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As mentioned earlier, the self-consistent ﬁeld theory is one of the most powerful methods for the theoretical description of polymer blends, and it is often accurate on a quantitative level. In many regions of the parameter space, ﬂuctuations are irrelevant for large chain lengths (large N¯ ) and simulations are not necessary. Field-theoretic simulations are well suited to complement self-consistent ﬁeld theories in those parameter regions where ﬂuctuation effects become important. , spinodal decomposition) that ensues after a quench into the miscibility gap at the critical composition, φ¯ A = φ¯ B = 1/2, of the symmetric blend.
FRPA [φAq ] (2φAq – 1)2 1 =√ √ N¯ kB T(V/Rde ) N¯ (V/Rde ) 2 |φAq – φBq |2 1 1 1 + – 2χN |φA0 – φ¯ A |2 = ¯ 2 φA 1 – φ¯ A 1 1 1 + + – 2χN ¯ 2 φA 1 – φ¯ A + q=0 2 q R2e 18φ¯ A + (94) q2 R2e |φAq |2 18(1 – φ¯ A ) Note that this free energy functional is Gaussian in the Fourier coefﬁcients of the composition, and, hence, the critical behavior still is of mean-ﬁeld type. Transforming back from Fourier expansion for the spatial dependence to real space, we obtain for the free energy functional: FRPA [φA (r)] 1 √ = d N¯ kB T(V/Re ) V dd r 1 2 1 1 + – 2χN ¯φA 1 – φ¯ A φA (r) – 1 2 2 (95) + = 1 V R2e 36φ¯ A (1 – φ¯ A ) dd r (∇φA )2 1 d2 fFH 2 dφ¯ A2 φA (r) – 1 2 2 + R2e (∇φA )2 36φ¯ A (1 – φ¯ A ) Expanding the free energy of the homogeneous system (Flory–Huggins free energy of mixing), we can restore higher order terms and obtain the Landau– 32 M.
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