Solid State of Cross-Linked Macromolecules: Basic Concepts

Paul Goldbart, Nigel Goldenfeld

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We present a simple physical picture of the way in which topological entanglements enter into a statistical mechanical theory for the solid state of randomly cross-linked macromolecules. Our approach, which does not require the use of invariants, focuses on the way in which the system explores its phase space. We summarize the results of a detailed calculation and briefly discuss their experimental consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-954
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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