The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 11, pp 2319–2331

Chirality in microswimmer motion: From circle swimmers to active turbulence

Review Collective Behaviour

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2016-60054-6

Cite this article as:
Löwen, H. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225: 2319. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2016-60054-6
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behaviour


In this minireview, recent progress in our understanding of the basic physical principles of microswimmers which perform a motion characterized by chirality is summarized. We discuss both the chiral motion of a single circle swimmer and the occurrence of bacterial turbulence where swirls of different chirality are formed spontaneously in an interacting ensemble of linear microswimmers. Some recent highlights in this context as obtained by theory, simulation and experiment are summarized and briefly discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik II: Weiche Materie, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Universitätsstrasse 1DüsseldorfGermany

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