Pattern formation in active gels
- Event time: 11:30am
- Event date: 21st September 2011
- Speaker: Elsen Tjhung (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
Active systems are example of nonequilibrium systems being studied most recently. The constant energy input from the particles (rather than the boundaries) forces the system out of equilibrium. Examples of these systems are bacterial suspension, cytoskeleton and vibrated granular media. Active systems often show very striking behaviour such as pattern formation and spontaneously flowing states. Using analytical tools such as linear stability analysis and numerical computations, I will discuss how such patterns may arise.
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