Giant fluctuations of crosslink positions in gels

Journal Article (Academic article)

A tetrafunctional network of freely jointed rigid rods in 2 dimensions is studied. At equil., the network is in a highly swollen state. Surprisingly, such a network is a crit. object with large crosslink d. fluctuations on all length scales and anomalously low shear modulus. These conclusions are very different from the classical picture and raise questions of how large are crosslink fluctuations in real gels and rubbers. [on SciFinder(R)]

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rubinstein, M; Leibler, L; Bastide, J

Published Date

  • 1992

Published In

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.68.405