This work focuses on the derivation of the orientation distribution function (ODF) for a uniaxial-axially symmetric system using polarized Raman spectroscopy. A numerical methodology is proposed to determine the ODF that is formulated in terms of Legendre polynomials and the principle of maximum information entropy. The ultimate goal is to quantify the alignment of single wall nanotubes (SWNTs) in a polymer matrix using the experimental information from the Raman intensity. Some of the mathematical and numerical steps in the determination of ODF, not clarified in the current literature, are shown in this work. The proposed numerical methodology to obtain the ODF is illustrated using an experimental case. Electric field-aligned SWNT-urethane dimethacrylate/1,6- hexanediol dimethacrylate nanocomposites are investigated at different processing conditions to bring forward factors that may enhance the alignment of SWNT inclusions in the polymer. ODF results indicate that the higher electric field frequencies produce a good alignment of the SWNT inclusions; a result also corroborated by optical microscopy imaging and electrical conductivity measurements.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy