Atlanta, GA 30332
School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chow S., Huang W., Li Y., Zhou H.
A free energy based mathematical study for molecular motors
2011, vol. 16, no. 1-2, pp. 117-127
We present a Parrondo’s paradox for free energy in a classical flashing ratchet model and use it as an alternative way to interpret the working mechanism of molecular motors. We also study the efficiency of molecular motors measured by their free energies. Our example demonstrates that a molecular motor can gain up to 20% in its free energy during the process. In addition, we report a noise induced free energy increasing phenomenon, which is similar to the stochastic resonance, in flashing ratchet models.