Pattern formation in active matter systems

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Pattern formation in active matter systems

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 19th March 2012
  • Speaker: Fred Farrell (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

'Active matter' is used to describe non-equilibrium systems made up of elements which constantly take energy from their environment and use it to do work. Many biological systems can be viewed as active matter. Examples include the cytoskeleton, colonies of bacteria and even flocks of birds. I will give a short introduction to the field, and describe recent work on a variation on the famous Vicsek model of flocking behaviour, with additional interactions between the particles. Our model exhibits novel pattern formation behaviour, and may be relevant in describing recent experiments on molecular motors.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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