Transient Electric Birefringence of Macromolecular Solutions at Reversing Fields of Arbitrary Strength and Duration

  • G. Koopmans
  • Joh. de Boer
  • J. Greve


The theory of the transient behaviour of the electric birefringence of solutions of rigid macromolecules is extended to fields of arbitrary strength and duration. This is achieved by expanding the orientation distribution function in Legendre polynominals. The diffusion equation for this function then transforms into a matrix equation which is numerically solved. At low orientational energies the results agree with the curves as calculated by Matsumoto et al (1). The formulas are applied to reversing pulse experiments on solutions of T2L0 and T6 bacteriophages.


Diffusion Equation Transient Behaviour Orientation Distribution Function Rotational Diffusion Coefficient Electric Birefringence 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Koopmans
    • 1
  • Joh. de Boer
    • 1
  • J. Greve
    • 1
  1. 1.Biophysics DepartmentPhysics Laboratory of the Free UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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