Dresden 2009 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 10: Brownian motion and transport I

DY 10.4: Vortrag

Dienstag, 24. März 2009, 15:00–15:15, HÜL 386

Dynamics of a Brownian circle swimmer — •Sven van Teeffelen and Hartmut Löwen — Institute for Theoretical Physics II: Soft Matter, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf

Self-propelled particles move along circles rather than along a straight line when their driving force does not coincide with their propagation direction. Examples include confined bacteria and spermatozoa, catalytically driven nanorods, active, anisotropic colloidal particles and vibrated granulates. Using a non-Hamiltonian rate theory and computer simulations, we study the motion of a Brownian ``circle swimmer'' in a confining channel. A sliding mode close to the wall leads to a huge acceleration as compared to the bulk motion, which can further be enhanced by an optimal effective torque-to-force ratio.

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