Anisotropic electric fluctuations in polar liquids under spherical confinement

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The anisotropic local electric fluctuations within a nanoscopic sphere of a polar fluid surrounded by vacuum are analysed using dielectric theory and molecular simulation. The electric fluctuations are characterized through the mean-square multipole moments (Q(l)(2)), which are related to the dielectric constant of the fluid. The results show that the fluctuations are suppressed close to the fluid boundary, with a stronger effect on the fluctuations perpendicular as compared to those parallel to the surface. Furthermore, the effect becomes weaker and more short-ranged as the order l of the fluctuating multipole moments is increased. The agreement between the results from dielectric theory and those from molecular simulations are satisfactory, in spite of the inhomogeneous density of the molecular system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Physics
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event8th Liblice Conference on the Statistical Mechanics of LIquids - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 2010 Jun 132010 Jun 18

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0026-8976
ISSN (Electronic)1362-3028


Conference8th Liblice Conference on the Statistical Mechanics of LIquids
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Physical Chemistry 1 (S) (011001006), Theoretical Chemistry (S) (011001039)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Free keywords

  • polar liquids
  • confined liquids
  • dielectric properties


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