Condensed Matter Physics, 2014, vol. 17, No. 2, p. 23001:1-9
A semiflexible polymer chain under geometrical restrictions: Only bulk behaviour and no surface adsorption
(Department of Physics, DSB Campus, Kumaun University, Nainital-263 002 (Uttarakhand), India)
We analyse the conformational behaviour of a linear semiflexible homo-polymer chain confined by two geometrical constraints under a good solvent condition in two dimensions. The constraints are stair shaped impenetrable surfaces. The impenetrable surfaces are lines in a two dimensional space. The infinitely long polymer chain is confined in between such two (A and B) surfaces. A lattice model of a fully directed self-avoiding walk is used to calculate the exact expression of the partition function, when the chain has attractive interaction with one or both the constraints. It has been found that under the proposed model, the chain shows only a bulk behaviour. In other words, there is no possibility of adsorption of the chain due to restrictions imposed on the walks of the chain.
polymer adsorption, bulk behaviour, geometrical constraints, exact results
05.70.Fh, 64.60 Ak, 05.50.+q, 68.18.Jk, 36.20.-r