Science.gov

Sample records for dielectric relaxation behaviour

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. Dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity behaviour of polyvinyl alcohol-HgSe quantum dot hybrid films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sinha, Subhojyoti; Chatterjee, Sanat Kumar; Ghosh, Jiten; Meikap, Ajit Kumar

    2014-07-01

    Here we report a comparative study on the dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity behaviour of pure polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and PVA-mercury selenide (HgSe) quantum dot hybrid films in the temperature range 298 K ⩽ T ⩽ 420 K and in the frequency range 100 Hz ⩽ f ⩽ 1 MHz. The prepared nanocomposite exhibits a larger dielectric constant as compared to the pure PVA. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constants were found to fit appreciably with the modified Cole-Cole equation, from which temperature-dependent values of the relaxation times, free charge carrier conductivity and space charge carrier conductivity were calculated. The relaxation time decreases with the quantum dot's inclusion in the PVA matrix and with an increase in temperature, whereas free charge carrier conductivity and space charge carrier conductivity increases with an increase in temperature. An increase in ac conductivity for the nanocomposites has also been observed, while the charge transport mechanism was found to follow the correlated barrier hopping model in both cases. An easy-path model with a suitable electrical equivalent circuit has been employed to analyse the temperature-dependent impedance spectra. The imaginary part of the complex electric modulus spectra exhibit an asymmetric nature and a non-Debye type of behaviour, which has been elucidated considering a generalized susceptibility function. The electric modulus spectra of the nanocomposite demonstrate a smaller amplitude and broader width, as compared to the pure PVA sample.

  3. Dielectric relaxation of gamma irradiated muscovite mica

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  4. Dielectric relaxation of high-k oxides

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Frequency dispersion of high-k dielectrics was observed and classified into two parts: extrinsic cause and intrinsic cause. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (dielectric relaxation), that is the intrinsic frequency dispersion, could not be characterized before considering the effects of extrinsic frequency dispersion. Several mathematical models were discussed to describe the dielectric relaxation of high-k dielectrics. For the physical mechanism, dielectric relaxation was found to be related to the degree of polarization, which depended on the structure of the high-k material. It was attributed to the enhancement of the correlations among polar nanodomain. The effect of grain size for the high-k materials' structure mainly originated from higher surface stress in smaller grain due to its higher concentration of grain boundary. PMID:24180696

  5. Dielectric relaxation in a protein matrix

    SciTech Connect

    Pierce, D.W.; Boxer, S.G.

    1992-06-25

    The dielectric relaxation of a sperm whale ApoMb-DANCA complex is measured by the fluorescence dynamic Stokes shift method. Emission energy increases with decreasing temperature, suggesting that the relaxation activation energies of the rate-limiting motions either depend on the conformational substrate or different types of protein motions with different frequencies participate in the reaction. Experimental data suggest that there may be relaxations on a scale of <100 ps. 61 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Dielectric relaxation of β-butylbenzyl alcohol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Papaioannou, John C.; Papadimitropoulos, Nikos D.; Mavridis, Irene M.

    The frequency and temperature dependence of the real (ɛ') and imaginary (ɛ'') parts of the dielectric constant of polycrystalline complex β-cyclodextrin-4-t-butylbenzyl alcohol [β-CD TERB 11.2H2O] and β-cyclodextrin [β-CD 9.8H2O] and of the corresponding dried forms (β-CD TERB 3.8H2O and β-CD 2.4H2O, respectively) has been investigated, in the frequency range 0-100kHz and temperature range 130-350K. The dielectric behaviour is described well by Debye-type relaxation (α dispersion). All systems except for the βCD TERB 3.8H2O, exhibit an additional Ω dispersion at low frequencies, which usually is attributed to proton transport. In the non-dried samples the temperature dependence of eɛ' and ɛ''max exhibits two steps, whereas in the dried samples it exhibits only the low temperature step. The low temperature step is due to the tightly bound water molecules, whereas that at higher temperatures is due to easily removable water. The temperature dependence of ɛ'' shows a peak which has been attributed to a transition between ordered and disordered hydroxyl β-CD groups, and water molecules. The relaxation time varies exponentially with temperature (in the range 8-12musec), in a reverse V like curve, with maximum values located at the corresponding order-disorder transition temperatures. Activation energies of the order of ˜2.5kJmol-1 are calculated for the transition in every sample. The disorder in the hydrogen bonding is equivalent to a system of two dipoles with opposite directions, and the model of Fröhlich can be applied to explain the order-disorder transition and the temperature dependence of the relaxation time. An apparent negative activation energy before the transition temperature can be attributed to reorientation of the hydrogen bonding around the cyclodextrin molecules, and it is related to endothermic drifts observed by calorimetric studies of β-CD. The order-disorder transition can be probed also from the phase shift component of the

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  8. Dielectric relaxation and defect analysis of Ta2O5 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ezhilvalavan, S.; Shiahn Tsai, Ming; Yuen Tseng, Tseung; Shiahn Tsai, Ming

    2000-05-01

    The presence of defects in thin-film dielectrics often leads to dielectric relaxation as a function of frequency, in which the dielectric constant decreases and the loss tangent increases with increasing frequency. Dielectric relaxation results in charge storage capacity reduction under dynamic random access memory operating conditions. In this work, the dielectric relaxation behaviour of dc reactive sputtered Ta2O5 thin film was investigated. Using dielectric dispersion measurements as a function of frequency (100 Hz≤f≤10 MHz) and temperature (27 °C≤T≤150 °C), we determined the dielectric relaxation and defect quantity of the films and propose an equivalent circuit on the basis of complex capacitance, admittance and impedance spectral studies.

  9. Lithium-induced dielectric relaxations in potassium tantalate ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tkach, A.; Almeida, A.; Agostinho Moreira, J.; Espinha, A.; Chaves, M. R.; Perez de la Cruz, J.; Vilarinho, P. M.

    2011-08-01

    This work reports the effect of lithium doping on the dielectric and polar properties of potassium tantalate. Experimental data were obtained in K1-xLixTaO3 ceramics with x = 0, 0.02, 0.05 and 0.10 by measuring both the dielectric permittivity from 102 to 108 Hz, and polarization under an ac electric field driven at 2.5 Hz, for temperatures from 10 to 300 K. The dielectric permittivity exhibits all the relaxations reported for K1-xLixTaO3 single crystals. Two dielectric relaxations observed at 40-125 K are ascribed to the individual hopping by 90° and 180° of dipoles created by the off-centre Li ions. Another relaxation observed at 100-200 K is related to 180°-flips of Li pairs for x = 0.02 and of polar clusters of interacting Li ions for x = 0.05 and 0.10. In addition to that, an additional relaxation not reported before is presented at 135-235 K for x = 0.10 and attributed to 90°-reorientation of Li polar clusters. Both the change from an Arrhenius to a Vogel-Fulcher dependence with increasing lithium content, and the emergence of slim P (E) hysteresis loops around the relaxation temperatures show that the relaxation dynamics in K1-xLixTaO3 can be understood if a crossover from a dipolar glass to a relaxor-like behaviour is assumed.

  10. Dielectric Relaxation of Water in Complex Systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Feldman, Yuri; Puzenko, Alexander A.; Ishai, Paul Ben; Levy, Evgenya

    Whenever water interacts with another dipolar or charged entity, a broadening of the dielectric relaxation peak occurs. This broadening can often be described by the phenomenological Cole-Cole (CC) spectral function. A new approach (Puzenko AA, Ben Ishai P, and Feldman Y, Phys Rev Lett 105:037601, 2010) based on the fractal nature of the time set of the interaction of the relaxing water dipoles with its encompassing matrix has been recently presented showing a fundamental connection between the relaxation time, τ, the broadening parameter, α, and the Kirkwood-Fröhlich correlation function B. Parameters B, τ and α where chosen as the coordinates of a new 3D space. The evolution of the relaxation process due to the variation of external macroscopic parameters (temperature, pressure etc.) represents the trajectory in 3D space. This trajectory demonstrates the connection between the kinetic and structural properties of the water in complex system. It is also shown how the model describes the state of water in two porous silica glasses and in two different types of aqueous solutions: ionic, and non-ionic. The complex dielectric spectra of a series of solutions of sodium chloride and potassium chloride in water have been measured and have been carefully analyzed along with previously measured spectra for aqueous solutions of D-glucose and D-fructose.

  11. Low frequency dielectric relaxation in boracites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kim, Q.; Somoano, R.

    1983-01-01

    In order to elucidate the nature of the imperfections which adversely affect pyroelectric processes in boracites, the thermal and dispersive characteristics of the low frequency dielectric response in iron-iodide boracite (Fe3B7O13I) and copper-chloride boracite (Cu3B7O13Cl) have been investigated. These characteristics were measured as a function of crystallographic orientation and applied field in both the ferroelectric and paraelectric states. The low frequency dielectric relaxation of 100 line oriented multi-domain copper-chloride boracite clearly indicates the dipole nature of the lattice imperfections. The activation energies calculated from a noninteracting Debye model, are 0.53 eV in the ferroelectric phase and 0.10 eV in the paraelectric phase.

  12. Dielectric Relaxation and Rheological Behavior of Supramolecular Polymeric Liquid

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  14. Dielectric relaxation of CdO nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tripathi, Ramna; Dutta, Alo; Das, Sayantani; Kumar, Akhilesh; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-02-01

    Nanoparticles of cadmium oxide have been synthesized by soft chemical route using thioglycerol as the capping agent. The crystallite size is determined by X-ray diffraction technique and the particle size is obtained by transmission electron microscope. The band gap of the material is obtained using Tauc relation to UV-visible absorption spectrum. The photoluminescence emission spectra of the sample are measured at various excitation wavelengths. The molecular components in the material have been analyzed by FT-IR spectroscopy. The dielectric dispersion of the material is investigated in the temperature range from 313 to 393 K and in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz by impedance spectroscopy. The Cole-Cole model is used to describe the dielectric relaxation of the system. The scaling behavior of imaginary part of impedance shows that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures. The frequency-dependent electrical data are also analyzed in the framework of conductivity and electrical modulus formalisms. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra are found to obey the power law.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Tuncer, Enis

    2006-01-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  18. Nonlinear dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of ferroelectric liquid crystals

    PubMed

    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.

  19. Relaxation and resonances in fluctuating dielectric systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Ultra-Slow Dielectric Relaxation Process in Polyols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yomogida, Yoshiki; Minoguchi, Ayumi; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2004-04-01

    Dielectric relaxation processes with relaxation times larger than that for the structural α process are reported for glycerol, xylitol, sorbitol and their mixtures for the first time. Appearance of this ultra-slow process depends on cooling rate. More rapid cooling gives larger dielectric relaxation strength. However, relaxation time is not affected by cooling rate and shows non-Arrhenius temperature dependence with correlation to the α process. It can be considered that non-equilibrium dynamic structure causes the ultra-slow process. Scale of such structure would be much larger than that of the region for the cooperative molecular orientations for the α process.

  1. Dielectric relaxations investigation of a synthesized epoxy resin polymer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jilani, Wissal; Mzabi, Nissaf; Gallot-Lavallée, Olivier; Fourati, Najla; Zerrouki, Chouki; Zerrouki, Rachida; Guermazi, Hajer

    2015-04-01

    A diglycidylether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy resin was synthesized, and cured with 3,3'-diaminodiphenyl sulfone (DDS) at a curing temperature of 120 °C. The relaxation properties of the realized polymers were studied by two complementary techniques: dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), in the temperature range 173-393K and in the frequency interval 10-1-106 Hz, and thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) with a windowing polarization process. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements were also carried out to study interfacial relaxations. Dielectric data were analyzed in terms of permittivity and electric modulus variations. Three relaxation processes ( γ, β and α) have been identified. They were found to be frequency and temperature dependent and were interpreted in terms of the Havriliak-Negami approach. Relaxation parameters were determined by fitting the experimental data. The temperature dependence of the relaxation time was well fitted by the Arrhenius law for secondary relaxations, while the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamann model was found to better fit the τ( T) variations for α relaxation. We found τ 0 = 4.9 10-12 s, 9.6 10-13 s and 1.98 10-7 s for γ, β and α relaxations, respectively. The obtained results were found to be consistent with those reported in the literature. Due to the calculation of the low-frequency data of dielectric loss by the Hamon approximation, the Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) relaxation was highlighted.

  2. Dielectric relaxation of polymers: segmental dynamics under structural constraints.

    PubMed

    Alegria, Angel; Colmenero, Juan

    2016-10-01

    In this article we review the recent polymer literature where dielectric spectroscopy has been used to investigate the segmental dynamics of polymers under the constraints produced by self-structuring. Specifically, we consider three cases: (i) semicrystalline polymers, (ii) segregated block-copolymers, and (iii) asymmetric miscible polymer blends. In these three situations the characteristics of the dielectric relaxation associated with the polymer segmental dynamics are markedly affected by the constraints imposed by the corresponding structural features. After reviewing in detail each of the polymer systems, the most common aspects are discussed in the context of the use of dielectric relaxation as a sensitive tool for analyzing structural features in nanostructured polymer systems.

  3. Dielectric relaxation in AgI doped silver selenomolybdate glasses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Palui, A.; Shaw, A.; Ghosh, A.

    2016-05-01

    We report the study of dielectric properties of some silver ion conducting silver selenomolybdate mixed network former glasses in a wide frequency and temperature range. The experimental data have been analyzed in the framework of complex dielectric permittivity. The dielectric permittivity data have been well interpreted using the Cole-Cole function. The temperature dependence of relaxation time obtained from real part of dielectric permittivity data shows an Arrhenius behavior. The activation energy shows a decreasing trend with the increase of doping content. Values of stretched exponential parameter are observed to be independent of temperature and composition.

  4. Dielectric relaxation measurement and analysis of restricted water structure in rice kernels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yagihara, Shin; Oyama, Mikio; Inoue, Akio; Asano, Megumi; Sudo, Seiichi; Shinyashiki, Naoki

    2007-04-01

    Dielectric relaxation measurements were performed for rice kernels by time domain reflectometry (TDR) with flat-end coaxial electrodes. Difficulties in good contact between the surfaces of the electrodes and the kernels are eliminated by a TDR set-up with a sample holder for a kernel, and the water content could be evaluated from relaxation curves. Dielectric measurements were performed for rice kernels, rice flour and boiled rice with various water contents, and the water amount and dynamic behaviour of water molecules were explained from restricted dynamics of water molecules and also from the τ-β (relaxation time versus the relaxation-time distribution parameter of the Cole-Cole equation) diagram. In comparison with other aqueous systems, the dynamic structure of water in moist rice is more similar to aqueous dispersion systems than to aqueous solutions.

  5. Ultraslow dielectric relaxation process in supercooled polyhydric alcohols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  6. Microwave dielectric relaxation in muscle. A second look.

    PubMed Central

    Foster, K R; Schepps, J L; Schwan, H P

    1980-01-01

    The dielectric permittivity and conductivity of muscle fibers from the giant barnacle, Balanus nubilus, have been measured at 1, 25, and 37 degrees C, between 10 MHz and 17 GHz. The dominant microwave dielectric relaxation process in these fibers is due to dipolar relaxation of the tissue water, which shows a characteristic relaxation frequency equal to that of pure water, ranging from 9 GHz (1 degree C) to 25 GHz (37 degree C). The total permittivity decrease, epsilon 0 -- epsilon infinity, due to this process accounts for approximately 95% of the water content of the tissue; thus, the major fraction of tissue water is dielectrically identical to the pure fluid on a picosecond time scale. A second dielectric process contributes significantly to the tissue dielectric properties between 0.1 and 1--5 GHz, and arises in part form Maxwell-Wagner effects due to the electrolyte content of the tissue, and in part from dielectric relaxation of the tissue proteins themselves. PMID:7260252

  7. Alternating-current conductivity and dielectric relaxation of bulk iodoargentate

    SciTech Connect

    Duan, Hai-Bao Yu, Shan-Shan; Zhou, Hong

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: The electric modulus shows single dielectric relaxation process in the measured frequency range. - Highlights: • The conduction mechanism is described by quantum mechanical tunneling model. • The applications of dielectric modulus give a simple method for evaluating the activation energy of the dielectric relaxation. • The [Ag{sub 2}I{sub 4}]{sup 2−}1-D chain and [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+} cation column form the layered stacks by hydrogen bond interactions. - Abstract: An inorganic-organic hybrid compound Cu(en){sub 2}Ag{sub 2}I{sub 4} (en = ethylenediamine) (1) was synthesized and single crystal structurally characterized. Along the [001] direction, the inorganic parts form an infinite 1-D chain and [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+} cations are separated by inorganic chain. The electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of 1 have been investigated over wide ranges of frequency. The alternating-current conductivities have been fitted to the Almond–West type power law expression with use of a single value of S. It is found that S values for 1 are nearly temperature-independent, which indicates that the conduction mechanism could be quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) model. The dielectric loss and electric modulus show single dielectric relaxation process. The activation energy obtained from temperature-dependent electric modulus compare with the calculated from the dc conductivity plots.

  8. Analysis of the dielectric relaxation of a gelatin solution.

    PubMed

    Iwamoto, S; Kumagai, H

    1998-07-01

    The behavior of the dielectric properties of gelatin in the frequency range from 10(3) Hz to 10(7) Hz was investigated and compared with that of the globule protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), desalted gelatin and BSA being used. Dielectric relaxation was observed for both the gelatin and BSA solutions. The relaxation data were fitted well by the Cole-Cole equation; the Cole-Cole parameter (beta) and the relaxation time (tau) were obtained. For the BSA solutions, tau was proportional to the solution viscosity (eta) at 40 degrees C and 25 degrees C, and the values of beta at 40 degrees C were similar to those at 25 degrees C. For gelatin solution, tau was proportional to eta at 40 degrees C, but was not proportional to eta at 25 degrees C. In addition, the values of beta at 25 degrees C were smaller than those at 40 degrees C. These results indicate that the rotation of gelatin and/or polarization of submolecular groups in the coil state greatly contributed to the dielectric relaxation at 40 degrees C; on the other hand, the formation of cross-linking junctions consisting of helix structures would have affected the dielectric relaxation at 25 degrees C.

  9. Rotational Mobility in a Crystal Studied by Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Dionisio, Madalena S. C.; Diogo, Herminio P.; Farinha, J. P. S.; Ramos, Joaquim J. Moura

    2005-01-01

    A laboratory experiment for undergraduate physical chemistry courses that uses the experimental technique of dielectric relaxation spectroscopy to study molecular mobility in a crystal is proposed. An experiment provides an excellent opportunity for dealing with a wide diversity of important basic concepts in physical chemistry.

  10. Dielectric relaxation of polymers: segmental dynamics under structural constraints.

    PubMed

    Alegria, Angel; Colmenero, Juan

    2016-10-01

    In this article we review the recent polymer literature where dielectric spectroscopy has been used to investigate the segmental dynamics of polymers under the constraints produced by self-structuring. Specifically, we consider three cases: (i) semicrystalline polymers, (ii) segregated block-copolymers, and (iii) asymmetric miscible polymer blends. In these three situations the characteristics of the dielectric relaxation associated with the polymer segmental dynamics are markedly affected by the constraints imposed by the corresponding structural features. After reviewing in detail each of the polymer systems, the most common aspects are discussed in the context of the use of dielectric relaxation as a sensitive tool for analyzing structural features in nanostructured polymer systems. PMID:27560167

  11. Combination of distinct conduction and dielectric relaxation processes in LiCoO2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, N. S. K.; Govindaraj, G.

    2016-05-01

    The dielectric loss peaks are rarely seen in highly conducting solids due to conductivity contribution to the dielectric loss of material. LiCoO2 for the temperature range of l48K to 248K show dielectric relaxation at high frequencies with dc conductivity contribution. Conduction and dielectric relaxation of the material is studied with Cole-Cole type combined `pinned dipole' relaxation from hopping charges and `free dipole' relaxation due to host matrix.

  12. Dielectric relaxation studies of ion diffusion into low-k dielectrics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Raja, Archana; Shaw, Thomas; Liniger, Eric; Chen, Fen; Grill, Alfred; Borja, Juan; Bonilla, Griselda; Plawsky, Joel; Heinz, Tony; Laibowitz, Robert

    2014-03-01

    High speed interconnects in advanced integrated circuits require ultra-low-k dielectrics to reduce the RC time constant. Reduction of the dielectric constant in these films is typically achieved via incorporation of nanopores in materials containing silicon, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen (SiCOH). Trap states build-up as dielectric breakdown is approached and increased leakage is observed. To understand the mechanism of breakdown we study nanoporous SiCOH films of k=2.4 to 2.7 primarily using dielectric relaxation. Dielectric films, in the thickness range of 40 nm, are incorporated into interwoven capacitor structures. To quantify dielectric relaxation in the pre-breakdown regime, capacitance and dielectric losses are determined as a function of frequency and temperature. Through these dielectric measurements, we have obtained activation energies in the range of 0.1-0.2 eV for humidified and annealed capacitors; and 0.9-1.2 eV for copper ion incursion into the dielectric. We also deduce a charge center density of 1015/cm3. Our measurements provide an estimate of the impurity content and changes in activation energy with annealing and other fabrication parameters.

  13. Dielectric relaxations on erythrocyte membrane as revealed by spectrin denaturation.

    PubMed

    Ivanov, I T; Paarvanova, B

    2016-08-01

    We studied the effect of spectrin denaturation at 49.5°C (TA) on the dielectric relaxations and related changes in the complex impedance, Z*, complex capacitance, C*, and dielectric loss curve of suspensions containing human erythrocytes, erythrocyte ghost membranes (EMs) and Triton-X-100 residues of EMs. The loss curve prior to, minus the loss curve after TA, resulted in a bell-shaped peak at 1.5MHz. The changes in the real and imaginary components of Z* and C* at TA, i.e., ΔZre, ΔZim, ΔCre and ΔCim, calculated in the same way, strongly varied with frequency. Between 1.0 and 12MHz the -ΔZim vs ΔZre, and ΔCim vs ΔCre plots depicted semicircles with critical frequencies, fcr, at 2.5MHz expressing recently reported relaxation of spectrin dipoles. Between 0.02 and 1.0MHz the -ΔZim vs ΔZre plot exhibited another relaxation whose fcr mirrored that of beta relaxation. This relaxation was absent on Triton-X-shells, while on erythrocytes and EMs it was inhibited by selective dissociation of either attachment sites between spectrin and bilayer. Considering above findings and inaccessibility of cytosole to outside field at such frequencies, the latter relaxation was assumed originating from a piezoelectric effect on the highly deformable spectrin filaments.

  14. Dielectric relaxation of α -tocopherol acetate (vitamin E)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaminski, K.; Maslanka, S.; Ziolo, J.; Paluch, M.; McGrath, K. J.; Roland, C. M.

    2007-01-01

    Dielectric loss spectra are reported for α -tocopherol acetate (an isomer of vitamin E) in the supercooled and glassy states. The α -relaxation times, τα , measured over a 190° range of temperatures, T , at pressures, P , up to 400MPa can be expressed as a single function of TV3.9 ( V is specific volume, measured herein as a function of T and P ). At ambient pressure, there is no dynamic crossover over eight decades of measured τα . The relaxation spectra above the glass transition temperature Tg show ionic conductivity and an excess wing on the high-frequency flank of the α -relaxation loss peak. Temperature-pressure superpositioning is valid for the α process; moreover, the peak shape is constant (stretch exponent equal to 0.65). However, application of pressure changes the shape of the dielectric spectrum at higher frequencies due to the shift of the excess wing to form a resolved peak. Additionally, another relaxation process, absent at atmospheric pressure, emerges on the high-frequency side of the α -process. We propose that this new peak reflects a more compact conformation of the α -tocopherol acetate molecule. Drawing on the coupling model, the experimentally determined relaxation times, activation energy, and activation volume for the Johari-Goldstein process are compared to values calculated from the properties of the α relaxation. The agreement is generally satisfactory, at least for T

  15. Dielectric relaxation of alpha -tocopherol acetate (vitamin E).

    PubMed

    Kaminski, K; Maslanka, S; Ziolo, J; Paluch, M; McGrath, K J; Roland, C M

    2007-01-01

    Dielectric loss spectra are reported for alpha -tocopherol acetate (an isomer of vitamin E) in the supercooled and glassy states. The alpha -relaxation times, tau_{alpha} , measured over a 190 degrees range of temperatures, T , at pressures, P , up to 400MPa can be expressed as a single function of TV3.9 ( V is specific volume, measured herein as a function of T and P ). At ambient pressure, there is no dynamic crossover over eight decades of measured tau_{alpha} . The relaxation spectra above the glass transition temperature T_{g} show ionic conductivity and an excess wing on the high-frequency flank of the alpha -relaxation loss peak. Temperature-pressure superpositioning is valid for the alpha process; moreover, the peak shape is constant (stretch exponent equal to 0.65). However, application of pressure changes the shape of the dielectric spectrum at higher frequencies due to the shift of the excess wing to form a resolved peak. Additionally, another relaxation process, absent at atmospheric pressure, emerges on the high-frequency side of the alpha -process. We propose that this new peak reflects a more compact conformation of the alpha -tocopherol acetate molecule. Drawing on the coupling model, the experimentally determined relaxation times, activation energy, and activation volume for the Johari-Goldstein process are compared to values calculated from the properties of the alpha relaxation. The agreement is generally satisfactory, at least for T

  16. Dielectric relaxations on erythrocyte membrane as revealed by spectrin denaturation.

    PubMed

    Ivanov, I T; Paarvanova, B

    2016-08-01

    We studied the effect of spectrin denaturation at 49.5°C (TA) on the dielectric relaxations and related changes in the complex impedance, Z*, complex capacitance, C*, and dielectric loss curve of suspensions containing human erythrocytes, erythrocyte ghost membranes (EMs) and Triton-X-100 residues of EMs. The loss curve prior to, minus the loss curve after TA, resulted in a bell-shaped peak at 1.5MHz. The changes in the real and imaginary components of Z* and C* at TA, i.e., ΔZre, ΔZim, ΔCre and ΔCim, calculated in the same way, strongly varied with frequency. Between 1.0 and 12MHz the -ΔZim vs ΔZre, and ΔCim vs ΔCre plots depicted semicircles with critical frequencies, fcr, at 2.5MHz expressing recently reported relaxation of spectrin dipoles. Between 0.02 and 1.0MHz the -ΔZim vs ΔZre plot exhibited another relaxation whose fcr mirrored that of beta relaxation. This relaxation was absent on Triton-X-shells, while on erythrocytes and EMs it was inhibited by selective dissociation of either attachment sites between spectrin and bilayer. Considering above findings and inaccessibility of cytosole to outside field at such frequencies, the latter relaxation was assumed originating from a piezoelectric effect on the highly deformable spectrin filaments. PMID:27071054

  17. Dielectric relaxation of thin films of polyamide random copolymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Taniguchi, Natsumi; Fukao, Koji; Sotta, Paul; Long, Didier R.

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the relaxation behavior of thin films of a polyamide random copolymer, PA66/6I, with various film thicknesses using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. Two dielectric signals are observed at high temperatures, the α process and the relaxation process due to electrode polarization (the EP process). The relaxation time of the EP process has a Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann type of temperature dependence, and the glass transition temperature, Tg, evaluated from the EP process agrees very well with the Tg determined from the thermal measurements. The fragility index derived from the EP process increases with decreasing film thickness. The relaxation time and the dielectric relaxation strength of the EP process are described by a linear function of the film thickness d for large values of d , which can be regarded as experimental evidence for the validity of attributing the observed signal to the EP process. Furthermore, there is distinct deviation from this linear law for thicknesses smaller than a critical value. This deviation observed in thinner films is associated with an increase in the mobility and/or diffusion constant of the charge carriers responsible for the EP process. The α process is located in a higher-frequency region than the EP process at high temperatures but merges with the EP process at lower temperatures near the glass transition region. The thickness dependence of the relaxation time of the α process is different from that of the EP process. This suggests that there is decoupling between the segmental motion of the polymers and the translational motion of the charge carriers in confinement.

  18. Dielectric and specific heat relaxations in vapor deposited glycerol.

    PubMed

    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

  19. Dielectric relaxation dynamics of high-temperature piezoelectric polyimide copolymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Maceiras, A.; Costa, C. M.; Lopes, A. C.; San Sebastián, M.; Laza, J. M.; Vilas, J. L.; Ribelles, J. L. Gómez; Sabater i Serra, R.; Andrio Balado, A.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; León, L. M.

    2015-08-01

    Polyimide copolymers have been prepared based on different diamines as comonomers: a diamine without CN groups and a novel synthesized diamine with two CN groups prepared by polycondensation reaction followed by thermal cyclodehydration. Dielectric spectroscopy measurements were performed, and the dielectric complex function, ac conductivity and electric modulus of the copolymers were investigated as a function of CN group content in the frequency range from 0.1 to 107 Hz at temperatures from 25 to 260 °C. For all samples and temperatures above 150 °C, the dielectric constant increases with increasing temperature due to increasing conductivity. The α-relaxation is just detected for the sample without CN groups, being this relaxation overlapped by the electrical conductivity contributions in the remaining samples. For the copolymer samples and the polymer with CN groups, an important Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars contribution is detected. The mechanisms responsible for the dielectric relaxation, conduction process and electric modulus response have been discussed as a function of the CN group content present in the samples.

  20. Dielectric relaxation of NdMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Saha, Sujoy Chanda, Sadhan; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T.P.

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of particle distribution of NMO. (b) HRTEM image of a single NMO particle under 4,000,000× magnification. (c) SAED pattern of a single NMO nanoparticle. - Highlights: • NdMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles are synthesized by sol–gel process. • TEM micrograph shows a granular characteristic with an average particle size of ∼50 nm. • HRTEM is consistent with the spacing between the (2 0 0) planes of the orthorhombic NdMnO{sub 3}. • Band gap is found to be 4.4 eV. • Cole–Cole model has been used to explain the dielectric relaxation in the material. • The activation energy of the material is found to be ∼0.43 eV. - Abstract: The neodymium manganate (NdMnO{sub 3}) nanoparticles are synthesized by the sol–gel process. The phase formation and particle size of the sample are determined by X-ray diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The band gap of the material is obtained by UV–visible absorption spectroscopy using Tauc relation. Dielectric properties of the sample have been investigated in the frequency range from 42 Hz to 1 MHz and in the temperature range from 303 K to 573 K. The dielectric relaxation peaks are observed in the frequency dependent dielectric loss spectra. The Cole–Cole model is used to explain the dielectric relaxation mechanism of the material. The complex impedance plane plot confirms the existence of both the grain and grain-boundary contribution to the relaxation. The temperature dependence of both grain and grain-boundary resistances follow the Arrhenius law with the activation energy of 0.427 and 0.431 eV respectively. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law.

  1. Hydration dependence of conformational dielectric relaxation of lysozyme.

    PubMed

    Knab, Joseph; Chen, Jing-Yin; Markelz, Andrea

    2006-04-01

    Dielectric response of hen egg white lysozyme is measured in the far infrared (5-65 cm-1, 0.15-1.95 THz, 0.6-8.1 meV) as a function of hydration. The frequency range is associated with collective vibrational modes of protein tertiary structure. The observed frequency dependence of the absorbance is broad and glass-like. For the entire frequency range, there is a slight increase in both the absorbance and index of refraction with increasing hydration for <0.27 h (mass of H2O per unit mass protein). At 0.27 h, the absorbance and index begin to increase more rapidly. This transition corresponds to the point where the first hydration shell is filled. The abrupt increase in dielectric response cannot be fully accounted for by the additional contribution to the dielectric response due to bulk water, suggesting that the protein has not yet achieved its fully hydrated state. The broad, glass-like response suggests that at low hydrations, the low frequency conformational hen egg white lysozyme dynamics can be described by a dielectric relaxation model where the protein relaxes to different local minima in the conformational energy landscape. However, the low frequency complex permittivity does not allow for a pure relaxational mechanism. The data can best be modeled with a single low frequency resonance (nu approximately 120 GHz=4 cm-1) and a single Debye relaxation process (tau approximately .03-.04 ps). Terahertz dielectric response is currently being considered as a possible biosensing technique and the results demonstrate the required hydration control necessary for reliable biosensor applications.

  2. Cole-Cole broadening in dielectric relaxation and strange kinetics.

    PubMed

    Puzenko, Alexander; Ishai, Paul Ben; Feldman, Yuri

    2010-07-16

    We present a fresh appraisal of the Cole-Cole (CC) description of dielectric relaxation. While the approach is phenomenological, it demonstrates a fundamental connection between the parameters of the CC dispersion. Based on the fractal nature of the time set representing the interaction of the relaxing dipole with its encompassing matrix, and the Kirkwood-Froehlich correlation factor, a new 3D phase space linking together the kinetic and structural properties is proposed. The evolution of the relaxation process is represented in this phase space by a trajectory, which is determined by the variation of external macroscopic parameters. As an example, the validity of the approach is demonstrated on two porous silica glasses exhibiting a CC relaxation process.

  3. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

    PubMed Central

    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-01-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ≃1 GHz to ≃1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel–Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour. PMID:27040174

  4. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-04-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ~=1 GHz to ~=1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel-Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour.

  5. The mechanism of the dielectric relaxation in water.

    PubMed

    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

  6. Anomalous dielectric relaxation of water confined in graphite oxide

    SciTech Connect

    Yu, Ji; Tian, Yuchen; Gu, Min; Tang, Tong B.

    2015-09-28

    Nonmonotonic thermal dependence of dielectric relaxation of water has been observed in hydrated graphite oxide (GO). Graphite oxide prepared via Hummers method then imbued with specific water contents were characterized, with {sup 13}C and {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ambient- and variable-temperature X-ray diffractometries, as well as thermogravimetric analysis. Pressed pellets provided with either conducting or blocking electrodes yielded dielectric loss, which was shown to originate from dielectric relaxation of the confined water. Three relaxation processes were observed in impedance spectroscopy. Our previous work has identified two different types of water in GO, namely, intercalated water and water in inter-grain voids. P{sub 1} expresses the reorientation of water confined inside inter-grain voids, and P{sub 2}, the rotation of intercalated water molecules confined in interlayers. The present work reveals a new process P{sub 3}, which also relates to intercalated water. It slows down with temperature, and this apparent anomaly is explained by the decrease in water content and consequent narrowing of interlayer spacing in graphite oxide, as confirmed by characterization techniques. The present study should contribute to our understanding of surface water dynamics.

  7. Anomalous dielectric relaxation of water confined in graphite oxide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, Ji; Tian, Yuchen; Gu, Min; Tang, Tong B.

    2015-09-01

    Nonmonotonic thermal dependence of dielectric relaxation of water has been observed in hydrated graphite oxide (GO). Graphite oxide prepared via Hummers method then imbued with specific water contents were characterized, with 13C and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ambient- and variable-temperature X-ray diffractometries, as well as thermogravimetric analysis. Pressed pellets provided with either conducting or blocking electrodes yielded dielectric loss, which was shown to originate from dielectric relaxation of the confined water. Three relaxation processes were observed in impedance spectroscopy. Our previous work has identified two different types of water in GO, namely, intercalated water and water in inter-grain voids. P1 expresses the reorientation of water confined inside inter-grain voids, and P2, the rotation of intercalated water molecules confined in interlayers. The present work reveals a new process P3, which also relates to intercalated water. It slows down with temperature, and this apparent anomaly is explained by the decrease in water content and consequent narrowing of interlayer spacing in graphite oxide, as confirmed by characterization techniques. The present study should contribute to our understanding of surface water dynamics.

  8. Mesoscopic nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach to non-Debye dielectric relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Híjar, Humberto; Méndez-Bermúdez, J. G.; Santamaría-Holek, Iván

    2010-02-01

    Mesoscopic nonequilibrium thermodynamics is used to formulate a model describing nonhomogeneous and non-Debye dielectric relaxation. The model is presented in terms of a Fokker-Planck equation for the probability distribution of noninteracting polar molecules in contact with a heat bath and in the presence of an external time-dependent electric field. Memory effects are introduced in the Fokker-Planck description through integral relations containing memory kernels, which in turn are used to establish a connection with fractional Fokker-Planck descriptions. The model is developed in terms of the evolution equations for the first two moments of the distribution function. These equations are solved by following a perturbative method from which the expressions for the complex susceptibilities are obtained as a function of the frequency and the wave number. Different memory kernels are considered and used to compare with experiments of dielectric relaxation in glassy systems. For the case of Cole-Cole relaxation, we infer the distribution of relaxation times and its relation with an effective distribution of dipolar moments that can be attributed to different segmental motions of the polymer chains in a melt.

  9. Dielectric and specific heat relaxations in vapor deposited glycerol

    SciTech Connect

    Kasina, A. E-mail: wubbenhorst@fys.kuleuven.be; Putzeys, T.; Wübbenhorst, M. E-mail: wubbenhorst@fys.kuleuven.be

    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 T{sub g} and subsequent cooling/reheating revealed a step-wise increase in c{sub p} 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 c{sub p}, a little gain (<10%) in the relaxed specific heat, and no signs of deviations of τ{sub cal} 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

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

    PubMed

    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.

  11. Modeling of the dielectric relaxation in eukaryotic cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Salou, P.; Mejdoubi, A.; Brosseau, C.

    2009-06-01

    There are two major objectives to the present work. The first objective is to study the influence of the frequency of the oscillating electrical field and membrane conductivity on the dielectric relaxation (β-dispersion resulting from the buildup of charge at cell membranes due to the Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars interfacial polarization) of simple core-shell structural models of biological cells. The characteristic frequency, relaxation strength, and effective conductivity are explicitly computed, via finite element simulations, as a function of surface fraction of inclusion and shape. The second objective of this work is to determine the electric potential distribution inside and outside several cell models and comment on the relevance of these numerical expectations to many aspects of cellular transformation.

  12. Dielectric relaxation of polychlorinated biphenyl/toluene mixtures: component dynamics.

    PubMed

    Cangialosi, Daniele; Alegría, Angel; Colmenero, Juan

    2008-06-14

    The dynamics of homogenous polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB54)/toluene mixtures have been investigated by means of broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The mixture presents dynamical heterogeneity, alike miscible polymer blends, which is manifested with the presence of two relaxational processes. The relatively slow one has been attributed to the motion of PCB54 in the mixture, whereas the relatively fast one was related to the toluene dynamics in the mixture. These results have been interpreted according to the self-concentration concept, first introduced to describe the dynamics of miscible polymer blends, which relies on the limited size of the cooperative length scale in glass-forming liquids. The self-concentration concept has been incorporated in the Adam-Gibbs theory of the glass transition relating the characteristic relaxation time and the length scale for structural relaxation to the configurational entropy. This allowed the determination of the cooperative length scale of PCB54 and toluene both in mixture and alone through the fitting of a single parameter, namely, that connecting the cooperative length scale to the configurational entropy. This length scale resulted to be in the range of 1-2 nm for all systems. Finally, the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of toluene induced by the selective freezing in of PCB54 has been examined and its relation to the Johari-Goldstein relaxation of pure toluene was critically discussed. PMID:18554030

  13. Dielectric and mechanical relaxation in isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  14. Dielectric and mechanical relaxation in isooctylcyanobiphenyl (8*OCB).

    PubMed

    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

  15. Multi-Relaxation Temperature-Dependent Dielectric Model of the Arctic Soil at Positive Temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Savin, I. V.; Mironov, V. L.

    2014-11-01

    Frequency spectra of the dielectric permittivity of the Arctic soil of Alaska are investigated with allowance for the dipole and ionic relaxation of molecules of the soil moisture at frequencies from 40 MHz to 16 GHz and temperatures from -5 to +25°С. A generalized temperature-dependent multi-relaxation refraction dielectric model of the humid Arctic soil is suggested.

  16. Dielectric relaxation and hopping conduction in reduced graphite oxide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wei, Guidan; Yu, Ji; Gu, Min; Tang, Tong B.

    2016-06-01

    Graphite oxide reduced by sodium borohydride was characterised and its electrical conduction investigated with impedance spectroscopy. Thermal dependence of electrical modulus (instead of permittivity, its inverse) was calculated from complex impedance spectra, an approach that prevents any peak in dielectric loss (imaginary component) from being swarmed by large dc conductivity. Two loss peaks appeared at each tested frequency, in a sample of either degree of reduction. The set of weaker peak should arise from the relaxation of some polar bonds, as proposed earlier by us. The stronger loss peaks may correspond to the hopping of conduction electrons; variable range hopping is also consistent with the observed thermal dependence of conductivity. However, nearer ambient temperature there is a change in mechanism, to band transport, with an activation energy of fairly similar values as derived from both loss peaks and conductivity.

  17. Local field and radiative relaxation rate in a dielectric medium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuznetsov, D. V.; Roerich, Vl. K.; Gladush, M. G.

    2011-10-01

    The effect of macroscopic parameters of a substance on the optical characteristics of impurity particles is investigated. A generalized control equation is derived for two-level emitters forming an ensemble of optical centers in a transparent dielectric medium. In this equation, the effective values of the acting pump field and the radiative relaxation rate of an optical center are taken into account. The formalism developed here is a completely microscopic approach based on the chain of the Bogoliubov-Born-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon equations for reduced density matrices and correlation operators for material particles and modes of a quantized radiation field. The method used here makes it possible to take into account the effects of individual and collective behavior of emitters, which are associated with the presence of an intermediate medium, consistently without using phenomenological procedures. It is shown that the resultant analytic expression for the effective lifetime of the excited state of an optical center conforms with experimental data.

  18. Study of dielectric relaxation process in nanocomposite of Li{sub 2}O−SiO{sub 2} nanoglass-CuO nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Saha, Dhriti Ranjan Chakravorty, Dipankar

    2014-04-24

    Dielectric behaviour of a nanocomposite consisting of 23Li{sub 2}O⋅77SiO{sub 2} nanoglass within the pores of compacted CuO nanoparticles was studied. Real and imaginary parts of dielectric permittivity of the material were measured over the temperature range 313 to 363 K. The results indicated a relaxation behaviour. The data were explained by a space charge polarization model developed in the case of a laminar conductor. The activation energy of the relaxation process was in close agreement with that of lithium ion conduction in the nanoglass.

  19. Dielectric relaxation of PrFeO3 nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saha, Sujoy; Chanda, Sadhan; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-08-01

    PrFeO3 (PFO) nanoceramic is synthesized by a sol-gel reaction technique. Thermogravimetric study of the as prepared gel is performed to get the lowest possible calcination temperature of PFO nanoparticles. The Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that the sample crystallizes in the orthorhombic (Pnma) phase at room temperature. The particle size of the sample is determined by scanning electron microscopy. The vibrational properties of the samples are studied by Raman spectroscopy at an excitation wavelength of 488 nm to substantiate the XRD results. Group-theoretical study is performed to assign the different vibrational modes of the sample in accordance with structural symmetry. Dielectric spectroscopy is applied to investigate the ac electrical properties of PFO at various temperatures between 313 and 473 K and in a frequency range of 42 Hz-1.1 MHz. The modified Cole-Cole equation is used to describe the experimental dielectric spectra. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra are found to follow the power law. The temperature dependent dc conductivity is found to obey the Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.280 eV. An analysis of the real and imaginary parts of impedance is performed, assuming a distribution of relaxation times as confirmed by Cole-Cole plot.

  20. Analysis of conductivity and dielectric spectra of Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 with coupled Cole-Cole type anomalous relaxations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, N. S. K.; Shahid, T. S.; Govindaraj, G.

    2016-05-01

    Most of the crystalline materials seldom show a well-defined dielectric loss peak due to domination of dc conductivity contribution, but effects of loss peaks are seen at high frequencies. Ac electrical data of nano-crystalline Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 synthesised by chemical co-precipitation method show such behaviour. Properly combined and formulated conduction and dielectric relaxation functions are required for such materials. Cole-Cole type relaxation function in the combined conduction and dielectric process is formulated for complex resistivity ρ*(ω), complex permittivity ε*(ω), complex conductivity σ*(ω) and complex electric modulus M*(ω). Conduction and dielectric relaxation are linked to Jonscher's idea of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' to understand the relaxation dynamics. The physical parameters of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' formalism are unique for all representations like ρ*(ω), ε*(ω), σ*(ω) and M*(ω). 'Pinned dipole' relaxation time τc related to conduction process and 'free dipole' relaxation time τd related to dielectric process show Arrhenius behaviour with the same activation energy. Correlation of dc conductivity σc with τc and τd indicates the coupled dynamics of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole'. Time-temperature scaling of conduction and dielectric relaxation reveals that the mechanism of coupled dynamics of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' is temperature independent. Hopping of charge carriers with dynamics of disordered cation distribution of host matrix generates a coupled conduction and dielectric relaxation in Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4.

  1. Dielectric relaxation of long-chain glass-forming monohydroxy alcohols.

    PubMed

    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.

  2. Dielectric relaxation of long-chain glass-forming monohydroxy alcohols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  4. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin

    2014-10-01

    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y3+ and Mn2+ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  5. Interconversion of mechanical and dielectrical relaxation measurements for dicyclohexylmethyl-2-methyl succinate.

    PubMed

    Díaz-Calleja, R; Garcia-Bernabé, A; Sanchis, M J; del Castillo, L F

    2005-11-01

    A comparison between results of dielectrical relaxation and dynamic mechanical spectroscopies is carried out for the alpha-relaxation of the ester dicyclohexyl methyl-2-methyl succinate (DCMMS). The results for the dielectric permittivity and the shear modulus measurements are presented according to the empirical Havriliak-Negami (HN) equation. By using the time-temperature principle a master curve in each case was obtained for several temperatures. The comparative analysis presented here is based on the assumption of a relationship between rotational and shear viscosities. The former one is associated to the dielectrical relaxation, whereas the latter is associated to mechanical relaxation. Both viscosities are not necessarily equal in general, and we assume that the difference between them is an important factor to appropriately compare the dielectrical and mechanical results. PMID:16383609

  6. Interconversion of mechanical and dielectrical relaxation measurements for dicyclohexylmethyl-2-methyl succinate.

    PubMed

    Díaz-Calleja, R; Garcia-Bernabé, A; Sanchis, M J; del Castillo, L F

    2005-11-01

    A comparison between results of dielectrical relaxation and dynamic mechanical spectroscopies is carried out for the alpha-relaxation of the ester dicyclohexyl methyl-2-methyl succinate (DCMMS). The results for the dielectric permittivity and the shear modulus measurements are presented according to the empirical Havriliak-Negami (HN) equation. By using the time-temperature principle a master curve in each case was obtained for several temperatures. The comparative analysis presented here is based on the assumption of a relationship between rotational and shear viscosities. The former one is associated to the dielectrical relaxation, whereas the latter is associated to mechanical relaxation. Both viscosities are not necessarily equal in general, and we assume that the difference between them is an important factor to appropriately compare the dielectrical and mechanical results.

  7. Anomalous dielectric nonlinearity and dielectric relaxation in xBST-(1- x) (LMT-LNT) ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Cheng; Liu, Peng

    2011-11-01

    xwt%Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3-(1- x)wt%[0.4La (Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-0.6(La0.5Na0.5)TiO3] ( x=0.30, 0.40, 0.50, 0.60, 0.70, 0.80, 0.90, 0.95) ceramics were prepared via a traditional solid-state reaction route. Interesting anomalous dielectric nonlinearity (ADN)—permittivity increased with dc bias electric field ( E-field), and low-temperature dielectric relaxation (LTDR) behaviors—were observed within a x range of 0.30˜0.70 for the first time. Based on our experimental facts, it was suggested that the LTDR was originated from a charge-associated process between electron-oxygen vacancy pairs during a thermal stimulation, while the ADN was related with a metastable state of polarized nano-regions (PNRs).

  8. Magnetic relaxation behaviour in Pr2NiSi3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pakhira, Santanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Time dependent isothemal remanent magnetizatin (IRM) behaviour for polycrystalline compound Pr2NiSi3 have been studied below its characteristic temperature. The compound undergoes slow magnetic relaxation with time. Along with competing interaction, non-magnetic atom disorder plays an important role in formation of non-equilibrium glassy like ground state for this compound.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  10. Low temperature dielectric relaxation and charged defects in ferroelectric thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Artemenko, A.; Payan, S.; Rousseau, A.; Arveux, E.; Maglione, M.; Levasseur, D.; Guegan, G.

    2013-04-15

    We report a dielectric relaxation in BaTiO{sub 3}-based ferroelectric thin films of different composition and with several growth modes: sputtering (with and without magnetron) and sol-gel. The relaxation was observed at cryogenic temperatures (T < 100 K) for frequencies from 100 Hz up to 10 MHz. This relaxation activation energy is always lower than 200 meV and is very similar to the relaxation that we reported in the parent bulk perovskites. Based on our Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) investigation, we ascribe this dielectric relaxation to the hopping of electrons among Ti{sup 3+}-V(O) charged defects. Being dependent on the growth process and on the amount of oxygen vacancies, this relaxation can be a useful probe of defects in actual integrated capacitors with no need for specific shaping.

  11. Low frequency dielectric investigations into the relaxation behavior of frozen polyvinylpyrrolidone-water systems.

    PubMed

    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.

  12. Dielectric relaxations and alternating current conductivity in manganese substituted cobalt ferrite

    SciTech Connect

    Kolekar, Y. D.; Sanchez, L. J.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-04-14

    Manganese (Mn) substituted cobalt ferrites (CoFe{sub 2-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4}, referred to CFMO) have been synthesized by the solid state reaction method and their dielectric properties and ac conductivity have been evaluated as a function of applied frequency and temperature. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that CFMO crystallize in the inverse cubic spinel phase with a lattice constant ∼8.38 Å. Frequency dependent dielectric measurements at room temperature obey the modified Debye model with relaxation time of 10{sup −4} s and spreading factor of 0.35(±0.05). The frequency (20 Hz–1 MHz) and temperature (T = 300–900 K) dependent dielectric constant analyses indicate that CFMO exhibit two dielectric relaxations at lower frequencies (1–10 kHz), while completely single dielectric relaxation for higher frequencies (100 kHz–1 MHz). The dielectric constant of CFMO is T-independent up to ∼400 K, at which point increasing trend prevails. The dielectric constant increase with T > 400 K is explained through impedance spectroscopy assuming a two-layer model, where low-resistive grains separated from each other by high-resistive grain boundaries. Following this model, the two electrical responses in impedance formalism are attributed to the grain and grain-boundary effects, respectively, which also satisfactorily accounts for the two dielectric relaxations. The capacitance of the bulk of the grain determined from impedance analyses is ∼10 pF, which remains constant with T, while the grain-boundary capacitance increases up to ∼3.5 nF with increasing T. The tan δ (loss tangent)-T also reveals the typical behavior of relaxation losses in CFMO.

  13. Dielectric behaviour of Zn substituted Cu nano-ferrites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Jyoti; Bhatnagar, Deepak; Sharma, K. B.

    2015-11-01

    Herein, the dielectric properties such as permittivity (real part ε‧ and imaginary part ε‧‧) and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) are reported for Zn substituted Cu ferrites (Cu1-xZnxFe2O4; 0≤x≤1) composite using the sol-gel auto-combustion method. The variations of real and imaginary part of dielectric constant, tan δ and AC conductivity (σac) are studied at room temperature in the frequency range of 100 Hz-120 MHz. The real part of dielectric constant decrease with increasing frequency and the imaginary part (ε‧‧) varies with frequency showing the characteristic peak for each sample. The relation of tan δ with frequency shows relaxation spectra. Further, the σac tended to increase with increase in frequency. The variation in dielectric constant may be explained on the basis of space charge polarization, according to Maxwell and Wagner two-layer model. The dielectric constant and tan δ as a function of temperature are also studied with different temperatures ranging from 323 K to 583 K.

