Phase-field modeling of the dynamics of multicomponent vesicles: Spinodal decomposition, coarsening, budding, and fission.

@article{Lowengrub2009PhasefieldMO,
  title={Phase-field modeling of the dynamics of multicomponent vesicles: Spinodal decomposition, coarsening, budding, and fission.},
  author={John S. Lowengrub and Andreas R{\"a}tz and Axel Voigt},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2009},
  volume={79 3 Pt 1},
  pages={031926}
}
We develop a thermodynamically consistent phase-field model to simulate the dynamics of multicomponent vesicles. The model accounts for bending stiffness, spontaneous curvature, excess (surface) energy, and a line tension between the coexisting surface phases. Our approach is similar to that recently used by Wang and Du [J. Math. Biol. 56, 347 (2008)] with a key difference. Here, we concentrate on the dynamic evolution and solve the surface mass conservation equation explicitly; this equation… CONTINUE READING
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