Chirality in microswimmer motion: From circle swimmers to active turbulence
Institut für Theoretische Physik II: Weiche Materie, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Universitätsstrasse 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Received: 16 February 2016
Revised: 13 April 2016
Published online: 10 November 2016
In this minireview, recent progress in our understanding of the basic physical principles of microswimmers which perform a motion characterized by chirality is summarized. We discuss both the chiral motion of a single circle swimmer and the occurrence of bacterial turbulence where swirls of different chirality are formed spontaneously in an interacting ensemble of linear microswimmers. Some recent highlights in this context as obtained by theory, simulation and experiment are summarized and briefly discussed.
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