Sample records for bulk dielectric polarization

  1. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon PD transients

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    Pedersen, Aage; Crichton, George C; McAllister, Iain Wilson


    associated with the actual space charge in the void, and one related to changes in the bulk polarization brought about by changes in the field external to the void due to this space charge. The magnitude of the induced charge and its components are discussed in relation to a heterogeneous bulk dielectric...

  2. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon partial discharge transients effect of heterogeneous dielectric geometry

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton, George C.


    in the polarization of the bulk dielectric. These changes are brought about by the field produced by the space charge. The magnitude of the induced charge and its components are examined for several heterogeneous dielectric systems. It is demonstrated that, in relation to a homogeneous dielectric system......, the magnitude of the induced charge either increases or decreases depending on the ratio of the dielectric permittivities and within which dielectric the void is located. It is shown that this behavior is directly related to the magnitude and polarity of the polarization component of the induced charge....... Furthermore, we demonstrate that the geometry of the dielectric system and the physical dimensions of the different dielectrics influence in a similar manner the magnitude of the induced charge, although to a lesser degree....

  3. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon PD transients: Effect of multiple dielectric layers

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton - Fratrådt, George C


    with the actual space charge in the void and one related to changes in the polarization δP&oarr; of the bulk dielectric. These changes are brought about by changes in the field external to the void, which in turn are due to the void space charge. The magnitude of the induced charge component due to δ......P&oarr; is discussed in relation to a three-layer bulk dielectric....

  4. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon partial discharge transients: Effect of void geometry and orientation

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton, G.C.


    The induced charge arising from a partial discharge consists of 2 components. One is associated with the actual space charge in the void. The other is related to changes in the polarization of the bulk dielectric. These changes are a direct consequence of the field produced by the space charge. T...

  5. Spin waves and dielectric softening of polar molecule condensates. (United States)

    Wilson, Ryan M; Peden, Brandon M; Clark, Charles W; Rittenhouse, Seth T


    We consider an oblate Bose-Einstein condensate of heteronuclear polar molecules in a weak applied electric field. This system supports a rich quasiparticle spectrum that plays a critical role in determining its bulk dielectric properties. In particular, in sufficiently weak fields the system undergoes a polarization wave rotonization, leading to the development of textured electronic structure and a dielectric instability that is characteristic of the onset of a negative static dielectric function.

  6. Dynamic dielectric and magnetic properties of a spontaneously polarized single layer of the polar dielectric (United States)

    Mkrtchian, Vanik E.; Badalyan, Hamlet G.


    In the framework of the Debye-Smoluchowski theory and in local electric field approximation, an expression of the dielectric susceptibility tensor is derived for a single layer of spontaneously polarized polar dielectric in the field of a monochromatic radiation. It is shown that the AC radiation also generates or induces magnetic moments with a density that is expressed by the components of the dielectric susceptibility tensor of the layer.

  7. Partial discharges and bulk dielectric field enhancement

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Johansson, Torben


    A consequence of partial discharge activity within a gaseous void is the production of a field enhancement in the solid dielectric in the proximity of the void. This situation arises due to the charge created by the partial discharges accumulating at the void wall. The influence of the spatial...

  8. Interface control of bulk ferroelectric polarization

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    Yu, P [University of California, Berkeley; Luo, Weidong [ORNL; Yi, D. [University of California, Berkeley; Zhang, J.-X. [University of California, Berkeley; Rossell, M.D. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Yang, C.-H. [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; You, L. [University of California, Berkeley; Singh-Bhalla, G. B. [University of California, Berkeley & LBNL; Yang, S.Y [University of California, Berkeley; He, Q [University of California, Berkeley; Ramasse, Q. M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Erni, R. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Martin, L. W. [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Chu, Y. H. [University of California, Berkeley; Pantelides, Sokrates T [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Ramesh, R. [University of California, Berkeley


    The control of material interfaces at the atomic level has led to no- vel interfacial properties and functionalities. In particular, the study of polar discontinuities at interfaces between complex oxides lies at the frontier of modern condensed matter research. Here we em- ploy a combination of experimental measurements and theoretical calculations to demonstrate the control of a bulk property, namely ferroelectric polarization, of a heteroepitaxial bilayer by precise atomic-scale interface engineering. More specifically, the control is achieved by exploiting the interfacial valence mismatch to influence the electrostatic potential step across the interface, which manifests itself as the biased-voltage in ferroelectric hysteresis loops and determines the ferroelectric state. A broad study of diverse systems comprising different ferroelectrics and conducting perovskite un- derlayers extends the generality of this phenomenon.

  9. On the Modeling of Polar Component of Solvation Energy using Smooth Gaussian-Based Dielectric Function. (United States)

    Li, Lin; Li, Chuan; Alexov, Emil


    Traditional implicit methods for modeling electrostatics in biomolecules use a two-dielectric approach: a biomolecule is assigned low dielectric constant while the water phase is considered as a high dielectric constant medium. However, such an approach treats the biomolecule-water interface as a sharp dielectric border between two homogeneous dielectric media and does not account for inhomogeneous dielectric properties of the macromolecule as well. Recently we reported a new development, a smooth Gaussian-based dielectric function which treats the entire system, the solute and the water phase, as inhomogeneous dielectric medium (J Chem Theory Comput. 2013 Apr 9; 9(4): 2126-2136.). Here we examine various aspects of the modeling of polar solvation energy in such inhomogeneous systems in terms of the solute-water boundary and the inhomogeneity of the solute in the absence of water surrounding. The smooth Gaussian-based dielectric function is implemented in the DelPhi finite-difference program, and therefore the sensitivity of the results with respect to the grid parameters is investigated, and it is shown that the calculated polar solvation energy is almost grid independent. Furthermore, the results are compared with the standard two-media model and it is demonstrated that on average, the standard method overestimates the magnitude of the polar solvation energy by a factor 2.5. Lastly, the possibility of the solute to have local dielectric constant larger than of a bulk water is investigated in a benchmarking test against experimentally determined set of pKa's and it is speculated that side chain rearrangements could result in local dielectric constant larger than 80.

  10. Towards all-dielectric, polarization-independent optical cloaks

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    Andkjær, Jacob Anders; Mortensen, N. Asger; Sigmund, Ole


    . Scattering from cylinder and cloak is reduced for an H-z-polarized wave compared to an E-z-polarized wave by taking advantage of the surface mode at the perfectly electric conducting boundary. Perhaps contrary to simple intuition, fully enclosed, all-dielectric, low-contrast cloaks cannot be designed......Fully enclosing, all-dielectric cloaks working for both E-z and H-z polarizations simultaneously are presented in this letter. The cloaks are effective for two antiparallel angles of incidence, and the layout of standard dielectric material in the cloak is determined by topology optimization...

  11. Dielectric anisotropy in polar solvents under external fields (United States)

    Buyukdagli, Sahin


    We investigate dielectric saturation and increment in polar liquids under external fields. We couple a previously introduced dipolar solvent model to a uniform electric field and derive the electrostatic kernel of interacting dipoles. This procedure allows an unambiguous definition of the liquid dielectric permittivity embodying non-linear dielectric response and correlation effects. We find that the presence of the external field results in a dielectric anisotropy characterized by a two-component dielectric permittivity tensor. The increase of the electric field amplifies the permittivity component parallel to the field direction, i.e. dielectric increment is observed along the field. However, the perpendicular component is lowered below the physiological permittivity {{\\varepsilon}w}≈ 77 , indicating dielectric saturation perpendicular to the field. By comparison with Molecular Dynamics simulations from the literature, we show that the mean-field level dielectric response theory underestimates dielectric saturation. The inclusion of dipolar correlations at the weak-coupling level intensify the mean-field level dielectric saturation and improves the agreement with simulation data at weak electric fields. The correlation-corrected theory predicts as well the presence of a metastable configuration corresponding to the antiparallel alignment of dipoles with the field. This prediction can be verified by solvent-explicit simulations where solvent molecules are expected to be trapped transiently in this metastable state.

  12. Design of non-polarizing cut-off filters based on dielectric-metal-dielectric stacks. (United States)

    Cai, Qing-Yuan; Luo, Hai-Han; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Liu, Ding-Quan


    Cut-off filters are usually operating at oblique incidence and exhibit polarization dependence properties. We propose a simple approach to design cut-off filters with low linear polarization sensitivity (LPS) based on dielectric-metal-dielectric (DMD) stacks. The designing method is derived from the theory of optical film characteristic matrix. The admittance loci of the film are adjusted to achieve similar spectral properties of s- and p-polarized light at oblique incidence. Different film structures are designed non-polarizing at different angles of incidence with the method. The results show that the designing method is efficient for designing non-polarizing cut-off filters, which are widely used in non-polarizing optical system.

  13. Dielectric relaxation phenomena of rigid polar liquid molecules ...

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    The dielectric relaxation phenomena of rigid polar liquid molecules chloral and ethyltrichloroacetate () in benzene, -hexane and -heptane () under 4.2, 9.8 and 24.6 GHz electric fields at 30°C are studied to show the possible existence of double relaxation times 2 and 1 for rotations of the whole and the flexible ...

  14. Asymmetric transmission of terahertz waves using polar dielectrics. (United States)

    Serebryannikov, Andriy E; Ozbay, Ekmel; Nojima, Shunji


    Asymmetric wave transmission is a Lorentz reciprocal phenomenon, which can appear in the structures with broken symmetry. It may enable high forward-to-backward transmittance contrast, while transmission for one of the two opposite incidence directions is blocked. In this paper, it is demonstrated that ultrawideband, high-contrast asymmetric wave transmission can be obtained at terahertz frequencies in the topologically simple, i.e., one- or two-layer nonsymmetric gratings, which are entirely or partially made of a polar dielectric working in the ultralow-ε regime inspired by phonon-photon coupling. A variety of polar dielectrics with different characteristics can be used that gives one a big freedom concerning design. Simple criteria for estimating possible usefulness of a certain polar dielectric are suggested. Contrasts exceeding 80dB can be easily achieved without a special parameter adjustment. Stacking a high-ε corrugated layer with a noncorrugated layer made of a polar dielectric, one can enhance transmission in the unidirectional regime. At large and intermediate angles of incidence, a better performance can be obtained owing to the common effect of nonsymmetric diffractions and directional selectivity, which is connected with the dispersion of the ultralow-ε material. At normal incidence, strong asymmetry in transmission may occur in the studied structures as a purely diffraction effect.

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

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    Duan, Hai-Bao, E-mail:; Yu, Shan-Shan; Zhou, Hong


    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.

  16. Broadband highly-efficient dielectric metadevices for polarization control

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    Kruk, Sergey; Kravchenko, Ivan; Miroshnichenko, Andrey; Neshev, Dragomir N; Kivshar, Yuri S


    Metadevices based on dielectric nanostructured surfaces with both electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances have resulted in the best efficiency to date for functional flat optics with only one disadvantage: narrow operational bandwidth. Here we experimentally demonstrate broadband transparent all-dielectric metasurfaces for highly efficient polarization manipulation. We utilize the generalized Huygens principle with a superposition of the scattering contributions from several electric and magnetic multipolar modes of the constituent meta-atoms to achieve destructive interference in reflection over a large spectral bandwidth. By employing this novel concept, we demonstrate reflectionless (~90% transmission) half-wave plates, quarter-wave plates, and vector beam q-plates that can operate across multiple telecom bands with ~99% polarization conversion efficiency.

  17. Horizontal bridges in polar dielectric liquids

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    Woisetschlaeger, Jakob [Graz University of Technology, Experimental Turbomachinery Research and Optical Measurement Group, Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics, Graz (Austria); Wexler, Adam D.; Fuchs, Elmar C. [Wetsus, Center of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, Leeuwarden (Netherlands); Holler, Gert [Graz University of Technology, Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz (Austria); Eisenhut, Mathias [Graz University of Technology, Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Graz (Austria); Gatterer, Karl [Graz University of Technology, Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Graz (Austria)


    When a high-voltage direct-current is applied to two beakers filled with polar liquid dielectrica like water or methanol, a horizontal bridge forms between the two beakers. By repeating a version of Pellat's experiment, it is shown that a horizontal bridge is stable by the action of electrohydrodynamic pressure. Thus, the static and dynamic properties of the phenomenon called a 'floating water bridge' can be explained by the gradient of Maxwell pressure, replenishing the liquid within the bridge against any drainage mechanism. It is also shown that a number of liquids can form stable and long horizontal bridges. The stability of such a connection, and the asymmetry in mass flow through such bridges caused by the formation of ion clouds in the vicinity of the electrodes, is also discussed by two further experiments. (orig.)

  18. PD-related stresses in the bulk dielectric and their evaluation

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    Pedersen, Aage; Crichton - Fratrådt, George C; McAllister, Iain Wilson


    The application of electromagnetic field theory to the subject of partial discharges shows that discharging in a void generates large field distortions within the bulk dielectric in the proximity of the void. Such inherent over-stressing of a dielectric could be the effect which triggers the onset...... of electrical treeing and other damaging processes, and which subsequently precipitates the breakdown of the insulation. If there were a train of partial discharge events per power frequency cycle, then, during each half period, these events would lead to cumulative stress levels within the solid dielectric...

  19. Existence conditions for bulk large-wavevector waves in metal-dielectric and graphene-dielectric multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    -dielectric and recently introduced graphene-dielectric stacks. We confirm that short-range surface plasmons in thin metal layers can give rise to hyperbolic metamaterial properties and demonstrate that long-range surface plasmons cannot. We also show that graphene-dielectric multilayers tend to support high-k waves...... and explore the range of parameters, where this is possible, confirming the prospects of using graphene for materials with hyperbolic dispersion. The suggested formalism is applicable to a large variety of structures, such as continuous or structured microwave, terahertz (THz) and optical metamaterials......We theoretically investigate general existence conditions for broadband bulk large-wavevector (high-k) propagating waves (such as volume plasmon polaritons in hyperbolic metamaterials) in arbitrary subwavelength periodic multilayers structures. Treating the elementary excitation in the unit cell...

  20. A New Wideband Circularly Polarized Dielectric Resonator Antenna

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    Full Text Available A wideband and compact circularly polarized (CP C-shaped dielectric resonator antenna (DRA is presented. The proposed C-shaped DR is excited by a simple stripe line connected to a coplanar waveguide (CPW feeding line. The C-shaped DRA is circularly polarized with 19% axial ratio (AR bandwidth. It is found that the CP bandwidth can be expanded by using a narrow short circuit strip. The final design achieves CP with 50% AR bandwidth. The proposed circularly polarized DRA (CPDRA with good radiation characteristics offers an impedance bandwidth of 58% between 3.45 and 6.26 GHz for VSWR ≤ 2. The proposed DRA is fabricated and tested. Very good agreement between simulated and measured results is obtained.

  1. Direct measurement of the dielectric polarization properties of DNA (United States)

    Cuervo, Ana; Dans, Pablo D.; Carrascosa, José L.; Orozco, Modesto; Gomila, Gabriel; Fumagalli, Laura


    The electric polarizability of DNA, represented by the dielectric constant, is a key intrinsic property that modulates DNA interaction with effector proteins. Surprisingly, it has so far remained unknown owing to the lack of experimental tools able to access it. Here, we experimentally resolved it by detecting the ultraweak polarization forces of DNA inside single T7 bacteriophages particles using electrostatic force microscopy. In contrast to the common assumption of low-polarizable behavior like proteins (εr ∼ 2–4), we found that the DNA dielectric constant is ∼8, considerably higher than the value of ∼3 found for capsid proteins. State-of-the-art molecular dynamic simulations confirm the experimental findings, which result in sensibly decreased DNA interaction free energy than normally predicted by Poisson–Boltzmann methods. Our findings reveal a property at the basis of DNA structure and functions that is needed for realistic theoretical descriptions, and illustrate the synergetic power of scanning probe microscopy and theoretical computation techniques. PMID:25136104

  2. Raman and dielectric studies of GdMnO3 bulk ceramics synthesized from nano powders (United States)

    Samantaray, S.; Mishra, D. K.; Roul, B. K.


    Nanocrystalline GdMnO3 (GMO) powders has been synthesized by a simple chemical route i. e. pyrophoric reaction technique and then sintered in the form of bulk pellet at 850°C for 24 hours by adopting slow step sintering schedule. It is observed that by reducing the particles size, chemical route enhances the mixing process as well as decreasing the sintering temperature to get single phase material system in compared to the polycrystalline sample prepared directly from the micron sized commercial powder. Raman spectroscopic studies confirm that the sample is in single phase without any detectable impurity. Frequency dependent dielectric properties i.e., dielectric constant (K) and dielectric loss (tanδ) of GMO ceramics sintered at 850°C for 24 hours were studied at room temperature. The sample showed high K value (˜2736) in the frequency of 100 Hz at room temperature.

  3. Polarization insensitive metamaterial absorber based on E-shaped all-dielectric structure (United States)

    Li, Liyang; Wang, Jun; Ma, Hua; Wang, Jiafu; Du, Hongliang; Qu, Shaobo


    In this paper, we designed a metamaterial absorber performed in microwave frequency band. This absorber is composed of E-shaped dielectrics which are arranged along different directions. The E-shaped all-dielectric structure is made of microwave ceramics with high permittivity and low loss. Within about 1 GHz frequency band, more than 86% absorption efficiency was observed for this metamaterial absorber. This absorber is polarization insensitive and is stable for incident angles. It is figured out that the polarization insensitive absorption is caused by the nearly located varied resonant modes which are excited by the E-shaped all-dielectric resonators with the same size but in the different direction. The E-shaped dielectric absorber contains intensive resonant points. Our research work paves a way for designing all-dielectric absorber.

  4. Dielectric polarization transients in biological tissue moving in a static magnetic field. (United States)

    Jokela, Kari; Laakso, Ilkka


    Movement of a body in a static magnetic field gives rise to the Lorentz force that induces in the medium both electric currents and dielectric polarization. It is usually assumed that the conductivity of biological tissues is sufficiently high in order to neglect dielectric phenomenon arising from non-equilibrium of polarization charges. However, the permittivity of biological tissues is extremely high and the relaxation time of free charges is relatively low. In this study, we examined the effect of dielectric polarization on the electric field (EF) induced by human movements in a strong magnetic field (MF). Analytic equations for brain and bone equivalent spheres translating and rotating in a uniform MF were derived from Maxwell equations. Several examples were computed by using Fast Fourier Transform to examine transient dielectric effects in a time domain. The results showed that dielectric polarization transients do arise, but in the case of homogeneous medium, they are vanishingly small. In contrast, the local dielectric transients are not vanishingly small in heterogeneous medium. However, due to limited acceleration and deceleration of normal human movements, the transients are relatively small, at maximum a few dozen percent of the EF induced by the change of the magnetic flux. Taking into account the high uncertainty in numerical simulation, the dielectric transients can be neglected in the case of biological materials but not in the case of many non-biological materials of low conductivity. Bioelectromagnetics. 37:409-422, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Dielectric process of space-charge polarization for an electrolytic cell with blocking electrodes. (United States)

    Sawada, Atsushi


    The dielectric process of space-charge polarization for an electrolytic cell with blocking electrodes is simulated considering bound charges externally supplied to the electrodes. A numerical calculation is performed to determine the distribution of mobile charges under an ac field satisfying Poisson's equation in which the dielectric constant varies with frequency. An exact frequency-dependent curve of the complex dielectric constant is obtained by including the contribution of bound charges induced by the space-charge polarization itself in Poisson's equation at every frequency. The present model of the space-charge polarization enables one to correctly understand the experimental results on the complex dielectric constant of electrolytic cells in low-frequency regions.

  6. Dielectric and electrical conductivity studies of bulk lead (II) oxide (PbO)

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    Darwish, A.A.A., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education at Al-Mahweet, Sana’a University, Al-Mahwit (Yemen); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, P.O. Box 741, Tabuk 71491, Tabuk (Saudi Arabia); El-Zaidia, E.F.M.; El-Nahass, M.M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Rorxy, Cairo 11757 (Egypt); Hanafy, T.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, P.O. Box 741, Tabuk 71491, Tabuk (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Fayoum University, 63514 El Fayoum (Egypt); Al-Zubaidi, A.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, P.O. Box 741, Tabuk 71491, Tabuk (Saudi Arabia)


    Highlights: • The AC measurements of PbO were measured at temperature range 313–523 K. • The dielectric constants increased with temperature. • The mechanism responsible for AC conduction is electronic hopping. -- Abstract: The dielectric properties, the impedance spectroscopy and AC conductivity of bulk PbO have been investigated as a function of frequency and temperature. The measurements were carried out in the frequency range from 40 to 5 × 10{sup 6} Hz and in temperature range from 313 to 523 K. The frequency response of dielectric constant, ε{sub 1}, and dielectric loss index, ε{sub 2}, as a function of temperature were studied. The values of ε{sub 1} and ε{sub 2} were found to decrease with the increase in frequency. However, they increase with the increase in temperature. The presence of a single arc in the complex modulus spectrum at different temperatures confirms the single-phase character of the PbO. The AC conductivity exhibited a universal dynamic response: σ{sub AC} = Aω{sup s}. The AC conductivity was also found to increase with increasing temperature and frequency. The correlation barrier hopping (CBH) model was found to apply to the AC conductivity data. The calculated values of s were decreased with temperature. This behavior reveals that the conduction mechanism for PbO samples is CBH. The activation energy for AC conductivity decreases with increasing frequency. This confirms that the hopping conduction to the dominant mechanism for PbO samples.

  7. Effects of pulse polarity on nanosecond pulse driven dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators (United States)

    Dawson, Robyn A.; Little, Jesse


    Nanosecond pulse driven dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators are studied in quiescent air using a power supply capable of producing negative and positive polarity waveforms. High voltage pulses are applied to the exposed electrode of typical asymmetric actuator geometry. In addition to polarity, the effects of pulse amplitude, actuator length, and dielectric thickness are also investigated. Schlieren images are used to estimate the relative near surface gas heating, while electrical measurements are acquired simultaneously. Negative polarity pulses develop slightly more energy per unit length for thin dielectrics, while positive polarity is slightly higher for thick dielectrics. In most cases, the difference in per unit length energy produced by positive and negative pulses on equivalent actuators is not outside the measurement uncertainty. Negative polarity pulses are found to produce a stronger pressure wave for a given peak voltage and pulse energy across the test matrix. Results indicate that the negative polarity pulse more efficiently couples electrical energy to the near surface gas as heat. This suggests negative polarity pulses may be preferred for aerodynamic flow control applications employing this actuator arrangement.

  8. Terahertz polarization converter based on all-dielectric high birefringence metamaterial with elliptical air holes

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    Zi, Jianchen


    Metamaterials have been widely applied in the polarization conversion of terahertz (THz) waves. However, common plasmonic metamaterials usually work as reflective devices and have low transmissions. All-dielectric metamaterials can overcome these shortcomings. An all-dielectric metamaterial based on silicon with elliptical air holes is reported to achieve high artificial birefringence at THz frequencies. Simulations show that with appropriate structural parameters the birefringence of the dielectric metamaterial can remain flat and is above 0.7 within a broad band. Moreover, the metamaterial can be designed as a broadband quarter wave plate. A sample metamaterial was fabricated and tested to prove the validity of the simulations, and the sample could work as a quarter wave plate at 1.76 THz. The all-dielectric metamaterial that we proposed is of great significance for high performance THz polarization converters.

  9. Concentration polarization, surface currents, and bulk advection in a microchannel

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    Nielsen, Christoffer Peder; Bruus, Henrik


    . A remarkable outcome of the investigations is the discovery of strong couplings between bulk advection and the surface current; without a surface current, bulk advection is strongly suppressed. The numerical simulations are supplemented by analytical models valid in the long channel limit as well...... as in the limit of negligible surface charge. By including the effects of diffusion and advection in the diffuse part of the electric double layers, we extend a recently published analytical model of overlimiting current due to surface conduction....

  10. Dielectric and metal target identification based on polarized light scattering analysis: a numerical study (United States)

    Yan, Zhen-Gang; Sun, Weiping; Ren, Meng; Lv, Hongpeng; Li, Jie; Xue, Liang; Yan, Keding; Wang, Shouyu


    In order to quantitatively analyze scattering from two dimensional randomly rough Gaussian surfaces, Kirchhoff approximation method is adopted in numerical calculation for analyzing full angular Stokes vectors of light scattering. With studying both the p- and s-polarized scattering fields from various materials such as metals and dielectrics, it is found that V components of scattering light from metals and dielectrics are different. Via analytical calculation according to slope probability density, the V component difference is attributed to refractive index of materials. Both numerical and analytical calculations prove the V component difference in light scattering can act as a criterion for metal and dielectric identification.

  11. All-dielectric metasurface realizing giant asymmetric transmission for linearly polarized wave (United States)

    Pan, Weikang; Kang, Yuanyuan; Wang, Chuan; Tang, Dengfei; Dong, Jianfeng


    In this paper, a kind of chiral all-dielectric metasurface is demonstrated numerically to achieve giant asymmetric transmission (AT) in fiber communication region. The incoming polarized electromagnetic wave excites magnetic and electric resonances and the resonances in AT spectrum coincide with eigen frequencies of this structure. The all dielectric metasurface shows more excellent properties compared with its metal counterpart. AT is influenced significantly by material permittivity as well as unit cell period. The concept of all-dielectric metasurface offers a new way to manipulate electromagnetic waves and the phenomenon remains effective in other frequencies.

  12. Photoinduced Bulk Polarization and Its Effects on Photovoltaic Actions in Perovskite Solar Cells. (United States)

    Wu, Ting; Collins, Liam; Zhang, Jia; Lin, Pei-Ying; Ahmadi, Mahshid; Jesse, Stephen; Hu, Bin


    This article reports an experimental demonstration of photoinduced bulk polarization in hysteresis-free methylammonium (MA) lead-halide perovskite solar cells [ITO/PEDOT:PSS/perovskite/PCBM/PEI/Ag]. An anomalous capacitance-voltage (CV) signal is observed as a broad "shoulder" in the depletion region from -0.5 to +0.5 V under photoexcitation based on CV measurements where a dc bias is gradually scanned to continuously drift mobile ions in order to detect local polarization under a low alternating bias (50 mV, 5 kHz). Essentially, gradually scanning the dc bias and applying a low alternating bias can separately generate continuously drifting ions and a bulk CV signal from local polarization under photoexcitation. Particularly, when the device efficiency is improved from 12.41% to 18.19% upon chlorine incorporation, this anomalous CV signal can be enhanced by a factor of 3. This anomalous CV signal can be assigned as the signature of photoinduced bulk polarization by distinguishing from surface polarization associated with interfacial charge accumulation. Meanwhile, replacing easy-rotational MA(+) with difficult-rotational formamidinium (FA(+)) cations largely minimizes such anomalous CV signal, suggesting that photoinduced bulk polarization relies on the orientational freedom of dipolar organic cations. Furthermore, a Kelvin probe force microscopy study shows that chlorine incorporation can suppress the density of charged defects and thus enhances photoinduced bulk polarization due to the reduced screening effect from charged defects. A bias-dependent photoluminescence study indicates that increasing bulk polarization can suppress carrier recombination by decreasing charge capture probability through the Coulombic screening effect. Clearly, our studies provide an insightful understanding of photoinduced bulk polarization and its effects on photovoltaic actions in perovskite solar cells.

  13. Polarization control of high transmission/reflection switching by all-dielectric metasurfaces (United States)

    Shibanuma, Toshihiko; Maier, Stefan A.; Albella, Pablo


    Metasurfaces built of high refractive dielectric nanostructures could play a key role in controlling the electromagnetic wave propagation, due to their low energy losses and their ability to excite not only electric but also magnetic resonances. In this study, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate that an array of high-index dielectric nanodimers can perform as tuneable metasurfaces that can be switched from a high transmitter to a high reflector, by just changing the linear polarization of excitation. The incident polarization alters the hybridization mode of the excited electric and magnetic dipoles in the dimer, and this leads to either spectral overlap or separation of the two dipoles. The hybridization of the electric and magnetic modes modifies the effective permittivity and permeability of the tuneable dielectric metasurface, exhibiting the high transmission and reflection that can be easily switched by simply changing the linear polarization.

  14. High-Efficiency Dielectric Metasurfaces for Polarization-Dependent Terahertz Wavefront Manipulation

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    Zhang, Huifang


    Recently, metasurfaces made up of dielectric structures have drawn enormous attentions in the optical and infrared regimes due to their high efficiency and designing freedom in manipulating light propagation. Such advantages can also be introduced to terahertz frequencies where efficient functional devices are still lacking. Here, polarization-dependent all-silicon terahertz dielectric metasurfaces are proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The metasurfaces are composed of anisotropic rectangular-shaped silicon pillars on silicon substrate. Each metasurface holds dual different functions depending on the incident polarizations. Furthermore, to suppress the reflection loss and multireflection effect in practical applications, a high-performance polarization-independent antireflection silicon pillar array is also proposed, which can be patterned at the other side of the silicon substrate. Such all-silicon dielectric metasurfaces are easy to fabricate and can be very promising in developing next-generation efficient, compact, and low-cost terahertz functional devices.

  15. Ac conductivity and dielectric properties of bulk tin phthalocyanine dichloride (SnPcCl{sub 2})

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    El-Nahass, M.M.; Farid, A.M.; Abd El-Rahman, K.F. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11757 Cairo (Egypt); Ali, H.A.M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11757 Cairo (Egypt)], E-mail:


    The ac conductivity, {sigma}{sub ac}({omega}), has been measured for bulk tin phthalocyanine dichloride (SnPcCl{sub 2}) in the form of compressed pellet with evaporated ohmic Au electrodes in a temperature range 303-403 K. Ac conductivity, {sigma}{sub ac}({omega}), is found to vary as {omega}{sup s} in the frequency range 42 Hz-5x10{sup 6} Hz. At low range of frequency, s<1 and it decreases with the increase in temperature indicating a dominant hopping process. At high range of frequency, s is found to be equal to {approx}1.09 and is temperature independent. The dielectric constant, {epsilon}{sub 1}, and dialectic loss, {epsilon}{sub 2}, have been determined for bulk SnPcCl{sub 2}. Both {epsilon}{sub 1} and {epsilon}{sub 2} decrease with the increase in frequency and increase with the increase in temperature. The Cole-Cole types have been used to determine some parameters such as; the macroscopic relaxation time ({tau}{sub o}), the molecular relaxation time ({tau}), the activation energy for relaxation (E{sub o}) and the distribution parameter ({alpha}). The temperature dependence of {tau} is expressed by a thermally activated process with the activation energy of 0.299 eV.

  16. Dielectric interfaces in DC constructions : Space charge and polarization phenomena

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    Morshuis, P.H.F.; Bodega, R.; Fabiani, D.; Montanari, G.C.; Dissado, L.A.; Smit, J.J.


    Interfaces between dielectrics are considered one of the weakest parts of an insulation system but their behavior under electrical stress is not yet completely understood. In particular, when a dc voltage is applied, the electric field distribution at the interface is quite difficult to predict.

  17. Studies of linear correlation factor of dielectric polarization and ...

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    observed. The dipolar excess free energy of mixing in a given solvent is of the order primary amide > secondary amide > tertiary amide. Keywords. Dielectric constants; amides; Kirkwood–Frohlich correlation factor; Eyring's significant structure theory; dipolar excess free energies. PACS Nos 42.25.Ja; 61.20.Ne; 61.25.Em. 1.

  18. Dielectric constant of graphene-on-polarized substrate: A tight ...

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    Sivabrata Sahu

    Corresponding author. E-mail: Published online 24 June 2017. Abstract. We report here a microscopic tight-binding theoretical study of the dynamic dielectric response of graphene-on-polarizable substrate with impurity. The Hamiltonian consists of first, second and third nearest- neighbour electron hopping ...

  19. Dielectric constant of graphene-on-polarized substrate: A tight ...

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    Jun 24, 2017 ... We report here a microscopic tight-binding theoretical study of the dynamic dielectric response of graphene-on-polarizable substrate with impurity. The Hamiltonian consists of first, second and third nearest neighbour electron hopping interactions besides doping and substrate-induced effects on graphene.

  20. Polarization multiplexed all-dielectric metasurfaces for wavefront manipulation in a transmission mode (United States)

    Tao, Ze; Chen, Xiuguo; Jiang, Hao; Zhang, Chuanwei; Liu, Shiyuan


    All-dielectric metasurfaces are planar structures completely consisting of dielectric materials, which enable the control of phase, amplitude and polarization of light. Due to the good process compatibility and high transmittivity, they have drawn considerable attention in diverse applications for polarization conversion and wavefront manipulation in a transmission mode. Although several kinds of all-dielectric metasurfaces have been reported in literature to achieve wavefront manipulation, they either have only one fixed wavefront output or have susceptible efficiency to the side-wall-angle (SWA) error, which is extremely difficult to be minimized with current top-down fabrication processes. In this work, we propose an elliptical silicon nanopillar array, which possesses a polarization multiplexed response and high transmittivity, and more importantly, it is less sensitive to the SWA error. Two metasurfaces, namely a beam deflector and a vortex convertor, are exemplified to examine the performance of the proposed elliptical nanopillar array at a visible wavelength of 600 nm. We achieve high transmittivity of 76.7% and 81.4% for the beam deflector and the vortex convertor, respectively. Moreover, both the deflecting direction of the beam deflector and the chirality of the generated beam from the vortex convertor can be controlled by the incident polarization. The proposed all-dielectric metasurfaces demonstrate great potential for practical and polarization multiplexed optical elements.

  1. From surface to volume plasmons in hyperbolic metamaterials: General existence conditions for bulk high-k waves in metal-dielectric and graphene-dielectric multilayers

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Andryieuski, Andrei; Sipe, John E.


    -dielectric and recently introduced graphene-dielectric stacks. We confirm that short-range surface plasmons in thin metal layers can give rise to hyperbolic metamaterial properties and demonstrate that long-range surface plasmons cannot. We also show that graphene-dielectric multilayers tend to support high- k waves...... and explore the range of parameteres for which this is possible, confirming the prospects of using graphene for materials with hyperbolic dispersion. The approach is applicable to a large variety of structures, such as continuous or structured microwave, terahertz, and optical metamaterials.......We theoretically investigate general existence conditions for broadband bulk large-wave-vector (high- k ) propagating waves (such as volume plasmon polaritons in hyperbolic metamaterials) in subwavelength periodic multilayer structures. Describing the elementary excitation in the unit cell...

  2. Excitation of s-polarized surface electromagnetic waves in inhomogeneous dielectric media. (United States)

    Kim, Kihong


    We consider a model of an inhomogeneous dielectric slab first studied by Shvartzburg, Petite and Auby [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 966 (1999)] and several variations of that model and study the excitation of s-polarized surface electromagnetic waves on the surface of inhomogeneous dielectric media. Using the invariant imbedding theory of wave propagation in stratified media, we calculate the reflectance and the absorptance of an s wave incident obliquely on a dielectric slab in the Otto configuration, as a function of incident angle and frequency. We also calculate the spatial distribution of the electric field intensity in the inhomogeneous region. We find that in all cases we have considered, s-polarized surface waves are excited at certain incident angles and frequencies. We discuss the physical mechanism of the surface wave generation and the possibility of experimental observations of these effects.

  3. Efficient polarization insensitive complex wavefront control using Huygens' metasurfaces based on dielectric resonant meta-atoms

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    Chong, Katie E; Staude, Isabelle; James, Anthony; Dominguez, Jason; Liu, Sheng; Subramania, Ganapathi S; Decker, Manuel; Neshev, Dragomir N; Brener, Igal; Kivshar, Yuri S


    Subwavelength-thin metasurfaces have shown great promises for the control of optical wavefronts, thus opening new pathways for the development of efficient flat optics. In particular, Huygens' metasurfaces based on all-dielectric resonant meta-atoms have already shown a huge potential for practical applications with their polarization insensitivity and high transmittance efficiency. Here, we experimentally demonstrate a polarization insensitive holographic Huygens' metasurface based on dielectric resonant meta-atoms capable of complex wavefront control at telecom wavelengths. Our metasurface produces a hologram image in the far-field with 82% transmittance efficiency and 40% imaging efficiency. Such efficient complex wavefront control shows that Huygens' metasurfaces based on resonant dielectric meta-atoms are a big step towards practical applications of metasurfaces in wavefront design related technologies, including computer-generated holograms, ultra-thin optics, security and data storage devices.

  4. Dielectric relaxation phenomena of rigid polar liquid molecules ...

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    trichloroacetate (j) in benzene, n-hexane and n-heptane (i) under 4.2, 9.8 and 24.6 GHz electric fields at 30ÆC are studied to .... τ's in GHz electric field for the rotation of different flexible polar groups attached to the parent molecule .... lar orientational polarization is, however, accomplished by introducing χij's because ε∞ij.

  5. Laser-matter interaction in the bulk of transparent dielectrics: Confined micro-explosion

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    Gamaly, Eugene [Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Luther-Davies, Barry [Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Rode, Andrei [Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Joudkazis, Saulius [CREST-JST and Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, N-21-W10, CRIS Bldg., Kita-Ku, Sapporo 001-0021 (Japan); Misawa, Hiroki [CREST-JST and Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, N-21-W10, CRIS Bldg., Kita-Ku, Sapporo 001-0021 (Japan); Hallo, Ludovic [Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications, UMR 5107 CEA - CNRS - Universite Bordeaux 1, 33405 Talence, Cedex (France); Nicolai, Philippe [Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications, UMR 5107 CEA - CNRS - Universite Bordeaux 1, 33405 Talence, Cedex (France); Tikhonchuk, Vladimir [Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications, UMR 5107 CEA - CNRS - Universite Bordeaux 1, 33405 Talence, Cedex (France)


    We present here the experimental and theoretical studies of drastic transformations induced by a single powerful femtosecond laser pulse tightly focused inside a transparent dielectric, that lead to void formation in the bulk. We show that the laser pulse energy absorbed within a volume of less than 1{mu}m{sup 3} creates the conditions with pressure and temperature range comparable to that formed by an exploding nuclear bomb. At the laser intensity above 6 x 10{sup 12} W/cm{sup 2} the material within this volume is rapidly atomized, ionized, and converted into a tiny super-hot cloud of expanding plasma. The expanding plasma generates strong shock and rarefaction waves which result in the formation of a void. Our modelling indicates that unique states of matter can be created using a standard table-top laser in well-controlled laboratory conditions. This state of matter has temperatures {approx}10{sup 5} K, heating rate up to the 10{sup 18} K/s, and pressure more than 100 times the strength of any solid. The laser-affected sites in the bulk were detected ('read') by generation of white continuum using probe femtosecond pulses at much lower laser intensity of 10{sup 10} W/cm{sup 2} - 10{sup 11} W/cm{sup 2}. Post-examination of voids with an electron microscope revealed a typical size of the void ranges from 200 to 500 nm. These studies will find application for the design of 3D optical memory devices and for formation of photonic band-gap crystals.

  6. Mid-infrared polarization devices based on the double-phase modulating dielectric metasurface (United States)

    Guo, Zhongyi; Tian, Lihua; Shen, Fei; Zhou, Hongping; Guo, Kai


    Metasurfaces are composed of the subwavelength structures, which can be used to manipulate the phase, amplitude and polarization of transmitted or reflected electromagnetic waves. Here, we propose an all-dielectric metasurface working in mid-infrared (mid-IR) range, in which the transmitted phase can almost span over the entire 2π range for both X-polarization and Y-polarization simultaneously just by tailoring the geometric sizes of the silicon (Si) nanobricks, while the transmitted amplitude can be maintained at high values without significant variations. We have successfully realized the beam deflector, beam splitter and the focusing lenses based on the designed metasurfaces at a wavelength of 4.5 µm. Our work paves the way toward establishing low-loss dielectric-based mid-IR devices and extends the modulating dimension of the metasurfaces.

  7. Terahertz response of dipolar impurities in polar liquids: on anomalous dielectric absorption of protein solutions. (United States)

    Matyushov, Dmitry V


    A theory of radiation absorption by dielectric mixtures is presented. The coarse-grained formulation is based on the wave-vector-dependent correlation functions of molecular dipoles of the host polar liquid and a density structure factor of the solutes. A nonlinear dependence of the dielectric absorption coefficient on the solute concentration is predicted and originates from the mutual polarization of the liquid surrounding the solutes by the collective field of the solute dipoles aligned along the radiation field. The theory is applied to terahertz absorption of hydrated saccharides and proteins. While the theory gives an excellent account of the observations for saccharides, without additional assumptions and fitting parameters, experimental absorption coefficient of protein solutions significantly exceeds theoretical calculations with dipole moment of the bare protein assigned to the solute and shows a peak against the protein concentration. A substantial polarization of protein's hydration shell, resulting in a net dipole moment, is required to explain the disagreement between theory and experiment. When the correlation function of the total dipole moment of the protein with its hydration shell from numerical simulations is used in the analytical model, an absorption peak, qualitatively similar to that seen in experiment, is obtained. The existence and position of the peak are sensitive to the specifics of the protein-protein interactions. Numerical testing of the theory requires the combination of dielectric and small-angle scattering measurements. The calculations confirm that "elastic ferroelectric bag" of water shells observed in previous numerical simulations is required to explain terahertz dielectric measurements.

  8. Dielectric relaxation of amides and tetrahydrofuran polar mixture in ...

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    Dec 6, 2016 ... attempted by measuring the conductivity of the solution under 9.90 GHz electric field using Debye theory. The estimated relaxation time ... tivity measurement technique is concerned with bound molecular charge of the polar ...... at the site of carbon or nitrogen atoms of the amides and fractional negative ...

  9. Polarization-independent asymmetric light transmission in all-dielectric photonic structures (United States)

    Zinkiewicz, Lukasz; Nawrot, Michal; Haberko, Jakub; Wasylczyk, Piotr


    We design, optimize and fabricate an all-dielectric photonic structure, having a significant, polarization-independent asymmetry in light transmission for opposite incident wave directions. The device, consisting of a dielectric Bragg mirror topped with a regular grid of micrometer-sized pillars, acting as a diffraction grating, is potentially scalable into industrial production. The light propagation simulation results are confirmed by direct measurement of the difference in light transmission, reaching 0.55 near 780 nm, and exceeding 0.2 over a spectral range spanning from 750 to 820 nm.

  10. Dielectric relaxation of binary polar liquid mixture measured in ...

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    2. Experimental procedures. The pure polar liquids Ac (Siso Research Laboratory, Mumbai) and DMA (Central ... band microwave facility at different temperatures (25, 30, 35 and 40◦C) and mole fractions xj's of Ac (0.0, 0.30, ... [8] in σijk and σijk and purity of the liquids are such that one cannot trust the data to better than 1% ...

  11. Ultrafast laser photoinscription of polarization sensitive devices in bulk silica glass. (United States)

    Cheng, G; Mishchik, K; Mauclair, C; Audouard, E; Stoian, R


    Ultrashort pulsed laser irradiation of bulk fused silica may result under specific energetic conditions in the self-organization of subwavelength material redistribution regions within the laser trace. The modulated structures have birefringent properties and show unusual anisotropic light scattering and reflection characteristics. We report here on the formation of waveguiding structures with remarkable polarization effects for infrared light. The photoinscription process using 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses is accompanied by third harmonic generation and polarization dependent anisotropic scattering of UV photons. The photowritten structures can be arranged in three-dimensional patterns generating complex propagation and polarization effects due to the anisotropic optical properties.

  12. Calculation of the Spontaneous Polarization and the Dielectric Constant as a Function of Temperature for

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    Hamit Yurtseven


    Full Text Available The temperature dependence of the spontaneous polarization P is calculated in the ferroelectric phase of KH2PO4 (KDP at atmospheric pressure (TC = 122 K. Also, the dielectric constant ε is calculated at various temperatures in the paraelectric phase of KDP at atmospheric pressure. For this calculation of P and ε, by fitting the observed Raman frequencies of the soft mode, the microscopic parameters of the pure tunnelling model are obtained. In this model, the proton-lattice interaction is not considered and the collective proton mode is identified with the soft-mode response of the system. Our calculations show that the spontaneous polarization decreases continuously in the ferroelectric phase as approaching the transition temperature TC. Also, the dielectric constant decreases with increasing temperature and it diverges in the vicinity of the transition temperature (TC = 122 K for KDP according to the Curie-Weiss law.

  13. Optical pulling force on a magneto-dielectric Rayleigh sphere in Bessel tractor polarized beams (United States)

    Mitri, F. G.; Li, R. X.; Yang, R. P.; Guo, L. X.; Ding, C. Y.


    The optical radiation force induced by Bessel (vortex) beams on a magneto-dielectric subwavelength sphere is investigated with particular emphasis on the beam polarization and order l (or topological charge). The analysis is focused on identifying the regions and some of the conditions to achieve retrograde motion of the sphere centered on the axis of wave propagation of the incident beam, or shifted off-axially. Exact non-paraxial analytical solutions are established, and computations for linear, circular, radial, azimuthal and mixed polarizations of the individual plane wave components forming the Bessel (vortex) beams by means of the angular spectrum decomposition method (ASDM) illustrate the theory with particular emphasis on the tractor (i.e. reversal) behavior of the force. This effect results in the pulling of the magneto-dielectric sphere against the forward linear momentum density flux associated with the incoming waves. Should some conditions related to the choice of the beam parameters as well as the permittivity and permeability of the sphere be met, the optical force vanishes and reverses sign. Moreover, the beam polarization is shown to affect differently the axial negative pulling force for either the zeroth- or the first-order Bessel beam. When the sphere is centered on the beam‧s axis, the axial force component is always negative for the zeroth-order Bessel beam except for the radial and azimuthal polarization configurations. Nonetheless, for the first-order Bessel beam, the axial force is negative for the radial polarization case only. Additional tractor beam effects arise when the sphere departs from the center of the beam. It is also demonstrated that the tractor beam effect arises from the force component originating from the cross-interaction between the electric and magnetic dipoles. Potential applications are in particle manipulation, optical levitation, tractor beam tweezers, and other emergent technologies using polarized Bessel beams on

  14. Broadbanding of circularly polarized patch antenna by waveguided magneto-dielectric metamaterial

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    Xin Mi Yang


    Full Text Available Design of bandwidth-enhanced circularly polarized (CP patch antenna using artificial magneto-dielectric substrate was investigated. The artificial magneto-dielectric material adopted here takes the form of waveguided metamaterial (WG-MTM. In particular, the embedded meander line (EML structure was employed as the building element of the WG-MTM. As verified by the retrieved effective medium parameters, the EML-based waveguided magneto-dielectric metamaterial (WG-MDM exhibits two-dimensionally isotropic magneto-dielectric property with respect to TEM wave excitations applied in two orthogonal directions. A CP patch antenna loaded with the EML-based WG-MDM (WG-MDM antenna has been proposed and its design procedure is described in detail. Simulation results show that the impedance and axial ratio bandwidths of the WG-MDM antenna have increased by 125% and 133%, respectively, compared with those obtained with pure dielectric substrate offering the same patch size. The design of the novel WG-MDM antenna was also validated by measurement results, which show good agreement with their simulated counterparts.

  15. Polarization Dependence of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering on a Single Dielectric Nanowire

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    Hua Qi


    Full Text Available Our measurements of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS on Ga2O3 dielectric nanowires (NWs core/silver composites indicate that the SERS enhancement is highly dependent on the polarization direction of the incident laser light. The polarization dependence of the SERS signal with respect to the direction of a single NW was studied by changing the incident light angle. Further investigations demonstrate that the SERS intensity is not only dependent on the direction and wavelength of the incident light, but also on the species of the SERS active molecule. The largest signals were observed on an NW when the incident 514.5 nm light was polarized perpendicular to the length of the NW, while the opposite phenomenon was observed at the wavelength of 785 nm. Our theoretical simulations of the polarization dependence at 514.5 nm and 785 nm are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  16. A comparative study of intrinsic versus bulk polarized fluorescence in cervical tissues (United States)

    Rath, Dharitri; Lodhi, Md. Ejaz A.; Shukla, Prashant; Agarwal, Nidhi; Pandey, Kiran; Pradhan, Asima


    This study aims towards applying the intrinsic polarized fluorescence technique for obtaining valuable information from human cervical tissue samples. The efficacy of this technique is tested in human tissues by comparing its diagnostic capabilities with the bulk fluorescence. It is seen that biochemical information is hidden due to the presence of distortions by tissue scattering and absorption in the fluorescence spectra. Intrinsic tissue fluorescence provides a complete understanding of the biochemical and/or morphological changes that take place during the progression of disease. Recording of the experimental data and thereafter subsequent extraction of the intrinsic fluorescence serves as fingerprints towards determining the occurrence of these diseases. Here we report a comparative study of intrinsic versus bulk polarized fluorescence in cervical tissues. Intrinsic fluorescence is seen to be a more sensitive technique than bulk fluorescence for diagnosis of cervical cancers. Attempts have been made to study the changes in the amount of different fluorophores found in the epithelial and stromal layer of cervical tissue (both normal and cancerous). It has been seen that collagen decreases and NADH increases as a healthy cervical tissue develops into a cancerous one. Intrinsic fluorescence provides more consistent discriminating results as compared to bulk polarized fluorescence. It is also more sensitive in giving biochemical information from the different layers in cervical tissue. It may be concluded that intrinsic fluorescence shows promise as a viable tool for providing valuable insights towards fruitful diagnosis of the various stages of disease development and changes occurring with age.

  17. Temperature effects on soil bulk dielectric permittivity measured by time domain reflectometry: Experimental evidence and hypothesis development (United States)

    Wraith, Jon M.; Or, Dani


    Reports on temperature (T) effects on time domain reflectometry (TDR) measurements of soil water content (θ) are contradictory and often exhibit conflicting trends. We imposed step T changes on sealed columns of four soils having variable θ, while monitoring bulk apparent dielectric constant (or permittivity ɛb) and bulk electrical conductivity (σb) using TDR. Measured ɛb increased substantially with increasing temperature for one silt loam soil, for all θ. For another silt loam soil and for an Oxisol, measured ɛb increased with increasing T at relatively low θ but decreased with increasingT at higher θ. For a sandy loam soil, measured ɛb decreased with increasing T for all θ. The experimental results led to the hypothesis that TDR-measured ɛb is determined by an interplay between two competing phenomena: (1) the reduction in the dielectric constant of bulk water with increased T; and (2) the increase in TDR-measured ɛb with increased T due to release of bound water. TDRmeasured ɛb is thus dependent on solid surface area and wetness. Our results have implications for routine use of TDR in fine-textured and organic soils and potentially for microwave remote sensing of soil water status.

  18. Nonlinear dielectric features of highly polar glass formers: Derivatives of propylene carbonate (United States)

    Young-Gonzales, A. R.; Adrjanowicz, K.; Paluch, M.; Richert, R.


    We have measured the nonlinear dielectric behavior of several highly polar propylene carbonate (PC) derivatives in the vicinity of their glass transition temperatures. Focus is on the effects of a large static electric field on the frequency dependent permittivity and on the cubic susceptibility measured using sinusoidal fields of high amplitude. The case of vinyl-PC shows dielectric saturation as well as an electro-rheological effect, i.e., a field induced increase of dielectric relaxation times, whose magnitude changes linearly with the apparent activation energy. The extent of this shift of the loss profile caused by the field correlates strongly with the peak magnitude of the cubic susceptibility, |χ3|, underlining the notion of a link between the |χ3| "hump" and this electro-rheological behavior. Further support for this picture emerges from the observation that the most polar of these liquids, (S)-(-)-methoxy-PC with ɛs ≈ 250, lacks both the electro-rheological effect in ɛ″(ω) and the "hump" typically observed in |χ3(ω)|. The absence of any sensitivity of the dynamics to an electric field is contrary to the expectation that the electro-rheological effect correlates with the field induced entropy change, which is extraordinarily high for this liquid. The results suggest that the dependence of the relaxation time on the electric field is not directly linked to the entropy change.

  19. Mean-field energy-level shifts and dielectric properties of strongly polarized Rydberg gases

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    Zhelyazkova, V; Hogan, S D


    Mean-field energy-level shifts arising as a result of strong electrostatic dipole interactions within dilute gases of polarized helium Rydberg atoms have been probed by microwave spectroscopy. The Rydberg states studied had principal quantum numbers $n=70$ and 72, and electric dipole moments of up to 14050 D, and were prepared in pulsed supersonic beams at particle number densities on the order of $10^{8}$ cm$^{-3}$. Comparisons of the experimental data with the results of Monte Carlo calculations highlight effects of the distribution of nearest-neighbor spacings in the pulsed supersonic beams, and the dielectric properties of the strongly polarized Rydberg gases, on the microwave spectra. These observations reflect the emergence of macroscopic electrical properties of the atomic samples when strongly polarized.

  20. Design of polarization-insensitive superconducting single photon detectors with high-index dielectrics (United States)

    Redaelli, L.; Zwiller, V.; Monroy, E.; Gérard, J. M.


    In this paper, the design of superconducting-nanowire single-photon detectors which are insensitive to the polarization of the incident light is investigated. By using high-refractive-index dielectrics, the index mismatch between the nanowire and the surrounding media is reduced. This enhances the absorption of light with electric field vector perpendicular to the nanowire segments, which is generally hindered in these kind of detectors. Building on this principle and focusing on NbTiN nanowire devices, we present several easy-to-realize cavity architectures which allow high absorption efficiency (in excess of 90%) and polarization insensitivity simultaneously. Designs based on ultranarrow nanowires, for which the polarization sensitivity is much more marked, are also presented. Finally, we briefly discuss the specific advantages of this approach in the case of WSi or MoSi nanowires.

