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Semiflexible equilibrium polymers: a self-assembling molecular model

Chatterji, A and Pandit, R (2001) Semiflexible equilibrium polymers: a self-assembling molecular model. In: Europhysics Letters, 54 (2). pp. 213-219.

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We propose a continuum molecular model for self-assembling, semiflexible, equilibrium polymers and study its statistical mechanics by Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. If the temperature (T) is high, we find a disordered phase in which the mean length (L) of polymers is small. A first-order transition separates it from a low-T phase in which (L) is larger and the semiflexible polymers are aligned enough to yield nematic ordering. Disordered, glassy states can be obtained at low T; we study these by an MC analogue of scanning calorimetry (Menon et al. (1993, 1995, 1999)). We also use an MC method to study shear alignment of polymers (Berret et al. (1994)) in our model

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright belongst to Eur. Phys. Soc. by EDP Sciences and Soc. Italiana Fisica.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Sahana R Sahini
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 12:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/7523

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