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The segmental relaxation in poly(ethylene terephthalate), crystallized from either an isotropic or a cold-drawn glass, is investigated by means of dielectric spectroscopy. It is shown that there exist two distinct α relaxation modes: a slow one, characterized by a rather wide frequency interval, and a faster, much narrower one. A simple phenomenological model is developed in order to analyze the polarization autocorrelation functions ϕ(t)’s associated with these relaxation modes. The model is based on the idea that the growth of crystalline domains causes a progressive confinement of the amorphous regions where, eventually, the observed α processes take place. The mechanism of confinement is accounted for by applying to the case of constrained density fluctuations, well known concepts introduced by Adam and Gibbs [J. Chem. Phys. 43, 139 (1965)] concerning the relaxation dynamics in liquids close to the glass …
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
14 Sep 2007

M Pieruccini, TA Ezquerra, M Lanza

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Volume: 127 Issue: 10 Pages: 104903
The Journal of chemical physics