Carrier Concentrations and Relaxation Spectroscopy: New Information From Scaling Properties of Conductivity Spectra in Ionically Conducting Glasses

Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.51). 03/1997; 78(11):2160-2163. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.78.2160


A new kind of scaling analysis for the conductivity spectra of glasses without any arbitrary parameters is presented. By applying this method to sodium borate glasses of different compositions, we find strong indications for the existence of a universal ionic relaxation process as well as for a strong electrolyte behavior. Our results enable us to show that the often used electric modulus formalism is misleading when relaxation mechanisms on a microscopic level are concerned. A more meaningful discussion can be based on the log-log dependence of the conductivity on frequency.

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    • "It is obvious that, we do not follow fitting at all (yet it could be done to define all the related parameters in w or T, etc., for better extrapolations): We solve the equations at some points for σ(w) and mimic the empirical data and try to make predictions. Below are the results with the parameters given in Tables I, II and III for doped Si [15], sodium borate glasses [16] and mixed alkali glasses [3], respectively. Various discussions about the model are given in further sections and Appendix; and, it may be worth to brief the underlying currents in several temperature regimes here: We have mainly displacement and polarization currents at small temperatures; T<E A /k B where E A is Arrhenius (activation) energy. "
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