Statistical Physics of Polymers

An Introduction

  • Toshihiro Kawakatsu

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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  3. Toshihiro Kawakatsu
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  4. Toshihiro Kawakatsu
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  5. Toshihiro Kawakatsu
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  6. Toshihiro Kawakatsu
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-216

About this book


This textbook provides senior undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to the basic concepts used the statistical physics of polymers. Methods of Gaussian chain statistics are discussed in detail. Applications to numerous interesting phenomena ranging from the microscopic (chain conformations, biopolymers, etc.) to the macroscopic (phase separations, rheology, etc.) are described. Readers are assumed to have taken elementary courses on statistical physics, quantum physics and mathematical physics, but prior knowledge of polymer science is not required. The book contains many illustrations and diagrams as well as exercises, which will help readers to easily and intuitively understand the concepts described in the text.


biopolymers polymer polymers self-consistent field statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Toshihiro Kawakatsu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTohoku UniversityAoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku SendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07786-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-10024-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-2674
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