Directed self-avoiding walks in random media. Academic Article uri icon


  • Two types of directed self-avoiding walks (SAW's), namely, three-choice directed SAW and outwardly directed SAW, have been studied on infinite percolation clusters on the square lattice in two dimensions. The walks on the percolation clusters are generated via a Monte Carlo technique. The longitudinal extension R(N) and the transverse fluctuation W(N) have been measured as a function of the number of steps N. Slight swelling is observed in the longitudinal direction on the random lattices. A crossover from shrinking to swelling of the transverse fluctuations is found at a certain length N(c) of the walks. The exponents related to the transverse fluctuations are seen to be unchanged in the random media even as the percolation threshold is reached. The scaling function form of the extensions are verified.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Santra, S. B., Seitz, W. A., & Klein, D. J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Santra, SB||Seitz, WA||Klein, DJ

publication date

  • June 2001