Raman-scattering measurements of the vibrational density of states of a reactive mixture during polymerization: effect on the boson peak

Author(s): Caponi S, Corezzi S, Fioretto D, Fontana A, Monaco G, et al.

Abstract

Raman-scattering measurements are used to follow the modification of the vibrational density of states in a reactive epoxy-amine mixture during isothermal polymerization. Combining them with Brillouin light and inelastic x-ray scattering measurements, we analyze the variations of the boson peak and of the Debye level while the system changes from liquid to glass upon increasing the number of covalent bonds among the constituent molecules. The shift and intensity variation of the boson peak are explained by the modification of the elastic properties throughout the reaction, and a master curve for the boson peak can therefore be obtained. Surprisingly, bond-induced modifications of the structure do not affect this master curve.

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