Spectral selectivity in the slow β-relaxation of a molecular glass

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The time-resolved electric-field relaxation in glassy D-sorbitol is measured by dielectric hole-burning, i.e. with and without a preceding high electric sinusoidal burn field. The question is whether the burn-induced modifications of the response are frequency-selective (dielectric "holes") and thus indicative of heterogeneous dynamics, where slow and fast responses coexist in the material. For burn fields between 250 and 440 kV/cm such holes in the responses are observed, whose positions shift linearly with the inverse burn frequency. Recovery time measurements indicate that these modifications of the Johari-Goldstein process in glassy D-sorbitol are long lived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-773
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 11 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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