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Applied Physics Letters
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A new method for determining the pyroelectric coefficient of thin polymer films using dielectric heating

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Abstract

Using polarized poly(vinylidene fluoride) films we have demonstrated a new method for determining the pyroelectric coefficient of thin polymer films. In contrast to previous techniques, we utilize the dielectric absorption of the sample itself by applying a radio-frequency pulse to generate heat uniformly throughout the film. The pyroelectric coefficient is obtained without any further calibration by measuring simultaneously the generated charge. Since a spatially uniform temperature increase is achieved in the order of milliseconds, the values obtained represent a true average of the bulk polarization regardless of its spatial distribution.

Date

08 Aug 2008

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Applied Physics Letters

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