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Atomic Mobility in a Polymer Glass after Shear and Thermal Cycles.
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PMID:  23151096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Molecular dynamics simulations and energy landscape analyses are carried out to study the atomic mobility of a polymer glass during the physical aging process that follows shear and thermal cycles. The mobility is characterized by the fraction of atoms moving more than its diameter in a given time interval. The mobility is enhanced after a shear or thermal cycle, and this enhancement decays with time. These mobility results are related to the position of the system on the energy landscape, as characterized by the average energy of the energy minima visited by the system; the mobility over longer timescales increases with the average energy of the energy minima visited, but the mobility over shorter timescales does not show a correlation with this average energy. From these results, we conclude that barriers separating metabasins composed of proximate energy minima, rather than barriers between individual energy minima, control the physical aging process. We also show, after some finite time, that the mobility following shear and thermal cycle appears to behave similarly to the mobility without perturbations; however, the system is at different regions of the energy landscape in these two cases, which implies that mobility alone does not characterize the state of the system.
Yongchul Chung; Daniel J Lacks
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of physical chemistry. B     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1520-5207     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Chem B     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101157530     Medline TA:  J Phys Chem B     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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