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Title: Two-dimensional polymer configuration via mean-field theory
Authors: Pereira, G.G. 
Issue Date: 21-Jan-1997
Citation: Pereira, G.G. (1997-01-21). Two-dimensional polymer configuration via mean-field theory. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General 30 (2) : 467-483. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We consider determining the configurational properties of a neutral polymer in two dimensions (2D) via self-consistent mean-field methods. By suitably scaling the problem we recover the Flory result for polymers under the excluded volume interaction, i.e. RN ∼ N3/4, where RN is the mean scaling length of a polymer which consists of (N + 1) monomers. If we let x denote the scaled distance from one end of the polymer to a point in space we find that there exists a point y*, where the scaled polymer density fN(x), decays rapidly to zero. Physically the existence of such a point is expected since the polymer has a finite length. For y* - x > O(N-1/3) we find fN(x) ∼ 1/2x[fN(x)-fN(y*)]1/2 while for x-y* > O(N-1/3) we obtain fN(x) ∼ o(1). We discuss the consequence of these results on the validity of the asymptotic methods used.
Source Title: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
ISSN: 03054470
DOI: 10.1088/0305-4470/30/2/013
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