Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 274, Issue 1, pp 20–26 | Cite as

A simple formula for the temperature dependence of the relaxation frequency in glassy systems

  • Ing K. Liedermann
Original Contribution


A simple,five-parameter empirical formula for the temperature dependence of the relaxation frequency is presented. It is shown that this formula reduces to the Arrhenius equation at higher temperatures and to the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation at lower temperatures. Apart from parameters which may be obtained independently from either equation the proposed formula contains an additional parameter describing the sharpness of the transition between the regions of validity of Arrhenius or Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation. The applicability of the formula is tested on dielectric relaxation data of acrylic polymers and on other dielectric data available in the literature. The physical meaning of individual parameters is discussed.

Key words

Relaxation temperature dependence acrylates dielectric(s) 


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© Steinkopff Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ing K. Liedermann
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  1. 1.Department of Physics Faculty of Electrical Engineering and InformaticsTechnical University of BrnoBrnoCzech Republic

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