Active jamming: Self-propelled soft particles at high density

Silke Henkes, Yaouen Fily, M. Cristina Marchetti

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We study numerically the phases and dynamics of a dense collection of self-propelled particles with soft repulsive interactions in two dimensions. The model is motivated by recent in vitro experiments on confluent monolayers of migratory epithelial and endothelial cells. The phase diagram exhibits a liquid phase with giant number fluctuations at low packing fraction φ and high self-propulsion speed v0 and a jammed phase at high φ and low v0. The dynamics of the jammed phase is controlled by the low-frequency modes of the jammed packing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number040301
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 12 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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