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  • n. Plural form of dielectric.


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  • Michael Faraday was opposed to Newtonian doctrines, and highly disapproved the theory of action at a distance; in fact, when he applied himself to analysing the polarization of insulated media, which he called dielectrics, he hoped to eliminate the hypothesis of such action.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • With that comes a leadership position in new materials and new requirements of technology for materials such as dielectrics, chemicals and silicon, "says Gidu Shroff, vice president of the chipmaker's Technology and Manufacturing Group and director of materials.

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  • The Casimir effect can be understood by the idea that the presence of conducting metals and dielectrics alter the vacuum expectation value of the energy of the second quantized electromagnetic field.

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  • Since the value of this energy depends on the shapes and positions of the conductors and dielectrics, the Casimir effect manifests itself as a force between such objects.

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  • The major uses of sheet and block mica are as electrical insulators in electronic equipment, thermal insulation, gauge “glass”, windows in stove and kerosene heaters, dielectrics in capacitors, decorative panels in lamps and windows, insulation in electric motors and generator armatures, field coil insulation, and magnet and commutator core insulation.


  • The same is true for many other materials, such as various semiconductors, dielectrics, etc.

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  • Besides my work on magnetism, and the closely related subjects of ligand fields and of dielectrics, one of my interests has been molecular spectra.

    John H. van Vleck - Autobiography

  • This means utilizing dielectric materials, not metals, as dielectrics are the best resonators at these short waves.

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  • Over the years, the subjects of his interest came to include colloids, dielectrics, order-disorder transitions, metals and superfluids, hydrodynamics and fractionation theory.

    Lars Onsager - Biography

  • Some dielectrics 0.2 mm. thick can be made to stand up to 8,000 volts when in small pieces, but in complete condensers a much greater margin must be allowed.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 795, March 28, 1891


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