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Polymer translocation: the first two decades and the recent diversification

  • Probably no other field of statistical physics at the borderline of soft matter and biological physics has caused such a flurry of papers as polymer translocation since the 1994 landmark paper by Bezrukov, Vodyanoy, and Parsegian and the study of Kasianowicz in 1996. Experiments, simulations, and theoretical approaches are still contributing novel insights to date, while no universal consensus on the statistical understanding of polymer translocation has been reached. We here collect the published results, in particular, the famous–infamous debate on the scaling exponents governing the translocation process. We put these results into perspective and discuss where the field is going. In particular, we argue that the phenomenon of polymer translocation is non-universal and highly sensitive to the exact specifications of the models and experiments used towards its analysis.

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Author details:Vladimir V. Palyulin, Tapio Ala-Nissila, Ralf MetzlerORCiDGND
Publication series (Volume number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe (179)
Publication type:Postprint
Date of first publication:2014/09/19
Year of completion:2014
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2015/04/30
Tag:anomalous diffusion; dynamics simulation; equation approach; membrane channel; monte-carlo; osmotic-pressure; posttranslational protein translocation; single-stranded-dna; solid-state nanopores; structured polynucleotides
First page:9016
Last Page:9037
Source:Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 9016-9037. DOI: 10.1039/C4SM01819B
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
DDC classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik
Peer review:Referiert
Publishing method:Open Access
License (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution 3.0 Unported
External remark:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle