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Spontaneous Circulation of Confined Active Suspensions

Goldstein, R (University of Cambridge)
Monday 24 June 2013, 09:45-10:30

Meeting Room 2, CMS


Many active fluid systems encountered in biology are set in total geometric confinement. Cytoplasmic streaming in plant cells is a prominent and ubiquitous example, in which cargo-carrying molecular motors move along polymer filaments and generate coherent cell-scale flow. In this talk I will summarize theoretical and experimental work in my group that addresses the possibility that the ordered patterns of streaming seen in nature can arise from a process of self-organization.

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