Relation between cyclization of polymers with different initial conditions

C. Yeung, B. A. Friedman

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We study cyclization of polymer chains in which the reactive ends of the chains are initially in close proximity (ring initial conditions). We find a surprising general relation between cyclization with ring and equilibrium initial conditions, namely that ring(t) ∝ d/dtring, where (t) is the survival fraction. We show that this proportionality is exact for a special type of non-generic ring initial conditions and use an approximate argument to motivate the proportionality for more general ring initial condition. Our analytic results are confirmed by Langevin simulations of Gaussian chains. Earlier work for very long Rouse chains with equilibrium initial conditions shows that d/dteq ∼ t-1/4 for times less than the longest polymer relaxation time. Therefore our relation shows that d/dtring ∼ t-5/4 for a ring initial distribution under the same conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-627
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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