Twenty-four near-instabilities of Caspar-Klug viruses

F. Englert, K. Peeters, A. Taormina

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Group theoretical arguments combined with normal mode analysis techniques are applied to a coarse-grained approximation of icosahedral viral capsids which incorporates areas of variable flexibility. This highlights a remarkable structure of the low-frequency spectrum in this approximation, namely, the existence of a plateau of 24 near zero modes with universal group theory content.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)031908
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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