Orientational phase transitions and the assembly of viral capsids.

@article{Dharmavaram2017OrientationalPT,
  title={Orientational phase transitions and the assembly of viral capsids.},
  author={Sanjay Dharmavaram and Fang-Fang Xie and William S. Klug and Joseph Rudnick and Robijn Bruinsma},
  journal={Physical review. E},
  year={2017},
  volume={95 6-1},
  pages={
          062402
        }
}
We present a Landau theory for large-l orientational phase transitions and apply it to the assembly of icosahedral viral capsids. The theory predicts two distinct types of ordering transitions. Transitions dominated by the l=6,10,12, and 18 icosahedral spherical harmonics resemble robust first-order phase transitions that are not significantly affected by chirality. The remaining transitions depend essentially on including mixed l states denoted as l=15+16 corresponding to a mixture of l=15 and… 

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