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On the origin of the universal dielectric response in condensed matter

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The observed dielectric response of most materials is seldom in accord with Debye behaviour, but has been found experimentally to exhibit a remarkable ‘universality.’ It is proposed that this universality is a consequence of some ubiquitous correlated states which exhibit an infrared (IR) divergent-like response to induced transitions of the polarising species.

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  1. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., 20375

    • K. L. Ngai
  2. Chelsea College, University of London, Pulton Place, London, SW6 UK

    • A. K. Jonscher
  3. NRC-NRL Resident Research Associate, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., 20375

    • C. T. White

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