J. Phys. II France
Volume 2, Numéro 8, August 1992
Page(s) 1505 - 1509
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1992217
J. Phys. II France 2 (1992) 1505-1509

Viscoelastic effect on nucleation in semidilute polymer solutions

Akira Onuki

Department of Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606, Japan

(Received 30 March 1992, accepted in final form 16 June 1992)

We study the growth of droplets consisting mostly of solvent in a metastable semidilute polymer solution. We introduce a modified Gibbs-Thomson relation at the interface which accounts for viscoelastic effects. The growth is much decelerated when the radius is shorter than a long viscoelastic length.

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