The reorientation of one small paramagnetic molecule (spin probe) in glassy polystyrene (PS) is studied by high-field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy at three different Larmor frequencies (95 190 and 285 GHz). Two different regimes separated by a crossover region are evidenced. Below 180 K the rotational times are nearly temperature-independent with no apparent distribution. In the temperature range 180-220 K a large increase of the rotational mobility is observed with widening of the distribution of correlation times which exhibits two components: (i) a delta-like, temperature-independent component representing the fraction of spin probes it; which persist in the low-temperature dynamics; (ii) a strongly temperature-dependent component, to be described by a power-distribution, representing the fraction of spin probes 1 - w undergoing activated motion over an exponential distribution of barrier heights g(E). Above 180 a steep decrease of w is evidenced. The shape and the width of g(E) do not differ from the reported ones for PS within the errors. The large increase of the rotational mobility of the spin probe at 180 K is ascribed to the onset of the fast dynamics detected by neutron scattering at T-f = 175 +/- 25 K. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Bercu V; Martinelli M; Massa CA; Pardi LA; Leporini D|
|Titolo:||Signatures of the fast dynamics in glassy polystyrene by multi-frequency, high-field electron paramagnetic resonance of molecular guests|
|Anno del prodotto:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2006.02.137|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|