Diffraction from Polymerized Membranes

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Science  27 Jul 1990:
Vol. 249, Issue 4967, pp. 393-397
DOI: 10.1126/science.249.4967.393


Flexible polymerized membranes in a good solvent are expected to exhibit a remarkable low-temperature flat phase, characterized by a diverging bending rigidity, vanishing elastic constants, and large fluctuations both parallel and perpendicular to the surface. A theory of the equilibrium structure factor provides a good fit to extensive molecular dynamics simulations of simplified "tethered surface" models of these materials. These results show how information about the size, thickness, and internal structure of polymerized membranes can be extracted from diffraction experiments.

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