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Dynamics and Control of Active Matter

Friday, 15th January 2021

Online Symposium

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Guests are welcome!


15:00 - 15:50
Using the medium to control active matter
Fernando Peruani (University of Cergy Pontoise, France)

15:50 - 16:05
Coffee Break
16:05 - 16:30
Shape-anisotropic Microswimmers: Influence of Hydrodynamics
Arne Zantop (TU Berlin)

16:30 - 16:55
Motility induced clustering and meso-scale turbulence in active polar fluids
Vasco Worlitzer (PTB Berlin)
Discussion / Breakout Rooms


Shape-anisotropic Microswimmers: Influence of Hydrodynamics

Arne Zantop (Technsiche Universit├Ąt Berlin)

Constituents of active matter, e.g. bacteria or active filaments, are often elongated in shape. The shape and the stiffness of the active components clearly influence their individual dynamics and collective pattern formation. On length scales much larger than the size of the constituents, active materials exhibit many fascinating phenomena such as the formation of vortices or turbulent structures [1,2]. To identify how steric and hydrodynamic interactions as well as thermal fluctuations influence collective behavior is subject of current research.
In this context, we model shape-anisotropic microswimmers with rod shape by composing them of overlapping spherical squirmers. We simulate their hydrodynamic flow fields using the method of multi-particle collision dynamics. With increasing aspect ratio of the rods, we find that a force quadrupole moment dominates the hydrodynamic flow field, whereas in quasi-2D confinement between two parallel plates (Hele-Shaw geometry) the far field is determined by a two-dimensional source dipole moment [3]. Investigating the collective dynamics of the squirmer rods, we identify with increasing density and aspect ratio of the rods a disordered, a swarming, and a jamming state.

[1] Dunkel et al., PRL 110 (2013): 228102
[2] Wensink et al., PNAS 109 (2012): 14308-14313
[3] A. W. Zantop and H. Stark, Soft Matter 16 (2020): 6400-6412.



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