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Heterogeneous dynamics during deformation of a polymer glass

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The origins of molecular mobility in polymer glasses, particularly under deformation, are not well understood. A concerted experimental and computational approach is adopted to examine the segmental motion of a polymeric glass undergoing creep and constant strain rate deformations. Through a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and optical photobleaching experiments we are able to directly probe how dynamic heterogeneity evolves during deformation. Two distinct regimes emerge from our analysis; early in the deformation, the dynamics of the glass are strongly heterogeneous, as evidenced by the spectrum of relaxation times measured experimentally and the participation ratio of the atomic non-affine displacements measured computationally. After the onset of flow, the dynamics become significantly more homogeneous, and the participation ratio increases considerably.

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The article was received on 23 Jun 2009, accepted on 30 Sep 2009 and first published on 05 Nov 2009

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B912288E
Soft Matter, 2010,6, 287-291

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    Heterogeneous dynamics during deformation of a polymer glass

    R. A. Riggleman, H. Lee, M. D. Ediger and J. J. de Pablo, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 287
    DOI: 10.1039/B912288E

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