Mapping a homopolymer onto a model fluid

S. Pasquali, J. K. Percus

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We describe a linear homopolymer using a grand canonical ensemble formalism, a statistical representation that is very convenient for formal manipulations. We investigate the properties of a system where only next neighbor interactions and an external, confining, field are present and then show how a general pair interaction can be introduced perturbatively, making use of a Mayer expansion. Through a diagrammatic analysis, we shall show how constitutive equations derived for the polymeric system are equivalent to the Ornstein-Zernike and Percus-Yevick equations for a simple fluid and find the implications of such a mapping for the simple situation of Van der Waals mean field model for the fluid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064906
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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