Dresden 2009 – wissenschaftliches Programm
DF 9.6: Vortrag
Dienstag, 24. März 2009, 15:40–16:00, WIL B321
Relaxational dynamics of a fragile plastic crystal investigated by dielectric spectroscopy — •Thomas Bauer, Melanie Köhler, Peter Lunkenheimer, and Alois Loidl — Experimental Physics V, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, University of Augsburg, 86135 Augsburg, Germany
In the present contribution, we report dielectric spectra on 60succinonitrile-40glutaronitrile (60S40GN), a binary mixture showing an orientationally disordered (OD) plastic-crystal phase with unusually high fragility .
Based on earlier works , the relaxation dynamics of OD materials generally seem to show rather strong characteristics within the strong-fragile classification scheme by Angell. However, the plastic crystalline phase of 60S40GN behaves unconventional in this respect and can be characterized as fragile . This finding may be ascribed to a higher density of minima in the potential energy landscape, caused by substitutional disorder effects. Furthermore, the presented system is a good ionic conductor, showing decoupling between rotational and translational dynamics. In addition, while most other plastic crystalline phases show no or only a very weak secondary process , 60S40GN exhibits a well developed β relaxation.
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