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Surface response of a polymer network: Semi-infinite network.

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Summary of "Surface response of a polymer network: Semi-infinite network."

We study theoretically the surface response of a semi-infinite viscoelastic polymer network using the two-fluid model. We focus on the overdamped limit and on the effect of the network's intrinsic length scales. We calculate the decay rate of slow surface fluctuations, and the surface displacement in response to a localized force. Deviations from the large-scale continuum response are found at length scales much larger than the network's mesh size. We discuss implications for surface scattering and microrheology. We provide closed-form expressions that can be used for surface microrheology -- the extraction of viscoelastic moduli and intrinsic length scales from the motions of tracer particles lying on the surface without doping the bulk material.

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Name: Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
ISSN: 1520-5827
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