Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

June 1972


Published by American Journal of Physics. American Journal of Physics 40, 883 (1972). ©1972 American Journal of Physics. Permission to use.


Research projects for undergraduates should satisfy several conditions with regards to the physical insight, experimental manipulation, data analyses, and time for the experimental run that are required of the students. These conditions are satisfied by the study of dipole relaxations in dielectric materials using the method of ionic thermocurrents (ITC). ITC can be used to determine the concentration, activation energy, and relaxation time of dipoles in a dielectric. The necessary equipment and some possible research projects are discussed.

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