The interplay of geometrical and topological entanglement in semiflexible knotted polymer rings confined inside a spherical cavity is investigated by using advanced numerical methods. By using stringent and robust algorithms for locating knots, we characterize how the knot length lk depends on the ring contour length Lc and the radius of the confining sphere Rc. In the no- and strong-confinement cases, we observe weak knot localization and complete knot delocalization, respectively. We show that the complex interplay of lk, Lc, and Rc that seamlessly bridges these two limits can be encompassed by a simple scaling argument based on deflection theory. The same argument is used to rationalize the multiscale character of the entanglement that emerges with increasing confinement.

Multiscale entanglement in ring polymers under spherical confinement

Micheletti, Cristian
2011-01-01

Abstract

The interplay of geometrical and topological entanglement in semiflexible knotted polymer rings confined inside a spherical cavity is investigated by using advanced numerical methods. By using stringent and robust algorithms for locating knots, we characterize how the knot length lk depends on the ring contour length Lc and the radius of the confining sphere Rc. In the no- and strong-confinement cases, we observe weak knot localization and complete knot delocalization, respectively. We show that the complex interplay of lk, Lc, and Rc that seamlessly bridges these two limits can be encompassed by a simple scaling argument based on deflection theory. The same argument is used to rationalize the multiscale character of the entanglement that emerges with increasing confinement.
2011
107
188302
L., Tubiana; E., Orlandini; Micheletti, Cristian
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