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Heussinger, Claus; Bathe, Mark and Frey, Erwin (July 2007): Statistical mechanics of semiflexible bundles of wormlike polymer chains. In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 99, No. 4: 048101-1 [PDF, 167kB]


We demonstrate that a semiflexible bundle of wormlike chains exhibits a state-dependent bending stiffness that alters fundamentally its scaling behavior with respect to the standard wormlike chain. We explore the equilibrium conformational and mechanical behavior of wormlike bundles in isolation, in cross-linked networks, and in solution.

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