Coupled Modulated Bilayers: A Phenomenological Model

Yuichi Hirose, Shigeyuki Komura, David Andelman*

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We propose a model addressing the coupling mechanism between two spatially modulated monolayers. We obtain the mean-field phase diagrams of coupled bilayers when the two monolayers have the same preferred modulation wavelength. Various combinations of the monolayer modulated phases are obtained and their relative stability is calculated. Due to the coupling, a spatial modulation in one of the monolayers induces a similar periodic structure in the second one. We have also performed numerical simulations for the case when the two monolayers have different modulation wavelengths. Complex patterns may arise from the frustration between the two incommensurate but annealed structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2839-2846
Number of pages8
Issue number16
StatePublished - 9 Nov 2009


  • Lipids
  • Membranes
  • Phase transitions
  • Selfassembly
  • Statistical thermodynamics


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