Date of Award

Summer 1970

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Mendelson, Kenneth S.

Second Advisor

Sokolowski, D. H.

Third Advisor

Seitz, Martin


A one dimensional model of a polarization mechanism, consisting of a charged particle which may assume one of two equilibrium positions about a particle of opposite charge, acts like a dipole in an alternating field. The effect of this dipole on the bulk dielectric has been treated by others. The behavior of the dipole near the edge of the dielectric sample where an image force has an additional effect on its behavior has been investigated in this paper. It has been determined whether dipoles near the edge affect the bulk dielectric properties. The work is limited to a frequency range below 10 7 herz, the approximate limit of the ability of dipoles to follow an alternating field; and it will be assumed the dipoles are far enough apart not to interact. While the theory applies to any ionic crystal, constants for NaCl will be employed whenever calculations are made.