Low field theory of polymer transient electric birefringence

John S. Bowers, Robert K. Prud'Homme

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Using the Rouse/Zimm model for polymers, we have derived the low field dynamics for a flexible polymer in transient electric birefringence (TEB). Three orientation mechanisms were included; a permanent dipole from fixed charges, a local induced dipole dependent on the local conformation, and a global induced dipole dependent on the global conformation. The rise, decay, and reverse pulse behavior have been determined for all three, independently and combined. The condensed ion theory of Manning has been used to describe the global orientation mechanism of DNA. We find good agreement for the steady state birefringence and the predictions from theory with no adjustable parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7135-7143
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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