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# Elasticity theory and shape transitions of viral shells.

@article{Nguyen2005ElasticityTA, title={Elasticity theory and shape transitions of viral shells.}, author={Thuvan T. Nguyen and Robijn F. Bruinsma and William M. Gelbart}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2005}, volume={72 5 Pt 1}, pages={051923} }

- Published 2005 in Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and…

Recently, continuum elasticity theory has been applied to explain the shape transition of icosahedral viral capsids--single-protein-thick crystalline shells--from spherical to "buckled" or faceted as their radius increases through a critical value determined by the competition between stretching and bending energies of a closed two-dimensional (2D) elastic network. In the present work we generalize this approach to capsids with nonicosahedral symmetries, e.g., spherocylindrical and conical… CONTINUE READING