Effect of helix angles on polaron motion in poly-DNA

Zhen Qu, Da wei Kang, Yuan Li, Wen Liu, De sheng Liu, Shi jie Xie*

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We investigate the effect of helix angles on polaron motion in poly-DNA in the framework of a tight binding model. A DNA molecule is supposed to have a uniform or a random distribution of the helix angles. It is found that a polaron moves faster along a DNA molecule with an overwinding helix than that with an unwinding one. In DNA molecule with randomly distributed helix angles, charge transport is suggested to be field-facilitated tunneling between spatial disordered potential wells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6013-6018
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 15 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Helix angle
  • Polaron motion
  • Poly-DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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