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Soft Matter in Motion

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The cellular world includes a myriad of self-propelled microorganisms, including many bacteria, spermatozoa, ciliates, and plankton. In this talk, we start by providing an introduction to the fluid-based locomotion of cells. We then focus on deriving optimal modes of locomotion. Considering the various propulsion mechanisms observed in nature (flagella vs. cilia; prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes), we mathematically and computationally compute the cell kinematics achieving propulsion, or fluid transport, with minimal energetic cost, and compare our results with biological observations.

This talk is part of the Cavendish Physical Society series.

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