  14. Dielectric relaxation, resonance and scaling behaviors in Sr3Co2Fe24O41 hexaferrite.

    PubMed

    Tang, Rujun; Jiang, Chen; Qian, Wenhu; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Xin; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-08-28

    The dielectric properties of Z-type hexaferrite Sr3Co2Fe24O41 (SCFO) have been investigated as a function of temperature from 153 to 503 K between 1 and 2 GHz. The dielectric responses of SCFO are found to be frequency dependent and thermally activated. The relaxation-type dielectric behavior is observed to be dominating in the low frequency region and resonance-type dielectric behavior is found to be dominating above 10(8) Hz. This frequency dependence of dielectric behavior is explained by the damped harmonic oscillator model with temperature dependent coefficients. The imaginary part of impedance (Z″) and modulus (M″) spectra show that there is a distribution of relaxation times. The scaling behaviors of Z″ and M″ spectra further suggest that the distribution of relaxation times is temperature independent at low frequencies. The dielectric loss spectra at different temperatures have not shown a scaling behavior above 10(8) Hz. A comparison between the Z″ and the M″ spectra indicates that the short-range charges motion dominates at low temperatures and the long-range charges motion dominates at high temperatures. The above results indicate that the dielectric dispersion mechanism in SCFO is temperature independent at low frequencies and temperature dependent at high frequencies due to the domination of resonance behavior.

  15. Anomaly in dielectric relaxation dispersion of glass-forming alkoxy alcohols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gao, Yanqin; Chen, Zeming; Tu, Wenkang; Li, Xiangqian; Tian, Yongjun; Liu, Riping; Wang, Li-Min

    2015-06-01

    The dielectric relaxations in six primary and secondary alkoxy alcohols with varying molecular size and different separation between -O- and hydroxyl group are studied at temperatures around glass transition. The analyses of the apparent full width at half maximum of the main relaxations of the alkoxy alcohols reveal minima in the temperature dependence of the relaxation dispersions. The stretching exponents for the main relaxations of the alkoxy alcohols are also found not to follow the empirical correlations with other dynamic quantities established for generic liquids. A comparison of the relaxation dispersions in the alkoxy alcohols with those in Debye and non-Debye (generic) liquids is presented. The impacts of the β-relaxations on the apparent main relaxation widths are reviewed for molecular glass formers.

  16. The relaxation of a prolate leaky dielectric drop in a uniform DC electric field

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khair, Aditya; Lanauze, Javier; Walker, Lynn

    2015-11-01

    We quantify the relaxation of a prolate leaky dielectric drop upon removal of a uniform DC electric field. Experiments consisting of a castor oil drop suspended in a silicone oil are compared against boundary integral simulations that account for transient charging of the interface. Charge relaxation causes a marked asymmetry in the drop evolution during deformation and relaxation. In particular, during relaxation a prolate to oblate shape transition is observed before the drop recovers its equilibrium spherical shape. Furthermore, the high field strengths utilized in the experiments yield a fast drop relaxation in comparison with the transient development towards the steady deformation. The storage and release of capacitive energy and capillary energy is then quantified during deformation and relaxation, respectively. Finally, we present computational results for a drop that does not relax back to its initial spherical shape upon removal of the field; rather, the drop breaks up.

  17. Dielectric Relaxation Behavior of Poly(acrylonitrile-co-methacrylonitrile) Microcapsules Dispersed in a Silicone Matrix

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Park, Taigyoo; OBrien, Emmett; Lizotte, Jeremy R.; Glass, Thomas E.; Ward, Thomas C.; Long, Timothy E.; Leo, Donald J.

    2006-01-01

    The dielectric relaxation behavior of poly(acrylonitrile-co-methacrylonitrile) dispersed in a cured polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) matrix as microcapsules was investigated over multiple thermal cycles and at varying concentrations. The copolymer microcapsules contained an isopentane core. In the PDMS matrix this copolymer displayed a pronounced relaxation signal at temperatures above the glass transition of the copolymers due to Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) relaxation. The mechanism of MWS relaxation interpreted by the Havriliak-Negami and Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts relaxation functions was found to be very similar to previous studies of neat polyacrylonitrile and its copolymer. The activation energy of the relaxation decreased over successive thermal cycling coincident with a decreasing strength of the relaxation. These observations were attributed to the decreasing concentration of nitrile groups due to intramolecular cyclizations.

  18. Dielectric and conductivity relaxation in AgI doped silver selenite superionic glasses

    SciTech Connect

    Deb, B.; Ghosh, A.

    2010-10-15

    Non-Debye relaxation in superionic AgI-Ag{sub 2}O-SeO{sub 2} glasses has been investigated as a function of frequency and temperature. The experimental data have been analyzed in the framework of complex dielectric permittivity and complex electric modulus formalisms. The dielectric permittivity data have been well interpreted using the Havriliak-Negami function. The electric modulus data have been analyzed by invoking Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts function and various parameters describing the relaxation mechanism have been obtained. The temperature and compositional variation in relaxation times and the activation energy, obtained from dielectric permittivity as well as from electric modulus data, have been compared. The low value of stretched exponential parameter implies a highly nonexponential nature of relaxation and is attributed to the correlated ionic motion. The values of the stretched exponential parameter are observed to be independent of temperature as well as composition. Different scaling formalisms have been applied to understand the temperature and compositional dependence of the relaxation mechanism. The scaling of dielectric loss spectra and electric modulus spectra results in master curves, which signifies that the relaxation mechanism is independent of temperature as well as composition.

  19. Merging of the α and β relaxations in polybutadiene: A neutron spin echo and dielectric study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Arbe, A.; Richter, D.; Colmenero, J.; Farago, B.

    1996-10-01

    The local dynamics of 1,4 polybutadiene below and above the merging of the α and β relaxations have been investigated by combining neutron spin echo (NSE) and dielectric spectroscopy. The study of the dynamic structure factor measured by NSE over a wide momentum transfer range allows us to characterize the α relaxation as an interchain process while the β relaxation originates from mainly intrachain motions. At temperatures below the merging, the dynamic structure factor can be described by a superposition of elemental processes for the β relaxation as obtained from dielectric spectroscopy. The elemental motions behind this process can be related to rotational jumps of the chain building blocks around their center of mass. Furthermore, we have been able to consistently describe the dynamic structure factor above the merging of the α and β relaxations by assuming that both processes are statistically independent. In the framework of this scenario a procedure for analyzing the dielectric response in the α-β merging region has been developed. Its application to the dielectric data allows us to describe the dielectric response in this region on the basis of the low temperature behavior of the α and β processes and without considering any particular change in the relaxation mechanism of these processes. The temperature dependence found for the relaxation time of the α process follows now the viscosity, a masked feature in the experimental data due to the merging process. In this way, we have been able to consistently describe the relaxation of both, the polarization and the density fluctuations, by using the same scenario, i.e., independent α and β processes, and considering the same functional forms and temperature dependences of the characteristic times of the two processes.

  20. Acoustic and relaxation behaviors of polydimethylsiloxane studied by using brillouin and dielectric spectroscopies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Byoung Wan; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Park, Jaehoon; Shin, Dong-Myeong; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2016-04-01

    The temperature dependences of the acoustic properties and the dielectric relaxation times of polydimethylsiloxane were investigated by using high-resolution Brillouin and broadband dielectric spectroscopies. The longitudinal sound velocity showed a large increase upon approaching the glass transition temperature while the acoustic absorption coefficient exhibited a maximum at ~263 K. Comparison of these results with previous ultrasonic data revealed a substantial frequency dispersion of the acoustic properties of this silicone-based elastomer. The relaxation times derived from the acoustic absorption peaks were consistent with the temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation time of the structural a process, indicating a strong coupling between the acoustic waves and the segmental motions of the main chains.

  1. NMR and dielectric studies of hydrated collagen and elastin: Evidence for a delocalized secondary relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lusceac, Sorin A.; Rosenstihl, Markus; Vogel, Michael; Gainaru, Catalin; Fillmer, Ariane; Böhmer, Roland

    2011-01-01

    Using a combination of dielectric spectroscopy and solid-state deuteron NMR, the hydration water dynamics of connective tissue proteins is studied at sub-ambient temperatures. In this range, the water dynamics follows an Arrhenius law. A scaling analysis of dielectric losses, 'two-phase' NMR spectra, and spin-lattice relaxation times consistently yield evidence for a Gaussian distribution of energy barriers. With the dielectric data as input, random-walk simulations of a large-angle, quasi-isotropic water reorientation provide an approximate description of stimulated-echo data on hydrated elastin. This secondary process takes place in an essentially rigid energy landscape, but in contrast to typical {\\beta}-relaxations it is quasi-isotropic and delocalized. The delocalization is inferred from previous NMR diffusometry experiments. To emphasize the distinction from conventional {\\beta}-processes, for aqueous systems such a matrix-decoupled relaxation was termed a {\

  2. Investigation of crystalline morphology in poly (ether ether ketone) using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Kalika, D.S.; Krishnaswamy, R.K.

    1993-12-31

    The relaxation behavior of poly (ether ether ketone) [PEEK] has been investigated using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy; the glass-rubber ({alpha}) relaxation and a sub-glass ({beta}) relaxation were examined for the amorphous material and both cold-crystallized and melt-crystallized specimens. Analysis of the data using the Cole-Cole modification of the Debye equation allowed determination of the dielectric relaxation strength and relaxation broadening parameter for both transitions as a function of material crystallization history. The crystallized specimens displayed a positive offset in isochronal loss temperature for both the {alpha} and {beta} relaxations, with the {alpha} relaxation broadened significantly. The measured dipolar response was interpreted using a three-phase morphological model encompassing a crystalline phase, a mobile amorphous phase, and a rigid amorphous phase. Determination of phase fractions based on dipolar mobilization across the glass-rubber relaxation revealed a finite rigid amorphous phase fraction for both the cold-crystallized specimens which was relatively insensitive to thermal history and degree of crystallinity (W{sub RAP}40.20).

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

    PubMed

    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.

  4. Dielectric relaxation analysis and Ac conductivity of polyvinyl alcohol/polyacrylonitrile film

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abdel-Baset, T. A.; Hassen, A.

    2016-10-01

    A film of 0.98 polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/0.02 Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) has been prepared using casting method. The dielectric properties were measured as function of temperature and frequency. The dielectric permittivity of PVA is considerably enhanced by doping with PAN. Different relaxation processes have been recognized within the studied ranges of temperature and frequency. The frequency temperature superposition (FTS) is well verified. Frequency and temperature dependence of Ac conductivity, σac, were studied. The conduction mechanism of pure PVA and PVA doped with PAN are discussed. The activation energy either for relaxation or conduction was calculated. Comparison with similar polymeric materials is discussed.

  5. Difference and similarity of dielectric relaxation processes among polyols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Minoguchi, Ayumi; Kitai, Kei; Nozaki, Ryusuke

    2003-09-01

    Complex permittivity measurements were performed on sorbitol, xylitol, and sorbitol-xylitol mixture in the supercooled liquid state in an extremely wide frequency range from 10 μHz to 500 MHz at temperatures near and above the glass transition temperature. We determined detailed behavior of the relaxation parameters such as relaxation frequency and broadening against temperature not only for the α process but also for the β process above the glass transition temperature, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. Since supercooled liquids are in the quasi-equilibrium state, the behavior of all the relaxation parameters for the β process can be compared among the polyols as well as those for the α process. The relaxation frequencies of the α processes follow the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann manner and the loci in the Arrhenius diagram are different corresponding to the difference of the glass transition temperatures. On the other hand, the relaxation frequencies of the β processes, which are often called as the Johari-Goldstein processes, follow the Arrhenius-type temperature dependence. The relaxation parameters for the β process are quite similar among the polyols at temperatures below the αβ merging temperature, TM. However, they show anomalous behavior near TM, which depends on the molecular size of materials. These results suggest that the origin of the β process is essentially the same among the polyols.

  6. Dielectric relaxation of normothermic and hypothermic rat corneas.

    PubMed

    Marzec, E; Sosnowski, P; Olszewski, J; Krauss, H; Bahloul, K; Samborski, W; Krawczyk-Wasielewska, A

    2015-02-01

    This paper aims at the presentation of the results of in vitro research on the dielectric properties of the cornea specimen collected from the rats subjected to in vivo hypothermia. The average values of the relative permittivity and dielectric loss are about 40% higher for the hypothermic cornea than those for the normothermic tissue at the same water content of 12% for both samples and at 25°C. Whereas, at 50°C this effect of increase in the dielectric properties of the hypothermic cornea when compared to the normothermic one is observed clearly only in the relative permittivity of about 19%. In the temperature range of 25-50°C, the activation energy of conductivity associated with the release of loosely bound water takes the average values of 45kJ/mol and 30kJ/mol for the normothermic and hypothermic corneas, respectively. The study provided information on dielectric polarization and conductance mechanisms in the cornea which may be helpful in interpreting clinical results of human cornea examination, currently obtained by means of such electrodiagnostic methods as conductive keratoplasty, electroretinography or electrooculography.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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. Dielectric relaxation and pinning phenomenon of (Sr,Pb)TiO3 ceramics for dielectric tunable device application.

    PubMed

    Huang, Xian-Xiong; Zhang, Tian-Fu; Tang, Xin-Gui; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Qiu-Xiang; Feng, Zu-Yong; Zhou, Qi-Fa

    2016-09-15

    The behavior of ferroelectric domain under applied electric field is very sensitive to point defects, which can lead to high temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors. In this work, the phases, dielectric properties and ferroelectric switching behavior of strontium lead titanate ceramics were investigated. The structural characterization is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The high dielectric tunability and high figure of merit of ceramics, especially Sr0.7Pb0.3TiO3 (SPT), imply that SPT ceramics are promising materials for tunable capacitor applications. Oxygen vacancies induced dielectric relaxation phenomenon is observed. Pinched shape hysteresis loops appeared in low temperature, low electric field or high frequency, whereas these pinched hysteresis loops also can become normal by rising temperature, enhancing electric field or lowering frequency. The pinning and depinning effect can be ascribed to the interaction between oxygen vacancies and domain switching. A qualitative model and a quantitative model are used to explain this phenomenon. Besides, polarization and oxygen treated experiment can exert an enormous influence on pinning effect and the machanisms are also discussed in this work.

  9. Dielectric relaxation and pinning phenomenon of (Sr,Pb)TiO3 ceramics for dielectric tunable device application

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Xian-Xiong; Zhang, Tian-Fu; Tang, Xin-Gui; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Qiu-Xiang; Feng, Zu-Yong; Zhou, Qi-Fa

    2016-01-01

    The behavior of ferroelectric domain under applied electric field is very sensitive to point defects, which can lead to high temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors. In this work, the phases, dielectric properties and ferroelectric switching behavior of strontium lead titanate ceramics were investigated. The structural characterization is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The high dielectric tunability and high figure of merit of ceramics, especially Sr0.7Pb0.3TiO3 (SPT), imply that SPT ceramics are promising materials for tunable capacitor applications. Oxygen vacancies induced dielectric relaxation phenomenon is observed. Pinched shape hysteresis loops appeared in low temperature, low electric field or high frequency, whereas these pinched hysteresis loops also can become normal by rising temperature, enhancing electric field or lowering frequency. The pinning and depinning effect can be ascribed to the interaction between oxygen vacancies and domain switching. A qualitative model and a quantitative model are used to explain this phenomenon. Besides, polarization and oxygen treated experiment can exert an enormous influence on pinning effect and the machanisms are also discussed in this work. PMID:27628266

  10. Dielectric relaxation and pinning phenomenon of (Sr,Pb)TiO3 ceramics for dielectric tunable device application.

    PubMed

    Huang, Xian-Xiong; Zhang, Tian-Fu; Tang, Xin-Gui; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Qiu-Xiang; Feng, Zu-Yong; Zhou, Qi-Fa

    2016-01-01

    The behavior of ferroelectric domain under applied electric field is very sensitive to point defects, which can lead to high temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors. In this work, the phases, dielectric properties and ferroelectric switching behavior of strontium lead titanate ceramics were investigated. The structural characterization is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The high dielectric tunability and high figure of merit of ceramics, especially Sr0.7Pb0.3TiO3 (SPT), imply that SPT ceramics are promising materials for tunable capacitor applications. Oxygen vacancies induced dielectric relaxation phenomenon is observed. Pinched shape hysteresis loops appeared in low temperature, low electric field or high frequency, whereas these pinched hysteresis loops also can become normal by rising temperature, enhancing electric field or lowering frequency. The pinning and depinning effect can be ascribed to the interaction between oxygen vacancies and domain switching. A qualitative model and a quantitative model are used to explain this phenomenon. Besides, polarization and oxygen treated experiment can exert an enormous influence on pinning effect and the machanisms are also discussed in this work. PMID:27628266

  11. Dielectric relaxation and pinning phenomenon of (Sr,Pb)TiO3 ceramics for dielectric tunable device application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, Xian-Xiong; Zhang, Tian-Fu; Tang, Xin-Gui; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Qiu-Xiang; Feng, Zu-Yong; Zhou, Qi-Fa

    2016-09-01

    The behavior of ferroelectric domain under applied electric field is very sensitive to point defects, which can lead to high temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors. In this work, the phases, dielectric properties and ferroelectric switching behavior of strontium lead titanate ceramics were investigated. The structural characterization is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The high dielectric tunability and high figure of merit of ceramics, especially Sr0.7Pb0.3TiO3 (SPT), imply that SPT ceramics are promising materials for tunable capacitor applications. Oxygen vacancies induced dielectric relaxation phenomenon is observed. Pinched shape hysteresis loops appeared in low temperature, low electric field or high frequency, whereas these pinched hysteresis loops also can become normal by rising temperature, enhancing electric field or lowering frequency. The pinning and depinning effect can be ascribed to the interaction between oxygen vacancies and domain switching. A qualitative model and a quantitative model are used to explain this phenomenon. Besides, polarization and oxygen treated experiment can exert an enormous influence on pinning effect and the machanisms are also discussed in this work.

  12. Simulation of the transient electromechanical behaviour of dielectric elastomer transducers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mößinger, Holger; Förster-Zügel, Florentine; Schlaak, Helmut F.

    2016-04-01

    To design systems utilizing dielectric elastomer transducers (DET) models are necessary to describe the behaviour of the DET and assess the system performance in advance. For basic set-ups simple analytical models or lumped parameter models are available and provide reasonable results. For more complex set-ups these models only allow a rough estimation of the system performance, not accurate enough to achieve an optimal system design. Therefore system designers typically resort to numerical simulation tools. Commercially available tools and models specialize on either electrical or mechanical domain thus simplifying or even neglecting effects in the other domain respectively. In this work we present a simulation tool taking into account the transient electrical and mechanical behaviour of DET under different mechanical load conditions and electrical driving frequencies. Our model can describe transient electrical and mechanical behaviour, such as electrical resistance, mechanical hyperelastic and viscosity of the electrodes and dielectric material. Model parameters are derived from measurements of the dielectric and the electrode resistance as well as e.g. the materials Young's modulus. The results from the simulation are compared to simple lumped parameter based models.

  13. Study of relaxation and transport processes by means of AFM based dielectric spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Miccio, Luis A.

    2014-05-15

    Since its birth a few years ago, dielectric spectroscopy studies based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) have gained a growing interest. Not only the frequency and temperature ranges have become broader since then but also the kind of processes that can be studied by means of this approach. In this work we analyze the most adequate experimental setup for the study of several dielectric processes with a spatial resolution of a few nanometers by using force mode AFM based dielectric spectroscopy. Proof of concept experiments were performed on PS/PVAc blends and PMMA homopolymer films, for temperatures ranging from 300 to 400 K. Charge transport processes were also studied by this approach. The obtained results were analyzed in terms of cantilever stray contribution, film thickness and relaxation strength. We found that the method sensitivity is strongly coupled with the film thickness and the relaxation strength, and that it is possible to control it by using an adequate experimental setup.

  14. Dielectric Relaxation of Rare Earth Ordered Double Perovskite Oxide Ba2ErTaO6

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mukherjee, Rajesh; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-01-01

    The electrical properties of rare-earth based ordered double perovskite oxide barium erbium tantalate, Ba2ErTaO6 synthesized by solid-state reaction method are investigated. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the sample shows cubic Fm3m phase at room temperature with ordering of the B cations. Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows two primary phonon modes of the sample at around 350 cm-1 and 600 cm-1. The dielectric relaxation of the sample is investigated in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1.1 MHz and in the temperature range from 303 K to 673 K. Electric modulus and electrical impedance data are fitted to the Cole-Cole equation. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law. Summerfield scaling is used to explain the conduction mechanism. The scaling behavior of the imaginary part of the impedance spectra suggests that the relaxation shows the same mechanism at various temperatures. The complex impedance plane plots show that the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in this material is mainly due to grain boundary effect for all temperatures and grain effect for low temperature. The relaxation frequency corresponding to dielectric loss is found to obey Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.50 eV. The values of activation energy indicate that the dielectric relaxation and the conduction mechanism are due to adiabatic small polaronic hole hopping mechanism.

  15. Dielectric relaxation in hard, plasma-polymerized C:H films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stundzia, V.; Biederman, H.; Slavínská, D.; Nedbal, J.; Hlídek, P.; Poskus, A.; Mackus, P. K.; Howson, R. P.

    2000-03-01

    The dielectric relaxation in hard, plasma-polymerized C:H films has been studied using the depolarization current method. These films were prepared by means of a dc unbalanced magnetron operated in a working gas mixture of Ar with n-hexane. The C:H films were sandwiched between two thin, aluminium-film electrodes. The measurements took place without breaking vacuum at temperatures ranging from 22 °C to 140 °C. The analysis of the respective depolarization currents was performed by means of the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts depolarization function. Two dielectric relaxation processes were observed. The first is associated with high-dipole polar groups such as hydroxyl and carbonyl groups. The second relaxation process is observed only at the highest temperatures and cannot be explained in terms of permanent dipole reorientation. This finding shows that the C:H films are hard, highly crosslinked hydrocarbon plasma polymers.

  16. Applications and Implications of Fractional Dynamics for Dielectric Relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hilfer, R.

    This article summarizes briefly the presentation given by the author at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Advanced Technological Applications", held in Perpignan, France, in September 2011. The purpose of the invited presentation at the workshop was to review and summarize the basic theory of fractional dynamics (Hilfer, Phys Rev E 48:2466, 1993; Hilfer and Anton, Phys Rev E Rapid Commun 51:R848, 1995; Hilfer, Fractals 3(1):211, 1995; Hilfer, Chaos Solitons Fractals 5:1475, 1995; Hilfer, Fractals 3:549, 1995; Hilfer, Physica A 221:89, 1995; Hilfer, On fractional diffusion and its relation with continuous time random walks. In: Pekalski et al. (eds) Anomalous diffusion: from basis to applications. Springer, Berlin, p 77, 1999; Hilfer, Fractional evolution equations and irreversibility. In: Helbing et al. (eds) Traffic and granular flow'99. Springer, Berlin, p 215, 2000; Hilfer, Fractional time evolution. In: Hilfer (ed) Applications of fractional calculus in physics. World Scientific, Singapore, p 87, 2000; Hilfer, Remarks on fractional time. In: Castell and Ischebeck (eds) Time, quantum and information. Springer, Berlin, p 235, 2003; Hilfer, Physica A 329:35, 2003; Hilfer, Threefold introduction to fractional derivatives. In: Klages et al. (eds) Anomalous transport: foundations and applications. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, pp 17-74, 2008; Hilfer, Foundations of fractional dynamics: a short account. In: Klafter et al. (eds) Fractional dynamics: recent advances. World Scientific, Singapore, p 207, 2011) and demonstrate its relevance and application to broadband dielectric spectroscopy (Hilfer, J Phys Condens Matter 14:2297, 2002; Hilfer, Chem Phys 284:399, 2002; Hilfer, Fractals 11:251, 2003; Hilfer et al., Fractional Calc Appl Anal 12:299, 2009). It was argued, that broadband dielectric spectroscopy might be useful to test effective field theories based on fractional dynamics.

  17. Dielectric relaxation in weakly ergodic dilute dipole systems.

    PubMed

    Lerner, Shimon E; Mierzwa, Michal; Paluch, Marian; Feldman, Yuri; Ishai, Paul Ben

    2013-05-28

    We introduce a method for calculating dipole correlations in systems containing hopping processes exhibiting weak ergodicity breaking. Modeled after the original Kirkwood-Fröhlich theory, the new method provides a bridge extending Fröhlich's insights from the realm of rigid dipoles into weakly non-ergodic fluctuating virtual dipolar entities. Relevant for the investigation of any system containing transport processes, it provides a testable parameter derived primarily from the static dielectric parameters. Three examples of systems including porous silicon, porous glass, and ferroelectric crystals are brought to demonstrate the model's versatility, including direct confirmation of Fröhlich's original idea.

  18. The effects of different additives on the dielectric relaxation and the dynamic mechanical properties of urethane dimethacrylate.

    PubMed

    Mohsen, N M; Craig, R G; Filisko, F E

    2000-03-01

    The polymer-filler interaction of a dental composite was examined by dielectric measurements to determine how a non-compatible inorganic phase modifies the molecular behaviour of the polymer chains and how modification of this phase by silanation can affect these molecular behaviours. Urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) monomer and zirconia-silica (ZS) powder were used as organic and inorganic phases, respectively. 3-Acryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MAPM) and 4-aminobutyltriethoxysilane (ABTE) were used as silanating coupling agents. The components of the composite were mixed in different ratios after treating the filler with from 0 to 30 times the minimum uniform coverage with the silane, then the composite was made into thin films. The dielectric spectra of five replicas for each filler-monomer ratio were measured, and three replicas were measured for each silane and for each amount of silane used to treat the filler. Increasing the filler concentration in the composites decreased the intensity of Tan(delta)epsilon for the alpha- and beta-relaxations, where the beta-relaxations also became broader and the alpha-relaxations were totally obstructed. The alpha-relaxations were shifted to higher temperatures, while the beta-relaxations were shifted to lower temperatures. Filler treatment with small amounts of MAPM shifted the alpha-relaxations to higher temperatures; they were shifted back to lower temperatures when the filler was treated with large amounts of silane. Filler treatment with large amounts of ABTE (30-fold) caused an extra peak to emerge in the high-temperature region. It can be concluded that increasing filler concentration restricts the mobility of the main chains and decreases the thickness of the surface layer, while allowing more movement of the local chains. Filler treatment with MAPM was shown to be a compatible coupling agent with the ZS and the UDMA systems. Such compatibility was observed through the effectiveness of the chemical linkage of the

  19. The effects of different additives on the dielectric relaxation and the dynamic mechanical properties of urethane dimethacrylate.

    PubMed

    Mohsen, N M; Craig, R G; Filisko, F E

    2000-03-01

    The polymer-filler interaction of a dental composite was examined by dielectric measurements to determine how a non-compatible inorganic phase modifies the molecular behaviour of the polymer chains and how modification of this phase by silanation can affect these molecular behaviours. Urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) monomer and zirconia-silica (ZS) powder were used as organic and inorganic phases, respectively. 3-Acryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MAPM) and 4-aminobutyltriethoxysilane (ABTE) were used as silanating coupling agents. The components of the composite were mixed in different ratios after treating the filler with from 0 to 30 times the minimum uniform coverage with the silane, then the composite was made into thin films. The dielectric spectra of five replicas for each filler-monomer ratio were measured, and three replicas were measured for each silane and for each amount of silane used to treat the filler. Increasing the filler concentration in the composites decreased the intensity of Tan(delta)epsilon for the alpha- and beta-relaxations, where the beta-relaxations also became broader and the alpha-relaxations were totally obstructed. The alpha-relaxations were shifted to higher temperatures, while the beta-relaxations were shifted to lower temperatures. Filler treatment with small amounts of MAPM shifted the alpha-relaxations to higher temperatures; they were shifted back to lower temperatures when the filler was treated with large amounts of silane. Filler treatment with large amounts of ABTE (30-fold) caused an extra peak to emerge in the high-temperature region. It can be concluded that increasing filler concentration restricts the mobility of the main chains and decreases the thickness of the surface layer, while allowing more movement of the local chains. Filler treatment with MAPM was shown to be a compatible coupling agent with the ZS and the UDMA systems. Such compatibility was observed through the effectiveness of the chemical linkage of the

  20. Grains and grain boundaries contribution to dielectric relaxations and conduction of Bi5Ti3FeO15 ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rehman, Fida; Li, Jing-Bo; Zhang, Jia-Song; Rizwan, Muhammad; Niu, Changlei; Jin, Hai-Bo

    2015-12-01

    Dielectric relaxation behaviors of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 ceramics were investigated in a wide range of frequency and temperature via dielectric and impedance spectroscopies. We distinguished two dielectric relaxations using the combination of impedance and modulus analysis. Resistance of the grain boundary was found to be much larger than grains, whereas capacitance was at the same level. The kinetic analysis of dielectric data was carried out to evaluate the contributions of microstructure and defects to the relaxation and conduction. The possible relaxation-conduction mechanism in the ceramics was discussed. The results enable deep understanding of microstructure-defect-relaxation behaviors in Bi5Ti3FeO15 ceramics.

  1. Resolving environmental microheterogeneity and dielectric relaxation in fluorescence kinetics of protein

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rolinski, Olaf J.; McLaughlin, Damien; Birch, David J. S.; Vyshemirsky, Vladislav

    2016-09-01

    The fluorescence intensity decay of protein is easily measurable and reports on the intrinsic fluorophore-local environment interactions on the sub-nm spatial and sub-ns temporal scales, which are consistent with protein activity in numerous biomedical and industrial processes. This makes time-resolved fluorescence a perfect tool for understanding, monitoring and controlling these processes at the molecular level, but the complexity of the decay, which has been traditionally fitted to multi-exponential functions, has hampered the development of this technique over the last few decades. Using the example of tryptophan in HSA we present the alternative to the conventional approach to modelling intrinsic florescence intensity decay in protein where the key factors determining fluorescence decay, i.e. the excited-state depopulation and the dielectric relaxation (Toptygin and Brand 2000 Chem. Phys. Lett. 322 496–502), are represented by the individual relaxation functions. This allows quantification of both effects separately by determining their parameters from the global analysis of a series of fluorescence intensity decays measured at different detection wavelengths. Moreover, certain pairs of the recovered parameters of tryptophan were found to be correlated, indicating the influence of the dielectric relaxation on the transient rate of the electronic transitions. In this context the potential for the dual excited state depopulation /dielectric relaxation fluorescence lifetime sensing is discussed.

  2. Resolving environmental microheterogeneity and dielectric relaxation in fluorescence kinetics of protein

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rolinski, Olaf J.; McLaughlin, Damien; Birch, David J. S.; Vyshemirsky, Vladislav

    2016-09-01

    The fluorescence intensity decay of protein is easily measurable and reports on the intrinsic fluorophore-local environment interactions on the sub-nm spatial and sub-ns temporal scales, which are consistent with protein activity in numerous biomedical and industrial processes. This makes time-resolved fluorescence a perfect tool for understanding, monitoring and controlling these processes at the molecular level, but the complexity of the decay, which has been traditionally fitted to multi-exponential functions, has hampered the development of this technique over the last few decades. Using the example of tryptophan in HSA we present the alternative to the conventional approach to modelling intrinsic florescence intensity decay in protein where the key factors determining fluorescence decay, i.e. the excited-state depopulation and the dielectric relaxation (Toptygin and Brand 2000 Chem. Phys. Lett. 322 496-502), are represented by the individual relaxation functions. This allows quantification of both effects separately by determining their parameters from the global analysis of a series of fluorescence intensity decays measured at different detection wavelengths. Moreover, certain pairs of the recovered parameters of tryptophan were found to be correlated, indicating the influence of the dielectric relaxation on the transient rate of the electronic transitions. In this context the potential for the dual excited state depopulation /dielectric relaxation fluorescence lifetime sensing is discussed.

  3. Molecular dynamics in polymers, polymer networks, and model compounds by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fitz, Benjamin David

    Segmental dynamics are investigated in model compounds, polymers, and network-forming polymers. Two aspects of these materials are investigated: (1) the role of molecular structure and connectivity on determining the characteristics of the segmental relaxation, and (2) monitoring the variations in the segmental dynamics during network-forming chemical reactions. We quantify the most important aspects of the dynamics: the relaxation shape, the relaxation strength, the relaxation time, and the temperature dependencies of these properties. Additionally, two general segmental dynamics issues of interest are the length-scale and the homogeneous/heterogeneous aspects. A judicious choice of network-forming polymer provides for the determination of an upper bound on the length-scale. A comparison of relaxation characteristics between dynamic light scattering (measuring density fluctuations) and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (measuring segmental dipolar reorientation) provides one evaluation of the heterogeneity issue. Dipole dynamics in small molecule model compounds show the influence of molecular connectivity on the cooperative molecular response associated with the glass transition. A rigid, nonpolar, cyanate ester network is shown to develop an anomalous relaxation process during crosslinking. A specific local mode of motion is assigned. Additionally, the main relaxation becomes extraordinarily broad during the course of the network formation, due to markedly increased segmental rigidity and loss of configurational entropy.

  4. Dielectric relaxation of ethylene carbonate and propylene carbonate from molecular dynamics simulations

    DOE PAGES

    Chaudhari, Mangesh I.; You, Xinli; Pratt, Lawrence R.; Rempe, Susan B.

    2015-11-24

    Ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are widely used solvents in lithium (Li)-ion batteries and supercapacitors. Ion dissolution and diffusion in those media are correlated with solvent dielectric responses. Here, we use all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of the pure solvents to calculate dielectric constants and relaxation times, and molecular mobilities. The computed results are compared with limited available experiments to assist more exhaustive studies of these important characteristics. As a result, the observed agreement is encouraging and provides guidance for further validation of force-field simulation models for EC and PC solvents.

  5. New evidence disclosed for networking in natural rubber by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Liu, Jie; Wu, Siwu; Tang, Zhenghai; Lin, Tengfei; Guo, Baochun; Huang, Guangsu

    2015-03-21

    Resolving the structure of natural rubber (NR) has been an important issue for a long time and essential progress has been made. It is well established that non-rubber components have significant effects on the performance of NR. A detailed discussion on the effects of proteins and phospholipids on the chain dynamics of NR will be crucial for the in-depth understanding of the role of proteins and phospholipids in NR. However, to date, there is still a lack of elaborate studies on the dielectric spectroscopy of NR. In the present study, we performed detailed dielectric relaxation analysis, together with rheological measurements, to reveal the effects of proteins and phospholipids on the chain dynamics of NR. Distinctly different from the widely accepted segmental mode (SM) and normal mode (NM), a new relaxation mode in deproteinized NR (DPNR) was identified for the first time, which cannot be found either in NR or in transesterified DPNR (TE-DPNR). Because this new mode relaxation process behaves as a thermally activated process and it is about four orders of magnitude slower than NM, it could be rationally attributed to the relaxation of the phospholipids core of DPNR, named branch mode (BM) relaxation. When further conversion of DPNR to TE-DPNR was conducted, the phospholipids were removed and BM disappeared. In addition, a new relaxation mode, which occurs at considerably lower temperature than that for SM, was revealed in TE-DPNR, and may be related to the relaxation of free mono- or di-phosphate groups at the α ends in TE-DPNR. Hence, the identification of the new relaxation modes in DPNR and TE-DPNR provide new evidence for the natural networking structure linked by protein-based ω ends and phospholipids-based α ends.

  6. Dynamic relaxation study and experimental verification of dielectric-elastomer minimum-energy structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Siu, S.; Rhode-Barbarigos, L.; Wagner, S.; Adriaenssens, S.

    2013-10-01

    The shape of a dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure (DEMES) depends on the equilibrium between a pre-stretched membrane and an inextensible frame. The authors show that an extended dynamic relaxation method, a technique employed for the form-finding and analysis of pre-stressed structures, can be used to simulate DEMES equilibrium shapes. Physical models show excellent agreement with the shape of computed models. Dynamic relaxation, with its low computational cost, is a powerful form-finding technique that efficiently predicts the equilibrium shape as well as the elastic energy of DEMES.

  7. Molecular mobility of amorphous S-flurbiprofen: a dielectric relaxation spectroscopy approach.

    PubMed

    Rodrigues, A C; Viciosa, M T; Danède, F; Affouard, F; Correia, N T

    2014-01-01

    Amorphous S-flurbiprofen was obtained by the melt quench/cooling method. Dielectric measurements performed in the isochronal mode, conventional and temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) studies showed a glass transition, recrystallization, and melting. The different parameters characterizing the complex molecular dynamics of amorphous S-flurbiprofen that can have influence on crystallization and stability were comprehensively characterized by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy experiments (isothermal mode) covering a wide temperature (183 to 408 K) and frequency range (10(-1) to 10(6) Hz): width of the α-relaxation (βKWW), temperature dependence of α-relaxation times (τα), fragility index (m), relation of the α-relaxation with the β-secondary relaxation, and the breakdown of the Debye-Stokes-Einstein (DSE) relationship between the structural relaxation time and dc-conductivity (σdc) at deep undercooling close to Tg. The β-relaxation, observed in the glassy as well as in the supercooled state was identified as the genuine Johari-Goldstein process, attributed to localized motions and regarded as the precursor of the α-relaxation as suggested in the coupling model. A separation of about 6 decades between the α- and β-relaxation was observed at Tg; this decoupling decreased on increasing temperature, and both processes merged at Tαβ = 295 K. The temperature dependence of the α-relaxation time, τα, was described by two Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann-Hesse equations, which intercept at a crossover temperature, TB = 290 K, close to the splitting temperature between the α- and β-relaxation. From the low temperature VFTH equation, a Tg(DRS) = 265.2 was estimated (at τα =100 s) in good agreement with the calorimetric value (Tg,onset,TMDSC = 265.6 K), and a fragility or steepness index m = 113 was calculated allowing to classify S-flurbiprofen as a fragile glass former. The α-relaxation spectra were found to be characterized by a

  8. Dielectric relaxation study of binary mixture of sulfolane and N,N-dimethylformamide in benzene solution using microwave absorption data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, Dalip; Thakur, Nagesh; Sharma, D. R.

    2012-12-01

    The dielectric constant (ɛ') and dielectric loss (ɛ″) for dilute solutions of the binary mixture of different molar concentrations of sulfolane and DMF in benzene solution has been measured at 9.885 GHz and different temperatures (25, 30, 35, 40°C) by using standard microwave techniques. Following the single frequency concentration variational method, the dielectric relaxation time (τ) and dipole moment (μ) have been calculated. It is found that dielectric relaxation process can be treated as the rate process, just like the viscous flow. The presence of solute-solute molecular associations in benzene solution has been proposed. Energy parameters (Δ H ɛ, Δ F ɛ, Δ S ɛ) for dielectric relaxation process of binary mixture at 50% mole fraction in benzene at 25, 30, 35, and 40°C have been calculated and compared with the corresponding energy parameters (Δ H η, Δ F η, Δ S η) for the viscous flow.

  9. High-frequency dielectric behaviour of erbium substituted Ni-Zn ferrites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, K. Vijaya; Reddy, A. Chandra Shekhar; Ravinder, D.

    2003-07-01

    Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant ( ɛ') and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of mixed Ni-Zn-Er ferrites have been measured at room temperature in the frequency range 1-13 MHz using a HP 4192A impedance analyser. Plots of dielectric constant ( ɛ') versus frequency show a normal dielectric behaviour of spinel ferrites. The frequency dependence of dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) is found to be abnormal, giving a peak at certain frequency for all mixed Ni-Zn-Er ferrites. A qualitative explanation is given for the composition and frequency dependence of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent. Plot of dielectric constant versus temperature has shown a transition near the Curie temperature for all the samples of Ni-Zn-Er ferrites. On the basis of these results an explanation for the dielectric mechanism in Ni-Zn-Er ferrites is suggested.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  11. Role of Cu additive on the dielectric relaxation of Se75Te25 and Se85Te15 glassy alloys

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharma, J.; Kumar, S.

    2010-07-01

    The effect of Cu additive on the dielectric relaxation of two binary Se-Te glassy systems, comparing the properties of a-Se75Te25, a-Se85Te15 and a-Se75Te15Cu10 alloys has been reported. The temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric parameters in Glassy Se75Te25, Se85Te15 and Se75Te15Cu10 alloys are studied by measuring capacitance and dissipation factor in the frequency range (1 kHz-5 MHz) and temperature range (300-350 K). A Debye like relaxation of dielectric behavior has been observed. A comprehensive study on the relaxation mechanism revealed that the presence of grains and grain boundaries across the pallet thickness is the basic relaxation process. A detailed analysis shows that the observed dielectric loss is in agreement with the Guintini's theory of dielectric dispersion based on two electron hopping over a potential barrier and is applicable in the present case. Dielectric constant (ɛ’), dielectric loss (ɛ”), loss tangent (δ) and capacitive reactance (Xc) are found highly frequency and temperature dependent. Dependence of these dielectric parameters over the metallic impurity Cu, has also been found in the present glassy system and has been discussed in terms of electronegativity difference between the elements used in making the aforesaid glassy system.

  12. Probing the subglass relaxation behavior in model heterocyclic polymer networks by dielectric spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kramarenko, V. Yu.; Ezquerra, T. A.; Privalko, V. P.

    2001-11-01

    The subglass relaxation (β) in model heterocyclic polymer networks (HPNs) with a controlled ratio of trimerized mono- and diisocyanates was characterized by dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency domain. The β relaxation in the investigated HPNs follows the Arrhenius law with unusually low values of the preexponential factor (10-17<τβ0<10-15 s). However, little influence of the local environment, as characterized by the network density, on the apparent activation energies ΔEβ is observed. This fact, combined with their fairly low absolute values (50.4-58.3 kJ/mol), were considered as typical of a noncooperative relaxation in loosely packed regions of a glassy quasilattice. Both the intensity and dielectric strength of the β relaxation in HPNs increase with increasing apparent network density (i.e., with lower ratios of linear and network structures in the system, L/N). This effect was explained by a model assuming that the total, composition-invariant, free volume available was distributed between densely packed domains comprising linear, two-arm isocyanurate heterocycles (ISHs) and loosely packed, three-arm ISHs, which form continuous, three-dimensional network structures. The experimental data for HPNs confirm Ngai's correlation between the logarithm of the secondary β-relaxation time and the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts stretching exponent for the primary α relaxation. It is suggested that the absence of conjugated bonds within isocyanurate heterocycles makes them sufficiently flexible to allow for specific conformational transitions, like the ``chair-boat-chair'' transition in the structurally similar cyclohexyl ring.

  13. Non-Debye dipoles and their relaxation dynamics for the description of dielectric spectra

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Govindaraj, G.

    2016-05-01

    Non-Debye dipole idea is introduced in terms of Debye dipole for the description of relaxation polarization process and dielectric loss spectra. The dipoles ∑m=1n{G0,G,G 1, G 2} m are designated as dielectric dipole relaxors, associated with molecule, where G0 is Debye dipole moment, G=(1-gd)G0, G1=gdG0, G2=(2-gd)G0 are non-Debye dipole moments in terms of G0, the fraction gd lies 0relaxation functions are obtained for non-Debye dipole G1=G0-G and G2=G0+G. The fraction, 0dielectric loss spectra of glass-former glycerol [C3H5(OH)3]. The present model predicts the existence of two internal degrees of freedom of molecular motions in glycerol in terms of two Debye dipoles and corresponding non-Debye dipoles for structural relaxation. Both the non-Debye dipole relaxation contributes for dielectric loss and are identified as α relaxation time (τd)1 and secondary process β relaxation time (τd)2. The non-Debye dipole strength for α and β processes are (gd)1 and (gd)2 and they show a temperature dependence. Existence of non-Debye dipole process is established in various systems by compiling the loss data based on the proposed model.

  14. AC Conductivity and Dielectric Relaxation Behavior of Sb2S3 Bulk Material

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abd El-Rahman, K. F.; Darwish, A. A. A.; Qashou, Saleem I.; Hanafy, T. A.

    2016-07-01

    The Sb2S3 bulk material was used for next-generation anode for lithium-ion batteries. Alternative current (AC) conductivity, dielectric properties and electric modulus of Sb2S3 have been investigated. The measurements were carried out in the frequency range from 40 Hz to 5 MHz and temperature range from 293 K to 453 K. The direct current (DC) conductivity, σ DC, shows an activated behavior and the calculated activation energy is 0.50 eV. The AC conductivity, σ AC, was found to increase with the increase of temperature and frequency. The conduction mechanism of σ AC was controlled by the correlated barrier hopping model. The behavior of the dielectric constant, ɛ', and dielectric loss index, ɛ'', reveal that the polarization process of Sb2S3 is dipolar in nature. The behavior of both ɛ' and ɛ'' reveals that bulk Sb2S3 has no ferroelectric or piezoelectric phase transition. The dielectric modulus, M, gives a simple method for evaluating the activation energy of the dielectric relaxation. The calculated activation energy from M is 0.045 eV.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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. Dielectric relaxation in complex perovskite oxide In(Ni{sub 1/2}Zr{sub 1/2})O{sub 3}

    SciTech Connect

    Agrawal, Lata; Singh, B.P.; Sinha, T.P.

    2009-09-15

    The dielectric study of indium nickel zirconate, In(Ni{sub 1/2}Zr{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} (INZ) synthesized by solid state reaction technique is performed in a frequency range from 500 Hz to 1 MHz and in a temperature range from 303 to 493 K. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the compound is monoclinic. A relaxation is observed in the entire temperature range as a gradual decrease in {epsilon}'({omega}) and as a broad peak in {epsilon}''({omega}) in the frequency dependent real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant, respectively. The frequency dependent electrical data are analyzed in the framework of conductivity and electric modulus formalisms. The frequencies corresponding to the maxima of the imaginary electric modulus at various temperatures are found to obey an Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.66 eV. The Cole-Cole model is used to study the dielectric relaxation of INZ. The scaling behaviour of imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the universal power law.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2010-02-01

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

  18. On the nonlinear variation of dc conductivity with dielectric relaxation time

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  19. Dielectric relaxation of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol around the glass transition by thermally stimulated depolarization currents.

    PubMed

    Arrese-Igor, S; Alegría, A; Colmenero, J

    2015-06-01

    We explore new routes for characterizing the Debye-like and α relaxation in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol (2E1H) monoalcohol by using low frequency dielectric techniques including thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) techniques and isothermal depolarization current methods. In this way, we have improved the resolution of the overlapped processes making it possible the analysis of the data in terms of a mode composition as expected for a chain-like response. Furthermore the explored ultralow frequencies enabled to study dynamics at relatively low temperatures close to the glass transition (Tg). Results show, on the one hand, that Debye-like and α relaxation timescales dramatically approach to each other upon decreasing temperature to Tg. On the other hand, the analysis of partial polarization TSDC data confirms the single exponential character of the Debye-like relaxation in 2E1H and rules out the presence of Rouse type modes in the scenario of a chain-like response. Finally, on crossing the glass transition, the Debye-like relaxation shows non-equilibrium effects which are further emphasized by aging treatment and would presumably emerge as a result of the arrest of the structural relaxation below Tg. PMID:26049505

  20. Epoxy-based hydrogels investigated by high-frequency dielectric relaxation spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Krakovský, Ivan; Shikata, Toshiyuki; Hasegawa, Ryuta

    2013-11-14

    Using high-frequency dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, nanophase-separated structures of epoxy-based hydrogels were investigated as a function of water content at 25 °C. The dielectric spectra resulting from the hydrogels were reasonably decomposed into two Debye-type and two Cole-Cole-type relaxation modes. The fastest Debye-type mode, found at 8.3 ps, was attributed to the rotational relaxation process of free water molecules in the bulk state. The other Debye-type mode, at ca. 20-34 ps, originates from the exchange process of water molecules that are hydrogen-bonded to the hydrophilic epoxy network portions for free bulk ones. The first Cole-Cole-type mode observed, at ca. 20-370 ps, was assigned to the complicated dynamics for electric dipole moments of the hydrophilic groups in the epoxy networks (mainly monomeric oxyethylene units). The slowest major Cole-Cole-type mode, at 5-29 ns, was attributed to the Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars polarization process and confirmed the presence of the nanophase-separated structures as revealed by the previous small-angle neutron scattering experiments.

  1. Dielectric relaxation time of bulk water at 136-140 K, background loss and crystallization effects

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johari, G. P.

    2005-04-01

    Dielectric relaxation time, τ, of ultraviscous bulk water has been determined by analyzing its loss tangent, tanδ, data, which had been measured on heating the vapor-deposited amorphous solid water and hyperquenched glassy water in our earlier studies. [Johari, Hallbrucker, and Mayer, J. Chem. Phys. 95, 2955 (1991); 97, 5851 (1992)]. As for glasses and liquids generally, the measured tanδ of water is the sum of a frequency-independent background loss and a frequency-dependent relaxational loss. A two-frequency method is provided for determining the background loss and used for obtaining the relaxational part of tanδ. After considering the structural relaxation and crystal-nuclei growth effects, τ for water has been determined. At 136±1K, it is 2.5±0.6s when a single relaxation time is (untenably) assumed, and 42±14s when a distribution of relaxation times, a characteristic of viscous liquids, is assumed, with Davidson-Cole distribution parameter of 0.75. Structural relaxation time of ˜70s for water at 136K, which was originally estimated from the DSC endotherm [Johari, Hallbrucker, and Mayer, Nature (London) 330, 552 (1987)], has been revised to ˜33s. Temperature dependence of τ could not be determined because ultraviscous water crystallizes too rapidly to cubic ice containing stacking faults and intergranular water. The study demonstrates that water is a liquid over the 136-155K range, thus removing the basis for a recent contention on its state.

  2. Temperature dependence anomalous dielectric relaxation in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Ansari, Sajid Ali; Nisar, Ambreen; Fatma, Bushara; Khan, Wasi; Chaman, M.; Azam, Ameer; Naqvi, A.H.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We prepared Co doped ZnO by facile gel-combustion method. ► Studied temperature dependent dielectric properties in detail. ► Relaxation time shifts toward the higher temperature as increase in Co content. ► SEM analysis shows formation and agglomeration of nanoparticles. ► Dielectric constants, loss and ac conductivity increases with rise in temperature. ► The dielectric constant, loss and ac conductivity decreases as Co ion increases. -- Abstract: We have reported temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric behavior of nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O (x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1) samples prepared by gel-combustion method. The synthesized samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and LCR-meter, respectively. The XRD analysis reveals that ZnO has a hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The morphology and size of the nanoparticles (∼10–25 nm) were observed by SEM for 5% Co doped ZnO sample. In dielectric properties, complex permittivity (ε{sup *} = ε′ − jε″), loss tangent (tan δ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) in the frequency range 75 kHz to 5 MHz were analyzed with temperature range 150–400 °C. The experimental results indicate that ε′, ε″, tan δ and σ{sub ac} decreases with increase in frequency and temperature. The transition temperature as obtained in dispersion curve of dielectric constant shifts toward higher temperature with increase Co content.

