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Twenty-four near-instabilities of Caspar-Klug viruses.

By F. Englert, K. Peeters and A. Taormina


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

Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevE.78.031908
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