Plastic Crystals

In plastic crystals the centers of mass of the molecules form a regular crystalline lattice but the molecules are dynamically disordered with respect to the orientational degrees of freedom (see figure below). Orientationally disordered crystals are often considered as model systems for structural glasses. It is our aim to investigate the relaxation dynamics focusing on the high-frequency behavior also in this totally different class of glass forming systems.

Amongst others, the investigations in our group include the following materials (click on the names to learn more):


An overview of our investigations on various plastic crystals can be found in:


Relaxation dynamics in plastic crystals
R. Brand, P. Lunkenheimer, and A. Loidl
J. Chem. Phys. 116, 10386 (2002).

structural glass formers vs. plastic crystals



Some relevant publications from our group:

(click here for a complete list of publications of our group)

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