Statistical mechanics of semiflexible bundles of wormlike polymer chains

Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Jul 27;99(4):048101. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.048101. Epub 2007 Jul 25.


We demonstrate that a semiflexible bundle of wormlike chains exhibits a state-dependent bending stiffness that alters fundamentally its scaling behavior with respect to the standard wormlike chain. We explore the equilibrium conformational and mechanical behavior of wormlike bundles in isolation, in cross-linked networks, and in solution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Models, Chemical
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Physics
  • Polymers*
  • Solutions


  • Polymers
  • Solutions