M.; Galewski, Z.; Chłedowska, K.; Bąk, A.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents studies of dielectric response of chosen Schiff bases, which have similar molecular structures with different isomerizations of an azomethine bridging group, alkyloxy chain length with n =5 or n =6 carbon atoms, and a bromine or chlorine halogen terminal atom. Significant differences in the values of the maximum of dielectric absorption related to flip-flop molecular jumps in hexagonal smectic-BCry phases have been found despite small differences of molecular dipole moments in these substances. This phenomenon is discussed in relation to the possibilities of the creation of dimers and to steric factors favoring motions.

  5. Effect of flip-flop motion on dielectric spectra of highly ordered liquid crystals.

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    Osiecka, N; Massalska-Arodź, M; Galewski, Z; Chłędowska, K; Bąk, A

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents studies of dielectric response of chosen Schiff bases, which have similar molecular structures with different isomerizations of an azomethine bridging group, alkyloxy chain length with n=5 or n=6 carbon atoms, and a bromine or chlorine halogen terminal atom. Significant differences in the values of the maximum of dielectric absorption related to flip-flop molecular jumps in hexagonal smectic-B(Cry) phases have been found despite small differences of molecular dipole moments in these substances. This phenomenon is discussed in relation to the possibilities of the creation of dimers and to steric factors favoring motions.

  6. Study of surface dielectric barrier discharge generated using liquid electrodes in different gases

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    Galmiz, O.; Pavlinak, D.; Zemanek, M.; Brablec, A.; Cernak, M.

    2016-02-01

    Surface dielectric barrier discharges with conductive water-solution electrodes were generated at atmospheric pressure air, nitrogen, oxygen, and argon. The discharges were studied by conventional and high-speed camera photography. Plasma rotational and vibrational temperatures and the electron number density were estimated using optical emission spectroscopy. Surprisingly, especially for oxygen, the discharge was found to generate visually diffuse strongly non-isothermal plasma. This observation indicates the interesting application potential of the discharge for surface plasma treatments of, i.e. the inner and outer surfaces of hollow dielectric bodies.

  7. Numerical study of the dielectric liquid around an electrical discharge generated vapor bubble in ultrasonic assisted EDM.

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    Shervani-Tabar, Mohammad T; Mobadersany, Nima

    2013-07-01

    In electrical discharge machining due to the electrical current, very small bubbles are created in the dielectric fluid between the tool and the workpiece. Increase of the number of bubbles and their growth in size generate a single bubble. The bubble has an important role in electrical discharge machining. In this paper the effect of ultrasonic vibration of the tool and the velocity fields and pressure distribution in the dielectric fluid around the bubble in the process of electrical discharge machining are studied numerically. The boundary integral equation method is applied for the numerical solution of the problem. It is shown that ultrasonic vibration of the tool has great influence on the evolution of the bubble, fluid behavior and the efficiency of the machining in EDM. At the last stages of the collapse phase of the bubble, a liquid jet develops on the bubble which has different shapes. Due to the different cases, and a high pressure region appears just near the jet of the bubble. Also the fluid particles have the highest relative velocity just near the liquid jet of the bubble.

  8. Numerical study of the dielectric liquid around an electrical discharge generated vapor bubble in ultrasonic assisted EDM.

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    Shervani-Tabar, Mohammad T; Mobadersany, Nima

    2013-07-01

    In electrical discharge machining due to the electrical current, very small bubbles are created in the dielectric fluid between the tool and the workpiece. Increase of the number of bubbles and their growth in size generate a single bubble. The bubble has an important role in electrical discharge machining. In this paper the effect of ultrasonic vibration of the tool and the velocity fields and pressure distribution in the dielectric fluid around the bubble in the process of electrical discharge machining are studied numerically. The boundary integral equation method is applied for the numerical solution of the problem. It is shown that ultrasonic vibration of the tool has great influence on the evolution of the bubble, fluid behavior and the efficiency of the machining in EDM. At the last stages of the collapse phase of the bubble, a liquid jet develops on the bubble which has different shapes. Due to the different cases, and a high pressure region appears just near the jet of the bubble. Also the fluid particles have the highest relative velocity just near the liquid jet of the bubble. PMID:23490015

  9. Fluctuation-induced dielectric permittivity in the isotropic phase of cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Mukherjee, Prabir K.; Das, Asok K.

    2016-03-01

    The temperature and pressure dependence of the static dielectric permittivity in the isotropic phase of the isotropic to cholesteric phase transition is calculated using Landau-de Gennes’s fluctuation theory, allowing spatial variation of the orientational order parameter. A comparison is made with experimental data available in the isotropic phase of the isotropic to cholesteric phase transition.

  10. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: Calculating the dielectric anisotropy of nematic liquid crystals: a reinvestigation of the Maier-Meier theory

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    Zhang, Ran; He, Jun; Peng, Zeng-Hui; Xuan, Li

    2009-07-01

    This paper investigates the average dielectric permittivity (bar epsilon) in the Maier-Meier theory for calculating the dielectric anisotropy (Δɛ) of nematic liquid crystals. For the reason that bar epsilon of nematics has the same expression as the dielectric permittivity of the isotropic state, the Onsager equation for isotropic dielectric was used to calculate it. The computed bar epsilon shows reasonable agreement with the results of the numerical methods used in the literature. Molecular parameters, such as the polarizability and its anisotropy, the dipole moment and its angle with the molecular long axis, were taken from semi-empirical quantum chemistry (MOCPAC/AM1) modeling. The calculated values of Δɛ according to the Maier-Meier equation are in good agreement with the experimental results for the investigated compounds having different core structures and polar substituents.

  11. Disentangling molecular motions involved in the glass transition of a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal through dielectric studies.

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    López, D O; Sebastian, N; de la Fuente, M R; Martínez-García, J C; Salud, J; Pérez-Jubindo, M A; Diez-Berart, S; Dunmur, D A; Luckhurst, G R

    2012-07-21

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy spanning frequencies from 10(-2) to 1.9 × 10(9) Hz has been used to study the molecular orientational dynamics of the glass-forming liquid crystal 1",7"-bis (4-cyanobiphenyl-4'-yl)heptane (CB7CB) over a wide temperature range of the twist-bend nematic phase. In such a mesophase two different relaxation processes have been observed, as expected theoretically, to contribute to the imaginary part of the complex dielectric permittivity. For measurements on aligned samples, the processes contribute to the dielectric response to different extents depending on the orientation of the alignment axis (parallel or perpendicular) with respect to the probing electric field direction. The low-frequency relaxation mode (denoted by μ(1)) is attributed to a flip-flop motion of the dipolar groups parallel to the director. The high-frequency relaxation mode (denoted by μ(2)) is associated with precessional motions of the dipolar groups about the director. The μ(1)-and μ(2)-modes are predominant in the parallel and perpendicular alignments, respectively. Relaxation times for both modes in the different alignments have been obtained over a wide temperature range down to near the glass transition temperature. Different analytic functions used to characterize the temperature dependence of the relaxation times of the two modes are considered. Among them, the critical-like description via the dynamic scaling model seems to give not only quite good numerical fittings, but also provides a consistent physical picture of the orientational dynamics on approaching the glass transition.

  12. 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

  13. Breakdown and Partial Discharge Measurements of Some Commonly Used Dielectric Materials in Liquid Nitrogen for HTS Applications

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    James, David Randy; Sauers, Isidor; Ellis, Alvin R; Tuncer, Enis; Tekletsadik, Kasegn; Hazelton, Drew

    2007-01-01

    For high temperature superconducting (HTS) power applications it is necessary to improve the understanding of the dielectric properties of materials in a cryogenic environment. It is necessary to know the breakdown strength of materials and systems as a function of gap in order to scale to higher voltages. The partial discharge (PD) onset voltage for materials is also very important since the primary aging mechanism at cryogenic temperature is PD. Another important design characteristic is the surface flashover voltage of a material in liquid nitrogen as a function of gap. With these characteristics in mind, several generic materials were investigated under a variety of electrode and gap configurations. The impulse breakdown voltage and PD onset of three types of commercial polyetherimide, filled and unfilled, were measured at room temperature and 77 K. A modest increase in PD onset voltage was observed at the lower temperature. Breakdown voltages of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) cylinders for two wall thicknesses were measured which showed a decrease in strength at the larger gap. Breakdown voltages for liquid nitrogen using a sphere-plane electrode geometry were measured. Also flashover voltages along a FRP plate immersed in liquid nitrogen were performed for sphere-plane and rod-plane electrodes at 1 bar pressure. It was found that the breakdown voltage increased only slightly with increasing gap lengths.

  14. Effect of cadmium telluride quantum dots on the dielectric and electro-optical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals.

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    Kumar, A; Biradar, A M

    2011-04-01

    We present here the dielectric and electro-optical studies of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) doped ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs). It has been observed that the doping of CdTe QDs not only induced a pronounced memory effect but also affected the physical parameters of FLC material (LAHS19). The modifications in the physical parameters and memory effect of LAHS19 are found to depend on the concentration ratio of CdTe QDs. The lower concentration of CdTe QDs (1-3 wt%) enhanced the values of spontaneous polarization and rotational viscosity of LAHS19 material but did not favor the memory effect, whereas a higher concentration of CdTe QDs (>5 wt%) degraded the alignment of LAHS19 material. The doping of ∼5 wt% of CdTe QDs is found to be the most suitable for achieving good memory effect without significantly affecting the material parameters.

  15. Experimental study of coarsening dynamics of the zigzag wall in a nematic liquid crystal with negative dielectric anisotropy.

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    Nagaya, Tomoyuki; Gilli, Jean-Marc

    2002-05-01

    When a homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystal cell is placed above two permanent magnets forming a magnetic quadrupole, a straight splay-bend wall, or a so-called Ising wall, is formed. With a material of positive dielectric anisotropy, it has been shown that the application of an electric field perpendicular to the plates leads to a zigzag instability of the wall, exclusively related to the elastic anisotropy of the liquid crystal. In this case, the coarsening process of the zigzag is very slow, which in turn leads to experimental difficulties concerning its quantitative investigation. If a material of negative dielectric anisotropy is used under an electric field with low voltage and low frequency, two convective rolls appear along the Ising wall due to the charge focusing effect, which is also responsible, at a higher voltage in the homogenous tilted regions, for the appearance of Williams domains electrohydrodynamic instability. If the voltage is higher than a threshold value, the straight Ising wall spontaneously breaks into a zigzag shape and a fast coarsening of the zigzag proceeds, associated with the annihilation of two neighboring vertices. In the present paper, the coarsening dynamics of this system, which can be considered as a one-dimensional Ising situation, are investigated experimentally. At late times, the average width of the zigzag increases logarithmically with time. This finding is consistent with the theory and also with the numerical simulation of a one-dimensional Cahn-Hilliard situation having a conserved order parameter. The scaling analysis of size distribution of the Ising domain, the shape of the power spectrum, and of the correlation function of the Ising order parameter, as well as the number density correlation functions of kinks also confirms that the dynamical scaling law predicted for one-dimensional conservative systems holds for the coarsening process. As supposed from symmetry arguments, it is confirmed that this

  16. Electroconvection in nematic liquid crystals with positive dielectric and negative conductivity anisotropy.

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    Buka, A; Dressel, B; Otowski, W; Camara, K; Toth-Katona, T; Kramer, L; Lindau, J; Pelzl, G; Pesch, W

    2002-11-01

    Electroconvection in an unusual nematic compound with strongly positive dielectric anisotropy and negative anisotropy of the conductivity is investigated. For homeotropic alignment, where one has a direct transition to rolls or squares depending on the frequency of the applied voltage, we present a quantitative theory. From the comparison we infer values for some viscosities, which are rather unusual, but not unreasonable in view of the vicinity of the nematic-smectic transition. For planar alignment, electroconvection sets in above a splay Freedericksz transition with "parallel rolls," which is also captured by the theory.

  17. Molecular interactions in lyotropic reverse hexagonal liquid crystals: a dielectric spectroscopy study.

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    Ishai, Paul Ben; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim; Feldman, Yuri

    2009-09-24

    A dielectric study of reverse hexagonal mesophases (HII) is presented. Conducted in the frequency range 0.01-1 MHz and temperature range 293dielectric relaxations related to separate moieties in the interface, as well as a temperature-activated dc conductivity. A critical temperature, T0=307 K, is noted in the results and related to the dehydration of the glycerol monooleate (GMO) head groups. Effectively, this represents a breakdown of the interfacial layer of water. The consequences of this act are clearly visible in the change in behavior of the fitting parameters for all processes. A physical picture emerges whereby at T0=307 K, the "loosening " of the GMO heads accentuates the dangling motion of the phosphatidylcholine (PC) tails, evidenced by counterion motion along the PC head. Furthermore, it precipitates the percolation of the large TAG molecules that are intercalated in the GMO and PC tails.

  18. Polarity-directed analog electro-optic switching in a low-polarization chiral smectic liquid crystal with positive dielectric anisotropy

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    Lagerwall, Jan P. F.; Kane, Alexander A.; Clark, Noel A.; Walba, David M.

    2004-09-01

    We describe an analog electro-optic (EO) switching mechanism occurring in thin cells filled with a low-polarization ferroelectric liquid crystal mixture with positive dielectric anisotropy. The mixture is composed of an achiral nonpolar smectic- C (Sm-C) host doped with a small amount of a commercially available unichiral compound. The switching mechanism provides analog EO behavior, and thus could be attractive for information display applications. The process is polarization-driven for weak fields, while for higher field strength the dielectric coupling dominates the process.

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

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    Krishnamurthy, K S

    2015-09-01

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

  20. Hyperparametric effects in a whispering-gallery mode rutile dielectric resonator at liquid helium temperatures

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    Nand, Nitin R.; Goryachev, Maxim; Floch, Jean-Michel le; Creedon, Daniel L.; Tobar, Michael E.

    2014-10-07

    We report the first observation of low power drive level sensitivity, hyperparametric amplification, and single-mode hyperparametric oscillations in a dielectric rutile whispering-gallery mode resonator at 4.2 K. The latter gives rise to a comb of sidebands at 19.756 GHz. Whereas, most frequency combs in the literature have been observed in optical systems using an ensemble of equally spaced modes in microresonators or fibers, the present work represents generation of a frequency comb using only a single-mode. The experimental observations are explained by an additional 1/2 degree-of-freedom originating from an intrinsic material nonlinearity at optical frequencies, which affects the microwave properties due to the extremely low loss of rutile. Using a model based on lumped circuits, we demonstrate that the resonance between the photonic and material 1/2 degree-of-freedom, is responsible for the hyperparametric energy transfer in the system.

  1. Critical modes due to Archimedean buoyancy and dielectrophoretic force in a dielectric liquid in cylindrical annulus

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    Meyer, Antoine; Yoshikawa, Harunori; Crumeyrolle, Olivier; Mutabazi, Innocent

    2015-11-01

    An incompressible dielectric fluid is confined in a cylindrical annulus maintained at two different temperatures and an electric tension in Earth gravity. The coupling between the electric field and the thermal variation of the permittivity leads to a dilectrophoretic force that acts as a buoyancy force to induce convective flows. We have performed the linear stability analysis to determine the critical parameters and the nature of critical modes for different values of the control parameters. Four types of modes were found: For weak values of the electric tension, the critical modes are either hydrodynamic or thermal modes depending on the Prandtl number and for large values of electric tension lead to electric modes. For its intermediate values, critical modes are columnal vortices, similar to those observed in simulations of the convection in a cylindrical annulus with a radial gravity. Work supported by the CNES-France

  2. A study of the dielectric behaviour and the liquid structure of a ternary solvent system.

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    Cocchi, Marina; Franchini, GianCarlo; Marchetti, Andrea; Pigani, Laura; Seeber, Renato; Tassi, Lorenzo; Ulrici, Alessandro; Zanardi, Chiara; Zannini, Paolo

    2004-03-01

    The static dielectric constant of the [DMF(1) + ME(2) + DME(3)] ternary mixtures was measured as a function of temperature (25 < or = t/degrees C < or = 80) and composition, over the whole mole fraction range 0 < or = chi,chi2,chi3 < or = 1. The experimental values were processed by an empirical equation accounting for the dependence epsilon = epsilon(T, phi(i)), where phi(t) is the volume fraction of the components. A comparison between calculated and experimental data shows that this fitting relationship can be effectively employed to predict epsilon values in correspondence to experimental data gaps. Starting from the experimental measurements, some derived quantities such as molar polarisation (P), and excess counterpart (PE) were obtained. Both the excess properties, epsilonE and PE, take values partly positive and partly negative under all experimental conditions. The values of the excess quantities are indicative of the presence of specific interactions among different components in the mixtures.

  3. Associating behaviour of pure polar liquids: dielectric properties of lauric acid

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    Mognaschi, E. R.; Laboranti, L. M.

    1994-09-01

    In this paper measurements of the static dielectric permittivity of lauric acid at different temperatures from about 10 K above the MP to 352 K are reported. These data, together with the dependence of the refractive index and density on temperature, are used in order to investigate the associative behaviour of lauric acid. The Kirkwood correlation factor calculated both with the classical Kirkwood-Frddotohlich equation and with that corrected for eflipsoidal shaped molecules are reported and discussed. Both correlation factors obtained indicate the existence of a prevailing antiparallel order of dipole moments. The static permittivity and the correlation factors increase with increasing temperature and this suggests that the number of apolar dimers decreases on going from low to high temperature.

  4. A study of dielectric breakdown along insulators surrounding conductors in liquid argon

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    Lockwitz, S.; Jostlein, H.

    2016-03-01

    High voltage breakdown in liquid argon is an important concern in the design of liquid argon time projection chambers, which are often used as neutrino and dark matter detectors. We have made systematic measurements of breakdown voltages in liquid argon along insulators surrounding negative rod electrodes where the breakdown is initiated at the anode. The measurements were performed in an open cryostat filled with commercial grade liquid argon exposed to air, and not the ultra-pure argon required for electron drift. While not addressing all high voltage concerns in liquid argon, these measurements have direct relevance to the design of high voltage feedthroughs especially for averting the common problem of flash-over breakdown. The purpose of these tests is to understand the effects of materials, of breakdown path length, and of surface topology for this geometry and setup. We have found that the only material-specific effects are those due to their permittivity. We have found that the breakdown voltage has no dependence on the length of the exposed insulator. A model for the breakdown mechanism is presented that can help inform future designs.

  5. Dielectric measurements of nanoliter liquids with a photonic crystal resonator at terahertz frequencies

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    Hanham, S. M.; Watts, C.; Otter, W. J.; Lucyszyn, S.; Klein, N.

    2015-07-01

    We present a highly sensitive technique for determining the complex permittivity of nanoliter liquid samples in the terahertz band based on a photonic crystal resonator and microcapillary. Liquids are characterized by using a capillary tube to introduce a ˜4 nl liquid sample into the electromagnetic field of a resonant mode confined by an L3 resonant cavity in a high-resistivity silicon photonic crystal slab. Monitoring the perturbation of the resonant frequency and unloaded Q-factor of the resonant mode at 100 GHz and ˜5800, respectively, allows a sample's permittivity to be calculated. An analytical model describing the system response based on perturbation theory and quasi-static analysis of the electric field within the capillary is also presented and found to agree well with FEM simulations and experimental measurements of ethanol-water mixtures of various concentrations for low to moderate loss tangents of the liquid samples. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by measuring the complex permittivity of several bioliquids, including suspensions of red and white blood cells. These results represent a step towards a lab-on-a-chip device for the analysis of extremely small quantities of biological, toxic, explosive, and other liquid types at terahertz frequencies.

  6. A study of dielectric breakdown along insulators surrounding conductors in liquid argon

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    Lockwitz, Sarah; Jostlein, Hans

    2016-03-22

    High voltage breakdown in liquid argon is an important concern in the design of liquid argon time projection chambers, which are often used as neutrino and dark matter detectors. We have made systematic measurements of breakdown voltages in liquid argon along insulators surrounding negative rod electrodes where the breakdown is initiated at the anode. The measurements were performed in an open cryostat filled with commercial grade liquid argon exposed to air, and not the ultra-pure argon required for electron drift. While not addressing all high voltage concerns in liquid argon, these measurements have direct relevance to the design of highmore » voltage feedthroughs especially for averting the common problem of flash-over breakdown. The purpose of these tests is to understand the effects of materials, of breakdown path length, and of surface topology for this geometry and setup. We have found that the only material-specific effects are those due to their permittivity. We have found that the breakdown voltage has no dependence on the length of the exposed insulator. Lastly, a model for the breakdown mechanism is presented that can help inform future designs.« less

  7. Dielectric measurements of nanoliter liquids with a photonic crystal resonator at terahertz frequencies

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    Hanham, S. M. Watts, C.; Klein, N.; Otter, W. J.; Lucyszyn, S.

    2015-07-20

    We present a highly sensitive technique for determining the complex permittivity of nanoliter liquid samples in the terahertz band based on a photonic crystal resonator and microcapillary. Liquids are characterized by using a capillary tube to introduce a ∼4 nl liquid sample into the electromagnetic field of a resonant mode confined by an L3 resonant cavity in a high-resistivity silicon photonic crystal slab. Monitoring the perturbation of the resonant frequency and unloaded Q-factor of the resonant mode at 100 GHz and ∼5800, respectively, allows a sample's permittivity to be calculated. An analytical model describing the system response based on perturbation theory and quasi-static analysis of the electric field within the capillary is also presented and found to agree well with FEM simulations and experimental measurements of ethanol-water mixtures of various concentrations for low to moderate loss tangents of the liquid samples. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by measuring the complex permittivity of several bioliquids, including suspensions of red and white blood cells. These results represent a step towards a lab-on-a-chip device for the analysis of extremely small quantities of biological, toxic, explosive, and other liquid types at terahertz frequencies.

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

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

    2016-07-20

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

  9. Dynamics of glass-forming liquids. XI. Fluctuating environments by dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Huang, Wei; Richert, Ranko

    2006-04-28

    The dielectric relaxation of a 1 wt % mixture of di-n-butylether in 3-methylpentane has been measured across a range of eight decades, in which the characteristic relaxation time varies from 5 s to 50 ns. Each loss spectrum is a superposition of the dispersive solvent peak and a Debye peak which is one decade slower and readily assigned to the larger and more dipolar solute molecules. Fluctuating environments or rate exchange is made responsible for the Debye nature of probe rotation, implying that the environmental relaxation times fluctuate on time scales which are faster than the rotational correlation decay of the probe molecule. Within the experimental range from 2.2 s to 42 ns regarding the mean alpha-relaxation time, the results are consistent with the exchange time matching the upper limit of structural relaxation times or two to three times their average value. As T(g) is approached, no indication for a variation in exchange behavior or for slower environmental fluctuations is found.

  10. Non-linear dielectric signatures of entropy changes in liquids subject to time dependent electric fields

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    Richert, Ranko

    2016-03-01

    A model of non-linear dielectric polarization is studied in which the field induced entropy change is the source of polarization dependent retardation time constants. Numerical solutions for the susceptibilities of the system are obtained for parameters that represent the dynamic and thermodynamic behavior of glycerol. The calculations for high amplitude sinusoidal fields show a significant enhancement of the steady state loss for frequencies below that of the low field loss peak. Also at relatively low frequencies, the third harmonic susceptibility spectrum shows a "hump," i.e., a maximum, with an amplitude that increases with decreasing temperature. Both of these non-linear effects are consistent with experimental evidence. While such features have been used to conclude on a temperature dependent number of dynamically correlated particles, Ncorr, the present result demonstrates that the third harmonic susceptibility display a peak with an amplitude that tracks the variation of the activation energy in a model that does not involve dynamical correlations or spatial scales.

  11. Environmentally friendly power generator based on moving liquid dielectric and double layer effect

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    Huynh, D. H.; Nguyen, T. C.; Nguyen, P. D.; Abeyrathne, C. D.; Hossain, Md. S.; Evans, R.; Skafidas, E.

    2016-01-01

    An electrostatic power generator converts mechanical energy to electrical energy by utilising the principle of variable capacitance. This change in capacitance is usually achieved by varying the gap or overlap between two parallel metallic plates. This paper proposes a novel electrostatic micro power generator where the change in capacitance is achieved by the movement of an aqueous solution of NaCl. A significant change in capacitance is achieved due to the higher than air dielectric constant of water and the Helmholtz double layer capacitor formed by ion separation at the electrode interfaces. The proposed device has significant advantages over traditional electrostatic devices which include low bias voltage and low mechanical frequency of operation. This is critical if the proposed device is to have utility in harvesting power from the environment. A figure of merit exceeding 10000(108μW)/(mm2HzV2) which is two orders of magnitude greater than previous devices, is demonstrated for a prototype operating at a bias voltage of 1.2 V and a droplet frequency of 6 Hz. Concepts are presented for large scale power harvesting. PMID:27255577

  12. Dielectric matrix and plasmon dispersion in strongly coupled electronic bilayer liquids

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    Golden, Kenneth I.; Mahassen, Hania; Kalman, Gabor J.; Senatore, Gaetano; Rapisarda, F.

    2005-03-01

    We develop a dielectric matrix and analyze plasmon dispersion in strongly coupled charged-particle bilayers in the T=0 quantum domain. The formulation is based on the classical quasilocalized charge approximation (QLCA) and extends the QLCA formalism into the quantum domain. Its development, which parallels that of the two-dimensional companion paper [Phys. Rev. E 70, 026406 (2004)] by three of the authors, generalizes the single-layer scalar formalism therein to a bilayer matrix formalism. Using pair correlation function data generated from diffusion Monte Carlo simulations, we calculate the dispersion of the in-phase and out-of-phase plasmon modes over a wide range of high-r{sub s} values and layer separations. The out-of-phase spectrum exhibits an exchange-correlation induced long-wavelength energy gap in contrast to earlier predictions of acoustic dispersion softened by exchange and correlations. The energy gap is similar to what has been previously predicted for classical charged-particle bilayers and subsequently confirmed by recent molecular dynamics computer simulations.

  13. Environmentally friendly power generator based on moving liquid dielectric and double layer effect.

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    Huynh, D H; Nguyen, T C; Nguyen, P D; Abeyrathne, C D; Hossain, Md S; Evans, R; Skafidas, E

    2016-06-03

    An electrostatic power generator converts mechanical energy to electrical energy by utilising the principle of variable capacitance. This change in capacitance is usually achieved by varying the gap or overlap between two parallel metallic plates. This paper proposes a novel electrostatic micro power generator where the change in capacitance is achieved by the movement of an aqueous solution of NaCl. A significant change in capacitance is achieved due to the higher than air dielectric constant of water and the Helmholtz double layer capacitor formed by ion separation at the electrode interfaces. The proposed device has significant advantages over traditional electrostatic devices which include low bias voltage and low mechanical frequency of operation. This is critical if the proposed device is to have utility in harvesting power from the environment. A figure of merit exceeding 10000(10(8)μW)/(mm(2)HzV(2)) which is two orders of magnitude greater than previous devices, is demonstrated for a prototype operating at a bias voltage of 1.2 V and a droplet frequency of 6 Hz. Concepts are presented for large scale power harvesting.

  14. The dielectric study of insulin-loaded reverse hexagonal (H(II)) liquid crystals.

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    Mishraki-Berkowitz, T; Ben Ishai, P; Aserin, A; Feldman, Yu; Garti, N

    2015-04-14

    The dielectric behavior of the insulin-loaded HII mesophase (containing GMO-TAG-water-glycerol-insulin) was studied using two empty reference systems (GMO-TAG-water and GMO-TAG-water-glycerol) at a frequency range of 10(-2)-10(6) Hz, and a temperature range of 290-333 K. Three clearly defined relaxation processes were observed and assigned to the reorientation of GMO polar heads, the tangential movement of counterions at the interface, and the movements of TAGs through the lipid tail. Upon addition of glycerol, a heterogeneous inner structure was formed within the HII cylinders: the water-glycerol core surrounded by a water rigid layer. Upon heating, two critical points were detected referring to the dehydration of the GMO heads (at 304 K, similar to the water-filled HII system) and to energetic modifications (at 316 K), resulting in breaking of the water layer allowing on-demand controlled release. Insulin incorporation combined the features of both reference HII systems. Yet, unlike the empty HII systems, insulin perturbed the GMO-water interface while decreasing the movement of the GMO headgroup, and reducing T0 (296 K). No interactions were formed between the dipole of each counterion at the interface region and the matrix (the GMO), fitting the Debye process. Dynamic behavior was observed, pointing to mobility between the hexagonal rods themselves, enabling controlled release from the HII carrier.

  15. The dielectric study of insulin-loaded reverse hexagonal (H(II)) liquid crystals.

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    Mishraki-Berkowitz, T; Ben Ishai, P; Aserin, A; Feldman, Yu; Garti, N

    2015-04-14

    The dielectric behavior of the insulin-loaded HII mesophase (containing GMO-TAG-water-glycerol-insulin) was studied using two empty reference systems (GMO-TAG-water and GMO-TAG-water-glycerol) at a frequency range of 10(-2)-10(6) Hz, and a temperature range of 290-333 K. Three clearly defined relaxation processes were observed and assigned to the reorientation of GMO polar heads, the tangential movement of counterions at the interface, and the movements of TAGs through the lipid tail. Upon addition of glycerol, a heterogeneous inner structure was formed within the HII cylinders: the water-glycerol core surrounded by a water rigid layer. Upon heating, two critical points were detected referring to the dehydration of the GMO heads (at 304 K, similar to the water-filled HII system) and to energetic modifications (at 316 K), resulting in breaking of the water layer allowing on-demand controlled release. Insulin incorporation combined the features of both reference HII systems. Yet, unlike the empty HII systems, insulin perturbed the GMO-water interface while decreasing the movement of the GMO headgroup, and reducing T0 (296 K). No interactions were formed between the dipole of each counterion at the interface region and the matrix (the GMO), fitting the Debye process. Dynamic behavior was observed, pointing to mobility between the hexagonal rods themselves, enabling controlled release from the HII carrier. PMID:25767829

  16. Environmentally friendly power generator based on moving liquid dielectric and double layer effect

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    Huynh, D. H.; Nguyen, T. C.; Nguyen, P. D.; Abeyrathne, C. D.; Hossain, Md. S.; Evans, R.; Skafidas, E.

    2016-06-01

    An electrostatic power generator converts mechanical energy to electrical energy by utilising the principle of variable capacitance. This change in capacitance is usually achieved by varying the gap or overlap between two parallel metallic plates. This paper proposes a novel electrostatic micro power generator where the change in capacitance is achieved by the movement of an aqueous solution of NaCl. A significant change in capacitance is achieved due to the higher than air dielectric constant of water and the Helmholtz double layer capacitor formed by ion separation at the electrode interfaces. The proposed device has significant advantages over traditional electrostatic devices which include low bias voltage and low mechanical frequency of operation. This is critical if the proposed device is to have utility in harvesting power from the environment. A figure of merit exceeding 10000(108μW)/(mm2HzV2) which is two orders of magnitude greater than previous devices, is demonstrated for a prototype operating at a bias voltage of 1.2 V and a droplet frequency of 6 Hz. Concepts are presented for large scale power harvesting.

  17. Studies of nanosecond pulse surface ionization wave discharges over solid and liquid dielectric surfaces

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    Petrishchev, Vitaly; Leonov, Sergey; Adamovich, Igor V.

    2014-12-01

    Surface ionization wave discharges generated by high-voltage nanosecond pulses, propagating over a planar quartz surface and over liquid surfaces (distilled water and 1-butanol) have been studied in a rectangular cross section test cell. The discharge was initiated using a custom-made, alternating polarity, high-voltage nanosecond pulse plasma generator, operated at a pulse repetition rate of 100-500 Hz, with a pulse peak voltage and current of 10-15 kV and 7-20 A, respectively, a pulse FWHM of ˜100 ns, and a coupled pulse energy of 2-9 mJ/pulse. Wave speed was measured using a capacitive probe. ICCD camera images demonstrated that the ionization wave propagated predominantly over the quartz wall or over the liquid surface adjacent to the grounded waveguide placed along the bottom wall of the test cell. Under all experimental conditions tested, the surface plasma ‘sheet’ was diffuse and fairly uniform, both for positive and negative polarities. The parameters of ionization wave discharge propagating over distilled water and 1-butanol surfaces were close to those of the discharge over a quartz wall. No perturbation of the liquid surface by the discharge was detected. In most cases, the positive polarity surface ionization wave propagated at a higher speed and over a longer distance compared to the negative polarity wave. For all three sets of experiments (surface ionization wave discharge over quartz, water and 1-butanol), wave speed and travel distance decreased with pressure. Diffuse, highly reproducible surface ionization wave discharge was also observed over the liquid butanol-saturated butanol vapor interface, as well as over the distilled water-saturated water vapor interface, without buffer gas flow. No significant difference was detected between surface ionization discharges sustained using single-polarity (positive or negative), or alternating polarity high-voltage pulses. Plasma emission images yielded preliminary evidence of charge removal from the

  18. 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.

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

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    Krishnamurthy, K S

    2015-09-01

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

  20. Influence of ionic liquid and ionic salt on protein against the reactive species generated using dielectric barrier discharge plasma

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    Attri, Pankaj; Sarinont, Thapanut; Kim, Minsup; Amano, Takaaki; Koga, Kazunori; Cho, Art E.; Ha Choi, Eun; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2015-12-01

    The presence of salts in biological solution can affect the activity of the reactive species (RS) generated by plasma, and so they can also have an influence on the plasma-induced sterilization. In this work, we assess the influence that diethylammonium dihydrogen phosphate (DEAP), an ionic liquid (IL), and sodium chloride (NaCl), an ionic salt (IS), have on the structural changes in hemoglobin (Hb) in the presence of RS generated using dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma in the presence of various gases [O2, N2, Ar, He, NO (10%) + N2 and Air]. We carry out fluorescence spectroscopy to verify the generation of •OH with or without the presence of DEAP IL and IS, and we use electron spin resonance (ESR) to check the generation of H• and •OH. In addition, we verified the structural changes in the Hb structure after treatment with DBD in presence and absence of IL and IS. We then assessed the structural stability of the Hb in the presence of IL and IS by using molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. Our results indicate that the IL has a strong effect on the conservation of the Hb structure relative to that of IS against RS generated by plasma.

  1. Influence of ionic liquid and ionic salt on protein against the reactive species generated using dielectric barrier discharge plasma

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    Attri, Pankaj; Sarinont, Thapanut; Kim, Minsup; Amano, Takaaki; Koga, Kazunori; Cho, Art E.; Ha Choi, Eun; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2015-01-01

    The presence of salts in biological solution can affect the activity of the reactive species (RS) generated by plasma, and so they can also have an influence on the plasma-induced sterilization. In this work, we assess the influence that diethylammonium dihydrogen phosphate (DEAP), an ionic liquid (IL), and sodium chloride (NaCl), an ionic salt (IS), have on the structural changes in hemoglobin (Hb) in the presence of RS generated using dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma in the presence of various gases [O2, N2, Ar, He, NO (10%) + N2 and Air]. We carry out fluorescence spectroscopy to verify the generation of •OH with or without the presence of DEAP IL and IS, and we use electron spin resonance (ESR) to check the generation of H• and •OH. In addition, we verified the structural changes in the Hb structure after treatment with DBD in presence and absence of IL and IS. We then assessed the structural stability of the Hb in the presence of IL and IS by using molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. Our results indicate that the IL has a strong effect on the conservation of the Hb structure relative to that of IS against RS generated by plasma. PMID:26656857

  2. Rotational viscosity, dynamic phenomena, and dielectric properties in a long-chain liquid crystal: NMR study and theoretical treatment.

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    Zakharov, A V; Dong, R Y

    2001-01-01

    The rotational diffusion constants D(perpendicular) and D(parallel), rotational viscosity coefficients gamma(i) (i=1,2), the orientational correlation times tau(L)mn, and the dielectric permittivities for nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) are investigated. gamma(i) are calculated by a combination of existing statistical-mechanical approach (SMA) and NMR relaxation theory, both based on a rotational diffusion model. In the rotational diffusion model, it is assumed that the reorientation of an individual molecule is a stochastic Brownian motion in a certain potential of mean torque. According to the SMA, gamma(i) are found to be a function of temperature, density, rotational diffusion constant for tumbling motions, and the orientational order parameters. The order parameters and rotational diffusion constant are obtained from an analysis of NMR measurements. Reasonable agreement between the calculated and experimental values of gamma(i) for 4-n-octyloxy-4'-cyanobiphenyl (8OCB) is obtained. The orientational correlation times, and the longitudinal and transverse components of the real chi'(j)(omega) and imaginary chi"(j)(omega) (j= parallel, perpendicular) parts of the complex susceptibility tensor for 8OCB molecules in the nematic phase are also obtained.

  3. Note: Tesla based pulse generator for electrical breakdown study of liquid dielectrics

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    Veda Prakash, G.; Kumar, R.; Patel, J.; Saurabh, K.; Shyam, A.

    2013-12-01

    In the process of studying charge holding capability and delay time for breakdown in liquids under nanosecond (ns) time scales, a Tesla based pulse generator has been developed. Pulse generator is a combination of Tesla transformer, pulse forming line, a fast closing switch, and test chamber. Use of Tesla transformer over conventional Marx generators makes the pulse generator very compact, cost effective, and requires less maintenance. The system has been designed and developed to deliver maximum output voltage of 300 kV and rise time of the order of tens of nanoseconds. The paper deals with the system design parameters, breakdown test procedure, and various experimental results. To validate the pulse generator performance, experimental results have been compared with PSPICE simulation software and are in good agreement with simulation results.

  4. The Optical Dielectric Tensor Configuration in Aligned Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Cells

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    Lavers, Christopher Ralph

    1990-01-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Entirely new observations are presented using prism-coupling of radiation to probe the director configuration of thin FLC cells. For the first time detailed results are obtained on 'real' structures composed of polyimide aligning layers and ITO conductive surfaces using the powerful optical mode excitation technique. Results show the presence of a chevron in the layering and that a uniaxial model for the optic tensor is adequate to fit the data in the nematic and both the smectic A and smectic C* phases. Comparison of theoretical reflectivity curves, generated from a formalism of Fresnel's optical equations, to experimental data taken as a function of wavelength across the visible part of the spectrum show that a uniaxial model is sufficient to fit all of the data. DC voltages were applied to several different FLC cells in the forward biased condition and theoretical modelling has shown that the liquid crystal optic tensor configuration distorts in such a manner as to cause small distortion of the layering with a pinned point or 'chevron interface' in the middle of the cell. In-plane and out -of-plane tilt profiles for the liquid crystal optic tensor distort in a consistent manner from initial zero voltage boundary conditions. Further the form of the in-plane tilt angels obtained as a function of temperature of the FLC containing system agrees well with theoretical predictions based on Landau second order phases transitions. Some conventional optical polarised microscopy work conducted on ordinary flat cells and a half pyramid/high -refractive-index backplate cell is briefly discussed and current voltage (I/V) characteristics are investigated.

  5. Effect of microwave dielectric heating on intraparticle diffusion in reversed-phase liquid chromatography

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    Galinada, Wilmer; Guiochon, Georges A

    2005-08-01

    The influence of microwave (MW) irradiation on the mass transfer kinetics in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) was studied by placing a column in a microwave oven and measuring the incremental change in the temperature of the column effluent stream at various microwave energies and mobile phase compositions. The microwave energy dissipated in the column was set between 15 and 200 W and the mobile phase composition used varied from 100 to 70, 50, and 10% methanol in water at 1.2 mL/min. At all the mobile phase compositions considered, the effluent temperature increased with increasing microwave energy. At 70% methanol, the mobile phase flow rate was set at 1.2, 2.0, and 2.8 mL/min. At 1.2 mL/min, the effluent temperatures at the lowest (15 W) and highest (200 W) microwave energy inputs were 25 {+-} 1 C and 41 {+-} 1 C for pure methanol, 25 {+-} 1 C and 48 {+-} 1 C for 70% methanol, 25 {+-} 1 C and 50 {+-} 1 C for 50% methanol, and, 25 {+-} 1 C and 52 {+-} 1 C for 10% methanol, respectively. With 70% methanol and microwave energy inputs of 15, 30, and 50 W, the effluent temperature did not change with increasing flow rate; a considerable change was observed at 100, 150, and 200 W between 1.2 and 2.0 mL/min and none between 2.0 and 2.8 mL/min. Chromatographic elution band profiles of propylbenzene were recorded under linear conditions, in 70% methanol solutions, for microwave energy inputs of 0, 15 and 30 W, at constant temperature. The intraparticle diffusion coefficient, D{sub e}, under microwave irradiation was ca. 20% higher than without irradiation. These preliminary results suggest that microwave irradiation may have a considerable influence on intraparticle diffusion in RPLC.

  6. Effect of microwave dielectric heating on intraparticle diffusion in reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Galinada, Wilmer A; Guiochon, Georges

    2005-09-30

    The influence of microwave (MW) irradiation on the mass transfer kinetics in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) was studied by placing a column in a microwave oven and measuring the incremental change in the temperature of the column effluent stream at various microwave energies and mobile phase compositions. The microwave energy dissipated in the column was set between 15 and 200 W and the mobile phase composition used varied from 100 to 70, 50, and 10% methanol in water at 1.2 mL/min. At all the mobile phase compositions considered, the effluent temperature increased with increasing microwave energy. At 70% methanol, the mobile phase flow rate was set at 1.2, 2.0, and 2.8 mL/min. At 1.2 mL/min, the effluent temperatures at the lowest (15 W) and highest (200 W) microwave energy inputs were 25 +/- 1 degrees C and 41 +/- 1 degrees C for pure methanol, 25 +/- 1 degrees C and 48 +/- 1 degrees C for 70% methanol, 25 +/- 1 degrees C and 50 +/- 1 degrees C for 50% methanol, and, 25 +/- 1 degrees C and 52 +/- 1 degrees C for 10% methanol, respectively. With 70% methanol and microwave energy inputs of 15, 30, and 50 W, the effluent temperature did not change with increasing flow rate; a considerable change was observed at 100, 150, and 200 W between 1.2 and 2.0 mL/min and none between 2.0 and 2.8 mL/min. Chromatographic elution band profiles of propylbenzene were recorded under linear conditions, in 70% methanol solutions, for microwave energy inputs of 0, 15 and 30 W, at constant temperature. The intraparticle diffusion coefficient, De, under microwave irradiation was ca. 20% higher than without irradiation. These preliminary results suggest that microwave irradiation may have a considerable influence on intraparticle diffusion in RPLC.

  7. A non-polarizable model of water that yields the dielectric constant and the density anomalies of the liquid: TIP4Q.

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    Alejandre, José; Chapela, Gustavo A; Saint-Martin, Humberto; Mendoza, Noé

    2011-11-28

    A four-site rigid water model is presented, whose parameters are fitted to reproduce the experimental static dielectric constant at 298 K, the maximum density of liquid water and the equation of state at low pressures. The model has a positive charge on each of the three atomic nuclei and a negative charge located at the bisector of the HOH bending angle. This charge distribution allows increasing the molecular dipole moment relative to four-site models with only three charges and improves the liquid dielectric constant at different temperatures. Several other properties of the liquid and of ice Ih resulting from numerical simulations with the model are in good agreement with experimental values over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. Moreover, the model yields the minimum density of supercooled water at 190 K and the minimum thermal compressibility at 310 K, close to the experimental values. A discussion is presented on the structural changes of liquid water in the supercooled region where the derivative of density with respect to temperature is a maximum.

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

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

    2009-06-01

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

  9. Accurate Measurements of Dielectric and Optical Functions of Liquid Water and Liquid Benzene in the VUV Region (1-100 eV) Using Small-Angle Inelastic X-ray Scattering.

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    Hayashi, Hisashi; Hiraoka, Nozomu

    2015-04-30

    Using a third-generation synchrotron source (the BL12XU beamline at SPring-8), inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) spectra of liquid water and liquid benzene were measured at energy losses of 1-100 eV with 0.24 eV resolution for small momentum transfers (q) of 0.23 and 0.32 au with ±0.06 au uncertainty for q. For both liquids, the IXS profiles at these values of q converged well after we corrected for multiple scattering, and these results confirmed the dipole approximation for q ≤ ∼0.3 au. Several dielectric and optical functions [including the optical oscillator strength distribution (OOS), the optical energy-loss function (OLF), the complex dielectric function, the complex index of refraction, and the reflectance] in the vacuum ultraviolet region were derived and tabulated from these small-angle (small q) IXS spectra. These new data were compared with previously obtained results, and this comparison demonstrated the strong reproducibility and accuracy of IXS spectroscopy. For both water and benzene, there was a notable similarity between the OOSs of the liquids and amorphous solids, and there was no evidence of plasmon excitation in the OLF. The static structure factor [S(q)] for q ≤ ∼0.3 au was also deduced and suggests that molecular models that include electron correlation effects can serve as a good approximation for the liquid S(q) values over the full range of q.

  10. Spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxation dynamics of ferroelectric liquid crystals derived from 2(S)-[2(S)-ethylhexyolxy] propionic acid and its (S, R)-diastereomer

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    Huang, Lei-Ching; Fu, Chao-Ming

    2015-09-01

    The spontaneous polarization and molecular dynamics of four ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) with two different kinds of core rings and two types of diastereomeric structures were investigated in this study. The FLCs with a biphenyl ring core structure showed higher spontaneous polarization than the FLCs with a naphthalene ring core structure. The complex dielectric spectra exhibited the Goldstone mode in the ferroelectric (SmC*) phase for all FLCs. The complex dielectric spectra of the four FLCs can be optimally fitted by the Debye model and the Cole-Cole model. Moreover, the Goldstone mode was enhanced under low DC bias fields for the FLCs with the (S, R)- diastereomeric structure, whereas the mode was suppressed for the FLCs with the (S, S)- diastereomeric structure. A microscopic molecular dynamic model is proposed to describe the underlying mechanism of the particular enhancement of the Goldstone mode. The experimental results of dielectric spectra and spontaneous polarization are explained in the discussion of the mesomorphic properties related to the FLC molecular structure.

  11. High-resolution dielectric study reveals pore-size-dependent orientational order of a discotic liquid crystal confined in tubular nanopores.

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    Całus, Sylwia; Kityk, Andriy V; Borowik, Lech; Lefort, Ronan; Morineau, Denis; Krause, Christina; Schönhals, Andreas; Busch, Mark; Huber, Patrick

    2015-07-01

    We report a high-resolution dielectric study on a pyrene-based discotic liquid crystal (DLC) in the bulk state and confined in parallel tubular nanopores of monolithic silica and alumina membranes. The positive dielectric anisotropy of the DLC molecule at low frequencies (in the quasistatic case) allows us to explore the thermotropic collective orientational order. A face-on arrangement of the molecular discs on the pore walls and a corresponding radial arrangement of the molecules is found. In contrast to the bulk, the isotropic-to-columnar transition of the confined DLC is continuous, shifts with decreasing pore diameter to lower temperatures, and exhibits a pronounced hysteresis between cooling and heating. These findings corroborate conclusions from previous neutron and x-ray-scattering experiments as well as optical birefringence measurements. Our study also indicates that the relative simple dielectric technique presented here is a quite efficient method in order to study the thermotropic orientational order of DLC-based nanocomposites. PMID:26274191

  12. 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.

  13. Precision liquid level sensor

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    Field, M.E.; Sullivan, W.H.

    A precision liquid level sensor utilizes a balanced bridge, each arm including an air dielectric line. Changes in liquid level along one air dielectric line imbalance the bridge and create a voltage which is directly measurable across the bridge.

  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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    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

  15. Two-phase mixed media dielectric with macro dielectric beads for enhancing resistivity and breakdown strength

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    Falabella, Steven; Meyer, Glenn A; Tang, Vincent; Guethlein, Gary

    2014-06-10

    A two-phase mixed media insulator having a dielectric fluid filling the interstices between macro-sized dielectric beads packed into a confined volume, so that the packed dielectric beads inhibit electro-hydrodynamically driven current flows of the dielectric liquid and thereby increase the resistivity and breakdown strength of the two-phase insulator over the dielectric liquid alone. In addition, an electrical apparatus incorporates the two-phase mixed media insulator to insulate between electrical components of different electrical potentials. And a method of electrically insulating between electrical components of different electrical potentials fills a confined volume between the electrical components with the two-phase dielectric composite, so that the macro dielectric beads are packed in the confined volume and interstices formed between the macro dielectric beads are filled with the dielectric liquid.

  16. Longitudinal dielectric properties of molecular liquids: Molecular dynamics simulation studies of CH3CN, C6H6, and CO2

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    Perng, Baw-Ching; Ladanyi, Branka M.

    1999-04-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of ɛL(k,ω), the frequency (ω) and wave vector (k) dependent longitudinal component of the dielectric permittivity tensor, a quantity of importance in several theories of solvation dynamics and charge transfer reactions, is reported for three molecular liquids: CH3CN, CO2, and C6H6, represented by nonpolarizable model potentials. In order to study dielectric properties of nondipolar fluids we use, instead of the conventional approach which relates ɛL(k,ω) to longitudinal dipole density fluctuations, a more general approach of Raineri and co-workers which expresses this quantity in terms of charge density fluctuations. The two formulations are compared in the case of acetonitrile to assess the model dependence of ɛL(k,ω). We find that at finite k, 1/ɛL(k), where ɛL(k)=ɛL(k,0) is the static longitudinal permittivity, exhibits several similar features for all three liquids: A partial cancellation between single-molecule and pair charge density fluctuation correlations at small k, their constructive interference at intermediate k and the lack of molecular pair correlation contributions at large k. We also find that the extended reference interaction site model (XRISM) integral equations provide an excellent approximation to ɛL(k) of all three liquids. We use the fact 1/ɛL(k) is a polynomial in k2 at small k to determine the static dielectric constant ɛ0=ɛL(k=0) of acetonitrile and obtain a value in good agreement with ɛ0 evaluated by more conventional methods. We find that intermolecular correlations contribute the most to the dielectric properties of CH3CN and the least to those of CO2. In the range of k most relevant to solvation (k≲1 Å-1), the pair component of the charge-charge time correlation function Φqq(k,t) is negative, partially cancelling the positive single-molecule component. The extent of cancellation varies with k and the strength of intermolecular electrostatic interactions, leading to significant

  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

    2015-10-01

    Atomistic molecular simulations are a powerful way to make quantitative predictions, but the accuracy of these predictions depends entirely on the quality of the 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. Temperature, concentration, and frequency dependence of the dielectric constant near the critical point of the binary liquid mixture nitrobenzene-tetradecane

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    Leys, Jan; Losada-Pérez, Patricia; Cordoyiannis, George; Cerdeiriña, Claudio A.; Glorieux, Christ; Thoen, Jan

    2010-03-01

    Detailed results are reported for the dielectric constant ɛ as a function of temperature, concentration, and frequency near the upper critical point of the binary liquid mixture nitrobenzene-tetradecane. The data have been analyzed in the context of the recently developed concept of complete scaling. It is shown that the amplitude of the low frequency critical Maxwell-Wagner relaxation (with a relaxation frequency around 10 kHz) along the critical isopleth is consistent with the predictions of a droplet model for the critical fluctuations. The temperature dependence of ɛ in the homogeneous phase can be well described with a combination of a (1-α) power law term (with α the heat capacity critical exponent) and a linear term in reduced temperature with the Ising value for α. For the proper description of the temperature dependence of the difference Δɛ between the two coexisting phases below the critical temperature, it turned out that good fits with the Ising value for the order parameter exponent β required the addition of a corrections-to-scaling contribution or a linear term in reduced temperature. Good fits to the dielectric diameter ɛd require a (1-α) power law term, a 2β power law term (in the past considered as spurious), and a linear term in reduced temperature, consistent with complete scaling.

  19. Exploring the nonlocal dielectric susceptibility of liquid water in the terahertz regime - propagating modes, Debye relaxation and overscreening

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    Elton, Daniel; Fernandez-Serra, Marivi

    2015-03-01

    There is great interest in the dielectric and infrared spectra of water between 1-1000 cm-1 (.03-30 THz). To gain insight into this region we study the nonlocal (wavelength dependent) dielectric susceptibility. A curious feature of water is the presence of a propagating mode in the librational region. For the first time we study the temperature dependence of this mode and its range of propagation. We show that the librational band has two components - non-dispersive and dispersive. Previously this mode was suggested to be analogous to an optical phonon propagating along the H-bond network. We suggest a possible alternative - that it is the dipolaron mode predicted for dipolar systems. Next we study the region of .1-10 THz which is relevant to understanding the coupling between proteins and water. We show that in addition to H-bond vibrations, intramolecular inertial relaxations also contribute. We find that the Debye peak is dispersive, confirming its long range cooperativity. We report the first temperature dependent study of the static nonlocal susceptibility, which exhibits a negative region, a phenomena called overscreening. We compare a rigid model (TIP4P/ ɛ), a flexible model (TIP4P/2005f) and a polarizable model (TTM3-F). This work was partially supported by DOE Award No. DE-FG02-09ER16052 (D.C.E.) and by DOE Early Career Award No. DE-SC0003871 (M.-V.F.-S.).

  20. Quasicritical behavior of the low-frequency dielectric permittivity in the isotropic phase of liquid crystalline materials.

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    Drozd-Rzoska, A; Rzoska, S J; Zioło, J; Jadzyn, J

    2001-05-01

    Results presented give evidence of the existence of quasicritical, fluidlike behavior in the isotropic phase of 4-cyano-4-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB) for frequencies ranging from the static to the ionic-dominated [low-frequency (LF)] region. Despite the boost of dielectric permittivity on lowering the frequency below 1 kHz, values of the isotropic-nematic transition discontinuity (approximately 1.1 K) and the critical exponent alpha (approximately 0.5) remain constant. It is shown that the contribution from residual ionic impurities is a linear function of temperature in the critical, prenematic fluctuation-dominated region. The validity of the fluidlike and critical behavior for LF dielectric permittivity confirmed results of a derivative analysis of the experimental data: d(epsilon)/dT proportional to (T-T*)(-alpha), originally proposed for critical mixtures. Results of a preliminary test in the isotropic phase of 4-decyl-4'-isothiocyanatobiphenyl (10BT), on approaching the smectic-E phase, may indicate a general validity of results obtained.

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

  2. Computational study of temporal behavior of incident species impinging on a water surface in dielectric barrier discharge for the understanding of plasma-liquid interface

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    Suda, Yoshiyuki; Oda, Akinori; Kato, Ryo; Yamashita, Ryuma; Tanoue, Hideto; Takikawa, Hirofumi; Tero, Ryugo

    2015-01-01

    A lipid bilayer is a basic structure of the cell membrane and is stable in liquid solution. In this study, we analyzed dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) containing water on a quartz substrate using a one-dimensional fluid model. To simulate atmospheric pressure plasma for practical use, a tiny amount of N2 gas (0.5 ppm) was added to He gas ambient as an impure gas. The calculated current-voltage (I-V) characteristics reproduced the measured ones qualitatively. We focused on the behavior of DBD at the plasma-liquid interface and analyzed the temporal behavior of the electric field strength and incident fluxes of charged, excited, and radical species on the water surface. By varying the gap length, it was shown that the maximum electric field strength in an AC cycle saturated at gap lengths ≥0.15 cm. The incident fluxes of N2+ and He2+ on the water surface are almost the same and show strong correlations with the electric field in the vicinity of the water surface.

  3. Aggregation behavior and electrical properties of amphiphilic pyrrole-tailed ionic liquids in water, from the viewpoint of dielectric relaxation spectroscopy.

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    Fan, Xiaoqing; Zhao, Kongshuang

    2014-05-14

    The self-aggregation behavior of amphiphilic pyrrole-tailed imidazolium ionic liquids (Py(CH₂)₁₂mim⁺Br⁻: Py = pyrrole, mim = methylimidazolium) in water is investigated by dielectric spectroscopy from 40 Hz to 110 MHz. Dielectric determination shows that the critical micelle concentration (CMC) is 8.5 mM, which is lower than that for traditional ionic surfactants. The thermodynamic parameter of the micellization, the Gibbs free energy ΔG, was calculated for Py(CH₂)₁₂mim⁺Br⁻ and compared to those of the corresponding C(n)mim⁺Br⁻ (n = 12, 14). It was found that the main driven forces of the Py(CH₂)₁₂mim⁺Br⁻ aggregation were hydrophobic interaction and π-π interactions among the adjacent Py groups. Further, the structure of aggregation was speculated theoretically that Py groups partially insert into the alkyl chains and the staggered arrangement in micelles is formed. When the concentration of Py(CH₂)₁₂mim⁺Br⁻ is higher than CMC, two remarkable relaxations which originated from diffusion of counterions and interfacial polarization between the micelles and solution, were observed at about 1.3 MHz and 55 MHz. The relaxation parameters representing the real properties of the whole system were obtained by fitting the experimental data with Cole-Cole equation. A dielectric model characterizing the structure and electrical properties of spherical micelles was proposed by which the conductivity, permittivity and the volume fraction of micelles as well as electrical properties of solution were calculated from the relaxation parameters. An intriguingly high permittivity of about 150 for the micelle was found to be a direct consequence of the strong orientational order of water molecules inside the core of micelle, and essentially is attributed to the special structure of the micelle. Furthermore, the calculation of the interfacial electrokinetic parameters of the micelles, i.e., the surface conductivity, surface charge density

  4. Liquid phase sintering of 20Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O 3-80BaTiO3 dielectrics with bismuth-zinc-borate and bismuth borosilicate glasses

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    Shahin, David I.

    Dielectrics in the Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3-BaTiO 3 system (specifically 20BZT-80BT, in mol%) are promising candidates for high energy density capacitor applications due to broad temperature-dependent dielectric constant maxima and a relatively field-independent permittivity. Bulk samples require sintering temperatures of greater than 1180°C to reach useful densities. Due to incompatibility of Bi with low-pO2 processing, BZT-BT-based multilayer capacitors must utilize noble metal electrodes that resist oxidation during sintering. Sintering temperatures must be reduced to allow use of less expensive electrode materials (Cu, etc.). This work studies the reduced temperature sintering behavior and dielectric properties of BZT-BT sintered with 30Bi2O3-30ZnO-40B 2O3 and 50Bi2O3-25B2O 3-25SiO2 (mol%) liquid phase formers. Dielectrics sintered with 1v% borate additions and 5v% additions of either the borate or borosilicate achieved relative densities greater than 95% after sintering at 1000°C for four hours. All compositions retained the relaxor behavior exhibited by pure 20BZT-80BT. Increased borate additions led to greater dielectric constant reductions, while increased borosilicate additions yielded no clear trend in the dielectric constant reduction. Energy densities were estimated between 0.3-0.5 J/cm3; smaller glass additions typically led to larger energy densities. Dielectrics sintered with 1v% borate additions are of interest due to their high relative densities (approx. 96%) and energy densities of approximately 0.5 J/cm3 under 100kV/cm electric fields. Studies of BZT-BT/glass interfaces revealed the formation of crystalline interfacial layers less than 10 microns thick. The borate formed a bismuth titanate phase (likely Bi4Ti3O12) during heating to 700°C, whereas the borosilicate formed a barium silicate phase (likely BaSiO3) during processing to 800°C. Similar phases are expected to be present in the liquid phase sintered dielectrics and likely affect the BZT

  5. Light Self-Localization and Power-Dependent Steering in Anisotropic Dielectrics: Spatial Solitons in Uniaxial Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Alberucci, Alessandro; Assanto, Gaetano

    We discuss nonlinear propagation of light beams in anisotropic media, addressing the role of nonlocality and nonlinearity in power-dependent beam self-steering. With specific reference to spatial solitons in positive uniaxial nematic liquid crystals (i.e. nematicons), we describe soliton self-acceleration through reorientational response and nonlinear walk-off.

