Europhys. Lett.
Volume 66, Number 4, May 2004
Page(s) 603 - 609
Section Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
Published online 01 May 2004
Europhys. Lett., 66 (4) , pp. 603-609 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10239-3

Adhesion clusters under shared linear loading: A stochastic analysis

T. Erdmann and U. S. Schwarz

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces - 14424 Potsdam, Germany

(Received 10 December 2003; accepted in final form 12 March 2004)

We study the cooperative rupture of multiple adhesion bonds under shared linear loading. Simulations of the appropriate master equation are compared with numerical integration of a rate equation for the mean number of bonds and its scaling analysis. In general, force-accelerated rupture is rather abrupt. For small clusters and slow loading, large fluctuations occur regarding the timepoint of final rupture, but not the typical shape of the rupture trajectory. For vanishing rebinding, our numerical results confirm three scaling regimes predicted before for cluster lifetime as a function of loading rate. For finite rebinding, the intermediate loading regime becomes irrelevant, and a sequence of two new scaling laws can be identified in the slow loading regime.

87.15.By - Structure and bonding.
82.39.-k - Chemical kinetics in biological systems.

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