Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1305.5951 (Sara Iliafar et al.)

Stretching of a Freely Jointed Chain in Two-Dimensions    [PDF]

Sara Iliafar, Dmitri Vezenov, Anand Jagota
Although the stretching of polymers and biomolecules is important in numerous settings, their response when confined to two-dimensions is relatively poorly-studied. In this paper, we derive closed-form analytical expressions for the two-dimensional force-extension response of a freely-jointed chain under force control. Our principal results relate end-to-end distance to total force under two modes of stretching: i) when force is applied only to the free of the chain, and ii) when the applied force is distributed uniformly throughout the chain. We have verified both analytical models by Brownian dynamics simulation of molecules adsorbed strongly to a substrate. The total force required is always larger if distributed throughout the chain than when it is only applied to one end of the chain, and the nature of its divergence to infinity as extension approaches contour length is different.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.5951

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