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Tension dynamics and viscoelasticity of extensible wormlike chains

Item Type:Article
Title:Tension dynamics and viscoelasticity of extensible wormlike chains
Creators Name:Obermayer, B. and Frey, E.
Abstract:The dynamic response of prestressed semiflexible biopolymers is characterized by the propagation and relaxation of tension, which arises due to the near inextensibility of a stiff backbone. It is coupled to the dynamics of contour length stored in thermal undulations but also to the local relaxation of elongational strain. We present a systematic theory of tension dynamics for stiff yet extensible wormlike chains. Our results show that even moderate prestress gives rise to distinct Rouse-like extensibility signatures in the high-frequency viscoelastic response.
Keywords:Biopolymers, Elasticity, Molecular Models, Viscosity
Source:Physical Review E
ISSN:1539-3755
Publisher:American Physical Society (U.S.A.)
Volume:80
Number:4 Pt 1
Page Range:040801
Date:October 2009
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.80.040801
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