Modeling flexible amphiphilic bilayers: a solvent-free off-lattice Monte Carlo study
We present a simple, implicit-solvent model for fluid bilayer membranes. The model was designed to reproduce the elastic properties of real bilayer membranes. For this model, we observed the solid-fluid transition and studied the in-plane diffusivity of the fluid phase. As a test, we compute the elastic-bending and area-compressing moduli of fluid bilayer membranes. We find that the computed elastic properties are consistent with the available experimental data.