Spatial uniformity of the β-relaxation in D-sorbitol

Hermann Wagner, Ranko Richert

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Signatures of the slow β-relaxation of D-sorbitol as observed by macroscopic dielectric relaxation and solvation dynamics over a wide range of temperatures are compared. The latter technique senses the local dielectric relaxation in the immediate vicinity of a chromophore, which is present only at very low concentrations. The conformity of locally sensitized and macroscopically averaged results for the glassy state indicates that the secondary relaxation is a spatially uniform feature. If the β-process were spatially confined it should not be detectable by solvation probes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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