High-frequency stress relaxation in semiflexible polymer solutions and networks.
We measure the linear viscoelasticity of sterically entangled and chemically cross-linked networks of actin filaments over more than five decades of frequency. The high-frequency response reveals rich dynamics unique to semiflexible polymers, including a previously unobserved relaxation due to rapid axial tension propagation. For high molecular weight, and for cross-linked gels, we obtain quantitative agreement with predicted shear moduli in both amplitude and frequency dependence.
Koenderink, GH; Atakhorrami, M; MacKintosh, FC; Schmidt, CF
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