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Random sequential adsorption with two components: asymptotic analysis and finite size effects

Reeve, Louise; Wattis, Jonathan A.D.

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Louise Reeve



Abstract

We consider the model of random sequential adsorption (RSA) in which two lengths of rod-like polymer compete for binding on a long straight rigid one-dimensional substrate. We take all lengths to be discrete, assume that binding is irreversible, and short or long polymers are chosen at random with some probability. We consider both the cases where the polymers have similar lengths and when the lengths are vastly different. We use a combination of numerical simulations, computation and asymptotic analysis to study the adsorption process, specifically, analysing how competition between the two polymer lengths affects the final coverage, and how the coverage depends on the relative sizes of the two species and their relative binding rates. We find that the final coverage is always higher than in the one-species RSA, and that the highest coverage is achieved when the rate of binding of the longer polymer is higher. We find that for many binding rates and relative lengths of binding species, the coverage due to the shorter species decreases with increasing substrate length, although there is a small region of parameter space in which all coverages increase with substrate length.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 21, 2015
Journal Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Print ISSN 1751-8113
Electronic ISSN 1751-8113
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 23
Article Number 235001
APA6 Citation Reeve, L., & Wattis, J. A. (2015). Random sequential adsorption with two components: asymptotic analysis and finite size effects. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 48(23), doi:10.1088/1751-8113/48/23/235001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1088/1751-8113/48/23/235001
Keywords Random sequential adsorption, asymptotic analysis, recurrence relations
Publisher URL http://iopscience.iop.org/1751-8121/48/23/235001
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article published in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at doi: 10.1088/1751-8113/48/23/235001.
Reeve L and Wattis JAD 2015 Random sequential adsorption with two components: asymptotic analysis and finite size effects. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 48 235001

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