  3. Extended dielectric relaxation scheme for fluid transport simulations of high density plasma discharges

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kwon, Deuk-Chul; Song, Mi-Young; Yoon, Jung-Sik

    2014-10-01

    It is well known that the dielectric relaxation scheme (DRS) can efficiently overcome the limitation on the simulation time step for fluid transport simulations of high density plasma discharges. By imitating a realistic and physical shielding process of electric field perturbation, the DRS overcomes the dielectric limitation on time step. However, the electric field was obtained with assuming the drift-diffusion approximation. Although the drift-diffusion expressions are good approximations for both the electrons and ions at high pressure, the inertial term cannot be neglected in the ion momentum equation for low pressure. Therefore, in this work, we developed the extended DRS by introducing an effective electric field. To compare the extended DRS with the previous method, two-dimensional fluid simulations for inductively coupled plasma discharges were performed. This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (10041637, Development of Dry Etch System for 10 nm class SADP Process) funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE, Korea).

  4. Dielectric and relaxation properties of poly(o-anisidine)/graphene nanocomposite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sangamithirai, D.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2016-05-01

    Poly(o-anisidine)/graphene (POA/GR) nanocomposite was synthesized via chemical oxidative polymerization of o-anisidine in the presence of graphene sheets in acidic medium. The electrical properties of the nanocomposite are studied using AC impedance spectroscopic technique. It has been found that the room temperature electrical conductivity value enhanced from 1.28 × 10-6 S cm-1 to 4.47 × 10-4 S cm-1 on addition of 10 wt % of graphene into the polymer. An analysis of real and imaginary parts of dielectric permittivity reveals that both ɛ` and ɛ״ increases with the decrease of frequency at all temperature levels. Frequency dependence of dielectric loss (tan δ) spectrum indicates that hopping frequency increases with temperature and the relaxation time decreases from 2.67 × 10-5 to 7.28 × 10-6 sec.

  5. Low temperature dielectric and conductivity relaxation studies on magnetoelectric Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Shivaraja, I.; Rayaprol, Sudhindra; Angadi, Basavaraj

    2016-05-01

    The single phase perovskite Pb(Fe2/3W1/3)O3 [PFW] was synthesized by modified low - temperature (sintering at 850°C) solid-state reaction. Rietveld refinement ofroom temperature (RT) X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron diffraction (ND) patterns of the samples confirm the single phase formation with cubic structure (Pm-3m). Surface morphology of the compounds was studied by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and average grain size was estimated to be ˜2 µm. The RT dielectric properties of PFW ceramic are studied as a function of frequency from 100 - 1MHz. The temperature dependent (120 - 293K) dielectric properties were studied at few selected frequencies. We found the frequency dependent dielectric constant shows increasing trend with increase in temperature from 120 - 293K, with minimum dielectric loss. The frequency dependence of dielectric loss shows a maximum in between 10 Hz and 1 kHz, confirms the extrinsic phenomena like interfacial polarization due to space charge accumulation at grain boundaries. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical behaviour of PFW in the frequency range from 100 to 1MHz and in the temperature range from 120 - 293 K. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analysed by impedance formalisms and shows the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in the sample. We suggest this low temperature sintered PFW is a suitable candidate for the multilayer ceramic capacitorsandrelated negative temperature coefficient of resistance type (NTCR) behavior like that of semiconductors.

  6. Dielectric relaxation and crystallization of nanophase separated 1-propanol-isoamylbromide mixture.

    PubMed

    Power, G; Vij, J K; Johari, G P

    2007-09-01

    The effects of liquid-liquid phase separation on molecular relaxation of an apparently homogeneous mixture of 1-propanol and isoamylbromide has been studied by dielectric spectroscopy over a broad frequency and temperature range, and its crystallization kinetics investigated in real time. The mixture shows two widely separated relaxation processes, as before, with the faster relaxation due to the orientational diffusion of isoamylbromide and the slower due to that of 1-propanol. In the mixture, the scaled contribution to permittivity from orientation polarization, Deltaepsilon, of isoamylbromide is about the same as in the pure state, but that of 1-propanol decreases by a factor of approximately 3 at 120 K. As the temperature is decreased, this difference remains constant. The relaxation time, tau, of isoamylbromide and its distribution parameter remains the same as for the pure liquid, but that of 1-propanol is longer and increases with decrease in T, becoming approximately 130 times the pure liquid's value at 119 K. This is in contrast to the finding for an isomeric heptanol, whose tau had decreased. Extrapolation suggests that at T>151 K, tau of 1-propanol in the mixture may become less than that in the pure liquid (the isoamylbromide component crystallizes before this temperature could be reached). This indicates that Tg corresponding to tau of 10(3) s for 1-propanol in the mixture would be higher than in the pure liquid. Crystallization of the two components in the mixture occurs at different rates and 1-propanol remains partially uncrystallized while isoamylbromide completely crystallizes. tau of any remaining liquid isoamylbromide does not change in the presence of crystallized states while tau of residual liquid 1-propanol in the mixture is reduced. The mixture phase separates in submicron or nanosize aggregates of the alcohol in isoamylbromide, without affecting the latter's relaxation kinetics, while its own epsilon(s) decreases and tau increases

  7. Anomalous diffusion and dielectric relaxation in an N-fold cosine potential.

    PubMed

    Coffey, W T; Kalmykov, Yu P; Titov, S V

    2003-06-01

    The fractional Klein-Kramers (Fokker-Planck) equation describing the fractal time dynamics of an assembly of fixed axis dipoles rotating in an N-fold cosine potential representing the internal field due to neighboring molecules is solved using matrix continued fractions. The result can be considered as a generalization of the solution for the normal Brownian motion in a cosine periodic potential to fractional dynamics (giving rise to anomalous diffusion) and also represents a generalization of Fröhlich's model of relaxation over a potential barrier. The solution includes both inertial and strong internal field effects, which in combination produce a strong resonance peak (Poley absorption) at high frequencies due to librations of the dipoles in the potential, an anomalous relaxation band at low frequencies mainly arising from overbarrier relaxation, and a weaker relaxation band at midfrequencies due to the fast intrawell modes. The high-frequency behavior is controlled by the inertia of the dipole, so that the Gordon sum rule for dipolar absorption is satisfied, ensuring a return to optical transparency at very high frequencies. Application of the model to the broadband (0-THz) dielectric loss spectrum of a dilute solution of the probe dipolar molecule CH2Cl2 in glassy decalin is demonstrated.

  8. Dielectric relaxation behavior of poly(acrylonitri1e-co-methacrylonitrile) microcapsules dispersed in a silicone matrix

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Park, Taigyoo; O'Brien, Emmett; Lizotte, Jeremy R.; Glass, Thomas E.; Ward, Thomas C.; Long, Timothy E.; Leo, Donald J.

    2006-01-01

    The dielectric relaxation behavior of poly(acry1onitrile-co-methacrylonitrile) dispersed in a cured polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) matrix as microcapsules was investigated over multiple thermal cycles and at varying concentrations. The copolymer microcapsules contained an isopentane core. In the PDMS matrix this copolymer displayed a pronounced relaxation signal at temperatures above the glass transition of the copolymers due to Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) relaxation. The mechanism of MWS relaxation interpreted by the Havriliak-Negami and Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts relaxation functions was found to be very similar to previous studies of neat polyacrylonitrile and its copolymer. The activation energy of the relaxation decreased over successive thermal cycling coincident with a decreasing strength of the relaxation. These observations were attributed to the decreasing concentration of nitrile groups due to intramolecular cyclizations.

  9. Effect of magnesium ions on dielectric relaxation in semidilute DNA aqueous solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Grgičin, D.; Dolanski Babić, S.; Ivek, T.; Tomić, S.; Podgornik, R.

    2013-11-01

    The effect of magnesium ion Mg2+ on the dielectric relaxation of semidilute DNA aqueous solutions has been studied by means of dielectric spectroscopy in the 100 Hz-100 MHz frequency range. de Gennes-Pfeuty-Dobrynin semidilute solution correlation length is the pertinent fundamental length scale for sufficiently low concentration of added salt, describing the collective properties of Mg-DNA solutions. No relaxation fingerprint of the DNA denaturation bubbles, leading to exposed hydrophobic core scaling, was detected at low DNA concentrations, thus indicating an increased stability of the double-stranded conformation in Mg-DNA solutions as compared to the case of Na-DNA solutions. Some changes are detected in the behavior of the fundamental length scale pertaining to the single molecule DNA properties, reflecting modified electrostatic screening effects of the Odijk-Skolnick-Fixman type. All results consistently demonstrate that Mg2+ ions interact with DNA in a similar way as Na1+ ions do, their effect being mostly describable through an enhanced screening.

  10. Studies of structural, optical, dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity of different alkylbenzenesulfonic acids doped polypyrrole nanofibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hazarika, J.; Kumar, A.

    2016-01-01

    Polypyrrole (PPy) nanofibers doped with alkylbenzenesulfonic acids (ABSA) have been synthesized using interfacial polymerization method. HRTEM studies confirm the formation of PPy nanofibers with average diameter ranging from 13 nm to 25 nm. Broad X-ray diffraction peak in 2 θ range 20-23.46° reveals amorphous structure of PPy nanofibers. The ordering or crystallinity of polymer chains increases, while their interplanar spacing (d) and interchain separation (R) decreases for short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers. FTIR studies reveal that short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers show higher value of "effective conjugation length". PPy nanofibers doped with short alkyl chain ABSA dopant exhibit smaller optical band gap. TGA studies show enhanced thermal stability of short alkyl chain ABSA doped PPy nanofibers. Decrease in dielectric permittivity ε ‧ (ω) with increasing frequency suggests presence of electrode polarization effects. Linear decrease in dielectric loss ε ″ (ω) with increasing frequency suggests dominant effect of dc conductivity process. Low value of non-exponential exponent β (<1) reveals non-Debye relaxation of charge carriers. Scaling of imaginary modulus (M ″) reveals that the charge carriers follow the same relaxation mechanism. Moreover, the charge carriers in PPy nanofibers follow the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) transport mechanism.

  11. On the dielectric relaxation of biological cell suspensions: the effect of the membrane electrical conductivity.

    PubMed

    Di Biasio, A; Cametti, C

    2011-06-01

    Due to the mismatch of the electrical parameters (the permittivity ϵ' and the electrical conductivity σ) of the membrane of a biological cell with the ones of the cytosol and the extracellular medium, biological cell suspensions are the site, under the influence of an external electric field, of large dielectric relaxations in the radiowave frequency range. However, a point still remains controversial, i.e., whether or not the value of membrane conductivity σ(s) might be extracted from the de-convolution of the dielectric spectra or otherwise if it would be more reasonable to assign to the membrane conductivity a value equal to zero. This point is not to be considered with superficiality since it concerns an a priori choice which ultimately influences the values of the electrical parameters deduced from this technique. As far as this point is concerned, the opinion of the researchers in this field diverges. We believe that, at least within certain limits, the membrane conductivity can be deduced from the shape of the relaxation spectra. We substantiate this thesis with two different examples concerning the first a suspension of human normal erythrocyte cells and the second a suspension of human lymphocyte cells. In both cases, by means of an accurate fitting procedure based on the Levenberg-Marquardt method for complex functions, we can evaluate the membrane conductivity σ(s) with its associated uncertainty. The knowledge of the membrane electrical conductivity will favor the investigation of different ion transport mechanisms across the cell membrane.

  12. Dielectric relaxation and alternating current conductivity of lanthanum, gadolinium, and erbium-polyvinyl alcohol doped films.

    PubMed

    Hanafy, Taha A

    2012-08-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum dielectric constant, ε', loss tangent, tan(δ), electric modulus, M*, and ac conductivity, σ(ac), of pure polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as well as La-, Gd-, and Er-PVA doped samples have been carried out. The dielectric properties have been studied in the temperature and frequency ranges; 300-450 K and 1 kHz-4 MHz, respectively. FTIR measurements reveal that La(3+), Gd(3+), and Er(3+) ions form complex configuration within PVA structure. Two relaxation processes, namely, ρ and α were observed in pure PVA sample. The first process is due to the interfacial or Maxwell-Wagner-Sillers polarization. The second one is related to the micro-Brownian motion of the main chains. For doped PVA samples, α-relaxation process splits into α(a) and α(c). This splitting is due to the segmental motion in the amorphous (α(a)) and crystalline (α(c)) phases of PVA matrix. Electric modulus analysis was discussed to understand the mechanism of the electrical transport process. The behavior of ac conductivity for all PVA samples indicates that the conduction mechanism is correlated barrier hopping.

  13. State of water in starch-water systems in the gelatinization temperature range as investigated using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Motwani, Tanuj

    Starch-water interactions occurring during gelatinization are critical for developing a mechanistic understanding of the gelatinization process. The overall goal of this project was to investigate the state of water in starch-water systems in the gelatinization temperature range using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. In the first part of the project, the dielectric response of native wheat starch-water slurries was measured at seven different starch concentrations between 5--60% starch (w/w) in the frequency range of 200 MHz--20 GHz at 25°C. The deconvolution of the dielectric spectra using the Debye model revealed presence of up to three relaxation processes. The relaxation time range of what were considered to be the high, intermediate and low frequency relaxations were 4--9 ps, 20--25 ps and 230--620 ps, respectively. The high frequency relaxation was observed at all starch concentrations, while the intermediate and low frequency relaxation were only observed at starch concentrations of 10% and above, and 30% and above, respectively. The high frequency relaxation was attributed to bulk water, while the intermediate and low frequency relaxations were attributed to rotationally restrained water molecules present in the starch-water system. To investigate the state of water in the gelatinization temperature range, the dielectric response, gelatinization enthalpy and water absorption by 10%, 30% or 50% starch slurries were measured after heating the slurries to different end temperatures between 40--90°C for 30 min. The high frequency relaxation time for 10% starch slurry dropped significantly (P<0.001) upon heating up to 60°C. For 30% and 50% starch slurries, high frequency relaxation times were not significantly influenced (P>0.159) by heating up to 80°C. The intermediate and low frequency relaxation times were not significantly influenced (P>0.712) by heating for all starch concentrations. Also, the amount of water associated with the three relaxations was

  14. Grain size dependence of dielectric relaxation in cerium oxide as high-k layer

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Cerium oxide (CeO2) thin films used liquid injection atomic layer deposition (ALD) for deposition and ALD procedures were run at substrate temperatures of 150°C, 200°C, 250°C, 300°C, and 350°C, respectively. CeO2 were grown on n-Si(100) wafers. Variations in the grain sizes of the samples are governed by the deposition temperature and have been estimated using Scherrer analysis of the X-ray diffraction patterns. The changing grain size correlates with the changes seen in the Raman spectrum. Strong frequency dispersion is found in the capacitance-voltage measurement. Normalized dielectric constant measurement is quantitatively utilized to characterize the dielectric constant variation. The relationship extracted between grain size and dielectric relaxation for CeO2 suggests that tuning properties for improved frequency dispersion can be achieved by controlling the grain size, hence the strain at the nanoscale dimensions. PMID:23587419

  15. New insight into relaxation dynamics of an epoxy/hydroxy functionalized polybutadiene from dielectric and mechanical spectroscopy studies.

    PubMed

    Hensel-Bielowka, S; Wojnarowska, Z; Knapik, J; Paluch, M

    2014-01-01

    Dielectric and mechanical spectroscopy methods have been employed to describe the temperature dependencies of the segmental and macromolecular relaxation rates in epoxy/hydroxy functionalized polybutadiene. Dielectric studies on the dynamics of segments of the polymer as well as the mobility of small ions trapped in the system have been carried out both as a function of temperature and pressure under isobaric and isothermal conditions, respectively. PMID:25100898

  16. Dielectric and conducting behaviour of polycrystalline holmium octa-molybdate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Want, Basharat; Zahoor Ahmad, Bhat; Bhat, Bilal Hamid

    2014-09-01

    Polycrystalline holmium octa-molybdate spherulites have been obtained by using gel diffusion technique and characterized by different physio-chemical techniques. The surfaces of these spherulites are composed of nano-rod with an average diameter of about 80 nm. At room temperature the initial crystal structure is triclinic, space group P1. Thermal studies suggested a phase transition occurring in holmium octa-molybdate crystals at about 793 K. The electrical properties of the system have been studied as a function of frequency and temperature in the ranges of 20 Hz-3 MHz and 290-570 K, respectively. A giant dielectric constant and two loss peaks have been observed in the permittivity formalism. The conducting behaviour of the material is also discussed. The conductivity was found to be 1572 μ Ω-1 m-1 at room temperature and 3 MHz frequency. The conductivity of the polycrystalline material was attributed to the fact that it arises due to the migration of defects on the oxygen sub-lattice. Impedance studies were also performed in the frequency domain to infer the bulk and grain boundary contributions to the overall electric response of the material. The electrical responses have been attributed to the grain, grain-boundary, and interfacial effects.

  17. Using Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy to Characterize the Glass Transition Time of Polydextrose.

    PubMed

    Buehler, Martin G; Kindle, Michael L; Carter, Brady P

    2015-06-01

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was used to characterize the glass transition time, tg , of polydextrose, where the glass transition temperature, Tg , and water activity, aw (relative humidity), were held constant during polydextrose relaxation. The tg was determined from a shift in the peak frequency of the imaginary capacitance spectrum with time. It was found that when the peak frequency reaches 30 mHz, polydextrose undergoes glass transition. Glass transition time, tg , is the time for polydextrose to undergo glass transition at a specific Tg and aw . Results lead to a modified state diagram, where Tg is depressed with increasing aw . This curve forms a boundary: (a) below the boundary, polydextrose does not undergo glass transition and (b) above the boundary, polydextrose rapidly undergoes glass transition. As the boundary curve is specified by a tg value, it can assist in the selection of storage conditions. An important point on the boundary curve is at aw = 0, where Tg0 = 115 °C. The methodology can also be used to calculate the stress-relaxation viscosity of polydextrose as a function of Tg and aw , which is important when characterizing the flow properties of polydextrose initially in powder form.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2010-05-15

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

  19. Low field, non-destructive investigation of the effect of moisture on the reliability of low-k dielectrics via dielectric relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Laibowitz, Robert; Raja, Archana; Liniger, Eric; Shaw, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Assessing the reliability of low dielectric constant (<3.9) materials is an important problem for the scalability of integrated circuits to reduced dimensions. The decrease in capacitance ensures lower power consumption and shorter RC delays. The materials are typically nanoporous and are composed of Si, C, O and H. We present a non-destructive, low field investigation of the effect of moisture on Back End of Line integrated circuit capacitors as used in industry. The low-k dielectric layers are around 40nm thick with a k=2.5. Through the measurement of dielectric losses as a function of temperature and applied frequency, we assign two relaxation modes of water in the pores of the dielectric, having thermal activation energies of 0.30 and 0.56eV. Study of dielectric loss as a function of humidification yields a direct correlation to the time dependent dielectric breakdown, wherein increased water incursion into the low k dielectric reduces the lifetime of the device.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2012-08-01

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

  2. Investigation of free volume in polymer blend systems by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and dielectric relaxation

    SciTech Connect

    Simon, G.P.; Zipper, M.D.; Hill, A.J.

    1995-12-31

    Polymer blends form an important area of current technological and academic interest. Due to macromolecular size, entropy of mixing is low and thus full polymer miscibility (mixing on a molecular scale) is rare and many blends are often immiscible. The presence of specific interactions between polymers can, however, lead to partial or full miscibility. Generally, techniques such as microscopy, light scattering and glass transition measurement are used to assess the degree of miscibility. This work presents the results obtained from two characterisation techniques, Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS). PALS is a matter/anti-matter technique in which positrons are emitted from a radioactive source and by monitoring the decay process of orthoPositronium (oPs), free volume cavities of radius 0.2 to 0.6 nm can be investigated. Two parameters, {tau}{sub 3} and I{sub 3} are generally determined and related to the mean radius and relative concentration of free volume sites in the polymer. Dielectric spectroscopy is able to determine mobility and the range of concentration fluctuations and molecular environments in a nominally miscible system. A range of systems have been investigated including a partially miscible system, a number of fully miscible polyester/polycarbonate systems and a range of PC/PMMA materials where the PMMA tacticity is varied. In some of these systems, the results will be correlated with physical, chemical and thermal properties (density, DSC and dynamic mechanical measurements) as well as mechanical properties (impact strength).

  3. Moisture effects on dielectric relaxations of poly (ɛ-caprolactone)/starch biodegradable blends: Local, interfacial and segmental.

    PubMed

    Newman, Dinorah; Bello, Alfredo; Laredo, Estrella

    2015-10-20

    Poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/starch biocomposites in a wide composition range were studied by thermally stimulated depolarization currents, TSDC, during the drying process following the effect on the dielectric relaxations of moisture loss and blend composition. PCL's cooperative chain mobility is unaffected by the presence of water which is mainly located in the starch inclusions as its segmental relaxation is fixed at 207K. The heterogeneities found in the amorphous phase of neat starch are also observed here as a bimodal α relaxation which shifts to higher temperatures as it dries. The blend plasticization by water molecules also affects the blend secondary relaxations showing how the local motions are hindered by the loss of water which is lower in the blend than in pure starch. The interfacial peak which is intermediate between the α relaxations of the two components is affected by the inclusions change from liquid to glassy state as the blend dries.

  4. Rotational and translational water diffusion in the hemoglobin hydration shell: dielectric and proton nuclear relaxation measurements.

    PubMed Central

    Steinhoff, H J; Kramm, B; Hess, G; Owerdieck, C; Redhardt, A

    1993-01-01

    The dynamic properties of water in the hydration shell of hemoglobin have been studied by means of dielectric permittivity measurements and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The temperature behavior of the complex permittivity of hemoglobin solutions has been measured at 3.02, 3.98, 8.59, and 10.80 GHz. At a temperature of 298 K the average rotational correlation time tau of water within a hydration shell of 0.5-nm thickness is determined from the activation parameters to be 68 +/- 10 ps, which is 8-fold the corresponding value of bulk water. Solvent proton magnetic relaxation induced by electron-nuclear dipole interaction between hemoglobin bound nitroxide spin labels and water protons is used to determine the translational diffusion coefficient D(T) of the hydration water. The temperature dependent relaxation behavior for Lamor frequencies between 3 and 90 MHz yields an average value D(298K) = (5 +/- 2) x 10(-10)m2 s-1, which is about one-fifth of the corresponding value of bulk water. The decrease of the water mobility in the hydration shell compared to the bulk is mainly due to an enhanced activation enthalpy. PMID:8274642

  5. Optical properties and dielectric relaxation of polyvinylidene fluoride thin films doped with gadolinium chloride

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    El-Sayed, Somyia

    2014-12-01

    In this study, the properties of pure and GdCl3-doped polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films were investigated. X-ray diffraction revealed that the PVDF was composed of mixed α and β phases. Adding GdCl3 to PVDF decreased the crystallinity of the polymer matrix. At room temperature, in the ultraviolet-visible range both the absorbance (a) and extinction coefficient (k) of PVDF decreased with GdCl3 content, demonstrating that the optical response of the doped films improved because of increasing optical energy gap (Eg). We also measured the dielectric loss (ɛ″), electric modulus (M″), and ac conductivity (σac) at 300-450 K and 0.1-3000 kHz. The pure and doped PVDF exhibited different relaxation processes. The activation energy (Ea) of the αc relaxation decreased with increasing GdCl3 content, following an Arrhenius relationship. The behavior of the ac conductivity revealed that the conduction mechanism for studied films followed correlated barrier hopping model. The hopping distance (R) was calculated at different temperatures for all investigated samples.

  6. Dielectric α-relaxation of 1,4-polybutadiene confined between graphite walls : Molecular dynamics investigations through numerical simulations of polymer molecules relaxation.

    PubMed

    Solar, M; Paul, W

    2015-05-01

    We present results of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of a chemically realistic model of 1,4-polybutadiene confined by crystalline graphite walls. The simulations cover a large range of temperatures from T ≈ 2T g to T ≈ 1.15T g, where relevant time scales are accessible using such computational methods. We investigate the dielectric relaxation close to the walls in comparison to the one in the center of the film, and study the latter as a function of the film thickness from the walls. The segmental dynamics in the film is slowed down close to the walls, in comparison to the bulk. In addition to the α-process, the relaxation exhibits an additional long time decay, the so-called wall desorption process. We focus here on the α-process and find no significant shift of the dielectric T g as a function of layer thickness, in agreement with recent dielectric experiments. These findings can be correlated with the importance of the dihedral dynamics for all relaxation processes in polymers, which is unaltered except for the first nanometer next to the walls. PMID:25967943

  7. Scaling behaviour of relaxation dependencies in metaloxide superconductors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sidorenko, A. S.; Panaitov, G. I.; Gabovich, A. M.; Moiseev, D. P.; Postnikov, V. M.

    1990-01-01

    Superconducting glass state has been investigated in different types of metaloxide ceramics, Y-Ba-Cu-O, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O, Ba-Pb-Bi-O, using the highly sensitive SQUID magnetometer. The analysis of long-time relaxation processes of thermoremanent magnetization m(sup trm) (+) = M(sub o) - Slnt displayed scaling dependence of the decay rate S = -dM/dlnt on quantity of trapped magnetic flux M(sub o): 1gs = 31g M(sub o) - observed universal dependence S is approximately M(sup 3) (sub o) seems to one of the features of superconducting glass state in metaloxide ceramics.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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. Determination of the Maier-Saupe strength parameter from dielectric relaxation experiments: a molecular dynamics simulation study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bates, Martin A.; Luckhurst, Geoffrey R.

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to investigate the rotational motion in the nematic and isotropic phases of a model mesogenic system in which the interactions between the molecules are represented by the Gay-Berne potential. First-rank end-over-end rotational relaxation times, analogous to those measured using dielectric relaxation spectroscopy for real mesogens with a longitudinal electric dipole, have been determined as a function of temperature and density. The relaxation times at temperatures throughout the nematic region are found to be larger than the values extrapolated from the isotropic phase to the same temperature. The simulation results are compared with the extended Debye theory for dielectric relaxation in the nematic phase. This relates the reduction in the relaxation rate to the retardation factor which depends on the Maier-Saupe strength parameter, and in turn is defined uniquely by the second-rank orientational order parameter. The simulations indicate that the retardation factor at constant strength parameter is density dependent, a feature neglected in the relaxation theory. We compare the simulation results where possible with experiment.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

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

    PubMed

    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

  13. Dielectric Relaxation Behavior of Exfoliated Graphite Nanoplatelet-Filled EPDM Vulcanizates

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dash, Bikash Kumar; Achary, P. Ganga Raju; Nayak, Nimai C.; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-09-01

    The present study investigates the dielectric relaxation and mechanical behavior of exfoliated graphite nanoplatelet (XgnP)-filled ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM) vulcanizates with variation in frequency, temperature and xGnP loading. The samples were prepared by a solution-cast method using toluene as the solvent followed by compression molding. The enhanced permittivity and ac conductivity which sharply changes above 20 wt.% of xGnP loading shows the conducting behavior of the composites. The real parts of the impedance for the vulcanizates were continuously decreased up to 40 wt.% whereas the complex part shows an increasing tendency at the same loading expressing the increase in the conductivity of the vulcanizates. The percolation threshold of the xGnP-loaded EPDM vulcanizates was at 25 wt.% of xGnP loading. A more prominent effect of temperature on dielectric loss tangent is observed at 85°C, and 100°C. The ac conductivity increases with the rise in temperature. The Nyquist plots of xGnP-reinforced EPDM show the small intercepts on the Z' axis at 85°C, and 100°C for the 40 wt.% loading. The experimental complex impedance plots were in good agreement with the model-fitted plots. The tensile strength of 15 wt.% xGnP-filled vulcanizate increases up to 12 times more than the unfilled EPDM whereas the elongation at break (%) increases up to 700% at the same loading of xGnP. Young's modulus has been doubled and quadrupled for the vulcanizates with 20 and 40 wt.% of xGnPs, respectively, compared to the pure EPDM samples. The results indicate that the xGnP-EPDM conductive composite can find applications in the area of antistatic material, electrostatic discharge gaskets, etc.

  14. Stress relaxation and recovery behaviour of composite orthodontic archwires in bending.

    PubMed

    Zufall, S W; Kusy, R P

    2000-02-01

    The viscoelastic behaviour of prototype composite orthodontic archwires was evaluated using a bend stress relaxation test. Archwires having 10 different volume fractions of reinforcement were subjected to constant bending radii in a water bath at 37 degrees C for time periods of up to 90 days. The wires were subsequently released and left unconstrained for the same testing conditions. Creep-induced changes in the unconstrained bending radii of the wires were measured at specific times during both phases (stress relaxation and recovery) of the test. The statistical analysis showed that stress relaxation behaviour was strongly correlated with the archwire reinforcement level. The final relaxation varied, with decreasing reinforcement, from 2 to 8 per cent. Archwire recovery was not correlated with reinforcement level, and revealed a final viscous loss of only 1 per cent. The relaxed elastic moduli in bending of the composite wires were similar to the elastic moduli in bending of several conventional orthodontic archwire materials. Losses that were associated with the viscoelastic behaviour varied with decreasing reinforcement level from 1.2 to 1.7 GPa. Because these modulus losses were minimal, each archwire retained sufficient resilience to be applicable to the early and intermediate stages of orthodontic treatment. PMID:10721240

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  17. Investigation of dielectric and electrical behaviour of nanocrystalline Zn1-xMnxO (x=0 to 0.10) semiconductors synthesized by mechanical alloying

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Choudhury, S.; Sain, S.; Mandal, M. K.; Pradhan, S. K.; Meikap, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    The results on the measurement of electric and dielectric behaviour and capacitance-voltage characteristics of Zn1-xMnxO (x=0 to 0.10) nanocrystalline semiconductors are reported. Direct current conductivity increases with the increase Mn concentration and its thermal behavior can be explained by adiabatic polaronic hopping model. The alternating current conductivity obeys a power law of temperature and frequency. The temperature exponent p strongly depends on Mn concentration. The temperature dependence of frequency exponent s suggests that the overlapping large polaron conduction model is the appropriate conduction mechanism for the investigated samples. The interfacial boundaries and grain contribution to the dielectric properties can be identified by the analysis of complex impedance. Relaxation behaviour of the samples can be explained from the analysis of the electric modulus. Formation of Schottky diode can be described from capacitance-voltage characteristic of the samples and different diode parameters can be extracted from it.

  18. Dielectric relaxation in a new double perovskite oxide Ho 2MgZrO 6

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mahato, Dev K.; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2012-01-01

    A new double perovskite oxide holmium magnesium zirconate Ho 2MgZrO 6 (HMZ) was prepared by solid state reaction technique. The crystal structure has been determined by powder X-ray diffraction which shows monoclinic phase at room temperature with cell parameters a = 9.3028 ± 0.0030 Å, b = 5.2293 ± 0.0008 Å, c = 4.4009 ± 0.0009 Å, β = 103.3746 ± 0.0166°. An analysis of complex permittivity with frequency was carried out assuming a distribution of relaxation times. The frequency dependent electrical data are analyzed in the framework of conductivity and electric modulus formalisms. At the high temperature range, conductivity data satisfy the variable range hopping (VRH) model. In this regime, the conductivity of sample obeys Mott's T1/4 law, characteristic of VRH. High temperature data indicates the formation of thermally activated small polarons. The scaling behaviour of imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures.

  19. Existence of internal domains in LixTiyNi1-x-yO and their effects on dielectric behaviour

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jana, Pradip Kumar; Mukherjee, S.; Chaudhuri, B. K.

    2014-09-01

    The elusive domain structures inside the grains of polycrystalline LixTiyNi1-x-yO (LTNO, with x = 0.05, y = 0.02) were observed by scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Impedance spectroscopy (IS) analysis was further explored to explain the behaviour of the charge carriers and dielectric spectra of the LTNO ceramic. An equivalent circuit model has been established to separate domain (D), domain-boundary (DB) and grain boundary (GB) relaxation of LTNO. IS analysis reveals that the domain interior of LTNO is Li modified. The activation energy of D, DB and GB is 0.154 eV, 0.216 eV and 0.423 eV, respectively.

  20. Dielectric relaxation of alkyl chains in graphite oxide and n-alkylammonium halides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ai, Xiaoqian; Tian, Yuchen; Gu, Min; Yu, Ji; Tang, Tong B.

    2016-05-01

    The dynamic of n-alkylammonium halides and n-alkylammonium cations (n = 12, 14, 16, 18) intercalated in graphite oxide (GO) have been investigated with complex impedance spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetry served to characterize the materials. The intercalated alkylammonium cations distributes as monolayers (when n = 12, 14 or 16) or bilayers (when n = 18), with their long axis parallel to GO layers, and with cations of headgroups bonded ionically to C-O- groups of GO; backbones of the confined molecules remain free. All halides and intercalation compounds suffer dielectric loss at low temperature. Arrhenius plots of the thermal dependence of the loss peaks, which are asymmetric, produce apparent activation energies that rise with increasing n. Ngai's correlated-state model helps to correct for effects of dipole-dipole interaction, leading to virtually identical values for actual activation energy of 110 meV ± 5%; the values are also almost the same as the barrier energy for internal rotation in the alkyl macromolecule. We conclude that the relaxation of the alkylammonium cations arises not from C3 reorientation of the CH3 at its headgroup, but from small-angle wobbling around its major axis, an intrinsic motion.

  1. Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy shows a sparingly hydrated interface and low counterion mobility in triflate micelles.

    PubMed

    Lima, Filipe S; Chaimovich, Hernan; Cuccovia, Iolanda M; Buchner, Richard

    2013-08-13

    The properties of ionic micelles are affected by the nature of the counterion. Specific ion effects can be dramatic, inducing even shape and phase changes in micellar solutions, transitions apparently related to micellar hydration and counterion binding at the micellar interface. Thus, determining the hydration and dynamics of ions in micellar systems capable of undergoing such transitions is a crucial step in understanding shape and phase changes. For cationic micelles, such transitions are common with large organic anions as counterions. Interestingly, however, phase separation also occurs for dodecyltrimethylammonium triflate (DTATf) micelles in the presence of sodium triflate (NaTf). Specific ion effects for micellar solutions of dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DTAC), bromide (DTAB), methanesulfonate (DTAMs), and triflate (DTATf) were studied with dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), a technique capable of monitoring hydration and counterion dynamics of micellar aggregates. In comparison to DTAB, DTAC, and DTAMs, DTATf micelles were found to be considerably less hydrated and showed reduced counterion mobility at the micellar interface. The obtained DTATf and DTAMs data support the reported central role of the anion's -CF3 moiety with respect to the properties of DTATf micelles. The reduced hydration observed for DTATf micelles was rationalized in terms of the higher packing of this surfactant compared to that of other DTA-based systems. The decreased mobility of Tf(-) anions condensed at the DTATf interface strongly suggests the insertion of Tf(-) in the micellar interface, which is apparently driven by the strong hydrophobicity of -CF3.

  2. Dielectric spectroscopy in benzophenone: the beta relaxation and its relation to the mode-coupling Cole-Cole peak.

    PubMed

    Pardo, L C; Lunkenheimer, P; Loidl, A

    2007-09-01

    We report a thorough characterization of the glassy dynamics of benzophenone by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. We detect a well-pronounced beta relaxation peak developing into an excess wing with increasing temperature. A previous analysis of results from Optical-Kerr-effect measurements of this material within the mode-coupling theory revealed a high-frequency Cole-Cole peak. We address the question if this phenomenon also may explain the Johari-Goldstein beta relaxation, a so-far unexplained spectral feature inherent to glass-forming matter, mainly observed in dielectric spectra. Our results demonstrate that according to the present status of theory, both spectral features seem not to be directly related.

  3. Dielectric Relaxation In Complex Perovskite Sm(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, Nishant; Prasad, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2011-11-01

    The complex perovskite oxide Samarium nickel titenate, Sm(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 (SNT) is synthesized by a solid-state reaction technique. The X-ray diffraction of the sample at room temperature shows a monoclinic phase. The scanning micrograph of the sample shows the average grain size≈0.6μm The field dependence of dielectric response and the loss tangent of the sample are measured in a frequency range from 100Hz to 1MHz and in a temperature range from 313 K to 673 K. An analysis of the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric permittivity with frequency is performed, assuming a distribution of relaxation times as confirmed by Cole-Cole plots. The frequency dependent electrical data are analyzed in the framework of conductivity formalism. The frequency dependent conductivity data are fitted to the universal power law. All these formalisms provided for qualitative similarities in the relaxation times.

  4. Supercooled water's thermodynamic behaviour and a conflict between Arrhenius relaxation and configurational entropy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johari, G. P.

    2000-03-01

    The increase in the time- and temperature-dependent heat capacity, Cp, in the glass-liquid transition range of water has been investigated using earlier data [G.P. Johari, A. Hallbrucker, E. Mayer, Nature 330 (1987) 552], new computation of the manner of Cp increase in the glass-liquid transition range and theoretical views. The investigation shows that the temperature dependence of structural relaxation time of water in the 136-148 K range remains non-Arrhenius, like the dielectric relaxation time [G.P. Johari, J. Chem. Phys. 105 (1996) 7079] and the self-diffusion coefficient [R.C. Smith, B.D. Kay, Nature 398 (1999) 788]. Theoretical reasons for the broadening of the heat-capacity endotherm are given and verified by computation. Analysis shows that for an Arrhenius-type relaxation-dynamics, the configurational entropy of a liquid will remain constant on its cooling, which violates the consequences of the third law of thermodynamics. When the relaxation time is taken as 10 2 s at Tg and as 10 -14 s at infinite temperature for analysing a liquid's relaxation [K. Ito, C.T. Moynihan, C.A. Angell, Nature 398 (1999) 492; R. Richert, C.A. Angell, J. Chem. Phys. 108 (1998) 9016], the Arrhenius energy becomes unjustifiably proportional to the Tg of a liquid. In its glass transition features, water is not as analogous with molten silica as is believed.

  5. Finite-element modeling method for the study of dielectric relaxation at high frequencies of heterostructures made of multilayered particle

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fourn, Cédric; Lasquellec, Sophie; Brosseau, Christian

    2007-12-01

    There has been much recent interest in how morphological descriptors may affect the electromagnetic wave transport in particulate composite mediums. In this work, we present results of finite-element simulations that model the permittivity of two-dimensional (or cross sections of infinite three-dimensional parallel, infinitely long, identical, circular cylinders, where the properties and characteristics are invariant along the perpendicular cross-sectional plane) three-phase heterostructures made of a multilayered discoidal particle. While strictly valid only in a direct current situation, our analysis can be extended to treat electric fields that oscillate with time provided that the wavelengths and attenuation lengths associated with the fields are much larger than the microstructure dimension in order that the homogeneous (effective medium) representation of the composite structure makes sense. From simulations over a range of parameters, our analysis evaluates the effect of the surface fraction of inclusion, the conductivity, and thickness (relative to the particle radius) of the particle conductive coating on the effective complex permittivity of isotropic heterostructures in which the filler particles have a core-shell structure. Four main effects are found. First, the importance of the surface fraction of inclusion on the effective complex permittivity at high frequencies (from microwave to infrared) is illustrated over a broad range of coating thicknesses and conductivities. Second, the encapsulation phase (metallic coating) conductivity is identified as the key property controlling the dielectric relaxation due to interfacial polarization. Third, a simple parametrization of the high-frequency effective permittivity spectrum allowed us to obtain a reliable modelization of the Debye-type relaxation processes. From the least-squares fit of the effective complex permittivity data, we extract information on these relaxation processes, i.e., relaxation

  6. Collective dynamic dipole moment and orientation fluctuations, cooperative hydrogen bond relaxations, and their connections to dielectric relaxation in ionic acetamide deep eutectics: Microscopic insight from simulations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Das, Suman; Biswas, Ranjit; Mukherjee, Biswaroop

    2016-08-01

    The paper reports a detailed simulation study on collective reorientational relaxation, cooperative hydrogen bond (H-bond) fluctuations, and their connections to dielectric relaxation (DR) in deep eutectic solvents made of acetamide and three uni-univalent electrolytes, lithium nitrate (LiNO3), lithium bromide (LiBr), and lithium perchlorate (LiClO4). Because cooperative H-bond fluctuations and ion migration complicate the straightforward interpretation of measured DR timescales in terms of molecular dipolar rotations for these conducting media which support extensive intra- and inter-species H-bonding, one needs to separate out the individual components from the overall relaxation for examining the microscopic origin of various timescales. The present study does so and finds that reorientation of ion-complexed acetamide molecules generates relaxation timescales that are in sub-nanosecond to nanosecond range. This explains in molecular terms the nanosecond timescales reported by recent giga-Hertz DR measurements. Interestingly, the simulated survival timescale for the acetamide-Li+ complex has been found to be a few tens of nanosecond, suggesting such a cation-complexed species may be responsible for a similar timescale reported by mega-Hertz DR measurements of acetamide/potassium thiocyanate deep eutectics near room temperature. The issue of collective versus single particle relaxation is discussed, and jump waiting time distributions are determined. Dependence on anion-identity in each of the cases has been examined. In short, the present study demonstrates that assumption of nano-sized domain formation is not required for explaining the DR detected nanosecond and longer timescales in these media.

  7. Collective dynamic dipole moment and orientation fluctuations, cooperative hydrogen bond relaxations, and their connections to dielectric relaxation in ionic acetamide deep eutectics: Microscopic insight from simulations.

    PubMed

    Das, Suman; Biswas, Ranjit; Mukherjee, Biswaroop

    2016-08-28

    The paper reports a detailed simulation study on collective reorientational relaxation, cooperative hydrogen bond (H-bond) fluctuations, and their connections to dielectric relaxation (DR) in deep eutectic solvents made of acetamide and three uni-univalent electrolytes, lithium nitrate (LiNO3), lithium bromide (LiBr), and lithium perchlorate (LiClO4). Because cooperative H-bond fluctuations and ion migration complicate the straightforward interpretation of measured DR timescales in terms of molecular dipolar rotations for these conducting media which support extensive intra- and inter-species H-bonding, one needs to separate out the individual components from the overall relaxation for examining the microscopic origin of various timescales. The present study does so and finds that reorientation of ion-complexed acetamide molecules generates relaxation timescales that are in sub-nanosecond to nanosecond range. This explains in molecular terms the nanosecond timescales reported by recent giga-Hertz DR measurements. Interestingly, the simulated survival timescale for the acetamide-Li(+) complex has been found to be a few tens of nanosecond, suggesting such a cation-complexed species may be responsible for a similar timescale reported by mega-Hertz DR measurements of acetamide/potassium thiocyanate deep eutectics near room temperature. The issue of collective versus single particle relaxation is discussed, and jump waiting time distributions are determined. Dependence on anion-identity in each of the cases has been examined. In short, the present study demonstrates that assumption of nano-sized domain formation is not required for explaining the DR detected nanosecond and longer timescales in these media. PMID:27586932

  8. The evolution of antipredator behaviour following relaxed and reversed selection in Alaskan threespine stickleback fish

    PubMed Central

    Wund, Matthew A.; Baker, John A.; Golub, Justin L.; Foster, Susan A.

    2015-01-01

    Changing environments, whether through natural or anthropogenic causes, can lead to the loss of some selective pressures (‘relaxed selection’) and possibly even the reinstatement of selective agents not encountered for many generations (‘reversed selection’). We examined the outcome of relaxed and reversed selection in the adaptive radiation of the threespine stickleback fish, Gasterostues aculeatus L., in which isolated populations encounter a variety of predation regimes. Oceanic stickleback, which represent the ancestral founders of the freshwater radiation, encounter many piscivorous fish. Derived, freshwater populations, on the other hand, vary with respect to the presence of predators. Some populations encounter native salmonids, whereas others have not experienced predation by large fish in thousands of generations (relax-selected populations). Some relax-selected populations have had sport fish, including rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, introduced within the past several decades (reverse-selected). We examined the behavioural responses of stickleback from three populations of each type to simulated attacks by trout and birds to determine whether relaxed and reversed selection has led to divergence in behaviour, and whether this divergence was predator specific. Fish from trout-free populations showed weak responses to trout, as predicted, but these responses were similar to those of oceanic (ancestral) populations. Fish from populations that co-occur with trout, whether native or introduced, showed elevated antipredator responses, indicating that in freshwater, trout predation selects for enhanced antipredator responses, which can evolve extremely rapidly. Comparison of laboratory-reared and wild-caught individuals suggests a combination of learned and genetic components to this variation. Responses to a model bird flyover were weakly linked to predation environment, indicating that the loss of predation by trout may partially influence the

  9. Structure and dynamic dielectric behaviour of ferroelectric [NH2(CH3)2]3Sb2Br9 (DMABA)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zaleski, J.; Pawlaczyk, Cz; Jakubas, R.; Unruh, H.-G.

    2000-08-01

    The crystal structure of DMABA has been determined at 293 and 180 K. It crystallizes in the monoclinic P21/c space group. The structure was refined to R1 = 0.0466 for 1269 independent reflections at 293 K and R1 = 0.038 for 1728 reflections at 180 K. DMABA is isomorphous with the chlorine analogue, DMACA. Its anionic sublattice forms corrugated two-dimensional layers in the bc plane. There are two crystallographically independent, disordered dimethylammonium cations in the crystal structure. One of them occupies cavities inside the polyanionic layers; the other is located between the layers. The temperature dependence of lattice parameters has been determined between 100 and 290 K. The presence of the ferro-paraelectric phase transition at 164 K has been confirmed. The complex dielectric permittivity of DMABA single crystals in the frequency range 100 Hz-10 GHz between 10 K and 300 K has been measured. The dynamic dielectric behaviour of DMABA is found to be determined by the properties of two independent relaxators: a low frequency one (~1 MHz at Tc) with a critical slowing down of its dynamics and a high frequency one (~5 GHz), which is thermally activated and contributes to the electric permittivity at least from about 80 K.

  10. Dielectric relaxation studies of binary mixture of β-picoline and methanol using time domain reflectometry at different temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trivedi, C. M.; Rana, V. A.; Hudge, P. G.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.

    2016-08-01

    Complex permittivity spectra of binary mixtures of varying concentrations of β-picoline and Methanol (MeOH) have been obtained using time domain reflectometry (TDR) technique over frequency range 10 MHz to 25 GHz at 283.15, 288.15, 293.15 and 298.15 K temperatures. The dielectric relaxation parameters namely static permittivity (ɛ0), high frequency limit permittivity (ɛ∞1) and the relaxation time (τ) were determined by fitting complex permittivity data to the single Debye/Cole-Davidson model. Complex nonlinear least square (CNLS) fitting procedure was carried out using LEVMW software. The excess permittivity (ɛ0E) and the excess inverse relaxation time (1/τ)E which contain information regarding molecular structure and interaction between polar-polar liquids were also determined. From the experimental data, parameters such as effective Kirkwood correlation factor (geff), Bruggeman factor (fB) and some thermo dynamical parameters have been calculated. Excess parameters were fitted to the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. The values of static permittivity and relaxation time increase nonlinearly with increase in the mol-fraction of MeOH at all temperatures. The values of excess static permittivity (ɛ0E) and the excess inverse relaxation time (1/τ)E are negative for the studied β-picoline — MeOH system at all temperatures.

  11. The effects of strain relaxation on the dielectric properties of epitaxial ferroelectric Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)TiO3 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khan, Asif Islam; Yu, Pu; Trassin, Morgan; Lee, Michelle J.; You, Long; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2014-07-01

    We study the effects of strain relaxation on the dielectric properties of epitaxial 40 nm Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)TiO3 (PZT) films. A significant increase in the defect and dislocation density due to strain relaxation is observed in PZT films with tetragonality c/a < 1.07 grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates, which results in significant frequency dispersion of the dielectric constant and strong Rayleigh type behavior in those samples. This combined structural-electrical study provides a framework for investigating strain relaxation in thin films and can provide useful insights into the mechanisms of fatigue in ferroelectric materials.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

    PubMed

    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.

  14. Influence of dc bias on the dielectric relaxation in Fe-substituted CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics: grain boundary and surface effects

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mu, Chunhong; Zhang, Huaiwu; He, Ying; Shen, Jian; Liu, Peng

    2009-09-01

    CaCu3Ti4-xFexO12 (CCTFO, 0 <= x <= 0.2) ceramics were fabricated by the solid-state reaction method and the dielectric properties have been systematically studied. All ceramics showed the single cubic perovskite structure, and there was no secondary phase. The average grain size increased and the grain boundaries became thin and dense with increasing x. With increasing Fe doping content, the resistivity of grains and grain boundaries increased, which led to a decrease in ɛ' in the frequency range from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. A new relaxation process II was discovered by means of dielectric properties spectra measurement at room temperature. Based on the internal barrier layer capacitance model, the dielectric relaxation process I originates from interfacial polarization at grain boundaries. The relaxation process II is sensitive to surface treatment and, in contrast to the relaxation process I, is also strongly affected by the dc bias. As the dc bias voltage increased up to 40 V, the low-frequency dielectric constant and resistivity decreased dramatically in the CCTFO (x = 0.01) ceramic. After polishing the surfaces of the CCTFO (x = 0.01) ceramic, ɛ' decreased from 105 to 5 × 104 without the dc bias, but remained essentially unchanged with increasing dc bias voltage at low frequencies. The dependence of the dielectric properties on dc bias voltage and surface characteristics reveals that the relaxation process II originates from the interfacial polarization at the surface layers.

  15. Dielectric relaxation studies in Se90Cd8Sb2 glassy alloy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shukla, Nitesh; Rao, Vandita; Dwivedi, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    Se90Cd8Sb2 chalcogenide semiconducting alloy was prepared by melt quench technique. The prepared glassy alloy has been characterized by techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX).Dielectric properties of Se90Cd8Sb2 chalcogenide semiconductor have been studied using impedance spectroscopic technique in the frequency range 5×102Hz - 1×105Hz and in temperature range 303-318K. It is found that dielectric constant ɛ' and dielectric loss factor ɛ″ are dependent on frequency and temperature.

  16. Characterisation of water behaviour in cellulose ether polymers using low frequency dielectric spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    McCrystal, C B; Ford, J L; He, R; Craig, D Q M; Rajabi-Siahboomi, A R

    2002-08-28

    The behaviour of water in hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) K100LV, K4M, K15M, K100M, E4M, F4M and HPC polymers was characterised using low frequency dielectric spectroscopy (LFDS). Dielectric responses of 25% (w/w) HPMC K15M gels and deionised water were found to be similar at +22 and 0 degrees C. However, at -30 degrees C, a dielectric response typical of a solid was apparent. The melting of frozen water within gels was detected as increases in the magnitude of the dielectric response with increase in temperature. More than one phase transition was visible in the majority of gels studied which may be related to the presence of different states of water melting at different temperatures. In addition to polymer concentration, both polymer molecular weight and substitution level influenced the nature of the transitions. The magnitude of the dielectric response was increased in all HPMC gel systems in comparison to the response seen in deionised water. Drug addition affected the transitions occurring during the melting of ice in the gels. This may be related to the presence of ionic species in the systems. LFDS studies on cellulose ether gels have provided some interesting evidence for the existence of more than one state of water within such gel systems. The results are in good agreement with thermal analysis findings in similar gel systems.

  17. Temperature-dependent microwave dielectric relaxation studies of hydrogen bonded polar binary mixtures of propan-1-ol and propionaldehyde.

