Conformational Properties of Active Semiflexible Polymers
AbstractThe conformational properties of flexible and semiflexible polymers exposed to active noise are studied theoretically. The noise may originate from the interaction of the polymer with surrounding active (Brownian) particles or from the inherent motion of the polymer itself, which may be composed of active Brownian particles. In the latter case, the respective monomers are independently propelled in directions changing diffusively. For the description of the polymer, we adopt the continuous Gaussian semiflexible polymer model. Specifically, the finite polymer extensibility is taken into account, which turns out to be essential for the polymer conformations. Our analytical calculations predict a strong dependence of the relaxation times on the activity. In particular, semiflexible polymers exhibit a crossover from a bending elasticity-dominated dynamics to the flexible polymer dynamics with increasing activity. This leads to a significant activity-induced polymer shrinkage over a large range of self-propulsion velocities. For large activities, the polymers swell and their extension becomes comparable to the contour length. The scaling properties of the mean square end-to-end distance with respect to the polymer length and monomer activity are discussed. View Full-Text
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Eisenstecken, T.; Gompper, G.; Winkler, R.G. Conformational Properties of Active Semiflexible Polymers. Polymers 2016, 8, 304.
Eisenstecken T, Gompper G, Winkler RG. Conformational Properties of Active Semiflexible Polymers. Polymers. 2016; 8(8):304.Chicago/Turabian Style
Eisenstecken, Thomas; Gompper, Gerhard; Winkler, Roland G. 2016. "Conformational Properties of Active Semiflexible Polymers." Polymers 8, no. 8: 304.
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