Shape fluctuations of a droplet containing a polymer

Mark Goulian, Scott T. Milner

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We consider the problem of an ideal polymer confined in a droplet. When the droplet radius is smaller than the (unconfined) polymer radius of gyration, the polymer entropy will depend on the droplet shape. We compute the resulting surface free energy. Using parameters appropriate for polymers confined in microemulsions, we find that the polymer and bending surface energies are comparable for the lowest modes. Finally, we argue that chain self-avoidance will decrease the strength of the polymer contribution to the surface energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-550
Number of pages8
JournalJournal de Physique II
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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