Phase transitions and modulated phases in lipid bilayers

C. M. Chen, T. C. Lubensky, F. C. MacKintosh

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We develop and analyze a continuum Landau theory for ordered chiral and achiral bilayer membranes. This theory contains couplings between tangent-plane orientational order and curvature that lead to "rippled" or Pβ′ phases with one-dimensional height modulations and to phases with two-dimensional height modulations. We calculate mean-field phase diagrams from this model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-513
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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