    PubMed

    Vishwam, T; Parvateesam, K; Sreeharisastry, S; Murthy, V R K

    2013-10-01

    The molecular interaction between the polar systems of propan-1-ol and propionaldehyde for various mole fractions at different temperatures were studied by determining the frequency dependent complex dielectric permittivity by using the open-ended coaxial probe technique method in the microwave frequency range from 20 MHz to 20 GHz. The geometries are optimized at HF, B3LYP and MP2 with 6-311G and 6-311G+ basis sets. Dipole moments of the binary mixtures are calculated from the dielectric data using Higasi's method and compared with the theoretical results. Conformational analysis of the formation of hydrogen bond between the propan-1-ol and propionaldehyde is supported by the FT-IR and molecular polarizability calculations. The average relaxation times are calculated from their respective Cole-Cole plots. The activation entropy, activation enthalpy and Kirkwood correlation 'g' factor, excess permittivity (ε(E)), excess inverse relaxation time (1/τ)(E), Bruggeman parameter (f(B)) have also been determined for propan-1-ol and propionaldehyde and the results were correlated.

  18. Ionic conductivity and dielectric relaxation in Y doped La2Mo2O9 oxide-ion conductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paul, T.; Ghosh, A.

    2014-10-01

    In this work, we have studied electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of polycrystalline La2-xYxMo2O9 (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) compounds in the temperature range from 358 K to 1088 K and the frequency range from 10 Hz to 3 GHz. The bulk and grain boundary contributions to the overall conductivity of these compounds show Arrhenius type behavior at low temperatures. The random free-energy barrier model has been used to analyze the frequency dependence of the conductivity. The charge carrier relaxation time and its activation energy have been determined from the analysis of the conductivity spectra using this model. The results obtained from the random free-energy barrier model satisfy Barton-Nakajima-Namikawa relation. The conduction mechanism has been also predicted using random free-energy barrier model and the scaling formalism. We have observed that the dielectric relaxation peaks arise from the diffusion of oxygen ions via vacancies.

  19. Heat-denatured lysozyme aggregation and gelation as revealed by combined dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and light scattering measurements.

    PubMed

    Giugliarelli, A; Sassi, P; Paolantoni, M; Onori, G; Cametti, C

    2012-09-01

    The dielectric behavior of native and heat-denatured lysozyme in ethanol-water solutions was examined in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 2 GHz, using frequency-domain dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. Because of the conformational changes on unfolding, dielectric methods provide information on the denaturation process of the protein and, at protein concentration high enough, on the subsequent aggregation and gelation. Moreover, the time evolution of the protein aggregation and gelation was monitored measuring, by means of dynamic light scattering methods, the diffusion coefficient of micro-sized polystyrene particles, deliberately added to the protein solution, which act as a probe of the viscosity of the microenvironment close to the particle surface. All together, our measurements indicate that heat-induced denaturation favors, at high concentrations, a protein aggregation process which evolves up to the full gelation of the system. These findings have a direct support from IR measurements of the absorbance of the amide I band that, because of the unfolding, indicate that proteins entangle each other, producing a network structure which evolves, in long time limit, in the gel.

  20. Vitamin E and related ether-phenols: A low-temperature dielectric relaxation study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gilchrist, John le G.; Burton, Graham W.; Ingold, Keith U.

    1985-05-01

    Within a classs of phenols comprising durenols and methylated chromenols, chromanols and coumaranols, hydrogen-abstraction rate constants, and therefore radical-scavenging and antioxidant effectiveness are closely paralleled by low-temperature relaxation rates, and are apparently influenced in similar proportions by the inductive and resonance effects of para-alkoxy groups. Relaxation rates of 2,3,5,6-tetrachlorophenol and 2,6-di-tertiary-butyl phenol with and without 4-methoxy substituents are also reported and discussed.

  1. Low-temperature dipolar echoes in amorphous dielectrics: Significance of relaxation and decoherence free two-level systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Burin, A. L.; Leveritt, J. M., III; Ruyters, G.; Schötz, C.; Bazrafshan, M.; Fassl, P.; von Schickfus, M.; Fleischmann, A.; Enss, C.

    2013-12-01

    The theoretical model for dielectric echoes in amorphous solids at low temperatures has been developed and applied to the recent two- and three-pulse echo experimental data in borosilicate glass BK7 where the amplitude of dipolar echoes has been observed for unprecedentedly long delay times extending the experimental window for studying the decay by several orders of magnitude. We show that at long delay times the echo amplitude is determined by a small subset of two-level systems (TLSs) with negligible relaxation and decoherence because of their weak coupling to phonons. The universal statistics of coupling is obtained by assuming that different TLS elastic tensor components are almost independent. Under this assumption the echo decay can be described approximately by the power law time dependences with different powers at times shorter and longer than the typical TLS relaxation time. These predictions are in a very good agreement with the experimental data and can be used to extract TLS relaxation and decoherence rates from the echo experiments.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2012-12-01

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

  3. Dielectric relaxation of cytochrome c oxidase: Comparison of the microscopic and continuum models.

    PubMed

    Leontyev, I V; Stuchebrukhov, A A

    2009-02-28

    We have studied a charge-insertion process that models the deprotonation of a histidine side chain in the active site of cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) using both the continuum electrostatic calculations and the microscopic simulations. The group of interest is a ligand to Cu(B) center of CcO, which has been previously suggested to play the role of the proton pumping element in the enzyme; the group is located near a large internal water cavity in the protein. Using the nonpolarizable Amber-99 force field in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we have calculated the nuclear part of the reaction-field energy of charging of the His group and combined it with the electronic part, which we estimated in terms of the electronic continuum (EC) model, to obtain the total reaction-field energy of charging. The total free energy obtained in this MDEC approach was then compared with that calculated using pure continuum electrostatic model with variable dielectric parameters. The dielectric constant for the "dry" protein and that of the internal water cavity of CcO were determined as those parameters that provide best agreement between the continuum and microscopic MDEC model. The nuclear (MD) polarization alone (without electronic part) of a dry protein was found to correspond to an unphysically low dielectric constant of only about 1.3, whereas the inclusion of electronic polarizability increases the protein dielectric constant to 2.6-2.8. A detailed analysis is presented as to how the protein structure should be selected for the continuum calculations, as well as which probe and atomic radii should be used for cavity definition. The dielectric constant of the internal water cavity was found to be 80 or even higher using "standard" parameters of water probe radius, 1.4 A, and protein atomic radii from the MD force field for cavity description; such high values are ascribed to the fact that the standard procedure produces unphysically small cavities. Using x-ray data for

  4. Analysis of linear viscoelastic behaviour of alginate gels: effects of inner relaxation, water diffusion, and syneresis.

    PubMed

    Siviello, Ciro; Greco, Francesco; Larobina, Domenico

    2015-08-14

    The mechanical behaviour of ionically cross-linked alginate gels is investigated here in detail. To determine the range of linear response of the materials, uniaxial, unconfined compression and torsional deformation experiments are performed, obtaining both the stress-strain and the viscoelastic behaviour of the gels. On-line measurements of the radii of the cylindrical gel samples in these experiments are also reported. The linearity range in the gel mechanical response is found to be rather limited, up to 6% strain, at most, contrary to more optimistic conclusions usually reported in the literature. We confirm the presence of a stress-diffusion coupling phenomenon in our alginates, i.e., the migration of water from/into the gels in response to the applied deformation. A phenomenon of inner (constitutive) relaxation of the network component of the gels is also clearly identified, and observed to occur, in parallel with solvent diffusion, upon compression. At sufficiently longer times after a deformation step, syneresis is always observed, with concomitant nonstandard viscoelastic effects, such as the growth of a normal force in torsion, and a size dependent decay of the longitudinal force in compression. We applied a two-fluid model, recently developed by two of the present authors [D. Larobina and F. Greco, J. Chem. Phys., 2012, 136(13), 134904], to simulate the relaxation tests upon torsional and compressive deformations, and to fit our own experiments. The model is found to well describe the coupling between constitutive relaxation and diffusion, and to reproduce the available force and radii data before the advent of syneresis.

  5. Recent developments in the experimental investigations of relaxations in pharmaceuticals by dielectric techniques at ambient and elevated pressure.

    PubMed

    Grzybowska, Katarzyna; Capaccioli, Simone; Paluch, Marian

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, there is a growing interest in improving the physicochemical stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids due to their very promising applications to manufacture medicines characterized by a better water solubility, and consequently by a higher dissolution rate than those of their crystalline counterparts. In this review article, we show that the molecular mobility investigated both in the supercooled liquid and glassy states is the crucial factor required to understand molecular mechanisms that govern the physical stability of amorphous drugs. We demonstrate that pharmaceuticals can be thoroughly examined by means of the broadband dielectric spectroscopy, which is a very useful experimental technique to explore different relaxation processes and crystallization kinetics as well. Such studies conducted in the wide temperature and pressure ranges provide data needed in searching correlations between properties of molecular dynamics and crystallization process, which are aimed at developing effective and efficient methods for stabilizing amorphous drugs. PMID:26705851

  6. Structure refinement and dielectric relaxation of M-type Ba, Sr, Ba-Sr, and Ba-Pb hexaferrites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ashima; Sanghi, Sujata; Agarwal, Ashish; Reetu; Ahlawat, Neetu; Monica

    2012-07-01

    M-type hexaferrites with compositions BaFe12O19 (BFO), SrFe12O19 (SFO), Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19 (BSFO), and Ba0.5Pb0.5Fe12O19 (BPFO) were synthesized by commercial solid state reaction method. The Rietveld refinement of x-ray powder diffraction revealed a single hexagonal phase with space group P63/mmc for BFO, SFO, and BSFO samples, whereas BPFO sample contains hematite (α-Fe2O3) phase with space group R3c along with the M-type main phase. All the samples show dispersion in dielectric constant (ɛ') and dielectric loss (tan δ) values with frequency. The values of ɛ' and tan δ increase with increase in temperature due to increase in the number of charge carriers and their mobilities, which are thermally activated. The reciprocal temperature dependence of conductivity (σac) and the most probable relaxation time (τM″) satisfies the Arrhenius relation. A perfect overlapping of the normalized plots of modulus isotherms on a single "super curve" for all the studied temperatures reveals a temperature independence of dynamic processes involved in conduction and for relaxation. Further, the complex plots of M* (M″ vs M') indicate that dc conductivity dominates in the region below the M″max point. Above M″max, the variations follow Jonscher power law (σ = Aωs) implying that ac conductivity is dominating in this region. Among the prepared samples, SFO hexaferrite has lowest values of σac, ɛ', and tan δ making it suitable for use in microwave devices.

  7. Imaging dielectric relaxation in nanostructured polymers by frequency modulation electrostatic force microscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Riedel, C.; Sweeney, R.; Israeloff, N. E.; Arinero, R.; Schwartz, G. A.; Alegria, A.; Tordjeman, Ph.; Colmenero, J.

    2010-05-01

    We have developed a method for imaging the temperature-frequency dependence of the dynamics of nanostructured polymer films with spatial resolution. This method provides images with dielectric compositional contrast well decoupled from topography. Using frequency-modulation electrostatic-force-microscopy, we probe the local frequency-dependent (0.1-100 Hz) dielectric response through measurement of the amplitude and phase of the force gradient in response to an oscillating applied electric field. When the phase is imaged at fixed frequency, it reveals the spatial variation in dielectric losses, i.e., the spatial variation in molecular/dipolar dynamics, with 40 nm lateral resolution. This is demonstrated by using as a model system; a phase separated polystyrene/polyvinyl-acetate (PVAc) blend. We show that nanoscale dynamic domains of PVAc are clearly identifiable in phase images as those which light-up in a band of temperature, reflecting the variations in the molecular/dipolar dynamics approaching the glass transition temperature of PVAc.

  8. High temperature dielectric relaxation anomaly of Y³⁺ and Mn²⁺ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Yan, Shiguang; Mao, Chaoliang E-mail: xldong@mail.sic.ac.cn; Wang, Genshui; Yao, Chunhua; Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin E-mail: xldong@mail.sic.ac.cn

    2014-10-14

    Relaxation like dielectric anomaly is observed in Y³⁺ and Mn²⁺ doped barium strontium titanate ceramics when the temperature is over 450 K. Apart from the conventional dielectric relaxation analysis method with Debye or modified Debye equations, which is hard to give exact temperature dependence of the relaxation process, dielectric response in the form of complex impedance, assisted with Cole-Cole impedance model corrected equivalent circuits, is adopted to solve this problem and chase the polarization mechanism in this paper. Through this method, an excellent description to temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation anomaly and its dominated factors are achieved. Further analysis reveals that the exponential decay of the Cole distribution parameter n with temperature is confirmed to be induced by the microscopic lattice distortion due to ions doping and the interaction between the defects. At last, a clear sight to polarization mechanism containing both the intrinsic dipolar polarization and extrinsic distributed oxygen vacancies hopping response under different temperature is obtained.

  9. Interconversion algorithm between mechanical and dielectric relaxation measurements for acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Garcia-Bernabé, A.; Lidón-Roger, J. V.; Sanchis, M. J.; Díaz-Calleja, R.; del Castillo, L. F.

    2015-10-01

    The dielectric and mechanical spectroscopies of acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane are reported in the frequency domain from 10-2 to 106Hz . This ester has been selected in this study for its predominant α relaxation with regard to the β relaxation, which can be neglected. This study consists of determining an interconversion algorithm between dielectric and mechanical measurements, given by using a relation between rotational and translational complex viscosities. These important viscosities were obtained from measures of the dielectric complex permittivity and by dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively. The definitions of rotational and translational viscosities were evaluated by means of fractional calculus, by using the fit parameters of the Havriliak-Negami empirical model obtained in the dielectric and mechanical characterization of the α relaxation. This interconversion algorithm is a generalization of the break of the Stokes-Einstein-Debye relationship. It uses a power law with an exponent defined as the shape factor, which modifies the translational viscosity. Two others factors are introduced for the interconversion, a shift factor, which displaces the translational viscosity in the frequency domain, and a scale factor, which makes equal values of the two viscosities. In this paper, the shape factor has been identified as the relation between the slopes of the moduli of the complex viscosities at higher frequency. This is interpreted as the degree of kinetic coupling between the molecular rotation and translational movements. Alternatively, another interconversion algorithm has been expressed by means of dielectric and mechanical moduli.

  10. Dielectric relaxation in 0-3 PVDF-Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chandra, K. P.; Singh, Rajan; Kulkarni, A. R.; Prasad, K.

    2016-05-01

    (1-x)PVDF-xBa(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic-polymer composites with x = 0.025, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 were prepared using melt-mixing technique. The crystal symmetry, space group and unit cell dimensions were determined from the XRD data of Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 using FullProf software, whereas crystallite size and lattice strain were estimated using Williamson-Hall approach. The distribution of Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 particles in the PVDF matrix were examined on the cryo-fractured surfaces using a scanning electron microscope. Cole-Cole and pseudo Cole-Cole analysis suggested the dielectric relaxation in this system to be of non-Debye type. Filler concentration dependent real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant as well as ac conductivity data followed definite trends of exponential growth types of variation.

  11. Dielectric relaxation and conduction mechanisms in sprayed TiO2 thin films as a function of the annealing temperature

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Juma, Albert; Acik, Ilona Oja; Mere, Arvo; Krunks, Malle

    2016-04-01

    The electrical properties of TiO2 thin films deposited by chemical spray pyrolysis onto Si substrates were investigated in the metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) configuration using current-voltage characteristics and impedance spectroscopy. The electrical properties were analyzed in relation to the changes in microstructure induced during annealing in air up to a temperature of 950 °C. Anatase to rutile transformation started after annealing at 800 °C, and at 950 °C, only the rutile phase was present. The dielectric relaxation strongly depended upon the microstructure of TiO2 with the dielectric constant for the anatase phase between 45 and 50 and that for the rutile phase 123. Leakage current was reduced by three orders of magnitude after annealing at 700 °C due to the densification of the TiO2 film. A double-logarithmic plot of the current-voltage characteristics showed a linear relationship below 0.12 V consistent with Ohmic conduction, while space-charge-limited conduction mechanism as described by Child's law dominated for bias voltages above 0.12 V.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.).

  13. A new paradigm of dielectric relaxation spectroscopy for non-invasive detection of breast abnormalities: a preliminary feasibility analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dhurjaty, Sreeram; Qiu, Yuchen; Tan, Maxine; Qian, Wei; Zheng, Bin

    2016-03-01

    In order to improve efficacy of screening mammography, in recent years, we have been investigating the feasibility of applying a resonance-frequency based electrical impedance spectroscopy (REIS) technology to noninvasively detect breast abnormalities that may lead to the development of cancer in the near-term. Despite promising study-results, we found that REIS suffered from relatively poor reproducibility due to perturbations in electrode placement, contact pressure variation on the breast, as well as variation of the resonating inductor. To overcome this limitation, in this study, we propose and analyze a new paradigm of Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy (DRS) that measures polarization-lag of dielectric signals in breast-capacitance when excited by the pulses or sine waves. Unlike conventional DRS that operates using the signals at very high frequencies (GHz) to examine changes in polarization, our new method detects and characterizes the dielectric properties of tissue at low frequencies (<=10 MHz) due to the advent of inexpensive oscillators that are accurate to 1 pico-second (used in GPS receivers) as well as measurement of amplitudes of 1 ppm or better. From theoretical analysis, we have proved that the sensitivity of new DRS in detecting permittivity of water increased by >=80 times as compared to conventional DRS, which operates at frequencies around 4GHz. By analyzing and comparing the relationship between the new DRS and REIS, we found that this DRS has potential advantages in enhancing repeatability from various readings, including temperature-insensitive detection, and yielding higher resolution or sensitivity (up to 100 Femtofarads).

  14. Optical and dielectric relaxor behaviour of Ba(Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 ceramic explained by means of distorted clusters

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Badapanda, T.; Rout, S. K.; Cavalcante, L. S.; Sczancoski, J. C.; Panigrahi, S.; Longo, E.; Li, M. Siu

    2009-09-01

    In this work, Ba(Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 ceramic was prepared by solid-state reaction. This material was characterized by x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy. The temperature dependent dielectric properties were investigated in the frequency range from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. The dielectric measurements indicated a diffuse phase transition. The broadening of the dielectric permittivity in the frequency range as well as its shifting at higher temperatures indicated a relaxor-like behaviour for this material. The diffusivity and the relaxation strength were estimated using the modified Curie-Weiss law. The optical properties were analysed by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements at room temperature. The UV-vis spectrum indicated that the Ba(Zr0.25Ti0.75)O3 ceramic has an optical band gap of 2.98 eV. A blue PL emission was observed for this compound when excited with 350 nm wavelength. The polarity as well as the PL property of this material was attributed to the presence of polar [TiO6] distorted clusters into a globally cubic matrix.

  15. Investigation of dielectric relaxation, Jahn-Teller distortion, and magnetic ordering in Y substituted Pr1-xYxMnO3 (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.4)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yadav, Ruchika; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Kumar, Amit; Adiga, Shilpa; Bhat, H. L.; Yusuf, S. M.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2015-03-01

    We report structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the perovskite compound Pr1-xYxMnO3 (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) studied using dc magnetization, ac susceptibility, neutron powder diffraction, and dielectric techniques. These compounds crystallize in orthorhombic space group (Pnma) in the temperature range 5-300 K. The Mn-O-Mn bond angle decreases with the Y substitution along with an increase in the Jahn-Teller distortion. The Jahn-Teller distortion for Pr0.9Y0.1MnO3 shows an anomalous change near 50 K, below which it falls sharply. Neutron powder diffraction patterns of all reported compositions at low temperature constitute additional magnetic Bragg peaks that suggest magnetic ordering. Magnetic reflections were indexed in the nuclear lattice with the propagation vector k = (0, 0, 0). Rietveld refinement of powder patterns conform to A type antiferromagnetic ordering where moments are aligned ferromagnetically in a-c plane and coupled nearly antiferromagnetically along b-axis resulting in a net ferromagnetic component along the b-direction. The antiferromagnetic transition temperature was deduced from dc magnetization and ac susceptibility data. The transition temperature decreases by nearly 22 K (from 81 K to 59 K) as yttrium content (x) increases from 0.1 to 0.4. Measurements reveal strong frequency dispersion in dielectric constant and dielectric loss. Activation energy and relaxation time are estimated from the Arrhenius plot. It is further shown that relaxation behaviour is altered with yttrium doping concentration.

  16. Laurdan solvatochromism: solvent dielectric relaxation and intramolecular excited-state reaction.

    PubMed Central

    Viard, M; Gallay, J; Vincent, M; Meyer, O; Robert, B; Paternostre, M

    1997-01-01

    Absorption, steady-state, and time-resolved fluorescence measurements have been performed on laurdan dissolved either in white viscous apolar solvents or in ethanol as a function of temperature. The heterogeneity of the absorption spectra in white oils or in ethanol is consistent with semiempirical calculations performed previously on Prodan. From steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements in apolar media, an excited state reaction is evidenced. The bimodal lifetime distribution determined from the maximum entropy method (MEM) analysis is attributed to the radiative deexcitation of a "locally excited" (LE) state and of a "charge transfer" (CT) state, whereas a very short component (20 ps), the sign and the amplitude of which depend on the emission wavelength, is attributed to the kinetics of the interconvertion reaction. The observation of an isoemissive point in the temperature range from -50 degrees C to -110 degrees C in ethanol suggests an interconvertion between two average excited-state populations: unrelaxed and solvent-relaxed CT states. A further decrease in temperature (-190 degrees C), leading to frozen ethanol, induces an additional and important blue shift. This low temperature spectrum is partly attributed to the radiative deexcitation of the LE state. Time-resolved emission spectra (TRES) measurements at -80 degrees C in the ethanol liquid phase show a large spectral shift of approximately 2500 cm(-1) (stabilization energy of the excited state: 7.1 kcal x M(-1)). The time-dependent fluorescence shift (TDFS) is described for its major part by a nanosecond time constant. The initial part of the spectral shift reveals, however, a subnanosecond process that can be due to fast internal solvent reorientation and/or to intramolecular excited-state reactions. These two relaxation times are also detected in the analysis of the fluorescence decays in the middle range of emission energy. The activation energy of the longest process is

  17. Respiratory Patterns in Students Enrolled in Schools for Disruptive Behaviour before, during, and after "Yoga Nidra" Relaxation

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Jensen, P. S.; Stevens, P. J.; Kenny, D. T.

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of one session of "Yoga Nidra" (relaxation technique) on the breathing patterns/respiratory effort in the thoracic and abdominal chest regions of boys with disruptive behaviour using a Respiratory Inductive Plethysmography (RIP). The participants (n = 7) were aged 10-15 years and attending NSW, Department of…

  18. Analysis of polarization behavior in relaxation of BaTiO₃-based ferroelectrics using wideband dielectric spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Teranishi, Takashi; Hoshina, Takuya; Takeda, Hiroaki; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2010-10-01

    Wideband dielectric spectra from the kilohertz to terahertz range are discussed for BaTiO₃-based ferroelectrics. Ceramics of BaTiO₃ (BT), Ba(0.6)Sr(0.4)TiO₃ (BST-0.6), and BaZr(0.25)Ti(0.75)O₃ (BZT-0.25) were selected as normal ferroelectrics, ferroelectrics with diffuse phase transition (DPT ferroelectrics), and relaxor ferroelectrics, respectively. The variation of ionic polarization in both BT and BST-0.6 ceramics with temperature could be explained by the softening of the soft phonon mode. In BZT-0.25, a permittivity anomaly at the dielectric maximum temperature (T(m)) at low frequencies is not attributed to the softening of the soft phonon mode, but originates from the permittivity derived from the dipole polarization (ϵ(dipole)). Relaxor behavior in BZT-0.25 is derived from the increase in the depression of ϵ(dipole) on cooling across the T(m) with increasing frequency. In dipole polarization, BT, BST- 0.6, and BZT-0.25 all exhibited a similar tendency of ϵ(dipole) above the Curie temperature (T(c)) and T(m). However, behavior of ϵ(dipole) below the T(c) can be explained by the ferroelectric domains in BT, whereas the variation of ϵ(dipole) below the Tm could be explained by growth process of polar nanoregions (PNRs) in BST-0.6 and BZT-0.25. Regarding this, BT can be distinguished from BST-0.6 and BZT-0.25. Relaxation in BT could be interpreted as successive change in polarization mechanism from normal ferroelectrics to relaxor ferroelectrics via DPT ferroelectrics.

  19. Dynamics of plasma formation, relaxation, and topography modification induced by femtosecond laser pulses in crystalline and amorphous dielectrics

    SciTech Connect

    Puerto, D.; Siegel, J.; Gawelda, W.; Galvan-Sosa, M.; Solis, J.; Ehrentraut, L.; Bonse, J.

    2010-05-15

    We have studied plasma formation and relaxation dynamics along with the corresponding topography modifications in fused silica and sapphire induced by single femtosecond laser pulses (800 nm and 120 fs). These materials, representative of high bandgap amorphous and crystalline dielectrics, respectively, require nonlinear mechanisms to absorb the laser light. The study employed a femtosecond time-resolved microscopy technique that allows obtaining reflectivity and transmission images of the material surface at well-defined temporal delays after the arrival of the pump pulse which excites the dielectric material. The transient evolution of the free-electron plasma formed can be followed by combining the time-resolved optical data with a Drude model to estimate transient electron densities and skin depths. The temporal evolution of the optical properties is very similar in both materials within the first few hundred picoseconds, including the formation of a high reflectivity ring at about 7 ps. In contrast, at longer delays (100 ps-20 ns) the behavior of both materials differs significantly, revealing a longer lasting ablation process in sapphire. Moreover, transient images of sapphire show a concentric ring pattern surrounding the ablation crater, which is not observed in fused silica. We attribute this phenomenon to optical diffraction at a transient elevation of the ejected molten material at the crater border. On the other hand, the final topography of the ablation crater is radically different for each material. While in fused silica a relatively smooth crater with two distinct regimes is observed, sapphire shows much steeper crater walls, surrounded by a weak depression along with cracks in the material surface. These differences are explained in terms of the most relevant thermal and mechanical properties of the material. Despite these differences the maximum crater depth is comparable in both material at the highest fluences used (16 J/cm{sup 2}). The

  20. Relaxor Behavior and Dielectric Relaxation in Lead-Free Solid Solutions of (1 - x)(Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)- x(SrNb2O6)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bajpai, P. K.; Singh, K. N.; Tamrakar, Preeti

    2016-02-01

    Lead-free compositions (1 - x) (Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3)- x(SrNb2O6) (BNT-SN) are synthesized by a simple solid state reaction route. SN diffuse in distorted perovskite BNT for low concentrations of SN ( x ≤ 0.03) and are stabilized in rhombohedral perovskite phase with experimentally observed relative density of the ceramics >92%. A temperature-dependent dielectric response exhibits a broad dielectric peak that shows frequency-dependent shifts towards higher temperatures reflecting typical relaxor behavior. Modified Curie-Weiss law and Lorentz-type empirical relationships are used to fit the dielectric data that exhibit almost complete diffuse phase transition characteristics. In addition, significant dielectric dispersion is observed in a low-frequency regime in both components of the dielectric response and a small dielectric relaxation peak is observed. Cole-Cole plots indicate the poly-dispersive nature of the dielectric relaxation.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. Dielectric relaxation behavior in co-precipitation derived ferrite (Zn1-xNix)Fe2O4 (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2016-01-01

    The influence of nickel doping on the electrical properties and dielectric relaxation in Zn1-xNixFe2O4 (ZNFO, 0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) ceramics has been investigated via the dielectric and complex impedance spectra measurements. According to the modified Curie-Weiss law, the diffusivity factor of the ZNFO ceramics from 1.69 to 2.02 with x increasing from 0.2 to 0.5, respectively. Two relaxation peaks are observed in the nickel doped samples, by employing the modified Arrhenius equation, two activation energy values of different sintering temperatures were calculated and analyzed in combination with oxygen vacancy. The Cole-Cole plots showed that the semicircular arcs which are nonideal Debye type, and the grain boundaries resistance increases with increasing Ni concentration.

  3. Consideration of fractal and ion-water cooperative interactions in aqueous Na2SO4 and K2SO4 solutions by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Shuang; Jia, Guo-zhu; Zhang, Shu

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the analysis of the fractal and the ion-water cooperative interactions in aqueous Na2SO4 and K2SO4 solutions underlying the Cole-Cole symmetrical broadening and depicts the Cole-Cole relaxation process. Fractal analysis with α(ln(τ)) diagram from dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS) draws a consistent microscopic picture of ion-water cooperative interactions in aqueous Na2SO4 and K2SO4 solutions. The density of the water molecules perturbed by ions in the hydration shell almost linearly increases with salt concentrations. The water molecules network perturbed by ions contributing to dielectric constant beyond the first hydration shell is obtained.

  4. Diffuse phase transition and high-temperature dielectric relaxation study on (Bi0.5Na0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Feng; Liu, Qiu-Xiang; Tang, Xin-Gui; Jiang, Yan-Ping; Yue, Jing-Long; Li, Jin-Kai

    2016-09-01

    Lead free (Bi0.5Na0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 (x=0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9) ferroelectric ceramics were synthesized by the traditional solid state reaction method. Sintering was carried out at 1200 °C for 2 h in air atmosphere. The structural, microstructure and Ferroelectric of ceramics were investigated. In dielectric studies, a diffuse phase transition was exhibited and a dielectric relaxation behavious was observed at high temperature range. Impedance analysis characterized grain and grain boundaries resistivities of the ceramics and calculated activation energy and the activation energy for conduction. Polaron theory indicates that the relaxation of the samples at high temperatures was associated with the hopping ions caused by oxygen vacancies.

  5. Interconversion algorithm between mechanical and dielectric relaxation measurements for acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane.

    PubMed

    Garcia-Bernabé, A; Lidón-Roger, J V; Sanchis, M J; Díaz-Calleja, R; del Castillo, L F

    2015-10-01

    The dielectric and mechanical spectroscopies of acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane are reported in the frequency domain from 10(-2) to 10(6)Hz. This ester has been selected in this study for its predominant α relaxation with regard to the β relaxation, which can be neglected. This study consists of determining an interconversion algorithm between dielectric and mechanical measurements, given by using a relation between rotational and translational complex viscosities. These important viscosities were obtained from measures of the dielectric complex permittivity and by dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively. The definitions of rotational and translational viscosities were evaluated by means of fractional calculus, by using the fit parameters of the Havriliak-Negami empirical model obtained in the dielectric and mechanical characterization of the α relaxation. This interconversion algorithm is a generalization of the break of the Stokes-Einstein-Debye relationship. It uses a power law with an exponent defined as the shape factor, which modifies the translational viscosity. Two others factors are introduced for the interconversion, a shift factor, which displaces the translational viscosity in the frequency domain, and a scale factor, which makes equal values of the two viscosities. In this paper, the shape factor has been identified as the relation between the slopes of the moduli of the complex viscosities at higher frequency. This is interpreted as the degree of kinetic coupling between the molecular rotation and translational movements. Alternatively, another interconversion algorithm has been expressed by means of dielectric and mechanical moduli. PMID:26565240

  6. Interconversion algorithm between mechanical and dielectric relaxation measurements for acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane.

    PubMed

    Garcia-Bernabé, A; Lidón-Roger, J V; Sanchis, M J; Díaz-Calleja, R; del Castillo, L F

    2015-10-01

    The dielectric and mechanical spectroscopies of acetate of cis- and trans-2-phenyl-5-hydroxymethyl-1,3-dioxane are reported in the frequency domain from 10(-2) to 10(6)Hz. This ester has been selected in this study for its predominant α relaxation with regard to the β relaxation, which can be neglected. This study consists of determining an interconversion algorithm between dielectric and mechanical measurements, given by using a relation between rotational and translational complex viscosities. These important viscosities were obtained from measures of the dielectric complex permittivity and by dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively. The definitions of rotational and translational viscosities were evaluated by means of fractional calculus, by using the fit parameters of the Havriliak-Negami empirical model obtained in the dielectric and mechanical characterization of the α relaxation. This interconversion algorithm is a generalization of the break of the Stokes-Einstein-Debye relationship. It uses a power law with an exponent defined as the shape factor, which modifies the translational viscosity. Two others factors are introduced for the interconversion, a shift factor, which displaces the translational viscosity in the frequency domain, and a scale factor, which makes equal values of the two viscosities. In this paper, the shape factor has been identified as the relation between the slopes of the moduli of the complex viscosities at higher frequency. This is interpreted as the degree of kinetic coupling between the molecular rotation and translational movements. Alternatively, another interconversion algorithm has been expressed by means of dielectric and mechanical moduli.

  7. Electrical conduction and dielectric relaxation properties of AlN thin films grown by hollow-cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Altuntas, Halit; Bayrak, Turkan; Kizir, Seda; Haider, Ali; Biyikli, Necmi

    2016-07-01

    In this study, aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were deposited at 200 °C, on p-type silicon substrates utilizing a capacitively coupled hollow-cathode plasma source integrated atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactor. The structural properties of AlN were characterized by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, by which we confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite single-phase crystalline structure. The films exhibited an optical band edge around ˜5.7 eV. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the AlN films were measured via a spectroscopic ellipsometer. In addition, to investigate the electrical conduction mechanisms and dielectric properties, Al/AlN/p-Si metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated, and current density-voltage and frequency dependent (7 kHz-5 MHz) dielectric constant measurements (within the strong accumulation region) were performed. A peak of dielectric loss was observed at a frequency of 3 MHz and the Cole-Davidson empirical formula was used to determine the relaxation time. It was concluded that the native point defects such as nitrogen vacancies and DX centers formed with the involvement of Si atoms into the AlN layers might have influenced the electrical conduction and dielectric relaxation properties of the plasma-assisted ALD grown AlN films.

  8. Electrical conduction and dielectric relaxation properties of AlN thin films grown by hollow-cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Altuntas, Halit; Bayrak, Turkan; Kizir, Seda; Haider, Ali; Biyikli, Necmi

    2016-07-01

    In this study, aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films were deposited at 200 °C, on p-type silicon substrates utilizing a capacitively coupled hollow-cathode plasma source integrated atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactor. The structural properties of AlN were characterized by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, by which we confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite single-phase crystalline structure. The films exhibited an optical band edge around ∼5.7 eV. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the AlN films were measured via a spectroscopic ellipsometer. In addition, to investigate the electrical conduction mechanisms and dielectric properties, Al/AlN/p-Si metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated, and current density–voltage and frequency dependent (7 kHz–5 MHz) dielectric constant measurements (within the strong accumulation region) were performed. A peak of dielectric loss was observed at a frequency of 3 MHz and the Cole–Davidson empirical formula was used to determine the relaxation time. It was concluded that the native point defects such as nitrogen vacancies and DX centers formed with the involvement of Si atoms into the AlN layers might have influenced the electrical conduction and dielectric relaxation properties of the plasma-assisted ALD grown AlN films.

  9. The impedance spectroscopic study and dielectric relaxation in A(Ni1/3Ta2/3)O3 [A=Ba, Ca and Sr

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hoque, Md M.; Dutta, A.; Kumar, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2012-09-01

    We present the results of impedance spectroscopic study with its analytical interpretations in the framework of electric modulus formalism for Barium Nickel Tantalate Ba(Ni1/3Ta2/3)O3 (BNT), Calcium Nickel Tantalate Ca(Ni1/3Ta2/3)O3 (CNT) and Strontium Nickel Tantalate Sr(Ni1/3Ta2/3)O3 (SNT) synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique. The results of powder X-ray diffraction study reveal that BNT and SNT crystallize in cubic structure with lattice parameter a=4.07 Å and 3.98 Å respectively, whereas CNT crystallizes in monoclinic structure having lattice parameters, a=5.71 Å, b=13.45 Å and c=5.47 Å with β=118.3°. The logarithmic angular frequency dependence of the real part of complex dielectric permittivity and loss tangent as a function of temperature indicate significant dielectric relaxation in the samples, which have been explained by the Debye theory. The frequency dependence of the loss peak and the imaginary part of electrical modulus are found to obey the Arrhenius law. The relaxation mechanism of these samples is modeled by the Cole-Cole equation. This confirms that the polarization mechanism in BNT, CNT and SNT is due to the bulk effect arising in semiconductive grains. The scaling behavior of imaginary part of electric modulus M″ suggests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures but relaxation frequency is strongly temperature dependent. The normalized peak positions of tan δ/tan δm and M″/M″m versus log ω for BNT, CNT and SNT do not overlap completely and are very close to each other. These indicate the presence of both long-range and localized relaxation. Due to their high dielectric constant and low loss tangent, these materials may find several technological applications such as in capacitors, resonators, filters and integrated circuits.

  10. Anomalous dielectric behaviour of poly(vinyl alcohol)-silicon dioxide (PVA-SiO2) nanocomposites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Choudhary, Shobhna; Sengwa, R. J.

    2016-05-01

    Complex dielectric function, electric modulus, ac conductivity and impedance spectra of PVA-SiO2 nanocomposite films have been investigated in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 1 MHz and temperature range from 30 °C to 60 °C. Real part of dielectric function of the nanocomposites slowly decreases with increase of frequency and it shows a non-linear increase with the increase of temperature. An anomalous variation is observed in dielectric and electrical functions with increase of SiO2 concentrations in the PVA matrix. The ac conductivity of these materials increases whereas impedance values decrease linearly by five orders of magnitude with increase of frequency from 20 Hz to 1 MHz. Dielectric loss values of these films are found minimum at intermediate frequency region, and it increases at low and high frequency regions confirming the presence of multiple relaxation processes. The contributions of interfacial polarization effect and dipolar ordering in dielectric properties of these materials have been explored, and their technological applications as nanodielectrics have been discussed. The XRD patterns reveal that the interactions between PVA and SiO2 disturb the dipolar ordering resulting decrease of crystallinity of the PVA in the nanocomposites.

  11. A Journey of Self-Discovery: An Intervention Involving Massage, Yoga and Relaxation for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Attending Primary Schools

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Powell, Lesley; Gilchrist, Mollie; Stapley, Jacqueline

    2008-01-01

    This study reports on an intervention involving massage, yoga and relaxation delivered to young children with identified emotional and behavioural difficulties, and at risk of exclusion. Children (n = 126) were invited by the head teacher to participate in the Self-discovery Programme (involving massage, yoga, breath work and relaxation) with…

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

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

    PubMed

    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

  14. Dielectric Relaxations of (Acetamide + Electrolyte) Deep Eutectic Solvents in the Frequency Window, 0.2 ≤ ν/GHz ≤ 50: Anion and Cation Dependence.

    PubMed

    Mukherjee, Kallol; Das, Anuradha; Choudhury, Samiran; Barman, Anjan; Biswas, Ranjit

    2015-06-25

    Dielectric relaxation (DR) measurements in the frequency range 0.2 ≤ ν/GHz ≤ 50 have been carried out for neat molten acetamide and six different (acetamide + electrolyte) deep eutectic solvents (DESs) for investigating ion effects on DR dynamics in these ionic DESs. Electrolytes used are lithium salts of bromide (LiBr), nitrate (LiNO3), and perchlorate (LiClO4); sodium salts of perchlorate (NaClO4) and thiocyante (NaSCN); and potassium thiocyanate (KSCN). With these electrolytes acetamide forms DESs approximately at an 80:20 mol ratio. Simultaneous fits to the measured permittivity (ε′) and loss (ε″) spectra of these DESs at ∼293 K require a sum of four Debye (4-D) processes with relaxation times spread over picosecond to nanosecond regime. In contrast, DR spectra for neat molten acetamide (∼354 K) depict 2-D relaxation with time constants ∼50 ps and ∼5 ps. For both the neat and ionic systems, the undetected dispersion, ε∞ – n(D)2, remains to be ∼3–4. Upon comparison, measured DR dynamics reveal pronounced anion and cation effects. Estimated static dielectric constants (ε0) from fits for these DESs cover the range 12 < ε0 < 30 and are remarkably lower than that (ε0 ∼ 64) measured for molten acetamide at ∼354 K. Hydrodynamic effective rotation volumes (Veff) estimated from the slowest DR relaxation time constants vary with ion identity and are much smaller than the molecular volume of acetamide. This decrease of ε0 and Veff is attributed respectively to the pinning of acetamide molecules by ions and orientation jumps and undetected portion to the limited frequency coverage employed in these measurements PMID:26012789

  15. An investigation of preload relaxation behaviour of three zinc- aluminum alloys

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mir, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    Zinc alloy castings are usually assembled together or mounted by screwed steel fasteners, and are tightened to a predetermined torque to develop the required tensile preload in the fastener. Due to relaxation processes in the castings, creep may cause a partial preload loss at an elevated temperature. The equipment used for load relaxation tests consists of a loadmonitoring device, an oil bath, and a data-acquisition system. A load cell monitoring device is used to monitor the load loss in an ISO-metric M6*1 steel screw set into sand castings made from alloys No. 3, No. 5 and No. 2 and tightened to produce an initial preload of 6 kN. The castings were held at constant temperature in the range 80 - 120°C in an oil bath. The oil bath maintains the desired test temperature throughout the experiment. All tests were conducted for periods of up to 160 h. For all alloys, the initial load loss was high, decreasing gradually with time, but not ceasing. The load loss increased rapidly with test temperature, and almost all of the relaxation curves approximated to a logarithmic decay of load with time. Alloy No. 2 had the best resistance to load loss, with No. 5 next and No. 3 worst at all temperatures. The lower resistance to relaxation of alloy No. 3 was mainly due to the lower relaxation strength of copper-free primary dendrites, whereas in alloys No. 5 and No. 2, the higher copper contents contribute greatly to their relaxation strength in the form of second-phase particles.

  16. Investigation of the applicability of dielectric relaxation properties of amino acid solutions within the resonant recognition model.

    PubMed

    Pirogova, Elena; Simon, George P; Cosic, Irena

    2003-06-01

    The resonant recognition model (RRM) is a physicomathematical approach used to analyze the interactions of a protein and its target, using digital signal processing methods. The RRM is based on the finding that there is a significant correlation between the spectra of numerical presentation of protein sequences and their biological activities. Initially, the electron-ion interaction potential was used to represent each amino acid in the protein sequences. In this paper, the dielectric constant (epsilon') and dielectric loss tangent (tan delta) parameters have been determined for their possible use in the RRM. These parameters are based on the values of capacitance and conductance obtained experimentally for 20 amino acid solutions using dielectric spectroscopy for the case of the real component of dielectric permittivity; the parameter used is the dielectric increment (deltaepsilon'), the difference between dielectric constant of the amino acid solution and that of the solvent alone. The results of multiple cross-spectral analyses have shown that parameters analyzed generate in the consensus spectrum one dominant peak corresponding to the common biological activity of proteins studied, allowing the conclusion that these new parameters are suitable for use in the RRM approach.

  17. Observation of hysteretic magnetic phase transitions coupled with orientation motion of ions and dielectric relaxation in a one-dimensional nickel-bis-dithiolene molecule solid.

    PubMed

    Chen, Xuan-Rong; Ning, Wei-Hua; Yang, Hao; Liu, Jian-Lan; Xuan, Fang; Ren, Xiao-Ming

    2014-04-28

    The second polymorph, the β-crystal, of the nickel-bis-dithiolene compound [4'-CF3bzPy][Ni(mnt)2], where 4'-CF3bzPy = 1-(4'-trifluoromethylbenzyl)pyridinium and mnt(2-) = maleonitriledithiolate, was obtained. The variable-temperature single crystal structures, magnetic behavior in 1.8-300 K and dielectric nature in 123-373 K have been investigated for the β-crystal. This polymorph experiences two hysteretic magnetic phase transitions in a narrow temperature region (190-217 K) with the thermal hysteresis loops ca. 6 K and ca. 11 K. The two hysteretic magnetic phase transitions are coupled with two isostructural phase transitions (IPTs), respectively, which are driven by the novel step-wise dynamic orientation motion of the anion and cation in the β-crystal. There is an absence of a dielectric anomaly in the structural transformation temperature interval. However, a dielectric relaxation, related to the dipole motion of polar CF3 groups in the cations under an ac electrical field, emerges in the high-temperature phase.

  18. Large decrease of characteristic frequency of dielectric relaxation associated with domain-wall motion in Sb5+-modified (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Jialiang; Hao, Wentao; Gao, Yong; Qin, Yalin; Tan, Yongqiang; Wang, Chunlei

    2012-12-01

    The (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics have drawn considerable attention as a type of promising lead-free piezoelectric materials in recent years. However, investigations on the dielectric dispersion spectra in the microwave range have rarely been conducted so far. Dielectric dispersion spectra of several representative (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics were measured and compared in this study. An interesting physical phenomenon that the Sb5+-modified (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics differ distinctly from those without Sb5+-modification in the aspect of characteristic frequency fp of dielectric relaxation associated with the domain-wall motion has been found. The former group shows the fp values in several tens of MHz at room temperature, whereas the latter group has generally the fp values of several GHz at least. For the Sb5+-modified (K,Na)NbO3-based ceramics, the change of fp with temperature follows roughly a thermally activated character. In contrast, the ones without Sb5+-modification exhibit a temperature-insensitive character in fp. Analysis showed that the results could be understood from the viewpoint of domain-wall vibration. It is speculated that a large change occurring in the damping constant due to the incorporation of Sb5+ is possibly the origin.

  19. Hydrogen bond fluctuations and dispersive interactions of alcohol/alkane mixtures. An ultrasonic relaxation study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaatze, Udo; Behrends, Ralph

    2011-06-01

    The relaxation behaviour of 1-hexanol/n-heptane and 1-dodecanol/n-tetradecane mixtures has been studied at some compositions using ultrasonic attenuation spectrometry in the frequency range 0.4-3000 MHz. All mixtures reveal a relaxation term due to hydrogen network fluctuations. It is discussed in conjunction with the principle dielectric relaxation of alcohol/alkane mixtures, indicating a dynamically micro-heterogeneous liquid structure. The spectra of the long-chain alcohol system display an additional relaxation due to the structural isomerisation of the hydrocarbon chains. In terms of a torsional oscillator model this relaxation reveals the effect of molecular ordering on the enthalpy of activation.

  20. Dielectric relaxation in complex systems: quality sensing and dielectric properties of honeydew melons from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nigmatullin, R. R.; Arbuzov, A. A.; Nelson, S. O.; Trabelsi, S.

    2006-10-01

    Based on new data treatment methods, it is possible to identify the fitting function for the complex permittivity ɛ(jω) measured for a complex system representing plant tissues of honeydew melons in the frequency range (107 to 1.8×109 Hz) at 25°C. The identified fitting function contains 9 fitting parameters and well describes the plant tissue permittivity. These parameters vary for different tissues; their correlation behavior with respect to soluble solids content (SSC), tissue density (TD) and moisture content (MC) are found by a new approach based on the statistics of the fractional moments (SFM). These correlation dependencies expressed in the form of correlation functions can be used for quality sensing of different complex systems, in particular, for ripe fruits and vegetables, where direct relationships between molecular and fitting parameters are not easy to find. These correlation functions can be used for practical purposes to construct a desired calibration curve with respect to quality factors, as for example, moisture content or degree of maturity, expressed in terms of SSC value. The discovered common ``universality'' in dielectric behavior of such complex materials as plant tissues opens a possibility to use dielectric spectroscopy as a nondestructive method of control in analysis of electrical behavior (measured in the form of complex permittivity or impedance) for other complex materials.

  1. Positron annihilation and relaxation dynamics from dielectric spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance: Cis-trans-1,4-poly(butadiene)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bartoš, J.; Šauša, O.; Schwartz, G. A.; Alegría, A.; Alberdi, J. M.; Arbe, A.; Krištiak, J.; Colmenero, J.

    2011-04-01

    We report a joint analysis of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) on cis-trans-1,4-poly(butadiene) (c-t-1,4-PBD). Phenomenological analysis of the orthopositronium lifetime τ3 - T dependence by linear fitting reveals four characteristic PALS temperatures: T_{b1} ^G = 0{.63}T_g^{PALS}, T_g^{PALS}, T_{b1} ^L = 1.22T_g^{PALS}, and T_{b2} ^L = 1.52T_g^{PALS}. Slight bend effects in the glassy and supercooled liquid states are related to the fast or slow secondary β process, from neutron scattering, respectively, the latter being connected with the trans-isomers. In addition, the first bend effect in the supercooled liquid coincides with a deviation of the slow effective secondary βeff relaxation related to the cis-isomers from low-T Arrhenius behavior to non-Arrhenius one and correlates with the onset of the primary α process from BDS. The second plateau effect in the liquid state occurs when τ3 becomes commensurable with the structural relaxation time τα(Tb2). It is also approximately related to its crossover from non-Arrhenius to Arrhenius regime in the combined BDS and NMR data. Finally, the combined BDS and NMR structural relaxation data, when analyzed in terms of the two-order parameter (TOP) model, suggest the influence of solidlike domains on both the annihilation behavior and the local and segmental chain mobility in the supercooled liquid. All these findings indicate the influence of the dynamic heterogeneity in both the primary and secondary relaxations due to the cis-trans isomerism in c-t-1,4-PBD and their impact into the PALS response.

  2. On the dielectric behaviour of collagen-algal sulfated polysaccharide blends: effect of glutaraldehyde crosslinking.

    PubMed

    Figueiró, S D; Macêdo, A A M; Melo, M R S; Freitas, A L P; Moreira, R A; de Oliveira, R S; Góes, J C; Sombra, A S B

    2006-03-20

    In this paper, impedance measurements in the frequency range from 10(-2) to 10(6) Hz are presented for collagen and algal sulfated polysaccharide crosslinked films. We are considering the development of new biomaterials which have potential applications in coating of cardiovascular prostheses, support for cellular growth and in systems for controlled drug delivery. The effect of crosslink sulfated polysaccharide on the physical chemical properties of collagen was studied using FT-infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dielectric spectroscopy. The resulting films crosslinked with glutaraldehyde (GA) in concentrations of 0.001% and 0.05% when analysed by DSC, showed that the GA treatment not only left the thermal stability of the collagen unaffected, but it also decreased the thermal transition energy. Dielectric spectroscopy shows that the effect of the crosslink on the blend film was associated to the decrease and stabilization of the dielectric permittivity at low frequencies and decreased its conductivity.

  3. Possible mechanism of charge transport and dielectric relaxation in SrO-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses

    SciTech Connect

    Majhi, Koushik; Varma, K. B. R.; Rao, K. J.

    2009-10-15

    Transparent SrBi{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} glasses were prepared via melt-quenching technique and characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray powder diffraction. The ac conductivities of the glasses were studied as a function of frequency (100 Hz-10 MHz) at different temperatures. The frequency dependence of conductivity has been analyzed using Almond-West expression. The exponent n was nearly unaffected by temperature. Impedance and modulus spectroscopies were employed to further examine the electrical data. Dielectric relaxation exhibited a stretched exponential behavior with a stretching exponent beta independent of temperature. From conductivity analysis we have proposed that the charge transport occurs through the participation of nonbridging oxygen (NBO), which switches positions in a facile manner. The stretched exponential behavior appears to be a direct consequence of the NBO switching mechanism of charge transport.

  4. Possible mechanism of charge transport and dielectric relaxation in SrO-Bi2O3-B2O3 glasses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Majhi, Koushik; Varma, K. B. R.; Rao, K. J.

