Universal monomer dynamics of a two-dimensional semi-flexible chain
1 Department of Physics, University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL 32816-2385, USA
2 Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz - Staudinger Weg 7, 55099, Mainz, Germany
Received: 1 October 2013
Accepted: 3 January 2014
We present a unified scaling theory for the dynamics of monomers for dilute solutions of semi-flexible polymers under good solvent conditions in the free draining limit. Our theory encompasses the well-known regimes of mean square displacements (MSDs) of stiff chains growing like with time due to bending motions, and the Rouse-like regime where ν is the Flory exponent describing the radius R of a swollen flexible coil. We identify how the prefactors of these laws scale with the persistence length , and show that a crossover from stiff to flexible behavior occurs at a MSD of order (at a time proportional to ). A second crossover (to diffusive motion) occurs when the MSD is of order R2. Large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations of a bead-spring model with a bond bending potential (allowing to vary from 1 to 200 Lennard-Jones units) provide compelling evidence for the theory, in D = 2 dimensions where . Our results should be valuable for understanding the dynamics of DNA (and other semi-flexible biopolymers) adsorbed on substrates.
PACS: 82.35.Lr – Physical properties of polymers / 87.15.A- – Theory, modeling, and computer simulation / 87.15.H- – Dynamics of biomolecules
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