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Macro vs Nanoscale Pyroelectric Polymers

  1. May 18, 2012 #1
    So my question is this: Would Pyroelectric Effects become more pronounced if a polymer sheet was, instead of 1 cm thick, but rather, the thickness of a single polymer chain. For example,

    say the 1 cm thick pyroelectric polymer was heated. Since it is many chains thick, it would look something like:

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    and all of the charges on the polymers between the top and bottom chains would cancel.

    Instead, the 1 chain thick pyroelectric polymer would only look like

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    Am I wrong to assume that the second one would have a greater overall voltage than the first?
     
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