  1. Correlation of Bulk Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties to the Local Scale Phase Transformations, Domain Morphology, and Crystal Structure Modified

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    Priya, Shashank [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States); Viehland, Dwight [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)


    Three year program entitled “Correlation of bulk dielectric and piezoelectric properties to the local scale phase transformations, domain morphology, and crystal structure in modified lead-free grain-textured ceramics and single crystals” was supported by the Department of Energy. This was a joint research program between D. Viehland and S. Priya at Virginia Tech. Single crystal and textured ceramics have been synthesized and characterized. Our goals have been (i) to conduct investigations of lead-free piezoelectric systems to establish the local structural and domain morphologies that result in enhanced properties, and (ii) to synthesize polycrystalline and grain oriented ceramics for understanding the role of composition, microstructure, and anisotropy

  2. Polarization-independent all-silicon dielectric metasurfaces in the terahertz regime

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    Zhang, Huifang


    Dielectric metasurfaces have achieved great success in realizing high-efficiency wavefront control in the optical and infrared ranges. Here, we experimentally demonstrate several efficient, polarization-independent, all-silicon dielectric metasurfaces in the terahertz regime. The metasurfaces are composed of cylindrical silicon pillars on a silicon substrate, which can be easily fabricated using etching technology for semiconductors. By locally tailoring the diameter of the pillars, full control over abrupt phase changes can be achieved. To show the controlling ability of the metasurfaces, an anomalous deflector, three Bessel beam generators, and three vortex beam generators are fabricated and characterized. We also show that the proposed metasurfaces can be easily combined to form composite devices with extended functionalities. The proposed controlling method has promising applications in developing low-loss, ultra-compact spatial terahertz modulation devices. (C) 2017 Chinese Laser Press

  3. Polarization independent high transmission large numerical aperture laser beam focusing and deflection by dielectric Huygens' metasurfaces (United States)

    Özdemir, Aytekin; Hayran, Zeki; Takashima, Yuzuru; Kurt, Hamza


    In this letter, we propose all-dielectric Huygens' metasurface structures to construct high numerical aperture flat lenses and beam deflecting devices. The designed metasurface consists of two-dimensional array of all-dielectric nanodisk resonators with spatially varying radii, thereby introducing judiciously designed phase shift to the propagating light. Owing to the overlap of Mie-type magnetic and electric resonances, high transmission was achieved with rigorous design analysis. The designed flat lenses have numerical aperture value of 0.85 and transmission values around 80%. It also offers easy fabrication and compatibility with available semiconductor technology. This spectrally and physically scalable, versatile design could implement efficient wavefront manipulation or beam shaping for high power laser beams, as well as various optical microscopy applications without requiring plasmonic structures that are susceptible to ohmic loss of metals and sensitive to the polarization of light.

  4. Theory of the temperature dependent dielectric function of semiconductors: from bulk to surfaces. Application to GaAs and Si

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    Shkrebtii, Anatoli I.; Teatro, Timothy; Henderson, Laura [Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Simcoe Street North 2000, L1H 7K4 Oshawa (Canada); Ibrahim, Zahraa A. [Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Simcoe Street North 2000, L1H 7K4 Oshawa (Canada); Department of Physics, University of Toronto, M5S 1A7, Toronto (Canada); Richter, Wolfgang [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma Tor Vergata, 00133 Rome (Italy); Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Berlin, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Lee, Martin J.G. [Department of Physics, University of Toronto, M5S 1A7, Toronto (Canada)


    A novel, efficient method for calculating the temperature dependencies of the linear dielectric functions of semiconductor systems and its application are presented. The method follows an intuitive and natural path with ab-initio finite temperature molecular dynamics providing the thermally perturbed atomic configurations, which are used as structural inputs for calculating the dielectric function. The effect of lattice dynamics, including quantum zero point vibration, on the electronic bands and dielectric function of crystalline (c-) GaAs and Si as well as hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) is discussed. Our theoretical results for bulk c-GaAs and c-Si in the range from 0 to 1000 K are in good overall agreement with highly accurate ellipsometric measurements. The implementation of the method resolves a serious discrepancy in energy and line shape between experiment and the latest optical models, all of which neglect lattice dynamics, and provides information on the indirect gap and indirect optical transitions in c-Si. For a-Si:H, the calculated temperature dependent optical response combined with the vibrational spectroscopy provides detailed insight into electronic, dynamical properties, and stability of this important prototypical amorphous semiconductor material. At semiconductor surfaces, dynamical effects are expected to be even more pronounced due to reduced atom coordination and reconstruction. This is demonstrated for C(111) 2 x 1, an intensively studied but controversial surface of the quantum diamond crystal. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. Effect of Interfacial Polarization and Water Absorption on the Dielectric Properties of Epoxy-Nanocomposites

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    Philipp Marx


    Full Text Available Five types of nanofillers, namely, silica, surface-silylated silica, alumina, surface-silylated alumina, and boron nitride, were tested in this study. Nanocomposites composed of an epoxy/amine resin and one of the five types of nanoparticles were tested as dielectrics with a focus on (i the surface functionalization of the nanoparticles and (ii the water absorption by the materials. The dispersability of the nanoparticles in the resin correlated with the composition (OH content of their surfaces. The interfacial polarization of the thoroughly dried samples was found to increase at lowered frequencies and increased temperatures. The β relaxation, unlike the interfacial polarization, was not significantly increased at elevated temperatures (below the glass-transition temperature. Upon the absorption of water under ambient conditions, the interfacial polarization increased significantly, and the insulating properties decreased or even deteriorated. This effect was most pronounced in the nanocomposite containing silica, and occurred as well in the nanocomposites containing silylated silica or non-functionalized alumina. The alternating current (AC breakdown strength of all specimens was in the range of 30 to 35 kV·mm−1. In direct current (DC breakdown tests, the epoxy resin exhibited the lowest strength of 110 kV·mm−1; the nanocomposite containing surface-silylated alumina had a strength of 170 kV·mm−1. In summary, water absorption had the most relevant impact on the dielectric properties of nanocomposites containing nanoparticles, the surfaces of which interacted with the water molecules. Nanocomposites containing silylated alumina particles or boron nitride showed the best dielectric properties in this study.

  6. Bound states in the continuum and polarization singularities in periodic arrays of dielectric rods (United States)

    Bulgakov, Evgeny N.; Maksimov, Dmitrii N.


    We consider optical bound states in the continuum (BICs) in periodic arrays of dielectric rods. The full classification of BICs in the above system is provided, including the modes propagating along the axes of the rods and bidirectional BICs propagating both along the axes of the rods and the axis of periodicity. It is shown that the leaky zones supporting the BICs generally have elliptically polarized far-field radiation patterns, with the polarization ellipses collapsing on approach to the BICs in momentum space. That allowed us to apply the concept of polarization singularities and demonstrate that the BICs possess a topological charge defined as the winding number of the polarization direction [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 257401 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.257401]. It is found that the evolution of the BICs, including their creation and annihilation, under variation of geometric parameters is controlled by the topological charge. Three scenarios of such evolution for different leaky zones are described. Finally, it is shown that the topological properties of the BICs can be extracted from transmission spectra when the system is illuminated by a plane wave of circular polarization.

  7. Biotin-Streptavidin Binding Interactions of Dielectric Filled Silicon Bulk Acoustic Resonators for Smart Label-Free Biochemical Sensor Applications (United States)

    Heidari, Amir; Yoon, Yong-Jin; Park, Woo-Tae; Su, Pei-Chen; Miao, Jianmin; Lin, Julius Tsai Ming; Park, Mi Kyoung


    Sensor performance of a dielectric filled silicon bulk acoustic resonator type label-free biosensor is verified with biotin-streptavidin binding interactions as a model system. The mass sensor is a micromachined silicon square plate with a dielectric filled capacitive excitation mechanism. The resonance frequency of the biotin modified resonator decreased 315 ppm when exposed to streptavidin solution for 15 min with a concentration of 10−7 M, corresponding to an added mass of 3.43 ng on the resonator surface. An additional control is added by exposing a bovine serum albumin (BSA)-covered device to streptavidin in the absence of the attached biotin. No resonance frequency shift was observed in the control experiment, which confirms the specificity of the detection. The sensor-to-sensor variability is also measured to be 4.3%. Consequently, the developed sensor can be used to observe in biotin-streptavidin interaction without the use of labelling or molecular tags. In addition, biosensor can be used in a variety of different immunoassay tests. PMID:24608003

  8. Monolithic integrated system with an electrowetting-on-dielectric actuator and a film-bulk-acoustic-resonator sensor (United States)

    Zhang, Menglun; Cui, Weiwei; Chen, Xuejiao; Wang, Chao; Pang, Wei; Duan, Xuexin; Zhang, Daihua; Zhang, Hao


    Although digital microfluidics has shown great potential in a wide range of applications, a lab-on-a-chip with integrated digital droplet actuators and powerful biochemical sensors is still lacking. To address the demand, a fully integrated chip with electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) and a film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) sensor is introduced, where an EWOD actuator manipulates digital droplets and the FBAR sensor detects the presence of substances in the droplets, respectively. The piezoelectric layer of the FBAR sensor and the dielectric layer of the EWOD share the same aluminum nitride (AlN) thin film, which is a key factor to achieve the full integration of the two completely different devices. The liquid droplets are reliably managed by the EWOD actuator to sit on or move off the FBAR sensor precisely. Sessile drop experiments and limit of detection (LOD) experiments are carried out to characterize the EWOD actuator and the FBAR sensor, respectively. Taking advantage of the digital droplet operation, a ‘dry sensing mode’ of the FBAR sensor in the lab-on-a-chip microsystem is proposed, which has a much higher signal to noise ratio than the conventional ‘wet sensing mode’. Hg2+ droplets with various concentrations are transported and sensed to demonstrate the capability of the integrated system. The EWOD-FBAR chip is expected to play an important role in many complex lab-on-a-chip applications.

  9. Tailoring the Dielectric Layer Structure for Enhanced Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors: The Use of a Sandwiched Polar Dielectric Layer

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    Shijiao Han


    Full Text Available To investigate the origins of hydroxyl groups in a polymeric dielectric and its applications in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs, a polar polymer layer was inserted between two polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA dielectric layers, and its effect on the performance as an organic field-effect transistor (OFET was studied. The OFETs with a sandwiched dielectric layer of poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA or poly(4-vinylphenol (PVP containing hydroxyl groups had shown enhanced characteristics compared to those with only PMMA layers. The field-effect mobility had been raised more than 10 times in n-type devices (three times in the p-type one, and the threshold voltage had been lowered almost eight times in p-type devices (two times in the n-type. The on-off ratio of two kinds of devices had been enhanced by almost two orders of magnitude. This was attributed to the orientation of hydroxyl groups from disordered to perpendicular to the substrate under gate-applied voltage bias, and additional charges would be induced by this polarization at the interface between the semiconductor and dielectrics, contributing to the accumulation of charge transfer.

  10. A Coplanar Waveguide Resonator Based In-Line Material Characterization Sensor for Bulk and Metallized Dielectrics (United States)

    Talai, Armin; Gold, Gerald; Frank, Martin; Mann, Sebastian; Weigel, Robert; Koelpin, Alexander


    Microwave Materials such as Rogers RO3003 are subject to process-related fluctuations in terms of the relative permittivity and dielectric loss. The behavior of high frequency circuits like patch-antenna arrays and their distribution networks is dependent on the effective wavelength. Therefore, fluctuations of the complex permittivity will influence the resonance frequency and beam direction of the antennas. This paper presents a grounded coplanar waveguide based sensor, which can measure the complex permittivity at 77 GHz, as well as at other resonance frequencies, by applying it on top of the manufactured depaneling. The relative permittivity of the material under test (MUT) is a function of the resonance frequency shift and the dielectric loss of the MUT can be determined by transmission amplitude variations at the resonances. In addition, the sensor is robust against floating ground metallizations on inner printed circuit board layers, which are typically distributed over the entire surface below antennas. Furthermore, the impact from conductor surface roughness on the measured permittivity values is determined using the Gradient Model.

  11. Realization of wide electron slabs by polarization bulk doping in graded III-V nitride semiconductor alloys


    Jena, Debdeep; Heikman, Sten; Green, Daniel; Yaacov, Ilan B.; Coffie, Robert; Xing, Huili; Keller, Stacia; DenBaars, Steve; Speck, James S.; Mishra, Umesh K.


    We present the concept and experimental realization of polarization-induced bulk electron doping in III-V nitride semiconductors. By exploiting the large polarization charges in the III-V nitrides, we are able to create wide slabs of high density mobile electrons without introducing shallow donors. Transport measurements reveal the superior properties of the polarization doped electron distributions than comparable shallow donor doped structures. The technique is readily employed for creating...

  12. A Compact Wide-Band Hybrid Dielectric Resonator Antenna with Enhanced Gain and Low Cross-Polarization

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    Feibiao Dong


    Full Text Available By loading two printed patches to the dielectric resonator antenna (DRA, a compact wide-band hybrid dielectric resonator antenna with enhanced gain and low cross-polarization is presented. The proposed antenna utilizes a combination of a rectangular dielectric resonator and two printed patches. Due to the hybrid design, multiple resonances were obtained. By adding two air layers between the dielectric resonator and the printed patches, the bandwidth has been significantly improved. Compared to the traditional hybrid dielectric resonator antenna, the proposed antenna can achieve wide bandwidth, high gain, low cross-polarization, and even small size simultaneously. The prototype of the proposed antenna has been fabricated and tested. The measured −10 dB return loss bandwidth is 25.6% (1.7–2.2 GHz. The measured antenna gains are about 6.3 and 8.2 dBi in the operating frequency band. Low cross-polarization levels of less than −28.5 dB and −43 dB in the E-plane and H-plane are achieved. Moreover, the overall dimensions of the antenna are only 67 × 67 × 34 (mm3. The proposed antenna is especially attractive for small base antenna applications.

  13. Extraction of Water from Polar Lunar Permafrost with Microwaves - Dielectric Property Measurements (United States)

    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Kaukler, William


    Remote sensing indicates the presence of hydrogen rich regions associated with the lunar poles. The logical hypothesis is that there is cryogenically trapped water ice located in craters at the lunar poles. Some of the craters have been in permanent darkness for a billion years. The presence of water at the poles as well as other scientific advantages of a polar base, have influenced NASA plans for the lunar outpost. The lunar outpost has water and oxygen requirements on the order of 1 ton per year scaling up to as much as 10 tons per year. Microwave heating of the frozen permafrost has unique advantages for water extraction. Proof of principle experiments have successfully demonstrated that microwaves will couple to the cryogenic soil in a vacuum and the sublimed water vapor can be successfully captured on a cold trap. The dielectric properties of lunar soil will determine the hardware requirements for extraction processes. Microwave frequency dielectric property measurements of lunar soil simulant have been measured.

  14. Compensating for electrode polarization in dielectric spectroscopy studies of colloidal suspensions: theoretical assessment of existing methods

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    Claire Chassagne


    Full Text Available Dielectric spectroscopy can be used to determine the dipole moment of colloidal particles from which important interfacial electrokinetic properties, for instance their zeta potential, can be deduced. Unfortunately, dielectric spectroscopy measurements are hampered by electrode polarization (EP. In this article, we review several procedures to compensate for this effect. First EP in electrolyte solutions is described: the complex conductivity is derived as function of frequency, for two cell geometries (planar and cylindrical with blocking electrodes. The corresponding equivalent circuit for the electrolyte solution is given for each geometry. This equivalent circuit model is extended to suspensions. The complex conductivity of a suspension, in the presence of EP, is then calculated from the impedance measured. Different methods for compensating for EP are critically assessed, with the help of the theoretical findings. Their limit of validity is given in terms of characteristic frequencies. We can identify with one of these frequencies the frequency range within which data uncorrected for EP may be used to assess the dipole moment of colloidal particles. In order to extract this dipole moment from the measured data, two methods are reviewed: one is based on the use of existing models for the complex conductivity of suspensions, the other is the logarithmic derivative method. An extension to multiple relaxations of the logarithmic derivative method is proposed.

  15. Dual polarized broadband and all dielectric partial cloaking using stacked graded index structures. (United States)

    Oner, B B; Can, M G; Kurt, H


    We propose broadband one-dimensional optical cloaking design based on isotropic and purely dielectric non-absorbent materials. The photonic structures are formed by utilizing graded index (GRIN) concept in stacked form. All simulations are performed by finite-difference time-domain and plane wave basis frequency domain numerical methods. Indications in ray optics are also presented for the cloaking device. The refractive index distribution of the design is also obtained via effective medium theory. The cloaking devices can reroute wavelengths of light in one dimension. The rerouted light is avoided to reach the interior region of the stacked GRIN structure. Unidirectional GRIN cloaking structure demonstrates low-loss and large bandwidth characteristics. It is shown that the structure operates in dual polarization mode. Performed numerical analyses reveal the capability of cloaking devices to hide arbitrary shaped large objects from the incident light.

  16. Spontaneous periodic ordering on the surface and in the bulk of dielectrics irradiated by ultrafast laser: a shared electromagnetic origin. (United States)

    Rudenko, Anton; Colombier, Jean-Philippe; Höhm, Sandra; Rosenfeld, Arkadi; Krüger, Jörg; Bonse, Jörn; Itina, Tatiana E


    Periodic self-organization of matter beyond the diffraction limit is a puzzling phenomenon, typical both for surface and bulk ultrashort laser processing. Here we compare the mechanisms of periodic nanostructure formation on the surface and in the bulk of fused silica. We show that volume nanogratings and surface nanoripples having subwavelength periodicity and oriented perpendicular to the laser polarization share the same electromagnetic origin. The nanostructure orientation is defined by the near-field local enhancement in the vicinity of the inhomogeneous scattering centers. The periodicity is attributed to the coherent superposition of the waves scattered at inhomogeneities. Numerical calculations also support the multipulse accumulation nature of nanogratings formation on the surface and inside fused silica. Laser surface processing by multiple laser pulses promotes the transition from the high spatial frequency perpendicularly oriented nanoripples to the low spatial frequency ripples, parallel or perpendicular to the laser polarization. The latter structures also share the electromagnetic origin, but are related to the incident field interference with the scattered far-field of rough non-metallic or transiently metallic surfaces. The characteristic ripple appearances are predicted by combined electromagnetic and thermo-mechanical approaches and supported by SEM images of the final surface morphology and by time-resolved pump-probe diffraction measurements.

  17. Polarization-independent beam deflection and focusing with dielectric non-resonant metasurfaces (United States)

    Su, Xiaofang; Li, Guanhai; Yang, Hui; Zhao, Zengyue; Yu, Feilong; Chen, Xiaoshuang


    Metasurfaces, constructed from function-driven artificial meta-cells, possess great flexibility in tuning effective electric permittivity and magnetic permeability, leading to excellent performance on the manipulation of electromagnetic waves. Here, polarization-independent dielectric metasurfaces are presented as beam deflectors and meta-lenses working on telecommunication wavelength based on non-resonant metamolecules. A conversion efficiency as high as 70.5% is achieved when beam deflection angle θ  =  18.45°. With precisely designed parameters, a planar lens with the focal length of 30.85 µm shows that focusing efficiency as high as 47.3% is realized. The meta-lens yields a NA  =  0.63 and a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM)  =  1.64 µm at 1.55 µm. With broadband and wide-angle focusing properties, the polarization-insensitive metasurfaces promise great applications in high sensitivity single photon detector and other opto-electronic integrated devices.

  18. Polarized neutron imaging and three-dimensional calculation of magnetic flux trapping in bulk of superconductors (United States)

    Treimer, Wolfgang; Ebrahimi, Omid; Karakas, Nursel; Prozorov, Ruslan


    Polarized neutron radiography was used to study the three-dimensional magnetic flux distribution inside of single-crystal and polycrystalline Pb cylinders with large (cm3) volume and virtually zero demagnetization. Experiments with single crystals being in the Meissner phase (Tbulk Meissner expulsion in single crystals and bulk flux trapping with nearly-Bean-model profiles due to flux pinning in polycrystalline samples.

  19. Influence of void geometry and bulk dielectric polarization upon PD transients

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton, George C


    A physically valid theory of partial dischargetransients has been developed using a field theoretical approach. The theory is based upon the concept of the charge induced upon the detecting electrode by the partial discharge. Mathematically this induced charge is composed of a component associated...

  20. Electrical analysis of high dielectric constant insulator and metal gate metal oxide semiconductor capacitors on flexible bulk mono-crystalline silicon

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    Ghoneim, Mohamed T.


    We report on the electrical study of high dielectric constant insulator and metal gate metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) on a flexible ultra-thin (25 μm) silicon fabric which is peeled off using a CMOS compatible process from a standard bulk mono-crystalline silicon substrate. A lifetime projection is extracted using statistical analysis of the ramping voltage (Vramp) breakdown and time dependent dielectric breakdown data. The obtained flexible MOSCAPs operational voltages satisfying the 10 years lifetime benchmark are compared to those of the control MOSCAPs, which are not peeled off from the silicon wafer. © 2014 IEEE.

  1. Multiband perfect absorbers using metal-dielectric films with optically dense medium for angle and polarization insensitive operation. (United States)

    You, Jong-Bum; Lee, Wook-Jae; Won, Dongshik; Yu, Kyoungsik


    The cavity resonant properties of planar metal-dielectric layered structures with optically dense dielectric media are studied with the aim of realizing omnidirectional and polarization-insensitive operation. The angle-dependent coupling between free-space and cavity modes are revealed to be a key leverage factor in realizing nearly perfect absorbers well-matched to a wide range of incidence angles. We establish comprehensive analyses of the relationship between the structural and optical properties by means of theoretical modeling with numerical simulation results. The presented work is expected to provide a simple and cost-effective solution for light absorption and detection applications that exploit planar metal-dielectric optical devices.

  2. Polarization and Dielectric Study of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Thin Film to Reveal its Nonferroelectric Nature under Solar Cell Operating Conditions

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    Hoque, Md Nadim Ferdous; Yang, Mengjin; Li, Zhen; Islam, Nazifah; Pan, Xuan; Zhu, Kai; Fan, Zhaoyang


    Researchers have debated whether methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3), with a perovskite crystal structure, is ferroelectric and therefore contributes to the current--voltage hysteresis commonly observed in hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs). We thoroughly investigated temperature-dependent polarization, dielectric, and impedance spectroscopies, and we found no evidence of ferroelectric effect in a MAPbI3 thin film at normal operating conditions. Therefore, the effect does not contribute to the hysteresis in PSCs, whereas the large component of ionic migration observed may play a critical role. Our temperature-based polarization and dielectric studies find that MAPbI3 exhibits different electrical behaviors below and above ca. 45 degrees C, suggesting a phase transition around this temperature. In particular, we report the activation energies of ionic migration for the two phases and temperature-dependent permittivity of MAPbI3. This study contributes to the understanding of the material properties and device performance of hybrid perovskites.

  3. Nonlocal,Dynamic Dielectric Response of a Quantum Well with Bound State in a Bulk Medium having a 3D Band of Extended States (United States)

    Horing, N. J. M.


    An explicit position-space inversion of the dielectric function of a planar quantum well with a bound state embedded in a bulk medium having a 3D band of extended states is carried out here in closed form.The resulting nonlocal dynamic inverse dielectric function K(z,z^';barq,w) is exact within the framework of the random phase approximation with the assumption that the 3D band of extended states is translationally invariant in the z-direction,and that intersubband transitions between the 3D band and the discrete bound state are negligible.The frequency poles of K(z,z^';barq,w) obtained here represent the coupling of nonlocal bulk plasmons with 2D intrasubband plasmons of the quantum well and the residues of these poles provide the oscillator strength of such coupled collective modes.

  4. Inter-atomic bonding and dielectric polarization in Gd{sup 3+} incorporated Co-Zn ferrite nanoparticles

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    Pawar, R.A. [Department of Physics, P.V.P. Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pravaranagar, MS (India); Desai, S.S. [Materials Research Laboratory, Shrikrishna Mahavidyalaya, Gunjoti 413613, MS (India); Patange, S.M., E-mail: [Materials Research Laboratory, Shrikrishna Mahavidyalaya, Gunjoti 413613, MS (India); Jadhav, S.S. [Department of Physics, Dnyanopasak Shikshan Mandal' s Arts, Commerce and Science College, Jintur 431509, MS (India); Jadhav, K.M. [Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431001, MS (India)


    A series of ferrite with a chemical composition Co{sub 0.7}Zn{sub 0.3}Gd{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} (where x=0.0 to x=0.1) were prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion method. X-ray diffraction pattern were used to determine the crystal structure and phase formation of the prepared samples. Scanning electron microscopy is used to study the surface morphology of the prepared samples. Elastic properties were determined from the infrared spectroscopy. Debye temperature, wave velocities, elastic constants found to increase with the increase in Gd{sup 3+} substitution. Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of Gd{sup 3+} substitution and frequency. Dielectric constant decreased with the increase in frequency and Gd{sup 3+} substitution. Behavior of dielectric properties was explained on the basis of Maxwell-Wagner interfacial polarization which in accordance with Koops phenomenological theory. Real and imaginary part of impedance was studied as a function of resistance and Gd{sup 3+} substitution. The behavior of impedance is systematically discussed on the basis of resistance-capacitance circuit.

  5. One-way quasiplanar terahertz absorbers using nonstructured polar dielectric layers (United States)

    Rodríguez-Ulibarri, P.; Beruete, M.; Serebryannikov, A. E.


    A concept of quasiplanar one-way transparent terahertz absorbers made of linear isotropic materials is presented. The resulting structure consists of a homogeneous absorbing layer of polar dielectric, GaAs, a dispersion-free substrate, and an ultrathin frequency-selective reflector. It is demonstrated that perfect absorption can be obtained for forward illumination, along with total reflection at backward illumination and transparency windows in the adjacent bands. The design is particularized for the polaritonic gap range where permittivity of GaAs varies in a wide range and includes epsilon-near-zero and transparency regimes. The underlying physics can be explained with the aid of a unified equivalent-circuit (EC) analytical model. Perfect matching of input impedance in forward operation and, simultaneously, strong mismatch in the backward case are the universal criteria of one-way absorption. It is shown that perfect one-way absorption can be achieved at rather arbitrary permittivity values, provided these criteria are fulfilled. The EC results are in good agreement with full-wave simulations in a wide range of material and geometrical parameters. The resulting one-way absorbers are very compact and geometrically simple, and enable transparency in the neighboring frequency ranges and, hence, multifunctionality that utilizes both absorption- and transmission-related regimes.

  6. Off-plane polarization ordering in metal chalcogen diphosphates from bulk to monolayer (United States)

    Song, Wenshen; Fei, Ruixiang; Yang, Li


    Vertically (off-plane) ferroelectric ordering in ultrathin films has been pursued for decades. We predict the existence of intrinsic vertical polarization orderings in ultrathin metal chalcogen-diphosphates (MCDs). Taking CuInP2Se6 as an example, the first-principles calculation and electrostatic-energy model show that, under the open-circuit boundary condition, the ground state of bulk CuInP2Se6 is ferroelectric (FE) while that of monolayer is antiferroelectric (AFE), and the critical thickness for this FE/AFE transition is around six layers. Interestingly, under the closed-circuit boundary condition, the FE state can hold even for monolayer. Particularly, because of the small energy difference but the large barrier between FE and AFE orderings, the FE state can be stabilized in a free-standing monolayer, giving rise to intrinsic, off-plane two-dimensional ferroelectrics. Applying Monte Carlo simulations, we further calculate the ferroelectric Curie temperature (Tc) and electric hysteresis.

  7. Impact of Molecular Orientation and Packing Density on Electronic Polarization in the Bulk and at Surfaces of Organic Semiconductors

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    Ryno, Sean M.


    The polarizable environment surrounding charge carriers in organic semiconductors impacts the efficiency of the charge transport process. Here, we consider two representative organic semiconductors, tetracene and rubrene, and evaluate their polarization energies in the bulk and at the organic-vacuum interface using a polarizable force field that accounts for induced-dipole and quadrupole interactions. Though both oligoacenes pack in a herringbone motif, the tetraphenyl substituents on the tetracene backbone of rubrene alter greatly the nature of the packing. The resulting change in relative orientations of neighboring molecules is found to reduce the bulk polarization energy of holes in rubrene by some 0.3 eV when compared to tetracene. The consideration of model organic-vacuum interfaces highlights the significant variation in the electrostatic environment for a charge carrier at a surface although the net change in polarization energy is small; interestingly, the environment of a charge even just one layer removed from the surface can be viewed already as representative of the bulk. Overall, it is found that in these herringbone-type layered crystals the polarization energy has a much stronger dependence on the intralayer packing density than interlayer packing density.

  8. Terahertz-Field-Induced Large Macroscopic Polarization and Domain-Wall Dynamics in an Organic Molecular Dielectric. (United States)

    Morimoto, T; Miyamoto, T; Yamakawa, H; Terashige, T; Ono, T; Kida, N; Okamoto, H


    A rapid polarization control in paraelectric materials is important for an ultrafast optical switching useful in the future optical communication. In this study, we applied terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopies to the paraelectric neutral phase of an organic molecular dielectric, tetrathiafulvalene-p-chloranil and revealed that a terahertz pulse with the electric-field amplitude of ∼400  kV/cm produces in the subpicosecond time scale a large macroscopic polarization whose magnitude reaches ∼20% of that in the ferroelectric ionic phase. Such a large polarization generation is attributed to the intermolecular charge transfers and breathing motions of domain walls between microscopic neutral and ionic domains induced by the terahertz electric field.

  9. Magnetic coupling between 3He and nuclei in a substrate A possible way to polarize bulk 3He (United States)

    van den Brandt, B.; Bunyatova, E. I.; Hautle, P.; Konter, J. A.; Kovalev, A. I.; Mango, S.


    We have developed an apparatus which allows us to study the interaction of 3He with powder substrates at temperatures down to 50 mK. A Stycast cell has been filled with liquid or solid 3He, at pressures up to 65 bar, confined by fine powder that can be polarized in situ by dynamic nuclear polarization at 2.5 Tesla. A fast and accurate NMR/AFP system has been used to determine relaxation times. Different substrates have been investigated in search for polarizability and a strong enough surface interaction to eventually transmit their magnetization to bulk 3He.

  10. Magnetic coupling between {sup 3}He and nuclei in a substrate. A possible way to polarize bulk {sup 3}He

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    Brandt, B. van den [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Bunyatova, E.I. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Head P.O. Box 79, 101000 Moscow (Russian Federation); Hautle, P. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Konter, J.A. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Kovalev, A.I. [St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188350 Gatchina (Russian Federation); Mango, S. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)


    We have developed an apparatus which allows us to study the interaction of {sup 3}He with powder substrates at temperatures down to 50 mK. A Stycast cell has been filled with liquid or solid {sup 3}He, at pressures up to 65 bar, confined by fine powder that can be polarized in situ by dynamic nuclear polarization at 2.5 Tesla. A fast and accurate NMR/AFP system has been used to determine relaxation times. Different substrates have been investigated in search for polarizability and a strong enough surface interaction to eventually transmit their magnetization to bulk {sup 3}He. ((orig.))

  11. Nonexistence of pure S- and P-polarized surface waves at the interface between a perfect dielectric and a real metal

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    El Gawhary, O.; Adam, A.J.L.; Urbach, H.P.


    It is known that, at optical frequencies, a simple interface between a perfect dielectric and a real metal can sustain the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons only for P-polarized electromagnetic waves, being S-polarized surface plasmons are prohibited. In this work, we formally show that,

  12. Quantitative thickness measurement of polarity-inverted piezoelectric thin-film layer by scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (United States)

    Odagawa, Hiroyuki; Terada, Koshiro; Tanaka, Yohei; Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Yanagitani, Takahiko; Cho, Yasuo


    A quantitative measurement method for a polarity-inverted layer in ferroelectric or piezoelectric thin film is proposed. It is performed nondestructively by scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM). In SNDM, linear and nonlinear dielectric constants are measured using a probe that converts the variation of capacitance related to these constants into the variation of electrical oscillation frequency. In this paper, we describe a principle for determining the layer thickness and some calculation results of the output signal, which are related to the radius of the probe tip and the thickness of the inverted layer. Moreover, we derive an equation that represents the relationship between the output signal and the oscillation frequency of the probe and explain how to determine the thickness from the measured frequency. Experimental results in Sc-doped AlN piezoelectric thin films that have a polarity-inverted layer with a thickness of 1.5 µm fabricated by radio frequency magnetron sputtering showed a fairly good value of 1.38 µm for the thickness of the polarity-inverted layer.

  13. Reproducing the Ensemble Average Polar Solvation Energy of a Protein from a Single Structure: Gaussian-Based Smooth Dielectric Function for Macromolecular Modeling. (United States)

    Chakravorty, Arghya; Jia, Zhe; Li, Lin; Zhao, Shan; Alexov, Emil


    Typically, the ensemble average polar component of solvation energy (∆G_polar^solv) of a macromolecule is computed using molecular dynamics (MD) or Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to generate conformational ensemble and then single/rigid conformation solvation energy calculation is performed on each of snapshots. The primary objective of this work is to demonstrate that Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) based approach using a Gaussian-based smooth dielectric function for macromolecular modeling previously developed by us (Li et al. J Chem Theory Comput 2013, 9 (4), 2126-2136) can reproduce the ensemble average (∆G_polar^solv) of a protein from a single structure. We show that the Gaussian-based dielectric model reproduces the ensemble average ∆G_polar^solv (〈∆G_polar^solv 〉) from an energy minimized structure regardless minimization environment (structure minimized in vacuo, implicit or explicit waters or crystal structure). The best case, however, is when it is paired with in vacuo minimized structure. In contrast, the traditional 2-dielectric model is successful in reproducing the ensemble average (∆G_polar^solv) only if the crystal structure or a structure minimized in solvent is used, the best being the case of implicit solvent minimized structure. Moreover, the traditional 2-dielectric model tends to underestimate the ensemble average 〈∆G_polar^solv 〉 even when the internal dielectric constant of macromolecule takes the lowest physically reasonable value of 1. Our observations from this work reflect how the ability to appropriately mimic the motion of residues, especially the salt-bridges residues, influences a dielectric model's ability to reproduce the ensemble average value of polar solvation free energy from a single structure.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of multiferroic Sm-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanopowders and their bulk dielectric properties

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    Yotburut, Benjaporn [School of Physics, Institute of Science, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Thongbai, Prasit [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Yamwong, Teerapon [National Metals and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), Thailand Science Park, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Maensiri, Santi, E-mail: [School of Physics, Institute of Science, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); SUT Center of Excellence on Advanced Functional Materials, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand)


    Highlights: • Bi{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}FeO{sub 3} nanopowders were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method. • The prepared samples were well characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, and XAS. • The XANES spectra identified the valence state of Fe ion in all nanopowders as 3+. • Increasing in applied dc bias voltage from 0 to 20 V causes a decrease in the dielectric constant. • The relaxation activation energy of a LFR is larger than that of a HFR. - Abstract: Multiferroic Bi{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) nanopowders with particle sizes of 69–22.6 nm were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of the samples were examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns confirmed the phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic phases. The results of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data indicate that the oxidation state of Fe in the sample was Fe{sup 3+}. The results of magnetic properties revealed the enhancement of weak ferromagnetic property with increasing Sm doping in BFO nanopowders. SEM images revealed that the average grain size decreased with an increase in Sm concentration. Undoped BFO ceramics exhibited a high dielectric constant ε′ ∼1.1 × 10{sup 4} and a low loss tangent of tan δ ∼0.5 at room temperature for 1 kHz. The room temperature dielectric constant decreased with increasing concentration of Sm doping and the dielectric relaxation peaks were observed at x ≤ 0.1. The dielectric relaxation peaks which were observed at all frequency ranges were x ≤ 0.1 samples which were attributed to Maxwell-Wagner relaxation. As the temperature increased, great increases in dielectric permittivity were observed in all the Bi{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}FeO{sub 3} samples. The effects of grain boundaries on the dielectric properties of Sm-doped BFO ceramics were investigated by measuring the dielectric responds in the frequencies of 100 Hz–1

  15. Dielectric siphons. (United States)

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


    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.

  16. A New Dual Circularly Polarized Feed Employing a Dielectric Cylinder-Loaded Circular Waveguide Open End Fed by Crossed Dipoles

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    Jae-Hoon Bang


    Full Text Available This paper presents a new dual circularly polarized feed that provides good axial ratio over wide angles and low cross-polarized radiation in backward direction. A circular waveguide open end is fed with two orthogonally polarized waves in phase quadrature by a pair of printed crossed dipoles and a compact connectorized quadrature hybrid coupler. The waveguide aperture is loaded with a dielectric cylinder to reduce the cross-polarization beyond 90 degrees off the boresight. The fabricated feed has, at 5.5 GHz, 6.33-dBic copolarized gain, 3-dB beamwidth of 106°, 10-dB beamwidth of 195°, 3-dB axial ratio beamwidth of 215°, maximum cross-polarized gain of −21.4 dBic, and 27-dB port isolation. The reflection coefficient of the feed is less than −10 dB at 4.99–6.09 GHz.

  17. Temperature-dependent dielectric and energy-storage properties of Pb(Zr,Sn,Ti)O{sub 3} antiferroelectric bulk ceramics

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    Chen, Xuefeng; Liu, Zhen; Xu, Chenhong; Cao, Fei; Wang, Genshui; Dong, Xianlin, E-mail: [Key laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 200050, Shanghai (China)


    The dielectric and energy-storage properties of Pb{sub 0.99}Nb{sub 0.02}[(Zr{sub 0.60}Sn{sub 0.40}){sub 0.95}Ti{sub 0.05}]{sub 0.98}O{sub 3} (PNZST) bulk ceramics near the antiferroelectric (AFE)-ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary are investigated as a function of temperature. Three characteristic temperatures T{sub 0}, T{sub C}, T{sub 2} are obtained from the dielectric temperature spectrum. At different temperature regions (below T{sub 0}, between T{sub 0} and T{sub C}, and above T{sub C}), three types of hysteresis loops are observed as square double loop, slim loop and linear loop, respectively. The switching fields and recoverable energy density all first increase and then decrease with increasing temperature, and reach their peak values at ∼T{sub 0}. These results provide a convenient method to optimize the working temperature of antiferroelectric electronic devices through testing the temperature dependent dielectric properties of antiferroelectric ceramics.

  18. Fluorescence Spectroscopy with Metal-Dielectric Waveguides. (United States)

    Badugu, Ramachandram; Szmacinski, Henryk; Ray, Krishanu; Descrovi, Emiliano; Ricciardi, Serena; Zhang, Douguo; Chen, Junxue; Huo, Yiping; Lakowicz, Joseph R


    We describe a hybrid metal-dielectric waveguide structures (MDWs) with numerous potential applications in the biosciences. These structures consist of a thin metal film coated with a dielectric layer. Depending on the thickness of the dielectric layer, the modes can be localized near the metal, within the dielectric, or at the top surface of the dielectric. The optical modes in a metal-dielectric waveguide can have either S (TE) or P (TM) polarization. The dielectric spacer avoids the quenching, which usually occurs for fluorophores within about 5 nm from the metal. Additionally, the resonances display a sharp angular dependence and can exhibit several hundred-fold increases in intensity (E2) at the silica-air interface relative to the incident intensity. Fluorophores placed on top of the silica layer couple efficiently with the metal, resulting in a sharp angular distribution of emission through the metal and down from the bottom of the structure. This coupling occurs over large distances to several hundred nm away from the metal and was found to be consistent with simulations of the reflectivity of the metal-dielectric waveguides. Remarkably, for some silica thicknesses, the emission is almost completely coupled through the structure with little free-space emission away from the metal-dielectric waveguide. The efficiency of fluorophore coupling is related to the quality of the resonant modes sustained by the metal-dielectric waveguide, resulting in coupling of most of the emission through the metal into the underlying glass substrates. Metal-dielectric waveguides also provide a method to resolve the emission from surface-bound fluorophores from the bulk-phase fluorophores. Metal-dielectric waveguides are simple to fabricate for large surface areas, the resonance wavelength can be adjusted by the dielectric thickness, and the silica surface is suitable for coupling to biomolecules. Metal-dielectric waveguides can have numerous applications in diagnostics and high

  19. Incorporation of the polarization point on the graphene aerogel to achieve strong dielectric loss behavior. (United States)

    Ma, Jianna; Liu, Wei; Quan, Bin; Liang, Xiaohui; Ji, Guangbin


    The preparation of nanocomposites of reduced graphene oxide with loaded TiO2 nanoparticles (TRGO) by a facile one-step hydrothermal treatment is reported. We have successfully increased the contact area of TiO2 and RGO to enhance polarization point, which is in favor of strengthening interfacial polarization. The interfaregioncial polarization has been regarded as an important role on the attenuation of high-frequency electromagnetic waves. Therefore, a good absorber is prepared by inserting the polarization point on the graphene aerogel, which shows excellent electromagnetic wave absorbing properties. In detail, the minimum reflection loss value at 2.1mm is up to -27.2dB for the TRGO-1.5 composite and the frequency bandwidth of 5.2GHz can be obtained. Thus, it demonstrates that the adjustment of interface polarization would play a key role in the microwave-absorbing ability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Development of novel purifiers with appropriate functional groups based on solvent polarities at bulk filtration (United States)

    Kohyama, Tetsu; Kaneko, Fumiya; Ly, Saksatha; Hamzik, James; Jaber, Jad; Yamada, Yoshiaki


    Weak-polar solvents like PGMEA (Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate) or CHN (Cyclohexanone) are used to dissolve hydrophobic photo-resist polymers, which are challenging for traditional cleaning methods such as distillation, ion-exchange resins service or water-washing processes. This paper investigated two novel surface modifications to see their effectiveness at metal removal and to understand the mechanism. The experiments yielded effective purification methods for metal reduction, focusing on solvent polarities based on HSP (Hansen Solubility Parameters), and developing optimal purification strategies.

  1. Significance of the double-layer capacitor effect in polar rubbery dielectrics and exceptionally stable low-voltage high transconductance organic transistors


    Chao Wang; Wen-Ya Lee; Desheng Kong; Raphael Pfattner; Guillaume Schweicher; Reina Nakajima; Chien Lu; Jianguo Mei; Tae Hoon Lee; Hung-Chin Wu; Jeffery Lopez; Ying Diao; Xiaodan Gu; Scott Himmelberger; Weijun Niu


    Both high gain and transconductance at low operating voltages are essential for practical applications of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Here, we describe the significance of the double-layer capacitance effect in polar rubbery dielectrics, even when present in a very low ion concentration and conductivity. We observed that this effect can greatly enhance the OFET transconductance when driven at low voltages. Specifically, when the polar elastomer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafl...

  2. SERS polarization dependence of Ag nanorice dimer on metal and dielectric film (United States)

    Zang, Yuying; Shi, Haiyang; Huang, Yingzhou; Zeng, Xiping; Pan, Liang; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia


    The polarization dependence plays a great impact on the SERS intensities for the surface plasmon coupling between nanoparticle aggregating. In this work, the SERS intensities collected from nanorice heterogeneous dimer or homogeneous dimer on Au, ITO and glass substrates exhibit strong polarization dependence. This result is further analyzed by the simulated surface charge distribution and electromagnetic enhancement distribution. Our data illustrate that SERS polarization dependence exhibits in all gaps in whole system, not only the gaps between nanorices but also gaps between nanorices and film, which could be important for the application of SERS as an ultrasensitive sensing technique.

  3. The rectangular potential well (hat) model: application to the dielectric spectra of non-associated polar liquids (United States)

    Coffey, W. T.; Gaiduk, V. I.; Tseitlin, B. M.; Walsh, M. E.


    A theory of the wideband dielectric response of polar molecules in a hat-like rectangular well potential with perfectly elastic (reflecting) conical surface of finite depth is presented. The well represents molecular interaction in terms of the mean-field potential. Thus, escape of dipoles across the potential barrier, so they may execute complete rotations outside the cone, is also accounted for. This model is a generalisation of the cone-confined rotator and hybrid models, described previously by Gaiduk and Tseitlin [Adv. Chem. Phys. 87 (1994) 125; Mendeleev Commun. 1997, No. 2, p. 76]. In this work it is shown that the model, in which both the bottom of the potential well and its rim are flat, so that it resembles a hat, provides an adequate description of the wideband spectrum (comprising the Debye relaxation and far infra-red regions) of orientational polarisation. The applicability of the hat model has been demonstrated for strongly absorbing liquids, such as methyl chloride, for which wideband dielectric spectra due to molecular reorientation were calculated in the [0, THz] frequency region.

  4. Improving Dielectric Properties of PVDF Composites by Employing Surface Modified Strong Polarized BaTiO₃ Particles Derived by Molten Salt Method. (United States)

    Fu, Jing; Hou, Yudong; Zheng, Mupeng; Wei, Qiaoyi; Zhu, Mankang; Yan, Hui


    BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (BT/PVDF) is the extensive reported composite material for application in modern electric devices. However, there still exists some obstacles prohibiting the further improvement of dielectric performance, such as poor interfacial compatibility and low dielectric constant. Therefore, in depth study of the size dependent polarization and surface modification of BT particle is of technological importance in developing high performance BT/PVDF composites. Here, a facile molten-salt synthetic method has been applied to prepare different grain sized BT particles through tailoring the calcination temperature. The size dependent spontaneous polarizationof BT particle was thoroughly investigated by theoretical calculation based on powder X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement data. The results revealed that 600 nm sized BT particles possess the strong polarization, ascribing to the ferroelectric size effect. Furthermore, the surface of optimal BT particles has been modified by water-soluble polyvinylprrolidone (PVP) agent, and the coated particles exhibited fine core-shell structure and homogeneous dispersion in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric constant of the resulted composites increased significantly, especially, the prepared composite with 40 vol % BT loading exhibited the largest dielectric constant (65, 25 °C, 1 kHz) compared with the literature values of BT/PVDF at the same concentration of filler. Moreover, the energy storage density of the composites with tailored structure was largely enhanced at the low electric field, showing promising application as dielectric material in energy storage device. Our work suggested that introduction of strong polarized ferroelectric particles with optimal size and construction of core-shell structured coated fillers by PVP in the PVDF matrix are efficacious in improving dielectric performance of composites. The demonstrated approach can also be applied to the design and preparation of other polymers

  5. Studies on Dielectric Properties of Binary Polar Mixtures of n-Butanol-Mutual Correlation and Excess Thermodynamic Functions (United States)

    Swain, B. B.


    Dielectric constant of binary mixtures of six polar liquids with n-butanol has been measured at radio frequency. The data has been utilised for calculation of (i) mutual correlation factor, gab, between the unlike molecules and (ii) contribution of the unlike molecules to the excess free energy of mixing, \\varDelta Fab, and excess entropy \\varDelta Sab. The value of gab in mixture of the alcohols (n-butanol with methanol and n-propanol) remains above unity while for mixtures where the other component is a nonassociated liquid (n-butanol in chlorobenzene/aniline/ethyl benzoate/methyl benzoate) go below unity. These indicate predominance of microheterogeneous clustres with co-operative angular correlation (α-cluster) in the case of alcohol mixtures and of clusters with destructive angular correlation (β-cluster) in mixtures where one component is a non-associated liquid. The excess thermodynamic parameters calculated from this data also qualitatively support this view.

  6. Near-surface bulk densities of asteroids derived from dual-polarization radar observations (United States)

    Virkki, A.; Taylor, P. A.; Zambrano-Marin, L. F.; Howell, E. S.; Nolan, M. C.; Lejoly, C.; Rivera-Valentin, E. G.; Aponte, B. A.


    We present a new method to constrain the near-surface bulk density and surface roughness of regolith on asteroid surfaces using planetary radar measurements. The number of radar observations has increased rapidly during the last five years, allowing us to compare and contrast the radar scattering properties of different small-body populations and compositional types. This provides us with new opportunities to investigate their near-surface physical properties such as the chemical composition, bulk density, porosity, or the structural roughness in the scale of centimeters to meters. Because the radar signal can penetrate into a planetary surface up to a few decimeters, radar can reveal information that is hidden from other ground-based methods, such as optical and infrared measurements. The near-surface structure of asteroids and comets in centimeter-to-meter scale is essential information for robotic and human space missions, impact threat mitigation, and understanding the history of these bodies as well as the formation of the whole Solar System.

  7. High-performance gap-closing vibrational energy harvesting using electret-polarized dielectric oscillators (United States)

    Feng, Yue; Yu, Zejie; Han, Yanhui


    In conventional gap-closing electret-biased electrostatic energy harvesting (EEEH) schemes, electrets with a very low ratio of electret thickness to permittivity are in great demand to allow the attainment of high power output. However, in practice, pursuing such a low ratio introduces unwanted burdens on the electret stability and therefore the reliability of the EEEH devices. In this paper, we propose a dielectric-oscillator-based electrostatic EH (DEEH) scheme as an alternative approach to harvesting electret-biased electrostatic energy. This approach permits the fabrication of an electret-free closed EH circuit. The DEEH architecture directly collects the electrical energy exclusively through the oscillating dielectric body and thus completely circumvents the restrictions imposed by the electret parameters (thickness and permittivity) on power generation. Significantly, without considering the electret thickness and permittivity, both theoretical analysis and experiments have verified the effectiveness of this DEEH strategy, and a high figure of merit (on the order of 10-8 mW cm-2 V-2 Hz-1) was achieved for low-frequency movements.

  8. Nonempirical density functionals investigated for jellium: Spin-polarized surfaces, spherical clusters, and bulk linear response (United States)

    Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P.; Almeida, Luís Miguel; Fiolhais, Carlos; Kümmel, Stephan


    Jellium, a simple model of metals, is a standard testing ground for density functionals both for bulk and for surface properties. Earlier tests show that the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) nonempirical metageneralized gradient approximation (meta-GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy yields more accurate surface energies than the local spin density (LSD) approximation for spin-unpolarized jellium. In this study, work functions and surface energies of a jellium metal in the presence of “internal” and external magnetic fields are calculated with LSD, Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) GGA, and TPSS meta-GGA and its predecessor, the nearly nonempirical Perdew-Kurth-Zupan-Blaha meta-GGA, using self-consistent LSD orbitals and densities. The results show that (i) For normal bulk densities, the surface correlation energy is the same in TPSS as in PBE, as it should be since TPSS strives to represent a self-correlation correction to PBE; (ii) Normal surface density profiles can be scaled uniformly to the low-density or strong-interaction limit, and TPSS provides an estimate for that limit that is consistent with (but probably more accurate than) other estimates; (iii) For both normal and low densities, TPSS provides the same description of surface magnetism as PBE, suggesting that these approximations may be generally equivalent for magnetism. The energies of jellium spheres with up to 106 electrons are calculated using density functionals and compared to those obtained with diffusion quantum Monte Carlo data, including our estimate for the fixed-node correction. Typically, while PBE energies are too low for spheres with more than about two electrons, LSD and TPSS are accurate there. We confirm that curvature energies are lower in PBE and TPSS than in LSD. Finally, we calculate the linear response of bulk jellium using these density functionals and find that not only LSD but also PBE GGA and TPSS meta-GGA yield a linear response in good agreement with that of the

  9. Evolution of Mars’ Northern Polar Seasonal CO2 deposits: variations in surface brightness and bulk density (United States)

    Mount, Christopher P.; Titus, Timothy N.


    Small scale variations of seasonal ice are explored at different geomorphic units on the Northern Polar Seasonal Cap (NPSC). We use seasonal rock shadow measurements, combined with visible and thermal observations, to calculate density over time. The coupling of volume density and albedo allows us to determine the microphysical state of the seasonal CO2 ice. We find two distinct endmembers across the NPSC: 1) Snow deposits may anneal to form an overlying slab layer that fractures. These low density deposits maintain relatively constant densities over springtime. 2) Porous slab deposits likely anneal rapidly in early spring and fracture in late spring. These high density deposits dramatically increase in density over time. The endmembers appear to be correlated with latitude.

  10. An Efficient Non-iterative Bulk Parametrization of Surface Fluxes for Stable Atmospheric Conditions Over Polar Sea-Ice (United States)

    Gryanik, Vladimir M.; Lüpkes, Christof


    In climate and weather prediction models the near-surface turbulent fluxes of heat and momentum and related transfer coefficients are usually parametrized on the basis of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST). To avoid iteration, required for the numerical solution of the MOST equations, many models apply parametrizations of the transfer coefficients based on an approach relating these coefficients to the bulk Richardson number Rib . However, the parametrizations that are presently used in most climate models are valid only for weaker stability and larger surface roughnesses than those documented during the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean campaign (SHEBA). The latter delivered a well-accepted set of turbulence data in the stable surface layer over polar sea-ice. Using stability functions based on the SHEBA data, we solve the MOST equations applying a new semi-analytic approach that results in transfer coefficients as a function of Rib and roughness lengths for momentum and heat. It is shown that the new coefficients reproduce the coefficients obtained by the numerical iterative method with a good accuracy in the most relevant range of stability and roughness lengths. For small Rib , the new bulk transfer coefficients are similar to the traditional coefficients, but for large Rib they are much smaller than currently used coefficients. Finally, a possible adjustment of the latter and the implementation of the new proposed parametrizations in models are discussed.

  11. Polarized neutron powder diffraction studies of antiferromagnetic order in bulk and nanoparticle NiO

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    Brok, Erik; Lefmann, Kim; Deen, Pascale P.


    NiO and platelet-shaped NiO nanoparticles with thickness from greater than 200 nm down to 2.0 nm. The advantage of the applied method is that it is able to clearly separate the structural, the magnetic, and the spin-incoherent scattering signals for all particle sizes. For platelet-shaped particles...... with thickness from greater than 200 nm down to 2.2 nm we find that the spin orientation deviates about 16° from the primary (111) plane of the platelet-shaped particles. In the smallest particles (2.0 nm thick) we find the spins are oriented with a 30° average angle to the primary (111) plane of the particles...... at the particle surfaces and by the broadening of diffraction peaks due to the finite crystallite size. Moreover, the spin structure in magnetic nanoparticles may deviate significantly from that of the corresponding bulk material because of the low-symmetry surroundings of surface atoms and the large relative...

