Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science)

Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science)

The feeling isn’t mutual: non-reciprocality in active matter

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09 Dec 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT

Theory of Living Systems Webinar

About the Event


Effective pair interactions in active -- and in living --systems are in general non-mutual: the forces or torques that a pair of active particles exert on each other do not have to add to zero. This asymmetry breaks no laws of nature, as active matter operates under sustained free-energy uptake from an ambient medium. My talk will present our recent work on theory, simulations and experiment on the consequences of non-reciprocality in a variety of active-matter settings, with possible relevance to living systems.

About the speaker

Sriram Ramaswamy is a Professor in the Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. His research interests are broadly in the areas of nonequilibrium systems, active matter, soft-matter and biological physics.


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