Physical Review E 104
, L012501 (2021)
ISSN: 2470-0045, SCIE
Marginally compact phase and ordered ground states in a model polymer with side spheres
Tatjana Škrbić, Trinh Xuan Hoang, Achille Giacometti, Amos Maritan, and Jayanth R. Banavar
We present the results of a quantitative study of the phase behavior of a model polymer chain with side spheres using two independent computer simulation techniques. We find that the mere addition of side spheres results in key modifications of standard polymer behavior. One obtains a marginally compact phase at low temperatures; the structures in this phase are reduced in dimensionality and are ordered, they include strands assembled into sheets and a variety of helices, and at least one of the transitions on lowering the temperature to access these ordered states is found to be first order. Our model serves to partially bridge conventional polymer phases with biomolecular phases.