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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Jul 27;99(4):048101. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

Statistical mechanics of semiflexible bundles of wormlike polymer chains.

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Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics and CeNS, Department of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Theresienstrasse 37, D-80333 München, Germany.

Abstract

We demonstrate that a semiflexible bundle of wormlike chains exhibits a state-dependent bending stiffness that alters fundamentally its scaling behavior with respect to the standard wormlike chain. We explore the equilibrium conformational and mechanical behavior of wormlike bundles in isolation, in cross-linked networks, and in solution.

PMID:
17678408
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.048101
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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