Electrocaloric effect of the relaxor ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) terpolymer

Bret Neese, S. G. Lu, Baojin Chu, Q. M. Zhang

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    Abstract

    We investigate the temperature dependence of the electrocaloric effect in a relaxor ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene- chlorofluoroethylene) terpolymer and show that the isothermal entropy change ΔS is proportional to the square of the electric displacement D (ΔS=-1/2ΒΔ D2) and the coefficient Β increases with temperature. This temperature dependent behavior of Β is caused by the ferroelectric relaxor nature of the polymer in which the polarization response from the nanopolar regions does not generate much entropy change. Consequently, the electrocaloric effect in the relaxor ferroelectric terpolymer is smaller than that in the normal ferroelectric copolymer.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number042910
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Volume94
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 9 2009

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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