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Published May 2016 | public
Journal Article

The scaling behavior of the second virial coefficient of linear and ring polymer


The scaling behavior of the second virial coefficient of ring polymers at the theta temperature of the corresponding linear polymer (θ_L) is investigated by off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of the solvents are modeled by pairwise interaction between polymer monomers in this approach. Using the umbrella sampling, we calculate the effective potential U(r) between two ring polymers as well as the second virial coefficient A_2 of ring polymers at θ_L, which results from a combination of 3-body interactions and topological constraints. The trend in the strength of the effective potential with respect to chain length shows a non-monotonic behavior, differently from that caused only by topological constraints. Our simulation suggests that there are three regimes about the scaling behavior of A_2 of ring polymers at θ_L: 3-body interactions dominating regime, the crossover regime, and the topological constraints dominating regime.

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© 2015 Science China Press and Springer-Verlag. Received August 29, 2015; accepted September 25, 2015; published online December 30, 2015. This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB821500) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21222407, 21474111). The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest

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