Criteria for minimal model of driven polymer translocation

Pauli Suhonen, Kimmo Kaski, Riku Linna

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While the characteristics of the driven translocation for asymptotically long polymers are well understood, this is not the case for finite-sized polymers, which are relevant for real-world experiments and simulation studies. Most notably, the behavior of the exponent α, which describes the scaling of the translocation time with polymer length, when the driving force fp in the pore is changed, is under debate. By Langevin dynamics simulations of regular and modified translocation models using the freely jointed-chain polymer model we find that a previously reported incomplete model, where the trans side and fluctuations were excluded, gives rise to characteristics that are in stark contradiction with those of the complete model, for which α increases with fp. Our results suggest that contribution due to fluctuations is important. We construct a minimal model where dynamics is completely excluded to show that close alignment with a full translocation model can be achieved. Our findings set very stringent requirements for a minimal model that is supposed to describe the driven polymer translocation correctly.
Original languageEnglish
Article number042702
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • translocation
  • polymer
  • dynamics
  • Langevin
  • computational physics


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