Several experimental methods feature the potential to distinguish between slow and fast contributions to the non-exponential, ensemble averaged primary response in glass-forming materials. Some of these techniques are based on the selection of subensembles using multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance, optical bleaching, and non-resonant spectral hole burning. Others, such as the time-dependent solvation spectroscopy, measure microscopic responses induced by local perturbations. Using several of these methods it could be demonstrated for various glass-forming materials that the non-exponential relaxation results from a superposition of dynamically distinguishable entities. The experimental observation that subensembles can be selected efficiently indicates a large degree of heterogeneity. The intrinsic response is compatible with single exponential relaxation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry