Physics and Astronomy
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
A discrete-to-continuum approach is introduced to study the static and dynamic properties of polymer chain systems with a bead-spring chain model in two dimensions. A finitely extensible nonlinear elastic potential is used for the bond between the consecutive beads with the Lennard-Jones (LJ) potential with smaller (Rc=21/6σ=0.95) and larger (Rc=2.5σ=2.1) values of the upper cutoff for the nonbonding interaction among the neighboring beads. We find that chains segregate at temperature T =1.0 with Rc=2.1 and remain desegregated with Rc=0.95. At low temperature (T=0.2), chains become folded, in a ribbonlike conformation, unlike random and self-avoiding walk conformations at T=1.0. The power-law dependence of the rms displacements of the center of mass (Rc.m.) of the chains and their center node (Rcn) with time are nonuniversal, with the range of exponents v1≃045−0.25 and v2≃0.30−0.10, respectively. Both radius of gyration (Rg) and average bond length (⧼I⧽) decrease on increasing the range of interaction (Rc), consistent with the extended state in good solvent to collapsed state in poor solvent description of the polymer chains. Analysis of the radial distribution function supports these observations.
Physical Review E
Foo, G. M.,
Pandey, R. B.
(1998). Discrete-to-Continuum Simulation Approach to Polymer Chain Systems: Subdiffusion, Segregation, and Chain Folding. Physical Review E, 57(5), 5802-5810.
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