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VOLUME 61 | ISSUE 1 | PAGE 59
Dynamic fluctuations of vesicles with nontrivial topology
The role of conformal degeneracy of the Helfrich energy for shape fluctuations of vesicles is discussed. For a vesicle with a nontrivial topology (genus g>l) there exists a two-parametric set of transformations of the shape which does not influence the Helfrich energy, surface, and volume of the vesicle.4 It is shown that the region S% of the phase space corresponding to the transformations is finite. Higher-order corrections to the Helfrich energy which breaks the degeneracy are small in comparison with the temperature T. It leads to the equipartition over the region 2§. The characteristic time of the shape fluctuations of a vesicle is on the order of ηϋ3/Τ, where Τ is the temperature, η is the viscosity of the liquid surrounding the vesicle, and R is its size. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.




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