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Laurent Farge, Stéphane Andre, Andrzej Pawlak, Christophe Baravian, Sarah C. Irvine and Adrian-Marie Philippe A study of the deformation-induced whitening phenomenon for cavitating and non-cavitating semicrystalline polymers Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Version of Record online: 12 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23267

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In the case of semicrystalline polymers, it is generally considered that the deformation-induced whitening phenomenon is due to the development of micrometric size cavities which scatter the visible light. Using a polarized light scattering technique and measurements obtained by X-ray microtomography, it was discovered that light scatterers are not simple cavities and instead may correspond to groups of very spatially concentrated nanovoids scattering the visible light like individual entities.

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