, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 497-511
Date: 02 May 2013

Electrode polarization and interface effects in liquid crystal systems with mobile ions: development of a model of bipolar diffusion

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Abstract

The influence of mobile ions on the results of impedance spectroscopy (dielectric spectroscopy) measurements performed on a liquid crystal cell using the new mathematical model recently described was investigated. This mathematical model reformulates the fundamental equation system of continuity for mobile charge carriers and the Poisson equation using new variables. One makes the following assumptions: ions have different mobilities and diffusion coefficients, there is no generation-recombination process, the equilibrium carrier concentrations are uniform and equal each other, the electrodes are either completely blocking or blocked with adsorption-desorption processes. The final result is the analytical expression of the equivalent admittance for the system, allowing to have a clearer picture of the mobile ions and of the processes that occur at the electrode interface influencing the dielectric behavior.