Birefringence and diffraction of light in ordered block copolymer materials

Bruce Garetz, M. C. Newstein, H. J. Dai, S. V. Jonnalagadda, N. P. Balsara

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The scattering of light from ordered block copolymer materials, consisting of irregularly shaped birefringent grains with randomly oriented optic axes, is analyzed theoretically and experimentally. We show that independent estimates of the characteristic grain sizes can be obtained from the far-field angular spread of the diffracted light and from the total orthogonally polarized scattered power. Experimental measurements on ordered polystyrene-polyisoprene diblock copolymer solutions in toluene support the predictions of the theory. Grain sizes estimated from diffraction and total power measurements are in agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3151-3155
Number of pages5
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 7 1993


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  • Materials Chemistry

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Garetz, B., Newstein, M. C., Dai, H. J., Jonnalagadda, S. V., & Balsara, N. P. (1993). Birefringence and diffraction of light in ordered block copolymer materials. Macromolecules, 26(12), 3151-3155.