  6. The dielectric properties of rabbit tissue, pure water and various liquids suitable for tissue phantoms at 35 GHz.

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    Steel, M C; Sheppard, R J

    1988-04-01

    Newly developed microwave apparatus was used to measure the complex permittivity of some rabbit tissues and water over the temperature range 20-37 degrees C. Various liquid mixtures which might be suitable as phantom tissue equivalents at 35 GHz were also considered. Some of the measured tissue data were compared with previous lower frequency data and it was concluded that the observed behaviour was not anomalous.

  7. On similarity of hydrogen-bonded networks in liquid formamide and water as revealed in the static dielectric studies.

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    Jadżyn, Jan; Świergiel, Jolanta

    2012-03-01

    The paper presents the experimental verification of the result obtained with the molecular dynamics simulation which revealed the differences in the topology of the hydrogen-bonded networks in liquid formamide and water, namely, the differences in their intermolecular cyclization process (I. Bakó, et al. J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 132, 014506). It is shown in our paper that the difference in the (simulated) size distribution of the hydrogen-bonded molecular rings in water (a relatively sharp maximum at about 6 molecules) and formamide (a broad maximum at about 11 molecules) strongly manifests itself in the experimental values of the Kirkwood correlation factor of the compounds. A much larger number of molecules included in the cyclic species (of more or less compensated dipole moment) leads to significant decrease of the Kirkwood correlation factor of formamide in comparison to that of water. Besides, as a consequence of an enhancement in formation of the cyclic multimers of formamide, one observes an essential reduction of the orientational entropy increment of that liquid, in comparison to the entropy effect related to liquid amides where the chain multimers are formed.

  8. Molecular Relaxations in Supercooled Liquid and Glassy States of Amorphous Quinidine: Dielectric Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Approaches.

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    Schammé, Benjamin; Mignot, Mélanie; Couvrat, Nicolas; Tognetti, Vincent; Joubert, Laurent; Dupray, Valérie; Delbreilh, Laurent; Dargent, Eric; Coquerel, Gérard

    2016-08-01

    In this article, we conduct a comprehensive molecular relaxation study of amorphous Quinidine above and below the glass-transition temperature (Tg) through broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (BDS) experiments and theoretical density functional theory (DFT) calculations, as one major issue with the amorphous state of pharmaceuticals is life expectancy. These techniques enabled us to determine what kind of molecular motions are responsible, or not, for the devitrification of Quinidine. Parameters describing the complex molecular dynamics of amorphous Quinidine, such as Tg, the width of the α relaxation (βKWW), the temperature dependence of α-relaxation times (τα), the fragility index (m), and the apparent activation energy of secondary γ relaxation (Ea-γ), were characterized. Above Tg (> 60 °C), a medium degree of nonexponentiality (βKWW = 0.5) was evidenced. An intermediate value of the fragility index (m = 86) enabled us to consider Quinidine as a glass former of medium fragility. Below Tg (< 60 °C), one well-defined secondary γ relaxation, with an apparent activation energy of Ea-γ = 53.8 kJ/mol, was reported. From theoretical DFT calculations, we identified the most reactive part of Quinidine moieties through exploration of the potential energy surface. We evidenced that the clearly visible γ process has an intramolecular origin coming from the rotation of the CH(OH)C9H14N end group. An excess wing observed in amorphous Quinidine was found to be an unresolved Johari-Goldstein relaxation. These studies were supplemented by sub-Tg experimental evaluations of the life expectancy of amorphous Quinidine by X-ray powder diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. We show that the difference between Tg and the onset temperature for crystallization, Tc, which is 30 K, is sufficiently large to avoid recrystallization of amorphous Quinidine during 16 months of storage under ambient conditions. PMID:27391029

  9. Accurate electron inelastic cross sections and stopping powers for liquid water over the 0.1-10 keV range based on an improved dielectric description of the Bethe surface.

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    Emfietzoglou, D; Nikjoo, H

    2007-01-01

    Electron inelastic cross sections and stopping powers for liquid water over the 0.1-10 keV range are presented based on a recently developed dielectric response model for liquid water (D. Emfietzoglou, F. Cucinotta and H. Nikjoo, Radiat. Res. 164, 202-211, 2005) that is consistent with the experimental data over the whole energy-momentum plane. Both exchange and second-order Born corrections are included in a material-specific way using the dielectric functions of liquid water. The numerical results are fitted by simple analytic functions to facilitate their further use. Compared to previous studies, differential cross sections are shifted toward smaller energy losses resulting in smaller inelastic and stopping cross sections with differences reaching, on average, the approximately 20% and approximately 50% level, respectively. Contrary to higher energies, it is shown that the dispersion model for the momentum dependence of the dielectric functions (Bethe ridge) is as important as the optical model used. Within the accuracy of the experimental data (a few percent) upon which our dielectric model is based, the calculations are "exact" to first order, while the uncertainty of the results beyond first order is estimated at the 5-10% level. The present work overcomes the limitations of Bethe's theory at low energies by a self-consistent account of inner-shell effects and may serve to extend the ICRU electron stopping power database for liquid water down to 100 eV with a level of uncertainty similar to that for the higher-energy values.

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

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    Johari, G P; Khouri, J

    2012-09-14

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

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

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    Johari, G. P.; Khouri, J.

    2012-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  13. Ab initio calculations of quasiparticle energies of solids, liquids and molecules using a spectral decomposition of the dielectric matrix

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Nguyen, Huy-Viet; Rocca, Dario; Galli, Giulia

    2013-03-01

    We recently developed a method for the calculation of quasiparticle energies within many body perturbation theory, at the GW level, which avoids costly summations over empty electronic states and does not require the use of plasmon-pole models. We present a comprehensive validation of this method, encompassing calculations of i) the vertical ionization energies of a set of over 80 molecules (containing from 14 to 424 valence electrons); ii) the relative position of energy levels of anions and water in hydrated sulfate and chloride clusters; iii) the band structure of a variety of semiconductors and (iv) the electronic properties of amorphous and liquid systems. The efficiency of our approach allowed us to compute quasiparticle energies of multiple configurations of liquid water, using samples with 64 molecules, selected over trajectories generated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Work supported by DOE-BES Grant DE-FG02-06ER46262. Work at LLNL was performed under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  14. Effect of high hydrostatic pressure on the dielectric relaxation in a non-crystallizable monohydroxy alcohol in its supercooled liquid and glassy states

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    Pawlus, S.; Paluch, M.; Nagaraj, M.; Vij, J. K.

    2011-08-01

    The complex relative permittivity of a non-crystallizable secondary alcohol, 5-methyl-2-hexanol, is measured over a wide range of temperatures and pressures up to 1750 MPa (17.5 kbar). The data at atmospheric pressure (P = 0.101 MPa) are analyzed in terms of three processes, and the results are in complete agreement with that of O. E. Kalinovskaya and J. K. Vij [J. Chem. Phys. 112, 3262 (2000)]. Process I is of the Debye type and process II is of the Davidson-Cole type, whereas process III is identified as the Johari-Goldstein relaxation process. For pressures of ˜500 MPa and higher, processes I and II are seen to merge into each other to form a single dominant process which unambiguously cannot be resolved into more than one process. The dielectric relaxation strength of process I decreases slightly initially with pressure and when the two processes have merged at elevated pressures, the total relaxation strength increases with increase in pressure. Process III is better resolvable at higher pressures especially above Tg in the supercooled liquid state for the reason that the separation in the time scales between the dominant and the JG relaxation process increases at elevated pressures. Surprisingly we find a change in the slope in the plot of log τJG vs. 1/T for P = 1750 MPa. The results for the relaxation time of alcohols are compared with the Kirkwood correlation factor, g, and it is found that higher is the g, lower is the relaxation time for process I, and it is more of the Debye type. On a reduction in g brought about by an increase in pressure at lower temperatures, the dominant process becomes non-Debye though extensive hydrogen bonding is still present. The dielectric strength of the merged processes increases with increase in pressure. The values of the steepness index, m = |d log τ/d(Tg/T)|T = Tg for processes I and II are different for P = 0.1 MPa. However the value of m, for the composite process, which is a merger of processes I and II, for P

  15. Effect of high hydrostatic pressure on the dielectric relaxation in a non-crystallizable monohydroxy alcohol in its supercooled liquid and glassy states.

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    Pawlus, S; Paluch, M; Nagaraj, M; Vij, J K

    2011-08-28

    The complex relative permittivity of a non-crystallizable secondary alcohol, 5-methyl-2-hexanol, is measured over a wide range of temperatures and pressures up to 1750 MPa (17.5 kbar). The data at atmospheric pressure (P = 0.101 MPa) are analyzed in terms of three processes, and the results are in complete agreement with that of O. E. Kalinovskaya and J. K. Vij [J. Chem. Phys. 112, 3262 (2000)]. Process I is of the Debye type and process II is of the Davidson-Cole type, whereas process III is identified as the Johari-Goldstein relaxation process. For pressures of ∼500 MPa and higher, processes I and II are seen to merge into each other to form a single dominant process which unambiguously cannot be resolved into more than one process. The dielectric relaxation strength of process I decreases slightly initially with pressure and when the two processes have merged at elevated pressures, the total relaxation strength increases with increase in pressure. Process III is better resolvable at higher pressures especially above T(g) in the supercooled liquid state for the reason that the separation in the time scales between the dominant and the JG relaxation process increases at elevated pressures. Surprisingly we find a change in the slope in the plot of log τ(JG) vs. 1/T for P = 1750 MPa. The results for the relaxation time of alcohols are compared with the Kirkwood correlation factor, g, and it is found that higher is the g, lower is the relaxation time for process I, and it is more of the Debye type. On a reduction in g brought about by an increase in pressure at lower temperatures, the dominant process becomes non-Debye though extensive hydrogen bonding is still present. The dielectric strength of the merged processes increases with increase in pressure. The values of the steepness index, m = |d log τ/d(T(g)/T)|(T = Tg) for processes I and II are different for P = 0.1 MPa. However the value of m, for the composite process, which is a merger of processes I and II

  16. Frequency-dependent local field factors in dielectric liquids by a polarizable force field and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Davari, Nazanin; Haghdani, Shokouh; Åstrand, Per-Olof

    2015-12-31

    A force field model for calculating local field factors, i.e. the linear response of the local electric field for example at a nucleus in a molecule with respect to an applied electric field, is discussed. It is based on a combined charge-transfer and point-dipole interaction model for the polarizability, and thereby it includes two physically distinct terms for describing electronic polarization: changes in atomic charges arising from transfer of charge between the atoms and atomic induced dipole moments. A time dependence is included both for the atomic charges and the atomic dipole moments and if they are assumed to oscillate with the same frequency as the applied electric field, a model for frequency-dependent properties are obtained. Furthermore, if a life-time of excited states are included, a model for the complex frequency-dependent polariability is obtained including also information about excited states and the absorption spectrum. We thus present a model for the frequency-dependent local field factors through the first molecular excitation energy. It is combined with molecular dynamics simulations of liquids where a large set of configurations are sampled and for which local field factors are calculated. We are normally not interested in the average of the local field factor but rather in configurations where it is as high as possible. In electrical insulation, we would like to avoid high local field factors to reduce the risk for electrical breakdown, whereas for example in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, high local field factors are desired to give dramatically increased intensities.

  17. Liquid gallium and the eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) alloy: Dielectric functions from 1.24 to 3.1 eV by electrochemical reduction of surface oxides

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    Morales, Daniel; Stoute, Nicholas A.; Yu, Zhiyuan; Aspnes, David E.; Dickey, Michael D.

    2016-08-01

    Liquid metals based on gallium are promising materials for soft, stretchable, and shape reconfigurable electromagnetic devices. The behavior of these metals relates directly to the thicknesses of their surface oxide layers, which can be determined nondestructively by ellipsometry if their dielectric functions ɛ are known. This paper reports on the dielectric functions of liquid gallium and the eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) alloy from 1.24 to 3.1 eV at room temperature, measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Overlayer-induced artifacts, a continuing problem in optical measurements of these highly reactive metals, are eliminated by applying an electrochemically reductive potential to the surface of the metal immersed in an electrolyte. This technique enables measurements at ambient conditions while avoiding the complications associated with removing overlayers in a vacuum environment. The dielectric responses of both metals are closely represented by the Drude model. The EGaIn data suggest that in the absence of an oxide the surface is In-enriched, consistent with the previous vacuum-based studies. Possible reasons for discrepancies with previous measurements are discussed.

  18. Maxwell stress on a small dielectric sphere in a dielectric

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    Datsyuk, Vitaly V.; Pavlyniuk, Oleg R.

    2015-02-01

    Electrically induced normal pressure and tangential stress at the surface of a small dielectric sphere (or cavity) in a dielectric are calculated using the Minkowski, Einstein-Laub, Abraham, and Lorentz forms of the Maxwell stress tensor. Only the Lorentz tensor is in agreement with the following observations: (1) A spherical cavity in a dielectric transforms into a sharp-edge plate perpendicular to the electric field; (2) a liquid drop placed in a medium with a slightly lower refractive index is stretched along the electric field; and (3) there is a torque on a small birefringent sphere. These phenomena cannot be explained by the conventional theory using the Minkowski stress tensor. For example, the Minkowski stress tensor predicts lateral compression of a spherical cavity in a dielectric.

  19. Electrode/Dielectric Strip For High-Energy-Density Capacitor

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S.

    1994-01-01

    Improved unitary electrode/dielectric strip serves as winding in high-energy-density capacitor in pulsed power supply. Offers combination of qualities essential for high energy density: high permittivity of dielectric layers, thinness, and high resistance to breakdown of dielectric at high electric fields. Capacitors with strip material not impregnated with liquid.

  20. Dielectric-Particle Injector For Processing Of Materials

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    Leung, Philip L.; Gabriel, Stephen B.

    1992-01-01

    Device generates electrically charged particles of solid, or droplets of liquid, fabricated from dielectric material and projects them electrostatically, possibly injecting them into electrostatic-levitation chamber for containerless processing. Dielectric-particle or -droplet injector charges dielectric particles or droplets on zinc plate with photo-electrons generated by ultraviolet illumination, then ejects charged particles or droplets electrostatically from plate.

  1. Precision liquid level sensor

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    Field, M.E.; Sullivan, W.H.

    1985-01-29

    A precision liquid level sensor utilizes a balanced R. F. bridge, each arm including an air dielectric line. Changes in liquid level along one air dielectric line imbalance the bridge and create a voltage which is directly measurable across the bridge. 2 figs.

  2. Precision liquid level sensor

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    Field, Michael E.; Sullivan, William H.

    1985-01-01

    A precision liquid level sensor utilizes a balanced R. F. bridge, each arm including an air dielectric line. Changes in liquid level along one air dielectric line imbalance the bridge and create a voltage which is directly measurable across the bridge.

  3. High voltage research (breakdown strengths of gaseous and liquid insulators) and environmental effects of dielectric gases. Semiannual report, October 1, 1979-March 31, 1980

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    Christophorou, L.G.; James, D.R.; Pai, R.Y.

    1980-08-01

    Topics covered include basic studies of gaseous dielectrics, direct current breakdown strengths of gases/mixtures, environmental effects studies and decomposition analyses, impulse studies, breakdown strengths of binary mixtures with concentric cylinder geometry, and a discussion of the experimental apparatus. (GHT)

  4. A simple method for reducing inevitable dielectric loss in high-permittivity dielectric elastomers

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    Madsen, F. B.; Yu, L.; Mazurek, P.; Skov, A. L.

    2016-07-01

    Commercial viability of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is currently limited by a few obstacles, including high driving voltages (in the kV range). Driving voltage can be lowered by either decreasing the Young’s modulus or increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elastomers, or a combination thereof. A decrease in the Young’s modulus, however, is often accompanied by a loss in mechanical stability, whereas increases in dielectric permittivity are usually followed by a large increase in dielectric loss followed by a decrease in breakdown strength and thereby the lifetime of the DE. A new soft elastomer matrix, with high dielectric permittivity and a low Young’s modulus, aligned with no loss of mechanical stability, was prepared through the use of commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil mixed into a tough commercial liquid silicone rubber silicone elastomer. The addition of chloropropyl-functional silicone oil in concentrations up to 30 phr was found to improve the properties of the silicone elastomer significantly, as dielectric permittivity increased to 4.4, dielectric breakdown increased up to 25% and dielectric losses were reduced. The chloropropyl-functional silicone oil also decreased the dielectric losses of an elastomer containing dielectric permittivity-enhancing TiO2 fillers. Commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil thus constitutes a facile method for improved silicone DEs, with very low dielectric losses.

  5. Dielectric metasurfaces

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    Valentine, Jason

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

  6. Asymmetric Dielectric Elastomer Composite Material

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    Stewart, Brian K. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Embodiments of the invention provide a dielectric elastomer composite material comprising a plurality of elastomer-coated electrodes arranged in an assembly. Embodiments of the invention provide improved force output over prior DEs by producing thinner spacing between electrode surfaces. This is accomplished by coating electrodes directly with uncured elastomer in liquid form and then assembling a finished component (which may be termed an actuator) from coated electrode components.

  7. Orientational and structural properties of ferroelectric liquid crystal with a broad temperature range in the SmC(*) phase by (13)C NMR, x-ray scattering and dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Bubnov, Alexej; Domenici, Valentina; Hamplová, Věra; Kašpar, Miroslav; Veracini, Carlo Alberto; Glogarová, Milada

    2009-01-21

    Thermotropic liquid crystalline materials laterally substituted by a methyl group on the aromatic ring of the alkoxybenzoate unit far from the chiral centre exhibit a very broad temperature range in the ferroelectric smectic C* (SmC(*)) phase on cooling (including supercooling) with a very high spontaneous polarization (∼210 nC cm(-2)) and tilt angle (∼43°) at saturation. We are presenting a detailed study of the physical properties of a ferroelectric compound, representative of this category of liquid crystals, by means of solid state (13)C-NMR, small angle x-ray scattering, dielectric spectroscopy and optical methods of the tilted SmC(*). Values of the spontaneous tilt angle measured optically are compared to those determined from the x-ray data and discussed. In addition, the viscosity has been determined in the SmC(*) phase by different experimental methods. (13)C NMR data allowed us to get information about the degree of orientational order of the SmC(*) phase and revealed the complete unwinding of the helical axis at the magnetic field of 9.4 T. This result is discussed in the framework of recent publications on the effect of the magnetic field on the supra-molecular structure of the SmC(*) phase.

  8. 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

  9. Renewable liquid reflection grating

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    Ryutov, Dmitri D.; Toor, Arthur

    2003-10-07

    A renewable liquid reflection grating. Electrodes are operatively connected to a conducting liquid in an arrangement that produces a reflection grating and driven by a current with a resonance frequency. In another embodiment, the electrodes create the grating by a resonant electrostatic force acting on a dielectric liquid.

  10. 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

  11. Radiation pressure on a dielectric wedge.

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    Mansuripur, Masud; Zakharian, Armis; Moloney, Jerome

    2005-03-21

    The force of electromagnetic radiation on a dielectric medium may be derived by a direct application of the Lorentz law of classical electrodynamics. While the light's electric field acts upon the (induced) bound charges in the medium, its magnetic field exerts a force on the bound currents. We use the example of a wedge-shaped solid dielectric, immersed in a transparent liquid and illuminated at Brewster's angle, to demonstrate that the linear momentum of the electromagnetic field within dielectrics has neither the Minkowski nor the Abraham form; rather, the correct expression for momentum density has equal contributions from both. The time rate of change of the incident momentum thus expressed is equal to the force exerted on the wedge plus that experienced by the surrounding liquid.

  12. Detection of Hazardous Liquids Using Microwaves.

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    Janezic, Michael D; Splett, Jolene D; Coakley, Kevin J

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the feasibility of using dielectric spectra to classify hazardous and nonhazardous liquids. The dielectric spectra of several liquids was obtained with a shielded-open coaxial fixture, and we present a new full-wave model for calculating the complex permittivity of liquids using this fixture. Using the measured complex permittivity for each liquid, we examine several classification methods for distinguishing between the hazardous and nonhazardous liquids and report on the error rates of each method.

  13. Detection of Hazardous Liquids Using Microwaves

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    Janezic, Michael D; Splett, Jolene D; Coakley, Kevin J

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the feasibility of using dielectric spectra to classify hazardous and nonhazardous liquids. The dielectric spectra of several liquids was obtained with a shielded-open coaxial fixture, and we present a new full-wave model for calculating the complex permittivity of liquids using this fixture. Using the measured complex permittivity for each liquid, we examine several classification methods for distinguishing between the hazardous and nonhazardous liquids and report on the error rates of each method. PMID:26601031

  14. Ion distributions in electrolyte confined by multiple dielectric interfaces

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    Jing, Yufei; Zwanikken, Jos W.; Jadhao, Vikram; de La Cruz, Monica

    2014-03-01

    The distribution of ions at dielectric interfaces between liquids characterized by different dielectric permittivities is crucial to nanoscale assembly processes in many biological and synthetic materials such as cell membranes, colloids and oil-water emulsions. The knowledge of ionic structure of these systems is also exploited in energy storage devices such as double-layer super-capacitors. The presence of multiple dielectric interfaces often complicates computing the desired ionic distributions via simulations or theory. Here, we use coarse-grained models to compute the ionic distributions in a system of electrolyte confined by two planar dielectric interfaces using Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations and liquid state theory. We compute the density profiles for various electrolyte concentrations, stoichiometric ratios and dielectric contrasts. The explanations for the trends in these profiles and discuss their effects on the behavior of the confined charged fluid are also presented.

  15. Dielectric Barrier Discharge Methane Conversion

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    Liu, Chong; Fridman, Alexander; Rabinovich, Alexander; Dobrynin, Danil

    2015-09-01

    With the large amount of nature gas discovery every year, there is an increasing interest on modification of methane. The fact that methane is gaseous makes it less economic and efficient than liquid fuel. Here we propose a new way of converting methane from gas phase to liquid phase. Dielectric barrier discharge is used to treat methane and nitrogen mixture bubbles inside of liquid fuel. Nitrogen is here to help activate methane into an excited state, then it is possible for the excited molecules to react with other liquid hydrocarbon. Gaseous methane is converted in to liquid phase when excited methane replace a hydrogen and add onto the carbon chain. In this study some preliminary experiments is done to verify this hypothesis. There is equivalent weight increases with methane and nitrogen mixture discharging in diesel when compare to only nitrogen discharging in diesel. The same experiment have also been done with gas mixture discharged in 1-methylnaphthalene. And FTIR analysis of the after treatment hydrocarbon liquid all indicates that there is an increasing in C-H bond concentration and a decreasing in phenyl ring structure.

  16. Oxide or carbide nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation of a bulk Hf target in liquids and their structural, optical, and dielectric properties

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    Semaltianos, N. G.; Friedt, J.-M.; Chassagnon, R.; Moutarlier, V.; Blondeau-Patissier, V.; Combe, G.; Assoul, M.; Monteil, G.

    2016-05-01

    Laser ablation of a bulk Hf target in deionized (DI) water, ethanol, or toluene was carried out for the production of nanoparticles' colloidal solutions. Due to the interaction of the ablation plasma plume species with the species which are produced by the liquid decomposition at the plume-liquid interface, hafnia (HfO2) nanoparticles are synthesized in DI water, hafnium carbide (HfC) nanoparticles in toluene, and a mixture of these in ethanol. The hafnia nanoparticles are in the monoclinic low temperature phase and in the tetragonal and fcc high temperature phases. Their size distribution follows log-normal function with a median diameter in the range of 4.3-5.3 nm. Nanoparticles synthesized in DI water have band gaps of 5.6 and 5.4 eV, in ethanol 5.72 and 5.65 eV (using low and high pulse energy), and in toluene 3 eV. The values for the relative permittivity in the range of 7.74-8.90 were measured for hafnia nanoparticles' thin films deposited on substrates by drop-casting (self-assembled layers) in parallel plate capacitor structures.

  17. Microwave dielectric properties of plant materials

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

    1984-01-01

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

  18. Determination of two-liquid mixture composition by assessing its dielectric parameters 2. modified measuring system for monitoring the dehydration process of bioethanol production

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    Vilitis, O.; Shipkovs, P.; Merkulovs, D.; Rucins, A.; Zihmane-Ritina, K.; Bremers, G.

    2014-02-01

    In Part 2 of the work we describe a modified measuring system for precise monitoring of the dehydration process of bioethanol production. This is based on the earlier proposed system for measuring the concentration of solutions and two-liquid mixtures using devices with capacitive sensors (1-300pF), which provides a stable measuring resolution of ± 0.005 pF at measuring the capacitance of a sensor. In this part of our work we determine additional requirements that are to be imposed on the measuring system at monitoring the ethanol dehydration process and control of bioethanol production. The most important parameters of the developed measuring system are identified. An exemplary calculation is given for the thermocompensated calibration of measuring devices. The results of tests have shown a good performance of the developed measuring system.

  19. Active tuning of all-dielectric metasurfaces.

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

    2015-04-28

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

  20. Method for producing high dielectric strength microvalves

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    Kirby, Brian J.; Reichmuth, David S.; Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2006-04-04

    A microvalve having a cast-in-place and lithographically shaped mobile, polymer monolith for fluid flow control in microfluidic devices and method of manufacture. The microvalve contains a porous fluorinated polymer monolithic element whose pores are filled with an electrically insulating, high dielectric strength fluid, typically a perfluorinated liquid. This combination provides a microvalve that combines high dielectric strength with extremely low electrical conductivity. These microvalves have been shown to have resistivities of at least 100 G.OMEGA. and are compatible with solvents such as water at a pH between 2.7 and 9.0, 1-1 propanol, acetonitrile, and acetone.

  1. Resonant dielectric metamaterials

    DOEpatents

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

    2014-12-02

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

  2. Millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric properties of biological materials

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    Khan, Usman Ansar

    Broadband dielectric properties of materials can be employed to identify, detect, and characterize materials through their unique spectral signatures. In this study, millimeter wave, submillimeter wave, and terahertz dielectric properties of biological substances inclusive of liquids, solids, and powders were obtained using Dispersive Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DFTS). Two broadband polarizing interferometers were constructed to test materials from 60 GHz to 1.2 THz. This is an extremely difficult portion of the frequency spectrum to obtain a material's dielectric properties since neither optical nor microwave-based techniques provide accurate data. The dielectric characteristics of liquids such as cyclohexane, chlorobenzene, benzene, ethanol, methanol, 1,4 dioxane, and 10% formalin were obtained using the liquid interferometer. Subsequently the solid interferometer was utilized to determine the dielectric properties of human breast tissues, which are fixed and preserved in 10% formalin. This joint collaboration with the Tufts New England Medical Center demonstrated a significant difference between the dielectric response of tumorous and non-tumorous breast tissues across the spectrum. Powders such as anthrax, flour, talc, corn starch, dry milk, and baking soda have been involved in a number of security threats and false alarms around the globe in the last decade. To be able to differentiate hoax attacks and serious security threats, the dielectric properties of common household powders were also examined using the solid interferometer to identify the powders' unique resonance peaks. A new sample preparation kit was designed to test the powder specimens. It was anticipated that millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric characterization will enable one to clearly distinguish one powder from the other; however most of the powders had relatively close dielectric responses and only Talc had a resonance signature recorded at 1.135 THz. Furthermore, due to

  3. A spherical cavity model for quadrupolar dielectrics

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    Dimitrova, Iglika M.; Slavchov, Radomir I.; Ivanov, Tzanko; Mosbach, Sebastian

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric properties of a fluid composed of molecules possessing both dipole and quadrupole moments are studied based on a model of the Onsager type (molecule in the centre of a spherical cavity). The dielectric permittivity ɛ and the macroscopic quadrupole polarizability αQ of the fluid are related to the basic molecular characteristics (molecular dipole, polarizability, quadrupole, quadrupolarizability). The effect of αQ is to increase the reaction field, to bring forth reaction field gradient, to decrease the cavity field, and to bring forth cavity field gradient. The effects from the quadrupole terms are significant in the case of small cavity size in a non-polar liquid. The quadrupoles in the medium are shown to have a small but measurable effect on the dielectric permittivity of several liquids (Ar, Kr, Xe, CH4, N2, CO2, CS2, C6H6, H2O, CH3OH). The theory is used to calculate the macroscopic quadrupolarizabilities of these fluids as functions of pressure and temperature. The cavity radii are also determined for these liquids, and it is shown that they are functions of density only. This extension of Onsager's theory will be important for non-polar solutions (fuel, crude oil, liquid CO2), especially at increased pressures.

  4. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

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

    2016-03-01

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

  5. Dielectric properties of aerogels

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

    1993-07-01

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

  6. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

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

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

    PubMed

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

    2016-03-14

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

  8. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

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

    2016-01-01

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

  9. Effects of Low Temperature on Charging of Spacecraft Dielectrics

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    Ferguson, Dale C.; Schneider, Todd A.; Vaughn, Jason A.

    2008-01-01

    Spacecraft dielectric charging, sometimes called deep-dielectric-charging or bulk-charging, occurs when high energy electrons imbed themselves in dielectric materials, and the charge density builds up, sometimes to breakdown levels. Charges usually bleed off slowly due to material conductivity. At very low (cryogenic) temperatures, the dielectric conductivity decreases until charges may remain and build up over weeks, months, or years. In those cases, the guidelines given in NASA and industry documents for when dielectric charging may become important are misleading. Arcing tests of spacecraft cables at liquid nitrogen temperatures and very low flux levels have been done at NASA MSFC for the JWST Project. In this paper, we describe the results of those tests and analyze their important implications for cryogenic spacecraft cable design and construction.

  10. [Dielectric properties of human sweat fluid in the microwave range].

