Integral-equation theory of the structure of polymer melts

Kenneth S. Schweizer, John G. Curro

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A general, analytically tractable, nonperturbative theory of the equilibrium structure of dense polymer melts is proposed on the basis of modern integral-equation theories of molecular liquids. Calculations are presented for polymer rings obeying Gaussian statistics and interacting via hard-core repulsions. The correlation hole, compressibility, and static structure factor are found to be sensitive functions of liquid density and degree of polymerization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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