Propagation and relaxation of tension in stiff polymers.

  title={Propagation and relaxation of tension in stiff polymers.},
  author={Oskar Hallatschek and Erwin Frey and Klaus Kroy},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={94 7},
We present a unified theory for the longitudinal dynamic response of a stiff polymer in solution to various external perturbations (mechanical excitations, hydrodynamic flows, electrical fields, temperature quenches, etc.) that can be represented as sudden changes of ambient/boundary conditions. The theory relies on a comprehensive analysis of the nonequilibrium propagation and relaxation of backbone stresses in a wormlike chain. We recover and substantially extend previous results based on… CONTINUE READING
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