Pressure dependence of thermal conductivity provides a critical test of the validity of the model of the minimum thermal conductivity for describing heat transport by molecular vibrations of an amorphous polymer. We measure the pressure dependence of the thermal conductivity Λ(P) of poly(methyl methacrylate) using a combination of time-domain thermoreflectance and SiC anvil-cell techniques. We also determine Λ(P) from a computational model of amorphous polystyrene. In both cases, Λ(P) is accurately predicted by the minimum thermal conductivity model via the pressure dependence of the elastic constants and density.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - May 19 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics