The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 185–191 | Cite as

Fluctuating semiflexible polymer ribbon constrained to a ring

  • K. AlimEmail author
  • E. Frey
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Twist stiffness and an asymmetric bending stiffness of a polymer or a polymer bundle is captured by the elastic ribbon model. We investigate the effects a ring geometry induces to a thermally fluctuating ribbon, finding bend-bend coupling in addition to twist-bend coupling. Furthermore, due to the geometric constraint the polymer's effective bending stiffness increases. A new parameter for experimental investigations of polymer bundles is proposed: the mean square diameter of a ribbonlike ring, which is determined analytically in the semiflexible limit. Monte Carlo simulations are performed which affirm the model's prediction up to high flexibility.


87.15.Aa Theory and modeling; computer simulation 87.15.Ya Fluctuations 36.20.Ey Conformation (statistics and dynamics) 05.40.-a Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics and Center for NanoScience, Department of PhysicsLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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