    2009-10-01

    Transparent SrBi2B2O7 glasses were prepared via melt-quenching technique and characterized using differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray powder diffraction. The ac conductivities of the glasses were studied as a function of frequency (100 Hz-10 MHz) at different temperatures. The frequency dependence of conductivity has been analyzed using Almond-West expression. The exponent n was nearly unaffected by temperature. Impedance and modulus spectroscopies were employed to further examine the electrical data. Dielectric relaxation exhibited a stretched exponential behavior with a stretching exponent β independent of temperature. From conductivity analysis we have proposed that the charge transport occurs through the participation of nonbridging oxygen (NBO), which switches positions in a facile manner. The stretched exponential behavior appears to be a direct consequence of the NBO switching mechanism of charge transport.

  5. Growth, strain relaxation properties and high-κ dielectric integration of mixed-anion GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials

    SciTech Connect

    Zhu, Y.; Clavel, M.; Goley, P.; Hudait, M. K.

    2014-10-07

    Mixed-anion, GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials with a wide range of antimony (Sb) compositions extending from 15% to 62%, were grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs substrates. The impact of different growth parameters on the Sb composition in GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials was systemically investigated. The Sb composition was well-controlled by carefully optimizing the As/Ga ratio, the Sb/Ga ratio, and the substrate temperature during the MBE growth process. High-resolution x-ray diffraction demonstrated a quasi-complete strain relaxation within each composition of GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y}. Atomic force microscopy exhibited smooth surface morphologies across the wide range of Sb compositions in the GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} structures. Selected high-κ dielectric materials, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, HfO{sub 2}, and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} were deposited using atomic layer deposition on the GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} material, and their respective band alignment properties were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS analysis revealed a valence band offset of >2 eV for all three dielectric materials on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, indicating the potential of utilizing these dielectrics on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} for p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) applications. Moreover, both Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} showed a conduction band offset of >2 eV on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, suggesting these two dielectrics can also be used for n-type MOS applications. The well-controlled Sb composition in several GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} material systems and the detailed band alignment analysis of multiple high-κ dielectric materials on a fixed Sb composition, GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, provides a pathway to utilize GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials in future microelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

  6. Characterisation of Tensile Behaviour of a Dielectric Elastomer at Large Deformation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sahu, R. K.; Patra, K.

    2014-07-01

    This paper reports experimental characterisation of a dielectric elastomer which is used as a base material for electro-active polymer actuators and sensors. Specific deformation energy has been experimentally determined to characterise a dielectric acrylic elastomer for large elastic deformation. Specific deformation energy value was estimated from the experimental stress-strain data in the range between zero and chosen strain using trapezoidal method. The coefficients of variation of specific deformation energy measured at different strain values are reasonably low. Results show that specific deformation energy can be better indicator to the differences in large deformations of such material compared to elastic modulus or the slope at the given strain.

  7. Unusual longitudinal relaxation time behaviour of colloidal solutions of superparamagnetic nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Carvalho, A.; Taborda, A.

    2007-12-01

    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles are very interesting objects having many applications among which MRI contrast agents are one of the more important. In this work the longitudinal relaxation times of Endorem and Lumirem, two colloidal solutions of iron oxide nanoparticles used as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging were measured at magnetic field intensities similar to the ones used in MRI. T1 was seen to depend on nanoparticle concentrations as expected but, for the Lumirem, also on the time spend by the sample under the influence of the static magnetic field. The T1 evolution was measured for colloidal solutions both different concentrations and different viscosities. The strange T1 dependence is presented and discussed relating to the nanoparticles superparamagnetic properties. It is shown that one of the possible reasons for the fact is the formation of local field enhanced linear arrays of SPIO.

  8. Effects of electromagnetic microwave irradiation on the stress relaxation behaviour of a silicone elastomer seal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boey, Freddy Y. C.

    Recent results have shown that polymeric composites can be cured using electromagnetic microwave radiation. Such a process would still require the use of a vacuum bagging system, which uses silicone rubbers both as a seal ribbing, as well as a sheet material for the bagging itself. This paper reports on the effects of electromagnetic microwave radiation on the stress relaxation of some filled silicone seals and sheets used in the vacuum bagging procedure. They were investigated for both compression and tension modes. A radiation shift factor has been used to obtain a master curve referenced to the unirradiated curve. A general power law relationship was found to occur between the radiation shift factors and the total radiation dosage, giving a value of 0.538 and 0.455 for the power parameter for compression and tension modes respectively.

  9. Revealing structural distortion and dielectric relaxation in Ga1-xScxFeO3 (0≤x≤0.3)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chakraborty, Keka R.; Deshpande, S. K.; Meena, Sher Singh; Grover, Vinita; Paulose, P. L.; Tyagi, A. K.; Yusuf, S. M.

    2016-11-01

    Polycrystalline samples of Ga1-xScxFeO3 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) were prepared by solid state reaction method. The monophasic compounds were found to crystallize in the orthorhombic space group Pna21, confirmed from Rietveld refinement of the XRD patterns. The lattice constants were found to increase with increasing Sc content. Mössbauer measurements carried out at room temperature (RT) showed four paramagnetic doublets. Isomer shift values show that iron is in Fe3+ high spin state for all four Fe sites in all the compositions. Quadrupole splitting increases with Sc content which means that there is an increase in local structural distortion with Sc substitution. That Sc resides in the Ga2/Fe site was confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Low temperature Mössbauer study also shows a similar trend. Hyperfine magnetic field decreases with increasing Sc content. Sc substitution causes a reduction of magnetic ordering. The dielectric constant was found to decrease with increasing Sc content. The activation energies, obtained by the temperature dependence of dielectric relaxation as well as the conductivity, showed almost equal values around 0.3 eV.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2015-09-28

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2013-06-07

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

  12. A Journey of Self-Discovery: An Intervention Involving Massage, Yoga and Relaxation for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Attending Primary Schools

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Powell, Lesley; Gilchrist, Mollie; Stapley, Jacqueline

    2008-01-01

    This study reports on an intervention involving massage, yoga and relaxation delivered to young children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Children (n = 126) were invited to participate in the Self-discovery Programme (SDP) with parental consent. A total of 107 children aged 8-11 years completed the SDP and all measures. Children were…

  13. Field and dilution effects on the magnetic relaxation behaviours of a 1D dysprosium(iii)-carboxylate chain built from chiral ligands.

    PubMed

    Han, Tian; Leng, Ji-Dong; Ding, You-Song; Wang, Yanyan; Zheng, Zhiping; Zheng, Yan-Zhen

    2015-08-14

    A one-dimensional dysprosium(iii)-carboxylate chain in which the Dy(III) ions sit in a pseudo D(2d)-symmetry environment is synthesized and shows different slow magnetic relaxation behaviours depending on the field and dilution effects. Besides, the chiral ligand introduces the additional functions of the Cotton effect and polarization for this compound. PMID:26159885

  14. Strong growth orientation dependence of strain relaxation in epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO{sub 3} films and the resulting dielectric properties

    SciTech Connect

    Yamada, Tomoaki; Kamo, Takafumi; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Su Dong; Iijima, Takashi

    2011-05-01

    The growth orientation dependence of strain relaxation and the dielectric properties were investigated for (001)- and (111)-epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO{sub 3} films. The films were deposited on SrRuO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} substrates using rf magnetron sputtering. The residual strain was found to be remarkably different between the two orientations, although these lattice mismatches are identical; the strain relaxation of the (001)-epitaxial films is significantly slower than that of the (111)-epitaxial films and is promoted only when the growth rate is very low ({<=}5 nm/h). The observed orientation dependence is discussed with the surface energy for both growth orientations, which influences the growth mode of the films. Due to the large contrast of the strain in the (001)- and (111)-epitaxial films, the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition temperature of the (001)-epitaxial films is much higher than that of unstrained bulks, while the (111)-epitaxial films show a phase transition temperature corresponding to that of unstrained bulks regardless of the growth rates.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2012-11-01

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

  16. Investigation of dielectric relaxation, Jahn-Teller distortion, and magnetic ordering in Y substituted Pr{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.4)

    SciTech Connect

    Yadav, Ruchika Elizabeth, Suja; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Kumar, Amit; Yusuf, S. M.; Adiga, Shilpa

    2015-03-07

    We report structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the perovskite compound Pr{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) studied using dc magnetization, ac susceptibility, neutron powder diffraction, and dielectric techniques. These compounds crystallize in orthorhombic space group (Pnma) in the temperature range 5–300 K. The Mn-O-Mn bond angle decreases with the Y substitution along with an increase in the Jahn-Teller distortion. The Jahn-Teller distortion for Pr{sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} shows an anomalous change near 50 K, below which it falls sharply. Neutron powder diffraction patterns of all reported compositions at low temperature constitute additional magnetic Bragg peaks that suggest magnetic ordering. Magnetic reflections were indexed in the nuclear lattice with the propagation vector k = (0, 0, 0). Rietveld refinement of powder patterns conform to A type antiferromagnetic ordering where moments are aligned ferromagnetically in a–c plane and coupled nearly antiferromagnetically along b-axis resulting in a net ferromagnetic component along the b-direction. The antiferromagnetic transition temperature was deduced from dc magnetization and ac susceptibility data. The transition temperature decreases by nearly 22 K (from 81 K to 59 K) as yttrium content (x) increases from 0.1 to 0.4. Measurements reveal strong frequency dispersion in dielectric constant and dielectric loss. Activation energy and relaxation time are estimated from the Arrhenius plot. It is further shown that relaxation behaviour is altered with yttrium doping concentration.

  17. Stress-relaxation and fatigue behaviour of synthetic brow-suspension materials.

    PubMed

    Kwon, Kyung-Ah; Shipley, Rebecca J; Edirisinghe, Mohan; Rayment, Andrew W; Best, Serena M; Cameron, Ruth E; Salam, Tahrina; Rose, Geoffrey E; Ezra, Daniel G

    2015-02-01

    Ptosis describes a low position of the upper eyelid. When this condition is due to poor function of the levator palpebrae superioris muscle, responsible for raising the lid, "brow-suspension" ptosis correction is usually performed, which involves internally attaching the malpositioned eyelid to the forehead musculature using brow-suspension materials. In service, such materials are exposed to both rapid tensile loading and unloading sequences during blinking, and a more sustained tensile strain during extended periods of closure. In this study, various mechanical tests were conducted to characterise and compare some of commonly-used synthetic brow-suspension materials (Prolene(®), Supramid Extra(®) II, Silicone rods (Visitec(®) Seiff frontalis suspension set) and Mersilene(®) mesh) for their time-dependent response. At a given constant tensile strain or load, all of the brow-suspension materials exhibited stress-relaxation or creep, with Prolene(®) having a statistically different relaxation or creep ratio as compared with those of others. Uniaxial tensile cyclic tests through preconditioning and fatigue tests demonstrated drastically different time-dependent response amongst the various materials. Although the tests generated hysteresis force-strain loops for all materials, the mechanical properties such as the number of cycles required to reach the steady-state, the reduction in the peak force, and the cyclic energy dissipation varied considerably. To reach the steady-state, Prolene(®) and the silicone rod required the greatest and the least number of cycles, respectively. Furthermore, the fatigue tests at physiologically relevant conditions (15% strain controlled at 6.5 Hz) demonstrated that the reduction in the peak force during 100,000 cycles ranged from 15% to 58%, with Prolene(®) and the silicone rod exhibiting the greatest and the least value, respectively. Many factors need to be considered to select the most suitable brow-suspension material for

  18. Dielectric controlled excited state relaxation pathways of a representative push-pull stilbene: a mechanistic study using femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion technique.

    PubMed

    Rafiq, Shahnawaz; Sen, Pratik

    2013-02-28

    Femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion technique was employed to reinvestigate the intriguing dependence of fluorescence quantum yield of trans-4-dimethylamino-4(')-nitrostilbene (DNS) on dielectric properties of the media. In polar solvents, such as methanol and acetonitrile, the two time components of the fluorescence transients were assigned to intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) dynamics and to the depletion of the ICT state to the ground state via internal conversion along the torsional coordinate of nitro moiety. The viscosity independence of the first time component indicates the absence of any torsional coordinate in the charge transfer process. In slightly polar solvent (carbon tetrachloride) the fluorescence transients show a triple exponential behavior. The first time component was assigned to the formation of the ICT state on a 2 ps time scale. Second time component was assigned to the relaxation of the ICT state via two torsion controlled channels. First channel involves the torsional motion about the central double bond leading to the trans-cis isomerization via a conical intersection or avoided crossing. The other channel contributing to the depopulation of ICT state involves the torsional coordinates of dimethylanilino and∕or nitrophenyl moieties and leads to the formation of a conformationally relaxed state, which subsequently relaxes back to the ground state radiatively, and is responsible for the high fluorescence quantum yield of DNS in slightly polar solvents such as carbon tetrachloride, toluene, etc. The excited singlet state which is having a dominant π-π∗ character may also decay via intersystem crossing to the n-π∗ triplet manifold and thus accounts for the observed triplet yield of the molecule in slightly polar solvents. PMID:23464152

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2015-05-01

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

  20. Thermal behaviour of a periodic structure supported by dielectric rods in vacuum

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gahlaut, V.; Alvi, P. A.; Ghosh, S.

    2014-06-01

    In a traveling-wave tube (TWT) the helical periodic slow-wave structure (SWS) is supported by dielectric supports in a metal envelope in high vacuum. The heat generated in the helix during beam-wave interaction, restricts the average power handling capability of a TWT, dissipated by conduction through support rods. Thermal contact resistances, arises at different joints of different materials, affect heat dissipation from the helix which have been studied and presented here.

  1. Application of free rotational models of molecular reorientation to the explanation of high frequency effects in dielectric relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Coffey, W. T.; Déjardin, P. M.; Walsh, M. E.

    1999-03-01

    Exact solutions obtained by Gross [J. Chem. Phys. 23, 1415 (1955)] and Sack [Proc. Phys. Soc. London, Sect. B 70, 402 (1957)] for the complex polarizability of assemblies of nonelectrically interacting rotators subjected to a variety of collisions and various approximations to that quantity, specifically the Rocard equation are reappraised in view of recent attempts to use a variety of forms of that equation for the interpretation of far infrared resonance absorption spectra. It is shown that for small values of the inertial parameter (heavy damping) the Rocard equation yields a really good approximation for the complex polarizability only for the small collision model considered by Gross and Sack. In the case of large inertial parameter values it is emphasized by means of plots of the complex polarizability that such an approximation always exhibits behavior characteristic of a sharply resonant system, i.e., a pronounced absorption peak well in excess of the Debye peak and a strongly negative real part, while the exact complex polarizability spectrum for the same parameter values merely displays inertia corrected Debye relaxation. Therefore, an explanation of the resonant term other than that based on a Rocard equation with a large inertial parameter must be sought as that equation strictly applies to inertia corrected Debye (heavily damped) relaxation only. The application of the itinerant oscillator model and the three variable Mori theory to the problem is discussed in view of this conclusion.

  2. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vaughan, Alun; Williams, Graham

    2009-07-01

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

  3. Rietveld refinement and dielectric relaxation of a new rare earth based double perovskite oxide: BaPrCoNbO{sub 6}

    SciTech Connect

    Bharti, Chandrahas; Das, Mrinmoy K.; Sen, A.; Chanda, Sadhan; Sinha, T.P.

    2014-02-15

    A new rare earth based double perovskite oxide barium praseodymium cobalt niobate, BaPrCoNbO{sub 6} (BPCN) is synthesized by solid-state reaction technique. Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) data shows that the compound crystallizes in a perovskite like tetragonal structure which belongs to the I4/mmm space group with lattice parameters a=b=5.6828(9) Å, c=8.063(2) Å. Structural analysis reveals 1:1 ordered arrangement for the Co{sup 2+} and Nb{sup 5+} cations over the six-coordinate B-sites of BPCN. The superlattice line (1 0 1) at 2θ=19.10° arising from the alternate ordering of Co{sup 2+} and Nb{sup 5+} sites is observed in the XRD pattern which confirms the presence of cation ordering in BPCN. Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows two phonon modes of the sample due to the antisymmetric NbO{sub 6} stretching vibration. The relaxation dynamics of the conductive process in BPCN is investigated in the temperature range 303 to 503 K and in the frequency range 100 Hz to 1 MHz using impedance spectroscopy. The relaxation mechanism of the sample in the framework of electric modulus formalism is modeled by Davidson–Cole model (DCM). The values of α (distribution of relaxation time) for the DCM varies from 0.1 to 0.3 which suggests the asymmetric distribution of relaxation time for BPCN. The activation energy of the sample, calculated from both conductivity and modulus spectra, are found to be almost the same ∼0.4 eV, which indicates that the conduction mechanism for BPCN is polaron hopping. The scaling behaviour of the imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation follows the same mechanism at various temperatures. - Graphical abstract: Rietveld refinement plot for BPCN. Inset shows the schematic presentation of the BPCN tetragonal unit cell. The Co{sup 2+} atoms are located at the centers of the CoO{sub 6} (blue) octahedra. The Nb{sup 5+} atoms are located at the centers of the NbO{sub 6} (green) octahedra. Display Omitted

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

    PubMed

    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.

  5. Does urea alter the collective hydrogen-bond dynamics in water? A dielectric relaxation study in the terahertz-frequency region.

    PubMed

    Samanta, Nirnay; Das Mahanta, Debasish; Kumar Mitra, Rajib

    2014-12-01

    We report the ultrafast collective hydrogen-bond dynamics of water in the extended hydration layer of urea by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency region of 0.3-2.0 THz. The complex dielectric function has been fitted using a Debye relaxation model, and the timescales obtained are in the order of approximately 9 ps and 200 fs for bulk water; this exhibits a considerable acceleration beyond the 4 M urea concentration and indicates a possible disruption in the collective hydrogen-bonded water-network structure, which, in turn, provides an indirect support for the water "structure-breaking" ability of urea. With 5 M urea in the presence of different concentrations of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), it was found that these parameters essentially follow the trend observed for TMAO itself, which signifies that any possible disruption of the water structure by urea is outdone by the strong hydrogen-bonding ability of TMAO, which explains its ability to revive urea-denatured proteins to their respective native states.

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

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  7. The dipolar origin of protein relaxation

    PubMed Central

    Hendrickx, H.; Verbruggen, R.; Rosseneu-Motreff, M. Y.; Blaton, V.; Peeters, H.

    1968-01-01

    1. A set of parameters is proposed to check the interpretation of the dielectric behaviour of protein solutions as a rigid-dipole relaxation of prolate ellipsoids of revolution in the frequency range between 20 kHz and 10 MHz. Besides the δb-function of Scheraga, another analogous function (δa) is presented to establish size and shape of globular proteins. A study of the influence of solvent viscosity on the dielectric dispersion also gives strong evidence in favour of rigid-dipole relaxation. 2. Measurements of the dielectric dispersion of monomer solutions of bovine serum albumin and transferrin are reported. Monomers of bovine serum albumin were obtained by fractionation on Sephadex G-150. Low-conductivity solutions of both proteins are obtained by passage through an ion-exchange resin. 3. Computer analysis of the experimental dispersion curves by use of a two-term Debye dispersion gives valuable information about transferrin and leads to an axial ratio 4·5 for a prolate ellipsoid of revolution. The dielectric increment of bovine serum albumin is very low and no conclusive results have yet been obtained. PMID:5701669

  8. Structural and dielectric studies of the phase behaviour of the topological ferroelectric La1-xNdxTaO4.

    PubMed

    Cordrey, Keith J; Stanczyk, Magda; Dixon, Charlotte A L; Knight, Kevin S; Gardner, Jonathan; Morrison, Finlay D; Lightfoot, Philip

    2015-06-21

    The layered perovskite LaTaO(4) has been prepared in its polar orthorhombic polymorphic form at ambient temperature. Although no structural phase transition is observed in the temperature interval 25° C < T < 500 °C, a very large axial thermal contraction effect is seen, which can be ascribed to an anomalous buckling of the perovskite octahedral layer. The non-polar monoclinic polymorph can be stabilised at ambient temperature by Nd-doping. A composition La(0.90)Nd(0.10)TaO(4) shows a first-order monoclinic-orthorhombic (non-polar to polar) transition in the region 250° C < T < 350 °C. Dielectric responses are observed at both the above structural events but, despite the 'topological ferroelectric' nature of orthorhombic LaTaO(4), we have not succeeded in obtaining ferroelectric P-E hysteresis behaviour. Structural relationships in the wider family of A(n)B(n)X(3n+2) layered perovskites are discussed. PMID:25629659

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

    PubMed Central

    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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  12. Crystal structure, NMR study, dielectric relaxation and AC conductivity of a new compound [Cd3(SCN)2Br6(C2H9N2)2]n

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saidi, K.; Kamoun, S.; Ayedi, H. Ferid; Arous, M.

    2013-11-01

    The crystal structure, the 13C NMR spectroscopy and the complex impedance have been carried out on [Cd3(SCN)2Br6(C2H9N2)2]n. Crystal structure shows a 2D polymeric network built up of two crystallographically independent cadmium atoms with two different octahedral coordinations. This compound exhibits a phase transition at (T=355±2 K) which has been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-rays powder diffraction, AC conductivity and dielectric measurements. Examination of 13C CP/MAS line shapes shows indirect spin-spin coupling (14N and 13C) with a dipolar coupling constant of 1339 Hz. The AC conductivity of this compound has been carried out in the temperature range 325-376 K and the frequency range from 10-2 Hz to 10 MHz. The impedance data were well fitted to two equivalent electrical circuits. The results of the modulus study reveal the presence of two distinct relaxation processes. One, at low frequency side, is thermally activated due to the ionic conduction of the crystal and the other, at higher frequency side, gradually disappears when temperature reaches 355 K which is attributed to the localized dipoles in the crystal. Moreover, the temperature dependence of DC-conductivity in both phases follows the Arrhenius law and the frequency dependence of σ(ω,T) follows Jonscher's universal law. The near values of activation energies obtained from the conductivity data and impedance confirm that the transport is through the ion hopping mechanism.

  13. Study of the relaxation dynamics associated with the Glass Transition in two polyols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Faivre, Annelise; David, Laurent; Vigier, Gerard; Jal, Jean-Francois

    1998-03-01

    In order to improve the understanding of the glass transition, the molecular mobility of two complementary molecular systems (Sorbitol and Maltitol) was investigated over temperatures ranging from well above Tg, to below Tg. Using various spectroscopic techniques including mechanical and dielectric spectroscopies, viscosity measurements, neutron spin echo (ILL Grenoble), the relaxation maps of these polyols were determined for a very large frequency range. The results reveal two relaxation processes: -the main alpha-relaxation, which exhibits a complex dynamic pattern comprising non-Arrhenius behaviour above Tg and Arrhenius behaviour below Tg, -the secondary beta process, which exhibits an Arrhenius behaviour over the entire time-temperature range, which happens to be the same for both polyols. We attempt to describe these data in the framework of a model relating the dynamic behaviour of the system to the state of disorder, as characterized by the density of nano-fluctuations.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2015-05-15

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

  15. Dielectric properties of residual water in amorphous lyophilized mixtures of sugar and drug

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    El Moznine, R.; Smith, G.; Polygalov, E.; Suherman, P. M.; Broadhead, J.

    2003-02-01

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was used to investigate the properties of residual water in lyophilized formulations of a proprietary tri-phosphate drug containing a sugar (trehalose, lactose or sucrose) or dextran. The dielectric properties of each formulation were determined in the frequency range (0.1 Hz-0.1 MHz) and temperature range (30°C-Tg). The temperature dependence of the relaxation times for all samples showed Arrhenuis behaviour, from which the activation energy was derived. Proton hopping through the hydrogen-bonded network (clusters) of water molecules was suggested as the principle mode of charge transport. Significant differences in dielectric relaxation kinetics and activation energy were observed for the different formulations, which were found to correlate with the amount of monophosphate degradation product.

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy of monatomic alcohols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  17. Observation of direct magneto-dielectric behaviour in Lu3Fe5O12-δ above room-temperature.

    PubMed

    Manimuthu, P; Vidya, R; Ravindran, P; Fjellvåg, H; Venkateswaran, C

    2015-07-21

    The coupling of dielectric and magnetic order is highly nontrivial and seldom observed in rare-earth iron garnets. Careful investigations on polycrystalline Lu3Fe5O12-δ, prepared by the solid state route, establish a direct correlation between the magnetic and dielectric order parameters. A dielectric anomaly at the magnetic ordering temperature supports this correlation. The dielectric permittivity at various magnetic fields is measured using an indigenously developed connector setup. Lu3Fe5O12-δ exhibits a magneto-dielectric coupling of ∼6% at room temperature, which is significant in the case of a single-phase magneto-dielectric material at low fields. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern, bond valence sum method, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicate two different oxidation states of Fe. Complete structural optimizations performed using the density functional theory establish a ferrimagnetic ground state and provide structural parameters in agreement with experimental values. Electronic structure analysis shows that Lu3Fe5O12 exhibits insulating behavior both in ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic configurations. The capability of Lu3Fe5O12-δ to exhibit room temperature magneto-dielectric response is a key factor in designing and fabricating various electronic devices and sensors.

  18. Degree of Diffused Phase Transition and Non-Debye Dielectric Relaxation in Ba(NdxTi1-2xNbx)O3 Ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mahboob, Syed; Prasad, G.; Kumar, G. S.; James, A. R.; Prakash, Chandra

    Dielectric measurements were made over the temperature range 80-300 K at different frequencies (10 kHz, 50 kHz, 100 kHz, 500 kHz and 1 MHz). The degree of relaxor behavior and diffuseness of phase transition were correlated to the cationic disorder at lattice site B. Non-Debye dielectric behavior was observed in the present samples and a modified Arrhenius relation proposed by Chen et al. was found to best describe the frequency dependent dielectric maxima temperature.

  19. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  20. The influence of oxygen-17 enriched oxygen-donor ligands on the electronic spin relaxation behaviour of paramagnetic metal ions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wells, Gregg B.; Yim, Moon B.; Makinen, Marvin W.

    Continuous wave microwave power saturation of high-spin paramagnetic metalloprotein complexes of Co2+ and Fe3+ showed that the value of the saturation parameter P1/2 is influenced by the coordination of oxygen-17 enriched water to the metal ion. No change was observed for H218O or 2H2O. Pulse saturation and recovery of paramagnetic high-spin Fe3+ heme proteins identified a fast relaxation component sensitive to isotopic oxygen-17 composition that was assigned to the process of spectral diffusion. It is shown that the change in relaxation time for spectral diffusion can alter the (apparent) spin-lattice relaxation to account for the observed changes in continuous wave microwave power saturation experiments. These changes are shown to correlate with alterations in the extent of covalency between the metal ion and oxygen-donor ligand. The experimental results provide a basis for use of continuous wave microwave saturation to identify the presence of oxygen-donor ligands within the inner coordination shell of high-spin Co2+ or Fe3+ in metalloprotein and small molecule complexes and to qualitatively assess the extent of covalency between the metal ion and the oxygen-donor ligand.

  1. Energy-storage properties and high-temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors of relaxor ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, T. F.; Tang, X. G.; Liu, Q. X.; Jiang, Y. P.; Huang, X. X.; Zhou, Q. F.

    2016-03-01

    (1  -  x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x  =  0, 5, and 10 mol%) ceramics were prepared using a conventional mixed oxide solid state reaction method. The low-temperature relaxor behavior of (1  -  x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 ceramics were examined in the temperature range from 120 to 523 K. A broad dielectric maximum that shifted to higher temperatures with increasing frequency, signified the relaxor-type behavior of these ceramics. The value of the relaxation parameter γ  =  1.61-1.94 estimated from the linear fit of the modified Curie-Weiss law indicated the relaxor nature. High-temperature dielectric relaxation phenomena were found in the temperature region 600-850 K. Energy-storage properties were also analyzed, and the energy-storage density calculated from hysteresis loops reached about 0.47 J cm-3 at room temperature.

  2. Dependence of microwave dielectric properties on crystallization behaviour of CaMgSi{sub 2}O{sub 6} glass-ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Choi, Bo Kyeong; Jang, Sung Wook; Kim, Eung Soo

    2015-07-15

    The effects of the crystallization behaviour of CaMgSi{sub 2}O{sub 6} (diopside) glass-ceramics on their microwave dielectric properties were investigated as functions of the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and heat-treatment method used (one or two steps). The crystallization behaviours of the specimens were affected by the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} content as well as by the heat-treatment method employed, and were evaluated using X-ray diffraction and the combined Rietveld and reference intensity ratio (RIR) method. The dielectric constants (K) of the specimens did not change significantly with an increase in the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The quality factor (Qf) of the specimens increased for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} contents of up to 0.5 wt% Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, but then decreased for higher contents. These results could be attributed to the degree of crystallization. For the same Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, the specimens that underwent a two-step heat treatment showed lower K values and higher Qf values than those heat-treated in one-step. These results could be attributed to the smaller crystallite size and higher degree of crystallization in the specimens obtained from the two-step heat treatment compared with those of the specimens heat-treated in one-step method.

  3. Dielectric relaxation properties of carboxylic acid-terminated n-alkyl monolayers tethered to Si(1 1 1): dynamics of dipoles and gauche defects

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Godet, C.

    2016-03-01

    Molecular-level insights into the organization and dynamics of n-alkyl monolayers covalently bonded to Si(1 1 1) were gained from admittance measurements of dipolar relaxation in rectifying Hg \\parallel HOOC-C10H25-n Si junctions performed as a function of applied voltage and temperature. A collective behavior of dipole dynamics is inferred from the non-Debye asymmetric relaxation peak shape and strong coupling of the dipole relaxation path with some bending vibrations of the n-alkyl OML (multi-excitation entropy model). A variety of relaxation mechanisms is observed in the frequency range (0.1 Hz-10 MHz) with different dependence of relaxation frequency and dipolar strength on measurement temperature and applied voltage. Their microscopic origin is discussed by comparing the activation energy of relaxation frequency with previous molecular mechanics calculations of saddle point energy barriers for structural defects such as gauche conformations or chain kinks in n-alkanes assemblies. Gauche conformations organized in pairs (kinks) have vanishing relaxation strength below an order-disorder transition temperature T D  =  175 K and their probability strongly increases with applied reverse voltage, above T D. The presence of hydrogen bonds between terminal carboxylic acid functionalities is inferred from a comparison with a similar junction bearing a low density of carboxylic acid end groups. This temperature-dependent hydrogen-bond network provides some additional stiffness against external electrostatic stress, as deduced from the rather weak sensitivity of relaxation frequencies to applied bias voltage.

  4. Relaxation of risk-sensitive behaviour of prey following disease-induced decline of an apex predator, the Tasmanian devil

    PubMed Central

    Hollings, Tracey; McCallum, Hamish; Kreger, Kaely; Mooney, Nick; Jones, Menna

    2015-01-01

    Apex predators structure ecosystems through lethal and non-lethal interactions with prey, and their global decline is causing loss of ecological function. Behavioural changes of prey are some of the most rapid responses to predator decline and may act as an early indicator of cascading effects. The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), an apex predator, is undergoing progressive and extensive population decline, of more than 90% in long-diseased areas, caused by a novel disease. Time since local disease outbreak correlates with devil population declines and thus predation risk. We used hair traps and giving-up densities (GUDs) in food patches to test whether a major prey species of devils, the arboreal common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), is responsive to the changing risk of predation when they forage on the ground. Possums spend more time on the ground, discover food patches faster and forage more to a lower GUD with increasing years since disease outbreak and greater devil population decline. Loss of top–down effects of devils with respect to predation risk was evident at 90% devil population decline, with possum behaviour indistinguishable from a devil-free island. Alternative predators may help to maintain risk-sensitive anti-predator behaviours in possums while devil populations remain low. PMID:26085584

  5. Relaxation of risk-sensitive behaviour of prey following disease-induced decline of an apex predator, the Tasmanian devil.

    PubMed

    Hollings, Tracey; McCallum, Hamish; Kreger, Kaely; Mooney, Nick; Jones, Menna

    2015-07-01

    Apex predators structure ecosystems through lethal and non-lethal interactions with prey, and their global decline is causing loss of ecological function. Behavioural changes of prey are some of the most rapid responses to predator decline and may act as an early indicator of cascading effects. The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), an apex predator, is undergoing progressive and extensive population decline, of more than 90% in long-diseased areas, caused by a novel disease. Time since local disease outbreak correlates with devil population declines and thus predation risk. We used hair traps and giving-up densities (GUDs) in food patches to test whether a major prey species of devils, the arboreal common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), is responsive to the changing risk of predation when they forage on the ground. Possums spend more time on the ground, discover food patches faster and forage more to a lower GUD with increasing years since disease outbreak and greater devil population decline. Loss of top-down effects of devils with respect to predation risk was evident at 90% devil population decline, with possum behaviour indistinguishable from a devil-free island. Alternative predators may help to maintain risk-sensitive anti-predator behaviours in possums while devil populations remain low.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  7. Dielectric investigations of polycrystalline samarium bismuth ferrite ceramic

    SciTech Connect

    Palaimiene, E.; Macutkevic, J.; Banys, J.; Karpinsky, D. V.; Kholkin, A. L.

    2015-01-05

    Results of broadband dielectric investigations of samarium doped bismuth ferrite ceramics are presented in wide temperature range (20–800 K). At temperatures higher than 400 K, the dielectric properties of samarium bismuth ferrite ceramics are governed by Maxwell-Wagner relaxation and electrical conductivity. The DC conductivity increases and activation energy decreases with samarium concentration. In samarium doped bismuth ferrite, the ferroelectric phase transition temperature decreases with samarium concentration and finally no ferroelectric order is observed at x = 0.2. At lower temperatures, the dielectric properties of ferroelectric samarium doped bismuth ferrite are governed by ferroelectric domains dynamics. Ceramics with x = 0.2 exhibit the relaxor-like behaviour.

  8. Hierarchical cobalt-formate framework series with (4{sup 12}⋅6{sup 3})(4{sup 9}⋅6{sup 6}){sub n} (n = 1–3) topologies exhibiting slow dielectric relaxation and weak ferromagnetism

    SciTech Connect

    Shang, Ran; Chen, Sa; Hu, Ke-Li; Jiang, Ze-Chun; Wang, Bing-Wu; Wang, Zhe-Ming E-mail: gaosong@pku.edu.cn; Gao, Song E-mail: gaosong@pku.edu.cn; Kurmoo, Mohamedally

    2014-12-01

    The employment of linear di-, tri-, and tetra-ammoniums has generated a hierarchy in the binodal (4{sup 12}⋅6{sup 3})(4{sup 9}⋅6{sup 6}){sub n} topologies with n = 1, 2, and 3, respectively, for the cobalt formate frameworks with increasing length of the cavities to match the ammoniums. This indicates the length-directing effect of the polyammoniums. The dynamic movements of polyammoniums between favored sites or orientations within the cavities lead to slow dielectric relaxations. All materials are spin-canted antiferromagnets in low temperatures and show reduced spontaneous magnetizations from di- and tri-, to tetra-ammoniums, because of the increased number of unique Co ions or the antiferromagnetically coupled sublattices.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2013-07-01

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

  11. Dielectric relaxation analysis of Pb(Zr0.54,Ti0.46)O3 thin films: Electric field dependence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ponchel, F.; Sama, N.; Rémiens, D.; Lasri, T.

    2014-12-01

    350 nm-thick Perovskite PbZr0.54Ti0.46O3 (PZT) thin films were deposited on Al2O3 substrates by sputtering with and without an additional 10-nm-thick TiOx buffer layer. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that in presence of TiOx buffer layer, PZT film was highly oriented along the (111) direction film, whereas the unbuffered, counterpart was polycrystalline. A full wave electromagnetic analysis using a vector finite element method was performed to determine the tunability and the complex permittivity up to 67 GHz. A comparison between the electromagnetic analysis and Cole-Cole relaxation model was proposed. Through an original study of the relaxation time as a function of the electric field, values, such as 2 ps and 0.6 ps, were estimated for EDC = 0 kV/cm and 235 kV/cm, respectively, and in both cases (111)-PZT and polycrystalline-PZT. The distribution of relaxation times is found to be larger for (111)-PZT film, which is probably related to the film microstructure.

  12. Dielectric relaxation analysis of Pb(Zr{sub 0.54},Ti{sub 0.46})O{sub 3} thin films: Electric field dependence

    SciTech Connect

    Ponchel, F. Rémiens, D.; Sama, N.; Lasri, T.

    2014-12-28

    350 nm-thick Perovskite PbZr{sub 0.54}Ti{sub 0.46}O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films were deposited on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by sputtering with and without an additional 10-nm-thick TiO{sub x} buffer layer. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that in presence of TiO{sub x} buffer layer, PZT film was highly oriented along the (111) direction film, whereas the unbuffered, counterpart was polycrystalline. A full wave electromagnetic analysis using a vector finite element method was performed to determine the tunability and the complex permittivity up to 67 GHz. A comparison between the electromagnetic analysis and Cole-Cole relaxation model was proposed. Through an original study of the relaxation time as a function of the electric field, values, such as 2 ps and 0.6 ps, were estimated for E{sub DC} = 0 kV/cm and 235 kV/cm, respectively, and in both cases (111)-PZT and polycrystalline-PZT. The distribution of relaxation times is found to be larger for (111)-PZT film, which is probably related to the film microstructure.

  13. Dielectric behavior of semiconductors at microwave frequencies

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  14. Effect of Sr2TiMnO6 fillers on mechanical, dielectric and thermal behaviour of PMMA polymer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, P.; Dakshayini, B. S.; Kushwaha, H. S.; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-06-01

    Composites of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and Sr2TiMnO6 (STMO) were fabricated via melt mixing followed by hot pressing technique. These were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermo mechanical analysis (TMA) and impedance analyser for their structural, thermal and dielectric properties. The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) was measured between 40°C and 100°C for pure PMMA is 115.2 ppm/°C, which was decreased to 78.58 ppm/°C when the STMO content was increased to 50 wt.% in PMMA. There was no difference in the glass transition (Tg) temperature of the PMMA polymer and their composites. However, the FTIR analysis indicated possible interaction between the PMMA and STMO. The density and the hardness were increased as the STMO content increased in the PMMA matrix. Permittivity was found to be as high as 30.9 at 100 Hz for the PMMA+STMO-50 wt.% composites, indicating the possibility of using these materials for capacitor applications. The thermal stability of polymer was enhanced by incorporation of STMO fillers.

  15. Effect of Zr4+ Content on the Grain Growth, Dielectric Relaxation Behavior, and Ferroelectric Properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6Ti1- x Zr x O3 Nano-Ceramics Prepared by Different Methods Assisted by Fast Microwave Sintering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zixiong, Sun; Yongping, Pu; Yuwen, Liu

    2014-05-01

    The effect of Zr4+ content on the grain growth, dielectric relaxation, and piezoelectric properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6Ti1- x Zr x O3 (BSTZ; x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06) ceramics prepared by solid-state (SS) and sol-gel modified hydrothermal (SH) methods assisted by fast microwave sintering was investigated in this study. A combination of x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), impedance analysis, and ferroelectric analysis was used. All the ceramics had pure perovskite structures at room temperature, as seen from XRD patterns, indicating that Zr4+ was incorporated into Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 lattices to form a solid solution. In the SEM micrographs, SH samples had higher densities and smaller and more homogeneous grain size than SS samples, which was in agreement with density measurements. Nano-ceramics were obtained by this method. When the temperature dependence of dielectric constant and dielectric loss was studied, SH samples had higher permittivity, better thermally activated relaxation, and lower dielectric loss at high temperature. Ferroelectric characteristics can still be detected in Ba0.4Sr0.6Ti1- x Zr x O3 ceramics and residual polarization ( P r) decreased with increasing Zr4+ content.

  16. Chain Dynamics in Solid Polymers and Polymerizing Systems as Revealed by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Williams, Graham

    2008-08-01

    A number of techniques are used to study the chain-dynamics of solid polymers, including those of dielectric relaxation [1-4], dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) [1, 5], multinuclear NMR relaxations [6], quasi-elastic dynamic light scattering [7] and neutron scattering [8] (QELS & QENS) and transient fluorescence depolarization (TFD) [9]. Each technique has its own particular probe of the dynamics in a material. e.g. dielectric relaxation gives information on the angular motions of molecular chain-dipoles (for dipole relaxation) and the translational motions of ions (for f-dependent electrical conduction); NMR relaxations relate to the angular motions of chemical bonds; QELS relates to fluctuations in local refractive index; QENS to the time-dependent van Hove correlation function (suitably-defined) for proton-containing groups; TFD to the angular motions of fluorescent groups in a chain. Due to its relevance to practical applications of materials, DMTA is pre-eminent among the many physical techniques applied to solid polymers, but interpretations of behaviour in terms of molecular properties remain difficult since the direct link between an applied macroscopic stress and the molecular response of polymer chains in a bulk material remains an unsolved problem. Of the above techniques, Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) offers several advantages. (a) Materials may be studied in the frequency range 10-6 to 1010 Hz, over wide ranges of temperature and applied pressure, using commercially-available instrumentation. (b) Since the electrical capacitance of a film is inversely proportional its thickness, free-standing and supported films may be studied down to nm-thicknesses, giving e.g. information on the behaviour of the dynamic Tg as sample thickness approaches molecular dimensions. (c) Theoretical interpretations of dielectric relaxation and a.c. conduction are well-established in terms of Fourier transforms of molecular time correlation functions (TCFs

  17. Morphotropic domain structures and dielectric relaxation in piezo-/ferroelectric Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Tao; Chen, Chang; Ye, Mao; Qiu, Ximei; Lin, Peng; Xiong, Xinbo; Zeng, Xierong; Huang, Haitao; Ke, Shanming

    2016-05-01

    The domain structures, phase transitions and dielectric relaxation of relaxor-based piezo-/ferroelectric (1-x)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-0.33Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (x=0.30, 0.34, 0.37, and 0.42) single crystals, abbreviated as PIN-PZN-PT, grown by flux method, have been analyzed by polarized light microscope and dielectric spectroscopy. The dielectric relaxation was described by the Curie-Weiss law and Lorentz-type quadratic equation. The substitution of Ti4+ ions for the B-site complex (Zn1/3Nb2/3)4+ and (In1/2Nb1/2)4+ ions results in a long-range symmetry breaking, as revealed by the formation of birefringent domains. Single crystal of PIN-PZN-PT with morphotropic compositions exhibit complex domain structures, which are composed of both rhombohedral and tetragonal phases intimately mixed together. The domain structures, the sequence and temperature of phase transitions have been interpreted in relation to the morphotropic phase boundary behavior of the PIN-PZN-PT system. The analysis of morphotropic domain structures and phase transitions provides a better understanding of the microscopic mechanisms of the enhanced piezoelectric properties recently disclosed in the PIN-PZN-PT and other PZN-based piezocrystals.

  18. Supercooled interfacial water in fine-grained soils probed by dielectric spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lorek, A.; Wagner, N.

    2013-12-01

    Water substantially affects nearly all physical, chemical and biological processes on the Earth. Recent Mars observations as well as laboratory investigations suggest that water is a key factor of current physical and chemical processes on the Martian surface, e.g. rheological phenomena. Therefore it is of particular interest to get information about the liquid-like state of water on Martian analogue soils for temperatures below 0 °C. To this end, a parallel plate capacitor has been developed to obtain isothermal dielectric spectra of fine-grained soils in the frequency range from 10 Hz to 1.1 MHz at Martian-like temperatures down to -70 °C. Two Martian analogue soils have been investigated: a Ca-bentonite (specific surface of 237 m2 g-1, up to 9.4% w / w gravimetric water content) and JSC Mars 1, a volcanic ash (specific surface of 146 m2 g-1, up to 7.4% w / w). Three soil-specific relaxation processes are observed in the investigated frequency-temperature range: two weak high-frequency processes (bound or hydrated water as well as ice) and a strong low-frequency process due to counter-ion relaxation and the Maxwell-Wagner effect. To characterize the dielectric relaxation behaviour, a generalized fractional dielectric relaxation model was applied assuming three active relaxation processes with relaxation time of the ith process modelled with an Eyring equation. The real part of effective complex soil permittivity at 350 kHz was used to determine ice and liquid-like water content by means of the Birchak or CRIM equation. There are evidence that bentonite down to -70 °C has a liquid-like water content of 1.17 monolayers and JSC Mars 1 a liquid-like water content of 1.96 monolayers.

  19. Dielectric Loss Measurements on Raw Materials.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    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)

  20. Dielectric relaxation of a-cyclodextrin-polyiodide complexes (a-cyclodextrin)2·BaI2·I2·8H2O and (a-cyclodextrin)2·KI3·I2·8H2O

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Papaioannou, John C.; Ghikas, Thanos C.

    The frequency and temperature dependence of the real (ɛ') and imaginary (ɛ') parts of the dielectric constant of the polycrystalline complexes (α-CD)2·BaI2·I2·8H2O and (α-CD)2·KI3·I2·8H2O (α-CD = α-cyclodetrin) have been investigated over the frequency and temperature ranges 0-100 kHz and 120-300 K, respectively. The temperature dependences of ɛ', ɛ' and the phase shift φ show two steps, two peaks and two minima, respectively, revealing the existence of two kinds of water molecule, the tightly bound and the easily movable water molecules, in both complexes. The first peak of ɛ'(T) or the first minimum of φ(T) presents the transformation of flip-flop hydrogen bonds to the normal state. The second ɛ' (T) peak or φ(T) minimum corresponds to the easily movable water molecules or to a partial transformation of tightly bound to easily movable water molecules. For T > 270 K both samples show semiconductive behaviour with energy gaps of 1.84 eV for the (α-CD)2·BaI2·I2·8H2O complex and 1.36 eV for the (α-CD)2·KI3·I2·8H2O complex. The conductivity at room temperature decreases in the order: (α-CD)2·BaI2·I2·8H2O > (α-CD)2·LiI3·I2·8H2O > (α-CD)2·KI3·I2·8H2O > (αCD)2·Cd0.5·I5·26H2O. The relaxation time varies in a Λ-like curve (from 120 to 250 K) and rises rapidly for temperatures greater than 250 K, indicating the process of ionic movements. The activation energies around the transition temperature 0.98-1.09 kBTtrans for (α-CD)2·BaI2·I2·8H2O and 1.06-1.55 kBTtrans for (α-CD)2·KI3·I2·8H2O reveal the greater stability of the α-K complex against that of the α-Ba complex.

  1. Model and design of dielectric elastomer minimum energy structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rosset, Samuel; Araromi, Oluwaseun A.; Shintake, Jun; Shea, Herbert R.

    2014-08-01

    Fixing a prestretched dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) on a flexible frame allows transformation of the intrinsic in-plane area expansion of DEAs into complex three-dimensional (3D) structures whose shape is determined by a configuration that minimizes the elastic energy of the actuator and the bending energy of the frame. These stuctures can then unfold upon the application of a voltage. This article presents an analytical modelling of the dielectric elastomer minimal energy structure in the case of a simple rectangular geometry and studies the influence of the main design parameters on the actuator's behaviour. The initial shape of DEMES, as well as the actuation range, depends on the elastic strain energy stored in the elastomeric membrane. This energy depends on two independent parameters: the volume of the membrane and its initial deformation. There exist therefore different combinations of membrane volume and prestretch, which lead to the same initial shape, such as a highly prestretched thin membrane, or a slightly prestretched thick membrane. Although they have the same initial shape, these different membrane states lead to different behaviour once the actuation voltage is applied. Our model allows one to predict which choice of parameters leads to the largest actuation range, while specifying the impact of the different membrane conditions on the spring constant of the device. We also explore the effects of non-ideal material behaviour, such as stress relaxation, on device performance.

  2. Molecular relaxations in amorphous phenylbutazone

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sahra, M.; Thayyil, M. Shahin; Capaccioli, S.

    2016-05-01

    Molecular dynamics of phenylbutazone in the supercooled liquid and glassy state is studied using broadband dielectric spectroscopy for test frequencies 1 kHz, 10 kHz and 100 kHz over a wide temperature range. Above the glass transition temperature Tg, the presence of the structural α-relaxation peak was observed which shifts towards lower frequencies as the temperature decreases and kinetically freezes at Tg. Besides the structural α-relaxation peak, a β-process which arises due to the localized molecular fluctuations is observed at lower temperature.

  3. Polymorphism and disorder in caffeine: Dielectric investigation of molecular mobilities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Descamps, M.; Decroix, A. A.

    2014-12-01

    Using dielectric relaxation data we have characterized the molecular mobilities of caffeine both in phase I (stable and metastable) and in phase II. In phase I effects of sublimation and phase transformation kinetics were carefully considered. In plane rotational motions were followed on a wide temperature range. A noticeable antiferroelectric short range order developing at the approach of the glass-like transition is characterized. Condition for occurrence of a critical-like behaviour is discussed. At high temperature the emergence of an additional ultra slow relaxation process is highlighted. Possible molecular mechanisms are proposed for both processes. In phase II the existence of a less intense relaxation process is confirmed. Close similarity with the main process developing in phase I hints at a common origin of the dipolar motions. Careful consideration of recent structure determinations leads to suggest that this process is associated to similar molecular in plane rotations but developing at the surface of crystalline samples. Lower cooperativity at the surface is reflected in the smaller activation entropy of the relaxation.

  4. Dinuclear dysprosium SMMs bridged by a neutral bipyrimidine ligand: two crystal systems that depend on different lattice solvents lead to a distinct slow relaxation behaviour.

    PubMed

    Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Bing; Jia, Li-Hui; Wang, Bing-Wu; Yang, Qian; Cheng, Xin; Li, Hong-Feng; Chen, Peng; Wang, Zhe-Ming; Gao, Song

    2016-06-01

    Two dinuclear dysprosium complexes with the Dy(iii) ions bridged by the neutral bipyrimidine (BPYM) ligand were synthesized and magnetically characterized. They crystallized in a monoclinic and triclinic crystal system, respectively, with almost the same structural core, only differing in the lattice solvent molecules. Alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements revealed that they exhibit significant slow relaxation of magnetization until 25 K in the absence of a dc field. The single and double relaxation processes were assigned to one and two types of Dy(iii) environments in the two dimmers, respectively, with barriers of 266 and 345 K under zero field conditions. The magnetic hysteresis loops of 1 and 2 were both observed up to 2.5 K. PMID:27143486

  5. Dinuclear dysprosium SMMs bridged by a neutral bipyrimidine ligand: two crystal systems that depend on different lattice solvents lead to a distinct slow relaxation behaviour.

    PubMed

    Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Bing; Jia, Li-Hui; Wang, Bing-Wu; Yang, Qian; Cheng, Xin; Li, Hong-Feng; Chen, Peng; Wang, Zhe-Ming; Gao, Song

    2016-06-01

    Two dinuclear dysprosium complexes with the Dy(iii) ions bridged by the neutral bipyrimidine (BPYM) ligand were synthesized and magnetically characterized. They crystallized in a monoclinic and triclinic crystal system, respectively, with almost the same structural core, only differing in the lattice solvent molecules. Alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements revealed that they exhibit significant slow relaxation of magnetization until 25 K in the absence of a dc field. The single and double relaxation processes were assigned to one and two types of Dy(iii) environments in the two dimmers, respectively, with barriers of 266 and 345 K under zero field conditions. The magnetic hysteresis loops of 1 and 2 were both observed up to 2.5 K.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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).

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

    PubMed

    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.

  8. Ultrasonic and dielectric studies of polymer PDMS composites with ZnO and onion-like carbons nanoinclusions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Samulionis, V.; Macutkevic, J.; Banys, J.; Belovickis, J.; Shenderova, O.

