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A polymer end-tethered to a potential stripe: a simple example of an escape transition

Sevick, Edith M; Williams, David


We study the problem of a single ideal polymer chain tethered to a surface at the midpoint of a repulsive potential stripe. If the potential is very weak, the chain remains unperturbed. However, as the potential is increased, the chain conformation undergoes a sudden change. The chain forms a tether to the edge of the stripe and moves most of the monomers off to the region of lower potential. This is a simple example of an escape transition previously discussed for compression of polymer...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Macromolecules


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