Fluctuations with cubic symmetry in a hexagonal copolymer microstructure

Chang Yeol Ryu, Martin Etchells Vigild, Timothy P. Lodge

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A triblock copolymer that undergoes a thermotropic order-order transition between hexagonally packed cylinders (C) and body-centered-cubic spheres (S) is examined. Transmission electron microscopy provides real space images, and small-angle x-ray scattering the reciprocal space signature, of fluctuations with cubic symmetry in the stable (shear-aligned) hexagonal phase. These results support recent theoretical predictions. There is evidence of an interesting induction time for the onset of fluctuations that is attributed to a slight mismatch in principal lattice spacings between the C and S microstructures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
Pages (from-to)5354-5357
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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