Breakdown of the Kratky-Porod wormlike chain model for semiflexible polymers in two dimensions
Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz - Staudinger Weg 7, 55099 Mainz, Germany
2 Theoretische Physik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg - von Senckendorffplatz 1, 06120 Halle, Germany
Accepted: 8 August 2011
By large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of semiflexible polymers in d=2 dimensions the applicability of the Kratky-Porod model is tested. This model is widely used as “standard model” for describing conformations and force vs. extension curves of stiff polymers. It is shown that semiflexible polymers in d=2 show a crossover from hard rods to self-avoiding walks, the intermediate Gaussian regime (implied by the Kratky-Porod model) is completely absent. Hence the latter can also describe force vs. extension curves only if the contour length is only a few times larger than the persistence length. Consequences for experiments on biopolymers at interfaces are briefly discussed.
PACS: 82.35.Lr – Physical properties of polymers / 87.15.A- – Theory, modeling, and computer simulation / 36.20.Ey – Conformation (statistics and dynamics)
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