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A full-week course, 27-31 May 2019. San Sebastián - Spain
(next edition is scheduled for year 2021)

Organized by: Materials Physics Center (CFM), joint center of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
The laboratory course is a joint EUSMI / SOFTCOMP initiative

with the collaboration of Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)
and the UPV/EHU Vice-rectorate of the Campus of Gipuzkoa.

pre-registration is open!
Deadline March 10

Apply using the preregistration form available -> here
by sending the form to the following e-mail address: BDS_lab.cfm@ehu.es

Please download a poster -> here for further advertisement.

Teachers : Prof. A. Alegría, Dr. S. Arrese-Igor, Dr. D. Cangialosi, Dr. S. Cerveny, Dr. G.A. Schwartz

Invited lecturer:  Dr. Catalin Gainaru. Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)

The Polymer and Soft Matter Group (PSMG) at Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
San Sebastián, Spain, organizes a laboratory course on broad-band dielectric spectroscopy.

The course
is open to graduate students and researchers in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Biology.

The laboratory course will consist of lectures and experimental sessions. The lectures will include an introduction to polarization theory, dielectric materials and instrumentation. Selected experiments on soft-matter and polymers will be conducted and analyzed by the participants. Furthermore, there will be an Invited Tutorial on a specific topic involving intensively dielectric relaxation experiments.

It is the aim of the course to introduce participants into the dielectric relaxation experimental techniques and its applications in soft-condensed matter research.

Course Responsible: Prof. A. Alegría

Lectures sessions

Laboratory Sessions

  • Fundamentals of electrostatics and dielectric materials
  • Polarization and dielectric permittivity
  • Dielectric relaxation
  • Models of the dielectric relaxation
  • Experimental methods
  • Data analysis
  • Open tutorial on: "Dielectric spectroscopy and its relation to other experimental techniques" 

  • Introducction to the laboratory equipments
  • Sample preparation methods
  • Conducting a BDS experiment
  • Experiment in the microwave range
  • Conducting a time-domain experiment
  • Analysis of the obtained data
  • Results and interpretation

The participants will be divided into three small groups. Each group will work at three different instruments. The experimental data measured will be analyzed by the participants assisted by the course teachers.


last change 29.01.2019