Phonons in Confined Active Chains - by Eva Kanso
Eva Kanso New York University
Host: Jen Schwarz | Contact: Matthias Merkel, firstname.lastname@example.org
I will discuss two problems in fluid mechanics inspired by biological systems. The first problem concerns the emergent global patterns of active particles (swimmers) confined in microfluidic channels. I will show interesting transitions in the global patterns, including the development of density shock wakes in two-dimensional channels and phonons in one-dimensional active chains. The second problem is that of an inertial flyer hovering in an oscillatory flow. I will discuss stability and maneuverability of the flyer, and argue that these two properties need not be seen as disjoint.