A self-consistent mean field model of a starburst dendrimer: Dense core vs dense shell
We examine the equilibrium properties of a starburst dendrimer. A simple Flory theory is developed for the dependence of the radius of gyration of the starburst on its generation. A self-consistent mean field model is solved numerically to verify the Flory theory predictions and elucidate the density profile within the starburst. The density is found to decrease monotonically from the center of the molecule. Structure factors are calculated from the density profiles. Predictions of the model compare favorably with recent experiments and simulations.