Collective Actuation in Active Solids

Statistical Physics and Complexity Group meeting

Collective Actuation in Active Solids

  • Event time: 3:00pm until 4:00pm
  • Event date: 23rd April 2024
  • Speaker: Olivier Dauchot (ESPCI, Paris)
  • Location: Online - see email.

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The past 25 years have seen a surge of experimental observations and theoretical progress in the description of phase separation and collective motion in the realm of active liquids.

There are however a number of circumstances under which the description in terms of liquids is not suited. One can think of ants building solid bridges out of their bodies, meta-materials made of mechanically connected engines, cohesive cell layers or simply very dense assemblies of self-propelled particles forming a glass or a crystal. In such cases a description in terms of elastic solid is likely to be more appropriate. However very little is known about the actuation of an elastic lattice by polar active particles, the orientations of which may couple to the displacement field.

In this talk, I will present recent experimental and theoretical works aiming at developing this new path of research in active matter. Doing so, we shall unveil a new type of collective phenomena, namely collective actuation, and discover how the coupling between linear elasticity and activity leads to a rich selection mechanism of the actuated dynamics. Finally we will discuss the effect of an external polarizing field on the transitions towards collective actuation.

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