Autonomous engines driven by active matter: Energetics and design principles

1 May 2019Patrick PietzonkaÉtienne FodorChristoph LohrmannMichael E. CatesUdo Seifert

Due to its non-equilibrium character, active matter in a steady state can drive engines that autonomously deliver work against a constant mechanical force or torque. As a generic model for such an engine, we consider systems that contain one or several active components and a single passive one that is asymmetric in its geometrical shape or its interactions... (read more)

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