Monday, December 03, 20123:00 PM - 4:00 PMCNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)|
Birth, Death, and Flight: A Theory of Malthusian Flocks
John TonerUniversity of Oregon
I study “Malthusian Flocks”: moving aggregates of self-propelled entities (e.g., organisms, cytoskeletal actin, microtubules in mitotic spindles) that reproduce and die. Long-ranged order (i.e., the existence of a non-zero average velocity) is possible in these systems, even in spatial dimension d=2. Their spatiotemporal scaling structure can be determined exactly in d=2; furthermore, they lack both the longitudinal sound waves and the giant number fluctuations found in immortal flocks. Number fluctuations are very persistent, and propagate along the direction of flock motion, but at a different speed.
Host: Avadh Saxena