The effect of shear on crystalline order is interesting fundamentally, as well as technologically, for producing long-range alignment of micron- and nanoscale structures. We study the influence of shear on a sphere-forming diblock copolymer thin film consisting of a stack of two to six hexagonal layers, using a stress-controlled rheometer to transmit the stress through a viscous fluid layer. Above a threshold stress, the hexagonal layers align macroscopically in the â€œeasy shearâ direction. A simple phenomenological model with an orientation-dependent order-disorder temperature, TODT* = TODT [1a (I• Ic) sin2 (3II)] and recrystallization describes the influence of stress level, temperature, and shearing time remarkably well.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics