Models of DNA Denaturation Dynamics: Universal Properties

M. Baiesi, E. Carlon

2013, v.19, Issue 3, 569-576


We briefly review some of the models used to describe DNA denaturation dynamics, focusing on the value of the dynamical exponent $z$, which governs the scaling of the characteristic time $\tau\sim L^z$ as a function of the sequence length $L$. The models contain different degrees of simplifications, in particular sometimes they do not include a description for helical entanglement: we discuss how this aspect influences the value of $z$, which ranges from $z=0$ to $z \approx 3.3$. Connections with experiments are also mentioned.

Keywords: DNA denaturation,polymer dynamics,scaling laws,self-avoiding walks


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