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Dynamics of pulled desorption with effects of excluded-volume interaction: The p-Laplacian diffusion equation and its exact solution

Sebastian, KL and Rostiashvili, VG and Vilgis, TA (2011) Dynamics of pulled desorption with effects of excluded-volume interaction: The p-Laplacian diffusion equation and its exact solution. In: EPL: Europhysics Letters, 95 (4).

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Abstract

We analyze the dynamics of desorption of a polymer molecule which is pulled at one of its ends with force f, trying to desorb it. We assume a monomer to desorb when the pulling force on it exceeds a critical value f(c). We formulate an equation for the average position of the n-th monomer, which takes into account excluded-volume interaction through the blob-picture of a polymer under external constraints. The approach leads to a diffusion equation with a p-Laplacian for the propagation of the stretching along the chain. This has to be solved subject to a moving boundary condition. Interestingly, within this approach, the problem can be solved exactly in the trumpet, stem-flower and stem regimes. In the trumpet regime, we get tau = tau(0)n(d)(2), where n(d) is the number of monomers that have desorbed at the time tau. tau(0) is known only numerically, but for f close to f(c), it is found to be tau(0) similar to f(c)/(f(2/3) - f(c)(2/3)) If one used simple Rouse dynamics, this result would change to tau similar to f(c)n(d)(2)/(f - f(c)). In the other regimes too, one can find exact solution, and interestingly, in all regimes tau similar to n(d)(2). Copyright (C) EPLA, 2011

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 04:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/40412

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