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Dielectric constants what is the limit

  1. Aug 27, 2010 #1
    Hi there,

    Do we know which material has the highest dielectric constant (exact figures would be nice),and what is the highest break down voltage achievable for that particular material.
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  3. Aug 28, 2010 #2


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  4. Aug 28, 2010 #3


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    The dielectric constant is temperature- and frequency dependent (in some materials there is a very strong dependence) which is why it is difficult to give exact values. High dielectric constants are also very difficult to measure with good accuracy.

    A good example is strontium oxide (STO) which has a dielectric constant of about 300 or so at RTand MW freuquency, but that values goes up to to tens of thousands at cryogenic temperatures (unless you go up to about 1 THz or so when it drops down to about 10 or so)
  5. Oct 19, 2010 #4
    I once did a back-of-the-napkin calculation that, if we assume an electron is a dielectric-filled shell (mass) with a uniform surface charge (... total charge e ), the dielectric relative dielectric constant of the electron would be about 432. Probably not right.

    I've changed my model a bit in the past year, but it's an interesting question to raise. What is an electron? No one knows. Anyone who says they do, is a liar.

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