A self-avoiding polygon is a lattice polygon consisting of a closed self-avoiding walk on a square lattice. Surprisingly little is known rigorously about the enumeration of self-avoiding polygons, although there are numerous conjectures that are believed to be true and strongly supported by numerical simulations. As an analogous problem to this study, we consider multiple self-avoiding polygons in a confined region as a model for multiple ring polymers in physics. We find rigorous lower and upper bounds for the number pm×n of distinct multiple self-avoiding polygons in the m × n rectangular grid on the square lattice. For m = 2, p2×n = 2n-1 - 1.
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- Ring polymer
- Self-avoiding polygon
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Mathematics