Online seminar: Perturbations and boundaries in flocking systems

Statistical Physics and Complexity Group meeting

Online seminar: Perturbations and boundaries in flocking systems

  • Event time: 11:30am until 12:30pm
  • Event date: 11th November 2020
  • Speaker: ( University of Insubria, Como, Italy.)
  • Location: Online - see email

Event details

Polar flocking is one of the simplest but at the same time richer examples of collective behaviour in active matter systems. Its physical behaviour — stemming from the spontaneous breaking of a continuous symmetry and the nonequilibrium coupling of density and orientation fluctuations — has been thoroughly investigated in the last two decades, and we now have a good understanding of the asymptotic behaviour of isolated systems, at least in the dry and dilute approximation.

Considering flocks that are not isolated, but rather immersed and interacting with the external world, on the other hand, forces one to consider the effect of boundaries, surface tension and/or the response to external perturbations. Surface tension, for instance, is needed to maintain flock cohesion, and due to their non-equilibrium activity, finite flocks exhibit faster than equilibrium surface fluctuations. The information inflow from the boundary, moreover, may also alter bulk correlations, both for isolated flocks or in the presence of an external perturbations. Asymptotic linear response theory will also be discussed and compared with recent experimental results in active colloids.