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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 226, Issue 4, pp 683–692 | Cite as

Effect of grafting on the binding transition of two flexible polymers

  • Johannes ZierenbergEmail author
  • Katharina TholenEmail author
  • Wolfhard JankeEmail author
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Recent Advances in Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Abstract

We investigate the binding transition of two flexible polymers grafted to a steric surface with closeby end points. While free polymers show a discontinuous transition, grafting to a steric flat surface leads to a continuous binding transition. This is supported by results from Metropolis and parallel multicanonical simulations. A combination of canonical and microcanonical analyses reveals that the change in transition order can be understood in terms of the reduced translational entropy of the unbound high-temperature phase upon grafting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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