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Physics of microorganism behaviour: motility, synchronisation, run-and-tumble, phototaxis.

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Microorganisms have evolved in a low Reynolds number environment and have adapted their behaviour to its viscosity. Here, we consider some features of behaviour observed in microorganisms and use hydrodynamic models to show that these behaviours emerge from physical interactions, including hydrodynamic friction, hydrodynamic interactions and mechanical constraints.

Swimming behaviour is affected by surfaces and observations of Vibrio cholerae show that it swims near a surfa...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funding agency for:
Bennett, R
Publication date:
2015
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2015-08-06

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