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Entanglements in self-avoiding walks: Old wine in new bottles Whittington, Stuart


Although it is straightforward to define knotting in simple closed curves, this is not so easy in open curves. What do we mean by self-entanglements in linear polymers? We shall describe some of the ideas that have been used to capture these entanglements, compare their relative advantages and disadvantages, and show that different approaches can give very different results. Finally we shall argue that, if the curve is badly entangled, all of the approaches work reasonably well.

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