Microrheology of entangled polymer solutions
Microrheology of semidilute polymer solutions is investigated. In this paper we calculate a response function of a probe particle embedded in a semidilute polymer solution by analyzing the two-fluid model. We find that when the size of the probe particle is comparable to the viscoelastic length, the response from the longitudinal compression modes becomes more important than that of the transverse shear modes. As a result, depending on the circumstances, the obtained complex shear modulus cannot be well approximated by that measured in macroscopic rheology experiments. The present results are due to the dynamical asymmetry coupling and the existence of the cooperative dynamics, which are intrinsic to entangled polymer solutions. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.