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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2002, 3(1), 17-29; doi:10.3390/i3010017
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Structural transitions in biomolecules - a numerical comparison of two approaches for the study of phase transitions in small systems

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1 Departamento de F´ısica e Matem´atica, FFCLRP Universidade de S˜ao Paulo. Avenida Bandeirantes 3900. CEP 014040-901 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil 2 Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931-1291, USA
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Received: 22 October 2001 / Accepted: 26 January 2002 / Published: 31 January 2002
(This article belongs to the Special Issue From Nanoclusters to Proteins)
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Abstract

We compare two recently proposed methods for the characterization of phase transitions in small systems. The usefulness of these techniques is evaluated for the case of structural transition in alanine-based peptides.
Keywords: Phase transitions; Critical exponents; Partition function zeros; Helix-coil transition Phase transitions; Critical exponents; Partition function zeros; Helix-coil transition
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Alves, N.A.; Hansmann, U.H.; Peng, Y. Structural transitions in biomolecules - a numerical comparison of two approaches for the study of phase transitions in small systems. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2002, 3, 17-29.

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