Macromolecular materials and engineering vol:293 issue:4 pages:255-273
The present work provides a critical review of polymer crystallization studies using SALS; experimental methods, analysis techniques, observations and their relations with respect to other techniques are discussed. Furthermore, the fact that nucleation might be accompanied by large scale density fluctuations has been investigated for the flow-induced crystallization of iPB. SALS was applied to measure density and orientation fluctuations, whereas complementary results were obtained from optical microscopy. The observations from both crystallization and melting experiments seem to indicate that the detected density fluctuations result from the presence of weakly anisotropic structures, ratjer than being an indication of densification before the onset of crystallization.