Excluded Volume Effects in Polymer Solutions

as Explained by the Renormalization Group

  • Lothar Schäfer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Power Laws, Scaling, Universal Crossover — a Survey of Phenomenology

  3. Basic Theoretical Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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      Pages 21-32
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      Pages 33-51
  4. Renormalization Group and Scaling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
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      Pages 127-141
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      Pages 143-154
  5. Field Theoretic Formulation of the Theory

  6. One Loop Approximation: Detailed Results and Comparison to Experiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Lothar Schäfer
      Pages 345-379
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      Pages 381-400
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      Pages 401-430
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  7. Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Lothar Schäfer
      Pages 437-477
    3. Lothar Schäfer
      Pages 479-539
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 541-554

About this book


Schäfer gives a concise overview of the static equilibrium properties of polymer solutions. In the first part diagrammatic perturbation theory is derived from scratch. The second part illustrates the basic ideas of the renormalization group. The crucial role of dilation invariance is stressed. The more efficient method of dimensional regularization and minimal subtractions is worked out in part three. The fourth part contains a unified evaluation of the theory to the one loop level. All the important experimental quantities are discussed in detail, and the results are compared extensively to experiment. Empirical methods of data analysis are critically discussed. The final (fifth) part is devoted to extensions of theory. The first three parts of this book may serve as the basis of a course. Parts four and five are hoped to be useful for detailed quantitative evaluations of experiments.


Critical Phenomena Kritische Phänomene Polymer Solutions Polymerlösungen Renormalization group Statistical Mechanics Theoretical Physics Theoretische Physik polymer

Authors and affiliations

  • Lothar Schäfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität GH Essen, FB7 PhysikEssenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64254-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60093-7
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