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What Is The Difference Between These Dielectric Terms?

by FredericChopin
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Nov2-13, 08:25 PM
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Can someone please explain to me what the difference between these terms are?

1. Dielectric constant
2. Relative dielectric constant
3. Dielectric loss

I came across them on this website:

Also, I don't really know what "δ" and "εr'" on the website are meant to represent.

All and any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Nov3-13, 02:23 AM
P: 58
Also, does anyone know the derivation to the equation:

$$\alpha = \frac{2 \pi }{ \lambda } \sqrt[]{ \frac{ \varepsilon_r \sqrt[]{1 + tan^{2} \delta } - 1}{2} }$$

, which is also on the website?

Thank you.
Nov4-13, 04:29 AM
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An ideal capacitor has no losses, a dielectric introduced between the plates just changes the total capacitance in proportion to the relative dielectric constant.

An non-ideal dielectric also introduces a loss, which we represent by a resistance between the plates. So the real capacitor shows both capacitance and resistance; I think that leads to the angle you have there, δ.

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