Scaling at the rod-to-flexible chain crossover in the stiff limit

J. W. Halley, D. Atkatz, H. Nakanishi

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The authors critically examine the present theoretical understanding of the conformational rod-to-flexible chain crossover of a linear chain polymer in dilute solution with a good solvent. There is good evidence for weak universality in this crossover while strong universality seems unlikely from available evidence. In addition, this system should exhibit a second crossover from a Gaussian to an excluded volume. They present a scaling hypothesis for the behaviour of this second crossover and compare with the initial results of numerical simulations and with the experiment of Murakami et al.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026
Pages (from-to)3297-3306
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990


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