Physical Review E vol:68 pages:031804(1)-031804(4)
We study numerically the tightness of prime flat knots in a model of self-attracting polymers with excluded volume. We find that these knots are localized in the high temperature swollen regime, but become delocalized in the low temperature globular phase. Precisely at the collapse transition, the knots are weakly localized. Some of our results can be interpreted in terms of the theory of polymer networks, which allows one to conjecture exact exponents for the knot length probability distributions.