J. Phys. II France
Volume 7, Numéro 12, December 1997
Page(s) 1805 - 1816
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1997101
J. Phys. II France 7 (1997) 1805-1816

Rigid Gaussian Chains I: the Scattering Function

C.M. Marques and G.H. Fredrickson

Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

(Received 11 March 1997, received in final form 2 September 1997, accepted 4 September 1997)

We study the scattering function of semiflexible polymer chains within the framework of a rigid Gaussian model for polymers first introduced by Harris and Hearst. The tractability of this model allows for a computation of the most relevant physical properties for any value of the chain rigidity. We also explore at the level of the Random Phase Approximation some of the bulk and surface behaviour of semidilute solutions of semiflexible polymers.

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