We perform an extensive numerical study of the disordered Poland–Scheraga (PS) model for DNA denaturation in which self-avoidance is completely taken into account. To complement to our previous work, we focus here on the finite size scaling in terms of pseudo-critical temperatures. Notably, we find that the mean value and the fluctuations of the pseudo-Tc scale with the same exponent, the correlation length exponent νr (for which we provide the refined evaluation νr = 2.9 ± 0.4). This result (coherent with the typical picture that describes random ferromagnets when disorder is relevant) is at variance with the numerical results reported in the literature for the PS model with self-avoidance, leading to an alternative scenario with a pseudo-first- order transition. We moreover introduce a crossover chain length N∗, which we evaluate, appropriate for characterizing the approach to the asymptotic regime in this model. Essentially, below N∗, the behaviour of the model in our study could also agree with such an alternative scenario. Based on an approximate prediction of the dependence of N∗ on the parameters of the model, we show that following the choice of such parameters it would not be possible to reach the asymptotic regime in practice. In such a context it becomes then possible to reconcile the apparently contradictory numerical studies.

Numerical study of DNA denaturation with self-avoidance: pseudo-critical temperatures and finite size behaviour / Barbara Coluzzi, Edouard Yeramian; COLUZZI BARTOCCIONI, Barbara. - In: JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT. - ISSN 1742-5468. - ELETTRONICO. - (2016). [doi:10.1088/1742-5468/2016/04/043212]

Numerical study of DNA denaturation with self-avoidance: pseudo-critical temperatures and finite size behaviour.

COLUZZI BARTOCCIONI, BARBARA
2016

Abstract

We perform an extensive numerical study of the disordered Poland–Scheraga (PS) model for DNA denaturation in which self-avoidance is completely taken into account. To complement to our previous work, we focus here on the finite size scaling in terms of pseudo-critical temperatures. Notably, we find that the mean value and the fluctuations of the pseudo-Tc scale with the same exponent, the correlation length exponent νr (for which we provide the refined evaluation νr = 2.9 ± 0.4). This result (coherent with the typical picture that describes random ferromagnets when disorder is relevant) is at variance with the numerical results reported in the literature for the PS model with self-avoidance, leading to an alternative scenario with a pseudo-first- order transition. We moreover introduce a crossover chain length N∗, which we evaluate, appropriate for characterizing the approach to the asymptotic regime in this model. Essentially, below N∗, the behaviour of the model in our study could also agree with such an alternative scenario. Based on an approximate prediction of the dependence of N∗ on the parameters of the model, we show that following the choice of such parameters it would not be possible to reach the asymptotic regime in practice. In such a context it becomes then possible to reconcile the apparently contradictory numerical studies.
finite-size scaling, classical phase transitions, disordered systems
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Numerical study of DNA denaturation with self-avoidance: pseudo-critical temperatures and finite size behaviour / Barbara Coluzzi, Edouard Yeramian; COLUZZI BARTOCCIONI, Barbara. - In: JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT. - ISSN 1742-5468. - ELETTRONICO. - (2016). [doi:10.1088/1742-5468/2016/04/043212]
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