In the present article, we investigate and review the influence of chain stiffness on self-entanglements and knots in a single polymer chain with Monte Carlo simulations spanning good solvent, theta and globular phases. The last-named are of particular importance as a model system for DNA in viral capsids. Intriguingly, the dependence of knot occurrence and complexity with increasing stiffness is non-trivial, but can be understood with a few simple concepts outlined in the present article.
Conference Article| March 21 2013
Influence of chain stiffness on knottedness in single polymers
Florian C. Rieger;
Florian C. Rieger 1
*Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz, Germany
†Graduate School Materials Science in Mainz, Staudinger Weg 9, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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Peter Virnau, Florian C. Rieger, Daniel Reith; Influence of chain stiffness on knottedness in single polymers. Biochem Soc Trans 1 April 2013; 41 (2): 528–532. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20120357
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