Polymers with Annealed and Quenched Branchings Belong to Different Universality Classes

A. M. Gutin, A. Y. Grosberg, E. I. Shakhnovich

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    We show with the help of simple Flory-type arguments that critical indices ν for the swelling of a branched polymer with a quenched system of branchings and with annealed branchings differ so that νqu < νann. This is due to the fact that the process of rearranging branchings accompanies swelling of the annealed polymer. This difference becomes drastic in some physical manifestations, e.g., behavior in capillaries. We also discuss briefly the behavior of annealed polymers in the regime of a semidilute solution.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1293-1295
    Number of pages3
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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