Symmetric equilibria of a thin elastic rod with self-contacts.

@article{Starostin2004SymmetricEO,
  title={Symmetric equilibria of a thin elastic rod with self-contacts.},
  author={Eugene L. Starostin},
  journal={Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={362 1820},
  pages={
          1317-34
        }
}
The thin elastic rod is a conventional model for the mesoscale structure of DNA. The symmetric multi-leafed closed equilibria with one multiple self-contact point are examined. The contact force is assumed to be pointwise and frictionless. The bifurcation diagram is presented for first branches of two- and three-leafed families including trefoil knots. 

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