Emergence of lanes and turbulent-like motion in active spinner fluid

Cody J. Reeves, Igor S. Aranson, Petia M. Vlahovska

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Assemblies of self-rotating particles are gaining interest as a novel realization of active matter with unique collective behaviors such as edge currents and non-trivial dynamic states. Here, we develop a continuum model for a system of fluid-embedded spinners by coarse-graining the equations of motion of the discrete particles. We apply the model to explore mixtures of clockwise and counterclockwise rotating spinners. We find that the dynamics is sensitive to fluid inertia; in the inertialess system, after transient turbulent-like motion the spinners segregate and form steady traffic lanes. At small but finite Reynolds number instead, the turbulent-like motion persists and the system exhibits a chirality breaking transition leading to a single rotation sense state. Our results shed light on the dynamic behavior of non-equilibrium materials exemplified by active spinners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number92
JournalCommunications Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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