    2015-07-01

    The ultrasonic and dielectric temperature investigations were performed in polydi- methylsiloxane (PDMS) with zinc oxide (ZnO) and onion-like carbon (OLC) nanocomposites. In the glass transition region, the ultrasonic velocity dispersion and large ultrasonic attenuation maxima were observed. The positions of ultrasonic attenuation peaks were slightly shifted to higher temperatures after doping PDMS with OLC and ZnO nanoparticles. The ultrasonic relaxation was compared to that of dielectric and such behaviour was described by Vogel- Fulcher law. The upshift of the glass transition temperature with addition of nanoparticles was confirmed by both methods. The additional increase of ultrasonic attenuation in composites doped with OLC and ZnO was observed at room temperature and such behaviour we attributed to ultrasound-nanofiller interaction in polymer matrix.

  9. Relaxation System

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1987-01-01

    Environ Corporation's relaxation system is built around a body lounge, a kind of super easy chair that incorporates sensory devices. Computer controlled enclosure provides filtered ionized air to create a feeling of invigoration, enhanced by mood changing aromas. Occupant is also surrounded by multidimensional audio and the lighting is programmed to change colors, patterns, and intensity periodically. These and other sensory stimulators are designed to provide an environment in which the learning process is stimulated, because research has proven that while an individual is in a deep state of relaxation, the mind is more receptive to new information.

  10. Dielectric siphons.

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  11. Structure and relaxation dynamics of poly(amide urethane)s with bioactive transition metal acetyl acetonates in hard blocks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kalogeras, I. M.; Roussos, M.; Vassilikou-Dova, A.; Spanoudaki, A.; Pissis, P.; Savelyev, Y. V.; Shtompel, V. I.; Robota, L. P.

    2005-12-01

    Structural characteristics, thermal transitions and molecular dynamics of selected poly(amide urethane)s with transition metal acetyl acetonates Me(AcAc){2} (Me = Sn4+, Zn2+, Cu2+, Pb2+) as chain extenders, were comparatively investigated using small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and dielectric techniques (dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, DRS; thermally stimulated currents, TSC). We studied the influence of metal chelates on the mixing of the soft-segment (SS) and hard-segment (HS) domains and the related degree of microphase separation (DMS). The reactivity of Me(AcAc){2} with macrodiisocyanate was found to decrease in the order Sn(AcAc){2}Cl{2} > Cu(AcAc){2} > Zn(AcAc){2} > Pb(AcAc){2}. While Pb(AcAc){2} shows a higher tendency for crystallisation, both the dielectric and calorimetric results suggest that the corresponding polyurethane has comparatively low DMS. The type of the transition metal has moderate effect on the glass transition temperature and no influence on the shape of the dielectric α relaxation signal, indicating weak interactions between metal ions and SS domains. In contrast, structural parameters and the dielectric behaviour of the β relaxation suggest preference for hydrogen-bonding interactions between Sn4+ and Cu2+ metal-chelates and HS domains. The temperature dependence of dc conductivity σ dc is described by the Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher equation and signifies the coupling between the mobility of polymeric chains and charges' motion. It may be expected that the present combination of techniques and particular results with respect to DMS will contribute to the development and testing of novel biodegradation-resistant and antibacterial metal-polyurethanes for biotechnological and industrial applications.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2014-02-01

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

  13. Polyamide 12/ fullerene C60 composites: Investigation on their mechanical and dielectric properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zuev, Vjacheslav V.

    2014-05-01

    The effect of fullerene C60 on mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites based on PA12 was investigated. The nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization. The Young's modulus and tensile strength of the polymer nanocomposites are improved by about 20% with loading of 0.02-0.08 wt.% the fullerene C60. Dielectric spectroscopy was used to investigate the influence of nanoparticles on the relaxation processes in polymer matrix. The segmental relaxation processes become faster with the fullerene C60 addition, an effect associated with a decrease of the glass transition temperature. In contrast, the secondary or γ relaxation process of PA12/ fullerene C60 nanocomposites was observed to slow down with addition of fullerene C60. These observations indicate that fullerene C60 as filler has an effect opposite to antiplasticizing that slow down the secondary relaxation (stiffening the material) in the glass state, while at the same time reducing the alpha relaxation time associated with cooperative segmental motions. It behaviour can be connected with inclusion complex formation between PA12 and fullerene C60.

  14. Interfaces: nanometric dielectrics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  15. Calorimetric and relaxation properties of xylitol-water mixtures.

    PubMed

    Elamin, Khalid; Sjöström, Johan; Jansson, Helén; Swenson, Jan

    2012-03-14

    We present the first broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) and differential scanning calorimetry study of supercooled xylitol-water mixtures in the whole concentration range and in wide frequency (10(-2)-10(6) Hz) and temperature (120-365 K) ranges. The calorimetric glass transition, T(g), decreases from 247 K for pure xylitol to about 181 K at a water concentration of approximately 37 wt. %. At water concentrations in the range 29-35 wt. % a plentiful calorimetric behaviour is observed. In addition to the glass transition, almost simultaneous crystallization and melting events occurring around 230-240 K. At higher water concentrations ice is formed during cooling and the glass transition temperature increases to a steady value of about 200 K for all higher water concentrations. This T(g) corresponds to an unfrozen xylitol-water solution containing 20 wt. % water. In addition to the true glass transition we also observed a glass transition-like feature at 220 K for all the ice containing samples. However, this feature is more likely due to ice dissolution [A. Inaba and O. Andersson, Thermochim. Acta, 461, 44 (2007)]. In the case of the BDS measurements the presence of water clearly has an effect on both the cooperative α-relaxation and the secondary β-relaxation. The α-relaxation shows a non-Arrhenius temperature dependence and becomes faster with increasing concentration of water. The fragility of the solutions, determined by the temperature dependence of the α-relaxation close to the dynamic glass transition, decreases with increasing water content up to about 26 wt. % water, where ice starts to form. This decrease in fragility with increasing water content is most likely caused by the increasing density of hydrogen bonds, forming a network-like structure in the deeply supercooled regime. The intensity of the secondary β-relaxation of xylitol decreases noticeably already at a water content of 2 wt. %, and at a water content above 5 wt. % it has been

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

    PubMed

    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

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

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

    PubMed Central

    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

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

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

    PubMed

    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo

    2016-07-01

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2015-12-01

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

  1. Cell Electrofusion in Centrifuged Erythrocyte Pellets Assessed by Dielectric Spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Asami, Koji

    2016-04-01

    We have characterized cell electrofusion in cell pellets by dielectric spectroscopy. Cell pellets were formed from horse erythrocyte suspensions by centrifugation and were subjected to intense AC pulses. The dielectric spectra of the pellets were measured over a frequency range of 10 Hz to 10 MHz. The application of AC pulses caused low-frequency (LF) dielectric relaxation below about 100 kHz. The LF dielectric relaxation was markedly affected not only by pretreatment of cells at 50 °C, which disrupts the spectrin network of erythrocytes, but also by the parameters of the AC pulses (frequency of the sine wave and repeat count of the pulses). The occurrence of the LF dielectric relaxation was qualitatively accounted for by modeling fusion products in the pellet by prolate spheroidal cells whose long axes run parallel to the applied electric field.

  2. Weak ferromagnetism and temperature dependent dielectric properties of Zn{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O diluted magnetic semiconductor

    SciTech Connect

    Ahmed, Raju; Moslehuddin, A.S.M.; Mahmood, Zahid Hasan; Hossain, A.K.M. Akther

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Single phase wurtzite structure was confirmed from XRD analysis. • Weak ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. • Pure semiconducting properties confirmed from temperature dependent conductivity. • Smaller dielectric properties at higher frequency. • Possible potential application in high frequency spintronic devices. - Abstract: In this study the room temperature ferromagnetic behaviour and dielectric properties of ZnO based diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) have been investigated using nominal chemical composition Zn{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed formation of single phase hexagonal wurtzite structure. An increase in grain size with increasing sintering temperature was observed from scanning electron microscopy. Field dependent DC magnetization values indicated dominant paramagnetic ordering along with a slight ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Frequency dependent complex initial permeability showed some positive values around 12 at room temperature. In dielectric measurement, an increasing trend of complex permittivity, loss tangent and ac conductivity with increasing temperature were observed. The temperature dependent dispersion curves of dielectric properties revealed clear relaxation at higher temperature. Frequency dependent ac conductivity was found to increase with frequency whereas complex permittivity and loss tangent showed an opposite trend.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  4. Nanosecond Relaxation Dynamics of Hydrated Proteins: Water versus protein contributions

    SciTech Connect

    Khodadadi, S; Curtis, J. E.; Sokolov, Alexei P

    2011-01-01

    We have studied picosecond to nanosecond dynamics of hydrated protein powders using dielectric spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Our analysis of hydrogen-atom single particle dynamics from MD simulations focused on main ( main tens of picoseconds) and slow ( slow nanosecond) relaxation processes that were observed in dielectric spectra of similar hydrated protein samples. Traditionally, the interpretation of these processes observed in dielectric spectra has been ascribed to the relaxation behavior of hydration water tightly bounded to a protein and not to protein atoms. Detailed analysis of the MD simulations and comparison to dielectric data indicate that the observed relaxation process in the nanosecond time range of hydrated protein spectra is mainly due to protein atoms. The relaxation processes involve the entire structure of protein including atoms in the protein backbone, side chains, and turns. Both surface and buried protein atoms contribute to the slow processes; however, surface atoms demonstrate slightly faster relaxation dynamics. Analysis of the water molecule residence and dipolar relaxation correlation behavior indicates that the hydration water relaxes at much shorter time scales.

  5. Rounded stretched exponential for time relaxation functions.

    PubMed

    Powles, J G; Heyes, D M; Rickayzen, G; Evans, W A B

    2009-12-01

    A rounded stretched exponential function is introduced, C(t)=exp{(tau(0)/tau(E))(beta)[1-(1+(t/tau(0))(2))(beta/2)]}, where t is time, and tau(0) and tau(E) are two relaxation times. This expression can be used to represent the relaxation function of many real dynamical processes, as at long times, t>tau(0), the function converges to a stretched exponential with normalizing relaxation time, tau(E), yet its expansion is even or symmetric in time, which is a statistical mechanical requirement. This expression fits well the shear stress relaxation function for model soft soft-sphere fluids near coexistence, with tau(E)dielectric and shear stress relaxation (both the modulus and viscosity forms). It is shown that both the dielectric spectra and dynamic shear modulus imaginary parts approach the real axis with a slope equal to 0 at high frequency, whereas the dynamic viscosity has an infinite slope in the same limit. This indicates that inertial effects at high frequency are best discerned in the modulus rather than the viscosity Cole-Cole plot. As a consequence of the even expansion in time of the shear stress relaxation function, the value of the storage modulus derived from it at very high frequency exceeds that in the infinite frequency limit (i.e., G(infinity)).

  6. Dielectric characterization of a nonlinear optical material.

    PubMed

    Lunkenheimer, P; Krohns, S; Gemander, F; Schmahl, W W; Loidl, A

    2014-01-01

    Batisite was reported to be a nonlinear optical material showing second harmonic generation. Using dielectric spectroscopy and polarization measurements, we provide a thorough investigation of the dielectric and charge-transport properties of this material. Batisite shows the typical characteristics of a linear lossy dielectric. No evidence for ferro- or antiferroelectric polarization is found. As the second-harmonic generation observed in batisite points to a non-centrosymmetric structure, this material is piezoelectric, but most likely not ferroelectric. In addition, we found evidence for hopping charge transport of localized charge carriers and a relaxational process at low temperatures. PMID:25109553

  7. Frequency and temperature dependence of dielectric properties of chicken meat

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Dielectric properties of chicken breast meat were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe between 200 MHz and 20 GHz at temperatures ranging from -20 degree C to +25 degree C. At a given temperature, the frequency dependence of the dielectric constant reveals two relaxations while those of th...

  8. Breathing and Relaxation

    MedlinePlus

    ... Top Doctors in the Nation Departments & Divisions Home Health Insights Stress & Relaxation Breathing and Relaxation Breathing and Relaxation Make ... Management Assess Your Stress Coping Strategies Identifying ... & Programs Health Insights Doctors & Departments Research & Science Education & Training Make ...

  9. Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX).

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Cassel, Russell N.; Cassel, Susie L.

    1983-01-01

    Describes Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX), a clinical program designed to assess the degree to which an individual is able to demonstrate self-control for overall general relaxation. The program is designed for use with the Cassel Biosensors biofeedback equipment. (JAC)

  10. Dielectric Signatures of Annealing in Glacier Ice

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2015-12-01

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

  11. Synthesis of 0.1% & 0.2% neodymium doped barium zirconium titanate (BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3) and study of their dielectric behaviour

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, Anil; Kumar, Vipin; Gupta, Merry; Ghumman, S. S.

    2015-08-01

    Efforts have been made to ease process of producing widely used multilayered ceramics of Barium Zirconium Titanium Oxides and study their dielectric behaviour and structural properties. For this purpose, adequate proportions of Barium Carbonate, Zirconium Oxide and Titanium Oxide were taken and hand milled for 2 hours. Neodymium composition of the order of 0.1% and 0.2% was used for doping to weight percentage of BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3. The samples were authenticated using raw data obtained from Bruker AXS D8 advance Copper KL alpha source XRD equipment. Further, the samples were studied for their phase transition, composition, single phase perovskite structure using XRD technique. The technique has also been applied to know formation of stable homogeneous solid solution from XRD parameters. The other physical parameters like the morphology, micro structural information, crystal arrangements and topography have also been observed through SEM. The SEM has revealed information related to grain size development and composition of sample with fine agglomerates. For complete study of the compounds the atomic and weight composition has also been examined by Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy patterns. The comparison has been made with other works on ceramics at various frequencies and has yielded very interesting results.

  12. Synthesis of 0.1% & 0.2% neodymium doped barium zirconium titanate (BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}) and study of their dielectric behaviour

    SciTech Connect

    Kumar, Anil Kumar, Vipin; Gupta, Merry; Ghumman, S. S.

    2015-08-28

    Efforts have been made to ease process of producing widely used multilayered ceramics of Barium Zirconium Titanium Oxides and study their dielectric behaviour and structural properties. For this purpose, adequate proportions of Barium Carbonate, Zirconium Oxide and Titanium Oxide were taken and hand milled for 2 hours. Neodymium composition of the order of 0.1% and 0.2% was used for doping to weight percentage of BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3. The samples were authenticated using raw data obtained from Bruker AXS D8 advance Copper KL alpha source XRD equipment. Further, the samples were studied for their phase transition, composition, single phase perovskite structure using XRD technique. The technique has also been applied to know formation of stable homogeneous solid solution from XRD parameters. The other physical parameters like the morphology, micro structural information, crystal arrangements and topography have also been observed through SEM. The SEM has revealed information related to grain size development and composition of sample with fine agglomerates. For complete study of the compounds the atomic and weight composition has also been examined by Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy patterns. The comparison has been made with other works on ceramics at various frequencies and has yielded very interesting results.

  13. State of water at 136 K determined by its relaxation time.

    PubMed

    Johari, G P

    2005-03-21

    Dielectric relaxation time of pure bulk water has been determined from the dielectric loss tangent scans against temperature at two frequencies. After calculating the frequency-independent background loss, the relaxation loss was obtained, and the relaxation time determined. The dielectric relaxation time of water is 35 +/- 13 s at 136 +/- 1 K, which is comparable with its structural relaxation time of ca. 33 s estimated from its T(g) endotherm (G. P. Johari, A. Hallbrucker and E. Mayer, Nature, 1987, 330, 552). Therefore, water is an ultraviscous liquid at 136 K, and this removes the basis for a comparison-based inference that water is a rigid glass up to a temperature of 165 K or higher (Y. Yue and C. A. Angell, Nature, 2004, 427, 717). The method yields satisfactory values for the relaxation time of stable glasses at their known calorimetric T(g). PMID:19791317

  14. Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics for Superconducting Qubit Circuits

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  15. Dielectric spectroscopy of watermelons for quality sensing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  17. Study of the dielectric properties of weathered granite, basalt and quartzite by means of broadband dielectric spectroscopy over a wide range of frequency and temperature.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Araujo, Steven; Delbreilh, Laurent; Antoine, Raphael; Dargent, Eric; Fauchard, Cyrille

    2016-04-01

    Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) allows the measurement of the complex impedance of various materials over a wide range of frequency (0.1 Hz to 2 MHz) and temperature (-150 to 400°C). Other properties can be assessed from this measurement such as permittivity and conductivity. In this study, the BDS is presented to figure out the complex behaviour of several rock parameters as a function of the temperature and frequency. Indeed, multiple processes might occur such as interfacial polarization, AC and DC conductivity. The measurements of a weathered granite, basalt and quartzite were performed. The activation energy associated to each process involved during the measurement can be calculated by following the relaxation time as a function of the temperature, taking into account the Havriliak-Négami model. The principle of the technique and the whole study is presented here and several hypothesis are advanced to explain the dielectric behaviour of rocks. Finally, as the range of frequency and temperature of the BDS method is common to several electromagnetic and electrical techniques applied in subsurface geophysics, some perspectives are proposed to better understand geophysical measurements in hydrothermal systems.

  18. On the dielectric dispersion and absorption in nanosized manganese zinc mixed ferrites.

    PubMed

    Veena Gopalan, E; Malini, K A; Sakthi Kumar, D; Yoshida, Yasuhiko; Al-Omari, I A; Saravanan, S; Anantharaman, M R

    2009-04-01

    The temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss of nanosized Mn(1-x)Zn(x)Fe(2)O(4) (for x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1) were investigated. The impact of zinc substitution on the dielectric properties of the mixed ferrite is elucidated. Strong dielectric dispersion and broad relaxation were exhibited by Mn(1-x)Zn(x)Fe(2)O(4). The variation of dielectric relaxation time with temperature suggests the involvement of multiple relaxation processes. Cole-Cole plots were employed as an effective tool for studying the observed phenomenon. The activation energies were calculated from relaxation peaks and Cole-Cole plots and found to be consistent with each other and indicative of a polaron conduction.

  19. Giant dielectric response of Haldane gap compound Y2BaNiO5

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2012-03-01

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

  20. Relaxation time and elasticity during polymerization with DER 332

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Venkateshan, K.; Johari, G. P.

    2006-10-01

    To complement a study of the dielectric relaxation time's relation with the velocity of propagation of hypersound wave in a polymerizing liquid [K. Venkateshan and G. P. Johari J. Chem. Phys.125, 014907 (2006)], we report results of an analogous study by using the same diglycidylether of bisphenol-A that had been used for measuring the velocity. The data show that the logarithmic relaxation time increases linearly with the square of the velocity of propagation of transverse hypersound wave.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. Simulation of dielectric spectra of erythrocytes with various shapes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Asami, Koji

    2009-07-01

    Dielectric spectra of erythrocyte suspensions were numerically simulated over a frequency range from 1 kHz to 100 MHz to study the effects of erythrocyte shape on the dielectric spectra. First, a biconcave-discoid model for normal erythrocytes or discocytes was compared with an equivalent oblate spheroid model. The two models showed similar dielectric spectra to each other, suggesting that the oblate spheroid model can be approximately used for discocytes. Second, dielectric spectra were simulated for discocytes deformed by osmotic cell swelling. The deformation resulted in the increase in relaxation intensity and the sharpening of spectrum shape. Finally, dielectric spectra were simulated for echinocytes, stomatocytes and sickle cells that are induced by chemical agents and diseases. The dielectric spectra of echinocytes and stomatocytes were similar to each other, being distinguishable from that of discocytes and quite different from that of sickle cells.

  3. Dielectric dispersion of Y-type hexaferrites at low frequencies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abo El Ata, A. M.; Attia, S. M.

    2003-02-01

    A series of polycrystalline Y-type hexaferrites with composition Ba 2Ni 2- xZn xFe 12O 22 (where 0.0⩽ x⩽2.0) were prepared by the standard ceramic method to study the effect of the frequency, temperature and composition on their AC electrical conductivity σ' AC, and dielectric properties. It was found that, the AC conductivity shows dispersion at high frequencies. This dispersion was attributed to the interfacial polarization arising from the inhomogeneous structure of the material. At low frequencies the dielectric constant, ɛ', is abnormally high and decreases rapidly with increasing frequency. Dielectric relaxation peaks were observed on the tan δ( F) curves. The results of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss were explained on the basis of the assumption that the mechanism of dielectric polarization is similar to that of the conduction process.

  4. Broad-band dielectric response of 0.5Ba(Ti0.8Zr0.2)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 piezoceramics: soft and central mode behaviour

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kamba, S.; Simon, E.; Skoromets, V.; Bovtun, V.; Kempa, M.; Pokorný, J.; Savinov, M.; Koruza, J.; Malič, B.

    2016-08-01

    Dielectric properties of 0.5Ba(Ti0.8Zr0.2)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 ceramics were probed in the frequency range from 10 Hz to 100 THz in a broad temperature range (10-900 K). Polar soft phonon observed in infrared spectra softens with cooling; however, below 500 K, its frequency becomes temperature independent. Simultaneously, a central mode activates in terahertz and microwave spectra; and it actually drives the ferroelectric phase transitions. Consequently, the phase transitions strongly resemble a crossover between the displacive and order-disorder type. The central mode vanishes below 200 K. The dielectric relaxation in the radiofrequency and microwave range anomalously broadens on cooling below TC1, resulting in the nearly frequency independent dielectric loss below 200 K. This broadening comes from a broad frequency distribution of ferroelectric domain wall vibrations. Raman spectra reveal new phonons below 400 K, i.e. already 15 K above TC1. Several weak modes are detected in the paraelectric phase up to 500 K in Raman spectra. Activation of these modes is ascribed to the presence of polar nanoclusters in the material.

  5. Dielectric metasurfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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. Relaxation modes in glass forming meta-toluidine.

    PubMed

    Carpentier, L; Decressain, R; Descamps, M

    2004-10-01

    The dynamics in supercooled meta-toluidine was studied using dielectric relaxation, modulated differential scanning calorimetry, proton spin-lattice relaxation times, and viscosity measurements. The combination of these different techniques has clearly shown a large decoupling of the relaxation modes whose origin is attributed to the formation of clusters via the NH2 bonding. This decoupling starts at a temperature also corresponding to a change of the dynamical behavior from a high temperature Arrhenius evolution to a Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman low temperature evolution.

  7. Secondary relaxation dynamics in rigid glass-forming molecular liquids with related structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Xiangqian; Wang, Meng; Liu, Riping; Ngai, Kia L.; Tian, Yongjun; Wang, Li-Min; Capaccioli, Simone

    2015-09-01

    The dielectric relaxation in three glass-forming molecular liquids, 1-methylindole (1MID), 5H-5-Methyl-6,7-dihydrocyclopentapyrazine (MDCP), and Quinaldine (QN) is studied focusing on the secondary relaxation and its relation to the structural α-relaxation. All three glass-formers are rigid and more or less planar molecules with related chemical structures but have dipoles of different strengths at different locations. A strong and fast secondary relaxation is detected in the dielectric spectra of 1MID, while no resolved β-relaxation is observed in MDCP and QN. If the observed secondary relaxation in 1MID is identified with the Johari-Goldstein (JG) β-relaxation, then apparently the relation between the α- and β-relaxation frequencies of 1MID is not in accord with the Coupling Model (CM). The possibility of the violation of the prediction in 1MID as due to either the formation of hydrogen-bond induced clusters or the involvement of intramolecular degree of freedom is ruled out. The violation is explained by the secondary relaxation originating from the in-plane rotation of the dipole located on the plane of the rigid molecule, contributing to dielectric loss at higher frequencies and more intense than the JG β-relaxation generated by the out-of-plane rotation. MDCP has smaller dipole moment located in the plane of the molecule; however, presence of the change of curvature of dielectric loss, ɛ″(f), at some frequency on the high-frequency flank of the α-relaxation reveals the JG β-relaxation in MDCP and which is in accord with the CM prediction. QN has as large an in-plane dipole moment as 1MID, and the absence of the resolved secondary relaxation is explained by the smaller coupling parameter than the latter in the framework of the CM.

  8. Dielectric properties of honeydew melons and correlation with quality.

    PubMed

    Guo, Wen-chuan; Nelson, Stuart O; Trabelsi, Samir; Kays, Stanley J

    2007-01-01

    Dielectric properties of three honeydew melon cultivars, grown and harvested to provide a range of maturities, were measured with an open-ended coaxial-line probe and impedance analyzer over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz. Probe measurements were made on the external surface of the 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, for both the external surface and internal tissue measurements. However, SSC prediction from the dielectric properties by these relationships was not as high as expected. Permittivity data (dielectric constant and loss factor) for the melons are presented graphically to show their relationships with frequency for external surface and internal tissue measurements. A dielectric relaxation for the external surface measurements, which is attributable to bound water and Maxwell-Wagner relaxations, 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 the dielectric properties.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhuravlev, V. I.

    2015-12-01

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

  10. Dielectric properties of polyfunctional alcohols: 2,3-butanediol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhuravlev, V. I.

    2016-08-01

    Using a variety theoretical approaches within the Debye, Davidson-Cole, and Forsman models, and an approach based on the Dissado-Hill theory, dielectric spectra of 2,3-butanediol in the temperature range of 298 to 423 K are analyzed. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of 2,3-butanediole are described by the Davidson-Cole equation, and the βDC parameter depends strongly on temperature. The spectrum of dielectric relaxation of 2,3-butanediol within the Debye theory is presented as the sum of two areas of dispersion, and conclusions are drawn regarding possible mechanisms of dispersion responsible for the obtained fields. The relaxation times of 2,3-butanediol, calculated using different equations describing the nonlinear behavior of relaxation times, are compared. The dipole moments of clusters are obtained for the first time using the Dissado-Hill cluster model, and a preliminary analysis of them is performed.

  11. Microscopic versus macroscopic calculation of dielectric nanospheres

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kühn, M.; Kliem, H.

    2008-12-01

    The issue of nanodielectrics has recently become an important field of interest. The term describes nanometric dielectrics, i. e. dielectric materials with structural dimensions typically smaller than 100 run. In contrast to the behaviour of a bulk material the nanodielectrics can behave completely different. With shrinking dimensions the surface or rather boundary effects outweigh the volume effects. This leads to a different observable physics at the nanoscale. A crucial point is the question whether a continuum model for the calculation of dielectric properties is still applicable for these nanomaterials. In order to answer this question we simulated dielectric nanospheres with a microscopic local field method and compared the results to the macroscopic mean field theory.

  12. Self-assembly and structural relaxation in a model ionomer melt

    SciTech Connect

    Goswami, Monojoy; Borreguero, Jose M.; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-02-26

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to understand the self-assembly and structural relaxation in ionomer melts containing less than 10% degree of ionization on the backbone. We study the self-assembly of charged sites and counterions that show structural ordering and agglomeration with a range of structures that can be achieved by changing the dielectric constant of the medium. The intermediate scattering function shows a decoupling of charge and counterion relaxation at longer length scales for only high dielectric constant and at shorter length scales for all dielectric constants. Finally, the slow structural decay of counterions in the strongly correlated ionomer system closely resembles transport properties of semi-flexible polymers.

  13. Dielectric properties of polyamide 12-chromium(III) oxide nanocomposites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zuev, Vjacheslav V.; Shapoval, Ekaterina S.; Sakhatskii, Aleksandr S.

    2016-08-01

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy was employed to study polymer nanocomposites based on PA12 filled with of nanosized chromium(III) oxide. The experimental dielectric data were analyzed within the formalisms of complex permittivity and electric modulus. Three relaxation processes and Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) interfacial polarizations were observed. It was found that presence of nanosized amphoteric chromium(III) oxide leads to softening of polyamide matrix that manifested in decrease of the activation energy of the α- and β-relaxation processes and glass transition temperatures. The softening of polymer matrix is the reason of the decrease of mechanical strength of polymer nanocomposites as compared with neat PA12.

  14. Dielectric properties of TbMnO3 ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, C. C.; Cui, Y. M.; Zhang, L. W.

    2007-01-01

    The complex dielectric properties for ceramic samples of TbMnO3 were investigated as functions of temperature (100K ⩽T⩽360K) and frequency (100Hz⩽f⩽100kHz). Two thermally activated dielectric relaxations were found with the activation energies of 0.30 and 0.22eV for the high- and low-temperature relaxations, respectively. By means of complex impedance analysis the high-temperature relaxation was identified to originate from the internal barrier-layer capacitor effects related to the grain boundaries, and the low-temperature relaxation was ascribed to the dipolar effects induced by charge-carrier-hopping motions inside the grains.

  15. A novel analysis for the NMR magic sandwich echo in polymers: application to the α-relaxation in polybutadiene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pieruccini, Marco; Sturniolo, Simone; Corti, Maurizio; Rigamonti, Attilio

    2015-11-01

    On the basis of a method to describe the relaxation dynamics in an ensemble of spin pairs, an analytical expression is derived for the magic sandwich echo refocusing efficiency of 1H-NMR signals from systems where dipolar interaction dominates. At the sake of illustration the method is applied to the analysis of the α-relaxation in poly(butadiene). The Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann behaviour of the central relaxation rates, derived by fitting the refocusing efficiency as a function of the temperature, follows very well independent measurements performed with stimulated echo 2H-NMR experiments. Comparison with literature data worked out by broad band dielectric spectroscopy also shows very good agreement. In the framework of an Havriliak-Negami representation of the distribution of correlation times, information about width and asymmetry of the frequency profile is also provided by the analysis. This novel method is believed to represent a suitable path to extract basic information on the motional distribution in a variety of similar systems.

  16. Pulsed dielectric spectroscopy of supercooled liquids

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    1995-03-01

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

  17. Determination of the spatial TDR-sensor characteristics in strong dispersive subsoil using 3D-FEM frequency domain simulations in combination with microwave dielectric spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wagner, Norman; Trinks, Eberhard; Kupfer, Klaus

    2007-04-01

    The spatial sensor characteristics of a 6 cm TDR flat band cable sensor section was simulated with finite element modelling (high frequency structure simulator—HFSS) under certain conditions: (i) in direct contact with the surrounding material (air, water of different salinities, different synthetic and natural soils (sand-silt-clay mixtures)), (ii) with consideration of a defined gap of different size filled with air or water and (iii) the cable sensor pressed at a borehole-wall. The complex dielectric permittivity ɛsstarf(ω, τi) or complex electrical conductivity σsstarf(ω, τi) = iωɛsstarf(ω, τi) of the investigated saturated and unsaturated soils was examined in the frequency range 50 MHz-20 GHz at room temperature and atmospheric pressure with a HP8720D-network analyser. Three soil-specific relaxation processes are assumed to act in the investigated frequency-temperature-pressure range: one primary α-process (main water relaxation) and two secondary (α', β)-processes due to clay-water-ion interactions (bound water relaxation and the Maxwell-Wagner effect). The dielectric relaxation behaviour of every process is described with the use of a simple fractional relaxation model. 3D finite element simulation is performed with a λ/3 based adaptive mesh refinement at a solution frequency of 1 MHz, 10 MHz, 0.1 GHz, 1 GHz and 12.5 GHz. The electromagnetic field distribution, S-parameter and step responses were examined. The simulation adequately reproduces the spatial and temporal electrical and magnetic field distribution. High-lossy soils cause, as a function of increasing gravimetric water content and bulk density, an increase in TDR signal rise time as well as a strong absorption of multiple reflections. An air or water gap works as a quasi-waveguide, i.e. the influence of the surrounding medium is strongly reduced. Appropriate TDR-travel-time distortions can be quantified.

  18. Structural, dielectric and impedance studies of polycrystalline La0.6Gd0.2Ca0.2MnO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nandan K., R.; Rubankumar, A.; Kalainathan, S.

    2016-05-01

    Polycrystalline materials of Gd doped La1-xCaxMnO3 were prepared by Sol-Gel technique using citric acid as a chelating agent at 9000 C. The single phase formation of Gd doped LCMO were determined by Powder XRD, dielectric studies and impedance studies is investigated. The existence of dielectric relaxation and release of space charges were observed in the dielectric constant and real part of impedance plots respectively. The shift in the peaks for imaginary part of impedance revealed the existence of relaxation process due to oxygen vacancy. The existence of single semicircle in the cole-cole plot confirms the dielectric relaxation in the prepared sample.

  19. Dielectric Spectroscopy of Grape Juice at Microwave Frequencies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vijay, Ravika; Jain, Ritu; Sharma, Krishna S.

    2015-04-01

    The complex permittivity of fresh juice of two cultivars of grapes, Sultania (green grapes) and Black Monukka (black grapes) was measured in terms of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor over the frequency range from 1 to 50 GHz and at temperatures ranging from 30 to 60°C, by using the PNA network analyzer model E8364C and open ended coaxial probe 85070E. The Cole-Cole plots and dielectric constant vs. (angular frequency) dielectric loss factor and dielectric constant vs. dielectric loss factor/(angular frequency) regression lines at different temperatures were used in Debye approximation to predict relaxation frequency of molecules for the two cultivars of grapes in the low frequency and high frequency limits, respectively. It was observed that the acidic character of green grapes is responsible for the large amplitude vibrational peaks in dielectric loss factor - frequency curves, in the high frequency region at higher temperatures. On the other hand, excess of sugar in black grapes suppresses the activity of water molecules, thereby suppressing the vibrational peaks at higher frequencies. Different relaxation frequencies found for the two cultivars of grapes suggest that they have different molecular structure.

  20. Dielectric analysis of halloysite nanotubes LLDPE nanocomposite compounds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Čermák, M.; Kadlec, P.; Kruliš, Z.; Polanský, R.

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this paper is to investigate the influence of HNT on the dielectric properties of LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) nanocomposite compounds in the different level of fulfillment (0, 1, 3, 7 wt%). The utilization of these HNT/LLDPE nanocomposite compounds can be seen in the cable industry, where the dielectric properties are essential. Used experimental compounds have been prepared in the laboratory blades mixer Brabender W50 EHT and the plasticorder Brabender PLE 651. Immediately after mixing, the molten compounds were removed from the mixer, inserted into the spacer, and pressed into films of 0.25 mm thickness. Dielectric properties in the DC field (polarization current, reading of polarization index, volume resistivity) of the individual samples were measured and the temperature and frequency range by Broadband dielectric spectroscopy Alpha-A (Novocontrol) were investigated. Samples have been subjected to the dielectric strength test according to standards. As results showed, experimental samples were affected by HNT, especially in the dielectric relaxation phenomena, when during the increment of the level of fulfilment occurred the increasing of the nearly lossless dielectric relaxations. The volume resistivity of the samples was affected in the range of one magnitude.

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

    PubMed

    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

  2. A model for the scattering of high-frequency electromagnetic fields from dielectrics exhibiting thermally-activated electrical losses

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hann, Raiford E.

    1991-01-01

    An equivalent circuit model (ECM) approach is used to predict the scattering behavior of temperature-activated, electrically lossy dielectric layers. The total electrical response of the dielectric (relaxation + conductive) is given by the ECM and used in combination with transmission line theory to compute reflectance spectra for a Dallenbach layer configuration. The effects of thermally-activated relaxation processes on the scattering properties is discussed. Also, the effect of relaxation and conduction activation energy on the electrical properties of the dielectric is described.

  3. Molecular Relaxations in Constrained Nanoscale Systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Knorr, Daniel B., Jr.

    Current engineering challenges in the areas of energy, gas separation and photonics demand novel materials that are cognitively engineered at the molecular level, with a view toward replacing the conventional trial and error approach to materials development. Cognitive molecular engineering of organic materials demands the incorporation of internal constraints (inherent to molecular architecture) and external constraints (stemming from interactions with system boundaries) to obtain desired material properties. Both types of constraints affect intrinsic relaxation behavior in a material, which dictates thermal and viscoelastic material properties. The challenge, then, is to quantify the influence of constraints on relaxation behavior with a view toward producing a 'toolbox' for molecular engineering. In this work, local atomic force microscopy based thermomechanical measurements, paired with dielectric spectroscopy, kinetic models and molecular dynamic simulation are used to explore the effect of constraints on the relaxation behavior of model lubricants, amorphous polymers, and organic non-linear optical (NLO) materials. The impact of interfacial constraints on the inter- and intramolecular relaxation processes were investigated in lubricating model systems from fast relaxing simple monolayers to sluggishly unwinding complex polymer systems. At the free surface of amorphous polystyrene, apparent Arrhenius-type surface and subsurface activation energies were found where dissipation is a discrete function of loading, indicating sensitivity to surface and subsurface mobilities. Finally, in organic NLO systems, constraints in the form of self assembling dendritic groups are introduced to provide both sufficient mobility for alignment of their constituent chromophores and limited mobility for long-term alignment stability. Relaxation activation energies for NLO materials were deduced for these self assembling glassy chromophores, resulting in a first toolbox to guide

  4. Relaxation selective pulses in fast relaxing systems.

    PubMed

    Lopez, Christopher J; Lu, Wei; Walls, Jamie D

    2014-05-01

    In this work, the selectivity or sharpness of the saturation profiles for relaxation selective pulses (R^rsps) that suppress magnetization possessing relaxation times of T2=T2(rsp) and T1=αT2 for α∈12,∞ was optimized. Along with sharpening the selectivity of the R^rsps, the selective saturation of these pulses was also optimized to be robust to both B0 and B1 inhomogeneities. Frequency-swept hyperbolic secant and adiabatic time-optimal saturation pulse inputs were found to work best in the optimizations, and the pulse lengths required to selectivity saturate the magnetization were always found to be less than the inversion recovery delay, T1ln(2). The selectivity of the optimized relaxation selective pulses was experimentally demonstrated in aqueous solutions with varying concentrations of the paramagnetic species, [Mn(+2)], and for use in solvent suppression. Finally, the "rotational" properties of spin relaxation were explored along with an analytical derivation of adiabatic time-optimal saturation pulses. PMID:24631803

  5. Substrate stress relaxation regulates cell spreading

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chaudhuri, Ovijit; Gu, Luo; Darnell, Max; Klumpers, Darinka; Bencherif, Sidi A.; Weaver, James C.; Huebsch, Nathaniel; Mooney, David J.

    2015-02-01

    Studies of cellular mechanotransduction have converged upon the idea that cells sense extracellular matrix (ECM) elasticity by gauging resistance to the traction forces they exert on the ECM. However, these studies typically utilize purely elastic materials as substrates, whereas physiological ECMs are viscoelastic, and exhibit stress relaxation, so that cellular traction forces exerted by cells remodel the ECM. Here we investigate the influence of ECM stress relaxation on cell behaviour through computational modelling and cellular experiments. Surprisingly, both our computational model and experiments find that spreading for cells cultured on soft substrates that exhibit stress relaxation is greater than cells spreading on elastic substrates of the same modulus, but similar to that of cells spreading on stiffer elastic substrates. These findings challenge the current view of how cells sense and respond to the ECM.

  6. Glass transition of partially crystallized gelatin-water mixtures studied by broadband dielectric spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sasaki, Kaito; Kita, Rio; Shinyashiki, Naoki; Yagihara, Shin

    2014-03-01

    The glass transition of partially crystallized gelatin-water mixtures was investigated for gelatin concentrations of 40 and 20 wt. % by broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) in wide frequency (10 mHz-50 GHz) and temperature (113-298 K) ranges. Three dielectric relaxation processes were clearly observed. The origin of each relaxation process was the same as that observed for partially crystallized bovine serum albumin (BSA)-water mixtures [N. Shinyashiki et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 14448 (2009)]. The relaxation process at the highest frequency is originated from uncrystallized water (UCW) in the hydration shell of gelatin. Its relaxation time is almost the same as that of water in uncrystallized system; water in various binary aqueous mixtures and confined water in nanoscale region. The relaxation process at the intermediate frequency is originated from ice, and its relaxation time and strength were similar to those for the relaxation of pure ice, particularly above 240 K. The glass transition temperature Tg, is defined by BDS measurement as the temperature at which dielectric relaxation time τ, is 100-1000 s. The relaxation process at the lowest frequency, Tg is approximately 200 K, is originated from the cooperative motion of water and gelatin. This relaxation is strong and has a similar relaxation strength to that of hydrated BSA. At Tg for the relaxation process involving the cooperative motion of gelatin and water, the temperature dependence of the relaxation process of UCW crosses over from Vogel-Fulcher behavior to Arrhenius behavior with decreasing temperature. A characteristic property of the gelatin-water mixture is a change in the temperature dependence of the relaxation time of the relaxation processes of hydrated gelatin at approximately 260 K.

  7. Contributions of dipolar relaxation processes and ionic transport to the response of liquids to electrical perturbation fields.

    PubMed

    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.

  8. Dielectric studies in gold nanoparticles doped ferroelectric liquid crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  9. Secondary and primary relaxations in hyperbranched polyglycerol: a comparative study in the frequency and time domains.

    PubMed

    Garcia-Bernabé, Abel; Dominguez-Espinosa, Gustavo; Diaz-Calleja, Ricardo; Riande, Evaristo; Haag, Rainer

    2007-09-28

    The non-Debye relaxation behavior of hyperbranched polyglycerol was investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. A thorough study of the relaxations was carried out paying special attention to truncation effects on deconvolutions of overlapping processes. Hyperbranched polyglycerol exhibits two relaxations in the glassy state named in increasing order of frequency beta and gamma processes. The study of the evolution of these two fast processes with temperature in the time retardation spectra shows that the beta absorption is swallowed by the alpha in the glass-liquid transition, the gamma absorption being the only relaxation that remains operative in the liquid state. In heating, a temperature is reached at which the alpha absorption vanishes appearing the alphagamma relaxation. Two characteristics of alpha absorptions, decrease of the dielectric strength with increasing temperature and rather high activation energy, are displayed by the alphagamma process. Williams' ansatz seems to hold for these topologically complex macromolecules. PMID:17902934

  10. Secondary and primary relaxations in hyperbranched polyglycerol: a comparative study in the frequency and time domains.

    PubMed

    Garcia-Bernabé, Abel; Dominguez-Espinosa, Gustavo; Diaz-Calleja, Ricardo; Riande, Evaristo; Haag, Rainer

    2007-09-28

    The non-Debye relaxation behavior of hyperbranched polyglycerol was investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. A thorough study of the relaxations was carried out paying special attention to truncation effects on deconvolutions of overlapping processes. Hyperbranched polyglycerol exhibits two relaxations in the glassy state named in increasing order of frequency beta and gamma processes. The study of the evolution of these two fast processes with temperature in the time retardation spectra shows that the beta absorption is swallowed by the alpha in the glass-liquid transition, the gamma absorption being the only relaxation that remains operative in the liquid state. In heating, a temperature is reached at which the alpha absorption vanishes appearing the alphagamma relaxation. Two characteristics of alpha absorptions, decrease of the dielectric strength with increasing temperature and rather high activation energy, are displayed by the alphagamma process. Williams' ansatz seems to hold for these topologically complex macromolecules.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

    PubMed

    Ngai, K L

    2015-03-21

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ngai, K. L.

    2015-03-01

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

  14. Dynamics in supercooled polyalcohols: Primary and secondary relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Döß, A.; Paluch, M.; Sillescu, H.; Hinze, G.

    2002-10-01

    We have studied details of the molecular dynamics in a series of pure polyalcohols by means of dielectric spectroscopy and 2H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). From glycerol to threitol, xylitol and sorbitol a systematic change in the dynamics of the primary and secondary relaxation is found. With increasing molecular weight and fragility an increase in the width of the α-peak is observed. Details of the molecular reorientation process responsible for the α-relaxation were exploited by two-dimensional NMR experiments. It is found that in the same sequence of polyalcohols the appearance of the secondary relaxation changes gradually from a wing type scenario to a pronounced β-peak. From NMR experiments using selectively deuterated samples the molecular origin of the secondary relaxation could be elucidated in more detail.

  15. Out-of-equilibrium relaxation of the thermal Casimir effect in a model polarizable material.

    PubMed

    Dean, David S; Démery, Vincent; Parsegian, V Adrian; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2012-03-01

    Relaxation of the thermal Casimir or van der Waals force (the high temperature limit of the Casimir force) for a model dielectric medium is investigated. We start with a model of interacting polarization fields with a dynamics that leads to a frequency dependent dielectric constant of the Debye form. In the static limit, the usual zero frequency Matsubara mode component of the Casimir force is recovered. We then consider the out-of-equilibrium relaxation of the van der Waals force to its equilibrium value when two initially uncorrelated dielectric bodies are brought into sudden proximity. For the interaction between dielectric slabs, it is found that the spatial dependence of the out-of-equilibrium force is the same as the equilibrium one, but it has a time dependent amplitude, or Hamaker coefficient, which increases in time to its equilibrium value. The final relaxation of the force to its equilibrium value is exponential in systems with a single or finite number of polarization field relaxation times. However, in systems, such as those described by the Havriliak-Negami dielectric constant with a broad distribution of relaxation times, we observe a much slower power law decay to the equilibrium value.

  16. Surface participation and dielectric loss in superconducting qubits

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, C.; Axline, C.; Gao, Y. Y.; Brecht, T.; Chu, Y.; Frunzio, L.; Devoret, M. H.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    2015-10-01

    We study the energy relaxation times (T1) of superconducting transmon qubits in 3D cavities as a function of dielectric participation ratios of material surfaces. This surface participation ratio, representing the fraction of electric field energy stored in a dissipative surface layer, is computed by a two-step finite-element simulation and experimentally varied by qubit geometry. With a clean electromagnetic environment and suppressed non-equilibrium quasiparticle density, we find an approximately proportional relation between the transmon relaxation rates and surface participation ratios. These results suggest dielectric dissipation arising from material interfaces is the major limiting factor for the T1 of transmons in 3D circuit quantum electrodynamics architecture. Our analysis also supports the notion of spatial discreteness of surface dielectric dissipation.

  17. Surface participation and dielectric loss in superconducting qubits

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, C.; Axline, C.; Gao, Y. Y.; Brecht, T.; Chu, Y.; Frunzio, L.; Devoret, M. H.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    2015-10-19

    We study the energy relaxation times (T{sub 1}) of superconducting transmon qubits in 3D cavities as a function of dielectric participation ratios of material surfaces. This surface participation ratio, representing the fraction of electric field energy stored in a dissipative surface layer, is computed by a two-step finite-element simulation and experimentally varied by qubit geometry. With a clean electromagnetic environment and suppressed non-equilibrium quasiparticle density, we find an approximately proportional relation between the transmon relaxation rates and surface participation ratios. These results suggest dielectric dissipation arising from material interfaces is the major limiting factor for the T{sub 1} of transmons in 3D circuit quantum electrodynamics architecture. Our analysis also supports the notion of spatial discreteness of surface dielectric dissipation.

  18. Dielectric properties of antiferroelectric liquid-crystalline mixtures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  19. Dielectric and terahertz spectroscopy of polarizable and nonpolarizable water models: a comparative study.

    PubMed

    Sega, M; Schröder, C

    2015-03-01

    Using extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations, we compute the dielectric and far-infrared spectra of nine popular water models, including polarizable and nonpolarizable ones. We analyze the dielectric spectra using a two-relaxation model that allows one to extract the characteristic time of both the main dielectric relaxation and the fast relaxation. The use of a Cole-Cole functional form permits also quantitative assessment of the absence of deviations from the Debye form of the main dielectric peak. In the THz region of the spectrum, we compute the infrared absorbance caused by molecular libration, which appears to be qualitatively different for three main groups of molecular models. The complexity of the librational band is further investigated by decomposing the spectrum into the contributions of water fractions with a different number of hydrogen-bonded neighbors.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2015-12-01

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

  1. Dielectric analysis of Escherichia coli suspensions in the light of the theory of interfacial polarization.

    PubMed Central

    Asami, K; Hanai, T; Koizumi, N

    1980-01-01

    Dielectric measurements of Escherichia coli suspensions were carried out over a frequency range from 10 kHz to 100 MHz, and marked dielectric dispersions having characteristic frequency of approximately 1 MHz were observed. On the basis of the cell model that a spheroid is covered with two confocal shells, a dielectric theory was developed to determine accurately four electrical parameters for E. coli cells such as the conductivity of the cell wall, the dielectric constant of the cell membrane, and the dielectric constant and the conductivity of the protoplasm. The observed data were analyzed by means of the procedure based on the dielectric theory to yield a set of plausible electrical parameters for the cells. By taking account of the size distribution of the cells and a dielectric relaxation of the protoplasm, the observed dispersion curves were successfully reconstituted by the present theory. PMID:7020783

  2. Dielectric behavior of MgO:Li/sup +/ crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Puma, M.; Lorincz, A.; Andrews, J.F.; Crawford, J.H Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Measurements of the dielectric constant in crystals of MgO doped with Li/sup +/ ions have been carried out after quenching from anneals at 1300/sup 0/C in static air. Prior to heat treatment the crystals showed no discernible dielectric loss but afterwards the loss tangent exceeded 0.4. For 10 min anneals the dielectric relaxation is very close to a Debye process and the temperature dependence of the maximum of the loss peak corresponds to an activation energy of 0.72 eV. When plotted in the form of a Cole-Cole arc the data indicate that deviation from a Debye relaxation amounts to a distribution of relaxation time no greater than that which can be accounted for with a distribution of activation energies only 0.007 eV. For longer heating times overlapping relaxation processes appear. The lack of broadening of the loss peak and the magnitude of the relaxation time yield clues as to possible loss mechanisms.

  3. Dielectric behavior of MgO:Li/sup +/ crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Puma, M.; Lorincz, A.; Andrews, J.F.; Crawford, J.H. Jr.

    1982-06-01

    Measurements of the dielectric constant in crystals of MgO doped with Li/sup +/ ions have been carried out after quenching from anneals at 1300 /sup 0/C in static air. Prior to heat treatment, the crystals showed no discernible dielectric loss, but afterwards, the loss tangent exceeded 0.4. For 10-min anneals, the dielectric relaxation is very close to a Debye process, and the temperature dependence of the maximum of the loss peak corresponds to an activation energy of 0.724 eV. When plotted in the form of a Cole-Cole arc, the data indicate that deviation from a Debye relaxation amounts to a distribution of relaxation time no greater than that which can be accounted for with a distribution of activation energies of only 0.007 eV. For longer heating times, overlapping relaxation processes appear. The lack of broadening of the loss peak, and the magnitude of the relaxation time, yield clues as to possible loss mechanisms.

  4. Temperature Dependence of the Microwave Dielectric Behavior of Selected Materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dahiya, Jai N.

    1996-01-01

    A very sensitive thermal bath is designed to study the effect of temperature on the microwave dielectric response of a sample of nickel oxide and cobalt oxide. The sample under study is placed in a microwave resonant cavity in the TE(sub 011) mode. The perturbations of the electric field are recorded in terms of the frequency shifts and the width changes of the microwave resonant signal as seen on the oscilloscope. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant are calculated by using the values of the frequency shifts and width changes in the Slater's perturbation equations. The dielectric behavior of nickel oxide and cobalt oxide and also their mixture is studied at a microwave frequency of 9.2 GHz as a function of temperature. A computer program is written to analyze the dielectric constant values at different temperatures. The resonant cavity seems to be very sensitive in studying the dielectric relaxation mechanism in these materials. The dielectric behavior is also analyzed using Debye's equations, and relaxation times for these materials are calculated at microwave frequencies.

