Volume 87, Number 3, August 2009
Article Number 38005
Number of page(s) 6
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 24 August 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 38005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/38005

Wavelet coefficients as a guide to DNA phase transitions

R. F. Machado and G. Weber

Department of Physics, Federal University of Ouro Preto - 35400 Ouro Preto-MG, Brazil

received 24 June 2009; accepted in final form 20 July 2009; published August 2009
published online 24 August 2009

Physical statistics models such as the Peyrard-Bishop model are extensively used to study thermodynamic properties of DNA. One of the interesting aspects of this model is that it is a one-dimensional model exhibiting phase transitions which can be continuously changed from smooth to very sharp transitions. The partition function for the Peyrard-Bishop model can be calculated using the transfer integral technique yielding an eigenfunction which can be interpreted as a probability density. In this work we show that it is possible to expand the eigenfunction of the transfer integral operator using methods commonly used in wavelet signal analysis. The wavelet coefficients obtained from multiresolution analysis can be used as a tool to monitor the melting transition. This method is numerically very efficient and addresses the issue of eigenfunction localisation which can be employed in problems that make use of the transfer integral technique, demonstrating the application of wavelet multiresolution analysis in phase transition.

87.15.Zg - Biomolecules: structure and physical properties: Phase transitions.
05.70.Fh - Thermodynamics: Phase transitions: general studies.
87.14.gk - Biomolecules: types: DNA.

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