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    Romanov, A N

    2010-01-01

    The dielectric properties of sweat fluid gathered from different zones of the human body have been studied in the frequency range from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. It has been shown that the dielectric properties of sweat of different zones differ. The dependence of refraction and absorption indices on the frequency of the signal and the mass concentration of substances dissolved in sweat liquid has been determined.

  11. 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.

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

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    Boni, O; Berger, S

    2001-12-01

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

  13. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator

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

    2009-11-10

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

  14. Alternate film dielectric materials

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

    1990-01-01

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

  15. Dielectric cavity relativistic magnetron

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    Hashemi, S. M. A.

    2010-02-01

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

  16. Electrokinetics over liquid/liquid interfaces

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    Squires, Todd M.

    2011-11-01

    Since liquid-liquid interfaces flow in response to an applied stress, one might expect electrokinetic flows at liquid-liquid interfaces to be significantly higher than over liquid-solid interfaces. The earliest predictions for the electrophoretic mobility of charged mercury drops - distinct approaches by Frumkin and Levich (1946), and Booth (1951) - differed by O (a /λD) , where a is the radius of the drop and λD is the Debye screening length. Seeking to reconcile this rather striking discrepancy, Levine (1973) showed double-layer polarization to be the key ingredient. Without a physical mechanism by which electrokinetic effects are enhanced, however, it is difficult to know how general the enhancement is - whether it holds only for liquid metal surfaces, or more generally, for all liquid/liquid surfaces. By considering a series of systems in which a planar metal strip is coated with either a liquid metal or liquid dielectric, we show that the central physical mechanism behind the enhancement predicted by Frumkin and Levich (1946) is the presence of an unmatched electrical stress upon the electrolyte-liquid interface, which establishes a Marangoni stress on the droplet surface and drives it into motion. The source of the unbalanced electrokinetic stress on a liquid metal surface is clear - metals represent equipotential surfaces, so no field exists to drive an equal and opposite force on the surface charge. This might suggest that liquid metals represent a unique system, since dielectric liquids can support finite electric fields, which might be expected to exert an electrical stress on the surface charge that balances the electric stress. We demonstrate, however, that electrical and osmotic stresses on relaxed double-layers internal to dielectric liquids precisely cancel, so that internal electrokinetic stresses generally vanish in closed, ideally polarizable liquids. The enhancement for liquid mercury drops can thus be expected quite generally over clean

  17. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics

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

    2012-04-01

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

  18. Aperture excited dielectric antennas

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

    1974-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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%).

  1. Electrolyte creepage barrier for liquid electrolyte fuel cells

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    Li, Jian; Farooque, Mohammad; Yuh, Chao-Yi

    2008-01-22

    A dielectric assembly for electrically insulating a manifold or other component from a liquid electrolyte fuel cell stack wherein the dielectric assembly includes a substantially impermeable dielectric member over which electrolyte is able to flow and a barrier adjacent the dielectric member and having a porosity of less than 50% and greater than 10% so that the barrier is able to measurably absorb and chemically react with the liquid electrolyte flowing on the dielectric member to form solid products which are stable in the liquid electrolyte. In this way, the barrier inhibits flow or creepage of electrolyte from the dielectric member to the manifold or component to be electrically insulated from the fuel cell stack by the dielectric assembly.

  2. Superdirective dielectric nanoantennas

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

    2014-06-01

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

  3. Dielectric assist accelerating structure

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

    2016-01-01

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

  4. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2013

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    Hadjiloucas, Sillas; Blackburn, John

    2013-11-01

    This volume records the 42nd Dielectrics Group Proceedings of the Dielectrics Conference that took place at the University of Reading UK from 10-12 April 2013. The meeting is part of the biennial Dielectrics series of the Dielectrics Group, and formerly Dielectrics Society, and is organised by the Institute of Physics. The conference proceedings showcase some of the diversity and activity of the Dielectrics community worldwide, and bring together contributions from academics and industrial researchers with a diverse background and experiences from the Physics, Chemistry and Engineering communities. It is interesting to note some continuing themes such as Insulation/HV Materials, Dielectric Spectroscopy, Dielectric Measurement Techniques and Ferroelectric materials have a growing importance across a range of technologically important areas from the Energy sector to Materials research, Semiconductor and Electronics industries, and Metrology. We would like to thank all of our colleagues and friends in the Dielectrics community who have supported this event by contributing manuscripts and participating in the event. The conference has provided excellent networking opportunities for all delegates. Our thanks go also to our theme chairs: Dr Stephen Dodd (University of Leicester) on Insulation/HV Materials, Professor Darryl Almond (University of Bath) on Dielectric Spectroscopy, Dr John Blackburn (NPL) on Dielectric Measurement Techniques and Professor Anthony R West (University of Sheffield) on Ferroelectric Materials. We would also like to thank the other members of the Technical Programme Committee for their support, and refereeing the submitted manuscripts. Our community would also like to wish a full recovery to our plenary speaker Prof John Fothergill (City University London) who was unexpectedly unable to give his talk as well as thank Professor Alun Vaughan for stepping in and giving an excellent plenary lecture in his place at such very short notice. We are also

  5. Dielectric Monitoring of Curing Composites

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    Goldberg, Benjamin E.; Semmel, Marie L.

    1987-01-01

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

  6. Thermally switchable dielectrics

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    Dirk, Shawn M.; Johnson, Ross S.

    2013-04-30

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

  7. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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

    1999-01-01

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

  8. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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

    1999-05-25

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

  9. Dielectric spectroscopy of monatomic alcohols

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

    2013-04-01

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

  10. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, L.D.

    1996-12-10

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

  11. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, Lars D.

    1996-01-01

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

  12. Interfaces: nanometric dielectrics

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    Lewis, T. J.

    2005-01-01

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

  13. Dielectric elastomer memory

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

    2011-04-01

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

  14. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  16. High stress actuation by dielectric elastomer with oil capsules

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong; Shiau, Li-Lynn; Tan, Adrian W. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Though capable of generating a large strain, dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) generate only a moderate actuation stress not more than 200kPa, which seriously limits its use as artificial muscles for robotic arm. Enhancement of dielectric strength (greater than 500MV/m) by dielectric oil immersion could possibly enable it a larger force generation. Previously, the immersion was done in an oil bath, which limits portability together with DEAs. In this study, we developed portable capsules to enclose oil over the DEA substrate (VHB 4905). The capsules is made of a thinner soft acrylic membrane and they seals dielectric liquid oil (Dow Corning Fluid 200 50cSt). The DEA substrate is a graphiteclad VHB membrane, which is pre-stretched with pure-shear boundary condition for axial actuation. When activated under isotonic condition, the oil-capsule DEA can sustain a very high dielectric field up to 903 MV/m and does not fail; whereas, the dry DEA breaks down at a lower electric field at 570 MV/m. Furthermore, the oil-capsule DEA can produces higher isometric stress change up to 1.05MPa, which is 70% more than the maximum produced by the dry DEA. This study confirmed that oil capping helps DEA achieve very high dielectric strength and generate more stress change for work.

  17. A low dielectric constant customized phantom design to measure RF coil nonuniformity.

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    Tofts, P S; Barker, G J; Dean, T L; Gallagher, H; Gregory, A P; Clarke, R N

    1997-01-01

    The selection of a suitable low dielectric constant liquid for radiofrequency coil nonuniformity measurements is described. Measurements of dielectric constant (relative permittivity) were made on a range of candidate liquids. After excluding liquids that were too inflammable or too viscous, Esso Bayol 82 oil (dielectric constant epsilon' = 2.37) was chosen. At 1.5 T, a 27 cm diameter cylindrical phantom (test object) filled with Bayol 82 has a maximum nonuniformity of 1.9% arising from radiofrequency standing waves. The maximum diameter cylinder that can be used without the nonuniformity exceeding 2% is given for a range of liquids and field strengths. The construction of customized containers that fit closely inside a radiofrequency head coil from glass fiber reinforced resin ("fiberglass") is described. Thermal expansion of the liquid takes place without a rise in the internal pressure in the container. PMID:9084027

  18. 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.

  19. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Johnson, Ross Stefan

    2010-08-01

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

  20. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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

    2010-06-01

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

  1. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

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

  2. All-dielectric metamaterials

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

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

  3. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

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

  4. Low-k Dielectrics

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    Hayashi, Yoshihiro

    As CMOS transistors were scaled, interconnects to link them are also shrunk to reduce the line pitches [1-10]. As shown in Fig. 22.1, the interconnect pitches have been shrunk from 180 nm, 140 nm, and 100 nm for 65 [4], 45 [32], and 32 nm nodes [10] LSIs, respectively. To eliminate the interconnect parasitic capacitance, low-k dielectric films which have lower permittivity than the conventional silica (SiO2) dielectrics have been introduced. Figure 22.2 shows the technology trend of the k-value and the deposition process, in which the low-k films are deposited by spin-on-dielectric (SOD) method or plasma-enhanced CVD. In the case of SOD, precursor solution is poured on a rotated wafer, and the precursor film is heated to vaporize the solvent followed by reaction and densification to make a low-k film. In the case of PECVD [36, 42], on the other hand, precursor solution is vaporized with inert carrier gas such as He, and the precursor gas is introduced into PECVD chamber with RF power. The vaporized precursor gas is exited from plasma, depositing a low-k film on a wafer heated in high vacuum. The SOD method is advantageous to decrease the k-value, while PECVD method is superior in the adhesion strength due to the possibility of in-suite plasma surface treatment in vacuum just before the low-k deposition.

  5. Tunable Dielectric Properties of Ferrite-Dielectric Based Metamaterial

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

    2015-01-01

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

  6. New silicone dielectric elastomers with a high dielectric constant

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

    2008-03-01

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

  7. Static dielectric properties of the Stockmayer fluid from computer simulation

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    Adams, D. J.; Adams, E. M.

    A number of summation methods for simulating polar liquids are compared using the Stockmayer potential fluid. The nearest image convention is found to have thermodynamic properties dependent on the cell shape. Spherical truncation and a summation proposed by Smith and Perram give reasonable agreement with the thermodynamic properties found from other methods but are not suitable for determining dielectric properties. The reaction field and Ewald-Kornfeld summation methods are in close agreement on the thermodynamic properties and have some measure of agreement on dielectric properties. However, the correlation function hΔ(r) clearly shows the effect of the truncation of the direct dipole-dipole interaction. It is concluded that an Ewald summation is the most appropriate method for simulating polar liquids. Thermodynamic and static dielectric properties of the Stockmayer fluid, determined from Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics calculations using the Ewald-Kornfeld summation, are presented. Calculations with large applied fields have been made to study dielectric saturation. The local field is examined in some detail and a distinction is made between Onsager's analysis of the local field into two components, which is supported by the present results, and Onsager's model for polar liquids which provides values for these components that do not agree well with the present results.

  8. 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%.

  9. Dipolar correlations and the dielectric permittivity of water.

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    Sharma, Manu; Resta, Raffaele; Car, Roberto

    2007-06-15

    The static dielectric properties of liquid and solid water are investigated within linear response theory in the context of ab initio molecular dynamics. Using maximally localized Wannier functions to treat the macroscopic polarization we formulate a first-principles, parameter-free, generalization of Kirkwood's phenomenological theory. Our calculated static permittivity is in good agreement with experiment. Two effects of the hydrogen bonds, i.e., a significant increase of the average local moment and a local alignment of the molecular dipoles, contribute in almost equal measure to the unusually large dielectric constant of water.

  10. Tunable lenses using transparent dielectric elastomer actuators.

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    Shian, Samuel; Diebold, Roger M; Clarke, David R

    2013-04-01

    Focus tunable, adaptive lenses provide several advantages over traditional lens assemblies in terms of compactness, cost, efficiency, and flexibility. To further improve the simplicity and compact nature of adaptive lenses, we present an elastomer-liquid lens system which makes use of an inline, transparent electroactive polymer actuator. The lens requires only a minimal number of components: a frame, a passive membrane, a dielectric elastomer actuator membrane, and a clear liquid. The focal length variation was recorded to be greater than 100% with this system, responding in less than one second. Through the analysis of membrane deformation within geometrical constraints, it is shown that by selecting appropriate lens dimensions, even larger focusing dynamic ranges can be achieved. PMID:23571956

  11. Dielectric relaxation in dimethyl sulfoxide/water mixtures studied by microwave dielectric relaxation spectroscopy.

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    Lu, Zijie; Manias, Evangelos; Macdonald, Digby D; Lanagan, Michael

    2009-11-01

    Dielectric spectra of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)/water mixtures, over the entire concentration range, have been measured using the transmission line method at frequencies from 45 MHz to 26 GHz and at temperatures of 298-318 K. The relaxation times of the mixtures show a maximum at an intermediate molar fraction of DMSO. The specific structure of mixtures in different concentration regions was determined by the dielectric relaxation dynamics, obtained from the effect of temperature on the relaxation time. A water structure "breaking effect" is observed in dilute aqueous solutions. The average number of hydrogen bonds per water molecule in these mixtures is found to be reduced compared to pure water. The increase in the dielectric relaxation time in DMSO/water mixtures is attributed to the spatial (steric) constraints of DMSO molecules on the hydrogen-bond network, rather than being due to hydrophobic hydration of the methyl groups. The interaction between water and DMSO by hydrogen bonding reaches a maximum at a DMSO molar fraction of 0.33, reflected by the maximum activation enthalpy for dielectric relaxation in this concentration, suggesting the formation of a stoichiometric compound, H2O-DMSO-H2O. In highly concentrated solutions, negative activation entropies are observed, indicating the presence of aggregates of DMSO molecules. A distinct antiparallel arrangement of dipoles is obtained for neat DMSO in the liquid state according to the Kirkwood correlation factor (g(K) = 0.5), calculated from the static permittivity. The similarity of the dielectric behavior of pure DMSO and DMSO-rich mixtures suggests that dipole-dipole interactions contribute significantly to the rotational relaxation process in these solutions.

  12. The mechanism of the dielectric relaxation in water.

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    Popov, Ivan; Ishai, Paul Ben; Khamzin, Airat; Feldman, Yuri

    2016-05-18

    Although relating to the same system, the interpretations of the water spectra from Raman and Dielectric spectroscopy present independent pictures of the nature of water. We show that in the overlap region of the two methods it is possible to combine these views into a coherent concept of what drives the dynamic features of water. In this work, we develop the idea that the dielectric relaxation in water is driven by the migration of defects through the H-bond network, leading to a Debye-like peak in the lower frequencies. The deviation from the Debye law in the higher sub-THz frequencies is traced to a global fluctuation of the same H-bond network, clearly evident in the Raman Spectra. By incorporating these two views, a mathematical formalism is presented that can aptly explicate the dielectric spectra of liquid water. PMID:27148837

  13. Square dielectric THz waveguides.

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    Aflakian, N; Yang, N; LaFave, T; Henderson, R M; O, K K; MacFarlane, D L

    2016-06-27

    A holey cladding dielectric waveguide with square cross section is designed, simulated, fabricated and characterized. The TOPAS waveguide is designed to be single mode across the broad frequency range of 180 GHz to 360 GHz as shown by finite-difference time domain simulation and to robustly support simultaneous TE and TM mode propagation. The square fiber geometry is realized by pulling through a heat distribution made square by appropriate furnace design. The transmitted mode profile is imaged using a vector network analyzer with a pinhole at the receiver module. Good agreement between the measured mode distribution and the calculated mode distribution is demonstrated. PMID:27410645

  14. Low Dielectric Polymers

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    Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2002-01-01

    This report summarizes results obtained through our current research effort entitled 'Low Dielectric Polymers'. Results are reported in four areas: (1) Development of an alkyne containing a crosslinking agent for 12F-PEK and its analogues; (2) Preparation and evaluation of new silicon- and/or fluorine-containing polymers for low temperature applications; (3) Polymers derived from a new highly fluorinated monomer; and (4) Continued evaluation of the scale-up of the preparation of 6FC11- and 6FC17-PEKs.

  15. Low Dielectric Polymers

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    Venumbaka, Sreenivasulu R.; Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2002-01-01

    This report summarizes results obtained from research funded through Research Cooperative Agreement No. NCC-1-01033-"Low Dielectric Polymers" (from 5/10/01 through 5/09/02). Results are reported in three of the proposed research areas (Tasks 1-3 in the original proposal): (1) Repeat and confirm the preparation and properties of the new alkyl-substituted PEK, 6HC17-PEK, (2) Prepare and evaluate polymers derived from a highly fluorinated monomer, and (3) Prepare and evaluate new silicon and/or fluorine-containing polymers expected to retain useful properties at low temperature.

  16. Dielectric Properties Of Nanoferrites

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    Jankov, Stevan B.; Cvejic, Zeljka N.; Rakic, Srdjan; Srdic, Vladimir

    2007-04-23

    Dielectric properties: permittivity, loss factor, tan delta and ionic conductivity of nanostructured ferrites have been measured. Samples used were nickel, zinc and yttrium doped ferrites mixed in various ratios. The synthesis has been performed using precipitation method and obtained powders were pressed in pellets under varying pressure. X-ray diffractography approach for the refinement of structure and microstructural analysis has been performed. All parameters have been measured in 1 Hz to 100 kHz frequency range and 30 deg. C to 80 deg. C temperature range. Significant improvements in permittivity, loss factor and ionic conductivity comparing to bulk samples have been observed.

  17. Breakdown and partial discharges in magnetic liquids.

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    Herchl, F; Marton, K; Tomčo, L; Kopčanský, P; Timko, M; Koneracká, M; Kolcunová, I

    2008-05-21

    The dielectric properties (permittivity, loss factor, dielectric breakdown strength) of magnetic liquids were investigated. The magnetic liquids were composed of magnetite particles coated with oleic acid as surfactant and dispersed in transformer oil. To determine their dielectric properties they were subjected to a uniform magnetic field at high alternating electric fields up to 14 MV m(-1). Nearly constant permittivity of magnetic liquid with particle volume concentration Φ = 0.0019 as a function of electric field was observed. Magnetic liquids with concentrations Φ = 0.019 and 0.032 showed significant changes of permittivity and loss factor dependent on electric and magnetic fields. The best concentration of magnetic fluid was found at which partial current impulse magnitudes were the lowest. The breakdown strength distribution of the magnetic liquid with Φ = 0.0025 was fitted with the Duxbury-Leath, Weibull and Gauss distribution functions. PMID:21694240

  18. Voltage sensor and dielectric material

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    Yakymyshyn, Christopher Paul; Yakymyshyn, Pamela Jane; Brubaker, Michael Allen

    2006-10-17

    A voltage sensor is described that consists of an arrangement of impedance elements. The sensor is optimized to provide an output ratio that is substantially immune to changes in voltage, temperature variations or aging. Also disclosed is a material with a large and stable dielectric constant. The dielectric constant can be tailored to vary with position or direction in the material.

  19. Microwave Propagation in Dielectric Fluids.

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    Lonc, W. P.

    1980-01-01

    Describes an undergraduate experiment designed to verify quantitatively the effect of a dielectric fluid's dielectric constant on the observed wavelength of microwave radiation propagating through the fluid. The fluid used is castor oil, and results agree with the expected behavior within 5 percent. (Author/CS)

  20. Ferroelectric-dielectric tunable composites

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

    2006-04-01

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

  1. Low dielectric polyimide fibers

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    Dorogy, William E., Jr. (Inventor); St.clair, Anne K. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A high temperature resistant polyimide fiber that has a dielectric constant of less than 3 is presented. The fiber was prepared by first reacting 2,2-bis (4-(4aminophenoxy)phenyl) hexafluoropropane with 2,2-bis (3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride in an aprotic solvent to form a polyamic acid resin solution. The polyamic acid resin solution is then extruded into a coagulation medium to form polyamic acid fibers. The fibers are thermally cured to their polyimide form. Alternatively, 2,2-bis(4-(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl) hexafluoropropane is reacted with 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride to form a polyamic acid, and the polyamic acid is chemically converted to its polyimide form. The polyimide is then dissolved in a solvent to form a polyimide resin solution, and the polyimide resin is extruded into a coagulation medium to form a polyimide wet gel filament. In order to obtain polyimide fibers of increased tensile properties, the polyimide wet gel filaments are stretched at elevated temperatures. The tensile properties of the fibers were measured and found to be in the range of standard textile fibers. Polyimide fibers obtained by either method will have a dielectric constant similar to that of the corresponding polymer, viz., less than 3 at 10 GHz.

  2. Plasmonics without negative dielectrics

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    Della Giovampaola, Cristian; Engheta, Nader

    2016-05-01

    Plasmonic phenomena are exhibited in light-matter interaction involving materials whose real parts of permittivity functions attain negative values at operating wavelengths. However, such materials usually suffer from dissipative losses, thus limiting the performance of plasmon-based optical devices. Here, we utilize an alternative methodology that mimics a variety of plasmonic phenomena by exploiting the well-known structural dispersion of electromagnetic modes in bounded guided-wave structures filled with only materials with positive permittivity. A key issue in the design of such structures is prevention of mode coupling, which can be achieved by implementing thin metallic wires at proper interfaces. This method, which is more suitable for lower frequencies, allows designers to employ conventional dielectrics and highly conductive metals for which the loss is low at these frequencies, while achieving plasmonic features. We demonstrate, numerically and analytically, that this platform can provide surface plasmon polaritons, local plasmonic resonance, plasmonic cloaking, and epsilon-near-zero-based tunneling using conventional positive-dielectric materials.

  3. Dielectric Actuation of Polymers

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    Niu, Xiaofan

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

  4. Repulsive Casimir forces between solid materials with high-refractive-index intervening liquids

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    Zwol, P. J. van; Palasantzas, G.

    2010-06-15

    In order to explore repulsive Casimir or van der Waals forces between solid materials with liquid as the intervening medium, we analyze dielectric data for a wide range of materials as, for example, (p)olytetrafluoroethylene, polystyrene, silica, and more than 20 liquids. Although significant variation in the dielectric data from different sources exists, we provide a scheme based on measured static dielectric constants, refractive indices, and applying Kramers-Kronig consistency to dielectric data to create accurate dielectric functions at imaginary frequencies. The latter is necessary for more accurate force calculations via the Lifshitz theory, thereby allowing reliable predictions of repulsive Casimir forces.

  5. 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

  6. Electrically actuated liquid iris.

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    Xu, Miao; Ren, Hongwen; Lin, Yi-Hsin

    2015-03-01

    We report an adaptive iris using dielectric liquids and a radial-interdigitated electrode. A black liquid is confined by a circular gasket with a donut shape. The surrounding of the black liquid is filled with an immiscible liquid. In the relaxing state, the black liquid obtains the largest clear aperture. By applying a voltage, the surface of the black liquid is stretched by the generated dielectric force, resulting in a reduction of its aperture. For the demonstrated iris, the diameter of the aperture can be changed from ∼4.7  mm to ∼1.2  mm when the voltage is applied from 0 to 70  V(rms). The aperture ratio is ∼94%. Owing to the radial-interdigitated electrode, the aperture size of the iris can be effectively switched with a reasonably fast response time. The optical switch is polarization-insensitive. The potential applications of our iris are light shutters, optical attenuators, biomimicry, and wearable devices. PMID:25723444

  7. Elliptical metallic hollow fiber inner-coated with non-uniform dielectric layer.

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    Tang, Xiaoli; Yu, Zhuzheng; Tu, Xuecou; Chen, Jian; Argyros, Alexander; Kuhlmey, Boris T; Shi, Yiwei

    2015-08-24

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of an elliptical hollow fiber inner coated with a silver layer and a dielectric layer for polarization maintaining and low loss transmission of terahertz (THz) radiation. The primary purpose of adding the dielectric layer is to prevent the silver layer from oxidation. The thickness of the dielectric layer is non-uniform owing to the surface tension of the coating, which was initially applied as a liquid. Transmission loss and polarization maintenance are experimentally characterized. Effects of the dielectric layer on transmission properties are analyzed by comparing the fiber to Ag-only fiber. Results show that a dielectric layer with thickness less than λ/10 can effectively decreases the power distributed on the metal surface and thus can practically reduce loss resulting from roughness of the silver layer. Bending effects on transmission loss and polarization maintenance are also investigated.

  8. Dielectric studies of alkyl acrylates with primary alcohols using time domain reflectometry

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    Dharmalingam, K.; Ramachandran, K.; Sivagurunathan, P.; Prabhakar Undre, B.; Khirade, P. W.; Mehrotra, S. C.

    Binary polar-polar liquid mixtures of alkyl acrylates (methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate and butyl acrylate) with primary alcohols (propan-1-ol, butan-1-ol and hexan-1-ol) were subjected to dielectric studies at 303 K for different concentrations using time domain reflectometry (TDR) over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 10 GHz. Static permittivity (ɛ0) dielectric constant at high frequency (ɛ∞) and relaxation time (τ) were found through dielectric measurements for different concentrations of each system. The Bruggeman dielectric factor, Kirkwood correlation factor and the excess inverse relaxation time were determined and discussed to yield information on the molecular interactions of the systems. Deviations from the linearity of various models suggest molecular association through hydrogen bonding between the -OH group of alcohols and C=O group of esters. The results also show a dependence of dielectric parameters on the alkyl chain length of both the alcohols and esters.

  9. [Relationship between the critical phases of the physiological state of insect during supercooling and its dielectric permeability].

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    Es'kov, E K; Toboev, V A

    2011-01-01

    The relationship between critical temperatures causing the cold torpor and freezing of liquid fractions of the body of honeybees and their dielectric permeability has been studied. It has been shown that the temperature at which the freezing of liquid fractions occurs, as distinct from the temperature inducing the cold torpor, depends on age and seasonal generation of insects. It has been found that changes in the temperature causing the torpor and freezing correlate with jumps of dielectric permeability.

  10. Nanosecond liquid crystalline optical modulator

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    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2016-07-26

    An optical modulator includes a liquid crystal cell containing liquid crystal material having liquid crystal molecules oriented along a quiescent director direction in the unbiased state, and a voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material wherein the direction of the applied electric field does not cause the quiescent director direction to change. An optical source is arranged to transmit light through or reflect light off the liquid crystal cell with the light passing through the liquid crystal material at an angle effective to undergo phase retardation in response to the voltage source applying the electric field. The liquid crystal material may have negative dielectric anisotropy, and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is transverse to the quiescent director direction. Alternatively, the liquid crystal material may have positive dielectric anisotropy and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is parallel with the quiescent director direction.

  11. The Dielectric Wall Accelerator

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    Caporaso, George J.; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Sampayan, Stephen E.

    2009-01-01

    The Dielectric Wall Accelerator (DWA), a class of induction accelerators, employs a novel insulating beam tube to impress a longitudinal electric field on a bunch of charged particles. The surface flashover characteristics of this tube may permit the attainment of accelerating gradients on the order of 100 MV/m for accelerating pulses on the order of a nanosecond in duration. A virtual traveling wave of excitation along the tube is produced at any desired speed by controlling the timing of pulse generating modules that supply a tangential electric field to the tube wall. Because of the ability to control the speed of this virtual wave, the accelerator is capable of handling any charge to mass ratio particle; hence it can be used for electrons, protons and any ion. The accelerator architectures, key technologies and development challenges will be described.

  12. Multilayer optical dielectric coating

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    Emmett, John L.

    1990-01-01

    A highly damage resistant, multilayer, optical reflective coating includes alternating layers of doped and undoped dielectric material. The doping levels are low enough that there are no distinct interfaces between the doped and undoped layers so that the coating has properties nearly identical to the undoped material. The coating is fabricated at high temperature with plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition techniques to eliminate defects, reduce energy-absorption sites, and maintain proper chemical stoichiometry. A number of differently-doped layer pairs, each layer having a thickness equal to one-quarter of a predetermined wavelength in the material are combined to form a narrowband reflective coating for a predetermined wavelength. Broadband reflectors are made by using a number of narrowband reflectors, each covering a portion of the broadband.

  13. Dielectric and magnetic anisotropy of a nematic ytterbium complex

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    Dobrun, L. A. Sakhatskii, A. S.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Kolomiets, I. P.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2015-05-15

    The sign and the magnitude of the dielectric anisotropy of an ytterbium-based paramagnetic nematic liquid crystal complex, namely, tris[1-(4-(4-propylcyclohexyl)phenyl)octane-1,3-dione]-[5,5'-di (heptadecile)-2,2'-bipyridine]ytterbium, are determined. The temperature dependence of the permittivity components of the complex is obtained in the temperature range of a nematic phase. The sign of the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility of this compound is experimentally determined.

  14. Dielectric and magnetic anisotropy of a nematic ytterbium complex

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    Dobrun, L. A.; Sakhatskii, A. S.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Kolomiets, I. P.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2015-05-01

    The sign and the magnitude of the dielectric anisotropy of an ytterbium-based paramagnetic nematic liquid crystal complex, namely, tris[1-(4-(4-propylcyclohexyl)phenyl)octane-1,3-dione]-[5,5'-di(heptadecile)-2,2'-bipyridine]ytterbium, are determined. The temperature dependence of the permittivity components of the complex is obtained in the temperature range of a nematic phase. The sign of the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility of this compound is experimentally determined.

