We explore the coupling between the helix-coil and coil-globule transitions of a helical polymer using Monte Carlo simulations. A very rich state diagram is found. Each state is characterized by a specific configuration of the chain which could be a helix, a random coil, an amorphous globule, or one of various other globular states which carry residual helical strands. We study the boundaries between states and provide further insight into the physics of the system with a detailed analysis of the order parameter and other properties.
Physical Review Letters
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Copyright 2005 American Physical Society. The original published version of this article may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.168304.
Varshney, Vikas and Carri, Gustavo A., "Coupling Between Helix-Coil and Coil-Globule Transitions in Helical Polymers" (2005). College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. 9.