Volume 55, Number 4, August 2001
|Page(s)||587 - 593|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||01 December 2003|
Shape transformations of two-component membranes under weak tension
Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish
Academy of Sciences and College of Science Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid und Grenzflächenforschung Am Mühlenberg, D-14476 Golm, Germany
3 Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich D-52425 Jülich, Germany
Accepted: 31 May 2001
Domain formation and phase transitions are investigated in two-component membranes of planar topology in the strong-segregation limit. The composition of a membrane is coupled to the spontaneous curvature. The stability of various spatially periodic phases, formed by domains of one component, is examined systematically as a function of composition, the ratio of spontaneous curvatures of both components, and the surface tension. We find new stable phases composed of one- and two-bead buds and new phase transition between these phases.
PACS: 87.16.Dg – Membranes, bilayers, and vesicles / 68.05.-n – Liquid-liquid interfaces / 64.60.-i – General studies of phase transitions
© EDP Sciences, 2001
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