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Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Oct 1;93(14):147801. Epub 2004 Sep 29.

Long range bond-bond correlations in dense polymer solutions.

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Institut Charles Sadron, 6 Rue Boussingault, 67083 Strasbourg, France.


The scaling of the bond-bond correlation function P1(s) along linear polymer chains is investigated with respect to the curvilinear distance s along the flexible chain and the monomer density rho via Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations. Surprisingly, the correlations in dense three-dimensional solutions are found to decay with a power law P1(s) approximately s(-omega) with omega=3/2 and the exponential behavior commonly assumed is clearly ruled out for long chains. In semidilute solutions, the density dependent scaling of P1(s) approximately g(-omega(0))(s/g)(-omega) with omega(0)=2-2nu=0.824 (nu=0.588 being Flory's exponent) is set by the number of monomers g(rho) in an excluded volume blob. Our computational findings compare well with simple scaling arguments and perturbation calculation. The power-law behavior is due to self-interactions of chains caused by the chain connectivity and the incompressibility of the melt.

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