We will verify the PolyFTS calculation by comparing to the Polyorder results. The SCFT model we will test is miktoarm star block copolymer and homopolymer blends (AB3 + A).

The configuration file for Polyorder can be either in INI or in YAML format. Sample configuration files can be found in the example folder in the Polyorder project.

1. Closed formulas

By dividing the closed interval into uniform subintervals with length of , the extended Simpson’s rule is given by (1)

where for , and is in . The number of points, , must be odd, meaning that there are even number of subintervals. This requirement is a consequence of the fact that the coefficients alternate in a specific pattern, namely there are pairs of coefficient terms plus an extra -coefficient term and two end-point terms. Therefore, there are terms in total, while is always odd.

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1. Introduction

The self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for many-chain systems is obtained by imposing a mean-field approximation to simplify the statistical field theories. The statistical field theories can be constructed from the particle-based model by carrying out a particle-to-field transformation.

The general approach for a particle-to-field transformation is to invoke formal techniques related to Hubbard-Stratonovich transformations, which have the effect of decoupling interactions among particles (or polymer segments) and replacing them with interactions between the particles and one or more auxiliary fields.