Helical structures from an isotropic homopolymer model

James E. Magee, Victor R. Vasquez, Leo Lue

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Abstract

We present Monte Carlo simulation results for square-well homopolymers at a series of bond lengths. Although the model contains only isotropic pairwise interactions, under appropriate conditions this system shows spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking, where the chain exists in either a left- or a right-handed helical structure. We investigate how this behavior depends upon the ratio between bond length and monomer radius.
LanguageEnglish
Pages207802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2006

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square wells
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Keywords

  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • homopolymers
  • helical structures

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Magee, James E. ; Vasquez, Victor R. ; Lue, Leo. / Helical structures from an isotropic homopolymer model. In: Physical Review Letters. 2006 ; Vol. 96. pp. 207802.
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Helical structures from an isotropic homopolymer model. / Magee, James E.; Vasquez, Victor R.; Lue, Leo.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 96, 26.05.2006, p. 207802.

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