Viscoelasticity of solutions of motile polymers

T. B. Liverpool*, A. C. Maggs, A. Ajdari

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We explore the linear viscoelastic response of an entangled, isotropic solution of polar semiflexible polymers with active, motile centers which generate longitudinal motion. Because of the activity of these centers, the short-time modulus displays two novel power-law regimes: Initially G(t) infinity t(-1/8), then the response is "Rouse-like" with G(t) infinity t(-1/2). At longer times we find accelerated relaxation due to directed reptation, resulting in a reduced low frequency viscosity.
Translated title of the contributionViscoelasticity of solutions of motile polymers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4171-4174
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2001

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