Evidence for dynamic heterogeneity near Tg from the time-resolved inhomogeneous broadening of optical line shapes

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The temporal evolution of inhomogeneous spectra emitted by dye molecules in the course of their solvation within a supercooled liquid is analyzed, where the average emission energy ν(t) probes the dielectric relaxation. The observed increase in the optical line width, σinh(t), near the glass transition is compared to corresponding simulations under the conditions of spatially heterogeneous and homogeneous solvation dynamics. From this data on higher moments of the relaxing quantity, we conclude on the spatial variation of relaxation times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6323-6326
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number33
StatePublished - Aug 14 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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