Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 371–385 | Cite as

Polyethylene crosslinked in different media: structural changes versus dielectric behaviour

  • Georgi Stamboliev
  • Dejan Milicevic
  • Maja Micic
  • Edin SuljovrujicEmail author
Original Paper


Changes in the structure and dielectric properties of low-density polyethylene were created by gamma irradiation in air, deionised water and nitrogen. Role of irradiation media on dielectric and charge trapping behaviour was studied through dielectric loss and thermally stimulated discharge current measurements. Changes in magnitude, position and activation energy of all dielectric relaxations (γ, β and α) were found to be dependent on crosslinking and oxidative degradation, two competitive processes which can be tuned by radiation dose and media. Largest changes in the position and activation energy were found for the β relaxation due to its cooperative nature.


XPE Gamma radiation Dielectric relaxations TSDC study Oxidation Crosslinking 



This work has been supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (Grant No. 172026).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgi Stamboliev
    • 1
  • Dejan Milicevic
    • 2
  • Maja Micic
    • 2
  • Edin Suljovrujic
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Valve TechnologyPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Vinca Institute of Nuclear SciencesUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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