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Dielectric Properties and Electronic Applications of Aerogels

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Among their other exceptional properties, aerogels also exhibit unusual dielectric properties due to their nano-sized structures and high porosities. For example, our measurements of the dielectric constants and loss tangents for several aerogel varieties at microwave frequencies show that they both vary linearly with the aerogel density, indicating that the dielectric behavior of aerogels is more gas-like than solid-like. We have also measured the dielectric strength of silica aerogels and find that they are better than ceramics for high voltage insulation. The low dielectric constants and loss tangents of aerogels, along with their controllable thermal expansion properties, make them desirable materials for use as thin films in high speed integrated digital and microwave circuitry.

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Hrubesh, L.W., Pekala, R.W. (1994). Dielectric Properties and Electronic Applications of Aerogels. In: Attia, Y.A. (eds) Sol-Gel Processing and Applications. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-2570-7_31

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