Volume 64, Number 5, December 2003
|675 - 681
|Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties
|01 November 2003
Confinement effects on the excess wing in the dielectric loss of glass-formers
Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 16 September 2003
We present results from dielectric spectroscopy on four molecular glass-formers, both in bulk and in confined geometry. For systems exhibiting a well-resolved secondary (β) relaxation, the confinement induces a relative enhancement (compared to the main α relaxation) of the effective dielectric strength of the β process. In bulk systems without a well-separated β process a similar relative enhancement is found also for the contribution to the dielectric loss identified as the excess wing. The latter effect results in a bimodal loss, which suggests that the excess wing should be attributed to a relaxation process separate from, and thus not a feature of, the α relaxation. The results hence provide an explanation for the much debated excess wing often observed in the dielectric response of glass-formers.
PACS: 64.70.Pf – Glass transitions / 77.22.Gm – Dielectric loss and relaxation
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