Dynamics of Ion Channels via Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics

  title={Dynamics of Ion Channels via Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics},
  author={Tobias Gulden and Alex Kamenev},
We study dynamics and thermodynamics of ion transport in narrow, water-filled channels, considered as effective 1D Coulomb systems. The long range nature of the inter-ion interactions comes about due to the dielectric constants mismatch between the water and the surrounding medium, confining the electric filed to stay mostly within the water-filled channel. Statistical mechanics of such Coulomb systems is dominated by entropic effects which may be accurately accounted for by mapping onto an… 
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