Thermally activated processes in polymer dynamics

L Bongini, R Livi, A Politi, A Torcini

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Jumps between neighboring minima in the energy landscape of both homopolymeric and heteropolymeric chains are numerically investigated by determining the average escape time from different valleys. The numerical results are compared to the theoretical expression derived by Langer [J.S. Langer, Ann. Phys. (N.Y.) 54, 258 (1969)] with reference to a 2N-dimensional space. Our simulations indicate that the dynamics within the native valley is well described by a sequence of thermally activated process up to temperatures well above the folding temperature. At larger temperatures, systematic deviations from the Langer's estimate are instead observed. Several sources for such discrepancies are thoroughly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061111
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • long-time dynamics
  • off-lattice model
  • energy landscapes
  • temperature
  • glass


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