Vibrational properties of ferroelectric β -vinylidene fluoride polymers and oligomers

Serge M. Nakhmanson, R. Korlacki, J. Travis Johnston, Stephen Ducharme, Zhongxin Ge, James M. Takacs

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We utilize a plane-wave density-functional theory approach to investigate the vibrational properties of the all-trans ferroelectric phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (β-PVDF) showing that its stable state corresponds to the Ama2 structure with ordered dihedral tilting of the VDF monomers along the polymer chains. We then combine our theoretical analysis with IR spectroscopy to examine vibrations in oligomer crystals that are structurally related to the β-PVDF phase. We demonstrate that these materials-which can be grown in a highly crystalline form-exhibit IR activity similar to that of β-PVDF, making them an attractive choice for the studies of electroactive phenomena and phase transitions in polymer ferroelectrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174120
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 27 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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