Relaxation and Stiffening Dynamics of a Single Semiflexible Polymer Chain

Both synthetic and biological polymers are a challenge to study because of the many features and functional roles they carry. A good understanding of the macromolecule’s dynamical properties is essential for biological processes such as the cytoskeleton …


1 Polymer Physics
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Overview of Chapters
2 Numerical Method
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Model Description
2.2.1 Bead-rod model
2.2.2 Bead-spring model
2.3 Simulation Method
2.4 Properties
2.4.1 Configuration
2.4.2 Stress
2.4.3 Birefringence
2.5 Comparison to Experiments
3 Relaxation of a Bead-Rod Chain
3.1 Introduction
iii3.2 Results and Discussion
3.2.1 Dynamics and Time Scales
3.2.2 Configuration
3.2.3 Stress
3.2.4 Birefringence
4 Relaxation of a Worm-Like Chain
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Results and Discussion
5 Chain Stiffening
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Results and Discussion
6 Conclusions
7 Future Work

Author: dissanayake, inuka

Source: University of Maryland

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