Effects of Strong Static Fields on the Dielectric Relaxation of Supercooled Liquids

  • Ranko RichertEmail author
Part of the Advances in Dielectrics book series (ADVDIELECT)


When large DC-bias fields are applied to polar dielectric liquids, the orientational polarization of dipoles will lead to a considerable macroscopic dipole moment of the sample. In this situation, the dielectric relaxation behavior probed by a small amplitude AC-field superimposed onto the large DC-field will differ from the zero-bias field limit. This chapter summarizes the experimental approaches to dielectric spectroscopy in the presence of a large amplitude static field and the findings from such experiments. Only nonlinear effects that are completely reversible will be addressed, focusing on glass forming materials, as systems near their glass transition turn out to be particularly sensitive to external fields. The relation to third harmonic responses obtained from AC-fields is briefly discussed.



This work is partly supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE-1564663.


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  1. 1.School of Molecular SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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