  5. Glass transition and relaxation processes of nanocomposite polymer electrolytes.

    PubMed

    Money, Benson K; Hariharan, K; Swenson, Jan

    2012-07-01

    This study focus on the effect of δ-Al(2)O(3) nanofillers on the dc-conductivity, glass transition, and dielectric relaxations in the polymer electrolyte (PEO)(4):LiClO(4). The results show that there are three dielectric relaxation processes, α, β, and γ, in the systems, although the structural α-relaxation is hidden in the strong conductivity contribution and could therefore not be directly observed. However, by comparing an enhanced dc-conductivity, by approximately 2 orders of magnitude with 4 wt % δ-Al(2)O(3) added, with a decrease in calorimetric glass transition temperature, we are able to conclude that the dc-conductivity is directly coupled to the hidden α-relaxation, even in the presence of nanofillers (at least in the case of δ-Al(2)O(3) nanofillers at concentrations up to 4 wt %). This filler induced speeding up of the segmental polymer dynamics, i.e., the α-relaxation, can be explained by the nonattractive nature of the polymer-filler interactions, which enhance the "free volume" and mobility of polymer segments in the vicinity of filler surfaces. PMID:22686254

  6. Frequency dispersions of human skin dielectrics.

    PubMed

    Poon, C S; Choy, T T

    1981-04-01

    The electrical properties of many biological materials are known to exhibit frequency dispersions. In the human skin, the impedance measured at various frequencies closely describes a circular locus of the Cole-Cole type in the complex impedance plane. In this report, the formative mechanisms responsible for the anomalous circular-arc behavior of skin impedance were investigated, using data from impedance measurements taken after successive strippings of the skin. The data were analyzed with respect to changes in the parameters of the equivalent Cole-Cole model after each stripping. For an exponential resistivity profile (Tregear, 1966, Physical Functions of Skin; Yamamoto and Yamamoto, 1976, Med. Biol. Eng., 14:151--158), the profile of the dielectric constant was shown to be uniform across the epidermis. Based on these results, a structural model has been formulated in terms of the relaxation theory of Maxwell and Wagner for inhomogeneous dielectric materials. The impedance locus obtained from the model approximates a circular are with phase constant alpha = 0.82, which compares favorably with experimental data. At higher frequencies a constant-phase, frequency-dependent component having the same phase constant alpha is also demonstrated. It is suggested that an approximately rectangular distribution of the relaxation time over the epidermal dielectric sheath is adequate to account for the anomalous frequency characteristics of human skin impedance.

  7. Improved Josephson Qubits incorporating Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gao, Yuanfeng; Maurer, Leon; Hover, David; Patel, Umeshkumar; McDermott, Robert

    2010-03-01

    Josephson junction phase quibts are a leading candidate for scalable quantum computing in the solid state. Their energy relaxation times are currently limited by microwave loss induced by a high density of two-level state (TLS) defects in the amorphous dielectric films of the circuit. It is expected that the integration of crystalline, defect-free dielectrics into the circuits will yield substantial improvements in qubit energy relaxation times. However, the epitaxial growth of a crystalline dielectric on a metal underlayer is a daunting challenge. Here we describe a novel approach in which the crystalline silicon nanomembrane of a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer is used to form the junction shunt capacitor. The SOI wafer is thermocompression bonded to the device wafer. The handle and buried oxide layers of the SOI are then etched away, leaving the crystalline silicon layer for subsequent processing. We discuss device fabrication issues and present microwave transport data on lumped-element superconducting resonators incorporating the crystalline silicon.

  8. Dynamic relaxation properties of aromatic polyimides and polymer nanocomposites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Comer, Anthony C.

    The dynamic relaxation characteristics of MatrimidRTM (BTDA-DAPI) polyimide and several functionalized aromatic polyimides have been investigated using dynamic mechanical and dielectric methods. The functionalized polyimides were thermally rearranged to generate polybenzoxazole membranes with controlled free volume characteristics. All polyimides have application in membrane separations and exhibit three motional processes with increasing temperature: two sub-glass relaxations (gamma and beta transitions), and the glass-rubber (alpha) transition. For Matrimid, the low-temperature gamma transition is purely non-cooperative, while the beta sub-glass transition shows a more cooperative character as assessed via the Starkweather method. For the thermally rearranged polyimides, the gamma transition is a function of the polymer synthesis method, thermal history, and ambient moisture. The beta relaxation shows a dual character with increasing thermal rearrangement, the emerging lower-temperature component reflecting motions encompassing a more compact backbone contour. For the glass-rubber (alpha) transition, dynamic mechanical studies reveal a strong shift in Talpha to higher temperatures and a progressive reduction in relaxation intensity with increasing degree of thermal rearrangement. The dynamic relaxation characteristics of poly(ether imide) and poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites were investigated by dynamic mechanical analysis and dielectric spectroscopy. The nanoparticles used were native and surface-modified fumed silicas. The nanocomposites display a dual glass transition behavior encompassing a bulk polymer glass transition, and a second, higher-temperature transition reflecting relaxation of polymer chain segments constrained owing to their proximity to the particle surface. The position and intensity of the higher-temperature transition varies with particle loading and surface chemistry, and reflects the relative populations of segments constrained or

  9. From Strong to Fragile Glass Formers: Secondary Relaxation in Polyalcohols

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Döß, A.; Paluch, M.; Sillescu, H.; Hinze, G.

    2002-03-01

    We have studied details of the molecular origin of slow secondary relaxation near Tg in a series of neat polyalcohols by means of dielectric spectroscopy and 2H NMR. From glycerol to threitol, xylitol, and sorbitol the appearance of the secondary relaxation changes gradually from a wing-type scenario to a pronounced β peak. It is found that in sorbitol the dynamics of the whole molecule contributes equally to the β process, while in glycerol the hydrogen bond forming OH groups remain rather rigid compared to the hydrogens bonded to the carbon skeleton.

  10. Energy relaxation of hot electrons in lattice-matched AlInN/AlN/GaN heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, J.-Z.; Dyson, A.; Ridley, B. K.

    2013-12-04

    Using the dielectric continuum model, hot-electron power dissipation and energy relaxation times are calculated for a typical lattice-matched AlInN/AlN/GaN heterostructure, including effects of hot phonons and screening from the mobile electrons. The calculated power dissipation and energy relaxation times are very close to the experimental data.

  11. [Main relaxation techniques].

    PubMed

    Mateos Rodilla, Juana

    2002-11-01

    After having provided a detailed explanation on what relaxation consists of (see Rev. Rol Enf 2002; 25(9):582-586), the author presents a recap of the major known relaxation techniques including progressive muscular therapy, yoga stretching exercises, breathing techniques, therapeutic massages, meditation,... emphasizing the theoretical basis and practical experience as a function of each technique; each person ought to adopt those techniques which are most appropriate.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  13. Effects of concentration and temperature on the dynamic behavior of PAA-g-PEO aqueous solutions with different counterion species: a dielectric spectroscopy study.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chunyan; Zhao, Kongshuang

    2012-01-19

    Dielectric properties of PAA-g-PEO-7% solutions with different counterions were measured as a function of concentration and temperature over a frequency range of 40 Hz to 110 MHz. After the contribution of electrode polarization effects was subtracted, the dielectric spectra of PAA-g-PEO-7% solutions showed three relaxation processes in the experimental frequency range, named low-, mid-, and high-frequency relaxation. The observed three relaxations were strictly analyzed by using the Cole-Cole relaxation function, and the dielectric parameters (dielectric increment Δε and the relaxation time τ) were obtained. The scaling relation of dielectric increment and relaxation time of high frequency with concentration C(p) were obtained and compared with the predictions of scaling theories. The information on the dynamics and microstructure of PAA-g-PEO-7% was obtained. Using different counterion species, the mid- and high-frequency relaxation mechanisms were attributed to the fluctuation of condensed counterions and free counterions, respectively, and the low-frequency relaxation was considered to be caused by the interface polarization of a complex formed by the hydrogen bonding between carboxylic group of PAA and ether oxygen on the side-chain PEO. In addition, by means of Eyring equation, the thermodynamic parameters, enthalpy change ΔH and entropy change ΔS, of the three relaxations were calculated from the relaxation time and discussed from the microscopic thermodynamical view.

  14. New Microscopic Mechanism for Secondary Relaxation in Glasses

    SciTech Connect

    Zuriaga, M.; Pardo, L. C.; Tamarit, J. Ll.; Veglio, N.; Barrio, M.; Lunkenheimer, P.; Loidl, A.; Bermejo, F. J.

    2009-08-14

    The dynamics of simple molecular systems showing glassy properties has been explored by dielectric spectroscopy and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) on the halogenomethanes CBr{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} and CBrCl{sub 3} in their low-temperature monoclinic phases. The dielectric spectra display features which correspond to alpha- and beta-relaxation processes, commonly observed in canonical glass formers. NQR experiments, also performed in the ergodic monoclinic phase of CCl{sub 4}, enable the determination of the microscopic mechanism underlying the beta dynamics in these simple model glasses: Molecules that are nonequivalent with respect to their molecular environment perform reorientational jumps at different time scales. Thus our findings reveal another mechanism that can give rise to typical beta-relaxation behavior, raising some doubt about the existence of a universal explanation of this phenomenon.

  15. Relaxational dynamics in the glassy, supercooled liquid, and orientationally disordered crystal phases of a polymorphic molecular material

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jiménez-Ruiz, M.; González, M. A.; Bermejo, F. J.; Miller, M. A.; Birge, Norman O.; Cendoya, I.; Alegría, A.

    1999-04-01

    The relaxational dynamics of the ambient pressure phases of ethyl alcohol are studied by means of measurements of frequency dependent dielectric susceptibility. A comparison of the α relaxation in the supercooled liquid and in the rotator phase crystal indicates that the molecular rotational degrees of freedom are the dominant contribution to structural relaxation at temperatures near the glass transition, the flow processes having lesser importance. Below the glass transition a secondary β relaxation is resolved for the orientational and structural glasses. Computer molecular-dynamics results suggest that localized molecular librations, strongly coupled to the low-frequency internal molecular motions, are responsible for this secondary relaxation.

  16. Relaxation Kinetic Study of Eudragit® NM30D Film Based on Complex Modulus Formalism.

    PubMed

    Penumetcha, Sai Sumana; Byrn, Stephen R; Morris, Kenneth R

    2015-10-01

    This study is aimed at resolving and characterizing the primary (α) and secondary relaxations (β) in Eudragit® NM30D film based on apparent activation energies derived from complex modulus formalism using dielectric analysis (DEA). The glass transition (T g) of the film was determined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The α relaxation corresponding to T g and the β relaxations occurring below T g were probed using DEA. The occurrence of α and β relaxations in Eudragit® NM30D film was elucidated using the complex modulus of the dielectric response employing loss modulus and permittivity data. Activation energies of these relaxations and the fundamental frequency so determined support the assignment of the relaxation pattern in the Eudragit® NM30D film. DEA methodology of the complex modulus formalism is a useful tool for differentiating the α and β relaxation kinetics in Eudragits® not easily studied using traditional thermal methods such as DSC. The kinetics associated with α and β relaxations so determined will provide formulation design support for solid orals that incorporate Eudragit® polymers. As mobility changes can affect stability and diffusion, the dipolar α and β relaxations revealed through DEA analysis may enable a better correlation to functionality of Eudragit® based pharmaceutical dosage forms.

  17. Salt effects on peptide conformers: a dielectric study of tuftsin.

    PubMed Central

    Yang, L; Valdeavella, C V; Blatt, H D; Pettitt, B M

    1996-01-01

    Four 1-ns molecular dynamics computer simulations of tuftsin, Thr-Lys-Pro-Arg, are analyzed: (1) cis tuftsin in water, (2) trans tuftsin in water, (3) cis tuftsin in 1 M NaCl, and (4) trans tuftsin in 1 M NaCl. Independently of the salt concentration, the trans conformer has a higher dielectric constant than the cis conformer because the former exhibits a more widely distributed charge distribution in space. Independently of the peptide conformation, the presence of salt reduces the dielectric constants of both the peptide and the solvating water molecules because ions, on binding, restrict the motion of other atoms. In contrast to the dielectric constants, neither the peptide conformation nor the salt concentration shows a significant influence on the dielectric relaxation time of water molecules. PMID:8968573

  18. 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.

  19. Time domain dielectric spectroscopy of nanosecond pulsed electric field induced changes in dielectric properties of pig whole blood.

    PubMed

    Zhuang, Jie; Kolb, Juergen F

    2015-06-01

    The dielectric spectra of fresh pig whole blood in the β-dispersion range after exposure to 300-nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) with amplitude higher than the supra-electroporation threshold for erythrocytes were recorded by time domain reflectometry dielectric spectroscopy. The implications of the dielectric parameters on the dynamics of post-pulse pore development were discussed in light of the Cole-Cole relaxation model. The temporal development of the Cole-Cole parameters indicates that nsPEFs induced significant poration and swelling of erythrocytes within the first 5 min. The results also show that the majority of erythrocytes could not fully recover from supra-electroporation up to 30 min. The findings of this study suggest that time domain dielectric spectroscopy is a promising label-free and real-time physiological measuring technique for nsPEF-blood related biomedical applications, capable of following the conformational and morphological changes of cells.

  20. Orientational relaxations in solid (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane.

    PubMed

    Tripathi, P; Mitsari, E; Romanini, M; Serra, P; Tamarit, J Ll; Zuriaga, M; Macovez, R

    2016-04-28

    We employ dielectric spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the dipolar dynamics in the orientationally disordered solid phase of (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane. Three distinct orientational dynamics are observed as separate dielectric loss features, all characterized by a simply activated temperature dependence. The slower process, associated to a glassy transition at 156 ± 1 K, corresponds to a cooperative motion by which each molecule rotates by 180° around the molecular symmetry axis through an intermediate state in which the symmetry axis is oriented roughly orthogonally to the initial and final states. Of the other two dipolar relaxations, the intermediate one is the Johari-Goldstein precursor relaxation of the cooperative dynamics, while the fastest process corresponds to an orientational fluctuation of single molecules into a higher-energy orientation. The Kirkwood correlation factor of the cooperative relaxation is of the order of one tenth, indicating that the molecular dipoles maintain on average a strong antiparallel alignment during their collective motion. These findings show that the combination of dielectric spectroscopy and molecular simulations allows studying in great detail the orientational dynamics in molecular solids.

  1. Orientational relaxations in solid (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tripathi, P.; Mitsari, E.; Romanini, M.; Serra, P.; Tamarit, J. Ll.; Zuriaga, M.; Macovez, R.

    2016-04-01

    We employ dielectric spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the dipolar dynamics in the orientationally disordered solid phase of (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane. Three distinct orientational dynamics are observed as separate dielectric loss features, all characterized by a simply activated temperature dependence. The slower process, associated to a glassy transition at 156 ± 1 K, corresponds to a cooperative motion by which each molecule rotates by 180° around the molecular symmetry axis through an intermediate state in which the symmetry axis is oriented roughly orthogonally to the initial and final states. Of the other two dipolar relaxations, the intermediate one is the Johari-Goldstein precursor relaxation of the cooperative dynamics, while the fastest process corresponds to an orientational fluctuation of single molecules into a higher-energy orientation. The Kirkwood correlation factor of the cooperative relaxation is of the order of one tenth, indicating that the molecular dipoles maintain on average a strong antiparallel alignment during their collective motion. These findings show that the combination of dielectric spectroscopy and molecular simulations allows studying in great detail the orientational dynamics in molecular solids.

  2. Orientational relaxations in solid (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane.

    PubMed

    Tripathi, P; Mitsari, E; Romanini, M; Serra, P; Tamarit, J Ll; Zuriaga, M; Macovez, R

    2016-04-28

    We employ dielectric spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the dipolar dynamics in the orientationally disordered solid phase of (1,1,2,2)tetrachloroethane. Three distinct orientational dynamics are observed as separate dielectric loss features, all characterized by a simply activated temperature dependence. The slower process, associated to a glassy transition at 156 ± 1 K, corresponds to a cooperative motion by which each molecule rotates by 180° around the molecular symmetry axis through an intermediate state in which the symmetry axis is oriented roughly orthogonally to the initial and final states. Of the other two dipolar relaxations, the intermediate one is the Johari-Goldstein precursor relaxation of the cooperative dynamics, while the fastest process corresponds to an orientational fluctuation of single molecules into a higher-energy orientation. The Kirkwood correlation factor of the cooperative relaxation is of the order of one tenth, indicating that the molecular dipoles maintain on average a strong antiparallel alignment during their collective motion. These findings show that the combination of dielectric spectroscopy and molecular simulations allows studying in great detail the orientational dynamics in molecular solids. PMID:27131555

  3. Tension and relaxation in the individual.

    PubMed

    Newbury, C R

    1979-06-01

    Increasing materialism in society is resulting in more wide spread nervous tension in all age groups. While some degree of nervous tension is necessary in everyday living, its adverse effects require that we must learn to bring it under control. Total tension is shown to have two components: a controllable element arising from factors in the environment and the inbuilt uncontrollable residue which is basic in the individual temperament. The effects of excessive or uncontrolled stress can be classified as 1) emotional reactions such as neurotic behaviour (anxiety hypochondria, hysteria, phobia, depression obsessions and compulsions) or psychotic behaviour and 2) psychosomatic reactions (nervous asthma, headache, insomnia, heart attack). Nervous energy can be wastefully expended by such factors as loss of temper, wrong attitudes to work, job frustration and marital strains. Relaxation is the only positive way to control undesirable nervous tension and its techniques require to be learned. A number of techniques (progressive relaxation, differential relaxation, hypnosis, the use of biofeedback, Yoga and Transcendental Meditation) are described and their application to dental practice is discussed.

  4. Maxwell Wagner and Goldstone mode relaxations in a oligomethylene spacer based ferroelectric liquid crystal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goswami, D.; Mandal, P. K.; Debnath, A.; Dabrowski, R.

    2016-05-01

    One recently synthesized fluorinated ferroelectric liquid crystal ((S)-(+)-4-[(3-tridecafluoroheptanoyloxy)prop-1-oxy]biphenyl-4-yl 4-(1-methylheptyloxy) benzoate (6F3R) has been characterized by frequency dependent dielectric study. The sample exhibits only SmC* phase over a wide temperature range. Two distinct relaxation phenomenon have been observed in its dielectric spectrum and are identified as goldstone mode (GM) relaxation and Maxwell Wagner (MW) relaxation. In most reported works, the MW mode, which is mainly observed for highly conducting liquid crystals, had been reported to be overlapped by the conductivity contribution. But in the present sample we have found distinct and strong MW peaks along with GM mode peaks. However, no soft mode relaxation was observed. Moreover, the sample shows very low response time (μs range) and moderate value of optical tilt angle which are promising criteria for display applications.

  5. Suppression of relaxation modes in dye dispersed SmC* phase

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yadav, Satya Prakash; Pande, Mukti; Manohar, Rajiv; Singh, Shri

    2014-03-01

    We report the results of dielectric and electro-optical properties of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC), Felix 17/100, exhibiting chiral smectic C phase and dye dispersed FLCs. The polarization measurement on pristine and dye dispersed FLC mixture shows decrease in the value of polarization, indicating the distribution of dye dipole in a direction opposite to the orientation of FLC molecule. The rotational viscosity also decreases accordingly as shown by the measurement of response time. Dielectric measurement shows existence of two relaxation modes both in pure FLC and dye dispersed FLC. The relaxation strength of Goldstone mode decreases with the dispersion of dye and the relaxation frequency of this mode shifts towards the high-frequency side. The second relaxation mode arises due to the formation of domains at the surface interface. The dispersion of dye into FLC suppresses the domains.

  6. Dielectric measurements of activated electrorheological fluids (ERF)

    SciTech Connect

    Korobko, E.

    1994-12-31

    The dependence of the dielectric characteristics of electrorheological fluids of different compositions on the electric field intensity and frequency has been found experimentally. The observed variation of tg{delta} and {epsilon} are attributed to the relaxations between polarization and electric conductivity inducing heavy structurization in the ERF. ER suspensions find wide application in mechanical engineering, instrument manufacture, motor-car industry, robotics, aerospace technology, and ship-building industry. Perspective developments of valves without moving parts, clamps, brakes and shock absorbers, vibro-protection systems, hydraulic drives, step-by-step motors, two-stage batching devices, clutches, tensioning devices, display units, acoustic lenses, delay units and many others are known.

  7. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  8. Dielectric properties of aerogels

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  9. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

    PubMed

    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

  10. 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.

  11. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

    PubMed Central

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. Probing of structural relaxation times in the glassy state of sucrose and trehalose based on dynamical properties of two secondary relaxation processes

    SciTech Connect

    Kaminski, K.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Paluch, M.; Kaminska, E.

    2011-06-15

    Time-dependent isothermal dielectric measurements were carried out deeply in the glassy state on two very important saccharides: sucrose and trehalose. In both compounds two prominent secondary relaxation processes were identified. The faster one is an inherent feature of the whole family of carbohydrates. The slower one can also be detected in oligo- and polysaccharides. It was shown earlier that the {beta} process is the Johari-Goldstein (JG) relaxation coupled to motions of the glycosidic linkage, while the {gamma} relaxation originates from motions of the exocyclic hydroxymethyl unit. Recently, it was shown that the JG relaxation process can be used to determine structural relaxation times in the glassy state [R. Casalini and C. M. Roland, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 035701 (2009)]. In this paper we present the results of an analysis of the data obtained during aging using two independent approaches. The first was proposed by Casalini and Roland, and the second one is based on the variation of the dielectric strength of the secondary relaxation process during aging [J. K. Vij and G. Power, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 357, 783 (2011)]. Surprisingly, we found that the estimated structural relaxation times in the glassy state of both saccharides are almost the same, independent of the type of secondary mode. This finding calls into question the common view that secondary modes of intramolecular origin do not provide information about the dynamics of the glassy state.

  13. F-centers mechanism of long-term relaxation in lead zirconate-titanate based piezoelectric ceramics. 2. After-field relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ishchuk, V. M.; Kuzenko, D. V.

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents results of experimental study of the dielectric constant relaxation during aging process in Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 based solid solutions (PZT) after action of external DC electric field. The said process is a long-term one and is described by the logarithmic function of time. Reversible and nonreversible relaxation process takes place depending on the field intensity. The relaxation rate depends on the field strength also, and the said dependence has nonlinear and nonmonotonic form, if external field leads to domain disordering. The oxygen vacancies-based model for description of the long-term relaxation processes is suggested. The model takes into account the oxygen vacancies on the sample's surface ends, their conversion into F+- and F0-centers under external effects and subsequent relaxation of these centers into the simple oxygen vacancies after the action termination. F-centers formation leads to the violation of the original sample's electroneutrality, and generate intrinsic DC electric field into the sample. Relaxation of F-centers is accompanied by the reduction of the electric field, induced by them, and relaxation of the dielectric constant, as consequent effect.

  14. Alternating-current relaxation of a rotating metallic particle

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guo-Xi, Nie; Wen-Jia, Tian; Ji-Ping, Huang; Guo-Qing, Gu

    2016-06-01

    Based on a first-principles approach, we establish an alternating-current (AC) relaxation theory for a rotating metallic particle with complex dielectric constant . Here is the real part, the conductivity, ω 0 the angular frequency of an AC electric field, and . Our theory yields an accurate interparticle force, which is in good agreement with the existing experiment. The agreement helps to show that the relaxations of two kinds of charges, namely, surface polarized charges (described by ) and free charges (corresponding to ), contribute to the unusually large reduction in the attracting interparticle force. This theory can be adopted to determine the relaxation time of dynamic particles in various fields. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11222544), the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation (Grant No. 131008), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, China (Grant No. NCET-12-0121), and the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB922004).

  15. The impact of hierarchically constrained dynamics with a finite mean of cluster sizes on relaxation properties

    SciTech Connect

    Weron, Karina; Jurlewicz, Agnieszka; Patyk, Michał; Stanislavsky, Aleksander

    2013-05-15

    In this paper, a stochastic scenario of relaxation underlying the generalization (Kahlau et al., 2010) [15] of the Cole–Davidson (CD) and Kohlrausch–Williams–Watts (KWW) functions is proposed. As it has been shown (Kahlau et al., 2010) [15], the new three-parameter time-domain fitting function provides a very flexible description of the dielectric spectroscopy data for viscous glass-forming liquids. In relation to that result we discuss a hierarchically-constrained model yielding the proposed relaxation fitting function. Within the “exponentially decaying relaxation contributions” framework we show origins of the high-frequency (short-time, respectively) fractional power law, i.e., the characteristic feature of the new, as well as, of both CD and KWW response functions. We also bring into light a reason for which their common behavior in the opposite frequency limit is linear on external field frequency. Finally, we relate the new relaxation pattern (Kahlau et al., 2010) [15] with the Generalized Gamma (GG) survival probability of an imposed, non-equilibrium initial state in a relaxing system. -- Highlights: ► Combine the empirical Kohlrausch–Williams–Watts and Cole–Davidson laws of relaxation. ► Establish a microscopic stochastic scenario explaining the generalized law. ► Derive a frequency-domain relaxation function fitting the dielectric spectroscopy data. ► Find the low- and high-frequency properties for the relaxation pattern.

  16. Temperature-dependent dielectric properties of a thermoplastic gelatin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Landi, Giovanni; Neitzert, Heinz C.; Sorrentino, Andrea

    2016-05-01

    The frequency and the temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of a thermoplastic gelatin based bio-material have been investigated. At lower frequencies the dielectric response is strongly affected by charge carrier accumulation at the electrodes which modifies the dominating hopping conduction mechanism. The variation of the ac conductivity with frequency obeys a Jonscher type power law except for a small deviation in the low frequency range due to the electrode polarization effect. The master curve of the ac conductivity data shows that the conductivity relaxation of the gelatin is temperature independent.

  17. Dielectric properties of multiatomic alcohols: 1,3-butanediol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhuravlev, V. I.

    2016-10-01

    The dielectric spectra of 1,3-butanediol in the temperature range of 298-423 K are analyzed using a variety of theoretical approaches. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of 1,3-butanediol are described by the Davidson-Cole equation. Conclusions as to possible mechanisms of dispersion are drawn using the Debye theory. The relaxation times of 1,3-butanediol, calculated in different ways, are compared. The dipole moments of clusters are calculated for the first time using the Dissado-Hill cluster model.

  18. Dielectric properties of gel collected from shark electrosensors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2003-03-01

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

  19. Universal patterns in the behavior of complex systems: from relaxation in fractal networks to distribution of income

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Raicu, Valerica; Stoneman, Michael; Fung, Russell

    2007-03-01

    The study of relaxation is an active area of research in the fields of dielectric, mechanical and optical spectroscopy, which is insufficiently developed for the case of complex systems. It has been established that the relaxation of many systems deviates markedly from classical Debye dispersion function (in the frequency domain) or from pure exponential decay (in the time domain), but the exact ways in which these deviations occur and their significance are still debated issues. Here we propose that a fractal-tree network appropriately describes the relaxation pathway in a variety of complex systems and predicts coupled (or hierarchical) as well as uncoupled (parallel) relaxation processes. This approach has been originally introduced for description of dielectric relaxation in Cantorian trees in biology. Upon adequate generalization this approach sheds new light on a variety of processes, ranging from kinetics of protein-ligand rebinding through distribution of income in populations of humans.

  20. Dielectric spectra broadening as the signature of dipole-matrix interaction. I. Water in nonionic solutions.

    PubMed

    Levy, Evgeniya; Puzenko, Alexander; Kaatze, Udo; Ishai, Paul Ben; Feldman, Yuri

    2012-03-21

    Whenever water interacts with another dipolar entity, a broadening of its dielectric relaxation occurs. Often this broadening can be described by the Cole-Cole (CC) spectral function. A new phenomenological approach has been recently presented [A. Puzenko, P. Ben Ishai, and Y. Feldman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 037601 (2010)] that illustrates a physical mechanism of the dipole-matrix interaction underlying the CC behavior in complex systems. By considering the relaxation amplitude Δε, the relaxation time τ, and the broadening parameter α, one can construct a set of 3D trajectories, representing the dynamic behavior of different systems under diverse conditions. Our hypothesis is that these trajectories will contribute to a deeper understanding of the dielectric properties of complex systems. The paper demonstrates how the model describes the state of water in aqueous solutions of non-ionic solutes. For this purpose complex dielectric spectra for aqueous solutions of D-glucose and D-fructose are analyzed.

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

    PubMed

    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

  2. Relaxation: mapping an uncharted world.

    PubMed

    Smith, J C; Amutio, A; Anderson, J P; Aria, L A

    1996-03-01

    Nine hundred and forty practitioners of massage, abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), yoga stretching, breathing, imagery meditation, and various combination treatments described their technique experiences on an 82-item wordlist. Factor analysis yielded 10 interpretable relaxation categories: Joyful Affects and Appraisals (Joyful), Distant, Calm, Aware, Prayerful, Accepted, Untroubled, Limp, Silent, and Mystery The relaxation response and cognitive/somatic specificity models predict Calm and Limp, which account for only 5.5% of the variance of relaxation experience. Unlike much of previous relaxation research, we found important technique differences. PMR and massage are associated with Distant and Limp; yoga stretching, breathing, and meditation with Aware; meditation with Prayerful and all techniques except PMR with Joyful. Results are consistent with cognitive-behavioral relaxation theory and have implications for relaxation theory, treatment, training, assessment, and research. We close with a revised model of relaxation that posits three global dimensions; tension-relief, passive disengagement, and passive engagement.

  3. Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers

    MedlinePlus

    ... For Consumers Consumer Information by Audience For Women Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers Share Tweet Linkedin Pin it More sharing ... products. If you have a bad reaction to hair dyes and relaxers, you should: Stop using the ...

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

    PubMed

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

    2013-08-01

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

  5. A Study of Dielectric Properties of Proteinuria between 0.2 GHz and 50 GHz

    PubMed Central

    Mun, Peck Shen; Ting, Hua Nong; Ong, Teng Aik; Wong, Chew Ming; Ng, Kwan Hong; Chong, Yip Boon

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates the dielectric properties of urine in normal subjects and subjects with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at microwave frequency of between 0.2 GHz and 50 GHz. The measurements were conducted using an open-ended coaxial probe at room temperature (25°C), at 30°C and at human body temperature (37°C). There were statistically significant differences in the dielectric properties of the CKD subjects compared to those of the normal subjects. Statistically significant differences in dielectric properties were observed across the temperatures for normal subjects and CKD subjects. Pearson correlation test showed the significant correlation between proteinuria and dielectric properties. The experimental data closely matched the single-pole Debye model. The relaxation dispersion and relaxation time increased with the proteinuria level, while decreasing with the temperature. As for static conductivity, it increased with proteinuria level and temperature. PMID:26066351

  6. [Examination of low temperature effect on cord blood serum by microwave dielectric method].

    PubMed

    Nardid, O A; Horobchenko, O A; Nikolov, O T; Lipina, O V; Moshko, Iu O

    2005-01-01

    The influence of the freezing velocities and final temperatures of storage on the complex dielectric permittivity of cord blood serum have been studied. On the temperature dependences of the dielectric permittivity the non-monotonous changes at the characteristic temperatures accompanying with the change of the activation energy of the water molecules dielectric relaxation were found out. The drastic deflection of the temperature dependence of ?' from the monotone curve at 15 degrees C region correlates with the fracture of Arrhenius plots of the dielectric relaxation time and viscosity at the same temperature. Slow freezing (1-2 degrees C/min) of cord blood serum results in ?' diminution in comparison with control, that testifies an increase of bound water amount because of loosening in this case the surface of biomacromolecule polypeptide chains. Rapid freezing (300-400 degrees C/min) results in ?' increase of serum, that is caused, apparently, by the cryoaggregation of biomacro-molecules, which can thus happen.

  7. Dielectric and conductivity measurements as proxy method to monitor contamination in sandstone.

    PubMed

    Saltas, V; Vallianatos, F; Soupios, P; Makris, J P; Triantis, D

    2007-04-01

    The present work investigates whether dielectric spectroscopy can be used to detect contamination, which may leach in a natural porous material, due to the spreading of contaminants. For this purpose, dielectric and conductivity measurements, in the frequency range from 10 mHz to 1 MHz, were carried out in sandstone samples, partially filled or saturated with solutions of leachates, at different concentrations. The experimental results suggest the dominant role of free water to the measured electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity in contaminated samples with high water content. On the other hand, various relaxation mechanisms were observed in dried samples at different leachate concentrations. Experimental data were fitted using the Havriliak-Negami dielectric relaxation function, superimposed with a conductivity term. The determined parameters of the fitting function may serve to distinguish between different amounts of leachate in sandstone samples.

  8. Valley relaxation in graphene due to charged impurities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boross, Péter; Pályi, András

    2015-07-01

    Monolayer graphene is an example of materials with multivalley electronic structure. In such materials, the valley index is being considered as an information carrier. Consequently, relaxation mechanisms leading to loss of valley information are of interest. Here, we calculate the rate of valley relaxation induced by charged impurities in graphene. A special model of graphene is applied, where the pz orbitals are two-dimensional Gaussian functions, with a spatial extension characterized by an effective Bohr radius aeB. We obtain the valley relaxation rate by solving the Boltzmann equation, for the case of noninteracting electrons, as well as for the case when the impurity potential is screened due to electron-electron interaction. For the latter case, we take into account local-field effects and evaluate the dielectric matrix in the random phase approximation. Our main findings are as follows: (i) The valley relaxation rate is proportional to the electronic density of states at the Fermi energy. (ii) Charged impurities located in the close vicinity of the graphene plane, at distance d ≲0.3 Å , are much more efficient in inducing valley relaxation than those farther away, the effect of the latter being suppressed exponentially with increasing graphene-impurity distance d . (iii) Both in the absence and in the presence of electron-electron interaction, the valley relaxation rate shows pronounced dependence on the effective Bohr radius aeB. The trends are different in the two cases: In the absence (presence) of screening, the valley relaxation rate decreases (increases) for increasing effective Bohr radius. This last result highlights that a quantitative calculation of the valley relaxation rate should incorporate electron-electron interactions as well as an accurate knowledge of the electronic wave functions on the atomic length scale.

  9. Dielectric spectroscopy of fresh fruit and vegetable tissues from 10 to 1800 MHz.

    PubMed

    Nelson, Stuart O

    2005-01-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy data from measurements on tissue samples of nine fresh fruits and vegetables were used to study their dielectric behavior over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz at 5 to 65 degrees C. Dielectric constant and loss-factor data are presented graphically for apple, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, carrot, cucumber, grape, orange, and potato, showing dielectric constants ranging from values of several hundred at 10 MHz to less than 100 at 1.8 GHz and loss factors on the order of one thousand at 10 MHz to less than 20 at 1.8 GHz. The dielectric loss factor increased consistently with increasing temperature at frequencies below 1 GHz. The dielectric constant increased with temperature at lower frequencies, but it decreased with temperature at the higher frequencies. This reversal of the sign of the temperature coefficient occurred at some point in the frequency range between 20 and 120 MHz where the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant was zero. At frequencies below this point, ionic conduction dominates the dielectric behavior, but above that point dipolar relaxation appears to control the behavior. Multiple linear regression provided equations for calculation of the loss factor in the frequency range from 10 to 300 MHz at temperatures from 5 to 65 degrees C. The data provide new information useful in understanding dielectric heating behavior and evaluating dielectric properties of such agricultural products for quality sensing applications.

  10. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator

    DOEpatents

    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.

  11. Relaxation phenomena in disordered systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sciortino, F.; Tartaglia, P.

    1997-02-01

    In this article we discuss how the assumptions of self-similarity imposed on the distribution of independently relaxing modes, as well as on their amplitude and characteristic times, manifest in the global relaxation phenomena. We also review recent applications of such approach to the description of relaxation phenomena in microemulsions and molecular glasses.

  12. A Comparison of Relaxation Strategies.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Matthews, Doris B.

    Some researchers argue that all relaxation techniques produce a single relaxation response while others support a specific-effects hypothesis which suggests that progressive relaxation affects the musculoskeletal system and that guided imagery affects cognitive changes. Autogenics is considered a technique which is both somatic and cognitive. This…

  13. Lattice dynamics and dielectric spectroscopy of BZT and NBT lead-free perovskite relaxors - comparison with lead-based relaxors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Petzelt, Jan; Nuzhnyy, Dmitry; Bovtun, Viktor; Kempa, Martin; Savinov, Maxim; Kamba, Stanislav; Hlinka, Jiri

    2015-03-01

    Appearance of the polar nanoregions (PNR) and their manifestation in the dielectric spectra is discussed for lead-free Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (BZT-x) and (Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3 (NBT) ceramics. Phonon softening is not as pronounced as in the lead-based relaxors, but the relaxation contribution is dominating in all cases, caused by the dynamics of the off-centred ions (Ti4+, Bi3+, Pb2+). In the lead-based relaxors, where there is no relation between the quenched chemical clusters at the B-sites and PNR, which concern the A-site Pb-ion correlations, the relaxation dynamics follows the Vogel-Fulcher behaviour with a clear freezing. However, in BZT and NBT, the PNR are smaller, since they are localised within the small quenched chemical clusters of BaTiO3 and BiTiO3, respectively. Their dynamics is Arrhenius-like, which indicates hopping of the off-centred Ti4+ and Bi3+ ions, respectively, without their complete freezing. BZT can be classified as a dipolar glass and NBT as a nanoscopic ferroelectric with peculiar Bi-ion dynamics.

  14. Relaxation spectra and dipolar correlations for flexible polymers with bulky side groups

    SciTech Connect

    Diaz-Calleja, R.; Riande, E.; Roman, J.S.

    1992-08-06

    This paper discusses how relaxation spectra and dipolar correlations for flexible polymers with bulky side groups (PBPA chains) suggest that intermolecular correlations are not very important in this polymer and that {alpha}, {beta}, and {gamma} absorptions exist. TSDC techniques reveal that the {gamma} peak has a smaller activation energy than the {beta}, and the coupling scheme is used to interpret the complex dielectric and mechanical {alpha} relaxations. The anomalous temperature dependence of the glass-rubber relaxation is discussed in terms of the bulkiness of the side group. 23 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Alternate film dielectric materials

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Dielectric cavity relativistic magnetron

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  17. Wavevector- and frequency-dependent dielectric constant of the Stockmayer fluid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Omelyan, Igor P.

    A self-consistent computer adapted theory to calculate the wavevector- and frequency-dependent dielectric constant of polar fluids with permanent dipoles is proposed. The dielectric tensor of the Stockmayer fluid is evaluated in a wide region of wavevectors and frequencies using molecular dynamics simulations. Wavevector-dependent relaxation time and longitudinal dipolaron frequency are calculated. Application of a generalized two-variable theory is discussed.

  18. High-frequency dielectric study of proustite crystals Ag3AsS3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bordovsky, V. A.; Gunia, N. Yu; Castro, R. A.

    2014-12-01

    The dielectric properties of the crystals proustite in the frequency of 106-109 Hz and a temperature range of 173 to 473 K were studied. The dispersion of the dielectric parameters indicates the existence of non-Debye relaxation mechanism correlates with structural changes in the phase transition region. The charge transfer is temperature activated with an activation energy of 2.40 ± 0.01 eV.

  19. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Aperture excited dielectric antennas

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  1. Heating liquid dielectrics by time dependent fields

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. Structural and dielectric properties of the lutetium (Lu) and yttrium (Y) doped nickel ferrite

    SciTech Connect

    Ugendar, Kodam Markandeyulu, G.

    2014-04-24

    The structural and dielectric characteristics of NiFe{sub 1.925}R{sub 0.075}O{sub 4} (R=Lu,Y) were investigated. The material crystallize in the cubic inverse spinel phase with a very small amount of RFeO{sub 3} (R=Lu,Y) as the additional phase. Frequency variation of the dielectric constant shows the dispersion that can be modeled with a modified Debye's function, which considers the possibility of more than one ion, contributing to the relaxation. Impedance spectroscopic analysis indicates the different relaxation mechanisms, bulk grain and grain-boundary contributions to the electrical conductivity and capacitance of these materials.

  3. Dielectric spectroscopy of amino alcohols at low temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Solonina, I. A.; Vasilyeva, M. A.; Greenbaum (Gutina), A.; Gusev, Yu. A.; Lounev, I. V.; Rodnikova, M. N.; Feldman, Yu.

    2016-01-01

    The dielectric properties of three vicinal amino alcohols are studied at temperatures in the range of‒140-70°C and the frequency interval of 0.1 Hz to 1 MHz. The temperature dependences of the observed relaxation processes indicate both glass transition and melting processes. The relatively high conductivity of the samples was considered from the viewpoint of proton conductivity through a network of hydrogen bonds of amino alcohol molecules.

  4. Structure and Relaxor Behaviour of Ba2+ Substituted NBT Ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rao, K. Sambasiva; Tilak, B.; Rajulu, K. Ch. Varada; Swathi, A.; Workineh, Haileeyesus; Ganagadharudu, D.

    2011-11-01

    In the course of search for environmental-friendly lead-free relaxor ferroelectrics, (Bi,Na)TiO3-(NBT) based ceramics show very good physical properties among several lead-free compositions. The NBT composition exhibits a strong ferroelectricity and high Curie temperature, and considered to be a good candidate for lead-free ceramics as a substitute for lead-based materials (e.g., PZT). In the present communication barium substituted NBT, (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.912Ba0.088TiO3-0.088BNBT composition has been prepared by conventional solid-state reaction process. The tolerance factor has been estimated and found to be 0.819, indicating the stability of the perovskite structure. The XRD analysis of the material revealed a pure perovskite with tetragonal structure. The average grain size as observed from SEM, was found to be 1.04μm. Detailed studies exhibit a relaxor behaviour with diffuse phase transition. The diffuseness parameter has been established to be 1.97. The dielectric relaxation obeyed the Vogel-Fulcher (V-F) relation. From the V-F plot, the obtained values are Tf = 305°C, Ea = 0.0131eV and νo = 2.95×105Hz, which provide the evidence of relaxor behaviour. The electrical behaviour has been probed through complex impedance spectroscopy. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra obey the power law in the frequency range of 45Hz-5MHz and temperature range of 35 °C-60 °C.

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

    PubMed Central

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

    2015-01-01

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

  6. Dipole relaxation in erythrocyte membrane: involvement of spectrin skeleton.

    PubMed

    Ivanov, I T; Paarvanova, B; Slavov, T

    2012-12-01

    Polarization of spectrin-actin undermembrane skeleton of red blood cell (RBC) plasma membranes was studied by impedance spectroscopy. Relatedly, dielectric spectra of suspensions that contained RBCs of humans, mammals (bovine, horse, dog, cat) and birds (turkey, pigeon, duck), and human RBC ghost membranes were continuously obtained during heating from 20 to 70°C. Data for the complex admittance and capacitance were used to derive the suspension resistance, R, and capacitance, C, as well as the energy loss as a function of temperature. As in previous studies, two irreversible temperature-induced transitions in the human RBC plasma membrane were detected at 49.5°C and at 60.7°C (at low heating rate). The transition at 49.5°C was evident from the abrupt changes in R, and C and the fall in the energy loss, due to dipole relaxation. For the erythrocytes of indicated species the changes in R and C displayed remarkable and similar frequency profiles within the 0.05-13MHz domain. These changes were subdued after cross-linking of membranes by diamide (0.3-1.3mM) and glutaraldehyde (0.1-0.4%) and at the presence of glycerol (10%). Based on the above results and previous reports, the dielectric changes at 49.5°C were related to dipole relaxation and segmental mobility of spectrin cytoskeleton. The results open the possibility for selective dielectric thermolysis of cell cytoskeleton.

  7. Temperature dependent dielectric properties and ion transportation in solid polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sengwa, R. J.; Dhatarwal, Priyanka; Choudhary, Shobhna

    2016-05-01

    Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) film consisted of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend matrix with lithium tetrafluroborate (LiBF4) as dopant ionic salt and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as plasticizer has been prepared by solution casting method followed by melt pressing. Dielectric properties and ionic conductivity of the SPE film at different temperatures have been determined by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. It has been observed that the dc ionic conductivity of the SPE film increases with increase of temperature and also the decrease of relaxation time. The temperature dependent relaxation time and ionic conductivity values of the electrolyte are governed by the Arrhenius relation. Correlation observed between dc conductivity and relaxation time confirms that ion transportation occurs with polymer chain segmental dynamics through hopping mechanism. The room temperature ionic conductivity is found to be 4 × 10-6 S cm-1 which suggests the suitability of the SPE film for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  8. Electron dynamics and valley relaxation in 2D semiconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gundogdu, Kenan

    2015-03-01

    Single layer transition metal dichalcogenides are 2D semiconducting systems with unique electronic band structure. Two-valley energy bands along with strong spin-orbital coupling lead to valley dependent career spin polarization, which is the basis for recently proposed valleytronic applications. Since the durations of valley population provide the time window in which valley specific processes take place, it is an essential parameter for developing valleytronic devices. These systems also exhibit unusually strong many body affects, such as strong exciton and trion binding, due to reduced dielectric screening of Coulomb interactions. But there is not much known about the impact of strong many particle correlations on spin and valley polarization dynamics. Here we report direct measurements of ultrafast valley specific relaxation dynamics in single layer MoS2 and WS2. We found that excitonic many body interactions significantly contribute to the relaxation process. Biexciton formation reveals hole valley spin relaxation time. Our results also suggest initial fast intervalley electron scattering and electron spin relaxation leads to loss of electron valley polarization, which then facilitates hole valley relaxation via excitonic spin exchange interaction.

  9. Cobalt ferrite sphere-coated buckhorn-like barium titanate: Fabrication, characterization, its dielectric resonance, and microwave attenuation properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ji, Renlong; Cao, Chuanbao

    2014-10-01

    Barium titanate (BTO) with different morphology is prepared through hydrothermal method using titania spheres as precursor, then calcined at different temperatures and ultimately coated with cobalt ferrite (BTO/CFO). The dielectric dispersion of the composite containing BTO (75 wt. % ratio in paraffin wax) shows evidence of resonance behaviour in the microwave spectrum, rather than the usually observed relaxation mode. The imaginary part of permittivity (ɛ″) displays a strong peak in the 10-13 GHz frequency region, especially for buckhorn-like BTO (hydrothermally synthesized at 110 °C and calcined at 1100 °C). The dielectric response anomaly of BTO in special morphology is due to the emission of plane acoustic waves caused by electrostrictive and converse piezoelectric effects. An accepted model is adopted to simulate the resonance frequency. The minimum reflection loss of cauliflower-like BTO (hydrothermally synthesized at 110 °C, then calcined at 600 °C for 2 h, 75 wt. % ratio) in paraffin wax reaches -30.831 dB at 10.56 GHz with a matching thickness of 2 mm, lower than all the reported values. When the sintering temperature is changed to 1100 °C (buckhorn-like BTO), the minimum reflection loss value is -24.37 dB at 12.56 GHz under the thickness of 3 mm. After combination with CFO, the value reaches -42.677 dB when the thickness is 5.6 mm. The ginger-like BTO (hydrothermally synthesized at 200 °C and calcined at different temperatures) is inferior in microwave reflection reduction. The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of buckhorn-like BTO composite is calculated to be -12.7 dB (94.6% shielding) at resonance frequency (2 mm, 11.52 GHz). This work clearly shows the potential to tune the dielectric property of ferroelectrics through control of morphology, facilitating new comprehension of the ferroelectrics in microwave regime.

  10. Self-assembly and structural relaxation in a model ionomer melt

    DOE PAGES

    Goswami, Monojoy; Borreguero, Jose M.; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-02-26

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to understand the self-assembly and structural relaxation in ionomer melts containing less than 10% degree of ionization on the backbone. We study the self-assembly of charged sites and counterions that show structural ordering and agglomeration with a range of structures that can be achieved by changing the dielectric constant of the medium. The intermediate scattering function shows a decoupling of charge and counterion relaxation at longer length scales for only high dielectric constant and at shorter length scales for all dielectric constants. Finally, the slow structural decay of counterions in the strongly correlated ionomer systemmore » closely resembles transport properties of semi-flexible polymers.« less

  11. High dielectric loss in graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules.

    PubMed

    Liu, X G; Geng, D Y; Jiang, J J; Du, J; Yang, F; Xie, Z G; Kang, D J; Zhang, Z D

    2010-04-01

    Graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules, with Ti nanoparticles as core and onion-like graphite layers as shell, have been prepared by a modified arc-discharge method in ethanol atmosphere, and characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The dielectric properties of the graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules have been investigated in the 2-18 GHz range. An equivalent circuit model was used to interpret the non-linear dielectric resonance behavior of the graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules. The high dielectric loss is mainly attributed to conductance loss and dipole-relaxation loss in the graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules. The graphite-coated Ti nanocapsules exhibit promising properties for application as a new type of shield or absorbent of electromagnetic waves. PMID:20355435

  12. Relaxation processes and glass transition in confined 1,4-polybutadiene films: A Molecular Dynamics study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paul, Wolfgang; Solar, Mathieu

    We will present results from Molecular Dynamics simulations of a chemically realistic model of 1,4-polybutadiene (PB) chains confined by graphite walls. Relaxation processes in this system are heterogeneous and anisotropic. We will present evidence for a slow additional relaxation process related to chain desorption from the walls. We also study the structural relaxation resolved with respect to the distance from the graphite walls and show the influence of structural changes on the relaxation behavior. The temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation in layers of different thickness near the walls shows no indication of a shift of Tg as a function of thickness when analyzed with a Vogel-Fulcher fit. We explain this by the importance of intramolecular dihedral barriers for the glass transition in PB which dominate over the density changes next to a wall except for a 1 nm thick layer directly at the wall.

  13. Study of structural, dielectric and magnetic behaviour of Ni0.75Zn0.25Fe2O4-Ba(Ti0.85Zr0.15)O3 composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Adhlakha, Nidhi; Yadav, K. L.

    2012-11-01

    A class of hybrid composites (x)Ni0.75Zn0.25Fe2O4-(1 - x)Ba(Ti 0.85Zr 0.15)O 3 (for x variations 0, 0.20, 0.30 and 0.40) synthesized via a solid state reaction method is investigated. The structural analysis was carried out using an x-ray diffraction graph which reveals a mixed phase of the hybrid composites with spinel phase for ferrite component and perovskite phase for the ferroelectric component. The microstructural analysis and grain size determination is carried out using a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The relative dielectric constant with frequency variation (in the range of 100 Hz-1 MHz) and temperature at three fixed frequencies (100 Hz, 1 KHz and 10 KHz) is studied. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization (Ms ) and magnetic moment (μB) are calculated from the magnetic hysteresis loops obtained using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The value of remnant polarization for pure BZT is found to be 6.18 μC cm-2 and as the content of ferrite phase is increased up to 40 mol%, this value decreases. The magnetoelectric effect is studied using magnetocapacitance which takes a maximum value for 40 mol% addition of ferrite.

