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126 without invoking the random phase approximation. The approximation (Eq. 127) is obviously exactly valid for a homogeneous system, because the pair-correlation function only depends on the distance |r – r | between two points. It is expected to be reasonably good for weakly perturbed chain conformations . Generally, one can approximately relate the time evolution of the ﬁeld W to the dynamic SCF theory . The saddle point approximation in the external 42 M. Müller · F. Schmid ﬁelds leads to a bijective relation between the external ﬁelds iΩA∗ , iΩB∗ and φA , φB .
Different forms for the Onsager coefﬁcient Λ will be discussed in Sect. 5. In each step of the Langevin simulation Fluctuations and Dynamics in Self-Consistent Field Theories 33 one updates all ﬁeld variables simultaneously  and the the self-consistent equations for the saddle point U ∗ (W) have to be solved. The approach is commonly referred to as external potential dynamics (EPD). A related approach was originally introduced by Maurits and Fraaije . However, these authors do not determine U ∗ (W) exactly, but only approximately by solving separate Langevin equations for real ﬁelds WA and WB .
In order to study this effect, Düchs et al. have performed ﬁeld-theoretic Monte Carlo simulations of the system of Fig. 5 [80, 83, 104], in two dimensions. (For the reasons explained in Sect. 2, most of these simulations were carried out in the EP approximation). Some characteristic snapshots were already shown in Fig. 4. 5 for increasing homopolymer concentrations (Fig. 8). For all these points, the self-consistent ﬁeld theory would predict an ordered lamellar phase. In the Fig. 7 Transmission electron micrographs from symmetric PE/PEP/PE-PEP blends: (a) ﬂuctuating lamellae; (b) microemulsion phase.