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Reconfigurable flows and defect landscape of confined active nematics

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Using novel micro-printing techniques, we develop a versatile experimental setup that allows us to study how lateral confinement tames the active flows and defect properties of the microtubule/kinesin active nematic system. We demonstrate that the active length scale that determines the self-organization of this system in unconstrained geometries loses its relevance under strong lateral confinement. Dramatic transitions are observed from chaotic to vortex lattices and defect-free unidirection...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s42005-019-0221-x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
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ORCID:
0000-0002-1116-4268
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Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Communications Physics
Volume:
2
Article number:
121
Publication date:
2019-10-04
Acceptance date:
2019-09-03
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2399-3650
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1046372
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pubs:1046372
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uuid:a385f00d-c085-4144-b620-4bea8bff5da5
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pubs:1046372
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2019-09-22

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