Universalities in the primary response of condensed matter

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In 1863 it was first recognized that materials may exhibit two distinct types of primary response. Although the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) and Curie-von Schweidler (CvS) laws are still in use, observed relaxation is now known to deviate from such simple formulas. In 1990, Dixon et al. discovered a scaling procedure demonstrating that even the deviations from the KWW law are remarkably universal. Here, we introduce a modified Dixon-Nagel scaling for CvS-like behavior, then use a model of mesoscopic domains with internal degrees of freedom to provide a common physical basis for both "universalities".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-550
Number of pages6
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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