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From the statistical physics of polymer-chain networks to nonlinear elasticity

Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 16:00 - 18:00
Speaker: Antoine Gloria (Sorbonne Université, Paris)
Location: Big Seminar room Ground floor / Office Bldg West (I21.EG.101)
Series: Formal Sciences Seminar
Host: Julian Fischer
Lab building west seminar room


In this talk I'll present a statistical model of polymer-chain networks based and shall study its limit in the regime of small chain-size. In a first part I will consider the associated free energy and prove a large-deviation principle with a rate-function given by the free energy of a continuum model (that takes the form of the integral of a quasiconvex energy density). In a second part, assuming that the Hamiltonian is independent of the temperature I'll establish the convergence of the rate-function to the (corresponding) Gamma-limit in the regime of small temperature. I will conclude with an application to polymer-physics, for which the "coarse-grained" Hamiltonian depends itself on temperature, and shall consider a diagonal regime.

This is based on a joint work with Marco Cicalese (Munich) and Matthias Ruf (Brussels).

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