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The problem of estimating the size of the cooperatively rearranging regions (CRRs) in supercooled polymeric melts from an analysis of the α-process in ordinary relaxation experiments is addressed. The mechanism whereby a CRR changes its configuration is viewed as consisting of two distinct steps: a reduced number of monomers reaches initially an activated state, allowing for some local rearrangement; then, the subsequent regression of the energy fluctuation may take place through the configurational degrees of freedom, thus allowing for further rearrangements on larger length scales. The latter are indeed those to which the well-known Donth's scheme refers. Local readjustments are described in the framework of a canonical formalism on a stationary ensemble of small-scale regions, distributed over all possible energy thresholds for rearrangement. Large-scale configurational changes, instead, are …
American Physical Society
Publication date: 
18 May 2015

Marco Pieruccini, Andrea Alessandrini

Biblio References: 
Volume: 91 Issue: 5 Pages: 052603
Physical Review E