Europhys. Lett., 62 (1) , pp. 124-130 (2003)
Membrane pinning on a disordered substrateR. Podgornik1, 2 and P. L. Hansen1, 3
1 LPSB/NICHD, Bld. 12A Rm. 2041, National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD 20892-5626, USA
2 Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics University of Ljubljana - SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia and Department of Theoretical Physics, J. Stefan Institute - SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
3 MEMPHYS - Center for Biomembrane Physics, Department of Chemistry University of Southern Denmark - Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark
(Received 20 August 2002; accepted in final form 30 January 2003)
We investigate interactions between an elastic membrane and a substrate characterized by quenched positional disorder in the height function. We show that the positional disorder transforms the standard secondary DLVO minimum into two separate states: the hovering state characterized by a planar membrane at a finite separation from the interface and a pinned state where the membrane follows closely the asperities of the substrate and is, as a consequence, quite corrugated. The transition between the two states is continuous and depends on the parameters of the underlying DLVO potential as well as the parameters describing the quenched height-height correlation function of the substrate.
87.16.Dg - Membranes, bilayers, and vesicles.
68.15.+e - Liquid thin films.
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