  12. Surface and finite size effects impact on the phase diagrams, polar, and dielectric properties of (Sr,Bi)Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} ferroelectric nanoparticles

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    Eliseev, E. A.; Fomichov, Y. M.; Glinchuk, M. D. [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Krjijanovskogo 3, 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Semchenko, A. V.; Sidsky, V. V. [F. Skorina Gomel State University, Sovetskaya 104, Gomel 246019 (Belarus); Kolos, V. V. [JSC “INTEGRAL,” Kazintsa 121A, Minsk 220108 (Belarus); Pleskachevsky, Yu. M. [V. A. Belyi Metal-Polymer Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences, Gomel (Belarus); Silibin, M. V., E-mail:, E-mail: [National Research University of Electronic Technology “MIET,” Bld. 1, Shokin Square, 124498 Moscow (Russian Federation); Morozovsky, N. V.; Morozovska, A. N., E-mail:, E-mail: [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 46, Pr. Nauky, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine)


    In the framework of the thermodynamic approach Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire (LGD) combined with the equations of electrostatics, we investigated the effect of polarization surface screening on finite size effects of the phase diagrams, polar, and dielectric properties of ferroelectric nanoparticles of different shapes. We obtained and analyzed the analytical results for the dependences of the ferroelectric phase transition temperature, critical size, spontaneous polarization, and thermodynamic coercive field on the shape and size of the nanoparticles. The pronounced size effect of these characteristics on the scaling parameter, the ratio of the particle characteristic size to the length of the surface screening, was revealed. Also our modeling predicts a significant impact of the flexo-chemical effect (that is a joint action of flexoelectric effect and chemical pressure) on the temperature of phase transition, polar, and dielectric properties of nanoparticles when their chemical composition deviates from the stoichiometric one. We showed on the example of the stoichiometric nanosized SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} particles that except the vicinity of the critical size, where the system splitting into domains has an important role, results of analytical calculation of the spontaneous polarization have a little difference from the numerical ones. We revealed a strong impact of the flexo-chemical effect on the phase transition temperature, polar, and dielectric properties of Sr{sub y}Bi{sub 2+x}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} nanoparticles when the ratio Sr/Bi deviates from the stoichiometric value of 0.5 within the range from 0.35 to 0.65. From the analysis of experimental data, we derived the parameters of the theory, namely, the coefficients of expansion of the LGD functional, the contribution of flexo-chemical effect, and the length of the surface screening.

  13. Dielectrics in electric fields

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    Raju, Gorur G


    Discover nontraditional applications of dielectric studies in this exceptionally crafted field reference or text for seniors and graduate students in power engineering tracks. This text contains more than 800 display equations and discusses polarization phenomena in dielectrics, the complex dielectric constant in an alternating electric field, dielectric relaxation and interfacial polarization, the measurement of absorption and desorption currents in time domains, and high field conduction phenomena. Dielectrics in Electric Fields is an interdisciplinary reference and text for professionals and students in electrical and electronics, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering; physical, surface, and colloid chemistry; materials science; and chemical physics.

  14. Bulk monocrystal growth, optical, dielectric, third order nonlinear, thermal and mechanical studies on HCl added L-alanine: An organic NLO material

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    Shkir, Mohd, E-mail: [Advanced Functional Materials & Optoelectronic Laboratory (AFMOL), Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Yahia, I.S., E-mail: [Advanced Functional Materials & Optoelectronic Laboratory (AFMOL), Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Nano-Science & Semiconductor Labs, Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, Cairo (Egypt); Al-Qahtani, A.M.A. [Advanced Functional Materials & Optoelectronic Laboratory (AFMOL), Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia)


    In the current work, good quality bulk size (∼32 mm × 23 mm × 10 mm) single crystals of HCl added L-alanine with well-defined morphology are successfully grown using slow evaporation technique. Crystal structure and other structural parameters were evaluated from X-ray diffraction data. Vibrational assessment of the grown crystal was done by FT-Raman analysis. The presence of chlorine and good quality of the grown crystal was confirmed by SEM/EDX analysis. Solid state UV–Vis–NIR diffused reflectance was measured and direct and indirect optical band gap was calculated using Kubelka-Munk relation and found to be 5.64 and 5 eV respectively. Dielectric measurement was carried out in high frequency range. Third order nonlinear optical susceptibility value was found to be enhanced from 1.91 × 10{sup −6} (pure) to 8.6 × 10{sup −6} esu (LAHCl). Good thermal stability of grown crystals was confirmed from DSC analysis. The enhancement in mechanical strength and crystalline perfection was also observed. - Highlights: • Bulk size (32 mm × 23 mm × 10 mm), good crystalline perfection HCl added L-alanine monocrystal is grown. • The shift in X-ray diffraction and vibrational peaks confirms the interaction of HCl. • The high optical transparency and band gap confirms its application in optoelectronic devices. • Third order NLO properties are found to be enhanced in HCl added L-alanine crystals. • The mechanical strength of the grown crystals is found to be enhanced due HCl addition.

  15. Polarization Dependent Bulk-sensitive Valence Band Photoemission Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations: Part I. 3d Transition Metals (United States)

    Ueda, Shigenori; Hamada, Ikutaro


    The X-ray polarization dependent valence band HAXPES spectra of 3d transition metals (TMs) of Ti-Zn were measured to investigate the orbital resolved electronic structures by utilizing that the fact the photoionization cross-section of the atomic orbitals strongly depends on the experimental geometry. We have calculated the HAXPES spectra, which correspond to the cross-section weighted densities of states (CSW-DOSs), where the DOSs were obtained by the density functional theory calculations, and we have determined the relative photoionization cross-sections of the 4s and 4p orbitals to the 3d orbital in the 3d TMs. The experimentally obtained bulk-sensitive 3d and 4s DOSs were good agreement with the calculated DOSs in Ti, V, Cr, and Cu. In contrast, the deviations between the experimental and calculated 3d DOSs for Mn, Fe, Co, Ni were found, suggesting that the electron correlation plays an important role in the electronic structures for these materials.

  16. Effect of in-material losses on terahertz absorption, transmission, and reflection in photonic crystals made of polar dielectrics

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    Serebryannikov, Andriy E., E-mail: [Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-614 Poznań (Poland); Nanotechnology Research Center—NANOTAM, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey); Nojima, S. [Yokohama City University, Department of Nanosystem Science, Graduate School of Nanobioscience, Kanazawa Ku, 22-2 Seto, Yokohama, Kanagawa 2360027 (Japan); Alici, K. B. [TUBITAK Marmara Research Center, Materials Institute, 41470 Gebze, Kocaeli (Turkey); Ozbay, Ekmel [Nanotechnology Research Center—NANOTAM, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey)


    The effect of the material absorption factor on terahertz absorption (A), transmittance (T), and reflectance (R) for slabs of PhC that comprise rods made of GaAs, a polar dielectric, is studied. The main goal was to illustrate how critical a choice of the absorption factor for simulations is and to indicate the importance of the possible modification of the absorption ability by using either active or lossy impurities. The spectra of A, T, and R are strongly sensitive to the location of the polaritonic gap with respect to the photonic pass and stop bands connected with periodicity that enables the efficient combination of the effects of material and structural parameters. It will be shown that the spectra can strongly depend on the utilized value of the material absorption factor. In particular, both narrow and wide absorption bands may appear owing to a variation of the material parameters with a frequency in the vicinity of the polaritonic gap. The latter are often achieved at wideband suppression of transmission, so that an ultra-wide stop band can appear as a result of adjustment of the stop bands having different origin. The results obtained at simultaneous variation of the absorption factor and frequency, and angle of incidence and frequency, indicate the possibility of the existence of wide ranges of tolerance, in which the basic features do remain. This allows for mitigating the accuracy requirements for the absorption factor in simulations and promises the efficient absorption of nonmonochromatic waves and beams with a wide angular spectrum. Suppression of narrowband effects in transmission is demonstrated at rather large values of the absorption factor, when they appear due to either the defect modes related to structural defects or dispersion inspired variations of the material parameters in the vicinity of the polaritonic gap. Comparison with auxiliary structures helps one to detect the common features and differences of homogeneous slabs and slabs of a

  17. Effects of interface and bulk properties of gate-dielectric on the performance and stability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (United States)

    Ando, M.; Wakagi, M.; Onisawa, K.


    In order to investigate the effects of interface and bulk properties of gate insulator on the threshold voltage (Vth) and the gate-bias induced instability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si:H TFTs), four kinds of TFT structures were fabricated with SiNx and SiOx insulators stacked to make different combinations of the bulk and interface in the gate-dielectric layers. It was found that the Vth and the stability are independently controlled by tuning stoichiometry and thickness of the SiOx insertion layer between a-Si:H and SiNx. In TFTs with SiOx insertion layer of 50 nm thickness, on increasing oxygen/silicon (O/Si = x) ratio from 1.7 to 1.9, Vth increased from 0 V to 9 V. In these TFTs with a relatively thick SiOx insertion layer, positive Vth shift with negative bias stress was observed, confirmed to be due to defect creation in a-Si:H with the thermalization barrier energy of 0.83 eV. On reducing the thickness of the SiOx insertion layer down to approximately 1 nm, thin enough for hole injection through SiOx by tunneling effect, stable operation was obtained while keeping the high Vth value under negative stress bias. These results are consistently explained as follows: (1) the high value for Vth is caused by the dipole generated at the interface between a-Si:H and SiOx; and (2) two causes for Vth shift, charge injection to the gate insulator and defect creation in a-Si:H, are mutually related to each other through the "effective bias stress," Vbseff = Vbs - ΔVfb (Vbs: applied bias stress and ΔVfb: flat band voltage shift due to the charge injection). It was experimentally confirmed that there should be an optimum thickness of SiOx insertion layer of approximately 1 nm with stable high Vth, where enhanced injection increases ΔVfb, reduces Vbseff to reduce defect creation, and totally minimizes Vth shift.

  18. Effects of “natural” water and “added” water on prediction of moisture content and bulk density of shelled corn from microwave dielectric properties (United States)

    Dielectric properties of samples of shelled corn of “natural” water content and those prepared by adding water were measured in free space at microwave frequencies and 23 oC. Results of measurements of attenuation, phase shift and dielectric constant and loss factor at 9 GHz show no difference betw...

  19. Electrical Conductivity and Dielectric Properties of Bulk Glass V2O5 (ZnO, PbO SrO FeO

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    M. S. Aziz


    Full Text Available The AC conductivity and dielectric parameters of the glassy system of (70-x V2O5· x(Zn/Pb· 10SrO · 20FeO (x = 0, 5, 10, and 15 glasses have been investigated. The frequency and temperature dependence of dielectric constant (ε′ and dielectric loss (ε′′ is studied in the frequency range 100 Hz–5 MHz and in the temperature range 300–460 K. Dielectric dispersion is observed in all samples as Zn/Pb increase content in the (70-xV2O5· x(Zn/Pb·10SrO·20FeO systems. These results are explained on the basis of a Debye-type relaxation. It is also observed that the activation energy increases on increasing the Zn/Pb contents in this system.

  20. Significance of the double-layer capacitor effect in polar rubbery dielectrics and exceptionally stable low-voltage high transconductance organic transistors (United States)

    Wang, Chao; Lee, Wen-Ya; Kong, Desheng; Pfattner, Raphael; Schweicher, Guillaume; Nakajima, Reina; Lu, Chien; Mei, Jianguo; Lee, Tae Hoon; Wu, Hung-Chin; Lopez, Jeffery; Diao, Ying; Gu, Xiaodan; Himmelberger, Scott; Niu, Weijun; Matthews, James R.; He, Mingqian; Salleo, Alberto; Nishi, Yoshio; Bao, Zhenan


    Both high gain and transconductance at low operating voltages are essential for practical applications of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Here, we describe the significance of the double-layer capacitance effect in polar rubbery dielectrics, even when present in a very low ion concentration and conductivity. We observed that this effect can greatly enhance the OFET transconductance when driven at low voltages. Specifically, when the polar elastomer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (e-PVDF-HFP) was used as the dielectric layer, despite a thickness of several micrometers, we obtained a transconductance per channel width 30 times higher than that measured for the same organic semiconductors fabricated on a semicrystalline PVDF-HFP with a similar thickness. After a series of detailed experimental investigations, we attribute the above observation to the double-layer capacitance effect, even though the ionic conductivity is as low as 10-10 S/cm. Different from previously reported OFETs with double-layer capacitance effects, our devices showed unprecedented high bias-stress stability in air and even in water.

  1. Resonant dielectric metamaterials (United States)

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


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

  2. Thickness and dielectric constant determination of thin dielectric layers

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    de Bruijn, H.E.; de Bruijn, Helene E.; Minor, Marcel; Kooyman, R.P.H.; Greve, Jan


    We derive a method for the determination of the dielectric constant and thickness of a thin dielectric layer, deposited on top of a thick dielectric layer which is in turn present on a metal film. Reflection of p- and s-polarized light from the metal layer yields minima for certain angles of

  3. Dielectric properties of perovskites with polar disorder (K1-xLix TaO3 and Pb[Mg1/3Nb2/3]O3) and of SrTiO3 films


    Christen, Hans-Martin


    Dielectric properties of perovskites are studied both to gain insight into fundamental aspects of the freezing of polar disorder, and to investigate their technological potential. The dynamics of freezing of polar disorder is investigated in single crystals of Li-doped potassium tantalate (K1-xLixTaO3) and lead magnesium niobate (pb[Mg1/3Nb2/3]O3). For the mixed crystal K1-xLixTaO3, the dielectric permittivity ε (ω) is measured at various temperatures and for frequencies ω/2π ranging from 2 ×...

  4. Dielectric properties of perovskites with polar disorder (K1-xLix TaO3 and Pb[Mg1/3Nb2/3]O3) and of SrTiO3 films


    Christen, Hans-Martin; Châtelain, André


    Dielectric properties of perovskites are studied both to gain insight into fundamental aspects of the freezing of polar disorder, and to investigate their technological potential. The dynamics of freezing of polar disorder is investigated in single crystals of Li-doped potassium tantalate (K1-xLixTaO3) and lead magnesium niobate (pb[Mg1/3Nb2/3]O3). For the mixed crystal K1-xLixTaO3, the dielectric permittivity ε (ω) is measured at various temperatures and for frequencies ω/2π ranging from 2 ×...

  5. Development of On-Demand Non-Polar and Semi-Polar Bulk Gallium Nitride Materials for Next Generation Electronic and Optoelectrode Devices

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    Fini, P


    ...) wafers that will act as seeds for subsequent GaN boule growth in Phase II. Inlustra developed non-polar a-plane and m-plane GaN films with smooth surfaces and minimal wafer bowing and cracking...

  6. Ultrahigh refractive index sensitivity of TE-polarized electromagnetic waves in graphene at the interface between two dielectric media. (United States)

    Kotov, O V; Kol'chenko, M A; Lozovik, Yu E


    The behavior of the TE and TM electromagnetic waves in graphene at the interface between two semi-infinite dielectric media is studied. The dramatic influence on the TE waves propagation even at very small changes in the optical contrast between the two dielectric media is predicted. Frequencies of the TE waves are found to lie only in the window determined by the contrast. We consider this effect in connection with the design of graphene-based optical gas sensor. Near the frequency, where the imaginary part of the conductivity of graphene becomes zero, ultrahigh refractive index sensitivity and very low detection limit are revealed. The considered graphene-based optical gas sensor outperforms characteristics of modern volume refractive index sensors by several orders of magnitude.

  7. Inductive dielectric analyzer (United States)

    Agranovich, Daniel; Polygalov, Eugene; Popov, Ivan; Ben Ishai, Paul; Feldman, Yuri


    One of the approaches to bypass the problem of electrode polarization in dielectric measurements is the free electrode method. The advantage of this technique is that, the probing electric field in the material is not supplied by contact electrodes, but rather by electromagnetic induction. We have designed an inductive dielectric analyzer based on a sensor comprising two concentric toroidal coils. In this work, we present an analytic derivation of the relationship between the impedance measured by the sensor and the complex dielectric permittivity of the sample. The obtained relationship was successfully employed to measure the dielectric permittivity and conductivity of various alcohols and aqueous salt solutions.

  8. Dielectric decrement effects in electrokinetics (United States)

    Figliuzzi, Bruno; Chan, Wai Hong Ronald; Buie, Cullen; Moran, Jeffrey


    Understanding the nonlinear phenomena that occur in the electric double layer (EDL) that forms at charged surfaces is a key issue in electrokinetics. In recent studies, Nakayama and Andelman [J. Chem. Physics 2015] Hatlo et al. [EPL 2012], and Zhao and Zhai [JFM 2013] demonstrated that dielectric decrement significantly influences the ionic concentration in the electric double layer (EDL) at high zeta potential, leading to the formation of a condensed layer near the particle's surface. In this presentation, we apply the dielectric decrement model to study two archetypal problems in electrokinetics, namely the electrophoresis of particles with fixed surface charges and the electrophoresis of ideally polarizable particles. Our aim is to rely on numerical simulations to incorporate nonlinear effects including crowding effects due to the finite size of ions, dielectric decrement in the EDL, surface conduction, concentration polarization and advection in the bulk solution. In parallel, we derive a simplified composite layer model that enables us to obtain analytical estimates of the physical quantities involved in the physical description of the problem.

  9. Resonance scattering of a dielectric sphere illuminated by electromagnetic Bessel non-diffracting (vortex) beams with arbitrary incidence and selective polarizations

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    Mitri, F.G., E-mail: [Chevron, Area 52 Technology–ETC, 5 Bisbee Ct., Santa Fe, NM 87508 (United States); Li, R.X., E-mail: [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Information Sensing and Understanding, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Guo, L.X. [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Information Sensing and Understanding, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Ding, C.Y. [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China)


    A complete description of vector Bessel (vortex) beams in the context of the generalized Lorenz–Mie theory (GLMT) for the electromagnetic (EM) resonance scattering by a dielectric sphere is presented, using the method of separation of variables and the subtraction of a non-resonant background (corresponding to a perfectly conducting sphere of the same size) from the standard Mie scattering coefficients. Unlike the conventional results of standard optical radiation, the resonance scattering of a dielectric sphere in air in the field of EM Bessel beams is examined and demonstrated with particular emphasis on the EM field’s polarization and beam order (or topological charge). Linear, circular, radial, azimuthal polarizations as well as unpolarized Bessel vortex beams are considered. The conditions required for the resonance scattering are analyzed, stemming from the vectorial description of the EM field using the angular spectrum decomposition, the derivation of the beam-shape coefficients (BSCs) using the integral localized approximation (ILA) and Neumann–Graf’s addition theorem, and the determination of the scattering coefficients of the sphere using Debye series. In contrast with the standard scattering theory, the resonance method presented here allows the quantitative description of the scattering using Debye series by separating diffraction effects from the external and internal reflections from the sphere. Furthermore, the analysis is extended to include rainbow formation in Bessel beams and the derivation of a generalized formula for the deviation angle of high-order rainbows. Potential applications for this analysis include Bessel beam-based laser imaging spectroscopy, atom cooling and quantum optics, electromagnetic instrumentation and profilometry, optical tweezers and tractor beams, to name a few emerging areas of research.

  10. Maximizing the dielectric response of molecular thin films via quantum chemical design. (United States)

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


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

  11. Experimental study on the dielectric properties of polyacrylate dielectric elastomer (United States)

    Qiang, Junhua; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo


    The dielectric constant of elastomeric dielectric material is an essential physical parameter, whose value may affect the electromechanical deformation of a dielectric elastomer actuator. Since the dielectric constant is influenced by several external factors as reported before, and no certain value has been confirmed to our knowledge, in the present paper, on the basis of systematical comparison of recent past literature, we conducted extensive works on the measurement of dielectric properties of VHB films, involving five influencing factors: prestretch (both equal and unequal biaxial), electrical frequency, electrode material, stress relaxation time and temperature. Experimental results directly show that the dielectric response changes according to these factors, based on which we investigate the significance of each factor, especially the interaction of two external conditions on the dielectric constant of deformable dielectric, by presenting a physical picture of the mechanism of polarization.

  12. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications (United States)

    Vaughan, Alun; Williams, Graham


    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

  13. Layers dependent dielectric properties of two dimensional hexagonal boron nitridenanosheets

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    Liang Wang


    Full Text Available Two dimensional (2D boron nitride (h-BN nanosheets are well known as their tunable electric properties and well compatible with graphene. Studying the dielectric properties carefully is essential for their promised applications. Most previous first principle studies treated 2D h-BN as a strict 2D system, where the contribution of ion polarization is neglected. The results show obvious deviation from experimental values, and the situations are worse with the stacking layer increasing. Thus, in present works, the dielectric properties of 2D h-BN nanosheets are studied with involving the ion contributions appropriately. The evolution of dielectric performance with stacking layers varying is also studied. Obvious layer dependent anisotropic dielectric properties are predicted, which reaches the bulk h-BN level as the thickness approaching 5.8nm (20L. There should be a balance between dielectric properties and the thickness (stacking layers for the dielectric applications of 2D h-BN nanosheets.

  14. Dielectric Spectroscopy of Localized Electrical Charges in Ferrite Thin Film (United States)

    Abdellatif, M. H.; Azab, A. A.; Moustafa, A. M.


    A thin film of Gd-doped Mn-Cr ferrite has been prepared by pulsed laser deposition from a bulk sample of the same ferrite prepared by the conventional double sintering ceramic technique. The charge localization and surface conduction in the ferromagnetic thin film were studied. The relaxation of the dielectric dipoles after exposure to an external alternating-current (AC) electric field was investigated. The effect of charge localization on the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric modulus was studied. The charge localization in the thin film was enhanced and thereby the Maxwell-Wagner-type interfacial polarization. The increase in interfacial polarization is a direct result of the enhanced charge localization. The sample was characterized in terms of its AC and direct-current (DC) electrical conductivity, and thermally stimulated discharge current.

  15. Polar and nonpolar atomic motions in the relaxor ferroelectric Pb1-3x/2LaxZr0.2Ti0.8O3 from dielectric, anelastic, and NMR relaxation (United States)

    Cordero, F.; Corti, M.; Craciun, F.; Galassi, C.; Piazza, D.; Tabak, F.


    Dielectric, anelastic, and La139 NMR relaxation measurements have been made on the relaxor ferroelectric Pb1-3x/2LaxZr0.2Ti0.8O3 (PLZT) with x=0.22 . The dielectric susceptibility exhibits the frequency dispersive maximum due to the freezing of the polar degrees of freedom around T≃250K . The anelastic and especially NMR relaxation, besides this maximum, indicate an intense and broad component at lower temperatures, attributed to rotational modes of the O octahedra, weakly coupled to the polar modes. It is discussed why such short range rotational instabilities, known to occur in the Zr-rich rhombohedral region of the PLZT phase diagram, might appear also in the Ti-rich region.

  16. Interfacial Energy Alignment at the ITO/Ultra-Thin Electron Selective Dielectric Layer Interface and Its Effect on the Efficiency of Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells. (United States)

    Itoh, Eiji; Goto, Yoshinori; Saka, Yusuke; Fukuda, Katsutoshi


    We have investigated the photovoltaic properties of an inverted bulk heterojunction (BHJ) cell in a device with an indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/electron selective layer (ESL)/P3HT:PCBM active layer/MoOx/Ag multilayered structure. The insertion of only single layer of poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride) (PDDA) cationic polymer film (or poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) polymeric interfacial dipole layer) and titanium oxide nanosheet (TN) films as an ESL effectively improved cell performance. Abnormal S-shaped curves were observed in the inverted BHJ cells owing to the contact resistance across the ITO/active layer interface and the ITO/PDDA/TN/active layer interface. The series resistance across the ITO/ESL interface in the inverted BHJ cell was successfully reduced using an interfacial layer with a positively charged surface potential with respect to ITO base electrode. The positive dipole in PEI and the electronic charge phenomena at the electrophoretic deposited TN (ED-TN) films on ITO contributed to the reduction of the contact resistance at the electrode interface. The surface potential measurement revealed that the energy alignment by the transfer of electronic charges from the ED-TN to the base electrodes. The insertion of the ESL with a large positive surface potential reduced the potential barrier for the electron injection at ITO/TN interface and it improved the photovoltaic properties of the inverted cell with an ITO/TN/active layer/MoOx/Ag structure.

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

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    Semaltianos, N. G., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124 (Greece); Friedt, J.-M.; Blondeau-Patissier, V.; Combe, G. [Dépt. Temps-Fréquence, Femto-st, UMR CNRS 6174, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon 25030 (France); Chassagnon, R. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot De Bourgogne, ICB UMR CNRS 6303, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon 21078 (France); Moutarlier, V. [UTINAM, UMR CNRS 6213, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon 25030 (France); Assoul, M.; Monteil, G. [Dépt. Mécanique Appliquée, Femto-st, UMR CNRS 6174, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon 25030 (France)


    Laser ablation of a bulk Hf target in deionized (DI) water, ethanol, or toluene was carried out for the production of nanoparticles' colloidal solutions. Due to the interaction of the ablation plasma plume species with the species which are produced by the liquid decomposition at the plume-liquid interface, hafnia (HfO{sub 2}) nanoparticles are synthesized in DI water, hafnium carbide (HfC) nanoparticles in toluene, and a mixture of these in ethanol. The hafnia nanoparticles are in the monoclinic low temperature phase and in the tetragonal and fcc high temperature phases. Their size distribution follows log-normal function with a median diameter in the range of 4.3–5.3 nm. Nanoparticles synthesized in DI water have band gaps of 5.6 and 5.4 eV, in ethanol 5.72 and 5.65 eV (using low and high pulse energy), and in toluene 3 eV. The values for the relative permittivity in the range of 7.74–8.90 were measured for hafnia nanoparticles' thin films deposited on substrates by drop-casting (self-assembled layers) in parallel plate capacitor structures.


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    Full Text Available Purpose. Objective is to create a moisture meter for non-polar liquid dielectrics with low volumetric moisture content of more than 10‑3 %. Methodology. Moisture measuring is based on dielcometric method. It is implemented as a resonant method of determining a capacitance measuring transducer. Measuring transducer capacitive type has a working and parasitic capacitance. It was suggested the definition of moisture on four of resonance frequencies: when the measuring transducer is turned off, one by one filled with air, «dry» and investigated liquid, to determine the parasitic capacitance of the measuring generator, and the parasitic capacitance of the measuring transducer and humidity. Measurement frequency was increased up to microwave range to increase the sensitivity. Measuring transducer with distributed parameters representing a step heterogeneous coaxial resonator is used by. This measuring transducer has a zero stray capacitance, because the potential electrode has a galvanic connection with an external coaxial electrode. Inductive ties loop is used to neglect parasitic capacitance of the measuring generator, and to increase the quality factor of the system. Measuring moisture is reduced to measuring the two frequencies of resonance frequency and «dry» and investigated liquid. Resonant characteristics transducer in a step inhomogeneous coaxial resonator have been investigated to determine the quality factor of filled with air and transformer oil, and experiments to measure the moisture content in transformer oil have been conducted. Results. Measuring transducer of distributed type is developed and researched – it is step inhomogeneous coaxial resonator. It has a smaller geometric length and larger scatter of the first and second resonant frequencies. Expression is obtained for determination of moisture on the basis of two resonant frequencies. The formula of the two frequencies to determine the moisture is correct. Resonant

  19. Dielectric behaviour of strontium tartrate single crystals

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    ... dielectric loss (tan ) as functions of frequency and temperature. Ion core type polarization is seen in the temperature range 75–180°C, and above 180°C, there is interfacial polarization for relatively lower frequency range. One observes dielectric dispersion at lower frequency presumably due to domain wall relaxation.

  20. Dielectric constant of water as a function of separation in a slab geometry: A molecular dynamics study. (United States)

    Itoh, Hidenosuke; Sakuma, Hiroshi


    Water in confining geometries shows various anomalous properties related to its structure and dynamics compared with bulk water. Here, the dielectric constant of water as a function of separation in a graphite slab geometry was studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The dielectric constants of water were calculated from the orientational polarization of water molecules when an external electric field was applied parallel and normal to the slabs. The reduction of the dielectric constant of water compared with bulk water can be explained by investigating the structure and dynamics of water in slab geometries. We found a preferred orientation of water molecules in the layer closest to the graphite surface. The self-diffusion coefficient distribution of water molecules along the direction normal to the slabs was also computed. Highly mobile water molecules in the intermediate region were generated by the weak hydrogen bonding produced by the preferred orientation of water molecules in the layer. We concluded that the dielectric constant of water in the slab geometry is lower than that of bulk water because of the reduction of the polarization of water and the highly mobile water molecules in the intermediate region arising from the preferred orientation of water molecules.

  1. Introduction to the special issue on the joint meeting of the 19th IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics and the 10th European Conference on the Applications of Polar Dielectrics. (United States)

    Tsurumi, Takaaki


    The joint meeting of the 19th IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics and the 10th European Conference on the Applications of Polar Dielectrics took place in Edinburgh from August 9-12, 2010. The conference was attended by 390 delegates from more than 40 different countries. There were 4 plenary speakers, 56 invited speakers, and a further 222 contributed oral presentations in 7 parallel session. In addition there were 215 poster presentations. Key topics addressed at the conference included piezoelectric materials, leadfree piezoelectrics, and multiferroics.

  2. Dielectric and thermal studies on gel grown strontium tartrate ...

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    /fulltext/boms/033/04/0377-0382. Keywords. Permittivity; polarization effects; strontium tartrate; thermal properties; dielectric properties. Abstract. Results of dielectric and thermal studies on strontium tartrate pentahydrate crystals are described.

  3. Temperature-dependent dielectric function of nickel (United States)

    Zollner, Stefan; Nathan Nunley, T.; Trujillo, Dennis P.; Pineda, Laura G.; Abdallah, Lina S.


    Confirming historical results by Ornstein and Koefoed (1938), the authors found an anomaly in the optical constants at 1.96 eV for bulk nickel near the Curie temperature through careful high-precision spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements from 80 to 800 K. The anomaly is only seen in sweeps with increasing temperature if the sample carries a net magnetization. In decreasing temperature sweeps or for unmagnetized samples, the anomaly is absent. The sign of the anomaly in the optical conductivity at 1.96 eV is in contrast to the sign of the anomaly in the electrical DC conductivity. The anomaly is rather large and therefore explained with changes in the on-diagonal Drude-Lorentz portion of the dielectric tensor. No sign of anisotropy (polar magneto-optical Kerr effect) is found in the data.

  4. Substrate-induced dielectric polarization in thin films of lead-free (Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Mn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6-δ} perovskites grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Álvarez-Serrano, I., E-mail: [Dpto. Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ruiz de Larramendi, I. [Dpto. Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); López, M.L.; Veiga, M.L. [Dpto. Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain)


    Highlights: • Highly oriented SrBiMn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6} thin films are successfully fabricated by PLD. • Thicknesses between 80 and 900 nm depending on x, substrate-type and chamber pressure. • Compositional A-segregation controlled by the STO substrate orientation. • Dielectric response analyzed under impedance and modulus formalisms. • Relaxor phenomena obtained related to NPRs formation and compositional scenario. - Abstract: Thin films of SrBiMn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6-δ} have been fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition on SrTiO{sub 3} [100] and [111] substrates. Their texture, width, homogeneity and morphology are evaluated by means of XRD, SEM, XPS, whereas complex impedance spectroscopy is employed to analyze their electrical response. The thickness values range between 80 and 900 nm depending on the experimental conditions. The epitaxial growing could be interpreted in terms of two contributions of microstructural origin: a matrix part and some polycrystalline surface formations (hemi-spheres). Texture studies suggest a fiber-type orientated morphology coherently with the Scanning Electron Microscopy images. XPS analyses indicate a segregation regarding A-sublattice cations, which features depend on the substrate orientation. This segregation could be connected to the development of nanopolar regions. Impedance data show the electrical polarization in the samples to be enhanced compared to bulk response of corresponding powdered samples. A relaxor behavior which fits a Vogel-Fulcher law is obtained for x = 0.50 whereas an almost frequency-independent relaxor ferroelectric behavior is registered for the thinnest film of x = 0.25 composition grown on SrTiO{sub 3} [111] substrate. The influence of compositional and structural aspects in the obtained dielectric response is analyzed.

  5. Enhancement of the dielectric response in polymer nanocomposites with low dielectric constant fillers. (United States)

    Thakur, Yash; Zhang, Tian; Iacob, C; Yang, Tiannan; Bernholc, J; Chen, L Q; Runt, J; Zhang, Q M


    In order to increase the dielectric constants of polymer-based dielectrics, composite approaches, in which inorganic fillers with much higher dielectric constants are added to the polar polymer matrix, have been investigated. However, high dielectric constant fillers cause high local electric fields in the polymer, resulting in a large reduction of the electric breakdown strength. We show that a significant increase in the dielectric constant can be achieved in polyetherimide nanocomposites with nanofillers whose dielectric constant can be similar to that of the matrix. The presence of nanofillers reduces the constraints on the dipole response to the applied electric field, thus enhancing the dielectric constant. Our results demonstrate that through nanostructure engineering, the dielectric constant of nanocomposites can be enhanced markedly without using high dielectric constant nanofillers.

  6. Internal dielectric transduction: optimal position and frequency scaling. (United States)

    Weinstein, Dana; Bhave, Sunil A


    We propose the optimal design for "internal dielectric transduction" of longitudinal bulk mode resonators. This transduction increases in efficiency as the dielectric thickness approaches half the acoustic wavelength. With dielectric films at positions of maximum strain (minimum displacement) in the resonator, 60 GHz resonators are proposed with 50 Omega motional impedance.

  7. Terahertz-frequency dielectric response of liquids

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    Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Møller, Uffe; Cooke, David

    -induced dipole moments. In the polar liquid water the fastest relaxational dynamics is found at terahertz frequencies, just below the first intermolecular vibrational and librational modes. In this presentation we will discuss optical terahertz spectroscopic techniques for measurement of the full dielectric...... function of liquids at terahertz frequencies. We will review the current understanding of the high-frequency dielectric spectrum of water, and discuss the relation between the dielectric spectrum and the thermodynamic properties of certain aqueous solutions.......The dielectric response of liquids spans many decades in frequency. The dielectric response of a polar liquid is typically determined by relaxational dynamics of the dipolar moments of the liquid. In contrast, the dielectric response of a nonpolar liquid is determined by much weaker collision...

  8. Dielectric Metamaterials (United States)


    Final Report  29 May 2015 Dielectric Metamaterials SRI Project P21340 ONR Contract N00014-12-1-0722 Prepared by: Srini Krishnamurthy...2 2. Theory of Metamaterials ....................................................................................................... 2 2.1...accurately assess the impact of various forms of disorder on metamaterials (MMs) (both dielectric and metal inclusions); and (5) identify designs

  9. Giant flexoelectric polarization in a micromachined ferroelectric diaphragm

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    Wang, Zhihong


    The coupling between dielectric polarization and strain gradient, known as flexoelectricity, becomes significantly large on the micro- and nanoscale. Here, it is shown that giant flexoelectric polarization can reverse remnant ferroelectric polarization in a bent Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48) O3 (PZT) diaphragm fabricated by micromachining. The polarization induced by the strain gradient and the switching behaviors of the polarization in response to an external electric field are investigated by observing the electromechanical coupling of the diaphragm. The method allows determination of the absolute zero polarization state in a PZT film, which is impossible using other existing methods. Based on the observation of the absolute zero polarization state and the assumption that bending of the diaphragm is the only source of the self-polarization, the upper bound of flexoelectric coefficient of PZT film is calculated to be as large as 2.0 × 10-4 C m -1. The strain gradient induced by bending the diaphragm is measured to be on the order of 102 m-1, three orders of magnitude larger than that obtained in the bulk material. Because of this large strain gradient, the estimated giant flexoelectric polarization in the bent diaphragm is on the same order of magnitude as the normal remnant ferroelectric polarization of PZT film. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. New Insights into the Dynamics of Zwitterionic Micelles and Their Hydration Waters by Gigahertz-to-Terahertz Dielectric Spectroscopy

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    George, Deepu K; Hull, Olivia A; Mishra, Archana; Capelluto, Daniel G S; Mitchell-Koch, Katie R; Vinh, Nguyen Q


    Gigahertz-to-terahertz spectroscopy of macromolecules in aqueous environments provides an important approach for identifying their global and transient molecular structures, as well as directly assessing hydrogen-bonding. We report dielectric properties of zwitterionic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles in aqueous solutions over a wide frequency range, from 50 MHz to 1.12 THz. The dielectric relaxation spectra reveal different polarization mechanisms at the molecular level, reflecting the complexity of DPC micelle-water interactions. We have made a deconvolution of the spectra into different components and combined them with the effective-medium approximation to separate delicate processes of micelles in water. Our measurements demonstrate reorientational motion of the DPC surfactant head groups within the micelles, and two levels of hydration water shells, including tightly- and loosely-bound hydration water layers. From the dielectric strength of bulk water in DPC solutions, we found that the number of wa...

  11. Measuring the flexoelectric coefficient of bulk barium titanate from a shock wave experiment (United States)

    Hu, Taotao; Deng, Qian; Liang, Xu; Shen, Shengping


    In this paper, a phenomenon of polarization introduced by shock waves is experimentally studied. Although this phenomenon has been reported previously in the community of physics, this is the first time to link it to flexoelectricity, the coupling between electric polarization and strain gradients in dielectrics. As the shock waves propagate in a dielectric material, electric polarization is thought to be induced by the strain gradient at the shock front. First, we control the first-order hydrogen gas gun to impact and generate shock waves in unpolarized bulk barium titanate (BT) samples. Then, a high-precision oscilloscope is used to measure the voltage generated by the flexoelectric effect. Based on experimental results, strain elastic wave theory, and flexoelectric theory, a longitudinal flexoelectric coefficient of the bulk BT sample is calculated to be μ 11 = 17.33 × 10 - 6 C/m, which is in accord with the published transverse flexoelectric coefficient. This method effectively suppresses the majority of drawbacks in the quasi-static and low frequency dynamic techniques and provides more reliable results of flexoelectric behaviors.

  12. A one-electron model for the aqueous electron that includes many-body electron-water polarization: Bulk equilibrium structure, vertical electron binding energy, and optical absorption spectrum. (United States)

    Jacobson, Leif D; Herbert, John M


    Previously, we reported an electron-water pseudopotential designed to be used in conjunction with a polarizable water model, in order to describe the hydrated electron [L. D. Jacobson et al., J. Chem. Phys. 130, 124115 (2009)]. Subsequently, we found this model to be inadequate for the aqueous electron in bulk water, and here we report a reparametrization of the model. Unlike the previous model, the current version is not fit directly to any observables; rather, we use an ab initio exchange-correlation potential, along with a repulsive potential that is fit to reproduce the density maximum of the excess electron's wave function within the static-exchange approximation. The new parametrization performs at least as well as the previous model, as compared to ab initio benchmarks for (H(2)O)(n) (-) clusters, and also predicts reasonable values for the diffusion coefficient, radius of gyration, and absorption maximum of the bulk species. The new model predicts a vertical electron binding energy of 3.7 eV in bulk water, which is 1.4 eV smaller than the value obtained using nonpolarizable models; the difference represents the solvent's electronic reorganization energy following electron detachment. We find that the electron's first solvation shell is quite loose, which may be responsible for the electron's large, positive entropy of hydration. Many-body polarization alters the electronic absorption line shape in a qualitative way, giving rise to a high-energy tail that is observed experimentally but is absent in previous simulations. In our model, this feature arises from spatially diffuse excited states that are bound only by electronic reorganization (i.e., solvent polarization) following electronic excitation.

  13. Complex unitary vectors for the direction of propagation and for the polarization of electromagnetic waves in uniaxial and absorbing dielectric media. (United States)

    Diñeiro, J M; Berrogui, M; Alfonso, S; Alberdi, C; Hernández, B; Sáenz, C


    The propagation of inhomogeneous and elliptically polarized plane waves in absorbing uniaxial anisotropic media is described using complex unitary vectors to represent the direction of propagation and the direction of polarization. Detailed expressions for electric displacement, electric field, and magnetic field vectors are obtained for the ordinary and extraordinary waves, and their geometry is discussed. According to the complex direction of propagation, three particular cases are studied: the real case (homogeneous wave), the case perpendicular to the optical axis, and the case coplanar with the optic axis. The case of isotropic media is also analyzed.

  14. Unravelling the anomalous dielectric permittivity of nanoconfined electrolyte solutions. (United States)

    Renou, Richard; Szymczyk, Anthony; Ghoufi, Aziz


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

  15. Dielectric materials and electrostatics

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    Gallot-Lavalle, Olivier


    An introduction to the physics of electrical insulation, this book presents the physical foundations of this discipline and the resulting applications. It is structured in two parts. The first part presents a mathematical and intuitive approach to dielectrics; various concepts, including polarization, induction, forces and losses are discussed. The second part provides readers with the keys to understanding the physics of solid, liquid and gas insulation. It comprises a phenomenological description of discharges in gas and its resulting applications. Finally, the main electrical properties

  16. Thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) and dielectric ...

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    Measurements of TSDC and dielectric constant, ε ′ , have been carried out in the temperature range 30–300°C. The thermoelectrets were prepared at different polarizing fields. The various observed peaks in the thermograms are discussed on the basis of space charge polarization. The trap energy is evaluated from the ...

  17. Widely power-tunable polarization-independent ultrafast mode-locked fiber laser using bulk InN as saturable absorber. (United States)

    Jimenez-Rodriguez, M; Monteagudo-Lerma, L; Monroy, E; González-Herráez, M; Naranjo, F B


    The growing demand of ultrafast mode-locked fiber lasers in the near infrared has boosted the research activity in this area. One of the most convenient ways to achieve passive mode locking consists of inserting a semiconductor saturable absorber in the laser cavity to modulate the losses. However, in such a configuration, the limited power range of operation is still an unsolved issue. Here we report the fabrication of an ultrafast, high-power, widely power-tunable and non-polarization-dependent mode-locked fiber laser operating at 1.55 µm, using an InN layer as saturable absorber. With post-amplification, this laser delivers 55-fs pulses with a repetition rate of 4.84 MHz and peak power in the range of 1 MW in an all-fiber arrangement.

  18. Large enhancement of bulk spin polarization by suppressing Co{sub Mn} anti-sites in Co{sub 2}Mn(Ge{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}) Heusler alloy thin film

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    Li, S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Sakuraba, Y., E-mail:; Furubayashi, T. [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Tsuji, N.; Tajiri, H. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Miura, Y. [Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 605-8585 (Japan); Chen, J.; Hono, K. [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan)


    We have investigated the structure and magneto-transport properties of Co{sub 2}Mn(Ge{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}) (CMGG) Heusler alloy thin films with near-stoichiometric and Mn-rich compositions in order to understand the effect of Co-Mn anti-sites on bulk spin polarization. Anomalous x-ray diffraction measurements using synchrotron radiated x-rays confirmed that Co{sub Mn} anti-sites easily form in the near-stoichiometric CMGG compound at annealing temperature higher than 400 °C, while it can be suppressed in Mn-rich CMGG films. Accordingly, large enhancement in negative anisotropic magnetoresistance of CMGG films and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) pseudo spin valves were observed in the Mn-rich composition. A large resistance-area product change (ΔRA) of 12.8 mΩ μm{sup 2} was demonstrated in the CPP-GMR pseudo spin valves using the Mn-rich CMGG layers after annealing at 600 °C. It is almost twice of the maximum output observed in the CPP-GMR pseudo spin valves using the near-stoichiometric CMGG. These indicate that the spin polarization of CMGG is enhanced in the Mn-rich composition through suppressing the formation of Co{sub Mn}-antisites in CMGG films, being consistent with first-principle calculation results.

  19. Correlation between structural, electrical and magnetic properties of GdMnO{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Samantaray, S. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Mishra, D.K. [Department of Physics, Institute of Technical Education and Research, S ‘O’ A University, Bhubaneswar 751030, Odisha (India); Pradhan, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Mishra, P.; Sekhar, B.R. [Institue of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India); Behera, Debdhyan [Advanced Materials Technology Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Rout, P.P.; Das, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India); Sahu, D.R. [School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Roul, B.K., E-mail: [Institute of Materials Science, Planetarium Building, Bhubaneswar 751013, Odisha (India)


    This paper reports the effect of sintering temperature on ferroelectric properties of GdMnO{sub 3} (GMO) bulk ceramics at room temperature prepared by the conventional solid state reaction route following slow step sintering schedule. Ferroelectric hysteresis loop as well as sharp dielectric anomaly in pure (99.999%) GMO sintered ceramics has been clearly observed. Samples sintered at 1350 °C become orthorhombic with Pbnm space group and showed frequency independent sharp dielectric anomalies at 373 K and a square type of novel ferroelectric hysteresis loop was observed at room temperature. Interestingly, dielectric anomalies and ferroelectric behavior were observed to be dependent upon sintering temperature of GdMnO{sub 3}. Room temperature dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) value at different frequencies is observed to be abnormally high. The magnetic field and temperature dependent magnetization show antiferromagnetic behavior at 40 K for both 1350 °C and 1700 °C sintered GMO. Present findings showed the possibility of application of GdMnO{sub 3} at room temperature as multifunctional materials. - Highlights: • Preparation of single-phasic polycrystalline GdMnO{sub 3} sample by the solid state sintering route. • Observation of square type P–E hysteresis loop with higher saturation and remnant polarization. • Observation of antiferromagnetic behavior at 40 K in polycrystalline GdMnO{sub 3}. • Possibility of room temperature application of GdMnO{sub 3} as multifunctional material.

  20. Chain relaxation in thin polymer films: turning a dielectric type-B polymer into a type-A' one. (United States)

    Solar, Mathieu; Paul, Wolfgang


    A molecular dynamics simulation study of chain relaxation in a thin polymer film is presented, studying the dielectric response of a random copolymer of cis and trans 1,4-polybutadiene, a type B polymer without net chain dipole moment, confined between graphite walls. We stress the orientational effect of the attractive walls, inducing polarization in the vicinity of the walls, while the center of the film stays bulk-like. This polarization leads to a net dipole moment of the adsorbed chains, which is perpendicular to their end-to-end vector, which we termed as type A' behavior. In this situation, the dipole moment relaxes only upon desorption of the chains from the wall, a dynamic process which occurs on timescales much longer than the bulk relaxation time of the polymer.

  1. Tuning Optical Properties of MoS2 Bulk and Monolayer Under Compressive and Tensile Strain: A First Principles Study (United States)

    Kafi, Fariba; Pilevar Shahri, Raheleh; Benam, Mohammad Reza; Akhtar, Arsalan


    Knowledge of the optical properties under compressive and tensile strain is highly important in photoelectron devices and the semiconductor industry. In this work, optical properties of bulk and monolayer MoS2 under compressive and tensile strains are investigated by means of density functional theory. The dielectric tensor is derived within the random phase approximation. Calculations indicate that unstrained two-dimensional and bulk MoS2 lead to semiconductors with the gaps of 1.64 eV and 0.84 eV, respectively, whereas the change in the value of the gap by applying tensile or compressive strain depends on the nature of strains. Dielectric function, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, energy loss and the refraction index of the strained and unstrained systems are studied for both parallel ( E||x) and perpendicular ( E||z) applied electric field polarizations, which are very sensitive to the type and amount of strains. For instance, the reflectivity of a MoS2 monolayer exposed to visible light in the E||z polarization direction, can be tuned from 4% to 10% by introducing strain. Finally, the Abbe number is calculated to characterize the dispersion of the materials under compressive and tensile strain. Bulk MoS2 for E||x shows the highest value of the Abbe number, which shrinks twenty times under the influence of compressive strain.

  2. Homogenization Near Resonances and Artificial Magnetism in Three Dimensional Dielectric Metamaterials (United States)

    Bouchitté, Guy; Bourel, Christophe; Felbacq, Didier


    It is now well established that the homogenization of a periodic array of parallel dielectric fibers with suitably scaled high permittivity can lead to a (possibly) negative frequency-dependent effective permeability. However this result based on a two-dimensional approach holds merely in the case of linearly polarized magnetic fields, reducing thus its applications to infinite cylindrical obstacles. In this paper we consider a dielectric structure placed in a bounded domain of R^3 and perform a full three dimensional asymptotic analysis. The main ingredient is a new averaging method for characterizing the bulk effective magnetic field in the vanishing-period limit. We give evidence of a vectorial spectral problem on the periodic cell which determines micro-resonances and encodes the oscillating behavior of the magnetic field from which artificial magnetism arises. At a macroscopic level we deduce an effective permeability tensor that we can make explicit as a function of the frequency. As far as sign-changing permeability is sought after, we may foresee that periodic bulk dielectric inclusions could be an efficient alternative to the very popular metallic split-ring structure proposed by Pendry. Part of these results have been announced in Bouchitté et al. (C R Math Acad Sci Paris 347(9-10):571-576, 2009).

  3. Materials Fundamentals of Gate Dielectrics

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    Demkov, Alexander A


    This book presents materials fundamentals of novel gate dielectrics that are being introduced into semiconductor manufacturing to ensure the continuous scalling of the CMOS devices. This is a very fast evolving field of research so we choose to focus on the basic understanding of the structure, thermodunamics, and electronic properties of these materials that determine their performance in device applications. Most of these materials are transition metal oxides. Ironically, the d-orbitals responsible for the high dielectric constant cause sever integration difficulties thus intrinsically limiting high-k dielectrics. Though new in the electronics industry many of these materials are wel known in the field of ceramics, and we describe this unique connection. The complexity of the structure-property relations in TM oxides makes the use of the state of the art first-principles calculations necessary. Several chapters give a detailed description of the modern theory of polarization, and heterojunction band discont...

  4. Chemically prepared lead magnesium niobate dielectrics

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    Tuttle, B.A.; Voigt, J.A.; Sipola, D.L.; Olson, W.R.; Goy, D.M.


    A chemical solution powder synthesis technique has been developed that produces first, uniform powders of lead magnesium niobate (PMN) with 60 to 80 nm crystallite size. The synthesis technique was based on the dissolution of lead acetate and alkoxide precursors in acetic acid followed by precipitation with oxalic acid/propanol solutions. Lead magnesium niobate ceramics fabricated from these chemically derived powders had smaller, more uniform grain size and higher dielectric constants than ceramics fabricated from mixed oxide powders that were processed under similar thermal conditions. Chem-prep PMN dielectrics with peak dielectric constants greater than 22,000 and polarizations in excess of 29 {micro}C/cm{sup 2} were obtained for 1,100 C firing treatments. Substantial decreases in dielectric constant and polarization were measured for chemically prepared PMN ceramics fired at lower temperatures, consistent with previous work on mixed oxide materials.

  5. Bulk metamaterials: Design, fabrication and characterization

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Malureanu, Radu; Alabastri, Alessandro


    Bulk metamaterials claim a lot of attention worldwide. We report about our activity and advances in design, fabrication and characterization of metal-dielectric composites with three-dimensional lattices. The nomenclature of designs exhibiting negative index behaviour in the near infrared includes...

  6. Flat dielectric grating reflectors with focusing abilities (United States)

    Fattal, David; Li, Jingjing; Peng, Zhen; Fiorentino, Marco; Beausoleil, Raymond G.


    Sub-wavelength dielectric gratings have emerged recently as a promising alternative to distributed Bragg reflection dielectric stacks for broadband, high-reflectivity filtering applications. Such a grating structure composed of a single dielectric layer with the appropriate patterning can sometimes perform as well as 30 or 40 dielectric distributed Bragg reflection layers, while providing new functionalities such as polarization control and near-field amplification. In this Letter, we introduce an interesting property of grating mirrors that cannot be realized by their distributed Bragg reflection counterpart: we show that a non-periodic patterning of the grating surface can give full control over the phase front of reflected light while maintaining a high reflectivity. This new feature of dielectric gratings allows the creation of miniature planar focusing elements that could have a substantial impact on a number of applications that depend on low-cost, compact optical components, from laser cavities to CD/DVD read/write heads.

  7. Nanogap dielectric spectroscopy for aptamer-based protein detection. (United States)

    Mannoor, Manu Sebastian; James, Teena; Ivanov, Dentcho V; Beadling, Les; Braunlin, William


    Among the various label-free methods for monitoring biomolecular interactions, capacitive sensors stand out due to their simple instrumentation and compatibility with multiplex formats. However, electrode polarization due to ion gradient formation and noise from solution conductance limited early dielectric spectroscopic measurements to high frequencies only, which in turn limited their sensitivity to biomolecular interactions, as the applied excitation signals were too fast for the charged macromolecules to respond. To minimize electrode polarization effects, capacitive sensors with 20 nm electrode separation were fabricated using silicon dioxide sacrificial layer techniques. The nanoscale separation of the capacitive electrodes in the sensor results in an enhanced overlapping of electrical double layers, and apparently a more ordered "ice-like" water structure. Such effects in turn reduce low frequency contributions from bulk sample resistance and from electrode polarization, and thus markedly enhance sensitivity toward biomolecular interactions. Using these nanogap capacitive sensors, highly sensitive, label-free aptamer-based detection of protein molecules is achieved. Copyright 2010 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. High-efficiency broadband polarization converter based on Ω-shaped metasurface (United States)

    Zhang, Tianyao; Huang, Lingling; Li, Xiaowei; Liu, Juan; Wang, Yongtian


    The polarization state, which cannot be directly detected by human eyes, forms an important characteristic of electromagnetic waves. Control of polarization states has long been pursued for various applications. Conventional polarization converters can hardly meet the requirements in lab-on-chip systems, due to the involvement of bulk materials. Here, we propose the design and realization of a linear to circular polarization converter based on metasurfaces. The metasurface is deliberately designed using achiral two-fold mirror symmetry Ω-shaped antennas. The converter integrates a ground metal plane, a spacer dielectric layer and an antenna array, leading to a high conversion efficiency and broad operating bandwidth in the near infrared regime. The calculated Stokes parameters indicate an excellent conversion of linear to circular polarization for the reflected light. The tunability of the bandwidth by oblique incidence and by modulating the thickness of the dielectric layer is also introduced and demonstrated, which shows great flexibilities for such metasurface converters. The proposed metasurface may open up intriguing possibilities towards the realization of ultrathin nanophotonic devices for polarization manipulation and wavefront engineering.

  9. Investigations of novel high dielectric materials and new mechanisms (United States)

    Guo, Meng

    A high dielectric constant material with excellent dielectric properties is highly desirable for a wide range of applications, such as high energy density capacitors and optical limiting materials. High dielectric constant materials used for embedded capacitors require characteristics such as a high dielectric constant (>7), a low dielectric loss (quinone radical (PAQR) polymers (e.g. 14000 at 100Hz for a PAQR polymer) by Pohl and his co-workers. However, the physics underlying this polarization mechanism is not well understood so far. In addition, this polarization mechanism hasn't been explored in other organic systems, such as hyperbranched polymers and dendrimers yet. In my Ph.D investigations, I studied a novel strategy of creating a high dielectric constant material by utilizing the long-range delocalization in a controllable organic structure to produce hyperelectronic polarization. My studies initiated the investigation with the hyperbranched polyaniline and dendritic triarylamine. A remarkable enhancement in the dielectric response at higher frequency was obtained in comparison to linear polymer systems. For example, a dielectric constant ˜ 200 was obtained in hyperbranched polyaniline at 1MHz, which is 45 times that of linear polyaniline base (4.4+/-0.05). The enhancement is due to the extended delocalization over several molecular units and a result of a hyperelectronic polarization. A large dielectric response with low loss is still a major obstacle. Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc) materials have been known for their effective high dielectric constants. However, the intrinsic dielectric properties of the hyperbranched CuPc have yet to be explored before my Ph.D studies. Therefore, three sets of hyperbranched CuPc systems were synthesized and characterized. The understanding of the polarization mechanisms was realized through a series of electronic and time-resolved femtosecond optical measurements. The key findings are: (1) an extraordinarily high

  10. Magnetic effects on the dielectric and polarization properties in BiAlO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} heterostructure

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    Zhao, Yanan [Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Condensed Matter Structures and Properties, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an (China); College of Engineering Management, Shaanxi Radio and Television University, Xi' an (China); Luo, Bingcheng; Chen, Changle; Xing, Hui; Wang, Jianyuan; Jin, Kexin [Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Condensed Matter Structures and Properties, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an (China)


    BiAlO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} heterostructure was fabricated on LaAlO{sub 3} (111) substrate by pulsed laser deposition technology. A remarkable magneto-resistivity effect was detected at H = 1 T near the metal-insulator phase transition temperature (T{sub MI}) of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}. The magneto-dielectric constant shows an anomaly near T{sub MI} of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}, whereas the ferroelectric polarization increases under magnetic field and its variation shows the similar anomaly near T{sub MI} of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}, which could be assigned to the important role of the phase transformation of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}. The magnetic moment of the BiAlO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} heterostructure distinctly arises compared to the single La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} layer, probably on account of the spin-orbit coupling effect at the interface, and the relative magnetization variation also shows an anomaly near T{sub MI} of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Tunable bulk polaritons of graphene-based hyperbolic metamaterials. (United States)

    Zhang, Liwei; Zhang, Zhengren; Kang, Chaoyang; Cheng, Bei; Chen, Liang; Yang, Xuefeng; Wang, Jian; Li, Weibing; Wang, Baoji


    The tunable hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) based on the graphene-dielectric layered structure at THz frequency is presented, and the surface and bulk polaritons of the graphene-based HMM are theoretically studied. It is found that the dispersions of the polaritons can be tuned by varying the Fermi energy of graphene sheets, the graphene-dielectric layers and the layer number of graphene sheets. In addition, the highly confined bulk polariton mode can be excited and is manifested in an attenuated total reflection configuration as a sharp drop in the reflectance. Such properties can be used in tunable optical reflection modulation with the assistance of bulk polaritons.

  12. Computational electromagnetics and the rational design of new dielectric heterostructures

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    Brosseau, C; Beroual, A


    ... the dielectric behavior of composite materials containing a mixture of conducting and insulating components have uncovered quite different pieces of information, the a priori prediction of dielectric properties of these media remains an outstanding problem in materials physics. Fundamental knowledge of the polarization mechanisms in ...

  13. Role of ambient dielectric in propagation of Ar atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma jets (United States)

    Song, Jian; Tang, Jingfeng; Wang, Youyin; Wei, Liqiu; Ren, Chunsheng; Yu, Daren


    A single-electrode atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma jet surrounded with different ambient dielectrics is investigated driven by AC power supply. Another three ambient dielectrics, distilled water, ethanol, and carbon tetrachloride, are adopted to compare with air. By examining electrical and optical characteristics, it was found that the molecular polarity of ambient dielectrics had its significant effect on the propagation of atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma jets. When the polarization of molecules was enhanced, the discharge current and the bullet velocity were also increased. For nonpolar dielectric of carbon tetrachloride, this was mainly resulted from the electron polarization in the built-in electric field. For polar dielectrics of ethanol and distilled water, in addition to the electron polarization, orientation polarization was the main cause for the further increase in discharge current and bullet velocity.

  14. Radiation Characteristics Enhancement of Dielectric Resonator Antenna Using Solid/Discrete Dielectric Lenses

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    H. A. E. Malhat


    Full Text Available The radiation characteristics of the dielectric resonator antennas (DRA is enhanced using different types of solid and discrete dielectric lenses. One of these approaches is by loading the DRA with planar superstrate, spherical lens, or by discrete lens (transmitarray. The dimensions and dielectric constant of each lens are optimized to maximize the gain of the DRA. A comparison between the radiations characteristics of the DRA loaded with different lenses are introduced. The design of the dielectric transmitarray depends on optimizing the heights of the dielectric material of the unit cell. The optimized transmitarray achieves 7 dBi extra gain over the single DRA with preserving the circular polarization. The proposed antenna is suitable for various applications that need high gain and focused antenna beam.

  15. Infrared and THz spectroscopy of nanostructured dielectrics

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    Jan Petzelt


    Full Text Available Results achieved using the infrared/THz spectroscopy of various inhomogeneous dielectrics in the Department of Dielectrics, Institute of Physics, Prague, during the last decade are briefly reviewed. The discussion concerns high-permittivity ceramics with inevitable low-permittivity dead layers along the grain boundaries, relaxor ferroelectrics with highly anisotropic polar nano-regions, classical matrix-type composites, core-shell composites, filled nanoporous glasses, polycrystalline and epitaxial thin films, heterostructures and superlattices on dielectric substrates. The analysis using models based on the effective medium approach is discussed. The importance of depolarizing field and of the percolation of components on the effective ac dielectric response and the excitations contributing to it are emphasized.

  16. Dielectric Polarization and Particle Shape Effects

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    Ari Sihvola


    Full Text Available This article reviews polarizability properties of particles and clusters. Especially the effect of surface geometry is given attention. The important parameter of normalized dipolarizability is studied as function of the permittivity and the shape of the surface of the particle. For nonsymmetric particles, the quantity under interest is the average of the three polarizability dyadic eigenvalues. The normalized polarizability, although different for different shapes, has certain universal characteristics independent of the inclusion form. The canonical shapes (sphere, spheroids, ellipsoids, regular polyhedra, circular cylinder, semisphere, double sphere are studied as well as the correlation of surface parameters with salient polarizability properties. These geometrical and surface parameters are essential in the material modeling problems in the nanoscale.

  17. Dielectric properties and microstructure of the disintegrated nanogel films of bacterial cellulose


    Albert K. Khripunov; Tamara P. Stepanova; Albina A. Tkachenko; Dmitriy P. Romanov; Ella P. Astapenko; Victoria M. Kapralova


    The concentration dependencies of dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss factor have been studied for the water suspensions of nanogel films of bacterial cellulose Gluconacetobacter xylinus (BC) disintegrated with the blade rotation rates of 15,000 and 20,000rpm. The dipole moments of BC colloids have been evaluated using Buckingham's statistical theory of dielectric polarization modified for binary polar systems. The number of monomer units of cellobiose in the BC colloid being equal to...

  18. Measurements on polar liquids at a microwave frequency ...

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    A simple method of estimating the dipole moment () and relaxation time () of polar molecules in liquid state, from a single set of dielectric measurements at high frequency, is proposed by using the concept of dielectric virial coefficients and employing Onsager model. The proposed method is tested in a number of polar ...

  19. All-dielectric metasurface circular dichroism waveplate. (United States)

    Hu, Jingpei; Zhao, Xiaonan; Lin, Yu; Zhu, Aijiao; Zhu, Xiaojun; Guo, Peiji; Cao, Bing; Wang, Chinhua


    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a high efficient circularly polarizing dichroism waveplate (CPDW) using a Si-based all-dielectric 2Dchiral metasurface. We demonstrate that the CPDW exhibits a unique dichroism in that it functions as a transmissive quarter waveplate for one of either left-or right-handed circularly polarized incident lightand a reflective mirror for the opposite polarization. The circular polarization dichroism (CPD = IRCP - ILCP) in transmission at wavelength ~1.5 μm reaches 97% and the extinction ratio (ER = IRCP/ILCP) is as high as 345:1. Experimental fabrications and measurements of the proposed all-dielectric metasurface are implemented and found to be in excellent agreement with the simulations. The proposed all-dielectric chiral metasurface is of advantages of high-dichroism, easy-fabrication and standard semiconductor fabrication techniques compatible, which could lead to enhanced security in fiber and free-space communications, as well as imaging and sensing applications for circularly polarized light with a highly integrated photonic platform.

  20. Dielectric Properties of Water in Butter and Water-AOT-Heptane Systems Measured using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Møller, Uffe; Folkenberg, Jacob Riis; Jepsen, Peter Uhd


    We investigate the dielectric properties of water confined in nanometer-sized inverse micelles in mixtures of water, AOT, and heptane. We show that the dielectric properties of the confined water are dependent on the water pool size and different from those of bulk water. We also discuss the diel...... the dielectric properties of different vegetable oils, lard, and butter, and use these properties to deduce the dielectric properties of water in butter, which are shown to deviate significantly from the dielectric properties of bulk water....

  1. Dielectric characterisation of soil

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    Hilhorst, M.A.


    The potential of dielectric measuring techniques for soil characterisation has not been fully explored. This is attributed to the complex and incomplete theory on dielectrics, as well as to the lack of sensors suited for practical applications.

    The theory on dielectric properties of soils is

  2. Polar nanoregions and dielectric properties in high-strain lead-free 0.93(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}-0.07BaTiO{sub 3} piezoelectric single crystals

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    Chen, Cheng-Sao, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hwa-Hsia Institute of Technology, New Taipei City 23567, Taiwan (China); Chen, Pin-Yi [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ming-Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Tu, Chi-Shun [Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Engineering, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City 24205, Taiwan (China)


    A structural coexistence of rhombohedral (R) and tetragonal (T) phases has been revealed in the (001){sub c}-cut lead-free 0.93(Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3}–0.07BaTiO{sub 3} (BNB7T) piezoelectric crystals, which grown by the self-flux method, in the lower temperatures by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction, reciprocal space mapping, and transmission electron microscopy. The dielectric permittivity exhibits a thermal hysteresis in the region of 120–260 °C, implying a first-order-like phase transition from R+T to T. The real part (ε′) of dielectric permittivity begins to deviates from the Curie-Weiss equation, ε′ = C/(T − T{sub o}), from the Burns temperature T{sub B} = 460 °C, below which the polar nanoregions (or nanoclusters) develop and attenuate dielectric responses. The polar nanoregions of 5–10 nm were revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The normal piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} exhibits a rapid increase at E = 15–20 kV/cm and reaches a maximum of d{sub 33} ∼450 pC/N. The high piezoelectric response and E-field induced strain in BNB7T single crystals can be attributed to structural phase transitions under an E-field application.

  3. Atomic-scale microstructures, Raman spectra and dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore-typed Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 dielectric ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang


    Single-phase cubic pyrochlore-typed Bi1.5MgNb 1.5O7 (BMN) dielectric ceramics were synthesized at temperatures of 1050-1200 °C by solid-state reaction method. Their atomic-scale microstructures and dielectric properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the BMN ceramics had an average cubic pyrochlore structure, whereas the Raman spectra indicated that they had an essentially cubic symmetry with small local deviations at the A and O\\' sites of the cubic pyrochlore structure. This was confirmed by selected electron area diffraction (SAED) patterns, where the reflections of {442} (not allowed in the cubic pyrochlore with Fd3̄m symmetry) were clearly observed. SEM and TEM images revealed that the average grain size was increased with the sintering temperature, and an un-homogeneous grain growth was observed at high temperatures. HRTEM images and SAED patterns revealed the single-crystalline nature of the BMN ceramic grains. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) elemental mapping studies indicated that the compositional distributions of Bi, Mg, Nb and O elements in the ceramic grains were homogenous, and no elemental precipitation was observed at the grain boundary. Quantitative EDS data on ceramic grains revealed the expected cationic stoichiometry based on the initial composition of Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7. Dielectric constants of all the BMN samples exhibited almost frequency independent characteristic in the frequency range of 102-106 Hz, and the highest value was 195 for the BMN ceramics sintered at sintered at 1150 °C with the highest bulk density. The dielectric losses were stable and less than 0.002 in the frequency range of 102-105 Hz. The high dielectric constants of the present BMN samples can be ascribed to the local atomic deviations at the A and O\\' sites from the ideal atomic positions of the pyrochlore structure, which affect the different polarization mechanisms in the BMN ceramics, and which in turn enhance the dielectric

  4. Lattices of dielectric resonators

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    Trubin, Alexander


    This book provides the analytical theory of complex systems composed of a large number of high-Q dielectric resonators. Spherical and cylindrical dielectric resonators with inferior and also whispering gallery oscillations allocated in various lattices are considered. A new approach to S-matrix parameter calculations based on perturbation theory of Maxwell equations, developed for a number of high-Q dielectric bodies, is introduced. All physical relationships are obtained in analytical form and are suitable for further computations. Essential attention is given to a new unified formalism of the description of scattering processes. The general scattering task for coupled eigen oscillations of the whole system of dielectric resonators is described. The equations for the  expansion coefficients are explained in an applicable way. The temporal Green functions for the dielectric resonator are presented. The scattering process of short pulses in dielectric filter structures, dielectric antennas  and lattices of d...

  5. Dielectric and polarization studies of magnetoelectric coupling in non-relaxor Pb(Fe.sub.1/2./sub.Ta.sub.1/2./sub.)O.sub.3./sub. multiferroic ceramics

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    Savinov, Maxim; Bednyakov, Petr; Raevskaya, S. I.; Gusev, A.A.; Isupov, V.P.; Raevski, I. P.; Titov, V.V.; Chen, H.; Kovrigina, S.A.; Chou, C.-C.; Minasyan, T.A.; Malitskaya, M. A.


    Roč. 509, č. 1 (2017), s. 80-91 ISSN 0015-0193 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : lead iron tantalate * PFT * dielectric permittivity * phase transition * hysteresis loops * magnetoelectric coupling Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.551, year: 2016

  6. High Performance Composite Dielectric Ink for Ultracapacitors (United States)

    Rolin, Terry D. (Inventor); Hill, Curtis W. (Inventor)


    The present invention is a dielectric ink and means for printing using said ink. Approximately 10-20% of the ink is a custom organic vehicle made of a polar solvent and a binder. Approximately 30-70% of the ink is a dielectric powder having an average particle diameter of approximately 10-750 nm. Approximately 5-15% of the ink is a dielectric constant glass. Approximately 10-35% of the ink is an additional amount of solvent. The ink is deposited on a printing substrate to form at least one printed product, which is then dried and cured to remove the solvent and binder, respectively. The printed product then undergoes sintering in an inert gas atmosphere.

  7. Microwave dielectric properties of plant materials (United States)

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


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

  8. Characterization of dielectric materials

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    King, Danny J.; Babinec, Susan; Hagans, Patrick L.; Maxey, Lonnie C.; Payzant, Edward A.; Daniel, Claus; Sabau, Adrian S.; Dinwiddie, Ralph B.; Armstrong, Beth L.; Howe, Jane Y.; Wood, III, David L.; Nembhard, Nicole S.


    A system and a method for characterizing a dielectric material are provided. The system and method generally include applying an excitation signal to electrodes on opposing sides of the dielectric material to evaluate a property of the dielectric material. The method can further include measuring the capacitive impedance across the dielectric material, and determining a variation in the capacitive impedance with respect to either or both of a time domain and a frequency domain. The measured property can include pore size and surface imperfections. The method can still further include modifying a processing parameter as the dielectric material is formed in response to the detected variations in the capacitive impedance, which can correspond to a non-uniformity in the dielectric material.

  9. Interference phenomena in the refraction of a surface polariton by vertical dielectric barriers (United States)

    Shen, T. P.; Wallis, R. F.; Maradudin, A. A.; Stegeman, G. I.


    A normal mode analysis is used to calculate the transmission and reflection coefficients for a surface polariton propagating along the interface between a surface active medium and a dielectric and incident normally on a vertical dielectric barrier of finite thickness or a thin dielectric film of finite length. The efficiencies of conversion of the surface polariton into transmitted and reflected bulk waves are also determined. The radiation patterns associated with the latter waves are presented.

  10. Method of making dielectric capacitors with increased dielectric breakdown strength (United States)

    Ma, Beihai; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Liu, Shanshan


    The invention is directed to a process for making a dielectric ceramic film capacitor and the ceramic dielectric laminated capacitor formed therefrom, the dielectric ceramic film capacitors having increased dielectric breakdown strength. The invention increases breakdown strength by embedding a conductive oxide layer between electrode layers within the dielectric layer of the capacitors. The conductive oxide layer redistributes and dissipates charge, thus mitigating charge concentration and micro fractures formed within the dielectric by electric fields.

  11. Microwave dispersion of some polar liquids

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    Poley, J.P.


    The chief purpose of the present investigation is the measurement and analysis of the microwave dispersion of some polar liquids. An outline of the problem and a historical survey of experimental work on the dielectric behaviour of polar liquids are given in Chapter I. A number of theoretical

  12. Unusual dielectric response in cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide

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    Akhtar, Abu Jahid; Gupta, Abhisek; Kumar Shaw, Bikash; Saha, Shyamal K., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)


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

  13. Metamaterial perfect absorber based on artificial dielectric "atoms". (United States)

    Liu, Xiaoming; Bi, Ke; Li, Bo; Zhao, Qian; Zhou, Ji


    In this work, we numerically designed and then experimentally verified a metamaterial perfect absorber based on artificial dielectric "atoms". This metamaterial absorber is composed of dielectric ceramic material (SrTiO3) "atoms" embedded in a background matrix on a metal plate. The dielectric "atoms" couple strongly to the incident electric and magnetic fields at the Mie resonance mode, leading to the narrow perfect absorption band with simulated and experimental absorptivities of 99% and 98.5% at 8.96 GHz, respectively. The designed metamaterial perfect absorber is polarization insensitive and can operate in wide angle incidence.

  14. Bulk Moisture and Salinity Sensor (United States)

    Nurge, Mark; Monje, Oscar; Prenger, Jessica; Catechis, John


    Measurement and feedback control of nutrient solutions in plant root zones is critical to the development of healthy plants in both terrestrial and reduced-gravity environments. In addition to the water content, the amount of fertilizer in the nutrient solution is important to plant health. This typically requires a separate set of sensors to accomplish. A combination bulk moisture and salinity sensor has been designed, built, and tested with different nutrient solutions in several substrates. The substrates include glass beads, a clay-like substrate, and a nutrient-enriched substrate with the presence of plant roots. By measuring two key parameters, the sensor is able to monitor both the volumetric water content and salinity of the nutrient solution in bulk media. Many commercially available moisture sensors are point sensors, making localized measurements over a small volume at the point of insertion. Consequently, they are more prone to suffer from interferences with air bubbles, contact area of media, and root growth. This makes it difficult to get an accurate representation of true moisture content and distribution in the bulk media. Additionally, a network of point sensors is required, increasing the cabling, data acquisition, and calibration requirements. measure the dielectric properties of a material in the annular space of the vessel. Because the pore water in the media often has high salinity, a method to measure the media moisture content and salinity simultaneously was devised. Characterization of the frequency response for capacitance and conductance across the electrodes was completed for 2-mm glass bead media, 1- to 2-mm Turface (a clay like media), and 1- to 2-mm fertilized Turface with the presence of root mass. These measurements were then used to find empirical relationships among capacitance (C), the dissipation factor (D), the volumetric water content, and the pore water salinity.

  15. 19 CFR 149.4 - Bulk and break bulk cargo. (United States)


    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Bulk and break bulk cargo. 149.4 Section 149.4... TREASURY (CONTINUED) IMPORTER SECURITY FILING § 149.4 Bulk and break bulk cargo. (a) Bulk cargo exempted.... (b) Break bulk cargo exempted from time requirement. For break bulk cargo that is exempt from the...

  16. Dielectric relaxation and localized electron hopping in colossal dielectric (Nb,In)-doped TiO2 rutile nanoceramics. (United States)

    Tsuji, Kosuke; Han, HyukSu; Guillemet-Fritsch, Sophie; Randall, Clive A


    Dielectric spectroscopy was performed on a Nb and In co-doped rutile TiO2 nano-crystalline ceramic (n-NITO) synthesized by a low-temperature spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The dielectric properties of the n-NITO were not largely affected by the metal electrode contacts. Huge dielectric relaxation was observed at a very low temperature below 35 K. Both the activation energy and relaxation time suggested that the electronic hopping motion is the underlying mechanism responsible for the colossal dielectric permittivity (CP) and its relaxation, instead of the internal barrier layer effect or a dipolar relaxation. With Havriliak-Negami (H-N) fitting, a relaxation time with a large distribution of dielectric relaxations was revealed. The broad distributed relaxation phenomena indicated that Nb and In were involved, controlling the dielectric relaxation by modifying the polarization mechanism and localized states. The associated distribution function is calculated and presented. The frequency-dependent a.c. conductance is successfully explained by a hopping conduction model of the localized electrons with the distribution function. It is demonstrated that the dielectric relaxation is strongly correlated with the hopping electrons in the localized states. The CP in SPS n-NITO is then ascribed to a hopping polarization.

  17. Optics of dielectric microstructures

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    Søndergaard, Thomas


    From the work carried out within the ph.d. project two topics have been selected for this thesis, namely emission of radiation by sources in dielectric microstructures, and planar photonic crystal waveguides. The work done within the first topic, emission of radiation by sources in dielectric mic...

  18. Contemporary dielectric materials

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    Saravanan, R


    This book deals with experimental results of the physical characterization of several important, dielectric materials of great current interest. The experimental tools used for the analysis of these materials include X-ray diffraction, dielectric measurements, magnetic measurements using a vibrating sample magnetometer, optical measurements using a UV-Visible spectrometer etc.

  19. Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy of TlSe thin films (United States)

    Ozel, Aysen E.; Deger, Deniz; Celik, Sefa; Yakut, Sahin; Karabak, Binnur; Akyüz, Sevim; Ulutas, Kemal


    In this report, the results of Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy of TlSe thin films are presented. The films were deposited in different thicknesses ranging from 290 Å to 3200 Å by thermal evaporation method. The relative permittivity (dielectric constant εr‧) and dielectric loss (εr″) of TlSe thin films were calculated by measuring capacitance (C) and dielectric loss factor (tan δ) in the frequencies ranging between 10-2 Hz-107 Hz and in the temperature ranging between 173 K and 433 K. In the given intervals, both the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss of TlSe thin films decrease with increasing frequency, but increase with increasing temperature. This behavior can be explained as multicomponent polarization in the structure. The ac conductivity obeys the ωs law when s (s dielectric constant of TlSe thin films is determined from Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The results obtained by two different methods are in agreement with each other.

  20. Soil permittivity response to bulk electrical conductivity for selected soil water sensors (United States)

    Bulk electrical conductivity can dominate the low frequency dielectric loss spectrum in soils, masking changes in the real permittivity and causing errors in estimated water content. We examined the dependence of measured apparent permittivity (Ka) on bulk electrical conductivity in contrasting soil...

  1. On the dielectric curie-weiss law and diffuse phase transition in ferroelectrics

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    Jonker, G.H.


    A simple derivation of parabolic 1/εr-T curves is obtained by reconsidering the origin of the dielectric Curie-Weiss law. The only assumption needed is the introduction of a non-linear temperature dependance of the macroscopic dielectric polarization in the macroscopic Clausius-Mossotti equation

  2. Polarity Control at Interfaces: Quantifying Pseudo-solvent Effects in Nano-confined Systems. (United States)

    Singappuli-Arachchige, Dilini; Manzano, J Sebastian; Sherman, Lindy M; Slowing, Igor I


    Surface functionalization controls local environments and induces solvent-like effects at liquid-solid interfaces. We explored structure-property relationships between organic groups bound to pore surfaces of mesoporous silica nanoparticles and Stokes shifts of the adsorbed solvatochromic dye Prodan. Correlating shifts of the dye on the surfaces with its shifts in solvents resulted in a local polarity scale for functionalized pores. The scale was validated by studying the effects of pore polarity on quenching of Nile Red fluorescence and on the vibronic band structure of pyrene. Measurements were done in aqueous suspensions of porous particles, proving that the dielectric properties in the pores are different from the bulk solvent. The precise control of pore polarity was used to enhance the catalytic activity of TEMPO in the aerobic oxidation of furfuryl alcohol in water. An inverse relationship was found between pore polarity and activity of TEMPO in the pores, demonstrating that controlling the local polarity around an active site allows modulating the activity of nanoconfined catalysts. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Polarization insensitive terahertz metamaterial absorber. (United States)

    Grant, J; Ma, Y; Saha, S; Lok, L B; Khalid, A; Cumming, D R S


    We present the simulation, implementation, and measurement of a polarization insensitive resonant metamaterial absorber in the terahertz region. The device consists of a metal/dielectric-spacer/metal structure allowing us to maximize absorption by varying the dielectric material and thickness and, hence, the effective electrical permittivity and magnetic permeability. Experimental absorption of 77% and 65% at 2.12 THz (in the operating frequency range of terahertz quantum cascade lasers) is observed for a spacer of polyimide or silicon dioxide respectively. These metamaterials are promising candidates as absorbing elements for thermally based terahertz imaging.

  4. Polarized infrared reflectance study of free standing cubic GaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lee, S.C., E-mail: [Nano-Optoelectronics Research Laboratory, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Ng, S.S.; Hassan, H. Abu; Hassan, Z.; Zainal, N. [Nano-Optoelectronics Research Laboratory, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Novikov, S.V.; Foxon, C.T.; Kent, A.J. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)


    Optical properties of free standing cubic gallium nitride grown by molecular beam epitaxy system are investigated by a polarized infrared (IR) reflectance technique. A strong reststrahlen band, which reveals the bulk-like optical phonon frequencies, is observed. Meanwhile, continuous oscillation fringes, which indicate the sample consists of two homogeneous layers with different dielectric constants, are observed in the non-reststrahlen region. By obtaining the first derivative of polarized IR reflectance spectra measured at higher angles of incidence, extra phonon resonances are identified at the edges of the reststrahlen band. The observations are verified with the theoretical results simulated based on a multi-oscillator model. - Highlights: • First time experimental studies of IR optical phonons in bulk like, cubic GaN layer. • Detection of extra phonon modes of cubic GaN by polarized IR reflectance technique. • Revelation of IR multiphonon modes of cubic GaN by first derivative numerical method. • Observation of multiphonon modes requires very high angle of incidence. • Resonance splitting effect induced by third phonon mode is a qualitative indicator.

  5. Plasma polymerized high energy density dielectric films for capacitors (United States)

    Yamagishi, F. G.


    High energy density polymeric dielectric films were prepared by plasma polymerization of a variety of gaseous monomers. This technique gives thin, reproducible, pinhole free, conformable, adherent, and insoluble coatings and overcomes the processing problems found in the preparation of thin films with bulk polymers. Thus, devices are prepared completely in a vacuum environment. The plasma polymerized films prepared all showed dielectric strengths of greater than 1000 kV/cm and in some cases values of greater than 4000 kV/cm were observed. The dielectric loss of all films was generally less than 1% at frequencies below 10 kHz, but this value increased at higher frequencies. All films were self healing. The dielectric strength was a function of the polymerization technique, whereas the dielectric constant varied with the structure of the starting material. Because of the thin films used (thickness in the submicron range) surface smoothness of the metal electrodes was found to be critical in obtaining high dielectric strengths. High dielectric strength graft copolymers were also prepared. Plasma polymerized ethane was found to be thermally stable up to 150 C in the presence of air and 250 C in the absence of air. No glass transitions were observed for this material.

  6. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator (United States)

    Sanders, David M [Livermore, CA; Sampayan, Stephen [Manteca, CA; Slenes, Kirk [Albuquerque, NM; Stoller, H M [Albuquerque, NM


    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.

  7. Dielectric materials for electrical engineering

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    Martinez-Vega, Juan


    Part 1 is particularly concerned with physical properties, electrical ageing and modeling with topics such as the physics of charged dielectric materials, conduction mechanisms, dielectric relaxation, space charge, electric ageing and life end models and dielectric experimental characterization. Part 2 concerns some applications specific to dielectric materials: insulating oils for transformers, electrorheological fluids, electrolytic capacitors, ionic membranes, photovoltaic conversion, dielectric thermal control coatings for geostationary satellites, plastics recycling and piezoelectric poly

  8. Transformation Algorithm of Dielectric Response in Time-Frequency Domain

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    Ji Liu


    Full Text Available A transformation algorithm of dielectric response from time domain to frequency domain is presented. In order to shorten measuring time of low or ultralow frequency dielectric response characteristics, the transformation algorithm is used in this paper to transform the time domain relaxation current to frequency domain current for calculating the low frequency dielectric dissipation factor. In addition, it is shown from comparing the calculation results with actual test data that there is a coincidence for both results over a wide range of low frequencies. Meanwhile, the time domain test data of depolarization currents in dry and moist pressboards are converted into frequency domain results on the basis of the transformation. The frequency domain curves of complex capacitance and dielectric dissipation factor at the low frequency range are obtained. Test results of polarization and depolarization current (PDC in pressboards are also given at the different voltage and polarization time. It is demonstrated from the experimental results that polarization and depolarization current are affected significantly by moisture contents of the test pressboards, and the transformation algorithm is effective in ultralow frequency of 10−3 Hz. Data analysis and interpretation of the test results conclude that analysis of time-frequency domain dielectric response can be used for assessing insulation system in power transformer.

  9. A spherical cavity model for quadrupolar dielectrics (United States)

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


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

  10. Self-polarization in spherical quantum dot

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    Stojanović Dušanka P.


    Full Text Available The electronic structures of CdS quantum dot (QD with dielectric mismatch are calculated. Poisson equation is solved analitically in case of point charge placed inside semiconductor sphere embeded in dielectric matrix in case of different values of the dielectric permittivity of QD and matrix. The validity of the effective mass approximation for the conduction band is assumed. Schrödinger equation for one electron is solved analitically. On the basis of the Poisson equation solution self potential is examined and used as perturbation to calculate the self-polarization effect.

  11. Center for Dielectric Studies, (United States)


    desired dielectric formulation into thin sheets, then laminating and firing the shoots to form a monolithic structure with the noble metal probes internal...of the pyre-signaL of she disordered PST ceramicas under DC bias.The dmini e of miroaemem La reliaxr ferrol.,crIcs La che tperacure region lower chin...increase the dielectric constant. ....... .. Itoci Many of today’s multilayer ceramic capacitors employ costly precious metal internal electrodes. In some

  12. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of acrylic dielectric elastomer

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    Sheng, Junjie; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo; Chang, Longfei [Xi' an Jiaotong University, State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Xi' an (China); Xi' an Jiaotong University, School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi' an (China)


    The dielectric constant is an essential electrical parameter to the achievable voltage-induced deformation of the dielectric elastomer. This paper primarily focuses on the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (within the range of 173 K to 373 K) for the most widely used acrylic dielectric elastomer (VHB 4910). First the dielectric constant was investigated experimentally with the broadband dielectric spectrometer (BDS). Results showed that the dielectric constant first increased with temperature up to a peak value and then dropped to a relative small value. Then by analyzing the fitted curves, the Cole-Cole dispersion equation was found better to characterize the rising process before the peak values than the Debye dispersion equation, while the decrease process afterward can be well described by the simple Debye model. Finally, a mathematical model of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 was obtained from the fitted results which can be used to further probe the electromechanical stability of the dielectric elastomers. (orig.)

  13. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of acrylic dielectric elastomer (United States)

    Sheng, Junjie; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo; Chang, Longfei


    The dielectric constant is an essential electrical parameter to the achievable voltage-induced deformation of the dielectric elastomer. This paper primarily focuses on the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (within the range of 173 K to 373 K) for the most widely used acrylic dielectric elastomer (VHB 4910). First the dielectric constant was investigated experimentally with the broadband dielectric spectrometer (BDS). Results showed that the dielectric constant first increased with temperature up to a peak value and then dropped to a relative small value. Then by analyzing the fitted curves, the Cole-Cole dispersion equation was found better to characterize the rising process before the peak values than the Debye dispersion equation, while the decrease process afterward can be well described by the simple Debye model. Finally, a mathematical model of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 was obtained from the fitted results which can be used to further probe the electromechanical stability of the dielectric elastomers.

  14. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics (United States)

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


    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.

  15. Circularly polarized antennas

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    Gao, Steven; Zhu, Fuguo


    This book presents a comprehensive insight into the design techniques for different types of CP antenna elements and arrays In this book, the authors address a broad range of topics on circularly polarized (CP) antennas. Firstly, it introduces to the reader basic principles, design techniques and characteristics of various types of CP antennas, such as CP patch antennas, CP helix antennas, quadrifilar helix antennas (QHA), printed quadrifilar helix antennas (PQHA), spiral antenna, CP slot antennas, CP dielectric resonator antennas, loop antennas, crossed dipoles, monopoles and CP horns. Adva

  16. Bulk Nanostructured Materials (United States)

    Koch, C. C.; Langdon, T. G.; Lavernia, E. J.


    This paper will address three topics of importance to bulk nanostructured materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are defined as bulk solids with nanoscale or partly nanoscale microstructures. This category of nanostructured materials has historical roots going back many decades but has relatively recent focus due to new discoveries of unique properties of some nanoscale materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are prepared by a variety of severe plastic deformation methods, and these will be reviewed. Powder processing to prepare bulk nanostructured materials requires that the powders be consolidated by typical combinations of pressure and temperature, the latter leading to coarsening of the microstructure. The thermal stability of nanostructured materials will also be discussed. An example of bringing nanostructured materials to applications as structural materials will be described in terms of the cryomilling of powders and their consolidation.

  17. Modeling of Dielectric Relaxation Processes in Moist Sand Rocks (United States)

    Bobrov, P. P.; Krasnoukhova, V. N.; Kroshka, E. S.; Lapina, A. S.


    The results of experimental measurements in the frequency range 10 kHz - 1 GHz of the complex dielectric permittivity of quartz granule powders of various sizes moistened with distilled water and a salt solution are presented. On the basis of these results, a relaxation model has been constructed that makes it possible to separate the influence of relaxation processes caused by polarization of the water-mineral and water-air interfaces on the complex dielectric permittivity. The model parameters are found for various granule sizes and solution concentrations. It is shown that the relaxation time of both processes decreases with decreasing granule size and increasing the concentration of the solution. A different character of the dielectric permittivity hysteresis at different frequencies with a decrease/increase in the water saturation coefficient is explained. The prospects of using the dielectric method for determining the petrophysical characteristics of rocks are discussed.

  18. Dielectric relaxation studies of dilute solutions of amides

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    Malathi, M.; Sabesan, R.; Krishnan, S


    The dielectric constants and dielectric losses of formamide, acetamide, N-methyl acetamide, acetanilide and N,N-dimethyl acetamide in dilute solutions of 1,4-dioxan/benzene have been measured at 308 K using 9.37 GHz, dielectric relaxation set up. The relaxation time for the over all rotation {tau}{sub (1)} and that for the group rotation {tau}{sub (2)} of (the molecules were determined using Higasi's method. The activation energies for the processes of dielectric relaxation and viscous flow were determined by using Eyring's rate theory. From relaxation time behaviour of amides in non-polar solvent, solute-solvent and solute-solute type of molecular association is proposed.

  19. Photonic crystal based polarization insensitive flat lens (United States)

    Turduev, M.; Bor, E.; Kurt, H.


    The paper proposes a new design of an inhomogeneous artificially created photonic crystal lens structure consisting of annular dielectric rods to efficiently focus both transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations of light into the same focal point. The locations of each individual cell that contains the annular dielectric rods are determined according to a nonlinear distribution function. The inner and outer radii of the annular photonic dielectric rods are optimized with respect to the polarization insensitive frequency response of the transmission spectrum of the lens structure. The physical background of the polarization insensitive focusing mechanism is investigated in both spatial and frequency domains. Moreover, polarization independent wavefront transformation/focusing has been explored in detail by investigating the dispersion relation of the structure. Corresponding phase index distribution of the lens is attained for polarization insensitive normalized frequency range of a/λ  =  0.280 and a/λ  =  0.300, where a denotes the lattice constant of the designed structure and λ denotes the wavelength of the incident light. We show the wave transformation performance and focal point movement dynamics for both polarizations of the lens structure by specially adjusting the length of the structure. The 3D finite-difference time domain numerical analysis is also performed to verifiy that the proposed design is able to focus the wave regardless of polarization into approximately the same focal point (difference between focal distances of both polarizations stays below 0.25λ) with an operating bandwidth of 4.30% between 1476 nm and 1541 nm at telecom wavelengths. The main superiorities of the proposed lens structure are being all dielectric and compact, and having flat front and back surfaces, rendering the proposed lens design more practical in the photonic integration process in various applications such as optical switch

  20. Scattering of Slow Metastable Argon Atoms by Dielectric Nanospheres (United States)

    Baudon, J.; Hamamda, M.; Grucker, J.; Perales, F.; Dutier, G.; Ducloy, M.; Bocvarski, V.


    The elastic scattering at low energy of metastable argon atoms with internal angular momentum J = 0 and 2 by dielectric nanospheres is investigated. The differential cross sections are calculated for both isotropic and anisotropic interactions. A polarization effect is clearly evidenced. The possible use of a metastable atom beam as a probe of an ensemble of nanospheres deposited on a passive substrate is examined.

  1. Positive Streamer in the Surface Dielectric Barrier Discharge in Air: Numerical Modelling and Analytical Estimations (United States)

    Soloviev, V.; Krivtsov, V.


    According to performed numerical simulation of the surface dielectric barrier discharge driven by positive polarity nanosecond voltage pulse the discharge in this case evolves as a streamer “flying” above the dielectric surface. The distance between the streamer and dielectric surface does not depend on dielectric barrier parameters and applied voltage value. The developed analytical model for surface streamer evolution confirms these results and explains the physics of this phenomenon. The electric field in front of a stationary streamer head is constant and defined only by ionization rate constant of the gas and its density.

  2. Dielectric response of branched copper phthalocyanine (United States)

    Hamam, Khalil J.; Al-Amar, Mohammad M.; Mezei, Gellert; Guda, Ramakrishna; Burns, Clement A.


    The dielectric constant of pressed pellets and thin films of branched copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) was investigated as a function of frequency from 0.1 kHz to 1 MHz and temperature from 20 °C to 100 °C. Surface morphology was studied using a scanning electron microscope. The high-frequency values of the dielectric constant of pellets and thin films are ~3.5 and ~5.8, respectively. The response was only weakly dependent on frequency and temperature. The branched structure of the CuPc molecules helped to cancel out the effects of low-frequency polarization mechanisms. A planar delocalized charge system with two-dimensional localization was found using time-resolved photoluminescence measurements.

  3. Information authentication using an optical dielectric metasurface (United States)

    Wang, Xiaogang; Mei, Shengtao


    Metasurfaces that consist of a monolayer of photonic artificial atoms are emerging as attractive materials for optical wavefront-shaping and polarization-control devices. By integrating nanophotonics with a phase-encoding technique, we demonstrate theoretically an information authentication method using dielectric metasurfaces that can be verified without information disclosure at visible wavelengths. The required secured diffraction pattern can be simply achieved by a metasurface hologram with a small number of pixels, which means increased efficiency and lower costs of production. Although the decrypted image is noisy, it can be authenticated by recognition algorithms where the primary image is used as a reference. The results show that the dielectric metasurface approach, providing great flexibility in the design of the wavefront of light and compatible with the CMOS technology, can be potentially applied in optical information security.

  4. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials


    Andrzej Wilczek; Agnieszka Szypłowska; Marcin Kafarski; Wojciech Skierucha


    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 ele...

  5. Dielectric properties and microstructure of the disintegrated nanogel films of bacterial cellulose

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    Albert K. Khripunov


    Full Text Available The concentration dependencies of dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss factor have been studied for the water suspensions of nanogel films of bacterial cellulose Gluconacetobacter xylinus (BC disintegrated with the blade rotation rates of 15,000 and 20,000rpm. The dipole moments of BC colloids have been evaluated using Buckingham's statistical theory of dielectric polarization modified for binary polar systems. The number of monomer units of cellobiose in the BC colloid being equal to 113, the volume and the characteristic rotation time of the colloid particles were calculated. The difference between the values of dielectric parameters for BC samples disintegrated at 15,000 and 20,000rpm were within experimental error. The constant stoichiometry of BC colloids and the identity of orientation ordering of microfibrills in colloids to that of the BC nanogel films have been shown by dielectric and X-ray studies.

  6. Dielectric behaviour of Zn substituted Cu nano-ferrites

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    Parashar, Jyoti, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302055 (India); Saxena, V.K.; Jyoti; Bhatnagar, Deepak [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302055 (India); Sharma, K.B. [Department of Physics, S.S. Jain Subodh P.G. College, Jaipur 302004 (India)


    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 (Cu{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}; 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 (σ{sub ac}) 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 σ{sub ac} 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. - Highlights: • Zn substituted Cu nano-ferrite samples bearing formula Cu{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(0≤x≤1) are synthesized by the sol–gel auto combustion method. • The variation of real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity with frequency are reported in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 120 MHz at room temperature. • The real part of dielectric constant (ε′) decreases with increasing frequency where as the AC conductivity (σ{sub ac}) increases with increase in frequency. The relation of tan δ with frequency shows relaxation spectra. • The variation in dielectric constant may be explained on the basis of space charge polarization, according to Maxwell and Wagner two-layer model. • Dielectric constant as a function of temperature is studied at different temperatures ranging from 323 K to 583 K.

  7. Reduced dielectric response in spatially varying electric fields

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    Hansen, Jesper Schmidt


    In this paper, the dynamical equation for polarization is derived. From this the dielectric response to a spatially varying electric field is analyzed showing a reduced response due to flux of polarization in the material. This flux is modeled as a diffusive process through linear constitutive...... relations between the flux and the gradient of the polarization. Comparison between the theory and molecular dynamics simulations confirms this effect. The effect is significant for small length scale electric field variations and the inclusion of the flux is thus important in nanoscale modeling...

  8. Super Dielectric Materials (United States)

    Fromille, Samuel; Phillips, Jonathan


    Evidence is provided here that a class of materials with dielectric constants greater than 105 at low frequency (dielectric materials (SDM), can be generated readily from common, inexpensive materials. Specifically it is demonstrated that high surface area alumina powders, loaded to the incipient wetness point with a solution of boric acid dissolved in water, have dielectric constants, near 0 Hz, greater than 4 × 108 in all cases, a remarkable increase over the best dielectric constants previously measured for energy storage capabilities, ca. 1 × 104. It is postulated that any porous, electrically insulating material (e.g., high surface area powders of silica, titania, etc.), filled with a liquid containing a high concentration of ionic species will potentially be an SDM. Capacitors created with the first generated SDM dielectrics (alumina with boric acid solution), herein called New Paradigm Super (NPS) capacitors display typical electrostatic capacitive behavior, such as increasing capacitance with decreasing thickness, and can be cycled, but are limited to a maximum effective operating voltage of about 0.8 V. A simple theory is presented: Water containing relatively high concentrations of dissolved ions saturates all, or virtually all, the pores (average diameter 500 Å) of the alumina. In an applied field the positive ionic species migrate to the cathode end, and the negative ions to the anode end of each drop. This creates giant dipoles with high charge, hence leading to high dielectric constant behavior. At about 0.8 V, water begins to break down, creating enough ionic species to “short” the individual water droplets. Potentially NPS capacitor stacks can surpass “supercapacitors” in volumetric energy density. PMID:28788298

  9. Dielectrically Loaded Biconical Antennas (United States)

    Nusseibeh, Fouad Ahmed


    Biconical antennas are of great interest to those who deal with broadband applications including the transmission/reception of pulses. In particular, wide-angle conical antennas are an attractive choice in many applications including Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and the measurements of transient surface currents and charge densities on aircraft. Dielectric loading in the interior region of a conical antenna can be used to reduce the size of the antenna especially at low frequencies and/or for structural strength. Therefore, having an analytical solution for the input impedance and the frequency response is very helpful in optimizing the design and understanding the behavior of the antenna. From the quasi-analytical solution for the input impedance and the electric field of a wide-angle conical antenna, it can be seen that the dielectric loading in the antenna region improves the input impedance at low frequencies, but increases the number of resonance points and the magnitude of these peaks. When an inhomogeneous dielectric load is used, the magnitude of the resonance peaks is decreased (depending on the way the load is distributed), improving the input impedance of the antenna significantly. Introducing a dielectric load in the interior region of an electrically short receiving cone makes the antenna behave as an electrically longer antenna. However, this is not true for the case for electrical1y long antennas. For the case of pulse transmission, the dielectric load affects only the amplitude. Of course, if the dielectric fills the whole space, both transmitting and receiving antennas behave as electrically longer antennas.

  10. Electric field inside a "Rossky cavity" in uniformly polarized water. (United States)

    Martin, Daniel R; Friesen, Allan D; Matyushov, Dmitry V


    Electric field produced inside a solute by a uniformly polarized liquid is strongly affected by dipolar polarization of the liquid at the interface. We show, by numerical simulations, that the electric "cavity" field inside a hydrated non-polar solute does not follow the predictions of standard Maxwell's electrostatics of dielectrics. Instead, the field inside the solute tends, with increasing solute size, to the limit predicted by the Lorentz virtual cavity. The standard paradigm fails because of its reliance on the surface charge density at the dielectric interface determined by the boundary conditions of the Maxwell dielectric. The interface of a polar liquid instead carries a preferential in-plane orientation of the surface dipoles thus producing virtually no surface charge. The resulting boundary conditions for electrostatic problems differ from the traditional recipes, affecting the microscopic and macroscopic fields based on them. We show that relatively small differences in cavity fields propagate into significant differences in the dielectric constant of an ideal mixture. The slope of the dielectric increment of the mixture versus the solute concentration depends strongly on which polarization scenario at the interface is realized. A much steeper slope found in the case of Lorentz interfacial polarization also implies a higher free energy penalty for polarizing such mixtures. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  11. Coupling two lasers on a dielectric surface (United States)

    Bahrim, Cristian; Khairuzzaman, Md; Raju, Md Mozammal; Hsu, Wei-Tai


    We can modify the radiation perceived by a dielectric surface using a capacitor voltage set up across. The associated uniform electric field allows us to shift toward shorter wavelengths the optical response of the dielectric surface for a given monochromatic laser radiation incident on it. We use this capacitor configuration for coupling two laser beams incident simultaneously on the surface. The stronger coupling laser couples with the electric dipoles and impedes a probe laser to oscillate the same dipoles. The interaction between the two laser beams creates a destructive interference pattern in the Brewster angle region of the probe. Clear evidence of several minima of diffraction shows along the direction of reflection of the probe laser. This diffraction pattern indicates the `lock in' of the probe laser on the surface. This new physics is related to an electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT)-type phenomenon with the major difference that in our case the coupling between two lasers is produced at the dielectric's surface rather than inside the bulk, as is typically the case in classical EIT. Our measurements indicate that the light is reflected by the first layer of dipoles on the surface, within one chemical bond.

  12. Piezoelectric thin films for bulk acoustic wave resonator applications: from processing to microwave filters


    Lanz, Roman; Setter, Nava


    Bandpass filters for microwave frequencies realized with thin film bulk acoustic wave resonators (FBAR) are a promising alternative to current dielectric or surface acoustic wave filters for use in mobile telecommunication applications. With equivalent performance, FBAR filters are significantly smaller than dielectric filters and allow for a larger power operation than SAW filters. In addition, FBARs offer the possibility of on-chip integration, which will result in substantial volume and co...

  13. Absorption in dielectric models

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    Churchill, R J


    We develop a classical microscopic model of a dielectric. The model features nonlinear interaction terms between polarizable dipoles and lattice vibrations. The lattice vibrations are found to act as a pseudo-reservoir, giving broadband absorption of electromagnetic radiation without the addition of damping terms in the dynamics. The effective permittivity is calculated using a perturbative iteration method and is found to have the form associated with real dielectrics. Spatial dispersion is naturally included in the model and we also calculate the wavevector dependence of the permittivity.

  14. Kinetic analysis of spin current contribution to spectrum of electromagnetic waves in spin-1/2 plasma, Part I: Dielectric permeability tensor for magnetized plasmas

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    Andreev, Pavel A


    The dielectric permeability tensor for spin polarized plasmas is derived in terms of the spin-1/2 quantum kinetic model in six-dimensional phase space. Expressions for the distribution function and spin distribution function are derived in linear approximations on the path of dielectric permeability tensor derivation. The dielectric permeability tensor is derived the spin-polarized degenerate electron gas. It is also discussed at the finite temperature regime, where the equilibrium distribution function is presented by the spin-polarized Fermi-Dirac distribution. Consideration of the spin-polarized equilibrium states opens possibilities for the kinetic modeling of the thermal spin current contribution in the plasma dynamics.

  15. Dielectric properties of fly ash

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    Abstract. This paper reports the dielectric properties of fly ash. The dielectric measurements were performed as a function of frequency and temperature. The sample of fly ash shows almost similar behaviour in the frequency and temperature range studied. The large value of dielectric constant in the typical frequency range.

  16. Phase diagram of polar states in doped ferroelectric systems (United States)

    Wang, Dong; Ke, Xiaoqin; Wang, Yunzhi; Gao, Jinghui; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Lixue; Yang, Sen; Ren, Xiaobing


    We report a complete phase diagram that describes the relationships among all polar states in doped ferroelectrics, including the paraelectric (polar liquid), ferroelectric (polar crystal), relaxor (polar glass), and precursory states (partially frozen nanopolar domains). We employ a model that considers a randomly distributed local polarization field associated with point defects, which breaks the symmetry of the Landau free energy with respect to polarization. In the meantime, the model also takes into account the effect of point defects on the overall stability of the ferroelectric phase. Based on this model, the phase field simulations reproduce all the polar states and important characteristics associated with ferroelectric-glass (relaxor) transition observed in experiments, including rugged free energy, wide relaxation time, nanosized ferroelectric domain structure, “diffuse” transition, temperature dependence of third-order dielectric susceptibility, nonergodicity, frequency dependence of dielectric loss, and domain switching.

  17. Plasmonic and Dielectric Metasurfaces: Design, Fabrication and Applications

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    Jian Wang


    Full Text Available Two-dimensional metasurfaces are widely focused on for their ability for flexible light manipulation (phase, amplitude, polarization over sub-wavelength propagation distances. Most of the metasurfaces can be divided into two categories by the material type of unit structure, i.e., plasmonic metasurfaces and dielectric metasurfaces. For plasmonic metasurfaces, they are made on the basis of metallic meta-atoms whose optical responses are driven by the plasmon resonances supported by metallic particles. For dielectric metasurfaces, the unit structure is constructed with high refractive index dielectric resonators, such as silicon, germanium or tellurium, which can support electric and magnetic dipole responses based on Mie resonances. The responses of plasmonic and dielectric metasurfaces are all relevant to the characteristics of unit structure, such as dimensions and materials. One can manipulate the electromagnetic field of light wave scattered by the metasurfaces through designing the dimension parameters of each unit structure in the metasurfaces. In this review article, we give a brief overview of our recent progress in plasmonic and dielectric metasurface-assisted nanophotonic devices and their design, fabrication and applications, including the metasurface-based broadband and the selective generation of orbital angular momentum (OAM carrying vector beams, N-fold OAM multicasting using a V-shaped antenna array, a metasurface on conventional optical fiber facet for linearly-polarized mode (LP11 generation, graphene split-ring metasurface-assisted terahertz coherent perfect absorption, OAM beam generation using a nanophotonic dielectric metasurface array, as well as Bessel beam generation and OAM multicasting using a dielectric metasurface array. It is believed that metasurface-based nanophotonic devices are one of the devices with the most potential applied in various fields, such as beam steering, spatial light modulator, nanoscale

  18. Dielectric behaviour of Zn substituted Cu nano-ferrites (United States)

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


    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.

  19. Molds for cable dielectrics (United States)

    Roose, L.D.


    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.

  20. Dielectric Waveguide lasers

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    Pollnau, Markus; Orlovic, V.A.; Pachenko, V.; Scherbakov, I.A.


    Our recent results on planar and channel waveguide fabrication and lasers in the dielectric oxide materials Ti:sapphire and rare-earth-ion-doped potassium yttrium double tungstate (KYW) are reviewed. We have employed waveguide fabrication methods such as liquid phase epitaxy and reactive ion etching

  1. The general dielectric tensor for bi-kappa magnetized plasmas

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    Gaelzer, R., E-mail:; Ziebell, L. F., E-mail:; Meneses, A. R., E-mail: [Instituto de Física, UFRGS, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)


    In this paper, we derive the dielectric tensor for a plasma containing particles described by an anisotropic superthermal (bi-kappa) velocity distribution function. The tensor components are written in terms of the two-variables kappa plasma special functions, recently defined by Gaelzer and Ziebell [Phys. Plasmas 23, 022110 (2016)]. We also obtain various new mathematical properties for these functions, which are useful for the analytical treatment, numerical implementation, and evaluation of the functions and, consequently, of the dielectric tensor. The formalism developed here and in the previous paper provides a mathematical framework for the study of electromagnetic waves propagating at arbitrary angles and polarizations in a superthermal plasma.

  2. Dual band metamaterial perfect absorber based on artificial dielectric "molecules". (United States)

    Liu, Xiaoming; Lan, Chuwen; Li, Bo; Zhao, Qian; Zhou, Ji


    Dual band metamaterial perfect absorbers with two absorption bands are highly desirable because of their potential application areas such as detectors, transceiver system, and spectroscopic imagers. However, most of these dual band metamaterial absorbers proposed were based on resonances of metal patterns. Here, we numerically and experimentally demonstrate a dual band metamaterial perfect absorber composed of artificial dielectric "molecules" with high symmetry. The artificial dielectric "molecule" consists of four "atoms" of two different sizes corresponding to two absorption bands with near unity absorptivity. Numerical and experimental absorptivity verify that the dual-band metamaterial absorber is polarization insensitive and can operate in wide-angle incidence.

  3. Dipolar correlations and the dielectric permittivity of water. (United States)

    Sharma, Manu; Resta, Raffaele; Car, Roberto


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

  4. The general dielectric tensor for bi-kappa magnetized plasmas

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    Gaelzer, Rudi; Meneses, Anelise Ramires


    In this paper we derive the dielectric tensor for a plasma containing particles described by an anisotropic superthermal (bi-kappa) velocity distribution function. The tensor components are written in terms of the two-variables kappa plasma special functions, recently defined by Gaelzer and Ziebell [Phys. Plasmas 23, 022110 (2016)]. We also obtain various new mathematical properties for these functions, which are useful for the analytical treatment, numerical implementation and evaluation of the functions and, consequently, of the dielectric tensor. The formalism developed here and in the previous paper provides a mathematical framework for the study of electromagnetic waves propagating at arbitrary angles and polarizations in a superthermal plasma.

  5. Dielectric Properties of Rhombohedral PbNb2O6

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    Kriti Ranjan Sahu


    Full Text Available Dielectric materials are needed in many electrical and electronic applications. So, basic characterizations need to be done for all dielectrics. PbNb2O6 (PN is ferroelectric and piezoelectric only in its orthorhombic phase, with potential high temperature applications. So, its rhombohedral phase, frequently formed as an undesirable impurity in the preparation of orthorhombic PN, has been ignored with respect to possible dielectric characterizations. Here, essentially single phase rhombohedral PN has been prepared, checking structure from XRD Rietveld Analysis, and the real and imaginary parts of permittivity measured in an Impedance Spectrometer (IS up to ~700∘C and over 20 Hz to 5.5 MHz range, for heating and some cooling runs. Variations, with temperature, of relaxation time constant (τ, AC and DC conductivity, bulk resistance, activation energy and capacitance have been explored from our IS data.

  6. The physics of polarization (United States)

    Landi Degl'Innocenti, Egidio

    This course is intended to give a description of the basic physical concepts which underlie the study and the interpretation of polarization phenomena. Apart from a brief historical introduction (Sect. 1), the course is organized in three parts. A first part (Sects. 2 - 6) covers the most relevant facts about the polarization phenomena that are typically encountered in laboratory applications and in everyday life. In Sect. 2, the modern description of polarization in terms of the Stokes parameters is recalled, whereas Sect. 3 is devoted to introduce the basic tools of laboratory polarimetry, such as the Jones calculus and the Mueller matrices. The polarization phenomena which are met in the reflection and refraction of a beam of radiation at the separation surface between two dielectrics, or between a dielectric and a metal, are recalled in Sect. 4. Finally, Sect. 5 gives an introduction to the phenomena of dichroism and of anomalous dispersion and Sect. 6 summarizes the polarization phenomena that are commonly encountered in everyday life. The second part of this course (Sects. 7-14) deals with the description, within the formalism of classical physics, of the spectro-polarimetric properties of the radiation emitted by accelerated charges. Such properties are derived by taking as starting point the Liénard and Wiechert equations that are recalled and discussed in Sect. 7 both in the general case and in the non-relativistic approximation. The results are developed to find the percentage polarization, the radiation diagram, the cross-section and the spectral characteristics of the radiation emitted in different phenomena particularly relevant from the astrophysical point of view. The emission of a linear antenna is derived in Sect. 8. The other Sections are devoted to Thomson scattering (Sect. 9), Rayleigh scattering (Sect. 10), Mie scattering (Sect. 11), bremsstrahlung radiation (Sect. 12), cyclotron radiation (Sect. 13), and synchrotron radiation (Sect. 14

  7. Bulk- and electrode-limited conduction mechanisms in different phases of Mn{sup 2+}-doped potassium tetrachlorozincate crystal

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    Gaffar, M A [Physics Department, School of Science and Engineering, American University in Cairo, Cairo 11511 (Egypt); Abousehly, A M [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, 71524 Assiut (Egypt); El-Fadl, A Abu [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, 71516 Assiut (Egypt); Mostafa, M M [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, 71524 Assiut (Egypt)


    The current density-electric field intensity relationship of pre-heated potassium tetrachlorozincate (KZC) crystals (undoped and doped with Mn{sup 2+} in different concentrations) has been measured along the polar a-axis. The dependence was studied at selected temperatures covering the three high-temperature phases of KZC in order to investigate the type of conduction mechanism dominating in each phase. The original Richardson-Schottky (R-S) equation shows disagreement between calculated and experimental values of the Richardson and optical dielectric constants. The modified R-S equation fits the data well and facilitated the calculation of the barrier height, electronic mobility and high-frequency dielectric constant of KZC. The calculated parameters are in good agreement with the corresponding experimental values. The results indicated that the bulk- and electrode-limited mechanisms contribute to conduction in different phases of KZC. The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity along the polar axis of undoped and Mn{sup 2+}-doped KZC shows anomalous behaviour in the region of the phase transitions. The dc conductivity and the activation energy of conduction (w) changed significantly due to doping. As indicated by the extremely high w values, superionic conduction is the dominating mechanism in the high-temperature part of the incommensurate (IC) and normal phases of KZC. Suppression of the superionic conduction by Mn{sup 2+}-doping is observed. The effect of discommensurate pinning by Mn{sup 2+} ions and the possibility of dislocation formation on the dc conduction in the IC phase is also discussed.

  8. Study on dielectric properties of fresh vegetables and jamun (United States)

    Usha, P.; Kumar, Sanjeev


    The Present work is concerned with the measurement of the complex dielectric permittivity, conductivity, and loss tangent and penetration depth of some vegetables and jamun frouit.. The measurement makes use of the “Von-Hipple method” for bulk sample. If the sample is not available with the dimension of the wave guide then reflectrometry technique is used for the pulverized (Powder) form of the sample and computed all the above parameters and relaxation time for the sample Jamun Seed (Scientific Name of Jamun is Syzygium cumini Lin). The measurement were performed for different packing densities at 9.85 GHz. at different temperature (20°c, 35°c and 50°c). The result was correlated with Landau-Lifshitz-Looyenga and Bottcher. There is fair agreement between the calculated values of dielectric parameters and the values obtained experimentally for solid bulk and pulverized one.

  9. Effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped ...

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    The effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics was studied. The piezoelectric properties viz. dielectric constant and piezoelectric coupling coefficient, were used for polarization reversal characteristic. These properties and apparent coercive field weremeasured during ...

  10. Effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    Aug 11, 2009 ... Abstract. The effect of temperature on polarization reversal of strontium-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics was studied. The piezoelectric properties viz. dielectric constant and piezoelectric coupling coefficient, were used for polarization reversal characteristic. These properties and apparent coercive ...

  11. Heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices

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    Criado-Sancho, M. [Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas Físicoquimicas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Senda del Rey 9, 20040 Madrid (Spain); Jou, D., E-mail: [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Institut d' Estudis Catalans, Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)


    We study heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices; we show that, despite bulk/nanoporous devices may act as thermal rectifiers, the non-linear aspects of their joint thermal conductance are not strong enough to lead to a negative differential thermal resistance, necessary to allow bulk/nanoporous/bulk Si devices to act as thermal transistors. Furthermore, we explicitly study the effective thermal conductivity of the mentioned devices for several temperatures, geometries, porosities, and pore size.

  12. "Understanding" cosmological bulk viscosity


    Zimdahl, Winfried


    A universe consisting of two interacting perfect fluids with the same 4-velocity is considered. A heuristic mean free time argument is used to show that the system as a whole cannot be perfect as well but neccessarily implies a nonvanishing bulk viscosity. A new formula for the latter is derived and compared with corresponding results of radiative hydrodynamics.

  13. Bulk chemicals from biomass

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    Haveren, van J.; Scott, E.L.; Sanders, J.P.M.


    Given the current robust forces driving sustainable production, and available biomass conversion technologies, biomass-based routes are expected to make a significant impact on the production of bulk chemicals within 10 years, and a huge impact within 20-30 years. In the Port of Rotterdam there is a

  14. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns (United States)

    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)


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

  15. Fifth International Conference on Dielectric and Realted Phenomena

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    ...: relaxation theory, characterized of dielectric responses, molecular dynamics, "smart" dielectric, polymer-ceramic structures, nonlinear optical materials, space charges in dielectric, dielectric...

  16. Polarization invariants and retrieval of surface parameters using polarization measurements in remote sensing applications. (United States)

    Shestopaloff, Yuri K


    Using polarization measurements in remote sensing and optical studies allows for the retrieval of more information. We consider the relationship between the reflection coefficients of plane and rough surfaces for linearly polarized waves. Certain polarization properties of reflected waves and polarization invariants, in particular at the incident angle of 45°, allow finding amplitude and phase characteristics of the reflected waves. Based on this study, we introduce methods for finding dielectric permittivity, temperature, and geometric characteristics of the observed surfaces. Experimental results prove that these methods can be used for different practical purposes in technological and remote sensing applications, in a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  17. Tunable electron affinity with electronic band alignment of solution processed dielectric (United States)

    Mondal, Sandip; Venkataraman, V.


    We report the tunability of the electronic band structure, especially the electron affinity, of an all-inorganic precursor processed sol-gel aluminium oxide phosphate dielectric by the influence of processing temperature. The dielectric offers tunable electron affinity ranging from 1.42 eV to 0.72 eV with the change in processing temperature from as-prepared to 1000 °C, respectively. The remarkable change in electron affinity is ascribed to the variation in the bulk oxygen concentration in solution processed oxide. As a result, the leakage current of the dielectric is affected significantly by a factor of ˜103.

  18. EDITORIAL: Polarization Optics (United States)

    Turunen, Jari; Friesem, Asher A.; Friberg, Ari T.


    This special issue on Polarization Optics contains one review article and 23 research papers, many of which are based on presentations at the International Commission for Optics Topical Meeting on Polarization Optics, held in Polvijärvi, Finland, between 30 June and 3 July 2003. While this issue should not in any sense be considered as a `proceedings' of this meeting, the possibility of submitting papers to it was widely advertised during the meeting, which was attended by a large fraction of prominent scientists in the field of polarization optics. Thus the quality of papers in this special issue is high. In announcing both the meeting and this special issue, we emphasized that the concept of `polarization optics' should be understood in a wide sense. In fact, all contributions dealing with the vectorial nature of light were welcome. As a result, the papers included here cover a wide range of different aspects of linear and nonlinear polarization optics. Both theoretical and experimental features are discussed. We are pleased to see that the conference and this special issue both reflect the wide diversity of important and novel polarization phenomena in optics. The papers in this special issue, and other recently published works, demonstrate that even though polarization is a fundamental property of electromagnetic fields, interest in it is rapidly increasing. The fundamental relations between partial coherence and partial polarization are currently under vigorous research in electromagnetic coherence theory. In diffractive optics it has been found that the exploitation of the vectorial nature of light can be of great benefit. Fabrication of sophisticated, spatially variable polarization-control elements is becoming possible with the aid of nanolithography. Polarization singularities and the interplay of bulk properties and topology in nanoscale systems have created much enthusiasm. In nonlinear optics, the second harmonic waves generated on reflection and


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    Sampayan, S; Caporaso, G; Chen, Y; Harris, J; Hawkins, S; Holmes, C; Nelson, S; Poole, B; Rhodes, M; Sanders, D; Sullivan, J; Wang, L; Watson, J


    The dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) is a compact pulsed power device where the pulse forming lines, switching, and vacuum wall are integrated into a single compact geometry. For this effort, we initiated a extensive compact pulsed power development program and have pursued the study of switching (gas, oil, laser induced surface flashover and photoconductive), dielectrics (ceramics and nanoparticle composites), pulse forming line topologies (asymmetric and symmetric Blumleins and zero integral pulse forming lines), and multilayered vacuum insulator (HGI) technology. Finally, we fabricated an accelerator cell for test on ETAII (a 5.5 MeV, 2 kA, 70 ns pulsewidth electron beam accelerator). We review our past results and report on the progress of accelerator cell testing.

  20. The flexoelectric effect associated size dependent pyroelectricity in solid dielectrics

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    Gang Bai


    Full Text Available A phenomenological thermodynamic theory is used to investigate the effect of strain gradient on the pyroelectric effect in centrosymmetric dielectric solids. Direct pyroelectricity can exist as external mechanical stress is applied to non-pyroelectric dielectrics with shapes such as truncated pyramids, due to elastic strain gradient induced flexoelectric polarization. Effective pyroelectric coefficient was analyzed in truncated pyramids. It is found to be controlled by size, ambient temperature, stress, and aspect ratio and depends mainly on temperature sensitivity of flexoelectric coefficient (TSFC and strain gradient of the truncated pyramids dielectric solids. These results show that the pyroelectric property of Ba0.67Sr0.33TiO3 above Tc similar to PZT and other lead-based ferroelectrics can be obtained. This feature might widely broaden the selection of materials for infrared detectors with preferable properties.

  1. A Comparison of Exact Versus Perturbed Pole Locations of Dielectric Objects in Dielectric Medium

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    Worthy, Mark


    The dielectric properties of soils and plastic targets are given. The approach for finding exact pole locations from a dielectric infinite slab, a dielectric sphere, and a dielectric infinite cylinder is presented (and applied...

  2. Elastomer modulus and dielectric strength scaling with sample thickness (United States)

    Larson, Kent


    Material characteristics such as adhesion and dielectric strength have well recognized dependencies on material thickness. There is disagreement, however, on the scale: the long held dictum that dielectric strength is inversely proportional to the square root of sample thickness has been shown to not always hold true for all materials, nor for all possible thickness regions. In D-EAP applications some studies have postulated a "critical thickness" below which properties show significantly less thickness dependency. While a great deal of data is available for dielectric strength, other properties are not nearly as well documented as samples get thinner. In particular, elastic modulus has been found to increase and elongation to decrease as sample thickness is lowered. This trend can be observed experimentally, but has been rarely reported and certainly does not appear in typical suppliers' product data sheets. Both published and newly generated data were used to study properties such as elastic modulus and dielectric strength vs sample thickness in silicone elastomers. Several theories are examined to explain such behavior, such as the impact of defect size and of common (but not well reported) concentration gradients that occur during elastomer curing that create micron-sized layers at the upper and lower interfaces with divergent properties to the bulk material. As Dielectric Electro-Active Polymer applications strive to lower and lower material thickness, changing mechanical properties must be recognized and taken into consideration for accurate electro-mechanical predictions of performance.

  3. Reflectors and resonators for high-k bulk Bloch plasmonic waves in multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    We propose proof-of-concept designs of Bragg reflectors and Fabry-Pe´rot resonators for large wave vector waves (Bloch bulk plasmon polaritons) in multilayer metal-dielectric hyperbolic metamaterials. The designs are based on hybrid multilayers having both subwavelength and wavelength......-scale structuring. This multiscale approach is shown to be a promising platform for using bulk plasmonic waves in complex multilayer metamaterials as a new kind of information carriers....

  4. The dielectric breakdown limit of silicone dielectric elastomer actuators (United States)

    Gatti, Davide; Haus, Henry; Matysek, Marc; Frohnapfel, Bettina; Tropea, Cameron; Schlaak, Helmut F.


    Soft silicone elastomers are used in a generation of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) with improved actuation speed and durability compared to the commonly used, highly viscoelastic polyacrylate 3M VHB™ films. The maximum voltage-induced stretch of DEAs is ultimately limited by their dielectric breakdown field strength. We measure the dependence of dielectric breakdown field strength on thickness and stretch for a silicone elastomer, when voltage-induced deformation is prevented. The experimental results are combined with an analytic model of equi-biaxial actuation to show that accounting for variable dielectric field strength results in different values of optimal pre-stretch and thickness that maximize the DEA actuation.

  5. Diffusion or bulk flow

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    Schulz, Alexander


    symplasmic pathway from mesophyll to sieve elements. Crucial for the driving force is the question where water enters the pre-phloem pathway. Surprisingly, the role of PD in water movement has not been addressed so far appropriately. Modeling of assimilate and water fluxes indicates that in symplasmic...... the concentration gradient or bulk flow along a pressure gradient. The driving force seems to depend on the mode of phloem loading. In a majority of plant species phloem loading is a thermodynamically active process, involving the activity of membrane transporters in the sieve-element companion cell complex. Since...... is currently matter of discussion, called passive symplasmic loading. Based on the limited material available, this review compares the different loading modes and suggests that diffusion is the driving force in apoplasmic loaders, while bulk flow plays an increasing role in plants having a continuous...

  6. Diffusion or bulk flow

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    Schulz, Alexander


    is currently matter of discussion, called passive symplasmic loading. Based on the limited material available, this review compares the different loading modes and suggests that diffusion is the driving force in apoplasmic loaders, while bulk flow plays an increasing role in plants having a continuous...... the concentration gradient or bulk flow along a pressure gradient. The driving force seems to depend on the mode of phloem loading. In a majority of plant species phloem loading is a thermodynamically active process, involving the activity of membrane transporters in the sieve-element companion cell complex. Since...... assimilate movement includes an apoplasmic step, this mode is called apoplasmic loading. Well established is also the polymer-trap loading mode, where the phloem-transport sugars are raffinose-family oligomers in herbaceous plants. Also this mode depends on the investment of energy, here for sugar...

  7. Broadband Polarizers Based on Graphene Metasurfaces

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    Guo, Tianjing


    We present terahertz (THz) metasurfaces based on aligned rectangular graphene patches placed on top of a dielectric layer to convert the transmitted linearly polarized waves to circular or elliptical polarized radiation. Our results lead to the design of an ultrathin broadband THz quarter-wave plate. In addition, ultrathin metasurfaces based on arrays of L-shaped graphene periodic patches are demonstrated to achieve broadband cross-polarization transformation in reflection and transmission. The proposed metasurface designs have tunable responses and are envisioned to become the building blocks of several integrated THz systems.

  8. Gold Photoluminescence: Wavelength and Polarization Engineering

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    Andersen, Sebastian Kim Hjælm; Pors, Anders Lambertus; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.


    We demonstrate engineering of the spectral content and polarization of photoluminescence (PL) from arrayed gold nanoparticles atop a subwavelength-thin dielectric spacer and optically-thick gold film, a configuration that supports gap-surface plasmon resonances (GSPRs). Choice of shapes...... and dimensions of gold nanoparticles influences the GSPR wavelength and polarization characteristics, thereby allowing us to enhance and spectrally mold the plasmon-assisted PL while simultaneously controlling its polarization. In order to understand the underlying physics behind the plasmon-enhanced PL, we...

  9. Micromegas in a bulk

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    Giomataris, Ioanis; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Aune, S; Charpak, Georges; Colas, P; Giganon, Arnaud; Rebourgeard, P C; Salin, P; Rebourgeard, Ph.


    In this paper we present a novel way to manufacture the bulk Micromegas detector. A simple process based on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) technology is employed to produce the entire sensitive detector. Such fabrication process could be extended to very large area detectors made by the industry. The low cost fabrication together with the robustness of the electrode materials will make it extremely attractive for several applications ranging from particle physics and astrophysics to medicine

  10. Micromegas in a bulk

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    Giomataris, I. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France)]. E-mail:; De Oliveira, R. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Andriamonje, S. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Aune, S. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Charpak, G. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Colas, P. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Fanourakis, G. [Institute of Nuclear Physcis, NCSR Demokritos, Aghia Paraskevi 15310 (Greece); Ferrer, E. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Giganon, A. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Rebourgeard, Ph. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Salin, P. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France)


    In this paper, we present a novel way to manufacture the bulk Micromegas detector. A simple process based on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) technology is employed to produce the entire sensitive detector. Such a fabrication process could be extended to very large area detectors made by the industry. The low cost fabrication together with the robustness of the electrode materials will make it attractive for several applications ranging from particle physics and astrophysics to medicine.

  11. Synthesis and electromechanical characterization of a new acrylic dielectric elastomer with high actuation strain and dielectric strength (United States)

    Hu, Wei; Niu, Xiaofan; Yang, Xinguo; Zhang, Naifang; Pei, Qibing


    Dielectric Elastomers (DEs) can be actuated under high electric field to produce large strains. Most high-performing DE materials such as the 3M™ VHB™ membranes are commercial products designed for industrial pressure-sensitive adhesives. The limited knowledge of the exact chemical structures of these commercial materials has made it difficult to understand the relationship between molecular structures and electromechanical properties. In this work, new acrylic elastomers based on n-butyl acrylate and acrylic acid were synthesized from monomer solutions by UV-initiated bulk polymerization. The new acrylic copolymers have a potential to obtain high dielectric constant, actuation strain, dielectric strength, and a high energy density. Silicone and ester oligomer diacrylates were also added onto the copolymer structures to suppress crystallization and to crosslink the polymer chains. Four acrylic formulations were developed with different amounts of acrylic acid. This gives a tunable stiffness, while the dielectric constant is varied from 4.3 to 7.1. The figure-of-merit performance of the best formulation is 186 % area strain, 222 MV/m of dielectric strength, and 2.7 MJ/m3 of energy density. To overcome electromechanical instability, different prestrain ratios were investigated, and under the optimized prestrain, the material has a lifetime of thousands of cycles at 120 % area strain.

  12. Scanning nonlinear dielectric potentiometry

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    Yamasue, Kohei, E-mail:; Cho, Yasuo [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)


    Measuring spontaneous polarization and permanent dipoles on surfaces and interfaces on the nanoscale is difficult because the induced electrostatic fields and potentials are often influenced by other phenomena such as the existence of monopole fixed charges, screening charges, and contact potential differences. A method based on tip-sample capacitance detection and bias feedback is proposed which is only sensitive to polarization- or dipole-induced potentials, unlike Kelvin probe force microscopy. The feasibility of this method was demonstrated by simultaneously measuring topography and polarization-induced potentials on a reconstructed Si(111)-(7 × 7) surface with atomic resolution.

  13. Scanning nonlinear dielectric potentiometry. (United States)

    Yamasue, Kohei; Cho, Yasuo


    Measuring spontaneous polarization and permanent dipoles on surfaces and interfaces on the nanoscale is difficult because the induced electrostatic fields and potentials are often influenced by other phenomena such as the existence of monopole fixed charges, screening charges, and contact potential differences. A method based on tip-sample capacitance detection and bias feedback is proposed which is only sensitive to polarization- or dipole-induced potentials, unlike Kelvin probe force microscopy. The feasibility of this method was demonstrated by simultaneously measuring topography and polarization-induced potentials on a reconstructed Si(111)-(7 × 7) surface with atomic resolution.

  14. Magnetic, structural, and dielectric properties of CuB(2)O(4)


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


    We have studied the magnetic, structural, and dielectric properties of a single crystal of CuB(2)O(4). We show that both reported magnetic transitions are observable in the magnetization, irrespective of the measured direction of the crystal. This is in agreement with recent neutron data. More importantly, our study demonstrates the absence of dielectric anomalies at the various magnetic transitions despite the reported magnetoelectric symmetry. This demonstrates that the polarization remains...

  15. Slow variations of mechanical and electrical properties of dielectrics and nonlinear phenomena at ultrasonic irradiation (United States)

    Haller, K. C. E.; Hedberg, C. M.; Rudenko, O. V.


    The interconnection between variations of elasticity and dielectric permittivity of mesoscopic solid systems under exposure to ultrasound is experimentally observed. A phenomenological theory generalizing Debye’s approach for polar fluids is developed to explain the measured data. The substitution of acoustic measurements by dielectric ones not only simplifies the procedure, but also offers new possibilities to remotely evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and natural media.

  16. Dispersion Relations for Proton Relaxation in Solid Dielectrics (United States)

    Kalytka, V. A.; Korovkin, M. V.


    Frequency-temperature spectra of the complex permittivity are studied for proton semiconductors and dielectrics using the methods of a quasi-classical kinetic theory of dielectric relaxation (the Boltzmann kinetic theory) in the linear approximation with respect to the polarizing field in the radio frequency range at temperatures T = 50-450 K. The effect of the quantum transitions of protons on the Debye dispersion relations is taken into account for crystals with hydrogen bonds (HBC) at low temperatures (50-100 K). The diffusion coefficients and the mobilities under electrical transfer of protons in the HBCs are constructed at high temperatures (100-350 K) in a non-linear approximation with respect to the polarizing field.

  17. Effect of alcaline cations in zeolites on their dielectric properties. (United States)

    Legras, Benoît; Polaert, Isabelle; Estel, Lionel; Thomas, Michel


    The effect on dielectric properties of alkaline cations Li+, Na+ and K+ incorporated in a zeolite Faujasite structure X or Y, has been investigated. Two major phenomena have been proved to occur: ionic conductivity and rotational polarization of the water molecules adsorbed. The polarizability of the cation which is directly linked to its radius, affects ionic conductivity as well as rotational polarization. Li cations are more strongly Linked to the framework than K+ and Na+ and induce a lower ionic conductivity. K+ is weakly fixed and induces a ionic conductivity even at low solvation level. At low water content, the cation nature and number mainly control the free rotation of the water molecules and affect the relaxation frequency. Close to saturation, the water molecules are mainly linked together by H bonds: the cation nature and number do not really affect the global dielectric properties anymore.

  18. Study of Dielectric Behavior and Charge Conduction Mechanism of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) (PVA)-Copper (Cu) and Gold (Au) Nanocomposites as a Bio-resorbable Material for Organic Electronics (United States)

    Mahendia, Suman; Goyal, Parveen Kumar; Tomar, Anil Kumar; Chahal, Rishi Pal; Kumar, Shyam


    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) embedded with varying concentrations of chemically synthesized copper (Cu) and gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared using ex situ sol-gel casting method. The addition of almost the same concentration of CuNPs in PVA improves the conducting properties, while that of AuNPs improves the dielectric nature of composite films. It has been found that addition of AuNPs up to ˜0.4 wt.% concentration enhaneces the capacitive nature due to the formation of small Coulomb tunneling knots as internal capacitors. The dielectric studies suggest the Maxwell-Wagner interfacial polarization as the dominant dielectric relaxation process, whereas the I- V characteristics indicate bulk limited Poole-Frenkel emission at high voltages as the dominant charge transport mechanism operating at room temperature in all specimens. These novel features lead to the conclusion that addition of a small quantity of metal nanoparticles can help tune the properties of PVA for desired applications in bio-compatible polymer-based organic electronic devices.

  19. Effect of oxygen partial pressure during preparation of rutile-type FeNbTiO6 on electrical and dielectric properties, thermopower and Mössbauer spectra (United States)

    Günther, A.; Hochleitner, R.; Lohringer, H.; Schmidbauer, E.; Schöttler-Himmel, A.; Volk, M.


    Electrical and dielectric properties were measured on rutile-type FeNbTiO6, sintered in air, CO2 or 5%H2/CO2 atmosphere between temperatures of 1423 and 1573 K. The individual samples show characteristic differences in DC and AC conductivity, dielectric constant ε(ω) (ω is angular frequency), dielectric loss and dissipation factor. Attempts were made to distinguish between bulk, grain boundary (GB) and sample-electrode (SE) processes. Samples show very high relaxor-like ε(ω) peaks at 500-600 K using Ag-paint contacts as expected from previous studies during preparation in air that is of interest for industrial application; utilizing Pt-paint and using slightly reducing sintering conditions, a clear variation was observed. These findings point to a notable influence of GB and/or SE effects on the experimental ε(ω), in addition to the intrinsic origin by polar nanoregions, as suggested earlier. Complex plane impedance plots are characterized by semicircular arcs due to bulk, GB and/or SE charge transport. The derived DC conductivity σDC shows Arrhenius behavior with activation energy of EA≈0.27-0.37 eV and σDC(300 K) ≈1×10-6-3×10-4 Ω-1cm-1 for the bulk, EA≈0.7-0.9 eV and σDC(300 K)≈5×10-10-1×10-4 Ω-1cm-1 for GB and/or SE processes, depending on the preparation conditions. The thermopower is small and negative, hence n-type conduction occurs and the charge carriers are electrons or electron polarons. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy enabled to gain knowledge of local nonstoichiometry in the environment of Fe cations, presumably affecting electrical conduction in the bulk and GBs; after sample preparation in reducing conditions, apart from Fe3+ also the presence of Fe2+ ions was established.

  20. Understanding Nonlinear Dielectric Properties in a Biaxially Oriented Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Film at Both Low and High Electric Fields. (United States)

    Li, Yue; Ho, Janet; Wang, Jianchuan; Li, Zhong-Ming; Zhong, Gan-Ji; Zhu, Lei


    Understanding nonlinear dielectric behavior in polar polymers is crucial to their potential application as next generation high energy density and low loss dielectrics. In this work, we studied nonlinear dielectric properties of a biaxially oriented poly(vinylidene fluoride) (BOPVDF) film under both low and high electric fields. For fundamental nonlinear dielectric constants at low fields (dielectric spectroscopy (HVBDS) was accurate enough to measure up to the third harmonics. It was observed that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity for the BOPVDF disappeared above 10 Hz at room temperature, suggesting that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity originated from ionic migration of impurity ions rather than dipolar relaxation of the amorphous segments. Above the coercive field (EC ≈ 70 MV/m), bipolar electric displacement-electric field (D-E) loop tests were used to extract the nonlinear behavior for pure PVDF crystals, which had a clear origin of ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains and nonpolar-to-polar (α → δ → β) phase transformations. By using HVBDS, it was observed that the ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains in BOPVDF above the EC always took place between 20 and 500 Hz regardless of a broad range of temperature from -30 to 100 °C. This behavior was drastically different from that of the amorphous PVDF dipoles, which had a strong dependence on frequency over orders of magnitude.

  1. Flexible autonomous scavengers: the combination of dielectric polymers and electrets (United States)

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


    Thanks to their high energy density and their flexibility, scavenging energy with dielectric polymer is a promising alternative to ensure the autonomy of various sensors such as in e-textiles or biomedical applications. Nevertheless, they are passive materials requiring a high bias voltage source to polarize them. Thus, we present here a new design of scavenger using polymer electrets for poling the dielectric polymer. Our scavenger is composed of commercial dielectric polymer (3M VHB 4910) with Teflon electrets developing a potential of -300V, and patterned grease electrodes. The transducer works in a pure shear mode with a maximal strain of 50% at 1Hz. The typical "3D-textured" structure of the scavenger allows the electrets to follow the movement of the dielectric. A complete electromechanical analytical model has been developed thank to the combination of electrets theory and dielectric modelling. Our new autonomous structure, on an optimal resistance, can produce about 0.637mJ.g-1.

  2. Grating-coupled surface plasmon resonance on bulk stainless steel. (United States)

    Seo, Minseok; Lee, Jeeyoung; Lee, Myeongkyu


    Grating-coupled surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is demonstrated with one-dimensional gratings fabricated on the surface of bulk stainless steel using imprinting combined with electrochemical etching. The extent of light coupling and the wavelengths of SPR peaks were characterized with respect to the incident angle and polarization states of the light. When the plane of incidence was orthogonal to the grating grooves, only TM polarization was absorbed at two different wavelengths. In the plane of incidence parallel to the grooves, a single resonance peak was observed only when the incident light was TE-polarized. The dependence of SPR wavelengths on the incident angle was in good agreement with theoretical consideration.

  3. Controlled opacity in a class of nonlinear dielectric media

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    Bittencourt, Eduardo; De Lorenci, Vitorio A; Klippert, Renato


    Motivated by new technologies on designing and tailoring metamaterials, we seek for properties of certain classes of nonlinear optical materials that allow room for a reversibly controlled opacityto-transparency phase transition through the application of external electromagnetic fields. We examine some mathematically simple models for the dielectric parameters of the medium, and compute the relevant geometric quantities that describe the speed and polarization of light rays.

  4. Magnetic field tunable capacitive dielectric:ionic-liquid sandwich composites (United States)

    Wu, Ye; Bhalla, Amar; Guo, Ruyan


    We examined the tunability of the capacitance for GaFeO3-ionic liquid-GaFeO3 composite material by external magnetic and electric field. Up to 1.6 folds of capacitance tunability could be achieved at 957 kHz with voltage 4 V and magnetic field 0.02 T applied. We show that the capacitance enhancement is due to the polarization coupling between dielectric layer and ionic liquid layer.

  5. Hybrid surface waves in semi-infinite metal-dielectric lattices

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    Miret, Juan J; Jaksic, Zoran; Vukovic, Slobodan; Belic, Milivoj R


    We investigate surface waves at the boundary between a semi-infinite layered metal-dielectric nanostructure cut normally to the layers and a semi-infinite dielectric. Spatial dispersion properties of such a nanostructure can be dramatically affected by coupling of surface plasmons polaritons at different metal-dielectric interfaces. As a consequence, the effective medium approach is not applicable in general. It is demonstrated that Dyakonov-like surface waves with hybrid polarization can propagate in an angular range substantially enlarged compared to conventional birefringent materials. Our numerical simulations for an Ag-GaAs stack in contact with glass show a low to moderate influence of losses.

  6. Low frequency dielectric dispersion study of PVC-PPy blends in dilute solution of different solvents (United States)

    Sharma, Deepika; Tripathi, Deepti


    In present study,the effect of adding Polypyrrole (PPy), a conductive polymer, on the dielectric and electrical behavior of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in dilute solution of moderate polar solvent Tetrahydrofuran (THF) and polar solvent M-Cresol at low frequency is investigated. The blend of PVC with PPy forms a colloidal solution in both the solvents. The dielectric dispersion study of PVC-PPy blends in THF and M-Cresol has been carried out in the frequency range of 20Hz to 2MHz at temperature of 303 K. The influence of solvent on dielectric and electrical parameters such as dielectric constant [ɛ*(ω)], loss tangent (tan δ) and ac conductivity (σac) of PVC - PPy solutions is studied. At low frequencies, electrode polarization seems to have dominant effect on the complex dielectric constant. The values of relaxation time corresponding to this phenomena is also reported. Dielectric dispersion studies show that the solvent environment plays significant role in governing segmental motion of polymer chain in solution.

  7. Dielectric Behaviour of Binary Mixture of 2-Chloroaniline with 2-Methoxyethanol and 2-Ethoxyethanol

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    Bhupesh G. Nemmaniwar


    Full Text Available Densities, viscosities, refractive indices, dielectric constant (ε' and dielectric loss (ε'' of 2-chloroaniline (2CA + 2-methoxyethanol (2ME and 2-chloroaniline (2CA + 2-ethoxyethanol (2EE for different mole fractions of 2-chloroaniline in binary mixture have been measured at single microwave frequency 10.985 GHz at 300C by Surber method using microwave X-band. The values of dielectric parameters (ε' and ε''   have been used to evaluate the molar polarization (P12 loss tangent (tanδ, viscosity (η, activation energy (Ea, excess permittivity (Δε', excess dielectric loss (Δε'', excess viscosities (Δη, excess polarization (ΔP12 and excess activation energy (ΔEa  have also been estimated. These parameters have been used to explain the formation of complexes in the system. It is found that dielectric constant (ε', dielectric loss (ε'', loss tangent (tanδ, molar polarization (P12 varies non-linearly but activation energy (Ea , viscosity (η ,density (ρ, and refractive index (n varies linearly with increasing mole fraction in binary mixture of 2-chloroaniline (2-CA + 2-methoxyethanol (2-ME and 2-chloroaniline (2-CA + 2-ethoxyethanol (2-EE. Hence, solute-solvent molecular associations have been reported. 

  8. Very high dielectric strength for dielectric elastomer actuators in liquid dielectric immersion (United States)

    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong


    This letter reported that a dielectric elastomer actuator (3M VHB), which is immersed in a liquid dielectric bath, is enhanced tremendously in dielectric strength up to 800 MV/m, as compared to 450 MV/m for the actuator operated in air. The bath consists of silicone oil (Dow Corning Fluid 200 50cSt), which is 6.5 times more thermally conductive than air, and it is found able to maintain the actuator at a stable temperature. As a result, the oil-immersed dielectric elastomer actuator is prevented from local thermal runaway, which causes loss of electrical insulation, and consequently avoids the damage by electromechanical instability.

  9. Polarization, political

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    Wojcieszak, M.; Mazzoleni, G.; Barnhurst, K.G.; Ikeda, K.; Maia, R.C.M.; Wessler, H.


    Polarization has been studied in three different forms: on a social, group, and individual level. This entry first focuses on the undisputed phenomenon of elite polarization (i.e., increasing adherence of policy positions among the elites) and also outlines different approaches to assessing mass

  10. Anodic Concentration Polarization in SOFCs

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    Williford, Rick E.; Chick, Lawrence A.; Maupin, Gary D.; Simner, Steve P.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.; Wachsman, ED, et al


    Concentration polarization is important because it determines the maximum power output of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at high fuel utilization. Anodic concentration polarization occurs when the demand for reactants exceeds the capacity of the porous ceramic anode to supply them by gas diffusion mechanisms. High tortuosities (bulk diffusion resistances) are often assumed to explain this behavior. However, recent experiments show that anodic concentration polarization originates in the immediate vicinity of the reactive triple phase boundary (TPB) sites near the anode/electrolyte interface. A model is proposed to describe how concentration polarization is controlled by two localized phenomena: competitive adsorption of reactants in areas adjacent to the reactive TPB sites, followed by relatively slow surface diffusion to the reactive sites. Results suggest that future SOFC design improvements should focus on optimization of the reactive area, adsorption, and surface diffusion at the anode/electrolyte interface.

  11. Image potential in lossy dielectrics (United States)

    Lenac, Z.


    The interaction of a point charge with surrounding media ( the image potential) is analyzed using the quantum-mechanical description of dielectrics that consistently takes losses in media into account. We have derived a real dielectric function (without an imaginary part) appropriate for lossy dielectrics which, compared to the lossless one, significantly changes the image potential in the standard (first-order) calculations. However, when one adds to the Hamiltonian all higher-order terms caused by the losses, one finds that the image potential remains the same, as if there were no losses in media. Our calculations are approximative when analyzing complicated systems with various lossy dielectrics, but in some simple and essential cases ( e.g., a dielectric plate) we are able to give the exact proof.

  12. Substantial bulk photovoltaic effect enhancement via nanolayering (United States)

    Wang, Fenggong; Young, Steve M.; Zheng, Fan; Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.


    Spontaneous polarization and inversion symmetry breaking in ferroelectric materials lead to their use as photovoltaic devices. However, further advancement of their applications are hindered by the paucity of ways of reducing bandgaps and enhancing photocurrent. By unravelling the correlation between ferroelectric materials' responses to solar irradiation and their local structure and electric polarization landscapes, here we show from first principles that substantial bulk photovoltaic effect enhancement can be achieved by nanolayering PbTiO3 with nickel ions and oxygen vacancies ((PbNiO2)x(PbTiO3)1-x). The enhancement of the total photocurrent for different spacings between the Ni-containing layers can be as high as 43 times due to a smaller bandgap and photocurrent direction alignment for all absorption energies. This is due to the electrostatic effect that arises from nanolayering. This opens up the possibility for control of the bulk photovoltaic effect in ferroelectric materials by nanoscale engineering of their structure and composition.

  13. Dielectric properties of polyacrylate thick films used in sensors and actuators (United States)

    Jean-Mistral, C.; Sylvestre, A.; Basrour, S.; Chaillout, J.-J.


    Dielectric polymers are emerging electro-active materials used in high performance applications such as micropumps, robots and artificial muscles. The development of such applications requires the use of models taking into account the electrical parameters of the material. However, there is still some controversy over the dielectric constant of the most widely used dielectric polymer (VHB 4910, 3M, USA). In this paper, we present an exhaustive study relating to changes in the dielectric constant of VHB 4910 over wide frequency and temperature ranges. We found that the permittivity was a function of: frequency, temperature, the nature of the electrodes and the pre-stress applied to material. Mechanisms of dielectric polarization (β-relaxation) explain the behaviour in temperature and frequency of this parameter. The use of silver grease-compliant electrodes induces an increase in the dielectric constant which moves to a value of 5.4 (against 4.7 with gold electrodes). A pre-strain applied to the material shows a reduction up to 15% in the value of the dielectric constant. Short-range dipolar relaxation, local mechanical constraints in the material and a possible crystallization of material induced by the stretching are suggested to explain these behaviours. Analytic equations of the dielectric constant according to the temperature and pre-strain are then proposed and used to validate the behaviour of these materials for actuator and scavenger devices.

  14. Lattice dynamics and dielectric spectroscopy of BZT and NBT lead-free perovskite relaxors - comparison with lead-based relaxors

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    Petzelt, Jan; Nuzhnyy, Dmitry; Bovtun, Viktor; Kempa, Martin; Savinov, Maxim; Kamba, Stanislav; Hlinka, Jiří


    Roč. 88, č. 3 (2015), 320-332 ISSN 0141-1594 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-15110S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : relaxor ferroelectrics * polar phonons * polar nanoregions * dielectric spectroscopy * off-centred ions Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.858, year: 2015

  15. Performance of dielectric nanocomposites: matrix-free, hairy nanoparticle assemblies and amorphous polymer-nanoparticle blends. (United States)

    Grabowski, Christopher A; Koerner, Hilmar; Meth, Jeffrey S; Dang, Alei; Hui, Chin Ming; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Bockstaller, Michael R; Durstock, Michael F; Vaia, Richard A


    Demands to increase the stored energy density of electrostatic capacitors have spurred the development of materials with enhanced dielectric breakdown, improved permittivity, and reduced dielectric loss. Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs), consisting of a blend of amorphous polymer and dielectric nanofillers, have been studied intensely to satisfy these goals; however, nanoparticle aggregates, field localization due to dielectric mismatch between particle and matrix, and the poorly understood role of interface compatibilization have challenged progress. To expand the understanding of the inter-relation between these factors and, thus, enable rational optimization of low and high contrast PNC dielectrics, we compare the dielectric performance of matrix-free hairy nanoparticle assemblies (aHNPs) to blended PNCs in the regime of low dielectric contrast to establish how morphology and interface impact energy storage and breakdown across different polymer matrices (polystyrene, PS, and poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA) and nanoparticle loadings (0-50% (v/v) silica). The findings indicate that the route (aHNP versus blending) to well-dispersed morphology has, at most, a minor impact on breakdown strength trends with nanoparticle volume fraction; the only exception being at intermediate loadings of silica in PMMA (15% (v/v)). Conversely, aHNPs show substantial improvements in reducing dielectric loss and maintaining charge/discharge efficiency. For example, low-frequency dielectric loss (1 Hz-1 kHz) of PS and PMMA aHNP films was essentially unchanged up to a silica content of 50% (v/v), whereas traditional blends showed a monotonically increasing loss with silica loading. Similar benefits are seen via high-field polarization loop measurements where energy storage for ∼15% (v/v) silica loaded PMMA and PS aHNPs were 50% and 200% greater than respective comparable PNC blends. Overall, these findings on low dielectric contrast PNCs clearly point to the performance benefits of

  16. Bulk-Fill Resin Composites

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    Benetti, Ana Raquel; Havndrup-Pedersen, Cæcilie; Honoré, Daniel


    the restorative procedure. The aim of this study, therefore, was to compare the depth of cure, polymerization contraction, and gap formation in bulk-fill resin composites with those of a conventional resin composite. To achieve this, the depth of cure was assessed in accordance with the International Organization...... for Standardization 4049 standard, and the polymerization contraction was determined using the bonded-disc method. The gap formation was measured at the dentin margin of Class II cavities. Five bulk-fill resin composites were investigated: two high-viscosity (Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill, SonicFill) and three low......-viscosity (x-tra base, Venus Bulk Fill, SDR) materials. Compared with the conventional resin composite, the high-viscosity bulk-fill materials exhibited only a small increase (but significant for Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill) in depth of cure and polymerization contraction, whereas the low-viscosity bulk...

  17. Polarization holography

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    Nikolova, L.; Ramanujam, P.S.

    properties. This books reviews the research carried out in this field over the last 15 years. The authors provide basic concepts in polarization and the propagation of light through anisotropic materials, before presenting a sound theoretical basis for polarization holography. The fabrication...... and characterization of azobenzene based materials, which remain the most efficient for the purpose, is described in detail. This is followed by a description of other materials that are used in polarization holography. An in-depth description of various applications, including display holography and optical storage...

  18. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin


    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  19. Highly tunable elastic dielectric metasurface lenses

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    Kamali, Seyedeh Mahsa; Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Faraon, Andrei


    Dielectric metasurfaces are two-dimensional structures composed of nano-scatterers that manipulate phase and polarization of optical waves with subwavelength spatial resolution, enabling ultra-thin components for free-space optics. While high performance devices with various functionalities, including some that are difficult to achieve using conventional optical setups have been shown, most demonstrated components have a fixed functionality. Here we demonstrate highly tunable metasurface devices based on subwavelength thick silicon nano-posts encapsulated in a thin transparent elastic polymer. As proof of concept, we demonstrate a metasurface microlens operating at 915 nm, with focal distance tuning from 600 $\\mu$m to 1400 $\\mu$m through radial strain, while maintaining a diffraction limited focus and a focusing efficiency above 50$\\%$. The demonstrated tunable metasurface concept is highly versatile for developing ultra-slim, multi-functional and tunable optical devices with widespread applications ranging f...

  20. Influence of polarization-tilt coupling on the ferroelectric properties of smectic gels (United States)

    Vimala, S.


    We report results of dielectric, rheological, electrical switching measurements and AFM studies on a chiral mixture with a large spontaneous polarization, and its composites with a simple organogelator. The results indicate that large changes seen in the relaxation parameters of the collective dielectric relaxations, as well as the spontaneous polarization are not caused by a mere extent of gelation, a measure of which is the storage elastic modulus, but the confinement due to the fibrous network.

  1. Dielectric relaxation and optical properties of 4-amino-3-mercapto-6 ...

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    Analytical approaches for the experimentalresults of the σ A C ( ω , T ) and the temperature behaviour of the frequency exponent show that the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model is a good model to explain the AC electrical conductivity of bulk AMT organic semiconductor material. Application of the dielectric modulus ...

  2. Berreman Approach to Optical Propagation through Anisotropic Metamaterials: Application to Metallo Dielectric Stacks (Preprint) (United States)


    with EM radiation to achieve exotic material properties such as negative permittivity, negative permeability, negative refractive index, etc. leading...anisotropic medium using effective medium theory [1]. These anisotropic metamaterials are believed to display interesting properties, including negative ...of the metallo-dielectric structure as a bulk anisotropic material using effective medium theory. 2. Electromagnetic analysis with Berreman matrix

  3. Dielectric sample with two-layer charge distribution for space charge calibration purposes

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    Holbøll, Joachim; Henriksen, Mogens; Rasmussen, C.


    In the present paper is described a dielectric test sample with two very narrow concentrations of bulk charges, achieved by two internal electrodes not affecting the acoustical properties of the sample, a fact important for optimal application of most space charge measuring systems. Space charge...

  4. Probing the local polarity of alkylammonium formate ionic liquids and their mixtures with water by using a carbonyl carotenoid. (United States)

    Ekimova, Maria; Fröhlich, Dirk; Stalke, Sebastian; Lenzer, Thomas; Oum, Kawon


    Ultrafast transient absorption experiments have been carried out to determine the local polarity of three alkylammonium formate (AAF) protic ionic liquids (PILs), methlyammonium formate (MAF), ethylammonium formate (EAF), and n-butylammonium formate (BAF), by using 12'-apo-β-carotenoic-12'-acid (12'CA) as a molecular probe. MAF is more polar than methanol; EAF and BAF have polarities similar to ethanol and n-butanol, respectively. In general, the AAF PILs follow rather closely the correlation between the S(1) /intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) state lifetime and the polarity parameter Δf, which was previously established in organic solvents. This is in contrast to earlier results for the 12'CA probe in imidazolium-based ILs, in which the local polarity determined by the probe was much larger than that for dipolar organic solvents with the same dielectric constant. The systematic variation of the composition of EAF/water mixtures shows no indication of significant deviations from the local to the bulk composition. We also characterized the photophysical properties of the deprotonated form of the 12'CA probe. It exhibits a structured S(0)→S(2) absorption spectrum, which is blueshifted relative to neutral 12'CA. The lifetime of the S(1)/ICT state of the anion is about 170 ps, and therefore, similar to the lifetime of 12'CA in less polar solvents. The transient S(1) /ICT spectrum in methanol closely resembles that of nonpolar carotenes. Both observations suggest that the ICT character of the S(1) state of the anion is largely suppressed because the shift of electron density toward the negatively charged carboxylate group is not favorable. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Polar predictions


    Crame, Alistair; Francis, Jane; Robinson, Stuart; Bowman, Vanessa


    In an effort to improve understanding of faunal evolution and its relationship to climate change, the PALEOPOLAR project is challenging existing theories about the Early Cenozoic era using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in the polar regions

  6. High-energy photoemission spectroscopy for investigating bulk electronic structures of strongly correlated systems

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    Sekiyama, Akira, E-mail: [Division of Materials Physics, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka 560-8531, Osaka (Japan); SPring-8/RIKEN, Sayo 679-5148, Hyogo (Japan)


    Progress of high-energy photoemission spectroscopy for investigating the bulk electronic structures of strongly correlated electron systems is reviewed. High-resolution soft X-ray photoemission has opened the door for revealing the bulk strongly correlated spectral functions overcoming the surface contributions. More bulk-sensitive hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (HAXPES) enables us to study the electronic structure with negligible surface contribution. The recent development of the polarization-dependent HAXPES is also described in this short review.

  7. Dielectric properties modelling of cellular structures with PDMS for micro-sensor applications (United States)

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


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

  8. Dielectric relaxation of ethanol and N-methyl acetamide polar ...

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    tures of ethanol (EtOH) and N-methyl acetamide (NMA) dissolved in benzene(i) are studied by studying ... tions as a result of short-range forces produced by hydrogen bonding in solution. But the resulting .... N-methyl acetamide (NMA), ethanol (EtOH) and C6H6 are all good-quality samples puri- fied and distilled through a ...

  9. Dielectric relaxation of amides and tetrahydrofuran polar mixture in ...

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    Author Affiliations. S SAHOO1 S K SIT2. Department of Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Silchar 788 010, India; Department of Physics, Dr. Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, P.O. Debhog, Haldia, Dist:-Purba Medinipore 721 657, India ...

  10. Studies of linear correlation factor of dielectric polarization and ...

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    Both in formamide and acetamide a dimeric linear chain with the individual dipoles more or less parallely oriented is preferred. In -methyl acetamide, the antiparallel orientation of dipoles at lower concentrations turns into a parallel orientation with increase of concentration. In tertiary amides, with increase of concentration, ...

  11. Dielectric relaxation of ethanol and N-methyl acetamide polar ...

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    j k s from the ratio of slopes of i j k ″ −w_{jk} a n d '_{ijk} − w j k curves exhibit solute–solvent molecular association for all x j s which are consistent with the j k − x j curves at all temperatures except at 35°C. This signifies the validity of both the proposed methods in estimating and . The molecular dynamics of the ...

  12. Long-range coupling between ATP-binding and lever-arm regions in myosin via dielectric allostery (United States)

    Sato, Takato; Ohnuki, Jun; Takano, Mitsunori


    A protein molecule is a dielectric substance, so the binding of a ligand is expected to induce dielectric response in the protein molecule, considering that ligands are charged or polar in general. We previously reported that binding of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to molecular motor myosin actually induces such a dielectric response in myosin due to the net negative charge of ATP. By this dielectric response, referred to as "dielectric allostery," spatially separated two regions in myosin, the ATP-binding region and the actin-binding region, are allosterically coupled. In this study, from the statistically stringent analyses of the extensive molecular dynamics simulation data obtained in the ATP-free and the ATP-bound states, we show that there exists the dielectric allostery that transmits the signal of ATP binding toward the distant lever-arm region. The ATP-binding-induced electrostatic potential change observed on the surface of the main domain induced a movement of the converter subdomain from which the lever arm extends. The dielectric response was found to be caused by an underlying large-scale concerted rearrangement of the electrostatic bond network, in which highly conserved charged/polar residues are involved. Our study suggests the importance of the dielectric property for molecular machines in exerting their function.

  13. Long-range coupling between ATP-binding and lever-arm regions in myosin via dielectric allostery. (United States)

    Sato, Takato; Ohnuki, Jun; Takano, Mitsunori


    A protein molecule is a dielectric substance, so the binding of a ligand is expected to induce dielectric response in the protein molecule, considering that ligands are charged or polar in general. We previously reported that binding of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to molecular motor myosin actually induces such a dielectric response in myosin due to the net negative charge of ATP. By this dielectric response, referred to as "dielectric allostery," spatially separated two regions in myosin, the ATP-binding region and the actin-binding region, are allosterically coupled. In this study, from the statistically stringent analyses of the extensive molecular dynamics simulation data obtained in the ATP-free and the ATP-bound states, we show that there exists the dielectric allostery that transmits the signal of ATP binding toward the distant lever-arm region. The ATP-binding-induced electrostatic potential change observed on the surface of the main domain induced a movement of the converter subdomain from which the lever arm extends. The dielectric response was found to be caused by an underlying large-scale concerted rearrangement of the electrostatic bond network, in which highly conserved charged/polar residues are involved. Our study suggests the importance of the dielectric property for molecular machines in exerting their function.

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

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    K Bi

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

  15. Microfabricated Bulk Piezoelectric Transformers (United States)

    Barham, Oliver M.

    Piezoelectric voltage transformers (PTs) can be used to transform an input voltage into a different, required output voltage needed in electronic and electro- mechanical systems, among other varied uses. On the macro scale, they have been commercialized in electronics powering consumer laptop liquid crystal displays, and compete with an older, more prevalent technology, inductive electromagnetic volt- age transformers (EMTs). The present work investigates PTs on smaller size scales that are currently in the academic research sphere, with an eye towards applications including micro-robotics and other small-scale electronic and electromechanical sys- tems. PTs and EMTs are compared on the basis of power and energy density, with PTs trending towards higher values of power and energy density, comparatively, indicating their suitability for small-scale systems. Among PT topologies, bulk disc-type PTs, operating in their fundamental radial extension mode, and free-free beam PTs, operating in their fundamental length extensional mode, are good can- didates for microfabrication and are considered here. Analytical modeling based on the Extended Hamilton Method is used to predict device performance and integrate mechanical tethering as a boundary condition. This model differs from previous PT models in that the electric enthalpy is used to derive constituent equations of motion with Hamilton's Method, and therefore this approach is also more generally applica- ble to other piezoelectric systems outside of the present work. Prototype devices are microfabricated using a two mask process consisting of traditional photolithography combined with micropowder blasting, and are tested with various output electri- cal loads. 4mm diameter tethered disc PTs on the order of .002cm. 3 , two orders smaller than the bulk PT literature, had the followingperformance: a prototype with electrode area ratio (input area / output area) = 1 had peak gain of 2.3 (+/- 0.1), efficiency of 33 (+/- 0

  16. Spectral characterization of dielectric materials using terahertz measurement systems (United States)

    Seligman, Jeffrey M.

