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Confotronic dynamics of tubular filaments

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Tubular lattices are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Microtubules and nanotubes of all kinds act as important pillars of biological cells and the man-made nano-world. We show that when prestress is introduced in such structures, localized conformational quasiparticles emerge and govern the collective shape dynamics of the lattice. When coupled via cooperative interactions these quasiparticles form larger-scale quasipolymer superstructures exhibiting collective dynamic modes and giving rise to a hallmark behavior radically different from semiflexible beams.

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The article was received on 11 Dec 2013, accepted on 12 Feb 2014 and first published on 12 Feb 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM53084A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2014,10, 2836-2847
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    Confotronic dynamics of tubular filaments

    O. Kahraman, H. Mohrbach, M. M. Müller and I. M. Kulić, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 2836
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM53084A

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