Elasticity transition and loop formation in vibrated bead chains: A simulation of polymer chains
Department of Physics, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan, R.O.C.
2 Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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Revised: 13 March 2009
Accepted: 15 April 2009
Published online: 11 June 2009
By measuring the distribution function of the end-to-end distance, we find that strongly shaken bead chains exhibit many properties, such as the rigid-rod-to-Gaussian chain transition, scaling, fast drop of loop formation probability in the short-chain regime, and enhancement of loop formation probability for kinked chains, of long-chain polymers. Though there is difference in local details between our chains and the worm-like chains, our results are consistent with recent calculations based on the worm-like chain model in many respects.
PACS: 82.35.Lr Physical properties of polymers – / 87.15.hg Dynamics of intermolecular interactions – / 89.75.Da Systems obeying scaling laws –
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