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure, thermal analysis, vibrational study dielectric behaviour and Hirshfeld surface analysis of [C6H10(NH3)2)]2 SnCl6 (Cl)2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mkaouar, Imen; Karâa, Najla; Hamdi, Besma; Zouari, Ridha

    2016-07-01

    A new organotin (IV), bis 1-2 diammonium cyclohexane octachlorotin dichloride, have been synthesized. The molecular structures of the complexes have been determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that complexes crystallizes in orthorhombic space group P4/n with a = 13.014(3)Å, b = 13.014(3), c = 16.822(4)Å, V = 2849.0(11)Å3. The structure consists of three-dimensional tanks framework. They show further that the tin (IV) ion is octahedral surrounded by six atoms with six chloride ligands, tow [C6H10(NH3)2]2+ cations and tow isolated chloride ion Cl-. The new compound has been characterized by differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) technique, 13C MAS-NMR, FT-IR, RAMAN spectroscopic studies and dielectric properties are detected in the frequency interval of 209 Hz-5 MHz and in the temperature interval of 313-373 K, have been carried out in order to characterize the complexes, the Hirschfeld surface analysis have been performed to gain insight into the behavior of these weak interactions.

  15. Dielectric spectroscopy study of myoglobin in glycerol-water mixtures.

    PubMed

    Roy, Soham; Richert, Ranko

    2014-02-01

    Due to the interest in protein dynamics, there are numerous dielectric relaxation studies of proteins in water and in glass-forming aqueous solvents such as glycerol-water mixtures. In the regime of low frequencies, the inevitable dc-conductivity of such systems limits the resolution of dynamics that are slow compared with the solvent relaxation. Solutions of myoglobin in glycerol/water mixtures of various compositions are measured by dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency range from 10mHz to 10MHz. The resolution of low frequency modes is improved by two approaches: electrical 'cleaning' and the analysis of the derivative of the real component of permittivity, which shows no direct signature of dc-conductivity. Effects of internal interfacial polarization are also addressed by measuring the same solvents in confinement as well as mixed with glass beads. We find two processes, the structural relaxation of the solvent and the slower rotational mode of the protein, with no indication at even lower frequencies of a dielectric signature of fluctuations associated with protein dynamics.

  16. Dielectric characterization of high-performance spaceflight materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kleppe, Nathan; Nurge, Mark A.; Bowler, Nicola

    2015-03-01

    As commercial space travel increases, the need for reliable structural health monitoring to predict possible weaknesses or failures of structural materials also increases. Monitoring of these materials can be done through the use of dielectric spectroscopy by comparing permittivity or conductivity measurements performed on a sample in use to that of a pristine sample from 100 μHz to 3 GHz. Fluctuations in these measured values or of the relaxation frequencies, if present, can indicate chemical or physical changes occurring within the material and the possible need for maintenance/replacement. In this work, we establish indicative trends that occur due to changes in dielectric spectra during accelerated aging of various high-performance polymeric materials: ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), Poly (ether ether ketone) (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). Uses for these materials range from electrical insulation and protective coatings to windows and air- or space-craft parts that may be subject to environmental damage over long-term operation. Samples were prepared by thermal exposure and, separately, by ultraviolet/water-spray cyclic aging. The aged samples showed statistically-significant trends of either increasing or decreasing real or imaginary permittivity values, relaxation frequencies, conduction or the appearance of new relaxation modes. These results suggest that dielectric testing offers the possibility of nondestructive evaluation of the extent of age-related degradation in these materials.

  17. Ionic mobility in DNA films studied by dielectric spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Kahouli, Abdelkader; Valle-Orero, Jessica; Garden, Jean-Luc; Peyrard, Michel

    2014-09-01

    Double-helix DNA molecules can be found under different conformational structures driven by ionic and hydration surroundings. Usually, only the B-form of DNA, which is the only form stable in aqueous solution, can be studied by dielectric measurements. Here, the dielectric responses of DNA molecules in the A- and B-form, oriented co-linearly within fibres assembled in a film have been analyzed. The dielectric dispersion, permittivity and dissipation factor, have been measured as a function of frequency, strength voltage, time, temperature and nature of the counter-ions. Besides a high electrode polarization component, two relaxation peaks have been observed and fitted by two Cole-Cole relaxation terms. In the frequency range that we investigated (0.1 Hz to 5 ·10(6) Hz) the dielectric properties are dominated by the mobility and diffusivity of the counter-ions and their interactions with the DNA molecules, which can therefore be characterized for the A- and B-forms of DNA.

  18. Dielectric characterization of high-performance spaceflight materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kleppe, Nathan Alan

    As commercial space travel increases, the need for reliable structural health monitoring to predict possible weaknesses or failures of structural materials also increases. Monitoring of polymer-based materials may be achieved through the use of dielectric spectroscopy by comparing permittivity or conductivity measurements performed on a sample in use to that of a pristine sample. Changes in these measured values or of the relaxation frequencies, if present, can indicate chemical or physical changes occurring within the material and the possible need for maintenance/replacement. In this work, we established indicative trends that occur in the dielectric spectra during accelerated aging of various high-performance polymeric materials (EVOH, PEEK, PPS, and UHMWPE). Uses for these materials range from electrical insulation and protective coatings to windows and air- or space-craft parts that may be subject to environmental damage over long-term operation. Accelerated thermal aging and ultraviolet/water-spray cyclic aging were performed in order to investigate the degradation of the aforementioned material. The Havriliak-Negami model was used in the analysis of the measured dielectric spectra in order to obtain the characteristic fit parameters from which aging-related trends were identified. With reference to the literature and from measured FTIR spectra, observations were connected to the underlying mechanisms causing the dielectric relaxations.

  19. Effect of low concentrations of carbon nanotubes on electric dipole relaxation in a polyurethane elastomer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rabenok, E. V.; Novikov, G. F.; Estrin, Ya. I.; Badamshina, E. R.

    2015-03-01

    The effect of small (up to 0.018 wt %) additions of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on the complex electric modulus M*= M' - jM″ and the spectrum of the relaxation times G(τ) of a cross-linked polyurethane elastomer containing ˜10 vol % of polyamide-6 dispersed in the polyurethane matrix and incompatible with it was studied. The measurements were conducted in the range of electric field frequencies 10-3-105 Hz at temperatures from 133 to 413 K. Based on the shape analysis of the M″( M') diagrams, the contributions of electric conductivity and dielectric relaxation to complex dielectric permittivity ɛ* = ɛ' - jɛ″ were separated and the effect of additions on α and β relaxation for both polyurethane and polyamide phases was analyzed in accordance with the peculiarities of phase-separated systems. The introduction of SWNTs in the composite affected the dielectric properties of the material; the maximum effect was observed at concentrations of 0.002-0.008 wt %; at higher SWNT concentrations, the scatter of data increased and did not allow us to evaluate the effect. The effect of SWNTs on G(τ) in the main phase was opposite to that in the polyamide phase. In the temperature range of α relaxation of the polyurethane phase, the relaxation times increased after the introduction of SWNTs evidently because of the decrease in the free volume that determines the α relaxation times of polyurethane. In contrast, for the polyamide phase in the range of α relaxation, the relaxation times decreased after the introduction of SWNTs. The results agree with the literature data on the effect of ultrasmall SWNT concentrations on the physicomechanical characteristics of the polyurethane elastomer and its electric conductivity.

  20. Investigation of conduction and relaxation phenomena in BaZrxTi1-xO3 (x=0.05) by impedance spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mahajan, Sandeep; Haridas, Divya; Ali, S. T.; Munirathnam, N. R.; Sreenivas, K.; Thakur, O. P.; Prakash, Chandra

    2014-10-01

    In present study we have prepared ferroelectric BaZrxTi1-xO3 (x=0.05) ceramic by conventional solid state reaction route and studied its electrical properties as a function of temperature and frequency. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows single-phase formation of the compound with orthorhombic crystal structure at room temperature. Impedance and electric modulus spectroscopy analysis in the frequency range of 40 Hz-1 MHz at high temperature (200-600 °C) suggests two relaxation processes with different time constant are involved which are attributed to bulk and grain boundary effects. Frequency dependent dielectric plot at different temperature shows normal variation with frequency while dielectric loss (tanδ) peak was found to obey an Arrhenius law with activation energy of 1.02 eV. The frequency-dependent AC conductivity data were also analyzed in a wide temperature range. In present work we have studied the role of grain and grain boundaries on the electrical behaviour of Zr-doped BaTiO3 and their dependence on temperature and frequency by complex impedance and modulus spectroscopy (CIS) technique in a wide frequency (40 Hz-1 MHz) and high temperature range.

  1. Single-layer graphene-assembled 3D porous carbon composites with PVA and Fe₃O₄ nano-fillers: an interface-mediated superior dielectric and EMI shielding performance.

    PubMed

    Rao, B V Bhaskara; Yadav, Prasad; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Panda, H S; Ogale, Satishchandra; Kale, S N

    2015-07-28

    In this study, a novel composite of Fe3O4 nanofiller-decorated single-layer graphene-assembled porous carbon (SLGAPC) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) having flexibility and a density of 0.75 g cm(-3) is explored for its dielectric and electromagnetic interference (EMI) response properties. The composite is prepared by the solution casting method and its constituents are optimized as 15 wt% SLGAPC and 20 wt% Fe3O4 through a novel solvent relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment. The PVA-SLGAPC-Fe3O4 composite shows high dielectric permittivity in the range of 1 Hz-10 MHz, enhanced by a factor of 4 as compared to that of the PVA-SLGAPC composite, with a reduced loss by a factor of 2. The temperature dependent dielectric properties reveal the activation energy behaviour with reference to the glass transition temperature (80 °C) of PVA. The dielectric hysteresis with the temperature cycle reveals a remnant polarization. The enhanced dielectric properties are suggested to be the result of improvement in the localized polarization of the integrated interface system (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization) formed by the uniform adsorption of Fe3O4 on the surface of SLGAPC conjugated with PVA. The EMI shielding property of the composite with a low thickness of 0.3 mm in the X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) shows a very impressive shielding efficiency of ∼15 dB and a specific shielding effectiveness of 20 dB (g cm(-3))(-1), indicating the promising character of this material for flexible EMI shielding applications. PMID:26105548

  2. Single-layer graphene-assembled 3D porous carbon composites with PVA and Fe₃O₄ nano-fillers: an interface-mediated superior dielectric and EMI shielding performance.

    PubMed

    Rao, B V Bhaskara; Yadav, Prasad; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Panda, H S; Ogale, Satishchandra; Kale, S N

    2015-07-28

    In this study, a novel composite of Fe3O4 nanofiller-decorated single-layer graphene-assembled porous carbon (SLGAPC) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) having flexibility and a density of 0.75 g cm(-3) is explored for its dielectric and electromagnetic interference (EMI) response properties. The composite is prepared by the solution casting method and its constituents are optimized as 15 wt% SLGAPC and 20 wt% Fe3O4 through a novel solvent relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment. The PVA-SLGAPC-Fe3O4 composite shows high dielectric permittivity in the range of 1 Hz-10 MHz, enhanced by a factor of 4 as compared to that of the PVA-SLGAPC composite, with a reduced loss by a factor of 2. The temperature dependent dielectric properties reveal the activation energy behaviour with reference to the glass transition temperature (80 °C) of PVA. The dielectric hysteresis with the temperature cycle reveals a remnant polarization. The enhanced dielectric properties are suggested to be the result of improvement in the localized polarization of the integrated interface system (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization) formed by the uniform adsorption of Fe3O4 on the surface of SLGAPC conjugated with PVA. The EMI shielding property of the composite with a low thickness of 0.3 mm in the X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) shows a very impressive shielding efficiency of ∼15 dB and a specific shielding effectiveness of 20 dB (g cm(-3))(-1), indicating the promising character of this material for flexible EMI shielding applications.

  3. Dielectric and ultrasonic studies of macromolecular growth during polymerization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  4. Ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of polymer electrolyte plasticized with polyethylene glycol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Das, S.; Ghosh, A.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO4 solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with polyethylene glycol (PEG). The temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity has been well interpreted using Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation. The maximum dielectric constant is observed for 30 wt. % of PEG content. To get further insights into the ion dynamics, the complex dielectric permittivity has been studied with Havriliak-Negami function. The variation of relaxation time with inverse temperature obtained from HN formalism follows VTF nature.

  5. Collective relaxation dynamics and crystallization kinetics of the amorphous Biclotymol antiseptic.

    PubMed

    Tripathi, Pragya; Romanini, Michela; Tamarit, Josep Lluis; Macovez, Roberto

    2015-11-10

    We employ dielectric spectroscopy to monitor the relaxation dynamics and crystallization kinetics of the Biclotymol antiseptic in its amorphous phase. The glass transition temperature of the material as determined by dielectric spectroscopy is Tg = 290 ± 1K. The primary (α) relaxation dynamics is observed to follow a Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann temperature dependence, with a kinetic fragility index m = 86 ± 13, which classifies Biclotymol as a relatively fragile glass former. A secondary relaxation is also observed, corresponding to an intramolecular dynamic process of the non-rigid Biclotymol molecule. The crystallization kinetics, measured at four different temperatures above the glass transition temperature, follows an Avrami behavior with exponent virtually equal to n = 2, indicating one-dimensional crystallization into needle-like crystallites, as experimentally observed, with a time-constant nucleation rate. The activation barrier for crystallization is found to be Ea = 115 ± 22 kJ mol(-1).

  6. Collective relaxation dynamics and crystallization kinetics of the amorphous Biclotymol antiseptic.

    PubMed

    Tripathi, Pragya; Romanini, Michela; Tamarit, Josep Lluis; Macovez, Roberto

    2015-11-10

    We employ dielectric spectroscopy to monitor the relaxation dynamics and crystallization kinetics of the Biclotymol antiseptic in its amorphous phase. The glass transition temperature of the material as determined by dielectric spectroscopy is Tg = 290 ± 1K. The primary (α) relaxation dynamics is observed to follow a Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann temperature dependence, with a kinetic fragility index m = 86 ± 13, which classifies Biclotymol as a relatively fragile glass former. A secondary relaxation is also observed, corresponding to an intramolecular dynamic process of the non-rigid Biclotymol molecule. The crystallization kinetics, measured at four different temperatures above the glass transition temperature, follows an Avrami behavior with exponent virtually equal to n = 2, indicating one-dimensional crystallization into needle-like crystallites, as experimentally observed, with a time-constant nucleation rate. The activation barrier for crystallization is found to be Ea = 115 ± 22 kJ mol(-1). PMID:26364713

  7. Appearance of a Debye process at the Conductivity Relaxation Frequency of a Viscous Liquid

    SciTech Connect

    Richert, Ranko; Agapov, Alexander L; Sokolov, Alexei P

    2011-01-01

    The existence of a Debye-type ultraslow process in dielectric spectra of bulk polyalcohols and similar materials has been reported repeatedly in the recent literature. Its loss peak is observed at frequencies that are decades below those of the primary structural relaxation, in a range where the loss signal is usually dominated by dc-conductivity or even electrode polarization. We show that this peak originates from an incomplete filling of the capacitor volume, e.g., as a result of gas bubbles, a situation that gives rise to a Debye process at the conductivity relaxation frequency of the material, where the values of storage and loss components of permittivity are identical. The result implies that these peaks are not endemic to the liquid and can lead to various misinterpretations of the dielectric relaxation spectra. Techniques avoiding the occurrence of such artifacts are discussed. 2011 American Institute of Physics.

  8. Appearance of a Debye process at the conductivity relaxation frequency of a viscous liquid.

    PubMed

    Richert, Ranko; Agapov, Alexander; Sokolov, Alexei P

    2011-03-14

    The existence of a Debye-type ultraslow process in dielectric spectra of bulk polyalcohols and similar materials has been reported repeatedly in the recent literature. Its loss peak is observed at frequencies that are decades below those of the primary structural relaxation, in a range where the loss signal is usually dominated by dc-conductivity or even electrode polarization. We show that this peak originates from an incomplete filling of the capacitor volume, e.g., as a result of gas bubbles, a situation that gives rise to a Debye process at the conductivity relaxation frequency of the material, where the values of storage and loss components of permittivity are identical. The result implies that these peaks are not endemic to the liquid and can lead to various misinterpretations of the dielectric relaxation spectra. Techniques avoiding the occurrence of such artifacts are discussed.

  9. Progressive muscle relaxation, yoga stretching, and ABC relaxation theory.

    PubMed

    Ghoncheh, Shahyad; Smith, Jonathan C

    2004-01-01

    This study compared the psychological effects of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and yoga stretching (hatha) exercises. Forty participants were randomly divided into two groups and taught PMR or yoga stretching exercises. Both groups practiced once a week for five weeks and were given the Smith Relaxation States Inventory before and after each session. As hypothesized, practitioners of PMR displayed higher levels of relaxation states (R-States) Physical Relaxation and Disengagement at Week 4 and higher levels of Mental Quiet and Joy as a posttraining aftereffect at Week 5. Contrary to what was hypothesized, groups did not display different levels of R-States Energized or Aware. Results suggest the value of supplementing traditional somatic conceptualizations of relaxation with the psychological approach embodied in ABC relaxation theory. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

  10. Dielectric elastomer generators that stack up

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McKay, T. G.; Rosset, S.; Anderson, I. A.; Shea, H.

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of a soft dielectric elastomer power generator with a volume of less than 1 cm3. The generator is well suited to harvest energy from ambient and from human body motion as it can harvest from low frequency (sub-Hz) motions, and is compact and lightweight. Dielectric elastomers are highly stretchable variable capacitors. Electrical energy is produced when the deformation of a stretched, charged dielectric elastomer is relaxed; like-charges are compressed together and opposite-charges are pushed apart, resulting in an increased voltage. This technology provides an opportunity to produce soft, high energy density generators with unparalleled robustness. Two major issues block this goal: current configurations require rigid frames that maintain the dielectric elastomer in a prestretched state, and high energy densities have come at the expense of short lifetime. This paper presents a self-supporting stacked generator configuration which does not require rigid frames. The generator consists of 48 generator films stacked on top of each other, resulting in a structure that fits within an 11 mm diameter footprint while containing enough active material to produce useful power. To ensure sustainable power production, we also present a mathematical model for designing the electronic control of the generator which optimizes energy production while limiting the electrical stress on the generator below failure limits. When cyclically compressed at 1.6 Hz, our generator produced 1.8 mW of power, which is sufficient for many low-power wireless sensor nodes. This performance compares favorably with similarly scaled electromagnetic, piezoelectric, and electrostatic generators. The generator’s small form factor and ability to harvest useful energy from low frequency motions such as tree swaying or shoe impact provides an opportunity to deliver power to remote wireless sensor nodes or to distributed points in the human body

  11. Peristaltic pump made of dielectric elastomer actuators

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lotz, Peter; Matysek, Marc; Schlaak, Helmut F.

    2009-03-01

    The functional principle of peristaltic motion is inspired by the pattern in which hollow organs move. The technology of dielectric elastomer actuators provides the possibility to design a very compact peristaltic pump. The geometries of the whole pump and the actuator elements have been determined by numerical simulations of the mechanical behaviour and the fluid dynamics. With eight independent actuators the pumping channel is self-sealing and there is no need for any valves. The first generation of this pump is able to generate flow rates up to 0.36 μl/min.

  12. Magnetic and dielectric properties of 3Y-TZP/strontium doped barium ferrite composite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Chao; Wang, Shan-Shan; Guo, Rui-Song; Cai, Guang-Lan; Guo, Wei-Na; Wu, Chen

    2015-02-01

    Magnetic and dielectric properties of 3Y-TZP/20 wt.% Ba1-xSrxFe12O19 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75) composites prepared by solid state reaction method are investigated. The magnetic properties are improved in the composites with the strontium doped barium ferrite. When x = 0.25, the saturation magnetization of the ferrite reaches the maximum. This is due to the migration of Fe3+ induced by the Sr2+ doping. The dielectric properties are also improved in the composite with the strontium doped barium ferrite. When x = 0.5, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss possess the maximum. This is caused by the lattice distortion resulting from the Sr2+ doping. The dielectric properties are analyzed by the universal relaxation law.

  13. Dielectric response of double layered perovskite Sr3MnTiO7

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2016-05-01

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

  14. Conductance of a single electron transistor with a retarded dielectric layer in the gate capacitor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Udalov, O. G.; Chtchelkatchev, N. M.; Fedorov, S. A.; Beloborodov, I. S.

    2015-11-01

    We study the conductance of a single electron transistor (SET) with a ferroelectric (or dielectric) layer placed in the gate capacitor. We assume that the ferroelectric (FE) has a retarded response with arbitrary relaxation time. We show that in the case of "fast" but still retarded response of the FE (dielectric) layer an additional contribution to the Coulomb blockade effect appears leading to the suppression of the SET conductance. We take into account fluctuations of the FE (dielectric) polarization using Monte Carlo simulations. For "fast" FE, these fluctuations partially suppress the additional Coulomb blockade effect. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we study the transition from "fast" to "slow" FE. For high temperatures, the peak value of the SET conductance is almost independent of the FE relaxation time. For temperatures close to the FE Curie temperature, the conductance peak value nonmonotonically depends on the FE relaxation time. A maximum appears when the FE relaxation time is of the order of the SET discharging time. Below the Curie point the conductance peak value decreases with increasing the FE relaxation time. The conductance shows the hysteresis behavior for any FE relaxation time at temperatures below the FE transition point. We show that conductance hysteresis is robust against FE internal fluctuations.

  15. Effect of La-substitution on structural, dielectric and electrical properties of (Bi0.5Pb0.5) (Fe0.5Zr0.25Ti0.25)O3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Panda, Niranjan; Pattanayak, Samita; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-09-01

    As lead zirconium titanate and bismuth ferrite (BFO), members of perovskite family, have high dielectric constant and ferroelectric/ferromagnetic phase transition temperature, they are used for many potential applications including random access memory, sensors. The present work describes the modifications in the ferroelectric behaviour of PZT doped BFO due to substitution of few molar percent of La on Fe-site. A thorough comparative investigation of the frequency and temperature response of dielectric permittivity, dielectric loss, electric modulus, complex impedance and ferroelectric properties of Bi0.5Pb0.5 [Fe(0.5- x) La x (Zr0.25Ti0.25)] O3, where x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 (hence forth called as BFPZLTO) compounds were studied in a wide frequency range 10 kHz to 1 MHz at temperature range 25-400 °C using ac impedance spectroscopy and electric modulus analysis. The structural analysis of compound revealed the tetragonal phase with space group P4 mm at room temperature. Cole-Cole plots are used for interpretation of relaxation mechanism in the materials. The materials especially the compound with x = 0.3 found more suitable to be used in transducers, RAMs, flip-flop memories, etc., for electronics applications.

  16. Dielectric Properties of Strontium Titanate Filled Mullite Composites in Microwave Region

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    See, Alex; Hassan, Jumiah; Hashim, Mansor; Yusoff, W. Mohd. Daud Wan

    2008-05-01

    This research was designed to form better dielectric composite material using one steady state dielectric with a good dielectric material. Distinct dielectric composite was successfully produced using locally sourced kaolinite clay. The samples were made using kaolinite as the base matrix and Strontium Titanate (ST) added in varying ratios. Strontium Titanate were synthesized via solid-state reaction using Strontium Carbonate and rutile Titanium (IV) Oxide with sintering at 1300 °C. Local white kaolinite was used to fuse the barium titanate material in varying weight ratios. The powders were dry-mixed and made into pellets for calcination at 1000 °C. The dielectric measurements were carried out using the HP 4291B Impedance Analyzer dielectric setup. Three samples were prepared, namely 10%ST, 20%ST and 30%ST. The dielectric measurements were carried out at room temperature. Microwave region measurements showed steady state and linear dielectric relaxation ranging from 7 in the control sample and dropping down to 5 in 30%ST. The responses indicate linear relation between ST addition and microwave region dielectric permittivity

  17. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials

    PubMed Central

    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths. PMID:26861318

  18. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials.

    PubMed

    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-02-04

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths.

  19. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials.

    PubMed

    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech

    2016-01-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) methods used for measuring the dielectric properties of materials mostly utilize step or needle electrical pulses of constant amplitudes and shapes. Our novel approach enables determining the dielectric relaxation time of a sample using the analysis of the amplitudes of reflected pulses of two widths, in addition to bulk dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity commonly obtained by the TDR technique. The method was developed for various values of electrical conductivity and relaxation time using numerical simulations of a five-rod probe placed in a material with complex dielectric permittivity described by the Debye model with an added electrical conductivity term. The characterization of amplitudes of two pulses of selected widths was done with regard to the dielectric parameters of simulated materials. The required probe parameters were obtained solely from numerical simulations. Verification was performed for the probe placed in aqueous KCl solutions with 14 different electrical conductivity values. The determined relaxation time remained roughly constant and independent of electrical conductivity. The obtained electrical conductivity agreed with the reference values. Our results indicate that the relaxation time, dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the tested solutions can be simultaneously determined using a simple analysis of the amplitude and reflection time of two needle pulses of different widths. PMID:26861318

  20. Superdirective dielectric nanoantennas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2014-06-01

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

  1. Dielectric assist accelerating structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2016-01-01

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

  2. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2013

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  3. BOOK REVIEW: Magnetohydrodynamics of Plasma Relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Connor, J. W.

    1998-06-01

    magnetic arcades, associated with sunspots, and coronal heating, both of which result from footprint motions in the photosphere. The volume is completed with a summary chapter, which ends by posing a number of outstanding questions and needs. Despite their thesis that numerical simulations are the key to understanding relaxation, the authors wisely indicate limitations to this approach, recognizing the need for an analytic theory, with more dynamical content than the Taylor theory, to support the simulations. In short, this is a readable, stimulating and reasonably self-contained volume that can be recommended to those interested in the dynamics of plasma relaxation or, indeed, to those with more general interests in the behaviour of plasmas in the laboratory or the sun.

  4. Dielectric Monitoring of Curing Composites

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  5. Thermally switchable dielectrics

    DOEpatents

    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.

  6. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

    DOEpatents

    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.

  7. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

    DOEpatents

    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.

  8. [Death in a relaxation tank].

    PubMed

    Rupp, Wolf; Simon, Karl-Heinz; Bohnert, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Complete relaxation can be achieved by floating in a darkened, sound-proof relaxation tank filled with salinated water kept at body temperature. Under these conditions, meditation exercises up to self-hypnosis may lead to deep relaxation with physical and mental revitalization. A user manipulated his tank, presumably to completely cut off all optical and acoustic stimuli and accidentally also covered the ventilation hole. The man was found dead in his relaxation tank. The findings suggested lack of oxygen as the cause of death.

  9. Topological constraints on magnetic relaxation.

    PubMed

    Yeates, A R; Hornig, G; Wilmot-Smith, A L

    2010-08-20

    The final state of turbulent magnetic relaxation in a reversed field pinch is well explained by Taylor's hypothesis. However, recent resistive-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the relaxation of braided solar coronal loops have led to relaxed fields far from the Taylor state, despite the conservation of helicity. We point out the existence of an additional topological invariant in any flux tube with a nonzero field: the topological degree of the field line mapping. We conjecture that this constrains the relaxation, explaining why only one of three example simulations reaches the Taylor state. PMID:20868104

  10. Relaxation Techniques for Trauma.

    PubMed

    Scotland-Coogan, Diane; Davis, Erin

    2016-01-01

    Physiological symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest as increased arousal and reactivity seen as anger outburst, irritability, reckless behavior with no concern for consequences, hypervigilance, sleep disturbance, and problems with focus (American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). In seeking the most beneficial treatment for PTSD, consideration must be given to the anxiety response. Relaxation techniques are shown to help address the physiological manifestations of prolonged stress. The techniques addressed by the authors in this article include mindfulness, deep breathing, yoga, and meditation. By utilizing these techniques traditional therapies can be complemented. In addition, those who are averse to the traditional evidence-based practices or for those who have tried traditional therapies without success; these alternative interventions may assist in lessening physiological manifestations of PTSD. Future research studies assessing the benefits of these treatment modalities are warranted to provide empirical evidence to support the efficacy of these treatments. PMID:27119722

  11. AC conductivity and dielectric behavior of CoAl xFe 2- xO 4

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abo El Ata, A. M.; Attia, S. M.; Meaz, T. M.

    2004-01-01

    AC conductivity and dielectric properties have been studied for a series of polycrystalline spinel ferrite with composition CoAl xFe 2- xO 4, as a function of frequency and temperature. The results of AC conductivity were discussed in terms of the quantum mechanical tunneling and small polaron tunneling models. The dispersion of the dielectric constant was discussed in the light of Koops model and hopping conduction mechanism. The dielectric loss tangent tan δ curves exhibits a dielectric relaxation peaks which are attributed to the coincidence of the hopping frequency of the charge carriers with that of the external fields. The AC conductivity, dielectric constant, and dielectric loss tangent were found to increase with increasing the temperature due to the increase of the hopping frequency, while they decrease with increasing Al ion content due to the reduction of iron ions available for the conduction process at the octahedral sites.

  12. Dielectric and impedance behavior of neodymium substituted strontium hexaferrite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhat, Bilal Hamid; Samad, Rubiya; Want, Basharat

    2016-09-01

    In this study, dielectric behavior and complex impedance of neodymium (Nd) substituted strontium hexaferrite system: Sr1- x Nd x Fe12O19 ( x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0. 20), synthesized by citrate precursor technique, have been evaluated as a function of applied frequency and temperature. Variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss with frequency shows the identical behavior for all the compositions. The value of dielectric constant increases with Nd doping. Relaxation process is observed in the composition x = 0.20, and the peaks in this composition shift toward the higher-frequency region as the temperature increases. The dielectric constants show temperature-independent behavior at low temperature, whereas at higher temperatures it increases for all the frequencies. The AC conductivity follows Jonscher's power law, showing that conduction mechanism is due to polaron hopping. Complex impedance as a function of composition and temperature is used to examine the role of grain and grain boundary in the prepared material. Cole-cole plot shows only one semicircle up to x = 0.15, while as for x = 0.20 two semicircles are observed. The conduction mechanism is explained on the basis of both grain and grain boundary.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  15. Comet Bursting Through Relaxation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jacobson, Seth A.; Scheeres, D. J.

    2012-10-01

    Comets may be excited and occupy non-principal axis (complex) rotation states for a large fraction of their lifetimes. Many comet nuclei have been identified or are suspected to occupy non-principal axis (complex) rotation [Belton 2005, etc.] as well as have evolving rotation rates [Belton 2011, etc.]. Comet orbits drive these rotation states through cycles of excitation due to surface jets and relaxation due to time variable internal stresses that dissipate energy in the anelastic comet interior. Furthermore, relaxation from complex rotation can increase the loads along the symmetry axis of prolate comets. These loads stretch the body along the symmetry axis and may be the cause of the characteristic ``bowling pin’’ shape and eventually may lead to failure. This is an alternative model for comet bursting. Each cycle deposits only a small amount of energy and stress along the axis, but this process is repeated every orbit during which jets are activated. Our model for the evolution of comet nuclei includes torques due to a number of discrete jets located on the surface based on Neishtadt et al. [2002]. The model also includes internal dissipation using an approach developed by Sharma et al. [2005] and Vokrouhlicky et al. [2009]. These equations are averaged over the instantaneous spin state and the heliocentric orbit so the long-term evolution of the comet can be determined. We determine that even after the inclusion of internal dissipation there still exist non-principal axis equilibrium states for certain jet geometries. For ranges of dissipation factors and jet geometries, prolate comets are found to occupy states that have time variable internal loads over long time periods. These periodic loadings along the symmetry axis may lead to ``necking’’ as the body extends along the axis to release the stress and eventually disruption.

  16. Dielectric investigation of electrically oriented ferroelectric smectic mixture CS-1013.

    PubMed

    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.

  17. Molds for cable dielectrics

    DOEpatents

    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.

  18. Molds for cable dielectrics

    DOEpatents

    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.

  19. Dielectric elastomer memory

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Measuring the Longitudinal NMR Relaxation Rates of Fast Relaxing Nuclei Using a Signal Eliminating Relaxation Filter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hansen, D. Flemming; Led, Jens J.

    2001-08-01

    A new experiment for selective determination of the relaxation rates of fast relaxing NMR signals is presented. The experiment is derived from the conventional inversion recovery experiment by substituting the 180° inversion pulse of this experiment with a signal eliminating relaxation filter (SERF) consisting of three 180° pulses separated by two variable delays, Δ1 and Δ2. The SERF experiment allows a selective suppression of signals with relaxation rates below a given limit while monitoring the relaxation of faster relaxing signals. The experiment was tested on a sample of 20% oxidized plastocyanin from Anabaena variabilis, where the fast exchange of an electron between the reduced (diamagnetic) and the oxidized (paramagnetic) form results in a series of average signals with widely different relaxation rates. To ensure an optimum extraction of information from the experimental data, the relaxation rates were obtained from the SERF experiment by a simultaneous analysis of all the FIDs of the experiment using a fast linear prediction model method developed previously. The reliability of the relaxation rates obtained from the SERF experiment was confirmed by a comparison of the rates with the corresponding rates obtained from a conventional inversion recovery experiment.

  1. Measuring the longitudinal NMR relaxation rates of fast relaxing nuclei using a signal eliminating relaxation filter.

    PubMed

    Hansen, D F; Led, J J

    2001-08-01

    A new experiment for selective determination of the relaxation rates of fast relaxing NMR signals is presented. The experiment is derived from the conventional inversion recovery experiment by substituting the 180 degrees inversion pulse of this experiment with a signal eliminating relaxation filter (SERF) consisting of three 180 degrees pulses separated by two variable delays, Delta1 and Delta2. The SERF experiment allows a selective suppression of signals with relaxation rates below a given limit while monitoring the relaxation of faster relaxing signals. The experiment was tested on a sample of 20% oxidized plastocyanin from Anabaena variabilis, where the fast exchange of an electron between the reduced (diamagnetic) and the oxidized (paramagnetic) form results in a series of average signals with widely different relaxation rates. To ensure an optimum extraction of information from the experimental data, the relaxation rates were obtained from the SERF experiment by a simultaneous analysis of all the FIDs of the experiment using a fast linear prediction model method developed previously. The reliability of the relaxation rates obtained from the SERF experiment was confirmed by a comparison of the rates with the corresponding rates obtained from a conventional inversion recovery experiment.

  2. Intramolecular relaxation of flexible dendrimers with excluded volume.

    PubMed

    Rai, Gobind Ji; Kumar, Amit; Biswas, Parbati

    2014-07-21

    The mechanical and dielectric relaxation moduli of dendrimers with the excluded volume interactions are theoretically investigated within the framework of Rouse-Zimm theory. The excluded volume interactions in dendrimers are expressed in terms of the effective co-volume between nearest non-bonded monomers, modeled through the delta function pseudopotential. These short range interactions play a decisive role in determining the mechanical moduli of dendrimers. The characteristic feature of excluded volume effect in the mechanical moduli is typically revealed in the intermediate frequency regime, where dendrimers with varied strengths of excluded volume interactions display power-law scaling relations with frequency. The value of the power-law scaling exponents for the mechanical moduli exactly matches with the earlier results for dendrimers in good solvent conditions. The mechanical moduli are dominated by the smaller eigenvalues in the low frequency region corresponding to the collective modes with smaller relaxation rates, which increase with the corresponding increase of the excluded volume interactions. The local modes are practically independent of excluded volume. A cross-over between the loss and storage moduli is observed at the intermediate frequency regime. The position of this cross-over shifts towards the low frequency region with the decrease in the strength of the excluded volume, which resembles the behavior of dendrimers with the variation of temperature as reported in an earlier experimental work. The structure of dendrimers show a conspicuous change as a function of the effective co-volume between the nearest non-bonded monomers. The real part of dielectric relaxation moduli remains unchanged by varying excluded volume parameters, while its imaginary part varies with the change in strength of excluded volumes for the entire range of frequency except in the high frequency regime. A comparison with the model semiflexible dendrimers show that in such

  3. Intramolecular relaxation of flexible dendrimers with excluded volume

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rai, Gobind Ji; Kumar, Amit; Biswas, Parbati

    2014-07-01

    The mechanical and dielectric relaxation moduli of dendrimers with the excluded volume interactions are theoretically investigated within the framework of Rouse-Zimm theory. The excluded volume interactions in dendrimers are expressed in terms of the effective co-volume between nearest non-bonded monomers, modeled through the delta function pseudopotential. These short range interactions play a decisive role in determining the mechanical moduli of dendrimers. The characteristic feature of excluded volume effect in the mechanical moduli is typically revealed in the intermediate frequency regime, where dendrimers with varied strengths of excluded volume interactions display power-law scaling relations with frequency. The value of the power-law scaling exponents for the mechanical moduli exactly matches with the earlier results for dendrimers in good solvent conditions. The mechanical moduli are dominated by the smaller eigenvalues in the low frequency region corresponding to the collective modes with smaller relaxation rates, which increase with the corresponding increase of the excluded volume interactions. The local modes are practically independent of excluded volume. A cross-over between the loss and storage moduli is observed at the intermediate frequency regime. The position of this cross-over shifts towards the low frequency region with the decrease in the strength of the excluded volume, which resembles the behavior of dendrimers with the variation of temperature as reported in an earlier experimental work. The structure of dendrimers show a conspicuous change as a function of the effective co-volume between the nearest non-bonded monomers. The real part of dielectric relaxation moduli remains unchanged by varying excluded volume parameters, while its imaginary part varies with the change in strength of excluded volumes for the entire range of frequency except in the high frequency regime. A comparison with the model semiflexible dendrimers show that in such

  4. Effects of nanoscale dispersion in the dielectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)-bentonite nanocomposites.

    PubMed

    Hernández, María C; Suárez, N; Martínez, Luis A; Feijoo, José L; Lo Mónaco, Salvador; Salazar, Norkys

    2008-05-01

    We investigate the effects of clay proportion and nanoscale dispersion in the dielectric response of poly(vinyl alcohol)-bentonite nanocomposites. The dielectric study was performed using the thermally stimulated depolarization current technique, covering the temperature range of the secondary and high-temperature relaxation processes. Important changes in the secondary relaxations are observed at low clay contents in comparison with neat poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). The high-temperature processes show a complex peak, which is a combination of the glass-rubber transition and the space-charge relaxations. The analysis of these processes shows the existence of two segmental relaxations for the nanocomposites. Dielectric results were complemented by calorimetric experiments using differential scanning calorimetry. Morphologic characterization was performed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM and XRD results show a mixture of intercalated and exfoliated clay dispersion in a trend that promotes the exfoliated phase as the bentonite content diminishes. Dielectric and morphological results indicate the existence of polymer-clay interactions through the formation of hydrogen bounds and promoted by the exfoliated dispersion of the clay. These interactions affect not only the segmental dynamics, but also the secondary local dynamics of PVA. PMID:18643091

  5. Inversion of generalized relaxation time distributions with optimized damping parameter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Florsch, Nicolas; Revil, André; Camerlynck, Christian

    2014-10-01

    Retrieving the Relaxation Time Distribution (RDT), the Grains Size Distribution (GSD) or the Pore Size Distribution (PSD) from low-frequency impedance spectra is a major goal in geophysics. The “Generalized RTD” generalizes parametric models like Cole-Cole and many others, but remains tricky to invert since this inverse problem is ill-posed. We propose to use generalized relaxation basis function (for instance by decomposing the spectra on basis of generalized Cole-Cole relaxation elements instead of the classical Debye basis) and to use the L-curve approach to optimize the damping parameter required to get smooth and realistic inverse solutions. We apply our algorithm to three examples, one synthetic and two real data sets, and the program includes the possibility of converting the RTD into GSD or PSD by choosing the value of the constant connecting the relaxation time to the characteristic polarization size of interest. A high frequencies (typically above 1 kHz), a dielectric term in taken into account in the model. The code is provided as an open Matlab source as a supplementary file associated with this paper.

  6. Low temperature dielectric and impedance studies on magnetoelectric Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 ceramic

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Shivaraja, I.; Rayaprol, Sudhindra; Angadi, Basavaraj

    2016-05-01

    The structural, microstructural, low temperature dielectric and impedance properties of Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 (PFN) ceramic prepared by single step solid-state reaction method have been investigated. Processing parameters such as calcination, sintering temperature and sintering durations were optimized to get better dielectric properties. It was found that the above ceramics sintered at 1050 °C for 4 hr exhibited single phase, maximum density and uniform microstructure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron diffraction (ND) reveals that the system exhibit single phase without any kind of secondary phases at room temperature (RT) with monoclinic crystal structure (Cm). Surface morphology of the compounds was studied by Scanning electron microscope (SEM). Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical behaviour of PFN in the frequency range from 100Hz to 1MHz and in the temperature range from 120 to 293 K. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analyzed by impedance formalisms. The complex impedance shows the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in the sample.

  7. Average-atom treatment of relaxation time in x-ray Thomson scattering from warm dense matter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johnson, W. R.; Nilsen, J.

    2016-03-01

    The influence of finite relaxation times on Thomson scattering from warm dense plasmas is examined within the framework of the average-atom approximation. Presently most calculations use the collision-free Lindhard dielectric function to evaluate the free-electron contribution to the Thomson cross section. In this work, we use the Mermin dielectric function, which includes relaxation time explicitly. The relaxation time is evaluated by treating the average atom as an impurity in a uniform electron gas and depends critically on the transport cross section. The calculated relaxation rates agree well with values inferred from the Ziman formula for the static conductivity and also with rates inferred from a fit to the frequency-dependent conductivity. Transport cross sections determined by the phase-shift analysis in the average-atom potential are compared with those evaluated in the commonly used Born approximation. The Born approximation converges to the exact cross sections at high energies; however, differences that occur at low energies lead to corresponding differences in relaxation rates. The relative importance of including relaxation time when modeling x-ray Thomson scattering spectra is examined by comparing calculations of the free-electron dynamic structure function for Thomson scattering using Lindhard and Mermin dielectric functions. Applications are given to warm dense Be plasmas, with temperatures ranging from 2 to 32 eV and densities ranging from 2 to 64 g/cc.

  8. Average-atom treatment of relaxation time in x-ray Thomson scattering from warm dense matter.

    PubMed

    Johnson, W R; Nilsen, J

    2016-03-01

    The influence of finite relaxation times on Thomson scattering from warm dense plasmas is examined within the framework of the average-atom approximation. Presently most calculations use the collision-free Lindhard dielectric function to evaluate the free-electron contribution to the Thomson cross section. In this work, we use the Mermin dielectric function, which includes relaxation time explicitly. The relaxation time is evaluated by treating the average atom as an impurity in a uniform electron gas and depends critically on the transport cross section. The calculated relaxation rates agree well with values inferred from the Ziman formula for the static conductivity and also with rates inferred from a fit to the frequency-dependent conductivity. Transport cross sections determined by the phase-shift analysis in the average-atom potential are compared with those evaluated in the commonly used Born approximation. The Born approximation converges to the exact cross sections at high energies; however, differences that occur at low energies lead to corresponding differences in relaxation rates. The relative importance of including relaxation time when modeling x-ray Thomson scattering spectra is examined by comparing calculations of the free-electron dynamic structure function for Thomson scattering using Lindhard and Mermin dielectric functions. Applications are given to warm dense Be plasmas, with temperatures ranging from 2 to 32 eV and densities ranging from 2 to 64 g/cc.

  9. Current leakage relaxation and charge trapping in ultra-porous low-k materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Borja, Juan; Plawsky, Joel L.; Lu, T.-M.; Bakhru, Hassaram; Gill, William N.

    2014-02-01

    Time dependent dielectric failure has become a pivotal aspect of interconnect design as industry pursues integration of sub-22 nm process-technology nodes. Literature has provided key information about the role played by individual species such as electrons, holes, ions, and neutral impurity atoms. However, no mechanism has been shown to describe how such species interact and influence failure. Current leakage relaxation in low-k dielectrics was studied using bipolar field experiments to gain insight into how charge carrier flow becomes impeded by defects within the dielectric matrix. Leakage current decay was correlated to injection and trapping of electrons. We show that current relaxation upon inversion of the applied field can be described by the stretched exponential function. The kinetics of charge trapping events are consistent with a time-dependent reaction rate constant, k =k0ṡ(t+1)β -1, where 0 < β < 1. Such dynamics have previously been observed in studies of charge trapping reactions in amorphous solids by W. H. Hamill and K. Funabashi, Phys. Rev. B 16, 5523-5527 (1977). We explain the relaxation process in charge trapping events by introducing a nonlinear charge trapping model. This model provides a description on the manner in which the transport of mobile defects affects the long-tail current relaxation processes in low-k films.

  10. Current leakage relaxation and charge trapping in ultra-porous low-k materials

    SciTech Connect

    Borja, Juan; Plawsky, Joel L. Gill, William N.; Lu, T.-M.; Bakhru, Hassaram

    2014-02-28

    Time dependent dielectric failure has become a pivotal aspect of interconnect design as industry pursues integration of sub-22 nm process-technology nodes. Literature has provided key information about the role played by individual species such as electrons, holes, ions, and neutral impurity atoms. However, no mechanism has been shown to describe how such species interact and influence failure. Current leakage relaxation in low-k dielectrics was studied using bipolar field experiments to gain insight into how charge carrier flow becomes impeded by defects within the dielectric matrix. Leakage current decay was correlated to injection and trapping of electrons. We show that current relaxation upon inversion of the applied field can be described by the stretched exponential function. The kinetics of charge trapping events are consistent with a time-dependent reaction rate constant, k=k{sub 0}⋅(t+1){sup β−1}, where 0 < β < 1. Such dynamics have previously been observed in studies of charge trapping reactions in amorphous solids by W. H. Hamill and K. Funabashi, Phys. Rev. B 16, 5523–5527 (1977). We explain the relaxation process in charge trapping events by introducing a nonlinear charge trapping model. This model provides a description on the manner in which the transport of mobile defects affects the long-tail current relaxation processes in low-k films.

  11. Characteristic length scales of the secondary relaxations in glass-forming glycerol.

    PubMed

    Gupta, S; Mamontov, E; Jalarvo, N; Stingaciu, L; Ohl, M

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the secondary relaxations and their link to the main structural relaxation in glass-forming liquids using glycerol as a model system. We analyze the incoherent neutron scattering signal dependence on the scattering momentum transfer, Q , in order to obtain the characteristic length scale for different secondary relaxations. Such a capability of neutron scattering makes it somewhat unique and highly complementary to the traditional techniques of glass physics, such as light scattering and broadband dielectric spectroscopy, which provide information on the time scale, but not the length scales, of relaxation processes. The choice of suitable neutron scattering techniques depends on the time scale of the relaxation of interest. We use neutron backscattering to identify the characteristic length scale of 0.7 Å for the faster secondary relaxation described in the framework of the mode-coupling theory (MCT). Neutron spin-echo is employed to probe the slower secondary relaxation of the excess wing type at a low temperature ( ∼ 1.13T g . The characteristic length scale for this excess wing dynamics is approximately 4.7 Å. Besides the Q -dependence, the direct coupling of neutron scattering signal to density fluctuation makes this technique indispensable for measuring the length scale of the microscopic relaxation dynamics. PMID:27021657

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    Ngai, K. L.

    2015-03-21

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

  14. Challenging lanthanide relaxation theory: erbium and thulium complexes that show NMR relaxation rates faster than dysprosium and terbium analogues.

    PubMed

    Funk, Alexander M; Harvey, Peter; Finney, Katie-Louise N A; Fox, Mark A; Kenwright, Alan M; Rogers, Nicola J; Senanayake, P Kanthi; Parker, David

    2015-07-01

    Measurements of the proton NMR paramagnetic relaxation rates for several series of isostructural lanthanide(III) complexes have been performed in aqueous solution over the field range 1.0 to 16.5 Tesla. The field dependence has been modeled using Bloch-Redfield-Wangsness theory, allowing values for the electronic relaxation time, Tle and the magnetic susceptibility, μeff, to be estimated. Anomalous relaxation rate profiles were obtained, notably for erbium and thulium complexes of low symmetry 8-coordinate aza-phosphinate complexes. Such behaviour challenges accepted theory and can be interpreted in terms of changes in Tle values that are a function of the transient ligand field induced by solvent collision and vary considerably between Ln(3+) ions, along with magnetic susceptibilities that deviate significantly from free-ion values. PMID:26051749

  15. Cobalt iron-oxide nanoparticle modified poly(methyl methacrylate) nanodielectrics. Dielectric and electrical insulation properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tuncer, Enis; Rondinone, Adam J.; Woodward, Jonathan; Sauers, Isidor; James, D. Randy; Ellis, Alvin R.

    2009-03-01

    In this paper, we report the dielectric properties of composite systems (nanodielectrics) made of small amounts of mono dispersed magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a polymer matrix. It is observed from the transmission electron microscope images that the matrix polymeric material is confined in approximately 100 nm size cages between particle clusters. The particle clusters are composed of separated spherical particles which comprise unconnected networks in the matrix. The dielectric relaxation and breakdown characteristics of the matrix polymeric material are altered with the addition of nanometer size cobalt iron-oxide particles. The dielectric breakdown measurements performed at 77 K showed that these nanodielectrics are potentially useful as an electrical insulation material for cryogenic high voltage applications. Finally, structural and dielectric properties of nanocomposite dielectrics are discussed to present plausible reasons for the observed low effective dielectric permittivity values in the present and similar nanodielectric systems. It is concluded that polymeric nanoparticle composites would have low dielectric permittivity regardless of the permittivity of nanoparticles are when the particles are coordinated with a low dielectric permittivity surfactant.

  16. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  17. Probing of structural relaxation times in the glassy state of sucrose and trehalose based on dynamical properties of two secondary relaxation processes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaminski, K.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Kaminska, E.; Paluch, M.

    2011-06-01

    Time-dependent isothermal dielectric measurements were carried out deeply in the glassy state on two very important saccharides: sucrose and trehalose. In both compounds two prominent secondary relaxation processes were identified. The faster one is an inherent feature of the whole family of carbohydrates. The slower one can also be detected in oligo- and polysaccharides. It was shown earlier that the β process is the Johari-Goldstein (JG) relaxation coupled to motions of the glycosidic linkage, while the γ relaxation originates from motions of the exocyclic hydroxymethyl unit. Recently, it was shown that the JG relaxation process can be used to determine structural relaxation times in the glassy state [R. Casalini and C. M. Roland, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.102.035701 102, 035701 (2009)]. In this paper we present the results of an analysis of the data obtained during aging using two independent approaches. The first was proposed by Casalini and Roland, and the second one is based on the variation of the dielectric strength of the secondary relaxation process during aging [J. K. Vij and G. Power, J. Non-Cryst. SolidsJNCSBJ0022-309310.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2010.07.067 357, 783 (2011)]. Surprisingly, we found that the estimated structural relaxation times in the glassy state of both saccharides are almost the same, independent of the type of secondary mode. This finding calls into question the common view that secondary modes of intramolecular origin do not provide information about the dynamics of the glassy state.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bergman, Rikard; Jansson, Helén; Swenson, Jan

    2010-01-01

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

  19. Dielectric properties of epoxy resin fly ash composite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2016-02-01

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

  20. Mirror cosmological relaxation of the electroweak scale

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsedonskyi, Oleksii

    2016-01-01

    The cosmological relaxation mechanism proposed in [1] allows for a dynamically generated large separation between the weak scale and a theory cutoff, using a sharp change of theory behaviour upon crossing the limit between unbroken and broken symmetry phases. In this note we present a variation of this scenario, in which stabilization of the electroweak scale in the right place is ensured by the Z 2 symmetry exchanging the Standard Model (SM) with its mirror copy. We sketch the possible ways to produce viable thermal evolution of the Universe and discuss experimental accessibility of the new physics effects. We show that in this scenario the mirror SM can either have sizeable couplings with the ordinary one, or, conversely, can interact with it with a negligible strength. The overall cutoff allowed by such a construction can reach 109 GeV.