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Nonlinear Dielectric Spectroscopy

  • Ranko Richert

Part of the Advances in Dielectrics book series (ADVDIELECT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Dmitry V. Matyushov
    Pages 1-34
  3. P. M. Déjardin, W. T. Coffey, F. Ladieu, Yu. P. Kalmykov
    Pages 35-74
  4. Ralph V. Chamberlin, Roland Böhmer, Ranko Richert
    Pages 127-185
  5. Sylwester J. Rzoska, Aleksandra Drozd-Rzoska, Szymon Starzonek
    Pages 187-217
  6. S. Albert, M. Michl, P. Lunkenheimer, A. Loidl, P. M. Déjardin, F. Ladieu
    Pages 219-260 Open Access
  7. C. M. Roland, D. Fragiadakis
    Pages 261-276
  8. P. Lunkenheimer, M. Michl, A. Loidl
    Pages 277-300
  9. Kyu Hyun, Manfred Wilhelm
    Pages 321-368
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 369-372

About this book


This book introduces the ideas and concepts of nonlinear dielectric spectroscopy, outlines its history, and provides insight into the present state of the art of the experimental technology and understanding of nonlinear dielectric effects. Emphasis is on what can be learned from nonlinear experiments that could not be derived from the linear counterparts. 

The book explains that nonlinear dielectric spectroscopy can be used as a tool to measure structural recovery or physical aging, as well as connections between dynamics and thermodynamic variables such as enthalpy and entropy. Supercooled liquids in their viscous regime are ideal candidates for investigating nonlinear effects, because they are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature, and thus also to changes in the electric field. Other interesting materials covered are plastic crystals and complex liquids near criticality. The book also points out that, compared with other techniques such as mechanical shear experiments, the nonlinear regime of dielectric spectroscopy is special in the sense that the energies involved always remain small compared with thermal energies. To demonstrate this, nonlinear features of mechanical experiments are discussed. Theoretical approaches to nonlinear effects are particularly complicated because the tools available for the linear regime no longer apply. As a result, there is no single generally accepted theory to nonlinear dielectric responses of real liquids. Various approaches to nonlinear dielectric features have been reported, and the different aspects are communicated in several chapters. The book communicates recent progress most effectively through individual contributions from specialists in their respective fields.

Chapter 'Third and Fifth Harmonic Responses in Viscous Liquids' is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via


Nonlinear phenomena Complex liquids Ionic liquids Dielectric spectroscopy Nonlinear dielectric relaxation Polar molecules Supercooled liquids Electric field Plastic crystals

Editors and affiliations

  • Ranko Richert
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Molecular SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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