Topological correlations in trivial knots: new arguments in support of the crumpled polymer globule
Abstract
We prove the fractal crumpled structure of collapsed unknotted polymer ring. In this state the polymer chain forms a system of densely packed folds, mutually separated in all scales. The proof is based on the numerical and analytical investigation of topological correlations in randomly generated dense knots on strips $L_{v} \times L_{h}$ of widths $L_{v}=3,5$. We have analyzed the conditional probability of the fact that a part of an unknotted chain is also almost unknotted. The complexity of dense knots and quasiknots is characterized by the power $n$ of the JonesKauffman polynomial invariant. It is shown, that for long strips $L_{h} \gg L_{v}$ the knot complexity $n$ is proportional to the length of the strip $L_{h}$. At the same time, the typical complexity of the quasiknot which is a part of trivial knot behaves as $n\sim \sqrt{L_{h}}$ and hence is significantly smaller. Obtained results show that topological state of any part of the trivial knot in a collapsed phase is almost trivial.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 April 2002
 arXiv:
 arXiv:condmat/0204149
 Bibcode:
 2002cond.mat..4149N
 Keywords:

 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics;
 Condensed Matter  Soft Condensed Matter;
 Mathematical Physics;
 Mathematics  Mathematical Physics
 EPrint:
 15 pages, 6 epsfigures, LaTeXRevTeX4