Coexistence of the critical slowing down and glassy freezing in relaxor ferroelectrics

B. Vugmeister, H. Rabitz

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We have developed a dynamical model for the dielectric response in relaxor ferroelectrics that explicitly takes into account the coexistence of the critical slowing down and glassy freezing. The application of the model to the experiment in (Formula presented) (PMN) allowed for the reconstruction of the nonequilibrium spin-glass state order parameter and its comparison with the results of recent NMR experiment [R. Blinc et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 83, 424 (1999)]. It is shown that the degree of the local freezing is rather small even at temperatures where the field-cooled permittivity exceeds the frequency-dependent permittivity by an order of magnitude. This observation indicates the significant role of the critical slowing down (accompanying the glass freezing) in the system dynamics. Also, the theory predicts an important interrelationship between the frequency-dependent permittivity and the zero-field-cooled permittivity, which proved to be consistent with the experiment in PMN [A. Levstik et al., Phys. Rev. B 57, 11 204 (1998)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14448-14453
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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