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Step-Scan FT-IR Photoacoustic Studies of a Double-Layered Polymer Film on Metal Substrates

Volume 52, Number 1 (Jan. 1998) Page 123-127

Wahls, M.W.C.; Leyte, J.C.


The influence of various metal substrates on the photoacoustic response of a double-layered polymer coating (polypropylene on a polybutylacrylate-adhesive) is demonstrated. The extended Rosencwaig-Gersho theory by Fernelius for a double-layered sample is used to discuss the step-scan Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy (FT-IR PAS) experimental results. A clear dependence of the photoacoustic phase phi on the thermal diffusivity alpha of the metal substrate is found. Therefore, the quality of the thermal contact between the polymer coating and the metal substrate influences the photoacoustic phase spectrum.