Polygons pulled from an adsorbing surface

A Guttmann, E J Janse van Rensburg, I Jensen, S G Whittington

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We consider self-avoiding lattice polygons, in the hypercubic lattice, as a model of a ring polymer adsorbed at a surface and either being desorbed by the action of a force, or pushed towards the surface. We show that, when there is no interaction with the surface, then the response of the polygon to the applied force is identical (in the thermodynamic limit) for two ways in which we apply the force. When the polygon is attracted to the surface then, when the dimension is at least 3, we have a complete characterization of the critical force-temperature curve in terms of the behaviour, (a) when there is no force, and, (b) when there is no surface interaction. For the 2-dimensional case we have upper and lower bounds on the free energy. We use both Monte Carlo and exact enumeration and series analysis methods to investigate the form of the phase diagram in two dimensions. We find evidence for the existence of a mixed phase where the free energy depends on the strength of the interaction with the adsorbing line and on the applied force.

Original languageEnglish
Article number074001
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Physics. A. Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018


  • adsorbing and pulled lattice polymer
  • exact enumeration
  • mixed phase
  • Monte Carlo simulation


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