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Title: Running Faster Together: Huge Speed up of Thermal Ratchets due to Hydrodynamic Coupling
Author: Malgaretti, Paolo
Pagonabarraga Mora, Ignacio
Frenkel, Daan, 1948-
Keywords: Física de partícules
Particle physics
Issue Date: 17-Oct-2012
Publisher: American Physical Society
Abstract: We present simulations that reveal a surprisingly large effect of hydrodynamic coupling on the speed of thermal ratchet motors. The model that we use considers particles performing thermal ratchet motion in a hydrodynamic solvent. Using particle-based, mesoscopic simulations that maintain local momentum conservation, we analyze quantitatively how the coupling to the surrounding fluid affects ratchet motion. We find that coupling can increase the mean velocity of the moving particles by almost 2 orders of magnitude, precisely because ratchet motion has both a diffusive and a deterministic component. The resulting coupling also leads to the formation of aggregates at longer times. The correlated motion that we describe increases the efficiency of motor-delivered cargo transport and we speculate that the mechanism that we have uncovered may play a key role in speeding up molecular motor-driven intracellular transport.
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It is part of: Physical Review Letters, 2012, vol. 109, num. 16, p. 168101
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ISSN: 0031-9007
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