HAL will be down for maintenance from Friday, June 10 at 4pm through Monday, June 13 at 9am. More information
Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Comparing open and closed molecular self-assembly

Abstract : We study theoretically in the present work the self-assembly of molecules in an open system, which is fed by monomers and depleted in partial or complete clusters. Such a scenario is likely to occur for example in the context of viral self-assembly. We provide a general formula for the mean-field size distribution which is valid both at equilibrium in a closed system, and in the stationary state in an open system. This allows us to explore in a simple way out-of-equilibrium features for self-assembly and compare them to equilibrium properties. In particular, we identify a region of parameter space for which the out-of-equilibrium size distribution in the presence of external fluxes is equal to the equilibrium size distribution in the absence of external fluxes, up to a constant renormalization factor. The range of validity of this result and its consequences are discussed.
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [20 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://hal-ens-lyon.archives-ouvertes.fr/ensl-00947536
Contributor : Martin Castelnovo Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:05:45 PM
Last modification on : Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 10:08:09 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Friday, May 16, 2014 - 10:40:25 AM

Files

manuscriptCASTELNOVO.pdf
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

Citation

Martin Castelnovo, Timothée Verdier, Lionel Foret. Comparing open and closed molecular self-assembly. Europhysics Letterss, 2014, 105, pp.28006. ⟨10.1209/0295-5075/105/28006⟩. ⟨ensl-00947536⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

187

Files downloads

132