Terahertz-frequency dielectric response of liquids

Peter Uhd Jepsen, Uffe Møller, David Cooke

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The dielectric response of liquids spans many decades in frequency. The dielectric response of a polar liquid is typically determined by relaxational dynamics of the dipolar moments of the liquid. In contrast, the dielectric response of a nonpolar liquid is determined by much weaker collision-induced dipole moments. In the polar liquid water the fastest relaxational dynamics is found at terahertz frequencies, just below the first intermolecular vibrational and librational modes. In this presentation we will discuss optical terahertz spectroscopic techniques for measurement of the full dielectric function of liquids at terahertz frequencies. We will review the current understanding of the high-frequency dielectric spectrum of water, and discuss the relation between the dielectric spectrum and the thermodynamic properties of certain aqueous solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventDanish Physical Society Annual Meeting 2010 - Nyborg, Denmark
Duration: 22 Jun 201023 Jun 2010


ConferenceDanish Physical Society Annual Meeting 2010

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