- Hill, A.J. and Jones, P.L. and Lind, J.H. and Pearsall, G.W., A positron annihilation lifetime study of isothermal structural relaxation in bisphenol-A polycarbonate,
J. Polym. Sci. A, Polym. Chem. (USA), vol. 26 no. 6
pp. 1541 - 52 .
(last updated on 2007/04/10)
Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy has been used to study the isothermal relaxation response of compression molded bisphenol-A polycarbonate at temperatures of 263, 273, and 303 K. The temperature dependence of both the lifetime and intensity of the ortho-Positronium (o-Ps) pickoff component is discussed in terms of ductile-to-brittle transition behavior and free volume theory. An additive exponential model and the Williams-Watt model were used to analyze the relaxation as a function of temperature and provided results consistent with the anticipated molecular mobility of polycarbonate at sub-Tg temperatures
ductile-brittle transition;polymer structure;positron annihilation in liquids and solids;stress relaxation;