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Measurement of surface potential decay of corona-charged polymer films using the pulsed electroacoustic method

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  • Musicology
  • Physics


In this paper, the pulsed electroacoustic (PEA) technique that allows the determination of space charge in a dielectric material has been used to monitor the electrical potential decay of corona-charged polyethylene films of different thicknesses. To prevent possible disturbance on the surface charge during the PEA measurements, two thin polyethylene films were placed on both sides of the corona-charged sample. Charge profiles measured at different times were used to calculate the potential across the sample. The obtained potential decay was compared with the potential measured using the conventional method. A good agreement has been obtained. More importantly, the charge profile obtained using the PEA technique indicates that bipolar charge injection has taken place.

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