J. Phys. II France
Volume 1, Numéro 5, May 1991
Page(s) 489 - 492
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1991182
J. Phys. II France 1 (1991) 489-492

Nonlinear Thermodynamic Relaxation in Living Polymer Systems

C.M. Marques1, 2 and M.E. Cates1

1  Cavendish Laboratory Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OHE, U.K.
2  Institut Charles Sadron, 6 rue Boussingault, 67083 Strasbourg Cedex, France

(Received 7 March 1991, accepted 21 March 1991)

We present the complete (nonlinear) solution for the response of a system of living polymers to an arbitrary thermodynamic perturbation of its equilibrium polymer size distribution. Our result are relevant for the interpretation of T-jump experiments on wormlike micelles in the concentrated regime, where very large perturbations to the equilibrium size distribution can be easily obtained.

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