Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published American Physical Society. Copyright 1998. Permission to use. Phys. Rev. Lett. 80 (1998) 1328-1331.


The surface ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition in crystalline copolymer films of vinylidene fluoride (70%) with trifluoroethylene (30%), at about 20 °C, is accompanied by a dramatic change in both the electronic structure and metallicity. The temperature-dependent changes in the electronic structure occur primarily in the conduction band. This P(VDF-TrFE 70:30) material is observed to resemble an n-type semiconductor, and the change in electronic structure at the surface ferroelectric transition resembles a semiconductor-to-semimetal transition.

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