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Apparent Phototaxis Enabled by Brownian Motion

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submitted on 28.02.2020 and posted on 02.03.2020 by Lukas Niese, Linlin Wang, Sayan Das, Juliane Simmchen
Biomimetic behaviour in artificially created active matter that allow deterministic and controlled motility has become of growing interest in recent years. It is well known that phototrophic bacteria optimize their position with respect to light by phototaxis. Here, we describe how our magnetic, photocatalytic microswimmers apparently undergo phototactic behaviour. Since there is no obvious reason for the particles to do so, we analyze different influences and elucidate through experiments and theoretical considerations from which physical circumstances this behaviour originates.

Funding

Volkswagenstiftung, Freigeist 91619

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Email Address of Submitting Author

juliane.simmchen@tu-dresden.de

Institution

TU Dresden

Country

Germany

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0001-9073-9770

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

All authors declare there is no conflict of interest

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