Statistical mechanics of double-stranded semiflexible polymers

Tanniemola B. Liverpool*, Ramin Golestanian, Kurt Kremer

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We study the statistical mechanics of double-stranded semiflexible polymers using both analytical techniques and simulation. We find a transition at some finite temperature, from a type of short range order to a fundamentally different sort of short range order. In the high temperature regime, the two-point correlation functions of the object are identical to wormlike chains, while at low temperatures they are different due to a twist structure. In the low temperature phase, the polymers develop a kink-rod structure which could clarify some recent puzzling experiments on actin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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