TITLE

Application of the integral equation theory of polymers: Distribution function, chemical potential, and mean expansion coefficient

AUTHOR(S)
Gan, Hin Hark; Eu, Byung Chan
PUB. DATE
September 1993
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;9/1/1993, Vol. 99 Issue 5, p4103
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A recursive integral equation for the intramolecular correlation function of an isolated linear polymer of N bonds is derived from the integral equations presented in the preceding paper. The derivation basically involves limiting the density of the polymer to zero so that polymers do not interact with each other, and thus taking into account the intramolecular part only. The integral equation still has the form of a generalized Percus–Yevick integral equation. The intramolecular correlation function of a polymer of N bonds is recursively generated by means of it from those of polymers of 2, 3,..., (N-1) bonds. The end-to-end distance distribution functions are computed by using the integral equation for various chain lengths, temperatures, and bond lengths in the case of a repulsive soft-sphere potential. Numerical solutions of the recursive integral equation yield universal exponents for the mean square end-to-end distance in two and three dimensions with values which are close to the Flory results: 0.77 and 0.64 vs Flory’s values 0.75 and 0.6 for two and three dimensions, respectively. The intramolecular correlation functions computed can be fitted with displaced Gaussian forms. The N dependence of the internal chemical potential is found to saturate after some value of N depending on the ratio of the bond length to the bead radius.
ACCESSION #
7646906

 

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