Theta-point polymers in the plane and Schramm-Loewner evolution.

  • Marco Gherardi
  • Published 2013 in
    Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and…


We study the connection between polymers at the θ temperature on the lattice and Schramm-Loewner chains with constant step length in the continuum. The second of these realize a useful algorithm for the exact sampling of tricritical polymers, where finite-chain effects are excluded. The driving function computed from the lattice model via a radial implementation of the zipper method is shown to converge to Brownian motion of diffusivity κ=6 for large times. The distribution function of an internal portion of walk is well approximated by that obtained from Schramm-Loewner chains. The exponent of the correlation length ν and the leading correction-to-scaling exponent Δ_{1} measured in the continuum are compatible with ν=4/7 (predicted for the θ point) and Δ_{1}=72/91 (predicted for percolation). Finally, we compute the shape factor and the asphericity of the chains, finding surprising accord with the θ-point end-to-end values.

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@article{Gherardi2013ThetapointPI, title={Theta-point polymers in the plane and Schramm-Loewner evolution.}, author={Marco Gherardi}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2013}, volume={88 3}, pages={032128} }