Authors Karatchentsev, A. ; Sommer, J.-U.
Title Simulations of the gyroid phase in diblock copolymers with the Gaussian disphere model
Date 31.12.2010
Number 25946
Abstract Pure melts of asymmetric diblock copolymers are studied by means of the off-lattice Gaussian disphere model with Monte-Carlo kinetics. In this model, a diblock copolymer chain is mapped onto two soft repulsive spheres with fluctuating radii of gyration and distance between centers of mass of the spheres. Microscopic input quantities of the model such as the combined probability distribution for the radii of gyration and the distance between the spheres as well as conditional monomer number densities assigned to each block were derived in the previous work of F. Eurich and P. Maass [J. Chem. Phys. 114, 7655 (2001)] within an underlying Gaussian chain model. The polymerization degree of the whole chain as well as those of the individual blocks are freely tunable parameters thus enabling a precise determination of the regions of stability of various phases. The model neglects entanglement effects which are irrelevant for the formation of ordered structures in diblock copolymers and which would otherwise unnecessarily increase the equilibration time of the system. The gyroid phase was reproduced in between the cylindrical and lamellar phases in systems with box sizes being commensurate with the size of the unit cell of the gyroid morphology. The region of stability of the gyroid phase was studied in detail and found to be consistent with the prediction of the mean-field theory. Packing frustration was observed in the form of increased radii of gyration of both blocks of the chains located close to the gyroid nodes. © 2010 American Institute of Physics
Publisher Journal of Chemical Physics
Citation Journal of Chemical Physics 133 (2010) 244903 (11 page)

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