The deformation field in semiflexible networks

A.M. Levine, D.A. Head, F.C. Mac Kintosh

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    Gels composed of semiflexible polymers have remarkably complex deformational properties. Due to the introduction of a new mesoscopic length scale, the persistence length, the deformation field of these materials can depart from the predictions of continuum elastic theories over mesoscopic lengths. In this paper, we review a recently proposed phase diagram for such semiflexible gels and discuss the implications of this research for modelling the cytoskeleton.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S2079-S2088
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Physics. Condensed matter
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2004


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