Creasing of flexible membranes at vanishing tension

Weria Pezeshkian, John H. Ipsen*

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Abstract

The properties of freestanding tensionless interfaces and membranes at low bending rigidity κ are dominated by strong fluctuations and self-avoidance and are thus outside the range of standard perturbative analysis. We analyze this regime by a simple discretized, self-avoiding membrane model on a frame subject to periodic boundary conditions by use of Monte Carlo simulation and dynamically triangulated surface techniques. We find that at low bending rigidities, the membrane properties fall into three regimes: Below the collapse transition κBP it is subject to branched polymer instability where the framed surface is not defined, in a range below a threshold rigidity κc the conformational correlation function are characterized by power-law behavior with a continuously varying exponent α, 2<α≤4 and above κc, α=4 characteristic for linearized bending excitations. Response functions specific heat and area compressibility display pronounced peaks close to κc. The results may be important for the description of soft interface systems, such as microemulsions and membranes with in-plane cooperative phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL041001
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume103
Issue number4
Number of pages5
ISSN2470-0045
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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