  15. Dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene and benzonitrile.

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    Shikata, Toshiyuki; Sugimoto, Natsuki; Sakai, Yuji; Watanabe, Junji

    2012-10-18

    The dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene (Br-Bz) and benzonitrile (NC-Bz), were investigated up to 3 THz in the pure liquid state over a temperature range from 10 to 60 °C to understand differences in molecular motions of these simple, planar molecules bearing rather different electric dipole moments: 1.72 and 4.48 D for Br-Bz and NC-Bz in gaseous state, respectively. Temperature dependence of spin-lattice relaxation time (T(1)) for (13)C NMR and viscosities for these liquids were also determined to obtain information for molecular motions. Moreover, depolarized Rayleigh scattering (DRS) experiments were carried out for both liquids at 20 °C to determine frequency dependencies of optical susceptibilities up to 8 THz directly relating to rotational motions of their molecular planes. Most Br-Bz molecules rotate freely over a temperature range examined, showing a Kirkwood correlation factor close to g(K) ∼ 1.0 at dielectric Debye-type relaxation times (ca. 18 ps at 20 °C) essentially identical to microscopic (dielectric) relaxation times evaluated from T(1)(13)C NMR data. A small amount of Br-Bz molecules forms dimeric intermolecular associations in an antiparallel configuration of dipole moments. On the other hand, NC-Bz molecules form stable dimers in the antiparallel dipole configuration at a population much higher than that of Br-Bz because of a markedly greater dipole moment than that of Br-Bz. A major dielectric relaxation mechanism for NC-Bz found at ca. 70 ps at 20 °C results from the dissociation process of dimers with a lifetime longer than a rotational relaxation time, observable as a minor dielectric relaxation mechanism at ca. 12 ps at 20 °C, of individual monomeric NC-Bz molecules without the formation of dimers. The formation of stable dimers in an antiparallel configuration is responsible for the observed small g(K) values, ca. 0.5, and disagreement between major (or minor) dielectric relaxation times and

  16. Vapor etching of nuclear tracks in dielectric materials

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    Musket, Ronald G.; Porter, John D.; Yoshiyama, James M.; Contolini, Robert J.

    2000-01-01

    A process involving vapor etching of nuclear tracks in dielectric materials for creating high aspect ratio (i.e., length much greater than diameter), isolated cylindrical holes in dielectric materials that have been exposed to high-energy atomic particles. The process includes cleaning the surface of the tracked material and exposing the cleaned surface to a vapor of a suitable etchant. Independent control of the temperatures of the vapor and the tracked materials provide the means to vary separately the etch rates for the latent track region and the non-tracked material. As a rule, the tracked regions etch at a greater rate than the non-tracked regions. In addition, the vapor-etched holes can be enlarged and smoothed by subsequent dipping in a liquid etchant. The 20-1000 nm diameter holes resulting from the vapor etching process can be useful as molds for electroplating nanometer-sized filaments, etching gate cavities for deposition of nano-cones, developing high-aspect ratio holes in trackable resists, and as filters for a variety of molecular-sized particles in virtually any liquid or gas by selecting the dielectric material that is compatible with the liquid or gas of interest.

  17. Fast response dual frequency liquid crystal materials

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    Song, Qiong

    Dual frequency liquid crystal (DFLC) exhibits a positive dielectric anisotropy at low frequencies and negative dielectric anisotropy at high frequencies. The frequency where dielectric anisotropy is zero is called crossover frequency. DFLC can achieve fast rise time and fast decay time with the assistance of applied voltage. However, one drawback of DFLC is that it has dielectric heating effect when driven at a high frequency. Thus, the first part of this dissertation is to develop low crossover frequency DFLC materials. The dielectric relaxation and physical properties of some single- and double-ester compounds were investigated. Experimental results indicate that the double-ester compound exhibits a ˜3X lower dielectric relaxation frequencies and larger dielectric anisotropy than the single ester, but its viscosity is also higher. More generally, ten groups of dual frequency liquid crystals were compared in terms of dielectric relaxation frequency and dielectric anisotropy. The dielectric relaxation theory was discussed at last. To realize fast response time, high birefringence and low viscosity LC are required. From these two aspects, firstly four new high birefringence laterally difluoro phenyl tolane liquid crystals with a negative dielectric anisotropy were studied. These materials are used to enhance the birefringence of DFLC. They have a fairly small heat fusion enthalpy (˜3000 cal/mol) which improves their solubility in a host. We dope 10 wt% of each compound into a commercial negative mixture N1 and measured their birefringence, viscoelastic constant and figure of merit. Birefringence varies very little among homologues while viscoelastic constant increases as alkyl chain length increases. Secondly, we studied the effects of six diluters for lowering the viscosity while stabilizing the vertical alignment (VA) of the laterally difluoro terphenyl host mixture at elevated temperatures. The pros and cons of each diluter are analyzed. These lateral difluoro

  18. Electrolytes near structured dielectric interfaces

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    Wu, Huanxin; Jing, Yufei; Solis, Francisco; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Luijten, Erik

    2015-03-01

    The ion distribution in an electrolyte near a dielectric interface has important consequences for numerous applications. To date, most studies have focused on planar interfaces, where, e.g., simulations can take advantage of the image-charge method. However, for surfaces that display structure on the nanoscale, dielectric effects may be significantly different. Here, we investigate such interfaces via a combination of computer simulations and Poisson-Boltzmann theory. We demonstrate how, even for systems with piecewise uniform dielectric constant, surface structure affects the induced polarization charge as well as the ion distribution near the interface, in particular for asymmetric salts. We explore the role of ion concentration, dielectric mismatch and characteristic length scale of the surface structure.

  19. Infrared cubic dielectric resonator metamaterial.

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    Sinclair, Michael B.; Brener, Igal; Peters, David William; Ginn, James Cleveland, III; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.

    2010-06-01

    Dielectric resonators are an effective means to realize isotropic, low-loss optical metamaterials. As proof of this concept, a cubic resonator is analytically designed and then tested in the long-wave infrared.

  20. Thermo-switchable polymer dielectrics.

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

    2010-11-01

    We are interested in utilizing the thermo-switchable properties of precursor poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) polymers to develop capacitor dielectrics that will fail at specific temperatures due to the material irreversibly switching from an insulator to a conducting polymer. By utilizing different leaving groups on the polymer main chain, the temperature at which the polymer transforms into a conductor can be varied over a range of temperatures. Electrical characterization of thin-film capacitors prepared from several precursor PPV polymers indicates that these materials have good dielectric properties until they reach elevated temperatures, at which point conjugation of the polymer backbone effectively disables the device. Here, we present the synthesis, dielectric processing, and electrical characterization of a new thermo-switchable polymer dielectric.

  1. Relaxation and resonances in fluctuating dielectric systems

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    Garcia-Colin, L. S.; del Castillo, L. F.

    1989-09-01

    In this paper we show how the ideas behind extended irreversible thermodynamics are used to generate a systematic treatment of the relaxation and resonance phenomena in the propagation and absorption of electromagnetic energy in dielectric materials in a nonequilibrium state. Two cases are discussed: the first, in which the forced oscillations arising from the correlation between the fluctuations of the polarization vector and the electric field are neglected, and the second, in which this term is taken into account. In both cases we show how the main equations serve to make a connection between the macroscopic approach followed here and a number of results obtained for both, gases and polar liquids using molecular models. The results obtained here are compared with previous work on this problem, and new effects arising from the second case are pointed out.

  2. Interconnect Between a Waveguide and a Dielectric Waveguide Comprising an Impedance Matched Dielectric Lens

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    Decrossas, Emmanuel (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Chahat, Nacer (Inventor); Tang, Adrian J. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A lens for interconnecting a metallic waveguide with a dielectric waveguide is provided. The lens may be coupled a metallic waveguide and a dielectric waveguide, and minimize a signal loss between the metallic waveguide and the dielectric waveguide.

  3. Dielectric properties of marsh vegetation

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

    2015-10-01

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

  4. Continuum reaction field calculation of dielectric constant and vapor pressures for water and carbon disulfide.

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    Nir, S

    1976-01-01

    Continuum reaction field theory is applied to calculations of dielectric constant, contribution of intermolecular interactions to the free energy of a liquid, and heat of vaporization. Introduction of repulsive interactions and the use of one adjustable parameter, the free volume, enables prediction of vapor pressures. The calculations are illustrated for a simple nonpolar liquid, carbon disulfide, and for liquid water. It is shown that when Onsager's equation is rearranged to a quadratic equation, and a recently found value of the polarizability is employed, its solutions for liquid water yield good agreement with experimental values throughout the whole temperature range. The decrease of the dielectric constant with temperature is essentially linear with the inverse of absolute temperature, but there is additional significant decrease due to the decrease of density with temperature. The relatively high value of the heat of vaporization of liquid water is expressed in terms of large dipolar interaction of a water molecule with the environment, which is due to polarization effects.

  5. On the collective network of ionic liquid/water mixtures. IV. Kinetic and rotational depolarization.

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    Schröder, Christian; Sega, Marcello; Schmollngruber, Michael; Gailberger, Elias; Braun, Daniel; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2014-05-28

    Dielectric spectroscopy is a measure of the collective Coulomb interaction in liquid systems. Adding ionic liquids to an aqueous solution results in a decrease of the static value of the generalized dielectric constant which cannot be attributed to kinetic depolarization models characterized by the static conductivity and rotational relaxation constant. However, a dipolar Poisson-Boltzmann model computing the water depolarization in the proximity of ions is not only successful for simple electrolytes but also in case of molecular ionic liquids. Moreover, our simple geometric hydration model is also capable to explain the dielectric depolarization. Both models compute the dielectric constant of water and obtain the overall dielectric constant by averaging the values of its components, water and the ionic liquid, weighted by their volume occupancies. In this sense, aqueous ionic liquid mixtures seem to behave like polar mixtures.

  6. Dielectric and permeability

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    Cole, K. D.

    1982-01-01

    Using the unabridged Maxwell equations (including vectors D, E and H) new effects in collisionless plasmas are uncovered. In a steady state, it is found that spatially varying energy density of the electric field (E perpendicular) orthogonal to B produces electric current leading, under certain conditions, to the relationship P perpendicular+B(2)/8 pi-epsilon E perpendicular(2)/8 pi = constant, where epsilon is the dielectric constant of the plasma for fields orthogonal to B. In steady state quasi-two-dimensional flows in plasmas, a general relationship between the components of electric field parallel and perpendicular to B is found. These effects are significant in goephysical and astrophysical plasmas. The general conditions for a steady state in collisionless plasma are deduced. With time variations in a plasma, slow compared to ion-gyroperiod, there is a general current, (j*), which includes the well-known polarisation current, given by J*=d/dt (ExM)+(PxB)xB B(-2) where M and P are the magnetization and polarization vectors respectively.

  7. Metal-dielectric interactions

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1979-01-01

    Metal direlectric surface interactions and dielectric films on metal substrates were investigated. Since interfacial interaction depends so heavily on the nature of the surfaces, analytical surface tools such as Auger emission spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and field ion microscopy were used to assist in surface and interfacial characterization. The results indicate that with metals contacting certain glasses in the clean state interfacial, bonding produces fractures in the glasses while when a film such as water is present, fractures occur in the metal near the interface. Friction forces were used to measure the interfacial bond strengths. Studies with metals contacting polymers using field ion microscopy revealed that strong bonding forces could develop being between a metal and polymer surface with polymer transferring to the metal surface in various ways depending upon the forces applied to the surface in contact. With the deposition of refractory carbides, silicides and borides onto metal and alloy substrates the presence of oxides at the interface or active gases in the deposition plasma were shown to alter interfacial properties and chemistry. Auger ion depth profile analysis indicated the chemical composition at the interface and this could be related to the mechanical, friction, and wear behavior of the coating.

  8. Dielectric optical invisibility cloaks

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    Blair, J.; Tamma, V. A.; Park, W.; Summers, C. J.

    2010-08-01

    Recently, metamaterial cloaks for the microwave frequency range have been designed using transformative optics design techniques and experimentally demonstrated. The design of these structures requires extreme values of permittivity and permeability within the device, which has been accomplished by the use of resonating metal elements. However, these elements severely limit the operating frequency range of the cloak due to their non-ideal dispersion properties at optical frequencies. In this paper we present designs to implement a simpler demonstration of cloaking, the carpet cloak, in which a curved reflective surface is compressed into a flat reflective surface, effectively shielding objects behind the curve from view with respect to the incoming radiation source. This approach eliminates the need for metallic resonant elements. These structures can now be fabricated using only high index dielectric materials by the use of electron beam lithography and standard cleanroom technologies. The design method, simulation analysis, device fabrication, and near field optical microscopy (NSOM) characterization results are presented for devices designed to operate in the 1400-1600nm wavelength range. Improvements to device performance by the deposition/infiltration of linear, and potentially non-linear optical materials, were investigated.

  9. Dielectric investigation of electrically oriented ferroelectric smectic mixture CS-1013.

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    Kundu, S K; Okabe, E; Haase, W; Chaudhuri, B K

    2001-11-01

    From dielectric spectroscopic study, a first-order ferroelectric phase transition has been observed in ferroelectric smectic mixture CS-1013 having the phase sequence Cr-SmC*-SmA-N*-Iso. Frequency (100 Hz-10 MHz) and temperature-dependent dielectric measurements have been performed on an electrically aligned sample (thickness 15+/-1 microm) gold coated on glass plates. In the unidirectionally aligned sample, two dielectric relaxation modes (Goldstone mode and soft mode) have been clearly observed in the ferroelectric SmC* phase while only one relaxation mode (soft mode) is visualized in the paraelectric SmA phase. Low-frequency molecular relaxation was also observed in the smectic phases. The experimental results have also been analyzed at different temperatures and biasing voltages for an understanding of the dynamics of dielectric processes in the ferroelectric phase. Finally, we proposed the "pseudospin" model for understanding the ferroelectric-antiferroelectric transition in liquid crystals. We associate the tilt angle straight theta and the pitch of the helix, respectively, with biaxial (b) and uniaxial (u) anisotropy parameters as fluctuating parameters around their stability limit (corresponding to the crystalline values). Here, the director acts as the pseudospin variable. This gives rise to a transverse Ising type (or anisotropic Heisenberg model under the mean-field approximation). It is then shown that such a model with fluctuations of (b) and (u) would explain the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phase transitions in such liquid crystals. Using Landau theory and the stability conditions, we have also shown, in brief, the feasibility of different types of phase transitions in the ferroelectric liquid crystal system.

  10. An Ion Gel as a Low-Cost, Spin-Coatable, High-Capacitance Dielectric for Electrowetting-on-Dielectric (EWOD).

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    Narasimhan, Vinayak; Park, Sung-Yong

    2015-08-01

    For many practical electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) applications, the use of high-capacitance dielectric materials is critically demanded to induce a large surface tension modulation. Thin-film dielectric layers such as Parylene C, silicon dioxide (SiO2), and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) have been commonly used for EWOD. However, these dielectric materials are fabricated by conventional integrated circuit (IC) processes which are typically time-consuming and require complex and expensive laboratory setups such as high-vacuum facilities. In this article, a novel ion gel material was demonstrated as a spin-coatable and high-capacitance dielectric for low-cost EWOD applications. The ion gel offers a 2 or 3 order higher capacitance (c ≈ 10 μF/cm(2)) than conventional dielectrics commonly used for EWOD while being fabricated through a simple low-cost spin-coating process. We discuss the fundamentals of an ion gel dielectric, its fabrication process of spin coating, and the interaction with a hydrophobic layer for practical EWOD applications. The ion gel films, which consist of a copolymer, poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) [P(VDF-HFP)], and an ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMIM][TFSI], were successfully deposited on ITO substrates by using a simple spin-coating process. The experimental demonstrations validated the theoretical modeling of the ion gel layer as a high-capacitance dielectric. The EWOD performance of the ion gel samples was compared to that of other conventional dielectric materials to show the performance improvement.

  11. Alternate capacitor dielectric film materials

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    Foster, J.C.

    1990-08-01

    New high-temperature, high-energy density, and high-radiation tolerant capacitor applications require the evaluation of alternate dielectric materials. Evaluation work was performed at GE Neutron Devices (GEND) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque. US Department of Energy (DOE) requirements for capacitor function and environments are unique, and the representations included in this report do not constitute an endorsement of any material or manufacturer. This report presents data on polymeric dielectric films evaluated to support the design of new high-energy density capacitors. Materials which were evaluated include polycarbonate (two sources), polyphenylene sulfide, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyetherimide (three sources), polyimide (four sources), polyethersulfone, and polyetherether ketone. A polyester was evaluated as the control material since many prior designs utilized this dielectric. The film evaluations were based on dielectric constant and dissipation factor variation as a function of temperature ({minus}55{degree}C to 300{degree}C) as well as dielectric breakdown strength. Additionally, film/foil capacitors in a dry wrap-and-fill configuration were fabricated and tested to determine insulation resistance, breakdown voltage, and radiation hardness. Results are given for all evaluations. 7 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  12. Helium atmospheric pressure plasma jets touching dielectric and metal surfaces

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    Norberg, Seth A.; Johnsen, Eric; Kushner, Mark J.

    2015-07-01

    Atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) are being investigated in the context plasma medicine and biotechnology applications, and surface functionalization. The composition of the surface being treated ranges from plastics, liquids, and biological tissue, to metals. The dielectric constant of these materials ranges from as low as 1.5 for plastics to near 80 for liquids, and essentially infinite for metals. The electrical properties of the surface are not independent variables as the permittivity of the material being treated has an effect on the dynamics of the incident APPJ. In this paper, results are discussed from a computational investigation of the interaction of an APPJ incident onto materials of varying permittivity, and their impact on the discharge dynamics of the plasma jet. The computer model used in this investigation solves Poisson's equation, transport equations for charged and neutral species, the electron energy equation, and the Navier-Stokes equations for the neutral gas flow. The APPJ is sustained in He/O2 = 99.8/0.2 flowing into humid air, and is directed onto dielectric surfaces in contact with ground with dielectric constants ranging from 2 to 80, and a grounded metal surface. Low values of relative permittivity encourage propagation of the electric field into the treated material and formation and propagation of a surface ionization wave. High values of relative permittivity promote the restrike of the ionization wave and the formation of a conduction channel between the plasma discharge and the treated surface. The distribution of space charge surrounding the APPJ is discussed.

  13. Dielectric properties of muscle and liver from 500 MHz-40 GHz.

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    Abdilla, Lourdes; Sammut, Charles; Mangion, Louis Zammit

    2013-06-01

    Dielectric properties are the most important parameters determining energy deposition when biological tissues are exposed to radio frequency and microwave fields. Energy absorption is determined by the specific absorption rate (SAR). SAR distributions can be computed accurately only if the complex relative permittivity of the target tissue is known to a sufficiently high accuracy, and currently there is a lack of data on the dielectric properties of biological tissues at high frequencies. In this study, tissue dielectric properties are measured using an open-ended coaxial probe technique from 500 MHz up to 40 GHz. We present dielectric data for ex vivo bovine and porcine muscle and liver tissues at 37 °C. One-pole Cole-Cole model is used to fit the measured data as a function of frequency and the dispersion parameters are presented. This data is supported by an accurate study on reference liquids such as methanol and ethanediol.

  14. Simulation of Charged Systems in Heterogeneous Dielectric Media via a True Energy Functional

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    Jadhao, Vikram; Solis, Francisco J.; de la Cruz, Monica Olvera

    2012-11-01

    For charged systems in heterogeneous dielectric media, a key obstacle for molecular dynamics (MD) simulations is the need to solve the Poisson equation in the media. This obstacle can be bypassed using MD methods that treat the local polarization charge density as a dynamic variable, but such approaches require access to a true free energy functional, one that evaluates to the equilibrium electrostatic energy at its minimum. In this Letter, we derive the needed functional. As an application, we develop a Car-Parrinello MD method for the simulation of free charges present near a spherical emulsion droplet separating two immiscible liquids with different dielectric constants. Our results show the presence of nonmonotonic ionic profiles in the dielectric with a lower dielectric constant.

  15. Low frequency ionic conduction across liquid interfaces

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    Solis, Francisco J.; Guerrero, Guillermo Ivan; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    Ionic conduction in liquid media is a central component of many recently proposed technologies. As in the case of solid state systems, the presence of heterogeneous media gives rise to interesting nonlinear phenomena. We present simulations and theoretical analysis of the low frequency ionic conduction in a two-liquid system. In the case analyzed, the conduction is driven by an electric field perpendicular to the liquid-liquid interface. We show that the dielectric contrast between the liquids produces non-linear effects in the effective conductivity of the system and discuss the effects of the ion solubility in the media.

  16. 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

    2015-06-01

    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.

  17. USDA/ARS and dielectric properties research

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    An overview of the research is presented, including RF dielectric heating for seed treatment, insect control, product conditioning, and moisture and quality sensing applications, equipment used, dielectric properties measurement techniques, broad- frequency- range data obtained, and research results...

  18. CVD Diamond Dielectric Accelerating Structures

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    Schoessow, P.; Kanareykin, A.; Gat, R.

    2009-01-22

    The electrical and mechanical properties of diamond make it an ideal candidate material for use in dielectric accelerating structures: high RF breakdown field, extremely low dielectric losses and the highest available thermoconductive coefficient. Using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) cylindrical diamond structures have been manufactured with dimensions corresponding to fundamental TM{sub 01} mode frequencies in the GHz to THz range. Surface treatments are being developed to reduce the secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficient below unity to reduce the possibility of multipactor. The diamond CVD cylindrical waveguide technology developed here can be applied to a variety of other high frequency, large-signal applications.

  19. Dielectric Properties of Piezoelectric Polyimides

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

    1997-01-01

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

  20. Analysis of rib dielectric waveguides

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    Dagli, N.; Fonstad, C. G.

    1985-04-01

    It is noted in the present analysis of rib dielectric waveguides on the basis of a mode-matching technique that, when the constituent slab guides support only one guided mode, the cutoff condition for the higher-order modes is the same as the result yielded by the effective dielectric constant method. When the rib region is thick enough to support two guided slab modes, however, the cutoff conditions are significantly different. Universal design curves are obtained for this case, and the results obtained are compared with the Marcatili (1974) theory for such structures.

  1. Microwave dielectric properties of biopolymers

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    Bartsch, Carrie M.; Subramanyam, Guru; Grote, James G.; Hopkins, F. Kenneth; Brott, Lawrence L.; Naik, Rajesh R.

    2006-09-01

    A new capacitive test structure is used to characterize biopolymers at microwave frequencies. The new test structure is comprised of a parallel plate capacitor, combined with coplanar waveguide-based input and output feed lines. This allows microwave measurements to be taken easily under an applied DC electric field. The microwave dielectric properties are characterized for two biopolymer thin films: a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based film and a bovine serum albumin (BSA)-based film. These bio-dielectric thin-films are compared with a standard commercial polymer thin film, poly[Bisphenol A carbonate-co-4,4'(3,3,5-trimethyl cyclohexylidene) diphenol], or amorphous polycarbonate (APC).

  2. Ultraslow dielectric relaxation process in supercooled polyhydric alcohols

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    Yomogida, Yoshiki; Minoguchi, Ayumi; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2006-04-01

    Complex permittivity was obtained on glycerol, xylitol, sorbitol and sorbitol-xylitol mixtures in the supercooled liquid state in the frequency range between 10μHz and 500MHz at temperatures near and above the glass transition temperature. For all the materials, a dielectric relaxation process was observed in addition to the well-known structural α and Johari-Goldstein β relaxation process [G. P. Johari and M. Goldstein, J. Chem. Phys. 53, 2372 (1970)]. The relaxation time for the new process is always larger than that for the α process. The relaxation time shows non-Arrhenius temperature dependence with correlation to the behavior of the α process and it depends on the molecular size systematically. The dielectric relaxation strength for the new process shows the effect of thermal history and decreases exponentially with time at a constant temperature. It can be considered that a nonequilibrium dynamics causes the new process.

  3. Influence of hydrogen bonds and temperature on dielectric properties

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    Ortiz de Urbina, Jordi; Sesé, Gemma

    2016-07-01

    Dielectric properties are evaluated by means of molecular dynamics simulations on two model systems made up of dipolar molecules. One of them mimics methanol, whereas the other differs from the former only in the ability to form hydrogen bonds. Static dielectric properties such as the permittivity and the Kirkwood factor are evaluated, and results are analyzed by considering the distribution of relative orientations between molecular dipoles. Dipole moment-time correlation functions are also evaluated. The relevance of contributions associated with autocorrelations of molecular dipoles and with cross-correlations between dipoles belonging to different molecules has been investigated. For methanol, the Debye approximation for the overall dipole moment correlation function is not valid at room temperature. The model applies when hydrogen bonds are suppressed, but it fails upon cooling the nonassociated liquid. Important differences between relaxation times associated with dipole auto- versus cross-correlations as well as their relative relevance are at the root of the Debye model breakdown.

  4. Influence of hydrogen bonds and temperature on dielectric properties.

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    Ortiz de Urbina, Jordi; Sesé, Gemma

    2016-07-01

    Dielectric properties are evaluated by means of molecular dynamics simulations on two model systems made up of dipolar molecules. One of them mimics methanol, whereas the other differs from the former only in the ability to form hydrogen bonds. Static dielectric properties such as the permittivity and the Kirkwood factor are evaluated, and results are analyzed by considering the distribution of relative orientations between molecular dipoles. Dipole moment-time correlation functions are also evaluated. The relevance of contributions associated with autocorrelations of molecular dipoles and with cross-correlations between dipoles belonging to different molecules has been investigated. For methanol, the Debye approximation for the overall dipole moment correlation function is not valid at room temperature. The model applies when hydrogen bonds are suppressed, but it fails upon cooling the nonassociated liquid. Important differences between relaxation times associated with dipole auto- versus cross-correlations as well as their relative relevance are at the root of the Debye model breakdown. PMID:27575177

  5. Dielectric barrier discharges applied for optical spectrometry

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    Brandt, S.; Schütz, A.; Klute, F. D.; Kratzer, J.; Franzke, J.

    2016-09-01

    The present review reflects the importance of dielectric barrier discharges for optical spectrometric detection in analytical chemistry. In contrast to usual discharges with a direct current the electrodes are separated by at least one dielectric barrier. There are two main features of the dielectric barrier discharges: they can serve as dissociation and excitation devices as well as ionization sources, respectively. This article portrays various application fields of dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry used for elemental and molecular detection with optical spectrometry.

  6. Dielectric material degradation monitoring of dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators

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    Hanson, Ronald E.; Houser, Nicole M.; Lavoie, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    It is a known phenomenon that some dielectric materials used to construct plasma actuators degrade during operation. However, the rate at which this process occurs, to what extent, as well as a method to monitor is yet to be established. In this experimental study, it is shown that electrical measurements can be used to monitor changes in the material of the plasma actuators. The procedure we introduce for monitoring the actuators follows from the work of Kriegseis, Grundmann, and Tropea [Kriegseis et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 013305 (2011)], who used Lissajous figures to measure actuator power consumption and capacitance. In the present study, we quantify changes in both the power consumption and capacitance of the actuators over long operating durations. It is shown that the increase in the effective capacitance of the actuator is related to degradation (thinning) of the dielectric layer, which is accompanied by an increase in actuator power consumption. For actuators constructed from layers of Kapton® polyimide tape, these changes are self-limiting. Although the polyimide film degrades relatively quickly, the underlying adhesive layer appears to remain intact. Over time, the effective capacitance was found to increase by up to 36%, 25%, and 11% for actuators constructed with 2, 3, and 4 layers of Kapton tape, respectively. A method is presented to prevent erosion of the Kapton dielectric layer using a coating of Polydimethylsiloxane oil. It is shown the application of this treatment can delay the onset of degradation of the Kapton dielectric material.

  7. Free charge localization and effective dielectric permittivity in oxides

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    Maglione, Mario

    2016-06-01

    This review will deal with several types of free charge localization in oxides and their consequences on the effective dielectric spectra of such materials. The first one is the polaronic localization at the unit cell scale on residual impurities in ferroelectric networks. The second one is the collective localization of free charge at macroscopic interfaces like surfaces, electrodes and grain boundaries in ceramics. Polarons have been observed in many oxide perovskites mostly when cations having several stable electronic configurations are present. In manganites, the density of such polarons is so high as to drive a net lattice of interacting polarons. On the other hand, in ferroelectric materials like BaTiO3 and LiNbO3, the density of polarons is usually very small but they can influence strongly the macroscopic conductivity. The contribution of such polarons to the dielectric spectra of ferroelectric materials is described. Even residual impurities as for example Iron can induce well-defined anomalies at very low temperatures. This is mostly resulting from the interaction between localized polarons and the highly polarizable ferroelectric network in which they are embedded. The case of such residual polarons in SrTiO3 will be described in more detail, emphasizing the quantum polaron state at liquid helium temperatures. Recently, several nonferroelectric oxides have been shown to display giant effective dielectric permittivity. It is first shown that the frequency/temperature behavior of such parameters is very similar in very different compounds (donor-doped BaTiO3, CaCu3Ti4O12, LuFe2O4, Li-doped NiO, etc.). This similarity calls for a common origin of the giant dielectric permittivity in these compounds. A space charge localization at macroscopic interfaces can be the key for such extremely high dielectric permittivity.

  8. Dielectric relaxation of long-chain glass-forming monohydroxy alcohols.

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    Gao, Yanqin; Tu, Wenkang; Chen, Zeming; Tian, Yongjun; Liu, Riping; Wang, Li-Min

    2013-10-28

    The dielectric relaxation of two long-chain glass forming monohydroxy alcohols, 2-butyl-1-octanol and 2-hexyl-1-decanol, is studied at low temperature. Remarkable broadening from the pure Debye relaxation is identified for the slowest dynamics, differing from the dielectric spectra of short-chain alcohols. The broadening of the Debye-like relaxation in the two liquids develops as temperature increases, and the approaching of the Debye-like and structural relaxation widths is shown. Similar results are observed in the dielectric spectra of dilute 2-ethyl-1-hexanol in either 2-hexyl-1-decanol or squalane. The results of the liquids and mixtures reveal a correlation between the broadening and the Debye-like relaxation strength. Molecular associations in monohydroxy alcohols are discussed with the modification of the Debye relaxation.

  9. Dielectric relaxation of long-chain glass-forming monohydroxy alcohols

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    Gao, Yanqin; Tu, Wenkang; Chen, Zeming; Tian, Yongjun; Liu, Riping; Wang, Li-Min

    2013-10-01

    The dielectric relaxation of two long-chain glass forming monohydroxy alcohols, 2-butyl-1-octanol and 2-hexyl-1-decanol, is studied at low temperature. Remarkable broadening from the pure Debye relaxation is identified for the slowest dynamics, differing from the dielectric spectra of short-chain alcohols. The broadening of the Debye-like relaxation in the two liquids develops as temperature increases, and the approaching of the Debye-like and structural relaxation widths is shown. Similar results are observed in the dielectric spectra of dilute 2-ethyl-1-hexanol in either 2-hexyl-1-decanol or squalane. The results of the liquids and mixtures reveal a correlation between the broadening and the Debye-like relaxation strength. Molecular associations in monohydroxy alcohols are discussed with the modification of the Debye relaxation.

