Heterogeneous Dynamics of Polymer Thin Films as Studied by Neutron Scattering

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Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 252)

Abstract

This review covers recent progress in studies on the dynamics of polymer thin films in the glassy state and near the glass transition temperature, as revealed by neutron scattering. First, the glassy dynamics including low energy excitation (Boson peak) and the fast localized process of polymer thin films at the picosecond timescale was studied to reveal the effect of film thickness. The dynamic heterogeneity of polymer thin films in the glassy state was also evaluated in terms of non-Gaussian parameters. Second, the glass transition temperature of polymer thin films was investigated using inelastic neutron scattering with high-energy resolution to clarify the mechanism of its dependence on film thickness. Finally, neutron reflectivity was used to study the distribution of glass transition temperature in a multilayered thin film consisting of deuterated polymer and hydrogenated polymer.

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Keywords

Dynamic heterogeneity Inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering Polymer thin film 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Chemical ResearchKyoto UniversityUjiJapan

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