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Название: Statistical Mechanics of Red Blood Cell Aggregation: The Distribution of Rouleaux in Thermal Equilibrium
Авторы: Wiegel F., Perelson A.
When placed in suspension red blood cells adhere face-to-face and form long, cylindrical, and sometimes branched structures called rouleaux. We use methods developed in statistical mechanics to compute various statistical properties describing the size and shape of rouleaux in thermodynamic equilibrium. This leads to analytical expressions for (1) the average number of rouleaux consisting of n cells and having m branch points; (2) the average number of cells per rouleau; (3) the average number of branch points per rouleau; and (4) the number of rouleaux with n ceils in a system containing a total of N cells. We also derive asymptotic formulas that simplify these analytic expressions, and present numerical comparisons of the exact and asymptotic results.