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

  17. Developing bulk exchange spring magnets

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    Mccall, Scott K.; Kuntz, Joshua D.


    A method of making a bulk exchange spring magnet by providing a magnetically soft material, providing a hard magnetic material, and producing a composite of said magnetically soft material and said hard magnetic material to make the bulk exchange spring magnet. The step of producing a composite of magnetically soft material and hard magnetic material is accomplished by electrophoretic deposition of the magnetically soft material and the hard magnetic material to make the bulk exchange spring magnet.

  18. Dielectric Mismatch Mediates Carrier Mobility in Organic-Intercalated Layered TiS2. (United States)

    Wan, Chunlei; Kodama, Yumi; Kondo, Mami; Sasai, Ryo; Qian, Xin; Gu, Xiaokun; Koga, Kenji; Yabuki, Kazuhisa; Yang, Ronggui; Koumoto, Kunihito


    The dielectric constant is a key parameter that determines both optical and electronic properties of materials. It is desirable to tune electronic properties though dielectric engineering approach. Here, we present a systematic approach to tune carrier mobilities of hybrid inorganic/organic materials where layered two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide TiS2 is electrochemically intercalated with polar organic molecules. By manipulating the dielectric mismatch using polar organic molecules with different dielectric constants, ranging from 10 to 41, the electron mobility of the TiS2 layers was changed three times due to the dielectric screening of the Coulomb-impurity scattering processes. Both the overall thermal conductivity and the lattice thermal conductivity were also found to decrease with an increasing dielectric mismatch. The enhanced electrical mobility along with the decreased thermal conductivity together gave rise to a significantly improved thermoelectric figure of merit of the hybrid inorganic/organic materials at room temperature, which might find applications in wearable electronics.

  19. Characterization, Microstructure, and Dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore structural ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang


    The (BMN) bulk materials were sintered at 1050°C, 1100°C, 1150°C, 1200°C by the conventional ceramic process, and their microstructure and dielectric properties were investigated by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (including the X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry EDS and high resolution transmission electron microscopy HRTEM) and dielectric impedance analyzer. We systematically investigated the structure, dielectric properties and voltage tunable property of the ceramics prepared at different sintering temperatures. The XRD patterns demonstrated that the synthesized BMN solid solutions had cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure when sintered at 1050°C or higher, and the lattice parameter (a) of the unit cell in BMN solid solution was calculated to be about 10.56Å. The vibrational peaks observed in the Raman spectra of BMN solid solutions also confirmed the cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure of the synthesized BMN. According to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images, the grain size increased with increasing sintering temperature. Additionally, it was shown that the densities of the BMN ceramic tablets vary with sintering temperature. The calculated theoretical density for the BMN ceramic tablets sintered at different temperatures is about 6.7521 . The density of the respective measured tablets is usually amounting more than 91% and 5 approaching a maximum value of 96.5% for sintering temperature of 1150°C. The microstructure was investigated by using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD). Combined with the results obtained from the STEM and XRD, the impact of sintering temperature on the macroscopic and microscopic structure was discussed. The relative dielectric constant ( ) and dielectric loss ( ) of the BMN solid solutions were measured to be 161-200 and (at room temperature and 100Hz-1MHz), respectively. The BMN solid

  20. Properties and Applications of Silicon Oxynitride Gate Dielectrics. (United States)

    Krisch, K. S.


    Reducing the size of silicon CMOS transistors enables higher speed, lower-power, denser and cheaper circuits, but introduces many challenges in process technology. As the gate oxide thickness is reduced, and as electric fields in the MOSFET increase, there are increased concerns about hot-carrier damage and oxide breakdown. Additionally, thinner SiO2 layers cannot effectively block diffusion of dopants and impurities. Silicon oxynitride dielectrics minimize these difficulties, making them attractive as gate dielectrics for future CMOS processes. Silicon oxynitrides are thermally grown on Si, in N_2O at temperatures ranging from 800-1100^circC, to thicknesses of 3-10 nm. The resulting material is primarily SiO_2, with 10^14-10^15 cm-2 nitrogen atoms incorporated (as measured by nuclear reaction analysis), equivalent to less than a monolayer of pure Si_3N_4. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy profiles indicate that this nitrogen is mainly near the crystalline silicon/dielectric interface, as a result of two competing reactions:(E.C. Carr, K.A. Ellis and R.A. Buhrman, Appl. Phys. Lett., v. 66, n. 12, p. 1492, (1995).) first, a nitrogen-oxygen species diffuses through the film and reacts at the Si interface, growing a silicon oxynitride layer. As the reaction proceeds and the grown layer is pushed up from the interface, a competing reaction removes the nitrogen from the dielectric ``bulk'', leaving behind SiO_2. This small amount of nitrogen incorporated at the dielectric interface has a dramatic effect on electrical reliability. Nitrogen-containing gate dielectrics inhibit generation of electrical defects and charge traps that degrade device performance, and they can more than double the time until breakdown. Such improvements are attributed to reduction of strain at the interface, which allows stronger bonds and fewer defect precursors. Oxynitrides also have the advantage of acting as a diffusion barrier. In MOS structures, boron dopant atoms originating in the

  1. Lunar true polar wander inferred from polar hydrogen. (United States)

    Siegler, M A; Miller, R S; Keane, J T; Laneuville, M; Paige, D A; Matsuyama, I; Lawrence, D J; Crotts, A; Poston, M J


    The earliest dynamic and thermal history of the Moon is not well understood. The hydrogen content of deposits near the lunar poles may yield insight into this history, because these deposits (which are probably composed of water ice) survive only if they remain in permanent shadow. If the orientation of the Moon has changed, then the locations of the shadowed regions will also have changed. The polar hydrogen deposits have been mapped by orbiting neutron spectrometers, and their observed spatial distribution does not match the expected distribution of water ice inferred from present-day lunar temperatures. This finding is in contrast to the distribution of volatiles observed in similar thermal environments at Mercury's poles. Here we show that polar hydrogen preserves evidence that the spin axis of the Moon has shifted: the hydrogen deposits are antipodal and displaced equally from each pole along opposite longitudes. From the direction and magnitude of the inferred reorientation, and from analysis of the moments of inertia of the Moon, we hypothesize that this change in the spin axis, known as true polar wander, was caused by a low-density thermal anomaly beneath the Procellarum region. Radiogenic heating within this region resulted in the bulk of lunar mare volcanism and altered the density structure of the Moon, changing its moments of inertia. This resulted in true polar wander consistent with the observed remnant polar hydrogen. This thermal anomaly still exists and, in part, controls the current orientation of the Moon. The Procellarum region was most geologically active early in lunar history, which implies that polar wander initiated billions of years ago and that a large portion of the measured polar hydrogen is ancient, recording early delivery of water to the inner Solar System. Our hypothesis provides an explanation for the antipodal distribution of lunar polar hydrogen, and connects polar volatiles to the geologic and geophysical evolution of the Moon

  2. Manipulation of stored charge in anodic aluminium oxide/SiO{sub 2} dielectric stacks by the use of pulsed anodisation

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    Lu, Zhong, E-mail: [School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Ouyang, Zi [School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Grant, Nicholas; Wan, Yimao; Yan, Di [Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Lennon, Alison [School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pulse anodisation was used to grow AAO layers with controllable stored charge. • Stored charge density ranging from −5.2 × 10{sup 11} to 2.5 × 10{sup 12} q/cm{sup 2} was demonstrated. • Enhancement in surface passivation was demonstrated with charge management. • Annealing significantly reduces the positive stored charge and the interface defect. - Abstract: A method of fabricating anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) with the capability of manipulating its stored charge is reported. This method involves the use of a pulsed current source to anodise aluminium layers instead of the typically used constant current/voltage source, with the test structures experiencing positive and negative cycles periodically. By tuning the positive cycle percentage, it is demonstrated that the effective stored charge density can be manipulated in a range from −5.2 × 10{sup 11} to 2.5 × 10{sup 12} q/cm{sup 2} when the AAO is formed over a 12 nm SiO{sub 2} layer. An investigation of the stored charge distribution in the dielectric stacks indicates a positive fixed charge at the SiO{sub 2}/Si interface, a negative fixed charge at the AAO/SiO{sub 2} interface and a positive bulk charge within the AAO layer. The effective stored charge density and interface states were found to be affected by annealing conditions and it is suggested that oxygen annealing can reduce the bulk positive charge while post-metallisation anneal is most effective in reducing silicon interface defects. Charge manipulation using pulsed anodisation is shown to reduce carrier recombination on boron-diffused silicon surfaces highlighting the potential of the process to be used to tune the electrical properties of dielectric layers so that they can reduce surface recombination on silicon surfaces having different dopant polarity and concentrations.

  3. Dielectric Spectroscopy in Biomaterials: Agrophysics (United States)

    El Khaled, Dalia; Castellano, Nuria N.; Gázquez, Jose A.; Perea-Moreno, Alberto-Jesus; Manzano-Agugliaro, Francisco


    Being dependent on temperature and frequency, dielectric properties are related to various types of food. Predicting multiple physical characteristics of agri-food products has been the main objective of non-destructive assessment possibilities executed in many studies on horticultural products and food materials. This review manipulates the basic fundamentals of dielectric properties with their concepts and principles. The different factors affecting the behavior of dielectric properties have been dissected, and applications executed on different products seeking the characterization of a diversity of chemical and physical properties are all pointed out and referenced with their conclusions. Throughout the review, a detailed description of the various adopted measurement techniques and the mostly popular equipment are presented. This compiled review serves in coming out with an updated reference for the dielectric properties of spectroscopy that are applied in the agrophysics field. PMID:28773438

  4. Light propagation in quasiperiodic dielectric multilayers separated by graphene (United States)

    Costa, Carlos H.; Pereira, Luiz F. C.; Bezerra, Claudionor G.


    The study of photonic crystals, artificial materials whose dielectric properties can be tailored according to the stacking of its constituents, remains an attractive research area. In this article we have employed a transfer matrix treatment to study the propagation of light waves in Fibonacci quasiperiodic dielectric multilayers with graphene embedded. We calculated their dispersion and transmission spectra in order to investigate the effects of the graphene monolayers and quasiperiodic disorder on the system physical behavior. The quasiperiodic dielectric multilayer is composed of two building blocks, silicon dioxide (building block A =SiO2 ) and titanium dioxide (building block B =TiO2 ). Our numerical results show that the presence of graphene monolayers reduces the transmissivity on the whole range of frequency and induces a transmission gap in the low frequency region. Regarding the polarization of the light wave, we found that the transmission coefficient is higher for the transverse magnetic (TM) case than for the transverse electric (TE) one. We also conclude from our numerical results that the graphene induced photonic band gaps (GIPBGs) do not depend on the polarization (TE or TM) of the light wave nor on the Fibonacci generation index n . Moreover, the GIPBGs are omnidirectional photonic band gaps, therefore light cannot propagate in these structures for frequencies lower than a certain value, whatever the incidence angle. Finally, a plot of the transmission spectra versus chemical potential shows that one can, in principle, adjust the width of the photonic band gap by tuning the chemical potential via a gate voltage.

  5. Ion implanted dielectric elastomer circuits


    O’Brien, Benjamin M.; Rosset, Samuel; Anderson, Iain A.; Shea, Herbert R.


    Starfish and octopuses control their infinite degree of- freedom arms with panache—capabilities typical of nature where the distribution of reflex-like intelligence throughout soft muscular networks greatly outperforms anything hard, heavy, and man-made. Dielectric elastomer actuators show great promise for soft artificial muscle networks. One way to make them smart is with piezo-resistive Dielectric Elastomer Switches (DES) that can be combined with artificial muscles to create arbitrary dig...

  6. Interconnect Between a Waveguide and a Dielectric Waveguide Comprising an Impedance Matched Dielectric Lens (United States)

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


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

  7. Influence of dielectric polarization upon PD transients: Use of hollow dielectric spheres

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson


    Hollow glass spheres have recently been employed to provide a reproducible source of partial discharges. The influence of the shell permittivity upon the PD transients is examined. It is shown that, relative to the non-shell situation, the magnitude of such transients may be increased or decreased...

  8. Structural, dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline zinc substituted magnesium ferrite

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    Jyoti,, E-mail:; Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004 (India); Kumar, S. [Department of Physics, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan (India); Sharma, K. B. [Department of Physics, S. S. Jain Subodh P. G. College, Jaipur (India)


    Zinc substituted magnesium ferrites Zn{sub 0.2}Mg{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Zn{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD patterns confirms the formation of a cubic spinel structure in single phase. The dielectric properties viz. dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent tanδ increase with increasing temperature. The dielectric behavior is explained by using the mechanism of polarization process, which is correlated to that of electron exchange interaction. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization decreases appreciably with increase in Zn which could be attributed to change in cation distribution.

  9. Structural, dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline zinc substituted magnesium ferrite (United States)

    Jyoti, Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D.; Kumar, S.; Sharma, K. B.


    Zinc substituted magnesium ferrites Zn0.2Mg0.8Fe2O4 and Zn0.4Mg0.6Fe2O4 were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD patterns confirms the formation of a cubic spinel structure in single phase. The dielectric properties viz. dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent tanδ increase with increasing temperature. The dielectric behavior is explained by using the mechanism of polarization process, which is correlated to that of electron exchange interaction. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization decreases appreciably with increase in Zn which could be attributed to change in cation distribution.

  10. Band-gap engineering in two-dimensional semiconductor-dielectric photonic crystals. (United States)

    Kushwaha, M S; Martinez, G


    This paper reports the multiple band gaps in the two-dimensional semiconductor-dielectric photonic crystals of several compositions: semiconductor cylinders in the dielectric background. We consider both square lattice and hexagonal lattice arrangements and compute extensive band structures using a plane-wave method within the framework of an efficient standard eigenvalue problem for both E and H polarizations. The whole range of filling fraction has been explored to claim the existence of the lowest (the so-called acoustic) band gap and multiple higher-energy band gaps within the first 30 to 40 bands for various compositions. Such semiconductor-dielectric photonic crystals which are shown to possess huge lowest band gaps below a threshold frequency (the plasma frequency omega(p) ) have an advantage over the dielectric photonic crystals in the emerging technology based on the photonic crystals.

  11. Controllable rotating behavior of individual dielectric microrod in a rotating electric field. (United States)

    Liu, Weiyu; Ren, Yukun; Tao, Ye; Li, Yanbo; Chen, Xiaoming


    We report herein controllable rotating behavior of an individual dielectric microrod driven by a background rotating electric field. By disposing or removing structured floating microelectrode, the rigid rod suspended in electrolyte solution accordingly exhibits cofield or antifield rotating motion. In the absence of the ideally polarizable metal surface, the dielectric rod rotates opposite to propagation of electric field, with the measured rotating rate much larger than predicted by Maxwell-Wager interfacial polarization theory incorporating surface conduction of fixed bond charge. Surprisingly, with floating electrode embedded, a novel kind of cofield rotation mode occurs in the presence of induced double-layer polarization, due to the action of hydrodynamic torque from rotating induced-charge electroosmosis. This method of achieving switchable spin modes of dielectric particles would direct implications in constructing flexible electrokinetic framework for analyzing 3D profile of on-chip biomicrofluidic samples. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


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    Full Text Available Comparing the spontaneous polarizations, static and dynamic dielectric properties of piezoelectric Rochelle salt and non-piezoelectric RbHSO4 we explore the role played by piezoelectric coupling in forming the dielectric response of the crystals of this type. The calculations for crystals of both types are performed within the Mitsui model, modified for the case of Rochelle salt by including the terms related to piezoelectric coupling with spontaneous strain ε4. It is shown that such a modification improves the agreement between theory and experiment for spontaneous polarization and yields a correct temperature behavior of relaxation times and dynamic dielectric permittivity of Rochelle salt in the vicinity of the transition points.

  13. Dielectric relaxation and ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy of [C6mim]+[Tf2N]−/acetonitrile mixtures. (United States)

    Lohse, Peter W; Bartels, Nils; Stoppa, Alexander; Buchner, Richard; Lenzer, Thomas; Oum, Kawon


    Mixtures of the ionic liquid (IL) [C(6)mim](+)[Tf(2)N](-) and acetonitrile have been investigated by a combination of dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS) and ultrafast transient absorption techniques using the molecular probe 12'-apo-β-carotenoic-12'-acid (12'CA). Steady-state absorption spectra of the 12'CA molecule have also been recorded. The position of the probe's S(0)→ S(2) absorption maximum correlates linearly with the polarizability of the mixture, suggesting that the bulk composition is a good approximation to the local composition. The lifetime τ(1) of the S(1)/ICT state of 12'CA varies rather smoothly with composition between the value for pure acetonitrile (42 ps) and neat [C(6)mim](+)[Tf(2)N](-) (94 ps). At low IL contents there appears to be an influence of discrete ion pairs. Employing static dielectric constants from the DRS experiments, one finds that the lifetime of the probe in the IL mixtures is shorter than that in pure organic solvents with the same polarity parameter. This suggests an increased stabilization of the S(1)/ICT state in IL-containing mixtures, most likely due to IL-specific Coulombic interactions between the cation and the negative end of the probe's dipole. An ultrafast solvation component is observed which is ca. 0.5 ps in pure acetonitrile, and approaches the value for the pure IL (2.0 ps) already around x(IL) = 0.3. This is interpreted in terms of an efficient perturbation of the cooperative solvation response of acetonitrile by the presence of small amounts of IL and possibly also the viscosity increase when adding IL. This view is also supported by the increase of the average longitudinal relaxation time of acetonitrile upon addition of small IL amounts extracted from the DRS experiments.

  14. Study of one-dimensional nanolayered graded photonic crystal consisting of birefringent and dielectric materials (United States)

    Kumar, Rajeev; Kumar, Dhananjay; Kushwaha, Angad S.; Srivastava, S. K.


    In the present paper, we have studied a comparison between dielectric-dielectric photonic crystal (PhC) and birefringent-dielectric PhC structure with, and without, gradation in the thickness of the layers of the proposed structure. Graded birefringent-dielectric PhC has a linear change in the thickness of the layers. With the help of the transfer matrix method, the proposed structures have been extensively investigated. It is found that photonic band gap (PBG) width and omnidirectional reflection band width has been widely enhanced, in graded birefringent-dielectric PhC structure as compared to the non-graded birefringent-dielectric PhC structure, for both TE and TM polarizations. We have also found that the gradation in the thickness of the birefringent layer is more effective, as compare the gradation in the thickness of the dielectric layer, for enhancement of reflection band width. The results obtained are quite good and thus, it may be widely used as broad band optical and omnidirectional reflector.

  15. Effects of Cryogenic Temperatures on Spacecraft Internal Dielectric Discharges (United States)

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


    Abstract Most calculations of internal dielectric charging on spacecraft use tabulated values of material surface and bulk conductivities, dielectric constants, and dielectric breakdown strengths. Many of these properties are functions of temperature, and the temperature dependences are not well known. At cryogenic temperatures, where it is well known that material conductivities decrease dramatically, it is an open question as to the timescales over which buried charge will dissipate and prevent the eventual potentially disastrous discharges of dielectrics. In this paper, measurements of dielectric charging and discharging for cable insulation materials at cryogenic temperatures (approx. 90 K) are presented using a broad spectrum electron source at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The measurements were performed for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will orbit at the Earth-Sun L2 point, and parts of which will be perennially at temperatures as low as 40 K. Results of these measurements seem to show that Radiation Induced Conductivity (RIC) under cryogenic conditions at L2 will not be sufficient to allow charges to bleed off of some typical cable insulation materials even over the projected JWST lifetime of a dozen years or more. After the charging and discharging measurements are presented, comparisons are made between the material conductivities that can be inferred from the measured discharges and conductivities calculated from widely used formulae. Furthermore, the measurement-inferred conductivities are compared with extrapolations of recent measurements of materials RIC and dark conductivities performed with the charge-storage method at Utah State University. Implications of the present measurements are also given for other spacecraft that may operate at cryogenic temperatures, such as probes of the outer planets or the permanently dark cratered areas on the moon. The present results will also be of interest to those who must design or

  16. Dielectric optical invisibility cloaks (United States)

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


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

  17. Humidity effects on scanning polarization force microscopy imaging

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    Shen, Yue, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Comprehensive and Highly Efficient Utilization of Salt Lake Resources, Key Laboratory of Salt Lake Resources Chemistry of Qinghai Province, Qinghai Institute of Salt Lakes, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, Qinghai 810008 (China); Key Laboratory of Interfacial Physics and Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Zhou, Yuan, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Comprehensive and Highly Efficient Utilization of Salt Lake Resources, Key Laboratory of Salt Lake Resources Chemistry of Qinghai Province, Qinghai Institute of Salt Lakes, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, Qinghai 810008 (China); Sun, Yanxia; Zhang, Lijuan [Key Laboratory of Comprehensive and Highly Efficient Utilization of Salt Lake Resources, Key Laboratory of Salt Lake Resources Chemistry of Qinghai Province, Qinghai Institute of Salt Lakes, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, Qinghai 810008 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Wang, Ying; Hu, Jun; Zhang, Yi [Key Laboratory of Interfacial Physics and Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China)


    Highlights: • The humidity dramatically affects the contrast of scanning polarization force microscopy (SPFM) imaging on mica surface. • This influence roots in the sensitive dielectric constant of mica surface to the humidity change. • A strategy of controllable and repeatable imaging the local dielectric properties of nanomaterials with SPFM is proposed. - Abstract: Scanning polarization force microscopy (SPFM) is a useful surface characterization technique to visually characterize and distinguish nanomaterial with different local dielectric properties at nanometer scale. In this paper, taking the individual one-atom-thick graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets on mica as examples, we described the influences of environmental humidity on SPFM imaging. We found that the apparent heights (AHs) or contrast of SPFM imaging was influenced significantly by relative humidity (RH) at a response time of a few seconds. And this influence rooted in the sensitive dielectric constant of mica surface to the RH change. While dielectric properties of GO and rGO sheets were almost immune to the humidity change. In addition, we gave the method to determine the critical humidity at which the contrast conversion happened under different conditions. And this is important to the contrast control and repeatable imaging of SPFM through RH adjusting. These findings suggest a strategy of controllable and repeatable imaging the local dielectric properties of nanomaterials with SPFM, which is critically important for further distinguishment, manipulation, electronic applications, etc.

  18. Alternative high-k dielectrics for semiconductor applications


    Van Elshocht, S.; Adelmann, C.; Clima, S.; Pourtois, G.; Conard, T.; Delabie, A.; Franquet, A.; Lehnen, P.; Meersschaut, J.; Menou, N.; Popovici, M.; Richard, O.; Schram, T.; Wang, X. P.; HARDY, An


    Although the next generation high-k gate dielectrics has been defined for the 45 nm complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology node, threshold voltage control and equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) scaling remain concerns for future devices. Therefore, the authors explored the effect of incorporating dysprosium in the gate stack. Results suggest that improved EOT-leakage scaling is possible by adding Dy to the interfacial SiO2 layer in a 1:1 ratio or by adding 10% Dy to bulk HfO2. The d...

  19. A broadband, circular-polarization selective surface (United States)

    Momeni Hasan Abadi, Seyed Mohamad Amin; Behdad, Nader


    We introduce a new technique for designing wideband circular-polarization selective surfaces (CPSSs) based on anisotropic miniaturized element frequency selective surfaces. The proposed structure is a combination of two linear-to-circular polarization converters sandwiching a linear polarizer. This CPSS consists of a number of metallic layers separated from each other by thin dielectric substrates. The metallic layers are in the form of two-dimensional arrays of subwavelength capacitive patches and inductive wire grids with asymmetric dimensions and a wire grid polarizer with sub-wavelength period. The proposed device is designed to offer a wideband circular-polarization selection capability allowing waves with left-hand circular polarization to pass through while rejecting those having right-hand circular polarization. A synthesis procedure is developed that can be used to design the proposed CPSS based on its desired band of operation. Using this procedure, a prototype of the proposed CPSS operating in the 12-18 GHz is designed. Full-wave electromagnetic simulations are used to predict the response of this structure. These simulation results confirm the validity of the proposed design concept and synthesis procedure and show that proposed CPSS operates within a fractional bandwidth of 40% with a co-polarization transmission discrimination of more than 15 dB. Furthermore, the proposed design is shown to be capable of providing an extremely wide field of view of ±60°.

  20. Modeling of electrode polarization for electrolytic cells with a limited ionic adsorption. (United States)

    Sawada, Atsushi


    Dilute electrolytic cells filled with chlorobenzene containing small amounts of tetrabutylammonium tetraphenylborate show anomalous dielectric dispersions in low-frequency regions. We propose a new model for electrode polarization in order to analyze the dielectric behavior of the dilute electrolytic cells. The model comprises two capacitive components: One is the space-charge polarization accompanied with a specific ionic adsorption on electrodes, and the other is the electrode capacitance which is brought about by an electronic spillover from the electrode surface. This model can primarily explain the anomalous frequency-dependent dielectric behavior of the electrolytic cells not only with low electrolyte concentrations, but also with high concentrations and can correctly describe the characteristics of the electrode polarization reflected in the dielectric spectra.

  1. Fringe integral equation method for a truncated grounded dielectric slab

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    Jørgensen, Erik; Maci, S.; Toccafondi, A.


    The problem of scattering by a semi-infinite grounded dielectric slab illuminated by an arbitrary incident TMz polarized electric field is studied by solving a new set of “fringe” integral equations (F-IEs), whose functional unknowns are physically associated to the wave diffraction processes...... occurring at the truncation. The F-IEs are obtained by subtracting from the surface/surface integral equations pertinent to the truncated slab, an auxiliary set of equations obtained for the canonical problem of an infinite grounded slab illuminated by the same source. The F-IEs are solved by the method...... is applied to the case of an electric line source located at the air-dielectric interface of the slab. Numerical results are compared with those calculated by a physical optics approach and by an alternative solution, in which the integral equation is constructed from the field continuity through an aperture...

  2. Analog Optical Computing Based on Dielectric Meta-reflect-array

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    Chizari, Ata; Jamali, Mohammad Vahid; Salehi, Jawad A


    In this paper, we realize the concept of analog computing using an array of engineered gradient dielectric meta-reflect-array. The proposed configuration consists of individual subwavelength silicon nanobricks in combination with fused silica spacer and silver ground plane realizing a reflection beam with full phase coverage $2\\pi$ degrees as well as amplitude range $0$ to $1$. Spectrally overlapping electric and magnetic dipole resonances, such high-index dielectric metasurfaces can locally and independently manipulate the amplitude and phase of the incident electromagnetic wave. This practically feasible structure overcomes substantial limitations imposed by plasmonic metasurfaces such as absorption losses and low polarization conversion efficiency in the visible range. Using such CMOS-compatible and easily integrable platforms promises highly efficient ultrathin planar wave-based computing systems which circumvent the drawbacks of conventional bulky lens-based signal processors. Based on these key properti...

  3. Polar Stratigraphy (United States)


    These three images were taken on three different orbits over the north polar cap in April 1999. Each shows a different part of the same ice-free trough. The left and right images are separated by a distance of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles). Note the similar layers in each image.

  4. Dielectric fluctuations in force microscopy: noncontact friction and frequency jitter. (United States)

    Yazdanian, Showkat M; Marohn, John A; Loring, Roger F


    Electric force microscopy, in which a charged probe oscillates tens to hundreds of nanometers above a sample surface, provides direct mechanical detection of relaxation in molecular materials. Noncontact friction, the damping of the probe's motions, reflects the dielectric function at the resonant frequency of the probe, while fluctuations in the probe frequency are induced by slower molecular motions. We present a unified theoretical picture of both measurements, which relates the noncontact friction and the power spectrum of the frequency jitter to dielectric properties of the sample and to experimental geometry. Each observable is related to an equilibrium correlation function associated with electric field fluctuations, which is determined by two alternative, complementary strategies for a dielectric continuum model of the sample. The first method is based on the calculation of a response function associated with the polarization of the dielectric by a time-varying external charge distribution. The second approach employs a stochastic form of Maxwell's equations, which incorporate a fluctuating electric polarization, to compute directly the equilibrium correlation function in the absence of an external charge distribution. This approach includes effects associated with the propagation of radiation. In the experimentally relevant limit that the tip-sample distance is small compared to pertinent wavelengths of radiation, the two methods yield identical results. Measurements of the power spectrum of frequency fluctuations of an ultrasensitive cantilever together with measurements of the noncontact friction over a poly(methylmethacrylate) film are used to estimate the minimum experimentally detectable frequency jitter. The predicted jitter for this polymer is shown to exceed this threshold, demonstrating the feasibility of the measurement.

  5. Dielectric properties of nanocrystalline Co-Mg ferrites

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    Sharma, Jyoti, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, Neha [Department of Physics, VEC Lakhanpur, Sarguja University, Ambikapur (C.G.) (India); Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V.K.; Bhatnagar, D. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, K.B. [Department of Physics, S. S. Jain Subodh P. G. College, Jaipur (India)


    Nanocrystalline powder samples with chemical formula Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) have been synthesized by sol–gel auto combustion method using citric acid as fuel agent. The rietveld refinement study of x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the spinel single phase formation for all samples. Dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles have been measured at room temperature in the frequency range from 1000 Hz to 120 MHz. The dielectric dispersion observed at lower frequency region is attributed to Maxwell–Wagner two layer model, which is in agreement with Koops phenomenological theory. The observed results have been explained by polarization which is attributed to the electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. The temperature variation of ε′ and tanδ for some particular frequencies were studied. The rapid increase in ε′ and tan δ has been explained using thermally activated electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} ↔ Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 2+} ↔ Co{sup 3+} ions at adjacent octahedral sites. The role of interfacial polarization has been focused to explain the high dispersion in ε′ and tanδ with temperature observed at low frequencies. - Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of Co{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} shows the nano size of the synthesized ferrite particles and (b) Dielectric constant behavior with frequency of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite.

  6. Tailoring Magnetic Properties in Bulk Nanostructured Solids (United States)

    Morales, Jason Rolando

    Important magnetic properties and behaviors such as coercivity, remanence, susceptibility, energy product, and exchange coupling can be tailored by controlling the grain size, composition, and density of bulk magnetic materials. At nanometric length scales the grain size plays an increasingly important role since magnetic domain behavior and grain boundary concentration determine bulk magnetic behavior. This has spurred a significant amount of work devoted to developing magnetic materials with nanometric features (thickness, grain/crystallite size, inclusions or shells) in 0D (powder), 1D (wires), and 2D (thin films) materials. Large 3D nanocrystalline materials are more suitable for many applications such as permanent magnets, magneto-optical Faraday isolators etc. Yet there are relatively few successful demonstrations of 3D magnetic materials with nanoscale influenced properties available in the literature. Making dense 3D bulk materials with magnetic nanocrystalline microstructures is a challenge because many traditional densification techniques (HIP, pressureless sintering, etc.) move the microstructure out of the "nano" regime during densification. This dissertation shows that the Current Activated Pressure Assisted Densification (CAPAD) method, also known as spark plasma sintering, can be used to create dense, bulk, magnetic, nanocrystalline solids with varied compositions suited to fit many applications. The results of my research will first show important implications for the use of CAPAD for the production of exchange-coupled nanocomposite magnets. Decreases in grain size were shown to have a significant role in increasing the magnitude of exchange bias. Second, preferentially ordered bulk magnetic materials were produced with highly anisotropic material properties. The ordered microstructure resulted in changing magnetic property magnitudes (ex. change in coercivity by almost 10x) depending on the relative orientation (0° vs. 90°) of an externally

  7. Radiation effects in bulk silicon (United States)

    Claeys, Cor; Vanhellemont, Jan


    This paper highlights important aspects related to irradiation effects in bulk silicon. Some basic principles related to the interaction of radiation with material, i.e. ionization and atomic displacement, are briefly reviewed. A physical understanding of radiation effects strongly depends on the availability of appropriate analytical tools. These tools are critically accessed from a silicon bulk viewpoint. More detailed information, related to the properties of the bulk damage and some dedicated application aspects, is given for both electron and proton irradiations. Emphasis is placed on radiation environments encountered during space missions and on their influence on the electrical performance of devices such as memories and image sensors.

  8. Influence of temperature on the dielectric nonlinearity of BaTiO{sub 3}-based multi-layer ceramic capacitors

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun, E-mail:; Kim, Mi-Yang [LCR Materials Group, Corporate R& D Institute, Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd., Suwon, Gyunggi-Do 443-743 (Korea, Republic of)


    Temperature dependence of the dielectric nonlinearity was investigated for the BaTiO{sub 3} multilayer ceramic capacitor. The decrease in temperature caused a significant increase in the degree of dielectric nonlinearity. The Preisach analysis shows that such effect corresponds to a decrease in reversible and a significant increase in irreversible domain wall contribution to polarization. The magnitude of spontaneous polarization (P{sub S}) was increased with decreasing temperature. It can be associated with phase transition from pseudo-cubic to monoclinic and its resultant change in the polar direction, which was observed through transmission electron microscopy. These results demonstrate that the increase in P{sub S} with the decrease in temperature inhibits domain wall motion in low driving field as it is anticipated to increase the degree of intergranular constraints during domain wall motion. But it results in a more steep increase in the dielectric constants beyond the threshold field where domain wall motion can occur.

  9. Polarization of the excited states of twisted ethylene in a non-symmetrical environment

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    Zijlstra, R.W J; van Duijnen, P.T.; de Vries, Alex


    The polarization behavior of the low lying excited states in the vicinity of the perpendicularly twisted (D-2d) ethylene has been investigated in a quantum mechanical CISD approach, in which the quantum system was embedded in a polarized dielectric continuum modeling a non-symmetrical distribution

  10. Directional mechanical response in the bulk of topological metamaterials (United States)

    Zeb Rocklin, D.


    Mechanical metamaterials are those structures designed to convey force and motion in novel and desirable ways. Recently, Kane and Lubensky showed that lattices at the point of marginal mechanical stability (Maxwell lattices) possess a topological invariant that describes the distribution of floppy, zero-energy edge modes. Here, we show that applying force at a point in the bulk of these lattices generates a directional mechanical response, in which stress or strain is induced only on one side of the force. This provides both a bulk metric for mechanical polarization and a design principle to convey stresses and strains towards or away from parts of the structure. We also characterize the effects of removing bonds on the material’s structure and floppy modes, establishing a relationship between edge modes and bulk response.

  11. In-package inhibition of E.coli 0157:H7 on bulk romaine lettuce using cold plasma (United States)

    Dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment was evaluated for the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, surface morphology, color, carbon dioxide generation, and weight loss of bulk Romaine lettuce in a commercial plastic clamshell container. The lettuce samples were pa...

  12. Polar Codes (United States)


    added by the decoder is K/ρ+Td. By the last assumption, Td and Te are both ≤ K/ρ, so the total latency added is between 2K/ρ and 4K /ρ. For example...better resolution near the decision point. Reference [12] showed that in decoding a (1024, 512) polar code, using 6-bit LLRs resulted in per- formance

  13. Silicon Bulk Micromachined Vibratory Gyroscope (United States)

    Tang, T. K.; Gutierrez, R. C.; Wilcox, J. Z.; Stell, C.; Vorperian, V.; Calvet, R.; Li, W. J.; Charkaborty, I.; Bartman, R.; Kaiser, W. J.


    This paper reports on design, modeling, fabrication, and characterization of a novel silicon bulk micromachined vibratory rate gyroscope designed for microspacecraft applications. The new microgyroscope consists of a silicon four leaf cloverstructure with a post attached to the center.

  14. High permittivity gate dielectric materials

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    "The book comprehensively covers all the current and the emerging areas of the physics and the technology of high permittivity gate dielectric materials, including, topics such as MOSFET basics and characteristics, hafnium-based gate dielectric materials, Hf-based gate dielectric processing, metal gate electrodes, flat-band and threshold voltage tuning, channel mobility, high-k gate stack degradation and reliability, lanthanide-based high-k gate stack materials, ternary hafnia and lanthania based high-k gate stack films, crystalline high-k oxides, high mobility substrates, and parameter extraction. Each chapter begins with the basics necessary for understanding the topic, followed by a comprehensive review of the literature, and ultimately graduating to the current status of the technology and our scientific understanding and the future prospects."

  15. Silicone-based Dielectric Elastomers

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    Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    energy efficient solutions are highly sought. These properties allow for interesting products ranging very broadly, e.g. from eye implants over artificial skins over soft robotics to huge wave energy harvesting plants. All these products utilize the inherent softness and compliance of the dielectric...... investigated but rarely discussed in the context of mechani-cal integrity and thus product reliability. Focus here is on long-term reliability of the dielectric elastomers and how to achieve this by means of careful elastomer design. This thesis presents methods and results of analyses acquired in the cross......-disciplinary, collaborative effort on dielectric elastomers funded by Innovationsfonden Denmark (formerly Advanced Technology Foundation) with the materials workgroup headed by the author. Main contributors to the work have been research scientists at Danfoss PolyPower, colleagues from the Danish Polymer Centre, as well as 7...

  16. Fluorescent probes used to monitor membrane interfacial polarity.

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    Epand, R.M.; Kraayenhof, R.


    The polarity of the interface between a lipid bilayer membrane and bulk water is an important physical parameter of the membrane. It is likely that several membrane-dependent biological functions are modulated by this property. However, interfacial polarity can be difficult to define because of an

  17. Selective nonspecific solvation under dielectric saturation and fluorescence spectra of dye solutions in binary solvents. (United States)

    Bakhshiev, N G; Kiselev, M B


    The influence of selective nonspecific solvation on the fluorescence spectra of three substitutedN-methylphthalimides in a binary solvent system consisting of a nonpolar (n-heptane) and a polar (pyridine) component has been studied under conditions close to dielectric saturation. The substantially nonlinearity of the effect is confirmation that the spectral shifts of fluorescence bands depend on the number of polar solvent molecules involved in solvating the dye molecule. The measured fluorescence spectral shifts determined by substituting one nonpolar solvent molecula with a polar one in the proximity of the dye molecule agree quantitatively with the forecasts of the previously proposed semiempirical theory which describes this nonlinear solvation phenomenon.

  18. Equations of electrodynamics in a rotating solid dielectric (United States)

    Milovskii, N. D.


    The equations of electrodynamics in a rotating isotropic homogeneous dielectric are obtained in a covariant form in coordinates of a reference frame that accompanies the rotation of the dielectric. It is found from these equations, which have variable coefficients, that the medium of the rotating dielectric is anisotropic and inhomogeneous. To derive tensors of the electromagnetic field in a rotating reference frame (RRF), the fields and inductions of a virtual inertial reference frame (IRF) that instantaneously accompanies the motion of one of the points of the dielectric are used twice. Initially, using instantaneous local relations, they are expressed in terms of real fields and inductions of the rotating medium, and then they are transformed into fields and inductions of a stationary IRF, in which they are used as components of the tensors of the electromagnetic field. Thus, the electromagnetic field tensors in the IRF are determined taking into account a priori unknown real inhomogeneous permittivity \\bar ɛ and permeability \\bar ɛ of the rotating medium. At the final stage, the tensors in the RRF are obtained by transformation rules for covariant and contravariant tensor components in accordance with known analytical relationships of fixed and rotating coordinates. The properties of modes of a rotating ring resonator in the form of homogeneous TE waves that travel along and against the direction of rotation and, in particular, their normal frequencies are examined. The contribution of inhomogeneous properties of the medium of a rotating dielectric to the difference between the normal frequencies of the counterpropagating waves (to the Sagnac effect) is determined. In a solid material with known elastic and striction characteristics, its density and dielectric permittivity depend on the radial coordinate. These dependences are caused by the action of the centrifugal force and changes in the polarization and magnetization of the medium because of the

  19. Capacitive Cells for Dielectric Constant Measurement (United States)

    Aguilar, Horacio Munguía; Maldonado, Rigoberto Franco


    A simple capacitive cell for dielectric constant measurement in liquids is presented. As an illustrative application, the cell is used for measuring the degradation of overheated edible oil through the evaluation of their dielectric constant.

  20. USDA/ARS and dielectric properties research (United States)

    An overview of the research is presented, including RF dielectric heating for seed treatment, insect control, product conditioning, and moisture and quality sensing applications, equipment used, dielectric properties measurement techniques, broad- frequency- range data obtained, and research results...

  1. Proceedings of BulkTrans '89

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    Papers were presented on bulk commodity demand; steel industry bulk trades; grains and the world food economy; steam coal and cement demand; shipping profitability; bulk carrier design and economics; bulk ports and terminals; ship unloading; computers in bulk terminals; and conveyors and stockyard equipment.

  2. Photoinduced Domain Pattern Transformation in Ferroelectric-Dielectric Superlattices

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    Ahn, Youngjun; Park, Joonkyu; Pateras, Anastasios; Rich, Matthew B.; Zhang, Qingteng; Chen, Pice; Yusuf, Mohammed H.; Wen, Haidan; Dawber, Matthew; Evans, Paul G.


    The nanodomain pattern in ferroelectric/dielectric superlattices transforms to a uniform polarization state under above-bandgap optical excitation. X-ray scattering reveals a disappearance of domain diffuse scattering and an expansion of the lattice. The reappearance of the domain pattern occurs over a period of seconds at room temperature, suggesting a transformation mechanism in which charge carriers in long-lived trap states screen the depolarization field. A Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire model predicts changes in lattice parameter and a critical carrier concentration for the transformation.

  3. Structural, dielectric and ferroelectric characterization of PZT thin films

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    Araújo E.B.


    Full Text Available In this work ferroelectric thin films of PZT were prepared by the oxide precursor method, deposited on Pt/Si substrate. Films of 0.5 mm average thickness were obtained. Electrical and ferroelectric characterization were carried out in these films. The measured value of the dielectric constant for films was 455. Ferroelectricity was confirmed by Capacitance-Voltage (C-V characteristics and P-E hysteresis loops. Remanent polarization for films presented value around 5.0 µC/cm2 and a coercive field of 88.8 kV/cm.

  4. Dielectric behavior of gelatine-glycosaminoglycans blends: an impedance analysis. (United States)

    Kanungo, Ivy; Fathima, Nishter Nishad; Rao, Jonnalagadda Raghava


    The dielectric behavior of the gelatine-GAGs based blend systems has been studied to understand the dynamic behavior of the water at the protein-GAGs interfaces which are relevant for tissue engineering application. Impedance (Z) and phase have been measured as a function of frequencies from 0.01 Hz to 100 kHz. GAGs tunes the ionic charge drift which initiates polarization mechanisms through charge accumulation at structural interfaces and creates conduction currents. The admittance results showed that at high frequency, the conductivity increases with increasing GAGs concentration indicating changes in hydration shell of the gelatine by the GAGs. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Quantum effects on propagation of bulk and surface waves in a thin quantum plasma film

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    Moradi, Afshin, E-mail: [Department of Engineering Physics, Kermanshah University of Technology, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Nano Sciences, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The propagation of bulk and surface plasma waves in a thin quantum plasma film is investigated, taking into account the quantum effects. The generalized bulk and surface plasma dispersion relation due to quantum effects is derived, using the quantum hydrodynamic dielectric function and applying appropriate additional boundary conditions. The quantum mechanical and film geometric effects on the bulk and surface modes are discussed. It is found that quantum effects become important for a thin film of small thickness. - Highlights: • New bulk and surface plasma dispersion relations due to quantum effects are derived, in a thin quantum plasma film. • It is found that quantum effects become important for a thin quantum film of small thickness.

  6. Combatting bulking sludge with ultrasound

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    Wuensch, B.; Heine, W.; Neis, U. [Technische Univ. Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany). Dept. of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering


    Bulking and floating sludge cause great problems in many waste water treatment plants with biological nutrient removal. The purification as well as the sludge digestion process can be affected. These problems are due to the interlaced structure of filamentous microorganisms, which have an impact on the sludge's settling behaviour. Foam is able to build up a stable layer, which does not settle in the secondary clarifier. Foam in digestion causes a reduction of the degree of stabilisation and of the biogas production. We use low-frequency ultrasound to combat filamentous organisms in bulking sludge. Low-frequency ultrasound is suitable to create high local shear stresses, which are capable of breaking the filamentous structures of the sludge. After preliminary lab-scale tests now a full-scale new ultrasound equipment is operating at Reinfeld sewage treatment plant, Germany. The objective of this study is to explore the best ultrasound configuration to destroy the filamentous structure of bulking and foaming sludge in a substainable way. Later this study will also look into the effects of ultrasound treated bulking sludge on the anaerobic digestion process. Up to now results show that the settling behaviour of bulking sludge is improved. The minimal ultrasound energy input for destruction of bulking structure was determined. (orig.)


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    Jones, Amy; Wang Lifan; Krisciunas, Kevin; Freeland, Emily, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States)


    We performed an integrated optical polarization survey of 70 nearby galaxies to study the relationship between linear polarization and galaxy properties. To date this is the largest survey of its kind. The data were collected at McDonald Observatory using the Imaging Grism Polarimeter on the Otto Struve 2.1 m telescope. Most of the galaxies did not have significant level of linear polarization, where the bulk is <1%. A fraction of the galaxies showed a loose correlation between the polarization and position angle of the galaxy, indicating that dust scattering is the main source of optical polarization. The unbarred spiral galaxies are consistent with the predicted relationship with inclination from scattering models of {approx}sin{sup 2} i.

  8. Dielectric and Elastic Characterization of Nonlinear Heterogeneous Materials

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    Stefano Giordano


    Full Text Available This review paper deals with the dielectric and elastic characterization of composite materials constituted by dispersions of nonlinear inclusions embedded in a linear matrix. The dielectric theory deals with pseudo-oriented particles shaped as ellipsoids of revolution: it means that we are dealing with mixtures of inclusions of arbitrary aspect ratio and arbitrary non-random orientational distributions. The analysis ranges from parallel spheroidal inclusions to completely random oriented inclusions. Each ellipsoidal inclusion is made of an isotropic dielectric material described by means of the so-called Kerr nonlinear relation. On the other hand, the nonlinear elastic characterization takes into consideration a dispersion of nonlinear (spherical or cylindrical inhomogeneities. Both phases are considered isotropic (actually it means polycrystalline or amorphous solids. Under the simplifying hypotheses of small deformation for the material body and of small volume fraction of the embedded phase, we describe a theory for obtaining the linear and nonlinear elastic properties (bulk and shear moduli and Landau coefficients of the overall material.

  9. Insight into the dielectric response of transformer oil-based nanofluids

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    Ming Dong


    Full Text Available The oil-based nanofluids with greater dielectric strength have attracted much attention as a crucial insulating materials in high-voltage oil-immersed power equipment. In fact, the different microstructures of the transformer oil-based nanofluids (TNFs would result in different dielectric properties. In this work, the broadband dielectric spectroscopy measurement was used to establish the linkage between the electric double layer (EDL and dielectric response properties of TNFs which was performed at 298K temperature and with frequency range from 10-2Hz∼106Hz. The modified Havriliak-Negami (HN model function was used to analyze the measured results. The results demonstrate that both the real and imaginary parts of dielectric spectra of two kinds of oil are composed of the conductivity and polarization process. Compared with pure oil, two polarization process could be observed for the TNFs, explained by the EDL structure reasonably. The introduction of the EDL structure provides an idea to account for the insulating strength improvement of TNFs for the first time.

  10. Insight into the dielectric response of transformer oil-based nanofluids (United States)

    Dong, Ming; Dai, Jianzhuo; Li, Yang; Xie, Jiacheng; Ren, Ming; Dang, Zhimin


    The oil-based nanofluids with greater dielectric strength have attracted much attention as a crucial insulating materials in high-voltage oil-immersed power equipment. In fact, the different microstructures of the transformer oil-based nanofluids (TNFs) would result in different dielectric properties. In this work, the broadband dielectric spectroscopy measurement was used to establish the linkage between the electric double layer (EDL) and dielectric response properties of TNFs which was performed at 298K temperature and with frequency range from 10-2Hz˜106Hz. The modified Havriliak-Negami (HN) model function was used to analyze the measured results. The results demonstrate that both the real and imaginary parts of dielectric spectra of two kinds of oil are composed of the conductivity and polarization process. Compared with pure oil, two polarization process could be observed for the TNFs, explained by the EDL structure reasonably. The introduction of the EDL structure provides an idea to account for the insulating strength improvement of TNFs for the first time.

  11. Enhancing dielectric permittivity for energy-storage devices through tricritical phenomenon. (United States)

    Gao, Jinghui; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yongbin; Hu, Xinghao; Ke, Xiaoqin; Zhong, Lisheng; He, Yuting; Ren, Xiaobing


    Although dielectric energy-storing devices are frequently used in high voltage level, the fast growing on the portable and wearable electronics have been increasing the demand on the energy-storing devices at finite electric field strength. This paper proposes an approach on enhancing energy density under low electric field through compositionally inducing tricriticality in Ba(Ti,Sn)O3 ferroelectric material system with enlarged dielectric response. The optimal dielectric permittivity at tricritical point can reach to εr = 5.4 × 104, and the associated energy density goes to around 30 mJ/cm3 at the electric field of 10 kV/cm, which exceeds most of the selected ferroelectric materials at the same field strength. The microstructure nature for such a tricritical behavior shows polarization inhomogeneity in nanometeric scale, which indicates a large polarizability under external electric field. Further phenomenological Landau modeling suggests that large dielectric permittivity and energy density can be ascribed to the vanishing of energy barrier for polarization altering caused by tricriticality. Our results may shed light on developing energy-storing dielectrics with large permittivity and energy density at low electric field.

  12. Extinction by the long dielectric needles

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    Cherkas, Nadejda L


    Electromagnetic wave extinction by the very long but finite dielectric needle is compared with that by the infinite dielectric cylinder for an oblique incidence of the electromagnetic wave. It is shown that the renormalized Hankel functions without the logarithmic terms should be used for the calculation of the extinction per unit length of the infinite dielectric cylinder to apply it for extinction calculations by the finite dielectric cylinder.

  13. Dielectric response of the human tooth dentine (United States)

    Leskovec, J.; Filipič, C.; Levstik, A.


    Dielectric properties of tooth dentine can be well described by the model which was developed for the dielectric response to hydrating porous cement paste. It is shown that the normalized dielectric constant and the normalized specific conductivity are proportional to the model parameters ɛ and σv, indicating the deposition of AgCl in the dentine tubules during the duration of the precipitation. The fractal dimension of the tooth dentine was determined by dielectric spectroscopy.

  14. Dielectric response of the human tooth dentine

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    Leskovec, J. [Dental Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Hrvatski trg 6, 1104 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Filipic, C. [Jozef Stefan Institute, P.O. Box 3000, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Levstik, A. [Jozef Stefan Institute, P.O. Box 3000, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia)]. E-mail:


    Dielectric properties of tooth dentine can be well described by the model which was developed for the dielectric response to hydrating porous cement paste. It is shown that the normalized dielectric constant and the normalized specific conductivity are proportional to the model parameters -bar {sub v0} and {sigma}{sub v}, indicating the deposition of AgCl in the dentine tubules during the duration of the precipitation. The fractal dimension of the tooth dentine was determined by dielectric spectroscopy.

  15. Dielectric shimming : exploiting dielectric interactions in High Field MRI

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    Brink, Wyger Maurits


    This thesis reports on the utility of high permittivity dielectric materials for adjusting the radiofrequency (RF) field in high field MR. The performance-driven trend towards higher static magnetic field strengths drives MR operation into the regime where the dimensions of the body section being

  16. Artificial Dielectric Shields for Integrated Transmission Lines

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    Ma, Y.; Rejaei, B.; Zhuang, Y.


    We present a novel shielding method for on-chip transmission lines built on conductive silicon substrates. The shield consists of an artificial dielectric with a very high in-plane dielectric constant, built from two patterned metal layers isolated by a very thin dielectric film. Inserted below an

  17. On the dependence of bulk properties on surfaces (United States)

    Springborg, Michael; Kirtman, Bernard; Tevekeliyska, Violina


    By modifying the surfaces of large, regular systems it is possible to modify the polarization of the macroscopic system, although the polarization can only be modified in units of a lattice vector times the elemental charge. Alternatively, when treating the system as being infinite and periodic, there is no surface. In that case the definition of the polarization contains a so-far undefined additive constant of a lattice vector times the elemental charge. We show that the two cases are equivalent, although the reasons behind the 'unknown' additive constants in the two cases are very different. Subsequently, we show that the response of extended systems to electrostatic fields, including internal structure, piezoelectricity, bulk charge density, and (hyper)polarizabilities, depends on the additive constants, i.e., on the surfaces.

  18. Effect of magnetic spins flipping process on the dielectric properties of α-Fe1.6Ga0.4O3 system

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    Abdul Gaffar Lone


    Full Text Available The α-Fe1.6Ga0.4O3 (Ga doped α-Fe2O3 sample has been stabilized in rhombohedral structure. The sample is a canted ferromagnet at 300 K and above. The spins structure starts flipping from in-plane direction to out of plane direction of the rhombohedral structure to exhibit an antiferromagnetic order below a typical temperature ∼ 215 K, known as Morin transition. The magnetic and dielectric properties of α-Fe1.6Ga0.4O3 system have been discussed in the temperature range 123 K to 350 K to examine the effect of magnetic spins flipping process on dielectric properties. The dielectric constant has shown an anomalous peak at ∼ 310 K, followed by a rapidly decrease of dielectric constant with temperature and becomes weakly temperature dependent below Morin transition. The temperature dependent dielectric constant is accompanied with the changes in electrical conductivity, dielectric loss and phase shift of the current with respect to applied ac voltage across the material. The magnetization and dielectric constant showed a linear relation over a wide range of temperature across the Morin transition. The dielectric constant at room temperature decreases under magnetic field, which indicates magneto-dielectric effect in the system. The signature of magneto-dielectric effect reveals a coupling between spins degrees of freedom (magnetic order and charge degrees of freedom (electric polarization in corundum structured non-traditional ferroelectric systems.