  10. Simultaneous dielectric monitoring of microfluidic channels at microwaves utilizing a metamaterial transmission line structure.

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    Schüßler, M; Puentes, M; Dubuc, D; Grenier, K; Jakoby, R

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a technique that allows the simultaneous monitoring of the dielectric properties of liquids in microfluidic channels at microwave frequencies. It is capable of being integrated within the lab-on-a-chip concept and uses a composite right/left-handed transmission line resonator which is detuned by the dielectric loading of the liquids in the channels. By monitoring the change in the resonance spectrum of the resonator the loading profile can be derived with the multi-resonant perturbation method. From the value of the dielectric constant inference on the substances like cells or chemicals in the channels can be drawn. The paper presents concept, design, fabrication and characterization of prototype sensors. The sensors have been designed to operate between 20 and 30 GHz and were tested with water and water ethanol mixtures.

  11. Simultaneous dielectric monitoring of microfluidic channels at microwaves utilizing a metamaterial transmission line structure.

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    Schüßler, M; Puentes, M; Dubuc, D; Grenier, K; Jakoby, R

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a technique that allows the simultaneous monitoring of the dielectric properties of liquids in microfluidic channels at microwave frequencies. It is capable of being integrated within the lab-on-a-chip concept and uses a composite right/left-handed transmission line resonator which is detuned by the dielectric loading of the liquids in the channels. By monitoring the change in the resonance spectrum of the resonator the loading profile can be derived with the multi-resonant perturbation method. From the value of the dielectric constant inference on the substances like cells or chemicals in the channels can be drawn. The paper presents concept, design, fabrication and characterization of prototype sensors. The sensors have been designed to operate between 20 and 30 GHz and were tested with water and water ethanol mixtures. PMID:23367363

  12. Cellulose Triacetate Dielectric Films For Capacitors

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S.; Jow, T. Richard

    1994-01-01

    Cellulose triacetate investigated for use as dielectric material in high-energy-density capacitors for pulsed-electrical-power systems. Films of cellulose triacetate metalized on one or both sides for use as substrates for electrodes and/or as dielectrics between electrodes in capacitors. Used without metalization as simple dielectric films. Advantages include high breakdown strength and self-healing capability.

  13. Scattering from Thin Dielectric Disks

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    Levine, D. M.; Schneider, A.; Lang, R. H.; Carter, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    A solution was obtained for scattering from thin dielectric disks by approximating the currents induced inside the disk with the currents which would exist inside a dielectric slab of the same thickness, orientation and dielectric properties. This approximation reduces to an electrostatic approximation when the disk thickness, T, is small compared to the wavelength of the incident radiation and the approximation yields a conventional physical optics solution when the dimension, A, characteristic of the geometrical cross section of the disk (e.g., the diameter of a circular disk) is large compared to wavelength. When the ratio A/T is sufficiently large the disk will always be in one or the other of these regimes (T lambda or kA1. Consequently, when A/T is large this solution provides a conventional approximation for the scattered fields which can be applied at all frequencies. As a check on this conclusion, a comparison was made between the theoretical and measured radar cross section of thin dielectric disks. Agreement was found for thin disks with both large and small values of kA.

  14. MONITOIRNG OF A CONTROLLED DNAPL SPILL USING A PROTOTYPE DIELECTRIC LOGGING TOOL

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    The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) utilized their prototype dielectric logging tool to monitor a controlled Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) spill into a large tank located at the University of California Richmond Field Station (RFS) containing multiple sand and clayey sand...

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

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

    1967-01-01

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

  16. Dielectric and specific heat relaxations in vapor deposited glycerol.

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    Kasina, A; Putzeys, T; Wübbenhorst, M

    2015-12-28

    Recently [S. Capponi, S. Napolitano, and M. Wübbenhorst, Nat. Commun. 3, 1233 (2012)], vapor deposited glasses of glycerol have been found to recover their super-cooled liquid state via a metastable, ordered liquid (MROL) state characterized by a tremendously enhanced dielectric strength along with a slow-down of the relaxation rate of the structural relaxation. To study the calorimetric signature of this phenomenon, we have implemented a chip-based, differential AC calorimeter in an organic molecular beam deposition setup, which allows the simultaneous measurement of dielectric relaxations via interdigitated comb electrodes and specific heat relaxation spectra during deposition and as function of the temperature. Heating of the as-deposited glass just above the bulk Tg and subsequent cooling/reheating revealed a step-wise increase in cp by in total 9%, indicating unambiguously that glycerol, through slow vapour deposition, forms a thermodynamically stable glass, which has a specific heat as low as that of crystalline glycerol. Moreover, these glasses were found to show excellent kinetic stability as well as evidenced by both a high onset-temperature and quasi-isothermal recovery measurements at -75 °C. The second goal of the study was to elucidate the impact of the MROL state on the specific heat and its relaxation to the super-cooled state. Conversion of "MROL glycerol" to its "normal" (ordinary liquid, OL) state revealed a second, small (∼2%) increase of the glassy cp, a little gain (<10%) in the relaxed specific heat, and no signs of deviations of τcal from that of normal "bulk" glycerol. These findings altogether suggest that the MROL state in glycerol comprises largely bulk-type glycerol that coexist with a minor volume fraction (<10%) of PVD-induced structural anomalies with a crystal-like calorimetric signature. Based on the new calorimetric findings, we have proposed a new physical picture that assumes the existence of rigid polar clusters (RPCs

  17. Dielectric breakdown model for composite materials.

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    Peruani, F; Solovey, G; Irurzun, I M; Mola, E E; Marzocca, A; Vicente, J L

    2003-06-01

    This paper addresses the problem of dielectric breakdown in composite materials. The dielectric breakdown model was generalized to describe dielectric breakdown patterns in conductor-loaded composites. Conducting particles are distributed at random in the insulating matrix, and the dielectric breakdown propagates according to new rules to take into account electrical properties and particle size. Dielectric breakdown patterns are characterized by their fractal dimension D and the parameters of the Weibull distribution. Studies are carried out as a function of the fraction of conducting inhomogeneities, p. The fractal dimension D of electrical trees approaches the fractal dimension of a percolation cluster when the fraction of conducting particles approximates the percolation limit. PMID:16241318

  18. Liquid identification by Hilbert spectroscopy

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    Lyatti, M.; Divin, Y.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.

    2009-11-01

    Fast and reliable identification of liquids is of great importance in, for example, security, biology and the beverage industry. An unambiguous identification of liquids can be made by electromagnetic measurements of their dielectric functions in the frequency range of their main dispersions, but this frequency range, from a few GHz to a few THz, is not covered by any conventional spectroscopy. We have developed a concept of liquid identification based on our new Hilbert spectroscopy and high- Tc Josephson junctions, which can operate at the intermediate range from microwaves to THz frequencies. A demonstration setup has been developed consisting of a polychromatic radiation source and a compact Hilbert spectrometer integrated in a Stirling cryocooler. Reflection polychromatic spectra of various bottled liquids have been measured at the spectral range of 15-300 GHz with total scanning time down to 0.2 s and identification of liquids has been demonstrated.

  19. Dielectric and ultrasonic studies of macromolecular growth during polymerization

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    Parthun, Matthew Giles

    Measurements by dielectric spectroscopy, ultrasonics and calorimetry of several low viscosity monomeric liquids undergoing spontaneous chemical reaction, to form three new, linear chain polymers under isothermal conditions, have been used to determine how the number of covalent bonds formed during the growth of a linear chain affects the dielectric and ultrasonic properties, their respective relaxation times, and their spectral shape. The dielectric properties changed in the following manner. Static permittivity decreased and relaxation time increased towards limiting values. As the number of covalent bonds increased towards the Avogadro number, the change in the complex permittivity as measured for a fixed frequency was phenomenologically similar to that observed on varying the frequency. In both cases the relaxation function could be well described by a stretched exponential or sum of exponentials, characterized by a temperature and system dependent exponent that decreased as the state of the system changed from a monomeric liquid to a fully reacted polymer. At later stages of chemical reaction a second relaxation process at higher frequencies is revealed. The dielectric manifestation of the irreversible process of covalent bond formation is remarkably similar to that observed on supercooling a molecular or polymeric liquid. Longitudinal velocity and attenuation of ultrasonic waves travelling through the three molecular liquids at different temperatures have been measured as its molecules combine irreversibly to form large entities and thereby decrease the diffusivity and increase the configurational restrictions to their dynamics. From these data, the longitudinal modulus and compliance are calculated, and the molecular relaxation time and related properties are deduced and interpreted in terms of the number of covalent bonds formed. This relaxation time increases monotonically with increase in the molecule's size. The complex plane plots of the modulus and

  20. Compact Two-Liquid Microfluidic Hyperelastic Capacitive Strain Sensors

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    Liu, Shanliangzi; Sun, Xiaoda; Rykaczewski, Konrad

    2014-11-01

    Applications of liquid metal microfluidic devices include flexible electronics, biomedical devices, and soft robotics. In addition to single channel resistive strain sensors, two channel capacitive sensors have also been developed. However, these capacitive strain sensors have low capacitance with a footprint of about a square centimeter, making strain-output correlation quite complex. To address this issue, we developed a compact two liquid single straight channel capacitive strain sensor with a dielectric liquid sandwiched between two liquid metal electrodes. Formation of the capacitor with a liquid dielectric instead of PDMS enables capacitance increase through selection of high permittivity liquid. Using a custom experimental setup, we show that use of water and glycerol instead of silicone oil in-between the liquid metal electrodes can increase the device capacitance by fivefold. We discuss the effect of channel diameter, dielectric spacing, interfacial meniscus shape, and the liquid flow on device capacitance as well as response to strain. In addition, we discuss the effect of gallium oxide shell formation at the dielectric-liquid metal interface. KR acknowledges startup funding from ASU.

  1. Fluorescence Spectroscopy with Metal-Dielectric Waveguides

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    Badugu, Ramachandram; Szmacinski, Henryk; Ray, Krishanu; Descrovi, Emiliano; Ricciardi, Serena; Zhang, Douguo; Chen, Junxue; Huo, Yiping; Lakowicz, Joseph R.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a hybrid metal-dielectric waveguide structures (MDWs) with numerous potential applications in the biosciences. These structures consist of a thin metal film coated with a dielectric layer. Depending on the thickness of the dielectric layer, the modes can be localized near the metal, within the dielectric, or at the top surface of the dielectric. The optical modes in a metal-dielectric waveguide can have either S (TE) or P (TM) polarization. The dielectric spacer avoids the quenching, which usually occurs for fluorophores within about 5 nm from the metal. Additionally, the resonances display a sharp angular dependence and can exhibit several hundred-fold increases in intensity (E2) at the silica-air interface relative to the incident intensity. Fluorophores placed on top of the silica layer couple efficiently with the metal, resulting in a sharp angular distribution of emission through the metal and down from the bottom of the structure. This coupling occurs over large distances to several hundred nm away from the metal and was found to be consistent with simulations of the reflectivity of the metal-dielectric waveguides. Remarkably, for some silica thicknesses, the emission is almost completely coupled through the structure with little free-space emission away from the metal-dielectric waveguide. The efficiency of fluorophore coupling is related to the quality of the resonant modes sustained by the metal-dielectric waveguide, resulting in coupling of most of the emission through the metal into the underlying glass substrates. Metal-dielectric waveguides also provide a method to resolve the emission from surface-bound fluorophores from the bulk-phase fluorophores. Metal-dielectric waveguides are simple to fabricate for large surface areas, the resonance wavelength can be adjusted by the dielectric thickness, and the silica surface is suitable for coupling to biomolecules. Metal-dielectric waveguides can have numerous applications in diagnostics and high

  2. Tailoring dielectric properties of ferroelectric-dielectric multilayers

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

    2014-01-13

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

  3. Scattering by dielectric circular cylinders in a dielectric slab.

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    Frezza, Fabrizio; Pajewski, Lara; Ponti, Cristina; Schettini, Giuseppe

    2010-04-01

    An analytical-numerical technique for the solution of the plane-wave scattering problem by a set of dielectric cylinders embedded in a dielectric slab is presented. Scattered fields are expressed by means of expansions into cylindrical functions, and the concept of plane-wave spectrum of a cylindrical function is employed to define reflection and transmission through the planar interfaces. Multiple reflection phenomena due to the presence of a layered geometry are taken into account. Solutions can be obtained for both TM and TE polarizations and for near- and far-field regions. The numerical approach is described and the method is validated by comparison with examples given in the literature, with very good agreement. Results are presented for the scattering by a finite grid of three cylinders embedded in a slab.

  4. Test of the method of differentiation between healthy and anomalous breast tissues using the open-ended dielectric probe covered by a dielectric film

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    Orzechowski, K.; Rudowski, M.; Rząca, M.

    2008-06-01

    Dielectric properties of breast tissue obtained from 131 patients were investigated by an open-ended probe separated from the tissue by a dielectric film (plastic foil). The film decreases the measured capacitance, but the content of blood and body liquids has little effect on the measured quantity. We found that in cancerous tissue the electric capacity (related to the permittivity) measured at f >= 10 MHz using the modified probe is higher than that in normal tissue. The dielectric assignment was confirmed by histopathology in 94% of investigated cases. High efficiency in differentiation between normal and cancer breast tissues and the feasibility of fulfilling of aseptic conditions (a film covering the probe) are promising in intra-operative cancer diagnostics.

  5. Dielectric breakdown of cell membranes.

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    Zimmermann, U; Pilwat, G; Riemann, F

    1974-11-01

    With human and bovine red blood cells and Escherichia coli B, dielectric breakdown of cell membranes could be demonstrated using a Coulter Counter (AEG-Telefunken, Ulm, West Germany) with a hydrodynamic focusing orifice. In making measurements of the size distributions of red blood cells and bacteria versus increasing electric field strength and plotting the pulse heights versus the electric field strength, a sharp bend in the otherwise linear curve is observed due to the dielectric breakdown of the membranes. Solution of Laplace's equation for the electric field generated yields a value of about 1.6 V for the membrane potential at which dielectric breakdown occurs with modal volumes of red blood cells and bacteria. The same value is also calculated for red blood cells by applying the capacitor spring model of Crowley (1973. Biophys. J. 13:711). The corresponding electric field strength generated in the membrane at breakdown is of the order of 4 . 10(6) V/cm and, therefore, comparable with the breakdown voltages for bilayers of most oils. The critical detector voltage for breakdown depends on the volume of the cells. The volume-dependence predicted by Laplace theory with the assumption that the potential generated across the membrane is independent of volume, could be verified experimentally. Due to dielectric breakdown the red blood cells lose hemoglobin completely. This phenomenon was used to study dielectric breakdown of red blood cells in a homogeneous electric field between two flat platinum electrodes. The electric field was applied by discharging a high voltage storage capacitor via a spark gap. The calculated value of the membrane potential generated to produce dielectric breakdown in the homogeneous field is of the same order as found by means of the Coulter Counter. This indicates that mechanical rupture of the red blood cells by the hydrodynamic forces in the orifice of the Coulter Counter could also be excluded as a hemolysing mechanism. The detector

  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. Temperature and pressure effects on capacitance probe cryogenic liquid level measurement accuracy

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    Edwards, Lawrence G.; Haberbusch, Mark

    1993-01-01

    The inaccuracies of liquid nitrogen and liquid hydrogen level measurements by use of a coaxial capacitance probe were investigated as a function of fluid temperatures and pressures. Significant liquid level measurement errors were found to occur due to the changes in the fluids dielectric constants which develop over the operating temperature and pressure ranges of the cryogenic storage tanks. The level measurement inaccuracies can be reduced by using fluid dielectric correction factors based on measured fluid temperatures and pressures. The errors in the corrected liquid level measurements were estimated based on the reported calibration errors of the temperature and pressure measurement systems. Experimental liquid nitrogen (LN2) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) level measurements were obtained using the calibrated capacitance probe equations and also by the dielectric constant correction factor method. The liquid levels obtained by the capacitance probe for the two methods were compared with the liquid level estimated from the fluid temperature profiles. Results show that the dielectric constant corrected liquid levels agreed within 0.5 percent of the temperature profile estimated liquid level. The uncorrected dielectric constant capacitance liquid level measurements deviated from the temperature profile level by more than 5 percent. This paper identifies the magnitude of liquid level measurement error that can occur for LN2 and LH2 fluids due to temperature and pressure effects on the dielectric constants over the tank storage conditions from 5 to 40 psia. A method of reducing the level measurement errors by using dielectric constant correction factors based on fluid temperature and pressure measurements is derived. The improved accuracy by use of the correction factors is experimentally verified by comparing liquid levels derived from fluid temperature profiles.

  8. Solution-Processed Dielectrics Based on Thickness-Sorted Two-Dimensional Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets.

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    Zhu, Jian; Kang, Joohoon; Kang, Junmo; Jariwala, Deep; Wood, Joshua D; Seo, Jung-Woo T; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Marks, Tobin J; Hersam, Mark C

    2015-10-14

    Gate dielectrics directly affect the mobility, hysteresis, power consumption, and other critical device metrics in high-performance nanoelectronics. With atomically flat and dangling bond-free surfaces, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has emerged as an ideal dielectric for graphene and related two-dimensional semiconductors. While high-quality, atomically thin h-BN has been realized via micromechanical cleavage and chemical vapor deposition, existing liquid exfoliation methods lack sufficient control over h-BN thickness and large-area film quality, thus limiting its use in solution-processed electronics. Here, we employ isopycnic density gradient ultracentrifugation for the preparation of monodisperse, thickness-sorted h-BN inks, which are subsequently layer-by-layer assembled into ultrathin dielectrics with low leakage currents of 3 × 10(-9) A/cm(2) at 2 MV/cm and high capacitances of 245 nF/cm(2). The resulting solution-processed h-BN dielectric films enable the fabrication of graphene field-effect transistors with negligible hysteresis and high mobilities up to 7100 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature. These h-BN inks can also be used as coatings on conventional dielectrics to minimize the effects of underlying traps, resulting in improvements in overall device performance. Overall, this approach for producing and assembling h-BN dielectric inks holds significant promise for translating the superlative performance of two-dimensional heterostructure devices to large-area, solution-processed nanoelectronics. PMID:26348822

  9. Nanoporous glass films on liquids.

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    Zuber, Kamil; Evans, Drew; Murphy, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Glass-like thin films are used in many applications as dielectric layers, barrier coatings, abrasion-resistant films, and/or transparent films. We report the first direct application of such materials to liquid substrates using a plasma-deposition process at atmospheric pressure. The study demonstrates the broader utilization of these materials, for example, as robust membranes for water harvesting or drug delivery.

  10. Intermolecular interactions of liquid dichloromethane and equilibrium properties of liquid{endash}vapor and liquid{endash}liquid interfaces: A molecular dynamics study

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    Dang, L.X.

    1999-05-01

    Extensive molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to study the molecular interactions, liquid states, and liquid/vapor properties of dichloromethane. The study is also extended to the equilibrium properties of the liquid/liquid interface of water-dichloromethane. The intermolecular interactions among water, dichloromethane, and water-dichloromethane are described using our polarizable potential models. The equilibrium properties of liquid dichloromethane, including the radial distribution functions, the intermolecular structural factor, the self-diffusion coefficient, and the dielectric constant, are evaluated. The dielectric constant is computed using Ewald summation techniques and the computed result compared reasonably well with the available experimental data. Properties such as surface tensions and density profiles of liquid/vapor dichloromethane are evaluated. We found that the computed surface tensions for several temperatures are in excellent agreement with experimental data. The computed density profile of the liquid/liquid interface of water-dichloromethane is averaged over 1 ns and we found the computed profile to be quite smooth and stable. The effect of polarization on the liquid/liquid interfacial equilibrium properties is evaluated by computing the dipole moments of water and dichloromethane molecules as a function of the distance normal to the interface. We found that these values deviated significantly from the simulations that are based on nonpolarizable potential models. We attribute these observations to the changes in the electric fields around the water and dichloromethane molecules near the interface. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Dielectric covered microstrip patch antennas

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    Sharpe, Lisa M.

    1988-11-01

    Microstrip antennas have many properties that make them suitable for airborne and satellite communications systems. These antennas are low in cost and lightweight. For these reasons, Rome Air Development Center is interested in verifying and augmenting existing design models for these antennas. The theory and results are presented for modeling microstrip antennas that are covered with a sheet of dielectric material. There are several reasons for designing a microstrip antenna covered with a dielectric material. This configuration would allow the modeling of antennas with an integrated radome. A cover layer could possibly be used to support a polarizer; to mount additional antenna elements on top of the cover layer to provide bandwidth enhancements; or to be used as a dual frequency antenna.

  12. Applications of dielectric elastomer actuators

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

    2001-07-01

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

  13. Optical response of oxide dielectrics

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

    2003-10-01

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

  14. Preparation, Characterization and Dielectric Properties of Epoxy and Polyethylene Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Chao; Mason, Ralf; Stevens, Gary

    Two very different kinds of polymer nanocomposites have been prepared, characterized and investigated by dielectric spectroscopy to investigate the effects of polymer-nanofiller matrix difference on the dielectric response of nanodielectric composites. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is a non-polar thermoplastic which has a high viscosity even in the melt phase and bisphenol-A epoxy resin with an anhydride hardener is a polar low viscosity thermosetting resin. Nanometric sized aluminium oxide filler was chosen as the common inorganic phase for both nanodielectrics. Generally, nanoparticles aggregate easily and are difficult to separate due to strong surface interactions. In this study various mixing methods were employed from ultrasonic liquid processing to controlled shear flow mixing to investigate the dispersion of the nanofillers. The resultant epoxy and polyethylene nanocomposites were characterized with SEM, TEM, and DSC. The dielectric properties and frequency response of the nanocomposites were measured in the frequency domain from 10-2 Hz to 106 Hz at different temperatures. In polyethylene nanocomposites, significant interfacial polarization is clearly seen. However, in epoxy nanocomposites, no obvious interfacial polarization is found. The results are discussed in terms of the difference in the electrical characteristics of the interfacial region between the polymers and the nano-alumina.

  15. End moldings for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, Lars D.

    2000-01-01

    End moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of the cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made. Disclosed is a method for making the cable connectors either in the field or in a factory, molds suitable for use with the method, and the molded cable connectors, themselves.

  16. Electrical conduction in polymer dielectrics

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    Cotts, D. B.

    1985-01-01

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

  17. Microwave dielectric spectrum of rocks

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Bengal, T.; East, J.; Dobson, M. C.; Garvin, J.; Evans, D.

    1988-01-01

    A combination of several measurement techniques was used to investigate the dielectric properties of 80 rock samples in the microwave region. The real part of the dielectric constant, epsilon', was measured in 0.1 GHz steps from 0.5 to 18 GHz, and the imaginary part, epsilon'', was measured at five frequencies extending between 1.6 and 16 GHz. In addition to the dielectric measurements, the bulk density was measured for all the samples and the bulk chemical composition was determined for 56 of the samples. The study shows that epsilon' is frequency-dependent over the 0.5 to 18 GHz range for all rock samples, and that the bulk density rho accounts for about 50 percent of the observed variance of epsilon'. For individual rock types (by genesis), about 90 percent of the observed variance may be explained by the combination of density and the fractional contents of SiO2, Fe2O3, MgO, and TiO2. For the loss factor epsilon'', it was not possible to establish statistically significant relationships between it and the measured properties of the rock samples (density and chemical composition).

  18. Dielectric decrement effects in electrokinetics

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    Figliuzzi, Bruno; Chan, Wai Hong Ronald; Buie, Cullen; Moran, Jeffrey

    2015-11-01

    Understanding the nonlinear phenomena that occur in the electric double layer (EDL) that forms at charged surfaces is a key issue in electrokinetics. In recent studies, Nakayama and Andelman [J. Chem. Physics 2015] Hatlo et al. [EPL 2012], and Zhao and Zhai [JFM 2013] demonstrated that dielectric decrement significantly influences the ionic concentration in the electric double layer (EDL) at high zeta potential, leading to the formation of a condensed layer near the particle's surface. In this presentation, we apply the dielectric decrement model to study two archetypal problems in electrokinetics, namely the electrophoresis of particles with fixed surface charges and the electrophoresis of ideally polarizable particles. Our aim is to rely on numerical simulations to incorporate nonlinear effects including crowding effects due to the finite size of ions, dielectric decrement in the EDL, surface conduction, concentration polarization and advection in the bulk solution. In parallel, we derive a simplified composite layer model that enables us to obtain analytical estimates of the physical quantities involved in the physical description of the problem.

  19. Brownian dynamics determine universality of charge transport in ionic liquids

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    Sangoro, Joshua R; Iacob, Ciprian; Mierzwa, Michal; Paluch, Marian; Kremer, Friedrich

    2012-01-01

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy is employed to investigate charge transport in a variety of glass-forming ionic liquids over wide frequency, temperature and pressure ranges. Using a combination of Einstein, Einstein-Smoluchowski, and Langevin relations, the observed universal scaling of charge transport in ionic liquids is traced back to the dominant role of Brownian dynamics.

  20. Binary Operation Of A Liquid-Crystal Light Valve

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    Davis, Jeffrey A.

    1990-01-01

    Conditions for operation of commercially available liquid-crystal light valve as binary spatial light modulator discovered. In mode, modulator turns on sharply and then saturates as intensity of writing beam increases. Valve comprises photoconductive layer and liquid-crystal layer separated by dielectric mirror and sandwiched between two transparent electrodes. Potential applications include enhancement of images, optical recording, and holography.

  1. Frederiks transition in ferroelectric liquid-crystal nanosuspensions

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    Shelestiuk, Sergii M.; Reshetnyak, Victor Yu.; Sluckin, Timothy J.

    2011-04-01

    We construct a theoretical model of the dielectric properties of a ferroelectric LC nanosuspension (FLCNS), using a generalized Maxwell-Garnett picture. The theory supposes that an FLCNS may as a first approximation be considered as a complex homogeneous dielectric ceramic, thus neglecting positional correlations of the colloidal particles. The FLCNS then consists of an anisotropic matrix with a very low concentration (<1% by volume) of impurity particles. The impurity particles possess both shape and dielectric anisotropy, as well as a permanent electric polarization and strong liquid-crystal director anchoring on the particle surface. We show that the effective dielectric properties for capacitance properties and for effective liquid-crystal free energies do not coincide. We calculate the effect of doping a liquid crystal with ferroelectric impurities on the Frederiks transition. The theory takes account of inclusion shape, dielectric susceptibility, and local field effects. We neglect the possibility of dielectric particle chaining, which appears experimentally not to occur in general. Our calculations suggest, in qualitative agreement with experiment, that doping a nematic liquid crystal with ferroelectric particles, even at very low particle concentration, can in some cases significantly decrease the electric Frederiks threshold field.

  2. Investigation of the Dielectric Strength of Syntactic Foam at 77 K under DC Stress

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    Winkel, D.; Puffer, R.; Schnettler, A.

    2014-05-01

    Liquid nitrogen (LN2) based electrical insulation systems for superconducting equipment of electrical power distribution networks are state of the art. Since LN2 is a cryogenic liquid it has some disadvantages when used as insulation. This paper deals with syntactic foam as an alternative insulation system for superconducting apparatus. Syntactic foam is a composite material consisting of a polymeric matrix and embedded hollow microspheres with diameters of several 10 μp?. As hollow microspheres are gas-filled, using those as filling material features significant reductions of the relative permittivity and of the thermal contraction due to cooling the material to liquid nitrogen temperature (LNT, T = 77 K). In this study both an epoxy resin (ER) and an unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) serve as matrix material. The hollow microspheres used in this investigation are made of untreated and silanized glass. The results of measurements of the dielectric DC strength show, that the dielectric strength of all investigated syntactic foam compositions are significantly higher at LNT compared to ambient temperature (AT). Furthermore, the effect of a higher dielectric strength of syntactic foam with silanized glass spheres at ambient temperature vanishes at LNT. Hence, the dielectric strength at LNT is unaffected by silanization of glass microspheres.

  3. Microwave open-ended coaxial dielectric probe: interpretation of the sensing volume re-visited

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    2014-01-01

    Background Tissue dielectric properties are specific to physiological changes and consequently have been pursued as imaging biomarkers of cancer and other pathological disorders. However, a recent study (Phys Med Biol 52:2637–2656, 2007; Phys Med Biol 52:6093–6115, 2007), which utilized open-ended dielectric probing techniques and a previously established sensing volume, reported that the dielectric property contrast may only be 10% or less between breast cancer and normal fibroglandular tissue whereas earlier data suggested ratios of 4:1 and higher may exist. Questions about the sensing volume of this probe relative to the amount of tissue interrogated raise the distinct possibility that the conclusions drawn from that study may have been over interpreted. Methods We performed open-ended dielectric probe measurements in two-layer compositions consisting of a background liquid and a planar piece of Teflon that was translated to predetermined distances away from the probe tip to assess the degree to which the probe produced property estimates representative of the compositional averages of the dielectric properties of the two materials resident within a small sensing volume around the tip of the probe. Results When Teflon was in contact with the probe, the measured properties were essentially those of pure Teflon whereas the properties were nearly identical to those of the intervening liquid when the Teflon was located more than 2 mm from the probe tip. However, when the Teflon was moved closer to the probe tip, the dielectric property measurements were not linearly related to the compositional fraction of the two materials, but reflected nearly 50% of those of the intervening liquid at separation distances as small as 0.2 mm, and approximately 90% of the liquid when the Teflon was located 0.5 mm from the probe tip. Conclusion These results suggest that the measurement methods reported in the most recent breast tissue dielectric property study are not likely

  4. Dielectric elastomer pump for artificial organisms

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    Bowers, Amy E.; Rossiter, Jonathan M.; Walters, Peter J.; Ieropoulos, Ioannis A.

