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Electroluminescence from surface layer of insulating polymer under ac voltage application

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8 Author(s)
T. Mizuno ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Tokyo Inst. of Technol., Japan ; Yuan-Shing Liu ; W. Shionoya ; M. Okada
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Electroluminescence from a surface layer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) has been investigated using a photomultiplier tube and an intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) camera under ac or half rectified ac (HRAC) electric fields tangential to the polymer surface. The electroluminescence (EL) characteristics from the polymer surface layer showed a similarity to those from PTFE and other polymer films subjected to ac or HRAC electric fields in the normal direction to the surface. ICCD imaging of EL indicated a large area of EL activity where the EL intensity was maximum at the electrode edge and EL was still observable 2 mm from the electrode. The injection and transport of electrons and holes via surface states in the surface layer and the subsequent electron-hole recombination give rise to EL, strongly depending on the spatial distribution of the surface states. The injection length of charges can be estimated to be at least 2 mm from the electrode in the tangential direction to the surface

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IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )