Simulated Annealing Study of Diblock Copolymer Thin Films Confined between Two Homogeneous Surfaces
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Thin films of symmetric diblock copolymers confined between two parallel surfaces have been systematically investigated by means of simulated annealing on a simple cubic lattice. The study was carried out for systems with different film thicknesses and surface-polymer interactions. Very regular equilibrium morphologies of lamella are formed in almost all cases. The dependence of lamellar orientations, total energy, chain-conformation entropy, and free energy of the confined films on the film thickness and the strength of surface-polymer interactions has been studied systematically. The influence of packing frustration on morphology is observed and the mechanisms of lamellar orientations are investigated.
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