Microscopic origins of anisotropic active stress in motor-driven nematic liquid crystals.

@article{Blackwell2016MicroscopicOO,
  title={Microscopic origins of anisotropic active stress in motor-driven nematic liquid crystals.},
  author={Robert Blackwell and Oliver Sweezy-Schindler and Christopher S. Baldwin and Loren E Hough and Matthew A. Glaser and M. D. Betterton},
  journal={Soft matter},
  year={2016},
  volume={12 10},
  pages={2676-87}
}
The cytoskeleton, despite comprising relatively few building blocks, drives an impressive variety of cellular phenomena ranging from cell division to motility. These building blocks include filaments, motor proteins, and static crosslinkers. Outside of cells, these same components can form novel materials exhibiting active flows and nonequilibrium contraction or extension. While dipolar extensile or contractile active stresses are common in nematic motor-filament systems, their microscopic… CONTINUE READING
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