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4. Incorporating the dependence of the chain conformations in the bulk on the thermodynamic state is more difficult. From the various methods [171, 172, 173], to date none has been applied to spatially inhomogeneous systems. Computer simulations, however, indicate that the effects might be quite pronounced for super-critical solvents [112, 150]. The second caveat – the mean-field approximation – is also difficult to remedy (see article Incorporating fluctuations and dynamics into SCF calculations for polymer blends in this same volume).
76). τ measures the distance from the spinodal and the condition τ = 0 yields Eq. (75). Comparing this expression with the calculation of Cahn and Hilliard  we can read off the nucleation barrier: G CH −1/2 3/2 ≈ 197 ξCH κCH τ 3/2 ∼ (x − x spin)3/2 . kB T (99) The radius of the critical nucleus diverges according to: RCH ∼ (x − x spin)−1/2 . (100) In the vicinity of the spinodal the Cahn–Hilliard theory and the full SCF calculations agree quantitatively, as shown in the inset of Fig. 12. At smaller supersaturation, however, the interface becomes steeper and the square gradient approximation breaks down.
The phase behavior in the vicinity of the critical point of the solvent is presented in the inset of Fig. 7 for that value of χ˜ . The critical line which emerges from the critical point of the solvent ends in an upper critical end point (UCEP). There it connects to a triple line, on which a polymer–rich phase coexists with a solvent–rich vapor and a solvent–rich liquid. Table 2. Critical pressure of the pure components and parameters of the equation of state, Eq. (50). 0193562 The temperature dependence of the phase behavior is shown in Fig.