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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2006

Keywords

  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • homopolymers
  • helical structures

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