Regensburg 2022 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 31: Active Matter 4 (joint session DY/BP/CPP)

DY 31.2: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 7. September 2022, 15:15–15:30, H18

Analysis of transient dynamics of bioconvection in swimming algae — •Alexander Jarosik, Florian von Rüling, and Alexey Eremin — Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany

Swimming unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii exposed to light form intricate hydrodynamic instability patterns called bioconvection. High-density plumes of cells are formed in the top layer, descend to the container's bottom, and rise again to the top. This instability arises from coupling between the gyro- and phototactic behaviour of the cells, their physical properties and the flow. In this work, we analyse the microswimmer's dynamics as a function of the cell density, confinement of the environment and light. The transient behaviour of the plume formation is analysed using the Continuous Wavelet Transformation (CWT). We demonstrate that the plume formation can be controlled by local illumination.

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