Films and drops of active fluid

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 11:00am - 11:45am
EE/CS 3-180
Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science)
Biologically active fluids, such as bacterial suspensions or
cytoskeletal extracts with molecular motors and ATP, are a source of
intriguing problems in the physics of complex fluids. They are composed
of particles that with internal machinery that take up energy from their
surroundings and actively move the surrounding medium. My talk will
review recent results on thin fluid films and drops of active fluids,
and possibly the dynamics of a single stiff filament in an active film.
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