Statistical mechanics of a lipid monolayer


Kox, A.J. and Wiegel, F.W. (1978) Statistical mechanics of a lipid monolayer. Physica A: Theoretical and statistical physics, 92 (3-4). pp. 466-474. ISSN 0378-4371

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Abstract:We calculate from first principles the equation of state of a simple type of membrane: a monolayer consisting of lipid chain molecules with short-range repulsive and long-range attractive forces. An approximate solution to the packing problem of the hydrocarbon chains is obtained by using a mathematical analogy with the quantum gas of hard disks. The long-range attractive forces are incorporated in a mean-field approximation. The results are in qualitative agreement with experiments.
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Copyright:© 1978 Elsevier Science
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