J. Phys. II France
Volume 6, Numéro 5, May 1996
Page(s) 587 - 591
References of J. Phys. II France 6 587-591
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  4. The results (1) and (2) are easily generalized to the case P > N ; see the upper part of Figure 1.
  5. Consider an isolated linear chain, with degree of polymerization N, dissolved in a melt of shorter, chemically identical chains with degree of polymerization P. The chain behaves like a string of subunits, usually called melt blobs, each containing gc = P2 monomers. Within one melt blob the behavior is ideal, leading to a blob size lc = aP. Different melt blobs repel each other, and the resulting self-avoiding chain (of unit step lc) has a size $R \cong (N/g_{c})^{\nu}l_{c}$ where ${\nu} = 3/5$ is the Flory 3-dimensional exponent. See, e.g., de Gennes P.-G., "Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics" (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, Fourth Printing, 1985).
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  7. Note that the results concerning the star radius R may be recovered by minimizing the Flory free energy per arm $\displaystyle\frac{F_\textrm{{arm}}}{kT} \cong$ $\displaystyle\frac{R^{2}}{Na^{2}}$ + $N\displaystyle\frac{a^{3}}{P}c$ + $N\displaystyle\frac{a^{6}}{P}c^{2}$ (where $c \cong Nf/R^{3}$ is the average monomer concentration of the star), keeping in mind the conditions $a^{3}c \leq 1$ (i.e. $N f a^{3} \leq R^{3})$ and $R \geq aN^{1/2}$
  8. A somewhat similar Gaussian behavior was described by Birshtein and Zhulina for stars with a small number of semiflexible branches in low molecular weight solvents. See Birshtein T.M., Zhulina E.B., Polymer 25 (1984) 1453-1461 [CrossRef].