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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Eur. Phys. J. E 4, 217-221

Vertical melting of a stack of membranes

M.E.S. Borelli, H. Kleinert and A.M.J. Schakel

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany


(Received 26 April 2000 and Received in final form 16 August 2000)

A stack of tensionless membranes with nonlinear curvature energy and vertical harmonic interaction is studied. At low temperatures, the system forms a lamellar phase. At a critical temperature, the stack disorders vertically in a melting-like transition.

82.65.Dp - Thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces.
68.35.Rh - Phase transitions and critical phenomena.

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