Relaxational dynamics of polar nanodomains in Sr1 - xCaxTiO3, x = 0.002

W. Kleemann, A. Albertini, Ralph Chamberlin, J. G. Bednorz

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The dielectric permittivity of Sr1 - xCaxTiO3, x - 0.002, measured at frequencies 10-3 ≤ f ≤ 107 Hz and temperatures 1.5 ≤ T ≤ 15 K, exhibits enhanced loss, ε″(f), on its low-f slope. This contrasts with conventional glassy dynamics and is attributed to dynamic heterogeneity involving thermally activated relaxation of dynamically coupled mesoscopic domains. Crossover into non-activated dynamics occurs at very low f as corroborated by temporal relaxation studies of the field-induced polarization P. Below T ≈ 3 K athermal quantum tunneling starts to dominate both ε″ (f) and P(t).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 10 1997

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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