  19. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on dipolar copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede


    Dielectric elastomers (DES) are a promising new transducer technology, but high driving voltages limit their current commercial potential. One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric......-4-nitrobenzene. Here, a high increase in dielectric permittivity (similar to 70%) was obtained without compromising other favourable DE properties such as elastic modulus, gel fraction, dielectric loss and electrical breakdown strength. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  20. Modelling of bulk superconductor magnetization (United States)

    Ainslie, M. D.; Fujishiro, H.


    This paper presents a topical review of the current state of the art in modelling the magnetization of bulk superconductors, including both (RE)BCO (where RE = rare earth or Y) and MgB2 materials. Such modelling is a powerful tool to understand the physical mechanisms of their magnetization, to assist in interpretation of experimental results, and to predict the performance of practical bulk superconductor-based devices, which is particularly important as many superconducting applications head towards the commercialization stage of their development in the coming years. In addition to the analytical and numerical techniques currently used by researchers for modelling such materials, the commonly used practical techniques to magnetize bulk superconductors are summarized with a particular focus on pulsed field magnetization (PFM), which is promising as a compact, mobile and relatively inexpensive magnetizing technique. A number of numerical models developed to analyse the issues related to PFM and optimise the technique are described in detail, including understanding the dynamics of the magnetic flux penetration and the influence of material inhomogeneities, thermal properties, pulse duration, magnitude and shape, and the shape of the magnetization coil(s). The effect of externally applied magnetic fields in different configurations on the attenuation of the trapped field is also discussed. A number of novel and hybrid bulk superconductor structures are described, including improved thermal conductivity structures and ferromagnet-superconductor structures, which have been designed to overcome some of the issues related to bulk superconductors and their magnetization and enhance the intrinsic properties of bulk superconductors acting as trapped field magnets. Finally, the use of hollow bulk cylinders/tubes for shielding is analysed.

  1. Electrical conductivity and dielectric relaxation of 2-(antipyrin-4-ylhydrazono)-2-(4-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile

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    El-Menyawy, E.M., E-mail: [Solid State Electronics Laboratory, Solid State Physics Department, Physics Division, National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo 12311 (Egypt); Zedan, I.T. [Basic Science Department, High Institute of Engineering and Technology, El-Arish, North Sinai (Egypt); Nawar, H.H. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Education, Al Jabal Al Gharbi University (Libya)


    The electrical and dielectric properties of the synthesized 2-(antipyrin-4-ylhydrazono)-2-(4-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile (AHNA) have been studied. The direct and alternating current (DC and AC) conductivities and complex dielectric constant were investigated in temperature range 303–403 K. The AC conductivity and dielectric properties of AHNA were investigated over frequency range 100 Hz–5 MHz. From DC and AC measurements, electrical conduction is found to be a thermally activated process. The frequency-dependent AC conductivity obeys Jonscher's universal power law in which the frequency exponent decreases with increasing temperature. The correlated barrier hopping (CBH) is the predominant model for describing the charge carrier transport in which the electrical parameters are evaluated. The activation energy is found to decrease with increasing frequency. The behaviors of dielectric and dielectric loss are discussed in terms of a polarization mechanism. The dielectric loss shows frequency power law from which the maximum barrier height is determined as 0.19 eV in terms of the Guintini model.

  2. Relaxation and Conductivity in P3HT/PC71BM Blends As Revealed by Dielectric Spectroscopy

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    Cui, Jing; Martinez-Tong, Daniel E.; Sanz, Alejandro


    The conduction mechanism and the molecular dynamics on the paradigmatic bulk heterojunction formed by poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C-71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) blends have been characterized by dielectric spectroscopy. The results show that hexyl lateral chains of the polym...

  3. Light-induced space-charge fields for the structuration of dielectric materials; Lichtinduzierte Raumladungsfelder zur Strukturierung dielektrischer Materialien

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    Eggert, H.A.


    Light-induced space-charge fields in lithium-niobate crystals are used for patterning of dielectric materials. This includes tailored ferroelectric domains in the bulk of the crystal, different sorts of micro and nanoparticles on a crystal surface, as well as poling of electrooptic chromophores. A stochastical model is introduced, which can describe the spatial inhomogeneous domain inversion. (orig.)

  4. Raman Spectra of High-κ Dielectric Layers Investigated with Micro-Raman Spectroscopy Comparison with Silicon Dioxide

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    P. Borowicz


    Full Text Available Three samples with dielectric layers from high-κ dielectrics, hafnium oxide, gadolinium-silicon oxide, and lanthanum-lutetium oxide on silicon substrate were studied by Raman spectroscopy. The results obtained for high-κ dielectrics were compared with spectra recorded for silicon dioxide. Raman spectra suggest the similarity of gadolinium-silicon oxide and lanthanum-lutetium oxide to the bulk nondensified silicon dioxide. The temperature treatment of hafnium oxide shows the evolution of the structure of this material. Raman spectra recorded for as-deposited hafnium oxide are similar to the results obtained for silicon dioxide layer. After thermal treatment especially at higher temperatures (600°C and above, the structure of hafnium oxide becomes similar to the bulk non-densified silicon dioxide.

  5. Counteracting Gravitation In Dielectric Liquids (United States)

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


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

  6. Tailored Optical Polarization in Nano-Structured Metamaterials

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    Mendoza, Bernardo S


    A very efficient method for the calculation of the effective optical response of nano-structured composite systems allows the design of metamaterials tailored for specific optical polarization properties. We use our method to design 2D periodic arrays of sub-wavelength dielectric inclusions within nanometric supported metallic thin films which behave as either an almost perfect linearly dichroic system, as a controllable source of circular polarized light, as a system with a large circular dichroism, or as a circular polarizer. All of these systems may be tuned over a wide energy range.

  7. Tunable positive and negative refraction of infrared radiation in graphene-dielectric multilayers

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    Zhang, R. Z.; Zhang, Z. M., E-mail: [G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States)


    Graphene-dielectric multilayers consisting of alternating layers of atom-thick graphene and nanometer-scale dielectric films exhibit characteristics of hyperbolic metamaterials, in which one positive and one negative permittivity are defined for orthogonal directions. Negative permittivity for electric field polarized in the direction parallel to the conductive graphene sheets gives rise to a negative angle of refraction and low-loss transmission for the side-incidence perspective proposed in this work. The Poynting vector tracing demonstrates the switching between positive and negative refraction in the mid-infrared region by tuning the chemical potential of graphene. This adjustable dual-mode metamaterial holds promise for infrared imaging applications.

  8. Tunable positive and negative refraction of infrared radiation in graphene-dielectric multilayers (United States)

    Zhang, R. Z.; Zhang, Z. M.


    Graphene-dielectric multilayers consisting of alternating layers of atom-thick graphene and nanometer-scale dielectric films exhibit characteristics of hyperbolic metamaterials, in which one positive and one negative permittivity are defined for orthogonal directions. Negative permittivity for electric field polarized in the direction parallel to the conductive graphene sheets gives rise to a negative angle of refraction and low-loss transmission for the side-incidence perspective proposed in this work. The Poynting vector tracing demonstrates the switching between positive and negative refraction in the mid-infrared region by tuning the chemical potential of graphene. This adjustable dual-mode metamaterial holds promise for infrared imaging applications.

  9. Effect of dielectric confinement on optical properties of colloidal nanostructures

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    Rodina, A. V., E-mail: [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physicotechnical Institute (Russian Federation); Efros, Al. L., E-mail: [Naval Research Laboratory (United States)


    We review the effects caused by a large difference in the dielectric constants of a semiconductor and its surrounding in colloidal semiconductor nanostructures (NSs) with various shapes, e.g., nanocrystals, nanorods, and nanoplatelets. The difference increases the electron–hole interaction and consequently the exciton binding energy and its oscillator transition strength. On the other hand, this difference reduces the electric field of a photon penetrating the NS (the phenomenon is called the local field effect) and reduces the photon coupling to an exciton. We show that the polarization properties of the individual colloidal NSs as well as of their randomly oriented ensemble are determined both by the anisotropy of the local field effect and by the symmetry of the exciton states participating in optical transitions. The calculations explain the temperature and time dependences of the degree of linear polarization measured in an ensemble of CdSe nanocrystals.

  10. Polar Unconformity (United States)


    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1 19 August 2004 The arrows (see Figure 1) in this July 2004 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image indicate the location of an unconformity in the layered sequence of the martian north polar cap. An unconformity is a geologic term that indicates a break in the depositional record of a sedimentary deposit. In this case, the change is recorded by the presence of a series of polar layers that are truncated (cut off) along the line of arrows. The erosion that cut these layers along a gentle slope were later covered by a new set of layers that occur from the arrow tips upward to the top of the sequence shown here. The image is located near 85.2oN, 7.3oW. The bright features in the lower third of the image are frost-covered sand dunes. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and sunlight illuminates the scene from the top/upper right.

  11. Study of strained-Si p-channel MOSFETs with HfO2 gate dielectric (United States)

    Pradhan, Diana; Das, Sanghamitra; Dash, Tara Prasanna


    In this work, the transconductance of strained-Si p-MOSFETs with high-K dielectric (HfO2) as gate oxide, has been presented through simulation using the TCAD tool Silvaco-ATLAS. The results have been compared with a SiO2/strained-Si p-MOSFET device. Peak transconductance enhancement factors of 2.97 and 2.73 has been obtained for strained-Si p-MOSFETs in comparison to bulk Si channel p-MOSFETs with SiO2 and high-K dielectric respectively. This behavior is in good agreement with the reported experimental results. The transconductance of the strained-Si device at low temperatures has also been simulated. As expected, the mobility and hence the transconductance increases at lower temperatures due to reduced phonon scattering. However, the enhancements with high-K gate dielectric is less as compared to that with SiO2.

  12. Effect of amaranth on dielectric, thermal and optical properties of KDP single crystal

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    Chandran, Senthilkumar; Paulraj, Rajesh, E-mail:; Ramasamy, P.


    Bulk single crystals of pure and amaranth doped KDP were grown using point seed technique. Effect of amaranth doping on KDP crystals was analyzed using powder XRD, thermal analysis (TG/DTA), dielectric, photoconductivity and etching studies. The phase purity and crystallinity of pure and dye doped crystals were confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction analysis. It is observed from TG-DTA analysis that the decomposition point decreased while doping with amaranth. Dielectric constant and loss increases with increasing temperatures. The photoconductivity decreases with the increase of amaranth concentration. - Highlights: • Pure and amaranth doped KDP crystals grown from point seed technique. • The addition of amaranth changes the decomposition points of dye doped KDP crystals. • Dielectric constant is increased. • It shows positive photoconductivity.

  13. Investigation of thickness effects on the dielectric constant barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Grattan, L J


    The collapse in dielectric constant at small thickness commonly observed in ferroelectric thin films was measured and investigated in barium strontium titanate (Ba sub 0 sub . sub 5 Sr sub 0 sub . sub 5 TiO sub 3). The possible mechanisms responsible for this effect are reviewed. Functional measurements were performed on BST thin films, of 7.5 to 950 nm, by incorporating them into capacitor structures with bottom electrodes of strontium ruthenate (SRO) and thermally- evaporated Au top electrodes. A discussion on thin film growth considerations, optimal PLD conditions and the measurement techniques employed in the project is presented. The experimentally determined dielectric constant - thickness profile was fitted using the series capacitor model assuming low dielectric constant interfacial layers in series with the bulk. Consideration of the case where the combined 'dead layer' thickness was close to the total BST thickness revealed that, for this system, the total 'dead layer' thickness had to be less than ...

  14. Entirely soft dielectric elastomer robots (United States)

    Henke, E.-F. Markus; Wilson, Katherine E.; Anderson, Iain A.


    Multifunctional Dielectric Elastomer (DE) devices are well established as actuators, sensors and energy har- vesters. Since the invention of the Dielectric Elastomer Switch (DES), a piezoresistive electrode that can directly switch charge on and off, it has become possible to expand the wide functionality of DE structures even more. We show the application of fully soft DE subcomponents in biomimetic robotic structures. It is now possible to couple arrays of actuator/switch units together so that they switch charge between them- selves on and off. One can then build DE devices that operate as self-controlled oscillators. With an oscillator one can produce a periodic signal that controls a soft DE robot - a DE device with its own DE nervous system. DESs were fabricated using a special electrode mixture, and imprinting technology at an exact pre-strain. We have demonstrated six orders of magnitude change in conductivity within the DES over 50% strain. The control signal can either be a mechanical deformation from another DE or an electrical input to a connected dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA). We have demonstrated a variety of fully soft multifunctional subcomponents that enable the design of autonomous soft robots without conventional electronics. The combination of digital logic structures for basic signal processing, data storage in dielectric elastomer flip-flops and digital and analogue clocks with adjustable frequencies, made of dielectric elastomer oscillators (DEOs), enables fully soft, self-controlled and electronics-free robotic structures. DE robotic structures to date include stiff frames to maintain necessary pre-strains enabling sufficient actuation of DEAs. Here we present a design and production technology for a first robotic structure consisting only of soft silicones and carbon black.

  15. Molecular model of self diffusion in polar organic liquids: implications for conductivity and fluidity in polar organic liquids and electrolytes. (United States)

    Frech, Roger; Petrowsky, Matt


    Decades of studying isothermal and temperature-dependent mass and charge transport in polar organic liquids and electrolytes have resulted in two mutually incompatible models and the failure to develop a general molecular level picture. The hydrodynamic model describes conductivity, diffusion, and dielectric relaxation in terms of viscosity, while the inadequacy of the thermal activation model leads to empirical descriptions and fitting procedures whose adjustable parameters have little or no physical significance. We recently demonstrated that transport data can be characterized with a high degree of accuracy and self-consistency using the compensated Arrhenius formalism (CAF), where the transport property of interest assumes an Arrhenius-like form that also includes a dielectric constant dependence in the exponential prefactor. Here, we provide the molecular-level basis for the CAF by first modifying transition state theory, emphasizing the coupling of the diffusing molecule's motion with the dynamical motion of the surrounding matrix. We then explicitly include the polarization energy contribution from the dipolar medium. The polarization energy is related to molecular and system properties through the dipole moment and dipole density, respectively. The energy barrier for transport is coupled to the polarization energy, and we show that accounting for the role of the polarization energy leads naturally to the dielectric constant dependence in the exponential prefactor.

  16. An on-chip polarization splitter based on the radiation loss in the bending hybrid plasmonic waveguide structure (United States)

    Sun, Chengwei; Rong, Kexiu; Gan, Fengyuan; Chu, Saisai; Gong, Qihuang; Chen, Jianjun


    Polarization beam splitters (PBSs) are one of the key components in the integrated photonic circuits. To increase the integration density, various complex hybrid plasmonic structures have been numerically designed to shrink the footprints of the PBSs. Here, to decrease the complexity of the small hybrid structures and the difficulty of the hybrid micro-nano fabrications, the radiation losses are utilized to experimentally demonstrate an ultra-small, broadband, and efficient PBS in a simple bending hybrid plasmonic waveguide structure. The hybrid plasmonic waveguide comprising a dielectric strip on the metal surface supports both the transverse-magnetic (TM) and transverse-electric (TE) waveguide modes. Because of the different field confinements, the TE waveguide mode has larger radiation loss than the TM waveguide mode in the bending hybrid strip waveguide. Based on the different radiation losses, the two incident waveguide modes of orthogonal polarization states are efficiently split in the proposed structure with a footprint of only about 2.2 × 2.2 μm2 on chips. Since there is no resonance or interference in the splitting process, the operation bandwidth is as broad as Δλ = 70 nm. Moreover, the utilization of the strongly confined waveguide modes instead of the bulk free-space light (with the spot size of at least a few wavelengths) as the incident source considerably increases the coupling efficiency, resulting in a low insertion loss of <3 dB.

  17. Two-phase mixed media dielectric with macro dielectric beads for enhancing resistivity and breakdown strength (United States)

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


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

  18. Broadband Asymmetric Light Transmission at Metal/Dielectric Composite Grating. (United States)

    Zhu, Rui; Wu, Xuannan; Hou, Yidong; Zheng, Gaige; Zhu, Jianhua; Gao, Fuhua


    Optical diode-like effect has sparked growing interest in recent years due to its potential applications in integrated photonic systems. In this paper, we propose and numerically demonstrate a new type of easy-processing metal/dielectric cylinder composite grating on semi-sphere substrate, which can achieve high-contrast asymmetric transmission of unpolarized light for the sum of all diffraction modes in the entire visible region, and effectively guide the diffraction light transmitting out the substrate. The asymmetric light transmission (ALT) ratio is larger than 2 dB in the waveband from 380 nm to 780 nm and the maximum ALT ratio can reach to 13 dB at specified wavelengths. The thorough theoretical research reveals that the proposed metal/dielectric pillar composite grating structure, together with the substrate, can effectively excite localized surface plasmonic resonance (LSPR) effect and waveguide mode (WGM), and enlarge the diffraction difference between forward and backward transmission spaces, including both number of diffraction orders and diffraction efficiency, thus resulting in high-contrast broadband ALT phenomenon. In particular, lowering the symmetry of the grating can achieve polarization-dependent ALT. Such a type of easy-processing ALT device with high performance for both polarized and unpolarized light can be regarded as suitable candidates in practical applications.

  19. Pb0.94La0.04[(Zr0.70Sn0.30)0.90Ti0.10]O3 antiferroelectric bulk ceramics for pulsed capacitors with high energy and power density (United States)

    Xu, Ran; Li, Borui; Tian, Jingjing; Xu, Zhuo; Feng, Yujun; Wei, Xiaoyong; Huang, Dong; Yang, Lanjun


    Pb0.94La0.04[(Zr0.70Sn0.30)0.90Ti0.10]O3 antiferroelectric (AFE) bulk ceramics with both excellent energy storage and release properties were fabricated via the solid-state reaction method. The ceramics exhibited a high releasable energy density of 1.39 J/cm3, high efficiency of 92%, and good temperature stability under 104 kV/cm. Fast discharge current was measured, and a large current density up to 820 A/cm2 was achieved. The nonlinear dielectric behavior resulted in the variation of the discharge period of AFE ceramics. The stored charge was released completely due to the low remanent polarization, and the actually released energy density was about 1.0 J/cm3 in 400 ns. A high peak power density of 6.4 × 109 W/kg without a load resistor and an average power density of 3.16 × 108 W/kg with a 204.7 Ω load resistor were achieved in the rapid discharge process. The excellent energy storage and release properties indicate that the obtained antiferroelectric bulk ceramics are very promising for submicrosecond pulsed capacitors.

  20. P-polarized reflectance spectroscopy: A high sensitive real-time monitoring technique to study surface kinetics under steady state epitaxial deposition conditions (United States)

    Dietz, Nikolaus; Bachmann, Klaus J.


    This paper describes the results of real-time optical monitoring of epitaxial growth processes by p-polarized reflectance spectroscopy (PRS) using a single wavelength application under pulsed chemical beam epitaxy (PCBE) condition. The high surface sensitivity of PRS allows the monitoring of submonolayer precursors coverage on the surface as shown for GaP homoepitaxy and GaP on Si heteroepitaxy as examples. In the case of heteroepitaxy, the growth rate and optical properties are revealed by PRS using interference oscillations as they occur during growth. Super-imposed on these interference oscillations, the PRS signal exhibits a fine structure caused by the periodic alteration of the surface chemistry by the pulsed supply of chemical precursors. This fine structure is modeled under conditions where the surface chemistry cycles between phosphorus supersaturated and phosphorus depleted surfaces. The mathematical model describes the fine structure using a surface layer that increases during the tertiarybutyl phosphine (TBP) supply and decreases during and after the triethylgallium (TEG) pulse, which increases the growing GaP film thickness. The imaginary part of the dielectric function of the surface layer is revealed from the turning points in the fine structure, where the optical response to the first precursor pulse in the cycle sequence changes sign. The amplitude of the fine structure is determined by the surface layer thickness and the complex dielectric functions for the surface layer with the underlying bulk film. Surface kinetic data can be obtained by analyzing the rise and decay transients of the fine structure.

  1. Longitudinal bulk acoustic mass sensor

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    Hales, Jan Harry; Teva, Jordi; Boisen, Anja


    A polycrystalline silicon longitudinal bulk acoustic cantilever is fabricated and operated in air at 51 MHz. A mass sensitivity of 100 Hz/fg (1 fg=10(-15) g) is obtained from the preliminary experiments where a minute mass is deposited on the device by means of focused ion beam. The total noise...

  2. Bulk fields with brane terms

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    Aguila, F. del [Departamento de Fisica Teorica y del Cosmos and Centro Andaluz de Fisica de Particulas Elementales (CAFPE), Universidad de Granada, E-18071 Granada (Spain); Perez-Victoria, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' ' G. Galilei' ' , Universita di Padova and INFN, Sezione di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padua (Italy); Santiago, J. [Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom)


    In theories with branes, bulk fields get in general divergent corrections localized on these defects. Hence, the corresponding brane terms are renormalized and should be included in the effective theory from the very beginning. We review the phenomenology associated to brane kinetic terms for different spins and backgrounds, and point out that renormalization is required already at the classical level. (orig.)

  3. Controllable Fabricating Dielectric-Dielectric SiC@C Core-Shell Nanowires for High-Performance Electromagnetic Wave Attenuation. (United States)

    Liang, Caiyun; Wang, Zhijiang


    Heterostructured dielectric-dielectric nanowires of SiC core and carbon shell (SiC@C) with high-performance electromagnetic wave absorption were synthesized by combining an interfacial in situ polymer encapsulation and carbonization process. This approach overcomes the shortcomings of previous reported methods to prepare carbon shell that both carbon shell and free carbon particles are formed simultaneously. In our developed approach, the core of SiC nanowires are first positively charged. Then the negative resorcinol-formaldehyde polymers as the carbon source are anchored on SiC nanowires under the attraction of electrostatic force, which well suppresses the nucleation of free carbon particles. The thickness of the carbon shell could be modulated from 4 to 20 nm by simply adjusting the moral ratio of resorcinol to SiC nanowires. The resulting SiC@C core-shell nanostructures without free carbon particles offer synergism among the SiC nanowires and the carbon shells, generating multiple dipolar polarization, surfaced polarization, and associated relaxations, which endow SiC@C hybrid nanowires with a minimum reflection loss (RL) value of -50 dB at the frequency of 12 GHz and an effective absorption bandwidth of 8 GHz with RL value under -10 dB at the optimized state. Our results demonstrate that SiC@C hybrid nanowires are promising candidates for electromagnetic wave absorption applications.

  4. Simple model dielectric functions for insulators (United States)

    Vos, Maarten; Grande, Pedro L.


    The Drude dielectric function is a simple way of describing the dielectric function of free electron materials, which have an uniform electron density, in a classical way. The Mermin dielectric function describes a free electron gas, but is based on quantum physics. More complex metals have varying electron densities and are often described by a sum of Drude dielectric functions, the weight of each function being taken proportional to the volume with the corresponding density. Here we describe a slight variation on the Drude dielectric functions that describes insulators in a semi-classical way and a form of the Levine-Louie dielectric function including a relaxation time that does the same within the framework of quantum physics. In the optical limit the semi-classical description of an insulator and the quantum physics description coincide, in the same way as the Drude and Mermin dielectric function coincide in the optical limit for metals. There is a simple relation between the coefficients used in the classical and quantum approaches, a relation that ensures that the obtained dielectric function corresponds to the right static refractive index. For water we give a comparison of the model dielectric function at non-zero momentum with inelastic X-ray measurements, both at relative small momenta and in the Compton limit. The Levine-Louie dielectric function including a relaxation time describes the spectra at small momentum quite well, but in the Compton limit there are significant deviations.

  5. Interference effects at a dielectric plate applied as a high-power-laser attenuator. (United States)

    Gregorcic, Peter; Babnik, Ales; Mozina, Janez


    The interference effects caused by the Fresnel reflections of a Gaussian beam on the boundaries of a dielectric plate, which can be considered as a Fabry-Perot etalon, were theoretically and experimentally investigated. In addition to the incident angle and the polarization of the incident light, two additional parameters--the plate's parallelism and the temperature--which are often neglected, were analyzed. Based on the theoretical predictions and the measured behavior of the transmittance of the dielectric plate a new, temperature-controlled variable high-power-laser attenuator is proposed. Unwanted changes in the plate's transmittance caused by the absorption of laser pulses within the plate are also presented. These phenomena are important in many applications where dielectric plates are used for a variety of purposes.

  6. Enhancement of Dielectric Constant of Graphene-Epoxy Composite by Inclusion of Nanodiamond Particles (United States)

    Khurram, A. A.; ul-Haq, Izhar; Khan, Ajmal; Hussain, Rizwan; Gul, I. H.


    The dielectric properties of a graphene-epoxy composite have been enhanced by filling with nanodiamond particles (NDPs) as secondary filler along with graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). The epoxy composite filled with only NDPs or GNPs to 0.1 wt.%, 0.3 wt.%, and 0.5 wt.% exhibited smaller dielectric constant compared with when filled with both. Hybrid epoxy composites were prepared with inclusion of both fillers to 0.05 + 0.05 = 0.1 wt.%, 0.15 + 0.15 = 0.3 wt.%, and 0.25 + 0.25 = 0.5 wt.%. Inclusion of NDPs in addition to GNPs also improved the dispersion of the latter in solution, which is attributable to kinetic energy transfer to GNPs and screening of van der Waals forces between GNPs. The enhanced dielectric constant after inclusion of NDPs is due to improved dispersion of GNPs in the epoxy matrix, which may increase the interfacial polarization.

  7. Effect of Co doping on the structural and dielectric properties of ZnO nanoparticles (United States)

    Ram, Mast; Bala, Kanchan; Sharma, Hakikat; Negi, N. S.


    This paper reports on the synthesis of Co doped Zn1-xCoxO (x= 0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles by solution combustion method using urea as a fuel. The Structural and dielectric properties of the samples were studied. Crystallite sizes were obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns whose values decreased with increase in Co concentration. The XRD study reveals that Co2+ ions substitute the Zn2+ ion without changing the wurtzite structure of pristine ZnO up to Co concentrations of 5%. The dielectric constants, dielectric loss (tanδ) and ac conductivity (σac) were studied as the function of frequency and composition, which have been explained by Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and discussed Koops phenomenological theory.

  8. Effect of Co doping on the structural and dielectric properties of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ram, Mast, E-mail:; Bala, Kanchan; Sharma, Hakikat; Negi, N. S. [Himachal Pradesh University Summehill Shimla (India)


    This paper reports on the synthesis of Co doped Zn{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O (x= 0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles by solution combustion method using urea as a fuel. The Structural and dielectric properties of the samples were studied. Crystallite sizes were obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns whose values decreased with increase in Co concentration. The XRD study reveals that Co{sup 2+} ions substitute the Zn{sup 2+} ion without changing the wurtzite structure of pristine ZnO up to Co concentrations of 5%. The dielectric constants, dielectric loss (tanδ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) were studied as the function of frequency and composition, which have been explained by Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and discussed Koops phenomenological theory.

  9. Enhancement in dielectric behavior of (Ni, Zn)Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite

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    Sheikh, Javed R.; Gaikwad, Vishwajit M.; Moon, Vaibhav C.; Acharya, Smita A., E-mail: [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Campus, Nagpur-440033 (India)


    In present work, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(NFO), ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (ZFO) and Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NZFO) are synthesized by microwave assisted co-precipitation route. Their structural properties are confirmed by X-ray diffraction and data is fitted through Reitveld refinement using Full-Prof software suite. After refinement, the systematic crystal structures of NFO, ZFO and NZFO compounds are generated using output .cif file by VESTA (Visualization for Electronic and Structural Analysis) program. Structural parameters obtained after refinement and unit cell construction, are systematically tabulated. Room temperature frequency dependence dielectric properties are studied. We found enhanced values of dielectric constant for NZFO than individual NFO and ZFO phases. For NZFO sample, greater electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} which enhances polarization and dielectric constant.

  10. Fiber-Based Polarization Diversity Detection for Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Hamid Pahlevaninezhad


    Full Text Available We present a new fiber-based polarization diversity detection (PDD scheme for polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PSOCT. This implementation uses a new custom miniaturized polarization-maintaining fiber coupler with single mode (SM fiber inputs and polarization maintaining (PM fiber outputs. The SM fiber inputs obviate matching the optical lengths of the two orthogonal OCT polarization channels prior to interference while the PM fiber outputs ensure defined orthogonal axes after interference. Advantages of this detection scheme over those with bulk optics PDD include lower cost, easier miniaturization, and more relaxed alignment and handling issues. We incorporate this PDD scheme into a galvanometer-scanned OCT system to demonstrate system calibration and PSOCT imaging of an achromatic quarter-wave plate, fingernail in vivo, and chicken breast, salmon, cow leg, and basa fish muscle samples ex vivo.

  11. Asymmetric Dielectric Elastomer Composite Material (United States)

    Stewart, Brian K. (Inventor)


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

  12. Dielectric Elastomer Actuators for Microfluidics


    Maffli, Luc; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert


    One of the goals of microfluidics is to bring a whole laboratory processing chain on a few square centimeters, Lab-On-Chips (LOC). But current LOCs require many heavy and power-consuming off-chip controls like pneumatics, pumps and valves, which keep the small chip bound to the lab. Miniaturized Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA) are excellent candidates to make LOC truly portable, since they combine electrical actuation, large stroke volumes and high output forces. We report on the use of ...

  13. Polarization-controlled tunable directional coupling of surface plasmon polaritons. (United States)

    Lin, Jiao; Mueller, J P Balthasar; Wang, Qian; Yuan, Guanghui; Antoniou, Nicholas; Yuan, Xiao-Cong; Capasso, Federico


    Light can be coupled into propagating electromagnetic surface waves at a metal-dielectric interface known as surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). This process has traditionally faced challenges in the polarization sensitivity of the coupling efficiency and in controlling the directionality of the SPPs. We designed and demonstrated plasmonic couplers that overcome these limits using polarization-sensitive apertures in a gold film. Our devices enable polarization-controlled tunable directional coupling with polarization-invariant total conversion efficiency and preserve the incident polarization information. Both bidirectional and unidirectional launching of SPPs are demonstrated. The design is further applied to circular structures that create radially convergent and divergent SPPs, illustrating that this concept can be extended to a broad range of applications.

  14. Microwave dielectric characterisation of 3D-printed BaTiO3/ABS polymer composites (United States)

    Castles, F.; Isakov, D.; Lui, A.; Lei, Q.; Dancer, C. E. J.; Wang, Y.; Janurudin, J. M.; Speller, S. C.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Grant, P. S.


    3D printing is used extensively in product prototyping and continues to emerge as a viable option for the direct manufacture of final parts. It is known that dielectric materials with relatively high real permittivity—which are required in important technology sectors such as electronics and communications—may be 3D printed using a variety of techniques. Among these, the fused deposition of polymer composites is particularly straightforward but the range of dielectric permittivities available through commercial feedstock materials is limited. Here we report on the fabrication of a series of composites composed of various loadings of BaTiO3 microparticles in the polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which may be used with a commercial desktop 3D printer to produce printed parts containing user-defined regions with high permittivity. The microwave dielectric properties of printed parts with BaTiO3 loadings up to 70 wt% were characterised using a 15 GHz split post dielectric resonator and had real relative permittivities in the range 2.6-8.7 and loss tangents in the range 0.005-0.027. Permittivities were reproducible over the entire process, and matched those of bulk unprinted materials, to within ~1%, suggesting that the technique may be employed as a viable manufacturing process for dielectric composites.

  15. Thickness-Dependent Dielectric Constant of Few-Layer In 2 Se 3 Nanoflakes

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    Wu, Di


    © 2015 American Chemical Society. The dielectric constant or relative permittivity (εr) of a dielectric material, which describes how the net electric field in the medium is reduced with respect to the external field, is a parameter of critical importance for charging and screening in electronic devices. Such a fundamental material property is intimately related to not only the polarizability of individual atoms but also the specific atomic arrangement in the crystal lattice. In this Letter, we present both experimental and theoretical investigations on the dielectric constant of few-layer In2Se3 nanoflakes grown on mica substrates by van der Waals epitaxy. A nondestructive microwave impedance microscope is employed to simultaneously quantify the number of layers and local electrical properties. The measured εr increases monotonically as a function of the thickness and saturates to the bulk value at around 6-8 quintuple layers. The same trend of layer-dependent dielectric constant is also revealed by first-principles calculations. Our results of the dielectric response, being ubiquitously applicable to layered 2D semiconductors, are expected to be significant for this vibrant research field.

  16. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid metallic-dielectric plasmonic nanoantennas. (United States)

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


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

  17. Microwave dielectric characterisation of 3D-printed BaTiO3/ABS polymer composites. (United States)

    Castles, F; Isakov, D; Lui, A; Lei, Q; Dancer, C E J; Wang, Y; Janurudin, J M; Speller, S C; Grovenor, C R M; Grant, P S


    3D printing is used extensively in product prototyping and continues to emerge as a viable option for the direct manufacture of final parts. It is known that dielectric materials with relatively high real permittivity-which are required in important technology sectors such as electronics and communications-may be 3D printed using a variety of techniques. Among these, the fused deposition of polymer composites is particularly straightforward but the range of dielectric permittivities available through commercial feedstock materials is limited. Here we report on the fabrication of a series of composites composed of various loadings of BaTiO3 microparticles in the polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which may be used with a commercial desktop 3D printer to produce printed parts containing user-defined regions with high permittivity. The microwave dielectric properties of printed parts with BaTiO3 loadings up to 70 wt% were characterised using a 15 GHz split post dielectric resonator and had real relative permittivities in the range 2.6-8.7 and loss tangents in the range 0.005-0.027. Permittivities were reproducible over the entire process, and matched those of bulk unprinted materials, to within ~1%, suggesting that the technique may be employed as a viable manufacturing process for dielectric composites.

  18. Development of Universal Virtual Spectrscope for Opto-Electronics Research:. First Principles Software Replacing Dielectric Constant Measurements (United States)

    Hamada, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Momida, H.; Uda, T.; Ohno, T.; Tajima, N.; Hasaka, S.; Inoue, M.; Kobaysahi, N.


    We have developed a first principles software, universal virtual spectroscope for opto-electronics research (UVSOR), which can calculate dielectric functions of materials at atomistic levels on the basis of the density functional pseudopotential method in the frequency range from the static to ultra-violet region. The UVSOR can calculate separately electronic and lattice components of the dielectric function, by using the random phase approximation and the Berry phase polarization theory, respectively. This makes the UVSOR unique "virtual spectroscope" on computer, covering all frequencies interested in materials science; i. e., radio, Tera-Hz, infrared, visible, and ultra-violet frequencies. Since the UVSOR can quantitatively calculate the dielectric constant of materials, it is quite effective for studying new dielectrics such as high-k and low-k materials discussed in nano-scale semiconductor technologies. The UVSOR is free software and can be downloaded from our web site: .

  19. Solar Magnetism in the Polar Regions

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    Gordon J. D. Petrie


    Full Text Available This review describes observations of the polar magnetic fields, models for the cyclical formation and decay of these fields, and evidence of their great influence in the solar atmosphere. The polar field distribution dominates the global structure of the corona over most of the solar cycle, supplies the bulk of the interplanetary magnetic field via the polar coronal holes, and is believed to provide the seed for the creation of the activity cycle that follows. A broad observational knowledge and theoretical understanding of the polar fields is therefore an essential step towards a global view of solar and heliospheric magnetic fields. Analyses of both high-resolution and long-term synoptic observations of the polar fields are summarized. Models of global flux transport are reviewed, from the initial phenomenological and kinematic models of Babcock and Leighton to present-day attempts to produce time-dependent maps of the surface magnetic field and to explain polar field variations, including the weakness of the cycle 23 polar fields. The relevance of the polar fields to solar physics extends far beyond the surface layers from which the magnetic field measurements usually derive. As well as discussing the polar fields' role in the interior as seed fields for new solar cycles, the review follows their influence outward to the corona and heliosphere. The global coronal magnetic structure is determined by the surface magnetic flux distribution, and is dominated on large scales by the polar fields. We discuss the observed effects of the polar fields on the coronal hole structure, and the solar wind and ejections that travel through the atmosphere. The review concludes by identifying gaps in our knowledge, and by pointing out possible future sources of improved observational information and theoretical understanding of these fields.

  20. Changing the optical and electrical properties of a crown dielectric surface using a 532 nm diode laser (United States)

    Khairuzzaman, Md

    The optical response of a dielectric surface to a given laser radiation can be modified when this surface receives a supplemental uniform energy from an external source such as from the uniform electric field set up by a capacitor voltage. A low capacitor voltage across the dielectric can shift the wavelength of the probe laser as perceived by the dielectric surface toward smaller values. This shift is due to an increase of the vibrational frequency of the electric dipoles located on the dielectric surface. The change in the polarization properties of the dielectric surface suggests the usage of this configuration as an optoelectronic switch driven by a relatively small capacitor voltage. Another goal of this work is to observe the coupling between two lasers through a simultaneous interaction on the surface of a crown dielectric material. We analyze the destructive interference pattern between a weak probe laser and a stronger coupling laser in an electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT)-type configuration. We compare our destructive interference pattern obtained with crown glass illuminated with a diode laser of 532 nm, with previous results where a flint dielectric material was illuminated with the same radiation in similar experimental conditions.

  1. Structural, vibrational, and dielectric properties of Ruddlesden-Popper Ba2ZrO4 from first principles (United States)

    Louis, Lydie; Nakhmanson, Serge M.


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

  2. Development and characterization of high temperature, high energy density dielectric materials to establish routes towards power electronics capacitive devices (United States)

    Shay, Dennis P.

    -doped composition. The Ca(Ti0.795Mn 0.005Zr0.2)O3 composition was selected for single layer, Pt buried electrode capacitor prototyping to evaluate high temperature electrical characteristics. Polarization-field (P--E) hysteresis measurements of CTZ showed a large increase in dielectric loss with increasing temperature, limiting the dielectric breakdown strength and recoverable energy density. When doped with Mn, CTZ + Mn showed a minimization of the temperature dependence of the breakdown strength, and maximum energy densities of 7.00 J/cm 3 at a Eb of 1.1 MV/cm at room temperature and 5.36 J/cm3 at Eb = 1.0 MV/cm at 300 °C were observed. Impedance spectroscopy of the CTZ and CTZ + Mn dielectrics showed that doping with Mn resulted in a decrease in ionic conductivity and a subsequent decrease in electronic conductivity. Basic characterization of Ca(Ti0.8Hf0.2)O 3 (CTH) and Ca(Ti0.795Mn0.005Hf0.2)O 3 (CTH + Mn) showed similar characteristics compared to the CTZ system. High temperature impedance spectroscopy of CTH and CTH + Mn showed similar behavior to the CTZ and CTZ + Mn systems, but with overall decreases in ionic and electronic conductivity. Coupled with thermally stimulated depolarization current measurements (TSDC), oxygen vacancy migration and space charge conduction are dominant and could be minimized with Mn doping. To gain further insight into how aliovalent Mn controls high temperature conduction in the CTH + Mn system, capacitors were quenched from the sintering temperature and an impedance study was performed. It was observed that ionic conductivity was quenched in due to oxygen vacancies compensating Mn 3+, and interfacial features were observed in impedance spectra due to double back-to-back Schottky barriers (depletion layers). As capacitors were re-oxidized, bulk resistivity increased while interfacial resistivity decreased. The hypothesis was supported by the application of dc bias during impedance measurements, which showed similar impedance behavior to the re


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    Del Pino Alemán, Tanausú; Trujillo Bueno, Javier [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)


    We present multilevel radiative transfer modeling of the scattering polarization observed in the solar O i infrared triplet around 777 nm. We demonstrate that the scattering polarization pattern observed on the solar disk forms in the chromosphere, far above the photospheric region where the bulk of the emergent intensity profiles originate. We investigate the sensitivity of the polarization pattern to the thermal structure of the solar atmosphere and to the presence of weak magnetic fields (10{sup −2}–100 G) through the Hanle effect, showing that the scattering polarization signals of the oxygen infrared triplet encode information on the magnetism of the solar chromosphere.

  4. Photoelectron spectroscopy bulk and surface electronic structures

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    Suga, Shigemasa


    Photoelectron spectroscopy is now becoming more and more required to investigate electronic structures of various solid materials in the bulk, on surfaces as well as at buried interfaces. The energy resolution was much improved in the last decade down to 1 meV in the low photon energy region. Now this technique is available from a few eV up to 10 keV by use of lasers, electron cyclotron resonance lamps in addition to synchrotron radiation and X-ray tubes. High resolution angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) is now widely applied to band mapping of materials. It attracts a wide attention from both fundamental science and material engineering. Studies of the dynamics of excited states are feasible by time of flight spectroscopy with fully utilizing the pulse structures of synchrotron radiation as well as lasers including the free electron lasers (FEL). Spin resolved studies also made dramatic progress by using higher efficiency spin detectors and two dimensional spin detectors. Polarization depend...

  5. Green's function for a spherical dielectric discontinuity and its application to simulation. (United States)

    Linse, Per; Lue, Leo


    We present rapidly convergent expressions for the Green's function of the Poisson equation for spherically symmetric systems where the dielectric constant varies discontinuously in the radial direction. These expressions are used in Monte Carlo simulations of various electrolyte systems, and their efficiency is assessed. With only the leading term of the expansion included, a precision of the polarization energy of 0.01 kJ mol(-1) or better was achieved, which is smaller than the statistical uncertainty of a typical simulation. The inclusion of the dielectric inhomogeneity leads to a 2.5-fold increase of the computational effort, which is modest for this type of model. The simulations are performed on six types of systems having either (i) a uniform surface charge distribution, (ii) a uniform volume charge distribution, or (iii) mobile ions, which were neutralized by mobile counterions. The ion density distributions are investigated for different dielectric conditions. These spatial distributions are discussed in terms of the importance of (i) the direct mean-field Coulomb interaction, (ii) the surface charge polarization at the dielectric discontinuity, and/or (iii) the change in the attractive Coulomb correlations.

  6. Effect of surfactant and mineralizer on the dielectric properties of zirconia nanocrsytals (United States)

    Maheswari, A. Uma; Mohan, Sreedevi R.; Sivakumar, M.


    The combined effect of surfactants (PVP/CTAB) and alkaline mineralizers (NaOH/NH4OH) on dielectric properties of zirconia nanocrystals is analyzed. It is found that, the stabilization of zirconia tetramers by surfactants and the rate of hydroxyl ions released by alkaline mineralizers have significant impact on the dielectric properties of nanocrystals. The PVP capped tetramers form highly conducting grains with insulating boundaries, whereas the grains of CTAB capped tetramers are highly insulating with conducting grain boundaries, as revealed by Nyquist plots. Consequently, the space charge polarization would be quite large in highly conducting grains resulting in higher dielectric constant values at lower frequencies. The higher dielectric constant of PVP capped nanocrystals is due to greater tetragonal coordination of 3d5/2 and 3d3/2 electrons of Zr4+ ions than that of CTAB capped nanocrystals. Further, the surface oxygen vacancies of PVP samples are higher, resulting in a high space charge polarization. The ESR signal corresponding to F+ centers appears stronger for PVP/NH4OH nanocrystals. Moreover, the larger ESR line width of PVP/NH4OH nanocrystals corresponding to more oxygen vacancies is in accordance with the inference attained from the XPS analysis.

  7. Realizing Optical Magnetism from Dielectric Metamaterials (United States)

    Ginn, James C.; Brener, Igal; Peters, David W.; Wendt, Joel R.; Stevens, Jeffrey O.; Hines, Paul F.; Basilio, Lorena I.; Warne, Larry K.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Clem, Paul G.; Sinclair, Michael B.


    We demonstrate, for the first time, an all-dielectric metamaterial composite in the midinfrared based on micron-sized, high-index tellurium dielectric resonators. Dielectric resonators are desirable compared to conventional metallodielectric metamaterials at optical frequencies as they are largely angular invariant, free of Ohmic loss, and easily integrated into three-dimensional volumes. Measurements and simulation provide evidence of optical magnetism, which could be used for infrared magnetic mirrors, hard or soft surfaces, and subwavelength cavities.

  8. Ultrafast magnetization dynamics of Gd(0001): Bulk versus surface

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    Sultan, Muhammad; Bovensiepen, Uwe [Freie Universitaet Berlin, Fachbereich Physik, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin (Germany); Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Fakultaet fuer Physik, Lotharstr. 1, 47048 Duisburg (Germany); Melnikov, Alexey [Freie Universitaet Berlin, Fachbereich Physik, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin (Germany); Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin (Germany)


    Ultrafast laser-induced demagnetization of Gd(0001) has been investigated by magneto-induced optical second harmonic generation and the magneto-optical Kerr effect which facilitate a comparison of surface and bulk dynamics. We observe pronounced differences in the transient changes of the surface and bulk sensitive magneto-optical signals which we attribute to transfer of optically excited, spin-polarized carriers between surface and bulk states of the Gd(0001) film. A fluence dependent analysis of the bulk magnetization dynamics results in a weak variation of the demagnetization time constant, which starts at about 0.7 ps and increases by 10% within a fluence variation up to 1 mJ/cm{sup 2}. We compare these results with fluence dependent changes in the transient energy density calculated by the two temperature model. The determined characteristic times of excess energy transfer from the electron system to the lattice, which is mediated by e-ph scattering, range from 0.2 to 0.6 ps. Such a more pronounced fluence dependent change in the characteristic time compared to the observed rather weakly varying demagnetization times suggests a more advanced description of the optically excited state than by the two-temperature model. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Dielectric and magnetic losses of microwave electromagnetic radiation in granular structures with ferromagnetic nanoparticles

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    Lutsev, L V; Tchmutin, I A; Ryvkina, N G; Kalinin, Y E; Sitnikoff, A V


    We have studied dielectric and magnetic losses in granular structures constituted by ferromagnetic nanoparticles (Co, Fe, B) in an insulating amorphous a-SiO sub 2 matrix at microwave frequencies, in relation to metal concentration, substrate temperatures and gas content, in the plasma atmosphere in sputtering and annealing. The magnetic losses are due to fast spin relaxation of nanoparticles, which becomes more pronounced with decreasing metal content and occur via simultaneous changes in the granule spin direction and spin polarization of electrons on exchange-split localized states in the matrix (spin-polarized relaxation mechanism). The difference between the experimental values of the imaginary parts of magnetic permeability for granular structures prepared in Ar and Ar + O sub 2 atmospheres is determined by different electron structures of argon and oxygen impurities in the matrix. To account for large dielectric losses in granular structures, we have developed a model of cluster electron states (CESs)....

  10. Optical sensors of bulk refractive index using optical fiber resonators (United States)

    Eryürek, M.; Karadag, Y.; Ghafoor, M.; Bavili, N.; Cicek, K.; Kiraz, A.


    Optical fiber resonator (OFR) sensor is presented for bulk liquid refractive index (RI) sensing. The sensing mechanism relies on the spectral shifts of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) of OFRs which are excited using a tapered fiber. OFR liquid RI sensor is fully characterized using water solutions of ethanol and ethylene glycol (EG). A good agreement is achieved between the analytical calculations and experimental results for both TE and TM polarizations. The detection limit for bulk RI is calculated to be between 2.7 - 4.7 × 10-5 refractive index unit (RIU). The OFR sensor provides a robust, easy-to-fabricate and sensitive liquid refractive index sensor which can be employed in lab-on-a-chip applications.

  11. New multipactor dynamics in presence of dielectrics (United States)

    Sorolla, E.; Belhaj, M.; Sombrin, J.; Puech, J.


    A new multipactor saturation mechanism is presented for high power microwave devices in the presence of dielectrics. Recent measures have shown that the positive charge deposited on a dielectric as a consequence of the secondary electron emission causes the reduction of its secondary electron yield. This work shows a new multipactor dynamics within a partially filled parallel-plate waveguide where both the decrease of the secondary electron yield with the charge on the dielectric and the subsequent electrostatic field produced are taken into account. The results obtained show that these two mechanisms predict the multipactor saturation as well as some differences with the classical resonance theory when charged dielectrics come into play.

  12. Solar cell with silicon oxynitride dielectric layer (United States)

    Shepherd, Michael; Smith, David D


    Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiO.sub.xN.sub.y, 0dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.

  13. The dipole moment of a wall-charged void in a bulk dielectric

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson


    The dipole moment of a wall-charged void is examined with reference to the spatial extent of the surface charge density σ and the distribution of this charge. The salient factors influencing the void dipole moment are also examined. From a study of spherical voids, it is shown that, although the σ......-distribution influences the dipole moment, the spatial extent of σ has a greater influence. This behavior is not unexpected. For a void of fixed dimensions, the smaller the charged surface area, the greater is the charges, and thus the greater the dipole moment...

  14. Femtosecond-laser fabrication of cyclic structures in the bulk of transparent dielectrics

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    Vartapetov, S K; Ganin, D V; Lapshin, K E; Obidin, A Z [Physics Instrumentation Center, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)


    We report the results of the experiments on developing precision micromachining technology, obtained under the conditions of focusing the pulses of a femtosecond (FS) laser into the volume of a transparent material, which is important, particularly, in the processing of biomaterials in ophthalmology. The implementation conditions and some characteristic features of the special regime of micromachining are determined, when at a definite relation between the sample scanning velocity and the repetition rate of FS pulses the region, destroyed by the laser radiation, is shifted along the optical axis towards the objective and back, forming cyclic patterns inside the sample. It is supposed that the main causes of the damage region shift are the induced modification of the refractive index and the reduction of the damage threshold due to the change in the material density and structure in the microscopic domain, adjacent to the boundary of the cavity produced by the previous pulse. The results of the performed study with the above regime taken into account were used in the technology of precision cutting of crystals, glasses and polymers. The best quality of the cut surface is achieved under the conditions, eliminating the appearance of the cyclic regime. In the samples of polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate and fused silica the cylindrical cavities were obtained with the aspect ratio higher than 200, directed along the laser beam, and microcapillaries with the diameter 1 – 2 μm in the direction, perpendicular to this beam. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  15. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on tunable functionalized copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede


    High driving voltages currently limit the commercial potential of dielectric elastomers (DEs). One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric permittivity was prepared through the synthesis...

  16. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co doped nano crystalline Li ferrites by auto combustion method (United States)

    Aravind, G.; Raghasudha, M.; Ravinder, D.; Kumar, R. Vijaya


    The ultra fine particles of the cobalt substituted lithium ferrites with the formula [Li0.5Fe0.5]1-xCoxFe2O4 (0.0≤x≤1.0) were synthesized by low temperature citrate-gel auto combustion method. Structural characterization of the samples was carried out using XRD studies and FESEM (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy) analysis. XRD studies confirms the formation of single phased spinel structure with crystallite size in the range of 36-43 nm. The M-H loops have been traced using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) for all the compositions at room temperature and hysteresis parameters were evaluated. The hysteresis loops of the prepared samples show clear saturation at an applied field of ±20 k Oe and the loops were highly symmetric in nature. The dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant (ε'), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of the samples were studied as a function of frequency in the range of 20 Hz to 2 MHz at room temperature using LCR Meter. The dielectric constant and loss tangent of the samples show a normal dielectric behavior with frequency which reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and hopping of electrons between the Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions.

  17. Effects of gamma irradiation on dielectric characteristics of SnO{sub 2} thin films

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    Birkan Selcuk, A. [PK 14 Etlik, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail:; Bilge Ocak, S. [PK 14 Etlik, Ankara (Turkey); Faruk Yueksel, O. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Science, Selcuk University, Kampus, Konya 42075 (Turkey)


    In this work, a tin oxide film was prepared on a silicon wafer. It has exhibited the typical behaviour of a metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structure. This MOS structure was stressed with {sup 60}Co-{gamma} radiation in the total dose range of 0-500 kGy at room temperature. The effects of the {sup 60}Co gamma radiation on the following properties of Au/SnO{sub 2}/n-Si (MOS) structures, have been determined before and after irradiation: dielectric constant ({epsilon}'), imaginary dielectric constant ({epsilon}''), dielectric loss tangent (tan {delta}) and AC conductivity ({sigma}{sub AC}). The values of {epsilon}', {epsilon}'', tan {delta} and {sigma}{sub AC} show a strong dependence on the applied voltage and radiation dose. Additionally, the dielectric properties of MOS structures have been found to be strongly influenced by the presence of dominant radiation-induced defects. Experimental results show that the interfacial polarization contributes to the improvement of the dielectric properties of Au/SnO{sub 2}/n-Si (MOS) structures. The capacitance and conductance measurements are corrected for series resistance before and after irradiation.

  18. Carbon Coated Boron Nitride Nanosheets for Polymer Nanocomposites with Enhanced Dielectric Performance. (United States)

    Yang, Minhao; Zhao, Hang; He, Delong; Hu, Chaohe; Chen, Haowei; Bai, Jinbo


    Carbon coated boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs@C) hybrids with different carbon contents were synthesized by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The content of carbon in as-obtained BNNSs@C hybrids could be precisely adjusted from 2.50% to 22.62% by controlling the carbon deposition time during the CVD procedure. Afterward, the BNNSs@C hybrids were subsequently incorporated into the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) matrix to fabricate the BNNSs@C/PVDF nanocomposites through a combination of solution and melting blending methods. The dielectric properties of the as-obtained BNNSs@C/PVDF nanocomposites could be accurately tuned by adjusting the carbon content. The resultant nanocomposites could afford a high dielectric constant about 39 (10³ Hz) at BNNSs@C hybrids loading of 30 vol %, which is 4.8 times larger than that of pristine BNNSs-filled ones at the same filler loading, and 3.5 times higher than that of pure PVDF matrix. The largely enhanced dielectric performance could be ascribed to the improved interfacial polarizations of BNNSs/carbon and carbon/PVDF interfaces. The approach reported here offers an effective and alternative method to fabricate high-performance dielectric nanocomposites, which could be potentially applied to the embedded capacitors with high dielectric performance.

