This model describes scattering from a star-branched polymer where the arms of the polymer may have excluded volume, i.e., they need not be Gaussian chains.

Under this model, the form factor of the star polymer with $f$ arms having degree of polymerization $N$ is given by

$$

P_{star}(q) = \frac{1}{f^{2}} \left[ fP_{sb}(q,N) + f(f-1)P_{ib}(q,N) \right]

$$

$P_{sb}(q,N)$ is the single branch/arm form factor, given by:

$$

P_{sb}(q,N) = \frac{1}{\nu U^{1/2\nu}}\gamma\left( \frac{1}{2v}, U \right) - \frac{1}{\nu U^{1/\nu}}\gamma\left( \frac{1}{\nu}, U\right)

$$

where $\nu$ is the excluded volume parameter, $U = q^{2}b^{2}N^{2\nu}/6$ and $b$ is the Kuhn length. The interbranch/arm form factor is given by:

$$

P_{ib}(q,N) = 2P_{sb}(q,2N) - P_{sb}(q,N)

$$

The final scattering intensity that this model gives is

$$

I(q) = scale \times (\rho_{P} - \rho_{S})^{2}P_{star}(q) + B

$$

where $\rho_{P}$ and $\rho_{S}$ are the scattering length densities of the polymer and solvent, respectively, and $B$ is the incoherent background.

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References

1. B. Hammouda, "Form Factors for Branched Polymers with Excluded Volume", J. of Research of NIST, 121, 139-164 (2016).

2. X. Lang, W. R. Lenart, J. E. P. Sun, B. Hammouda, and M. J. A. Hore, "Interaction and Conformation of Aqueous Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) Star Polymers below the LCST", Macromolecules, 50, 2145-2154 (2017).

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Aug. 22, 2018, 7:56 p.m. |

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