July 2022 Surface transition in the collapsed phase of a self-interacting walk adsorbed along a hard wall
Alexandre Legrand, Nicolas Pétrélis
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Ann. Probab. 50(4): 1538-1588 (July 2022). DOI: 10.1214/22-AOP1567


The present paper is dedicated to the 2-dimensional Interacting Partially Directed Self Avoiding Walk constrained to remain in the upper-half plane and interacting with the horizontal axis. This model has originally been introduced to investigate the behavior of a homopolymer dipped in a poor solvent and adsorbed along a horizontal hard wall. It is known to undergo a collapse transition between an extended phase, inside which typical configurations of the polymer have a large horizontal extension (comparable to their total size), and a collapsed phase inside which the polymer looks like a globule.

It is conjectured in the physics literature (see, e.g., (Phys. A, Stat. Mech. Appl. 318 (2002) 171) or (Phys. Rev. E 65 (2002) 056124)) that inside the collapsed phase, a surface transition occurs between an adsorbed-collapsed regime where the bottommost layer of the globule is pinned at the hard wall, and a desorbed-collapsed regime where the globule wanders away from the wall. In the present paper, we consider a simplified “single-bead” version of the model, for which we establish rigorously the existence of the surface transition and exhibit its associated critical curve. To that aim, we display some sharp asymptotics of the partition function of this simplified model within the collapsed phase.


The authors would like to thank the Centre Henri Lebesgue ANR-11-LABX-0020-01 for creating an attractive mathematical environment.

The authors are grateful to Stuart Whittington and Quentin Berger for fruitful discussions, and to the anonymous referees for their constructive comments which improved the quality of this paper.


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Alexandre Legrand. Nicolas Pétrélis. "Surface transition in the collapsed phase of a self-interacting walk adsorbed along a hard wall." Ann. Probab. 50 (4) 1538 - 1588, July 2022. https://doi.org/10.1214/22-AOP1567


Received: 1 September 2020; Revised: 1 September 2021; Published: July 2022
First available in Project Euclid: 11 May 2022

MathSciNet: MR4420426
zbMATH: 1504.60193
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/22-AOP1567

Primary: 60K35
Secondary: 82B26 , 82B41

Keywords: phase transition , Polymer collapse

Rights: Copyright © 2022 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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