Organized condensation of worm-like chains
Departments of Physics, University of California Los
Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Accepted: 18 May 2000
We consider the equilibrium behavior of a wormlike chain of arbitrary length interacting with a spherical organizing center via a short-range attraction. We obtain a rich phase diagram in which a wrapping state is transformed into a multi-leafed (“rosette”) structure as the adhesion energy is reduced. By neglecting interactions between the leaves, the statistical mechanics of the “melting” of the rosette reduces to a one-dimensional many-body problem.
PACS: 87.15.-v – Biomolecules: structure and physical properties / 36.20.Ey – Conformation (statistics and dynamics)
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