A01 NAGAI, Ken H. |Proposed Research Projects (2014-2015)

Paper | Original Paper


Ken H. Nagai, Yutaka Sumino, Raul Montagne, Igor S. Aranson, and *Hugues Chaté,
Collective motion of self-propelled particles with memory,
Physical Review Letters 114, 168001/1-6 (2015).

[Summary] We show that memory, in the form of underdamped angular dynamics, is a crucial ingredient for the collective properties of self-propelled particles. Using Vicsek-style models with an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process acting on angular velocity, we uncover a rich variety of collective phases not observed in usual overdamped systems, including vortex lattices and active foams. In a model with strictly nematic interactions the smectic arrangement of Vicsek waves giving rise to global polar order is observed. We also provide a calculation of the effective interaction between vortices in the case where a telegraphic noise process is at play, explaining thus the emergence and structure of the vortex lattices observed here and in motility assay experiments.