In this letter, we show that the electric field induced strain in the electron irradiated poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer can generate high strain even under a high mechanical stress. The observed change in strain with stress is due to the electrostrictive coupling of the local polarization with stress, and can be directly related to the change of the induced strain with temperature. The results indicate that the field induced strain observed in the films investigated is indeed from the local polarization regions in the material, and is electrostrictive in nature.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)