    2011-04-01

    This paper presents a bio-inspired, dielectric elastomer (DE) based tubular pumping unit, developed for eventual use as a component of an artificial digestive tract onboard a microbial fuel cell powered robot (EcoBot). The pump effects fluid displacement by direct actuation of the tube wall as opposed to excitation by an external body. The actuator consists of a DE tube moulded from silicone, held in a negative pressure chamber, which is used for prestraining the tube. The pump is coupled with custom designed polymeric check valves in order to rectify the fluid flow and assess the performance of the unit. The valves exhibited the necessary low opening pressures required for use with the actuator. The tube's actuation characteristics were measured both with and without liquid in the system. Based on these data the optimal operating conditions for the pump are discussed. The pump and valve system has achieved flowrates in excess of 40μl/s. This radially contracting/expanding actuator element is the fundamental component of a peristaltic pump. This 'soft pump' concept is suitable for biomimetic robotic systems, or for the medical or food industries where hard contact with the delivered substrate may be undesirable. Future work will look at connecting multiple tubes in series in order to achieve peristalsis.

  5. 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.

  6. Dielectric relaxation of high-k oxides

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    2013-01-01

    Frequency dispersion of high-k dielectrics was observed and classified into two parts: extrinsic cause and intrinsic cause. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (dielectric relaxation), that is the intrinsic frequency dispersion, could not be characterized before considering the effects of extrinsic frequency dispersion. Several mathematical models were discussed to describe the dielectric relaxation of high-k dielectrics. For the physical mechanism, dielectric relaxation was found to be related to the degree of polarization, which depended on the structure of the high-k material. It was attributed to the enhancement of the correlations among polar nanodomain. The effect of grain size for the high-k materials' structure mainly originated from higher surface stress in smaller grain due to its higher concentration of grain boundary. PMID:24180696

  7. 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).

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

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    Zhu, Lei

    2014-11-01

    Polymer dielectrics having high dielectric constant, high temperature capability, and low loss are attractive for a broad range of applications such as film capacitors, gate dielectrics, artificial muscles, and electrocaloric cooling. Unfortunately, it is generally observed that higher polarization or dielectric constant tends to cause significantly enhanced dielectric loss. It is therefore highly desired that the fundamental physics of all types of polarization and loss mechanisms be thoroughly understood for dielectric polymers. In this Perspective, we intend to explore advantages and disadvantages for different types of polarization. Among a number of approaches, dipolar polarization is promising for high dielectric constant and low loss polymer dielectrics, if the dipolar relaxation peak can be pushed to above the gigahertz range. In particular, dipolar glass, paraelectric, and relaxor ferroelectric polymers are discussed for the dipolar polarization approach.

  9. Dielectric behavior of semiconductors at microwave frequencies

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    Dahiya, Jai N.

    1992-01-01

    A cylindrical microwave resonant cavity in TE(011) (Transverse Electric) mode is used to study the dielectric relaxation in germanium and silicon. The samples of these semiconductors are used to perturb the electric field in the cavity, and Slater's perturbation equations are used to calculate the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant. The dielectric loss of germanium and silicon is studied at different temperatures, and Debye's equations are used to calculate the relaxation time at these temperatures.

  10. A microwave dielectric resonant oscillatory circuit

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    Sigov, A. S.; Shvartsburg, A. B.

    2016-07-01

    Bias currents in a thin dielectric nonconducting torus are investigated, and the resonant mode of excitation of these currents is established. The similarity of the frequency spectrum of such a dielectric element to the spectra of a classical Thomson oscillatory circuit and a metamaterial with negative permittivity is demonstrated. The resonant frequency of electromagnetic oscillations of the ring dielectric circuit and magnetic and electric fields of such a circuit under resonant excitation are determined.

  11. Bursting drops in solid dielectrics caused by high voltages

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    Wang, Qiming; Suo, Zhigang; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2012-10-01

    Fluid drops tend to be spheres—a shape that minimizes surface energy. In thunderstorm clouds, drops can become unstable and emit thin jets when charged beyond certain limits. The instability of electrified drops in gases and liquids has been widely studied and used in applications including ink-jet printing, electrospinning nanofibers, microfluidics and electrospray ionization. Here we report a different scenario: drops in solids become unstable and burst under sufficiently high electric fields. We find the instability of drops in solids morphologically resembles that in liquids, but the critical electric field for the instability follows a different scaling due to elasticity of solids. Our observations and theoretical models not only advance the fundamental understanding of electrified drops, but also suggest a new failure mechanism of high energy density dielectric polymers, which have diverse applications ranging from capacitors for power grids and electric vehicles to muscle-like transducers for soft robots and energy harvesting.

  12. Bursting drops in solid dielectrics caused by high voltages.

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    Wang, Qiming; Suo, Zhigang; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2012-01-01

    Fluid drops tend to be spheres--a shape that minimizes surface energy. In thunderstorm clouds, drops can become unstable and emit thin jets when charged beyond certain limits. The instability of electrified drops in gases and liquids has been widely studied and used in applications including ink-jet printing, electrospinning nanofibers, microfluidics and electrospray ionization. Here we report a different scenario: drops in solids become unstable and burst under sufficiently high electric fields. We find the instability of drops in solids morphologically resembles that in liquids, but the critical electric field for the instability follows a different scaling due to elasticity of solids. Our observations and theoretical models not only advance the fundamental understanding of electrified drops, but also suggest a new failure mechanism of high energy density dielectric polymers, which have diverse applications ranging from capacitors for power grids and electric vehicles to muscle-like transducers for soft robots and energy harvesting. PMID:23093194

  13. Microwave transmission line dielectric probe to detect biomolecular surface interactions.

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    Chen, Qin; McMurdie, Joey; Roitman, Daniel; Knoesen, Andre

    2004-01-01

    A probe was developed to detect biomolecular binding events at a liquid-solid interface in the microwave regime in real time and without using fluorescence labels. The probe consists of a coplanar transmission line (CTL) fabricated on a glass slide that can detect dielectric changes in close proximity of the interface. The CTL geometry concentrates the electric flux density in the gap region between the signal and ground electrodes and makes it very sensitive to permittivity changes at the liquid-solid interface. The probe operation was demonstrated by immobilizing protein A on the glass surface and detecting rabbit IgG molecules in a flow channel. The sensitivity was conservatively estimated to be 100 pg/mm(2).

  14. Bursting drops in solid dielectrics caused by high voltages.

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    Wang, Qiming; Suo, Zhigang; Zhao, Xuanhe

    2012-01-01

    Fluid drops tend to be spheres--a shape that minimizes surface energy. In thunderstorm clouds, drops can become unstable and emit thin jets when charged beyond certain limits. The instability of electrified drops in gases and liquids has been widely studied and used in applications including ink-jet printing, electrospinning nanofibers, microfluidics and electrospray ionization. Here we report a different scenario: drops in solids become unstable and burst under sufficiently high electric fields. We find the instability of drops in solids morphologically resembles that in liquids, but the critical electric field for the instability follows a different scaling due to elasticity of solids. Our observations and theoretical models not only advance the fundamental understanding of electrified drops, but also suggest a new failure mechanism of high energy density dielectric polymers, which have diverse applications ranging from capacitors for power grids and electric vehicles to muscle-like transducers for soft robots and energy harvesting.

  15. Solar cell with silicon oxynitride dielectric layer

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    Shepherd, Michael; Smith, David D

    2015-04-28

    Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiO.sub.xN.sub.y, 0dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.

  16. Computationally efficient dielectric calculations of molecular crystals

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

    2015-06-07

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

  17. Dielectric particle injector for material processing

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    Leung, Philip L. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A device for use as an electrostatic particle or droplet injector is disclosed which is capable of injecting dielectric particles or droplets. The device operates by first charging the dielectric particles or droplets using ultraviolet light induced photoelectrons from a low work function material plate supporting the dielectric particles or droplets, and then ejecting the charged particles or droplets from the plate by utilizing an electrostatic force. The ejected particles or droplets are mostly negatively charged in the preferred embodiment; however, in an alternate embodiment, an ion source is used instead of ultraviolet light to eject positively charged dielectric particles or droplets.

  18. Helium atmospheric pressure plasma jets touching dielectric and metal surfaces

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    Norberg, Seth A. Johnsen, Eric; Kushner, Mark J.

    2015-07-07

    Atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) are being investigated in the context plasma medicine and biotechnology applications, and surface functionalization. The composition of the surface being treated ranges from plastics, liquids, and biological tissue, to metals. The dielectric constant of these materials ranges from as low as 1.5 for plastics to near 80 for liquids, and essentially infinite for metals. The electrical properties of the surface are not independent variables as the permittivity of the material being treated has an effect on the dynamics of the incident APPJ. In this paper, results are discussed from a computational investigation of the interaction of an APPJ incident onto materials of varying permittivity, and their impact on the discharge dynamics of the plasma jet. The computer model used in this investigation solves Poisson's equation, transport equations for charged and neutral species, the electron energy equation, and the Navier-Stokes equations for the neutral gas flow. The APPJ is sustained in He/O{sub 2} = 99.8/0.2 flowing into humid air, and is directed onto dielectric surfaces in contact with ground with dielectric constants ranging from 2 to 80, and a grounded metal surface. Low values of relative permittivity encourage propagation of the electric field into the treated material and formation and propagation of a surface ionization wave. High values of relative permittivity promote the restrike of the ionization wave and the formation of a conduction channel between the plasma discharge and the treated surface. The distribution of space charge surrounding the APPJ is discussed.

  19. Preliminary Evaluation of Polyarylate Dielectric Films for Cryogenic Applications

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    Patterson, Richard L.; Hammoud, Ahmad; Fialla, Peter

    2002-01-01

    Polymeric materials are used extensively on spacecraft and satellites in electrical power and distribution systems, as thermal blankets and optical surface coatings, as well as mechanical support structures. The reliability of these systems when exposed to the harsh environment of space is very critical to the success of the mission and the safety of the crew in manned-flight ventures. In this work, polyarylate films were evaluated for potential use as capacitor dielectrics and wiring insulation for cryogenic applications. Two grades of the film were characterized in terms of their electrical and mechanical properties before and after exposure to liquid nitrogen (-196 C). The electrical characterization consisted of capacitance and dielectric loss measure Cents in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz, and volume and surface resistivities. The mechanical measurements performed included changes in tensile (Young's modulus, elongation-at-break, and tensile strength) and structural properties (dimensional change, weight, and surface morphology). The preliminary results, which indicate good stability of the polymer after exposure to liquid nitrogen, are presented and discussed.

  20. 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...

  1. Determination of Two-Liquid Mixture Composition by Assessing Dielectric Parameters 1. Precise Measuring System / Divu Šķidrumu Maisījuma Sastāva Noteikšana, Izvērtējot to Dielektriskos Parametrus 1. Precīza Mērīšanas Sistēma

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    Vilitis, O.; Shipkovs, P.; Merkulovs, D.

    2013-08-01

    Concentration measurements are important in bioethanol industries, in the R&D areas, for chemical, medical and microbiological analyses and processing as well as for diagnostics, manufacturing, etc. The overview shows development of the structural design of a system for measuring the concentration of solutions and mixtures consisting of two dielectric liquids. The basic principles of the system's design are given along with relevant equations. The concentration of dielectric liquids is measured using devices with capacitive sensors (1-300 pF). The operational frequency of the developed measuring system is 100.000 kHz. Configuration of the system excludes some errors usually arising at measurements, and broadens its applicability. For testing, the system was calibrated for measuring the concentration of anhydrous ethanol + de-ionized water mixture. Experimental results have shown a stable resolution of ±0.005 pF at measuring the sensor capacitance and a reproducible resolution better than ±0.01% at measuring the ethanol volume concentration Rakstā esam parādījuši iespējas izveidot augstas precizitātes, kompaktu, lētu un ērtu lietošanai dielektrisku šķidrumu mērīšanas sistēmu koncentrācijas noteikšanai. Šī sistēma ir piemērojama kapacitīviem sensoriem, kuru kapacitāte ir atkarīga no sensora izveidojuma kā arī mērāmā šķidruma dielektriskās konstantes vērtības, un kapacitāte var tikt noteikta pie frekvences 100,000 kHz robežās no 1 F līdz 300 pF. Mērīšanas sistēmas pārbaudei, sistēma tika kalibrēta etanola koncentrācijas mērīšanai tilpuma procentos sertificēta bezūdens etanola un dejonizēta ūdens maisījumiem. Pārbaužu rezultāti pierādīja, ka sensora kapacitātes vērtības ir stabili nosakāmas ar izšķirtspēju ne mazāku par ±0,005 pF. Sensora kapacitāšu vērtībām atbilstošā etanola tilpuma koncentrācijas atkārtojamu mērījumu izšķirtspēja visā mērīšanas diapazonā nebija mazāka par ±0

  2. Dielectric strength of parylene HT

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    Diaham, S. Bechara, M.; Locatelli, M.-L.; Khazaka, R.; Tenailleau, C.

    2014-02-07

    The dielectric strength of parylene HT (PA-HT) films was studied at room temperature in a wide thickness range from 500 nm to 50 μm and was correlated with nano- and microstructure analyses. X-ray diffraction and polarized optical microscopy have revealed an enhancement of crystallization and spherulites development, respectively, with increasing the material thickness (d). Moreover, a critical thickness d{sub C} (between 5 and 10 μm) is identified corresponding to the beginning of spherulite developments in the films. Two distinct behaviors of the dielectric strength (F{sub B}) appear in the thickness range. For d ≥ d{sub C}, PA-HT films exhibit a decrease in the breakdown field following a negative slope (F{sub B} ∼ d{sup −0.4}), while for d < d{sub C}, it increases with increasing the thickness (F{sub B} ∼ d{sup 0.3}). An optimal thickness d{sub optim} ∼ 5 μm corresponding to a maximum dielectric strength (F{sub B} ∼ 10 MV/cm) is obtained. A model of spherulite development in PA-HT films with increasing the thickness is proposed. The decrease in F{sub B} above d{sub C} is explained by the spherulites development, whereas its increase below d{sub C} is induced by the crystallites growth. An annealing of the material shows both an enhancement of F{sub B} and an increase of the crystallites and spherulites dimensions, whatever the thickness. The breakdown field becomes thickness-independent below d{sub C} showing a strong influence of the nano-scale structural parameters. On the contrary, both nano- and micro-scale structural parameters appear as influent on F{sub B} for d ≥ d{sub C}.

  3. On-line process analysis innovation: DiComp (tm) shunting dielectric sensor technology

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    Davis, Craig R.; Waldman, Frank A.

    1993-01-01

    The DiComp Shunting Dielectric Sensor (SDS) is a new patent-pending technology developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) for NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The incorporation of a shunt electrode into a conventional fringing field dielectric sensor makes the SDS uniquely sensitive to changes in material dielectric properties in the KHz to MHz range which were previously detectable only at GHz measurement frequencies. The initial NASA application of the SDS for Nutrient Delivery Control has demonstrated SDS capabilities for thickness and concentration measurement of Hoagland nutrient solutions. The commercial introduction of DiComp SDS technology for concentration and percent solids measurements in dispersions, emulsions and solutions represents a new technology for process measurements for liquids in a variety of industries.

  4. Synergistic effects of ion pairs on the dielectric properties of diblock copolymer melts.

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    Nakamura, Issei

    2014-12-28

    We study the solvation of ion pairs in diblock copolymer melts. Our theory accounts for the size of the ions, the permanent dipole moment and the molecular polarizability of the monomers, the Kuhn length, the compressibility of the liquid mixtures, and the degrees of polymerization. We demonstrate that the electrostatic field near an ion pair causes marked, synergistic effects on the volume fractions of the two blocks and hence the dielectric function. In particular, we illustrate the oscillatory behavior of the dielectric function near an ion pair and the disparity of the dielectric functions between like and unlike charges. These results depend significantly on the chain length and Kuhn length of the diblock copolymers on the nanometer scale.

  5. [Study of the dielectric permeability in the superhigh frequency range of a degraded polyoxybutyrate biopolymer].

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    Beliaev, G A; Volova, T G; Drokin, N A; Shepov, V N

    2000-01-01

    The dielectric permeability of the degradable biopolymer polyhydroxybutyrate synthesized by hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria Alcaligenes eutrophus was investigated by the resonance method using original highly sensitive microstrip sensors. For the first time, a linear growth of dielectric permeability (delta epsilon/delta T = 7 x 10(-4) degree-1) due to the flexibility of the polymer chain in the temperature range from 10 to 70 degrees C was revealed. The energy of a bend of the nearest fragments was evaluated (E = 392 K), and its correspondence to the energies of bends of the alcyl groups of low-molecular substances like liquid crystals was established. It was shown that at low values of dielectric permeability in the high-frequency range (epsilon' = 2.25 +/- 0.02), which are stable, in a wide range of frequencies of the electromagnetic field (1 MHz - 1 Hz), polyoxybutyrate can be used in the microwave equipment.

  6. Thin low-loss dielectric coatings for free-space cloaking.

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    Urzhumov, Yaroslav; Landy, Nathan; Driscoll, Tom; Basov, Dimitri; Smith, David R

    2013-05-15

    We report stereolithographic polymer-based fabrication and experimental operation of a microwave X-band cloaking device. The device is a relatively thin (about one wavelength thick) shell of an air-dielectric composite, in which the dielectric component has negligible loss and dispersion. In a finite band (9.7-10.1 GHz), the shell eliminates the shadow and strongly suppresses scattering from a conducting cylinder of six-wavelength diameter for TE-polarized free-space plane waves. The device does not require an immersion liquid or conducting ground planes for its operation. The dielectric constant of the polymer is low enough (ε=2.45) to suggest that this cloaking technique would be suitable for higher frequency radiation, including visible light.

  7. Dielectric cure monitoring: Preliminary studies

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    Goldberg, B. E.; Semmel, M. L.

    1984-01-01

    Preliminary studies have been conducted on two types of dielectric cure monitoring systems employing both epoxy resins and phenolic composites. An Audrey System was used for 23 cure monitoring runs with very limited success. Nine complete cure monitoring runs have been investigated using a Micromet System. Two additional measurements were performed to investigate the Micromet's sensitivity to water absorption in a post-cure carbon-phenolic material. While further work is needed to determine data significance, the Micromet system appears to show promise as a feedback control device during processing.

  8. Why can organic liquids move easily on smooth alkyl-terminated surfaces?

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    Urata, Chihiro; Masheder, Benjamin; Cheng, Dalton F; Miranda, Daniel F; Dunderdale, Gary J; Miyamae, Takayuki; Hozumi, Atsushi

    2014-04-15

    The dynamic dewettability of a smooth alkyl-terminated sol-gel hybrid film surface against 17 probe liquids (polar and nonpolar, with high and low surface tensions) was systematically investigated using contact angle (CA) hysteresis and substrate tilt angle (TA) measurements, in terms of their physicochemical properties such as surface tension, molecular weight/volume, dielectric constant, density, and viscosity. We found that the dynamic dewettability of the hybrid film markedly depended not on the surface tensions but on the dielectric constants of the probe liquids, displaying lower resistance to liquid drop movement with decreasing dielectric constant (ε < 30). Interfacial analysis using the sum-frequency generation (SFG) technique confirmed that the conformation of surface-tethered alkyl chains was markedly altered before and after contact with the different types of probe liquids. When probe liquids with low dielectric constants were in contact with our surface, CH3 groups were preferentially exposed at the solid/liquid interface, leading to a reduction in surface energy. Because of such local changes in surface energy at the three-phase contact line of the probe liquid, the contact line can move continuously from low-surface-energy (solid/liquid) areas to surrounding high-surface-energy (solid/air) areas without pinning. Consequently, the organic probe liquids with low dielectric constants can move easily and roll off when tilted only slightly, independent of the magnitude of CAs, without relying on conventional surface roughening and perfluorination.

  9. Nanoscale measurement of the dielectric constant of supported lipid bilayers in aqueous solutions with electrostatic force microscopy.

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    Gramse, G; Dols-Perez, A; Edwards, M A; Fumagalli, L; Gomila, G

    2013-03-19

    We present what is, to our knowledge, the first experimental demonstration of dielectric constant measurement and quantification of supported lipid bilayers in electrolyte solutions with nanoscale spatial resolution. The dielectric constant was quantitatively reconstructed with finite element calculations by combining thickness information and local polarization forces which were measured using an electrostatic force microscope adapted to work in a liquid environment. Measurements of submicrometric dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine lipid bilayer patches gave dielectric constants of ε(r) ~ 3, which are higher than the values typically reported for the hydrophobic part of lipid membranes (ε(r) ~ 2) and suggest a large contribution of the polar headgroup region to the dielectric response of the lipid bilayer. This work opens apparently new possibilities in the study of biomembrane electrostatics and other bioelectric phenomena.

  10. Inhibiting electro-thermal breakdown of acrylic dielectric elastomer actuators by dielectric gel coating

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong

    2016-01-01

    Electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) is very localized; a spark and a pinhole (puncture) in dielectric ends up with short-circuit. This letter shows that prevention of electrothermal breakdown helps defer failure of DEAs even with conductive-grease electrodes. Dielectric gel encapsulation or coating (Dow Corning 3-4170) helps protect acrylic elastomer (VHB 4905), making it thermally more stable and delaying its thermal oxidation (burn) from 218 °C to 300 °C. Dielectric-gel-coated acrylic DEAs can withstand higher local leak-induced heating and thus achieve higher dielectric strengths than non-coated DEAs do.

  11. Thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Yin, Y; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation --> anisotropic dielectric heating --> dielectric anisotrophy --> director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage.

  12. Thermodielectric Bistability in Dual Frequency Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Yin, Y.; Shiyanovskii, S. V.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation → anisotropic dielectric heating → dielectric anisotrophy → director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage.

  13. Thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Yin, Y; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation --> anisotropic dielectric heating --> dielectric anisotrophy --> director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage. PMID:17359197

  14. Viscosity of Liquid Crystal Mixtures in the Presence of Electroconvection

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    Nagaya, Tomoyuki; Satou, Yuki; Goto, Yoshitomo; Hidaka, Yoshiki; Orihara, Hiroshi

    2016-07-01

    We have experimentally investigated the viscosity of nematic liquid crystal mixtures of p-methoxybenzylidene-p'-n-butylaniline (MBBA) and p-ethoxybenzylidene-p'-cyanoaniline (EBCA) in the presence of electroconvection under an ac electric field with 60 Hz. Although the viscosity of the mixtures with negative dielectric anisotropy shows a characteristic decrease in the high-voltage regime, that with positive dielectric anisotropy shows a monotonic increase as the applied voltage is increased. The experimental results suggest that the decrease in viscosity observed only for the mixtures with negative dielectric anisotropy is attributed to the negative contribution of electric stress caused by the anisotropic director distribution of the turbulent state.

  15. On the nonlinear variation of dc conductivity with dielectric relaxation time

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    Johari, G. P.; Andersson, Ove

    2006-09-01

    The long-known observations that dc conductivity σdc of an ultraviscous liquid varies nonlinearly with the dielectric relaxation time τ, and the slope of the logσdc against logτ plot deviates from -1 are currently seen as two of the violations of the Debye-Stokes-Einstein equation. Here we provide a formalism using a zeroth order Bjerrum description for ion association to show that in addition to its variation with temperature T and pressure P, impurity ion population varies with a liquid's equilibrium dielectric permittivity. Inclusion of this electrostatic effect modifies the Debye-Stokes-Einstein equation to log(σdcτ )=constant+logα, where α is the T and P-dependent degree of ionic dissociation of an electrolytic impurity. Variation of a liquid's shear modulus with T and P would add to the nonlinearity of σdc-τ relation, as would a nonequivalence of the shear and dielectric relaxation times, proton transfer along the hydrogen bonds, or occurrence of another chemical process. This is illustrated by using the data for ultraviscous acetaminophen-aspirin liquid.

  16. Crosslinked polymeric dielectric materials and electronic devices incorporating same

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    Marks, Tobin J. (Inventor); Facchetti, Antonio (Inventor); Wang, Zhiming (Inventor); Choi, Hyuk-Jin (Inventor); Suh, legal representative, Nae-Jeong (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Solution-processable dielectric materials are provided, along with precursor compositions and processes for preparing the same. Composites and electronic devices including the dielectric materials also are provided.

  17. High thermal conductivity lossy dielectric using a multi layer configuration

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    Tiegs, Terry N.; Kiggans, Jr., James O.

    2003-01-01

    Systems and methods are described for loss dielectrics. A loss dielectric includes at least one high dielectric loss layer and at least one high thermal conductivity-electrically insulating layer adjacent the at least one high dielectric loss layer. A method of manufacturing a loss dielectric includes providing at least one high dielectric loss layer and providing at least one high thermal conductivity-electrically insulating layer adjacent the at least one high dielectric loss layer. The systems and methods provide advantages because the loss dielectrics are less costly and more environmentally friendly than the available alternatives.

  18. Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics for Superconducting Qubit Circuits

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    Hover, David; Peng, Weina; Sendelbach, Steven; Eriksson, Mark; McDermott, Robert

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting qubit energy relaxation times are limited by microwave loss induced by a continuum of two-level state (TLS) defects in the dielectric materials of the circuit. State-of-the-art phase qubit circuits employ a micron-scale Josephson junction shunted by an external capacitor. In this case, the qubit T1 time is directly proportional to the quality factor (Q) of the capacitor dielectric. The amorphous capacitor dielectrics that have been used to date display intrinsic Q of order 10^3 to 10^4. Shunt capacitors with a Q of 10^6 are required to extend qubit T1 times well into the microsecond range. Crystalline dielectric materials are an attractive candidate for qubit capacitor dielectrics, due to the extremely low density of TLS defects. However, the robust integration of crystalline dielectrics with superconducting qubit circuits remains a challenge. Here we describe a novel approach to the realization of high-Q crystalline capacitor dielectrics for superconducting qubit circuits. The capacitor dielectric is a crystalline silicon nanomembrane. We discuss characterization of crystalline silicon capacitors with low-power microwave transport measurements at millikelvin temperatures. In addition, we report progress on integrating the crystalline capacitor process with Josephson qubit fabrication.

  19. Polycarbonate based three-phase nanocomposite dielectrics

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    Sain, P. K.; Goyal, R. K.; Prasad, Y. V. S. S.; Bhargava, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    Three-phase polycarbonate (PC) matrix nanocomposites are prepared using the solution method. One of the nanocomposite fillers is dielectric and the other is conducting. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is used as the dielectric filler. The conducting fillers, nano-Cu and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), are used to make two different nanocomposites, MWCNT–PZT–PC and Cu–PZT–PC. The prepared nanocomposites are characterized using density measurement, x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Percolation is absent in both three-phase nanocomposites within the study’s concentration window of conducting fillers. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposites are evaluated using a precision impedance analyser. The dielectric constant of the Cu–PZT–PC nanocomposite increases to 14 (a dissipation factor of 0.17), whereas in the case of the MWCNT–PZT–PC nanocomposite it increases to 8.5 (a dissipation factor of 0.002). The melting point of both nanocomposites decreases with respect to the control PC. The frequency (1 kHz to 1 MHz) and temperature (room temperature to 200 °C) dependence of the dielectric constant and dissipation factor are examined. For the Cu–PZT–PC nanocomposites, the dielectric constant decreases with increasing frequency, whereas in the case of the MWCNT–PZT–PC nanocomposites the dielectric constant is almost constant. The dielectric constant and dissipation factor exhibit a slight temperature dependence.

  20. Motion of a Cylindrical Dielectric Boundary.

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    Cheng, Li-Tien; Li, Bo; White, Michael; Zhou, Shenggao

    2013-01-01

    The interplay between geometry and electrostatics contributes significantly to hydrophobic interactions of biomolecules in an aqueous solution. With an implicit solvent, such a system can be described macroscopically by the dielectric boundary that separates the high-dielectric solvent from low-dielectric solutes. This work concerns the motion of a model cylindrical dielectric boundary as the steepest descent of a free-energy functional that consists of both the surface and electrostatic energies. The effective dielectric boundary force is defined and an explicit formula of the force is obtained. It is found that such a force always points from the solvent region to solute region. In the case that the interior of a cylinder is of a lower dielectric, the motion of the dielectric boundary is initially driven dominantly by the surface force but is then driven inward quickly to the cylindrical axis by both the surface and electrostatic forces. In the case that the interior of a cylinder is of a higher dielectric, the competition between the geometrical and electrostatic contributions leads to the existence of equilibrium boundaries that are circular cylinders. Linear stability analysis is presented to show that such an equilibrium is only stable for a perturbation with a wavenumber larger than a critical value. Numerical simulations are reported for both of the cases, confirming the analysis on the role of each component of the driving force. Implications of the mathematical findings to the understanding of charged molecular systems are discussed.

  1. Dielectric relaxation of gamma irradiated muscovite mica

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    Kaur, Navjeet; Singh, Mohan; Singh, Lakhwant; Awasthi, A.M.; Lochab, S.P.

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • The present article reports the effect of gamma irradiation on the dielectric relaxation characteristics of muscovite mica. • Dielectric and electrical relaxations have been analyzed in the framework of dielectric permittivity, electric modulus and Cole–Cole formalisms. • The frequency dependent electrical conductivity has been rationalized using Johnsher’s universal power law. • The experimentally measured electric modulus and conductivity data have been fitted using Havriliak–Negami dielectric relaxation function. - Abstract: In the present research, the dielectric relaxation of gamma irradiated muscovite mica was studied in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz–10 MHz and temperature range of 653–853 K, using the dielectric permittivity, electric modulus and conductivity formalisms. The dielectric constants (ϵ′ and ϵ′′) are found to be high for gamma irradiated muscovite mica as compared to the pristine sample. The frequency dependence of the imaginary part of complex electric modulus (M′′) and dc conductivity data conforms Arrhenius law with single value of activation energy for pristine sample and two values of activation energy for gamma irradiated mica sample. The experimentally assessed electric modulus and conductivity information have been interpreted by the Havriliak–Negami dielectric relaxation explanation. Using the Cole–Cole framework, an analysis of real and imaginary characters of the electric modulus for pristine and gamma irradiated sample was executed which reflects the non-Debye relaxation mechanism.

