Dynamic scattering from semiflexible polymers

T. B. Liverpool*, A. C. Maggs

*Corresponding author for this work

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We study the dynamics and dynamic scattering functions of a semiflexible polymer of persistence length / p in the limit q/ p ≫ 1, taking into account the inextensibility of the polymer chain and the effects of hydrodynamics. We find two distinct contributions to the scattering functions with different scaling behaviors in q 2t 3/4 and q 2t 7/8 coming from the anisotropic dynamics of the polymer. We also calculate the initial decay of the dynamic structure factor and obtain a novel t log t decay which allows us to explain recent dynamic light scattering experiments on viral particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6064-6073
Number of pages10
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2001


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