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Effective Hamiltonian of topologically stabilized polymer states

Soft Matter. 2018. Vol. 14. P. 6561-6570.
Tamm M., Nechaev S., Polovnikov K.

Topologically stabilized polymer conformations in melts of nonconcatenated polymer rings and crumpled globules are considered to be a good candidate for the description of the spatial structure of mitotic chromosomes. Despite significant efforts, the microscopic Hamiltonian capable of describing such systems still remains unknown. We describe a polymer conformation by a Gaussian network – a system with a Hamiltonian quadratic in all coordinates – and show that by tuning interaction constants, one can obtain equilibrium conformations with any fractal dimension between 2 (an ideal polymer chain) and 3 (a crumpled globule). Monomer-to-monomer distances in topologically stabilized states, according to available numerical data, fit very well the Gaussian distribution, giving an additional argument in support of the quadratic Hamiltonian model. Mathematically, the polymer conformations are mapped onto the trajectories of a subdiffusive fractal Brownian particle. Moreover, we explicitly show that the quadratic Hamiltonian with a hierarchical set of coupling constants provides the microscopic background for the description of the path integral of the fractional Brownian motion with an algebraically decaying kernel.