Polarization response of a dielectric continuum to a motion of charge

Ranko Richert, Hermann Wagner

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In cases where dielectric relaxation dominates the time scale of molecular processes which involve the motion of charge (e.g., solvation dynamics, electron transfer reactions, or chemical reactions), the relevant time scale is the longitudinal relaxation time τL, which is generally faster than the dielectric relaxation time τD. Numerical calculations of the polarizations PD(t) with dE(t)/dt = 0 and PE(t) with dD(t)/dt = 0 for an electrical RC network equivalent to an arbitrary dielectric function ε*(ω) are performed in order to generalize the relation between τL and τD which only for the Debye case reads τL = τDεs. The results for non-Debye systems as a function of relaxation time dispersion and relaxation strength are that 〈τL〉 ≪ 〈τD〉εs whereas the decay profiles for PD(t) and PE(t) are similar. The normalized field decay PE(t) represents a continuum model prediction for the Stokes shift correlation function C(t) observed in solvation dynamics experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10948-10951
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number27
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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