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Energy localization and shape transformations in semiflexible polymer rings

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Autor: Yu B. Gaididei
Juan F. R. Archilla
Víctor J. Sánchez-Morcillo
Carlos Gorria
Departamento: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Aplicada I
Fecha: 2016-06-30
Publicado en: Physical Review E, 93 (62227), 1-9.
Tipo de documento: Artículo
Resumen: Shape transformations in driven and damped molecular chains are considered. Closed chains of weakly coupled molecular subunits under the action of spatially homogeneous time-periodic external field are studied. The coupling between the internal excitations and the bending degrees of freedom of the chain modifies the local bending rigidity of the chain. In the absence of driving the array takes a circular shape. When the energy pumped into the system exceeds some critical value the chain undergoes a non-equilibrium phase transition: the circular shape of the aggregate becomes unstable and the chain takes the shape of an ellipse or, in general, of a polygon. The excitation energy distribution becomes spatially nonuniform: it localizes in such places where the chain is more flat. The weak interaction of the chain with a flat surface restricts the dynamics to a flat manifold
Cita: Yuri B. Gaididei, , Juan F.R. Archilla, , Víctor J. Sánchez-Morcillo, y Carlos Gorria, (2016). Energy localization and shape transformations in semiflexible polymer rings. Physical Review E, 93 (062227), 1-9.
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