Crumpling transition in polymerized membranes

Yacov Kantor*, David R. Nelson

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The effect of a finite bending rigidity on flexible, polymerized surfaces without self-avoidance is studied via the Monte Carlo method. Unlike linear polymers or liquid membranes, these surfaces undergo a remarkable finite-temperature crumpling transition, with a diverging specific heat. For small /kBT, the surface is crumpled, and the radius of gyration RG grows as lnL1/2, where L is the linear size of uncrumpled membrane. For large /kBT, we find that the surface remains flat, i.e., RGL. Our results strongly suggest a finite-temperature crumpling transition in polymerized self-avoiding membranes as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2774-2777
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number26
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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