Mechanism of spontaneous hole formation in thin polymeric films

Kaijia Yu, Henrik K. Rasmussen, José Manuel Román Marín, Ole Hassager

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We show computationally that (molten) thin polymeric film containing nonequilibrium configurations originating from a solvent evaporation may develop holes spontaneously in the molten state, and that they appear delayed. Polymers above the glass transition temperature are liquids where the flow depends solely on the nonequilibrium configurations of the molecules.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter
Pages (from-to)024201
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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