Electrical conduction and dielectric relaxation in polyethylene terephthalate succinate

Fukutaro Kato*, Yoshimichi Ohki

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Electrical conduction and complex permittivity are examined in polyethylene terephthalate succinate, focusing on their relations to dielectric relaxation processes. Both the real and imaginary parts of complex permittivity, namely dielectric constant σrand dielectric loss factor σr", increase with a decrease in frequency, especially at high temperatures. They are both ascribed to the transport of ionic mobile carriers. Namely, the carrier transport forms conduction current that should contribute to σr". On this occasion, if charge exchange does not occur at the two electrodes, heterocharge layers should be formed before the electrodes. This should increase the charge density on the electrodes, thus contributing to σr' In addition to the increase in σr' and σr' due to mobile ions, two relaxation processes, one due to micro-Brownian motion of dipoles and the other due to orientation and magnitude change of the dipole moment induced by two end groups in the polymer main chain, are observed. Corresponding to these two relaxation processes, two thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) peaks appear. The two TSDC peaks as well as the increment in σr' and σr" become larger when the crystallinity of the sample decreases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-496+4
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1


  • Complex permittivity
  • Polyethylene terephthalate succinate
  • Thermally stimulated discharge current

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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