SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 October 1959

The Use of Infrared Spectroscopy in Characterization of Polymer Structure


It is well known that all molecules vibrate with certain definite frequencies, the number of different vibrations possible being 3N-6, where N is the number of atoms in the molecule. The frequencies of these various vibrations are determined by only (a) the masses of the atoms in the molecule and their geometric arrangement, and (b) the various force fields between the atoms. A knowledge of the vibrations of a molecule can hence lead to an intimate knowledge of the structure of the molecule, if we are but clever enough to make the proper interpretations.

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Potts, W.
Spectroscopy Research Laboratory, The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich
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Developed by Committee: D20
Pages: 225–241
DOI: 10.1520/STP44210S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5951-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6105-4