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Abstract : Polymers attached to one side of a fluid membrane induce a spontaneous curvature Msp of the membrane and change its elastic constants. For an ideal polymer in the mushroom regime, we determine Msp and the elastic constants κ and κG by an explicit calculation of the entropy gain of a polymer anchored onto a curved surface. For anchored polymers in the brush regime, a scaling picture is used to determine Msp which increases monotonically with the coverage $\overline{\Gamma}$. For small and large $\overline{\Gamma}$, one has $M { m sp}\sim N^{2} \overline{\Gamma}^{13-6}$ and $M { m sp}\sim N^{1-7}\overline{\Gamma}^{13-21}$, respectively. Both in the mushroom and in the brush regime, the polymers increase the bending rigidity, whereas the Gaussian bending rigidity is decreased.





Author: Christin Hiergeist Reinhard Lipowsky

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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