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Force Dependent Barriers from Analytic Potentials within Elastic Environments

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Force dependent barriers for breaking of Si−C bonds and the pulling positions indicated.


Bond rupture under the action of external forces is usually induced by temperature fluctuations, where the key quantity is the force dependent barrier that needs to be overcome. Using analytic potentials we find that these barriers are fully determined by the dissociation energy and the maximal force the potential can withstand. The barrier shows a simple dependence on these two quantities that allows for a re-interpretation of the Eyring-Zhurkov-Bell length and the expressions in theories going beyond that. It is shown that solely elastic environments do not change this barrier in contrast to the predictions of constraint geometry simulate external force (COGEF) strategies. The findings are confirmed by explicit calculations of bond rupture in a polydimethylsiloxane model.

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