  19. Chain Length Dependence of the Dielectric Constant and Polarizability in Conjugated Organic Thin Films. (United States)

    Van Dyck, Colin; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A


    Dielectric materials are ubiquitous in optics, electronics, and materials science. Recently, there have been new efforts to characterize the dielectric performance of thin films composed of molecular assemblies. In this context, we investigate here the relationship between the polarizability of the constituent molecules and the film dielectric constant, using periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations, for polyyne and saturated alkane chains. In particular, we explore the implication of the superlinear chain length dependence of the polarizability, a specific feature of conjugated molecules. We show and explain from DFT calculations and a simple depolarization model that this superlinearity is attenuated by the collective polarization. However, it is not completely suppressed. This confers a very high sensitivity of the dielectric constant to the thin film thickness. This latter can increase by a factor of 3-4 at reasonable coverages, by extending the molecular length. This significantly limits the decline of the thin film capacitance with the film thickness. Therefore, the conventional fit of the capacitance versus thickness is not appropriate to determine the dielectric constant of the film. Finally, we show that the failures of semilocal approximations of the exchange-correlation functional lead to a very significant overestimation of this effect.

  20. Dielectric properties of isolated adrenal chromaffin cells determined by microfluidic impedance spectroscopy. (United States)

    Sabuncu, A C; Stacey, M; Craviso, G L; Semenova, N; Vernier, P T; Leblanc, N; Chatterjee, I; Zaklit, J


    Knowledge of the dielectric properties of biological cells plays an important role in numerical models aimed at understanding how high intensity ultrashort nanosecond electric pulses affect the plasma membrane and the membranes of intracellular organelles. To this end, using electrical impedance spectroscopy, the dielectric properties of isolated, neuroendocrine adrenal chromaffin cells were obtained. Measured impedance data of the cell suspension, acquired between 1kHz and 20MHz, were fit into a combination of constant phase element and Cole-Cole models from which the effect of electrode polarization was extracted. The dielectric spectrum of each cell suspension was fit into a Maxwell-Wagner mixture model and the Clausius-Mossotti factor was obtained. Lastly, to extract the cellular dielectric parameters, the cell dielectric data were fit into a granular cell model representative of a chromaffin cell, which was based on the inclusion of secretory granules in the cytoplasm. Chromaffin cell parameters determined from this study were the cell and secretory granule membrane specific capacitance (1.22 and 7.10μF/cm2, respectively), the cytoplasmic conductivity, which excludes and includes the effect of intracellular membranous structures (1.14 and 0.49S/m, respectively), and the secretory granule milieu conductivity (0.35S/m). These measurements will be crucial for incorporating into numerical models aimed at understanding the differential poration effect of nanosecond electric pulses on chromaffin cell membranes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Determination of the concentration of alum additive in deep-fried dough sticks using dielectric spectroscopy. (United States)

    Kang, Wenyu; Lu, Jianfeng; Cheng, Yudong; Jin, Yinzhe


    The concentration of alum additive in deep-fried dough sticks (DFDSs) was investigated using a coaxial probe method based on dielectric properties in the 0.3-10-GHz frequency range. The dielectric spectra of aqueous solutions with different concentrations of alum, sodium bicarbonate, and mixtures thereof were used. The correspondence between dielectric loss and alum concentration was thereby revealed. A steady, uniform correspondence was successfully established by introducing ω·ε″(ω), the sum of dielectric loss and conductor loss (i.e., total loss), according to the electrical conductivity of the alum-containing aqueous solutions. Specific, resonant-type dielectric dispersion arising from alum due to atomic polarization was identified around 1 GHz. This was used to discriminate the alum additive in the DFDS from other ingredients. A quantitative relationship between alum and sodium bicarbonate concentrations in the aqueous solutions and the differential dielectric loss Δε″(ω) at 0.425 GHz was also established with a regression coefficient over 0.99. With the intention of eliminating the effects of the chemical reactions with sodium bicarbonate and the physical processes involved in leavening and frying during preparation, the developed technique was successfully applied to detect the alum dosage in a commercial DFDS (0.9942 g/L). The detected value agreed well with that determined using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (0.9722 g/L). The relative error was 2.2%. The results show that the proposed dielectric differential dispersion and loss technique is a suitable and effective method for determining the alum content in DFDSs. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Determination of the concentration of alum additive in deep-fried dough sticks using dielectric spectroscopy

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    Wenyu Kang


    Full Text Available The concentration of alum additive in deep-fried dough sticks (DFDSs was investigated using a coaxial probe method based on dielectric properties in the 0.3–10-GHz frequency range. The dielectric spectra of aqueous solutions with different concentrations of alum, sodium bicarbonate, and mixtures thereof were used. The correspondence between dielectric loss and alum concentration was thereby revealed. A steady, uniform correspondence was successfully established by introducing ω·ε″(ω, the sum of dielectric loss and conductor loss (i.e., total loss, according to the electrical conductivity of the alum-containing aqueous solutions. Specific, resonant-type dielectric dispersion arising from alum due to atomic polarization was identified around 1 GHz. This was used to discriminate the alum additive in the DFDS from other ingredients. A quantitative relationship between alum and sodium bicarbonate concentrations in the aqueous solutions and the differential dielectric loss Δε″(ω at 0.425 GHz was also established with a regression coefficient over 0.99. With the intention of eliminating the effects of the chemical reactions with sodium bicarbonate and the physical processes involved in leavening and frying during preparation, the developed technique was successfully applied to detect the alum dosage in a commercial DFDS (0.9942 g/L. The detected value agreed well with that determined using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (0.9722 g/L. The relative error was 2.2%. The results show that the proposed dielectric differential dispersion and loss technique is a suitable and effective method for determining the alum content in DFDSs.

  3. Dielectric properties of some cadmium and mercury amino alcohol complexes at low temperatures

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    Full Text Available The dielectric properties of some cadmium and mercury amino alcohol complexes were studied within the temperature range of 100–300 K at the frequencies of 100, 300 and 1000 kHz. The polarization mechanisms are suggested and the dependence of both e and tg d on both temperature and frequency are analyzed. The analysis of the data reveals semi-conducting features based mainly on the hopping mechanism.

  4. Modeling of dielectric properties of complex fluids with an equation of state


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


    The static permittivity is a key property for describing solutions containing polar and hydrogen bonding compounds. However, the precise relationship between the molecular and dielectric properties is not well-established. Here we show that the relative permittivity at zero frequency (static permittivity) can be modeled simultaneously with thermodynamic properties. The static permittivity is calculated from an extension of the framework developed by Onsager, Kirkwood, and Fröhlich to associa...

  5. Bulk density of small meteoroids (United States)

    Kikwaya, J.-B.; Campbell-Brown, M.; Brown, P. G.


    Aims: Here we report on precise metric and photometric observations of 107 optical meteors, which were simultaneously recorded at multiple stations using three different intensified video camera systems. The purpose is to estimate bulk meteoroid density, link small meteoroids to their parent bodies based on dynamical and physical density values expected for different small body populations, to better understand and explain the dynamical evolution of meteoroids after release from their parent bodies. Methods: The video systems used had image sizes ranging from 640 × 480 to 1360 × 1036 pixels, with pixel scales from 0.01° per pixel to 0.05° per pixel, and limiting meteor magnitudes ranging from Mv = +2.5 to +6.0. We find that 78% of our sample show noticeable deceleration, allowing more robust constraints to be placed on density estimates. The density of each meteoroid is estimated by simultaneously fitting the observed deceleration and lightcurve using a model based on thermal fragmentation, conservation of energy and momentum. The entire phase space of the model free parameters is explored for each event to find ranges of parameters which fit the observations within the measurement uncertainty. Results: (a) We have analysed our data by first associating each of our events with one of the five meteoroid classes. The average density of meteoroids whose orbits are asteroidal and chondritic (AC) is 4200 kg m-3 suggesting an asteroidal parentage, possibly related to the high-iron content population. Meteoroids with orbits belonging to Jupiter family comets (JFCs) have an average density of 3100 ± 300 kg m-3. This high density is found for all meteoroids with JFC-like orbits and supports the notion that the refractory material reported from the Stardust measurements of 81P/Wild 2 dust is common among the broader JFC population. This high density is also the average bulk density for the 4 meteoroids with orbits belonging to the Ecliptic shower-type class (ES) also

  6. Surface plasmons on nanostructured metal-dielectric surfaces (United States)

    Ćtyroký, Jiří


    Surface plasmons-polaritons (or briefly, surface plasmons, SP) have been intensively investigated as potential information carriers for ultra-small photonic (plasmonic) devices and circuits. SPs can be confined in subwavelength regions, but their propagation is inherently lossy due to free-carrier absorption in metals. Thus, the proper balance between confinement and loss is the basic problem in the design of plasmonic waveguides and devices. This work is devoted to the analysis of waveguiding properties of plasmonic structures in which a homogeneous (bulk) metal is replaced with mutually interlaced metal and dielectric layers with deeply subwavelength thicknesses. Approaches based on effective medium theory and rigorous electromagnetic analysis are presented and mutually compared.

  7. On gel electrophoresis of dielectric charged particles with hydrophobic surface: A combined theoretical and numerical study. (United States)

    Majee, Partha Sarathi; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Gopmandal, Partha Pratim; Ohshima, Hiroyuki


    A theoretical study on the gel electrophoresis of a charged particle incorporating the effects of dielectric polarization and surface hydrophobicity at the particle-liquid interface is made. A simplified model based on the weak applied field and low charge density assumption is also presented and compared with the full numerical model for a nonpolarizable particle to elucidate the nonlinear effects such as double layer polarization and relaxation as well as surface conduction. The main motivation of this study is to analyze the electrophoresis of the surface functionalized nanoparticle with tunable hydrophobicity or charged fluid drop in gel medium by considering the electrokinetic effects and hydrodynamic interactions between the particle and the gel medium. An effective medium approach, in which the transport in the electrolyte-saturated hydrogel medium is governed by the Brinkman equation, is adopted in the present analysis. The governing electrokinetic equations based on the conservation principles are solved numerically. The Navier-slip boundary condition along with the continuity condition of dielectric displacement are imposed on the surface of the hydrophobic polarizable particle. The impact of the slip length on the electrophoresis is profound for a thinner Debye layer, however, surface conduction effect also becomes significant for a hydrophobic particle. Impact of hydrophobicity and relaxation effects are higher for a larger particle. Dielectric polarization creates a reduction in its electrophoretic propulsion and has negligible impact at the thinner Debye length as well as lower gel screening length. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Reversible Polarization Rotation in Epitaxial Ferroelectric Bilayers

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    Liu, Guangqing; Zhang, Qi; Huang, Hsin-Hui


    Polarization rotation engineering is a promising path to giant dielectric and electromechanical responses in ferroelectric materials and devices. This work demonstrates robust and reversible in- to out-of-plane polarization rotation in ultrathin (nanoscale) epitaxial (001) tetragonal PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3...... (PZT-T)/rhombohedral PbZr0.55Ti0.45O3 (PZT-R) ferroelectric bilayers. An underlying 20 nm thick PZT-R layer reduces the symmetry in a 5 nm thick PZT-T layer by imposing an in-plane tensile strain while simultaneously decoupling the PZT-T layer from the substrate. This prevents clamping and facilitates...

  9. Polarization-controlled asymmetric excitation of surface plasmons

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    Xu, Quan


    Free-space light can be coupled into propagating surface waves at a metal–dielectric interface, known as surface plasmons (SPs). This process has traditionally faced challenges in preserving the incident polarization information and controlling the directionality of the excited SPs. The recently reported polarization-controlled asymmetric excitation of SPs in metasurfaces has attracted much attention for its promise in developing innovative plasmonic devices. However, the unit elements in these works were purposely designed in certain orthogonal polarizations, i.e., linear or circular polarizations, resulting in limited two-level polarization controllability. Here, we introduce a coupled-mode theory to overcome this limit. We demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that, by utilizing the coupling effect between a pair of split-ring-shaped slit resonators, exotic asymmetric excitation of SPs can be obtained under the x-, y-, left-handed circular, and right-handed circular polarization incidences, while the polarization information of the incident light can be preserved in the excited SPs. The versatility of the presented design scheme would offer opportunities for polarization sensing and polarization-controlled plasmonic devices.

  10. Ultrafast studies of electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces

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    Ge, Nien-Hui [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Femtosecond time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy has been used to study fundamental aspects of excited electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces, including layer-by-layer evolution of electronic structure and two-dimensional electron localization. On bare Ag(111), the lifetimes of image states are dominated by their position with respect to the projected bulk band structure. The n = 2 state has a shorter lifetime than the n = 1 state due to degeneracy with the bulk conduction band. As the parallel momentum of the n = 1 image electron increases, the lifetime decreases. With decreasing temperatures, the n = 1 image electrons, with zero or nonzero parallel momentum, all become longer lived. Adsorption of one to three layers of n-heptane results in an approximately exponential increase in lifetime as a function of layer thickness. This results from the formation of a tunneling barrier through which the interfacial electrons must decay, consistent with the repulsive bulk electron affinity of n-alkanes. The lifetimes of the higher quantum states indicate that the presence of the monolayer significantly reduces coupling of the image states to the bulk band structure. These results are compared with predictions of a dielectric continuum model. The study of electron lateral motion shows that optical excitation creates interfacial electrons in quasifree states for motion parallel to the n-heptane/Ag(111) interface. These initially delocalized electrons decay into a localized state within a few hundred femtoseconds. The localized electrons then decay back to the metal by tunneling through the adlayer potential barrier. The localization time depends strongly on the electron's initial parallel momentum and exhibits a non-Arrhenius temperature dependence. The experimental findings are consistent with a 2-D self-trapping process in which electrons become localized by interacting with the topmost plane of the alkane layer. The energy

  11. Inhibiting electro-thermal breakdown of acrylic dielectric elastomer actuators by dielectric gel coating (United States)

    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong


    Electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) is very localized; a spark and a pinhole (puncture) in dielectric ends up with short-circuit. This letter shows that prevention of electrothermal breakdown helps defer failure of DEAs even with conductive-grease electrodes. Dielectric gel encapsulation or coating (Dow Corning 3-4170) helps protect acrylic elastomer (VHB 4905), making it thermally more stable and delaying its thermal oxidation (burn) from 218 °C to 300 °C. Dielectric-gel-coated acrylic DEAs can withstand higher local leak-induced heating and thus achieve higher dielectric strengths than non-coated DEAs do.

  12. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials

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    Andrzej Wilczek


    Full Text Available 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.

  13. A Time-Domain Reflectometry Method with Variable Needle Pulse Width for Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Materials. (United States)

    Wilczek, Andrzej; Szypłowska, Agnieszka; Kafarski, Marcin; Skierucha, Wojciech


    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.

  14. Modelling polarization and conduction processes in poly(ethylene naphthalate) (United States)

    Hoang, M.-Q.; Boudou, L.; Teyssedre, G.; Le Roy, S.


    Challenges in the field of solid organic insulators are linked to the development of more compact, reliable and eco-friendly systems where these materials are employed as dielectrics. One way to increase the reliability of such systems is to understand and model the behavior of these materials under thermo-electrical stress, in order to prevent any failure. Fluid charge transport models have been developed to predict the charge accumulation in such materials when submitted to an external stress, mostly electrical. However, these kind of models are not enough to predict the global behavior of the material, as most of these dielectrics are polar materials, subjected to a non-negligible dipolar response. This paper shows the first simulation results produced using a global charge transport model including polarization, and compares simulated to experimental current measurements. For moderate fields and temperatures, the model is able to reproduce the experimental results, qualitatively and quantitatively.

  15. Crosslinked polymeric dielectric materials and electronic devices incorporating same (United States)

    Marks, Tobin J. (Inventor); Facchetti, Antonio (Inventor); Wang, Zhiming (Inventor); Choi, Hyuk-Jin (Inventor); Suh, legal representative, Nae-Jeong (Inventor)


    Solution-processable dielectric materials are provided, along with precursor compositions and processes for preparing the same. Composites and electronic devices including the dielectric materials also are provided.

  16. Gold based bulk metallic glass


    Schroers, Jan; Lohwongwatana, Boonrat; Johnson, William L.; Peker, Atakan


    Gold-based bulk metallic glass alloys based on Au-Cu-Si are introduced. The alloys exhibit a gold content comparable to 18-karat gold. They show very low liquidus temperature, large supercooled liquid region, and good processibility. The maximum casting thickness exceeds 5 mm in the best glassformer. Au49Ag5.5Pd2.3Cu26.9Si16.3 has a liquidus temperature of 644 K, a glass transition temperature of 401 K, and a supercooled liquid region of 58 K. The Vickers hardness of the alloys in this system...

  17. Polarized electron sources

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    Prepost, R. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)


    The fundamentals of polarized electron sources are described with particular application to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. The SLAC polarized electron source is based on the principle of polarized photoemission from Gallium Arsenide. Recent developments using epitaxially grown, strained Gallium Arsenide cathodes have made it possible to obtain electron polarization significantly in excess of the conventional 50% polarization limit. The basic principles for Gallium and Arsenide polarized photoemitters are reviewed, and the extension of the basic technique to strained cathode structures is described. Results from laboratory measurements of strained photocathodes as well as operational results from the SLAC polarized source are presented.

  18. A Split Ring Resonator Dielectric Probe for Near-Field Dielectric Imaging. (United States)

    Isakov, Dmitry; Stevens, Chris J; Castles, Flynn; Grant, Patrick S


    A single split-ring resonator (SRR) probe for 2D surface mapping and imaging of relative dielectric permittivity for the characterisation of composite materials has been developed. The imaging principle, the analysis and the sensitivity of the SRR surface dielectric probe data is described. The surface dielectric properties of composite materials in the frequency range 1-3 GHz have been measured based on the magnetic resonance frequency of the transmission loss of the SRR dielectric probe when in contact with the surface. The SRR probe performance was analysed analytically and using full-wave simulation, and predictions showed close agreement with experiment for composite materials with spatially varying dielectric permittivity manufactured by 3D printing. The spatial and permittivity resolution of the SRR dielectric probe were controlled by the geometrical parameters of the SRR which provided flexibility to tune the SRR probe. The best accuracy of the dielectric permittivity measurements was within 5%.

  19. Stretch dependence of the electrical breakdown strength and dielectric constant of dielectric elastomers (United States)

    Tröls, Andreas; Kogler, Alexander; Baumgartner, Richard; Kaltseis, Rainer; Keplinger, Christoph; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Graz, Ingrid; Bauer, Siegfried


    Dielectric elastomers are used for electromechanical energy conversion in actuators and in harvesting mechanical energy from renewable sources. The electrical breakdown strength determines the limit of a dielectric elastomer for its use in actuators and energy harvesters. We report two experimental configurations for the measurement of the stretch dependence of the electrical breakdown strength of dielectric elastomers, and compare the electrical breakdown fields for compliant and rigid electrodes on the elastomer. We show that the electrode configuration strongly influences the electrical breakdown field strength. Further, we compare the stretch dependent dielectric function and breakdown of the acrylic elastomer VHB 4910™ from 3M™, and of the natural rubber ZruElast™ A1040™ from Zrunek rubber technology. While the dielectric permittivity of VHB decreases with increasing stretch ratio, the dielectric constant of rubber is insensitive to stretch. Our results suggest natural rubber as a versatile material for dielectric elastomer energy harvesting.

  20. Fullerene derivatives with increased dielectric constants

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    Jahani, Fatemeh; Torabi, Solmaz; Chiechi, Ryan C; Koster, L Jan Anton; Hummelen, Jan C


    The invention of new organic materials with high dielectric constants is of extreme importance for the development of organic-based devices such as organic solar cells. We report on a synthetic way to increase the dielectric constant of fullerene derivatives. It is demonstrated that introducing

  1. Aging of Dielectric Properties below Tg

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    Olsen, Niels Boye; Dyre, Jeppe; Christensen, Tage Emil

    The dielectric loss at 1Hz in TPP is studied during a temperature step from one equilibrium state to another. In the applied cryostate the temperature can be equilibrated on a timescale of 1 second. The aging time dependence of the dielectric loss is studied below Tg applying temperature steps...

  2. Preparation, characterization and dielectric behaviour of some ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 26; Issue 5. Preparation, characterization and dielectric behaviour of some yttrium doped strontium stannates. P K Bajpai Kuldeep Ratre Mukul Pastor T P Sinha. Sensor Materials Volume ... Keywords. Electronic ceramics; sensors; dielectric constant; strontium stannate.

  3. Liquid crystal infiltration of complex dielectrics

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    Gottardo, Stefano; Wiersma, Diederik S.; Vos, W.L


    Liquid crystal infiltration is becoming an important tool to control the optical properties of complex dielectric systems like photonic crystals and disordered dielectrics. We discuss the technical aspects of liquid crystal infiltration in meso-porous structures, give some details of the sample preparation process, and discuss possibilities for tuning the optical properties of both ordered and disordered systems.

  4. Dielectric relaxation in dipolar mixtures (United States)

    Sharma, Ashok K.; Agarwal, Vinod K.; Mansingh, Abhai


    Dielectric constants and losses have been measured at several microwave frequencies in the range 2.4-25 GHz for two binary mixtures: bromoform +1-bromonaphthalene (dipole moment ratio is about 1:1), and nitrobenzene +1-bromonaphthalene (dipole moment ratio is about 4:1). The dielectric data of each binary system have been analyzed in terms of two superimposed Debye regions. This analysis has been carried out to study the effect of internal field on the numerical values of the relative weights or amplitudes C1 and C2 in the dipolar mixtures. It is observed that the discrepancy between the numerical values of weight factors obtained from relaxation data and dipole moment and mole fractions of the binary mixture cannot be attributed to the internal field. For the bromoform +1-bromonaphthalene system, it has been found that both the Budo and Cole-Cole equation represent the system equally well, but for nitrobenzene +1-bromonaphthalene system the Cole distribution fits better than Budo's equation.

  5. Permeation of nanopores by water the effects of channel polarization

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    Allen, R; Hansen, J P


    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to characterize the permeation by water of cylindrical nanopores, modelling ion channels, as a function of channel radius R and dielectric permittivity epsilon. Intermittent permeation is found in a narrow range around the threshold values of R and epsilon. While channel permeation is highly sensitive to channel polarization effects, no effect on structural properties of the confined water is found on varying epsilon.

  6. Dielectric breakdown of fast switching LCD shutters (United States)

    Mozolevskis, Gatis; Sekacis, Ilmars; Nitiss, Edgars; Medvids, Arturs; Rutkis, Martins


    Fast liquid crystal optical shutters due to fast switching, vibrationless control and optical properties have found various applications: substitutes for mechanical shutters, 3D active shutter glasses, 3D volumetric displays and more. Switching speed depends not only on properties of liquid crystal, but also on applied electric field intensity. Applied field in the shutters can exceed >10 V/micron which may lead to dielectric breakdown. Therefore, a dielectric thin film is needed between transparent conductive electrodes in order to reduce breakdown probability. In this work we have compared electrical and optical properties of liquid crystal displays with dielectric thin films with thicknesses up to few hundred nanometers coated by flexo printing method and magnetron sputtering. Dielectric breakdown values show flexographic thin films to have higher resistance to dielectric breakdown, although sputtered coatings have better optical properties, such as higher transmission and no coloration.

  7. A High-Performance Top-Gated Graphene Field-Effect Transistor with Excellent Flexibility Enabled by an iCVD Copolymer Gate Dielectric. (United States)

    Oh, Joong Gun; Pak, Kwanyong; Kim, Choong Sun; Bong, Jae Hoon; Hwang, Wan Sik; Im, Sung Gap; Cho, Byung Jin


    A high-performance top-gated graphene field-effect transistor (FET) with excellent mechanical flexibility is demonstrated by implementing a surface-energy-engineered copolymer gate dielectric via a solvent-free process called initiated chemical vapor deposition. The ultrathin, flexible copolymer dielectric is synthesized from two monomers composed of 1,3,5-trimethyl-1,3,5-trivinyl cyclotrisiloxane and 1-vinylimidazole (VIDZ). The copolymer dielectric enables the graphene device to exhibit excellent dielectric performance and substantially enhanced mechanical flexibility. The p-doping level of the graphene can be tuned by varying the polar VIDZ fraction in the copolymer dielectric, and the Dirac voltage (V Dirac ) of the graphene FET can thus be systematically controlled. In particular, the V Dirac approaches neutrality with higher VIDZ concentrations in the copolymer dielectric, which minimizes the carrier scattering and thereby improves the charge transport of the graphene device. As a result, the graphene FET with 20 nm thick copolymer dielectrics exhibits field-effect hole and electron mobility values of over 7200 and 3800 cm 2 V -1 s -1 , respectively, at room temperature. These electrical characteristics remain unchanged even at the 1 mm bending radius, corresponding to a tensile strain of 1.28%. The formed gate stack with the copolymer gate dielectric is further investigated for high-frequency flexible device applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Interaction of slow highly charged ions with a metal surface covered with a thin dielectric film. The role of the neutralization energy in the nanostructures formation (United States)

    Majkić, M. D.; Nedeljković, N. N.; Dojčilović, R. J.


    We consider the slow highly charged ions impinging upon a metal surface covered with a thin dielectric film, and formation of the surface nanostructures (craters) from the standpoint of the required energy. For the moderate ionic velocities, the size of the surface features depends on the deposited kinetic energy of the projectile and the ionic neutralization energy. The neutralization energy is calculated by employing the recently developed quasi-resonant two-state vector model for the intermediate Rydberg state population and the micro-staircase model for the cascade neutralization. The electron interactions with the ionic core, polarized dielectric and charge induced on the metal surface are modelled by the appropriate asymptotic expressions and the method for calculation of the effective ionic charges in the dielectric is proposed. The results are presented for the interaction of \\text{X}{{\\text{e}}Z+} ions (velocity v=0.25 a.u.; 25) with the metal surface (Co) covered with a thin dielectric film, for model values of dielectric constant inside the interaction region. In the absence of dielectric film, the neutralization energy is lower than the potential (ionization) energy due to the incomplete neutralization. The presence of dielectric film additionally decreases the neutralization energy. We calculate the projectile neutralization energy in the perturbed dielectric (perturbation is caused by the ionic motion and the surface structure formation). We correlate the neutralization energy added to the deposited kinetic energy with the experimentally obtained energy necessary for the formation of the nano-crater of a given depth.

  9. Using metamaterial nanoengineering to triple the superconducting critical temperature of bulk aluminum. (United States)

    Smolyaninova, Vera N; Zander, Kathryn; Gresock, Thomas; Jensen, Christopher; Prestigiacomo, Joseph C; Osofsky, M S; Smolyaninov, Igor I


    Recent experiments have shown the viability of the metamaterial approach to dielectric response engineering for enhancing the transition temperature, Tc, of a superconductor. In this report, we demonstrate the use of Al2O3-coated aluminium nanoparticles to form the recently proposed epsilon near zero (ENZ) core-shell metamaterial superconductor with a Tc that is three times that of pure aluminium. IR reflectivity measurements confirm the predicted metamaterial modification of the dielectric function thus demonstrating the efficacy of the ENZ metamaterial approach to Tc engineering. The developed technology enables efficient nanofabrication of bulk aluminium-based metamaterial superconductors. These results open up numerous new possibilities of considerable Tc increase in other simple superconductors.

  10. Control of the regiospecificity of Candida antarctica lipase by polarity. (United States)

    Watanabe, Yomi; Nagao, Toshihiro; Shimada, Yuji


    Candida antarctica lipase has generally been known to be nonregiospecific. This report, however, showed that its regiospecificity was linearly correlated to the index of polarity of the reaction mixture, which was calculated based on the dielectric constant of the components. Thus, it was strongly indicated that the regiospecificity depended on the polarity of the environment; the higher the polarity, the stricter the regiospecificity. The highest 1(3)-regiospecificity was obtained in the transesterification of oil with ethanol among other alcohols investigated. Although methanol, which is more polar than ethanol, was expected to give highest regiospecificity, it was fatal to the lipase. The transesterification of oil with ethanol (1:10, wt/wt) at 30 degrees C for three hours efficiently accumulated 2-monoacylglycerols without significant fatty acid (FA) specificity. Thus, it was successfully applied to regiospecifically analyze FA composition of triacylglycerols containing saturated and unsaturated FAs of C4-C24.

  11. Handling of bulk solids theory and practice

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    Shamlou, P A


    Handling of Bulk Solids provides a comprehensive discussion of the field of solids flow and handling in the process industries. Presentation of the subject follows classical lines of separate discussions for each topic, so each chapter is self-contained and can be read on its own. Topics discussed include bulk solids flow and handling properties; pressure profiles in bulk solids storage vessels; the design of storage silos for reliable discharge of bulk materials; gravity flow of particulate materials from storage vessels; pneumatic transportation of bulk solids; and the hazards of solid-mater

  12. Metasurfaces for Terahertz Waves Polarization Control

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Malureanu, Radu; Zalkovskij, Maksim

    metamaterials-based THz components have been proposed and show good potential for applications [1,2]. Especially fruitful appears to be two-dimensional metamaterials or metasurfaces due to fabrication simplifications and practically the same as bulk metamaterials functionalities. In the talk we will focus...... on employment of THz metasurfaces as polarizers and polarization converters, absorbers and conducting layers with enhanced transmittance, dichroic and chiral reconfigurable systems, waveplates and broadband filters. As the unified approach we employ the transmission line theory providing a needed level...... to several cm2) 2μm-thick Ni film. Depending on arrangement of both slits and their sizes different optical properties of such metasurface can be acquired. We demonstrate linear polarization filtering with the parallel slits dimmers, and more complex chiral behaviour of dimers, when non-equal slits are non...

  13. Dielectric Spectroscopy Analyses of SrBi4Ti4O15 Films Obtained from Soft Chemical Solution


    Simões, A. Z.; Riccardi, C. S.


    SrBi4Ti4O15 (SBTi) thin films were deposited by the polymeric precursor method on Pt bottom electrodes. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and dielectric spectroscopy analyses. The capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of perovskite thin film showed normal ferroelectric behavior. The remanent polarization and coercive fields were 5.4 mu C/cm(2) and 85 kV/cm, respectively. Dielectric spectroscopy was employed to exa...

  14. Strong coupling of diffraction coupled plasmons and optical waveguide modes in gold stripe-dielectric nanostructures at telecom wavelengths (United States)

    Thomas, Philip A.; Auton, Gregory H.; Kundys, Dmytro; Grigorenko, Alexander N.; Kravets, Vasyl G.


    We propose a hybrid plasmonic device consisting of a planar dielectric waveguide covering a gold nanostripe array fabricated on a gold film and investigate its guiding properties at telecom wavelengths. The fundamental modes of a hybrid device and their dependence on the key geometric parameters are studied. A communication length of 250 μm was achieved for both the TM and TE guided modes at telecom wavelengths. Due to the difference between the TM and TE light propagation associated with the diffractive plasmon excitation, our waveguides provide polarization separation. Our results suggest a practical way of fabricating metal-nanostripes-dielectric waveguides that can be used as essential elements in optoelectronic circuits.

  15. Thermodynamic and dynamic dielectric properties of one-dimensional hydrogen bonded ferroelectric of PbHPO4-type

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    I.R. Zachek


    Full Text Available Within the modified model of proton ordering of one-dimensional ferroelectric having hydrogen bonds of PbHPO4-type, their thermodynamic and dynamic characteristics are studied and calculated taking into account the linear (by crystal deformations ϵi (i=1,3 and ϵ4 contributions into the energy of a proton system but without taking into account the tunneling in the two-particle cluster approximation. There has been obtained a good quantitative description of the temperature dependence of polarization, static dielectric permittivity, heat capacity and frequency dependence of dynamic dielectric permittivity at different temperatures for PbHPO4 and PbHDO4 crystals.

  16. The changing dielectric properties of CHO cells can be used to determine early apoptotic events in a bioprocess. (United States)

    Braasch, Katrin; Nikolic-Jaric, Marija; Cabel, Tim; Salimi, Elham; Bridges, Greg E; Thomson, Doug J; Butler, Michael


    To ensure maximum productivity of recombinant proteins it is desirable to prolong cell viability during a mammalian cell bioprocess, and therefore important to carefully monitor cell density and viability. In this study, five different and independent methods of monitoring were applied to Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells grown in a batch culture in a controlled bioreactor to determine cell density and/or cell viability. They included: a particle counter, trypan blue exclusion (Cedex), an in situ bulk capacitance probe, an off-line fluorescent flow cytometer, and a prototype dielectrophoretic (DEP) cytometer. These various techniques gave similar values during the exponential growth phase. However, beyond the exponential growth phase the viability measurements diverged. Fluorescent flow cytometry with a range of fluorescent markers was used to investigate this divergence and to establish the progress of cell apoptosis: the cell density estimates by the intermediate stage apoptosis assay agreed with those obtained by the bulk capacitance probe and the early stage apoptosis assay viability measurements correlated well with the DEP cytometer. The trypan blue assay showed higher estimates of viable cell density and viability compared to the capacitance probe or the DEP cytometer. The DEP cytometer measures the dielectric properties of individual cells and identified at least two populations of cells, each with a distinct polarizability. As verified by comparison with the Nexin assay, one population was associated with viable (non-apoptotic) cells and the other with apoptotic cells. From the end of the exponential through the stationary and decline stages there was a gradual shift of cell count from the viable into the apoptotic population. However, the two populations maintained their individual dielectric properties throughout this shift. This leads to the conclusion that changes in bulk dielectric properties of cultures might be better modeled as shifts in cells

  17. Geographical Income Polarization

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    Azhar, Hussain; Jonassen, Anders Bruun

    In this paper we estimate the degree, composition and development of geographical income polarization based on data at the individual and municipal level in Denmark from 1984 to 2002. Rising income polarization is reconfirmed when applying new polarization measures, the driving force being greater...... inter municipal income inequality. Counter factual simulations show that rising property prices to a large part explain the rise in polarization. One side-effect of polarization is tendencies towards a parallel polarization of residence location patterns, where low skilled individuals tend to live...

  18. Virtual gap dielectric wall accelerator (United States)

    Caporaso, George James; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Nelson, Scott; Sullivan, Jim; Hawkins, Steven A


    A virtual, moving accelerating gap is formed along an insulating tube in a dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) by locally controlling the conductivity of the tube. Localized voltage concentration is thus achieved by sequential activation of a variable resistive tube or stalk down the axis of an inductive voltage adder, producing a "virtual" traveling wave along the tube. The tube conductivity can be controlled at a desired location, which can be moved at a desired rate, by light illumination, or by photoconductive switches, or by other means. As a result, an impressed voltage along the tube appears predominantly over a local region, the virtual gap. By making the length of the tube large in comparison to the virtual gap length, the effective gain of the accelerator can be made very large.

  19. Femtosecond optomagnetism in dielectric antiferromagnets (United States)

    Bossini, D.; Rasing, Th


    Optical femtosecond manipulation of magnetic order is attractive for the development of new concepts for ultrafast magnetic recording. Theoretical and experimental investigations in this research area aim at establishing a physical understanding of magnetic media in light-induced non-equilibrium states. Such a quest requires one to adjust the theory of magnetism, since the thermodynamical concepts of elementary excitations and spin alignment determined by the exchange interaction are not applicable on the femtosecond time-scale after the photo-excitation. Here we report some key milestones concerning the femtosecond optical control of spins in dielectric antiferromagnets, whose spin dynamics is by nature faster than that of ferromagnets and can be triggered even without any laser heating. The recent progress of the opto-magnetic effect in the sub-wavelength regime makes this exciting research area even more promising, in terms of both fundamental breakthroughs and technological perspectives.

  20. Tuning sound with soft dielectrics (United States)

    Bortot, Eliana; Shmuel, Gal


    Soft dielectric tubes undergo large deformations when subjected to radial voltage. Using the theory of nonlinear electroelasticity, we investigate how voltage-controlled deformations of these tubes in an array alter acoustic wave propagation through it. We show that the propagation is annihilated across a certain audible frequency range, referred to as a sonic band gap. We carry out a numerical study, to find that the band gap depends nonlinearly on the voltage, owing to geometrical and material nonlinearities. By analyzing different mechanical constraints, we demonstrate that snap-through instabilities resulting from these nonlinearities can be harnessed to achieve sharp transitions in the gap width. Our conclusions hint at a new strategy to adaptively filter sound using a simple control parameter—an applied voltage.

  1. Effect of dielectric interface on charge aggregation in the voltage-gated K+ ion channel (United States)

    Adhya, Lipika; Mapder, Tarunendu; Adhya, Samit


    Background: There is experimental evidence of many cases of stable macromolecular conformations with charged amino-acids facing lipid, an arrangement thought to be energetically unfavourable. Methods and Objectives: Employing classical electrostatics, we show that, this is not necessarily the case and studied the physical basis of the specific role of proximity of charges to the dielectric interface between two different environments. We illustrate how self and induced energies due to the dielectric medium polarization, on either side of the interface, contribute differentially to the stability of a pair of charges and hence the mutual conformation of the S3b-S4 α-helix pair of the voltage-gated K+ channel. Results and Conclusion: We show that (1) a pair of opposite charges on either side of lipid-protein interface confers significant stability; (2) hydrophobic media has an important role in holding together two similar repelling charges; (3) dielectric interface has stabilizing effect on a pair of charges, when an ion is closer to its interface than its neighboring charge; (4) in spite of the presence of dielectric interface, there is a nonexistence of any dielectric effect, when an ion is equidistant from its image and neighboring charge. We also demonstrate that, variation in dielectric media of the surrounding environment confers new mutual conformations to S3b-S4 α-helices of voltage sensor domain at zero potential, especially lipid environment on the helix side, which improved stability to the configuration by lowering the potential energy. Our results provide an answer to the long standing question of why charges face hydrophobic lipid membranes in the stable conformation of a protein. PMID:25810659

  2. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co doped nano crystalline Li ferrites by auto combustion method

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    Aravind, G. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Raghasudha, M., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Ravinder, D. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Kumar, R. Vijaya [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, 500046 Telangana State (India)


    The ultra fine particles of the cobalt substituted lithium ferrites with the formula [Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}]{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤1.0) were synthesized by low temperature citrate-gel auto combustion method. Structural characterization of the samples was carried out using XRD studies and FESEM (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy) analysis. XRD studies confirms the formation of single phased spinel structure with crystallite size in the range of 36–43 nm. The M–H loops have been traced using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) for all the compositions at room temperature and hysteresis parameters were evaluated. The hysteresis loops of the prepared samples show clear saturation at an applied field of ±20 k Oe and the loops were highly symmetric in nature. The dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant (ε'), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of the samples were studied as a function of frequency in the range of 20 Hz to 2 MHz at room temperature using LCR Meter. The dielectric constant and loss tangent of the samples show a normal dielectric behavior with frequency which reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and hopping of electrons between the Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. - Highlights: • [Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}]{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤1.0) have size in the range of 36–43 nm. • These materials are used for the fabrication of hard magnets. • Doping of Co in the Li ferrites changed the magnetic behavior from soft to hard. • Materials show normal dielectric behavior.

  3. Epoxy Foam Encapsulants: Processing and Dielectric Characterization

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    Linda Domeier; Marion Hunter


    The dielectric performance of epoxy foams was investigated to determine if such materials might provide advantages over more standard polyurethane foams in the encapsulation of electronic assemblies. Comparisons of the dielectric characteristics of epoxy and urethane encapsulant foams found no significant differences between the two resin types and no significant difference between as-molded and machined foams. This study specifically evaluated the formulation and processing of epoxy foams using simple methylhydrosiloxanes as the flowing agent and compared the dielectric performance of those to urethane foams of similar density.

  4. Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator

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    Paul White


    Full Text Available The current smallest self-contained modular robot uses a shape memory alloy, which is inherently inefficient, slow and difficult to control. We present the design, fabrication and demonstration of a module based on dielectric elastomer actuation. The module uses a pair of bowtie dielectric elastomer actuators in an agonist-antagonist configuration and is seven times smaller than previously demonstrated. In addition, we present an intuitive model for the bowtie configuration that predicts the performance with experimental verification. Based on this model and the experimental analysis, we address the theoretical limitations and advantages of this antagonistic bender design relative to other dielectric elastomer actuators.

  5. Influence of Ni{sup 2+} substitution on the structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Cu–Cd ferrite nanoparticles

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    Hashim, Mohd., E-mail: [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202 002 (India); Alimuddin [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202 002 (India); Shirsath, Sagar E. [Spin Device Technology Centre, Department of Information Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan); Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110 012 (India); Meena, Sher Singh [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Shalendra [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790 784 (Korea, Republic of); Roy, Aashis [Department of Materials Science, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga 585106, Karnataka (India); Jotania, R.B. [Department of Physics, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 380 009 (India); Bhatt, Pramod [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, HP 171 005 (India)


    Highlights: •XRD and IR measurements reveal the formation of Cu–Cd–FeO in spinel phase. •The dielectric response shows decreasing trend while resistivity increases with enhancing the doping ion content. •Temperature dependent magnetization study shows that the magnetization and Curie temperature increases with increase in Ni{sup 2+} substitution. -- Abstract: Nanoparticles with compositions of Cu{sub 0.4−0.5x}Cd{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.4+x}Fe{sub 2−0.5x}O{sub 4} (0.0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5) were successfully synthesized by a citrate–nitrate sol–gel auto combustion route. The combusted powder was calcinated at four hours in a furnace and then slowly cooled to room temperature. The analysis methods of FTIR, XRD, FESEM, VSM and dielectric measurements were used to characterize prepared magnetic particles. The effect of Ni{sup 2+} substitution on structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of Cu–Cd ferrite nanoparticles was studied. The comprehensive studies on compositional and frequency dependent dielectric properties were carried out by means of AC conductivity (σ{sub ac}), imaginary dielectric constant (ε′′), loss tangent (tan δ), impedance and dielectric modulus (real and imaginary) measurements in frequency range of 50 Hz–5 MHz at room temperature. The structural properties investigated by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction pattern and FTIR results revealed that synthesized samples are in single phase. It is observed that the dielectric constant (ε′′) and dielectric loss (tan δ) value decreases with increase in Ni{sup 2+} concentration (x). At low frequency the Maxwell type interfacial polarization was observed. Magnetization measurement shows that the Curie temperature of the samples increases with Ni{sup 2+} concentration, which is explained by a change in the A–O–B super exchange interaction.

  6. Tuning of dielectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric properties of 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 ceramic by internal clamping (United States)

    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Kundu, Swarup; Madhar, Niyaz Ahamad; Ilahi, Bouraoui; Vaish, Rahul; Varma, K. B. R.


    This study systematically investigates the phenomenon of internal clamping in ferroelectric materials through the formation of glass-ceramic composites. Lead-free 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 (BNT-BT-ST) bulk ferroelectric ceramic was selected for the course of investigation. 3BaO - 3TiO2 - B2O3 (BTBO) glass was then incorporated systematically to create sintered samples containing 0%, 2%, 4% and 6% glass (by weight). Upon glass induction features like remnant polarization, saturation polarization, hysteresis losses and coercive field could be varied as a function of glass content. Such effects were observed to benefit derived applications like enhanced energy storage density ˜174 kJ/m3 to ˜203 kJ/m3 and pyroelectric coefficient 5.7x10-4 Cm-2K-1 to 6.8x10-4 Cm-2K-1 by incorporation of 4% glass. Additionally, BNT-BT-ST depolarization temperature decreased from 457K to 431K by addition of 4% glass content. Glass incorporation could systematically increases diffuse phase transition and relaxor behavior temperature range from 70 K to 81K and 20K to 34 K, respectively when 6% and 4% glass content is added which indicates addition of glass provides better temperature stability. The most promising feature was observed to be that of dielectric response tuning. It can be also used to control (to an extent) the dielectric behavior of the host ceramic. Dielectric permittivity and losses decreased from 1278 to 705 and 0.109 to 0.107 for 6% glass, at room temperature. However this reduction in dielectric constant and loss increases pyroelectric figures of merit (FOMs) for high voltage responsivity (Fv) high detectivity (Fd) and energy harvesting (Fe) from 0.018 to 0.037 m2C-1, 5.89 to 8.85 μPa-1/2 and 28.71 to 61.55 Jm-3K-2, respectively for 4% added ceramic-glass at room temperature. Such findings can have huge implications in the field of tailoring ferroelectric response for application specific requirements.

  7. "Peak-tracking chip" (PTC) for bulk refractive index sensing and bioarray sensing

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    Bougot-Robin, Kristelle


    Resonant techniques are of wide interest to detect variation of effective refractive index at a chip surface. Both Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) and dielectric resonant waveguide (RWGs) can be exploited. Through their design, RWGs allow more flexibility (size of the biomolecule to detect, detection angle…). Using specially designed RWG “Peak-tracking chip”, we propose to use spatial information from a simple monochromatic picture as a new label-free bioarray technique. We discuss robustness, sensitivity, multiplex detection, fluidic integration of the technique and illustrate it through bulk refractive index sensing as well as specific recognition of DNA fragment from gyrase A.

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

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Mazurek, Piotr Stanislaw


    elastomer matrix, with high dielectric permittivity and a low Young's modulus, aligned with no loss of mechanical stability, was prepared through the use of commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil mixed into a tough commercial liquid silicone rubber silicone elastomer. The addition......Commercial viability of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is currently limited by a few obstacles, including high driving voltages (in the kV range). Driving voltage can be lowered by either decreasing the Young's modulus or increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elastomers, or a combination...... of chloropropyl-functional silicone oil in concentrations up to 30 phr was found to improve the properties of the silicone elastomer significantly, as dielectric permittivity increased to 4.4, dielectric breakdown increased up to 25% and dielectric losses were reduced. The chloropropyl-functional silicone oil...

  9. Dielectric behaviour of Ni substituted Cu nano-ferrite (United States)

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


    Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor tan δ are reported for Ni substituted Cu ferrite having formula Cu1-xNixFe2O4 prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. The variation of real part of dielectric constant and dielectric loss tan δ with frequency are measured in the frequency range 1000 Hz to 120 MHz at room temperature. The real part of dielectric constant (ɛ') decreases with the increase in frequency. The relation of tan δ with frequency shows relaxation spectra. Dielectric constant as a function of temperature is studied at different temperatures ranging from 303 K to 623 K.

  10. Effect of atomic vacancies on ionic polarization of nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics (United States)

    Sase, Ryuichi; Hoshina, Takuya; Takeda, Hiroaki; Tsurumi, Takaaki


    We prepared nonstoichiometric strontium titanate with different Sr/Ti atomic ratios and measured the THz dielectric spectra to discuss the effect of atomic vacancies on the ionic polarization. In the presence of atomic vacancies in strontium titanate, the lattice volume increased and the dielectric permittivity decreased. The expansion of the lattice volume originated from repulsion between oxygen vacancies and cations or between cation vacancies and O ions, causing the reduction in the covalency of the Ti-O bond. In addition, THz dielectric spectra and first-principles calculation revealed that the reduction of permittivity is mainly explained by the hardening of the Slater-type phonon mode. In the presence of oxygen- and titanium-vacancies, the repulsion of the Ti-O bond increased, and then the ionic polarization due to the Slater mode decreased.

  11. Zirconium titanate thin film prepared by surface sol-gel process and effects of thickness on dielectric property

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    Kim, C H


    Single phase of multicomponent oxide ZrTiO sub 4 film could be prepared through surface sol-gel route simply by coating the mixture of 100mM zirconium butoxide and titanium butoxide on Pt/Ti/SiO sub 2 /Si(100) substrate, following pyrolysis at 450 .deg. C, and annealing it at 770 .deg. C. The dielectric constant of the film was reduced as the film thickness decreased due to of the interfacial effects caused by layer/electrode and a few voids inside the multilayer. However, the dielectric property was independent of applied dc bias sweeps voltage (-2 to +2 V). The dielectric constant of bulk film, 31.9, estimated using series-connected capacitor model was independent of film thickness and frequency in the measurement range, but theoretical interfacial thickness, t sub i , was dependent on the frequency. It reached a saturated t sub i value, 6.9 A, at high frequency by extraction of some capacitance component formed at low frequency range. The dielectric constant of bulk ZrTiO sub 4 pellet-shaped material was 3...

  12. Hysteresis mechanism and control in pentacene organic field-effect transistors with polymer dielectric

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    Wei Huang


    Full Text Available Hysteresis mechanism of pentacene organic field-effect transistors (OFETs with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA and/or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA dielectrics is studied. Through analyzing the electrical characteristics of OFETs with various PVA/PMMA arrangements, it shows that charge, which is trapped in PVA bulk and at the interface of pentacene/PVA, is one of the origins of hysteresis. The results also show that memory window is proportional to both trap amount in PVA and charge density at the gate/PVA or PVA/pentacene interfaces. Hence, the controllable memory window of around 0 ∼ 10 V can be realized by controlling the thickness and combination of triple-layer polymer dielectrics.

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

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    A. Artemenko


    Full Text Available We report a dielectric relaxation in BaTiO3-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 Ti3+-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.

  14. Resonantly enhanced second-harmonic generation using III-V semiconductor all-dielectric metasurfaces

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    Liu, Sheng; Keeler, Gordon A; Sinclair, Michael B; Yang, Yuanmu; Reno, John; Pertsch, Thomas; Brener, Igal


    Nonlinear optical phenomena in nanostructured materials have been challenging our perceptions of nonlinear optical processes that have been explored since the invention of lasers. For example, the ability to control optical field confinement, enhancement, and scattering almost independently, allows nonlinear frequency conversion efficiencies to be enhanced by many orders of magnitude compared to bulk materials. Also, the subwavelength length scales render phase matching issues irrelevant. Compared with plasmonic nanostructures, dielectric resonator metamaterials show great promise for enhanced nonlinear optical processes due to their larger mode volumes. Here, we present, for the first time, resonantly enhanced second-harmonic generation (SHG) using Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based dielectric metasurfaces. Using arrays of cylindrical resonators we observe SHG enhancement factors as large as 104 relative to unpatterned GaAs. At the magnetic dipole resonance we measure an absolute nonlinear conversion efficiency o...

  15. Hysteresis mechanism and control in pentacene organic field-effect transistors with polymer dielectric (United States)

    Huang, Wei; Shi, Wei; Han, Shijiao; Yu, Junsheng


    Hysteresis mechanism of pentacene organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and/or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) dielectrics is studied. Through analyzing the electrical characteristics of OFETs with various PVA/PMMA arrangements, it shows that charge, which is trapped in PVA bulk and at the interface of pentacene/PVA, is one of the origins of hysteresis. The results also show that memory window is proportional to both trap amount in PVA and charge density at the gate/PVA or PVA/pentacene interfaces. Hence, the controllable memory window of around 0 ˜ 10 V can be realized by controlling the thickness and combination of triple-layer polymer dielectrics.

  16. Identification of structural relaxation in the dielectric response of water

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    Hansen, Jesper Schmidt; Kisliuk, Alexander; Solokov, Alexei P.


    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....

  17. Graphing Polar Curves (United States)

    Lawes, Jonathan F.


    Graphing polar curves typically involves a combination of three traditional techniques, all of which can be time-consuming and tedious. However, an alternative method--graphing the polar function on a rectangular plane--simplifies graphing, increases student understanding of the polar coordinate system, and reinforces graphing techniques learned…

  18. Modeling of gas breakdown and early transients of plasma evolution in cylindrical all-dielectric resonators (United States)

    Panneer Chelvam, P.; Raja, Laxminarayan L.


    We report on the computational modeling of gas break down and evolution of plasma in an all-dielectric resonator structure. Two cylindrical dielectric resonators (DR) of diameter 25 mm with material relative permittivity of 172.5 separated by a 1 mm gap are observed to resonate in a strong constructive interference mode (CIM) at 1.47 GHz. The electric fields in the gap between the DRs are amplified to about 30 times the incident wave strength which leads to gas breakdown in argon at 10 Torr. The species densities in the bulk of plasma rise primarily due to the wave power addition into the plasma. As the species densities rise above 1017 m‑3, the bulk plasma acts as a lossy material and the wave experiences significant damping through collisional losses. As plasma densities in the bulk rise to around 1018 m‑3, the wave is damped significantly in the bulk, and a surface plasmon polariton (SPP) wave mode develops at the interface of plasma sheath and the DR surfaces. These surface waves are initiated due to a thin negative permittivity region of the plasma in the vicinity of the DR surface. The quasi-steady state operation of the resonator system depends on the propagation of the damped CIM in the bulk regions of the plasma, the SPP waves in the sheath region and the slower ambipolar diffusion process in plasma. Gas temperature rise in plasma is found to be small throughout the time scales considered and electrostatic fields are found to play an equally important role for large plasma densities in the sheath regions.

  19. Structural, photoconductivity, and dielectric studies of polythiophene-tin oxide nanocomposites

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    Murugavel, S., E-mail:; Malathi, M., E-mail:


    Highlights: • Synthesis of polythiophene-tin oxide nanocomposites confirmed by FTIR and EDAX. • SEM shows SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded within polythiophene matrix. • Stability and isoelectric point suggest nanoparticle–matrix interaction. • High dielectric constant due to high Maxwell–Wagner interfacial polarization. - Abstract: Polythiophene-tinoxide (PT-SnO{sub 2}) nanocomposites were prepared by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization, in the presence of various concentrations of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Zeta potential measurements. Morphologies and elemental compositions were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The photoconductivity of the nanocomposites was studied by field-dependent dark and photo conductivity measurements. Their dielectric properties were investigated using dielectric spectroscopy, in the frequency range of 1kHz–1 MHz. The results indicated that the SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles in the PT-SnO{sub 2} nanocomposite were responsible for its enhanced dielectric performance.

  20. Molecular dynamics of supercooled ionic liquids studied by light scattering and dielectric spectroscopy (United States)

    Pabst, Florian; Gabriel, Jan; Weigl, Peter; Blochowicz, Thomas


    We investigate molecular dynamics of two supercooled room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) above of their glass transition temperature by means of dynamic light scattering and broadband dielectric spectroscopy from nanoseconds up to ≈105s . We show that a direct comparison of the raw data of these two techniques allows us to identify the reorientation of ions in the dielectric data, giving experimental evidence to a very recently proposed model of Gainaru et al. [1], stating that the conductivity process in ionic liquids takes place through a reorientational step of ions escaping their cage formed by surrounding counterions. Within this approach we can also understand the apparent decoupling of time constants from dielectric spectroscopy and light scattering, often found in ionic liquids, in a very natural way. Furthermore, as a consequence of knowing the reorientational part of the dielectric spectrum, we are able to show that two more processes contribute to these spectra, which are due to electrode polarization effects. The relative position of all three contributions vary among the systems and may overshadow each other, thus complicating the data analysis and favor misinterpretations.