The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 4, pp 651–662

Active turbulence in active nematics


DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-50324-3

Cite this article as:
Thampi, S. & Yeomans, J. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225: 651. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2015-50324-3
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Cooperative Particles: Patchy Colloids, Active Matter and Nanofluids


Dense, active systems show active turbulence, a state characterised by flow fields that are chaotic, with continually changing velocity jets and swirls. Here we review our current understanding of active turbulence. The development is primarily based on the theory and simulations of active liquid crystals, but with accompanying summaries of related literature.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical PhysicsOxford OX1 3NPUK

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