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Role of internal chain dynamics on the rupture kinetic of adhesive contacts

Barsegov, Valeri and Morrison, Greg and Thirumalai, D. Role of internal chain dynamics on the rupture kinetic of adhesive contacts. Physical Review Letters, 100. p. 248102. ISSN 0031-9007 (2008)

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We study the forced rupture of adhesive contacts between monomers that are not covalently linked in a Rouse chain. When the applied force (f) to the chain end is less than the critical force for rupture (fc), the reversible rupture process is coupled to the internal Rouse modes. If f=fc > 1 the rupture is irreversible. In both limits, the nonexponential distribution of contact lifetimes, which depends sensitively on the location of the contact, follows the double-exponential (Gumbel) distribution. When two contacts are well separated along the chain, the rate limiting step in the sequential rupture kinetics is the disruption of the contact that is in the chain interior. If the two contacts are close to each other, they cooperate to sustain the stress, which results in an ‘‘all-or-none’’ transition.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.248102
Additional Information: © 2008 American Physical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: PACS numbers: 87.10.-e
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Ms T. Iannizzi
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 09:04
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 09:21
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/1815

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