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An introduction to the physics of the bacterial flagellar motor: a nanoscale rotary electric motor

Abstract:

Biological molecular motors show us how directed motion can be generated by nanometre-scale devices that work at the energy scale of the thermal bath. Direct and indirect observations of functioning single molecule motors allow us to see fundamental processes of statistical physics unfolding in microscopic detail at room temperature, something that was unimaginable only a few decades ago. In this review, we introduce molecular motors and the physics relevant to their mechanisms before focusin...

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10.1080/00107510903090553

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Role:
Author
Journal:
CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS
Volume:
50
Issue:
6
Pages:
617-632
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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EISSN:
1366-5812
ISSN:
0010-7514
URN:
uuid:4048f043-477e-4cc5-af6b-ff410eba2524
Source identifiers:
24356
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pubs:24356

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