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Dynamic Light Scattering from Polymer Solutions: The Subtraction Technique

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Correlation functions measured in dynamic light scattering on polymer solutions often contain a strong sharp decay which obscures and renders difficult a reliable analysis of other decay processes. We demonstrate that this problem can be circumvented by performing a two-step inverse Laplace transformation. The strong component obtained in the first step is subtracted from the correlation function which is then re-analyzed in the second step. We illustrate this technique on semidilute solutions of polystyrene in cyclohexane and tetrahydrofuran.

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