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Interfacial growth as a model of tube-width heterogeneities in concentrated solutions of stiff polymers

Sharma, Rati and Cherayil, Binny J (2013) Interfacial growth as a model of tube-width heterogeneities in concentrated solutions of stiff polymers. In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (24).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4811661

Abstract

Recent experimental measurements of the distribution P(w) of transverse chain fluctuations w in concentrated solutions of F-actin filaments B. Wang, J Guan, S. M. Anthony, S. C. Bae, K. S. Schweizer, and S. Granick, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 118301 (2010); J. Glaser, D. Chakraborty, K. Kroy, I. Lauter, M. Degawa, N. Kirchgessner, B. Hoffmann, R. Merkel, and M. Giesen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 037801 (2010)] are shown to be well-fit to an expression derived from a model of the conformations of a single harmonically confined weakly bendable rod. The calculation of P(w) is carried out essentially exactly within a path integral approach that was originally applied to the study of one-dimensional randomly growing interfaces. Our results are generally as successful in reproducing experimental trends as earlier approximate results obtained from more elaborate many-chain treatments of the confining tube potential. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 05:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 05:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47590

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