NANOSYSTEMS: PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS, 2015, 6 (4), P. 513–523
Entropic sampling of star-shaped polymers with different number of arms: temperature dependencies of structural properties
I. A. Silanteva – Saint Petersburg State University, Dept. of molecular biophysics and polymer physics, Faculty of Physics, 198504, Saint Petersburg, Russia; email@example.com
P.N. Vorontsov-Velyaminov – Saint Petersburg State University, Dept. of molecular biophysics and polymer physics, Faculty of Physics, 198504, Saint Petersburg, Russia; firstname.lastname@example.org
The lattice model for a star-shaped polymer with a total number of up to 72 segments is considered. The number of arms varied, ranging from 2 to 6. Entropic sampling Monte Carlo simulation is used to obtain the equilibrium, thermal and structural properties of the considered systems over a wide range of temperatures. The coil-globule transition is observed and the transition temperature is shown to shift toward lower temperatures with an increase in the number of arms. This study demonstrates how the structure of the star-shaped polymer affects its equilibrium properties.
Keywords: star-shape polymer, lattice model, entropic sampling, Wang-Landau algorithm, phase transition.
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