10-180 David Aristoff and Charles Radin
First order phase transition of a long polymer chain (504K, pdf) Nov 2, 10
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Abstract. We consider a model consisting of a self-avoiding polygon occupying a variable density of the sites of a square lattice. A fixed energy is associated with each $90^\circ$-bend of the polygon. We use a grand canonical ensemble, introducing parameters $\mu$ and $\beta$ to control average density and average (total) energy of the polygon, and show by Monte Carlo simulation that the model has a first order, nematic phase transition across a curve in the $\beta$-$\mu$ plane.

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