The mechanism of thickness determination in polymer crystals

Jonathan P. K. Doye and Daan Frenkel

Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2160-2163 (1998)


Based upon kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of crystallization in a simple polymer model we present a new picture of the mechanism by which the thickness of lamellar polymer crystals is constrained to a value close to the minimum thermodynamically stable thickness. This description contrasts with those given by the two dominant theoretical approaches.

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