Statistics of Linear Polymers in Disordered Media

1st Edition

Editors: Bikas Chakrabarti
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444517098
eBook ISBN: 9780080460475
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 9th June 2005
Page Count: 368
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With the mapping of the partition function graphs of the n-vector magnetic model in the n to 0 limit as the self-avoiding walks, the conformational statistics of linear polymers was clearly understood in early seventies. Various models of disordered solids, percolation model in particular, were also established by late seventies. Subsequently, investigations on the statistics of linear polymers or of self-avoiding walks in, say, porous medium or disordered lattices were started in early eighties. Inspite of the brilliant ideas forwarded and extensive studies made for the next two decades, the problem is not yet completely solved in its generality. This intriguing and important problem has remained since a topic of vigorous and active research.

This book intends to offer the readers a first hand and extensive review of the various aspects of the problem, written by the experts in the respective fields. We hope, the contents of the book will provide a valuable guide for researchers in statistical physics of polymers and will surely induce further research and advances towards a complete understanding of the problem.

Key Features

· First book on statistics of polymers in random media. · Contents straight away from research labs. · Chapters written by foremost experts in the respective fields. · Theories, experiments and computer simulations extensively discussed. · Includes latest developments in understanding related important topics like DNA unzipping, Travelling salesman problem, etc. · Comprehensive index for quick search for keywords.


Research students and practitioners in (a) Statistical Physics, (b) Theoretical Physics, (c) Physical Chemistry, (d) Polymer Chemistry, (e) Chemical Engineering, etc. Libraries of Basic Research Institutes. Industrial Laboratories on Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, etc.

Table of Contents

Polymers in random media: an introduction, by B.K. Chakrabarti Directed polymers and randomness. by S.M. Bhattacharjee Self-avoiding walks in constrained and random geometries: series studies, by A.J. Guttmann Renormalization group approaches to polymers in disordered media, by V. Blavats'ka, C. von Ferber, R. Folk and Yu. Holovatch Linear and branched polymers on fractals, by D. Dhar and Y. Singh Self-avoiding walks on deterministic and random fractals: numerical results, by A. Ordemann, M. Porto and H.E. Roman Localization of polymers in random media: analogy with quantum particles in disorder, by Y.Y. Goldschmidt and Y. Shiferaw Geometric properties of optimal and most probable paths on randomly disordered lattices, by P. Bhattacharyya and A. Chatterjee Phenomenology of polymer single-chain diffusion in solution, by G.D.J. Phillies Index


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About the Editor

Bikas Chakrabarti

Affiliations and Expertise

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India