Nonlinear Dielectric Relaxation in AC and DC Electric Fields

  • P. M. DéjardinEmail author
  • W. T. Coffey
  • F. Ladieu
  • Yu. P. Kalmykov
Part of the Advances in Dielectrics book series (ADVDIELECT)


Current theories of the nonlinear static and dynamic dielectric susceptibilities of polar fluids subjected to strong AC and DC electric fields are reviewed with specific emphasis on those extending Debye’s theory of linear dielectric relaxation of an assembly of polar molecules. The inclusion of intermolecular interactions in this theory as well as nonlinear dielectric relaxation in the presence of time-dependent fields is discussed. In particular, we emphasize the role played by intermolecular interactions in the determination of the macroscopic dielectric properties of a polar fluid via microscopic calculations, in both the linear and nonlinear responses.



We are indebted to Profs F. van Wijland L.F. Cugliandolo for helpful conversations and for having introduced us to the Dean-Kawasaki formalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. M. Déjardin
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. T. Coffey
    • 2
  • F. Ladieu
    • 3
  • Yu. P. Kalmykov
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique (LAMPS, EA4217)Université de Perpignan via DomitiaPerpignanFrance
  2. 2.Department of Electronic and Electrical EngineeringTrinity CollegeDublin 2Ireland
  3. 3.SPEC, CEA, CNRSUniversité Paris-SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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