J. Phys. II France
Volume 6, Numéro 4, April 1996
Page(s) 543 - 550
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1996105
J. Phys. II France 6 (1996) 543-550

Shape Fluctuations of a Droplet Containing a Polymer

Mark Goulian and Scott T. Milner

Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Annandale, NJ 08801, USA

(Received 28 September 1995, received in final form 29 December 1995, accepted 3 January 1996)

We consider the problem of an ideal polymer confined in a droplet. When the droplet radius is smaller than the (unconfined) polymer radius of gyration, the polymer entropy will depend on the droplet shape. We compute the resulting surface free energy. Using parameters appropriate for polymers confined in microemulsions, we find that the polymer and bending surface energies are comparable for the lowest modes. Finally, we argue that chain self-avoidance will decrease the strength of the polymer contribution to the surface energy.

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