Giant fluctuations of crosslink positions in gels

TitleGiant fluctuations of crosslink positions in gels
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsM Rubinstein, L Leibler, and J Bastide
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Pagination405 - 407
Date Published01/1992

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)]

Short TitlePhysical Review Letters