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Statistical mechanics of double-stranded semiflexible polymers


Golestanian,  Ramin       
Department of Living Matter Physics, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Liverpool, T. B., Golestanian, R., & Kremer, K. (1998). Statistical mechanics of double-stranded semiflexible polymers. Physical Review Letters, 80(2), 405-408. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.405.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-7161-2
We study the statistical mechanics of double-stranded semiflexible polymers using both analytical techniques and simulation. We find a transition at some finite temperature, from a type of short range order to a fundamentally different sort of short range order. In the high temperature regime, the two-point correlation functions of the object are identical to wormlike chains, while at low temperatures they are different due to a twist structure. In the low temperature phase, the polymers develop a kink-rod structure which could clarify some recent puzzling experiments on actin. © 1998 The American Physical Society.