The concept of blobs in the theory of cross-linked polymers
Panyukov S. V.
A theory for the swelling of a gel near the gelatinization threshold is derived by Flory's method [P. Flory, Principles of Polymer Chemistry, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 1971 ]. Its correlation functions are calculated. A cross-linked polymer of this sort can be described by making use of the concept of blobs, within which there are correlations characteristic of single branched molecules.