Dynamics of ring polymers in the presence of fixed obstacles

Journal Article (Academic article)

The configurations and dynamics of a polymer ring (R) inside a strongly crosslinked polymer gel (G) are discussed and compared to those of linear (L) and branched (B) polymers in G. R is not topologically connected to G in the sense that the contour line of R can be reduced to a point without crossing any of the chains of G. This topological requirement leads to the correspondence between the configurations of R in G and the set of lattice trees (randomly branched polymers). But the dynamics of R in G is much faster than that of entangled B, and is similar to the dynamics of entangled L.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rubinstein, M

Published Date

  • 1986

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.57.3023