Received 3 September 2015; accepted 26 February 2016; published 29 February 2016
Whenever a divalent impurity ion is introduced in an alkali halide matrix, a vacancy is created in its neighborhood for the sake of charge compensation. Vacancy created at the next nearest neighbour position with respect to the impurity ion forms an impurity-vacancy (IV) dipole. It would be justified to mention that at any instant of time, the vacancy will be located at one of the twelve equivalent sites around the impurity ion along <110> di-
rection. The dipole moment (p) of the created IV dipole will be where e is the electronic charge and a is
the interatomic distance. In the absence of electric field, IV dipoles are randomly oriented in the system. In the presence of polarizing electric field, these 12 equally probable orientations of IV dipoles will group into 3 categories as (a) 4 orientations with the energy favouring preferred direction of orientation, (b) 4 orientations with zero energy lying perpendicular to the electric field and (c) 4 orientations with the energy lie along unpreferred direction of orientation. For the IV dipoles of category (a) in the preferred orientation direction, the polarization P after the application of electric field increases exponentially   with the passage of time t as
where is the saturation polarization at the polarization temperature and is the relaxation time at the temperature corresponding to time t. is expressed through
where is the number of IV dipoles per unit volume, k is the Boltzmann’s constant and is a dimensionless geometrical parameter which depends on the possible orientations of the dipole in the crystal structure. For
free rotating dipoles, has a value of 1/3. Thus, saturation polarization is expressed as
After the application of electric field, it is observed that P increases exponentially with the passage of time t in accordance with Equation (1) as shown in Figure 1. R.T in the figure represents the room temperature. It would be justified to mention that IV dipoles of category (b) with zero energy will not contribute to the polarization being perpendicular to. Further, those IV dipoles wih energy of category (c) will also not contribute to the polarization being in the unpreferred orientation position. Thus, it is only 1/3 of the total number of IV dipoles in the specimen which will be polarized after the application of to the extent pre-
sented by Equation (3). Saturation polarization is obtained through the application of electric field
at the polarization temperature for a time large in comparison to its relaxation time at as shown in the range B to C of Figure 1. For recording the ionic thermocurrent (ITC) measurement   such polarized IV dipoles with the electric field still on are rapidly cooled down to a fairly low temperature as shown in
Figure 1. Polarization (P) of the specimen as a function of time (t).
the range C to M of Figure 1. For close to room temperature, is achieved quickly whereas at lower
temperatures, more time is needed because of large relaxation time at these temperatures in accordance with the Arrhenius relation 
where is the relaxation time at the temperature T, is the fundamental relaxation time or relaxation time at infinite temperature and is the activation energy for the orientation of IV dipole. The temperature is hence chosen suitably in such a way that the relaxation time at is quite large or practically infinite. Thus, motion of IV dipole is hindered at. At such a low temperature the electric field is switched off at the point D of Figure 1, leaving the IV dipoles in the polarized condition since the relaxation time being practically infinite at. Consequently, these polarized IV dipoles are frozen-in in the crystalline lattice. Similar experimental steps up to the point D are also followed in Figure 2, the details of which will be given elsewhere later on. The extent of frozen-in polarization is given by Equation (3). It has been an awaited requirement that the polarization in a system be increased to explore its technical potentialities. To have the maximum utilization and technical application of the dielectric properties of the system, workers engaged in the field of dielectric relaxation studies were putting lot of efforts to increase the polarization of the system. With this aim in view, an experimental method has been proposed in this article which helps in increasing the extent of polarization. Thus, frozen-in polarized IV dipoles of category (a) can be joined with those IV dipoles of category (c) following the experimental procedure suggested in this article leading to increment in the polarization.
2. Suggested Experimental Technique
After getting the frozen-in polarized IV dipoles at the point D of Figure 1, the specimen is kept for some time at in the range D to L for establishing equilibrium condition at. The system is then heated at the point L of Figure 1 following a constant linear heating rate b according to
Consequently, the temperature T increases from with the passage of time t as shown in Figure 1. When the temperature is increased to TF corresponding to point R of Figure 1, the frozen-in polarized IV dipoles become able to depolarize or disorient  and continue depolarizing exponentially with the increasing temperature resulting in the appearance of depolarization current I. Resulting depolarization current I can be recorded expe-
Figure 2. Schematic diagram of experimental steps of polarization in the two runs of ITC spectra.
