Size and shape of polymers

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Lind 409
Eric Rawdon (University of St. Thomas)
We use numerical simulations to investigate how chain length and knotting in freely fluctuating knotted polymer rings affect their size and shape. In particular, we find smallest containers, such as rectangular boxes, spheres, and polyhedra, which contain the simulated polymers. Ideal knots, and their relationship to the containers, also will be discussed.