Understanding the scaling of boson peak through insensitivity of elastic heterogeneity to bending rigidity in polymer glasses

N Tomoshige and S Goto and H Mizuno and T Mori and K Kim and N Matubayasi, JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER, 33, 274002 (2021).

DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/abfd51

Amorphous materials exhibit peculiar mechanical and vibrational properties, including non-affine elastic responses and excess vibrational states, i.e., the so-called boson peak (BP). For polymer glasses, these properties are considered to be affected by the bending rigidity of the constituent polymer chains. In our recent work Tomoshige, et al 2019, Sci. Rep. 9 19514, we have revealed simple relationships between the variations of vibrational properties and the global elastic properties: the response of the BP scales only with that of the global shear modulus. This observation suggests that the spatial heterogeneity of the local shear modulus distribution is insensitive to changes in the bending rigidity. Here, we demonstrate the insensitivity of elastic heterogeneity by directly measuring the local shear modulus distribution. We also study transverse sound wave propagation, which is also shown to scale only with the global shear modulus. Through these analyses, we conclude that the bending rigidity does not alter the spatial heterogeneity of the local shear modulus distribution, which yields vibrational and acoustic properties that are controlled solely by the global shear modulus of a polymer glass.

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