Volume 65, Number 3, February 2004
|Page(s)||407 - 413|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||01 January 2004|
First-passage time of cyclization dynamics of a wormlike polymer
Department of Physics, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
2 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University Chungli, Taiwan 320, ROC
3 Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 106, ROC
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 20 November 2003
The mean first-passage time of cyclization is investigated for a wormlike polymer chain with reactive ends. Using Monte Carlo simulations we examine the dependence of the mean first-passage time on the total number of monomers N and binding force range. We show that the mean first-passage time exhibits a minimum as N varies and display an exponentially large increase as the chain becomes stiff.
PACS: 82.35.-x – Polymers: properties; reactions; polymerization / 61.41.+e – Polymers, elastomers, and plastics / 05.70.Ln – Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics
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