Volume 88, Number 3, November 2009
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||The Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields|
|Published online||30 October 2009|
Crumpled wires and Liouville field theory
Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - CEP 53901-970, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 14 October 2009
The study of the packing of a length of wire in the elastic phase in a two-dimensional domain is done using techniques of conformal maps. An analogy is drawn between this system and the 2D gravity —or Liouville field theory— coupled to a massive point particle in two dimensions. The resulting scaling properties for the stored elastic energy and the number of loops is derived and compared with existing data from experiments and simulations.
PACS: 11.25.Hf – Conformal field theory, algebraic structures / 04.60.Kz – Lower dimensional models; minisuperspace models / 68.35.Rh – Phase transitions and critical phenomena
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