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Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 50 (1994) 774-779
Selection of length distributions in living polymers
Anthony Maggs1, David Mukamel2, Claude-Alain Pillet3

The steady state distribution of polymer (or micelle) lengths under nonequilbrium conditions in which monomers are continuously extracted from a system is studied. The dynamical equations describing this process exhibit a one-parameter family of steady state distributions. A study of the dynamical equations suggests that they exhibit either a linear marginal or nonlinear marginal selection, depending on the control parameters of the model. The selection is explicitly demonstrated for a simplified linear version of the dynamical equations.
1:  LPCT - Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique
2:  Department of Complex Systems
3:  FRUMAM - Fédération de Recherche des Unités de MAthématiques de Marseille