We present a comparison between results, obtained from different simulation models, for the static properties of end-tethered polymer layers in good solvent. Our analysis includes data from two previous studies—the bond fluctuation model of Wittmer et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 4379 (1994)] and the off-lattice bead–spring model of Grest and Murat [Macromolecules 26, 3108 (1993)]. Additionally, we explore the properties of a similar off-lattice model simulated close to the Θ temperature. We show that the data for the bond fluctuation and the Grest–Murat model can be analyzed in terms of scaling theory because chains are swollen inside the Pincus blob. In the vicinity of the Θ point the structure of the chains is essentially Gaussian in the Pincus blob. Therefore, the data for the second off-lattice model can be compared quantitatively to the self-consistent field theory. Different ways to determine the parameters of the self-consistent field theory are discussed.

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