Pyroelectric applications of ferroelectric polymers

Sidney B. Lang, Ding Quan Xiao

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The major application of pyroelectric materials is in infrared detection, although their unique thermal sensitivity is utilized in a number of other ways. Ferrorelectric polymers such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and vinylidene-fluoride-based copolymers have the special advantage of availability as large surface area, thin, flexible, low-cost sheets. The authors review some of the applications of these materials, namely, electronic readout spectrometers for CO2 lasers, optical fiber absorption loss measurement, detection of standing light waves in front of a silver mirror, and cometary and interplanetary dust detection.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1988
EventProceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Electrets (ISE 6) - Oxford, England
Duration: 1 Sep 19883 Sep 1988


ConferenceProceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Electrets (ISE 6)
CityOxford, England

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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