Nonequilibrium steady states with spon-taneous nematic order are known to arise in collections of amoeboid cells as well as granular rod monolayers. Recent studies [EPL 62 (2003) 196-202; PRL 96, 180602 (2006); PRL 97 (2006) 090602; Science 317 (2007) 105] have established that these states difer radically from thermal equilibrium systems of the same spatial symmetry. This talk will present results from our studies of microscopic as well as coarse-grained models of active nematics, highlighting the unique, fluctuation-dominated character of coarsening in these systems.
|Publication status||Published - 10 Mar 2010|
|Event||2008 APS March Meeting - , United States|
Duration: 10 Mar 2008 → 14 Mar 2008
|Conference||2008 APS March Meeting|
|Period||10/03/08 → 14/03/08|