  2. 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)

  3. Dielectric spectroscopy of watermelons for quality sensing

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    Nelson, Stuart O.; Guo, Wen-chuan; Trabelsi, Samir; Kays, Stanley J.

    2007-07-01

    Dielectric properties of four small-sized watermelon cultivars, grown and harvested to provide a range of maturities, were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and an impedance analyser over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz. Probe measurements were made on the external surface of the melons and also on tissue samples from the edible internal tissue. Moisture content and soluble solids content (SSC) were measured for internal tissue samples, and SSC (sweetness) was used as the quality factor for correlation with the dielectric properties. Individual dielectric constant and loss factor correlations with SSC were low, but a high correlation was obtained between the SSC and permittivity from a complex-plane plot of dielectric constant and loss factor, each divided by SSC. However, SSC prediction from the dielectric properties by this relationship was not as high as expected (coefficient of determination about 0.4). Permittivity data (dielectric constant and loss factor) for the melons are presented graphically to show their relationships with frequency for the four melon cultivars and for external surface and internal tissue measurements. A dielectric relaxation for the external surface measurements, which may be attributable to a combination of bound water, Maxwell-Wagner, molecular cluster or ion-related effects, is also illustrated. Coefficients of determination for complex-plane plots, moisture content and SSC relationship, and penetration depth are also shown graphically. Further studies are needed for determining the practicality of sensing melon quality from their dielectric properties.

  4. 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.

  5. Low dielectric response in enzyme active site

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    Mertz, Edward L.; Krishtalik, Lev I.

    2000-01-01

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

  6. Ion implanted dielectric elastomer circuits

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    O'Brien, Benjamin M.; Rosset, Samuel; Anderson, Iain A.; Shea, Herbert R.

    2013-06-01

    Starfish and octopuses control their infinite degree-of-freedom arms with panache—capabilities typical of nature where the distribution of reflex-like intelligence throughout soft muscular networks greatly outperforms anything hard, heavy, and man-made. Dielectric elastomer actuators show great promise for soft artificial muscle networks. One way to make them smart is with piezo-resistive Dielectric Elastomer Switches (DES) that can be combined with artificial muscles to create arbitrary digital logic circuits. Unfortunately there are currently no reliable materials or fabrication process. Thus devices typically fail within a few thousand cycles. As a first step in the search for better materials we present a preliminary exploration of piezo-resistors made with filtered cathodic vacuum arc metal ion implantation. DES were formed on polydimethylsiloxane silicone membranes out of ion implanted gold nano-clusters. We propose that there are four distinct regimes (high dose, above percolation, on percolation, low dose) in which gold ion implanted piezo-resistors can operate and present experimental results on implanted piezo-resistors switching high voltages as well as a simple artificial muscle inverter. While gold ion implanted DES are limited by high hysteresis and low sensitivity, they already show promise for a range of applications including hysteretic oscillators and soft generators. With improvements to implanter process control the promise of artificial muscle circuitry for soft smart actuator networks could become a reality.

  7. Microwave dielectric properties of boreal forest trees

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

    1993-01-01

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

  8. Dielectric properties and electronic applications of aerogels

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    Hrubesh, L.W.; Pekala, R.W.

    1993-07-01

    Among their other exceptional properties, aerogels also exhibits unusual dielectric properties due to their nano-sized structures and high porosities. For example, our measurements of the dielectric constants and loss tangents for several aerogel varieties at microwave frequencies show that they both vary linearly with the aerogel density, indicating that the dielectric behavior of aerogels is more gas-like than solid-like. We have also measured the dielectric strength of silica aerogels and find that they are better than ceramics for high voltage insulation. The low dielectric constants and loss tangents of aerogels, along with their controllable thermal expansion properties, make them desirable materials for use as thin films in high speed integrated digital and microwave circuitry.

  9. Dielectric ridge waveguide gas laser apparatus

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    DeMaria, A.J.; Bridges, W.

    1989-03-14

    A dielectric ridged waveguide flowing gas laser apparatus is described, comprising in combination; a dielectric substrate having a predetermined number of the grooves formed theron, the grooves extending along the longitudinal axis of the dielectric substrate, an electrically conductive member in parallel alignment with the grooved side of the dielectric substrate such that an air gasp is formed therebetween the air gap containing an active laser gas medium, electrically conductive strips disposed on the outside of the dielectric substrate forming electrodes, the conductive strips being aligned with the grooves and having the same length and width as the grooves, and an excitation source connected between the conductive member and the conductive strips, to provide lasing in the ridged waveguide.

  10. Dielectric breakdown of additively manufactured polymeric materials

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    Monzel, W. Jacob; Hoff, Brad W.; Maestas, Sabrina S.; French, David M.; Hayden, Steven C.

    2016-01-11

    Dielectric strength testing of selected Polyjet-printed polymer plastics was performed in accordance with ASTM D149. This dielectric strength data is compared to manufacturer-provided dielectric strength data for selected plastics printed using the stereolithography (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and selective laser sintering (SLS) methods. Tested Polyjet samples demonstrated dielectric strengths as high as 47.5 kV/mm for a 0.5 mm thick sample and 32.1 kV/mm for a 1.0 mm sample. As a result, the dielectric strength of the additively manufactured plastics evaluated as part of this study was lower than the majority of non-printed plastics by at least 15% (with themore » exception of polycarbonate).« less

  11. Liquid-Crystal Displays: Fabrication and Measurement of a Twisted Nematic Liquid-Crystal Cell

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    Waclawik, Eric R.; Ford, Michael J.; Hale, Penny S.; Shapter, Joe G.; Voelcker, Nico H.

    2004-01-01

    An experiment is developed for a laboratory course on nanostructures, as part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in nanotechnology at Flinders University. Designed to demonstrate the relationship between molecular order and the optical dielectric properties of the liquid crystalline state, the experiment is shown to be a useful tool…

  12. Dielectric and mechanical relaxation in isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB)

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    Pawlus, S.; Mierzwa, M.; Paluch, M.; Rzoska, S. J.; Roland, C. M.

    2010-06-01

    The dynamics of isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB) was characterized using dielectric and mechanical spectroscopies. This isomer of the liquid crystalline octylcyanobiphenyl (8OCB) vitrifies during cooling or on application of pressure, exhibiting the typical features of glass-forming liquids: non-Debye relaxation function, non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the relaxation times, τα, a dynamic crossover at T ~ 1.6Tg. This crossover is evidenced by changes in the behavior of both the peak shape and the temperature dependence of τα. The primary relaxation time at the crossover, 2 ns at ambient pressure, is the smallest value reported to date for any molecular liquid or polymer. Interestingly, at all temperatures below this crossover, τα and the dc conductivity remain coupled (i.e., conform to the Debye-Stokes-Einstein relation). Two secondary relaxations are observed in the glassy state, one of which is identified as the Johari-Goldstein process. Unlike the case for 8OCB, no liquid crystalline phase could be attained for 8*OCB, demonstrating that relatively small differences in chemical structure can effect substantial changes in the intermolecular potential.

  13. Dielectric and mechanical relaxation in isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB).

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    Pawlus, S; Mierzwa, M; Paluch, M; Rzoska, S J; Roland, C M

    2010-06-16

    The dynamics of isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB) was characterized using dielectric and mechanical spectroscopies. This isomer of the liquid crystalline octylcyanobiphenyl (8OCB) vitrifies during cooling or on application of pressure, exhibiting the typical features of glass-forming liquids: non-Debye relaxation function, non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the relaxation times, τ(α), a dynamic crossover at T ∼ 1.6T(g). This crossover is evidenced by changes in the behavior of both the peak shape and the temperature dependence of τ(α). The primary relaxation time at the crossover, 2 ns at ambient pressure, is the smallest value reported to date for any molecular liquid or polymer. Interestingly, at all temperatures below this crossover, τ(α) and the dc conductivity remain coupled (i.e., conform to the Debye-Stokes-Einstein relation). Two secondary relaxations are observed in the glassy state, one of which is identified as the Johari-Goldstein process. Unlike the case for 8OCB, no liquid crystalline phase could be attained for 8*OCB, demonstrating that relatively small differences in chemical structure can effect substantial changes in the intermolecular potential. PMID:21393760

  14. Numerical simulation of the leaky dielectric microdroplet generation in electric fields

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    Kamali, Reza; Manshadi, Mohammad Karim Dehghan

    2016-07-01

    Microdroplet generation has a vast range of applications in the chemical, biomedical, and biological sciences. Several devices are applied to produce microdroplets, such as Co-flow, T-junction and Flow-focusing. The important point in the producing process is controlling the separated fluid volume in these devices. On the other hand, a large number of liquids, especially aqueous one, are influenced by electric or magnetic fields. As a consequence, an electric field could be used in order to affect the separated fluid volume. In this study, effects of an electric field on the microdroplet generation in a Co-flow device are investigated numerically. Furthermore, effects of some electrical properties such as permittivity on the separating process of microdroplets are studied. Leaky dielectric and perfect dielectric models are used in this investigation. According to the results, in the microdroplet generating process, leaky dielectric fluids show different behaviors, when an electric field is applied to the device. In other words, in a constant electric field strength, the volume of generated microdroplets can increase or decrease, in comparison with the condition without the electric field. However, for perfect dielectric fluids, droplet volume always decreases with increasing the electric field strength. In order to validate the numerical method of this study, deformation of a leaky dielectric droplet in an electric field is investigated. Results are compared with Taylor theoretical model.

  15. Microwave Characterization of Low-k Dielectric Thin Films using a Coplanar Waveguide

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    Radican, Kevin P.; Koeck, Deborah C.; Geerts, Wilhelmus; Spencer, Gregory; Donnelly, David; Galloway, Heather C.

    2003-03-01

    As microelectronic logic devices increase in speed the RC time delay is becoming of greater concern. One remedy is the use of low-k dielectrics along with less resistive metals such as Cu in back end processing. We have demonstrated a method of forming coplanar waveguides on low-k dielectric materials deposited on SiC/Si wafers. These thin films are prepared by the usual semiconductor industry methods. Then, the dielectric properties of the low-k dielectric thin films on wafers were measured at microwave frequencies using coplanar waveguide test structures. Several OSG low k materials were investigated before and after chemical mechanical planarization processing which involves placing the dielectrics in a liquid abrasive slurry. We will report on the details of the fabrication of the waveguide structures using argon laser beam lithography, magnetron sputter deposition, and reactive plasma etching. We will also report on the electrical changes observed due to the chemical processing. Electrical measurements were taken using an Agilent network analyzer, and Cascade Microtech probe station.

  16. 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.

  17. Low frequency dielectric investigations into the relaxation behavior of frozen polyvinylpyrrolidone-water systems.

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    Barker, S A; He, R; Craig, D Q

    2001-02-01

    The low frequency dielectric response of aqueous solutions containing 0, 1, 5, and 10% w/v polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was studied to characterize the low temperature relaxation behavior of these systems. Complementary modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (MTDSC) studies allowed measurement of the glass transition temperature for these materials, corresponding to the behavior of the nonfrozen phase. Dielectric investigations in the frequency range of 10(6) to 10(-2) Hz were performed on the systems in the liquid state, with a Maxwell-Wagner response noted for both the PVP solutions and water. The solid-phase responses were studied over a range of temperatures down to -70 degrees C, with a relaxation peak observed for the PVP systems in the kilohertz region. The spectra were modeled using the Havriliak-Negami equation and the corresponding relaxation times were calculated, with a satisfactory fit to the Arrhenius equation noted. The calculated activation energies were similar to literature values for the dielectric relaxation of water. It is suggested that the dielectric response is primarily a reflection of the relaxation behavior of the water molecules in the nonfrozen fraction, thereby indicating that the dielectric technique may yield insights into specific components of frozen aqueous systems.

  18. Self-Healing Polymer Dielectric for a High Capacitance Gate Insulator.

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    Ko, Jieun; Kim, Young-Jae; Kim, Youn Sang

    2016-09-14

    Self-healing materials are required for development of various flexible electronic devices to repair cracks and ruptures caused by repetitive bending or folding. Specifically, a self-healing dielectric layer has huge potential to achieve healing electronics without mechanical breakdown in flexible operations. Here, we developed a high performance self-healing dielectric layer with an ionic liquid and catechol-functionalized polymer which exhibited a self-healing ability for both bulk and film states under mild self-healing conditions at 55 °C for 30 min. Due to the sufficient ion mobility of the ionic liquid in the polymer matrix, it had a high capacitance value above 1 μF/cm(2) at 20 Hz. Moreover, zinc oxide (ZnO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with a self-healing dielectric layer exhibited a high field-effect mobility of 16.1 ± 3.07 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at a gate bias of 3 V. Even after repetitive self-healing of the dielectric layer from mechanical breaking, the electrical performance of the TFTs was well-maintained. PMID:27559823

  19. Self-Healing Polymer Dielectric for a High Capacitance Gate Insulator.

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    Ko, Jieun; Kim, Young-Jae; Kim, Youn Sang

    2016-09-14

    Self-healing materials are required for development of various flexible electronic devices to repair cracks and ruptures caused by repetitive bending or folding. Specifically, a self-healing dielectric layer has huge potential to achieve healing electronics without mechanical breakdown in flexible operations. Here, we developed a high performance self-healing dielectric layer with an ionic liquid and catechol-functionalized polymer which exhibited a self-healing ability for both bulk and film states under mild self-healing conditions at 55 °C for 30 min. Due to the sufficient ion mobility of the ionic liquid in the polymer matrix, it had a high capacitance value above 1 μF/cm(2) at 20 Hz. Moreover, zinc oxide (ZnO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with a self-healing dielectric layer exhibited a high field-effect mobility of 16.1 ± 3.07 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at a gate bias of 3 V. Even after repetitive self-healing of the dielectric layer from mechanical breaking, the electrical performance of the TFTs was well-maintained.

  20. High Voltage Breakdown, Partial Discharge and Aging in Lapped Tape Insulated Cold Dielectric Model Cables

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    Sauers, I.; James, D. R.; Pace, M. O.; Ellis, A. R.; Muller, A. C.

    2004-06-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS) power cables generally follow either of two generic designs, cold dielectric and warm dielectric. In the cold dielectric design, lapped tape insulation and liquid nitrogen are used in combination to provide the electrical insulation between the conductor and the ground shield of an HTS cable. Lapped tape insulated model cables have been tested at high voltage, including AC breakdown, negative impulse breakdown, partial discharge, and long term aging under AC stress. Tapes tested include Cryoflex™ (a proprietary tape developed by Southwire) and PPLP® (a commercial semi synthetic tape). Two high voltage cryostats have been built for short and long term aging studies that permit testing of model cables under the combined conditions of high electric stress, cryogenic temperature and elevated pressures up to 15 bar. For the aging studies, a log-log plot of electric stress versus time-to-breakdown has yielded an estimate of cable lifetime. Since aging at cryogenic temperatures is not expected to have a thermal cause, dielectric wear in HTS cables reduces to partial discharge as the primary aging mechanism. Phase and amplitude resolved partial discharge data of model cables in liquid nitrogen will be presented.

  1. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Tovkach, O M; Calderer, M Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities.

  2. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals

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    Tovkach, O. M.; Calderer, M. Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J.

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities.

  3. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Tovkach, O M; Calderer, M Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities. PMID:27575193

  4. Development of a liquid metal slip ring

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    Weinberger, S. M.

    1972-01-01

    A liquid metal slip ring/solar orientation mechanism was designed and a model tested. This was a follow-up of previous efforts for the development of a gallium liquid metal slip ring in which the major problem was the formation and ejection of debris. A number of slip ring design approaches were studied. The probe design concept was fully implemented with detail drawings and a model was successfully tested for dielectric strength, shock vibration, acceleration and operation. The conclusions are that a gallium liquid metal slip ring/solar orientation mechanism is feasible and that the problem of debris formation and ejection has been successfully solved.

  5. Fluid and microfluidic dielectric measurement using a cavity perturbation method at microwave C-band

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    Asghari, Aref

    The utilization of cavity perturbation technique in dielectric property measurement of fluid and micro-fluid is investigated in this thesis to better assist the ever-growing needs of science and technology for analysis and characterization of such materials in various applications from genetics, MEMS devices, to consumer product industry. Development of different techniques for measuring complex dielectric properties of fluid and micro-fluids at Giga (10 9)-Hz frequencies is of significant importance as their usage is increasingly coupled with infrared and microwave electromagnetic wavelengths. Conventional cavity perturbation method could provide a sensitive and convenient system for measuring fluids of low (e.g., epsilonr <10) permittivity that meets the assumptions of negligible perturbation to the electromagnetic field distribution in the cavity. Developing a methodology that uses conventional cavity perturbation method that is however suitable for a sensitive, accurate, and reliable measurement of high permittivity polar liquids at microwave C-band is the goal in the current work. Systematic studies are carried out, using de-ionic (DI) water as test specimens, to evaluate the influence of sample's container, volume, dimension, and temperature on the sensitivity and reliability of microwave dielectric measurement. The cavity perturbation measurement of DI water in a 1 mm diameter capillary tube showed well-defined temperature dependence of dielectric permittivity and loss coefficients of water. Observation of a permittivity peak in temperature range tested at 4GHz around -10 °C implies an important relaxation in low temperatures at microwave C-band, which corresponds to a critical slowing down of polarization reorientation in crystallized (icy) H2O. Numerical simulations using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) COMSOL suites were conducted to established the optimum amount of liquid water for cavity perturbation testing at microwave C-band (in perfectly conducting

  6. A liquid drop RC filter apparatus for detection.

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    Nanayakkara, Yasith S; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2011-11-01

    A new analytical detector based on a liquid drop resistor-capacitor (RC) filter is described, in which transformed gain vs. frequency curves are used to analyze compounds. This detector can be used to detect either charged or neutral species (that are dielectrically different) which are dissolved in a liquid (e.g., water, alcohol, solvent mixtures, etc.). This device was fabricated by modifying an electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD)-based experimental setup. When a liquid drop is placed on a dielectric surface, the system acts as a RC filter. At a given frequency, gain is a function of conductivity, surface tension, dielectric constant, double-layer thickness of the solid-liquid drop interface, as well as the applied voltage. Since different liquids and solutions have different physical properties, each liquid/solution has a unique curve (peak) in gain vs. frequency plot. This is the basic principle behind the detector. Different amounts of zinc chloride dissolved in water, benzalkonium chloride in water, 1-methylimidazole in water, cetyltrimethyl-ammonium chloride (CTAC) in water, and CTAC dissolved in ethylene glycol solutions were tested with the detector as proof of principle. The device can be used as a stand-alone detector or can easily be coupled with droplet based microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems such as EWOD-based microfluidic chips.

  7. Aluminum nanoparticle/acrylate copolymer nanocomposites for dielectric elastomers with high dielectric constants

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    Hu, Wei; Zhang, Suki N.; Niu, Xiaofan; Liu, Chao; Pei, Qibing

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers are useful for large-strain actuation and energy harvesting. Their application has been limited by their low dielectric constants and consequently high driving voltage. Various fillers with high dielectric constants have been incorporated into different elastomer systems to improve the actuation strain, force output and energy density of the compliant actuators and generators. However, agglomeration may happen in these nanocomposites, resulting in a decrease of dielectric strength, an increase of leakage current, and in many instances the degree of enhancement of the dielectric constant. In this work, we investigated aluminum nanoparticles as nanofillers for acrylate copolymers. This metallic nanoparticle was chosen because the availability of free electrons could potentially provide an infinite value of dielectric constant as opposed to dielectric materials including ferroelectric nanocrystals. Moreover, aluminum nanoparticles have a self-passivated oxide shell effectively preventing the formation of conductive path. The surfaces of the aluminum nanoparticles were functionalized with methacrylate groups to assist the uniform dispersion in organic solutions and additionally enable copolymerization with acrylate copolymer matrix during bulk polymerization, and thus to suppress large range drifting of the nanoparticles. The resulting Al nanoparticle-acrylate copolymer nanocomposites were found to exhibit higher dielectric constant and increased stiffness. The leakage current under high electric fields were significantly lower than nanocomposites synthesized without proper nanoparticle surface modification. The dielectric strengths of the composites were comparable with the pristine polymers. In dielectric actuation evaluation, the actuation force output and energy specific work density were enhanced in the nanocomposites compared to the pristine copolymer.

  8. Observation of Surface Layering in a Nonmetallic Liquid

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    Mo,H.; Evmenenko, G.; Kewalramani, S.; Kim, K.; Ehrlich, S.; Dutta, P.

    2006-01-01

    Oscillatory density profiles (layers) have previously been observed at the free surfaces of liquid metals but not in other isotropic liquids. We have used x-ray reflectivity to study a molecular liquid, tetrakis(2-ethylhexoxy)silane. When cooled to T/T{sub c}{approx}0.25 (well above the freezing point for this liquid), density oscillations appear at the surface. Lateral order within the layers is liquidlike. Our results confirm theoretical predictions that a surface-layered state will appear even in dielectric liquids at sufficiently low temperatures, if not preempted by freezing.

  9. Observation of surface layering in a nonmetallic liquid.

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    Mo, Haiding; Evmenenko, Guennadi; Kewalramani, Sumit; Kim, Kyungil; Ehrlich, Steven N; Dutta, Pulak

    2006-03-10

    Oscillatory density profiles (layers) have previously been observed at the free surfaces of liquid metals but not in other isotropic liquids. We have used x-ray reflectivity to study a molecular liquid, tetrakis(2-ethylhexoxy)silane. When cooled to T/Tc approximately 0.25 (well above the freezing point for this liquid), density oscillations appear at the surface. Lateral order within the layers is liquidlike. Our results confirm theoretical predictions that a surface-layered state will appear even in dielectric liquids at sufficiently low temperatures, if not preempted by freezing.

  10. Nondestructive approach for measuring temperature-dependent dielectric properties of epoxy resins.

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    Akhtar, M Jaleel; Feher, Lambert E; Thumm, Manfred

    2008-01-01

    A practical method for measuring the complex relative permittivity of epoxy resins and other viscous liquids over a wide temperature range in S-band is presented. The method involves inserting a hot glass tube, filled with the liquid-under-test (LUT), into a length of WR-340 rectangular waveguide connected between two ports of a Vector Network Analyzer, which measures the reflection and transmission coefficients at 2.45 GHz. The heating arrangement consists of a temperature-controlled glycol bath, where the LUT-filled glass tube is placed. The dielectric properties are determined using an optimization routine, which minimizes the error between the theoretical and measured scattering coefficient data. The theoretical values of the scattering coefficient data are computed with the help of a numerical 3-D electromagnetic field simulator, the CST Microwave Studio. The dielectric properties of the empty glass tube (required by the simulation code) are also measured using the above methodology.

  11. Pressure sensor using liquid crystals

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    Parmar, Devendra S. (Inventor); Holmes, Harlan K. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A pressure sensor includes a liquid crystal positioned between transparent, electrically conductive films (18 and 20), that are biased by a voltage (V) which induces an electric field (E) that causes the liquid crystal to assume a first state of orientation. Application of pressure (P) to a flexible, transparent film (24) causes the conductive film (20) to move closer to or farther from the conductive film (18), thereby causing a change in the electric field (E'(P)) which causes the liquid crystal to assume a second state of orientation. Polarized light (P.sub.1) is directed into the liquid crystal and transmitted or reflected to an analyzer (A or 30). Changes in the state of orientation of the liquid crystal induced by applied pressure (P) result in a different light intensity being detected at the analyzer (A or 30) as a function of the applied pressure (P). In particular embodiments, the liquid crystal is present as droplets (10) in a polymer matrix (12) or in cells (14) in a polymeric or dielectric grid (16) material in the form of a layer (13) between the electrically conductive films (18 and 20). The liquid crystal fills the open wells in the polymer matrix (12) or grid (16) only partially.

  12. Extending applications of dielectric elastomer artificial muscle

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

    2007-04-01

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

  13. Dielectric Heaters for Testing Spacecraft Nuclear Reactors

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    Sims, William Herbert; Bitteker, Leo; Godfroy, Thomas

    2006-01-01

    A document proposes the development of radio-frequency-(RF)-driven dielectric heaters for non-nuclear thermal testing of the cores of nuclear-fission reactors for spacecraft. Like the electrical-resistance heaters used heretofore for such testing, the dielectric heaters would be inserted in the reactors in place of nuclear fuel rods. A typical heater according to the proposal would consist of a rod of lossy dielectric material sized and shaped like a fuel rod and containing an electrically conductive rod along its center line. Exploiting the dielectric loss mechanism that is usually considered a nuisance in other applications, an RF signal, typically at a frequency .50 MHz and an amplitude between 2 and 5 kV, would be applied to the central conductor to heat the dielectric material. The main advantage of the proposal is that the wiring needed for the RF dielectric heating would be simpler and easier to fabricate than is the wiring needed for resistance heating. In some applications, it might be possible to eliminate all heater wiring and, instead, beam the RF heating power into the dielectric rods from external antennas.

  14. Microwave dielectric behavior of vegetation material

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    Elrayes, Mohamed A.; Ulaby, Fawwaz T.

    1987-01-01

    The microwave dielectric behavior of vegetation was examined through the development of theoretical models involving dielectric dispersion by both bound and free water and supported by extensive dielectric measurements conducted over a wide range of conditions. The experimental data were acquired using an open-ended coaxial probe that was developed for sensing the dielectric constant of thin layers of materials, such as leaves, from measurements of the complex reflection coefficient using a network analyzer. The probe system was successfully used to record the spectral variation of the dielectric constant over a wide frequency range extending from 0.5 to 20.4 GHz at numerous temperatures between -40 to +40 C. The vegetation samples were measured over a wide range of moisture conditions. To model the dielectric spectrum of the bound water component of the water included in vegetation, dielectric measurements were made for several sucrose-water solutions as analogs for the situation in vegetation. The results were used in conjunction with the experimental data for leaves to determine some of the constant coefficients in the theoretical models. Two models, both of which provide good fit to the data, are proposed.

  15. Contributions of dipolar relaxation processes and ionic transport to the response of liquids to electrical perturbation fields.

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    Sanchis, M J; Ortiz-Serna, P; Carsí, M; Díaz-Calleja, R; Riande, E; Gargallo, L; Radić, D

    2011-05-19

    The objective of this work was to study the influence of small variations in the chemical structure on the molecular dynamics of liquids using as models bis(cyclohexylmethyl) 2-methyl- and dicyclohexyl 2-methylsuccinate. The dielectric behavior of the low molecular weight liquids was studied over a wide range of frequencies and temperatures. The results show that the temperature dependence of the dielectric strengths, relaxation times, and shape parameters of the secondary and glass-liquid relaxations are very sensitive to the slight differences in the structures of the liquids. Significant changes take place in the dielectric strength of the β relaxation in the glass liquid transition. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the β relaxation exhibits Arrhenius behavior in the glassy state and departs from this behavior in the liquid state. Special attention is paid to the temperature dependence of low-frequency relaxations produced by the motion of a macrodipole arising from charges located near the liquid-electrode boundaries.

  16. Virtual gap dielectric wall accelerator

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    Caporaso, George James; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Nelson, Scott; Sullivan, Jim; Hawkins, Steven A

    2013-11-05

    A virtual, moving accelerating gap is formed along an insulating tube in a dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) by locally controlling the conductivity of the tube. Localized voltage concentration is thus achieved by sequential activation of a variable resistive tube or stalk down the axis of an inductive voltage adder, producing a "virtual" traveling wave along the tube. The tube conductivity can be controlled at a desired location, which can be moved at a desired rate, by light illumination, or by photoconductive switches, or by other means. As a result, an impressed voltage along the tube appears predominantly over a local region, the virtual gap. By making the length of the tube large in comparison to the virtual gap length, the effective gain of the accelerator can be made very large.

  17. Epoxy Foam Encapsulants: Processing and Dielectric Characterization

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    Linda Domeier; Marion Hunter

    1999-01-01

    The dielectric performance of epoxy foams was investigated to determine if such materials might provide advantages over more standard polyurethane foams in the encapsulation of electronic assemblies. Comparisons of the dielectric characteristics of epoxy and urethane encapsulant foams found no significant differences between the two resin types and no significant difference between as-molded and machined foams. This study specifically evaluated the formulation and processing of epoxy foams using simple methylhydrosiloxanes as the flowing agent and compared the dielectric performance of those to urethane foams of similar density.

  18. 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.

  19. Dielectric gas mixtures containing sulfur hexafluoride

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    Cooke, Chathan M.

    1979-01-01

    Electrically insulating gaseous media of unexpectedly high dielectric strength comprised of mixtures of two or more dielectric gases are disclosed wherein the dielectric strength of at least one gas in each mixture increases at less than a linear rate with increasing pressure and the mixture gases are present in such proportions that the sum of their electrical discharge voltages at their respective partial pressures exceeds the electrical discharge voltage of each individual gas at the same temperature and pressure as that of the mixture.

  20. Antenna dielectric sealing process characterization. Final report

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    Busby, M.L.; Yerganian, S.S.

    1994-04-01

    An antenna assembly experienced leak test failures during TMS testing. The leaks were occurring between the dielectric and housing. The antenna assembly dielectric is sealed into a nickel-plated aluminum housing using a tin catalyzed condensation cure silicone (RTV). In preparation for sealing, the dielectric and housing are chemically cleaned and then plasma cleaned. The surfaces to be sealed are primed, RTV is applied, and the RTV is cured in a humidity chamber. This report is an evaluation of the production process and includes FEM analysis and process characterization and control (PC&C) data.