Regensburg 2022 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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DY: Fachverband Dynamik und Statistische Physik

DY 50: Active Matter 5 (joint session DY/BP/CPP)

DY 50.9: Vortrag

Freitag, 9. September 2022, 12:00–12:15, H18

Dynamics of microalgae in a porous environment — •Florian von Rüling, Liubov Bakhchova, Dmitry Puzyrev, Ulrike Steinmann, and Alexey Eremin — Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

The navigation through complex environments is a task the microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii are frequently confronted with in their natural habitats, where they encounter suspended and sedimented particles as well as rough surfaces. To investigate the motion in heterogeneous surroundings, we observe dilute and crowded active colloidal suspensions of Chlamydomonas in quasi-two-dimensional microstructured PDMS-channels. Arrays of cylindrical or elongated pillars with varying lattice spacing and obstacle orientation serve as artificial porous environments. The swimmer behaviour is characterised by means of velocity and orientation autocorrelation functions, trajectory straightness, velocity distributions and the reflection/transmission coefficients for the porous segments.

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