rimentally as a function of T. Plot of I versus T is known as an ITC spectrum   . A representative ITC spectrum is shown in Figure 3 with the respective locations of, TF and. An ITC spectrum is an asymmetrical curve as obvious from Figure 3. It is very much similar to a thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve involving a monomolecular or first order kinetics. ITC spectrum is mathematically represented by  
where Qo is the total charge released during an ITC run and is an arbitrary temperature in the temperature range TF to T. The value of Qo is determined from the area of the ITC spectrum using the relation  
where represents the total area of the ITC spectrum enclosed in the temperature range to. It is
obvious from Figure 3 that depolarization current does not start appearing at rather it starts appearing at a slightly higher temperature when frozen-in polarized IV dipoles become able to depolarize or disorient  . Peak value Im of ITC spectrum appears at the temperature as shown in the figure. The values of, , , Im, and b are obtained experimentally. These values are needed for characterizing the ITC spectrum and for evaluating the relevant parameters like and. It is obvious from Figures 1-3 that, and are different such that. Polarization temperature will lower down to while rapidly cooling down the specimen from to. Consequently, the system will effectively be polarized corresponding to temperature TF. Below the relaxation time becomes practically infinite and hence the system is not polarized up to. Equation (3) for TF will, hence, be represented by
where is the equilibrium polarization established at. he value of in Equation (8) depends on the rate of rapid cooling   . During rapidly cooling down the specimen from to in the presence of, the polarization increases from to exponentially as shown in Figure 1. The extent of increase in depends on the rate of rapid cooling. Higher rate of rapid cooling results in less increment in
Figure 3. A representative ITC spectrum where I is recorded as a function of T.
polarization because lowering down of the temperature from to becomes less and less with the increasing rate of rapid cooling   . If the rate of rapid cooling is infinitely large, the increment in the polariza-
tion will be zero and will remain equal to because of the fact that time available for polarization of specimen is much less than the corresponding relaxation time at that temperature. Since, depends on the rate of rapid cooling and hence also depends consequently on the rate of rapid cooling. It has been established
rature, has invariably been inadvertently used   in place of.
Corresponding to recorded ITC spectrum expressed through Equation (6), depolarization current density (J) is represented by
where S is the area of the crystal specimen. Obviously J is depolarization current per unit area. The quantity (Qo/S) in Equation (9) represents the frozen-in polarization at the temperature as  
Combination of Equations (8) and (10) gives
Obviously, Qo depends on the area of the crystal specimen under investigation.
To get the number of polarized IV dipoles increased, an experimental procedure is proposed in this article. Frozen-in polarized IV dipoles are obtained following the experimental steps up to point D of Figure 1. ITC spectrum corresponding to frozen-in polarized IV dipoles is recorded experimentally following a constant linear heating rate. Such a plot is shown in Figure 3. Now the experimental procedure is repeated on the same specimen and in similar experimental conditions up to point D of Figure 2. The specimen will now be maintained at in the range D to N of Figure 2, to have the equilibrium condition established at. At the point N, the polarizing electric field EP will be applied in the opposite direction with reversed polarity. At the point F of Figure 2, the specimen will be slowly heated to a temperature slightly higher than in the presence of reversed applied electric field and maintained at this temperature for a time large in comparison to its relaxation time at this temperature. Consequently, those IV dipoles of category (c) which were initially in the unpreferred orientation position will now become automatically in the preferred orientation position in accordance with the reversed applied electric field direction and hence will remain oriented as such. Whereas already frozen-in polarized IV dipoles of category (a) will flip their orientation position in accordance with the direction of the reversed applied electric field. Thus, IV dipoles of categories (a) and (c) will become oriented along the same direction. IV dipoles of category (b) will remain unaffected being perpendicular to the reversed applied electric field. At the point G of Figure 2, the specimen will be rapidly cooled down to keeping the same rate of rapid cooling as at the point C of both the Figure 1 and Figure 2. The reversed applied electric field will be switched off at the point H of Figure 2. Thus, the polarized IV dipoles of catagories (a) and (c) are obtained in the frozen-in condition in the crystalline lattice. The resulting frozen-in polarization after following the suggested experimental procedure will obviously be due to IV dipoles of catagories (a) and (c). Thus, the total number of frozen-in polarized IV dipoles will be doubled i.e. 2/3rd of the total number of IV dipoles. Obviously, one will thus get more number of frozen-in polarized IV dipoles through the suggested experimental procedure. Expression for net frozen-in polarization due to IV dipoles of catagories (a) and (c) will hence be given by
The specimen will now be kept at the temperature in the range H to K of Figure 2, to establish equilibrium of net frozen―in polarized IV dipoles. ITC spectrum recorded after executing the suggested experimental procedure up to point K will show the peak value almost 2 times more in comparison to previously recorded ITC spectrum provided the constant linear heating rate b and other experimental conditions are maintained in both the experimental runs of ITC. It will be advantageous to reiterate just for the sake of clarification that 1st ITC spectrum of Figure 4 is recorded after following the experimental steps up to point D of Figure 1 whereas 2nd ITC spectrum is recorded after following the experimental steps up to point K of Figure 2. Further, electric field in one direction in the range B to D will be applied for less time than that in the opposite direction with reversed polarity in the range N to H because relaxation time at a temperature slightly higher than is much more in comparison to the relaxation time at. The peak of the ITC spectrum in both the runs will be located at the same position of temperature since b is kept same   . The values of and shall remain the same in both these cases being characteristic features of the specimen under investigation. A little difference may appear in the two recorded ITC spectra particularly because of the fact that used in above equations depends on the rate of rapid cooling   which may differ in the two runs of ITC. It is expected that a fairly good agreement will be obtained between experimental and theoretical values. Thus the polarization of the system can be increased following the suggested experimental technique.
3. Results and Discussion
ITC spectrum recorded corresponding to the polarization conditions up to point D of Figure 1 following a constant linear heating rate will look like curve 1 of Figure 4. If we record another ITC spectrum on the same specimen in similar experimental conditions following the polarization procedure up to point K of Figure 2 and heating the specimen with the same constant linear heating rate, the recorded spectrum will appear like curve 2 of Figure 4. It is obvious from the figure that the peak of the ITC spectrum is doubled while rest of the parameters remains the same. A slight difference in the peak values of ITC spectra in the cases 1 and 2 of Figure 4 from the theoretically anticipated value may be due to slight difference in the values of rate of rapid cooling in the two cases. It is a known fact that depends on the rate of rapid cooling. Consequently, the values of while rapidly cooling down the specimen may be slightly different in the two cases of Figure 4. However, in the record of ITC spectra of Figure 4, the values of are observed to be the same because ITC spectra are recorded after slowly heating the specimen following same constant linear heating rate. Depolarization current starts appearing at in both the runs of ITC spectra while slowly heating the specimen following a constant linear heating rate. It is because of this reason that established while rapidly cooling down the specimen
Figure 4. ITC spectra recorded following same constant linear heating rate and in similar experimental conditions on the same specimen: 1. Polarized following the experimental process up to point D of Figure 1. 2. Polarized following the experimental process up to point K of Figure 2.
may be different than that recorded during ITC spectra. Higher value of gives less value of result-
ing in less value of Im and vice-vresa. Higher value of due to changes in the experimental conditions may be the probable reason for peak value in case 2 of Figure 4 being <2Im. If the value of while rapidly cooling down the specimen in both the runs of ITC spectra happens to be more in 1st run than that of 2nd run due to different rates of rapid cooling in the two cases, one would observe the peak value of ITC spectrum in 2nd run > 2Im. It is obvious from Equations (2) and (3) that the polarization P is inversely proportional to T. If is less,
will obviously be more resulting in the more value of Qo through Equation (10). Higher value of Qo leads to more value of Im according to  
It has to be taken care of in Equation (13) that and integration is performed in the range to. Thus, the peak value of ITC spectrum in the 2nd run after following different experimental steps up to point K of Figure 2 may be different than 2Im. It would be justified to mention that it is experimentally very difficult to maintain the same rate of rapid cooling in the two cases being a very fast changing process. However, constant linear heating rate can be maintained easily while recording the ITC runs resulting in the location of ITC peak at the same temperature. In this reference it would be advantageous to go through the experimental observations of thermally stimulated polarization current (TSPC) measurements by Kristianpoller and Krish  recorded on BaF2 crystals doped with Tb3+. While recording the TSPC spectra on this system they have kept (i), (ii) keeping at some suitable value for the purposes of polarization and (iii) keeping same as in case (ii) but applied in the opposite direction while rapidly cooling down the specimen. Subsequently, they have observed different TSPC peaks in these three referred cases. In case (iii), the TSPC peak has experimentally been found to be 2 times more  in comparison to that obtained in case (ii). Thus, theoretically expected results proposed in this article, get a justification and a positive support through these experimental findings.
Increment in the number of polarized IV dipoles is also obtained during photo-induced polarization (PIP) when the specimen is simultaneously polarized and irradiated in its suitable absorption band   . Increment to the extent of 70% has been observed during PIP  . It must be noticed that the increase in polarization during PIP takes place via electronic excited state   . In the present suggested experimental procedure the polarization is increased through the orientation of IV dipoles taking place in the electronic ground state following bistable model  . Thus, the number of IV dipoles to the extent of 2/3rd of the total number of IV dipoles can be polarized through the suggested experimental procedure proposed in this article.
The authors are thankful to Dr. R.A Agrawal, the chairman of the institute, for providing necessary facilities. They are also thankful to Mr. A. K. Srivastava, Mrs. Vandana Gupta and Mr. A.K. Arya for their help in computer graphics.
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