Meander, folding, and arch statistics

P. Di Francesco, O. Golinelli, E. Guitter

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The statistics of meander and related problems are studied as particular realizations of compact polymer chain foldings. This paper presents a general discussion of these topics, with a particular emphasis on three points: (i) the use of a direct recursive relation for building (semi)meanders, (ii) the equivalence with a random matrix model, and (iii) the exact solution of simpler related problems, such as arch configurations or irreducible meanders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-147
Number of pages51
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue number8-10
StatePublished - Oct 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Folding
  • Matrix models
  • Meanders
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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