Integrated optics techniques (i.e., guiding light through a thin film) have been used to study the effects of extended cure and moisture exposure on polyimide films as manifested in changes in the TE (in-plane) and TM (out-of-plane) refractive indices and in their difference (birefringence). Mechanical testing of these films has been done using the load-deflection technique. Du Pont polyimide Pyralin 2555 and 2556 (benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride-oxydianiline/metaphenylene diamine), cured repeatedly …
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