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Volume interactions in the statistical physics of a polymer macromolecule

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a Institute for Biochemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Kosygina 4, Moscow, 119334, Russian Federation
b Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Physics, Leninskie Gory 1 build. 2, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Theoretical approaches to the spatial structure of linear macromolecular chains are reviewed. The associated problems are found to be essentially different when repulsion and attraction between chain elements are respectively dominant. In the case of attraction, the chain condenses on itself and forms a globule with a definite structure which can be analyzed in the self-consistent field approximation. In the case of repulsion, the result is a coil with a fluctuating structure and, in this situation, one must use the methods of scaling theory. The coil-globule transition is also analyzed.

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PACS: 36.20.Fz
DOI: 10.1070/PU1979v022n03ABEH005423
Citation: Lifshits I M, Grosberg A Yu, Khokhlov A R "Volume interactions in the statistical physics of a polymer macromolecule" Sov. Phys. Usp. 22 123–142 (1979)
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Оригинал: Лифшиц И М, Гросберг А Ю, Хохлов А Р «Объемные взаимодействия в статистической физике полимерной макромолекулы» УФН 127 353–389 (1979); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0127.197903a.0353

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