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Temperature Dependent Hopping Conductivity Models of Low-Density Polyethylene

Jerilyn Brunson
JR Dennison, Utah State University

Proceedings of the 13th Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium NASA Fellowship Symposium, (Salt Lake City, UT, May 4 2008).


Bridging the gap between theoretical calculations and experimental data has been the focus of much of the research into the electrical behavior of insulating polymers. Low density polyethylene is the standard test material used in both experimental work and numerical calculations. Resistivity measurements provide more than an absolute value for technical use; they also provide insight into the nature of active charge carriers and trapping behavior within LDPE.