TY - JOUR

T1 - Tube diameter in tightly entangled solutions of semiflexible polymers

AU - Morse, David D.

PY - 2001

Y1 - 2001

N2 - A statistical mechanical treatment is given of the confinement of a wormlike polymer in an entangled solution to a tube, yielding quantitative predictions for the average tube diameter (Formula presented) and macroscopic plateau modulus G, in the tightly entangled regime in which (Formula presented) is much less than the persistence length (Formula presented) Three approaches are pursued. A self-consistent binary collision approximation, which explicitly describes the topological constraints imposed by neighboring chains, yields predictions consistent with the scaling laws (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) proposed previously, where (Formula presented) is the contour length per unit volume. An effective medium approximation, which treats the network as a continuum with a modulus G, instead yields (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) which is found to be the correct scaling in the limit (Formula presented) An elastic network approximation treats the displacement of a test chain as the sum of a collective displacement of the network, which is treated as a continuum, plus a local displacement, which is treated in a binary collision approximation. Predictions are compared to measurements of both (Formula presented) and G in actin protein filament (F-actin) solutions.

AB - A statistical mechanical treatment is given of the confinement of a wormlike polymer in an entangled solution to a tube, yielding quantitative predictions for the average tube diameter (Formula presented) and macroscopic plateau modulus G, in the tightly entangled regime in which (Formula presented) is much less than the persistence length (Formula presented) Three approaches are pursued. A self-consistent binary collision approximation, which explicitly describes the topological constraints imposed by neighboring chains, yields predictions consistent with the scaling laws (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) proposed previously, where (Formula presented) is the contour length per unit volume. An effective medium approximation, which treats the network as a continuum with a modulus G, instead yields (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) which is found to be the correct scaling in the limit (Formula presented) An elastic network approximation treats the displacement of a test chain as the sum of a collective displacement of the network, which is treated as a continuum, plus a local displacement, which is treated in a binary collision approximation. Predictions are compared to measurements of both (Formula presented) and G in actin protein filament (F-actin) solutions.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevE.63.031502

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevE.63.031502

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:80054688017

SN - 1063-651X

VL - 63

JO - Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics

JF - Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics

IS - 3

ER -