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The Mechanics and Statistics of Active Matter

Ramaswamy, Sriram (2010) The Mechanics and Statistics of Active Matter. In: Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, 1 . pp. 323-345.

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Active particles contain internal degrees of freedom with the ability to take in and dissipate energy and, in the process, execute systematic movement. Examples include all living organisms and their motile constituents such as molecular motors. This article reviews recent progress in applying the principles of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics to form a systematic theory of the behavior of collections of active particles-active matter-with only minimal regard to microscopic details. A unified view of the many kinds of active matter is presented, encompassing not only living systems but inanimate analogs. Theory and experiment are discussed side by side.

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Keywords: Self-propulsion; cytoskeleton; bacterial motility; cell rheology; granular matter.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 07:29
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2010 07:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/33458

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