Polymer Science Faculty Research


Coupling Transitions in Helical Polymers: The Case of the Helix-Coil and Coil-Globule Transitions

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Fall 2006


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.