Static and dynamical phyllotaxis in a magnetic cactus

Cristiano Nisoli, Nathaniel M. Gabor, Paul E. Lammert, J. D. Maynard, Vincent H. Crespi

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While the statics of many simple physical systems reproduce the striking number-theoretical patterns found in the phyllotaxis of living beings, their dynamics reveal unusual excitations: multiple classical rotons and a large family of interconverting topological solitons. As we introduce those, we also demonstrate experimentally for the first time Levitov's celebrated model for phyllotaxis. Applications at different scales and in different areas of physics are proposed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number186103
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 6 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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