Dielectric Properties and Materials

  • Robert M. Hill


Elsewhere it has been noted(1) that what might well be the first area of experimental physics has benefited least by the quantum revolution. The area in question, of course, was that opened up by Thales of Milerus around 500 BC, when he is reported to have rubbed some amber with fur and noticed that the amber then attracted particles over small, but finite, distances and that this attractive property decayed in time. Frictional electricity, as it came to be called, was investigated by Faraday, who deduced that the effect was due to the induction of charges on the surface of the amber by the action of rubbing and the retention of these surface charges over a period of time. Both these properties are still required of a di-electric, or dielectric—viz., the storage of surface charge and a low rate of dissipation of this charge within the bulk of the material. In more conventional terms we say that a good dielectric has to have a high capacitance and a low leakage current.


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  • Robert M. Hill
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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